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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Spirit of King of Pop to thrill Lithgow Halloween ‘16

Michael Jackson impersonator Jason Jackson will perform at Lithgow Halloween `16. Photo: David Hill, Headline Publicity.
The spirit of the late King of Pop will inject a thrilling spark into Lithgow Halloween `16 when hundreds of Michael Jackson fans take part in a dance-off in Main St on Saturday, October 29.

The national record bid for the greatest number of costumed people to dance to the song Thriller will be a highlight of the annual community festival.

Organised and hosted by Lithgow City Council, with support from local sponsors including Lithgow McDonald’s, Centennial Coal and Energy Australia, the event will again feature spectacular Vivid-style lighting displays and spooky decorations, the main shopping strip will be transformed into a fun-filled pedestrian zone with themed precincts, non-stop entertainment and a community Trick or Treat activity for children.

Lithgow City Council Tourism Manager Kellie Barrow said: ``We do like to party here in Lithgow, especially when it involves themes and dressing up.

``But our parties are not exclusive: everyone is invited, everyone is welcome and everyone is catered for.’’

As in previous years, the family-friendly Lithgow Halloween `16 will include something for everyone, with a range of free community events in public spaces through to ticketed events at private venues.

``We’re proud of our history and what the council, local businesses and residents have achieved together in beautifying Lithgow in recent years and we want to share our town with visitors.’’

Ms Barrow encouraged locals and visitors to fully immerse themselves in the festival spirit and dress up for the occasion as a ghoulish zombie, monster, freaky vampire, fantasy character or loveable fairytale personality, goblin or fairy.

She also urged everyone to take part in the Australian record attempt for the largest number of costumed people to dance to the Michael Jackson song Thriller.

``The record currently stands at about 500 people. Let’s beat it!’’

She recommended visitors stay overnight in the area to fully explore the surprisingly diverse range of scenery, dining options and activities available in Lithgow and surrounds including the Back to Hartley event at Hartley Historic Site on the way to Sydney on Sunday, October 30.

British Airways’ complimentary First Class upgrade


British Airways’ ever popular complimentary one-way upgrade to First is back. The limited-time offer is available for booking from now until 5 October 2016 and is valid to travel on flights departing Sydney on or before 31 March 2017. Customers have the opportunity to enjoy a one-way upgrade to First for free when they book return Club World business class to Singapore from $3,898* and from $7,987* to the UK and Europe on ba.com.

B787 First Class cocoon
Each individual suite in the renowned First cabin features a bed that is 60 per cent wider, a personal wardrobe, world-class dining options and an unprecedented level of comfort. Customers in First will be entitled to a complimentary chauffeur service to or from Sydney International Airport. All premium customers arriving at British Airways’ award-winning home at London Heathrow Terminal 5 can enjoy the facilities at the Arrivals lounge, which includes showers, breakfast and complimentary Elemis spa treatments. Customers can also enjoy bubbling champagne at the exclusive Galleries Club lounges on their departure.

The centrepiece of the new British Airways Singapore Lounge is the Concorde Bar (BA)
Nicole Backo, British Airways’ regional general manager, South West Pacific, said “We are very excited to welcome back this incredible promotion which allows customers who book a Club World business class return ticket to enjoy a one-way upgrade to First for free. For no additional cost, customers can enjoy the absolute luxurious experience in First on one sector on their next flight to London, Europe or Singapore.”

“This promotion really is a ticket to exceptional comfort and impeccable service. Customers can dine in our exclusive first class restaurant in the sky, with a full ‘a la carte’ menu designed by leading chefs from around the world and only the finest of wines and champagne. They can enjoy a carefully selected collection of wellbeing essentials, a pair of wonderfully soft cotton pyjamas and sink into a quilted mattress and Egyptian cotton duvet for a dreamy night’s sleep. It really is the finest way to travel. Such offers are always extremely popular, so we encourage customers to book now to secure a seat,” said Backo.

1. Return flights in Club World business class from Sydney to the UK and Europe - The complimentary upgrade on flights to the UK and Europe is valid on one sector of the journey and are valid for travel from now until 31 March 2017. The return Club World fares start from $7,987.*

2. Return flights in Club World from Sydney to Singapore - The complimentary upgrade on flights to Singapore is valid on one sector of the journey and are valid for travel from now until 31 March 2017. The Club World fares start from $3,898.*

British Airways’ Executive Club and On Business members also have the added benefit of collecting triple Avios points through a promotion running from now until 11 December 2016. Please visit ba.com/TripleAvios for more details.


