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Friday, 13 April 2018

Things To Do In Adelaide At Night



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Ghost stories, unique laneway bars, flavours of the world and shopping under the glow of the moon...what more could you want in Adelaide after dark? Pub rock or rooftop cocktails? You got it.

Dine with The Invincibles

The ghosts of sporting legends are your dinner companions when you take a table at the outstanding Hill Of Grace Restaurant. Occupying level three of the Eastern Stand at Adelaide Oval, you'll be looking over hallowed turf. And while you're in the neighbourhood, get along to a night game at one of the finest sports stadiums in Australia.

Go globe-trotting on Gouger St

Tour the world's cuisine on a single street. Gouger heroes include Star of Siam (Thai), Gaucho's (Argentine), Ky Chow (Chinese) and Wasai Japanese Kitchen (Japanese, self-explanatory really). Fancy a cocktail? Head to the Collins Bar at the Hilton Adelaide just around the corner.

Reclaim the pavement on Rundle St

The eating scene on Rundle St is similar to Gouger St, only it spills onto the street and the tempo is upped by shops, bars, pubs and clubs. Featuring the very best in cutting-edge fashion and leading designer labels, Rundle St is also the city's hub for events, street parades and parties.

Love the little laneways

When the liquor licensing laws changed in 2013, the small bar scene said 'thank you very much' and exploded – mostly in the small laneway quarter around Leigh St, Peel St and Gilbert Place. Today the precinct is a pocket rocket of inner city personality and boozy goodness. Do Udaberri, Clever Little Tailor and Hains & Co, then grab something to eat at Bread & Bone or the time-honoured Rigoni's Bistro.

Get the big picture at Windy Point Restaurant

It's a 20-minute cab ride from the city, but the views in this fine diner warrant the effort. The food at Windy Point Restaurant – not to mention panoramic views of the lights of Adelaide – guarantee a sparkling night.

Test the atmospherics at the Adelaide Night Market

Held on Sunday nights in summer, the Adelaide Night Market feels like a party after dark. It transforms the city's North Terrace into a garden filled with street food from around the world, gifts, jewellery, live music and much more.

Mix the rough with the smooth on Hindley Street

This notorious old strip is going through a reinvention where you can still find the good, the bad and the ugly. Do the oh-so-now at Bank Street Social, go old-school at the Woolshed ('seven bars, three levels, one club' plus bull-riding), or head to the old pharmacy that is The Apothecary 1878; one of the most lovely drinking experiences in town.

Give in to the music

From the city that brought you Jimmy Barnes, Doc Neeson, Paul Kelly and the Hilltop Hoods comes a thriving pub music scene. Try The Gov, Fowler's Live, Jive and the Wheatsheaf Hotel for some great local and international live acts.

Stroll the twilight sands of Glenelg

Pick a warm night and walk along the Glenelg foreshore. On weekends, the families are out on the lawns beneath palms and pines, watching the sun sink into the Gulf. Kick off your shoes, feel the heat go out of the sands – then head for the lively restaurant and hotel scene on Moseley Square.

Meet the ghosts

The old Adelaide Gaol: brutal stories and lively ghosts. Enough said. For those with a ghoulish nature, you can also try the walking tours of West Terrace Cemetery. Try a night one...if you dare.

Get high in Adelaide

With its river and parklands at heart, and hills in the distance, Adelaide's rooftops offer a great vantage point. 2KW has reached for the sky, serving cocktails at 30 metres atop a heritage-listed bank building. Views of the Oval, North Terrace and Cathedral are a knockout.


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Thursday, 22 March 2018

Carol Prior's 50 year Love Affair with Exotic Morocco




Carol Prior will be escorting a very personal, fabulous journey through the Morocco, that she has been having a love affair with for nearly 50 years! The wonderful design and architecture of the country, together with the engaging Moroccan hospitality, drew her back again and again.

Our 15 day adventure begins on 20th March, 2019 in Rabat, the capital city on the Atlantic coast; Tangier, where it all began on a trip from Gibraltar, full of history of the cross-culture of North Africa and Spain, where the Atlantic meets the Mediterranean; then we will wander the ancient labyrinth of alleys in Fes; ride a mule in the high Atlas Mountains or a camel in the Agafay desert culminating in the red city of Marrakech to end on the 3rd April.

