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                     The Gold Coast is all about summer fun over coming months and as always there‘s
                     plenty of new things to see and do plus a range of major offers and deals, Christmas-
                     New Year festivities and a comprehensive events calendar to be enjoyed by all.

                     See below and attached a snapshot of summer holiday ideas.

                     New Developments
                        Harbour Day Spa
                        Tamborine Mountain Tours (Hop on - Hop off)
                        Seafood Discovery Trail
                        Spyder Ryder Australia
                        Indigenous All Stars v NRL All Stars Rugby League
                        Sea World Cruises – New Cruise Combo
                        2010 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show – Prestige Brokerage Display
                        Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre – Queensland Tourism Awards
                        Mantra Sun City – Calmertherapies
                        Tamborine Mountain Distillery
                        Benihana Open For Christmas Lunch

                        2010 Pac Pacific Masters Games
                        Haunted House – Digestion
                        Chairman Mao Lounge Bar – East
                        Festive Fridays – Atrium Bar Conrad Jupiters
                        14th Annual Combined Christmas Ball – Conrad Jupiters
                        Sofitel‘s Room 81 – Pacific Rim Global Chef Challenge
                        Robina Town Centre – Retail Property of the Year
                        2010 ANZ Ladies Masters Gold Rescheduled
                        Peppers Spicers Peak Lodge – Babymoon Package
                        Ripple Massage Sea Shell Massage Package
                        Skydive Byron Bay Free Transfers

                     Theme Park Summer Calendar and Activities
                         Dreamworld – White Water World
                         Warner Village Theme Parks

                     The Festive Season
                         Royal Pines Resort
                         Conrad Jupiters
                         Sofitel Gold Coast
                         Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa
                         Peppers Spicers Peak Lodge

                     Deals and Offers
                         Breakfree Hotels, Resorts and Apartments
                         Sofitel Gold Coast
                         Mantra
                         Balloon Down Under
                         CLV Smart Stays
                         Peppers Spicers Peak Lodge
                         Radisson Resort Gold Coast
                         Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa
                         Thunderbird Park
                         Shopping Tour Paradise
                         Tangalooma Island Resort

                          Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions (Jan 1-16)
                          National Finals Rodeo (Jan 7-10)
                          Summafieldayze (Jan 9)
                          SurfINK (Jan 15-17)
                          Big Day Out (Jan 17)
                          2010 Hurley Burleigh Pro Junior (Jan 22-26)
                          Couran Cove Island Resort Pro Junior (February 1-5)
                          Breaka Burleigh Surf Pro (Feb 16-21)
                          Good Vibrations (Feb 20)
                          Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Surfing (Feb 27-Mar 10)
                          ANZ Ladies Masters Golf (Mar 4-7)

                     New Developments
                          The multi-award winning Harbour Day Spa has arrived on the Gold Coast with
                           their recent purchase of the Phoenician Spa Retreat in Broadbeach. Harbour
                           Day Spa Gold Coast fulfills the next stage of a personal dream for owners,
                           Leanne Morris and Tracey Ivanovski. Their first business, Harbour Day Spa
                           Raby Bay in Brisbane continues to thrive and is well known and recognised for

                           its excellence. Leanne, Tracey and their team have achieved swags of awards
                           since they started the business 5 years ago - they‘re the current title holders of
                           Best Day Spa in Australia from APAA (Australian Professional Aestheticians
                           Association) and Best Day Spa in Australia from Aspa (Readers Choice Award)
                           – they‘ve also been included in BRWs top 100 start up businesses in Australia.
                           The Harbour Day Spa Gold Coast team offers a complete spa experience. Their
                           hairdressing team can create a superb new look, spas therapists offer the latest
                           massage treatments, tailored facials, gentle waxing or one of 3 types of spray
                           tans (including the new wash and wear Naked Tan which can be washed off
                           after just 2 hours). Licensed medi-spa services providing IPL laser to treat skin
                           pigmentation and permanent hair removal are about to be added to the
                           extensive menu, and microdermabrasion is already available to improve skin
                           texture. A qualified doctor is also available for advice on leading injectables for
                           subtle facial enhancement. Harbour Day Spa Gold Coast is located at the
                           Phoenician Resort, 26 Queensland Avenue, Broadbeach.

                          Tamborine Mountain Tours is pleased to launch their new Hop on-Hop off
                           Tour, which provides visitors with the freedom to explore the many attractions of
                           Tamborine Mountain at their own pace. Travelling aboard unique tram style
                           trolley buses the scenic Mountain explorer loop includes over 15 stops including
                           wineries, cafes, galleries, an award winning Distillery, glow worm caves, gift
                           shops, Thunderbird park, a coffee plantation, the new Rainforest Skywalk,
                           Witches Chase cheese factory and numerous National Parks offering
                           spectacular views and picnic areas. For only $30 an all day Mountain Explorer
                           pass is great value for anyone wanting to relax and experience the natural
                           beauty of this sub-tropical sanctuary, complemented by the local knowledge of
                           experienced drivers. Operating daily from 10.00am to 4.00pm the trolley buses
                           depart from the Headquarters of Tamborine Mountain Tours, conveniently
                           located next to Gallery Walk. The new Hop on-Hop off Tour will become a one
                           stop destination for all visitors interested in exploring Tamborine Mountain in a
                           fun, flexible and unique way. For further information please contact Tamborine
                           Mountain Tours on 07 5545 4321 Visit the website:

                          The Southern Gold Coast and Tweed regions have joined forces to launch a new
                           Seafood Discovery Trail that showcases the region‘s rich ocean harvest and all
                           the best places to feast on it. The user-friendly guide combines seafood dining
                           options to suit every budget – from favourite fish ‗n‘ chip takeaways and
                         beachfront surf clubs through to fine dining restaurants and cafes – with a wealth
                         of aquatic activities. Start with breakfast at a beachfront surf club then head out
                         on the water deep sea fishing, river cruising, kayaking, whale watching or
                         snorkelling with turtles. Soak up the surfie vibe of Currumbin, Kirra, Snapper
                         Rocks, Fingal, Kingscliff or Cabarita over a leisurely lunch and finish the day at
                         one of the region‘s signature seafood restaurants. With more than 50 options to
                         choose from, you‘ll definitely need to extend your stay by booking into one of the
                         many accommodation properties available that offer something to suit every
                         budget. The Seafood Discovery Trail can be downloaded from
                and with links
                         to online booking systems for accommodation reservations.

                        Spyder Ryder Australia is causing Gold Coast visitors to look twice as their
                         stylish, and unusual, three-wheeled motorbikes zoom past. The Gold Coast is
                         the only place in the world where people can tour on a Can Am Spyder Roadster
                         Motorbike. The unusual looking set of wheels offer riders and passengers the
                         speed and thrills of a motorbike with the safety and stability of a car including
                         traction control, stability control, power steering and ABS. The half day ‗You-
                         Ryde‘ tag along and ‗We-Ryde‘ pillion passenger tours visit places including
                         Springbrook, Mount Tamborine and Surfers Paradise. A valid motorcycle licence

                         and a minimum age of 23 years is required for the You-Ryde tour and both
                         options include gear hire (helmet, jacket and gloves), morning or afternoon tea,
                         fuel, insurance and guide/s. Thrill Rydes also available. The Spyder is capable of
                         accelerating faster than a Porsche 911. You-Ryde and We-Ryde tours are for
                         four hours from $250 per person and Thrill rides are from $66 per person and
                         range from 30 minutes to two hours. The Spyders are also available for private
                         hire for up to five days.

