Queensland Holidays: Budget Vs Luxury

21 May 2015

Adventure, relaxation and excitement awaits in Queensland. Whatever your travelling style, Australia's Sunshine State knows how to treat you to a memorable holiday. The only questions are where do you start and how much do you need?

Whatever type of holiday you're looking for, there are plenty of budget options to choose from, while those who appreciate a luxury travel experience will certainly find what they're looking for (and more). Two Flight Centre consultants explored Queensland on two very different budgets – here’s what they found…

For The Budget Savvy

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Experience 1

A variety of family-friendly theme parks and local attractions make the Gold Coast the perfect entertainment hub. Take advantage of a Super Pass, which allows you 28 consecutive days of unlimited theme park fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, Wet’n’Wild Gold Coast and Sea World. Add on a three- or 21-day Holiday World Pass, giving you the opportunity to experience Dreamworld, WhiteWater World and SkyPoint Observation Deck at the Q1.

To make your holiday even easier, a Freedom Pass is ideal. It includes a coach transfer service between theme parks and the airport as well as unlimited rides on the local Surfside Buslines bus network.

 Warner Bros. Movie World's Green Lantern Coaster features the steepest drop in the southern hemisphere

Experience 2

Head to the Outback! See some Aussie legends at the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre in Longreach, and keep the kids entertained on a visit to the Australian Age of Dinosaurs and Waltzing Matilda Centre, both in Winton. Discover some of the rich landscapes and characters that make up Australia’s heritage by enjoying the award-winning Drover’s Sunset Cruise along Thomson River, or indulge in an exclusive dining experience at the Qantas Founders Museum in Longreach.

Outback Queensland comes alive with many exciting annual events, like the Birdsville Races. Visitors can also embrace the extraordinary variety of wildlife and visit a working cattle station, soaking up Outback Queensland’s diverse experiences.

 Lazy days are spent in Queensland's Outback

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BreakFree Cosmopolitan in Surfers Paradise

BreakFree Cosmopolitan offers self-contained one- and two-bedroom apartments, making it perfect for families looking to stay in the heart of the action for a bargain. The apartments feature private balconies with ocean or Hinterland outlooks, which gives everyone a great view to wake up to before conquering the theme parks.

North Gregory Hotel in Winton

Stay in comfort while experiencing great food and service at a hotel steeped in history. The North Gregory Hotel in Winton offers a range of standard and deluxe rooms along with 15 unpowered van sites behind the hotel, so there is something to suit everyone’s budget. With karaoke now available at the Horseshoe Bar, it also means you can sing ‘Waltzing Matilda’ to your heart’s content!

Words by Bianca Parker, Travel Consultant Flight Centre Broadmeadows, VIC. Taken from Travel ideas Queensland.

For The Luxury Lover

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Experience 1

Brisbane is a haven for fine-dining foodie finds. A dinner reservation at Brisbane’s highest awarded and only three-hatted restaurant, Esquire, is a must. Seasonality and market availability dictates the menu and guests are treated to a different variation (anywhere from 12 to 25 dishes) each night.

Those with a sweet tooth will adore the dessert degustation at Bacchus; five delightfully decadent courses – need we say more? Wake up early the next day for a sunrise hot-air balloon ride over the Scenic Rim, followed by a champagne breakfast. Life in Brisbane can be as luxurious as you want it to be.

Experience 2

Noosa is the epicentre of luxury on the Sunshine Coast. Lush, modern accommodation such as The Rise Noosa, which boasts apartments, townhouses and penthouses, puts you at the heart of all the action and within easy reach of the pristine beachfront, upmarket boutiques and fine-dining restaurants such as Italian bistro Locale.

While you can easily spend endless days (and dollars) living the high life in Noosa, venturing to the Hinterland is also must on an itinerary. Follow the charming Art Gallery Trail, knock on a few cellar doors and enjoy an exquisite long lunch at The Long Apron in Montville.

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Spicers Balfour Hotel

Continually ranked as one of the best, Spicers Balfour Hotel in Brisbane’s trendy New Farm is a lavish and stylish accommodation choice for luxury lovers. Courteous staff ensure your stay is flawless, all rooms come smartly furnished, and (if you need another excuse) the cuisine is delicious.

Every night from 6pm, guests are treated to canapes on the rooftop bar, which offers a beautiful view of Brisbane’s Story Bridge. It’s as blissful as it gets!

 One&Only Hayman Island offers luxury at its finest

One&Only Hayman Island

If you’re looking for a luxurious seachange, book a Whitsundays stay at One&Only Hayman Island. Although there are a number of stylish suites here, the two-bedroom penthouse designed by world-acclaimed fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg is as lush as it gets.

The striking space features a roomy lounge and dining area, large balcony, two bedrooms and two bathrooms, each with a separate shower, bath and double vanity. A stay here also includes butler service, so you’ll be looked after in every sense.

Words by Lisa Weber, Manager Flight Centre Mt Eliza, WA. Taken from Travel ideas Queensland.

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