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Queensland Is Good to Go With a Range of New and Revitalised Tourism Experiences Opening Across the State

June 25, 2020 Visit STH Pacific & Oceania No Comments Email Email

While we’ve been hibernating, Queensland’s tourism operators have been hard at work renovating, restoring, creating and innovating to deliver new and improved experiences for you to enjoy now that Queensland is ‘Good to Go’.

From new guided walks on Fraser Island and glamping tents in the Outback to a cultural tour of the Ngaro Sea Trail and tea blending workshops, there’s a myriad of new and revamped tourism experiences waiting to be explored in Queensland:

Take the route less travelled and explore the world’s largest sand island by foot

Many people flock to Fraser Island for 4WD adventures but it’s the journey you can take on foot that will give you a deeper understanding of the less travelled landscapes of the world’s largest sand island. Join a small group guided tour with Fraser Island Hiking to discover parts of the 90km Fraser Island Great Walk that passes by iconic landscapes such as Lake McKenzie, Central Station and Pile Valley. Fraser Island Hiking offers three hiking packages across 2-, 3- and 4-day itineraries. The packages cater for a range of abilities and include a self-guided camping, ‘pack free’ and luxury option. Prices start from $450 AUD.

Go island hopping in the Whitsundays with a new cultural tour

Explore the Whitsundays’ rich cultural history along the Ngaro Sea Trail with Whitsunday Paradise Explorer’s new eco-certified Cultural Tours. Join experienced Skipper John Henderson and principle Indigenous guide Peter Pryor, who is a direct descendant of the Ngaro people, on a small group tour to visit culturally significant sites at South Molle, Whitsunday and Hook Island where a cave with ancient Aboriginal rock art paints a picture of the life of the Ngaro People who have walked this land for over 9,000 years. The tour allows you to learn more about the history of the Ngaro People, their customs and how they source traditional bush tucker that is plentiful in this region.

Set sail on the Sunshine Coast

Saltwater Eco Tours is the brainchild of Young Indigenous Tourism Leader and descendant from the Torres Strait, Simon Thornalley, who created this new educational experience to share his Indigenous culture and passion for the ocean with others. Operating out of Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast and launching on July 4, the sailing experience will give you a deeper understanding of the connection between Indigenous culture and the ocean though stories of the local Kabi Kabi people, musical performances and local bush tucker tastings – all aboard a traditional sailing vessel dating back to 1908.

Reach for the stars in Outback Queensland

Even when it is sunny outside you can get a spectacular view of the night sky thanks to the new Astrodome Planetarium at the Charleville Cosmos Centre where you can sit back and enjoy a 360-degree experience across three different daily cinematic shows. In the evening join fellow stargazers around the Universal Dreaming firepit which has been designed to reflect the night sky and listen to tales that our ancestors have told over time. And with the help of a new state-of the-art 30-inch telescope you can now see the night sky clearer and closer than ever before.

New underground tours to explore the Capricorn Caves

Explore the underground wonders of the Capricorn Caves to even greater depths with two new cave tours launched to celebrate their re-opening. Head off on a Capricorn Explorer Tour to learn about the incredible geological forces that formed the caves, and for those with a thirst for adventure, try your hand at the Capricorn Adventurer Tour that will take you on a challenging but spectacular journey through some of the most remote sections of the caves.

Upskill and create your very own tea blend

You can now create your very own flavour of tea at Nerada Tea Rooms in Tropical North Queensland. The new experience will see you learn about the tea blending journey, taste different flavours and design your very own blend. Not only will you get to enjoy your personalised tea to take home, but the team also keep a record of your blend so you can re-order when you run out. Phone ahead to book your tea blending experience.

Tantalise your tastebuds with these new dining experiences in Queensland’s capital

It’s time to get back out there and treat your palate to new tantalising flavours now that Brisbane’s dining scene is turning its bright lights back on. City Winery have launched their new Fireside Experience – a chef-led degustation menu showcasing locally sourced produce with paired wines in the City Winery Restaurant. This delectable experience is limited to 20 people per seating and runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, so be sure to book ahead.

Get your favourite iso-playlist ready and invite your friends to a night out at one of Brisbane’s most iconic music venue. The Tivoli has designed a new dining and music experience called ‘Commune: At The Tivoli’, which sees the venue used exclusively by your group of up to 16 friends to enjoy a four-course menu with music curated by you and played over the world-class sound system.

Take to the skies at Fortitude Valley’s Eleven Rooftop Bar that will re-open with a brand-new look, transforming their sky-high venue into a Mexican-inspired restaurant called Maya.

New glamping accommodation a touch of luxury in the great outdoors

Spending time outdoors while connecting with friends and family tops the post-COVID bucket list for many travellers. This month, Queensland has welcomed a raft of new glamping and safari tents which means you can immerse yourself in nature without waving goodbye to those added creature comforts.

Mitchell Grass Retreat offers a brand-new glamping experience in Longreach with 15 luxury ensuite tents set against the stunning and expansive backdrop of the Mitchell Grass plains bushland. This low impact accommodation option is the perfect soul-soothing base to explore Longreach and Outback Queensland.

On the Sunshine Coast, Habitat Noosa – an eco-retreat nestled on 65 acres of natural bushland on the edge of Lake Cootharaba – has introduced 13 new safari tents.

Venture further north to the Fraser Coast, where a beachside glamping experience awaits at NRMA Woodgate Beach Holiday Park who have set up two new safari tents.

Visit Queensland.com to start planning your Sunshine State holiday now.

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