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Queensland Tourist News EDITION 01.17

Noosa Beach, one of Queensland’s many beaches is a world famous surfing destination. INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

Special features on the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.

What to see and do in the Tropical North and Western Queensland.

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This resort features spacious 1 and 2 bedroom self-contained, air-conditioned apartments, 5 minutes from the Gold Coast airport, stroll to cafes, restaurants, shops and close to transport. Walk/Cycle along the walkways to Currumbin, Palm Beach or Coolangatta. Direct beach access. Large outdoor Pool (heated in winter) Spa Gym & Sauna with barbecue area. Beautifully landscaped gardens, Wifi in common areas and free under cover parking

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Are we there yet?

This is a vast state we live in, so how far is it from one place to the next? Here are a few distances between major centres.


Brisbane to Cairns ................................................ Brisbane to Town of 1770 ..................................... Brisbane to Mount Isa ........................................... Brisbane to Rockhampton ..................................... Brisbane to Whitsundays ....................................... Brisbane to Sunshine Coast ................................... Rockhampton to Longreach ...................................

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1700 km 480 km 1820 km 649 km 1132 km 95km 687 km

Rockhampton to Mount Isa .................................... Gold Coast to Sunshine Coast ............................... Sunshine Coast to Cairns ...................................... Cairns to Townsville .............................................. Cairns to Mackay .................................................. Mackay to Airlie Beach .......................................... Townsville to Airlie Beach ......................................

1328 km 182 km 1596 km 349 km 734 km 149 km 310 km

To call Australia from New Zealand, dial: 00 - 61 - Area Code - Land Phone Number 00 - 61 - 9 Digit Mobile Number Area code for Queensland is 7 Area code for Tasmania is 3 For example: + 617 4153 1133 for this newspaper.



From the Editor

Michael McRae

Kia Ora to our readers in New Zealand and we hope you find this current edition of Tourist Queensland “Tassie to the Tropics” useful and informative when you are planning your next visit (or maybe your very first) to our part of the world. Queensland’s autumn and winter months are the balmiest and some would say, the most beautiful time of year to come on over to the Sunshine State. In this edition we decided to explore a little further into another very different state to ours – Tasmania -with fascinating regions each with its own unique appeal from Hobart and South, to Launceston and North. On page 15 see details of how you can win a three nights holiday at Orongo Bay Homestead. Just answer three questions about Queensland and Tasmania. Our Gold Coast is gearing up for the 2018 Commonwealth Games with mascot Borobi the koala popping up all over the State. Come to Queensland and visit the Great Barrier Reef in the Tropical North, go Outback to Winton’s Waltzing Matilda Country, and dine in top-class cuisine in the award-winning restaurants of our culturally diverse river city capital, Brisbane. More than a million Kiwis visit Australia each year, with Queensland the most chosen destination – see you soon!

Gold Coast gets ready for The Games GC2018 will be the largest sporting event Australia will see this decade and the biggest sporting spectacular the Gold Coast has ever seen. As the first regional Australian city to ever host a Commonwealth Games, the Gold Coast will celebrate a great Games in a great city leaving great memories and great benefits for all. The city will shine on the world sporting stage and the promotional exposure for business, trade, investment, tourism and events will herald a new era in the region’s growth and maturity. On 4 April 2018, over 6,600 athletes and team officials from 70 nations and territories will converge on the Gold Coast for an 11 day sporting and cultural event. With the proud support of close to 15,000 passionate and friendly volunteers, a spectacle of 18 sports and 7 para-sports will be contested and broadcast to a cumulative global audience of 1.5 billion. Designer of Mascot Borobi, teacher Merrilyn Krohn was inspired by Matilda the 1982 Games Mascot and chosen from 4,000 entries. “Borobi” is the Indigenous Yugembah word for koala. Some of the venues along with the Commonwealth Games Village include: Broadbeach Bowls Club, Coomera Indoor Sports Centre, Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, Gold Coast Sports Precinct, CBus Super Stadium, Broadwater Parklands, Village Roadshow Studios, Currumbin Valley Elanora.

Queensland – where Australia shines

We love it when you come to explore our particular corner the rest of Australia, and the world. It’s a wonderland full of choices, where you can • get lost in a rainforest, then unwind on a beach in a tropical paradise • go in, on, and under the sea of the one and only Great Barrier Reef • lose yourself under the starry skies of the Outback – there always seems to be more of them out there • sail through the breeze on a yacht in The Whitsundays • soak up the sun while you surf a leg break on the Gold or Sunshine Coasts • indulge yourself at world-class award-winning restaurants and some of the best live theatre in the world right here in our vibrant capital, Brisbane. Queensland is a giant, living breathing postcard waiting for the rest of the world to discover, and more and more are doing just that. Locals in each region will share their secrets, the wildlife pose for your photos and you can dine like a movie star one night – and recover in a tiny country pub the next morning. Cities thrive with cosmopolitan energy and a strongly defined sense of place. Have you experienced Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island just off the coast of beautiful Hervey Bay (our whale-watching capital)? Tourist Queensland

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Gold Coast

Gold Coast – having fun is a way of life

A world famous holiday destination that still delivers the thrill of discovery with each visit. Sunny days and the brilliant blue sea wash over the many beaches and light up the urban landscapes, bringing the hinterland to life. Create holiday memories that last forever and where better to reinvent the fun of childhood than right here in Australia’s favourite playground? Retail therapy – boutique lined streets and secret shopping hotspots for any shopaholic. Pick up the latest pieces by Cartier, Prada, Gucci or Louis Vuitton. Head for Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Harbour Town or Marina Mirage. Head for the hills – Day spas and one of a kind retreats lie hidden in the valleys and hills of the hinterland. Try O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat or Binna Burra Mountain Lodge and you’re not far from gorgeous Mt Tamborine – you have to go there.

