Six highlights in your travel week | 23 May

Flash Camp … offering comfortable accommodation in Kakadu.
Flash Camp … offering comfortable accommodation in Kakadu.

Flash Camp will return to Kakadu for a third season at the Cooinda Camping Ground from June 16 to September 16.

Set in beautifully shady grounds, Flash Camp offers bespoke bell-tent accommodation in the heart of Kakadu National Park, ideal for those seeking an effortless camping experience while exploring the UNESCO world-heritage-listed wilderness.

Accommodation will include double and twin bell tents with spring-foam mattresses on pallet bases, quality bed linen, fresh towels, bamboo furniture, toiletries and Armadillo & Co rugs. Tents have power, lighting and a fan, though nights are usually mild throughout the ‘winter’ season (18-20ºC).

Flash Camp tents can be configured especially for families, allowing two adjacent tents to be allocated for family groups, and a communal Flash tent will be available for relaxing and enjoying complimentary tea and coffee.

Flash Camp guests have access to communal toilet and shower facilities, barbeques, as well as a restaurant, bar and pools at the adjoining Cooinda Lodge. A pop-up up Food Truck will operate throughout the peak season offering quality, inexpensive takeaway food such as barra-and-chips.

Cooinda Camping Ground is located next to Yellow Water Billabong, 30 minutes from Jabiru and just over a three-hour drive from Darwin.

Rates start at $140 per night. Phone (08) 8979 1500 or visit www.kakadutourism.com

Kangaroo Island … makes for a great family holiday.

Kangaroo Island … makes for a great family holiday.

Save up to $100 per family when travelling to Kangaroo Island with SeaLink’s ‘Kids Go Free to Kangaroo Island’ deal, which offers free return SeaLink ferry travel for up to two kids when travelling with one or two adults and their car. The deal is on sale and valid for travel until September 22.

Kangaroo Island, Australia’s third-largest island, is a 45-minute ferry ride from Cape Jervis on the South Australian mainland, and with hundreds of kilometres of quiet roads and adventure to discover, it is made for a self-drive family holiday.

Raptor Domain is a must-see for families. Enjoy the ‘Birds of Prey’ show and meet an array of birds including Jedda, the majestic wedge-tailed eagle and Casper the friendly barn owl.

A quick stop at Clifford’s Honey Farm is also essential, not just to see how honey is made but to try their famous honey ice-cream.

A visit to Little Sahara will guarantee hours of family fun enjoying the thrills and spills of sand-boarding or tobogganing down the massive white sand dunes and seeing Australian sea lions in their natural environment on a guided beach tour at Seal Bay Conservation Park.

Family accommodation across the island is available, ranging from holiday homes, cabins and caravan parks to motels and hotels with family apartments.

Mudgee … the heart of the NSW Central Western town comes alive with foodies.

Mudgee … the heart of the NSW Central Western town comes alive with foodies.

The 2018 Mudgee Wine & Food Festival will be held from September 4-23, with a range of dinners, lunches and tastings set to further establish the region as one of the preeminent food-and-wine destinations of NSW.

Key events will include:

Go Tasting on Saturday September 8 at 5.30pm — a public tasting of the wines entered into the 2018 Mudgee Wine Show. Guests can select from over 100 of the best wines in the region and compare their palates to those of the wine show judges.

Go Grazing on Saturday September 15 at 6.30pm — enjoy Mudgee’s best produce prepared by the region’s leading chefs. This three-course dinner comprises a range of bites that highlight Mudgee’s diversity with its food and wine varieties.

Flavours of Mudgee on Saturday September 22 from 4pm — the heart of the NSW Central Western town comes alive. Guests are invited to celebrate Mudgee’s food and wine with all the producers, winemakers and growers offering tastings and dishes along the town’s historic main street.

Mudgee … the heart of the NSW Central Western town comes alive with foodies.

Mudgee … the heart of the NSW Central Western town comes alive with foodies.

Relax in a hot spa rock pool surrounded by a tranquil forest of red and gold autumn foliage.

Enjoy the luxury of a long soak in a big bath with a view of Mt Fuji.

Japan is famous for its exotic and extravagant thermal spring baths.

Volcanic waters rich in mineral salts attract thousands of visitors to spa resorts and traditional inns all over Japan.

Australian-based Japan travel specialist Toursgallery has a variety of different escorted small group tours available, that all include traditional Japanese baths.

“One of our most popular baths is located on a rooftop balcony overlooking Mt Fuji, offering a most memorable experience,” said Ken Osetroff, director of Toursgallery.

Experience these truly rejuvenating baths, for instance, on Toursgallery’s ‘Hokkaido Autumn Nature Tour’ in October, priced at $9850 per person twin-share. 

This escorted tour is limited to a maximum of 14 guests.

Phone 1300 307 317 or visit www.toursgallery.com

Mysterious Myanmar … ancient temples and stupas scattered across Bagan’s dusty plains.

Mysterious Myanmar … ancient temples and stupas scattered across Bagan’s dusty plains.

Discover a world hidden for decades as you journey to Myanmar with Travelmarvel in 2019 and make the most of the company’s fly-free offers.

The release of Travelmarvel’s new program for 2019/20 sees the return of the iconic 15-day ‘Majestic Myanmar’ itinerary, which features a 14-night cruise aboard the RV Princess Panhwar, setting sail from Mandalay and cruising right to the heart of Yangon.

Prices start at $6095 per person twin share, including a launch deal of saving up to $2000 per couple.

You’ll only have to unpack once to explore the rarely visited Irrawaddy River and discover the gilded Shwedagon Pagoda, see thousands of ancient temples and stupas scattered across Bagan’s dusty plains, and marvel at the shimmering Mahamuni Buddha statue in the Mahamuni Buddha Temple.

Phone 1300 196 420 or visit www.travelmarvel.com.au

In fascinating decay … Zanzibar Stone Town. Image: Jon Collins.

In fascinating decay … Zanzibar Stone Town. Image: Jon Collins.

Intrepid Travel is offering up to 40 per cent off select sailing trips to the Galapagos Islands if travellers book before June 15 and up to 30 per cent off Zanzibar sailing trips booked before July 31.

The seven-day ‘Zanzibar Spice Islands Sailing Adventure’ was priced at $2265 but is now $1586 per adult in a twin-share room.

The adventure explores some of the 40 islands which make up the Zanzibar archipelago, with guests enjoying visits to local fishing villages, snorkelling among coral reefs and hiking through the Ngezi Rainforest.

Travellers can choose to relax on deck, dive into crystal-clear waters, cast a line overboard and savour a BBQ dinner of freshly caught fish while watching a magnificent sunset.

Intrepid sailing trips include all meals on-board, tea, coffee, water, beach towels and snorkelling equipment.