Watt Modern Dining
Where else but Queensland will you find a city that’s warm and welcoming, colourful and cosmopolitan and is abuzz with arts, entertainment, sporting and cultural events.
Valid 1 April 2009 – 31 March 2010.
Queensland’s sub-tropical capital is modern, fresh and sophisticated, and thrives on its outdoor lifestyle. Enjoy a year round calendar of events, alfresco dining, funky shopping precincts and a range of cultural and recreational experiences worthy of Australia’s fastest growing capital. If shopping is a holiday priority, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Brisbane – from the international Tiffany & Co. to local legends Easton Pearson, from farmer’s markets to factory outlets. Queen Street Mall in the city is home to over 700 specialty stores. Brisbane’s award winning dining scene sets the pace for foodies everywhere, with trendy Modern Australian, elegant silver service, exotic ethnic, cool café society and plenty of alfresco options. When the sun goes down, Brisbane hits overdrive with funky bars and clubs, river cruising and casino to enjoy the night away.
From big name Broadway shows to local productions, contemporary live arts to sporting events, there’s always something happening in Brisbane. Brisbane Festival, Brisbane’s yearly cultural extravaganza is a highlight and a party for all!
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Beyond Brisbane is an exceptional array of regional treasures. The aquamarine waters of Moreton Bay are ideal for spotting dolphins and whales (June to November). Travel west to find forests and mountains, country charm and romantic retreats. The Gold and Sunshine Coasts’ sandy beaches and glorious green hinterlands are right on Brisbane’s doorstep.
Established in 1982, Sunlover Holidays offers the largest range of Queensland Holiday options. With more than 500 tourism suppliers and in excess of 1,400 travel products to choose from, we truly are the Queensland Specialists!
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Cultural and colourful
Brisbane is the perfect short break destination, with endless shopping, dining and nightlife options, cultural experiences and outdoor activities. Acres of green parkland hugging the riverbank and throughout the city make Brisbane a haven for urban recreation and adventure. A good way to get your bearings when you first arrive is to explore the city by foot, aboard a river cruise on a Citycat, or on the free downtown city bus loop. Take in the sights and sounds of Brisbane and discover why the river is so central to Brisbane life. Alfresco dining is a must do experience in Brisbane and you’ll find a great selection of cafés, bars and restaurants with a prime position right on the river. Explore the kilometres of riverside walkways or enjoy any number of adventures including abseiling the cliffs at Kangaroo Point, climbing the Story Bridge or all kinds of watersports. There’s no better place in Queensland to indulge in retail therapy than Brisbane. Along with Queen Street Mall in the heart of the city, you’ll find shopping centres and factory outlets, upcoming designers and weekend outdoor markets. Experience Brisbane’s exciting dining scene or head to a bar in downtown Brisbane or Fortitude Valley. For something cultural there’s no shortage of galleries, museums and live theatre venues, or take the opportunity to visit Brisbane’s cultural precinct at South Brisbane. Explore the city and you’ll soon discover, Brisbane has it all.
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Whether it’s relaxation or adventure, a beach, island or country getaway, you’ll find it all within an hour of Brisbane city. From beautiful Moreton Bay and Islands to rural charm and rugged hinterlands. From exciting theme parks and the vibrant Gold Coast to the relaxed charm of Sunshine Coast villages, they’re all on Brisbane’s doorstep. Moreton Bay is Brisbane's own aquatic playground and marine sanctuary. Just a short boat trip across the bay is Moreton Island, one of the world’s largest sand islands and almost completely national park. The island is a favourite destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. Hand feeding wild dolphins, snorkelling, scuba diving, quad biking and sand tobogganing down the world’s tallest stabilised sand dune are just some of the island’s appeal. North Stradbroke Island is a beach holiday hotspot, offering an enticing blend of rugged coastal landscapes, tranquil inland lakes and pristine unspoilt beaches ideal for swimming, surfing, sailing, sea kayaking, fishing and diving year round. The island is the ultimate in unspoilt nature and the perfect destination for a four wheel drive adventure. Discover South East Queensland Country, a region of charming rural townships, warm country hospitality and breathtaking scenery. Relax and unwind in a secluded getaway escape, explore the spectacular scenery on a bushwalk or mountain bike. Savour the delicious gourmet produce and visit the local wineries. Experience life on a working cattle station. There are so many things to see and do Beyond Brisbane.
Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race 10th
Caxton Street Seafood and Wine Festival Paniyiri Greek Festival 3rd 23rd-24th
Rugby League State of Origin Brisbane Festival 15th TBC
Royal Queensland Show (Ekka) Ambiwerra Festival Brisbane International Film Festival 6th-15th TBC TBC
Tri Nations – Australia vs South Africa Bridge to Brisbane Fun Run Brisbane Festival Riverfire Valley Fiesta 5th TBC
12th Sep-3rd Oct 12th TBC
Chinese New Year
TBC – Dates for this event were yet to be confirmed at the time of printing.
