Monday, 23 August 2010

South Africa - Macedon - Norfolk Island - Escorted Turkey Tour

Kingston, Norfolk Island

John Crook

Free safari for kids

South Africa: the destination. Honeyguide Khoka luxury tented camp is the Manyeleti Game Reserve, adjoining Kruger National Park. This is a three night package costing from $1295 per person and that includes accommodation, all meals, local beverages, game viewing and return road transport from Hoedspruit airport. The deal, allows for two children aged 12, who get to stay free with the free offer until September 30. For all the details and conditions ring 1800 221 451 or go visit

A winning combo

Arguably one of the gems of Australian travel and tourism, the Macedon region of central Victoria offers a stunning slice of regional Victoria. Here’s a combination of some of the high spots which I sampled last week. My recommendations include accommodation in an historic hotel, a winery with a difference and one of the best restaurants around. The Lord Admiral House is the result of some wonderful architecture of the 1860’s, brilliantly restored and today operating as a B&B ( The tariff is from $135 per night and includes a cooked breakfast and afternoon tea on arrival. Call (03) 5422 6862 The recommended restaurant, is just a few minutes drive to historic Kyneton and delightful Piper Street, ring (03) 5422 2777 or visit (, I reckon one of the best dining spots in regional Victoria.

The winery, almost a neighbour, is Paramoor and it is an attraction in its own right, set on picturesque farming land ( For further info ring (03) 5427 1057.

You could try to combine a trip this way on September 5th and be part of the one day Paramoor Farm Fayre, a bush festival. Admission is $5 per adult. Could be great fun !

Value packaged stay

Norfolk Island is yours, staying for seven nights at Christians of Bucks Point, a beautifully restored three bedroom home. Included is hire car, airport meet and greet, three Baunti Escape island tours and all pre-payable taxes from $1515 per person quad share, bookable now for travel from September 1 to March 31 next year. Worth following through, so first step is to check out all the details, inclusions and conditions by calling 1800 111 653 or go visit

A good deal

Earlybird prices for twin-double bookings made before December 1 2010 should attract your attention. Transglobal Destinations offers 14-day Glories of Turkey, fully escorted coach tours, from $1349 per person twin share and that includes four to five star hotels, travel aboard new air-conditioned coaches, 26 meals and English speaking guides. Highlights include Istanbul, Gallipoli, Dardenelles, Troy and Ephesus. Just to mention a few. The earlybird prices represent a discount of about $310 on scheduled rates. Check it out by calling 1300 552 848 or local travel agents.

* 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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