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May 16, 2015 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

unnamed (2)It’s time to hand over the keys boys. The Australian Offroad Academy is offering women-only learn-to-4×4 courses on the world’s largest sand island, Fraser Island.

These weekend courses are geared to empower women to get their wheels off-road in a fun, supportive environment.

Prices start at $635 per person twin-share for the ultimate girls weekend escape.


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Capella Lodge … fly-free deal.

Capella Lodge, overlooking Lord Howe’s Island’s pristine lagoon, is offering a fly-free deal on seven-night packages between August 1 and September 30.

The package is priced from $4500 per person twin-share, including the free flights, gourmet breakfasts, sunset drinks and canapés, open bar with premium wines and spirits from 6pm, dinners, non-alcoholic beverages, selected in-suite bar, mountain bikes and island airport transfers.

Book before May 31 and also receive a bonus suite upgrade.

Phone Baillie Lodges on 02 9918 4355 or visit

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Kranji War Cemetery … special end-of-war remembrance ceremony

In recognition of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War 2 in Asia, Singapore Airlines Holidays has released a special journey taking in highlights of the significant landmarks and sites related to Singapore’s liberation.

The five-night tour departs Australia on September 11 and is priced from $2565 per person twin-share, including accommodation in the iconic heritage hotel in the restored former British Military Headquarters, the Hotel Fort Canning.

Highlights will include a full-day Changi World War 2 tour visiting Labrador Park, Battlebox, Changi Museum and Changi Village, which includes Johore Battery and Selarang Barracks.

The day will end with a special end-of-war remembrance ceremony at the Kranji War Cemetery.

Phone 1300 728 998 or visit

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Hotel Esprit Saint Germain … in the heart of Paris’s Left Bank.

Australia is apparently the world’s second-biggest market for the very chic Hotel Esprit Saint Germain, a 28-room five-star boutique hotel set in a refurbished 18th-century building in the heart of Paris’s Left Bank.

The hotel offers tea-and-coffee making facilities, windows that open, high-speed internet, daily fresh fruit, flowers and restocking of the complimentary mini-bar.

A library lounge and fireplace lounge feature a complimentary bar where you can help yourself to champagne, wines and spirits.

A four-night package is priced from about $1900 per couple.


Italian highlight … Milan’s famous Duomo.

The Globus family of travel brands has included visits to Milan Expo 2015 in several of Italian itineraries this year.

Among them is a nine-day ‘Italian Vista’ program priced from $1929 per person twin-share.

It includes Busseto, Parma, Modena, Maranello, Lucca, Cinque Terre, Santa Margherita Ligure, Portofino, Asti and Turin, as well as stylish Milan for the expo and other attractions.

Phone 1300 230 234 or visit

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An artist’s rendering of Ovation of the Seas … billed as the world’s most technically advanced cruise ship.

Specialist operator has designed a package around the maiden 52-night voyage next May of Royal Caribbean’s new Ovation of the Seas, billed as the world’s most technically advanced cruise ship.

The voyage will take passengers from London to Beijing via 24 destinations on three continents.

Prices start at $12,949 per person twin-share, including return airfares, two nights in the Savoy Hotel London, two nights at the Raffles Beijing and a trip to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall.

Phone 1300 369 848 or visit


 Sydney’s iconic Opera House … still the centrepiece of Vivid.

Vivid Sydney will illuminate the city and its harbour from May 22 to June 8 with its largest-yet festival of light, music and exploration of cutting-edge ideas.

While the heart of the activity will remain around Circular Quay, Walsh Bay, Martin Place and Darling Harbour, the festival will also spread into precincts such as Chatswood and the new Central Park development.


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Lirrwi Tourism … offering an opportunity to stay with Yolngu women in their traditional homelands.

Yolngu women in Arnhem Land are preparing to host their first tours created especially for other women, offering a unique insight into the Indigenous culture and traditions of Australia’s remote north.

Lirrwi Tourism’s new Gay’wu Dilly Bag Women’s Tours will operate in July and August, giving small groups an opportunity to stay with Yolngu women in their traditional homelands while taking part in customs and practices passed down by mothers and grandmothers over millennia.

Offered exclusively for women, the tours will provide a chance to learn first-hand about the culture, skills and ceremonies of Yolngu women, while at the same time taking part in activities like weaving, food gathering, cooking and crafts.

The seven-night tours are priced at $3000 per person, including all meals, transport, activities, accommodation, equipment, guides and permits.

Phone 08 8987 2828 or visit

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Opel Euro … on special through globalCARS.

Book through globalCARS and save up to 20 per cent with rentals from major companies in Europe.

Pay, for instance, from $19.69 per day in Portugal, $25.50 in the UK, $29.18 in Germany, $23.81 in Spain, $29.84 in The Netherlands, $30.30 in Greece, $33 in France and $35.89 in Italy.

Rental rates include airport surcharges, collision-damage waiver, environmental taxes, third-party insurance and unlimited mileage.

Book by May 31.

Phone 1300 789 992 or visit

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 Ibis Mackay … pay from $129 per room.

Take advantage of opening rates at the new premium-economy Ibis Mackay hotel.

THE DEAL: Pay from $129 per room.

This is the only hotel located in the Mackay Airport precinct — a well connected gateway to the Mackay, Isaac and Whitsundays region

Available for stays from official opening date of June 1.

Phone 1300 656 565 or visit

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RV Angkor Pandaw … cruising the Red River

Active Travel has waived single supplements and offered discounts of up to 20 per cent on nine new, deluxe river expeditions in northern Vietnam encompassing the beautiful Red River and famous Halong Bay with its 1500 dramatic limestone islands.

Pay from $3275 per person for a 10-night cruise aboard the RV Angkor Pandaw.

Includes land transfers from and to Hanoi, excursions, cooking classes and cultural performances onboard the vessel, local beer and spirits, soft drinks, a welcome cocktail, farewell reception, fruit and flowers on arrival, spa-branded toiletries, kimonos and slippers in staterooms, and a refreshing drink and cold towel after tours ashore.

Book by May 31 for travel September this year to October next.

Phone 1300 783 188 or visit

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 Trump International Hotel … save 20 per cent on a last-minute getaway to Las Vegas.

Save 20 per cent on a last-minute getaway to Las Vegas with a stay at the five-star Trump International Hotel.

Pay from $158 per night.

Features panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and The Strip.

Valid till May 31.

Phone 1800 687 236‎ or visit

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