THIS WEEK’S HOTTEST DEALS ARE ALL THE EXCUSE YOU NEED TO EXERCISE THOSE ITCHY FEET
1 GET A TASTE OF TASSIE
Foodies will likely already be familar with the Stillwater name, but now you can sleepover at Launceston’s iconic restaurant. In a restored
1830s flour mill, Stillwater Seven comprises seven rooms with restful waterfront views and bespoke furniture, but the real perk is behind-the-scenes access to the renowned kitchen. The in-room pantry, bar and fridges are stocked with Tasmanian treats such as cheese, sourdough, local butter and hazelnuts. The hotel is a 10-minute walk from the Launceston CBD and each stay includes an a la carte Stillwater breakfast.
Go to stillwater.com.au
2 GRAB A SUITE DEAL
Treat yourself to a Maldives getaway and save more than $1000 per person with Flight Centre. Now from $4445 per person, the package includes seven nights in an overwater suite at Manta Exclusive Space Club Med Kani, access to facilities at nearby Club Med Finolhu via jet boat, three gourmet meals a day and all-day snacking, a premium open bar, Wi-fi, daily schedule of multiple sports and activities, live evening entertainment, in-room breakfast service and more. The deal is valid for sale until June 25 for selected travel dates from November 1 to
Go to flightcentre.com.au
3 WATCH WHALE SAT PLAY
Mantra Hotels has surfaced with a range of accommodation deals for whale watching season in Hervey Bay. Known as the whale watching capital of Australia, the laid-back seaside destination will transform into a heartland of humpback activity from now until September. Stay at Mantra Hervey Bay, the only absolute marina-front property near cruise departure points, from $117 per night in a hotel room
(Sunday to Thursday, minimum two-night stay) and they’ll throw in a bottle of wine and a whale watching gift pack. Choose Breakfree Great
Sandy Straits for absolute beachfront access and uninterrupted views of the bay and marina. Stay from $129 in a one-bedroom apartment
(Sunday to Thursday, minimum two-might stay). Both deals are valid for sale and travel until September 20 and conditions and blockout dates apply.
Go to mantrahotels.com/deals/whale-watching
4 PLAN A ROCKIES ROAD TRIP
Experience the Canadian Rockies at your own pace on a nine-day self-drive holiday from Flight Centre. Pay from $999 per person and receive a total of eight nights 3.5 and 4-star accommodation in some of Canada’s most breathtaking locations, including Banff, Edmonton, Jasper and Calgary Downtown, plus seven-day car hire. Take a gondola to the summit of Sulphur Mountain, visit a turquoise glacial lake, see stunning snow-capped peaks, go elk and bison spotting and try bootscooting in a traditional western dance hall. The deal is on sale until July 31 for travel from October 14 to December 31. Conditions apply.
Go to flightcentre.com.au
5 PIG OUT IN KINGAROY
If you subscribe to the theory everything’s better with bacon, you better be at the second annual Baconfest in Kingaroy from August 23 to 25. While the festival celebrates everything porcine, it also supports local producers and raises funds for drought-affected farmers. More than 8000 visitors chomped their way through a variety of bacon products last year and organisers are preparing for an even bigger crowd turnout this time. The festival kicks off with a Wine and Swine cocktail event on the Friday evening, followed the next morning by a cycling and running event, Rasher’s Rush. There will be bacon eating competitions, a Miss Baconfest pin-up pageant, a two-day bacon themed food market and cooking demonstrations by celebrity chef Adrian Richardson, the host of television cooking show Secret Meat Business.
Go to kingaroybaconfest.com.au