Eventful Ways to Discover Noosa!


There’s always a reason to visit Noosa and over the next few months, Noosa will host a selection of events from arts and cultural events, jazz, sporting and more.

Noosa alive!  20-29 July. This unique festival offers ten days of great entertainment, food, culture and fun from July 20-29, 2018. The event features 80+ ticketed and free events, with 250 artists and the 2018 festival will feature three world, six Australian and five Queensland premieres. www.noosaalive.com.au

Noosa Strade Bianche. 11-12 August. Celebrate the golden age of cycling at Noosa Strade Bianche, Australia’s premier vintage cycling festival with 3 routes (33km, 82km and 135km) through hinterland villages, a vintage bicycle show and shine, and a swap meet. www.noosa-stradebianche.com.au

Noosa Classic. 26 August. This exciting new road cycling event for Noosa is the third Gran Fondo cycling event from the award-winning team behind the Bowral Classic and the Clare Classic. With three courses including a 45km social, the challenge classic at 120km and the maxi classic at 160km, that will take riders throughout the beautiful Noosa Hinterland. www.noosaclassic.com.au

Noosa Open Studios. 17-26 August.  This free art trail through Noosa’s coastal and hinterland communities provides the opportunity to discover the private studios of more than 60 emerging and established artists. From painters, ceramicists, mixed media artists, print-makers and ore. This is a great opportunity to learn about the artists’ processes and see their beautiful works. www.noosaopenstudios.com.au

Noosa Jazz Party. 30 August – 2 September. The Noosa Jazz Party brings together Australia’s leading jazz musicians for a feast of classic jazz performances throughout Noosa. www.noosajazzclub.com

Noosa International Rugby Seven’s. 12-14 October.  This unique weekend of rugby has grown to become Australia’s premier rugby sevens event outside of the IRB International World Series. With 100 teams coming from across Australia and from overseas, its Australia’s biggest seven’s event and will provide plenty of action on and off the field. www.noosainternationalsevens.com.au

Wild Women Adventure Race & Prologue. 13-14 October. Discover the beautiful Noosa hinterland in this  women-only fitness challenge where teamwork and brain power outshine speed and endurance. Teams of 2 women will navigate around a course on foot, mountain bike and canoe/kayak, using a map and compass as they look for hidden checkpoints (paddle craft supplied).  They have also added a prologue – come and try style event with a family-friendly focus- a two hour course involving trekking, mountain biking and navigation. www.triadventure.com.au

Noosa International Film Festival. 25-28 October. The Noosa International Film Festival screens new release Australian and international feature length films and high quality short films, and stages inspirational workshops and talks with leading industry experts – all set in the beautiful backdrop of Noosa. www.niff.com.au

Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival. 31 October – 4 November.  The Noosa Tri is a bucket list Tri event and Australia’s favourite finish line party. The largest Olympic distance triathlon in the world the event starts off with a swim from beautiful Noosa Main Beach, a ride that takes in the Noosa hinterland and a run that soaks up the riverside atmosphere. Of course the five days includes other great events and social activities. www.noosatr.com.au

Whatever your passion is, Noosa will provide the perfect backdrop for a great event that is the perfect excuse to visit Noosa!  To book your Noosa holiday head to www.visitnoosa.com.au

Busan, South Korea is Lonely Planet’s Best Place to Visit in Asia for 2018


Global travel authority Lonely Planet has today revealed its 2018 Best in Asia list – an agenda-setting collection of the continent’s 10 best destinations to visit in the year ahead.

For this third annual Best in Asia list, Lonely Planet’s in-house Asia experts have named “eclectic” and “vibrant” Busan, South Korea, as the number one destination; while the jewelled architecture and ancient cities of Uzbekistan are in second place; and in third comes Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, “a supercity that somehow keeps getting cooler”.

Asia is such a vast and diverse continent for anyone dreaming of an escape,” Lonely Planet‘s Asia-Pacific Media Spokesperson Chris Zeiher says. “Our experts have combed through thousands of recommendations to pick the best destinations to visit over the next 12 months.”

“From Nagasaki in Japan, to Arugam Bay in Sri Lanka,” Chris says, “this is a line-up to inspire a multitude of travellers – whether they’re based in Asia, or maybe they’ve already visited some of the region’s heavy-hitting destinations.”