Monday, 26 September 2016

Rail enthusiasts heading to Goulburn for October long weekend



CHOO-CHOO-CHOOSE GOULBURN FOR STREAMLINERS ON THE OCTOBER LONG WEEKEND

Goulburn is on track to host a celebration of 65 years of Streamlined locomotives in Australia next weekend, 1-3 October – the October long weekend.

The Streamliners 2016 event will be held at the Goulburn Rail Heritage Centre and will see more than two dozen locomotives descend upon this regional centre. The event will bring both rail enthusiasts, families and those longing for a dose of nostalgia to celebrate one of the earliest revolutionary forms of transport.

Locomotives in an array of colour schemes and manufactured by numerous operators will be displaying their trains in Goulburn. An exciting itinerary is planed from sunrise to sunset, including a formal presentation of the streamliners, fireworks and the Streamliners 2016 Dance.

http://www.streamliners2016.com/


Wednesday, 31 August 2016

THAI's 7-Day Flash Sale is on Now! Thailand, Asia or Europe, Travel to 30 Jun '17


THAI's 7-Day Flash Sale is on Now! Thailand, Asia or Europe, travel to 30 Jun '17.

Fares start from $748 return to Thailand ($677 from Perth) or from $1,137 return to Europe ($1,071 from Perth).

Deals are available for travel in Economy or Royal Silk Business Class.

Choose from over 60 destinations on the Thai Airways International network or explore more of Thailand and Asia via partnerships with Bangkok Airways; reach over 38 destinations in Europe and Scandinavia via partnerships with Lufthansa and Scandinavian Airlines or take advantage of Virgin Australia flights within Australia in conjunction with these great deals.

Find a deal to : Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Hong Kong and China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh or Sri Lanka and across Europe and the Middle East.

This short, sharp network-wide sale offers great savings for travellers planning a last minute trip before the end of 2016 or for those planning ahead for an escape in 2017.

THAI is a full-service carrier offering main meal choices, full beverage service, personal entertainment systems (all flights from Australia and to Europe), generous luggage allowances, frequent flyer mileage accrual, seat selection, special meal menu selection - all included in the cost of the airfares ticketed on this special fare promotion.

THAI is currently flying the following aircraft to/from Australia and Thailand:

Melbourne : Boeing 777 (the Airbus A350 is expected to commence flying in Sep '16 to be confirmed)
Brisbane : Boeing 787 Dreamliner
Sydney : Boeing 747
Perth : Boeing 787 Dreamliner

For more information, contact travel agents or visit www.thaiairways.com.

*Conditions apply. Fares quoted are based on travel from Melbourne or Perth to Bangkok or Stockholm, travel return in low season including taxes, Economy or Business Class. Fares are also available fro travel from Sydney and Brisbane. Departures are not permitted 01 Dec to 15 Jan '17 for Economy Class travellers.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Dads Entice Kids with Overseas Trips for Quality Time



G Adventures, the world's largest adventure travel company, has found more fathers are paying for their son or daughter to come overseas with them in a bid to spend more time with their increasingly independent children.

The number of fathers booking overseas adventures with their adult children increased 17% between 2013 and 2015 and continues to grow as parents find they are spending less time with their millennial children.

But the duos are not looking for a typical fly-and-flop holiday, with fathers more likely to book an active adventure, explained Adrian Piotto, Managing Director G Adventures Australia and New Zealand.

“Our most popular trip for fathers and their adult children is definitely the Inca Trail in Peru. Travellers on this adventure often find that the extra support from a family member not only makes it easier to get to the top, but also makes the experience much more special.”

Adventures in Morocco and Antarctica are also popular among father-son and father-daughter travellers with G Adventures and the company has enjoyed overwhelming positive feedback from the pairs in all destinations.

“My dad found reaching the highest peak of the Inca Trail, Dead Woman's Pass, hard, and he took longer than the rest of the group. But, as he finished the last 50 metres he was cheered on the whole way by our G adventure group - all ages and nationalities. There were tears of joy from our younger Norwegian companions, and nearly from my Dad himself when he made it! The moment truly encapsulated the genuine feeling of community and togetherness of the group, and is one that I know I will never forget. A priceless experience,” Australian traveller Adam said who travelled on Amazon to the Andes with his dad.

“Reaching Machu Picchu and finishing the trek was one of the most emotional and rewarding experiences of my life. An added bonus was to spend two weeks with my son and share the excitement and thrills with him. The views where mind blowing,” Adam's father, Alan said.

Adventurers of all ages are catered for with G Adventures who offer Family style trips as well as Active and Classic trips and National Geographic Journeys with G Adventures which are proving very popular with all travellers.

