Queensland Tourism has announced a number of new venues and operations suitable for the Christmas holidays, including a world-class exhibition, a renovated Queenslander building-turned bar, ‘glamping’ on the world’s second largest sand island and more:
1. Kinrara Expeditions
Tapping into 270 generations of Gugu Badhun stories, husband and wife duo Callum and Robin O’Brien have launched Kinrara Expeditions – a five-day, four-night outback Queensland adventure four hours south west of Cairns.
Each tour takes up to 12 guests via Atherton Tablelands and Mount Garnet to stay in one of 10 double tents that come with private deck with views of the Burdekin River. Activities included guided walks, kayak trips, mountain biking, helicopter rides, fishing, and watching the rich biodiversity of kangaroos, emus and 60 bird species on the property.
2. Palm Bay Escape
Following the launch of its scenic flights over Heart Reef and the Whitsunday islands, Air Whitsundays has a new Palm Bay Escape package that takes travellers on an aerial journey over the Whitsundays before landing in the bay of Long Island, the closest island to the mainland with views to the Whitsunday Passage and the Coral Sea.
Guests will spend six hours in a rainforest national park with activities like tennis, kayaking, snorkelling the fringing reefs, fishing, or lazing by the pool on offer, with a complimentary arrival drink and a $30 lunch voucher. Flights depart from and return to Whitsunday Airport and rates for adults and kids is $295, while infants travel free.
3. Lord of the Fries
Located in the heart of Surfers’ Paradise on the Gold Coast, Lord of the Fries is an ethical fast food venue serving up a 100% vegetarian and vegan menu of award-winning burgers, hot dogs and fries.
Sourced from local produce with Halal, Kosher and low gluten options, the flagship Queensland store is now open on Cavill Avenue 7 days a week.
4. A portrait of Li Cunxin
The Museum of Brisbane’s latest exhibition: A portrait of Li Cunxin has opened, depicting one man’s journey from a poverty-stricken childhood in China to performing ballet on the world stage and becoming Artistic Director of the Queensland Ballet.
A collection of exclusive interviews, performance footage and personal artefacts, dedicated to the people who helped Li forge a new life outside communist China shows the emotional, political and social ramifications that he has had to endure. Tickets are $12 adults, $9 concessions and $30 per family.
5. Little Big House
Grey Street’s Queenslander building, a trademark architecture feature of South Brisbane, has been transformed in to a party destination by Solotel, the company behind Riverbar & Kitchen and ARIA Restaurant.
The heritage-listed Queenslander’s verandas have been preserved on the upper level and palm trees, foliage and fairy lights have been installed. The party venue is open 7 days a week until late.
6. Adder Rock Eco Tents
Minjerribah Camping has launched 12 sustainable Eco Tents at the picturesque Adder Rock on North Stradbroke Island (or ‘Straddie’ as it’s affectionately known by locals). Sheltered by the natural bushland, the tents are close to a beach, amenities, local restaurants, shops and tour operators.
The tents come with bedding, exterior decking, furnishings, full electric powering and storage facilities. With nine tents for couples and three family-size options, Eco Tent rates start from $149 per night available for hire from 11 December.
7. Stargazing in the Savannah
Witness the night sky through telescopes on the plains of Australia’s largest area of salt pans, in Burketown on Gulf Savannah. Discover the solar system as an Indigenous guide shares stories of the Gandalidda People and their interpretation of the universe.
Run by Yagurli Tours, the 2 hour tour costs $65 pp (with children under 12 free) and is available April to mid-October 2018 with bookings open now.
8. The Island
Codenamed ‘Level 12’, the new penthouse Level 12 bar features two rooms and an open-air terrace bar with uninterrupted views of the Surfers Paradise coastline to the Gold Coast Hinterland. The venue’s capacity is 250 guests, and menus are designed by Anthony Fullerton.