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GC Tourism slams reality show as ‘insulting’ calling for locals to show real city on social media

A photo from new show W hat Really Happens on the Gold Coast.Source:Supplied THE Gold Coast’s peak tourism body has fired up against Channel 7 over its new show What Really Happens on the Gold Coast, which aired for the first time overnight. The show introduced viewers to the characters behind the scenes in the […]

German tourist and YouTube vlogger lists what she finds strange about Australia

German tourist Jenny Blenk lists what she finds strange about Australia.Source:Instagram A German tourist living in Australia as an au pair has made a list of all the things she finds “weird” about her new-found home. Jenny Blenk, 20, who resides in Brisbane, made a list of 11 traits and items she’d noticed within Australia […]

Girl riding Movie World’s HyperCoaster hit in the face by rogue ibis

Paige was hit in the face by the rogue ibis while at Queensland’s Movie World. Picture: Nicole OrmistonSource:Facebook Movie World’s HyperCoaster is already a terrifying ride to contend with but throw in a rogue ibis — that smacks you in the face at the top of the coaster — and you really have yourself a […]

Going local in Queensland

Enjoy a stop at Witches Falls Winery at Tamborine Mountain.Source:Supplied . In partnership with Tourism Australia Spread the love by supporting these regional gems. 1. Witches Falls Witches Falls WinerySource:Supplied These cool-climate, minimal-intervention wines from Tamborine Mountain are produced with traditional techniques combined with modern, advanced practices. More information: witchesfalls.com.au 2. Mountain House Co. Mountain […]

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate hopes to have beach bars open by Christmas

Gold Coast Council said the concept wouldn’t look too different to what’s been developed in Glenelg, South Australia.Source:istock If the thought of a cocktail on the sand while taking in all that the Gold Coast has to offer sounds like paradise, a new ‘beach bar’ concept in Queensland will have you feeling like you’re in […]

Gold Coast’s Movie World tipped to be home to Australia’s biggest rollercoaster

There is a new roller coaster under construction at Movie World. Picture: Richard GoslingSource:News Corp Australia A THRILL ride tipped to be the biggest rollercoaster in Australia is starting to take shape at Movie World. The bright pink track can be clearly seen towering above the Oxenford theme park from the adjacent M1, sparking plenty […]

Google Maps agrees to sort its inflated distances in the Queensland Outback

Local businesses say distances in outback Queensland have been inflated. Picture: Google MapsSource:Supplied Google is working to regain the trust of Queenslanders after dozens of outback businesses said the tech giant’s bad estimates was causing tourists to skip the picturesque region. Acting Queensland Premier Cameron Dick said earlier this week he had sent a letter […]

Government backs Gold Coast theme park as activists push for ban on ­dolphins at Sea World

Dolphins at the Gold Coast theme park Sea World perform tricks.Source:News Limited THE Queensland Government is backing Sea World in its battle with activists who are trying to stop the tourist attraction keeping ­dolphins. Sea World is one of only two sites in the country that has the marine mammals. The other is Dolphin Marine […]

Health juice, balcony bans, security crackdowns: could this be the most tame Schoolies ever?

A rooftopper in Melbourne risks his safety for an Instagram snap.Source:Supplied WHAT used to be regarded as a hotbed of teenage debauchery now looks set to be awash with common sense and lots of caution. Schoolies begins this weekend on the Gold Coast, where teens will this year swap booze for health juices as they […]

Heart Island: Inside Australia’s newest destination 10 years in the making

Inside Australia’s newest island, which has taken 10 years to create.Source:Supplied Located in the beautiful waters of the Great Barrier Reef, surrounded by coral, caves and canals — a new ‘island’ has been born. As I take off from Hamilton Island’s super-luxe qualia resort, my heart jumps into my throat. The water circles beneath me […]

HMAS Tobruk scuttling labelled a ‘stuff-up’ by dive operators

HMAS Tobruk is sunk in waters of Hervey Bay.Source:Supplied DIVE operators say the scuttling of a former navy ship off central Queensland was a “stuff-up” after it came to rest on its side. The State Government paid a contractor to sink ex-HMAS Tobruk late last month, promising it would provide a world-class dive site for […]

Incredible photos of military aircraft flying near Brisbane buildings

A Boeing C-17 Globemaster flies low over Brisbane’s CBD as part of Brisbane’s Sunsuper Riverfire event. Picture: AAP/Richard GoslingSource:News Corp Australia Massive crowds in Brisbane were wowed when a huge military aircraft flew ridiculously close to the city’s skyscrapers as part of the Brisbane Festival on the weekend. The C-17A Globemaster cargo plane was part […]