For more information or to book a trip with G Adventures call 1300 796 618 or visit www.gadventures.com.au

Monday, 29 August 2016

Picture Kangaroo Island like never before on new Photographic Tour




In a budding photographers dream, Kangaroo Island Odysseys has partnered with professional photographer, Andy Rasheed from EyeFood Photography, to offer an amazing three day, all inclusive, Kangaroo Island Photographic Tour. Tours are limited to only seven places and depart Saturday September 17th and 22nd October, 2016.

Over three days photography enthusiasts will visit popular and iconic locations such as Remarkable Rocks and Seal Bay Conservation Park, see amazing wildlife and stunning landscapes, as well as discovering some of Kangaroo Island's hidden gems all while learning to take better photographs and enjoying the beauty of South Australia's Kangaroo Island.

Andy will be on location with the intimate group to help mentor and develop photography skills with hands-on photographic tuition. Andy will also run various workshops over the three days focussing on philosophy and approach, using natural light, composition and night photography.

According to Donna Gauci, General Manager of SeaLink South Australia, "Andy was the perfect choice of photographer for this tour, as not only is he a specialist location photographer, but nature has been his constant theme throughout his career."

"We also wanted to keep these tours intimate so guests would really take away valuable photography lessons and receive that one-on-one mentoring from Andy. With only seven places available on each tour I think we will achieve this." Continues Donna.

As with all Kangaroo Island Odysseys tours, the group will be led by an experienced local guide who is passionate about Australia's native flora and fauna and knowledgeable about Kangaroo Island's wildlife and ecosystem.

The Photographic Tour will be transported around the island in a 4X4 modern luxurious vehicle exclusively designed to allow the group access to restricted areas of Kangaroo Island's national parks and private properties where native animals roam freely in their natural habitat.

The tour includes all meals and choice of accommodation at Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat in an Eco Lodge room or Courtyard suite.

The three day, all-inclusive Kangaroo Island Photographic Tour departs Saturday September 17th and 22nd October, 2016 and prices start from $1,959 per person, twin/double and from $2,159 per person in a single room.

Prices include return travel to Kangaroo Island with SeaLink (flight options available), travel in a luxury air-conditioned 4x4 Mercedes Benz Sprinter, 2 night's accommodation at Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat, nightly 2 course dinner, daily continental breakfast and lunches (with wine), refreshments, 3 days of photographic tuition and workshops on location, take photographs of iconic Kangaroo Island locations and supervised landscape and wildlife photography.

For bookings or further information visit www.kiodysseys.com.au

 

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Luxury Travel Magazine Spring Issue Out Now


On sale from 22 August, 2016

In the 67th issue of Luxury Travel magazine, we showcase the best scuba diving and snorkelling hot spots across the globe – locations where travellers can set out from a luxurious home base for truly remarkable underwater exploration and diving adventures.

We introduce a new regular section, Luxe for Less, this issue featuring luxury deals from around Australia. The new issue also includes our Annual Travel Planner Ski Calendar, outlining the best times to visit and places to stay at must-visit ski slopes in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, North America and Europe.

Also inserted in this issue is a 24-page supplement, South Africa Luxe For Less, outlining great value travel experiences and accommodation throughout South Africa. This Luxury Travel supplement showcases the best of South Africa, including the buzzing city of Johannesburg, beautiful Cape Town, action and adventure in and around Durban, the scenic Garden Route, rugged beauty in the Northern Cape, and includes an guide on how to plan an unforgettable safari.

In addition, we cover more luxury travel experiences, dining and accommodation in our regular sections including Suite Life, for the best suites in town; City Guide; Dispatches, for the latest luxury hotel openings, trends and refurbishments; Creative Traveller; High Flyer, for the latest flight news and business class reviews; and Epicurean Travels.

Luxury Travel magazine is a quarterly print publication now in its 16th year. It is produced in Sydney by Magnesium Media.

Silk Air makes Laos a little bit more accessible for Australians




Silk Air makes Laos a little bit more accessible for Australians

SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, recently announced it will launch services from Singapore to Vientiane and Luang Prabang in Laos, from November 2016.

According to Asia travel specialists Insider Journeys, which have been operating regular tours in Laos since 1996, the services will positively impact visitor numbers to the country, which has traditionally been more difficult to access than its neighbours.

Unlike Vietnam and Cambodia, both of which have seen strong tourism arrivals in the last 10 years, aided by iconic tourist drawcards such as UNESCO-listed Halong Bay and Angkor Wat, Laos has remained somewhat of an intrepid destination for travellers seeking an 'off the beaten path' experience. This is despite having two UNESCO listings of its own: Luang Prabang town set on the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers and Vat Phou and Associated Ancient Settlements within the Champasak Cultural Landscape.

