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It’s almost mid-year and after half a year of slogging it out at work or school, it’s time to give yourself a break, go for a short staycation, or simply stay at home to refresh and recharge.

For those who prefer something a little more adventurous, though – why not take the time to travel overseas?

Where to, you ask? How about Down Under?

Whether you are a nature lover, wildlife enthusiast, food aficionado, or a thrill-seeker, Australia’s got them all.

The best thing is, you don’t have to break your bank while enjoying activities that fulfills all of that. We’ll show you how!

Warner Bros. Movie World

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Thrill-seekers will love the Warner Bros. Movie World in Gold Coast.

Feel the exhilarating rollercoaster ride at Superman Escape, Green Lantern Coaster, or get soaking wet at the Wild West Falls 20m drop.

For those who prefer the indoors, experience the multi-dimensional journey of riding a rollercoaster with 360-degree virtual reality at Arkham Asylum.

The Wild West Falls Adventure Ride / Image Credit: Warner Bros. Movie World
The Green Lantern Coaster / Image Credit: Warner Bros. Movie World

DC fans will love Movie World too, for it’s the world’s first theme park area dedicated to DC Super-Villains and the Doomsday Destroyer!

DC Doomsday Destroyer Ride / Image Credit: Warner Bros. Movie World

At the “Hollywood at the Gold Coast”, movie magic comes to life every day.

Get up close and personal with your favourite stars and superheroes on Movie World’s famous Main Street at the magical Star’s Parade for perfect photo-taking opportunities.

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Duration: Full Day

Cost: S$79 for adults (Up to S$89.89), $58 for children (Up to S$74.74)

Get your deal here. Enjoy an additional $10 off per ticket with the exclusive promotional code VULCAN10OFF.*

*Valid for online purchases until 30 June 2017. Tickets valid for use by 30 November 2017.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

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As Destination Gold Coast best puts it, “There is nothing like holding a koala and feeding the kangaroos at the Gold Coast’s first and most loved major tourist attraction”.

Get a chance to feed and hangout with the kangaroos, or cuddle adorable koalas at this iconic wildlife sanctuary!

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Dedicated to conserving Australia’s indigenous, natural and historic heritage and culture, the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary in Queensland is a must-visit spot for not only families, but also nature lovers.

Get up close with the cutest and well-cared for Aussie animals. Experience the best of nature in the rainforest, glide gently on the Segway Safari Tour, and meet some of Australia’s most beautiful species of birds at the Flight Bird Show.

What’s more, visit the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital for insights into how vets treat the birds there – watch how they handle procedures in a live showcase of x-rays and ultrasounds.

Love high-elements? You can also challenge yourself at one of the 80 treetops zip lines!

Duration: Full Day

Cost: S$42 for adults (Up to S$50.45), $34 for children (Up to S$38)

Get your deal here! Enjoy an additional 10% off per ticket with the exclusive promo code VULCAN10.*

*Valid for online purchases until 30 June 2017. Tickets valid for use by 30 November 2017. Promo code only applies to Adult admission tickets.

Great Ocean Road Day Tour

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One of the favourite activities we love when in Australia: a road trip!

And of all places of interest, the Great Ocean Road is the one must-have to any road trip itinerary in Australia.

Where the roads hugs the sides of sheer cliffs, and where native bushland meets the blue waters, Great Ocean Road makes for one of the world’s most scenic drives.

Driving down this majestic stretch of infinite coastline is one of the most liberating feeling – you don’t get to enjoy such beautiful sights of nature in Singapore. Make a stop and walk along the coast where the famous limestone cliffs, the Twelve Apostles, lie.

All in all, the stunning landscapes are perfect settings for a perfect picture.

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While there are plenty of self-help guides to help you plan your drive along Great Ocean Road, nothing can compare to having a native guide bring you.

Their one day all-inclusive Great Ocean Road Day Tour is perfect for those without a driving license, or who would just like to sit back and relax while someone with expertise guides the tour.

During the tour, you’ll not only get to learn tales of the shipwreck coast, but you’ll also gain entry to Port Campbell and Great Otway National Parks.

You can even spot some wild koalas, cockatoos, and parrots at Kennett River!

Duration: Full Day

Cost: S$130.00 for adults (Up to S$138), S$ 110 for children (Up to S$117)

Get your deal here.

Phillip Island Tour

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Love animals and wildlife? Then Phillip Island is just right up your alley.

Lying just off Australia’s southern coast, Phillip Island will fill you with not just breathtaking scenery, but priceless wildlife encounters.

