Newcastle - Dalmatia by Small Ship - Stonehenge - Spain
TRAVEL BRIEFS John Crook
Congratulations Newcastle I 'discovered' the New South Wales city of Newcastle a couple of years ago. I was knocked out by the attractiveness of a city which was once heavy industrial. Industry still plays a role in the lives of those who live here, but oh-how it has changed. Great buildings from another era, a bevy of restaurants ((on a par with some of Sydney's best). A range of tours and activities form part of an exciting slice of NSW. Inner city wine tours, a Newcastle Ghosts' tour, and did I mention restaurants ? You bet I did ! Try this one. Rustica on Hunter Street. This dining spot has great views of the ocean and its Mediterranean menu which throws its doors open for those looking for a real treat.
Deluxe small ship cruising Beyond Travel has just introduced a choice of cruising in Dalmatia and the eastern Mediterranean. Among the new eight-day itineraries for 2012 is a voyage on the mega yacht Harmony G, a modern vessel for up to 44 guests. Check the itineraries which are available through Beyond Travel. Telephone 1300 363 554 for the details.
A chance to do some back road touring In my opinion, Back Roads Touring, is the answer for those folk looking to do some soft adventure touring. This is real soft adventure, like touring aboard a Mercedes-Benz with 15 fellow travellers. The back roads tour gets you into the Salisbury Plain, visiting Stonehenge, Salisbury and Windsor Castle. In keeping with back roads touring, you get to stay in charming accommodation. This is my style of soft-adventure touring. A nice surprise awaits would-be travellers, being an early bird saving if booked and paid in full by December 15. Call 1300 100 410.
Sit back and relax This time around I'm spotlighting a group of tours which should satisfy those from 'down under' who want to get in touch with their mother lands. Tempo coach tours offer the best seats in the house (or should that be coach?) no matter what, it's a grand tour covering Spain, Italy and Turkey.
International flights are provided by Etihad. There are savings on offer as well. To ascertain how you can benefit, it's just a matter of ringing 1300 558 987. * 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.