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Wild Bush Luxury, one Australia’s conservation-tourism specialists, is offering an add-on experience for guests on the Arkaba Walk departing June 13 and 26 — a complimentary night at Barossa Valley property The Louise and dinner at its Appellation restaurant.

Guests will experience an additional indulgent night in one of The Louise’s Stonewell Suites, which feature picturesque vineyard views, an outdoor rain shower, spa tub, gas-log fireplace, complimentary mini-bar and continental breakfast — as well as a four-course dinner for two at Appellation, including wine pairings.

The guided and hosted Wild Bush Luxury experience on the Arkaba Walk includes: a one-way flight from Adelaide to the Flinders Ranges and a scenic road transfer from Arkaba to the Barossa Valley, with lunch on the way; two nights swag camping at wilderness camps on Wild Bush Luxury’s signature star beds and a night at Arkaba Homestead; and all gourmet meals, beverages and trail snacks plus access to a support vehicle for transporting main luggage throughout.

Phone (02) 9571 6399 or visit

 Just like in Bollywood … guests dance at the new experience at Madame Tussauds Sydney.

The doors are open at the new, Lights, Camera, Bollywood experience at Madame Tussauds Sydney.

The new zone invites guests to step backstage and join Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Shah Rukh Khan on a movie production set where they take the starring role in their favourite iconic Bollywood film scenes.

The new experience has the tick of approval from retired Australian cricketer and Bollywood acting enthusiast, Brett Lee.


 Bungoolee Tours … offering tag-along tours of Aboriginal rock art in the Kimberleys.

Among new Indigenous offerings in Western Australia, Bungoolee Tours has Aboriginal rock art trips in the areas surrounding Windjana Gorge National Park in the Kimberley.

Guests will join Aboriginal elder Jimmy Dillon Andrews at rock art sites such as Jumburrurru (Carpenters Gap), which show that Bunuba people have been on the land for 46,000 years.

The tour is operated as a tag-along departing and returning on the same day to Windjana Gorge campground.

The tours are $195 per person, with bookings required a minimum three days in advance.


A prawn-and-avocado salad with a view … an underwater view that is.

Watch schools of sharks and fish swim by at the newly opened Dundee’s Restaurant at the Cairns Aquarium.

Dishing up Australian beef and seafood, Dundee’s can be included as part of the new VIP Premium Experience, featuring a behind-the-scenes tour and feeding of a cownose ray.


The Ord Valley Muster … truly something for everyone. Image: Ange Butler.

When this year’s Ord Valley Muster excites the crowd, one of th highlights will be the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow, which will perform at the Festival Hub, the Jim Hughes Amphitheatre, on May 20-21.

Among the stars introduced by the MC, Tom Cashman, will be the UK’s Mawaan Rizwan, Paul Williams of New Zealand, Xavier Michelides and Kirsty Webeck

Tickets to the show are on sale now for $65.

Come in early for a bite to eat from pop-up food stalls and kick on afterwards at the fully licensed bar, which is open until late.

The Muster features events across 10 days and will be held in Kununurra and surrounds from May 17-26.

The action can be found on the banks of the Ord River at the Jim Hughes Amphitheatre in Kununurra, the gateway to one of the last wilderness frontiers in the world.

And the beautiful, untouched Kimberley landscape is very much a part of the attraction.


 Twinpalms MontAzure … Phuket’s newest beachside hotel.

Celebrate the opening of Twinpalms MontAzure, Phuket’s newest beachside hotel, by booking now for some significant savings.

Guests can book three nights there and pay for two, while those looking for a longer holiday can stay for six nights and pay for three in all penthouses and suite types.

The deal is valid for booking made before November 30 and for stays from July 1 to December 19 this year.

The resort, which is due to open in July, is set directly on Kamala Beach, on Phuket’s popular west coast and is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

Guests can use a lap pool or an infinity pool offering views of the Andaman sea.

Guests of Twinpalms MontAzure also have access by complimentary transport to the brand’s other dining and entertainment destinations, taking full advantage of the three beaches Twinpalms has a presence on.


Mt Fuji and cherry blossoms … how very Japanese.

A complimentary cabin upgrade is on offer for a new circle-Japan cruise-tour in 2020, timed to coincide with spring’s spectacle of Japan’s famous cherry blossoms.

