A TALE OF TWO AUSSIE CITIES
Idon’t think any of us needs convincing that Australia is an incredible place for a holiday, but if you want reinforcement you need only look back on the past week and ahead to the next with two standout destinations making news on the world stage.
The first star is Perth, which last Saturday become the first city in our country to have a non-stop flight to London. The state of Western Australia will benefit from the halo effect of this historic new Qantas route as travellers from the UK and also the east coast of Oz take advantage of the stopover to get a quokka selfie and visit standout places such as Broome, Ningaloo Reef and Margaret River.
This Wednesday and until Sunday, April 15, is the Gold Coast’s turn in the limelight. The Commonwealth Games will not just be a chance to watch elite athletes around some of our country’s most famous beaches, it will also shine the spotlight on Queensland as a whole.
To celebrate the start of the Games, we’ve sent some of our top writers and photographers to the Sunshine State to experience favourites such the Great Barrier Reef, Whitsundays and the Outback, as well as explore places that deserve consideration for our next adventures.
We asked Olympic triathlete and Gold Coast local Courtney Atkinson to show us the best of his home town. If you’re lucky enough to be attending some of the Games’ events, or you’re heading to Burleigh Heads, Broadbeach or Surfers Paradise in coming months, you’ll know where to go for a great coffee or a cold beer, an outdoor adventure, and other secret spots. Good luck to all our athletes going for gold.