Six highlights in your travel week10 Aug

The National Anzac Centre … helping cement Albany’s reputation as a commemoration centre. A second-passenger-half-price deal is available on a short-break cruise along the Western Australian coast designed to honour the Anzac troops who sailed to the battlefields of Europe during World War I.

The five-night cruise, aboard Cruise and Maritime Voyages’ Astor, will sail round-trip from Perth on January 6 next year bound for Esperance and Albany on the southern coast of WA.

The former whaling town of Albany was the last sight of Australia for 41,000 troops who sailed in convoys of ships to the trenches of Europe during the Great War from 2014-18.

Today it is cemented as one of Australia’s principal commemoration centres of the Anzac legend with an award-winning National Anzac Centre, numerous monuments of remembrance and a new ‘Field of Light – Avenue of Honour’ outdoor light installation open from October to Anzac Day next year.

The installation features 16,000 lights shining in the colours of local wildlfowers.

The cruise features lectures by war historian and author, Neville Browning OAM, who has penned more than a dozen books on Australia’s military history, and also war storyteller and author, Jon Doust, who will recount tales of his own family’s involvement in the Great War.

Fares are available from $1029 per person twin-share, with the fare for a second person half-price at $514.

Phone 1300 766 537 or visit www.cruiseexpress南京夜網.au

Tasmania’s Truffle Lodge … a quintessentially Australian bush-glamping experience.

Idyllically located right on the Derwent River and just 40 kilometres from Hobart, Tasmania’s Truffle Lodge offers a quintessentially Australian bush-glamping experience.

The new luxury eco lodge will open for its second season on September 1, with extended accommodation and communal facilities, a freshly restored beach and an expanded range of on- and off-site experiences and activities.

Additions include a private bush bath, a large shelter for outdoor activities and functions and a line-up of activities for those that are not seduced by the go-slow magic.

The truffiere which had been abandoned and covered in wild blackberry vines is now being nurtured back to life.

Each tent at Truffle Lodge is double walled and triple roofed for maximum comfort and features a handmade wooden bath, rain shower, extra-large deep double beds, a coffee machine, tea-making facilities and a bar fridge.

Rates are from $795 per night per person twin-share, including continental breakfast, self-help lunch, three-course dinner and all activities.

Visit www.trufflelodge南京夜網

‘thar she blows’ … the excitement of spotting a passing whale.

Captain Cook Cruises and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium are offering the ultimate day out for kids and adult marine lovers, with a Sea Life Sydney Aquarium and whale-watching cruise combo, operating daily until October 31 and offering savings of up to $40 per person.

The package starts with a morning visit to one of Sydney’s leading family tourist attractions, Sea Life, in Darling Harbour.

Walk underwater through over 100 metres of glass viewing tunnels and see Australia’s marine life like never before, coming within inches of huge sharks, rays and turtles and watch three different penguin species slip, slide and swim around playfully.

Before embarking on a Captain Cook cruise to see whales in the wild, guests will have the opportunity to learn more about whale migration at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium’s on-site activity hub.

In only 15 minutes the fantastic open-water cruise takes passengers from Circular Quay, past the Sydney Opera House, Fort Denison and the beautiful eastern suburbs, before passing through the Harbour headlands and out to the open ocean.

Here the excitement begins as humpbacks are spotted visiting Sydney’s coastline as part of their annual migration.

Captain Cook Cruises offers every passenger a whale guarantee. If a whale is not spotted, passengers can cruise again for free.

The combo is priced at $99 per adult and $69 per child (4-15 years).

Phone 02 9206 1111 or visit www.captaincook南京夜網.au

Jimmy Barnes … doing small, intimate gigs for guests staying at the same resort.

A once-in-a-lifetime holiday experience in one of the most beautiful, and once unaffordable, destinations in the world — the Maldives — has been made totally exceptional by sharing that experience with Aussie musicians staying at the same resort and performing exclusive and intimate gigs at night.

Going to the Maldives is much cheaper than it used to be due to the decreasing price of flights and the entry of more affordably priced hotel chains. Now the Maldives is a popular destination for couples, families, groups of friends and singles as well as honeymooners.

Buy your adventure through The Perfect Wave and enjoy sunshine, white-sand beaches, water as blue as you’ve ever seen, surfing, diving, snorkelling and a fully equipped kids’ club with waterpark during the day … then relax in bean bags on the beach or dance on the sand to Aussie music legends.

Events being sold now are Jimmy Barnes with his family band, including Diesel and Mahalia Barnes, in September this year, and Powderfinger’s Bernard Fanning next April.

Visit www.perfectwavetravel南京夜網

Paro Taktsang temple … in Bhutan, one of the world’s last great Himalayan kingdoms.

