For outsiders the Australian political system must seem like a farce. We have just seen the governing party of Australia – The Liberal National Coalition – change its leader, which means Australia has a new Prime Minister, Australia’s 7th Prime Minister in 11 years. The new head on the chopping block is Scott Morrison. Last week his party held a ballot to decide who their new leader would be. It seemed they weren’t happy with Malcolm Turnbull, who had only been in the job for a couple of years, and as we are coming to an election year (they happen every 3 years in federal Australian politics) the party wasn’t polling well, so they purged him

So what does all this have to do with a tour operator in Sydney?

Well firstly, our guests will often ask us how it is possible that we change Prime Minister so often before the term is up. A quick explanation is that the Australian political system is the same system as the British system – a Westminster system.

This system is a form of government that has two houses, in Australia’s case the Lower house is the House of Representatives and the Upper house is the Senate. Legislation is raised by the lower house executive members, or the dominant party, and the dominant party elects a leader – The Prime Minister. The Senate, a collection of members from each state of Australia, takes legislation raised in the lower house and signs it off after debate. So you see, we don’t elect our Prime Minister, we elect our local member of parliament who represents us in the lower house and puts their vote in at the party meetings to decide a Prime Minister.

Secondly, Australian politics has a lot to do with a tour operator in Sydney because we are part of the Australian economic engine and passion for life of this country – and we would like to present ourselves as a loyal and stable place for people to visit – somewhat unlike our current crop of policy makers.

We at AEA Luxury Tours start the engines in our luxury, leather-seated vehicles each day with an enthusiasm to meet new (and return) visitors to this country and give them exclusive experiences, impart knowledge about Australian politics, lifestyle and culture with passion and zeal.

Our guides are of varied ages and temperaments with back grounds in a range of industries. The ‘Prime-minister’ of our team is the obsessive Don Rosenfeldt. He’s not elected by us, but is obsessed with collecting the best guides and putting them in to the most comfortable vehicles to impart the widest range of knowledge on the most enjoyable itineraries of any touring company in Sydney.

We Australians love to participate in our democracy… However, the fact that it is compulsory to vote means, in a way, we are forced to love it!

In contrast, we members of the AEA Luxury Tours team have a natural urge to offer the best service to visitors and demonstrate that we really to love taking guests to our signature destinations of the Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley and Sydney surrounds on small group and private tours.

The fact that we have been offering these services in Sydney for over 27 years demonstrates why we are the essence of loyalty to our cause and industry, something that can’t exactly be claimed by our fickle federal politicians.

UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation. In 1975 the organisation set up a process concerning the protection of the world’s cultural and natural heritage.

Australia has 19 sites of natural and cultural significance including the spectacular Kakadu National Park (listed 1981) and The Sydney Opera house (listed 2007).

In the year 2000 Sydney held the summer Olympic Games and our harbour city was on show to the world. The Blue Mountains region was recognised that very same year with UNESCO listing. Already well known to Sydney-siders (Sydney natives) for many years as the cool climate escape to pure wilderness and welcoming townships, the hosting of the Olympics shone a light on the Blue Mountains located next-door to the 5 million people metropolis as Sydney’s go to day trip or weekend destination.

Eight protected areas make up the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage area which was listed in the year 2000. The size of this region is 1.03 million hectares or 2.4 million acres.
It is hard to fathom just how large that is so you might compare it as roughly half the size of Wales in the UK.

The landscape of the regions is best described as a deeply dissected plateau dominated by temperate eucalypt tree species (the oils of which make the Blue Mountains blue). Criteria for listing of the region include the outstanding and representative examples of genus the Eucalyptus (approximately 91 species) and the diverse plant communities and geological environment that supports 400 vertebrate species (of which 40 are threatened) which breaks down as 52 mammal, 63 reptile, over 30 frog and about one third (265 species) of Australia’s bird species.

The geology and geomorphology of the region, which includes 300 metre cliffs, slot canyons and waterfalls, provides the physical conditions and visual backdrop to support these outstanding biological values.

Understandably the Blue Mountains region is our most booked destination. AEA Luxury Tours offers products to give visitors to Sydney a day or an overnight experience of the region. Whether
that be our small group Wildlife, Deluxe day or Hiking day or you may like to book our Blue Mountains Luxury Charter where you can customise the day according to your desires.

We pride ourselves on our superior itineraries, our luxurious vehicles, the exclusive locations we visit and the high quality of tour guides that give our guests a second-to-none
experience.

We welcome you ticking this world heritage listed site of your bucket list with AEA Luxury Tours.