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Pay from $279 per person twin-share at Thailand’s Centara Kata Resort Phuket and receive six nights accommodation, breakfast daily, return airport transfers and the choice of free massages or a Phuket tour for two.

The deal is valid for sale until May 15 and travel to October 31.

The resort is just minutes from the calm waters and pristine sands of Kata Beach, 15 minutes from Patong, and close to a range of shopping, dining and entertainment.

Facilities include onsite bars and restaurants, a fitness centre, day spa, kids club and three swimming pools.

Phone 1300 883 887 or visit

Stunning Alaskan wilderness … Glacier Bay.

Luxury cruise-and-tour-operator APT has opened pre-release bookings for select Canada, Alaska and USA 2018 itineraries, offering earlybird prices and air deals.

Until 18 May, travellers who book the company’s 18-day ‘Rockies Highlights & Alaska Cruise’, for instance, will pay from $11,395 per person twin-share and choose from companion-fly-free, fly business class from $5995 or fly premium economy from $2595 air deals.

The itinerary includes Banff, Jasper and Lake Louise, before guests journey across the Rockies to Vancouver on the Rocky Mountaineer, then spend two nights there before

heading south to Seattle to embark on a seven-night Holland America Line cruise of the Inside Passage, taking in breathtaking Glacier Bay National Park, the Alaskan capital of Juneau, the Russian influenced Sitka and Ketchikan, the gateway to the Misty Fjords National Monument wilderness.

Phone 1300 196 420, or visit

Flying through the jungle … the Kula Krazy Canopy Flier.

Guests at Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort have access to a special three-day entry pass to the recently renovated Kula Wild Adventure Park, which now features Fiji’s only rollercoaster forest-canopy zip-rail ride — the Kula Krazy Canopy Flier — and the country’s only hillside water slide, the 110-metre Kula Splash Mountain Jungle Slide.

The three-day entry pass to the nearby park is included in the resort’s all-inclusive accommodation packages.

Set in five hectares of coastal rainforest, the park gives guests the chance to interact with and take pictures of some of the rarest animals in the world.

With more than a kilometre of wooden walkways and bridges, visitors can experience Fiji’s unique plants and animals with walk-through enclosures displaying parrots, iguanas, fruit bats and raptors.


Sanctuary Ananda; Sundeck at sunset

  Sanctuary Ananda … cruising Myanmar’s Irrawaddy and Chindwin Rivers

Save 25 per cent on selected 10- and 11-night Myanmar cruises aboard the Sanctuary Ananda.

Sanctuary Retreats offers a range of cruise itineraries aboard the all-suite ship, sailing the Irrawaddy from Mandalay to Bagan and visiting temples, pagodas, palaces and monasteries along the way, or taking a journey on the Chindwin and exploring places travellers rarely see — through the jungles of the north, forgotten villages and ancient towns almost to the Indian border.

A 10-night Chindwin River cruise, for instance, is priced from about $2600 per person twin-share, departing August 17 and 27.


 The Majestic Princess … will sail 16 cruises while based in Sydney.

Princess Cruises’ latest ship, the 3560-guest Majestic Princess, will be based in Sydney over the 2018-19 summer season.

It will be the largest Princess ship to sail in Australian waters and will offer cruises in Europe and China before heading south to Sydney where she will be home-ported from September 2018 through to March 2019.

During its inaugural Australian season, Majestic Princess will sail on 16 cruises to destinations including Fiji, New Zealand and Tasmania as well as two Asian voyages between Shanghai and Sydney, and Sydney and Hong Kong.

Fares start from $1499 per person twin-share for a balcony room on a six-night round-trip cruise to Tasmania departing November 18 next year.

 Abercrombie House … will host artisans working in red cedar.

The NSW Central Western city of Bathurst will stage its inaugural Artisan Trades Trail on May 13-14, celebrating 20 age-old crafts at 10 historic sites.

The weekend will feature special events, reenactments, exhibitions, demonstrations and workshops as indigenous elders, bonnet-makers, lace-makers, wood-artists and textile-makers showcase their skills.

The Artisan Trades Trail will become a new annual event for Bathurst every May.

The historic sites include Abercrombie House, Chifley Home, Miss Traill’s House, Old Government Cottage and Bathurst District Historical Museum.


 Capella Lodge … commanding views of Lord Howe’s dramatic twin mountains.

From May 20 to August 31, guests who book into Lord Howe Island’s upmarket Capella Lodge can stay seven nights for the price of six and also receive free return QantasLink flights from Sydney or Brisbane.

Those who book the package before May 7 will also receive a complimentary suite upgrade.

The seven-night package is priced from $4500 per person twin-share, including the free flights and bonus night, gourmet breakfasts, sunset drinks and canapés, open bar with premium wines and spirits from 6pm, dinners, use of mountain bikes and island airport transfers.

The property features commanding views of Lord Howe’s dramatic twin mountains and the world’s most southerly coral reef.

Phone 9918 4355 or visit

 Mantra Club Croc recently refurbished and offering rooms from $107 per night.

Company sources reckon that it’s business as usual at Mantra Club Croc and Mantra Boathouse Apartments at Airlie Beach following a swift clean-up in the wake of Cyclone Debbie, with both properties faring pretty well during the recent nasty weather.

The recently refurbished and rebranded Mantra Club Croc is offering a ‘Stay and Save’ package with rooms starting from $107 per night for a minimum three-night stay.

The offer is valid for sale until September 30 and for travel until March 31 next year.

Mantra Club Croc is situated close to the beachfront and Abell Point Marina, and features a range of new and improved amenities such as a large lagoon pool with an adjoining spa, and locally inspired cuisine at the hotel’s new contemporary poolside restaurant and bar.

Phone 131 517 or visit PIC: old-bank.jpg — The Old Bank Boutique Hotel … has been painstakingly restored.

The Old Bank Boutique Hotel, at Mittagong in the NSW Southern Highlands, is marking the 125th birthday of the grand, historic property with a discounted package.

The package is available for stays until June 30 and is priced from $680 per couple on weekdays and $785.50 per couple on weekends, including two nights accommodation, cooked country breakfasts each morning and a three-course dinner for two at the hotel on one evening, including a bonus bottle of wine.

The two-storey property was built in 1892 and operated as a bank and manager’s residence for many years. It has been painstakingly restored by local owners Warwick and Barbara Wainberg.

It boasts rich furnishings, lofty ceilings, a grand cedar staircase, hand-carved wood panelling, individually designed rugs, polished floorboards, and leather Chesterfields.

Phone 02 4872 4496 or visit

 Riders will sleep in architecturally designed eco-sensitive pods for two. Image: Natalie Mendham.

The new ‘Blue Derby Pods Ride’ is a three-day guided mountain-biking tour in north-eastern Tasmania for small groups of eight people, using about 100 kilometres of trails around Derby, Blue Tier and Weldborough.

Riders will sleep in architecturally designed eco-sensitive pods for two, feeling as if they have been levitated above the forest floor.

Dining will be in a central hub surrounded by quintessential Tasmanian bush, with views down to the Cascade River Valley and beyond.

Guests will be treated to some of Tasmania’s finest produce, with a menu specially created by local chef Daniel Alps.

The excursion is priced from $1750 per person ex Launceston, including accommodation, all meals and beverages, two qualified guides, three days mountain-bike and gear hire, plus luggage storage.


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