Thursday, September 9, 2010

Wolgan Valley celebrates with 'A Spring Temptation'

Wolgan Valley celebrates with 'A Spring Temptation'

Special Offer to Mark First Year Anniversary by Leading Hotels of the World Member

In celebration of its first year anniversary and to mark the change of season, Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa will launch a special promotional offer, 'A Spring Temptation'.

The offer, valid from 1st September to 19th December, 2010, invites guests to welcome the renewal and rebirth of spring at Wolgan Valley, and includes two nights at the resort at a special promotional rate, and an exclusive Wolgan Gourmet or Timeless Spa pack to take home.

Opened in October 2009, Wolgan Valley heralded a new era of understated luxury in the country. As Australia's first conservation-based luxury resort, it has since achieved global success and recognition for its commitment to sustainability without compromising on world-class luxury and style.

Joost Heymeijer, General Manager, Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa said: "It is very satisfying to be part a ground-breaking project with such commitment to strong core values of service, luxury, and location. As our first year anniversary milestone approaches, we have certainly solidified our formidable presence as a luxury landmark destination in Australia."

"We are already seeing repeat bookings with guests wishing to experience Wolgan Valley through the different seasons. This spring, guests can expect to experience warm sunsets, sightings of baby wombats and joeys and a cool dip in their own private indoor/outdoor pool," commented Mr Heymeijer.

**A Spring Temptation**

Enjoy two nights in a double Heritage Suite at Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa this spring, including breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, all non-alcoholic and selected alcoholic beverages, two nature-based activities each day, for just $1,470* per person, representing a saving of over $500.

As part of this unique package, guests will also take home a complimentary Taste of Wolgan Gourmet Pack or a Timeless Spa Pamper Pack abundant with the finest luxury products found at the resort.

Valid from 1st September - 19th December 2010, package rates are based on double occupancy with a minimum two nights' stay. Promotional hampers are redeemable per suite booking. Other terms and conditions apply.

To book, please contact the Wolgan Valley Reservations team on 02 9290 9733 or email


Sept school holidays at Eumundi Markets

Kites, candles and more @ Eumundi Markets in upcoming school holidays

Young market visitors to The Original Eumundi Markets in the upcoming September holidays can get creative by taking part in workshops to teach them how to make their own kites, candles and badges.

The kids craft workshops will be run each Wednesday and Saturday morning market over the holiday period, starting Saturday 18 September.

Market Manager Peter Homan says The Original Eumundi Markets craft workshops are a popular activity with market visitors in school holidays.

"We're really excited to introduce the kite making and decorating workshops, a new addition to our program for kids," he said.  "These are being led by local kite makers John and Marie from Sunshine Rainbow Kites, who sell their handmade kites here at Eumundi Markets every Saturday throughout the year".

"After making their kites in the workshop, kids can then take them to one of the many park areas in Eumundi and test their flying skills!"

"The candle workshops involve dipping and then sculpting wax to make funky colourful candles," he says.

"Our badge making workshop is also popular with young artists, who create their own design on a badge they can then wear home as a souvenir of their time at Eumundi Markets".

While they are designed for children, big kids (teenagers and adults) are welcome to take part too – if spaces permit. Children under five must be accompanied by a carer – to help them with the tricky bits!

Spaces are limited, so market visitors are advised to book in at the workshop tent on arrival in at the markets. You can pre-book for a workshop time later in the day.

As the biggest and best market in Australia, Eumundi is renowned for its quality art and craft –  with stalls selling products for visitors of all ages. And when you need a break from the shopping, sit back and be entertained by a stellar line-up of performers guaranteed to get you in the groove.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Find My Fiji Sale with Captain Cook Cruises

Find 'My' Fiji and Sale Away with Massive Savings!

A tiny island, a white sandy beach, or picturesque coral reef - find your very own special place in Fiji  with Captain Cook Cruises 'Find My Fiji' sale on all 3, 4 and 7 night cruises, offering up to 47% off brochure prices.

The sale is valid until 30 November 2010 and valid for travel until 31 March 2012.

With Captain Cook Cruises discovery-style cruises guests will enjoy an intimate and personal experience of the Yasawa Islands aboard small ship, MV Reef Endeavour, where passengers wake up at a new and exciting destination every morning.

If finding 'My' Fiji involves culture, the MV Reef Endeavour visits unspoiled Fijian villages where passengers can interact with the locals, take part in a traditional village sevusevu ceremony and Meke and Lovo feast and even tour a village school.

