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Rockhampton to Longreach, Winton – 687 km Rockhampton to Mount Isa – 1328 km Gold Coast to Sunshine Coast – 182 km Sunshine Coast to Cairns – 1596 km Cairns to Townsville – 349 km Cairns to Mackay – 734 km Mackay to Airlie Beach – 149 km Townsville to Airlie Beach – 310 km

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From the Editor’s pen

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Kia Ora New Zealand!

We’re delighted to welcome our readers in Auckland, Wellington and Hamilton. This edition of one of our publications, Tourist Queensland, delivered just before winter descends with its customary chill, seemed the ideal opportunity for our many resorts, attractions and tour operators in Queensland to introduce themselves. This is the state where Australia shines, with our balmy winter months, and year-round beach weather in the tropical regions. You’re sure to find some excellent ideas for your next Queensland holiday no matter what time of year you choose – we hope you find Tourist Queensland an informative and colourful snapshot of the best our state has to offer visitors. Our other editions of Tourist Queensland during the year are available at the 800 pick-up points established over 20 years throughout the state. We have a fabulous prize to give away – a three-night Fraser Island resort stay plus Whale Watching Tour and a Brisbane break at the Marriott Hotel. More details on page 14 Go to Kiwi Korner on page 18 and read what these former New Zealanders who now live, work, and play here in Queensland tell about their move to Queensland. We welcome your feedback on Tourist Queensland so email Michael@coastlinenews.com.au or check out www.coastlinenews. com.au for more about Queensland.

Enjoy your stay. Michael McRae, Managing Editor, Coastline Newspaper Group

As well as Brisbane, you can fly direct to Cairns and Sunshine Coast with Air New Zealand. Cairns Airport CEO, Kevin Brown said the airline had been an invaluable airline partner for Cairns over the past 26 years when it launched a single weekly service from Auckland. He said that Air New Zealand are well placed to adjust their schedule to meet seasonal demand on the service ranging from two per week up to five times in the peak season when Kiwis like to escape the winter chills and Aussies head to the ski-fields. The 2014 season from Auckland to the Sunshine Coast runs from June to October with three flights a week during the peak period on Sundays,Tuesdays and a new Friday service added. The remainder of the season offers twice weekly flights on Sundays and Fridays. Next year will involve 42 return trips over 17 weeks with the 2015/16 season extending to 28 weeks and the 2016/17 season at 30 weeks from June to January, with our Minister for Tourism Jann Stuckey welcoming the extension.

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Brisbane to host G20 in November Brisbane’s rapidly growing global reputation as a city of opportunity was affirmed by its selection as the host of the 2014 G20 Leaders Summit, the world’s primary forum for global economic co-operation and decision-making. This will be the most significant meeting of world leaders ever hosted in Australia. About 4000 delegates and 3000 domestic and international media will converge on the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre for the summit from November 15-16 with a public holiday for Brisbane on November 14. Brisbane ranked in the top seven most liveable cities in the world at the prestigious 2012 Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize and has been named one of the Top 10 Asian Cities of the Future by the London Financial Times fDi Magazine. It will be the 9th host city of the G20 Leaders Summit, joining the elite ranks of cities such as London, Toronto and Seoul. TOURIST QUEENSLAND

More international visitors than ever are enjoying the pleasures our State has to offer with the Whitsundays the pick of the regions attracting strong numbers from the UK and Europe while the Gold Coast thrived from direct flights from Singapore and growth from China. The International Visitor Survey for 2013 from Tourism Research Australia showed 143,000 of the 648,000 who chose the Tropical North as their destination were from China alone. “While New Zealand continues to be Queensland’s largest market with 384,000 visitors, China remained our fastest growing and largest international market,� said Tourism Minister, Jann Stuckey.

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The only way to travel is as a couple! There are those who insist that the only way to travel is as a couple. Couples, they insist, are mutually supportive and they will remind you that two people sharing costs can travel more cheaply than when solo. There are drawbacks, however, when travelling in tandem and the most serious of these is that posed by other couples that presume that you are just dying to meet guess who? Other couples! It is not unknown, for example, for couples to become bored with each other’s company, particularly honeymooners newly arrived at the realization that they have just made the biggest mistake of their lives. When this occurs, they will inevitably seek out the company of other couples – you, for example – in the desperate hope that you will relieve the relentless tedium of their partner’s company. They will also hope that you will reassure them that marriage is wonderful and that while there is always a period of adjustment, things will ``work themselves out.’’ Some people, married for 50 years, have been known to pass into the hereafter still wondering when it was that things were going to ``work themselves out.’’ If you are alone you are safe from these marauding twosomes but if you are a couple, the cheery ``Good morning!’’ shouted across the width of several breakfast tables can presage conversational misery on a grand scale. Their next step is to ask from where you hail and then suggest meeting for a drink. At this point, the wise travellers will reveal that they are suffering from haemorrhagic fever

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and excuse themselves. Failure to do this will see them exchanging addresses, a fraught process when dealing with people who can’t stand each other’s company. These are also precisely the sort of people who six months after your holiday, will email you with the joyous news that they will be arriving in your city in three weeks time. And the other good news? They have decided to take you up on that generous offer you made the night you drank 10 gin slings, the night you said they could stay with you for as long as they liked.