Lonely Planet’s Best in Asia 2018 is available online, with accompanying articles to each destination, at lonelyplanet.com/best-in-asia.

  1. Busan, South Korea

“A stunning confluence of scenery, culture and cuisine…Busan packs an eclectic offering of activities to suit all travellers: hike hills to Buddhist temples, settle into sizzling hot springs and feast on seafood…at the country’s largest fish market. Poised to steal the spotlight, Busan is East Asia’s Culture City for 2018 and will be at its most vibrant with…colourful events showcasing the country’s cultural heritage, from street art festivals to traditional dance shows.”

  1. Uzbekistan

“Change is afoot in a country that has remained largely closed off to the wider world due to tight control following the end of the Soviet era. Uzbekistan has long held sway over travellers’ imaginations, with its dreamy mosaic-clad mosques and Silk Road lore…and in 2017 took huge strides in opening up to tourism, announcing visa-free and e-visa schemes, new air routes and extensions to its shiny high-speed rail line, making access to its arsenal of jewelled architecture and ancient cities easier than ever”.

  1. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

The southern supercity of Ho Chi Minh City somehow keeps getting cooler. Aging apartment blocks are being colonised by vintage clothes stores and independent coffee shops, innovative breweries are

fuelling one of the best craft beer scenes in Southeast Asia, and…eclectic venues are strengthening the local music scene. Add in long-standing attractions The War Remnants Museum and a pioneering street food scene…and this buzzing Asian megalopolis is in no danger of going out of style”.

  1. Western Ghats, India

“The Western Ghats offer…an atmospheric mirror to Shimla and Darjeeling, with added jungle appeal… coffee, tea and spice plantations, charmingly dated colonial outposts, thundering waterfalls, and a steam-powered mountain railway. These rugged hills are Unesco listed as one of the top spots for biodiversity in the world, protecting the neelakurinji flower, which blooms only once every 12 years and will be painting the hills in purple livery from August to October 2018”.

  1. Nagasaki, Japan

“For most, Nagasaki is synonymous with the tragic atomic bombing of August 1945…but remarkably, the city has converted the catastrophe into a call for peace, exemplified by the tranquil Nagasaki Peace Park and the Atomic Bomb Museum. However, Nagasaki‘s identity transcends one violent act…visit a new foreign-trade museum housed in Japan’s oldest church, or pass the verdant harbour towards the hiking routes that snake through the surrounding volcanic hills”.

  1. Chiang Mai, Thailand

“This former capital of the Lanna Kingdom feels plucked from the pages of history, where visitors browse stalls of antique jewellery…among archaic alleyways…yet despite this, a young, creative population has taken up residency in Chiang Mai bringing an exciting buzz…alongside majestic chedis (stupas) are cafés known for their latte art, mural-walled fusion cuisine restaurants and the newly-opened, award-winning MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum”.

  1. Lumbini, Nepal

“For decades, Lumbini was somewhere travellers flashed through en route from India to Nepal, unaware they had passed within yards of the birthplace of the historical Buddha. Today, Lumbini is on the ascendancy…a new international airport is under construction offering a safer route into Nepal, and ever-more aweing temples are springing up”. Despite these developments, “the town’s cardinal draw will remain its tranquillity”.

  1. Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka

“This surf town on Sri Lanka’s east coast…has managed to retain its cool as holidaymakers swarm the rest of the country’s ancient citadels and hiker-strewn hill stations. Barefooted boarders sprawl outside vegan cafes…but if the turquoise swells can’t tug you in, Arugam has grown its onland offering with…beachside bars and makeshift music festivals; plus a handy proximity to Kumana National Park, home to leopards, elephants and crocodiles.

  1. Sìchuān Province, China

Far-flung villages, towering skylines, giant pandas and fiery cuisine; Sìchuān Province is a microcosm of modern China…gain perspective surveying the Lè Shān Grand Buddha or climb Éméi Shān to absolve a lifetime’s sins…ride the first section of the Sìchuān-Tibet Railway to visit time-frozen Tibetan villages…or spot the mushrooming of luring brewpubs and boutique hotels in cosmopolitan Chéngdū.”