If water and relaxation is more your Fiji, there is plenty of time every day to snorkel over amazing coral reefs, swim in crystal clear waters, dive in spectacular blue lagoons or relax on the warm white sand. Passengers can also take a glass bottom boat ride to witness the abundance of marine life that thrives on Fiji's coral reefs.

Stay on-board and find 'My' Fiji by being pampered at the ships Senikai Day Spa, or simply relax on the sun deck by the pool or spa or enjoy a cocktail at the pool bar.

Fares for the 3 night Southern Yasawa cruise start from $639 per person twin share, normally $1199 per person. For the 4 night Northern Yasawa cruise fares start from $855 per person twin share, normally $1499 per person and fares for the 7 night Yasawa Islands and 7 night Northern Fiji Dateline Expedition cruise start from $1389 per person twin share, normally $2499 per person.

Great value family cabins are also available from just $1548 for up to 2 adults and 2 children under 18 years or a separate child's stateroom is available from only $414 per room when parents or guardians travel in stateroom accommodation.

Prices include all meals, daily island and water activities, guided island, village and school tours, snorkelling and glass bottom boat tours, use of snorkelling equipment and mini gym, a Lovo feast and kava ceremony, entertainment, child minding during meal times, 24 hour self-service tea and coffee bar and transfers from Nadi and Denarau hotels.

For further information and bookings, please contact Captain Cook Cruises toll free from Australia on 1800 804 843; Int +61-2-9206 1111, Email: or visit


PLUS, stay for 3 nights or more and receive a FREE De Bortoli Wines Bonus

Grand Mercure Apartments across Australia invite you to make yourself at home by offering better rates the longer you stay. 

Grand Mercure Apartments can be found in 13 locations across Australia with rates starting from $108 per night for three to five night stays with further discounts applied for six night stays or more.  PLUS, book a minimum 3 night stay at any participating Grand Mercure Apartment before 31 October and you will receive a FREE De Bortoli Wines Triple Pack of Rococo Sparkling Blanc De Blancs, Gulf Station Chardonnay and Gulf Station Shiraz Viognier.

The offer is valid for stays until 10 December 2010* and available for booking via or 1300 65 65 65.

The choice to extend your stay is made easy with Grand Mercure Apartments offering all the comforts of home whilst allowing you to explore completely new surroundings in relaxing coastal destinations or exciting city locations.  The fully self contained facilities include full kitchens, laundry, ensuites, expansive living areas, all the latest in home entertainment features and the choice of one, two or three bedroom apartment configurations.

Follow the sun to tropical Cairns staying at Grand Mercure Apartments Palm Cove; explore the Whitsundays with Grand Mercure Apartments Azure Sea at Airlie Beach as your base; see the best of regional Victoria with a stay at Grand Mercure Apartments Forest Resort in Creswick, perfectly situated between the Goldfields region and spa country; or savor a Sauvignon Blanc overlooking the Hunter Valley vineyards from your balcony at Grand Mercure Apartments The Vintage and combine a little golf with your grapes on the Greg Norman designed championship golf course.

Grand Mercure Apartment guests can also access great car hire deals with Europcar – stay two or more nights and receive 15% off car hire per day.  Visit for details.

*Subject to availability. Black out dates apply. Offer available only at participating Grand Mercure Apartment properties in Australia.

Russian Airliner in 'Miracle' Emergency Landin

Source: AAP

A Russian passenger plane carrying 81 people has made a "miracle" crash landing at a deserted air field in Siberia after a complete mid-flight power failure, officials says.

The Tupolev (TU-154) airliner en route to Moscow on Tuesday was forced to glide down from its cruising altitude with no working navigation gear and at a high speed after its wing flaps failed, the general prosecutor's office said on Wednesday.

The 72 passengers, including three children, and nine crew members were in shock but unhurt after the pilot guided his plane down onto the defunct runway, overgrown with weeds, television images showed.

"After its electrical equipment failed, the crew was forced to land the plane. The landing was manual, without radio contact," the prosecutors' office said in a statement.

Forced down at the tiny air strip built for helicopter use, the passenger liner overshot the tarmac, tearing through 200 metres of forest brush before coming to rest, it said.

The plane, operated by Alrosa Mirny Air Enterprise, which belongs to diamond monopoly Alrosa, now lies sunk in a bog beyond the disused air field, near the village of Izhma in Russia's far northern Komi region, 1,500 kilometres from Moscow.

