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October 17, 2015 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

unnamed (3)Save up to 50 per cent at 18 Sheraton properties across the Pacific, including Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Resort, Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Resort & Spa and Sheraton Resort & Spa Tokoriki Island, Fiji.Pay, for instance, from $195 per night, including breakfast but excluding tax, at Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Resort, which opened earlier this year and has 133 rooms, all with their own ground-floor patio or first-floor balcony.

Book from October 26 to November 8 for stays between October 26 and April 30.


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Tasmania’s Port Davey. Image: Tourism Tasmania.

Coral Expeditions will sail some of Tasmania’s most remote coastlines when it launches seven-night Hobart-return cruises on November 16, exploring areas unchanged since they were first mapped 200 years ago.

Guests will embark on an active adventure, both on water and land, with opportunities to kayak secluded bays and bush walk in five national parks and two World Heritage Areas.

The highlight of this itinerary will be two days exploring the pristine region of Port Davey, a 17,000 hectare World-Heritage-Listed site that is accessible only by boat, small aircraft or seven-day walk.

The itinerary also includes hiking the start of the South Coast Track at Cockle Bay, an early-morning walk to a scenic lookout over Wineglass Bay, and exploring Maria Island, including its UNESCO-listed historic town of Darlington.

Prices are from $3990 per person, including all meals, shore excursions, Captain’s welcome, farewell drinks, and port and parks fees.




 Wisley Estate … famed as the finest woodland garden in England.

A free chauffeur-driven private-car transfer to the airport and a discount of $200 per couple are being offered by Active Travel, for bookings made by October 31 on a new seven-day spring tour showcasing the stately gardens and castles in and around London, and including the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show.

Beginning on May 20 and run in conjunction with the Royal Horticultural Society, the package will see Australian garden and culture lovers spend six nights at London’s stately Grange Strathmore Hotel, a converted Victorian mansion and once home to the late Queen Mother’s father, the Earl of Strathmore.

A highlight of the tour is a visit to the Chelsea Flower Show in London on the opening day, which is otherwise open to RHS members only.

Prices start at $3959 per person, twin-share.

Phone 1300 783 188 or visit

One & Only Hayman Island, Queensland, Australia

 One&Only Hayman Island resort.

TravelOnline is offering an indulgent three-night escape, complete with free luxury yacht transfers, to One&Only Hayman Island resort off Queensland’s north coast.

Prices start at $1800 per person twin-share, including daily buffet breakfast and use of non-motorised watercraft, fitness facilities and activities centre.

The crystal clear waters surrounding Hayman Island offer a kaleidoscope of coloured coral and tropical fish making them ideal for diving, snorkelling and visits to secluded beaches.

The offer is valid for sale until December 15 and for travel from November 1 to December 18.

Phone 1300 883 887 or visit

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 Oceania’s Marina … 16-night cruise from Lima to New York.

To celebrate this new partnership with upmarket Oceania Cruises, has created a special South American cruise-and-tour package for travel next April.

The 25-night ‘Incas to the Big Apple’ itinerary begins in Lima with a seven-day fully escorted land tour in Peru including comprehensive sightseeing in Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu whilst staying in five-star accommodation.

The group will then board Oceania’s Marina for a 16-night cruise to New York with port visits in a variety of cities in Peru, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico and the USA.

Prices start at $12,249 per person twin-share ex Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.


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 Save 50 per cent on renting a Peugeot 3008 for your European holiday.

Save 50 per cent on leasing a Peugeot in Europe by booking through DriveAway Holidays by October 31 and picking your vehicle up before the end of this year.

Leasing a vehicle is ideal for longer self-drive trips through Europe of between 21 days and 175 days.

Phone 1300 723 972 or visit

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 MV Claymore II … providing regular access to one of the world’s most remote destinations.

Now there’s even more chance to post a rare Facebook check-in and to share the daily lives of the descendants of the Mutiny on the Bounty.

Pitcairn Islands Tourism has announced a 25 per cent increase in sailings to the remote destination using MV Claymore II, a cargo-passenger vessel which will now offer 12 round trips next year from Mangareva in French Polynesia.

The sailings will regularly allow for four- and 11-day stays, and also occasional 18-day stays.

Located deep in the South Pacific, half way between New Zealand and Peru, Pitcairn has been home to the descendants of the HMAV Bounty mutineers since 1790. Surrounded by the largest marine reserve on earth, it remains one of the most remote and undiscovered destinations in the world.


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 QT Sydney … special packages for Sculpture by the Sea.

QT Sydney hotel has again teamed up with Sculpture by the Sea to provide packages to the iconic annual outdoor sculpture exhibition on the Bondi to Tamarama Beach coastal walk between October 22 and November 8.

The package is priced from $365 per night (two-night minimum stay), including accommodation, breakfast daily for two at Gowings Bar and Grill, return transfers to the exhibition, and exhibition catalogue.

Phone 02 8262 0000 or visit

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Hotel de Arts Saigon … traditional Indochine elements and timeless French style.

Accor is offering a special opening rate of about $160 (exchange-rate dependent) per night to celebrate the opening of the Hotel de Arts Saigon as a member of its MGallery Collection.

The guest rooms and suites are elegantly designed with traditional Indochine elements and timeless French style, with eclectic touches of custom-painted furnishings and 19th-century French herbs that have been pressed and framed.

The newly built hotel is centrally located, just steps away from Notre Dame Cathedral, the Opera House, the historic Saigon Central Post Office and other key tourist attractions.

The opening rate is valid to December 26.


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Sanctuary Retreats offers ready access to game watching.

Tick that a luxury African safari off your bucket list and save up to 15 per cent on a stay at any of 17 Sanctuary Retreats’ boutique properties across Southern and East Africa.

Ranging from lodges in the more traditional big-game territories such as Kenya’s spectacular Masai Mara and Tanzania, through to luxury camps in the gorilla-filled mountains of Uganda, the properties are small, charming, exclusive and private, and set in fantastic landscapes that blend naturally into their environment.

Book by December 31 for travel next year.


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 SeaLinl … ready access to Kangaroo Island.

SeaLink has partnered with Kangaroo Island Wildlife Safaris to launch a new Dudley Peninsula scenic and wine coach tour which can be combined with a visit to the island’s Penneshaw Markets.

The air-conditioned SeaLink coach provides a 3.5-hour tour of local landscapes around the magnificent Dudley Peninsula on the eastern end of Kangaroo Island, with informative, friendly and fun commentary from local drivers.

The tour is priced at $112 per adult and $92 per child, including a return SeaLink ferry voyage from Cape Jervis.

Phone 131 301 or visit

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 One of the great images … Frank Hurley’s photograph of Shackleton’s Endurance stuck in sea ice.

Silversea Expeditions, in conjunction with the Royal Geographical Society, will operate a series of unique voyages to Antarctica in 2015 and 2016 to mark the centenary of explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance expedition.

The story of how Shackleton led his men in the Weddell Sea party over ice and ocean to safety, is one of the greatest survival tales in human history.

Explorer and journalist, Rebecca Stephens MBE, who was the first British woman to climb Everest and the Seven Summits, will be on Silver Explorer for its November sailing.

Phone 1300 306 872 or visit

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