Travel deals



You don't have to leave the state to find one of the world's longest resort swimming pools: coming in at 485 metres, it's at the Oaks Pacific Blue Resort, main picture, in Port Stephens, 160 kilometres north of Sydney. The quiet coastal region is a magnet for fisherfolk, dolphin spotters and those who just like rolling down sand dunes, and the resort's facilities include tennis courts. Save up to $25 a night when you book a two-night stay from January 27 to June 30. Costs from $258, studio room, two nights. 1300 669 978,


Canberra's centenary calendar is heating up, with the National Archives of Australia showing exhibitions by photographer Max Dupain and on Britain's child migrants; the best political cartoons on show at the Museum of Australian Democracy in Old Parliament House; and, of course, Toulouse-Lautrec in the National Gallery. Stay at the five-star Hotel Realm, pictured above, within the parliamentary triangle, until the end of June and save 54 per cent on the full rate with its Love Notes package, which includes accommodation, a mini Moet, dessert platter, breakfast and late checkout. Costs from $375 for two people, one night. Quote "Love Notes". 1300 887 979,


You'll be praying for hot weather with a deal at QT Gold Coast hotel's SpaQ, which knocks the price of the day's top temperature off your midweek one-hour spa treatment. So if it's 29 degrees, you'll get $29 off the cost of the treatment. Valid until February 28, Mondays to Thursdays. Quote "I'm hot". (07) 5584 1108,,


Visit some of the most beautiful gardens surrounding Melbourne on a three-night tour, just in time for Mother's Day. Staying at the Sofitel Melbourne, the small-group tour starts with high tea at the Hotel Windsor, followed by a street-art tour through the city's laneways, for an edgy touch. The gardens include Cranbourne Botanic Gardens' Australian garden and the William Ricketts Sanctuary in the Dandenong Ranges. Book by February 28 and save $100. Includes most meals, botanical guides and airport transfers. Costs from $1695 a person, twin share. 1300 305 202,


Set foot on the most westerly tip of Australia, at Cape Leeuwin, walk through the Valley of the Giants watched over by towering forests, and journey into Kalgoorlie's Super Pit on a 15-day coach tour of WA's south-east. Starting and finishing in Perth, the tour includes a meet-and-greet with Monkey Mia's dolphins. Book during the wildflower season, from August to November, to see WA's desert plains flushed with colour. Book with a deposit by February 15 and a friend saves 25 per cent. Costs from $4550 for the first person, $3413 for your friend. 1300 228 546,



Soak up the Parisian vibe at the Hotel Aviatic  on the Left Bank, close to the bars and restaurants of Saint-Germain-des-Pres and Montparnasse. Save €135 ($171) on a traditional room or €165 on a prestige room, and get breakfast, wine and chocolates on stays until February 28. Costs from €160 (traditional) or €195 (prestige). 1800 667 731,


The islands of the Pacific are renowned for their welcoming arms, and those travelling to Rarotonga with Air New Zealand will receive $NZ100 ($79.50) to spend, for a very warm welcome. You could take an Aitutaki Lagoon tour, get two days' car hire, or even buy 20 papaya smoothies. Book by March 4 for travel until June 3. Passengers travelling with Air New Zealand from Sydney to Rarotonga direct on Friday nights get an additional round of discounts on island activities. Flights leave Sydney at 8.30pm on Fridays and arrive at Rarotonga at 5.30am on Saturdays. 13 24 76,


Spend Valentine's Day at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, in Hawke's Bay, and get 15 per cent off the high-season rate. The package includes one night in a luxury suite, champagne, rose petals, bath oil and candles. There's also a five-course dinner, breakfast, minibar and late checkout. Valid February 10-17. Costs from $855 a person, twin share. +64 6 875 1900,


The sunny islands of Fiji are on the rebound after cyclone Evan in 2012, and there are deals to be had. Stay seven nights at the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa on Denarau Island and get return airfares from Sydney; $538 in wine, dine and spa credits; an island cruise; a cultural heritage tour; airport transfers; breakfast; free kids' food and kids' club. Costs from $1690 a person, twin share. 1300 003 454,


Glamour, Gregory Peck and gelato: do Italy like Audrey Hepburn by swanning through Tuscany, Rome and the Amalfi Coast. Join a handful of other travellers and cruise Italy on the ultimate girls' getaway of shopping, spas and Vespas. Book and pay a deposit for the 14-day Do it Like Audrey Hepburn tour by February 22 for departure on June 23 and get a free night in a four-star Florence hotel before or after the tour. Costs from $6959 a person, twin share, quote "SHDIVAS". 0408 721 569,