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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Myanmar savings on Cruiseco Explorer’s extended itinerary

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Unlock $2,000 savings on Cruiseco Explorer's extended Myanmar itinerary

Cruiseco, the leading provider of worldwide cruising options in Australia and New Zealand, is delighted to offer travellers a saving of over AUD$2,000* per person on a 17 night fly, cruise and stay holiday package. This unique tour includes return Economy airfares from Australia via Bangkok to Yangon, before travelling to Prome to set sail on a 14 night luxury river cruise on 14th September 2017. Guests will sail the Irrawaddy and Chindwin Rivers to Schwegu, before culminating in Mandalay. This spectacular cruise allows guests to experience the enchanting wonders of Myanmar like never before.

Laura Clarke, Manager Special Projects & Group Sales, Cruiseco said:

"This sensational cruise features the only itinerary in the 2017/2018 season that enables guests to travel along the Irrawaddy River and includes exploring ports along the Chindwin River. Travellers will uncover beautiful architecture, friendly locals and the authentic history and culture of this largely undiscovered part of the world. Guests will sail between Yangon and Mandalay stopping in ports along the Chindwin and Upper Irrawaddy Rivers."

Highlights of this magical holiday experience include visits to: Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda featuring one of the largest Buddhist statues in Myanmar; a number of temples in Bagan such as Shwezigon, Ananda, Dhammayangyi and Thatbyinnyu; the Shwebadaung caves; the colonial town of Katha, the setting for George Orwell's novel 'Burmese Days'; and Mandalay Hill with a summit 240m high. In addition travellers will sail through the grand walls of the Second Defile on the Irrawaddy.

Cruiseco Explorer is designed to accommodate only 56 guests, which will allow travellers to enjoy an intimate, spacious and luxurious river cruise. The cabins feature polished timber floors and French windows or private balconies, so guests will be able to relax and enjoy the impeccable scenery along the Irrawaddy and Chindwin Rivers.

"Accompanying guests on this magical holiday are specialist guides with a wealth of knowledge of this once forbidden land. Travellers will also be able to choose to enrich their holiday by adding on extension packages of three or four nights as part of our offerings" added Clarke.

Prices, start from AUD$5,999* per person, based on twin share for Main Deck Cabin. This offer includes a saving of AUD$2,100* per person and is valid for a limited time only.

Fares include: return economy airfares from Australia; luxury cruise aboard Cruiseco Explorer, including on board gratuities, soft drinks, local beers, wine, daily breakfast, lunch and dinner as specified in the itinerary; deluxe hotel accommodation, one night at the Mandalay Hill Resort in Mandalay, and two nights at the five-star Sule Shangri-La Hotel in Yangon; extensive sightseeing with expert local guides; and all transfers.

To find out more or to make a booking, visit www.cruising.com.au or call (02) 9492 8520.

*Prices are subject to availability and change. Terms and conditions apply.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Wendy Wu Tours Saves Travellers more than $110,000.


Australia is a country famous for its "Big" things. There's the Big Banana, the Big Pineapple, and even the Big Prawn. But Asia has its own set of "Big's", and with Wendy Wu's Big Asia Sale, there's never been a better time to see them.

Happily, the extension of Wendy Wu's Big Asia Sale gives travellers the opportunity to visit many of these Big Destinations, with Big Deals to be had, including savings of up to $500p.p. In fact, Australian travellers have already saved over $110,000 with this sale, which started on 9 April 2017, and was today extended for bookings to 6 July 2017.

With a huge 74 tours available in the sale, it's proving hugely popular, and places are filling fast. So, channel a Bullet Train and act quickly to secure your clients' spot.

So, without further ado, Asia's top "Bigs" from Wendy Wu Tours:

5. The Biggest River in Asia

The mighty Yangtze holds the title of Asia's longest river, and is the third longest in the world, at 3915 miles. Flowing from its source amongst the cloud-piercing mountains of the Tibetan plateau to its mouth in the East China Sea, near Shanghai, it's the lifeblood of the people who live on its banks. Jaw dropping karst scenery awaits for those who travel its banks. See the Yangtze, along with the Great Wall, the Terracotta Warriors, and Giant Pandas on the 14-day Majestic Yangtze tour, including a 4-night Yangtze River cruise, from $4,260 per person twin share all inclusive. Save $500 per person.

4. Highest Mountain in the World

Towering Mount Everest peaks 8,848 metres above sea level, and creates the international border between Tibet and Nepal at its summit. Its first official ascent was in 1953 by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary. A typical hike to base camp takes about 10 days up – but on the 21-day Himalayan Adventure Tour, you'll drive to this majestic spot, inhale the views, and retreat to the warmth of your vehicle. Bliss, without the blisters. Priced from $7,780 per person twin share all inclusive. Save $500 per person.

3. The World's Biggest City

Buzzing brighter than a mosquito around the porch light, Tokyo is a city on steroids, awash with colour and energy. A staggering 33 million people live in Tokyo, and the city hosts more millionaires than any other city! Be mesmerised by Tokyo drink sake in Takayama, and take tea in Kyoto on the 14-day Discover Japan tour, also visiting Mt Fuji, Kanazawa and Osaka. From $10,560 per person twin share all inclusive. Save $200 per person.

2. World's Most Populous Country

At a huge 1,388 billion people, China takes the cake as the world's most populous country in 2017. Hot in its heels, India awaits at 1,34 billion. But for a country as large as China, there's a huge amount of countryside to explore, with a huge 94% of its population on the east coast. Head into the less densely populated areas of Yunnan, Tibet, and the Silk Road city of Kashgar in Xinjian, and a different China emerges. Culturally diverse, with up to 55 distinct minority cultures, these outer areas offer visitors staggering beauty, a rich tradition and a welcoming inquisitive nature.  Explore China's diverse population on the 27-day Silk Road Explorer, from $6,980 per person twin share. Save $500 per person.

1.       World's Most Daily Train Passengers.

Travelling India by train is an experience in itself, with 65,000 km's of tracks and 8 billion passengers transported across 19,000 trains. Every. Single. Day. A kaleidoscope of colour and spices, the ancient forts of Agra and bustling bazaars of old Delhi await to be explored on the 19-day Essence of India tour, that includes a journey on the Shatabdi Express train en route to the Khajuraho Temples. Priced from $10,050 per person twin share all inclusive.  Save $300 per person.

Notable Mention

Of course, there's one other "Big" we neglected to include, mainly because it's just so obvious. The Longest Wall in the World - the Great Wall of China - is an astonishing 3460km long, and can be seen and/or hiked on many of the China tours in this sale.

As with all Wendy Wu Tours, these great value packages are seamless, including air from any Australian capital city, transfers, accommodation, visas, meals and touring – as well as a dedicated National Escort or Guide.

The Big Asia Sale invites travellers to choose from 74 tours, and over 16 destinations. But hurry, availability is going fast! Book by July 6, 2017.

For more information or to book visit www.wendywutours.com.au or call 1800 815 740.

Big Asia Sale Terms and conditions: Valid for sale until 6 July unless sold out prior. Prices are per person and based on twin share. Prices listed include saving. Single supplements apply. Savings valid on selected flight inclusive group tours departing from May to December 2017 and is available from selected Australian cities. Valid for new bookings only. Subject to availability of airline, special Economy Class fare and specific airfare class.


wendywutours.com.au


Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Thai Pavilion Off-Peak Season Offer from Chiva-Som


Pioneering Thai health and wellness resort, Chiva-Som has announced an all-inclusive accommodation offer across its exclusive range of Specialty Retreats.



The offer applies to guests staying a minimum 3 nights at the resort, which is situated within seven acres of tropical gardens in the Royal city of Hua Hin on the Gulf of Thailand, 185 km south of Bangkok, from 1 June to 30 September 2017.

The Thai Pavilion Off-Peak Season Offer is priced from AUD2648 per person twin share and from AUD3531 per person single occupancy –representing a reduction of AUD589 on normal rates inclusive of:

· Individual health and wellness consultation
· 3 wellness cuisine meals per night
· Optional skin consultation
· Optional physical analysis
· Daily fitness and leisure activities (8 classes daily)
· Unlimited use us Water Therapy Suites (Steam, Sauna, Jacuzzi)
· One daily treatment per night of stay selecting from Thai Massage, Invigorating Massage, Relaxing Foot Massage, Oriental Scalp Massage, Chiva-Som Skin Haven Body Polish)

The Speciality Retreats vary in minimum of nights required for stay at Chiva Som and are tailored to address guests’ goals and objectives, current state of health and ability to achieve those goals.

