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Spend the day at one of the premier resorts in the Whitsunday Islands with all facilities available for you and your family. Relax in the pool, or check out the fantastic ‘Living Reef’ Coral Lagoon filled with coral and fish life. Stroll along Sunset Beach to see wallabies and endless bird life on the rainforest walk. Enjoy a delicious two course lunch at Mermaid’s Restaurant.
Island Hopper Pass Arm yourself with an Island Hopper Pass, a timetable and map for a day of cruising around the Whitsunday Islands. Stop off at Hamilton Island, Daydream Island or both at your leisure. Explore the multiple attractions on either island for a fantastic family day out.
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MAKE THE MAGIC OF THE RAINFOREST PART OF EVERY DAY Magnificent rainforest, outstanding tourist attractions and the incredible wealth of native wildlife are just some of the things that bring thousands of visitors to the Cairns region every year. These can be part of your everyday life, when you live at eco@jumrum. This extraordinary residential enclave tucked away in the hinterland at Kuranda lets you experience the ideal combination of eco-conscious living and pure creature comforts.
eco@jumrum’s generous sized lots, ranging from 3005m2 to 6894m2 gives you the space to build the home of your dreams, put in a pool, grow a vegetable garden and afford the kids plenty of room to explore. SURROUNDED BY THE GLORY OF NATURE The estate’s masterplan has included thoughtful covenants to protect both the old growth rainforest remnants and areas of regenerating rainforest, with part of each block also designated as a natural vegetation zone. This means the glorious view you can plan on having from the back verandah is never lost and will only improve over time. You will also be the envy of visiting family and friends, when they see the kind of nature walks you can take right in your very own neighbourhood. Imagine waking to the calls of birds each morning in the cool of the sunrise, or watching native animals coming down to drink from the creek. Many of these outstanding blocks have their own creek frontage, adding to the natural symphony, the music of trickling water and cooling breezes.
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Get ready for the Fantasea Cruising Magnetic Destination Adventure weekend from Friday 12 to Sunday 14 February 2016 on Magnetic Island. Paddle, ride and run with world class athletes Steve Moneghetti and Clint Robinson.
Welcome the Year of the Monkey at the 2016 Cairns Airport Chinese New Year Street Festival.
With $5000 worth of prizes and giveaways over the weekend, plus demos, displays, races, seminars. There is something for everybody from kids to adults and beginners to advanced athletes. Destination Adventure is THE date to put into your calendar.
The festival showcases the north Queensland’s cultural diversity and rich Chinese heritage through music, dance and cultural performances, food, market stalls, and a parade featuring the traditional Chinese dragon, lions and the 12 zodiac animals.
The signature event, the Chinese New Year Street Festival, will be held in Grafton Street between Shields and Spence Streets. Grafton Street was the heart of the orignal Cairns Chinatown precinct circa 1880 to 1910 (formerly known as Sachs St). This is a great family event suitable for all ages.
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Everybody’s favourite randomist is back and as always he has a lot of stuff backing up in his head and It’s time to let it all out. Come and be part of this truly unique stand up experience. Join him as audience and performer come together for a massive Brain dump. With an on-stage presence like no other, his exuberance, spontaneity and cerebral style have established him as one of the world’s best-loved comedians. Freewheeling and off the cuff, join the master surrealist as he uses an infinite imagination and plenty of tomfoolery in a night not to be missed.
After wowing the world, retired opera singers Reggie, Cissy and Wilf have been put out to pasture in a country retirement home.Their chief concerns are scatty Cissy’s wandering memory, flirty Wilf’s obsession with dirty talk and gentleman Reggie’s ongoing battle to get bloody marmalade with breakfast.
It’s all happening at Cape Gloucester this Easter!
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What keeps the trio raging against the dying of the light is headlining the annual gala concert marking composer Verdi’s birthday. The serenity of their rehearsal room is shattered by the arrival of Jean: diva, celebrated soprano, fourth member of their quartet and Reggie’s ex-wife. Not that he’s thought about their horribly dysfunctional marriage in years, of course. Can these four put aside old grudges and re-team for one more showstopping finale?
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Quartet, also adapted as an acclaimed 2012 film, is a devilishly funny journey into old age told with tenderness, grace, hope and, above all, no self pity.
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Happy New Year and Welcome! 2月8日我们将迎接2016年猴年春节。如果你打算前来昆士兰庆祝春节的话，
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位于磁岛的BRIGHT POINT公寓提供奢华的现代时尚风格公寓。里面设有宽敞的一 间、两间或三间卧室，任你挑选。更多详情请致电07 4758 2100。
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位于艾尔利海滩的THE SAILING CLUB让所有的旅客在户外用餐享受当地的海鲜 大餐，同时也可欣赏大海美景。详情请致电07 4946 6138。
MAMA AFRICA 酒吧与夜店是艾尔利最受欢迎的派对场所。在酒吧尽情放松并享用 各种饮品，包括国际啤酒、葡萄酒、鸡尾酒和烈酒。观看福克斯体育电视节 目或参与精彩游戏，并即场赢回现金及奖品。现场DJ将为大家播放前40首流 行歌曲让你忍不住踏入斑马条纹舞池里跟着人潮跳起来。晚上出去玩一定要光 临MAMA AFRICA才算没白来一趟！本店位于泻湖街的楼上。欲了解更多信息请 浏览WWW.MAMAAFRICA.COM.AU。 前往位于艾尔利海滩的SORRENTOS一边品尝鸡尾酒一边欣赏美丽的日落，并享 尽本店供应的珍馐美食度过愉快的假期。详情请致电49467454
COME INVEST IN QLD 来昆士兰投资吧!
HARBOUR COVE 享受居住在艾尔利海滩的圣灵海滨公寓。位于新码头、零售和餐饮区，艾尔利港口， 港海湾为投资者提供两间卧室的公寓价格从699 000澳元起。位于新的海运码头和艾 尔利海滩的主要大街，这些公寓提供了大量的户外活动，地下停车场，并有节事活动 现场管理的潜力。把握投资圣灵海滨公寓的机会吧！现在正在出售。更多详情请浏览 HARBOURCOVE.COM.AU。
文章: ECO@JUMRUM 平静又绝对隐秘的私人空间，ECO@JUMRUM能为大家提供难得的机会，让你们拥有属于 自己的一块库兰达热带雨林。 库兰达是一座休息寓所山区，更被称为“热带雨林的村庄,”距离凯恩斯市西北方约25公 里，周边坐拥世界遗产热带雨林。 ECO@JUMRUM提供大量雨林农村居民地段范围，约从3005平方米到6894平方米。在这 里，你不只拥有一个家，更拥有个人的热带雨林。截至2031年它是在远北昆士兰最后被 批准的发展计划，所以这可能是你最后投资这项目的黄金机会。 可以建筑空间在每个站点最高达2000平方米并拥有一个平衡区，包括低维护再生雨林。 建造时间没有限制。在ECO@JUMRUM不一定要在出售土地中建立建筑物。很多中国投资 者都在不需要建设的条件下购买空地。 如果你想移居到澳大利亚，ECO@JUMRUM为你呈现了最好的机会。前往库兰达和凯恩斯 的中国旅游人数正在迅速增长，相关的业务商机也日益增多。投资500万澳元或更大的投 资者即可以为他们的直系亲属申请到澳大利亚公民身份。 有兴趣的投资者请联系在凯恩斯REMAX，当地库兰达的房地产经纪人，KEITH MASOTTO或 浏览ECOJUMRUM.COM.AU了解更多信息。
WEDDING DESTINATIONS 婚礼天堂
全球再也没有比昆士兰更适合举行一场永生难忘的婚礼了。你想要一场独特又 温馨的婚礼吗？唯一的限制就是你的想象力。各种场地任你挑选，新人可以选 择贴近大自然的质朴婚礼，又或者在瀑布附近举办一场创意无限的水下婚礼。 很多专业人士提供的婚礼场地也都会供应华丽的婚礼场地设计。想要更梦幻般 的婚礼也可以到一座豪华的海岛度假村举行一场浪漫的海边婚礼。 北昆士兰拥有很多技术高超的摄影师致力于为每对新人拍下完美的婚纱照。婚 礼的每一个细节也都可以由我们一手包办，从蛋糕设计师、摄影师、花艺师、 婚纱设计师以及屡获殊荣的厨师样样都有，正式婚礼或者休闲的婚礼任你选 择。
Cairns Region Getting here TO COOKTOWN
By Air The Cairns International Airport is the main airport to-and-from Cairns. Located just 7km’s from the CBD, with regular shuttle services, both domestic and international terminals, including airline lounges, offer comfort and ease of travel for visitors.
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By Rail The Spirit of Queensland travels Queensland’s coastline from Cairns to Brisbane with five return services per week. Stations in the Cairns area include Babinda, Gordonvale and Cairns.
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By Road The Bruce Highway connects Cairns with the state’s capital city, Brisbane. 1,700km separates the two cities, with an approximate drive time of 19 hours. It is recommended that this journey is completed over a minimum of three days. It is a pleasant four hour drive from Townsville to Cairns.
KURANDA BARRON RIVER
Baron Gorge National Park
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Weather Located in far north Queensland, Cairns experiences two distinct weather seasons, a wet season and a dry season. It is beautiful to visit year-round, with hot and humid summers and mild, dry winters. The wet season begins in December, usually resulting in sunshine-filled days and stormy nights. Typical daytime temperatures in Cairns are 31°C in summer and 20 °C in winter. Tropical cyclones sometimes occur from November through May.
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STOP AND SOAK UP THE SERENITY OF ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S MOST TRANQUIL TROPICAL DESTINATIONS. As the halfway point in-between Townsville and Cairns, take the opportunity to meander barefoot along one of Mission Beach’s pristine shorelines, where the rainforest fringes the glimmering turquoise tide. Sound’s magical? This is only the start of why Mission Beach should be on your travel itinerary. Mission Beach is one of the few places along the Queensland coast where two World Heritage areas meet, the Wet Tropics rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. This stretch of paradise is also one of the closest mainland destinations to the Great Barrier Reef, only 38km away. Visitors wanting a unique diving or snorkelling experience are in luck, as it only takes an hour to reach some of the reef’s most beautiful and unique coral, meaning more time in the water viewing nature at its finest and less time on a boat. 14km of tropical sandy beaches line the four rustic villages which collectively make up Mission Beach. The villages of Bingil Bay, Mission Beach, Wongaling
Beach and South Mission Beach each add their own unique vibe to this relaxed community. The village of Mission Beach is a great place to start your holiday. Stroll the eclectic array of gift stores and art galleries, then familiarize yourself with some of the town’s popular eateries, from cafes to bars and gourmet restaurants. Don’t let the relaxed ambience and casual way of life fool you, hiding among the villages are some of the best seafood delicacies and resort luxuries on the Queensland coast. Alongside breathtaking scenery, Mission Beach is home to unique and endangered wildlife. The Southern Cassowary is one of the most extraordinary looking large birds in the world, and the rainforest surrounding Mission Beach is where the majority of them reside. If you’re lucky, you may see one walking through bush or even through the grounds of your accommodation, though weighing on average 60kg, it’s advisable never to approach them.
