Thursday, 17 October 2019

Travel Associates Purple Ribbon Packages #traveldeals

4 nights onboard PS Murray Princess outback heritage cruise $1,479 per person twin-share (savings of up to 25%)

Package includes:

  • 4 nights onboard PS Murray Princess from Mannum, South Australia in an outside double bed cabin
  • All meals
  • Scenic coach transfers from Adelaide to Mannum
  • Shore side guided eco and shore tours
  • Onboard presentations and captain’s dinner party
  • Cruise departing: 8th December 2019
  • Offer expires: 30th November 2019

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22 nights fly, stay, cruise and tour package - 14 nights onboard Celebrity Cruises from $9,615 per person twin share (savings of up to $3,600 per couple)

Package includes:

  • Return economy class airfare to Tokyo
  • 14 nights cruise from Tokyo (Yokohama) onboard Celebrity Millennium in a twin share balcony cabin
  • 1 night pre-cruise and 2 nights post cruise at the Park Hotel, Tokyo including breakfast
  • All main meals and entertainment on board, port charges and government fees
  • 1 nights accommodation at the Buena Vista Hotel, Matsumoto including breakfast
  • 2 nights accommodation at the Tanabe Ryokan (Japanese Style) Yubokuan room, Takayama (breakfast daily & dinner on the first evening)
  • 2 nights accommodation at the Royal Park Hotel, Kyoto Sanjo including breakfast
  • Train connection from Tokyo's Shinjuku station, Matsumoto, Takayama and Kyoto
  • Coach from Matsumoto to Takayama
  • Private guide service in Tokyo and Kyoto
  • Evening Gion walking tour and Soba making class
  • IC Transport Card
  • Private vehicle transfer from airport, hotels and ports
  • Cruise departing: 27th September 2020
  • Offer expires: 30th November 2019

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10 nights fly, stay and cruise package – 8 nights cruise onboard Windstar Cruises Spanish Serenade from $4,925 per person twin share

Package includes:

  • Return economy airfares from Sydney, Adelaide or Perth to Barcelona and return from Lisbon
  • Private car transfer from airport, hotel and pier
  • 8 nights cruise from Barcelona to Lisbon onboard Star Breeze in a twin share oceanview suite
  • 1 night pre-cruise accommodation at the Hilton Barcelona (or similar) including breakfast
  • 1 night post-cruise accommodation staying at the Avenida Palace, Lisbon (or similar) including breakfast
  • Cruise departing: 20th February 2020
  • Offer expires: 6th November 2019

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Fly and stay 5 nights at the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa Gold Coast from $899 per person (Added value worth up to $1100)

Package includes:

  • Return economy class airfare to the Gold Coast
  • 5 nights accommodation at the 5 star Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa in an ocean view room
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • Return seat in coach airport transfers
  • $150 food and beverage hotel credit
  • Welcome bottle of wine on arrival
  • Late check-out
  • Parking
  • Unlimited in-house movies
  • Travel dates:18th October 2019 – 31st March 2020
  • Expiry date: 14th November 2019

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Saturday, 12 October 2019

Travel Associates Deals #traveldeals

Stay 5, pay 4 – 5 star Rosewood Phuket with exclusive Travel Associates bonuses from $3,289 per person
Package includes:
  • 5 nights accommodation at the 5 star Rosewood Phuket in an ocean view pool pavilion
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • Complimentary upgrade from a partial ocean pool pavilion to an ocean view pool pavilion
  • Guaranteed late checkout until 4:00pm
  • AUD$100 resort credit
  • Travel dates: 16th April – 30th September 8th October – 31st October 2020
  • Expiry date: 28th February 2020

Fly and stay - 5 nights accommodation at the 4.5 star The Havannah Vanuatu from  $2,999 per person (save AUD$789)
Packages includes:
  • Return economy airfare to Port Vila with Virgin Australia
  • 5 nights accommodation at the 4.5 star The Havannah Vanuatu waterfront villa with plunge pool
  • Return airport transfers
  • Welcome drink on arrival
  • All meals included
  • The Havannah picnic with sparkling wine
  • 1 x 30 minute massage per person per stay
  • Daily Port Vila shuttle service
  • Sunset cruise
  • Unlimited access to non-motorised water sports equipment
  • Wi-Fi
  • The Havannah Vanuatu gift bag
  • Travel dates: 29th January – 16th March 2020
  • Expiry date: 31st October 2019

