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Seachange Coolum Beach

Tucked away within the idyllic seaside village of Coolum, Seachange Resort offers luxurious self catering accommodation in the heart of the Sunshine Coast. We have a selection of two bedroom apartments with private rooftop spas and relaxation areas with ocean views for the ultimate Sunshine Coast escape. Maximum guest capacity is 4. Our Coolum Accommodation Apartments offer stylish airconditioned and fully self contained 1 and 2 Bedroom and Family Room apartments, each with spacious balconies for making the most of the fresh ocean breezes and year-round sunshine. With three sparkling swimming pools, rooftop spas and a superb peaceful location, our Coolum holiday accommodation has everything you need for a relaxing break. The sun-kissed sands of Coolum Beach are just a few paces away and we’re only a short stroll from the centre of Coolum and a large selection of shops, cafes and restaurants. We look forward to welcoming you to Seachange Coolum Beach Apartments very soon for your tropical getaway on the Sunshine Coast.

Fact File NAME: Seachange Coolum Beach ADDRES S: 1864 David Low Way, Coolum Beach, Qld 4573 ADDRESS: PHONE: (07) 5471 7799 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Kim Gourlay WEB: E-MAIL:

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The Duporth Riverside

THE DUPORTH RIVERSIDE RESORT MAROOCHYDORE. SUNSHINE C OA S T CO Discover the diversity of Maroochydore on Queensland's Sunshine Coast from the sun-drenched white sandy surf beaches, the still-waters of the beautiful Maroochy River to the picturesque hinterland with spectacular views, pleasant forest walks and endless ocean and land activities. All this is yours to enjoy the moment you check into this magical location where seabirds, stingrays, kite surfers, boating and canoeing enthusiasts are all part of this beach side community, with an amazing vista of the water from every luxury apartment. NO W THA T'S A HOLID AY OW THAT'S HOLIDA You’ll love the serenity of our Maroochy riverside location in the heart of the beautiful Sunshine Coast. All this - with central business district convenience and only a gentle stroll to Maroochydore’s surf beach through the newly renovated Cotton Tree parkland area, complete with bike & walking paths, BBQ facilities, amenities and children’s play areas. Cafes, Restaurants, Clubs, Cinemas and the Sunshine Coast’s major shopping complex – Sunshine Plaza (with over 360 specialty shops), all within easy walking distance.

Fact File NAME: The Duporth Riverside ADDRESS: 6 Wharf St, Maroochydore, Qld 4558 PHONE: (07) 5450 3777 FAX: (07) 5451 1484 ACT CONT ONTA CT:: Leah Langley WEB: E-MAIL:

It’s Sunshine Coast holiday time, so relax and take a swim in the riverfront heated pool, lounge in the spa, sweat it out in the gym or just take in the unobstructed Maroochy River and Ocean views from your apartments generous balcony. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous why not try your hand at water sports, sailing, learn to surf, fish from our private pontoon or play a round of golf all within minutes of Maroochydore’s luxury holiday apartments at The Duporth Riverside. And if, after a day’s relaxing holiday enjoying the outdoors, you prefer to stay close to home why not enjoy a gourmet meal in the fine dining restaurant “Ebb”, located on site with a wine cellar to tempt you. The Duporth Tavern is also conveniently located with bar, bistro, take away facilities, poker machines and TAB.

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Bluewater Point Resort

Bluewater Point Resort in Minyama, sits grandly at the head of a beautiful restful inlet of the Mooloolah River at Jessica Haven. With amazing water views from every apartment the resort overlooks our private marinas and the multi million dollar homes and yachts of Mooloolaba, Kawana & Minyama (one of Queensland's most exclusive suburbs). 4.5 Star Rated! The secret is out in that we are THE CHOICE of astute travellers for Mooloolaba, Maroochydore or Kawana accommodation. A tranquil, peaceful oasis perfectly positioned between Port Cartwright and Mooloolaba but yet in a central location with very close proximity to beaches, attractions, events, shops and restaurants. Idyllic Minyama waterfront accommodation for small families, young & senior couples and corporate guests with affordable rates. FEA TURES INCL UDE: ATURES INCLU Guaranteed water views from EVERY Apartment 4.5 Star rated resort accommodation with very competitive rates 2 & 3 Bedroom Apartments (1 Bedroom an option) and 3 Bedroom Penthouses Facilities include: - a stunning swimming pool complimented by a wading pool - spa, sauna, BBQ entertainment areas, & gymnasium - lush tropical gardens throughout the complex - onsite reception office to assist in a stress-free holiday - secure underground parking Direct access to the ocean with overnight rental berths available, our marina can hold 40 - 50 foot boats

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NAME: Bluewater Point Resort ADDRES S: 13 Nicklin Way, Minyama, Qld 4575 ADDRESS: PHONE: (07) 5477 9900 FAX: (07) 5477 9999 CONT ACT CT:: Anthea McNamara ONTA WEB: E-MAIL: We also lease short and long term 10 - 12 metre marina berths Fantastic spot to launch a kayak and explore the many waterways Come and catch a fish off our boardwalk or on the beach at low tide. If game fishing is your passion book a day charter next door Close by Jessica Park, restaurants, shops, bars and entertainment. Stockland Park (Sunshine Coast Stadium) 5 mins down the road - the venue for major events on the sunshine coast Kawana precinct 5 mins away - great for corporate guests Enjoy a meal next door at Kawana Waters Hotel Centrally located to all of the Sunshine Coast activities. We are ideally located only 20 minutes from the Sunshine Coast (Maroochydore) Airport

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Alexandria Apartments

Ale Alexx a n d rraa Headland A Acc c o m m o d aatt i o n Alexandria Apartments on the Sunshine Coast are fully self contained apartments with wonderful north facing views. They are perfectly located across from Alexandra Headland beach between Mooloolaba and Maroochydore. Whether you are a family looking for a good-value holiday, or just a couple wanting a quiet weekend away from it all, Alexandria Apartments has it all. CHECK A VAILABILITY & BOOK NO W AV NOW OR QUICK ENQUIR Y A T OUR WEBSITE ENQUIRY AT Ale esort F acilities Alexx andr andraa Headland R Resort Facilities Fully self contained spacious 1, 2 & 3 Bedroom Apartments Free In Room WiFi, Heated swimming pool, mini golf, games room & sauna Great location across from Alex Headland Beach Spectacular views from large north facing balconies 3 minutes walk to local shops, cafes, restaurants & Alex Surf Club Leisurely 10 min stroll to Mooloolaba shops and cafes Perfectly situated facing north, all apartments have private balconies from which you can see everything – the pool, mini golf course, and the magnificent ocean views. At Alex Beach, you’re at one of the best surfing beaches on the Sunshine Coast. With clubs, restaurants and shops just a few minutes walk away, everything is within easy reach. Don’t want fuss and noise? Then simply relax at the beach or beside our heated swimming pool. Enjoy the comfort of very roomy 1, 2 or 3 bedroom self contained apartments all with balconies and spectacular north facing beach and ocean views. All our apartments have free WiFi and Foxtel sports and movie channels, fully equipped kitchens and laundries.

Fact File NAME: Alexandria Apartments ADDRESS: 236 Alexandra Pde (cnr Mayfield St), Alexandra Headland, Sunshine Coast, Qld 4572 PHONE: (07) 5444 2700 CONT ACT CT:: Mike Brooke ONTA WEB: E-MAIL:

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The Altrium Resort

GOLD C OAS T A CC OMMOD ATION CO AC OMMODA THE A TRIUM RESORT ATRIUM The Atrium Resort is the ideal location whether it's building sandcastles at the beach, surfing at Surfers Paradise beach, strolling along the beachfront esplanades, shopping at the nearby discount shopping and fine dining precincts or living it up at Jupiters Casino, you will be able to do it all from this Gold Coast holiday accommodation. The Atrium Resort holiday apartments located on the beautiful Broadwater at the Gold Coast, offer self contained apartment accommodation for romantic getaways, as well as short accommodation breaks, and family style holiday accommodation. Please note that if you want a Waterfacing Unit you need to specifically book it as not all of our units face the Broadwater. If you are looking to maximise your savings to spend on Theme Parks etc, and are spending most of your time out of the building, then our cheaper rooms are great for you. Located just 7 kilometres from Surfers paradise and 2 kilometres away from Harbour Town Shopping Centre and Reading Cinemas which makes our accommodation apartments in the central location for the perfect holiday escape to Gold Coast's famous beaches and the world renowned theme

Fact File NAME: Altrium Resort ADDRES S: 510 Marine Pde, Biggera Waters, Qld 4216 ADDRESS: PHONE: (07) 5537 9466 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Richard WEB: E-MAIL: parks such as Warner Brothers Movie World, Sea World, Wet and Wild World and Dreamworld. Our friendly receptionist is able to book all of your theme park tickets and help you plan a stress free holiday for both you and your family. SELF C ATERING GOLD C OA ST AP ARTMENT S CA CO APARTMENT ARTMENTS The Atrium Resort's Self Contained Gold Coast Apartments offer a choice of 1 or 2 bedrooms with your own private balcony. These Gold Coast Apartments are fully equipped for self catering accommodation. Just bring yourself, your loved ones or family and enjoy the best Gold Coast holiday ever. The apartments are fully furnished and being close to shopping centres, you don't really have to bring much. Just be ready to relax and have tons of fun. Our friendly staff will take good care of your needs.

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The Rise Noosa

With a world-class design by an award-winning architectural studio, The Rise Noosa Accommodation takes the contemporary Noosa ‘beach-shack’ apartment style to a new level of luxury. For the exterior, the architects have utilised a variety of materials, from corrugated iron, to stone and oiled-timber, to create a distinctive façade that is as vernacular as it is sympathetic to its leafy bushland surroundings. This aesthetic is only enhanced by the extensive use of native landscaping, incorporating nature-inspired ponds and waterfalls, creating a serene resort environment. FREE WIFI NO W A VAILABLE! NOW AV ( do wnload limits ma download mayy apply) Noosa Luxury Accommodation There are three apartment types on offer: Single level apartments, penthouses and two-story villas, all offering two, or three bedroom configurations. Most apartments are accessed via elevator from a secure underground carpark. Step inside and be impressed with the generous volume of the interior spaces. These over-sized apartments offer open-plan, flexible living at its best. In celebrating the Noosa indoor/outdoor lifestyle, stone flooring flows through interiors to balcony areas, providing a seamless transition. While extensive use of floor to ceiling glass, captures those incredible views. Of course, as you would come to expect in apartments of this quality, fixtures and fittings are absolutely superb. ■ 39 Two & Three Bedroom Luxury Beach Resort Apartments ■ Professional onsite management team ■ 20 metre heated wet-edge swimming pool ■ Cascading streams and waterfalls ■ Complimentary undercover security car parking

Fact File NAME: The Rise Noosa ADDRESS: 37 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads, Qld 4567 PHONE: (07) 5473 6500 FAX: (07) 5473 5077 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Craig Schiller WEB: E-MAIL: Special: Direct enquiries to The Rise Noosa on (07) 5473 6500. Quote Code LM2015 to receive ONE extra night accommodation Free of Charge when booking a 3+ night stay. Rates from $270 per night of peak subject to availability. Bookings open until Feb. 28, 2015 for stays until November 30, 2015. w w w .therisenoosa. o m . a u ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■

400 metres stroll to Noosa Main Beach FREE Wireless broadband Hot jacuzzi Extensive landscaping Lift access from carparks to most apartments Tour desk Pleasant walk to National Parks Short stroll to Noosa Fair and Noosa Junction

Please note that The Rise Noosa apartments are set on three levels with varying views... Although layouts for apartments are similar within categories, furnishings and fittings vary in colour, type and style. Photographs cannot depict every apartment. Apartments with views of Laguna Bay (the bay of Noosa Main Beach) may be requested but cannot be guaranteed. Our Reservations staff shall try to assist you with your request subject to availability.

