Monday, 5 September 2011

Gladstone - Easter Island - Kimberley Cruise - Eastern Europe


John Crook 

Gladstone is truly a success story

The coastal city of Gladstone in Queensland has grown from a heavy industrial destination into a gem of a tourism 'attraction'. Today, this delightful community boasts some of the best seafood in the entire country.  Whether it be the tasty seafood platters, which display the rewards of commercial fisherfolk or the do it yourself anglers testing the waters in the inland lakes, - Gladstone has it all.  Check the 'other' side of Gladstone, with its parks and gardens, marinas, through to the free tours of industry, such as, you can take it from me, 'You will be surprised'.   For the full details  go visit or telephone (07) 4972 9000. 

And, what about Easter Island?

The eco-experience 'explora' alerts you of the upcoming 15-day Tapati Festival, which just happens to be one of the most important celebrations in all of Polynesia.  It's destination Easter Island when, from February 3 to 18, local artists and athletes form alliances which compete in 40 ancient sporting and cultural events.    'explora' has three and eight night packages, starting from $2385 per person, twin share.  Get the rundown on what is happening and how you can participate, by visiting or email  

Ten day cruise next year

There is a ten-day Adventure Quest Cruise which has been added to boutique Kimberley Quest 's program of six, ten and 14-day cruises along northern Western Australia's rugged Kimberley coastline. 

The deal on the new cruise, for example, means the price is from $7200 per person instead of from $9000.     The price includes cabin with en suite, all chef-prepared meals served on the shady stern deck or in the air-conditioned lounge.     Check it out by visiting or telephone (08) 9193 6131.  Get on the 'phone today.  I say this because amongst the scheduled tours, two of three eight-day fishing expeditions are booked out. 

Eastern Europe packages

Two new  special journey's have been added to the eastern European collection, by Beyond Travel.  There is bound to be terrific interest shown in the 11-day Bohemia to Budapest  tour which begins in Prague and travels through a variety of regions.  There are departures in May, July, August and September, which tie in with a selection of river cruises, priced from $3495.   Just call to  check on what's available, conditions and so on.   Telephone 1300 363 554 or email  

* Please note conditions may apply to these packages  and prices are subject to change and availability.  The information is provided as a guide only.  Check with your travel agent. 

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