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February 14th is Valentine's Day and Ambassador Card members can make the most of our great gift ideas for that special person in their life! Choose from ordering flowers online from Petals Florist, some stunning jewellery from Amante Jewllery or spoil them with an endota eGift Card. If a night at the Moonlight Cinemas seems the perfect gift, make sure you save when ordering online! Choose one or more of these fantastic deals and have a memorable Valentine's Day!

Valentine's Day is Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Express your love and adoration with the gift of romantic flowers this Valentine's Day! Petals Network offers a huge selection of Valentine's Day flowers and gifts that can be delivered to your beloved Australia wide.

One of our most popular items is the traditional gift of one dozen long stemmed roses , a classic choice for Valentine's Day as they symbolise love and beauty. Red roses are the perfect choice of colour to send to your wife, husband or long term partner, while pink roses are better suited to new relationships, family and friends.

Our range of romantic roses can be delivered to the lucky recipient as a bouquet, box or vase arrangement. Whether you're after a single long stemmed rose or a modern flower arrangement of lilies, we know you'll find the perfect Valentine's Day gift at Petals!

Amante Jewellery

Amante Jewellery is a beautiful gift idea for Valentine's Day.

Find that special gift for the one you love this Valentine's Day and save an additional 10%. Just register as an AMB Member to receive your 15% member discount and then enter the coupon code AMBV before checkout to receive your additional exclusive further 10% discount. Be quick, this fantastic offer is valid 1st - 14th February!!

Each piece is gift boxed and arrives with a warranty for quality and craftsmanship.

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endota spa

Our partner endota spa continue their fantastic offer to our members!

Another Valentine's gift idea for you, or someone special. Choose your very own endota spa experience or purchase product at any endota spa across Australia. endota spa is Australia's leading day spa network with over 100 spas Australia wide. Please contact your local endota day spa to book in your treatment.

Save 7% when you purchase online!

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Moonlight Cinemas

Moonlight Cinemas 2017 - 18 Summer Season is upon us. With 5 great venues to choose from, relax under the stars and see the latest blockbusters or relive your classic favourites!

Moonlight Cinema - General Admission eVoucher $14.50 save $5.00

2017-18 SUMMER SEASON DATES:

  • Melbourne - 1 Dec - 1 April
  • Sydney - 1 Dec - 1 April
  • Brisbane - 7 Dec - 4 March
  • Adelaide - 1 Dec - 18 Feb
  • Perth - 2 Dec - 1 April

eVoucher is valid for 1x Admission to the 2017-18 Moonlight Cinema Summer Season only. It is strongly recommended to book online in advance at moonlight.com.au

**All sessions subject to availability**

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365 Roadside Assistance Auto

Planning a road trip this year?

We are very pleased to continue to promote our new partner 365 Roadside Assistance in 2018. 365 Roadside Assistance are a National Roadside Assistance group who have been working with Associations, Companies and Individuals for over 5 years in Australia. They work with communities for communities, using local repairers as the service provider support team when possible. National servicing bodies overlay a 3000 plus strong network and are there where-ever and when-ever you need. Join the thousands making the change!

Members simply enter promo code as below to receive 25% savings:

  • Normal retail price - Standard $89 yearly - Ambassador Card Price $66 (25% Saving) Promo Code AMB25S
  • Normal retail price - Premium $119 yearly - Ambassador card Price $89 (25% Saving) Promo Code AMB25P

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Good Guys (The) e-Card

Need to update any electrical items this year? Don't forget to make the most of our online offer by purchasing a Good Guys E Gift Card online! Whether you need a new TV, an updated laptop or a new coffee machine, an extra 5% savings will be worthwhile!

The Good Guys have over 60 years of experience in the electrical appliance industry. Considered by many as the market leader in a range of product categories, The Good Guys have affiliations with all the major global brands.

Members save 5% off when you purchase online. Valid at all The Good Guys stores and online.

