Monday, 31 August 2009

A slice of heaven - naturally in Queensland


John Crook 

A slice of heaven- naturally in Queensland

Vera and Michael Ferinac know exactly how to offer superb hospitality which they happily dispense at their 1770 Getaway.   They offer three-nights accommodation in a luxury villa, at Agnes Waters on the Discovery Coast.

The accommodation package, priced at just $437 per person, twin share, includes a day aboard the Reef Jet to discover the Great Barrier Reef,- and also a Paradise Tour on the LARC to Bustard Head lighthouse.  This special is available Monday to Thursday, but not during school or public holidays.  For conditions and further details email  

Twilight shopping in Ballarat

A late night Christmas shopping market is scheduled for Thursday December 3.   Entrance to Sovereign Hill is free between 6.00pm and 8.00pm.  All the retail outlets along Sovereign Hill's main street will be open providing a terrific opportunity to go shopping 1850's style. I wonder whether 'that famous pie shop' will be joining in the festivities.  That alone is enough to make me diarise the date. It's also possible to check out the produce by visiting  

Catholic Germany

It matters not what religion you may be, here's the opportunity to step back into history and be part of the an event which has been played out in the village of Oberammergau since 1634. The play forms part of the nine-day exploration of Catholic Germany and Alps, with visits to King Ludwig's castle. Austria, Liechenstein and Switzerland.  Fares start from $3699 per person twin share.  For all the facts visit www, 

Jazz, jazz and more jazz

Noosa swings with some of the best jazz entertainers, when they all gather together at the 2009 Noosa Jazz Festival from 3 – 6 September.  

One of the offers is at BreakFree South Pacific with a price tag from just $118 per room per night.  Prices increase slightly for those looking at the nights of Friday and Saturday accommodation, minimum two-night stays.  For conditions, bookings an further information click on to or telephone 132 007.  

Doing anything September 12th ?

If you can make a quick decision, you could be on your way to cruising 'the top end'.  Departing Wyndham on that very day, the 36-passengers on the True North will head towards the King George Falls, the ancient Bradshaw rock, a pearl farm, King's Cascades through to the amazing horizontal Falls.   Go fishing for barramundi or Mangrove Jack, eat oysters directly from the rocks, and expect to be a partner in discovery.  Nature, wilderness, absolute beauty, experiences like you've never before.  Prices start from $7649 per person twin share (down from $13,049) and that includes activities such as helicopter flights, fishing, snorkelling, picnicking and diving.  Get the full story (but please be quick about it) by visiting or get to a phone and dial 1300 369 848.  

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.  

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