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You may find that you’re rather content laying beachside with a cool beverage in hand, but if you’re looking to fill your days with discovery and adventure, you’ve come to the right place! Express trips to the Great Barrier Reef can have you from coast to coral in only 45 minutes! In fact a plethora of water-based charters and activities are available. Deep sea charters can take you to the outer reef for a day of fishing or a day of diving. Experience white water rafting in the Tully Gorge, or paddle your way from beach to beach on a kayak. Go on an invigorating crocodile and wildlife tour, or walk above rainforest canopy on a Skywalk. Accelerate your adrenalin with a skydive or satisfy your sweet tooth with a cocoa bean to chocolate bar experience at a chocolate factory.
Offshore from Mission Beach are the tropical Family Group of islands including Dunk and Bedarra islands. Explore the walking tracks and unique tropical rainforest environment of Dunk Island by jumping aboard a water taxi. Operating daily, the Mission Beach Dunk Island Water Taxi is a quick ten minute ride in a fully enclosed vessel. Head south is Australia’s largest national park island, Hinchinbrook Island. Wander wilderness trails, drop a line in the water or take a picnic to a pristine island beach. Explore the nearby countryside by car and discover breathtaking waterfalls, tropical fruit stands, wineries and heritage attractions. Mission Beach is about feeling great. Participate in an art or yoga class, enjoy fresh tropical fruits and produce and discover local delicacies at an artesian market. Breathe in the sweet beachside air and let yourself unwind.
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AND WORLD HERITAGE RAINFOREST
SMALL IN SIZE BUT LARGE IN STATURE, THE VIBRANT ARTESIAN VILLAGE OF KURANDA IS A MUST-VISIT DESTINATION. SPECTACULAR RAINFOREST SCENERY, BUSTLING ART AND CRAFT MARKETS, WONDROUS WILDLIFE ATTRACTIONS AND TEMPTING CUISINE FOR THE TASTE BUDS; A TRIP TO KURANDA IS A FEAST FOR ALL SENSES. THERE IS SO MUCH TO SEE AND DO IN THIS MOUNTAIN-TOP PARADISE THAT ONE DAY IS NOT NEARLY ENOUGH TO EXPERIENCE IT ALL, HOWEVER IF ONE DAY IS ALL YOU HAVE, YOU’RE IN FOR A DAY-TRIPPING TREAT. HOW TO GET THERE
Getting to Kuranda is an exhilarating experience in itself. Self-drive a twisting mountain road past the thick jungle of World Heritage forest and rocky waterfalls. Discover incredible panoramas looking back toward Cairns and the Coral Sea, then stop to see the mighty Barron Falls roar, most spectacular during the wet season.
The village that Kuranda has become today was originally shaped in the 1970’s, with the arrival of those who seeked an alternative and natural lifestyle. A number of hippy communes developed, and the village gained a reputation as an artesian destination. The same ideals exist now, making the heritage markets one of the most unique and genuine shopping destinations in Queensland. There is an abundance of art and craft to view along the village’s main street as well as boutique retailers and exquisite food producers.
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is the ultimate introduction to the World Heritage tropical rainforest and an experience to cherish for a lifetime. Glide above the rainforest canopy in a gondola before descending through canopy layers at two mid-rainforest stops on the way to Kuranda, giving the opportunity to walk through the rainforest and view the Barron Falls. Or for a nostalgic step backward in time, travel in restored rail cars with the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Rising from sea level to 328m, the journey to Kuranda passes spectacular waterfalls, so close you can almost touch them and into the stunning Barron Gorge. Packages are available which include both the Scenic Railway and the Skyrail to experience the best of both worlds.
After strolling up the main street you will be greeted with a host of nature parks. The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is the largest butterfly light aviary and exhibit in the Southern Hemisphere! Become enchanted by the aerial dynamics of a kaleidoscope of fluttering butterflies as you meander through pretty rainforest gardens. Near the butterfly sanctuary is Birdworld Kuranda, where an array of colourful birds fly around you in a rainforest simulated enclosure. View more of Australia’s favourite fauna at the Kuranda Koala Gardens to see freshwater crocodiles, fluffy wombats and cuddly koalas. This
Visiting Kuranda feels like an invitation to explore Queensland ’s best-kept secret... Discover the village in the rainforest for yourself.
is one of the only places in the country where you can physically touch and interact with the koalas, watching them in their natural rainforest environment. For the chance to see Kuranda’s ancient rainforest in its natural heart, hop on board a riverboat cruise. This 45 minute journey is a relaxing way to learn about the rainforest’s ecosystem, with a chance to see freshwater crocodiles, fish and turtles in the wild. Five minutes from Kuranda is the incredible Rainforestation Nature Park, an allencompassing nature, wildlife and indigenous experience. View more than 40 exotic fruit specimens in the orchard then learn about the rainforest’s unique flora and fauna aboard an amphibious World War II Army Duck.
STAY A BIT LONGER After the last train and gondola have departed and sunset falls, the hustle and bustle turns into serene tranquility. It’s easy to see why early inhabitants of the town fell in love with the solitude and peacefulness. Listen to the breeze rustle the rainforest canopy from a rainforest retreat, or stay at the famous hotel in town for hearty food and laughter. SKYRAIL RAINFOREST CABLEWAY
River rafting, indigenous tours, relaxation therapy, fortunetelling and fascinating museums; there is an abundance of discovery and adventure to be found among the village in the rainforest.
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway spans 7.5 kms over World Heritage listed tropical rainforest and is the best way to experience this ancient environment. The 6 seater gondolas glide just metres above the rainforest canopy, allowing you to be part of the most botanically diverse eco system on earth. Prepare for a fascinating rainforest experience where you can see, hear, smell and immerse yourself in the environment. Skyrail Rainforest Cableway has been voted Australia’s best major tourist attraction. The iconic, multi-award winning tour is also a world-leader in eco-tourism. There are two stations along the way - Red Peak and Barron Falls, where you can explore the forest floor with a complimentary Skyrail Ranger guided tour and check out three scenic lookouts as well as the educational Skyrail/CSIRO Rainforest Interpretation Centre. Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is open 7 days a week from 9am – 5.15pm. A oneway experience takes about 90 minutes and a return option is 2 ½ hours.
To book call 07 4038 5555 or visit www.skyrail.com.au Adult $50 One Way Child $25 One Way Family $125 One Way
THINGS TO DO TOWNSVILLE GETTING AROUND
TOP 5 MUST-DO TOWNSVILLE
1. Feed a croc at Billabong Sanctuary
Taxis are available throughout the Townsville region. Call 13 10 08 (13TAXI) to organise your journey. A taxi from Townsville Airport to the CBD will usually cost between $15 and $25, which includes the $3 airport toll.
Rental Car Rental car desks are conveniently located in the terminal arrivals area at Townsville Airport. Companies include Hertz, Europcar, Thrifty, Budget and Avis.
TOURS AND TRANSPORT SERVICES The Townsville Bulletin Square Visitor Information Centre is located in the heart of the Townsville Central Business District just off Flinders Street.
Australia’s best interactive wildlife experience. Hold a koala, hug a wombat, feed a crocodile, pat a dingo or wrap a python around your shoulders. Stroll through the natural habitat and watch turtles swim to the edge of the Billabong. 2. Spend
the day at the Strand
The Strand is the tourist hub of Townsville City. It stretches along the seafront close to the port. There is a long purpose built promenade running right the way along which is popular with locals who enjoy exercise and a great place for stroll. At the far end of the stroll is a swimming pool that reaches into the sea. The Strand is full of cafes, restaurants, bars and ice-cream shops. The promenade features artwork, shaded areas and bench seats plus a couple of children’s playground and public bbq’s.
3. Visit the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium
WEATHER Weather in February/March Townsville is dry and hot at this time of year with an average maximum temperature of 30 degrees Celsius and a minimum of 24 degrees Celsius. Most of tropical North Queensland experiences heavy rain-fall throughout January and February, easing in March. Townsville, however, is the exception, often avoiding the heavy rainfall experienced by its neighbours. February is also peak cyclone season so be aware of weather warnings and check the local news networks for updates.
Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium is home to the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium. The 2.5 million litre coral reef exhibition will open your eyes to an amazing underwater world of complex and fascinating marine creatures. Stroll through the underwater viewing tunnel and come face to face with large tropical fish and turtles.
4. Stand on top of Castle Hill It’s easy to see the distinctive red monolith known as Castle Hill from almost any point in Townsville. For the fit, the walk to the top is rewarding, but you can drive to the top. The panoramic views are remarkable. Visit the historic WWII bunker, used by American soldiers as a defensive vantage point.
5. Swim at Little Crystal Creek, Paluma Nestled in verdant rainforest, the quaint village of Paluma is the perfect location to escape into a world from yesteryear. Dine at a cute café and shop for local art and produce. Drive to Little Crystal Creek for a refreshing swim, where a handmade stone bridge from the 1930s creates a fairytale backdrop.
LIVE Visitors to Townsville are spoiled for choice when it comes to finding things to do in the North’s capital. Boasting a rich program of events, culture and art exhibitions, Townsville’s cultural and performing arts scene is an important contributor to the fabric of society. The Townsville City Council Arts, Culture and Events program is jampacked with the best and most diverse on offer showcasing the region’s culture, sports, lifestyle and enthusiasm.
