Italian trains, Croatian hideaways and Kangaroo Island feasts: travel deals April 21, 2013
NSWWind down on the banks of the Murray River at Barham, between Echuca and Swan Hill, and take the time for sculpture walks, riverside barbecues, a round of golf or some great fishing. Stay three nights at Barham Golden River's self-contained apartments and save up to $118 on stays until August 31. Three nights from $236. 1800 243 355, goldenriversapartments.com.au.
NORTHERN TERRITORYSpot crocodiles and wild geese, bathe in waterfalls, admire the rock-art galleries of Ubirr and Nourlangi and breathe in the pure tropical air of the Territory's Top End on a three-day getaway that takes you through Litchfield and Kakadu national parks. Forget slumming it: you will spend one night at the luxury Wildman Wilderness Lodge, pictured above left, on the Mary River wetlands and the next at indigenous-owned Gagudju Crocodile Holiday Inn. Save up to 10 per cent on Long Rainbow tours departing June 6 and July 7 and 14. Quote code PP406. Costs from $1255 a person, twin share (departs Darwin). 1800 467 747, inspiringjourneys.com.au.
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TRANS-AUSTRALIACross Australia in style, from Sydney to Perth via Adelaide, on a 4348-kilometre journey. Scenes from your window include the Nullarbor Plain, the Blue Mountains and the vineyards of South Australia. Travellers who book gold service class can save 20 per cent off the fare and train excursions, worth up to $484. The package includes all meals and most drinks, and a 50-kilogram luggage allowance. Book by July 31 for travel June 1-October 31. Costs from $1832 for an adult. 1800 014 392, greatsouthernrail.com.au.
ITALYSeeing Italy by train is much cheaper now, with main operator Trenitalia cutting some fares by up to 70 per cent. Save up to $40 on economy fares between Milan and Rome (now $66); $23 off Rome-Florence ($41) and $31 off Rome-Venice ($68). Tickets can be booked up to three months in advance. raileurope.com.au.
NEW ZEALANDSweet-toothed Australians already know about the Dunedin Cadbury Chocolate Carnival - July 20-26, 2013 - which includes a tour of the Cadbury chocolate factory, chocolate painting, and a jaffa race down the world's steepest street. Apollo Motorhome Holidays is celebrating a decade in NZ with discounts on all campervans, from two to six berths. Save up to $19 a day on a six-berth motorhome, costs from $48 a day. 1800 777 779, apollocamper.co.nz/specials/chocolate-carnival.
CROATIABalmy seas and fabulous mediaeval architecture are the hallmarks of Dubrovnik. Enjoy its delights from Villa Dubrovnik, perched on a rocky outcrop. Stay seven nights and pay half price as part of Mr & Mrs Smith's 50 Half Price Hotels promotion. Other hotels on sale include Anantara Seminyak in Bali, from $226 a night, and Hotel Crillon le Brave, Provence, France, from $172 a night. Book until May 14 for stays until July 14. Villa Dubrovnik is usually from $260 a night. 1300 896 627, mrandmrssmith.com/au/luxury-hotels/villa-dubrovnik.