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Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend special offer

Queen's Birthday Long Weekend

Raise your tea cups and toast some scones — it’s nearly the Queen’s Birthday long weekend! From 6-8 June 2009, her maj would love for us all to celebrate in her honour with some jolly good getaways and rollicking good fun.

Better yet, we’re giving you $30 off when you spend $200 or more at any of these hotels. All you need to do to get your discount is type BONUS30 into the promotional code section when you book!

So pack some tweed, round up the corgis and explore beyond your home empire for some spiffy sojourns.

For a colony of convicts, Sydney has since come a long way, and now you can clink your champagne glasses at the Sydney Opera House for a High Tea. Lift your pinkie from dainty cups, nibble on pastries and then return to the Hilton Sydney located near the 1800s Queen Victoria Building.

When she’s not meeting heads of state, the Queen enjoys a bit of relaxation at her rural retreat in Balmoral. You too can walk in wellies and stroll the grounds of the castle-like Thorngrove Manor hotel, near Adelaide. This boutique establishment has enough amenities to suit the royal in you — fancy a bit of croquet, or some book reading? There’s that and more for you in the fresh country air.

Even if we Aussies don’t fancy Spotted Dick, anyone can appreciate the beauty of England’s national flower, the rose. Let the sweet scent waft into you senses at Bartons Rose Farm near Brisbane. Rather than English pastures, this farm has an Australian accent, including 100-year-old Jacaranda trees, rustic old sheds and potted roses to buy. Back in Brisbane, stay at the Emporium Hotel with its luxurious interior and a rooftop terrace to soak up the Aussie sunshine.

There may not be bugles blaring, but the Macquarie Manor in Hobart is just the kind of place where hunters would gather before the chase. Built in 1875, this residence has been restored to feature Edwardian and Victorian décor so you can pretend you’re Jane Austen or Mr Darcy. The manor is situated near many Hobart landmarks, such as the Theatre Royal and Maritime Museum, as well as a stone’s throw from a track leading to Mt Wellington.

If there’s a bit of rebel in you, ditch the doilies and dance up a storm instead at the National Celtic Festival at Portarlington, Victoria. Running over 5-8 June, this family-friendly festival attracts national and international acts of music and dance talents. You can even learn how to compose a ballad or speak with a native Gaelic tongue. Nearby in Geelong is the Corio Bay Four Points by Sheraton, situated on the waterfront with views of the bay and a unique food and beverages program.

So remember, to get $30 off when you spend $200 or more on any of these hotels, just type BONUS30 into the promotional code section when you book! Jolly good show Lizzy!

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