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Riverway Movie Night
Until 28 February
19 February, 7.15pm
Riverway Movie Night
12 March, 7.30pm
18 March, 7.15pm
Townsville City Council events aim to engage the local community in fun-filled activities for all ages and best of all, lots are free! For more information, visit www.townsville.qld.gov.au
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plus don’t miss >> Morning Melodies: The Mikado 17 February, 11am
townsville civic theatre
Morning Melodies: Lonnie Lee Toad Day Out
Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow
20 March, 8.30am
26 – 27 April, 7.30pm
raintree grove, riverway
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23 – 24 February, 11am townsville civic theatre
Percival Portrait Painting Prize 2016 6 May – 10 July
perc tucker regional gallery
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Cute, cuddly and native to Australia, the wombat is a timid marsupial not often seen in its natural habitat. In the wild, wombats are primarily nocturnal, meaning they are most active during the evening. But this isn’t the only reason they are rarely seen. Stout and muscular, wombats are born to dig. The talented tunnelers carve intricate burrows underground, ranging in length anywhere from three metres to 30, and can have multiple burrows. The main burrows are sometimes shared between wombats with one using each burrow at a time, with a sleeping chamber housing a nest made of grass and leaves. They have the distinction of being the world’s largest burrowing animal. For these reasons, wombats weren’t noticed by European settlers for at least 10 years after their arrival to Australia. A wombat can travel up to three kilometres during an evening in search of food, but will have other burrows near in case of danger. Shorter burrows are commonly used by wombats as escape tunnels when predators are nearby. DID YOU KNOW? The rump of a wombat is covered by a tough, thick skin. If threatened by a dingo, a wombat will dive into a nearby burrow, using its rump as protection from the teeth of the dingo. The wombat is also capable of crushing the dingo’s skull against the burrow roof. There are three species of wombat: the Common wombat or Bare-nosed wombat; the Southern Hairy-nosed wombat and the Northern Hairy-nosed wombat. DID YOU KNOW? Queensland’s only wombat, the Northern Hairy-nosed wombat, is critically endangered and one of Australia’s rarest marsupials. The species is only found in one location in the wild, the Epping Forest National Park, west of Clermont in Central Queensland. A 20km predator fence protects these wombats against dingoes. Billabong Sanctuary has on display, the Common and the Southern Hairy-nosed wombats. Two of the Billabong’s most loved animals are wombats Tonka and Yala who come out twice a day for a pat and cuddle. Visitors have the opportunity to hold either Tonka or Yala for a souvenir photo. Due to their rarity, and the fact they are extremely hard to find in the wild, many visitors come to Billabong Sanctuary specifically to hold a wombat, as they are often a favourite out of all the marsupials. Wombats are marsupials because they carry their young in pouches the same way that kangaroos and koalas do. DID YOU KNOW? The female wombat’s pouch opens backward to prevent dirt entering while she is burrowing. Cute and cuddly, the wombat’s nearest relative is the koala. The koala and the wombat are Australia’s two most endearing animals, and at Billabong Sanctuary, visitors have the opportunity to hold and cuddle both. Feed a croc, cuddle a koala, pet a kangaroo and hold a wombat. Get up close and personal with your favourite native Australian animal, at Billabong Sanctuary.
DID YOU KNOW –The rump of a wombat is covered by a tough, thick skin!
Billabong Sanctuary Waltzing Matilda is about as Australian as it gets and, to experience an array of wildlife by an Aussie Billabong, take a walk on the wild side at Townsville’s Billabong Sanctuary. Australia’s native animals are as weird and wonderful as they come. From the cuddly koala to the bounding kangaroo, Billabong Sanctuary lets you get up close and personal to your favourite furry, feathered and scaly friends. Billabong Sanctuary is based around three habitats; eucalypt forest, rainforest and wetlands, with a large billabong at its heart. Wetland birds come and go from the sanctuary as they please and, as you take a stroll around the lapping edge of the billabong, keep an eye out for the friendly turtles who greet you at the water’s edge. Whether you visit morning or afternoon, there are always guided shows and interactive opportunities to touch or feed many of the sanctuary’s inhabitants. If you leave Airlie Beach after breakfast and head north to Townsville, you will not miss any of the experiences as there is a 1 p.m. as well as a 3:15 p.m. crocodile feeding and also the opportunity to hold a koala both morning at 11:15 a.m. and afternoon at 4 p.m. At wildlife encounters, you can hold a koala or hug a wombat and have a souvenir photo for a small fee, or use your own camera. There is no charge for wrapping a python around your neck, holding a lizard or holding a small crocodile. Wildlife talks and interpretative experiences feature all day. Don’t miss the most popular feeding show, where the sanctuary’s largest crocodile, Bully, will leap from the water in an amazing show of strength to take a snap at his lunch. Hear the tremendous jaws snap shut as Bully lunges for food, fed by one of the experienced rangers. Bully is 4.5m long and weighs in excess of 500kgs. To see him in action is an unforgettable nature experience. Take the opportunity to feed one of the snappy freshwater crocodiles, only $10 to experience the action. At the all-inclusive wildlife talks, you will learn about the ecology, the habits and unusual characteristics of Australia’s unique animals. Each ranger is passionate about the welfare of the animals at the sanctuary. Their care and devotion is evident in the presentations they give. They pass on valuable information about how to stay safe in the wild in North Queensland and also inform you on many misconceptions people may have about different animals. One of the most misunderstood native animals in Australia is the dingo. See a different side to this magnificent creature and then pose for a photo and pat the friendly dingoes. Summer is the season when estuarine crocodiles are at their most impressive. It is nesting time, with courtship displays amongst the Billabong’s breeding crocodiles, and also when the crocodile are most active at the feeding shows. At the talks you will learn how to stay safe when visiting North Qld Make a day of it at Billabong Sanctuary by enjoying a coffee and meal from Blinky Bill Café or bring your own supplies to enjoy a barbecue beside the tropically landscaped pool.
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Your mate with a boat! In Townsville WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF THE BOAB BOATS EXPERIENCE? This isn’t your standard tinny hire. These boats have serious grunt! Explore offshore islands, snorkel or dive the Great Barrier Reef away from the crowds then drop a line as the sun’s setting to reel in a mackerel. It’s the best way to circumnavigate nearby Magnetic Island and visit the hard-to-reach beaches. Boab Boats Townsville puts you in charge of the playground of the Barrier Reef and tropical North Queensland waters.
WHERE IS IT LOCATED? Rob from Boab Townsville will deliver your boat to the departure point or boat ramp of your choice.
WHY CHOOSE TO SELF-DRIVE? This is your opportunity to hire a serious powerboat, to deliver you to islands and parts of the Great Barrier Reef not serviced by tour charters. Boab boats are fully kitted out with the latest GPS, fish finders, chart plotters, radios and stereos to ensure an enjoyable and safe day out. All of Boab’s boats are in commercial survey and are
available for recreational and commercial hire. It’s a walk-on, walk-off service. Boab do all the hard work for you; meet you at the ramp, launch your boat then retrieve it and clean it when you’re finished.
WHAT DOES THE EXPERIENCE INCLUDE? Boab Townsville have three boats. It’s easy to choose the one which best suits your needs. The Centre Cab and Sportsrider are great boats for families and fishermen looking to travel to the Great Barrier Reef and outer islands. To make the most of your time on the water, Boab have a range of helpful gear for hire; including sun shelters, wake and knee boards, water skis, tubes, snorkelling gear, stinger suits, fishing rods, eskies filled with ice and more. Larger vessels for commercial work are available by request. A guide or skipper is available on request, too. POA.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THIS EXPERIENCE TO A FRIEND? Definitely. Within 15 minutes you can be arriving at beautiful Magnetic Island, exploring its many beaches and coral gardens. Then hit the shoals and West Point to fish for mackerel or giant trevally.
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All rooms are overlooking the Coral Sea to Magnetic Island.
Air conditioned rooms | Private balcony | Cooking facilities | Swimming pool Guest laundry | Foxtel | Great restaurants & bars nearby Call 07 4772 4255 or checkout our website for today’s best rate. www.aquariusonthebeach.com.au
BREAKFAST WITH THE KOALAS LOCATED WITHIN THE WORLD HERITAGE LISTED GREAT BARRIER MARINE PARK, MAGNETIC ISLAND IS A MUST FOR THE ECO CONSCIOUS TRAVELLER AND IS JUST A SHORT 20 MINUTE FERRY RIDE FROM TOWNSVILLE. THE ROCKY GRANITE HEADLANDS PROVIDE A BASIS TO ANY ARRAY OF ECO SYSTEMS FROM RAINFOREST THICKET, COASTAL DUNES AND EUCALYPT FOREST. THE ISLAND IS HOME TO NORTHERN AUSTRALIA’S LARGEST COLONY OF KOALAS AND THEY CAN BE OBSERVED ON THE POPULAR FORTS WALK. THE 23 BAYS, SECLUDED BEACHES AND FRINGING REEFS PROVIDE SNORKELLING EXPERIENCES TO RIVAL THE OUTER REEF. The multi award winning Bungalow Bay Koala Village, just a 5 minute walk from Horseshoe Bay and central to all island activities, is the place to stay for the eco traveller. Brett and Janelle Flemming have created an accommodation resort truly like no other which caters to everyone – safari double and twin bungalows, traditional 3 share, 6 share budget safari bungalows along with powered and unpowered camping sites. ‘Breakfast with the Koala’s’ welcomes you with a glass of sparkling fruit juices and a welcome by Head Ranger Tony Gordon. Introducing you to the array of breakfast options featuring fresh local produce on the buffet. Our guests favourites are the locally made bush tomato chutney, accompanying local grilled mackerel. Plus honeycomb sourced locally in Townsville to spread over your pancakes plus fresh seasonal fruit. Paddock to plate ties in with the Eco tourism accreditation held at Bungalow bay Koala Village During “Breakfast with the Koalas” the animal interaction will see you wrapped in a python, holding frilled neck lizard and an opportunity to hold a Koala. Funds raised the sanctuary help support the Koala Foundation and wildlife care groups. Breakfast is from 8.30am to 10am Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Departing Townsville on the 7.45am ferry will see you arrive in time. Public bus transfers co-ordinate with all the island ferries to deliver you to the doorstep.
Magnetic Island is 8 km of shore from Townsville, a quick 20 minute journey by ferry. The island is 52km2, of which 70% is national park. It is a stunning natural paradise with a relaxing tropical lifestyle. Just over 2000 people live on the island all year round and they are welcoming to everyone, always happy to stop and have a chat.
Magnetic Island is called Yunbenun by the Wulgurukaba people who are the Traditional Aboriginal Owners of the island and lived there for thousands of years. In 1770, Captain James Cook sailed passed on his ship, the Endeavour, and, while he was there, his compass was affected by a strange magnetic force on the island which is why it is now called ‘Magnetic Island’.
The wonderfully winding scenic roads are great fun to drive on and the best way to explore the island. Each bend reveals a different jaw-dropping bay or landscape to marvel at and it is all you can do to concentrate on the road ahead. Most places are suitable for any vehicle, however, there are a couple of 4 wheel drive only tracks, one to Radical Bay which is stunning. The Topless Car Company rent our bright pink topless cars which are a fun and unique way of exploring the island, with the wind rushing through your hair, open-air seats giving you a real taste of the island.
GEOGRAPHY Magnetic Island was part of the Australian mainland until 7500 years ago when sea levels rose cutting it off. Magnetic Island is composed mostly of granite, the result of a volcanic force that pushed molten rock up to the earth’s surface 275 million years ago. Much of the volcanic rock has eroded away, however, the underlying granite has decomposed into fault lines and created the distinctive granite boulders and rocky headlands we see today. The island is famed for its untouched natural beauty. There are 23 bays and beaches, some of which are only accessible by foot or boat. Mount Cook is the highest point on the island and it is fringed by magnificently tangled rainforest jungle, vine forests, eucalypt woods and emerald green hoop pine trees.
There is no other place quite like it on the island. The resort is truly a great place to unwind and relax. Spacious and roomy, Amaroo On Mandalay is also an affordable family get away, with plenty of room to run around.