Events, Arts and Culture
Brisbane plays host to a wide range of events that will excite and inspire – sporting events, international film festivals, big name Broadway shows and music festivals. Brisbane Festival is Brisbane’s major annual festival, focusing on the city's signature natural landmark, the Brisbane River. The highlight of the festival is Riverfire – a breathtaking display of fireworks and a ‘dump and burn’ from the RAAF strike jets at its finale. Brisbane’s cultural precinct is located in South Brisbane, where you’ll find the Queensland Art Gallery, GoMA (Gallery of Modern Art), Queensland Museum and the Performing Arts Complex.
Brisbane is blessed with fantastic weather year round, perfect for enjoying the great outdoors. Make the most of the Brisbane River and its surrounds at Riverlife Adventure Centre. Situated at Kangaroo Point, the centre offers a range of activities including kayaking, abseiling, rock climbing and rollerblading. Take a leisurely stroll along RiverWalk, a pedestrian walkway which connects parks and bikeways along the river or cycle along the inner city bikeway tracks. Adventure lovers can enjoy magical views of the city as they climb the Story Bridge. Enjoy a picnic at Roma Street Parklands, New Farm Park or the City Botanic Gardens, take a refreshing swim at South Bank’s lagoon or see a movie at an outdoor cinema (seasonal). Whatever outdoor activity you desire, you’ll find it all in Brisbane!
Must See &Do
Brisbane’s retail scene gets bigger and better every year. Queen Street Mall is the centre of city shopping with over 700 specialty stores including six centres. QueensPlaza is the latest mall development with Tiffany’s, Louis Vuitton, Mecca Cosmetica and more. For the very latest in local fashions and edgy urban styles head to Fortitude Valley. Here you’ll also find the exclusive Emporium – a lively shopping, dining and lifestyle precinct. Explore James Street in New Farm, a hot spot for homewares and fashion including Sass & Bide, Scanlan and Theodore, Kisses and Little Joe. For factory outlet shopping head to DFO, one of Brisbane’s newest and biggest outlet superstores, located a short distance from Brisbane Airport and now at Jindalee. For fresh local produce, don’t miss the Farmer’s Markets at the Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm Park, held on alternate Saturdays each month. For unique gifts and local handiwork, the weekend markets at South Bank, Riverside or Brunswick Street Mall are not to be missed.
■ Explore the city by river on board a City Cat ■ Visit South Bank Parklands ■ Browse the weekend markets at Riverside, South Bank, Fortitude Valley and West End ■ Take in the panoramic views of the city from Mt Coot-tha ■ Climb to the top of the Story Bridge for a birds-eye view of the city ■ Take an easy stroll along the floating RiverWalk which connects over 20 kilometres of walking paths and parks along the Brisbane River ■ Enjoy a free guided tour of Roma Street Parklands ■ Play a round of golf at the inner city Victoria Park Golf Complex ■ See native wildlife at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ■ Take a trip to Tangalooma and hand feed wild dolphins ■ Discover the spectacular beaches of North Stradbroke and the Gold and Sunshine Coasts – only one hour from Brisbane ■ Explore south east Queensland’s Scenic Rim – including the shires of Ipswich, Boonah and Beaudesert
Wining and Dining
Brisbane’s culinary scene is ever growing and filled with award winning restaurants. Here’s some of our favourites: • The inner city offers modern, upmarket dining with top venues such as Restaurant Two, Gianni and e’cco Bistro. • Eagle Street Pier is famous for fine food and a riverside location – Pier Nine, Il Centro and Jellyfish are just a few of the choices. • Watt Modern Dining enjoys a unique riverfront location, situated at the Power House, in New Farm Park. • Fortitude Valley is a great option for cheap eats, try Super Bowl, Enjoy Inn and The Vietnamese. • Visit the popular Mecca Bah at the Emporium. • Enjoy the top class Isis Brasserie in Brunswick Street. • Head to a popular “Eat Street” such as little Stanley Street, South Bank or Park Road, Milton and choose from a great array of dining options.
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If a property does not feature a star rating, it is yet to be assessed by AAA Tourism, or it has chosen not to be assessed. APARTMENT STYLE ACCOMMODATION In general, self catering apartments feature cooking facilities with a minimum of microwave, hot plates, saucepans, crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils. Laundry facilities will be located either in the apartment, or in a guest laundry within the property. Most apartments are only serviced after 7 days and do not provide hotel facilities such as porterage, room service or mini bars. Most apartments provide an initial supply of items such as tea, coffee, soap and toilet paper, however these items will not be replenished during your stay.