9 day tour of Sicily by Back Roads Touring Co. from $4,105 per person (Save $724)
Package includes:
  • 9 day tour departing Palermo to Catania
  • 8 nights in boutique accommodation
  • 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Travel dates: 18th March – 5th October 2020
  • Expiry date: 14th November 2019

Stay 4, pay 3 – Sir Stamford at Circular Quay, Sydney from $639 per person
Package includes:
  • 4 nights accommodation at the 5 star Sir Stamford at Circular Quay in a deluxe room
  • Unlimited Wi-Fi
  • Daily newspaper
  • Travel dates: 1st April – 30th September 2020
  • Expiry date: 31st December 2019

Fly and cruise – 15 nights Mediterranean cruise onboard Oceania's Riviera with bonus extras from $8,990 per person twin share (Added value worth up to $1670)
Package includes:
  • Return economy airfare to Milan returning from Nice
  • 10 nights Mediterranean cruise from Rome to Monte Carlo onboard Oceania's Riviera in a veranda stateroom
  • Pre-cruise accommodation in Rome and Milan
  • All onboard meals and selected non-alcoholic beverages
  • Onboard activities and entertainment
  • Vehicle transfers from airport and ports
  • Rail journey from Milan to Rome
  • Selected Olife shore excursions
  • Port taxes, charges and onboard gratuities
  • Cruise departing: 16th July 2020
  • Expiry date: 31st October 2019

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Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Travel Associates #TravelDeals

Stay 5, pay 4 – Six Senses Fiji tropical Malolo island accommodation stay from $3,519 per person

Package includes:
  • 5 nights accommodation at the 5 star Six Senses Fiji in a 'Hideaway Pool Villa'
  • Return shared car and speedboat transfers
  • Half board daily meals
  • Daily wellness and experience activities
  • Travel dates: 13th January 2020 – 31st March 2020
  • Expiry date: 31st January 2020

Fly and cruise from $10,999 per person twin share with a $650 air credit from Australia to New Zealand onboard Seabourn's 16 night luxury holiday cruise  
Package includes:
  • 16 nights cruise from Sydney to Auckland onboard Seabourn Encore in a twin share 'Veranda Suite'
  • All main meals and entertainment on board
  • Up to 3 category 'Veranda Suite' upgrades
  • Up to A$650 air credit per person
  • 300 minute internet package per person
  • Up to 15% savings on combination cruises
  • Additional 5% savings for 'Seabourn Club Members'
  • Port charges and government fees
  • Cruise departing 21st December 2019
  • Expiry date: 20th November 2019
Fly and stay 6 nights at the Iririki Island Resort & Spa Vanuatu from $1,799 per person (added value worth up to $1271)
Package includes:
  • Return economy class airfare to Port Vila
  • 6 nights accommodation at the 4.5 star Iririki Island Resort & Spa in a 'Deluxe Ocean View Room'
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • Return car and ferry resort airport transfers
  • Half day river kayaking
  • Melanesian Feast dinner for two on one night
  • Cocktail per person at Infinity Bar per stay
  • 2500 Vatu casino chips per room per stay
  • Welcome drink on arrival
  • Complimentary use of non-motorised sports
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Travel dates: 15th October 2019 – 30th June 2020
  • Expiry date: 31st October 2019
Fly and stay 5 nights at the Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort Cairns from $999 per person (Added value worth up to $729)
Package includes:
  • Return economy class airfare to Cairns
  • 5 nights accommodation at the 5 star Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort in a 'Resort Room'
  • Buffet breakfast daily for two
  • Return seat in coach airport transfers for two
  • $100 dining voucher to use at Paper Crane, Greenfields or Rocco
  • 2 x cocktails per room per stay
  • Late check-out
  • Cairns city and surrounds tour
  • Wine and fruit bowl on arrival
  • 20% discount off at Eleme Spa
  • Complimentary car parking
  • Complimentary movies and Wi-Fi
  • Expiry date: 31st October 2019
  • Travel dates: 14th October 2019 – 31st March 2020

Saturday, 28 September 2019

Showstopping Sydney Experiences

Sydney is Australia’s number one destination for international visitors to discover. Combining extraordinary natural beauty with a sparkling Harbour, ocean pools and national parks, as well as vibrant cultural diversity and fascinating heritage, Sydney has no shortage of top experiences for travellers to brag about.