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Experience nature at its finest and discover the islands extensive network of walking trails. There are 25km of tracks to explore on the island, taking you through natural rainforest and areas of thick bushland. See a koala in the wild and admire the dry wattles and beautiful barks of eucalypts. Emerge from the undergrowth and be amazed by the stunning lookout points boasting fantastic views of the Coral Sea. The most popular walk is Forts Walk which mixes history with scenery and nature. The walk takes roughly 90 minutes and will open out onto stunning look out points, open rainforest with koalas and a WWII observation tower with command post and gun emplacements still intact.
There are two snorkel trails on Magnetic Island, one at Nelly Bay and the other at Geoffrey Bay. The beautiful fringing reef is teaming with colourful marine life and impressive coral gardens. White surface floats will guide you along and act as floatation resting points. The floats have letters on them which relate to the swim cards that can be bought from participating retail outlets on the island. The Nelly Bay trail is 100 metres off the beach near Base Backpackers and is a great swim for beginners. The Geoffrey Bay trail is for stronger swimmers and starts 400 metres from the beach opposite Hotel Arcadia taking you to the Moltke wreck which is also a popular underwater dive site. Make sure you stay close to the white buoys and do not swim out as far as the yellow buoys as they are baited shark lines!
GO WILD AT BUNGALOW BAY KOALA VILLAGE Get up close to nature at Bungalow Bay Koala Village. This compact wildlife park offers more hands-on experiences than many larger parks, minus the large crowds and expensive petting fees. Hold a baby crocodile, cuddle a koala, feed a black cockatoo, handle lizards and turtles and drape snakes across your shoulders. Make your wildlife experience even more memorable by enjoying a Champagne bush tucker breakfast with the koalas. Breakfast is held each Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. Bookings are essential. Otherwise, take part in one of three daily wildlife presentations held by rangers, who are island residents and experts in the resident wildlife.
With views across the sparkling Coral Sea, One Bright Point Apartments Magnetic Island is the place where you and your tropical dreams meet. Nestled amongst natural island beauty, and bathed in a warm, tropical climate the beautiful heritage listed Magnetic Island, just off the Tropical North Queensland coast is only a 20 minute fast ferry ride from Townsville. One Bright Point Apartments is located right beside the islandâ€™s spectacular harbour, with a state of the art ferry terminal and marina and within walking distance to over 23 beaches, bays, cafes, local galleries and golf course. The resort offers 4 swimming pools, spa, BBQ, equipped exercise room and boardroom.
Guests can select from a variety of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom luxury beach house style apartments, most with uninterrupted views of the Coral Sea. With Bush Walks, Horse Riding, Jet Ski Hire / Tours, Fine Dining and many more enjoyable activities One Bright Point Apartments on Magnetic Island is a holiday destination that you simply canâ€™t afford to miss.
Bright Point Apartments
1 Bright Point Apartments Magnetic Island Phone: +61 7 4758 2100
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GET TOPLESS WITH A TOPLESS RENTAL CAR Drive and explore beautiful Magnetic Island in style with Tropical Topless Car Rentals where you can hire a convertible or classic mini Moke. These little cars are nippy and fun with the feeling of being outdoors with the wind flying through your hair for a true sense of freedom. The island roads are hilly and meander like a jolly old roller-coaster from one side to the next. There are stunning views of the coastline and out to sea. Topless convertible cars seat 4 comfortably and in style, with an optional sun canopy available.
RIDE BAREBACK INTO THE OCEAN Experience the serenity of horseback riding on beautiful Magnetic Island. Trek from Horseshoe Bay Ranch to the crystal clear water of Horseshoe Bay. Unsaddle your horse and ride bareback across the sand into the cooling water, enjoying a rejuvenating dip with your horse. Two hour rides are scheduled twice per day, leaving at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Each ride takes you from the bush to the beach where you have the opportunity to ride bareback into the water. The well-schooled horses are suitable for every level of ability, including pony rides for children.
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Peppers Blue on Blue Resort Boardwalk Restaurant and Bar
Elegantly positioned on the waterfront of Magnetic Island’s marina, Boardwalk Restaurant and Bar is an outstanding dining option for both in-house guests and members of the public. A modern tropical affair, by day diners can gaze upon yachts bobbing in the marina while at night the boardwalk is lit up for romantic elegance. The waterfront location and stunning setting make it a favourite for intimate weddings and large celebrations.
What you’ll find there The Boardwalk Restaurant and Bar’s menus have been designed with holiday makers in mind. Breakfast for in-house guests is a hearty cooked buffet, perfect to fuel adventure seekers before a day of exploration on the island. Lunch is a light and casual affair, with a focus on freshness and taste; while dinner is a 5-star gourmet experience, celebrating the fusion of fine seafood and the freshest produce. Executive Chef, Nicholas Redsell, joined Peppers Blue on Blue in July 2015. He has catered for world dignitaries, including President Barack Obama. He is passionate about featuring locally sourced produce on his menus. Our picks include the coconut poached chicken salad with tomato chili jam, watercress and cashew from the lunch menu; delightfully tasty and refreshing. Our choices from the dinner menu were Coffin Bay oysters with lime to start; shredded confit duck with potato gnocchi and exotic mushrooms as our main; finishing with apple tarte tatin with vanilla bean ice cream and sticky maple reduction.
Cost Lunch mains average $18 - $22 and include delicious dishes such as a bucket of tiger prawns or smoked salmon with smashed avocado. Dinner mains range from $38 - $44, fantastic value for wild-caught barramundi or grilled salmon. The menu is comprehensive offering vegetarian and gluten-free options.
Why we love it! Executive Chef, Nicholas Redsell is quoted as saying, “Food is love; love is everything; therefore food is everything.” The love and attention shown to quality ingredients shines on the plate. With stunning marina views, a cocktail or glass of wine in hand and mouth-watering food, dining at Pepper’s Blue on Blue Resort is a memorable experience.
Experience a tropical paradise Experience the allure of Magnetic Island at Peppers Blue on Blue Resort. From the moment you arrive, the memories begin. Uniquely positioned on the stunning Nelly Bay marina, you are invited to step off the Sealink fastcat ferry from Townsville into a world of tranquility. Your suite at Peppers Blue on Blue Resort is your private sanctuary. To fully embrace its waterfront location, all of the resort’s sleekly decorated rooms and suites offer sun-drenched balconies. The one, two and three bedroom apartments take advantage of the stunning seascapes, boasting uninterrupted marina and mountain views. Our three-bedroom apartments boast a deep bath and some also feature private plunge pools. Hug the edges of the magnificent saltwater lagoon pool, indulge in a fresh spa treatment at the onsite endota spa or feast on a contemporary menu and fine wine selection at our signature restaurant Boardwalk Restaurant and Bar. Our staff will make sure your every whim is catered for, whether you choose to simply relax in peace or engage in one of the many activities to be found on the island.
Experience Peppers. To book, call (07) 4758 2400 or email email@example.com
ONE HOUR SOUTH OF TOWNSVILLE AND TWO HOURS NORTH OF THE WHITSUNDAYS IS THE QUIET, SCENIC REGION KNOWN AS THE BURDEKIN, HOME TO TWO MAIN CENTRES, AYR AND HOME HILL. WITH ITS VIBRANT COMMUNITY LIFE, LUSH FARMLAND, MAGNIFICENT WETLANDS AND EXTENSIVE NATURAL PURSUITS LIKE FISHING, BIRDWATCHING AND SCUBA DIVING, THIS LESSER-KNOWN REGION IS WELL-WORTH A VISIT. Visitors enjoy a taste of the vibrant rural life in North Queensland. It’s easy to meet the locals, browse the boutique shops or discover more about the local flora and fauna at the Ayr Nature Display. On a Saturday morning Ayr town centre is bustling with locals and tourists. There is a vibrant café scene serving modern breakfast options, freshly squeezed juices and beautiful coffee. The Burdekin has a rich culture and a rich history born from the booming local farming industry. Known as the ‘sugar capital of Australia” the Burdekin is the largest sugar cane producer in the country. This is prime sugar country, boasting 80,000 hectares of productive sugar cane land and producing an epic 1.25 million tonnes of raw sugar per year. The region is home to the native Gudjuda aboriginal people and is one of the only districts in Australia which still employs the traditional practice of burning the cane before harvesting. During crushing season look out for the cane
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The Burdekin River Bridge is another striking landmark on the horizon, connecting the towns of Home Hill and Ayr. Known as the ‘Silver Link’, it is over 1000 metres in length, longer than the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the only bridge in Australia without a solid footing. Its huge length makes for a fun car game, try holding your breath from one end to the other as you drive over and see who the winner is! There is a display at the Burdekin Gateway Visitor Information Centre showing how the bridge was constructed. Learn the history of the region first-hand through the passion and insight of the friendly local volunteers.
trains transporting huge bundles of cane, watch for the large factories pumping pungent sugary steam into the air and witness the landscape light up as the cane fires burn.
The Burdekin has a rich culture and a rich history born from the booming local farming industry.
The Burdekin boasts some of the best fishing conditions in the country. Sitting on a natural aquifer the Burdekin enjoys a rich network of creeks and mangroves making it a mecca for fishing and crabbing. With plenty of boat ramps and tackle shops it couldn’t be easier to bring a mangrove jack, trevally or barramundi home for dinner!
Residents from Townsville frequently drive to the smaller town of Ayr for the array of unique, boutique shops completed nicely by a coffee and a cake at a local café.
Big 4 Ayr is a tranquil holiday park with camp sites and villas, close to the town centre and all the local attractions. There is a swimming-pool, playground and soccer field on-site and the friendly team are happy to share local knowledge.
Experience one of the world’s best adventure dives! In 1911 the luxury passenger vessel SS Yongala disappeared in a cyclone just off the coast. The vessel now sits on a sandy bed 33 metres below the surface, the top parts of the ship can be seen at 15 metres. Yongala Dive is a company that offer day trips for the adventurous, heading deep into the unknown and exploring the wreck, seeing the tragic destiny of the vessel first hand. The wreck is also is known for close encounters with bull sharks, manta rays and turtles. GO BIRDWATCHING With 280 species of birds recorded in the area, many endangered, the magnificent local wetlands offer excellent birdwatching opportunities.
SILVER LINK CARAVAN VILLAGE
Friendly holiday park | Close to town | Quiet and peaceful Swimming-pool, soccer pitch and playground | Powered caravan and camping sites Villas and private cabins
STAY AT BIG 4 AYR
HOME HILL REST STOP Home Hill offers a free 48 hour stop over for caravans, motor trailers and camper vans at its rest stop conveniently located on Railway Avenue, right in the centre of town. Wash the dust of the journey off in a free shower and cook dinner the electric bbq provided, prepare your meal on a stainless steel bench and sit around a picnic table. This is rest stop with a difference! Its central location means it is a short stroll to get bbq supplies or find the local tavern for a cold beverage.
Dive the Yongala wreck
one of the world’s best adventure dives!
Call 07 47 833 933 | www.big4ayr.com.au | 34 Norham Road, Ayr
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THINGS TO DO WHITSUNDAYS GETTING AROUND
MUST-DO IN THE WHITSUNDAYS
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Go sailing of course!
