Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Ann Rickard's Top Three Destinations

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Ann Rickard's Top Three Destinations

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Value-packed cruise

THIRTY-FOUR nights cruising in a yacht-like ambience aboard Classic International Cruises' 550-passenger Athena from Rome to Fremantle in November is selling from a low $5475pp twin-share through Cruiseco.

These amazing cruise fares also include all onboard meals and entertainment on Athena, port charges and government fees.

Even outside cabins start from $6135pp twin share

For even further value, add Cruiseco's special one-way economy class international airfare deal of just $249 from Perth to Rome or $449 from Adelaide to Rome and air taxes a subject to change. Special airfare is available only until July 30.

Athena boasts attentive, old-fashioned service in an environment featuring a traditional walk-around deck with classic wooden deck chairs and a marbled reception foyer, yet has a modern fitness centre and sauna, pool, five bars and lounges, a nightclub, sparkling show-lounge, casino, library, boutiques, cinema and fine dining in two restaurants.

Athena will depart Rome on November 14.


Family farmstay fun

SET on almost 5000 hectares (12,000 acres) of country farm just one hour's drive from Brisbane, Spicers Hidden Vale may just provide that perfect solution for Brisbane families looking for winter school holiday deals.

With two, three, four or six bedroom cottages available from $399 per night per family of four, the spacious retreat is well-suited to families and groups seeking something different. The package includes full buffet breakfast daily, complimentary pony lead ride for each child under 12 and children under 12 eat dinner for free in Cotton's Restaurant when adults dine.

Adults and children flock to the property's animal nursery with chickens, goats, alpacas, sheep, lambs, geese, ducks and a big mama pig providing an authentic insight into life on the farm. …

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