Friday 27 March 2015

Family snow holiday at Falls Creek

An affordable family holiday at Victoria's most picturesque alpine resort Falls Creek.

Stay in the snow for less than $380 per night during the school holidays. Falls Creek Country Club, a well-located apartment complex that has a heated swimming pool, in-house restaurant and bar, is offering families a well-priced option.

Always want to stay in the snow at an alpine resort during the school holidays but found it too expensive?  Then think again.  Mum, Dad and up to two school age children can stay from $377 per night in a self contained studio apartment at Falls Creek ,Victoria .  

This package is valid for stays between Friday 26 June and Sunday 17 July – minimum 2 night's stays applies.  Arrive any day during these dates. Your apartment has a full kitchen with stove, cook top, microwave and bar size fridge as well as a TV. With sliding glass doors which lead directly to the snow, your family will have a holiday of a lifetime.  

These apartments come with free access to a heated pool, spa and sauna and free wi-fi.  Just what the family needs for a perfect holiday. Direct bookings only. Terms and conditions apply.

Call 03 5758 3391 or email

Thursday 26 March 2015

Free Guided Tour or a Romantic Moonlight Tour at Seoul's Royal Palaces

Visitors to Seoul can enjoy many free special events at Seoul's royal palaces and shrines in 2015 as well as experience true royal cuisine at some of the newly certified restaurants in Seoul. The royal palaces are spectacular in Springtime. In the coming months of April and May the cherry, apricot, royal azalea and peony blossoms are at their best and the palaces are picture perfect.

The 2015 Palace Culture Calendar details the many events taking place at the royal palaces and shrines in Seoul in the coming year. Visitors can not only enjoy free guided tours and changing of the guards ceremonies but enjoy special cultural event experiences like traditional tea ceremonies, enjoy traditional Korean music at the palaces, palace literary tours, special open nights and a romantic moonlight tour at Changdeok Palace including traditional music performances and snacks.

As the main palace of the Joseon dynasty, Gyeongbok Palace is the largest of the five royal palaces of the dynasty and Changdeok Palace is widely admired for having preserved the original beauty and scenic natural surroundings including its serenely beautiful Secret Garden.

Visitors can also experience royal ancestral ritual ceremonies at Jongmyo Royal Shrine and night performances of royal ancestral ritual music. As the royal shrine of Joseon dynasty, Jongmyo enshrines the memorial tablets of Joseon's kings and queens.

The general admission cost to Seoul's four royal palaces and Jongymyo Royal Shrine only costs between 1,000-3,000 Korean won (A$1.20-$3.50)

After visiting a royal palace why not enjoy a meal fit for a King and experience the royal cuisine of the Joseon dynasty. With a six hundred year history royal cuisine is the essence of Korean food culture. Korea Tourism Organization has recently selected seven traditional restaurants that serve royal cuisine menus that have been inherited over generations.

Enjoy a royal banquet in traditional Korean surroundings like Seokparang, the villa of Heungseon Daewongun, who was a politician and father of King Gojong, the last king of the Joseon dynasty. Samcheonggak which features beautiful natural surroundings and traditional architectural style called hanok (Korean house) is a very popular place for a royal feast and film location for TV dramas.

If you are planning on travelling to Seoul this year and wish to experience life as a King or Queen of Korea's past then request your free 2015 Palace Culture Calendar and Royal Cuisine certified restaurant guides by email: or go to and request brochures online.

Easter Deals from the Novotel Vines Resort - Pay for 3 and Stay for 4 Nights

The Novotel Vines Resort is offering guests the chance to extend one night more over the Easter break, without paying any extra, with a “Pay 3 Stay 4” Easter deal.

Newly refurbished rooms offer light airy and spacious accommodation

During your stay there are gourmet treats to satisfy too, with Good Friday kicking it off wth a Seafood Platter for two people, lunch or dinner at the Vines Café. On Easter Sunday after all the eggs have been found, there's breakfast in Muscats to meet the Easter Bunny, or a lunch in the Café for more chocolate treat handouts.

If you are feeling game, the Vines' newest Sunday special is now available throughout autumn in the Vines Cafe – it is called “Out for a Duck!”

Comprising a delicious roast duck platter with maple glaze, roast autumn root veggies, fresh pomegranate & rocket plus two glasses of SA Merlot for just $60 - perfect for two people.

On Easter Sunday Muscats' famous carvery buffet is served. After a day that could be spent touring the Swan Valley, walking the magnificent natural grounds, tennis, or lazing by the pool.

For Golfers the Easter treats on offer continue, with a deal to play 18 holes with shared use of a buggy on the Ellenbrook course, Vines cap and 3 pack of Vines golf balls, plus you will go into the draw to win a golf bag – all for just $75 per person.

And if you are organized, or one who plans ahead, book in for Mother's Day with a special High Tea to celebrate.

