Wednesday, 23 December 2015 Hotel Deal: Larmont Sydney by Lancemore, Potts Point

Larmont Sydney by Lancemore, Potts Point

Save 33% on your stay

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Larmont Sydney by Lancemore 4*

Save 33% on your stay (Must be booked 14 days before check in)

Book by: 31 January 2016

Stay by: 31 January 2016

Prices from: AU $122 per night

Spend your summer holidays in Sydney for the 40th year of the Sydney Festival! Spread over the city, Sydney Festival delivers a diverse, cultural celebration that includes music, theatre, opera, and circus performances as well as plenty of activities for the entire family. Stay at the Larmont Sydney by Lancemore and be moments away from some of the festival's highlights such as the free, open-air concerts in The Domain and Hyde Park's Meriton Festival Village which offers music and delicious popup eateries. The Larmont Sydney offers excellent value and ensures guests a comfortable nights stay with all rooms featuring a spacious king bed as well as complimentary WiFi, and an in-room iPad.

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Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Grand Aegean & Adriatic Explorer gives 24 Mediterranean nights at the perfect time of year

Winter in the southern Mediterranean is a delight – very much the right place at the right time, less crowded and all yours to explore.

Cruise Traveller ( has chosen that time of year for a sparkling new cruise holiday lasting 24 nights and called 'Grand Aegean and Adriatic Explorer'.

A fly-free offer gives free round-trip airfares from Australia to join the ship in Athens and return home from Venice. Transfers are included and the itinerary visits brilliant places away from the tourist beat.

The ship is MS Minerva, operated by Swan Hellenic. This boutique-size vessel carries no more than 350 passengers. There's a wide choice of included shore excursions.

'Grand Aegean and Adriatic Explorer' is available from A$9655 per person twin share, with FREE flights from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth to Athens and return from Venice. It's valid at that rate until 31 January 2016 unless sold out beforehand.

The cruise-holiday gets underway on 14 November 2016 with a flight from Australia to Athens to join MS Minerva. The ship boasts all the refinements of an intimate country house hotel, conveying guests in style and comfort to some the world's most fascinating destinations.

There is no shortage of those on this itinerary. The ship stays overnight in Kusadasi (gateway to the ancient city of Ephesus), Athens, Dubrovnik and Venice. You can perch on the peaks of Meteora, known for monasteries set on awe-inspiring heights. Get to know Pella, birthplace of Alexander the Great. A two-night stay in Istanbul gives time to discover its highlights including the Ottoman Blue Mosque. An extended stay in Piraeus includes a visit to Ancient Corinth where St Paul preached and lived for two years.

MS Minerva transits the narrow Corinth Canal and sails along Kotor Fjord to the medieval walled town of Kotor in Montenegro, one of the best preserved and most memorable medieval towns in the Adriatic, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Also listed by UNESCO is Dubrovnik, a masterpiece of cream-coloured stone. Sibenik in Dalmatia is another gem, offering some of the most memorable surroundings on the Croatian coast.

As well as a full exploration of Venice, Minerva offers a phenomenal variety of complimentary shore excursions. They are available on each day of the cruise and all are all covered by the fare.

Choices range from the Royal Tombs of Vergina to Aphrodisia and Nysa in Kusadasi, the Montenegro Riviera and Dubrovnik's Lokrum Island. Enjoy a tour of Split, a city on Croatia's Dalmatian Coast where date palms line a seafront esplanade in front of the Roman Emperor Diocletian's palace – a structure so well preserved that about 3000 people live within its walls today. Explore Istria and marvel at the Doges Palace and St Mark's Square in Venice.

An integrated program of talks by guest speakers aboard ship adds in-depth knowledge to the explorations. Another bonus is being able to forget about tipping – all gratuities, both aboard and while touring ashore, are covered in the upfront price. Entrance fees to places of interest visited are covered too, as are all shipboard main meals, including Welcome and Farewell Cocktail Parties followed by Gala Dinners.

For more information, contact:

Cruise Traveller, Boutique Voyage and Cruise Specialists

Freecall 1800 507 777 or (07) 5575 8094.

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Blue Lagoon Cruises Early Bird Savings

Blue Lagoon Cruises has taken Early Bird Savings to a whole new level with a 6 months sales period from now until the end of June 2016 and a 9 month travel period from July 2016 to the end of March 2017. If you would like high resolution images to download, please click here.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

To help celebrate the festive season and the welcoming of the new year we've stripped 25% off all Blue Lagoon Cruises' prices.

From now up until 30 June 2016, when you book and pay in full 6 months in advance you can cruise anytime through to 31 March 2017.

Please read more about the T&C's and remember to you use promo code ADV25-BLC when booking.

If you would like more information please visit our website or contact our friendly reservations team to book you, your family and friends on a stunning journey through the Yasawa Islands.

We hope you've had an enjoyable year and look forward to welcoming you on board sometime in the new year.


Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Tigerair Australia Celebrates New Services Between Melbourne And Coffs Harbour Today


·        New route provides three weekly return services between Melbourne and Coffs Harbour and the only mid-week services between the two destinations.

·        Delivers over 56,000 additional visitor seats annually through Melbourne and Coffs Harbour Airports.

·        Celebratory sale launches today with fares from $49* each way (Melbourne – Coffs Harbour) and $29* each way (Sydney – Coffs Harbour).

·        Economic benefits for Coffs Harbour region estimated by independent consulting group AEC to be almost AUD $8 million per annum.

9 December 2015: Tigerair Australia today celebrates the launch of three new weekly return services between Melbourne and Coffs Harbour, in the process delivering 1,080 additional seats weekly to both destinations.

To celebrate the new route launching today, the airline is putting on a special launch day sale with fares for the new services between Melbourne and Coffs Harbour on sale from just $49* each way and  between Sydney and Coffs Harbour from $29* each way. The sale which commences today at midday (AEDT), ends midday Tuesday 15 December 2015, or until sold out. (Travel periods applicable to the sale for both routes extend from 01 May to 22 June 2016).

Tigerair's newest addition to the fleet, a brand new A320 aircraft with "sharklets" on the wingtips, will fly the inaugural flight from Melbourne to Coffs Harbour today, scheduled to land in Coffs Harbour at 10:55am. On board will be senior Tigerair Australia management and a number of Melbourne travel media and industry guests, who will stay in Coffs Harbour (Novotel Pacific Bay Resort) for a few days to experience some of the many tourism drawcards of the region.

