Friday, January 28, 2011

North Australian Helicopters

If you ever have the opportunity to visit Kakadu National Park, you simply must take a scenic tour from the air with North Australian Helicopters. Kakadu National Park is one of the most beautiful land areas in the world, so make sure you make the most of your time and view this natural wonder in all it's entirety…

Flights from Our Katherine Base (Moonraker) 
Our Katherine Base (Moonraker) is located along the Victoria Highway, Katherine, approximately 4km from the town centre.

Note: Minimum of 2 passengers and maximum of 3 passengers per flight

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Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge Scenic Flights
Telephone: (08) 8972 5666 | FreeCall: 1800 621 717

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Let yourself be inspired by Oprah's Ultimate Australian adventure across Australia

From breathtaking cities to the mesmerising Red Centre, Australia is one of the most amazing places on earth. Our spectacular landscapes, iconic cities and unique culture fascinate people from all over the world. Whatever your pace or tastes, we have something for everyone.

Discover for yourself, why the world is talking about Australia and start planning your ultimate adventure with these great sale fares on offer.

Sale fares are valid for departures from 15 February to 6 April 2011 and from 4 May to 22 June 2011, unless otherwise stated.

This sale ends 11.59pm (AEDT) Wednesday 26 January 2011, unless sold out prior. Availability is limited.

Prices based on payment at by BPAY.*

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Direct Sydney to Rarotonga Flights Herald Breakthrough Year for Cook Islands Tourism

With nonstop Sydney-Rarotonga flights launching year round from July, the Cook Islands Tourism Corporation expects to welcome a lot more Australians from 2011. 

The Cook Islands government has entered a three year partnership with Air New Zealand to operate a B767 direct from Sydney on a weekly, year round basis from Tuesday 5 July. The launch follows the success of a four month trial last year.

Carmel Beattie, CEO of Cook Islands Tourism Corporation, says: “Watch out for the Cook Islands becoming the hot new South Pacific destination once Australians discover how easy it is to reach this truly authentic island paradise.  

“They will love the warmth and accessibility of the unique Cook Islands Maori culture and fabulous range of holiday experiences on Rarotonga and beyond. We expect Australians will want to explore the family of islands as they are already the largest market for the island of Aitutaki.”

She adds: “Tourism provides 75% of the Cook Islands GDP and this new service, along with the strength of the Australian dollar against the islands’ NZ dollar currency, will have a major impact on the country’s economy and tourism growth opportunities.”

The direct service will be operated by a 234 seat Boeing 767-300 with a flight time of six hours from Sydney and seven hours 15 minutes from Rarotonga.

Flights will depart Sydney on Tuesdays at 9pm arriving in Rarotonga at 7am on the same day, crossing the International Date Line. Return flights depart Rarotonga on Monday at 4.35pm arriving in Sydney at 7.50pm Tuesday.

At the very centre of the Polynesian triangle, the Cook Islands consist of 15 islands scattered over some 2 million square kilometres of the Pacific Ocean. It is bordered to the west by Tokelau, the Samoas and Nuie and to the east by Tahiti and French Polynesia.

Flights on the weekly direct services are now on sale. This new service adds to the already daily connections to Cook Islands from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane that go via Auckland.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Work out or take the easy way out high above the bustling city streets of Sydney at Sheraton on the Park

Sheraton on the Park has created a new level of luxury by enhancing facilities dedicated to the wellbeing of guests through the delivery of spa and beauty treatments.

Located high above the bustling city streets on Level 22, Sheraton Fitness and Day Spa features a high-performance fitness centre including steam and sauna rooms, a rooftop indoor heated pool and spa, a balcony with sun lounges featuring stunning views over Sydney and ‘On The Park Rejuvenation Day Spa’, a special source of holistic and relaxation therapies in a setting of complete tranquillity.

