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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Kids Free at Falls Creek ski lodge


Family-friendly Trackers Mountain Lodge, located in the heart of Falls Creek Alpine Resort, is offering sensational savings for families

They are invited to bring their Kids to stay at this very popular ski in - ski out ski lodge for Free and get 50% off ski lift passes.

This offer is valid between the resort's official opening on Queen's Birthday (June 10) until June 22 and from September 22 until the alpine resort closes its ski lifts.

Parents can introduce their children to a snow adventure at a fraction of the price to peak season.  

The value-for-money snow holiday offered by Trackers Mountain Lodge costs from $1,599 per family (same package $4,598 in peak season). The package includes quad share accommodation in a standard room for two adults two children, continental breakfasts, plus 4-day full day ski school programs for two children.

For more details contact Trackers Mountain Lodge 03 5758 3346

e-mail info@trackers.com.au

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Paine Field Aviation Day this Saturday May 20



This Saturday, May 20, 2017, Historic Flight Foundation, the Washington Pilots Association, Paine Field Airport, and the Flying Heritage Combat Armor Museum will host the 22nd Annual Paine Field Aviation Day from 10am - 5pm. Or arrive at 8 a.m. for the 5K/10K airside run/walk followed by a delicious pancake breakfast courtesy of Kiwanis. Experience interactive displays, flight simulators, robotics and modeling. Walk among static aircraft, vintage military vehicles, classic cars, and contemporary aircraft courtesy of the U.S. Navy. Vintage aircraft rides will be available throughout the day. At least one lucky patron will win a free ride in a B-25 Mitchell bomber. Warbirds fly at noon!

To commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo, aviation historian David Lednicer will present “The Remarkable History of the B-25 Mitchell” at 11:00am and 2:00pm. Two B-25s will fly.

Contact:
10719 Bernie Webber Drive
Mukilteo, WA 98275
(425) 348-3200
visitorservices@historicflight.org
www.historicflight.org



Monday, 8 May 2017

Shake up winter and escape with Cebu Pacific Air!



Tick off bucket list essentials and explore all corners of the Philippines with multi-destination seat sale!

Cebu Pacific Air, the Philippines' largest carrier, is pleased to announce a seat sale to help savvy travellers escape the cooler winter months. The seat sale, on now until Saturday, May 13th 2017, enables passengers to experience the Philippines' many world-renowned destinations— thanks to the carrier's seamless domestic connectivity.

For travel between 15 June 2017 and 30 September 2017, the sale underlines Cebu Pacific's commitment to providing its valued guests the opportunity to witness breathtaking views without having put a dent on their savings. For as low as $299, Australian travellers may fly direct to Manila, the Philippines' capital, and hop to other exotic destinations in the country.

"Our seat sales enable us to open up an avenue for the Australians to explore the iconic destinations of the Philippines without having to pay a hefty price tag. We believe that through these, Cebu Pacific is able to provide stress-free holiday options across our most extensive domestic route network, making it now more possible for everyone to see for themselves the treasured gems of the Philippines," says Candice Iyog, Vice President for Marketing and Distribution of Cebu Pacific.

The Cebu Pacific Air seat sale includes one-way airfares from Sydney to Manila, plus onward connections to Cebu, Puerto Princesa (gateway to El Nido), Kalibo/Caticlan (gateway to Boracay), Tagbilaran (Bohol), Dumaguete, Bacolod, Cagayan, de Oro, General Santos, Davao, Iloilo and Tacloban.

Whether it's discovering the cultural and heritage sites of Cebu or immersing in the pristine waters of Boracay and Palawan, the choices are endless with Cebu Pacific for anyone wanting to visit these three destinations—listed as among the best islands in the world by Conde Nast travel magazine.

The seat sale tickets can be booked directly by visiting www.cebupacificair.com. The latest seat sales can also be found on CEB's official Twitter (@CebuPacificAir) and Facebook pages.

