Sunday, 28 October 2012

Opening Special At Mantra Rainbow Shores


Mantra has further expanded its presence in Queensland with the opening of the new development, Mantra Rainbow Shores – an exclusive new collection of premium lodges set within the established BreakFree Rainbow Shores resort precinct.  As a result, two fantastic holiday options are available in one stunning beachfront location.

Over $2 million has already been invested in Mantra Rainbow Shore's 10 lodges and, with another 26 lodges to be built in the coming year; the entire development is expected to exceed $7.5 million.

During the development process, the lodges have been operating under the BreakFree banner, awaiting final touches before rebranding to Mantra, and can now truly boast an added level of comfort and contemporary style.

While Mantra Rainbow Shores sits alongside BreakFree Rainbow Shores, the new resort boasts an array of leisure facilities exclusive to Mantra guests only such as a new 25 metre lap pool, exercise room, outdoor spa and private beach access.

A shared reception area, convenience store, restaurant and bar and golf course with its neighbouring resort complement the exclusive offerings.

To celebrate the launch of Mantra Rainbow Shores, a great-value Opening Special is on offer from $128* per night in a Hotel Lodge including continental breakfast for two daily and a round of golf at the resort's nine-hole par 3 golf course; from $192* per night in a Two Bedroom Lodge including daily breakfast for up to four and a round of golf; and from $239* in a Three Bedroom Lodge including breakfast for up to six and a round of golf.

Mantra Rainbow Shores' offers a range of spacious and well-appointed accommodation options including Hotel Lodges and self-contained Two and Three Bedroom Lodges.

Just footsteps away from a pristine 26km long surf beach, the multi-level lodges boast large living areas, polished timber floors and air-conditioning.

Take a walk to the nearby patrolled beach and enjoy a morning swim for the perfect start to the day; enjoy a round of golf on the resort's nine-hole par 3 golf course; absorb the natural beauty of the surrounding bushland on one of the many national park walks; and enjoy evenings of great food at the onsite Pavilion Restaurant & Bar.

Set in secluded bushland and under two hours drive north of the Sunshine Coast, Mantra Rainbow Shores is perfectly positioned to experience the many natural wonders close by such as the World Heritage listed Fraser Island, dolphin feeding and kayaking at Tin Can Bay and four-wheel driving adventures through Great Sandy National Park.

Call 13 15 17 or visit

*Subject to availability. Valid for sale until 21/12/12. Valid for travel from 02/10/12 to 31/10/13. Minimum two night stay. Block-out dates apply.


Friday, 26 October 2012

Cathay's short sale to Hong Kong

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Experience the vibrancy of Hong Kong's new year festive season with Cathay Pacific's extremely low 'Short Sale' fares to Hong Kong! On sale now for 5-days only, these great value economy fares start from just $919 return ex Melbourne.

Available for departures from all Australian ports, Cathay Pacific's 'Short Sale to Hong Kong' is on sale until 31 October, for departures from 14 January – 31 March 2013 with some blackout dates.

On board, you will experience Cathay Pacific's new Economy Class seats available across all Australian ports as of January 2013. The airline's new Economy Class seats not only offer more leg room, but more living and personal storage space as well as a high-resolution 9-inch personal television with a touch screen.  A USB outlet and an iPod/iPhone outlet also enables you to connect your mobile devices to view content through the personal television. 

Here are some more examples of these great fares*:

Sydney to Hong Kong $936 return
Sale period: 26 Oct – 31 Oct 2012
Departures: 14 Jan – 31 March 2013

Melbourne $919 Perth $919 Adelaide $926 Brisbane $942 Cairns $936

*RRP for Economy Class departures between 14 January to 1 February 2013 and 13 February to 20 March 2013.  These fares are not available for departures from Australia from 2 - 12 February 2013.  Offer ends 31 October 2012.  Fares include all taxes and surcharges.  Taxes are correct at 25 October 2012 but subject to currency fluctuation.  Surcharges are subject to change. Other terms and conditions apply.

To book your ticket visit or call your travel agent.


Scenic Tours, a leading operator of all-inclusive luxury touring to India have just launched their program for 2013/2014. A number of exciting enhancements have been made including extra time in Udaipur at the iconic Taj Lake Palace hotel, new Scenic FreeChoice and Scenic Enrich activities. Also new, are tours to South India and extensions to Goa and Nepal.

The new 13 Day Colours of South India travels through the state of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, famed for tranquil backwaters, unique temple rituals, performances and rich culinary traditions. Guests will visit the cosmopolitan city of Kochi on the Arabian Sea, an important trading centre for spices; explore the ancient and colourful temples including the magical Shri Meenakshi Temple in Madurai; and discover the legacy of the French in the charming coastal town of Pondicherry.

Scenic Tours Product Manager for India, Brett Lemish, who has lived in India for ten years and has travelled extensively around the country, says,

                "India is extraordinarily diverse, from the Himalayas to the beaches of Goa, to the forts and palaces of Rajasthan. We take our guests to all the key sights like the iconic Taj Mahal at sunrise and sunset, but we also like to take them down the roads less travelled to open them to truly unique experiences, introducing them to some of India's hidden secrets."

Scenic Tours are currently offering free flights to India return including taxes for bookings made by 31 March 2013. Call Scenic Tours 1300 723 642.

 Proudly Australian and unashamedly passionate, for 25 years Scenic Tours has been delivering the ultimate in all-inclusive luxury touring experiences to unique and extraordinary places on every continent.

French Polynesia: Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora luxury resorts deal

Hilton Moorea Resort and Spa
Overwater Bungalow at the Four Seasons Bora Bora.
Experience French luxury on three islands

Air Tahiti Nui and Tahiti Travel Connection have launched a selection of luxurious holidays which enable you to unwind in style with overwater bungalows, private plunge pools and sunset lagoon cruises.

The seven-night packages are priced from AUD$2880 ex Sydney and Melbourne and include return Economy Class flights with Air Tahiti Nui, five nights' accommodation in Bora Bora or Moorea, two nights' accommodation in Tahiti (one at either end of your holiday), interisland travel and transfers.

"Private Pool Paradise" from AUD$2880: Experience the beauty of two islands with five nights in Moorea at the InterContinental Resort & Spa.

In Moorea you'll unwind in style in a Garden Junior Suite Bungalow which features its own private plunge pool. Enjoy inclusions such as daily breakfasts and a Polynesian Sunset Cruise on Moorea lagoon.

"Hilton High Life" from AUD$3150: Live the high life at a reduced price with this package which includes five nights in an Overwater Bungalow at the Hilton Moorea Resort and Spa.

The Hilton Overwater Bungalow offers the ultimate island experience with stunning lagoon and mountain views, direct access to the lagoon from a sun deck and glass-floor viewing panels so you can watch the marine life swim by from the comfort of your room! This holiday also includes a Moorea lagoon excursion and circle island tour plus daily breakfasts.

"Four Seasons Finesse" from AUD$5225: Experience the ultimate luxury getaway with five nights in an Overwater Bungalow at the Four Seasons Bora Bora.

Experience Bora Bora at its best by staying in a luxurious bungalow over the lagoon with all of the creature comforts including twice-daily cabin service, a private bar and complimentary snorkelling gear.

Get further acquainted with Bora Bora's beauty with a Panoramic Motu lagoon tour and a half day snorkelling tour of Bora Bora lagoon.  Daily breakfasts are also included in this package.

