Australia in new light
THE world’s largest island and smallest continent, Australia has always been an action- packed destination with activities for everyone. This MATTA Fair, look forward to a wide range of Aussie holiday ideas from Holiday Tours with some hot new itineraries that let you experience Australia in a whole new light.
> Gold Coast and Moreton Island Adventure:
Gold Coast needs no further introduction as a destination that attracts the adventurous and fun loving.
On the five- day itinerary, cruise from Gold Coast to the magnificent Moreton Bay where you can enjoy the numerous included activities such as a fully guided snorkelling tour of the Tangalooma Ship Wrecks and swimming with special “see- through” body boards.
You will also experience a 4WD adventure on the 4WD Tough Bus across the sand dunes and enjoy the exhilaration of sand tobogganing at up to 70km per hour. Also included is a 4WD ride along the magnificent Eastern Surf Beach and swimming at the Bubbling Champagne Pools on the northeastern top of Moreton Island.
> Tasmania Food and Nature:
Travellers recently selected Tasmania as one of the world’s top 10 islands. Experience Tasmania’s beautiful World Heritage wilderness on the six- day itinerary that visits the Freycinet National Park and beautiful Wineglass Bay as well as iconic Cradle Mountain.
Tasmania is home to unique wildlife such as Tasmanian Devils and rare white wallabies. Also known as a foodies’ paradise, be sure to sample fresh produce at the local farmers’ markets and pick and taste seasonal fruits at some of its orchards. For an out- of- thisworld gourmet experience, explore the luxurious “Tasmanian Seafood Seduction”, where you cruise from Hobart with beautiful sights along the way before your seafood feast – fresh seafood doesn’t get any fresher with your meals hauled fresh from the waters.
> Sydney Pacific Coast Drive:
On the Sydney Pacific Coast selfdrive adventure, head north of Sydney for a night in the scenic Hunter Valley. Travelling further northeast, you arrive at Port Stephens, also known as the Blue Water Wonderland, a natural bay two and a half times the size of Sydney Harbour. Here, take an afternoon cruise to see playful bottlenose dolphins. Drive along the Lakes Way to enjoy a visual feast of rainforests with spectacular views of lakes and beaches.
Exceptional scenery follows as you travel along the coast from the beachside towns of Coffs Harbour and Woolgoolga. Stop by Dolphin Marine Magic to sneak a kiss from seals and savour the famous Yamba prawns before turning inland to Grafton, a graceful old country town on the banks of the mighty Clarence River.
> Perth Southwest Highlights:
The Perth- Southwest self- drive adventure starts in Perth where you drive south towards Bunbury.
From Bunbury, head towards the picturesque Margaret River to explore the region’s many attractions, including Busselton Jetty. Hop on the train to the end of the jetty and descend 8m down to the Underwater Observatory.
From Margaret River, drive south on one of the most scenic drives to Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse before making your way to Pemberton and the port city of Albany. Here, visit Whale World, the only whaling museum created from an operational whaling station. Magnificent humpback and southern right whales can be seen in the surrounding waters from June to October.
World- class events > Vivid Sydney Festival:
From May 27 to June 18, Sydney shines yet again with Vivid Sydney warming up the city with a celebration of lights, music and ideas transforming the already vibrant city into an urban public space of exceedingly lively and dynamic outdoor lighting sculptures, innovative light installations and grand- scale projections for all to enjoy for free.
> Gold Coast Airport Marathon:
For an active holiday, take part in the Gold Coast Airport Marathon scheduled for July 2 and 3, regarded as one of the best courses to run to achieve your “personal best”.
See Holiday Tours Aussie Specialist at Booths No. 1245- 1268 ( Hall 1) for exciting Free and Easy packages and customised itineraries or visit Holiday Tours at Booths No. 1324- 1343 ( Hall 1) or contact 03- 6286 6288 for details.
The Annual Vivid sydney Festival is from May 27 to June 18.
Get a bird’s- eye view of yarra Valley, Victoria.
Indulge in fresh oysters in the island state of Tasmania.