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A Riverina safari

Wildlife aplenty … giraffes at Altina Wildlife Park. Image: Destination NSW.

Wildlife aplenty … giraffes at Altina Wildlife Park. Image: Destination NSW.

Leeton Safari is offering wildlife-and-dining packages for two or a family of four in the Riverina.

The 'Weekend for Two' package is priced at $499 (valued at $670) and includes two adult passes to Altina Wildlife Park, two nights accommodation at Leeton Heritage Motor Inn in a king-spa suite, breakfast daily, bottle of premium local wine on arrival, late check-out, free wi-fi and netflix, and three-course dinner for two at Pagés on Pine.

The family weekend package is priced at $599 (valued at $836) and has similar inclusions.

Your Next holiday saving

Next Hotel Brisbane ... stay four nights and receive up to 40 per cent off.

Next Hotel Brisbane ... stay four nights and receive up to 40 per cent off.

Next Story Group is offering travellers up to 40 per cent off a stay across its Next Hotel and up to 30 per cent off at its Sage Hotel brands in Australia by encouraging guests to stay longer.

Soak up the sunshine and see what all the buzz is about in the river city and stay at either Next Hotel Brisbane or Sage Hotel James Street and hop from one acclaimed restaurant or hip boutique to the next.

Stay for two or three nights at Next Hotel Brisbane and get up to 30 per cent off, stay four nights and receive up to 40 per cent off, while also enjoying a welcome drink for two and late checkout.

Rates start from $126 per night and bookings must be made before April 21 for stays to March 30 next year.

Or stay beachside at Sage Hotel Wollongong and treat the family to a four-night getaway and save up to 30 per cent on your stay.

Rates start from $133 per night.

Unique dining experience

Tali Wiru ... fine dining on a remote sand dune.

Tali Wiru ... fine dining on a remote sand dune.

Voyages Ayers Rock Resort's evening dining experience in the desert, Tali Wiru (meaning 'beautiful dune' in local Pitjantjatjara) has opened for its sixth season and features some of the most innovative uses of local bush tucker in Australia.

The gastronomic experience offers a magical evening of fine dining on a remote sand dune overlooking Uluru and the distant domes of Kata Tjuta.

Tali Wiru is a four-hour experience where guests start with champagne and canapés while watching the sunset over Uluru, accompanied by the sounds of a digeridoo.

As night falls guests dine on a four-course menu with matched premium Australian wines.

A storyteller shares tales of Indigenous culture around the campfire enjoying a port, cognac or tea infused with Australian native peach, cinnamon and honey.

Tali Wiru runs daily until October 15, is limited to 20 guests each evening, and is priced at $375 per person, inclusive of return hotel transport, food, matched wines and entertainment.

As a bonus, guests also receive a pass to the Field of Light installation.

Phone 1300 134 044 or visit www.ayersrockresort.com.au/tali-wiru.

Light and sound show

Aura ... Sovereign Hill's new sound-and-light show incorporates the Dreamtime.

Aura ... Sovereign Hill's new sound-and-light show incorporates the Dreamtime.

Ballarat's Sovereign Hill has officially launched its new sound-and-light show, Aura.

The new show, which features hundreds of projections, lets visitors explore space, delve into the Dreamtime and relive Australia's most important rebellion, while travelling under the night sky.

Conceived by Andrew Walsh AM and his Accolade Event Management team, Aura takes guests of all ages on an adventure as they witness the creation and discovery of one of the world's most precious metals, gold.

A royal rendezvous

Cunard's Queen Elizabeth in Sydney ... it will rendezvous there with Queen Victoria.

Cunard's Queen Elizabeth in Sydney ... it will rendezvous there with Queen Victoria.

Australians can sail into Sydney Harbour on one Cunard liner and out on another as part of a record four-month Australian season for the cruise company in the summer of 2020-21 which will see a first-time rendezvous in Sydney of two of the company's luxury ships.

Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria, will meet in the harbour twice on March 1 next year, early in the morning and again in the evening, with Queen Elizabeth sailing to and from its berth at Circular Quay past Queen Victoria anchored off Bradleys Head.

Cruise Express has used the historic meeting to create a 31-night package that will see guests sailing from San Francisco to Sydney on one of the liners and then cruising to Tasmania on the other, with up to US$630 in bonus onboard spending available per stateroom.

The 'Royal Rendezvous' package begins with a flight from Australia to San Francisco, followed by two nights at the Sheraton Fishermans Wharf, close to the iconic harbourside wharf with its famous amusements, eateries and colony of seals.

Including the one-way flight from Australia to San Francisco, both cruises, hotel stays and private car transfers in San Francisco, the 31-night package is available from $9899 per person twin-share ex Sydney.

Phone 1300 766 537 or visit www.cruiseexpress.com.au.

Exotic orangutan experience

Just so cute ... orangutans in the wild.

Just so cute ... orangutans in the wild.

Discover Central Borneo's eminent orangutan sanctuary, Camp Leakey, with Silversea Cruises during two expedition voyages departing in June and July aboard the Silver Discoverer.

On board, guests will be joined by guest lecturer Dr Biruté Mary Galdikas, a primatologist recognised for her studies and work with the orangutans of Borneo in their natural habitat.

The duo of expedition cruises, travelling from Darwin to Bali and from Bali to Singapore, will explore the exotic islands of Indonesia with an overnight stay in the port of Kumai, gateway to Tanjung Puting National Park and its legendary Camp Leakey, the site of Galdikas's pioneering research in the wild.

Guests may also spot wild proboscis monkeys, gibbons and macaques, as well as over 200 different bird species.

Prices are from $9700 per person twin-share for the 12-day Bali-to-Singapore cruise.

Phone 1300 306 872 or visit www.silversea.com.