Full details of all these offers can be found at

To book the accommodation or above deals please call (08) 9297 3000 or email

(Some conditions apply and this offer is subject to availability)

Monday 23 March 2015

Retreat to The Langham, Melbourne this Easter

The Langham, Melbourne is including a special Burch & Purchese Easter Surprise made exclusively for the hotel by renowned chef, Darren Purchese.

Luxurious accommodation, valet parking, buffet breakfast for two and an adorable pink chocolate chick as well as access to the hotel's health and wellness centre, pool, steam room, sauna and spa are all included in this appealing offer.

The Langham, Melbourne's Park, Stay and Dine package is available from Tuesday 31 March until Sunday 19 April from $315.00 per room, per night.

Guests may choose to visit Chuan Spa, indulge in a donut-themed High Tea at Aria or enjoy any of the hotel's enchanting Easter experiences on offer at both the hotel's Ballroom and Melba Restaurant.
Bookings may be made by visiting or by calling +61 8696 8888.

Royal Caribbean International Global WOW Sale

Royal Caribbean International has unveiled a Global WOW Sale, offering savings of up to $1,000 per person, up to US$400 onboard credit and 50% reduced deposits for a range of local and global itineraries when booked by 2 April 2015.

Save up to $500 per person and receive US$300 onboard credit on a seven-night Pacific Island Getaway onboard Voyager of the Seas, with prices starting at just $799 per person, twin share. The roundtrip sailing departs Sydney on 27 February 2016, and calls at Isle of Pines and Noumea.

Staterooms start from just $1,099 per person for a 10-night Perth and South East Asia sailing onboard Explorer of the Seas, a saving of up to $700 per person and receive USD$400 onboard credit. Departing Singapore on 3 November 2015 the cruise calls at Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi and Phuket before arriving in Perth.

Australia's Top End is on offer from just $2,399 per person on a 16 night sailing onboard Radiance of the Seas departing Perth on 17 November 2015. Save up to $1,000 per person and receive USD$400 onboard credit while taking in the sights of Bali, Darwin, Cairns and Brisbane before arriving in Sydney.

The offer is available from now until 2 April 2015 and valid on new bookings made on all Royal Caribbean global voyages departing from 15 May 2015 onwards. Offer excludes Quantum of the Seas, Ovation of the Seas and Harmony of the Seas.

For more information about Royal Caribbean International or to book a cruise, visit, call 1800 754 500 or contact your travel agent.

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Saturday 21 March 2015

*LAST DAYS* WIN a fabulous four-night vacation to Singapore!

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Vacations & Travel magazine, in conjunction with British Airways - the only European airline to continue servicing the Australian market - and The Fullerton Hotel, is giving subscribers the chance to win a sensational trip to Singapore including two return World Traveller tickets to Singapore, and four nights’ accommodation at The Fullerton Hotel.

British Airways has been flying to Australia for nearly 80 years and currently operates one of its most luxurious aircrafts, the Boeing 777-300ER from Sydney. The airline has a daily service between Sydney and London Heathrow via Singapore and its award-winning Changi Airport, voted the best airport in the world. Their route network currently serves more than 170 cities in 75 countries.

British Airways World Traveller is a full-service economy class packed with all the comfort and benefits you expect at an affordable price. It includes great value all-inclusive fares with no hidden charges, generous free baggage allowance, delicious meals and full bar service, personal entertainment system with complimentary headphones and family-friendly features and kids’ activity packs., Facebook @British Airways, #BritishAirways

Recognised as one of the best hotels in the world, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore is a masterpiece that combines the best of Singapore’s heritage and modernity.

Transformed from The Fullerton Building – a magnificent neoclassical landmark built in 1928; this 400-room iconic heritage hotel represents a luxury and grandeur that is timeless. It was once home to the nation’s General Post Office, The Exchange and the prestigious Singapore Club – all of which played a pivotal role in the history of Singapore.

Strategically located in the heart of the financial and arts districts along the charming Singapore River and Marina Bay, the hotel successfully blends its illustrious heritage with contemporary style, personalised service, and excellent dining to offer a true destination experience. It enjoys close proximity to the finest arts and entertainment belts in the city, and the Singapore Changi International Airport is less than half an hour’s drive away. Rooms and suites either overlook the sunlit atrium courtyard, or have balconies that open out to sweeping panoramas of the city skyline, Singapore River promenade or Marina Bay. 

You can even choose to dine against the city skyline at The Lighthouse Restaurant & Rooftop Bar which serves authentic Italian cuisine or discover more about the storied hotel by taking the complimentary Guided Heritage Tour.

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Friday 20 March 2015

Voyage of the Week: Embrace the Charm of Northern Europe with Silversea

Embrace the undeniable charm of Northern Europe as you sail through some of the regions’ most regal and historic ports on a 12 day voyage aboard Silversea’s ultra-luxury vessel, Silver Whisper.