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Tao Restaurant

Tao Restaurant, located in Cranbourne Park Shopping Centre, VIC offers great Chinese & Japanese food at reasonable prices, with a high quality of service and convenience, all delivered through an elegant brand. All ingredients are carefully selected by the owner-master-chef, avoiding the usage of commercial, chemical and instant flavouring for the better taste and to benefit your health!

Members save 25% off the total bill up to the value of $20. Valid one card per table.

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AJA Restaurant

AJA is short for A Journey to Asia
AJA Restaurant in Albert Park Vic follow their inspiration from the spring rain in the field, the fragrance of fresh herbs, freshly picked greens and harvest from the fisherman's basket. Their food embraces Asian traditions and signature dishes are created from simple recipes inherited from a belief of "eat fresh, live happy".

Members save 25% off the total bill up to the value of $25. Valid Lunch & Dinner: Tuesday thru Friday & Sunday (not valid on Saturday). Valid A la carte menu only. Not valid on Yum Cha menu.

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Parlamento Bistro Restaurant

You can enjoy any occasion to visit Parlamento Bistro Restaurant located across from the Adelaide Casino, North Terrace, Adelaide. Parlamento is a true inner city Italian Bistro offering fine Italian cuisine and alfresco dining. Parlamento offers Adelaide the highest level of quality Italian food and service, boasting an array of national and international diners. Parlamento evokes a true inner-city Italian bistro with its urban vibe and dependably good food!

Members save 25% off the total bill up to the value of $25. Valid Dinner: Monday thru Sunday from 7.00pm onwards. Present this offer at the end of the meal and then SHOW YOUR CARD to redeem.

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Michels

Craig Smith and Tanya Roberts welcome you to Townsville Michel's which is located in the popular southside of Palmer Street, Townsville in QLD. Michel's restaurant is a long-time favourite with locals. In a relaxed and sophisticated atmosphere enjoy the delicious, contemporary Australian/French influenced cuisine, prepared by passionate and experienced owner chef, Craig Smith. Visit Michel's mid-week for a special lunch or dinner! See below for details.

Members save 25% off the total bill up to the value of $25.00. Valid Lunch & Dinner: Tuesday thru Friday. A la carte only.

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Fix Wine Bar & Restaurant

Fix Wine Bar & Restaurant between King & Market Streets, Sydney is a brasserie style restaurant with a European feel and a great little eat-at bar. There's a strong focus on the freshest seasonal produce in the kitchen. Each dish is beautifully suited to the season and to matching with their extensive wine list of 250+ bottles focusing on small handcrafted wines - sometimes natural, often unusual - from around the globe.

Fix St James pride themselves on showcasing those hard to find wine gems. And with 20 wines by the glass, they can always match something to your tastes. Perfect for the food & wine lovers!

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Ristorante IL Grifone

Italy meets Newcastle's beautiful harbour foreshore at Ristorante Il Grifone. Like all good Italian restaurants, Ristorante Il Grifone is a family run business under the guidance of Italian-born Robert Carcagni. Modern and with stunning waterfront views, the dining space is inviting with a casual seaside family vibe. The menu is inspired by traditional classics, pasta and tempting desserts. Vegetarian options and lunch time specials are also available. A popular dining destination for all occasions from intimate romantic dinners, to celebrations with family and friends to larger scale functions with specialised function menus.

"Thank you Roberto and team for a fantastic afternoon celebration. The food was excellent as usual and the service great. We will definitely be returning!"

Members save 25% off the food bill up to the value of $25.00.
Not valid Saturday or month of December.
Valid Lunch: 7 days. Valid Dinner: Sunday thru Friday.
Valid on a la carte menu only.

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The Lodge

Lane Cove isn't brimming with foodie gems but of the ones that do call the lower north shore suburb home, Lodge Tapas is certainly one of them! The newly revamped space boasts ace hospitality, on-point owners and a head chef that hails from Matt Moran's Aria.

