DOME’S WHERE THE HEART IS

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - TRAVEL NEWS - SU­SAN BUGG

Mod­ern trav­eller swant more from a ho­tel th­ese days than a com­fort­able and room­ser­vice. It has to look pretty glam on In­sta­gram. too. NSW has plenry of op­tions fer­tile 4ho­tel set: For a start, search #bub­ble­ten­taus­tralia. #hotel­ravesis or #ki­moes­ta­teon In­sta. Now the states north­west has an­other place tostayt hat ticks the so­cial me­dia box. Far­away Domes is set on a worki ng sheep and beef prop­erty in Wa ri­ald a, in­land from Coifs Har­bour. Fac­ing east, the­self - con­tained pri­vate ge­o­desic dome. built for two, is ap­par­ently the first of its kind in NSW and fea­tures a king-size fou r-poste r. open-plan liv­ing and kitchen area. pri­vate bath­room and el­e­vated deck with out­door bath. fARAWAYDOMECIOM, BR @FARAWAYDOMES ON IIISTAGRAM (OF COURSE)

WHALE SWIM HOL­I­DAYS

On top of new tours to Nor­way and closer to home in Queens­land next year, Aus­tralian com­pany Ma­jes­tic Whales En­couOn­tFearc­se­hbOaOskan­nounced Tahiti’s [email protected]­i­days.

Two seven-night get­aways in Oc­to­ber will in­clude five days search­ing for and swim­ming with hump­back whales around the is­land of Moorea. Re­sort ac­com­mo­da­tion, meals and lo­cal cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ences are also part of the pro­gram, $6999 a per­son, twin-share (flights ex­tra).

Tours in­clude ac­com­mo­da­tion at a lux­ury beach­side re­sort, all meals, Poly­ne­sian cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ences and five days spent in the crys­tal-clear wa­ters, search­ing for and swim­ming with hump­back whales.

The com­pany is also plan­ning whale swims in Canada for 2020.

MAJESTICWHALEENCOUNTERS.COM.AU

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