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unnamed (14)Richard I’Anson, one of Australia’s leading travel photographers, will host a four-day retreat from May 21-25 at Wild Bush Luxury’s remote 300-square-kilometre Bamurru Plains property on the edge of Kakadu National Park.

The ‘Top End Wilderness Photo Safari’ is available to a maximum of 10 aspiring photographers and is priced from $4899 per person twin-share, including four nights bungalow accommodation, all meals and select beverages, a four-day photography program with I’Anson, a day trip to Arnhem Land by air, and return flights from Darwin to Bamurru.


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  Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge … great food and wine in an idyllic setting. Image: Matt Glastonbury.

Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge will hold its 21st annual ‘Tastings at the Top’ on May 15-16, celebrating the very best in Tasmanian food and wine in one of the state’s iconic settings.

Prices start from $1598 per couple, including two nights accommodation, breakfast daily, lunch on the Saturday, dinner both nights, with matched wines selected by host Peter Bourne, plus welcome drinks.

Phone 1300 806 192 or visit

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 Golden Princess … calling at Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan. is offering a 15-night package to San Francisco and Alaska priced from $4969 per person twin-share, including return airfares, five nights at the Westin St Francis Hotel on Union Square in San Francisco and 10 nights cruising through Alaskan waters on Golden Princess.

The adventure starts on September 9, with San Francisco inclusions such as wine tastings in the Napa and Sonoma Valleys, free hop-on/hop-off bus tours and a day trip to Alcatraz Prison.

Ports of call on the Alaska cruise include Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan.

Phone 1300 369 848 or visit

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Godafoos … will be quite familiar to fans of Game of Thrones.

Beyond Travel has added Iceland to its portfolio of destinations and included a five-day itinerary focusing on sites that will be quite familiar to fans of Game of Thrones.

The tour is priced from $1950 per person twin-share, and takes in Reyjavik, the hot springs of Smoky Bay”, and Akureyri, just 60 kilometres from the Arctic Circle and surrounded by snow-capped mountains year round.

Also included are stunning landscapes of Lake Myvatn, the majestic Waterfall of the Gods, Godafoos and many of the areas beautiful waterfalls, volcanos, lava rock formations, steaming hot springs and bubbling mud pools.

Phone 1300 363 554 or visit

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 Emily Bay … Norfolk Island tranquility.

Scenic Tours has added two new activities with the release of its 2015-16 Norfolk Island program — a Christian Brothers cheese tour and a tour showcasing modern life on the island.

A fully escorted eight-day tour is priced from $3095 per person twin-share if booked by September 30, including accommodation in the Governor’s Lodge Resort, set on 12 acres of lush, subtropical gardens, and surrounded by majestic norfolk pines.

The price also includes most meals, all excursions, events and entertainment, airport transfers and all tipping and gratuities.

Phone 1300 723 642) or visit

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Cheeses and salamis in a Sicilian village market.

Cultural tour specialist Peter Sommer Travels will combine the superb food and wine of Turkey and Sicily with fascinating history and culture this year during a series of dedicated culinary expeditions.

Each tour offers a chance to taste traditional foods and fresh local ingredients in a hands-on style, from foraging for wild herbs to cooking in a family home.

An eight-day gastronomic tour of Sicily, for instance, is priced at about $5500 per person twin-share and will have guests feasting on Sicilian produce including cheeses, chocolate, olives and honey, taking part in cooking classes and sampling wines from the vineyards of Mount Etna’s slopes.


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Rendezvous Christchurch … one of 58 properties on TFE’s winter discount list. 

Save up to 25 per cent on 58 TFE hotels in Australia and New Zealand, including Adina Apartment Hotels, Travelodge Hotels, Rendezvous Hotels, Vibe Hotels, Medina Serviced Apartments and Hotel Kurrajong Canberra.

Book and stay by October 11.


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Walking beside the Tre Cime de Lavaredo in the Italian Alps. Image: John Millen.

Save 20 per cent on one of UTracks’ 2015 walking holidays in the European Alps by booking during April and taking a friend with you.

Self-guided and small-group walking trips in the spectacular Mont Blanc region, Italy’s Dolomites and Gran Paradiso, Swiss Alps, Austria’s Dachstein Alps, Germany’s Bavarian Alps and the Julian Alps in Slovenia are included in the offer.

A seven-day Mont Blanc guided walk through France, Italy and Switzerland is available for from $952 for the lead traveller, including all meals, accommodation in mountain refuges and hostels, baggage transfers and internal coach transport.

Phone 1300 303 368 or visit

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Mary River Wilderness Retreat … part of Active Travel’s ‘Top End Kakadu Adventure’.

Save $300 per couple on airfares to the Northern Territory when booked in conjunction with one of Active Travel’s tours to Central Australia or the Top End.

Pay, for instance, from $895 per person twin-share, plus relevant discounted airfare, for the seven-day ‘Top End Kakadu Adventure’, including two nights in each of Darwin’s Travelodge Mirambeena Resort, Mary River Wilderness Retreat and Mercure Kakudu Crocodile Hotel.

Includes seven days all-wheel-drive car hire and a 1.5-hour sunset wildlife cruise.

Book by April 30 for travel until September 30.

Phone 1300 783 188 or visit

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Getting up close to Antarctic wildlife.

Get a complimentary three-night South American city stay in Buenos Aires or Santiago when you book one of Aurora Expeditions’ 2015 Antarctica packages.

Pay, for instance, from $17,595 per person twin-share for the ‘Spirit of Antarctica’ package, which includes a 12-day expedition to Antarctica aboard the 54-passenger Polar Pioneer, return international airfares to South America, internal flights and transfers.

Includes complimentary photography workshops and the opportunity to experience camping on the ice.

Book by May 31 for departure December 7.

Phone 02 9252 1033 or visit

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The Amalfi Coast … a popular hiking trail.

Get a 5 per cent early-bird discount when you book an On Foot Holidays’ self-guided walking tour to destinations such as Italy, the French Alps, Austria, Croatia, Spain, Portugal and England.

Pay, for instance, from about $1350 for a self-guided Amalfi Coast itinerary, including accommodation in comfortable hotels, all breakfasts and transfers of luggage.

Includes visits to the tranquil Villa Cimbrone Gardens and Torre dello Ziro, a castle on the water’s edge.

Book by June 30 this year for travel in 2016.


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Leisure Inn Penny Royal … save 20 per cent. 

Save 20 per cent at Launceston’s Leisure Inn Penny Royal.

Pay from $115 per night for a standard queen room.

Includes complimentary breakfast for two; offers close proximity to CBD and Cataract Gorge Reserve.

Book and stay by May 31.

Phone 03 6335 6600 or visit

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