Pack your pup

The Langham Sydney has recently paired with Pound Paws for a new, curated Pampered Pets Staycation package. In addition to the usual luxe of a Langham stay, a special gift bag, pet afternoon tea, breakfast in bed for you and your fur-child, and three hours of pet-sitting are all included.

A series of indulgent treatments can also be booked with the Pampered Pets Stylist, from celebrations, in-room photoshoots to paw-dicures and facials for pets. The staycation will set you back from $698 per night with $20 from each booking going straight to Pound Pets to support the re-homing of pets in Australian pounds and rescue centres.

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A taste of the Tweed

From fresh farm produce to artisan bakehouse goods, the Tweed Coast has it all. <The Tweed Official Foodies Guide> will help you navigate your way to local breweries, top restaurants and through farmers markets.

Tweed Tourism Company general manager Bradley Nardi says, “The Tweed is home to many iconic foodie highlights, including Tropical Fruit World and Husk Distillers, as well as highly awarded restaurants such as Pipit, Paper Daisy and Fins – our new guide builds on this profile while unearthing some hidden Tweed gems.”

It also provides detailed itineraries you can follow to experience the best of both coastal and country as you travel through the Tweed.

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You’ve yacht to be kidding me

The sea breeze in your hair, champagne in your glass, nothing but ocean in front of you. The boating lifestyle doesn’t have to stay forever a daydream. Flotespace makes it surprisingly easy and affordable to hire a boat, yacht or catamaran for your next event or romantic night away. Captain and crew are included.

Experience a taste of luxury aboard Ghost in Sydney Harbour from $1600 per hour; host your birthday party on the stylish Woorabinda from $375 per hour; or pick from any of the other 61 options. There are three options in Victoria: the wedding-venue-sized Victoria Star or the 15-person Voodoo (both from $600 per hour) and family-sized cruiser Reckless (from $300 per hour).

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Make yourself at home

In a scheme designed to boost Tasmania’s tourism and hospitality industry, Premier Peter Gutwein has announced the Make Yourself at Home incentive for all Tasmanian residents. Travel vouchers go towards any short-term stays from Sunday to Thursday until November and experience vouchers help pay for tourism attractions and tours.

Singles can register for one $100 accommodation voucher and one $50 experience voucher; couples can claim twice the amount but the accommodation vouchers are to be used on different nights. Families can access up to two $150 accommodation vouchers to use on separate nights, as well as a $50 experience voucher for each family member, capped at three children. Residents will pay upfront for the eligible expenses and then claim the voucher value back afterwards.

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