Monday, 25 August 2008

A Rocky start

Travel tips for w/c August 25 2008

John Crook

Join travel author
Best selling author Paul Theroux will guest on an Arctic Circle rail journey ex Moscow June 13, 2009. Sightseeing included, plus the thrill of travelling in carriages hauled by steam locomotives 75% of the way. Priced from $8883 per person. Get the facts by calling 1300 363 554 or visit

Geelong hatches dinosaurs
Once known as sleepy hollow, not so these days. The Victorian bayside city just occasionally slips back into the past, such as with the Dinosaur Eggs and Babies exhibition which starts its run September 20 through November 30. Then it moves to Adelaide and the South Australian Museum from Dec 13 to March 13. For the latest on the hatchlings telephone (03) 5227 0701.

Kick up those heels in Paris
Moulin Rouge is still the place to go when in gay Paree. The legendary can-can, a choice of just the show, or dinner with the show, and there you are, right amongst the prettiest, long legged dancers at the world’s most acclaimed cabaret venue. Prices start at $157 per person. For bookings ring 1300 730 023, or check

Coloured sands, beaches and rainforests
The World Heritage Site of Fraser Island provides one of the nation’s most beautiful experiences. For soft adventure, there’s nothing quite like Fraser Island with its wide sandy beaches, roaring surf, placid perched freshwater lakes and a range of accommodation to suit all budgets. There’s a two-night package priced from $499 per person on offer. This includes accommodation, ferry transfers, two day 4Wdcamping tour, four meals, national park fees and services of an expert guide. Dial 134 782 or visit

A Rocky start
Do a 12-night Rocky Mountains tour and join that with a 7-night Alaskan cruise and reap the benefits.
Together the 19-nights experience is priced from $8290 per person, twin share. That price includes return air, first class sightseeing, a range of optional tours, first class hotels, airport transfers, gratuities aboard the Norwegian Sun, 19 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 12 dinners. Separate or joined together, what an experience ! Details and bookings ‘phone 1800 225 656 for your nearest Cruiseco agency.

Coffs for airshow
Plenty of options on offer for accommodation at next month’s Coffs Harbour air show. Go Polynesian at Aanuka Beach Resort from $115 per room, based on a five-night stay. Or, consider the Pure Indulgence B&B at Scott’s Head, with rooms from $121 per room per night including a full breakfast. Check

Can you believe it ?
There’s an average saving of almost US$2000 on single supplements on selected sailings, whether it be ocean cruising on the Mediterranean coast or river cruising down Europe’s inland waterways. Get the full details on all tour prices and relevant discounts from Tauck World Discovery by visiting or telephone 1300 766 566.

Check these out
• Pay three nights, and get three free at Fiji’s Crusoe’s Resort. Check
• There’s an unforgettable seven-night Portugese journey which begins and ends in Lisbon. Check the offer on
• Webjet and eBay have launched in Australia and around the world.
• Wendy Wu, Cathay Pacific and the Hong Kong Tourism Board have released new packages including a 5-night package from $2440 per person including economy airfare.

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

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