Swim with the whales, get revved up at the GC600, enjoy some zen at a Mother/Daughter yoga retreat, tee off in a bygone golf era, create some family fun in Wollongong and try your luck at the track at Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival. Peppers, Mantra and BreakFree hotels, retreats and resorts are offering great deals to get you out and about with a spring in your step…
FRASER COAST: Have a whale of a time underwater
Hervey Bay's renowned whale encounters are about to get even more 'up close and personal', with the launch of one of the world's first immersive humpback experiences this winter. Select charter operators will host immersive whale tours on a trial basis this whale-watching season, allowing visitors to take the plunge into the humpbacks' domain and share life-changing connections with the gentle giants of the deep. Stay for a minimum of two nights at Mantra Hervey Bay over whale-watching season in a Hotel Room from $144* per night and receive 10% off whale-watching tours, as well as a bottle of wine on arrival and a Hervey Bay souvenir pack including a hat, stubbie holder, postcard, and a 10% discount voucher for food only at Bistro Aubergine. Call 1300 987 604 or visit www.mantra.com.au/herveybay
BRISBANE: High Tea with Jane Austen Book Club Author, Karen Joy Fowler - Brisbane Writer’s Festival
Mantra South Bank has partnered with the Brisbane Writers Festival to host a High Tea on 7 September with Karen Joy Fowler, the New York Times best-selling author of the Jane Austin Book Club. Enjoy delicious treats from 1-4pm at the hotel’s onsite Stone Restaurant and Bar, priced from $50* per person as the author shares her insights on the top selling novel. To book call 07 3305 2513 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.stonerestaurant.com.au for further information.
GOLD COAST: Get revved for a revamped GC600
With Castrol EDGE as the new naming rights sponsor for Queensland’s largest sporting and entertainment event, the Gold Coast 600 from 24-26 October 2014, race fans will enjoy a freshly revived trackside precinct taking the event to new entertainment highs! Enhance the adrenaline-fuelled fun with accommodation in Surfers Paradise in the heart of all the action at Mantra Sun City staying in a Track View Two Bedroom Apartment from $3463* for a minimum four-night stay including breakfast for up to four guests. Subject to availability. Call 07 5584 6000 or visit www.mantrasuncity.com.au .
NORTH AND TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND: Escape winter and Fly North
Enjoy an endless summer at coastal havens in picturesque North Queensland where Peppers and Mantra resorts are located in Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Cairns, Magnetic Island and Airlie Beach. Fly north for the winter with prices starting from $143* per night in a Hotel City View Room for a minimum of three nights at Mantra Esplanade in Cairns; and from $152* per night in a Hotel Room for a minimum of two nights at Magnetic Island’s Peppers Blue on Blue, Magnetic Island. Check out the other great deals across the Tropical North at www.mantra.com.au and www.peppers.com.au. Valid for sale and travel to 31 October.
NEW SOUTH WALES
KINGSCLIFF: Mother & Daughter Yoga Retreat
Salute the sun at Peppers Salt Resort and Spa in Kingscliff at the Mother & Daughter Yoga Retreat weekend from 24-26 October. The all-inclusive escape includes two nights accommodation, full buffet breakfast daily, five yoga classes, a yoga mat, a 50 minute spa treatment at The Spa at Salt, wholesome meals including dinner on Friday as well as lunch and dinner on Saturday prepared by the Peppers onsite restaurant Season, full use of resort leisure facilities and unlimited in-room movies. Priced from $599* per person twin share. For bookings phone 02 6674 7777 or email salt@ peppers.com.au. Visit www.peppers.com.au/salt for further details. *Conditions apply, subject to availability.
BYRON BAY: It’s Surf Festival and Latin Fiesta time!
From 1 September Jetstar will offer direct flights Melbourne to Ballina, less than 30 minutes’ drive from Byron Bay and BreakFree Eco Beach is celebrating with a Stay Longer & Save special offer of 15% discount. Stay in the heart of Byron Bay in a Studio from $194* per night or a One Bedroom Apartment from $176* per night and head to town for the Byron Surf Festival from 24-26 October, or the Latin Fiesta from 31 October to 2 November. Call 1300 987 611or visit www.breakfree.com.au/eco-beach
WOLLONGONG: Family fun at Jambaroo
Mantra Wollongong have teamed up with Jambaroo Action Park for some family fun this summe. Stay in a spacious Two Bedroom Superior Apartment and enjoy four tickets to Jamberoo Action Park, the best fun in the Illawarra, plus a complimentary late checkout to 11am. The package is priced from $375* per night Sunday to Thursday, and from $435* per night Friday and Saturday. Valid for sale until 27 April 2015 and for travel from 7 September to 27April, 2015. Call 02 4222 4000 or visit www.mantrawollongong.com.au
SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS: Step back in time for a tee off
Follow in the footsteps of the first players 100 years ago at the annual Hickory Cup Heritage Golf Tournament on 14 September in Bowral. Enjoy 9 holes of vintage golf on the challenging yet enjoyable century-old Craigieburn Golf Course, which is located on the grand country estate of Peppers Craigieburn and still features the original course layout and style. Cost is $15 per person and Hickory Club hire is $10 per set, with tee off at noon. Enjoy a two-course dinner afterwards from $60* per person and accommodation rates start from $174 per night. For bookings call 02 4862 8000 or email email@example.com. For further information visit www.peppers.com.au/craigieburn/special-events
GREAT OCEAN ROAD: Warm up to a winter escape by the seaside
Winter means getting cosy and what better place to escape to with your partner or the whole family than to beautiful Lorne, close to some of the most scenic spots in the country along the Great Ocean Road. Packages at Mantra Lorne begin from $149* per night in a Heritage Hotel Room, including a glass of wine and snack share plate, gourmet buffet breakfast and late checkout of 2pm. Or the Winter Family Package is from $190* per night in a One Bedroom Apartment for three guests staying a minimum of two nights. Larger families can stay from $290* per night for a minimum of two nights in a Two Bedroom Dual Key Apartment including free kids meals, gourmet breakfast, pizza dinner and drinks on one night, kids’ activities and kids’ activities pack, and late checkout of 2pm. Valid for sale and travel until 31 October. Call 03 5228 9777 or visit www.mantra.com.au/lorne
MELBOURNE: Grab your best hat and get racing
Enjoy a Spring Racing Carnival getaway with Mantra on Jolimont’s ‘Joli Good Deal’ from $229* per night in a One Bedroom Apartment including a complimentary bottle of wine, late check-out and breakfast for two in Boundary Restaurant. Located in the heart of Melbourne Park sporting and entertainment precinct, Mantra on Jolimont is a short stroll into Federation Square and close to public transport options to access Spring Racing Carnival venues. Request a high floor to make the most of fantastic views overlooking the city, Treasury Gardens or across the MCG and Rod Laver Arena. Call 131 517 or visit www.mantra.com.au. Valid from 24 – 26 October and 31 October to 4 November.