"That’s hilarious. They actually believe we gave them our real address and phone number!" I once travelled with a woman who drew couples to her like moths to a flame. Language was not a constraint, a barrier she overcame by speaking broken English very slowly. She did, however, speak French very badly and so it was that while we were on a cruise, she went ashore and bought

six pairs of shoes. Returning to the ship she announced this news to the French couple which had attached themselves to us. Alas, her imperfect French translated as ``I went shore and bought six young men.’’ The husband regarded her with awe but not the wife. They fled and never spoke to us again. If travelling with a mate, ensure there is no hidden agenda. I once left Australia with a male friend who somehow forgot to tell me that he had arranged for his girlfriend to meet us halfway through our driving holiday across the United States. We were camping which meant once she arrived, I was evicted from our two man tent and slept in the back of our station wagon. Each night I’d lie there in my sleeping bag staring at the roof lining while stuffing things in my ears – tissues, cotton wool, half eaten Minties – it didn’t matter – anything to try and block out the moans and groans rattling the walls of the nearby tent. We parted company after a week and my Minties and I went our separate way. My partner has accused me of being anti-social when we travel. I have pointed out that this is untrue. It’s just that I don’t like meeting people.

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BRISBANE Brisbane – our vibrant capital Superb productions come to Brisbane The city of Brisbane is a modern and diverse subtropical metropolis. As Queensland’s capital city, Brisbane offers visitors a stimulating city experience in a warm, friendly and relaxed environment. It is well serviced by city infrastructure, including cultural precincts of theatres, museums and international cuisine. The world class sporting venues, conference facilities, parklands and river walks create a vibrant metropolitan city serviced by a modern cruise ship terminal. Brisbane is Australia’s third largest city and home to nearly two million culturally diverse people. Brisbane city is electric with energy with an extensive music and culture event calendar. Visitors can choose to relax in South Bank, home of the 1988 World Expo or enjoy the temperate year round climate and take to the streets in many of Brisbane’s street shopping precincts. Brisbane is the ideal location for exploring Queensland’s

countryside of world historic towns, fertile farming valleys and rolling cattle planes.

With hot summers and pleasant winters, exceptional weather and laid-back holiday atmosphere, the city now attracts people from all over the world to sample Brisbane’s top-class restaurants and performing arts complexes. Many hotels are concentrated around the city centre, Spring Hill to the north, Petrie Terrace on the west, Fortitude Valley and New Farm to the north-east and the West End District in the southern suburbs. Architecture throughout is varied, with a number of impressive historic buildings dating back to the early 19th century, combined with modern skyscrapers. This combination of old and new makes the city’s skyline breathtaking, particularly at night when the lights of the tallest buildings are reflected in the river.

Superb productions are waiting in the wings at Queensland Performing Arts Centre for the rest of the year – Choir of King’s College Cambridge, July 29. With a global reputation rich in musical history and English tradition, the choir performs a selection of classics from their daily religious services. Included are three works by Australian composers, Peter Sculthorpe, Brett Dean and Carl Vine. Timeless Requiem highlights the second half of the rich program with Pie Jesu sung angelically by one of the young boys. Don’t miss the chance to see one of the finest Choirs in the world. 1984 – the real Big Brother is coming back! George Orwell wrote 1984 in 1948 as a prediction of our future. A limited season at the Cremorne Theatre runs from July 15 to August 2. “visceral, thought provoking, frighteningly accurate.� The Lion King – from September 26. The highest-grossing Broadway show in New York’s history has the most multicultural cast of any Australian-produced stage musical.

It’s the 10th production running concurrently around the world.

The stage production has earned more than the biggest hit films in movie history – more than Lord of the Rings, Titanic, six Star Wars films and Avatar. See the reason why for yourself in Brisbane.

Queen - It's A Kinda Magic October 16. Delivering the whole Queen experience - from the passion and excitement of Freddie Mercury to the amazing guitar solos of Brian May and all those unbelievable harmonies.

The stage performance and presence of Freddie Mercury and the other musicians in the hit smash Queen Its A Kinda Magic is so close to the real thing the even Freddie's trusted personal assistant and confidante Peter Freestone has given it the thumbs up.