Local blogs and twitter pages buzzed with calls for Russia to award the airliner's pilot a medal for his "miraculous" and "heroic" landing.

Meanwhile, the ITAR-TASS news agency said all of the stranded passengers had Wednesday safely made it to Moscow on another flight except for one couple who preferred to travel by train after their ordeal.

Green Initiatives at Galapagos' Lodges

In the Galapagos Islands Red Means Green: Red Mangrove Galapagos Lodges Promotes Sustainable Stewardship by Example

How does red turn green? Think Red Mangrove Galapagos Lodges ( This environmentally and socially responsible company is pioneering multi-island, land-based touring while guiding a fragile ecosystem to a sustainable future. In so doing guests experience green, solution-oriented experiences surrounding natural and social environments.

"Galapagos is one of the few destinations on earth where enlightened guests do not have to give up amenities or adventure in order to be in harmony with our responsible tourism philosophies," said Hernan Rodas, visionary owner and founder of Red Mangrove Galapagos Lodges. He noted that his company also focuses on local communities when it comes to hiring, purchasing, educating and sponsoring.

As a result, he said, visitors relax into an intact, solution-oriented, sustainable vacation while discovering the intra-island beauty of five distinct islands: Santa Cruz, Santa Fe, Floreana, Tortuga Island and Isabela.

The company's three lodges on Santa Cruz, Isabela and Floreana were constructed with a sustainable philosophy from the ground up. Red Mangrove's Aventura Lodge on Santa Cruz became the first hotel in Galapagos to have an onsite filtration system for drinking water to eliminate the need for imported bottled water; the lodges are among the only island accommodations to utilize black water treatment plants to recycle water; low-water, energy-saving washers and dryers assist the sustainable process, as do efficient 50KVA automatic generators and low environmental impact four-stroke motors on an inter-island transport vessel. (Note: inter-island, land-based touring consumes less fuel than cruise programs do.) One lodge (Floreana) operates entirely off the grid. Cleaning products and supplies are all bio-degradable and the company has achieved an almost-paperless status. Organic bulk shampoo and repellents are sourced from the Ecuador Amazon.

Locally hired employees are supported with business and language skills training and are offered sponsorship opportunities for further education to become, for example, naturalist certified guides. Staff and guides lead by example promoting environmental stewardship by policing visited areas daily, picking up any trash or litter they may find.

Red Mangrove walks the talk of habitat preservation and community involvement. Accommodations and operations adhere to and often exceed the most stringent environmental standards. Out of respect for the local community, Red Mangrove has helped native fishermen find alternative livelihoods through tourism by utilizing a fleet of former fishing boats for transportation and sightseeing. Other outreach projects include support of a Family Health Program initially serving families of Red Mangrove employees on the Island of Isabela, a care program for at-risk horses associated with local tourism in Puerto Villamil and in partnership with the University of Cuenca, assisting a dental care program for employees, tourism providers and islanders on Santa Cruz, Isabela and Floreana. See:

About Red Mangrove Galapagos Lodges

Red Mangrove Galapagos Lodges in 2007 introduced a land-based alternative to exploring the Galapagos that heretofore was a cruise-only destination. With upscale waterfront lodges strategically situated on Santa Cruz, Isabela and Floreana, it is the only company offering high quality, branded accommodations and services on multiple islands in the Galapagos. Because it is land-based, Red Mangrove can offer a more extensive roster of activities and more flexibility than traditional cruise options.

The customary way to experience Red Mangrove's hospitality is to spend a number of nights on each island accessed by small boat and/or aircraft. With 14 guest rooms, Aventura Lodge on Santa Cruz is distinguished by its unique architectural design which blends its mangrove forest and seafront environments tastefully and responsibly. Its location boasts generous views of Puerto Ayora Bay. Separated from the ocean by a white sand, palm-lined beach, Isabela Lodge offers eight rooms outside the sleepy fisherman's village of Puerto Villamil on one of the most volcanically active islands on Earth. Red Mangrove Floreana Lodge is a romantic gathering of 10 private pine cottages just a five minute walk from the village of Puerto Velasco Ibarra (population 150).

Zuji's September Spring Sale

Embrace Spring Fever with ZUJI's September Spring Sale

Australia: The guru says: "Don't pack for a long time. Pack for a good time."