The Chiva-Som advisor will assist guests in achieving the most out of their stay by devising a personal programme of treatments and services. The retreats include A Taste of Chiva-Som, Optimal Performance, Spa Wellbeing, Yoga For Life, Fitness, Natural Renewal, Weight Management, Cell Vitality, Cranial Relief, Emotional Wellbeing, Tension Release and Sustainable Slimming.

Chiva-Som, the ‘Haven of Life’, is at the forefront of health and wellbeing and accommodates guests in 54 stylish rooms with Thai Pavilions exuding traditional charm and newly renovated Ocean rooms and suites providing spectacular views of the Gulf of Thailand.

The resort features 70 treatment rooms at Niranlada Medi-Spa, a kinesis studio, gym, watsu pool, flotation pool, large outdoor swimming pool, bathing pavilion with kneipp bath, sauna, steam, Jacuzzi and indoor swimming pool. Spa cuisine presents organically-grown fruits and vegetables from the Chiva-Som garden and guests can enjoy the elegance of fine dining in the Emerald Room or relax outdoors at the Taste of Siam restaurant by the sea.

For bookings, contact a Chiva-Som Specialist on 1300 857 437 or email travel@traveltheworld.com.au


Monday, 29 May 2017

Eureka Skydeck's Giant Ice Slide - School Holiday Fun




Southbank will once again be transformed into an action-packed winter playground when Eureka Skydeck present the return of the Melbourne Ice Slide for kids, parents and the whole of Melbourne to enjoy.

Welcoming more than 11,000 sliders last year, the giant icy slip-slide has become a must-see and do activity for Melbourne locals and visitors and is this year set to be bigger and better than ever.

From July 1 – July 16, the Southbank waterfront activation will feature a mammoth 36-metre long, four-metre high ice slide complete with imported Canadian inflatable ice tubes and specially designed lanes of two for punters to glide down on.

Taking three days to erect using a fine misting system at -12 degrees, Melbourne's first and only giant ice slide is the perfect way to soak up the winter atmosphere.

Open daily from 10am until late, with prices starting at $12 for three ice slides or $20 for six slides, kids will be vying for a turn to race down the mega ice slide these school holidays.

To add to the winter fun, all patrons of the giant ice slide will be offered discounted admission at both Eureka Skydeck and Federation Square's riverside ice rink.

A portion of the funds will go to not-for-profit organisation Variety: The Children's Charity. For more information visit www.eurekaskydeck.melbourne.

Tickets must be purchased in person from the box office on the Southbank spillway, once the attractions open.

For further information about Eureka Skydeck, visit www.eurekaskydeck.melbourne or call 03 9693 8888.


Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Kids Free at Falls Creek ski lodge


Family-friendly Trackers Mountain Lodge, located in the heart of Falls Creek Alpine Resort, is offering sensational savings for families

They are invited to bring their Kids to stay at this very popular ski in - ski out ski lodge for Free and get 50% off ski lift passes.

This offer is valid between the resort's official opening on Queen's Birthday (June 10) until June 22 and from September 22 until the alpine resort closes its ski lifts.

Parents can introduce their children to a snow adventure at a fraction of the price to peak season.

The value-for-money snow holiday offered by Trackers Mountain Lodge costs from $1,599 per family (same package $4,598 in peak season). The package includes quad share accommodation in a standard room for two adults two children, continental breakfasts, plus 4-day full day ski school programs for two children.

For more details contact Trackers Mountain Lodge 03 5758 3346

e-mail info@trackers.com.au

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Paine Field Aviation Day this Saturday May 20



This Saturday, May 20, 2017, Historic Flight Foundation, the Washington Pilots Association, Paine Field Airport, and the Flying Heritage Combat Armor Museum will host the 22nd Annual Paine Field Aviation Day from 10am - 5pm. Or arrive at 8 a.m. for the 5K/10K airside run/walk followed by a delicious pancake breakfast courtesy of Kiwanis. Experience interactive displays, flight simulators, robotics and modeling. Walk among static aircraft, vintage military vehicles, classic cars, and contemporary aircraft courtesy of the U.S. Navy. Vintage aircraft rides will be available throughout the day. At least one lucky patron will win a free ride in a B-25 Mitchell bomber. Warbirds fly at noon!

To commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo, aviation historian David Lednicer will present “The Remarkable History of the B-25 Mitchell” at 11:00am and 2:00pm. Two B-25s will fly.

Contact:
10719 Bernie Webber Drive
Mukilteo, WA 98275
(425) 348-3200
visitorservices@historicflight.org
www.historicflight.org



Monday, 8 May 2017

Shake up winter and escape with Cebu Pacific Air!



Tick off bucket list essentials and explore all corners of the Philippines with multi-destination seat sale!

Cebu Pacific Air, the Philippines' largest carrier, is pleased to announce a seat sale to help savvy travellers escape the cooler winter months. The seat sale, on now until Saturday, May 13th 2017, enables passengers to experience the Philippines' many world-renowned destinations— thanks to the carrier's seamless domestic connectivity.

For travel between 15 June 2017 and 30 September 2017, the sale underlines Cebu Pacific's commitment to providing its valued guests the opportunity to witness breathtaking views without having put a dent on their savings. For as low as $299, Australian travellers may fly direct to Manila, the Philippines' capital, and hop to other exotic destinations in the country.

"Our seat sales enable us to open up an avenue for the Australians to explore the iconic destinations of the Philippines without having to pay a hefty price tag. We believe that through these, Cebu Pacific is able to provide stress-free holiday options across our most extensive domestic route network, making it now more possible for everyone to see for themselves the treasured gems of the Philippines," says Candice Iyog, Vice President for Marketing and Distribution of Cebu Pacific.

The Cebu Pacific Air seat sale includes one-way airfares from Sydney to Manila, plus onward connections to Cebu, Puerto Princesa (gateway to El Nido), Kalibo/Caticlan (gateway to Boracay), Tagbilaran (Bohol), Dumaguete, Bacolod, Cagayan, de Oro, General Santos, Davao, Iloilo and Tacloban.

Whether it's discovering the cultural and heritage sites of Cebu or immersing in the pristine waters of Boracay and Palawan, the choices are endless with Cebu Pacific for anyone wanting to visit these three destinations—listed as among the best islands in the world by Conde Nast travel magazine.

The seat sale tickets can be booked directly by visiting www.cebupacificair.com. The latest seat sales can also be found on CEB's official Twitter (@CebuPacificAir) and Facebook pages.

 

Friday, 5 May 2017

Helen Wongs Tours and Qantas Bargain Escapes program




Book one of the tours prior to June 1 and save $100 a couple. Book a 2018 tour before the end of 2017 and save $200 a couple.

In celebrating its 30th anniversary, Helen Wong's Tours has partnered with Qantas to launch an exciting, newly-branded program of guided tours with a host of benefits designed for bargain hunters.

The long-time Asian holiday specialist has unveiled a 2017-2018 Bargain Escapes program which focuses on China and Japan, combining guided sightseeing with ample free time for travellers to shop, dine and cover other sites - at their leisure.




Prices start from $1299 per person, twin share for a seven-day A Taste of China tour, including return Qantas air fares from Australia.

As a bonus, travellers who book and pay in full before June 1, 2017 for one of the new tours in 2017 will save $100 per couple.

Book and pay in full by the end of 2017 for one of the 2018 tours and customers will save $200 per couple.

"This new brand has been added to our portfolio to meet the increasing demand from past customers requesting new products," said founder and managing director Helen Wong.

"We have also received many enquiries for short-term holidays which offer an amazing deal to cater for all ages and budgets and more free time to explore on their own," she said.

Among the benefits of booking a new Helen Wong's Tours Bargain Escapes tour are:

·         All departures are guaranteed;
·         Prices are guaranteed once a customer pays a deposit;
·         No seasonal surcharges;
·         Chance to earn additional Qantas Frequent Flyer Points;
·         Early bird price guarantee for bookings and deposits for 2018.

In additional to A Taste of China series of tours, Helen Wong's Tours' Bargain Escapes include a nine-day China Delights itinerary (from $1699pp twin share), 11-day Highlights of Japan (from $2999 per person, twin share) and 13-day Best of Japan (from $4799 per person twin share).

Each tour focuses on combining three-to-four star hotel stays with guided sightseeing and ample free time to shop, dine and cover other sites - at the travellers' leisure.

