Saturday, 3 October 2015

Outback pub experience - Stay 3 Pay 2 Offer

Experience the heart of Australia's outback at the famous North Gregory Hotel.

Aussies like to celebrate all things Australian and the North Gregory Hotel in Winton, Outback Queensland is certainly the ideal place to do so! With a history as old as the Outback, the North Gregory was key in the founding of Qantas, and more importantly is the place of the first ever public performance of our unofficial anthem – Waltzing Matilda.

Visit the quintessential Queensland outback, explore the rugged natural landscape that was home to Patterson but also where Dinosaurs roamed all those years ago with a limited Stay 3 Pay 2 Outback Offer at the ‘famous’ North Gregory Hotel. Starting at just $420 per room per night including 3 night’s accommodation, cooked breakfast daily & guided tour of the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum (the home of Australia’s only dinosaur fossil dig - a genuine opportunity to work with real dinosaurs) with Vision Splendid Tour Company, you’ll ‘Saur’ right into ancient history.

Support Outback Queensland and get out and see some of our amazing history for yourself.

For bookings or further enquiries or 61 7 4657 0647

Package based on 2 persons twin share, complimentary cooked *breakfast daily in the Musical Fence Café, a guided tour for 2 to visit the Australian Age of Dinosaurs, free WiFi, subject to availability. *Breakfast – available from café menu with espresso coffee.

Package - valid from 1 October 2015 – 31 March 2016.

Fun Festival of Philippine Food at Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney


Friday, 2 October 2015

Round World Cruise aboard Sea Princess


WORLD cruises have never before been more exciting, more adventurous and more relaxing than what is planned for 2017, with Princess Cruises pulling out all the stops for their 10th anniversary of round world cruises with Cruiseabout

Princess has been sailing on round world cruises since 2008 and is offering the return of their signature 104-night Round World Cruise with a journey to the Land of the Midnight Sun.

The voyage on board Sea Princess features eight new ports of call, including a new journey above the Arctic Circle and the Land of the Midnight Sun, taking passengers to the far corners of the earth and visiting legendary cities and hidden treasures on almost every continent.

Sailing from Australia, Sea Princess will visit 39 ports in 25 countries and offer passengers more time ashore, unique ports and overnight stays in Venice, New York and Lima (Callao) with an opportunity to visit Machu Picchu, as well as new destinations including Rijeka in Croatia, Valletta in Malta, Genoa for Portofino in Italy, Norway’s Gravdal, Tromso and Honningsvag, Akureyi in Island and Key West in the USA. Sea Princess offers the opportunity for passengers to board and depart at alternative ports around the world from $3,849* or round trip options from Sydney for 104-night from $20,999* or from Fremantle for 115-nights from $23,199*.

All bookings made with Cruiseabout will receive up to $4,000^ onboard credit.

Bookings for the 2017 Round World Cruise will go on sale on October 2, 2015. For more information on Princess Cruises or to book your next cruise, contact a Cruiseabout cruising specialist on 1300 450 133 or visit

*Price is subject to change and availability at the time of booking. Fares listed are per person based on double occupancy. Terms and conditions apply. ^Onboard credit is calculated per cabin.

Pacific cruises with Princess Cruises

CIRCLE the Pacific Ocean in grand style visiting crystal clear waters, famous cities, glaciers and the Orient thanks to Princess Cruise’s new 2017 Circle Pacific cruise with Cruiseabout.

The new 75-day Circle Pacific is going to be bigger than ever thanks to Vancouver’s 150th Anniversary and America’s 4th of July celebrations in the northern hemisphere.

The voyage on board the largest Princess ship ever to be deployed on a world voyage, the Golden Princess, will include an overnight stay in Vancouver during the 150th Anniversary and an overnight stay in San Francisco on the 4th of July; with each visit perfectly time timed to offer passengers a front row seat to the celebrations and spectacular firework shows.

Sailing from Australia, Golden Princess will visit 29 ports across the Pacific and offer passengers more time on shore and the opportunity to discover North American ports, with Alaskan, West Coast and Hawaiian destinations as well as time is Asia and the South Pacific, including Manila in the Philippines. Golden Princess offers the opportunity for passengers to experience 50-nights from Sydney to Los Angeles from $9,799* or the full 75-nights departing and returning to Brisbane from $14,299*.

All bookings made with Cruiseabout will receive up to $4,000^ onboard credit.

Bookings for the 2017 Circle Pacific will go on sale on October 2, 2015. For more information on Princess Cruises or to book your next cruise, contact a Cruiseabout cruising specialist on 1300 450 133 or visit

*Price is subject to change and availability at the time of booking. Fares listed are per person based on double occupancy. Terms and conditions apply. ^Onboard credit is calculated per cabin.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

New airfares to Melbourne for AFL Grand Final


VIRGIN Australia has released additional fares from Perth to Melbourne for the AFL grand final weekend, says Flight Centre.