Spring clean your mind and put a spring back in your step – with online travel agent ZUJI's Spring Sale; holidays selected to help you experience the essence of the season around Australia; or the world. Live the fun and fashion of spring carnival racing in Melbourne.   Escape to the gleaming beaches of Fiji or Queensland. Indulge in the fine food and wine during what is arguably Adelaide & Auckland's best season. Admire the effect the blooming gardens have on the breathtaking city of Hobart.  Or succumb to lengthening sun-soaked days along Sydney's harbour side.

See samples below for some of the hottest Spring destinations and savings for flights and hotels stays; for bookings by 30 September 2010. Save even more when you book flights, hotels and cars together as Travel Combos on

Melbourne Travel Combo Flight + Hotel: Stay 2 nights at Cube Serviced Apartments with return economy flights from Sydney from $309 p.p. twin/double share.

 Just minutes from the Paris end of Collins Street, the CBD and the Regent, Princess and Her Majesty's theatres, Cube offers affordable accommodation and features 115 brand new and beautifully appointed studio apartments, with kitchenettes and ensuites. In-room features include a 32 inch LCD TV, some rooms include a DVD player, movies, cable and Ipod dock clock. Valid for travel until 20 December 2010.

Wrest Point Hobart, from $105 per night twin/double share.  With absolute water frontage overlooking the sparkling Derwent River, Wrest Point provides first class accommodation with spectacular views, and a wide range of dining and entertainment options. Valid for travel until 20 December 2010.

 BreakFree Alexandra Beach on the Sunshine Coast, stay 3 nights, pay for 2. From $155 p.p. twin/double share.  Located directly opposite the patrolled surf beach, BreakFree Alexandra Beach offers a range of studio, one, two and three bedroom self-contained apartments wrapped around a tropical lagoon pool. Facilities include two heated pools and spas, waterslide, gymnasium, children's playground and BBQ. Valid for travel until 20th December 2010.

Auckland City Hotel, stay 2 nights save 20%, from $78 per night twin/double share.  Auckland City Hotel retains the character and charm of its past, enhanced with contemporary decor. With 138 spacious guest rooms and suites, Auckland City Hotel suits both leisure and business travellers.  Rooms offer eco-friendly products, LCD TV with satellite channels, high speed Internet access, and some have kitchenettes.

Valid for travel until 31 October 2010.

To get you to Auckland in Spring, Zuji's sale fares from Australia to Auckland start from as little as $199.00 per person, each way. Valid for travel until 30 September 2010.

Spring  is in the air- and online- at !

*Advertised prices are correct at the time of publication and include taxes and surcharges. ZUJI charges no booking fees and credit card fees.

All prices shown, including hotel, holiday and flight prices may vary and subject to availability based on the fare types and room types available on your preferred travel dates. Prices based on Economy class only. Hotel prices are lead-in prices and based on per room per night. Holiday prices and savings are per person based on twin share.

About ZUJI

In 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and again in 2009, ZUJI® was recognised as Asia Pacific's 'Best Online Travel Agent', as awarded by TTG travel magazines in Asia Pacific. ZUJI was also awarded as the 'Best Online Travel Agency' in 2007 by the TravelWeekly (Asia) Industry Awards.  'Condé Nast Traveler' magazine (March 08, US-edition) announced ZUJI as the 'best travel web site for flights in Asia'.

ZUJI gives travellers in Asia Pacific online access to real-time travel bookings for thousands of hotels and hundreds of airlines, as well as bringing cruises, car hire, attraction bookings, package tours and other inspirational travel offers, products and tools online.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Denman Hotel & Spa and K7 Adventures' Snow Adventures in Spring

Take advantage of the best spring snow in ‘The Snowys’ for years, by discovering the Snowy Mountains alpine wilderness on cross country skis or snowshoes!

The Denman Hotel & Spa, in association with K7 Adventures, is offering for the first time the thrill of outdoor snow adventure packages. Now you can spend several days touring the Snowy Mountains wilderness in early spring, without the need to ‘rough it’ – returning each evening to stay in the lap of luxury.

Whether a first timer or simply taking advantage of outdoor guiding company K7 Adventures wealth of experience in conducting cross-country ski or snowshoe adventures within this spectacular wilderness region, this is a unique opportunity. “Resort skiing is great, but if you go backcountry you will never forget the experience and will simply want more”, states Peter Cocker, K7 Adventures Senior Guide.

This year has been a late season, but in August more than 200 centimetres of dry powder snow has fallen across the main range of the Snowy Mountains National Park. Peter comments: “This year the best skiing will be in September, lasting until at least mid-October”.

