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Tasman Peninsula’s shining lights STATE ELECTION Your top priorities

ROYAL REWARDS Discover your savings

FIRST DRIVES The latest models


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IN OUR COMMUNITY Discover your savings

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From the President 6 Road safety for children

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Starring symphony 12

RACT ROYAL REWARDS Save on your everyday items

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LIFE ON THE MOVE First drives

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We take a look at the new Holden Equinox, Nissan Qashqai and Audi RS 5.

Lillydale Falls. Photo by: Michael Ling.

IN TASMANIA TODAY Peninsula’s shining lights

Through readers’ eyes

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The Tasman Peninsula is known for its remote and rugged coastline. We explore its natural wonders and its history on both land and water.

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HOW TO CONTACT US RACT branch network – All RACT branches are open Monday to Friday from 8.45am – 5pm Our Cruise Travel Centre at 110 Collins St, Hobart is also open on Saturdays from 10am – 1pm Roadside Assist – Call 13 11 11 anytime RACT Customer Service Call Centre – Call 13 27 22 Monday to Friday from 8am – 8pm, Saturday 9am – 2pm

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Discover Britain 55 Rocky Mountain high 56 Darren White, of RACT Travel Rosny, takes a Scenic Tours trip aboard Canada’s famed Rocky Mountaineer.

An expert view of Europe

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Life on the rails

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RACT Travel takes you away

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Hit the road

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Retired media broadcaster Annie Warburton navigates her way around Canada and north-eastern USA.

Please give us your feedback via email journeys@ract.com.au. To comment on issues that matter to you, log on to the Member Hub; and keep up-to-date via our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube pages.

ON THE COVER Port Arthur Historic Site is one of Australia’s major visitor drawcards. We take a tour as part of our feature on the Tasman Peninsula. Photo: Tourism Tasmania and Poon Wai Nang.

Research saves lives.

Help us to help you and your loved ones. 100% of your donation remains in Tasmania and is used for medical research or the specified area of need in our community.

Donate today. www.cliffordcraig.org.au P: 03 6777 6010

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Find out more at ract.com.au/royalrewards or download the app.


Discover your member savings

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ACT members saved a total of $6.7 million through our Royal Rewards program in the past year just by showing their card when purchasing through our partners. While the majority of members are aware of our major partners such as United Petroleum, RACT automotive partners and our Destinations properties, there is a range of ways you can save in your everyday life. We have partners covering lifestyle, retail, entertainment, automotive and travel, and with our new eCards program you can save at more than 40 retail partners across Australia. Our members are making savings across the board, with the most popular areas being groceries, fuel, movie tickets, hardware and automotive goods. Some are saving thousands of dollars on big-ticket items from retailers such as K&D Warehouse, while others are making incremental savings to help make their weekly budget stretch further. While it may be just a few dollars here and there, it soon adds up. Now we’re helping you keep track of how much you’ve saved. You can now access your member benefits savings for the past 12 months (where those savings are more than $10) via our Member Hub, monthly eNews and on your Roadside renewal statements. So it will be easy to track how much you’ve saved, and watch it grow throughout the year. The savings will be presented as a 12-month rolling total. So on any given day, the total savings will be for the 12 months before that date. For example, if the date is 4 February 2018, the rolling total will be

An example of the member benefits savings page in Member Hub.

based on the total savings from 4/2/2017 to 3/2/2018. Please note savings are indicative only and are dependent upon the receipt of data from participating partners. To access your savings via Member Hub, log in via the link on ract.com.au. If you have made savings of more than $10 for the 12 months, you will find a new ‘your savings’ element on the home page when you log in. You can then click on ‘Show Details’ to view your Royal Rewards Savings page. You can also access the Royal Rewards Savings page via the drop-down menu on your Member Hub home page. Here you will also see a table of all transactions from partners sorted from more recent to oldest. Each category can be filtered down to provide larger breakdowns of savings. Pie graphs will also be shown as a visual representation of categories where savings have been recorded and the individual Royal Rewards partners that have recorded a savings.

‘Our members are making savings across the board, with the most popular areas being groceries, fuel, movie tickets, hardware and automotive goods.’

WANT TO KNOW MORE? GO TO RACT.COM.AU/ROYALREWARDS OR LOG IN TO OUR MEMBER HUB TODAY. FOR MORE GREAT IDEAS ON HOW YOU CAN SAVE SEE PAGES 22-26.

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FROM THE PRESIDENT Kathryn Westwood

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ith a looming State Election and the State Budget to be handed down shortly after, it is important that we ensure the concerns of our 185,000 members are heard by all political parties. To that end we continue to lobby to lower the cost of motoring, invest in safer roads and provide for the future of mobility through our Tasmanian Election Priorities, which were presented to all parties in September, as well as through our State and Federal Government Budget submissions, which were presented to both governments in December. It is great to see recent commitments from the major state political parties around some of the concerns we have raised on behalf of members. These include funding for the eastern Hobart approach, the West Tamar highway and the Bass Highway at Christmas Hills, along with freezing MAIB premiums and education for international drivers, interstate motorcyclists and those new to Tasmania. In the lead-up to the State Election, we are keeping a record of the latest commentary and commitments from the Tasmanian Liberals, Labor and the Greens. Visit ract.com.au/ tasmanian-election-priorities for the full report card. The emergence of transport options such as electric and autonomous vehicles has the potential to change the landscape of private and public transport in the state. RACT is a member of an Electric Vehicle Working Group, convened by the Tasmanian Climate Change Office, 6 

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with stakeholders including Aurora Energy, Hydro Tasmania, TasNetworks, UTAS and various State Government departments. While there are currently 16 publicly available electric vehicle charging stations in Tasmania, of which the RACT either owns or co-owns four, a recent attempt by RACT General Manager, Member Assist, Darren Moody to drive around Tasmania’s main tourism route in an electric vehicle highlighted issues with the ability to easily navigate the state using this technology. Through this working group we aim to establish priorities for the broader rollout of electric vehicle infrastructure across the state.

‘Electric and autonomous vehicles have the potential to change the landscape of private and public transport in the state.’ RACT is keeping a keen eye on the emergence of electric and autonomous vehicles and the potential impacts both will have on mobility in the state. RACT is also involved in state and national forums looking at the legislative requirements of the introduction of autonomous vehicles in Australia. There are currently about 300 pieces of legislation that refer directly to the driver of a vehicle. Tasmania is one of the only states in Australia without a current trial of autonomous vehicles planned or underway. The RACT is strongly encouraging the government to be proactive and forward-thinking in this area, these legislation changes into account, plus road infrastructure and enforcement issues. We also encourage you to lobby your local candidates in the lead-up to the election via our website keeptasmaniamoving.com.au

Midland Highway, north of Tunbridge


IN OUR COMMUNITY

KEY BUDGET PRIORITIES The priorities of our members define the approach to our advocacy activity. For this budget cycle, our members’ key priorities have been identified as follows:

COST Bring down the costs of motoring by ensuring there are no new motoring charges or taxes.

TOURISM Increase the safety of tourists and Tasmanian motorists through greater investment in key tourist roads, including: • • • • •

Hastings Caves Rd; Richmond Rd between Cambridge and Richmond; Arthur Highway at Eaglehawk Neck; Wielangta Rd; and Bruny Island.

FUTURE MOBILITY Provide for the future of mobility through: • • •

Statewide electric vehicle infrastructure; Vision for emerging mobility technologies; and Car-sharing legislation and framework.

SAFETY Increase motorist safety by upgrading our problem roads. RACT’s road infrastructure priorities include: • • • • • •

10 Year Bass Highway Plan; 10 Year Greater Hobart Plan; 10 Year Midland Highway Plan; Huon Highway at Sandfly; West Tamar Highway between Rosevears and Grindelwald; and East Tamar Highway at University Way.

We are also advocating to: • • • •

Upgrade the entire state road network to a minimum three star AusRAP rating. Develop and promote multimedia driving and road safety resources for tourists. Establish safe infrastructure and support education programs for vulnerable road users. Increase the visibility of police on Tasmanian roads.

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FROM THE GROUP CEO

ABOUT YOUR RACT PRESIDENT Kathryn Westwood VICE PRESIDENT Peter Dixon BOARD Peter Joyce Phil Jones Jenny Self-Kowaluk Stuart Slade Pieter Kolkert

Josephine Archer Jude Franks Sue Smith Risden Knightley Alison Flakemore

Harvey Lennon

GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE Harvey Lennon HEAD OFFICE/HOBART BRANCH 179-191 Murray Street, Hobart Ph: (03) 6232 6300 Fax: (03) 6234 8784 OTHER BRANCHES Hobart, 1/110 Collins Street (03) 6222 9222 Launceston, Cnr York & George Streets (03) 6335 5633 Devonport, 68 Rooke Street Mall (03) 6421 1933 Ulverstone, 38 Reibey Street (03) 6490 8350 Burnie, 24 North Terrace (03) 6434 2933 Rosny Park, 2 Bayfield Street (03) 6212 6755 Glenorchy, Cnr Main Road & Terry Street (03) 6212 9588 Kingston, Shop 60 Channel Court (03) 6242 3200 EDITOR Paula Sward GPO Box 1292, Hobart 7001 Email: journeys@ract.com.au Ph: (03) 6236 4350 Fax: (03) 6234 8784 ADVERTISING journeys@ract.com.au PUBLISHED BI-MONTHLY BY The Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania Limited ABN 62 009 475 861 Every effort is made to ensure the authenticity of ad­ver­tise­ments including product testing where practicable. However, publication of an advertisement does not imply that the product or service carries the recommendation of RACT. If you wish to stop receiving Journeys, please contact the RACT on 6236 4350 or email journeys@ract.com.au. *Competition terms and conditions: www.ract.com.au/journeys-magazine No part of Journeys may be reproduced without permission. Copyright 2017 RACT DESIGN & PRODUCTION: Digital Ink PRINTING: PMP Victoria MAILHOUSE: D&D Mailing Services DISTRIBUTION: Australia Post ISSN 0818-5549 8 

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embers will notice something different about Roadside renewal notices and other member communications from this month. Each communication from RACT to members will highlight the savings they have made through the use of their RACT card when purchasing goods and services from our Royal Rewards partners. The Royal Rewards program provides members with exclusive benefits through a range of partners including automotive, lifestyle, retail, entertainment, dining and travel. The introduction of our eCards program in December added more than 40 retailers from across the country where members can save between 4% and 10%. More details can be found on page 5. From this month members can access a rolling total of their savings (where those savings exceed $10) for the past 12 months via our Member Hub. This total will also be included on Roadside renewal statements and in our monthly eNews. It is a great way to track how much you have saved by being a member of RACT. Towards the end of last year, the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) announced its decision to oppose BP Australia Pty Ltd’s proposed acquisition of Woolworths Limited’s retail service station sites. The decision, which was applauded by the RACT at the time, will ensure that there is no further reduction of competition in Tasmania. We provided extensive information to the ACCC during its investigation, and expressed our concern that the proposed merger would further reduce the level of competition in Tasmania.

As I have noted previously, Tasmania experiences higher than average fuel prices than the rest of Australia due to a lack of competition in the market. In responding to the ACCC investigation, we highlighted that there were a number of locations in Tasmania, including Lindisfarne and Kingston in southern Tasmania, that (at the time) were only serviced by a Woolworths and BP fuel retailer. These areas would be heavily impacted by the reduced competition if the pmerger had occurred as proposed. The two major projects underway within the Destinations business – transforming the Freycinet Lodge property on the east coast and construction of a new Gordon River Cruises vessel for the west coast – are continuing to progress well. The nine Coastal Pavilions at Freycinet are due to open on 15 March. We are offering a special members’ test drive rate, details for which can be found on page 2. The RACT is also working with other local industry operators to develop a range of experiences in the area to enhance a stay at the Lodge. Meanwhile, the new Gordon River Cruises vessel currently under construction in Hobart has been officially named Spirit of the Wild. The name was chosen to reflect the UNESCO Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area’s rugged, wild and pristine nature, and the RACT’s journey that takes passengers deep into the wilderness and brings to life west coast history. It is also worth reflecting on another positive set of visitor stats for the state. For the 12 month ending September 2017, Tasmania welcomed 1.28 million visitors, an increase of 8% compared to the previous 12 months. Total visitor spending and total nights spent in the state over the same period also increased to $2.3 billion and 10.73 million nights respectively. The stats also indicated growth in visitor numbers across each regional area, which is obviously good news for our properties. In the 12 months to September 2017, the east coast experienced 10% growth while the Cradle Coast region enjoyed 7% growth.


Students from New Norfolk Primary School learn to be RoadSafe.

‘The students have really enjoyed the selfdirected learning that the program supports.’

Teaching our kids to be RoadSafe

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he RACT has completed trials of its new RoadSafe resource, designed for use in Grade 3 and 4 classrooms, and will roll it out at schools across the state from this month. Late last year RACT piloted the new website at four Tasmanian primary schools, which demonstrated high levels of student engagement and benefits above and beyond road safety learnings. ‘The students have really enjoyed the selfdirected learning that the program supports,’ St Aloysius Catholic College Grade 4 teacher Megan Hickey said. ‘Our Grade 4 team has even developed an assessment for the students based on bike safety. Using the information they can find on their accounts, the students have put together a brochure or poster on riding safely around our new bike track at the Huntingfield Campus (to be built in 2018), which hits our Australian Curriculum targets for Health this term. So it’s been even better than we thought!’ The free online resource provides students with opportunities to explore road safety through a range of learning tools designed to promote safe behaviour as a passenger, pedestrian, rider and general road user. Videos, games and activities are complemented by comprehensive quiz sets that students can complete as a class, individually or in small groups. ‘Quiz performance can be monitored by teachers and other admin users with a dashboard, providing an overview of what

students do and don’t know about road safety, thereby identifying gaps in knowledge and opportunities for future learning,’ RACT Community Manager Will Oakley said. RACT RoadSafe is designed to be used as a stand-alone tool for teachers, but facilitated road safety sessions can also be arranged on request. ‘With back to school in full swing, now is a great time for parents and teachers to be revisiting road safety with young children,’ Mr Oakley said. ‘There are so many different aspects to being safe on the road – such as a pedestrian, passenger and rider – and all require slightly different behaviours. ‘Through RACT RoadSafe we hope to educate younger children in all aspects of road safety, and gather knowledge about where we can direct our resources for future education programs.’ Mr Oakley said peak commuting times were statistically at their busiest immediately following the return of children to school. ‘After a couple of months without school zone speed limits, the 40km/h signs are active again and require a high level of vigilance from motorists,’ he said. ‘After all, students, particularly primary school students, are vulnerable road users and should be treated as such by motorists – even when you’re in a rush!’

