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How to use the Queensland International Travel Planner Listings Here is an example of a typical product listing and a few points to make it easier for you to locate the information you need.

PrOduct NAME

Product name

See World Heritage Fraser Island from the comfort of Kingfisher Bay Resort. Rangers guide eco tours, whale and dolphin watch cruises and walks. It’s perfect for four wheel driving, sailing, fishing, lazing around the pool, and having a massage.

An interior/exterior image of the product

Brief description of the product (Sample Only)

Member of Australian Tourism Data Warehouse Completed Eco Certification Program and certified by Ecotourism Australia Property Address Property telephone and fax numbers Email address and website address Features of the product (refer to the symbols below) Features common to the product (refer to the symbols below) Tariff published based on a room/ unit/apartment for one night only

PO Box 348 Runaway Bay QLD 4216 Tel: +61 7 5536 3644 Fax: +61 7 5536 7285 Email: reservations@ladyelliot.com.au Web: www.ladyelliot.com.au

Member of Australian Tourism Export Council

P roductLogo Experiences:

Features: Room Features:

Product Logo

Experiences of the product (refer to the symbols below)

Price from: AUD $123 Facility based rating by the Australian Automobile Association (Refer pg 16 for further information)

Symbol / Legend The following symbols represent the facilities available at each hotel or holiday apartment/condominium. FEATURES

ROOMS/UNITS CONTAIN

EXPERIENCES

Parking

TV

Rail

Disabled access/facilities

In Room Mini Bar

Action/Adventure

Childrens facilities/rates

Tea & Coffee

Cruise/Sail

Restaurant

Air Conditioning

Indigenous

Tennis Courts

Kitchen Facilities

Diving

Gym

Iron

Drive

Cocktail Bar

Hair Dryer

Education Studies

Pool

Internet

Nature Ecotourism

Golf

Refrigerator

Golf

Spa/Sauna

Wine

Valet Parking

Spa/Wellness Boutique/BB Retreat

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HOLIDAYS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES Properties displaying these wheelchair symbols offer various facilities for people with disabilities. These symbols are based on ACROD (Australian Council for the Rehabilitation of Disabilities) assessment carried out by the Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ). Wheelchair “Independent Access” indicates establishments with one or more units providing full wheelchair access and purpose-built facilities which comply with Australian Standard AS1428.1 - 1993. For access-friendly accommodation, attractions, tours and other visitor experiences look for business listings that show the icon.


Queensland, Australia APPROXIMATE FLYING TIMES TO BRISBANE OR CAIRNS Auckland .........................2 Hrs 30 Mins Bahrain ......................... 17 Hrs Buenos Aires ............... 21 Hrs Dubai ............................ 17 Hrs Frankfurt ...................... 22 Hrs Hong Kong .................... 8 Hrs 30 Mins Johannesburg ............. 14 Hrs 30 Mins London ......................... 23 Hrs 30 Mins Los Angeles ................. 15 Hrs Munich ......................... 21 Hrs Riyadh........................... 17 Hrs 30 Mins Singapore........................7 Hrs 30 Mins Seoul ................................7 Hrs 30 Mins Taipei ...............................7 Hrs 15 Mins Tokyo ...............................7 Hrs 10 Mins

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Introductory Letter International tourism is vital to Queensland’s economy, generating more than $3.9 billion as an export earner each year. From the local motel or pub in a small country town, to a major resort and tour operators, tourism is Queensland’s most regionally dispersed industry. What I love about tourism in Queensland is its resilience, the ability to get through the most challenging times with grit, energy and often, creativity. From our stunning, sun-kissed beaches, exciting theme-parks, lush rainforests, through to the rugged Outback, we pride ourselves on the diversity of our visitor experiences. Tourism Queensland and the State Government is committed to generating interest from international markets and continues to do everything possible to maximise the benefits for the Queensland tourism industry. Thanks to strong partnerships between Queensland’s tourism industry and the State Government, we’ve been able to invest heavily in new infrastructure and develop exciting product and experiences. With our support, the Queensland tourism industry continues to work with our international partners to package tourism product that is attractive and represents competitive, good value for money to all of our international markets. We look forward to continuing to work with you during the next twelve months and beyond.

The Hon. Peter Lawlor Minister for Tourism

the Hon. Peter Lawlor Minister for tourism

Tourism Queensland’s International Travel Planner 2009/10 TQ’s International Travel Planner 2009/10 is the official trade directory of Tourism Queensland and is published by Sampsons Direct Pty Ltd. Director rob Sampson Project Manager Alison Saunders, tourism Queensland Project Co-ordinator Kate Muir, tourism Queensland Art Direction & Senior Designer Mark devries & William devries Online Production david daoud Production Freya Sampson Advertising Sales Mark Pegler Editorial & Photographic contributors tourism Queensland, Australian tourism data Warehouse, Ecotourism Australia, Australian tourism Export council, and all Queensland regional tourism Organisations. direct all advertising and publishing enquiries to: Sampsons direct Pty Ltd PO Box 1443 North Sydney NSW 2059 Australia tel: +61 2 9922 3388 Fax: +61 2 9929 4855 Email: info@sampsonsdirect.com.au Web: www.sampsonsdirect.com.au

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tourism Queensland’s International travel Planner 2009/10 is circulated by tourism Queensland to retail, wholesale and inbound tour operators throughout Asia, united Kingdom, Europe, New Zealand, North America, the Middle East, and South Africa and is used to support tourism Queensland’s involvement and participation in business development, trade shows, and training sessions.

liability in regard to loss, personal injury/death, theft, expense due to delays, etc experienced by the passenger as a result of actions (directly or implied) of its officers, agents or suppliers of product featured within this publication.

the information contained in this publication is provided as a guide only. Although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information contained in this publication, tourism Queensland and Sampsons direct Pty Ltd expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility for the accuracy of the information contained herein.

tourism Queensland’s International travel Planner 2009/10 is produced by manufacturers accredited with chain-of-custody certification from the Forest Stewardship council (FSc).

Advertising material is supplied to tourism Queensland and Sampsons direct Pty Ltd by service providers and tour operators advertising their product in this publication. No endorsement or warranty, either express or implied, is given by tourism Queensland or Sampsons direct Pty Ltd as to the conduct or practice of the advertisers herein. Apart from non-excludable liability imposed by law, tourism Queensland and Sampsons direct Pty Ltd disclaims and will be exempt from any

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FSC certification reflects manufacturing standards using products that are sensitive to forest resources and associated lands and managed to meet the social, economic, ecological, cultural and spiritual needs of present and future generations; and the purchases of wood and paper products that will not contribute to this destruction but rather might help secure forest resources for the future. © copyright 2009 Sampsons direct Pty Ltd


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How to use guide

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Industry Assistance

Map of Queensland Introductory Letter

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Contents Welcome to Queensland Important Information

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Distance Charts .....................9 Climate ...................................10 Timezones .............................10

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Shopping in Queensland

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Getting around in Queensland

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Safety in Queensland

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Industry Accreditation

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SOUTHERN qUEENSLAND About .................................... 18

About .....................................21 Accommodation .................25 tours & cruises ...................29 Attractions & Activities .....29 transport & Hire ................ 30

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THE WHITSUNDAYS

89

TOWNSvILLE

gOLd cOASt About .....................................32 Accommodation .................37 Attractions & Activities .... 45 tours & cruises .................. 50 transport & Hire ................ 50

SuNSHINE cOASt About .....................................52 Accommodation .................55 Attractions & Activities .... 58 transport & Hire ................ 58

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120

ISLANdS OF SOutHErN QuEENSLANd

CENTRAL qUEENSLAND & THE SOUTHERN gREAT BARRIER REEF About .................................... 69 Accommodation .................72 tours & cruises ...................72 Attractions & Activities .... 72

Whale Watching

73

About .................................... 89 Accommodation .................91 Attractions & Activities .....92 tours & cruises ...................92 transport & Hire ................ 92

CAIRNS & THE gREAT BARRIER REEF

qUEENSLAND’S OUTBACk About ...................................116 Accommodation .............. 118 Attractions & Activities ...119 transport & Hire ...............119

SOutHErN QuEENSLANd cOuNtry

INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIgNS reef to Outback................121 the great Sunshine Way .................. 123 the Islands of the great Barrier reef........... 125

About .....................................67

69

About .....................................81 Accommodation ................ 84 tours & cruises ...................85 transport & Hire ................ 88

About .....................................93 Accommodation ................ 99 Attractions & Activities .. 110 tours & cruises ................. 111 transport & Hire ...............115

FrASEr cOASt About .................................... 60 Accommodation .................62 tours & cruises ...................63 transport & Hire ................ 63

ISLANDS OF THE gREAT BARRIER REEF About .....................................76 Accommodation .................79 transport & Hire ................ 80

BrISBANE

About .................................... 64 Accommodation .................65 tours & cruises .................. 66

Kangaroo

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INDEX TOURISM qUEENSLAND OFFICES

MACkAY About .....................................73 Accommodation .................75 Attractions & Activities .....75

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Welcome to Queensland

Lizard Island

Welcome to the official Queensland Travel Planner. You’ll find travel information here to help you prepare a great holiday in Queensland. Australia is blessed with many charms the friendly people, an excellent climate, fine food and wine, the extraordinary diversity of culture and natural beauty -that make it one of the world’s most desirable tourism destinations. And nowhere will you find all of this in more abundance than in Queensland. Queensland offers countless places to visit and no matter the type of holiday you’ll definitely be satisfied, but most likely delighted, at what you’ll find.

Queensland is the home of some of the world’s most treasured natural wonders like the Great Barrier Reef and the ancient Daintree Rainforest. Queensland is also the pride of Australia’s beaches from the stunning beaches on the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast, to Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef, where the rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef. You can enjoy outdoor attractions and food & wine. Go on wildlife tours and explore native habitats, take a whale watching cruise or even follow the early pioneers into Queensland’s Outback. We have plenty of adventure tours on offer as well as the favourite, zoos and theme parks.

Step back in time as you view Aboriginal art or attend local cultural exhibitions and visit art galleries. There’s also the shopping: markets, shopping centres and boutiques. Where else but Queensland can you experience magnificent beaches, lush green rainforests, the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef, tropical islands, exciting cities and the Outback? Where else but Queensland would you find regions bursting with everything that makes for the perfect holiday? There is no way around it, Queensland is simply captivating.

Lake Moogerah, Scenic Rim

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Industry Assistance

Turtle, Great Barrier Reef

Picture this...

queensland Image gallery – Search our online database of images for the perfect picture for your marketing projects www.tq.com.au/imagegallery

Feast on q Monthly e-newsletter providing information on the food and wine based markets in Queensland to subscribe email: feastonq@tq.com.au Stats on q Tourism Queensland’s research e-newsletter, presenting the latest news in aviation and research. to subscribe email: statsonq@tq.com.au

Research

Campaigns

Tourism Queensland has a wide range of images in a variety of formats for use by you or your wholesaler.

Tourism Queensland’s Research department offers extensive information for all your research requirements. Visit www.tq.com.au/research for quick facts and figures, research publications, market information and links to useful websites to further your search.

Queensland Newsletters Tourism On q For a weekly update on industry news, subscribe to Tourism Queensland’s e-newsletter contact: tourismonq@tq.com.au

Tourism Queensland’s international marketing campaigns designed to introduce a new and exciting approach to experiencing the Great Barrier Reef and Southern Queensland. http://www.tq.com.au/marketing/ international-marketing/internationalcampaigns

Useful websites The following list of websites can be used to assist when researching information on Queensland, special interest areas, TQ sites and associations

Tourism queensland corporate site: www.tq.com.au Tourism queensland’s consumer site: www.queenslandholidays.com.au Bushwalking: www.queenslandwalks.com.au Study tours: www.studytoursqueensland.com.au Drive: www.drivequeensland.com.au Dive: www.divingqueensland.com.au Bed and Breakfast queensland: www.bnb.com.au queensland Farm and Station Holidays (Host farms): www.farmholidays.com.au Tq media sites: www.tq.com.au/media/media.cfm Image library: www.tq.com.au/imagegallery Backpacking queensland: www.queenslandbackpackers.com.au queensland Events: www.qldevents.com.au queensland Heritage Trails: www.heritagetrails.qld.gov.au

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Important Information

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast

What you need to know Passports and Visas

Customs Regulations

You need a passport to travel to Australia – valid for longer than the period of your stay. Visas are required by all visitors, except Australian and New Zealand passport holders.

You may bring your own personal effects into Australia without paying duty. Over 18 years of age, you may also include 1.25 litres of alcohol and 250 cigarettes or 250 grams of cigars or tobacco – these must be carried with you. Dutiable goods up to the value of AUD400 included in personal baggage are exempt. Duty and sales tax are payable on dutiable good in excess of this amount. Strict regulations apply to all narcotics and controlled substances.

Language English is predominant in Australia. Australian English has an array of unique words and phrases, spoken in a distinctive accent that often varies from region to region. As the most culturally diverse nation on earth, Australia is bound to speak your language. Multilingual personnel are usually available at international airports and major hotels. A free telephone interpreting service operates 24 hours a day within Australia, offering communication assistance in over 100 languages. Phone 131 450.

Currency Australian currency is decimal. The dollar is the basic unit – 100 cents (100c) = one dollar ($1). Notes - $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100. Coins – 5c, 10c, 20c, 8

50c, $1 and $2. Traveller’s cheques and all major credit cards are widely accepted. Currency exchange facilities – most foreign currencies - are available at Queensland’s three international airports and City banks exchange money during business hours.

Passenger Movement Charge Departing international flight passengers pay a Passenger Movement Charge. Ex-Brisbane – AUD30 over the age of 12; ex-Cairns – AUD46 per adult and AUD8 per child under 12; ex-Sydney – AUD33.40 per adult and AUD3.40 per child under 12. The charge is generally incorporated in your airline ticket price. Please confirm prior to departure.

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Quarantine The Australian continent is a land like no other with unique animals, plants and landscapes. Quarantine restrictions help keep it that way. Australia has among the strongest quarantine measure anywhere in the world and protection from unwanted pests and diseases is essential for its continued preservation. Failure to declare food, plant and animals material could result in serious fines. If you have any doubts when you arrive, please ask the uniformed Quarantine staff in the Customs Hall. For further information visit www.aquis.gov.au


Important Information

Distance Charts

h = hours m = minutes

Brisbane 102km/68mi 1h 20m 1h 16m^

Flying

Driving

Train

Brisbane gold coast

836km/557mi 1h 45m 10h 30m 14h 48m

Emerald

1074km/716mi 2h 20m 13h 21h 10m

309km/206mi 3h 30m 6h 17m

1181km/787mi 2h 45m 14h 23h 35m

417km/278mi 4h 46m 8h 42m

107km/71mi 1h 15m 2h 5m

1830km/1220mi 1h 40m 22h -

1066km/711mi 12h -

754km/503mi 9h -

110km/73mi 1h 20m 1h 28m

210km/140mi 2h 50m 2h 55m*

263km/175mi 1h 3h 20m 3h 30m

330km/220mi 4h 30m 4h 46m*

155km/96mi 2h 1h 59m

300km/200mi 1h 15m 4h 4h 10m*

367km/245mi 5h 5h 26m*

192km/128mi 2h 36m 3h 29m*

37.5km/25mi 15m 36m 40m#

541km/361mi 2h 15m 6h 30m 6h 12m

608km/405mi 7h 50m 7h 28m*

433.5km/289mi 5h 15m 4h 41m

283km/189mi 2h 40m 3h 20m 2h 37m

294km/196mi 3h 10 3h 30 3h 17m

643km/429mi 1h 25m 7h 30m 7h 25m

709km/473mi 9h 8h 41m*

563km/357mi 6h 20m 5h 54m

385km/257mi 4h 20m 3h 50m

396km/264mi 4h 40m 4h 30m*

110km/73mi 25m 1h 2m 1h 10m

980km/653mi 3h 11h 40m 12h

1045km/697mi 13h 20m 13h 16m*

872km/581mi 10h 20m 10h 19m

721km/481mi 3h 8h 40m 8h 13m

732km/488mi 4h 35m 8h 40m 8h 53m*

445km/297mi 1h 35m 5h 20m 5h 27m

336km/224mi 50m 4h 4h 10m

Mackay

1370km/913mi 1h 35m 16h 20m 17h 30m

1434km/956mi 18h 18h 46m*

1262km/841mi 15h 15h 49m

1111km/741mi 3h 30 12h 10m 13h 43m

1123km/749mi 4h 35m 13h 30m 14h 23m*

835km/557mi 3h 35m 10h 10h 57m

727km/485mi 2h 10m 8h 40m 9h 40m

391km/61mi 1h 4h 50m 5h 5m

1715km/1143mi 2h 10m 20h 50m 23h 55m

1779km/1186mi 3h 22h 40m 25h 11m*

1608km/1072mi 19h 40m 22h 14m

1457km/971mi 4h 5m 17h 45m 20h 8m

1468km/977mi 5h 10m 18h 20h 48m*

1181km/787mi 4h 35m 14h 40m 17h 22m

1072km/715mi 3h 20m 13h 20m 16h 5m

736km/491mi 2h 15m 9h 20m 11h 5m

Nambour, Sunshine coast Maryborough Hervey Bay

Barcaldine Longreach 649km/433mi 7h -

Mount Isa

gladstone rockhampton

Travel times for train are provided by Tilt Train, other times may vary. *Actual train time, allow for break between services. ^Citytrain.

townsville 349km/233mi 55m 4h 40m 6h 15m

cairns

Coach connection.

#

Tipping

Climate and Clothing Australia’s seasons are opposite to those in the northern hemisphere with summer officially starting in December and winter in June. For up-to-date and detailed information on Queensland’s weather check the Bureau of Meteorology website www.bom.gov.au The summer months (December to February) are warm to hot everywhere so bring lightweight, casual clothes but keep a jacket or a sweater handy as nights may be cool. For the winter months (June to August), warmer medium weight clothes plus sweater, jumpers, a jacket or light coat are advisable. Northern Australia has warm to hot days, mild coastal evenings, but inland nights can be cold. In tropical areas, lightweight clothing (natural fibres) is suitable all year round. Depending on your destination, keep clothing light, layered and comfortable to cater for whatever you want to do. Protect yourself against the sun – don’t forget to pack a sunhat, sunglasses and SPF30+ sunscreen lotion. For special occasions like business meetings, theatres, and formal dining, men may need a jacket and tie or suit and women a more formal dress.

Tipping is appreciated but not compulsory or expected. However, it is customary to tip a hotel porter for his efforts, a restaurant for exceptional service (10% of the bill is typical) and a taxi driver for luggage assistance.

Time

Disabled Visitors

Queensland follows ‘Eastern Standard Time’ throughout the year. Unlike Australia’s southern states, Queensland does not have daylight saving during summer. Be careful to check the time if travelling to or from another state.

Calling Queensland Queensland’s area code is 07 but the zero is left off when calling from outside Australia. To call Queensland direct from

your country, dial: 1. Your country’s international access code. 2. Australia’s country code: 61 3. The Queensland area code: 7 4. The individual Queensland number. For example, to call the Queensland number (07) 3456 7890 from your country dial: (Your country’s international access code) – 61 – 7 3456 7890.

Electricity Australian voltage is 240 volts AC, 50 Hz. You need an adaptor plug for the standard Australian 3-pin socket. You may need a voltage converter. Most hotels have universal outlets for 240V or 110V shavers. Most hotels have universal outlets for 240V or 110V shavers.

Major facilities throughout Queensland provide easy access and use for disabled visitors. The Brisbane City Mall was the site of Australia’s first ‘Braille Trail’ – a tactile guide for blind pedestrians. Many taxis are specially modified for wheelchairs. For more information, contact the Office of Disability at the Department of Family Services. Phone: +61 (7) 3224 8031 Fax:

+61 (7) 3224 8037

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Important Information Religion

gOLD COAST AND SUNSHINE COAST Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

June

July

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

All major religions are represented

Avg Max temp °c

28.5

28.3

27.6

25.9

23.3

21.2

20.6

21.4

23.3

25.2

26.7

28.1

Avg Max temp °F

83.3

82.9

81.7

78.6

73.9

70.1

69.1

70.5

73.9

77.4

80.1

82.6

Avg Min temp °c

20.3

20.5

19.2

16.5

13.4

10.6

9.2

9.8

12.1

15.0

17.4

19.2

throughout Queensland.

Avg Min temp °F

68.5

68.9

66.6

61.7

56.1

51.1

48.6

49.6

53.8

59.0

63.3

66.6

Water temp °c

26.5

26.5

26.2

25.3

23.5

22.1

21.1

20.9

21.0

22.0

23.5

25.1

Alcohol Laws

Water temp °F

79.7

79.7

79.2

77.5

74.3

71.8

70.0

69.6

69.8

71.6

74.3

77.2

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

June

July

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

29.2

29.0

28.1

26.4

23.5

21.2

20.6

21.8

23.8

25.7

27.3

28.7

and you will find places of worship

In Australia liquor licensing laws do not allow alcohol to be purchased on behalf of, or served to young people under 18 years or to someone who may be intoxicated. Identification may be asked for before being admitted to licensed

BRISBANE Avg Max temp °c Avg Max temp °F

84.6

84.2

82.6

79.5

74.3

70.2

69.1

71.2

74.8

78.3

81.1

83.7

Avg Min temp °c

20.9

20.9

19.6

17.1

13.8

11.0

9.5

10.1

12.6

15.7

18.0

19.8

Avg Min temp °F

69.6

69.6

67.3

62.8

56.8

51.8

49.1

50.2

54.7

60.3

64.4

67.6

Water temp °c

26.5

26.5

26.2

25.3

23.5

22.1

21.1

20.9

21.0

22.0

23.5

25.1

Water temp °F

79.7

79.7

79.2

77.5

74.3

71.8

70.0

69.6

69.8

71.6

74.3

77.2

WHITSUNDAYS AND MACkAY

venues.

Smoking Smoking is banned in many places in Queensland, including all airports, government offices, health clinics and

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

June

July

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Avg Max temp °c

29.9

29.4

28.5

26.6

24.1

21.8

21.1

22.5

25.0

27.4

29.0

29.8

Avg Max temp °F

85.8

84.9

83.3

79.9

75.4

71.2

70.0

72.5

77.0

81.3

84.2

85.6

Avg Min temp °c

23.4

23.2

22.1

20.0

17.1

13.6

12.7

13.8

16.4

19.5

21.7

22.9

Avg Min temp °F

74.1

73.8

71.8

68.0

62.8

56.5

54.9

56.8

61.5

67.1

71.1

73.2

Water temp °c

28.5

28.0

27.8

26.3

24.8

23.1

21.9

21.8

22.5

25.2

26.0

27.2

Water temp °F

83.3

82.4

82.0

79.3

76.6

73.6

71.4

71.2

72.5

77.4

78.8

81.0

CAIRNS AND TROPICAL NORTH qUEENSLAND

workplaces. Smoking in restaurants,

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

June

July

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Avg Max temp °c

31.4

31.1

30.5

29.1

27.5

25.8

25.6

26.5

27.9

29.4

30.5

31.3

Avg Max temp °F

88.5

88.0

86.9

84.4

81.5

78.4

78.1

79.7

82.2

84.9

86.9

88.3

banned.

Avg Min temp °c

23.6

23.6

23.0

21.5

19.9

17.6

17.1

17.4

18.7

20.5

22.2

21.6

Avg Min temp °F

74.5

74.5

73.4

70.7

67.8

63.7

62.8

63.3

65.7

68.9

72.0

70.9

Mobile Phones

Water temp °c

29.5

28.5

28.5

26.9

25.6

23.7

22.7

23.0

24.0

25.9

28.0

27.9

Water temp °F

85.1

83.3

83.3

80.4

78.1

74.7

72.9

73.4

75.2

78.6

82.4

82.2

clubs, pubs and shopping centres is also

Australia’s mobile phone network operates on the 900 and 1800 bands for GSM and 800 for CDMA. Contact your

Seasons SuMMEr Jan

Feb

AutuMN Mar

Apr

WINtEr May

Jun

Jul

SPrINg Aug Sep

Oct

Nov

dec

telecommunications carrier for activating international roaming while you are visiting Australia.

QuEENSLANd ScHOOL HOLIdAyS/PEAK HOLIdAy tIMES

Sun Protection The Australian sun can be very intense

Time Zones

so while enjoying outdoor activities in

Australia spans three times zones from east to west.

Australia’s beautiful weather, minimise your exposure to the sun especially during the middle of the day when

Central Standard Time (CST) SA, Nt

it is the hottest. Wear sunglasses, a

Western Standard Time (WST) WA

broad-brimmed hat, cover up and apply

CST is half an hour behind EST, while WST is two hours behind EST.

frequently water-resistant sunscreen

Daylight Saving – clocks put forward one hour.

SPF30+ to exposed areas. Be aware

Some Australian states and territories have daylight savings during the summer months. In New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and South Australia daylight savings runs from the end of October through to the end of March while in Tasmania, it is from the beginning of October through to the end of March. Northern Territory, Western Australia and Queensland do not have daylight saving.

of the danger of heat exhaustion and sunstroke and remember to drink plenty of water on hot days. 10

Eastern Standard Time (EST) NSW,Act,VIc,tAS,QLd

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Shopping in Queensland

Kingaroy

Sunshine Beach

Cairns

Luxurious centres and some of Australia’s largest shopping precincts will keep you absorbed all day. Buy from some of the world’s top designers in elegant surroundings. Don’t forget a visit to Queensland’s Oceanside and evening markets... the experiences are memorable. Hot Shopping Spots: queen Street Mall – Brisbane Home to over 700 specialty stores. Six centres, local, national and international fashion houses. www.experiencebrisbane.com Fortitude valley – Brisbane Where innovative local designs are showcased alongside national and international labels. www.experiencebrisbane.com Emporium – Brisbane A luxury shopping and lifestyle precinct. www.emporium.com.au Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre – gold Coast Over 120 outlet stores. Top brands at discounted prices. www.harbourtown.com.au Pacific Fair – Gold Coast Over 300 speciality stores. www.pacificfair.com.au

Centro Surfers Paradise – gold Coast With over 100 specialty shops complemented by an alfresco dining precinct and an exciting entertainment precinct. www.centrosurfersparadise.com.au Circle on Cavill - gold Coast Circle on Cavill Retail Precinct offers a variety of boutiques and high end fashion www.circleoncavil.com Hasting Street Noosa – Sunshine Coast Hastings Street is Noosa’s fashion strip, specialising in high-end designs, local national and international labels and local creations. www.tourismnoosa.com.au Cairns Central Shopping Centre – Cairns and the great Barrier Reef With over 180 retail outlets spanning the largest shopping precinct in Australia’s Tropical North. www.tropicalaustralia.com.au

Markets: South Bank Lifestyle Market – Brisbane Every Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday, the South Bank Lifestyle offers an ideal way to find a unique gift, or simply stroll through and enjoy the atmosphere. www.southbankmarket.com.au Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets - gold Coast Explore more than 100 stalls for that unique gift idea - every Wednesday and Friday nights. www.verygc.com.au www.verygoldcoast.com.au Eumundi Markets – Sunshine Coast The Eumundi Markets not just unique Australian products but fresh produce and diverse cuisine. Open Wednesday and Saturday. www.eumundimarkets.com.au Cairns Night Markets – Cairns 70 fascinating outlets for a variety of souvenirs, gift ideas and other Australian products. www.nightmarkets.com.au

kuranda village – Cairns This is the place to visit for that unusual gift or Australian souvenir. There is also a wide range of dining options. www.kuranda.org Cotters Markets – Townsville An arts and crafts market including fresh produce which is held every Sunday in Flinders Mall www.queenslandholidays.com.au Strand Night Markets – Townsville Townsville’s premier night markets held every 1st Friday (May to Dec) www.townsvilleholidays.info Port Douglas Market – Port Douglas This is a colourful and vibrant coastal marketplace. Here you can meet the local and regional craftspeople, artisans, market growers and performers www.marketsonline.com.au/page51.html

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Getting around in Queensland

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Travelling in Queensland is simple. Whether you’re looking for air travel, a helicopter, relaxing train ride or hire cars and transfer; you’ll find plenty of options. By Air Queensland has three international airports located Brisbane, Cairns and the Gold Coast. They are serviced by a number of airlines from all over the world. Once in Australia, Qantas, VirginBlue, Jetstar and a number of smaller regional carriers such as Qantas link will get you around. With international airports in Brisbane and Cairns plus many regional and island airports, flying around Queensland couldn’t be easier. For flight information, you can refer to the following websites: Qantas – www.qantas.com.au VirginBlue – www.virginblue.com.au Jetstar – www.jetstar.com.au Air Asia – www.airasia.com You’ll find air operators in the transport sections within this book.

By Sea Arriving in Queensland by sea is a memorable experience. There are several ports and island anchorages dotting the coastline, visited by a number of international cruise lines. Once arrived, ferry and boat Services provide you with hassle-free and picturesque mode of getting around. 12

Whether you’re connecting between the mainland and islands or just taking a cruise, you can relax during the journey, enjoy a drink and take in the views from the deck. Many services offer state of the art catamarans or old-time paddle steamers. Some even allow you to take your car with drive-on and drive-off convenience. You’ll find ferry and charter operators in the transport sections of this book.

By Rail For a unique travel experience, why not embark on a rail journey around Queensland. Travel in style on one of the modern trains or go back in time on one of the old rattlers. Queensland’s coastline and amazing outback are full of hidden surprises just waiting to be discovered. The Tilt Train and The Sunlander are rail services perfect for exploring coastal Queensland. Short daylight trips up or down the coast, or longer overnight journeys, allow you to unwind and enjoy the onboard experience. You can also journey outback when you travel onboard Spirit of the Outback to Longreach. The Sunlander was recently voted one of the top 25 rail journeys in the world, and one of Australia’s great rail journeys.

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You’ll find rail operators in the transport sections of this book.

Self-Drive Hire companies are plentiful and most accommodating when trying to find that perfect vehicle to get you around on your holiday. Whether it’s a car, 4WD, motorhome or motorbike, make sure you slip off the main road and discover all that’s on offer for a memorable road trip. For information about hire companies, to find an itinerary with suggested stopover’s go to the self drive section of this publication. You’ll also find car hire and self drive operators in the transport sections of this book.

Coach, limousines & transfers Most providers are prepared to go that extra mile to ensure an efficient and reliable service, linking you from destination to destination. Whether it’s a quick transfer, a longhaul journey or door-to-door service, sit back and relax in air-conditioned comfort and maybe watch a movie or two. You’ll find coach operators in the transport sections of this book.


Safety in Queensland

Lifesavers at Alma Bay, Magnetic Island

Our diverse natural beauty, exciting cities and warm, friendly people make Australia the place to enjoy the perfect holiday. Whether enjoying our fabulous restaurants, shopping and nightlife, the splendour of our bushland, or simply soaking up the sun on one of our many long, white beaches, there are some simple safety tips that you should follow to ensure your visit to Australia is as enjoyable as possible. Your safety on the road If you wish to drive in Australia you must know the rules of the road. Some of these include: • Hold a current, valid driver’s licence issued in your country of residence and carry it with you at all times when driving. • All occupants of a vehicle must wear seatbelts at all times. • All vehicles travel on the left side of the road. • Always travel no faster than the signed maximum speed limit. • The driver of the vehicle is not permitted to use a hand-held mobile telephone whilst driving. 14

• Avoid drinking alcohol before driving. (Australia has strict laws on ‘drink driving’ and police actively enforce them). • When crossing the road look in both directions. • When planning each day of travel spend some time to calculate how long it will take to drive between destinations. Share the driving and stop for a rest at least every two hours. • In country areas road conditions can vary from bitumen surfaces to gravel and dirt. Be careful of potholes, soft road edges, narrow bridges and dusty roads.

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• You may come across water on the road. Roads may be covered in water which appears shallow but can have a current strong enough to sweep your vehicle away. Wait until the water level drops or use an alternative route. • Allow plenty of room before you overtake road trains (large vehicles that can be more than the length of 10 cars!) and be prepared for them to sway a little as you overtake. • Australian wildlife and livestock often graze on the roadside and can stray onto the road. • Always carry a current road map.


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Your safety in the outback • Inform family and friends or the local police of your travel plans. The local police can also provide helpful advice on facilities and road conditions. • Make sure your vehicle is in good working order and has been serviced recently. • Use a four wheel drive vehicle on unsealed roads in remote areas. Take extra care. • Always carry a spare tyre, tools and water. If travelling to remote areas off major highways take extra food, water, fuel and tyres. Do not overload your vehicle and never carry spare fuel inside an enclosed vehicle. • If you have trouble with your vehicle, stay with your vehicle because it will provide you with shade and protection from the heat. Wait for help to come to you. • Hire appropriate emergency communication equipment, such as a satellite phone and an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (ie EPIRB) device. • Obey road closure signs and stay on recognised routes.

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current and raise your hand, or swim across it, not against it. • If you are unsure of the beach surf conditions check with a lifesaver. • Always wear a shirt, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen lotion. The sun in Australia is very strong. • Read and obey the warning signs on beaches, beach access points and at waterways. • Always swim with others. Children should always be accompanied by an adult who can swim. • Never swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or in darkness. • Be particularly careful of marine stingers in coastal waters of Northern Queensland. • Never jump or dive into shallow water, a rock pool, creek, lake or river due to submerged rocks and logs. • Know your health limitations when considering diving, swimming (or other active pursuits). • Take care when exploring reefs to avoid damage to marine life.

Your safety at the beach

• During daylight hours always drive with your headlights on low beam, as outback conditions can make it difficult to see oncoming vehicles.

• Some of Australia’s finest beaches can be found and explored in Queensland. Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast beaches are all well patrolled and safe to swim in all year round.

Your safety in the water

• For your own safety, swim between the red and yellow flags. The flags mark the safest place to swim and the area where lifesavers and lifeguards patrol

• At the beach always swim between the red and yellow flags – not outside them. The flags mark the safest place to swim and the area where lifesavers and lifeguards patrol. • Many surf beaches in Australia have dangerous currents, called rips. These are powerful currents of water that can drag you along. If you get caught in a rip, stay calm, float with the

• During the warmer months, marine stingers may be present in coastal of Northern Queensland waters. Beaches usually have warning signs when this situation exists. Go to www.marinestingers.com.au for more information.

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Your safety in nature • Be prepared if you plan to spend some time in the outdoors walking or hiking. • Always tell someone where you are going and what time you expect to return. Let them know when you return safely. • Be prepared for unexpected changes in weather. • Check the length and degree of difficulty of your planned walk. Consider using a local guide when taking long or difficult walks. • Drink plenty of water. • Wear sturdy shoes and socks, a hat, SPF30+ sunscreen lotion, comfortable clothing and insect repellent. • Read maps and signs carefully, stay on the track, stay behind safety barriers and stay away from cliff edges. • Do not feed or play with native animals. • Visit the ranger station or park information centre to obtain details on the best places to visit and any additional safety information for that park. • Limit your use of fire. • Cigarette butts cause bushfires. • Always extinguish campfires with water, not dirt or sand.

Clothing Casual lightweight clothing is generally worn in Queensland. Sandshoes are also recommended if intending to reefwalk. Swimsuit, hat and SPF30+ sunscreen are essential all year round in Queensland.

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Industry Accreditation Accommodation Ratings Accommodation listings feature the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) ratings. These ratings are intended to indicate, in a general sense, the standard of accommodation offered. All ratings are allocated on the basis of the amenities and facilities provided by the establishment at the time inspections are undertaken by AAA. These could vary during the validity of this brochure.

Knowing just who to do business with is one of the hardest things when dealing with a destination. In Australia, doing business with a member of the Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) is a good start. ATEC is the peak industry body representing the export tourism sector and has an interface with federal and state government and other industry bodies such as Tourism Australia. ATEC is the only industry association that solely represents Australia’s $24 billion tourism export sector and professionally represents the interests of over 1100 members. Members includes inbound tour operators who collate, contract, book, administer and service FIT, group, incentive, conference and cruise ship business around Australia, ATEC also represents the best in Australian tourism product suppliers including accommodation providers, tour companies, attractions, airlines, cruise lines, transport, food and beverage outlets and tourism

services. All applications for ATEC membership go before the ATEC Board for approval and must meet certain criteria. For inbound tour operator members this includes holding a current license and providing details of their business practise, experience and financial position. ATEC actively facilitates businessto-business relationships between ITOs and suppliers via national and regional workshops and familiarisations. Membership is recognised as a strong indicator of professional credibility, business reputation, and international market knowledge and experience. ATEC branch and national events also include market updates, educational workshops and social networking events. ATEC is committed to taking a leading role in shaping Australia’s tourism export industry and ensuring international visitors receive a quality tourism experience. FOr MOrE INFOrMAtION cONtAct AtEc NAtIONAL OFFIcE tELEPHONE: +61 2 8262 5500 FAcSIMILE: +61 2 9268 0457

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Ecotourism Australia The mark of a genuine ecotourism experience. Queensland offers some of the most memorable natural environments and experiences on earth but to help your clients get the most from their visit, their choice of tour operators, accommodation and attractions is very important. Whether your clients are inspired by reef, rainforest or outback, choosing products with the “ECO Certified” logo ensures you receive quality service with companies that will provide an authentic experience of these amazing natural areas. You can also be sure that companies with the “ECO Certified” logo will not damage the environment and will operate in a way that protects the area for future generations to enjoy. ECO Certified operators have been assessed by Ecotourism Australia and have met the high standards of their independent certification program.