Hosted by Cruise Express, the 18-night ‘Blossoms of Japan’ itinerary is designed to immerse Australians in the country’s rich traditions and customs, with guests joining tea ceremonies, donning kimonos, learning to make sushi and watching a sumo wrestling display.

Shinkansen Bullet Train rides, the neon-lit shopping frenzy of Ginza and iconic Mt Fuji are also featured in the escorted cruise-tour.

The tour departs Australia in April next year, with a nine-day overland tour of Japan that first heads to the ancient, cultural capital of Kyoto with its 1600 ornate shrines and temples.

Experiences in Kyoto include a traditional tea ceremony, the spectacular Arashiyama Bamboo Paths, the striking Fushimi Inari Shrine, the Giant Buddha Temple, Nara Deer Park and the majestic, lakeside temple of the Golden Pavilion, framed by fluffy cherry blossoms in spring.

In Yokohama, guests board Princess Cruises’ Diamond Princess for an eight-night, round-trip cruise circling the main island of Honshu.

Boasting a large sushi bar and the largest Japanese bathhouse at sea, the 2670-passenger ship will call at five Japanese ports.

The cruise also visits the South Korean city of Busan known for its beaches and where drinking tea is treated as a form of calming meditation.

Including return flights from Australia, the 18-night escorted ‘Blossoms of Japan’ cruise-tour is available from $9990 per person twin-share.

Phone 1300 766 537 or visit

 The Osvor seamans cottage in Iceland’s remote West Fjords distict.

Beyond Travel is offering savings of up to $1800 per couple on its escorted 12-day ‘Grand Tour of Iceland’ departing on June 3 and 24 this year.

In addition, the company is offering return economy airfares to Iceland for $999 per person when the itinerary is paid for by May 1.

Each departure is limited to 20 travellers who will visit Reykjavik, Borgarnes, Patreksfjordur, Breidafjordur Bay, Akureyri, Lake Myvatn and Vatnajokull National Park.

The program was crafted for travellers looking to escape the tourist trail, featuring some memorable locations off-the-beaten-track as well as most of the highlights Iceland has to offer.

Guests will experience the local lifestyle, including several nights of unique accommodation at charming guesthouses and working farms, as well as spending time on the water with a boat journey on the spectacular Jokulsarlon glacier’s lagoon and a ferry ride to explore the magnificent and remote West Fjords.

The tour is priced from $8170 per person twin-share with daily breakfast, sightseeing and transport in an air-conditioned coach.

Phone 1300 363 554 or visit

 One for tram lovers … Toursgallery has a 22-day tour of England, Scotland and Wales that includes the Crich Museum’s collection of historic trams.

Love them or loathe them, trams are making a comeback. Cities around the world are building new light-rail transportation systems.

People today split hairs over what to call them, but the older generation still call them trams.

Toursgallery has a 22-day tour of England, Scotland and Wales that includes the Crich Museum’s collection of historic trams, and also offers the chance to see a large collection of trams of all shapes and sizes in the UK.

The Crich exhibition takes visitors on a journey through a hundred years of tramway development, from 1860 to 1960, and includes horse-drawn trams, steam trams and electric trams.

Visitors can ride on restored old trams along a section of the former limestone-quarry track.

The tour commences in London on August 5 and costs from $13,880 per person twin-share.

Phone 1300 307 317 or visit

Scenery aplenty … the karsts of Central Vietnam.

Grasshopper Adventures has a new multi-sport tour of Hoi An and Central Vietnam.

Guests will cycle from energetic Ho Chi Minh City along the coast to an array of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and stunning natural wonders, ranging from historic monuments and citadels to small fishing villages and the awe-inspiring Phong Nha Cave.

Highlights will include overnighting at a rural farm stay, kayaking the Thu Bon as the sun rises over nearby Hoi An, and riding to an ancient Buddha statue near Da Nang City.

Guests can also bike and boat down the Mekong Delta, cycle the mountains of the far north, take a trip between the major centers of Saigon and Hanoi, or spend Christmas exploring the country with the kids.

The nine-day tour is scheduled for August this year, covers 220 kilometres by bike, and priced from US$2400.


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