Our July Edition brings you exciting new products for active travelers, wildlife fans and romantic moments. It also contains ambitious tourism projects and interesting news from the Australian Tourism Industry.
Brisbane By Bicycles (BRIB05)
The 3 tours offered by Brisbane By Bicycles are fully guided by a Brisbane local with extensive knowledge of the city. They combine historical sites and cultural attractions with a true insider’s guide to local bars, dining options, events and attractions.
• Brisbane By Bicycle Tour: 3.5 hour tour, Start 9:30am.
o This tour offers a scenic and leisurely ride around the Brisbane river, with visits to all of the main inner-city areas of Brisbane, and regular stops to tell some stories and take photos. There will probably be a short stop in a gallery or museum (free entry) and stop for an extended morning tea break in one of Brisbane’s most beautiful parks (food and drinks included!).
• Essential Brisbane Tour: 2 hour tour, Start 2:30pm.
o Starts and finishes at Southbank Parklands. A short afternoon tour of the Brisbane City area. This tour is conducted solely on bicycle paths and is conducted at a gentle pace suitable for everyone. There are many scheduled stops to learn some fun facts about Brisbane and take some fantastic and fun photos of the city.
• Twilight Tour. 2 hour tour, Start 4:30pm.
o Operating in summer months only, this tour is the same as the Essential Brisbane tour but is held in the evening as the sun sets over Brisbane. This tour offers fantastic views of Brisbane as the city lights gradually start to take effect.
AEA/Mount N Beach Safaris (AEAS01 / MOUS01)
Blue Mountains BREAKFAST with KOALAS at Featherdale Wildlife Park
Commencing August 1, the new ‘Breakfast with a Koala/Blue Mountains Deluxe Day’ package will provide visitors to Featherdale with the unique opportunity to enjoy breakfast with the Koalas, hand feed the kangaroos and wallabies, pat a wombat and meet a range of other Australian native wildlife that inhabit the park.
Following breakfast with the koalas, the tour then continues on to the Blue Mountains, travelling through picturesque villages and enjoying spectacular views along the way. The tour includes lunch at Boiler House Café – Hydro Majestic and the afternoon is then spent visiting a selection of scenic lookouts for which the Blue Mountains are famous.
The ‘Breakfast with a Koala/Blue Mountains Deluxe Day’ can be booked through All Pacific Travel Concept.
Sal Salis – Honeymoon Tent (SALW01)
Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef has opened a beautiful Honeymoon Tent – ideal for those that enjoy a little more space, privacy and style as well as spectacular ocean views across the World Heritage listed reef!
The Honeymoon Tent is situated just a board walk away from Sal Salis’ social heart – at the end of the camp and up a slight rise of a sand dune. This ensures that guests are not disturbed as they enjoy the beach all to themselves. The wide front deck is furnished for comfort and affords views of a seemingly private white sand beach with Ningaloo Reef just beyond.
o Child restraint seats are now required for golf buggies and available complimentary when hiring a buggy on Hamilton Island. Any passenger under the age of seven years will require a child restraint or seatbelt. The cost of the child restraints is included for all Hamilton Island Holiday Homes & Yacht Club Villa guests, the children’s’ ages are required and must be advised at time of booking.
Kings Canyon Wilderness Lodge (KINK02)
The lodge will undergo a seasonal closure from 01 December 2016 to 28 February 2017
Longitude 131° (LONA01)
Plans for the multi-million-dollar enhancement of acclaimed desert retreat, Longitude 131 at Uluru have been unveiled, including the addition of a spectacular new premium suite and the property’s first dedicated spa.
Under the direction of architect Max Pritchard – the designer of Baillie Lodges’ award-winning Southern Ocean Lodge – they will next year introduce several new facilities while at the same time redeveloping its central Dune House in a $6 million project
INTERESTING TO NOTE
Southern Ocean Lodge (SOUK02)
Kangaroo island’s acclaimed Southern Ocean Lodge has been named the best resort in Australia and the fourth top hotel worldwide in the prestigious Travel + Leisure magazine 2016 World’s Best Awards.
Sydney Airport welcomed a record 20.3 million passengers in the first half of 2016, representing total and international growth of 6.7% and 9.3% respectively, an exceptional result. In addition, Sydney Airport will welcome two new services from Hainan Airlines, commencing in September.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
The breathtaking views form the deck of the Sydney Harbour Bridge will soon become more accessible with lifts to the bridge’s walkway in planning. The NSW Government is planning to install lifts at Kirribilli and The Rocks to ensure everybody can experience the scenic walk across Australia’s most recognisable landmark.
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Raffles Hotels & Resorts and Swissotel Hotels & Resorts, have officially joined AccorHotels – one of the world’s largest hotel companies. This historic milestone marks an unparalleled growth opportunity for our brands, and instantly positions AccorHotels as a global hospitality leader and a key player in the luxury hotel market.
Snowtunes, a Snowy Mountains music festival for lovers of dance and trance, has been secured for the next three years. This exciting addition to the 2016 NSW Events Calender is set to attract many first time visitors to the region.
New Tourism Minister
Malcolm Turnball has recently appointed Steven Ciobo as the new tourism minister, who will look after the tourism portfolio alongside his existing responsibility for trade and investment. This appointment is great news not only for the Gold Coast, but for tourism as a whole as it is the first time the tourism role has been handed to an inner cabinet minister. Ultimately this means that tourism now has a direct line to the real central power of the government.