Monday, 18 January 2010

Valentine’s Day more than a one night stand

Travel briefs for week commencing Mon Jan18-2010 


John Crook 

Africa in Melbourne

The roar of the lions, drums a'beating and several hundred guests in picnic mode.  It could be Africa, but no, it's the Werribee  Open Range Zoo and the Rhythm of Africa.  Each Saturday and Sunday, until March 7, Melbourne based Africans share their music  Out come the picnic baskets, directors' chairs and its party-time.  There is no additional charge for Rhythm of Africa beyond the general zoo admission price. Concert starts at 5.30pm and runs through until 8.45pm.  For more information and bookings telephone (03) 9285 9245 or visit  

Brett and Philippa to host tour

News of a 19-night fly, coach, cruise, rail and stay package is quickly attracting those who have an affinity with South America.  Just 40 Aussies will participate in this exciting tour.  Chile, Ecuador, along with the Galapagos feature in the itinerary.  There are so many reasons why this is one tour which needs to be considered.  It's a five star holiday priced from $13,399pp twin share ex Sydney March 31 next year. Get the facts by visiting or telephone 1300 369 848. 

Coffee commercial training

The coffee set is alive and well.  In Brisbane, followers of  the magic bean can be hosted to a three-hour training session.  Priced at $195pp, each session covers bean roasting, equipment demos, through to pouring and presentation of coffee.  Sessions are held at the Merlo factory in Bowen Hills. For details visit  

Valentine's Day  more than a one night stand

Here's a chance to rediscover romance with some special Valentine's Day packages.   The Red Carnation Hotel Collection will welcome guests with a bottle of pink champagne, a special romantic turndown (the mind boggles), along with decadent  treats such a bowl of chocolate-dipped strawberries.  The special deal is available at each of their hotels throughout the UK.  Check the individual hotels and their offers by visiting  

Visiting Melbourne Saturday February 6 ?

The Victoria Gardens in Melbourne's Prahran offers a free Opera In The Park event, a most delightful way to welcome in the new year.  Carmen, La Traviata, Cosi Fan Tutte and Die Fledermaus – to mention but a few of the works to be featured.   Bring a rug,  picnic supplies and perhaps some sparkling wine for this night out.  No need to book, as it is after all, free entry.  

Six nights in Basque territory

A gastronomic journey awaits with a beaut mix of culinary treats, scenic walks along a 1000 year old pilgrimage trail, history galore,- even a chance to join a cooking class with a local private chef.  The journey departs from Bilboa and into the heart of Basque country.    Prices start from $4,950 pp twin share and that includes six nights accommodation, guided touring, two cooking classes. Dinner with wines at Arzak and most meals.  The tour departs October 11 this year.  More information by calling 1800 460 462. Airfares not included. 

* 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