The introduction of two new stunning treatment rooms brings the spa offering to five treatment rooms in total. The treatment rooms peacefully overlook Hyde Park and Middle Harbour, creating a stunning backdrop where you can let go and blissfully indulge. Want to go into a deeper coma? Then your request is answered with our electronic blinds which help your escape into another world. This rooftop sanctuary provides a haven for our guests with the ultimate menu of pampering and therapeutic treatments delivered by resident health professionals.

The expansion of services and facilities at Sheraton Fitness and Day Spa has set the tone for an unforgettable Sydney experience that focuses on the rebalance of the individual, leaving them with an enhanced sense of well-being. Only the best products are used at On The Park Rejuvenation Day Spa which has chosen world class brand ‘Dermalogica’ for its facial treatments.

Commenting on the recent additions to On The Park Rejuvenation Day Spa facility, Mr. Sean Hunt Managing Director, Sheraton on the Park and Regional Vice President Starwood Pacific Hotels said “Sheraton Fitness and Day Spa is a place where you can relax, rewind and rejuvenate. It is a place to pamper yourself, away from the stresses of work, travel and daily life or receive professional support for therapeutic sports recovery. The additional space we have created is testimony to our commitment to the comfort and wellbeing of our Guests by connecting them to a whole new world of health experiences.”  

Sheraton on the Park - Featuring 557 luxury rooms and suites, Sheraton on the Park is the only five star hotel on Hyde Park and is renowned for being the benchmark of classic hotels in Sydney. The property features the Sheraton Club on Level 21, complimentary internet access in the Link@Sheraton, a Health Club with stunning rooftop pool and a variety of food and beverage outlets offering guests extensive dining options. The hotel stands in one of the city’s most desirable locations in the heart of Sydney’s business and premium shopping district. The Hotel was recently awarded ‘Function Venue of the Year’ in the 2010, 2009, 2008 & 2006 AHA (NSW) Awards for Excellence and ‘Best Luxury Accommodation’ at the 2010 & 2007 NSW Tourism Awards.

January Stress Reliever Special… Receive 20% off when you book a 60 minute massage.
To make a booking or to purchase a gift certificate for a loved one please call 02 9286 6830.

Terms and conditions apply and not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. Subject to space availability at the time of booking.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Cradle Mountain Chateau

With its majestic alpine peaks, and beautiful lakes, it's no wonder Cradle Mountain is one of Tasmania's most popular tourist and holiday destinations. This World Heritage National Park boasts some of the most spectacular bush walking in the state and Cradle Mountain Chateau accommodation is a welcoming base for your explorations.

At Cradle Mountain Chateau you will enjoy fine Tasmanian wines and fresh local produce. Enjoy the stylish cuisine of the Chateau's signature à la carte restaurant, The Grey Gum, or relax with casual bistro-style dining at Quoll's. Relax with a soothing massage at Calm Day Spa, or browse through The Wilderness Gallery, highlighting the world's best nature photographers.

Accommodation at the Cradle Mountain Chateau provides a northern gateway to the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. This tract of Tasmanian wilderness is traversed by the world-famous multi-day Cradle Mountain Overland Track. Shorter day walks from Cradle Mountain explore the World Heritage Area, with its glaciated crags and lakes, wildlife and rare alpine flora.

The Cradle Mountain Highland lakes teem with fighting brown and rainbow trout, Tasmania's famed sporting fish, their succulent pink flesh is a gourmet treat.

In the early years of the 20th century Gustav Weindorfer, an Austrian adventurer, botanist and conservationist stood on the summit of Cradle Mountain and gazed out across the Tasmanian wilderness. With his words "This must be a national park for the people for all time," he began the movement that eventually led to the Cradle Mountain wilderness's, World Heritage listing.

Cradle Mountain with accommodation at
Cradle Mountain Chateau offers one of the most unique wilderness holiday experiences in Tasmania.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Plaza, New York

Central Park, Fifth Avenue, spectacular art, thriving culture, endless shopping, unbelievable dining and lively nightlife – this is New York City. Amid the whirl of excitement you will find The Plaza, a Fairmont Managed Hotel, a timeless landmarked New York hotel capturing memories since 1907.