Here are some of the Harbour City’s highlights:
  • Not everyone can DJ from the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge like award-winning, genre-hopping US songwriter, producer, entrepreneur, performer and philanthropist Diplo. But everyone can climb it! BridgeClimb operates daily from dusk to dawn allowing everyone the opportunity to take in breathtaking birds-eye views of Sydney and its dazzling Harbour foreshores.
  • There is nothing like sailing on a yacht to explore the iconic Sydney Harbour. EastSail operates daily and overnight on the weekends, including sailing and motorboat packages. Enjoy a scenic sail past the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House, or anchor in a quiet cove next to one of Sydney’s beautiful sandy beaches.
  • Experience the Sydney Opera House, one of the world’s most creative performing arts centres and greatest triumphs of modern architecture. Book in to see a show or dine in this iconic structure at the award-winning Bennelong and indulge in the best of Australian
  • Camp on Cockatoo Island in the centre of Sydney Harbour and wake-up to unbeatable waterfront views. The island caters to a range of budgets, group sizes and occasions, including deluxe camping experiences, romantic getaways and family vacations.
  • Discover Sydney’s beach culture. Learn to surf at Bondi Beach, Australia’s most famous beach with a 2 hour lesson from Let’s Go Surfing.
  • Get a bit wild and enjoy an immersive overnight stay at the new Wildlife Retreat at Taronga Zoo, overlooking the magnificent Sydney Harbour. Revel in the natural beauty of the bushland, and step into a lush sanctuary where koalas and echidnas roam, and platypus swim.
  • Learn about the rich Aboriginal heritage of Sydney with an Aboriginal guide at the Royal Botanic Gardens. Discover the traditional Aboriginal uses for the native trees and plants including medicine, tools and bush tucker food. Aboriginal Heritage Tours run the one and a half hour walking tour every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 10 am, excluding public holidays.
  • Dine in your own private Ferris Wheel carriage at the heritage-listed Luna Park. Thirty-five metres high above Sydney Harbour, witness the sun set over one of the most sought-after views in the world. This unique experience runs on Sundays at 6pm from 20 October to 29 December, 2019.
  • Take a scenic seaplane trip to the Northern Beaches for a delicious 4 course lunch at Bert’s Bar & Brasserie at The Newport. Flying over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, soak up the magnificent views and along the way play a game of whale or dolphin spotting from above.
  • The Bondi to Coogee walk – This six-kilometre boardwalk is one of the most breathtaking attractions in Sydney. The stretch leads visitors from the bustling beach of Bondi all the way to the seaside suburb of Coogee, with stunning coastal scenery and world-class beaches in abundance en route. Bring a picnic and some swimmers and partake in this true Sydney experience.
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Thursday, 26 September 2019

Haunting Halloween Experiences in New York City

Village Halloween Parade to be Centrepiece of the Late October Celebration With Additional Events, Performances, Haunted Houses and Tours Across the Five Boroughs

New York City's season of scares and frights is a major attraction in all five boroughs each year. In 2019, Halloween enthusiasts will have a diverse range of options in every borough to enjoy the haunting spirit occupying the City all October.

The season concludes with its crown jewel, New York City's 46th annual Village Halloween Parade, on October 31, when tens of thousands of costume-wearing revellers will march up Sixth Avenue from Canal Street to 16th Street spreading the celebratory spirit with the help of dozens of live bands, eccentric puppets and enthusiastic spectators lining the street. This year's theme is "Wild Things!", challenging participants to don their most creative nature-centric outfit. The parade fun takes place from 6:30 to 8:30pm, however, the haunting experiences extend far beyond Manhattan's Sixth Avenue and begin weeks before All Hallows Eve.

