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A gourmet event with renowned Chef, Tony Bilson in the Southern Highlands; Fathers Day offerings in the Hunter Valley; South Australian wines on show in the heart of Brisbane; a festival of arts in coastal Lorne and footy fever in Adelaide plus much more.  A host of events taking place across Australia with Peppers, Mantra and BreakFree hotels and resorts in the heart of the action.


SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS: An evening with Tony Bilson

He’s often called the godfather of modern Australian cuisine and now you can savour the delectable flavours of his culinary creations at Peppers Manor House for an evening with Tony Bilson on 13 September. Credited with changing Australia's food culture, Tony Bilson will display his talent at the retreat’s Katers Restaurant alongside Katers Chef Daniel James, who works with the local provedores and farmers to bring paddock to plate. A longtime fan of Bilson’s cuisine, Chef Daniel James is looking forward to collaborating with him on an indulgent menu of six dishes celebrating the best local produce from the Southern Highlands, all matched with fine wines from premier vineyard Tertini Wines. Stay in a Highland Studio for 2 nights including breakfast, cheese and wine tasting at Tertini, late checkout and enjoy the amazing evening with Tony Bilson for two, all from $949* per couple for the weekend. A dinner-only option is also available for $180* per person. Call 02 4860 3111 or visit www.peppers.com.au/manor-house

KINGSCLIFF:  ‘Tis the season for wining and dining

The renowned Season restaurant located onsite at Peppers Salt Resort & Spa is the destination for food lovers this winter searching for a dream degustation dinner. Hosted by winemaker Stuart Hordern from Brokenwood Wines in the Hunter Valley, the wine dinner on 1 August will feature a four-course degustation dinner showcasing the region's freshest local produce, all matched perfectly with wines and followed by coffee or tea served with petit fours to complete the evening. Seats are limited to this exclusive event and bookings are essential. Tickets are $89* per adult. Make a night of it and stay over at this luxurious beachside resort nestled in the coastal haven of Salt Village in Kingscliff, from $161 in a Hotel Room or from $231 in a 1 bedroom spa suite.  For bookings phone 02 6674 7777 or email salt@peppers.com.au.  Further information www.peppers.com.au/salt BYRON BAY: Food festival and the write stuff Let your creative talents break free from 1-3 August during the Byron Bay Writers Festival, or have your fill at The Sample Food Festival at Bangalow on 13 September, all the while knowing you can relax back in the coastal haven of Byron Bay at BreakFree Eco Beach. Stay from $114* per night in a Studio or 1 Bedroom from $134* per night which is a saving of 24% off the daily rate. Call 1300 987 611 or visit www.breakfree.com.au/eco-beach . For event details visit www.byronbaywritersfestival.com.au and www.samplensw.com .

COFFS COAST: Rally the troops for new Coffs championship race

Join the spectators flocking to the Coffs Coast from 11-14 September as the coastal holiday town plays host to the Australasian leg of the 2014 World Rally Championship for the second year in a row. Coffs Coast has been chosen for the Coates Hire Australian Rally Championships, the Australian Off-Road Championships plus the Australian leg (Round 10) of the 2013 FIA World Rally Championships. The three events will all culminate in three days of high speed motor action attracting rally drivers from 13 nations. Don’t miss a minute with a conveniently close stay at BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort at Coffs Harbour from $171* per night in a Hotel Room. To book visit http://www.breakfree.com.au/aanuka-beach/

HUNTER VALLEY: Dad deserves a banquet and a beer

Spoil Dad this Father’s Day with a Banquet Lunch and family fun day on 7 September at the charming Peppers Guest House, surrounded by beautiful gardens and vineyards. From $50 per adult, $20 per child or $120 for two adults and two children, enjoy three hours of a full roast banquet lunch including dessert, local beer on tap, local wine as well as soft drink and juice, along with music, golf chipping games, wine tasting from Hunter Valley wineries, discounted helicopter joy flights if the weather permits, and car and motorcycle club displays. Call 02 4993 8999 or email guesthouse@peppers.com.au. Visit www.peppers.com.au/guest-house for further details.

