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Fun for foodies

Orange FOOD Week: Nuts over cool-climate produce.

Orange FOOD Week: Nuts over cool-climate produce.

Australia’s longest-running regional food festival, Orange FOOD Week, has provenance and sustainability at its core for 2019.

The 10-day festival runs from April 5-14 and will include more than 70 events showcasing more than 40 cellar doors and farm gates during the region’s autumn harvest and vintage.

Orange FOOD Week is continuing its regional “war on waste”, setting a global standard for festival sustainability, as the first ISO-2-121-certified food and wine event in Australia.

It has implemented a sustainable management system, which includes composting, water refill stations, and bans on plastic and polystyrene at the signature night markets.

Signature events of the 2019 FOOD Week program include the Autumn Grazing Dinner in Blayney, FORAGE, FOOD Train, FOOD Week Night Markets and FOOD HQ.

Take a hike

On the Jatbula Trail: A stunning landscape of rugged sandstone cliffs, dramatic waterfalls, shady waterholes and lush rainforest.

On the Jatbula Trail: A stunning landscape of rugged sandstone cliffs, dramatic waterfalls, shady waterholes and lush rainforest.

Book a 2019 Northern Territory walk with Australian Walking Holidays before February 17 and receive a $500 Wild Earth gear voucher and a 5 per cent discount off the trip price.

In the Top End, pay $1992 for a six-day trek along the Jatbula Trail, which joins Katherine Gorge and Edith Falls in Nitmiluk National Park.

It’s a largely undiscovered trail through a stunning landscape of rugged sandstone cliffs, dramatic waterfalls, shady waterholes and lush rainforest.

Further south in the Red Centre, choose from 10 different walks on the iconic 223-kilometre Larapinta Trail, which winds its way through the gorges, waterholes and ridgelines of the West MacDonnell Ranges near Alice Springs. 

“Tank you” for staying

Sydney’s Tank Stream Hotel: A great central-city location.

Sydney’s Tank Stream Hotel: A great central-city location.

Stay just a little bit longer at Sydney’s Tank Stream Hotel and save up to 25 per cent off the best available rate.

Book in advance and stay for two nights in this contemporary, centrally-located hotel and save 20 per cent off the best rate of the day. Stay three nights and save 25 per cent.

Guests also enjoy a range of complimentary extras: high-speed wi-fi, latest-release movies, non-alcoholic welcome bar, and espresso-style in-room coffee and premium tea by Aurora.

The deal is valid till September 30 and there are no block-out dates.

The ultimate escape

An extraordinary journey: Tracking wild game in East Africa.

An extraordinary journey: Tracking wild game in East Africa.

From the playful lemur to the elusive Bengal tiger, the giant panda and the endangered mountain gorilla, an incredible diversity of wildlife contributes to the rich tapestry of life on Earth.

Realising that the survival of many of these species is under increasing threat and that time is of the essence, A&K has designed a safari by private jet to make it possible to visit these animals in their dramatically-varied natural habitats on one remarkable journey.

At $139,950 per person twin-share, A&K’s 25-day ‘Wildlife Safari: Around the World by Private Jet’ in March 2020 is one of the most expensive package deals on the market, but it will provide a band of 50 privileged guests the chance to encounter iconic — and often critically endangered — animals in the wild.

They’ll see little-known species like Japan’s snow monkey and the tiny Philippine tarsiers, swim with massive whale sharks and go behind-the-scenes to feed orphaned orangutans.

And they’ll learn from experts who have spent their lives studying these remarkable animals on an extraordinary journey that ends with a safari in East Africa, where the A&K story began, to search for the Big Five in Kenya’s Masai Mara.

Meals throughout the journey are more than just a chance to dine at the end of the day. They are a feast for the senses, with local entertainment and stunning natural backdrops.

Rugged frontier

The Valley of the Geysers in Kamchatka: A striking contrast with a kingdom of permafrost in Yakutsk.

The Valley of the Geysers in Kamchatka: A striking contrast with a kingdom of permafrost in Yakutsk.

The MIR Corporation invites intrepid travellers to explore the remote corners of Russia, including Yakutia, a rugged northern frontier known for mammoths and diamonds, and the wild Kamchatka Peninsula, perched on the Pacific Ring of Fire.

Guests will meet the indigenous peoples of these far-flung locales, and admire two natural UNESCO World Heritage Sites while comparing and contrasting a kingdom of permafrost in Yakutsk with the steaming Valley of the Geysers in Kamchatka.

The tour is scheduled for August and starts at $7695 per person twin-share.

Cycle the wilds

True South: The delightful dining venue at The Rees.

True South: The delightful dining venue at The Rees.

The Rees Hotel Queenstown is offering two new cycling packages.

“Cycle The Rees” is an airport transfer initiative and a great way to start a holiday at The Rees, with an exciting and scenic outdoor activity.

Guests are collected from Queenstown airport and explore some of New Zealand’s spectacular scenery on a guided ride along the picturesque Frankton track to The Rees Hotel on one of their new hard-tail Merida mountain bikes or Avanti electric bikes.

When they arrive at the hotel, their bags will already be in-room and they will be offered a glass of bubbles or beer.

In the hotel’s “Bike the Wineries” package, guests hire a bike and are then transferred to Gibbston Valley to cycle between vineyards and back to the hotel.