                        Greg Inglis, Justin Hodges, Johnathan Thurston, Scott Prince, Wendell Sailor
                         and Sam Thaiday are just some of the names unveiled at the recent
                         announcement of the first ever Indigenous All Stars rugby league team to
                         play the NRL All Stars at the Gold Coast’s Skilled Park on February 13. The
                         stellar line-up of Rugby League stars represents the greatest gathering of
                         indigenous talent ever brought together in a single team. The public has showed
                         tremendous support for the match, with more than 16,000 tickets already sold.
                         Groups are travelling from far and wide for the game, including the Northern
                         Territory, Western Australia, Canberra and South Australia.Category 1 and 2
                         tickets are almost sold out and fans are being encouraged to get in quick to lock
                         in their seat at Skilled Park. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketek outlets,
                         on 132 849 or

                        Sea World Cruise presents an amazing new cruise combo. Enjoy a 2 hour
                         Sea World Islands In The Sun calm water cruise then extend the fun by
                         spending a full day at Sea World the next day. Alternatively, spend most of the
                         day at Sea World then board the cruise at 2.30pm and relax with a cold drink.
                         Sea World entry valid for the same day of the cruise or day following. Adults $65,
                         children $35. Sea World Islands In The Sun cruise is a two hour calm water
                         cruise amongst the Gold Coast's newest and most expensive waterfront homes.
                         Enjoy grandstand views from the three levels of viewing decks aboard Sea
                         World's luxury $3.5M cruiser. Journey amongst the wildlife rich islands of the
                         marine park and discover the Gold Coast's hidden wildlife wonders. Cruise only
                         costs Adults $45 and children $10. Alternatively try a Sea World Sunset City
                         Lights cruise where you can relax and enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling
                         wine, a romantic sunset and stunning views of the city lights as evening falls
                         over the beautiful Gold Coast Broadwater. A slow cruise along one of the world‘s
                         most scenic waterways with a soft music backdrop. It‘s the perfect way to start
                         your evening or end your day. Adults $35, children $15. Bookings and enquiries
                         phone 1800 056 156.
                        Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show has introduced a new component for
                         the 2010 Show - a Prestige Brokerage Display to showcase vessels of 15m or
                         longer. The new category means there will be more high quality 15m-plus
                         vessels, just part of the spectacular range of boats and marine products on
                         display including multimillion dollar superyachts, sail boats, luxury cruisers,
                         trailerable boats, jetskis, engines and kayaks. The 2010 show marks the 22nd
                         annual Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, staged at Sanctuary Cove on
                         the northern area of the Gold Coast. The Show will be held Thursday, May 20
                         to Sunday, May 23 from 9am to 5pm daily. As in past years, the 22nd Show will
                         feature on-water displays at the marina with linked walkways. There will be
                         hardstand displays through the waterfront Marine Village. Three large pavilion
                         exhibition areas include the Yachtbuilders‘ Pavilion sited in a prime location with
                         glass walls overlooking the marina. Many families enjoy the Show with its daily
                         street entertainment and free entry for children aged up to 14 years. Visitors can
                         view cooking demonstrations and fishing and boating presentations and
                         seminars. Past events have showcased close to 900 boats and watercraft.
                         Details on adult and concession admission, new products and activities will be
                         available closer to the event. There is no parking on site but streamlined
                         transport options include Park ‗n‘ Ride, water and ferry transfer, helicopter
                         transfer, limousine and taxi drop off. For details view


                        The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) has been
                         recognised as Queensland‘s best venue for Meetings and Business Tourism.
                         Judged against a tough selection of superior venues, GCCEC was announced
                         as the winner at the recent 2009 Queensland Tourism Awards. GCCEC‘s
                         General Manager, Adrienne Readings, said the win was a great testament to the
                         hard work of the team. ―To win the state award for Meetings and Business
                         Tourism is an honor and highlights GCCEC‘s exceptional performance in the
                         events and incentives industry, cementing its reputation as the premier
                         conference and events destination‖. Ms Readings said. Tourism Queensland
                         CEO Anthony Hayes said "The Queensland Tourism Awards are about
                         acknowledging and rewarding businesses in Queensland's tourism industry for
                         their innovation, achievements and ongoing hard work." "The Queensland
                         Tourism Awards is the premier event for the state's tourism industry, recognizing
                         the achievements of tourism businesses across 29 categories," Mr Hayes said.
                         The Queensland Tourism Minister Peter Lawlor said it was a massive boost for
                         the Gold Coast tourism industry. "As a local, I'm excited the Gold Coast region
                         has been honoured in such a range of categories and I warmly congratulate all
                         operators for their efforts in what has been a challenging year," he said. The
                         GCCEC now has its sights set on the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, to be
                         held in Hobart on February 26.

                        Leading Surfers Paradise resort, Mantra Sun City, has taken relaxation to a
                         higher orbit with the opening of a decadent new day spa. Holidaymakers can
                         now splash out on the ultimate in Gold Coast indulgence with leading massage
                         and beauty company Calmertherapies opening its doors at the property. Adding
                         an extra dimension for guests looking to be pampered in paradise, the day spa
                         offers a tempting range of body treatments and pamper packages to soothe the
                         mind, body and soul.Located in the resort lobby, the day spa offers rejuvenating
                         deep tissue, relaxation, pregnancy and hot stone massages plus a choice of
                         cleansing facials utilising the finest French marine-based products from
                         Algologie. Full body scrubs, deluxe pedicures and manicures, Mother‘s Rewards
                         and Men‘s Treats is just a small example of what is waiting to be enjoyed, all in a
                         serene and soothing setting. Open for appointments seven days a week by
                         phoning 07 5584 6000, the day spa has soul soothing spa treatments starting
                         from just $75. For bookings or further information call 13 15 17 or visit
                        Tamborine Mountain Distillery has a number of special themed offerings
                         packaged for the festive season. Customers can choose from Santa Liqueurs -
                         manufactured especially for Christmas, with a choice of Tropical, Berry or Mint!
                         Throwing a Christmas party? The limited edition Santa liqueurs are a great
                         novelty with the Tropical or Berry flavours mixing beautifully in champagne or
                         over ice cream and Mint perfect for after dinner with your mince pie. As gift
                         ideas, Test Tube sample packs are convenient and lightweight making them
                         perfect for travelling. Beautifully presented, these packs contain samples of -
                         Absinthe, Turkish delight, Honey Dew Melon, Choc Mint, The Australia Herbal
                         Liqueur, Choc n Chilli, Lemon Myrtle Vodka, Passionfruit, Wattle Toffee. $35 for
                         9 different samples. A limited edition, farmer‘s strength POTEEN (potato/barley)
                         is also offered in signature hand blown glass bottles. Tamborine Mountain
                         Distillery has recently added to its award winning International portfolio claiming
                         titles for its Wattle Toffee and Hibiscus in the Food Challenge Awards/
                         Licorichoc, Strawberry and Wattle Toffee were successful at the Beverage
                         Tasting Institute Chicago/ Lemon Myrtle, Moulin Rooz, Australian Herbal
                         Liqueur, Wattle Toffee and Coffee were also rewarded at the Asia Wine and
                         Spirit Competition Singapore.