Our pilot program revealed:

43.59% of students knew the difference between stop and give way signs, and what they must do.

44.38% knew how to get in and out of cars safely.

When it came to sharing,

56.42% knew how to share the road and footpath. When there are no crossings available,

57.62%

knew how to cross a road.

RACT IS SEEKING EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FROM PRIMARY SCHOOLS FOR 2018. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT RACT.COM.AU/EDUCATION.

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SAFER ROADS FOR WILDLIFE

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s detailed in the October/ November 2017 issue of Journeys, at least 500,000 native animals are hit by motor vehicles each year, making us one of the highest roadkill states in the world. Our members consistently raise concerns about the amount of roadkill on our roads, and the dangers that this presents for both motorists and other wildlife. The RACT has worked with The Wilderness Society, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Tasmanian Conservation Trust to develop an awareness campaign for drivers, highlighting some simple actions that can reduce roadkill. RACT Group Chief Executive Harvey Lennon said the threat that vehicles posed to wildlife – and vice versa – could be reduced by changing driver behaviour.

‘Drivers can significantly reduce the risk of colliding with animals by following the five key messages of the campaign,’ he said. ‘Developing an understanding of typical wildlife behaviour is also important as many animals will move suddenly and without warning into oncoming traffic.’ Mr Lennon said collisions with wildlife also posed a serious safety risk to vehicle occupants. ‘A study by the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety in Queensland found that 5.5% of all on-road serious casualties were caused by direct impact with an animal or swerving to avoid an animal,’ he said.

• Look out for road signs and roadkill – they indicate wildlife hotspots. • Take extra care driving between dusk and dawn. • Don’t throw food out of your car – it attracts animals. • Never swerve to avoid animals – slow down instead. • Roadkill attracts scavengers. If safe, move it off the road.

IF YOU COME ACROSS INJURED WILDLIFE, CONTACT BONORONG WILDLIFE RESCUE ON 0447 264 625 (0447 ANI MAL).

CARECARE ASSISTANCE REHABILITATION ASSISTANCE REHABILITATION

To find out if you are eligible for a HCP package you can contact us or call the national contact centre on 1800 200 422 or go to www.myagedcare.gov.au p f e w

(03) 6345 7398 Postal Address Street Address (03) 6345 7370 PO Box 338 65 Amy Road admin@arcss.com.au Newstead TAS 7250 Newstead TAS 7250 arcss.com.au ARC Support Services

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IN OUR COMMUNITY

HOW CAN WE HELP?

The RACT delivers free and paid road safety education through the state. Visit ract.com.au/education to register your interest, or contact education@ract.com.au

CHILD RESTRAINTS RACT, with the support of KidSafe Tasmania, regularly conducts free child restraint checks throughout the state and works with childcare centres and schools to conduct checks on-site. In addition, for a fee, RACT’s trained professionals can deliver training to organisations that require staff to have advanced child safety knowledge for vehicles.

PRIMARY EDUCATION The RACT RoadSafe online road safety resource is now available for use in Grade 3 and 4 classrooms throughout the state. It is designed for teachers as a stand-alone learning tool, but facilitated road safety sessions can be considered on request.

BUSINESS SAFETY

YOUNG DRIVERS

SENIOR DRIVERS

Also available for a fee, RACT conducts small and large group sessions with businesses that have staff on the road, to promote safe driving behaviours and explore low-risk, crash-free driving.

Schools with students in grades 10 to 12 can schedule a visit from RACT to deliver a practical activity that heightens awareness of the dangers of drink driving and texting while driving.

Available to seniors groups, RACT’s Years Ahead presentations explore general road and traffic issues, discuss how the road environment has changed over time and tests attendees on road rules.

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A night of music and stars

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he Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra’s RACT Symphony Under the Stars returns to fill our skies with music in February. This free, family-friendly event celebrates all there is to love about our Tasmanian summer – clear skies, fresh air and good company. To be held in the picturesque surrounds of Tolosa Park in Glenorchy and City Park in Launceston, RACT Symphony Under the Stars is a fantastic opportunity to experience orchestral music in a relaxed atmosphere. You can take a picnic to share with family and friends, sit back on a rug

and relax, enjoying the amazing music of the TSO under the guidance of conductor Elena Schwarz. The orchestra will perform pieces by Brahms, Debussy, Smetana and Borodin, along with performances by soloists Andrew Seymour, TSO Principal Clarinet, Emma McGrath, TSO Concertmaster, and David Nuttall, TSO Principal Oboe, all supported by the full orchestra. As principal sponsor of the event, the RACT will be onsite with activities for children. Keep an eye on ract.com.au/ symphonyunderthestars2018 for more details.

WE HAVE TWO VIP FAMILY PACKAGES TO GIVE AWAY – one in Hobart, one in Launceston – for two adults and two children to enjoy the event. The prize includes seating in the VIP area as well as a goodie bag. Visit ract.com.au/competitions

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW DATES AND LOCATIONS

PARKING AND ACCESS

SEATING

17 February, Tolosa Park, Glenorchy 24 February, City Park, Launceston

Glenorchy: A section of the park will be reserved for public parking.

TIMES

Glenorchy City Council will also provide a shuttle bus between the Glenorchy Bus Interchange in central Glenorchy to Tolosa Park. The bus will operate between 5.30pm-7pm and 9.45pm-10.45pm.

As this is an outdoor picnic-style event, no marquees, large tents or tall chairs are allowed. Feel free to bring your picnic blanket, beanbag, cushion or a low-line chair.

Music starts at 7pm and will end at approximately 9.30pm. The Tasmanian Youth Orchestra will perform from 6pm ahead of the Tolosa Park event. The St Patrick’s College Big Band will perform ahead of the City Park event, from about 6.15pm.

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Launceston: There is no event parking available at City Park and street parking will be limited.

FACILITIES Numerous portable toilets are available at both sites. There will also be food and drinks available on-site at the event, or you can bring your own.


FOOD AND DRINK Feel free to bring along a picnic. Alcohol is permitted. Please note that metal cutlery is not permitted and plastic knives and forks should be used. Glass bottles are permitted on both sites but please be careful! We ask that all drinking containers be plastic. Recycling bins will be available on both sites to dispose of containers after the event. Also, bear in mind that space can be limited so large eskies and hampers should be kept to a minimum.

There will be access to drinking water on both sites. In Glenorchy, there will be a barbecue sausage stall operated by the Lindisfarne Rotary Club, with proceeds going towards Rotary projects. Hamlet Café will operate a hot beverage stall. In Launceston, food and cold drinks (including beer and wine) will be available from the barbecue sausage stall operated by the Launceston Rotary Club, with proceeds going towards Rotary projects.

Tea and coffee will be available from Victorias on the Park, adjacent to the Albert Hall.

WHAT IF IT RAINS? A decision based on the weather conditions will be made on the morning of the event. If the event is cancelled, it will be publicised on the TSO website, TSO Facebook page and ABC local radio, along with the RACT’s social media channels.

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POLICE PRESENCE INCREASES ACROSS THE STATE

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n case you hadn’t noticed, Tasmania Police have ‘been everywhere’ over the summer break, and will continue a strong presence on our roads particularly during long weekends and the Easter break. It’s all part of the Road Safety Advisory Council’s 10-year strategy to reduce deaths and injuries on our roads to fewer than 200 by 2026. ‘If every Tasmanian accepts that goal can be achieved – and there couldn’t possibly be anyone who would not agree with that proposition – then every Tasmanian has a responsibility to ensure that they and everyone else are safe on our roads,’ Road Safety Advisory Council (RSAC) chair Garry Bailey says. ‘Every year the lives of hundreds of Tasmanians are changed forever – in seconds. ‘Thousands of Tasmanian lives have been affected by road trauma and that’s not just those who have been killed or injured. Your life and the lives of others are in your hands. Safe roads are everyone’s business.’

RSAC launched its Drive Safe campaign late last year, reminding drivers that police could be anywhere. ‘Speed, inattention, drink-driving, distractions, impatience and failing to drive to the conditions are the main causes of fatal or serious injury crashes,’ Mr Bailey said. ‘Driving safely will help reduce the chances of crashing – and getting caught by police.’ RACT Group Chief Executive Harvey Lennon welcomed the RSAC’s commitment to raising awareness and reducing incidents on our roads. ‘Tasmania’s road toll has been going in the wrong direction in recent years,’ he said. ‘Therefore, we encourage all drivers to make 2018 a safe year on Tasmanian roads. ‘Statistically, learner drivers are the safest drivers on the road, while P-platers are the most at risk. ‘We encourage inexperienced drivers to enjoy the privilege of driving around Tasmania, but do it carefully and sensibly.’

Don’t Don’t forget, forget, we we could could be be anywhere. anywhere. Drive Drivesafe. safe.

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A CHANCE TO CONNECT

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ell-known Tasmanian textile artist Debra Wills is partnering with Cradle Mountain Hotel to provide a truly immersive experience for three days in April. Discover the magic of Cradle Mountain through an exclusive art experience where you will learn the art of plant dyeing, experimentation, basic bookbinding, and using textiles and paper to make your own personalised journal. ‘This is a wonderful opportunity to really connect to the environment, take time out for yourself and get creative under the guidance of an extraordinary artist,’ curator Kylie Eastley said. Participants will have three days working with the artist, exploring Cradle Mountain and savouring the flavours and comfort of Cradle Mountain Hotel. The experience will leave participants, both experienced and beginners, relaxed and inspired. This exciting package* includes workshop tuition, all materials, a welcome drink in the Hotel Bar, two nights’

accommodation with complimentary upgrade to a split-level King Room, a full buffet breakfast on the mornings of 28 and 29 April, free entry to the Wilderness Gallery and access to the hotel spa and other hotel facilities. Only six places are available for the workshop, which will be held 27-29 April 2018, and bookings can be made by calling (03) 6492 1404. * Workshop fee is $1000 with 50% deposit payable upon booking. A 14-day cancellation policy applies.

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OUR LOW PRICE PROMISE

Conditions: Our Low Price Promise is more than a marketing promise, it’s our promise to you our RACT member that at the time of booking (valid for new bookings only), subject to normal holiday availability and based on Australian registered businesses and websites and for travel departing from an Australian Port, we promise to beat any valid available holiday quote presented in writing for the same airline, cruiseline, tour operator and departure date in the same cabin/grade/fare type/share basis/ booking class/code. Available means that the other quote is current, confirmed in writing, genuine and available to be booked at the time you present it to us. If the quoted holiday content is not available, we will offer you the best available alternative that will suit your requirements. Fares available due to membership of a group or corporate entity or subscription to a closed user group, including time share membership offers, are excluded. In the unlikely event that we cannot match a quoted price on your international holiday we will pay for you (RACT Member) to fly free to Sydney or Melbourne to meet your flight.

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FIND IT ALL ONLINE

For all the latest news and exclusive stories visit our RACT Member Hub or the news section of our website at ract.com.au

CAMPAIGN TARGETS VISITING DRIVERS ​ he RACT has welcomed the T announcement of a new Road Safety Advisory Council campaign targeting visiting drivers to the state, which will help address concerns from members that were put forward as part of our Tasmanian Election Priorities and State Budget submission. Read more at hub.ract.com.au

KEEP LEFT

NEW LAWS AROUND LANE FILTERING To improve traffic flow in Tasmanian cities, new laws about motorcycle lane filtering took effect in late January. These clarify the laws for both motorists and motorcyclists, and are part of the National Road Rules. Visit rsac.tas.gov.au for more information.

BATTERY CHECKS

KEYS2DRIVE

ROAD SAFETY

Your car battery does a lot of work in summer as well as winter, and we recommend you have yours checked – especially if it is approaching three years old.

The RACT has welcomed the Federal Government’s decision to extend its highly successful learner driver program, Keys2Drive, which assists learners and their supervisors.

Do you have a concern about road safety in your local area? Our Regional Advisory Committees meet regularly to discuss and progress issues.