Departing from Stockholm, Sweden, on 27 August 2015, Silver Whisper sails to Tallinn, Estonia, a UNESCO World Heritage Listed site and one of Europe’s best examples of medieval towns. Silver Whisper then ports in Russia for a two night stay in St Petersburg, where guests can experience the stunning surrounds that emanate a unique blend of Russian and European character. Cruising through the city of Helsinki, Finland, Silver Whisper then spends a day at sea, providing guests with the opportunity to relax and enjoy Silversea’s truly luxurious onboard facilities.

Sailing to Warnemunde, Germany, guests can explore this beautiful seaside port or join an optional excursion through the remarkable sights of Berlin, followed by a three-course lunch at the spectacular Reichstag’s rooftop restaurant.

From here, Silver Whisper continues her voyage through the Kiel Canal, before travelling on to the Netherlands, stopping at the charming capital of Amsterdam, where guests can expect to be captivated by the city’s old-world allure and downtown character, from its outdoor street markets and spectacular network of canals, to the eminent Van Gogh Museum.

Continuing her journey to Belgium, Silver Whisper visits Antwerp, renowned as the centre of the diamond trade, and the ancient town of Zeebrugee before concluding her voyage in Southampton, United Kingdom with guests disembarking 8 September 2015.

Prices are per person starting from AU$7,250 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.

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 deal of the week: Rydges Fremantle


Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges, Fremantle

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Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges, Fremantle 4.5*

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Book by: 30 June 2015

Stay by: 30 June 2015

Prices from: AUD $189 per night

According to the Hotels Price Index, Perth hotel prices are more affordable than ever with a 3% drop of the average nightly rate in 2014. Esplanade Hotel Fremantle is the perfect pick to enjoy the gems of Australia’s west coast with Bathers beach, Rottnest Island and Fremantle Markets only moments away. Alternatively use this picturesque paradise as a launching pad to discover the art and culture of Perth. Or stay right where you are and be spoilt for choice at the Esplanade Hotel with two outdoor tropical pools, a sauna, spa and four bar and dining options to suit any occasion. And if after all that you still can’t decide, there is always room service!

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^Hotel Deals: Price quoted is per room per night based on two people sharing and is inclusive of all fees and taxes. Rates are subject to availability. Minimum stay requirements and black-out dates may apply. Prices are available asof 20 March, 2015. Prices may fluctuate due to changes in taxes, fees and currency. Visit for full terms and conditions.

Thursday 19 March 2015

Win a $6398 14-night New Zealand cruise for two with Royal Caribbean

YourLifeChoices and Royal Caribbean are offering you the chance to win a $6398 14-night New Zealand cruise for you and a friend. Sailing on this round-trip from Sydney onboard Royal Caribbean's recently renovated ship Explorer of the Seas, you and a friend will visit Bay of Islands, Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington, Picton, Dunedin, Dusky Sound, Doubtful Sound and Milford Sound.

Your cruise will be even more enjoyable as you relax in a luxurious Ocean View Stateroom. There's US$100 onboard credit provided for you to spend as you choose. And there are a range of delicious complimentary meal choices throughout the ship.

The lucky winner, and friend, of YourLifeChoices and Royal Caribbean’s 14-night New Zealand Cruise competition will be boarding the Explorer of the Seas in early December. Sailing from Sydney, you'll stop in several stunning New Zealand destinations, before returning to Sydney. Take a moment to imagine the phone ringing and finding out that you have been announced as the winner of this amazing prize. Now, picture who you are going to take along with you and read up on the adventure that awaits you both.

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Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains and Scenic World Offering Family Package for Sculptures in the Mountains this School Holiday

Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains is partnering with Scenic World this April school holidays and offering a family package which takes in a world-class sculpture exhibition in amongst World Heritage-listed rainforest.

Now in its fourth year, Sculpture at Scenic World will be featuring national and international artists' work amongst the trees and on the valley floor from 15 April to 10 May 2015. Sightseers can walk along elevated boardwalks giving visitors a birds-eye-view of the sculptures in an unparalleled setting.

In partnership with Scenic Word, Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains is offering a family package from 15 April to 10 May 2015. The package includes:

- Ultimate Sculpture Pass which includes unlimited rides on the new Scenic Railway, Skyway and Cableway, plus VIP express entry into the Sculpture exhibition

- Overnight accommodation for 2 adults and 2 children

- Buffet breakfast for the family in Jamison's Restaurant

- Free kids activities on offer at the resort, which includes merry-go-rounds and mini Masterchef challenges

Family Package prices start from $409 a night. To book, head to or call 02 4785 000.

Wednesday 18 March 2015

All-inclusive A-ROSA River Cruises


GERMANY'S premium A-ROSA River Cruises has begun selling in Australia five of its vessels that use the English and German language exclusively on 3 - 11-night sailings on the Danube, Rhone, Saone, Rhine, Main and Mosel rivers.

Carrying just 174 to 242 guests, prices will begin from $3,127pp twin-share for a typical 7-night sailing, with on-board meals inclusive of fine regional wines and other drinks either in the indoor restaurant that has a number of semi-private dining alcoves, or al fresco on the Upper Deck – and with all-day bar drinks, gratuities, a €200 per person credit towards shore excursions, and port charges, taxes and fees also all included.

