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Luxury Australian Getaways Plus Qantas Upgrade, Luxury Cruises and Holiday Deals

In this Issue

In the News
Luxury Australian Getaway with Garry
First Class and Business Class Airfare Specials
Featured Luxury Cruises
FirstClass Updates
And Finally
In the News

Making News this Month...

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Emirates Opens Airport Lounge In Glasgow
Emirates is celebrating the start of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games with the official opening of its lounge at Glasgow Airport by the airline’s President Sir Tim Clark.The lounge is availab...>>>

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Also in the News...

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Luxury Australian Getaway with Garry

We often forget, when planning our next getaway, the beauty in our backyard. And, as such we don't realise how lucky we are that in amongst the untouched wilderness of this spectacular landscape are luxury properties which offer once in a lifetime experiences in some of the most beautiful locations on Earth. And the best part? You don’t even need a passport to get there.

One of my most recent experiences of these luxury hotels and spas was in the Blue Mountains, near Lithgow, at Emirates’ Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa and my stay only further confirmed for me how wonderful a holiday in Australia is.


Tucked away in the valleys of the Blue Mountains there is a 4000 acre private reserve and nestled within it is Wolgan Valley. Awarded Australia’s Best Relaxation and Spa Hotel in the 2014 Travellers Choice Awards by TripAdvisor this is luxury in the lap of nature.

Descend past ochre cliffs and through dense, untouched bushland in your 4WD escort and marvel as the Wolgan Valley property opens up before you. Set on heritage farmland 40 cabins are scattered along the grass plains with a helipad if the dirt road entry doesn’t suit you.

Rainbow over the valley

Wolgan Valley is the ideal retreat, with cabins ranging from the lower tariff Heritage Suite to the Wolgan Suite which has its own staff quarters, is fully self-contained and sleeps up to six people. All accommodations offer separate living and bedroom areas, large bathrooms (with two sinks and mirrors to avoid early morning squabbles) and double-sided fireplaces. But the devil is in the detail and Emirates has ensured that in Wolgan Valley the details are not forgotten. Relax in your private 7 metre swimming pool which, heated and contained within a glass house with retractable walls, give you the option of swimming with or without the fresh bush air.  Or, you might choose to lounge on your custom-designed king-sized bed which is so comfortable that, rumour has it, guests have ordered them for their own homes.

My own Heritage Suite at Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa

The tariff at Wolgan is all-inclusive and allows you to enjoy guided bush-walks or horse riding throughout the valley or learn from local indigenous conservation experts. The included dining is superb – regional, seasonal and organically sourced products are used wherever possible with menu changes daily. Enjoy Australian wines and cheeses as you sit on the deck and marvel as the sunset transforms into starry skies above the valley.

Local wildlife in Wolgan Valley
Indeed, it is in the combination and contrast of luxury and the down-to-earth surrounding that Wolgan finds its charm – you could be lounging by your fireside with a glass of wine and witness a wallaby bound past your window, or perhaps be swimming laps in your personal pool to the song of kookaburras through the morning mist. Such is the magic of this unique property.

My stay was a perfect escape – the location was so magical, the accommodation so welcoming that you can’t help but wish this could be your weekend getaway from the city life of Sydney.

But Wolgan Valley is only a taste of the wonderful properties on offer in spectacular locations around Australia. Our famous outback holds accommodations that you will marvel at, so surprising is their comfort in such a harsh landscape. 
Longitude 131°
Longitude 131° is a luxury camping facility within eyesight of Uluru. By night you dine under the endless starry constellations in the crisp night air and sleep under your canopy roof to the silence of the desert, by day you explore the surrounding wilderness with world renowned vistas and sacred indigenous sites.
Images of El Questro Homestead
Or, if you’ve already seen all there is to see at Uluru, then why not stay in the lavish accommodation at El Questro Homestead in the Kimberly Region of Western Australia. Set in its own one million hectare wilderness park the property is remote and exclusive, offered only to a precious few. Accommodating a maximum of 18 guests it’s little wonder that El Questro was included in the ‘prize pack’ at the Academy Awards.