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YOUR VIEWS Cause for concern

I am concerned with the number of motorists who don’t switch on their headlights, and some of the latest colours are hard to see, particularly early morning and evening. Many modern car indicators are easy to see at night but difficult to see in daylight, especially front ones. I had a terrifying ordeal a few days ago. I was travelling at 100-105km/h on the highway going to Launceston, only to have a B-double sit in my tail, flashing his lights, because he could not get past me. I thought these trucks were limited to 100km/h. I have no hesitation reporting the registration numbers of offenders to the Tasmanian Police. It is a dangerous practice and a major contributor of accidents according to the insurance industry. We are continually being told to slow down, drive to the conditions, 110 is the limit not a

challenge and thousands of dollars are spent on road safety ads like Towards Zero, yet these messages fail to get through to some people. Derek Thompson, Moltema

Having travelled from the south of the state up north, although the roads have a long way to go, they are a huge improvement to what they once were. The weather was appalling and so many cars travelled with only park lights on (they got their name for a reason people) or no lights at all! The main culprit were dark and silver cars. I was actually surprised at the minimal effect DRLs had in poor weather. Having stopped for various reasons, I saw cars in the area with very low tread to bald tyres, but sure they still do the full speed limit indicated. Then there is the shredded wiper rubber inserts. How can they see where they are going? Is $20 really worth risking

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We agree that basic vehicle maintenance is something that should be treated more urgently by many motorists. RACT’s policy is that lights should be on low-beam while driving on highways and when poor conditions are present. In the lead-up to winter every year we also conduct Winter Safety Checks that examine tyres, headlights, battery load, wiper condition etc. Statistics tell us that the overwhelming majority of crashes are caused by human error, as opposed to vehicle or road condition issues. However, as you suggest, there are a few very simple steps that motorists can take to ensure their vehicles are in a suitable condition, which would improve the safety of the roads for all of us. – RACT

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With regard to the minimum overtaking safety margin of 1.5m for cyclists, can I suggest that it be made illegal for a cyclist to ride closer than 1.5m to a motor vehicle? This would make it fairer for us all, instead of slugging the motorist at every opportunity. After all, the roads are built and funded by motor vehicles, where cyclists pay diddly-squat! Why don’t we have cyclists pay a registration fee, like they do in some overseas countries? As a cyclist, I would happily part with a few dollars every year or five to give myself a voice. Let’s share the onus more evenly in this matter. John Young, Devonport

What’s beneath the surface? We are now able to enjoy the significant improvements effected by roadworks on the Midland Highway. However, motorists will have noticed that already, particularly on curves, the new surface is breaking away.

This means flying stones, particularly caused by heavy vehicles with trailers. It also means that the recent works will have to be revisited in the near future with associated disruption to traffic. I know nothing about relative costs of laying different surfaces. However, it seems that the State Government has specified an inferior surface. It appears that rather than laying proper bitumen, a decision has been taken to spray tar and attempt to bond stones in that material. So it appears to me as a layman that the chosen system is clearly less durable than the alternative.

type of traffic and distance of works from urban areas. Asphalt is a road surface commonly used in urban and high traffic areas in Tasmania. Because asphalt needs to retain heat to stay workable, its use can be limited by distance of works from the production plant. Asphalting costs around three to four times as much as spray sealing. While the aim is always to build road projects without any defects, occasionally they do occur. Contractors must repair defective work as part of the standard contract process, without additional cost to Tasmanian taxpayers. – Department of State Growth

Lewis Prince, Taroona

Spray sealing is the most frequently used road surfacing technique in Australia and has been used on Tasmania’s rural roads, including the Midland Highway, for many decades. The process involves spraying bitumen on the road and then rolling stones (aggregate) into the bitumen. Spray sealing is used on locations like those along the Midland Highway due to a number of factors, such as volume and

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hen it comes to demystifying petrol, the most important thing you need to know is the Research Octane Number (RON), which is a standard measure of performance of a fuel measured in a variable combustion engine. In an internal combustion engine that runs on petrol, a fuel-air mixture is compressed in the combustion chamber and ignited by a spark plug to create an explosion and push the piston back down, creating turning torque on the crankshaft. In simple terms, the higher the octane number, the higher compression an engine can use. If the compression ratio is too high and the octane rating is too low, the fuel-air mixture can start to ignite before the spark plug fires. This creates engine knock, which can damage pistons and cylinder heads and is generally very expensive to fix. Starting with straight petrol only at this point, it is graded by octane number with 91, 95 and 98RON available at the pumps. The manufacturer will specify a specific grade of petrol for your car. They have designed and tuned the engine to run on this grade of fuel, so using a higher octane fuel won’t provide benefits. Similarly, prolonged use of a lower octane fuel will cause significant and expensive engine damage. The majority of vehicles currently on sale in Australia use 91RON, but increasingly manufacturers are using smaller capacity engines fitted with turbo chargers that require 95RON, with the higher performance versions of these requiring 98RON. Ethanol blends are also available in E10 and E85, with each containing no more than 10% or 85% of ethanol respectively. E10 is rated as 95RON. Most vehicles manufactured after 1986 should run on E10, but if you are considering using E10 it is best to double-check with your vehicle’s manufacturer if it is compatible. E85 is a 107RON blend, far above anything else available on the market. There are a few vehicles capable of running E85, flex-fuel Commodores being one of them. E85 is also used in racing engines due to its superior octane rating. The other technical component of fuel is its calorific value, or energy. It’s a bit like bang for buck, and this is where the difference between petrol and ethanol becomes more evident. Ethanol has around 30% less energy than an equivalent amount of straight petrol, but ethanol has a higher octane rating. Ethanol also burns cleaner than petrol so offers, in theory, reduced tailpipe emissions. However, because an E10-blend fuel increases consumption, this somewhat offsets the environmental benefits. We often get asked ‘will I get more power and better fuel consumption if I use a higher octane fuel?’ The short answer is ‘possibly’, but what is probable is that any power increases will be unnoticeable, and any improvement in economy will be more than surrendered by the additional 10-12 cents per litre you pay for 95 over 91RON.


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linders Island has long been the source of culinary delights for food-lovers the world over. On 14 and 15 April the island will celebrate its inaugural Food and Crayfish Festival, with revered chef David Moyle leading the way. ‘From my very first visit to Flinders I was hooked,’ he said. ‘I just really loved going there and in addition to the island itself I found the people so real and warm and friendly.’ Moyle will be joined by friends and fellow chefs James Viles (Biota), Matt Stone and Jo Barrett (Oakridge) and Mark Labrooy (Three Blue Ducks) in creating a long-table lunch, which will be a highlight of the weekend. They will spend five days on the island exploring, diving and foraging to create the menu. ‘It is such a great treat as a chef to be able to cook dishes directly from the location and connected to the land you are standing on. It just tastes so right,’ Moyle said. The crayfish will be supplied by Jack Wheatly, who at 74 is the only cray fisherman left on the island. Other ingredients will be sourced from the island’s many producers.

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Jack Wheatly with a prized catch.

A large number of members of the local community will be involved in the event, including the local Men’s Shed, who are making the long tables for the lunch, and locals will be lending chairs from their own dining tables. Additional produce for the weekend is currently being grown in time for the weekend festivities. The aim is to have as little as possible freighted in for the event. FOR MORE INFORMATION AND FOR TICKETS VISIT VISITFLINDERSISLAND.COM.AU

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LIFE ON THE MOVE

First drives

With a raft of new models hitting the market, we check out the new Holden Equinox, Nissan Qashqai and Audi RS 5.

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FIRST DRIVES: HOLDEN EQUINOX ALEX FORREST

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y the time it was discontinued in late 2017, the Holden Captiva was 11 years old and had longer teeth than a hippopotamus. Despite that, it was still one of the biggest selling large SUVs in the country, outselling even the Hyundai Santa Fe and Mazda CX-9. Still, there is no doubt the Captiva was well overdue for replacement and the new Holden Equinox will fill part of the void left by its departure. Further bolstering Holden’s SUV range will be the larger, seven-seat Acadia, which will arrive in Australia in mid-2018. For now, Holden has replaced the smaller, five-seater versions of the Captiva with the Equinox, which was launched in December 2017. The Equinox is sourced from Chevrolet, which is owned by Holden’s parent company General Motors (GM). It is built in Mexico,

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but those Equinoxes bound for Australia will have dedicated suspension, steering and drivetrain tuning for our market, which was overseen by Holden engineers. This includes stiffer sway bars front and rear, specific damper tuning, suspension bushings and different power steering calibration. Further specific calibration work undertaken by Holden on the nine-speed auto has made the transmission seem smart and intuitive, despite the large number of cogs it is tasked with shuffling between. However, the biggest news about the Equinox is the giant leap in technology it represents compared to the Captiva, such as wireless phone charging and a driver’s seat that is connected to the parking sensors and vibrates on either side, depending on where an obstacle is. The Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone projection capability is standard across the Equinox range, and with Apple products that includes the Siri Eyes-Free voice recognition function. The base model LS includes a rear camera, six airbags and two ISOFIX anchorages in the back seat. That’s OK, but not class-leading given other medium SUVs offer auto braking as standard across the range.


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Moving up, the LS+ adds a suite of driver assistance features including autonomous emergency braking and lane departure warning. The LS+ is also where you get the buzzy seats, blind spot warning and the very useful rear cross-traffic alert. This and the entry level LS get the 1.5L petrol engine, which makes 127kW and 275Nm. Next up is the LT, which along with 18” wheels and SatNav also brings a 2.0L turbocharged petrol engine that produces 188kW and 353Nm, giving it a gutsy athleticism that makes for an involving and spirited drive by SUV standards. The LT will also introduce the option of a 1.6L turbo diesel with 100kW and 320Nm, which will join the line-up later in 2018. Opt for the LTZ and you’ll get 19” wheels, advance park assist (the ability to steer itself into a car park, with your supervision) and a powered tailgate, which can be activated by waving one of your feet under the rear of the vehicle. While this can be useful, I do prefer systems that sense the presence of the key at the rear of the vehicle without the need for any foot waving, which can be risky to do when holding shopping and/or children. The range-topping LTZ-V adds a sunroof, ventilated front seats and adaptive all-wheel drive system as standard. This system gives

drivers the unusual option of being able to decouple the rear wheels for better fuel efficiency when driving on sealed surfaces. Though I was able to try the two turbo-charged petrols at the Equinox’s Queensland launch, it was clear the effervescent new 2.0L turbo petrol will be the most engaging drivetrain of all three. With the 2.0L turbo drivetrain, the Equinox does indeed go, stop and steer very well for an SUV, so much so that it could put a smile on your face. The interior fit and finish is far better than that of the vehicle it replaces. The interior practicality is excellent with lots of storage, and ergonomics are fine, but it’s not quite as polished as the class-leading interiors such as those in the Volkswagen Tiguan and the Mazda CX-5. Still, the Holden Equinox is well-priced, starting at $29,990 drive away, innovative, sporty and a welcome new addition to the bustling mid-sized SUV market.

‘With the 2.0L turbo drivetrain, the Equinox does indeed go, stop and steer very well for an SUV, so much so that it could put a smile on your face.’

Alex Forrest is motoring writer for the RAC WA. Read his full review online at ract.com.au/holden-equinox. FINANCE IT WITH US! RACT FINANCE OFFERS LOW-RATE LOANS, NO ONGOING FEES AND FAST APPROVAL. APPLY ONLINE AT RACT.COM.AU/CAR-LOANS

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‘The first thing that struck me was space. The Qashqai boasts a roomy interior cabin and 430L rear boot ... making it one of the largest in its class.’

FIRST DRIVES: NISSAN QASHQAI PAULA SWARD

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ith only three spec levels and few variants, the new Nissan Qashqai is a more refined version of the original, which was first brought to Australia in 2008 as the Dualis before being rebadged as the Qashqai in 2014. Having driven several of its competitors in this segment, I was curious to see what would set it apart from the others. The first thing that struck me was space. The Qashqai boasts a roomy interior cabin and 430L rear boot (increasing to 1598L with the rear seats folded down), making it one of the largest in its class. While the interior isn’t flashy, it is comfortable and serviceable, with leather accented ‘D’ shape steering wheel, gear shift knob and boot; one-touch and remote open/close windows; and 5” Advanced DriverAssist Display in the base spec ST, moving up to 7” colour touch screen in the higher variants. The higher variants also benefit from Sat Nav, Around View Monitor with moving object detection, six-way power driver’s seat adjustment and heated front seats. The top spec Ti, which won’t be available in Australia until mid-2018, will also have Nappa leather interior, driver’s seat memory, power front passenger seat and intelligent cruise control. Exterior styling is also smooth and understated, with the introduction of a vibrant Vivid Blue a definite attraction for those wanting a little more flash. All specs get the new Nissan Intelligent Mobility technology, which features intelligent emergency braking with forward collision warning as standard across the range. Moving up to the higher spec N-Tec (a special launch edition) and Ti you also get blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert and intelligent park assist and driver alert, with the Ti also coming with ‘intelligent lane intervention’, which essentially keeps you within your selected lane and prevents you from veering off-course. In the entertainment department Nissan hasn’t gone overboard, but iPod compatible USB port and bluetooth audio streaming are included across the range, along with 32 

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digital radio in the ST-L variants and above. All variants are powered by a 2.0L four-cylinder engine, delivering 106kW @ 6000 rpm and 200Nm of torque @ 4400 rpm. Fuel economy is quoted as 7.7L/100km for the manual (only offered in the base variant ST) and 6.9L/100km for the Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT). I found the CVT engine a little slow to respond when accelerating, which was surprising given the starting price tag of more than $29K and the target demographic. I would want a little more oomph for my money. The other surprise was the suspension, or lack thereof, considering the focus Nissan says it was given during development. Interestingly, it was very springy over the sealed sections of the drive, but when off-road it was more than comfortable. And considering there is no AWD option, the steering handled very well in the looser gravel sections. Actually the steering all-round was on-point, with the improvements resulting in better precision and a feeling of overall control. Adjustable steering also allows the driver to select between sport and normal modes, depending on your preference. The other impressive improvement is less road noise – a common complaint in the SUV market. The new Qashqai has more sound insulation material inside the front doors and behind the rear wheel arches, along with additional sealing around the front doors and an increase in the thickness of the rear-door glass by 0.5mm to 3.85mm. Starting from $29,490 drive away for the manual ST variant, it will be interesting to see how these improvements stack up against its competitors. Read the full review online at ract.com.au/nissan-qashqai FINANCE IT WITH US! RACT FINANCE OFFERS LOW-RATE LOANS, NO ONGOING FEES AND FAST APPROVAL. APPLY ONLINE AT RACT.COM.AU/CAR-LOANS


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FIRST DRIVES: AUDI RS 5 COUPE DARREN MOODY

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he heart and soul of the previous generation Audi RS 5 was the screaming 4.2L V8 engine. The theatre created as it approached 8000rpm was aural nirvana to any sports car enthusiast, so when news broke that the second generation would be getting a twin turbo V6, I almost shed a tear. However, it wouldn’t be all sad news. The new 2.9L V6 has its twin turbos sitting ‘hot-side – inside’, the 90-degree ‘V’ producing exactly the same 331kW as the V8 (not a coincidence I’d imagine), but it also offers a massive 170Nm torque boost with 600Nm available from just 1900rpm through to 5000rpm. A standard RS sport exhaust system provides some crackle and pop, with some blat as the eight-speed torque converter auto rapidly up-shifts.