The Hilton and InterContinental packages are available for travel between 1 November and 20 December 2012 and from 20 January and 31 March 2013.  The Four Seasons package is valid for travel between 1 November and 20 December 2012.

Prices are per person, twin share and are subject to change without notice.  Packages are limited at these prices and some conditions apply.

For more information or to make a booking call Tahiti Travel Connection on 1300 858 305, visit or speak to your favourite travel agent.

Air Tahiti Nui offers one-stop flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to Papeete, Tahiti each Thursday and Sunday. For more information visit

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26 October 2012

Hawaiian Family Holiday

Indulge the family at Aulani, a remarkable Disney oceanfront resort, where kids, teens and adults can enjoy a world of magic - whether together as a family or off on their own amazing adventures! From the white-sand beach and "valley" of pools and waterslides to the multitude of recreational programs and exhilarating excursions, Aulani will keep the whole family entertained. Your Hawai'i  holiday includes: return economy class airfares to Honolulu flying with Hawaiian Airlines; return transfers from the airport to your hotel; 5 night's accommodation at Aulani, in a Standard room; 1 night post accommodation at the Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport in a Superior room (ex Adelaide and Perth only); and kids under 12 years stay free. Prices per adult/per child, quad share start from: $2,595/$1,066 departing Sydney; $2781/ $1211 departing Brisbane; $2953 $1341departing Melbourne; $3,153/ $1,404 departing Adelaide; and $3,373/$1,569 departing Perth. Valid for sale to 30 November 2012, unless sold out prior. Valid for travel from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth 04 February to 21 March 2013; From Brisbane 04 February to 17 March 2013. This offer is subject to availability and terms and conditions apply. Visit or call 132 757 for more information.

Norfolk Island Getaway

Discover the beauty of Norfolk Island, a subtropical paradise with a fascinating history, intriguing culture and serene pace of life. Spend 3 nights at the Broadleaf Villas, a quaint property near the heart of town, from where you can relax and unwind or begin your many island adventures. Your Norfolk Island Holiday includes: return coach transfers from the airport to your hotel; 3 night's accommodation at the 4-star Broad Leaf Villas in a One Bedroom Superior Villa; car hire for the duration of your stay; half day island tour and bike and snorkelling equipment hire. Prices per person, twin share, start from $330, land only. Valid for sale to 31 March 2013, unless sold out prior. Valid for travel to 31 March 2013. This offer is subject to availability and terms and conditions apply. Visit or call 132 757 for more information.

Borneo Wilderness Tour

Take off on the adventure of a lifetime on this Borneo Wilderness tour where you will have the opportunity to see and experience exclusive parts of Indonesian Borneo. Venture into the jungles of Tanjung Putting National Park, visit the famous Camp Leakey, go inside the Orang-utan Projects (TOP) Care Centre in Pangkalanbun and get up close and personal with these amazing creatures. Your Borneo Holiday includes: return economy class airfares from Jakarta to Pangkalanbun flying with Trigana Air; return airport transfers; 3 night's accommodation at the Rimba Lodge including breakfast and dinner daily; 1 night's accommodation at the Blue Kecubung Hotel including breakfast, lunch and dinner;  daily tour guide, transport; all park permits and entrance into The Orang-utan Projects Care. Prices per person, twin share, start from $3,198. Valid for sale to 30 December 2012, unless sold out prior. Valid for travel 23 October 2012 to 31 March 2013. This offer is subject to availability and terms and conditions apply. Visit or call 132 757 for more information.

Baltic Capitals Cruise

Set sail on this magical cruise onboard the luxurious Norwegian Star, and discover the spectacular cities of Copenhagen, Berlin, Tallinn, St Petersburg, Helsinki and Stockholm. Your cruise holiday includes return economy airfares to Copenhagen via Dubai flying Emirates Airlines, 2 night's accommodation in Dubai, 1 night's accommodation in Copenhagen, 9 night cruise including all meals, entertainment and gratuities onboard and private car transfers in Copenhagen. Prices per person, twin share, start from: $3,949 departing Adelaide: $3,989 departing Perth and Melbourne; $3,999 departing Sydney; and $4,029 departing Brisbane. Valid for sale to 30 November 2012, unless sold out prior. Valid for cruise departure 07 May 2013, with other departure dates available. This offer is subject to availability and terms and conditions apply. Visit or call 132 757 for more information.

Cruise Cape Town to Sydney

Experience an amazing journey onboard the luxurious Queen Mary 2, cruising for 22 nights, from Cape Town to Durban, Port Louis, Mauritius, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney. Your Cunard cruise holiday includes one-way economy class airfare to Cape Town flying South African Airways, 3 night's accommodation in Cape Town, private car transfers in Cape Town and 22 night voyage onboard The Queen Mary 2, including all meals and entertainment onboard, plus a bonus US$340 onboard credit per couple. Prices per person, twin share, start from: $7,069 departing Perth; $7,129 departing Adelaide; Brisbane and Sydney and $7,139 departing Melbourne (airfares from Sydney post-cruise not included). Valid for sale to 30 November 2012, unless sold out prior. Valid for cruise departure 28 January 2014. This offer is subject to availability and terms and conditions apply. Visit or call 132 757 for more information.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

This Weeks Great Deals from

Hi Cruisers,

As promised, below are some photo's from Carnival Spirit one night cruise. I'm sorry there are not more of the ship but the team seemed more interested in photographing themselves! It's been 11 years since I've seen the Spirit and it has aged pretty well. The entertainment was good, my food was very good at dinner, my steak was still glistening when it was served up and cooked to perfection. Green Thunder, the new addition was a real hit with the crowd, I personally haven't tried it but anyone I spoke to after the ride seemed pretty excited. The area top aft of the ship called serenity which is really nice with cabana's, lounges etc, bit like a resort pool area without the pool, great places to escape the masses.

We were lucky with the weather, it was a perfect Sydney sunny day sailing out through the heads, we left at 3.30pm so we could go into international waters which enabled them to open the Casino and Shops. It all seemed to end very quickly and I was off early, I think while most of the team were still sleeping! 7 of us went on so if you have questions about Spirit, one of the team members can answer them I'm sure.

Click here to book Carnival Spirit online, some at $80.00 a day!

Carnival Spirit click here to enlarge

Jay and I went on Oosterdam yesterday for an inspection and lunch and I have to say, I really liked it, much better than previous HAL ships I've seen, it was much brighter inside and some really innovative ideas. One in particular was the cooking classes, they have a special room set up with a kitchen, it looked amazing and it's FREE! You can pay a small charge and cook with the Executive Chef, eat what you cook with paired wines, sounds pretty good.
The other was the learning centre sponsored by Microsoft. It's a really cool space set up with lap tops and a man employed by Microsoft to teach people on board, it's free which is great. I met the man himself and he said he loves teaching people and seeing the learning and growing on board about how to use a computer.

You can probably tell I liked the ship and considering it is 5 star and we have cruises at $80.00 a day, why not jump on board?!

