Image makers: Brisbane-based professional snappers Michael Snedic and Mark Rayner will run a full-immersion photographic workshop for 12 participants on South Australia’s pristine Kangaroo Island from September 19 to 23. Craig Wickham’s Exceptional Kangaroo Island touring company will provide logistical support and catering, and accommodation will be at Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat. More: trekaboutphotography.com. Trunk calls: The Sarojin resort at Khao Lak, north of Phuket in southern Thailand, is offering an Elephant Owner for a Day experience in the nearby Khao Sok National Park. Guests can ‘‘engage with the local mahouts and gain an insight into ensuring the welfare of healthy and contented elephants’’. Suitable for couples or families with children aged 10 and over, the half-day outing costs 2750 baht ($95) a person. More: sarojin.com. High times: Etihad Airways has upped the selections on Coral Class (economy) menus for its Abu Dhabi-bound services from Sydney and Melbourne. A sample dinner list includes appetisers of pumpkin, carrot and goat’s cheese salad with zaatar-spiced chicken breast; main dishes of beef casserole with mash, peas and carrots, a chicken biryani or a veg dish; and Belgian chocolate mousse with whipped cream to finish. More: etihad.com. Free and easy: Valid to July 31, the glam 11-suite Matakauri Lodge, just outside Queenstown in the South Island of New Zealand, has a threenights-for-the-price-of-two offer that’s exclusive to the Australian market. It covers accommodation, two meals a day, pre-dinner drinks, non-alcoholic mini-bar and use of lodge facilities; $NZ890 ($740) a person a night twinshare, plus 15 per cent for taxes. More: + 64 3 441 1008; matakaurilodge.com. Manila on sale: Philippine Airlines and Holiday Specialists are celebrating the carrier’s new expanded services (from Darwin, Perth and Manila) with fournight Manila escapes, from $875 a person (ex Darwin) to $1375 (ex Sydney); includes economy- class fares, four nights’ twin-share accommodation in a deluxe room at the Traders Hotel, with daily breakfast, and coach transfers. More: holidayspecialists.com.au.