                        Visitors and Gold Coast locals will be spoilt for choice this Christmas when the

                         award-winning Benihana Japanese Steakhouse at the Surfers Paradise
                         Marriott Resort & Spa opens its doors for Christmas lunch. Usually only
                         open for Christmas dinner, the teppan tricksters will offer a special Christmas
                         lunch from 11.30am to 3.00pm to keep up with the festive season demand.
                         Spectacular set menus will be available for lunch on Christmas Day, featuring
                         Wagyu beef, lobster tail or turkey, as well as a selection of red, white and
                         sparkling wine, local beers and soft drinks. The Benihana‘s Sake Bar will also be
                         open on Christmas Day, offering a comprehensive beverage list including
                         signature cocktails and a selection of sake, Japan‘s traditional rice wine. The
                         Benihana Christmas Lunch is priced at $149 per adult, $99 children (13-17 yrs)
                         and $55 children (6-12 yrs) Bookings for the Benihana Christmas lunch and
                         dinner are essential and can be made by phoning the Resort on 07 5592 9800.

                        With less than 12 months to go, the team behind some of the Gold Coast‘s most
                         successful sporting events is well advanced in their planning for the 2010 Pan
                         Pacific Masters Games to be held from 6 to 14 November 2010. Queensland
                         Events Gold Coast General Manager, Cameron Hart says that by all indications,
                         the 2010 Pan Pacific Masters Games will exceed all previous records in terms of
                         participation numbers and benefits to the tourism sector. ―The 2008 Pan Pacific
                         Masters Games was directly responsible for bringing 9,300 visitors to the Gold
                         Coast which generated approximately 59,000 visitor nights for the City, the best
                         result in the event‘s 12 year history‖ said Mr Hart.―We are hot off the heels of a
                         significant promotion at the World Masters Games recently held in Sydney and
                         indications are that the 2010 event will reap the rewards. ―With over 28,000
                         competitors from 95 countries exposed to the Gold Coast through our
                         promotions, its is expected the 2010 Pan Pacs will enjoy of boost of additional
                         participants from interstate and overseas exceeding the benefits delivered by our
                         2008 Games.‖ Hart added. A major feature of the Pan Pacific Masters Games is
                         its nightly social program allowing participants the opportunity to wind down and
                         relax after a day‘s competition. In 2008 the event shifted its Games Village from
                         the old Broadwater Events Parklands at Southport to the Gold Coast Convention
                         and Exhibition Centre, a move widely supported by participants and

                        The Dracula‘s Haunted House attraction in Surfers Paradise has celebrated two
                         years in the scream scene with the launch of a new crawl through experience,
                         simply called Digestion. The new installation has been created on the fourth
                         floor of the five level walk through horror maze and features 30m of themed
                         passages that give its victims a taste of what it‘s like to be swallowed whole and
                         then slowly digested. Unsuspecting visitors will find themselves standing in front
                         of a 3m sculpture of, wait for it… Prime Minister Kevin Rudd‘s face. The only way
                         forward is to crawl into the gaping mouth, slide over the giant spongy tongue and
                         then continue on a bizarre journey that takes you past heaving lungs, a giant
                         beating heart, through a squirming stomach and then into a twisting maze of
                         intestines. Not for the squeamish, the claustrophobic or the politically sensitive,
                         but guaranteed to have you rolling in laughter. Hi-tech animation and audio
                         visual FX create a sensory experience that‘s designed to churn the stomach and
                         set your mind in a whirl.

                        From the people that have brought you EAST in Broadbeach, comes the newly
                         created, and culturally influenced, cosmopolitan Lounge Bar, Chairman MAO.
                         Vintage glamour and clean modern lines, this intimate and eclectic lounge bar on
                         the street level of Surf Parade can only be described as a perfect fusion of new
                         contemporary/kitsch design. Imagine harking back to the Shanghai nights of old,
                         where Chairman MAO would share a drink with a sexy cigarette girl, world
                         traders and dealers celebrate closing a deal with a scotch straight up, and Asian
                         working girls giggling and sipping on cocktails whilst waiting to be approached.
                         Drape across the outdoor lounge and relax with one of the 20 wines offered by
                         the glass, or let the mixologist who is inspired by time-tested classics create you

                         an all-hand pressed cocktail using only the freshest in premium fruits. Gold
                         Coaster‘s can surely bank on one thing these day‘s - EAST really know how to
                         bring a little culture out in all of us!

                        Festive Fridays in the Atrium Bar at Conrad Jupiters is sure to spread
                         Christmas ―cheers‖ as live entertainment lights up in the lead up to Christmas on
                         December 4, December 11 and December 18 from 8.30pm. Catch a headline act
                         every week with Casey Barnes and Band first off the sleigh, followed by Grace
                         Knight, Emily Williams and Lisa Hunt. There will also be a cracker of a Christmas
                         cocktail on offer and the opportunity to make a donation to Conrad Jupiters‘
                         Christmas Appeal with all proceeds going to the Children‘s Ward of the Gold
                         Coast Hospital. You can still score your posse a complimentary platter of tasty
                         Tapas on a Friday between 5pm-7pm by registering your group of four or more
                         online at or by calling Reservations toll free
                         on 1800 074 344. Registrations for the Atrium Bar‘s Tapas Fridays must be
                         lodged before 4pm every Thursday and all successful registrations will be
                         notified by email within 24 hours.

                        There‘s no better location to celebrate your favourite festive occasion than The
                         Pavilion at Conrad Jupiters, and the 14th Annual Combined Christmas Ball
                         is the complete Christmas treat. Book a table for your closest friends or work
                         colleagues, break open the bon-bons and get ready to party with the Big Man in
                         Red on Saturday December 12 from 7pm-11.30pm. Conrad Jupiters‘ 14th
                         Annual Combined Christmas Ball has it all with a traditional Christmas buffet
                         including a cold seafood selection, carvery station, hot items and sweet treats; a
                         four and a half hour beverage package; live entertainment and a DJ; lucky door
                         prizes; and Christmas decorations and party favours. Tickets are available at just
                         $135 per person. To book a table of 10 or to share in a combined table, call
                         Conrad Jupiters‘ Box Office on (07) 5592 8303. For an end of year celebration
                         with all the bells and baubles, why not head for the bright lights this December
                         and have yourself a very merry Christmas at Conrad Jupiters.

                        Queensland Chef Angela Brown from Sofitel's acclaimed Room81 has taken
                         out top honor at the Pacific Rim Global Chef Challenge. Chef Angela Brown of
                         Room81 Sofitel Gold Coast and Chef Ross Howell of Ross Howell Catering,
                         are the proud winners of the 2009 Pacific Rim Regional Final of the World
                         Association of Chefs Societies (WACS) Global Chefs Challenge. The final was
                         held during major food industry expo Fine Food 2009 at Sydney Exhibition
                         Centre Darling Harbour. Ross Howell and his assistant for the competition,
                         Angela Brown, competed against Chefs from New Zealand, Fiji and Vanuatu –
                         however the Queenslanders proved a powerful force and claimed the title for
                         Australia. The competition continues in January 2010 with the GLOBAL CHEF
                         CHALLENGE held in Chile where Howell and Brown will be competing for

                        Robina Town Centre has won the prestigious Retail Property of the Year
                         Award at the Queensland Property Council of Australia Retail Property Awards
                         on Friday 23 October 2009. Following two years of redevelopment, Robina Town
                         Centre, owned by QIC, has expanded into a major regional shopping centre,
                         becoming the Gold Coast's premier retail and leisure destination. Robina Town
                         Centre achieved outstanding results by winning three major awards offered – the
                         Excellence in Presentation Award for Major Regional Centres over 50,000
                         square metres, the Excellence in Marketing Award for Major Regional Centres
                         over 50,000 square metres and the ultimate prize – Retail Property of the Year.
                         Robina Town Centre has undergone a major expansion with milestones
                         including the November 2008 opening of the new fashion mall and the multi-
                         million dollar refurbishment of David Jones. Earlier this year the official unveiling
                         of the second and largest stage of the development on 2 April attracted an
                         estimated 81,000 visitors on opening day. The Myer expansion is the next

                         exciting phase in the redevelopment of Robina Town Centre and is in-keeping
                         with the growth of the community. Overall, approximately $400 million will be
                         invested in the expansion of the Centre to achieve a vision to create a true town
                         centre environment.