  1. Komodo National Park, Indonesia

“New flight connections have made Komodo National Park more accessible than ever. Aside from laying eyes on the illustrious Komodo dragon, visitors to this cerulean-silhouetted archipelago can hike to hallowed viewpoints on Padar, sample laid-back beachside living on Kanawa and dive with a mind-boggling array of marine life in the reefs. A nature enthusiast’s nirvana”.

Visitors to lonelyplanet.com/best-in-asia also have the opportunity to enter a competition for a chance to win either a trip for two to Busan, South Korea, or a camera drone package from DJI. Terms and conditions apply.

Singapore: The perfect summer family holiday destination

Summer is the best time to travel! Singapore has long been a popular holiday destination for family trips, with delicious food, unique cultural experiences, and fun, family-friendly attractions. With free admission to many of these attractions, Singapore is the ideal summer family holiday destination.

Splashing good time at free water parks

Head to Sentosa for a free attraction that’s perfect for parents and children to escape the summer heat. A water playground designed for children aged 3-10 years old, the Palawan Pirate Shipincludes gushing fountains, slippery slides and a swinging pirate-head that sends bucketloads of water downwards at regular intervals.

At Gardens by the Bay, Far East Organization Children’s Garden is another kids’ paradise. Divided into two main areas, the park includes an Adventure Trail, Water Splashing Zones, restaurants, slides, swings, tree houses and more for a fun day out that the whole family will love.

 Hang tough at Airzone

Located in the space between the second and sixth floors of City Square Mall, Airzone truly takes the playground experience to new heights. The world’s first elevated playground, Airzone contains themed games on each floor. Kids can take a dip in the floating ball pit, find their way out of an exciting maze, or catch a ride down the long slide that transports them from the sixth to the second floor.

Standing the test of time

Parents who travelled to Singapore when they were younger will be pleased to know that many of the city’s parks that were built in the 1970s and 80s are still going strong. Not only do they capture the collective memory of many Singaporeans, they also remain popular with the little ones thanks to their colourful and creative landscapes. Watermelon Park at Tampines Central Park uses bright tiles of red, white, yellow and green to recreate slices of watermelon, complete with holes in the walls that look like the seeds of a real watermelon.  The swings and slides are open to public at any time of the day with free admission. The National Gallery Singapore is currently hosting a free exhibition titled The More We Get Together: Singapore’s Playgrounds 1930 – 2030 where the family learn more about the history and future urban planning of Singapore.

Singapore’s first Children’s Centre for Creativity

Kids can explore their imagination at Singapore’s first Children’s Centre for Creativity. Hosting a variety of holiday camps, workshops, art fairs and talks, families can play, create and be inspired in unique workshops that explore the possibilities of pinhole cameras, water rockets, and painting, among others. The Children’s Centre for Creativity is run by Playeum, an independent registered charity that champions children through play and creativity, with the aim of serving all children and families.

Official Website:

https://www.nationalgallery.sg/festivals/childrens-festival-small-big-dreamers-2018

 

Silks Club Kaohsiung Introduces Luxe Life Package

Experience a taste of the luxury lifestyle this summer at Silks Club, an award-winning design hotel in the heart of Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The new Passion for Speed. Zest for Life. package for two-nights, provides the opportunity for up to twelve guests to stay at the luxurious Silks Club Kaohsiung and experience the ultimate opulence with friends and family.

The Passion for Speed. Zest for Life. package allows guests to feel the speed and exhilaration of being driven in a supercar of choice on a test drive at Penbay International Circuit. From supercars to superyachts, the package also includes a private boat trip on a Horizon AC80 catamaran superyacht, allowing guests to relax in the splendour of the boat and capture the best view of the beautiful sunset over the harbour in Kaohsiung.

The package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner for all guests, served at the hotel’s gastronomic Michelin-starred “Ukai-Tei Kaohsiung” teppanyaki and grill, the first overseas branch of the world-famous UKAI restaurant group.

Guests will be treated during the stay with an exquisite sake experience from premium brewery Dassai, including the renowned Dassai Beyond, served with fresh oysters and light refreshments.

