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April 30, 2016 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

2b2588cc-3fcd-402f-8d99-75fc59878560Two of Nepal’s most famous attractions — yoga and trekking in the Himalayas — will be combined in a new Active Travel tour this October.

The company’s 14-day ‘Nepal Trekking and Yoga Adventure’ includes two days of volunteer community work at a village school.

To join the trip, travellers are also required to donate $250 to the Reach for Nepal Foundation, an Australian-based agency supporting post-earthquake efforts in Nepal’s hardest-hit regions.

Travellers will walk the Annapurnas in the Himalayas, visit quaint Gurung villages in the hills and salute the sun in yoga sessions backdropped by the world’s highest peaks. An Australian yoga instructor and tour escort will help guide the trek .

The excursion costs $3790 per person twin-share, including return flights from Australia, accommodation, land transport and most meals.

Phone 1300 783 188 or visit


 Capella Lodge … stunning waterfront location on Lord Howe Island.

Lord Howe Island’s Capella Lodge is offering free flights from Sydney or Brisbane and a bonus night under its new ‘Stay 7 Pay 6’ package, which is available for booking before May 8 and for travel from May 28 to June 25.

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

Capella Lodge stands above a tiny secluded beach at Lovers Bay.

Phone 02 9918 4355 or visit


 Coral Expeditions II at Lizard Island.

Coral Expeditions, one of the pioneers of Australian small-ship expedition cruising, is offering a saving of 20 per cent on three-, four- and seven-night Great Barrier Reef packages booked from now until June 30.

Expedition highlights include Thetford Reef, Hinchinbrook Channel, Ribbon Reefs, Dunk Island, Lizard Island and Cooktown.

Guests receive fresh and locally sourced food, wine, a team of expert guides, off-shore excursions to secluded islands on a glass-bottom boat, snorkelling and scuba tours and educational documentaries.

Carrying a total of 44 guests, Coral Expeditions II has an intimate and casual atmosphere.

Phone 1800 079 545 or visit


 Artist’s impression of the new MS Apolon.

Beyond Travel is celebrating the addition of a fifth vessel to its Croatian line-up, the 19-suite MS Apolon, for the upcoming 2016 cruise season with an offer of $250 in travel vouchers per couple on its eight-day ‘Adriatic Breeze’ itineraries.

The inaugural ex Dubrovnik program will depart on May 21, visiting Mljet, Hvar, Split, Brac, Makarska and Korcula.

Prices start at $2060 per person twin-share, including daily breakfast and lunch, a welcome dinner, complimentary fresh fruit daily, free wifi and guided walking tours of Hvar, Korcula and Split.

Phone 1300 363 554 or visit


 Eureka Skydeck … the highest viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere.

If you’re going to be in Melbourne for Mother’s Day, consider giving mum an unforgettable treat with a trip to Eureka Skydeck, the highest viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere.

Located on the 88th floor of Eureka Tower, the observation deck provides patrons with 360-degree, floor-to-ceiling views of Melbourne and beyond.

Eureka Skydeck’s latest experience, The Walk, is a tightrope experience, suspended high above the Melbourne and giving visitors the chance to imagine what it would be like to walk from one point of the tower to the other.

Patrons will also have access to the Outdoor Terrace, where they will be exposed to the elements on Level 88.

Phone 03 9693 8888 or visit


Ovation of the Seas … 14 per cent bigger than the Queen Mary 2.

The biggest ship to ever visit Australia, Ovation of the Seas, has just been launched in Europe ahead of its arrival here this December and Cruise Express is offering exclusive family deals with up to 17 per cent discounts for the maiden cruise to our shores.

The reduced fares — part of an exclusive family offer in quad-share cabins — mean a family of four can sail from Singapore to Australia in a balcony cabin on the Royal Caribbean International ship from $4108.

Ovation of the Seas is 14 per cent bigger than the Queen Mary 2, which currently holds the title of the largest cruise ship to visit our shores.

Features include skydiving and surfing simulators, flying trapeze school, dodgem-car arena, roller-skating rink, four pools, rock-climbing wall, outdoor cinema, multi-sensory show arena, free kids clubs for all ages and wristbands that open cabin doors and make onboard purchases.

A stand-out feature is the spectacular North Star observation capsule which soars 92 metres above the sea.

Phone 1300 764 509 or visit


Ramada Hotel & Suites Remarkables Park Queenstown … commanding views of the majestic Remarkables.

Queenstown’s first new hotel in five years will open soon in an extension of the Remarkables Park Town Centre.

Ramada Hotel & Suites Remarkables Park Queenstown has commanding views of the majestic Remarkables Mountains, Coronet Peak and many other famous mountains in New Zealand’s South Island.

The property is scheduled to open in time for the 2016 American Express Queenstown Winter Festival which runs from June 24 to July 3.

Features include ski-gear storage room, complimentary parking, washing machine and dryer room, and free booking cancellations and amendments.



Seashells Broome … rates start at $60 per person per night twin-share.

Stay two nights or more at any of Seashells Hospitality Group’s West Australian properties and the length of your stay will be doubled for free.

Including the free nights offer, rates start at $60 per person per night twin-share for four nights at Seashells Mandurah and Seashells Broome.

The offer is valid for stays until December 15 at Seashells Mandurah, Seashells Fremantle, Seashells Scarborough and Seashells Yallingup, and for stays between October 9 and May 31 at Seashells Broome.

Bookings must be made by May 22.

Phone1800 800 850 or visit

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