Bunker down in top Tassie style, eat Paris or cycle New Zealand: travel deals January 26, 2014



Oh we love any excuse to look at a photo of Paris, even this improbably perfect one of the Eiffel Tower. Snap up a little city stay in the City of Light, cycle New Zealand or see how we Aussies do serious luxury. For something a little more laid back, it's sun loungers in Caloundra, on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

Go now: New Zealand
Cycle the world and save 10 percent on 21 journeys including the Queenstown Otago Rail Trail, stretching 150km from Queenstown to Christchurch or Dunedin. Book by March 15 for travel until December 31. From $1197 a person, twin share. 1300 720 000, worldcyclejourneys.com.

Go sooner: Tasmania
Voted Australia’s top luxury lodge, stay four nights and pay for three at the lush Saffire Freycinet, from March 1 until November 30. Free activities include fishing, mountain biking, cocktail mixing or the gentle art of hammocking. From $5400 for four nights. (03) 6256 7888, saffire-freycinet.com.au.

Go later: France
Book a five-day Taste of Paris by March 16 and save 20 percent. The tours, which run from July 27 to August 30, include four nights in a Left Bank hotel, sightseeing and transport passes and airport transfers. From $533 a person, twin share. 1300 558 987, tempoholidays.com.

KIDS
Go now: Queensland
Want water slides without the mania and price tag of a theme park?  Check in to the Oaks Oasis on the Sunshine Coast  and check out its new water play park, with slides, fountains and a giant tipping bucket. For those inclined to recline, there are also sunloungers aplenty. The newly refurbished accommodation  ranges from  hotel rooms to apartments and villas, and is walking distance to the beach,  close by Australia Zoo and one hour’s drive from Brisbane. From $40 a person in a family room (sleeps four) until March 31. 1300 031 963, oakshotelsresorts.com/oaks-oasis.

This article by Belinda Jackson was published in Sydney's Sun-Herald newspaper.

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