Tigerair Commercial Director Adam Rowe said this is more welcome news for Coffs Harbour and NSW tourism as part of Tigerair Australia's next phase of growth.

"Recently we announced additional services on popular NSW routes such as Sydney – Adelaide, Sydney – Cairns and Sydney – Whitsunday Coast.  The new Melbourne – Coffs Harbour route provides the only mid-week services between Melbourne and Coffs Harbour and is estimated to provide significant economic value to the Coffs Harbour region of almost $8M a year by way of inbound passenger spend, as well as potential further growth and job development.

"Coffs Harbour has a great year round climate and many tourism drawcards that appeal to our core market of families, budget and leisure travellers. We're confident these new services will prove popular for Melburnians wanting to escape to a warmer and more temperate climate and also for Coffs residents wanting a break away or to visit friends and family down south."

Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor Denise Knight welcomed today's new route launch: "The Melbourne market provides enormous economic possibilities for this region and Coffs Harbour City Council is looking forward to working with Tigerair to maximise the success of the route. We're also looking forward to welcoming many, many new visitors to the stunning North Coast of NSW."

Key facts:

·        New route: Between Melbourne and Coffs Harbour commences today:

·        Three weekly return flights depart Melbourne at 9:05am on Mondays and Wednesdays and 8:45am on Fridays, arriving into Coffs Harbour at 10:55am Monday and Wednesday and 10:35am on Fridays. Returning from Coffs Harbour at 11:25am Mondays and Wednesdays and at 11:05am on Friday.

·        New Melbourne – Coffs Harbour route delivers 1,080 additional visitor seats weekly through Melbourne and Coffs Harbour Airports or over 56,000 additional visitor seats annually.

·        Tigerair Australia first launched services between Sydney and Coffs Harbour in February 2013 as the airline's first intrastate route.

·        The new services from Melbourne complement Tigerair's existing three weekly return services between Sydney and Coffs Harbour (every Monday, Friday and Sunday).

·        With the new Melbourne – Coffs Harbour route, Tigerair will provide double the number of visitor seats currently available through Coffs Harbour Airport, with a total of 2,160 visitor seats through Coffs Harbour Airport each week or over 112,000 visitor seats annually.

·        The new route commencing today is part of the airline's next phase of growth announced recently, including additional domestic services (between Sydney and Adelaide, Sydney and Cairns and Sydney and Whitsunday Coast). New international services to Bali, from Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth commence March 2016.

·        Tigerair Australia remains committed to delivering the very best in terms affordable air fares, combined with on time flights, industry low cancellation rates and great customer service.

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Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Cockatoo Island "Early Bird” Discounts for 20th Biennale

Cockatoo Island Offers “Early Bird Booking” Stay Discounts for the 20th Biennale of Sydney, 18 March – 5 June 2016

Cockatoo Island is offering discounts on its glamping packages, camping packages and camping sites to all Biennale visitors so you can sleep over on the island and make the most of your 20th Biennale of Sydney (#20BOS) experience.

The 20th Biennale of Sydney, inspired by a quote from sci-fi writer William Gibson, is titled 'The future is already here – it's just not evenly distributed'. This edition of the Biennale will be presented at seven main venues conceived as “embassies of thought”.

Cockatoo Island will host the Embassy of the Real, with the former convict settlement and shipyard offering a space for artists to explore how we perceive reality in our increasingly digitised era. Artists will consider the spaces between the virtual and physical, as well as the physicality of the human body, with major works by Korakrit Arunanondchai, William Forsythe, Camille Henrot, Lee Bul, Chiharu Shiota, Ming Wong, and Xu Zhen (Produced by MadeIn Company).

Special pop-up food and drink outlets will add to the vibe of #20BOS, and you can also explore the island's fascinating convict, industrial and maritime history.

Be a Biennale Early Bird and Save

#20BOS stay deal (for stays 18 March –5 June) *
Make your #20BOS booking before 31 December 2015 and get 20% off – use the promo code *DSYDART20
Make your #20BOS booking between 1 January-29 February 2016 and get 15% off – use the promo code *DSYDART15
Make your #20BOS booking between 1-18 March 2016 and get 10% off – use the promo code *DSYDART10

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*Terms and Conditions: Valid for bookings and stays between 26 November 2015 and 18 March 2016.

Monday, 7 December 2015

'Big Apple to Big Kahuna': New York, Hawaii and two American cruises

 'The Big Apple to the Big Kahuna' – that's New York and Hawaii. This great 23-night, fly-double-cruise-and-stay holiday offers those two classic American destinations and a lot more: seven-night cruises around New England and Hawaii respectively aboard Norwegian Gem and Pride of America, plus hotel stays and tours.

Like a lot of great adventures, 'The Big Apple to the Big Kahuna' starts in New York.

This cruise-holiday offering, exclusive to Worldwide Cruise Centres (, includes a flight from Sydney to New York. On return, you'll stop in Hawaii.

'The Big Apple to the Big Kahuna' also includes five nights at a three-star hotel in New York City, a seven-night Canada and New England cruise aboard Norwegian Gem (round-trip from New York), a visit to the top of the Empire State Building, four nights accommodation in a three-star hotel in Honolulu's celebrated Waikiki Beach area, the Big Kahuna VIP Luau feast at Honolulu Ridge historic estate, and a seven-night cruise exploration of the Hawaiian Islands aboard Pride of America.

Much more is included, such as ship's gratuities on both cruises, so you can forget about that quaint American custom of shipboard tipping.

'The Big Apple to the Big Kahuna' costs from A$7199 twin-share per-person, valid for sale at that rate until the end of January 2016, unless it sells out earlier.

It gets underway with a flight from Sydney to New York on 1 September 2016.

Flight Centre Christmas Giveaway


Flight Centre is celebrating the festive season with a 12 Days of Christmas social media competition that encourages you to #givethegiftoftravel to your friends and family.

The competition, which gives you the chance to nominate your friends and family for a chance to win a travel gift every day until December 12, has a total prize pool valuing almost $35,000.

Flight Centre's Tom Walley said prizes for the 12 Days of Christmas #givethegiftoftravel competition include a range of flights, accommodations and tours and experiences for some incredible holiday destinations.

"Christmas is a time for giving and here at Flight Centre we decided there's no better way to celebrate the festive spirit than giving social media users the opportunity to nominate their friends and family to receive the ultimate gift – travel," Mr Walley said.

