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

Bothfeet walk­ing com­pany sug­gests those who want to es­cape Mel­bourne Cup mad­ness should con­sider its four-day guided Twelve Apos­tles Walk from Novem­ber 2-5; $1995 a per­son with trans­fers from cen­tral Mel­bourne or Gee­long, three­night lodge stay, meals, gear hire and heli-tour. More:

Save 30 per cent on a stay for two at Ben­dles Cot­tages at Maleny on the Queens­land Sun­shine Coast hin­ter­land; from $180 a night (three-night min­i­mum stay), in­clud­ing gar­den cot­tage ac­com­mo­da­tion and break­fasts. Valid Mon­day to Thurs­day from Mon­day to the end of Jan­uary. More: wo­

De­cem­ber 25 is creep­ing closer and Four Sea­sons Ho­tel Syd­ney has a Christ­mas Shop­ping pack­age that in­cludes a $100 West­field Syd­ney gift card and a Priv­i­lege Card for dis­counts and spe­cial of­fers, overnight ac­com­mo­da­tion and break­fast for two; from $525. West­field Syd­ney Concierge ser- vice will de­liver parcels to the ho­tel; foursea­­ney/of­fers/.

Metro Apart­ments Dar­ling Har­bour will be rolling out the red car­pet when Den­mark’s Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Fred­erik ar­rive to of­fi­cially launch the Syd­ney Opera House’s 40th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions on Oc­to­ber 20. The prop­erty is op­po­site the Slip Inn where the cou­ple first met; a min­i­mum two-night Princess Pack­age is $229 a night (Sun­day to Thurs­day) or $349 (Fri­day and Satur­day) for an ex­ec­u­tive apart­ment with Dar­ling Har­bour views, valid to Oc­to­ber 31. More: 1800 004 321; metroho­

Ho­tel Lin­drum in Mel­bourne has teamed with The Dress­ing Ta­ble at Kyne­ton to cre­ate a millinery-themed cham­pagne high tea on Oc­to­ber 20. The event in­cludes a two-hour ‘‘hat eti­quette ex­pe­ri­ence’’ just in time for the race sea­son. $80 a per­son. More: (03) 9668 1111;

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