Gold Coast, we have lift-off!

Family Fun – Of course this is theme-park heaven with Dreamworld, Wet’n’Wild, Movie World, Seaworld; plus the Tourism Award winning Australian Outback Spectacular.

Sunset means another show – nightlife never stops on the Gold Coast with world class stage shows at Conrad Jupiters Hotel and Casino, romantic restaurants and sunset beach walks. Look down at the city lights with a cocktail in hand from the 230 metre high Qdeck or go on a Champagne Cruise. Eat, drink and be very very merry – Awardwinning chefs, rich soils and plentiful seas deliver the finest modern Australian feasts, authentic flavours of more than 100 countries and the passion to share it all with you. Tedder Avenue is the foodie strip with so much choice you’ll be amazed.

Let your inner Astronaut fly free at the newlyopened Spaceflight Academy on the Gold Coast. Australia's first and only Astronaut training centre is open to the general public, offering one to five-day Space Camps, Space Simulators, Rover Robotics and Rocket Workshops, and also a Spaceflight Discovery Centre. Make like Neil Armstrong and hop into a highfidelity spaceflight simulator, just like those used in NASA's astronaut training program, or simply engage in a hands-on space education workshop, and discover the science behind exploring space. To infinity, and beyond! www.spaceflightacademy.com.au


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Experience all the Gold Coast has to offer whether you're travelling alone or with your family. Gold Coast Tourist Shuttle provides door to door airport and theme parks transfers and unlimited access to the local buses! Established in 1995 the Gold Coast Tourist Shuttle has been transporting visitors around the spectacular sights of the Gold Coast in modern and comfortable coaches for 20 years. The Gold Coast Tourist Shuttle Freedom and Gold Passes are available for 3, 5, 7 and 10 days. The Freedom Pass is the ticket for your entire trip! The Freedom Pass includes Return Airport transfers, unlimited Theme Parks transfers and unlimited local bus travel. The Gold Pass includes everything in the Freedom Pass except the Airport Transfers, ideal for when you're not flying in and out of the Gold Coast! www.gcshuttle.com.au

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Enjoy a quiet and relaxing holiday at Montana Palms Holiday Apartments. Our fully selfcontained Gold Coast Holiday Apartments are hidden among tall palms and lush green lawns. Our Mermaid Beach accommoda�on is only a short bus ride from Jupiter’s Casino, the Pacific Fair Shopping Complex and a huge selec�on of cafes and restaurants. The golden sands of Mermaid beach are only a 100m stroll away. Contact us on Ph: 07 5572 6833 Email: info@montanapalms.com

Gold Coast earns its stripes

Where else can you lock eyes with a tiger on a morning beach stroll? Welcome to the Gold Coast, where even Dreamworld's star attraction, Adira, the tiger cub, ventures for a mini break. In her case, experiencing sand and surf for the first time, also raising awareness about the plight of tigers in the wild. If you missed Adira on her Spring excursion to Main Beach, drop by her new digs at Dreamworld's Tiger Island. The precinct opened its first stage redevelopment on 18 September, as part of 21st anniversary celebrations, with the second stage due for completion by Christmas. Grrrrreat! www.dreamworld.com.au

All the fun and excitement of the Gold Coast

Our 3 storey walk-up offers comfortable and extra spacious two & three bedroom fully self-contained holiday apartments in the centre of Broadbeach. Located within easy walking distance of Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and the Gold Coast Convention Centre, while the region’s best theme parks and national parks are just a short drive away. Take the short stroll to the patrolled family beach, explore the many international cafes and restaurants or simply unwind by the pool and soak up the famous local sunshine. FREE Gold Coast Airport transfers are available for Guests who book directly with us (not available through third party booking sites). Brisbane Airport can be arranged (contact us for price). SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY, up to 4 people maximum with the possibility of more depending on availability at the time.

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Hervey Bay

Make the most of Hervey Bay

Whale Encounters – best in the world Whale season commences in July and goes through to November so always set your course for Hervey Bay to experience the BEST up close and personal whale encounters in the world. What makes Hervey Bay the best? • experienced, dedicated, passionate whale watching operators • whales stay and play – they aren’t just passing through • calm bay conditions and protected, sheltered waters offers a more enjoyable experience. • seeing a mother bring her curious baby whale up to your boat to meet you. • being amazed by the sheer size and power of these beautiful mammals as

they breach and play • plenty of other attractions are here at Hervey Bay with Fraser Island and Lady Elliot close by. Whales give a special welcome The humpback’s size is challenged only by its intense curiosity. While the boats stop at a safe distance, it’s their curiosity that brings you face to fin with up to 40 tonnes of aquatic mammal. They swim alongside vessels to get a better look at visitors and their drum roll of fin and tail slapping precedes the incredible power of the breach, delivering a truly grand finale. The friendly performers even respond to your applause.

Lake McKenzie is the most visited natural site on Fraser Island. It contains only rainwater, no groundwater, is not fed by streams and does not flow to the ocean. The sand is pure white silica and is soft to walk on.

This year’s whale watching season runs until November, but no matter what time of year you visit family-friendly Hervey Bay there’s plenty more to see and do. It’s the gateway to Fraser Island and you can see it from a different angle as you leap into a beautiful skydive location, make your own waves on a jetski or join the professionals for world-class game fishing. Hire a bike and ride along Hervey Bay esplanade with great views across the bay and the track is well serviced with barbecues, playgrounds, parks and gardens. Protected waters have stinger-free swimming and Urangan Pier is where the whole family can throw

in a line. It’s especially nice to wander along the Pier at dusk watching the pelicans glide peacefully on their way – tranquillity plus. Cosmopolitan dining, luxury resorts, unit or camping accommodation all combine together served generously with the warmth of the locals – so perfect and so accessible – take the whales’ word for it. Fresh from the ocean to you – Hervey Bay is famous for its scallops, so fresh they were caught just now! Here is the freshest seafood in Australia. Enjoy large juicy prawns indoors, or buy fresh off the boat and cook on a beach barbie. It’s kids’ paradise too, so take them for a splash at the free water education park, Wetside.

