Monday, 12 October 2009

Cruise aboard heritage replicas


John Crook

Upgrade to gold service

Current promotion for the Indian Pacific rail experience offers an upgrade to their brilliant gold service.  It's a simple procedure. Just a matter of booking the rail journey at the same time as your accommodation and touring package.  Conditions do apply, so read the fine print.  At face value it appears there is a saving of up to $640 person.  Grab a copy of Australia's Great Train Holidays brochure to check out the various combinations.   To obtain your free brochure telephone 1300 132 147 or visit

Stay five nights pay for three

This one would be hard to overlook. Staying  on the French Polynesian island of Moorea, it's hard to imagine that there could be anyplace to match the five-star Intercontinental Resort and Spa Moorea.   Prices start from $1,071 per person twin share and that price includes the five night stay with the two night freeby.  International irfares are additional.   To access the free nights bookings need to be made prior to October 31 2009 and are available for travel from November 1 to December 30 2009. Get to the 'phone and dial 1800 044 066.

Equestrian three day event

Set aside these dates, November 13 – 15.  On this year's equestrian calendar Rymill Park is the location for the Australian International Three Day Event.  To purchase tickets for this major SA event, visit

There is quite a variety of ticketing options, so check out the best option for you. For those who do not know Adelaide, take note that the venue is within walking distance of the CBD, so accommodation anywhere in the city should be of interest.  There is anther good reason to consider this event, - that being the annual Credit Union Christmas Pageant which is scheduled over the same weekend.  For general enquiries telephone (08) 8383 6180.

Go take a walk

With almost 3000 kilometres of managed walking trails on hand, and 880 separate walks, Tassie just has to be the most walked state of the nation. Take your pick!

Cradle Huts Walk, the Bay of Fires Walk,  the South Coast Track, the Freycinet Experience and the Maria Island Walk.  It's a secret no longer, but before the hordes arrive, check out the walk destinations on the most beautiful island in the world and go for it.  Tasmania !    The best advice I can pass on is to go visit and you are practically on your way.

Cruise aboard heritage replicas

Pandaw River Cruises operates remarkable vessels which are replicas of yester-year. Join like minded travellers aboard the river boats  19th century style, on an–eight day Mekong expedition cruise in Vietnam and Cambodia in January and February next year.    You get to travel in back-water village areas that can only be accessed by the shallow-draught Pandaws and local 'country boats'.  As part of the package in January and February guests have two nights free staying at the five-star Sofitel Plaza in Ho Chi Minh City, normally valued at $248 per person.  For details contact (02) 8080 5622 or email

* 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 is of Pandaw river boat.