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                                        $100,000 boost for niche industry

                                        More Queenslanders are expected to visit the state’s north after Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk slashed commercial fees for whale-watching companies.

                                        New $99 Aussie flight better than Bali

                                        Forget Bali or a European summer, because Queenslanders will now be able to book a flight for $100 to one of the most popular regions in the country.

                                        Public holiday date officially changed

                                        It’s the midweek holiday Queenslanders look forward to each and every year. But the date has now been officially changed to help boost tourism.

                                        Shower shock at new $1600 hotel

                                        Reefsuites, Great Barrier Reef. Picture: Catherine Best

                                        This traveller was thrilled to score a bed at one of Australia’s most exclusive stays — only to find herself being gawped at while using the bathroom.

                                        Torrential rain floods theme parks

                                        More than a month’s worth of rain has fallen on the Gold Coast, flooding the city’s theme parks and forcing them to close their doors.

                                        Sea World’s polar bear suddenly dies

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                                        Sea World’s beloved polar bear Liya has “unexpectedly” died inside her enclosure on the Gold Coast, devastating staff at the theme park.

                                        Inside Australia’s first underwater hotel

                                        Reefsuites, Hardy Reef, Great Barrier Reef. Picture: Journey Beyond

                                        A new $10 million floating hotel with underwater suites is set to open this weekend on the Great Barrier Reef and has been hailed a “game changer”.

                                        German tourist reveals weird things about Australia

                                        German tourist Jenny Blenk lists what she finds strange about Australia.

                                        A 20-year-old German traveller living in Brisbane has made a list on YouTube about all the things she finds “weird” about her new-found home.

                                        Luxury resort without the price tag

                                        Freedom Shores in Airlie Beach.

                                        Kicking back at a luxurious resort usually comes with a hefty price tag but this resort makes a fancy experience more affordable.

                                        Elders call for Uluru-style climb ban

                                        Following the closure of Uluru, indigenous elders from the Sunshine Coast have called for similar action to be enforced on a “sacred” mountain.

                                        Dreamworld to shut down iconic ride

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                                        Three years after a horror ride malfunction claimed four lives, Dreamworld has announced it will shut down one of its most popular attractions.

                                        Incredible photos of Brisbane air show

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                                        Photos show a massive RAAF cargo plane swooping over the Brisbane River and close to the city’s skyscrapers as part of an annual festival.

                                        The Aussie resort celebs obsess over

                                        Surrounded by lush green islands, azure blue waters and dripping with champagne — I found out why this hidden sanctuary holds the “suite to the stars”.

                                        Aussie ‘ghost island’ sells for huge price

                                        Cyclone-ravaged Dunk Island — an eerie forgotten Australian paradise since 2011 — has been snapped up for a whopping $32 million.

                                        Punters heat up Australia’s wildest races

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                                        Dressed in flannelette, fascinators and everything in between, punters lived up to the fashion brief of “everything goes” at the wildest race day in Australia.

                                        Dreamworld to get $50 million revamp

                                        Dreamworld Marks One Year Since Fatal Ride Accident

                                        Struggling theme park Dreamworld will undergo a multimillion-dollar overhaul as part of a bid to put its dangerous past behind it.

                                        Map shock for expensive suburbs

                                        The new flight paths for Brisbane Airport. Picture: BNE Airport

                                        An Aussie airport is months away from adding on a new billion-dollar runway to cater for dozens more flights. And people aren’t happy about it.

                                        Rollercoaster ride goes hilariously wrong

                                        Paige was hit in the face by the rogue ibis. Picture: Nicole Ormiston

                                        A young girl, who had to psych herself up to get on one of the Gold Coast’s most terrifying rollercoasters, then had to deal with a rogue bird.

                                        Inside Aussie ‘island’ years in the making

                                        The island took 10 years to pass government approval and create

                                        Surrounded by turquoise waters and only accessible by air, Australia’s newest ‘island’ is going to be a holiday game changer.

                                        Tourists in dangerous dingo brags

                                        Locals have crticised tourists for getting too close to the native dogs.

                                        Tourists have been bragging on Instagram about getting up close and personal with the native dogs in the days following a toddler attack.

                                        Dingo that attacked boy ‘wanted blood’

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                                        Fraser Island rangers are ramping up patrols in their hunt for wild dingoes after a six-year-old boy was attacked at the popular tourist spot.

                                        Google agrees to sort its outback problem

                                        Local businesses say distances in outback Queensland have been inflated. Picture: Google Maps

                                        An Aussie state was up in arms over a Google glitch that left dozens of businesses stranded. But the tech giant has promised to change.

