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How To Glamp Among The Grapes


SLEEP AMONG the vines with a luxury glamping experience now available at an award-winning winery.

Bellarine Estate winery is a 90-minute drive from Melbourne’s CBD. It is situated on 40-hectares between Portarlington and Drysdale with views over Corio Bay on the Bellarine Peninsula.

Bellarine Estate showcases 20 glamping tents that dot the winery grounds and offer views of the vineyards which were planted in 1996. Each waterproof tent offers fully furnished bedding, rugs, fan, lighting, coffee table and an esky.

The family-owned property has packages starting from $670 for two people, with the Coastal Glamp @ Bellarine Estate package including:

  • Two-night stay in one of Bellarine Estate’s luxurious glamping tents
  • An American BBQ sampling platter (for two) at the on-site Texas BBQ restaurant (vegetarian options available)
  • A wine or spirit tasting at Bellarine Estate’s cellar door

Glamping accommodation is available until the end of April 2024.


EXTENSIVE SAVINGS are being offered on a special Christmas sailing along one of Australia’s most famous rivers.

Murray River Paddlesteamers has added a one-time-only, two-night cruise to its schedule in December.

The ‘Lock and Summer Saunter’ cruise from Torrumbarry Weir to Echuca in Victoria is aboard the paddlesteamer, PS Emmylou. She is the world’s only wood-fired paddlesteamer carrying just 16 overnight guests.

The trip begins on December 18 and calls at historic Perricoota Station before heading to the heritage river port of Echuca. Fares include onboard meals, daily shore excursions, train and cruise transfers.

Including a special 30 per cent discount, fares for the two-night ‘Lock and Summer Saunter’ cruise are available from $800 per person twin share for twin and double cabins. Murray River Paddlesteamers pays 10 per cent commission to travel agents.


TOURISM TASMANIA have just launched a new marketing campaign encouraging visitors to ‘Come Down For Air’.

The launch follows the organisation’s award-winning off-season winter campaign, which won gold and silver at the Australian Effie Awards.

‘Come Down For Air’ invites visitors to find their own space and calm, with the campaign injecting a uniquely Tasmanian perspective into busy urban life on the ‘mainland’.

The fourth iteration of its long-standing campaign aims to deliver ‘air’ to audiences more effectively and in more places, building a deeper emotional connection to Tasmania.

“In Tasmania, vast natural landscapes sit alongside top-notch arts, culture and culinary experiences,” said Sarah Clark, CEO of Tasmania Tourism.

“By leveraging this Tasmanian experience, we want people to realise they can find their own ‘air’ on a holiday in Tasmania – whether that includes stargazing, cheese tasting or mountain hiking.”

‘Come Down for Air’ will be in Australian markets until March 31, 2024.