Open the throttle on some of the world’s most spectacular roads on the back of a classic Royal Enfield motorbike with a 15 per cent discount on a range of Extreme Bike Tours’ rides in Sri Lanka, Rajasthan and Bhutan.

The discount applies to bookings made before August 31, and includes licensed riders and pillion passengers.

The 15-day Bhutan tour, for instance, takes riders on an adventure through the wide-open valleys and snow-capped peaks of one of the world’s last great Himalayan kingdoms.

Located on the ancient Silk Road, the Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan is filled with ancient monasteries and long-standing forts scattered across the striking landscape once shut-off from the world.

The tour departs from Delhi next April 13 and is priced from about $7975 for riders and about $6540 for pillions.

Each tour includes fuel, meals, accommodation and transfers.

Visit www.extremebiketours南京夜網

Scenic’s Mekong … a range of earlybird options includes fly-free.

Scenic’s new 2019/2020 South East Asia program features an extended portfolio of cruising through Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar on board the all-balcony Scenic Aura and Scenic Spirit.

These 68- and 44-guest vessels have a staff-guest ratio close to 1:1 and are claimed to be the most luxurious vessels sailing the Mekong and Irrawaddy.

Scenic’s signature Enrich experiences also provide a point of difference, offering exclusive opportunities and special moments not available to the ordinary traveller, such as the Angkor Temple Gala Dinner in Siem Reap.

Scenic offers a range of earlybird options available until October 31, including a fly-free deal when booking any Mekong journey of 13 days or longer, or any Myanmar journey of 14 days or longer.

Scenic’s 13-day ‘Treasures of the Mekong’ journey from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap is from $7495 per person twin-share.

Phone 138 128 or visit www.scenic南京夜網.au

Eagle Kennedy battling hairline fracture

West Coast appear increasingly likely to be without Josh Kennedy for the next two matches as the star forward deals with another hairline fracture.

But Liam Ryan will make his first AFL appearance since his mysterious car crash when he lines up in Sunday’s western derby against Fremantle.

Kennedy missed last week’s loss to North Melbourne after copping a knee to the shin from a teammate at training, and he’ll also miss the derby.

Coach Adam Simpson says Kennedy’s injury is similar to the one he suffered in the round 13 loss to Sydney.

Kennedy missed three matches after that first injury, and he faces a race against time to return for next week’s crunch match against Port Adelaide.

The 30-year-old still hasn’t returned to training. Instead, he’s been doing work on the anti-gravity treadmill and in the gym, as well as some light laps.

“He’s getting better. The next week or two we’ll hopefully see him back,” Simpson said.

“We’ve just got to get him right. However long that takes, we’ll give him.”

Simpson said it was unlikely anything could have been done to avoid Kennedy’s latest injury.

“I’m assuming that because it’s happened twice, it may be a little bit more vulnerable around that area,” Simpson said.

“But I don’t think it’s a long-term problem for us.”

Ryan was handed a club-imposed two-match AFL ban after crashing his car into a tree early on July 2.

But Ryan will make his AFL return against the Dockers after a solid display for WAFL side East Perth last week.

Police are yet to release a report on Ryan’s car crash, but Simpson felt the time was right to recall the goalsneak.

“We’ve got a fair indication of where things are at. When we get the full report, we’ll announce it,” Simpson said.

“He had his indiscretion that we dealt with. We’re comfortable with his penalty.”

Simpson will consider throwing defender Tom Barrass up forward against the Dockers to help plug the gap left by Kennedy.

All-Australian defender Jeremy McGovern is another option Simpson will consider in attack.

Luke Shuey and Lewis Jetta join Ryan in the side.

Dom Sheed, Jake Waterman, and Jack Petrucelle were all dropped.

Fremantle made five changes to the team that copped a 59-point hammering from Hawthorn.

Matt Taberner, Hayden Ballantyne, Mitch Crowden, Brady Grey and Cam McCarthy return.

Cam Sutcliffe goes out with a hamstring injury, while Taylin Duman, Tommy Sheridan, Stefan Giro and Scott Jones were axed.

The Eagles sit in second spot on the table, but could drop to fourth if they suffer a shock loss to Fremantle.

Australian Associated Press

Six highlights in your travel week3 Aug

Be immersed in the India’s ancient principles … taking time out at Ananda. Feel the spirit of India and be immersed in the country’s ancient principles of wellness and wellbeing on a 16-day fly-cruise-and-stay holiday featuring a seven-night cruise along the sacred Brahmaputra River and a week-long stay at Ananda, a luxury spa at the foot of the Himalayas.