Jetstar announces $59 flights from Sydney to Whitsundays

Jetstar begins new direct flights from Sydney to the Whitsundays.Source:Supplied HOW do you celebrate new direct flights to paradise? With a mega-sale of course. Jetstar is introducing new flights from Sydney to the Whitsunday Coast in 2017 and is offering $59 one-way sale fares to celebrate. “The Whitsunday Coast has been compared to the Noosa […]

Katter’s Australian Party wants to allow tourists to hunt crocodiles

Katter’s Australian Party wants to allow crocodile safari hunting. Picture: Marc McCormackSource:The Cairns Post KATTER’S Australian Party has a controversial plan to boost tourism in north Queensland — hunting crocodiles. The party is drafting legislation, expected to be introduced before the end of May, to introduce crocodile culling initiatives, which will include crocodile safari hunting. […]

Life according to guitarist Louie Shelton

You might not have heard of Louie Shelton, but you’d definitely be familiar with his work. Picture: Courtesy Louie SheltonSource:Supplied YOU might not recognise his name, but you’d know Louie Shelton’s work. The self-taught musician spent his career playing alongside the likes of Lionel Richie, Neil Diamond, Barbra Streisand and Diana Ross. In fact, he […]

Mary Valley after the Traveston Crossing Dam

Lawrence and Susan Watsford are selling their dream home and business in Queensland. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied SOME of Australia’s luckiest homeowners live in the picturesque Mary Valley. There, in southeast Queensland, accidental millionaires exist courtesy of a bungle that handed them stunning parcels of land at a fraction of their value. One of those couples is […]

Move over Bali and Hawaii: The Whitsunday Islands are back in business

GRAB your beach towel, leave your passport at home – it’s time to head back to the Whitsundays. A month since Cyclone Debbie hit the region, causing widespread destruction and forcing many resorts to close, tourism operators have banded together to declare the islands back in business. More than 150 Whitsundays tourism operators this week […]

Multimillion-dollar plan to overhaul Dreamworld

Dreamworld is set to undergo a multimillion-dollar overhaul, as the findings from an inquest into four deaths on one of its rides are still to be released.Source:Supplied Dreamworld is set to undergo a multimillion-dollar overhaul, as the findings from an inquest into four deaths on one of its rides are yet to be released. The […]

Mysterious mega resort coming to Great Barrier Reef

The proposed $8.15 billion Aquis Great Barrier Reef Resort planned for Yorkeys Knob in Cairns.Source:Supplied BESIDE one of the world’s most ecologically diverse beauty spots, the foundations are soon to be laid for a massive, alien-looking construction. With three futuristic domes emerging from a gigantic artificial lake, dotted with eight luxury hotel blocks, a golf […]

New Zealand comedian mocks Queensland in fake tourism video

Queensland mocked in tourism video. Picture: Chris Drabble/FacebookSource:Facebook A New Zealand comedian has poked fun at Queensland and its various deadly animals through a hilarious mock tourism ad for Australia. Chris Drabble uploaded a video saying that there was “no prettier place to perish than Queensland”, in which he jokes about crocodiles, box jellyfish, snakes […]

Open for Business: How the Scenic Rim recovered from the flames

‘There was just orange glow,’ Mount Barney Lodge co-owner Innes Larkin said of the bushfires that devastated the Scenic Rim in 2019. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied In late August, 2019, what seemed like a “simple event” broke out into an uncontrolled fire that caused the world to change for the community within Queensland’s Scenic Rim. Co-owner of […]

Open for Business: Why the Scenic Rim is Queensland’s best kept travel secret

Spicers Peak Lodge is a luxury accommodation offering in the region.Source:Supplied Welcome to Open for Business. Each week, news.com.au in partnership with Tourism Australia and the National Bushfire Recovery Agency will shine a spotlight on an Aussie region devastated by the 2019 and 2020 bushfires. The video series will provide ideas on ways to help, […]

Perfect holiday spot for Aussies wanting a tropical getaway

Cairns is the perfect spot for Aussies wanting a tropical getaway. Picture: Brendan RadkeSource:News Corp Australia With international travel off the table many Aussies are looking to explore their own backyard but with so many wonderful options it can be hard to know where to go. If you are looking for a trip that will […]

Perth man flew stranger to Australia in the name of Snapchat

Gun Hudson is exploring southeastern Queensland with a complete stranger.Source:Supplied HAVE you ever wanted something so bad you couldn’t wait? Perth man Gun Hudson felt that way about Snapchat’s latest innovation, a pair of camera-equipped glasses. The only trouble is, they’re not on sale in Australia. In fact, they’re only on sale at one vending […]

