Thursday 29 September 2016

Cathay Pacific deal of the week: Fly Business to Europe from just $7,045 return

What: Flying Cathay Pacific's business class make the journey to Europe an absolute pleasure, and now the premium airline is offering specials on Business Class flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide to Europe. You can fly to Amsterdam from Melbourne from just $7,045 return!

Special notes:

·         You can fly open jaw – that is,  fly into one city and out from another

·         You can add a stop-over in Hong Kong for free, which allows you not only to check out one of Asia's most exciting cities, but also a chance to get used to different time zones

Terms and conditions: Special fares are available on flights booked from now until 31 December 2016, and departing to Europe or America between 1 March and 30 November 2017.

For full terms and conditions, visit

Cathay Pacific Airways operates more than 70 flights every week from Australia to Hong Kong – four daily from Sydney; three daily from Melbourne; 10 per week from Perth; 11 per week from Brisbane; four per week from Cairns and four per week from Adelaide.

Tuesday 27 September 2016

Spirit of King of Pop to thrill Lithgow Halloween ‘16

Michael Jackson impersonator Jason Jackson will perform at Lithgow Halloween `16. Photo: David Hill, Headline Publicity.
The spirit of the late King of Pop will inject a thrilling spark into Lithgow Halloween `16 when hundreds of Michael Jackson fans take part in a dance-off in Main St on Saturday, October 29.

The national record bid for the greatest number of costumed people to dance to the song Thriller will be a highlight of the annual community festival.

Organised and hosted by Lithgow City Council, with support from local sponsors including Lithgow McDonald’s, Centennial Coal and Energy Australia, the event will again feature spectacular Vivid-style lighting displays and spooky decorations, the main shopping strip will be transformed into a fun-filled pedestrian zone with themed precincts, non-stop entertainment and a community Trick or Treat activity for children.

Lithgow City Council Tourism Manager Kellie Barrow said: ``We do like to party here in Lithgow, especially when it involves themes and dressing up.

``But our parties are not exclusive: everyone is invited, everyone is welcome and everyone is catered for.’’

As in previous years, the family-friendly Lithgow Halloween `16 will include something for everyone, with a range of free community events in public spaces through to ticketed events at private venues.

``We’re proud of our history and what the council, local businesses and residents have achieved together in beautifying Lithgow in recent years and we want to share our town with visitors.’’

Ms Barrow encouraged locals and visitors to fully immerse themselves in the festival spirit and dress up for the occasion as a ghoulish zombie, monster, freaky vampire, fantasy character or loveable fairytale personality, goblin or fairy.

She also urged everyone to take part in the Australian record attempt for the largest number of costumed people to dance to the Michael Jackson song Thriller.

``The record currently stands at about 500 people. Let’s beat it!’’

She recommended visitors stay overnight in the area to fully explore the surprisingly diverse range of scenery, dining options and activities available in Lithgow and surrounds including the Back to Hartley event at Hartley Historic Site on the way to Sydney on Sunday, October 30.

British Airways’ complimentary First Class upgrade

British Airways’ ever popular complimentary one-way upgrade to First is back. The limited-time offer is available for booking from now until 5 October 2016 and is valid to travel on flights departing Sydney on or before 31 March 2017. Customers have the opportunity to enjoy a one-way upgrade to First for free when they book return Club World business class to Singapore from $3,898* and from $7,987* to the UK and Europe on

B787 First Class cocoon
Each individual suite in the renowned First cabin features a bed that is 60 per cent wider, a personal wardrobe, world-class dining options and an unprecedented level of comfort. Customers in First will be entitled to a complimentary chauffeur service to or from Sydney International Airport. All premium customers arriving at British Airways’ award-winning home at London Heathrow Terminal 5 can enjoy the facilities at the Arrivals lounge, which includes showers, breakfast and complimentary Elemis spa treatments. Customers can also enjoy bubbling champagne at the exclusive Galleries Club lounges on their departure.

The centrepiece of the new British Airways Singapore Lounge is the Concorde Bar (BA)
Nicole Backo, British Airways’ regional general manager, South West Pacific, said “We are very excited to welcome back this incredible promotion which allows customers who book a Club World business class return ticket to enjoy a one-way upgrade to First for free. For no additional cost, customers can enjoy the absolute luxurious experience in First on one sector on their next flight to London, Europe or Singapore.”

“This promotion really is a ticket to exceptional comfort and impeccable service. Customers can dine in our exclusive first class restaurant in the sky, with a full ‘a la carte’ menu designed by leading chefs from around the world and only the finest of wines and champagne. They can enjoy a carefully selected collection of wellbeing essentials, a pair of wonderfully soft cotton pyjamas and sink into a quilted mattress and Egyptian cotton duvet for a dreamy night’s sleep. It really is the finest way to travel. Such offers are always extremely popular, so we encourage customers to book now to secure a seat,” said Backo.

1. Return flights in Club World business class from Sydney to the UK and Europe - The complimentary upgrade on flights to the UK and Europe is valid on one sector of the journey and are valid for travel from now until 31 March 2017. The return Club World fares start from $7,987.*

2. Return flights in Club World from Sydney to Singapore - The complimentary upgrade on flights to Singapore is valid on one sector of the journey and are valid for travel from now until 31 March 2017. The Club World fares start from $3,898.*

British Airways’ Executive Club and On Business members also have the added benefit of collecting triple Avios points through a promotion running from now until 11 December 2016. Please visit for more details.

Monday 26 September 2016

Rail enthusiasts heading to Goulburn for October long weekend


Goulburn is on track to host a celebration of 65 years of Streamlined locomotives in Australia next weekend, 1-3 October – the October long weekend.

The Streamliners 2016 event will be held at the Goulburn Rail Heritage Centre and will see more than two dozen locomotives descend upon this regional centre. The event will bring both rail enthusiasts, families and those longing for a dose of nostalgia to celebrate one of the earliest revolutionary forms of transport.

Locomotives in an array of colour schemes and manufactured by numerous operators will be displaying their trains in Goulburn. An exciting itinerary is planed from sunrise to sunset, including a formal presentation of the streamliners, fireworks and the Streamliners 2016 Dance.

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