                                        Why Queenslanders are furious at Google

                                        Local businesses say distances in outback Queensland have been inflated. Picture: Google Maps

                                        It boasts some of Australia’s most beautiful spots but thousands of tourists are skipping Queensland’s outback — and businesses say it’s Google’s fault.

                                        Queensland mocked in tourism video

                                        Tourism ad. Picture: Chris Drabble/Facebook

                                        A New Zealand comedian has poked fun at Australia’s long list of deadly animals in a hilarious fake tourism advertisement.

                                        Best holiday spots to book last-minute

                                        Canoes on Noosa Beach

                                        It’s officially summer, but if you haven’t yet booked that December/January getaway, you can still snag these Aussie spots for a steal.

                                        Dreamworld’s incredible new $17m ride

                                        Dreamworld's new Sky Voyager ride. Picture: Dreamworld

                                        THE theme park is looking to woo back visitors this summer with an impressive new ride that’s a first for the southern hemisphere.

                                        Aussie town you have to visit

                                        Port Douglas beach and ocean on sunny day, Queensland

                                        CELEBRITIES from George Clooney to the Clintons flock to this tiny resort town. After one weekend, it’s not difficult to see why.

                                        Where you’ll find Australia’s best pizza

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                                        THE people have spoken. Despite its surprising location, if you want a slice of the good stuff, this beachside pizzeria can’t be beat.

                                        Big problem for island haven

                                        IT’S the futuristic plan designed to revamp on of Australia’s beautiful islands but there’s no guarantee it’ll work.

                                        Moment Queensland lost millions

                                        IT WAS supposed to be a win for the state’s tourist industry, but everyone watching our navy’s biggest ship sink knew something had gone terribly wrong.

                                        Best Aussie beach you’ve never heard of

                                        Moreton Island

                                        THIS spectacular spot is just an hour from Brisbane and has everything — without the crowds. But most Australians have no idea it’s there.

                                        Aussie icon has been ‘cooked’

                                        Green Turtle Swimming on the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia

                                        A COLOSSAL bleaching event has “cooked” our iconic Great Barrier Reef and destroyed much of it forever, a devastating new study has found.

                                        Rescuers hit out at ‘boofhead’ tourists

                                        Climber looks at the views after climbing Mt Tibrogargan in the Glass House Mountains National Park. PicPhil/Hammond scenic travel tourism qld mountain climbing mountaineering oct 2006

                                        TOURISTS flock to these picturesque mountains for some of Queensland’s best views but rescuers have just about had it with their stupidity.

                                        1.7bn year-old find in Australia

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                                        A DISCOVERY dating back 1.7 billion years in an Aussie town is changing everything we thought we knew about our country.

                                        Call to ban rain from forecasts

                                        A person is seen crossing Bourke Street in Melbourne's CDB on Saturday, December 2, 2017 About 100mm of rain has been forecast for Melbourne between Friday and Sunday, while parts of Victoria are tipped to receive between 200mm and 300mm over the same period. (AAP Image/James Ross) NO ARCHIVING

                                        THE Sunshine State wants to banish rain from forecasts, claiming it’s too negative and that meteorologists should get a sunnier disposition.

                                        I’ve been everywhere but this spot is best

                                        Nelly Bay, Townsville

                                        Forget spending a fortune to get to the Seychelles or Maldives. This traveller has seen it all — but one overlooked spot blew him away.

                                        Long-haul coup for Brisbane Airport

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                                        QANTAS has announced a major coup for Brisbane that will generate jobs and position the city as a gateway to North America.

                                        50 years of our favourite holiday spot

                                        Noosa. Picture: Visit Sunshine Coast

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                                        IT IS one of Australia’s best holiday destinations, so it’s hard to believe just 50 years ago the Sunshine Coast technically didn’t exist.

                                        This place changed my mind about camping

                                        Elyse Knowles glamps at Noosa's North Shore.

                                        FORGET everything you know about uncomfortable sleeps, canned food and days without showering, this is the most glamorous camping spot in Australia.

                                        Hottest new item on Aussie menus

                                        Picture: Jen Dainer/Industrial Arc Photography

                                        MASTERCHEF has taught us a lot about fancy cooking, but Australia’s finest chefs still have some pretty crazy tricks up their sleeves — like ants.

                                        White lions arrive at Dreamworld

                                        Holden (on the left) and Kimba the white lions at Dreamworld
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                                        IF YOU have ever wanted to tell people you’ve played tug of war against a lion, now is your chance. These two beauties are ready and waiting.

                                        This is so much better than camping

                                        Best tree houses to stay in around the world.

                                        THIS looks like a pretty fancy hotel suite. And it is — the only thing that makes it different is that it’s in a tree.

