Agent Tools & Info - Queensland

Beautiful one day, perfect the next!  Discover all the magical destinations to fall in love with in Queensland.

Temperature Rainfall: While Queensland's rainfall is highly variable (on an annual and decadal basis), the long-term (1900 to 2015) state-wide average annual rainfall is 628mm. ... Rainfall for 2015 was 21% below the state-wide long-term average: by that year's end, 86% of Queensland was drought declared, under state government processes.

 

Brisbane.  Queensland’s buzzing riverside capital city is wedged between the ocean and rugged national parks. Brisbane is a cosmopolitan hub for arts, culture and dining but still retains a close connection with nature and a classic laid-back Queensland attitude. It’s also the gateway to the wonders of the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.

VPI:

Mercure Brisbane King George Square.  Mercure Brisbane King George Square is located in the heart of Brisbane's CBD (Central Business District). It offers a rooftop deck with a gym. All rooms have a 32-inch LCD TV with over 100 pay-per-view movies and satellite channels. Each room also has a safety deposit box for your convenience. Bistro Allure serves a blend of contemporary Australian cuisine with Asian and Pacific Rim flavours. Espresso Café is a great place for gourmet coffee and snacks, while KG Bar offers an extensive wine, beer and cocktail list. Mercure Brisbane is a 2-minute walk from Queen Street Mall and a 5-minute walk from Roma Street Parklands. Roma Street Train Station and Central Station are both a 5-minute walk away.

Pullman King George Square. Pullman Brisbane King George Square is opposite City Hall, and features extremely spacious rooms. Roma Street Transit Centre and Queen Street Mall and Central Train Station are a 5-minute walk away. The modern guest rooms are expansive and well-furnished. All rooms are equipped with modern amenities, including satellite TV and bathrobes. Bistro Allure features contemporary Australian cuisine, with Asian and Pacific Rim influences. It is open daily for breakfast and evening meals. KG Bar has an extensive wines, beers, spirits and cocktail list, and Espresso Café is open for quick snacks and freshly brewed coffee. Located in Brisbane's CBD (Central Business District), Pullman Brisbane King George Square has a rooftop recreation deck with a modern fitness centre.

Hotel W.  W Brisbane is located on North Quay with views over the Brisbane River. Offering 312 spacious guest rooms, W Brisbane boasts three restaurants and bars, a spa and fitness centre. The 5 star hotel is within walking distance to South Bank and Brisbane's public transport system. Complimentary Wi-Fi is offered throughout the property. Each stylishly appointed guestroom and suite will feature views of the Brisbane River out to Mount Coot-tha or South Bank, custom furnishings and interiors, in room mix bar and complimentary luxe amenities. It also has a 55-inch LED TV and a Bluetooth speaker. W Brisbane features three dining venues to experience. Guests can relax with light bites and a refreshing drink at WET Deck, an urban oasis with pool overlooking the Brisbane River. Living Room Bar offers innovative cocktails and snacks at night with live DJ entertainment. The Signature Restaurant Three Blue Ducks- showcasing views of the river, highlights fresh, local and honest cuisine focusing on sustainable ingredients. Guests can relax at AWAY Spa offering a hair salon -Edward And Co.-, massage treatments, manicures, pedicures and facial services.

Insider Tips:

Visit Southbank.  Walk across the Victoria Bridge to discover Brisbane’s cultural heart, home to world-class museums, theatres and event spaces.

 

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Gold Coast.  It has set the scene for blockbuster movies and world-class surf events, so it’s no surprise Queensland’s most charismatic city has been drawing visitors for more than 50 years. The Gold Coast is a glitzy strip of high-rise hotels and expansive resorts set along more than a dozen golden sand beaches.  There’s something here for everyone, from dedicated surfers to easy-going families and sophisticated foodies. Just 30 minutes from the beach you’ll find a subtropical hinterland dotted with tumbling waterfalls, bushwalking trails and quaint villages.

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Breakfree Peninsula (V): BreakFree Peninsula is conveniently situated on the oceanfront, only 250 m from Cavill Avenue. It features an indoor swimming pool, tennis courts, and offers spa facilities and free parking. The spacious guest rooms offer a balcony and have a private bathroom with hairdryer. Each room includes a kitchen, microwave, refrigerator, and a seating area.  Guests of BreakFree can relax in the sauna, and make use of the hotel’s barbecue facilities. A playground and babysitting services are also available. BreakFree Peninsula is located in the heart of Surfers Paradise, within walking distance from several shops, cafes and restaurants. Gold Coast Airport is less than 25 km away.

