Five highlights in your travel week | 12 May

Enjoy sunrise above Melbourne with QT and Global Ballooning.

Enjoy sunrise above Melbourne with QT and Global Ballooning.

QT Melbourne is taking to the skies with a hot-air-balloon package in collaboration with Global Ballooning Australia.

Guests can experience Melbourne before sunrise with an overnight stay at QT Melbourne, followed by a hot-air-balloon flight.

To complete this unique experience, guests will indulge in a decadent champagne breakfast in the hotel’s signature restaurant, Pascale Bar and Grill, compliments of Perrier-Jouët.

The ‘Sunrise above Melbourne’ package is priced from $870 per couple per night based on a two-night minimum stay.

A great hit for film buffs … a special six-night cruise on Sun Princess.

A great hit for film buffs … a special six-night cruise on Sun Princess.

Some of the top hits of the Sydney Film Festival will be featured this coming November on a special six-night round-trip cruise from Sydney to Tasmania aboard Sun Princess.

The selection of films will be curated by Sydney Film Festival Director Nashen Moodley and hosted by film critic Richard Kuipers.

Highlights will include Cannes-winning films Captain Fantastic and Mustang, the off-beat romantic comedy Maggie’s Plan, starring Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore and Greta Gerwig, and Elvis and Nixon, starring Kevin Spacey and Michael Shannon.

Fares for the Travelling Film Festival cruise start at $899 per person twin-share, with the cruise including calls at Burnie and historic Port Arthur, plus an overnight stay in Hobart.

Metro Advance Apartments & Hotel in Darwin … mid-city location close to popular night spots.

Metro Advance Apartments & Hotel in Darwin … mid-city location close to popular night spots.

Metro Hotels has acquired a block of serviced apartments in the heart of Darwin city and has rebadged them as Metro Advance Apartments & Hotel in Darwin.

The property is within walking distance of Darwin Mall and popular night spots, and comprises 71 serviced studios, one-bedroom apartments and two-bedroom apartments.

All feature separate living and dining areas, fully equipped kitchens, private laundry facilities and balconies. All apartments provide air conditioning, ceiling fans, TV and complimentary high-speed wi-fi.

The block offers secure undercover parking, on-site meeting/conference facilities, a key-card security system to all areas, plus an alfresco barbeque area and swimming pool.

 Passions III … offering tours to Cairns reef sites.

Passions III … offering tours to Cairns reef sites.

Passions of Paradise is offering tours to Cairns reef sites on Passion III, one of Australia’s fastest sailing catamarans.

The 25-metre vessel cruises at up to 19 knots and comes with two deck areas with sun lounging spaces and a luxe modern interior where a marine naturalist discusses the underwater wildlife.

Day trips start from $100 for kids and $159 for adults and depart from the Marlin Marina Reef Fleet Terminal at 8am.

Tasmanian Expeditions has launched a six-month training guide for travellers planning to undertake a walk in the state’s wilderness.

Tasmanian Expeditions has launched a six-month training guide for travellers planning to undertake a walk in the state’s wilderness.

“The best way to discover Tasmania is by foot so the more time you put into trek training in the months leading up to your trip, the more you will enjoy your experience,” said Oscar Bedford, who guides hundreds of travellers around the wilderness each year.

“Trek training is more than just walking. It’s preparing the body for the increased intensity of undulation, terrain, pack weight, kilometres walked and overall endurance.

“Our six-month trek-training guide has been developed with a moderately graded trek in mind, such as the Overland Track or the Walls of Jerusalem Circuit.”