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Aruba Surf Resort Fact File NAME: Aruba Surf Resort ADDRES S: 20 Anne Ave, Broadbeach, Gold Coast ADDRESS: Qld 4218 PHONE: (07) 5539 0299 CONT ACT CT:: Denise ONTA WEB: E-MAIL:

Aruba Surf will bring you the sheer enjoyment of staying just a few minutes from one of the country's most desirable beach holiday destinations. Enjoy a picturesque stroll on the beach, bask in the sun, or simply have fun with the family in or around our Broadbeach resort accommodation. We have our very own outdoor heated swimming pool where you can laze around for hours. After an excitement-packed day at the beach, you can indulge in some delectable dishes in the world-class restaurants near our Broadbeach holiday apartments. Our Gold Coast Budget Accommodation also provides easy access to the Gold Coast Convention Centre, shopping escapades at Pacific Fair or Niecon Plaza, and the entertainment of Jupiters Casino. So pack your bags and enjoy life by the beach with us. Your beach holiday begins here at Aruba Surf Resort. Experience resort accommodation at Aruba Surf Resort, where our spacious Broadbeach family apartments will provide you with a wonderful and relaxing vacation on the Gold Coast. Our Gold Coast budget accommodation offers lovely studio plus 1 and 2 bedroom fully self contained apartments with bright modern furnishings, spacious lounge and dining area. Complete and fully furnished, each apartment is air conditioned and features full kitchen and laundry facilities, ceiling fans and TV with satellite cable. Some of our apartments have been recently renovated! Self-contained queen studio apartment with balcony, air conditioning, cable televison. Ensuite bathroom, plus basic kitchenette facilities: microwave, toaster, electric jug, small fridge.

Our lovely 1 bedroom apartments have 1 queen bed and 1 sofa bed. A maximum of 4 guests can be accommodated per apartment. 2 Bedroom Apartments are perfect for family vacations, our 2 bedroom apartments are fully self-contained, split level units that offer two private balconies, one bathroom and an ensuite, phone/ fax/ modem, fully-equipped kitchen with dishwasher and microwave, and in-room laundry facilities including a washer and dryer. Enjoy a totally relaxing holiday at Aruba Surf Resort. Our Broadbeach resort accommodation offers spacious and cosy holiday apartments with access to excellent resort-style facilities and amenities that you can enjoy while holidaying on the Gold Coast. Aruba Surf's sun-drenched pool / spa area is tailor-made for relaxation but also ideal for the guests keen on a morning lap. The pool is heated in winter. After a whole day of holiday activities, guests at out Broadbeach holiday apartments can relax and take a soothing down time at Aruba Surf Resort's spa pool. Adjacent to the pool area is a generous BBQ and entertainment area – great for family lunch on the poolside, or for dining al fresco on balmy Broadbeach evenings.

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Elouera Tower Fact File NAME: Elouera Tower ADDRES S: 81 Sixth Ave, Maroochydore, Qld 4558 ADDRESS: PHONE: (07) 5443 5988 C ONT ACT ONTA CT:: Leanne Hogan WEB: E-MAIL: Special Offer Pay for 2, stay 3, deal Pay for 5, stay 7, deal Please mention the National Observer

Elouera Tower is ideally located directly opposite the idyllic beaches of Maroochydore, in the heart of the Sunshine Coast. Elouera Tower offers a range of one, two and three bedroom beachside holiday apartments, each fully self contained, and uniquely furnished. The range of holiday apartments offer many different features to suit a whole range of tastes, from eastward facing views of the beach and coastline, to westward facing views of the Sunshine Coast hinterland and city. This range of apartments, spanning 15 stories, caters to all tastes and budgets. Air conditioned meeting room available for hourly rate hire. It can seat up to 10 people and has access to the smart TV which connects to the internet or runs off a laptop. Catering can be provided on request. Elouera Tower is mere minutes from a range of locations and venues such as Cotton Tree Shopping Village and Maroochydore Surf Life Saving Club, each only 5 minutes walk away. Within a 5 minute drive, you can be at Alexandra Headlands, enjoy fine dining in the newly refurbished Mooloolaba restaurant strip, or shopping away in the Sunshine Plaza. Elouera Tower also offers sports deals and packages, consisting of both golf tours, and bowling tours. These packages vary in length, and number of courses, and enquiries can be made within. Elouera Tower offers the perfect Queensland Holiday, any time of the year. Come and enjoy Maroochydore accommodation and hospitality at its best at Elouera Tower Apartments

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Oceans Mooloolaba Fact File NAME: Oceans Mooloolaba ADDRESS: 101-105 Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba, Qld 4557 PHONE: (07) 5444 5777 C ONT ACT CT:: Jeannie Armstrong ONTA WEB: E-MAIL: Luxe for Less pay 3 stay 4 Your own 2 bedroom beachfront luxury apartment From $575 Block outs: 13/03/15 – 16/03/15, 03/04/15 – 19/04/15. Run: 01/02/15 – 31/07/15 Luxury holiday apartments on Mooloolaba Beach esplanade Oceans Mooloolaba is the only AAA rated 5 star Mooloolaba Resort. It is perfectly positioned directly opposite Mooloolaba Beach and is in the center of the Mooloolaba Esplanade. Our spacious and private 5 star apartments and Sunshine Coast penthouses, provide a sanctuary for you to relax and rejuvenate in style and luxury by the ocean. Our beachfront holiday resort offers 5 star facilities for families, couples and groups to enjoy. Mooloolaba is a carefree yet vibrant seaside village atmosphere where everything is within walking distance. There are many things to do and events to enjoy in this area so treat yourself with a one of our special packages to a luxurious getaway at our private boutique beach pad. Oceans Mooloolaba offers the highest level of luxury accommodation in Mooloolaba, Queensland. 46 exquisite suites and penthouses encapsulate state of the art facilities, cutting edge, smart technology and design details that re-define the words style and quality. The furnishings are sophisticated and contemporary in a predominantly neutral palette with natural finishes such as stone, timber, marble and glass, to create a feeling of calm sophistication, serenity and understated luxury accommodation. The Sunshine Coast has some of the best beaches in Australia and many are just a short stroll or a quick drive from your Mooloolaba It is fair to say that with our fabulous sunny weather and pristine beach.. Learn a New Skill in Mooloolaba - Stand up Paddle Boarding, Surfing, Kayaking... learn a new skill in mooloolaba - stand up paddle boarding, surfing, kayaking ...

Spring is a wonderful time of the year at Mooloolaba, lending itself well to spending countless hours pottering around our designer boutiques and brunching with family and friends. Maybe you could laze away a few hours or even a whole day sunbaki.. Boutique Shopping in Mooloolaba - Essential Beach Wear and Gifts boutique shopping in mooloolaba - essential beach wear and gifts Beautiful Nature Walks on the Sunshine Coast beautiful nature walks on the sunshine coast The Sunshine Coast is a haven for hikers, but you don’t have to be a diehard to enjoy all that the Sunshine Coast has to offer. When you stay at Oceans Resort in Mooloolaba, there are lots of great beach walks and walking tracks. There are great local Markets and fresh produce on the Sunshine Coast

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Fitzroy Island Resort Fact File NAME: Fitzroy Island Resort ADDRES S: Fitzroy Island, Great Barrier Reef, Qld 4870 ADDRESS: PHONE: (07) 4044 6700 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Glen McDonald WEB: E-MAIL:

Fitzroy Island is a tropical paradise of rainforest and beaches within the calm sheltered waters of the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. A listed National Park the island is ideal for families or a romantic gateway. Visit for a day or stay overnight in our boutique 41/2 star island accommodation. Located 45 minutes by the Fitzroy Fast Cat, from Cairns, the island facilities include a diving school, conference and The boutique resort has 99 rooms, offers 4 types of guest wedding venue, restaurant, Foxy's Bar, walking trails, glass accommodation and is the only resort on the island. The facilibottom tours, kayaking and snorkelling. ties are exclusive to resort guests and include a restaurant, a large swimming pool and spa, a swim-up pool bar, conference rooms, indoor and outdoor function space, a cinema, games room and kids play room. Fitzroy Island Resort is a licensed premises and BYO alcohol is not permitted onto the island in any form. All alcohol brought onto the island will be held by the resort until day of departure. Zephyr Restaurant is open daily for buffet breakfast and serves the essential morning cappuccino. At night the outdoor terraces come alive with diners enjoying the alfresco settings for a la carte dining. The menu is modern Australian, using locally sourced ingredients with nightly specials available. If you have special dietary requirements, please advise us on booking. The restaurant is fully licensed and has a wide selection of wines and beverages available. Celebrating a special event? Let us know and we can tailor make your dining experience. The Pool Bar is open daily until 4.30pm for resort guests. The bar has a great range of cocktails, coffees and offers a light snack menu.

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Phoenician Resort

W e l ccome ome T o Phoenician R esort Apartments To Resort in Broadbeach Nothing defines an unforgettable holiday on the internationally acclaimed Gold Coast better than fun in the sun, luxurious accommodations, and the company of family or friends. If this is what you seek, come to the Phoenician Resort and discover all it has to offer! Located just 100 metres from the shore of one of the most pristine beaches in the world, and nestled right in the very heart of cosmopolitan Broadbeach, holiday apartments at the Phoenician Resort is luxury lodging at its best. Equipped with fully self-contained and tastefully appointed one or two bedroom apartments, each unit comes complete with spacious balconies where you can relax and enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views. The best thing about the Phoenician Resort is you can have an amazing holiday without having to leave the grounds! Take a dip in one of the magnificent indoor and outdoor pools or stroll through the lush tropical gardens. Staying at the Phoenician is also ideal if you would like to explore the area and do a bit of sightseeing. The resort’s location allows you to dine at one of the area’s many internationally acclaimed restaurants, shop at trendy stores and boutiques, and try your luck at the dazzling Jupiter’s Casino. Local attractions such as Sea World, Dream World, and Movie world are also within distance, making your stay at our Gold Coast holiday apartments that much more enjoyable and memorable. Here at the Phoenician Resort, we have completely refined and redefined the art of indulgence and have taken the concept of paradise to greater heights. Rest, relax, rejuvenate and have the time of your life while billeted in our deluxe holiday accommodations!

Fact File NAME: Phoenician Resort ADDRES S: 24-26 Queensland Ave, Broadbeach, Qld 4218 ADDRESS: PHONE: (07) 5585 8888 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Roger Laganin WEB: E-MAIL: Although the accommodations at Phoenician Resort might be so wonderfully comfortable and luxurious you don't want to leave your apartment, it would be a shame to stay inside the entire length of your stay and miss the local attractions. Broadbeach has made a name for itself as a dining mecca, so if international cuisine is your thing, you can sample some of the culinary creations found at the numerous local gourmet restaurants, cafès, bistros, delis and brasseries. No matter what whets your appetite and titillates your taste buds, you are sure to find it in this food lover's dream.

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Marrakesh Apartments

Marrakesh Apartments is a 4 star Gold Coast Icon. This Moroccan inspired impeccable resort is located between Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach and only a short stroll from the worldrenowned Gold Coast beaches. Enjoy walking, swimming or lazing on the beach, the cafe scene or the fabulous shopping of Broadbeach, or the nonstop entertainment and diversity of Surfers Paradise. Then again, you might choose to soak up the Marrakesh experience - with your restaurant, your choice of pools, your gym, or the beautiful ocean and hinterland views from your balcony. We would like you to think of Marrakesh as ‘your home away from home’. Our team is dedicated to assisting you with all your needs, including a range of services from booking tours to shopping advice and other important local and holiday information, seven days a week. No need to go anywhere really. It’s your choice, have the experience you want. The beach, boardwalk and parks are also just minutes away. Surfers Paradise offers nonstop entertainment from its diverse shopping experiences, nightlife and restaurant choices. Paradise! Broadbeach offers more shopping and conveniences such as supermarkets, bottle shops and a variety of alfresco cafe and restaurant experiences to suit all tastes and budgets. The massive Pacific Fair Shopping Centre is close by as is the entertainment centre of the coast – Jupiters Casino. Public transport is on the door step which can take you anywhere you want to go on the coast. The location of the Marrakesh Apartments is ideal. Marrakesh Apartments is a quality property offering a range of lifestyle options. Reception staff, located on the ground floor, provide a range of services from booking tours to shopping advice and other important local and holiday information, seven days a week. There is a fully equipped private air-conditioned gymnasium, sauna and spas, arcade games room, indoor and outdoor pool, fully licensed restaurant and poolside barbeque.