As well, to celebrate their entry to the Australian market, the company is offering additional discounts on sailings from June to September 2015.

All five A-ROSA vessels for the International market that use the English and German language on board (Donna, Viva, Stella, Silva and Flora,) also have gymnasiums and spas, complimentary bicycles for shore excursions, a selection of Lounge and Bar areas, casual entertainment, and all but Viva have open-air swimming pools.

Staterooms feature queen beds, flat screen TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, bottled water, robes and slippers, and some have French balconies.

Details toll-free 1300 784 693,, visit the website  or see travel agents.

                                   deal of the week: Rydges North Sydney


Rydges North Sydney

Stay 2 nights, save 20% on your stay

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Rydges North Sydney 4*

Stay 2 nights, save 20% on your stay

Book by: 29 June 2015

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Prices from: $179 AUD per night

Rydges North Sydney offers everything you need in a home away from home on any business or pleasure-driven getaway. Immerse yourself in the heart of Sydney with a day at the nearby Taronga Zoo or Luna Park before crossing the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge to enjoy an evening at the Darling Harbour precinct. Alternatively, spice things up at the Rydges North Sydney restaurant, the Mundo Latin Grill & Tapas Bar, for an authentic Spanish experience. After a busy day, put your feet up in the world-class luxury rooms for a dreamy sleep before doing it all again!          

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^Hotel Deals: Price quoted is per room per night based on two people sharing and is inclusive of all fees and taxes. Rates are subject to availability. Minimum stay requirements and black-out dates may apply. Prices are available as of 16 March, 2015. Prices may fluctuate due to changes in taxes, fees and currency. Visit for full terms and conditions.


Monday 16 March 2015

Highlights of South Africa tour with Interlude


Interlude, the original small group tour company, celebrates 30 years of successful small group tours

The original small group touring company, Interlude Tours, has released details of its outstanding 23-day relaxed and fully hosted 2015 tour featuring the highlights of Southern Africa.

The fully escorted tour departs Australia flying with South African Airways on 23 October. Costs of $12638 pp twin share includes international and domestic economy airfares with first class hotels and lodges, all breakfasts, five lunches and 11 dinners, providing outstanding value for the seasoned traveller and first timers.

The itinerary includes cosmopolitan Johannesburg, the unique wildlife and spectacular scenery in The Kruger National Park, the Garden Route to the wine region of Stellenbosch, Cape Town and Victoria Falls.

With a maximum of 12 guests, the tour features leisurely travel in a family atmosphere with no rushed starts and ample free time to explore on your own with new friends or by yourself.

It is expected that singles and couples who have enjoyed other exciting and well catered Interlude Tours travel programs during the past 30 years will join the Inspiring Southern Africa tour, which is being hosted by principal, Jeanette Savage.

Jeanette has hosted more than 50 tours to popular global destinations and built a reputation for innovative and relaxing journeys. Her detail, reliability and personality have seen over 300 happy travellers and many repeat customers join the Interlude family.

Interlude Tours excel in personable worry free and relaxing travel. A pre-tour get-together to meet other travellers and review the tour arrangements is also included in the program.

Interlude tours in association with Venture Holidays are presenting this fully escorted tour from Australia.

Tel: Interlude Tours (612) 94052218 (for full itinerary)

Tel: Steve at Venture Holidays (618) 8238 4511 or 1300 303 343 (all areas excluding SA)

Hong Kong Precincts: A Curated Guidebook

A curated guide to the city's best shops, eateries, bars and other hangouts

With a city that changes in the blink of an eye, how do you capture all that it has to offer in the pages of one guidebook? It's a mighty task, but one that was happily undertaken by a Hong Kong resident of more than six years, Australian journalist and travel writer Penny Watson.

Hong Kong Precincts is most certainly a timely tome. In the past few years, the Hong Kong food scene has been turned on its head, with its reputation for world-class cuisine now attracting many renowned international chefs. Drinking venues have followed suit, with once rare rooftop bars and al fresco venues now a huge part of the city's social scene. Coffee has found its feet, bringing with it a whole new breed of cool cafes and laneway hole-in-the walls, and boutique shops dotted across the city offer beautifully unique alternatives to the big brands Hong Kong is famed for.

The city's amazing history is evident everywhere; from the lovely old double-decker trams on Hong Kong Island to the open-air Star Ferries on Victoria Harbour, travellers are offered a wonderful glimpse of days gone by. The iconic red taxis are readily available and cheap, and the train and bus networks reach even the furthest areas of the city, making getting around Hong Kong simple and hassle-free.

Hong Kong Precincts, researched and written by Penny Watson, offers a selection of the best eating, drinking and shopping destinations in this vibrant city. Broken down into 15 precincts (including a chapter on Macau), the guide offers reviews, full colour photographs and invaluable information on a wide range of venues, from the super deluxe to the cheap and cheerful.