Freedom III – versatile and spacious Perfect for use during Hervey Bay’s whale watch season, the 58ft catamaran (previously owned by documentary maker Ben Cropp) is also used for private fishing charters, dive trips and cruises. Enjoy 360 degree whale viewing on all three levels plus a water level viewing area lets you get as close to the magnificent creatures as possible. Freedom Whale Watch tours include morning and afternoon Tourist Queensland

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With nearly 30 years experience in the field, Blue Dolphine Marine Tours have one of the most comprehensive whale watching tours in Queensland aboard a comfortable multi award-winning sailing vessel, taking you right to the spot where the whales are. Be ready for some tail-slapping, breaching, pectoral slapping or spyhopping; these magnificent marine creatures will take your breath away as you get up close and personal with them in their own environment, creating a memory that will last forever. For more news on the full day whale watch tour contact Blue Dolphin Tours.

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Western Queensland Experience Queensland’s best kept secret the Central Highlands Queensland’s Central Highlands is home to at least 3647 New Zealanders who either live or work here, surely at least one of them must be related to you. Because we have such close ties to NZ we would like to take this opportunity to invite you to come visit our place, our piece of paradise, drop in on a cousin, brother, sister, son or daughter and while you are here take a few days to experience all that our place has to offer. Our Sandstone Wilderness region is as “100% Pure” as the wilderness areas of NZ and the Sapphire Gemfields will provide you with the opportunity to get out into the fields and maybe find that once-in-a-lifetime sapphire, a truly remarkable stone that you could get set in a truly remarkable piece of jewellery. Now that’s a souvenir not made in China. Gemfest, the festival that showcases all things sapphires and one of our local signature events is held in August so check out our website www. gemfest.com.au

17 19–23 SEPT 20 n Famous Quilton Australian Dunny Derby n Outback Ironman/ Ironwomen n Bush Poet’s Breakfasts n Live Bands n Sunset Dinner Extravaganza

The Central Highlands is Queensland’s Event Central so why not make the most of your Central Highlands holiday and plan to visit our place in August, the weather will be perfect, so perfect in fact that we will be holding an event featuring some of the best NZ talent around and once again, just for you, our visiting New Zealanders. The Central Highlands Food & Music Festival is being hosted on Saturday 5 August 2017 featuring The Koi Boys, which made their charismatic first appearance on The Voice Australia, 2016. The first ever trio to perform on the show, their energy, character, enthusiasm and genre-spanning talent made them a hit among fans, both locally and most recently across the Tasman. Food stalls will be plentiful providing options from various cuisines to satisfy a variety of tastes.

Ancient Aboriginal art at Carnavon Gorge

Stargazers in heaven at Charleville

Ooh, Oah, ahh, wow, spectacular; are the words you hear in the Observatory at Charleville’s Cosmos Centre, Outback Queensland. On a clear night view the incredible beauty of the Milky Way Galaxy, through powerful Meade telescopes unaffected by the light pollution. What the naked eye cannot see, a telescope can. Visitors are assured they will enjoy the wonder of the outback night sky. The guides at the Cosmos Centre share their knowledge in easy to understand terms, and you will observe binary stars, star clusters,

planets and the Moon. The team at the Charleville Cosmos Centre love star gazing and want you to love it too! (book early as they are often booked out). You can enjoy the “wow factor” during the day also, as you experience the new revitalised Centre. View our biggest star - the Sun, through a special solar telescope, and experienced guides will show you the meteorite collection. This is an amazing unique experience you will never forget. So place it as a MUST on your bucket list.

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Winton’s famous festival from September 19 to 23 is five days of quintessential Australian fun in the heart of Queensland’s Outback. See the famous Quilton Australian Dunny Derby, an hilarious event with teams pulling and pushing the thunderbox (dunny) through an obstacle course, competing for over $5,000 in prizes. Novelty Australiana highlights also include Outback Ironman + Ironwoman, Century Cycle Challenge and a swag of others - whip cracking, bushman’s egg throwing, strongman challenges, wool bale rolling and bush poet breakfasts. Combine this with live bands, little swaggies, kid’s events and a new sunset dining experience overlooking Winton’s stunning landscape and

you have an Aussie festival not to be missed this year. Beginning in 1972, the Outback Festival now attracts 8,000 visitors to town every two years in September. There’s a tent city with linen packages available, so they’re all set up for your arrival. Winton is the birthplace of Qantas and where the first public recital of Waltzing Matilda by Banjo Paterson was heard at the North Gregory Hotel. Home to Australia’s largest collection of dinosaur fossils at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs and one of the only recorded dinosaur stampedes in the world, the region offers festival visitors a genuine outback experience. www.outbackfestival.com.au



Tropical north

Hamilton Island - a spectacular Bowens holiday destination. Beaches Part of the Whitsundays, and in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton Island is one of Australia’s most spectacular and sought-after holiday destinations. On a holiday to Hamilton Island, you'll be surrounded by pristine white beaches, and a kaleidoscope of coral and marine life. Hamilton Island is a perfect base for exploring the Great Barrier Reef and worldfamous Whitehaven Beach.

