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Travellers’ Good Buys Compiled By John Rozentals

December 3, 2016 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

unnamedThe beachfront BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort at Coffs Harbour offers a diverse range of family-friendly accommodation, including four-bedroom spa villas.Packages start from $278 per night in a hotel room, including breakfast for two people.

During the school holidays an outdoor cinema screens family favourites and every Sunday afternoon in summer there’s live entertainment with a Sunday Chill Session from 3-6pm.

There are plenty of family activities, including a nine-hole putt-putt course, three tennis courts, four swimming pools including a kid’s fun pool with waterslide and kids playground, as well as body boards and surf boards to ride the waves of Diggers Beach out the front of the resort.

Phone 132 007 or visit


 Dave Freeman … offering cruisers a taste of Neil Diamond.

Here’s a treat for Neil Diamond fans, particularly for those who love river cruising.

Captain Cook Cruises’ three-night ‘Hot August Night’ music cruise on board paddlewheeler PS Murray Princess features entertainer Dave Freeman presenting the story and songs of Neil Diamond.

The cruise departs August 25 next year and is priced from $893 per person twin share.

The Murray Princess will visit the townships of Murray Bridge and Mannum. Daytime highlights include a guided nature walk at Salt Bush Flat to learn about the thriving ecology of the river. Or just sit back and relax in one of two air-conditioned paddlewheel lounges as you cruise past towering limestone cliffs, riverbanks lined with mallee scrub and red gum.



Phillip Island … offering the chance to see Australia’s largest fur seal colony. Image: John Rozentals.

Phillip Island Nature Parks offers three new nature-based EcoBoat tours this summer — the ‘Wild Oceans Adventure Tour’, ‘Shearwater Sunset’ and ‘Island Discovery Tour’.

The ‘Wild Oceans Adventure Tour’, for instance, is a 90-minute-high-speed expedition along Phillip Island’s rugged coastline and out towards Australia’s largest fur seal colony. Hosted by experienced Nature Parks’ rangers, thrill-seekers can soak in views of scenic rugged clifftops along the coastline and enjoy up close encounters with the island’s local wildlife including penguins, seals and dolphins.

The tour departs from Cowes Jetty or Rhyll Jetty and is priced at $85 per adult ($65 children and $235 for a family of four).



 SeaDream staff’s attention to detail is legendary. Image: Sandra Burn White.

SeaDream Yacht Club is offering an unusual and extended sailing through the Greek Cyclades in September next year, including a day and an overnight in legendary Mykonos.

SeaDream I will sail this 10-day Piraeus (Athens) return voyage with a maximum of 112 guests, with visits including postcard-perfect Navplion with its traditional-style houses and public buildings, and motor-car free Spetses, where the super-rich tie-up in their mega-yachts and mingle with the locals who get around on foot, bicycle, horse-drawn carriages, or aboard mopeds and motorcycles.

There’s also a day in Santorini for an optional quick lesson in Greek cooking or to visit local wineries, and SeaDream I will also have a day at Naxos, the cave-home of Zeus.

Price of this 10-day adventure begins from $9420 per person twin-share, including wines with lunches and dinners, premium drinks from the open bars, power and sail water sports, mountain bikes for shore expeditions, a free onboard golf simulator and fitness centre, and port charges and taxes.


SHARE restaurant interior

Share … Curtis Stone’s new specialty restaurant on board Sun Princess.

The premium wines of Tasmania will be showcased during a six-night Cruise Express adventure next November on board Sun Princess.

Sailing round-trip from Sydney, ‘Voyage to the Vineyards’ will include wine-and-food tours in Tasmania as well as a complimentary, gastronomic event at Share, Curtis Stone’s new specialty restaurant on board the vessel.

All Cruise Express guests will sail in a balcony cabin so they can enjoy the views of Tasmania and will also receive an invitation to a special cocktail function aboard Sun Princess.

The cruise will visit three ports in Tasmania — Burnie, where Cruise Express will host a complimentary tour featuring local produce and wine, Port Arthur where passengers can explore the convict ruins, and Hobart where another complimentary tour will take guests to local wineries and historic towns.

Prices start from $2590 per person twin-share ex Sydney.

Phone 1300 764 509 or visit


 The Mekong Delta … lifeblood of southern Vietnam.

On the Go is offering two-for-one deals on selected Asian and overland African itineraries.

Its ‘Very Vietnam’ tour, for instance, begins in the charming historical city of Hanoi and continues to Halong Bay, Hoi An with its picturesque Old Town, Saigon and the Mekong Delta.

Prices for this 10-day tour start at $2479 per person.

Phone 1300 855 684 or visit

 Whitehaven Beach … an idyllic stretch of sand.

The Whitsundays’ Whitehaven Beach is known as one of the best in the world and is home to countless opportunities for romantic moments and memories.

Cruise Whitsundays has launched two new tours based on visits to Whitehaven — ‘BBQ Picnic on Whitehaven Beach’ and ‘Whitehaven Beach and Snorkelling Adventure’.

The former transports guests to Whitehaven Beach to enjoy two hours of lazing on the white sands while they enjoy a sumptuous BBQ lunch cooked and presented on the beach by one of the region’s leading caterers, Fish D’vine.

The latter is a full-day experience incorporating time on Whitehaven Beach, including the BBQ lunch, and snorkelling at nearby Chalkies Beach — one of the region’s best inner-fringing-reef snorkel locations.



 Tasmania’s West Coast Wilderness Railway … a journey back to the days of steam. Image: John Rozentals.

Tasmania’s West Coast Wilderness Railway has introduced a couple of new options for its spring/summer schedule.

The heritage railway has teamed up with King River Rafting Company to create the ‘King River Gorge Raft & Steam’, an exciting journey that starts from Queenstown with a guided rafting tour through exhilarating rapids down King River Gorge, before joining the railway at Dubbil Barril station for the comfort of a Heritage Carriage ride along the rack-and-pinion section of the line back to Queenstown.

Cost is $300 per adult and $200 per child.

The second new adventure is limited to one participant per journey — the ‘Footplate Experience’, a unique opportunity for steam-train devotees to immerse themselves into the life of a locomotive driver or fireman.

The experience costs $490 for adults 18 years and over.

Phone 03 6471 0100 or visit

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