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unnamed (5)Wendy Wu Tours has added three new 15-day Royal Horticulture Society tours to its China holiday range.

The itineraries focus on scenic historical and modern gardens, national parks and botanical gardens in China’s most popular cities — Shanghai, Beijing, Xian, Guilin and Chengdu — as well as scenic regions such as Longji, Suzhou, Lushan, Yangshuo, Kunming, Lijiang, Hangzhou and Mount Huang.

The ‘Gardens of China’ tour, for instance, departs on June 1 and August 31 and is priced from $5890 per person twin-share ex Australia.

These fully inclusive tours include return economy flights with Cathay Pacific, hotel accommodation and all meals, ground transportation, comprehensive touring with local guides and expert horticultural guides and transfers.

Phone 1300 727 998 or visit

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Allure Stradbroke Resort … three-night whale-watching packages.

Queensland’s Allure Stradbroke Resort is offering three-night whale-watching packages priced from $465 for a one-bedroom cottage, including return vehicle transfer.

The offer is valid until August 31, when the season is expected to finish.

Guests can watch whales from Stradbroke Island’s Point Lookout, where 85 per cent of the humpback migration can be witnessed.

Phone (07) 3415 0000 or visit

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 Magnificent Tasmanian wilderness … the surrounds of Cradle Mountain.

Experienced local guide Greg Porter will lead Park Trek Walking Holidays’ new four-day tours around Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain.

Guests will walk parts of the iconic Overland Track, explore the Maryland Track, walk up to the Cradle Mountain Plateau and wander around scenic Dove Lake.

The trip is priced at $1480 per person twin-share, including cabin-style accommodation in Cradle Mountain Village, all transport and guiding, plus most meals and snacks.


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 The Great Beach Drive … unrivalled access to some dramatic coastline.

The launch of Australia’s Great Beach Drive has provided access to some 200 kilometres of spectacular 4WD motoring along the dramatic coastline of Queensland’s Sunshine and Fraser Coasts.

The full journey covers two UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, a World-Heritage-listed Marine Park and the largest sand island in the world.

Visit for full details of six self-drive options and guided tours through the region.

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 Opening up for visitors … Koree Herbs, producer of organic essential oils, herbs and flowers. 

Hastings Landcare will provide an insight into rural living, local foods and sustainable lifestyles in the Greater Port Macquarie region with farm-gates tour on the long weekend of June 6-8.

Guests can self-drive to 12 properties, meet the farmers and learn about free-range food production, Landcare initiatives and the local-food movement.

Enterprises involved include dairy, garlic and essential oils, cattle breeding and beef, pork, eggs, native bush foods, sheep cheese, oysters, blueberries, avocados and macadamias.

Phone 02 6585 4465 or visit

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Walk in the footsteps of Thomas Hardy … Shaftsbury’s famous Gold Hill.

Walk in the footsteps of English author Thomas Hardy to celebrate the release in June of the film version of Far from the Madding Crowd.

With a 5 per cent discount available until June 30, On Foot Holidays’ seven-night itinerary through Dorset is priced from about $1380 per person twin-share, including visits to Salisbury, Shaftesbury and its famous Gold Hill, and the Jurassic Coast.

The self-guided tour is of medium difficulty, with five to seven hours of walking each day.

As well as accommodation, the price includes breakfasts and luggage transfers.


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A major Peruvian drawcard … the iconic ruins of Machu Picchu.

Soft-adventure specialist Active Travel will take travellers through the diversity of Peru next year on its 19-day ‘Walking with the Incas’ tour.

A notable features is a five-day trek along the remote Lares Trail from near Cusco to Ollantaytambo, over passes as high as 4450 metres and providing stunning Andean scenery.

The tour also features a train trip to the iconic ruins of Machu Picchu and a visit to Colca Canyon, famous for its huge Andean condors and hot springs.

Prices are from about $6400 per person twin-share ex Lima, including 38 meals, sightseeing and entrance fees, and excursions by boat, coach, canoe and on foot.

Phone 1300 783 188 or visit 


 Surely on everyone’s bucket list … exploring Venice’s canals.

Worldwide Cruise Centres’ 20-day ‘Thai Lights, Venice Delights and Dubai Sights’ combines two maritime cities famed for their canals — Bangkok and Venice — with a 16-night Mediterranean cruise that passes through the Suez Canal and finishes in Dubai.

Prices start at $4999 per person twin-share, including flights to Venice via Bangkok and from Dubai to Australia, the cruise on Splendour of the Seas, and a three-night stay in Bangkok for the picturesque Loy Krathong festival.

Ports of call include Athens, Haifa, Ashdod — gateway to Jerusalem — and Salalah in Oman.


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 Experience traditional culture on APT’s South American tours.

Save up to $2600 per couple with APT’s partner-flies-free offer on any of the small-group journeys from its 2016 South American program.

Pay for instance, from $13,995 per person twin-share ex Australia on the 21-day ‘Best of South America’ tour, which travels from Santiago to Lima via Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls, Lima, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.

Includes a boat-ride safari or helicopter ride at Iguassu Falls, and lunch at a local Peruvian home in the Sacred Valley.

Book by September 30.

Phone 1300 196 420 or visit

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 Leisure Inn Sydney Central … save 20 per cent.

Save 20 per cent on a stay at Leisure Inn Sydney Central.

Pay from $139 per queen room per night (minimum two-night stay).

Includes Pure Essence gift pack, free wifi up to 250MB per day and ice cream on arrival.

Valid for sale and travel until May 31.

Phone (02) 8023 3333 or visit

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 Conrad Bali … beachfront relaxation in the heart of Nusa Dua. 

Save more than $3000 per couple on an eight-night stay at the beachfront Conrad Bali in the heart of Nusa Dua.

Pay from $999 per adult twin-share, with up to two kids staying free.

Includes return airport transfers, daily buffet breakfasts, a five-course seaside dinner, treatments at the in-house spa, afternoon tea, a poolside lunch and wifi.

On sale until May 2 for stays until June next year.

Phone 1300 889 900 or visit

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Falls Creek Country Club … ideal for a family ski holiday.

Get free hire of skis plus boots and poles, or snowboard plus boots, for one child per each hiring adult during the first week of the school holidays at Falls Creek Country Club.

Pay from $377 per night for two adults and two school-age children in a self-contained studio apartment.

Free access to heated pool, spa and sauna, plus free wifi.

Accommodation deal valid June 26 to July 17 (minimum two-night stay).

Pre-book equipment through For accommodation, phone 03 5758 3391 or visit

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