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unnamed (29)Book four or more nights accommodation in Broome with Broome & The Kimberley Holidays and get return Qantas flights from $680 ex Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane ($388 ex Perth and $620 ex Adelaide).

The deal is available at the Mercure Broome, Mangrove Hotel, Oaks Cable Beach or Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa, and valid for bookings made by July 31 for stays from August 25 to March 21.

Add-on tours include: Cape Leveque Day Trip $269; Willie Creek Pearl Farm Tour with Gantheaume Point Cruise $195; Sunset Camel Ride $80; Helicopter over Cable Beach and Willie Creek $260.

Phone 1300 357 057 or visit

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Avalon’s Tapestry II on the Seine in Paris.

Book an Avalon Waterways’ 2016 European river cruise by September 15 this year and you’ll receive a return flight to Europe for a little as $799 per person. The operator has also waived single supplements for solo travellers, representing a potential saving of as much as $6496.

The cruises — on the Rhine, Danube, Main, Moselle, Seine, Rhône and Belgium’s Meuse River — range from eight to 24 days. Lead-in price is from $2264 per person, either twin-share or single, for the eight-day ‘A Taste of the Danube’ between Vienna and Budapest.

The single-supplement waiver applies to the entire 2016 schedule, the flight deal for travel March-May and September-November.

Phone 1300 230 234 or visit

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 Cycling through forests and past rice fields in Bali.

SpiceRoads Cycle Tours is offering a free cultural evening for those booking its six night ‘Bali Mountain Biking Adventure’ tour or two-night ‘Bali Explorer’ by December 31.

The evening includes a visit to the Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA) to enjoy one of the best permanent collections of Balinese and Indonesian paintings, an ARMA Cultural Performance, one of the best traditional dance shows in Bali, plus dinner during the performance.


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One of four Paradise Luxury boats on Halong Bay.

Paradise Cruises, which operates one- and two-night cruises on Vietnam’s Halong Bay, is giving its inaugural fleet of four Paradise Luxury boats a complete overhaul due for completion this August, with each boat’s 17 cabins getting new floors, ceilings, curtains, carpet and beds.

The 41.5-metre, four-deck vessels feature spa, bar and public jacuzzi, with most new furnishings being handmade, including the Oriental-style tables and chairs that now adorn the gourmet dining rooms.

Paradise Cruises’ other five boats — two each in the Privilege and Explorers categories, and one in the Peak category — are scheduled for refurbishment next year.


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Magellan … like its namesake, heading around the world.

Cruise Express is offering Australians the chance to join a round-the-world voyage, starting January 2017 in England, aboard Cruise and Maritimes Voyages’ Magellan, named after the Portuguese explorer who led the first circumnavigation of the globe almost 500 years ago.

Magellan will take 120 nights to visit 45 destinations, including Sydney, the Whitsundays, Townsville, Cairns and Darwin.

The complete voyage is priced from $17,550 per person twin-share, though Cruise Express is also offering sectors such as 27 nights from Sydney to Hong Kong, priced from $3899 per person twin-share.

Phone 1300 764 509 or visit

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 Warsaw’s Zamkowy Square with the Royal Castle and Sigismund Column.

For those wanting to travel independently in Poland, Beyond Travel has a seven-night itinerary from Warsaw to Krakow, including first-class rail travel between the cities, priced from $1225 per person twin-share.

There is a selection of between three- and five-star accommodation with daily breakfast, comprehensive sightseeing and services of a local representative.

Phone 1300 363 554 or visit

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Cruise from Santiago … and finish on the Queen Mary 2 in Sydney. has a good-value deal on a 25-night Queen Mary 2 package from Santiago to Sydney early 2016.

Pay from $5399 per person twin-share, including air travel from Sydney to Santiago and three nights in the Chilean capital.

Port visits include Easter Island, Papeete, Moorea, Auckland, Bay of Islands and Wellington.

The itinerary can be extended two weeks by embarking the QM2 in Rio de Janeiro and cruising Uruguay’s Beagle Channel, Argentinian waters, Cape Horn and Magellan Straight.

Phone 1300 369 848 or visit

Pix taken at the TreeTop Adventure Park, Ourimbah State Forest Red Hill Road Wyong Creek (corner of Yarramalong Road).Pictures taken to brief.Pix taken at the TreeTop Adventure Park, Ourimbah State Forest Red Hill Road Wyong Creek (corner of Yarramalong Road).Pictures taken to brief.

Crazy Rider … combines a rollercoaster ride with a zip line.

TreeTops reckons that, at a kilometre long, its Crazy Rider, located on the NSW Central coast at Ourimbah, 
offers the world’s longest tree-based ride.

The new ride apparently combines the suspense and thrill of a rollercoaster with the amazing flying sensations of a zip line.

After takeoff, riders dart through the trees traversing 40 slaloms and three 360-degree loops while suspended up to 18 metres (six storeys) above ground.

Rides are priced from $35.


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 Exploring Antarctic waters in Akademic Ioffe’s zodiacs.

Save $1500 per couple on international flights, plus get two free nights accommodation in Ushuaia, when you book Active Travel’s 18-night voyage to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica.

Pay from US$14,495 per person twin-share, including cruise on board the expedition ship Akademic Ioffe, onboard lectures, meals and zodiac excursions.

The itinerary includes a visit to old whaling stations and the grave of one of the most famous Antarctic explorers, Sir Ernest Shackleton.

Departs October 23.

Phone 1300 783 188 or visit

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Southern splendour … Forsyth Park Fountain, Savannah.

Book APT’s new 24-day ‘Grand Southern Charm’ itinerary and your companion will receive free return flights to the USA, including air taxes of up to $300.

Pay from $17,095 per person twin-share, including return flights, a seven-night Mississippi cruise and a 16-day land journey visiting Atlanta, Savannah, Charleston, Washington DC and New York City.

Boutique paddle-wheeler cruise journeys from New Orleans to Memphis via Oak Alley, Baton Rouge, Natchez and Vicksburg. Exclusive experiences include an after-hours tour of Graceland followed by dinner at the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum.

Book by November 30.

Phone 1300 196 420 or visit

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Rumba Beach Resort … get a fourth night free.

Book three consecutive nights at the Sunshine Coast’s Rumba Beach Resort and get a fourth night free.

Pay from $729 per couple for four nights in a one-bedroom spa suite.

Unlimited free wifi, free car parking, a bottle of red wine while watching unlimited free in-room movies and dining discount card.

Valid until August 31.


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Melbourne’s Vibe Savoy Hotel … save 30 per cent.

Be in Melbourne for the International Film Festival and the National Gallery of Victoria’s Winter Masterpieces, and save 30 per cent on a stay at the 4.5-star Vibe Savoy Hotel.

Pay from $109 per night.

Complimentary airport shuttle and free wifi.

Book and stay by September 30.

Phone 1800 912 386 or visit

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