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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - MERRY KIRK­WOOD

Heron hol­i­day: Plan a min­i­mum four-night hol­i­day at Heron Is­land in Queens­land be­fore De­cem­ber 17; from $399 a room a night twin-share, in­clud­ing re­turn boat trans­fers for two from Glad­stone plus three meals daily. Chil­dren 12 years and un­der stay and eat free. More: 1300 233 432; hero­nis­land.com.

Fab­u­lous Fiji: En­joy eight nights for the price of four at the Shangri-La Fijian Re­sort from Jan­uary 16 to March 31, 2012; from $650 a per­son in­clud­ing meet-and-greet and re­turn air­port trans­fers, eight nights in a La­goon View Room, buf­fet break­fast daily for guests 18 years and over, free meals pro­gram for chil­dren 11 years and un­der, kids’ club ac­cess for four to 12-yearolds, and non-mo­torised wa­ter­sports. Flights ex­tra. More: tourism­fiji.com.

Early­bird to Europe: Book now for sav­ings on 2012 re­turn flights to Europe with Sin­ga­pore Air­lines; from $1816 to Barcelona (ex Mel­bourne, in­clud­ing taxes); $1869 to Paris and $1982 to Lon­don, in­clud­ing 30kg lug­gage al­lowance and a $1 a per­son twin­share one-night Sin­ga­pore stopover at se­lected ho­tels. Valid for travel from March 1 to May 31 and Septem­ber 1-30. More: hol­i­daystoeu­rope.com.au/ spe­cials.

Spec­tac­u­lar Spain: Act fast for a 10 per cent dis­count on a 13-day Pere­grine Essence of Spain tour de­part­ing Barcelona in May, June, Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber; from $4995 (book by Novem­ber 30) in­clud­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion, trans­port, se­lected meals, trans­fers, sight­see­ing and en­try fees. More: 1300 854 500; pere­grinead­ven­tures.com.

Tas­ma­nian tour­ing: Save up to $400 a cou­ple when book­ing a Scenic Tours 2012 hol­i­day 90 days in ad­vance. Con­sider the 12-day Grand Tas­man tour de­part­ing Ho­bart from Fe­bru­ary to May and ex­plor­ing his­toric town­ships and pris­tine wilder­ness; from $4195 a per­son twin-share, in­clud­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion, se­lected meals and tours. Flights ex­tra. More: 1300 723 642; scenic­tours.com.au.

River rov­ing: Travel As­so­ci­ates has a 15-day St Peters­burg to Moscow cruise pack­age de­part­ing May 18 and in­clud­ing 11 nights aboard AmaKatarina; from $8195 a per­son twin-share in­clud­ing trans­fers and three nights in Helsinki. More: 1800 044 066; travel-as­so­ci­ates.com.au.

Shangri-La Fijian Re­sort

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