                        Warren Sevil, CEO of the Australian Ladies Professional Golf Inc recently
                         announced that in co-operation with Co-Sanction Partners, The Ladies European
                         Tour, Tuohy Associates, Golf Australia and other key stakeholders, the date for
                         the 2010 ANZ Ladies Masters has been rescheduled from the previously
                         published dates. The move is a result of a late scheduling change on the US
                         LPGA Tour, and is necessary to avoid a clash with the opening of their season in
                         South East Asia early next year. Accordingly, the new date for the RACV Royal
                         Pines Resort hosted event is 4-7 March.

                        For parents-to-be, the latest must-do is a babymoon, one last relaxing and
                         romantic vacation before the baby arrives. Peppers Spicers Peak Lodge on
                         Queensland‘s Scenic Rim specialises in indulgent getaways for couples
                         including calming massages, de-stress beauty and body treatments and superb
                         dining and exquisite delights to satisfy cravings. Peppers CEO Bob East says
                         that Peppers is renowned for its romantic holiday offerings in some of the most
                         scenic areas of Australia and New Zealand. ―The time before a baby born is very
                         special and we understand that this holiday is all about exceptional moments,
                         privacy and relaxation.‖ A selection of Babymoon packages available at Peppers
                         include: Two nights luxury accommodation, a welcome gift on arrival, a soothing
                         pregnancy massage for Mum and a calming hot stone massage for Dad, a
                         variety of luscious foods for morning tea, afternoon tea and lunch to satisfy
                         almost all of those food cravings, non-alcoholic beverage selection, as well as
                         beer and wine (for Dad), 24 hour beverage service and complimentary in-room
                         bar, chef‘s selection of canapés, seven-course degustation dinner on each
                         evening, tailored to your specific dietary requirements, gourmet breakfast
                         delivered to your suite, superior L‘Occitane amenities, nightly turndown service,
                         a gift for the parents and new baby including a fine quality L‘Occitane pamper
                         package, baby book and more. This all-inclusive package is $1,340 per person.
                         For reservations call 1300 773 452 or email

                        Spoil yourself or a loved one this Christmas with a range of exotic new packages
                         available through Ripple Massage. Sea Shell Massage Package - Reef shells
                         are heated and coated in aromatherapy oils to soothe and relax muscles - 3
                         hour Seashell Massage Package - $280 or 2 hour Seashell Massage Package -
                            $185. Scented oils heated in a cowrie shell crevasse, crimson tinted cone shells
                            unlocking the stress in shoulders and delicate cockle shells smoothing the lines
                            on the face. Sea shells have an uplifting natural energy that is drawn on in a
                            unique new massage style by Ripple. The shells are used in a mix of ways.
                            Some like the cowries are heated, and aromatherapy oils are poured into the
                            crevasse to warm before being trickled onto the body. The smooth domed
                            surface is also used with hands on massage to release muscles. The shells are
                            used both to de stress and for deeper tissue work. Other shells like the lions
                            paws and scarlet coloured scallops are heated and placed on the body to warm
                            the chakras and also the hands during the massage. Cones and olives unlock
                            tension in the neck and shoulders. Sea Shell massage is also included in an
                            accommodation and massage package at Witches Falls Cottages on Tamborine
                            Mountain. Call Leigh today to book or for more information on 0438 567 906
                            email or book now through our secure online server

                           Skydive Byron Bay has 3 new air-conditioned vehicles with DVD screens used
                            for free transfers from the Gold Coast. The company operates a 17 seat aircraft
                            which makes it ideal for large groups to jump together. The fully equipped
                            skydiving centre offers cinema lounge, free internet cafe, food cafe, viewing
                            deck, plus kitchen/bathroom facilities. The airstrip and landing area is right out

                            front so spectators can see all the action to create an exciting atmosphere.
                            Brand new DVD/Photo cameras and dubbing equipment also allows provision of
                            the highest quality DVD & Photographs in Australia this summer. Visit

                     Theme Park Activities
                     Dreamworld/ White Water World -

                           MTV Plugs into Dreamworld (Dec 26 - Jan 22)
                            For four weeks this summer, MTV will plug into Dreamworld as some of the
                            nation‘s most recognisable faces mash together the best of MTV in an explosive
                            and entertaining live show called MTV Plugs Into Dreamworld – Summer Series.
                            Part stunt show, part game show, full of pumped up music and always focused
                            on over-exaggerated fun, the 30 minute shows will use contestants plucked from
                            the audience to help out. Shows run from December 26 - January 22and are
                            included in entry price. (see release attached)

                           Bring Back Slime (Dec 26 - Jan 22)
                            Get ready to go green again as WhiteWater World brings back the smash hit
                            Slime Fest. Have the slime of your life when SpongeBob SquarePants and his
                            Nickelodeon mates pack our water park with dazzling performances, crazy kid-
                            friendly games, live music and the nation‘s only Mass Sliming. Get soaked and
                            get silly as 1000 litres of green goo gushes from the bucket above at 2.00pm
                            daily from December 26 until January 22. Included in price of entry.

                           Amp it up at NYE (Dec 31)
                            Dreamworld will amp it up this New Year‘s Eve when it fuses rock with rides and
                            presents a cracking line-up of the coolest bands around including Inspector
                            Cluzo, I Heart Hiroshima, PEZ, British India and Regurgitator and Birds of Tokyo.
                            In between bands, fans will be able to flip, spin and soar on some of the fiercest,
                            white-knuckle rides on the planet. AMPED NYE at Dreamworld is an 18+ event.
                            Advanced tickets are $79.00. Food and beverages are additional.

                           Teen Screams (Nov 20, Dec 11, Jan 22)
                            Join us this summer as we flick the switch on Australia‘s favourite theme parks
                            and bring you two moonlit parties in our parks. Ride into the December holidays
                            and test your tonsils on the Big 6 Thrill Rides and AVPX with Screamworld this
                            December 11, 2009 and then get ready to slide in to Night WhiteWater World at
                            WhiteWater World for one last bash before school begins on January 22, 2010.
                            Gates open at 6.30pm - 10.00pm and tickets are $37 each at the door or buy
                            online on and pay $100 for four people (discount only
                            available online) .

                           Get Stuffed this Christmas
                            Wrap up this Christmas with the world‘s most entertaining gift; a Dreamworld &
                            WhiteWater World Gift Card. Starting from $20, gift cards can be used to buy
                            tickets and annual passes or to top up a day with action attractions like Flowrider
                            and V8 Supercars RedLine, in-park dining and colourful merchandise. Buy online
                            and receive a BONUS COUPON BOOK with each Gift Card valued at up to
                            $150!* until stocks last.

