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Having started out first as an online marketplace, A Taste of Flinders has moved into the real world, opening up as a marketplace for showcasing seasonal local produce, and the island’s home-cooked delights, preserves, coffee, water and boutique liquors.

There might be only 800 locals, but they’re a talented bunch when it comes to creating quality produce.

Founder and Flinders Island local Jo Youl wanted to celebrate what she calls a paddock-sea-and-garden-to-plate philosophy.

The store is in Whitemark, and visitors will find coffee, lunch and dinner, fresh produce, wine and honey, as well as local surprises.

Guests can even fly in for the day, ferried via helicopter or light plane from Bridport or Launceston, taking in the stunning view before landing at the Killiecrankie airstrip to explore.

Visit www.tasteofflinders.com.au.

Lindenwarrah at Milawa  … in the heart of one of Victoria’s premier food-and-wine regions.

Stay two nights at Lindenwarrah at Milawa’ in one of Victoria’s premier food-and-wine regions and save 62 per cent, paying $379 for two people.

The offer is valid for booking until March 31 and includes daily buffet breakfasts, a bottle of Lancemore Group Estate Wine, guaranteed noon check-out, cheese-tasting and 20 per cent off wine at Brown Brothers cellar door, located across the road.

Phone 1300 88 99 00 or visit www.luxuryescapes.com.

Zebedee thermal springs … an El Questro highlight.

El Questro, in the stunning Kimberleys, has announced its 2018 season-opening offer, inviting guests visiting for two nights or more to stay an extra night for free.

The bonus night will mean more time for guests to take in the stunning natural beauty of the property and more time for activities, whether it be a hike to the viewing platform on Saddleback Ridge or a morning in the Zebedee thermal springs.

Visitors may choose to base their stay at either the safari-style tented cabins of Emma Gorge, home to one of Australia’s best swimming holes, or the air-conditioned bungalows of El Questro Station, both of which give them access to 700,000 acres of untamed beauty in the heart of the Kimberley.

The offer also includes complimentary breakfast for two.

Those looking for all-encompassing luxury can take advantage of the offer at the private and exclusive Homestead, and receive a 15 per cent discount on accommodation and a complimentary helicopter tour for two to the secluded Miri Miri Falls.

To take advantage of the special offer, bookings must be made before April 30.

Season dates for 2018 are March 29 to October 20 for Station/Homestead; May 1 to September 28 for Emma Gorge.

Visit www.elquestro.com.au.

 Manjimup’s Truffle Kerfuffle … guests can get their truffle fix at exclusive dining events.

The Truffle Kerfuffle will run in Manjimup, in Western Australia’s extreme south-west from June 22-23 — a weekend-long celebration of the truffle season held in what local growers claim to be the heart of Australian truffle country.

It’s a hands-on and adventurous festival, with guests being able to join hunters search out prized truffles, visit the festival village for a taste of the region, or get their truffle fix at exclusive dining events.

Visit trufflekerfuffle.com.au.

 The Upper Gorge … a piece of prehistoric paradise.

Discover a different side of the World-Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest on a guided walking tour with Venture Deeper.

Depart from Mossman Gorge and wander through the wet tropics, with a professional naturalist as your guide, to a piece of prehistoric paradise in an untouched and living fossil, the Upper Gorge.

Gain insight into Indigenous culture, the rainforest and the reef on this small-group three-hour tour.

Prices start from $100 per person.

Visit www.venturedeeper.com.



PIC: america.jpg … Grand American Adventures … offering accommodation that’s out of the ordinary.


Small-group adventure specialist Grand American Adventures is offering a range of tours based on accommodation that’s different to what is normally experienced on an American holiday.

An Appalachian Trail itinerary based on traditional huts, for instance, is priced from $2889 per person twin-share, including six breakfasts, six lunches and six dinners.

For over 125 years, hikers have enjoyed hiking the Appalachian Trail, walking from one spectacular location the next and staying in authentic huts en route.

The highest and most visited hut, Lakes of the Cloud Hut, is considered an essential bucket-list stop on the back-country walking trail, and is one of the many spectacular stops included.

