Just like the whales, a school of new products has migrated to Queensland but, luckily for us, they are here to stay. From exploring untouched parts of the Southern Great Barrier Reef to greeting the sunrise on the beach with Mackay's furry locals and cruising 1,500 ft above the Sunshine Coast, June is a whale-ly good month to find your perfect next adventure in Queensland.
Million-dollar Moreton Bay-by
Seaside opulence lies a stone's throw from the shores of Margate Beach at The Sebel Brisbane Margate Beach, the latest boutique hotel in Moreton Bay. The ninth property to operate under the Sebel brand in Queensland, the $15 million-dollar hotel which opened 29th May features 58 rooms boasting a chic façade – neutral tones, minimal furnishings and panoramic ocean views. The minimal décor is made up of stellar onsite facilities like a rooftop function space, pool and conference facilities. Offering access from Brisbane Airport (20 minutes) and Brisbane City (40 minutes) while being close to local transport options, The Sebel Brisbane Margate Beach is now open with rates starting from $160pp.
The iconic Airlie Beach Hotel has reopened its doors on June 1 having undergone extensive refurbishments during the past year. Located on The Esplanade, right in the centre of all the action, the hotel operates 60 four-star hotel rooms and 20 three-star motel rooms, with the Ocean View Rooms and Suites enjoying views to the north across the Coral Sea. Mangrove Jacks Café/Bar, located on the Main Street side of the hotel, has already reopened and visitors are loving the famous wood-fired pizzas. Meanwhile, the hotel's signature restaurant, Capers on the Esplanade, is due to reopen in early August and offers contemporary dining in a relaxed beachfront setting.
Bet your clear-bottom dollar
Embark on an educational journey and explore parts of the Great Barrier Reef not accessible by snorkelling on Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort's new Clear Bottom Kayak Tours. Glide with a commentating guide over the fringing coral gardens teeming with marine life as you spot some of the 1,200-different species that call Lady Elliot Island homes. Tours are available for both day and night guests aged 14 and above with prices starting from $40pp for a single and $60pp for a double clear-bottom kayak.
Rock n troll
Big kids rejoice! Let your little ones have some hair-raising fun at the new DreamWorks Animation Trolls Village precinct at Dreamworld. Based on the 2016 Academy Award-nominated movie, transport into the colourful world of Trolls and join your favourite characters at interactive live shows and a one-of-a-kind beauty salon where kids can get “trolled up” to become one of the Trolls themselves. This world-first Trolls attraction will be at Dreamworld for 12-months only, open seven days a week.
Carpe diem! Seize the day and wake up with the local wallabies on the Cape Hillsborough Sunrise with the Wallabies Tours in Mackay. Led by experienced guides, the tour is designed to enhance the natural encounter while preserving Cape Hillsborough National Park through the incorporation of educational commentary as well as tips on optimal positioning for photography. The 90-minute daily tours are $22 for adults, $14 for children and $60 for families and commence half an hour before the sun rises.
The best seat in the house is now 1,500 ft above on the Sunshine Coast with Oceanview Helicopters. Departing from Caloundra, the chartered tours explore the region's iconic spots from the 55 kilometres of glistening coastline to the Glass House Mountains with the option to include a local food and wine package too. Oceanview Helicopter's Sunshine Coast tours start from $69pp and operate seven days a week.
Yeppoon's foreshore has dramatically transformed into a $53 million-dollar leisure space with the opening of the Yeppoon Lagoon Precinct. Located right on the beachfront, the resort style lagoon pool includes a shallow children's play area and a swim-up infinity edge with panoramic views over the Keppel Islands. The surrounding parklands are equipped with barbecues and shaded areas making it the perfect place to soak up the sun. Entry to the Lagoon is free and is patrolled Monday to Sunday including Public Holidays.
The Gold Coast's popular plant-based restaurant and bar, Greenhouse Canteen + Bar, has migrated from the beach to the city in Brisbane inner city suburbs. Located on the corner of Russell and Manning Streets, sit up at the window with a vegan antipasto board and some wine, and enjoy parkland views in the dusky sunlight and late into the night. Serving up everything beach-goers love about Greenhouse, the Brisbane haunt is open 6 days a week from 5pm to late.
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Authors: Isabella Quaid
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