Saturday, 29 March 2008

Ruggers Sydney, Brisbane and Perth

Travel briefs/tips March31-08


By John Crook

Ruggers Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.

In the world of rugby the big one is the Bledisloe Cup. That’s when the Kiwis and the Aussies battle it out. This year the Wallabies and the All Blacks grunt and groan in Brisbane on September 13. Other flag waving events include the Wallabies and the Springboks meet in Perth. That’s July 19. France and Australia feature in the Test Match in Sydney on June 28th with the second grudge match in Brisbane on July 5. Prices and availabilities through Keith Prowse Sport and Entertainment on 1300 730 023.

The Kimberley awaits singles.

There’s a real saving to be made for singles on 2008 departures for the Kimberley 4WD tour, with the operator dropping the $980 single supplement. The itinerary is from Broome to Broome and includes helicopter flight, visits to Windjana Gorge, hiking adventures into the north west and cruising on Lake Ord, Lake Kununurra and Geikie Gorge. This is a real soft-adventure tour. Accommodation includes the award winning Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge. Conditions apply and airfares additional. Telephone APT Wilderness Adventures 1300 656 985.

Airline credits or a free land package.

The magic of river cruising between Amsterdam and Budapest has become even more enticing with the operator offering flexible options. First option is an $1100 European air credit. Option two is a free land package, -three night’s accommodation in a four star Prague property and a city tour, plus tickets to a Black Theatre performance.

The cruise costs from $3504 per person twin share, and must be booked and paid for by May 30 2008 and conditions apply. To access the free options contact Beyond Travel, telephone 1300 363 554.

Canberra for the works of Monet.

You have up until June 9 to catch the brilliance of artists from Turner to Monet, proof again of the many facets of touring the national capital. Do the exhibition in style by booking a package on-line. The price starts from $189 per night and includes overnight accommodation at the Pavilion on Northbourne, breakfasts and tickets to the National Gallery. Conditions apply. Log onto

Salami and cheese tastings.

An 18-day fly, cruise and stay package from Rome to Istanbul features unforgettable experiences. A program of shore-side activities puts this cruise in a class of its own. Wine tasting in Siena and a cooking school are listed amongst the highlights. Then it’s off on an 11-nights ultra-luxury cruise which includes on board gourmet dining, beverages, entertainment and gratuities. The all-suite Seven Seas Navigator has 90% of its suites with balconies. The tour departs Australia June 14. For prices, conditions and reservations contact Wiltrans International on 1800 251 174.

Noosa swings.

A most fantastic weekend is the only way to describe the Dingo Creek Vineyard jazz and blues festival, April 26 – 27.

Nearby Noosa has a range of accommodation with deals coinciding with the festival. Grantlea Holiday Lodge offers one bedroom apartments with full kitchen facilities from $115 per room/night. Conditions may apply. Top acts are scheduled to entertain. For bookings and further information check

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