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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - ALEXANDRA JAMES

BELLS and whis­tles: Qantas has in­tro­duced ‘‘an in­ter­na­tion­ally con­fig­ured’’ B747 on flights be­tween Syd­ney and Perth and is in­creas­ing the num­ber of sim­i­larly con­fig­ured A330 air­craft on the pop­u­lar route; from July, Bris­bane-Perth ser­vices will be up­graded from B767 to A330 air­craft, in­clud­ing three with in­ter­na­tional-stan­dard cab­ins, mean­ing on-de­mand seat­back tele­vi­sions in econ­omy and, for busi­ness-class pas­sen­gers, lie-flat beds. More: qantas.com.au. Wheel­ing along: If cy­cling is your thing, a web­site claims to have rolled all the world’s best bik­ing hol­i­days into one user-friendly re­source. The site is al­ready well­known within cy­cling cir­cles for find­ing, buy­ing and sell­ing bikes, parts and ac­ces­sories. More: bi­ke­ex­change.com.au. Up in the air: Get­Flight.com.au has launched down un­der with the boast it’s the ‘‘first and only site ded­i­cated to sale air­fares for Aus­tralians’’. The site claims to track sale fares for the four main do­mes­tic car­ri­ers and se­lected in­ter­na­tional air­lines. There are no book­ing fees. More: Get­Flight.com.au. Breath of fresh Eyre: Wild Bush Lux­ury is of­fer­ing three-night spe­cials at Ark­aba Sta­tion in the South Aus­tralian Flin­ders Ranges, with scenic flights to Lake Eyre, which this year is ex­pected to reach its high­est wa­ter lev­els since 1989. The Ark­aba Lake Eyre Ex­plorer pack­age in­cludes three nights ensuite ac­com­mo­da­tion at the his­toric Ark­aba Sta­tion homestead, meals and bev­er­ages, and a five-hour flight with lunch at Wil­liam Creek Ho­tel; $2950 a per­son, twin-share, with ex­ten­sion pack­ages avail­able. More: ark­abas­ta­tion.com. Watch out: It’s whale-watch­ing time and the so-called Hump­back High­way around Port Stephens on the NSWmid-north coast is set for an­other busy win­ter in­flux. Nel­son Re­sort has a Whale of a Deal with ac­com­mo­da­tion in a jus­tren­o­vated Bayview King Deluxe room, whale-watch­ing cruise and post-ex­cur­sion drink; $180 for two twin-share, and valid seven days dur­ing the whale- watch sea­son with some ex­cep­tions, such as school hol­i­day pe­ri­ods. More: (02) 4916 4600; nel­son­re­sort.com.au. The sur­real deal: Ac­cor has ticket-in­clu­sive pack­ages at its three Bris­bane prop­er­ties linked to Sur­re­al­ism: The Po­etry of Dreams, an ex­hi­bi­tion at the Gallery of Mod­ern Art (June 11-Oc­to­ber 2). More: ac­corho­tels.com.

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