Five highlights in your travel week | 18 Sept

Escape to Airlie Beach with TravelOnline and save 35 per cent on a seven-night stay at Marina Shores, overlooking the Whitsunday Islands.

Pay from $499 per person twin-share for a one-bedroom garden-view spa apartment, including free wi-fi, sunset Segway tour for two, late checkout until noon and bottle of wine on arrival.

The offer is valid for sale until September 30 and for various travel periods until March 31.

Features include 30-metre swimming pool and direct access to the Airlie Beach boardwalk.

Phone 1300 883 887 or visit www.travelonline.com

Mantra MacArthur Hotel … refit of a former Canberra office building.

Mantra MacArthur Hotel … refit of a former Canberra office building.

To celebrate the opening of Mantra MacArthur Hotel at Canberra in late September, guests can take advantage of an opening special.

Stay in a studio room from $129 per night, including a gigabyte of wi-fi daily, drink voucher on arrival and noon late check-out.

The offer is valid for bookings until October 31 and for stays from October 2 until January 31.

A $19 million refit has transformed this former office building into a full-service hotel featuring 136 hotel rooms and 40 suites, as well as the brand-new Podilato restaurant and bar serving Greek-Mediterranean-style cuisine, a fully equipped gym, 24-hour reception, secure parking, internet lounge and express check-out

Phone 1300 987 603 or visit www.mantrahotels.com

 The Mercure Canberra … very much part of our national capital’s history.

The Mercure Canberra … very much part of our national capital’s history.

And still in Canberra, Mercure Canberra is celebrating its 90th birthday this month [September] with $90 per person twin-share room rates.

Originally known as the Hotel Ainslie and later Olims, Mercure Canberra was built in 1927 to provide accommodation for public servants relocating to the city to support the transfer of the Commonwealth Parliament from Melbourne.

Today the hotel is one of eight remaining government-built hotels from Canberra’s first stage of development in the 1920s and is listed in the Register of the National Estate.

The hotel features extensive gardens, comfortable areas for guests to enjoy, including a lounge with a working fireplace and original features such as etched-glass panelling.

Maria Island … part of Tasmania’s celebrated wilderness.

Maria Island … part of Tasmania’s celebrated wilderness.

The Maria Island Walk on Tasmania’s East Coast is celebrating 15 years of service with a 15 per cent discount for direct bookings on its summer program.

The offer is valid for bookings made by September 30 and for walks departing between October 1 this year and April next.

Prices start from $2450 per person and include return transfers from Hobart to Triabunna, the scenic cruise across the pristine waters of the Mercury Passage to the isthmus of Maria Island, gourmet food and wine, services of two experienced guides, National Park entry fees, accommodation, and use of waterproof jackets and day packs.

Metro Apartments on King … offering a complimentary city-attractions package.

Metro Apartments on King … offering a complimentary city-attractions package.

Sydney’s Metro Apartments on King is offering a complimentary city-attractions package for guests staying in a one-bedroom apartment up until December 25, along with free wi-fi and kids’ goodies pack on arrival.

Kids stay for free under the offer, which is priced at $259 per night Sunday to Thursday, and $359 per night on Fridays and Saturdays.

The family-attractions pass is valid for two adults and two children, with choice of entry to two attractions, including Sydney Tower Eye, Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, Madame Tussauds, Wild Life Sydney Zoo and Manly Sea Life Sanctuary.

Children must be under 12 years or age and the offer is valid for bookings of two nights or longer.

Phone 1800 00 4321 or visit www.metrohotels.com.au