A time for mak­ing merry

This spring is full of red-let­ter dates, in Aus­tralia and around the world. Why not take off for a once-in-a-life­time trip?

Sunday Mail - Travel/Escape - - SPRING FESTIVALS -

The tour costs from $1369 a per­son, twin share, in­clud­ing seven nights in ho­tels with break­fast daily, one lunch, three din­ners, trans­port, ar­rival and de­par­ture trans­fers, lo­cal guides, an English-speaking In­dian tour leader and sight­see­ing. The tour de­parts New Delhi on Oc­to­ber 22 and is valid for sale un­til Septem­ber 30.

27 Trick or treat

Ad­ven­ture World Travel (ad­ven­ture world.com.au, 1300 295 049) has a five-day pack­age fea­tur­ing en­try to Hong Kong Dis­ney­land and Ocean Park from only $393 a per­son, twin share, not in­clud­ing flights.

You’ll stay four nights at the 4-star Har­bour Plaza North Point Ho­tel and re­ceive re­turn air­port trans­fers.

28 Sat­isfy crav­ings

din­ing des­ti­na­tion, en­hanced by re­gional NSW pro­duce and wine.

For this year’s fes­ti­val, Syd­ney takes on a spicy South Amer­i­can theme and plays host to a swag of in­ter­na­tional and home­grown su­per­star chefs dur­ing hun­dreds of events.

One of the fes­ti­val’s sig­na­ture events is the two-day World Chef Showcase (Oc­to­ber 1-2) where some of the big­gest stars on the in­ter­na­tional culi­nary stage share their skills in in­ti­mate, in­ter­ac­tive ses­sions at the Hil­ton Syd­ney (hilton­syd­ney.com.au 02 9266 2000).

Why not book a room at the Hil­ton that week­end and taste what the fes­ti­val has to of­fer?

A swish ex­ec­u­tive room starts at $489 a night. Only those with Irish blood in their veins could think of try­ing to outdo the fa­mous Run­ning of the Bulls with Boorowa’s Run­ning of the Sheep.

Sig­nif­i­cantly less deadly, this event is the cen­tre­piece of the an­nual Irish Woolfest (irish­woolfest.boorowa.net), this year held on Oc­to­ber 2 in the charm­ing lit­tle coun­try town on the fer­tile table­lands north of Canberra.

There’s also a street pa­rade, Irish singers and dancers and pipe bands.

A grand place to stay is the cosy Old School B&B (the­old­school.com.au) in Rye Park for $170 a cou­ple a night.

CEL­E­BRATE: Fire­works are set off for Di­wali, the Hindu Fes­ti­val of Light.

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