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Travellers’ Good Buys Column For Week Beginning March 23

March 26, 2016 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

359db994-d3ed-42a7-a248-09e7815211f3Life’s An Adventure is offering earlybird deals on its Tasmanian program for next season, with savings of up to $250 per person on all departures from September 2016 to April 2017.

Three-day walks are available to the Bay of Fires, Bruny Island, Three Capes, Flinders Island, Freycinet and Maria Island, with prices starting at $999 per person for the all-inclusive Bay of Fires walk.

All walks are guided and fully supported with overnight bags transported, eco-accommodation, and all meals including local Tasmanian produce and wine.

Savings apply to bookings made by 30 April 2016.

Phone (02) 9975 4553 or visit


 Launceston’s Leisure Inn Penny Royal … pay from $99 per room per night.

And still in Tasmania, stay a minimum two nights at Launceston’s Leisure Inn Penny Royal from $99 a night.

Prices include complimentary wifi and complimentary room upgrade on arrival (subject to availability).

The property is located five minutes from the CBD, and it’s easy to explore the Old Launceston Seaport restaurants, art galleries and local designer stores.

The special rate does not include daily housekeeping, and is valid for bookings until May 31 for stays between April 1 and May 31.

Phone (03) 6335 6600 or visit


Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas … a range of new excursions.

Royal Caribbean has unveiled 18 new shore excursions for its cruises in Australian, New Zealand and South Pacific waters, ranging from active adventure to culinary experiences to arts and culture.

New experiences include, for example, tropical jetboating in Cairns, descending Mt Wellington by bike, a Port Hedland mining experience, a rainforest tour out of Suva, a walk guided by members of the Ngati Whatua tribe around Auckland, a Wellington craft brewery excursion, and a coastal cuisine tour showing off the bounty of the Bay of Plenty.

Phone 1800 754 500 or visit


Set sail on the lower Ganges with APT aboard the luxurious RV Ganges Voyager.

Book any 2017 APT Indian river-cruise holiday of 16 days or longer and get return flights to India for $795.

The deal applies, for instance, to APT’s new 22-day ‘Spirit of India and Sri Lanka’, which includes a nine-day Sri Lankan land journey and six-night exploration of Indian highlights before a seven-night lower Ganges river cruise aboard the luxurious RV Ganges.

Prices start at $19,195 per person twin-share, including top-class accommodation, all meals, all flights within India, tipping, airport transfers, porterage, complimentary house wine, local beer and soft drinks throughout the Lower Ganges river cruise and all sightseeing.

Book by June 30.

Phone 1300 196 420 or visit


 Harbour Grand Hong Kong … surrounded by a range of shopping and dining options.

Save 15 per cent on a three-night package at the centrally located Harbour Grand Hong Kong, while exploring the territory’s exotic cuisine, diverse landscapes, rich culture and renowned shopping.

Pay from $475 per person twin-share, including free internet, free accommodation for kids, late checkout to 4pm and return airport transfers.

The deal is valid for sale until April 30 and for select travel periods from April 1 this year to March 3 next year.

Surrounded by a range of shopping and dining options and just a short stroll to the underground MRT public transport system, the hotel is just minutes from the commercial districts of Central, Wanchai and Causeway Bay.

Phone 1300 883 887 or visit


 The Sun Princess … a 50-night cruise out of Sydney. is offering a package based on a 50-night cruise aboard the Sun Princess departing Sydney on June 21 and visiting a diverse range of cities in China, Russia, Malaysia, and Japan as well as five ports in Alaska.

Prices start at $8779 per person twin-share, including a two-night post-cruise stay in San Francisco at the Westin St Francis on Union Square Book and a flight back to Sydney.

Book by April 15 and you’ll also receive a free three-night stopover at the Hilton Waikiki Beach hotel.

The Sun Princess has a variety of dining options, including two formal dining rooms, the Sterling Steakhouse, the 24-hour Horizon Court, poolside hamburger grill and ice cream bar, and 24-hour complimentary room service.

Phone 1300 106 466 or visit


 Lawrie Williams and legendary lifesaver Bruce ‘Hoppo’ Hopkins … conducting walking tours of Bondi.

Sydney’s newly opened QT Bondi hotel has engaged a group of local personalities to help guests get the most out of their stay in the iconic suburb.

Legendary TV lifeguard and all-round Bondi guru, Bruce ‘Hoppo’ Hopkins, for instance, knows just about everything about the suburb’s famous beach and will combine with Lawrie Williams to conduct historical walking tours.

Others involved include leading fashion identity and stylist, Pip Edwards, foodie and YouTube sensation, Guy Turland, and muso duo, Angus & Connie of Sneaky.

Phone 02 8362 3900 or visit 8022422c-cc3d-4308-9f2d-601c3af1d767

 St Regis Bangkok … promising a night of sheer opulence.

Want to spend a lazy $3250 on a night of sheer opulence in Bangkok?

To celebrate its fifth birthday, the St Regis Bangkok is offering a ‘Royal Five-Year Anniversary’ package, which includes accommodation in the Royal Suite, canapes and champagne sabrage (bottle opened with the swing of a sabre) on arrival, breakfast for two served in the suite, 90-minute couples massage and facial treatment, seven-course degustation dinner with wine pairing, complimentary wifi and 24-hour butler service.

Oh, you can get a slightly downgraded ‘Five-Year Anniversary’ package in a Grand Deluxe Room for $780. And that should be opulent enough for most non-Royals.


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