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unnamedSpend seven nights in Cambodia for $1598 per couple and get up to $7102 in value.

The offer includes five nights at the Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Gold and Spa Resort in Siem Reap, located just minutes from the historic temple complex Angkor Wat, and two nights at the Sofitel Phnom Penh.

Also included are daily breakfasts, spa treatments, daily afternoon tea, a full-day guided tour to Angkor Wat, dining experiences and return airport transfers to both hotels.

Book by 10 September for travel by December next year. Phone 1300 889 900 or visit www.LuxuryEscapes.com.

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 The Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan … the country’s largest.

Campbelltown City Council has released a new Campbelltown Experience Guide, which details the range of attractions, events, dining options and activities on offer across an area that’s less than an hour from Sydney’s CBD.

The 64-page guidebook outlines Campbelltown’s natural attractions, including Dharawal National Park, the Georges River and the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan — which at 416 hectares is Australia’s largest botanic garden, with more than 2500 species of native plants on display.

Activities such as hot-air ballooning, go-karting, laser skirmish, golfing, mountain biking and horse riding are also featured in the guidebook, as are the city’s cultural spots, such as the Campbelltown Arts Centre.

One section focuses on the city’s colonial history and the attractions, which enable visitors to get a taste of early colonial life, including the Campbelltown Heritage Precinct, Dredge’s Cottage and Glenalvon House, a two-storey sandstone Georgian townhouse dating back to 1840.

Phone 1800 655 991 or visit www.campbelltown.nsw.gov.au.

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 Norwegian Jewel … Five-night cruise out of Los Angeles.

Ecruising.travel has released a new 16-night cruise-tour package that includes a round-trip land tour from Los Angeles and a five-night cruise aboard the Norwegian Jewel.

Prices start at $4159 per person if you book by 16 September for departure next April, including return flights to Los Angeles and incentives such as unlimited beverages, specialty dining, shore excursions or complimentary wifi.

The land itinerary includes Palm Springs, Phoenix, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Lake Powell, Bryce Canyon, Las Vegas and the Mojave Desert, while the cruise calls at San Francisco and the Canadian cities of Vancouver and Victoria.

Phone 1300 369 848 or visit http://www.ecruising.travel.

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 Falls Creek Country Club … offering mid-week stays for from $75 per person per day

Falls Creek Country Club, the picturesque Victorian alpine resort, is offering a mid-week special of a three-bedroom apartment for from $75 per person per day — a saving of up to $465 per person.

The offer applies to eight guests sharing a three-bedroom, two-bathroom, self-contained apartment for five nights, including ski/board hire from $75 per person per day, and is valid from 11 September to 2 October.

Phone 03 5758 3391 or visit www.fallscreekcountryclub.com.au.

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 Slovenia’s Karst region … great for self-guided walking

On Foot Holidays has combined walking and cycling on a self-guided, inn-to-inn trek through Slovenia’s Karst region — an area of woodlands, meadows and unspoiled villages set among the mountains.

The itinerary provides an option for travellers to ride mountain bikes to the extensive Skocjan cave system — a World Heritage site — in addition to walking each day through the green countryside of this tiny but beautiful European country.

The six-night walk begins in the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana and finishes in the Italian seaport of Trieste.

Highlights include the hilltop settlements of Stanjel and Tabor, and a visit to Predjama Castle, a Renaissance fortress built within a cave.

Prices are from about $1075 per person, including bed-and-breakfast accommodation, two evening meals, four picnic lunches and all luggage transfers.

Visit www.onfootholidays.co.uk.

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Cruising Australia’s longest river on board the paddlewheeler PS Murray Princess.

Captain Cook Cruises has introduced a new seven-night Upper Murraylands cruise on the paddlewheeler PS Murray Princess, with monthly departures from April next year exploring the northern area of the river from Mannum to Morgan.

The cruise will visit historic towns such as Waikerie, Morgan and Swan Reach, together with wine tastings at Banrock Station Wine and Wetland Centre, and at Burk Salter Winery.

Other highlights include a guided boardwalk tour of the Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve, a native wildlife shelter and a woolshed shearing show.

Early-booked fares start from $1902 per person twin-share.

Visit www.murrayprincess.com.au.

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 Rydges Hotel South Bank … entertainment packages in the heart of Brisbane.

Brisbane’s Rydges Hotel South Bank has released new packages to complement the city’s upcoming spring-summer season events, entertainment and celebrations — the ‘Showstopper’ package and the ‘City Lights’ package.

The hotel is the heart of the city and neighbours attractions such as GoMA, the Cultural Centre, State Library and Queensland Performing Arts Complex, and has recently undergone a complete refurbishment.

The ‘Showstopper’ package, for instance, is priced from $271 per night, including a two-course pre-theatre meal in the CBD Café Bar, valet parking and a noon checkout.

Phone 07 3364 0800 or visit https://www.rydges.com.

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 Toscana Village Resort … five nights for the price of four

Stay at Toscana Village Resort, at Airlie Beach on Queensland’s Whitsunday Coast, and get five nights for the price of four.

Pay from $338 per person twin-share for a one-bedroom apartment for stays up to January 31.

The resort is set amongst Tuscan-style gardens, with facilities including four cascading swimming pools over different levels, dedicated kiddies and turbo pools, BBQ facilities, secure undercover parking and tour desk.

Phone 1300 883 887 or visit www.travelonline.com.

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