Click here for Oosterdam sailings, some at $80.00 a day!

ms Oosterdam click here to enlarge

Here's a great way to spend some extra time aboard ms Oosterdam! This 25 night cruise departs Sydney 12 January 2013 and heads down to Hobart before crossing the Tasman. You'll visit Port Chalmers, Akaroa, Wellington, Napier, Tauranga, Auckland and the Bay of Islands before returning to Sydney for a day. If you live in Sydney, this would be a great chance to pop home and grab some clothes or do some washing before setting sail for the South Pacific!
Heading off first to New Caledonia, you call in on the Isles of Pines and continuing on to Vanuatu. Here you'll call at Mystery Island, Port Vila & Lunganville. Heading back to New Caledonia, you'll then visit Lifou and finally Noumea before returning to Sydney. This really does offer the best of both worlds when it comes to Domestic cruising! Inside cabins from $1,979.00 or if you buy a G obstructed for just $2,959.00, you'll get a free upgrade to a Veranda! Click here for details

Ocean Princess from Singapore to Sydney just gets cheaper and cheaper! I know we've covered this one before but this is a great last-minute deal! Departing 13 November 2013, we'll transfer you to the fantastic Shangri-La hotel for a night before your cruise. The following day we'll then transfer you to new state of the art Marina Bay Cruise Terminal where you'll join Ocean Princess for a 20 night cruise. You'll first be sailing to Thailand where you'll be visiting Koh Samui & Bangkok. You'll then be stopping at Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam as well as the Indonesian Island of Lombok. Sailing to Australia, you'll call at Darwin & Whitsundays before disembarking in Sydney. Great value from only $2,379.00 for an inside or $3,069.00 for a balcony! Click here for details

Queensland cruising has always offered great deals and this Celebrity Solstice offer is no exception! Departing Sydney 28 March 2013 for 11 nights, you'll head north to Cairns, Port Douglas, Willis Island & Airlie beach before returning to Sydney via Brisbane. Just $1,429.00 including a free upgrade to a Veranda! Plus, you can book it online! Click here for details

Vision of the Seas will be repositioning from Copenhagen to Southampton 14 September 2013. Get onboard this interesting itinerary with this 13 night package we've put together. Start off with a night at the Merriott Copenhagen right on the water. You'll then join Vision of the Seas for a 10 night cruise. Travelling north, you'll drop by Oslo in Norway before heading to Inverness in Scotland, gateway to Loch Ness. You'll then cruise to Greenock to visit Glasgow and sail across the Irish Sea, visiting Dublin & Cork. Finally, you'll call in at Cherbourg on the French coast before disembarking in Southampton. From here we'll transfer you to London for a 2 night stay at St Ermins hotel before your flight home. priced from $3,859.00 for an inside or $4,619.00 for a balcony! Click here for details

Here's another great Christmas Cruise offer on board Diamond Princess! Departing Sydney 14 December 2012 for 14 nights, you'll cruise to Hobart, Melbourne, Fjordland National Park, Dunedin, Akaroa, Wellington, Marlborough Sounds & Auckland before disembarking in Auckland. Let someone else do the work for only $1,259.00 for an Inside or $2,019.00 for a balcony! Click here for details

Cunard short sectors have sold well and most sold out but Sydney to Auckland is still available departing 7 March next year for a 4 night cruise, prices start from $1,189.00 which is pretty good! Click here for details

Brett & the ecruising team

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Arajilla Retreat Lord Howe Island

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Arajilla Retreat Lord Howe Island relaunches state of the art Wellness Program

Lord Howe Island's only Ayurvedic Day Spa at Arajilla Retreat is relaunching its Wellness Program this month.

The Spa offers a unique array of health and beauty treatments based on Ayurvedic science within a Yurt, the mood of which is enhanced by the overarching canopy of magnificent Banyan trees. 

Ayurveda, an ancient science of health and longevity that is core to traditional Indian and Tibetan medicine, is used to create a spa experience like no other promoting health and healing long after your visit to Arajilla.

One of the most popular Ayurvedic treatments is Shirodhara, a therapeutic and rejuvenating treatment using medicated oil to correct imbalances at a mental, physical and emotional level, bringing harmony to your mind and body.

Arajilla Day Spa is run by Scott and Kim Allan, both trained in Ayurvedic medicine and Yoga. The combination of the two disciplines ensures you receive the highest standards of health and wellbeing treatments. These two experts have carefully designed the Spa and Wellness Menu to provide relaxing, indulgent and remedial treatments.

Scott Allan, Wellness Spa Manager, utilises techniques that holistically target the cause of problems, rather than the symptoms.

"Over the last 6 years of development of the Spa, with the aid of Ayurvedic techniques, I have designed Wellness Programs that target insomnia, stress, anxiety, back issues and health and wellbeing," said Mr Allan.

"You can be sure that you will receive the best professional help from us with follow up assistance in your journey towards good health".
The Spa's pampering treatments use a combination of Ayurvedic actions and Ayurda Ayurvedic Skin Care products, sourced from the Himalayan Mountains (and blessed before shipment), to promote true rejuvenation.

All treatments include face, hand and feet marma point massages which bring balance to the body's energy system and leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated from head to toe.

To experience what Arajilla Day Spa has to offer contact 1800 063 928 or visit for more information. 

Arajilla Retreat Lord Howe Island is an all-inclusive spa retreat with boutique accommodation located on Lord Howe Island, moments away from Old Settlement Beach.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012




The Moulin Rouge is can-canning its way to Canberra with the National Gallery of Australia's summer exhibition Toulouse-Lautrec: Paris & the Moulin Rouge and art lovers can put themselves in the picture with Mantra on Northbourne's accommodation and exhibition packages.

On show from 14 December 2012 to 2 April 2013, the exhibition will feature more than 120 works of French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, who painted the social scene and underbelly of Paris in the late 19th century.

Don't miss this exceptional Canberra only showing and experience the ultimate cultural escape this summer with Mantra on Northbourne's Toulouse-Lautrec Package.

Mantra on Northbourne has great value accommodation and exhibition packages from $199* per room per night (Monday to Thursday) or from $219* per room per night (Friday and Saturday) including accommodation in a Hotel Room, buffet breakfast for two and two adult tickets to the Toulouse-Lautrec: Paris & the Moulin Rouge exhibition to use at leisure.

Perfectly located in the CBD with shopping and nightlife at your doorstep, Mantra on Northbourne offers apartment style accommodation combined with all the facilities of a premium hotel.

Features include a choice of hotel rooms or superior one or two bedroom apartments, onsite restaurant, 24 hour room service, gymnasium, indoor heated pool and sauna.

Call 13 15 17 or visit

For more information on Toulouse-Lautrec: Paris & the Moulin Rouge visit

*Subject to availability. Valid for sale until 03/02/13. Valid for travel from 14/12/12 until 03/02/13.


Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Plantation Island Resort Celebrates Five Nights for the Price of Three

Newly refurbished Plantation Island celebrates with five nights for price of three offer

Representing one of the best value for money Fiji family holiday deals currently on offer, Plantation Island Resort has celebrated the finalisation of a multi-million refurbishment with the release of a ‘three nights for the price of five’ offer in all garden, hotel and poolside accommodation.

Adding even further value for the family budget, the offer includes free accommodation and free meals for two children under 12 years of age plus free children’s water transfers from Denarau Marina to Plantation Island on board the Malolo Cat service*.

Prices lead in at AUD310* per adult.

The offer is valid from 30 November 2012 until 30 November 2013.

The release of the offer follows hot on the heels of the resort’s biggest ever refurbishment which has seen every room type - ranging from standard familyrooms through to poolside, studio garden rooms, two-bedroom apartments and the top-of-range beachfront bures - completely refreshed and upholstered.

The resort has also opened a new fine dining outlet, the Black Coral Restaurant, to compliment its existing food outlets and bars. These include the Old Copra Shed and Ananda's Restaurant.

