Australia’s first long-haul travellers in nearly two years were greeted with pumping music from a DJ, dozens of paid greeters handing out jars of Vegemite and toy marsupials that were actually made here.
Bleary-eyed tourists were stunned by the reception that awaited them as they landed at Sydney Airport’s Gate A to a chorus of cheers and remixed Aussie bangers on Monday morning.
Shock swept over the faces of the hundreds of emotional passengers who walked out from customs, ending the country’s 704-day lockout from the rest of the world.
The occasion was lost on the majority those arriving, with two Canadian grandparents sharing their confusion with the grandiose welcome.
‘We weren’t expecting to walk into this. We thought there was a celebrity ahead of us but then we realised we are…
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