Why cross country skiing or snowshoeing in The Snowy Mountains? “Here are exceptionally long runs, and often your group will have the whole of the Main Range to themselves – there is not another track in the snow and you enjoy amazing scenery; you can often see for over 100 kms across Victoria”, enthuses Peter Cocker.

There are four different all-inclusive 3-night value-added Denman Hotel & Spa Snow Adventure packages available. These are ideal for couples, families and small groups who wish to take advantage of this September and October’s great snow and blue skies. There is even a tented overnight Snow Craft learning adventure, or for the very young easy half-day cross country ski or snowshoe lessons are available.

The Denman Hotel & Spa is Thredbo’s premier boutique hotel, renowned for its fine dining Terrace Restaurant and fun, sophisticated Après Bar. Ed Denny, The Denman’s Proprietor, believes that “there is nothing better than coming in from a fabulous day exploring the backcountry and enjoying gourmet cooking, fine wine and great company!”

The Packages

Prices start from just $1633 for a family of four. These are all-inclusive packages with luxury accommodation and meals at The Denman Hotel & Spa and instruction and guiding by expert K7 Adventures Guides.

For example the Indulgent Snow Adventure includes two days of snow shoeing or cross country skiing lessons plus a full day Kosciuszko Majestic Tour with private guide, plus full breakfasts, 2 nights fine dining in the Terrace Restaurant, packed lunches each day including a special snow picnic as well as a bottle of Vueve Clicquot Champagne.



K7 Adventures

K7 Adventures is an all-seasons specialist for Snowy Mountains’ adventure tours, offering snow shoeing, ski touring or the freedom of nordic skiing through the Kosciuszko Cross Country Ski School in winter as well as trekking, climbing and abseiling in summer,

K7 Adventure Guides are ‘mountain people’ who love where they live and live what they love. Its experienced team of guides and instructors spend winter after winter exploring the back country steeps, finding the sweetest lines and the purest untracked snow, the best views and most surprising angles that become a photographer’s delight. K7 Adventures prides itself on customer service and satisfaction.

The Denman Hotel & Spa

The Denman Hotel & Spa boasts a dress circle position at Diggings Terrace in the heart of Thredbo Village, just a few minutes walk to the Crackenback chairlifts. The Hotel offers 36 guest rooms with ensuites, with a wide range of room styles and sizes, compact to spacious, chalet to contemporary, with no two rooms the same. Room service, porterage and valet parking are included.

Floor to ceiling windows offer stunning daytime mountain views and set the stage for award winning dining at the Denman’s Terrace Restaurant. The Denman Hotel & Spa has won the Restaurant and Catering Association’s “Best Restaurant Southern Region” and is Thredbo’s premier dining venue. Open in winter from 6 pm till late, guests enjoy a la carte dining as part of the Denman tariff.

The Denman’s Après Bar is recognised as the Snowy Mountain’s most sophisticated nightspot. It's a chic metropolitan style cocktail lounge with comfortable seating –ideal for either pre or post dinner.

The Denman Day Spa is the only full day spa in Thredbo and exclusively offers Thalgo treatments from aromatherapy to remedial sports massage. Guests can choose from indulgent spa packages, facial treatments, body treatments, hand and feet treatments, plus waxing and tinting.

Snowy Mountains National Park & Thredbo

Covering 690,000ha. the Snowy Mountains is the largest national park in NSW and one of the Australia’s most significant natural resources – with the highest mountains in Australia as well as the legendary snowy river. Besides having New South Wales' major ski resorts, the Park offers some of the best cross country skiing areas in the world, on its Main Range and Jugungal Wilderness Area. Thredbo is the perfect base from which to explore the Snowy Mountains National Park. It is reminiscent of a European mountain retreat, with its town square and Village atmosphere. It offers undoubtedly Australia’s best selection of après ski activities, with live music and dancing, restaurants and bars.

Château Élan Group Spa Packages

The Spa at Château Élan – The Perfect Place for a Girls' Day In!

Château Élan Destination Spa at The Vintage  is the perfect escape for girlfriends looking to share indulgence, friendship and complete relaxation. Spend the day or the whole weekend with half day or overnight packages designed especially for groups of any size (or sex!) to share the love. The luxury spa complex has 17 treatment rooms dedicated to exclusive spa rituals, traditional hydrotherapies and social relaxation. It is one of very few places in the world where people can experience Terraké treatments supplemented by products from prestige group, Thalgo.