Fact File NAME: Marrakesh Apartments ADDRESS: 198 Surf Pde, Surfers Paradise, Qld 4217 PHONE: (07) 5584 7000 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: David WEB: E-MAIL: You can also enjoy the rooftop BBQ and entertainment area which features amazing hinterland and coastal views - 360 degrees of them! We offer a diverse range of one and two bedroom apartments to choose from, all with undercover car parks and a high level of security and safety. Marrakesh Apartments offer: Range of lifestyle options. Diverse range of one and two bedroom apartments. Tour booking and information services seven days per week. Friendly and helpful staff. Onsite management. Babysitting, massage and dine-in services. Fully equipped, private, air-conditioned gymnasium. Heated indoor and outdoor spas. Sauna. Heated indoor and outdoor pools. Arcade games room. Lush landscaped gardens Marrakesh Apartments is around 20 minutes alk tto: o: (or les lesss ) w walk Gold Coast beaches Ocean boardwalk and parks Public transport (on the doorstep) Broadbeach shops, cafes and restaurants Oasis Shopping Centre Pacific Fair Shopping Centre Cinemas Jupiters Casino Library Convention Centre Surfers Paradise city centre Lawn bowls

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Barbados Holiday Apartments Fact File NAME: Barbados Holiday Apartments OFFICE: Unit 1, 12 Queensland Ave, Broadbeach, Qld 4218 PHONE: 0439 679 153 CONT ACT CT:: Michael ONTA WEB: E-MAIL:

Barbados Holiday Apartments, Gold Coast Holiday Accommodation Come and soak up the sun at Barbados Holiday Apartments, Gold Coast Holiday Accommodation Our comfortable and spacious Gold Coast Holiday Accommodation is located in Broadbeach, right at the heart of Queensland’s sundrenched Gold Coast. All the natural beauty, excitement and fun of the Gold Coast is right at your fingertips at our Broadbeach family accommodation. Take a leisurely cruise to Sanctuary Cove, try your luck on the games machines at Jupiter’s Casino, escape to the lush green hinterland, treat yourself to a bargain at Pacific

Fair shopping centre, or simply lie back on the beach and soak up the famous Gold Coast sunshine. With a sparkling swimming pool, sauna and barbecue facilities, our Broadbeach 2 bedroom holiday apartments are the perfect base for a holiday to remember. Comfortable and fully self contained holiday apartments Broadbeach Gold Coast. Ideally located close to many of Australia’s best tourist attractions, our spacious centrally located apartments are perfect for families or groups of friends wishing to discover the beauty and adventure of the Gold Coast. Every Gold Coast holiday accommodation has a large north-facing balcony to make the most of the year-round Queensland sun. Each of our affordable Broadbeach apartments has a master bedroom with an ensuite bathroom and separate shower and toilet facilities. Every apartment has a fully equipped kitchen, washing machine, dryer, digital dial in phone, TV and Foxtel. Fresh linen is supplied weekly. The 2 bedroom apartment has one Queen sized bed and two single beds and a maximum capacity of five guests.

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Broadwater Shores Waterfront Apartments

Located at the serene and scenic Runaway Bay, Broadwater Shores Apartments offers comfy and spacious holiday apartments, where you can unwind, and simply take in the remarkable sights of the Gold Coast Broadwater. Each Gold Coast Broadwater accommodation has its own balcony that presents a breathtaking view of the Broadwater. Stay in our two or three bedroom self contained apartments, with two bathrooms, and fully equipped kitchen and laundry facilities. Broadwater Shores Apartments also provides a great range of facilities including a tennis court, BBQ area, two swimming pools, spa and sauna. Our Runaway Bay accommodation is also only a few minutes from the exciting Surfers Paradise. At Broadwater Shores Apartments, what could have been just your average holiday becomes the most rejuvenating experience that the Gold Coast has to offer. Broadwater Shores Apartments offers spacious and relaxing holiday apartments at the handsome Runaway Bay. Stay in our two or three bedroom spacious self-contained apartments. All apartments have an en-suite to the master bedroom, a fully equipped kitchen and laundry facilities. Each has an open plan living/dining area and balcony.

Fact File NAME: Broadwater Shores ADDRES S: 25/9 Bayview St, Runaway Bay, Qld 4216 ADDRESS: PHONE: (07) 5537 3555 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Diane WEB: E-MAIL: Each apartment has Foxtel and access to 100+ channels. All our three and half to four and a half star self-rated Gold Coast Broadwater apartments in the Tower has a private balcony (the 3 bedroom apartments have much larger balcony areas) where you can sit back and enjoy the views of Runaway Bay and environs. The Villa is not beside the water. It is in a 3 level walk up building at the front of the property whereas the Tower is at the rear on the waterfront. Dull moments do not exist on the Gold Coast. Our Runaway Bay accommodation is a cozy and relaxing venue, where you can start on your boating, fishing or beach holiday.

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Colonial Resort Noosa

C olonial R esort Noosa - On T he Riv Resort The Rivee r The Colonial Resort Noosaville, offering self-contained apartments, is your ultimate holiday destination. Located right in the heart of Noosaville overlooking the sparkling waters of the Noosa River, at the centre of aquatic activities, and adjacent to cafes and award winning restaurants. This is a lively centre for Noosaville holiday accommodation appealing to families and couples with a laid back friendly atmosphere. A popular spot for locals and repeat visitors enjoying the spacious tree lined foreshore and walkways yet just five minutes to main beach and beyond to wonderful Noosa National Park. CVhoose from our one, two, and three bedroom self contained apartments on Noosa River which are spacious, north facing, airy, and well appointed. They offer large open plan kitchen/living areas, with glass sliders to north facing balconies and elevated views of the Noosa waterways or our 25m lagoon style heated pool. Equipped with ducted air conditioning, spa baths, plus complimentary Wi Fi and Foxtel TV. Easy access to pool with childrens wading area, spa, sauna, mini gym, covered BBQ pavillion, and ground level secure car parking. Self-catering but fully supplied with linen and towels and a complimentary starter pack of essentials. 8 night stays or more are serviced on a weekly basis however a greater frequency can be arranged for an additional charge. Fold down beds, portacots, high chairs, and push chairs are available for hire. Elevator access: Our river view units have elevator access and are wheelchair friendly. Parking: Undercover secure parking is allocated to each unit with spacious off street parking for additional vehicles. Restaurants and Shops: We are fortunate to have located in our front foyer: The very popular La Riviera French Patisserie. One of the best Thai restaurants in town - Krung Thep. Take 5 Café. Crust & Cream bakery

Fact File NAME: Colonial Resort Noosa ADDRES S: 239-245 Gympie Tce, Noosaville, Qld 4566 ADDRESS: PHONE: (07) 5455 8100 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Kathy Roberts WEB: E-MAIL:

The award winning hairdressing salon – Surrender Dorothy. The Lucky Seven convenience store is just 50m from our front steps. Our location on the Terrace is set right in the heart of the restaurant precinct. Just 5 minutes’ walk to the Noosa Village Shopping Centre, which includes supermarket, liquor outlets, pharmacy and other mall shops and services. Tours: Reception can book your local tours and excursions at no extra cost. Low-rise and leafy, the subtropical coastal town of Noosa is popular with visitors from around Australia and internationally. Surrounded by the calm waters of Laguna Bay, Noosa National Park, and the tranquil Noosa River, it is no surprise that Noosa has long been a favourite and voted by Australians as the best summer holiday destination.

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Magnolia Lane Apartments

Fact File NAME: Magnolia Lane Apartments ADDRES S: 179 Ocean Drive, Twin Waters, Qld 4564 ADDRESS: PHONE: (07) 5448 8777 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: David Pittard WEB: E-MAIL: The impressive layout of each apartment provides you with enormous living areas and spacious balconies, capturing the scenic panorama of the adjoining Twin waters Golf Course and surrounding environment. Fantastic Patrolled Beaches are 1.5 km away Retail Therapy is available at Noosa, 20 mins drive away Nature Trails & National Parks on your doorstep And all the fantastic tours and amenities of the renowned Sunshine Coast Magnolia Lane Apartments & Twin Waters Golf Club can play a major role in your holiday or function on the Sunshine Coast by providing highly personalised attention, spectacular surroundings, and excellent facilities with a high level of service. The complex is complete with pool, spa and barbeque areas all set in magnificent tropical & lush gardens giving uninterrupted views over the 9th fairway & green and surrounding environment. We invite you to view our wonderful facilities and the options available. Not only are you just a short walk to the first tee of the Twin Waters Golf Course, and within easy reach of other Championship Courses, Magnolia Lane boasts 48 exclusive 3 bedroom apartments spread across approximately three acres of pristine Golf Course land at Twin Waters on the Sunshine Coast.

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Trilogy Surfers Paradise Fact File NAME: Trilogy Surfers Paradise ADDRES S: 21-31 Cypress Ave, Surfers Paradise, Qld 4217 ADDRESS: PHONE: (07) 5584 0700 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Olwyn WEB: E-MAIL:

Trilogy Surfers Paradise is a trio of sleek and contemporary holiday apartment blocks located close to tranquil Budds Beach and just moments from central Surfers Paradise. Relax in style in our spacious one, two and three bedroom luxury apartments Gold Coast, escape to the magnificent Gold Coast hinterland or laze your days away on Australia’s most loved beaches. With outstanding facilities including a heated resort swimming pool, sauna, gym and spa, Trilogy Budds Beach accommodation features everything you need to unwind in the heart of the Gold Coast’s most sought after holiday destination. Combining outstanding facilities with an unbeatable central Surfers Paradise location, Trilogy Surfers Paradise sets the scene for a Gold Coast break to remember. Heated Swimming Pool: The resort’s inviting heated swimming pool is sure to tempt you in for a dip throughout your stay. Spa: Treat yourself to a long soak in the reviving bubbles of the spa at our Budds Beach accommodation. Sauna: After a busy day exploring the restaurants and boutiques of Cavill Avenue, pamper yourself in the invigorating steam of the sauna. Gym: Enjoy an energising morning workout in the resort’s modern gym. Games Room: While you relax by the pool, kids will have hours of fun in our entertainment-packed Games Room. Theatre/Conference Room: The resort features a modern theatre/conference room for corporate guests. Barbecue Facilities: Unwind over an alfresco family feast in the undercover barbecue area. Wireless Internet: With wireless internet access in every apartment, keeping up to date with friends and colleagues is quick and easy.

Surf ers P adise & Gold C oas ttr actions Surfers Paa rradise Coas oastt A Attr ttractions Sip champagne in a world class restaurant, take a relaxing cruise along the tranquil Nerang River or explore twisting trails through ancient rainforest … the Gold Coast is alive with adventure and possibility. Shopping and Dining: Take a breather from the sea and sand to treat yourself to fashion bargains at the boutiquestudded Cavill Avenue, just moments from Trilogy Budds Beach accommodation, or take the short bus ride to the Pacific Fair centre in Broadbeach. The Gold Coast’s dining scene is as exemplary as its shopping, with a huge array of exotic cuisines from all over the globe available at affordable prices in the local cafes and restaurants. Beaches and Natural Attractions: Perhaps the most famous attraction on the whole of the Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise Beach is a 3km haven of soft white sand lapped by the sparkling, temperate surf of the Pacific. Budds Beach, nestled on the Nerang River just a short stroll from Trilogy Surfers Paradise luxury apartments, is a tranquil spot to fish, picnic, swim or simply kick back with good book throughout your stay. Away from the coast, the magnificent Gold Coast hinterland offers a world of adventure and exploration in the cool green of the rainforest.

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Q1 Resort Fact File NAME: Q1 Resort OFICE: Shop 11, base of Q1 Resort, 9 Hamilton Ave, Surfers Paradise, Qld 4217 PHONE: 0418 644 444 CONT ACT CT:: Danny ONTA WEB: E-MAIL:

Q1 Resort & Spa Private Apartments The Perfect Choic or Y our Gold C oas Choicee ffor Your Coas oastt Holida Holidayy As Australian holiday destinations go, the Gold Coast is a perpetual favourite, and for good reason. With its blend of stunning beachfront, glorious sunshine and fabulous food, shopping and entertainment, it’s a mecca for families, groups of friends and couples alike. When it comes to accommodation, the Q1 Resort & Spa at Surfers Paradise is the perfect choice. The cloud-scraping Q1 Tower, which opened in 2005, is one of the world’s tallest residential towers, and one of the Gold Coast’s most distinctive architectural landmarks. And, behind the famous façade, the range of luxurious and first-class amenities rivals many an international destination. Our guests at Q1 have a choice of 40 one, two or threebedroom apartments and sub penthouses, spread over the building’s 80 floors. With the flexibility to cater for couples, friends or families, the accommodation we offer is both luxurious, and affordable. Choose from an intimate space for a romantic interlude, or a practical apartment that can comfortably sleep up to 12. Q1's facilities are second to none. Rooms and sub penthouses are equipped with a range of amenities, including fully self-contained kitchens, impeccable bathrooms, private glassenclosed balconies to take advantage of the striking views, a personal safe, broadband internet and of course, supremely comfortable furnishings. With its enviable location in the heart of Surfers Paradise, Q1 is a practical choice for any adventure. Guests are just a short stroll from the hub of the action, with shops, markets, restaurants, bars, galleries and live entertainment only minutes away.