Mantra Crown Towers (P): Just 5 minutes' walk from Surfers Paradise Beach, Mantra Crown Towers offers self-contained apartments with a private balcony. Guests enjoy a Thai restaurant, a bar and a cafe. Younger guests can play in the lagoon-style pool which features a pirate ship, water slide and sandy beach. Crown Towers Resort offers a range of leisure facilities including a 15 m indoor heated pool, a spa pool, a sauna and a fitness centre. You can pamper yourself with beauty treatments or a deluxe manicure at the on-site Calmer Therapies day spa. The spacious apartments at the Mantra Crown Towers each offer a fully equipped kitchen, laundry facilities and outdoor furniture. Some apartments also offer panoramic ocean views. The award-winning Chiangmai Thai restaurant serves authentic Thai cuisine and offers traditional Thai decor such as wooden elephant chairs. Mantra Gold Coast is just 500 m from bars, cafes and shops on Cavill Avenue.

Peppers Soul (I): Boasting 77 floors and overlooking Surfers Paradise Beach, each apartment at Peppers Soul Surfers Paradise offers in-room WiFi, a spa bath and a private balcony with uninterrupted ocean and hinterland views. The property features an outdoor pool, a spa pool and fitness centre. Peppers Soul Surfers Paradise is located on Cavill Avenue, just metres from many shopping and dining options. The Star Gold Coast is a 5-minute drive away, while Gold Coast Airport is a 30-minute drive away. Each of the modern, air-conditioned apartments offers floor-to-ceiling windows, a fully equipped gourmet kitchen, laundry facilities and private bathrooms with slippers. All include a lounge area with a flat-screen satellite TV. Dental kits, shaving supplies and additional toiletries are available at reception. Guests can relax in the sauna, or admire the ocean views from the poolside terrace. The property also features barbecue facilities set in landscaped gardens. During Chinese New Year, and other celebratory times Chinese breakfast is available.

Insider Tips:

A thrill ride.  The young (and young at heart) won’t want to miss the Gold Coast’s legendary theme parks. Meet your favourite characters at Movie World, scream on the rollercoasters at Dreamworld, swim with dolphins at Sea World and tackle the speed slide at Wet’n’Wild.

Sparkling stretches of sand.  Queensland’s beaches are the best in the world and the Gold Coast is home to some stunners. Try Broadbeach for safe swimming with the kids, feel the bohemian vibe at Burleigh or discover the locals’ favourite, Nobby Beach.

 

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The Whitsundays.  One of Australia’s most iconic destinations, the Whitsundays are a group of 74 jewel-like islands that sit right in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Hop from Hamilton to Whitsunday or Long island, relax on Whitehaven Beach – one of the world’s best beaches – or get out on the water in the sailing capital of the country. Don’t forget about the mainland, though. The Whitsunday Coast has charms of its own, with great beaches, national parks and the buzzing town of Airlie Beach.

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Hamilton Island.

Palm Bungalows (V): Just 2 minutes’ walk from Catseye Beach, each of the Palm Bungalows offers a private balcony overlooking the tropical gardens. Free airport/hotel transfers are included as well as free use of snorkeling and windsurfing equipment. The private and peaceful bungalows are air-conditioned, and include tea/coffee making facilities and free WiFi. Each bungalow has a seating area with a TV. Chinese TV channels are available. Guests have free use of the island’s fitness centre, swimming pools and tennis courts, as well as unlimited use of the island's shuttle service. The tour desk can book trips to Whitehaven Beach and the Great Barrier Reef. Staff are able to converse in English and Chinese. Hamilton Island Palm Bungalows are just 2 minutes’ walk from Hamilton Island Wildlife Park and the island’s main pool.