Bowen is one of the many charming towns on the Whitsunday Coast, with eight award winning, palm fringed beaches, beautiful bays and a warm tropical climate. Situated in the northern region of the Whitsundays on the shores of Edgecumbe Bay, it is a picturesque seaside town that offers a beachcomber’s paradise. The Front Beach foreshore in Bowen has recently been redeveloped with fun family activities in mind. With some of the best fringing reefs of the Queensland coast lying just a few metres offshore, the area attracts snorkellers and divers keen to explore the colourful coral gardens. When heading north from Airlie Beach and Proserpine to Bowen, keep an eye out for the Big Mango, on the Bruce Highway just before you enter the town of Bowen.

You can enjoy a wide selection of bars and restaurants, year-round cultural exhibitions and performances, an abundance of water sports and activities - and that's just the start. For sailing enthusiasts, there’s the Hamilton Island Yacht Club, and for keen golfers, the Hamilton Island Golf Club is the only Australian 18-hole championship course on its own island

The Capricorn Coast - exciting, diverse and breathtakingly beautiful. Visitors to the coast enjoy golden days and balmy, moonlit evenings with the brilliant sunsets and scents of the tropics as well as the crispness of a temperate climate. The coast is under the Tropic of Capricorn, for which it is named, and it sweeps along the Pacific Ocean at Central Queensland. You can still enjoy a beach to yourself at the Capricorn Coast with views of Great and North Keppel Islands and the many smaller islands, which act as stepping-stones to the wonders of the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Great Keppel Island is a popular island to visitors and marine services operate daily out of Rosslyn Bay.

Yeppoon is the Coast's major town, which has retained its village style appeal, yet offers a variety of wonderful restaurants, accommodation and shops. The beaches along the Capricorn Coast are touched by the legacy of Captain James Cook. Emu Park, the second largest town on the Capricorn Coast, has honoured Cook's exploration with a monument, the famous 'Singing Ship', a soaring white sculpture with Great Keppel Island as a back drop. The Capricorn Coast is easily accessible by road, rail, coach and air and is situated 38 kilometres north east of Rockhampton.

Townsville – heart of the tropics With idyllic Magnetic Island on the doorstep its easy to see why people are attracted to Townsville. The region extends north to the Hinchinbrook district, east including the Palm Island Group and Orpheus Island, south to the thriving Burdekin and west to historic Charters Towers. Billabong Sanctuary – an interactive wildlife park where you can hold a koala, cuddle a wombat, smile at a crocodile or wrap a python around your neck – don’t forget your camera. Reef HQ Aquarium – the major award winning tourist attraction is also the education facility for the Reef Marine Park Authority and home to thousands of fish, corals and dedicated Turtle Hospital.

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The Strand – the popular foreshore stretches 2.5km with views across Cleveland Bay to Magnetic Island. It’s a favourite place for visitors and locals with wide boulevard style walkways, swimming enclosures, playgrounds, waterfront dining and BBQ facilities. The Rock Pool draws its water from the ocean with the Water Park a must for kids. Riverway – Spread along the banks of the Ross River, the Riverway precinct mixed modern facilities with the great outdoors, two huge swimming lagoons, parklands, playgrounds. Regular performances are held at the Riverway Arts Centre and sporting and cultural events take place in the stadium.



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Welcome to Tasmania

Tasmania - a must see destination

Hobart, capital of Tasmania, sits on the River Derwent. The city's backdrop is 1,270m-high Mount Wellington

Tasmania is capturing imaginations around the world as it continues to enhance its reputation as a truly diverse, must-see destination. Tasmania has undergone a cultural revolution with stunning results, a new level of sophistication based around gastronomic, cultural and artistic endeavours, set amongst beautiful scenery and a rich history which adds to its charm. The essence of the heart-shaped island is wholesome and raw, with celebrated authentic unique experiences and a lifestyle many other places strive to emulate. Walk a pristine beach where the only footprints left in the sand are yours; take an eco-cruise and see abundant marine wildlife. Go trout fishing in the highlands, play golf at Australia’s number one public course and discover Tasmania’s five UNESCO World Heritage listed convict sites. Whatever you decide to do in Tasmania, you’ll be rewarded and delighted over and over again.

Ida Bay Railway in the Far South

Step aboard the historic WWII Diesel locomotive, enjoy an unforgettable 2 hour journey alongside the water’s edge, through bush planes and enjoy a history talk from your tour guide at the historic cemetery. Once you arrive at ‘Deep-hole’ you will be able to walk around a pristine white beach or even take a walk to the Southport Lagoon. Tours take one hour and a half and bookings are essential. This Heritage Listed railway is one of the last operating bush tramways in Australia and the café is the last place in Tasmania to get a great feed! Staff are passionate about the local area and focused on showing you the hidden gems. Catering for groups large and small – arrange a custom dining menu, or even an exclusive train ride just for you! www.idabayrailway.com.au Bruny Island (One of Tasmania’s best kept secrets) Bruny is a unique island with sweeping beaches, spectacular capes, rainforests, wild flowers and abundant birdlife. Access to Bruny Island is by the vehicular ferry ‘Mirambeena’, which departs from Kettering (approx. 35 minutes travelling time south of Hobart), 12 times per day. From October 1 a second ferry provides an additional seven trips daily throughout summer. ‘Mirambeena’ can carry up to 65 passenger vehicles in any one trip, and the crossing time is approximately 15 minutes.

Kermandie Bruny Island House Of Whisky Lodge in the Huon Valley Kermandie Lodge is a family friendly motel, also with one and two bedroom self contained villa units and situated in Port Huon in the beautiful Huon Valley. It’s a scenic 50 minute drive south of Hobart, on the Huon Highway, 15 minutes past Huonville, following the Huon River into the heart of the Huon Valley. Small pets are welcome to stay as well. Nearby attractions: Tahune Air Walk, Huon Jet Boat, Eagle Hang Gliding, Ida Bay Railway, The Apple Shed, Hastings Caves, Wooden Boat Centre – and more.