Phone 0800 238 368 or visit www.adventureworld.co.nz.

 Prague … recently named Europe’s most affordable capital city for a cultural experience.

With the Czech Republic this year celebrating 100 years since the Republic of Czechoslovakia was formed and 25 years since Czechoslovakia peacefully split into the countries of Czech Republic and Slovakia, it is a great time to visit the landlocked European country.

On Foot Holidays is offering an inn-to-inn walking tour of the northern edge of the republic, providing an ideal way to explore its meadows, pine forests, fairytale castles and soaring rock towers.

On Foot Holidays also recommends guests spend a few nights in Prague – recently named Europe’s most affordable capital city for a cultural experience – where they can explore some of the anniversary celebrations taking place in the beautiful historic city, including an international music festival, special exhibits and a fringe festival, and also see some of Prague’s most famous sites refurbished for the centenary.

Including six nights accommodation, all breakfasts, and all luggage transfers the ‘Bohemian Paradise’ walk costs from about $895 per person twin-share.

Visit www.onfootholidays.co.uk.

 Seabreeze Resort Samoa … substantial savings at the adults-only resort.

Seabreeze Resort Samoa has launched a series of deals and bonuses featuring savings that can amount to more than $1000 per couple.

The deals at the adults-only resort are on sale until March 31 this year and valid for travel until April 30 this year and between November 1 this year and March 31 next.

The deals include: stay a minimum of five nights and receive one night free and a one-way arrival airport transfer for two people; stay a minimum of seven nights and receive one night free and return airport transfer for two people; and stay a minimum of 10 nights and receive two nights free and return airport transfers for two people.

Also included are regular features such as a la carte breakfast daily, nightly turndown service, complimentary mini-bar replenishment daily, use of new smart phones during stay, complimentary food platter in room for arrivals after 9pm and before 7am, and complimentary use of glass bottom kayaks and snorkelling equipment.

The deals are priced from $1526 per room.

Visit www.seabreezesamoa.com.

 Ardlui … a charming hamlet on Scotland’s West Highland Way.

The windswept highlands and picturesque lochs of Scotland’s West Highland Way have been a mecca for film-makers for decades, providing the setting for iconic films such as Harry Potter, Braveheart, Trainspotting and Rob Roy.

Stretching through the south-western Scottish Highlands, the West Highland Way is also one of the most popular long-distance trails in the British Isles.

UTracks has partnered with journalist, author and travel writer, Stephanie Dale, to create a 10-day walk-and-write itinerary along the West Highland Way, starting at the village of Milngavie, just outside Glasgow, and finishing at Fort William, the foot of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest peak.

The 10-day self-guided itinerary includes a series of structured writing workshops with Stephanie Dale.

The tour is priced from $2590 per person twin-share, ex Milngavie.

Visit www.utracks.com.

 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art  … expanded and transformed. Image: Henrik Kam.

The newly expanded and transformed San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) will join the CityPASS® program from March 1.

The 2018 San Francisco CityPASS program, which officially kicks off on the same day, saves travellers 45 per cent off combined admission to San Francisco’s top attractions and includes a Cable Car and Muni Bus Passport, good for three consecutive days of unlimited rides on all Muni buses, vintage streetcars, and, of course, the city’s iconic cable cars.

While other visitors are paying $7 for each one-way cable car ride, CityPASS holders can hop on and off as many times as they like.

Also included in each San Francisco CityPASS ticket booklet is prepaid admission to the California Academy of Sciences, a Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise, the Aquarium of the Bay on San Francisco’s lively Pier 39, and an option ticket, allowing visitors to choose between SFMOMA and the Exploratorium, an interactive laboratory/museum that encourages families to investigate the world through science, experimentation and art.

The first museum on the US West Coast dedicated to modern and contemporary art, SFMOMA added nearly three times more gallery space with its $305 million expansion.

Thw 2018 San Francisco CityPASS ticket booklet costs $89 for adults, and $69 for children aged 5-11.

Visit www.citypass.com/san-francisco.

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