Full Moon Kayaking Tours, New South Wales. Discover the New South Wales’ coastline from the ocean on a glass bottomed Full Moon Kayak Tour. Experience floating through the ancient mangrove estuary of Cullendulla Sanctuary in Batemans Bay
and spot nocturnal marine life, such as octopus, stingrays and schools of garfish through a glass-bottomed kayak by the light of the moon. The 3 hour tour departs at 19.30 and costs A$75 (including dessert!) (approx € 50). www.regionx.com.au
Melbourne Private Tours launch five new experiences, Victoria
Getting under the skin of Melbourne and its surrounds is what Melbourne Private Tours specialises in. Join Billie the truffle hunting dog on an adventure to find rare black truffles, or for those after a jolt of adrenaline, join a trip down the Great Ocean Road on a ride in a bi-plane. Alternatively, take a different view of downtown Melbourne on a stand up paddle board on an urban adventure as you meander down the Yarra River. Experience Melbourne from a different perspective. www.melbprivatetours.com.au
Swim with the Tuna, South Australia
Get up close and personal with big fish, swimming with tuna off the biggest tuna platform in South Australia. This tuna platform even has its very own post office, so you can send a postcard to your friends from the ocean. Swim with the Tuna is the latest company to offer family-friendly adventures out of Port Lincoln on the Eyre Peninsula, operating all year round. For those who don't like to get their feet wet, you can view the impressive fish from dry ground in the underwater observatory. Take the time to make it an educational experience too and learn about marine conservation. www.swimwiththetuna.com.au
New bird’s eye view of Kakadu, Northern Territory
Wild bush luxury camp, Bamurru Plains, has introduced helicopter tours, affording guests an exclusive aerial experience over the spectacular floodplains and coastline of Northern Australia. The bird’s eye view of the thousands of Magpie Geese, Egrets, Whistling Ducks and flocks of Corellas, as well as the 5,000 head of buffalo which call this area home, provides a unique and inspirational perspective of one of Australia’s most significant ecosystems, the coastal region between Darwin and Kakadu National Park. Flight options can be pre-booked and include a 30 minute scenic flight for A$390 per person and a one hour scenic flight for AU $550 per person Guests can also opt for a romantic sunset flight, landing at an isolated beach for sundowner drinks and canapés for A$490 per person (approx € 340). www.bamurruplains.com
Chef Jamie Oliver to open Jamie’s Italian in Sydney, New South Wales
The new Jamie’s Italian restaurant is scheduled to open in July 2011 in central Sydney as the chef goes from strength to strength. The menu will feature a variety of pastas, authentic Italian mains and delicious antipasti made with well-sourced, quality fresh and organic ingredients. Every dish has something to make it different, offering gourmets and fans an unrivalled experience coupled with a rustic, authentic Italian ambience. A unique pasta machine located in the front window will produce fresh pasta daily while on the mezzanine dining area will host a lively antipasti and dessert counter. www.jamieoliver.com/italian
Indian Ocean Drive opens, Western Australia
WA's new coastal road has opened making some of WA’s best beaches, natural wonders and new places to visit and stay more accessible. Visit the new Go Discover Indian Ocean Drive website where explorers can discover events and attractions along this new route. The route allows reduced driving times to tourism icons such as The Pinnacles, whilst taking in the beauty of small coastal towns such as Lancelin along the way. www.indian-ocean-drive.com
HRH Prince William to Honeymoon in Queensland?
During his recent Royal visit to Queensland, HRH Prince William announced that he may return to the Sunshine State for his honeymoon. Speaking with well wishers in Queensland, the Prince commented, "I will have to come back, maybe we'll have a honeymoon in Cairns? I love scuba diving, I have always wanted to dive the Barrier Reef."
Following the series of natural disasters in Queensland, all tourism destinations and the majority of tourism businesses are currently open including beaches, island resorts, accommodation, day tour operators and restaurants. www.experiencequeensland.com
Luxurious Ocean Retreat opens, Tasmania
Luxury retreats and hideaways continue to spring up around Tasmania’s coastline. Following on from properties such as The Lair, Avalon, Rocky Hills Retreat and The Peninsula, the newest property to throw open its doors is The Ocean Retreat in Falmouth on Tasmania’s east coast. Midway between the Bay of Fires and the Freycinet Peninsula, the house accommodates between two and ten guests in four large bedrooms, each en suite with under-floor heating; it has a designer kitchen, private plunge pool, barbecue and outside fire, and floor to ceiling windows opening on to the ocean. Bushwalking and wildlife spotting, fishing, and dolphin or whale watching is all close at hand. The house is available to hire as a whole or per suite. Rates from A$400 (approx €275). www.selectretreats.com/oceanretreat
Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster line-up announced, Western Australia
The annual Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster will, this year, take place from 12-22 May. The 10-day festival comprises 30 events focusing on music, arts and culture around Kununurra and the East Kimberley region. Visitors can join Australian celebrity chef Curtis Stone on the banks of the Ord River in a true 'Kimberley Kitchen' and dance under the stars at the Kimberley Moon Experience with Jimmy Barnes, Vanessa Amorosi, Bob Evans and The Mad Bastards Trio. Have a laugh at the Hoochery Rum Distillery as the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow rolls into Kununurra. www.ordvalleymuster.com.au
Tourism Queensland launches ‘Million Dollar Memo’ - your chance to win a company trip to Australia worth over £620,000
Tourism Queensland, the tourist board behind the multi award-winning Best Job in the World campaign, has launched its latest competition, ‘Million Dollar Memo’, aimed at rewarding one company with an all expenses paid trip to Australia’s sunshine state worth up to $AUD 1,000,000.
To be in the running, entrants need to create an entertaining 60 second video that shows what makes their company great and why they think Queensland is the ultimate reward destination. Video entries can be submitted at www.milliondollarmemo.com
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