Phi Phi Island Village

This is the perfect island resort. Lots of travellers head off to Phuket every year and maybe take a day tour to the Phi Phi Islands, but you consider staying out at this superb 4.5 star resort for a number of days.

Phi Phi Village is like they used to design resorts. Their bungalows are all elevated above ground, are beautifully furnished using natural wooden materials, have thatched roofs, a/c and large balconies.

The resort has been buit in an old coconut plantation and fronts an expansive unspoilt white sand beach. Everything is meticulously looked after and the staff are particular in the presentation of this property. Food is superb with fresh fish and fruit particular highlights.

Excellent day trips snorkelling and island visiting are a must as well as your own exploring on a number of walking trails available from the resort. Phi Phi is best visited between Nov-Mar when it is hot with clear sunny days and is one of Thailand’s best hideaways that is close to Phuket but far away enough to be your own special place.

To book, call us on (03) 9600 1482 or email us at

Andean Adventure in Peru

21 days from $1,960 pp twin share

Peru and Bolivia are both steeped in history and culture. The Inca Empire lasted for over 300 years and long before that various coastal civilisations had flourished.

Your Andean Adventure enables you to discover this wealthy heritage and also allows you to experience the stunning natural wonders of the region. Our trip starts in Lima and continues southward through the Sechura Desert to Nazca and Arequipa.

From there it’s on to Cusco – one-time capital of the Inca Empire. We trek ancient Inca mountain trails and visit the magnificent ruins at Machu Picchu, before continuing east to Lake Titicaca and ending our journey in La Paz.

To book, call us on (03) 9600 1482 or email us at

Business Class Airfares to Europe from $5,170

This is relatively new airline for the Australian public to be able to fly given they have only been operating into Melbourne for the last couple of years.

The air route is thru Brunei and Dubai – the change of aircraft in Brunei is slick and a fuel stop is made in Dubai. Royal Brunei have a modern fleet with daily flights ex Melbourne in Boeing 777 aircraft. Extemely good value airfares. Give them a try.

To book, call us on (03) 9600 1482 or email us at

Southern USA’s Famous Music Cities

Our current travel feature is focused on the music tour routes of southern USA.

Let us put together a tailor made American trip for you, with a focus on these famous musical cities, so you can experience the major music festivals that make these places so unique.

New Orleans, LA

This is a place like no other. You are in the USA but it offers such a different atmosphere to most American cities.New Orleans is best visited in April/May, when one of the biggest and longest running music festivals “Jazzfest” kicks off.

The event is held just outside the French Quarter at the racecourse, and runs for a total of 7 days across 2 weekends. A total of 11 stages present every style of music covering jazz, blues, gospel, rock, cajun, zydeco, country and Americana roots. The city is alive with gigs taking place every evening at venues in and around the French Quarter. The intimate nature of the local clubs allows you to get up close and personal with the local artists, an experience not to be missed for any music lover.

To take a timeout from the festival between the two weekends and take in other attractions like the Mississippi river boats, Congo Square, Louis Armstrong Park, the historic cemeteries and the Garden District. Make sure you visit the House of Blues for a gospel brunch.Go to the Rock and Bowl which combines ten pin bowling and music. Now that’s different. Day trips out of the city include a Plantation tour and a swamp trip to see some alligators.

Austin, TX

With over 200 music venues in and around the city, it’s no wonder Austin is called the live music capital of the world – with quintessential clubs like Antione’s, The Continental Club and Thredgills just to name a few.

Two major festivals occur annually: the Austin City Limits Festival in October (over 3 days), with a diverse range of music and over 100 bands across 8 stages, and SXSW (South by Southwest), which is held in March and showcases both Indie music and film.

Given it’s close proximity to Mexico, Austin gives you a great blend of texmex, with loads of Mexican food options in some great dinning establishments. Top music attractions to visit are the Stevie Ray Vaughan Memorial, Collings Guitar Factory, the Texas Music Museum and the Cosmic Cowboy Tour.

Memphis, TN & Clarksdale, MS

These cities go hand in hand for the best experience of Southern Rock and Roll and Blues.

In Memphis, be sure to take the tour of Elvis’s home ‘Graceland’, then visit Sun Studios, the place that launched the famous four: Jerry Lee Louis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley. Pop by Stax, the studio that gave the world the soul music of Otis Redding, Booker T and the MG’s and the Staple Singers. Make sure to also visit the National Civil Rights Museum built around the Lorraine Motel. This was the location of Martin Luther King’s fateful shooting and is an important and emotional place to see.

