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unnamed (2)Bookings have been opened for what has been termed “Australia’s premier coastal bushwalking experience” — Tasmania’s Three Capes Track, where dolerite chasms are crossed, tall eucalypts cast shadows and footprints are left along towering sea cliffs.

Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife Service is taking bookings for four-day treks from December 23 this year to December 22 next, with adult prices of $495 per person including three nights cabin accommodation, site entry and secure lockers at Port Arthur Historic site, Pentecost Wilderness Cruise departing daily from Port Arthur, and bus transfer from Fortescue Bay back to Port Arthur.

Visit www.threecapestrack.com.au.

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 Pullman Bunker Bay Resort … combining high tea with whale spotting.

The pastry chefs at Margaret River’s Pullman Bunker Bay Resort are offering a limited-edition high-tea to coincide with the whale-watching season, with guests able to enjoy savoury and sweet treats while trying to spot majestic humpbacks, southern right and minke whales during their annual migration.

Priced from $37 per person, the high tea features triple-tier stands filled with macaroons, freshly baked scones with jam and cream; chocolate brownies and smoked-salmon sandwiches.

The high tea is available seven days a week at the resort’s bistro until December 20.

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  Penny Hunt … will be on board Carnival Spirit for its Melbourne Cup cruise.

Carnival Cruise Line has included two former beauty editors of Vogue — Penny Hunt and Sigourney Cantelo — to advise passengers on its Melbourne Cup cruise on Carnival Spirit.

The eight-night round-trip cruise departs Sydney on October 30, and is priced from $1299 per person twin-share, including entry into Flemington for the Cup and Oaks day races, transfers on Cup day, plus onboard meals, entertainment and activities such as a Mad Hatters’ afternoon tea and post-Cup recovery brunch.

Phone 133 194 or visit www.carnival.com.au.

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 Travel with a purpose … helping out in the Dominican Republic.

Cruise Express is selling berths on Fathom’s 710-passenger Adonia, which will next year make seven-night sailings from Miami to the Dominican Republic and from Miami to Cuba.

Launched in June this year, Fathom offers purpose-driven travellers immersive, cultural exchange programs where passengers spend their time ashore helping locals improve their quality of life.

Fares on the Dominican Republic cruises start at about $1690 per person twin-share, while the Cuban cruises are available from about $3300 per person twin-share.

Phone 1300 764 509 or visit www.cruiseexpress.com.au.

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 Le Meridien Jimbaran … five-star Balinese luxury.

Experience eight nights in a lagoon-view room at Bali’s five-star beachside Le Meridien Jimbaran for $799 per person instead of the normal $5653 per couple.

As well, two children aged 11 years and under can stay for free under the offer, which also includes daily buffet breakfasts, three gourmet dining experiences, spa treatments, free wifi and airport transfers.

The offer is for sale until October 10 for travel until December 1 next year.

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 Loama Resort … combines contemporary luxury and traditional Maldivian style.

Singapore Airlines Holidays has partnered with Loama Resort to offer seven-night Maldives packages priced from $4360 per person twin-share, including return airfares and a free upgrade to an Ocean Villa if you book before October 31.

Loama Resort combines contemporary luxury and traditional Maldivian style on Maamigili Island, within the secluded Raa Atoll.

Included are half-board, use of non-motorised water-sport equipment, complimentary wifi and return speedboat transfers.

Phone 1300 728 998 or visit siaholidays.com.au/loama.

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Ibis Mackay Airport … only hotel in the airport precinct.

Ibis Mackay Airport is offering opening specials from $109 per night, including breakfast for two, free wifi and late check-out of 4pm.

It’s the only hotel in the airport precinct and offers a convenient gateway to the Mackay, Isaac and Whitsundays regions.

Visit www.ibis.com.

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 SeaDream I in Portofino … not accessible to larger ships.

Seadream Yacht Club’s luxury mega motor-cruisers SeaDream I and SeaDream II are small enough to get to many destinations that larger boats just can’t access — places such as the tiny crowd-free island of Losinj in Croatia, famed for its restorative therapeutic spas, and colourful Italian Riviera village of Portofino, which has just 500 permanent residents and a picturesque pedestrian-only waterfront of restaurants, bars, cafés and boutiques.

Seadream Mediterranean itineraries are priced from about $6650 per person twin-share for seven days, with a maximum 112 guests served by 95 crew.

Included are drinks from the open bars, wines with lunch and dinner, power and sail water-sports in ports where permitted and a golf simulator on each yacht.

Visit www.seadream.com.

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Semara Luxury Villa Resort Uluwatu … ideal for group accommodation in Bali.

Stay five nights at Bali’s Semara Luxury Villa Resort Uluwatu for the price of four in a three-to-10-bedroom villa from December 26 to January 5.

Rates for a five-bedroom villa start from about 3900 per night for up to 10 adults, including return airport transfers, daily private car and driver for eight hours, dedicated butler and chef, free VIP entrance to Finn’s Beach Club, free Body Temple Spa voucher, plus free wifi, gym and use of putting green.

Visit www.semarauluwatu.com.

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 Ramada Resort Shoal Bay … beachside family stays.

The Port Stephens beachside property of Ramada Resort Shoal Bay is offering family packages from $195 a night if you book before October 31 for stays until November 15.

The deal includes free bike hire per child, free DVD hire, free poolside wifi, a family-friendly check-out time of 11am, a bottle of wine for the parents and accommodation for a family of four in a one-bedroom apartment, with two children under 12 able to share a sofa bed.

A minimum two-night stay applies.

To book, visit www.portstephens.org.au.

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 Star Princess … seven nights cruising to Alaska.

Ecruising.travel has released its program of 2016 Alaskan packages which combine land touring in Canada with seven-night cruises aboard Princess Cruises and Holland America Lines vessels.

The new 17-night ‘Isolated Wonderland’ package, which travels from Vancouver to Fairbanks, includes an Alaskan cruise aboard the Star Princess visiting the historic Alaskan towns of Ketchikan and Junean, Skagway, Glacier Bay and College Fjord before reaching its final destination Whittier.

Then spend the next seven nights at Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge, McKinley Princess Lodge and Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge.

Prices are from $6219 per person twin-share ex Australia.

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

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai … stopover on way back to Australia.

Worldwide Cruise Centres’ 23-night ‘Casinos, Cathedrals and Camels’ includes stays in Las Vegas, Fort  Lauderdale, Barcelona and Dubai, plus a 15-night cruise aboard Royal Princess from Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona.

Prices start at $5699 per person twin-share per person, including flights from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne to Fort Lauderdale (via Las Vegas) and return from Barcelona (via Dubai).

The price is valid the end of October and the cruise departs on April  on 18 April.

Visit www.worldwidecruisecentres.com.au.

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