Travellers’ good buys for week beginning September 9.
Experience some of the backwaters of southern India on Explore Worldwide’s 12-day journey through Kerala.
Travelling from Kovalam to Kochi in a small group, guests discover calm waterways and riverside village life aboard a traditional houseboat, enjoy a home-cooked curry during a homestay with a local family, go in search of tigers, elephants and wild boar at Periya National Park, and visit a tea plantation at Munnar hill station.
Prices start at $1180 per person twin-share, including eight nights in a standard hotel, one night each in a village house, bungalow/chalet and houseboat, 11 breakfasts, three lunches, three dinners, and bus, train and boat transport. Group sizes range from 12 to 16 people.
Phone 1300 439 756 or visit http://www.exploreworldwide.com.au
Wild Valley Art Park, at Wentworth Falls, will host the inaugural 10-day Draw on the Mountain Festival from September 20-29, featuring workshops and master classes with leading Australian and local artists.
The program will include a self-drive Sketchbook Trail Competition, capturing World Heritage backdrops, iconic tourist attractions and less known natural treasures in the Blue Mountains.
The trail, which can be traversed by car or public transport and the hop-on/hop-off Blue Mountain Explorer Bus, incorporates the Norman Lindsay Gallery and gardens at Faulconbridge, Wentworth Falls Lake and Lookout, Lawson Waterfalls, Scenic World and the new Blue Mountains Cultural Centre at Katoomba.
The sketchbook trail will culminate in an exhibition of the artworks at Wild Valley Art Park, where artworks will be judged for a major $5000 acquisitive prize, with awards for enthusiasts and children’s categories also given.
Phone (02) 4757 4791 or visit www.drawonthemountain.com.au
Mercure Resort Gerringong by the Sea, on the NSW South Coast,has partnered with nearby Jamberoo Action Park to offer a spring family holidayspecial.
The Stay & Play package starts from $309 per night for a family of four, including accommodation, complimentary in-house movies and in-room Play Station, car parking, full buffet breakfast, noon check-out, and one-day pass for four people to Jamberoo Action Park, with its water rides, slides, toddler-friendly splash zones, mini-golf, go-kart racing and a scenic chairlift.
The deal is valid until October 30.
Phone (02) 4234 1359 or visit http://www.mercuregerringong.com.au
Sydney-based globalCARSis offering cut-price rental rates at more than 30,000 locations around the world, using major suppliers such as Hertz, Europcar, Alamo Avis, Budget, Sixt, Advantage, Thrifty, Red Spot, Enterprise and National.
Rates are as low as $18.26 a day in Ireland, $25.71 in London and $33.87 in Los Angeles, including unlimited kilometres, airport fees, collision damage and theft waivers, all local taxes and breakdown assistance.
Phone 1300 789 992 or visit http://www.globalcars.com.au
Book a short stay at Kakadu Cultural Tours’ Hawk Dreaming Wilderness Lodge and you can save up to $144 on indigenous cultural sightseeing trips.
For example, guests staying one night at Hawk Dreaming Lodge will enjoy a KakaduGuluyambi cruise free of charge, with Aboriginal guides providing a cultural insight while exploring the East Alligator River.
Prices start at $265 per person twin-share, including accommodation, sunset safari, dinner, breakfast and the cruise.
Guests staying two nights will also receive 30 percent off an Arnhemlander 4WD safari.
Hawk Dreaming Wilderness Lodge is located in a Kakadu restricted area surrounded by spectacular mix of wetlands, ancient aboriginal art and stunning rock outcrops. Less than 1,000 people a year access this permit-only area.
Phone 1800 895 179 or visit http://www.kakaduculturaltours.com.au
Insight Vacations’ 17-day ‘Ireland & England in Bloom’ holiday in June next year includes a visit to the World Flower Show in Ireland.
The trip travels from Dublin to London and includes visits to Buckingham Palace and the Titanic building and exhibition in Belfast, dinner and an overnight stay in Ashford Castle, a dinner cruise on the Thames, a visit to the Blarney Stone, wine tasting in Hampshire and a Cornish Coast excursion.
Prices start at $6250 per person twin-share, including airport transfers, luxury coach transport with business class leg-room, premium hotels, sightseeing experiences and priority admissions, many meals including celebration and highlight dinners, small group sizes and services of an experienced tour director.
Phone 1300 727 767 or visit http://www.insightvacations.com.au
The Henry Jones Art Hotel in Hobart has launched a luxury stay-drive packagein conjunction with Overdrive Car Hire until September 30.
A minimum two-night package including use of a Mini Cooper Chilli or BMW320i is priced from $475 per night, including accommodation in a spa harbour-view room with breakfast for two people, complimentary wifi, a morning newspaper and valet parking.
Audi TT Coupe and Porsche Boxster packagesare also available.
Phone 03 6210 7700 or visit http://www.thehenryjones.com
Ayers Rock Resortand Voyages Travel Centre will present a special school holiday program to introduce children to Australia’s indigenous cultural heartland.
The program will run September 23 to October 13 and includes learning traditional techniques of boomerang and spear throwing, joining in traditional Aboriginal games and watching world-renowned artists from Maraku Arts demonstrating the technique of fine poker work on wooden artifacts that are synonymous with Central Australian Aboriginal art.
Indigenous guest activities already feature performances by the Wakagetti Dance Troupe.
Phone 1300 134 044 or visit http://www.ayersrockresort.com.au
Save up to $2000 per couple on any of Travelmarvel’s new African holidays with one person flying free (excluding taxes).
Pay, for instance, $4495 per person twin-share for an 11-day itinerary from Cape Town to Johannesburg, taking in South Africa’s Garden Route, Port Elizabeth and Kruger National Park.
Includes two nights at Shishangeni Private Lodge in the heart of the Kruger National Park.
Book by December 31.
Phone 1300 300 036 or visit http://www.travelmarvel.com.au/africa2014
WHAT & WHERE: Boutique apartment accommodation for theVictorian Spring Racing Carnival at Metro Apartments Bank Place in inner Melbourne.
THE DEAL: Pay from $185 per night (minimum two-night stay applies to Derby Day and Melbourne Cup).
FEATURES: All suites include a kitchenette and laundry facilities;complimentarywifi.
WHEN: November 2-9.
DETAILS: Phone 1800 004 321 or visit http://www.metrohotels.com.au
Save more than 1000 per couple on a selection of eight-day small-ship cruises with Beyond Travel through the Adriatic and Aegean Seas.
Pay from $2470 per person twin-share.
Cruises are on a range of first-class mega-yachts that average around 25 cabins only. They are large enough to have spacious social areas yet small enough for an intimate and relaxed atmosphere and to be able to dock at smaller ports.
Book by January 30.
Phone 1300 363 554 or visit http://www.beyondtravel.com.au
Celebrate the arrival of spring with Adina Apartment Hotel Canberra James Court’s ‘Flavours of Floriade’ package.
Pay from $320 a night for a two-bedroom spa apartment.
Includes bottle of wine, savoury snack pack and complimentary parking.Until October 14.
PIC: Explore Worldwide’s Kerala journey … discover some of southern India’s backwaters.