Nov
07
2018

A quaddie of hotel openings in Queensland this month

By Australia / Brisbane / Queensland /

Business travellers heading to Queensland have even more great hotel options at the ready as the Sunshine State wins the Quaddie in a head-spinning race to launch four new hotels this month: Riley in Cairns, Ruby Apartments Gold Coast, The Westin Brisbane, and Ovolo The Valley. Tourism Queensland reports the new hotels come hot on the hooves of The Calile, The Emporeum and W Brisbane. And, when it comes to the grazing paddock, the Sunshine State has launched a spate of winning new gastro choices starting with Brisbane’s Howard Smith Wharves. Sleep with a good conscience at Riley The much-anticipated five-star Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort, will open its doors in Cairns today (November 6) putting #responsibletourism at the forefront with a pledge to donate $100 to Citizens of Great Barrier Reef from every room booked at crystalbrookcollection.com for stays in the first week of the hotel’s operation. Mark Davie, CEO of Crystalbrook Collection said the initiative speaks to Crystalbrook’s…

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Oct
30
2018

Million dollar barramundi on the loose in the Northern Territory

By Darwin / Northern Territory /

Not that long ago the Northern Territory’s Million Dollar Fish competition was scheduled for the start of October, but rumours suggested the chosen ones, barramundi, had been tagged and released across fishing locations in the Top End. One of those “barra” carried a lofty $1 million prize tag. The question had to be asked: what if we landed the big one before the contest even began? Even just hauling in one of the other 75 with $10,000 prize tags could well and truly have been a fishy case of the one that got away. Million reasons to head to Darwin “Well …” our rough and ready guide Carl, from Darwin Barra & Crab, said with a cheeky grin, “we’ll either eat it or tether him over there where it’s hidden”. It wasn’t to be, unfortunately, and certainly only a rumour the “big one” was already out there. The good news is the Million Dollar Fish comp is back for a…

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Oct
27
2018

Great reasons to pop Canada on your hit list for 2019

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More Australian travellers are set to experience Canada first-hand in 2019, with new events and experiences promising to make every unique Canadian adventure an unforgettable experience. Read on for some of the best served up by the Destination Canada team… Shakat Tun Wilderness Tours, Yukon Territory Travel from Whitehorse to Haines Junction on the border of beautiful Kluane National Park in Canada’s north-western Yukon Territory. Spend two nights viewing the magnificent northern lights, dogsledding, and snowmobiling at picturesque Kathleen Lake, and spend a day at the Shakat Tun Wilderness Camp to immerse yourself in traditional First Nation lifestyle. Find out more HERE. Ice bubbles, Alberta Experience the ice bubbles phenomenon along Alberta’s famous Icefield Parkway during winter  , where tiny gas bubbles of all shapes and sizes are trapped beneath the surface of frozen lakes, like shimmering frozen jellyfish. Witnessing this extraordinary natural marvel is simple with transfers newly available between Banff and the Icefield base of Rockies Heli Bubble…

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Oct
23
2018

5 reasons to tuck into the Margaret River Gourmet Escape

By Perth / Western Australia /

Just while the west coast’s colourful wildflowers put on a show in the Spring, the chefs also come out to play as food lovers converge on the Margaret River Gourmet Escape. It’s one of the premier foodie events on a global scale, let alone Australia so grab a Perth campervan or car rental and get ready for some seriously tasty treats come November 16-18.  And here’s a warning – you may just forget about returning home and stay on for summer as you explore the regions amazing attractions. Nigella’s Tea Party Margaret River Gourmet Escape is a unique event attracting local, national and international visitors to enjoy a food and wine 3 day festival program. Cumulatively since the inaugural 2012 event 80,000 passionate foodies have shared in the unique local flavours, incredible landscapes, fun atmosphere and the personal experiences of their favourite attending food and wine celebrities. Could any be more popular than Nigella? “I have always had a slight…

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Oct
22
2018

Best campsites and hidden gems in NSW this spring and summer

By Australia / New South Wales / Sydney /

Destination NSW know better than anyone about the best camping spots for the warmer weather that comes with spring and summer. As the team says “It’s the ideal time of year to discover some of NSW’s secret campsites and hidden gems.” Rent a car or campervan at Sydney airport, then off you go on a camping adventure! According to Destination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase, “NSW is filled with hidden camping gems waiting to be discovered. NSW has amazing coastal and bush camping spots that continue to stay under the radar and would make an ideal weekend away this spring.” “These hidden camping gems are just that, secret spots that locals across NSW love due to their unique location and easy access to beautiful beaches, stunning national parks and pristine wilderness environments.” “Tourism managers across the state have shared their favourite secret camping spots with Destination NSW for this short-list, however, this does not exhaust the multitude of amazing campsites just…

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Oct
10
2018

5 amazing Sydney hotels in summer to park your wheels

By New South Wales / Sydney /

Summer is officially here in 7 weeks (and a few days) and there is no better Australian city than Sydney to experience the sunshine and all the action the fun of the warmer months. So whether you’re flying into town and grabbing a car rental, or wheeling your way into town by road, here are 5 hot hotels worth looking at right now and booking in for your summer of fun in the New South Wales capital. Felix Hotels by 8 Hotels (Mascot) Sometimes you just need something right next door to the airport to provide the home base to explore. In which case you can’t go past the nearby Felix, only 10 minutes walk from the baggage collection area of the Sydney airport domestic terminal. It’s a hotel oozing simplicity and a Catch-Me-If-You-Can feel from yesteryear. It’s hip, simplistic, and there’s easy access to hit the road yourself, by Uber, catch a train or bus. Felix Hotel’s design is…

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Sep
05
2018

Campervan escapes are music to our ears

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Road trips. Could there be anything better? Right now we’ve launched into Spring and life on the road becomes an extremely enticing proposition when there’s an opportunity to jump in a campervan and explore. It’s music to our ears, in fact! As Walt Whitman once said: “I take the open road, healthy, free, the world before me.” In the spirit of Walt’s celebration of life on the road, here are 7 great reasons why the humble road trip ticks all the boxes for a memorable holiday. No.1 Australia is best explored with a road trip We love and live on a massive continent in Australia and with that comes thousands of destinations and many worlds in one. Tasmania anyone? What better way to explore than in a campervan through Tasmania’s rugged West Coast routes, or Wildflower season in the Mid West of Western Australia where carpets of colours are on show. Maybe Victoria’s High Country or the New South Wales…

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May
10
2018

Flash Camp Kakadu returns for winter fun near Darwin

By Australia / Darwin /

Tents in the heart of Kakadu Set in beautifully shady grounds, Flash Camp @ Kakadu offers bespoke bell tent accommodation in the heart of Kakadu National Park, ideal for those looking for an effortless camping experience while exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Listed wilderness, so grab your wheels in Darwin and get set for the adventure in Australia’s most famous outdoors! Accommodation will include double and twin bell tents with spring-foam mattresses on pallet bases, quality bed linen, fresh towels, bamboo furniture, toiletries and Armadillo & Co rugs. Tents have power, lighting and a fan, though nights are usually mild throughout the “winter” season (18 – 20C). Flash Camp tents can be configured especially for families, allowing two adjacent tents to be allocated for family groups and a communal Flash tent will be available for relaxing and enjoying complimentary tea and coffee. Flash Camp guests have access to communal toilet and shower facilities, barbeques, as well as a restaurant, bar…

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