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Jamie Whincup and Paul Dumbrell of Red Bull Racing Australia winners of race 2 and the Pirtek Endure Cup at the Castrol EDGE Gold Coast 600, Event 12 of the 2014 Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series at the Gold Coast Street Circuit, Gold Coast, Queensland, October 26, 2014.

It’s claimed to be the Gold Coast’s biggest party —the V8 Supercars Castrol Gold Coast 600, which will be held from October 23-25.

Among the many packages available is a four-night Sportsnet deal including accommodation in the Mantra Legends Hotel, a three-day trackside pass to the Castrol Gold Coast 600, a pit-lane walk experience, and entry to Shipwrecked — an exclusive Sportsnet Island Function.

Prices start from $785 per person twin-share.


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 The Scenic Diamond in Budapest.

Cruise for 15 days aboard a Scenic Space-Ship from Amsterdam to Budapest along the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers in November 2016 and pay from $6795 per person twin-share, including return flights to Europe.

Price also includes butler service, complimentary laundry, complimentary beverages all day, return airport transfers, Scenic Enrich events, Scenic Freechoice activities, and all tipping and gratuities.

Full payment must be received by August 31 this year.

Phone 138 128 or visit

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 Ponant’s Le Boréal … a 132-cabin luxury mega-yacht.

Cruise Traveller’s 29-night ‘Scottish Highlands to French Riviera’ itinerary next May explores the backroads of Britain and France, blending luxury with charming, off-the-beaten-track experiences — and also featuring a seven-night cruise aboard Ponant’s 132-cabin luxury mega-yacht Le Boréal.

There are hotel stays in Edinburgh, London, Paris, Lyon and Nice, an also in several French wine-producing regions.

Prices start at $15,999 per person twin-share, including return Emirates flights from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.

Phone 1800 507 777 or visit

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Petit Chefs … unleashing culinary skills at Krabi’s Phulay Bay resort.

Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton property in Thailand’s seaside Krabi resort precinct, is inviting younger guests to unleash their inner culinary skills with its new Petit Chef program.

Offered complimentary to resort guests, the activity allows children aged 5-11 to spend a day walking in a chef’s footsteps, from selecting ingredients in the resort’s organic garden to whipping up a delicious meal for mum and dad.

The tiny chefs will learn how to make several delicious, yet simple, dishes such as long yard bean salad, local spinach ravioli, lemongrass macaroon and a pandan butter cake.


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 Villa Mako … set well away from Bali’s tourist areas.

The colonial design of Bali’s Villa Mako owes much to the architecture of traditional Javanese plantation houses with the high, wooden-strutted ceilings of the villa’s central hall taking their inspiration from an old college in Central Java.

Set well away from Bali’s tourist areas in the tiny village of Tiying Tutul, Villa Mako sits amid the rhythms of agricultural life and gracefully honours Balinese culture.

Guests are welcome at Hindu ceremonies in the nearby temple, which provide a unique insight into the religion and customs of Bali.

Rates start at USD445 per night.


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Just a-walkin’ the dog — Queen Mary 2 will get 10 more kennels next year.

Cunard, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, will give its illustrious flagship Queen Mary 2 a 25-day break next May for a “significant refurbishment” at the Blohm+Voss Shipyard in Hamburg.

Passengers travelling with man’s best friend are obviously high on the priorities list.

Key developments in the refurb include the addition of 15 single staterooms, 30 Britannia Club balcony staterooms plus 10 more kennels.


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 Cuba … a fascinating destination to explore by motorbike.

Extreme Bike Tours will run its first Cuban tour in 2016, with adventurers choosing from a Harley Davidson, BMW 800cc or Suzuki VStrom to ride across the exotic Caribbean island.

The 13-day tours are priced at US$5975 per rider and US$4250 per pillion passenger, including accommodation, seven dinners, three lunches, fuel and motorbike hire, with departures February 21 and March 6.

The itinerary will include visits to rural villages, the museum at the Bay of Pigs and the mausoleum of executed Marxist revolutionary, Che Guevara, with an optional ride to Guantanamo also available.


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The Sebel Busselton … a great spot for a winter break in Australia’s extreme south-west.

Pay from $149 per night this winter for a studio room at the Sebel Busselton and savour all the delights of Western Australia’s south-west.

Indoor activities include a large heated swimming pool, two glass-fronted squash courts, and facilities for a game of pool or table tennis.

There are also regular visits from a coffee van, a French Bakery van and a curry van.

Phone 08 9754 9800 or visit

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Breakas Beach Resort … an idyllic South Pacific destination.

Save $750 per couple on a six–night Vanuatu package with Hoot Holidays.

Pay from $390 per person twin-share, including accommodation at Breakas Beach Resort, plus daily continental breakfasts, welcome fruit cocktails and return airport transfers.

Includes local village tour, an introductory scuba lesson and free use of resort snorkelling and kayak equipment during your stay.

Book by August 31 for travel until March 31.

Phone 131 381 or visit

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 Canberra … there’s always plenty to visit and do.

Save more than $1000 per couple on a two-night stay at Park Hyatt Hotel Canberra.

Pay from $399 per couple, including hot buffet breakfasts.

Includes full access to the clubhouse heated pool, gymnasium, sauna and tennis court, plus bonuses such as bike hire, restaurant bonuses, $100 endota spa credits, wine-and-cheese tastings, and savings on local experiences.

Book by August 2 for travel until August 31.

Phone 1300 889 900 or visit

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 Pretty Valley Alpine Lodge … skiing plus relaxation.

Get free snow equipment and clothing hire when you book a two-night family ski package at Pretty Valley Alpine Lodge in Falls Creek.

Pay from $1750 for two adults and two children under 14 in a quad-share room.

Includes breakfasts, lunches, dinners and morning and afternoon teas, childcare entertainment 6-9pm, wifi, in-house cinema, luggage transfers.

Valid for weekends from 4-13 September.

Phone 03 5758 3210 or visit

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Warwick Fiji Resort & Spa … combines first-class resort facilities with a great range of activities.

Get seven nights for the price of four at the Warwick Fiji Resort & Spa.

Pay $825 per person twin-share, including return airport transfers, full buffet breakfast daily plus free meals program, free kids club and free accommodation for children under 12.

The resort combines first-class resort facilities with a great range of activities from horse riding, mountain bikes, snorkeling, diving and fishing trips.

Book by July 31 for travel from July 31 to March 31.


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