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All four Frasers Hospitality Australian hotels — Brisbane’s Capri by Fraser, Fraser Suites Sydney, Fraser Suites Perth and Fraser Place Melbourne — are offering special summer packages for stays between December 15 and February 4.

Perth rates, for instance, start from $195 per night for a Studio Deluxe room.

The hotel overlooks the Swan River and is situated next to the WACA. It offers guests bikes to explore Perth and is moments away from free transport to the CBD.

Included are buffet breakfast for two, welcome drinks for two in the hotel’s Lobby Bar and noon check out.

Phone 1800 099 465 or visit www.fraserssummerfun.com.

 The Indian Pacific … experience the luxury of Platinum Class on a journey across Australia.

An east-to-west journey across Australia in Platinum Class aboard the Indian Pacific and a luxury voyage back to Sydney for the city’s famous New Year’s Eve fireworks form part of a new 18-night Cruise Express rail-and-sail package.

The package departs Sydney on December 19 next year and is priced from $11,090 per person twin-share, a saving of up to $2400 on the normal rate.

Platinum Class cabins feature double or twin beds, full en-suite, picture windows, all-inclusive bar and dining, and private home-to-station transfers under 60 kilometres in Sydney.

Complimentary excursions are available in Broken Hill and Adelaide.

The 15-night cruise from Fremantle back to Sydney is aboard the 700-guest Azamara Quest, with visits to Albany, Adelaide and Kangaroo Island.

Arriving into Sydney Harbour on New Year’s Eve, Azamara Quest will spend two nights there, allowing passengers to enjoy the world-famous fireworks from the ship’s decks.

The cruise, which includes complimentary beverages, then continues to Hobart and Melbourne.

Phone 1300 766 537 or visit www.cruiseexpress.com.au.

 Moontree … one of a bevy of stores along the village’s main street.

Leura in the Blue Mountains will be transformed into a German-style Yuletide village in December, with the National-Trust-certified shopping strip coming alive with lights and decorations.

The boutique retail destination, located a 90-minute drive west of Sydney, will host a month-long program of events to position itself as a Christmas experience.

Charming shops will sparkle with fairy lights and decorations, carollers will roam past cafes and restaurants, Santa and his elves will spread Christmas cheer, and children can join workshops to prepare for a beautiful evening lantern procession beside the famous blossom trees.

Christmas in Leura will begin on December 1 when the lights on a five-metre-tall Christmas tree are turned on.

The program also includes a series of $10 workshops for children at Leura Garage, where children can enjoy fresh healthy snacks as they decorate lanterns imported from Germany (bookings essential at www.leuragarage.com.au/lantern). The workshop series will culminate in the Christmas Lantern Parade on December 15.

Visit https://leuravillage.wildapricot.org

Ready to hit the waves … Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific is offering summer ‘Family Fun’ packages.

Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific has joined forces with Skater HQ and Manly Surfboards to help guests explore the very best of the beachside suburb this summer.

The hotel’s new ‘Family Fun’ package is priced from $347 per room per night, including accommodation for two adults and two children, daily buffet breakfast, a summer-fun beach pack, and $30 credit to use towards the hire of scooters, surfboards, inline skates, paddle boards or snorkels.

The package is available for stays from December 1 to January 31.

Complementing this active getaway is the Novotel’s signature ‘In Balance’ menu, which features a selection of healthy dishes curated by Australian Pro Surfer and Novotel Wellness Ambassador, Sally Fitzgibbons.

Visit www.novotelmanlypacific.com.au.

 Uluru … a special deal for families at Ayers Rock Resort.

Ayers Rock Resort is making it easier for families to explore the spiritual heart of Australia with the release of a special family package priced at $1299 for two adults and two children aged 2-15 years.

The package includes three nights at the Sails in the Desert hotel with full buffet breakfast daily, entry to the Field of Light Uluru, entry to the Red Desert Reptiles Show and dinner at Ilkari Restaurant, free in-room wi-fi and return Ayers Rock Airport transfers.

Bookings can be made until December 17, and the offer is valid for travel until March 31 next year, when the second season of the dazzling Field of Light will draw to a close. The immersive art installation is the creation of artist Bruce Munro and is his largest work to date, with more than 50,000 colourful glass stems covering an area the size of four football fields.

The family-oriented Red Desert Reptiles Show introduces some of the amazing species that survive and roam in the harsh environment of the Red Desert of Central Australia, home to 73 types of reptile.

Phone 1300 134 044 or visit http://www.ayersrockresort.com.au/family.

Cycling New Zealand’s South Island … home to some of the country’s most pristine and spectacular landscapes.