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GOLD COAST

Gold Coast’s colourful contrasts An hour’s drive south of Brisbane is a region of colourful contrasts – from the 55km strip of golden beaches and the high rise development of Surfers Paradise to the lush hinterland areas with rainforest

and glorious mountain views. Stretching to the New South Wales border, the Gold Coast welcomes thousands of international visitors who want to get a share of the beautiful beaches, stunning

scenery, vast accommodation choices and around 300 days of sunshine. Activities include entertainment, shopping malls, coffee shops, awardwinning restaurants, theatre, nightclubs,

Conrad Jupiters Casino, theme parks and wildlife sanctuaries – and there’s more – it’s an amazing place where you’ll have such a good time – guaranteed.

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Gold Coast is the home of the world's most innovative and successful thoroughbred horse sales company, Magic Millions Sales Magic Millions has built an enviable reputation as the place to buy world quality thoroughbreds. It hosts one of the world's greatest international yearling sales and racing carnivals on the Gold Coast each January. The Magic Millions Race Day held at the Gold Coast Turf Club in early January each year (next year on January 10) is now recognised as Queensland's biggest thoroughbred racing event, and often compared to the Melbourne Cup carnival. Zara Phillips MBE, silver medalist at London 2012 Olympic Games and former European and World Champion is the Patron of Magic Millions Racing Women for 2014 – 2018. “It’s a cause I’m naturally committed to from personal experience with my mother and grandmother to thank for my lifelong commitment to the sport of horses,” she said. Ms Phillips was unable to attend the 2014 Carnival due to the imminent arrival of her first child Mia, but looks forward to spending more

Australia’s only beachside Observation Deck and highest external building walk, Skypoint is located 230m above sea level in the heart of Surfers Paradise. Thrill to 360 degree views of the glistening coastline and beyond. Indulge in the all day dining menu and by night the Observation Deck transforms into a chic lounge bar with entertainment Friday and Saturday and Sunday. Take on the SkyPoint Climb on a guided journey reaching 270m into the sky atop the iconic QI resort building. In the morning, during the day and twilight, the 90 minute experience includes group photo, certificate, Climb Cap and entry to SkyPoint Observation Deck.

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Spectacular Spirit Theme Park Paradise of the Horse Thrill to the grandeur of the Outback with this unique, exciting and first of its kind performance and dinner show, Australian Outback Spectacular’s “Spirit of the Horse” retelling the legend of Phar Lap. See amazing larger than life bush characters and their magnificent animals including the spirited Australian stock horse. Stunning special effects highlight the electric atmosphere ensuring a unique experience steeped in courage, tradition a daring spirit and true-blue Aussie sense of humour. The giant arena with 1000 seat capacity thunders with the hooves of horses as the action-packed

performance unfolds – an electric atmosphere steeped in the courage and daring spirit of the outback and its amazing animals. The musical score was composed by country music star, Lee Kernaghan and 40 stockmen and women will serve up a gourmet Aussie feast with beer, wine, soft drink to all 1000 guests in record time. The Gold Coast’s Outback Spectacular is the first of its kind in Australia filled with music, drama, action – an exciting dinner show you must see during your stay. www.outbackspectacular.com.au, phone 13 33 86.

Capturing the true spirit of the Australian stockhorse

Prepare for a lot of fabulous experiences to begin with “Remember that time on the Gold Coast when…..” Bring smiles to all ages and stages at the famous theme parks with exhilarating rides, exotic animals, movie star characters and waterslides to help you cool off. Sea World – committed to showcasing beautiful marine creatures Sea World is an energetic celebration of the ocean. Be inspired by jaw dropping dolphin and seal shows, ocean-themed attractions Castaway Bay, Jet Stunt Extreme and Sea Viper Ride. Dreamworld – Brave some of the tallest, fastest rides in the world including bone chilling BuzzSaw or join the laughter lane at Wiggles World to ride in the Big Red Car. Dreamworld is home to over 40 rides and attractions and don’t forget to jump across to the slides at WhiteWater World. With a distinct Aussie beach culture theme, race your mates down the Little Rippers flumes, have a go on the Wedgie, The Temple Of Huey(God of Surfing) and there’s a wave pool for surfing lessons and waterpath with a Wiggles theme for the tiny ones. Just a hop, skip and splash from Dreamworld. Warner Bros Movie World surrounds you with Hollywood blockbusters. See Bugs Bunny and Scooby Doo do their stuff, while stunt drivers turn a working movie set into a high speed car chase. You’ll get the star treatment and be wowed with movie magic. Also try the gravity-defying rides and prepare to scream louder than a horror movie heroine. Wet’n’Wild Water World – massive waterslides with twists, turns, loops, and those to suit the tiniest tot to the adrenalin junkie. Heated through winter the water’s always warm but there’s dryland activities too. The SkyCoaster will send you on a catapult ride over the Giant Wave Pool and

Glamping luxury in the Hinterland Sleep under the stars and snuggle in front of the rotating fireplace in your private luxury tent surrounded by the ancient Lamington National Park at Nightfall Wilderness Camp. Striking the perfect balance between eco and luxury, Nightfall Wilderness Camp protects and rehabilitates the environment without sacrificing king sized beds, well-appointed bathrooms and a gourmet dining menu. Guided bushwalks, gourmet hampers for

