Sunday, 23 October 2016

Asia on Sale: Huge savings to 58 destinations with Cathay Pacific

Low fares with flights from $591* return to China

If you are thinking about a trip to Asia to see friends and family, or to mix business with pleasure, or simply for a fun and affordable holiday, now is the time to book. Cathay Pacific has put Asia On Sale offering special fares in Economy Class and Premium Economy Class to 58 destinations across Hong Kong, China and Asia and special fares in Business Class to 24 destinations in China. Economy Class fares to Beijing start from as little as $591* return and Business Class from just $3,397 return. With deals this good, they won’t last long so be sure to book quickly.

Cathay Pacific’s Asia On Sale fares are for new bookings made from now until 11 November 2016, for travel between 01 November and 09 December 2016 or between 06 February 2017 and 31 August 2017. Some blackout periods and further terms and conditions apply.

Live a ‘Life Well Travelled’ with Cathay Pacific return flights to Beijing starting from $591*, flights to Hong Kong from $681*return, return fares to Tokyo and Seoul from $818*. There are also fantastic deals on Premium Economy to Hong Kong, China and Asia and Business Class flights to China, for those who want to travel in more style and luxury.

Selected destinations are listed below, but please visit for full details and terms and conditions:

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Win a road trip with Apollo Motrhomes

Australia's favourite motorhome hire company has teamed up with Experience Oz to offer a dream self-drive holiday valued at up to $7,000 for one lucky winner.

The 'Choose your fav Road Trip' competition is now live with the option to vote for one of nine suggested itineraries showcasing Outback Adventures, Coastal Getaways or Natural Escapes with nine suggested themed itineraries throughout Western Australia, Northern Territory, South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Each itinerary includes a range of local tourism activities offered by Experience Oz such as Snowy Mountains Horse Riding in New South Wales, Outback Quad Biking Queensland or A Lake Argyle cruise in Western Australia.

The focus, says Apollo Group Marketing Manager Tara Eller, is on encouraging travellers to realise road trips are the best way to explore Australia and the unique experiences available in our own backyard.

"A two-week road trip in an Apollo motorhome, campervan or 4WD camper can take travellers from the top to the bottom of Australia with unforgettable adventures at every stop," Ms Eller said.

"Research consistently shows that collecting memories not things increase our feelings of gratitude and happiness," she said.

"We've had a lot of fun putting together the itineraries and ideas for this promotion and we're looking forward to seeing the most popular itineraries and experiences voted for, then following the lucky winner's adventures on their holiday of a lifetime," he said.

The 'Choose your fav road trip' competition will run until 31 October, 2016. Entrants simply need to select their fav Outback, Coastal or Nature Itinerary and write in 25 words or less what excited them most about that road trip. The successful entrant will win the dream itinerary they voted for. Terms and conditions apply.

Entry is via

Experience a relaxing afternoon High Tea with Banyan Tree Phuket

An indulgent afternoon high tea at Banyan Tree Phuket is just the thing you need after a hectic week at work. This week, reward yourself and relax, chat with friends and sip some of the rarest teas in the world best relished with tiered afternoon tea sets filled with artisan pastries and savoury delights.

Enjoy an exquisite range of teas and fine eats at Banyan Tree Phuket every day from 2-5pm at our Lobby Bar. Guests seeking a little pampering in the afternoon will be able to treat themselves to a cup of 'The Teamaker's Private Reserve from Dilmah' and receive unlimited refills on a selection of speciality coffee and tea and enjoy a scrumptious accompaniment of sweet treats.

Served in the sleek and stylish Lobby Bar with its comfortable warm-toned wood furniture, and sprawling view of the diamond-blue lagoon, the setting is ideal for intimate tête-à-tête or casual conversations as you enjoy your cup of tea with that special someone or a table of close friends.