Adventure South NZ has launched a range of new itineraries for 2018 including a one-week walking adventure deep in New Zealand’s south, home to some of the country’s most pristine and spectacular landscapes.

New Zealand’s South Island is renowned for its rugged wind-lashed coastlines, soaring snow-peaked mountains and tranquil fiords, making it a great short-haul adventure destination that is three hours direct from Sydney or Melbourne and three-and-a-half from Brisbane.

The new ‘Fiordland, Hollyford and Stewart Island Trails’ itinerary includes a ferry ride across Foveaux Strait to Stewart Island to spot wildlife, a helicopter ride over Milford Sound to the Hollyford Track, a jet-boat ride up Lake McKerrow and trekking a section of the iconic Routeburn Track.

A highlight of the trip is an overnight stay in the exclusive and luxury Martins Bay Lodge, located in the remote Hollyford Valley wilderness region.

Prices are from $3720 per person twin-share ex Queenstown.

Visit www.adventuresouth.co.nz.

 The new Azamara Pursuit … will be launched next year.

Ecruising.travel is offering a 12-night cruise-holiday package including an eight-night Mediterranean cruise on board the new Azamara Pursuit, which will be launched next year.

Prices start at $7099 per person twin-share ex Australia, including two nights at the Hotel Grande Bretagne in Athens before the cruise departs for Crete, Malta, Sicily, and four ports in Italy before finishing in Rome.

Also included in the cruise component are accommodation in a veranda stateroom, all main meals, unlimited bottled water, soft drinks, specialty coffees and teas as well as standard alcoholic beverages, shuttle services to and from ports and one complimentary AzAmazing evening event, and transfers in Athens and Rome.

All Azamara cruise itineraries are designed so that all port visits are for a minimum of 12 for hours to ensure guests have adequate time on-shore to experience local cultures and history.

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

Breezes Resort and Spa … seven-night Bali deals.

Experience the beauty of Bali on a seven-night TravelOnline deal at Breezes Resort and Spa.

Prices start at $469 per person twin-share, including free upgrade to a superior room, cold towel and refreshments on arrival, buffet breakfast daily, back massage for two, signature cocktail for two, pizza for two, two-course dinner for two, spa and restaurant discounts, free wi-fi, daily activities, use of gym and tennis court and return airport transfers by private car.

Guests can also choose one of the following free bonus extras — an 80-minute day spa session for two, a white-water rafting adventure for two, watersports voucher for two, Finns Bali Day Pass for two or Splash Water Park Day pass for two.

The offer is valid for sale until November 30 and for travel until December 25 this year and from January 6 to March 31 next year.

Located in the heart of Seminyak, on the south coast of Bali, Breezes Resort and Spa is set in a lush private garden.

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

 Macao’s gastronomy … recognised as elite in UNESCO’s latest list of creative cities.

Macao’s dedication to food and the important role it plays in developing tourism and the economy has been rewarded by inclusion in UNESCO’s latest list of creative cities, which recognises an elite number of cities for their gastronomy.

Such highly respected designation is set to further endorse the worldwide recognition of Macao and its more than 400-year-old culinary legacy.

“This is exciting news for Macao and its cultural importance to gastronomy, and to everyone involved in the creation of the many mouth-watering menus and dining options offered throughout the former Portuguese enclave,” said Helen Wong, general manager of the Macao Government Tourism Office Australia and New Zealand.

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network was created to promote cooperation among cities that had identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable development in regards to economic, social, cultural and environmental aspects.

Phone (02) 9264 1488 or visit www.visitmacao.com.au.

Outrigger Castaway Island … honeymooners can enjoy the romance of a sunset cruise.

Outrigger Resorts has launched a range of nine honeymoon packages for all of its Pacific, Asian and Indian Ocean beachfront resorts, which cover such desirable destinations as Maldives, Mauritius, Hawaii, Fiji, Guam, and Phuket and Koh Samui in Thailand.

Each Outrigger ‘Honeymoon Getaway Package’ is customized to the host location, with standard inclusions typically featuring breakfast in bed, romantic flower decorations and a selection of rich chocolates or a chilled bottle of sparkling wine.

Newlyweds visiting Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort will enjoy a sunset cruise with cocktails and canapés, or at Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort, a honeymoon dinner on the beach and a 30-minute couple’s massage.

Six of the Outrigger Resorts in Maldives, Thailand, Fiji and Mauritius are also announcing ‘Ultimate Honeymoon Packages’.

In these, couples enjoy all the features of the ‘Honeymoon Getaway’, plus additional romantic elements, such as a sundown cruise and Swedish massage at Castaway Island, Fiji.

Visit www.outrigger.com.

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