GoodLife: Peninsula Style, Issue 42, Page 010 (transcription)

good newsFerry Passengers Can Now Book their Tickets Online For the first time in history customers can surf the net to pre-purchase tickets to travel between Queenscliff and Sorrento.
Searoad Ferries have now introduced an online booking system allowing customers to pre-pay and pre-book the ferry departure of their choice.
This new online booking service has become available after extensive testing of an innovative new ticketing system.
In just 4 weeks over 500 bookings have been made online.
Matt McDonald, CEO of Searoad Ferries, envisages this to grow exponentially over the summer period, as passengers plan their vacations holiday activities.
Online bookings allow passengers to secure travel on the ferry of their choice without having to turn up and hope there is space available.
Customers will still have to arrive 20 -30 minutes prior to departure to be guaranteed travel at their chosen time.
Matt McDonald also recommends all regular travellers over this period to go online and book to avoid disappointment and has highlighted that the system has significant benefits for both regular travellers and tourists To book online visit searoad.com.au and click on the bookings tab.
For more see page 56Congratulations Timmy Pittard from Colour Collections in Frankston took 1st place Senior Ladies Cutting and Styling in the National awards 2011 IHS International Hairstylist Society Frankston and Peninsula tourism operators showcased the very high quality and diversity of their visitor experiences when eleven businesses enjoyed spectacular success in the 2011 Victorian Tourism Awards in November competing against Victoria s best proving once again that we have attractions which are second to none.
Mornington Peninsula Tourism won an awards hat trick, taking out the Specialised Tourism Services Award for the 3rd consecutive year was inducted into the Victorian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame.
The Ten other Winners were Peninsula Hot Springs Health and Wellness Tourism Award winner and finalist in the Tourist Attractions Award The Enchanted Maze Gardens New Tourism Product Development Award winner and finalist in the Tourist Attractions Award as well as Finalist award in the Adventure Tourism Award Moonraker Dolphin Swims Ecotourism Award winner Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park Finalist in Ecotourism Award category too Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Boutique Breweries Award winner Max s at Red Hill Estate Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services Award winner Big Blue Backyard Hosted Accommodation Award winner Blue Moon Cottages Standard Accommodation Award winner Quest Apartments Frankston finalist in the Deluxe Accommodation Award Frankston Visitor Centre finalist in the Visitor Information and Services Award .
For more on our wonderful attractions and great things to do turn to our Locals at Leisure feature pages 50 -63An amazing 2012 calendar has been put together by the lovely folk at the Red Hill Op Shop.
The calendar features some beautiful photos of its treasures see below photo and is available to purchase for only 8.00 at the Op Shop.
Funds raised help support Peninsula Home Hospice and other community groups like the CFA.
The Red Hill Op Shop has been raising money for PHH since 1984 and is open Wednesday and Friday from 10am to 4pm and Saturday 10am until 1pm .
There you will find bric-a-brac, clothing for the entire family, crockery and kitchenware, manchester, materials, glassware and a multitude of books.
The Op Shop is situated at 207 Arthurs Seat Road, Red Hill opposite Red Hill Recreation Reserve where they hold the Red Hill Craft Market and Red Hill Show .
- What a great way to kick off the coming year Op Shop Fundraiser The Peninsula boasts some of Victoria s most spectacular landscapes...including the bay, ocean coastlines, and national parks.
In December a 100km walk was officially launched at Pt Nepean National Park bringing together four existing walks and linking them to create a great experience.
The 100km walk encompasses the 26km Two Bays Track Walk, the 30Km Coastal Walk, 10km Pt Nepean Walk and the 34km Bay Trail.
It offers the ultimate challenge for experienced walkers and more leisurely walks for people of all abilities.
You can pick up a full colour map of all the tracks at information centres across the Peninsula or see the Summer edition of the Peninsula Visitor Mornington Peninsula Visitors Guide and online at www.visitor.com.au For more on Pt Nepean and new bike riding tours see page 55.
100km Walk December 2011Salts of the Earth has opened in Frankston.
This amazing well being centre is a fabulous addition to the Peninsula and a whole new concept to Australia.
Pictured above left Vanessa Shaw proprietor .
Full story see pages 14 15.010.indd 118 12 11 7 30 AM 10 GoodLife, dec - jan - feb 2012

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