Monday, 1 September 2008

Your FREE travel tips for w/c September 1 2008

Travel Briefs
John Crook

Floriade a must
Travel to Canberra during their Floriade for a real treat. It’s the 21st year since Floriade’s birth. Marque Hotel Canberra has a weekend deal on offer. Valid from September 13 to October 12 general manager Emilio Fortini recommends a two night stay. Tariff from $167 per night in a deluxe room and if you stay the two-nights, then daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two persons is available. Telephone (020 6429 1411 or email

007 glacier country
Check out the six-day golden pass from Rail Plus, providing you with the key to beautiful Switzerland, travelling to the top of Europe, via the cogwheel railway. From Interlaken, this independent tour visits Jungfraujoch at 3454 metres. Take in the foot of the notorious Elger North Wall, visit the glacial world of Europe. Second and first class tickets are available with packages including accommodation. For prices and all the details, ring 1300 555 003.

Mooloolaba is hot country
One of Queensland’s most popular seaside communities just has to be Mooloolaba. Check into the BreakFree Caribbean resort, staying in a one bedroom apartment for three nights and pay from only $169 per room night for two. Valid for sale until October 31 and for travel to December 24 2008. Don’t be confused with te conditions, simply phone 132 007 or visit

Please don’t disturb the lions
If budgets are of concern to you, worry not, because whilst on a camping holiday in South Africa and Namibia, you will be right amongst lion, elephant, rhino and leopard. Access this wonderful world at budget prices which start from $591 per person twin share. There’s also a local payment of US#320. Included is transportation in full equipped safari vehicle, camping and cooking equipment, most meals and services of a tour leader. Tours all year round, but airfares to Capetown not included. Get the facts by calling 1300 554 175

Wine country France
The beautiful Rhone Valley is more than wine and with the none-day self-drive wine route tour you are close to heaven. Burgundy, Beaujolais and the Cotes du Rhone wine regions await. The French Alps, the Mediterranean and Provence can be part of this experience. The price is from $1346 per person twin share and that includes accommodation and breakfasts. Car hire can be arranged through Tempo Holidays from $57 per day. Ring 1300 558 987.

Holiday and help cancer research
A fundraising effort could mean your chance to win a $9,000 holiday on fabled Lizard Island. At the same time funds raised by the Justin O’Connor Foundation will aid cancer research at Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital Cancer Research Unit. Just 500 tickets will be sold, each at $100. Get the facts on the prize and conditions by clicking on to

South Pacific cruise
There’s a fly cruise package out of Los Angeles, through the South Pacific en route Auckland. The voyage is aboard the Crystal Serenity which sets sail January 21 2009 calling at Mexico, French Polynesia, Tahiti, the Cook Islands and Fiji. The package price excluding domestic airfares to and from Sydney is from $14,762 per person twin share. Return economy airfares from Sydney to Los Angeles and from Auckland to Sydney are included, along with all on board meals, entertainment on the cruise and one-night pre cruise in LA. Travel Associates is the place to check this one out. Ring 1800 044 066.

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

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