The highlight of Banyan Tree Phuket's Afternoon High Tea is 'The Teamaker's Private Reserve from Dilmah.' Widely known as some of the finest and rarest tea in the world, 'The Teamaker's Private Reserve from Dilmah' features handpicked leaves from some of the most highly regarded tea estates in Sri Lanka. Just as every person has a unique fingerprint, each selection of tea has its own signature taste, texture, and hue. Guests are welcome to appreciate the delicate Ceylon Single Estate Silver Tips or the more pungent Ceylon Souchong at your own time and pleasure.

For those looking to add another level of refinement, Banyan Tree Phuket will provide both you and your guest a glass of your selection between Prosecco and Rosé wine from Provence. Enjoy the scintillating sparkle and refreshing fizz of a glass of Prosecco, or indulge in the subtle grace of a glass of a Rosé. As one of the world's top producers of Rosé, the Provence region of France has been producing delightful premium wines for centuries.

This enchanting afternoon High Tea arrangement fits perfectly with the world-class quality that guests of Banyan Tree Phuket have come to discover. A set for two is available from THB1,900 nett, with the option of adding two glasses of either Prosecco or Rosé wine from Provence for just THB800.

Located alongside the award-winning 18-hole Laguna Golf Phuket, Banyan Tree Phuket offers a wide range of immaculate and capacious villas by the shores of Bangtao Bay. At Banyan Tree Phuket, couples and families alike will be sure to experience quality, luxury, and serenity so often promised and so rarely found in other resorts of its kind. By catering to every need of visitors and guests, the resort strives to create a heightened experience found nowhere else.

British Airways early bird special offers to the UK, Europe and Asia.

British Airways launches early bird special offers on flights from Australia to the UK, Europe and Asia. The offers are available for booking from now until midnight on 30 November 2016. Round trip fares to Asia start from $768* on World Traveller economy class and from $1,374* to the UK and Europe.

Asia - The special fares on flights to Singapore are valid for travel from now until 10 June 2017 on World Traveller economy class fares from $768* and from $1,818* on World Traveller Plus premium economy.

UK and Europe - The special fares on flights to the UK and Europe are valid for travel from now until 31 October 2017 on World Traveller economy class fares from $1,374* and from $3,060* on World Traveller Plus premium economy.

Nicole Backo, British Airways' regional general manager, South West Pacific, said "For those who would like to benefit from these early bird fares, now is the right time to book. The long travel window means customers can plan their travel well into 2017.

"Customers travelling with us also have the added advantages of transiting through two of the world's award-winning airports, the Changi Airport in Singapore and London Heathrow for onward flights to the UK, Europe and beyond. We have prices to suit all budgets and we encourage travellers to book quickly over the coming weeks to take advantage of these early bird fares," said Backo.

What's more, customers can also benefit from the airline's new one-stop booking service available at The new tool allows customers to create a multi-destination holiday of their choice with total flexibility to combine flights in and out of different airports, book multiple hotels and select car hire for any part of their holiday.
For bookings and more information please visit

* Prices include taxes, fees and charges.

-          The sale runs until midnight on 30 November 2016.
-          All fares are inclusive of taxes, fees and charges if booking using a debit card.


Thursday, 29 September 2016

Cathay Pacific deal of the week: Fly Business to Europe from just $7,045 return

What: Flying Cathay Pacific's business class make the journey to Europe an absolute pleasure, and now the premium airline is offering specials on Business Class flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide to Europe. You can fly to Amsterdam from Melbourne from just $7,045 return!

Special notes:

·         You can fly open jaw – that is,  fly into one city and out from another

·         You can add a stop-over in Hong Kong for free, which allows you not only to check out one of Asia's most exciting cities, but also a chance to get used to different time zones

Terms and conditions: Special fares are available on flights booked from now until 31 December 2016, and departing to Europe or America between 1 March and 30 November 2017.

For full terms and conditions, visit

Cathay Pacific Airways operates more than 70 flights every week from Australia to Hong Kong – four daily from Sydney; three daily from Melbourne; 10 per week from Perth; 11 per week from Brisbane; four per week from Cairns and four per week from Adelaide.

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

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 for more details.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Rail enthusiasts heading to Goulburn for 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.

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

*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

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