27 September 2023

Norfolk Island Country Music Festival and Aqua Mekong cruise packages

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By Rama Gaind.

Troy Cassar-Daley is one of the headline artists to perform at the chart-topping 25th Norfolk Island Country Music Festival in May.

How’s this for two holiday packages with a difference: one for music enthusiasts and another for food lovers.

For the first, the Norfolk Island Country Music Festival celebrates its silver anniversary of bringing together top line Australian and New Zealand artists and discovering new and amazing talent.

The 25th festival will be held at various locations from 20-25 May.

Headline acts during the week-long program of special events will be the hugely successful and much-awarded Troy Cassar-Daley and Shannon Noll. They are sure to thrill the throng of musical devotees gathered on the island, along with many more artists including Australia’s Travis Collins, Mason Hope, Fanny Lumsden and Johanna Hemara and New Zealand’s The Topp Twins, En-Tranzet, Dennis Marsh, Jay Shingleton and Farmar and Doublet.

The Norfolk Island Travel Centre has announced a seven-night Norfolk Island Country Music Festival offer, with limited seats available, which includes:

Shannon Noll will perform at the 25th Norfolk Island Country Music Festival between 20 and 25 May.

  • Return economy class ‘seat plus bag’ Air New Zealand airfare to Norfolk Island
  • All pre-paid airline taxes
  • Arrival meet-and-greet at island airport
  • Return airport transfers on island
  • 7 nights’ accommodation at Aloha Apartments
  • 7 days’ car hire
  • Half-day island tour
  • Miniature-golf
  • A ‘Walk in the Wild’ rainforest walk
  • Bonus Norfolk Island discount shopping card and free gift

This offer is priced per person twin share from $1,739 ex-Brisbane 19-26 May and $1,779 ex-Sydney 21-28 May.

Entry to the music festival is available for an additional $599 (ultimate pass), $459 (elite pass) and $305 (night tickets only).

David Thompson hosts Aqua Mekong 2018 cruises

Australian chef David Thompson will host Aqua Mekong cruises for special departures in June and August.

If you book Aqua Mekong cruises in 2018 being hosted by acclaimed Australian chef David Thompson, then you will be able to take advantage of 30% savings on normal cruise prices for special departures in June and August.

The four-night cruises from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh from 22-26 June and 3-7 August will include exclusive hosted components with David, who has been consulting chef with Aqua Mekong since its inaugural cruise in October 2014. These include:

  • Customised Market Tours – travel with David to local markets to learn about locally grown and harvested ingredients, so essential to the freshness of Aqua Mekong’s dishes
  • Master Cooking Class – attend a cooking class or kitchen tour hosted by David as he walks guests through his secrets of recipe planning, preparation and execution
  • Interactive Q&A with the chef – find out how the dynamic international food scene is transforming the way David designs his latest visions of culinary creativity
  • Lead-in rate for the four-night cruise is US$3,780, which represents a 30% saving on normal Aqua Mekong cruises of this duration.

    Travel in style on Aqua Mekong cruises during June and August in 2018.

Guests will experience the green summer season and vibrant culture, history and cuisine of Southeast Asia aboard the sustainably crafted Aqua Mekong, a five-star floating hotel with 20 designer suites, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Mekong River, a 1:1 staff-to-guest ratio and twice daily shore excursions by high-powered skiff.

Aqua Mekong is the only ship on this stretch of the Mekong River to offer a fully-equipped gym, screening room, outdoor cinema, observation deck and an upper-deck pool.

Guests will dine on stunning dishes created by David Thompson and board the Mekong’s only private tenders for expert guided short excursions to serene Buddhist temples and stilted villages or exploration by bicycle and kayak.


25th Norfolk Island Country Music Festival

Contact Christan Davies at [email protected]

Call toll free 1800 140 066


Aqua Mekong cruises in 2018

For information and bookings contact Aqua Expeditions Australia on 1300 124 204 [email protected]


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