Set in the heart of Lane Cove Plaza, the restaurant manages to straddle the perfect balance of family friendly and bustling and busy, so you won't be bothered either way - kids or no kids. The restaurant itself has a somewhat rustic feel with porch seating, hanging plants and big lamps giving off ample mood lighting. It's easy to forget you're in the middle of an open, bustling shopping pavilion.

New owner Matt Lines jovially greets guests as front of house. Together with wife Marketa, the two have nearly 50 years of experience in hospitality - and their tenure shows. They've accrued a team of staff that is impeccably trained, knowledgeable and welcoming. And the food, which is a sort of modern Australian fusion isn't only tapas as the name would suggest. While many of their dishes like the wild mushroom arancini and their zucchini fries are made to share, the offering isn't limited to this kind of dining. On the drinks side, the nicely curated wine list suggests a pairing with each main. The cocktails should be your first stop though, especially the passionfruit caipiroska!

The Lodge is already a go-to amongst Lane Cove locals and for good reason. Add this one to your list in Sydney, local or visiting!

Members save 25% off the total bill up to the value of $40. Valid Lunch: Monday thru Sunday Valid Dinner: Tuesday thru Saturday

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C Restaurant in the Sky

C Restaurant in the Sky, on St Georges Tce, Perth stands Western Australia's only revolving restaurant. The revolving floor allows for continuous and breathtaking views of the Perth metropolitan area, Swan River, Kings Park, Rottnest Island and the Darling Range which are all visible from this amazing location! This unique design ensures all guests enjoy spectacular views of the city. C Restaurant in the Sky is a must for visitors or for those in Perth who haven't as yet experienced it!

Members save 25% off the total bill up to the value of $45.00. Valid Lunch: Seven days per week. Valid Dinner: Sunday thru Friday.

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Fly/Cruise Package Deals

Two Grand Ladies

Call 1300 195 845

Your 10 night Fly, Cruise, Stay & Rail Package Includes:

  • Economy class flights from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane to Adelaide, returning from Darwin
  • 4 night Outback Heritage cruise onboard Murray Princess - Adelaide return
  • Includes complimentary coach transfers from Adelaide, all meals, guided nature walks & eco excursions, Captains Dinner & Dance + more
  • 2 nights accommodation in Adelaide
  • Grand Barossa Valley Tour with Hahndorf
  • The Ghan from Adelaide to Darwin for 2 nights in a Gold Twin Sleeper
  • Includes all inclusive dining in the Queen Adelaide restaurant, Australia wines, beers, base spirits & non alcoholic beverages, Off Train Excursions and short stops
  • 2 nights accommodation in Darwin

Price $4199 per person

Murray Princess Cruise itinerary

MONDAY
Mid-afternoon the PS Murray Princess departs historic Mannum, the birthplace of the Murray River trade and communication, and heads upriver while you enjoy a Welcome Dinner. As we cruise under floodlight to our overnight mooring at Caurnamont, you may see nocturnal wildlife on the riverbank. Watch for kangaroos, hairy-nosed wombats, tortoises, egrets and many other species. Our on-board entertainer provides music for the night owls.

TUESDAY
Daybreak and time for the keen photographers to be out to capture the special light and the morning movement of wildlife. Prolific birdlife includes pelicans, wrens and swans. Enjoy a leisurely morning and lunch cruising upriver to Blanchetown through one of 13 locks which maintain the flow and levels of water. This afternoon we moor opposite to the township of Blanchetown for our overnight anchorage. As the last rays of the sun fade, we join a guided tour of Burk Salter Wines vineyards and surrounding vineyard and enjoy wine tasting at the cellar door which is fitted out with beautiful red gum bars. After dinner, join us for all the fun and excitement, and participate in our “Murray River Cup”.

