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The Adelaide Fringe is the second-biggest fringe festival in the world, the largest open-access arts festival in the Southern Hemisphere, and Australia’s biggest ticket-selling arts festival.

It completely takes over Adelaide and its surrounds from February 16 to March 18.

Venues big and small, pop-up and permanent, house thousands of artists from all over Adelaide, Australia and the world.

Around most of Adelaide’s corners, whether in an alleyway, a tent, a pub, a laundromat, or an abandoned hospital, you’ll be bound to find Fringe goodness in some shape or form.

Visit www.adelaidefringe.com.au.

 Canowindra presents a mass of spectacular colour and action during its annual balloon challenge.

Each year the skies above Canowindra come alive with the roar of the burners and the visual spectacular provided when mass hot-air balloons take off in competition, joy and commercial flights.

During the Canowindra Balloon Challenge, which this year will be held from April 21-29, the town receives over 10,000 visitors to see the balloons.

The wide-open spaces, ideal weather conditions, and friendly local people make this an ideal area for hot-air ballooning.

Visit www.canowindrachallenge.org.au.

The challenge is just one of a raft of activities to be held this year in Central NSW. See www.visitcentralnsw.com.au.

 Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse … panoramic ocean views from a new observation platform.

The experience at Western Australia’s Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse has dramatically improved following extensive renovations worth over $1 million, with visitors able to take in panoramic ocean views from a new observation platform.

Other improvements include landscaped lawns, availability of refreshments from the new café in the restored lighthouse-keeper’s cottage, and a nautical-themed playground.

The café offers expansive decking, featuring old wooden pylons from the Busselton Jetty, overlooking the playground. Nestled in the playground’s sandpit is a 1930s wooden clipper boat, restored with the assistance of the Dunsborough Men’s Shed.

Half-hour guided tours of the lighthouse are available for $15 per adult.

A new interactive interpretive centre, housed in the remaining lighthouse-keeper’s cottage, is scheduled to open this July.

 Oaks Lagoons in Port Douglas … the quintessential tropical resort destination.

Oaks Hotels & Resorts is offering deals at a range of Australian properties with price tags less than $50 per person per night.

Properties available include Oaks Oasis Resort on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, Oaks Embassy in Adelaide’s West End, and Oaks Elan Darwin overlooking Darwin’s harbour.

A stay at Oaks Lagoons in Port Douglas is priced from $49.50 per person per night based on two guests and a minimum two-night stay in a spa apartment.

It’s the quintessential tropical resort destination, blending deluxe, self-contained accommodation complete with private balconies, outdoor spas and swim-out facilities, plus six lagoon pools.

All the specials are available for selected nights in February.

Visit http://www.minorhotels.com/en/oaks/.

Leisure Inn Penny Royal … incorporates an adventure park.

Leisure Inn Penny Royal, at Launceston, is offering packages in conjunction with the adjacent Penny Royal Adventure Park where you can enjoy cliff walks, rope bridges, and indoor and outdoor rock-climbing walls.

The offer includes free wi-fi, $80 worth of Penny Royal Adventure Park Vouchers so you can enjoy all of the on-site attractions, and a pre-paid discount off the best flexible accommodation rate.

Visit www.leisureinnpennyroyal.com.au.

Viking’s Eistla in Budapest … part of a stunning European adventure.

Admire Rhine Valley vistas from a 900-year-old castle. Sample the food and wine of Austria’s Wachau Valley. Learn the Viennese waltz and linger in Budapest’s Café Gerbeaud.

All these fantasies can be indulged on Viking’s 15-day ‘Grand European’ river cruise along the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers between the windmill-dotted waterways of Holland and the stunning landscapes of Hungary.

Book your 2019 holiday by April 30 this year and receive 2018 prices plus a fly-free-to-Europe deal.

Prices start from $6595 per person twin-share.

Phone 138 747 or visit www.vikingrivercruises.com.au.

 The Modern Honolulu … fourth night free.

The Modern Honolulu on Oahu is offering a fourth night free, saving guests 25 per cent.

Pay $1050 for four nights or $2100 for eight nights instead of the usual $350 per night.

Features include free wi-fi, no resort fees and no cancellation fees.

Visit www.themodernhonolulu.com.

 Solo parents needn’t feel intimidated about exploring destinations such as Egypt.

Intrepid Travel has launched six new tours — to Costa Rica, Thailand, Northern India, Egypt, Vietnam and Morocco — specifically designed for solo parents and their children.

The 15-day Costa Rica itinerary, for instance, will see families in a range of adventurous activities such as whitewater rafting, horse riding, hiking through jungle to waterfalls and zooming through the treetops on a zipline.

They will also glide through the waterways of Tortuguero National Park to seek out monkeys and turtles by foot and boat.

Solo parents who don’t want to be restricted to fly-and-flop holidays or large cruise ships, can explore Egypt on a nine-day itinerary that includes cruising the Nile in a felucca, camel riding and having dinner with a Nubian family.

Visit www.intrepidtravel.com. 

China’s giant pandas … in high demand on Australian tourist schedules.

Demand from customers eager to see China’s giant pandas has prompted ecruising.travel to create a 23-night package that ventures into the heart of Sichuan Province.

The ‘Terracotta Warriors, Giant Pandas and Japan’s Finest’ itinerary begins in Beijing on October 19 and includes a nine-day tour from the Chinese capital to historic Shanghai before embarking on Celebrity Millennium for a 14-night voyage that also takes in destinations around South Korea and Japan.

The land segment includes stops in Xian, Chengdu and Shanghai where travellers will see bucket-list attractions such as the Terracotta Army, Muslim Quarter, Wild Goose Pagoda, The Bund, and French Concession as well as visiting the Dujiangyan Panda Base to spy some of the animals in residence.

The package is priced from $5699 per person twin-share, including return economy flights from Australia, accommodation and transfers in Beijing and Tokyo, train travel in China, entrance fees and activities during the land portion, and all meals on board Celebrity Millennium.

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

Save 25 per cent while exploring Turkish highlights such as Ephesus

Book before March 16 and save 25 per cent on selected On The Go Signature Turkey tours.

Explore the glory of Istanbul with its bazaars and mosques and witness the beautiful Aegean Coast on the seven-day ‘Aegean Explorer’ tour from $1046 per person.

Or wander the battlefields of Gallipoli, roam Roman ruins of Pergamum and Ephesus before dipping your toes in the Pamukkale thermal pools on the 10-day Turkey Unplugged tour from $1271 per person.

Phone 1300 855 684 or visit www.onthegotours.com.

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