 

Friday, 5 May 2017

Helen Wongs Tours and Qantas Bargain Escapes program




Book one of the tours prior to June 1 and save $100 a couple. Book a 2018 tour before the end of 2017 and save $200 a couple.

In celebrating its 30th anniversary, Helen Wong's Tours has partnered with Qantas to launch an exciting, newly-branded program of guided tours with a host of benefits designed for bargain hunters.

The long-time Asian holiday specialist has unveiled a 2017-2018 Bargain Escapes program which focuses on China and Japan, combining guided sightseeing with ample free time for travellers to shop, dine and cover other sites - at their leisure.




Prices start from $1299 per person, twin share for a seven-day A Taste of China tour, including return Qantas air fares from Australia.

As a bonus, travellers who book and pay in full before June 1, 2017 for one of the new tours in 2017 will save $100 per couple.

Book and pay in full by the end of 2017 for one of the 2018 tours and customers will save $200 per couple.

"This new brand has been added to our portfolio to meet the increasing demand from past customers requesting new products," said founder and managing director Helen Wong.

"We have also received many enquiries for short-term holidays which offer an amazing deal to cater for all ages and budgets and more free time to explore on their own," she said.

Among the benefits of booking a new Helen Wong's Tours Bargain Escapes tour are:

·         All departures are guaranteed;
·         Prices are guaranteed once a customer pays a deposit;
·         No seasonal surcharges;
·         Chance to earn additional Qantas Frequent Flyer Points;
·         Early bird price guarantee for bookings and deposits for 2018.

In additional to A Taste of China series of tours, Helen Wong's Tours' Bargain Escapes include a nine-day China Delights itinerary (from $1699pp twin share), 11-day Highlights of Japan (from $2999 per person, twin share) and 13-day Best of Japan (from $4799 per person twin share).

Each tour focuses on combining three-to-four star hotel stays with guided sightseeing and ample free time to shop, dine and cover other sites - at the travellers' leisure.

Details: Helen Wong's Tours, phone 1300 788328, www.helenwongstours.com

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

"50 Natural Wonders to Blow Your Mind" from Lonely Planet


Great Barrier Reef, Kakadu & Uluru feature in Lonely Planet's 50 Natural Wonders to Blow Your Mind



Think you know the great outdoors? Lonely Planet's 50 Natural Wonders to Blow Your Mind, published this month, will make you think again.

Walk over a bridge formed of living tree roots in India. Take a boat cruise through New Zealand's dark caves magically lit with thousands of glowworms. Marvel at the sheer scale and beauty of the USA's Grand Canyon.

Discover just how extraordinary the world really is as Lonely Planet tours 50 of the globe's most mind-boggling wild and wonderful places – including three in Australia:

The Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

"The staggering statistics tell a story in themselves – this is the world's largest single structure made from living organisms; so huge, in fact, that it can be detected from space. It is made up of over 2900 reefs and 900 islands that stretch for over 2300km. But all you'll really notice, once you dive down, is the rainbow of marine life that crowds around you. It's a tropical fish play centre with sharks, stingrays, sea turtles and even the elusive and enigmatic dugong thrown in for good measure … Global warming and the resulting rise in temperature of the earth's oceans has caused widespread bleaching of the rare coral, thus destroying the essential habitat of the reef's marine life. The reef needs its environmental warriors as well as its tourist trade to ensure its survival."

Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory

"A 20,000sq km-sized slice of one of the earth's most geologically dramatic and biologically diverse wildernesses. The park supports four major river systems; has six different landforms, including estuaries, floodplains, stone country and the southern hills. There are over 280 different bird species, around 60 species of mammals, more than 10,000 insect species, and lots and lots of crocodiles … It is believed that Aboriginal people have inhabited the Kakadu region for more than 40,000 years, forging a deeply spiritual relationship with the region. There are more than 5000 Aboriginal art sites throughout the park, with some hosting rock art paintings over 20,000 years old, one of the longest historical records of any people in the world."

