Thursday, 29 May 2008

Winter Warmers

By John Crook

Deal with Canberra in winter
It may be cold at times but there's plenty on offer to keep visitors cosy in front of the open fire at the Marque Hotel Canberra.  Try this warmer!  Deluxe accommodation in a king spa room for two nights, with free in-house movies, free parking, free Fox sports, history and news channels and pay from $155 per night with a minimum two night stay.  There's an additional special offer over winter,- on Friday or Saturday nights one complimentary two-course dinner for two people when booked at time of reservation. The offer is valid at weekends (Friday to Sunday).  For conditions, telephone (02) 6249 1411 or email

Book four and get a fifth free
Make a booking prior to June 30 this year and benefit with an Aggie Grey lagoon and spa  package which can be used through to March 31 2009.  Prices start from $1469 twin-share including return air and air taxes from Sydney and return airport/resort transfers.   This gets you four nights in a deluxe ocean view room, an extra night for free, plus full buffet breakfasts daily and one 15 minute Samoan massage.  Details from your travel agent or telephone 1800 641 803.  In Sydney ring 8236 9900.

Head to Bright for a good deal
Roaring log fires, snow capped mountains and gourmet dining are combined into one beautiful Bright package.  Abalina Cottages in Bright offers escape packages with a reduction from $2190 to $1000.  That's seven nights accommodation for up to five people in a three bedroom self contained cottage.  A light breakfast is included for the first two mornings.    Visit for more information.

Discounted rail fares
Leisure select fares at a discounted price await travellers on the Eurostar for travel from July 1 to August 31. Fares are much the same as normal standard class, that is $157 one way and  $242 return, a great deal when travelling between London and Paris or London and Brussels. Get the facts and conditions by ringing 1300 555 003 or check

Working in America
Earn money whilst travelling the USA by signing on with Overseas Working Holidays, a program which offers students the chance to work and live like a local for up to four months.  The program commences in November. All your questions answered when talking with those in the know, on  1300 651 639.

New platinum class on the Ghan
Platinum class cabins with twin or double beds and large ensuites await the discerning traveller.  The package includes two nights accommodation at the Barossa Valley's Peppers The Louise with breakfast daily and a $50 dining credit for the onsite restaurant, a half day tour of the Barossa, two nights on the Ghan and two nights accommodation at the Crowne Plaza Darwin with breakfast daily.  All transfers by private car and return flights from originating city are included.   Ex Adelaide  from $4580, ex Melbourne $4820, ex Sydney $4930, ex Brisbane from $4930, and ex Perth from $5219.   Contact Perchalla and Turner Travel Associates on 1800 136 037.