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with JOHN ROZENTALS
TRAVEL: 15 APRIL 2017
Soak up some tropical sunshine in the Society Islands with Air Tahiti Nui offering special deals to some of French Polynesia’s most idyllic destinations.
Until 24 April, return economy flights from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane to Tahiti are priced from $1209 per person.
And return economy flights to Huahine and the lush island of Raiatea are priced from $1609 per person, while flights to Bora Bora, the ‘Pearl of the Pacific’, are available from $1729 per person.
The deals are valid for travel between April 21 this year and March 31 next year, with some blackout periods.
Phone 1300 657 190 or visit www.airtahitinui.com.au.
International vehicle operator globalCARS is offering a choice of motorhomes worldwide at rates from $20 per day.
The Sydney-based company can provide a choice of traditional two-, four- and six-berth vehicles in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the US, with up to eight-berth slide-out motorhomes available in North America.
The $20 lead-in rates apply to rental periods of from seven days overseas and three days in Australia.
Vehicles are covered by comprehensive insurance, are provided on an unlimited-kilometres basis, and include shower and toilet, hot water, fridge, cooking equipment, storage, heating and air-conditioning and all cutlery and crockery.
Phone 1300 789 992 or visit www.globalCARS.com.au.
For nearly 200 years much has been celebrated, discussed and enjoyed over a cup of Kona’s world-famous coffee.
Praised for its fine, light and memorable taste, Kona coffee once again takes center stage at the 47th Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival from November 3- 12, on Hawaii’s Big Island.
Throughout the 10-day event, festival goers will celebrate the harvest as Kona coffee farms offer a first-hand look at growing their crop and converting it into one of the world’s most traded commodities.
The will also be abundant opportunities to enjoy a thriving local art scene based on coffee, plus music, dance and food events offering tastings, with hands-on cultural events helping tell the story of Kona’s rich coffee history.
Abercrombie & Kent has organised a special 18-day family-oriented journey this coming Christmas to the Antarctic Peninsula, Falkland Islands and South Georgia on board the 199-passenger Le Lyrial.
In addition to daily Zodiac excursions which take in the extraordinary flora and fauna of Antarctica think penguins, whales and bird-watching there are tailored hands-on activities and workshops for young travellers throughout the cruise, including research-station visits, searching for ocean creatures in tidal pools, squid dissection, bridge visits with the Captain, penguin drawing, nautical knot tying, photography lessons, and snowball fights.
The journey features two Young Explorer leaders dedicated educators and experts in engaging children’s creativity who will share their knowledge and expertise with young travellers.
Book by May 31 and pay from about $23,850 per adult twin-share, a saving of some $6700. Fares for children aged 7-18 start at about $15,150.
Included are all accommodation, all meals, open bar, all shore excursions, a full lecture program, charter flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia, and gratuities.
Phone 1300 590 317 or visit www.abercrombiekent.com.au.
In 1633, the residents of the Bavarian town of Oberammergau vowed that if they were spared from the bubonic plague sweeping the region, they would produce a play for all time depicting the life and death of Jesus.
They were spared the worst of the disease and have performed the Passion Play once every 10 years since, making it the world’s longest-running theatrical performance.
The next performance will be in 2020 and Scenic is taking pre-registrations, with a deposit of $250 per person.
The company will be offering a number of land tours and river cruises linked to the performance.
Phone 138 128 or visit www.scenic.com.au.
Succumb to the lure of a romantic rail journey, with Flight Centre offering a choice of deals through Australia’s red heart on the iconic Ghan.
Jump, for instance, aboard The Ghan as part of a five-night getaway to South Australia and the Outback from $1159 per person.
The offer includes three nights for the price of two in Adelaide, a tour of the Barossa Valley and Hahndorf, a night aboard The Ghan from Adelaide to Alice Springs in a Gold Service twin cabin with meals and drinks, a night in Alice Springs and a day tour of the West MacDonnell Ranges.
Departing January 18 next year, the special offer is valid for sale until May 21.
Another option is the seven-day ‘Top End Explorer’ package, taking in Adelaide, Darwin and Kakadu for from $2149 per person.
Departing February 3, this package is also valid for sale from May 21.
Phone 1300 939 414 or visit www.flightcentre.com.au.
Daydream Island Resort and Spa in the Whitsundays will bring forward its planned 2018 refurbishment in the wake of substantial damage caused by recent Tropical Cyclone Debbie.
The resort will now stay closed ahead of a continuing clean-up and the beginning of works later this year, with an estimated reopening time of mid-2018.
The resort will spend more than $50 million on significant refurbishment, including accommodation upgrades, renovations to existing attractions and installation of new features which will transform it into 4.5-star resort.
Major works will include redevelopment of the arrivals pavilion, reception area, main atrium area, Waterfalls restaurant, Lagoons bar, all room types and Mermaids Restaurant.
Additionally, the Lovers Cove function area will be expanded and a new Asian-inspired restaurant will be built overlooking Mermaids Beach.
Trackers Mountain Lodge, located in the heart of Falls Creek Alpine Resort, is offering a kids-stay-free deal between June 10 and June 22, and again from September 22 until the resort closes its lifts.
The ski-in-ski-out lodge is also offering kids a 50 per cent discount on ski-lift passes during those periods.
Family packages are priced from $1599, including four nights quad-share accommodation, continental breakfasts, plus four full-day ski-school programs for two children.
The same package in August peak season costs $4598.
Phone 03 5758 3346 or visit www.trackers.com.au.
After one of the wettest wet seasons for years, Kakadu is looking in perfect condition for the forthcoming peak ‘dry’ season, with several new developments in place.
The famous Crocodile Hotel … aka ‘The Croc’ or the Mercure Kakadu … has followed up earlier refurbishments with a further upgrade of 51 rooms and the addition of distinctive Indigenous styling in all rooms.
Cooinda is also upgrading both its lodge accommodation and its camp ground, with safari-style tented accommodation being made available from late June for the dry season.
Special Yellow Water fishing charters will be available throughout the season, and conditions for barramundi fishing have been described as “brilliant”.
Kakadu National Park is also offering visitors a chance to explore Indigenous cuisine and influences during the first ever ‘A Taste of Kakadu’, an interactive food festival which will be held between May 12 and 21.
The festival will showcase Kakadu’s most famous produce, including barramundi, magpie goose, and one of the world’s first super foods, the Kakadu plum.
Tasmania will host a bevy of feasts and arts-and-music festivals this winter, led by events such as Dark Mofo, in which Hobart’s famed Mona will bring centuries-old winter-solstice rituals to life in various locations across the city from June 8-21.
Other highlights include the Bay of Fires Winter Arts Festival on the state’s East Coast from June 9-12, and the Festival of Voices in Hobart from June 30 to July 16, a series of magical nights of song, fire, light and warmth.
And don’t forget the Huon Valley Mid-Winter Fest from July 14-16, when the region will celebrate its apple-picking heritage with rustic food and cider by the fireside and the centuries-old tradition of wassailing a method of scaring any bad vibes and nasties from the orchard’s cider-apple trees to ensure a bumper crop.