Aus­tralia in new light

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MATTA FAIR -

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.

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