Getaway returns for new season

Getaway, Australia’s longest running travel program, is back for its 29th season this Saturday.

In the aftermath of one of our worst bushfire disasters on record – and the ongoing drought – it has never been more important to travel around Australia and support our local towns, businesses and tourism operators.

This week David Reyne takes us to Kangaroo Island, 100km south-east of Adelaide, almost half of which was badly affected by the bushfires.

The fires also caused extensive damage along the Sapphire Coast in southern NSW. Sam McClymont visits two local operators who are open for business again when she takes a kayak trip on the Towamba River and tours an oyster lease on Pambula Lake.

Charli Robinson makes a pit stop at picturesque Airlie Beach in Far North Queensland and tours the resort town via a tuk tuk.

And Tim Blackwell and David Reyne team up for a boys’ own adventure as they cruise down the mighty Murray River from Echuca in a luxurious houseboat.

The 29th season of Getaway promises to be a jam-packed year of highlights when Catriona Rowntree, Jason Dundas and the rest of the team bring viewers more great Australian travels and enticing international destinations including Chile, Iceland – and a voyage to Antarctica on the world’s first discovery yacht, the Scenic Eclipse.

Later in the year special guest Adam Liaw will also join the team for a wonderful trip to the south of France.

Saturday at 5.30pm on Nine