Uluru, Northern Territory

"In a nation not short of natural wonders, the immense spectacle that awaits you in Australia's vast red centre is truly breathtaking. The solitary grandeur of the rock is worthy of every superlative you can think to throw at it; and even then no description can really prepare you for the sight of over 3.5km of solid stone in real life … The Pitjantjatjara tribe have called the area home for many thousands of years and there are many sacred sites around the base of the rock that have deep cultural and spiritual meaning. Learn more about the Dreamtime legends surrounding the rock at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Aboriginal Cultural Centre, and take a tour of ancient cave paintings with Aboriginal guides."

ABOUT THE BOOK
Lonely Planet's 50 Natural Wonders to Blow Your Mind
Published 4 May 2017
128pp, full colour; 120 x 178mm, flexi
RRP: AUD $14.9

Monday, 1 May 2017

New package for Sydney urban explorers



Stay and Walk Sydney's historic Tank Stream – city's newest hotel launches package re-tracing Sydney's oldest life-source

The Tank Stream hotel's entry design captures the flow of the original Tank Stream, while (right) the influence of the water source is commemorated in a sculpture at Circular Quay

1 May 2017: Sydney's newest international hotel, The Tank Stream, is offering visitors to Sydney an opportunity to combine contemporary comfort with a new two night accommodation package that includes a historical discovery tour that traces the path of the city's original life-source, the Tank Stream.

When the First Fleet arrived in 1788, it was meant to have established the colony at Botany Bay, but the lack of fresh water saw Captain Arthur Phillip move the fleet around to Sydney Cove, where they discovered a fresh water stream – and the city of Sydney was born.

The stream in those days was open, running from a swamp in Hyde Park, down through waterfalls across Bridge Street then out to what is now Circular Quay. Tanks were established to capture the water, leading to its name, the Tank Stream.




The Tank Stream is now fully covered, but a Tank Stream & Hidden Laneways tour – conducted by small-group tour specialists Go Local Tours – provides visitors the opportunity to retrace its path covering the city's infamous start as a penal colony, the beautiful sandstone architecture, and the colourful stories behind the laneways that lead from Martin Place down to Sydney Harbour.

The Winter Walk The Tank Stream package includes two nights in a Superior Queen Room at the Tank Stream Hotel, complimentary upgrade to next room type (subject to availability), breakfast for two at Le Petit Flot Restaurant, free wifi, in-room movies and mini bar items (non alcoholic), and a Tank Stream & Hidden Laneways Tour for two. The package is available from $479 (double/twin), a saving of 25% off full rates. Bookings via: www.tankstreamhotel.com (Promotional code Winterwalk17). The package is valid till 31 August 2017. Conditions apply.




The 4.5 star Tank Stream Hotel is located above the Tank Stream and is one of Sydney's best located hotels, just a short walk from the Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay, Hyde Park, The Rocks and Barangaroo, and just a short walk to trains, buses and ferries.

A perfect base for short and longer stays in Sydney, the Tank Stream Hotel is surrounded by many of city's most celebrated restaurants, theatres, entertainment venues and boutiques.

The hotel's restaurant Le Petit Flot offers relaxed contemporary bistro style dining with an emphasis on share plates and local produce, and a laneway cafe provides an ideal spot to catch the vibrancy of the city over a coffee or glass of wine. The hotel can also arrange discounted access to nearby fitness centres and parking.

The Tank Stream Hotel is part of the international St Giles Premier Hotel collection, with the Sydney hotel joining other St Giles' hotels in cities such as London, New York, Kuala Lumpur and Manila.

Further information & reservations: www.tankstreamhotel.com

T: +61 2 8222 1211

reservations@tankstreamhotel.com

97 Pitt Street, Sydney, 2000, NSW, Australia


 

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Mayfield garden major outdoor concert with James Reyne


Australia's largest open garden, Mayfield at Oberon, is marking its daily opening for the first time with a major outdoor concert featuring James Reyne, on 30 April.