A map is included for each precinct, and train station exits are indicated, making finding your way around the city's best destinations a breeze.

Interviews with creative Hong Kong residents highlight favourite haunts, and the final Travelling in Hong Kong chapter offers some expert tips on public transport, etiquette, currency, and getting to and from the airports. With whimsical illustrations by award-winning illustrator Michelle Mackintosh, and a gorgeous hardback cover, Hong Kong Precincts is as much a beautiful keepsake as it is a detailed guidebook. So why not launch yourself into Hong Kong's precincts? You never know what you might find…

About the Author

Penny Watson is a trained journalist with a serious case of wanderlust. She has travelled the world, written feature articles for magazines and newspapers including Hong Kong Tatler, South China Morning Post and Australia's Sydney Morning Herald and researched countless guidebooks including Lonely Planet's Australia guide and Cool Camping Europe. Penny hails from Melbourne, Australia, but since immersing herself in the world of full-time travel writing, she has lived in Seville, London, San Francisco and more recently Hong Kong.

Please join Penny Watson for a drink, to celebrate her new book 'Hong Kong Precincts' a curated shopping, eating & drinking guide to Hong Kong, published by Hardie Grant Books.
Wednesday April 1 at Metropolis Bookshop, 3/252 Swanston Street, Melbourne (above Cookie bar), between 6pm and 8pm.

Can't come? Love a copy?

Published on March 1

Hong Kong Precincts RRP $39.95

Discover the Waterways of the Tsars on Viking River Cruises

Thinking of Russia, two great cities immediately come to mind: Moscow and St. Petersburg. This monumental 13 day itinerary includes multiple days in both cities, touring such landmarks as Moscow’s Kremlin and Red Square, and the Catherine Palace and Hermitage in St. Petersburg. But, there is another side of Russia; quaint Golden Ring towns like Yaroslavl and Uglich that only a river cruise can provide. See opulent palaces, discover fortified monasteries and visit beautiful churches and cathedrals. It is an unforgettable way to experience the history and culture of this unique and mysterious country.

On Viking Cruises you will have the red carpet laid for you to events such as the Russian Ballet in St Petersburg through to a ticket at the Moscow Bolshoi theatre. Vikings itineraries offer entry into the Vodka Museum in Madrogy, a visit to a local family for tea and friendly conversation in Uglich and a stroll through the State Department Store GUM. In the Soviet Union, the top floor was home to Section 100, a secret clothing store only open to the highest echelons of the party. Now these exclusive boutiques are easy prey to anyone with a platinum card. If you don’t want to flash the cash, enjoy the glorious architecture of the building with interesting relics from bygone eras on the higher floors.

‘Waterways of the Tsars’ is priced from $7495 for a deluxe stateroom, with various departures from May to October. This includes all port charges and fees, accommodation, all onboard meals, free W-Fi, complimentary onboard Silver Spirits Beverage Package, complimentary Travel Companion booklet, personalised Quietvox audio headsets and 13 curated shore excursions.

For further information contact Viking Cruises on 1800 131 744 (AU) or visit

Tour de Vines Gourmet Tour Sale

Tour de Vines are offering a saving of $200 per person on their fully escorted five day tour in North East Victoria focussing upon the food and wine of this growing gourmet region.

The Murray to the Mountains Rail trail makes an ideal cycling route through North Eastern Victoria’s stunning alpine scenery with stops for delectable tastes along the way. Relax and stay overnight in the picturesque rural communities of Beechworth, Milawa, Myrtleford and Bright enjoying some well-deserved downtime. Learn to cook like the locals with a cooking class and wine tasting tutorial, ensuring an unforgettable experience for the food and wine lover in all of us.

Spread across five days/four nights the secrets of some of the best vineyards in Australia will be revealed along leisurely and safe cycling paths. Get off the beaten track and ride through quiet, country back roads and taste local produce from farm gate visits. Enjoy some gourmet delights with a private group cooking class in Bright and explore with a ride to Harrietville on the Great Alpine Road. See the historic town of Beechworth, famed for its well restored gold rush-era buildings.

Graded as easy-medium cycling, the Tour de Grand Gourmet begins in Beechworth and is ideal for occasional and casual riders.

The Tour de Grand Gourmet can be undertaken with a local guide and a small group (maximum 10) on the dates nd May 8-12 (2015) or as a self-guided tour at any time/day or date that suits. The package includes four night’s premium accommodation in a double room (four star) and gourmet breakfast, lunch and dinners for the duration of the tour. Olive farm, Pumpkin Seed Farm, Berry Farm and more produce gate visits and up to seven cellar door winery visits (including an exclusive tutorial), as well as bikes, luggage collection, return transport and a tour guide are all included. Prices start from $1399pp twin share (this is with the discount).

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Broome & The Kimberley Holidays 2015 - Broome, Kimberley & Northern Territory Brochure Out Now

Broome & the Kimberley Holidays 2015/16 Brochure Now Released

Broome & the Kimberley Holidays' 2015/16 Broome, The Kimberley & Northern Territory brochure is out now for agents and travelers. The 92 page brochure is jam packed with great holiday ideas for people travelling to this incredible region.