The Passion for Speed. Zest for Life. package starts from NT$1,288,888 / HKD 334,150 / SGD 58,058 for twelve people including:

×     Two night’s Premium King/Twin accommodation for up to twelve guests

×     Supercar pick-up service between the hotel and Penbazy International Circuit

×     Penbay supercar and racing car passenger test drive, including hot lap and drifting.

×     Argo Yacht Club offers an AC80 2.5 hr tour, with pick up service between the hotel and marina.

×     A premium Dassai treat, including Dassai Beyond, oysters and light refreshments

×     Set meals at the 3rd floor UKAI Grill

×     Luxury bar in Executive Suites with personal bartender service

×     A private art tour of the hotel

×     Local Kaohsiung snacks delivered direct to your room

Silks Club Kaohsiung is based on the concept of paradise on earth, creating a private and luxurious experience for guests. Located in Asia’s New Bay area, in the center of the city’s cultural and entertainment venues the hotel is 10 minutes away from Kaohsiung International Airport.

For further information on the Passion for Speed. Zest for Life. package and reservations, please visit http://www.silks-club.com/.

 

 

SALA Hospitality Launches ‘SALA Journeys’ Guide Series to Rattanakosin, Ayutthaya, and Wat Ket

Designed with the independent traveller in mind, SALA Hospitality launches SALA Journeys – neighourhood guides to age old traditions, authentic dining establishments and lesser-known sights, offering a window to the true heart of the destination.

SALA Journeys invite guests to explore the locale of three sala boutique destinations – Wat Ket in Chiang Mai, Rattanakosin in Bangkok, and Ayutthaya – in a “12 hours in …” experiential series compiled by the SALA team.

“The sala boutique experience is reflected in SALA Journeys which showcase the destination through personal recommendations,” said Volkert Geertsen, Cluster General Manager of sala boutique.

All three guides have been tried and tested by team members of the respective properties, many of whom are local to the area.

Starting in the current capital city, 12 hours in Rattanakosin explores Bangkok’s old town, inviting guests on a self-guided walking tour starting from sala rattanakosin Bangkok. The itinerary includes some of the classics – such as Wat Po, Wat Arun, and the legend behind their respective giants – as well as some local secrets including an unassuming roadside cart which has been selling soy milk pudding and grass jelly desserts for over 50 years.

SALA Journeys continues upstream and back in time to an ancient capital. In addition to highlighting the must-sees of the historic town’s 500-plus temples, the 12 hours in Ayutthaya guide starts at sala ayutthaya and includes a stop at the quirky Million Toys Museum, as well as providing helpful suggestions on Ayutthaya’s culinary symbols – roti saimai, boat noodles, and giant river prawns.

Further north still, 12 hours in Wat Ket unearths cultural and culinary treasures in sala lanna Chiang Mai’s riverside neighbourhood. From dinosaur-shaped dough sticks and herb-packed sai oua northern sausages to a famed young coconut pie and khao soi chicken noodle curry, travellers are in for a delicious adventure. Guests will also learn about the love story that built a bridge, as well as have the opportunity to delve into the local arts scene.

“We are excited to let our guests experience the destination as we do – SALA Journeys are designed by our team for guests to see, hear, smell, and taste the best of the destination,” said Nicolas Reschke, Group Director of Business Development, SALA Hospitality Group.

Plans are underway to expand the SALA Journeys series to include interviews of local personalities, detailed reviews of local shops, and curated lists of recommended activities for different travellers.

The launch of SALA Journeys follows the hospitality group’s efforts to bring guests closer to the destination, allowing them to discover the cultural and culinary nuances that surround them. Last year, signature bicycle tours were launched at sala rattanakosin Bangkok, sala ayutthaya, and sala lanna Chiang Mai. In addition, a “Taste of Place” culinary programme across SALA properties celebrates the unique flavours and cultural heritage accompanying the dishes.

To stay updated with SALA news, as well as to download the SALA Journeys, visit www.salahospitality.com/en/blog-sala.

CityPASS Launches San Francisco C3 Tickets

The Best Way for Shorter-stay Visitors to Both Experience and Save on Top Attractions

Shorter-stay and weekend travelers can now experience the benefits of the original San Francisco CityPASS® program—deeply discounted prepaid admission to premier visitor sights—with San Francisco C3 tickets, customizable mobile tickets that allow entry to three top attractions.

