All aboard the taste train (November 2019)
The heritage Mary Valley Rattler will debut a new Tasting Train food experience on November 12 with famed chef and local food ambassador, Matt Golinski, onboard to launch the culinary journey. The Tasting Train will become a weekly experience departing the fully-restored Gympie Station every Tuesday at 11am (returning 2pm) and take passengers through one of Australia's richest and most picturesque food regions – Mary Valley on the Sunshine Coast. Stopping at historic stations along the way, there will be tasting plates of local fare to enjoy with the option to stop for lunch at Amamoor station. Jump on board for $59 ($49 concession) and $20 for the lunch option. Beverages can be purchased at the Platform No. 1 Café before departure or at the lunch stop. More information: https://www.maryvalleyrattler.com.au/
Cantonese restaurant Stanley opens at Howard Smith Wharves (November 2019)
Inspired by the water that fans out from Hong Kong's Stanley Bay, Stanley, the much-anticipated Cantonese restaurant at Howard Smith Wharves, has opened its doors to sweeping views of the Brisbane River. Headed up by Louis Tikaram, the 220-seat restaurant will dish up traditional Cantonese-style dishes such as Peking Duck Pancakes, Pork Belly and Steamed Silken Egg Custard and a Queensland highlight - Steamed Hervey Bay Scallops with XO Vermicelli, yum! More information: https://www.stanleyrestaurant.com.au
Worlds of fun on the Gold Coast (November 2019)
Where else but the GC can you catch a glimpse of movie magic? Warner Bros. Movie World has launched their all-new WB Studio Showcase that features more than 30 authentic costumes, used cars and props, to make the attraction the largest Warner Bros. exhibit of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. From Mad Max to Wonder Woman, there's a bounty of signature set-pieces and costumes to check out.
And to kick off the summer season with the luminous start, Dreamworld is hosting a Neon Night on November 30 from 6.30pm – 10.30pm. The theme park will light up the night with glowing entertainment, rides and food stalls, catering to all ages.
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World Whale Heritage status declared for Hervey Bay (October 2019)
It's official. The World Cetacean Alliance has officially declared Harvey Bay the world's first Whale Heritage Site in recognition of its responsible whale and dolphin watching. To qualify, a Whale Heritage Site has to show active engagement by their communities and tourists with marine life through art, music, science, education and celebratory events, while at the same time recognise the culture and heritage surrounding cetaceans in the local habitat. Even though we've said goodbye to a whaley-good season with our humpback friends this year, Hervey Bay is now confirmed as the best place to see these majestic creatures next year. More information: https://www.visitfrasercoast.com/Destinations/Hervey-Bay
Birds of a feather flock together at O'Reilly's (November 2019)
Birders will flock to Lamington National Park between November 10 and 17 to take part in Australia's longest-running birding program in celebration of the 200 plus sub-tropical birds and rare species like the Alberts Lyrebird, Rufous Scrub Bird and Regent Bowerbird. Take a peek at the program for Bird Week 2019 for session details and times. More information: https://oreillys.com.au/events/annual-birdweek-2019/
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For more information:
Georgia Linton, Tourism and Events Queensland