"On the first day of December we gave away two return economy flights with Etihad Airways to anywhere on the Etihad network and the nominee on December 2 received two return economy flights to the Solomon Islands plus four nights accommodation in Honiara and a day tour to Savo Island Volcano.

"Other lucky winners have so far received return economy flights with Virgin Australia to anywhere on the airlines domestic network, return economy flights to Bali with Tigerair, return economy flights to Alice Springs plus four nights accommodation as well as a West MacDonnell Ranges Experience and return flights to Port Vila plus four nights accommodation at Mangoes Resort Port Vila and a Pele Island day trip.

"We can't wait to give away the rest of the prizes, which include airfares and packages to some incredible domestic and international destinations."

To enter visit, you can enter as many times as you like but you can only tag one friend per comment. Winners will be announced at 4pm AEST each day and the competition will end at 3pm AEST on December 12, 2015.

Saturday, 5 December 2015

100 Years on the Western Front

July 2016 will mark 100 years since the Battles of Fromelles and Pozières on the Western Front, and from today Australians will be able to apply to attend the services in France to commemorate these important events as part of the Anzac Centenary.

For more details see the Department of Veterans' Affairs release on this link:

For those interested in exploring the Somme by bicycle active holiday specialists Outdoor Travel, based in Bright, Victoria, offer Bike & Barge two-week cycling cruises from Paris to Bruges.  Tours spend 3 days in the Somme, mooring at Peronne near the Australian memorial site at Villers Bretonneaux or the Fourth Division memorial near Riqueval. They also visit the site where the WW1 amnesty was signed in a forest clearing near Compiegne in France.

Bike & Barge cycling cruise departures are scheduled throughout 2016 from April to October. There is a departure date in July for this interested in extending their holiday to attend the commemorations – see:

Bike & Barge cruises combine cycling and river cruising allowing partners of different abilities and interests to holiday together (trips are just as interesting for leisure cyclists OR enthusiasts), unpack once and come 'home' each night to a wonderful meal and a comfortable cabin with your own bathroom.

This is a great opportunity to explore varied and interesting countryside, visiting historic and cultural centres, sampling the wine, beer and local produce that makes this part of Belgium and France famous.  Each day you can join our cycle-guide on a bike-tour, go by yourself by bike and meet up with the group at the boat or stay on the boat to enjoy the cruise.  In the evenings the guide offers a city-walk or other activities.

Well-maintained multi-geared bicycles with panniers are provided and a fascinating and varied guided cycling program with free time to explore each day's destination.

Outdoor Travel offer a choice of dates & four very different barges this route – details can be found on these links: or  or

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Young kids ski free all season at Niseko

Children six years and under ski free all season at Niseko.  Also In March and April offers children aged between 2-14 years  free standard rental ski equipment (when purchased with adult rental for same duration). Save $210 per child.

Children aged between 7-12 years old get free lift passes in March and April (when purchased with an adult pass) valid at Niseko's four connected ski areas. Save from $190 per child.'s Yume Basho – is a three bedroom, two bathroom self-contained four star rated chalet in the heart of Hirafu Village, the popular ski town that provides access to four interconnected Hokkaido resorts and an abundant array of restaurants and bars.

The seven night packages cost from $1,030 per person based on six guests sharing this luxurious chalet from 12 March 2016. It includes a 20% discount on the accommodation. Also included in this well-priced ski or boarding adventure is a Six Day Niseko All Mountain Lift Pass (including night skiing) that is valid at all four ski areas, return Airport Coach Transfers plus Airport Meet & Greet on arrival by's bilingual team at Sapporo's Chitose International Airport.

Contact for other dates and pricing.

For more details contact

Toll Free 1300 137 411

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Preferred Hotels & Resorts Presents “Discovery Philippines”

Experience the best of the Philippines from beach to city with a special 3 for 2 Deal

Preferred Hotels & Resorts, the world's largest independent hotel brand representing more than 650 distinctive properties across 85 countries, is making it easier for travelers to experience the different facets of the Philippines by presenting a new Discovery Philippines offer featuring three unique hotels from the Discovery Group.

With the Discovery Philippines package, travelers who book two consecutive nights at any of the three participating Preferred Hotels & Resorts properties– Discovery Primea, Discovery Shores Boracay , and Discovery Suites –  are invited to enjoy a complimentary third night at one of the other two hotels or extend their stay at their original destination, inclusive of breakfast, welcome drinks and amenities, and complimentary Wifi access.**

From the pristine beaches of Boracay to the metropolitan business districts in Manila, these Discovery hotels offer thoughtfully designed accommodations, attentive, personalized service, and authentic dining options.

•    Discovery Primea is located along Ayala Avenue in the Makati Central Business District, where business, leisure, and culture converge. Featuring 141 guest rooms and five restaurants and bars, the hotel is ideal for business travelers and holiday-makers alike. Nearby are the Ayala Museum, which offers insight into Filipino culture dating back almost 700 years, and the Yuchengco Museum, which features modern and traditional arts, including the famed Suspended Garden that resembles a floating Japanese Zen garden.  **Rates from US$210 per night.

•    Discovery Suites offers the comfort of a spacious private residence with the service and amenity touches of a hotel. Located within Manila's Ortigas Business District, the 220 elegantly appointed one- to three-bedroom suites are minutes away from SM Megamall, the third largest shopping destination in the world, and popular attractions like the Manila Ocean Park, Fort Santiago and the San Augustin Museum. **Rates from US$167 per night.

•    Discovery Shores Boracay, situated in Station 1 of Long White Beach and replete with powdery white sand, fiery sunsets, and 87 all-suite accommodations, offers idyllic tropical luxury with the warm comforts of home and charming Filipino hospitality. Guests can enjoy the on-site spa, international cuisine,  as well as a variety of water sports and recreational activities. **Rates from US$415 per night.

Travelers can enjoy additional benefits by enrolling in the iPrefer guest loyalty program, which extends points redeemable for free nights and other expenditures, elite status, and special benefits such as complimentary Internet upon every eligible stay at more than 550 participating properties worldwide.