Family-Friendly Events

Through October 31 (Fordham, the Bronx)

The 250-acre botanical garden, home to incredible horticulture exhibitions and a year-round calendar of family events, will get a Halloween makeover with a sea of festive gourds and silly scarecrows, with corresponding special activities. Along with the themed scenery, visitors can enjoy programming like visits from "creepy creatures of the night," after-dark activities and a monstrous pumpkin display. (

Boo at the Zoo at the Bronx Zoo
September 28–November 3 (Fordham, the Bronx)

The largest collection of earth's most fierce predators in New York City will also host monsters of a more mythical nature this October with Boo at the Zoo. From costume parades and craft fairs for children to a Halloween-themed beer festival, Bootoberfest, the Bronx Zoo is rolling out the orange carpet every weekend for all that is spooky starting September 28 through the weekend after Halloween. Insider tip: Visitors who stay at an Affinia hotel during these select weekends can receive four tickets for the fun along with their stay with this special package. (

Governors Island's Night of 1,000 Jack O' Lanterns
October 17–27 (New York Harbor)

For 10 days in October, the island oasis a short seven-minute ferry ride from Lower Manhattan, will transform into a Halloween paradise. Visitors can take in breathtaking views of the New York Harbor along the Jack O' Lantern trail, a tree-lined pathway weaving through centuries-old buildings. Not to mention the island is also home to Castle Williams, a 200-year-old former military fort and prison, five miles of car-free bike paths and a handful of different leisure areas to explore in the crisp autumn air (

Coney Island Children's Halloween Parade
October 26 (Coney Island, Brooklyn)

Although beach season has concluded on Coney Island, there is still plenty of fun to have on the boardwalk this year, including the 10th annual Halloween parade and costume contest. Brooklyn's most festive residents will parade down Surf Avenue and enjoy face painting, a costume contest and, of course, trick or treating. Families are also encouraged to explore the nearby Luna Park's Halloween Harvest, taking place every weekend from September 28 through October 27. (

Halloween in Historic Richmond Town
October 26 (Richmond Town, Staten Island)

In Historic Richmond Town, a live relic from the 18th century where visitors can see what colonial life was like firsthand, families can trick or treat, bob for apples, jump in the hay and make crafts in the town's main village. (

October 4 (Randall Manor, Staten Island)

Visitors will recount the events that took place at the beautiful Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden in 1863 at Ghost Tour: The Tale of the Matrona historic walking tour that includes entry into three buildings that are typically closed to the public: the Matron's House, the Butcher's Cottage and the former Surgeon's House. (

Dead or Alive at the New York Hall of Science
October 26–27 (Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens)

At New York City's only interactive science museum, children are encouraged to explore the science of creepy this Halloween by using household materials to make prosthetic wounds or their own vial of fake blood. Prizes are handed out to those who arrive in costume or make one at the workshop!

October 26–27 (Glen Oaks, Queens)

While families can enjoy the pumpkin patch for three weeks, the final weekend of October is when the most Halloween fun happens on the longest continually farmed site in New York State. At the fall festival, children can take part in a ghoulish adventure in a centuries-old farmhouse, explore the Amazing Maize Maze, take a hayride, two-step to western country music and much more. (

The Ride in Masquerade
October 1–31, (Manhattan)

The Ride, the innovative and immersive bus tour of the City, will be in bewitching masquerade this Halloween season. Street performers along the tour route will hide behind their lace and bejewelled masks to celebrate as visitors enjoy enchanting stories, beguiling videos and aristocratic spirits (

Thrilling Haunted Houses

Blood Manor
October 4–November 9 (Tribeca, Manhattan)

Housed in a 19th-century Tribeca building with a history of ghost sighting's, Blood Manor is an adrenaline-pumping experience with more than 5,000 sq. ft. of themed rooms designed to maximise any fears. This year, in addition to the daily frights, the 16-year veteran has added two special events on select dates. Particularly brave thrill seekers can visit for one of the Lights Out Nights, where groups walk through a minimally lit path with just one glow stick per group lighting the way, while Horrorgram invites visitors to come in full cosplay, take photos with the scenery and characters and participate in some of the most popular sets. (