Reyne will perform within the 64-hectare European-inspired garden alongside Boom Crash Opera, Matt Boylan Smith and Smith & Jones, as the finale to Autumnfest on now.

The celebration of the flamboyant autumnal colours at Mayfield is part of a dynamic annual entertainment program just released and includes luxe food events, yoga retreats (5-7 May), glamorous public gatherings, foraging, corporate retreats, weddings, major outdoor performances, and food and garden workshops.

The performances will take place in front of the spectacular Obelisk and Pond, and visitors can enjoy the concert from within the Alle of London Plain Trees with a hand selected range of the finest local food and beverage from the Central West.

For return bus transfer packages from Oberon, Bathurst, Orange, Lithgow and Katoomba visit: www.mayfieldgarden.com.au

Mayfield

530 Mayfield Road Oberon, NSW 2787 Info@mayfieldgarden.com www.MayfieldGarden.com.au

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

World Environment Day with Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts

The theme for World Environment Day 2017 is 'Connecting People to Nature – in the city and on the land, from the poles to the equator'. This year, on World Environment Day, wherever you are, in whatever part of the world, Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts invites all guests together with its associates to take part in environmental activities such as tree planting or beach cleaning for a week, starting from 5 to 11 June. This initiative is part of the groups' Stay for Good Greening Communities Together programme which aims to raise awareness for climate change and preserving the environment.



Now in its fourth year, this programme seeks to support the environment and care for the local communities through educational activities, community clean ups and recycling whenever possible at our hotels and resorts. Participating resorts from Maldives, Vietnam and Bintan; to China and Mexico, will purpose to clear their beaches, rivers, wetlands, hotel compound and streets; ensuring a pristine environment for indigenous inhabitants; and protecting the native flora and fauna.



Over in the Maldives, guests at Angsana Ihuru, Angsana Velavaru or Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru can take part in cleaning up the islands and removing the harmful Crown of Thorns Starfish from the coral reefs. All plastic bottles collected will be donated to a recycling company and the Crown of Thorns Starfish will be buried. In Playa del Carmen, Banyan Tree Mayakoba will be partnering a local youth organisation, "Plant for the Planet" and Solidaridad municipality to plant 700 native trees in order to restore greenery in the city affected by urban development. They will also clean the roads on the fringes of the town and are expecting to gather a total of two tons of garbage. They have also planned an environmental festival where guests and the local community will be educated on a variety of ways to conserve the environment and nature through a series of thematic games. To commemorate World Environment Day, the team at Angsana Bintan and Banyan Tree Bintan have dedicated to planting 200 mangroves and 100 corals, as well as picking up 100kg of litter at Angsana Beach and Kampung Baru Beach. In a hidden paradise in XiXi National Wetland Park, Angsana Hangzhou and Banyan Tree Hangzhou have committed to protecting the thriving plant and animal species by educating guests on wetland conservation with detailed presentations and guided nature tours to identify over 100 species of freshwater fish and birds.



Throughout the year, guests can contribute actively in the remediation of our global ecosystems with our sustainability themed guest activities found in our hotels and resorts worldwide, such as Citizen Science Programme in the Maldives, Earth Hour and Earth Day celebrations in Samui and Lijiang or Turtle Feeding and Release in Bintan and Phuket. Safeguarding the environment is core to Banyan Tree's values. Hence, the group endeavours to instill greater environmental respect among associates, partners, associates, guests and local communities through multiple efforts.

Read more about how you can participate in our Stay for Good programme here: www.banyantreeglobalfoundation.com/stay-for-good


Dynamic International Airways New Daily Route Between NY And Ecuador



Dynamic International Airways, a low cost carrier dedicated to providing travelers with convenient, affordable, and streamlined travel routes, this week proudly announced they have launched a new airways route between JFK in New York and Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Scheduled to provide one daily rotation beginning in JFK, arriving at GYE, and returning back to JFK, Dynamic International Airways will be offering the route five times per week with the exclusion of Tuesdays and Wednesdays from June 1 to the 30, 2017.

