10 of the best RACV discounts and travel deals for August
RACV member benefits and travel deals to take advantage of in August.
Give in to winter's romantic embrace. From Art Series hotel stays to secret forest walks, spooky ghost tours and epic cycling challenges, RACV has a range of exclusive discounts and escape deals to keep you warm, toasty and entertained this chill season. These are our picks of this month's best member benefits.
Go on a GPS-guided treasure hunt around lush Lake Daylesford.
Top winter activities
Up the spook factor with a winter wander around Australia's most haunted city: Ballarat. Find out if ghosts of gold diggers past really do haunt the city's streets with 10 per cent off Eerie Tours.
Experience the serenity and seclusion of the Wombat Forest with 10 per cent off GPS-guided Secret Forest Walks. Be immersed in lush fern gullies, find cascading waterfalls, take in High Country mountain views or dramatic river gorges, or enjoy a family-friendly challenge with a GPS Treasure Hunt at beautiful Lake Daylesford. Walks and Treasure Hunts are by appointment.
Treat yourself to some craft beer and pizza with a view at St Andrews Beach Brewery. The former horse training facility is situated on 37 hectares of rolling Mornington Peninsula countryside planted with 8000 apple and pear trees. RACV members save 10 per cent on tasting paddles and pizzas for two.
Unleash your inner art critic with 10 per cent off to entry fees to selected exhibitions when you show your membership card at Tarrawarra Museum of Art in the Yarra Valley. Current exhibition, The Tangible Trace (ends 1 September), explores the notion of a trace as a residue or marker of a place, with artworks using the metaphor to invoke sensations that can be seen, felt, experienced and even touched.
*Many tickets need to be pre-purchased online; always read the terms and conditions before booking.
Eat your way around Chapel St from your Art Series hotel base.
Top winter escape deals
There's something romantic about a mid-winter city break, and what better city to staycation at than Melbourne. Immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of Melbourne's vibrant Chapel Street with 20 per cent off accommodation at The Olsen. This luxurious, Art Series hotel is located in the heart of the trendy precinct, close to some of Prahran's best restaurants and bars. Catch a movie at the Jam Factory (and get 30 per cent off tickets when you pre-purchase online), check out a local wine bar or swing past The Stables of Como and get 10 per cent off Devonshire Tea for two, then take a stroll through the stunning grounds of the 1800s Como House property.
Has the Tour de France got you itching to go on an epic bike ride? Why not cycle your way around the Sunshine Coast's pristine hinterland in the Gran Fondo-esque Noosa Classic on Sunday 18 August 2019. Book a two-night escape to RACV Noosa Resort, staying in a spacious one-bedroom apartment or suite, and get a ticket to take part in this ride to remember, as well as a bottle of wine on arrival, daily breakfast and all the glory that comes with donning head-to-toe lycra, from $699.
With panoramic views across Bass Strait and Andersons Inlet, the eco-friendly multi-award winning RACV Inverloch Resort is the ideal base for a gourmet winter getaway. Enjoy two nights' accommodation for two in a resort room, a set two-course dinner for two in Radius Restaurant and daily breakfast for just $369.
Movie Mondays are the new cheap Tuesdays. Score $9 tickets when you pre-purchase your Village Cinema movie tickets online or from an RACV retail store. You can also add on a popcorn and drink combo for just $7. If you can't wait for a Monday movie date, take advantage of cheap movie tickets all year round with an exclusive 30 per cent discount off the standard ticket price at Village, Hoyts and Palace Cinemas.
Are your energy bills blowing up this winter? RACV has partnered with Simply Energy to offer members exclusive gas and electricity deals. Save with a $150 first anniversary credit on your electricity bill, $150 worth of first-year credits on your gas bill and $50 for each anniversary thereafter. Plus, there are no lock in contracts so you can leave any time.
Never pay full price for fuel again. Get 5 per cent off Woolworths WISH eGift Cards (up to the value of $500) when you pre-purchase online, then use it at thousands of stores across Australia to pay for everything from fuel to food to pub lunches. Participating stores include Woolworths Supermarkets, BIG W, Dan Murphy’s, BWS, Cellarmasters, Caltex Woolworths and ALH Group venues and outlets.