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Camp out in festival style at the Deni Ute Muster, from 29-30 September in the NSW Riverina town of Deniliquin.

The muster is an iconic event played out on some of the largest, flattest plains on Earth.

It celebrates all things country, with features this year including camel rides, racing pigs, reptile displays, Brophy Bros Circus and country music stars such as Shannon Noll, Lee Kernaghan and The McClymonts.

And that’s not to mention the ute show-n shine-competition, the bullride spectacular, trade and catering stalls, the NSW Whip Cracking Championships, woodchop demonstrations, helicopter rides, AFL on the big screen, and a family centre.

Visit www.deniutemuster.com.au.

The Murray Princess … a uniquely Australian way to celebrate New Year’s Eve.

Celebrate a unique Australian New Year’s Eve on the mighty Murray River, during a three-night, Murray Princess cruise departing Friday, December 29.

Prices start at $945 per person twin-share, including New Year’s Eve dinner, festivities and dancing, incorporated into the boat’s regular three-night itinerary.

Visit the town of Murray Bridge on a guided tour of its historic landmarks, spend a morning on a private Monarto Zoo Wildlife Tour (an extra $60 per head), enjoy a guided nature walk at Salt Bush Flat and learn about the thriving ecology of the river, and get up close to the river at River View Lodge.

Food on-board the Murray Princess is a highlight of the cruise. Guests will enjoy a hearty hot buffet breakfast each morning, a two-course or buffet lunch each day, and a three-course or buffet dinner each evening.

There is also a seven-night cruise, incorporating the New Year’s Eve cruise, with fares from $1902 per person twin-share.

Fares include accommodation, all meals, guided nature walks, eco-excursions, on-board presentations, on-board wi-fi, live entertainment and use of the sauna and spa.

Visit www.murrayprincess.com.au.

 The Eco Express in Rottnest Island’s Fish Hook Bay.

Western Australia’s Rottnest Express has been awarded certification by Ecotourism Australia for each of its three tours — ‘Adventure Rottnest’, ‘Underwater Rottnest’ Tour and ‘Discover Rottnest’.

The program is designed to assure travellers that certified products are backed by a strong, well managed commitment to sustainable practices and provision of high-quality nature-based tourism experiences.

Ecotourism certification was awarded to the Rottnest Express tours for: optimal use of resources; leaving minimal impact on the environment; offering interesting ways to learn about the environment; contributing to environmental conservation and helping the local community.

The 90-minute ‘Adventure Tour’, for instance, gives visitors the opportunity to view Rottnest’s rugged coastline and wildlife, circumnavigating the island in the purpose-built Eco Express, stopping for wildlife viewing and providing passengers with expert commentary along the way.

Visit www.rottnestexpress.com.au.

 The Open at Melbourne Park … highlight of the Australian tennis year.

Sail to the Australian Open in Melbourne in style next year, on a five-night tennis cruise package now available from ecruising.travel.

The round-trip voyage aboard Pacific Eden departs Sydney on January 17, includes two full days in Melbourne and is priced from $899 per person twin-share. The package includes general admission tickets for two day sessions and a night session, as well as direct transfers between the ship and Melbourne Park.

No match will be missed during the sea days either, with all day and night sessions screened live on a big screen on board the ship.

Dining choices on board the Eden include its new dining concept The Pantry, Luke Mangan’s Salt Grill, and The Grill,

Phone 1300 369 848 or visit www.ecruising.travel.

 Tulips bring a spectacular dash of colour to north-west Tasmania’s Table Cape.

One of the iconic shots of springtime in Tasmania is of the pretty rows of colourful tulips on Table Cape, in the state’s north-west.

The annual three-week Bloomin’ Tulips Festival celebrates the spectacle right across the Waratah-Wynyard region, culminating this year in the Bloomin’ Tulips Festival Day on October 14.

The three-week calendar of events includes market days, a cocktail party and the Mayoral Ball.

A highlight of the Bloomin’ Tulips Festival Day is the Colour Fun Run.