                     Warner Village Theme Parks – or call 133FUN

                           Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World & Wet’n’Wild Water World now offer
                            more choice for Queensland holiday fun this summer with the launch of the all
                            new Endless Summer Pass. The pass offers unlimited entry to a choice of two
                            of the Gold Coast‘s best theme parks, Movie World, Sea World and Wet‘n‘Wild!
                            For one tiny price pass holders get unlimited entry until 30 June 2010! That‘s

                            your choice of 2 parks, either Movie World, Sea World or Wet‘n‘Wild for just
                            $99.95 for adults and $74.95 for kids.

                           Kasey Chambers, Poppa Bill and The Little Hillbillies( Dec 28 – Jan 3)
                            Kasey Chambers, Poppa Bill and The Little Hillbillies will be performing LIVE at
                            Movie World these holidays! From Monday 28 December to Sunday 3 January,
                            Movie World‘s Show Stage will feature two live performances daily from the
                            Multi-ARIA award winner and her family. Featuring songs from her new album,
                            ‗Kasey Chambers, Poppa Bill and the Little Hillbillies‘, the shows are included in
                            the daily admission price!

                           Sea Viper Arrives at Sea World:
                            Remember everyone‘s favourite rollercoaster, the Corkscrew? Well, we‘ve given
                            it a makeover to deliver an all new ride experience. Hang on to the edge of your
                            seat in the new Sea Viper coaster – with exciting new low profile carriages, you‘ll
                            experience thrills on the triple loop-the-loop track like never before. Survive Sea
                            Viper at Sea World this summer! Opening Christmas 2009

                           Kid’s New Years Eve at Wet’n’Wild: (Dec 31)
                            Don‘t miss this year‘s most splashtacular New Year‘s Eve Party at Wet‘n‘Wild.
                            The day-long celebration will include a special Dive‘n‘Movie screening, as well
                            as a host of entertainment, music and activities for the whole family. Entertain
                            the kids with funny face painting, karaoke and fun competitions. Wet‘n‘Wild will
                            also continue with the tradition of turning the clocks forward three hours at 5pm
                            so families with young children can celebrate the New Year at 9pm. All of the
                            New Year‘s Eve festivities are included in normal admission to the Park.

                           The Ultimate Summer at Wet’n’Wild: (Dec 27 – Jan 25)
                            Experience the ultimate summer at Wet‘n‘Wild! With live performances from Kate
                            Alexa, the ‗Fujifilm Face of Summer‘ model search plus live cricket matches and
                            ‗GO‘ showing on the big screen and Dive‘n‘Movies every night from December
                            27 to January 25. There‘s so much to do you‘ll bring the family back again and

                           Sea World Resort & Water Park:
                            Reward yourself and your family these holidays and stay in a new Deluxe Room
                            at Sea World Resort & Water Park. Offering a mixture of king, double, queen and
                            family suite configurations, the new Deluxe Rooms are ideal for all guests who
                           seek added luxury during their stay. Also don‘t miss the festive celebrations with
                           special Christmas Day and New Years Eve feasts!

                     The Festive Season
                          Royal Pines Resort –

                           Royal Benowa Ballroom - Amidst a beautifully themed ballroom, feast on an all
                           inclusive Christmas buffet lunch offering the freshest Australian seafood,
                           traditional ham and turkey, and a selection of hot dishes, salads and desserts.
                           Includes a 3 hour beverage package with selected wines, assorted local beers
                           and soft drinks. Enjoy live entertainment and Christmas novelties and the kids
                           will be entranced by baby reindeer, face painting, jumping castle, a visit from
                           Santa, and a present for all children 12 years and under. Christmas Lunch |
                           12noon – 3pm. Adults $145 | 13 – 17 years $100 | 5 – 12 years $70. Children 4
                           and under complimentary

                           Kalinda Restaurant Overlooking the Resort‘s tropical pool and wonderful
                           gardens, experience a magical Christmas with Kalinda‘s Christmas buffet with
                           an amazing selection of hot and cold Australian seafood, quality roasts carved to

                           your liking, interactive chef stations with garlic prawns skewers and steaks
                           cooked to order, as well as a selection of hot dishes and salads. You will also
                           enjoy a vast dessert buffet including plum pudding, white Christmas cakes and
                           logs and a selection of ice cream with all the toppings to satisfy the kids! Lunch
                           includes a 3 hour beverage package with selected red, white, sparkling wines,
                           assorted local beers and soft drink. Enjoy live entertainment and Christmas
                           novelties and the kids will be entranced by baby reindeer, face painting, jumping
                           castle, a visit from Santa, and a present for all children 12 years and under.
                           Christmas Lunch 12noon – 3pm. Adults $151 | 13 – 17 years $105 | 5 – 12 years
                           $75 Children 4 and under complimentary.

                           As the sun slowly sets over the Resort‘s tropical pool area, indulge in a
                           sumptuous Christmas buffet dinner at Kalinda. Offering a variety of traditional
                           favourites such as ham and turkey, you‘ll also be delighted to find tantalising
                           selections of hot and cold Australian seafood, and an array of salads and
                           desserts. Live entertainment and Christmas novelties are also included.
                           Christmas Dinner 6pm – late. Adults $80 | Children 13 – 17 years $40 | 5 – 12
                           years $20. Children 4 and under complimentary.

                           For a relaxing New Years Eve atmosphere, overlooking the Resort‘s tropical
                           pool, feast on a hot and cold seafood buffet which includes live cooked garlic
                           prawns, steak, mini pizzas and an amazing selection of dessert from our pastry
                           team. Includes a 3 hour beverage package, with a selection of red, white and
                           sparkling wines, assorted local beers and soft drink. Live entertainment and
                           festive novelties will help you welcome in 2010 with friends and family. 6pm –
                           late Adults $75 Children 13 – 17 years $50 | 5 – 12 years $40. Children 4 and
                           under complimentary.

                           RPR’s Restaurant, Level 21
                           Enjoy fantastic views of the Gold Coast and a 5 course menu created by
                           renowned Chef, Matthew Dixon. With live entertainment and great food you will
                           be treated to a very special Christmas in our signature restaurant. Lunch
                           includes Christmas novelties, a gift for children 12 years and under and a visit
                           from Santa. Christmas Lunch | 12noon – 3pm Adults $199 | 5 – 17 years $119
                           Children 4 and under complimentary. New Year’s Eve is about celebration, and
                           there is no better place than RPR‘s overlooking the magnificent Gold Coast
                           skyline as it lights up with fireworks. Chef de Cuisine, Matt Dixon will present a
                           truly indulgent five course meal that will include a bottle of French Champagne
                         per couple. Welcome in 2010 with great views, fine food and wine and
                         magnificent live entertainment. 7.30pm – late Adults $199 | 5 – 17 years $119.
                         Children 4 and under complimentary.

                        Conrad Jupiters –

                         Conrad Jupiters is wrapping up Christmas like never before with a host of
                         ready-made ways to celebrate the big day, live entertainment for a Friday night
                         dose of festive fever and decorations galore. If Christmas Day party plans have
                         your stocking in a knot, dine with a difference at one of ten complete feasts and
                         cater to all your holiday cravings.

                         At Charters Towers you can enjoy a fine-dining affair with a three-course lunch
                         of contemporary Australian cuisine from $155 for adults, $78 for kids aged 6-14
                         years and $39 for kids aged 5 years and under.

