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apt_bunglesBook by December 31 and grab a special deal on APT’s new collection of small-group 4WD Kimberley wilderness adventures.

A 15-day ‘Kimberley Complete’, departing in April, May or September next year is priced from $7995 per person twin-share, a saving of $1600 per couple.

Highlights include APT Signature Experiences such as a helicopter ride over Mitchell Falls, touring a working cattle property at Home Valley Station, and exploring the Bungle Bungle Ranges.

The price includes all accommodation, with six nights at APT’s exclusive Wilderness Lodges, each offering luxury tented cabins with a private ensuites, front decks, hot showers, dedicated APT lodge hosts and three-course dinners served under the stars.

Phone 1800 240 504 or visit

SeaDream II’s first Asian season includes visits to one of the planet’s most beautiful archipelagos, an ancient port still rich with Dutch colonial history, and the island home of the world’s largest lizard —SeaDream II ... crew of 95 to serve 112 guests the three-metre komodo dragon.

The mega motor-cruiser, which has a crew of 95 to serve 112 guests, will depart Singapore on January 11 for Seribu, within the so-called One Thousand Islands, 9th-century Semarang, Lembar on Lombok Island, Komodo Island and Benoa on Bali.

The seven-day itinerary is priced from US$3954 per person twin-share, including five-star dining with wines and open bars.

Phone 1800 217 902 or visit

arcadiaTake some time out from children and grandkids on’s 24-night cruise package on the adults-only Arcadia from Los Angeles to Sydney next February.

Fare start at $2399 per person twin-share, including Sydney-Los Angeles airfare and a night at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport Hotel.

Ports of call include Tahiti and Bora Bora in French Polynesia, Suva, Bay of Islands and Auckland.

Phone 1300 369 848 or visit

Leading boxer Danny Green is championing a new venture now that he’s retired from the ring — as a partner in Champion Holidays, a new division of the Ignite Travel Group.


Danny Green … championing a new venture

Champion Holidays offers “affordable” packaged holidays to Fiji, Bali, Hawaii, Thailand and Queensland, bundling airfares, accommodation and bonus extras.

The Fiji deal, for instance, is priced from $1340 per person twin-share, including airfares, seven nights at Fiji Hideaway Resort and Spa, transfers, buffet breakfast daily, a two-course lunch and dinner everyday and beverage package. Children play, stay and eat free.

Phone 1300 656 426 or visit

harbinThe world’s biggest ice-and-snow-sculpture festival will be held in Harbin, in north-eastern China, from January 5 to February 28.

There will be two main exhibition areas — Sun Island and Ice and Snow World, which will feature illuminated full-size buildings made from blocks of crystal-clear ice cut directly from the Songhua River.

Selective Tours has a nine-day package including Shanghai, Xian, Beijing and Harbin priced from $2428 per person twin-share, including two high-speed train trips and one internal flight.

Phone 1300 760 208 or visit

P&O’s 2015 program out of Fremantle will be the first to open Western Australia’s Margaret River to cruising, with Pacific Jewel calling twice at Busselton’s historic 1.8-kilometre jetty, the longest in the Southern Hemisphere.

The region is renowned for its scenery, wineries, boutique breweries, chocolate factories and wildlife.

Phone 13 24 28 or visit

Peregrine Adventures’ 2014-15 Antarctic program features a new 25-day itinerary incorporating Getting up close ... all part of the Peregrine experiencethe seldom-visited Scotia Arc chain of islands, before calling at the Falklands and South Georgia.

It then heads south to the lesser-known and more remote South Sandwich, South Orkney and South Shetland archipelagos.

With a 20 per cent earlybird discount — available until September 39 — the trip is priced from $21,555 per person triple-share.

Phone 1300 791 485 or visit

Expert anglers Peter Morse and Matt Tripet will host fly-fishing weekends at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa in the Snowy Mountains on November 22-24 and February 14-16.

Prices start at $444 per person with six people sharing a three-bedroom lake-view apartment, including two nights accommodation, expert tuition throughout the weekend, a welcome drink, dinner on both nights, lunch on one day, hot buffet breakfast daily, late check-out and full use of resort facilities.

Phone 1800 020 524 or visit

Save 15 per cent on Cox & Kings’ small-group Grand Tour of Indochina, a 19-day exploration of angkorLaos, Vietnam and Cambodia.

Pay from $5560 per person twin-share, based on November 15 departure.

Highlights include a boat trip to the Pak Ou caves in Luang Prabang, a visit to Dao Thuc village in Hanoi to enjoy an outdoor water puppet show, a junk boat cruise around the limestone islands of Halong Bay, French colonial Hoi An, a visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels, a tour of historic Phnom Penh and light picnic breakfast at Preah Khan — a remote Angkor temple.

Book by November 10 for departure up to November 15.

marrakechPhone 1300 836 764 or visit

Discover exotic Morocco from just over $60 a day with Explore Worldwide’s 15-day ‘Marrakech Express + Kasbah Capers’.

Pay from $915 per person twin share, including accommodation, 14 breakfasts, two dinners, one lunch, tour leader, drivers, optional local guides and minibus, local bus, train and taxi transport.

Highlights include travel to the heart of the Sahara Desert to see the impressive Tinfou Dunes, and spending two nights living among Berber tribes in the mountain village of Tagoudiche.

Book by December 13 for departures until December 22.

Phone 1300 439 756 or visit

Save on mobile bills while overseas with the new Anaconda Travel SIM.sim

Buy a SIM $50, including $40 worth of airtime and free delivery. Call rates claimed to be up to 90 per cent cheaper than major telco rates.

Can be used in more than 200 countries and territories; card comes with US and UK phone numbers.

Until further notice.

Phone 1300 792 231 or visit



Accompany prolific polar explorer Tim Jarvis on an extended ice walk during Intrepid Travel’s 11-day Arctic voyage on board the Spitsbergen Explorer and save up to 20 per cent on superior and deluxe suites.

Pay from $10,108 per person twin-share. Triple-share rates begin at $6964.

As well as almost guaranteed polar bear sightings, travellers are likely to see an abundance of wildlife including walruses, puffins and whales.

Book by September 30 for sailing next June.


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