                                        Alcohol laws are enough to drive you to drink

                                        Alcohol laws are enough to drive you to drink

                                        AS basic spirits at a nightclub hit $9 a shot, it’s time to rethink the nanny state laws that got us here, including not being allowed to have entertainment in smoking areas.

                                        10 reasons QLD is better than NSW

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                                        FORGET State of Origin — there’s a lot more to this state v state rivalry than whatever happens on the footy field.

                                        Property bungle ‘like lotto win’

                                        Mary Valley photo by Jen Dainer

                                        A FAILED government project has created accidental millionaires in Queensland, handing them stunning land at a fraction of its value.

                                        New ‘national icon’ coming to QLD

                                        Wangetti Trail proposed for Tropical North Queensland.

                                        IT ALREADY has the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. And now the Tropical North looks to become the home for an epic new attraction.

                                        The place you could be right now

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                                        THERE are a whopping 72 islands in the Whitsundays. Don’t know where to start? Here’s your essential guide to the region so you can start planning that trip.

                                        ‘If Elvis played golf, he’d still be alive’

                                        ‘If Elvis played golf, he’d still be alive’

                                        LOUIE Shelton has played guitar beside some of the biggest names in music, and he has a fascinating theory about the King of Rock’n’Roll.

                                        Move over Hawaii: These islands are back

                                        Whitsundays releases Welcome Back drone video after Cyclone Debbie.

                                        GRAB your beach towel. This destination hit the headlines for the wrong reasons, but now its idyllic beaches are set to lure tourists again.

                                        First look at Qld’s ‘monster’ hypercoaster

                                        First look at Qld’s ‘monster’ hypercoaster

                                        A THRILL ride tipped to become the biggest and scariest rollercoaster in Australia is starting to take shape at Movie World. Fans are excited.

                                        Lifeline for the Great Barrier Reef

                                        Great Barrier Reef

                                        THE potential creation of an underwater art museum is being hailed a “game changer” for reef tourism.

                                        Controversial plan to boost tourism

                                        Controversial plan to boost tourism

                                        KATTER’S Australian party has a controversial plan to lure tourists to Queensland, and it involves crocodiles.

                                        ‘Dear Debbie’: Qld’s heartbreaking note

                                        couple relaxing on Whitehaven beach, Australia

                                        SHE swept them off their feet, but this is no love letter. Check out the emotional Facebook post that’s got the world siding with Queensland.

                                        Best out-of-office replies ever

                                        Best out-of-office replies ever

                                        FORGET your standard auto-reply, this tourism employee has gained legendary status for her amazing email responses.

                                        Can you spot the diver?

                                        Can you spot the diver?

                                        RAINE Island, located about 620 kilometres north of Cairns, is the largest green turtle nesting ground on planet Earth.

                                        Gold Coast sheds tacky image

                                        Gold Coast sheds tacky image

                                        IT HAS long been known as Australia’s most brashy, most trashy city, but the Gold Coast has been revamped — and here’s the proof.

                                        Dreamworld resembles ghost town

                                        Dreamworld resembles ghost town

                                        IT should have been one of the biggest days of the year, but two months after the death of four patrons, the theme park is quiet.

                                        Something’s different about Queensland

                                        Something’s different about Queensland

                                        ALTHOUGH it’s still in the grip of drought, welcome rain has temporarily turned parts of outback Queensland green.

                                        The new $59 flight to paradise

                                        The new $59 flight to paradise

                                        DEMAND for this once little-known hotspot has gone sky-high and now Jetstar is offering direct flights there on the cheap.

                                        Is this the world’s best place to live?

                                        Is this the world’s best place to live?

                                        HALF a million tourists visit this place every year, and it’s so spectacular some of them never leave. So what’s the reality of living in paradise?

                                        Forget Syd v Melb: This is our best city

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                                        WHILE everyone fights about Melbourne and Sydney, we’re forgetting about the greatest city of them all. This is who really reigns supreme.

                                        Why this guy flew a stranger to Australia

                                        Why this guy flew a stranger to Australia

                                        HAVE you ever really wanted something, so bad you couldn’t wait? Perth man Gun Hudson felt that way about a pair of glasses.

                                        How to expose a toolie

                                        How to expose a toolie

                                        THE Gold Coast will be injected with teenagers, tequila and testosterone this weekend as eager school leavers embark on their annual week of debauchery.

                                        Dreamworld nightmare spreads

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                                        THE horrific deaths of four people at Dreamworld last month has led to a drop in visitor numbers across all Gold Coast theme parks.