For more information or to book the Discovery Philippines package, visit  

**Governing terms & conditions apply.

About Preferred Hotels & Resorts
Preferred Hotels & Resorts is the world's largest independent hotel brand, representing more than 650 distinctive hotels, resorts, residences, and unique hotel groups across 85 countries. Through its five global collections, Preferred Hotels & Resorts connects discerning travelers to the singular luxury hospitality experience that meets their life and style preferences for each occasion. Every property within the portfolio maintains the high quality standards and unparalleled service levels required by the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Integrated Quality Assurance Program. The iPrefer™ guest loyalty program, Preferred Residences℠, Preferred Family℠, Preferred Pride℠, and Preferred Golf™ offer valuable benefits for travelers seeking a unique experience. For more information, visit

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji 20 per cent discount offer

Fiji’s first ever, all villa boutique resort, Nanuku Auberge Resort has released a new summer special offering a 20 per cent discount on all bookings of three nights or more on all accommodation types.

Valid for travel from now until 31 March 2016*, a stay at Nanuku Auberge Resort comes complete with luxurious residence accommodation, all gourmet meals and a host of added extras.

These range from butler and personal ‘Villa Mama’ services, free to stream movies, use of a golf buggy and all non-motorised waterspouts equipment plus free Wi-Fi throughout the resort.

Each of Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji’s residences have been designed with huge air-conditioned living and entertaining areas, luxurious en suites complete with spa baths, private yoga bures, plunge pools, media rooms, expansive decks and outdoor living rooms, private landscaped gardens and daybeds.

The resort also offers guests a dedicated spa, yoga classes and resident fitness instructor and for families one of the best organised children’s programs in Fiji with free access to the resort’s ‘Lai Lai’ kids club and a wide range of age appropriate, environmentally oriented activities for older children.

*Conditions apply. The 20 per cent discount is valid for all bookings made up to 31 December 2015 and valid for travel until 31 March 2016.

Black-out period is from 20 December 2015 until 04 January 2016.

For more information on Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji visit

Value-for-money five star hotel and ski deal at Hakuba

SkiJapan's ski-in ski-out package at the family-friendly 25-room five star La Neige Higashi-Kan Hotel, located in one of the most desirable parts of Hakuba, costs from $2,038 per person from March 6, 2016.

The seven night twin share stay (in a Western Standard Room with ensuite and LCD TV's) includes one free night, breakfasts daily, a six out of 10 Hakuba Valley Ski Lift Pass, free area shuttle and round trip share taxi transfers from Tokyo's Narita Airport. Must be booked 90 days before travel.

Trip Advisor reviews for this property (ranked 8 out of 101 Hakuba Hotels) is very complimentary. They include phenomenal service, English-speaking staff, cosy reception are that has a log fire, complimentary hot chocolate, tea, coffee and popcorn. There's also complimentary wi-fi connection in any of the hotel rooms.

One reviewer stated they would stay again and they recommend this hotel to anyone that likes luxury and want a five star experience. Another said any room is a good room in this hotel.

Surprisingly what you do not glean from the Trip Advisor comments is the hotel's amazing cuisine and extensive wine list that includes produce created by small family run wineries located in the traditional French wine growing regions of Bordeaux and Bourgogne.

For more details contact 1300 137 411



Saturday, 10 October 2015

Win a Royal Caribbean Cruise

You could be the lucky winner of a FREE CRUISE if you book any Royal Caribbean cruise with this month.

Simply book a cruise of 7-nights or more before 31 October and you will go in the draw to win a FREE BALCONY STATEROOM on Royal Caribbean's' Explorer of the Seas short-break cruise next February.

Explorer of the Seas is the latest ship to join the Royal Caribbean fleet in Australia. Recently refurbished, she boasts all of the features of her sister ship Voyager of the Sea including new speciality restaurants, Flow Rider, Ice Rink and much more.

The 3-night short=break departs Sydney on Thursday 11 February and the competition winner will enjoy the sea views from their very own private Balcony Stateroom.

Royal Caribbean still have availability for Last Minute cruises departing from Sydney and Brisbane up to the end of December. Prices start from only $759 so scroll down for details.

PLUS All Royal Caribbean cruises for 2016 and 2017 are on sale with 30% off EVERY cabin on EVERY sailing EVERY where! And if that's not good enough, Royal are offering EXTRA On-Board Credit and Half Price Deposits on any sailing FROM AUSTRALIA after 1 January 2016. Scroll down for details on these great offers.

But remember, book by 31 October for your chance to win a FREE CRUISE!

Enter here:

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

South Australian snow enthusiasts get easy, affordable, access to Hakuba ski areas, Japan

Oneworld alliance member and Qantas partner Cathay Pacific is boosting its flights ex- Adelaide with the addition of a fifth weekly non-stop service. From December 2 2015, CX174 from Adelaide to Hong Kong will run on Thursdays in addition to the previous Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Departures, leaving the South Australian capital at 7:45am reach Hong Kong at 2pm. Connecting flight to Tokyo's Narita or Haneda Airports included in the Hakuba package.

Cathay Pacific previously trimmed its Adelaide route from daily to four-times-weekly, but in doing so made every remaining flight a non-stop service to ditch the previous Melbourne detour's value-for-money six-night Hakabu snow adventure for South Australian skiers or snowboarders costs from $1,950 per person.

Inclusions: Return economy flights Adelaide to Tokyo (including taxes), return airport share shuttle transfers, six nights accommodation in a twin room at Hakuba Highmount three star Hotel (which is only 150 metres from nearest ski lift), a Five Day Hakuba Valley lift pass and Breakfast daily.

Conditions: Subject to availability and price fluctuations due to exchange rate. Prices based on stays between 6-12 March 2016. Must be booked by 31 October 2015

For more details call 1300 137 411


Tuesday, 6 October 2015

WIN a five-night trip to Japan

Vacations & Travel magazine in conjunction with the Japan National Tourism Organization, Japan Airlines and Prince Hotels, is giving subscribers the chance to win a wonderful trip to Tokyo, including two return economy flights and five nights’ accommodation – three in Tokyo and two in Nagano.


Saturday, 3 October 2015

Outback pub experience - Stay 3 Pay 2 Offer

Experience the heart of Australia's outback at the famous North Gregory Hotel.

Aussies like to celebrate all things Australian and the North Gregory Hotel in Winton, Outback Queensland is certainly the ideal place to do so! With a history as old as the Outback, the North Gregory was key in the founding of Qantas, and more importantly is the place of the first ever public performance of our unofficial anthem – Waltzing Matilda.

Visit the quintessential Queensland outback, explore the rugged natural landscape that was home to Patterson but also where Dinosaurs roamed all those years ago with a limited Stay 3 Pay 2 Outback Offer at the ‘famous’ North Gregory Hotel. Starting at just $420 per room per night including 3 night’s accommodation, cooked breakfast daily & guided tour of the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum (the home of Australia’s only dinosaur fossil dig - a genuine opportunity to work with real dinosaurs) with Vision Splendid Tour Company, you’ll ‘Saur’ right into ancient history.

