Monday, 13 December 2010

Cinque Terre - Coolum Golf - Werribee Zoo - Cuba - Air Pacific


John Crook

Take me along,.. please

No arm twisting required here, as acceptance to travel is immediate.  With breathtaking sea views, quaint villages and a superb scenic Italian coast line, here are the keys to the Cinque Terre.   There is a range of individual tours to explore the five villages.  Price-wise the deal sounds terrific.  Prices start from $606 per person twin share.   How's this as a starter.  A four-day itinerary staying three nights at the four star Villa Balbi.  That comes with daily breakfast, a gastronomic dinner in a local restaurant, a one-day Cinque Terre card which provides entry to the national park, along with a full day train ticket, a boat ticket to Portofino and even a wine tasting at a local vineyard.  For details and bookings telephone 1300 885 173 or go visit

Are you a golf addict?

If the answer is in the affirmative then this should be a goer.  As from January 4 to 31, 2011 the Hyatt  Regency Coolum will offer pairs and couples a special rate of $170 per person twin share including a night's accommodation, continental breakfast, unlimited golf, golf carts and a free weekday golf clinic.  For all the information, and bookings, contact (07) 5446 1234.  Conditions apply and subject to availability.

OK.  One for the kids

Special activities have been organised over the school holiday period.  The location is  Werribee Open Range Zoo.  Special activities include a Christmas performance by the Werribee Concert Band on Sunday December 19.

There is a return of the popular Rhythm of Africa musical season which starts January 8 2011.  Throughout January the 'open-back of house program' is on offer. This literally opens the door to go see the fascinating behind the scenes animal areas.  For all the details go check   Just visiting the website is a thrill and a half, but should you be visiting Melbourne over the next weeks, go the whole hog and spend some real time at Werribee Open Range Zoo.

Ever considered visiting Cuba?

Now is the time to discover the flavours, the sounds, the colours and the experiences,- all wrapped up into one terrific package,- Cuba.  Cox and Kings is offering an 11-day small group escorted tour into fascinating Cuba.   The tour is valid for sale and travel until February 12 2012 and includes 10 night's accommodation, entrance fees for itinerary sites, tour escort (subject to minimum group size), quality air conditioned vehicles and small group sightseeing.  Highlights include the historical sites of the revolution, the faded colonial grandeur pf Havana and Trinidad.  Go and check the details with a telephone call to 1300 835 764.  The advertised price of from $2034 is valid  for departures January 16 2011 to February 12 2012.  

Air Pacific with business connections

Fiji's national airline has just released a range of BIZ Saver  fares.  These offer good savings on business class fares to Nadi, Fiji from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.  The return fares are inclusive of taxes,- $1266 ex Brisbane, $1355 ex Sydney and if flying from Melbourne you pay $1354.    Purchase of tickets may be executed until January 31 2011, and are valid for travel until April 1, 2011.  

For more information go direct to Air Pacific, telephone 1800 230 151 or visit

* 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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