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See Noosa – by horseback or hump Riders of all ability can join their daily rides, with special sunset or proposal rides available on request. Horse riding: One-hour ride $65, Two-hour ride $95. Special rides available on request. Camel riding: 1.5-hour beach and bushland safari $80 adults, $60 children. One-hour bush and beach safari $60 adults, $45 children. www. camelcompany.com.au

Hop in the saddle and explore the spectacular Sunshine Coast either by horseback, or from the hump of a camel. Noosa Horse Riding and the Camel Company operate from Lake Weyba, 10 minutes from Noosa, where guests can take in elevated views out to Noosa Heads, Sunshine Beach, Peregian Beach and Noosa National Park.

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SUNSHINE COAST Garden Expo welcomes keen Kiwis

One of Australia’s largest gardening events, the Queensland Garden Expo attracts over 35,000 gardening enthusiasts and horticultural experts from New Zealand as well as Australia and this year it celebrates its 30th anniversary. It’s on July 11, 12, 13 at the Nambour Showgrounds on the Sunshine Coast, providing access to the latest in gardening equipment and accessories as well as the release of new plant varieties which has people queuing down the road on the opening day. Other highlights are high profile speakers from Radio and TV, Giant Kitchen Garden which incorporates an organic food court, lectures and workshops on creating a sustainable garden; free Plant Clinic where experts offer free personal advice and Landscape Garden Displays where inspirational gardens are created from a blank canvas. The Expo has become a highlight for people from across Australia and New Zealand and as it strives to improve each year, it will continue to attract new visitors, said Event

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Gympie Muster – Early Bird tickets! Every single Australian Golden Guitar winner from this year’s Country Music Awards will be at the Gympie Music Muster in Amamoor Creek State Forest August 28 to 3 with early bird tickets onsale now at www.muster. com.au. This year’s lineup includes Kasey Chambers, Lee Kernaghan, John Williamson, The McClymonts, Sara Storer, Adam Harvey, Beccy Cole, The Wolfe Brothers and Luke O’Shea. More than a spectacular celebration of music its Australia’s biggest charity music festival with more than 2000 volunteers helping the Muster team stage this non-profit communitybased event to raise funds for charities Australia-wide, In 2014 The Muster aims to surpass $15m of giving to rural and regional communities. – the whole artist line-up reads like a who’s who in Australian Country Music as well as the best in folk, bluegrass, alt country and blues.

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• plenty of other attractions are here at Hervey Bay with Fraser Island and Lady Elliot close by. A whale of a time 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.

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It doesn’t get any fresher complete without a walk along the pier – try it at dusk as the pelicans drift lazily by. 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.

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Fraser Island – the world’s largest sand island

When you read “dwarfed by towering ancient virgin rainforests” it’s true, you are and it’s awesome. The world’s largest sand island also offers white sandy endless beaches, crystal-clear blue-green lakes and purity of water flowing into creeks.

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in the many creeks – it is possible to go on endlessly, just like Fraser’s endless beaches. Spanning 166,000 hectares and stretching 123km, the island is composed almost entirely of sand built up from tidal action over more than 700,000 years – the world’s oldest recorded dune building sequence. Accommodation – a number of excellent private options from holiday units, resorts such as Kingfisher Bay and Eurong and camping permits available at various locations to suit. Access around the island is by 4WD

only and barges depart daily from River Heads and Inskip Point; air charters and transfers depart from Hervey Bay. Tours are a great way to see Fraser – one-day safari, two-day backpacking or longer camping adventure – check out the right one for you. World-Heritage listed, the island has huge sand blows to climb, champagne pools to bubble in, coloured sand cliffs and is a nature-lover and fisherman’s paradise. Information 1800 444 155.

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HERVEY BAY & FRASER ISLAND Hervey Bay’s whales, are as friendly as the locals

Everyone has good old fashioned fun here - well that’s what the whales and their calves will be having while you’re going to be awestruck and amazed at their antics. Each year an estimated 8000 whales migrate from Antarctica to the warm islands of the Whitsundays to breed. However it’s between late July and early November on their return to the south that mothers bring their calves to Hervey Bay to frolic and say hello to tourists.

Choosing a vessel – the fleet at Urangan Boat Harbour offers a diverse range of choice with underwater observation rooms, audio technology and qualified marine experts. From doublestorey cruisers to twin-hulled catamarans the different sized vessels let you decide between an intimate experience and fullon excitement.