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Drive is of course via Audi’s Quattro AWD system, capable of shuffling drive front to rear in varying ratios. The default is 40:60 F/R but up to 85% can go to the rear and 70% to the front. The rear diff is a sports electromechanical unit that further distributes drive to where it is most needed. The new engine and an overall weight reduction of 60kg deliver a 16% improvement in fuel consumption and it will get from zero to 100km/h in 3.9 seconds, 0.6sec faster than the model it replaces. Suspension is Audi’s Dynamic Ride Control system with adjustable dampers. On the launch drive traversing Tasmania’s west coast we predominantly used the comfort setting, which was everyday livable. A couple of stints in dynamic was fine when the road surface was good, but uncomfortable as the surface

quality deteriorated. The ‘hot-side – inside’ turbos meant no lag – throttle response is instantaneous with the RS 5 punching out of corners at a relentless pace. Huge 20” wheels with 275mm section tyres are standard, with an optional lightweight milled wheel also available. Stopping power is provided by huge six-piston front calipers clamping 375mm rotors, while two piston calipers are fitted to the rear.


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Externally the RS 5 is 15mm wider in the body than a standard A5, with bulges added to the wheel arches to allow a wider track. A bespoke single frame grille, bumper with huge air intakes either side, and a contrasting blade below the grille highlight the front. It’s a look that means business. At the rear is an RS-specific diffuser insert, oval tailpipes and vertical air outlets on the outer edges of the LED rear lights, and a surface-mounted spoiler lip on the boot.

Inside it is pure Audi class – RS sport Nappa leather seats featuring honeycomb stitching, with the front pews being electrically adjustable with a massage function. An RS-specific virtual cockpit dashboard, flat-bottom multi-function wheel with shift paddles, carbon

decorative trim, along with a high-end 755W Bang and Olufsen 3D sound system as part of the overall entertainment package. The RS 5 will cost you $156,600 (plus on-road costs) and according to Audi contains an additional $24,000 in value over the previous model.

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uited for both families and couples, the New Age Road Owl models have been created to provide an opportunity for explorers to begin their travelling journey in a caravan. Whether it be upgrading from a tent and camper or advancing straight into an affordable full-height caravan, New Age Caravans are making it possible for more Australians to embrace the caravanning lifestyle. These exciting new value-targeted products are part of the New Age Caravans strategy that will entice a new group of consumers to buy a New Age caravan and introduce them into the brand, while at the same time maintaining the quality of existing products. New Age is committed to selling a new way of living and a lifestyle. These models are limited to standard options, providing the customer the

opportunity to add one of the two available optional upgrade packs – Comfort or Adventurer. The Comfort Pack will equip the models with technological luxuries including air conditioner, 24” Smart TV c/w bracket, 1x100 AGM battery, display unit – BP35BM, TV Winegard Antenna and external speakers. The Adventurer Pack is perfect for the more outgoing traveller. On top of the Comfort pack additions it includes Alko IRS suspension, Goodride A/T 16” wheels, 150W solar panel c/w controller, 184L fridge (not available on the 16ft), reverse camera, Silver Hi Profile Stucco Cladding, Checkerplate Wheel Spats, High Gunmetal Grey Checkerplate, 110L water tank (second), 9kg gas bottle (second), Bumper Bar Straight, Recessed Coupling, Manual Double Step, Gas Bayonet & Hose and picnic table.

16FT ENSUITE REAR ENTRY MODEL This model comprises a full ensuite, gas and electric hot water service and bluetooth head unit. With an innerspring queen mattress, Alko ESC and battery management system, this van still has great creature comforts that couples can now afford. RRP $44,990 With Comfort Pack: $49,490 With Adventurer Pack: $55,740

18FT ENSUITE MODEL Boasting a comfortable café dinette, innerspring mattress and large shower, this van will suit passionate travellers or weekend warriors of all types. The 164L fridge and side awning is the perfect provision for those relaxed breaks. RRP $46,990 With Comfort Pack: $51,490 With Adventurer Pack: $60,490

19FT BUNK ENSUITE MODEL Encompassing triple bunks, a full ensuite and a U-shaped lounge, families will comfortably feel right at home in this new model. The 164L fridge, microwave, cooktop and mini grill provides oodles for the family’s meal preparation, and at this price, they won’t be cooking just noodles. RRP $48,490 With Comfort Pack: $52,990 With Adventurer Pack: $61,990 Please note prices are subject to change.

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Call of the wild The Tasman Peninsula is known for its remote and rugged coastline. We explore its natural wonders and its history on both land and water.

Tasman Island Cruises around Tasman Island. Image: Tourism Tasmania and Joe Shemesh

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Coastal splendour PAULA SWARD

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am definitely a land-lover, and the thought of being out in a small boat on open water off Tasmania’s coastline makes my stomach turn. So when I won two tickets on Pennicott Wilderness Journeys, the smile plastered on my face did little to hide the turmoil within. But in the spirit of being brave, and after reassuring words from the Pennicott staff, I decided to give the Tasman Island cruise a whirl. The day for our cruise dawned bright and sunny. I had pre-checked the forecast with the booking office the night before, and was again reassured they would do their utmost to keep us comfortable, and that the weather was coming from the south-west, which meant the coastline would afford us a bit of shelter. I held my nerve as one of our guides described a low-pressure system building off the south coast of Western Australia, and studiously ignored the reports of a 3.5m shark sighting off Fortescue Bay. The staff were so relaxed and immediately put me at my ease – if they weren’t worried, why should I be? Donning a rather fetching red poncho we snagged a seat at the back of the boat (‘stern’ for those in the know), where I was told we would experience the least stomach-lurching bumps. I armed myself with some ginger tablets and my bravest smile, mostly to convince myself and my family that it would be A-OK. 40 

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I needn’t have worried. From the first turn around the point at Pirates Bay I was mesmerised by this stunning coastline – and all thoughts of seasickness were gone. I had seen the geological wonders of Tasman Arch and Devil’s Kitchen from land many times, but never from the water. Vast, horizontally stacked rock faces punctured with mysterious sea caves, dotted with fossils and fringed by kelp rose before us. Our guides told fascinating stories about these formations and their origins, and even our six-year-old sat enraptured by the scene before him. More wonder unfolded as we cruised past the famous Candlestick and Totem Pole – popular with rock climbers the world over – and I marvelled at how these intrepid adventurers can trek out to Cape Hauy, climb down its face, pendulum swing across to the next rock face, and conquer these towering dolerite forms. Gazing up at the smooth-looking surface of the Totem Pole, I have no idea how they find enough hand or foot-holds to scale it to the top. We’re told by our guides at times there is a leap of faith in this daring escapade. Wildlife abounds in this area, and we are treated to the sights of a feeding albatross, which with a wing span of about two metres requires the strong winds off our coast to even become airborne, and some Australian fur seals, basking on the rocks after a

night of hunting and play. The guides were careful not to disturb them, but still ensured we all got a good view and had a chance for photographs along the way. It was during this stop that it could have all gone pear-shaped. Master six declared he wasn’t feeling well, and his ghost-white face punctuated this fact. But, like a hero, our guide stepped in and got him on his feet and facing into the wind, which was rapidly becoming more bracing as the low pressure system kicked in. The cooling fresh air and distraction soon brought the colour back to his cheeks, and as the boat picked up speed he was laughing and enjoying the ride with the rest of us. Within 10 minutes he was declaring he wanted to skipper one of Rob Pennicott’s boats one day. With the scenery and the fresh, open air, who could blame him? As we ventured further south we could see the clouds building. Safely ensconced in the purpose-built ‘little yellow boats’ I knew we wouldn’t encounter trouble, but I did fear for the smaller fishing vessels we spied during our voyage. Our trip coincided with the opening of the Tasmanian rock lobster (or ‘crays’ to the locals) season and enthusiastic fishermen laden with pots and buoys were out in force – as were the local marine law enforcement, who we made sure we gave a wave to on the way past.


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The remains of the haulage system on Tasman Island can still be seen today.

If I thought the rock formations higher up the coast were impressive, they were nothing compared to the highest cliffs on Australia’s coastline – and indeed in the Southern Hemisphere – at Cape Pillar. Our boat was dwarfed by these 300m high beauties as we sat at the base, craning our necks to see to the top. Tasman Island is surrounded by similarly sheer cliffs, albeit not quite as high, and one of the highest lighthouses in Australia. Built in 1906 from cast-iron plates bolted together on a concrete base, there are records of it swaying severely in stormy conditions, so much so that the lamp mantle fractured on several occasions. The brave souls who lived there had to have everything (including themselves) transported by a flying fox extending hundreds of feet from a rock about 25 feet above sea level to a ledge on the island about 100 feet above the sea. From there, an engine-driven

‘I felt not only a sense of achievement that I had braved and conquered my fear of open water, but also amazement at the natural beauty that I would have missed...’ winch traversed a steep tramline up a cliff to about 700 feet, followed by a horse-drawn tramway to the lighthouse, a further 700 feet above sea level. Remains of this primitive transport system are still visible from the water today. The lighthouse was automated in 1976 and the station de-manned in 1977. Given the remoteness and severe weather conditions, it’s a wonder anyone wanted to live there at all. But the weather doesn’t seem to worry the Australian fur seals that inhabit the island’s coastline. We got a great look at them hanging out on the rocks and

in the ‘seal spa’ – a natural rock-formed pool at the base of Tasman Island. As we turned for home (or more accurately, port), I felt not only a sense of achievement that I had braved and conquered my fear of open water, but also amazement at the natural beauty that I would have missed seeing had I not screwed up my courage and jumped on board. I am very grateful to the Pennicott Wilderness Journeys crew, who figuratively held my hand through this journey. It’s little wonder this cruise has won multiple awards. I can’t wait to add another to my bucket list. FEBRUARY / MARCH 2018

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ur guide Tammy fixed her gaze on me and politely enquired ‘How old are your sons?’ Upon my reply of ‘six and 10’, her eyes dropped to them: ‘Oooh, bad luck for the 10-year-old – he would have ended up here’… and so the picture of Point Puer Boys’ Prison started to take shape in our minds. It’s hard to imagine being 10 years old and shipped off to the other end of the world from your family for committing what these days would be considered a minor offence. And it’s almost impossible to imagine how the 3000 boys who were sent to Point Puer – the first separate boys’ prison in the British Empire – survived its appalling conditions. 42 

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That’s not to say some of them didn’t deserve to be punished, but I do wonder whether the separation of the boys from the men in the larger prisons across the water at Port Arthur had the desired effect of rehabilitation, or if putting all of those boys on an island in the middle of nowhere was just the government of the day’s way of keeping them ‘out of sight, out of mind’. Whichever it was, the experiment was short-lived (only 15 years) once other separate prisons were built across the globe, and the buildings slowly dismantled to be used elsewhere on the site. What now remains is quite a pretty point of land with a lovely beach and turquoise water, and very little in the way of historic buildings, making it even more challenging for Tammy

to weave her tale. And yet weave it she did, with great talent and a dry wit that kept us all amused. Hearing my 10-year-old recount the stories Tammy told during the tour, I know the picture she painted was a strong – if not slightly frightening – one. While the Port Arthur Historic Site is known for its iconic buildings such as the Penitentiary and Convict Church, it is the guides’ role to bring these longabandoned locations to life – and keep you coming back for more. It is a role they undertake with great relish. Tammy has been working as a guide at the site for 15 years, but her passion for the area and its history extends back much further after the discovery of an ancestral connection to one of the constables who worked at Point Puer.


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ABOVE FROM LEFT: A guide weaves the tale of Point Puer; part of the new gallery at the Port Arthur Historic Site; visitors to Port Arthur get a tour.

She is not the only guide we encountered during our visit who showed a great passion and interest for the site and bringing its history to life. It’s little wonder visitors flock to this location, and with so much to see and do return time and time again. It has been quite a few years since I visited the site, and I noticed immediately the amount of work that has gone into making it a world-class visitor experience.

the most out of your visit. The whole process is smooth and hassle-free and doesn’t make you feel like just another number, despite the hundreds of visitors they see each day. It is definitely the people – both past and present – who make the Port Arthur experience. From the car park attendants to the frontline service staff to the 40 guides who work at the site in peak season, everyone has an interest in and knowledge about the site.