The Spa has several unique features with friends in mind. The Santé Room with its cosy fireplace, library and sofa, is perfect for groups of friends (or "hens") to socialise and relax. The Hydrolounge, a comfortable, fire-warmed 'wet' area, equipped with hot and cold plunge pools and a social spa area with a deck that overlooks the rolling vineyards of Beggars Bridge and Barrington Tops, is also available to groups  for self-contained relaxation and indulgence.

Exclusive Spa Packages have also been designed for group sharing a full day escape or a whole weekend:

Half  Day Heaven  from $295 per person includes:

60 min pre treatment in the Hydrolounge.
60 min Swedish massage - a dance-like, flowing style massage technique, along with a collection of classical European moves designed to relax you.
75 min Terre & Mer Organic Facial, using certified organic products from the French Thalgo range, and a 65ml Grown Vanilla & Orange Peel Hand Cream to take home.

Spa Escape Package, weekdays from $250 per person* based on 2 guests includes:

2 x 60 min Swedish Massage- a dance-like, flowing style massage technique, along with a collection of classical European moves designed to relax you.
Geisha Tub with Balneo therapy, allows you to close your eyes, and enjoy the harmony of a tension relieving underwater massage and the therapeutic benefits of essential oils.
Spa Twin or King Room available with full buffet breakfast.  

*Based on a shared room for the treatment, twin or double Geisha tub available.

Whether it's for a special occasion, wedding or no occasion at all, gather your group of friends and visit The Spa at Château Élan. (And to ensure friends who can't make it don't get too jealous, Château Élan Spa Packages packages are now available as a gift voucher to purchase online).

According to CEO Erik Stuebe, "The Spa at Château Élan is not only Australia's newest spa, it's one of the largest and most luxurious in the country. While spa treatments are about relaxation and wellness, we believe that a little bit of indulgence can go a long way. Visitors to our social spa rooms will find the champagne is properly chilled…"

So girls (and guys), what are you waiting for?!

To book phone 02 94998 2500 or email

 About Château Élan at The Vintage, Hunter Valley, NSW

Château Élan at The Vintage is Australia's finest golf and spa resort. It is located in the heart of the Hunter Valley. Offering a luxury escape for up to 200 guests, the resort comprises a spa with 17 treatment rooms, a hair and beauty salon, 20 super-luxury spa suites and a series of private lifestyle villas. The $40m development is just two hours north of Sydney. It has been co-conceived by the group behind Château Élan in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Vintage is the Hunter Valley's premier residential lifestyle community. At its heart is a Greg Norman-designed course which is ranked #2 in New South Wales and current host of the NSW Open. The Vintage has bar, conference and full dining and catering facilities; the Clubhouse is home to the renowned Legends Grill restaurant.

For more details, packages and special offers, or to book, visit: and .

Penrith Caravan and Camping Expo on this weekend

The Penrith Caravan, Camping & Holiday Expo is on again this weekend at Penrith Panthers.

From 10 to 12 September, record breaking numbers are expected to flock to Penrith Panthers to see over 150 exhibitors displaying the latest caravans, motorhomes, camper trailers, campervans, 5th wheelers, camping equipment and tents, 4WD products and accessories, holiday destinations and tourist park displays.

Barry Baillie CEO of the Caravan and Camping Industry Association believes that the increasing economic stability and the advancing quality of Australia's caravan and camping facilities influenced the record breaking visitor numbers of  88, 237 people to April's Supershow at Rosehill. Mr Baillie trusts that this trend will be replicated at the Penrith show next week.

"Many NSW holiday parks are destinations themselves, with great activities such as jumping pillows and resort style swimming pools and kids clubs during school holidays. Whether you take your own tent or camper trailer or stay in a cabin, holiday parks are great getaways for families."

Caravan and camping tourism is the fastest growing domestic tourism sector in Australia and one that is leading the resurgence for tourism across the nation. 40.9 million visitor nights were spent in caravan or camping accommodation in 2009  this is an increase of 1.3 million nights from 2008.

For those new to the market or those wanting to add to their gear, the Penrith Expo is the ideal event to grab great bargains on everything caravan and camping!

The Penrith Expo is free to the public and offers all the latest and greatest industry products and services at fantastic pre-summer sale prices. Free parking allows guests to have ample time to browse caravans and RVs, tents and many leisure goods.