Details: Helen Wong's Tours, phone 1300 788328, www.helenwongstours.com

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

"50 Natural Wonders to Blow Your Mind" from Lonely Planet


Great Barrier Reef, Kakadu & Uluru feature in Lonely Planet's 50 Natural Wonders to Blow Your Mind



Think you know the great outdoors? Lonely Planet's 50 Natural Wonders to Blow Your Mind, published this month, will make you think again.

Walk over a bridge formed of living tree roots in India. Take a boat cruise through New Zealand's dark caves magically lit with thousands of glowworms. Marvel at the sheer scale and beauty of the USA's Grand Canyon.

Discover just how extraordinary the world really is as Lonely Planet tours 50 of the globe's most mind-boggling wild and wonderful places – including three in Australia:

The Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

"The staggering statistics tell a story in themselves – this is the world's largest single structure made from living organisms; so huge, in fact, that it can be detected from space. It is made up of over 2900 reefs and 900 islands that stretch for over 2300km. But all you'll really notice, once you dive down, is the rainbow of marine life that crowds around you. It's a tropical fish play centre with sharks, stingrays, sea turtles and even the elusive and enigmatic dugong thrown in for good measure … Global warming and the resulting rise in temperature of the earth's oceans has caused widespread bleaching of the rare coral, thus destroying the essential habitat of the reef's marine life. The reef needs its environmental warriors as well as its tourist trade to ensure its survival."

Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory

"A 20,000sq km-sized slice of one of the earth's most geologically dramatic and biologically diverse wildernesses. The park supports four major river systems; has six different landforms, including estuaries, floodplains, stone country and the southern hills. There are over 280 different bird species, around 60 species of mammals, more than 10,000 insect species, and lots and lots of crocodiles … It is believed that Aboriginal people have inhabited the Kakadu region for more than 40,000 years, forging a deeply spiritual relationship with the region. There are more than 5000 Aboriginal art sites throughout the park, with some hosting rock art paintings over 20,000 years old, one of the longest historical records of any people in the world."

Uluru, Northern Territory

"In a nation not short of natural wonders, the immense spectacle that awaits you in Australia's vast red centre is truly breathtaking. The solitary grandeur of the rock is worthy of every superlative you can think to throw at it; and even then no description can really prepare you for the sight of over 3.5km of solid stone in real life … The Pitjantjatjara tribe have called the area home for many thousands of years and there are many sacred sites around the base of the rock that have deep cultural and spiritual meaning. Learn more about the Dreamtime legends surrounding the rock at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Aboriginal Cultural Centre, and take a tour of ancient cave paintings with Aboriginal guides."

ABOUT THE BOOK
Lonely Planet's 50 Natural Wonders to Blow Your Mind
Published 4 May 2017
128pp, full colour; 120 x 178mm, flexi
RRP: AUD $14.9

Monday, 1 May 2017

New package for Sydney urban explorers



Stay and Walk Sydney's historic Tank Stream – city's newest hotel launches package re-tracing Sydney's oldest life-source

The Tank Stream hotel's entry design captures the flow of the original Tank Stream, while (right) the influence of the water source is commemorated in a sculpture at Circular Quay

1 May 2017: Sydney's newest international hotel, The Tank Stream, is offering visitors to Sydney an opportunity to combine contemporary comfort with a new two night accommodation package that includes a historical discovery tour that traces the path of the city's original life-source, the Tank Stream.

When the First Fleet arrived in 1788, it was meant to have established the colony at Botany Bay, but the lack of fresh water saw Captain Arthur Phillip move the fleet around to Sydney Cove, where they discovered a fresh water stream – and the city of Sydney was born.

The stream in those days was open, running from a swamp in Hyde Park, down through waterfalls across Bridge Street then out to what is now Circular Quay. Tanks were established to capture the water, leading to its name, the Tank Stream.




The Tank Stream is now fully covered, but a Tank Stream & Hidden Laneways tour – conducted by small-group tour specialists Go Local Tours – provides visitors the opportunity to retrace its path covering the city's infamous start as a penal colony, the beautiful sandstone architecture, and the colourful stories behind the laneways that lead from Martin Place down to Sydney Harbour.

The Winter Walk The Tank Stream package includes two nights in a Superior Queen Room at the Tank Stream Hotel, complimentary upgrade to next room type (subject to availability), breakfast for two at Le Petit Flot Restaurant, free wifi, in-room movies and mini bar items (non alcoholic), and a Tank Stream & Hidden Laneways Tour for two. The package is available from $479 (double/twin), a saving of 25% off full rates. Bookings via: www.tankstreamhotel.com (Promotional code Winterwalk17). The package is valid till 31 August 2017. Conditions apply.




The 4.5 star Tank Stream Hotel is located above the Tank Stream and is one of Sydney's best located hotels, just a short walk from the Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay, Hyde Park, The Rocks and Barangaroo, and just a short walk to trains, buses and ferries.

A perfect base for short and longer stays in Sydney, the Tank Stream Hotel is surrounded by many of city's most celebrated restaurants, theatres, entertainment venues and boutiques.

The hotel's restaurant Le Petit Flot offers relaxed contemporary bistro style dining with an emphasis on share plates and local produce, and a laneway cafe provides an ideal spot to catch the vibrancy of the city over a coffee or glass of wine. The hotel can also arrange discounted access to nearby fitness centres and parking.

The Tank Stream Hotel is part of the international St Giles Premier Hotel collection, with the Sydney hotel joining other St Giles' hotels in cities such as London, New York, Kuala Lumpur and Manila.

Further information & reservations: www.tankstreamhotel.com

T: +61 2 8222 1211

reservations@tankstreamhotel.com

97 Pitt Street, Sydney, 2000, NSW, Australia


 

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Mayfield garden major outdoor concert with James Reyne


Australia's largest open garden, Mayfield at Oberon, is marking its daily opening for the first time with a major outdoor concert featuring James Reyne, on 30 April.

Reyne will perform within the 64-hectare European-inspired garden alongside Boom Crash Opera, Matt Boylan Smith and Smith & Jones, as the finale to Autumnfest on now.

The celebration of the flamboyant autumnal colours at Mayfield is part of a dynamic annual entertainment program just released and includes luxe food events, yoga retreats (5-7 May), glamorous public gatherings, foraging, corporate retreats, weddings, major outdoor performances, and food and garden workshops.

The performances will take place in front of the spectacular Obelisk and Pond, and visitors can enjoy the concert from within the Alle of London Plain Trees with a hand selected range of the finest local food and beverage from the Central West.

For return bus transfer packages from Oberon, Bathurst, Orange, Lithgow and Katoomba visit: www.mayfieldgarden.com.au

Mayfield

530 Mayfield Road Oberon, NSW 2787 Info@mayfieldgarden.com www.MayfieldGarden.com.au

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

World Environment Day with Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts

The theme for World Environment Day 2017 is 'Connecting People to Nature – in the city and on the land, from the poles to the equator'. This year, on World Environment Day, wherever you are, in whatever part of the world, Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts invites all guests together with its associates to take part in environmental activities such as tree planting or beach cleaning for a week, starting from 5 to 11 June. This initiative is part of the groups' Stay for Good Greening Communities Together programme which aims to raise awareness for climate change and preserving the environment.



Now in its fourth year, this programme seeks to support the environment and care for the local communities through educational activities, community clean ups and recycling whenever possible at our hotels and resorts. Participating resorts from Maldives, Vietnam and Bintan; to China and Mexico, will purpose to clear their beaches, rivers, wetlands, hotel compound and streets; ensuring a pristine environment for indigenous inhabitants; and protecting the native flora and fauna.



Over in the Maldives, guests at Angsana Ihuru, Angsana Velavaru or Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru can take part in cleaning up the islands and removing the harmful Crown of Thorns Starfish from the coral reefs. All plastic bottles collected will be donated to a recycling company and the Crown of Thorns Starfish will be buried. In Playa del Carmen, Banyan Tree Mayakoba will be partnering a local youth organisation, "Plant for the Planet" and Solidaridad municipality to plant 700 native trees in order to restore greenery in the city affected by urban development. They will also clean the roads on the fringes of the town and are expecting to gather a total of two tons of garbage. They have also planned an environmental festival where guests and the local community will be educated on a variety of ways to conserve the environment and nature through a series of thematic games. To commemorate World Environment Day, the team at Angsana Bintan and Banyan Tree Bintan have dedicated to planting 200 mangroves and 100 corals, as well as picking up 100kg of litter at Angsana Beach and Kampung Baru Beach. In a hidden paradise in XiXi National Wetland Park, Angsana Hangzhou and Banyan Tree Hangzhou have committed to protecting the thriving plant and animal species by educating guests on wetland conservation with detailed presentations and guided nature tours to identify over 100 species of freshwater fish and birds.