Reef View Hotel (P): Located directly opposite Catseye Beach, Reef View Hotel features a restaurant, bar and outdoor swimming pool. Each room offers free WiFi and a private balcony overlooking the gardens or the Coral Sea. Free return Hamilton Island Airport transfers or marina to hotel transfers are included. Reef View Hamilton Island offers modern rooms with a furnished balcony, plus a bathroom with a separate bath and shower. All rooms include air conditioning, a refrigerator and a flat-screen TV with Chinese TV channels available. Buffet breakfast, light lunches and an à la carte dinner menu are served in the Pool Terrace Restaurant, overlooking the 35 m heated swimming pool. The Reef Lounge offers a selection of beer and wine. Guests have free access to the island’s fitness centre, sauna and tennis courts. Guests enjoy free use of all non-motorised water sports equipment, including windsurfing and snorkelling gear. Staff are able to converse in English and Chinese. Free WiFi access is available at the Reef View Foyer & Lounge and at various areas throughout the property.

qualia (I):  qualia is a unique Australian expression of world-class luxury and an outstanding example of design. This luxury resort is situated on the secluded northern-most tip of Hamilton Island and surrounded by the unsurpassed beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. With a relaxed aspect and mesmerising calmness, time seems to stretch forever.  It’s a truly special place where everything has been meticulously considered to relax the mind yet completely spoil the senses.

Insider Tips:

Diving and snorkelling. There are thousands of snorkel and dive sites to explore along the Great Barrier Reef, from fringing reefs – accessible straight from the beach, at various islands – to centuries-old shipwrecks and remote bommies on the outer reef.

Sailing. In the heart of the Great Barrier Reef you’ll find Australia’s best sailing destination, the Whitsunday Islands. Yachts of all sizes are available for charter, either with a full crew or captain your own bareboat and charter your own course. Hop between bustling marinas at Hamilton Island and Airlie Beach or drop anchor alongside deserted beaches.

 

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Tropical North Queensland.  Stretching from Mission Beach in the south to the Torres Strait in the north, Tropical North Queensland is a rugged and remarkable region where the rainforest meets the reef. Explore the lush Wet Tropics, visit the ancient Daintree Rainforest or discover the underwater wonders of the Great Barrier Reef.  Cairns is the region’s hub, with the stylish resort town of Port Douglas to its north. The whole region is dotted with sleepy beachside enclaves, quirky hinterland villages and historic townships.

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Mantra Esplanade (V): Located opposite the Cairns Esplanade, Mantra Esplanade boasts waterfront accommodation with a balcony offering ocean or city views. Guests enjoy a swimming pool, hot tub, a 24/7 front desk and an exercise room. Cairns Mantra Esplanade offers a choice of accommodation ranging from standard hotel rooms, to self-contained 1 and 2-bedroom apartments. All air-conditioned accommodation includes cable TV and tea/coffee making facilities. Mantra Esplanade is just a few minutes' walk from cafés, restaurants, shops and nightlife options. The Cairns Esplanade swimming lagoon, pier and departure points for tours to the Great Barrier Reef are all directly opposite. Guests can also dine at the nearby Vivaldis, which offers contemporary dinner, 7 days a week.

Freestyle Resort Port Douglas (P): Just 5 minutes’ walk from Four Mile Beach, Freestyle Resort features a heated saltwater swimming pool and free WiFi. Surrounded by tropical gardens, it offers self-contained apartments with a private balcony. Freestyle Apartments are located in the heart of Port Douglas, 7 minutes’ walk from shopping and dining on Macrossan Street. The Port Douglas Marina is a 10-minute walk away. Guests can relax in the heated spa pool, or enjoy a casual meal in the barbecue area. The tour desk can recommend local attractions and help guests book trips to the Great Barrier Reef. All apartments are elegantly decorated, and include a well-equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and microwave. Each apartment has a spacious seating area with cable TV and a DVD player.

Peppers Beach Club - Port Douglas (I): Peppers Beach Club is situated near Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas, a one hour drive north of Cairns. The resort boasts a lagoon pool, fitness centre and a tour desk. WiFi and in-house movies are available. Each room at Peppers Beach Club has a balcony and cable TV. All of the spacious rooms are also equipped with air conditioning and modern amenities. Peppers Beach Club lies in a unique landscape where 2 World Heritage listed-territories, The Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest meet.

Insider Tips:

Go White Water Rafting on the Tully River

Bungee jump on a bike with AJ Hackett

Take the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway before descending into the world-heritage listed rainforest

Go Croc spotting on the Daintree River

Swim, socialise and let the kids run free at Cairns Esplanade Lagoon