This spectacular representation of the Tasmanian Single Malt Whisky Industry, is home to “Trappers Hut” Limited Single Cask Release. For those who love whisky, here’s where you find all the amazing award winning single malts in one place – enjoy with knowledgeable staff who have passion for whisky. • Tastings – every whisky is on tasting including Limited Releases, Special Editions and rare Single Malts. • Whisky Flights –Temp taste buds with four of the finest. • Whisky and fine food matching – pair single malts with Bruny Island and Tasmanian gourmet foods. An intimate environment with open fire, stunning water views, Gourmet Platters and Boutique Provedore. Find out more – www. tasmanianhouseofwhisky.com.au


The Bruny Island Ferry Company requests that care be taken when driving at night to avoid damage both to the wildlife and to your vehicle, so please drive safely and slowly after dark. For more information about Bruny Island, phone the Bruny D’Entrecasteaux Visitor Centre on 03 6267 4494. For more information about the BRUNY ISLAND FERRY SERVICE: www.brunyislandferry.com.au Ferry Timetable Information - 03 6273 6725 Bruny Island Ferry Company - Operator Cash recommended - EFTOS facilities are limited

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Come and enjoy the hospitality with Rick and Annette Foster your hosts • We are in the heart of the beautiful Huon Valley • Closest Motel to the Tahune Airwalk • Members of the Budget Motel Chain • We have beautiful views of both Rivers and Mountains • Beauty, comfort and cosy as can be


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Come stay at our beautiful holiday park where we have: • Powered and unpowered sites • On site vans with Annex • Two bedroom cabins and one bedroom Villas • Pets are welcome There are 2 communal BBQ areas,a large camp kitchen, coin operated laundry with filtered spring water and a children’s playground.

ALL WITH BEACH VIEWS. An extraordinary collection of over 60 Tasmanian single malts & 35 Tasmanian Gins on tasting. The world’s most spectacular representation of Tasmanian Single Malt Whisky ... a true Whisky experience. Home to ‘Trappers Hut’ 15 year old, Limited Single Cask Release, Seclusion Limited Release Gins.

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Getting to Bruny Island is by the Bruny Island Ferry, the Mirambeena which departs Kettering, a 40 minute drive south of Hobart. The crossing takes 20 minutes and you are advised to arrive 10 minutes before departure time. You’ll enjoy excellent views of D’Entrecasteaux Channel from the upper deck. See www. brunysislandferry.com.au

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Scenic return trip of 14 Kms of 2 hours duration on Heritage listed bush railway that meanders through bushland and along the waters edge to a safe and secluded beach. Walking tracks to Southport Lagoon and Southport Bluff. Picnic and BBQ facilities at beach and station. Cafe open every day. October - April Tours every day. May - September Tours Fri, Sat, Sun and Mon. Special rates for groups over 10. Group bookings taken 7 days a week 328 Lune River Road, Ida Bay Tasmania 7109, Australia



Welcome to Tasmania

Getting lost can Convict history be “amazing” Tasmazia is a crazy complex located in the wonderfully named Promised Land in the heart of Tasmania's beautiful Cradle Mountain and Lakes District. Tasmazia has eight mazes, featuring The Great Maze, at the time of planting, the world's largest, as well as The Village of Lower Crackpot, a whimsical model village built to 1/5th scale, Embassy Gardens, Cafe, a Gift Shop, a Lavender Farm, and ever present views of majestic Mount Roland. For many, getting lost when on holiday is something we try to avoid, but it can be fun at Tasmazia! And don't think it’s a theme park just for kids, Tasmazia has a great range of attractions to offer the entire family! Amazing guide to personality. Your way is uncertain, your destination unknown. You find yourself blocked and have to rethink your situation, and in a maze, it happens very quickly. Some visitors “spit the dummy” very early – some don’t. More information www.tasmazia.com.au

Captain Cook Park is the perfect location

Bruny Island is located off the south-eastern coast of Tasmania and is accessed by a vehicular ferry which departs from Kettering, a 40 minute drive south of Hobart. Captain Cook Holiday Park is the perfect location to base yourself whilst exploring the many attractions Bruny has to offer. It’s directly opposite the beach and you may see dolphins and migrating whales in the Bay. The award winning Bruny Eco Boat cruise departure point is an easy 1km walk from our park and a further 1/2 km will bring you to the start of South Bruny National Park with its scenic walking tracks. With a variety of accommodation choices - whether you want to enjoy all the outdoor pursuits the Island has to offer or rather sit back, relax and enjoy the moment, Captain Cook Park is the perfect location. Stay & explore. www.captaincookpark.com

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Port Arthur former convict settlement on the Tasman Peninsula is a significant heritage area and an open-air museum Tasmania's convict history tells a tale of crime, punishment, hardship and survival in some of the harshest, yet most beautiful places on earth. Over 70,000 men, women and children were transported to Van Diemens Land in the early 1800s and many of the places and features they built are still standing today. There's evidence of Australia's convict past no matter where you go, making Tasmania the perfect place to learn about Australia's early history and experience it first-hand. In fact, five of Australia's eleven UNESCO World Heritage-listed convict sites are found in Tasmania. Port Arthur is Australia's most famous penal settlement, while the nearby Coal Mines Historic


Site was Tasmania's first mine, operated by over 500 convicts. Today, mining ruins and relics can be explored among the surrounding bushland.

In Hobart, the Cascades Female Factory tells of the thousands of female convicts transported to Tasmania.