I Can't See
September 25–November 3 (Lower Manhattan)

I Can't See is a brand-new horror theatre experience where participants are challenged to become a character in their own horror story. Done in complete and total darkness, guests are outfitted with an audio headset that directs them through a horror story that manifests in the real world in real-time using every sense other than sight. (

Bane House
Through November 10 (Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan)

A 40,000 sq. ft. obstacle course with more than 100 live actors, Bane House touts itself as an attraction that plays on common fears without using any animatronics. Visitors are asked to climb up, crawl under, jump over and spin around the spine-chilling contents of this award-winning haunted experience.

Theatrical Performances with a Spooky Spin

Beetlejuice on Broadway
(Midtown Manhattan)

The popular 1988 comedic horror film's stage adaptation is a must-see this Halloween season. Like the movie, the story follows a family that just moved into a house haunted by its newly deceased former residents and the rambunctious spirit, Beetlejuice. This laugh-out-loud production is full of plenty of adult humour with stunning otherworldly stage effects.

Who Killed Edgar Allan Poe? The Cooping Theory 1969
Through November 2 (Times Square, Manhattan)

The year is 1969. After you knock three times, the journey begins with a cocktail party hosted by the Poe Society honouring the memory of Edgar Allan Poe. What follows is an immersive paranormal, story-driven, multi-room show where actors (thanks to the "medium" on-site) are possessed by the deceased writer's spirit who inspires the society to solve his mysterious death.

Illuminated Mausoleums Moonlight Tour at Woodlawn Cemetery
October 25 (Woodlawn, the Bronx)

On this night only, visitors are invited to take a tour of the cemetery grounds after dark guided by the glow of some of its most beautiful mausoleums. Kicking off at 7:30pm, this is a truly unique opportunity to observe the spectacular architecture and attention to detail that make the featured monuments an integral part of New York City's history. (

Green-Wood at Night
October 4–November 30 (Sunset Park, Brooklyn)

This fall, visitors can explore the hallowed grounds of Green-Wood Cemetery long after the gates close to the public. Under the cover of night, this tour stops by some of the cemetery's most intriguing monuments such as the formerly unmarked grave of William Poole (aka, Bill the Butcher) and Harvey Burdell whose murder in 1887 resulted in one of the most famous trials in the Victorian era. (

Can't-Miss Halloween Parties

MoMA PS1's 8th Annual Halloween Ball with Susanne Bartsch
October 25 (Long Island City, Queens)

The Museum of Modern Art's Queens outpost is hosting a party by iconic event producer Susanne Bartsch again this year, with the 2019 theme "Valley of the Dolls." MoMA's Long Island City party is a can't-miss event featuring performances, DJs, dancing and otherworldly costumes. (

Annual Halloween Yacht Party Cruise – Hornblower Cruises & Events
October 26 (Pier 15, Manhattan)

Visitors can celebrate the season in their best Halloween attire while enjoying the haunting beauty of the Manhattan skyline aboard this yacht party. The Halloween Boat Party Cruise includes a tour of New York Harbor, multiple bars, dance floors and music. (

Yotel New York Rooftop Terrace Halloween Party
October 26 (Midtown Manhattan)

The trendy Midtown hotel is hosting a Halloween ball on its rooftop terrace complete with a late-night pizza bar, DJ, open bar and feature event: a costume contest with a grand prize of a one-night complimentary stay. (

Halloween at The Pierre New York
October 31 (Upper East Side, Manhattan)

The legendary Pierre Hotel is celebrating with a family-friendly affair including a Halloween afternoon tea at the Two E Bar & Lounge with themed savoury and sweet snacks, face painting and a photo booth. From 9pm to midnight, the Two E will be taken over by a Halloween party and costume contest with dinner for two in Perrine, two VIP tickets to an upcoming Broadway at the Pierre cabaret performance in Two E, or traditional afternoon tea for two at stake for first, second and third place. (


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