WEDNESDAY
After breakfast we cruise downriver to picturesque Swan Reach. The town was first settled in the 1850s, was originally the largest of five sheep and cattle stations in the area and is now home to native flower and fruit growers. The original Swan Reach homestead is now the Swan Reach Hotel where you can enjoy an ale or cappuccino overlooking the Murray River (additional cost). Join the guided walking tour and visit the Swan Reach Museum – a must for every visitor. Cruise downriver after lunch and take in the tranquillity as the landscape slides by. When we arrive at Sunnydale, it’s all ashore for the Woolshed Show as we recreate typical Australian woolshed history. Later we visit the Native Wildlife Shelter where some of South Australia’s most interesting native animals are cared for. And then of course, there is the great Aussie Barbecue – cooked and served in a bush setting on the banks of the mighty Murray River. An optional Nocturnal tour in a comfortable purpose built cart is available after dinner where you may see kangaroos, wombats, foxes, bats and owls (additional cost).

THURSDAY
After an optional early morning Bush Tucker Breakfast (additional cost) or a bush walk with the Captain, the vessel cruises slowly downriver past magnificent cliffs scoured by the river over millions of years. We reach Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve, one of Australia’s most significant archaeological sites, for a step back in time – tens of thousands of years – for a guided boardwalk tour to view ancient rock carvings and to learn about Aboriginal history in the area. We return to the vessel to cruise downriver to Younghusband. Along the way, adventure seekers can also take a speedboat ride. Tonight the Captain and his officers host a spectacular Farewell Captain’s Buffet Dinner. Dress up and dance, if you wish.

FRIDAY
We leave Younghusband and head back to Mannum. After breakfast we reluctantly say farewell as we arrive at the Mannum Wharf.

The Ghan rail itinerary

Date Itinerary Arrive Depart
11 Nov 18 Adelaide, SA - 12.15pm
12 Nov 18 Alice Springs, NT 1.45 pm 6.15 pm
13 Nov 18 Darwin, NT 5.30 pm -

T&C's
Prices listed are per person twin share in Australian Dollars, based on twin occupancy, including all discounts unless otherwise stated. The offer is subject to availability at time of booking and shown on the lowest category available at the time. Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice. Prices/Offers are correct as at 15 January 2018 and can be withdrawn without notice. Cabin categories include prepaid government fees, gratuities and port taxes unless otherwise stated Visas are not included. Airfares are based on economy class flights from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane and subject to the carriers’ flight schedules and conditions, please call us for prices from other cities. Prices shown are for payments made by cash. Payments made by credit card will incur a surcharge.

Cancun Chill & Cuban Cool

Call 1300 195 845

Start date: 28 August 2018

Your Fly, Stay & Cruise package includes:

  • Return economy class flights from Sydney to Havana, via Cancun
  • 4 nights accommodation in Cancun at an all inclusive resort
  • Economy class flight from Cancun to Havana
  • 8 day Beautiful Cuba tour with Intrepid
  • 7 night Belize, Honduras & Mexico cruise onboard MSC Armonia
  • Includes all entertainment and meals onboard (specialty restaurants excluded)
  • Transfers throughout
  • Port charges, fees & airline taxes

Price $5799 per person

Tour itinerary

Day 1: Havana
Bienvenido a Cuba! Welcome to Cuba! There will be a welcome meeting at approximately 6pm this evening Accommodation: Premium guesthouse