‘... it is the guides’ role to bring these longabandoned locations to life – and keep you coming back for more. It is a role they undertake with great relish.’ From the moment you arrive at the new Visitor Centre the scene is set – the staff are friendly yet professional, taking you through the multitude of options for exploring the site. They take into account your interests, demographics (for example, we were pointed towards the most interesting and engaging activities for the children) and the amount of time you have to spend on-site, and then make recommendations for how to get

While we could have gone on an introductory tour, we chose to wander the historic ruins unguided, taking in the painstakingly restored buildings and cottages at our leisure. The vast spaces are carefully linked through interpretive panels that weave a tale of the original inhabitants and their daily lives. So much work has been done to restore not only the buildings but the surrounding lawns and gardens to help paint the picture of the original

workings of the site, and interactive displays build layers into the story as you explore and discover. One of the most interesting interpretive displays is the Separate Prison, where you can see recreations of how this experimental disciplinary building would have looked in the 1850s. The perimeter walls have been reconstructed to capture the feeling of separation and isolation. Soundscape artworks bring the Chapel space to life, and 19th Century portraits, text and other images explain what life was like for both the prisoners and the staff. You can also close yourself into one of the solitary confinement punishment cells. The effect is truly suffocating. All of this creates a chilling enactment of this ‘punishment of the mind’, which was chosen as a method of reformation over harsh physical punishment. It’s difficult to know which would have been more horrifying. We re-entered the present-day world onto the sweeping green lawns of the site, grateful that we were born in a time and place that recognises the significance of preserving our history, but that we don’t have to relive it first-hand. We are truly lucky to have such a world-class experience on our doorstep. portarthur.org.au FEBRUARY / MARCH 2018

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Tourism Tasmania and Toby Story

‘We’ll paddle into sea caves and disappear into slots in the land, with our kayaks making us almost as agile and versatile as the wildlife that’s so prolific here.’

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t’s lunchtime in Fortescue Bay. A seal tosses a cuttlefish across the water, tearing it to pieces, while another pair of seals are on the hunt in the shallows of nearby Bivouac Bay. Metres away, and far more placidly, we drift ashore for our own lunch, with a morning of kayaking and some of Tasmania’s most dramatic coastal features now behind us. I’ve come to Fortescue Bay with Roaring 40ºs Kayaking to paddle for a day beneath the highest sea cliffs in Australia. Hikers here know Cape Hauy, and climbers know the Totem Pole, but kayaking brings an entirely new and intimate perspective. We paddle into sea caves and disappear into slots in the land, with our kayaks making us almost as agile and versatile as the wildlife that’s so prolific here. Inside Fortescue Bay this day, the water is as flat as a hotel sheet. Through the clearest water imaginable, the sandy shallows gleam far below us. Paddling out of the bay, we cling to the cliff line, where strands of kelp wave about as if signalling for our attention. But as we round a corner nearing Cape Hauy, suddenly the strands of kelp standing out of the water aren’t kelp at all. They’re the flippers of Australian fur seals. ‘There are fewer here than normal,’ says guide Mark Grundy, but even as we look at the jumble of boulders lining the shore, so many of the rocks seem to be moving, for they too are seals. As we drift closer to shore, the seals

begin to get interested, slipping into the water and swimming towards our kayaks. ‘If a seal jumps up onto the nose of the kayak, don’t worry,’ Mark says. ‘They’re just curious – it has happened.’ Sightings such as this are almost guaranteed along this coast, but other wildlife encounters are also common. Dolphins are regular visitors into the bay, and Mark tells of a day last summer when a super-pod of more than 100 dolphins played around the kayaks. Humpback whales also appear regularly, and were sighted on more than a dozen of Roaring 40ºs trips here last season. ‘One whale swam past from about me to you away,’ Mark says... and he and I are in the same kayak. This coastline’s pin-up moment is now just metres away. Where Cape Hauy ends, the rock stars begin, with the Candlestick and the famed Totem Pole squeezed into a sea canyon between the cape and the islands known as the Lanterns. The Totem Pole is regarded as one of the most scenic and exposed rock climbs on the planet. Last year three separate films about climbing the Totem Pole were finalists at the Banff Mountain Film Festival. When a southerly wind blows here, the canyon at the base of the Totem Pole turns into a brawl of tides and waves, but today it’s calm and beckoning. We paddle into the slot where cliffs and the two mighty sea stacks tower overhead. Our kayaks brush past the Candlestick and back out into sunlight.

A few seconds ago we were in the protected embrace of Fortescue Bay, now suddenly we’re in the wild Southern Ocean – 100m being all that separates the ocean’s moods. Above us, the cliffs of the Tasman Peninsula form a 300m high wall as they curl away south to Cape Pillar. Reluctantly paddling on, we squeeze back through the canyon and set out across Fortescue Bay to lunch. With the kayaks pulled ashore, a rock becomes our table for a spread of salad rolls, fresh coffee and a platter of Tassie cheese and fruit. The hard work is done for the day; the afternoon ahead is like a travelator on water. We exit Bivouac Bay to a view of Cape Hauy and the Candlestick as the shores around us pull back like theatre curtains. Past a large sea-eagle nest, we come to the wreck of the William Pitt, a ship scuttled in Canoe Bay to create a breakwater for small boats. Cormorants queue atop its rusted remains, shuffling comically as we nose the kayaks in and over the wreck. Briefly we pause, for this is one of the finest views anywhere along the Tasmanian coast. This ship, which was used to construct the original floating bridge across the River Derwent in Hobart, is now a rusted bird perch with a backdrop of Cape Hauy, the Candlestick and the Lanterns. As a retirement spot, it’s pretty much perfect. Tasman Peninsula kayak trip runs Monday and Friday, November to April, departing from Hobart. roaring40skayaking.com.au FEBRUARY / MARCH 2018

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An ideal spot for families PAULA SWARD

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aving stayed in quite a few Tasmanian caravan and cabin parks in the past couple of years, I have discovered there is a wide range of interpretations of the term ‘holiday park’. Some focus on accommodating as many people as possible, with little space for recreation within the park itself. Others are set up with wide open spaces and areas for families, and particularly children, to play. Winner of the Tasmanian Tourism Award for Caravan and Holiday Parks, the Port Arthur Holiday Park is one of the best-designed spaces for families that I have encountered. The park underwent a refurbishment in 2015 to include new cabins and two Safari tents that include all of the mod cons such as heating, kitchenette, bathroom, and TV/DVD and Foxtel. We stayed in one of the two-bedroom Peninsula Cabins, set on the hill overlooking the waters of Stewarts Bay. These well-designed cabins are ideally set up for families, with spacious indoor and outdoor living, great cooking facilities and even a corner spa to relax in.

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A look inside one of the park’s Peninsula Cabins.

But perhaps the best part of the set-up is the ‘pump track’ – a modular track system that keeps children of all ages entertained for hours on bikes, scooters and skates. Another unique feature is the camp kitchen with pizza oven. During school holidays, the park also runs family activities such as movie nights, cooking, face painting and outdoor activities such as treasure hunts and cricket. The park is beautifully situated on the shores of Stewarts Bay, with an easy walking track down to the bay and beach. It is also just a short drive to the area’s major attractions. RACT members get 10%* off at all NRMA holiday parks. *Conditions apply, visit nrmaparksandresorts.com.au for more details.


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EVENTS Cradle Mountain Film Fest 6-8 April 2018 Cradle Mountain

This weekend of adventure and film captures the essence of the Cradle Mountain region, including outdoor screenings, family friendly films, short adventure films, workshops and outdoor activities. A highlight will be the Tasmanian exclusive screening of Mountainfilm on Tour all the way from Telluride, Colorado. Entries are now open for the One Year In Tasmania Adventure Film Competition. cradlemountainfilmfest.com

Chi Kueng Renault Wong

King Island Long Table Festival

Kravats on the Lawn

This is a three-day event that showcases what King Island has to offer from paddock to plate. Including farm tours, kitchen sessions and a four-hour lunch. Everything is gathered and you get to meet with the growers and then help along with the chefs, before enjoying a long, lazy lunch. Many activities are included in a rare opportunity to see ‘behind the scenes’ of life on King Island.

Hosted by the Derwent Sailing Squadron, this hugely enjoyable day on the lawn features the ever popular mighty Kravats cranking great tunes all afternoon. Great music, food, drinks, atmosphere and great company. And it’s free. Food and refreshments will be available from 12.30pm with the Kravats commencing their music about 2pm.

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Mt Field National Park. Gwenda Oxley

Stormy weather approaching Chain of Lagoons. Keith Thompson

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BOOKS Tasmanian Whisky – The Devil’s Share Bernard Lloyd RRP $59.95

Most of us already know that Tasmania is home to a burgeoning whisky industry. However, many don’t realise the industry dates as far back as the state’s (and Australia’s) first distillery in The Cascades back in 1822. On an epic road trip that spanned five years and dozens (perhaps hundreds) of tipples, author Bernard Lloyd and publisher Paul County put together a fascinating and beautifully presented history of whisky in our island state. It also features a handy guide to distillers around the state.

The Catch – The story of fishing in Australia Anna Clark RRP $39.99

Author and avid fisher Anna Clark celebrates the enduring pleasure of fishing in our vast country bordered by coastline. Clark provides a unique insight into its history, from the first known accounts of Indigenous fishing and early European encounters with Australia’s waters, to the latest fishing trends; from the introduction of trout and fly-fishing to the challenges of balancing needs of commercial and recreational fishers. Of course, Tasmania features heavily, including the fascinating history of the first importing of salmon to Australia.

Eat Drink Love Tasmania Philip Kuruvita RRP $49.95

Eat Drink Love Tasmania brings together some of the amazing array of factors that make Tasmania such a unique place. It mixes adventure tourism and stunning scenery with fine dining and great wines and offers a glimpse into a world where there is still time to savour the really good things in life. The book looks at some of the unique experiences that are available here, from cycling trails to walking tracks and wilderness adventures as well as the great produce, the pristine environment in which it is grown or caught, and the creative souls who turn it into world-class food, wine and spirits. Featuring recipes from some of the state’s best-known chefs, including our own chefs at Cradle Mountain Hotel, Freycinet Lodge and Strahan Village, this book is a feast for the eyes, heart, soul and stomach! For a limited time RACT members can receive 20% off the RRP. For more details visit ract.com.au/hot-offers.

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All the answers to these questions can be found in the magazine. Entrants who get all the answers correct will go in the draw to win one of two $50 Woolworths WISH Gift Cards. T&Cs apply. To enter, visit ract.com.au/journeysmagazine. Good luck! 1: During our RoadSafe pilot program what percentage of children knew how to get in and out of cars safely? 44.38% 52.95% 41.22%

2: How many native animals are hit by motor vehicles on Tasmanian roads each year?

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54 Explore the sacred heart of Australia Stonehenge at sunset, United Kingdom.

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EXPLORE AUSTRALIA’S SACRED HEART

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ome to Australia’s most iconic natural wonder, the Red Centre boasts an ancient landscape and Indigenous culture that is nothing short of inspiring. The sheer size of Uluru and Kata Tjuta dominate the outback landscape, along with the likes of Kings Canyon. Then there’s the legendary Alice Springs, where you can go on an adventure through Simpsons Gap or the West MacDonnell Ranges.

MEMBER’S BONUS SAVE UP TO

$442

*

per couple

You’re sure to leave Australia’s heart with memories to last a lifetime. AAT Kings’ Short Breaks are an incredible way to explore the Red Centre for those who are looking for a quick getaway. Our tours will show you the best of the Outback. You’ll have the chance to witness a sunrise and sunset at Uluru, accompanied by sparkling wine and nibbles. You’ll wander through Kata Tjuta and see the Walpa Gorge. We’ll take you to see all the best sights in Alice,

Uluru at sunset.

as well as taking you through the West MacDonnell Ranges along the way. RACT members can save 10% on all Australian Short Breaks including AAT Kings’ 4-Day Kata Tjuta, Uluru and Kings Canyon Short Break when booked and paid in full by 27 March 2018. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT YOUR NEAREST RACT TRAVEL BRANCH OR CALL 1300 368 111.

Kata Tjuta, Uluru & Kings Canyon 4 Day Short Break from * per person

$1309

twin share

• Experience Uluru sunrise & sunset • Exclusive Uluru Barbecue Dinner • Walk through the Valley of the Winds • Explore Kings Canyon

Alice Springs to Uluru Discoverd 4 Day Short Break from * per person

$928

twin share

• Experience the highlights of Alice Springs • Celebrate an Uluru Sunset • Explore Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) • Travel through the Outback

*Conditions: Price is per person, twin share based on low season departures and includes 10 % Early payment Discount when booked and paid in full by 27 March 2018. RACT member discount of 5% and Early Payment Discount of 10% have been deducted from the price. Valid for travel on selected Short Breaks except those departing Darwin, all New Zealand Short Breaks and those incorporating rail journeys (Codes: YRD7 & ZRA6). Travel dates are from 1 April 2018 – 31 March 2019. Blackout departure dates may apply. Subject to availability, seasonal surcharge and can be withdrawn at any time. Valid for new bookings only. AAT Kings booking conditions apply. Price show is for a cash payment. Credit card fees will apply. For any additional travel arrangements outside this offer service fees may apply. Please ask at time of booking. RACT Travel Pty Ltd ABN 45 144 538 803. ATAS No. 10527803. A11470 12442a

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DISCOVER THE REAL BRITAIN

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here is something undeniably romantic about travelling by train around Great Britain. Perhaps it is the grand architecture of the historic railway stations, or the beautiful scenes of rolling countryside and quaint villages passing by the window. Whatever the reason, journeying by train adds a real sense of adventure and is the most scenic and relaxing way to discover the real Britain. Tempo Holidays and Visit Britain give you the opportunity to explore ancient castles and cathedrals, coastal seaside towns and rolling green fields. In the rugged south-west of England you’ll find a landscape dotted with fishing villages, secret coves and beautiful beaches. Take to the dramatic coastline of Cornwall and

EXPLORE THE UK BY RAIL

Castle Combe, a typical Cotswolds village.

breathe deeply from the salty sea air as you work up a hunger for the region’s hearty fare, including superb seafood. A visit to the Cotswolds will ensure you have a quintessentially regional experience. Here you will find villages of honey-coloured stone, rolling hills, lively markets and some of the country’s greatest palaces and castles. Experience local customs and unique flavours and discover the charm of Great Britain. Every adventure is unique. Find yours now with Tempo Holidays. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT YOUR NEAREST RACT TRAVEL BRANCH OR CALL 1300 368 111.

