Dine with chef Luke Nguyen, and other travel ideas

Chef Luke Nguyen at work.
Chef Luke Nguyen at work.

Celebrity chef Luke Nguyen will return to the Kimberley in July 2021 as special guest of APT's 14-day tour aboard the MS Caledonian Sky with a side-trip to Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge. Guests will share Nguyen-inspired meals with the man himself, including a three-course meal at the lodge.

Starting in Kununurra, you'll meet Luke for a cruise of the Kimberley Coast. You'll see the 80-metre King George Falls, explore ancient Indigenous rock art on Bigge Island and watch the Montgomery Reef rise from the sea as the tide recedes. The journey is on sale from $14,595 per person.

Explore more: aptouring.com.au

Antarctica flyover

While we might not be able to go overseas at the moment, from November, you can see Antarctica from the air on a Qantas charter flight to the icy continent. The flight doesn't touch down, which technically still makes it a domestic flight.

The daytrip, which lasts about 13 hours, will depart from Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane or Melbourne. Qantas operates the flyovers in partnership with Antarctica Flights and this is the first time they will be on the new 787 Dreamliner.

Antarctica Flights CEO Bas Bosschieter says it's a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity". "There is no passport or luggage needed for an Antarctica flight, you can even go in board shorts if you wish," he told 7news. Prices start from $1199 per person.

Christmas on the Panama Canal

Spend Christmas Day on the high seas and New Year's Eve traversing the Panama Canal on a new, one-off Viking itinerary. The 18-day voyage departs Miami on 24 December 2021 and concludes in Los Angeles.

The 930-passenger Viking Star will visit six countries, calling at exotic destinations such as Cozumel in Mexico, Cartagena in Colombia, Puntarenas in Costa Rica, Leon in Nicaragua and Colon in Panama.

The highlight: a transit of the locks of the 80-kilometre Panama Canal, a leisurely journey that can take up to 10 hours. Prices for the Viking Panama Canal and Coastal Holiday start from $7995 per person in a Veranda stateroom.

Explore more: vikingcruises.com.au

Go the back way

Thredbo has unveiled new back-country tours for regular snow bunnies wanting something a little more out there. In groups of two to five, you'll learn back-country skills from experienced guides.

The tours will take you to the secret spots of Thredbo and beyond the resort's boundaries. They cater to beginner through to advanced skiers and snowboarders.

There is also a new Mt Kosciuszko Summit Tour where you will make your way to the top of Australia's highest peak. Prices start at $199 for beginner tours, and $299 for the more advanced.

Explore more: thredbo.com.au

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