                         Voted the Gold Coast‘s 2009 Best Hotel/Motel Restaurant by Restaurant and
                         Catering, Andiamo, will serve up a special lunch including a cold buffet selection
                         of Italian-inspired dishes, a choice of three main meals and a delectable dessert
                         buffet from $145 for adults, $73 for kids aged 6-14 years and $37 for kids aged 5

                         years and under.

                         Or relish in a banquet-style lunch menu at the Gold Coast‘s most awarded
                         Chinese Restaurant, Zen, from $99 for adults, $48 for kids aged 6-14 years and
                         $38 for kids aged 5 years and under.

                         For the ultimate seasonal splurge, The Pavilion will host a Christmas lunch
                         buffet including fresh seafood on ice, chilled platters, salads, a carvery station,
                         hot dishes, sweet treats and nibbles for the kids from $149 for adults, $75 for
                         kids aged 6-14 years and $38 for kids aged 5 years and under.

                         There‘s nothing more Christmas than an all-you-can-eat feast and there is no
                         better place to over-indulge in too much of everything than at Conrad Jupiters‘
                         Food Fantasy restaurant. Food Fantasy will kick start Christmas Day with a full
                         breakfast buffet including cold and hot dishes, omelets made to order and bakery
                         treats between 6.30am-10am from $39 for adults, $23 for kids aged 6-14 years
                         and $17 for kids aged 5 years and under. Or if your Christmas wish is to sleep
                         late, head to Food Fantasy and fuel your yule with a long lunch from 11.30am-
                         2.30pm or dinner from 5.30pm. Lunch prices start from $149 for adults, $75 for
                         kids aged 6-14 years and $38 for kids aged 5 years and under; dinner prices
                         start from $89 for adults, $45 for kids 6-14 years and $23 for kids aged 5 years
                         and under.

                         Spinners is the perfect place to pause for a relaxed, café-style Christmas lunch
                         consisting of a superb three-course a la carte menu from just $89 for adults, $45
                         for kids aged 6-14 years and $22 for kids aged 5 years and under.

                         The Atrium Bar will serve up a hearty buffet in the heart of Conrad Jupiters
                         including fresh seafood on ice, chilled platters, salads, a carvery station, hot
                         dishes and a sweet selection of desserts from only $125 for adults, $63 for kids
                         aged 6-14 years and $32 for kids aged 5 years and under.

                         No venue does an unpretentious Christmas stuffing like The PA with a special
                         three-course lunch from $89 for adults, $45 for kids aged 6-14 years and $22 for
                         kids aged 5 years and under.

                         All Christmas Day lunch and dinner offerings include Conrad Jupiters‘ selected
                         premium wines and local beer, Australian sparkling wine and soft drinks. So if
                         you are dreaming of a fuss-free festive feast with all the trimmings, Conrad
                         Jupiters has Christmas covered. To book your Christmas Day dining experience
                         contact Ticketmaster on 1300 888 086 or or visit

                        Sofitel Gold Coast –

                         Celebrate Christmas Day at Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach where life is
                         simply magnifique. Whether its lunch or dinner Sofitel has something for
                         everyone.Room81 Restaurant and Bar Featuring a tantalising 5 course menu
                         $120 per person or $175 with matching wines. Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach
                         will host a lavish buffet selection in our Sorrento Room at $149 per person
                         including bubbles, beer, wine and soft drinks. Gifts from Santa for the kids, lucky
                         door prizes and festive decorations will help to create that magical Christmas
                         ambience. Reservations are essential by phoning (+61 7) 5592 2250.

                         Bring in the New Year with Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach where all outlets
                         will be featuring award winning quality cuisine. Celebrate with Room81
                         Restaurant and Bar offering a delicious four course set menu at $99 per person
                         or $149 with matching wines. At On3 Restaurant it‘ll be a seafood soiree. Enjoy
                         fresh Moreton Bay Bugs, Sydney Rock Oysters, King Prawns and Wine Bar from
                         $89 per person. Live entertainment will feature in both outlets from 6.00pm

                         Reservations are essential by phoning (+61 7) 5592 2250.

                        Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa –

                         The award-winning team of chefs at the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and
                         Spa are getting ready for one of their busiest times of year and with six different
                         dining options over Christmas, locals and visitors are spoilt for choice. From the
                         elegant resort furnishings and professional service, to the scent of fresh pine in
                         the luxurious lobby and mouth-watering aromas flowing from the kitchen,
                         Christmas is an exclusive affair at the Marriott Resort.

                         Christmas Eve Dinner at the award-winning Lagoon Restaurant offers guests
                         some of the region‘s freshest seafood with all the traditional Christmas
                         trimmings. On Christmas Day, we offer a special Christmas Buffet Breakfast that
                         features an array of sumptuous savouries and sweets. The Christmas Eve
                         Dinner is priced at $95 per adult / $45 per child and is available from 6pm to
                         10pm. The Christmas Buffet Breakfast is priced at $49 per adult / $23 per child
                         and is available from 6.30am to 10.30am. Christmas lunch in the Lagoon
                         Restaurant is always very popular and has already sold out.

                         With such demand the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa will open its
                         award-winning Benihana Japanese Steakhouse for Christmas lunch which
                         gives couples, families and friends a festive feast with an entertaining twist.
                         Talented teppanyaki chefs will amaze diners with their teppan tricks as they
                         prepare everything from Wagyu beef, lobster tail and turkey. The Benihana
                         Christmas lunch is priced at $149 per adult, $99 for children 13-17 years, $55 for
                         children six-12 years.

                         As well as Christmas lunch in Benihana, the Marriott will host an extravagant
                         luncheon in its Grand Ballroom. The ballroom luncheon is an exclusive affair
                         featuring a sumptuous seafood buffet including festive fare, roving
                         entertainment, DJ, and a visit from Santa with a gift for all children, it‘s a perfect
                         way to sit back, relax and let the professional team do all of the work for you.
                         The ballroom Christmas lunch is priced at $195 per adult, $125 for children 13-
                         17 years, $85 for children six – 12 years.

                         To top off a day filled with festive fun, the Marriott will host a Christmas Buffet
                         Dinner in its Lagoon Restaurant priced at $149 per adult, $85 for children 13-17
                         years, $60 for children six – 12 years. There is certainly something for everyone
                           at the Marriott this Christmas and we look forward to welcoming our guests,
                           locals and visitors and serving them in true Marriott style. Bookings for all
                           Christmas events are essential and can be made by phoning the resort on 0755
                           929 800.