MEMBER’S BONUS

SAVE $50 PER BOOKING*

DISCOVER LAKES, LIVERPOOL & LEEDS

6 DAYS | FROM

$

670*

per person, twin share

Ferry across the Mersey in Liverpool, see Wordsworth’s inspiration in the Lake District, walk the Roman walls of Chester and see the hallowed turf of Old Trafford. INCLUDES: 5 nights accommodation; 5 breakfasts; standard class rail throughout; Beatles story museum, Mersey Ferry and Liverpool open top bus tour FIND YOUR

*Conditions apply. Prices are per person, twin share and correct as at 11 Dec 2017 but may change depending on surcharges, fees, taxes and/or currency changes. See www.tempoholidays.com for full terms and conditions. #RACT MEMBER BONUS: Offer available on all new bookings for Discover Lakes, Liverpool & Leeds package deposited by 31 Mar 2018. Offers may be withdrawn without notice and are not combinable with any other offers unless stated. Offers strictly subject to availability. The price shown is for a cash payment – Credit card fees may apply. For any additional travel arrangements outside this offer service fees may apply. Please ask at the time of booking. RACT Travel Pty Ltd. ABN 45 144 538 803. ATAS A11470

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TRAVEL

Experience a Rocky Mountain high DARREN WHITE RACT TRAVEL ROSNY

‘The expansive scenery of the Canadian Rockies was an absolute standout. The sight of Lake Louise on a beautiful autumn day was wonderful.’

OPPOSITE PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Boathouse and canoes on Lake Louise at dusk; totem poles; Butchart Gardens; Darren experiences the snow at Lake Louise.

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or my first visit to Canada, I couldn’t ask for a more spectacular trip than from high in the Rocky Mountains to the sea on board the iconic Rocky Mountaineer. The expansive scenery of the Canadian Rockies was an absolute standout. The sight of Lake Louise on a beautiful autumn day was wonderful. The colour of the water was a deep turquoise green and the red canoes stood out as they glided across the surface. This was beautiful, but to awake the next morning to four inches of powder snow lying across the ground all the way to the waterline was even more special. This was the perfect way to start our journey on an iconic train in an iconic Canadian setting. The train pulled into the station along snow-covered tracks. Boarding was swift and easy, with staff to help you to your large business class seat under the expansive dome of the Gold Leaf carriage. The two-tied carriage offers great viewing across the countryside. There are two things that you learn quickly on the morning you board – train time and food go together. Train time is the easy pace the train travels so, great food is served. Breakfast was served in two sittings per carriage on the lower level. Then it was back upstairs for more great views and commentary on the sights that we passed. The knowledgeable staff offer information and history about why the train is there and where history was made. It is such an

amazing journey that time flies by and before you know it you are into Kamloops, late at night but you really aren’t bothered, as you have seen so much and had some great food. The first day is the journey out of the high mountains. Travelling at this time of year gives you an opportunity to enjoy the yellows and reds of the leaves changing to greens in the lower altitudes and onto the plains. The train travels at a leisurely pace, moving aside for freight trains, and the downhill run is steady. The vestibule at the back of the carriage offers fresh open air with a view of the railway tracks and the trees. The thing I love about train travel is its ease – the scenery comes to you as you sit back enjoying the wonderful food and drinks. From our business class seats we experienced stunning scenery that most people wouldn’t be able to get to except by train. From booking to boarding to travelling, everything goes smoothly with a Scenic Tours holiday package. I highly recommend this trip for all ages and stages of life. Contact me today to find out more about travelling through Canada on the Rocky Mountaineer and with Scenic Tours. Darren was a guest of Scenic Tours. FOR MORE DETAILS, CONTACT RACT TRAVEL ON 1300 368 111 OR VISIT YOUR LOCAL BRANCH.

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MEMBER’S BONUS

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With up to 30 different Freedom of Choice Inclusions to choose from on your Magnificent Europe river cruise, you can make Europe truly yours with APT. Whether it’s cultural, gourmet, active or relaxing, select your Freedom of Choice dining or sightseeing experience in 10 locations and leave the rest to us. Your all-inclusive luxury river cruise includes: • All sightseeing, including a selection of 30 unforgettable Freedom of Choice sightseeing inclusions • Embark on a journey aboard The Grand Empress steam train (operates April to September) • All meals and a range of complimentary beverages on board • Expert services of an APT Cruise Director • Tipping, transfers, Wi-Fi and port charges included

Magnificent Europe 15 days from $6,995* pp twin share Fly Free*

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*Terms and Conditions apply. Prices are correct as at 3 January 2018. Prices are per person, twin share. Prices based on EUMC15: 12 April 2019 (Cat. E). ALL OFFERS: All offers are available until 30 April 2018, unless sold out prior. Limited suites/cabins/ staterooms on set departures are available and are subject to availability. Paris and Prague city extensions (EUMCPP21) are at an additional cost. DEPOSITS & FINAL PAYMENTS: A first non-refundable deposit of $1,000 pp is due within 7 days of booking. A second non-refundable deposit of $2,000 is due by 31 October 2018. Final payment due 100 days prior to departure. AIRFARE OFFERS: All offers are subject to availability of airline and booking class. Once class is sold out surcharges apply. Flights must be booked by APT valid ex. MEL/SYD/BNE/PER/ADL. FLY FREE: Based on wholesale airfares in economy class (W class) with Singapore Airlines depending on routing (or another airline of APT’s choosing) with taxes up to $250 pp. Surcharges will apply if air taxes exceed this amount. #RACT MEMBER BONUS: Save an additional $200 per couple ($100 pp) on new bookings only for the advertised package featured within this ad only. Price shown is for a cash payment. Credit card fees will apply. For any additional travel arrangements outside this offer service fees may apply. Please ask at the time of booking. RACT Travel Pty Ltd ABN 45 144 538 803. ATAS A11470. APT6476


TRAVEL

APT Amareina docked near the city centre of Passau, Germany.

Get an expert view of Europe Experience centuries of history, legend and enchantment as you discover Europe with APT in 2019.

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rom cruising along tranquil estuaries and mighty rivers to traversing storybook scenery by land and rail, we’ve left no course uncharted in creating our range of unforgettable European journeys. Fine dining, unforgettable sightseeing, the highest levels of personal attention, stunning accommodation – we’ve considered, and included, every last detail. Even if you have visited Europe before, new experiences and fresh perspectives beckon. Nothing quite compares to travelling with APT. Experience the romance of iconic cities and quaint riverside villages with our Magnificent Europe cruises and tours. Dock close to the heart of many charming towns and villages dotted along the banks of the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers.

On land, venture through the heart of Europe, or browse Europe’s enchanting Christmas markets, making your dreams of a fairytale festive season come true. Given the expertise, insight and experience we’ve gained over more than 20 years on Europe’s waterways, there’s no better company to take travellers on a dream European cruise than APT. And given the abundance of choice and the amazing value available now – for a limited time – there’s never been a better time to book.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT YOUR NEAREST RACT TRAVEL BRANCH OR CALL 1300 368 111.

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PURE INDULGENCE

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n an Ultimate Small Group Tour, New Zealand is nothing but class. Unwind and really experience ‘Middle Earth’, enjoying the highest level of comfort, service and quality without compromise. By having no more than 20 travellers on each tour, enjoy a distinctly personal touch. Travel in a full-size vehicle that has been configured with only 20 luxury leather reclining seats complete with adjustable headrests and calf supports for added comfort. Onboard the coach, the luxuries extend through a wide range of features including woodgrain timber tray tables with built-in cup holders; personal storage areas; a stylish central galley equipped with a refrigerated drinking fountain; individual USB points at every seat; onboard Wi-Fi; and much more. Ultimate Small Group itineraries are specifically tailored for the discerning traveller, with emphasis placed on carefully hand-picked accommodation and iconic activities, ensuring the finest of this spectacular land.

Explore spectacular scenery in New Zealand.

All Ultimate Coach Captains are the cream of the crop and are there from start to finish, attending to your needs. Travelling in New Zealand is always an amazing experience and now you can enhance it with a dose of pure indulgence. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT YOUR NEAREST RACT TRAVEL BRANCH OR CALL 1300 368 111.

EX HOBART & LAUNCESTON PER PERSON, TWIN SHARE FROM

>> BEST OF THE BEST!

4954*

$

Multiple GUARANTEED departures

INCLUDES RETURN AIRFARES

20

LUXURY LEATHER SEATS

MEMBER’S BONUS SAVE UP TO $600 PER COUPLE + MORE**

New Zealand Ultimate Small Group Tours EXPERIENCE BUSINESS CLASS ON WHEELS Every aspect of your holiday is personal. Be treated as a VIP and enjoy 4.5 star accommodation along with a number of exclusive extras. MAXIMUM OF ONLY 20 TRAVELLERS The purpose-built Ultimate Coaches feature 20 luxury leather seats, panoramic viewing and a level of comfort unparalleled by any other vehicle. 7 ALL INCLUSIVE OPTIONZ 9 - 19 DAYS Tours include airfares, taxes, Ultimate 20 seat coach travel, 4.5 star hotel accommodation, most meals, sightseeing & attractions. *Conditions apply. Price is based on 9 Day Ultimate North Island ex HBA/LST and includes prepaid taxes (subject to change). Price shown is for a cash payment. Credit card fees will apply. For any additional travel arrangements outside this offer service fees may apply. Please ask at the time of booking. **Saving is per couple (up to $300 per person) for selected departures in Sep, Dec and April, May. $200 saving is reflected in the price advertised. All other departures will save $125 pp off the brochure price. Also receive a NZ Travel Guide per household. Offer varies on special group departures. No other special offers or discounts apply. Special offer applies to new bookings only until 31 March 2018. RACT Travel Pty Ltd ATAS No. A11470. ABN 45 144 538 803.

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TRAVEL

EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC

W

hether you are marvelling at the spectacular glaciers or picturesque fjords or simply relaxing in a thermal pool, New Zealand is magical by coach. Relax in armchair comfort on the best-selling 16-Day Highlights of New Zealand Tour and discover what this stunning country has to offer. Your journey begins in Christchurch, where you will start a nine-day exploration around the South Island. Cruise Milford Sound, spend two nights in Queenstown, enjoy the world-famous TranzAlpine rail journey, where you will view rivers and valleys as you travel through the Waimakariri Basin, over massive viaducts and through the patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains. You will then spend five days touring the North Island. Your first stop is in the city that Lonely Planet labelled the ‘coolest little capital’, Wellington. Also visit cultural Rotorua, the Bay of Islands and cosmopolitan Auckland. It’s a wonderful thought that you can have these

Milford Sound Scenic Lunch Cruise.

experiences and share them with like-minded people. Start out as a group of strangers and end up as one big family after just a few days, which often provides the foundation for lifelong friendships on return to Australia. There is no better way to experience New Zealand. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT YOUR NEAREST RACT TRAVEL BRANCH OR CALL 1300 368 111.

EX HOBART & LAUNCESTON PER PERSON, TWIN SHARE FROM

5414*

$

Multiple GUARANTEED departures

>> NO HIDDEN EXTRAS

INCLUDES RETURN AIRFARES

FULLY ESCORTED TOURING

MEMBER’S BONUS SAVE $600 PER COUPLE + MORE**

16 Day Highlights of New Zealand Tour

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xperience all the iconic attractions of the North and South islands including the breathtaking Milford Sound and world renowned rail journey, The TranzAlpine. Includes two night stays in Queenstown, Wellington, Rotorua and the Bay of Islands. ALL INCLUSIVE Fully escorted tour includes airfares, taxes, modern coach travel, hotel accommodation, most meals, sightseeing & attractions.

*Conditions apply. Price valid ex HBA/LST and includes prepaid taxes (subject to change). Price shown is for a cash payment. Credit card fees will apply. For any additional travel arrangements outside this offer service fees may apply. Please ask at the time of booking. **Saving is per couple ($300 per person) for selected departures in Sep, Apr and May. Saving is reflected in the price advertised. All other departures will save $125 pp off the brochure price. Also receive a NZ Travel Guide per household. Offer varies on special group departures. No other special offers or discounts apply. Special offer applies to new bookings only until 31 March 2018. RACT Travel Pty Ltd ATAS No. A11470. ABN 45 144 538 803.

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SAVINGS LIKE THIS ARE AS GOOD AS GOLD. With a range of tailored holiday packages now on sale, there’s never been a better time to see the wonders of this land on the Indian Pacific or The Ghan. Book now and Journey Beyond.

MEMBER’S BONUS FREE Traveller’s Picnic Rug#

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INCLUSIONS

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• 3 DAYS/2 NIGHTS ABOARD THE GHAN IN ALL-INCLUSIVE GOLD SERVICE FROM ADELAIDE TO DARWIN OR V.V.

• 3 NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION AT PAN PACIFIC PERTH INCLUDING BREAKFAST DAILY

• TRANSFER FROM DARWIN RAIL TERMINAL TO HOTEL OR V.V.