Throughout the year, guests can contribute actively in the remediation of our global ecosystems with our sustainability themed guest activities found in our hotels and resorts worldwide, such as Citizen Science Programme in the Maldives, Earth Hour and Earth Day celebrations in Samui and Lijiang or Turtle Feeding and Release in Bintan and Phuket. Safeguarding the environment is core to Banyan Tree's values. Hence, the group endeavours to instill greater environmental respect among associates, partners, associates, guests and local communities through multiple efforts.

Read more about how you can participate in our Stay for Good programme here: www.banyantreeglobalfoundation.com/stay-for-good


Dynamic International Airways New Daily Route Between NY And Ecuador



Dynamic International Airways, a low cost carrier dedicated to providing travelers with convenient, affordable, and streamlined travel routes, this week proudly announced they have launched a new airways route between JFK in New York and Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Scheduled to provide one daily rotation beginning in JFK, arriving at GYE, and returning back to JFK, Dynamic International Airways will be offering the route five times per week with the exclusion of Tuesdays and Wednesdays from June 1 to the 30, 2017.

After the initial launch in June, the airlines will offer one daily rotation, seven times per week, from July 1 to October 28, 2017.

"We are incredibly excited to be offering travelers direct access out of New York right into the heart of Ecuador," said Elizabeth Sukie, Dynamic's Intl Airways Senior Vice President. "Ecuador is home to a rich culture, set in some of the most breathtaking natural scenery in the world. With our new route, seamless travel between Ecuador and the United States is now possible."

Customers will enjoy the comfort of bilingual - Spanish and English speaking - flight attendants and customer support agents. Dynamic International Airways is dedicated to providing passengers the best travel experience!

For more information, or to book upcoming tickets today, visit: http://www.flydya.com.

For Marketing inquiries: marketing@flydya.com
For support: support@flydya.com
Reservations: +1 (336) 790-8176

About Dynamic

Dynamic International Airways provides excellent, comfortable, low cost, long haul, point-to-point air service. The airline is headquartered in North Carolina and offers service from airports in New York, Guyana, Venezuela, Hong Kong, Palau, Saipan and now Guayaquil with its fleet of B767 wide body aircrafts.

SOURCE  Dynamic International Airways


Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Now opened: Doot Doot Doot at Jackalope Hotel - Mornington Peninsula


DESTINATION DINING AT JACKALOPE HOTEL



Jackalope Hotel's signature dining experience, Doot Doot Doot, called first service when the much-anticipated accommodation opened April 1st. Offering contemporary, upscale dining, Doot Doot Doot serves dinner daily and lunch Friday through to Sunday.

Under the direction of Executive Chef, Guy Stanaway (formerly of Aman Hotels), the menu presents an outstanding assortment of Victorian produce. Drawing on relationships with local growers, Stanaway combines time-honoured techniques with culinary curiosity, delivering dishes that are a faithful expression of the region's palate.



"The menu's philosophy mirrors our winemaking", says Stanaway. "Willow Creek's single vineyard wines are produced to deliver a true sense of place; our menu is the edible edition of this same story." Dishes like seasonal vegetables, served with goat's curd, and lightly dressed with whey and orange blossom, offer an honest representation of the quality of the local produce.

Diners choose a four- or eight-course tasting menu, matched with estate and international wines. "Given the property's rich heritage as a wine producer, the partnership between food and wine is central to the Doot Doot Doot experience," adds Stanaway.



A further nod to wine-soaked roots, the 1,200-bottle, glass cellar showcases an international selection of limited-release wines produced from vineyards 11-hectares or less—the size of the hotel's vineyard. "This collection gives context to our winemaking story, while also presenting the world's premier small-batch producers – a mix of locals, favourites, and emerging stars," says Director of Food & Beverage, Josef Murray.

Murray is at the helm of this designer dining room, joining Jackalope after several years with celebrated restaurateur, Jason Atherton, in Sydney, Hong Kong and London.



The shining light in a dramatic interior by CARR Design Group, is a custom-made, 10,000-globe chandelier by Melbourne-based artist, Jan Flook. This 80sqm crown was commissioned to evince the process of fermentation, one of the seven stages in the hotel's narrative, alchemy.

Doot Doot Doot's cocktail bar, Flaggerdoot, delights in the alchemic process of distillation. Housed in the property's original homestead, the space itself is an infusion of forms; herringbone floors and open fires warm, while statement pieces from the likes of international icon, Rick Owens, create a sense of curated cool.

The names, Doot Doot Doot and Flaggerdoot, tie in with the legendary Jackalope tale. Flaggerdoot is the collective noun for a group of jackalopes, while the leader of the flaggerdoot is known as the doot doot doot.




For bookings phone (03) 5931 2500 or visit www.jackalopehotels.com

Open for dinner seven nights a week from 6:00pm and for lunch Friday to Sunday Doot Doot Doot offers breakfast to in-house guests daily

166 Balnarring Road,
Merricks North VIC 3926














Friday, 14 April 2017

BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort Back in Business

 
BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort is ready to re-open on Tuesday, 18 April and jump straight back into fun-filled activities for the last week of the NSW school holidays.

The lagoon swimming pool is up and running, the weather has returned to normal gorgeous April conditions and Kid's Club, a full Activity Guide, the Animal Park feeding and outdoor movies will all be operating from next Tuesday.

Owner Mr Greg McKinnon and his team of 34 staff have worked tirelessly to get the resort back to its former glory after Cyclone Debbie hit on 28 March. He said, "our beautiful tropical gardens were the worst hit from the massive winds and we have removed between 200-300 truckloads of vegetation from the site. Although it's not quite the same, we certainly have a lot more sun coming in to the camping sites! Luckily it will all grow back." Mr McKinnon said it was unfortunate that all the Easter school holiday bookings had to be cancelled but after nearly two weeks without power, the priority was to ensure that any safety issues were addressed and that the resort was fully operational before welcoming guests back.

It's once again full-steam ahead for all the new developments at the resort. Construction has recommenced on the much anticipated 13 slide water park, one of Australia's largest resort waterslide parks. The tiling has begun in bright colours to reflect the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. Due to open for the June/July school holidays, this massive new activity will be a colourful and popular addition to the resort offering. Eight new Deluxe Studio cabins are also under construction and due to come online in the next few months. The resort's 2000 Easter eggs, ordered for the cancelled Easter long weekend activities, have been donated to the Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre, to distribute as a little token to local families doing it tough over Easter.
 
Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays rely on tourism and many tours, restaurants, accommodation and activities are already back up and operational. Greg said, "everyone in this town depends on tourism and we hope people will come back and visit us soon and support our recovery. Airlie Beach has taken a big hit but the community spirit and positivity has kept us all going. I think the Labour Day weekend is going to be one huge celebration for everyone in the Whitsundays and a sign that we are 'Back in Business'."
 
BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort offers a relaxed, family friendly environment with quality facilities and services, combined with genuinely friendly and helpful staff. Set amongst 26 tropical acres, the resort caters for a variety of budgets and tastes with a wide range of accommodation options from camping and caravanning sites to designer decorated three bedroom condos. Located in Airlie Beach, the resort has easy access to the Great Barrier Reef, Whitehaven Beach, the Whitsunday Islands and a vast array of trips, water activities and truly memorable Australian holiday adventures.
 
For further information or to make a booking enquiry, please go to www.adventurewhitsunday.com.au or call 1300 640 587.

The Whitsundays is located half way between Brisbane and Cairns and includes the mainland town of Airlie Beach and 74 islands right on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. The Whitsundays enjoy a sub-tropical climate, beautiful beaches, ancient rainforests and extensive National Parks. The two main airports are serviced by Jetstar, Virgin, Tigerair and Qantas and the region is accessible by air, road, rail and sea. For more information go to www.tourismwhitsundays.com.au.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Old Bank Boutique Hotel in NSW Southern Highlands marks 125th birthday with new discounted package





Book and stay by June 30, 2017, for cosy autumn and winter stays

The Old Bank Boutique Hotel in Mittagong in the NSW Southern Highlands is marking the 125th birthday of the grand, historic property with the release of a new, discounted package that allows guests to fully immerse themselves in the old-world splendour of the luxury hotel.