About Ecotourism Australia Ecotourism Australia is the peak national industry organisation for Australia’s Nature and Ecotourism sector. It is a non-profit industry association dedicated to sustainable tourism and has members throughout Australia. It works closely with government and tourism authorities, setting standards that ensure a great experience for international visitors and maximum protection for Australia’s magnificent natural environment.

YOUR qUALITY vISITOR INFORMATION NETWORk No matter where you tour or travel in Queensland, you have a friend waiting to meet and talk to you — a friend who lives locally and is keen to help you see all the sights in the area and enjoy your entire visit to Queensland. All you need to do is look for the sign. this sign denotes genuine, quality visitor information centres. These centres have achieved specified industry standards and are recognised within their region as genuine, quality information providers. Please tell your clients to look for this sign

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Industry Accreditation Savannah Guides Savannah Guides is a network of professional tour guides with a collective in-depth knowledge of the natural and cultural assets of the tropical savannahs of northern Australia. Savannah Guides Sites and Stations have been developed by privately and publicly owned enterprises and feature nature and/or culture based interpretive activities, as a prominent part of their business and demonstrate a commitment to conservation values. Savannah guides Limited, PO Box 63 georgetown, queensland, 4871 Ph: +61 7 4062 1057, Fax: +61 7 4062 1488 Email: info@savannah-guides.com.au, Web:www.savannah-guides.com.au

Three high levels of care Ecotourism Australia’s ECO Certification program is a world leader in defining best practice for ecotourism and nature-based travel. The ECO Certification program has three levels of certification. ECO Certified Nature Tourism certification has a natural area focus and meets high standards of business ethics, environmental sustainability and customer satisfaction. ECO Certified Ecotourism and ECO Certified Advanced Ecotourism certification add higher levels of interpretation and education as well as working with local communities and contributing to conservations. All operators who display the ECO Certified logo are regularly audited to ensure they continue to maintain the highest standards and give visitors a genuine experience of Australia’s natural treasures. ECO Certified operators are motivated by their own passion for the area in which they operate and are ideal people to share this passion with international visitors to Queensland. When you see this ‘ECO Certification’ logo, you can be confident that your client will experience a genuine and authentic tour, attraction or accommodation that looks after the environment. The ECO Certification program assures you that a certified product is backed by a commitment to best-practice sustainable management and provides a high quality nature based tourism experience. Tourism businesses are audited and assessed by Ecotourism Australia, the peak body for ecotourism in Australia, before being awarded ECO Certification. Ecotourism Australia PO Box 881 Fortitude Valley 4006 Ph: +61 7 3252 1530 Fax: +61 7 3257 0331 Email: admin@ecotourism.org.au Web: www.ecotourism.org.au

The Australian Tourism Data Warehouse The Mark of Quality Queensland Content All listings featuring the Australian tourism data Warehouse (AtdW) logo, included throughout this directory, are recognised members of the AtdW tourism database. The ATDW logo verifies the credibility of this supplier’s information and the authenticity of their product as an approved ATDW listing, the information having been quality assured by Tourism Queensland. The ATDW is the Australian government’s tourism information platform providing a comprehensive database of tourism products and experiences. The 26,000 listing database is made available to travel trade and online publishers to incorporate into their digital channels. ATDW members enjoy access to multiple marketing opportunities as their single listing is distributed through many websites and other channels. Distributors of the content include Australia.com, Yahoo! 7 Australia and NZ, About-Australia.com, Webjet.com, AustraliaTravelmarket.com and PleaseTakeMeTo.com who are some of the largest distributors of Australian tourism products and experiences. ATDW distributors enjoy a very cost-effective method of sourcing and updating tourism content, with easy integration to their sites, while members are maximising their marketing potential through a single listing submission. The ATDW provides the only central database of Australia-wide digital tourism content for multi-channel distribution and leads the world in delivering a suite of digital tourism technology products and services. to become a member of the AtdW contact tourism Queensland via email at atdw@tq.com.au or visit www.tq.com.au/atdw. Enquiries regarding accessing the AtdW’s Australian content product can be sent to: atdwadministration@atdw.com.au

Green Globe Green Globe is the worldwide benchmarking and certification program which facilitates sustainable travel and tourism for consumers, companies and communities. It also provides consumers with an assurance that Green Globe companies are committed to a sustainable future. EC3 global Level 11/30 Makerston St. Ph: +61 7 3238 1900 Fax: +61 7 3211 4738 Email: support@ec3global.com Web: www.greenglobe.org

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Southern Queensland

Cunningham’s Gap

Some of the earth’s most treasured natural wonders like World Heritage-listed Fraser Island and the ancient rainforests of the Gold Coast Hinterland are in Southern Queensland. Add beautiful beaches and vibrant city experiences and it’s easy to understand the region’s appeal. You’ll discover a range of options radiating from Queensland’s cosmopolitan capital, Brisbane, perched on the tranquil Brisbane River. Southern Queensland takes in the four main centres of Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Fraser Coast and its surrounding country region. This mix of cities, coast and hinterland on the doorstep of World Heritage nature make Southern Queensland a truly memorable holiday experience where variety is the key. Spend the morning cruising the sheltered blue waters of Moreton Bay and the afternoon playing a round on a worldclass golf course. Shop for Australian and international designer labels, sample fresh regional cuisine or cuddle a koala at a wildlife sanctuary. Take a thrilling ride on a roller coast at an adrenalin charged theme park or canoe pristine waters of 18

the everglades. From buzzing Gold Coast nightlife to trekking through majestic ancient rainforests, there are literally hundreds of experiences to choose from. And the region’s year-round idyllic weather and relaxed vibe make it the perfect touring destination, with the new Great Sunshine Way touring route an adventurous way to explore.

Ideas and inspiration Beautiful Beaches The beaches of Southern Queensland are some of the best in the world. Stretching from the Queensland- New South Wales border in the south to the dramatic Coloured Sands of Rainbow Beach in the north, there are popular family beaches, perfect point breaks for serious surfers and sandy stretches where you’ll be lucky to spot another soul.

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city adventures You don’t have to travel far for adventure. Brisbane’s inner-city Kangaroo Point Cliffs offer a stunning location for abseiling and rock climbing, while kayaking the Brisbane River, climbing the Story Bridge – one of only three bridge climbs in the world – and riding a bike along kilometers of riverside paths are memorable ways to explore the city. Don’t miss a visit to the stunning new Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) to browse exhibitions of Australian and international artists.

Islands The islands of Southern Queensland are diverse, appealing and easily accessible – including the two largest sand islands in the world. The largest, World Heritage listed Fraser Island is the only place on the planet where rainforest grows on sand. Moreton Bay is a stunning


Southern Queensland wide expanse of sheltered blue waters, Brisbane’s own aquatic playground and marine sanctuary. South Stradbroke Island lies just off the Gold Coast.

the great Sunshine Way The Great Sunshine Way touring route is a new and adventurous way of experiencing the best of Southern Queensland. Along it you’ll discover some of the earth’s most treasured natural wonders like World Heritage listed Fraser Island, and the ancient rainforests of the Gold Coast hinterland. You’ll also indulge in cosmopolitan culture, dining and shopping and of course meet the friendly locals. You can also play golf at internationally rated courses, chill out at a day spa, ride a roller coaster or even cuddle a koala – all at your own pace. www.greatsunshineway.com

World Heritage Nature The region is home to Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island and the subtropical rainforests in the Gold Coast Hinterland stretching along the border to

Must Do! • Get up close and personal with hump back whales on a whale watch cruise • Cuddle a koala • Hand feed wild dolphins • Visit Australia Zoo • Visit the region’s boutique wineries • Surf, swim and snorkel the clear waters around Noosa National Park

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the Southern Downs. Australia’s whale watch capital, Hervey Bay is a renowned whale sanctuary where humpback whales stay and play every year. Koalas and kangaroos still live in the wild – see them up close at world-class animal sanctuaries. Go bushwalking through the ancient forests, spend a day out on a boat on Moreton Bay or take an island tour with a local operator.

diving The Southern Queensland dive region stretches from the Roy Rufus Artificial Reef off the Fraser Coast all the way to the Gold Coast. Dolphins, dugong, loggerhead turtles live with colorful reef fish and coral in these waters which are home to a collection of wreck-based artificial reefs. One of the newest sites is the scuttled former HMAS Brisbane which lies off the Sunshine Coast. As well as offering a great variety of sites, another attraction is the warm water and good visibility.

toowoomba and the darling downs Just 90 minutes from Brisbane, the lofty city of Toowoomba is renowned for its historic architecture and open spaces that overlook the Lockyer Valley. Known as Queensland’s Garden City, Toowoomba boasts more than 240 public parks and gardens. In spring the gardens are an extravaganza of colour and perfume, which the city celebrates through an annual Carnival of Flowers Festival in September. The region has plenty of things to see and

do from boutique wineries, stylish cafes, galleries, heritage exhibitions and museums to rugged national parks, antique stores, spectacular lookouts, gracious old hotels and stunning gardens. Picnic Point is a Toowoomba icon, beautifully landscaped parkland with playgrounds, barbecue and picnic facilities and magnificent lookouts over the city and the Lockyer Valley. It’s the best place to appreciate Toowoomba’s high location on the top edge of the Great Dividing Range.

Southern downs and the granite Belt To the south of Toowoomba lies the Southern Downs and Granite Belt region, which is surrounded by vineyards and orchards. There are more than 48 boutique wineries in the region as well as an abundance of fresh produce and gourmet foods to be enjoyed. Here you can pull up at a roadside stall and load the car with just-picked apples, stone fruit, grapes and berries. During the spring months, the region is host to many fantastic events including the Granite Belt Spring Wine Festival Season, Warwick Rose and Rodeo Festival, Australian Small Winemakers Show, Granite Belt Blues and the Apple and Grape Harvest Festival. Whether it’s wilderness you’re seeking, exhilarating bushwalking in dramatic National Park landscapes, or a little pampering in a cosy B&B, you’ll find it somewhere in the Southern Downs.

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Contacts Southern Downs & granite Belt Tourism PO Box 900 Warwick QLd 4370 Australia telephone: +61 7 4661 3122 Facsimile: +61 7 4661 1957 Email: admin@sdta.com.au Web: www.southerndownsholidays.com.au

Toowoomba & golden West Tourism PO Box 3090 toowoomba QLd 4350 Australia telephone: +61 7 4632 1988 Facsimile: +61 7 4632 4404 Email: enquiries@tgw.com.au Web: www.toowoombaholidays.info

gold Coast Tourism Level 2, 64 Ferny Avenue Surfers Paradise QLd 4217 Australia telephone: +61 7 5592 2699 Facsimile: +61 7 5570 3144 Email: info@gctourism.com Website: www.verygc.com

Brisbane Marketing Level 12, 15 Adelaide Street Brisbane Qld 4000 Australia telephone: +61 7 3006 6200 Facsimile: +61 7 3006 6250 Email: enquiries@brisbanemarketing.com.au Website: www.brisbanemarketing.com.au

Tourism Sunshine Coast PO Box 9325 Pacific Paradise QLD 4564 Australia telephone: +61 7 5458 8800 Facsimile: +61 7 5448 7330 Email: info@tsc.com.au Web: www.sunshinecoast.org

Fraser Coast South Burnett Tourism PO Box 488 Hervey Bay QLd 4650 Australia telephone: +61 7 4191 2600 Facsimile: +61 7 4191 2699 Email: info@frasercoast.org.au Web: www.frasercoastholidays.info www.queenslandholidays.com.au www.greatsunshineway.com

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Southern Queensland

Brisbane

Climbing Story Bridge, Brisbane

Brisbane, Australia’s fastest growing capital city mixes an easy-going outdoors lifestyle with an energetic cosmopolitan vibe. A city that is defined by its youthful spirit and the friendliness of the locals. Basking under clear blue skies and sunshine year-round, fast catamarans ply the Brisbane River winding through the city. The river and its dramatic cliffs provide the setting for inner city adventures like abseiling, kayaking, cycling and riverfront walks, while the city’s iconic Story Bridge is one of only three bridge climbs in the world. Worldclass chefs delight diners at their stylish restaurants; smaller cafes provide the chance to pass a few relaxed hours by the river, under a shady tree or on a city street where you can watch the world go by. Learn how to make the most of fresh local produce at a cooking school, view the stunning collections of the new riverfront Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) or shop for Australian or international designers. A stunning wide expanse of sheltered blue waters, Moreton Bay is Brisbane’s aquatic playground and marine sanctuary. Dotted with unspoilt islands, the area is fantastic for water sports and is ideal for spotting dolphins, whales, turtles and manta rays, as well a vast array of birdlife.

A pleasant hours drive from the heart of Brisbane, the Scenic Rim is perfect for a day trip or a long weekend stay. The heart of the Scenic Rim offers stunning mountain and country scenery, a large range of accommodation, fantastic food and wine, art galleries, national parks, wineries, country pubs and much more. Shopping, wining and dining, sight seeing, action and adventure, wildlife encounters, history, art and culture are all part of the Brisbane experience and guests can enjoy it all against the backdrop of sunny days and balmy nights under star-filled skies.

Where to stay Accommodation options are extensive and cater for all budgets and tastes from luxurious inner city hotels to self contained apartments, B&Bs and stylish backpacker facilities. Choose a room overlooking the reaches of the Brisbane River or inland toward Mt Coot-tha and the hills of the Scenic Rim. Choose an apartment at a bayside suburb or jump on a boat and stay at a resort or apartment on a nearby Moreton Bay island.

Dining out Dining choices range from five-star restaurants to fish and chips by Moreton Bay. Fresh seafood and local produce are specialties and some of the country’s most famous chefs are found in Brisbane’s world-class restaurants. Enjoy their gourmet offerings from on high while enjoying panoramic city views, or sit riverside and watch the world go by. Check-out the venues offering delicious fare for alfresco breakfasts, riverside coffees, lunches in sidewalk cafes and small ethnic eateries. Don’t forget to enjoy a glass or two of delicious local wine from Queensland and other Australian wine-growing regions.

Ideas and inspiration You’ll be spoiled for choice when visiting Brisbane as there is just so much to see and do – from peaceful riverside walks and picnics in the parks to thrilling cruises, climbs and adventure tours to the scenic hinterland and island destinations.

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the great Outdoors Cruise the Brisbane River on a CityCat, our distinctive high speed catamarans that make public transport fun. Swim in the magnificent inner-city beach at South Bank Parklands or picnic under a shady tree in one of our wonderful parklands – the City Botanic Gardens or the Roma Street Parkland, the largest city subtropical rainforest in the Southern Hemisphere. Get your bearings by taking a walking tour of the city, or get spooked on a ghost tour. Head into the bush at the Scenic Rim and trek amongst the ancient rainforests and natural wonders in the region’s World Heritage-listed National Parks.

Action and Adventure Hire a pumpabike, roller blades or a kayak and explore the inner city beside or on the river with the Riverlife Adventure Centre. See the city and surrounds from above on a Story Bridge Adventure Climb, one of only three bridge climbs in the world. Head over to North Stradbroke and Moreton Bay Islands to spend the day sand tobogganing and quad biking, or swimming, scuba 22

diving and snorkelling in the crystal clear waters of Moreton Bay. Hire a bike and explore miles of purpose-built riverside bikeways and floating boardwalks. Head up and away in a hot air balloon to either see the city from above or travel 30 minutes out of Brisbane to enjoy superb views of the picturesque countryside of Southern Queensland.

Nature and Wildlife Cuddle a koala at the world’s largest and oldest koala sanctuary, Lone Pine which is also home to a wonderful array of Australian wildlife. Feel the soft nibble of a kangaroo’s lips as they eat from your hands, and try and spot a sleeping wombat or flying fox. Don’t miss the opportunity to hand feed a wild dolphin, take an eco cruise on Moreton Bay to watch dugongs, or “sea cows” at play. During the whale watch season (late July to early November) take a luxurious whale watch cruise and see these giants of the deep up close.

gourmet delights There are some Brisbane food and wine experiences that shouldn’t be missed. Try a delicious yum cha in the Valley’s

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colourful Chinatown or one of our famous historic pubs for a giant steak and cold beer “off the wood” (served from a wooden keg). For something a little different take a tour of the XXXX Brewery – the famous home of Brisbane’s local brew. Smell the hops, watch the production line in action and then enjoy a couple of ice-cold ales and lunch at the XXXX Ale House Bar. Lunch among the vineyards at Sirromet Winery, Queensland’s largest and most highly-awarded winery, is another special experience not to be missed. Set among rolling vineyards with views out to Moreton Bay and the sand ridges of North Stradbroke Island – it’s even accessible by helicopter if you’d really like to splurge!

Arts and culture No where else is Brisbane’s cultural diversity more evident than through its thriving arts and cultural scene. A full calendar of theatre, opera, ballet, musicals and concerts complements an exciting program of exhibitions, installations and cultural attractions. Spend the day exploring the riverside


Southern Queensland - Brisbane bay. See the wonders of the bay from underwater on a diving or snorkelling expedition or from above on a cruise or charter boat. Learn to sail or test out your skills on a fishing charter. Don’t forget to explore the beaches by 4WD, enjoy some beachcombing or explore the coastal inlets and clear freshwater lakes.

Exploring further afield

Dining at Plaza Café, Riverwalk

Must Do!

• Spend an afternoon at South Bank • Explore Brisbane from the water on a CityCat • Climb the Story Bridge • Experience the energising outdoor adventures of the Riverlife Adventure Centre • Discover the delights of the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) • Cuddle a koala at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary • Hand feed wild dolphins on Moreton Island • Spend a romantic weekend wining and dining in the Scenic Rim • Check out the bands and night life in Fortitude Valley • Explore the lovely inner city parks and gardens cultural precinct which includes the impressive new Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland Museum and Sciencentre along with the award-winning State Library. Nearby Fortitude Valley and New Farm are home to thriving boutique galleries. Take in a show at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre or the funky Brisbane Powerhouse Centre for Arts, an old industrial building located on the banks of the Brisbane River near historic New Farm Park. Brisbane boasts an impressive calendar of arts and cultural events hosting everything from international plays and music acts through to community festivals.

Shopping and Markets Visit the vibrant Queen Street Mall in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD to enjoy some

of the most modern shopping facilities in Australia including the Queens Plaza and new David Jones store. Near-city precincts in the suburbs also offer a great array of boutiques, antique and specialist shops. Or grab a bargain at a factory outlet. On weekends check out the array of quality markets selling everything from fresh produce to homemade arts and crafts. Popular markets are Jan Power’s Markets as well as those at Riverside and South Bank. Smaller suburban markets like the community markets at West End are also well worth checking out.

urban Villages Brisbane’s inner-city suburbs present an interesting collection of unique urban villages. The closest and largest is Fortitude Valley (known as The Valley) which offers boutique shopping, coffee shops and galleries during the daylight hours and then at night comes alive to the sounds of music at some of Australia’s favourite bars, nightclubs and music venues. Literally down the road is riverside New Farm with its trendy cafes, delicatessens and restaurants. Behind South Bank on the other side of the CBD is West End with funky restaurants, boutiques, small art house theatres and galleries.

Moreton Bay and Islands Visit Moreton Bay, Brisbane’s aquatic playground, where clear, safe waters are ideal for sailing, fishing and boating, and the islands offer many adventure opportunities. Stay in a resort on one of the region’s two major islands – Moreton and North Stradbroke or seek out an intimate B&B on one of the many smaller islands dotted throughout the

Just outside the city is another world where patchwork fields, the smell of eucalyptus, the sound of whip birds, crackling wood fires and crisp country air is matched only by the genuine hospitality. Discover the rural delights of the Scenic Rim or head north to Samford, Dayboro, Mount Nebo or Mount Glorious for a hinterland hideaway. Brisbane is also ideally located for easy day trips to the Gold Coast (one hour south) and the Sunshine Coast (one hour north). Both offer kilometres of unspoilt beaches, cosmopolitan dining, and mountain hinterlands that are home to charming villages, artist galleries, lush rainforest and farmlands. Even closer to the city (45 minutes drive) are the world-class theme parks of Dreamworld, White Water World, Warner Bros. Movie World, Australian Outback Spectacular and Australia Zoo – guaranteed fun for all ages!

How to get here Airport: Fly direct into Brisbane International Airport. Fly from Cairns (two hours flying time), Sydney (one hour flying time), Melbourne (one and a half hours flying time) and other major Australian and Queensland cities. Location: Brisbane is located in southeast Queensland, 60 minutes drive north of the gold coast. Transfer options include: • Train – The Sunlander and Tilt Train link Brisbane to centres along the Queensland coast including the Whitsundays and Cairns. Queensland Rail services access regional areas including the Outback from Brisbane. • Greyhound Coaches, Yellow Cabs, Black and White Taxis, Airtrain offers transfers from both airports to the city centre and Gold Coast. • Self drive.

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Events! • Moreton Bay & Island Festivals (Mar) • Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race (Apr) • Valley Fiesta (May) • Paniyiri Greek Festival (May) • Royal Queensland Show – The Ekka (Aug) • Riverfestival (Sep) • Woodford Folk Festival (Dec) 24

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ACCOMMODATION QuAy WESt SuItES BrISBANE

tHE SEBEL SuItES BrISBANE A deluxe 4.5 star hotel offering spacious studio guestrooms and one bedroom apartments in the central business district. Located within walking distance to local attractions, cafes, entertainment and just steps from Queen Street Mall, each apartment comprises a spacious lounge room, kitchenette and balcony, offering extensive views of the city skyline. Facilities include a lap pool, sauna, gymnasium and lobby level restaurant and bar.

Ideally located within walking distance to the CBD this stylish 5 star apartment Hotel features luxuriously appointed one and two bedroom apartments with stunning views of Brisbane’s magnificent botanical gardens. Each apartment features a fully equipped kitchen, living area and furnished balcony. Facilities include a beautiful resort style swimming pool, spa, sauna, gymnasium, superb restaurant and bar.

95 charlotte Street Brisbane QLD 4000 Tel: +61 7 3224 3500 Fax: +61 7 3211 0277 Email: reservations@tssb.mirvac.com.au Web: www.mirvachotels.com

132 Alice Street Brisbane QLD 4000 Tel: +61 7 3853 6000 Fax: +61 7 3853 6060 Email: reservations@qwsb.mirvac.com.au Web: www.mirvachotels.com

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tHE SEBEL & cItIgAtE KINg gEOrgE SQuArE BrISBANE

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Located in the heart of city, within walking distance to Queen Street Mall and local attractions, this iconic Hotel offers spacious superior and deluxe guestrooms and a variety of dining options including Bistro Allure, the Espresso and KG Bars. Guest’s have exclusive access to a fully equipped business centre, gymnasium, rooftop swimming pool and sauna.

Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane is situated on the highest point in the Brisbane CBD. Opposite the picturesque Roma Street Parklands all rooms feature breathtaking views of the CBD, Mountains and Brisbane River. Located on the ground floor, Frescos Restaurant offers an exquisite menu selection; Open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

corner Ann & roma Streets Brisbane QLD 4000 Tel: +61 7 3229 9111 Fax: +61 7 3229 9618 Email: reservations@tskgsb.mirvac.com.au Web: www.mirvachotels.com

23 Leichhardt Street Brisbane QLD 4000 Tel: +61 7 3831 4055 Fax: +61 7 3831 5031 Email: reservations@hgcbrisbane.com.au Web: www.ghihotels.com

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MArQuE HOtEL BrISBANE

Rendezvous Hotel Brisbane is a beautifully restored, heritage listed building exuding true old world grace. Located in the heart of Brisbane city, opposite Central Railway Station and overlooking Anzac Square memorial gardens. A mere 100 metres from Brisbane’s vibrant shopping and entertainment mecca, and a stroll away from the Treasury Casino.

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Marque Hotel Brisbane is ideally located in the heart of the city, adjacent to the Treasury Casino and a minute’s walk to the Brisbane River. Explore some of Brisbane’s best attractions, including cruising the Brisbane River, Queen Street shopping precinct, South Bank Parklands, trendy Fortitude Valley and iconic sporting venues.

255 Ann Street Brisbane QLD 4000 Tel: +61 7 3001 9888 Fax: +61 7 3001 9700 Email: res@brisbane.rendezvous.com.au Web: www.rendezvoushotels.com

103 george Street Brisbane QLD 4000 Tel: +61 7 3221 6044 Fax: +61 7 3221 7474 Email: res@brisbane.marquehotels.com.au Web: www.marquehotels.com

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ACCOMMODATION SOFItEL BrISBANE cENtrAL Positioned in one of the cities most central locations is the magnificent Sofitel Brisbane Central. Originally the first international hotel in Brisbane, today you will discover a hotel of refined French elegance and personal five star service. Renowned for its imposing arrival and breathtaking views, the hotel’s reputation as the leading choice in luxury accommodation is absolutely deserved. Following a multi million dollar renovation the hotel features 429 guest rooms, a luxury spa retreat, heated pool, SoFit gymnasium, Cuvée Lounge Bar, Thyme2 Restaurant and Club Sofitel - one of the largest club lounges in Australia. Sofitel Brisbane Central is walking distance to major shopping centre’s, Eagle Street Pier, The Brisbane River, Southbank Parklands and Convention Centre. The hotel has direct access to Central Station providing convenient transport to domestic and international airports, Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast.

249 turbot Street Brisbane QLD 4000 Tel: +61 7 3835 3535 Fax: +61 7 3835 4960 Email: H5992@accor.com Web: www.sofitelbrisbane.com.au

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BrISBANE MArrIOtt HOtEL

515 Queen Street Brisbane QLD 4000 Tel: +61 7 3303 8000 Fax: +61 7 3303 8088 Email: brisbane.sales@marriotthotels.com Web: www.marriott.com/bnedt Features: Room Features:

PArK rEgIS NOrtH QuAy The multi award winning Marriott Hotel makes a lasting impression. Overlooking the Brisbane River near the corporate and financial heart of the city, it reflects the best of the 5 Star Brisbane Hotels. Offering newly refurbished guest rooms, suites and luxurious Executive Lounge, the Brisbane Marriott is the perfect balance of style, tradition and cutting edge comfort. Specialising in business, corporate, social and wedding events with 720 sqm of flexible meeting space.

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In a prime river front position, the hotel is perfectly located with many attractions only a stone’s throw away such as Suncorp Stadium, the Brisbane Convention Centre and South Bank. The hotel features comfortable hotel rooms and one and two bedroom apartments, outdoor pool, gym, onsite restaurant and bar, 24 hour reception, tour desk and parking.

293 North Quay Brisbane QLD 4000 Tel: +61 7 3236 1440 Fax: +61 7 3236 1582 Email: northquay@parkregishotels.com Web: www.parkregishotels.com Features: Room Features:

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cHIFLEy At LENNONS

rOyAL ALBErt HOtEL Located on the Queen Street Mall in the heart of the city, Chifley at Lennons offers the ideal base to explore Brisbane from. Just a pleasant stroll away you will find South Bank Parklands, Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art and some of Brisbane’s best shopping. Choose from deluxe,executive or spa suites all stylish appointed and providing city or river views. For rest and relaxation,spend the day lazing by the heated swimming pool,sauna or spa.

66 Queen Street Brisbane QLD 400 Tel: +61 7 3222 3222 Fax: +61 7 3221 9389 Email: reservations.lennons@chifleyhotels.com Web: www.chifleyhotels.com

cnr Albert and Elizabeth Street Brisbane QLD 4000 Tel: +61 7 3291 8888 Fax: +61 7 3229 7705 Email: stay@royalalbert.com.au Web: www.royalalbert.com.au

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A beautifully appointed boutique hotel in the heart of Brisbane opposite the Myer Centre comprising Deluxe Hotel Rooms, One and Two Bedroom Suites and Sub-Penthouse Apartments featuring stylish furnishings including LCD’s. Guest services - 24-hour reception Wireless Internet, dry cleaning, complimentary daily newspaper, valet car parking. Refurbished November 2008.

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ACCOMMODATION/ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES/TOURS & CRUISES rOyAL ON tHE PArK’ BrISBANE Royal on the Park is conveniently located in the heart of Brisbane CBD opposite the City Botanic Gardens, featuring 153 rooms including 5 Spa Suites & 8 Executive Suites, The Walnut Restaurant, gymnasium, outdoor pool & heated spa. cnr Alice & Albert Streets Brisbane QLD 4000 Tel: +61 7 3221 3411 Fax: +61 7 3229 9817 Email: stay@royalonthepark.com.au Web: www.royalonthepark.com.au

Hotel George Williams is Brisbane’s best value 3 and half star hotel. Located in the heart of the City, we pride ourselves on delivering a top quality hotel experience at a competitive price. With all Brisbane’s shopping, sporting and cultural attractions on our doorstep, the hotel provides the perfect base from which to explore the city.

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HOtEL gEOrgE WILLIAMS

JPt’S AuStrALIAN dAy tOurS Queenslands largest day tour provider in Southern Queensland. Includes Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, O’Reilly’s, Tangalooma Island, Australia Zoo and Byron Bay.

317-325 george Street Brisbane QLD 4000 Tel: +61 7 3308 0700 Fax: +61 7 3308 0733 Email: reservations@hgw.com.au Web: www.hgw.com.au

Level 3, Brisbane transit centre, roma Street Brisbane QLD 4000 Tel: +61 7 3489 6400 Fax: +61 7 3489 6404 Email: reservations@daytours.com.au Web: www.daytours.com.au

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FLOAtINg IMAgES - HOt AIr BALLOON FLIgHtS South East Queensland’s only combined City & Country balloon flight. 30 mins drive from Brisbane CBD. 1 Hour Flight, Restaurant Champagne Breakfast. 259 Junction road Karalee QLD 4306 Tel: +61 7 3294 8770 Fax: +61 7 3294 8771 Email: info@floatingimages.com.au Web: www.floatingimages.com.au

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cnr Black and Paten Streets Milton QLD 4064 Tel: +61 7 3361 7597 Fax: +61 7 3369 1529 Email: alehouse.sales@xxxx.com.au Web: www.xxxxbrewerytour.com.au

BuSHWAcKEr EcO tOurS Brisbane’s No.1 sightseeing cruise explores the beautiful Brisbane River. Entertaining and informative. All passengers receive a Souvenir Map.

Small group eco tours for nature lovers and outdoor people.Includes Fraser Island, Moreton Island, Springbrook and Mt. Tamborine.

Southbank Parklands Brisbane QLD 4000 Tel: 0428278473 Fax: +61 7 3286 9899 Email: info@rivercitycruises.com.au Web: www.rivercitycruises.com.au

Shop 15A Brisbane transit roma Street Brisbane QLD 4000 Tel: +61 7 3236 3439 Fax: +61 7 3236 1126 Email: sales@bushwacker-ecotours.com.au Web: www.bushwacker-ecotours.com.au

KOALA cruISES ON MV MIrIMAr Take a relaxing and memorable cruise to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. This cruise is the best way to see Brisbane’s historic sights and attractive suburbs while enjoying an interesting and informative commentary. PO Box 1003 Mt Gravatt Plaza QLD 4122 Tel: + 61 7 412 749 426 Fax: +61 7 3420 6691 Email: mirimar@bigpond.net.au Web: www.mirimar.com

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AIrtrAIN Airtrain is one of the quickest ways to travel from Brisbane Airport to Brisbane CBD. The train journey is a comfortable 20 minutes. Brisbane Airport domestic train Station Brisbane QLD 4008 Tel: +61 7 3216 3308 Fax: +61 7 3216 3361 Email: alison@airtrain.com.au Web: www.airtrain.com.au


Southern Queensland

Gold Coast

Surfers Paradise through wave barrel

One of the world’s best holiday destinations, the Gold Coast has everything that’s great about Australia, all in one easy to reach destination. Stunning surf beaches, World Heritage rainforest, an exciting city centre, theme parks, shopping, restaurants and year-round events are just some of the reasons the Gold Coast is a long-time favourite holiday spot for Australians and increasing numbers of international travellers. Holiday makers are lured by its natural and man made diversity offering a destination which is scenic and peaceful as much as it is fast paced and active. Less than 30 minutes from Gold Coast beaches is Australia’s largest expanse of sub-tropical rainforest, bordered by rural farmland and bush where visitors can encounter Australia’s unique native wildlife and experience a taste of country life and hospitality. Stretching from south of Brisbane to the Queensland/ New South Wales border, the region is naturally blessed with an average of more than 300 days of sunshine 32

each year, 70km of perfect coastline, the hinterland’s 100,000 hectares of National Parks and reserves, the aquatic playground of the Broadwater and a beautiful sand island, South Stradbroke – lying just off the coast. There are literally hundreds of memorable ways to spend your Gold Coast days. Visitors can swim with dolphins, sip cocktails at sunset high above the sweeping Pacific Ocean from the lofty heights of the world’s highest residential tower, or hike through ancient World Heritage-listed rainforest. Spend a morning playing world-class golf courses or shopping for designer clothes, followed by lunch onboard a luxury cruiser on the protected waters of the Gold Coast canals and Broadwater. Tour a mysterious cave where the roof is twinkling with thousands of glow worms or get up close with Australia’s amazing wildlife – try feeding kangaroos,

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cuddling a koala followed by bush tea and damper by the campfire. When the sun goes down, the city jumps with award-winning restaurants, nightclubs, bars, casino, theatres and shows. The Gold Coast is also a celebrated shopping destination, offering everything from late night shopping, new retail precincts, major shopping centres and exclusive boutiques.

Where to stay The Gold Coast offers a wide range of accommodation options from luxurious beachfront apartments, mountain retreats and rejuvenating health spas through to self-contained family apartments and resorts with award-winning kids clubs. Backpacker accommodation, stylish hotels and motels, bed and breakfasts, rural retreats and farm stays are also easily arranged.


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Dining out Dining out is a special experience on the Gold Coast. Local produce ranges from soft-shell crabs to tasty goat cheese, superb Wagyu beef and award-winning boutique wines. There are hundreds of delicious dining options, including fresh seafood overlooking the Pacific Ocean, cosy restaurants in mountain hinterland villages and contemporary venues overlooking the calm Broadwater. Dining precincts like those at Broadbeach and Main Beach are lined with funky cafes, sleek restaurants and gourmet delicatessens.

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Ideas and inspiration Beautiful beaches The Gold Coast is justifiably famous for its world-class beaches patrolled by iconic Aussie lifesavers. Long stretches of golden sandy beaches and rolling surf are ideal for swimming, beach walks and learning to surf. Play beach volleyball, lie back and soak up the sun or join the locals for a meal at one of the absolute beachfront surf clubs found along the coastline. Surfers from around the world head to the renowned point breaks at Burleigh, Kirra, Snapper Rocks and Duranbah while families will love the calmer waters of Tallebudgera and Rainbow Beach.

Action and adventure The Gold Coast is overflowing with adventure opportunities. Soar high above the hinterland in a hot air balloon landing for a champagne breakfast among the vines at a boutique winery, cruise along the coastline in an historic bi-plane or take your pick from bungee jumping, skydiving, paragliding, parasailing, hang gliding and abseiling. Hit the racetrack in a go-kart, enjoy the adrenalin-pumping thrills on an ocean jet boat ride or head off-road on a 4WD tour. Charter a private sea plane to an island or take a heli-tour to a local winery, golf course or rainforest. The Great Barrier Reef at Lady Elliot Island is just a 90 minute flight from the Gold Coast Airport. 34

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Shopping There are retail fixes of every kind for every budget. Spend the morning among the piazzas and outdoor cafes of our resort-style shopping centres; take a shopping tour or shop for international designer labels like Cartier, Prada, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Bally, Hermes and Salvatore Ferragamo in cosmopolitan Surfers Paradise. Add factory outlet precincts and charming retail precincts in areas like Main Beach and Broadbeach, and shoppers are spoilt for choice!

theme Parks Swimming with dolphins, patting rare Bengal tigers, watching Outback stunt riders and stockmen in action and cuddling a koala are just some of the unforgettable experiences to be enjoyed at the Gold Coast’s world-class theme parks. Home to more attractions than any other destination in the Southern Hemisphere, our theme parks promise movie magic, close encounters with wildlife, thrilling rides, aquatic adventures and much, much more. For a change of pace, join a farm tour and learn more about Aussie bush skills like sheep shearing and whip cracking.

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gaming all night long. The Gold Coast also has hundreds of restaurants, cafes and bars open late into the night where everyone enjoys a mix of local and international cuisine, fun and music.

Golfing Widely recognized as the golfing capital of the Southern Hemisphere, the Gold Coast is home to more than 20 championship golf courses. Some of the more popular courses are Hope Island, Palm Meadows, Paradise Springs, Robina Woods, Royal Pines Resort, The Palms and The Pines at Sanctuary Cove, Emerald Lakes, Arundel Hills, The Glades, Coolangatta and Tweed Heads, Gainsborough Greens, Lakelands, Parkwood International and Boomerang Farm Golf Courses. Many have resort style accommodation at the course or close by and the majority are all within a 20 minute drive from the beach and hinterland.

gold coast Hinterland Just 30 minutes from the beach is the Gold Coast Hinterland, an area of exceptional natural beauty featuring World Heritage national parks, subtropical rainforest and a wide diversity of animal species. This spectacular setting is a popular day trip or short break with many restaurants, boutique wineries, galleries and accommodation options. Join a weekend photographic workshop in the mountains, climb a suspended walkway through the top of the rainforest trees,


Southern Queensland - Gold Coast or spend a night in a boutique hideaway and treat yourself to gourmet food and wine and an in-room massage. These beautiful bush areas are filled with kilometres of tracks waiting to be explored alone or with a guide.