• 1 DAY DISCOVER ROTTNEST INCLUDING 90 MINUTE ISLAND COACH TOUR AND KARMA ROTTNEST LUNCH

• 4 NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION AT DARWIN CENTRAL HOTEL INCLUDING BREAKFAST DAILY • 1 DAY LITCHFIELD NATIONAL PARK WATERFALLS INCLUDING LUNCH AND TOURING • 1/2 DAY JUMPING CROCS AND NATURE ADVENTURE INCLUDING JUMPING CROCODILE CRUISE AND TOURING

• 1 DAY MARGARET RIVER, BUSSELTON JETTY AND CAPE LEEUWIN LIGHTHOUSE TOUR INCLUDING LOCAL PRODUCE, BEER, CIDER AND WINE TASTINGS, LUNCH AND TOURING • TRANSFER FROM HOTEL TO EAST PERTH RAIL TERMINAL OR V.V. • 4 DAYS/3 NIGHTS ABOARD THE INDIAN PACIFIC IN ALL-INCLUSIVE GOLD SERVICE FROM PERTH TO SYDNEY OR V.V. +

TRAVEL ALSO AVAILABLE BETWEEN JUNE - AUGUST 2018

Terms and Conditions: Advertised prices are per person based on Everyday fare, twin share in a Gold Service Twin cabin travelling 01- 30 November 2018, valid for new bookings between 15 January 2018 to 31 March 2018. Single pricing available. Not available with any other offer. *Taste of Western Australia – Valid for travel 01 June 2018 to 31 August 2018 and 01 November 2018 to 28 February 2019. ^Taste of the Top End - Valid for travel 01 November 2018 to 28 February 2019. Offer is subject to availability, seasonal surcharges may apply. Full payment required within 14 days of booking. No Amendments allowed to travel dates. The price shown is for a cash payment, credit card fees will apply. For any additional arrangements service fees may apply. Prices correct as at 08 December 2017. #Member Bonus available to the first 10 new bookings deposited by 30Mar18. For full terms & conditions see your RACT Travel office. RACT Travel Pty Ltd. ABN 45 144 538 803. A11470. E&OE. 05218CDGM 1217


TRAVEL

Get a taste for life on the rails

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f your New Year’s resolution is to explore Australia’s magnificent backyard, then it’s time to make your dream a reality with one of Great Southern Rail’s unforgettable holidays on sale now. Whet your appetite with A Taste of Western Australia – a seven day/six night adventure featuring fabulous WA destinations and a luxury experience aboard the Indian Pacific. Enjoy three nights’ accommodation in Perth and spend a day exploring the unique wildlife and stunning coastal views of Rottnest Island, just a short ferry trip from the WA capital. Your itinerary also includes a full day in the beautiful Margaret River wine country, where you can visit the picturesque Busselton Jetty and Leeuwin Lighthouse before meandering through the region’s renowned boutique wineries, craft breweries and local providores. Your Indian Pacific adventure takes

you from Perth to Sydney, taking in Kalgoorlie’s gold rush past, the wild expanse of the Nullarbor Plain, the bustling food and wine capital of Adelaide and the Outback charm of Broken Hill. New in 2018 is the option to step off the Indian Pacific to explore the Blue Mountains before continuing your journey into Sydney. Take the hiking trail, cable car or the world’s steepest railway through this stunning World Heritage-listed landscape for pictureperfect views of the Three Sisters. On board the train, take advantage of the all-inclusive dining, beverages and Off Train Excursions synonymous with the Indian Pacific’s internationally regarded level of service. A Taste of Western Australia holiday package is available for Perth to Sydney itineraries, or vice versa. Simply book by 31 March 2018 for travel in June, July, August or November 2018, or for January or February 2019.

‘Your itinerary also includes a full day in the beautiful Margaret River wine country.’ FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT YOUR NEAREST RACT TRAVEL BRANCH OR CALL 1300 368 111.

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EXCITING holiday destinations

US$85 ONBOARD CREDIT^

ALASKA HIGHLIGHTS From

$4,439*

POLYNESIAN DELIGHT

per person, twin share

Cruise & Stay Package - (Inside Stateroom - Cat 11)

From

Itinerary: Vancouver > Inside Passage (Scenic Cruising) > Icy Strait Point > Hubbard Glacier (Scenic Cruising) > Juneau > Ketchikan > Inside Passage (Scenic Cruising) > Vancouver

$6,099*

per person, twin share

(Inside Stateroom - Cat IF)

Itinerary: Sydney > Brisbane > Suva > Pago Pago > Honolulu > Maui (Lahaina) > Hilo > Kona > Kauai (Nawiliwili) > Papeete > Moorea > Bora Bora > Auckland > Bay of Islands > Sydney

Includes: • 1 night accommodation in Vancouver, including breakfast (3 star hotel) • 7 night cruise onboard CELEBRITY INFINITY from Vancouver return • Main meals~, entertainment & gratuties onboard • 6 night Pacific Rim Whales & Bears Tour (including whalewatching in Victoria and bearwatching in Tofino) • Port charges & government fees

Includes: • 35 night cruise onboard SEA PRINCESS from Sydney return • Main meals~ and entertainment onboard • Port charges and government fees.

Cruise Departs: Vancouver 19 August 2018

Cruise Departs: Sydney 29 August 2019

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INCLUDES 1 INTERNAL FLIGHT WITHIN ASIA

MAMMA MIA! THE MUSICAL From

$235

person, * per twin share (land only)

Includes: • 1 night at Rydges World Square Sydney in a Deluxe Split King Room • ‘A’ Reserve Matinee ticket to Mamma Mia! At the Capitol Theatre+. Upgrade: Premium Reserve Evening ticket+ from an extra $34* per person# Travel: 1 Apr - 6 May 18

FOOTLOOSE CAMBODIA WITH INSIDER JOURNEYS 5-Day Tour

From

$475

person, * per twin share (land only)

Includes: • 4 nights hotel accommodation • Breakfast daily • 1 internal flight within Asia • Transport in air-conditioned vehicles (except tuk-tuk touring) • Group touring • Entrance fees • Local English-speaking guides • Airport transfers on arrival and departure.

SAVE $406*

INCLUDES BREAKFAST DAILY

PER COUPLE

WITH LOVE FROM PARIS From

$735

person, * per twin share (land only)

ROYAL EDINBURGH MILITARY TATTOO From

$1,299

person, * per twin share (land only)

Includes: • 4 nights accommodation at Hotel Waldorf Madeleine in a Classic Room~ • Includes 1 FREE night • 2 day Paris Visite Card (Zone 1-3) • Full breakfast daily • One way private transfer from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to hotel on arrival.

Includes: • 3 nights at Brooks Hotel or similar • Scottish breakfast daily • Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Ticket (Category 6-7, 10-11) • Entry to Edinburgh Castle with afternoon tea • 24 hour Edinburgh Sightseeing Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour.

Travel: 16 Jul - 31 Aug 18

Travel: 2-25 Aug 18†

Upgrade: Premium ticket (Category 8-9 Premium Seats) from $150* per person#

SAVE $1,440*

FREE WINE & ITALIAN BEER

PER COUPLE

TASTE OF TUSCANY MALDIVES ON SALE

$1,965*

per adult, twin share (land only)

From

$3,749

adult, * per twin share

(land only)

Includes: • 5 nights at Vivanta By Taj – Coral Reef in a Superior Charm Beach Villa# • Full breakfast daily • FREE dinner daily • FREE return speedboat transfers from Malé Airport.

Includes: • 7 nights accommodation in a typical Tuscan Villa • 7 continental breakfasts, 4 lunches & 7 a-la-carte dinners • Wine tasting at selected vineyards/ establishments • 5 day tour tours to locations within Tuscany • 2nd Class train ticket to Florence for independent travel • Small group touring with English speaking hosts (max 12 people) • Transfers between all attractions and accommodation • Return transfers to Camucia-Cortona train station.

Travel: 4 Apr – 30 Sep 18

Travel: 12, 19, 26 May, 2, 9, 30 Jun, 21 Jul, 4, 18 Aug, 22, 29 Sep, 6 Oct 18

From

Conditions Apply: *All prices correct as at 15Dec17 but may flfluctuate uctuate if surcharges, surcharges fees, fees taxes or currency change and is subject to availability. availability All ssavings and bonus nights (if applicable) are included in the advertised price. price The prices shown are for a cash payment. payment Credit card fees of up to 2% will apply. apply For any a additional travel arrangements outside these offers service fees may apply. Please ask at time of booking. All offers valid for new bookings only and not combinable with any other offer. Airfares are not included in the advertised price. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Please check all prices, availability and other information with your travel consultant before booking. Limited availability. Other departure dates are available and prices are on application. A limited number of cabins are available at the prices shown and once these have sold out pricing may be withdrawn and/or may increase. Single supplements may be extra. All savings and bonus nights (if applicable) included in the advertised price. Offers may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Pricing may vary until full payment is received. Cancellation fees may apply. Domestic and international airfares are not included. Vaccinations, visas and travel insurance not included. Further restrictions may apply. For specific offer and terms & conditions, please contact your nearest RACT Travel office. Alaska Highlights & Polynesian Delight: Gratuities not included and payable (Polynesian Delight). ~Main meals are included in selected restaurants, specialty restaurants may incur a surcharge. ^Onboard credit is non-refundable, non-transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash or used in the Medical centre or Casino. Valid for sale until 31Mar18 unless sold out prior. Mamma Mia!: Event ticket: +Price based on ‘A’ Reserve Ticket for a Wednesday and Thursday evening or Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday Matinee show. Surcharges may apply for other dates and times. Event ticket must be purchased with accommodation and cannot be purchased separately. Event ticket is non-refundable and non-transferrable. Offer ends 22Apr18. Footloose Cambodia Tours: Price per person, twin share based on low season. Low season travel dates are 01May-30Jun18, other departures are available but seasonal surcharges may apply. Offer ends 31Mar18. With Love from Paris: ~A city tax of 2,53€ (approx. AUD4) per person, per nights applies and is payable direct to hotel. Offer ends 31Mar18. Edinburgh Military Tattoo: Event ticket: †Price based on check-in 02Aug18, which includes Fri-Sat night fireworks supplement. All packages are non-refundable. Offer ends 31May18. Maldives on Sale: #A local government tax of USD$6.00 per person, per night applies for all hotel stays in Maldives (subject to change without notice). The fee is mandatory and payable direct to the hotel upon check-out. Offer ends 31Mar18. Prices may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Taste of Tuscany: Offer ends 01Oct18. All savings and bonus nights (if applicable) are included in the advertised price. #Event Ticket upgrade cost is in addition to the package price. These prices should be used as a guide only. Please check all prices, availability, terms and conditions with your travel consultant at time of booking. The CRUISE TEAM, Qantas Holidays, Insider Journeys and Helloworld booking terms and conditions apply. Offers must be requested at time of booking. RACT Travel Pty Ltd ABN 45 144 538 803. A11470.


LAND OF DIVERSE EXPERIENCES

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he hustle, bustle and stress of Christmas is thankfully over, and it’s now time to start planning your next adventure. New Zealand truly is breathtakingly beautiful and despite its relatively small size, is home to an enormously diverse range of unique scenery, landscapes and experiences. For the ultimate New Zealand holiday offering true flexibility and independence, take to the road in your luxury, self-contained motorhome. Vehicle types range from the compact two-berth through to the larger family-size sixberth. A home on the road gives you the freedom to take each day as it comes, to roam the country, finding beautiful and remote places to park and picnic. Alternatively, enjoy a ski holiday unlike any other in the

Remarkables lookout.

stunning alpine resort village of Queenstown. With varying terrains, the ski resorts cater for all abilities. Whether you are a first-timer or more experienced skier, you are sure to have a fun day in the snow. Childcare facilities on the slopes make it a family-friendly environment for all to enjoy, and at night you can relax and unwind in the vast array of bars, restaurants and cafes. Call the experts at RACT Travel for more information on these great member offers and to book your next New Zealand holiday. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT YOUR NEAREST RACT TRAVEL BRANCH OR CALL 1300 368 111.

Ski Queenstown from

1,589

$

*

per person, twin share

Let your sense of adventure be your guide

Includes: + + + + + $50^ fuel bonus per $1,000 spend

Hire a motorhome hire from $95 per day

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Return airport transfers 7 nights premium hotel accommodation 5 Day Ski/Snowboard Hire 5 Day Queenstown Super Pass (lift pass) 5 Day Clothing Hire Member Bonus

Free 5 Day return mountain transfers per person2

*Terms & Conditions: Prices are correct as at 13DEC17. Ski package price shown is per person, twin share as stated and includes GST. 1Motorhome daily rate is based on a Britz 2 berth Hi-top for travel in AUG18, insurance reduction options additional. Prices are subject to availability at time of booking, fluctuation due to seasonal & supplier surcharges, fees and taxes. Once sold out, prices may revert to higher rates. This offer cannot be combined with any other discounts or promotions. Prices shown are land content only and do not include airfares, taxes, travel insurance and any items of a personal nature. RACT MEMBER BONUS: 2Free 5 day return mountain transfers are for 2 adults & subject to minimum total package value of $3200.00, 1$50 Fuel bonus for every $1000 spend is valid on new bookings only and will be applied as a discount to the motorhome booking in Australian Dollars. Valid on new bookings made by 31MAR18 for travel from 01JUL18 - 30 SEP18. Price shown is for a cash payment. Credit card fees will apply. For any additional travel arrangements outside this offer service fees may apply. Please ask at the time of booking. RACT Travel Pty Ltd ABN 45 144 538 803. ATAS A11470.

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GOOD FORTUNE AWAITS

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rom the moment you arrive at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, you are living the Chinese zodiac Year of the Dog that promises new hope and strong cultural and social impulses in 2018. With Wendy Wu Tours’ 14-day classic tours – the Majestic Yangtze and Glories of China – these prophecies are fulfilled as you explore the true heart of this ancient world. Both of these small-group tours are supported by local expert guides and visit The Great Wall, Shanghai, the Summer Palace, the Forbidden City, and the life-size Terracotta Warriors. The signature exploration of The Majestic Yangtze tour (from $3730*), is the peaceful three-day cruise along the river, stopping at the world’s largest conservation project – the magnificent Three Gorges Dam.

The Great Wall of China.

