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TRAVEL: 15 APRIL 2016
Crooked Compass has retained 2016 rates for its 2017 program of kayak and whale-watching tours in Baja California.
Spend your days paddling kayaks amongst dolphins and blue whales in turquoise waters of the sea of Cortez, before reaching Magdalena Bay.
These protected waters are the breeding and calving ground for the California grey whale, whose curious calves, encouraged by their gentle mothers, take an interest in the skiffs as they pop their heads out allowing guests to stroke them.
Prices start from $2997 per person for an eight-day itinerary.
Phone 1300 855 790 or visit www.crooked-compass.com.
Raw Wildlife Encounters (RAW) and Stay Wild have joined forces to offer travellers the chance to join real tiger patrols in northern Sumatran rainforest areas such as Batu Katak and the Gunung Leuser National Park.
Guests will collect camera traps, witness wildlife in its natural habitat, record observations and camp in beautiful rainforest.
As well as the endangered Sumatran tiger, other wildlife encountered could include wild Sumatran orangutans, elephants, the endemic Thomas Leaf monkey, Siamang gibbons and many birds and reptiles.
The price of the eight-day adventure is $1790 per person twin-share, including a $250 donation to tiger conservation.
Save 30 per cent on a stay at London’s four-star The Academy, a restored Georgian hotel which combines old-world charm with modern luxury and is located in the beautiful West End neighbourhood of Bloomsbury.
Book at least three days prior to check-in and pay from $118 per night.
It’s just a short stroll to the famous Oxford Street, London’s premier shopping precinct, Covent Garden, and the must-see British Museum.
And make sure to treat yourself to a traditional British afternoon tea at The Alchemy, the hotel’s onsite restaurant.
Valid for bookings till 26 May and for stays until 29 May.
Phone 1800 687 236 or visit https://au.hotels.com/.
Adelaide Sightseeing has launched a new excursion which combines a half-day city tour with a two-hour RoofClimb of the picturesque Adelaide Oval.
The city tour explores Adelaide’s main attractions, cultural boulevards and the city’s parklands, including elegant, tree-lined North Terrace, historic North Adelaide, the Botanic Gardens, St Peters Cathedral and Haigh’s Chocolates, the oldest family-owned chocolate maker in Australia.
At Adelaide Oval guests will embark on the two-hour roof climb, walking along the curved roofline of the Western Stand before navigating across a link bridge to the Riverbank Stand.
On the Riverbank Stand climbers then walk the gantry to an open viewing deck overlooking the goal square.
The tour is priced at $165 per adult and $103 per child (12-15yrs).
Phone 1300 769 762 or visit www.adelaidesightseeing.com.au.
A new 36-day cruise-tour from Cruise Express combines a guided journey through Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Peru, with the British territory of the Falklands and the pristine wilderness of Antarctica.
It includes the top drawcards of South America, including Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu Falls, Buenos Aires and the ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu.
Prices start at $19,480 per person twin-share ex Australia, including a 21-night cruise from Buenos Aires to Valparaiso, with highlights including a voyage around legendary Cape Horn, past the mighty glaciers of Patagonia and three days in Antarctic waters.
Another highlight will be boarding Peru Rail’s scenic Vistadome train for a trip through the Andes to the remote village of Aguas Calientes nestled in a deep gorge below the ruins of Machu Picchu.
Phone 1300 764 509 or visit www.cruiseexpress.com.au.
The skies over Shellharbour and Wollongong will play host to one of Australia’s largest and most spectacular air shows, Wings Over Illawarra, on April 30 and May 1.
Book tickets and accommodation now for Wings Over Illawarra and take in two days of aeronautical displays and aerobatics featuring Australia’s very own top-gun pilot, Matt Hall.
Relive the past with a spectacular display of classic warbirds and vintage aircraft, helicopter flights, rare and vintage car and motorcycle displays.
The Novotel Wollongong Beach, Sage Hotel Wollongong, Wollongong Surf Leisure Resort and Jamberoo Resort are all offering special rates for airshow attendees.
Visit www.wingsoverillawarra.com.au and www.visitnsw.com.
The 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare will be a focal point of the 27th Macao Arts Festival, which will run from April 30 to May 29.
Another 400th anniversary will also be marked that of the death of the Ming Dynasty’s famed Chinese playwright Tang Xianzu.
The Arts Festival will be just one of a host of colourful celebrations in Macao this year among them the annual A-Ma Festival, Procession of Our Lady Mercy, Feast of the Drunken Dragon, the Macao Dragon Boat Festival, Feast of Hungry Ghosts, the International Fireworks Display Contest, Mid Autumn Festival, Macao City Fringe Festival and International Music Festival.
Phone (02) 9264 1488 or visit www.macaotourism.gov.mo.
Hand-feed dolphins, splash out in the crystal clear waters of Moreton Bay and explore your wild side on a desert safari tour on this three-night stay at Tangalooma Island Resort.
Save more than 25 per cent by paying from $299 per person twin-share, including hotel accommodation, wild dolphin hand-feeding experience, daily maid service, desert safari tour, return launch transfers from Brisbane Wharf and many free activities.
Tangalooma Island Resort lies in a stunning eco-habitat, located just over an hour’s boat trip from Brisbane, and is renowned for an unspoilt natural environment and wildlife including local bottlenose dolphins and turtles.
The offer is valid for sale until April 30, 2016, and for select travel periods until June 24.
Phone 1300 883 887 or visit www.travelonline.com.