Plantation Island Resort’s range of sporting equipment has also been enhanced with the purchase of new kayaks, hobie cats,stand up paddleboards and snorkelling equipment.

*Conditions apply. Prices exclude flights and transfers. Offer subject to availability. Black out periods apply.

For more information on Plantation Island Resort visit

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Peppers, Mantra and BreakFree hotels and resorts are offering families a generous mix of fun and spacious accommodation this summer with a spectacular range of getaways perfect for the whole family.

From Tropical North Queensland to the southern cities and the western coastline to scenic sights of New Zealand, Peppers, Mantra and BreakFree offer the following prime picks for your family summer holiday...


ENJOY A FREE NIGHT AT PORTSEA: Mantra PortSea in the holiday haven of Port Douglas is giving families some extra time to unwind with one night free when staying for three nights. Families can stay for three nights and only pay for two nights from $288* per night in a Two Bedroom Apartment. Guests will also enjoy fabulous facilities such as a stunning lagoon pool, spa and swim-up pool bar, lap and plunge pool, barbeque facilities, a day spa, gym and tennis court. Valid for travel from 01/11/12 to 31/03/13. Call 13 15 17 or visit

SNAP UP THIS DEAL: Peppers Beach Club & Spa at picturesque Palm Cove is offering a fantastic family getaway from $490* per night in a Two Bedroom Lagoon Room including full buffet breakfast. The kids will enjoy the resort's spectacular sandy beach lagoon pool, formal pool and tennis court and, for a fun-filled family day out, visit some of the many local attractions such as Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Cairns Night Zoo or a Kuranda Scenic Railway adventure. Valid until 02/04/13. Call 1300 987 600 or visit


IT'S A SHORE BET: You can bet the family will have loads of fun at BreakFree Rainbow Shores, in beautiful Rainbow Beach, which is offering the third night of accommodation absolutely free when you pay for the first two nights from $180* per night in a Two Bedroom Apartment. There's plenty to do around town, from fishing and boating to swimming and taking a beach stroll, or relax back at the resort and enjoy a round of golf at the resort's nine-hole golf course, swimming pools, tennis court, spa, table tennis, bikeways and walkways, as well as a children's playground. Valid until 28/03/13. Call 132 007 or visit

FIVE NIGHTS OF FREEDOM: Escape to the beautiful beachfront location of Alexandra Headland for five nights at BreakFree Alexandra Beach in a Two Bedroom Apartment from $150* per night including a family ticket to UnderWater World for two adults and two children. Plus, take the kids to explore the nearby golden beaches and hinterland mountains and bevy of restaurants and shopping within easy reach of the resort. Or, make use of the resort's popular onsite facilities including a children's playground, lagoon pool with waterslides and two heated pools and spas. Valid until 28/03/13. Minimum five night stay applies. Call 132 007 or visit


FUN IN THE SUN: Mantra Sun City in the holiday hotspot of Surfers Paradise is an ideal place to holiday with the family. Located just one block away from the famous Gold Coast beaches and shopping mecca of Cavill Mall, Mantra Sun City is offering a five night getaway from $196* per night in a Two Bedroom Apartment. The resort delivers family fun with a saltwater lagoon pool complete with sand and dragon waterslides, as well as a lifeguard on duty every day. Or explore the games room, heated indoor pool, indoor and outdoor whirlpool spa, sauna, tennis court and fitness facility. There's also the convenience of Sayas Restaurant onsite with a great kids menu. Valid until 27/03/13. Minimum five night stay applies. Call 13 15 17 or visit

FANTASTIC FAMILY VALUE: BreakFree Diamond Beach has designed a great summer family break where guests will stay one night free when booking on their Stay 6, Pay 5 deal. For a family of four, the resort boasts spacious Two Bedroom Apartments from $170* per night and for a family of up to six, choose a Three Bedroom Apartment from $213* per night. The kids will love the resort's playground, children's pool and games room nestled amongst tropical gardens with cascading waterfalls. BreakFree Diamond Beach is just 100 metres from the spectacular Broadbeach foreshore and some of the best shopping in Australia, not to mention close proximity to the excitement of Jupiters Casino, chic cafes and award-winning restaurants. Valid until 28/03/13. Call 132 007 or visit


SUMMER BY THE SEASIDE: This summer, pack up the family and head to Mantra on Salt Beach at Kingscliff in Northern New South Wales. Located just 15 minutes south of Gold Coast Airport, stay from $265* per night in a Two Bedroom Apartment including full buffet breakfast. The resort is the perfect spot for relaxing by the lagoon pool or having some playtime with table tennis or bike hire. Explore the picturesque surrounding hinterland region and nearby pristine beaches, where the whole family can enjoy a multitude of activities including a Kids Club during summer, surf lessons, kayaking, snorkelling with turtles, stand-up paddle boarding, river cruises and deep sea fishing. Call 13 15 17 or visit


BEACHFRONT TRIPLE TREAT: Positioned on the absolute beachfront, the family will love escaping to BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort at Coffs Harbour. Enjoy a triple treat and stay for three nights from $225* per night in a Two Bedroom Spa Villa and enjoy complimentary breakfast for four daily. There's plenty to do onsite with a children's pool and playground, indoor heated pool and spa, outdoor rock pools with a waterslide, barbeque facilities, tennis courts, beach volleyball, a day spa, mini golf and a newly refurbished onsite restaurant and bar with magnificent beach views. Valid until 28/03/13. Minimum three night stay. Call 132 007 or visit


COAST WITH THE MOST: Travel along the spectacular scenic route of the Great Ocean Road to Mantra Lorne for a three-night escape packed with fun and adventure. Stay from $263* per night in a Two Bedroom Apartment and take your time to explore the famous coastal attractions of the Twelve Apostles and renowned surf breaks at Bells Beach. Also make sure to grab some leisure time onsite with an indoor heated pool, day spa, croquet pitch and tennis courts, golf putting green, gym and steam rooms. Valid until 28/03/13. Minimum three night stay applies. Call 13 15 17 or visit


CITY ESCAPE: Bring the family to the buzz of the city at Mantra Hindmarsh Square, where you can stay in style and step outside to explore the charming city of Adelaide. Stay from $199* per night in a Parkview Suite and take advantage of being within easy walking distance to the best Adelaide has to offer, including Rundle Mall and the Rundle Street dining precinct, the Sky City Casino and the National Wine Centre of Australia. The Adelaide Zoo is also close by where the Giant Pandas Wang Wang and Funi are sure to entertain the whole family. Valid for Thursday to Monday stays until 21/02/13. Call 13 15 17 or visit


BEST IN THE WEST: Give your family some memories to last a lifetime with a holiday at Mantra Bunbury Hotel at Bunbury, close to where the dolphins frolic and play at Koombana Bay. Take a two-night escape from $179* per night in a Superior Studio at the premium hotel, situated on the historic Bunbury waterfront just a short stroll from the busy cafe strip and Dolphin Discovery Centre. Relax onsite with an indoor heated pool and spa, Escape Day Spa, children's play area and tennis courts. Valid for Friday to Sunday stays until 31/03/13. Minimum two night stay applies. Call 13 15 17 or visit


GARDENS, GONDOLAS & GORGEOUS VIEWS: Stay two nights in a Two Bedroom Garden Suite at Peppers Beacon, situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu at Queenstown, from NZ$495* per night and enjoy a gondola ride and either buffet lunch or buffet dinner in Skyline's scenic restaurant, which serves up the panoramic views of the stunning lake and mountains from every window. For some adventure time, there is nearby skiing, snowboarding, national parks trails, scenic tours, bungy jumping and jet boat rides just to name a few. Whilst onsite, indulge with a bubbling hot spa and sauna, visit the gym or book an in-room massage. Valid until 31/03/13. Minimum two night stay. Call 1300 987 600 or visit

*Subject to availability. Minimum night stays and block-out periods may apply.


