Explore Travel: New flights for Victoria, Air NZ goes green, Bridgeclimb bonanza

Getting around regional Australia about to become easier

QantasLink expands its regional Victoria routes

If you're heading to regional Victoria in 2020, QantasLink has announced it will launch flights between Mildura and Sydney, as well as increase the number of services to Bendigo.

Starting from 29 March 2020, QantasLink will operate flights four days per week between Sydney and Mildura with its 74-seat Dash 8 Q400 turboprop aircraft, offering more than 30,000 seats each year. The new service will be the only direct connection between Sydney and Mildura, saving about two hours in travel time compared to flying via Melbourne. Earlier this year, QantasLink introduced a Bendigo-Sydney route which has proven popular. The airline is adding three additional flights per week. Sale fares from Mildura to Sydney are available from $179 for select dates until 25 October 2020. Sale ends 18 December 2019.

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Air NZ goes greener

The world's best airline for 2020, Air New Zealand, is trialling edible coffee cups, in the air and on the ground, in a bid to reduce the average traveller's environmental footprint.

The airline serves more than eight million cups of coffee every year and recently switched to plant-based cups, which are made from paper and corn, and easily broken down in a commercial composter. This means the airline will save 15 million coffee cups from landfills annually. Taking it one step further, Air New Zealand has now partnered with Kiwi start-up Twiice, which has created a vanilla-flavoured biscotti coffee cup that is not only leak-proof but is also a sweet treat to enjoy after your coffee.

Special events for BridgeClimb

It's one of the most iconic tourist attractions, especially for visitors who want to get the best views of the Sydney skyline, but climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge is not just on the bucket list for international tourists - locals want to tick it off as well.

In the next year, BridgeClimb Sydney will host a range of special events in conjunction with the walk to the pinnacle of one of Australia's most loved landmarks. The Ferrython Climb on Australia Day will give climbers a stunning view of the ferries as they race to their finish point beneath the bridge. In May and June, the Vivid Climb is a unique way to see the city as it is lit up every night. And for foodies, the BridgeClimb Pinnacle package includes the climb, followed by a sumptuous dinner at one of Sydney's best restaurants, Quay or Bennelong, with guaranteed bridge views.

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Bondi-to-Manly walk opens

A new 80-kilometre urban walking track has opened between Bondi and Manly, taking in some of Sydney's breathtaking harbour foreshore beaches and suburbs, and passing the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House.

The track, which is rich in Indigenous heritage, is marked with over 350 signs that display a distinctive Aboriginal whale symbol making the urban walkway very easy to follow. There is also a digital walking app available for download. Some of the highlights of the walk include Parsley Bay cove and beach; the Hermitage Foreshore Track which passes through Vaucluse; and significant Aboriginal sites such as the engravings at Grotto Point and the ancestral reburial site at Reef Beach. The walk is ideally completed in five days.

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