Support Outback Queensland and get out and see some of our amazing history for yourself.

For bookings or further enquiries or 61 7 4657 0647

Package based on 2 persons twin share, complimentary cooked *breakfast daily in the Musical Fence Café, a guided tour for 2 to visit the Australian Age of Dinosaurs, free WiFi, subject to availability. *Breakfast – available from café menu with espresso coffee.

Package - valid from 1 October 2015 – 31 March 2016.

Fun Festival of Philippine Food at Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney


Friday, 2 October 2015

Round World Cruise aboard Sea Princess


WORLD cruises have never before been more exciting, more adventurous and more relaxing than what is planned for 2017, with Princess Cruises pulling out all the stops for their 10th anniversary of round world cruises with Cruiseabout

Princess has been sailing on round world cruises since 2008 and is offering the return of their signature 104-night Round World Cruise with a journey to the Land of the Midnight Sun.

The voyage on board Sea Princess features eight new ports of call, including a new journey above the Arctic Circle and the Land of the Midnight Sun, taking passengers to the far corners of the earth and visiting legendary cities and hidden treasures on almost every continent.

Sailing from Australia, Sea Princess will visit 39 ports in 25 countries and offer passengers more time ashore, unique ports and overnight stays in Venice, New York and Lima (Callao) with an opportunity to visit Machu Picchu, as well as new destinations including Rijeka in Croatia, Valletta in Malta, Genoa for Portofino in Italy, Norway’s Gravdal, Tromso and Honningsvag, Akureyi in Island and Key West in the USA. Sea Princess offers the opportunity for passengers to board and depart at alternative ports around the world from $3,849* or round trip options from Sydney for 104-night from $20,999* or from Fremantle for 115-nights from $23,199*.

All bookings made with Cruiseabout will receive up to $4,000^ onboard credit.

Bookings for the 2017 Round World Cruise will go on sale on October 2, 2015. For more information on Princess Cruises or to book your next cruise, contact a Cruiseabout cruising specialist on 1300 450 133 or visit

*Price is subject to change and availability at the time of booking. Fares listed are per person based on double occupancy. Terms and conditions apply. ^Onboard credit is calculated per cabin.

Pacific cruises with Princess Cruises

CIRCLE the Pacific Ocean in grand style visiting crystal clear waters, famous cities, glaciers and the Orient thanks to Princess Cruise’s new 2017 Circle Pacific cruise with Cruiseabout.

The new 75-day Circle Pacific is going to be bigger than ever thanks to Vancouver’s 150th Anniversary and America’s 4th of July celebrations in the northern hemisphere.

The voyage on board the largest Princess ship ever to be deployed on a world voyage, the Golden Princess, will include an overnight stay in Vancouver during the 150th Anniversary and an overnight stay in San Francisco on the 4th of July; with each visit perfectly time timed to offer passengers a front row seat to the celebrations and spectacular firework shows.

Sailing from Australia, Golden Princess will visit 29 ports across the Pacific and offer passengers more time on shore and the opportunity to discover North American ports, with Alaskan, West Coast and Hawaiian destinations as well as time is Asia and the South Pacific, including Manila in the Philippines. Golden Princess offers the opportunity for passengers to experience 50-nights from Sydney to Los Angeles from $9,799* or the full 75-nights departing and returning to Brisbane from $14,299*.

All bookings made with Cruiseabout will receive up to $4,000^ onboard credit.

Bookings for the 2017 Circle Pacific will go on sale on October 2, 2015. For more information on Princess Cruises or to book your next cruise, contact a Cruiseabout cruising specialist on 1300 450 133 or visit

*Price is subject to change and availability at the time of booking. Fares listed are per person based on double occupancy. Terms and conditions apply. ^Onboard credit is calculated per cabin.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

New airfares to Melbourne for AFL Grand Final


VIRGIN Australia has released additional fares from Perth to Melbourne for the AFL grand final weekend, says Flight Centre.

Flight Centre has seen a surge in airfare bookings for the weekend for both Melbourne and Sydney ahead of the AFL and NRL grand final games, but none more so than for the Perth to Melbourne route.

Due to high demand many carriers have increased the number of flights to the respective cities, with Virgin releasing one way flights from Perth to Melbourne from $365.00 and one way fares travelling from Melbourne to Perth on Tuesday from $365.00.

These are by far the cheapest last minute airfares that have been released for the AFL grand final, with many flights selling from $1,765 to $2,000 return.

Those who are yet to book their airfares from Perth to Melbourne ahead of the AFL grand final should contact Flight Centre on 131 600.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

19th Annual Sculpture by the Sea - Bondi

Cave Urban, save our souls, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2014. Photo by Gareth Carr

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, the world's largest annual free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition returns to the spectacular Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk from 22 October – 8 November this year.

For the nineteenth year, this stunning stretch of Sydney coastline will be transformed into a free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition, featuring more than 100 works by Australian and international artists.  Over 30 international artists will be showcased this year, including artists from Brazil to Poland, Japan to Slovakia and the USA to the Czech Republic.

One of Sydney's best attended and most photogenic events, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi attracts more than 500,000 visitors over 18 days and for many heralds the beginning of summer in Sydney.

This year Macquarie Group returns as Principal Sponsor of Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi for the third year, with the $60,000 Macquarie Group Sculpture Prize, as well as presenting the Macquarie Group Sculpture Inside Prize for small sculpture. The Macquarie Group Sculpture Prize is the most generous annual sculpture prize in Australia and the award winning work will again be gifted for permanent public display at Headland Park, Georges Heights, set against the spectacular and historically significant Middle Head, overlooking Sydney Harbour.

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New river cruise products from Insider Journeys

Insider Journeys adds 3 new river cruise ships to existing portfolio and introduces river tours to selected Small Group Journeys

Insider Journeys has launched its ‘2015-17 Asian River Cruising’ brochure with itineraries across Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Burma, India, and China. The company’s most comprehensive cruising brochure yet, the 90 page guide includes information on three new river cruise ships, the ‘Mekong Eyes’, ‘Pandaw’, and ‘RV Anawrohta’, Insider Journeys’ expanded range and its portfolio of more than 25 Asian river cruises.

