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    EDITORIAL Publisher – Jenny Piper Contributors – Sarah Beyer, Adam Bishop, Bruce Piper, Myles Stedman

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    PRODUCTION Anna Piper anna.piper@traveldaily.com.au

    DESIGN Sarah Beyer sarah.beyer@traveldaily.com.au

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    Contents 4 Destination spotlight

    Discover where in the world you should visit next

    6 For foodies Let’s talk tapas

    7 In the news Catch up on the latest travel and cruise news

    8 Immerse yourself in country Sarah Beyer gets to know the culture and traditions of Aboriginal Australians

    14 Take four Search for sea creatures at these stunning dive and snorkel locations

    16 Keep your cruising dream alive Hear from a travel agent all about their cruise experience

    19 Puzzles Sit down with a cuppa and enjoy the puzzle pages

    23 Cocktail Hour Take a sip and plan your next trip!

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    Front cover image: Katherine Gorge, NT ©Tourism NT/Matt Cherubino

    I have just had an amazing few days away in the Northern Territory. We spent 3 nights at Voyages Ayers Rock Resort staying at Sails in the Desert Hotel and had a fantastic time. The entire resort has not fully re-opened yet, but there are plenty of options for accommodation and activities to make your stay one to remember. We did the Sounds of Silence dinner, walked through the Valley of the Winds at Kata Tjuta, and enjoyed time relaxing around the resort. I was really looking forward to the Field of Light art installation which met my expectations – bubbles and canapes served as you watch the sun go down and the lights start to come on was magical, definitely worth experiencing.

    The absolute highlight for me was a Segway tour around the rock with Uluru Segway Tours. I have been on a couple of Segway tours in the past so the novelty factor wasn’t

    so high, but I knew it would be a fun way to circle Uluru. The guides who escorted our group were brilliant, explaining the Anangu people’s culture and beliefs about the rock as well as the history of tourism associated with Uluru. Being so close and seeing the beauty and detail of this piece of our country has inspired me to want to discover and see more of our great nation.

    What about you? Are you being inspired to discover what makes Australia so unique? I hope our little mag is spurring you on to make plans for 2021. Book a trip – now the interstate borders are open, as NIKE say – ‘Just Do It’.

    Keep Dreaming of those travels, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram (@ travelcruiseweekly) for more stories to inspire those future travels for 2021 and beyond.

    © Destination NSW

    © Capella Lodge

    From the Publisher

    Jenny Piper

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    Photo credit

    Camel Rock, NSW Created by underwater avalanches 450 million years ago, this striking rock formation is a must see on a visit to NSW’s Sapphire Coast. After stopping to take in the breathtaking view, we recommend spending a few nights in the nearby town of Bermagui. This seaside haven is known for magnificent scenery, coastal bush walks, quiet beaches and delicious seafood - perfect for your next escape.

    ©Destination NSW

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    For foodies

    Talking Tapas A snack does not normally

    constitute a meal, but a series of delicious snacks in one sitting certainly can. Enter the Spanish culinary concept of tapas, popularised by the Spanish people and their delicious, yet unusual, eating habits. Traditionally, the people of Spain would bar hop and eat small snacks along the way before tucking into their dinner, which is sometimes served as late as 11pm. So, the next time you find yourself in Spain, here is a quick guide to some delicious spots.

    Leon The bars in this city tend to

    serve up simple tapas dishes with every drink ordered, from tasty local cheese and chorizo, to scrumptious fried potatoes glazed in homemade aioli. The best tapas bars here are in the bustling old-world Barrio Humedo district.

    San Sebastan This artistic mecca is famed

    for its plethora of fancy restaurants and bars. When in town and after some tasty tapas, head on down to the old quarter of the city. There you will find bars stocked with local delights, such as

    traditional anchovy, olive and chilli skewers and sheep’s cheese risotto. Baaarilliant!

    Logrono Logrono is revered for its

    winemaking but don’t let that reputation fool you, tapas are also a highly sought-after commodity around these parts. The money spot in this city is Calle Laurel, boasting more than 30 tapas bars in just a two-block stretch. Each venue here enjoys a distinct food identity, whether it is El Soriano’s grilled mushroom and prawn dishes or the patatas bravas on offer at Bar Jubera.

    In the News

    Loyalty wars Qantas and Virgin Australia

    are engaged in a battle for the hearts and minds of the country’s frequent flyers, in a tit-for-tat skirmish offering to match the status of top tier members of their respective loyalty programs.

    The first salvo was launched by Qantas just over a week ago, offering bonus status credits and lounge access to eligible travellers with rival airlines.

    However this morning Virgin Australia hit back with a “Discover Gold Status Match” offer of a three month membership - and if travellers take just one eligible flight and earn 80

    status credits in that period they will also receive an additional Velocity Gold membership for a travelling companion.

    Virgin is also extending existing Platinum and Gold status until 31 March 2022 as long as members take one flight before 28 March 2021.

    Kimberley on cruise radar

    Although international cruise ships are still currently banned from Australian waters, several operators are looking forward to the likely easing of restrictions next year which could allow a domestic Kimberley cruise season to take place.

    In fact such is the demand for close-to-home cruising that Silversea Cruises last week unveiled three additional itineraries in the iconic region, with the extra nine-day sailings between Darwin and Broome aboard the 144-passenger Silver Explorer now scheduled for May and June 2021.

    Silversea’s Kimberley fares include flights, transfers and a pre-cruise hotel night, as well as butler service, complimentary beverages, wi-fi and gratuities.

    Adding to the experience, on-board cuisine is inspired by the flavours of Western Australia, inspired by Executive Chef Alan Groom from the Kimberley’s own El Questro Homestead.

    ©Silversea

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    Immerse yourself in country According to Tourism Research Australia, while 11% of international travellers will take part in an indigenous experience on their holiday to Australia, only 1% of domestic travellers do the same. With international borders closed, there has never been a better time to get to know the culture and traditions of Aboriginal Australians, and luckily there are plenty to enjoy in NSW. Sarah Beyer discovers just some of what the state has to offer.

    Across NSW, Aboriginal culture is vibrant and diverse, with a range of experiences allowing travellers the chance to gather on country and learn from the traditional owners. You can take an Aboriginal-led guided tour, follow ancient songlines on walking tracks, experience traditional ceremonies and visit Aboriginal rock art in many of the state’s national parks.

    Gadigal & Eora Country, Sydney

    Before Sydney grew into the metropolis it is today, the Gadigal and Eora people lived on the land. You can explore the city through