Binna Burra Mountain Lodge. Another new walking option is the Oceanway linking the beachfront walking paths. The stunning walk around the Burleigh National Parks links Burleigh Heads with Tallebudgera.

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Spectacular views, ancient forests and thundering waterfalls are a few ofthe highlights of the new Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk. Visitors can walk part or all of the 54km track which connects existing walking trails to create a continuous link through the World Heritage-listed area incorporating Lamington and Springbrook National Parks. Catering for walkers of all ages, fitness levels and experiences, there will be a variety of options from half and full-day treks through to three-day hikes. Nearby accommodation options include O’Reilly’s Rainforest Guesthouse and

For a delicious taste of locally-grown produce and wine, follow the Gold Coast Food and Wine Trail through the hinterland. Boutique wineries along the way offer tastings, meals and glorious views. The trail leads up to Mount Tamborine, famed for its Gallery Walk featuring arts, crafts, and cosy cafes ideal for a Devonshire tea or home cooked meal.

Must Do! • Learn to surf on one of the many beautiful beaches • Sip a cocktail at sunset as you enjoy the view from the world’s tallest residential building on Q1’s Observation Deck • Visit one of the Gold Coast’s famous theme parks • Enjoy a world-class spa pampering experience by the beach or in the rainforest • Tee off at one of the world-class resort golf courses • Discover the green behind the gold in the Gold Coast Hinterland • Take a stroll along the Oceanway, a network of pathways along the Gold Coast beachfront

Nature and Wildlife While the Gold Coast Hinterland is home to spectacular flora and fauna, the region’s theme parks are also great places to get close to wildlife. Here you can meet Australian icons such as koalas, kangaroos and crocodiles for once in a lifetime photo opportunities or experience swimming with dolphins and sharks, patting a tiger, feeding colourful wild lorikeets or watching polar bears swimming and playing.

Pampering Whether it’s a luxurious massage beside a beach lagoon pool, a wellbeing session deep in the rainforest or a unique indigenous inspired spa treatment, there are many ways to relax and rejuvenate on the Gold Coast. From health retreats in the mountains offering a whole range of holistic treatments and organic cuisine to spas found in locations as varied as five-star beachfront resorts and rainforest retreats, visitors can choose from a wonderful array of pampering options.

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How to get here Airport: Fly into Gold Coast Airport or Brisbane International Airport. The Gold Coast is a 75 minute flight from Sydney. Location: the gold coast is located one hour’s drive south of Brisbane. Transfer options include: • Train – QR City Train runs regular services to the Gold Coast. Airtrain links the Gold Coast with Brisbane Domestic and International Airports. • Limousines • Taxis • Coaches • Self drive.

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• Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions Racing Carnival (Jan) • ANZ Ladies Masters Golf Tournament (Feb) • Gold Coast Triathlon (Feb/Mar) • Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (May) • Wintersun Festival (Jun) • Gold Coast Airport Marathon (Jul) • Tastes of Gold Coast Festival (Aug) • Nitro Super GP V8 Super Cars (Oct)

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INtErNAtIONAL BEAcH rESOrt The International Beach Resort is perfectly located in the heart of Surfers Paradise, in Australia’s most popular tourist destination, Gold Coast. With the sandy golden beaches right at your doorstep and a 5 minutes walk to the central shopping district, the International Beach Resort provides comfortable and spacious apartments with full resort style facilities for all our valued guests.

84 the Esplanade, Surfers Paradise Gold Coast QLD 4217 Tel: +61 7 5539 0099 Fax: +61 7 5538 9613 Email: sales@internationalresort.com.au Web: www.internationalresort.com.au

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ACCOMMODATION crOWNE PLAZA SurFErS PArAdISE Located between the famous Surfers Paradise strip and the trendy suburb of Broadbeach, Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise lets you experience the best of the Gold Coast. Laze by the hotels swimming pool with hot spa and sundeck, dine in Queensland’s only revolving restaurant or simply relax on your private furnished balcony. Choose from spacious accommodation rooms, suites and self-contained studio and one bedroom apartments all with private furnished balconies. Whether you’re looking for fun and adventure or to simply relax and soak up the sun that Gold Coast is famous for, you’ll find The Place To Meet is Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise.

2807 gold coast Highway Surfers Paradise QLD 4217 Tel: +61 7 5592 9900 Fax: +61 7 5592 9919 Email: bde@crowneplazasurfersparadise.com.au Web: www.crowneplaza.com.au

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HOLIdAy INN SurFErS PArAdISE Holiday Inn Surfers Paradise is ideally located in the heart of Surfers Paradise; surrounded by shops, restaurants, attractions and less than 100 metres from the beach. The hotel offers guests bold, modern facilities, in a fun and vibrant atmosphere. All 404 guest rooms boast large flat screen televisions and private balconies with views across Surfers Paradise and the ocean. Relax. It’s Holiday Inn.

22 View Avenue Surfers Paradise QLD 4217 Tel: +61 7 5579 1000 Fax: +61 7 5579 1020 Email: bdmjapan@holidayinnsurfersparadise.com.au Web: www.holidayinn.com.au

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A low rise resort set on five acres of tropical gardens close to the beaches, attractions and the heart of Surfers Paradise, Paradise Resort Gold Coast offers a true resort holiday experience with 4 pools, kids club, day spa, restaurants, bar and a host of free daily activities.

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Australis Sovereign is the perfect place to relax and unwind. The hotel feature fully serviced, hotel rooms, one and two bedroom apartments. All rooms offer a large balcony and air conditioning and kitchen facilities are available in the one and two bedroom apartments. Enjoy the lagoon style swimming pool with waterfall and children’s wading pool, together with the spa and sauna. Flavours Brasserie flows onto the terrace overlooking the pool area.

122 Ferny Avenue Surfers Paradise QLD 4217 Tel: +61 7 5579 4444 Fax: +61 7 5579 4492 Email: book@paradiseresort.com.au Web: www.paradiseresort.com.au

138 Ferny Avenue Surfers Paradise QLD 4217 Tel: +61 7 5579 3888 Fax: +61 7 5579 3877 Email: reservations.sovereign@australishotels.com Web: www.australishotels.com

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ACCOMMODATION O’rEILLy’S rAINFOrESt rEtrEAt & MOuNtAIN VILLAS Located in the heart of World Heritage listed Lamington National Park, a scenic 90 minute drive from the Gold Coast, O’Reilly’s provides the perfect haven for an escape amongst nature. The spectacular mountain and rainforest setting abounds with nature and is supported by the legendary style of hospitality that the O’Reilly family have been providing for over 80 years. Choose from the traditional, friendly charm of O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat or the contemporary style and luxury of our new 2 & 3 bedroom, fully self-contained Mountain Villas. O’Reilly’s new Lost World Spa is a haven for rejuvenation and relaxation, using all natural Sodashi products, offering therapeutic treatments and our unique vinotherapy.. O’Reilly’s . . . where good things just come naturally.

Lamington National Park road, Features: Lamington National Park via Canungra QLD 4275 Tel: +61 7 5502 4911 Fax: +61 7 5502 0988 Room Features: Email: reservations@oreillys.com.au Web: www.oreillys.com.au Experiences:

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SONgBIrdS rAINFOrESt rEtrEAt LUXURY HINTERLAND HIDEAWAY Indulge, relax, revive at Songbird’s Rainforest Retreat. Nestled among 52 acres of privately owned rainforest, Songbirds Rainforest Retreat is truly a hidden secret. Regardless of whether you’ve travelled to glittering cities or destinations further afield, meandering along trails which wind gracefully throughout lush, untouched flora and clean mountain air makes Songbirds a discovery worth making. The property features six luxury villas including an executive villa set amongst the beautiful rainforest of Tamborine Mountain. The spacious villas include a king-size bed, double spa

tamborine Mountain road, North tamborine Gold Coast QLD 4272 Tel: +61 7 5545 2563 Fax: +61 7 5545 1507 Email: info@songbirds.com.au Web: www.songbirds.com.au

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MyStEry MOuNtAIN EducAtIONAL FArMStAy • Farmstay for groups • English Language Lessons • Summer Camp • Winter Camp • Activities • Airport Transfers

tHE EScArPMENt One of Queensland’s most captivating and enchanting getaways. Romantic chalets: 4 poster canopy beds, log fires, spa baths. Cinema, day spa & cliff top views. 123 Alpine terrace Mt Tamborine QLD 4272 Tel: +61 7 5545 3300 Fax: +61 7 5545 3600 Email: escape@escarpment.com.au Web: www.escarpment.com.au

guMNutS FArM rESOrt Your best chance to see the real Australia while staying on the Gold Coast. Horse riding, farm activities and four wheel driving.

1531 Beechmont road Beechmont QLD 4211 Tel: +61 7 5527 0688 Fax: +61 7 5591 4510 Email: info@mysterymountain.com.au Web: www.mysterymountain.com.au Experiences: Features:

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Biddaddaba creek road Canungra QLD 4275 Tel: +61 7 5543 0191 Fax: +61 7 5543 0591 Email: gumnutsfarmresort@bigpond.com Web: www.gumnutsfarm.com.au


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A leading destination for holiday makers, families & corporate travellers. Luxurious accommodation rooms, 7 restaurants & bars, convention centre, golf course, Kids Club, playgrounds & more!

Beautiful spacious rooms featuring 2 bathrooms and spa – fully equipped, located centrally, a short walk to the world famous white sandy beaches, shopping, Jupiters Casino & Convention Centre.

ross Street Ashmore QLD 4214 Tel: +61 7 5597 8700 Fax: +61 7 5597 2277 Email: reservations@royalpinesresort.com.au Web: www.royalpinesresort.com.au

11 Eady Avenue Broadbeach QLD 4218 Tel: +61 7 5579 4700 Fax: +61 7 5538 0588 Email: info@arcresort.com.au Web: www.arcresort.com.au

OutrIggEr tWIN tOWNS rESOrt

rOyAL PALM rESOrt

Overlooking the beaches of the Southern Gold Coast and the Tweed River. Offering two towers of hotel rooms and self contained 1, 2 and 3 bedroom suites and penthouses featuring private balconies. Located adjacent to Twin Towns’ worldclass dining and entertainment, 5 minutes from Gold Coast International Airport and close to activities and attractions.

WE ARE ON THE BEACH. Royal Palm is a 25 storey highrise resort situated on the beach front of Palm Beach. All apartments, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom self-contained, have spectacular ocean views. Facilities include a 33 metre lagoon pool with water slide and water fall, gym, sauna, floodlit tennis and mini putt. Enjoy strolling the board walk, surfing our local break, swimming and fishing. Beach or riverside dining, cafes and shops are a 5 minute walk.

Cnr Griffith Street Coolangatta and Wharf Street Tweed Heads NSW 2485 Tel: +61 7 5536 2121 Fax: +61 7 5536 8899 Email: twintowns@outrigger.com.au Web: outrigger.com

973 gold coast Highway, Palm Beach Gold Coast QLD 4221 Tel: +61 7 5534 5999 Fax: +61 7 5534 5849 Email: info@ royalpalm.com.au Web: www.royalpalm.com.au

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ACCOMMODATION

gEMINI cOurt HOLIdAy APArtMENtS

SuNSEt ISLANd rESOrt

Great views of the ocean and beach at Burleigh Heads from every fully self-contained 1 and 2 bedroom apartments.

A modern elegant boutique holiday resort on a quiet street in the heart of Surfers Paradise. All apartments self catering, air conditioned and have private balconies.

45 Hayle Street Burleigh Heads QLD 4220 Tel: +61 7 5576 0300 Fax: +61 7 5535 4755 Email: info@geminicourt.com.au Web: www.geminicourt.com.au

3 Sunset Boulevard Surfers Paradise QLD 4217 Tel: +61 7 5592 1744 Fax: +61 7 5592 1749 Email: vacation@sunsetisland.com.au Web: www.sunsetisland.com.au

PALAZZO VErSAcE gOLd cOASt

SurFErS PArAdISE MArrIOtt rESOrt & SPA

Palazzo Versace - elegant, sophisticated and glamorous. Marble, mosaics and craftsmanship rarely seen in a hotel, provide guests with the perfect canvas for an unforgettable experience - the ultimate in deluxe 5 star accommodation with 204 rooms and 72 condominiums

Sea World drive Main Beach QLD 4217 Tel: +61 7 5509 8000 Fax: +61 7 5509 8888 Email: sales@palazzoversace.com Web: www.palazzoversace.com

158 Ferny Avenue Surfers Paradise QLD 4217 Tel: +61 7 5592 9800 Fax: +61 7 5592 9888 Email: marriottsurfers.res@marriotthotels.com Web: www.surfersparadisemarriott.com

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The award-winning Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa on the Gold Coast in Queensland, is a unique holiday or business destination providing five-star deluxe accommodation, complemented by outstanding service. An $8 million aquatic playground forms the centrepiece of the resort and includes a five-metre deep saltwater lagoon where Marriott Guests can snorkel with more than 400 tropical fish.

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ACCOMMODATION/ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES SOFItEL gOLd cOASt BrOAdBEAcH Capturing the spirit and essence of fabulous Main Beach, our first class 4.5 star resort is just minutes away from Australia’s famous Gold Coast beaches and local attractions. Boasting idyllic landscaped gardens and excellent facilities, a stay at Oscar on Main is the ultimate indulgence for your next Gold Coast holiday.

1 Hughes Ave Main Beach QLD 4217 Tel: +61 7 5527 0966 Fax: +61 7 5527 0933 Email: info@oscaronmain.com.au Web: www.oscaronmain.com.au

81 Surf Parade Broadbeach QLD 4218 Tel: +61 7 5592 2250 Fax: +61 7 5592 3747 Email: H0454@accor.com Web: www.sofitelgoldcoast.com.au

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Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach offers the best of French elegance, from food and wine rituals to bedding and design. From the moment you enter the foyer the understated style of Sofitel is impressive with its spectacular eight metre high three-dimensional artworks and divine sculptured floral arrangements. The hotel features the award winning Room81 Restaurant offering a European inspired menu with an innovative focus on presentation. Idyllically positioned in the centre of thriving Broadbeach, only 200 metres from patrolled beaches.

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trOPIcAL FruIt WOrLd Luxury Boutique Resort. Visit vibrant Broadbeach. Heated deepwater swimming pool with heated spa. Roof Top Relaxation area with spa & BBQ

Experience the delights of our collection of more than 500 exotic and rare fruits on our working Aussie farm. Enjoy guided tours, fruit tasting, rides, food, shopping and more.

8 Philip Avenue Broadbeach QLD 4218 Tel: +61 7 5531 5185 Fax: +61 7 5531 5292 Email: info@theritzresort.com.au Web: www.theritzresort.com.au

duranbah rd Duranbah QLD 2487 Tel: +61 7 6677 7222 Fax: +61 7 6677 7363 Email: info@tropicalfruitworld.com.au Web: www.tropicalfruitworld.com.au

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ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES QdEcK Australia’s only beachside observation deck, QDeck takes you to the highest point above the Gold Coast and provides stunning 360 degree views from the surf to the hinterland and beyond. Rising 235m into the sky, the observation deck is located on level 77 of the iconic Q1 residential tower. Experience one of the world’s fastest lift rides, see spectacular 360 degree views of the Gold Coast through coin operated, high powered telescopes and have the option to enjoy coffee, cake or a cocktail from QBar. QDeck, located in Queensland on the magnificent Gold Coast is a must-see attraction and a truly once-in-a lifetime experience.

Level 77, Q1, Surfers Paradise Blvd Surfers Paradise QLD 4217 Tel: +61 7 5582 2700 Fax: +61 7 5582 2777 Email: info@QDeck.com.au Web: www.QDeck.com.au

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Price from: Adults $19 AUD Concessions $13.50 AUD Children $11 AUD

curruMBIN WILdLIFE SANctuAry Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is the Gold Coast’s leading native wildlife and coastal rainforest experience. With hundreds of native Australian animals on display in natural bushland and rainforest surroundings, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary provides a rare opportunity to get closer to our amazing native wildlife. The Sanctuary is an Advanced Eco-Tourism Certified, National Trust of Queensland property which offers a world of discovery through fascinating wildlife shows and displays. You can experience the wild Lorikeet Feeding, Free-flight Bird Show, Totally Wild and Snakes Alive Show and kangaroo feeding. Aboriginal and Islander dancers perform in daily shows and tours At night, step into the nocturnal world and experience the Wildnight Adventure Tour. Our amazing nocturnal animals come out to feed, hunt and play, and Australia’s indigenous people perform traditional dance and music. All in a fully guided, absolutely fascinating 2.5 hour tour you must experience at least once in your life. 28 tomewin Street Currumbin QLD 4223 Tel: +61 7 5534 1266 Fax: +61 7 5534 7427 Email: get.closer@cws.org.au Web: www.cws.org.au

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Mt tAMBOrINE gLOW WOrM cAVES

gOLd cOASt AIrPOrt MArAtHON

Come underground with us on a journey through our spectacular man-made caves! You will be guided through the magical “Glow-worm cave”, filled with thousands of glowing glow- worms!

104-144 Hartley road, North tamborine Gold Coast Hinterland QLD 4272 Tel: +61 7 5545 1666 Fax: +61 7 5545 4762 Email: info@cedarcreekestate.com.au Web: www.cedarcreekestate.com.au

In one of the most desirable holiday destinations in the world is an event that motivates and challenges tens of thousands of people of all ages and abilities. It is the Gold Coast Airport Marathon located in Queensland, Australia. The 2010 Gold Coast Airport Marathon will be held on Sunday 4 July, featuring a Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km Run, 5km Run/Walk and Junior Dash for the kids. Visit www.goldcoastmarathon.com.au PO Box 2547 Southport BC QLD 4215 Tel: +61 7 5564 8733 Fax: +61 7 5564 9733 Email: info@goldcoastmarathon.com.au Web: www.goldcoastmarathon.com.au Features:

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Gold Coast

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PArAdISE JEtBOAtINg Fly in a hot air balloon over the Gold Coast. Float gently with the breezes 2,000 feet above the Gold Coast, with Queensland’s longest establish ballooning company. The experience is incredible and the views are amazing. Followed by a lovely champagne breakfast at the 5 star Palm Meadows Golf Club. Complimentary transfers. The memories will last a lifetime!

The Gold Coast is the Adventure Capital of Australia! Enjoy the Fun and Excitement of an authentic Jet Boat Adventure in this wonderful location. Feel the adrenaline rush as these ‘World Class’ boats perform exciting 360° spins, awesome wake surfing, and incredible ‘Beach Buzzing’ in as little as 10cm of water!

gold coast Gold Coast QLD 4220 Tel: +61 7 5593 8400 Fax: +61 7 5593 6166 Email: balloon@balloondownunder.com.au Web: www.balloondownunder.com.au

Jetty’c’ Mariners cove Marina, Seaworld drive Main Beach QLD 4217 Tel: +61 7 5526 3190 Fax: +61 7 5531 4788 Email: thrills@paradisejetboating.com.au Web: www.paradisejetboating.com.au

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HArBOur tOWN OutLEt SHOPPINg cENtrE

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Explore 120+ outlet stores where quality brand fashions & homewares sell direct “on sale every day”. Visit the Tourism Lounge for a FREE Tourism Club Card and complimentary refreshments.

Catch a Crab at Birds Bay Oyster Farm enjoy farm fresh oysters, freshly cooked mudcrabs, fun activities, nature, adventure and shopping.

corner gold coast Highway & Oxley drive Biggera Waters Gold Coast QLD 4216 Tel: +61 7 5529 1734 Fax: +61 7 5529 2459 Email: reception@harbourtownshopping.com.au Web: www.harbourtown.com.au

Lot 685 Birds Bay drive, Birds Bay West Tweed Heads QLD 2486 Tel: +61 7 5599 9972 Fax: +61 7 5599 9973 Email: info@catchacrab.com.au Web: www.catchacrab.com.au

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ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES /TOURS & CRUISES/TRANSPORT & HIRE guMNutS FArM rESOrt BuSH BBQ EXPErIENcE

MOuNt NAtHAN WINEry

Gumnuts BBQ of succulent steak/fish/chicken, salads, tropical fruit etc. Bush dance with Country and Western Singer, Bushcraft Demonstrations, Sheep Shearing, Native Nocturnal Animals.

• Award winning white & red grape wines • Unique honey-based liqueurs • Fermented/Fortified range of ports • Friendly multi-lingual staff

Biddaddaba creek road Canungra QLD 4275 Tel: +61 7 5543 0191 Fax: +61 7 5543 0668 Email: gumnutsfarmresort@bigpond.com Web: www.gumnutsfarm.com.au

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220 clagiraba road Mount Nathan Gold Coast QLD 4211 Tel: +61 7 5533 7780 Fax: +61 7 5514 6672 Email: info@mtnathanwinery.com.au Web: www.mtnathanwinery.com.au

tWEEd ENdEAVOur cruISES A unique eco-interpretive nature walk in World Heritage listed rainforest and glow worm viewing in a cave featuring a cascading waterfall.

Explore the diverse Tweed waterways aboard our activities based Crab Catching Tour or relax on our River and Rainforest Cruise.

PO Box 363 Southport BC Qld 4215 Tel: +61 7 5532 8687 Fax: +61 7 5532 8683 Email: info@tourgc.com.au Web: www.tourgc.comm.au

PO Box 596 Tweed Heads NSW 2485 Tel: +61 7 5536 8800 Fax: +61 7 5536 8079 Email: sonya@goldcoastcruising.com Web: www.goldcoastcruising.com

cOAcHtrANS AuStrALIA

JPt tOur grOuP Queensland’s largest tour provider in Southern Qld, including Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Australia Zoo, O’Reilly’s, Tangalooma and Byron Bay.

Brisbane Airports’ licensed coach operator, meeting all major flights. Offering an innovative range of transfer products for the FIT traveller. Including fully staffed counters at both Brisbane domestic and international airports, facilitating transfers direct to the door of all Gold Coast accommodation and Brisbane CBD hotels. All services air-conditioned.

33 Ereton drive Arundel QLD 4214 Tel: +61 7 5500 8900 Fax: +61 7 5500 8937 Email: elle@coachtrans.com.au Web: www.coachtrans.com.au

Lvl 1 Olympia court, 3059 gold coast Highway Surfers Paradise QLD 4217 Tel: +61 7 5539 8492 Fax: +61 7 5539 8026 Email: reservations@jpttours.com Web: www.jpttours.com

Did you know... Surfers Paradise is the only seven day, late night shopping district in Queensland.

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cON-X-ION

gOLd cOASt tOurISt SHuttLE Con-x-ion is a major ground transport provider in South East Queensland, servicing Gold Coast, Brisbane and Sunshine Coast airports with meet and greet, door to door shuttles. Con-x-ion also provides up to 3 return services daily from Gold Coast Accommodation Houses to the Theme Parks and Attractions.

25 Olympic circuit Southport Gold Coast Queensland Australia 4215 Tel: +61 7 5556 9888 Fax: +61 7 3020 3805 Email: bookings@con-x-ion.com Web: www.con-x-ion.com

We’ve got your Gold Coast holiday transport needs covered with our Freedom Pass including door to door* Gold Coast Airport transfers and unlimited Theme Park transfers in our air-conditioned coaches plus unlimited travel on the local bus network, Surfside. Visit the beaches, shops, entertainment precincts, tourist attractions and more!

P.O. Box 3036 Robina QLD 4230 Tel: +61 7 5574 5111 Fax: +61 7 5574 5122 Email: reservations@gcshuttle.com.au Web: www.gcshuttle.com.au

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Southern Queensland

Sunshine Coast

Carlo Sand Blow near Rainbow Beach

Just one hour’s drive north of Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast is an enticing mix of pristine coastline, unspoilt surf beaches, lush hinterland, award-winning cuisine, and a relaxed, casual lifestyle. The region extends from the seaside town of Caloundra, west to the National Heritage listed Glass House Mountains and Blackall Range, north to Rainbow Beach and Noosa, recently declared as a UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation) Biosphere reserve and is also the gateway to UNESCO World Heritage listed Fraser Island. The Sunshine Coast is able to maintain its natural appeal while offering an array of activities for visitors with fantastic restaurants and cafes, soft and hard adventure activities, plenty of sightseeing and world-class accommodation. On the Sunshine Coast, you can ‘Find Your Space’.

Where to stay An extensive range of accommodation ranges from a cosy country cottage in the hinterland to five-star resorts, riverside self-contained family apartments, the serenity of a houseboat or eco-accredited organic health retreats.

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lifestyle, always fresh, often organic local produce, and locally-caught seafood.

cliffs of Rainbow Beach or hand feed wild dolphins in Tin Can Bay.

Dine overlooking the rolling surf of the Pacific Ocean, al fresco in stylish Hastings Street, or enjoy a warming meal by the fire in the hinterland. Learn how to make the most of local produce at a cooking school or visit a boutique winery.

National Parks

Ideas and inspiration

Nature lovers have a whole range of National Parks to choose from including the ancient volcanic plugs of the Glass House Mountains, Noosa National Park is one of Australia’s few oceanfront National Parks, as well as Kondalilla Falls National Park and Cooloola National Park.

Head to the hills

Attractions

Experience the beauty, tranquillity and culture that make the Sunshine Coast Hinterland such a special place. Perfect for a day trip or short break, the hinterland is a lush, green haven of mountains, farmland, rainforest, waterfalls, lakes and charming mountain villages. Offering a cool escape in the warmer months, the hinterland is also inviting during the winter, where Bed and Breakfasts (B&Bs) provide a cosy retreat, complete with log fires.

Swimming with sharks or playful seals at Underwater World, watching crocodiles being fed at Australia Zoo, home of the late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, and tasting delicious local produce at the Ginger Factory including Super Bee, are just some of the attractions on the Sunshine Coast. Other family fun activities include go-karting at the Big Kart Track and tackling the various rides at Aussie World.

Outdoor adventures You are spoilt for choice on the Sunshine Coast – scuba dive the ex-HMAS Brisbane war ship, kayak the Noosa Everglades, 4WD past the coloured sand

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Markets The Eumundi Markets are held every Wednesday and Saturday morning. The market motto, `make it, bake it, grow it or sew it’ is passionately obeyed by dozens of farmers, producers, artisans


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Southern Queensland - Sunshine Coast Must Do!

• Walk, hike or abseil the ancient volcanic Glasshouse Mountains • Visit the Eumundi Markets – motto: “make it, bake it, grow it or sew it” • Dive with the sharks or swim with the seals at UnderWater World • Spot a koala in the gum trees or dolphins in the ocean at Noosa National Park • Visit the home of the late “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin’s, Australia Zoo • Join a 4WD tour and drive the sand highway past the dramatic sand cliffs of Rainbow Beach on your way to Cooloola National Park • Cruise on the pristine Noosa Everglades • Spot 130 bird species in the rainforest at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve • Browse the chic boutiques of Noosa’s Hastings Street • Dine in one of the many award winning restaurants • Tackle a section or the whole of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk • Pan for gold in the historic gold mining city of Gympie • Explore and discover the regions fine cuisine on a Food & Wine Tour • Take a steam train heritage tour from Gympie on “The Valley Rattler” and craftspeople who set up their stalls under the shade of massive old fig trees. While Eumundi is the most famous, markets are held almost every day all

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around the coast and are the perfect spot to find a local memento of your visit.

gardens and aqua therapy centres.

Beautiful beaches

Imagine playing golf against a backdrop of rolling surf or sharing the greens with a couple of kangaroos. Test your skills on immaculate links running beside the Pacific Ocean and through groves of native melaleuca and eucalyptus. The region’s 300 days of sunshine creates a year-round paradise for golfers.

The Sunshine Coast is blessed with over 100km’s of coastline safe to swim in all year round. Explore the beachside towns of Maroochydore, Coolum, Sunshine Beach and Noosa’s Main Beach, ideal for surfing, swimming and even stand up paddle surfing. Pumicestone Passage and the Noosa Everglades offer calmer water, perfect for kayaking, fishing, kite surfing or simply sitting on the banks with a picnic.

Spa indulgence Indulge in a uniquely Sunshine Coast treatment – a Cooloola sand and sea salt scrub or relax with a massage in an open air pavilion. There are dozens of pampering options, from luxurious international-standard day spas to spas providing treatments that are uniquely Australian surrounded by lush tropical

Events!

• Noosa Festival of Surfing (Mar) • Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival (Mar) • Celebration of Australian Food & Wine - Noosa Style (May) • Noosa Long Weekend (19-28 Jun) • National Country Music Muster (Aug) • Noosa Triathlon (Oct) • Caloundra Music Festival (Oct) • Cadbury Schweppes Australian PGA Championships (Dec) • Woodford Folk Festival (Dec)

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World-class golf

How to get here Airport: Fly into Sunshine Coast Airport (Maroochydore). Airport: Fly into Brisbane Airport. Location: the Sunshine coast is located a one hour drive north of Brisbane. Transfer options include: • Train – QR services operate from Brisbane Central Station to the Sunshine Coast with connecting bus services to coastal centres • Bus – Sun Air Bus Service, Airport Shuttle Bus, limousines, taxis • Self drive

Travel Time and Distance Brisbane 91 km 56 mi

Caloundra

150 km 60 km 93 mi 37 mi

Noosa

298 km 208 km 148 km 185 mi 129 mi 91 mi

Hervey Bay

Flying times BRISBANE to Maroochydore (Sunshine Coast) - 25 minutes


ACCOMMODATION With a prime position just off Noosa’s famed Hastings Street and bordering the spectacular Noosa National Park, the resort will feature 197 luxurious one and two bedroom suites and lavish villas and penthouses with sweeping ocean or rainforest views. Combined with its unparalleled level of premium facilities including the recreational centerpiece of a resort pool and bar, day spa and lap pool, sophisticated restaurant, licensed bar, gym, games room, theatrette, private villa plunge pool, lounge areas and private lookout, Outrigger Little Hastings Street Resort & Spa reflects an essence which combines a beach-side holiday with timeless elegance. Opening early 2010.

Little Hastings Street Noosa QLD 4567 Tel: +61 7 5504 0600 Fax: +61 7 5531 5444 Email: sales@outrigger.com.au Web: www.outrigger.com.au

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crOWNE PLAZA PELIcAN WAtErS gOLF rESOrt & SPA As Caloundra’s only international resort, Crowne Plaza Pelican Waters Golf Resort & Spa is the perfect place to base yourself whilst exploring the Sunshine Coast. Enjoy 18 holes of golf at the Greg Norman designed golf course, tennis courts, lap and lagoon pools, indoor games room or relax in the day spa. The hotel’s 115 deluxe rooms and suites offer guests all the contemporary comforts and conveniences. Located just 90 minutes north of Brisbane International Airport, Crowne Plaza Pelican Waters Golf Resort & Spa is the place to meet for lovers of golf and leisure.

38 Mahogany drive Pelican Waters QLD 4551 Tel: +61 7 5437 4666 Fax: +61 7 5437 4655 Email: res@crowneplazapelicanwaters.com.au Web: www.crowneplaza.com.au

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NOOSA HArBOur rESOrt Noosa Harbour Resort boasts many unique features for our guests to enjoy. Our beachfront location and private jetty make it ideal to travel the Noosa waterways by gondola, ferry or your own watercraft. This private stretch of beach is also an ideal place for children to play in the shallows or to take one of the resort kayaks for a paddle. Also, we’re only a short walk to Noosa’s surfing beaches & national parks. After an active day on the water, relax in the spa or sauna, or swim in the heated pool. Later in the evening, you can experience Noosa after dark, with a choice of wine bars and restaurants closeby, just waiting for you to indulge. The famous & exciting Hastings Street is also only a short walk from your holiday home. Hope to see you soon.

6 Quamby Place Noosa Heads QLD 4567 Tel: +61 7 5447 4500 Fax: +61 7 5447 2151 Email: reception@noosaharbour.com.au Web: www.noosaharbour.com.au

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ACCOMMODATION cAStAWAy cOVE rESOrt NOOSA ABSOLUTE BEACHFRONT located only minutes south of Noosa on a beautiful, unspoilt stretch of ocean beach.

Located in the heart of exclusive Hastings Street, the Sebel Resort Noosa is surrounded by café’s, boutiques and is just steps from Noosa’s main beach. Each One or Two Bedroom Apartment is fully self-contained, serviced daily and comprises a spacious living and dining area, separate bedroom/s, fully equipped kitchen and laundry. The private furnished balcony and indulgent spa bath provide the perfect excuse to relax and unwind.

Castaway Cove offers a unique getaway in 1 to 4 bedroom self-contained Beach Houses, Villas, Penthouses and Apartments - most with BBQ’s, spas and great ocean views.

528 david Low Way Marcus Beach QLD 4573 Tel: +61 7 5474 8890 Fax: +61 7 5474 8893 Email: relax@castawaycove.com.au Web: www.castawaycove.com.au

32 Hastings Street Noosa Heads QLD 4567 Tel: +61 7 5474 6400 Fax: +61 7 5447 2410 Email: reservations@tsrn.mirvac.com.au Web: www.sebelnoosa.com

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tHE SEBEL MArOOcHydOrE

20 Aerodrome road Maroochydore QLD 4558 Tel: +61 7 5479 8000 Fax: +61 7 5479 8100 Email: reservations_tsrm@mirvac.com.au Web: www.mirvachotels.com

cOOLuM SEASIdE

Luxuriously appointed one and two bedroom apartments and penthouses in a stunning location opposite Maroochydore beach. Every apartment features a spacious balcony with commanding hinterland and ocean views. Facilities include a 25 metre podium pool, steam room, rooftop barbecue and spa pool offering the perfect excuse to unwind and indulge. And, if you can tear yourself away, the resort is surrounded by a wealth of restaurants, cafes and fantastic shopping.

Cool off by the seaside. Cool off in comfort and style at Coolum Seaside Resort, with lavish 1 to 4 bedroom, fully self-contained apartments, a stroll away from beautiful patrolled beaches. Enjoy five star facilities: pools, spas, alfresco BBQ’s, gym and tennis court, close to the trendy Coolum esplanade.

23 Beach road Coolum Beach QLD 4573 Tel: 1800 809 062 Fax: +61 7 5455 7288 Email: info@coolumseaside.com Web: www.coolumseaside.com

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NOOSA KEyS rESOrt

OcEAN BOuLEVArd HOLIdAy APArtMENtS Ideally located near stunning Noosa River, boutique shopping and fabulous restaurants offering choice of self-contained apartments in tropical gardens.

Come and enjoy a relaxing stay at our couples retreat. Stylish one bedroom apartments with private balconys and ocean views. Across from the beautiful Alexandra Headland Beach.

164 Noosa Parade Noosaville QLD 4566 Tel: +61 7 5449 0333 Fax: +61 7 5449 0390 Email: info@noosakeys.com Web: www.noosakeys.com

136-138 Alexandra Parade Alexandra Headland QLD 4572 Tel: +61 7 5443 3229 Fax: +61 7 5443 4933 Email: info@oceanboulevard.com.au Web: www.oceanboulevard.com.au

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Sunshine Coast

NOOSA BLuE rESOrt

rIVIÉrE ON gOLdEN BEAcH Noosa Blue Resort features 65 fully self contained one bedroom suites, situated just 5 mintues walk to Hastings Street.

Riviére Resort offers luxury waterfront accommodation and facilities to ensure your Sunshine Coast holiday is remembered for the right reasons.

16 Noosa drive Nossa Heads QLD 4567 Tel: +61 7 54475699 Fax: +61 7 54475485 Email: info@noosablue.com.au Web: www.noosablue.com.au

72 Esplanade, golden Beach Caloundra QLD 4551 Tel: +61 7 5492 3200 Fax: +61 7 5492 4422 Email: info@riviere.com.au Web: www.riviere.com.au

SHErAtON NOOSA rESOrt & SPA Ideally positioned in the heart of Noosa, just steps from famous Main Beach, escape to Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa and enjoy a quintessential Queensland experience. 176 spacious guestrooms, suites and lifestyle studios designed to be your luxurious “home away from home” featuring views of Noosa Village, Noosa River, the Resort Pool or Pacific Ocean and beyond. Enjoy private balconies, in-room kitchenette, spa bath and round-the-clock room service. Relax at AQUA Day Spa, a tranquil oasis to nurture health and beauty or get fit at Sheraton Fitness. Experience Noosa’s award winning local produce at Cato’s Restaurant. Sip away the afternoon at our swim-up pool bar, stay connected with Link@Sheraton and wind down during sunset with your favourite drink in the River Lounge.