As small boat specialists, Insider Journeys has introduced a new product option coupling a Small Group Journey with river cruise to serve the growing demand in the Asian river cruising market. The first such offering is its ‘Mekong & Beyond’ small group journey, which combines a complete river cruise and land tour for a 16 day two country exploration through Cambodia and Vietnam that includes 7 nights’ hotel accommodation and 8 nights’ cruising.

Additional nights cruising have also been added to the ‘Vietnam Discovery’ Small Group Journey with a night’s cruising on the Mekong as well as Halong Bay, and to the ‘Burma Revealed’ journey with two nights on the Irrawaddy.

Managing Director, Paul Hole, says Insider Journeys has combined cruise with land touring in response to passenger demand.

“Trip extensions have become very popular. In the last 12 months, Insider Journeys’ Mekong cruises have seen almost half of our passengers take the ‘Cruise Plus’ option of combining cruise and land arrangements,” says Hole.

The beautifully crafted ‘Pandaw’ ships have also been introduced into the Insider Journeys stable and their new itineraries include:

· A 15 day The Mekong: From Laos to China river cruise on the mighty upper Mekong River, from Vientiane to tropical Xishuangbanna in southern Yunnan, China, with an overland side trip to Burma.

From $11,932 (AUD) per person twin share

· An 11 day Red River Vietnam river cruise on the Red River Delta cruising into Ha Long Bay. The RV Angkor Pandaw sets sail from Hanoi on a round-trip adventure that includes scenic national parks, historic villages and hilltribe communities.

From $4,618 (AUD) per person twin share

Paul Hole says Insider Journeys’ Asia River cruising portfolio has expanded rapidly over the past three years.

“We’ve continued to expand our river cruise offerings to keep up with travellers’ seemingly insatiable appetite for new experiences along Asia’s fascinating main rivers. Increasingly, passengers are discovering how river cruising throughout Asia provides a unique opportunity to gain greater access and deeper insights into a way of life that has remained relatively unchanged,” says Hole.

The small boat specialists offer cruise bookings on a range of river cruises across Asia, including the ultra-luxury of Aqua Expedition’s Aqua Mekong. River cruising itineraries are offered on the Ganges (India), the Irrawaddy (Burma), the Mekong (Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos) and the Yangtze (China). 

For more information and bookings, Insider Journeys’ Asia experts can be contacted on 1300 362 777 or visit

For great travel adventures and stories, follow the Insider Journeys team at, on Twitter @InsiderJourneys 

Insider Journeys delivers Insider knowledge on small group journey travel in Asia

Australia’s leading Asia travel specialist, Insider Journeys has released its latest portfolio of Small Group Journeys and to celebrate is offering a $250 travel voucher for 2016 Small Group Journeys bookings of 10 days or more made before 15 December 2015.

With several new itineraries, a refresh of some of the most popular journeys and the introduction of a new product style combining small boat river cruising and small group journeys into one product offering, the comprehensive guide provides the insider knowledge on small group journey travel in Asia.

Managing Director Paul Hole is proud of the new brochure and its extensive content.

“The latest brochure is the result of the combination of the insider knowledge of our exceptional product team and 22 years’ experience,” says Hole.

“Together we’ve compiled an extensive range of experiences and compelling selection of itineraries from which to choose. With over 80 itineraries across 11 countries, there’s truly something offered for everyone within our range.”

Highlights of the new brochure include:

- The introduction of a new 14 day Japan Winter Discovery that focuses on the northern Honshu (Alps) of Japan, to witness rare birds in Hokkaido and Japanese macaques in the mountain hot springs, and the unusual opportunity to take an icebreaker cruise amongst the creaking floes of the Okhotsk Sea;

- A new ‘follow the Mekong’ Laos and Cambodia Mekong Discovery small group journey which travels overland along the mighty river;

- A revamp of the 13 day Highlights of Indochina journey which provides highlights from the diverse wonders of the three Indochina countries Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia;

- The use of high speed train transport has been added to some Small Group Journeys between Beijing and Xian;

- The introduction of further ‘Insider Experiences’ to the Small Group Journey portfolio.

For more information and bookings, Insider Journeys’ Asia experts can be contacted on 1300 362 777 or visit For great travel adventures and stories, follow the Insider Journeys team at, on Twitter @InsiderJourneys

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Rail Europe Celebrates 20 years With Massive Year-End Promotions

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Rail Europe has released a series of promotions on selected passes and point-to-point tickets to further add value to travellers' rail itineraries during their visit to Europe in the coming months and next year.

A generous 20% discount has been declared on the France Rail Pass, selected Swiss Peak Passes purchased with a Swiss Travel Pass as well as the Eurail Global and Select Passes starting; while point-to-point tickets on the Eurostar and Thalys have been significantly reduced as well.

For the discount to apply, bookings for the France Rail Pass must be made by 3 Nov 2015 and travel completed by 2 Nov 2016. This means for the first time travellers can secure 2015 prices for travel in 2016 and they can take advantage of the generous 12-month validity from the date of issue. Prices start from AUD 100 / NZD107.

When purchasing the Swiss Peak Pass with the Swiss Travel Pass, a further discount of up to 20%, on top of the already existing 50% discount applied to mountain railway and cable car rides to the peaks of Pilatus, Titlis, Schilthorn and Gornergrat. Bookings must be made by 3 Nov 2015 and travel completed by 2 Nov 2016, allowing travellers to enjoy the extended validity period which is usually six months. Prices start from AUD196 / NZD231

Travellers exploring more than one country around Europe can enjoy the 20% discount off their Eurail Select or Global Passes for bookings made by 31 Dec 2015. Passes must be used by 31 March 2016. Prices start from AUD 152 / NZD169 for the Eurail Select Pass (for four adjoining countries) and AUD404 / NZD442 for the Eurail Global Pass (covering 28 countries).

Travellers purchasing Eurail Regional and one country passes by 31 December will be able to take advantage of the discounted 2015 prices, while enjoying an extra free travel day that will be granted. Passes must be validated within six months from the date of issue

Further to that, until 3 Nov 2015, travellers booking journeys on Eurostar and France's Thalys services will enjoy reduced prices on selected routes between the UK, France, Belgium, Germany and The Netherlands.

One-way prices on Eurostar will start from AUD74 / NZD83 between the UK and Paris, Brussels and Lille; AUD91 / NZD101 between the UK and Lyon; and AUD108 / NZD120 between the UK and Marseille and Avignon. One-way prices on Thalys will start from AUD98 / NZD 109 from Paris to Brussels, Cologne and Amsterdam.

