Monday, 9 August 2010

Splendours of Jordan - Sled Dog - Rugby World Cup - Narmbool - Adelaide


John Crook

Inaugural sled dog event

Dog sled teams head towards Falls Creek on Tuesday August 17.  It's an inaugural exhibition event which gets under way at 7-00pm, starting in Slalom Plaza at one minute intervals.   Dog sled events will include Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes and Alaskan Huskies.  There is free resort entry after 2-00pm for this event which is a must-see.  Guests may stay overnight.  Quay West Resort & Spa is offering discounted overnight packages in luxury two bedroom (four share) apartments from $229 per person, including breakfast.  For all the details go visit

It may be a year away,..but

Australian rugby fans need to check out the deals which are available for the 2011 rugby world cup.  DriveAway Holidays chief executive sales and marketing, Chris Hamill,  advises the company is almost out of campervans and motorhomes throughout the seven week event and there's also a rush on rental cars.  Availabilities are also scarce for a fortnight pre-cup and four weeks after the last siren sounds.   So, get the brain into action and check full details and availabilities. For a free guide which includes a mass of useful info, go visit    I did say, free!

The year of biodiversity

A unique opportunity to visit the secretive world of insects awaits you and your kids.  A free two-hour program is scheduled for Saturday August 21 and again Saturday October 2 to a place called Narmbool, which is a 30-minute drive from Ballarat's Sovereign Hill, at Elaine.  (That's the name of a town, not a person)

To ensure you have a spot on the exploratory team,  whip off an email to     The event is supported by The Bug Blitz Trust, the Sovereign Hill Museums Association, Museum Victoria ad the University of Ballarat.  Come prepared with good walking shoes and suitable clothing for protection from rail or sunshine.    Groups depart at 10-00am and 1-00pm.   Whilst admission is free. Visitors can book in advance to attend a BBQ,- at $15 a head.    Group numbers strictly limited, so booking in advance is a must!

Jordan in small groups

Some of the spectacular sites of Jordan, including biblical sites and the 'red rose' city of Petra, are included in the Splendours of Jordan tour.  Tour prices start from $1850 per person, sharing a twin bedded room and including seven night's accommodation and meals as per published itinerary.  There are other packages on offer, so for all the info telephone 1300 836 764. You could also visit

Visiting Adelaide ?

Top recommendations include the properties under the banner of  North Adelaide Heritage Group.  Rodney, Regina and William Twiss own and operate this group of  'mansions' in the classy tree lined northern suburb.  It's always good to have somebody make a personal recommendation.

I can do that in respect of the Fire Station Inn (with its own fire engine), the Bishop's Garden, the  Residency Penthouse,  along with George Lowe Estate which is part of Buxton Manor.    I still have a dozen or more to include with personal visitations.   The properties feature in Fodor's 2009 Guide or Australia, and in Frommers Guide to Australia. Twenty extraordinary properties  Telephone (08) 8272 1355 or visit       Class all the way!

* 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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