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Breeze Mooloolaba Beach

The first new luxury resort accommodation in Mooloolaba on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast in over a decade has opened in time for the Australian summer holidays.

Breeze occupies a prime position on The Esplanade, overlooking Mooloolaba’s north-facing beach and offering some of the safest and best swimming conditions on the Sunshine Coast.

The building incorporates 57 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments over 10 levels, and features pool, spa and recreational area. The architecture is like a fluid sculpture, a design concept with sinuous curves reminiscent of coastal beaches and wide estuaries.

Guests have access to Breeze’s own bikes to explore Mooloolaba and the coastal foreshore and a bus stop is located at the front door, providing easy access to Sunshine Plaza and a wide variety of other destinations on the Sunshine Coast.

Rates start from $260 per night (off peak) and $295 (peak) for a one-bedroom apartment.

Phone 07 5444 5355 or visit www.breezemoololaba.com.au.

Chile; Torres del Paine

 Chile’s Torres del Paine … a region of wild and rugged beauty.

Luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent has released a new cruise-tour to the legendary southern reaches of Chilean Patagonia late next year.

Sailing on board the adventure cruise ship Stella Australis, guests will travel from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia in the wake of pioneering navigators and indigenous natives.

The region is home to some of the world’s wildest and most pristine landscapes with dazzling glaciers, penguin and seal colonies, towering snow-capped mountains, Magellanic forest and the legendary Cape Horn.

Complementing the cruise are land programs at The Singular Patagonia, one of Chile’s most unique hotels, and a stay in Buenos Aires, experiencing the city’s distinctive cultural and culinary attractions.

Prices are from $15,495 per person twin-share.

Phone 1300 590 317 or visit www.abercrombiekent.com.au.

 Captain Cook’s John Cadman on Sydney Harbour … a great way to see Australia’s most famous yacht race.

Catch all the action of the Sydney-to-Hobart Yacht Race on board Captain Cook Cruise’s special Boxing Day sailings.

Follow the race fleet to the entrance of Sydney Harbour on board a premium sightseeing vessels on a Boxing Day Race Picnic Cruise.

These cruises include live commentary as well as a complimentary beer, wine or soft drink, plus tea or coffee. Passengers are encouraged to bring their own picnic lunch and beverages are available for purchase on board.

Prices are from $69 per person.

Shark Island is one of the best harbour vantage points for the start of the Sydney-to-Hobart Boxing Day Race.

Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the day on this fabulous Harbour island from $49 per person.

Visit www.captaincook.com.au.

Ovation of the Seas … will be sailing from Darwin to Singapore via Kuala Lumpur.

Ecruising.travel is offering a new 2018 cruise-tour package that combines an escorted land tour from Uluru to Darwin with a voyage to Singapore on the newest cruise ship to hit Australian shores, the Ovation of the Seas.

Highlights of the land tour include a sunset viewing of Uluru in Kata Tjuta National Park followed by an outback dinner at an exclusive venue, Kings Canyon, the Warradjan Cultural Centre, a Yellow Water Billabong Cruise to search for crocodiles, the World Heritage area of Ubirr, a Guluyambi cruise along the East Alligator River and the opportunity to explore ancient Arnhem Land.

The cruise includes a day visit to Kuala Lumpur before staying two nights in Singapore.

Prices are from $5299 per person twin-share, including flight from Sydney to Uluru, and a return flight from Singapore to Sydney.

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

 Bog-snorkelling at the Julia Creek Dirt ’n’ Dust Festival.

The 23rd Julia Creek Dirt ’n’ Dust Festival will be held from April 7-9 next year, featuring a gruelling triathlon as well as a range of novelty events such as bog-snorkelling, fly-swatting and cow-pat throwing.

The triathlon — comprising an 800-metre swim, 25-kilometre cycle ride and five-kilometre run — is usually held in Outback heat and often in strong winds, but the $8000 prize pool attracts a high calibre of competitor.

Julia Creek is located in mid-north Queensland, about a 17-hour drive from Brisbane and 250 kilometres east of the closest airport at Mount Isa.

Visit http://www.dirtndust.com.

 Hookney Tor in England’s rugged Dartmoor region.

On Foot Holidays has released a new seven-night hiking tour of south-west England, showcasing the wild Dartmoor countryside and taking in the many castles, abbeys, manor houses and medieval hamlets of Devon.

The inn-to-inn walk features a visit to Greenway — the former holiday home of Agatha Christie — and cuts a path through the rugged Dartmoor moors, which were made famous by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles, featuring Sherlock Holmes.

Other highlights include the deep Teign Gorge, an Iron Age fort, Castle Drogo —the last to be built in England — the picturesque riverside village of Dartmouth, a wine-and-cheese tasting at Sharpham vineyard, the Benedictine Buckfast Abbey, the charming village of Widecombe-in-the-Moor, and the sweeping country estate of Dartington Hall.

The tour is priced from about $1245 per person twin-share, including bed-and-breakfast accommodation, two picnic lunches and all luggage transfers.

Visit www.onfootholidays.co.uk.

 Phuket’s Sunwing Resort & Spa … half-price special.

TravelOnline is offering a half-price eight-night special at Phuket’s Sunwing Resort & Spa, which fronts Bangtao Beach.

Pay from $350 per person twin-share, including American breakfast daily, a free-accommodation-and-meals program for kids, a bonus dinner for two, two hours free baby-sitting for up to two children, return airport transfers and a four-hour Phuket tour for two.

The offer is valid for sale until December 23 and for travel from April 1 to October 31 next year.

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

The new Savannah Safari … getting up close to giraffes, antelopes and ostriches.

Nature-lovers can have an African safari-style experience without leaving NSW with the new Savannah Safari at Taronga Western Plains Zoo.

The experience uses two purpose-built safari trucks that carry visitors through the zoo’s African Savannah exhibit, featuring giraffes, two species of antelopes and ostriches.

The $1.4 million project also includes a new elevated platform, from which visitors can view the animals in the Savannah exhibit, and extensive redevelopment of the exhibit and public areas, with new seating, landscaping and walking paths.

Taronga Western Plains Zoo director Matthew Fuller said the Savannah Safari offered unique opportunities to see some African species up close.

Visit https://taronga.org.au.

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