Saturday, November 21, 2009

The 12 Gifts of Christmas in Sydney

The Radisson Plaza Hotel Sydney in the CBD is making gift shopping easier this holiday season - and the celebration vouchers are good for the first 6 months of 2010.


The 12 special gifts created for the festive season are perfect for family, friends and colleagues. Santa can bring me one of each! From afternoon tea, special accommodation package, health club membership to intimate dinners with champagne.

For a snaphot of the heritage hotel, see YouTube/Rainbow Tourism. The hotel is currently working on accommodation packages for the Mardi Gras season.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Eco-luxury: combining responsibility with style

Top Eco Operators in Australia: 2 in Tasmania, 1 in Far North Queensland

In North East Tasmania, set on a hilltop, 40 metres above the pounding of the sea and surrounded by a national park, Bay of Fires Lodge is the only building on 20km of outstanding coastal wilderness. A truly ecologically-aware building has been gently let into the landscape here and enjoys views up and down the pristine white sandy beaches in an area of great significance to the Aboriginal community.


The lodge is located in Mount William National Park, a haven for some of Australia’s most unique flora and fauna. This area is home to a large population of eastern grey kangaroos, as well as echidnas, brush-tail possums, wombats, wallabies and Tasmanian devils. Birdlife too is abundant, with over 100 species occurring in the park, including many varieties of sea and shore birds.

Freycinet Lodge sits at the foot of the pink granite mountain peaks of the Hazard Mountain Range and looks out over spectacular Great Oyster Bay. To protect the delicate environment, the 60 timber cabins, hidden in the casuarinas and tea tree forest, are linked by raised boardwalks. Nearby, you can explore a local oyster farm, walk to the famous Wineglass Bay lookout, or visit the seaside villages of Bicheno and Swansea and the acclaimed cool-climate wineries.

Rainbow Tourism Accredited Daintree Eco-Lodge is a boutique resort situated in the cool of the world's oldest living rainforest in tropical North Queensland. The Eco Lodge reinforces the impression of being 'at one with nature', while still providing all the necessary creature comforts you would expect from a luxury resort.
Julaymba Restaurant serves up tastes of the tropics including bushtucker or you can have an Aboriginal inspired massage or spa therapy in the world renowned Daintree Spa. This is a place where you can breathe in the fresh rainforest air and fell reconnected to nature.


-- Article Courtesy Tourism Australia; Photos Courtesy Daintree Eco Lodge in QLD and Tourism Tasmania.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

On Q, QGuide, and Q1

It isn't every week the 17th letter of the alphabet gets such a workout in my daily vocabulary.


This week in Queensland, I was 238 m high atop the Q1 Tower overlooking Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast. The Q Deck purchase for millions by Dreamworld made the news that day.

The following day I had lunch at the Q1 poolside cafe with the directors of QGuide.com, who came up from Brisbane to meet with me about their new niche social travel communities for queer bloggers.

When I returned to Sydney, my first task was to write about OnQ Event Management's Spring Fling package for Mardi Gras. Fortunately, it is not being held in Queensland atop the Q Deck and being blogged by QGuide. I think I'm mis-q -ing!







Friday, November 13, 2009

We heard from a fan.

Hi,

I spend a fair amount of time reading blogs to get an idea for what people are passionate about. Life is too short as the saying goes… So I just wanted to tell you that you’re doing a great job!

Nick Steele
nick.steele@vikingrivercruises.com