124km south of Memphis via the highway is Clarksdale, Mississippi – the birthplace of the blues. Famous American artists to come out of this region were Muddy Waters, BB King, John Lee Hooker and Robert Johnson.

Make sure you stay at the Shack Up Inn, a unique and charismatic abode that consists of weathered shacks and a cotton gin.This was originally part of the Hopsons Cotton Plantation.The location is full of history and those train tracks run right by the Shack Up.Take a tour of the Delta Blues Museum, dine at Morgan Freeman’s restaurant Madidi’s, visit the crossroads site and see a gig at Ground Zero. Like New Orleans, the best time to visit Clarksdale is in April during the Juke Joint Festival.

Nashville, TN

Nashville is the home of country music, and a must on any music tour of the US as it just oozes music history. Many musicans travel to Nashville to stake their claim, hoping to be the next big thing.

Be sure to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, Music Row, the Walk of Fame, the Grand Ole Opry and The Ryman Auditorium. Top venues in town for live music include The Station Inn,The Wheel and Cannery Ballroom.

If you’re heading out of the city, take a drive to experience some of the southern stately mansions and sites of the Civil War battles. The best time to visit Nashville is in June during their major festival: The Country Music Association Fan Fair.

To book, call us on (03) 9600 1482 or email us at

South African Safari

Makutsi Safari Springs – SAVE $200* per person

This popular package encompasses a variety of activities in the Kruger and Drakensberg regions and is perfect for families. Highlights include three game drives in open 4WD safari vehicles on the private game reserve, searching for the Big Five in Kruger National Park, the panoramic Blyde River Canyon and a visit to a local village.

7 Days / 6 Nights from $1,445 per person

Price Includes:

  • 6 Nights Accommodation
  • Breakfast and Dinner Daily
  • Three Game Drives
  • Kruger Park Excursion
  • Blyde River Canyon Excursion
  • Tribal Village Visit
  • Return transfers from Hoedspruit or Phalabowra Airports.

For travel: 15 January – 31 March & 15 April – 31 May 2012


To book, call us on (03) 9600 1482 or email us at

Magnetic Island Family Holiday Home

The Pines – Holiday House in Horseshoe Bay

Beautiful eco home in a bush setting with numerous architectural awards – great value!

The Pines is an architecturally designed, multi-award winning tropical home. Its unique design has been featured in numerous magazines and it gives a holiday with a difference:

Sleeps 6: 3 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms / 2 car parks

Facilities: Air Conditioning: all bedrroms, Bath Tub, Boat Parking: ample space for trailer boats, CD Player, Dishwasher, DVD Player, Ceiling Fans, Gas BBQ, Lounge, Microwave Oven, Parking, Big Screen TV, Washer/Dryer.

From just $210 per night (fees & conditions may apply)

To book, call us on (03) 9600 1482 or email us at

We wouldn’t use anyone else!

Philip and Trans Otway Travel have looked after all of Dick and my travel needs since 1997, and our travel plans, which have sometimes been very complex, have always been managed with aplomb and lots of patience!

Even when Philip and I have to resort to an atlas to find out where in the world I’ve been assigned to work, my travel arrangements are consistently spot on (including making sure I got my favourite seat allocation – not that I’m a Princess!) He always makes great suggestions about “must see” places, as well as advising on just the right amount of time we should stay to maximise our visit.

Philip and his staff’s attention to detail is mind blowing – all we do is give him an idea of where we want to go and what we want to do – and they come back with options, scenarios and suggestions that are always first rate.

We wouldn’t use anyone else!


We always travel with confidence

The hallmark of the best travel agents are their ability to assess clearly what their clients require, and then formulate plans and itineraries that ensure their clients have the most rewarding and enjoyable travel experiences.

As frequent overseas travellers, we always place our trust in Philip Osborn and his company Trans Otway Travel. Philip demonstrates a broad range of highly developed skills: a comprehensive understanding of the travel industry and a broad knowledge of international trends, regulations and travel requirements.

Trans Otway Melbourne’s extensive travel industry experience, together with their attention to detail and efficiency, mean that we always travel with confidence.

Make Your Air Ticket Work Harder

Make your air ticket work harder

Many changes have occurred over my time in the travel industry, but some things remain the same. Good service is important and we aim to focus in the areas where just ‘doing-it-yourself’ will not reveal all the options you have.

We consider your complete trip ideas when planning — as a simple point to point airfare is often not the only answer. In many cases, you can get a lot more travel out of the ticket you buy. For example, you can often enter and exit at different places or add extra cities for a small cost, resulting in a much better result for money spent.

All up, the key is experience when helping clients get the complete picture of their options.

To discuss your next journey with myself and the Trans Otway team, call 0477 934 766