Flight Centre has seen a surge in airfare bookings for the weekend for both Melbourne and Sydney ahead of the AFL and NRL grand final games, but none more so than for the Perth to Melbourne route.

Due to high demand many carriers have increased the number of flights to the respective cities, with Virgin releasing one way flights from Perth to Melbourne from $365.00 and one way fares travelling from Melbourne to Perth on Tuesday from $365.00.

These are by far the cheapest last minute airfares that have been released for the AFL grand final, with many flights selling from $1,765 to $2,000 return.

Those who are yet to book their airfares from Perth to Melbourne ahead of the AFL grand final should contact Flight Centre on 131 600.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

19th Annual Sculpture by the Sea - Bondi

Cave Urban, save our souls, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2014. Photo by Gareth Carr

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, the world's largest annual free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition returns to the spectacular Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk from 22 October – 8 November this year.

For the nineteenth year, this stunning stretch of Sydney coastline will be transformed into a free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition, featuring more than 100 works by Australian and international artists.  Over 30 international artists will be showcased this year, including artists from Brazil to Poland, Japan to Slovakia and the USA to the Czech Republic.

One of Sydney's best attended and most photogenic events, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi attracts more than 500,000 visitors over 18 days and for many heralds the beginning of summer in Sydney.

This year Macquarie Group returns as Principal Sponsor of Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi for the third year, with the $60,000 Macquarie Group Sculpture Prize, as well as presenting the Macquarie Group Sculpture Inside Prize for small sculpture. The Macquarie Group Sculpture Prize is the most generous annual sculpture prize in Australia and the award winning work will again be gifted for permanent public display at Headland Park, Georges Heights, set against the spectacular and historically significant Middle Head, overlooking Sydney Harbour.

Sculpture by the Sea social:

Twitter: @sculpturebysea
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New river cruise products from Insider Journeys

Insider Journeys adds 3 new river cruise ships to existing portfolio and introduces river tours to selected Small Group Journeys

Insider Journeys has launched its ‘2015-17 Asian River Cruising’ brochure with itineraries across Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Burma, India, and China. The company’s most comprehensive cruising brochure yet, the 90 page guide includes information on three new river cruise ships, the ‘Mekong Eyes’, ‘Pandaw’, and ‘RV Anawrohta’, Insider Journeys’ expanded range and its portfolio of more than 25 Asian river cruises.

As small boat specialists, Insider Journeys has introduced a new product option coupling a Small Group Journey with river cruise to serve the growing demand in the Asian river cruising market. The first such offering is its ‘Mekong & Beyond’ small group journey, which combines a complete river cruise and land tour for a 16 day two country exploration through Cambodia and Vietnam that includes 7 nights’ hotel accommodation and 8 nights’ cruising.

Additional nights cruising have also been added to the ‘Vietnam Discovery’ Small Group Journey with a night’s cruising on the Mekong as well as Halong Bay, and to the ‘Burma Revealed’ journey with two nights on the Irrawaddy.

Managing Director, Paul Hole, says Insider Journeys has combined cruise with land touring in response to passenger demand.

“Trip extensions have become very popular. In the last 12 months, Insider Journeys’ Mekong cruises have seen almost half of our passengers take the ‘Cruise Plus’ option of combining cruise and land arrangements,” says Hole.

The beautifully crafted ‘Pandaw’ ships have also been introduced into the Insider Journeys stable and their new itineraries include:

· A 15 day The Mekong: From Laos to China river cruise on the mighty upper Mekong River, from Vientiane to tropical Xishuangbanna in southern Yunnan, China, with an overland side trip to Burma.

From $11,932 (AUD) per person twin share

· An 11 day Red River Vietnam river cruise on the Red River Delta cruising into Ha Long Bay. The RV Angkor Pandaw sets sail from Hanoi on a round-trip adventure that includes scenic national parks, historic villages and hilltribe communities.

From $4,618 (AUD) per person twin share

Paul Hole says Insider Journeys’ Asia River cruising portfolio has expanded rapidly over the past three years.

“We’ve continued to expand our river cruise offerings to keep up with travellers’ seemingly insatiable appetite for new experiences along Asia’s fascinating main rivers. Increasingly, passengers are discovering how river cruising throughout Asia provides a unique opportunity to gain greater access and deeper insights into a way of life that has remained relatively unchanged,” says Hole.

The small boat specialists offer cruise bookings on a range of river cruises across Asia, including the ultra-luxury of Aqua Expedition’s Aqua Mekong. River cruising itineraries are offered on the Ganges (India), the Irrawaddy (Burma), the Mekong (Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos) and the Yangtze (China). 

For more information and bookings, Insider Journeys’ Asia experts can be contacted on 1300 362 777 or visit

For great travel adventures and stories, follow the Insider Journeys team at, on Twitter @InsiderJourneys 

Insider Journeys delivers Insider knowledge on small group journey travel in Asia

Australia’s leading Asia travel specialist, Insider Journeys has released its latest portfolio of Small Group Journeys and to celebrate is offering a $250 travel voucher for 2016 Small Group Journeys bookings of 10 days or more made before 15 December 2015.