After the initial launch in June, the airlines will offer one daily rotation, seven times per week, from July 1 to October 28, 2017.

"We are incredibly excited to be offering travelers direct access out of New York right into the heart of Ecuador," said Elizabeth Sukie, Dynamic's Intl Airways Senior Vice President. "Ecuador is home to a rich culture, set in some of the most breathtaking natural scenery in the world. With our new route, seamless travel between Ecuador and the United States is now possible."

Customers will enjoy the comfort of bilingual - Spanish and English speaking - flight attendants and customer support agents. Dynamic International Airways is dedicated to providing passengers the best travel experience!

For more information, or to book upcoming tickets today, visit: http://www.flydya.com.

For Marketing inquiries: marketing@flydya.com
For support: support@flydya.com
Reservations: +1 (336) 790-8176

About Dynamic

Dynamic International Airways provides excellent, comfortable, low cost, long haul, point-to-point air service. The airline is headquartered in North Carolina and offers service from airports in New York, Guyana, Venezuela, Hong Kong, Palau, Saipan and now Guayaquil with its fleet of B767 wide body aircrafts.

SOURCE  Dynamic International Airways


Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Now opened: Doot Doot Doot at Jackalope Hotel - Mornington Peninsula


DESTINATION DINING AT JACKALOPE HOTEL



Jackalope Hotel's signature dining experience, Doot Doot Doot, called first service when the much-anticipated accommodation opened April 1st. Offering contemporary, upscale dining, Doot Doot Doot serves dinner daily and lunch Friday through to Sunday.

Under the direction of Executive Chef, Guy Stanaway (formerly of Aman Hotels), the menu presents an outstanding assortment of Victorian produce. Drawing on relationships with local growers, Stanaway combines time-honoured techniques with culinary curiosity, delivering dishes that are a faithful expression of the region's palate.



"The menu's philosophy mirrors our winemaking", says Stanaway. "Willow Creek's single vineyard wines are produced to deliver a true sense of place; our menu is the edible edition of this same story." Dishes like seasonal vegetables, served with goat's curd, and lightly dressed with whey and orange blossom, offer an honest representation of the quality of the local produce.

Diners choose a four- or eight-course tasting menu, matched with estate and international wines. "Given the property's rich heritage as a wine producer, the partnership between food and wine is central to the Doot Doot Doot experience," adds Stanaway.



A further nod to wine-soaked roots, the 1,200-bottle, glass cellar showcases an international selection of limited-release wines produced from vineyards 11-hectares or less—the size of the hotel's vineyard. "This collection gives context to our winemaking story, while also presenting the world's premier small-batch producers – a mix of locals, favourites, and emerging stars," says Director of Food & Beverage, Josef Murray.

Murray is at the helm of this designer dining room, joining Jackalope after several years with celebrated restaurateur, Jason Atherton, in Sydney, Hong Kong and London.



The shining light in a dramatic interior by CARR Design Group, is a custom-made, 10,000-globe chandelier by Melbourne-based artist, Jan Flook. This 80sqm crown was commissioned to evince the process of fermentation, one of the seven stages in the hotel's narrative, alchemy.

Doot Doot Doot's cocktail bar, Flaggerdoot, delights in the alchemic process of distillation. Housed in the property's original homestead, the space itself is an infusion of forms; herringbone floors and open fires warm, while statement pieces from the likes of international icon, Rick Owens, create a sense of curated cool.

The names, Doot Doot Doot and Flaggerdoot, tie in with the legendary Jackalope tale. Flaggerdoot is the collective noun for a group of jackalopes, while the leader of the flaggerdoot is known as the doot doot doot.




For bookings phone (03) 5931 2500 or visit www.jackalopehotels.com

Open for dinner seven nights a week from 6:00pm and for lunch Friday to Sunday Doot Doot Doot offers breakfast to in-house guests daily

166 Balnarring Road,
Merricks North VIC 3926














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