New Tourism October 2019

2 October, 2019


Bailey the artful one opens November 2, Cairns

Bailey, the second of the three Crystalbrook Collection hotels in Cairns, is set to open the first week of November with bucket loads of personality to add to its bold green exterior and skyline views. Inside, there's an ever-evolving celebration of art in both the public spaces and each of the 12 guest room floors, as artists in residence are invited to exhibit their style. Bailey houses two restaurants, but the standout is sure to be the Milk Bar where childhood favourites sprinkled with classics like strawberry and cream jubes fill up old fashioned milkshakes.  

Like its sibling Riley, Bailey embraces the #responsibleluxury ethos using recycled wooden room keycards, 90% less paper than the average five-star room, and 80% of the produce is sourced from a three-hour drive from the hotel. To celebrate the launch of Bailey, Crystalbrook is offering advance opening rates starting at $179 per room per night. Visit or call 1300 00 20 50. Imagery: | Contact: 

Brisbane's Alcyone Hotel Residence 

Ditch the airport precinct on your next Brisbane overnighter and check in to Alcyone Hotel Residences at Portside. Located in front of the bluest reach of the Brisbane River (with bucket loads of grassy areas to relax), the rooms here are big. One bedders start at 54 metres square. So why stay here? It's a short trot to Doomben Race Course, it's right in front of the Brisbane Cruise Terminal (hello sailor), and the hotel is between two CityCat terminals paving the way for a 12-minute cruisy transit all the way to the city. Images:



Shhhh, listen to this pillow talk. Hailed for a skyline that frames millions of holiday pics, the Gold Coast is proving that it's not a one-trick pony when it comes to new lodgings thanks to a burst of cosy, quirky places to stay. Check them out: 

Midcentury makeovers hit highway hotels 

Everything old is new again with three roadside motels roaring back to life thanks to mid-century makeovers that's put the better in the besser block brick structures. Kicking off the candy-coloured fun is Coolangatta's Pink Hotel, an iconic property that embraces a Rockstar lifestyle. Rooms come with plush velvet couches that pop from polished concrete floors, neon signs that light up the bathroom walls, musical wall art, and in one room, a grand baby piano. Taking guests back half a century, there's also a 1970s recording studio control room re-tuned for private functions. Closer to Pacific Fair Shopping Centre at Broadbeach is the Ventura Beach Motel. It's a little more Gidget than hard rock, but this mint green and musk pastel brick motel has all the icons of the last century. There's a kidney-shaped swimming pool with banana lounges and rooms come beach breezy with cane bed heads and sisal mats. Less overt is the Blue Heron Motel at Mermaid Beach where crisp white paint is offset by plush velvet couches and royal blue throws. Contact: | Contact: | Contact: 

Rivermead Estate, Gold Coast Hinterland

Add a bit of chukka to your Gold Coast holiday at Rivermead Estate, a grand plantation home on a 55-acre hinterland getaway at Coomera River Fields. Formerly a dairy farm and part of the local Cobb & Co route, Rivermead Estate is the Gold Coast's original home of polo. It's now an A-Lister retreat with six bedrooms over three levels of living, two polo playing fields, a huge pool, private cinema, a day spa and sweeping wraparound verandahs.



Take a walk on the wild side, Cobbold Gorge

In 1993, cattle station owner Simon Terry motored around a bend in his backyard creek some six hours south west of Cairns and stumbled onto an unknown treasure; a 160 million year old gorge made up of layer upon layer of sandstone rock that formed striking sheer walls. That discovery was the start of a hugely popular outback tour that included electric boat cruises and guided interpretive walks. Starting October 13, visitors can enjoy Cobbold Gorge from above and below thanks to the opening of an incredible glass foot bridge that links one side of the 80 square mile property to previously unentered virgin terrain. According to Simon, the bridge is an engineering feat particularly given the isolation of the property. “The glass bridge provides an element of challenge and excitement and visitors who test their fears walking on glass 17 metres above the water will earn the right to share it on social media.”  

