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TRAVEL: 24 FEBRUARY 2017

Tigerair Australia will operate regular return services between Melbourne and Townsville on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, commencing 22 June.

Melbourne-Townsville flights are scheduled to depart at 8.15am and arrive at 11.15am, while return Townsville-Melbourne flights are scheduled to depart at 11.45am and arrive at 2.50pm.

To mark the occasion, Tigerair has launched a special sale featuring $10 one-way fares on the first flights on 22 June, and one-way fares from $69 between 23 June and 14 September. The sale runs until 11am Saturday 25 February.

Visit https://tigerair.com.au/.

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Looking for a modestly priced motorhome rental in North America?

DriveAway Holidays is offering several one-way relocation specials for brand-new motorhomes coming off Cruise America’s production lines in Chicago, Los Angeles and Toronto.

Relocations include Chicago to Boston, Seattle, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Salt Lake City; Los Angeles to Denver, Seattle, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City; Toronto to Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary.

As an example, rates from Chicago to Los Angeles in April start from about $50 per day on a minimum seven-day rental in a three-berth motorhome.

Phone 1300 363 500 or visit https://www.driveaway.com.au.

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Monograms has expanded its offering to include South America in its 2017 program, featuring 11 options to the continent, including several single-city getaways which can easily be added to more extensive packages.

A four-day Rio de Janeiro getaway, for instance, is priced from $961 per person twin-share, including three nights accommodation in a premium hotel and a private tour to the city’s iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer.

Phone 1300 230 234 or visit www.monogramstravel.com.au.

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Ecruising.travel’s ‘Alaskan Skies, Rocky Mountain Highs’ combines an Alaskan cruise on the recently refurbished Celebrity Solstice, a Rocky Mountaineer rail journey in Silver Leaf class, and a ground tour of the Canadian Rockies staying at the historic Fairmont Hotels in Banff, Lake Louise and Calgary.

The 20-night package departs on September 12 this year and is priced from $9999 per person twin-share ex Australia, and includes a seven-night cruise visiting Ketchikan, Tracy Arm Fjord, Juneau, Skagway, the Alaska Inside Passage and Victoria, British Columbia, before arriving in Vancouver.

Highlights of the Rocky Mountaineer journey include viewing some of the most spectacular scenery Canada has to offer, through Fraser Valley and Canyon, along Thompson River, to Kamloops and Banff.

Phone 1300 106 466 or visit http://www.ecruising.travel.

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A hot-air ballooning operator, Floating Images, has teamed with the Metro Hotel Ipswich International to combine a city-and-country balloon flight over the Great Dividing Range in Queensland with an overnight stay in the historic city of Ipswich, including accommodation, breakfast and dinner.

The package is priced from $870 for two adults and includes a one-hour balloon flight, one night of accommodation for two at Metro Hotel Ipswich International, dinner for two at Harvest Restaurant & Bar; breakfast for two following the balloon flight and commemorative flight certificate.

The offer is valid until March 17.

Phone 07 3294 8770 or visit http://www.floatingimages.com.au.

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The Ningaloo Reef humpback-whale-interaction tours will again be offered in Exmouth and Coral Bay on Western Australia’s Coral Coast between August and November this year, following preliminary trials last year.

Prices will generally be in the $400 bracket but will vary somewhere between about $325 and $550-plus per adult depending on inclusions.

Live Ningaloo
, for instance, is charging $550 per head but is putting a spotting plane into the air daily and delivering guests directly to the best spot.

Visit http://www.australiascoralcoast.com.

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Accommodation can be much more than just a place to rest your head — it can be the highlight of your trip.

NSW offers a range of quirky accommodation that will make lasting memories, such as bedding down in a former double decker London bus, stretching out in a private treehouse, or snoozing underground.

High up in the canopy in the Blue Mountains is the adults-only Wollemi Wilderness Treehouse.

With wall-to-wall windows, exposed native timber and perched on timber stilts, the Treehouse offers stunning views of Bowen’s Creek Gorge.

It might be a back-to-basics romantic escape but it does includes a spa and wood fire.

Visit http://www.wollemiwilderness.com.au.

Tigerair … launching Melbourne-Townsville services.

Explore North America … Driveaway is offering a range of motorhome relocation specials.

Rio’s iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer … Monograms’ program includes a private tour.

Celebrity Solstice … your home for seven nights into Alaskan waters.

Floating Images … combining balloon flights over Ipswich with accommodation.

Interacting with giants … swimming with humpbacks on Ningaloo Reef.

Wollemi Wilderness Treehouse … an adults-only back-to-basics romantic escape.