Thursday, 18 October 2012

Magnificent Makepeace Island

Sir Richard Branson's Makepeace Island is a private hideaway a few minutes upstream from Noosa Heads.

This heart-shaped island is the Australian home of the Virgin tycoon and has been created to luxuriously accommodate and entertain up to 22 castaways in seclusion, and with all the attractions that the Sunshine Coast has to offer just a mere boat ride away.

Makepeace Island has been sensitively developed over a number of years. All the buildings were designed and constructed in Bali, then dismantled and shipped to Australia to be reassembled on the island. The furnishings, sculptures, antiques and lighting are one-off original pieces acquired throughout Indonesia.

Makepeace has an amazing pool, a 15 person spa as well as relaxing daybeds around the resort and would be a great place to celebrate a very special birthday, anniversary or simply an incredibly spectacular private holiday.

The Island is only offered on an exclusive sole use basis, including 3 meals per day and return transfers from the Sunshine Coast airport. Pricing is based on Island Exclusive Use daily rate of AUD$3250 per day plus a daily rate per registered guest of AUD$550 per adult and AUD$375 per child. Minimum 3 night stay applies.

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It's a travel secret that international visitors have clued on but many locals have yet to discover. Seeing Queensland by sea on a cruise is a unique Australian travel experience, and doing it any other way – by car or air - would mean missing out on half the fun. This cruising season, Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas and Rhapsody of the Seas will offer a total of six 10- or 11- night Queensland sailings. Best of all, Royal Caribbean has some incredible deals which will give more incentive for Australians to discover this hot travel trend for themselves.

"Our Queensland cruises keep growing in popularity with international visitors, where traditionally they would have just chosen Round Australia or New Zealand cruises. They love it because the cruise allows them to be right in the heart of the action, in some of the most magnificent marine and coastal geography in the world such as the Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsundays. They also love the diversity of the experience – from being in beautiful nature, to visiting some of most fun destinations  in the world, and all the while, having the time of their lives on board on a Royal Caribbean cruise.

"For the 2012-13 summer cruise season, we have two extensively revitalised ships sailing to Queensland.  Rhapsody of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas, are destinations themselves, and will offer activities, culinary options, and itineraries to suit all tastes, and all ages. Because we know our guests love the destinations so much, our itineraries feature overnight stops in Cairns and stops in the stunning Whitsundays," said Adam Armstrong, commercial manager, Royal Caribbean Cruises Australia.

Royal Caribbean is offering 50 per cent off the cruise fare of a second guest on selected Queensland cruises including:

An 11-night round trip cruise from Sydney onboard Rhapsody of the Seas departing 7 December 2012. Fares start from $1,299 for the first guest, and $649.50 for the second guest, for an interior stateroom.

Departing Sydney 9 April 2012, cruise onboard Radiance of the Seas in a Balcony stateroom for 10 nights, with fares for the first guest starting from $1,799 and $899.50 for the second guest.

Rhapsody of the Seas also has two 11-night Queensland sailings starting from just $999 per person, departing on 18 February 2013 and 23 March 2013 from Sydney.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Sydney Australia Day Cruises

Cruise into Front Row Seats this Australia Day

Cruise aboard Captain Cook Cruises, MV Sydney 2000 on a variety of lunch cruises this Australia Day, Saturday January 26, 2013 and enjoy front row seats to all the action including the Awesome Forces aerial display, 175th Australia Day Regatta and Ferrython.

Plan and book now for all the festivities on the Harbour, as Captain Cook Cruises has a choice of three lunch packages onboard MV Sydney 2000 on Sky deck, Club deck and Show deck.

The Sky Deck lunch cruise is situated on the first class upper deck level of the Sydney 2000 and offers four mouth-watering courses and an open bar of premium wines, beers, spirits and soft drinks. This premium cruise is only $149 per adult and $89 per child aged 5 -14 years.

The Club and Show Deck Australia Day lunch cruises include a fabulous Aussie buffet featuring Sydney Rock Oysters, Prawns, smoked salmon and a selection of Aussie meats and salads.

The Club Deck buffet is situated on the middle spacious restaurant deck of the MV Sydney 2000 and includes the house selection of wines, beers and soft drinks and is only $135 per adult and $79 per child aged 5 -14 years.

The Show Deck buffet is on the main deck of the Sydney 2000 and guests can enjoy shared party tables of 12 and includes a welcome drink on arrival. A purchase bar selling spirits, premium wines, beers and soft drinks will also be open throughout lunch. The Show Deck buffet cruise is $110 per adult and $49 per child aged 5 -14 years. Guaranteed window seating is available for an additional $35 per person on all decks.

The MV Sydney 2000 Australia Day cruises depart on Saturday 26 January, 2013 at 10.15am from No.1 King Street Wharf, Darling Harbour and returns at 2.15pm.

For further information and bookings, please contact

Captain Cook Cruises
No 6 Jetty Circular Quay Sydney NSW 2000
Reservation Phone: +61 2 9206 1111





Monday, 15 October 2012

Sports to spies on North Korea, Manchuria and Mongolia tour

A VISIT to the spectacular Naadam Fair – Mongolia's annual dedication to the "manly" sports of wrestling, archery and horse-riding – is one of the many highlights of Far Horizons 28-day tour to North Korea, Manchuria and Mongolia next June.

The Fair features a parade of athletes, monks and Mongolia's military might, while the horse-racing covers distances of 15 to 30 kilometres and includes up to 1000 animals and riders. Mongolia's South Gobi Desert National Park, with its rolling sand dunes, wild sheep and mountain goats, is contrasted by 200m-high waterfalls, green meadows, meandering streams and a deep canyon which can be ice-covered even in summer, Tibetan-style temples… and for Far Horizons guests the opportunity to ride camels, sleep in a traditional felt ger, and a 4WD trip to see villagers rounding-up wild horses.

The tour begins with 3-days sightseeing in Beijing, then in North Korea tours modern Pyongyan with a lunch cruise by private boat, takes a ride on the world's deepest underground "metro" 100 metres below street level, inspects the US Navy spy ship USS Pueblo captured by North Korea in 1968, visits the armistice frontier town of Panmunjom and film studios, art galleries, forests, and by cable-car to the world's highest crater lake.

In Chinese Manchuria there's a "mini safari" through the unique Siberian Tiger Park and a tour of the 'Puppet' Imperial Palace built in 1626, with an exhibition depicting the story Hollywood turned into The Last Emperor.

Tour price starts from $22,450pp twin-share from Sydney and from Melbourne back to Sydney, including airfares, best available hotels, all transport, all meals, extensive sightseeing, local guides, all taxes and gratuities and a Far Horizons escort throughout. Details 1800 083 141, (02) 9955 0444 or




To celebrate the international success of Psy's Gangnam Style, the Novotel Seoul Ambassador has created a "Gang-nam Style" package which includes accommodation for two, full buffet breakfast, a half-day tour of the Gangnam district, free internet access, a 20% discount for the Art Performance Centre in Gangnam and discount vouchers at the Gangnam shopping centre, all for just 299,000 won (around $260 AUD). And of course with the song promoting the joys of a "classy girl who knows how to enjoy the freedom of a cup of coffee" the hotel will also throw in a cup of the best coffee in the city.

