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cicadaCicada Lodge, owned by the Jawoyn people and located within the Nitmiluk National Park near Katherine in the Northern Territory, is offering a shoulder-season rate of $550 per room per night from October 1 to November 30.

The rate includes accommodation in a luxury king room, champagne on arrival, canapés and drinks on the pool deck in the evening, and a gourmet breakfast the following day.

Phone 1800 242 232 or visit cicadalodge.com.auemporium

Luxuriate at Brisbane’s Emporium Hotel with a Winter Welcome or Romantic Winter Enchantment package throughout June and July.

The former is priced from $240 per night for a Queen Room, two winter cocktails and valet parking.

The latter is priced $458 per night and ramps things up to include overnight accommodation in a King Spa Suite, breakfast for two, romantic turndown with locally made Tambourine Mountain Liqueur, candles, rose petals and the sounds of a crackling fireplace.

iranPhone 1300 883 611 or visit www.emporiumhotels.com.au.

Active Travel will offer its first tour to Iran this October.

Its 14-day ‘Iran—Essence of Persia’ itinerary will allow guests to immerse themselves in one of the world’s oldest cultures and experience traditional cuisine and music in the homes of locals.

Included will be visits Iran’s great blue-tiled mosques, ornate gardens and old-world bazaars in cities like Esfahan, Yazd, Shiraz and the capital, Tehran.

Pay from $4985 per person twin-share, including 25 meals. Book by June 13 for a $250 discount on international flights booked through Active Travel.

Phone 1300 783 188 or visit www.activetravel.com.aunorth

Papua New Guinea is one of the few places left that boasts an abundance of untouched wilderness, pristine coral atolls, towering volcanos and ancient tribes that have remained largely unchanged by the modern world.

North Star Cruises’ boutique vessel True North offers several choices for exploring this remote destination. It’s 11-day ‘New Adventures in Paradise’ itinerary sails across the Bismarck Sea, including the beautiful Louisiade Archipelago.

Highlights of this journey include flights in the ship’s helicopter over the active volcano at Rabaul and an opportunity to visit the stirring Isurava seadreamMemorial on the Kokoda Track.

Prices start at $15,695 per person twin-share, including return charter flights from Cairns.

Phone 08 9192 1829 or visit www.northstarcruises.com.au.

SeaDream I will make its first-ever sailing from England in August, with a 14-night round-trip from Dover to some of the smaller medieval cities, ports and islands of the Baltic, together with two-nights in St Petersburg and a transit of Germany’s historic Kiel Canal.

Ports of call will include time-warped Bornholm in Denmark with its ancient stone fortresses, Sweden’s Visby, Tallinn with its famed Hanseatic architecture, and tiny Sassnitz on Germany’s Ruegen island, renowned for its white cliffs.

Prices begin at US$8749 per person twin-share, including five-star dining, wines with lunch and dinner, bar drinks, use of a 30-course golf simulator and state of the art fitness centre.

SeaDream I has just 56 staterooms for a maximum 112 guests served by 95 crew.sicily

Visit www.seadream.com.

Peter Sommer Travels is offering a range of culinary adventures across the Mediterranean, exploring fine food and wine in Turkey, Italy and Greece.

An eight-day ‘Gastronomic Tour of Sicily’, for instance, departs September 27 and is priced from £3295 per person twin-share (approximately A$5925) including transport, accommodation, most meals, crew and guide services, and all entrance fees and tips on excursions.

twin_watersGuests will feast on local produce including cheeses, chocolate, olives and honey, as well as enjoying wines from the vineyards of Mount Etna’s slopes.

Visit www.petersommer.com.

Novotel Twin Waters Resort, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, has launched a new water park featuring a series of connected inflatable slides, runways, jumping pillows and structures on the resort’s lagoon.

Facilities include ‘The Revolution’ rocker and slide, and the versatile soaker lounge ‘The Fiesta’, a great private-island oasis for adults or nautical play station for kids.

A 50-minute pass costs from $20 per person per session.

Accommodation rates start from $134 per room per night for a minimum two-night stay, including breakfast for two adults and two children. The offer is valid to October 6.

Phone 1800 072 277 or visit www.novoteltwinwatersresort.com.auOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Book by June 30 and save up to $650 per person on a range of Wendy Wu Tours’ group packages to China, Vietnam and India.

One of the many China tours available is the 21-day ‘Magnificent China’ tour, which includes highlights such as Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, the pandas at Chengdu, Guilin, Yangshuo and a four-night Yangtze River cruise.

Prices start at $5960 per person twin-share, including return airfares with Singapore Airlines, all accommodation and meals, transportation, daily tours and entrance fees.

cloudPhone 1300 727 998 or visit www.wendywutours.com.au.

Save up to $3000 per couple on Cruise Express’s new luxury 15-day fly/cruise package to Finland, Iceland and Greenland.

Pay from $8999 per person twin-share, including return flights from Sydney to Reykjavik, a 10-night cruise aboard the 300-passenger Silver Cloud, and accommodation in Helsinki and Reykjavik.

Includes visits to the quaint, peak-encircled Greenland towns of Nanortalik, the curiously spelt Qaqortoq and the capital, Nuuk — each boasting brightly painted houses built on rocky shores.

Departs August.

Phone 1300 764 509 or visit www.cruiseexpress.com.aujimbaran

Save 25 per cent on a two-to-four-bedroom Residence Villa at Four Seasons Bali Resort at Jimbaran Bay.

Pay from US$975 per night (plus 21 per cent tax) for a two-storey villa just steps from the beach and featuring high-ceilinged living and dining areas, fully equipped kitchen, entertainment centre and library.

Complimentary breakfasts, complimentary meals for children, free internet access, free laundry and pressing service, round-trip airport transfers and use of a hotel car and driver for up to eight hours.

Valid to December 26.

Visit www.fourseasons.com/jimbaranbaypeppers

Get an early-bird ski deal at Peppers Beacon Queenstown, right on the Lake Wakatipu waterfront.

Pay from NZ$1374 for seven nights in a one-bedroom suite.

Includes continental breakfast for two daily; apartments are fully self-contained with full kitchens, espresso coffee machines and iPod docking stations as well as a cosy fireplace.

Book by June 30 for travel June 1 to October 15.russia

Visit www.peppers.com.au/beacon.

Save $1000 per couple on Beyond Travel’s 10-day small-group ‘Highlights of Russia’ tour.

Pay from $3195 per person twin-share, including accommodation, most meals, first-class coach transport, business-class travel on the high-speed Sapsan train, plus tickets to the Moscow Circus and a Russian folklore show.

Includes touring in Moscow, St Petersburg and the ancient Golden Ring cities of Vladimir, Suzdal and Sergiev Posad.

Departures July and August.

Phone 1300 363 554 or visit www.beyondtravel.com.au.

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