Fill­ing up crav­ing for fun

The Cairns Post - - BUSINESS WEEK - ALI­CIA NALLY ali­

FAR North Queens­land’s scenic land­scapes and un­der­wa­ter won­ders have made it to two in­flu­en­tial tourism bucket lists, in­clud­ing one at­trac­tion which has not yet been com­pleted.

Mount Mul­li­gan Sta­tion’s 6star, lux­ury out­back lodge, a three-hour drive west of Cairns on the Ather­ton Table­lands, was ranked top of Tourism Aus­tralia’s 2018 Aus­tralian Bucket List des­ti­na­tions.

Touted as Queens­land’s ri­val to the Kimberley’s out­back par­adise, El Que­stro, the sta­tion will open later this year and of­fer guests ex­pe­ri­ences such as mus­ter­ing cat­tle and gold pan­ning.

Af­ter all that ac­tiv­ity, a max­i­mum of 20 guests can kick back in an eight-room lodge.

Com­ing in at No.7 on the list of 11 must-see spots in the coun­try was pop­u­lar tourist main­stay Lizard Is­land Re­sort.

Up there with the Grand Canyon, the Arc­tic’s north­ern lights, and wildlife haven the Gala­pa­gos Is­lands, div­ing and snorkelling the Great Bar­rier Reef from Cairns was ranked 13th out of 50 global travel des­ti­na­tions on Flight Net­work’s World’s Ul­ti­mate Bucket List for 2018.

Cairns was ranked higher than other Aus­tralian en­tries, Vic­to­ria’s Great Ocean Road, South Aus­tralia’s Flin­ders Ranges and the North­ern Ter­ri­tory’s Alice Springs and Syd­ney Har­bour.

The travel gu­rus con­sulted more than 800 travel jour­nal­ists, agencies, blog­gers and edi­tors to com­pile “the most re­li­able and pre­cise bucket list for the modern era, meant to cap­ti­vate and in­spire trav­ellers all over the world”.

Tourism Trop­i­cal North Queens­land chief ex­ec­u­tive Pip Close said the Great Bar­rier Reef had long been recog­nised as a bucket list des­ti­na­tion and reg­u­larly fea­tured in var­i­ous travel agency awards.

“It is pleas­ing to see the Reef con­tin­u­ing to make the cut in awards of this na­ture and be listed along­side iconic travel ex­pe­ri­ences from around the world,” she said.

“Trop­i­cal North Queens­land is also home to the world’s old­est trop­i­cal rain­for­est and the world’s old­est liv­ing cul­ture, two more ex­pe­ri­ences wor­thy of any bucket list.”

Recog­ni­tion such as that which will come from fea­tur­ing on Tourism Aus­tralia and Flight Net­work’s bucket lists would only ben­e­fit Cairns, ac­cord­ing to the city’s cham­ber of com­merce pres­i­dent Nick Loukas.

“Every­one in Cairns knows just how great this place is,” he said.

“It’s good to be recog­nised like this and have these or­gan­i­sa­tions tell the rest of the world they have got to visit the Far North.

“These things are a huge ben­e­fit to Cairns busi­nesses,” Mr Loukas said.

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