Monday, 2 February 2009

The Passion of the Christ

Travel briefs for week commencing Monday Feb 2 2009.


By John Crook

A free night in South Africa

There is an exclusive free night's accommodation at the Makutsi  Safari Springs lodge, when you book a seven-night land only package.  The package is from $1,555 per person and that includes accommodation with daily breakfast and dinner, three game drives, a full day tour of Kruger National Park, sightseeing at Drakensburg mountain, a Blyde river canyon excursion, a tribal village visit and return road transfers. The deal is valid for sale until March 31 and for travel until October 31.  More information by ringing 1300 3623 055 or visit  

Mile high club on tennis court

Falls Creek is the location for outdoor summer fun, when Australia's highest tennis tournament takes over on Saturday 14th February.  It's a Valentine's Day weekend with the tournament scheduled at the Village Bowl,- that's about a mile above sea level.   Entries will be accepted  on-site, up until 8.30am on Friday 14 February.  For more information telephone 0438 458 726.

Garuda increasing routes

Fourteen new generation 737's from Boeing form part of the airline's expansion plans.  You will notice the changes as they occur as from mid 2009.  The airline had a highly successful Christmas/New Year load factor, hitting a super peak in passenger flow.   The expansion plans should make for good business over 2009 with the Indonesian carrier.

It's that time again

Every ten years the tiny village of Oberammagau opens its doors to the world with its passion play.  It's so big these days that there's an extension to its play-dates, - between May and October 2010.   Two thousand villagers participate in the re-enactment of the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ.  Travel company Globus, with its group of family brands,  offers a series of different tours. Remember though the tours fill up quite early in the piece.  For more details check with your local travel agent or go to or  

Ever considered teaching English?

It's now possible to participate in a program of teaching English to Peruvian kids.  Leading provider for students and young adults, STA Travel has organised programs which start in March and run throughout the year.  This is most definitely a cultural experience. Based in the legendary city of Cuzco at the gateway to Macchu Piccu, volunteers will work primarily with students ranging from 6 – 12 years, working five to six hours a day Monday to Friday. All other time is free.  Priced from $1765.40 per person for four weeks and $230 for each week thereafter.  Airfares not included Terms and conditions apply and to get the full details ring 134 782 or visit  

Wildlife galore

A seven-night Alaskan cruise should satisfy wildlife lovers, with waters filled with sea lions, sea otters. Migrating whales, plus moose, deer and bears are also the card with sightings along the way.  The tour visits ports of  Juneau, Ketchikan and Victoria British Columbia.  Guests will view rugged coastlines and glaciers.  Prices start from $1,645 per person twin share and include the seven-night cruise aboard the Norwegian Pearl, all onboard meals, pre paid gratuities.  Check it out by visiting or ring 1300 363 428.

Fish market cooking classes

The Sydney Seafood School offers a full range of cooking classes which include demonstrations by a leading chef or seafood educator, hands-on cookery, a seafood meal, complimentary wine tasting and a recipe kit.  Classes are held throughout most of the year, but to give an idea of what's in store, just check the March courses, but if interested move quickly as already some classes are full.  Take a look at 

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ENDS.  Visual Oberammagau Passion Play.