Great ideas for your next getaway

A great experience: fishing at Berkeley River Lodge.
A great experience: fishing at Berkeley River Lodge.

Fishing for luxury holiday ideas?

Experience The Berkeley River Lodge's fishing adventures in true VIP style by booking the lodge exclusively for eight fishing enthusiasts.

Two experienced guides will share their tips to fishing the Berkeley River region of the Kimberley coast, even exploring for the elusive barramundi where the Berkeley River meets the Timor Sea.

By night wind down and enjoy the sunset over the Timor Sea, as you enjoy your chef- prepared meal and a cold drink.

Private villa accommodation features a king bed, air conditioning and en-suite with free-standing bathtub and floor-to-ceiling windows.

Cost of $6000 per person includes five nights of lodge accommodation, two nights accommodation in Darwin, fishing with private guide, all meals, all beer and wine, return charter flights from Darwin, and fishing gear.


Great Keppel Island: Features a web of walking trails.

Great Keppel Island: Features a web of walking trails.

Enjoy the reef out of the water too

The 1454 hectares of Great Keppel Island includes 17 beaches to explore and is laced with a web of walking trails ranging from a 15-minute beach stroll to a 15-kilometre hike to the lighthouse at the island's tip.

The network of walking tracks disperses trekkers around the island to secluded beaches or spectacular lookouts featuring the 17 other islands of Keppel Bay along with the real star of the show - the brilliant Southern Great Barrier Reef.

For those preferring a moderate walk, the Lookout Trail is 2.6 kilometres and will take approximately one hour.

The walk commences at the water sports hut on Fishermans Beach and takes participants to the ridge-top shelter and excellent views to the west.


James Blundell: a headline act for P&O.

James Blundell: a headline act for P&O.

Cruise to the sounds of country

Country-music-star Casey Barnes, The X Factor Australia singer-songwriter Caitlyn Shadbolt and the legendary Country-Music-Awards-Hall-of-Fame inductee James Blundell will be the headliners for P&O's first country music festival at sea, when the line departs Brisbane on December 7 for a three-night return cruise.

Each of the three artists will take to the ship's main stage for a solo performance before coming together for a finale at the late-night Country Music Jam Session.

The country theme will extend throughout the cruise with line dancing, ukulele lessons, bush poetry and the cruise line's Country Music Sailaway Party in full swing as the ship leaves Brisbane.

Fares start from $479 per person for a quad-share cabin.

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Cycling Morocco's Atlas Mountains: scenery includes snow-capped peaks.

Cycling Morocco's Atlas Mountains: scenery includes snow-capped peaks.

Feel the burn (and cool, fresh air)

SpiceRoads has a new 11-day road-cycling tour of Morocco, venturing across the Atlas Mountains and down to the Atlantic Coast at Essaouira.

Riding begins in the foothills outside Marrakesh, with scenery ranging from rocky arid valleys to sweeping views of the desert framed by the snow-capped peaks of the High Atlas.

Daily climbs exceed 1000 meters and there are some challenging passes in eight days of cycling, but the ride is fully vehicle-supported.

The ride is priced at US$1775, including all accommodation, refreshments, full cycling guide and support team, and most meals.

Guests can rent a high-quality road bike for the trip for an additional US$200, and have a private room for an additional US$300.

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A very special Christmas: sailing the sacred Brahmaputra.

A very special Christmas: sailing the sacred Brahmaputra.

Adventure on an Indian river

Travellers seeking a unique and memorable Christmas can save 25 per cent on a Adventure Resorts and Cruises boutique seven-night journey along India's sacred Brahmaputra River, passing ancient palaces, temples, tribal villages, tea plantations, jungles and the towering Himalayan mountains.

The seven-night cruise is one of the few sailings through a national park, Kaziranga which is home to wild buffaloes, elephants, Bengal tigers, freshwater dolphins, over 400 species of bird and two-thirds of the world's great one-horned rhinoceros.

Other highlights include views of the 7000-metre-high Himalayas, visiting the birthplace of English breakfast tea and the opportunity to have bonfires on deserted river islands at night.

Fares are from US$1975 per person twin-share, including all shipboard main meals, transfers and daily shore excursions.


Ski in Japan: from $2480 per person quad-share, including Qantas air.

Ski in Japan: from $2480 per person quad-share, including Qantas air.

Save on Rusutsu packages

Fly Qantas non-stop to Japan and ski and snowboard for a week at Rusutsu - winner of Japan's Best Ski Resort in 2017 and 2018 - in a package that includes seven nights at the four-star ski-in/ski-out resort hotel.

The deal includes direct Qantas flights ex-Sydney to Sapporo's New Chitose Airport, airport round-trip shuttle bus to Rusutsu, a two-day Rusutsu ski lift pass, daily breakfast and the majority of taxes, service fees and surcharges.

Cost is from $2480 per person quad-share, a saving of up to $1000 on's normal rate for Rusutsu packages.

The hotel is located about two hours from New Chitose Airport, and 40 minutes from Niseko.

Depart from December 16, return by March 21.