Monday, 18 August 2008

Budding actors take heed

Travel briefs w/c August 18 2008

By John Crook

Go fly a kite
Coolum, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, is the centre of action for kite flyers at the October 11-12 kite festival. Join kite flying mates from Canada, China, and New Zealand at what is becoming another Australian ‘big event’. Close handy to the event is Mantra Sand Dunes, ideal for accommodation over the festival period. Based on a three-night stay the tariff starts from $195 per room per night. Details by ringing 12 15 17.

Dinner with Barry Humphries
The creator of Dame Edna makes a rare appearance as himself at a dinner show in the Hunter Valley on Sunday October 5. An accommodation package is priced from $792 per person, twin share, staying at Peppers Guest House. The offer includes two night’s accommodation, full breakfasts and complimentary transfers to and from the event which will be held at the Great Cask Hall, Hope Estate.. Tickets for the actual show need to be booked separately at For details of the accommodation package telephone Peppers at (02) 4993 8999.

A quest for adventure
A multi-million pound refit of the 450-passenger Quest for Adventure is preparing her for the inaugural cruise from Harwich in the UK to the Baltic, July 1 2009.Passengers can look forward to onboard lectures, on-shore excursions along with formal and informal dining , a selection of bars, stylish public areas and quiet retreats. The cruise includes small and lesser known ports. After the inaugural cruise her itineraries will open up other fascinating parts of the world. For prices and details contact 1800 225 656 for the name of Cruiseco’s 150-cruise specialist agencies down under.

Budding actors take heed
Special theatre festival packages are on offer from $1167 per person, departing Brisbane and $1299 ex Sydney. Destination Norfolk Island and the 11th annual festival from September 28 – October 5, 2008.
Theatrical groups are invited to take part in the week-long festival. Get the facts on participation and prices by ringing 1800 1400 66 or email

Savings of up to $2,556 per person
That should grab your attention, so here are the facts. Those savings relate to the brochured fare on Holland America Line’s 14-night Sydney to Auckland and Auckland to Sydney cruises aboard ms Volendam. Available on a number of selected savings from November 2008 to March 2009, guests may enjoy premium cruising to some of the most popular points in Australia, from as little as $1,299 per person twin share. Understand the facts by contacting Travel the World on 1300 766 566.

Cycling Italy
There’s a great eight-day cycling trip from Florence to Rome. Cycle through the small villages of Umbria and Tuscany and really experience Italy. The guided trip is priced from $1,690 per person, twin share. That includes seven nights accommodation, breakfasts and dinners daily, bicycle, luggage transfers, all transport transfers, trail tickets, information kit with maps (they could come in handy). Airfares are extra. Telephone 131 600 for details.

Altar boys a hit
Melbourne theatre audiences are currently under the spell of the stars of musical, Altar Boys. Brisbane audiences are preparing for the lads to hit their town. Details from Ticketmaster.

* Please note conditions may apply to these packages and prices are subject to change and availability.

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