Designed by the company that specializes in packaging discounted admission to the most iconic attractions in 13 North American destinations, San Francisco C3 tickets allow users to select any three attractions from a curated list of eight options:

  • California Academy of Sciences
  • Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise Adventure
  • Aquarium of the Bay
  • Exploratorium
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art — SFMOMA
  • Bay City Bike & Parkwide Bike Rentals
  • de Young Museum + Legion of Honor
  • The Walt Disney Family Museum

Unlike the original San Francisco CityPASS ticket booklet—which is available for those enjoying a longer stay in the City by the Bay—San Francisco C3 tickets aren’t booklets at all. Available for purchase only through citypass.com, they are mobile tickets delivered directly to the purchaser’s email. The email can be saved to a smartphone and easily scanned at each attraction. Designed to be flexible, the tickets do not require the buyer to pre-select the attractions that will be visited; travelers are free to choose as they go.

San Francisco C3 tickets cost $69 for adults and $54 for children, age 4-11. Visitors using the tickets save up to 32 percent off the cost of purchasing individual admission tickets. Each ticket is valid for nine consecutive days, starting with the first day of use.

About CityPASS: For more than 20 years, CityPASS tickets have been premier products for travelers who want to visit a destination’s top attractions while enjoying significant savings. CityPASS tickets, which have a 97 percent customer recommendation rating, are currently available in 13 North American destinations: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Southern California, Tampa Bay and Toronto. For more information, visit CityPASS.com.

Nature Lovers Paradise in Mandurah and the Peel Region

For the first time ever in Australia, a wild dolphin has been caught live on camera giving birth. This amazing and inspiring footage was captured in April 2018 in Mandurah, Western Australia and is further proof that Mandurah and the Peel Region has some of the heathiest and most vibrant wetlands in the world.

Just one hour south of Western Australia’s capital city, Perth, nature loving visitors to Mandurah and the Peel Region can find an abundance of things to do to indulge their wildlife and ecological passions.

The Peel-Yalgorup Wetland System was declared of International Importance in 1990 by the Ramsar Convention. It covers over 26,000 hectares and includes Peel Inlet, Harvey Estuary and multiple lakes, rivers and conservation reserves.

A vast array of animals and birds inhabit the wetlands which includes the Peel Inlet, Harvey Estuary and surrounding rivers and lakes. It’s a breeding ground and nursery for dolphins, crabs, fish, native animals and birds, including a colony of quendas (bandicoots). Over 20,000 birds travel up to 26,000 km a year to feed and shelter in the wetlands from spring until autumn.

The estuary, twice the size of Sydney Harbour, is the largest and most diverse estuarine complex and the most important area for migratory and resident waterbirds in south west Australia. It supports unique and critically endangered communities, including the thrombolites at Lake Clifton. Scientists believe thrombolites are the earliest form of life on earth, dating back about 3,500 million years. They are mostly extinct and living examples can only be found growing in just a handful of places in the world.

The wetlands have special significance for the Noongar people, the original Aboriginal inhabitants of the region, as they are important sources of food, used for ceremonial purposes and are part of the dreaming and their natural beliefs.

With new tourism experiences complementing its superb natural assets, significant redevelopment and recently being recognised as Western Australia’s 2017 Top Tourism Town, Mandurah has come of age, offering award-winning waterfront dining, aquatic adventures, world-class golf courses and plenty of places to shop.

It is also the perfect base to take day trips to explore the wider Peel Region. In an easy half hour drive you’ll find beautiful wineries, winding waterways, rolling green hills and tiny timber towns nestled in the forest.

There are hiking, horse riding and mountain bike trails throughout the region and a number of options to explore the waterways including guided cruises and boat and kayak hire.

With extensive wilderness and waterways to enjoy, native animals can easily be spotted as you explore by water or land.

More often than not you’ll see dolphins in Mandjar Bay, right in the heart of Mandurah.

Kangaroos graze every afternoon at Melros Beach Reserve in Dawesville and emus are often spotted walking along the shores of Lake Clifton.