The heart of Surfers Paradise. Q1 encapsulated world-class recreational, dining and retail facilities with tr opical landscaping, lagoon pools, Da tropical Dayy Spa, meeting and conference facilities and a sophisticated dining precinct. 526 elite and exclusive apartments rise up into the sky, capturing breathtaking ocean and hinterland views. Each elegant, state of the art apartment deliver an uncompromising sense of space, freedom and a sleek, modern design. The design on Q1 is inspired by the spirit and lifestyle of Australia and its shape reflects elements of the Olympic torch and the Sydney opera House. In a thoroughly modern melding of architecture and engineering, Q1's developers and managers created an iconic building which captures the aura of modernity evident in world famous buildings. Q1 also encapsulates world-class recreational, dining and retail facilities with tropical landscaping, lagoon pools, Day Spa, meeting and conference facilities and a sophisticated dining precinct. It’s also located right across from the glorious stretch of golden sand and rolling surf for which this corner of Queensland is best known. Beyond the accommodation, the resort is home to two tropically landscaped lagoon pools; a 25m heated indoor lap pool, restaurants, a state of the art gymnasium, exclusive day spa, sauna, steam room and children’s activity room. There’s also the renowned observation deck. Located on level 77, and 230m above sea level, the observation deck affords spectacular 360-degree views that stretch from the coast to the hinterland. Marvel at the sight of beaches, towns and waterways stretching to the lush, tropical rainforest to the west. Take advantage of the licensed café and bar for a meal or drink, served with one of the best views in the country. Why not call us now to find out more about our Q1 accommodation options?

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Aspect Caloundra Fact File NAME: Aspect Caloundra ADDRES S: 80 Lower Gay Terrace, Caloundra, Qld 4551 ADDRESS: PHONE: (07) 5413 2000 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Marie Cridge WEB: E-MAIL: BOOK DIRECT AND SAVE! Book direct on our website where there are often special rates. Aspect Caloundra is all about you. Relax in peaceful surrounds. From your large balconies take in the stunning views across the Ocean to Moreton and Bribie Islands, Pumicestone Passage and The Glasshouse Mountains. Stroll along Bulcock and Kings Beach, explore the Shops and Cafes or simply stay at Aspect Caloundra and enjoy facilities. • Heated Lap Pool, Recreation Pool and Spa Bath • Sauna and Steam Room • Full Size Flood lit Tennis Court • Large Well Equipped Air Conditioned Gymnasium • Grassed BBQ area and gardens • Theatre with huge screen and overhead projector • Wi Fi available throughout Aspect Caloundra including in each Apartment • Security Access to Undercover Car Park

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Beachfront Viscount Fact File NAME: Beachfront Viscount ADDRES S: Unit 3, 1 First Ave, Surfers Paradise, Qld 4217 ADDRESS: PHONE: (07) 5538 7222 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Caroline WEB: www. E-MAIL:

A Unique Absolute Beachfront Experience Your choice of 2 or 3 Bedroom Spacious Apartments with 2 Bathrooms, much larger than just a Hotel Room. Individually owned and decorated each has its own unique decor, if there is a style you prefer please ask. Being Fully Furnished and Self Contained they come with most of the luxuries of home, a starter pack of Toiletries, Tea and Coffee, Linen and Bath Towels are Supplied, just bring Food and Beverages and Relax. T her ots T o Do When S ying Her heree ’’ss LLots To Stt aaying Heree Lay by the heated beachfront pool on a sun lounge or do the same on our Rooftop Sun Deck come indoors and bubble away in the Large Spa, when you are ready Cook up a feast for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner on the Rooftop BBQ’s while taking in an awesome view of the Gold Coast. Then wear it off by Enjoying a Sunset or Sunrise Stroll along our uncrowded peaceful Beach. This is just the beginning ... 2 Bedroom Ocean View 2 Bedroom Spacious Apartment with Ocean Views, 2 Bathrooms Fully Furnished and Self Contained with most of the luxuries of home, a starter pack of Toiletries, Tea & Coffee, Linen and Bath Towels are Supplied, just bring Food & Beverages and Relax. Individually owned and decorated each apartment has its own unique decor. Max occupancy 4 Persons LCD TV Cheap Wifi broadband access Air Conditioner Swimming pool

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Mermaid Beach Park View Fact File NAME: Mermaid Beach Park View ADDRES S: 40-44 Ventura Rd, Mermaid Beach, Qld 4218 ADDRESS: PHONE: (07) 5575 6100 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Terry WEB: E-MAIL:

An unforgettable Gold Coast holiday experience at an affordable price is your guarantee at Mermaid Beach Park View apartments. Located in close proximity to the main dining and nightlife precinct of Broadbeach, Park View is just a short stroll to Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, the G:Link Tram, Dracula's and Jupiter’s Casino. This three level complex has welcomed guests to the Gold Coast for more than a decade, providing a laid back and carefree environment with fully appointed, self contained apartments equipped with kitchen, laundry, satellite television and secure parking. For the more adventurous, the Gold Coast’s world famous Mermaid Beach Surf Lifesaving Club. Your next visit can be as beaches are just around the corner. If you’re feeling like a relaxed or action packed as you like. quick bite to eat, or to catch up with friends, check out nearby The personable service at Park View is second to none and with so many amenities and activities the apartments are the ideal setting for couples and small families. Contact management today to enjoy your own piece of paradise at Mermaid Beach. “P ar adise is wher ois V oltair Par aradise wheree I am. am.”” - F Frr anc ancois Voltair oltairee Mermaid Beach Park View offers real value for money with one and two bedroom self contained apartments. They are just 100m from beautiful Mermaid Beach - no need to cross the highway. Just go out of our back gate and walk through Mermaid Park past the S.L.S.C and voila! Guests need only provide foodstuffs and personal effects. Our tastefully decorated apartments are fully self contained and provide all the inclusions and facilities of a home away from home. Tw o Bedr oom Apartments: Bedroom Queen bed in main bedroom plus en-suite Two single bed in second bedroom with second bathroom One Bedroom Apartments: Queen bed in main bedroom plus en-suite All of our apartments: Fully equipped kitchen Microwave Full size refrigerator Dishwasher Washing machine and drier Private balcony or patio Ceiling Fans Ironing board and iron Hair drier Reverse cycle air-conditioner (FREE when booked directly with us)* * Except on 'Specials'

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Comfort Inn and Suites Mari Court Fact File NAME: Comfort Inn and Suites Mari Court ADDRESS: 23 Wharf Rd, Surfers Paradise, Qld 4217 PHONE: (07) 5592 2122 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Wayne Stoddart WEB: E-MAIL:

Welcome to Mari Court Resort Surfers Paradise/Broadbeach recognised as ideal accommodation for families, couples, tourist and corporate visitors alike. Mari Court is ideally located just 50 metres from the famous Surfers Paradise patrolled beach, and minutes to the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, Cavill Mall, Jupiters Casino, Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and a multitude of great restaurants in Broadbeach. A shuttle bus stop at the front door allows easy access to all theme parks and major attractions on the Gold Coast. Your Mari Court apartment is your home away from home offering spacious one, two and three bedroom apartments with open plan living, fully equipped kitchen including dishwasher, microwave oven and fridge/freezer, a laundry with a dryer, two bathrooms (one ensuite) and two balconies. Facilities include access to wireless internet, secure underground parking, a large games room and a 9 hole mini golf course. There is also a large heated pool, a spa and BBQ area all situated in a lovely lush tropical garden setting. Our friendly staff at Mari Court Resort, look forward to welcoming you to our spacious self catering apartments and doing everything in their power to making your stay truly memorable. Your Mari Court apartment is centrally located near Broadbeach. Our three storey walk up complex offers spacious one, two and three bedroom apartments with open plan living. We are situated just 100 metres from the fully patrolled beach and only 2 minutes by tram to the Broadbeach cafes

and restaurants. There is truly something for everyone in centrally located Broadbeach. Two of the best shopping experiences in the region: the Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and The Oasis Shopping Centre. A haven for fashion lovers and boasts more than 100 clothing, variety and eating outlets. Mari Court provides quality accommodation with spacious apartments that are fully equipped for you and your family’s enjoyment

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Oasis Inn Fact File NAME: Oasis Inn ADDRESS: 276 Sheridan St, Cairns, Qld 4870 PHONE: (07) 4051 8111 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Michael Scott WEB: E-MAIL:

Welcome to the Oasis Inn holiday apartments. With four different room types offering comfortable, selfcatering accommodation, the oasis inn offers inexpensive accommodation for large families to the single traveller. Just a short drive from Cairns international airport, and only 2km to the heart of vibrant Cairns City. Located within walking distance to cairns waterfront esplanade, the numerous restaurants and bars, wonderful shops, and the tropical lagoon, the oasis inn is ideally placed for you to experience all that tropical cairns has to offer. Experience the casual lifestyle of the tropics by our crystal clear swimming pool set amongst the palm trees, or spend the day enjoying one of the many tours we can book for you. Our friendly on-site managers David and Kirsty look forward to welcoming you to Cairns and helping you to discover the wonders of Tropical North Queensland. Room facilities include Two bedroom apartments, suitable for up to 5 guests One bedroom apartments, suitable for up to 1 - 3 guests Both of the above can accommodate an extra person on a rollaway bed charges apply Studio room suitable for 1 - 2 guests Motel style room suitable for 1 -2 guests Tea and coffee making facilities only Apartments are serviced mid-stay for bookings of 7 days or more Extra persons $15 per night Cot hire $10 per night * Air conditioning and overhead fans * Fully equipped kitchen inc microwave * Television * Ensuite bathroom

* Direct dial telephone * Alarm clock * Iron and ironing board * Austar cable TV with 3 movie channels, 3 Fox sport channels, Nickelodeon * DVD players available on request * Welcome amenities in room upon arrival Our front desk is open daily from 7.30am till late where you can book any tour from our extensive range. We can help create and book trips to accommodate everyone, from beginners’ dives on the Great barrier reef to snorkel trips to secluded beaches, white water rafting or bungy jumps for the adrenalin junkies, or you can spend the day in the tranquil and magnificent rainforests, see the spectacular waterfalls and experience the local wildlife. All major tour operators pick up and drop off at the oasis inn to ensure an easy day. Our friendly staff are here to help create memories that last a lifetime.

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Sandrift Beachfront Fact File NAME: Sandrift Beachfront ADDRES S: 102/98 Marine Pde, Miami Beach, Qld 4220 ADDRESS: PHONE: (07) 5575 367 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Mandy WEB: E-MAIL:

Location, Location, Location ..... a beachgoers paradise situated on the beautiful Nobbys Beach. Enjoy spectacular ocean views from your apartment and relax on the unspoilt, patrolled surf beach. Sandrift Beachfront Apartments is a three-storey walk-up complex located along the beachfront. All apartments overlook the ocean and offer great family accommodation in a friendly, relaxing atmosphere. Take a dip in the pool and spa, stroll along the beach and enjoy the sidewalk cafes and restaurants at Nobbys Beach. We are minutes away from Sea World, Wet'n'Wild, Dream World, Movie World, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and Pacific Fair, renowned for great shopping. In the evening, walk to the local surf club for dinner and a drink or try your luck and see a show at Jupiters Casino. Absolute beachfront position Friendly, professional resident managers 2 bedroom self-contained apartments with ensuite Balconies overlooking ocean Fully equipped kitchen including dishwasher Washing machine and dryer Colour TV and DVD player Secure underground parking Pool and heated spa Barbeque Tour desk Linen supplied

F o x ttee l Myport Wireless internet access We are happy to arrange your transport needs to and from your destination just ask at reception. Dreamworld is a popular theme park experience only 30 minutes drive from Sandrift - prepare for an adventure for the whole family. Dreamworld has a neighbour ... WhiteWater World, offering family friendly attractions to the most extreme water slides and rides, WhiteWater World offers thrills for all ages! Hollywood at Warner Bros. Movie World. Meet your favourite stars and enjoy all the behind-the-scenes action, comedy stunts and exhilarating rides, shows and attractions! Wet'n'Wild Water World combines all the fun and excitement of the world's latest water slides and leisure pools with a shaded twenty acre subtropical garden. At Sea World you can make contact with marine life wonders and experience a whole world of amazing rides, shows and attractions at a Gold Coast theme park favourite! With more than 1,400 native Australian animals on display in natural bushland and rainforest settings, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary provides a rare opportunity to get closer to our amazing native wildlife. At Australia Zoo, they take great pride in creating exhibits and enclosures that are not only educational, beautiful and exciting for our guests to see and experience, but also extremely luxurious, spacious, stimulating and fun for our animals to live and play in. Here we have just some of the exhibits that we are most proud of.