SYDNEY: Stay longer in Sydney and save

A host of shows and events are on the calendar in Sydney with The Lion King and Strictly Ballroom in town until August; with the King & I and WICKED The Musical starting in September.  Art lovers will also enjoy the annual Archibald Prize portrait exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW from 19 July. Mantra on Kent overlooking iconic Darling Harbour has a two night bed and breakfast offer for two people in a Studio Room from $263* per night (minimum of two nights). Valid for sale to 31 August and travel to 27 September. Call 13 14 15 or visit www.mantra.com.au


SUNSHINE COAST: Sun, surf and soul returns to Caloundra

In its 8th year of successfully entertaining the masses, the Annual Caloundra Music Festival will be held over the Labour Day Long Weekend from 3-6 October, promising Australian and international headline artists as well as local upcoming talent. With big names such as Tina Arena, Leo Sayer, Russell Morris and Joe Camilleri, crowds of thousands are expected which means it’s time to play it smart and book accommodation.  BreakFree Grand Pacific has modern and stylish 1,2 and 3 bedroom apartments which are fully self-contained with all the mod cons you’ll need, starting from $196* per night . The resort is ideal for families, close to shops, restaurants, cafes and bars overlooking Pumicestone Passage, and just a 10-minute stroll to the festival - or catch the free shuttle bus a block away. Call 07 5436 4444 or email grandpacific.res@breakfree.com.au . BRISBANE: Wine dinner with McLaren Vale favourite Stone Restaurant and Bar at Mantra South Bank will welcome Wirra Wirra Vineyards winemaker Paul Smith to take guests on a gastronomic journey with their array of award-winning McLaren Vale wines to be matched with a delicious four-course dinner. The event starts at 6.30pm with canapés on arrival, followed by entrée and main course with a delicious cheese platter for dessert, for $110* per person. Linger longer and treat yourself to a weekend in South Bank and explore the cultural precinct with accommodation rates starting from $229 in a Studio Apartment.  To book call 07 3305 2513 or email southbank.functions@mantra.com.au.  Visit www.stonerestaurant.com.au for further information.


GREAT OCEAN ROAD: Weekend escape to Performing Arts Festival

Visit Mantra Lorne in August for our special weekend escape deal to the 2014 Lorne Festival of Performing Arts. Receive a ‘Whole Shebang Festival Pass’ for two when you and a partner or friend stay for a two night escape between 29-31 August. This allows full access to the festival on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for maximum entertainment. Priced from $578*, stay in a Heritage Room each night with daily gourmet breakfast included, relax in front of an open fire, enjoy a complimentary bottle of wine on arrival and receive a late checkout of 4pm. Call 03 5228 977 for bookings. Valid for sale and travel 29-31 August 2014. For festival information visit http://www.aaabackstage.com/festivals/5829-lorne-festival-of-performing-arts.html


ADELAIDE: Footy fever heats up Adelaide

With Adelaide Oval recently bringing the city’s sporting events back into the centre of the town, a bout of footy fever is spreading throughout the city. The cure? A dose of Adelaide and Port Adelaide AFL action during July and August. Two Mantra hotels are conveniently located nearby, offering 15% discount deals for footy fanatics. Stay within walking distance to the Oval from Friday to Sunday at either Mantra on Frome from $134* per night in a studio room, or at Mantra Hindmarsh Square in a Studio from $149* per night to 31 August and $159*per night during September. Valid for sale until 31 August. Call 13 14 15 or visit www.mantra.com.au


LAUNCESTON: Warm up to winter on the waterfront

Make the most out of the chilly season with a Winter Warmer Package from Peppers Seaport Hotel, located where the North and South Esk River meet to become the Tamar River. Save 20% when you stay for two nights in the centrepiece of Northern Tasmania and get cosy indoors while watching free unlimited movies, enjoying popcorn and hot chocolate melts from renowned chocolatier Cocobean. Choose from a City View Suite from $186* per night or River View Suite from $195* per night. Valid to 31 October with block-out dates from 1-3 August. Call 1300 737 444 or visit www.peppers.com.au/seaport .

*Conditions apply. Subject to availability. Block-out dates may apply.