Taxis are available throughout the Whitsunday region, 24 hours per day.
The Whitsundays is known around the world for its beautiful sailing experiences, Whitehaven Beach and the fringing reefs, perfect for snorkeling. You can choose from a plethora of day trips, overnight sailing adventures or even hire your own boat. Flick through this magazine and you will see more information about the various tours on offer.
By Water Cruise Whitsundays operates ferries and island connections between Hamilton Island Airport, Airlie Beach, Long Island, Daydream Island, South Molle Island and many island resorts. It also provides tours to Whitehaven Beach and the Great Barrier Reef. Please be aware that they are now located at a brand new terminal building at the Port of Airlie.
TOURS AND TRANSPORT SERVICES
Hire a jet ski A jet ski has to be one of the most fun things to do in the Whitsundays – you are in control of your own machine, able to go as fast or as slow as you like and venture into places you wouldn’t be able to see on a bigger vessel.
Go camping on Whitehaven Beach There are many tour operators, shuttle services and bus companies who operate throughout the Whitsundays. Contact the Whitsunday Visitor Information Centre on +61 7 4945 3967 to find the one which suits your itinerary and to make a booking.
Enjoy nature at its most beautiful and remote with a camping experience on Whitehaven Beach. Be the only people on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, see the stars shine brighter than you’ve ever seen them shine before and wake up for an early morning swim in the crystal clear water with no-one else around. You can jump on a barge which will take you to the beach, drop you, your friends and your camping gear off, then return to pick you up the next morning.
Venture north to beautiful Bowen Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday Islands enjoy warm weather year-round making it perfect for beach-side holidays. The area is on the same latitude as Honolulu in the northern hemisphere so has a tropical climate with an average temperature of 27.4 degrees.
Weather in February/March The Whitsunday region in February is known for its heavy rainfall. The rainy season is generally throughout January and February, easing in March. Temperatures are still extremely hot and the humidity makes it feel hotter. Fortunately the cool ocean breeze helps ease the heat. The 2015 rainy season was short and experts are predicting the same again this year. Advice for tourists is to drink lots of water and stay out of the midday sun.
At the northern end of the Whitsundays is the town of Bowen, the oldest town in North Queensland. It has many picturesque beaches, stunning remote areas, snorkeling and walking tracks – head through the town to Queens Beach, Horseshoe Bay and Rose Bay. When you are in need of refreshment Bowen has a good selection of quality eateries, check out Grandview Hotel, Le Sorelle and Horseshoe Bay Café.
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Breathtaking beaches, the Big Mango and the Bowen Jetty, find out why Bowen is one of Queensland’s most desirable holiday picks.
As North Queensland’s oldest town, Bowen is brimming with history, especially at the Bowen Historical Museum on Gordon Street. Discover the early geological surrounds of the district, followed by early indigenous inhabitance to the early European settlers. The Gothenburg is one of the most famous shipwrecks on the Queensland Coast with the loss of more than 100 lives, with relics from the wreck on display in the museum. The Bowen Aerodrome is home to a Catalina museum, commemorating the involvement Bowen had as a base for Catalina flying boats during World War II. The museum contains five dioramas all built on 1/72 scale. Even a gentle meander through the streets will unearth interesting locations. Known as the mural capital of Australia, Bowen has more than 25 intricately painted mural sites. They depict a diverse history from the town’s early settlement, involvement with World War II to present day industry. You can find a list of mural sites by visiting the Bowen Information Centre at the Big Mango. From the ‘Bowenwood’ water tank to the historical CBD buildings, enjoy discovering beautiful Bowen in the northern Whitsundays region.
BOWEN JETTY Not far from the foreshore on Santa Barbara Parade, visit Bowen’s famous jetty. In 2007 Bowen was used to portray 1930s Darwin in Baz Luhrmann’s film Australia, starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman. The Jetty was heavily featured in the movie.
BIG MANGO On Bowen’s southern entrance on the Bruce Highway, keep an eye out for the famous ‘Big Mango’ at the Bowen Visitor Information Centre. An excellent photo opportunity at 10 metres tall, this mango statue is indeed the largest in the world! Bowen is famous for growing large numbers of juicy, golden mangoes. Ask at the Information Centre for the 100% bowen mango sorbet – it is a totally healthy, utterly delicious treat
MULLER’S LAGOON Mullers Lagoon is 23.57 hectares of picturesque parkland and botanical gardens in the centre of town. The Lagoon is a hot spot for birdwatchers with 176 species of bird life inhabiting the area. A great location for the family, it features a playground, picnic area, public toilets and free barbecues. For those with a green thumb the lagoon is home to a vast array of native and exotic plant life, from Aloes, Adeniums and Agaves from Africa and America, to Cycas and Pachypodiums from Madagascar.
PICTURESQUE LOOKOUTS To see Bowen from above, journey up Flagstaff Hill and enjoy a cool smoothie or bite to eat at the panoramic and aptly named, Three Sixty café. It’s often referred to as one of the best ocean view locations in Queensland with Whitsunday Island vistas. You’ll need walking shoes for Horseshoe Bay Lookout, located on the Cape Edgecumbe walking circuit. This walk also takes you to the World War II Radar Station Lookout.
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With eight award-winning beaches to explore, Bowen offers beachgoers a veritable paradise to explore.
BEST PICK - HORSESHOE BAY
With soft-as-silk white sand and crystal-clear turquoise water, Horseshoe Bay is the jewel in the Bowen crown. Perfect for swimming, it also features a nearby coral reef, perfect for snorkeling straight off the beach. Horseshoe Bay is a perfect place to stay with a variety of accommodation options, the friendly Whitsunday Sands, the 4.5 star Coral Cove or the beachy cabins at Horseshoe Bay Resort. Stop for a bite at the Horseshoe Bay café and indulge in some rock scampering across the scenic bays.
QUEEN’S BEACH is Bowen’s longest with 5km of white sand to stroll. Free public barbecues line the beachfront among tropical landscaping for an idyllic location to experience a beachfront barbecue at sunset. ROSE BAY is an award-winning slice of paradise, with magnificent views across the Whitsunday Islands of Gloucester and Middle. FRONT BEACH has been transformed into a colourful recreation area perfect for families to relax and have fun. Its foreshore precinct includes a water park, children’s
playground, outdoor amphitheatre, grassy picnic areas and barbecues, a skate park and Catalina Interpretive Centre. Winding through the precinct are shared pedestrian and cycle trails, with plaques which showcase significant historical events which shaped modern-day Bowen.
Accommodation BIG 4 BOWEN
BIG4 Bowen Coral Coast Beachfront Holiday Park is situated on gorgeous Queensland waterfront in Bowen. All cabins and sites are nestled amongst manicured gardens and lush lawns. They have accommodation to suit any style, from a 2 bedroom family villa that sleep 6 or a beachfront villa that sleeps 5. Caravanners and campers are well looked after with powered slab or grassy sites. You’ll find great amenities, BBQ areas and a camp kitchen plus the opportunity to meet new people and share tips. 1800 602 469/ www.big4bowen.com.au
WHITSUNDAY SANDS RESORT Whitsunday Sands Resort offers self-contained units, motel style rooms and studios. The accommodation is set among acres of beautiful landscaped gardens at very reasonable rates. The resort is surrounded by five secluded beaches, ideal for lazing in the sun, snorkelling, swimming, fishing and boating. There is a swimming pool, wading pool and BBQ area. 07 4786 3333/whitsundaysandsresort.com
CORAL COVE RESORT Coral Cove Apartments are situated on the very edge of the sparkling Coral Sea, offering superb views over the magnificent turquoise waters of Horseshoe Bay. Enjoy stunning ocean views from private balconies with outdoor settings. Appreciate quality furnishings throughout these luxury 4.5 star apartments, all with full kitchen and laundry facilities. Enjoy the surround sound home theatre system in air conditioned comfort. Extensive Foxtel channels are available free of charge plus broadband internet. 07 4791 2000/www.coralcoveapartments.com.au
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(07) 4786 4022 | 5 Herbert Street, Bowen QLD 45
WHAT MAKES CORAL COVE APARTMENTS SO SPECIAL? The luxury, comfort and elegance of our apartment is a real stand-out! We discovered that each apartment has a different design, custom-made with unique features. Our most striking feature was the sumptuous white leather lounge set just off the varandah in the open plan lounge room in front of a huge flat screen T.V. The entire apartment was open plan, light, airy and tastefully decorated in with luxurious creams with quality finishes. The kitchen flowed into the lounge which then flowed onto the huge king-size bedroom suite which had sliding doors for privacy, a walk-in wardrobe and large bathroom. When we opened the sliding doors we could see the turquoise ocean from our bed! And, in the morning, we took our breakfast on the balcony gazing out at the stunning view and enjoying the warm sea breeze. In the evening, we took a stroll and enjoyed direct access to a private beach with just the two of us watching the sunset.
WHAT SORT OF FACILITIES ARE THERE? Coral Cove Apartments is a 4.5 star complex. It effortlessly exudes class and indulgence yet still manages to retain the natural charm of a beachside holiday in
North Queensland. Our friendly hosts greeted us with some fresh, locally picked mangoes and explained the easy to use and secure covered parking. They also offered us free access to their broadband system. We had access to all the modcons, from the surround sound flat screen T.V. with extensive Foxtel channels to the fully equipped kitchen that had enough crockery and implements to cook a five-course meal! It even had an ice machine! We had everything we needed in the apartment so it was hard to leave but when we did venture out we noticed the entire complex is beautiful. There is a swimming-pool, a hot tub and direct access to a secluded beach with great snorkeling. At night, we discovered there is an on-site restaurant, an Indian restaurant just down the road which delivers room service and a little cafĂŠ perfect for breakfast or lunch, just a few minutesâ€™ walk away.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND CORAL COVE APARTMENTS TO A FRIEND? Definitely! If you are looking for the ultimate romantic get-away or even a place to treat the whole family, there are 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments and even a penthouse. The kids can splash in the pool and you can watch them play safely while relaxing in your sun lounger. Heaven.
beach front villas & family cabins with private deck
For more information call - 1800 602 469
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Airlie Beach is the hub of the Whitsunday region, a renowned holiday destination and gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Previously a backpacker town, a recent 22 million dollar face-lift has boosted the little town and put it on the map as a holiday destination for any budget and any type tourist. There is a lively main-street, lined with restaurants and bars, a huge public lagoon swimming pool overlooking the Coral Sea and first-class marinas attracting a vibrant yachting community. Airlie Beach is also the best place to book your boat tour to the Whitsunday Islands and Whitehaven Beach.
Things To Do In Airlie Beach SWIM AT CEDAR CREEK FALLS
Swim within a rock amphitheatre at the base of Cedar Creek waterfall, a large pristine pool which is a local favourite for swimming. With the increased rainfall at this time of year you might be lucky enough to see the waterfall running which is a spectacular sight. Remember to take your insect repellant as mosquitoes can be found in concentrated numbers in the bush. You can find Cedar Creek Falls on Saltwater Creek Road, off Conway Beach Road.
