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

Unique op­por­tu­nity: His Ho­li­ness the 14th Dalai Lama will visit Uluru in June to en­gage with the tra­di­tional landown­ers, the Anangu peo­ple, and give a com­mu­nity talk at Ay­ers Rock Re­sort Oval on June 13. The prop­erty has re­leased two-night Hap­pi­ness packages and three­night In­spi­ra­tion deals to tie in with the oc­ca­sion, in­clud­ing re­turn trans­fers and tick­ets to the talk, ac­com­mo­da­tion at Emu Walk Apart­ments, WiFi ac­cess and in­dige­nous-fo­cused guest ac­tiv­i­ties pro­gram; from $343 a night twin-share. More: ay­er­srock­re­ dalai-lama-at-uluru.

The Gran­thams, we pre­sume: Could there be a grander way to ar­rive at High­clere Cas­tle, aka Down­ton Abbey? Pas­sen­gers aboard the luxury barge Magna Carta on a six-day cruise dubbed Hamp­ton Court to Ox­ford on Eng­land’s Royal River can rock up in style and also visit Wind­sor Cas­tle and Clive­den. Magna Carta ac­com­mo­dates eight pas­sen­gers and is avail­able for char­ter. More:

Gar­den party: Crys­tal Cruises also has Down­town Abbey in its sights, of­fer­ing a two-night pack­age (July 26-28) that in­cludes a pri­vate cham­pagne party in High­clere Cas­tle’s grounds. The catch is you’ll need to be booked on an 18-night Arc­tic cruise aboard Crys­tal Sym­phony to buy the ritzy ex­tra. More: cruise­ex­

Love is in the air: QT Syd­ney has a hot Valen­tine’s Day deal dubbed Adults Only. In as­so­ci­a­tion with Bri­tish lin­gerie brand Agent Provo­ca­teur, the pack­age in­cludes a stay for two with break­fast and an up­grade to a QT King Deluxe room, an Agent Provo­ca­teur pri­vate fit­ting with sparkling wine and straw­ber­ries, an Agent Provo­ca­teur Swarovski em­broi­dered eye mask, QT Choco­late Lips and espresso mar­tini kit. An iPod loaded with a sexy playlist cu­rated by QT’s Mu­sic Direc­tor is pro­vided in gue­strooms; from $420 (min­i­mum two-night stay). More: qt­syd­

In good form: There’s a range of ac­com­mo­da­tion packages for Sculp­ture at Scenic World in the NSW Blue Moun­tains west of Syd­ney from April 15 to May 10. Ex­hi­bi­tions, work­shops, talks and tours are in­cluded in the event; at the re­fur­bished Hy­dro Ma­jes­tic at Med­low Bath, packages start at $339 twin-share, in­clud­ing break­fast, high tea and WiFi, plus a Sculp­ture at Scenic World pass for rail­way, sky­way and cable­way rides; en­try to the 32-sculp­ture ex­hi­bi­tion and the Blue Moun­tains Cul­tural Cen­tre. More: scenic­­ture; hy­dro­ma­jes­

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