New self-drive itineraries and package tours are a highlight in this years' brochure with itineraries ranging from two days to two weeks offering passengers flexibility to create a personalized trip. We also can provide arrangements for specialized groups travelling in Western Australia or the Northern Territory.

Our 3 night Broome Racing packages are new this year and recommended for anyone who hasn't experienced country racing. Prices start at $413 per person, making them perfect for group getaways.

One of our signature packages, Kimberley Icons, feature in the 2015/16 brochure for the very first time. The itinerary takes in our favourite landmarks, with 7 nights' accommodation and tours throughout; highlighting Kununurra, El Questro, the Bungle Bungles and Broome - all from $2,251 per person.

The ever-popular Kimberley cruises also feature in the brochure, and with many departures already full for sailing in 2015, time is the essence to book on one of these experiences of a lifetime. However, many of the boats featured are already bookable for 2016.

Covering the Northern Territory, we've introduced the 7 night Darwin & Kakadu Self Drive Adventure which will be sure to entice those travelers looking for a little bit of luxury whilst experiencing the highlights of the Top End.

The brochure is valid for travel until 31 March 2016 and is available through Templar (WA, SA,NT) and TIFS (VIC, TAS, NSW & QLD). Alternatively, call Broome & the Kimberley Holidays on 1300 357 057 for a copy to be mailed.

Friday 13 March 2015

Aegean cruise aboard Silver Spirit


Discover the captivating remnants of ancient civilisations as you sail through the Aegean Sea on this seven day voyage aboard Silversea's ultra-luxury vessel, Silver Spirit.

Beginning her journey on 20 July 2015 from Istanbul, the city that straddles the line between the east and west, Silver Spirit sets sail to Greece and the picturesque Greek Islands. Docking in Kavala, a city amphitheatrically built on the gorgeous slopes of Mount Symvolo, guests are immersed in a blend of ancient and modern surroundings from cobblestone alleyways to striking mansions and tranquil harbours. From here, Silver Spirit cruises to Thessaloniki, where guests are treated to a half day excursion exploring the city's Jewish heritage.

Silver Spirit then continues her voyage onto the city of Volos before docking in the charming port town of Mykonos, renowned for its crystal waters and contrasting snow-white houses with traditional wooden doors and window shutters painted in all shades of the Aegean blue. While in Mykonos, guests indulge in the exquisite beauty and flavours of this rugged island with a guided panoramic tour to beautiful cosmopolitan beaches and inside antique monastery architecture.

Crossing into Turkey, Silver Spirit sails to Kusadasi, a resort town filled with historic ruins and glorious sandy beaches, before stopping in Greece once more. Docking in Lesbos, Greece's third largest island, guests visit Mytilene, an ancient city built on seven hills and crowned by the Gateluzzi fortress. Silver Spirit concludes her journey in Istanbul, with guests disembarking on 27 July 2015.

To enhance Silversea's 2015 Mediterranean all-inclusive pricing, guests are able to take advantage of complimentary Silver Shore Select excursions, which are offered in every port of call. In addition, guests onboard this Silversea voyage also have access to two hours of Wi-Fi per day, and unlimited Wi-Fi in premium suites (Medallion and higher categories).

Prices are per person starting from AU$4,850 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.

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

Thursday 12 March 2015

Tempo Holidays Stopover deals

Great mates rates from Tempo Holidays!

Get a Taste of Dubai – Howard Johnson Hotel with 2 nights accommodation located in one of the most popular shopping areas. Package includes 2 breakfasts, shared arrival and departure transfers, City Tour with English speaking guide and access to all Dubai has to offer from an incredible $232* per person (excluding Thursday check-in).

Tempo's Taste of Dubai – Jumeriah Emirates Towers includes 2 nights in luxurious 5 star accommodation, 2 breakfasts, shared arrival and departure transfers and a City Tour with English speaking guide from $530* per person (excluding Thursday check in).

Be tempted by Tempo's Taste of Abu Dhabi on this great stopover package. From Ferrari World to the golden beaches and major shopping centres your Hop-On Hop-Off ticket lets you to see it all From $475* per person your package includes 2 nights in 3 star accommodation, 2 breakfasts, arrival and departure transfers from Abu Dhabi airport and a 24 hour Hop-On Hop-Off bus ticket.

Tempo's  Arabian Nights package lets you experience cultural and culinary delights with an overnight stay at the luxurious Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa with return transfers from Dubai Airport or hotel, you'll experience a traditional Arabic dinner under the stars with mouth-watering cuisine prepared at live cooking stations, live entertainment including belly dancers, folkloric musicians and singers. From $496* per person (excluding Thursday and Friday check in) the package includes 1 night in 5 star accommodation, 1 breakfast and 1 dinner, return transfers, live entertainment, camel, horse and pony rides and a visit to the Heritage Museum.