SATURDAY MARKETS Every Saturday as the sun comes up Airlie Beach foreshore comes alive. Stall holders from around the region gather to put on a lively market show. Mango sorbet fresh from Bowen, farmers selling their delicious homegrown vegetables, stunning Australian opals, nautical giftware, homemade jewelry and fashion, this market has you browsing for hours. Buskers are playing music, there is sandcastle art and you can even get a massage at a bargain $20 for 20 minutes!
AIRLIE BEACH LAGOON The Airlie Beach Lagoon is situated right in the centre of Airlie Beach and has become the focal point of the area. When you want to meet someone you meet “at the Lagoon”. If you want a great day of relaxation with no admission fee, “spend a day at the Lagoon”. And the most rewarding thing of all is that the people of the Whitsundays have taken the Lagoon to their heart as much as tourists and visitors. The lagoon is surrounded by grassy knolls, perfect for a spot of sunbathing, or finding a quiet spot in the shade to read a book. The sandy beach area at one end provides a safe stinger free environment for the children to play in the shallows and the lagoon is surrounded by landscaped gardens for added aesthetic appeal. A children’s pool is situated at one end.
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TAKE A WALK ALONG THE BICENTENNIAL WALKWAY The Airlie Beach boardwalk stretches 3.7km along the coast. It is a purpose built walkway offering the best views out to sea. You can find the boardwalk by turning left along the coastline when you get to the lagoon. Follow the wooden boardwalk as it skirts the coastline taking you through Abell Point Marina and onto Cannonvale Beach. At the end of the track is Fat Frog Café, a vibrant café serving breakfast, lunch, great coffee and cake. The scenic round trip takes roughly 2 hours.
GO SAILING The Whitsundays is known around the world for its beautiful sailing experiences, Whitehaven Beach and the fringing reefs, perfect for snorkeling. You can choose from a plethora of day trips, overnight sailing adventures or even hire your own boat. Flick through this magazine and you will see more information about the various tours on offer.
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SOUTH MOLLE ADVENTURE 8:30am - 12:00pm (3½ hours) Take a trip to South Molle Island riding a Yamaha VX jet ski. You will explore the crystal waters of the Great Barrier Reef enroute to South Molle Island.
PORT OF AIRLIE ADVENTURE 1:30pm - 3:00pm (1½ hours) This tour is a great all round tour designed for all ages. You will depart the picturesque Port of Airlie Marina and embark on an action packed 1 hour jet ski adventure around Airlie Beach, Pioneer Bay and surrounds.
Jet Ski tours operate daily and you do not require any experience or a licence. Two tour options to choose from, including South Molle Island Adventure where you will get to spend some time on the beaches and National Parks of the island, or the Port of Airlie Tour where you will explore the beautiful Airlie Beach coastline. On both tours you will see an abundance of marine life, including turtles, dugongs and fish. Ocean Dynamics also offers a wide range of boat tours and private charters from Airlie Beach, Hamilton Island, One & Only Hayman Island and Daydream Island. Visit Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet, The Great Barrier Reef, and fantastic snorkel locations on your tour or charter. SPECIAL EVENTS, CORPORATE FUNCTIONS & BIRTHDAYS ARE AVAILABLE • CONTACT US FOR A TAILORED QUOTATION
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WHAT WAS THE BEST PART OF THE TOUR? What a great tour to do with kids over 8 years of age! The best part of the tour is the endless laughter as two people jump on board their own all terrain vehicle to drive through obstacles and challenge areas... the tour features both man made and natural exploration tracks and I have to warn you about the awesome MUDDDDD!!!!!!!! The Wings Adventure Park is one of the newest tourist attractions on the mainland in the Whitsundays and it’s such a unique land based attraction. Nestled in the Whitsunday Hinterland this 470 acre park has been custom designed to create a tourism experience that you’ll talk about for years!
WHERE DID YOU GO? The courtesy bus collects you from Base Backpackers in Airlie Beach, you then take a 40 minute drive into the hinterland with the tour guide driving the bus and playing an instructional video guiding you through what to expect while at the Wings 4WD Adventure Park, it even covers safety and operation of the buggies so by the time you arrive you’re feeling confident and ready to get started. The guide gives you a brief overview of the 10km of trails as you select your helmet and buggy to get ready for action!
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THIS TOUR TO A FRIEND? Absolutely. The owners have built this park with a passion for providing an awesome experience for their customers and the location pays homage to all things Aussie with the bushlands featuring kangaroos, wallabies and koalas hiding in the gum trees!
The buggies seat two passengers and the tour takes you through awesome Aussie bushland after cruising for a while you arrive at the man made challenge area - a series of obstacles designed to have you laughing hysterically as you master the course. You then head off through dry creek beds, gullies and up a mountain to a wicked lookout over the entire hinterland before heading down into the central mud pit. Who would have thought mud would be so much fun!!!
WHY CHOOSE THIS TOUR?
Book at any travel agent or tour desk or book at wings.com.au
This is just so different to all of the water based activities in the Whitsundays. It’s such a great bonding activity to do as a family or with mates. On the day I went their were even honeymooners having a day out!
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RIDE THE AQUABUS! See Airlie Beach by Land and Sea.
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AquaBus WHAT MAKES THIS TOUR UNIQUE? You can watch as the bus becomes a boat, be a passenger when it drives straight off the road and into the water! It doesnâ€™t get much cooler than that! Aqua Bus is one of only 100 amphibious boats of its kind in the whole world and passengers get to experience a tour that travels by both land and by sea.
WHY CHOOSE THIS TOUR? There is no other tour like it in Airlie Beach. Tours depart regularly and last approximately an hour. Aqua Bus is perfect for families looking for a fun, affordable activity that all ages will enjoy. Choose this tour if you want to experience an exciting activity without committing to a full-day of your holiday. You can experience this tour and still have time for a swim in the lagoon and a leisurely lunch.
WHERE DOES THE TOUR GO? We left from the Whitsunday Sailing Club and were taken overland to the Port of Airlie boat ramp where we entered the water. We were all excited about entering the water and everyone was wondering how the bus would become a boat. We gave a cheer when she dived straight in and began floating easily. It
wasnâ€™t long before we accelerated away through the water like it was the most natural thing in the world! Finally in the water we headed out to sea and across the bay, close enough to see the streets of Airlie Beach and look at the small live-aboard yachts moored close-by. From here we sailed to Cannonvale Beach, getting close enough to touch Whitsunday Magic which is a sunken tall ship nestling on the shallow sand bed. We left the water again at Abell Point Marina where we drove easily up the boat ramp and back onto our land legs. The final part of the tour was a fun drive through Airlie Beach main street where we played music and waved to everyone before returning back to the Sailing Club.
WHO WOULD LIKE THIS TOUR? The AquaBus is perfect for all ages and especially families with young children who are looking for a gentler ride than some of the bigger boat trips which can be unsuitable for little ones. It is extremely safe, travels at a steady pace and is comfortable to rideon. The crew are friendly, funny and full of entertaining stories about the area. The crew are also great with kids, they bring out water pistols and bubble makers to squirt and blow at each other. They make sure everyone has fun, even the adults!
74 magical Whitsunday Islands WHAT ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS? Regardless of how you choose to experience the Whitsunday Islands there’s one single must do experience which is Whitehaven Beach / Hill Inlet. NOW... to clarify any confusion when booking your tour, most companies will take you to either Hill Inlet lookout (via anchorage in Tongue Bay) or Whitehaven Beach - two very different experiences that showcase one of the top 10 beaches in the world! Hill Inlet is at the northern end of Whitehaven Beach where you do an easy bush walk to the lookout before venturing down to Betty’s Beach at the base of the inlet. Whitehaven Beach itself is 7km of majestic silica sand that feels like it continues forever. My personal pick for visiting tourists would always be do Hill Inlet lookout simply for the amazing birds eye view of the swirling silica sands that disappear into Whitsunday Island, BUT it’s all amazing and you must do one of these two options!
WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO EXPERIENCE ADVENTURE? If you’re looking for a pure man versus wild experience, try island camping, with camp sites and bush walking tracks scattered across the islands on the Ngaro Sea Trail. Visit the national parks website www.nprsr.qld.gov.au for maps and frequently asked questions. Go Bareboating! Literally, with no license required, gather a group of friends and set your own course through the islands for 5+ night stays. If you can’t hustle your friends to join you, book yourself onto a live-aboard sailing adventure. There’s over 50 boats operating in Airlie Beach for you to book a 3 day 2 night trip of a lifetime. There are plenty of other adventurous tour options to enjoy this aquatic playground - like a sea kayaking/ camping combo, snorkelling/diving the fringing island reefs, jet skis, ocean racing yachts, fast inflatable boats... Let alone seeing the islands from the air onboard a tiger moth, helicopter, seaplane or taking the leap as a sky diver!
WHAT TYPES OF ACCOMMODATION IS ON OFFER? Airlie Beach, with its two bustling marinas, is the mainland base for accessing the islands. There’s, literally, island resorts for any budget - ranging from 6-3 star, 7 of the 74 islands are inhabited... Hayman, Hook, Hamilton, Daydream, South Molle, Long and Lindeman (currently closed for renovations). Oh and let’s not forget Dent. While you can’t sleep over it’s an island dedicated to golf!
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Catch the breeze on a day sail, Hoist a sail, Swim with turtles, Snorkelling gear provided TUES-FRI-SATURDAY Blue Pearl | Langford Reef 7.30-4pm
See the best of the Whitsundays (north and south) on a classic schooner over two days. Relax on deck and see the wind fill the sails
SUN-MON-WED-THURS Whitehaven and Dumbbell Island 7.30-5.30 pm
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5-7 pm. Sunset Sail across Pioneer Bay Slip into the sunset in style with complimentary glass of bubbles and nibbles on a classic gaff-rigged schooner. Return in the moonlight.
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Palm Bay Resort WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF THE PALM BAY EXPERIENCE? Slipping into sublime serenity at Palm Bay’s picture perfect Whitsunday resort. Lazy poolside mornings, an afternoon snorkelling and kayaking in the sparkling bay followed by sunset cocktails. I loved that once you switched off from technology, you allowed yourself to truly relax and recharge.
WHERE IS IT LOCATED?
Palm Bay Resort is nestled in a private cove on Long Island in the Whitsundays. Its Balinese inspired villas enjoy beachfront positioning with larger suites and houses elevated for spectacular views across Whitsunday Passage. Arrive via charter or helicopter from Hamilton Island, or depart the mainland from Airlie Beach or Shute Harbour via a number of water taxi and charter options as well as sea plane or helicopter. Moorings are available if you wish to visit Palm Bay via your own vessel.
WHY CHOOSE THIS EXPERIENCE?
