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Seventh-generation Tasmanian Jan Glover has created something special at Adventure Bay Retreat on the north coast of Bruny Island.

Set on 33 acres of coastal bushland and originally opened in 2011 with The Lodge and The Cottage, Jan has recently added two more luxury accommodation options, The Studio and The Lair to the offering.

The buildings have been created by local craftspeople using locally sourced materials and the interiors feature locally crafted furniture and fittings and original art by talented Tasmanian artists.

Jan also aims to keep the carbon footprint down by minimising waste, relying on local produce and including energy efficiencies in the design. They even have complimentary bikes for guests to use.


 Leading guests on a tour of ancient traditions … Kerry-Ann Winmar.

Aboriginal-owned-and-operated Nyungar Tours has launched new walking excursions in Perth, and with authentic cultural experience they are conducted by a traditional owner with a family history of ancient customs and traditions.

Tours feature South Perth foreshore, the Scented Gardens and views of the city and Swan River, as traditional stories of Whadjuk Country and Perth’s Nyungar people are shared.


 Something aquatic for just about everyone … Caloundra Beach on the Sunshine Coast. Image: Sandra Burn White.

How does salt in the air, feet in the sand, relaxing under the shade of an umbrella while watching the crashing waves sound? Pretty good.

On Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, Rumba Resort, right on the beachfront at Caloundra, is offering two-night packages Sunday to Thursday for $369, including complementary drinks for two on arrival.

The deal applies to one-bedroom spa units and is valid for stays from January 28 to March 31.

The offer can be extended on the basis of ‘pay for five nights, stay for seven’.

Spicers Tamarind Resort … idyllic setting for an outdoor movie screening for Valentine’s Day.

Treat your loved one to night at the movies this Valentine’s Day … but do it with a real difference if you happen to be on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

The action kicks off with some live music at 5pm on February 14 in the rainforest-fringed oasis at Maleny’s Spicers Tamarind Resort, followed by an outdoor movie experience featuring your own individually styled picnic area, bottle of prosecco, cheese-and-charcuterie platter, Asian noodle box, popcorn, dessert and screening of Pretty Woman.

The cost of this indulgent night under the stars is $275 per couple, though they do have some availability for accommodation as well.

Phone 1300 311 429 or visit

Vasco da Gama … will call Adelaide and Fremantle home.

Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ new ship Vasco da Gama will call Adelaide and Fremantle home during its 2019-20 Australasian season — and also become the first cruise ship to visit the South Australian port of Wallaroo, the gateway to the Copper Coast and Yorke Peninsula, and in close proximity to the renowned food and wine region of the Clare Valley.

Cruises will range from a two-night Western-Australian weekend escape to 10-night voyages around Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia, with the season being finished by a cruise from Singapore to London.

It will also be the first cruise ship to visit four South Australian ports in one voyage — Adelaide, Wallaroo, Penneshaw and Port Lincoln.

Phone 1300 307 934 or visit

 Ngorongoro Crater Camp in Tanzania … the epitome of ‘glamping’.

An authentic safari experience doesn’t mean forgoing a little luxury, as exemplified by Sanctuary Retreats, which has unveiled a raft of upgrades to its Ngorongoro Crater Camp in Tanzania.

All 10 of the camp’s canvas tents have been redecorated and furnished with an earthy natural palette to complement the biodiversity of the surrounding terrain.

The tents are the epitome of ‘glamping’, and feature contemporary ensuite bathrooms complete with indoor camp showers.

Other mod cons include hairdryers, plug points and gym bags containing yoga mats, weights, skipping ropes and resistance bands.

Each tent comes with its own designated attendant, on hand to bring guests restorative tea and coffee first thing in the morning and ensure the camp shower is at the perfect temperature whenever required.

And the journey to Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp is equally spectacular, navigating a serpentine road past Maasai herders and their cows, along the rim of the crater swathed the clouds.

Rates are from US$490 per person twin-share per night, but there are discounts for stays of three nights or longer at any Sanctuary property.


 Passengers on Seven Seas Explorer can improve their culinary prowess in the ship’s Culinary Arts Kitchen.

Billed by Regent Seven Seas Cruises as the most luxurious ship ever built, Seven Seas Explorer will for the first time cruise Australian and New Zealand waters as part of its 2020-21 season.

The ship boasts all-suite, all-balcony accommodation featuring marble bathrooms and a mini-bar that is replenished daily free-of-charge.

Seven Seas Explorer offers seven speciality restaurants, each with no additional cover charges, ranging from the laidback Pool Grill to the sophisticated Prime 7 to the zen-like surrounds of Pacific Rim.

Guests can also improve their own culinary prowess in the exclusive Culinary Arts Kitchen.

Several of Seven Seas Explorer’s 2020-21 voyages will depart from, or disembark in, Sydney including: the 178-night Singapore-to-Sydney ‘Balinese Celebration’ sailing, the 14-night Auckland-to-Sydney ‘Grandeur of New Zealand’ cruise and the 18-night Sydney-to-Bali ‘Koalas to Komodos’ adventure.

Phone 1300 455 200 or visit

 Riviera’s Jane Austen on the Danube … deals for solo travellers.

Riviera Travel has added nearly 190 solo-occupancy cabins to its European cruises in April and May, allowing lone travellers to sail without paying any single supplement.

The line is now offering solo-only cabins on every sailing and every ship.

The additional sole-occupancy cabins have been added to seven different itineraries across Europe, including cruises on the Danube, Rhine, Rhone and Douro rivers and the canals of Holland.

The cruises cost from $3089 per person for sole-use cabin for the seven-night ‘Bruges, Medieval Flanders, Amsterdam and the Dutch Bulbfields’ cruise, highlights of which include exploring medieval villages, various WW1 historic sites, the world’s largest flower garden at Keukenhof, and Amsterdam’s bustling streets and canals. Fares are subject to availability and include daily guided excursions, onboard meals and wi-fi.


 Wairarapa Wines Harvest Festival … taste the best from New Zealand’s pinot-noir capital.

It’s often been described as New Zealand’s pinot-noir capital so dedicated fans of this most fickle red grape variety should take note.

Wellington’s annual boutique wine festival — Wairarapa Wines Harvest Festival — will take place on March 9.

Held on the banks of the Ruamahunga River in the Gladstone wine-growing region, the festival is a great place to sample some of the area’s top drops, as well a range of delicious foodie treats featuring regional produce.

There is also an emphasis on entertainment throughout the day, featuring a variety of live music, art exhibitions and static displays ensuring that all tastes are catered for.

Vineyards pair up with regional restaurants to produce a range of outstanding dishes which guests can sample to their heart’s content.


 Spicier than most … Wendy Wu Tours is offering a fly-free deal to India.

Wendy Wu Tours is offering a fly-free deal in conjunction with its 18-day fully inclusive ‘Highlights of India’ tour to a nation full of cultural experiences, diverse landscapes, enigmatic people and grandeur palaces and temples.

Highlights of the tour, which is priced from $6180 per person twin-share, include exploring the charm of Delhi, seeing the Taj Mahal at sunrise, and searching for tigers in Ranthambore.

The offer is valid for sale and travel valid to March 22.

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