14-16 Hastings Street Noosa Heads QLD 4567 Tel: +61 7 5449 4888 Fax: +61 7 5449 2230 Email: noosa.reservations@sheraton.com Web: www.sheraton.com/noosa

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Sunshine Coast

ACCOMMODATION/ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES/TRANSPORT & HIRE rAINBOW SHOrES rESOrt

MOOrINgS BEAcH rESOrt

Self-contained apartments, luxury villas and private houses. Surrounded by natural bush land, just 150-300 meters from the beach and 10 minutes from Fraser Island.

Enjoy sun, ocean, warmth, sand & leisure. Stay 4 nights & pay 3. Rates vary on size of unit. Large pool, beautiful gardens, beach across the street, well appointed rooms.

12 rainbow Shores drive Rainbow Beach QLD 4581 Tel: +61 7 5486 3999 Fax: +61 7 5486 3111 Email: resort@rainbowshores.com.au Web: www.rainbowshores.com.au

88 the Esplanade, golden Beach Caloundra QLD 4551 Tel: +61 7 5492 1388 Fax: +61 7 5492 1488 Email: info@mooringsbeachresort.com.au Web: www.mooringsbeachresort.com.au

cALOuNdrA cENtrAL APArtMENtS

AuStrALIS NOOSA LAKES

Min. 3 nights stay in a modern, spacious selfcontained 1 bedroom apartment with ocean or pool views. Free broadband, onsite restaurant & bar, 2 pools, spa and BBQ. $160 per night.

Located on seven landscaped acres by the shores of Lake Doonella and the Noosa River, Austalis Noosa Lakes provides an ideal base to explore Noosa and surrounds. Studio, one and two bedroom apartments

cnr Nicklin Way & Browning Blvd Battery Hill Caloundra QLD 4551 Tel: +61 7 5490 2400 Fax: +61 7 5490 2499 Email: reservations@caloundracentral.com.au Web: www.caloundracentral.com.au

tHE NArrOWS EScAPE

3 Hilton terrace Tewantin QLD 4566 Tel: +61 7 5447 1400 Fax: +61 7 5447 1044 Email: reservations.noosa@australishotels.com Web: www.australishotels.com

SHArK dIVINg

Private, romantic self-contained cottages set in magnificent rainforest in beautiful Montville, in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Luxury, seclusion, romance awaits!

Come face to face with large Grey Nurse Sharks, Whaler Sharks, large Stingrays and more while scuba diving at Underwater World Oceanarium.

78 Narrows road Montville QLD 4560 Tel: +61 7 5478 5000 Fax: +61 7 5442 9472 Email: reception@narrowsescape.com.au Web: www.narrowsescape.com.au

underwater World Mooloolaba QLD 4557 Tel: +61 7 5444 8595 Fax: +61 7 5444 8596 Email: info@scubaworld.com.au Web: www.scubaworld.com.au

tHE VALLEy rAttLEr

SuNSHINE cOASt AIrPOrt trANSFErS Heritage Train Journeys – Rail Motor departs every Tuesday – Half day steam tours every Saturday – Full day steam tours every Wednesday and Sunday

Brisbane Airport Transfers: • 16 return services daily • Door to door • Hourly departures 6am-9pm

Old gympie railway Station, tozer Street Gympie QLD 4570 Tel: +61 7 5482 2750 Fax: +61 7 5482 6213 Email: rattler@mvhr.org.au Web: www.thevalleyrattler.com

Sunshine Coast Day Tours: • Tastes of the Sunshine Coast • Montville/Maleny • Eumundi Markets.

Sunshine Coast Airport Transfers

Tel: +61 7 5477 0888 Fax: +61 7 5450 1044 Email: sales@sunair.com.au Web: www.sunair.com.au

AuStrALIA ZOO Crikey! For a full day of wildlife action and adventure, visit the Crocodile Hunter’s Australia Zoo, one hour north of Brisbane. Australia Zoo is home to over 1,000 animals, spread out over 70 acres of spectacular lush gardens. The gorgeous wildlife includes cuddly koalas, waddling wombats and cute kangaroos. Visitors can enjoy 14 wildlife shows daily including the Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors show which features gorgeous birds, slithering snakes and awesome crocs LIVE in the world-famous Crocoseum! Your day at Australia Zoo will be the ultimate wildlife adventure. There are plenty of exciting wildlife shows to see and dropdead gorgeous animals that can’t wait to meet YOU!

Steve Irwin Way Beerwah QLD 4519 Tel: +61 7 5436 2000 Fax: +61 7 5494 8604 Email: info@australiazoo.com.au Web: www.australiazoo.com.au

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Southern Queensland

Fraser Coast

75 Mile Beach, Fraser Island

Blessed by nature, the Fraser Coast region is a paradise of World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, pristine beaches and abundant marine life – especially for humpback whales. Located just three and half hours drive north of Brisbane or a 90 minute flight from Sydney, the region also offers the contrasting charms of the coastal city of Hervey Bay and nearby heritage city of Maryborough. Add long sandy beaches, untouched national parks and idyllic sailing conditions and it’s easy to understand the Fraser Coast’s appeal. Neighbouring South Burnett (two and a half hours north west of Brisbane) features the delights of boutique wineries, gourmet food and the majestic Bunya Mountains.

Where to stay The Fraser Coast region offers a wide range of accommodation options from new five-star resorts in Hervey Bay to quaint B&B cottages scattered throughout the South Burnett region. Fraser Island offers holiday-makers accommodation to suit all tastes, ages and budgets from camping grounds to beachside holiday houses, fully self contained units and award-winning eco resorts. A range of motels and self contained apartments are also available throughout the region. 60

Dining out Visitors can enjoy the many restaurants and cafes along the Esplanade in Hervey Bay and along the historic Wharf Street precinct in Maryborough. Gourmet produce and fine wines are produced in the South Burnett with local markets held in many towns every weekend.

Ideas and inspiration World Heritage-listed Fraser Island Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island, and boasts some of the world’s rarest ecosystems where rainforests grow in sand and crystal clear lakes nestle between towering rainforests and sand dunes. Take a guided safari, hire your own 4WD or enjoy flying low over the island in a helicopter or fixed wing aircraft that can land you on the beach. Fraser Island is just a short 45 minute cruise from Hervey Bay. 4WDs can access the island from River Heads and Rainbow Beach.

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Channel – 75 Mile Beach. Running along most of the east coast of the island, the beach is both a registered highway for 4WD vehicles and a runway for light planes. Highlights along 75 Mile Beach include the Champagne Pools, Coloured Sands, Indian Head, Maheno Wreck and Eli Creek.

Whale watching Hervey Bay is Australia’s whale watching capital. The bay is a sanctuary for migrating humpback whales who every year from late July to early November, frolic, socialise, feed calves and rest up in the warm waters before heading south to the Antarctic again. Enjoy an up close, intimate encounter with these wonderful mammals on a tour operating out of Hervey Bay. There are full day, dawn, morning, afternoon and three-quarter day tours. Vessels cater for 20 to 150 passengers.

Outdoor adventures The Fraser Coast is renowned for its adventure activities. From aerial adventures to water-based thrills and fantastic walking tracks, there’s something to suit all adrenalin levels.


Southern Queensland - Fraser Coast

Must Do! • Explore the world’s largest sand island, World Heritage-listed Fraser Island • Go whale watching in Hervey Bay (Australia’s whale watching capital) from late July to early November • Take a dolphin cruise to watch these playful animals in the calm waters of the Great Sandy Strait.

• Explore the Bunya Mountains National Park • Trek the Fraser Island Great Walk • Visit Lady Elliott Island in the southern Great Barrier Reef, where you can snorkel right off the beach • Enjoy gourmet food experiences in the South Burnett • Follow the South Burnett Wine Trail

• Step back in time in historic Maryborough • Visit Lady Elliot Island in the Southern Great Barrier Reef, where you can snorkel right off the beach • Try jet skiing across Hervey Bay to Fraser Island, sky diving, an acrobatic flight or kite surfing.

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Southern Queensland - Fraser Coast House in the Wharf Street precinct. Visit the town on a Thursday as it comes to life with a firing Time Cannon at 1pm and the local Town Crier at the Heritage City Markets.

How to get here

Bunya Mountains

Bunya Mountains

Maryborough

In the South Burnett, the Bunya Mountains National Park features spectacular rainforests including strangler figs, hoop pine and wild orchids. The park is home to around 120 species of mammals, frogs and reptiles. A warm welcome awaits at cosy cabins and charming B&Bs.

Settled in 1847, Maryborough is one of Queensland’s oldest provincial cities renowned for its stunning colonial and Queenslander architecture, outstanding historical museums, riverside dining and beautiful parklands. Take a walking tour of the city with a local guide dressed in period costume to learn more about its history in the engineering, sugar and timber industries. Take a peek into the good old days at Brennan and Geraghty’s Store, or discover the fascinating port history of Maryborough at the Bond Store Museum and Customs

country towns There are some beautiful and historic villages in the South Burnett including Nanango, Kingaroy, Kilkivan, Murgon and Wondai. Discover a range of local art and craft galleries, tearooms, cottages, country farms and wineries as you travel through the picturesque region. The area is one of the major wine-producing regions in Queensland, which can be explored on the South Burnett Wine Trail. Back on the coast, quaint fishing communities line the shores of the Great Sandy Strait and capture the laidback lifestyle of the Fraser Coast region.

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Caloundra

Mary Poppins Festival (Jun/Jul) World’s Greatest Pub Crawl (June) Hervey Bay Seafood Festival (Aug) Hervey Bay Whale Festival (Aug)

298 km 208 km 148 km 185 mi 129 mi 91 mi

Noosa Hervey Bay

Flying times BRISBANE to Hervey Bay - 45 minutes

BOAt HArBOur rESOrt Boat Harbour Resort is on the beach front opposite the Great Sandy Straits with views to Fraser Island & beyond. 652 charlton Esplanade Urangan, Hervey Bay QLD 4655 Tel: +61 7 4125 5079 Fax: +61 7 4125 3423 Email: boatharbourresorthb@bigpond.com Web: www.boatharbourresort.net

OLd BOyNESIdE FArMStAy ANd B&B Old Boyneside offers the opportunity of leaving the crowds behind and spending some time on a real working farm with a real Australian farm family.

North White cliffs, Fraser Island via Hervey Bay QLD 4655 Tel: +61 7 3032 2805 Fax: +61 7 3221 3270 Email: marketing@kingfisherbay.com Web: www.kingfisherbay.com Experiences:

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150 km 60 km 93 mi 37 mi

Discover the magnificent beauty of World Heritage Fraser Island, with its superb beaches, lakes and rainforests. Award-winning Kingfisher Bay Resort is the perfect base to discover the island where rangers guide eco tours, whale and dolphin watch cruises and nature walks. It’s also perfect for four-wheel driving, sailing, lazing around the pool, having a massage and indulging in great food and wine.

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Airport: Fly into Hervey Bay Airport (45 minutes flying time from Brisbane or 90 minutes from Sydney). Location: The Fraser Coast is located three and a half hours drive north of Brisbane. Transfer options include: • Train – Sunlander and The Tilt Train link Maryborough to coastal centres including Brisbane, Mackay and Cairns. • Wide Bay Transit, Hervey Bay Limousine Service, Taxis Fraser Island Australia, Hervey Bay Taxi Service, Airport Shuttle Hervey Bay • Self drive

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MS 514 Kingaroy QLD 4610 Tel: +61 7 4164 4262 Fax: +61 7 4164 4121 Email: farmstay@ozfarmstay.com Web: www.ozfarmstay.com


TOURS & CRUISES/TRANSPORT & HIRE tHE FrASEr ISLANd cOMPANy On a Fraser Explorer two-day tour you’ll stay on Fraser Island’s famous 75-Mile Beach at Eurong Beach Resort and explore the island’s beauty spots including Wanggoolba Creek and Lake McKenzie in air-conditioned comfort. Guided 4WD tours depart daily from Hervey Bay and Rainbow Beach. Day tours are also available.

Eastern Beach, Fraser Island via Hervey Bay or Rainbow Beach QLD 4655 Tel: +61 7 3032 2805 Fax: +61 7 3221 3270 Email: marketing@kingfisherbay.com Web: www.fraserexplorertours.com.au

PO Box 5224 Toruqay QLD 4655 Tel: +61 7 4125 3933 Fax: +61 7 4125 4199 Email: tours@fraserislandco.com.au Web: www.fraserislandco.com.au

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WHALESONg cruISES

PO Box 620 Hervey Bay QLD 4655 Tel: +61 7 4125 6222 Fax: +61 7 4125 6233 Email: whalesong@bigpond.com Web: www.whalesong.com.au

The Fraser Island Company offers advanced eco-accredited 1, 2 and 3 day touring safaris to Fraser Island from Hervey Bay. Travel in air-conditioned purpose built 4WD buses with experienced guides and visit famous 75 Mile Beach, lush rainforests and pristine freshwater lakes. Packages including whale watching in Hervey Bay and trips to Lady Elliot Island are also available.

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BLuE dOLPHIN MArINE tOurS Experience the “Closest Encounters with humpback whales” you will get nowhere else in Australia. Purpose built for Whale & Dolphin Watching, our decks put you right where the action is. • Guaranteed Whale Sightings. • Low passenger numbers, personalised service. • Two Cruises Daily. • 7.30am with Breakfast; 1pm with Lunch. • Local & National Award Winners. • Expert commentary & interpretation. • Calm, Protected Waters.

Exclusive full day Whale Watching (late July - early Nov.) Dolphin Tours and Champagne Sunset Sails (Nov. - July) Luxury sailing catamaran. 24 years experience with dolphins and whales. Blue Dolphin - our quality and experience sets us apart from the rest!

Marina, Hervey Bay Hervey Bay QLD 4655 Tel: +61 7 4124 9600 Fax: +61 7 4124 9600 Email: bluedolphintours@bigpond.com Web: www.bluedolphintours.com.au

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trAVELtrAIN HOLIdAyS

SPIrIt OF HErVEy BAy WHALE WAtcHINg Cruises depart daily August, September and October. Enter the humpback whales sheltered sanctuary for an exciting and unforgettable whale watching experience.

With a rail adventure your holiday begins the moment you step onboard. It’s the ideal way to experience Queensland, and Traveltrain has a rail journey to suit every traveller. The Fraser Coast can be accessed from Brisbane with short daytime trips on the Tilt Train, or from Cairns with overnight travel on the award winning Sunlander.

Whale Bay Marina, Buccaneer drive Hervey Bay QLD 4655 Tel: +61 7 4125 5131 Fax: +61 7 4128 9794 Email: spirithb@bigpond.com Web: www.spiritofherveybay.com

upper central concourse, 305 Edward Street Brisbane QLD 4000 Tel: +61 7 3235 5444 Fax: +61 7 3235 1309 Email: railaustralia@qr.com.au Web: www.traveltrain.com.au Experiences:

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Southern Queensland

Southern Queensland Country

Horse and cart, Killarney

Just over an hour inland from Brisbane is the Southern Queensland Country region – a delicious mix of boutique wineries, fresh produce, galleries, museums and crisp air. This sophisticated rural destination is the ideal escape for anyone wanting to take a break from the city but still looking to enjoy quality accommodation and culinary experiences. The area comprises three different regions. Starting from the south and working around Brisbane and the hills known as the Scenic Rim is the Southern Downs and Granite Belt which then leads into Toowoomba and Darling Downs and then to South Burnett in the north. Unlike the more tropical Brisbane, this is a region which enjoys obvious seasonal changes. Colorful autumn leaves adorn the trees, fires are necessary for winter chills and wildflowers bloom in spring.

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Dining out Southern Queensland Country is heaven for gourmands. A delicious array of fresh produce is transformed into even tastier meals at wonderful restaurants and coffee shops. Enjoy these with a glass of locally-produced wine from the many wineries in the region – some of which are the oldest in Queensland. For a quick taste of what’s on offer visit one of the many local markets held each weekend in towns throughout Southern Queensland Country.

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apples, stone fruits, olives and berries. Lavender farms, homemade chocolates and fresh vegetables sold at the weekend markets are just a few of the region’s plentiful offerings. Dine in wonderful restaurants and coffee shops, visit cellar doors and wineries, stay in a luxurious B&B or cottage and get back to nature with a bushwalk through a National Park. Celebrate the changing seasons with the famous Apple and Grape Festival held every second March (in even numbered years), Brass Monkey Season in winter and the Wine Fiesta in November.

Southern downs and granite Belt

toowoomba and the darling downs

Delicious food and wine flourish in this cooler region of Queensland. Travellers from Brisbane get their first glimpse of the region when they cross the Great Dividing Range via Cunningham’s Gap. Home to more many wineries and vineyards, this is also home to an abundance of fresh produce including

This regional city perches upon its mountain top surrounded by the Darling Downs, home to some of Queensland’s finest produce. Town and country blend in this city of flowers, beautiful parks and gardens and historic sandstone buildings and homes. Wander through antique shops and art galleries and then

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enjoy superb food and wine in a local eatery. To the west are rolling plains with quaint pubs and B&Bs, north are a series of hamlets dotted along the escarpment with nurseries, cafes and museums to explore. Toowoomba’s Regional Art Gallery is the oldest in country Queensland and a strong local arts community provides plenty of scope for exhibitions. Historic buildings like the grand Victorian railway station and the restored Empire Theatre show visitors the city’s glorious past.

Park features spectacular rainforests including strangler figs, hoop pine and wild orchids and is home to around 120 species of mammals, frogs and reptiles. A warm welcome waits at cosy cabins and charming B&Bs.

South Burnett and the Bunya Mountains The South Burnett is situated to the north-west of Brisbane. Ranges covered with hoop pine and eucalyptus forest are dotted with forestry towns, scenic drives and walking tracks. Past the forests, lush farmland and grazing land greets the visitor. This is a region of contrasts – wineries, host farms and teahouses, lakes for lovers of fishing and water sports, creek beds just perfect for gemstone fossickers. The Bunya Mountains National

Must Do! • Stay at a luxurious country B&B • Snuggle in front of a cosy fire during Brass Monkey Season • Take a bushwalk through scenic landscape and meet the local wildlife firsthand. • Explore the fantastic antique shops of Toowoomba • Take a cellar door tour and taste some of the local wines • Follow the wine trails • Enjoy gourmet food experiences • Pick some fresh fruit in the Granite Belt • Take a step back in time at Jondaryan Woolshed.

• Australian Cottonweek Festival (Feb) • Australian Gospel Music Festival (Mar) • Goomeri Pumpkin Festival (May) • Brass Money Season (Jun - Aug) • Australian Heritage Festival (Aug) • Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers (Sep)

How to get here Airport: Fly into Brisbane Airport. Location: the Southern Queensland country region is located 90 minutes drive from Brisbane and stretches from the southern border ranges north alongside Brisbane and the Sunshine coast. Transfer options include: • Bus – Greyhound Australia • Self drive

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tHE WOrKSHOPS rAIL MuSEuM The Workshops Rail Museum is an interactive and authentic heritage and cultural experience at the birthplace of rail in Queensland. Open daily, 9.30am to 5.00pm. North Street, North Ipswich Ipswich QLD 4305 Tel: +61 7 3432 5100 Fax: +61 7 3432 5114 Email: info@theworkshops.qm.qld.gov.au Web: www.theworkshops.qm.qld.gov.au

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MOrEtON BAy EScAPES & BuSHWAcKEr EcOtOurS

Nestled in rainforest, these chalets are equipped with air-conditioning, double spa, log fire, selfcontained kitchen, gas BBQ, DVD & Video Player. Relax & Revitalise

We provide small group tours to Southern QLD National Parks for anyone who loves the outdoor with a moderate level of fitness.

84 Palmtree road Palmtree QLD 4352 Tel: +61 7 4697 8185 Fax: +61 7 4697 8022 Email: info@rfc.net.au Web: www.ravensbourneforestchalets.com.au

Level 3, Brisbane transit centre, roma Street Brisbane QLD 4000 Tel: 1300 559 355 Fax: +61 7 3636 1126 Email: reservations@moretonbayescapes.com Web: www.moretonbayescapes.com

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Southern Queensland

Islands of Southern Queensland

Diving the Tangalooma Wrecks

Right on Brisbane’s doorstep is the vast aquatic playground of Moreton Bay and its islands, and just beyond, the World Heritagelisted Fraser Island floating in the calm waters of Hervey Bay. There are only 15 sand islands in the world and most remarkably, a quarter lie just off the southern Queensland coast. These pristine natural retreats are muchloved holiday destinations for locals who love to escape for a day, a weekend or longer. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience these laidback islands, which have long been a local’s secret.

Where to stay Choose from award-winning eco resorts, architect designed homes with spectacular views, self-contained apartments or the simple pleasures of camping on the beachfront.

Dining out The islands have limited, but delicious cafes, restaurants and delis. Dine overlooking endless blue seas, take fish and chips down to the beach or enjoy a simple meal at a local sailing club.

Ideas and inspiration Moreton Bay

is a wide expanse of sheltered blue waters, home to North and South

Stradbroke, Moreton and Bribie Islands. There’s every chance of spotting dolphins, dugongs, turtles and manta rays in the wild while activities on offer include eco cruises, house boats, sailing, snorkelling and diving.

surf beaches, two stunning freshwater lakes, a scenic 30 minute North Gorge headlands walk.

Moreton Island

North Stradbroke Island

Located in the northern part of Moreton Bay, Moreton Island is only a short boat trip from the Brisbane bayside suburbs of Scarborough or Manly. Together with North Stradbroke and Bribie Islands, Moreton forms a physical barrier to the ocean beyond and created the sheltered and calm waters of the bay. Ninetyeight per cent of this idyllic sand island is protected national park and it is one of the few places in the world where guests can experience the magic of hand feeding wild dolphins. The famous Tangalooma wrecks are excellent for diving and snorkeling while thrill-seekers can quad bike around the island or sand toboggan down the world’s tallest stabilised sand dune.

Closest to Brisbane is North Stradbroke Island, located 30km south east of the city. Known as “Straddie” by the locals, the island is a peaceful spot accessible by vehicle and passenger ferry from Cleveland. Highlights include spectacular

The jewel in the southern Queensland islands is undoubtedly Fraser Island. The world’s largest sand island is a World Heritage-listed paradise of pristine

South Stradbroke Island North and South Stradbroke Islands were joined until 1895 when a violent storm separated them and created the Jumpinpin Passage. South Stradbroke Island is smaller than its northern sister, and easily accessible from the Gold Coast – lying just off Southport. There are no sealed roads and only 4WDs can be driven on the island (permits are required). Enjoying nature is very much part of a South Straddie experience, whether you stay at an award-winning eco resort, camp on the beach or join a nature-based tour.

World Heritage-listed Fraser Island

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Southern Queensland - Islands of Southern Queensland south to the Antarctic again. Visitors to the islands south of Hervey Bay are also likely to spot whales just off shore during the season.

Must Do! • Take a 4WD tour of the world’s two largest sand islands, World Heritage-listed Fraser Island or Moreton Island • Feel the wind in your face as you sand toboggan down the world’s largest stabilised sand dune on Moreton Island • Go whale watching in Hervey Bay (Australia’s whale watching capital) from late July to early November • Spot turtles, dugongs and dolphins in the wild • Hand feed wild dolphins on Moreton Island • Join a guided tour with an indigenous guide on North Stradbroke Island and learn how Aboriginal people lived off the land for thousands of years • Enjoy the simple pleasures of fish and chips on the beach • Take a light plane ride and land on Fraser’s famous 75 Mile Beach

How to get here Airport: Fly into Brisbane Airport.

beaches, perched lakes, rainforest growing in sand and dramatic sand blows. There many ways to explore the island - take a guided safari, scenic helicopter ride, hire your own 4WD or land on the beach in a fixed wing aircraft. Fraser Island is just a short 45 minute cruise from Hervey Bay. 4WDs can access the island from River Heads and Rainbow Beach.

Whale watching Visitors staying on Fraser and Moreton Islands, as well as the mainland, can book a daily tour during the whale watch season (late July to early November) to get “up close and personal” with humpback whales who use the bay as a sanctuary to rest up before heading

Location: the islands of southern Queensland lie off the southern Queensland shore from the gold coast north to Hervey Bay. Transfer options include: • Vehicle and passenger ferries service Fraser, Moreton, North and South Stradbroke Islands • Passenger catamarans and water taxis – North and South Stradbroke Island • Self drive and 4WD tours

World’s best beach Fraser Island is also home to the world’s best beach – as voted by US Discovery Channel – 75 Mile Beach. Running along most of the east coast of the island, the beach is both a registered highway for 4WD vehicles and a runway for light planes. Highlights along 75 Mile Beach include the Champagne Pools, Coloured Sands, Indian Head, Maheno Wreck and Eli Creek. 68

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Central Queensland & the Southern Great Barrier Reef

Carnarvon Gorge

Central Queensland and the Southern Great Barrier Reef are gateways to some of Queensland’s most rugged and spectacular destinations. The region begins an easy four hour drive north of Brisbane and is brimming with pristine beaches, coral islands and National Parks. Hidden treasures abound like the Aboriginal rock art at Carnarvon Gorge and the sandstone cliffs of Cania Gorge. Swim with the turtles from the island and reefs of the Southern Great Barrier Reef and fossick Australia’s Sapphire Gemfields, the largest deposit of sapphires in the Southern Hemisphere.

Where to stay Choose from budget backpackers and quaint bed and breakfasts to real Outback farmstays, luxurious holiday homes with million-dollar views and five-star island resorts. Camping and caravan parks are dotted alongside beaches and within National Parks.

Dining out Freshly grown fruit and vegetables are combined with local seafood and steaks to create fabulous tastes to be enjoyed at the many relaxed waterside cafes and quality a la carte restaurants. Dine by the river in a heritage-listed innercity building, enjoy a hearty meal and beer at a friendly country pub, or taste a local drop at one of the region’s quaint wineries.

Ideas and inspiration drive Experience – reef to Outback Take a great Australian journey and discover Queensland’s Reef to Outback, linking two of the country’s most iconic natural attractions – the world heritage listed wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and the wide open spaces of Queensland’s Outback. This vast natural playground offers experiences as varied as some of Australia’s best Aboriginal rock art in magnificent Carnarvon Gorge to exploring the coral gardens of Lady Elliot Island in the midst of the Great Barrier Reef. There are old-style seaside villages where the locals holiday, and the chance to get up close to Australia’s unique wildlife. Fossick for gems, stay on a working farm or marvel at ancient dinosaur fossils.

the coast, the islands and the great Barrier reef Snorkel, swim or scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef from one of the islands off the coast, or enjoy a break at the Town of 1770, Agnes Water, Bargara or Yeppoon.

Ladies of the reef The first ‘Lady of the Reef’, Lady Elliot Island is a 25 minute scenic flight from

Bundaberg. Fly there for a day, or stay overnight. You can step off the beach and snorkel, swim or dive where you may encounter turtles, dolphins and a large variety of coral, fish and giant manta rays. The second anchor of the southern Great Barrier Reef is Lady Musgrave Island. Accessible by boat from the Town of 1770 and Bundaberg, the island is a true coral cay and the largest navigable lagoon on the entire reef. Swim amongst brilliantly-coloured coral and marine life, take a walk with a Marine Biologist, watch turtles and manta rays as they glide by, or camp overnight on the island.

turtles Witness the nightly nesting ritual of a number of turtle species from November to March every year at Mon Repos, just 15km from Bundaberg. Home to the largest loggerhead turtle nesting rookery population in the South Pacific, flatback and green turtles also nest here. Experienced rangers conduct turtle information nights and guided tours to the beach during the season.

country experiences Experience the dust and drama at a rodeo, watch an authentic cattle sale at Gracemere, or visit a working cattle station and learn to ride horses, muster cattle and milk cows.

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Bundaberg Check out the restored heritage buildings and the majestic Burnett River which runs through the middle of the city and is lined with parks, playgrounds and even a zoo. The city is well known because of its famous Rum and as the birth place of aviation pioneer Bert Hinkler.

gladstone Explore the Tondoon Botanic Gardens, sample a local drop at Gecko Valley Winery, visit the Art Gallery or Maritime Museum. Waterfront and foreshore recreation and dining areas dot the city.

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a charming balance between laidback country and modern lifestyles. It sits on the banks of the Fitzroy River and is renowned for its majestic sandstone buildings and life-sized bull statues that represent its status as the ‘Beef Capital of Australia’.

How to get here Airport: • Fly into Gladstone (1 hour 5 minutes from Brisbane).

rockhampton

• Rockhampton (55 minutes from Brisbane, 1 hour 45 minutes from Sydney and 2 hours 30 minutes from Melbourne)

Affectionately known as ‘Rocky’, the city is steeped in cultural heritage and strikes

• Bundaberg Airport (55 minutes from Brisbane).

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Transfer options include: • Train – Sunlander and The Tilt Train link Bundaberg, Gladstone and Rockhampton to other Queensland coastal centres including Brisbane and Cairns. • Blue and White Taxis, Bundaberg taxi cabs, Greyhound Buses, Sunbus Capricorn, Rossmore Limousines, Bundaberg Coach Tours, Duffy’s City Buses, Executive Coachlines, Bundaberg Limousines. • Self drive: Car hire is available from local and national operators Location • Bundaberg is located 4 hours drive north from Brisbane (368km) drive north of Brisbane.


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• Gladstone is located 6 hours drive north from Brisbane (532 kms). • Rockhampton is located 7 hours drive north of Brisbane (633 kms)

Travel Time and Distance Brisbane 368 km 228 mi

Bundaberg

561 km 233 km 348 mi 44 mi

Gladstone

649 km 321 km 108 km 403 mi 99 mi 67 mi

Rockhampton

1872 km 1361 km 1176 km 1068 km 1066 km 899 mi 780mi 663 mi

Cairns

Flying times BRISBANE to Cairns - 2 hours 10 minutes BRISBANE to Gladstone - 1 hour 5 minutes BRISBANE to Rockhampton - 1 hour 30 minutes

Must Do! • Visit an Island on the Great Barrier Reef - Lady Musgrave, Lady Elliott, Great Keppel, Heron and Wilson Islands • Experience the dust and drama of one of Queensland’s premier cattle sales at Gracemere Rockhampton • See, smell and taste your way through the Bundaberg Rum Distillery • Watch one of nature’s miracles - turtles nesting and hatching at Mon Repos, Bundaberg (during the summer months November to March) • Explore the spectacular Capricorn Caves • Fossick for real gems in the largest sapphire fields in the Southern hemisphere

• Inland and ocean fishing • Discover the magnificent ancient gorges at Carnarvon Gorge National Park, Cania Gorge and Isla Gorge

Events!

• Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race and Gladstone Harbour Festival (April) • 1770 Festival (May) • Gemfest – Festival of Gems (Aug) • Gladstone Seafood Festival (Sep) • Rockhampton Barra Bounty (Oct) • Wide Bay Australia International Airshow (July) • Wide Bay Australia Bundy Thunder Power Boat Race (Nov)

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Contacts

Bundaberg Region Tourism 271 Bourbong Street PO Box 930 Bundaberg Qld 4670 Australia telephone: +61 7 4153 8888 Facsimile: +61 7 4153 8880 Email: info@bundabergregion.org Website: www.bundabergregion.info

Biloela

Town of 1770

gladstone Area Promotion & Development Limited gladstone Marina Ferry terminal Bryan Jordan drive PO Box 5186 gladstone QLd 4680 Australia telephone: +61 7 4972 9000 Facsimile: +61 7 4972 5006 Email: gapdl@gladstoneregion.org.au Website: www.gladstoneholidays.info

KELLyS BEAcH rESOrt

Capricorn Tourism the Spire, gladstone road PO Box 1313 rockhampton QLd 4700 Australia telephone: +61 7 4927 2055 Facsimile: +61 7 4922 2605 Email: infocentre@capricorntourism.com.au Website: www.capricornholidays.com.au

LAdy MuSgrAVE BArrIEr rEEF cruISES Naturally – The place to stay, 40 self-contained and stand alone 2 bedroom villas on 5.5 acres of gardens with heated pools, spa, sauna, tennis court, BBQ areas, licensed restaurant, kiosk & tours desk.

Offers the closest Day Cruise service to Brisbane on a daily basis to the Southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef. Cruise aboard our high-speed catarmaran ‘Spirit of 1770’ from Town of 1770. Enjoy snorkeling in pristine waters from our floating pontoon, glass-bottom & semi-sub coral viewing, fish feeding, island walks, fishing & scuba diving.

Other facilities include yoga classes, child minding, bus transfers, bike and snorkel hire and wireless internet.

6 trevors road Bargara QLD 4670 Tel: 1800 246 141 Fax: +61 7 4154 7200 Email: perfectholiday@kellysbeachresort.com.au Web: www.kellysbeachresort.com.au Features:

Shop 2/546 1770 Marina Captain Cook Drive Town of 1770 QLD 4677 Tel: + 61 7 4974 9077 Fax: + 61 7 4974 7005 Toll Free (within Australia): 1800 63 1770 Email: info@1770reefcruises.com Web: www.lmcruises.com.au Experiences:

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Price from: AUD $89

Day Cruises depart daily from the 1770 Marina, Captain Cook Drive, Town of 1770.

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Price from: $165 Adult $85 Child

tHE EdgE ON BEAcHES Luxury beachside resort with 1 & 2 bedroom holiday villas, 4 swimming pools, sunlounge and BBQ areas. Perfectly located.

cnr captain cook drive & Beaches Village circuit

Agnes Water QLD 4677 Tel: +61 7 4902 1200 Fax: +61 7 4902 1299 Email: edge1770@bigpond.net.au Web: edgeonbeaches1770.com.au

MOuNt gOLd MINE - tMc guIdEd tOurS Mount Morgan Gold Mine Guided Tours. takes a fascinating journey of discovery over Mount Morgan . Explore the historic Gold Mine, Discover huge fireclay caverns dug out by the early miners and view Jurassic Dinosaur footprint track ways. 45 East Street Extended Mount Morgan QLD 4714 Tel: +61 7 4938 1823 Mob: 0409 815 033 Email: tmctours@iprimus.com.au Web: www.tmctours.com.au

cAPrIcOrN cAVES Amazing tropical limestone caves with a natural beauty different to deep underground systems. Easy walking guided tour or a wild caving adventure. 30 Olsen’s caves road the caves Rockhampton QLD 4702 Tel: +61 7 4934 2883 Fax: +61 7 4934 2936 Email: capcaves@cqnet.com.au Web: www.capricorncaves.com.au

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Did you know... The Capricorn Caves are above ground limestone caves formed from coral reef over 400 million years ago.


Mackay

Bushy Atoll, Great Barrier Reef

Halfway between Brisbane and Cairns, the Mackay region offers a pure Queensland experience – lush rainforests, natural beaches, reef and tropical islands yet away from the tourist crowds. Blessed with nature-based attractions, the region is home to 31 unspoilt beaches, National Parks with pristine sub tropical rainforest, lush hinterland, tropical islands and the coral gardens of the Great Barrier Reef. Mackay is a charming unspoilt seaside town. A short drive from the city heart is the Mackay Marina. The region’s relaxed coastal lifestyle is perfect for visitors who enjoy sunset walks, swimming and beach fishing. Brampton and Keswick Islands lie just off the coast.

Where to stay Mackay offers a wide range of comfortable, affordable accommodation to travellers. You can escape to a mountain top hideaway, relax at a beach front property or choose the convenience of accommodation located close to the city.

Dining out Visitors can enjoy an al fresco meal at the Mackay Marina or the friendly hospitality at a country pub. Dine at a cosmopolitan cafe in the city centre, waterside at the marina or at a rainforest retreat. From freshly caught seafood courtesy of our Great Barrier Reef to locally produced prime beef and not to forget tropical delicacies which have a flavour of their own. Mangoes and other delectable

fruits and vegetables picked fresh daily are plentiful while in season. The unique combination of flavours creates the ultimate dining experience.

Ideas and inspiration river city Relaxed, tropical and picturesque – Mackay city offers everything you could want from a bustling regional centre. The mighty blue Pioneer River flows past the city’s historical buildings and rows of palm trees fringe the main street. Beautiful beaches and a world-class marina are within minutes of the city centre. The city offers a diverse range of shopping, dining and entertainment options, an award-winning modern art gallery and picturesque botanic gardens.

Arts and Heritage Take a self guided walk past 20 lovingly restored heritage-listed buildings, many beautiful examples of Art Deco architecture. Artspace Mackay is the city’s modern art gallery and museum. There is always an interesting exhibition and the café is perfect for a casual meal.

Walking tracks Whether it’s a leisurely stroll in and around Mackay City and beaches or the diverse and picturesque landscapes, including the famous Eungella National

Park, Cape Hillsborough and the vast outback regions in Mackay’s hinterland, there are plenty of walks to enjoy the best scenery and attractions within the Mackay Region. There are wheel chair accessible tracks and scenic boardwalks to challenging hikes for the more adventurous.

Mackay Marina Village Mackay Marina Village is a favourite with locals and tourists alike. Visitors can enjoy al fresco dining on the palm fringed esplanade at a number of restaurants and bars. Choose from activities including parasailing, jet skiing, island and snorkelling day cruises, fishing charters and whale watching in season.