"Everyone deserves a holiday, and caravan, camping and RV getaways are still the best value holiday option for all Australians, offering something for every budget," said Mr Baillie

"Our website – – lists all of the Penrith Expo exhibitors for visitors to plan their visit to the show," said Mr Baillie.

The Penrith Expo will be open 9am-5pm daily (closes 4pm Sunday) with free admission and free parking.

For more information, phone the Expo hotline on 1902 220 299 (call costs apply) or visit

Peppers gets festive for Spring in the Hunter Valley

With thousands of blooms filling the Hunter Valley landscape with spectacular scents and colours, it makes perfect sense for thousands of admirers to flock to experience the Spring Festival of Flowers at the Hunter Valley Gardens from September 1 to 30.

Featuring fabulous entertainment, activities, attractions, demonstrations, talks, tours, workshops and over 250,000 annuals, the Spring Festival of Flowers is the picture perfect reason to visit to the Hunter Valley this time of year.

Peppers Guest House is celebrating the festive time of year with an iconic package to really make your getaway to the Hunter Valley smelling as sweet as roses.

The Hunter Icons Package is perfect for visitors in town for the festival to have a stylish place to stay, and also sample the creations of some of the finest producers in the Hunter Valley.

The package includes a complimentary $50 voucher to Icon Lounge, at the Small Winemakers Centre, presenting a unique opportunity to taste an iconic selection of wines, many of which are unavailable for tasting anywhere else in the Hunter Valley.

The Icon Lounge features a collection of iconic Hunter Shiraz such as Brokenwood Graveyard, the McWilliam's Maurice O´Shea and Thomas Kiss to name but a few.

They have also showcased some of the finest Semillons in the Hunter including one of Australia's most awarded Semillons, the 2003 McWilliam's Lovedale.

With their world-class tasting system you can create your own wine journey; compare the beauty of aged Hunter wines with the youthful vibrancy of a current release or simply relax with a cheese plate on the veranda.

All this to enjoy along with two nights' accommodation in a Vintage or Classic Room at Peppers Guest House, and full buffet breakfast each morning, makes the Hunter Icons Package blooming marvellous during Spring from $275* per night midweek, and $375* per night at weekends.

Enjoy this elegant retreat's range of facilities, including indoor pool and spa, sauna, tennis court, indulgent endota spa, and award-winning dining at the sophisticated on-site Restaurant Sanctuary.

Call 02 49938999 or visit

*Conditions apply. Subject to availability. Valid for booking and travel to 30 September 2010. Two night minimum stay applies. Rates based on a per room per night twin share basis, Not valid with any other offer. Voucher not redeemable for cash. Midweek defined as Sunday to Thursday inclusive. A 2-night minimum stay is required Friday and Saturday nights.

Spring into the school holidays at Peppers Anchorage

Couples and families can both find the perfect Spring break away in the picturesque Port Stephens with Peppers Anchorage serving up some savoury packages.

For couples, whether it be wining and dining, exploring the majestic shoreline of Port Stephens, indulging in a relaxing massage or strolling the resort's own marina, your pleasure is for the taking this Springtime.

Enjoy one of the resort's outstanding events, such as the Wine Makers Degustation Dinner in Merrett's Restaurant on-site, from 7pm on September 18, for $130*, featuring a local wine maker to match a featured wine to each course on the menu.

Or delight in fresh seafood at the Mussels & Murray's Boardwalk Dinner, a special signature dining event on the boardwalk of the resort marina, from 6.30pm on October 22, for $60*. Welcome in daylight savings with a delicious banquet served on the boardwalk with mussels as the highlight, boutique beer tasting with Murray's brewery and a drink on arrival.

Families can also take advantage of a special School Holiday offer on sale until the end of September, which lets kids aged between 3 and 12 eat free* during the holidays from September 24 to October 8, and includes accommodation from $185* per night in an Anchorage Room, for travel up until December 23.

Delight the kids with a healthy variety of activities in this action-packed aquatic playground, like snorkelling, dolphin spotting, surf lessons, sea kayaking, visiting family friendly beaches, 4WD tours and horse riding, not to mention the resort's family-friendly facilities.