                          Peppers Spicers Peak Lodge –

                           Peppers Spicers Peak Lodge is an architecturally stunning mountain retreat
                           with a focus on fine food and wine. Located 90 minutes south west of Brisbane
                           and two hours from the Gold Coast, the lodge is surrounded by World Heritage
                           Listed Main Range National Park. The retreat exudes an intimate and relaxing
                           ambience, ideal for escaping the pressures of modern life and experiencing one
                           of South East Queensland's most naturally breathtaking environments this
                           Christmas. Priced from $2780* the Christmas Package valid 24-26 December
                           includes two nights accommodation for two people; French Champagne on
                           arrival; all meals including Christmas Eve Tapas on the terrace, Christmas
                           morning champagne breakfast, signature seven course degustation Christmas
                           lunch, three course Christmas dinner, all beverages throughout the stay and jazz
                           entertainment. Also priced from $2780* the New Years package valid 31
                           December 2009 to 1 January 2010, includes two nights accommodation for two

                           people; French champagne on arrival; all meals including Black Tie New Years
                           Eve seven course degustation dinner with live jazz entertainment, New Years
                           Day late breakfast-brunch, gourmet tapas on New Years Day evening and all
                           beverages throughout the stay. Call 1300 773 452 or email

                     Deals and Offers
                          BreakFree Hotels, Resorts and Apartments is celebrating summer with
                           sizzling flat rates from just $99* per room per night across its Gold Coast
                           properties. Choose from 17 resorts on the Gold Coast in great locations such as
                           Broadbeach, Surfers Paradise, Main Beach and Southport – all close to the surf,
                           fabulous dining, entertainment and awesome holiday attractions, and with lead-in
                           rates from just $99*. The special offer is valid for sale from 30 November to 10
                           December, 2009 and for travel from 6 December to 24 December, 2009.
                           Standard rates apply on Friday and Saturday nights. For bookings or further
                           information visit

                          Enjoy all the Gold Coast has to offer this summer at the luxurious Sofitel Gold
                           Coast Broadbeach. Situated just 200 metres from patrolled beaches and walking
                           distance to major shopping centres, plus hundreds of cafes, restaurants and
                           bars in stunning Broadbeach, the Sofitel‘s Summer Special offers overnight
                           accommodation plus full buffet breakfast for 2 people from just $265. For
                           reservations phone toll free 1800 074 465.

                          For a legendary time in the heart of Surfers Paradise this party season, Mantra
                           has an accommodation deal worth celebrating. Mantra Legends Hotel is the
                           perfect base for a fun Gold Coast getaway, where you can stay out late and
                           enjoy the added bonus of a recovery breakfast and late checkout from just $149*
                           per room per night for a hotel room, based on minimum stays of two nights and
                           valid to December 20, 2009. Just minutes from the Gold Coast‘s best bars, clubs
                           and restaurants, Mantra Legends Hotel features a 24 hour reception, on-site bar
                           and restaurant, in-room mini-bars and balconies to make guests really feel like
                           they‘re on the A-list. Phone 55 88 7888 or visit

                          Located in the heart of the Gold Coast, Broadbeach marries the traditional beach
                           holiday experience with a trendy, cosmopolitan atmosphere. Ride the waves by
                           morning and the monorail by night to the glamour and excitement of the casino.
                           High fashion shops, a selection of great restaurants, fine al-fresco dining,
                         dazzling entertainment or lazy days doing nothing at all are all part of the
                         Broadbeach experience. And summer brings hot value with Mantra offering three
                         nights for the price of two at leading resorts Mantra Phoenician, where one
                         bedroom apartments start from $187* per room per night and Mantra Bel Air
                         where one bedroom apartments start from $165* per room per night. The stay
                         three nights, pay two offer is valid for sale until December 18 and for travel to
                         December 24, 2009. Call 1300 987 611 or visit

                        Balloon Down Under has 2 great offers available for the holiday season
                         including a special deal for 2 adults: buy 2 and the second person flies for half
                         price. This makes the price $465 for 2 people ($232.50 each) - a total saving of
                         $155. A wonderful family offer for 2 adults and 2 children is priced at the
                         amazing price of just $820. This is a saving of $200 or in essence one child flies
                         for free. Both offers are for the ultimate 1 hour Gold Coast balloon flight.
                         Ballooning is the oldest form of flight and is a once in a lifetime experience. The
                         views are amazing as the balloon floats gently with the breezes 1,000 - 2,000
                         feet above the Gold Coast, followed by a lovely champagne breakfast. Also
                         included is a welcoming morning tea / coffee / biscuits on the launch field before
                         the flight.

                        CLV Smart Stays are available on the Gold Coast offering individuals and
                         families looking for the ideal value for money accommodation starting from just
                         $55 per night. See

                        Holidaymakers can scale new heights in secluded luxury, beat the heat and save
                         well over $1000 on a gourmet getaway to Peppers Spicers Peak Lodge this
                         summer. Situated 1,130m above sea level atop a 9,000 acre working cattle
                         property, Peppers Spicers Peak Lodge is Queensland‘s highest mountain lodge
                         offering a year-round winter ambience, the warmest of welcomes and wonderful
                         food. Perfect for a pre-Christmas splurge or an indulgent start to 2010, the award
                         wining retreat has launched a special Triple Treat package. Valid to 31 January
                         2010, guests can save between $1090 and $1890 on packages including three
                         nights accommodation for the price of two; all meals including breakfast, lunch
                         and spectacular seven course degustation dinner each night and all beverages.
                         Peppers Spicers Peak Lodge is located two hours from the Gold Coast. For
                         bookings please contact Peppers Spicers Peak Lodge on 1300 773 452 or by

                        Enjoy the best of the Gold Coast with a Radisson Resort family fun package.
                         Packages are priced from $191 per night. The tariff includes accommodation in
                         a Resort Room for two adults and two children under 16 years and a full buffet
                         breakfast. Stay three nights and receive a complimentary family pass to
                         Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Relax in the tranquil 4.5 star low rise property
                         surrounded by landscaped gardens and golf course greens. Dine in the award-
                         winning Chelos at Radisson Restaurant (kids eat free when accompanied by
                         paying adults). Radisson Resort Gold Coast is 10 minutes drive from the hub of
                         the tourist mecca. Families can enjoy a relaxing break within easy reach of the
                         beach, nightlife, shopping precincts and the casino. Modestly priced transfers
                         are available to Broadbeach, Surfers Paradise, Robina Town Centre, Skilled
                         Park, Carrara Stadium, and nearby theme parks. For more information visit
                email or phone 07
                         5555 7700.

                        Spoil your colleagues in true style this year with a private Christmas party at the
                         award-winning Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa. Located in the heart of
                         the Gold Coast and nestled amongst tropical landscaping and a private lagoon,
                         the five-star property has cemented itself as one of the regions most acclaimed
                         resorts. Boasting unsurpassed elegance with a touch of Queensland charm, the
                         Marriott is the perfect place to celebrate an end of year corporate party and with
                           mid-week packages from just $99 per person, offers sheer luxury at an
                           affordable price. The Christmas Party packages include either a three-course
                           meal or Christmas buffet. It also includes a festive theme in a private function
                           room, stage, dance floor and lucky door prize. Resident chefs have specially
                           designed the menus which offer everything from sumptuous seafood, succulent
                           roast meats and the traditional Christmas trimmings. The party packages are
                           available for groups of 25 or more and each party will receive an overnight
                           accommodation voucher for two guests, including breakfast as a lucky door prize
                           from the Marriott. The Marriott is also offering special mid-week accommodation
                           packages for attendees from just $185 per night. The corporate Christmas party
                           packages are available through until 24th December 2009. Weekend Christmas
                           Party Packages available from $115 per person with accommodation from $225
                           per night. Bookings can be made by phoning the resort on 07559 29800.

                          Thunderbird Park on Tamborine Mountain gives everyone the opportunity to
                           enjoy the holiday season without breaking the budget. Come for the day or stay
                           and play, there‘s a range of accommodation styles from camping sites to
                           luxurious lodges and adventures for adults and children. Family holiday
                           packages are priced from $129 per adult per night, the first child stays free, extra
                           guests pay $49 per night. The price includes accommodation, horse rides, mini

                           golf, thunderegg fossicking permit, ropes course, breakfast daily, a family dinner,
                           $20 restaurant voucher and a picnic hamper. Family cabins and lodges have self
                           catering facilities and there is a restaurant on site. In-house guests can join in a
                           complete program of holiday season activities. There are movies in the
                           rainforest, a supervised kids‘ disco and an Italian feast under the stars with fun
                           and games featuring Wii/singstar. Thunderbird Park is closed on Christmas Day
                           but open on other public holidays. Activity open times vary. Phone 1300 TB Park
                           (1300 827 275) for accommodation, restaurant and adventure bookings. Visit
                  to see what‘s in store.

