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New Tourism May 2012


Inaugural Queensland Good Food Guide launched

Queensland restaurateurs and foodies have welcomed the first-ever Queensland Good Food Guide, edited by passionate food journalist Natasha Mirosch, with open arms.

Launched at a prestigious awards ceremony last night in Brisbane, 53 Chef’s Hats were awarded to Queensland restaurants with Esquire taking out the Vittoria Coffee Restaurant of the Year and receiving three hats.

Urbane, Ortiga and Aria joined Montville’s The Long Apron, an elite handful of restaurants to impress the 27-strong team of reviewers and earn two chef hats.

The Long Apron was also crowned Rekorderlig Cider Regional Restaurant of the Year while Public in Brisbane took out the Ridel Glassware Best New Restaurant award.

The guide, set to become as renowned as the New South Wales and Victorian Good Food Guides, features 450 restaurant, café and bar reviews as well as ‘5 of the best’ lists highlighting the top spots for dumplings, green credentials and more.

Further info:
Rates: The Queensland Good Food Guide 2012 is available from bookstores and newsagents for $24.99. The Good Food Guide app is priced from $8.99 for 12 month’s access, while online users can access the reviews via ebook or website subscription for $8.99 each.

Media enquiries: Geri Napier, KDPR
P: 07 3136 2555
M: 0405 177 098


Escape to the outback at Mount Mulligan Station

Saddle up and experience all the adventure of a magnificent working cattle property at Mount Mulligan Station, three hours drive north of Cairns.

Home to 2300 head of cattle, bird watching, bushwalking, horse riding, quad biking and crystal clear waterholes, the 28,000-hectare property is set at the foot of the majestic Mount Mulligan - an 18-kilometre long sandstone escarpment around 10 times the size of Uluru. Mount Mulligan is also known by indigenous people as the birthplace of the Rainbow Serpent and is regarded as one or the most sacred sites in North Queensland.

Previously only open to the public for camping, new deluxe accommodation options and organised tours have recently been launched. Choose from the ‘Outback Overnighter’ staying in luxury safari tent style accommodation or harness your inner cowboy and take on the five-day ‘Mt. Mulligan Cattle Drive’ package for a true Australian outback experience. Tours can also be tailored to suit any needs.

Further info:
Rates: The Outback Overnight package costs $985 per person; Mt. Mulligan Cattle Drive muster dates are 1-6 July, 10-15 August and 5-10 September, 2012 and cost $3800 per person twin share ($4000 single), including transfers, accommodation, meals and most beverages.
P: 07 4098 1149

Media enquiries: Kirsten Jeffs, Sales and Marketing Manager, Five Star Venues
M: 0417 988 606

Cruise in luxury on the Gold Coast

Slide on your biggest sunglasses and channel your inner Jackie O as you step aboard the new luxurious 98-foot mega yacht, MY Seven Star.

Surround yourself in opulence as you take in the Gold Coast Broadwater for one of their three-hour ‘Taste of Indulgence’ cruises, departing from Marina Mirage.

Opt for the ‘Sparkling Breakfast’, ‘High Tea at Sea’ or ‘Sunset Spectacular’ to experience the striking Gold Coast skyline and mega waterside mansions while supping delicious canapés and beverages.

Taking a maximum of only 30 guests, half-day, full-day and multi-day charter options are also available - perfect for corporate functions or special events.

Further info:
Rates: Taste of Indulgence cruises cost $330 per person.
P: 0432 734 760

Media enquiries: Dean Marinac, Head of Marketing, MY Seven Star
P: 0432 734 760


Deluxe cabins unveiled at Hidden Valley Resort

What do you do when a cyclone rips a path around you, leaving fallen trees and vegetation in its wake? If you are resourceful and eco-minded like the McLennan family, you use the recycled timber to build three new deluxe rustic cabins.

Hidden Valley Cabins, located on the Paluma range near Townsville, recently unveiled the welcome extension to their carbon-neutral resort. The cabins meet the highest environmental building standards and feature premium grade insulation and LED lighting while each has its own fireplace, BBQ, TV and extra-large bedroom and bathroom.

Further info:
Rates: $229 per night (1-2 people)
P: 07 4770 8088 or 1800 466 509

Media enquiries: Ross McLennan, Manager
P: 0408 491 724


Rydges Sabaya relaunched as QT Port Douglas

Tropical North Queensland is the next hot spot for the funky QT Resorts series with QT Port Douglas set to open on 12 May, 2012.

A sister property to QT Gold Coast, the refreshed and reflagged 170 room hotel will feature signature concepts such as the Bazaar Marketplace dining and chic styling. The hotel is set in lush tropical gardens and boasts a swim up bar.

From June until September, guests can take in the balmy nights in front of a custom cinematic experience, operated by Moonlight Cinemas.

Further info:
Special opening rate: Experience QT Port Douglas for two nights for $440 including two nights accommodation in a Garden View Resort Room for two people, cocktails for two on arrival in Estilo bar, full breakfast daily for two and dinner for two (food only) at Bazaar. Valid 11 May to 30 June 2012.
P: 1300 857 922

Media enquiries: Caroline Faber, Director of Sales, QT Port Douglas
P: 07 4099 8900

New restaurants to try

Brisbane’s Esquire restaurant has revamped the business lunch with the launch of ESQ. Casual Dining + Bar. A fixed menu of three dishes costs only $35 with highlights including Moreton Bay sand squid and charcoal glazed pork ribs and skate with burnt butter, lemon and chicory.

Jupiters Hotel & Casino on the Gold Coast has revealed their newest dining experience, Prime. With an emphasis on prime cuts and innovative ways of presenting dishes, their signature dish - the Tenderloin Cabbassi Rea 600-day grain-fed purebred Wagyu 180g - is also known as the "butter knife steak".

Already a huge hit with locals, The Velo Project is a new café and design studio run by two creative and like-minded ladies tucked away in the back streets of Mooloolaba. Featuring a French-inspired menu it’s the perfect spot for breakfast, lunch or an afternoon sweet treat. Did someone say macaroons?


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For more information, contact:

Celeste Mitchell
Publicist | Communication & Publicity

T 61 7 3535 5027 | F 61 7 3535 5563 
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