"Without a doubt, the majority of our clients who have travelled to Laos with us rave about the place after they've been there," says Paul Hole, Managing Director of Insider Journeys.

"Luang Prabang is the country's standout destination, which is not surprising given its numerous attractions such as the atmospheric night-market, the fantastic dining options, and the many Buddhist temples filled with saffron-robed monks. Travellers are particularly entranced witnessing the monks make their pilgrimage through the village streets each morning to collect alms from devotees in the ancient ceremony called takbat."

The low number of Australian visitors, compared with Vietnam and Cambodia, can be partly attributed to the fact there are no direct flights from Australia to Laos.

"We've noticed that access has historically made it harder for Australians wanting to visit Laos," says Mark Lee, Laos Product Manager at Insider Journeys.

"The absence of direct flights or same-day connections by major airlines, especially to Luang Prabang, has been a deterrent for Australian travellers.

"While we encourage our clients to visit Indochina in one trip whenever possible to experience the diversity and beauty of Indochina, the logistics of flying in and out of Laos, and the need to sometimes backtrack overnight to Hanoi or Vientiane has discouraged travellers who are time-poor. We're really excited about this agreement between Silk Air and Lao Airlines, and think it will definitely strengthen the country's tourism arrival numbers."

Insider Journeys offer three standalone Laos small group journey itineraries, as well as a number of Indochina cross-border trips that include Vietnam and Cambodia. The new flights into Laos by SilkAir are ideal for the 6 day Highlights of Laos, 19 day Indochina Explorer and 15 day Vietnam & Laos Explorer small group journey itineraries.

 

Special offer

Insider Journeys is offering 15% off any Indochina Small Group Journey booked and deposited by 30 September 2016, for travel prior to 31 December 2016.

Normally from $6,395* per person twin share, save over $1,000 AUD per person, twin share on select departures of the 19 day Indochina Explorer Small Group Journey.

For details, visit: http://www.insiderjourneys.com.au/promos/indochina/index.html  

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* From prices per person twin share. Subject to availability and subject to change. Prices may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Airfares not included unless otherwise specified.

 

Low season apartment specials at Falls Creek




The Falls Creek Country Club has some sensational,  low season, mid-week self-contained apartment accommodation offers throughout September.

After about 45 cms of additional snowfall Victoria's most picturesque alpine resort is as good as it gets. All of its ski lifts are operating and the forthcoming spring season will be a good opportunity for skiers or snowboarders to experience the resort's array of slopes from beginner to more challenging options.

It is also a time to take advantage of some low-cost accommodation offers. A three bedroom midweek special offered by Falls Creek Country Club  (a well located apartment complex) costs only $75 per person per day – a saving of up to $465 per person.

Eight guests sharing a deluxe three bedroom, two bathroom, self-contained apartment for five nights including ski/board hire from $75 per person per day. Valid 11 September – 2 October

Direct bookings only.  Prices based on five night stay. Shorter stays available

Terms and conditions apply.

For more details call 03 5758 3391 or visit www.fallscreekcountryclub.com.au


Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Europe river cruising deals


#Cruise Europe in Ultimate #Luxury




The slow travel movement might very well have its roots in river cruising. The gentle undulation of the river is an ideal way to meander through the continent, following the rich history and changing landscape of Europe at a more meaningful pace.
 
The famous rivers of Europe have seen empires rise and fall, and have endured through shifting borders and alliances. Seeing the continent from the water has its advantages too – small ships can traverse narrow passages and river cruising itineraries allow more frequent port stops to lesser-known locales to explore the countryside and charming towns along the way.
 
Not surprisingly, the romance of river cruising continues to swell the imagination of culturally curious Australian travelers. Regardless of which European region you choose, from an ever evolving range of inspired itineraries, this is sure to be a trip‑of‑a-lifetime.
 
Like the very rivers they cruise upon, each Europe river cruising operator has its own stories and unique character, which Travel Associates will help you discover.

Click the link below for comparisons between the companies and ask me any more specific questions, then click below for latest earlybird deals for next year, remember you don;t have to land and depart with the cruises to utilise the airfare deals.

http://www.travel-associates.com.au/cruises/river-cruise/europe


Uniworld - Fly Business for $3,995

https://www.scenic.com.au/river-cruises/european/2017

http://www.aptouring.com.au/specialdeals/europe-2017-main

http://www.avalonwaterways.com.au/special-offers/travel-in-2017/fly-free

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