You can make a day of it or head out for a morning or afternoon tour. The size and facilities of the vessels vary – what is assured are highly experienced crews who are well versed in whale habits and other wildlife that you might see in the bay including dolphins and turtles. Hervey Bay offers an unrivalled network of experienced, passionate and dedicated whale watching operators with guaranteed sightings. Whale welfare is paramount. Crews work to a strict code of conduct and although they stop the boats short of the pods, curious whales routinely approach, swimming right up to say Hello and introduce their calves.

Whale facts – did you know? Whales eat krill – a tiny shrimp. Humpback whales are the third most endangered species of all big whales. They weigh up to 45 tonnes, equivalent to 11 elephants or 60 people each. The largest ever specimen was 19 metres long and had pectoral fins of six metres each.

They can live for 45 to 50 years. Calves drink up to 600 litres of milk containing 60% fat each day. Humpbacks belong to the group of whales known as rorquals. Rorquals also include the Blue Whale and Minke Whale with common characteristics being dorsal fins on the

back and ventral pleats running from the tip of the lower jaw to navel area. A pod of whales can also be called a gam, school, herd or grind. Humpbacks breathe air at the surface of the water through two blowholes near the top of the head.

Don’t miss these on Fraser Island Eli Creek – Pumping four million litres of water into the ocean every hour, Eli Creek is the largest freshwater creek along the east coast. Seabelle Restaurant – superb fine dining at Kingfisher Bay Resort’s signature award-winning Seabelle with its distinctive Bush Tucker influences and matching wines is a treat well worth indulging. Combining style and laid-back elegance – the perfect way to complete your Fraser Island experience. The Cathedrals – The Butchella people believed these iconic cliffs of coloured sands were permanently stained when the gods brushed up against them. Central Station – Home to a community of more than 100 people in the 1920s timber logging days, Central Station proudly showcases its history along with several forest walks to peaceful Wanggoolba Creek and Basin Lake. Lake McKenzie – with sparkling blue water this is one of the bestknown freshwater lakes and a popular swimming spot. To see one of the world’s rare dune lakes visit Lake Wabby. The Maheno Wreck – Once renowned as the fastest trans-atlantic crossing as a World War 1 hospital ship, the Maheno succumbed to a cyclone before wrecking on the shores of Fraser Island. Indian Head – This distinctive TOURIST QUEENSLAND

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Ekka tickets offer relief to families Ekka tickets onsale now offer families battling cost of living pressures discounts of almost 30% and the chance to experience the Royal Queensland Show (Ekka) on any budget. The Ekka from August 8 to 17 remains the cheapest event of its kind with ticket price rises being kept to just a $1, despite rising operational costs. RNA Chief Executive Brendan Christou said although operational costs such as electricity have skyrocketed by 45 per cent over the past 12 months, the RNA would not inflate ticket prices to cover them. “We understand how cost of living rises impact on the family budget and it’s fundamentally important the Ekka remains affordable for everyone to enjoy,’’ he said Mr Christou said the Ekka’s ticket bundles were sure to prove a hit as they give a family of four entry to the show for as little as $69 – a saving of $25, while families wanting to pay for entry, food and rides would save almost $70. “We have packages which enable families to purchase a ticket which covers rides, food and entry which means when they come to the show all their costs are covered and there’s no budget blowouts, ” he said. The Family Funday Pass provides entry for a family of four for $69, - a saving of $25 - while the Ultimate Family Bundle offers meals and drinks,

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Queensland is fabulous for waterbased pursuits for the recreational adventurer and the enthusiast. Choose your backdrop of the Great Barrier Reef, tropical island resorts, pristine surf beaches or calm bays. SURFING – often referred to as a surfing capital of Australia, Southern Queensland offers a range of surf beaches to suit levels of experience. Host to international sporting contests, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast have the idyllic conditions to catch the perfect wave. And it doesn’t matter if you’ve never tried it before, with a learn to surf lesson you’ll soon be standing up in no time. KAYAKING AND RAFTING – Or perhaps you prefer the exhilaration of kayaking or rafting. There are many opportunities to kayak the

rivers or the seas of Queensland, with either guided or self-hire options. Rafting is an exciting half-day or day adventure, where you can choose from the Barron or Tully Rivers in Tropical North Queensland.

SAILING – Sailing is the ultimate experience in any Queensland visit. Choose your pace of experience by either sipping champagne on a luxury catamaran or go bareboating and be in charge of your own vessel. Learn to sail in the turquoise waters of the Whitsundays, passing through island of the Great Barrier Reef and stopping by uninhabited beaches. Sailing is best experienced through an extended journey with time for snorkelling, diving or simply enjoying time in the sun. Day trips are also available.

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A new travel app has been launched to direct visitors to the closest information centres while they’re travelling around Queensland, so they can quickly find what they’re looking for. Tourism and Events Queensland developed the app in partnership with the Queensland Information Centres Association (QICA) to promote the network of 116 accredited Visitor Information Centres across the state. Inside these hubs of knowledge, travellers can find the information they’re searching for first-hand from locals who know all the insider tips and gossip way before Google does.