Accessible on the Savannah Way, Cobbold Gorge tours by electric boat cruise, interpretive walk, a stand-up paddleboard, helicopter, and by hiking with a Savannah Guide. For more information: 

New Flamingo Spiegelclub, Broadbeach 

The Gold Coast just added a lot more sass to its shores with the opening of the Pink Flamingo Spiegelclub at Broadbeach. Acting out against a 1920s art décor theme with plush pink velvet and hints of gold, this permanent cabaret club is set to fill the live theatre gap. The first show “Suave”, touted as “a touch of burlesque with a hint of Vegas”, performs six times a week. Tickets include a complimentary temptation platter and start from $98 per person. Contact: 

The Rooftop Bar & Garden, Maroochydore

Retractable roof, city and ocean views forever, and it's very own vodka label, Eros. What more would you want from the newest rooftop bar to open in Queensland, and the first of its kind on the Sunshine Coast? Soaring seven stories above Maroochydore's pumping Ocean Street precinct, the bar is the perfect pairing of an outdoor patio and a greenhouse, with lush plants and ropey green vines dropping from the ceiling. Come for the tipple and stay for the world menu. Contact: 

Hold your horses! Queen's Arms has a new bar, Brisbane

There's an old saying that you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink. True. But if you led a mate to Farrier, the new underground bar and supper club at the Queen's Arms Hotel in Brisbane's James Street, we think you can definitely feed someone a gulp of liquid brew. Stock standard it's not. The sandstock brick bar, which is accessed via a stable door and past a wall of vintage farm implements, is noted for its cuisine as much as its craft beers. Between 12.00 noon until 10.00 pm, order up street food like Char-Sui Sandwiches, Torn Red Curry Brisket or Peking Duck Baos. Website: 

NightQuarter comes to the Sunshine Coast

A petition signed by some 200,000 Gold Coast residents begging them to stay put was not enough to stop award-winning street food, night market and entertainment destination, NightQuarter, from pulling up stumps and moving to the Sunshine Coast. Launching early November, NightQuarter is a popular blend of community and culture played out in a pop-up shipping container playground. Located at Britinya halfway between Caloundra and Mooloolaba, the venue will open every Friday and Saturday night. Expect pop up food stands, live music and good vibes. Contact: | Images: 

Savvy Squire opens at The Wharf Mooloolaba

A little over 200 years ago a charmer, a swindler, and a very cunning convict stepped foot on Australian soil to start what has since become a brewing empire. Today, James Squire is less about the person and more about the brew houses that honour quality craft beers paired with honest pub food. The Savvy Squire at The Wharf Mooloolaba is the latest Squire-style opening with direct access over the Mooloolah River. The original brickwork and industrial metals houses popular on tap beers like One Fifty Lashes and Nine Tails Amber. Contact:


Join Pete at Port On a Plate 

Pete Davidson is putting Port on a plate. Literally. This kiwi-born, Port Douglas-based trained chef is plating up his past roles as angler, chef, dive instructor and Daintree Rainforest guide to bring a brand new tour to Tropical North Queensland. Starting daily at 08:30 am and finishing at 2.30 pm, the chef-guided tour includes scenic drives to local farms to collect fresh produce, tropical fruit wine tasting and a three-course lunch starring Daintree Saltwater Barramundi. Prices start from $160 per person. Contact: | 

Ungermanns reveal sweet secrets, Ipswich

If you love your ice cream as much as the average Aussie – incidentally we are the world's second-biggest consumers packing in 10 litres of the frozen stuff per person a year – then it's time to make ice cream like a master chef. Precisely. Once a month, runner up 2017 MasterChef contestant Ben Ungermann and his brother Danny will reveal the sweet secrets to making ice cream at their Ipswich city parlour over a two-hour lesson that also includes how to plate up like a pro. Classes cost $75 per person and max out at 18 per class. Best yet, you get to make your cake (ice cream) and eat it too. And the half-litre leftover goes with you. Contact:  

Fat Freddy's drops in, Gold Coast

Broadbeach has a hot new watering-hole with the opening of Fat Freddy's Beach Bar & Diner. It's the first slick venue to open in the multi-venue dining precinct under the five-star Avani apartment tower. Fat Freddy's is a reinvention of the classic American diner experience, with a kick-ass side of sports galore. Open until 11 pm every night of the week, it's ideal for locals and tourists looking for a late-night snack. Think fried chicken ribs with hot sour sauce, truffle mac and cheese croquets, BBQ spiced popcorn with bacon butter and the moreish Wagyu jerky with smoked cream and BBQ salt. Yum! Contact: 


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