The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE -

Vivid Syd­ney will be back big­ger and brighter than ever in 2017 with large-scale in­stal­la­tions and pro­jec­tions across the har­bour city plus con­certs and art col­lab­o­ra­tions; Vivid runs 23 nights from May 26 to June 17 • SilkAir, the re­gional arm of Sin­ga­pore Air­lines, has be­gun Air­bus A320 flights be­tween Sin­ga­pore and Vi­en­tiane and Luang Pra­bang in Laos • A new ca­ble-car ser­vice, with 24 Swiss-made gon­do­las run­ning 30-minute re­turn loops to a hill­top cafe, open De­cem­ber 3 on the Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula, 80km south­east of Mel­bourne; the Arthurs Seat Ea­gle ca­ble car re­places a chair­lift that closed about a decade ago • Book by Jan­uary 31 to save 20 per cent on three-day re­gional re­turn tours from Bro­ken Hill by new NSW op­er­a­tor Out of the Or­di­nary Out­back; a $400,000 out­back tourist in­for­ma­tion cen­tre and cafe opened in Bro­ken Hill last month as cen­tre­piece of the new ven­ture • Mel­bourne is among five new city brands fea­tured in the range of Eti­had busi­ness-class amenity kits in con­junc­tion with LUXE City Guides and groom­ing com­pany Scaramouche + Fan­dango; also in­cluded are New York, Sao Paulo, Rome and Bangkok, while the orig­i­nal Abu Dhabi kit has been up­dated.

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