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The Royal Mail Grampians Peaks Trail Lux­ury Walk­ing Pack­age from mid Oc­to­ber In­cludes two nights in the re­cently re­fur­bished Deluxe Moun­tain View room, a com­pletely catered day of walk­ing on the Grampians Peaks Trail with an in­for­ma­tive guide, din­ner each evening at the Royal Mail Ho­tel, de­li­cious à la carte break­fast daily, re­turn trans­fers from the Royal Mail Ho­tel to the trail, a tour of the ho­tel’s wine col­lec­tion and a chef- led har­vest tour of Aus­tralia’s largest kitchen garden. $1750 per cou­ple twin share. 98 Parker Street, Dunkeld. (03) 5577 2241; royal­mail.com.au

WA Sal Salis Nin­ga­loo Reef

Oc­to­ber is the last month for the year to swim with the mighty hump­back whales on Nin­ga­loo Reef, a World Her­itage Site and Aus­tralia’s largest fring­ing co­ral reef. Sal Salis, a lux­ury sa­fari camp in the dunes of Cape Range Na­tional Park, of­fers hump­back and whale shark swims at ex­tra cost in ad­di­tion to guided kayak and snorkel trips or walks in the na­tional park in­cluded in the tar­iff. Guests will en­joy three-course gourmet din­ners paired with wines in the lodge or on the deck un­der beau­ti­ful star­lit skies. From $750 per per­son per night twin or dou­ble share. (08) 9949 1776; sal­salis.com.au

Grampians Na­tional Park is known for its spec­tac­u­lar sand­stone moun­tains, rock pools and sum­mits. BE­LOW Frank Hin­der’s At Lew­ers 1946, ink pen­cil and wash on pa­per, at Pen­rith Re­gional Gallery and The Lew­ers Be­quest.

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