Eungella National Park Eungella National Park (pronounced Young g’lah) is a scenic hour’s drive west of Mackay and is Australia’s longest continuous stretch of sub tropical rainforest, covering more than 51,700 hectares. There are more than 22km of well-maintained walking tracks of varying degrees of difficulty and breath taking views across the Pioneer Valley at 2,500 feet above sea level. A must visit for anyone to the region, it makes for a perfect day trip or longer. Finch Hatton Gorge, located in the foothills of the Eungella Range, has excellent

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walking trails through the rainforest to the Araluen and Wheel of Fire waterfalls. Take a refreshing dip in the deep natural swimming holes surrounded by the high gorge walls and rainforest. For an unique experience go forest flying through the tree tops.

and dramatic coastline formed by volcanic activity in days gone by. The park features several walking trails showcasing Aboriginal history while friendly wallabies hop down onto the beach each sunrise. Excellent guided day tours are available to all areas.

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Beaches and Islands

Broken River is renowned for being the most reliable place in Australia to spot a platypus. Nearby Finch Hatton Gorge contains lush rainforest walking trails to waterfalls and deep, refreshing swimming holes.

cape Hillsborough National Park Cape Hillsborough National Park is a 40 minute drive north of Mackay and is located on the coast. The area is well known for the inquisitive wallabies that come down onto the palm fringed beach each morning at sunrise. This small coastal national park has a rugged 74

The Mackay region’s 31 beaches offer visitors plenty of choice. Options include Blacks Beach, Sunset Bay and Eimeo, home to the cliff top Pacific Hotel with its delicious counter meals and milliondollar views over the Coral Sea. Pretty Brampton Island is located at the southern entrance of the Whitsunday Passage. The island is almost entirely covered by national park and fringed by 12 beaches. Picturesque Keswick Island is a jewel in the region’s crown and home to the secluded Keswick Island Guesthouse. Accessible by private boat

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Must Do! • Spot a rare Australian marsupial, a platypus, in the wild at Eungella National Park • Watch the wallabies on the beach at dusk in the Cape Hillsborough National Park • Feast on fresh seafood by the water at the marina • Visit the Sarina Sugar Shed, Australia’s only working miniature sugar mill • Catch an exhibition at the regional museum Artspace Mackay • Walk along Mackay’s riverfront • Enjoy a counter lunch with milliondollar views at the cliff top Eimeo Pub, overlooking the Coral Sea, Eimeo Beach and Sunset Bay


Mackay or short plane flight, the island is fringed by colourful coral reefs and white sandy beaches. St Bees Island sits closely alongside Keswick, and is occupied by a healthy koala colony.

Sugar tour Lush canefields still surround many areas. Visitors can take a tour of a working sugar mill during the crushing season (June to November).

How to get here

Airport: Fly into Mackay Airport (One hour 25 minutes flying time from Brisbane). Location: Mackay is 259km from Airlie Beach and 784km from cairns. Transfer options include: • Train – The Tilt Train and Sunlander

• Latin Festival at Club Med Lindeman Island (Feb) • Discover Sarina Festival (May) • River Rock to Mountain Top Community Festival (May)

Contacts

Mackay Airlie Beach

348 km 306 km 216 mi 190 mi

the Mill, 320 Nebo road Mackay QLd 4740 Australia telephone: +61 7 4944 5888 Facsimile: +61 7 4952 2034 Email: info@mackayregion.com Web: www.mackayregion.com

SArINA SugAr SHEd

Travel Time and Distance 259 km 160 mi

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Events!

link Mackay to coastal centres including Brisbane and Cairns • Mackay Explorer, Mackay Transit Coaches, taxis • Self drive

978 km 607 mi

Bowen

289 km 638 km 180 mi 396 mi

784 km 635 km 546 km 456 km 395 mi 339mi

Townsville 346 km 215 mi

Cairns

Flying times BRISBANE to Mackay 1 hour 25 minutes

OcEAN INtErNAtIONAL Take the tour-taste the action at Australia’s first miniature Sugar Mill and Distillery. Enjoy freshly crushed sugar cane juice, fairy floss and our liqueurs.

Beach front hotel offering a pleasant relaxed atmosphere, 5 minutes to city and airport. Fine dining restaurant on premise.

Field of dream Parkland, railway Square Sarina QLD 4734 Tel: +61 7 4943 2801 Fax: +61 7 4943 2802 Email: info@sarinasugarshed.com.au Web: www.sarinasugarshed.com.au

1 Bridge road Mackay QLD 4740 Tel: +61 7 4957 2044 Fax: +61 7 4957 2636 Email: admin@oceaninternational.com.au Web: www.oceaninternational.com.au

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Aerial of Whitehaven Beach & Hill Inlet, Whitsunday Island

Few natural wonders command such attention as the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s greatest coral reef system. Those who see it never forget it. Here, after all, is a spectacle so vast that it can be seen from the moon. What makes the reef so great is not just what’s beneath the surface but also what’s above it - the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef. On an island, you can literally immerse yourself in one of the seven natural wonders of the world. From the exclusivity and unbridled luxury of five-star resorts to the back-to-nature simplicity of tented accommodation in sublime natural settings, the reef’s islands offer a retreat from the demands of everyday life. Whichever you choose, you are guaranteed an experience that will live with you forever. There are many different islands along the vast stretch of reef to complement your ideal Great Barrier Reef experience: ecological, luxurious, natural, secluded. Listed here are just some of these islands where you can choose how you connect with the reef. You can dive into it, snorkel through it, sail it, fish it and feel it. You can swim with turtles or watch the whales play.

daydream Island resort Daydream Island Resort and Spa is a small but dynamic resort located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Nestled among the Whitsunday Islands, 76

it offers affordable luxury for couples and families alike. Its natural attributes – secluded beaches, azure waters and stunning rainforest – are complimented by a diverse range of fun-filled holiday activities, magical dining experiences and contemporary facilities, including a world-class rejuvenation day spa. Daydream Island Resort and Spa offers a range of 4.5-star accommodation styles to suit family vacations, romantic Whitsunday Island honeymoons, conferences and events.

Hayman Beautifully situated in the magnificent Great Barrier Reef, Hayman is Australia’s most celebrated private island destination. The most northerly island of the Whitsundays Group, Hayman invites guests into a world of privacy, luxury, relaxation, fine wines, abundant dining and breathtaking scenery. A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, this idyllic retreat has won a host of prestigious local and international awards. Hayman Island presents resort living in 228 beautifully appointed rooms, suites, penthouses and a villa, all featuring

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private terraces or balconies and offering breathtaking views of pools, lagoons, beach, gardens or the Coral Sea.

Hamilton Island resort Perfectly situated in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, nestled among the Whitsunday Islands, Hamilton Island offers an experience like no other: glorious weather, azure waters, brilliant beaches, awe-inspiring coral reefs, fascinating flora and fauna, fine food and wines, and activities almost too numerous to mention. With a wide range of restaurants, bars, takeaways, boutiques and shops plus a commercial marina, sports complex and chapel (Could there be a more perfect place to say “I do”?) – not to mention 20 kilometres of bushwalking trails – Hamilton has it all. Whether you’re looking for action, relaxation, romance or a fun family getaway, it’s all here in abundance, `with new experiences and adventures waiting around every corner.

qualia An exclusive world-class luxury resort, qualia is nestled into the secluded, northern tip of Hamilton Island,


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surrounded by the unsurpassed beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. With its own definitive style of understated elegance and quality and mesmerising calmness, qualia is a place of rare natural beauty. Complementing the established attractions of greater Hamilton Island, this new Whitsundays resort offers outstanding facilities – including a state-of-the-art gym and yoga centre right on the water’s edge, two infinity pools and a luxury spa – along with uncompromising five-star service.

Orpheus Island Imagine waking up in one of the world’s most exclusive private island destinations. Located amidst the Great Barrier Reef and surrounded by 1,300 hectares of pristine national park, Orpheus Island is a nature lover’s paradise. Strictly limited to 42 pampered guests and with the exclusion of telephones, televisions, daytrippers or children under 15, Orpheus provides the ultimate hideaway. The waters off the

island are home to a vast array of vibrant, coloured marine life, showcasing 1,100 species of fish and 340 of the 350 known species of reef coral.

Magnetic Island Nestled in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park – and just 8 kilometres from Queensland’s northern capital, Townsville – Magnetic Island is like no other island getaway. Two-thirds of this World Heritage-listed island is national park, providing a haven for abundant

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Islands of the Great Barrier Reef dense pisonia forest and fringed with sheoaks and pandanus palms – is home to rare turtles and birds. In this World Heritage-listed marine national park, nature prevails. A variety of commercial launches cater for day-trip visitors, but for those seeking the ultimate “castaway” experience, the island offers bush camping for a maximum of just 40 people at any one time.

Hinchinbrook Island

Lizard Island

native wildlife, including more than 2,500 free roaming koalas. Tropical fish thrive in the surrounding coral reefs and tranquil waters while rocky headlands frame secluded beaches, some accessible only by boat or on foot. Catering for a 2,500- strong resident population as well as holidaymakers in search of the good life, tropical style, Magnetic Island offers a wide range of services and facilities. Here is an island that welcomes all comers.

Lady Elliot Island The southern most of the Great Barrier Reef Islands, Lady Elliot is a true coral cay and one of the premier eco-tourism experiences in Australia. Situated in a tidal lagoon and surrounded by a vast reef of living corals, the island is a rainbow of colours, from the surrounding turquoise and azure waters to the stunning white-sand beaches and lush green vegetation. A declared “Marine National Park Zone”, Lady Elliot is one of the few islands where you will see live coral and abundant bird and marine life at every level. Popular with visitors of all ages, it’s little wonder Lady Elliot is renowned as a nature lover’s nirvana.

Peppers Palm Bay, Long Island Nestled amid swaying palms fringing a secluded private beach, Peppers Palm Bay on Long Island is an intimate tropical retreat rimmed by soft white sand and the turquoise waters of Australia’s beautiful Whitsundays. The ideal getaway for a romantic escape or honeymoon (there are no televisions or telephones to disturb the soul-restoring 78

peace); Peppers Palm Bay is also a perfect base for exploring the Great Barrier Reef and nearby islands.

Long Island resort, Long Island Hammocks swinging under palm trees, golden sandy beaches, gentle waves lapping at the shore and 1,012 hectares of tropical rainforest to explore. Nestled in the glorious Whitsundays, in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, Long Island Resort has all the facilities you’d expect from an award-winning three-and-a half- star resort – including a day spa, 25-metre lap pool and two flood-lit tennis courts – plus a host of activities and entertainment for all ages. It’s little wonder that the resort is a favourite for couples, honeymooners, families and friends looking for an idyllic value-for money island escape.

green Island resort Situated on one of the seven natural wonders of the world – the Great Barrier Reef – is another of nature’s rare gifts: beautiful Green Island. A small coral cay, Green Island is one of Australia’s premier heritage sites and home to Green Island Resort. Widely regarded as one of the most environmentally sensitive tourist developments in the world, it is also the only five-star resort off the Cairns coastline located on a true coral cay.

Lady Musgrave Island A true coral cay, Lady Musgrave rests on the edge of a coral-fringed lagoon measuring 8 kilometres in circumference. This aquatic playground boasts a huge variety of colourful marine life, while the cay itself – cloaked in

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When a place is perfect, sometimes it’s best not to touch it. So it is that Hinchinbrook Island is Australia’s largest island national park, where vast tracts of tropical rainforest, rugged mountains and glorious beaches remain in pristine condition. Located just a short ferry ride from the mainland, and surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef, Hinchinbrook is the perfect place to restore body, mind and spirit. The award-winning Wilderness Lodge is the island’s only settlement, offering splendid isolation in spacious crafted timber “tree houses” that are accessed by a meandering timber boardwalk. This eco-lodge makes a great base from which to explore the many activities on offer on the island, such as bushwalking, fishing, snorkelling, swimming, day cruises, bird watching or just laying around and soaking it all in.

Voyages Lizard Island Outstanding in every respect, the unique pleasures of Voyages Lizard Island have created an idyllic retreat second to none. Australia’s northernmost resort, Lizard is located right on the spectacular Great Barrier Reef, fringed with colourful coral reefs and 24 powdery white beaches. It is little wonder that this tranquil escape has won a host of prestigious national and international awards for excellence. Lizard truly is one of a kind. Each of the 40 villas on Voyages Lizard Island is elegant and spacious, with either ocean or beach views.

Voyages Wilson Island Voyages Wilson Island is a tiny coral cay located just 40 minutes from Heron Island. A divine sweep of castor-sugar sands that is home to turtles and birds, Wilson is both part of the Great Barrier Reef, and surrounded by it. Its pristine waters are host to an unimaginable variety of marine life, including colourful coral and fish, with some of the best snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef, just off the beach.


Islands of the Great Barrier Reef Voyages Bedarra Island When you simply don’t wish to be found, when you need to escape, unwind and experience the finer things in life, there is no better place to disappear to than Voyages Bedarra Island. This is Australia’s most exclusive resort, an indulgent tropical private haven, lying off the coast of Cairns. At Bedarra, guests can do as they wish, when they wish. And with a maximum of just 32 guests, no-one’s going to cramp your style. Bedarra Island’s 16 secluded villas are hidden in the rainforest, only minutes from the beach.

Voyages dunk Island Golden sands, palm-lined beaches, tranquil waters and a thriving rainforest. Dunk Island is Australia’s most spectacular rainforest island. It was known to the first inhabitants as “Coonanglebah”, the isle of peace and plenty. Today, the palm-fringed beaches and lush rainforests of this tropical island are ideal for those who want to enjoy time out or the time of their lives. With a huge variety of activities, facilities and experiences to choose out, from, you’ll be tempted to extend your stay indefinitely. Located in a national park,

and lying midway between Townsville and Cairns, the resort is one of a few tropical islands that put you within easy reach of the Great Barrier Reef.

Voyages Brampton Island From the emerald greens of the island’s national park to the azure blues of the surrounding waters and its 12 golden beaches, Brampton’s style is vibrant and easy-going. It’s hard not to be captivated by the beauty of this classic Queensland island, lying at the southern entrance of the world-renowned Whitsunday Passage off Mackay. Brampton is big on fun and activity – and with so much included, it’s a perfect haven for couples in search of a romantic hideaway with all the trimmings. (Plus there are no day-trippers to interrupt the peace and solitude!)

Voyages Heron Island Voyages Heron Island is a true coral cay, located right on the Great Barrier Reef. A place of stunning natural beauty, it has sugar-white sands, crystal clear waters and acres of brilliant coral with colourful marine life. At this World Heritage-listed marine national park, all flora and fauna is protected, so the island is a nature lover’s paradise, where the emphasis is

on enjoying natural beauty.

Poruma Island Poruma Island may appear like a pinprick on a map – it’s just two kilometres long – but its reputation as an exclusive hideaway is no small thing. This remote coral cay is located at the extreme northern tip of the Great Barrier Reef, in the Torres Strait, between mainland Australia and Papua New Guinea. Home to approx 200 saltwater people – Australia’s other indigenous people – Poruma combines luxury “huts”, a tropical island escape and water sports with island culture.

double Island Resting just off the coast of Palm Cove in Tropical North Queensland, Double Island is an exclusive island getaway. Privately owned and operated, the island can only be hired on a whole- of-island basis. Enjoy the idyllic location close to the Great Barrier Reef and the tranquility of this tropical Paradise. Double Island’s luxury accommodation offers privacy, luxury and tropical paradise opulence. For more information on the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef visit: www.queenslandholidays.com.au.

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ACCOMMODATION/TRANSPORT & HIRE QuALIA, grEAt BArrIEr rEEF

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Located on the secluded northernmost tip of Hamilton Island, qualia sets a new pinnacle for luxury in Australia. Relax and unwind in one of 60 exquisitely appointed pavilions that sit in perfect harmony with the natural beauty of the island. Exclusive facilities include two infinity-edge pools, two restaurants and Spa qualia, which offers a range of luxurious treatments.

Hamilton Island The Whitsundays QLD 4803 Tel: +61 7 4946 9999 Fax: +61 7 4946 8888 Email: qualia@hamiltonisland.com.au Web: www.qualia.com.au

With its absolute beachfront location, the 5 star Beach Club on Hamilton Island is the perfect place to relax and renew your appetite for life. Offering an intimate experience for couples, every room faces directly on to Catseye Beach with its own private balcony and uninterrupted views of the spectacular Coral Sea.

Hamilton Island The Whitsundays QLD 4803 Tel: +61 2 9433 0444 Fax: +61 2 9433 0499 Email: trade@hamiltonisland.com.au Web: www.hamiltonisland.com.au

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rEEF VIEW HOtEL, HAMILtON ISLANd

These one bedroom hotel-style serviced apartments located opposite Catseye Beach are ideal for families or holiday-makers. Maximum capacity: 5 people

The Reef View Hotel features extremely spacious rooms all with private balconies overlooking tropical gardens or the breathtaking vista of the Coral Sea.

Hamilton Island The Whitsundays QLD 4803 Tel: +61 2 9433 0444 Fax: +61 2 9433 0499 Email: trade@hamiltonisland.com.au Web: www.hamiltonisland.com.au

Hamilton Island The Whitsundays QLD 4803 Tel: +61 2 9433 0444 Fax: +61 2 9433 0499 Email: trade@hamiltonisland.com.au Web: www.hamiltonisland.com.au

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PALM BuNgALOW, HAMILtON ISLANd

160 room island resort on Happy Bay, Long Island. Ideal for budget family and individual travellers. Full board. 20 minute water transfer from Airlie Beach.

Delightful freestanding accommodation situated in a palm fringed tropical garden setting, the perfect option for a romantic and affordable island holiday.

Long Island Whitsundays QLD Tel: +61 7 4946 9400 Fax: +61 7 4946 9555 Email: longisland@oceanhotels.com.au Web: www.oceanhotels.com.au

Hamilton Island The Whitsundays QLD 4803 Tel: +61 2 9433 0444 Fax: +61 2 9433 0499 Email: trade@hamiltonisland.com.au Web: www.hamiltonisland.com.au

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Lady Elliot is a true coral cay island located at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef (Just North of Fraser Island). The island is regarded as one of the best diving and snorkelling locations on the Great Barrier Reef and is famous for its unspoilt coral reef and amazing array of spectacular marine life. Lady Elliot Island is a popular destination for individuals, couples, families and leisure groups keen to explore this rich marine eco-system. PO Box 348 Runaway Bay QLD 4216 Tel: +61 7 5536 3644 Fax: +61 7 5536 7285 Email: reservations@ladyelliot.com.au Web: www.ladyelliot.com.au

upper central concourse, 305 Edward Street Brisbane QLD 4000 Tel: +61 7 3235 5444 Fax: +61 7 3235 1309 Email: railaustralia@qr.com.au Web: www.traveltrain.com.au

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With a rail adventure your holiday begins the moment you step onboard. It’s the ideal way to experience Queensland, and Traveltrain has a rail journey to suit every traveller. Combine your Great Barrier Reef experience with an overnight journey on the award winning Sunlander, or holiday hopping along Queensland’s coastline on the Tilt Train.

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Hamilton Island

In the heart of the Great Barrier Reef lie the Whitsundays – 74 islands floating like jewels in the warm tropical waters of the Coral Sea. Only eight are home to secluded resorts, the rest are untouched hideaways of white sand and lush greenery. A region of only 100 miles (160km), the Whitsundays lies midway along the Queensland coast. With the Coral Sea on one side and national parks on the other, the area is part of a picturesque peninsula that reaches out to the Whitsunday passage, renowned for its idyllic sailing conditions. The region spans from the beautiful beaches of Bowen in the north to the cane fields and sugar mills of inland Proserpine, south to the gorgeous golf greens of Laguna Whitsundays and east to its tropical islands. Seventy per cent of the Whitsundays is protected as National and Marine Park, making it an ideal destination whether visitors are looking for nature-based adventure or a romantic tropical island getaway.

Where to stay

Accommodation options range from camping in the National Parks to all inclusive family-friendly options and five-plus star resorts for those seeking the ultimate in luxury. Accommodation at Airlie Beach caters for all ages and budgets from backpacking facilities, B&Bs to modern hotel suites and deluxe apartments complete with lap pools, spas and panoramic sea views.

Dining out There’s a vast range of dining experiences on offer in the Whitsundays from five star restaurants to fish and chips by the Airlie Beach Lagoon. Savour fresh seafood and local produce. Choose from a relaxed night out overlooking million dollar views of the Coral Sea, a memorable meal on an island resort or onboard a yacht.

Ideas and inspiration great Barrier reef Choose from a variety of ways to experience the Great Barrier Reef including snorkelling, diving, day or overnight cruises to the outer reef or even semi-submersible boats. One of the best ways to view the reef is from the air. Scenic flights offer a birds’ eye view of not only the entire Whitsunday coast and islands, but also one of its most distinctive features, Heart Reef, a popular choice for honeymooners.

diving The Whitsundays offers two types of diving location: inner (fringing) islands or the outer Great Barrier Reef. Inner

island diving is ideal for beginner divers because of the sheltered waters. Here visitors will see colourful coral, tropical fish species and quite possibly turtles or reef sharks. Outer reef diving is more varied with both shallow and deeper dive sites. Experienced divers will appreciate the dive conditions and good visibility and the chance to spot more diverse and bigger marine life.

Sailing The Whitsundays offers numerous sailing options, from a sleek maxi racing yacht or an eco-certified tall ship adventure, a “bareboat” where you can chart your own course or a mini cruise liner. Visitors can choose to experience the thrill of a day tour option or perhaps enjoy a longer stay, spending several days onboard a vessel as it sails the picturesque waterways and islands of the Whitsundays.

Whitehaven Beach Consistently voted one of the best beaches in the world, Whitehaven is a must. This expanse of pure white silica sand stretches 7km. This paradise is visited by day tours and longer sailing tours.

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Island resorts

Outdoor adventures

Eight of the islands in the Whitsundays are resort islands, and all vary in size and style. The island resorts include Brampton, Daydream, Hamilton, Hayman, Hook, Lindeman, Long and South Molle. Each caters to a range of visitor interests from adventure to pure relaxation. The islands are easily accessible by boat or plane from Shute Harbour on the Whitsunday coast or from Hamilton Island.

The range of adventures in and around Airlie Beach is endless with quad biking, jet skiing, parasailing, sky diving, fishing, horse riding, camel safaris and seasonal whale watching to name a few. The Whitsunday Great Walk through Conway National Park allows walkers to discover the lush rainforest and local wildlife.

Airlie Beach Colourful, cosmopolitan and laidback, the gateway to the Whitsundays is the coastal community of Airlie Beach. With palm-fringed beaches and the popular Airlie Beach Lagoon which allows year round swimming, the lively town offers a diverse range of day tours and cruising options, making it the perfect base for discovering all the Whitsundays has to offer. Nightlife and dining options cater for all ages and budgets, whether it’s a cold beer with the locals at a pub or an intimate seafood feast overlooking the Coral Sea. 82

Star spas Take time out for pampering in a resort day spa where treatment rooms overlook the azure waters of the Coral Sea. Options include yoga classes, couples rooms and natural therapies.

Events! • Airlie Beach Food & Wine Festival (May) • Audi Hamilton Island Race Week (Aug) • Airlie Beach Outrigger Carnival (Aug) • Whitsunday Reef Festival (Nov)

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Must Do! • Sail around the 74 islands of the Whitsundays • Sleep under the stars on the Great Barrier Reef • Sink your feet into the silica sands of Whitehaven Beach • Enjoy a scenic flight over Heart Reef or to a deserted beach for a private picnic • Relax by Airlie Beach lagoon or dine seaside on the Esplanade • Head to the beautiful beaches of Bowen or visit the historic town of Proserpine • Hike through Conway State Forest • Learn how to scuba dive off an inner fringing island or at the outer Great Barrier Reef • Indulge in a treatment at a spa • Island hop in a ferry or on your own charter boat


The Whitsundays Hayman Beautifully situated in the magnificent Great Barrier Reef, Hayman is Australia’s most celebrated private island destination. The most northerly island of the Whitsundays Group, Hayman invites guests into a world of privacy, luxury, relaxation, fine wines, abundant dining and breathtaking scenery. A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, this idyllic retreat has won a host of prestigious local and international awards. Hayman Island presents resort living in 228 beautifully appointed rooms, suites, penthouses and a villa, all featuring private terraces or balconies and offering breathtaking views of pools, lagoons, beach, gardens or the Coral Sea.

Long Island resort, Long Island Hammocks swinging under palm trees, golden sandy beaches, gentle waves lapping at the shore and 1,012 hectares of tropical rainforest to explore: welcome to Long Island Resort. Nestled in the glorious Whitsundays, in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, Long Island Resort has all the facilities you’d expect from an award-winning three-and-a half- star resort – including a day spa, 25-metre lap pool and two flood-lit tennis courts – plus a host of activities and entertainment for all ages. It’s little wonder that the resort is a favourite for couples, honeymooners, families and friends looking for an idyllic value-formoney island escape.

Peppers Palm Bay Nestled amongst swaying palms fringing a private beach and lapped by the turquoise waters of the Whitsundays, Peppers Palm Bay Whitsundays is an exclusive Peppers Retreat offering a private, intimate and secluded accommodation hideaway. With just 21 secluded bungalows, bures and cabins. The natural beauty of a tropical island, elegant accommodation, and pampering promote a wonderful sense of wellbeing. Relax in a hammock on your balcony or treat yourself to a massage at the onsite endota spa. Or pack a gourmet lunch and speed off in your own boat

to discover the secluded beaches of the island’s national park. Whatever you choose to do, it’s reassuring to know you’ll be heading back to the peace of your secluded retreat at the day’s end.

qualia An exclusive world-class luxury resort, qualia is nestled into the secluded, northern tip of Hamilton Island, surrounded by the unsurpassed beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. With its own definitive style of understated elegance and quality and mesmerising calmness, qualia is a place of rare natural beauty. Complementing the established attractions of greater Hamilton Island, this new Whitsundays resort offers outstanding facilities – including a state-of-the-art gym and yoga centre right on the water’s edge, two infinity pools and a luxury spa – along with uncompromising five-star service.

Voyages Brampton Island From the emerald greens of the island’s national park to the azure blues of the surrounding waters and its 12 golden beaches, Brampton’s style is vibrant and easy-going. It’s hard not to be captivated by the beauty of this classic Queensland island, lying at the southern entrance to the world renowned Whitsunday Passage off Mackay. Brampton is big on fun and activity – and with so much included, it’s a perfect haven for couples in search of a romantic hideaway with all the trimmings. (Plus there are no day-trippers to interrupt the peace and solitude!)

daydream Island resort Daydream Island Resort and Spa is a small but dynamic resort located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Nestled among the Whitsunday Islands, it offers affordable luxury for couples and families alike. Its natural attributes – secluded beaches, azure waters and stunning rainforest – are complimented by a diverse range of fun-filled holiday activities, magical dining experiences and contemporary facilities, including a world-class rejuvenation day spa. Daydream Island Resort and Spa offers a range of 4.5-star accommodation styles to suit family vacations, romantic Whitsunday Island honeymoons, conferences and events.

Hamilton Island resort Bowen

Perfectly situated in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, nestled among the

Whitsunday Islands, Hamilton Island offers an experience like no other: glorious weather, azure waters, brilliant beaches, awe-inspiring coral reefs, fascinating flora and fauna, fine food and wines, and activities almost too numerous to mention. With a wide range of restaurants, bars, takeaways, boutiques and shops plus a commercial marina, sports complex and chapel (Could there be a more perfect place to say “I do”?) – not to mention 20 kilometres of bushwalking trails – Hamilton has it all. Whether you’re looking for action, relaxation, romance or a fun family getaway, it’s all here in abundance, `with new experiences and adventures waiting around every corner.

Travel Time and Distance Brisbane

1284 km 797 mi

Proserpine

1310 km 814 mi

25 km 16 mi

Airlie Beach

Flying times BRISBANE to Proserpine - 1 hour 30 minutes BRISBANE to Hamilton Island - 1 hour 30 minutes

How to get here Airport: Fly into Whitsunday Coast Airport, Proserpine or Great Barrier Reef Airport Hamilton Island (one and a half hours flying time from Brisbane). Location: Proserpine is 30 minutes drive to Airlie Beach, the mainland gateway to the Whitsundays. Shute Harbour, the departure point for the islands and reef, is 10 minutes drive from Airlie Beach. Transfer options include: • Train – Sunlander and Tilt Train link Proserpine to coastal centres including Brisbane and Cairns • Whitsundays Transit, Whitsundays Shuttle Service, Airlie Beach Limousines, Whitsundays Taxis and Cruise Whitsundays • Self drive

Contacts

Tourism Whitsundays 1/5 carlo drive cannonvale QLd 4802 Australia telephone: +61 7 4948 5900 Fascimile: +61 7 4948 5902 Email: sales@tourismwhitsundays.com Web: www.thewhitsundays.com or www.whitsundaytourism.com

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ACCOMMODATION tOScANA VILLAgE rESOrt Airlie Beach accommodation centrally located. Ideally situated in the heart of Airlie Beach, this Tuscan styled retreat offers elegantly appointed two and three bedroom villas with unsurpassed views north over the turquoise waters of the Whitsunday passages to the islands and beyond. The villas have spacious lounge dining areas, well equipped kitchens, laundry, queen and twin bedrooms and two bathrooms. Private balconies offer ample room for entertaining while taking in the exquisite view. The resort features four swimming pools including turbo and kiddies pools with water fall feature. There is a BBQ area, inhouse liquor and seafood BBQ supplies, tour booking facilities and wireless internet cafe. Stay and enjoy dinner and view from your balcony or stroll down the 200 metres to the beach, shops and enticing aromas of the many restaurants and cafes. Great location!

10 golden Orchid drive Airlie Beach QLD 4802 Tel: +61 7 4946 4455 Fax: +61 7 4946 4721 Email: info@toscanaresort.com Web: www.toscanaresort.com

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WAtEr’S EdgE rESOrt Water’s Edge Resort, is situated in one of the most easily accessible parts of Airlie Beach. Sit back and relax on a sun lounger around any of our pools, taking in the views out to the Coral Sea and Islands. Exercise in our gymnasium, keep in touch with friends via wireless internet, or cool off in our outdoor spa, before watching the sunset from your balcony. With a lift to all levels Waters Edge Resort consists of one, two and three bedroom self-contained apartments. The breathtaking location, and comfortable surroundings combine to make Water’s Edge the perfect choice for a first class holiday.

4 golden Orchid drive Airlie Beach QLD 4802 Tel: +61 7 4948 4300 Fax: +61 7 4948 2755 Email: info@watersedgewhitsundays.com.au Web: www.watersedgewhitsundays.com.au

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PENINSuLA AIrLIE BEAcH Peninsula is the only 5 star absolute waterfront apartments and penthouses complete with marina berths in Airlie Beach. Peninsula is located in the Whitsundays, the jewel of locations with the peace and tranquillity that comes with an absolute waterfront location. It is the ultimate in 5 star luxury, with fully self-contained 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom apartments and penthouses, catering for up to 80 ft vessels at your doorstep. The lively tourist town of Airlie Beach is a short picturesque walk along the Bicentennial Walkway, where the many shops, bars and restaurants await you.

144 Shingley drive Airlie Beach QLD 4802 Tel: +61 7 4964 1600 Fax: +61 7 4964 1699 Email: info@peninsulaairliebeach.com Web: www.peninsulaairliebeach.com

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ACCOMMODATION/TOURS & CRUISES Boathaven Spa Resort is located only 250 meters from the cosmopolitan town of Airlie Beach. Boathaven offers modern facilities with fully self-contained 1, 2 and 3 bedroom suites all with private balconies and most with outdoor spa’s. Boathaven resort has a 25 meter Waterfall Pool, private adults pool, heated spa pool, BBQ/picnic area, gym, and billiards room for our guest to enjoy. With views out to the Coral Sea, immaculate gardens, and modern accommodation - Why stay anywhere else?

440 Shute Harbour road Airlie Beach QLD 4802 Tel: +61 7 4948 4948 Fax: +61 7 4948 4999 Email: stay@boathavenresort.com.au Web: www.boathavenresort.com.au

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PArAdISE BAy EcO EScAPE

WAtErFrONt WHItSuNdAy rEtrEAt Waterfront Whitsunday Retreat sets new standards of luxury boutique accommodation in the Whitsundays. The luxury retreat comprises an exclusive collection of Luxury Spa Suites and Impressive Penthouse. 438 Shute Harbour road Airlie Beach Whitsundays QLD 4802 Tel: +61 7 4948 6500 Fax: +61 7 4948 6555 Email: stay@waterfrontwhitsunday.com.au Web: www.waterfrontwhitsunday.com.au

Imagine your own private paradise... a secluded, private, glorious nook of the Whitsundays surrounded by pristine National Park. By day, explore stunning coral gardens and deserted beaches of the surrounding islands on the resort’s private catamaran. By night, enjoy fine food and wine and retire to your private waterfront sanctuary.

PINNAcLES rESOrt & SPA 1,2 & 3 Bedroom self-contained apartments with magnificent Coral Sea views, balcony & spa. Located 300m from the heart of Airlie Beach with onsite day spa, pool, tour desk, gym & undercover parking 16 golden Orchid drive Airlie Beach QLD 4802 Tel: +61 7 4948 4800 Fax: +61 7 4948 4801 Email: reservations@pinnaclesresort.com.au Web: www.pinnaclesresort.com

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cLuB crOcOdILE AIrLIE BEAcH

WHItSuNdAy rENt A yAcHt

160 room 3 star resort style hotel ideal for groups, families and individual travellers. Access to the Whitsunday Islands.

Explore and experience the magic of the tropical Whitsunday Islands on a “skipper yourself” boating holiday. Choose from the largest fleet of bareboats in Australia including 28ft to 50ft sailing yachts, catamarans and motor cruisers, fully equipped for maximum comfort and pleasure. No boat license required.

Shute Harbour road Cannonvale Airlie Beach QLD 4802 Tel: +61 7 4946 7155 Fax: +61 7 4946 6007 Email: airliebeach@oceanhotels.com.au Web: www.oceanhotels.com.au

MAXI rAgAMuFFIN One Day Whitsunday Sailing Adventures. Cruise 1, Blue Pearl Bay Snorkelling Adventure. Cruise 2, Whitehaven Beach Picnic Adventure. PO Box 1006 Airlie Beach QLD 4802 Tel: +61 7 4946 6929 Fax: +61 7 4946 6941 Email: info@maxiaction.com.au Web: www.maxiaction.com.au

6 Bay terrace Shute Harbour QLD 4802 Tel: +61 7 4946 9232 Fax: +61 7 4946 9512 Email: rentayacht@bareboat.com.au Web: www.rentayacht.com.au

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AVIAtION tOurISM AuStrALIA Helicopter and seaplane tours to the Great Barrier Reef, Whitehaven Beach and Heart Reef. Inter-island transfers. “Best Scene from Above”! general Aviation Hanger Hamilton Island QLD 4803 Tel: +61 7 4946 9102 Fax: +61 7 4946 8280 Email: qldbookings@avta.com.au Web: www.avta.com.au

Did you know... The Whitsundays is home to 74 tropical islands

dEScArAdA cHArtErS – ISLANd EScAPE IN LuXury Some 74 secret pieces of island paradise can now be discovered in style. DescaradA takes you for a trip of a lifetime with a crew of three catering to your every need from fine food to fun activities and moments of complete relaxation. Accommodating a maximum of eight passengers, the 70ft luxury yacht provides the guests with an exclusive, intimate cruising experience. Perfect as a getaway cruise for couples, DescaradA’s prescheduled two and three day tours enable anyone to experience the thrill of luxury boating. Or for the ultimate in private travel, simply hire the entire vessel with friends and relatives for a special occasion. Come explore the coral blue waters, sunny beaches and spectacular landscape of the Whitsundays in sweet indulgence!

Abel Point Marina Airlie Beach QLD 4802 Tel: +61 2 9699 2214 Fax: +61 2 9699 3227 Toll Free (within Australia only): 1800 606 136 Email: info@descarada.com.au Web: www.descarada.com.au

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TOURS & CRUISES/TRANSPORT & HIRE EXPLOrE WHItSuNdAyS / SOutHErN crOSS SAILINg

AIr WHItSuNdAy Luxury seaplane tours around the magnificent Whitsunday Islands and to our private lagoon inside the Great Barrier Reef for snorkeling.

Since 1985 we have been providing Whitsunday Live-aboard Sailing Holidays. Choice of tours/ cruises to suit budget conscious adventure travellers through to deluxe market travellers, with durations from 2 to 6 days. Inclusions: Professional Crews, All Meals, Local Transfers, Snorkelling Equipment with Instruction and excursions, Guided walks to scenic lookouts, plus visit the famous Whitehaven Beach.

Shop 1, 4 the Esplanade Airlie Beach QLD 4802 Tel: +61 7 4946 5932 Fax: +61 7 4946 4722 Email: res@explorewhitsundays.com Web: www.explorewhitsundays.com

We also operate a Sail Training School offering introduction to Professional Courses.

terminal One, Whitsunday Airport, Air Whitsunday road Shute Harbour QLD 4802 Tel: +61 7 4946 9111 Fax: +61 7 4946 9100 Email: reservations@airwhitsunday.com.au Web: www.airwhitsunday.com.au

WHItSuNdAy crOcOdILE SAFArI See crocodiles and Australian wildlife on our nature safari. Cruise on Proserpine River, wetland tour, billy tea, damper and barbeque lunch. PO Box 568 Airlie Beach QLD 4802 Tel: +61 7 4948 3310 Fax: +61 7 4948 3309 Email: info@crocodilesafari.com.au Web: www.crocodilesafari.com.au

Price from: AUD $329 for 2 day 1 night tour

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See the Whitsundays & Great Barrier Reef by air! Romantic Picnics, Scenic Flights, Great Barrier Reef, Island Transfers, Aviation Adventures – 74 ISLANDS ONE VIEW!!

