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backyardBackyard Travel has a new three-night package that uncovers the lush forests, indigenous tribes and diverse wildlife of Mondulkiri, Cambodia’s most remote province.

Prices start at $869 per person twin-share ex Phnom Penh, including breakfasts, lunches and guided excursions to attractions such as the stunning Bou Sraa Waterfall, and the Mondulkiri Protected Forest, which is home to the indigenous tribe the Phnong.

There is also an opportunity to work on a project rehabilitating elephants back into their natural environment.

Visit www.backyardtravel.comdraw

Draw on the Mountain self-explore art festival and Sketchbook Trail drawing competition will be held at Wild Valley Art Park in the Blue Mountains between September 15 and October 19.

They are designed for artists and enthusiasts, including children, to experience secret and iconic Blue Mountain’s locations through art.

Each Sketchbook Trail entrant is provided with a free sketchbook and tour map to drawing locations such as the Norman Lindsay Gallery and garden, the Water Nymph Dell at Wentworth Falls, Blackheath’s Rhododendron Garden, Scenic World, Olympic Rock Lookout at Leura, and Wild Valley floriadeArt Park’s self-sustaining 17-acre property.

Phone 02 4757 4791 or visit www.drawonthemountain.com.au.

Peppers Gallery Hotel and Mantra on Northbourne have created ‘Blooming Marvellous’ packages for the 27th year of Canberra’s iconic Floriade, which will run at Commonwealth Park from September 13 to October 12, with a spectacular Nightfest from September 24-28.

Peppers Gallery Hotel Canberra is offering accommodation, a cheese tasting platter on arrival, breakfast for two, midday checkout and a packet of seeds for inspiration at home from $239 per night. Phone 1300 987 600 or visit www.peppers.com.au.

Mantra on Northbourne is offering a package from $179 per night Thursday to Monday, including a bottle of wine and chocolates on arrival, buffet breakfast for two and midday checkout. Phone 131 517 or visit www.mantra.com.auheron

One of nature’s greatest journeys continues each year on the Great Barrier Reef’s Heron Island when, from September to March, giant loggerhead and green sea turtles return to lay their eggs in the same spot as they were hatched some 30 years earlier.

The Heron Island Turtle Season Escape has been created so that this natural phenomenon can be witnessed first-hand by guests.

Prices start from $477 per person twin-share, including three nights accommodation, breakfast, oceaniasnorkel trip, turtle talks and special turtle gift.

Phone 1300 233 432 or visit www.heronisland.com.

Cruise Express is offering travellers the opportunity to visit 92 ports in 45 countries on five continents on one of the world’s longest-ever cruises in 2016 — the 180-day ‘World Odyssey’ on board Insignia, which will cross the equator four times during the journey.

The Miami-return cruise will include ports in Venezuela, Grenada, Barbados, Brazil, South Africa, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Indonesia, Australia (Darwin, Cairns, Townsville, Sydney and Hobart), New Zealand, Tonga, Tahiti and Hawaii.

Fares are available from $46,670 per person twin-share if booked by December 31 this year.outrigger

Phone1300 764 509 or visit www.cruiseexpress.com.au.

Kids aged 7-12 staying at Fiji’s Outrigger on the Lagoon can become hands-on rangers for a day at Kula Eco Park, the country’s only wildlife park.

Rangers help out making special food for the soft coral and tropical-fish display, hand feed bird species such as the kula collared lories, give health checks to some of Fiji’s rare iguanas, and hand-feed baby animals.

Cost is about $70, including transport, lunch and drinks, a uniform shirt, digital photographs and taxes.

Families booking before September 30can stay at Outrigger on the Lagoon for seven nights from about $972 for two adults and two children. Valid for rumbastays from October 7 until March 31.

Visit www.outrigger.com/fijifamily7.

Escape the winter doldrums with a three-night spring break in the five-star luxury of the Rumba Beach Resort at Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast.

Prices start at $630 for three nights in a one-bedroom suite, including unlimited movies, two hours free electric bike hire, complimentary bottle of white wine and a discount card for local dining savings.

The deal is valid from September 1 to December 1.tahiti

Visit www.rumbaresort.com.au.

Air Tahiti Nui’s latest South Pacific holiday deals include a seven-night package priced from $4569 per person twin-share ex Sydney, including five nights at the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort in a hillside villa with breakfast daily and two nights in Tahiti.

Upgrade to an overwater villa for from $595 per person.

baliVisit www.airtahitinui.com.au.

Take advantage of Direct Flights’ low-cost holiday packages to Bali.

Pay from $1189 per person twin-share ex Sydney ($1168 ex Melbourne; $1169 ex Brisbane; $998 ex Perth; $1498 ex Adelaide), including return airfares with Garuda and five nights accommodation at the Melasti Beach Bungalows and Spa at Kuta Beach.

Includes an evening cultural performance in Batabulan showcasing three traditional Balinese dances — the Kecak Money Dance, the Fire Dance and the Saghyan Trance Dance.

Valid for sale and travel to March 31.

Phone 1300 234 909 or visit www.directflights.com.aucapetown

Save up to $2000 per couple on airfares when you book a 2015 Travelmarvel African holiday.

Pay, for instance, from $6495 per person twin-share for a 15-day ‘Cape Town to Chobe Adventure’.

Above package includes travelling the length of South Africa’s Garden Route and a two-night stay at the luxurious Shishangeni Private Lodge in Kruger National Park.

Book by January 31.

courtyardPhone 1300 196 420 or visit travelmarvel.com.au.

Get an opening specials at Courtyard by Marriott Bali Seminyak.

Pay from $107 per room per night.

Receive $100 hotel credit to spend on things such as the all-day breakfast experience at Seminyak Kitchen, drinks at the pool bar, and body treatments at Zanti Retreat.

Valid until November 30.warhol

Visit www.marriott.com.

Get really arty on your European holiday and save up to 30 per cent at the hip Art’otel Berlin City Centre West.

Pay from $74 per night per room for two.

And take a guided tour through the hotel’s art collection, which boasts more than 200 works by Andy Warhol and photographer Chrispopher Makos.

Book by August 31 for stays until October 16.

Visit au.hotels.com.

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