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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - SU­SAN KUROSAWA

IT’s not too soon to think about book­ing for the race that stops the na­tion; Keith Prowse Sport and Entertainment Travel (1300 730 023; kei­th­prowse.com.au) has a two-night pack­age for the Mel­bourne Cup (Novem­ber 6) from $513 a per­son twin-share (in­clud­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion, break­fasts, re­turn trans­fers to Flem­ing­ton and gen­eral ad­mis­sion tickets) plus op­tional seat­ing up­grades Mantra (131 517; mantra.com.au/ the­mouse­trap) has Stay & See pack­ages with overnight ac­com­mo­da­tion and tickets for 60th an­niver­sary stage per­for­mances of Agatha Christie’s The Mouse­trap in Can­berra (Au­gust 1-9) and Mel­bourne (Au­gust 30-Oc­to­ber 7); from $204 a per­son twin-share Grand Mer­cure Mount Lofty House in the Ade­laide Hills (mt­lofty­house.com.au) has a Win­ter Reds Week­end In­dul­gence pack­age for a cel­lar­door fes­ti­val on July 28-29; the deal cov­ers a bot­tle of award-win­ning red wine, ac­com­mo­da­tion and con­ti­nen­tal break­fast for two, from $179 a night, or add $120 a per­son for a Satur­day-night de­gus­ta­tion menu from ex­ec­u­tive chef Gi­rard Ram­say with Tomich Hills wines

At Mel­bourne’s ‘‘sea­side play­ground’’ of St Kilda (stk­il­damel­bourne.com), there’s a range of Win­ter Warmer of­fers with valu­able in­clu­sions, such as Novo­tel Mel­bourne St Kilda’s Wine and Wind Down pack­age from $179 a room a night with six bot­tles of Padding­ton shi­raz and sauvi­gnon blanc (val­ued at $200), park­ing and buf­fet break­fasts for two; other fea­tured ho­tels in­clude Quest St Kilda Bay­side and the funky Ho­tel Ur­ban St Kilda, while lo­cal restau­rants such as Sa­pore and Iddy Biddy have win­terthemed lunch and din­ner spe­cials

Diary note for art lovers: the 16th an­nual Sculp­ture by the Sea event (sculp­ture­bythe­sea.com) will be on at Bondi, Syd­ney, Oc­to­ber 18-Novem­ber 4.

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