Bounc­ing back to life

Wit­ness the beauty of na­ture in bloom on a re­gen­er­ated Kan­ga­roo Is­land

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - NEWS - Dil­vin Yasa

KAN­GA­ROO IS­LAND HAS it all: wildlife, food, jaw-drop­ping scenery, and now it also has a new tour. Kan­ga­roo Is­land Odysseys has launched a one night/one day Kan­ga­roo Is­land Road to Re­cov­ery Tour, al­low­ing trav­ellers to tour bush­fire-af­fected ar­eas and wit­ness the re­gen­er­a­tion and re­growth of flora and fauna. Ex­pect iconic wildlife mo­ments, lunch in a bush­land set­ting, af­ter­noon tea at Snellings Beach and overnight ac­com­mo­da­tion at Mer­cure Kan­ga­roo Is­land Lodge. The tour op­er­ates daily and for $599 per per­son, twin share, is avail­able for travel Au­gust 5-31, 2020. kan­ga­roois­landodysse­ys.com.au

HEARD MEN­TAL­ITY

Me­an­der­ing by the Seine might be at least a year away, but there’s no rea­son you can’t buy a pip­ing hot crois­sant and en­joy it as you lis­ten to Al­most French by Sarah Turn­bull. In fact, Au­di­ble has a large range of travel ti­tles for ev­ery kind of hol­i­day­maker, with th­ese rec­om­men­da­tions.

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer; Wild by Ch­eryl Strayed and Saga Land by Richard Fi­dler and Kari Gis­la­son

Eat, Pray, Love by El­iz­a­beth Gilbert, The Beach by Alex Gar­land and My In­dian Odyssey by Vin­cent Ebrahim.

Stephen Fry in Amer­ica by Stephen Fry, On the Road by Jack Ker­ouac and Fear and Loathing in Las Ve­gas by Hunter S. Thomp­son.

The High Moun­tains of Por­tu­gal by Yann Mar­tel, The Pil­grim­age by Paulo Coelho and The Road to Lit­tle Drib­bling by Bill Bryson. au­di­ble.com.au

FACE FACTS

A face mask that doesn’t make you look like an off-duty sur­geon? Not the stuff of uni­corns and fairy dust, but a stylish range from Clear Col­lec­tive. Whether you go for a loud flo­ral or gold de­tail­ing, there’s some­thing to suit ev­ery wardrobe and re­us­able masks are Aus­tralian-made and owned. Priced from $49.95 for adults and $44.95 for kids. clearcol­lec­tive.com.au

AS­SESS ALL AR­EAS

Ea­ger to steer clear of com­mu­nal spa­ces in ho­tels? You’re in good com­pany, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est sur­vey data from Skyscan­ner. Hav­ing in­ter­viewed 2300 global trav­ellers, the travel com­pany found 46 per cent of us are say­ing a mas­sive “no thanks” to shared ameni­ties and com­mon ar­eas such as fit­ness fa­cil­i­ties. Sani­ti­sa­tion and hy­giene prac­tices of the prop­erty also topped the list of “ex­tremely im­por­tant fac­tors”, out­rank­ing price and lo­ca­tion. skyscan­ner.com.au

CUL­TURE BASH

View­ing art in Florence and en­joy­ing Han­del in Vi­enna might be off the cards for now, but Re­nais­sance Tours is here to save the day with the launch of A World in One Coun­try. A range of metic­u­lously cu­rated do­mes­tic short breaks that cater to afi­ciona­dos of mu­sic, art, opera and wine, the op­tions are end­less. Why not lock in an ex­clu­sive four-day The Re­nais­sance Tours Vi­enna Nights Fes­ti­val in Tas­ma­nia or Spring Gar­dens of the Blue Moun­tains? re­nais­sance­tours.com.au

ISLE BE THERE

Aus­tralia’s sweet­heart, Day­dream Is­land Re­sort and Liv­ing Reef, has thrown open its doors. Whether you’re af­ter a swim with the manta rays in the re­sort’s liv­ing reef, or you’d rather en­joy a cock­tail and meal at one of the on­site restau­rants, guest health and safety re­main front of mind. Ex­pect a fo­cus on re­duced con­tact, such as con­tact­less check-in and QR code­ac­ti­vated menus, as well as in­di­vid­ual amenity clean­ing kits and per­sonal use sani­tis­ers and wipes for guests. day­dreamis­land.com

RE­WARD­ING TIMES

Get more bang for your buck with Wyn­d­ham Re­wards which has an­nounced it is re­lax­ing re­quire­ments for earn­ing Mem­ber Lev­els (sta­tus) in 2020. The num­ber of nights mem­bers need to stay has been re­duced by an im­pres­sive 40 per cent. wyn­damho­tels.com

A new tour al­lows visi­tors to see flora and fauna re­cov­ery on Kan­ga­roo Is­land, SA.

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