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1 TIME OUT IN TASSIE Ara­bian nights meets an Aus­tralian bush camp at Truf­fle Lodge, a new glamp­ing ex­pe­ri­ence on the banks of Tas­ma­nia’s tran­quil Der­went River in one of Aus­tralia’s first truf­fle or­chards. Promis­ing a wilder­ness ex­pe­ri­ence 45 min­utes from Ho­bart, African sa­fari tents are joined by a lounge and din­ing pod where guests can feast on the lo­cal wine and pro­duce. Each tent is equipped with king beds, lounges, heat­ing and cool­ing, mini­bar, re­frig­er­a­tors and cof­fee ma­chines, with a pri­vate deck to take in the river­front views. The bath­room, in­side a con­verted wa­ter tank, in­cludes a hand-carved wooden bath and rain shower. Own­ers Lau­relle and John Grim­ley say the ex­pe­ri­ence is sus­tain­abil­ity meets lux­ury. “With platy­pus swim­ming wild at your feet and many ac­tiv­i­ties to choose from, such as kayak­ing, bik­ing, some of the best fly fish­ing the Der­went has to of­fer, walks through the truf­fle or­chard and wildlife spot­ting, this is the ul­ti­mate way to truly ex­pe­ri­ence Tas­ma­nia in com­fort.”

For de­tails go to truf­flelodge.com

2 SPLASH OUT ON A SE­CRET POOL VILLA Thai­land’s The Li­brary will un­veil its Se­cret Pool Vil­las this month. Set to be hot prop­erty with hon­ey­moon­ers, the ex­clu­sive one and two-bed­room op­tions on Koh Sa­mui’s Chaweng Beach sprawl across 220sq m with a cus­tom-made 3m-wide bed, full din­ing area with pantry, jacuzzi bath­tub, 8m salt­wa­ter swim­ming pool, over­sized tan­dem rain shower and his and hers walk-in clos­ets. Book now to ac­cess spe­cial open­ing rates.

For de­tails go to the­li­brarysamui.com

3 PLAN A CRUISY AUS­TRALIA DAY Cel­e­brate Aus­tralia Day on the high seas with this South Pa­cific cruise from Flight Cen­tre. Priced from $709 per per­son twin share for an in­side cabin, it in­cludes a three-night cruise from Syd­ney on-board Pa­cific Ex­plorer, all main meals and entertainment on board plus a bonus $50 on-board credit per in­side/ out­side cabin or $100 per bal­cony cabin. As the only cruise­line in Syd­ney Har­bour on Aus­tralia Day, there’s no bet­ter place to catch all the ac­tion. De­part­ing Jan­uary 24, the cruise is valid for sale un­til De­cem­ber 12.

For de­tails call Flight Cen­tre on 131 600 and quote deal code 4980573 or go to flight­cen­tre.com.au

4 TAKE THE PLUNGE Book a five-star es­cape to Na­male Re­sort and Spa Fiji and re­ceive two bonus scuba lessons with Travel As­so­ci­ates. Priced from $3599 per per­son twin share, the of­fer in­cludes five nights in a Gar­den Trop­i­cal Bure, all-in­clu­sive meals and bev­er­ages, free Wi-Fi, fully stocked and daily re­plen­ished mini­bars, re­turn air­port trans­fers, bonus in­tro­duc­tion to scuba lessons and two open wa­ter dives with a re­sort in­struc­tor. The pack­age is on sale un­til Novem­ber 30 for se­lect travel dates be­fore March 31.

For more in­for­ma­tion call 1800 044 066 or go to travel-as­so­ci­ates.com.au

5 SAVVY WAY TO SEE EUROPE En­joy a fort­night’s river cruise from Bu­dapest to Am­s­ter­dam, save up to $1100 on all cabin cat­e­gories and fly there for free with Flight Cen­tre. Start­ing from $5995 per per­son twin share, the pack­age in­cludes re­turn econ­omy-class air­fare to Europe, a 14-night river cruise on board Trav­el­mar­vel Sap­phire in an out­side cabin, 41 fine meals, beer and lo­cal wine with lunch and din­ner while cruis­ing, ser­vices of a cruise direc­tor and lo­cal guides, trans­fers and more. Im­merse your­self in Mil­tenberg cul­ture as you’re in­vited into the home of a lo­cal fam­ily. Ex­plore World Her­itage-listed Au­gus­tus­burg Cas­tle and the le­gendary Falken­lust hunt­ing lodge in Bruhl. De­part­ing April 27, the cruise is on sale un­til Novem­ber 30.

For de­tails call Flight Cen­tre on 131 600 and quote deal code 4964830

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