Sweeping beaches, rolling hinterland and rugged outback… Queensland is a diverse place. There's natural beauty around every corner, worthy of a postcard to send home. There are always new and exciting tourism products that showcase the sunshine state in a new light, so, read on to discover new ways to explore Queensland in July and beyond.
From humble beginnings, helping some blokes arrange a fishing trip, Angela Esdaile has made a full-time business out of her passion for fishing and travel. Go Fish is Australia's first fishing itinerary agency, offering luxury fishing escapes with a focus on corporates and incentive groups. The recently launched five-star day trip includes a limousine pick up from any CBD hotel, sail on the Brazilian Breeze luxury yacht to Moreton Island where fishing is followed by a gourmet lunch on the sand. The day ends with a heli transfer by chopper to Mt Coo-tha. The price for five people is around $800 with helicopter or $300 without. With the coastline covered, Esdaile is looking to introduce heli fishing in the Outback and country Queensland.
Owner, Go Fish
P: +61 410 316 345
One of Queensland's most iconic islands is getting a major facelift! Daydream Island Resort and Spa have increased their redevelopment investment to $65 million, revealing funding for a new marina. Infrastructure upgrades include accommodation refurbishments, renovations to the arrivals pavilion, reception, the main Atrium area, Waterfalls restaurant, Lagoons bar and expansion of the Lovers Cove function area. A brand new Asian-inspired restaurant will also be built along with a revamp of the resort's conference venues. Daydream Island is expected to re-open in mid-2018, returning as an upscale 4.5 star resort.
Director, RGC Communications
P: +61 419 828 440
Cruise Whitsundays' 'Ultimate' Whitehaven day cruise now explores Hill Inlet by land and sea. Take a guided bushwalk through untouched natural beauty along the Solway Passage Circuit, Chance Bay Hike and Hill Inlet Lookout; one of the Whitsunday's most photographed locations. To top it off, their Camira Sailing Adventure has also incorporated this pristine location into its sailing route. Tours start from $110 for kids and $220 for adults on the Ultimate Whitehaven day cruise and $99 for kids and $189 for adults on the Camira Sailing Adventure.
PR & Media Executive, Cruise Whitsundays
P: +61 7 4846 7031
What dreams are made of
With three new attractions, things are heating up at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast, despite the cooler climate. Make like Survivor and come face to face with the eye of the tiger(s) with their Tiger Island Up Close experience, featuring viewing tunnels and glass areas that will give kids and adults alike a more personal encounter. Adding a splash of luxury to WhiteWater World is their range of new two-storey Treehouse cabanas with 42-inch televisions, speakers, mini refrigerators, lounges and deck chairs up top. And if the sound of these two new attractions isn't making you drool, head to The Parkway Patisserie and Grill where their range of breakfast pastries and five types of homemade pancakes are sure to hit the sweet spot. Also on the menu are gourmet burgers, American style hotdogs, rotisserie chicken and certified organic Byron Bay Coffee. Park tickets start from $75 for kids and $85 for adults online.
Head of PR, Dreamworld
P: +61 490 432 550
The sweet life
We all want to live footloose and fancy-free, and a little gypsy wagon tucked away in Julatten in the Port Douglas Hinterland is just the place to kick up your heels. Housed on 160 acres of natural beauty is Sweetwater Lodge's bespoke, hand-crafted Romany-style wagon, built by Glenn Cambage, a wood worker by trade, and his wife, Wendy. Over the past 10 years, they have crafted this European-inspired retreat from new and recycled timbers, and set the permanent lodge 100m from the creek where guests can swim in the waterholes and explore the creeks by kayak while keeping an eye out for a platypus. Rates start from $150 per night with a minimum of 2 nights stay.
Public Relations, Strategic PR
P: 0417202 663
Hip, hip, hooray!
You may not find gold, but you may find prehistoric treasures scattered through Rockhampton's Capricorn Caves. Step back in time and discover hidden fossils dating back millions of years, as you fossick for skeletons of marine creatures and mammals alike. Their working palaeontology excavation demonstrates how over thousands of years, millions of small bones have filled the cave chamber. The new Fossil Tour runs three times daily for one hour and costs $32 per adult and $16 per child.
Owner, Capricorn Caves
P: (07) 4934 2883
Can't escape the heat for a wellness retreat? No worries! Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat have introduced a 'Wellness at Home' package allowing busy guests to access 18 wellness experts and an abundance of information at the click of a finger. The package provides online seminars and interviews on detox, sleep, nutrition and heart health, along with six meditation audio sessions and printable guides. To access support from the comfort of their own couch, guest can pay a special introductory fee of $79.95 and have access to this online hub for six months from the date of purchase.
Marketing Manager, Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat
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