Travel deals: cheap flights, Cairns holidays, Mornington Peninsula and more

Rex Airlines is taking on the air wars with super-low fares on some of Australia's most popular routes.
Rex Airlines is taking on the air wars with super-low fares on some of Australia's most popular routes.

Regal Victorian retreat

An hour's drive out of Melbourne, stay at Lancemore Mansion Hotel Werribee Park for two nights and enjoy a welcome glass of sparkling wine, daily breakfast alongside the parterre garden, a gourmet picnic hamper to enjoy on the manicured lawns of the estate and a bottle of Lancemore wine.

Price: from $499 for 2 nights

A tall ship adventure

Enjoy a night on Sydney Harbour aboard the tall ship Soren Larsen. Sip wine and nibble canapes as the sun sets, followed by dinner. Wake up to a hot breakfast served with views of Sydney Opera House, before docking at Goat Island for a historic tour.

Price: $349 per person

Cairns: Tropical time-out

Escape to paradise for the week at Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns. Relax on arrival with a bottle of sparkling wine while you settle into your double room (upgraded to an ocean view). The inclusions continue with a tapas plate, daily breakfast and a choice of a reef and Green Island cruise or a rainforest and nocturnal wildlife tour.

Price: from $599 per person for 7 nights

Flinders on the Peninsula

Unwind with two nights on the coast at Quarters' Flinders Hotel. Launch yourself into the wineries and restaurants of the Mornington Peninsula, a 90-minute drive from Melbourne CBD. The deal includes daily a la carte breakfast.

Price: from $379 for 2 nights

Resort stay in Noosa

Unwind with three nights in plantation-style accommodation at the South Pacific Resort and Spa Noosa. The resort package for two has a raft of inclusions: a bottle of wine on arrival; a $25 Noosa spa voucher each; tennis court hire; local shuttle; 10% off dining voucher; 15% off bike or boat hire, and tours.

Price: from $489 for 3 nights

A quokka of a deal in WA

Surround yourself with the largely unspoilt beauty of Rottnest Island and experience nature first-hand with three nights in an eco-tent. Catering to couples or families, a stay includes use of the swimming pool and barbecues and daily breakfast. There's direct access to the beach and complimentary return ferry transfers from Fremantle.

Price: from $435 per person for 3 nights

Flights cheaper than a cab fare

With its first Sydney to Melbourne flights set to launch in just two weeks, Rex Airlines is taking on the air wars with super-low fares on some of Australia's most popular routes.

The airline is set to challenge the big boys, Jetstar and Qantas, and has dropped its Sydney to Melbourne prices to $49 for one-way economy, or "less than a taxi fare" to the airport. Business class one-way flights started from just $199.

The $49 economy fare comes with all the standard inclusions: 7kg of carry-on bags and 23kg of checked-in luggage, as well as refreshments.

Rex's fleet of five Boeing 737 jets, all of which were formerly leased to Virgin Australia, will operate nine return flights per day on one of the world's busiest routes, Sydney-Melbourne.

The Sydney-Brisbane route will be launched in April.

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