To get even closer to Australian wildlife including kangaroos, koalas, even holding and feeding them, visit the Peel Zoo in Pinjarra and Cohunu Koala Park in Byford. Peel Zoo also has Tasmanian devils.

Bring your binoculars and grab the ‘Birdwatching Walking Trail Guide’ at the Mandurah Visitor Centre or download from visitpeel.com.au and start exploring by land, boat or canoe.

Travel Facts

Getting there

Mandurah is less than an hour south of Perth. When driving, travel the Kwinana freeway south, easily accessible from many points in Perth, and exit at Mandjoogoordap Drive. Trains and buses operate between the two cities and depart from the Perth city centre. www.transperth.wa.gov.au

Staying there

Mandurah and the Peel Region has a range of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. There is a choice of resort hotels, caravan and camping facilities, charming bed and breakfast accommodation, self-contained apartments, forest cabins and even houseboats for hire.

Getting around

Buses operate around Mandurah, but if you want to explore the Peel Region extensively you can hire a car or join a tour. Taxis and Uber drivers are also available in Mandurah.

When to go

The Peel Region can be visited any time of the year. Being on the coast, it’s spectacular in spring and in summer. But during winter, the scenery is amazing. You can find something to do all year around.

Further Information on Mandurah and the Peel Region visit www.visitpeel.com.au

Idaho

Idaho is extremely vast, running from Canada to Nevada; the state encompasses the western side of the continental divide of the Rocky Mountains. With rivers, mountains and farmland dominating the state’s landscape, it’s been said if you flatten all the mountains in Idaho, the state would be the size of Texas. The state of Idaho has an abundance of adventure activities to take part in, from white-water rafting to horseback riding; there is an activity for visitors of all ages and all skill levels.

Here are our top 5 Idaho adventure picks:

1.       Horseback Riding – Visitors can relive the old West in Idaho where they can choose from a number of ranches spread across the state. Ranching activities include cattle drives, wagon rides, riding lessons, trail riding, roping, penning, and branding. Not all horse riding activities take place at ranches; horseback riders can enjoy the many trails and camping opportunities in wilderness areas where there are trails specifically designed for horseback riding. Every region of the state offers a state park with something special for horse riding enthusiasts. These include Harriman State Park where there is an outfitter in the park for public rides.

2.       White-Water Rafting – Something for the thrill seekers! The first commercial river rafting trips in the United States were launched in Idaho. With more recreational river miles than any other state, Idaho has plenty of places to go river rafting. Idaho Outfitters offer rafting trips of all kinds for visitors of all ages and abilities. The outfitters offer assistance from start to finish, including rowing the rafts or leading guests in paddling their own, providing tents and waterproof gear bags, cooking meals and leading games on the beach and around the campfire. Rivers that visitors can raft on include: Snake River, Salmon River and Payette River.

3.       Biking – Visitors travel from all over the world to enjoy both mountain and road biking in the most pristine and tranquil locations that Idaho has to offer. Idaho has more than 12,000 miles of single track and even more 4 wheel drive dirt roads. Road bikers can take part in the Trail of the Coeur D’Alene’s, this is a 72 mile paved pathway, extending from Plummer to Mullan. A fun way to enjoy mountain biking is to take advantage of the Idaho City Area Trails and Yurt System. Here you can mountain bike by day and spend the night in a backcountry yurt by night.

4.       Hiking – When it comes to hiking in Idaho there are a number of different options to choose from. These include hiking in State Parks, National Forests and Wilderness Areas. There are trails for everyone, from short hikes for the whole family to once-in-a-lifetime hiking and overnight backpacking experiences. Idaho offers some of the most unspoilt wilderness areas in the lower 48 states, here visitors can follow a trail through river canyons, hike to crystal alpine lakes or jagged peaks, or find solitude on thousands of miles of hiking trails.  Popular wilderness areas for hiking include Sawtooth National Recreation Area and the Frank Church Wilderness area.

5.       ATV riding- Idaho has miles of trails and old logging roads perfect for ATV enthusiasts. One of the places that visitors can visit is beautiful Bear Lake; there is a network of 350 miles of groomed trails and extensive additional mileage in marked, ungroomed trails. The Pocatello area is another location to enjoy ATV fun. This area consists of 52 miles of single track routes across 3000 acres of property in the foothills.

http://www.visitidaho.org

Pet-Friendly Tourism Campaign Welcomes Four-Legged Friends

When you travel, does your pet go too?

