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Looking for a Honeymoon with a Difference?

The name, Holidays with a Difference, says it all. For those seeking an energetic adventure, complete relaxation, a romantic interlude, or a honeymoon combining all these features, this new program of tailor-made itineraries will be particularly appealing.

There are 16 Holidays with a Difference packages offering inspiration for travellers. Choose an itinerary that combines exploring the rainforest and the reef and includes an assortment of activities, or perhaps island hopping is more appealing? And for those looking for pampering and relaxation there are spa holidays with a high ahhh factor and escapes that deliver serious indulgence.

Each itinerary is a complete package and best of all once a booking is made all that's left is the packing. All connecting flights, transfers and other arrangements including accommodation and most meals are included.

'Explore the Tropics'
Five adventure-filled days including hot air ballooning over the Atherton Tablelands, 4WD tours taking in the Daintree National Park and Cape Tribulation and a day cruising and snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef. This itinerary also includes plenty of time to explore the magnificent Mossman Gorge region with guided walks and opportunities for canoeing and wildlife tours. For a change of pace, a refreshing spa treatment at Silky Oaks Lodge's Healing Waters Spa is also included. Accommodation, breakfast and dinner daily and activities, return chauffered car transfer from Cairn to Silky Oaks Lodge all from $1750 per person twin share.

'The Rainforest Meets the Sea Experience'
A soothing experience for those who wish to restore, replenish and rejuvenate their mind, body and spirit at two very special spas. The first, the Spa of Peace and Plenty, is surrounded by the lush tropical rainforest on Dunk Island, the other the Healing Waters Spa at Silky Oaks Lodge on the edge of the Daintree National Park. The 6-night package includes tailored treatments for "him" and "her", time to explore Dunk Island as well as the attractions of Tropical North Queensland. *Prices start from $5200 per couple and include many meals and activities, return flights Cairns to Dunk Island and return private chauffered car transfer from Cairns to Silky Oaks Lodge.

'Pure Tropical Indulgence'
Five idyllic days at two of Australia's most prestigious award-winning island resorts, Bedarra Island and Lizard Island, followed by three days at the beautiful Silky Oaks Lodge - a seamless blend of what can only be described as unadulterated, blissful indulgence. Add in first-class meals showcasing the finest local produce, premium wines, not to mention 24-hour access to Bedarra's legendary Open Bar, a selection of activities, charter flights to the islands, private chauffeured car transfers and other five star touches which make for a memorable holiday. *Priced from $6500 per person twin share.

'Reef & Rainforest in Style'
A very special way to explore Queensland in style, starting at Heron Island, a World Heritage-Listed coral cay right on the Great Barrier Reef. After three days of fabulous snorkelling, island walks and activities or just enjoying sensational beaches, the pace changes on the fourth day when guests board the award-winning Queenslander for the overnight train trip north to Cairns. The next three nights are spent enjoying the delights of Silky Oaks Lodge. Many activities and meals are included, from *$2900 per person twin share.

'Remarkable Reef & Rainforest'
Enjoy the dual delights of World Heritage-Listed rainforest and the marine wonder-world, the Great Barrier Reef. A superb holiday begins with three nights Treehouse accommodation at Silky Oaks Lodge and culminates with three nights in a private villa at Lizard Island, right on the reef. A day tour with Australian Wilderness Experience to the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation, chauffeured transfers to and from Silky Oaks Lodge, private air charter to Lizard Island, many meals and activities are included. *Priced from $4100 per person twin share.

'Heart of Tasmania'
With pristine lakes and rugged mountain peaks as a backdrop, a visit to Cradle Mountain Lodge is an exciting, holiday experience with plenty to do at all times of the year. Days filled with simple pleasures like walking, fishing and canoeing and relaxed evenings where enjoying Tasmanian foods and wines is high on the agenda. Three-nights accommodation, full mountain breakfasts, guided National Park walk to Dove Lake, wine and cheese tastings are included. Price starts from *$330 per person twin share.

'Tropical Island Escape'
What better way to recharge the batteries than by casting aside all urban cares and worries and relaxing on two idyllic tropical isles? Three nights on Dunk Island, a ainforest fringed paradise located close to the Great Barrier Reef, followed by two unforgettable nights on secluded Bedarra Island. Includes a day trip to the Great Barrier Reef, all meals and access to Bedarra's 24-hour Open Bar service, from *$2800 per person twin share.

'The Rainforest, Reef & Islands of Tropical North Queensland'
Spend seven days in North Queensland exploring the islands of the World Heritage -Listed Great Barrier Reef, the beauty of Daintree National Park as well as enjoying four days at sea cruising between Townsville and Cairns on board the luxury ship Coral Princess. Many activities, some optional tours and most meals are included. *Priced from $2400 per person twin share.
The Holidays with a Difference program also incudes some specialist packages such as Learn to Dive on Heron Island from *$1656, Bird Watching at Silky Oaks Lodge from *$1450 and an Ocean and Reef package that combines accommodation at Silky Oaks Lodge and the Sebel Reef House at Palm Cove, from *$1500. All packages subject to conditions and valid until 31 March 2003.

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