Before the worldwide smash hit, which has been number one across the globe including Australia, New Zealand, the US and Britain, not many people would have known about the area of Gangnam in Seoul, South Korea, which is associated with celebrities and designer-clad socialites and filled with luxury boutiques, trendy bars and restaurants. Now 34-year-old Psy (real name Park Jae-sang) has done more for tourism in his country than almost anyone else, with more than 380 million views on YouTube and the district of Gangnam is on everyone's lips.

Mike Brown, General Manager of the Novotel Seoul Ambassador Gangnam says the popularity of Psy's song has truly put Seoul in the international spotlight.

"Gangnam Style has done so much to promote Korean art, traditions and people and we wanted to create a package that would offer the best of this lively district to an international audience," he said. "This is a great time for people to discover the vibrancy, culture and great nightlife and shopping of Gangnam so that the world can enjoy the high life and indulgence for which the area is famous and which so inspired Psy's catchy song."

Located in the heart of Gangnam (meaning south of the river), the most affluent residential and shopping area of Seoul, the Novotel boasts 332 rooms, with seven restaurants and bars, and extensive conference facilities. The hotel's new Fitness Club includes a heated pool, golf range, weight room and outdoor jacuzzi – and if guests really want to feel like a celebrity they can upgrade to a Premier Room. The Novotel is also perfectly located for COEX, the largest underground shopping mall in Asia, so guests can get designer duds just like Psy's just a short walk away.

For bookings email or phone (+82) 2/567 1101.

This package is valid until 31 January 2013, subject to availability.




Friday, 12 October 2012


South America Earlybird Deals end 31 October 2012. These deals are the very best deals Scenic Tours will offer.

Scenic Tours, Australia's leading operator of all-inclusive and fully escorted luxury tours to South America offer a range of unique and exclusive Scenic FreeChoice activities in Sacred Valley, Peru. Scenic FreeChoice are included activities that provide guests the freedom to choose what they enjoy the most at no extra cost. In Sacred Valley, guests have the choice of exploring ancient Inca ruins and the colourful markets of Pisac. Or they may witness the ruins of Moray and the ancient Inca salt pans in the hillsides of Maras where salt is still harvested by hand using ancient techniques. Alternatively guests may choose to take an exclusive visit to the ancient Andean village of Chinchero to dine with a local family, or visit a local Peruvian Paso horse ranch to see the famous "Marinera" where dancing horses perform.

Scenic Tours Product Manager for South America, Louise Hill, said "The Scenic FreeChoice options we provide in Sacred Valley are truly unique. We have gone to all efforts to take guests off the beaten track and expose them to experiences that they would not normally have the opportunity to encounter."

Scenic Tours are currently offering free flights for the second person travelling for bookings made by 31 October 2012. Prices on the 20 Day Icons of South America (SAI) start from $11,495. Price includes all accommodation, most meals, all activities, events and entertainment, airport transfers and all tipping and gratuities.


Thursday, 11 October 2012

Captain Cook Cruises Sydney Harbour Explorer Specials

Go Island Hopping Mad with Sydney Harbour Explorer Specials

Captain Cook Cruises will have you hopping mad all over Sydney Harbour this summer with a variety of specials it has just released for its Hop on Hop off Sydney Harbour Explorer cruise.

Passengers can add-on Sydney Harbour National Park Islands including Fort Denison and Shark Island for only an extra $7 all year round and for a limited time in December 2012 and January 2013 they can also visit Goat Island with an extended 48 hour pass.

For a total Sydney Harbour experience a three day pass for just $99 is also available which includes entry to all two or three national parks, a return ferry to Manly and entry into either Taronga Zoo, Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, Madame Tussauds or Sydney Tower.

Captain Cook Cruises, Hop on Hop off Sydney Harbour Explorer is an adventure transport ticket for tourists, kids and their families. The 24 hour pass gives passengers the freedom to hop between nine famous Sydney Harbourside attractions, all aboard fun red rocket ferries that the kids will just love.

An entry level 24 hour ticket includes Circular Quay, Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, Luna Park and Darling Harbour and is priced from $42 adults or $112 for families of two adults and two children (5-14yrs). A Sydney Harbour National Island pass can be added for just $7 and includes Fort Denison and Shark Island all year round. An added bonus between 15 December 2012 and 03 February 2013 entry to Goat Island is also available to Hop On Hop Off passengers with an extended 48 hour pass to visit all three islands.

The three day Hop On Hop Off pass is priced at $99 and includes Circular Quay, Watsons Bay, Luna Park, Fort Denison, Shark and Goat Islands and also includes a return ferry from Circular Quay and entry into one of the following attractions: Taronga Zoo, Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, Madame Tussauds or Sydney Tower. The pass is available for sale to 31 January 2013 and travel to 30 June 2013, making it an ideal Christmas gift idea.

For further information and bookings, please contact Captain Cook Cruises on
T: +61-2-9206 1111


Cruise Deals from Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises

With the international cruise season kicking off in Sydney tomorrow with the arrival of Radiance of the Seas, now is the perfect time to start thinking about your summer cruise holiday with three great deals from Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises.

1.       Explore the beautiful neighbouring region across the ditch onboard Voyager of the Seas.  Sailing from Sydney on 27 January 2013, this 14-night New Zealand cruise takes in all the must-see destinations including Dunedin, Christchurch and Auckland.  Fares start from $1,395* per person for an interior stateroom. See your travel agent or visit for bookings or further information.

2.       Discover the South Pacific gems of New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Loyalty Islands with Australia's favourite ship, Rhapsody of the Seas. Roundtrip from Sydney, departing 1 February 2013, fares for the 10-night sailing start from $1,099* per person with a free upgrade to an Oceanview stateroom. See your travel agent or visit for bookings or further information.

3.       Let Celebrity Cruises take care of you this Christmas and New Year, with a 12-night New Zealand cruise onboard Australia's newest and most modern ship, Celebrity Solstice. Departing Sydney 23 December 2012 and cruising to Auckland, fares start from $1,829* per person for an interior stateroom. See your travel agent, or visit for bookings or further information.

*Prices above are per person in Australian Dollars, based on double occupancy and inclusive of all taxes, fees and onboard gratuities (tips).


Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Harvey World Travel Hot Deals

Highlights of Portugal

Discover the magical sights and history of Portugal, from medieval castles and picture-perfect villages to meandering coastlines and flower-covered hillsides. Stopping in Lisbon, Portimao, Evora, Tomar, Porto and Lisbon, you will visit the richly carved gothic Cloisters of Jeronimo's Monastery, enjoy a relaxing cruise along the Douro River, tour the cellars and taste the famous port of Porto.  Your Portugal Holiday includes 8 nights' accommodation in premium hotels, 8 breakfasts and 3 dinners, including a Celebration Dinner in Porto, transportation by luxury coach with extra legroom, sightseeing and the services of a professional Tour Director. Book now and save $185 per person!  Prices per person, twin share, start from $1,665. Valid for sale to 27 December 2012, unless sold out prior. Valid for travel 30 March to 08 June and 06 July to 12 October 2013. This offer is subject to availability and terms and conditions apply. Visit or call 132 757 for more information.

