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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


 

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