Accommodation at One & Only Hayman
If the Big Red isn’t your calling, or you want to continue your luxury Australian getaway then why not head to another of our natural wonders - the Great Barrier Reef? Located on Hayman Island - the most northerly of the Whitsunday Islands group - One & Only Hayman is a unique 5 star resort. Renowned for its elegance, location and attention to luxurious detail this resort, the only one on the island provides the seclusion and comfort to ensure that your stay on the reef is something magical.
All around Australia luxury properties await exploration; don’t miss the opportunity to see your country in a whole new way. Below is a further selection of the luxury Australian properties FirstClass offers:
Saffire Freycinet, Tasmania
Opened August 2010, all inclusive luxurious lodge on Tasmania’s East Coast, inside Freycinet National Park.
Bedarra Island Resort, Queensland
When you simply do not wish to be found, when you need to escape and unwind, there is no better place to disappear than Bedarra. Bedarra is an all-inclusive, private, tropical haven – Australia’s most unique resort, and the ultimate in barefoot luxury.
Qualia, Hamilton Island
A unique expression of Australian island luxury, the award winning qualia always impresses with packages to suit every traveller from diving the Great Barrier Reef to spa indulgence and golf getaways.
Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island
Globally celebrated and multi-award winning, Southern Ocean Lodge defines Australian luxury travel. 21 luxe suites commanding mesmerising views of the Southern Ocean cantilever along the coast, it's the ultimate fusion between breathtaking wilderness and unbridled creature comforts.
Hamilton Island Yacht Club Villas
As the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef’s unique beauty, the new Hamilton Island Yacht Club and luxury villas adjoining the marina offers guests an enclave of world-class facilities and services.
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First Class and Business Class Airfare Specials


Qantas Complimentary One Way First Class Upgrade

Sale only until Friday 15Aug14


To London from
$11175 $8,925

Departures from 15Aug14 - 30Jan15

- Complimentary One Way First Class Upgrade

- Qantas First and Business Class 




Etihad Pearl Business Class to Europe 


Sale only until Thursday 14Aug14


Victoria, South Australia or Tasmania to Europe from


Business Class from 
$8775 $5,375


Western Australia to Europe from


Business Class from
$8775 $5,295


New South Wales, Northern Territory or Queensland to Europe from


Business Class from
$8775 $7,375

Western Australia and Victoria, South Australia or Tasmania fares valid only for departures between 10Jul14 - 30Nov14 OR 16Jan15 - 24Mar15

- Etihad Business Class Specials

- Award Winning Business Class

- Complimentary Limousines at selected destinations

- Full Flatbed on most routes

Free One Way First Class Upgrade on British Airways
To Europe, the UK and Singapore

Take advantage of British Airways First Class when you book Business Class and receive a free one way upgrade.

For Departures 11Aug14 - 15Dec14
Valid only on Sydney Long Haul flights BA 11,12,15,16
Must book by 15Aug14

Sydney to London from
$9375 $7,825
Save $1550

Sydney to Singapore from

$4175 $3,775

Save $400

- Fares are per person and include taxes.

- Other destinations in Europe available.

More Fantastic First and Business Class Specials

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Featured Luxury Cruises

Sail in absolute luxury around Australia with these fantastic cruise specials

16 Night Great Barrier Reef and Gold Coast with Seabourn
Free Upgrade to Veranda Suite!
16 Night Great Barrier Reef and Gold Coast with Seabourn
Departure Date: 05Dec14
Depart From: Benoa, Bali
Cruiseship: Seabourn Odyssey
From: AU$5999
Ends in: Sydney, Australia
Cruiseline: Seabourn

12 Night Sydney to Bali with Crystal Cruises - Sydney to Benoa
12 Night Sydney to Bali with Crystal Cruises - Sydney to Benoa
Departure Date: 17Feb16
Depart From: Sydney,Australia
Cruiseship: Crystal Serenity
From: USUS$4995
Ends in: Bali,Indonesia
Cruiseline: Crystal

20 Nights Pacific Island Cruise with Crystal Cruises - Departing Sydney
20 Nights Pacific Island Cruise with Crystal Cruises - Departing Sydney
Departure Date: 20Jan17
Depart From: Sydney, Australia
Cruiseship: Crystal Symphony
From: USUS$7195
Ends in: Sydney, Australia
Cruiseline: Crystal

14 Night Auckland to Sydney with Regent Seven Seas Cruises
14 Night Auckland to Sydney with Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Departure Date: 06Jan15
Depart From: Auckland,New Zealand
Cruiseship: Seven Seas Mariner
From: USUS$5119
Ends in: Sydney, Australia
Cruiseline: Regent Seven Seas
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FirstClass Updates
Fun, Happy and Winning..... just like Sue and Tony on our trip! 

2014 FirstClass Rabbitohs NRL Packages a Huge Success!

FirstClass would like to thank those who travelled with us on the 2014 Rabbitohs Holiday Packages to the Gold Coast, Perth and Cairns and also the Rabbitohs team members who joined us. All three trips were a huge success; everyone enjoying themselves, the company and, of course the fantastic games where we could show our support for our team. We will be returning in 2015 so be sure to secure your spot on our trips for next year by contacting or Click here for advanced registration.

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And Finally

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