American tourists offered $1 trips down under


Americans are being enticed to Australia with dream trips to the Great Barrier Reef or Uluru for as little as $US1 ($A1.16).

Tourism Australia has launched the Great Aussie Auction in the US as part of the G’Day USA festival underway in Los Angeles and New York, with 35 unique Australian vacations on the auction block.

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Starting bids for some trips on the website start at $US1 ($A1.16).

A 12-day trip on a private aircraft to Kakadu, Uluru, Alice Springs, Darwin, Katherine and the Bungle Bungle National Park, including accommodation and all meals, is worth $US12,699 ($A14,777), but has a starting bid of $US4000 ($A4655).

A trip to Australia Zoo, Noosa and Fraser Island, worth $US2900 ($A3375), is on the block for $US101 ($A118).

A similar auction last year resulted in 730 bids with all trips sold.

This year’s trips have a green theme with most vacations featuring visits to top eco, nature-based and world heritage tourism areas in Australia.

On Thursday in New York, Tourism Australia will host the Planet Oz media and trade event at the headquarters of magazine publisher Conde Nast.

Australian tourism ambassador Terri Irwin and Indigenous Tourism Australia executive chairman Aden Ridgeway will make presentations at the event.