Six highlights in your travel week | 21 Sept

Hamilton Island’s Qualia … a taste of what’s available through A&K.
Hamilton Island’s Qualia … a taste of what’s available through A&K.

Abercrombie & Kent’s 2019 collection of journeys around Australia, New Zealand and PNG captures a diversity of the travel experiences with a range of holidays labelled by style of travel.

There are active adventures, such cycling in the Barossa Valley and golfing in Tasmania, gourmet-themed holidays around the country, a family collection including a Lord of the Rings experience in New Zealand, and a self-drive adventure in the Red Centre.

The collection comprises a cluster of iconic adventures that includes Ningaloo Reef, rock art in Arnhem Land, and a journey on the Indian Pacific.

And then … there’s a new luxury expedition cruise along the Kimberley coastline.

Celebrating the life of one of Australia’s best actors … Heath Ledger.

Celebrating the life of one of Australia’s best actors … Heath Ledger.

Spectacular floral festivities, exclusive exhibitions and wild adventures collide in Canberra this spring.

In the ultimate celebration of spring, Floriade, on show in Commonwealth Park from 15 September 15 to October 14, visitors can expect to see some much-loved characters and familiar faces at this year’s flowerbeds.

After dark for five nights, September 26-30, Floriade transforms into the illuminated wonderland that is NightFest, with spectacular lighting, entertainment and food.

This spring visitors can also experience one of the ACT’s nature parks like never before with the ultimate family sleepover – ‘A Wild Night Out at Tidbinbilla’.

Explore this reserve with ranger-guided activities, learn about the culture of the Ngunnawal people and see the history of European settlement in the Tidbinbilla Valley.

Among activities arts and cultural, ‘Heath Ledger: A Life In Pictures’ is at the National Film and Sound Archive until February.

Remarkable Rocks ... a magical Kangaroo Island attraction.

Remarkable Rocks ... a magical Kangaroo Island attraction.

To celebrate the launch of Fly Pelican’s direct Newcastle-to-Adelaide flights, SeaLink has partnered with airline to create two Adelaide, Murray Princess and Kangaroo Island package deals offering savings of up to $750.

The two offers comprise a three-night Adelaide-and-Kangaroo-Island package and a seven-night Adelaide-and-Murray Princess package.

On the Adelaide-and-Kangaroo-Island package, for instance, stay two nights at one of the city’s newest five-star boutique hotels, the Mayfair Hotel, before soaking up the beauty of Kangaroo Island on SeaLink’s two-day ‘Best of Kangaroo Island Tour’, including accommodation at the Kangaroo Island Seafront hotel.

The tour takes in Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery, South Australia’s only eucalyptus-oil distillery, gets up close with kangaroos, wallabies and koalas at Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park and experiences sea lions as they sleep, play and swim on the Seal Bay guided beach tour.

Of course, guests will visit Flinders Chase National Park to see Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch.

The offers are valid until March 1. Visit

Extreme Bike Tours … a new dimension to overseas travel.

Extreme Bike Tours … a new dimension to overseas travel.

To mark the milestone of its 10-year anniversary, Extreme Bike Tours is offering a 10-per-cent discount on all its 2019 tours, featuring everything from the mountain roads of the Himalayas, to the incredible boabab trees of Madagascar, to the barren deserts and ancient forts in India and the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka.

Each of the guided tours aims to give travellers an immersive experience, enabling them to see off-the-beaten-track sights not often visited by tourists.

Travelling by motorcycle brings a new dimension to overseas travel, making the journey just as important as the destination.

The 10 per cent discount is available on all seven 2019 rides, for bookings made by November 1 this year.

High on many bucket lists … gorillas in the mist.

High on many bucket lists … gorillas in the mist.

Gorilla trekking is high on the bucket list for many travellers, and Uganda remains one of several countries where it is still possible to observe gorillas in the wild.

One of the best places to see gorillas there is the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the country’s southwest.

Bwindi is home to just over half the world’s last surviving mountain gorillas, as well as being the location of the spectacular Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp.

Comprising just eight tents, it is one of the most remote and atmospheric camps in Africa, and frequently visited by gorilla families.

Expect, though, a wake-up call at about 6.30am, followed by hearty breakfast, after which you will be escorted to the starting point for the gorilla trek.

Once you’ve located your chosen gorilla family, you’ll have around an hour to observe them in their natural habitat.

And be prepared to get wet as it can rain heavily, even in the dry season, so make sure that you carry a poncho or rain jacket and have a good-quality waterproof camera.

The experience is normally priced from about $530 per person per night twin-share, but visitors can save up to 40 per cent by staying at any of Sanctuary’s African camps for four nights or more.

The Chinese Library … an elegant new restaurant for Hong Kong.

The Chinese Library … an elegant new restaurant for Hong Kong.

Hong Kong has two new flagship restaurants — The Chinese Library and Statement — and an innovative new bar, The Dispensary, in the Tai Kwun development which has revitalised the former Central Police Station compound.

The restaurants reflect the city’s East-West heritage and occupy a first-floor location in the historic Headquarters Block, the former Police Officers’ Mess.

The Chinese Library celebrates the different regional Chinese cuisines which have become popular in Hong Kong over the years, while Statement is a showcase of innovative British cuisine, echoing Hong Kong's colonial heritage and also displaying some of the more avant-garde culinary directions found in London today.

Linking the two restaurants is The Dispensary, an elegant lounge bar adorned with nostalgic ornaments that reveal clues to Hong Kong’s colourful past.