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unnamed (12)Port Macquarie’s Billabong Zoo has opened its Africa Exhibit, a new home for cheetahs Warrior and Vongani, who are expected to be big drawcards this summer.

The zoo has apparently undergone massive transformation becoming one of NSW’s best regional zoos for close-up, intimate encounters with animals.

Passionate owners, Mark and Danena Stone, have opened a range of new exhibits for cheetahs, snow leopards, a monster crocodile, penguins and red pandas.

Phone 02 6585 1060 or visit

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 Rent a Renault through globalCARS and enjoy reduced prices and bonus inclusions.

Australian holiday lease company globalCARS is offering significantly reduced prices and bonus inclusions on a range of new Renault vehicles throughout 2016.

The company is offering an earlybird bonus of up to 10 free days and discounts of 50 per cent off delivery fees when cars are collected and returned to major European airports. All fees are dropped when cars are collected and returned to major French airports.

Rates for 17 different models of Renault all include GPS units, a bonus of free days, unlimited kilometres, full insurance and no excess in 42 countries, no charges for additional drivers, no maximum age for drivers and 24-hour roadside assistance.

Rates for shorter leases of 21 days cost from $60 a day when seven free days are included.

The earlybird rates are valid for bookings made by December 31 this year, for travel between February 15 and December 31 next year.

Phone 1300 789 992 or visit

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Visit a flower market to see India’s colourful side.

Wendy Wu Tours is offering savings of $500 per person on its 22-day fully inclusive ‘Highlights of India and Nepal’ itinerary for selected departures in February and March next year.

The tour travels from Delhi to Kathmandu and is now priced from $7670 per person twin-share, including return airfares from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth.

Highlights include Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, the ‘pink city’ of Jaipur, safaris in Ranthambore National Park, Agra to view the Taj Mahal, a boat ride along the River Ganges, Kathmandu and surrounding cities.

Phone 1300 727 998 or visit

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 Iran’s Isfahan Naghsh-i Jahan Square.

Luxury travel operator Captain’s Choice is tipping Iran to be one of the most popular new travel destinations for 2016.

Its 16-day ‘Iran in Depth’ itinerary next May is priced from $12,935 per person twin-share, inclusive of flights, travel insurance, accommodation, meals, sightseeing and internal transport.

Highlights include visiting the National Archaeological Museum in Tehran featuring artefacts dating back more than 35,000 years, and wandering through the UNESCO World Heritage Golestan Palace complex.

Phone 1300 176 681 or visit

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 Stay at arty QT Sydney and enjoy a blockbuster exhibition at the MCA.

One of the city’s most arty hotels, the QT Sydney, is offering special packages in conjunction with the MCA’s blockbuster exhibition, Grayson Perry: My Pretty Little Art Career.

Prices are from $320 per night, including accommodation in a king deluxe room (minimum two-night stay), exhibition tickets for two, and choice of dinner for two at Gowings Bar & Grill (food only), breakfast daily at Gowings Bar & Grill, or a spaQ treatment for two.

The deal is valid for bookings between December 10 and January 26.



 The Hebridean Princess … a floating Scottish manor.

London’s famous Ritz Hotel, the luxurious Belmond Royal Scotsman train and that floating Scottish manor, the Hebridean Princess, are just a few of the exclusive experiences guests will encounter on Cruise Express’s 17-night ‘A Very Royal Affair’ journey by rail, road and sea through the UK next year.

In Scotland, guests will attend the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and visit the Royal Yacht Britannia. A night will also be spent in an elegant lodge on the sprawling estate of historic Dumfries House, a stately Scottish mansion boasting an unrivalled collection of original 18th century Chippendale furniture. Another highlight is Inveraray Castle, which is nestled by a loch in the Scottish Highlands.

Prices start from $18,999 per person twin-share, including return flights from Australia.

Phone 1300 764 509 or visit

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 Getting up close and personal with the Sumatran orangutan.

Raw Wildlife Encounters is offering 10 per cent discount on its 2016 12-day small-group ‘Wild Jungle Safari’ to North Sumatra, for bookings made during December.

Highlights include hiking into the lush rainforest, river tubing down amazing river ecosystems, exploring the famous Bat Cave, washing orphan elephants, witnessing wild animals such as the Thomas Leaf monkey, and getting up close and personal with the Sumatran orangutan.

Prices are from $3105 per person twin-share. Visit

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 Thredbo … it’s not all about skiing.

The mountain-biking season has officially started at Thredbo, with more than 25 kilometres of new trails available to visitors with all levels of experience.

From December 4-6, some of the world’s best riders will head to Thredbo for Australia’s premier mountain-biking event, the annual Toyota Cannonball MTB Festival.

The new Thredbo All-Mountain Trail is suitable for intermediate riders and offers unrivalled views of Thredbo Valley, with riders negotiating flowing switchbacks, smooth rollers, boulder rides and some fast downhill sections.

Phone 1300 020 589 or visit

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