Other convict highlights include Sarah Island in Macquarie Harbour and the convict built bridge in Richmond. There are lots more across Tasmania, revealing the hard labour and skilled craftsmanship of the convicts.

Tasmania offers the best-kept convict historical records and is the perfect place for keen genealogists.

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Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast – shining brighter than ever

Miles of pristine coastline and lush hinterland, superb cuisine, action and adventure, or just the perfect piece of sand on which to sit and ponder?

The Sunshine Coast is all this and more, taking in the coastal communities of Caloundra, Kawana, Mooloolaba, Maroochydore, Coolum, Noosa,

Rainbow Beach and Tin Can Bay. An extensive range of accommodation ensures your ideal retreat is right here. (and the food is….. incredible!) The Sunnie Coast also takes in tranquil hinterland including the Glass House Mountains, Blackall Range,

Noosa Hinterland and the Mary Valley; as well as more than 100 kilometres of beaches. It’s the perfect combination for a dream holiday. Explore art galleries, antique shops and eateries in the villages of Maleny and Montville; the wineries sprinkled through the region and national parks with rainforests and waterfalls. Kids can be kept happy fishing, visiting world famous Australia Zoo, Ginger Factory, Underwater World at Mooloolaba; canoeing or wandering the markets. Rivers, sheltered bays and surf beaches provide a variety of swimming spots. Factor in something for Mum and Dad - a well deserved massage, a quiet rainforest walk, a round of golf or a romantic dinner in the mountains or by the sea.

Things to Do

You’ll never be short of activities whether you’re in the mood to get physical or put your feet up, you’ll find something. Fishing and diving are superb and the golf courses are world class. From exciting theme parks to tranquil national parks, fresh food trails to pampering spa treatments, the choice is yours.

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The Islander Noosa Resort

Self-contained accommodation that won’t break the budget but provide everything you want on a holiday. Best facilities and self contained accommodation on tropical 4 acres hidden in the heart of Noosaville with shops and cafes at your door. Hairdresser, dress and shoe shops, gift shop and 8 restaurants and cafes at the resort including Moondoggy’s Cafe Bar.

• Surfing at local Noosa Beach - 10 minutes drive • Australia Zoo • Buderim Ginger

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Noosa Food and Wine Festival – May 18

Visitors from all over the world visit Hastings Street in Noosa.

Noosa – you’ll love it! This coastal stretch of Noosa and surrounds of point and beach breaks is intermingled with sheltered bays and coastline. Take a walk down one of Australia’s most elegant shopping strips, Hastings Street with its many beach front restaurants, bars and boutiques, and a few minutes away is Noosaville taking full advantage of its riverfront location with playgrounds, barbecues and fishing platforms. Catch the ferry down the Noosa River or hire a boat to explore this stunning waterway – mix

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adventure with nature and kayak across Lake Cootharaba or jump into your 4WD and head for Noosa’s North Shore, a favourite with horse riders, surfers and campers. Main Beach is popular with surfers and families with its accessibility, long boardwalk, proximity to food and drink, but it’s just one of the many various beaches all in a glorious row along the coast – Coolum, Mooloolaba, Alexandra Headland, Marcus Beach and more. Take a break in paradise.

Staking its claim as a premier food and wine destination, the 2016 Noosa Food & Wine festival sold out faster than hotcakes, tempting 10,000 visitors to sip and savour their way through 40 events on Noosa's post-card perfect Main Beach, along Hastings Street, by the Noosa River, in restaurants, markets and up in the hinterland. A long line-up of Australia's best chefs will be back in 2017 to showcase the region's produce and flavours… matched with a lip-smacking selection of wine and beer. www.noosafoodandwine.com.au

Noosa Ultimate Sports Festival – May 27, 28

The ultimate weekend of sports, fun and entertainment, be part of the Zinc 96.1 Swim Noosa over 3.8km, 2km, 1km or 500 metres, the Run Noosa, Half Marathon, 10km or 5km event, or the Cycle Noosa 100km or 160km rides. There's something for everyone and every fitness level at Noosa Ultimate Sports.

www.visitsunshinecoast.com.au Get active or laze in the sun on beaches from Caloundra to Noosa, events, markets, accommodation, where to eat, kids’ activity parks, plus the lush hinterland.



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Spectacular hinterland beckons

Coolum Beach A friendly beachside town, 20 minutes south of Noosa along the highway has long been the favourite destination for families and couples. With a year-round patrolled surf beach, wonderful bays and rocky headlands to explore, Coolum has fabulous views so enjoy them from lookout points along the boardwalk, which is the best whale-watching spot on the Sunshine Coast. Accommodation ranges from penthouses and luxury villas to budget camping and caravan park. Surfing, hiking and skydiving are on offer at Coolum while Mt Coolum National Park has bushwalking opportunities. The Esplanade café and restaurant strip has the freshest local produce and seafood or head to the Coolum Surf Life Saving Club for a cold beer overlooking the sea.

Walk through lush rainforests, take in magnificent scenery, enjoy elegant cafes, unique shops and thriving art trail of Maleny and Montville, lunch overlooking the legendary Glasshouse Mountains – just a short drive from the Sunnie Coast beaches.

Don’t Miss: Tasting local produce transformed from paddock to plate into culinary

masterpieces. The cultural and musical celebration of the Woodford Folk Festival Testing endurance on the 58 km Great Walk

Creative Hub:

The panoramic rolling hills make it an inspiring place for visitors and locals – the creative capital of the Sunshine Coast – where you

find art galleries, live music cafes, gourmet goodies, picturesque streets and country drives to gorgeous little country towns including Kenilworth and Maleny where you’ll really “feel the love and peace”. Locals are eco-conscious and able to embrace a more alternative kind of lifestyle.

