Five highlights in your travel week | 19 May

Brisbane’s Mantra Midtown … offering special Royal Ballet packages.

Brisbane’s Mantra Midtown … offering special Royal Ballet packages.

Britain’s leading ballet company, The Royal Ballet, will perform exclusively at Bribane’s Queensland Performing Arts Centre later this year, performing the Australian premieres of two works — The Winter’s Tale from 29 June-2 July, and Woolf Works from 5-9 July.

Mantra Midtown is offering a special package for the occasion. Stay from $539 per night in a one-bedroom executive apartment and receive two A-Reserve tickets to one of the performances, two ballet-inspired cocktails on arrival, car parking and a mid-day check-out.

Phone 07 3211 1116 or visit www.mantramidtown.com.au 

Many Australians take a rental vehicle well off the beaten track … but are they getting the best rate?

Many Australians take a rental vehicle well off the beaten track … but are they getting the best rate?

Most Australians have booked car rental at some time, but how many have received the best price per day?

One of Australia’s largest motoring-holidays operators, DriveAway, has some good advice for those contemplating self-drive holidays.

The company’s marketing manager, Ashleigh Robinson, reckons that experienced travellers always make vehicle bookings well in advance and pay in full before starting their journey to avoid changes on prices, insurances and other aspects of vehicle rental.

She says that the DriveAway customers who get the best deals book between 28 and 45 days in advance, but at least three weeks before collection.

“Best booking times vary somewhat in our east coast cities,” she said. “We recommend 47 days ahead in Melbourne, 26 in Sydney, 34 in Brisbane, 48 in Cairns and, for Adelaide, 41 days.”

Visit www.driveaway.com.au 

Kakadu’s Flash Camp will return for a second season at the Cooinda Ground from 23 June to September 21.

Set in beautifully shady grounds, Flash Camp offers bell-tent accommodation in the heart of Kakadu National Park, and is 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.

Guests will also have access to the recently renovated communal toilet and shower facilities, barbeques, as well as a restaurant, bar and pools at the adjoining Cooinda Lodge.

Rates start at $140 per night.

Phone (08) 8979 1500 or visit www.kakadutourism.com

Kangaroo Island’s 61-kilometre Wilderness Trail … rugged, coastal beauty.

Kangaroo Island’s 61-kilometre Wilderness Trail … rugged, coastal beauty.

Kangaroo Island Odysseys has launched two- and three-night Wilderness Trail packages along the new 61-kilometre walking trail along one of the most rugged, remote and spectacular coastlines in Australia.

The fully inclusive packages are tailored for small groups of up to 11 guests and feature guided walks along selected sections of the trail. Each day guests are transferred to and from their accommodation at Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat to the walking trail in luxury 4x4 vehicles.

Highlights include visiting Seal Bay and seeing the Australian sea lion colony in their own beach environment, taking in the popular sites of historic Weirs Cove, Cape du Couedic Lighthouse, Admirals Arch and Remarkable Rocks, and seeing the rugged wilderness of the island’s south coast.

The two-day trek is priced from $1180 per person twin-share and the three-day package from $1786 per person twin-share.

Phone 08 8553 0386 or visit www.kangarooislandodysseys.com.au 

 Marty’s at Little Beach … has a heated swimming pool and an undercover poolside barbecue.

Marty’s at Little Beach … has a heated swimming pool and an undercover poolside barbecue.

Marty’s at Little Beach, in Port Stephens, has released winter whale-watching deals that are available until August 31 and priced at $206 per couple per night midweek (Sunday-Thursday) and $216 on weekends (Friday-Saturday).

The price includes accommodation, the choice of a leisurely whale-watching cruise aboard the catamaran Imagine or a quicker 90-minute trip aboard the fast-cat Envision, plus the choice of a hot drink on board, or binoculars, a beanie or a scarf to use during the cruise.

Port Stephens is regarded as one of the best places to in Australia to see the frolicking whales close to shore.

Nestled between sheltered Shoal Bay Beach and Little Beach, Marty’s at Little Beach offers studios and self-contained apartments with balconies, a heated swimming pool, free wi-fi and Foxtel, and an undercover poolside barbecue.

Phone 02 4984 9100 or visit www.martys.net.au