Ideal for cosy autumn and winter stays, the 125th birthday package includes two nights' accommodation in one of the gracious suites, cooked, country breakfasts each morning and a delicious, three-course dinner for two at the hotel on one evening, including a bonus bottle of wine.

The package is available from $680 per couple on weekdays (or $170 per person per day, representing a 15 per cent discount,) and from $785.50 per couple on weekends (12 per cent discount). The package is available for stays until June 30, 2017.

The Old Bank Boutique Hotel, which opened in September 2016, is nestled in the heart of historic Mittagong and is ranked as one of the most elegant buildings in the Southern Highlands. The two-storey property was built in 1892 and operated as a bank and manager's residence for many years until falling into disrepair in the 1970s. Locals Warwick and Barbara Wainberg purchased the property in 2009 and embarked on a painstaking, seven-year project to restore it to its former glory.

Offering five suites renovated to a bygone era, a studio and a self-contained cottage, the deluxe hotel boasts rich furnishings, lofty ceilings, a grand cedar staircase, hand-carved wood panelling, individually designed rugs, polished floorboards, leather Chesterfields in the plush lounge and library, open fires, Egyptian cotton sheets and marble and granite bathrooms.

The property at 83 Main St, Mittagong, is situated close to the Southern Highlands' well-known antique shops, boutiques, bookshops, cafes and gardens.

The 125th birthday package is available by direct booking only and conditions apply. Call 02 4872 4496 or visit www.oldbankhotel.com.au

Monday, 10 April 2017

NSW's New Southern Pie-Lands



IT'S NSW'S NEW SOUTHERN PIE-LANDS  

David Ellis

PIE eaters unite – because come June the NSW Southern Highlands will be the place for the coming together of lovers of that great Australian institution, the pie… be their favourite meat, seafood, vegetables, fruit or whatever else they can think of, at this first-ever festival they’re going to call Pie Time.

With the Highlands having a-near thirty direct-outlet pie bakeries, which for pie buffs is more per square kilometre than anywhere else in Australia, and with pies of all varieties amongst favourites in the region’s famed eateries during winter, organisers are planning pie-making demonstrations, pie tastings, pie and beer matchings, pie talks and pie judgings.



And throughout June the cafés, hotels and restaurants of the Southern Highlands will be creating signature pie dishes with unique “Dine with a Pie” menus.

As well, to help visitors find their way around, a Southern Pie-lands Pie Trail map has already been created and is available highlighting all the local Pie outlets at which devotees can get stuck into the best of these places’ pie products year-round. The map can be accessed on DSH Planner Pie Trail 2017.

The month-long June Pie Time will culminate with the public crowning of the Southern Highlands’ very best professional and apprentice bakers and their award-winning pie products over the weekend of June 24 and 25 in Bowral.

For more information including help with booking ‘Pie, Bed & Breakfast’ packages if you are planning a visit during Pie Time, call 1300 657 559, or visit www.pietime.com.au

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[] THE NSW Southern Highlands will become the Southern Pie-lands when they host pie eaters young and old for the first-ever Pie Time in June.

[] PIES for all occasions come the Southern Highlands Pie Time in June.

Arsenal Legend Sol Campbell takes in the sights of Sydney



Arsenal Legend, Sol Campbell, is in Sydney to mark 100 days to go until Arsenal's Sydney Tour in July.

Sol took some time out today to get up close with a range of Aussie animals including Nangaw the owl, Thunder the koala and Penny the kangaroo at Taronga Zoo. Sol also sailed Sydney Harbour on a picturesque day, exploring the waterway on board a luxury vessel.

Arsenal will play back-to-back blockbusters at ANZ Stadium against Sydney FC on Thursday 13 July and Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday 15 July.

To buy tickets and for further information regarding the week-long schedule of events around the Arsenal In Sydney Tour go to www.arsenalinsydney.com.

www.sydney.com

www.visitnsw.com

African Safari Odyssey with Aqua Expeditions



Aqua Expeditions, one of world's leading luxury river cruise companies, has announced a Safari Odyssey being co-hosted in October 2017 by Aqua Expeditions Founder, Francesco Galli-Zugaro and renowned safari guide Howard Saunders, Founder of the Shackleton & Selous Society.

The 14-day adventure for up to 10 guests will journey into the African wilderness and has been developed with a dual purpose of exploring two iconic rivers of the world, the Congo River and the White Nile, travelling through Namibia, Congo and Uganda.

Guests will experience remote regions, with access allowed only to those few who are intimately familiar with the territory.  The trip will incorporate a few days of cycling for those keen to include an active element and provide the opportunity to help pioneer the new but growing tourism in areas such as Odzala in the Congo.

As a long-term fellow of the Shackleton & Sealous Society, and deeply passionate about travel and exploring remote destinations, Francesco was inspired to create this one-off journey by his many trips scouting for future river cruise locations – which so often have turned into unexpected exploratory adventures.



Highlights include:

•Exploring the Congo River out of Brazzaville, Republic of Congo

•Seeing Gorillas in the Republic of Congo

•Exploring Murchison Falls National Park and the source of the Nile in Uganda and Lake Albert

•Cycling through Black Rhino country in Namibia & Desert adapted Elephant (support vehicles for non-bikers)

•From the meeting point in Johannesburg or Cape Town all flights in two private planes thus reducing all transfers times to optimise game viewing and excursions

This Safari Odyssey is priced at USD13,530 per person, with internal flights approximately ZAR856,000 (approx. AUD16,300 per person) including:

•Accommodation in best available twin-bedded tent/rooms at full board; all casual meals detailed in the itinerary and all service charges relating to accommodation and meals, alcoholic beverages, bottled mineral water and sodas in camp and on game drives; all park entry, camping and activity fees

•All vehicle running expenses and transportation by 4WD safari vehicle with roof hatches; fully trained crew and Professional Safari Guide exclusively for every vehicle plus daily laundry service

•Two gorilla tracking permits in Odzala

•All flights as described in the itinerary using two Pilatus PC12s

Additional Costs:

·         International flights to and from Africa, airport departure taxes, entry visas, any charges for telephone calls or emails

·         Tips and Gratuities

Bookings should be directed to howard@howardsaunders.com 

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Seabourn Cruise Sale

Explore Extraordinary Worlds with Seabourn





Seabourn has made it even more attractive to explore the world in ultra-luxury style with onboard spending money and air credits on offer to destinations around the globe in 2017 and 2018.

On sale until June 13, 2017, the “extraordinary worlds” promotion includes onboard spending money of up to US$1000 per suite, reduced deposits, and air credit to the value of A$600 per person on select sailings between June 2017 and September 2018.

Guests who book during the sale period will receive complimentary upgrades from ocean view suites to verandas, with upgrades also available up to three veranda suite categories higher depending on availability and fare paid.

Cruises are available in Alaska, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and New England, including an 11-day cruise from Vancouver to Los Angeles on Seabourn Sojourn. Departing October 3, 2017, fares start from $5999* per person twin share for a veranda suite.

Closer to home, a 16-day voyage from Sydney to Auckland onboard the line’s latest ultra-luxury ship Seabourn Encore is priced from $10,299* per person twin share in a veranda. Departing December 4, 2017, the cruise calls at Phillip Island, Melbourne, Halfmoon Bay, Dunedin, Timaru, Akaroa, Wellington, Picton, Tauranga, and scenic cruising in Fiordland National Park.

*Subject to availability, conditions apply

For more information see a licensed travel agent, call 13 24 02 or visit www.seabourn.com

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

New Dive and snorkel sites on Great Barrier Reef


Passions III to visit new Reef sites

New diving and snorkelling sites will be accessible on the Great Barrier Reef with the launch of Passions III in Cairns this month.

Passions of Paradise has unveiled its 25m reef vessel which was designed and built over three years to be one of the fastest commercial sailing catamarans in Australia.

Chief Executive Officer Scotty Garden said Passions III would cruise at 15 knots, with a maximum speed of 19 knots allowing it to access two of the Cairns company's 25 outer Great Barrier Reef moorings on a day trip.

"We have added a 30-metre mast so Passions III will have one of the largest sailing rigs in Australia to take advantage of Tropical North Queensland's prevailing south-easterly winds.

"Our carbon-neutral company takes great pride in sailing back to Cairns from the Great Barrier Reef and with the faster catamaran we can choose the best sites for the weather conditions on the day.

