Migrate north with the whales, enjoy a taste sensation in the Southern Highlands and Hunter Valley, visit beautiful Byron for Splendour in the Grass or take a school holiday break on the Gold Coast. Peppers, Mantra and BreakFree hotels and resorts are offering great deals across Australia.
FRASER COAST: Discover a whale of a tale in Hervey Bay
It's that time of year to head to the serene waters of Hervey Bay and enjoy the spectacle of seeing migrating humpback whales and their newborns frolicking in the calm water sanctuary. Stay in style and have a whale of a time at Mantra Hervey Bay, which offers a Whale Watching Package over Whale Watching Season where you can stay for two nights from $124* per night. Book any Whale Watching Tour with reception and receive a 10 percent discount on the tour cost. Guests also receive one bottle of wine on arrival and a Hervey Bay Souvenir Pack with a hat, key ring and postcard and a Discount Food Voucher for 10 percent off at Bistro Aubergine. Call 07 4197 8200 or visitwww.mantra.com.au/herveybay
Also located in the aquatic playground of Hervey Bay is BreakFree Great Sandy Straits, which can boast being the only Hervey Bay resort accommodation to offer absolute beachfront access and uninterrupted views of the bay and marina from sunrise to sunset. Stay for a minimum of two nights in a 1 Bedroom Apartment from $122* per night or 2 Bedroom Apartment from $170* per night and also enjoy the perks of the resort's Whale Watching Package, which includes a 10 percent discount on your Whale Watching Tour cost, a 10 percent Discount Food Voucher to dine at Bistro Aubergine and a free coffee with any purchase of a cooked breakfast. Call 1300 987 602 or visitwww.breakfree.com.au/great-sandy-straits
*Valid for sale until 31 October and for travel between 1 August and 31 October, subject to availability.
GOLD COAST HINTERLAND: Escape winter in a luxury lodge
Nothing beats a cosy getaway mid-winter, so the luxurious Peppers Ruffles Lodge & Spa is offering an ideal short break to relax and unwind. Cuddle up with a good book and relax beside the fire in your villa or lounge of the main lodge, choose to savour a three-course a la carte dining experience at Vue 175 Restaurant from $60* per person, or head to Ruffles Day Spa for a 25 percent discount off spa treatments. Stay for three nights and only pay for two with daily breakfast included, priced from $429* per night in a Garden Villa or Chums Spa Villa, or from $599* per night in a Treehouse Pool Villa. Valid for sale and travel to 30 September. Call 07 5546 7411 or visitwww.peppers.com.au/ruffles-lodge
GOLD COAST: Stay longer by the beach and save on the budget
Looking for a school holiday getaway? Stay longer and save up to 15% with these minimum 3 night packages and enjoy idyllic beachside locations on the Gold Coast. The cosmopolitan vibe of Broadbeach with its surfside eateries and superb stretch of beach plus close proximity to Surfers Paradise is ideal for families looking to be in the heart of the action. Mantra Broadbeach on the Park is offering minimum 3 night rates from $179* per night ($537* minimum spend) in a 1 bedroom apartment and $244* per night ($732* minimum spend) in a 2 bedroom apartment. Mantra Coolangatta is situated amongst the pristine southern beaches of the Gold Coast and offers uninterrupted beach views. Enjoy minimum 3 night rates from $168* per night in a 2 bedroom apartment ($504* minimum spend) and $196* per night ($588* minimum spend). Visit www.mantra.com.au/special-offers or phone 13 15 17 for bookings. *Valid for sale until 31 Augus and valid for travel until 24 December 2012, subject to availability. Conditions apply.
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TWEED COAST: Taste the flavours of Peppers Salt
Taste of Kingscliff and the Tweed Coast will host a series of food and family-friendly events along the coastal areas of the Tweed from 11-20 July so it's the perfect opportunity to enjoy winter's best fresh produce and sample a taste of warm hospitality this winter at Peppers Salt Resort & Spa. Stay in a Hotel Room from $136* per night including full buffet breakfast, in-room movies and WiFi, then set out to experiencea variety of ticketed and free events to suit everyone's palate and purse. To book visit www.peppers.com.au/salt or call 1300 737 444. For event information visit www.kingscliffevents.com.au
BYRON BAY: From whale watching to festival fun
As the most easterly point of Australia, Byron Bay has the best land-based whale watching to be found, complete with volunteers based at the 1901 lighthouse ready to take you on a tour of the onsite museum and help you spot the whales. Or perhaps choose to go kayaking in search of whales and dolphins or head out in a rubber dive boat with a hydrophone to hear the whales singing. When in Byron Bay for Whale Watching Season you can stay in comfort at BreakFree Eco Beach, which is offering a 24 percent saving off the daily rate, from $114* per night in a Studio to $134* per night in One Bedroom. A bonus for festival fans is a 15 percent discount on rates for Splendour in the Grass, where you can stay from 25-28 July for a minimum three-night stay from $263* per night in a Studio to $263* per night in One Bedroom. Call 1300 987 602 or visit www.breakfree.com.au/ecobeach
HUNTER VALLEY: Winter warmers in the wine region
Treat yourself to all the festive trimmings when Christmas in July arrives atPeppers Convent, a charming historic retreat set amongst the landscaped gardens and vineyards of Pepper Tree Winery. The celebratory feast will be held in the new onsite restaurant Eighty Eight on Saturday 19 July overlooking the Wisteria Garden, for $165* per person, and promises a beautifully presented five-course festive degustation dinner prepared by Executive Chef George Francisco. Click here to view the menu . Stay in a Deluxe Room from $390* per night including breakfast and afternoon tea. Receive $20 off per person when booking Christmas in July with accommodation. To book call 02 4998 4999. For further information visit www.peppers.com.au/convent .