With a rail adventure your holiday begins the moment you step onboard. It’s the ideal way to experience Queensland, and Traveltrain has a rail journey to suit every traveller. The Whitsundays can be accessed from Cairns with short daytime trips on the Tilt Train, or from Brisbane with overnight travel on the award winning Sunlander.

Whitsunday Heliport Shute Harbour road Whitsunday QLD 4802 Tel: +61 7 4946 9988 Fax: +61 7 4946 9787 Email: info@av8.com.au Web: www.av8.com.au

WHItSuNdAy ISLANd AdVENturE cruISES Cruise the Whitsunday Islands. Visit Hook Island, Daydream Island and Whitehaven Beach onboard Voyager IV a modern high speed catamaran. 283 Shute Harbour road Airlie Beach QLD 4802 Tel: +61 7 4946 5255 Fax: +61 7 4946 5794 Email: travel@wherewhathow.com.au Web: www.wiac.com.au

upper central concourse, 305 Edward Street Brisbane QLD 4000 Tel: +61 7 3235 5444 Fax: +61 7 3235 1309 Email: railaustralia@qr.com.au Web: www.traveltrain.com.au Experiences:

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Townsville

Bingil Bay

With 300 days of blues skies and sunshine every year and an island called Magnetic on its doorstep, it’s not hard to understand Townsville’s attraction. Queensland’s second largest city, Townsville’s relaxed tropical lifestyle is balanced by a vibrant big city style. The region is home to two inner-city cultural hubs – Townsville’s award-winning waterfront esplanade, the Strand, and the new Riverway lagoon precinct. From Townsville’s award-winning waterfront esplanade to buzzing “eat streets” alive with restaurants, cafes and night life – Townsville is also the gateway to a wide range of Australian experiences including the Great Barrier Reef, tropical islands, beaches, rainforests and the Outback.

Where to stay From secluded island retreats to beachside backpacker properties and Outback farmstays, the Townsville region offers a broad range of accommodation options to suit all budgets, ages and tastes. Self-contained apartments, the casino, hotels, motels and resorts are also available.

Dining out The city’s four main dining precincts have recently undergone dramatic facelifts and now set a new standard of

tropical inner city life. Head to Flinders Street East to experience Townsville’s vibrant nightlife scene or visit Palmer Street to sample the award-winning international cuisine. Gregory Street is the perfect place to stop for lunch or coffee and cake, and the 2.5km beachfront precinct known as The Strand boasts fantastic restaurants with stunning views to Magnetic Island.

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Magnetic Island Known as “Maggie” to the locals, Magnetic Island is one of Australia’s undiscovered tropical island getaways and lies just 8km off the Townsville coastline. Visitors to the island can now enjoy five-star luxury as a string of new resort developments are now available complimenting the existing backpacker and family accommodation.

Five of the best

The options available to explore the Great Barrier Reef from Townsville are endless. Join one of the many reef trips to swim, snorkel or scuba dive among the colourful corals and marine species of one of the world’s great natural wonders.

In addition to Magnetic Island four more island gems float off the coast Orpheus, Hinchinbrook, Bedarra and Dunk Islands. Each offers a different experience, and between them, the islands cater to everyone from backpackers to families, couples and honeymooners.

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Outdoor adventures

Home to one of the world’s best wreck dives, SS Yongola, Townsville is a hotspot for those keen to check out the underwater scene. Scuba dive or snorkel amid the rich clusters of coral, swim in the warm ocean shallows or search for seasonal fishing haunts in the Great Barrier Reef.

With the reef, rainforest and Outback all within easy reach; Townsville offers adventures in some of the country’s most beautiful locations. White water rafting, bushwalking, abseiling, horse riding, sky diving, fishing, scuba diving and snorkelling are just some of the activities on offer.

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Must Do! • Island hop between Magnetic, Orpheus, Hinchinbrook, Dunk and Bedarra • Stroll down The Strand and enjoy magnificent views across Cleveland Bay to Magnetic Island • Tantalise your taste buds with Tropical North Queensland cuisine 90

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• Experience the Great Barrier Reef without getting wet at Reef HQ, the world’s largest living reef aquarium • Join a fishing charter and test your angling skills with deep sea tropical fishing • Pan for gold at the historic Outback Queensland town of Charters Towers


Townsville Nature and wildlife Home to Australia’s largest collection of animals and plant life, North Queensland is the perfect destination to get in touch with nature. Visit a local water hole to see a platypus in the wild, wake up to the sounds of thousands of birds, wander through stunning national parks and rainforests, or camp beside beautiful waterfalls. Spot koalas on Magnetic Island or watch saltwater crocodiles being fed at a native animal sanctuary.

great tropical drive The Great Tropical Drive is a self-drive route between Cairns and Townsville showcasing the reef, rainforest, wetlands and the Outback – all within a few hours drive. Do the whole drive or choose one

of the 14 shorter routes which range from easy one-day drives to week-long 4WD and campervan adventures.

Travel Time and Distance Brisbane

How to get here

1061 km 659 mi

Townsville

Airport: Fly into Townsville (two hours flying time from Brisbane, or 50 minutes from Cairns). Location: townsville is a 15 hour drive north from Brisbane, or a four hour drive south from cairns. Transfer options include: • Train – Sunlander and The Tilt Train link Townsville to coastal centres including Brisbane, Mackay and Cairns. • Townsville Sunbus, limousines, taxis • Self drive

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1807 km

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Cairns

Flying times BRISBANE to Mackay - 1 hour 25 minutes MACKAY to Townsville - 50 minutes CAIRNS to Townsville - 50 minutes

Events! • Australian Italian Festival in Ingham (May) • Charters Towers Country Music Festival (May) • Mingela Rodeo (May) • Australian Festival of Chamber Music (July) • Townsville Jazz Festival (August) • Townsville Greek Festival (October)

Contacts

Townsville Enterprise Limited

The Strand Waterpark

Enterprise House 6 the Strand townsville QLd 4810 Australia telephone: +617 4726 2728 Facsimile: +61 7 4726 2700 Email: tel@tel.com.au Web: www.townsvilleholidays.info

Trekking Hinchinbrook Island

PArK rEgIS ANcHOrAgE

MErcurE tOWNSVILLE The hotel’s great location, in the cosmopolitan Palmer Street dining precinct, means you’re an easy stroll from restaurants, cafes, bars, city nightlife and Jupiters Casino. At Park Regis Anchorage enjoy the comfort of spacious studio, one and two bedroom apartments – plus amenities including an onsite restaurant, a BBQ area and two swimming pools.

Ideally located only minutes from the airport & city centre, Mercure Townsville is set amidst unique tropical gardens on the shores of Lake Curralea, offering comfortable and relaxing accommodation. All modern rooms offer a choice of views of gardens, resort-style pool or tranquil water features.

51 Palmer Street Townsville QLD 4810 Tel: +61 7 4722 6200 Fax: +61 7 4724 1263 Email: anchorage@parkregishotels.com Web: www.parkregishotels.com

Woolcock Street Townsville QLD 4810 Tel: +61 7 4725 2222 Fax: +61 7 4725 1384 Email: h1753-re01@accor.com.au Web: www.accorhotels.com.au

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ACCOMMODATION/ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES/TOURS & CRUISES/TRANSPORT & HIRE LEISurE INN PLAZA HOtEL

JuPItErS tOWNSVILLE HOtEL & cASINO

Conveniently located in the very heart of Townsville’s shopping and business district with entertainment, dining and nightlife literally moments away. Hotel features a restaurant and bar and indoor pool, spa and sauna. cnr Flinders and Stanley Streets Townsville QLD 4810 Tel: +61 7 4772 1888 Fax: +61 7 4772 1299 Email: plaza@leisureinnhotels.com Web: www.leisureinnhotels.com

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We’ve Got It All! 194 luxury rooms, 3 restaurants, 6 bars, pool, gym, 9 function rooms and the North’s only casino. Sir Leslie thiess drive Townsville QLD 4810 Toll Free: 1800 079 210 Email: TSVLreservations@tabcorp.com.au Web: www.jupiterstownsville.com.au

BILLABONg SANctuAry Reef HQ - your window to the reef. Visit one of the wonders of the world at Reef HQ - the worlds largest living coral reef aquarium.

Australia’s best interactive wildlife experience. Hold a Koala, Wombat, Python & Crocodile. Interactive wildlife talks, Kangaroo & Crocodile feeding everyday.

2-68 Flinders Street Townsville QLD 4810 Tel: +61 7 4750 0800 Fax: +61 7 4772 5281 Email: sales@reefHQ.com.au Web: www.reefHQ.com.au

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Townsville QLD 4816 Tel: +61 7 4778 8344 Fax: +61 7 4780 4569 Email: rangers@billabongsanctuary.com.au Web: www.billabongsanctuary.com.au

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Arranging Specialist Programs for tours, events, meetings, accommodation, transport, meals, entertainment, Arts, Sports, education and ESL. Guides and Interpreters. PO Box 396 Townsville QLD 4810 Tel: +61 7 4721 4903 Fax: +61 7 4721 2535 Email: espaus@westnet.com.au

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Wheeler Reef, One of the most spectacular reefs within the marine park. This reef has many shallow areas well suited to both snorkeling & introductory, as well as deep bommies for experienced divers. 252 Walker Street Townsville QLD 4810 Tel: +61 7 4724 0600 Fax: +61 7 4771 6527 Email: info@adrenalindive.com.au Web: www.adrenalindive.com.au

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Australia’s best dive. The SS Yongala Wreck, voted as one of the top 10 wreck dives in the world! Known more for the marine life, gropers, manta rays, giant trevally, maori wrasse, sharks. It’s a dive you’ll never forget. 252 Walker Street Townsville QLD 4810 Tel: +61 7 4724 0600 Fax: +61 7 4771 6527 Email: info@adrenalindive.com.au Web: www.adrenalindive.com.au

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Liveaboard trips to the best dives in Australia. 2 day and 3 day trips to the outer reef and Yongala wreck. 252 Walker Street Townsville QLD 4810 Tel: +61 7 4724 0600 Fax: +61 7 4771 6527 Email: info@adrenalindive.com.au Web: www.adrenalindive.com.au

SuNFErrIES MAgNEtIc ISLANd With a rail adventure your holiday begins the moment you step onboard. It’s the ideal way to experience Queensland, and Traveltrain has a rail journey to suit every traveller. Townsville can be accessed from Cairns with short daytime trips on the Tilt Train, or from Brisbane with overnight travel on the award winning Sunlander.

Magnetic Island is the ideal tropical getaway and Sunferries can have you there in just 20 minutes from Townsville’s Breakwater Terminal. Sir Leslie thiess drive Townsville QLD 4810 Tel: +61 7 4726 0800 Fax: +61 7 4771 3955 Email: info@sunferries.com.au Web: www.sunferries.com.au

upper central concourse, 305 Edward Street Brisbane QLD 4000 Tel: +61 7 3235 5444 Fax: +61 7 3235 1309 Email: railaustralia@qr.com.au Web: www.traveltrain.com.au Experiences:

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The Great Barrier Reef

Discover where the rainforest meets the reef in the heart of Australia’s tropics - Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef. A nature lover’s paradise, this tropical escape offers a combination of some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery with a diverse range of activities. The region’s environment is as unique as it is diverse with the spectacular depths of the Great Barrier Reef, the awesome heights of the Wet Tropics rainforest and the mighty vastness of the Outback all within easy reach of Cairns. Nowhere else on earth do two World Heritage listed sites exist side by side – the Great Barrier Reef and Australia’s Tropical Rainforests – which are both renowned for their scientific value and natural beauty. In sharp contrast to the aqua and green colours of the reef and rainforest, are the rustic ochres and open spaces of the Outback and Cape York Peninsula wilderness areas that are home to geological and cultural wonders. Inland from Cairns is the fertile plateau of the Cairns Highlands containing ancient rainforests, stunning lakes and beautiful

waterfalls. Ten Great Barrier Reef islands sit just off the coast, and Australia’s spa capital of Palm Cove and the boutique destinations of Port Douglas and Cape Tribulation are all within easy reach. Whether it’s an indulgent break or a life changing adventure, this stunning region offers around 1,000 touring options each day and an array of unique accommodation to ensure an unforgettable holiday experience.

accommodation. Or, stay on the water, with extended trips from budget style live-a-board trips to private luxury charter vessels equipped with chefs. Hotels in the region range from warm country pubs to ultra luxe high-rises, while Outback farmstays provide a fantastic opportunity to experience genuine friendliness, authentic country life and the comforts of home.

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Alfresco dining, hinterland vineyards and internationally recognised restaurants; no holiday to Tropical North Queensland is complete without tasting the local delicacies. Tempt your tastebuds at award-winning restaurants, as well as casual meals in quaint restaurants, cafes and takeaway outlets. A smorgasbord of fantastic international cuisine is on offer with everything from Italian, Japanese, Thai, Chinese, French, Mediterranean, American, and of course, unique Australian cuisine infusing ‘bush tucker’.

Tropical North Queensland has a plethora of great accommodation options; from beachside resorts with world-renowned spas to quaint B&B’s, the options are endless. Sleep in a luxurious ‘treehouse’ in a rainforest canopy, camp beside a private beach, or why not hire your own private island for complete tropical seclusion. There is also a wide choice of island accommodation from ecotourism chalets, boutique resort hotels, five-star luxury lodges and resorts to casual family

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secluded resorts, eco-retreats, or drop in by day tours.

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Stretching more than 2,000km along the Queensland coastline and covering 35 million hectares, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef. Tropical North Queensland offers the closest and easiest access point to this majestic underwater playground where visitors can discover some of its 1,500 brilliantly coloured species of fish, 4,000 species of molluscs and 400 types of coral. Here it’s easy to slip into the region’s laidback tropical lifestyle with diving, snorkelling, sailing, cruising and island hopping. This is the ultimate diving destination with some of the world’s best diver training facilities located in Cairns and Port Douglas. With courses from beginner to open water, advanced and specialist diving accreditation, the region caters for both novice and experience divers. But diving is not the only way to experience this tropical underwater land. Grab some flippers and a snorkel or upgrade to a motorised snorkelling scooter to navigate the coral gardens, choose platform walking with your own diving helmet, or keep completely dry in a glass-bottomed boat. Experiencing tropical life, exciting water sports and nature walks is easy at one of the region’s islands including Fitzroy Island, Green Island, Bedarra Island, Dunk Island, Lizard Island, Double Island, Hinchinbrook Island, Orpheus Island, Franklin Island, or one of the islands in the Torres Strait.

Modern and sophisticated, the city of Cairns offers adventure, excitement, shopping and the best in dining and accommodation. The Cairns Esplanade is the hub of this tropical city and is the perfect spot to soak up the atmosphere. A huge inner-city swimming lagoon is ideal for year round swimming, while restaurants, bars, clubs, cafes and galleries that line the Esplanade offer sweeping views across Trinity Inlet. Cairns is also the main gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, with hundreds of cruises, tours and adventures departing the city daily.

cairns Beaches Relax and indulge in Australia’s spa capital or mingle with the locals at one of the quiet beachside villages near Cairns. Palm Cove has earned accolades for its five-star resorts, fine dining and some of the best spas in the world, while other northern beaches of Machans, Holloways, Yorkeys Knob, Trinity and

daintree rainforest and cape tribulation North of Cairns is Cape Tribulation, the Mossman Gorge and the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest. The oldest surviving tropical rainforest in the world, the Daintree is a site of exceptional beauty and scientific significance, containing the most species of plants and animals in Australia. Meet the locals of the region – furry, feathered and sometimes feared – in the depths of the Rainforest or in the comfort of a wildlife park. Cape Tribulation spoils visitors with direct access to the Daintree, pristine white sand beaches, picnic areas, rainforest walks, 4WD safaris, reef trips, mangrove and crocodile watching tours, ocean kayaking and horse trekking. Visitors stay in 94

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Ellis Beach are popular for their laid-back feel and range of apartment, luxury and guest house-style accommodation.

Port douglas Port Douglas is a delightful village situated a scenic one hour drive north of Cairns. Wedged between two World Heritage sites – The Great Barrier Reef and ancient Daintree Rainforest – this stunning seaside jewel offers palmfringed streets and beaches, a selection of incredible accommodation, beautiful boutique shopping experiences, art galleries, Sunday markets, fantastic spas and a multitude of award-winning restaurants. Be sure to visit the famous Four Mile Beach where shady palms and a tropical forest lines kilometres of white sand washed by the turquoise Coral Sea.

Aboriginal Sites & culture Tropical North Queensland offers some of Australia’s best indigenous experiences and is home to the largest and oldest collection of rock art sites in the world. Discover Aboriginal ancestral paintings, modern artworks, ochre body


Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef painting, authentic artefacts, traditional dance, indigenous knowledge of bush foods and medicines, and customs and festivals of the Aboriginal, Thursday Islander and Torres Strait Islander people. The long Aboriginal history stretches into the Cape York Peninsula and has left a legacy of some of the world’s great archaeological treasure, with sites dating back 30,000 years.

great tropical drive With 14 unique trails highlighting Outback, adventure, nature and wildlife, indigenous, food and wine and heritage, the Great Tropical Drive is one of the best ways to explore the Tropical North Queensland region. Pick up a map and make it a day trip, or take your time and explore the route at your own pace.

Mission Beach Set among Wet Tropics rainforests and surrounded secluded sun-kissed beaches, sugar cane farms, tropical fruit plantations and national parks, it’s easy to be immersed in the scenery along the route between Cairns and Townsville. Half of Australia’s Licuala fan palms are in this region and it is also home to the endangered Cassowary, a magnificent flightless rainforest bird that is the area’s natural icon. Mission Beach is situated halfway along the Great Tropical Drive and is a relaxed, yet vibrant beachfront town with over 14km of magnificent golden sandy beaches fringed by the rainforest. Less than 5km offshore, Dunk Island and Bedarra Island provide an accessible aquatic playground, with an abundance of adventure activities including white water rafting, parachuting, canoeing, cruising and fishing also available in the region.

cairns Highlands Just inland from the coast is the serene setting of the Cairns Highlands, a patchwork of farmlands, ancient rainforests, crater lakes and waterfalls offering a cool rural retreat. The area rises to 1000 metres above sea level and offers an abundance of experiences and attractions in stunning natural surrounds. The town of Mareeba, famous for hot air ballooning, coffee and tropical fruits such as the mangoes and lychees, is the first window to the Outback. Visit a wildlife conservation park, browse local markets, tour coffee plantations, taste tropical fruit wines, or hand feed wild rock wallabies right at the edge of the Outback.

gulf Savannah Soak in the outback scenery and uncover the hidden treasures of the Gulf Savannah. Beginning a few hours drive west of Cairns, this is an expansive region of dry grasslands, lava tubes, cascading hot springs, hidden gorges, sensational fishing spots and mining relics. Sit back, relax and watch the world go by on the unique Gulflander and Savannah lander train journeys, or visit the unique Undara Lava Caves to see the results of a volcano 190,000 years ago. Take a self drive adventure across north Australia along the Savannah Way; visit World Heritage fossil fields, historic towns, and aboriginal communities and enjoy the spectacular changing landscapes and wide open spaces that the region offers. A network of professional guides and tourism operators serve as protectors and interpreters of the Outback in the tropical savannahs of northern Australia

where the local characters are as colourful as an outback sunset.

cape york For the adventurous spirit, this spectacular region is true frontier country – rugged and demanding, but ever so rewarding. The Cape York Peninsula begins at historic Cooktown north of Cairns and extends almost 1000kms to the tip of Australia in the north and is a land of few people and prolific wildlife. One of the world’s last accessible wilderness areas, the ‘Cape’ is an under-explored paradise with thousands of species of tropical birds, basking crocodiles and some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. Visit ancient Aboriginal cultural sites, head to premier sports fishing grounds or go on a 4WD adventure past towering termite nests, fast-flowing rivers and remote camping and wilderness lodges.

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Hilton Cairns Quality Hotel Sheridan Plaza Il Palazzo Boutique Hotel Apartments Sofitel Reef Casino Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort Holiday Inn Cairns Shangri-La Hotel The Marina Cairns Cairns Colonial Club Resort Bohemia Resort Cairns Country Comfort Sunlodge Southern Cross Atrium Apartments Park Regis City Quays Park Regis Piermonde All Seasons Cairns Gateway Resort The Sebel Harbour Lights Cairns Hides Hotel

Kuranda Village The picturesque mountain retreat of Kuranda Village is a vibrant little town surrounded by World Heritage rainforest. Popular for street markets, cultural theatres and nature displays, Kuranda also gives visitors access to Barron Gorge where local Aboriginals share their ancient knowledge of this tropical rainforest region and its cultural heritage. Leave the car in Cairns and visit Kuranda via the Kuranda Scenic Railway and return on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, the world’s longest rainforest cableway offering an education rainforest experience with a spectacular view. 96

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Villa San Michele Latitude 16 Port Douglas Coral Apartments Latitude 16 Mantaray on Macrossan The Pavillions Melaleuca Resort Lychee Tree Holiday Apartments Port Douglas Peninsula Boutique Hotel Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat Rydges Sabaya Resort Port Douglas Novotel Rockford Palm Cove Treetops Resort & Spa The Elandra Mission Beach Cape Tribulation Resort & Spa Ferntree Rainforest Lodge Long Island Resort Port Douglas Retreat Villa Paradiso Beach Terraces Reflections of Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa Port Douglas Thala Beach Lodge Paradise on the Beach Resort Coral Sands on Trinity Beach Coral Sea Villas The Sebel Reef House & Spa Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort & Spa Palm Cove The Reef Retreat Mango Lagoon Resort Mango Tree Holiday Apartments Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas Beachfront Apartments Daintree Forest Boutique Resort Kewarra Beach Resort Executive Retreats

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Must Do!

• The Great Barrier Reef and tropical islands • Browse local markets in Kuranda, Cairns, Port Douglas and the Cairns Highlands • Tropical Tablelands • Visit Cooktown - Australia’s first non-indigenous settlement, discovered and settled by Captain Cook and his crew in 1770 • Mission Beach • Port Douglas • Visit the Daintree Rainforest – the oldest rainforest in the world • Cape Tribulation • Barron and Mossman Gorges • Go to Aboriginal rock sites and learn about Australia’s rich indigenous history • Explore the Outback and spectacular scenery of Cape York Peninsula and Gulf Savannah • See fossils dating back to 25 million years at the Riversleigh Fossil Fields

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Barramundi season opens (Jan) Ingham Arts Festival (Apr) Port Douglas Carnivale (May) Normanton Rodeo (Jun) Cooktown Endeavour Festival (Jun) Atherton Tableland Jazz Festival (Jul) Cairns Super Show (Jul) Cairns Amateur Races (Aug/Sep) Dunk Billfish Classic (Sep) Festival Cairns (Oct)

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FLyINg tIMES BRISBANE to Cairns - 2 hours TOWNSVILLE to Cairns - 50 minutes

How to get here

Airport: Fly into Cairns International or Domestic Airports (2hr 30min) from Brisbane. Location: Cairns is located a 19 hour drive north of Brisbane. Transfer options include: • Train – QR’s Sunlander and Tilt Train link Cairns to coastal towns along the Queensland coastline from Brisbane. • Sunbus Cairns, Cairns Limousines, Cairns Black & White Taxis, Greyhound Buses • Self drive

Contacts

Tourism Tropical North queensland 51 the Esplanade cairns QLd 4870 Australia telephone: +61 7 4031 7676 Facsimile: +61 7 4051 0127 Email: marketing@tropicalaustralia.com.au Website: www.tropicalaustralia.com.au

tHE ELANdrA MISSION BEAcH The Elandra Mission Beach is a boutique resort housing 55 creatively designed rooms. The Resort is nestled amongst the lush tropical rainforest, interlinked by elevated boardwalks and contains a fine dining restaurant, glamorous cocktail bar, chill out lounge areas, conference facilities and an alluring swimming pool. A flawless location halfway between Cairns and Townsville, places The Elandra at the closest access point to the Great Barrier Reef. The stylish Resort features a tennis court, boutique, in room massage, National Park walking track, private dining room and just in case you need more reasons to relax, the pool deck also offers private day-beds and oversized sun lounges. For ultimate comfort,most rooms contain a king bed, all with air conditioning, ceiling fan, 32” LCD flat screen television, in house movies/austar, minibar, clothes iron, hairdryer and treasure chest.

Explorer drive South Mission Beach QLD 4852 Tel: +61 7 4068 8154 Fax: +61 7 4068 8596 Email: info@elandraresorts.com Web: www.elandraresorts.com

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ACCOMMODATION PArK rEgIS cIty QuAyS

PArK rEgIS PIErMONdE Located in central Cairns,Park Regis City Quays comprises modern, one and two bedroom self-contained apartments and hotel rooms. Relax and unwind at the rooftop pool and BBQ sun deck, or take advantage of the onsite tour desk to explore the region’s magnificent reefs and rainforests.

In the heart of Cairns city, Park Regis Piermonde is a contemporary and unique 4.5 star luxury apartment hotel. Spacious, superbly appointed two and three bedroom self contained apartments provide full kitchen and laundry facilities and large, private balconies with sweeping views. Relax by the swimming pool and spa or enjoy the sun deck with BBQ area.

6 Lake Street Cairns QLD 4870 Tel: +61 7 4042 6400 Fax: +61 7 4031 7227 Email: cityquays@parkregishotels.com Web: www.parkregishotels.com

2-4 Lake Street Cairns QLD 4870 Tel: +61 7 4042 6500 Fax: +61 7 4041 6026 Email: piermonde@parkregishotels.com Web: www.parkregishotels.com

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IL PALAZZO BOutIQuE HOtEL APArtMENtS

rOSE guMS WILdErNESS rEtrEAt Self-contained private rainforest treehouses with fireplaces, spa baths, platypus creeks, bushwalks, birdwatching, breakfast hampers, bathrobes and linen.

Superbly appointed one bedroom fully self-contained apartments in the heart of Cairns city. Just minutes to Reef Fleet Terminal, Cairns swimming lagoon, casino, restaurants and shopping. Serviced daily, shady balconies, laundry, air-conditioning, in room safe, hairdryer, lift, heated mediterranean pool, BBQ, tour desk.

Land road via Lake Eacham Malanda QLD 4855 Tel: +61 7 4096 8360 Fax: +61 7 4096 8312 Email: info@rosegums.com.au Web: www.rosegums.com.au

HILtON cAIrNS As one of Cairns’ only absolute waterfront hotels, Hilton Cairns is perfectly situated in the heart of the city.

62 Abbott Street Cairns QLD 4870 Tel: +61 7 4041 2155 Fax: +61 7 4041 2166 Email: info@ilpalazzo.com.au Web: www.ilpalazzo.com.au

34 Esplanade Cairns QLD 4870 Tel: +61 7 4050 2000 Fax: +61 7 4050 2001 Email: reservations.cairns@hilton.com Web: www.cairns.hilton.com

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cAIrNS cOLONIAL cLuB rESOrt

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Cairns Colonial Club Resort is nestled within 11 acres of lush tropical gardens boasting 345 rooms spread over 4 different categories. An extensive refurbishment took place in 2008. Overlooking one of the three lagoon pools is the Homestead Restaurant, offering modern Australian cuisine. For light snacks and cocktails, the Poolside Cafe is ideal.

18-26 cannon Street Cairns QLD 4870 Tel: +61 7 4053 8800 Fax: +61 7 4053 7072 Email: info@cairnscolonialclub.com.au Web: www.cairnscolonialclub.com.au Features: Room Features:

122 Lake Street Cairns QLD 4870 Tel: +61 7 4080 1888 Fax: +61 7 4080 1889 Email: stay@novotelcairnsresort.com.au Web: www.novotelcairnsresort.com.au Experiences:

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Although you’re only a block away from the city centre and popular Night Markets, the tranquil resort surroundings make you feel you’re a million miles away. The central courtyard features a sandy beach, free-form swimming pool, surrounded by lush tropical gardens. All rooms and suites have balconies or courtyards.

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ACCOMMODATION Bohemia Resort is set on half a hectare of landscaped tropical gardens, located 6 blocks from the centre of town. Bohemia Resort is a new purpose built resort facility offering a wide range of stunning accommodation. Choose from a Queen Ensuite Room, Standard Queen/Twin beds room with share facilities, Family Rooms for up to 5, 4 & 6 bed dorms. All rooms have air-conditioning, vanity basins and private balconies. The resort features a self cook BBQ and “BBBB” Cocktail Bar. A 25m Resort Swimming Pool & 4m Spa set within the recreation facilities together with air-conditioned TV Lounge and Games Room. A free bus runs hourly into the city centre and we offer a free pick-up on arrival. • Resort Style Hostel • Small Dorms • Security Car Parking • 25m Resort Style Pool and 4m Spa • Free Luggage Storage • Full Serviced Daily • BBBB BBQ and Bar • Free Breakfast • Internet and Email Lounge • Free Pick-Up on arrival 231 McLeod Street Cairns QLD 4870 Tel: +61 7 4041 7290 Fax: +61 7 4041 7292 Email: info@bohemiaresort.com.au Web: www.bohemiaresort.com.au

tHE SEBEL cAIrNS

tHE SEBEL HArBOur LIgHtS cAIrNS Having recently undergone extensive refurbishments, The Sebel Cairns offers a colonial-inspired Grand Lobby, 321 spacious rooms each with a private balcony, a stunning new tropical pooldeck, and a ten treatment room Day Spa. The hotel also features the delights of Coco’s Restaurant and its famous evening seafood buffet.

17 Abbott Street Cairns QLD 4870 Tel: +61 7 4031 1300 Fax: +61 7 4050 2120 Email: TSC_sales@mirvac.com.au Web: www.sebelcairns.com

Relax in contemporary styled, fully self-contained 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments with views of the harbour and surrounding parklands. The location offers instant access to vessels departing for the Great Barrier Reef, a selection of waterfront restaurants and the magnificent Cairns Esplanade. Property Features include gymnasium, pool, spa, sauna, outdoor BBQ entertaining area and function room.

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BOHEMIA rESOrt cAIrNS

1 Marlin Pde Cairns QLD 4870 FREECALL (Reservations only) 1800 076 703 Tel: +61 7 4057 0800 Fax: +61 7 4057 0899 Email: reservations@tshlc.mirvac.com.au Web: www.mirvachotels.com

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cOuNtry cOMFOrt SuNLOdgE Country Comfort Sunlodge is a refurbished hotel with 75 guest rooms, licensed restaurant and bar, and a swimming pool in resort-style setting. Whether your visit to Cairns is for business or leisure, you will enjoy all the comforts of major hotels such as 24-hour reception, room service, wireless internet, free Austar TV, tour desk and guest laundry. You can select from deluxe rooms, family rooms, two-bedroom suites or our spa and executive rooms. We are situated in the heart of Cairns, a short walk from the Casino, Reef Terminal, Night Markets and the Convention Centre. The Esplanade is two blocks away, and the airport is just 10 minutes by car.

corner Florence and Lake Streets Cairns QLD 4870 Tel: +61 7 4051 5733 Fax: +61 7 4031 2298 Email: reservations@sunlodge.com.au Web: www.countrycomfort.com.au

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ACCOMMODATION PuLLMAN rEEF HOtEL cASINO

35-41 Wharf Street Cairns QLD 4870 Tel: +61 7 4030 8888 Fax: +61 7 4030 8777 Email: res@reefcasino.com.au Web: www.reefcasino.com.au

Impeccably placed overlooking the Great Barrier Reef departure point, Pullman Reef Hotel Casino is the most prestigious hotel and entertainment complex in Cairns. Offering 128 stunning rooms and suites, the five-star Pullman Reef Hotel Casino features sleek décor and modern conference facilities for up to 600 people. As its name suggests, the complex boasts its own casino, as well as a nightclub, bars, restaurants and rainforest dome, making it the events and entertainment epicentre of Cairns.

Superbly located on the Cairns Esplanade, Holiday Inn Cairns is within walking distance to the city centre, shops, dining, tours and the wharf, the step off point to the Great Barrier Reef. Accommodation rooms surround the unique rainforest atrium, complete with tropical plants, rock pools and resident Barramundi fish. Relax. It’s Holiday Inn

corner the Esplanade & Florence Street Cairns QLD 4870 Tel: +61 7 4050 6070 Fax: +61 7 4031 3770 Email: bdm@holidayinncairns.com.au Web: www.holidayinn.com.au

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Truly tropical ambience in the heart of buzzing Cairns, this is the unique holiday experience offered by Southern Cross Atrium Apartments, situated just moments from Cairns’ beautiful Esplanade and Lagoon. The decor of each unit is modern and has all the superior appointments that you would expect to make your stay enjoyable. The units are all self catering and offer a combination of Studio, 1 bedroom and 2 Bedroom Apartments

Shangri-La is a 10-minute drive to the airport and metres to the Esplanade Lagoon, Reef Terminal, Pier Shopping and Cairns’ premier dining precinct along the Pier Promenade. Shangri-La is the only luxury hotel on the water and offers modern accommodations and spectacular views of the Marlin Marina and Trinity Bay.

3-11 Water Street Cairns QLD 4870 Tel: +61 7 4080 2700 Fax: +61 7 4041 5069 Email: info@southerncrossapartments.com Web: www.southerncrossapartments.com

Pierpoint road Cairns QLD 4870 Tel: +61 7 4031 1411 Fax: +61 7 4031 3226 Email: slmc@shangri-la.com Web: www.shangri-la.com

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ALL SEASONS cAIrNS gAtEWAy rESOrt Budget motel accommodation in the centre of Cairns. Walk to everything. Rates include continental breakfast.

All Seasons Cairns Gateway Resort is the perfect place to relax and unwind with hotel rooms and self-contained studio rooms at affordable prices.

87 Lake Street Cairns QLD 4870 Tel: +61 7 4051 1266 Fax: +61 7 4031 2076 Email: hideshotel@oceanhotels.com.au Web: www.oceanhotels.com.au

corner Bruce Highway & Anderson road Cairns QLD 4870 Tel: +61 7 4044 4777 Fax: +61 7 4033 7012 Email: res@cairnsgatewayresort.com Web: www.cairnsgatewayresort.com

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Affordable Boutique style hotel offering luxurious accommodation, affordability, superb facilities and 24 hour services. Free in-house movies and cable TV.

Trinity Beach Club Holiday Apartments is a modern 4 star complex of 35 1 & 2 bedroom fully self-contained apartments only 200 metres from the palm fringed shores of Trinity Beach.

295 Sheridan Street Cairns QLD 4870 Tel: +61 7 4031 6500 Fax: +61 7 4031 6226 Email: sales@sheridanplaza.com.au Web: sheridanplaza.com.au

19-23 trinity Beach road Trinity Beach QLD 4879 Tel: +61 7 4055 6776 Fax: +61 7 4055 6449 Email: info@trinitybeachclub.com.au Web: trinitybeachclub.com.au

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cOrAL SANdS ON trINIty BEAcH

PArAdISE ON tHE BEAcH rESOrt

Absolute beachfront! Spacious living areas, fully equipped kitchens and laundries,large balconies. Set in tropical gardens with large lagoon pool. 7 restaurants within 200m.

Paradise on the Beach Resort is nestled against the palm fringed beachfront in the heart of Palm Cove.

corner trinity Beach road and Vasey Esplanade Trinity Beach, Cairns QLD 4879 Tel: +61 7 4057 8800 Fax: +61 7 4057 8811 Email: admin@coralsands.com.au Web: www.coralsands.com.au

119 - 121 Williams Esplanade, Palm cove Cairns QLD 4879 Tel: +61 7 4055 3300 Fax: +61 7 4055 3991 Email: resort@paradiseonthebeach.com Web: www.paradiseonthebeach.com

ON tHE BEAcH HOLIdAy APArtMENtS Experience the pleasures of On The Beach Holiday Apartments.... views of the Coral Sea ... cool sea breezes on your private balcony... a leisurely stroll along golden sands. At ‘On The Beach’ relax and unwind in a tropical paradise of peace and tranquillity. Overlooking sun bleached Trinity Beach and set against a magnificent backdrop of the Rainforest, On The Beach comprises 47, 4 Star quality 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments - from the less expensive garden view to the absolute beach front apartments with magnificent beach and ocean views. All thoughtfully designed and appointed to truly capture North Queensland’s tropical lifestyle.

49-51 Vasey Esplanade Trinity Beach QLD 4879 Tel: +61 7 4057 7555 Fax: +61 7 4057 7622 Email: info@onthebeach.com.au Web: www.onthebeach.com.au

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ACCOMMODATION tHE SEBEL rEEF HOuSE & SPA PALM cOVE

SEA tEMPLE rESOrt & SPA PALM cOVE

The most luxurious boutique resort located in the heart of Palm Cove directly opposite the white sandy beach. The resort features the exquisite beachside, award winning Reef House Restaurant and the multi award winning Day Spa. Nestled amongst tropical gardens and rich in traditional history, the Colonial-style resort features stylish rooms and suites each with their own private verandah, 3 swimming pools, jacuzzi’s, honesty bar and personalised service.