As the only self-catering resort in the Whitsundays, Palm Bay is a resort with a twist. Bring your own food or arrange to have provisions delivered by one of the catering companies who service the Whitsunday islands. The resort is embellished by beautiful tropical gardens which attract a colourful plethora of birds and butterflies. Beyond the resort gardens is an entire island beckoning to be explored. Numerous walking tracks lead to panoramic ridges and quiet beaches, the perfect destination for a secluded picnic. There’s plenty to keep you entertained. Swim and snorkel in the sheltered bay and see a range of marine life, from turtles and fish to stingrays and colourful corals; or use one of the resorts kayaks to paddle the island shoreline. Swim in the lovely resort pool or laze on a lounger with a refreshment from the poolside bar. Play tennis or grab a book from the library and read in one of the beach pavilions enjoying
the warm seaside breeze. With a complete spa menu to choose from, indulge in a pampering facial or relaxing massage at Palm Blue Day Spa. It’s perfect for those who seek the unique seclusion of an exclusive resort with the flexibility to self-cater. Palm Bay Resort’s 23 unique accommodation villas and suites are ideal for groups of up to 45 people offering sole occupancy of the resort for events, weddings and corporate functions.
WHAT DOES THE EXPERIENCE INCLUDE?
Guests of Palm Bay Resort can access all resort facilities, including its newly renovated fully equipped guest kitchen and poolside bar. Other facilities include the poolside dining area, beach pavilion and lounge space, media room and tennis courts. Accommodation options range from romantic beachfront villas and bures, to one and two bedroom beachside bungalows. Tucked away into the treetops are the beautiful Hibiscus Suites. Elevated and set slightly back from the ocean these beautiful rooms offer privacy and incredible ocean views. For the ultimate in spacious luxury, or to cater to groups and families, the two bedroom Platinum House is fully self-contained and is elevated for glorious sea views. For the more adventurous, the resort team can assist with booking Whitsunday activities and tours such as island-hopping, Whitehaven Beach and flights over Heart Reef.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THIS EXPERIENCE TO A FRIEND?
It’s an unforgettable luxurious getaway, giving guests the option to be as active or as relaxed as they desire. Private and intimate, each room is secluded among tropical gardens and native bush, creating a tranquil environment. I left Palm Bay Resort with a huge smile on my face. I would recommend the experience to anyone seeking a fun and relaxing tropical getaway. Perfect for friends, couples and families.
Whitsunday Regional Council completes $3 million upgrade to Whisper Bay Breakwater and Boat Ramp Practical completion of the $3 million Whisper Bay Breakwater and Boat Ramp Project has been achieved, with the facility opened for public use on Monday, 11 January 2016.
and Council’s staff managing the delivery of the works,” she said.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said the civil works for the breakwater and causeway were completed before Christmas, with the site clean-up finalised in early January.
Additional works to complete minor upgrades to parking and rigging areas at the facility will continue into early February, however, the ramp and pontoon facility will remain available to the public.
“After the Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports inspected the facility in August last year to announce additional funding for this project, we undertook a tendering process and commenced construction works in September 2015,” Mayor Whitney said.
“Our staff and contractors have been working exceptionally hard over the past five months to deliver the project as swiftly as possible to ensure that our community and local rescue services enjoy access to a safe boat ramp facility,” Mayor Whitney said.
“The Queensland Government funded the $3 million project, with local contractors engaged on two of the three contracts
The project has been completed within budget and an official opening is expected to be held later this month.
Your mate with a boat! In The Whitsundays WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF THE BOAB BOATS EXPERIENCE?
Become your own master and commander, exploring uninhabited Whitsunday islands on your own schedule. The best part about hiring a boat from Boab is the flexibility. Easily hop from island to island to find a secluded beach, navigate your way to the best snorkelling sites and visit tourist hot-spots like Whitehaven Beach after the large tour groups have departed.
WHERE IS IT LOCATED?
Deb and Bob Dalton are the Boab franchise owners in Airlie Beach. They will deliver your boat to your preferred boat ramp or place of departure in Airlie Beach as part of the service. How good is that!
WHY CHOOSE TO SELF-DRIVE?
It’s all about making the most of your time in the Whitsundays. Discover the magic of Whitehaven Beach at your own pace, spend as long as you like fishing or discover the most romantic secluded beach for a private picnic. Go where you like, when you like, for as long as you like; you’re in control!
WHAT DOES THE EXPERIENCE INCLUDE?
Boab Airlie Beach have three vessels to choose from. The Centre Cab is ideal for fishermen looking to chase game fish and is also an ideal island hopper. The Sportsrider is a great boat for families and couples looking to island-hop and snorkel. The Kakadu Tinny is perfect for chasing Barramundi in an inland dam and in calm conditions can travel to inner islands including Long, Daydream, South Molle and North Molle Islands. To make the most of your time on the water, Boab have a range of helpful gear for hire; including sun shelters, wake and knee boards, water skis, tubes, snorkelling gear, stinger suits, fishing rods, esky’s filled with ice and more. The boats are also dog-friendly, so you can take the family pooch with you on your adventure. For those without a boat license a skipper can be arranged, just let Deb and Bob know in advance.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THIS EXPERIENCE TO A FRIEND?
Absolutely! Snorkel at Blue Pearl Cove, climb Hill Inlet, explore Whitehaven Beach away from the crowd, picnic on an uninhabited island and watch the sun set into the ocean. The possibilities are endless.
Boat Hire Take your mates out on the water from just Call Deb and Bob on 0419 143 049 / 0419 144 807 Or for Townsville call Rob on 0499 155 409 Recreational and Commercial Hire Valid boat License required (national or international)
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to Bar LV WHERE IS BAR LV? The now infamous Little Vegas Burger Bar has given birth to a funky new offspring called Bar LV. Located directly above Little Vegas on Airlie Beach main street the new addition to the family is enticing me with some soulful beats floating out of the window. As I look up from the street I can see people laughing, eating and drinking, I feel mesmerised! I cannot wait to get up there!
WHAT YOU’LL FIND THERE The stairway to the bar is dimly lit with old style Edison globes and industrial piping. As we reach the top of the stairs you can see the walls are covered with artistic graffiti giving a city grunge feel to the space. We are seated at a window table, over-looking the street below. The bi fold windows open out onto Airlie Beach main street and we sit listening to the funky tunes, watching the sun go down behind the mountains. They have an eclectic drinks list including craft and local beers plus exclusive wines that cannot be found anywhere else in Airlie Beach. I’m here for a cocktail though and am excited to see their very own infused vodkas such as bubblegum, Werthers Original and Maltesers, just to name a few. The Redskin has become a fast favourite at Bar LV. I opted for the Fizzer Wizzer which was tangy and delicious and had a sherbert rim, I felt like a big kid in an alcoholic sweet shop! Bar LV is mainly about the music, the ambience and the boutique drink menu but they do have a small bar food menu, available from 6pm till late. A must try are their crispy fried pork belly sliders with chilli caramel and aioli, deep fried triple cream Brie with cranberry jam and the sweet potato fries with a house made herb aioli.
THE COST Every cocktail is a standard $16 and they offer $10 cocktails on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6pm – 9pm. Craft beers range from $5 - $9 and bottles of wine start at $28 going all the way up to $150 for the high-end connoisseurs.
WHY WE LOVE IT We love that Little Vegas has created yet another venue where locals and tourists can experience a funky city atmosphere in the middle of small holiday town. It turns convention on its head, walking into Bar LV, you are transformed into a whole new environment. It has given a new edge to the bar scene in Airlie Beach and I can see the locals are already embracing it with open arms.
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PEPPERS AIRLIE BEACH WHAT IS THE BEST PART ABOUT STAYING AT PEPPERS AIRLIE BEACH? Sitting on your private balcony, glass of wine in hand, gazing out toward the Coral Sea and watching the vivid turquoise water change its hue to pink and orange during sunset. A warm spa is waiting inside, the perfect way to end a perfect day.
WHERE IS IT LOCATED? Peppers Airlie Beach is elevated on Mt Whitsunday Drive, providing a spectacular panorama of the Port of Airlie Marina and the Whitsunday Islands. Surrounded by native flora and fauna, this iconic resort was designed to seamlessly integrate with the relaxed tropical splendour of Airlie Beach.
WHY CHOOSE THIS ACCOMMODATION? Peppers Airlie Beach offers the complete package to ensure visitors experience the best of the Whitsundays. Elegantly appointed spacious apartments embrace the tropical North Queensland lifestyle with large French doors opening to a wide balcony. Views of the Whitsunday Passage can be seen from almost every room. Plush king sized beds and deluxe spa baths make relaxation effortless. Complimentary Wi-Fi makes it easy to stay connected and share photos of your envious view. Set yourself up for a great day by enjoying a scrumptious breakfast at the on-site restaurant, Tides Restaurant and Bar. Soak up the atmosphere and view the endless Whitsunday horizon from the wet edge swimming pool, then enjoy luxurious pampering at Endota Spa. A complimentary town shuttle stopping at the Airlie Beach Hotel reception and Base Backpackers runs every two hours on the odd hour, making it easy for guests to experience the vibrance of Airlie’s village centre. After
a day exploring the Whitsunday islands, relax at Tides Restaurant and Bar with views overlooking the Whitsunday Passage and a new menu showcasing the region’s finest fresh produce. Peppers Airlie Beach also caters for conferences and weddings. A range of packages are available to suit every group, small or large, guaranteed to impress.
ROOMS AND INCLUSIONS Peppers Airlie Beach provide modern one, two and three bedroom spa apartments. All rooms come with bathrobes, complimentary toiletries and Wi-Fi. One Bedroom Spa Apartments come with your choice of king bed or two singles as well as balcony and spa. The lounge and dining areas are separate and the fully equipped kitchen has premium appliances. Two Bedroom Spa Apartments have contemporary furnishings and décor, a fully equipped kitchen and separate ensuite for each bedroom as well as spa bath and spacious balcony. Spacious Three Bedroom Spa Apartments feature interiors that capture the casual mood of the tropics. There’s a deluxe spa bath and spacious balcony in the main bedroom and all three bedrooms have their own private ensuite. Local’s specials are available.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS PLACE TO A FRIEND? I was so impressed with Peppers Airlie Beach that I shared the experience with my best friend’s family. Two couples and one small child easily fitted in a two bedroom spa apartment. It was a blissful weekend full of happy memories; spa treatments for the ladies, beer on the balcony for the gents, lazing poolside with a cocktail in hand and delicious meals in the restaurant.
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at WATERS EDGE RESORT WHERE IS WATERS EDGE RESORT? We were lucky enough to spend our honeymoon at Waters Edge and it was the most beautiful place to stay. The apartments are quietly nestled into the hillside amongst lush tropical gardens, just 100 metres away from the vibrant cosmopolitan village of Airlie Beach.
WHAT MAKES WATERS EDGE SO SPECIAL? The apartments are in an elevated location which gave us uninterrupted sea views from our private balcony where we ate breakfast each morning. From the balcony we could see an aerial view over Airlie Beach. We enjoyed being so close to the heart of Airlie yet still far enough away from the bustle of town. Our apartment felt like a sanctuary but we could also take a short walk to the main street which is buzzing with lively cafes, restaurants, shops and bars.