As well as using GPS technology to locate the closest three VICs, the app also reveals the top things to see and do close by. The free app is available to download for iPhone and android now.

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Few cities have a signature event that so joyously proclaims Spring. Now in its 65th year the Carnival Of Flowers in Toowoomba has defied drought and flood to grow bigger and brighter as the longest-running floral event of its kind in Australia – a premier celebration of flowers, food, wine, culture, entertainment and all things Spring. It’s on September 19 to 28 with highlights including: Grand Central Floral Parade, the only fresh floral parade of its kind in Australia, Food & Wine Festival, Concerts, Kids Day Out and more. If you love gourmet food, great wines , magnificent floral displays and top-class live music, this is a festival not to be missed.

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Come to see the Turtles who come to see us! Mon Repos Beach 15 minutes from Bundaberg’s city centre has the largest concentration of nesting marine turtles on Australia’s eastern mainland and most significant loggerhead population in the South Pacific. Turtle Watching Time begins in early November through to March when the hatchlings scurry out of the nest down to the ocean. These “grand old ladies of the deep” can travel up to 3000 kms to their traditional nesting beach every few years. “Researchers now also have an idea where they go in between visits,” said one of the rangers. “A satellite tracking device placed on the turtle’s carapace sends signals showing how long they take to travel from feeding grounds to nesting areas.”

Loggerheads begin breeding around age 30 with one of the oldest tagged at Mon Repos 60 years old. It is believed they live to about 100. Rangers and volunteers do their utmost to ensure maximum comfort and minimum stress to the magnificent creatures, while allowing tourists to get up close and personal, to witness nature unfolding. To begin your Mon Repos Turtle Experience you are required to book and pre-purchase tickets. Tickets can only be booked through Bundaberg Region Visitor Services by phoning 41 53 8888 or www.bundabergregion.com.au

Outback – it’s a big country Queensland’s Outback is known for its wide open spaces, friendly faces and wonderful hospitality but there is much more to discover.

Expo is on July 24 to 27 with Campdrafting and Bronco Branding and $120,000 in prize money. www.stockmanshalloffame.com.au

Get up close to our prehistoric past on the Dinosaur Trail, go gem fossicking and wander world-class museums celebrating our songs (Waltzing Matilda) our airline (Qantas) and our country’s premier outback heritage institution in Longreach, the Australian Stockman’s Hall Of Fame, celebrating the Outback’s heroes of the land.

Boulia’s mysterious Min Min Light – The Min Min Encounter Show at Boulia Visitor Information Centre is a tribute to the bush yarn about the deadly Light, first sighted near the Min Min Hotel graveyard. Many theories abound but nothing has been proven, so it remains the mystery it’s always been. www.boulia.qld.gov.au.

It’s a museum, gallery, entertainment facility, theatre and historical library outlining legends of our Outback history. The Outback Horse & Heritage

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Two million visitors came to see QLD More international visitors than ever are enjoying the pleasures our State has to offer with the Whitsundays the pick of the regions attracting strong numbers from the UK and Europe while the Gold Coast thrived from direct flights from Singapore and growth from China. The International Visitor Survey for 2013 from Tourism Research

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Queensland can be a pretty wild place. Our state is crawling (and slithering, climbing, swimming or flying) with amazing animals. Jasmine Hodges checked out some top animal experiences for Tourism Queensland. Koalas Our most famous inhabitant, koalas are at the top of many travellers ‘must meet’ list. Not even Oprah could resist a moment with these cute natives. Meet them at: Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Brisbane; Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Paradise Country, Dreamworld, all on the Gold Coast, Cairns Tropical Zoo at Palm Cove, Billabong Sanctuary Townsville, Bungalow Bay Koala Village on Magnetic Island, Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays, Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast. Dolphins - Dolphins are as playful as they are clever and love attention. Hand feed wild dolphins on Moreton Island off Brisbane at Tangalooma Island Resort or at Tin Can Bay between 7am and 8am for a feed with Barnacles Dolphin Centre. Or get your swimsuit on and sign up for a frolic with the dolphins at Sea World. Whales - Between July and November, Queensland’s coastline becomes a playground for humpback whales as they migrate from the Great Barrier Reef to the Southern Ocean. Hervey Bay - the Whale Watching TOURIST QUEENSLAND

Capital of Australia, Whale One at Mooloolaba, Brisbane Whale Watching at. Redcliffe, Sea World Whale Watch on the Gold Coast Turtles Turtles venture countless kilometres to lay their eggs on the same beach they hatched on years earlier and this remarkable journey ends on the beaches of the Southern Great Barrier Reef, where female turtles drag themselves up the sand to lay around 150 eggs before returning to the ocean. Six weeks later, masses of hatchlings emerge to scurry down to the sea.

Australia showed 143,000 of the 648,000 who chose the Tropical North as their destination were from China alone.

