Arbois in Montagnes du Jura - het Franse Juragebergte - enkele fraaie streetviews

De provincie Gerona is de eerste Spaanse provincie bij de passage van de grens met Frankrijk.

Booking.com heeft een aanbod van meer dan 1.300.000 accommodaties over de hele wereld.

Brussels Airlines en Club Med hebben samenwerkings overeenkomst twee jaar verlengd.

The Blackman to open in Melbourne, Victoria. Due to open in August 2010, The Blackman is the final instalment of the Art Series hotels that have popped up in Melbourne over the past six months.

Following in the footsteps of The Cullen Hotel (Adam Cullen) and The Olsen (John Olsen) which opened last month, The Blackman will offer an edgy, boutique interior and an enviable St Kilda location. Named after illustrator Charles Blackman, the hotel will showcase his artwork throughout.  Rates start from A$195 (approx £100) per room per night based on two people sharing. www.artserieshotels.com.au

Historic Hobart’s hotel upgrade, Tasmania
Hobart’s historic Grand Mercure Hadleys Hotel is undergoing a A$30million extension ready for a grand reopening in September 2010. Built circa 1830, the hotel will have an additional 128 suites (to the existing 71), a new a-la-carte restaurant and cafe. The new suites in Hadleys will cost from A$229 (approx £115) per couple per night for a room with a city and harbour view – the views extend over the top of parliament house to Hobart’s marinas and to the Derwent Bridge. The 9th floor two-storey penthouse with exterior deck and hot tub will cost from A$900 (approx £450) per night. www.grandmercurehadleyshotel.com.au

Best non-cricket reason to visit the Gabba, Queensland
With The Ashes Series not far off, the eyes of the cricketing world will soon be focused on Australia. While it’s no secret to savvy Brisbanites, sporting tourists to Queensland’s Woolloongabba (known as the Gabba) may be bowled over to find a vibrant restaurant quarter has sprung up just a stone’s throw from the hallowed ground transforming the area into a stylish dining hub. From 1889 Enoteca, a Roman-flavoured vinaio/wine bar/restaurant in the heritage-listed Heaslop building, to next door neighbour and newcomer Bistrot Bistro; while further along sits the cool Pearl Cafe. The deliciousness continues in a renovated antique store, courtesy of The Crosstown Eating House. www.1889enoteca.com.au / www.bistrotbistro.com.au / www.thecrosstown.com.au
For further information on The Ashes Series www.australia.com/ashes

Gorgeous Girls and Pearls Safari, Western Australia
Making the most of Broome’s pearls are television personality, Maeve O’Meara and Pinctada Cable Beach Resort Spa owner, Marilynne Paspaley. The pair have created a travel experience designed for women, by women. The Gorgeous Girls and Pearls Safari tour includes a private pearl appreciation function with Champagne and pearl meat canapés, supper on the sand at Cable Beach after a sunset camel ride, spa treatments and accommodation at Pinctada, as well as a Cinderella evening. Taking place in June, the five night ‘safari’ costs A$3,762 (approx £1,900) and includes all accommodation, some activities and some meals. www.gourmetsafaris.com.au/page/broome_safari.html

New luxurious Waterhouse Retreat, South Australia
This stylish new retreat sleeps up to 10 people in absolute luxury. The property is set on five acres of secluded land nestled in the hinterland of Victor Harbor (officially no ‘u’). The Waterhouse property includes a 20 metre lap pool, a cinema room, a quality sound system, a fully equipped gourmet kitchen, barbecue facilities and even a running machine. The retreat offers stunning views of the surrounding bush where guests can enjoy a sundowner with kangaroos grazing at dusk, and is ideally located for fishing, visiting the nearby wineries, or getting close to nature with a spot of whale watching. From A$500 (approx £250) per night (min three night stay). www.vhwr.com.au

Alice Springs Camel Cup, Northern Territory
Fancy seeing camels being raced up a dry riverbed? That’s exactly what happens at the now famous annual Alice Springs Camel Cup which will take place on 10 July 2010. A must see event; visitors can watch brave/crazy riders whizz past on the temperamental and unpredictable camels. Created in 1970 as a way to settle a bet between friends, camel racing up the bed of the Todd River is day of pure fun. Punters can vote for the prettiest camel and both Mr Camel Cup and Miss Camel Cup are crowned on the day – after some camel comedy! www.camelcup.com.au

Launceston launches Hotel Charles, Tasmania
The Hotel Charles in Launceston is due to open in July 2010 with beautiful views across the Tamar Valley. Part of the Innkeepers portfolio, Hotel Charles is aiming to be the city’s most stylish boutique property. The 98 room hotel promises quiet luxury, charm and privacy over ostentatious opulence. Rates to be confirmed. www.hotelcharles.com.au

Dine Nine feet under in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales
Located nine feet below the surface in a converted wine cellar, Nine is an intimate new dining experience at the luxurious Tower Estate. Enjoy a tour of the wineries and the beautiful Hunter Valley before tucking into a seasonally produced 9 course degustation with matched Tower Estate wines (A$250 per person / approx £125). Established in 2009, Nine was developed to extend the special experiences that Tower Lodge is renowned for and to provide a new level in dining diversity. The private dining room seats from two to 16 guests.  www.towerestatewines.com.au/nine

For more information about Australia visit www.australia.com

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