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August 10, 2020 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

There’s less than a month to go until the Brisbane Festival.

With giant outdoor installations, intimate street concerts, suburban symphonies and an epic new light-and laser-installation, this year’s festival is set to bring the unexpected and the delightful to Brisbane from 4-26 September, reaching all 190 suburbs of the city with a line-up unlike any presented before.

Spanning 490 performances across 91 events — 73 of which are free — there really is something for everyone.

The free events include Sunsuper Night Sky, Messengers of Brisbane and Street Serenades.


 Art at the Geelong Gallery and Queenscliff Gallery.

If you’re missing your fix of art right now, the Geelong Gallery and Queenscliff Gallery have you covered.

Both galleries have embraced the digital world to bring some incredible art exhibitions that people can view from home.

Now they can see the beautiful work of Rick Amor, Philip Davey and David Moore at Queenscliff Gallery and Workshop.

Their broad brushstrokes and stunning landscapes are bought to life on the digital platform where visitors can ‘walk through’ and view the exhibition in situ and purchase any of the works on display.

At the Geelong Gallery visitors can take a digital 360-degree virtual tour to experience the permanent collection and current exhibitions by artists including Kate Beynon.


 High Country at Home: cook, taste, judge, savour and indulge.

A suite of new High Country at Home interactive classes is set to bring a ray of warmth to the current weather.

Cook, taste, judge, savour and indulge in the flavours of Victoria’s beautiful High Country with these unique, fun, guided experiences to enjoy at home.

Bookings are now open for tasty morsels including meeting local foodie, Sally Lynch, at the big iron gates of the Old Beechworth Gaol then heading inside to the kitchen for a lively lesson in the finer points of making a cracking tom kha gai in the Big House using classic Thai flavours including fresh herbs and lemongrass grown right there in the prison garden.

Or explore the magic of muscat deep in the century-old barrel room at Pfeiffer Wines, tasting a range of luscious drops guided by the maker while learning the art of blending at this exclusive, hands-on ‘True Muscat Experience’.


 Luke Nguyen: will host of a Kimberley adventure in 2021.

Luke Nguyen’s gastronomic journeys through Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar have become a popular highlight of APT’s South-east Asia tours.

Now the company has announced the return of long-time APT Ambassador, acclaimed chef, author and television personality Luke Nguyen as the host of a Kimberley adventure in 2021.

Nguyen will join APT’s 14-day ‘Kimberley Coastal Cruise & Purnululu Experience with Luke Nguyen’ in July 2021 which includes a nine-night cruise on a small expedition ship, the MS Caledonian Sky, two nights in Kununurra and two nights at APT’s exclusive Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge.

Prices start from $15,595 per person, twin share, plus a fly-free offer or an early booking saving of $2000 per couple.


 Thredbo: explore new frontiers.

Break free and explore new frontiers. Once you are au fait with Thredbo’s inbound slopes, you may become curious for a little more piste and quiet, and while scanning the Australian Main Range from the top of Karels T-Bar, those untracked slopes and limitless space start calling your name.

If you’ve been thinking about exploring ‘out there’, but just don’t know how, then a Backcountry Tour is your invitation to an entirely new snow experience.

Whether on skis, snowboard or snow shoes, there are a variety of tours all featuring the backdrop of the raw beauty of gnarled eucalyptus trees, empty mountains and wildlife cameos.

In groups of two-to-five, learn backcountry skills from experienced guides (first-aid trained, with avalanche certification, appropriate emergency equipment and mountains of off-piste experience).

Tours range from introductory to advanced, so adventures abound whether this is your first uphill step, or you’re a backcountry bandit.


Visiting the Barcelona markets.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises is offering US$1000 shipboard credit per suite for bookings made by this August 31 on 2021 Alaska, Northern Europe and Mediterranean voyages.

And the Regent “cancel for any reason” policy now applies to all bookings made by that date for all voyages departing through to 31 October 2021.

Unlimited free shore excursions await guests on 90 sailings across Alaska, Northern Europe and the Mediterranean departing in 2021, including the company’s ‘Meandering in the Mediterranean’ adventures which range from seven to 26 nights in length with home ports in Barcelona, Venice and Rome, among others.

NOTE: Potential travellers should check the status of individual events and establishments with regard to the coronavirus outbreak.



NOTE: Potential travellers should check the status of individual events and establishments with regard to the coronavirus outbreak.

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