The tour will include meeting some of the wonderful people Carol has met over the years, as we visit private homes, gardens and favourite restaurants to dine on traditional and modern Moroccan cuisine and enjoy private cooking classes.

Numbers are limited to 12 people. Morocco is definitely “the flavour of the month” and By Prior Arrangement is the premium Luxury Customised Travel company, specialising in Morocco.

Carol Prior 0415 637 985.

Email: travel@bypriorarrangement.com
























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APT Explores Enchanted South America in 2019




A feast for the senses with an evocative collage of colour, culture, beauty and history, discover a fascinating land full of inspiration as you join APT on a South America adventure in 2019. Take advantage of the online brochure launch Superdeals, including Companion Fly Free specials including taxes.

Traveling with a maximum of just 28 guests, these specialized group sizes will ensure a personalised experience, allowing the chance for more discovery. Led by a team of knowledgeable, English-speaking South American experts, uncover the special moments, colourful characters and rewarding treasures as you embrace the spirit of this remarkable continent.

To experience South America on one of APT's holidays is to develop a close affinity with the continent's stunning landscapes, history and people, in unparalleled comfort, style and safety. Furthermore, you'll stay in South America's leading properties, hand-picked for their distinctive character, unrivalled personal service and spectacular settings. Additionally, with a range of touring styles, APT's Freedom of Choice inclusions and unregimented itineraries, it's easy to feel free and experience a more personalised holiday than ever before.

APT's 22-day South America Inca Journey itinerary includes two rail journeys, visits to some of the continent's most iconic destinations and stops in the bustling cities of Santiago, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro, this unforgettable adventure starts at $16,795, twin share, including $1,000 air credit per couple.

Start your exploration of South America in the Chilean capital of Santiago, before continuing to the pretty seaside city of Valparasio, explore the barrios of Buenos Aires and take in breathtaking views from Cocovado, the mountain famous for its iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. Uncover the World Heritage-listed Iguazu National Park and explore the Historic Centre of Lima, before witnessing the glistening salt pools of Maras.

No trip is complete without boarding the Inca Rail train, in first class, to travel through lush forest to Machu Picchu, where a tour awaits the ancient lost city. In Cusco, the Belmond Andean Explorer train hosts a two-night escape, where a journey across giant peaks and wide open spaces of the Andes takes you to Lake Titicaca, the birthplace of the Incas.

For the more adventurous, APT's 32-day South American Inca Journey with Galapagos & Amazon Cruise will visit all the must-see sights as well as the Galapagos Islands and Amazon. Located in complete isolation from the rest of the world, some 1,000 kilometres from South America, the Galápagos Islands are as spectacular as they are eccentric. Embrace this fragile ecosystem, referred to as a living museum and showcase of evolution, with four nights at Finch Bay Hotel. Afterwards, in Iquitos, board the boutique Delfin II for a unique opportunity to explore the extraordinary landscapes and wildlife of the Amazon waterways in luxury. This adventure starts at $30,995, twin share, including Companion Fly Free including taxes.

For further information on APT's South American itineraries call 1300 196 420, visit www.aptouring.com.au or speak to your local travel agent.

apttravelgroup.com

 

Monday, 19 March 2018

Noosa celebrates 17 years of ‘Beach Culture’




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CULTURE STATEMENT

At first, we were a beach…Australia’s finest, in an environment we carefully guarded. Then, seventeen years ago, we became a community that recognised we could be so much more than a picture postcard.

We embraced the arts. We enticed the world’s finest performers to this special part of the world. We welcomed the dancers, the actors, the musicians, the writers And now they can’t wait to join us every July, at NOOSA alive!

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Northern Escape Collection Launched by Morris Group [watch]




The Northern Escape Collection is the latest offering from the Morris Group. Encompassing a selection of luxury lodges in North Queensland’s majestic reef, rainforest and outback regions, the discerning traveller can enjoy secluded landscapes, fine wines around an outback campfire, swimming under an ancient rainforest waterfall and snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef.

