New Tourism August 2019

16 August, 2019

Wilson, Is That You? New Glamping Resort On the Great Barrier Reef

Wilson Island, one of nature's tiniest arks will reopen on November 6, 2019, as Queensland's newest low-tech glamping offering.

At just 5.4 hectares in size – as big as five football fields – the island is a micro bump on the most magnificent reef in the world and is located a 40-minute slow boat ride from Heron Island Resort on the Southern Great Barrier Reef. The island will cradle nine glamping tents plus a central long-house serving fresh Australian cuisine and an honesty bar. 

The island is so remote; every visit comes with a digital detox. There are no emails. No Facebook. No phone. Just you, an old-fashioned novel, good conversations, fresh food, rest, nature and sunshine. And enough power to charge the camera and chill the wine.

The island's surrounding waters are home to healthy coral reefs, rainbow-coloured fish and a host of IMAX sized marine creatures. Above the tideline, Wilson is a seasonal resting place for birds including the goofy-footed shearwater that burrows its nest 60 cm into the sand.

Prices start from $950 per couple per night, and the entire island can be booked exclusively for $8100 per night, minimum three nights.

Contact: Karen Sweeney, Sales Manager Aldesta Hotel (Australia)



Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane To Reopen In November

The Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane is set to return to its rightful place amongst Brisbane's best when it reopens its heritage-listed doors on the corner of George and Elizabeth Streets on November 25. The Heritage-listed former Queensland Government Savings Bank building offers 220 rooms and suites and includes an extra five levels designed to complement the historic building with expansive views and balconies. From the moment guests step inside, they will be struck by the impressive double-height original timber-panelled walls and ornate ceiling roses from the original banking hall. The gym sits alongside a heated pool, which is open to the Brisbane sky. Lead in rates will start from $194.75 per night.




For more information:

Jodi Clark | PR & Communications Manager | TFE Hotels

T:  + 61 (0) 2 9356 1048 | M + 61 (0) 499 900 658 




Willow Vale Cooking School Is Opening Its Doors!

Willow Vale Cooking School will open its doors this month. Set on eight acres in the Gold Coast Hinterland, with a beautiful 130-year-old heritage Queenslander surrounded by luscious green hills, the school is owned and run by Bruno and Catherine Loubet, who returned to Australia from the UK at the end of 2017 to pursue their dream of launching a bespoke cooking school.

A veteran in the restaurant industry, Bruno spent more than 40 years heading up kitchens in London, France and Australia working with world-renowned chefs, along the way gaining Michelin stars and publishing three cookbooks. The Willow Vale Cooking School workshops are planned around the garden calendar and tailored to seasonal vegetables. Bruno will cook in front of guests while offering tips and tricks of the trade.

For the full calendar, please refer to the website

For additional info or images, please contact Catherine Loubet / 0416 394 539


Mt Mulligan Lodge Joins Luxury Lodges Of Australia

Mt Mulligan Lodge has become the newest member of Luxury Lodges of Australia (LLoA). Opened in April 2019 as the latest addition to the Morris family-owned Northern Escape Collection, the newly built luxury outback lodge lies on a 28,000-hectare working cattle station, with luxe lodging and guided outback adventures for just 16 guests. Accessible via helicopter flight or four-wheel-drive adventure from Cairns, Mt Mulligan Lodge experiences include tours of the Tyrconnell gold mine, Mount Mulligan coal mine and abandoned township, adrenaline-pumping ATV adventures, wildlife spotting, hikes around the southern face of Mount Mulligan, barramundi fishing in the weir, scenic helicopter flights and the chance to experience the day-to-day workings of an Australian cattle station.

More information: 

Rachel Crowley - Director of Sales & Marketing                            

Northern Escape Collection

+61 (0) 409 726 005


Umi Arts New Feet, Dance And Song Show

UMI Arts, the peak Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultural organisation in Cairns has launched Ngar Bayal Wed, a weekly song and dance presentation that brings to life the cultural heritage and stories of the Aboriginal Buri Guman Dance Group from Yarrabah along with the Ailan style Torres Strait Islander Maluilgal and Gerib Sik Dance Groups. Ngar Bayal Wed, which translates to feet, dance and song in Torres Strait and Yidinji languages, showcases the wailing sounds of Ailan drums and rhythmic creole voices of Queensland's First Peoples. The shows are held every Friday at 2.30pm and 6.30pm and start from $20 per adult with kids under ten years free. For more, visit

PR Contact: Pip Miller PR Mob: 0419 681543 Email:


Fly To The Reef

Scenic flights over the Great Barrier Reef can be enjoyed on Nautilus Aviation's new factory-built Airbus H130s helicopters which seat seven passengers. The luxury transfers and scenic flights are from Port Douglas to the Quicksilver pontoon at Agincourt Reef, from Cairns to Green Island, and from Cairns to the Great Adventures pontoons at Moore and Norman Reefs.


Beef It Up As A Kuranda Cowboy

Discover your inner cowboy on both horseback and an all-terrain vehicle at KUR-Cow Barnwell, a working cattle property in Kuranda in Tropical North Queensland. Feed the cattle on a hayride to learn about the different breeds and then savour the flavour of each at the restaurant with a beef tasting platter. Get a ringside seat to watch a show of bushman's skills and meet the friendly working dog who can run all day.



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