Book a 2016 On The Go Tours overland safari to East or Southern Africa and take a friend with you for free.The company claims to be the only operator to camp inside Chobe National Park. Each safari features three crew members: trip leader, driver and safari cook, and many of the campsites have swimming pools.
The offer is valid for bookings made prior to November 30 and for travel January 1 to August 31.
Visit www.onthegotours.com .
Getting up close to the Antarctic ice with Aurora.
Aurora Expeditions is offering a partners-fly-free-to-South-America deal for selected departures of its fully inclusive Antarctic package, saving couples up to $2675 if they book by January 31.
Each package includes a choice of a 12- or 18-day Antarctica expedition aboard the 54-passenger Polar Pioneer, return international flights to South America, domestic flights within South America and a three-night stopover in either Santiago or Buenos Aires, including accommodation, half-day city sightseeing tour and airport transfers.
Prices start from $17,995 for the first person, with the second person travelling for $15,320.
Phone 1300 061 490 or visit www.auroraexpeditions.com.au.
Visit inner-city Melbourne’s pubs with Aussie Brewery Tours.
Aussie Brewery Tours, which offers a selection of flexible full-day tours to the Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula and inner-city Melbourne, has launched a four-hour Urban Beer Odyssey night tour in Melbourne visiting three different inner-city breweries and craft-beer venues.
Price is $105. Visit www.aussiebrewerytours.com.au.
Dublin … City of a Thousand Welcomes.
Dublin has been named one of the best cities in the world for travellers in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2016 guide.
The guide sets out a collection each year of the world’s hottest travel trends, destinations and experiences for the 12 months ahead.
“The diaspora has turned inside out and Dublin is now a truly cosmopolitan capital, with an influx of people, energy and ideas infusing the ever-beguiling, multi-layered city with fresh flavours and kaleidoscopic colours.”
The book highlights a city program which allows a traveller “To meet the perfect stranger through the Little Museum’s brilliant City of a Thousand Welcomes initiative, where an ordinary Dubliner will tell you about their home town over a free drink in a local pub.”
Wollombi General Store. Image: Anson Smart.
While the Hunter Valley might be synonymous with great wine, the region’s outstanding art will be on show as ‘Sculpture in the Vineyards’ takes over the wineries until November 29.
The annual celebration of art, food and wine takes place in historic Wollombi village, with neighbouring vineyards and cellar doors showcasing over 100 outdoor sculptures in five temporary sculpture parks.
Situated along the picturesque Wollombi Valley Wine Trail, visitors can enjoy a diverse range of art while sampling some of the fine wine and fresh produce for which the Hunter Valley is famous.
Yellow Water Billabong. Image: Paul Arnold
Kakadu Tourism has launched a range of cruise and accommodation offers to provide even greater incentives for visitors to enjoy Kakadu National Park during the ‘green season’.
Spectacular rock art can be viewed at Nourlangie, cooling swims can be enjoyed in waterholes such as Motor Car Falls, and hundreds of bird species along with crocodiles and other wildlife are active on Yellow Water Billabong.
Visitors can book a Sunset cruise and the Sunrise cruise the following day and save $65. The ‘Sunset and Sunrise’ package is available for $124 per person, and includes two cruises and full buffet breakfast at Cooinda Lodge.
The ‘Wine and Dine this Green Season in Kakadu’ package includes accommodation, with breakfast and a two-course dinner, accompanied by a complimentary bottle of wine, and is priced for $249 for two adults. The offer is valid to March 31.
Phone 1800 500 401 or visit www.kakadutourism.com.
The Branson Estate … luxury in the British Virgin Islands.
Virgin Limited Edition, Sir Richard Branson’s up-market collection of retreats — will add The Branson Estate on Moskito Island in the British Virgin Islands to its portfolio from early 2016.
Situated on 125 acres surrounded by turquoise Caribbean waters, The Branson Estate features three villas offering a total of 11 bedrooms for at least 22 guests. The three villas are complemented by a recreation area where guests can take advantage of a diverse range of activities and dining options.
Palm Boutique Hotel, Phnom Penh … stay for $83 per night.
Save 60 per cent on a stay at the Palm Boutique Hotel, Phnom Penh.
Pay from $83 per night and stay just in time for the traditional Water and Moon Festival, when citizens and tourists gather for one of the Cambodian capital’s largest celebrations and enjoy fireworks and boat races.
Book and stay at this four-star hotel by November 30.
River Jets … offering thrill rides on Fiji’s Sigatoka River.
Sigatoka River Safari has launched River Jets Thrill Ride in Sigatoka on Fiji’s Coral Coast, promising a high-octane ride not for the faint hearted.
The ride travels along the Sigatoka River while executing 360-degree spins and lots of twists and turns.
Sigatoka River Safari, owned and operated by Australian Jay Whyte, first launched in Fiji in 2006 and was followed by Off Road Caves Safari in 2012.
The 40-minute thrill ride operates hourly in Keelow, a craft which can seat 11 passengers and was custom made in New Zealand.
Prices are $110 for adults and $55 for children.
Close encounters with whales in Tonga.
Majestic Whale Encounters is offering visitors to Tonga the chance to swim with humpbacks as they teach their offspring to spy hop, breach and slap their pecs and flukes before they head south.
The Australian operator is offering an 11-day ‘Nurture and Love’ whale-swim holiday from September 4-15 next year.
Guests will spend seven nights at Sandy Beach Resort on Ha’apai and four nights at Fafa Island Resort just north of Tonga’s main island of Tongatapu, with all main meals included in the package and free days to bushwalk, fish, cycle or just relax under a palm tree by the beach.
Prices are from $4620 per person twin-share, including main meals, local inter-island flights and transfers.
Phone 0405 594 253 or visit www.majesticwhaleencounters.com.au.
Wilpena Pound … now accessible by air.
Make a weekend of it at Wilpena Pound Resort, the only accommodation in the Flinders Ranges National Park 430 kilometres north of Adelaide, with the launch of flights from Adelaide via Roxby Downs.
The flight to the resort is a scenic air tour with guided commentary, giving guests a bird’s-eye view of the South Australian outback and the iconic Wilpena Pound amphitheatre.
Wilpena Pound Resort is offering a weekend package priced just under $3000 per couple ex Adelaide, including flights, meals, tours and a late 1pm checkout on the Sunday.
Phone 1800 805 802 or visit www.wilpenapound.com.au.
Getting very close to the northern tip of Australia … Cape York.
Off Road Adventure Safaris is including a $300 discount and a free 25-minute helicopter flight over Cape York’s tip for bookings made before December 31 on its eight-passenger 15-day 4WD ‘Northern Adventure’ accommodated tours from Cairns next year.
The discounted price is $8495 per person twin-share, which includes choice of local Cairns tours, 12-day road trip, Kuranda VIP Skyrail, return flight to Cairns from Thursday Island, accommodation, all meals, tea/coffee breaks, park/guide fees, and ferry and airport transfers.
Phone 07 4128 2049 or visit www.tourcapeyork.com.au.