Day 2: Soroa – Vinales
Enjoy a walking tour of Old Havana, a perfect first taste of the city. Your local guide will show you the cathedral, Plaza de Armas, San Francisco de Asis, Plaza Vieja and Central Park. Later you'll make the drive to Soroa, a lush enclave nestled in a beautiful valley. You'll stop in for lunch and tour the orchid garden there. Continue to lovely Vinales, where tobacco and agricultural fields lie side by side and limestone outcrops dot the landscape. The scenery here is some of the most picturesque in Cuba. There are many ways to take it all in, including cycling, walking through tobacco fields and hiking to mountain caves Accommodation: Standard guesthouse Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Vinales
A walking tour of the farmlands and crops is included today. Learn more about the simple lifestyle here and see first hand the farmers who grow tabacco for some of the most expensive cigars. Vinales is a small and charming rural village. It's probably the easiest place to mingle with locals in Cuba, who are very sociable. Many of them love nothing better than to drink rum and dance the night away. An informal salsa lesson is included so you are confident to be involved. Later head to an ecological farm for an included dinner. Accommodation: Standard guesthouse Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Bay of Pigs - Cienfuegos
Head towards Cienfuegos today. You will be stopping via the Bay of Pigs to learn more about the learn about the botched US Military counter-revolutionary invasion in the Giron Museum then stop at the bay itself, for a swim in the crystal clear water or simply enjoy the stunning surroundings. Then the short drive to your destination for the night, Cienfuegos. This is the gem of the south, a seaside town of relaxing streets and dazzling buildings that strike a beautiful pose by the water. You will enjoy a photo stop at Palacio del Valle, which is Cienfuegos' architectural pride and joy. Learn more about its history as you take in the beauty of its intricate carvings of Venetian alabaster. If you haven't done so already, perhaps try some Cuban coffee while you're here – it's served black, strong and super sweet. Accommodation: Premium guesthouse Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Trinidad
Today you will board the bus for a short drive to Trinidad. There's no doubt it's one of Cuba's alluring destinations, a great place to wander around, with almost every scene offering a photo opportunity. Watch as locals casually smoke their huge cigars on the doorsteps of their homes, and hear the old Chevrolets rumbling by. Kick things off by strolling along the cobbled streets and marvelling at some of the colourful colonial architecture on display (this town was put on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1988 for good reason). Accommodation: Premium guesthouse Meals: Breakfast

Day 6: Trinidad
Enjoy a day of free time. There are some great Spanish-style churches to see, and nearby is the Valle de los Ingenios, where sugar plantations stretch out as far as the eye can see. For some seaside fun, head down to Playa Ancon and stroll its long stretches of white sand. You can go for a snorkel too. Back on the land, you can go cycling or hiking. The trekking is great in the Sierra del Escambray, the local mountains. A folklore dance and music show in one of the open-air venues is highly recommended – a great chance to immerse yourself in Cuba's African, French and Spanish-influenced music and dance culture. Accommodation: Premium guesthouse Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Santa Clara - Havana
On your way back to Havana, you'll stop in at Santa Clara to visit the Che Guevara mausoleum and memorial. In the museum you can get a rare insight into the legacy of the revolutionary leader, with some interesting ephemera and artefacts on display – letters, firearms, even medical devices. Upon arrival in Havana, stop by Revolution square then prepare for a final night of celebrations. Accommodation: Premium guesthouse Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Havana
Your trip comes to an end this morning after breakfast. Check-out time is 10 am. Meals: Breakfast

Cruise itinerary

Date Itinerary Arrive Depart
08 Sep 18 Havana, Cuba - Overnight
09 Sep 18 Havana, Cuba - 11.55 pm
10 Sep 18 At Sea - -
11 Sep 18 Belize City, Belize 8.00 am 5.00 pm
12 Sep 18 Roatan, Honduras 8.00 am 5.00 pm
13 Sep 18 Costa Maya, Mexico 8.00 am 6.00 pm
14 Sep 18 Cozumel, Mexico 7.00 am 4.00 pm
15 Sep 18 Havana, Cuba 10.00 am -

T&C's
Prices listed are per person twin share in Australian Dollars, based on twin occupancy, including all discounts unless otherwise stated. The offer is subject to availability at time of booking and shown on the lowest inside category available at the time. Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice. Prices/Offers are correct as at 15 December 2017 and can be withdrawn without notice. Cabin categories include prepaid government fees and port taxes unless otherwise stated. Visas are not included. Airfares are based on economy class flights from Sydney and subject to the carriers’ flight schedules and conditions, please call us for prices from other cities. Prices shown are for payments made by cash. Payments made by credit card will incur a surcharge.

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Wishing all our members a great last month of summer this February and a Happy Valentine's Day!

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