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A new, very different, way for travellers to spend their holidays in Australia has been introduced with the local launch of Beds on Board.

Privately owned luxury boats berthed at marinas across Australia can be booked for overnight accommodation on the service, which operates in more than 60 countries.

The boats don’t move, so guests don’t require any sailing experience. They simply use a classy boat in a marina as a base.

The online booking service features boat-owner and guest review systems, and the calendar allows boat owners to block-out time for personal use of their vessels.


 Picnic Island … exclusive waterfront accommodation on Tasmania’s Freycinet Peninsula.

Tasmania’s Picnic Island tourist accommodation has teamed with a kayak tour operator, Freycinet Adventures, to deliver a four-day Freycinet Peninsula experience that includes wildlife viewing, kayaking, walking, boat tours and plenty of relaxing.

The tour starts with a stunning drive from Hobart to Coles Bay on the Freycinet Peninsula, and a water taxi journey to Picnic Island to settle into luxurious cabin accommodation overlooking the water.

Meals include local produce and Tasmanian wines.

Highlights of the four-day itinerary include an evening penguin colony tour, a picnic at Wineglass Bay, a sunset kayak tour, water taxi tour of deserted beaches, oyster tasting, and walks within Freycinet National Park.

Prices start at $1990 per person twin-share.


Rawnsley Park Station … located on the southern side of Wilpena Pound.

Discover the spectacular and rugged scenery of Wilpena Pound and the magnificent Flinders Ranges, the largest mountain range in South Australia, on Flinders Ranges Odysseys’ new four-day tour.

The small-group, escorted tour is priced from $3184 per person twin-share ex Adelaide, including all meals and exploration of the Flinders Ranges in air-conditioned Mercedes Benz vehicles.

Accommodation is at Rawnsley Park Station for two nights, with one night at the famous Prairie Hotel.

Rawnsley Park Station is located on the southern side of Wilpena Pound, a magnificent natural amphitheatre and the centrepiece of Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park.

The Prairie Hotel at Parachilna is an oasis on the cusp of the rugged Flinders Ranges east-side, and desert plains west-side, sweeping toward Lake Torrens. Step into a haven of character, charm, creature comforts, country hospitality and great food.


 Leonardo da Vinci’s air screw … on display at the Temora Aviation Museum.

The NSW Riverina town of Temora makes a somewhat unlikely appearance in the travel pages courtesy of an internationally touring exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci machines that is running at its aviation museum from September 1 to October 29.

The exhibition features more than 60 displays, most of which are interactive machines created from original da Vinci drawings.

Highlights include the world’s first military tank, the bicycle, the scuba suit, a spring-powered car, an aerial screw that was the precursor of the helicopter, the glider and the parachute.

The exhibition is on loan from the Museum of Leonardo da Vinci in Florence.


 Uluru … Intrepid’s itinerary includes a guided walk around its base.

Intrepid Travel is offering a saving of $60 on a two-day Red Centre experience, with departures from September 16-30.

The trip combines witnessing an Uluru sunset, and taking a guided walk around the base of the rock, with the chance to get up close and personal with the spectacular Kata Tjuta rock formations.

The package includes one night in a furnished, tented camp, transport in all-terrain vehicles with an expert guide, breakfast and a dinner of native food under the stars.

Prices are from $335 per person.


 BritRail … marries well with just about any type of UK holiday.

Melbourne-based International Rail is offering a free travel day on selected BritRail passes purchased before September 18.

The bonus is available on some of BritRail’s most popular passes, in either first or standard class, with prices starting from $66 per day.

BritRail marries well with just about any type of UK holiday, and once you have explored downtown London, you can hop on any train travelling throughout England, Scotland and Wales.

Great day trips from London include stops in Oxford, Bristol, Cambridge, Brighton, Bath, Canterbury, Portsmouth, Bournemouth and Stratford-Upon-Avon.

The pass also includes two Airport Express coupons valid on the Heathrow Express, Stansted Express or Gatwick Express, making airport transfers to central London hassle-free.

Phone 1300 387 245 or visit

 Petra … the Middle East’s iconic Pink City.

Some of the brightest jewels of the Middle East are among the highlights of Travel Directors’ latest offer, a 22-day ‘Jordan and Oman’ adventure in October next year.

The tour begins with a flight to Amman in Jordan, via Dubai, and then takes a round-trip journey south to Aqaba and the Pink City of Petra, including snorkelling among the reefs of historic Wadi Rum and a visit to the southern port of Aqaba.

On returning to Amman there’s a visit to King Hussein’s unique car museum and day trip to the Roman ruins of Jerash before a flight to the Omani capital of Muscat.

In Oman activities include dinner on a sunset dhow cruise in the Gulf of Oman, a night at a luxury desert camp, a visit to Mutrah souq, a tour through Arabia’s ‘Grand Canyon’ near Jebel Shams and a complete change from the desert landscape with a visit to tropical Salalah in the south.

Prices for the all-inclusive deal start at $13,950 per person twin-share ex Australia.

Phone 1300 856 661 or visit

Glacier Bay … magnificent scenery in Alaska’s Inside Passage.

Travelmarvel is offering a one-off east-to-west journey across the Pacific from Japan to Alaska and the Canadian Rocky Mountains next April.

The 31-day trip explores the natural and cultural wonders of Japan, before setting sail on Holland America Line’s Volendam for a 15-night cruise that will take guests through Alaska’s Inside Passage and its unique glacial scenery and wildlife.

The adventure concludes with a journey on the Rocky Mountaineer train in SilverLeaf Service and visits to the picturesque Whistler village and Lake Louise.

Prices start at $13,995 per person twin-share, including two-for-one airfares ex Australia.

Phone 1300 196 420 or visit


 Mt Cook National Park … renowned for its snow-capped peaks.

A new cruise-tour package from Cruise Express this November offers an 18-day ‘top-to-bottom’ coach tour of New Zealand book-ended by two luxury cruises from and to Australia.

The company’s 30-night ‘Ultimate New Zealand’ package includes two free joyflights — a helicopter ride over Christchurch and a seaplane flight from Auckland — as well as iconic experiences such as a cruise on spectacular Milford Sound and a journey across the mountains of the South Island aboard one of the world’s most scenic rail trips, the TranzAlpine train.

The adventure begins with a five-night cruise from Sydney to Auckland via Tauranga aboard Holland America Line’s 1200-passenger Maasdam, and concludes with a four-night cruise back to Sydney on the same ship, via the Bay of Islands.

In between are visits to places such as Rotorua, Wellington, Napier, the alpine resort town of Hanmer Springs, Mt Cook National Park, and Dunedin for a traditional Scottish haggis ceremony and a visit to the country’s only castle.

Prices start at $9990 per person twin-share.

Phone 1300 766 537 or visit

Patong Merlin Hotel … located opposite the main beach of Phuket.

Book through TravelOnline and save 20 per cent on a five-night stay in Phuket at Patong Merlin Hotel.

Pay from $389 per person twin-share, including buffet breakfast daily, free wi-fi, a 10 per cent discount on resort food and beverages, return airport transfers by private vehicle and the choice of free massages or a five-hour Phuket tour for two.

The offer is valid for sale until October 31 and for travel from November 1 to December 25.

Patong Merlin Hotel is located opposite the main beach of Phuket and within walking distance of restaurants, markets, attractions and nightlife.

Phone 1300 883 887 or visit

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