Sunday, 16 March 2008



With John Crook

A guaranteed job in skifields

Anyone looking for an overseas working experience should consider the options which are now on offer in Canada. The word is that there will be more jobs on offer this year than ever before. That certainly is the case with the Ski Canada program, which includes a guaranteed job prior to leaving Australia, pre-departure orientation, first night accommodation in Vancouver, arrival transfer, on-site staff accommodation through to visa assistance and travel discounts on flights. Conditions apply. Contact OWH on 1300 651 639.

Luxury plus

Stand by for a Barossa experience of a lifetime, staying at the super luxurious vineyard retreat, The Louise. Suites for couples start from $ 565 per night. It’s class all the way. The Brilliant Blend signature package includes two nights accommodation, in-suite breakfast, a hands-on wine blending experience at nearby Penfolds, and a labelled bottle of personally blended Grenache-shiraz-mouvedre wine. The highlight is inclusion of a degustation tasting menu dinner. Bookings by calling (08) 8562 2722.

Tea, anyone?

Princess Diana all the way back to Queen Victoria, spent time at Kensington Palace. Join the list of royals by taking a typical English afternoon tea in the Orangery at Kensington Palace. Then spend a night or two just around the corner at the refurbished historic and affordable townhouse apartment at 51 Kensington Court. Surprise yourself and check on the competitive tariff. The website address is

A wicked weekend

For those itching to spend the total weekend in party mode, it could be worthwhile booking into the Snowy Valley Resort at Jindabyne. Skiing the Australian slopes has never been easier, or cost effective.

Prices start from $229 per person, twin share and included are national park entry fees, return coach transfers from Sydney/Canberra to Jindabyne, two hot breakfasts, a three-course dinner at Lakeview bistro and also party night. Conditions apply. Check it out on or ‘phone 1800 002 333.

Just the place to spend Christmas

Setting sail from the far southern tip of South America, heading to the Falkland and Shetland Islands and then into Antarctic waters will make Christmas 2008 totally different to any previous festive season. The four-star Marco Polo’s 11 nights cruise ensures an icy Christmas. Christmas pudding has never tasted so good! Prices start from $4108 per person twin share. Telephone travel agents 1300 362 599 or check details on

April in the Top End

Darwin City Apartments has slashed $500 off the price of seven nights accommodation in stylish two and three bedroom apartments valid during the month of April. Sleeping up to six people makes the reduced tariff from $1950 becomes very enticing. The online travel marketplace has the key.

Paradise is Mauritius

Claimed to be the best golf resort in the Indian Ocean, Paradis Hotel & Golf Club is the latest in-place for Australians seeking escape. The Paradis package includes return economy flights, applicable taxes, transfers, superior room accommodation, breakfast and dinner daily, nightly entertainment, a range of water and land based activities.

The first round of golf is free. A six night package, is priced at $3750 ex Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide, if booked by April 30th 2008. Call 1800 624 268