Cruise Traveller has released the deal in partnership with an Indian river cruise company, Adventure Resorts and Cruises, featuring 46-guest river ship, MV Mahabaahu.

Highlights of the seven-night cruise include a safari of the Kaziranga National Park which is famous for the great single-horned Indian rhino as well as wild elephants, tigers, buffalo and exotic birds, aromatic Indian cuisine, and views of the 7000-metre-high Himalayas.

The stay at the Ananda includes healthy organic cuisine, spa and lifestyle activities such as daily yoga and meditation?, use of hydrotherapy facilities, and a trek to the top of Kunjapuri mountain to see Kunjapuri Devi Temple, one of India’s most revered, ancient places.

The adventure is priced from $17,795 per person twin-share, which includes a saving of $530 person if booked by August 31.

The price incorporates flights with Singapore Airlines from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth plus domestic flights in India, cruise excursions and a night in each of Delhi and Kolkata.

Phone 1800 507 777 or visit www.cruisetraveller南京夜網.au

The huge Mekong River … lifeblood for those living along it.

Backyard Travel has combined Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam into a 14-day journey that traverses vibrant cities, ancient ruins, rural villages and spectacular natural landscapes.

Its ‘Rivers, Roads and Ruins’ begins in Bangkok with a full day of urban exploration in the Thai capital.

Next it’s off to Cambodia, travelling overland through Thai countryside to enjoy the charms of sleepy Battambang and explore the Angkor temples in Siem Reap.

After a couple of days seeing the sights in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, travellers make their way to Vietnam via the Mekong River, cruising over the border to Chau Doc.

From here, the journey continues along the river, passing by colorful towns and floating markets, and exploring back canals to catch a glimpse of local daily life.

The tour ends in Ho Chi Minh City with a full-day private guided tour.

Visit http://www.backyardtravel南京夜網/

Kuélap … a fortress believed to have been built between 600 and 900 years before Machu Picchu.

From August 30, Peru’s remote Chachapoyas and Kuélap will become more accessible, with domestic airline LC Perú announcing direct flights between Lima and Chachapoyas every Thursday and Sunday.

These new flights will give much greater opportunity to maximise time marvelling at the ancient fortress of Kuélap, and learning about the ‘Cloud Warriors’ who inhabited the area centuries ago.

Chachapoyas is a remote Peruvian city known as the Gateway to Kuélap, which is considered by many to be the ‘Machu Picchu of the north’.

The fortress of Kuelap is believed to have been built between 600 and 900 years before Machu Picchu and is both larger and on a higher mountain than its famous southern counterpart, with over 550 structures on the site.

Phone 1300 575 752 or visit eclipsetravel南京夜網.au.

Roger Federer … on Rottnest Island during his last visit to Western Australia.

One of the world’s greatest tennis players, Roger Federer, will return to WA to compete in the Mastercard Hopman Cup 2019, which will run from December 29 to January 5.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion will once again pair up with Belinda Bencic for Team Switzerland to defend their 2018 title.

Players joining the duo will include the German team, and 2018 runners-up, current world number three Alexander Zverev and two-time Grand Slam champion and former world-number-one Angelique Kerber.

At the 2018 tournament at Perth Arena nearly 5700 fans viewed Federer’s open practice session with Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinakis.

Federer has won the past two Australian Open titles after beginning his season in Perth.

Ticket packages for the Mastercard Hopman Cup 2019 are now available via Ticketek. Sportsnet Holidays is offering travel packages starting at $389 per person.

Visit www.westernaustralia南京夜網.

New holiday opportunities … for example, dinner at dusk at Alice Springs Telegraph Station.

The 2019/20 season marks a new era for Australian rail holidays, with the formation of Journey Beyond, a consortium that owns and operates a suite of iconic experiential tourism brands — Cruise Whitsundays, Rottnest Express and Great Southern Rail, operators of The Ghan, Indian Pacific and The Overland.

In 21 itineraries, guests can explore beyond the tracks, combining their rail adventure with other experiences such as swimming with whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef, flying over Lake Eyre, admiring Kakadu’s waterfalls, and wining and dining on Kangaroo Island.

Step off The Ghan and get lost in ancient storytelling in the Red Centre or enjoy a luxurious stay at Wolgan Valley having travelled on the Indian Pacific.

Alternatively, navigate the Australian coastline on a cruise ship or float over Alice Springs in a hot-air balloon.

The 2019/20 holidays collection is fully integrated and features overnight stays through to 21-night expeditions.

Visit www.journeybeyond南京夜網.au

Tasting, tasting, tasting … a quartet enjoy working their way through winning entries in the Sydney Royal Wine Show.

For lovers of fine wine it is truly a once-a-year opportunity.

