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Get going: trek to Tibet

The new Shangri-La, Tibet

 From Tibet to Canberra, we’ve got it all covered this weekend for the best travel deals around. Obviously, the theme is to get high: in the Adelaide Hills, the Blue Mountains or Peru’s Machu Picchu.

Make the trek to the hotel everyone is talking about, the new
Shangri-La Lhasa, at 3650 metres above sea level, which opens on April
17. Its opening offer includes breakfast and dinner, mini-bar and 3pm
checkout, until June 30. From $498 a night. 1800 222 448, shangri-la.com.

Check in to the five-star Mount Lofty House MGallery, overlooking
Adelaide, and get a bottle of wine and country breakfast included with
midweek bookings (Sunday-Thursday) until September 26. From $169 a
night. 1300 132 799, lastminute.com.au/deals.

Celebrate autumn in the Blue Mountains at the premier
Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa. Stay two nights midweek in a
suite with a private pool, all meals, two nature activities and $100 spa
credit, until June 30. From $1250 a person, two nights. (02) 9290 9733, wolganvalley.com.

Cook up a hot shopping trip in bargain-friendly Kuala Lumpur and stay
at the city’s newest hotel, Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar, for $90 a
night. Book by May 31 for stays in the chic suburb until September 30. pullmanhotels.com.

Spend 20 days discovering the icons of South America in 2015,
from Peru’s Machu Picchu to Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer, and
your companion gets free flights from Australia. Book by September 30.
From $11,995 a person, twin share. 1300 723 642, scenictours.com.au.

The Novotel St Kilda’s “wine and wind down” deal is back.
Book a non-bayview room from $209 a night and get six bottles of wine
worth $200. Includes car parking and breakfast. Until December 30. Quote
“wine and wind down”. (03) 9525 5522, novotelstkilda.com.au.


Heli-safari on Fiji’s Sigatoka River

Hell-raising on a heli-safari

Fast and fabulous adrenaline-seekers have a new home in
southern Fiji. Take a 15-minute helicopter or 30-minute small plane
flight over tropical mountains and the Coral Coast then jet boat down
the river on a half-day Sigatoka River safari tour, visiting
traditional villages for a kava ceremony and lunch. Costs $365
(heli-jet boat combo), $535 (small plane-jet boat combo), see helitoursfiji.com.

Kids deal

Questacon, Canberra

Act up in the act

Discover a miniature village, experience an earthquake and
meet an elite athlete with the Canberra City YHA’s Family Fun
three-in-one package, which includes entry to Cockington Green,
Questacon and the Australian Institute of Sport. Save 15 per cent, from
$484 for two nights in a family en suite room until October 30, (02) 6248 9155, yha.com.au. YHA membership to more than 4000 hostels worldwide costs $32
adults, kids under 18 join free with a parent. Non-members pay 10 per
cent extra.

Get going: Singapore on the cards

Sentosa Singapore resort.

Sink into the five-star Sentosa Singapore Resort and save 18
per cent, with Wi-Fi and breakfast included. Book and stay by May 31,
and you can layby your holiday for a $5 deposit. From $1174 a room, four
nights. 1800 359 769, lowcostholidays.com.au.

Stay in Kyneton – some say Victoria’s hippest country town –
and get two nights for the price of one, and a bottle of wine. The new
Piper and Powlett B&B can be rented as a one, two or three-bedroom
house. From $460, one bedroom, two nights midweek, until April 28. 0409 157 857, piperandpowlett.com.au.

Book your German Rail Pass by April 30 and save 20 per cent.
Choose German Rail Pass that gives you five or 10 days’ travel within
one month throughout the country. Available in first and second classes
for travel until May 31. From $253 a person, five-day pass, second
class. raileurope.com.au.

Hit the road to discover regional NSW in a Maui motorhome and
save up to 25 per cent on pick-ups or drop-offs in Sydney. The Beach
motorhome (sleeps four) costs from $146 a day, minimum five days. Book
by June 26 for travel May 1-June 30. 1300 363 800, maui.com.au.


Lounging, lizard style: Lizard Island, Queensland.

Cosy up for four nights in midtown Manhattan in the newly
renovated Affinia 50 hotel, or any of the five Affinia hotels in NYC and
Washington, DC, and you can save 20 per cent off the best available
rate. Book by April 30 for stays until August 31; quote AUST14. 1800 174 962, affinia.com.

See how the other half lives on luxurious Lizard Island and
stay five nights, pay four. Includes flights to the island from Cairns
and all meals and drinks. Book by June 15 for stays April 29-August 31.
From $3139 a person, twin share. 1800 044 066, travel-associates.com.au.

Go old-school with this cute travel journal, which encourages
kids to write about their travel adventures, be it a weekend at the
beach or a round-the-world adventure. The hardcover journal prompts them
to record what they ate, animals they saw, cool landmarks and there are
stickers aplenty, to create a fantastic memento to look back over when
they’ve traded sandcastles and hopscotch for Santorini and bar hopping.
kikki.K Explore Travel Journal, $19.95.
See kikki-k.com, phone (03) 9645 6346.

Belinda Jackson‘s Get Going column is published every Sunday in Sydney’s Sun-Herald newspaper.  

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