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Holiday planning?:

With 49 weeks of 2013 left, there's plenty of time to have a holiday & here are some of the best deals around!
By Motherpedia with AAP
Date: January 18 2013
Tags: travel, holiday,
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While the summer holidays are heading for a close, there’s still another 49 weeks of the year to plan! In that time, we’ll enjoy eight public holidays, 98 weekend days and, for the majority of Australians, school holidays around Easter (which comes early this year), mid-year and September/October – depending on where you live. Before you know it, it will be the next summer holidays!

So as you kick-back this weekend, here’s a round-up of some of the best current travel deals around.

The Kimberley, Western Australia

See the great north-west of our country! It’s rugged, raw and magnificent!

Drive around the Kimberley on a five day driving tour through Fitzroy Crossing, Geikie Gorge National Park, Halls Creek, the Bungle Bungle Ranges and the local attractions of Kununurra. Priced from $719 per person, twin share, this package includes five days of car hire, four nights accommodation and a self-drive itinerary with road maps containing recommended stops and places of interest. Accommodation includes one night at Fitzroy River Lodge, one night at Kimberley Hotel and two nights at Kununurra Lakeside Resort. On sale until 13th February for travel up to 31st March. Nice idea for the Easter holidays.

Details: 1300 130 485

Norfolk Island

They say a holiday on Norfolk Island will “do you the world of good” – so why not try it?

Stay at Cumberland Resort and Spa and save almost one-third on a one bedroom spa suite priced from $203 per night for two people. This includes accommodation in a spa suite, free rental car, airport transfers, island tour, snorkel gear and breakfast provisions. Available until sold out, for travel until mid July 2013. Subject to availability.

Details: 1300 88 7979


The best little place around with many places to visit, but why not enjoy country life at Villa Howden in southern Tasmania located about 20 minutes south-west of Hobart.

Villa Howden offers luxurious boutique accommodation in tranquil natural surroundings with ten luxury suits beautifully decorated with plus furnishings. It’s the perfect place to explore Hobart and the Huon Valley. Head Chef Terry Clark has introduced a delicious array of food experiences for guests and day visitors including gourmet picnics, high teas and a gourmet dining menu (including $10 kids meals on Thursdays).

Details: or 03 6267 1161

Hayman Island

Hayman is offering a ‘month of love’ deal. Couples who get engaged on the island during February will also receive an invitation to enjoy a complimentary wedding there. Couples can return to Hayman for their nuptials, complete with wedding celebrant, a stunning ceremony location organised by a professional Hayman wedding planner - and for the bride, a $1000 gift voucher from fashion designer Vera Wang.

The resort is offering a Romantic Escape priced from $1,455 per person twin share including three nights' twin share accommodation, a three-course romantic Twilight Dining experience, daily buffet breakfast, champagne and a chocolate plate on arrival and one hour Hayman Spa treatment for two people.

Details: 1800 075 175 or

Mother’s Day

Want to do something special for Mother’s Day? P&O Cruises has a 3 day Mother’s Day themed cruise priced from $419 per person sharing with three others, or $449 per person twin share. The trip is on the Pacific Jewel and departs Sydney on 10th May.

Details: P&O Cruises 13 24 94 or


Fancy Malaysia at Easter?

Stay six nights at a beach resort in Langkawi from $619 per person, twin share. The package at Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort includes six nights in a garden terrace room and full breakfast daily. Travel must be booked by 29th March and taken by 31st March.

Details: or 1300 130 485

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