The Grape, Grain & Graze Festival, formerly known as the Sydney Royal Wine Experience, will be held from 2pm to 6pm on the Saturday afternoon of August 11 at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park.

Not only does the Grape, Grain & Graze Festival allow visitor to taste this year’s Sydney Royal award-winning wines, beers and ciders, but also to find out, during face-to-face tutorials, why they were the choice of the experts.

Plus there’s the show’s award-winning food and music to match.

Each of the 2300 wines judged in the annual KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show just days earlier will be on offer, as will beer and cider medallists awarded by industry experts in the Sydney Royal Beer and Cider Show, allowing ticketholders to make their own judgements.

Single tickets cost $90 plus booking fee, double passes $164 plus booking fee.

Admission charge includes a Riedel Ouverture glass, unlimited tasting of show entries, access to the Trophy Room with five tastings, access to the Beer & Cider Garden with two beer/cider tasting paddle vouchers, access to grazing stations that include a huge array of Sydney Royal award-winning products, guide and catalogue, and attendance at masterclasses.

Visit www.rasnsw南京夜網.au

Hunter mother jailed for a maximum of 25 years for filming three children being abused

Newcastle courthouse. A HUNTER mother who filmed herself sexually assaulting her three young children and sent the videos to paedophiles in the hope it would please themand get one man, who she referred to as “Daddy”, to fall in love with her, has been jailed for a maximum of 25 years.

The woman, who cannot be named because it would identify her three children, appeared in Newcastle District Court on Friday for sentence after pleading guilty to seven counts of aggravated sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 10, which carries a maximum of life in jail, and one count of possession of child abuse material.

Judge Phillip Mahony took into account a number of other serious offences,including using a child under 14 to make child abuse material and disseminating child abuse material, when he jailed the woman for a maximum of 25 years, with a non-parole period of 17 years.

The woman, who once provided a character reference for fellow inmate and convicted serial killer Kathleen Folbigg,will be eligible for parole in March, 2033, while the total sentence doesn’t expire until 2041.

The court had heard thatpsychologists who assessed the woman had been left uncertain as to the real reasons why she had sexually assaulted her children and then uploaded the videos online.

Defence barrister Rebecca Suterssaid her client was motivated by a “desire to please” the men she was communicating with online. One of those men, referred to in text message exchanges as “Daddy”, described himself as a “pedo” (sic).

The woman had the idea that “that person would love her and want to be with her as a result of what she was sending him,” Ms Suters said.

The sexual assaults spanned more than two-and-a-half years, but the woman stoppeda few months before she was arrested in 2016.

It was around that time that an international hunt was being launched after US-based Interpol officers discovered the videos on a paeophile website. After identifying an accent and contacting the Australian Federal Police, the global search ended in the Hunter with the mother’s arrest.

Sharks finally ready to roll out best 13

Wade Graham is among the big names back this weekend for Cronulla against Manly.Cronulla are on the verge of trotting out their strongest starting 13 for just the second time this season with Josh Dugan on track to return from a leg injury against Manly on Sunday.

The Sharks have endured a horror run of injuries this year, with Dugan, Paul Gallen, Wade Graham and Luke Lewis each having spent a significant amount of time on the sidelines.

Dugan hasn’t played for the Sharks since round 12 due to a stress fracture in his left leg.

The 28-year-old was named on an extended bench for the Sharks earlier this week but has got through training fine and is now expected to return in either the centres or on the wing, with Valentine Holmes set to keep his spot at fullback.

Sharks coach Shane Flanagan has also confirmed expectant father Wade Graham will join Dugan at Southern Cross Group Stadium on Sunday, after missing last week’s loss to Brisbane with a rib injury.

“Wade is back, Duges is back,” Flanagan told reporters on Friday.

“As long as Wade’s partner doesn’t decide to have the baby on Sunday afternoon everything should be good

“We probably could have pushed Wade to play last week but with the baby and an injury concern going into the tail-end of the season, a week just gave him the opportunity to get over the injury and he will be good to go.

“Josh has done everything he needs to do. He trained well last night. (He’s) got a captain’s run to get through, but touch wood he’ll be there.”

The last time the Sharks fielded such a strong side was in round six against St George Illawarra, where they lost Graham, Gallen, Lewis and Andrew Fifita all to injuries in their 40-20 defeat.

They’ve still manage to be sixth headed into the run home, but Flanagan has long spoken about the exciting prospect of having a number of his players fresh at the right end of the season as something of a silver lining.

“It’s really important the next phase for us, that we can win possibly five-from-five and get into that top four,” he said.

“We’ve had our moments within games but haven’t put 80 minutes together but hopefully it’s coming.”

Australian Associated Press