The collection, complete with its own luxury helicopter company, makes it possible for visitors to discover more than one of its spectacular destinations in a single journey. Flying in state-of-the-art aircraft with highly trained and knowledgeable pilots, guests are taken on a journey to remember, witnessing the vast size and sheer beauty of the region.

All properties are accessible by road, except Orpheus Island Lodge. But why drive, when you can fly?

With breathtaking inflight views, luxury facilities and first-class service, a Northern Escape experience is second to none! Accessible from either Cairns or Townsville, create an exclusive itinerary from our selection of luxury lodges and quintessentially Australian experiences.

www.northernescape.com.au



Tuesday, 6 March 2018

MSC Cruises Northern Europe for 2018




MSC Cruises Northern Europe itineraries take you to the Norwegian Fjords, Baltic Capitals & Iceland.

Weekly departures every Saturday & Sunday with four ships seasonally

Be quick to secure your spot on one of the hottest itineraries for 2018!


Departing Hamburg, Germany on July 29, 2018 MSC Meraviglia takes you on an 11-night journey.  Launched in June 2017, MSC Meraviglia is packed with extraordinary features. Enjoy outstanding dining options and entertainment including the exclusive Cirque du Soliel at Sea. An innovative ocean-view aft lounge, a two-deck "inside promenade" with a 480 square metre LED dome and a spectacular amusement area connected to an outdoor water park, will keep everyone entertained. In the Shetland Islands visit the 17th century town of Lerwick and Scalloway Castle, built by tyrant Patrick Stewart, in 1600 before admiring the peat and heather covered landscapes. Continuing to Iceland you will stop at three ports, Reykjavik for an overnight stay, Isafjordur and Akureyri. From here you will sail to Invergordon in the UK before returning to Hamburg. Priced from $3,099*pp twin share. PLUS your choice of FREE gift- onboard credit, all-inclusive drinks package or WiFi package, if you book by March 15, 2018.

Ranked among the most beautiful destinations in Europe, the Fjords of Norway are a must see on everyone's bucket list. Departing July 14, 2018 MSC Orchestra takes you on a 7-night journey through the fjords from Copenhagen, Denmark. Priced from $2,199*pp twin share for a balcony cabin. PLUS your choice of FREE gift- onboard credit, all-inclusive drinks package or WiFi package, if you book by March 15, 2018.

Departing August 18, 2018, from Kiel, Germany, MSC Preziosa, calls at Bergen, where you will see Sognefjord, the country's longest and deepest fjord and the colourful wooden houses of Bryggen and the fjords of Flaam and Hellesylt/ Geiranger on a 7-night cruise. Priced from $1,427*pp twin share. PLUS your choice of FREE gift- onboard credit, all-inclusive drinks package or WiFi package, if you book by March 15, 2018.

For a longer journey join MSC Magnifica on a 10-night journey through the Norwegian fjords.  Explore the Fjords of Stavanger, Bergen, the pretty town of Olden and Alesund.  Founded in 1793 and destroyed by fire, today Alesund is one of the great art nouveau towns. Ports of call also include Le Havre (Paris) and Hamburg, Germany. Departing Southampton on July 9, 2018 and priced from $2,199*pp twin share.  PLUS your choice of FREE gift- onboard credit, all-inclusive drinks package or WiFi package, if you book by March 15, 2018.

With weekly departures, you can choose a date to suit, but don't delay to secure your cabin for 2018!  Book TODAY by calling 1300 028 502, www.msccruises.com.au or call your local travel agent and don't miss out.  

*Conditions apply. Pick your gift on selected departures only. New bookings only. Onboard credit, based on twin share booking Inside cabin $100pp, Oceanview $150pp, Balcony $200pp. Adult all inclusive drinks package available for first passenger only. All passengers in the cabin must purchase the all-inclusive drinks package. Wifi Streamer package with 340MB up to 4 devices
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Cicada Lodge, Nitmiluk Tours celebration package



To celebrate the latest QANTAS Australian Tourism Awards achievements (Silver for Cicada Lodge in the Luxury Accommodation category and Nitmiluk Tours' Bronze for the Qantas Award for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism), Nitmiluk has released some great new package options with its "All About You" promotion.