Plan to turn Great Keppel Island into a futuristic, cryptocurrency haven

Great Keppel Island.Source:Supplied “GET Wrecked on Keppel.” That was the cheeky slogan once used to market one of the Great Barrier Reef’s most beautiful islands to the world. And for decades, it worked. Thousands of tourists flocked to Great Keppel Island in the 80s, 90s and early 2000s to snorkel the reef and party on […]

Qantas Dreamliners to fly direct from Brisbane Airport to multiple US cities

The announcement is a coup for Brisbane Airport.Source:News Corp Australia HALF of Qantas’ new ultra-long-range Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner fleet will be based in Brisbane, allowing passengers to fly direct to a host of US destinations. More than 100 flight and crew who will fly the four new-generation aircraft will also be based in Brisbane, supporting […]

Qld’s best tourist attraction revealed as Spirit of Red Sands

Queensland’s best tourist experience has been named by RACQ.Source:Supplied Queensland boasts the world-famous Great Barrier Reef, Daintree National Park, Whitehaven Beach and all the Gold Coast’s theme parks — a lesser-known experience has outranked them all. The Spirit of the Red Sands, an Indigenous live theatre and storytelling show in the southeastern suburb of Beenleigh, […]

Qualia resort: I spent a night inside Australia’s Suite to the Stars

Surrounded by azure blue waters, there’s a reason this resort is at the top of every Australian ‘best of’ accommodation list. Picture: Justin Blank Escape, Heart Island, Celeste MitchellSource:Supplied Sitting on the northernmost tip of Hamilton Island, this sanctuary has been towards the top of every “best of” or “luxury resort list” imaginable. Boasting a […]

Queensland government to contact Google over inflating times between outback businesses

Local businesses say distances in outback Queensland have been inflated. Picture: Google MapsSource:Supplied The Queensland government is urging Google to urgently fix its Maps app over claims inflated travel times are deterring tourists to the outback. Acting premier Cameron Dick said he would send a letter to the head of Google Australia and New Zealand, […]

Queensland to ban sexist slogans on campervans

Queensland is putting an end to slogans and images that degrade women.Source:Twitter WARNING: Obscene language “LIFE sucks if your girlfriend doesn’t.” Let’s face it: on the scale of one to offensive, this statement is hardly the worst we’ve seen — at least when it comes to the catchphrases emblazoned on the sides of Wicked Campers, […]

Queensland Tourism Industry Council asks Bureau of Meteorology for ‘sunnier disposition’

Queensland tourism bosses want to ban the word ‘rain’ from weather forecasts. Picture: AAP Image/James Ross.Source:AAP QUEENSLAND’S tourism industry has attacked the weather bureau for being too negative in its forecasting, saying it is discouraging day-trippers. The Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) has called for a sunnier disposition from the Bureau of Meteorology when informing […]

Queensland travel: 25 best things to do in the Sunshine State

25 best things to do in Queensland.Source:istock Whether you’re day-tripping or visiting Queensland for a longer stay this summer, here are 25 of the best things you can do across the state right now. 1. FIND YOUR BALANCE Swap the laptop workouts for small group SUP fitness and yoga classes on the turquoise waters of […]

Queensland’s desert has become an oasis

There’s something different about the desert in Western Queensland. Picture: Sean Scott Source: SuppliedSource:Supplied ALTHOUGH still in the grip of drought, the welcome rain that has fallen across parts of the Queensland outback has temporarily transformed the desert into an oasis. Australian landscape photographer Sean Scott travelled the “Warrego Way”, from Birdsville to Brisbane, capturing […]

Rangers ramp up patrols on Fraser Island after six-year-old boy attacked by dingo

A dingo searches for food on Fraser Island. Picture: Lachie MillardSource:News Corp Australia A young boy was mauled by a dingo at a popular tourist island in eastern Australia, with his father saying the wild dog and its pack “wanted blood”. The six-year-old child, who is in a stable condition, was attacked on Saturday during […]

Rare African white lions ambush tigers at Dreamworld for school holidays

Holden and Kimba the white lions at Dreamworld. Picture: Supplied.Source:Supplied IF YOU have ever wanted to tell people you’ve played tug of war against a lion, now is your chance. You can now pit your strength against rare African white lions Holden and Kimba. Dreamworld has unveiled its newest visitors Holden and Kimba, two extremely […]

Reefsuites: Inside Australia’s first underwater hotel on the Great Barrier Reef

Reefsuites, Hardy Reef, Great Barrier Reef. Picture: Journey BeyondSource:Supplied A new $10 million floating hotel on the Great Barrier Reef lets tourists sleep with the fishes offering Australia’s first underwater suites. The luxury reefsuites at Hardy Reef, officially open this Sunday, and are set to be a “game changer” for the local tourism industry, says […]

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