Terms and conditions apply. Visit for more information and bookings.

 About Rail Europe

Rail Europe is the world's No. 1 distributor of rail tickets and passes offering travellers the widest and best selection of European rail products across no less than 30 countries and 25,000 destinations on more than 11,000 different routes. Rail Europe tickets are sold through appointed General Sales Agents and directly to web users through localised websites (local currency, local language, local service). For more information about Rail Europe products and prices, visit

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Win an indulgent Abu Dhabi Experience.

Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, in partnership with Etihad Airways, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi and Emirates Falcon Tourism are giving you the chance to win a luxurious trip to Abu Dhabi.

The prize includes:
  • Return Economy Class airfares for two
  • Four-nights five-star accommodation
  • Return airport transfers
  • Half day city tour
  • Exciting desert safari
And winning is easy. Simply tell us in 25 words or less “What would make your trip to Abu Dhabi a truly indulgent experience?”

Visit the Abu Dhabi Tourism website to imagine your indulgent Abu Dhabi Experience.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Goulburn Spyfest - Meet George Lazenby

Tickets are now available for the Special Agents Gala Dinner as part of SPYfest, on in Goulburn late September.

Tickets are available to purchase online at

The city is set to host the inaugural SPYfest this September. The epicentre of espionage will be the Special Agents Gala Dinner happening on the evening of Saturday 26.

George Lazenby as James Bond in OHMSS
Goulburn’s Veolia Arena will be the location of the Gala dinner - the first event of its kind to be held at the venue - hosting world-class entertainment, special guests and sponsors of SPYfest.

Chris de Havilland, as his alias Sir Sean, will be the evenings emcee. Sir Sean will be accompanied by Miss Moneypenny, who will be performing all of the classic bond songs.

More musical entertainment in the form of Dame Shirley Bassey, with smooth honeyed tones and a glamorous eight piece orchestra, will be sure to delight attendees when Jennifer Green performs her ‘Strictly Bassey’ show.

The Special Agents Gala Dinner will be the first time that Veolia will be used for a gala dinner. The arena will be decorated to a tee for the occasion, with the help of detailed sound and lighting tests, ensuring the evening will go off without a hitch.

SPYfest celebrations of all things spy will continue across the weekend. The festival of events will feature spy demonstrations, a parade, an author forum and city-wide game of ‘iSPY’.

The inaugural festival was inspired by George Lazenby, the only Australian thus far to play James Bond on screen, born and raised in Goulburn.

Keep up to date with the ever-increasing program of events and list of participants by visiting or by following the event on Facebook or Twitter.

George Lazenby will be returning to his hometown for the entire weekend and will be making an appearance at several of the SPYfest celebrations, including the Gala Dinner, hosting an autograph signing and press-conference.

The Timeless Treasures of the Mediterranean with Silversea Cruises

Ultra-luxurious Italian cruise line, Silversea, invites guests to experience the irresistible allure of the Mediterranean aboard its classic fleet vessels Silver Cloud, Silver Wind and Silver Spirit.  Revealing its 2016 Mediterranean 'Timeless Treasures' brochure, Silversea showcases the mesmerising beauty, ancient history and culinary delights of the Mediterranean through a bespoke range of unique and inspiring itineraries, from April to November 2016.

Karen Christensen, General Manager & Director Sales/Marketing, Australasia, says:

"With a strong Italian heritage, Silversea is an expert at showcasing the very best of the Mediterranean, through the eyes of a local.  From the world-renowned and historic streets of Athens and stunning coastline of the Italian Riviera, to the hidden white sand beaches of Sanary-sur-Mer, France and lesser-visited province of Castellon, Spain, Silversea's intimate ships enable guests to get closer and sail directly into these exquisite ports, offering convenience and an insider's view to the hidden towns of the Mediterranean. In this brochure, we've also put together a number of combination voyages, with savings of up to 15%, designed to appeal to Australian travellers who want to stay longer and explore more of this magnificent region."

"This carefully designed 2016 Mediterranean brochure includes meticulous planned voyages combined with the luxury and highest levels of service that our guests have become accustomed to.  Away from the expected and well beyond the crowds, our guests feel more like locals than tourists."

Silversea's extensive range of optional onshore excursions provide guests with the chance to truly indulge in the fascinating culture and captivating beauty of this spectacular region. Mediterranean onshore excursions highlights include: spectacular helicopter rides over the dramatic seascapes of the Amalfi Coast; savouring tradition Sicilian cuisine with olive oil and wine tasting tours in Trapani; spending an evening immersed in a concert amidst the ruins of Ephesus' ancient Odeon Theatre; and exploring the underground caves of Valencia, Spain's Old Quarter.

In addition to Silversea's all-inclusive luxurious voyages, with free WiFi as standard and personal butler service to take care of every need, guests are also offered the opportunity to combine select Mediterranean voyages to receive a saving of up to 15%, when booked before 31 December, 2015.


V1620-1621: Departing Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy on 1 July 2016, guests aboard Silver Cloud sail through the breathtaking beauty of France, Monaco Italy, Spain and Portugal over 18 days, while indulging in the culinary pleasures of the Mediterranean and marvelling at the mesmerising sites of this spectacular part of the world.  Guests disembark this voyage on 19 July, 2015.  Fares start from AU$9,404 per person, based on twin share.

V2612-2613: Sailing from Barcelona, Spain to Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy, guests depart on 13 April 2016, cruise through the Corinth Canal, experience the 'Eternal City' of Rome and explore the legendary city of Troy on a 24-day voyage aboard Silver WindFares start from AU$9,917 per person, based on twin share.

V5621-5622: Beginning her voyage from Istanbul, Turkey, Silver Spirit guests visit the islands of Turkey and Greece, a region boasting natural beauty laced with a fascinating history, before sailing to the superb ports of Montenegro and Croatia.  This voyage departs on 29 July 2016, traveling over 14 days before arriving in Venice, Italy on 12 August 2016.  Fares start from AU$7,865 per person, based on twin share.

Silversea's fares include all-suite accommodation with butler service, gourmet meals with menus inspired by Relais & Châteaux, complimentary wines, Champagne and spirits served throughout the ship, one free hour of WiFi per guest per day and all gratuities. 