Choose from a stay at Cicada Lodge at just $360.00 per room per night, or upgrade to stay 2 nights for $615.00 only per room! The rate includes a welcome drink on arrival, the iconic sunset drinks and canapes on the pool deck and a gourmet Continental Breakfast.

Or stay in the self-contained Nitmiluk Chalets from just $150.00 per room per night for a one bedroom chalet -  stay 2 nights for $260.00 only per room!  Or for $195.00 per room per night in a 2 bedroom chalet, and upgrade to two nights for just $310.00 only per room

All guests booking on  the "All about you" Promo, will be entitled to:
  • 10% discount on our Heli Flight - enjoy the magnificent view of the Gorge with waterfalls in full flow!
  • 10% discount on our Gorge Cruises – experience the magic of Nitmiluk Gorge on a guided cruise
  • 10% discount at the Souvenir Shop – bring a memory back home to your loved ones
  • 10% at the Sugarbag café' – serving superb breakfasts, delicious lunches and snacks

For bookings, contact reservations@nitmiluktours.com.au or call 1300 146 743. Booking dates: 1 March 2018 until 31 March 2018 Stay dates: 1 March 2018 to 30 April 2018. Some block out dates apply.

*Terms and Conditions apply

Monday, 5 March 2018

Half price companion fares on the Belmond Eastern & Oriental


For a limited time only, Rail Plus is offering 50% off companion fares on the Belmond E&O for selected March and April departures and all departures between September and December 2018. That amounts to savings of up to a whopping $2,000!

Journeying between the vibrant and modern cities of Singapore and Bangkok, passengers will not only enjoy the contrasting landscape of this South East Asian peninsula as the train passes through a series of quaint villages, winding rivers and ancient temples, but also indulge in the incredible flavours of this region.



The 3D/2N journey from Singapore to Bangkok will depart on 10 March and 23 April, while the 4D/3N journey from Bangkok to Singapore will depart on 14 March, 6 April and 27 April.

Based on twin share in the Pullman and State Cabins, bookings must be made by 25 April.  The promotional code is EC50. Visit www.railplus.com.au or call 1300 555 003


Wednesday, 28 February 2018

More Departure Dates for Flinders Ranges Outback Tour



Due to high demand Flinders Ranges Odysseys' has released additional 2018 and 2019 departure dates for its popular four day/three-night Flinders Ranges Outback Tour.

The tour discovers the spectacular and rugged scenery of Wilpena Pound and the magnificent Flinders Ranges, the largest mountain range in South Australia.

The Flinders Ranges Outback Tour will now operate more frequently, with additional dates added to the existing fortnightly departures.

2018 departure dates include Friday 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd March, Wednesday 4th April and Friday 20th and 27th April, Friday 4th, 18th and 25th May, Sunday 3rd, 17th and 24th June, Sunday 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th July, Sunday 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th August, Sunday 2nd and 16th September, Sunday 7th, 21st and 28th October and Sunday 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th November.

In 2019 the tour will depart on Friday 1st, 15th, 22nd and 29th March.




The four-Day Flinders Ranges Outback Tour includes all meals, touring and accommodation. Guests explore the Flinders Ranges in luxury air-conditioned Mercedes Benz vehicles, in small groups of up to eight people, accompanied by a personal local tour guide.

Accommodation is at the award-winning Rawnsley Park Station in luxurious Eco Villas or one-bedroom Holiday Units and at the famous Prairie Hotel at Parachilna.

The tour departs from Adelaide and highlights include touring Wilpena Pound and the southern Flinders Ranges, visiting Kanyaka Station Homestead Ruins, the copper mining town of Blinman, and the Nilpena Station Ediacaran Experience with fossils over 500 million years old.

Dining highlights include a Sunset at the Chace tour, a three-course Lamb Tasting food experience with wines matched to each course and the Prairie Hotel's Signature "Feral" Antipasto Platter.

