Saturday, 25 October 2014

Woodford Folk Festival

Woodford Folk Festival is one of Australia's most iconic annual events and returns for its 29th year from 27 December 2014 - 1 January 2015. Held in Queensland's Sunshine Coast hinterland, Woodford Folk Festival gathers artists and musicians and explores cultural, artistic, social and food diversity. This year's festival will see over 2500 artists and presenters perform across 35 venues. The program ranges from concerts featuring national and Indigenous Australian and international contemporary artists to films, forums, visual arts, an entire children's festival and many special presentations including a spectacular fire event on New Year's Day.

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Friday, 24 October 2014

An Enchanting Escape at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa 72 Hours Only - Paradise at Half Price Promotion at Luxury Resort

Plenty of exciting stories await you to experience on an idyllic coast of the Andaman Sea at Mai Khao Beach of Phuket. Plan your upcoming winter vacation at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa with a special offer that is sizzling more than ever.

Enjoy a 72-hour offer up to 50% discount on your stay from the standard rate during 28 October - December 20, 2014 for selected room categories along with extra benefit to pamper your taste buds.
Starting from THB 4,800+++ per room per night, the Paradise at Half Price Promotion is valid for reservation between 28 – 30 October, 2014 (72 hours) and includes:
  • Accommodation in a Deluxe Sala Garden View, Deluxe Sala Garden Terrace or Deluxe Sea View
  • 15% discount on Food and Beverage at the resort 
Terms and Conditions
  • Rate is for accommodation only
  • Discount already included in the rate shown
  • Rate is subject to availability, black-out dates apply
  • Offer cannot be used on conjunction with any other promotional offers
  • Valid for reservation between 28 – 30 October, 2014, and stay during 28 October - December 20, 2014 only.
  • Other terms & conditions may apply
Book from 28 – 30 October, 2014 at or contact or Tel: +66 76 338 000. deal of the week: Mercure Paris Opera Cusset, Paris

Mercure Paris Opera Cusset, Paris

Save 40% on your stay

Mercure Paris Opera Cusset, Paris 3*
Save up to 40%
Book by: 26th December 2014
Stay by: 30th October - 26th December 2014
Prices from: AU $208 per night

Just a short walk to Haussman Boulevard, the Opéra Garnierand and a number of metro stations, the Mercure Paris Opera Cusset puts you in the perfect spot to explore this romantic city and soak up the Parisian charm. You can shop till you drop with the world’s best shopping at your fingertips, visit the Louver and see the Mona Lisa or catch a bird’s eye view of the city from the Eifel Tower. With bars and restaurants right outside your door, elegant designer rooms, free Wifi, and room service to the wee hours of the morning the, Mercure Paris Opera Cusset provides great value for money.

Visit for more details or call ‎1800 687 236‎

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^Hotel Deals: Price quoted is per room per night based on two people sharing and is inclusive of all fees and taxes. Rates are subject to availability. Minimum stay requirements and black-out dates may apply. Prices are available as of 24 October, 2014. Prices may fluctuate due to changes in taxes, fees and currency. Visit for full terms and conditions.

Yacht cruising in Greece abaord MS Galileo

BEYOND Travel are offering discounts of up to $780 per couple on the popular eight-day first class mega-yacht cruise “Jewels of the Cyclades” through the Aegean Sea for departures in 2015 when you book and pay by December 19.

The voyage aboard the MS Galileo has only 25 cabins but is large enough to have spacious social areas yet small enough for an intimate and relaxed atmosphere and able to dock at smaller ports.

Sun deck on MS Galileo
Sailing on a round-trip cruise from Athens, the itinerary includes port visits to some of the lesser known Greek Islands such as Folegandros, Paros, Delos, Kythnos and Syros as well as the famous islands of Santorini and Mykonos. It also offers plenty of leisure time when the yacht drops anchor in many secluded bays perfect for a dip in the warm waters.

The cruise is now priced from $2,260 per person twin share, a saving of $420 per couple for a category C cabin during the low season. For a category A cabin in the high season you can save up to $780 per couple with the cruise now priced from $3840 per person twin share.

Prices include seven nights cruise accommodation, two meals a day, tea/coffee and mineral water throughout the day, use of fishing and snorkelling equipment, services of an experienced captain and crew and port charges.

There are numerous guaranteed departures between April and October, 2015.

For more details on all mega-yacht cruises contact Beyond Travel on 1300-363-554 or visit

Arabian Sea Cruises with Silversea


Sail from Singapore to Muscat (Oman) on this 17 day voyage on board Silversea's Silver Wind.