The Hunter Valley is beautiful in winter, providing the perfect destination for a relaxing getaway. Discover the best of the region with a Winter Warmer Package at Peppers Guest House that includes a complimentary winery tour and bottle of local wine plus overnight accommodation in a Vintage Room from $149* per night (Sunday - Thursday) or from $299* per night (Friday & Saturday), free WiFi and a late checkout at noon. Valid for sale and travel to 31 August. Buffet breakfast is available at an additional $20 per person. Call 02 4993 8999 or visit www.peppers.com.au/guest-house
SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS: Indulge with gourmet dining and High Tea
Stop off at Bowral for a gourmet encounter with the Southern Highlands food trail from 8-10 August. Peppers Craigieburn set on a majestic century-old estate is hosting a Gourmet Food Trail Event where you'll be introduced to the best of the region on arrival, with drinks hosted by a neighbouring wineries (with a special offer just for the occasion). A Food Trail Map of the region will be in your room and our friends at Food Path will take you on a hosted tour of the Southern Highlands trail. Also enjoy daily breakfast and a regional, seasonal dinner with matched wines. Receive all this plus two nights in an Elms Wing room from $508* per night. For bookings and further information phone 07 5635 1000 or visit www.peppers.com.au/craigieburn
Another plus for the palate in the Southern Highlands is happening in Sutton Forest at Peppers Manor House, which holds High Tea in grand style for guests from $35* per person. Choose to relax by the fire in the baronial Great Hall or sink in to an intimate guest lounge. Indulge in the dainty delights of finger sandwiches, pastries and cakes served with a selection of over 15 fine teas or espresso coffee. Centennial Vineyards Sparkling or Taittinger Champagne packages are also available. High Tea is available every day from 12-4pm, subject to availability and bookings are required 24 hours in advance. Stay overnight from $199* per night and make the most of your time on this grand country estate, dating back to 1926. To book call 02 4860 3102 or email email@example.com
MELBOURNE: Grand opening special for St Kilda
Soak up the culture of one of Melbourne's most famous suburbs by the beach, with a stay at the new Mantra St Kilda Road. Take advantage of theopening special from $119* per night in a Studio Room, which is 20 percent off the standard rate. The latest Mantra property in Melbourne, Mantra St Kilda Rd boasts large, full serviced apartments that feature gourmet kitchens, spacious bedrooms, and balconies with spectacular views across Albert Park Lake, the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Domain Parklands. Whichever way you look, you will be able to appreciate what makes Melbourne such a sought-after destination. Visit www.mantra.com.au/st-kilda-road or phone 1300 987 604.
CRADLE MOUNTAIN: Starry night makes for a picture perfect workshop
Capture your memories of Cradle Mountain's starry night skies with newfound photography skills when you attend the Luke O'Brien Photography Workshop atPeppers Cradle Mountain Lodge from 22-24 September. Staying at the stunning lodge for this three-day workshop, you will have the opportunity to shoot waterfalls and rainforest, and on the return journey to Hobart you will visit the truly magnificent Liffey Falls. The workshop has been timed to coincide with a new moon for dark skies so, by special request, one evening will be spent at Dove Lake to look at and photograph the stars. As with all Luke's workshops, small groups are key so there will be a maximum of 6-8 participants. Cost is $1250* per person including accommodation, all meals, transport to and from Hobart, National Parks entry and tuition. Valid for sale and travel until 22 September. Minimum two night stay applies. Call Luke direct on 03 6231 9964 or 0448 850 077. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
ADELAIDE: Experience the best footy action at Adelaide Oval
This footy season is set to be the best so far in the heart of Adelaide, along with a vibrant and lively atmosphere. Grab your football guernsey and scarves to cheer on your team at the Adelaide Oval and make the most of your weekend with an AFL accommodation package at BreakFree Adelaide. As the closest hotel to the action with the best value for money, choose a room at BreakFree Adelaide from $119* and receive complimentary midday check out and discounted parking at $10 per day for extra convenience. Book your Kick Start Football package and quote 'Footy Deal' and save up to 15% to enjoy Adelaide and its AFL football fever. Valid for sale until 1 August and for travel up to 31 August. Call 08 8217 2500 or email email@example.comTweet