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Shantara Resort and Spa Fact File NAME: Shantara Resort and Spa ADDRESS: 27-31 Davidson St, Port Douglas, Qld 4877 PHONE: (07) 4084 1400 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Marianna Bonomi WEB: E-MAIL:

SHANT ARA RESOR T - POR T DOUGLA S SHANTARA RESORT PORT DOUGLAS AN O A SIS OF S TYLE AND SECL USION OA STYLE SECLUSION Find your ideal Port Douglas luxury holiday accommodation at Shantara Resort and Spa. Shantara Resort Port Douglas is situated in one of Tropical North Queensland’s most desirable holiday destinations. Shantara Resort and Spa combines beautifully appointed apartment accommodation, and luxury facilities with easy access to the magical Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. The perfect holiday base. Arrive at Shantara Resort Port Douglas and be greeted by the relaxed and tranquil environment. The courtyard's two lagoon style swimming pools cleverly encircle the apartment courtyard to provide ground level apartments with poolside access. Private decks with tropical landscaping provides the perfect place to idyll with a drink. Balconies on higher floor provide an excellent vantage point of the pool without interrupting the privacy of ground floor guests. The apartments and studio’s are stylishly furnished, the attention to detail is but one of the reasons for Shantara Resort's five star accreditation. Resort facilities are superb, with the choice of two swimming pools, both heated. One of the pools is linked by a tropical island to an excellent undercover BBQ and entertainment area. An air-conditioned gymnasium is available to guests to maintain their fitness regimes, and a day spa provides a further haven of calm and rejuvenation for guests. Port Douglas Accommodation with Free WiFi (up to 1 GB per day for Direct Bookings only). To keep in touch, there is the added bonus of free wireless internet to all rooms, and in

and around the property. Shantara’s apartments come in five styles: Studio pool view rooms, 1 bedroom pool view apartments, studio pool deck rooms, 1 bedroom pool deck apartments and 4 special Shantara Honeymoon apartments featuring private pool decks with large Jacuzzis located in their private courtyards. All 1 bedroom apartments have spa baths and separate showers. Studios are great for shorter stays and come with kitchenettes and all rooms open onto large balconies where you can sit back and relax in the climate, while couples travelling together or with teenage children can book two bedroom apartments. In addition, Shantara offers guests lifts to all levels, free secure car parking, a large open reception area and free tour desk assistance. Access to a shower/bathroom to access for late departures and luggage storage. Shantara Resort Port Douglas is a family operated business offering personalized and friendly service. The Shantara team look forward to welcoming you. We welcome teenagers over the age of 16 years. 2 pools both heated Large BBQ entertaining area Air-conditioned gymnasium In-room massage available (in 1 bedroom apartments only) BBQ and undercover entertainment area Wireless internet connection and in-room broadband Austar TV channels In-room safes Luggage storage and change room/shower room available for guests in transit Elevator Free secure basement car parking Non Smoking Property All apartments have access to a free laundry with a washing machine and dryer from the lobby area Tour desk Pool towels and umbrellas free of charge Professional on-site management by owners Shantara onsite day spa

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Pink Flamingo Resort Fact File NAME: Pink Flamingo Resort ADDRESS: 115 Davidson St, Port Douglas, Qld 4877 PHONE: (07) 4099 6622 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Gigi Legdnhusn WEB: E-MAIL:

Pink Flamingo Port Douglas, a resort like no other! If you are looking for something out of the ordinary, then Pink Flamingo should be on your list. Located just a few minutes from gorgeous 4 Mile Beach and close to the Great Barrier Reef as well as the world heritage listed Daintree National Park, Port Douglas is your perfect holiday destination. The resort villas offer a unique blend of open plan living This elite honour is awarded to the top 1 per cent of all and vibrant colours, reflecting the tropical lifestyle. Your hamhotels on TripAdvisor, based on reviews and opinions from mock invites you to relax in your private courtyard complete millions of travellers. with outdoor bath and shower. The Pink Flamingo is gay owned and operated, Our attention to detail will make your holiday a relaxing catering to all friendly people! and memorable experience. The large pool (heated in winter) is surrounded by lush gardens, plenty of deck chairs, a pool bar and BBQ area. The colourful and tropical resort caters mainly to couples, you will find no children running around however, the occasional cat or dog might cross your path (pet friendly). Our private Garden Villas are fully self contained, feature a King size Bed, open plan living and a gorgeous outdoor double size bathtub. The Pink Flamingo Resort is a multiple year Trip Advisor award winner and for this year won 3 Travellers Choice categories: Top Small Hotels — Australia Top Hotels for Romance — Australia Top Bargain Hotels — Australia

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The Reef House Fact File NAME: The Reef House ADDRESS: 9 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove, Qld 4879 PHONE: (07) 4080 2600 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Claire Murphy WEB: E-MAIL: For all bookings made by March 31, 2015, for travel until December 31, 2015, youwill be entitled to a $25 spa voucher and drink voucher per person at the mention of this ad. Conditions apply.

Palm Cove is a cosmopolitan beachside village, only 25 minutes north of Cairns, where nature abounds with centuries old majestic melaleucas, coconut palm fringed beaches and tropical gardens. The Reef House, where personal service and attention to detail takes on a new meaning. Where relaxation and romance go hand in hand. With only 69 rooms and suites The Reef House maintains the relaxed feel of a small, sophisticated hotel. But you will feel perfectly at home with all the luxuries of an international resort. Once you're here you'll never want to leave. Our three pools are framed by shaded pathways and vibrant tropical flora, creating a magnificent backdrop to candlelit corridors and white wash buildings. Complimentary Secure Undercover Parking Take your pick from 2 picturesque freshwater pools, a shelComplimentary WiFi Internet Access tered saltwater pool or 2 inviting spas (one of which is heated). In Room Safe Guest amenities are plentiful: Every night at sunset, all the candles throughout the resort Beachfront Location are lit and complimentary Brigadier’s Punch is offered excluSundrenched Terraces & Swimming Pools sively to our guests in our Brigadier's Lounge Boutique Style of “Our House” Service The Reef House is a unique and stunning getaway. It is one 69 Stunning Guest Rooms of the few boutique resorts that can boast a history and a Multi-Award Winning Signature Restaurant character molded from a remarkable background. Exclusive and Themed Events for up to 200 Delegates The original Reef House was built in 1958 by a Cairns Three Swimming Pools and Two Spa Pools bookmaker and used as a family home. According to an Day Spa featuring Li’Tya Products article in a 1972 issue of The Bulletin, a swimming pool proOcean View Restaurant and Bar prietor was allegedly heavily indebted to the bookmaker, Brigadier Lounge and Honesty Bar ~ Exclusive to our house but managed to repay his debt by offering to build 'the guests best swimming pool in North Queensland'. Tour Desk In 1970 it was purchased by a syndicate and opened as a Airport Transfers Available (charges apply) restaurant with limited accommodation of three suites in Air Conditioning the garden. In 1972, Brigadier The Hon. David Thomson, MC, RL, (later Federal Minister for Science & Technology), acquired the property and operated 'Reef House' as a private residence with visitors treated as personal guests. Guests helped themselves to drinks from the bar, and in the true tradition of an officer's mess, signed chits on an honesty system. This still prevails today in The Brigadier's Bar. Also continuing a tradition, each evening candles are lit throughout the resort denoting Twilight Hour, an opportunity to meet with other world traveller's over a complimentary glass of Brigadier's Punch. The earlier tradition of The Reef House continues to this day, and the General Manager takes pride in meeting as many guests as possible when they arrive and also joining others for evening drinks. It's all part of the casual elegance and colonial charm of a bygone era that is the boutique experience of The Reef House.

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Double Tree by Hilton Cairns

Boasting uninterrupted views of the Coral Sea, and a stunning natural setting amidst landscaped tropical gardens, the oceanfront DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns is just a short walk from the city centre, and Cairns’s business, retail and entertainment districts. The hotel overlooks the picturesque Cairns Esplanade, and is just moments from Cairns Lagoon and Cairns Casino. Enjoy easy access to Cairns Convention Center and lots of attractions, including the World Heritage listed Daintree Tropical Rainforest and the Atherton Tablelands. The Great Barrier Reef departures terminal is 100m away, and Cairns International Airport is only 10 minutes’ drive from our Cairns hotel. Our onsite tour desk will help you explore the wonders of this unique region. Stay connected in the 24-hour business centre, and plan a meeting or wedding for up to 160 people at this modern hotel in Cairns, with six versatile meeting spaces. The lush gardens surrounding the hotel provide the perfect setting for an outdoor celebration or beautiful wedding photos. Savor Mediterranean-inspired cuisine in The Atrium, which overlooks the hotel’s striking rainforest atrium. Energise in the complimentary 24-hour fitness center and refresh in the sparkling swimming pool as you enjoy wonderful waterfront views. Stylish and comfortable, our guest rooms and suites are flooded with natural light through floor-to-ceiling windows. Enjoy modern amenities, including a refrigerator, a flat-screen TV, a Sweet Dreams® by DoubleTree bed, a large desk and WiFi (fee applies). Our friendly staff look forward to greeting you at check-in with a signature DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie. Premium waterfront location on the Cairns Esplanade

Fact File NAME: Double Tree by Hilton Cairns ADDRESS: 121-123 Esplanade, Cairns, Qld 4870 PHONE: (07) 4050 6037 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Melissa Wong WEB: E-MAIL: Easy walking access to Cairns Lagoon and the city centre Newly refurbished meeting and event space A relaxing tropical landscape, including a deep-water barramundi fish pond Complimentary fitness center and outdoor swimming pool Famous as the meeting place of two natural wonders - the Great Barrier Reef and the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest - Cairns is a vibrant and colorful destination in the far north of Queensland. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns is set in the heart of the city, within easy walking distance of the Cairns Esplanade lagoon, Cairns Casino, the business district and the city’s shopping, tourism and nightlife hubs. Ride the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to experience unforgettable views over the rainforest canopy. Tour the Atherton Tablelands – a fertile plateau which is part of the Great Dividing Range in Queensland; and home to breathtaking waterfalls, deep crater lakes, a colorful tapestry of farmlands and wildlife-rich savannah plains. Enjoy thrills and spills on the Tully River, Barron River or Russell River, which all have rapids from grades 1 - 4. Explore the uninhabited Frankland Island, or experience the world's best reef diving at the iconic Great Barrier Reef.

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Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort

Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort is a friendly oasis set amidst 28 acres of immaculate grounds lush with palms, rainforest areas and award winning tropical gardens and is situated on the southern entrance to Cairns, just seven minutes from the city centre. Catering to travellers and holiday makers who appreciate quality, cleanliness and excellent value for money, Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort has a full range of accommodation, camping and caravan sites to suit couples, families, groups or independent travellers looking for a friendly home away from home. Our accommodation ranges from luxury Sun Lagoon Condos that sleep up to eight people with two bathrooms to Spa Villas and Tropical Ensuite Cabins for smaller families and those travelling on a budget. If you prefer to bring your own home away from home there is no need to rough it with our spacious sites for caravans, tents, camper trailers, motor homes and our immaculate park amenities and facilities like full Campers Kitchen and mini mart . We have everything to ensure a comfortable stay even Super Ensuites with private bathroom and washing machine. No matter which accommodation choice you make everyone gets to enjoy the multitude of activities and facilities here at Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort. Fill your day between lounging beside the Sun Lagoon Pool and spa, dodging the bucket at SPLASH water park, flipping out on the Jumping Pillow or perhaps a game of tennis or giant chess. There are so many things to do you will never want to leave. If you can drag yourself away for a day, our location in Cairns is perfect for travellers wishing to visit one of the natural Wonders of the World, the Great Barrier Reef. To snorkel,

Fact File NAME: Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort ADDRES S: 23-51 Anderson Rd, Woree, Cairns, Qld 4868 ADDRESS: PHONE: (07) 4054 6644 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Kim Thomas WEB: E-MAIL:

dive or cruise this magnificent ocean playground is a must for any Cairns holiday and our friendly staff can assist you with the many choices available or see our Tour Packages for more information. Our friendly staff at Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort Holiday are waiting to welcome you.

