Monday, 25 October 2010

Bogong Horse Back - APT - Maleny - Amalfi Coast - Cycling World Campionships


John Crook 

Get ready for the horse ride of your life

In January the award winning Bogong Horse Back Adventures has scheduled several opportunities to go horse riding , with one, three and four day rides from Falls Creek.  Several rides have been scheduled to celebrate the annual Big Fella Festival.  Resort guests can join a day ride on either January  4 – 5, 2011. Another option is a three day ride departing Falls Creek on January 8.

There are other options available.    Go visit  for prices and further information.    Then, it's just a matter of  'Giddy-up'

Fly free deals

The flow of deals continues.  One of the latest to consider is that offered by APT, which has two additional cruises in March of next year between Amsterdam and Budapest including departures on March 11 and 25.

The 15-day cruises are priced from $6245 per person twin share.  Heaps of extras included whilst on board. These include 14 nights cruising, all meals on the cruise, as well as local wines/beers with lunch and dinner, and even champers for breakfast.    So give them a call 1300 229 804 and ask for more information about the fly free deal for all suite types if booked before 20 December 2010.  All the details are also available by visiting  


It matters not where I may be, once a mention of Maleny and the special words come gushing out. For 16 years I enjoyed life in the hill top town on the hinterland of Queensland's Sunshine Coast. 

Artists and creative minds seem to gather in that town.    Just last week the town received a real shot in the arm with a local lad, David Crewe, winning a national contest on ABC Radio.  He participated in a contest to create lyrics for a song with his choice of subject being the lovely town of Maleny.  He hits the high spots on Thursday January 20 when Felicity Urquhart sings The magic of Maleny, at Tamworth's Country Music Festival.

Never to miss an opportunity, I've also just re-issued my book A Move to the Country. (Cost of $15 including postage) 

If interested in reading about the town of Maleny, drop an email requesting more info to   Then, when travelling into Sunshine Coast country, take a drive up the hill to explore Maleny, Montville, Flaxton and Mapleton. 

Sail the Amalfi Coast

Peter Sommer Travels has released a new sailing expedition along Italy's magnificent Amalfi Coast,- just one of the 20 cultural adventures on offer in 2011.  These are not just your usual type experiences.  Rather they are escorted by expert guides.   The new Italian itinerary, Cruising the Amalfi Coast travels for eight days visiting great historical and cultural jewels of the region.  For prices, conditions and full details of the touring, go visit  or, telephone the UK on 0011 44 1600888 220.

For cyclists

Geelong recently welcomed cyclists for the October world championships.  Here's news for those who follow such events.  The Italian city of Florence is scheduled to host the championships.   Florence has been named the host city for 2013. 

Next year's event (2011) is Copenhagen and in 2012 the Dutch town of Valkenburg.  For any of those events it is recommended to make early bookings for travel and accommodation. Check with your travel agent. 


Bogong horse riding (Vic)

Amalfi Coast (Italy)