Fiji Luxury Holiday

Indulge yourself at the luxurious Tadrai Island Resort set exclusively on its own private and secluded beach in the spectacular Mamanuca Islands. Stay in one of just five stylish and ultra-deluxe beachfront villas and experience luxury, privacy and high quality Fijian service and hospitality. Your Fiji Holiday includes return economy class airfares to Nadi flying with Air Pacific, return airport and island transfers to your hotel, 5 nights' accommodation at the Tadrai Island Resort in a Selena Cove Villa, free return helicopter transfer from Nadi to Tadrai Island, French Champagne on arrival and sunset canapes daily. Prices per person, twin share, start from $4,659 departing Sydney, $4,661 departing Brisbane, $4,769 departing Melbourne, $4,989 departing Adelaide and $5,177 departing Perth. Valid for sale to 30 November 2012, unless sold out prior. Valid for travel from Sydney, Adelaide and Perth 23 October to 11 December 2012 and 23 January to 31 March 2013; From Melbourne 01 November to 13 December 2012 and 20 January to 28 March 2013; From Brisbane 01 November to 06 December 2012 and 25 January to 31 March 2013. This offer is subject to availability and terms and conditions apply. Visit or call 132 757 for more information.

Ayres Rock Adventure

Escape to the iconic Ayres Rock region and explore the unique cultural landscape, stunning scenery and endless array of desert experiences, from scenic flights and camel rides to intimate dining under the outback sky. View what is arguably Australia's best sunset and witness the spectacular play of colours across the face of Uluru and the surrounding desert.  Your Uluru Holiday includes return economy class airfares to Ayers Rock flying with Virgin Australia, 3 nights' accommodation at the 4.5 star Voyages Sails in the Desert in a standard room and complimentary return coach transfers from Ayers Rock Airport to your hotel. Prices per person, twin share, start from $898 departing Sydney, $954 departing Brisbane and Melbourne, $1,016 departing Adelaide and $1,042 departing Perth.  Valid for sale to 31 October 2012, unless sold out prior. Valid for travel 01 December 2012 to 08 January 2013 and 31 January to 31 March 2013. This offer is subject to availability and terms and conditions apply. Visit or call 132 757 for more information.

European River Cruise

Uniworld River Empress
Set sail on this magical cruise and discover where many of our signature holiday traditions such as Christmas trees, gingerbread, nutcrackers, St. Nick, and candy canes herald from, as you sail through Germany and Austria.  Be spellbound by the Medieval atmosphere of Nuremberg's main Christmas Market, stroll through Regensburg's romantic Christmas Market, enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through the Bavarian Forest, visit Linz, "The Town of Christmas Crèches," and hear a Mozart and Strauss concert while in Vienna.  Your Europe holiday includes a 7 night river cruise from Vienna to Nuremberg aboard River Empress in a River View Stateroom, 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 7 dinners, including Captain's Welcome Gala and Farewell Dinners, complimentary fine wines, beer,  soft drinks and entertainment onboard, replenished bottled water daily in your stateroom, 24-hour specialty coffee and tea bar, 7 excursions, fully hosted by English-speaking local guides, the services of an experienced Cruise Manager, audio headsets on all shore excursions, signature lecture on "Christmas Traditions and Crafts" and all transfers on arrival and departure days. Book now and save $400 per person! Prices per person, twin share, start from $2,445. Valid for sale to 31 March 2013, unless sold out prior. Valid for departure 15 December 2013. This offer is subject to availability and terms and conditions apply. Visit or call 132 757 for more information.

Fantastic Fjords

Experience a unique and unforgettable cruise sailing return from London to Ijmuiden, Flaam, Stavanger and Oslo and discover the magnificent fjords, breathtaking coastline and quaint coastal towns of this spectacular region. Your Northern Europe cruise holiday includes 7 nights onboard MSC Opera in an inside cabin, all main meals and entertainment on board, Captain's cocktail party and gala dinner and port charges. Prices per person, twin share, start from $819. Valid for sale to 31 October 2012, unless sold out prior. Valid for travel 18 and 25 May and 01 June 2013. This offer is subject to availability and terms and conditions apply. Visit or call 132 757 for more information.

Classic & Wooden Boat Festival 2012 – live music line-up

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Classic & Wooden Boat Festival 2012 – live music line-up

The Classic & Wooden Boat Festival takes place this weekend, Friday 12 October to Sunday 14 October and has a great line-up of entertainment and activities for all the family to enjoy, including a fantastic live music line-up.

With a special guest appearance from ARIA award winner Clare Bowditch, performing songs from her new album The Winter I Chose Happiness. Tickets are on sale now for just $20 via our website. There are also various other live music acts over the course of the weekend.

The festival will also, of course, feature over 70 classic boats and incorporate maritime crafts and competitions such as Quick and Dirty boat building and race, deck hands line throwing, best dressed boat and caulk a seam competition.

For the full program and to book visit our website.


Tuesday, 9 October 2012

$124 a night for new Novotel in Thailand's royal holiday playground


Introductory offer from $124AU a night  - just 2.5 hours drive from Bangkok

Accor, the leading international operator of hotels in Asia Pacific and Thailand, announces the opening of Novotel Hua Hin Cha Am Beach Resort and Spa, a 243-room resort located on a prime beachfront between Hua Hin and Cha Am, Thailand's favourite seaside destinations, just a 2½-hour drive from Bangkok.

Mr. Patrick Basset, Senior Vice President, Accor Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, the Philippines, and Myanmar, says, "The Hua Hin-Cha Am area has always been a popular destination among both Thai and international travellers due to its small-town ambiance and proximity to Bangkok. Accor sees the introduction of this hotel as a great opportunity to expand our network and provide more hotel options for travellers visiting this serene beachside destination."

The resort is well-designed and translates well the Novotel standard, which promises to provide modern living spaces for leisure and business travellers alike, with full relaxation experiences guaranteed. Each modern and spacious guest room offers a balcony with stunning sea views of the Gulf of Thailand and features the latest technologies for convenience and entertainment, including a flat screen TV, a full range of room and bathroom amenities, and free Wi-Fi internet access.

Alexander Parry, the hotel's General Manager says, "Long renowned as a leisure destination, Hua Hin-Cha Am today also represents one of Thailand's top meeting and incentives destinations. With our comprehensive capacity and prime location, the hotel hopes to attract more of the lucrative meetings and events market while also welcoming visitors looking for a place to indulge themselves on the beach and pamper their families with well-being retreats."

To accommodate the meetings market, the hotel's meeting facilities include a 576-sqm ballroom, which can hold up to 400 persons, and ten well-equipped function rooms for small to medium meetings/functions. All venues are furnished with innovative audio and visual systems, with experienced technical support teams on-hand to ensure that every function is a successful one.

The resort has four food and beverage outlets where guests can indulge themselves. Guests can start the day off with a sumptuous breakfast buffet with an ocean view at Horizon Café, or enjoy a great a la carte breakfast with a romantic and serene atmosphere at L'Ocean Terrace Restaurant. For lunch and dinner, L'Ocean Terrace serves seafood, BBQ dishes, pizzas freshly baked from the wood oven, and favourite Thai dishes. There are also two bars: Havana Lounge serving cocktails and snacks and the Pool Bar where all family members can enjoy light snacks and a variety of beverages.

