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Save 30 per cent on a five-night stay at Bali Mandira Beach Resort & Spa and enjoy a range of bonus extras on this deal from TravelOnline.

Pay from $569 per person twin-share, including breakfast daily, wi-fi, kids’ club and return airport transfers by private car.

Also, choose one of the following extras: an 80-minute day spa treatment for two, watersports voucher for two, or white-water rafting adventure for two.

The offer is valid for sale until August 31, 2017 and for travel from October 20 to March 31, with a surcharge applying from December 24 to January 5.

The resort is located right on the beachfront in Legian.

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

 The city of Fatehpur Sikri in the Agra district … founded in 1569.

Book by September 30 and save up to $400 per couple on a range of Beyond Travel’s private tours, river cruises and rail products in India and Sri Lanka.

Bonus extras are available on all private tours, including a free room upgrade at one hotel, a free bottle of wine at one hotel, complimentary wi-fi at all hotels and a 15 per cent discount on food, beverages or spa treatments at one hotel.

For instance, a six-day escorted tour of the Golden Triangle is priced from $770 per person twin-share ex Delhi, including breakfasts, touring with local guides and all ground transportation.

Highlights include the contrasting Old and New Delhi towns, the Taj Mahal in Agra, the ghost city of Fatehpur, and Jaipur, the Pink City.

Phone 1300 599 005 or visit www.beyondtravel.com.au.

A Colombian highlight … the ancient walled city of Cartagena.

With a more settled political environment, Colombia is starting to attract significant tourist numbers by virtue of its colonial cities, archaeological ruins, high-mountain trekking, jungle safaris and idyllic Caribbean beaches.

World Expeditions’ 10-day ‘Lost City Trek’, for instance, immerses visitors in a destination teeming with historical insights and natural wonders, and is centred on the lost city of Teyuna.

It comprises a collection of ancient ruins high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, reached by a four-day trek through the jungle and up 1200 steps.

The journey ends in Cartagena, famous for its colourful districts and exotic Caribbean beaches.

Prices start at $2450 per person twin-share.

Phone 1300 720 000 or visit www.worldexpeditions.com.

 Hillocks Hotel & Spa … a spacious landscaped garden setting.

Save up to 50 per cent on room rates at Siem Reap’s Hillocks Hotel & Spa over the next 16 months and also receive bonuses such as a breakfasts, complimentary lunch or dinner, spa treatment, airport transfers, a full-day tour of Angkor Wat, Angkor Tom and Ta Phrom temples, and free wi-fi.

Three-night deals are priced from about $265 and also include a 30 per cent discount on spa services and a 20 per cent discount on all food and beverages.

The hotel features 38 suites and villas in a spacious landscaped garden setting, featuring a swimming pool overlooking a working rice field.

Visit www.hillockshotel.com.

Skywalk Saint John … spectacular views of the highest tides in the world.

Visitors to the Bay of Fundy in Canada’s maritime province of New Brunswick will be walking on air this summer with the launch of Skywalk Saint John, a glass-bottomed platform offering prime views of the waves and whirlpools at Reversing Rapids.

It’s the only skywalk in North America to be positioned over water, with the five-metre-wide, 17-metre-long stainless-steel structure jutting out over the precise point where the highest tides in the world are forced into a narrow rock gorge, causing a reverse in the flow of the St John River.

Visit stonehammergeopark.com.

Walking the Flinders Ranges … Wild Bush Luxury has a great last-minute deal for families.

This really is a last-minute deal, so you’ll have to be quick.

Book two adults on a Wild Bush Luxury four-day Arkaba walk in South Australia’s Flinders Ranges, departing Adelaide on July 6, and bring two children aged 10-16 free of charge.

The cost of $2400 per adult includes flights from Adelaide to Whyalla and connecting road transfer to Arkaba in the Flinders Ranges, all gourmet meals and beverages, two nights of swag camping on a comfortable Star Bed under the night sky, one night in the 1850s Arkaba homestead and return trip by scenic road transfer through Clare Valley wine country.

Phone 02 9571 6399 or visit www.arkabawalk.com.

Elements of Byron … sustainable living at Byron Bay.

Byron Bay’s Elements of Byron resort will relaunch in October with expanded leisure, accommodation and education offerings.

The development will include a dozen new and revamped leisure areas, including a new adults-only 25-metre heated pool with swim-up bar, and new children’s playground.

A new Eco Education Centre will provide a hub for the local community and resort guests to learn about sustainable living including food production. The centre will be 100 per cent solar-powered and include productive market gardens that will provide food for the resort’s restaurants.

Importantly, nature will remain the resort’s “real star”, with less than 4 per cent of the area developed.

Guests will be able to choose from five dining outlets, including a private club on Belongil Beach, and 99 new villas are being crafted within an entirely new section of the property surrounded by forest and creek.

Activities include horse-riding, yoga classes, tennis, an outdoor fitness circuit, indoor gym and fire-pit Fridays.

Visit www.elementsofbyron.com.au.

Hiking Kangaroo Island’s remote south-west coast … with luxurious accommodation provided each night.

Kangaroo Island’s Southern Ocean Lodge has organised a seven-night hiking expedition, departing August 26, using the new 61-kilometre wilderness trail which opened last October on the island’s remote south-west coast.

The walk is limited to 10 hikers and follows bush tracks through a variety of terrains, from rugged limestone cliff-tops to dense eucalypt forest.

Participants will stay in the luxury lodge each night and be transported daily to the trail.

Priced from $7200 per person twin-share, the package includes all dining and beverages, as well as a spa treatment, a full expedition kit, services of a lodge guide and provision of a gourmet walker’s lunch each day.

Visit southernoceanlodge.com.au.

 Solar Springs … a slice of heaven in the Southern Highlands.

Save up to $200 on a five-night indulgence package at Solar Springs health resort at Bundanoon in the Southern Highlands of NSW.

Pay from $1430 per person, including accommodation, all healthy, delicious meals, participation in the resort’s health and fitness program, use of all facilities (including heated indoor pool, spa, gymnasium, tennis court, etc), facial, choice of massage, and pedicure.

Phone 1800 044 994 or visit www.solarsprings.com.au.

Sovereign Hill … lighting up for Christmas in July.

Ballarat’s Sovereign Hill theme park will celebrate its annual Christmas-in-July Winter Wonderlights event all of next month.

Highlights will include the Gingerbread Man plotting his escape from hungry visitors, the sound of carolers echoing throughout the township, more than 20 Victorian-style buildings coming alive through large-scale light projections, and snow flakes falling at regular intervals in the main street.

The Winter Wonderlights show will run each evening from 5.45pm.

General admission is $59.50 for adults, $27 for children and $150 for a family.

Visit winterwonderlights.com.au.

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