GREAT ESCAPES

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE -

GREEN SCHEME: The Lost Gar­dens of Heli­gan es­tate on Corn­wall’s south coast has swept aside the likes of Legoland and other man­u­fac­tured tourism draw­cards to be named Bri­tain’s Best Leisure At­trac­tion at the Bri­tish Travel Awards. De­scribed as “Europe’s largest gar­den restora­tion”, the 80ha site, seat of the Tremayne fam­ily for more than 400 years, was over­grown and un­pro­duc­tive un­til its restora­tion in the 1990s and has evolved to wel­come tens of thou­sands of visi­tors a year. More: heli­gan.com.

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BALI IN STYLE: the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year Qan­tas has sum­mer hol­i­day sea­son fullser­vice flights to Den­pasar, Bali; its Boe­ing 737s will fly five times a week be­tween Sydney and Den­pasar from De­cem­ber 4 to Fe­bru­ary 5, with business-class cab­ins fea­tur­ing Neil Perry menus and Kate Spade and Jack Spade in-flight amenity kits filled with Aurora Spa toi­letries. More: qan­tas.com.au.

SWISS EF­FI­CIENCY: Next April, Switzer­land will launch the world’s first road tour for elec­tric vehicles; the E-Grand Tour of Switzer­land is an ecofriendly net­work of about 200 charg­ing sta­tions along a 1600km route that crosses five Alpine passes, runs be­side 22 lakes and takes in 12 UNESCO World Her­itage sites. Charg­ing sta­tions, a max­i­mum of 100km apart, are all “smart” and trav­ellers can check on­line which ones are free or cost from about 5 Swiss francs ($6.50). More: myswitzer­land.com.

CHINA BOOM: Shang­hai-head­quar­tered China Eastern Air­lines will cel­e­brate its 60th birth­day in 2017, plus two decades of non-stop flights to Aus­tralia. Over the next two months the air­line will in­crease its net­work to fly be­tween Sydney and Shang­hai, Hangzhou, Bei­jing, Kun­ming, Nanjing and Wuhan, op­er­at­ing 58 flights weekly with new Boe­ing 777-300ERs added to the Aus­tralian routes. More: oa.ceair.com.

FISHY BUSINESS: The new 600-pas­sen­ger cruise ship Se­abourn En­core will be fit­ted with a Ja­panese restau­rant named, per­haps unimag­i­na­tively, Sushi. There’ll be a la carte seafood by night and three types of bento boxes for lunch; Se­abourn En­core will make nine maiden calls to Aus­tralian ports be­tween Jan­uary 22 and March 17. More: 132 402; se­abourn.com.

SU­SAN KURO­SAWA

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