Australia is a land of natural explorers. It may be due to the isolation of our ‘Down Under’ global positioning. It may be because we are an island, always looking to the horizon for signs. It may be because there is so much to see in near regions, an over choice of sublime experiences waiting to be touched, so close, yet so remote. We are bounded by some of the oldest cultures on earth. Exotic ports await us. Spicy islands of mystery abound in our near seas. We become their friend, we reach out to touch, to smell, to saviour and to feel their warmth, their smile.
We need not travel too far for some of the unique journeys on the planet; CH Cruises are offering luxury sailing holidays to sensual ports throughout Indonesia and Thailand. These magnificent cruises are the perfect escape from home with every last detail catered for. Explore Indonesia’s lesser known Islands, then Java and Lombok on the Star Clipper for 7 nights from $2710 or Indonesia Westbound including Mont Bromo, Satonda Crater Lake and the Dragons of Komodo for the same price. Try Thailand, sailing the perfect islands from Phuket to the Surin islands and the pretty Similan Islands, reaching Langkawi, before returning to Phuket. A bucket list sail adventure from just $2025 twin share.
CH Cruises are also offering 11 nights cruising with deluxe hotels from Siam Reap to Saigon or vice versa from $4099 or a 15-night Hanoi to Siam Reap Cruise and hotels, these all include Deluxe Hotel Stays. All meals on board including local beers, wine and soft drinks from $5399 including return airfares from Sydney, taxes and transfers. BOOK EARLY and SAVE $500. www.chcruises.com.au
To celebrate the 32nd Anniversary of China Travel Services Australia, CTS are offering some great deals. 8-day China Promotion Tour of Beijing, Shanghai with flights and accommodation $1699 or if cruising is your thing 15 days Scenic China with Yangtze River Cruise, airfares, transfers and most meals from $3299. Head to www.chinatravel.com.au
New Zealand is the land of the Long White Cloud, our close cousin, our sporting rival. It is also one of the finest countries in the world for a thousand travel reasons. On top of that list is the beautiful destination of Queenstown, gateway to ski fields, adventure unlimited and adrenaline frights.
Travelling to New Zealand is referred to by Australians as ‘going for a trip next door’ or traversing the Tasman Sea as ‘across the ditch’ so familiar have they become to one of Oz’s most popular destinations. Queenstown is visited by many whether it be during winter for the snow or summer for the hiking. Blue Peaks Apartments are located here, ideal for families equipped with Sky TV, these fully furnished 2 & 3 bed apartments are everything you desire. Great views with ensuite bathrooms, don’t miss out book at www.bluepeaksapartments.co.nz
Staying at home and being a tourist in one’s own land is fun in Australia. Our big broad island nation has more to offer than any other island on Earth. Great tours, fab cruises, accommodation packages abound. All types of accommodation from camping to extreme luxury can be booked. Outstanding scenic destinations, desert landscapes, big cities and historic country towns offer the traveller every possible option. Touring at home is grand.
In Tasmania, the picturesque Swansea Holiday Park invites you to Stay and Cruise on Wineglass Bay while watching the whales. What could be more delightful than staying at this award-winning destination watching one of nature’s greatest spectacles? Packages include 2 nights at Swansea Holiday Park and a cruise to Wineglass Bay with the Cabin Package at $422 and the Powered site package at $274. They cruise on Tues/Thurs/Sat in June & July Tues/Thur in August. Contact 03 6257 8148nfor more details on this fabulous offer, groups and families welcome.
At Cooranbong in New South Wales, Ellen G Whites’ homestead “Sunnyside” is a must for all travellers through this region. A pioneer of the Seventh Day Adventists she travelled extensively through Europe, the USA & the South Pacific. She started the Avondale College of Higher Education in Cooranbong. An avid writer, her life’s work is on display here at “Sunnyside”. The South Sea Island Museum contains artefacts, a full sized war canoe & many indigenous objects. Open Saturday, Sunday & Wednesday from 2pm-4pm 27 Avondale Rd, Cooranbong.
If it is a friendly country atmosphere you are after look no further than Mount Seaview Resort, nestled on the Hastings River. They offer a 5 night package deal per adult for $875, this includes daily tours of all the highlights of the region, accommodation, meals and includes a full day of 4WD, head to http://mountseaviewresort.com.au/ for further details.
How about a trip to the top of the Australian Continent, the very top of Queensland, the tip of Cape York to be exact? Have you ever wanted to visit Cape York to stand at the northern most point in Australia, well now you can with the Cape York Day Tour – the world’s longest scenic flight, where you walk on top of Australia after a 4 hour 4wheel drive tour of the north end & this is after your low level scenic plane trip up from Cairns with Daintree Air Services, there is nothing like this anywhere else, go to www.daintreeair.com.au
Hopkinson’s 5 star luxury coaches offer all day hassle free, flexible tours. Customize your own tour, have your own time out doing what you want. Talk to their professionals about your needs. Videos/DVD players, reclining cloth seats, AC Luxury coaches will make your trip unforgettable go to www.hopkinsons.com.au
The outback holds a unique fascination to travellers from here & abroad. The light & landscape are different to anything else on earth. The sparkle of ores, sprinkled through the rocks & sand twinkle with the dreams of those who came here for their fortunes. Gold, gold & more gold or silver has lured men from all over the world to our historic gold rush towns & cities. Broken Hill is one of them & you can see it all here with Sliver City Tours, that take you back to the 1900’s with a 5 day tour from $885 including all tours, accommodation meals & transfers. Visit grand old pubs, heritage architecture, mining cottages & village, historic mines, unforgettable landscapes & much more. See the outback in super comfort everyday & then enjoy this fabulous city www.silvercitytours.com.au Eureka!!
For all travellers whether domestic or international, there is always the chance of something unpredictable happening. Being unprepared for hospital bills or evacuation is not good planning. With the ever-present danger of accidents on the road, at sea, or delays & layovers for flights or connections, travel insurance is a necessity that must be included in all trip planning. The unwanted appointment in emergency or at the dentist overseas can cost a small fortune. For seniors, you can get your cover hassle free at Seniors In Sure – make sure you do – go two www.seniorsinsure.com.au for all your needs.
No matter where you are driven to explore, your wandering needs are well covered with great offers like these In Australia and outbound, on land, desert or sea. Your inner explorer is calling you away, far away and as soon as today, book now before you miss the boat, bus, plane or horse.