Other excursions include unchanged ancient villages, temples, palaces, and the essential dumpling experience. The Glories of China tour (from $3330* per person) – including bullet train transport – combines the contrasting urban splendour of Shanghai, Beijing, and Xian, with peaceful landscapes such as the Li River, the Seven Star Park and caves, lush paddy fields and fishing villages. Both itineraries also offer a close encounter with the iconic giant panda at Chengdu’s famous Panda Research Base or at the Seven Star Park. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT YOUR NEAREST RACT TRAVEL BRANCH OR CALL 1300 368 111.

MEMBER’S BONUS

SAVE AN ADDITIONAL $50PP!*

FLY FREE TO CHINA OR JAPAN

FLY FREE WHEN YOU BOOK ON SELECTED FLIGHT INCLUSIVE GROUP TOURS TO CHINA AND JAPAN

*Valid for sale until 15 Mar 18, subject to airfare & tour availability. Selected departures flying from selected cities. New bookings only. Prices & availability correct as at 28 Nov 17, based on specific departure dates & subject to change and include the Member Bonus of $50 off per person. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer. Additional accommodation may be required from certain cities. Fly Free applicable on twin share basis, single supplements apply. Price show is for cash payment. Credit card fees will apply. For further information check with your RACT Travel consultant. RACT Travel Pty Ltd ABN 45 144 538 803. ATAS: A10517. A11470.

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ATTEND ANY OF THESE EXCITING EVENTS & RECEIVE

EXCLUSIVE OFFERS!

*

20 REASONS TO PACK YOUR BAG FOR BRITAIN

THURSDAY, 01 MARCH 3:00–4:30PM Join the experts from Tempo Holidays & Visit Britain in the Leadlight Room at Hadley’s Hotel, Hobart, and uncover the Best of Britain!

DISCOVER THE WORLD Join RACT Travel for a journey around the world in one night, showcasing APT’s portfolio of River and Small Ship Ocean Cruising. Discover the enchanting waterways of Europe and Asia, the rugged Canadian Rockies & Alaskan coastline, and the vast beauty of Australia & New Zealand. HOBART:

Tue 13Mar

Cruise Travel Centre Office

1:00-3:30pm

HOBART:

Tue 13Mar

RACT House

6:00-7:30pm

LAUNCESTON: Wed 14Mar RACT Travel Launceston office

6:00-7:30pm

BURNIE:

Thu 15Mar

RACT Travel Burnie Office

2:00-3:30pm

DEVONPORT:

Thu 15Mar

RACT Travel Devonport Office

6:00-7:30pm

A TASTE OF ASIA

You’re invited to join us for an evening of cultural discovery! Learn about the local peoples, and uncover the unique and rich history of each region with the experts from Insider Journeys. HOBART:

Mon 26 Mar RACT House

LAUNCESTON: Tue 27 Mar BURNIE:

6:00–7:30pm

RACT Travel Launceston Office

Wed 28 Mar RACT Travel Burnie Office

6:00–7:30pm 6:00–7:30pm

SPACE AT THESE EVENTS IS STRICTLY LIMITED, SO RSVP’S ARE REQUIRED Contact RACT Travel to register for your ticket to attend any of these fantastic events! Contact your local store below or call 1300 368 111 Burnie 6434 2955 Devonport 6421 1977 Launceston 6335 5655

Ulverstone 6425 8050 Hobart - Murray St 6232 6455 Kingston 6242 3211

Rosny 6212 6777 CRUISE TRAVEL CENTRE 6222 9222 - Hobart

*Conditions apply. RACT Travel Pty Ltd. ABN 45 144 538 803. A11470.

www.ract.com.au/travel


TAKES YOU AWAY RACT TRAVEL

Meet Ashley Caulfield, our newest team member at Cruise Travel Centre While I am new to retail travel, I have a background in the travel and tourism industry, working for various airlines and in car rental. I have travelled a fair bit of Australia and have recently just come back from Japan, with only the rest of the world to go! What do you like best about working at Cruise Travel Centre? I really love learning more and more about the world every day. There’s never a day that you go home and haven’t learned something new. I really enjoy the team atmosphere we have and I am very lucky to have them as my colleagues and mentors. What is your favourite destination and why? I absolutely love Tokyo. The city is nearly as beautiful as the people. You are always exploring and the people are so helpful and friendly; of course the food is sensational. The Whitsundays also have a very special place in my heart.

CRUISE SHIP INSPECTIONS RACT Travel and Cruise Travel Centre consultants are regularly invited to view the fabulous array of ships that visit Hobart and Burnie during the cruising season. This allows our consultants to experience and understand the different inclusions and standards that the ships can offer our clients. The most important thing when choosing a cruise is getting the right ship, with the right itinerary that meets your specific holiday needs. Our travel consultants are extremely knowledgeable and will ensure you get the best advice for your next cruise. TOP: RACT Travel consultants Belinda (Ulverstone), Maddie (Devonport), Lauren (Burnie) and Sophie (Launceston) on NCL Jewel ship inspection. BELOW: Back L–R Lyn & Jenny (Travel Studio), Lonnie (Cruise Travel Centre), Sam, Linda, Darren & Phil (RACT Travel Rosny) and Louella (RACT Travel Kingston) on Silversea ship inspection.

Where would you like your next holiday to be and why? I am heading to Hawaii for two weeks in May. It’s a dream destination of mine: the history, food, culture and the natural beauty. It will be a truly magical place, I can’t wait!

Ashley at Disneyland (top) and Shinjuku (above) in Tokyo.

What is your best travel tip? Always take time to get to know the locals. You can learn so much from them and you can have a lot of fun while making new friends. FEBRUARY / MARCH 2018

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Get 15% happier this ^ summer break At this time of year, there’s nothing more fun than a getaway in the sun, and with Thrifty you can get yours for less. As an RACT Member, across Australia and NZ you’ll enjoy 15% off the best rental rates of the day^, $5 per day off protection options and 30% off GPS hire, plus add an additional driver free of charge~.

ract.com.au/thrifty or 1300 368 111 or visit your nearest RACT Travel Branch

Thrifty is RACT’s exclusive car rental partner Terms & conditions apply. All offers are valid until 31 October 2018. Must quote RACT Membership number at the time of booking and collection. ^15% discount applies on the base rate (time and kilometre) only, available at Thrifty locations in Australia and New Zealand only. Damage Waiver Premium Protection available at a reduced price of $22/day or Ultimate Protection at $28/day, both options discounted by $5/day, available in Australia only. Ultimate Protection is capped at 10 days per 30 day rental. New Zealand Protection Options include Total Protection Package & Accident Excess Reduction, both options discounted by $5/day. ~Additional driver fee waived for RACT Members, offer valid in Australia only. GPS unit hire available at a discounted daily price of $7.70 (Inc. GST) at selected locations in Australia only, usual daily rate is $11 and a capped rental price of $77.00 (Inc. GST) for a maximum of 30 days rental. Offers are subject to availability & cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion, special offer or coupon. All rentals are subject to the terms and conditions of the Rental Agreement. For full terms and conditions go to ract. com.au/thrifty or speak to a RACT Travel consultant. RACT Travel Pty Ltd. ATAS No. A11470 ABN 45 144 538 803.


TRAVEL

Make an easy getaway With the Easter holidays now on the horizon, many of you may already be thinking about a fun family getaway. Thrifty is here to make your holiday experience all the more special.

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s an RACT member you can save 15%* off the best daily rates across Australia and New Zealand plus $3* off per day on GPS hire and a free additional driver in Australia. If a New Zealand road trip sounds exciting, you can fly straight into Auckland and embark on your self-drive holiday in your Thrifty car. Travel the scenic north island en route to Wellington and enjoy geothermal hot springs or drive across to Hawkes Bay and Napier for New Zealand’s finest red wine.

Thrifty services more than 177 locations across Australia and New Zealand, and with our new Canstar Blue award win for ‘Best Value for Money’ and ‘Most Satisfied Customers’, you are sure to enjoy your rental with Thrifty. Have you thought about covering yourself when you are out on the road with a hire car? As an RACT member, enjoy a $5* per day discount on Thrifty’s Ultimate Protection in Australia or Thrifty’s Total Protection Package in New Zealand and reduce your risk to zero for complete peace of mind.

TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT ALL THE EXCLUSIVE BENEFITS THRIFTY OFFERS RACT MEMBERS OR TO MAKE A BOOKING, GO TO RACT.COM.AU/THRIFTY OR CALL RACT ON 1300 368 111.

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A LITTLE TECHNOLOGY GOES A LONG WAY ANNIE WARBURTON

‘Just as well we hadn’t stinted on insurance because after an accident-free, if somewhat nerve-wracking journey of over 1000km, we finally came to grief in a quiet motel carpark.’

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fter an 11-day road trip round south-eastern Canada and north-eastern USA, my nerves took some time to recover. Not, as you might think, because of the disorienting effect of driving on the wrong side of the road. As navigator, I found that within a few days I was mentally mapping the correct forward course when we came to a junction or turn-off, and also I had the driver’s permission to shout a warning if he ever looked like straying to the wrong side, which did happen a couple of times when he was concentrating on the traffic, but the system worked and the partnership survived. Our big mistake was not having a GPS. We had smart mobile devices of course but no phone cover. With Wi-Fi everywhere it’s not worth the expense and hassle, and in an emergency you can always call home from a motel. Hire cars aren’t routinely equipped with GPS, but we could have got one for around $US65. Why didn’t we? Perhaps it was baby-boomer pride and stinginess: we know how to use these fang-dangle things but why waste money on stuff we don’t need? We’ll do it the old-fashioned way – using the maps and local knowledge that are freely available from tourist information centres. But we soon found out there’s a disconnect between what’s on the map and what’s indicated (or not) on freeway signage, especially in big cities like Ottawa or Toronto or Montreal, and we began to yearn for that bossy voice telling us which lane to stay in and which exit to take in 800m. Like the time we spotted our route number on a gantry over the left-hand lane: ‘800m to the exit’, it read. But 400m later the exit suddenly materialised off the right-hand lane and we had to swerve across three lanes of fast-moving traffic, eyes closed and braced

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for death. Me, I mean, not the driver. The lack of a GPS also made it hard to find accommodation. In Quebec City, we managed to get utterly lost in the boondocks despite having a hotel name and address. We pulled out of the terrifying peak-hour traffic for a minute to study the map and try to work out where the hell we were, when we noticed a slightly grungy motel right opposite. It took us a nanosecond to decide that this would be our refuge for the night. Just as well we hadn’t stinted on insurance because after an accident-free, if somewhat nerve-wracking journey of over 1000km, we finally came to grief in a quiet motel carpark one evening in Brewer, Maine, as we headed out in search of a lobster dinner. The driver started reversing in his usual slow, careful way… KERRUNCH! Straight into the rear fender of a shiny big four-door pick-up that had materialised from God knows where. We got out of the car, apologising profusely to the owner who didn’t look very happy, but what next? Our hosts appeared, bless them, to explain that the cops would have to be called even though no one was hurt. A nice young copper came within about 10 minutes and over the course of half an hour collected and distributed all the necessary info that included our ‘proof of insurance’, which I called up on my tablet from the rental document emailed by the hire-car company. The involvement of the police was a blessing because what with Aussie tourists in a Pennsylvania-plated Canadian hire car pranging into an Illinois car in Maine, the cops become something of a clearing house for the insurance companies and that was the end of it. And we got to the restaurant before they ran out of lobster.


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When the Ford Motor Company introduced the Mustang in the Spring of 1964, this first-of-its-kind “pony car” became an instant classic. You only need to say the name to conjure up an image of sporty styling and performance... with that prototypical long hood and short rear deck, the famous logo with galloping horse and red, white and blue stripes on the gas cap and steering wheel, and the cool touches of wood grain and chrome throughout the interior. Now you can pay tribute to this automotive legend with the “Mustang: An American Classic” Commemorative Watch, an officially licensed, custom design available only from The Bradford Exchange.

Delivering Sporting Styling and Solid Performance Just Like Its Namesake

1 Piston-tough, Premium Grade Stainless Steel Case and Case Back

3 Mahogany Stitched Leather Adjustable Band

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The Mustang was indeed a distinctive original, and our designers have gone to great lengths to capture many of its unique features in a retro-style design and, then, matched it with the superb craftsmanship of the finest contemporary timepieces. With this custom-crafted watch, you’ll enjoy a whole stat sheet of features.

TIMING IS EVERYTHING... DON’T MISS OUT!

2 Custom Real Wood Watch Dial

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4 Unique “Grommet” Details Around the Bezel 5 Original Mustang Horse with Red, White and Blue Stripes Logo on the Watch Face

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Each precision crafted watch comes with a Certificate of Authenticity in a deluxe presentation case emblazoned with the original Mustang logo. Demand is expected to be strong, so don’t delay, reserve your watch today at the remarkable price of just $249.95, which can be yours in 5 easy instalments of $49.99, plus $19.99 postage and handling. To reserve the “Mustang: An American Classic” Commemorative Watch, complete with a Certificate of Authenticity, and backed by our unconditional 120-day guarantee send no money now. Just return the coupon or go online today at www.bradford.com.au/ford

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For quickest delivery, order online:

www.bradford.com.au/ford Quoting promotion code:

96593

Ford Motor Company Trademarks and Trade Dress used under license to The Bradford Group. ©2018 The Bradford Exchange Ltd. A.B.N. 13 003 159 617 01-16704-001

THE BRADFORD EXCHANGE Please Respond Promptly

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American Classic” Commemorative Watch for me as described in this advertisement. I understand I need pay nothing now.

Please allow up to 10 business days for delivery. All sales subject to product availability and reservation acceptance. Credit criteria may apply. Our privacy policy is available online at www.bradford.com.au. You must be over 18 years old to apply. From time to time, we may allow carefully screened companies to contact you. If you would prefer not to receive such offers, please tick this box.

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