If your four-legged friend is part of your travel plans, you are not alone.

The Pet-Friendly Cradle Coast campaign, running from May through to mid-July, welcomes visitors with pets by highlighting travel, accommodation and experience options that are pet friendly.

“The family pet is increasingly treated more like a member of the family, and regularly included in holiday plans,” said Theresa Lord, Cradle Coast Authority’s Tourism Manager.

“Through our research, we discovered a significant number of our target audience who love the Cradle Coast region considers their pet when traveling, so we created the Pet-Friendly Cradle Coast campaign in response.”

The target audience identified are those who have the greatest affinity with the tourism experiences the Cradle Coast Region has on offer, and the greatest likelihood of becoming fans and advocates for the region.

“The youngest of our target audience, travels with her partner, a friend and/or her dog, so our latest mini marketing campaign is aimed at her,” Ms Lord said.

Kathy Horner, from the Pet Industry Association of Australia, agrees this is an area of growth in the travel sector.

“The demand for pet friendly accommodation is definitely on the rise,” Ms Horner said.

“Websites such as Trivago and Wotif offer searches for pet friendly accommodation, while dedicated websites such as Holidaying with Dogs, offer listing and search facilities for people wanting to take their pets on holidays with them.”

For the Pet-Friendly Cradle Coast campaign, the Cradle Coast Authority has partnered with The Spirit of Tasmania, which is a popular choice for people traveling with pets.

“By taking the ferry, the journey to our region is made easier for visitors who wish to bring their car and pet. Spirit has also generously donated a travel voucher as a prize, which we will share more details of in the coming weeks of the campaign,” Ms Lord said.

“Tasmania’s natural assets are also front of mind, and we are taking the opportunity to highlight the areas visitors can and can’t take their pets, so they can experience all that we have to offer, while respecting the region, and its native flora and fauna.”

LAST MINUTE SAILING TRIPS BY INTREPID TRAVEL

SAVE UP TO 40% OFF LAST MINUTE SAILING TRIPS BY INTREPID TRAVEL

Intrepid Travel is offering up to 40 per cent off select sailing trips to the Galapagos Islands if travellers book before 15 June 2018, and up to 30 per cent off Zanzibar sailing trips booked before 31 July 2018.

Famed for its wildlife, the seven day Galapagos Northern Islands adventure was $4,209 and is now $2,589 per adult in a twin share room for the 14 and 28 June 2018 departures. There are also discounts on itineraries departing from July to September. Travellers will learn about the island’s history at the San Cristobal Interpretation Centre, wander through the Opuntia Forest and visit seabird rookeries on Genovesa. They’ll also snorkel amongst turtles and diamond stingrays off Darwin Beach, inspect the unique flora of Bahia Sullivan and stroll along Isla Rabida’s rust-coloured sands.

The ten day Ultimate Galapagos Central Islands departing on 12 June 2018 was $6,689 and is now $4,077 per adult in a lower deck twin bunk room. This trip combines off-the-beaten track gems with iconic sights like the Pinnacle Rock. Travellers will enjoy minimal contact with other travellers as they traverse the remote west coast of Isabela on a small Panga boat, and venture to the far-west Fernandino, home of the highest density of marine iguanas.

For those with less time, the 19 June departure Galapagos at a Glance Southern Islands was $3,479 and is now $2,151 per adult in a lower deck twin bunk room. Travellers will spy pink flamingos wading through the lagoons of Punta Cormorant, snorkel through the underwater wonderland of Devil’s Crown and watch albatross take off along Punta Suarez.

Three June departures of the seven day Zanzibar Spice Islands Sailing Adventure were $2,265 and are now $1,586 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. Late June and July departures are also on sale starting from $1,649.

Intrepid sailing trips include all meals onboard, tea, coffee, water, beach towels and snorkelling equipment. As part of Intrepid’s commitment to responsible travel practices, all trips are carbon offset and staff live and work in local areas, meaning they benefit from each trip.

For more information visit www.intrepidtravel.com.au