The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE -

Lux­ury Lodges of Aus­tralia now has an In­dige­nous Con­nec­tion link on its web­site de­tail­ing au­then­tic in­ter­ac­tions at many of its mem­ber prop­er­ties, in­clud­ing Silky Oaks Lodge at Queens­land’s Moss­man Gorge and Pretty Beach House on the NSW cen­tral coast • Hit­ting book­shelves (and bars) this month is Lonely Planet’s The World’s Best Drinks ($24.99); there are more than 60 recipes, some fea­tur­ing fash­ion­able “carmine-coloured Cam­pari”, plus tips on what to drink where • Valid un­til Jan­uary next year, Trav­elodge has in­tro­duced “Choose­day” deals avail­able if you book on­line on Tues­days; choose from ex­tras such as two-for-one break­fasts or un­lim­ited free Wi-Fi • Se­cret Re­treats has added five Asian prop­er­ties to its port­fo­lio, in­clud­ing un­der-can­vas ac­com­mo­da­tion run by Noel Ro­drigo’s Leop­ard Sa­faris in two na­tional parks in Sri Lanka and San­dat Glamping Tents near Bali’s Ubud • Patag­o­nian cruise line Aus­tralis will launch a yet-to-be-named 200-pas­sen­ger ship late next year to re­place Via Aus­tralis, due to be sold to Lind­blad Ex­pe­di­tions; there are end-of-sea­son dis­counts of 30 per cent for six sail­ings in south­ern Chile this month and next.

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