Serenely positioned on the beachfront in idyllic Palm Cove situated just north of Cairns is the enchanting Sea Temple Resort & Spa Palm Cove. This truly elegant resort offers the ultimate in sophisticated accommodation. At the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, this Resort is nestled in a region of outstanding natural beauty. The very private studios, apartments, penthouses and villas offer the best in luxury appointments.

99 Williams Esplanade Palm Cove QLD 4879 Tel: +61 7 4055 3633 Fax: +61 7 4055 3305 Email: reservations@tsrhpc.mirvac.com.au Web: www.reefhouse.com.au

triton Street Palm Cove QLD 4879 Tel: +61 7 4059 9600 Fax: +61 7 4059 9699 Email: reservations@strspc.mirvac.com.au Web: www.mirvachotels.com

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NOVOtEL rOcKFOrd PALM cOVE A unique boutique retreat in the centre of Palm Cove. Enjoy the ambience of this rainforest setting only 50 metres from the beach and Esplanade.

A popular family resort located in Tropical North Queensland. Palm Cove, fast becoming the day spa capital of Australia and located only 20 minutes north of Cairns. This resort offers rooms, suites and apartments, numerous pools, plus gymnasium, tennis and bike riding. Relax and enjoy - explore the Daintree Rainforest and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef.

10-14 Harpa Street Palm Cove QLD 4879 Tel: +61 7 4059 1744 Fax: +61 7 4059 1745 Email: sales@reefretreat.com.au Web: www.reefretreat.com.au

MELALEucA rESOrt Melaleuca Resort is a quiet, peaceful beachfront resort in Palm Cove you’ll find hard to leave. Luxurious tropical gardens prove the perfect environment for relaxation. 85-93 Williams Esplanade Palm Cove QLD 4879 Tel: + 61 7 4055 3222 Fax: +61 7 4055 3307 Toll free: (within Aust.) 1800 629 698 Email: stay@melaleucaresort.com.au Web: www.melaleucaresort.com.au

coral coast drive Palm Cove QLD 4879 Tel: +61 7 4059 1234 Fax: +61 7 4059 1297 Email: palmcove@rockfordhotels.com.au Web: www.rockfordhotels.com.au Features:

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MANgO LAgOON rESOrt & WELLNESS SPA Mango Lagoon Resort & Wellness Spa in Palm Cove is the place to relax, rejuvenate & revitalise body, mind and spirit. The property’s 100 modern and tropical style self-contained apartments comprise of 1 & 2 bedroom suites, equipped with full gourmet kitchen, laundry facilities and spacious living and dining areas. Lounge around one of the property’s 4 swimming pools, including a 50 metre lap pool, experience one of the many day tours that pick up from reception, indulge yourself in the Wellness Spa, or take a short stroll to the beach for a swim in the Coral Sea.

81-85 cedar road Palm Cove, Cairns QLD 4879 Tel: +61 7 4055 3400 Fax: +61 7 4055 3850 Email: res@mangolagoon.com.au Web: www.mangolagoon.com.au

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ACCOMMODATION rydgES SABAyA rESOrt Rydges Sabaya Resort Port Douglas is nestled in the heart of Tropical North Queensland. Set amongst lush tropical gardens, this stunning resort is a tranquil oasis located a short distance from the Port Douglas town and the famous Four Mile Beach, where you can bask in the tropical waters of the Coral Sea. After a stunning multimillion redevelopment the resort offers contemporary designed accommodation options incorporating resort rooms and 1 and 2 bedroom apartments, providing our guests with the option to self cater of enjoy our fully integrated resort facilities. Relax by the lagoon style swimming pool while our staff pamper and cater to your every need, or order a cocktail from the trendy swim up bar. Spoil yourself in our indulgent Sabaya Day Spa, while the kids enjoy the excitement of the Kanga Crew Kids Club, 5 – 12 years. At Rydges Sabaya Resort “Kids Stay and Eat Breakfast for FREE”. A local shuttle services operates from the resort on a regular basis at a minimal cost and beach access is a short stroll from the Resort. 87 Port douglas road Port Douglas QLD 4877 Tel: +61 7 4099 8900 Fax: +61 7 4099 8901 Email: reservations_portdouglas@rydges.com Web: www.rydges.com/portdouglas

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PENINSuLA BOutIQuE APArtMENt HOtEL POrt dOugLAS The best location overlooking Four Mile Beach and Coral Sea, right in the hub of Port Douglas – 40m to beach and 100m to shops & restaurants. Modern spacious 1 bedroom self catering hotel suites, large private balconies with Beach & Ocean or Pool views. Air- conditioned, fans, Internet. Bathrooms with romantic twin bath and separate shower. Peninsula & Spa suites also available. Stunning swimming pools with waterfall, grotto and spas. A quiet peaceful couples retreat - An oasis you will never want to leave. Includes full buffet breakfast, daily maid service and return airport transfers. Complimentary guest laundry. So unique - So private - relax and indulge.

9-13 Esplanade Port Douglas QLD 4877 Tel: +61 7 4099 9100 Fax: +61 7 4099 5440 Email: res@peninsulahotel.com.au Web: www.peninsulahotel.com.au

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LAtItudE 16 drIFtWOOd MANtArAy ON MAcrOSSAN

65 Macrossan Street Port Douglas QLD 4877 Tel: +61 7 4099 5119 Fax: +61 7 4099 5272 Email: info@driftwood-mantaray.com.au Web: www.latitude16.com.au

Close to the beach, close to the bars and restaurants, close to everything you could want on your tropical Port Douglas holiday. Whether you are looking for a romantic break with your partner or a holiday with family and friends, Latitude 16 has an apartment perfectly suited to you. Latitude 16 has ten properties in Port Douglas, ranging from one bedroom deluxe apartments to three bedroom penthouse apartments. The choice is yours, over looking the magical Coral Sea, or staying on magnificent Macrossan Street. Our fully self contained apartments all have a style of their own, some even with jacuzzis on the balcony or spa baths inside the apartment. Latitude 16’s Driftwood Mantaray on Macrossan is a perfect example of what you can expect from a Latitude 16 Port Douglas holiday. Only a minute’s stroll to the beach in one direction, and in the other, Macrossan Street’s restaurants, cafes and art galleries begin. Driftwood Mantaray has large two and three bedroom apartments with shady balconies, some with rooftop spas. Set among the tropically landscaped gardens, you will find two sunny swimming pools, two outdoor spas, and two outdoor barbecue areas giving guests plenty of space for privacy. Features: Room Features: PORT DOUGLAS AUSTRALIA

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SHErAtON MIrAgE POrt dOugLAS rESOrt Villa Paradiso beachfront apartments are perfectly located between the restaurants in the heart of Palm Cove. Spacious with a beach-facing balcony or patio, most are served by lifts from the secure basement car park. A heated pool, covered BBQ, and a tour desk are on site.

An oasis nestled between the magnificent Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest and the only 5 star beachfront resort in Port Douglas, Sheraton Mirage is a secluded haven of rare luxury set amidst tropical gardens, 2 hectares of swimmable blue lagoons, an 18 hole championship golf course and 6 award winning restaurants and bars.

111 Williams Esplanade Palm Cove QLD 4879 Tel: +61 7 4059 8800 Fax: +61 7 4055 3946 Email: stay@villaparadiso.com.au Web: www.villaparadiso.com.au

davidson Street Port Douglas QLD 4877 Tel: +61 7 4099 5888 Fax: +61 7 4099 4424 Email: res370.portdouglas@sheraton.com Web: www.sheraton.com/portdouglas

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MArLIN WAtErS BEAcHFrONt APArtMENtS

VILLA SAN MIcHELE

One bedroom fully self-contained beachfront apartments. 4 levels all with beachviews. Lift access. Patrolled beach opposite. On site management.

Nestled in the heart of Port Douglas, Villa San Michele offers 1 & 2 bedroom Mediterranean style apartments within a 5 minute walk to Four Mile Beach.

131-133 Williams Esplanade Palm Cove QLD 4879 Tel: +61 7 4055 3933 Fax: +61 7 4055 3935 Email: palmcove@ozemail.com.au Web: www.palmcovebeachfront.com.au

39-41 Macrossan Street Port Douglas QLD 4877 Tel: +61 7 4099 4088 Fax: +61 7 4099 4975 Email: info@villasanmichele.com.au Web: www.villasanmichele.com.au

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ACCOMMODATION POrt dOugLAS rEtrEAt YOUR QUIET RETREAT IN TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND Port Douglas Retreat is a 3.5 star self-contained resort situated in stunning Port Douglas, North Queensland. Perfect for couples or the single travelers. SPECIAL OFFER - Stay for 5 nights and only pay for 4 nights. Other offers are available by contacting us direct. EXCELLENT LOCATION - Port Douglas Retreat is superbly located, just a few minutes walk to Four Mile Beach and the amazing dining indulgences offered in Macrossan Street. IDEAL HOLIDAY APARTMENT - We offer studio apartments with holiday kitchen, featuring private patios or first floor balconies with outdoor dining settings.

Port douglas retreat, 31-33 Mowbray Street Port Douglas QLD 4877 Tel: +61 7 4099 5053 Fax: +61 7 4099 5033 Email: info@portdouglasretreat.com.au Web: www.portdouglasretreat.com.au

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LycHEE trEE HOLIdAy APArtMENtS

cOrAL SEA VILLAS

Affordable quality, friendly service! Perfect for singles, couples & families, within walking distance to all Port Douglas has to offer!

50 metres to the beach, in the main street of Port Douglas. Spacious 2 bedroom fully self-contained villas.

95 davidson Street Port Douglas QLD 4877 Tel: +61 7 4099 5811 Fax: +61 7 4099 5175 Email: info@lychee-tree.com.au Web: www.lychee-tree.com.au

68 Macrossan Street Port Douglas QLD 4877 Tel: +61 7 4099 5511 Fax: +61 7 74099 5523 Email: info@coral-sea-villas.com.au Web: www.coral-sea-villas.com.au

LAtItudE 16 POrt dOugLAS cOrAL APArtMENtS

BEAcH tErrAcES

Comfortable 1 Bedroom self-contained apartments with lagoon pool and lush tropical gardens. Walk to Four Mile Beach and town.

Location, Location....Just 70 meters to Four Mile Beach and a 5 minute walk to town, spacious fully self-contained apartments with lagoon pool, spa, wading pool, BBQ, SunDeck with 3rd adjoining pool 15-17 garrick Street Port Douglas QLD 4877 Tel: +61 7 4099 5998 Fax: +61 7 4099 4113 Email: stay@beachterraces.com.au Web: www.beachterraces.com.au

cnr Blake & davidson Streets Port Douglas QLD 4877 Tel: +61 7 4099 6166 Fax: +61 7 4099 6177 Email: info@portdouglascoralapartments.com.au Web: www.latitude16.com.au

SEA tEMPLE rESOrt & SPA POrt dOugLAS

Mitre Street Port Douglas QLD 4877 Tel: +61 7 4084 3500 Fax: +61 7 4084 3599 Email: reservations@strspd.mirvac.com.au Web: www.mirvachotels.com

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Located on the secluded beachfront of Four Mile Beach, Sea Temple Resort & Spa Port Douglas has been designed with the utmost luxury and sophisticated relaxation in mind. The surrounding landscape echoes the natural features of this tropical oasis and centreing around an expansive lagoon pool and island bar. The resort offers stylish guestrooms and apartments with upgrade options including swim out, penthouse and plunge pools and is adjacent to the Sea Temple Golf & Country Club.

EXEcutIVE rEtrEAtS - BALI HAI Bali Hai is a private retreat that is exclusively yours. The retreat consists of 4 thatched burees with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The main living area opens up on to an entertaining area with a wet edge pool that looks out to the amazing tropical mountains.

PO Box 204 Port Douglas QLD 4877 Tel: +61 7 4098 1418 Fax: +61 7 4098 1025 Email: info@executiveretreats.com.au Web: www.executiveretreats.com.au

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rEFLEctIONS OF POrt dOugLAS

“tHE PAVILIONS” POrt dOugLAS

For that special getaway - hidden among the tropical gardens and swaying palm trees on Macrossan Street, Reflections of Port Douglas

Truly in the heart of Port Douglas, The Pavilions Boutique Modern spa apartments offers a range from hotel rooms to self catering.

70 Macrossan Street Port Douglas QLD 4877 Tel: +61 7 4099 4555 Fax: +61 7 4099 4050 Email: carmel@reflectionsofpd.com.au Web: www.reflectionsofpd.com.au

35 Macrossan Street Port Douglas QLD 4877 Tel: +61 7 4099 4888 Fax: +61 7 4099 6025 Email: info@thepavilions.com.au Web: www.thepavilions.com.au

tHALA BEAcH LOdgE

FErNtrEE rAINFOrESt LOdgE Located on a private peninsula just south of Port Douglas, family-owned five star Thala Beach Lodge boasts 83 deluxe timber bungalows on 145 acres of natural forest and two kilometres of absolute private beach frontage. An island on the mainland! Pvt Beach road, Oak Beach, Port Douglas Cairns QLD 4871 Tel: +61 7 4098 5700 Fax: +61 7 4098 5837 Email: reservations@thalabeach.com.au Web: www.thala.com

dAINtrEE HErItAgE LOdgE & SPA

Ferntree Rainforest Lodges features 28 garden loft and pool rooms, for families or couples. Walk to Cape Tribulation village. camelot close Cape Tribulation QLD 4873 Tel: +61 7 4098 0033 Fax: +61 7 4098 0047 Email: reservationsferntree@oceanshotels.com.au Web: www.oceanshotels.com.au

cAPE trIBuLAtION rESOrt & SPA

Surrounded by world heritage rainforest be pampered in air conditioned comfort, with destination spa, year round swimming and great restaurant.

66 room eco-retreat set in the midst of the Daintree Rainforest just a short walk to Coconut Beach and Cape Tribulation.

Lot 236 turpentine road Diwan Cape Tribulation QLD 4873 Tel: +61 7 4098 9138 Fax: +61 7 4098 9004 Email: reservations@heritagelodge.net.au Web: www.heritagelodge.net.au

cape tribulation road Cape Tribulation QLD 4873 Tel: +61 7 4098 0033 Fax: +61 7 4098 0047 Email: reservationscoconut@oceanhotels.com.au Web: www.oceanhotels.com.au

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ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES SKyrAIL rAINFOrESt cABLEWAy Skyrail is a unique rainforest experience taking you on an unforgettable journey over Australia’s World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforest and deep into the forest. Guests glide just metres above the canopy in Skyrail’s comfortable six-person gondola cabins which provide spectacular and uninterrupted views of the rainforest, tropical Cairns, the Coral Sea and the lush Cairns Highlands. The Skyrail experience, spanning 7.5kms, includes time at two rainforest mid-stations where guests can alight from the cableway to learn more about this fascinating environment on Ranger guided boardwalk tours and at the Rainforest Interpretation Centre. Skyrail: The World’s Most Beautiful Rainforest Experience.

corner captain cook Highway & cairns Western Arterial road Smithfield QLD 4878 Tel: +61 7 4038 1555 Fax: +61 7 4038 1888 Email: mail@skyrail.com.au Web: www.skyrail.com.au

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KurANdA ScENIc rAILWAy The original Kuranda Scenic Railway is a spectacular journey comprising unsurpassed views of World Heritage Listed rainforest, steep ravines and picturesque waterfalls within the Barron Gorge National Park. This famous railway winds its way through 15 hand carved tunnels, across the giant bridge over Stoney Creek Falls, past the spectacular Barron Falls and onto Kuranda, the village in the rainforest. Constructed between 1882 and 1891 it is considered an engineering feat of tremendous magnitude. Hundreds of men were employed to build the renowned railway that stands as a monument to the pioneers of Tropical North Queensland.

cairns railway Station, Bunda Street Cairns QLD 4870 Tel: +61 7 4036 9333 Fax: +61 7 4036 9222 Email: KSRres@qr.com.au Web: www.ksr.com.au

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cAFÉ cHINA An Award Winning contemporary Chinese seafood restaurant & Noodle Bars. We specialise in traditional Cantonese and Peking Cuisine, Yum Cha, seafood and noodle artistry. Café China will bring you a unique and unforgettable dinning experience. Seafood Restaurant & Noodle Bar@ Spence Street Rydges Plaza Complex, Corner Spence & Grafton Streets Phone +61 7 4041 2828 Fax +61 7 4041 2818 Café China Noodle Bar @ The Reef Casino 6A Abbott Street, Customs House Phone +61 7 4041 7077 Fax +61 7 4041 3877 Café China @ Smithfield Shop 82, Smithfield Centre, Corner Kennedy & Cook Highway, Smithfield Phone +61 7 4038 3188 Fax +61 7 4038 3833 www.cafechina.com.au Open 7 Days

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ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES/TOURS & CRUISES rAgINg tHuNdEr AdVENturES Tandem Cairns in the Tropical North is a spectacular location for a Tandem Skydive with Australia’s largest skydive company. Land on your own exclusive beach, the closet beach landing to Cairns. Free return transfers daily. Bookings are valid at any of our 5 great skydive locations along the East Coast of Australia.

Shop 10, 93 the Esplanade Cairns QLD 4870 Tel: +61 7 4183 0119 Toll Free: (within Aust.) 1800 805 997 Fax: +61 2 9791 9101 Email: admin@tandemcairns.com.au Web: www.tandemcairns.com.au

Raging Thunder pioneered white water rafting tours in Cairns in 1984 on the mighty Tully River. Our extensive range of adventure products now also include Barron River & Xtreme Tully Rafting, Balloon Flights over the Atherton Tablelands, guided Sea Kayaking tours, Reef Trips and Fitzroy Island Ferries and activities.

52 - 54 Fearnley Street Cairns QLD 4870 Tel: +61 7 4030 7990 Fax: +61 7 4030 7911 Email: res@ragingthunder.com.au Web: www.ragingthunder.com.au

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rNr WHItE WAtEr rAFtINg

tHE rAINFOrESt HABItAt WILdLIFE SANctuAry

Experience the excitement of rafting through World Heritage Rainforest with a half day on the Barron River, or a full day on the Tully.

Australia’s leading environmental wildlife experience. Free-roaming birds & animals, guided tours, presentations and wildlife photos. Breakfast with the Birds or Lunch with the Lorikeets.

278 Hartley Street, PO Box 2945 Cairns QLD 4870 Tel: +61 7 4041 9444 Fax: +61 7 4041 9499 Email: res@raft.com.au Web: www.raft.com.au

Port douglas road Port Douglas QLD 4877 Tel: +61 7 4099 3235 Fax: +61 7 4099 3100 Email: info@rainforesthabitat.com.au Web: www.rainforesthabitat.com.au

SKydIVE cAIrNS Or JuMP tHE BEAcH BrISBANE Almost anyone can tandem skydive. It’s FUN. It’s EASY, no experience necessary. Jump over the Reef/Rainforest and islands from 14000ft. 82 grafton Street Cairns QLD 4870 Tel: +61 7 4031 5466 Fax: +61 7 4031 5505 Email: reservations@australianskydivecompany.com.au Web: www.australianskydivecompany.com.au

WILdLIFE trOPIcAL NOrtH QuEENSLANd Wildlife Tropical North Queensland offers an award winning range of unequalled wildlife experiences. • Cairns Tropical Zoo - Hands on, interactive, amazing. • Cairns Night Zoo – a Great Night Out

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LEArN tO SAIL WItH SAILINg SOLutIONS FNQ Learn to sail aboard an 11m yacht cruising the waters of the Coral Sea, Port Douglas with Sailing Solutions FNQ. Courses: Half day and full day Introduction Two day Competent Crew 91 davidson Street Port Douglas QLD 4877 Tel: 0418 897 123 Fax: +61 7 4099 5125 Email: sail@sailingportdouglas.com.au Web: www.sailingportdouglas.com.au

PHANtOM cHArtErS Port Douglas Luxury 19.8m charter vessel cruise, relax, indulge . Ideal for 1 to 10 guests to explore the Outer Reef and Tropical Islands snorkel, fish, dive. On board Executive Chef PO Box 340 Port Douglas QLD 4877 Tel: +61 7 4094 1220 Fax: +61 7 4094 1220 Email: info@phantomcharters.com.au Web: www.phantomcharters.com.au

• Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures – The ultimate crocodile experience! • Kuranda Koala Gardens – wildlife in the rainforest captain cook Highway

Palm Cove QLD 4879 Tel: +61 7 4055 3669 Fax: +61 7 4059 1160 Email: info@cairnstropicalzoo.com Web: www.wildlifetnq.com Features:

FrANKLANd ISLANdS cruISE & dIVE Enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling and many other enjoyable activities with the only tour operator licensed to visit the untouched beauty of the Frankland Islands. PO Box 1938 Cairns QLD 4870 Tel: +61 7 4031 6300 Fax: +61 7 4031 4777 Email: sales@franklands.com.au Web: www.franklandislands.com

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TOURS & CRUISES cAIrNS PrEMIEr rEEF & ISLANd tOurS CRUISE OCEAN FREEDOM

SAIL OCEAN FREE

“Ocean Freedom Cruise Upolu Cay and Outer Edge Upolu Reef” Travel with low guest numbers in speed and style on our luxury cruiser and be the first to arrive at Upolu Cay – experience it uninterrupted ! Relax and unwind in the azure clear waters surrounding the Cay. 6 hours to snorkel and dive 2 destinations including the stunning “wonder wall” on the outer edge of Upolu Reef – no rush in the day ! Includes Snorkel + Glass Bottom Boat Tour “Ocean Free Sail Green Island and The Great Barrier Reef” Sail on our comfortable 16m schooner. Snorkel and dive off our exclusive mooring on Pinnacle Reef where the coral outcrops come to just 1m under the surface for easy viewing of the abundant sea life & coral gardens ! Explore Green Island . Only 35 guests ensures a very personal snorkel and dive experience .

PO Box 358 Edge Hill QLD 4870 Tel: +61 7 4052 1111 Fax: +61 7 4032 5889 Email: sales@oceanfree.com.au Web: www.oceanfree.com.au

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FOOd trAIL tOurS

MIKE BALL dIVE EXPEdItIONS Interact with owners of small family run food businesses on tropical food and wine tasting tours to the Cairns Highlands. There are tropical fruit wineries, a cheese factory, both coffee and macadamia plantations, as well as encounters with nature. There are two FIT itineraries and a group special combining highlights from both FIT tours

PO Box 112 Cairns QLD 4870 Tel: +61 7 4032 0322 Fax: +61 7 4032 0422 Email: tqhp@foodtrailtours.com.au Web: www.foodtrailtours.com.au

Mike Ball Dive Expeditions is Australia’s leading liveaboard dive company. Expeditions are suitable for the adventuresome diver seeking pristine reefs with exciting big fish and shark action. 3, 4 & 7 night expeditions to the Cod hole and Coral Sea.

143 Lake Street Cairns QLD 4870 Tel: +61 7 4053 0500 Fax: +61 7 4031 5470 Email: resv@mikeball.com Web: www.mikeball.com Experiences:

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trOPIcAL HOrIZONS tOurS

JPt tOurS - cAIrNS Tropical Horizons run fantastic tours to all of FNQ’s icons from Cape Tribulation to the Waterfalls, the Tablelands and to Paronella Park we’ve got it covered. Our driver guides are experienced in all aspects of the unique areas that we visit as well as providing our guests with a fun, personalized and informative tours.

PO Box 624

Bungalow Cairns QLD 4870 Tel: +61 7 4035 6445 Fax: +61 7 4035 6449 Email: ted@tropicalhorizonstours.com.au Web: www.tropicalhorizonstours.com.au

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Go Wild with the locals in tropical north Queensland courtesy of JPT’s Cairns branch. Guests will get up close with unique wildlife and take in the spectacular rainforest. Includes dinner. PO Box 6068 Cairns QLD 4870 Tel: 0405 724 626 Email: warren@jpttours.com Web: www.jpttours.com

SuNLOVEr rEEF cruISES Shortest travel time, longest play time. 4.5 hour Great Barrier Reef tour including lunch, snorkelling gear, glass bottom boat, semi-sub tour plus more. 1 Spence Street Cairns QLD 4870 Tel: +61 7 4050 1333 Fax: +61 7 4050 1313 Email: res@sunlover.com.au Web: www.sunlover.com.au


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FLAMES OF tHE FOrESt Where dreams become reality! Experienced pilots will take you to a height of just 500 feet above the waters of the Great Barrier Reef for a view like no other.

Flames of the Forest has to be felt...be transported into a world beyond your imagination.

Shop 1, 3 Abbott Street Cairns QLD 4870 Tel: +61 7 4031 4307 Fax: +61 7 4031 4777 Email: reservations@cairnsseaplanes.com Web: www.cairnsseaplanes.com

PO Box 460 Mossman QLD 4873 Tel: +61 7 4099 3144 Fax: +61 7 4099 3977 Email: book@flamesoftheforest.com.au Web: www.flamesoftheforest.com.au

trOPIc WINgS cOAcH tOurS

SPIrIt OF FrEEdOM

Tropic Wings offers full day, half day and extended touring to Kuranda, Cape Tribulation and the Daintree, Atherton Tablelands and the Outback, and Port Douglas.

Spirit of Freedom is a luxury dive cruise vessel with multi-day expeditions to the Cod Hole and Australia’s Coral Sea.

278 Hartley Street, PO Box 1230 Cairns QLD 4870 Tel: +61 7 4041 9400 Fax: +61 7 4041 9499 Email: daytours@tropicwings.com.au Web: www.tropicwings.com.au

tusa dive Shop corner Esplanade & Shields Streets Cairns QLD 4870 Tel: +61 7 4047 9150 Fax: +61 7 4047 9110 Email: info@spiritoffreedom.com.au Web: www.spiritoffreedom.com.au

tuSA dIVE, OutEr rEEF dAy trIP

SEAWALKEr @ grEEN ISLANd, cAIrNS

The evolutionary T5 offers space, comfort and style for limited numbers of divers and snorkellers visiting the outer reefs.

Can’t swim? Can’t go scuba diving or snorkelling? Seawalker @ Green Island is an easy underwater Great Barrier Reef experience the whole family can enjoy.

departure Point E Finger cairns Marlin Marina Tel: +61 7 4047 9100 Fax: +61 7 4047 9110 Email: info@tusadive.com Web: www.tusadive.com

PO Box 6785 Cairns QLD 4870 Tel: +61 7 407 581 096 Fax: +61 7 3251 0538 Email: info@seawalker.com.au Web: www.seawalker.com.au

LOW ISLES SAILAWAy

POSEIdON OutEr rEEF cruISES Sailaway to Low Isles, a coral cay island, Great Barrier Reef. Snorkelling/guided tour, glass bottom boat, lunch. Small groups. Sunset sails Mon/Wed/Fri

Visit 3 spectacular sites at the Agincourt Ribbon Reefs. Snorkelling, introductory and certified diving. Guided snorkel tour, reef talk, buffet lunch.

PO Box 690 Port Douglas QLD 4877 Tel: +61 7 4099 4772 Fax: +61 7 4099 4134 Email: info@sailawayportdouglas.com Web: www.sailawayportdouglas.com

corner Macrossan & grant Street Port Douglas QLD 4877 Tel: +61 7 4099 4772 Fax: +61 7 4099 4134 Email: info@poseidon-cruises.com.au Web: www.poseidon-cruises.com.au

trOPIcAL JOurNEyS ‘Calypso & Pure Dive – The Outer Great Barrier Reef’. Calypso visits three breathtaking sites daily, travelling with small groups to ensure maximum comfort and a personalised experience. Catering for non-swimmers, first time snorkellers, introductory divers and dive enthusiasts. Pure Dive, designed for serious divers, travels to exclusive dive sites north of Port Douglas, with only 25 guests. Visit the very edge of the Great Barrier Reef for magnificent drifts along the walls and canyons of the Ribbon Reefs. ’Deluxe Safaris & Trailblazers –World Heritage Daintree Rainforest & Outback Australia’. Discover a timeless world of wildlife and amazing lowland rainforest areas, only found in today’s World Heritage regions.

Shop 3 corner grant & Warner Streets Port Douglas QLD 4877 Tel: +61 7 40 996 999 Fax: +61 7 40 996 777 Email: info@tropicaljourneys.com Web: www.tropicaljourneys.com/itp

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HELI cHArtErS AuStrALIA

ARISTOCAT visits three spectacular Agincourt Ribbon Reef sites on the edge of the Continental Shelf on the Outer Barrier Reef everyday. Safety and guest services are LIGHT YEARS AHEAD!

Heli Charters Australia proudly offers the most exciting experiences over the most unique scenery in the region. Enjoy a scrumptious picnic on a secluded sand cay, a spectacular scenic flight over the rainforest, or try one of our packages to the reef. We can customise any Heli adventure - let Heli Charters take you to exciting new heights!

Shop 18, Marina Mirage Port Douglas QLD 4877 Tel: +61 7 4099 4727 Fax: +61 7 4099 4565 Email: reef@aristocat.com.au Web: www.aristocat.com.au

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ArIStOcAt ScuBA ANd SNOrKEL

ENtErPrISE cHArtErS Enterprise a Fairline Squadron 68” cruiser combines ultimate style, power and sophistication. Snorkel, dive, explore or relax and indulge in the Enterprise experience. Marina Mirage Port Douglas QLD 4877 Tel: +61 7 4098 5279 Fax: +61 7 4098 5375 Email: sallys@stargatemarine.com Web: www.stargatemarine.com

PO Box 1071N North Cairns QLD 4870 Tel: +61 7 4034 9000 Fax: +61 7 4034 9001 Email: info@helicharters.com.au Web: www.helicharters.com.au Features: Experiences:

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SAILAWAy SuNSEt SAIL

trAVELtrAIN HOLIdAyS

Enjoy the thrill of sailing aboard the luxury Lagoon 500 sailing catarmaran. Evening Sunset Sail with welcome drink & canape’s. Take in the sunset over the coral sea with magnificent mountain views. Departs Monday, Wednesday and Fridays PO Box 690 Port Douglas QLD 4877 Tel: +61 7 4099 4772 Fax: +61 7 4099 4134 Email: info@sailawayportdouglas.com Web: www.sailawayportdouglas.com

With a rail adventure your holiday begins the moment you step onboard. It’s the ideal way to experience Queensland, and Traveltrain has a rail journey to suit every traveller. A leisurely overnight trip between Cairns and Brisbane onboard the award winning Sunlander is the ideal way to start or finish your North Queensland escape.

cAIrNS LIMOuSINE SErVIcE For all your private luxury transport needs at a reasonable cost, including day tours, Cairns Limousines Service can offer you a great choice of chauffeur driven vehicles. PO Box 1908 Cairns QLD 4870 Tel: +61 7 4032 1599 Fax: +61 7 4032 1583 Email: info@cairnslimousines.com Web: www.cairnslimousines.com

upper central concourse, 305 Edward Street Brisbane QLD 4000 Tel: +61 7 3235 5444 Fax: +61 7 3235 1309 Email: railaustralia@qr.com.au Web: www.traveltrain.com.au Experiences:

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Red sand hills near Birdsville

Colourful characters, a proud history and a landscape which seems endless in time and space – this is Queensland’s Outback - an amazing country of red hills, wide open plains and spectacular sunsets Queensland’s Outback is home to some of the most amazing wildlife and dramatic scenery to be found anywhere in the world. Experienced guides offer tours as varied as ancient dinosaur trackways to spring wildflowers or a sunset riverboat cruise – and warm, country hospitality will be a special part of your stay.

Where to stay Accommodation in Queensland’s Outback is as varied as it is comfortable – four-star motels, 100-year-old pubs and working cattle station stays. Visitors can even experience sleeping in ‘swags’ under the stars.

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Ideas and inspiration Sand dunes and dinosaur fossils, colourful birds and hidden waterholes, friendly faces in local pubs, magnificent sunsets and star-studded night skies await visitors to Queensland’s Outback.

dinosaurs and Fossils Much of Queensland’s Outback was once part of a great inland sea and as such the area is rich in fossils, many of which are still being unearthed. Australia’s Dinosaur Trail introduces visitors to life in the Cretaceous period and includes the site of the world’s best preserved dinosaur stampede at Lark Quarry Dinosaur Trackways near Winton. Riversleigh Fossil Fields in Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park is home to unique bird fossil finds and others dating back 25 million years. There are several museums containing fascinating displays of fossils and dinosaur skeletons. Fossicking is allowed in designated areas and organised dig tours run at certain times of the year.

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Station Stays and Outback Pubs Get a taste of what it is like to live in the Outback or catch up with the locals at an Outback pub. Join in the every day activities of a working sheep or cattle property and have a go at mustering, fencing or fishing and stay in a variety of accommodation options ranging from guest houses and cabins to shearers quarters and camping sites. You’ll work up a thirst in this wide, brown land and these local watering holes are the best places to the meet the locals who truly are the heart and soul of the region. Through good times and bad these pubs have retained their unique Australian character and are well worth the visit whether it’s for a meal and a cold drink or a few nights’ accommodation.

Four Wheel driving Some of the most beautiful finds in Queensland’s Outback are off the beaten track and a four-wheel drive vehicle is essential for access. Many of these unsealed roads lead to wonderful places like secluded billabongs (waterholes),


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desert dunes and rugged ranges. Routes like the famous Birdsville Track and Donohue Highway make great drive routes, while Queensland’s Outback national parks offer up plotted tracks through their wilderness. When driving in Queensland’s Outback, especially off the highways, always take note of the weather conditions, carry lots of water and fuel, have sun protection and let someone know where you are heading.

Opal and gem Fossicking Try and strike it rich at opal fossicking sites in and around the towns of Opalton, Quilpie and Yowah. Permits are available or you can join a tour. Alternatively take a quick walk over the

grounds and see if anything catches your eye. Other gemstones including amethyst, peridots and alluvial gold can also be found in the northwest areas of Queensland’s Outback around Cloncurry. Just remember to get a permit before you try your luck when in official mining and fossicking areas.

budgerigars. When the rains come water birds galore flock to the region – pelicans, herons, cormorants and wading birds. The only tools you’ll need are a good bird guide book and strong binoculars!

Bird Watching

No city lights mean star-studded night skies. Take a closer look through a telescope at Charleville’s Cosmos Centre and Observatory or simply camp out under the stars during your Outback journey. Try a unique Outback spa – a rejuvenating mud bath at Eulo or relax in the artesian spas at Mitchell in waters warmed by the earth.

The diverse array of environments within Queensland’s Outback supports an impressive collection of birdlife. From the bustards and emus which wander the Mitchell grass plains to the magnificent wedge tail eagles which soar on the desert thermals and the corellas, galahs, fairy-wrens and brightly coloured

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Events!

• Experience life on the land staying at an Outback sheep or cattle station. • Fossick for fossils of prehistoric creatures that roamed the earth or swam in the great inland sea millions of years ago. • Explore the deep dark underground tunnels of the Hard Times Mine at the Outback at Isa centre in Mount Isa. • See where the legend of the stockman started and where Australia’s airline Qantas first took flight. • Climb BIG RED – the first of the amazing red desert sand dunes. • Soak in a natural mud bath or a hot artesian spa. • Gallop through the scrub on a Cobb & Co coach or take a sunset cruise on an inland river. • Meet the colourful local Outback characters

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Travel Time and Distance Brisbane

Dirt n Dust Festival (Apr) Boulia Camel Races (Jul) Yowah Opal Festival (Jul) Mount Isa Rodeo (Aug) Windorah Yabby Races (Sep) Birdsville Races (Sep)

1177 km 713 mi

1852 km 675 km 1150 mi

How to get here Airport: Fly into Longreach Airport (2 hours 40 minutes from Brisbane) or Mount Isa Airport (2 hours 40mins from Brisbane) Location: Mount Isa is 20 hours north west of Brisbane. Longreach is 13 hours north west of Brisbane Transfer options include: • Train – The Spirit of the Outback (Brisbane - Longreach via Rockhampton), The Westlander (Brisbane - Charleville) and the Inlander (Townsville - Mount Isa) • Coach - Greyhound Australia • Self drive (Check www.outbackholidays.info for travelling tips.)

Moranbah

Longreach

Julia Creek

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Mount Isa

1356 km 179 km 843 mi 111 mi

496 km 308 mi

744 km 462 mi

1190 km 695 km 740 mi 432 mi

515 km 320 mi

Winton Charleville

the Matilda Highway, sealed for it’s entire length, connects the NSW border with the gulf of carpentaria. A series of Matilda byways, some unsealed, connect all towns in the region. All major access routes from the Queensland coast are fully sealed.

