Five highlights in your travel week | 1 Feb

Plenty of adventure action … hitting the jetskis with Cruise Whitsundays.
Plenty of adventure action … hitting the jetskis with Cruise Whitsundays.

Cruise Whitsundays has launched a new Whitehaven Beach and jetski-snorkelling adventure as part of its collection of action offerings.

The new tour takes in the wonders of the Whitsundays with a morning cruise to Whitehaven Beach and an all-inclusive afternoon of guided jetski action and reef snorkelling.

Prices start at $229 per person.

Cruise Whitsundays has also enhanced a range of existing tours for the 2018 season including, ‘Seabobs on Hardy Reef’, which is now available as an optional extra on the popular ‘Great Barrier Reef Adventure Day’. The seabob is a fun and easy-to-operate motorised jet that allows you to cruise on the surface or explore the stunning coral underwater.

Back for a 27th time … Grampians Grape Escape. Image: Tony Evans.

Back for a 27th time … Grampians Grape Escape. Image: Tony Evans.

A month-long series of partner events will culminate in Victoria’s Grampians region’s 27th annual Grampians Grape Escape on May 5-6.

This year, the Grampians Grape Escape will be teaming up with chef and host of the popular TV series River Cottage Australia, Paul West, and the face of Channel 10’s The Cooks Pantry, Matt Sinclair, for masterclasses and cooking demonstrations using the finest local seasonal produce.

The festival will star some of Australia’s most distinguished winemakers from the Grampians, Pyrenees and Henty regions.

Meet the winemakers and learn from the producers who experimented with techniques and pushed boundaries, to bring award-winning wines and newly discovered products for festival goers to enjoy.

The annual Grampians Winemakers Reserve Shiraz Barrique will be returning to give bidders the chance to take home a rare ‘taste of the Grampians’ once the weekend is over.

 Exploring classic Central Australian scenery on the Larapinta Trail.

Exploring classic Central Australian scenery on the Larapinta Trail.

Experienced outdoor educator and adventurer Edwina Parsons will lead The Katrina Dawson Foundation’s Larapinta Trail Challenge in Central Australia’s West MacDonnell Ranges on May 8-12.

The foundation was established to preserve the memory of Katrina Dawson, who lost her life during Sydney’s Lindt Cafe siege.

Participants who sign up for the five-day challenge have two challenges ahead of them: to raise a minimum $1000 for The Katrina Dawson Foundation and to complete the Larapinta Trail Challenge.

The trip costs $1835 per person ex Alice Springs, plus a $200 non-refundable registration fee.

Highlights include staying in exclusive semi-permanent campsites with comfortable safari-style sleeping tents, hot showers and delicious meals, and spending three days walking along the most spectacular sections of the Larapinta Trail.

Phone 1300 720 000 or register through www.humacharitychallenge.com

Cruise Express will run a second ‘Rail Adventure to the Riverina’ over the October long weekend this year.

Showcasing the NSW Riverina’s fine wines and abundant produce, the hosted four-day tour includes travel from Sydney’s Central Station on a privately chartered heritage train, complete with buffet, dining and compartment cars from the 1930s and 40s.

Hauled by the 62-year-old 4204 Streamliner locomotive, the train will stop for lunch at the historic 139-year-old Junee Railway Station.

Highlights in Griffith will include a visit to Randall Organic Rice Farm, Southern Cotton Gin, a private wine-paired dinner at McWilliams Winery, morning tea at the rose-filled sanctuary of Careri’s Garden, followed by a special Italian style lunch at Piccolo Farm, where guests will tour the farm’s orange groves before a cooking demonstration and meal featuring paired wines and fresh local ingredients, and a private dining experience at Zecca Handmade Italian.

Including eight meals and daily sightseeing, the package is priced from $1990 per person twin-share.

Phone Cruise Express on 1300 766 537 or visit www.cruiseexpress.com.au

Tigerair Australia … new competition will promote Australian music.

Tigerair Australia … new competition will promote Australian music.

Tigerair Australia has launched ‘Tigertunes’, a competition aimed at aspiring unsigned musicians who want to get their original music heard by up to 600,000 people per month on board Tigerair flights.

To get involved, artists must submit their personal bio, photo and social media handles, an audio recording of the song they would like featured and the song lyrics to Tigerair by July 1.

Successful artists will have their music played on board selected Tigerair Australia flights for a period of up to two months, with tracks also promoted on Tigerair Australia’s dedicated ‘Tigertunes’ webpage (www.tigerair.com.au/fly/tigertunes).

One artist will be chosen to play at the 2018 Airlie Beach Festival of Music, with flights and accommodation for the event to be provided by Tigerair Australia.