Visit www.bloomintulips.com.au.

Abercrombie & Kent’s new European program features 25 countries and a range of travel styles and focuses.

There are cultural journeys for independent travellers as well as luxury island and river cruises, barging holidays as well as a multitude of rail trips, and hosted small groups.

Two new private journeys focusing on the Northern Lights have been included. One, in Iceland, visits locations outside of Reykjavik, such as the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and the South Shore, where raw landscapes provide the best viewpoints. The other, in Norway, also includes dog sledding and snowmobiling.

Heading south to the Adriatic, there’s a new week-long journey to the heart of the Istrian Peninsula, a stunning coastal area shared by Croatia, Slovenia and Italy. For an extended exploration of the area, A&K suggests combining this trip with the nine-day ‘Delights of the Adriatic’ that travels from Zagreb, Croatia to Split, Dubrovnik and Kotor, Montenegro.

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

Butterfield & Robinson has introduced biking in South Africa to its 2018 portfolio, focusing on mountain biking and back-road trails around Cape Town.

Excellent biking will partner food-and-wine tastings and accommodation in unique natural settings exposed to the Cape’s serene biodiversity.

Following a day of warm-up riding along the trails below Table Mountain and a stay at Cape Grace Hotel, travellers will spend three nights at the Forest Lodge on Grootbos Nature Reserve.

The final nights will be spent at Babylonstoren in the scenic Western Cape wine-growing region of Simondium. Accommodation is in a traditional Dutch farm from the 17th century.

The itinerary is appropriate for those who are comfortable on two wheels, with daily routes ranging from 20-35 kilometres. The terrain is undulating but will include the odd sharper incline and the option for some mountain biking as well.

The six-night package is priced from about $9400 per person twin-share.

Visit www.butterfield.com.

A new guide from the Korea Tourism Organization helps visitors to country make the most of traditional markets known not only for the many unique goods they sell but more so for their amazing street food.

Travellers to Korea can immerse themselves in the lifestyle of the locals by visiting the markets which are highly visited for their signature street-food menus.

Most tourists visiting Seoul would venture into Namdaemun, for the huge South Gate market where you can get completely lost for hours and find an alley of fish stews and another alley specialising in kalguksu (knife-cut noodles).

Jagalchi seafood market in Busan is hugely popular with visitors who have their seafood cooked at the many eateries onsite.

Outside of the major cities, every region in Korea has its specialties, from historic villages like Andong serving up local treats, to Jeonju, which is known as the top city for bibimbap, a dish of mixed rice and vegetables.

To order a free copy, phone 02 9252 4147 or visit www.visitkorea.org.au.

On The Go Tours has added an Active Range to its tour collection for travellers seeking a dynamic, off-the-beaten track adventure, and covering such destinations as Jordan, Morocco, Nepal, Croatia, Africa and Turkey.

As well as physical challenges, travellers are exposed to plenty of cultural experiences, local eateries and even wildlife encounters.

The accommodation reflects the nature of these tours — sleeping under the stars, staying at local guest houses, or checking in to simple hotels. A good level of fitness is required, along with an adventurous spirit.

In Jordan, for instance, there is an eight-day tour perfect for adventurous trekking enthusiasts. Travellers will trek over dry wadis, sandy desert and rocky terrain following the new Jordan Trail from Dana Nature Reserve to the ancient ‘Rose-Red City’ of Petra.

Prices are from $2475 per person.

Visit www.onthegotours.com.

Peregrine Adventures is offering savings of up to $3000 during its earlybird sale, which runs to September 15, and has also reduced its group size from 16 to 12 for journeys next year.

Getting into areas often restricted to larger groups and away from the jostling masses allows more time to explore, relax and unwind whilst soaking up the atmosphere.

The company’s 10-day cultural tour of Italy, which travels to Venice, Florence, Pisa, Rome and the Cinque Terre, and spends time in the heart of Tuscany, is now priced from $4890 per person twin-share.

Visit: www.peregrineadventures.com.

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