"As a locally owned company we have been able to draw on our 30 years of Great Barrier Reef and tourism experience to design an environmentally-friendly catamaran that suits both our market and our reef conditions.

"Passions III has a second deck, two large spaces for sun lounging and a modern luxurious interior with a larger galley and bar and plenty of room for 100 passengers to comfortably move around.

"The purpose-built boat will allow Passions of Paradise to tailor each day on the Great Barrier Reef to the wind conditions ensuring a comfortable trip with ideal dive and snorkelling locations.

"Passions III will visit a range of moorings including Flynn, Milln and Moore Reefs to the south of Cairns and Norman and Hastings Reefs to the north."

A revamped Passions of Paradise logo, website and new uniforms also will be launched with Passions III giving the company a new look for 2017.

"What hasn't changed is the friendly customer focus and the fun and educational, personalised experience on the Great Barrier Reef that Passions of Paradise is renowned for," Mr Garden said.

To book or for more information go to www.passions.com.au

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Whales, Waves and Wilderness with CruiseAway


Sail to the spectacular fjords and pristine wilderness of Alaska onboard Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas. This exclusive cruise package has been specially created by CruiseAway.com.au experts.

Set sail from Sydney and meander your way through the exquisite pacific island destinations New Caledonia, Fiji, and Hawaii before disembarking for a 4 night interlude exploring Seattle. Then time to head back onboard to cruise through the charming townships of Alaska where you will explore the wondrous Alaskan scenery in all its glory. The highlight of the cruise is the staggering Tracy Arm Fjord, with dramatic glaciers and native wildlife you will truly experience the beauty of Alaska.

Prices start from an incredible $5899 per person and this package includes one way flights from Seattle to Sydney, total of 29 nights on board Explorer of the Seas, 4-night accommodation in a 4-star hotel while in Seattle, Premium Seattle city tour, Boeing Factory tour and private transfers throughout.

Conditions apply. Offer is valid until sold out.

Link to offer: https://www.cruiseaway.com.au/cruise/waves-whales-and-wilderness-583538

Contact www.cruiseaway.com.au / Phone: 1300 306 134

New cruise to four Australian wine regions in three states



Because life is too short to drink bad wine – or cruise in cabins without balconies!

Get a Mini-Suite Upgrade – Book by April 30, 2017

Australian cruise travel specialist, Cruise Express, has blended four of Australia's major wine regions into a unique, new cruise tour in March, 2018, spanning the continent from east to west.

The hosted, 10-night 'Voyage to the Vineyards – East to West' tour from Melbourne to Perth includes visits to Victoria's Goulburn Valley, South Australia's Barossa Valley and also the Margaret River and Swan Valley wine regions in Western Australia. A day trip on the heritage train, The Spirit of Progress, and wine-paired lunches are also featured in the exclusive itinerary aboard Golden Princess.

Bookings made by April 30, 2018, will receive a bonus upgrade from a Premium Balcony Cabin to a Mini-Suite aboard the Princess Cruises ship.

The cruise tour is the most comprehensive, wine-themed cruise tour yet offered by Cruise Express following a sell-out wine cruise to New Zealand in April, 2017, and another to Tasmania in November, 2017.

The itinerary starts with two nights' accommodation in Melbourne on March 13, 2018, including a trip aboard the historic Spirit of Progress train to Seymour in the Goulburn Valley where local wineries will showcase local vintages, followed by lunch.

Guests will then board the 2600-passenger Golden Princess for a seven-night cruise to Perth, with the first port Adelaide, where Cruise Express will take guests to the famous Barossa Valley with a visit to the prestigious Penfolds Winery.  The day trip includes lunch. At Port Lincoln, guests are free to sample the luscious, local oysters and during the next day at sea, Torbreck Wines from the Barossa Valley will host an exclusive, wine-paired luncheon.

Further west in Busselton, WA, a day trip to the famed vineyards of the Margaret River region is included, with lunch at Cullen Wines. After disembarking in Perth, the search for gastronomic flavours continues with a tour of the Swan Valley, including Houghton Winery. A farewell dinner and one night's accommodation in Perth ends the cruise tour.

Hosted by Cruise Express, the 10-night 'Voyage to the Vineyards - East to West' cruise tour is available from $3990 per person, twin-share, in a Balcony cabin, including 27 meals and the four wine region tours. Bookings made by April 30, 2018, in a Premium Balcony cabin, which are available from $4390 per person, twin-share, will receive an upgrade to a Mini-Suite aboard Golden Princess. The offer is subject to availability. Flights to Melbourne and home from Perth are extra.

Call Cruise Express on 1300 764 509 or visit www.cruiseexpress.com.au


Saturday, 1 April 2017

Flinders Ranges and Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre Escorted Tour


SeaLink has launched a new, 10 day fully inclusive and escorted tour of the Flinders Ranges and Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre, departing 28th August 2017. Join Shirley Tamm on one of South Australia's great road trips to the ancient Flinders Ranges and Wilpena Pound, Coober Pedy, the Salt Lake Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre and the Clare and Barossa Valley's.

Enjoy the safety and security of having Shirley Tamm, a well-known travel identity and tour escort with over 35 years' experience, accompany this tour, allowing guests more time to meet new friends and just enjoy the holiday experience.

The 10 Day Flinders Ranges and Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre departs from Adelaide and visits Port Augusta, Coober Pedy, William Creek, Parachilna, Wilpena Pound, Clare valley, Barossa valley and many fascinating towns in between. The tour is also inclusive of spectacular scenic flights over Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre and Wilpena Pound.

At Port Augusta, the gateway to the vast outback region, visit the Wadlata Outback Centre and enjoy a stroll through a range of natural and themed gardens at the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden. At Woomera visit the Heritage Museum Centre and Rocket Park to see actual rockets and aircraft used in tests.

Spend two nights at the opal capital of the world, Coober Pedy, where a tour of the underground lifestyle and fascinating natural history of the town, including a visit to the Umoona Mine and Museum, is not to be missed. Head to one of the outback's best-kept secrets and witness the incredible views of The Breakaways at sunset before seeing the dog fence, a 2-metre-high wire barrier that stretches for over 5,300km across three States.

An amazing day to remember is spent in the skies. Be camera ready for the beautiful sights of the Devonport Ranges, part of the most pristine river systems in the world, then witness the visual extremities and breathtaking views over the vast salt lake Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre, before experiencing the spectacular Anna Creek Painted Hills, an amazing sight with its rocky outcrop of large and small rusty coloured hills, emerging suddenly out of a flat, desert landscape.

Enjoy lunch at the famous William Creek Hotel, travel on the Oodnadatta track to Coward Springs, watch the sunset at the famous Prairie Hotel and go underground and visit what was once a working copper mine from 1862-1907 at Blinman Mine.

Spend three nights at Wilpena Pound, the centrepiece of the Flinders Ranges and explore the town by foot and air. Enjoy a spectacular 30-minute flight over Wilpena Pound and see Elder Range, Edeowie Gorge, Heysen Range, Lake Torrens, Bunyeroo Gorge, Brachina Gorge, St Mary Peak and the Pound Gap. Once back on the ground, relax and discover the walking trails, beauty and grandeur of this amazing part of Australia.

Enjoy the magnificent, panoramic artworks at the Jeff Morgan Gallery at Hawker, visit the Kanyaka Ruins, once a huge sheep and cattle station dating back to 1852 and stop in at the historic Pichi Richi Railway Museum at Quorn. Drive through the wonderful scenery of the Clare Valley and into the beautiful Barossa and take in the spectacular views at Mengler Hill lookout.

This all-inclusive tour features accommodation in a range of motels, hotels and resorts including Desert Cave Motel, Prairie Hotel, Parachilna and Wilpena Pound Resort.

The 10 day fully escorted Flinders Ranges and Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre tour departs Adelaide on the 28th August 2017 and is priced from $4490 per person.

The tour includes complimentary hotel pick up and drop off at selected Adelaide city hotels, luxury air-conditioned coach travel, nine breakfasts and dinners and ten lunches, nine nights of accommodation, all tour entry fees and guided tours, a 3-hour scenic flight over Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre and a 30-minute scenic flight over Wilpena Pound.

For further information and bookings visit: https://www.sealink.com.au/escorted-holidays/Flinders-Ranges-Kati-Thanda-Lake-Eyre-Tour/ , call SeaLink's Group Tour Consultant on 08 8202 8608 or email escortedtours@sealink.com.au

European Alps treks with UTracks in April

#traveldeals

UTracks, the active European holiday specialist, is offering 10%* off its entire range of Alpine walking itineraries in Europe for bookings made between 1 & 28 April 2017.