InterContinental Sydney Invites Families to the Ultimate Easter High Tea


Enjoy a chocolate themed high tea, fairy styled garden, face painting and a visit from the Easter bunny


For the very first time, InterContinental Sydney is welcoming families to the ultimate Easter Sunday experience, with a one off, exclusive chocolate themed high tea.


The chocolate themed buffet, exclusively created by the hotel's esteemed pastry chefs offers a variety of Assorted Swirl Lollipops, Valrhona Milk chocolate and almond toffee apples, a variety of crepes and waffles with Nutella, homemade jam as well as Snickers and Redskin Macaroons.


The High tea buffet is open to all families, with exciting entertainment and activities for children (and big kids!) to enjoy. From a mysterious, fairy style garden for children to explore and enjoy, to face painting to fully transform children into their desired character for the day. Children are encouraged to fully embrace the experience and attend in their best fairytale and fancy dress costumes to truly immerse themselves in the event, with a prize on offer for the best girl and boy costume. 


Activities include a magical cupcake decorating station where children can show off their best artistic skills, there will even be a very special appearance from the one and only Easter Bunny, who will be giving all attending a very special chocolate egg.


"We are very excited to welcome families to celebrate Easter with us at the InterContinental Sydney. We hope to provide everyone with a fun-filled day including some delicious chocolate and engaging entertainment, to make this a day all the family will remember," says Tamas Pamer, InterContinental Sydney, Director of Culinary & Food and Beverage Services. 

This Easter there's no better place to enjoy an afternoon of relaxation and fun than at The Cortile, InterContinental Sydney; a one-of-a-kind experience that's to not be missed! 

Event Details:   

Event: The Cortile's Easter High Tea


Date: Sunday, 5th April


Time: 3 sessions:

10.30 - 12.30,

13.00 - 15.00,

15.30 - 17.30. 


Location: The Cortile, InterContinental Sydney, 117 Macquarie St, Sydney


Cost: $55 per adult, $55 per child


Price includes: Food and Sparkling wine on arrival for adults, hot chocolate for children and a special chocolate cocktail is available for an additional $15 each


To book and for more information call Restaurant Reservations on 02 9240 1396. The package is also available to book through our partner Lime and Tonic.


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Save up to $500 on Viking Cruises' Catalonia to Constantinople 22 day cruise

Book by 31 March and you will save up to $500 when you book a double occupancy on Viking's Catalonia to Constantinople cruise.

Being your 22 day cruise on the sun kissed shores of stylish Barcelona. This beautiful city with its wide tree lined boulevards and architecture to rival Paris offers buzzing bars and restaurants in the Gothic Quarter. Down a cava and step onboard your home for the next 21 nights.

Viking's Catalonia to Constantinople begins in Barcelona and finishes in the monumental city of Istanbul, offering a crossroads of Europe and Asia. Along the way, you will discover the ancient ruins of Ephesus and Athens, explore the medieval charm of Dubrovnik and Kotor and revel in the iconic playground of the rich and famous, Monte Carlo. Taste the wines of Toulon and climb the stairs of Gaudi's surreal Sagrada Família in Barcelona. This is an unforgettable voyage that takes you through the best of the Mediterranean as only Viking can.

Priced from $10,349 per person this 22 day cruise includes 17 guided tours of 8 countries. This includes all port charges and fees, accommodation, all onboard meals, free W-Fi, complimentary Travel Companion booklet, personalised Quietvox audio headsets and 17 curated shore excursions.

For further information contact Viking Cruises on 1300 062 326 or visit

Tuesday 3 March 2015

Experience three Kimberley icons in one extraordinary holiday.


Broome & the Kimberley Holidays have selected the 'must do' experiences traversing the region from Kununurra and El Questro in the East Kimberley to Broome in the West Kimberley, promising a week of breathtaking highlights.

The 7 night package includes flights, a night in Kununurra, 3 nights in Emma Gorge at El Questro Wilderness Park, 3 nights at Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa, a scenic flight over the Bungle Bungles and tours of El Questro and the Willie Creek Pearl Farm in Broome.

With optional add-ons including an extended tour of the Bungle Bungles, including Cathedral Gorge and ancient rock art or an Aboriginal Bush Culture and History tour in El Questro, travelers will get a chance to immerse themselves in the culture and beauty of the Kimberley region.

Packages from $3,190pp ex Perth and $3,690pp ex Melbourne or Sydney.

Departures between 1 April and 24 September 2015.

Phone Broome & the Kimberley Holidays on 1300 357 057 or visit for enquiries.


Special Emirates Autumn Fares to Asia

- Economy class airfares from $299 one way-

To celebrate the start of autumn, Emirates is offering special Economy Class airfares starting from $299 one way.

One way Economy flights from Melbourne to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Sydney to Bangkok and Brisbane to Singapore begin at $299.

While, return Economy flights from Melbourne to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Sydney to Bangkok and Brisbane to Singapore start from $599.