Prices featured in accommodation listings are per room for the period specified unless otherwise stated. The “from” price in the property heading has been calculated using the cheapest nightly rate available, i.e. in the lead-in room type, in off-peak season using the longest stay (e.g. 7 nights). A minimum stay is generally required. Where prices for more than a one night stay are featured, the prices refer to stays of consecutive nights.
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How to Get There
BY AIR Brisbane Airport, gateway to South East Queensland, has direct flights from all Australian capital cities as well as Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in New Zealand. Virgin Blue operates direct services from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and other capital and regional cities. Qantas and Jetstar also offer direct services from capital and some regional centres across Australia. FLIGHT DURATION
WEATHER GUIDE Brisbane temperature average
Summer 21ºC to 30ºC Autumn 15ºC to 28ºC Winter 11ºC to 22ºC Spring 14ºC to 26ºC
WHAT TO BRING
Informal and lightweight clothing is suitable all year round, although reasonable dress standards are maintained in restaurants and bars. We suggest you bring something warmer for winter and sun protection including a hat, SPF 30+ sunscreen, sunglasses and a long sleeved shirt.
Sydney Melbourne Adelaide Perth Hobart Darwin
1 hr 30 mins 2 hrs 25 mins 2 hrs 50 mins 5 hrs 20 mins 2 hrs 45 mins 4 hrs
Queensland has some of the world’s best beaches, however care and caution should be exercised at all times. Please remember to swim between the red and yellow flags and listen to instructions from lifesavers and lifeguards.
The above table shows flight durations for direct flights only. Connecting flights from other destinations are also available. Times are a guide only and subject to change.
BY CAR Take the time to explore as you make your way to Queensland’s capital Brisbane. Whether it’s getting there or getting around we recommend Avis car hire. See page 13 for details or ask your travel agent about the great specials Avis has to offer.
DISTANCES BY ROAD (KM) DISTANCES BY ROAD (KM)
SURFERS PARADISE 81 BRISBANE 221 807 436 617 718 1244 1056 1205 1894 1443 1807 137 764 352 534 639 1181 977 1121 1831 1361 1709 NOOSA HEADS 887 251 434 539 1208 877 1019 1967 1260 1608 CHARLEVILLE 820 755 755 516 889 1003 1166 1042 1402 BUNDABERG 217 322 997 660 804 1666 1044 1391 GLADSTONE 111 ROCKHAMPTON 786 449 593 1455 833 1195 689 338 483 1344 722 1070 LONGREACH 771 MACKAY 943 655 691 1051 150 1273 390 752 AIRLIE BEACH 1158 MOUNT ISA 275 623 906 1192 TOWNSVILLE 369 CAIRNS
CUSTOMER CARE SERVICE
We want your holiday to be memorable for all the right reasons, so it’s comforting to know that if things don’t go exactly to plan, our Customer Care team is here to help you. If you need assistance once your holiday has started, please contact our Customer Care helpline. You’ll find the phone number on your travel documentation or itinerary.
Queensland Victoria 10 – 19 Apr 19 Sep – 4 Oct 4 – 19 Apr 19 Sep – 4 Oct 27 Jun – 12 Jul 12 Dec 09 – 26 Jan 10 27 Jun – 12 Jul 19 Dec 09 – 26 Jan 10 11 – 26 Jul 19 Dec 09 – 26 Jan 10 4 – 19 Jul 19 Dec 09 – 31 Jan 10 4 – 19 Jul 12 Dec 09 – 26 Jan 10 4 – 20 Jul 18 Dec 09 – 31 Jan 10 20 Jun – 20 Jul 12 Dec 09 – 26 Jan 10 30 May – 14 Jun 18 Dec 09 – TBC
Distances should be used as a guide only.
Distances should be used as a guide only.
More Great Holiday Ideas
Ask your travel agent for a copy of one of our many brochures on Queensland. • Gold Coast • Sunshine Coast • Islands & Whitsundays • Tropical North Queensland • Cape York & Outback • Queensland for Couples • Queensland Rail Tours • Indulgent Escapes Australia • Cruise & Sail Australia
New South Wales 10 – 27 Apr 3 – 18 Oct ACT South Australia Western Australia 10 – 27 Apr 26 Sep – 11 Oct 10 – 26 Apr 26 Sep – 11 Oct 10 – 28 Apr 26 Sep – 12 Oct
Northern Territory 4 – 13 Apr 26 Sep – 4 Oct Tasmania 10 – 19 Apr 5 – 20 Sep