Copies of the new Mediterranean brochure are now available to view at For more information, contact Silversea Cruises on +61 2 9255 0600 or 1300 306 872 or visit

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One million reasons to book your next P&O cruise


CRUISERS now have one million reasons to book their next P&O cruise through Cruiseabout, with P&O announcing they will be giving all guests who book any P&O cruise before November 25 the chance to win one of four $1 million cash prizes.

To celebrate its four million passenger milestone, just four years after celebrating its three millionth passenger, the cruise line will also give away $4 million in onboard credits for new bookings over the coming weeks.

All travellers who book a P&O cruise before November 25, 2015, through Cruiseabout will be in the running to win.

Cruiseabout is currently offering a number of cruising experiences for 2016 itineraries aboard one of P&O's newest ships, Pacific Eden, all of which allow travellers eligibility to be in the draw to win.

The 12-night Indonesian Explorer offers guests the opportunity to come face to face with the world's largest living species of lizard, the Komodo Dragon. Departing from Fremantle in Western Australia on July 18, 2016, Indonesian Explorer's first stop is Komodo Island followed by Makassar, Lombok, Benoa, Probolinggo, Jakarta and finishing in Singapore from $1,248* per person twin share in an interior cabin.

Cruisers can be among the very first cruise guests to visit Krabi, the ultimate Andaman Sea destination, aboard the seven-night Andaman Islands Encounters, departing Singapore on August 13, 2016, and also taking in Phuket, Langkawi and Sabang from $1,249* per person in a twin share oceanview cabin.

Departing on August 20, 2016, shopping and adventure enthusiasts will be able to break free and be amongst the first and only cruise guests to grace Ko Chang's shores aboard the seven night Thailand Unleashed cruise departing and returning to Singapore. Thailand Unleashed takes in Sihanoukville, Ko Chang, Laem Chabang and Ko Samui from $1,249* per person in a twin share oceanview cabin.

Bookings for Pacific Eden's Andaman Islands Encounters, Indonesian Explorer and Thailand Unleashed are on sale now. For more information on P&O Cruises or to book your next cruise, contact a Cruiseabout cruising specialist on 1300 450 133 or visit

*Price is subject to change and availability at the time of booking.

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Discover the abundant history of Southeast Asia aboard Silver Spirit cruise

Enjoy the beautiful surrounds of Southeast Asia, from the crystal waters of Koh Samui, to the modern landscapes Ho Chi Minh City, aboard Silversea's ultra-luxurious Silver Shadow on an intimate 11-day voyage.

Setting sail from Singapore on 1 December 2015, Silver Shadow cruises along the coast of the Western Gulf to Koh Samui, Thailand, renowned for its stunning beaches and breathtaking coastline.  For a truly unforgettable experience, guests can choose an optional half-day excursion to the Namaung Safari Park for an elephant ride and waterfall experience.  Silver Shadow continues her journey, porting in the mesmerising city of Bangkok for an overnight stay.  With an exhilarating blend of old and new, guests can explore the exclusive upscale restaurants or nearby Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage recognised site.

Spending the next two days in the dynamic city of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, guests have the opportunity to explore life along the Mekong, or visit the historic Cu Chi Tunnels on an optional excursion. Silver Shadow sails to Nha Trang, home to some of Vietnam's most beautiful beaches and diving spots. Here, guests have the option to explore the charming countryside and humble villages during a scenic, half-day bicycle excursion.  Silver Shadow then docks at the UNESCO World Heritage listed, Chan May, the gateway to the historic city of Hue and the beautiful restored fishing village of Hoi An, Vietnam, before concluding in Hong Kong, with guests disembarking 12 December 2015.

Prices are per person starting from AU$5,650 in a Vista Suite double occupancy. Silversea fares include: all-suite accommodation with butler service; gourmet meals with menus inspired by Relais & Châteaux; complimentary wines, Champagne and spirits served throughout the ships; and all gratuities.  Ideal for solo travellers, a reduced single supplement of only 25% applies to this voyage, with guests encouraged to meet like-minded travellers at a Welcome Reception. This voyage also forms a part of Silversea's Bridge Sailing series.

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


Top Sydney sights to see while running the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival


On Sunday 20 September 2015, Blackmores Sydney Running Festival will see runners from all over the world racing around the harbour city whilst taking in a plethora of Sydney's iconic sights.


Now in its 15th year, the Blackmores Sydney Marathon attracts runners from across the globe and, after being awarded a prestigious Gold Label from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), it has become a world class running event alongside the London, Boston and New York marathons.


Blackmores Sydney Running Festival is Australia's most unique running event because of the myriad of iconic sights which can be seen along the course. Whether you are taking part in the 3.5km Family Fun Run or the full blown marathon event, you'll be sure to see some incredible landmarks and the more you run, the more you'll see.


Find the top ten Sydney sights below that you will see whilst participating in the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival on Sunday 20 September 2015:


1.       Luna Park – Starting from Milson's Point, the famous moon face of Sydney's Luna Park will smile down on you as you take your first steps of the course. Commencing in Bradfield Park you will run directly past the restored fun-park which was first opened in 1935. Luna Park is one of Sydney's greatest venues for music gigs, hosting regular concerts at the Big Top, and offers elegant cuisine at The Deck restaurant. Needless to say, it also offers million dollar views of Sydney Harbour which are best seen from atop one of the park's many exhilarating rides.


2.       The Sydney Harbour Bridge – After running past the suburb of Kirribilli, famous for being the location of the Australian Prime Minister's official Sydney residence, you will approach a world-renowned iconic Australian landmark; the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The Blackmores Sydney Running Festival offers runners the unique opportunity to cross the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge on foot and


As you run over the bridge don't forget to look up. From the deck below you can truly appreciate the engineering genius that went into the building of the world's largest steel arch bridge. You might even spot some people up there taking part in a Sydney BridgeClimb experience.


3.       Sydney Opera House – As you continue along the deck of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, cast your eyes to the left and you will see the distinctive white sails of the world heritage listed Sydney Opera House. This world-class performing arts centre is a must-see landmark for visitors to Sydney and has become a symbol of both the city and the Australian nation.


4.       Fort Denison – From the high vantage point of the bridge you can also spot Fort Denison, a small island right in the middle of the harbour. Fort Denison has had a varied past – it has been used as a fishing spot, defence structure, navigational guide, tide gauge station, weather station and time marker. Today, the tiny island houses an historic museum and a beautiful restaurant with a modern Australian menu. A five minute ferry ride from Circular Quay will drop you off at this incredible lunch spot on the harbour. 


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