UTracks has more than 40 walking itineraries in the European Alps including a new traverse on Mont Rosa, Europe's second-highest peak, an exceptional walk in Slovakia's High Tatra and the classic hikes on the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc.

"Alps Month" deals include:

1. Mount Blanc Family Adventure, seven days

Experience the French, Swiss and Italian Alps with the kids on an UTracks Mont Blanc Family. Book between 3 & 28 April, 2017 and pay from $1071 for adults (was $1190) and from $819 for children (was $910).

The guided seven-day family walking adventure provides panoramic views of Mont Blanc with overnight stays in charming alpine villages and mountain huts and is suitable for active children from age seven and up.

This tailored highlights walk along the famous Tour du Mont Blanc route offers the whole family a chance to experience the spectacular trails and wonderful alpine spirit of the French, Italian and Swiss Alps at a more relaxed pace.

Each day the children can take turns leading their favourite donkey while everyone gets to enjoy the famous alpine views of the Mont Blanc region.

2. Mont Blanc Rambler, seven days

Experience relaxed European alpine hiking at its best on this seven-day guided Mont Blanc Rambler Walk. This small-group walk traverses high passes, meadows brimming with alpine flowers and passes through typical mountain villages. There is ample time to stop and take in the stunning scenery, enjoy a picnic of local ingredients and absorb the alpine culture as you make your way to your mountain accommodation.

Priced from $1251 per person (was $1390), this package includes all meals and refuge accommodation, an experienced bilingual mountain guide and a mule to carry your gear.

3. Mont Blanc Comfort, six days

This trip is alpine walking at its most civilized, combining both comfortable private rooms in mountain refuges and exceptional day walks through the Italian, French and Swiss Alps. During this delightful introduction to walking in the region you'll gradually ascend high alpine passes, breaking for lunch to absorb the panoramic views stretching from tumbling glaciers to meadows laden with colourful blooms.

Book between 1 & 28 April, 2017 and pay from $1341 per person, twin-share (was $1490). Offer includes meals, accommodation, luggage transfer, internal transfers and experienced bilingual mountain guide.

There's also savings on other classic European alpine walking experiences in the Italian Dolomites, The French Pyrenees, the Swiss Alps, Slovenia's Julian Alps, the Dachstein Alps in Austria and Germany's Bavarian Alps.

Further information or bookings available at www.utracks.com or phone 1300 303 368.

* The offer is for bookings made between 1 & 28 April 2017. Quote Promo code ALPS2017 at time of booking.


Friday, 31 March 2017

Thai Gastronomic Journey at add@Prince


Experience a Quintessential Thai Gastronomic Journey

Vibrant Thai cuisine is adored in Hong Kong and around the world. add@Prince introduces its cheerful resident chef from Thailand by showcasing a Quintessential Thai Gastronomic Journey Dinner Buffet during April and May. Savour the unique flavours of this favourite Southeast Asian cuisine with an extensive array of authentic Thai dishes served nightly.

Devoted to the kitchen for over 38 years, Chef Nontra-Udon Buapha has been held in high esteem by guests and gastronomes since joining Prince Hotel in 1998 for his terrific food and friendly character. "People living in Thailand love to use local natural spices to create a variety of colorful, aromatic and scrumptious Thai delicacies", says Chef Buapha. The chef demonstrates this passion for Thai spices and sauces in his mouth-watering appetizers, such as Thai papaya salad, Thai nam tok, Chicken feet salad and Seafood salad.

Chef Buapha's signature Tom Yum Kung features over 10 kinds of spices plus fresh prawns, and his Chicken Coconut Soup is another highlight. Other traditional dishes on the menu include Yellow curry crab, Pineapple fried rice, Mixed satay, Thai grilled fish, Larb with lettuce and an impressive Thai snacks platter featuring fish cake, shrimp cake, spring roll and chicken with pandan leaf.

Complementing the Thai hot specialties will be a variety of Thai desserts prepared by the talented pastry team. Sago coconut pudding, Pandan taro net spring roll, Thai mango sticky rice and Pancake or Waffle freshly made with sweet Thai mangoes will be available alongside Mövenpick ice-cream and other exquisite desserts.

A prestigious Hong Kong business hotel, Prince Hotel is located at the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon. The hotel is on the doorstep of the China Ferry Terminal and Harbour City - Hong Kong's largest shopping complex featuring more than 450 shops and the world's leading brands.

Its 394 contemporary guestrooms and suites offer deluxe comforts plus a comprehensive range of business services and facilities. All rooms are equipped with complimentary handy smartphone and Wi-Fi. Within a short walk are landmarks such as the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Space Museum, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and 1881 Heritage.

add@Prince, a contemporary all-day dining restaurant located on level 3 of Prince Hotel, offers world-class specialty cuisines with signature Cantonese, Japanese and Pan-Asian delicacies.

For more information, visit gha.com


Thursday, 30 March 2017

Kids Go Free to Kangaroo Island with Sealink

#traveldeals

Save up to $100 per family when travelling to Kangaroo Island with SeaLink's 'Kids Go Free to Kangaroo Island' deal, offering free return SeaLink ferry travel for up to two kids when travelling with one or two adults and one vehicle. This deal is valid for travel between 1 May to 31 August, 2017.

Kangaroo Island, Australia's third largest Island, is only a short 45-minute ferry ride from Cape Jervis and with hundreds of kilometres of quiet roads and adventure to discover, it is made for a self-drive family holiday.

Adults and kids alike will love the amazing wildlife, spectacular coastal scenery, beautiful beaches, adventure activities, scenic landscapes and fantastic National Parks.

Raptor Domain is a must see for families. Enjoy the "Birds of Prey" show and meet an array of birds including Jedda, the majestic Wedge Tailed Eagle and Casper the friendly Barn Owl. A quick stop at Clifford's Honey Farm is also essential, not just to see how honey is made but to try their famous Honey ice-cream.

A visit to Little Sahara! will guarantee hours of family fun as everyone enjoys the thrills and spills of sandboarding or tobogganing down the massive white sand dunes, and see Australian sea lions in their natural environment as they sleep, play and swim on a guided beach tour at Seal Bay Conservation Park.

The kids will love discovering the 'hidden' beach at Stokes Bay and getting up close and personal with kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and other nocturnal wildlife at the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park.

A holiday to Kangaroo Island is not complete without a visit to Flinders Chase National Park home to nature's wonders, the breathtaking Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch.

Kangaroo Island also offers a range of family accommodation all over the island, from holiday homes, cabins and caravan parks to motels and hotels with family apartments. Most accommodation properties offer amazing deals and bonuses during May to August including stay five nights for the price of four, four nights for the price of three and three nights for the price of two.

SeaLink's 'Kids Go Free to Kangaroo Island' deal is valid for travel between 1 May to 31 August, 2017 and offers free return ferry travel for up to two kids when travelling with one or two adults and one vehicle.

For ferry, car and accommodation bookings visit: www.sealink.com.au


Free chestnut foraging this weekend for Leura Harvest Festival 2017

#newsouthwales

A free chestnut foraging will take place this weekend in the Blue Mountains in preparation for the autumn Leura Harvest Festival on 7 May 2017.

Visitors can help gather the nuts from 100-year-old trees at one of the oldest farms in the Blue Mountains, at Mt Irvine, this Saturday. Presented by Slow Food Blue Mountains, this event sees foragers hunting, gathering, processing and cooking chestnuts.

Participants can take home their own 1kg bags for $8. The chestnut theme carries over to Sunday 2 April with a self-drive tour incorporating chestnut bread tastings at Conditorie Patisserie Schwarz in Wentworth Falls, chocolate chestnut cake at Josophan's Fine Chocolates, chocolate-coated Giandouja at The Blue Mountains Chocolate Company, plus a chestnut-themed lunch at Katoomba's Palette Dining.


Sunday, 26 March 2017

New Monarto Zoo tour on Murray Princess Cruise


Captain Cook Cruises has added an exciting new on shore tour to their Murray Princess three-night Discovery Cruise and seven-night Murraylands and Wildlife Cruise with guests able to visit Monarto Zoo on a Wildlife Tour from April 1, 2017.

Monarto Zoo is the largest open-range zoo in the world, spanning more than 1,500 hectares and home to more than 500 animals and 50 species of exotic and native mammals, birds and reptiles.

