GREAT ES­CAPES

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

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.

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