Departing Singapore on 19 March 2015, Silver Wind will travel to Malaysia, stopping in the nation's capital, Kuala Lumpur, and Penang, a cultural and architectural gem. Silver Wind will then visit Thailand's Phuket, an island that offers pristine beaches, lush vegetation and traditional villages, before sailing to Yangon for two overnight stays. While in Yangon, guests can experience the country's unique culture, which is relatively untouched by Western influences, and explore famous landmarks, such as Kaba Aye Pagoda. Guests can also enjoy an optional tour to Bagan and admire the 2,000 sprawling stupas, Shwezigon Pagoda and the temples that dot the horizon.

Silver Wind will then spend three days at sea, enabling guests to relax and enjoy the on board facilities, such as The Spa at Silversea, the fitness centre and daily Bridge sessions, hosted by certified instructors. Journeying into Sri Lanka, guests can explore Colombo, a beautiful city home to diverse cultures, tropical landscapes and historic architecture. Continuing her journey to India, Silver Wind will stop in Cochin, an intriguing city of ancient mosques, crumbling remains and the Paradesi Synagogue, a 400-year-old synagogue. Silver Wind will then visit Mumbai, India's bustling, financial powerhouse, before travelling to Muscat in Oman, with guests disembarking on 5 April 2015.

Prices are per person starting from AU$7,350 in a Vista Suite double occupancy. Silversea fares include: all-suite accommodation with butler service; gourmet meals with menus inspired by Relais & Châteaux; complimentary wines, Champagne and spirits served throughout the ships; and all gratuities.

This voyage is subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply. For more information, contact your travel professional or Silversea Cruises on +61 2 9255 0600 or 1300 306 872 or visit

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Cool Party With Bie Sukrit’s Mini Concert At Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort

Make your weekend special with a stay at the luxurious Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort and enjoy our “Cool Party Package” from November 28 – 30, 2014 with outstanding rates starting from THB 9,175* per person.

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*(rates are applicable to a minimum of 2 persons)
Cool Party Package” benefits include:
  • 2 nights stay for 2 persons sharing in a Superior room inclusive of daily breakfast
  • Thai Airways round-trip air ticket (Bangkok – Krabi)
Economy class RBD W (Availability limited)
  • Free access to Saturday Night Party with Bie Sukrit Wisetkaew’s mini concert and popular DJs
On 29 November, it’s Saturday Night Party with Bie Sukrit and DJs spinning top tracks to get you dancing.
8:30 p.m.                             Party warm-up
9:00 p.m.                             Mini concert by Bie The Star
10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.      Disco party with popular DJs
Dress Code: Chic Gold
Walk-in party goers can enjoy the Saturday Night Party for just THB 350 per person including one free standard drink.
For more information, please contact +66 (0) 2356 2888 or visit .

QT Sydney Designer Baby Package Welcomes Bugaboo & Milk Baby to the Family

For families that are a little more Beckham or Brangelina than the Griswolds, QT Sydney has always offered, and continue to offer the ultimate package for design conscious parents, BabyQ - one that keeps both mum and dad entertained well after the bub has gone to bed!

In their most recent partnership, QT has welcomed Bugaboo, offering the exclusive use of two Bugaboo Bee3 stylish urban strollers; perfect for both adventure-seeking and design-loving couples with babies and toddlers.

Eliminating the need to pack up and travel, QT Sydney helps ease the stress of lugging the little ones around with the ultimate set of wheels. Guests can now take the city's delights in their stride when cruising round town in the new 3rd generation urban stroller, along with a collection of ready-to-use baby gear.

The new design, providing comfort, a smooth ride, and smart design, features a unique seat which can extend, reverse and recline, along with an easy to carry lightweight bassinet, complete with canopy that offers UPF50+ protection from the sun – proving it's easy to stay safe and stylish.

“The collaboration between Bugaboo and QT hotels is a perfect fit; both companies offer the ultimate choice for design and lifestyle conscious families wanting to explore the city and seek an adventure. At Bugaboo, we believe it's not about where you are, but where you can go. 

Having our Bugaboo Bee3 as a part of the QT experience will allow parents to do just that!” said Justine Furman, Country Manager Bugaboo Australia & New Zealand
BabyQ also welcomes Milk Baby goodies into their nest, making it easy for both mum and bub to relax and recharge at the end of the day in the most natural way. The 'Take Me Away' travel pack, offers the essentials from the Milk Baby range; Bath Time Wash, Shampoozle & Conditioner, Moisturising Qweam and five handy anti-bacterial wipes, along with the indulgent Body Oil, from the Milk by Lindy Klim range.

'Travelling with the kids can be quite testing… my lot certainly keep Michael & I on our toes! Taking the kids along can be a real treat though - if you do it right,' said Lindy Klim, Co-Founder & Creative Director of Milk & Co. 'We're thrilled we can now find our Milk Baby products as part of the BabyQ Experience at QT Sydney - no more lugging around the kids bath time essentials when it's all there for us - and the knowledge that QT are looking after us in every way, too, is truly relaxing. The BabyQ experience is the ultimate package we can all enjoy together - and there's nothing better than that!'