Emirates operates one service daily from Sydney via Bangkok. One service daily operates from Brisbane via Singapore. One Melbourne service daily operates via Singapore, with another daily service operating via Kuala Lumpur.

Valid for ticketing and sales from now until 5 March 2015. Valid for travel from 15 April until 12 June 2015, some blackout periods apply for dates of travel. For flight information and bookings contact Emirates on 1300 303 777, visit your local travel agent or go to

Terms and conditions for the offer:

• Valid for sales and ticketing from now until 5th March 2015
• Travel 15 April to 12 June 2015, exception Sydney to Bangkok 22 April to 12 June 2015.
• Fees for changes and cancellations apply
• Seats and Class are subject to availability at time of booking
• Return fares quoted are for low season travel

*The inclusive taxes and surcharges quoted are correct at 26 February 2015. These may vary slightly over the travel period.

What's on at The Star this month

Following the Chinese New Year festivities, there are still plenty of reasons to celebrate at The Star. Sydney’s premier entertainment destination will play host to an open air cinema on Sky Terrace rooftop bar, exciting performances from both international and local acts, special The Spa at The Darling offers to help you relax and unwind, and food and drink specials at 24/7 Sports Bar to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

Jonathan Lee Concert | 8 March

Renowned Chinese pop superstar Jonathan Lee and his full band will perform at The Star Event Centre on 8 March for one show only.

Lee is hailed as one of the godfathers of Taiwanese Mandopop. He was one of the most successful producers of the 1990s and 2000s and has been credited with building Rock Records into the foremost independent label in Asia.

To purchase tickets, visit or call 13 28 49.

Rekorderlig Open Air Cinema on Sky Terrace | 8 March & 15 March

Enjoy films by starlight at The Star’s rooftop bar, Sky Terrace including:

Gravity – From 8pm, 8 March
Man of Steel – From 8pm, 15 March

Best of all, it’s free!

Thriller Live | until 16 March

London’s Smash Hit Thriller Live is now open at the Sydney Lyric!

Featuring Prinnie Stevens and MiG Ayesa plus an outstanding international cast and live band, Thriller Live includes all your favourite Michael Jackson and Jackson 5 Hits including I Want You Back, Can You Feel It, Billie Jean, Smooth Criminal, Bad and of course Thriller

To purchase tickets, visit

Le Noir | 19 March

Enjoy World class acrobats, musicians, specialty acts and comedians with Le Noir at The Star’s Sydney Lyric Theatre. Be prepared to be enthralled by this spell-binding theatrical journey.

To purchase tickets, visit

The Spa at The Darling Special March Offers

Introducing the new La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Eye Cream

La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Eye Cream is a lightweight eye treatment that helps erase dark circles, puffiness, dryness and lines instantly.

With the purchase of the new Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Eye Cream, receive a complimentary 45-minute Swiss Ice Crystal Facial.* This luxurious treatment is designed to strengthen and nourish your skin, helping to banish any sign of life’s daily stresses.

*One 20ml eye cream and facial per person.

Stay Spa Fresh

This March, purchase any two ESPA products and receive a complimentary ESPA Hydrating Floral Spafresh Spritzer (100ml).^

^ One gift per person. Offer excludes the purchase of ESPA Travel Sizes, Lip Balm and Accessories.

To make a reservation at The Spa at The Darling, please call 02 9657 8088.

St Patrick’s Day 24/7 Sports Bar

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day with the following specials:

Throughout March: Guinness Schooners - $7.50
St Patrick’s Day special - 17 March: Beef & Guinness Pie with Colcannon Mash + Guinness Schooner - $18

SAA launches great value fares from Perth

Africa’s leading airline SAA has launched a new sale of great value return flights to South Africa from Perth.

According to SAA’s Country Manager for Australasia Tim Clyde-Smith, return economy class fares from Perth to Johannesburg start at $1099 including taxes. Other popular destinations include Cape Town and Durban ($1,152), Nairobi ($1,565), Victoria Falls ($1,547) and Mauritius ($1,609).

“These are great deals and are available for sale for sale until March 10 only for flights between 1 April and 31 May 2015,” Tim said.

“Customers from other Australian cities can fly with our partner airlines and also take advantage of these special offers.”

“There are no credit card fees to book online, customers can select their seats on booking and we have a generous checked baggage allowance of 2 pieces of 23 kg in economy and 2 pieces of 32kg in business class.”

“These are great deals and offer Aussie travellers some excellent value for money. But customers should act quickly as our sale finishes on 10 March,” Tim concluded

For more information on SAA flights and reservations please call 1300 435 972 or see

For all SAA media releases see:

Twitter: www.twitter/SAA_Australia


Sunday 1 March 2015

Win A Holiday in Krabi, Thailand

The Tourism Authority of Thailand is offering you the chance to win a 5 night Krabi holiday, flying with THAI, staying at the Pakasai Resort.

Entries close 12 Feb '15. Why would you choose Thailand for your ultimate wedding or honeymoon destination?

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