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: ayersrockresort.com.au/ 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: magna-carta.co.uk
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: cruiseexpress.com.au.
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: qtsydney.com.au.
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: scenicworld.com.au/sculpture; hydromajestic.com.au.