Rainbow Beach – activity all year round

For lovers of adventure and nature, Rainbow Beach is a hive of activity all year round. Located in the southern area of the Fraser Coast, and a short drive to the Sunshine Coast, Rainbow Beach features coloured sands, fishing, boating, surfing, camping and many other activities which can be enjoyed by families and backpackers alike. Rainbow Beach, is a major entry point to the 41,000 hectare Cooloola Section of the Great Sandy National Park, which offers one of the great four-wheel drive excursions or great walks in Queensland. A short drive north from Rainbow is Inskip Point where there’s a ferry to take you and your car across to Fraser Island. Rainbow was originally recorded as Black Beach by the miners who extracted valuable mineral sands from the beach. According to the Kaby Dreaming, Yiningie, the spirit of the gods, often took the form of a rainbow. Yiningie was killed in a fight when he crashed into the cliffs and his spirit coloured the sands.

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World class treehouses with restaurant on the deck, beautifully appointed, high in the rainforest and overlooking Lake Baroon Choose Secrets for your special break, birthdays, anniversary, special proposal, honeymoon, wedding and reception. Noted for their special touches and quality food and great service, George and Aldy at Secrets welcome guests looking for a unique experience. Book on line or phone now!

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Tropele – Ukulele Festival, Kenilworth, April 20, 21, 22, 23

At Kenilworth Hall & Showgrounds, this is a vibrant and colourful ukelele festival bringing the best of Hawaii, Sunshine Coast and from all around Australia together to celebrate all things tropical, ukulele style. Fantastic concerts, handson workshops on ukelele, drumming, singing, hula dancing will be spread out over 4 days including walkups and busking for those who want to perform.



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Mooloolaba – the ideal beach base With its time-honoured seaside allure and contemporary vibrancy, Mooloolaba is the ideal base from which to explore this natural paradise that is our Sunshine Coast. The atmosphere creates a superb ambience when dining out especially in the alfresco eating area overlooking sandy scapes and sheltered bay. You’ll find the restaurant, café, or take-away just right for you along the Mooloolaba Harbour and Spit Area and nowhere else can you dine close to the ocean than The Surf Club. Mooloolaba Prawn – taste for yourself – it’s said to be larger and richer in taste than those in other waters. Soak up Mooloolaba’s nautical flavour with the freshest local seafood in finest restaurants or indulge in fish and chips at twilight on the sand. Accommodation second to none – options range from beachfront camping grounds through to fivestar family sized apartments with majestic views of the Pacific Ocean. Choose to stay on the famous Esplanade or within walking distance and there’ll be nothing else to do all day (and night) except have a wonderful time.

Maroochydore – great choice! With its funky cafes, multicultural cuisine and thriving live music scene – Maroochydore, 20 minutes south of Noosa has long been the favourite destination for families and couples, where you can enjoy an ocean dip during the day and a cocktail at night. There's a range of holiday accommodation on offer in this area as well as some great coffee shops along the waterfront. For those who like being out on the water, Maroochy River offers sunset cruises, fishing charters, canoe hire and aquatic activities like wind-sailing and stand-up paddle

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The big plus is Maroochydore is so close to all surrounding Sunnie Coast attractions, just 40 minutes in either direction and you’re there! Retail therapy can be found at Sunshine Plaza - the largest shopping centre in the region with over 220 specialty stores.

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Sunshine Coast

Visit the stunning beaches at Caloundra Your stay can be as energetic or relaxing as you want. Surf, swim or kiteboard on the stunning beaches, enjoy a picnic, explore the waterways or visit galleries and quaint villages. Why not hire a bicycle and go for a fun ride, join a “learn to surf” lesson, hire a canoe and paddle around Lake Currimundi, or learn how to stand up paddle surf. If you want to explore on foot, the glorious seaside walk awaits, where you’ll see Mount Coolum rising in the distance – a total of 4.3kms of strolling. Kings Beach has a beautiful promenade with sweeping beach views, cafes, restaurants, and

resorts providing all the ingredients for a premier tourist destination. The flying fox playground, interactive water features, salt water pool and plenty of open space will keep the kids’ busy. Caloundra’s warm sub-tropical climate shines over a landscape of golden beaches, Pacific Ocean and a marine park, heritage hinterland and meandering mountains. Caloundra is your ideal destination of choice – pristine sandy beaches, glistening turquoise waters, inspiring weather and vibrant local community – enjoy your stay.

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At Ivory Palms you have over 130 rooms with choices from self-contained one bedroom apartments, two bedroom villas, and two and three bedroom townhouses. Relax by one of the three pools or get active on the tennis court or jumping pillow. There are multiple barbeque areas, a games room, two spas and a sauna.


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What’s on in Brisbane this year? Live Onstage at QPAC Here’s some of the superb line-up planned for this year at Queensland Performing Arts Centre in Brisbane. www.qpac.com.au My Fair Lady, from March 14 Ground-breaking, glorious and grand and directed by the one and only Julie Andrews. Opera Australia and John Frost take pride in presenting the beloved story of Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins to a new generation of theatre audiences. Director Julie Andrews has assembled a cast of theatre royalty for this 60th anniversary production. The stellar line-up includes Downton Abbey star Charles Edwards as Henry Higgins and Anna O’Byrne as Eliza Doolittle. Warney Uncut – Shane Warne live onstage April 29

World Science Festival - March 22 to 26 Queensland becomes the world stage through conversation and performance from around Asia Pacific, hosting the brightest and best from previous events in New York. Astronauts share tips on going to the bathroom in space, kids play with computer microscopes and food trucks compete for space with robots. www.worldsciencefestival.com.au