WHAT SORT OF FACILITIES ARE THERE? There is a heated outdoor jacuzzi and three on-site swimming-pools with cascading wet-edge waterfalls and spectacular views of the Coral Sea, a picturesque oasis for a late afternoon swim. Other facilities onsite include undercover parking, a gymnasium, bbq areas and free wifi. Inside, our apartment was thoughtfully decorated in a soft tropical style with Balinese dĂŠcor and open-plan living. The open layout meant the apartment was practical and light with a gentle flow between each area. We were pleased to see modern furnishings throughout, a flat-screen television, a large bath tub and fully-equipped kitchen.
When we opened the fridge we were thrilled to discover a chilled bottle of champagne congratulating us on our wedding. It is the little things like this that made our stay so special.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND WATERS EDGE TO A FRIEND? Yes. It was the perfect place for us to relax and unwind after the chaos of our wedding. There was easy access to everything we needed, like shops and restaurants, yet enough privacy and seclusion to enjoy the romance of our honeymoon.
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NOMADS AND BASE BACKPACKERS WHAT ARE THE BEST PARTS OF NOMADS AND BASE, AIRLIE BEACH? Nomads and Base Backpackers are right in the heart of the action in Airlie Beach. Awesome bars, restaurants and night clubs are all mere metres away so there’s no expensive taxi ride back to base after a late night.
WHERE IS IT LOCATED? Base and Nomads are side-by-side in the heart of Airlie Beach, on Shute Harbour Road. The main swimming lagoon is across the road, less than 50m away, and the famous beach itself is a five minute walk.
WHY CHOOSE THIS ACCOMMODATION? Whether you choose to stay at Nomads or Base in Airlie Beach, you have the best of both worlds! Both backpackers now share the same owner and while they operate as two separate hostels, guests are free to use the facilities at either establishment. This provides double the entertainment, two pools to cool off in and if the laundry or kitchen is busy at one place, you can always try the one next door. Base is set on six acres of lush tropical landscaped grounds, and Nomads is set on seven. With swimming pools, poolside bar, volleyball courts, hammocks, chill out lounges and nightly entertainment, Base and Nomads provide the luxuries of a tropical resort at backpacker prices! Ensuring guests have the best holiday in the Whitsundays is
what Base and Nomads are all about. The friendly crew will bend over backward to help arrange tours to Whitehaven Beach and other islands. Because a lot of the team are long-term employees and locals, they know the best experiences to be had in the Whitsundays and how to get them at the best prices.
COST AND INCLUSIONS Base and Nomads have beds for all budgets. Enjoy the social side of backpacking and meet other travellers in stylish multi share rooms, all with ensuite and air conditioning. Prices range from $25 - $40. Alternatively, treat yourself to a private room with your own corner bath, fridge, air conditioning, kitchenette and complimentary tea and coffee in the room. Prices range from $90 per room. Camping sites and caravan parks are also available.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS PLACE TO A FRIEND? Base and Nomads are awesome! In my humble opinion, they provide some of the nicest backpacker beds in the world. Clean, comfortable and spacious; I wouldn’t hesitate to stay here again. It’s the perfect base to explore the Whitsundays from. The daily activities are a blast, especially hangover movie day with free popcorn at Base.
FOR BOOKINGS CALL 07 4962 5100 or visit www.peppersairliebeach.com.au
THINGS TO DO MACKAY ZIPLINE THROUGH RAINFOREST CANOPY IN FINCH HATTON GORGE
WALK AROUND THE MAJESTIC BOTANICAL GARDENS
Discover the waterfalls of the Finch Hatton Gorge on a morning bush walk, then see the rainforest from a different angle. Fly through rainforest canopy from 25 metres above ground for a close encounter with the tree tops on a zipline.
Take a walk through the stunning tropical gardens right next to the Pioneer River in Mackay. Soak up the sounds of indigenous bird-life and learn more about native Australian flora and fauna. There are 3km of walking and cycling trails with a café and gallery on-site overlooking the beautiful lagoons where you can have a cup of coffee and admire the view.
SEE A PLATYPUS IN EUNGELLA NATIONAL PARK One of the most ecologically diverse stretches of tropical rainforest in the world, Eungella National Park is also home to the famous platypus. Enjoy a meal with a breathtaking view across the rainforest in Eungella, then walk to the Broken River viewing platform for a chance to see a platypus.
VISIT EIMEO BEACH A short 15 minute drive north of Mackay is the picturesque destination of Eimeo Beach. The silky soft sand is a favourite destination for locals and tourists alike. Enjoy the scenic drive which takes you to the Northern Beaches of Mackay through the shaded canopy of mangoes trees forming a beautiful streetscape above. Take a picnic to enjoy at Eimeo Esplanade or dine-in at the Eimeo Pacific Hotel which overlooks the stunning Coral Sea and Whitsumday Islands. The esplanade has a children’s play area, picnic tables and large trees for shade, fresh water showers and bbq facilities. Everything you need for a fun day at the beach!
GO FOUR-WHEEL DRIVING Get off the beaten track with a four wheel drive adventure. Mackay is quickly becoming known as a four-wheel-drive heaven. Tracks include the Diggins at Crediton State Forest located in Eungallla National Park, an old gold mining district with history and miles of winding tracks. If you prefer a sea view, drive north towards the Cathu State forest up to the Clarke range look-out for sweeping views of the majestic Whitsunday Islands. v
AQUA FUN PARK Bring your kids or bring out the big kid in you and get ready for some Aqua Park fun! Mackay’s giant inflatable fun park is for everyone. Jump, slide and ride around the huge brightly coloured obstacles, splashing into the cool waters of the fresh water lake. This is an affordable activity for all ages, a great way to share a family day out and good fitness too! Tickets are as little as $5 for 30 minutes on the sky slide and other sessions start from $15 for a 50 minute fun pass. Located at Andergrove Lakes, Mackay, sessions start on the hour every hour between 10am and 3pm and they are open 7 days a week.
KESWICK ISLAND DAY TRIPS Keswick Island is an accessible island escape with the feeling of total seclusion. Located just 32km northeast of Mackay, Queensland, it can be easily reached by plane or boat. Keswick Island is a unique natural oasis with over 20 dive sites teaming with marine life and vibrant coral reef. Explore the island by sea, air or land. Enjoy a nature walk and marvel at the indigenous animal life, sit back and relax on a pristine beach, explore the colourful fringing reefs, glide through the water on a boat or kayak, or take a scenic flight for an aerial view of Great Barrier Reef. The little known paradise is well-worth a visit!
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SARINA SUGAR SHED WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF THE TOUR? From sipping freshly extracted sugar cane juice to munching on candy floss, the Sarina Sugar Shed tour is an educational and interactive way to understand the journey of sugar, from paddock to plate. It’s a tour which the whole family can enjoy, encompassing history and engineering with fascinating facts and sweet treats. The adults may discover a new favourite tipple at the conclusion of the tour with a tasting of the Sugar Shed’s specialty rum and liqueurs.
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WHAT DOES THE TOUR INCLUDE?
Located 30km south of Mackay, Sarina is renowned for its fields of sugar cane and beautiful sandy beaches. Located in the Field of Dreams parkland which includes other attractions, such as the Sarina Historical Centre, Arts and Craft Centre and Art Gallery. Open seven days a week with four guided tours daily; 9.30am, 11.00am, 12.30 pm and 2.00pm. Closed public holidays. Book a tour online HYPERLINK “http://www.sarinasugarshed.com.au” www.sarinasugarshed.com.au.
The Sugar Shed offers visitors a range of products and experiences that allow them to learn about our region’s produce and see, hear, touch, smell and of course taste our wonderful range of food and distillery products. Learn about the history of sugar cane farming in Queensland with an introductory film clip before being guided past vintage cane farming machinery. View the miniature sugar mill in operation and try some cane juice, molasses treacle and golden syrup or chew on a piece of cane. At the end of the tour, enjoy free fairy floss and the Sugar Shed’s own range of sauces, chutneys and spirits. Conclude the fun with coffee and cake in the café before browsing the gift store to take home a sweet inspired souvenir.
WHY CHOOSE THIS TOUR? From humble beginnings to a Queensland leader in tourism, the Sarina Sugar Shed is now an iconic tourism experience in the Mackay region. Sarina Sugar Shed is an ingenious miniature sugar mill with a big story to tell. In fact, it’s home to Australia’s only miniature sugar mill and distillery. 2015 in particular was a year of celebration with it winning a Bronze Medallion at the Australian Distilling Awards for its Rum and Rum Liqueur as well as gold at the Queensland Tourism Awards, for Excellence
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THIS TOUR TO A FRIEND? Certainly. Sarina Sugar Shed recently purchased the old Polstone Sugar cane farm wagons following the closure of its farm tours and are planning on adding more value with an on-farm tour.
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Brian also tells me Hidden Valley, a 1.5km rainforest circuit which opens on to the waters of the Great Barrier Reef, has great historical significance to the Yuibera tribe, the first inhabitants of the area, pre-dating European settlement.
Welcome to Cape Hillsborough National Park – nature’s melting pot, just 50km North-West of Mackay, where rainforest meets the ocean, and visitors often share the beach with mobs of resident wallabies and kangaroos.
He shows me ancient remains of a stonefish trap and, later, on a walk through the Diversity Boardwalk (a 1.2km track that meanders through Melaleuca woodland, mangroves and open eucalypt forest) he points out the largest “midden” he’s ever seen. A few days earlier, on a walk through the Hidden Valley (Yuibera trail, to use its Aboriginal name), swarms of Blue Tiger butterflies perform aerial displays, close enough to touch.
For Park Ranger 005, Brian Kunst, this is Paradise and his work place rolled into one. The best job in the world, he says. I’m following his advice to walk the “big four” – a clutch of national park tracks based around Cape Hillsborough. First on my list is Andrew’s Point track. At high tide, this involves a 5.2km return hike or, at low tide, a mere 1.5km stroll, with one leg of the track being the beach. The scenery is mesmerising – a passage through cool remnant rainforest that opens to eucalypt forest along the top of the ridge – matched only by bursts of birdsong, against the throbbing percussion of crickets and cicadas.
Not everyone is lucky enough to have Park Ranger 005 as their personal guide – although many visitors who return to Cape Hillsborough year after year know Brian by name. He’s possibly the happiest chap I’ve had the good fortune to meet… Visit mackayregion.com to discover more about The Mackay Region’s unspoilt nature experiences.
Tranquility Calls. Top 5 Nature Walks in The Mackay Region 1. Look down at the valley below from Sky Window Lookout in Eungella National Park 2. You don’t need to travel far! Check out the Kommo Toera Trail in Mackay 3. Hike the summit of Wolfang Peak in the Isaac Region 4. Head to Connie Bay lookout on Keswick Island 5. For the real adventurers - try the Mackay Highlands Great Walk Keswick Island
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