The four-Day Flinders Ranges Outback Tour starts from A$3184 per person and includes all accommodation, meals, morning pick-up and evening set-down at selected Adelaide CBD hotels, personalised touring, expert commentary from a local driver/guide, all entrance fees and special permits and all activities.

For further information and bookings visit www.flindersrangesodysseys.com.au

T: +61 8 8553 0386  E: kireservations@kiodysseys.com.au

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Captain Cook Cruises Fiji Sale Extended




Captain Cook Cruises Fiji has extended its 'Three Nights Free Sail', until 31 March 2018 with travel valid till 31 March 2019. Book any eleven or seven-night Fiji cruise and save up to AUD$1535.00 per person, twin share.

All 11-night Lau and Kadavu Discovery Cruises, 7-night Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands cruises and 7-night 4 Cultures or Colonial Discovery cruises are aboard the 130-passenger, fully accommodated MV Reef Endeavour small ship cruise vessel.

The newly refurbished ship can visit parts of Fiji larger ships cannot get to, allowing passengers the unique experience of visiting remote villages, churches and schools and taking part in traditional village sevusevu ceremonies and Meke and Lovo feasts.

As well as being immersed in Fijian culture there is plenty of time for relaxing on white sandy beaches, swimming, kayaking and paddle boarding in crystal clear waters and snorkelling and glass bottom boating over amazing coral reefs. The ship is equipped with a hydraulic platform ensuring boarding and disembarking the glass bottom boat is easy.

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Experience the underwater world with mind-blowing scuba diving operated by Viti Water Sports, a PADI5 Star Dive Centre. Two or three dives are offered daily and always in different locations.

A complimentary Kids Club is available for children 5 to 9 years and operates between 9.00am and 12noon, 2.00pm to 5.00pm and from 6.00pm and 9.00pm for early dinner and activities.

The 7-night Yasawa Islands and Mamanuca cruise departs Port Denarau every Tuesday and Saturday for the ultimate Southern and Northern Yasawa Island experience.

The 7-nights 4 Cultures Discovery cruise circumnavigates Vanua Levu, Fiji's second largest island and visits four distinctive Fijian cultures including Ellice Islanders (Polynesians), Banabans (Micronesia), Fijians and Indians.

The 7- nights Colonial Fiji Discovery Cruise reveals the unique history, art and culture of the Northern Fiji Islands and allows passengers the ultimate experience of 'standing' on the 180th Meridian, the natural dateline.

Seven-night Discovery Cruises depart on selected dates on the first Tuesday of the month throughout 2018 and 2019.

The eleven nights Lau and Kadavu Discovery Cruise departs 6th November 2018 and 5th March 2019 and explores the length of the most easterly islands in the Fiji group, the Lau Islands and Kadavu, a part of Fiji rarely seen by tourists.

Prices for the 'Three nights Free Sail' for the seven-night Fiji cruises start from AUD$2045 per adult twin share, normally AUD$3395 per adult twin share and AUD$640 per child (5-17 years) sharing with an adult, normally AUD$1065 per child sharing with an adult.

Prices for the eleven-night discovery cruise start from AUD$4090 per adult twin share, normally AUD$5625 per adult twin share and AUD$1280 per child (5-17 years) sharing with an adult, normally AUD$1760 per child sharing with an adult.

The 'Three Nights Free' cruise sale is on sale until 31 March 2018 and valid for travel until 31 March 2019. The sale is valid on all room categories including "A" Tabua Suites, "B" and "C" Ocean Staterooms and "D" Porthole Cabins.

Fares include shipboard accommodation, all meals, guided village, school and island tours, snorkelling and glass bottom boat excursions, daily island stopovers and water activities, hikes and Kayak safaris, on board entertainment, kids club (5-9 years), onboard Wi-Fi, 24-hour self-service tea and coffee bar, post cruise transfers to Nadi and Denarau hotels and Nadi airport and use of the ship's facilities including a swimming pool, jacuzzi, mini gym, sun deck, cocktail bar and library.

For further information and bookings visit www.captaincookcruisesfiji.com or contact your local travel agent.

Website: www.captaincookcruisesfiji.com


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