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February 4, 2017 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

This year marks the 75th of the renowned Kokoda Trail in New Guinea during World War II.

World Expeditions has organized a special trek for the occasion, with prices starting from $3499 per person twin-share.

Departing 22 April, this 11-day, fully guided expedition in PNG’s Owen Stanley Ranges features an Anzac dawn service on the trail on the 25 April.

There is also free Osprey day-pack and quality sleeping mat hire during the trek.


 Royal London … an absolute highlight of any British holiday.

Globus is offering a 10 per cent discount on all 2017 holidays to Europe and the Americas booked before the end of February.

Prices start from $2033 per person twin-share for a seven-day tour of Costa Rica.

The 20-day ‘Best of the British Isles’ itinerary is priced from $5336 per person twin-share, a saving of up to $593 per person.

It traverses the British and Irish countryside, exploring some of the most famous castles, sights and scenery in London, Warwick, York, Edinburgh, Inverness, Glasgow, Liverpool, Dublin, Limerick, Killarney, Waterford, Cardiff and Exeter.

Phone 1300 230 234 or visit

 Explore the Loire Valley with UTracks at 2007 prices.

UTracks is running a 10th-anniversary sale, with 10 classic European trips on offer at their original 2007 prices.

The eight-day ‘Loire Valley Bike & Barge’ itinerary is priced from $1490 per person twin-share.

Explore the Loire’s vineyards and villages by day, retiring to your private barge in the evenings.

Phone 1300 303 368 or visit

 The Murray Princess paddlewheeler … will host a special Anzac cruise.

Celebrate Anzac Day on a special seven-night ‘Captain Cook Cruises Anzac Cruise’, featuring the company’s new Upper Murraylands cruise itinerary and departing 21 April on the Murray Princess paddlewheeler.

Anzac Day festivities and entertainment include a special dawn service followed by a traditional gun-fire breakfast and a game of two-up.

Visit the historic towns of Waikerie, Morgan and Swan Reach and be taken on fascinating guided walks.

Wine lovers will enjoy lunch and wine tastings at Banrock Station Wine and Wetland Centre and a vineyard tour and cellar-door tastings at Burk Salter Boutique Winery and Caudo Vineyard.

Learn about Aboriginal history at the amazing Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve — one of Australia’s most significant archaeological sites — and enjoy a guided boardwalk tour of ancient rock carvings.

Fares start from $2014 per person twin-share.


Lounge 32 … a home-away-from-home experience.

The five-star Four Seasons Hotel Sydney has unveiled its new executive club, Lounge 32, designed to meet growing demand from both leisure and business guests for a home-away-from-home experience when they travel.

Lounge 32 is an exclusive retreat with residential-style offerings such as central open-plan kitchen with open bar, self-service fridges stocked with Australian wines, and gourmet, healthy homemade-style dishes.

The new venue also features plush armchairs and velvet lounges, designer homewares, a luxurious naturally lit meeting room, and sweeping views of Sydney city and harbour, best enjoyed from soft leather banquettes tucked into each bay window.

Lounge 32 is reserved for guests booked in a Club room or Club suite on the top floors at Four Seasons Hotel Sydney.


Daydream Island Resort and Spa … major redevelopment next year.

Daydream Island Resort and Spa will close for a period early next year for a $50 million redevelopment.

It will see accommodation refurbishments as well as renovations to existing attractions and installation of new features which will transform Daydream Island.

Major works will include redevelopment of the arrivals pavilion, reception, main atrium area, Waterfalls restaurant, Lagoons bar, all room types and Mermaids restaurant.

Additionally, the Lovers Cove function area will be expanded and a new Asian-inspired restaurant will be built.

One of Daydream Island’s signature attractions, the Living Reef lagoons, will also be upgraded and receive some new features which will enhance interaction with guests.


 BreakFree Directors Studios in Adelaide … on special for $79 per night.

BreakFree’s Endless Summer Sale will commence on Sunday 5 February and continue for one week, offering rates that begin at $69 per room per night.

Stay at the BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort at Coffs Harbour, for instance, from $109 per night (minimum two night stay) and enjoy attractions such as the Big Banana, pristine beaches and the scenic hinterland.

Or, book yourself into BreakFree Directors Studios in Adelaide from $79 per night, and explore one of Australia’s great cultural cities and take in the vineyards of the nearby Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale.

Validity for travel varies according to property but mostly look at somewhere around mid-September.

Phone 132 007 or visit

The East Kimberley … a photographer’s delight

Abercrombie & Kent offers a myriad of opportunities to snap images in many of the world’s camera-friendly hotspots, some of them within our own borders.

Western Australia, for instance, presents a wealth of photographic possibilities, with rich earthy colours of the landscape in contrast with the seemingly endless blue sky.

The soaring red gorges and crystal clear billabongs, the dramatic coastline, plus native flora and fauna, all are beautifully captured through the lens.

Get you camera’s lens sharpened when you head on A&K’s eight-day ‘The Berkeley & Beyond’ journey, which is priced from $6785 per person twin-share.

Phone 1300 590 317 or visit

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