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Ayr Bed and Breakfast On McIntyre

Indulge yourselves with our Pioneer Room. With Luxury Queen Size Bed, Air conditioning, Television, Private Bathroom Facilities with Plunge Bath, Separate Shower and Separate Toilet and Vanity. Room Facilities available to all guests include: ■ Air Conditioning ■ 1000 count pure cotton sheets ■ Internal lock to bedroom doors ■ Soft or firm pillows ■ Allergy-resistant doonas ■ Sheridan quilt covers ■ Cotton bath robes ■ Reading lights ■ Plunge bath/shower/toilet ■ Alarm clock ■ Bath tub pillows ■ Ceiling fans ■ Fluffy bath sheets/towels ■ Quality Toiletries ■ … little hidden extras We aim to pamper with comforts even better than your own home ■ BBQ ■ Outdoor heated Spa ■ Insect Screens ■ Wireless Internet FREE

Fact File NAME: Ayr Bed and Breakfast On McIntyre ADDRES S: 8 McIntyre Place, Ayr, Qld 4807 ADDRESS: PHONE: (07) 4783 6401 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Shirley Mann WEB: E-MAIL: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■

Binoculars / reference books Tourist pamphlets Evening glass of Port and chocolates Off street parking FREE Hair dryers Reading room Reverse cycle air conditioning Laundry and ironing facilities Gourmet Breakfast & Home-baked Afternoon tea on arrival is inclusive “Three luxury bedrooms are available at this bed and breakfast accommodation for your short break comfort“ Garden View Suite Pioneer Room Bouquet Room* (*only available as a package with Pioneer Room)

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Ayr Travellers Motel Fact File NAME: Ayr Travellers Motel ADDRES S: 233 Queen St, Ayr, Qld 4807 ADDRESS: PHONE: (07) 4783 6666 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Jan Larkin WEB: E-MAIL:

Ayr Travellers Motel is a Quality Motel, with luxuriously appointed rooms and the finest restaurant in the Burdekin, making the Ayr Travellers Motel ideal for the corporate or holiday traveller. Completed in 2009, the Ayr Travellers has 28 air-conditioned modern luxurious rooms that are stylish and superbly appointed. It also boasts the best restaurant dining experience in the Burdekin with friendly service and outstanding food. Whether your stay is for business or pleasure, or maybe a bit of both, the Ayr Travellers is your ideal “home away from home” while visiting Ayr. Hotel Facilities Close to CBD Off-street parking Quality 5 star Licensed Restaurant Dry Cleaning and Laundry service Guest Laundry Rooms with facilities for the Disabled Luggage storage Wireless Internet access Facsimile/photocopying service On-site Management. Boardroom – seating for 12 Conference Facilities Reception Hours Monday to Friday 7am – 9pm Saturday 8 am - 9pm Sunday 8am – 7pm After hours check-in available.

Please contact us and we will make arrangements for your late arrival. Hotel style rooms Family 2 bedroom Air-conditioning & ceiling fans Direct dial phones with voicemail Wireless Internet access LCD television Digital / Austar Cable TV Full kitchen facilities (Family unit) Tea and coffee making facilities Laundry facilities (Family unit) Work Desk T he A yr TTrr a v ellers Lic ensed Res taur ant boas ts the Ayr Licensed Restaur taurant boasts t dining e xperienc e in the Bur dekin, with bes best experienc xperience Burdekin, friendly servic tional ffood. ood. servicee and eexx c e p ptional Open ffor or Dinner Monda o TThursda hursda Mondayy tto hursdayy night tur da (A or functions F rida Frida ridayy & Sa Satur turda dayy nights nights)) Avv ailable ffor Country style Breakfasts ar eek. aree also aavv ailable 7 da dayy s a w week.

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Sunbird Gardens Fact File NAME: Sunbird Gardens ADDRES S: 116 Bicentennial Drive, Agnes Water, Qld 4677 ADDRESS: PHONE: (07) 4974 7245 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Angela Draheim WEB: E-MAIL:

Sunbird Gardens offers peaceful and tranquil accommodation just 300m from the lovely Agnes Water beach. Tucked away in beautiful bushland, Sunbird Gardens is just a short walk from the shops of Agnes Water. The 3 villas, each offset, are fully self contained, spacious one bedroom with separate ensuite and a very private spa located on an enclosed louvred verandah. Each villa has its own enclosed deck with barbecue and private gazebo. Feel calm and at peace surrounded by the best of Australia, the beach and the bush. Be inspired and rejuvenated sitting back on your private deck watching the native wildlife and listening to the birds. With many activities for the adventurous, perhaps a scenic motorbike ride around Agnes Water/1770 or day tripping to Bustard Head Lighthouse on the LARC. Or take a relaxing cruise to Lady Musgrave Island to discover all the South Great Barrier Reef has to offer. Swim, snorkel or dive with accredited instructors in the protected coral cay and lagoons and be wowed by the tropical fish, dolphins, turtles, manta rays, whales (July-November) and vividly colourful coral. Hit the surf or walk on the pristine beach or fish off the rocks. Perhaps strolling to the coffee shops is more inviting but make sure you catch the beautiful sunset at Seventeen Seventy. *Pet Friendly Accommodation (please check if your friend can be suitably catered for at Sunbird Gardens) The choice is yours.

Accommodation includes: Well equipped kitchens (NB - no oven) Laundry Linen TV / DVD / BBQ Veranda Spa Spacious living Covered carport Enjoy the peace, privacy and seclusion of your own fully self contained double spa villa! Sunbird Gardens - perfect for couples looking for a unique, relaxing time with a short walk to the beach, restaurants and shops. Tours to the Great Barrier Reef are just minutes away. Seventeen Seventy (previously referred to as Town of 1770 ) is the closest jump-off point north of Brisbane. The Great Barrier Reef is at your doorstep! Agnes Water situated on the beautiful Discovery Coast 1 1/2 hours north of Bundaberg and 1 1/4 hours south of Gladstone. A gem in paradise - after driving through acres of rolling farmland you come over the hill and here it is ... the sparkling beauty of Agnes Water.

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Glass On Glasshouse Fact File NAME: Glass On Glasshouse ADDRES S: 182 Glass House-Woodford Rd, ADDRESS: Glass House Mountains, Qld 4518 PHONE: (07) 5496 9608 CONT ACT CT:: Bill Rogers ONTA WEB: E-MAIL:

We have three stunning and private self-contained cottages located in the scenic Sunshine Coast Hinterland, close to the popular hinterland towns of Montville and Maleny and just 10 minutes from Australia Zoo at Beerwah. Spoil yourself by staying in a stylish and romantic cottage that you won't want to leave. Two walls of floor-to-ceiling glass that let you feel as if you're actually outside. Dramatic freestanding double spa bath. Sexy eco-smart fire in winter Wild kangaroos You are surrounded by bushland, yet only 6Km from the nearest town (Glasshouse Mountains). We offer you the best of both worlds, -a chance to experience nature, yet be close enough to civilisation to pop out to a country pub or local restaurant if you desire, or to explore the many attractions of the Sunshine Coast. Each cottage has a spacious living area with magnificent views of one or both of Mt. Beerwah and Mt. Coonowrin (the two grandest of the Glasshouse Mountains). The architectdesigned cottages are surrounded on two sides by floor-toceiling glass walls to enhance your views, and give you a feeling of light and space. There is also a deck where you can have a BBQ and admire the wild kangaroos, or watch the black cockatoos and listen to the laughter of the kookaburras. For complete relaxation there’s a dramatically decadent freestanding double spa bath set on a plinth in the middle of the bathroom, and for those cool winter nights there's a beautiful two-sided romantic eco-smart fire which can be experienced from the bathroom as well as the lounge. For entertainment the cottages feature a flat-screen High

Definition TV and Blu-Ray PS3 DVD player. There's also an iPod dock and Bluetooth receiver if you want to listen to your own portable music through the whole-of-house sound system. You can also count the millions of stars at night and just become closer to nature. Bedroom: A comfortable King-size bed (or two singles if requested). Kitchenette: If you feel like cooking there's a microwave, fridge, Smeg hot plates, BBQ on the deck, and a dishwasher. Extra People: There's a sofa bed in the lounge (with extra charge for third person). Laundry: A washing machine and drying facilities are also available in a central area. Breakfast: Tasty provisions are included in all packages (except the Stay 5 Pay 4), with fresh fruit, cereal, eggs, bacon, bread and home-made jam. Tea and an espresso machine with ground coffee are also provided.

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Country Pathfinder Motor Inn Fact File NAME: Country Pathfinder Motor Inn ADDRES S: 62 Condamine St, Dalby, Qld 4405 ADDRESS: PHONE: (07) 4662 4433 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Jane and Robert Grieve WEB: E-MAIL:

AUTHENTIC AUSTRALIAN EXPERIENCES AT DALBY, QUEENSLAND Two hourrs from Brisbane, and just one four from the new Wellcamp airport at Toowoomba At the Country Pathfinder Motor Inn, Dalby, hosts Robert, Jane and Irene offer cleanliness, friendliness, comfort, all mod cons (including free WiFi) and value - as a matter of course; that's our business and we love it. Others can say the same (although of course we think we do it best!). But we do more. As group tour facilitators in our area, we share the beauty and wonder of our extraordinary region from the breathtakingly beautiful Darling Downs, to Australia's best-kept secret, the fabulous rainforest and native animals of the nearby Bunya Mountains (an ancient Aboriginal meeting place). Oozing with Australian stories, rich with plenty, under a huge blue sky by day and a plethora of stars by night, tailor-made to fit your group, your experience with us is as Australian as ANZAC biscuits and as Queensland as Bunya nuts. We cater with delicious local produce for group picnics, camp oven dinners, bbqs, farm and garden tours, race meetings - whatever your group's interest, ask and we shall find. Call us to plan a unique insider's view of the 'real' Australia.

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The Sovereign Resort Hotel

The Sovereign Resort Hotel is a beautiful AAA 4-star rated resort situated in the heart of Cooktown, close to all historic sights, shops, wharf and museum. We have resort style rooms, deluxe rooms and 2 bedroom apartments, all air-conditioned with queen sized beds. The Sovereign Resort Hotel boasts a beautiful free form swimming pool set amidst award winning landscaped tropical gardens. Two Bedroom Apartments With one queen size bed in one room and two single beds in the second bedroom or a queen size bed in each bedroom, open plan living and dinning area, outdoor furniture, bathroom facilities, hairdryer, iron and board, mini bar, microwave oven, toaster, tea/coffee making facilities, fans, air-conditioning, telephone, and television with free sport and movie channels.

