QUEENS­LAND'S PER­FECT BUCK­ETLIST

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The Sun­shine State is full to the brim with hol­i­day es­capades: coastal beauty, tran­quil hin­ter­land, re­mark­able wildlife, out­door ad­ven­tures, de­li­cious pro­duce and a fab­u­lous wine and dine scene. Here, we give you a head start to plan­ning your next trip. 1 FRASER IS­LAND LAKE MCKEN­ZIE he faous o„re hues of ae cKenœie are a ust on ev­ery en­vyǦin­duc­ing nsta­gra itineraryǤ trie a pose on the sil­ica white sands, dive into wa­ter so clear you can’t see it, and float your cares away in this pic­tureǦper­fect, perched dune laeǤ he Butchulla peo­ple’s nae for raser sland is K’gari, which eans par­adise Ȃ and once you get here and see this „eauty for your­self, you won’t want to leaveǤ fraseris­land.net nŒoy a „ush tucerǦin­fused de­gus­ta­tion FINE DIN­ING IN THE WILD at the awardǦwin­ning ea„elle Restau­rant, while the ids go „ush Ȃ lit­er­ally Ȃ at King­fisher Bay Re­sort’s renowned Ju­nior co Rangers pro­graǤ ou can dis­cover a range of new flavours that in­cor­po­rate lo­cal indige­nous fare, while the ids are „usy ešplor­ing the ter­rain where your din­ner was grownǤ king­fisherbay.com et lost on the ͳʹͲͲ iloetres of tracs HIT THE SAND TRACKS, HARD! that tra­verse the world’s largest sand is­landǤ al through an­cient rain­for­est grow­ing in the sand and ae your way to ore than ͳͲͲ fresh­wa­ter laes hid­den within this orld er­itageǦlisted geǤ

et the pros nav­i­gate the tides and tracks on a 4W tour, have a go your­self and drive it like you stole it ȋto avoid get­ting boggedȌ, or don some sturdy hik­ing boots and sweat your way across the reat Walks of raser Is­land. fraser­ex­plor­er­tours.com.au

75 Mile Beach on raser Is­land is a gaœet­ted CATCH A FLIGHT ON THE BEACH high­way, where you can cruise for hours Ȃ pass­ing wild din­goes and some of the best fish­ing spots in Aus­tralia. Watch out for planes land­ing while you drive, as this is one of only two places in the world where planes take off and land on the beach. ark up in the sand and catch a scenic flight for an epic drive-and-fly ex­pe­ri­ence in the wild! air­fraseris­land.com.au SAY HELLO TO THE HUMP­BACKS

While there are many places you can see IN HER­VEY BAY the whales mi­grat­ing along Aus­tralia’s east coast, there is only once place where they stop to playǣ the calm wa­ters on the shel­tered western side of raser Is­land, known as the whale-watch­ing cap­i­tal. ere, you can even dive in for the swim of a life­time, right along­side a 30,000-kilo­gram oceanic friend. whale­watch.com.au 2The

OCEANS five-star Oceans MOOLOOLABA Mooloolaba is per­fectly po­si­tioned across from Mooloolaba Beach. All 46 exquisite suites and pent­houses en­cap­su­late state-of-the-art fa­cil­i­ties and cut­ting-edge, smart tech­nol­ogy. All Oceans apart­ments are ar­chi­tec­turally unique to al­low max­i­mum bal­cony area and ex­po­sure to un­sur­passed 180-de­gree views. Oceans boasts a movie the­atrette, heated pool, spa, steam room, gym­na­sium, daily maid ser­vice, lux­u­ri­ous bath­room ameni­ties and Ne­spresso cof­fee ma­chines. Mooloolaba is full of bucket-list ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing a visit to the fa­mous Aus­tralia Zoo and whale watch­ing. oceans­mooloolaba.com.au 3 OCEAN er­fectly si­t­u­ated VIEW 45 kilo­me­tres ES­TATES from Bris­bane in the rolling hills of Ocean View, along the Mount Mee tourist drive, is a fam­ily owned win­ery and brew­ery of­fer­ing an ex­pe­ri­ence to suit ev­ery oc­ca­sion and sea­son. Ocean View Es­tates has some of the best cel­lar door ex­pe­ri­ences around. hoose el­e­gant din­ing in the beau­ti­ful a la carte restau­rant or a laid-back pic­nic among the vines. Take in the smells of fer­ment­ing wines and brew­ing hops on a tour or en­joy a food, beer and wine pair­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. or some­thing truly spe­cial, ar­rive in style by he­li­copter or ex­plore the prop­erty on horse­back. Meet the chef who will share his love of food and be drawn into the ri­valry be­tween wine­maker ȋdadȌ and brewer ȋdaugh­terȌ as they com­pete to bring you a glass of their best. poil your­self and stay overnight in a vine­yard cot­tage. Once you’ve seen the spec­tac­u­lar sur­rounds one day will never be enough. ocean­viewes­t­ates.com.au 4 BUND­ABERG RUM The Bund­aberg VIS­I­TOR Rum EX­PE­RI­ENCE Vis­i­tor Ex­pe­ri­ence is a world-class at­trac­tion, made to cel­e­brate Aus­tralia’s iconic Bund­aberg Rum. Newly re­fur­bished, the Vis­i­tor Ex­pe­ri­ence of­fers some­thing for ev­ery­oneǢ whether you pre­fer to take your time through the in­ter­ac­tive self-guided mu­seum, or choose to jump on a guided tour deep into the heart of the fully op­er­a­tional Bund­aberg Rum is­tillery. In an Aus­tralian first for a rum dis­tillery, vis­i­tors also have the op­por­tu­nity to craft their own per­son­alised blend on the Blend Your Own Rum Ex­pe­ri­ence, where you will walk away with two bot­tles of your very own premium rum. One to keep, and one to en­joy. bund­aber­grum.com.au/dis­tillery/book-a-tour

Walk through an­cient rain­for­est and ex­plore more than 100 fresh­wa­ter lakes within this World Her­itage-listed gem.

From top left: Serene Lake McKen­zie; King­fisher Bay Re­sort; Oceans Mooloolaba; The Bund­aberg Rum Vis­i­tors Ex­pe­ri­ence; Ocean View Es­tates

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