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John Crook

Discovering ski resorts Korea

In case Korea has not been at the top of your ski lists, here’s news from Yongpyong, known world-wide as Korea’s ski mecca.  With more than 25 kms of groomed slopes, 15 chair lifts, a 3.7km gondola – it has just about everything for all levels of skiing or snowboarding.   Check this package! Priced from $1035 per person, twin share, there are seven nights in a deluxe room at the Dragon Valley Hotel accompanied by a six-day lift pass. For more information and bookings get in touch with  or telephone 1300 136 997.  Book and pay by 14 December 2011 and valid for travel Jan – 18 Feb 2012.   Airfares are additional.   Conditions apply.

The red centre

Central Australia awaits, with some excellent deals, such as the Visit Uluru land package  priced from $399.  It includes three nights accommodation at Ayers Rock Resort, free return airport transfers and a free half day Uluru highlights tour,- and that comes with a saving of up to $335 per person.   Also, be sure to set aside one of the nights for a Sounds of Silence dinner (extra cost),- one of the real highlights of any visit to this part of the world.  I’ve done that experience  on several occasions.  So popular though, that early reservations are absolutely necessary. For bookings and more information telephone 13 38 43 or visit

The Grand Prix (Italian style)

Friday September 9th, Saturday September 10 and Sunday Setember 11 2011 are important dates on the Formula 1 world championships.   Perhaps, the most important !  The location is  Monza, (Lombardy) Italy.  The Italian Grand Prix is one of the longest running events on the motor racing calendar.

It’s extremely popular  and the Year 2011 event will again prove to be the ultimate circuit for speed lovers.  Interested?  Then get the facts,  by visiting   Should you need to speak with those ‘in the know’ call the Italian Government Tourist Office on  (02) 9262 1666 or email

This website a must

SeaDream Yacht Club has just released a dramatically improved website, a site which will provide consumers  and travel professionals with the easiest  access to everything there is to know about its twin mega motor-cruiser yachts.  For more information simply visit  or have a yarn with your travel agent.   But above all, check out the upgraded website, today !  

Take a walk Hemingway style

You too can walk the streets of Italy’s Bassano del Grappa, the same streets as  Ernest Hemingway drove his America Army ambulance in WWI, was injured and hospitalised and inspired to write A Farewell to Arms.  This same town where ancient Roman soldiers created what has since become internationally known for its Grappa.  So much history, so many memories and by joining  a 16-day small-group tour to the Lakes of Northern Italy.  The tour departs Milano  on September 5 2011, and prices start from $6485.  Simply drop into  or telephone (07) 3396 8652

* Please note conditions may apply to these packages  and prices are subject to change and availability.  This information is provided as a guide only.  Check with your travel agency.   Block out periods may apply.   

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