Fact File NAME: The Sovereign Resort Hotel ADDRESS: 128 Charlotte St, Cooktown, Qld 4895 PHONE: (07) 4043 0500 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Dave Webber WEB: E-MAIL:

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A & A Motel Proserpine Fact File NAME: A & A Motel Proserpine ADDRESS: 156 Main St, Proserpine, Qld 4800 PHONE: (07) 4945 1888 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Leah and Danny Borghero WEB: E-MAIL:

"Spend a night not a fortune at A&A Motel Proserpine" Proserpine is a prosperous town on the Bruce Highway between Mackay & Bowen and close to the well known holiday destination of Airlie Beach. Take a dip in our shaded swimming pool, a wonderful way to cool down at the end of the day. We have 14 rooms consisting of Double Rooms, Twin Share, Quad Rooms, Family Rooms & 2 Self Contained Units. Your hos ts LLeah eah and Dann gher o hosts Dannyy Bor Borgher ghero The A & A Motel is located on the Bruce Highway, beside Caltex, between Red Rooster & Subway. Walking distance to Town Centre. Home cooked breakfast & dinners served to your room Foxtel Free WIFI Undercover Parking Swimming Pool

Things to do in the Whitsundays: Ferry ride from Shute Harbour to Hamilton Island or Fantasea one day cruises of the Whitsundays and Barrier Reef. Tel. 07 4946 511 or Air Whitsunday Islands Day Trips.Fly to the Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven Beach Tel. 07 4946 9111 or Andos Sports Fishing at Proserpine Dam,Proserpine River or Whitsunday Islands.All tackle,drinks and food supplied.Contact Dan on 0418 726 589. Learn to Dive - Airlie Beach Tel.0749464766 or Whitsunday Charter Vessel Fishing Tel.0749481029 ah Tel.0415185653 or* Salty Dog Sea Kayaking.Half day Turtle and Snorkel Tour.Also 6 day Tour exploring home waters to Manta rays, giant turtles, dolphins and rare dugons.Tel.49461388 or Boat Hire - Tinnies on Trailers Tel.0405 171 777 Reef n' Rags -2 cruises - 2 days - 1 low price Tel.0749465111 Proserpine Limosine.Free call tel.1800 444 933 Spa Allure - Spa treatments.Tel.0749480818 or Ocean Rafting. Fun, fast rides, beach, snorkeling,bushwalking.Tel.07 4946 6848 or Whitsunday Crocodile Safari 074 9483310 or Whitsunday Chopper Flights - Island Flights-Reef Adventures.Tel.0749469988 or Reeforest --- Rainforest & Platypus Eco Safari.Tel.49482455 .A/H 1800500353 email Faust Dam - Daily fishing reports, fishing guides directory, articles, flyfishing tips, techniques, and more! Sights T o See To Proserpine Sugar Refinery Lake Proserpine with barramundi fishing Proserpine Museum Crocodile Tour of Proserpine River Cedar Falls Airlie Beach Saturday Markets at Airlie Beach Dingo Beach Large Shopping Centre at nearby Cannonvale

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Shady Rest Motel Fact File NAME: Shady Rest Motel ADDRESS: 17 Violet St, Gympie, Qld 4570 PHONE: (07) 5482 1999 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Wes and Judy WEB: E-MAIL:

The Shady Rest Motel is conveniently located close to the centre of town, opposite the Tennis Courts with close proximity to local, Restaurants, Clubs, Hotels and Hospitals. At the Shady Rest we offer friendly personal service with clean, comfortable, value for money accommodation. We are Your friendly home away from home for people who are in Gympie for an extended stay or are stopping overnight while travelling to destinations north or south. A block back from the Bruce Highway, at the end of a quiet Cul-de-sac, with owners living on-site you are assured a great stay.

Avoid the highway noise by staying at the Shady Rest Motel. Our Motel has undergone an extensive refurbishment program. We are a caring family team and offer clean, comfortable and affordable accommodation. Our commitment to personalised attention will ensure that your stay with us is a relaxing experience. ■ Central but quiet location ■ Off street trailer parking area ■ Owners live on-site ■ Best value in Gympie ■ Undercover parking in front of rooms ■ Air conditioned

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All guests arriving at the Shady Rest Motel Gympie are greeted with a smile in a friendly atmosphere that is carried right through the entire time our guests are staying with us. We love to meet people and have had many years experience in the Hospitality field. We really get a kick out of making sure our ‘Guests’ want for nothing!! The Shady Rest Motel Gympie has been refurbished over the last 24 months and we are fastidious about the cleanliness of the property and our rooms. We pride ourselves on having comfortable beds and fresh spotlessly clean linen for our guests. Please check out each rooms virtual image tour on the Rooms page. The Shady Rest Motel Gympie is our home and our ambition with each guest is for them to feel that it is their home away from home when staying in Gympie. Nothing is too much trouble to help our guests settle in and to enjoy the sights and facilities that Gympie has to offer. We’d love to meet you or catch up again and hope that you will choose the Shady Rest Motel Gympie when next stopping over in Gympie. Your hosts, Wes and Judy Hickey

Opposite City Tennis Courts Swimming pool Barbecue Unit with luxury Spa 18 clean, comfortable units Breakfast to room Free Austar TV Free wireless internet acccess Wheelchair friendly unit

Room Facilities ■ R/C air conditioning ■ Spotlessly clean rooms ■ Ceiling fans ■ Hairdryers

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Queen beds Refurbished Non smoking rooms Iron & ironing board Tea and coffee facilities Clock radio Bar fridge Toaster Cable television Comfortable beds Table and chairs Dial phone Heating

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White Crest Luxury Apartments

White Crest Luxury Apartments Herv tion Herveey Ba Bayy A Acc c o m m o d aation Herv tiona Hervee y B Baa y Holida Holidayy Apartment A Acc c ommoda ommodationa 4.5 Star - BEACHFRONT Esplanade Officially Acredited Serviced Apartments in Hervey Bay. White Crest Luxury Apartment accommodation is in a prime position along the Esplanade in Torquay, Hervey Bay on the Fraser Coast. With a beautiful stretch of pristine beach directly opposite and a short stroll to many fine restaurants, nightclubs and shops this Hervey Bay accommodation is in the perfect location. Why White Crest Luxury Holiday Apartments - Hervey Bay? Beachfront on the Esplanade fronting the pristine, stunning Torquay Beach in Hervey Bay Spacious 1, 2 or 3 bedroom apartment fully self-contained and superbly appointed Hervey Bay Holiday Apartments Air conditioning, with all kitchen amenities and appliance Colour TV with Austar Large swimming pool, spa, tennis court and games room Hervey Bay holiday apartment accommodation ideal for couples or families beachfront on the Esplanade Stroll to Torquay Beach, shops, restaurants and cafes from these Hervey Bay Holiday Apartments on the esplanade Quality 4.5 star holiday Hervey Bay accommodation with resident managers to cater for your every need Hervey Bay and the Fraser Coast offers countless attractions and activities for all Tour to Fraser Island Fishing, whale, dolphin, dugongs or turtle expeditions Whale watching - season in Hervey Bay is late July to November Sailing, windsurfing or other water sports at pristine Torquay Beach or adjacent beaches Cycling on the esplanade bikeway WetSide Water Education Park Hervey Bay Historical Village & Museum Reefworld Aquarium and Shark Swim Hervey Bay Go Kart Track

Fact File NAME: White Crest Luxury Apartments ADDRES S: 397 Esplanade, Tourquay, Hervey Bay, ADDRESS: Qld 4655 PHONE: (07) 4197 6800 WEB: E-MAIL:

Fraser Coast Discovery Sphere White Crest Hervey Bay Holiday Apartment Accommodation in a prime position to experience all the region offers The Management Staff at White Crest Luxury Holiday Accommodation look forward to your stay with us at this ideally located and affordable Hervey Bay Holiday Apartment Accommodation property.

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Akama Resort Fact File NAME: Akama Resort ADDRESS: 625 Boulevard, Urangan, Qld 4655 PHONE: (07) 4197 0777 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Chris WEB: E-MAIL: on the T dvisor T W e'v Choicee e'vee w won Trip Advisor Trr a v eller's Choic rip A d ffor or 20 15. T his plac es us in the the ttop op A war ard 2015. This places or the sec ond y ear in a rro o w. 1 per ccent ent in the w orld f world for second year

Welcome to Akama Resort Hervey Bay, every exquisite detail has been attended to, with your comfort in mind. Akama Resort offers a unique style of award winning accommodation presenting well appointed, spacious, designer apartments. Akama Resort overlooks Fraser Island, the Great Sandy Straits and the Marina from where all Whale Watching vessels depart. The resort is positioned in a beautiful location on the esplanade in the Marina precinct. Nestled among lush tropical gardens exuding an atmosphere of peace and tranquility and just a stone’s throw from the Marina bars, club, shopping, beaches and restaurants where fine food will titillate even the most With superb customer service and beautiful luxury Hervey discerning palette. Bay apartments, you can do as much or as little on your Hervey All the apartments at Akama Resort are fully air conditioned Bay holiday. with large furnished balconies, bi fold doors that open the Please be aware Akama Resort has a strict No Party Policy. width of the living area to bring the outside in, full size kitchens and private laundry. Lift to all levels, key less entry and The Akama Hervey Bay Resort is conveniently located adjacently to many sights and attractions. undercover secure parking. We understand it’s not always easy to find something to do when on holidays so here Our Hervey Bay apartments come in a range of sizes to suit is a few ideas to keep yourself, and the kids entertained when in Hervey Bay – and don’t your needs. Whether you are looking for a romantic break for forget we can help you book tours and tickets! Take a dip in Akama Resort’s sparkling heated pool and spa (swim all year round) two, or the ultimate luxury holiday, the Akama apartments in Take a walk or ride the 18km of bike paths along Charlton Esplanade. Hervey Bay has it all. Stroll from our Hervey Bay resort to the 800 metre long Urangan Pier overlooking Fraser Island and experience firsthand the elation as the anglers pull up a huge mackerel Akama Resort offers luxury 1,2,3 bedroom apartments and or tuna. penthouse accommodation. These luxury apartments offer Feed the lorikeets at the Botanical Gardens; expand your horizons with a visit to the every modern amenity in a vast contemporary layout not of- regional art gallery in Pialba or the natural impressions art gallery. Enjoy alfresco dining at a huge array of cafés, pubs and clubs dotted along the waters ten seen in holiday accommodation. Perfect for a family holiedge at the Hervey Bay Marina. day. Visit our vibrant local markets that have a magnificent selection of fresh produce and Our Hervey Bay apartments enable you to entertain with every other type of stall imaginable Take a flight in a helicopter or small plane over our beautiful foreshore and Fraser ease in large open plan living, where concertina glass doors Island. open onto private, sunny balconies with stunning views across Take a 35 min flight to glorious Lady Elliot Island – southern tip of the Great Barrier the Great Sandy Straits to Fraser Island. Reef.

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The Woolshed At Jondaryan

The Woolshed at Jondaryan is a world-class event and function facility with 150 years of history and a focus on authenticity with the capacity to cater for groups and events of all sizes. Open 7 days 9am – 4.30pm. Tours are available by appointment, please confirm early. This is a unique experience as our guides bring the Woolshed and our history to life. You can experience sheep shearing, damper making and a host of activities that makes history exciting. From corporate events to weddings, and school excursions the Jondaryan Woolshed complex is a unique and ideal setting. Our four dining areas are fully licensed and serve scrumptious menus designed by our in-house executive chef. We specialise in groups, tours and functions. The functions coordinator will work with you to design a custom package, perfectly suited to your requirements. At the heart of the Jondaryan Woolshed is the museum village. Rich in history with authentic from the original Jondaryan station. The Woolshed itself is an original sheep-shearing shed with a rich history. The Woolshed is the oldest, largest, operating Woolshed, heritage listed, in the World, that still operates. The Woolshed at Jondaryan is located half way between Toowoomba and Dalby, approximately 30 minutes from either city. Visitors from those cities can easily make the trip in a day. For visitors from Brisbane and the Gold Coast, the Woolshed is only a 2.5 hour drive. This magnificent building just oozes character and charm. Built in 1859, it was the grandest and largest woolshed in the world. The Jondaryan Woolshed is still the largest most original of any woolshed in Australia. The Eastern wing is unrestored and is just as it was in 1859 when it was built. In fact, you can stand at the door of the Woolroom and look out to the West and see the same view as they did in 1859!

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NAME: The Woolshed At Jondaryan ADDRESS: 264 Jondaryan Evanslea Rd, Jondaryan, Qld 4403 PHONE: (07) 4692 2229 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Lisa WEB: E-MAIL: With its massive timbers and trusses, we are confident in saying that there is not another venue that will come close to the Woolshed. We can cater for just about any function for up to 1,000 people. We are fully licensed and our Executive Chef has designed a range of spectacular menus to suit your requirements. Our experienced functions team can guide you through a range of unique packages including specially designed cuisine, fine wine, and even a range of team building exercises to suit your needs. We cater for everything from a wedding to a corporate function, and can personalize and theme the Woolshed to meet your requirements, from the formal to the authentic bare boards ho-down. You can stay onsite in the shearers’ quarters or rustic cabins area, or we can organize bus transfers if you would rather stay in Oakey or Toowoomba. Just contact one of our friendly staff and we will work it out for you.

