Monday, 25 January 2010

Cruising the French winelands

Travel briefs for w/c January 25 2010. 


John Crook 

A sub-tropical twist to weddings

Queensland's Cooloola Cove, Tin Can Bay, and Rainbow Beach are the latest to join the 'let's get married' destinations.   Picturesque waterways and scenery to behold,- in fact, a slice of paradise.  The wedding season in this part of the world is continuous.  To assist in the planning of such an important event, first move is to check the Cooloola Coast wedding and functions guide by going to  

Melbourne counting down

Sydnesiders have loved it, with the end of their run in sight.  However, from February 13, Melbourne welcomes in the 10th anniversary of  Mamma Mia, at Her Majesty's Theatre.  Then it's the turn of Perth theatre-goers (June 5 to August 1) and Brisbane starts its season from August 10.   It's a not-to-be-missed show.  Tickets through 

Cruising the French winelands

Check this one out!!  A week aboard the world's highest-rated boutique motor-cruiser, travelling from Amsterdam to Bordeaux,  six nights through the French winelands on a deluxe hotel barge.  These tours focus on a fully-escorted 21 day fly/cruise in July next year.  Prices start from $31,400 per person twin-share ex Sydney or Melbourne.  There's more with this package, including a seven-night sailing aboard the 112 passenger SeaDream 1 visiting French ports, Jersey, the Brittany Islands and on and on, including all meals, transfers, guides, entries and gratuities. Check out the extras.  Business class airfares apply.  Call 1800 083 141 or visit  

Hot summer special

Here's the perfect escape, relaxing aboard a Willandra houseboat for four or more nights in February. An extra night is for free.  For tariffs and conditions contact the operators direct.  To give an idea of costs the tariff for a deluxe houseboat is from $1500 for two adults and two children (under 12 years) for four nights.   

There's such a variety of vessels and options, so it's easy to reserve one which suits your budget, from deluxe, luxury and super luxury.  Call (03) 5024 7770 or email  

Healthy exchange rate

As opposed to the Kiwi dollar we Aussies are reaping real benefits on our currency.  Low cost direct airfares to Queenstown make the shaky isles even more attractive.   Pacific Blue offers two flights a week from Sydney, preparing snow-hounds  for a top season.  Add the ground package and it still makes terrific sense.  A Queenstown package is priced from $489 per person share and in Wanaka a winter holiday is priced from $479 and those prices include seven nights. Subject to change.  Check those packages by ringing (02) 9267 1655 or 1300 136 997. Get ready for a bumper season. 

* 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