                          The Gold Coast‘s, Shopping Tour Paradise is offering a mystery progressive
                           Christmas dinner party to add that extra special spice to your festivities. Enjoy
                           your Christmas get together by organising a group of 8 to 10 people and enjoy
                           being chauffered from course to course and the mystery of not knowing where
                           you are going or where you are going to finish. Maybe it will be somewhere you
                           can dance your meal off or maybe it won't. We can arrange to pick you up and
                           deliver you back home safely allowing you to enjoy your night and have a few
                           drinks without worrying about the men in blue picking you up. The cost of this
                           great night will be $55 per person which includes a three course meal and your
                           pick up and delivery service based on at least 8 people. Should you have a
                           smaller group we can combine you with another small group but we can take up
                           to 10 people. Bookings can be made through Lyn on 0408 382 746 or visit

                          Stay in award winning family accommodation with Tangalooma Island Resort’s
                           new Family Package where kids stay and travel free. Package Includes: 3
                           nights accommodation (extra nights available), Dolphin feeding on one night of
                           stay, Desert Safari Tour including Sand Tobogganing per person, Full buffet
                           breakfast daily, Return launch transfers, Over 30 FREE land based activities.
                           Package valid on Hotel Rooms, Resort Units, Resort Suites and Hotel Deluxe
                           Rooms only. Price based on 2 adults and 2 children—$499 per adult. To book
                           call Tangalooma Island Resort on 1300 652 250 or see your local travel agent.

                          Australia‘s Gold Coast is ever evolving on the events landscape. The New Year
                           brings with it the promise of an amazing diversity with the Conrad Jupiters
                           Magic Millions carnival (January 1-16), music festivals including
                         Summafieldayze (January 9), Big Day Out (January 17), and Good
                         Vibrations (February 20), the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro surfing tournaments
                         (February 27-March 10) sure to keep everyone entertained. Spectacular venues
                         and ideal weather conditions provide Gold Coast events, exhibitions and
                         festivals a real sense of occasion. The Gold Coast allows visitors to choose the
                         style, location and level of accommodation to suit their holiday needs. Indulge at
                         one of many luxury hotels, stay for a while in one of Australia‘s best apartment
                         resorts, forget about the world in a hinterland retreat or grab a beach shack and
                         some friends for the ultimate short break. The region‘s year round weather
                         ensures an unforgettable stay whether basking in secluded opulence, pitching a
                         tent on top of a mountain or taking a houseboat to a myriad of island getaways.
                         As Australia‘s favourite holiday destination there are literally thousands of places
                         to stay, it‘s just a matter of deciding upon your own special space. The Gold
                         Coast is always changing, always reinventing itself and most always delivering
                         on expectations. Fun in its purest form means so much to so many different
                         people, so the challenge this summer is to let loose and discover for yourself
                         where the magic of the Gold Coast exists for you. For further information visit

                        Australia‘s top rodeo stars will once again compete for national titles on the Gold

                         Coast in January. The Australian Professional Rodeo Association (APRA)
                         National Finals Rodeo will be held indoors for the third consecutive year at the
                         Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre over four huge days and nights
                         from 7th to 10th January 2010. The spectacular multi-million dollar event –
                         Australia‘s largest rodeo is the grand finale of the APRA season and sees the
                         cowboys and cowgirls competing in six events - Bareback Riding, Steer
                         Wrestling, Barrel Racing, Saddle Bronc, Team Roping and Bull Riding. To get to
                         the Coast chutes, competitors have spent the past year travelling thousands of
                         kilometers across the country to qualify at regional events – most recently
                         October‘s 80th annual Warwick Rodeo. Adults tickets start at $15, children‘s
                         tickets at $12 and family tickets start at only $45. There are also three, four and
                         five session passes and tickets are available now at
                or at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre ticket

                        International tattoo culture is set to leave an indelible mark on the Gold Coast as
                         plans are unveiled for Australia‘s largest ever Tattoo Convention, SurfINK, to be
                         staged at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre from 15-17 January
                         2010. SurfINK organisers have announced some ―superstars‖ of tattoo culture
                         are amongst the star-studded line-up of international artists, including world
                         renowned American portrait tattooists, Mike DeVries, Nikko Hurtado, Bob Tyrrell
                         and the Austrian ‗master of horror‘, Tommy Lee. Organisers have confirmed
                         artists from the USA, UK, Germany, New Zealand, Thailand, China, Italy,
                         Canada and Spain will be attending our first Gold Coast event. The SurfINK
                         convention will cover all aspects of tattoo culture, from the artists and their
                         unique forms of the art, to tattoo workshops and seminars for those more closely
                         involved with the industry. For more information and a full list of artists, vendors
                         and suppliers, go to

                        The 2010 Hurley Burleigh Pro Junior (Jan 22-26) will see the event‘s finals
                         conclude amidst the celebrations of Australia Day. The huge prize money,
                         festival style atmosphere, iconic Burleigh Heads point break and a field of the
                         world‘s best professional junior surfers ensures the Hurley Burleigh Pro Junior is
                         an event not to be missed.

                        The Couran Cove Island Resort Pro Junior (February 1-5) will be the first
                         professional surfing event on South Stradbroke Island. The extraordinary island
                         competition will offer surfers a never before seen opportunity within Australia,
                         with competitors living in luxury at Couran Cove Island Resort and experiencing
                            what life‘s like for their heroes on the World Championship Tour!

                           SURFING Queensland is proud to announce that Breaka Flavoured Milk is
                            bringing professional surfing back to Burleigh Heads (Gold Coast, Australia) in
                            2010, with the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying
                            Series (WQS) 4-Star, US$90,000 Breaka Burleigh Surf Pro. The February 16-
                            21, 2010 competition window of the Breaka Burleigh Surf Pro places the event
                            between two major surfing events in Queensland - the Queensland leg of the
                            ASP Australasian Pro Junior series and the ASP Dream Tour - Quiksilver and
                            Roxy Pros. You can expect to see many of the world‘s best surfers competing in
                            the event, from top Pro Juniors and WQS seeds, right through to ASP Dream
                            Tour superstars. Stay tuned to for news, photos
                            and updates relating to the Breaka Burleigh Surf Pro.

                           The Quiksilver and Roxy Pro (February 27 - March 10) are the pinnacle of
                            professional surfing on the Gold Coast. As the only ASP World Championship
                            Tour events in Australia, the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro provides the first stop for
                            the 2010 World Tour. With the likes of Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson
                            and Stephanie Gilmore all competing, the surfing community truly comes alive

                            throughout the event.

                           The sisters of swing return to RACV Royal Pines Resort for one of the richest
                            female golf events in the southern hemisphere attracting the cream of women‘s
                            international golf. The ANZ Ladies Masters consistently presents the best line-
                            up of the ‗Top 50‘ female golfers in the world with 2010 marking this blockbuster
                            event‘s 21st anniversary.

                     Gold Coast Tourism is available for comment:
                     John Kaarsberg on 0411 511 029 or

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