New Freycient Peninsula walk
Visitors to Tasmania's Freycinet Peninsula have the chance to experience the national park at its finest with a new five-and-a-half-hour guided walk from Freycinet Lodge.
The Freycinet Walking Tour, for a maximum of eight guests, takes in the Wineglass Bay viewing platform, Hazards beach, a gourmet picnic lunch and trip back to the lodge by the Freycinet Aqua Taxi.
The walk is offered by Experiential Tasmania, and provides a qualified and experienced walking guide, day packs, rain jackets, a water bottle, thermos, lunch, morning tea, sunscreen and water.
Guests need a reasonable level of fitness and must be comfortable walking between eight and nine kilometres carrying a light weight day pack along beaches, rocky headlands and steps.
For more information visit www.freycinetlodge.com.au/walking-tour
Novotel Sunshine Coast resort revamped
Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort, formally known as the Novotel Twin Waters Resort, unveiled its new name after a $2 million refurbishment.
Accor's Vice President Operations QLD/NT, Matt Young, explained that the recent lobby transformation, completed in late October, was one of the catalysts for the resort's new name.
"Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort better reflects the property's evolution, and aligns the resort with the Sunshine Coast Convention Centre, which opened earlier this year," said Mr Young. The renovation transformed two spaces - the hotel lobby, plus a new look bar and alfresco deck overlooking the resort's outdoor pool and famous lagoon.
Since opening in 1990, the resort has been well known for its grand entrance with high atrium ceilings and the transformation has paid homage to the history of the building while introducing its fresh new look in 2019. The company said it was committed to upgrading its facilities and supporting its local economy, and will announce more resort upgrades in the future.
Australia's first climate positive hiking company
Australian international hiking specialist, RAW Travel, has been certified as a registered B Corporation after independent assessment of social and environmental performance across five impact areas: governance, employees, community, environment and customers.
RAW Travel Founder Dave Reynolds said "part of the value of B Corp is that it is a difficult certification to achieve, so people can have confidence in that standard, in a time when there has been a lot of 'greenwashing'.
"We are proud to play our part in supporting local communities. Our staff volunteer three days per year to support a range of causes. We also ensure we limit the environmental impact of travel. We want people to continue to explore and feel positive about their experience. We carbon-offset all trips and flights booked with us and plant native trees on behalf of our customers to support local biodiversity projects."
RAW is set to become Australia's first climate positive hiking company in 2020 and said it will not pass the costs on to travellers. RAW eliminated single-use plastics some time ago and is now actively engaging with local communities to help reduce their plastic footprint, dedicates time to cleaning up beaches and waterways and funds targeted education programs. RAW's environmental and social initiatives form part of the company's '10 per cent for the planet' initiative. The company donates 10 per cent of its profit to carefully selected sustainability programs.
Save on South Pacific cruises
In the lead up to Voyager of the Seas arrival in Sydney, holidaymakers can save up to 40 per cent on sailings for her inaugural season.
The newly modernised ship will arrive in Sydney on November 30 decked out with first-to-market features, including The Perfect Storm duo of racer waterslides and Battle for Planet Z laser tag as well as a reinvigoratedVitality Spa and Fitness Centre.
- 9 nights - Noumea, Mare and Isle of Pines, New Caledonia; Port Vila, Vanuatu; Lifou, Loyalty Islands - with Interior Room now from $1,399 per person, twin share, departing January 22, 2020.
- 11 nights - Noumea, Mare and Isle of Pines, New Caledonia; Mystery Island and Port Vila, Vanuatu; Lifou, Loyalty Islands -with Interior Room from $1,299 per person, twin share. Departs from Sydney February 25, 2020.
- 10 nights - Lifou, Loyalty Islands; Mystery Island and Port Vila, Vanuatu; Mare and Isle of Pines, New Caledonia - with Interior Room now from $1,249 per person, twin share, departing March 18, 2020.
Please see www.royalcaribbean.com/aus/en for more details or call 1800 754 500. T&Cs apply.