Contacts

Outback queensland Tourism Association Inc Level 7, Northpoint, 231 North Quay Brisbane Qld 4000 telephone: +61 7 3236 4996 Facsimile: +61 7 3236 4640 Email: info@outbackqld.com.au Web: www.outbackqld.com.au

Mount Isa

cHArLOttE PLAINS OutBAcK MAgIc Charlotte Plains is an authentic working sheep & cattle station (half the size of Singapore) 54km east of Cunnamulla in SW Queensland. It’s an ideal destination for those wanting a true outback experience, where nothing is staged. Kangaroos, emus, birds and wildlife are abundant. One of the wonders is the hot artesian, free flowing mineral water from deep below the earth’s surface where you can soak in nature’s spa. At the same time relax and watch the amazing changing outback colours and contrasts of the landscape. Perhaps tour the woolshed, see the animals, station cemetery, or have a gypsy camel wagon ride. Your down to earth hosts provide excellent hospitality and accommodation in their yesteryear “home of memorabilia” where you wake among the nostalgia & Australiana. Rustic shearer’s quarters or camping facilities are among the alternative accommodation options to satisfy travelers wishing to dine, sleep, or simply gaze at an entire galaxy of stars.

“charlotte Plains” the Adventure Way, Balonne Hwy Features: Cunnamulla QLD 4490 Private airstrip E146° 11’ S28° 04’ length 940m. Room Features: Tel: +61 7 4655 4923 Fax: +61 7 4655 4114 Email: robyn.russell@bigpond.com Experiences: Web: www.charlotteplains.com.au

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BE AMAZED, Visit our Observatory. The outback night sky is enormous, and the stars seem suspended just above us. In our observatory you have the opportunity to view, through powerful telescopes, coloured stars, magnificent clusters, glorious globulars, our moon and planets.

Situated 55 minutes from Forsayth in the Gulf Savannah, Cobbold Gorge offers guests “The Ultimate Outback Adventure”. From comfortable airconditioned ensuite rooms to camping and ensuited van sites. Tours run daily to COBBOLD GORGE from April to October. Access by guided tour only. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL

Your Guides will take you on a never to be forgotten journey accross the night sky, to view the heavens like never before. Qantas drive Charleville QLD 4470 Tel: +61 7 4654 7771 Fax: +61 7 4654 7772 Email: cosmos@murweh.qld.gov.au Web: www.cosmoscentre.com

Agate creek road, MS 1699 Forsayth QLD 4871 Tel: +61 7 4062 5470 Fax: +61 7 4062 5453 Email: cobboldgorge@bigpond.com Web: www.cobboldgorge.com.au

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gEt A LIttLE dIrty IN cuNNAMuLLA

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LArK QuArry dINOSAur trAcKWAyS

A Stephanie Mills Outback Tour is a hands on adventure that immerses you in outback life and gets you a little dirty in the process. Get off the beaten track for a jaw-dropping, heartpounding, fun-filled, experience of a lifetime. Tours range from a few hours to more than a week.

Travel back in time 95 million years with a visit to Lark Quarry Dinosaur Trackways, the site of the world’s only recorded evidence of a dinosaur stampede. Over 3,300 fossilised footprints are on display, interpreted via thrice-daily guided tours of the Trackways from creation to discovery and display.

32 John Street Cunnamulla QLD 4490 Tel: +61 7 4655 1679 Fax: +61 7 4655 0400 Email: millsp@stephaniemillsgallery.com.au Web: www.stephaniemillsgallery.com.au

via Winton-Jundah road Winton QLD 4735 Tel: +61 7 4657 2612 Fax: +61 7 4657 1342 Email: tdo@winton.qld.gov.au Web: www.dinosaurtrackways.com.au

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WILdErNESS EXPEdItIONS

trAVELtrAIN HOLIdAyS

Challenging guided wilderness and nature walkabouts with friendly pack donkeys that carry both essentials and luxuries using traditional Australian techniques

With a rail adventure your holiday begins the moment you step onboard. It’s the ideal way to experience Queensland, and Traveltrain has a rail journey to suit every traveller. Board the Spirit of the Outback from Brisbane to Longreach for a truly unique and memorable overnight journey into the Queensland outback.

PO Box 472 Herberton QLD 4887 Tel: +61 7 4096 2266 Fax: +61 7 4096 2266 Email: info@wildex.com.au Web: www.wildex.com.au

Did you know... Lark Quarry is the only preserved dinosaur stampede in the world.

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cOSMOS cENtrE & OBSErVAtOry

upper central concourse, 305 Edward Street Brisbane QLD 4000 Tel: +61 7 3235 5444 Fax: +61 7 3235 1309 Email: railaustralia@qr.com.au Web: www.traveltrain.com.au Experiences:

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Lady Elliot Island, Southern Great Barrier Reef

What is

Reef to Outback?

Reef to Outback - An Undiscovered Australian Journey is a market driven initiative that was created following an identified need to promote the ‘central’ area of Queensland in the international market. Reef to Outback - An Undiscovered Australian Journey links two of Australia’s most iconic natural attractions - the World Heritage-listed wonders of the Great Barrier Reef with the wide open spaces of the magnificent Queensland Outback by taking a journey through the uncrowded and not-so-well known hidden treasures where Australians like to live and take holidays. This vast natural playground offers experiences as varied as some of Australia’s best Aboriginal rock art in magnificent Carnarvon Gorge to exploring the coral gardens of Lady Elliot Island in the midst of the Great Barrier Reef. There are old-style seaside villages where the locals holiday, and the chance to get up close to Australia’s unique wildlife. Fossick for gems, stay on a working farm or marvel at ancient dinosaur fossils. Rediscover the freedom of what holidays used to feel like. This journey is designed to be incorporated into other itineraries and has the flexibility and versatility to suit all needs, timeframes and interests. The primary target markets for this campaign are Europe (predominantly Germany, France and Italy), United Kingdom (including Ireland and Nordic countries) and New Zealand.

11 Day Journey

Day 1 Fly to Rockhampton, Australia’s Beef Capital. See the sale yards and grab a bite to eat at the Great Western Hotel. Head west and join in the daily life of a working cattle station or farm stay. Learn how to muster cattle on horseback, milk cows and enjoy real country hospitality around a blazing campfire, sipping billy tea. Day 2 Drive to Emerald and make your way to Rubyvale and the Sapphire Gemfields. Here you can try your hand at fossicking in the largest commercial sapphire fields in the Southern Hemisphere. Who knows what little gems you might dig up! Day 3 From the Gemfields head further west to the heart of Queensland’s Outback and visit the town of Longreach, home to the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and the Qantas Founders Museum. Day 5 From Longreach, continue your journey to Winton where you’ll discover dinasour footprints and visit the home of Australia’s famous anthem - Waltzing Matilda. Day 7 Head south to Carnarvon National Park where you can spend your day discovering the magnificent ancient gorges and experiencing the wonderful rainforests, creeks, cliffs and animals. Day 9 Explore Cania Gorge National Park with towering sandstone cliffs, unexplored caves and imposing gorges. Day 11 Head to the coast at Agnes Water and the Town of 1770 where you can take part in the charter fishing tours or have a surf on Queensland’s northern-most surf beach. Alternatively, take a day trip out to Lady Musgrave Island where you can experience an untouched coral cay, or Fitzroy Reef Lagoon, a naturally formed all-tidal entrance lagoon on the Southern Great Barrier Reef.

6 Day Journey

Day 1 Fly to Lady Elliot Island where you can step off the beach and snorkel the southern reaches of the Great Barrier Reef. Come face to face with turtles, colourful coral and schools of reef fish. The coral gardens surrounding the island are also a breeding and feeding area for the giant “kites of the reef”, manta rays. Day 2 Fly to Town of 1770 and stay overnight at the Rocky Point Estate. Have your own chef create a gourmet meal of your choice as you overlook the Pacific Ocean from the privacy of your luxurious loft. Day 3 Fly to Carnarvon Gorge and spend a few days in your luxury resort accommodation. Spend your days experiencing the wonderland of rainforest, creeks, cliffs, ancient Aboriginal rock art and graded walking tracks. Day 6 Fly to Gladstone and meet a helicopter transfer to Heron Island. Take time out to see the laying or hatching of sea turtles throughout the summer months and learn more about this eco award-winning destination through a range of guided interpretive activities on offer.

4 Day Journey

Day 1 Fly direct to Rockhampton and pick up your rental vehicle. Explore the Capricorn Caves, just 20 minutes out of Rockhampton, touring the tropical limestone caves and chambers. Spend the night at a real Australian working farmstay. Day 2 Do as much or as little as you like, getting involved and learning about farm life. Enjoy mustering cattle on horseback, feeding the horses or milking a cow, and sit around an open campfire exchanging stories of the day’s adventures! Day 3 Drive west to Rubyvale (via Emerald) where you can overnight in a cabin and dine at the local pub. Day 4 Spend the morning exploring Queensland’s Sapphire Gemfields before driving back to Emerald to meet your flight home.

* Tourism Queensland has complied and produced this guide in the interest of promoting tourism in Queensland. The material contained within this guide has been researched, assembled and included with all due care. Details are accurate at the time of printing. Published May 2008.

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The campaign aims to: • Provide a compelling and distinctive account of the experiences in the Central Queensland/Outback regions, attractive for the international markets targeted. • Bring the range and diversity of product and experiences in the Central Queensland/Outback regions under one umbrella. • Provide the international market with a comparable and complementary product to Northern Queensland and Southern Queensland touring programs. • Encourage international visitors to make their own journey of discovery of the key iconic attractions throughout Central and Outback Queensland, under the trail Reef to Outback - An Undiscovered Australian Journey.

For commissionable product specific information, please contact:

Bundaberg Region

info@bundabergregion.org www.bundabergregion.info

Capricorn Region

holidays@capricorntourism.com.au www.capricorntourism.com.au

Gladstone Region: gapdl@gapdl.com.au www.gapdl.com.au

Outback Region:

info@outbackqld.com.au www.outbackqld.com.au

Top 10 Experiences Aboriginal Art Walk

Real Aussie Towns

Great Barrier Reef

Sapphire Gemfields

Australian Wildlife

You’ll find some of Australia’s finest Aboriginal rock art in Carnarvon Gorge. Home to the Karingbal and Bidjara people, this historically significant gorge is one of the only places where intact 40,000 year old art is easily viewable from boardwalks.

Choose from a whole range of tours, ranging from a few hours to extended adventures where you can experience the real Australia. Travel in comfort to authentic country or seaside towns, meet colourful local characters and visit friendly Aussie Pubs.

The region is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, renowned for it’s untouched, colourful and varied reef ecosystems. Enjoy uncrowded conditions and excellent visibility as well as easy access to the reef and rare turtle nesting sites.

Discover the largest sapphire gemfields in the Southern Hemisphere. Take a walk in tour of a mine and learn more about where some of Australia’s largest gems are found, as well as learning how to fossick for your own treasures.

The journey is home to abundant Australian wildlife including wallabies and kangaroos. Mon Repos near Bundaberg is the largest turtle rookery in the Southern Hemisphere while Heron and Wilson Island’s are renowned bird nesting locations.

National Parks

Seaside Villages

Farmstays and Rodeos

Dinosaur Fossils

Journeys

Carnarvon, Cania Gorge, Kroombit Tops and Isla Gorge National Parks are all part of the region’s stunning and vast sandstone wilderness area. Experience spectacular bushwalking, camping, Aboriginal Rock Art viewing and bird watching.

Quiet, uncrowded and nontouristy seaside villages are found along Queensland’s central coastline. It’s where the locals go to experience the simple pleasures of unspoilt beaches, swimming, surfing, fishing, sailing and beach walks.

Experience the action of a rodeo or life on an authentic working farm where you can stay, watch or get involved in daily activities, including feeding the animals and horse riding. Some are located within two hour drive from major airports.

Follow the dinosaur trail north-west starting at The Caves near Rockhampton, then inland to Mt Morgan, home to giant dinosaur footprints dating back 150 million years. In Queensland’s Outback, don’t miss the ancient dinosaur track ways at Lark Quarry outside Winton.

Take as much time as you like exploring the magnificent and rugged natural beauty of the region by car, charter flight or Spirit of the Outback train journey.

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What is

the Great Sunshine Way? The Great Sunshine Way is a new way to discover Southern Queensland and affords visitors of all kinds - whether travelling by car, rail, coach or boat - to experience the best of all the Australian experiences. Southern Queensland is a region rich in tourism experiences and varied landscape offering a mix of cities, coast and hinterland, Southern Queensland encompasses the regions of Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Fraser Coast and the surrounds of Southern Queensland Country. The opportunity exists to repackage the sights and experiences of the region by introducing a new and exciting approach to experiencing the Southern Queensland region. What makes TGSW unique is the breadth of experiences on offer. Encompassing nature, adventure, luxury, city life and fun holiday themes, the region includes breathtaking natural

places, cosmopolitan cities and warm weather. The campaign reminds people that this is one of the most enticing holiday destinations in Australia. The campaign uses a sun to mark the time of day on a sundail. This reinforces that the days here are filled with plenty of warm weather and many hours of sunshine. But it’s the magnificent pictures of this campaign that provides the real draw card for people to experience ‘everything under the sun’ throughout TGSW. You’ll discover The Great Sunshine Way is the perfect touring experience, with a range of options radiating from the state’s capital, Brisbane. From here you can easily access the other key locales of the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, and the Fraser Coast where you’ll find a fascinating mix of cities, country towns, coast and hinterland. QUEENSLAND INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL PLANNER 2009/2010

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Where is

the Great Sunshine Way located? The Great Sunshine Way is located in Southern Queensland, Australia. The experience takes travellers through the various regions of Southern Queenslandnorth from Brisbane through the Sunshine Coast and Fraser Coast regions, south from Brisbane to the Gold Coast and for the more adventurous international traveller, west from Brisbane to Southern Queensland Country. Although the trip can be as short or as long as you like, 10 days is recommended to make the most of the experience.

What is

the Great Sunshine Way Marketing Campaign? The Great Sunshine Way international marketing campaign aims to increase the saleability and appeal of Southern Queensland by packaging it appropriately to meet the needs of an international consumer, highlighting the best offerings of the region and effectively linking the various experiences and destinations. The Great Sunshine Way affords wholesalers and inbound tour operators the ability to package tourism product relevant to their market and sell it under a well defined, single branding proposition that is internationally relevant and desirable. • The Great Sunshine Way offers a new, distinctive and compelling story angle for international media. • The Great Sunshine Way coordinates international marketing activity under a single campaign to provide strength and cohesion in the marketplace, and allows individual operators to link to an established brand concept.

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Follow the wine trails and visit some boutique wineries Cuddle a koala or Hand feed wild dolphins Whale watching cruise Experience the energising outdoor adventures of Riverlife on the Brisbane River Climb the Story Bridge Visit one of the many theme parks Visit the home of the late Crocodile Hunter at Australia Zoo Explore Southern Qld sand islands – Fraser, Moreton and Stradbroke Islands by 4WD Join a guided Indigenous Tour Enjoy a world Class spa pampering experience by the beach or in the rainforest

The Great Sunshine Way itinerary ideas are available for you to download as well as the Great Sunshine Way flyer which offers different options for travel around the regions. Visit www.tq.com.au for further information.

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Relax, unwind - discover yourself and a natural beauty beyond compare on the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef. Time spent on a Great Barrier Reef Island is time out in one of the most beautiful places on earth. From the exclusivity and unbridled luxury of five-star resorts to the back-to-nature simplicity of tented accommodation in sublime natural settings, the reef’s islands offer a retreat from Whatever your client seeks - romance, seclusion, relaxation, adventure or easy access to the wonders of the world’s best reef - you will find it on the idyllic Islands of the Great Barrier Reef.

Where are the

Islands of the Great Barrier Reef? The Islands of the Great Barrier Reef follow the Queensland coastline from Lady Elliott Island in the south to Poruma Island at the northern tip of the Great Barrier Reef.

Facts Over 600 islands, 300 coral quays and 2,500 individual reefs can be found on the Great Barrier Reef, with over 25 island resorts for your client to enjoy. Some other things you should know about the Great Barrier Reef; • Largest coral reef system in the world • Approximately 348,700 square kilometres in area • Stretches for over 2000km along Queensland’s coastline • Around 500,000 years old • Home to approximately – - 1500 species of fish - 400 species of coral - 4,000 species of molluscs - 500 species of seaweed - 215 species of birds - 16 species of sea snake - 6 species of sea turtle - And some of the largest populations of dugong in the world

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What is

the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef campaign? The Islands of the Great Barrier Reef is an exciting international marketing campaign designed to; • Reintroduce the Great Barrier Reef Islands as a key point of difference in the international marketplace • Repackage the Great Barrier Reef Islands in a new way • Build upon the strength of the Great Barrier Reef Islands by highlighting different aspects of the reef experience • Create a defined product in the minds of international consumers • Coordinate marketing activity under a single campaign to provide strength and cohesion in the marketplace

More ways to experience the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef Sailing There are endless ways to enjoy the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, but seeing it all from the deck of a boat is hard to beat. The variety of sailing vessels varies from catamarans and luxury yachts to retired America’s Cup maxi yachts and historic square-riggers. You can sail for a day or spend a week or more cruising through the islandstudded cobalt-blue waters of the Coral Sea. If your idea of paradise is sailing in search of uninhabited tropical islands and secluded coral reefs and beaches, 126

then bareboat (sail-yourself) chartering is a perfect choice. Drop anchor in deserted island coves, scuba dive and snorkel on vibrant coral reefs, walk through island rainforests and dine on deck under the stars. If you don’t feel confident enough to try bare boating, you can book a professional cruise guide to accompany you. Alternatively, you can take part in a multiday trip on board a crewed luxury yacht or tall ship, where it’s all hands on deck, heaving together to unfurl the huge sails. Day-sailing trips are a great option for those on tighter

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budgets, with many operators offering luxury sailing laced with restaurantquality food, comfortable decks for sunning, and snorkelling gear for passengers who want to get wet. If you can’t decide between a sailing holiday and a stay at an island resort, then opt to do both with a combined resort/sail package. You’ll enjoy several nights of cruising through the Coral Sea followed by several nights on an island, where you can avail yourself of all the pleasures and comforts of tropical resort life. Whatever your preference, be it the slap


of sail and creak of timber, the adrenalin surge of an ocean racer, the pleasures of luxury cruising or a resort/sail package, the Great Barrier Reef has a craft for you.

Diving and islands The Great Barrier Reef offers divers some of the world’s greatest dive experiences. There’s nothing like swimming through a school of iridescent fish or observing the beauty of a turtle glide by you 20 metres underwater. With more than 5,000 different dive sites spread across the reef’s islands and cays, there’s a diving opportunity for every level of experience, from beginner to advanced. Island resorts all provide equipment and lessons for a fee and run daily diving and snorkelling trips to various reef sites. Combination resort/dive packages are also available. Newcomers can try a fully supervised introductory or resort dive. These are designed for beginners with no prior experience who want a taste of diving without committing to the full Open Water Certification course. After “classroom” instruction, its time to enter the pool, practise your skills and then head offshore with your instructor for a guided tour of the reef. Not surprisingly, certain islands have become meccas for scuba divers all over the world. Green, Heron and Lady Elliot islands are coral cays with superb diving right straight off the beach. Lizard Island in the far north also offers excellent fringing reef and is close to several top dive sites including the famous Cod Hole, where you can hand feed a 150-kilogram fish. Many

Whitsunday islands are within a short boat ride of some of the reef’s best dive sites. For more information www.queenslandholidays.com.au/ dive-queensland

Sleeping on the Reef Most people experience the Great Barrier Reef by day, but the world’s largest coral reef, which stretches more than 2,000 kilometres along the Queensland coast, is a non-stop event. On a coral cay or continental island, you’re very close to the nocturnal reef action, but at Reefworld, a purposebuilt pontoon anchored at Hardy Reef, in the Whitsundays, you can be right on top of it. By day, the pontoon is a launch pad for guided expeditions of the reef. But by night, it becomes a unique form of accommodation for six guests, known as “Reefsleep”. You can view the nocturnal activities of colorful reef fish and corals after canapés and champagne at sunset, and enjoy alfresco dining surrounded only by reef systems and a blanket of stars above. Dedicated divers can immerse themselves more fully and frequently in the reef by taking a live-aboard dive trip. These range from two days to a week or longer and include luxury launches, dive research boats and small, personalised vessels that visit some of the reef’s most remote and amazing dive sites.

covering 35 million hectares, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef. Home to an abundance of marine wildlife – including more than 1500 brilliantly coloured species of tropical fish, 4000 species of molluscs, 400 species of sponge and 300 species of hard corals – it is also the site of hundreds of continental islands, reef islands and cays, small bare sand cays, and permanent vegetated cays – many offering campsites in stunning natural settings. And for visitors wanting to experience the wonders of the reef for very little cost, camping is the way to go. Seasonal closures apply to some islands and some activities are restricted or not allowed. The reef islands are fragile and easily damaged by careless visitors. They are also a refuge for marine wildlife. Be self-sufficient and take everything you need: few islands have water or facilities. It’s a small price to pay for getting close to nature – and away from it all – in the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef.

Postal address: Environmental Protection Agency, P.O. Box 15155 City East Queensland 4002, Australia Telephone: 61 7 3227 8185 Fax: 61 7 3227 8749 Email: csc@epa.qld.gov.au Website: www.epa.qld.gov.au

Camping in national parks on Islands of the Great Barrier Reef Stretching more than 2000 kilometres along the Queensland coastline and

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Adrenalin Dive - Great Barrier Reef Day Trips Adrenalin Dive - Yongala Wreck Day Trips Adrenalin Dive - Yongala Wreck Great Barrier Reef Air Whitsunday Airport Con-x-ion Airtrain Connect All Seasons Cairns Gateway Resort Arc Resort Aristocat Scuba and Snorkel Australia Zoo Australis Noosa Lakes Australis Sovereign Hotel Aviation Adventures Aviation Tourism Australia Balloon Down Under Beach Club, Hamilton Island Beach Terraces Billabong Sanctuary Blue Dolphin Marine Tours Boat Harbour Resort Boathaven Spa Resort Bohemia Cairns Brisbane Marriott Hotel Brisbane’s Botanic Gardens Bushwacker Eco Tours Café China Seafood Restaurant & Noodle Bar Cairn Limousine Service Cairns Colonial Club Resort Cairns Premier Reef & Island Tours Cairns Seaplanes Caloundra Central Apartments Cape Tribulation Resort & Spa Capricorn Caves Castaway Cove Resort Noosa Catch a Crab at Birds Oyster Farm Charlotte Plains Outback Magic Cherrabah Resort Chifley at Lennons Choice Hotels in Queensland Club Crocodile Airlie Beach Coachtrans Australia Cobbold Gorge Tours Pty Ltd Conrad Jupiters Coolum Seaside Coral Sands on Trinity Beach Coral Sea Villas Cosmos Centre & Observatory Country Comfort Sunlodge Couran Cove Island Resort Crown Plaza Pelican Waters Golf Resort & Spa Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise Cruise Whitsundays Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Daintree Heritage Lodge & Spa Daydream Island Resort & Spa Deep Sea Divers Den Descarada Charters - Island Escape in Luxury Discovery Holiday Parks Dreamworld & WhiteWater World Edge on Beaches, The Elandra Mission Beach, The Enterprise Charters Escarpment, The Especially Australian

Tours & Cruises Tours & Cruises Tours & Cruises Tours & Cruises Transport & Hire Transport & Hire Accommodation Accommodation Tours & Cruises Attractions Accommodation Accommodation Tours & Cruises Tours & Cruises Activities Accommodation Accommodation Attractions Tours & Cruises Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Activities Tours & Cruises Attractions Transport & Hire Accommodation Tours & Cruises Tours & Cruises Accommodation Accommodation Attractions Accommodation Attractions Attractions Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Transport & Hire Attractions Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Activities Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Tours & Cruises Attractions Accommodation Accommodation Tours & Cruises Tours & Cruises Accommodation Attractions Accommodation Accommodation Tours & Cruises Accommodation Tours & Cruises

Townsville Townsville Townsville The Whitsundays Gold Coast Brisbane Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Gold Coast Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Sunshine Coast Sunshine Coast Gold Coast The Whitsundays The Whitsundays Gold Coast Islands of the the Great Barrier Reef Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Townsville Fraser Coast Fraser Coast The Whitsundays Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Brisbane Brisbane Brisbane Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Sunshine Coast Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Central QLD & Southern Great Barrier Reef Sunshine Coast Gold Coast Queensland’s Outback Southern Queensland Country Brisbane Brisbane The Whitsundays Gold Coast Queensland’s Outback Gold Coast Sunshine Coast Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Queensland’s Outback Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Gold Coast Sunshine Coast Gold Coast The Whitsundays Gold Coast Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Islands of the Great Barrier Reef Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef The Whitsundays Editorial Gold Coast Central QLD & Southern Great Barrier Reef Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Gold Coast Townsville

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Executive Retreats - Bali Hai Explore Whitsundays/Southern Cross Sailing Ferntree Rainforest Lodge, Cape Tribulation Flames of the Forest Floating Images - Hot Air Balloon Flights Food Trail Tours Frankland Islands Fraser Explorer Tours Fraser Island Company, The Gemini Court Holiday Apartments Ginger Factory, The Gold Coast Airport Gold Coast Airport Marathon Gold Coast Tourism - VeryGC Gold Coast Tourist Shuttle

Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef The Whitsundays Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Brisbane Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Fraser Coast Fraser Coast Gold Coast Sunshine Coast Gold Coast Gold Coast Gold Coast Gold Coast

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Gumnuts Farm Resort Bush BBQ Farm Experience

Accommodation Tours & Cruises Accommodation Tours & Cruises Activities Tours & Cruises Tours & Cruises Tours & Cruises Tours & Cruises Accommodation Attractions Transport & Hire Activities Destination Transport & Hire Accommodation & Attractions

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Hamilton Island Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre Hayman Island Heli Charters Australia Hides Hotel Hilton Cairns Holiday Inn Cairns Holiday Inn Surfers Paradise Hotel George Williams Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane Il Palazzo Boutique Hotel Apartments International Beach Resort JPT Tour Group JPT Tours - Cairns JPT’s Australian Day Tours Tours Jupiters Townsville Hotel & Casino Kellys Beach Resort Kewarra Beach Resort Kingfisher Bay Resort/Fraser Island Kuranda Scenic Railway Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort Lady Musgrave Barrier Reef Cruises Lark Quarry Dinosaur Trackways Latitude 16 Driftwood Mantaray on Macrossan Latitude 16 Port Douglas Coral Apartments Learn to Sail with Sailing Solutions FNQ Leisure Inn Plaza Hotel Long Island Resort Low Isles Sailaway Lychee Tree Holiday Apartments Mackay Tourism Mango Lagoon Resort & Wellness Spa Mango Tree Holiday Apartments Marlin Waters Beachfront Apartments Marque Hotel Brisbane Maxi Ragamuffin - One Day Sailing Adventures Melaleuca Resort Mercure Townsville Mike Ball Dive Expeditions Mirimar Cruises Moorings Beach Resort Morteton Bay Escapes & Bushwacker Ecotours Mount Gold Mine - TMC Guided Tours Mount Nathan Winery Mt Tamborine Glow Worm Caves Mystery Mountain Farmstay Narrows Escape, The

Accommodation Attractions Accommodation Tours & Cruises Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Tours & Cruises Tours & Cruises Tours & Cruises Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Attractions Accommodation Tours & Cruises Attractions Accommodation Accommodation Activities Accommodation Accommodation Tours & Cruises Accommodation Destination Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Tours & Cruises Accommodation Accommodation Tours & Cruises Tours & Cruises Accommodation Tours & Cruises Tours & Cruises Attractions Attractions Accommodation Accommodation

Islands of the the Great Barrier Reef Gold Coast Islands of the the Great Barrier Reef Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Gold Coast Brisbane Brisbane Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Gold Coast Gold Coast Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Brisbane Townsville Central QLD & Southern Great Barrier Reef Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Fraser Coast Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Islands of the Great Barrier Reef Central QLD & Southern Great Barrier Reef Queensland’s Outback Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Townsville Islands of the Great Barrier Reef Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Mackay Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Brisbane The Whitsundays Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Townsville Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Brisbane Sunshine Coast Southern Queensland Country Central QLD & Southern Great Barrier Reef Gold Coast Gold Coast Gold Coast Sunshine Coast

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Noosa Blue Resort Noosa Harbour Resort Noosa Keys Resort Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort Novotel Rockford Palm Cove Ocean Boulevard Holiday Apartments Ocean International Old Boyneside Farmstay and B&B On The Beach Holiday Apartments On The Beach Noosa O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat & Mountain Villas Oscar on Main Outrigger Little Hastings Street Resort & Spa, Noosa Outrigger Twin Towns Resort Palazzo Versace Gold Coast Palm Bungalows, Hamilton Island Paradise Bay Eco Escape Paradise Jetboating Paradise on the Beach Resort Paradise Resort Gold Coast Park Regis Anchorage Park Regis City Quays Park Regis North Quay Park Regis Piermonde “The Pavillions” Port Douglas Peninsula Airlie Beach Peninsula Boutique Apartment Hotel Port Douglas Phantom Charters Pinnacles Resort & Spa Port Douglas Daintree Tourism Port Douglas Retreat Poseidon Outer Reef Cruises Pullman Reef Hotel Casino Qantas Qdeck qualia Quality Hotel Sheridan Plaza Quay West Suites Brisbane RACV Royal Pines Resort Raging Thunder Adventures Rainbow Shores Resort Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary, The Ravensbourne Forest Chalets Red Back Rentals Reef Flights Reef HQ Aquarium Reef Retreat, The Reef View Hotel, Hamilton Island Reflections of Port Douglas Rendezvous Hotel Brisbane Ritz Resort River City Cruises Riviére on Golden Beach RnR White Water Rafting Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat Royal Albert Hotel Royal on the Park Brisbane Royal Palm Resort Rydges Sabaya Resort Sailaway Sunset Sail Sarina Sugar Shed Sea Temple Resort & Spa Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort & Spa Port Douglas Seawalker @ Green Island, Cairns

Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Activities Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Activities Accommodation Destination Accommodation Tours & Cruises Accommodation Transport & Hire Attractions Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Activities Accommodation Activities Accommodation Transport & Hire Tours & Cruises Attractions Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Tours & Cruises Accommodation Activities Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Tours & Cruises Attractions Accommodation Accommodation Tours & Cruises

Sunshine Coast Sunshine Coast Sunshine Coast Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Sunshine Coast Mackay Fraser Coast Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Sunshine Coast Gold Coast Gold Coast Sunshine Coast Gold Coast Gold Coast Islands of the the Great Barrier Reef The Whitsundays Gold Coast Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Gold Coast Townsville Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Brisbane Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef The Whitsundays Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef The Whitsundays Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef

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Gold Coast Islands of the the Great Barrier Reef Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Brisbane Gold Coast Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Sunshine Coast Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Southern Queensland Country Gold Coast Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Townsville Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Islands of the the Great Barrier Reef Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Brisbane Gold Coast Brisbane Sunshine Coast Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Brisbane Brisbane Gold Coast Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Mackay Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef

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Sebel & Citigate King George Square Brisbane, The Sebel Cairns, The Sebel Harbour Lights Cairns, The Sebel Maroochydore, The Sebel Reef House & Spa Palm Cove, The Sebel Resort Noosa, The Sebel Suites Brisbane, The Shangri-La Hotel The Marina Cairns Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas Resort Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Sofitel Brisbane Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach Songbirds Rainforest Retreat Southern Cross Atrium Apartments Spirit Of Freedom Spirit of Hervey Bay Whale Watching Stella Hospitality Group Stephanie Mills Outback Tours - Get a little dirty in Cunnamulla Straddie Kingfisher Tours Sunferries Magnetic Island Sunlover Reef Cruises Sunset Island Resort Sunshine Coast Airport Transfers SuperGP Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa Synergy - Luxury Reef Cruise Taka Dive Tandem Cairns Tandem Skydive Cairns/Brisbane Thala Beach Lodge Toscana Village Resort Tour Gold Coast Tourism Noosa Tourism Tropical North Queensland Traveltrain Holidays Treetops Resort & Spa Trinity Beach Club Tropic Wings Coach Tours Tropical Fruit World Tropical Horizons Tours Tropical Journeys Tusa Dive, Outer Reef Day Trip Tweed Endeavour Cruises Underwater World - Shark Diving Valley Rattler, The Vibe Hotel Gold Coast Villa Paradiso Villa San Michele Warner Village Theme Parks Waterfront Whitsunday Retreat Water’s Edge Resort Whalesong Cruises Whitsunday Crocodile Safari Whitsunday Holiday Apartments, Hamilton Island Whitsunday Island Adventure Cruises Whitsunday Rent a Yacht Whitsundays Sailing Adventures Wilderness Expeditions Wildlife Tropical North Queensland Workshops Rail Museum, The XXXX Brewery Tour

Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Attractions Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Tours & Cruises Tours & Cruises Accommodation Tours & Cruises Tours & Cruises Transport & Hire Tours & Cruises Accommodation Transport & Hire Activities Accommodation Tours & Cruises Tours & Cruises Activities Activities Accommodation Accommodation Tours & Cruises Destination Attractions Transport & Hire Accommodation Accommodation Tours & Cruises Attractions Tours & Cruises Tours & Cruises Tours & Cruises Tours & Cruises Tours & Cruises Tours & Cruises Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Attractions Accommodation Accommodation Tours & Cruises Tours & Cruises Accommodation Tours & Cruises Tours & Cruises Tours & Cruises Attractions Attractions Attractions Attractions

Brisbane Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Sunshine Coast Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Sunshine Coast Brisbane Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Sunshine Coast Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Brisbane Gold Coast Gold Coast Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Fraser Coast Brisbane Queensland’s Outback Brisbane Townsville Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Gold Coast Sunshine Coast Gold Coast Gold Coast Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef The Whitsundays Gold Coast Sunshine Coast Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Gold Coast Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Gold Coast Sunshine Coast Sunshine Coast Gold Coast Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Gold Coast The Whitsundays The Whitsundays Fraser Coast The Whitsundays Islands of the the Great Barrier Reef The Whitsundays The Whitsundays The Whitsundays Queensland’s Outback Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Southern Queensland Country Brisbane

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Tourism Queensland Offices For trAdE ENQuIrIES ONLy Contact your nearest Tourism Queensland office at:

BRISBANE

AMERICA

SOUTH EAST ASIA

Level 10 Tourism Queensland House 30 Makerston Street BRISBANE QUEENSLAND 4001 AUSTRALIA

6100 Center Drive Suite 1150 LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA USA 90045

101 Thomson Road, #07-04 United Square SINGAPORE 307591

Tel +61 7 3535 3535 Fax +61 7 3535 5425 Website: www.tq.com.au

EUROPE Sonnenstrasse 9 MUNICH GERMANY 80331 Tel +49 89 2317 7177 Fax +49 89 260 35 30 Email: tq_munich@tq.com.au Website: www.queensland-europe.com

UNITED kINgDOM 3rd Floor Colechurch House 1 London Bridge Walk LONDON UNITED KINGDOM SE1 2SX Tel +44 207 367 0900 Fax +44 207 407 3810 Email: tq_london@tq.com.au Website: www.queenslandholidays.co.uk

NEW ZEALAND Level 2, 1 Teed Street Newmarket AUCKLAND NEW ZEALAND Tel +64 9 374 1780 Fax +64 9 374 1781 Email: tq_auckland_tq.com.au Website: www.queenslandholidays.co.nz

Tel +1 310 695 3250 Fax +1 310 695 3258 Email: tq_losangeles@tq.com.au Website: www.destinationqueensland.com

HONg kONg Room 2507, 25th Floor Harbour Centre, 25 Harbour Road Wanchai HONG KONG Tel +852 2827 4322 Fax +852 2877 5668 Email: tq_hongkong@tq.com.au Website: www.queensland.com.hk

TAIWAN

Tel +65 6 253 2811 Fax +65 6 253 8653 Email: tq_singapore@tq.com.au Website: www.queensland.com.sg

TOkYO Suite 1301, Yurakucho Denki Building NW 7-1, Yurakucho 1 Chome Chiyoda-Ku Tokyo 100-0006 JAPAN Tel +81 3 3214 4931 Fax +81 3 3211 7904 Email: tq_tokyo@tq.com.au Website: www.queensland.jp

OSAkA

Suite 3202, 32nd Floor No. 333 Keelung Road Section 1 Taipei 110 TAIWAN

OCAT bldg, 4F T-4, 1-4-1, Minatomachi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka Post Code:556-0017 JAPAN

Tel +886 2 2723 3196 Fax +886 2 2723 3197 Email: tq_taiwan@tq.com.au Website: www.queensland.com.tw

Tel +81 6 6632 5030 Fax +81 6 6632 5030 Email: tq_tokyo@tq.com.au Website: www.queensland.jp

CHINA

kOREA

Room 3709-3710, CITIC Square 1168 NanJing Road West SHANGHAI 200041 CHINA

20th Floor Young Poong Building 33 Seorin-dong, Chongro-ku Seoul 110-752 KOREA

Tel +86 21 5292 9668 Fax +86 21 5292 9698 Email: tq_hongkong@tq.com.au Website: www.queensland.com.cn

Tel +822 399 5767 Fax +822 399 7878 Email: tq_seoul@tq.com.au Website: www.queensland.or.kr

INDIA YOUR AUSTRALIAN TRAVEL SPECIALIST BOX

21, Arun Chambers Ground Floor Tardeo MUMBAI 400034 INDIA Tel +91 22 5629 4535 Fax +91 22 2351 2796 Email: tq_india@tq.com.au Website: www.queenslandholidays.com.au

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