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It’s not just about witnessing its visual magnificence, it’s also the amazing experiences on offer – a snorkel or scuba dive on the Reef, walking along the silky white silica sands of Whitehaven Beach, the delight of soaring over the romantic heart shaped reef.

The Whitsundays is an invitation into a world of tropical wonder. Be renewed by five-star landscapes seen from a luxury island resort or on the water under the stars. Make it your own – the relaxation of sipping cocktails at sunset in a resort pool or the excitement of setting sail and anchoring at a secluded inlet for the night, waking to the beauty of brilliant blues. Getting here – There are two domestic airports, Great Barrier Reef Airport

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As soon as you arrive it’s easy to see why it is the most photographed beach in Australia and has been named "Queensland's Most Beautiful Beach" by 'Keep Australia Beautiful' and Queensland’s Friendliest Beach more than once. cnn. com recently named Whitehaven Beach the 'world's top ecofriendly beach 2010'.

At the northern end of Whitehaven Beach is Hill Inlet, a stunning cove where the tide shifts the sand and water to create a beautiful fusion of colours. As the tide shifts, the white silica sand and turquoise shades of the inlet blend seamlessly to create a breathtaking view of swirling Whitsunday colours.

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TROPICAL NORTH Escape the winter chill – warm up in NQ. Want to make your friends envious this winter? Tell them you’re going to North Queensland and casually mention the balmy weather, palm trees and swimmable seas. Snorkel or dive the Great Barrier Reef, set sail in the Whitsundays and trek back in time in the primeval Daintree Rainforest. Drive the Savannah Way to the remote Gulf Savannah. This tropical paradise is truly at its best from June to September, when the temperature averages 25 degrees Celsius and the turquoise waters are stinger free. From sunny Cairns, you’ll find a range of midwinter digs. Get golden beach frontage in tranquil Mission Beach, soak up the low-key tropical glamour of Port Douglas or indulge in true resort luxury at Palm Cove.

Along with Cairns and the backpacker havens of Airlie Beach and Cape Tribulation, these are all great bases for exploring North Queensland’s most famous attraction - the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. Further south, try sailing the 74 idyllic, mostly uninhabited islands of the Whitsundays. Relax in a resort on Daydream, Hamilton, Hayman or Lindeman Islands. Bushwalk through rainforest on South Molle or Long Islands, fly over spectacular Heart Reef and write your name in the famous white sand of Whitehaven Beach. OK, maybe you should hold back a little when showing your friends your holiday shots. We all know where they would have liked to be this winter.

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway The most beautiful rainforest experience you’ll find is a world first in environmental tourism taking you on an amazing experience over Australia’s World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforest canopy and deep into the forest. It spans 7.5 kms over pristine rainforest with panoramic views of the Cairns tropical region and the Coral Sea. Alight at Skyrail’s two rainforest mid-stations, where you’ll explore from the forest floor on boardwalks, scenic look-outs and in the state-of-the-art Rainforest Interpretation Centre. Voted Australia’s Best Major Tourist Attraction, the multi-award

winning Skyrail is recognised not only as a premier tourist experience, but as a world leader in eco-tourism, providing you with a truly unique rainforest experience available no where else in the world. Skyrail can be enjoyed as complete day tour or combined as a package with a number of Cairns’ other attractions including The Kuranda Scenic Railway and cruises to The Great Barrier Reef. Skyrail’s Smithfield Terminal is 15 minutes drive from Cairns with Port Douglas 50 minutes north of Skyrail with both locations serviced by coach transfers.

No chance of getting lost International visitors to Cairns and the Tropical North won’t be lost in translation with Down Under Tours’ new GPS multilingual interpretive guiding system. Director, James Dixon said the new technology is an Australian first using a patented product and set to revolutionise the way non-English speaking visitors enjoy the Tropical North. He said the beauty of it is accuracy

– within 500 mm of a particular landmark or point of interest, and the fact it can be operated manually outside the vehicle during activities, such as the Daintree River Cruise. “The commentary is lively and interesting including a series of hero stories with sound effects, the Battle Of The Coral Sea or arrival of Captain Cook for example.� The company has also expanded its interpretive products with written

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Have a taste of our Tropical North Get a taste of the tropics with an Outback Tasting Adventure, a culinary journey through Tropical North Queensland’s food and wine trail.

Kicking off at Tjapukai for an Indigenous interpretation of jams, fruits and damper, the tour then detours to discover local drops at De Brueys Winery and Mount Uncle Distillery, before finding a sweet note at the Emerald Creek Ice Creamery.