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The Grange Hervey Bay

T he P erf ect Herv tion Perf erfect Herveey Ba Bayy A Acc c ommoda ommodation The ultimate Hervey Bay Accommodation Resort is The Grange Resort set among beautiful tropical surroundings. A unique and affordable holiday destination with accommodation consisting of Large 1-2 and 3 Bedroom Townhouse Villa Apartments. All fully self contained and professionally appointed with stainless steel appliances, TV, DVD all with Austar, Air Conditioned and Laundry Facilities make it a home away from home. Relax in your very own Private Courtyard or Balcony or take a swim in our heated lagoon pool utilising the latest technology in Heat Pumps - Swim ALL YEAR ROUND! The Grange Resort Luxury Apartments is described as "Tropical Tranquility by the Sea". In fact we are only 200 meters from the white sandy beach's and minutes to Hervey Bay Boat Harbour and Marina. Located close to both family and fine dining restaurants plus shops and popular sea side cafe's and much more. All Rooms have 24 hour access to our Free Wi-Fi Broadband Internet connection. Hervey Bay is close to Fraser Island and offers tourists and visitors many attractions and tours. Including the Lake Mackenzie Fraser Island day tour or the ever popular Whale Watching tours which season for Hervey Bay is generally from late June to Late October.

Fact File NAME: The Grange Hervey Bay ADDRESS: 33 Elizabeth St, Urangan, Qld 4655 PHONE: 0417 878 336 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Peter WEB: E-MAIL: W inner of T wa rrd d Trr a v ellers Choic Choicee A Aw fr o m Trip A dvisor fro Advisor 14th T op Hot el In A u sstr tr alia Top Hotel Au tralia Our friendly tour desk can also pre book any of your special tours including Whale Watching, Sailing, Fishing, Dolphin spotting or even a Sunset Cruise along the Hervey Bay coastline. Our on site Managers and Tour Reception will cater for all your holiday accommodation needs and provide valuable information with all Hervey Bays tours and attractions. The Grange Resort invites you to make it "Your place to stay in Hervey Bay." Please feel free to contact our friendly staff to assist with your hervey bay accommodation booking. Whether your looking for hotel or a resort close to the beach or family cheap accommodation then The Grange Resort in Hervey bay is your place to stay.

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Crystal Bay By The Water

Crystal Bay is situated on the Broadwater just a short distance north of Surfers Paradise. The central location is ideal for both the holiday makers and business traveler alike, with all attractions and the Southport CBD within easy reach. Enjoy the fantastic views and calm waters of the Broadwater from your private balcony or take a stroll along the waterfront to one of the many local restaurants. No matter what your reason is for visiting the Gold Coast, the friendly staff at Crystal Bay would love to welcome you and help make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Crystal Bay on the Broadwater offers a choice of superior and standard 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments . All apartments overlook the magnificent Broadwater and, from your private balcony, you can enjoy the panoramic views of the Surfers Paradise skyline to the south and Stradbroke Island to the north. Our superior apartments have been recently re-furbished and are tastefully decorated using leather and timber furniture. The aqua and earthy tones of the soft furnishings complete the look to create a modern and comfortable environment all the family can enjoy. Facilities you will find in our apartments include: Fully Equipped Kitchen Laundry Air-conditioning Foxtel Hair-dryer Wireless Broadband Internet (charges apply) Direct Dial Phone & Intercom

Fact File NAME: Crystal Bay By The Water ADDRES S: 182 Marine Pde, Labrador, Qld 4215 ADDRESS: PHONE: (07) 5561 2200 C ONT ACT ONTA CT:: Irma WEB: E-MAIL:

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Taihoa Holiday Units Fact File NAME: Taihoa Holiday Units ADDRESS: 91 Jardine St, Stafford, Qld 4053 PHONE: (07) 4068 9446 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Tracey WEB: E-MAIL:

Taihoa is a New Zealand Maori word for take it easy and Taihoa Holiday Units in Mission Beach will be your perfect place for doing just that. Wake up to magnificent views of Dunk Island, Bedarra Island and the Coral Sea from your doorstep. Designed as an Adults only (18+) accommodation environment, Taihoa Holiday Units is ideal for a romantic get-away, quiet retreat or tropical holiday. Each of our spacious apartments are fully air-conditioned, self-contained and comfortably sleep two adults on either king or single beds. As a child-free zone, Taihoa Holiday Units cater to those adults looking for a peaceful and relaxing time away from home.

We are an adults-only accommodation and no under-18s.

Designed and furnished with the tropics and your comfort in mind, each unit has its own special personality. Accented with natural timber, neutral colour floor tiles and walls, your room will be a cool and welcoming place to return to after a walk on the beach or a day out exploring the amazing Cassowary Coast offerings. Unit Facilities Kitchenette (stove, microwave, toaster, kettle, utensils etc.) Air conditioning Ceiling fans TV DVD player CD player/alarm clock Hair dryer Mission Beach is surrounded by a lush backdrop of World Heritage listed wet tropical rainforest, sunkissed white sandy beaches, close offshore islands including the world renowned Dunk and Bedarra Islands, and the deep cobalt blues of the Coral Sea and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

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Grand Mercure Apartments Magnetic Island

Situated on the waters edge with endless views across the sparkling Coral Sea, Grand Mercure Apartments Magnetic Island is the place where you and your tropical dreams meet – a private retreat nestled amongst pristine, natural island beauty - caressed by gentle sea breezes and bathed in a warm, tropical climate. Services Mid stay clean (7 days or more) Babysitting on request (charges apply) Massage on request (charges apply) Tour bookings and car hire services Wi-fi internet (charges apply) On-site Facilities Four pools Spa Fitness Centres Free undercover car parking Close-by Beaches Restaurants and cafes Shops Golf Public transport - 500 metres One Bedroom Apartment Features a sleek stone kitchen fully equipped with stainless steel appliances, laundry with washing machine and dryer, air conditioning, cable tv, dvd player, hair dryer, beach-room and

Fact File NAME: Grand Mercure Apartments Magnetic Island ADDRES S: 146 Sooning St, Nelly Bay, Magnetic Island, ADDRESS: Qld 4819 PHONE: (07) 4758 2100 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Rita Dickinson WEB: E-MAIL: balcony with views. Available with one queen bed. Two Bedroom Apartment Features a sleek stone kitchen fully equipped with stainless steel appliances, laundry with washing machine and dryer, air conditioning, cable tv, dvd player, hair dryer, beach-room and balcony with views. Available with a queen bed and two single beds. Three Bedroom Apartment Features a sleek stone kitchen fully equipped with stainless steel appliances, laundry with washing machine and dryer, air conditioning, cable tv, dvd player, hair dryer, beach room and balcony with views. Available with one queen bed and four single beds. A mere 50 metres from Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal, Grand Mercure Apartment Magnetic Island is an Island Resort just beside the Coral Sea and Marine Reserve. Please quo wspaper when making booking. quotte this ne new

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Braeside Bed and Breakfast Fact File NAME: Braeside Bed and Breakfast ADDRES S: 305 Maleny-Stanley River Rd, Maleny, Qld 4552 ADDRESS: PHONE: (07) 5494 3542 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Elizabeth Smith WEB: E-MAIL:

Welcome to Braeside Bed and Breakfast, Maleny. Stylish weekend getaway and holiday accommodation on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. Your luxury escape in Maleny. Perched on a ridge overlooking the spectacular Glasshouse Mountains, Braeside B&B is a luxury retreat for adults who enjoy exceptional hospitality. Only 3.5 km from Maleny, a tranquil, rural town on the southern fringe of the Blackall Range in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, we are little more than an hour’s drive north from Brisbane, where you’ll discover another world. Get away to log fires and spas, rainforest and misty mounClose to restaurants, wineries, galleries, bush walks and shops tain panoramas, peace and tranquillity. Wake to birdsong, then … be indulged with Braeside’s contemporary style, traditional ease into the day with our scrumptious breakfast. Relax in comfort … celebrate a special occasion … enjoy a service and superb views. ■ Braeside has four guest suites each accommodating two romantic getaway in your private, air-conditioned suite. adults. ■ All suites have their own ensuite ■ Three suites and both guest lounges provide superb panoramic views of the Glass House Mountains. ■ The fourth guest suite has garden views. ■ One suite is accessible with facilities designed to accommodate disabled guests. ■ All suites are located in different areas of the house providing guests with excellent privacy. ■ The upstairs lounge has a fireplace while the downstairs lounge is air-conditioned and is suitable for small conferences and in-house functions. ■ All guest suites are air-conditioned and have bedside tables and lamps, lounge chairs, clock radio, TV and DVD/CD player, refrigerator, coffee plunger and tea-making facilities, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, bathrobes and towels, spare blanket and pillows. ■ Wi-fi is available.

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Maleny Views Cottage and Resort Fact File NAME: Maleny Views Cottage and Resort ADDRES S: 1 Panorama Place, Maleny, Qld 4552 ADDRESS: PHONE: (07)5494 3943 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Elsebeth Tjelder WEB: E-MAIL:

Maleny Views Cottage Accommodation is a boutique 4 star cottage accommodation in the the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, only 1 hour north of Brisbane and 5 minutes from Maleny and Montville. We are ideally located for wedding guests, weekend escapees and corporate travelers visiting the Sunshine Coast Hinterland . With the Mary Cairncross Corner restaurant precinct right beside our Maleny accommodation venue, guests are only a short walk to restaurants such as the Reserve Restaurant and Cellar, The Terrace of Maleny, Muang Thai, Key Bar and further down the road Mary CairnCross Scenic Reserve and King Ludwigs German Restaurant. Our rooms: King (Split) Bed Log Fire(Studio cottages only) Flat Screen LCD Television and DVD player IPod docking station and CD player Polished wood floors Spa bath with separate shower Air-conditioning (reverse cycle) Intimate balconies with outdoor settings Bar Fridge / tea & coffee facilities / Microwave / Toaster Whether you plan to relax and unwind, escape for a romantic getaway, attend a wedding, host a small conference, or simply want to explore the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Maleny Views is the perfect base. Maleny Views offers a variety of accommodation options from cottages to beautifully appointed penthouse villas. Studio Cottage Each cottage offers your own private balcony, log fire place,

spa bath, and Sheridan bed linen. Studio Villa The Studio Villa is true 4 star accommodation. Offering privacy and luxury from the first floor, relax in a double spa bath or double shower. Penthouse Villa for 4 The Penthouse Villa has a King Size Bed in the main, open planned bedroom and the option of King Bed or 2 King Singles in a seperate, private bedroom - suitable for 4 people.

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Maleny Tropical Retreat Fact File

Enjoy the peaceful tropical rainforest setting with a walking track to Obi Obi Creek and views of Lake Baroon. Maleny Tropical Retreat B & B accommodation consists of three exquisitely appointed Bed and Breakfast guest rooms. Relax in a warm, bubbling spa. Light the wood fire. Sip your favourite wine. Gaze out on a magnificent vista of rainforest and pastures. Recline on your private deck listening to the birds. Paddle in the private creek with Cassi and Benji as your bushwalking escorts. Our romantic getaway bed and breakfast is situated just 5km from the picturesque village of Montville and 9km from the township of Maleny in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

NAME: Maleny Tropical Retreat ADDRES S: 540 Maleny Montville Rd, Maleny, Qld 4552 ADDRESS: PHONE: (07) 5435 2113 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Ken Bailey WEB: E-MAIL:

Australia Zoo is only 19kms from us. As we are accredited booking agents for Australia Zoo, we can issue and print your admission tickets before you leave. We are close to restaurants, galleries, shops, wineries, and local arts, crafts & produce outlets. There are also many walks through rainforests and to waterfalls in the Blackall Ranges and access to one of the Great Walks of S.E. Queensland, Australia. Maleny Tropical Retreat near Montville, offers something different from the traditional Bed and Breakfast accommodation. The unique Balinese theme creates tranquility and harmony for romantic couples of all ages. For the ultimate, why not try our "Ultimate Indulgence Package". We have 4 star AAAT rating. Step into another world and meander through lush tropical gardens to the private guest entrance. Inside, enjoy the peaceful tropical rainforest setting with views of Lake Baroon from your private spa, and the sounds of Obi Obi Creek from your private deck. Listen to the delightful songs of the wild birds. Wander along the bush tracks exploring the creek by day and snuggle up in front of your wood fire at night. In your room there is a comfortable queen bed, en-suite, large corner spa, wood fire, air-con, TV/DVD & radio/CD (with extensive movie & music libraries), tea/coffee making facilities, fridge with mini-bar, and a large deck with amazing panoramic views.

National Observer. February 2015.  

National Observer. February 2015.

National Observer. February 2015.  

National Observer. February 2015.