CMC Rocks & CMC Music Awards - March 24 to 26 Australia’s biggest international country and roots music festival, CMC Rocks Qld is coming back to its Willowbank home. Expect a superstar line-up to celebrate the 10 year anniversary. www.cmcrocks.com

Abbey Medieval Festival - July 8,9 It doesn’t cost a King’s ransom to step back in time; enjoy historical re-enactments, cheer jousting and falconry, gorge on sizzling meats and fine mead and leave with a taste of history on your lips. A combination of Lord Of The Rings and Game Of Thrones with Medieval Banquet, puppet shows, Turkish oil-wrestling, and heaps more intriguing happenings. www.abbeymedievalfestival.com

The Ekka – August 11 to 20 Or The Royal Queensland Show to be precise with Peoples Day August 16. This is its 140th anniversary and the bush comes to Brisbane with everything from agriculture to education, fine arts, fashion and fleece and everything in between. www.royalqueenslandshow.com.au

Brisbane Festival – September World-class arts and entertainment festival and the city’s biggest cultural event. Around a million people each year flock here for the explosion of music, theatre, dance, opera, circus and major public events such as Sunsuper Riverfire. www.brisbanefestival.com.au

Legend, icon, hero, villain – Warney has been called all that and more. This show separates fact from fiction with Shane sharing his stories and while he is famous for spin, this evening with Shane Warne is nothing but the whole truth! Part of our lives since he made his Cricket Test debut 25 years ago – get up close and personal at QPAC.

Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe, May 27 to Sept 3 The Marvel Cinematic Universe is coming to the Gallery of Modern Art for Australia’s first ever Marvel-related exhibition. Featuring original artwork, film props and costumes, the exhibition promises to bring the heroes and villains of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to life like never before. And for true super hero movie addicts, GOMA’s Australian Cinémathèque will be showing a retrospective of Marvel Studios’ epic back catalogue. This event is a must-do for Marvel fans of all ages.

The Royal Ballet, June 29 to July 9 Be captured by the beauty of dance when The Royal Ballet graces QPAC’s stages for the first time in 15 years for Brisbane’s exclusive International Series. Spoil yourself and experience the ground-breaking choreography, spectacular stagecraft and soaring orchestral scores at The Royal Ballet’s Australian premier of The Winter’s Tale and Woolf Works.

Rugby League World Cup - Cairns, Townsville, Brisbane - October to December No one does Rugby League better than Queenslanders! So get your jerseys, war paint and foam hands ready because the world’s best Teams are coming to Queensland to compete for the Rugby League World Cup! Eight premier matches will be hosted in Queensland with Townsville and Cairns each hosting three pool matches, including a thrilling double header. And, the Aussie spirit will be alive and loud in Brisbane when it becomes home to one semi-final and one finals bout. Experience Queensland’s rugby league pride and comradery. Aussie, Aussie, Aussie – Oi Oi Oi!


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ORONGO BAY HOMESTEAD Win three nights accommodation for two adults in one room including express breakfast. To be taken by 31 October 2017. Subject to availability At historic Orongo Bay Homestead, the celebrity guest book includes Jane Fonda and Joanna Lumley, ambassadors and opera stars. Now you can win 3 nights in a garden suite enjoying the privacy, personal service and park-like setting of this gourmet guesthouse just 5 minutes from romantic Russell. Just a few hours’ drive north from Auckland. It’s perfect if you have only a couple of days to relax and recharge. The Homestead is well-known as the country’s First American Consulate, dating back to the 1860’s. This exclusive coastal residence with fine wine and renowned cuisine looks through native bush and sub-tropical organic gardens across the Bay of Islands towards Waitangi. Judged in the top three lodges/boutique hotels in New Zealand the lightfilled Homestead has high kauri ceilings and a large verandah flowing onto sweeping lawns and shade trees populated by songbirds. Three comfortable and spacious guest suites with private entrances overlook the peaceful duck pond – just the setting for a romantic escape and a well-deserved sleep-in until your daily breakfast basket is delivered. The Homestead is a non-smoking property. The Homestead is also popular for cosy weekend breaks through autumn and winter. www.thehomestead.co.nz Sponsors of Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra ---------------------------------------------

How to enter: Go to our website www.coastlinenews.com.au and answer three easy questions about Queensland and Tasmania. Entries close 31st MARCH Entry is free A draw will be held from all correct entries.


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Gold Coast

Absolute beachfront accommodation on the Gold Coast Sandpiper Apartments is a 12 storey resort complex located on the beach. Every apartment faces the ocean and includes a private balcony. There are: • Spectacular ocean views • Heated swimming pool and spa • BBQ area • Close to local restaurants • Short walk to Jupiters Casino • 50 Metres to the famous Broadbeach Oasis Mall

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Book for 7 nights in a 1 Bedroom Ocean view apartment - $910 Book for 7 nights in a 2 Bedroom Ocean view apartment - $1120 (Excludes High season, School Holidays and special events)

Call or email us now to make your booking

Sandpiper Apartments 155 Old Burleigh Road, Broadbeach Gold Coast

Phone: +617 5592 0144 email: admin@sandpiperbroadbeach.com.au web: www.sandpiperapartments.com.au

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on your Sunshine Coast Holiday

COOLUM BEACH, you don’t know what you are missing!!!!

Discounts only available when you book directly via email or phone Ph. Kim & Destry Gourlay (Kiwis) or email info@seachangecoolumbeach.com.au to receive our Special Offers.

Phone from NZ 0061 75471 7799


Full Apartments(1/2 family apartments) 7 day stays starting from $750 Aust. per week (Feb-Sept)* Great winter rates: Stays longer than 4 weeks Feb-Sept starting at $600 per week.* * Excludes Easter and September school holidays.

Check out the resort at ... www.seachangecoolumbeach.com.au

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