The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Destination Australia - MERRY KIRK­WOOD

West coast breaks: At Seashells self-con­tained beach apart­ments at Man­durah, Broome, Scar­bor­ough and Yallingup, there’s a ‘‘dou­ble-the-stay’’ get­away of­fer of two free nights on book­ings of two nights or more made by March 25; from $87 a per­son a night twin-share for a four-night stay at Man­durah. More: 1800 800 850; seashells.com.au. Fam­ily fun at Uluru: Voy­ages Indige­nous Tourism Australia has school hol­i­day pack­ages at Ay­ers Rock Re­sort; from $732 quad-share for two adults and two chil­dren (12 years and un­der) in­clud­ing three nights at Emu Walk Apart­ments or the Desert Gar­dens Ho­tel, break­fast daily, trans­fers, free ranger-led walks and paint­ing classes. Book by March 31; flights ex­tra. More: 1300 134 044; ay­er­srock­re­sort.com.au/fam­ily. South­ern style: Cap­tain Cook Cruises has a pack­age that cov­ers a three-night Mur­ray Princess cruise and Ade­laide and Kan­ga­roo Is­land stays; from $1879 a per­son twin-share for five nights in­clud­ing coach and ferry trans­port from Kan­ga­roo Is­land to Ade­laide. Depar­tures from Man­num(coach from Ade­laide) April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013. More: cap­tain­cook.com.au. Stay and play: Melbourne’s Mantra on Jolimont (close to the Na­tional Gallery of Vic­to­ria, the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the city’s best shop­ping precincts) has an ‘‘ev­ery third night free’’ deal for stays be­fore March 31; from $135 a room a night. Not avail­able Wed­nes­days or Thurs­days. More: ho­tels.com. Ap­ple Isle digs: Tas­ma­nia’s gra­cious Cly­des­dale Manor near Ho­bart has a mid­week bed-and­break­fast deal un­til Au­gust 16; from $185 a night twin-share.. More: 1300 887 979; wo­tif.com/ hotelw4609.

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