With several new itineraries, a refresh of some of the most popular journeys and the introduction of a new product style combining small boat river cruising and small group journeys into one product offering, the comprehensive guide provides the insider knowledge on small group journey travel in Asia.

Managing Director Paul Hole is proud of the new brochure and its extensive content.

“The latest brochure is the result of the combination of the insider knowledge of our exceptional product team and 22 years’ experience,” says Hole.

“Together we’ve compiled an extensive range of experiences and compelling selection of itineraries from which to choose. With over 80 itineraries across 11 countries, there’s truly something offered for everyone within our range.”

Highlights of the new brochure include:

- The introduction of a new 14 day Japan Winter Discovery that focuses on the northern Honshu (Alps) of Japan, to witness rare birds in Hokkaido and Japanese macaques in the mountain hot springs, and the unusual opportunity to take an icebreaker cruise amongst the creaking floes of the Okhotsk Sea;

- A new ‘follow the Mekong’ Laos and Cambodia Mekong Discovery small group journey which travels overland along the mighty river;

- A revamp of the 13 day Highlights of Indochina journey which provides highlights from the diverse wonders of the three Indochina countries Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia;

- The use of high speed train transport has been added to some Small Group Journeys between Beijing and Xian;

- The introduction of further ‘Insider Experiences’ to the Small Group Journey portfolio.

For more information and bookings, Insider Journeys’ Asia experts can be contacted on 1300 362 777 or visit For great travel adventures and stories, follow the Insider Journeys team at, on Twitter @InsiderJourneys

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Rail Europe Celebrates 20 years With Massive Year-End Promotions

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Rail Europe has released a series of promotions on selected passes and point-to-point tickets to further add value to travellers' rail itineraries during their visit to Europe in the coming months and next year.

A generous 20% discount has been declared on the France Rail Pass, selected Swiss Peak Passes purchased with a Swiss Travel Pass as well as the Eurail Global and Select Passes starting; while point-to-point tickets on the Eurostar and Thalys have been significantly reduced as well.

For the discount to apply, bookings for the France Rail Pass must be made by 3 Nov 2015 and travel completed by 2 Nov 2016. This means for the first time travellers can secure 2015 prices for travel in 2016 and they can take advantage of the generous 12-month validity from the date of issue. Prices start from AUD 100 / NZD107.

When purchasing the Swiss Peak Pass with the Swiss Travel Pass, a further discount of up to 20%, on top of the already existing 50% discount applied to mountain railway and cable car rides to the peaks of Pilatus, Titlis, Schilthorn and Gornergrat. Bookings must be made by 3 Nov 2015 and travel completed by 2 Nov 2016, allowing travellers to enjoy the extended validity period which is usually six months. Prices start from AUD196 / NZD231

Travellers exploring more than one country around Europe can enjoy the 20% discount off their Eurail Select or Global Passes for bookings made by 31 Dec 2015. Passes must be used by 31 March 2016. Prices start from AUD 152 / NZD169 for the Eurail Select Pass (for four adjoining countries) and AUD404 / NZD442 for the Eurail Global Pass (covering 28 countries).

Travellers purchasing Eurail Regional and one country passes by 31 December will be able to take advantage of the discounted 2015 prices, while enjoying an extra free travel day that will be granted. Passes must be validated within six months from the date of issue

Further to that, until 3 Nov 2015, travellers booking journeys on Eurostar and France's Thalys services will enjoy reduced prices on selected routes between the UK, France, Belgium, Germany and The Netherlands.

One-way prices on Eurostar will start from AUD74 / NZD83 between the UK and Paris, Brussels and Lille; AUD91 / NZD101 between the UK and Lyon; and AUD108 / NZD120 between the UK and Marseille and Avignon. One-way prices on Thalys will start from AUD98 / NZD 109 from Paris to Brussels, Cologne and Amsterdam.

Terms and conditions apply. Visit for more information and bookings.

 About Rail Europe

Rail Europe is the world's No. 1 distributor of rail tickets and passes offering travellers the widest and best selection of European rail products across no less than 30 countries and 25,000 destinations on more than 11,000 different routes. Rail Europe tickets are sold through appointed General Sales Agents and directly to web users through localised websites (local currency, local language, local service). For more information about Rail Europe products and prices, visit

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Win an indulgent Abu Dhabi Experience.

Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, in partnership with Etihad Airways, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi and Emirates Falcon Tourism are giving you the chance to win a luxurious trip to Abu Dhabi.

The prize includes:
  • Return Economy Class airfares for two
  • Four-nights five-star accommodation
  • Return airport transfers
  • Half day city tour
  • Exciting desert safari
And winning is easy. Simply tell us in 25 words or less “What would make your trip to Abu Dhabi a truly indulgent experience?”

Visit the Abu Dhabi Tourism website to imagine your indulgent Abu Dhabi Experience.

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