Monday, 27 August 2007



Week beginning 27 August 2007

travel tips: with david ellis


THERE's still time to save on a family getaway to the Towers of
Chevron Renaissance in Surfers Parade: from now until September 20
stay four nights but pay for only three – and families also get one
complimentary use of the resort's private 18-seat movie theatre, a VIP
discount shopping voucher at the resort's shopping centre, and if they
opt to go to the Infinity special effects and illusions attraction
(entry is $67.50 for two adults & two children) families get a free
souvenir photo. Price starts from $228 a night for a family in a
2-bedroom apartment. Details (07) 5584 8100 or

SAVE $348 per person by booking and paying by November 28 this year
for Adventure World's "Glories of Turkey" tours in 2008. The 13-night
packages include Istanbul, Gallipoli and Anzac Cove, Troy, Ephesus,
Cappadocia and other famous sites, 4- and 5-star hotels, breakfasts
daily, most dinners and English-speaking guides. Select departures
January to March begin from $1083pp twin-share if booked by November
28; air is extra. Details 1300 363 055 or

NSW Holidays has a night's stay for two adults and two children 4-12
years in Wollongong, on the coast an hour south of Sydney, from $299
including a 2-bedroom unit at the Park Street Serviced Apartments,
dinner at Bombora Restaurant to the value of $80, and a day's entry to
Jamberoo Action Park that has a near-dozen rides and attractions. Its
available September 1 to March 31 next year; phone 1300 737 222 or

SIXTEEN days in the real Wild West includes Yellowstone National Park,
Wild Bill Hickock and Calamity Jane's Deadwood, the Grand Canyon, the
Painted Desert, Grand Teton National Park, Mount Rushmore and many
other Wild West legends. Available various dates in 2008 from $4165pp
twin-share plus costs of air to America. Details from travel agents,

A SELF-drive holiday from Los Angeles to San Francisco includes
5-nights for a family of four and 5-days Hertz car hire, and is priced
from $1134 until March 31 next year through Flight Centre. Air is
additional and tickets to Disneyland, Universal Studios and other
attractions can be arranged at extra cost before leaving home. Details
131 600 or

TRUE: Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer has racked-up
over 3.5-million frequent flyer points with Qantas, but says he can't
use most of them: as they were earned on official business, they can
only be used for official trips, and like most of us, he finds that he
can never get on the flights he wants. So he has to keep buying
tickets for most of his travels – which of course earns him more
frequent flyer points, that like those he's already got, he'll most
likely never use.