Murray Princess guests will be transferred from Murray Bridge to Monarto Zoo by coach where they will be led by a guide through the zoo to see many of the zoos inhabitants including Giraffe, Eland, Zebra, White Rhinoceros, Cheetah, Lions, Hyena and Wild Dogs as part of the Wildlife Tour.

The Monarto Zoo Wildlife Tour is priced at $60 per person and is available every Saturday morning on the three and seven night Murray Princess cruises.

Other three and seven-night cruise activities include visiting Murray Bridge township and Mannum Dock Museum, a guided nature walk at Salt Bush Flat, a river and birdlife tour on board the 'Dragon-Fly' Flat Bottomed Boat, local food and wine tastings, music quizzes, bocce on the riverbank and even fishing off the ship.

Additional seven-night cruise activities include visiting the sacred Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Conservation Park, Sunnydale native wildlife shelter, Burk Salter Boutique Winery, Swan Reach, passing through lock 1 at Blanchetown and seeing the Sunnydale woolshed and towering sandstone cliffs at Big Bend. Optional tours available at additional cost include a Nocturnal Tour and a Bush Tucker Breakfast.

The three-night Discovery Cruise departs Mannum every Friday at 4.30pm with Early Booking Saver (EBS) fares starting from AU$787.00 per person, twin share.

The seven night Murraylands and Wildlife Cruise departs Mannum every Friday and Monday at 4.30pm with EBS prices starting from AU$1605.00 per person, twin share including a complimentary Barossa Valley tour.

Prices include accommodation, all meals, guided nature walks, eco-excursions, onboard presentations, onboard WiFi, the Captain's Dinner and Cocktail Party, live entertainment, use of ship's facilities including a sauna, spa, sun deck, bar, two lounges, restaurant and mini gymnasium and complimentary scenic coach transfers from and to Adelaide or secure car-parking in Mannum and post cruise coach transfer to Adelaide airport.

Private car transfers for up to four people are also available from and to Adelaide CBD to Mannum and return to Adelaide Airport for $143 per person each way, based on two people travelling.

For further information visit www.murrayprincess.com.au or contact your local travel agent.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Aranui Offers Discounts on Tahiti Trip of a Lifetime



Aranui Cruises is offering discounted cruises in 2018 with savings of up to $900 on four select voyages.

The Tahitian adventure cruise line is providing a 10 per cent discount across all cabin categories on Aranui 5's January 13, March 29 and June 12 departures, with seniors also able to take advantage of a 10 per cent discount on the October 2 voyage.

Discounted premium suites are priced from $7830* per person twin share, a saving of $840. While a royal suite is available from $8557* per person twin share on the discounted voyages, a saving of $920.

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Photo credit: James Morgan.



Travelmarvel Preview Offers for Canada & Alaska 2018

Preview deals for select 2018 Canada & Alaska cruises and tours are now available from Travelmarvel.

For a limited time, guests who book one of four popular Travelmarvel Canada & Alaska tours for 2018 will receive both '2 for 1' international return airfares and exclusive 2018 preview pricing.

Tours carrying these deals include the 21 day Reflections of the Rockies & Alaska Cruise, now priced from $8,695 per person twin share, including Travelmarvel's Early Payment Discount for bookings paid in full 10 months prior to travel.

This tour commences in picturesque Victoria on Vancouver Island and makes its way across British Columbia to Whistler and Blue River, before crossing into Alberta bound for Jasper, Lake Louise - where guests stay in the famous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - and Banff. Guests then ride the iconic Rocky Mountaineer to Vancouver, from where their seven day Inside Passage cruise to Alaska departs.

For those looking to explore Canada's eastern provinces, bookings are also open for the 28 day Highlights of Eastern & Western Canada with Alaska Cruise, which also includes Toronto and Niagara Falls, the city of Ottawa, Quebec City and Montreal in addition to Western Canada and the Inside Passage cruise.

Travelmarvel's Canada & Alaska preview offers are strictly limited, subject to terms and conditions and available until sold out.

For more information, or to request a brochure, call 1300 196 420, see travelmarvel.com.au/2018canada or your local travel agent.

Helen Wong's Tours Vietnam Package


Vietnam Airlines' decision to begin direct flights between Sydney and Hanoi has resulted in Helen Wong's Tours creating a special air-inclusive package to the Vietnam capital – at a bargain price.

As part of its 30th anniversary celebrations in 2017, the Asia tour holiday specialist has unveiled a four-night Hanoi package which includes return air fares from Sydney, four-star hotel accommodation, daily breakfasts, a guided half-day tour and tickets to the world renowned Water Puppet Show.

The Discover Hanoi package is priced from $1150 per person, twin share, inclusive of taxes.

For those planning to stay longer, Helen Wong's Tours is offering a two-day Hanoi-to-Halong Bay extension which includes a deluxe junk boat-like cruise of the breathtakingly beautiful bay and its array of limestone islands with Tonkin Cruises.

This package includes onboard overnight stay, meals and sightseeing, and is priced from $340 per person, twin share.

Details: Phone Helen Wong's Tours, (+612) 9267 7833 or www.helenwongstours.com

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Seabourn Returns to Alaska: Two Week Sale


Seabourn is celebrating its return to Alaska for the first time in 15 years by offering onboard spending money and air credits as well as complimentary upgrades as part of a two week sale.

On sale until April 3, 2017, the sale includes onboard spending money of up to US$1000 per suite and air credit to the value of A$500 per person on select sailings departing between June 1 and September 21, 2017.

Guests who book during the sale period will also receive complimentary upgrades from ocean view suites to verandas, with upgrades also available up to three veranda suite categories higher depending on availability and fare paid.


Monday, 20 March 2017

#TitanicTheExhibition Sails Into Sydney


The world's most famous ill-fated ship comes alive with artefacts and interactive recreations

From Saturday 8 April
Byron Kennedy Hall, The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park
Tickets on Sale Friday 24 March

"The largest and undoubtedly the most comprehensive Titanic Exhibitio in the world" – Perth Now

"An exhibition of titanic proportions" – Perth Sunday Times

Titanic The Exhibition unravels the mystery of the unforgettable tale of RMS Titanic's first and final deadly voyage in a thrilling self-guided tour sailing into the Byron Kennedy Hall, The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park from Saturday 8 April.

For a limited time only families and fans can re-live the opulence and tragedy of the world's most famous ill-fated voyage through dramatic room recreations, 100-year-old artefacts and hands-on activities.

Titanic The Exhibition features over 375 artefacts taken directly from the pre-sinking Titanic and her nearly identical sister ship Olympic, providing a rare opportunity to view the grand Titanic as she was before falling to her watery grave. Rare artefacts were removed from Titanic before she sailed to New York, and a lucky few pieces survived the disaster secured in the coat pockets of those rescued. Original props and set pieces from James Cameron's 1997 blockbuster film Titanic are also on display, including a recreation of the famous "Heart of the Ocean" diamond necklace.

This all-sensory exhibition experience transports visitors back to 1912 to absorb the sights, sounds and smells of opulent and excessive luxury steamship travel. Titanic was the largest and most luxurious ship of its time, and visitors will learn of the ships' place in history from her conception and construction to that unforgettable day of disaster.

Each entry to the exhibition is completely unique, as every visitor will receive a Boarding Pass that contains the personal information of an actual First, Second or Third Class passenger. Visitors are encouraged to feel connected to the passengers' journey by learning about their background and life onboard. The experience culminates in the Memorial Gallery, where visitors learn of their chosen passenger's fate on the cold early morning of 15 April, 1912.

"Everyone can relate to someone on Titanic and the story of her voyage still resonates all over the world," said Tom Zaller, President/CEO of Imagine Exhibitions Pte. Ltd. "This particular exhibition, that will appeal to all ages, immerses the visitor in the moving tale of Titanic's voyage at every part of her journey - allowing visitors to experience the sights, sounds and stories as if they were on the ship."

Titanic The Exhibition has fittingly found its home in one of Australia's oldest and most beautiful exhibition buildings, The Byron Kennedy Hall, located within The Entertainment Quarter. From the stunning central dome supported by six ornate pillars to its distinctive bell tower, The Byron Kennedy Hall is itself an artefact of 1920's charm and style, precisely complimenting that of Titanic's 1920s England.

An education kit for Titanic The Exhibition will be available to download from www.titanictheexhibition.com.au.

History is alive again in the stunning, informative and heartbreaking Titanic The Exhibition, opening Saturday 8 April at The Byron Kennedy Hall, The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park.

www.titanictheexhibition.com.au

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