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January 15, 2018 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

Save $1000 on a seven-night treatment at the Golden Door Health Retreat in the Hunter Valley before March 31.

The cost of from $3395 per person twin-share includes accommodation in a luxury villa or suite, personal wellness assessment on arrival, all nutritious meals and snacks, a diverse selection of group fitness activities and relaxation and mind-body classes, a daily program of health education seminars and workshops, use of all facilities including steam room, spa bath and relaxation lounges, three spa treatments and one wellness consultation to the value of $110 each, and complimentary transfers to and from Newcastle and Sydney airports each Sunday.



 Breakfast at the Hilton Sydney. Image: Nikki To.

Stay three nights at the Hilton Sydney and save 15 per cent.

Pay from $299 per night, including daily buffet breakfast for two, double honors points and two complimentary drinks

The offer is valid for travel until December 31, 2018.


 The natural beauty of Lake Menindee at sunset.

An underground motel, indigenous rock art, striking desert scenery and the chance to search for opals are among the iconic Outback experiences featured on four 2018 tours offered by Tri State Safaris and attracting a 10 per cent discount if booked by January 31.

The discount is valid, for instance, on the five-day ‘Outback Lap’ itinerary, which includes an exploration of Cobar’s copper-mining heritage, learning about the indigenous heritage of the Mutawintji people, staying in an underground motel, and soaking up sights of natural beauty in the Menindee region.

Including the discount, the cost is from $2385 per person twin-share, including all meals.

Phone 1300 688 225 or visit

 QT Canberra … offering a ‘Luxury Discover Canberra’ package.

QT Canberra hotel has teamed up with Mercedes-Benz to offer a ‘Luxury Discover Canberra’ package priced from $550 per night.

Included in the package are an overnight stay in a Junior Suite and breakfast, dinner in Capitol Bar & Grill, cocktails in QT Lounge, two tickets to Songlines at the National Museum of Australia, two tickets to Hyper Real at the National Gallery of Australia, and use of a Mercedes-Benz vehicle during the stay.

Optional add-ons are a sunrise hot-air balloon and a helicopter tour.


Bruce Munro’s Field of Light Uluru. Image: Mark Pickthall.

The showing of Bruce Munro’s immersive installation, Field of Light Uluru, has been extended for a further peiod and will now remain in place at Ayers Rock Resort until December 31.

The exhibition, aptly sub-titled Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku (‘looking at lots of beautiful lights’ in the local Pitjantjatjara language) features more than 50,000 slender stems — each crowned with radiant frosted-glass spheres — over an area the size of nine football fields.

It is the artist’s first work to be illuminated entirely through solar power. The spheres, connected via illuminated optical fibre, bloom as darkness falls. Pathways draw viewers into the artwork, which comes to life under a sky brilliant with stars.

Pre-booking Field of Light experiences before arrival is strongly recommended.


 Ecoventura’s MV Origin … several themed Galapagos departures.

Ecoventura has introduced several themed Galapagos departures using its small-group luxury vessel MV Origin.

In September comes its first culinary departure, featuring local celebrity chef, Juan Carlos Ordoñez, who will treat guests to a celebration of coastal Ecuadorian cuisine.

And for photography enthusiasts there will be two special sailings in late October and early November featuring Mauricio Torres, who will provide practical lessons and expert feedback, allowing guests to improve their wildlife photography skills and take home high-quality images.

Other sailings will focus on health-and-wellness and marine biology.


Experience the energy of imperial cities as you explore souks stuffed with exotic wares with G Adventures. Image: Ruth Murphy.

G Adventures is offering discounts on a range of its small-group tours in a sale until January 31 for travel before July 31.

Save, for instance, $100 per person of the company’s 15-day ‘Highlights of Morocco’, and pay $1679 per person twin-share to travel between Casablanca and Marrakech.

Wander through kasbahs, spice markets, and cities pulsing with energy. Climb onto a camel and explore the edge of the Sahara before admiring the views from the heights of the Atlas Mountains.

Phone 1300 796 618 or visit

Get off the beaten track in Iceland with Toursgallery.

Toursgallery has created a small-group 14-day ‘Grand Tour of Iceland’ taking in locations off the usual tourist road.

Highlights of the tour will be cruises to the Westmann Islands and Flatey Island to visit puffin colonies.

Green farmland, geysers, thundering snowmelt-fed waterfalls and crystal-clear icebergs on black-sand beaches create stunning photo opportunities.

Fjords, mountains, glaciers, waterfalls and museums will be visited, as well as quaint old villages, tranquil lakes, romantic hotels and the attractions around Reykjavik.

Three Super Jeeps in convoy, with four guests in each vehicle, will venture off the main road.

Prices are from $15,500 per person twin share, including all breakfasts, all dinners and the best available accommodation in each location.

Phone 1300 307 317 or visit

 The Rhine Gorge … more castles per square kilometre than anywhere else in Europe.

This year marks 200 years since author Mary Shelley stayed in the Rhine Gorge near Frankfurt in Germany and wrote her classic gothic novel Frankenstein.

Australian visitors can explore some of the landscape that inspired her on a seven-night self-guided walk offered by On Foot Holidays.

The company’s Castles of the Rhine walk features more castles per square kilometre than anywhere else in Europe, with the route from Bingen to Koblenz leading through picturesque villages and past 20 castles that loom over the meandering Rhine.

Featuring woodlands, vineyards, fine restaurants, historic buildings, villages and stunning views of the gorge, the route provides a unique and memorable walking experience.

While journeying through the region which inspired Mary Shelley, guests will stay at small B&Bs and hotels, including one converted castle perched high above the river.

The walk is medium-hard in difficulty, with five to seven hours of walking each day. Shorter options are also available.

Including seven nights accommodation, all breakfasts, two picnics and all luggage transfers, the walk costs from about $1265 per person twin-share.


 The Scenic Sapphire at Avignon … part of a 13-day sojourn to the South of France.

Scenic has released a selection of offers for the 2018 season, valid for sale until March 31.

They include a 13-day sojourn to the South of France, travelling between Lyon and Marseille.

Save up to $2000 per person and pay from $5795 per person twin-share.

The itinerary includes two exclusive Scenic ‘Enrich’ experiences, including the spectacular Scenic Rouge.


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