Five highlights in your travel week | 1 Dec

Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne … a modern international style throughout.

Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne … a modern international style throughout.

Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne has undergone a full refurbishment, with 11 new penthouse apartments, a revamped rooftop-view pool and entertaining terrace, and sophisticated new décor in all of its 155 apartments.

The hotel has adopted a modern international style throughout, setting the tone in its elegant new lobby, with a new feature fireplace, amplified by rich ebony timbers, velvet upholstery and an autumnal colour scheme.

Each of the 155 studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments have new furniture, fittings and bathrooms.

The 11 new penthouse apartments have a New-York-loft appeal in a palette of rich natural timber and black granite with olive-green accents and grey metallic finishes conveying a sense of elegance and luxury. 

Visit www.tfehotels.com/en/hotels/adina-apartment-hotels/melbourne/ 

Emu Trekkers … throwing out a challenge to disadvantaged youth.

Emu Trekkers … throwing out a challenge to disadvantaged youth.

An Australian couple, Tristan Harley and Rutty Talati, have launched Emu Trekkers, which they believe is Australia’s first 100 per cent, not-for-profit tour operation run by volunteer guides.

Inspiration for the venture came from an experience they had during their honeymoon, trekking volcanoes in Nicaragua in 2016, with a group that raised money for local children.

They returned to Australia with a desire to create a similar program here. So Emu Trekkers was born — a social enterprise offering guided walks with the goal to support children in need.

Emu Trekkers’ mission is ‘Hike Australia. Help Kids’. The registered charity will donate funds from the walks to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. In addition, Emu Trekkers will take disadvantaged children on walking tours.

The cost of a walk starts from $49.

Visit www.emutrekkers.org.

Vibe Hotel Marysville … set amid the lushly forested region just beyond the Yarra Valley.

Vibe Hotel Marysville … set amid the lushly forested region just beyond the Yarra Valley.

Save 54 per cent on a two-night stay for two at one of Victoria’s most picturesque towns.

Pay from $299 for two at the Vibe Hotel Marysville, with one child under-11 staying free.

The hotel is located about 90 minutes from Melbourne, and offers contemporary accommodation amid the lushly forested region just beyond the Yarra Valley.

The offer includes daily buffet breakfasts, a complimentary glass of wine, $50 food-and-beverage credit to use at the hotel’s restaurant, free wi-fi and midday checkout.

Phone 1300 88 99 00 or visit www.luxuryescapes.com  

A group of ‘moolies’ having fun at Fried Mudd …  the Sunshine Coast is foregoing the massive teen holiday market.

A group of ‘moolies’ having fun at Fried Mudd … the Sunshine Coast is foregoing the massive teen holiday market.

As the schoolies season gets underway around Australia, Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is foregoing the massive teen holiday market in preference for ‘moolies’ — mothers of schoolies escaping their children and partners to go away on all-girls short breaks.

The region’s accommodation operators, spas, cooking schools and attractions are seeing major growth in groups of women heading to the coast for time away from the kids.

One of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland’s major accommodation houses, The Falls, reports that women’s groups constitute 48 per cent of their Manor House stays.

Owner Alan Dryden said it was a very fast growing market for the Hinterland: “It is the restaurants, boutiques, spas, cooking classes, luxury accommodation, bush walks in the Hinterland that are key attractions for women’s groups coming to the Sunny Coast,” he said.

Other Sunshine Coast operators — such as Spicers Tamarind, which runs boutique accommodation, an award-winning spa and cooking school, the famed Spirit House Cooking School, and Fried Mudd, which offers interactive pottery sessions for groups — report a similar trend with women’s groups.

Visit www.visitsunshinecoast.com 

Metro Aspire Hotel Sydney … the advice is to book now for New Year’s Eve

Metro Aspire Hotel Sydney … the advice is to book now for New Year’s Eve

Accommodation in Sydney is booking up quickly for New Year’s Eve, so for those keen to make the most of the celebrations, Metro Hotels is offering special packages at Metro Aspire Hotel Sydney and Metro Apartments Darling Harbour.

Pay from $1309 for three nights in a Premium room, including New Year’s Eve, at Metro Aspire. The offer includes full buffet breakfast, complimentary car parking, free wi-fi and a NYE gift bag with sparkling wine, chocolates and party favourites such as whistle, streamers and balloons.

A similar deal at Metro Apartments is priced from $2622 for three nights in a one-bedroom apartment, with and a double fold-out sofa bed in the lounge.

To book, visit Metro’s website at www.metrohotels.com.au 

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