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May 21, 2016 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

ba3936dd-16e5-475b-b668-d2a0962a646cSave 33 per cent off standard rates on a mid-week stay at The Anchorage, Port Stephens.

The special rate of $299 per room is available until September 23, and includes a two-course share-plate dinner in The Galley restaurant overlooking the bay, full breakfast, $25 per person spa voucher and 11am checkout.

The package is available on weekends but then carries a two-night minimum-stay requirement and a $50 per night surcharge.



 Carnival Spirit in Sydney … improved internet deals. Image: James Morgan.

Cruising offers fantastic holiday value but getting a fast, reliable and reasonably priced internet connection can be a real pain.

Carnival Cruise Line has helped remedy that situation with the launch of cheaper and faster internet and social-media packages on its Australia-based ships.

A new social-media package provides unlimited access to popular sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat from $15 a day, with additional discounted plans available for the entire cruise duration.

Offers include a value plan with unlimited access to the web for checking email, sports scores, weather updates and a wide range of extra apps, and a premium package that supports video calls on Skype.

Phone 133 194 or visit

f9e9c357-8639-4e58-90a4-2a6774e8b68f Flash Camp … comfortable tent accommodation in Kakadu National Park.

Visitors to Kakadu will be able to camp in comfort and style from July, with pop-up hotel operator Flash Camp setting up at Cooinda Camping Ground for the dry season.

The operation will offer bell-tent accommodation in the heart of Kakadu National Park for those seeking an effortless camping experience while exploring the UNESCO World Heritage site.

Accommodation will include double, twin and family bell tents with spring-foam mattresses on pallet bases, quality bed linen, fresh towels, bamboo furniture, toiletries and Armadillo & Co rugs.

Guests will also have access to newly renovated toilet and shower facilities, barbeques, as well as a restaurant, bar and pool at the adjoining Cooinda Lodge.

Rates start at $140 per night.

Phone (08) 8979 1500 or visit:

Die komplette Reise war bemerkenswert, fotografisch besonders angetan hat es mir der Abschnitt von Bodø bis in den Raftsund am 3. März, wo wir unglaublich schöne Polarlichter beobachten konnten.

An unforgettable experience … seeing the Northern Lights.

Wild landscapes and storybook villages iced with snow will join the famed Northern Lights as the star attractions of Cruise Express’s new tour package in Norway next February.

The 15-night ‘Hunting the Northern Lights’ fly-cruise-and-tour itinerary traces the fjord-studded coastline of Norway north above the Arctic Circle to the Russian border.

Prices start at $8490 per person twin-share, including a six-night voyage aboard the 822-passenger Trollfjord, which also provides a passenger, freight, mail and car service for isolated Norwegian towns only accessible by sea.

Also included are a ride on the Flam Railway — billed as one of the world’s most picturesque and steepest train rides — a dog-sled ride through the forest and a rendezvous with local reindeer.

Phone 1300 764 509 or visit 9bffb27f-452e-4bcb-9a66-857ce2048975

 Sunrise over Patagonia … Torres del Paine National Park.

Abercrombie & Kent’s 2017 collection of cruise tours includes the 29-day ‘Panama to Patagonia’ itinerary which takes guests along the Pacific Coast of the Americas.

Crystal Serenity transits the Panama Canal and cruises south to Ecuador, Peru and Chile, offering opportunities to explore destinations such as Guayaquil and the archaeological attractions around Trujillo; see the extraordinary ruins of Machu Picchu; and be part of a culinary adventure in Lima. There is also an in-depth exploration of Patagonia with outdoor adventure aplenty.

The group size is limited to 24 guests and prices are from $30,795.


 Regal Princess … 11 nights cruising Baltic ports. is offering a saving of more than $10,000 per person on a 40-day Mediterranean and Baltic cruise holiday that combines three Princesses next April.

First leg of the cruising itinerary takes seven nights on the Majestic Princess from Rome to Athens, followed by a flight to Berlin to join Regal Princess for 11 nights cruising the Baltic ports before returning to Rome to join Royal Princess for 10 nights cruising the eastern Mediterranean.

Prices are from $12,839 per person twin-share ex Australia, including four nights accommodation in Rome, three nights in Berlin, three nights in Barcelona and two nights at the Grand Bretagne in Athens.

Book by June 30.
 Phone 1300 106 466 or visit


Ao Nang Cliff Beach Resort … save 50 per cent.

The Ao Nang Cliff Beach Resort in southern Thailand is offering a 50 per cent discount on four- and eight-night stays in its new cliff-top Panorama Suites until the end of October.

High above the town centre and overlooking the Andaman Sea, Ao Nang Cliff offers a prime location for beach, water sports, night-club lovers and shoppers.

A four-night stay costs from $320 per room, including full breakfast on two mornings. Visit


One of Canberra’s annual festivals … see for yourself how the talented dogs unearth truffles.

Picturesque truffle hunts, decadent degustations, wine tastings, cooking demonstrations and truffle-infused boutique beer will form part of Canberra’s annual Truffle Festival which runs from the beginning of June until the end of August.

This year’s festival features more than 250 individual events across the region, offering a rich variety of opportunities to taste and experience the magic of these prized gems.

Indulge in the special flavours and aromas of truffle dishes at local restaurants and cafes. Join a hunt and see for yourself how the talented dogs unearth truffles. Learn from chefs and other truffle experts at a cooking class or demonstration, or pop along to a farmers market and rustle up your own truffle dish.


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