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Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean it’s time to hibernate! With loads of new experiences landing on RedBalloon each week, there are lots of great reasons to get out there and try something new – pending restrictions in your area. There are also plenty of cosy getaway options for those looking for a much-needed winter escape! Check out what’s new and noteworthy this month below and feel good knowing that you’re doing your part to support our local community.
Spot humpback whales, dolphins, dugongs and turtles on this 3-hour eco cruise in the Great Sandy Marine Park. Enjoy insightful commentary from whale experts as you search for these majestic creatures and listen to the whale songs and calls on the underwater hydrophone.
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Gin cocktail, don’t mind if I do! Gather your friends, put on your walking shoes and embark on a gin walking tour of Perth. Over 3 hours, you will learn about the history and production of gin, visit 2 specialty gin bars with guided gin tastings and finish at a cocktail bar where you will enjoy a gin cocktail of your choice.
Surprise your partner with a decadent champagne lunch at Empire Lounge. Sit back and enjoy gorgeous views of Rose Bay from your waterside table as you indulge in a 3-course meal paired with a glass of NV Moet & Chandon champagne each. Bliss!
Keen to explore your inner Masterchef? Join Green Olive at Red Hill’s talented farmer in the paddock and learn about their biological farming and sustainable vineyard practices. Afterwards, head into the kitchen for a paddock-to-plate cooking class with the chef, followed by a sit down meal and guided tasting of estate-made wines.
See Hobart from a different angle on this breathtaking 30-minute scenic flight. Soar over famous landmarks including the Derwent River, Mount Wellington, Hobart CBD and the surrounding harbour. Don’t forget your camera for fantastic photo opportunities throughout the flight!
Be amazed by the star-filled skies in the Blue Mountains. Enjoy fascinating storytelling, naked-eye astronomy and tips on how to identify stars and constellations, and peek up at the dark sky through a professional-grade telescope on this 90-minute stargazing experience.
Fancy an afternoon of decadent sweet and savoury nibbles? Hotel Realm will delight you with an elegant high tea. Be greeted with a glass of sparkling on arrival, before enjoying a tiered stand of delicious French cakes and tarts, delicate savouries and traditional scones, accompanied by freshly brewed coffee and a selection of fine teas.
See the Whitsundays at new heights! Take to the skies at up to 15,000ft with your tandem instructor and experience the thrill of freefall at speeds of up to 220km/h before the parachute is deployed and you float gently back to Earth. Take time to admire the dazzling landscape around you before finishing with a memorable landing on Whitehaven Beach.
All aboard the iconic Q train for a dining experience like no other! This moving restaurant travels on the historic Bellarine Railway between Drysdale and Queenscliff. Enjoy a welcome drink on arrival, then sit back and savour a lavish seasonal degustation that showcases local produce.
Come face-to-face with rays and sharks at Irukandji Shark & Ray Encounters. On a 40-minute guided snorkel tour, see sharks snoozing on the bottom and large rays majestically gliding by. Then, step into the shallow waters of the tropical lagoon and encounter the friendly resident sharks and rays at a new depth.
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