Western Australia : Traveller Tips

Cheap escapes

Cheap and full of cheer

Rejoice, oh disorganised work slaves! Bargains still abound for those who don't book their summer holidays a year ahead, discovers Belinda Jackson.

Australia

Hot and happening

Hayman Island.

The carefree days of summer are coming - Lee Atkinson compiles a wish-list of some of the country's best new adventures.

Flight review

Flight review: Qantas 747 jumbo domestic

Qantas 747 jumbo jet nose

Julietta Jameson Delays can't keep a jumbo down on its first domestic flight.

Australia

Elsewhere, all to yourself

Cable Beach, Broome, Western Australia

The usual haunts may be booked solid but bargains await in places that go quiet in summer, writes Sheriden Rhodes.

Tips

A note from mum for a family field trip

Not so average ... travel companies are catering for more than just two adults and two kids.

Jane E. Fraser The costs and crowds during school holidays make it tempting for parents to take children out of class to travel during term time.

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Doors are closing on cut-price digs

Rush for cheap hotels

Jane E. Fraser As the corporate market recovers and Australian hotel prices catch up to the rest of the world, cheap room rates are soon to be a thing of the past.

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Cheap suites straight off the rack

Secret mission ... mystery hotel deals provide only the barest of details to customers before they book.

'Mystery' hotel deals can save guests money but it can be hard to know exactly how much, writes Jane E. Fraser.

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Sometimes it pays to splash out

Jane E. Fraser finds the once humble holiday park has competition from upmarket rivals.

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Caught in a rip-off

Beware ... a beachside holiday may turn into a hassle.

There are pitfalls to watch out for with holiday rental bonds, writes Jane E. Fraser.

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Top tips on coping with Christmas travel

Santa angry

Arrive at your Christmas destination refreshed, not frazzled, with these tips, writes Jane E. Fraser.

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All aboard the flexible future

Scene not herd ... tour operators are moving away from one-size-fits-all programs to bespoke agendas with multiple options.

Tour operators have begun to offer multiple options instead of sticking to rigid itineraries, says Jane E. Fraser.

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Beyond frequent flyer points

Frequent Flyer Credit card Qantas

You save up your frequent flyer points and hand over your card at the supermarket - but when it comes to travel perks you might be only scratching the surface.

Q&A

Your questions

Where can we go to spoil overselves on a group week away, within five hours' flight of Sydney?