To book accommodation or events call 02 4984 2555, go to  or visit Peppers Anchorage and Merrett's Restaurant at Corlette Point Road, Corlette

*Conditions apply and subject to availability. Block out dates and minimum night stays apply. Children 3-12 eat free 24/9/10 – 8/10/10, when using existing bedding / 1 child dines free off the children's menu, with each full paying adult in Merrett's Restaurant- excludes room service.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Blooming marvellous Peppers packages - Tulip Time Bowral

Tip toe through the tulips with blooming marvellous Peppers packages

It's nearly Tulip Time again in the Southern Highlands, which means magical displays of over 100,000 tulips and 25,000 annuals in bloom to transform Bowral's Corbett Gardens and other local parks into an amazing spectacle of sweeping spring colour.

From September 21 to October 4 this year, the 14-day Tulip Time festival has been delighting locals and visitors for the past 50 years.

To mark such a special anniversary of half a century, two majestic and historic Peppers retreats which pride themselves on the beauty of their own expansive garden estates, are offering the perfect packages for guests to make the most of their stay during the festival.

Take in the variety-laden program of events, including specialist shows on the weekends, some of Australia 's best and most beautiful private gardens opened to the public, and enjoy talks by the owners or head gardeners, all from the ideal accommodation base of Peppers Craigieburn at Bowral, or Peppers Manor House, just 15 minutes away at Sutton Forest.

Both retreats offer stylish accommodation in grand country guest houses that have been refurbished to feature the ultimate in modern comforts and facilities aimed at making your stay relaxing, indulgent and unforgettable.

The High Tea Amongst The Tulips package, at Peppers Craigieburn, includes a accommodation in an Elms Wing Room from $259* per couple per night, breakfast for two and a High Tea for two, served in the gardens if you desire. Call 02 4862 8000 or visit

The Getaway For Tulip Time package, at Peppers Manor House, includes accommodation from $246* per couple per night, along with breakfast for two.

Call 02 4860 3111 or visit

Both packages are on offer during September and October, 2010.

For information on the Tulip Time 2010 festival visit

Constellation’s Australia-Wide Spring Hotel Getaways

Whether your ideal short break or holiday is quality time away with family, rekindling the flame with that special person, rejuvenation and relaxation or fun with friends. Constellation Hotels are offering some great spring short break and holiday deals in some of Australia's most sought-after and unique holiday destinations,  with over 60 hotels across Australia and New Zealand.

Australis offers seven idyllic hotels and apartments located in Diamond Beach (NSW), Surfers Paradise, Noosaville, Hervey Bay, Townsville, Wisemans Ferry and Margaret River – the perfect choice for a holiday with the family, friends or a romantic getaway for two.

Australis Diamond Beach Resort & Spa is located 3 hours north of Sydney on the New South Wales mid-north coast. Spring school holiday packages including supervised Kids Club from $229 per night for up to 2 adults and 2 children or rejuvenate with a spa package from $249* including 2 endotarama spa treatments and a bottle of champagne on arrival.

Further north, at Australis Noosa Lakes on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, lose yourself in the seven landscaped acres on the shores of Lake Doonella and the Noosa River. From only $124* per night including a $50 Marina Spa voucher.

Enjoy spring in the city with Chifley Hotels. Spend sunny days strolling the streets lined with shops, restaurants, cafes and bars. Spring is the ideal season to catch the latest spring gigs, shows and events in major city and regional hubs around Australia including Sydney, Wollongong, Newcastle, Albury, Brisbane, Adelaide, South-West Victoria, Geelong, Cairns and Alice Springs.

If it's the tropics that you want, spend a few days at Chifley Pacific International Hotel, Cairns exploring the Great Barrier Reef, perusing art galleries, shopping and dining. With packages from $129* per night including a complimentary superior room upgrade, bottle of bubbly on arrival, full breakfast for two and parking, there has never been a better time for a short tropical escape.

Relax on an easy spring break in Adelaide, with Grand Chifley on South Terrace, offering breakfast for two and a $20 restaurant voucher from only $160*. Visit the surrounding vineyards and pick up a souvenir drop at the cellar door…an ideal way to say good bye to Winter!

If you're ready to shake off those winter blues and the sun and surf is your thing, then take a family mini-break to Wollongong and stay at the brand new ultra chic Chifley Wollongong from only $225* including free meals for kids and up to 20% off Wollongong's top attractions, or spoil someone special with a bottle of sparkling  wine and cheese platter on arrival, full breakfast for two and a late check out from $279* per night.

Guests of any Constellation will also receive complimentary membership into The Escape Club program. A great value holiday plus a reward program that not only offers real dollar rewards but a free drink too! So what are you waiting for?

To join and for more information on the great range of Spring getaways at Constellation Hotels visit or call 1300 650 464.

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