An Australian travel and tourism icon – Bill Peach – passed away earlier this week, leaving behind a legacy of intrepid tours and a career full of highlights and heroic memories.
The former This Day Tonight host lost his battle with cancer at age 78, following a pioneering career of tours, business endeavours, travel television shows and journalism.
In the 1970’s, Bill produced a travel series entitled Peach's Australia and several other travel shows before founding luxury travel company Bill Peach Journeys in 1983, the Herald Sun reported.
Bill hosted the first ‘Great Australian Aircruise’ in 1984, with his clients travelling the country by jet, luxury cruise ship, rail and land.
“I remember watching him on This Day Tonight when I was a child and then his travel shows… it inspired me to get into the travel industry in some ways,” Travel Associates general manager David Lovelock said.
“He really opened up Australia to the more discerning, educated traveller.”
Bill was a pioneer for small group tours down under and was also respected within the travel writing community, being a long-time member and support of the Australian Society of Travel Writers.
Peach was made a member of the Order of Australia for his services to media and tourism.
Bill was a genuine Australian icon within the travel community and will be forever remembered.