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Christmas Island Trip June 2016

Mathew has just returned from a trip to the tropical island of Christmas Island. Christmas Island is a beautiful Island off the coast of Indonesia and is only a 3 and a half hour flight from Perth, Western Australia.

The best time is the dry season where temperatures hover from around 25 – 30 degrees during the day and 27 – 21 at night .

What is the weather like?
Wet Season > November, December, January, February
Dry Season > May, June, July, August, September
In-between Seasons March, April, OctoberSunset Palm

While on the Island we stayed at the Sunset Hotel for the duration of our stay. The Sunset Hotel is a stone’s throw from the ocean. The hotel is a short walk to everything in town including Taverns, Cafe’s, the supermarket and the island’s main shopping district. The Sunset has a nice pool you can relax and unwind in at any time during you stay.

All rooms have an ensuite, air-conditioning, ceiling fan complimentary Wi-Fi, tea and Coffee Facilities, microwave, TV, Toaster and a Mini Bar.

The island is home to 600 species of Fish, 180 different species of land and water crabs including the Red Crab which is exclusively found on the island and 23 bird species of which 7 are endemic to Christmas Island. This amazing island is has an abundance of natural beauty and is an untouched paradise home to only 1500 residents.20160615_072816_013

Highlights of the trip was seeing the abundance of Red Crabs that can be seen all over the island, even under foot when walking through the jungle. The hiking on Christmas Island is amazing and can be classified as soft adventure. We were fortunate enough to participate in a boat tour of the island providing a different perspective of what the island has to offer.

While on the boat tour we did some snorkelling, in which we were very lucky to have a pod of dolphins swim around with us. One of my favourite parts was getting to experience the outdoor movie theatre.







If you would like to enquire about Christmas Island please call or stop in to see Mathew.

High Five the World!!!

Cathie Rice Travel would like to thank Brendan for filming and creating this video from his recent Contiki trip to Europe.

If you like what you see come and book you Contiki tour at Cathie Rice Travel today.

Top Agency in Australia

Cathie Rice Travel has just been awarded the Top Agency in Australia for Insight Vacations and Cathie was awarded Top Consultant Nationally!!!


Broome Trip 11th September 2015


Holly has just returned from 4 nights in beautiful sunny Broome where she stayed at the fantastic Oaks Broome, Oaks Cable Beach as well as the luxurious Cable Beach Resort and unforgettable Ramada Eco Beach Resort. Some of the trip highlights include the magical staircase to the moon, the fascinating history of China town and the historical Sun Pictures open air cinema, learning all about the pearling industry with a tour of Willie Creek Pearl farm including a breathtaking helicopter flight over Willie Creek and relaxing in a hammock on the beach at the beautiful secluded Ramada Eco Beach Resort. Call or come in and see Holly today to book your next Broome holiday!

Bon Voyage to Senay!

This Friday 27th March we bid farewell to one of our longstanding senior consultants and very valued team member Senay Yakar

Senay and her husband are starting their own marble stone business here in Bunbury called “Castle Marble” which means they can supply marble stones for kitchens, bathrooms, floors and walls in new and existing homes and commercial indoor/outdoor buildings.

Once their business is up and running Senay will work externally as a consultant for Cathie Rice Travel which is great news for us and her loyal clients.Her current contact email address will remain in place.

Senay would like to thank all her past and existing clients over the years.

We are sure you will join us in wishing Senay all the very best on her new business venture!


Magellan Travel conference 2014

Cathie and Brittany at the “Gatsby” Gala award night to wind up the Magellan travel conference…BIG congratulations to Brit on winning the national award for top consultant for highest Trafalgar tours sales!

A typical day in the Arctic with Quark Expeditions

Evergreen tours presents the “Emerald Sky”

Click on the video below for a “tour” of Evergreen’s Emerald Sky River boat


Club Med Bali 2014

Crandon has just returned from Club Med Bali and had a great time! It is a fantastic property with plenty to do and something for everyone from Archery to Day Spa’s and the “ZEN” pool and will suit couples, families and everyone in between, drop us a line or give us a call for the first hand details!DSCN2297

New Dubai Tourist Tax

 The Government of Dubai is introducing a Tourist tax on all hotels in Dubai effective 31 March 2014. This charge is paid locally;

Please find attached an important update on the introduction of the Tourism Dirham in Dubai effective 31 March 2014. 

The Tourism Dirham is a  new  minimal charge applied to guests staying in all hotels and hotel apartments in the Emirate of Dubai.  The small fee will be payable per room, per night and added to guests’ bills and collected at the hotel property at check‐out. 

The Tourism Dirham fee is effective from 31 March 2014 –  except for stays that commence prior to 1 June 2014 and have been paid for in full on or before 23 February 2014

The Fees and approx $AUD conversions are as follows: 

  • AED 20.00 (AUD      $6) PER ROOM PER NIGHT for stays in 5 star hotels and deluxe hotel apartments.
  • AED 15.00 (AUD      $4.50) PER ROOM PER NIGHT for stays in 4 star hotels, superior hotel apartments and deluxe holiday homes.
  • AED 10.00 (AUD      $3) PER ROOM PER NIGHT for stays in 3 star hotels, standard hotel apartments and standard holidays homes.

This tax is to be paid by the GUESTS directly at the hotel before the end of their stay.