Monday, 15 June 2009

Hollywood, here I come


John Crook

Cheapest airfares in memory

Take off to London and chances are ticketing will be the lowest price in years.  Of recent times Flight Centre has been releasing secure return airfares for less than $1200 from the east coast, cheaper ex Perth.  Airlines such as Virgin Atlantic and Etihad have released a limited number of airfares for less that $1400.  Be ready to move quickly as other airlines will most probably follow the lead. Also, fares to the USA have been up to 40% cheaper than five years ago.  Certainly worthy of checking on a regular basis with Flight Centre.

Walk Hidden Peaks

The newest guided walks receiving Advanced Accreditation from Ecotourism Australia await your call.  Traverse the scenic trails of one of SE Queensland's largest private nature refuges and experience the Main Range National Park World Heritage areas.  Trek between five or ten kilometres each day and contribute to the preservation of Australia's natural bio-diversity by sustaining the refuge for native wildlife.  Choose from a classic three-day walk from $1550 per person or a four-day walk from $1800 per person.  Accommodation is at Peppers Spicer's Peak, with well appointed camping, fine food and wine.  For further information call 1300 773 425 or visit  

Hollywood, here I come

The American tour to end all American tours has been launched by show-biz commentator, John-Michael Howson. It's a fully escorted package which departs Australia January 27, 2010.  the tour takes in LA, New York and Las Vegas.  If anyone knows America, it's John-Michael.  Highlights include first class accommodation, coach excursions and transfers, most breakfasts and also two special luncheons and one special dinner. The itinerary includes seven nights in LA, five in New York City and four in Las Vegas.  International airfares additional.  Prices start from $5499 per person, twin share.   Get the facts by ringing 1800 800 640, or visit  

Escape to the high country

(a)  Mount Buller offers low-priced packages, with five-nights accommodation, breakfast daily, a three-day lift pass and three-day premium ski or snowboard hire.     The package is valid for travel from June 26 to August 2 2009.  Prices start from $1229 per person, twin share.

(b) Or, ski and stay at Mt Hotham for less than $150 per day.  This package offers five nights' accommodation, a five-day lift and lesson pass and five days' ski, poles, boots hire or snowboard and boots' hire.  Prices here start from $709 per person, twin share.    This package is valid for travel until June 26 and from September 13 to 25, 2009.

Check out either package by calling 1300 799 783 or visit  

Thanks be to Major Mitchell

It was those noisy swans which kept the good Major awake  all night, cursing the noise from his tent on the banks of the River Murray.  So Swan Hill was named. This is one of those communities which has the pioneer spirit alive and well.  The Pioneer Settlement Museum in Swan Hill is a must when travelling the Murray Valley towns. For information and bookings telephone 1800 981 911 or visit  

Tuscany here I come

Here's a chance to 'meet the locals' whilst travelling Italy's Tuscany and Umbria. A three-week small-group departs Rome on September 25.  The price tag of from $6975 per person, twin share includes accommodation, full-time tour escorts, coach, ferry and rail travel, all breakfasts and most dinners.  Air travel is not included in the price.   Accommodation is at quality family-owned and operated  hotels.  To get the full story I suggest you contact (07) 3396 8652 or visit  

* Please note conditions may apply to these packages  and prices are subject to change and availability.  This information is provided as a guide only.  Check with your travel agency.   Block out periods may apply.    Need a holiday ?  We're archived on


Visual :   Beverly Hills,- visit with John-Michael Howson.