In one giant ode to Australia, Queensland proves its Aussie DNA this month with the opening of a stunning new outback lodge, the revival of a classic steam train ride, the naming of a Brisbane hotel after a famous Aussie artist, a dinner show with a heartland theme and a dining venue influenced by a cult movie star that happens to be a pelican. Aussie. Aussie. Aussie. Q. Q. Q.
New Lodge opens at Mt Mulligan Station
Mount Mulligan Lodge will softy open the doors to its eight spectacular villas this December before closing again for the green season. Located 170kms west of Cairns in the rugged outback terrain of North Queensland's back country and in the shadow of Mount Mulligan's spectacular 18-kilometre sandstone ridge (which is ten times larger than Uluru) the all-inclusive resort will offer just 24 guests a world-class destination that reflects the essence of Mount Mulligan Station. With only eight luxury accommodations, all villas boast majestic views of the stunning 400m high cliff face and come with their own ATV for guests to explore the 1400-head cattle station. Located on the edge of the weir and adjacent to an abandoned township, a maximum of 24 guests will be able to relax in spacious luxury with their private patio overlooking both the waterway and mountain.
Mt Mulligan Lodge is operated by Northern Escape Collection, owners of Orpheus Island and Daintree Eco Lodge.
Mary Valley 'Rattler' back on the rails
One of Queensland's most-loved tourism attractions, the Mary Valley Rattler, is again chugging its way through 46 km of the Sunshine Coast hinterland's most picturesque countryside. The launch comes after years of extensive track upgrades and improvements to the fleet of historic steam and diesel locomotives and carriages.
Morning and afternoon services on the Mary Valley Rattler will run three days per week on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays for a return journey from the historic Gympie or Amamoor stations via Dagun. Cheese tasting from the Kenilworth Dairies is available for passengers on the platform at Dagun Station where travellers can also purchase locally grown spray-free fruit and vegetables from the Dagun Growers Market collective on Saturday afternoons.
Rattler tickets: Adult: $55, Concession: $45, Child (4-12) $30, Family (2 Adults, 2 Children): $145
Contact: Michelle Smytheman
P: 0408 401 198
A new heartland at Australian Outback Spectacular
Village Roadshow Theme Parks has ushered in a new era of entertainment with the launch of Australian Outback Spectacular's Heartland, a visually spectacular show that transports guests into the heart of the Australian bush, while they enjoy a delicious new three course dinner and drinks. Through state-of-the-art technology including projection mapping, the heart-warming show transforms the arena into a world of fire, rain and dust, stampeding cattle and deserts.
Contact: Mitchell Olivey
P: 07 5573 8478
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Mr Percival's throws open its many doors to a Brisbane city skyline
Mr Percival's, an impressive overwater bar-plus-dining spot located at Brisbane's new Howard Smith Wharves threw open its many doors last week offering dramatic views of the city skyline. Located under the iconic Story Bridge on the banks of the Brisbane River, the octagon-shaped venue takes its design cues from Europe's most iconic, unpretentious beach clubs, with cuisine by head chef, Damien Styles, formerly of chef-hatted The Fish House. Mr Percival's name was inspired by the much-loved pelican character in the 1976 movie Storm Boy.
Contact: Sophie Baker, Wanderlust Union
P: 0438 44 2323
The Terrace by e'cco opens at Haven Newstead
The latest dining project of Philip Johnson and Mary Randles has opened at Brisbane's Haven Newstead. Located adjacent to e'cco bistro, owner Phillip Johnson along with Head Chef Gert Pretorius have designed a menu that will pay tribute to Southeast Asian cuisine with share plates and small bites to compliment a crafted beverage list. Expect to dine on Pork San Choy Bow, Steamed BBQ Pork Buns, Betel leaf with prawn, Massaman coconut beef curry. The Terrace will offer a $1 “Oyster Happy Hour” and a cool list of cocktails to match the medley of small share-plate flavours.
Contact: Erika Rutledge, Ford Digital Agency
Vincent Fantauzzo named as Brisbane's new Art Series Hotel
Four-time Archibald People's Choice Award winner Vincent Fantauzzo has a new accolade to his name as Art Series Hotels announced its new $100m boutique luxury property at Howard Smith Wharves, Brisbane will be named after the celebrated contemporary artist. Famed for his portraits of Heath Ledger, Julia Gillard, Matt Moran, and of his wife, actress Asher Keddie, Fantauzzo uses contrasting elements of light and dark, shadows and colours to create depth and heighten the realism and theatrical effect.
Carved into the cliff under Story Bridge, the design scheme for the 166-room hotel uses polished concrete with contrasting dark tones and glossy finishes to challenge the traditional 'white gallery' space and create a backdrop for Fantauzzo's artworks.
The Fantauzzo is scheduled to open in March 2019 with bookings now available via https://www.artserieshotels.com.au/fantauzzo/.
Contact Nathan McIlroy, The Mint Partners
P: 0421 668440