Combined with the luxury of a QT King Deluxe room, breakfast daily (including freshly-made baby food), spaQ treatments for him and her, and a bottle of bubbles; this two-night stay also includes specially sourced, designer furniture and innovative baby essentials.

The perfect solution for parents on the go, a complimentary iiamo Go designer baby bottle (valued at $129) is included as part of the package. Recently, iiamo Go was chosen as the No. 1 in Top 10 Parenting Gadgets in Australia - unique combination of simple, well-proven technologies, the bottle self-heats to the perfect temperature, allowing parents to feed their baby on the go. The iiamo Go is also completely free of BPA, parabens, phthalates, perfume and other harmful additives.

Michael Bourne, Area General Manager QT Hotels said, "QT Sydney is a highly curated fusion of cutting-edge art, bold interior design and historical architecture. With the new addition of Bugaboo and Milk Baby to the designer baby package BabyQwe can ensure families with a passion and commitment to style and design can enjoy QT Sydney's unique atmosphere and baby friendly service.”

The BabyQ Package
  • 2 night stay in a King Deluxe room
  • Use of 'Bugaboo Bee3' stroller
  • Milk & Co 'Take Me Away Travel Pack
  • Milk by Lindy Klim's Body Oil
  • Baby designer linen and baby cot in room upon arrival
  • Iiamo self-heating baby bottle
  • Stay includes breakfast, massage and bottle of wine
  • Limited availability.

Make The Most Of The Festive Season With A Cruise On Board The True North

unnamed (2)For those trying to make a departure from the Christmas norm, the four day Sydney Rocks on board the mighty True North might be just the ticket.

Following on from its exploration of the magical waters of Papua New Guinea, the True North makes its way down Australia’s east coast arriving in Sydney just in time for the festive season.

And the Sydney Rocks itinerary is an ultimate Christmas indulgence. Guests are able to share special times with family and friends whilst being spoilt in typical True North style.

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Departing on December the 25th, guests embark in time for a sumptuous Christmas dinner on spectacular Sydney Harbour. The next day, all aboard are guaranteed ‘front row seats’ for the start of one of Australia’s greatest sporting events, the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. A pre-race visit to the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia is also included.

Then, over the next three days and nights the True North will explore the beauty of the Hawkesbury River. There will be plenty of time for swimming, bushwalking and relaxing. There is also an opportunity to explore the Hunter Valley via the ship’s helicopter which will whisk guests away for a day of wine tasting.

“In typical True North style, you can do as much or as little as you like!” says Peter Trembath, GM at North Star Cruises.

“Thanks to our knowledgeable Australian crew of 20, a maximum of just 36 guests can rest assured that they will be pampered in signature style. It always makes for a welcome change when compared to a usually more frantic festive season!”

Australia’s premier luxury adventure-cruise ship, the True North is purpose-built to sail deep into the heart of the wilderness, visiting areas that larger ships cannot access. Guests are privy to only the highest quality experiencescourtesy of True North’s on-board biologist and a team of naturalists, a ship’s helicopter and six dedicated expedition boats.

Exceptional food and wine are also at the heart of a True North experience. The ship’s modern Australian cuisine is supplemented with locally sourced ingredients and complemented by an outstanding selection of Western Australian wines. Cabins are spacious and modern; there is a panoramic lower deck dining room, an alfresco bar and an observation lounge.

Daily activities on board True North include scenic walks, fishing, snorkelling, diving, picnics, cultural events and spectacular flights in the ship’s helicopter.
  • The four day Sydney Rocks sails roundtrip ex Sydney on 25 December. Prices start at $3,995pp.
Bookings: Contact North Star Cruises on 08 9192 1829 or email

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

NEW: 2015/16 Worldwide Car & Motorhome Rentals Brochure

Take your road to freedom with DriveAway Holidays’ new 2015/16 brochure “Worldwide Car & 
CoverMotorhome Rentals”.

With over 25 years’ experience, this edition is packed full of car hire & motorhome fleet guides along with planning tools such as distance tables and maps.

NEW in this edition, check out DriveAway Holidays’ Top 5 Drives for Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, USA & Canada.

DriveAway Holidays 2015-16 product range includes:
  • Worldwide Car Rental in 130 countries at over 8,000 locations
  • Motorhome Hire in UK, Europe, USA,Canada, Australia & NZ
  • European Peugeot Leasing
  • USA Motorcycle Rentals
  • Prestige Car Hire Services
Specialist products include Hire Car Excess Insurance, FREE Self-drive Guides and our competitive Beat Rate Policy. Travel Agents are welcome to order copies of this brochure via Tifs at

Don’t miss out on a discounted deal for next year - check out DriveAway Holidays’ Earlybird Sale at or call our Reservations Team on 1300 363 500.

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