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You’ll find a wide array of goods - organic foods, exotic fruits, a didgeridoo – something special to enjoy yourself or take to friends back home. Cairns Night Markets – shop in the cool of the evening every night from 4.30m until 11pm and the fantastic location on the Esplanade ensure their popularity with both tourists and locals. A unique shopping and dining experience with more than 70 different outlets – whether you’re hungry or want to buy whatever you need to take home with you, this is the place. Rusty’s Markets – in Grafton Street Cairns have developed over 30 years from six stall holders to one of the best known in Australia. From Friday mornings to Sunday afternoons with 180 stallholders selling flowers, fruit and veg straight from the growers, deli goods and other delicacies.

Ingham's Pub with No Beer, ironically set in the pub where country crooner Slim Dusty penned his song, has handed its taps over to patrons for beer history and pouring tour. Running daily, master publican Charles Ryman puts beer fiends through their pouring paces, learning all about the beer making process

Adding to the great edible stuff are gemstones, clothing, personal care products, leatherwear, medicinal herbs and spices. Enjoy shopping in a carnival-like atmosphere. Port Douglas Markets – Operating for over 20 years these are as much a tourist attraction as a local institution. Held each Sunday on the waterfront at Anzac Park from 8am to 1.30pm the park buzzes with customers browsing over 100 stalls. Savour delicious locally grown food, while admiring arts and crafts, handmade furniture, toys or listening to buskers. In 1998 it was decided it would be a “Cotters Market” meaning each item has been made or grown by the locally based stallholder or a member of the family. You’re guaranteed a one-of-a-kind item.

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TROPICAL NORTH Mission Beach – natural mid way point TMid way between Townsville and Cairns, Mission Beach is made up of four beach villages linked by 14 kilometres of wide golden beach, a perfect base to relax and explore this unspoilt natural environment.

The four villages of Mission Beach offer an excellent array of accommodation, from luxury resorts, and upmarket holiday homes to secluded rainforest retreats and superbly appointed B & Bs.

A blend of sophisticated eateries, boutiques and art galleries nestle against lush tropical rainforest. Mission Beach reminds us of how beautiful little beachside towns can be, blending vibrant art and culture with unique tourism attractions.

Romantic getaways, family holidays, birdwatchers, backpackers, adventure travellers, campers and caravanners are all catered for. Mission Beach also offers the tourist a vast array of activities ranging from eco-friendly and environmental tours to extreme sports such as tandem skydiving and white water rafting for adrenaline junkies.

Visitors to Tropical North Queensland can plan a day trip from Cairns or Port Douglas; it’s just under two hours from Cairns to Mission Beach. Experiencing the beauty of Mission Beach, Cairns visitors often return.

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Port Douglas – first choice for many

Port Douglas is the gateway to the World Heritage wonders of Tropical North Queensland. It is the closest mainland port to the Great Barrier Reef and only a short drive into the heart of the Wet Tropics rainforest at Daintree and Cape Tribulation. Getting to Port Douglas from Cairns is an hour's drive along one of Australia's most scenic coastal roads with the rainforest on one side and the Great Barrier Reef on the other. Favoured by A-list celebrities as the place to get away, Port Douglas is an intimate and relaxed town where food, wine, arts and culture are appreciated. Swim at beautiful Four Mile Beach,

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wander down the main street for boutique shopping with a tropical twist, dine with the birds at a wildlife park or dive into the Great Barrier Reef. Nearby is Mossman Gorge, a spectacular freshwater swimming hole where you can experience local Indigenous culture and explore the Daintree rainforest. While luxury is definitely a highlight of Port Douglas with magnificent resorts, elegant homes and superb apartments the holiday choice of the well-heeled, backpackers and families are equally well catered for in the relaxed tropical atmosphere.

TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND YUNGABURRA – ATHERTON TABLELANDS Established 12 unit motel in a lush garden setting and a few minutes to village centre. A two person operation, up-to-date interiors, very well maintained, 3 bedroom residence attached, and commercial kitchen. Energy friendly, figures available for genuine inquiries. 1½ hours to the Cairns International airport. Yungaburra is a heritage village in the middle of the scenic, tourist orientated tablelands. Cool winters and comfortable summers. Listed for sale $850,000 w.i.w.o.

Boutique Luxury Beachfront Huts $270 a night Mission Beach Queensland

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Contact:

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In the Heart of Port Douglas • 1 & 2 Bedroom Apartments • Free Wi-Fi • Refurbished Bathrooms

SPECIAL FEATURES

• 2 Heated Swimming Pools • Spa & Poolside BBQ • Complimentary Parking • Complimentary guest laundry 39-41 Macrossan Port Douglas P +617 4099 4088 E info@villasanmichele.com.au W www.villasanmichele.com.au

Port Douglas – top choice!

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● Studio style with kitchenette, ironing facilities and guest laundry ● 1 & 2 bedroom self contained apartments ● Saltwater pool (heated during winter) ● Ducted air conditioning ● DD phones & internet ● In-room safes ● Underground parking ● Lifts ● Quality Restaurants, Bars, Fast Food + Shops - All within 300 metres of Ocean Breeze

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