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ELECTRICITY HITS THE WATER
Dolphin Boat Hire, on the Noosa River, is the first boat hire
business in Australia to offer an electric pontoon boat, so you
can travel the river in style without having to worry about ex-
haust fumes or motor noise.
The electric boat seats 12 and cruises at five knots for four
hours at maximum speed, or drop it back a notch for an easy
full-day of travel before charging.
No boat licence is required so you can drive yourself, but
if you are thinking of kicking back with a few cold ones, the
pontoon is also available with a skipper. An Esky and fishing
tackle are provided.
MONACO AT SEA
Travellers may soon be able to walk the streets of Monaco
while at sea.
The Streets of Monaco is the first design proposal by the
Derbyshire, United Kingdom, themed yacht company Yacht
Island Designs, its theme based around the Mediterranean
principality with the focus on the grand prix circuit. The idea is
to recreate the circuit as a kart track running through some of
Monaco's famous landmarks, including the Monte Carlo Ca-
sino and racetrack, as well as swimming pools, tennis courts,
a cinema and a Hotel de Paris.
The yacht will have a beach, waterfalls, swim-in jacuzzi-bar,
an atrium, helicopters and submarines, plus rooms for just 16
guests and 70 crew.
A second creation on the drawing board of Yacht Island
Design is a smaller, 85-metre yacht based on a Pacific island.
WITH AIRFARE PRICES
A return airfare Australia-London now
costs less than one-and-a-half weeks'
wage, compared to more than one-and-
a-half years when commercial flights
first took off.
Flight Centre has compared historic
airfare prices on the famous Kangaroo
Route with average wages at the same
point in history to determine general af-
fordability levels on the flight path.
The comparison shows the typical
return fare is now more than 60 times
more affordable for the average worker
than it was in 1947, when the first Qan-
tas flight took off to London, it has be-
come significantly more affordable with
each passing decade and has hardly
changed in price over the past 30 years.
Based on today's typical price, a travel-
ler can fly to the UK and back 60 times
for less than a traveller paid for a single
return flight in 1947.
The 29 passengers aboard the first
Qantas Lockheed Constellation that
took off to London in December, 1947,
paid the equivalent of $1170 -- about
85 weeks' pay for the average worker
at the time -- for the four-day each-way
Based on current average wages in
Australia, the 1947 fare cost the equiva-
lent of more than $110,000 in today's
By the early 1960s, a typical fare cost
the equivalent of six months' wages,
about $34,000 in today's terms.
When long-haul travel took off 10
years later, an average Australian work-
er would have spent three months' total
wages on a return flight to London,
about $18,000 in today's terms.
In 1991, an $1800 fare represented
three weeks' pay or almost $4000 in
During the ensuing 20 years, typi-
cal fares have hardly changed, with an
$1800 fare currently representing just
1.4 weeks' pay for the average worker.
AROUND THE WORLD: From far left, Qualia on Hamilton Island, The Ghan, Hilton beach valets, Dolphin Boat Hire, the
Streets of Monaco and Big Ben in London.
A MOUNTAIN TOP
Be captivated by the Eaglereach
experience including a sparkling
white wine welcome luxury spa
accommodation in 2 to 6 bedroom
self contained lodges. Including a hot
country breakfast daily in our newly
upgraded Bistro and Bar, unlimited
use of all resort facilities & activities
from mountain bikes to kayaks, internet kiosk, DVD library
& get up close to native animals in their natural habitat on
walking trails from mountain top to rain forest.
*conditions apply based on
12 people sharing 6 bedroom lodge
per person, per
night, twin share
Summer Hill Road, Vacy,
HUNTER REGION, NSW
Ph: 02 4938 8233
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