Striking the balance between its storied past and limitless future, The Plaza Hotel in New York City – the ultimate luxury lifestyle destination – has emerged from a recent $450 million transformation to reflect a new and contemporary spirit. While traditions remain, such as the opulent grandeur of the Beaux Arts décor and the superb ambience of the legendary Oak Room and Oak Bar, exciting new offerings at The Plaza Hotel New York include the elegant Champagne Bar and stylish Rose Club, as well as an interior Tranquility Garden with reflecting pools, elaborate lighting and exotic foliage.
We invite you to visit us and rediscover The Palm Court, New York City’s premier destination for afternoon tea. The authentic Palm Court has been lovingly restored to its original grandeur following a $6.5 million dollar renovation. The spectacular re-creation of the Palm Court’s luminous 1,800 square foot stained-glass lay light, like The Plaza itself, continues to contribute to the life, vitality and culture of New York City. The Palm Court is currently accepting reservations via Open Table.
The Plaza Hotel offers 282 distinctive guestrooms, including 102 suites, which boast the largest square footage of any luxury hotel in New York City. From the sumptuous décor to the impeccable white glove service, The Plaza is an extraordinary hotel that offers every indulgence. For our suite guests, The Plaza is pleased to offer Butler service 24 hours a day.

Old world luxury and elegance are complemented by discreet placement of the latest technology thoughtfully integrated throughout each room bringing guests high-definition television, wireless high-speed internet access, and a touch panel screen to customize the room environment.
Amenities at The Plaza Hotel include the world-class Shops at The Plaza, featuring exclusive boutiques and purveyors of fine food, as well as health and wellness facilities including a Caudalie Vinothérapie® Spa,Plaza Fitness, and Warren-Tricomi Salon. As part of the lobby to roof restoration, the opulent Grand Ballroom and Terrace Room have been restored to their original grandeur. Lavish social and business events will continue to be held in these historic landmarks, which are at the heart of The Plaza Hotel’s legacy.

Timeless. Captivating. Unforgettable. A seamless fusion of traditional and modern, and a passion for uncompromising service combine to create an experience that is indulgent, exquisite, and truly unforgettable. 

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Donate to the Flood Relief Appeal

The Queensland Government has launched an appeal to help fellow Queenslanders affected by the recent floods. Many communities have been devastated. Some families have lost everything. You can help make a difference by donating to the Premier's Flood Relief Appeal.

Donation Options
Donate online

Make a donation to the Premier’s Disaster relief appeal using a secure payment form.

Donate by phone
Call 1800 219 028 to donate using your credit card.

Donate by internet banking
The account details for donations are:
Account Name: Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal
BSB: 064 013
Account number: 1000 6800
SWIFT code for international donations: CTBAAU2S

Once your transaction is complete, you should record the receipt number for your transaction. If you do not receive a receipt number, contact your financial institution.

If you would like a receipt for tax purposes, please forward a request, with proof of donation to:
Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal
C/O Department of the Premier and Cabinet
PO Box 15185
City East QLD 4002

Donate by mail
You can post a cheque donation – please do not send cash. Cheques should be made payable to:
The Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal
ABN: 69 689 161 916

Cheques should be posted to:
Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal
C/O Department of the Premier and Cabinet
PO Box 15185
City East QLD 4002

Donate in person
  • Donations can be made at:
  • Commonwealth Bank
  • NAB
  • Westpac
  • ANZ
  • BOQ
  • Suncorp
  • St.George Bank
  • Bank SA (Bank of South Australia)
  • Australian Central Credit Union
  • Savings & Loans Credit Union
  • Bank West
  • Australian Central Credit Union
  • Savings & Loans Credit Union
  • Coles supermarkets.
Last updated 7 January 2011. Visit for more information