For leisure activities, the hotel has designated colourful children's play areas, including the beachfront outdoor swimming pool with waterslide, The tropical gardens are perfect for  morning or evening strolls, and the Kids' Club can entertain youngsters while parents pamper themselves at the internationally-known Pevonia Spa for treatments, massages and rejuvenation, or work out at the adjoining fitness centre.

Situated between Cha Am and Hua Hin, Novotel Hua Hin Cha Am Beach Resort and Spa is just a 2½-hour drive from Bangkok and a mere 10-15 minutes from both Hua Hin Airport and Hua Hin Night Market.

Novotel Hua Hin Cha Am Beach Resort & Spa introductory offer:

Novotel Hua Hin Cha Am Beach Resort & Spa is offering a special introductory rate:

Room rate:   THB 3,900 net/night (approximately AU$124)

Room type: Superior Ocean View

Validity: Now until October 31, 2012

Room inclusive:   American buffet breakfast for 2 persons

Please call for reservations at +66 3 270 8300 or email


Leading cruise line MSC Cruises is to stage a massive 48-hour sale on its vast range of cruises and cruise ships with seven-night Mediterranean sailings on MSC Splendida starting at $354 per person twin share.

Bookings for 11-night Grand Voyages aboard the new MSC Divina will begin at $554 per person twin share.

The two-day sale begins at 9am (Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time) on October 16.

Destinations covered in the sale span from the Mediterranean to South America, African the Caribbean and the Red Sea aboard nine of the cruise line’s 12-strong fleet..

Details: MSC Cruises on

Prices are not live until 48 hour sale starts.

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Monday, 8 October 2012


A new range of affordable first class European River cruises for 2013 has been introduced by cruise specialists Beyond Travel, who are offering up to $350 Discover More Travel Credits per couple for bookings deposited by October 31.

Available as eight cruises, they travel along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers. These shorter river cruises are great value and offer the ideal introduction to river cruising or are a relaxing break as part of an extended European holiday.

An example is the eight day Classical Rhine, travelling from Amsterdam to Basel or vice versa and stopping in charming towns such as Rudesheim and Mannheim to view historic villages, castles and vineyards.

Priced from only $1625 per person twin share it includes seven nights' accommodation in a river view cabin, all meals on board and complimentary tea and coffee, daily shore excursions and port charges and local taxes.

Sightseeing excursions are included with the option to customise your excursion package to suit your personal requirements before departing Australia. Transfers can also be pre-arranged through Beyond Travel before you depart for up to six passengers in a private vehicle from $150.

Cruise is also available for solo travellers form only $2435.

For more details on all European river cruise itineraries contact Beyond Travel on 1300-363-554 or email

Lean and green getaway in Victoria's high country


October 8, 2012: The Grand Mercure Pinnacle Valley Resort is offering a chance to escape the grind of the city and find your peace in the rolling green hills and sweet sounds of the bush with a special two night stay in a beautifully appointed Studio room from just $288 for two people.

Including two nights accommodation in a Studio Room and the following  complimentary activities: Mini Golf, Heated Pool, Volleyball, Tennis, and Mountain Bike hire, the choice is yours to be active or to just relax and enjoy the countryside.

The Resort is on the doorstep of Mt Buller, perfect for spring skiing (guaranteed till October 7) and is surrounded by premium wineries and food producers, restaurants and scenic drives.

Enjoy an activity filled holiday* choosing from horse-riding, fly fishing (seasonal), bushwalking, abseiling, golf, joy flights, massage, snow skiing, cross country skiing, wineries (Mansfield, King Valley), Mansfield Zoo, Lake Eildon, scenic tours, white water rafting on the Howqua, Delatite or Big Rivers, or a 4WD tour to Craig's Hut - the home of the 'Man from Snowy River'.

*additional charges apply

This offer is valid to book and stay from 1 October 2012 – 30 April 2013

Subject to availability

Longer stays attract a further 10% discount off accommodation

To book either call 07 5777 5788 or book at,-accor-vacation-club-apartments/index.shtml



Half Day Rides- High Country Horses

More than a trail ride, it is a life experience.

Leaving from Merrijig Lodge, with a horse matched to your ability, if you are an inexperienced rider, we teach you how to trot and canter (there is always plenty of staff to help) or you can just walk along and enjoy the view.

As we cross the creek your horse navigates its way over the stony rock floor. Once out of the stream you are on the open plain of the Deadwood forest with its gentle upward slope to the

At the top, while your horse takes a well-earned rest and you catch your breath, you see the mountains of the high country made famous in the film 'Man from Snowy River II'

Half Day - $120

Mt Buller Rd

03 5777 5590 or

McCormack's Mountain Valley Trail Rides

Phone  03 5777 5542

Mobile: 0428 573 708


 Day Ride of a Lifetime to Craig's Hut (November - May)

Re-live the movies and ride to Craig's hut, the set where "The Man from Snowy River" was filmed.

Day starts at 8.30am and finishes at around 4.30pm. Lunch provided.

Cost $260 per person.

Downhill Rush Mountain Bike Tour

Experience the rush of riding 12kms of sensational alpine terrain. Start with a skills session in the village then descend via Mt Buller's exhilarating single track. Link onto fast and flowy double track with multiple river crossings. Finish at Mirrimbah Park with delicious lunch and return shuttle. 

Vertical Drop: 1000m
Terrain: Single and double track

Rating: All abilities

Includes: Lunch & return shuttle

Hardtail Bike hire included 

Cost $99 per person

Group price for 6 or more $89  

There's no better time than now! 72hr sale to NZ on now

If you have a soft spot for New Zealand, don’t ignore it any longer! With our 72 hour sale on now, it’s time for a visit. Book now to get $150 off return seats to New Zealand and turn your plans into reality.

Visit the vineyards of Marlborough, or road trip your way around the beautiful beaches of the Coromandel. Whatever adventures you’ve been planning, it’s time to book now. Sale ends 10 October so book now.

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Saturday, 6 October 2012

Drive the USA

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Discover California, Nevada & Arizona from just $35* per day

TAKE the road to freedom and discover the sheer vastness of the USA.

DriveAway Holidays has seriously reduced its rental prices, with economy car rental starting from just $35 per day. Drive Highway 1 in style by renting a Ford Mustang from $57 per day. In Los Angeles Cadillac CTS rentals start at just $77 per day, or for the adventurous a Ford Escape SUV can be rented for $44 per day for the same period*.

Prices include a free second driver, unlimited kilometres, third party liability insurance, collision/loss damage waiver, theft protection and no one-way fees with California, Arizona and Nevada (except on Cadillac rentals).*

Get off the beaten track in the US and rent a luxury motorhome. Take advantage of DriveAway's earlybird deals for 2013, saving up to 15% with Cruise America. This offer also includes a monthly special offer such as a free vehicle provisioning kit and 2 free personal kits.^

For an adventure of a lifetime, explore the Grand Canyon on a motorcycle. Not for the faint hearted, choose to ride a Harley Davidson, BMW, Triumph and more, collecting from over 70 locations throughout the United States and Canada.

To book any of these offers, simply contact DriveAway Holidays on 1300 723 972 or book online at USA Sale ends 31 October 2012.

*Prices are per day based on 7 days car rental in Los Angeles, collecting 01 November – 13 December 2012. All vehicles are subject to availability, currency fluctuations and change without notice. ^Motorhome Earlybird has a minimum rental period of 7 days, collecting 01 April – 31 October 2013. Further conditions apply.

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