Stroll along the boardwalks and watch endearingly as the playful penguins and seals lounge in their natural habitat.

Pro-tip: the best time to catch the penguins will be at sunset as that’s when the penguins waddle up from the water and make their way home!

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If you’re lucky, you may even witness the magnificent sight of whales during their migration period (May to October)!

Beyond marine life, the Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park lets you see cute koalas, wombats, dingoes, and other animals unique to the land Down Under.

Wish to get closer? Here’s your chance to also pet and feed the adorable kangaroos, wallabies, and emus!

The island is also home to the Phillip Island Winery, where you can nibble on Gippsland cheese and sip on six locally produced wines. While you savour the selection of the finest food and wine in the region, feast your eyes on the beautiful Bass Strait and Berry’s Beach.

Duration: Full Day

Cost: S$135 for adults (Up to S$143.10), S$ 110 for children (Up to S$121.90)

Get your deal here.

Yarra Valley Gourmet Food Tour

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This one’s excellent for Singaporeans and particularly, foodies!

A tour at world-renowned Yarra Valley is a unique dining experience like no other. Yarra Valley Gourmet Foods brings together the freshest local produce in Australia, so it can’t get any better than to go on a Yarra Valley Gourmet Food Tour.

Image Credit: Melbourne’s Yarra Valley Official Visitor Site

Start the day by cleansing your palates with the freshest fruits at an exclusive visit to premier farm shop Yarra Farm Fresh. Then, sip on an exclusive assortment of quality wines at a wine tasting session at the iconic De Bortoli Wines.

Lunch is no simple affair either. You will get to taste a melt-in-your-mouth cheese at the fabulous Rochford Wines. And after that savoury appetiser, you can expect to be treated sumptuously with a three-course meal paired with the best wines.

After lunch, step into one of Australia’s oldest vineyards – Yering Station. Awarded as a mark of excellence in Australian tourism, Yering Station is a great place to savour exceptional quality wines which are also rich with heritage.

Image Credit: Melbourne’s Yarra Valley Official Visitor Site

Your culinary journey will be completed on a sweet note at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie.

Sample some of their homemade creations, and take the chance to also snag a box of these premium chocolates home for your family and friends.

Duration: Full Day

Cost: S$130 for adults (Up to S$137.80), S$ 110 for children (Up to S$116.60)

Get your deal here.

But Planning Is A Chore

All in all, that’s only S$512 damage for 5 full days of activities.

Note though, that you probably need to spend a little bit more for food, accommodation and your flight.

But honestly, planning an itinerary can be a chore – especially when you need to source for the cheapest and most reliable deals for activities amidst the stress of work.

Fortunately, you can now easily book popular activities at Changi Recommends!

Not Just For Wifi – Get All Your Activities At One Place!

If you check out the new Changi Recommends website, you’ll notice that you can not only get their WiFi routers, but also tickets and tours, transport passes, SIM cards, travel insurance, and even air tickets – effectively making it a one-stop travel concierge for fuss-free travels.

Where else can you get all these in one place?

You no longer have to go through the headache of planning your travel itinerary without a clue or worry about missing out “Must-Not-Miss” highlights.

There will be no more dealing with pushy travel agents or settling for less-than-ideal itineraries either.

Just head to the tickets and tours section of Changi Recommends, browse through the day tours and attraction options available, and book whatever you like – no strings attached.

The user-friendly interface makes it super easy to browse for things you like as well.

Every tour and attraction listing is complete with all the information you need to make your decision, which include the summary and highlights of what you’re paying for, the operating hours, addresses, maps, directions, and even a handy guide on how to purchase that deal. And if you still have issues, they’ve included a landline, email, and even a mobile number you can text for assistance.

Once you’re done with the online booking, collect your tickets or passes anytime at your convenience at the 24-hour Changi Recommends booth located in all terminals.

The tours and passes available are for several countries including Australia, Japan, South Korea, and Hong Kong, and they go at exclusive prices as well!

So if you’re looking to travel to any of these countries, you don’t want to miss out on these deals.

Exclusive Promo Codes For Vulcan Post Readers

Changi Recommends is giving you the chance to save even more with exclusive promo codes to selected attractions:

Warner Bros Movie World $90 $79 $10 OFF PER TICKET VULCAN10OFF
Dreamworld $96 $79 10% OFF VULCAN10
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary* $50 $42 10% OFF VULCAN10
SEA Life Melbourne Aquarium* $40 $35 10% OFF VULCAN10

*Promotion applies to Adult General Admission only

This article was written in collaboration with Changi Recommends.

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