When traveling long distance, you often have a choice of Airbus’s A380 or the smaller Boeing 787 aka “Dreamliner”. You may wonder why airlines choose one over the other. This video explains it quite nicely. I have to admit the thought of an A380 with an all economy configuration gives me a migraine!
Got this email which has some unwelcome news for Aussies who buy Avianca Lifemiles for cheap Star Alliance awards. It’s not all bad, some awards to South America went down. Thankfully I burned my balance last year in Ecuador and Colombia!
This is why I always say don’t buy miles unless you are redeeming them straight away.
|We want to inform you that starting May 15th, 2017, the amount of miles required for redemption of air tickets of routes from Australia, New Zealand and Oceania, in Economic, Business and First class from Star Alliance table will have some changes. The changes for some routes will be reductions, and for others they will be increments, while some other regions will remain the same.
Remember you can use your miles to redeem Round-trip, One-way, Multi-City tickets, and use flexible payments combining LifeMiles + Money. General terms and conditions for ticket redemptions apply.
The Azure Kingfisher (Ceyx azureus) is a small and very colourful bird, with a stunning deep blue to azure back, a large white to buff spot on side of neck and throat, rufous-buff with some blue-violet streaks on breast and flanks. The colour of these two birds is different but that could be the lighting, I took both photos in Kakadu on the Yellow Waters Cruise.
They have a huge range throughout much of Australia and the island of New Guinea. I saw several in Kakadu and have also seen them on local Brisbane area birding walks.
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Birds in Backyards
Now you can appreciate the amazing colours of this bird!
Looking for food in the billabong.
Old-timer travel hackers will remember the golden days when buying Wyndham points could mean ultra-cheap airline miles when Daily Getaways used to be interesting. Those days are long gone and no further proof is needed than seeing 1143 Wyndham packages still for sale at 5pm EST. I remember back in 2012 (before I started this blog) setting an alarm for 2am my time to get ready with browsers loaded to compete to buy Wyndham points and they would sell out in seconds. Nowadays these point packages have such limited use and you can often find these hotels cheaper on online booking sites that it’s no longer worth it. Sad!
The Torresian Imperial Pigeon (Ducula spilorrhoa), also known as the Nutmeg Pigeon, White Nutmeg Pigeon, Australian Pied Imperial Pigeon or Torres Strait Pigeon, is a relatively large, pied species of pigeon.
I spotted a pair hanging around the Gagadju Lodge in Cooinda.
The have a fairly large range in northern Australia and the island of New Guinea.
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Birds in Backyards
Stretching and looking pretty!
Not to be confused with the similarly named property at Cooinda, Kakadu Lodge in Jabiru is managed by Aurora Resorts and is located in Kakadu National Park’s main town, Jabiru.
The lodge is the best budget option in what is usually an expensive tourist destination and caters for campers and people who want a room or bungalow. We went for the cheapest budget room.
Budget means no ensuite, you use the shared bathrooms and a camp kitchen.
You still get a fridge and tea service in the room.
It is pretty small but in a place like Kakadu, we weren’t planning to spend much time in the room.
They have an attractive shaded swimming pool with a non-heated jacuzzi. Cockatoos will watch the swimmers below and towards evening you also get flying foxes.
In the town of Jabiru there are a few shops but I recommend stocking up before entering the park for better selection and prices.
The famous crocodile shaped hotel which is now an Accor property is also in Jabiru but was twice the price of Kakadu Lodge.
Maybe not everyone would be ok without an ensuite but since we come from a backpacker background,m we were fine with it for the savings. The grounds are nice and plenty of birds to keep you entertained while you have a refreshing swim! Book on their website or try Pointshound or Rocketmiles to gain some airline miles!