                                        Wicked Campers could be no more

                                        Wicked Campers could be no more

                                        COULD this be the beginning of the end for the sexist slogans emblazoned on the side of Wicked Campers? Warning: Obscene language

                                        Forget the Gold Coast, go here instead

                                        Forget the Gold Coast, go here instead

                                        SOME might say the Gold Coast is to Australia what Justin Bieber is to music: brash, and largely tolerated. But here’s something better.

                                        No more dolphins at Sea World?

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                                        ACTIVISTS say it’s only a matter of time before tourist attractions such as Sea World lose the right to keep dolphins — but they’re in for a fight.

                                        Where no man has been before

                                        Where no man has been before

                                        HE’S got his own submersible superhero-style transport, he’s a man of the people and he’s all about action. Now he’s done something even more incredible.

                                        Mega resort’s reef casino mystery

                                        Mega resort’s reef casino mystery

                                        WITH its futuristic buildings and man-made seas, it looks like belongs on Mars. Instead, it’s a huge casino proposed for the Great Barrier Reef.

                                        ‘What really happens on the Gold Coast’

                                        GC Tourism slams reality TV show

                                        CHANNEL Seven has started to air a new reality show which goes behind the scenes on the Gold Coast. It’s a world of “bikini babes, millionaires and broken rules”.

                                        Chinese billionaire’s ambitious plan

                                        Stills from the movie trailer, Jurassic World.

                                        CHINA’S richest man has a wildly ambitious plan for Australia. It will cost him billions of dollars, but the result might just be worth it.

                                        The Gold Coast you don’t often see

                                        The Gold Coast you don’t often see

                                        FAR removed from the theme parks and highrises, the Schoolies and the Supercars is a side of the Gold Coast you probably don’t know about.

                                        There’s a cheeky new trend at Schoolies

                                        There’s a cheeky new trend at Schoolies

                                        SCHOOLIES has kicked off with as many as 25,000 young people flocking to the Gold Coast. They’re certainly having a crack at standing out.

                                        Schoolies will be different this year

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                                        INSTA-ready teens are packing their Nutri Bullets and swapping booze for juice as an anti-terror crackdown and possible ban on beach parties threaten this year’s Schoolies.

                                        The Aussie town with a big secret

                                        View of house 'Clovelly', 38-68 Balmoral road, Montville, Queensland.

                                        IT’S A TINY town that few outsiders have heard of — and yet it’s been named the destination that Australians are loving the most.

                                        Is Australia about to get a Disneyland?

                                        Is Australia about to get a Disneyland?

                                        CHINA’S richest man is poised to build a “major”, multi-billion dollar theme park expected to rival Dreamworld and Movieworld.

                                        Before and after: What $45 million did

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                                        THIS Aussie island was wiped off the tourist map, despite being a rival to Hamilton Island. Its transformation is now complete, and the results are remarkable.

                                        Why does QLD need this K-pop star?

                                        Why does QLD need this K-pop star?

                                        QUEENSLAND’S government has roped in one of South Korea’s biggest pop icons for a very important campaign.

                                        This is Australia’s most underrated city

                                        This is Australia’s most underrated city

                                        THE mere mention of this city can emit sighs of sheer boredom from many. But now, it’s starting to wake up, and prove its haters wrong.

                                        Carnivale comes of age in Port Douglas

                                        Carnivale comes of age in Port Douglas

                                        YOU don’t have to go to Rio to experience Carnivale. It’s right on your door step, in tropical, gorgeous Port Douglas.

                                        Qantas to take passengers under water

                                        Qantas to take passengers under water

                                        FIRST Class passengers on Qantas will be given the chance to dive the Great Barrier Reef - all while flying at 35,000 feet.

                                        Is town ‘1770’ Australia’s best kept secret?

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                                        IT COULD be Australia’s best kept secret. This tiny coastal town has an important history and one of the strangest names we’ve ever heard.

                                        Surf, sand, sun and ... snubbed

                                        Surf, sand, sun and ... snubbed

                                        IT’S Australia’s holiday capital, but the Gold Coast has been snubbed by a new list of Australia’s best tourism destinations. Find out who makes the list.

                                        $100 million attempt to save Aussie icon

                                        $100 million plan to save Aussie icon

                                        THE Government has unveiled its long term plan for the Great Barrier Reef, hoping to avert a UN declaration that the natural wonder is in danger. But is it already too late?

                                        Blue-collar beach makes top 10 list

                                        Blue-collar beach makes top 10 list

                                        THE list of Queensland’s Top 10 most popular beaches has a shock entrant - a blue-collar stretch among the state’s best.

                                        Skytrans grounded: Travel plans up in air

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                                        TRAVELLERS will be caught unawares by the sudden collapse of a regional Queensland airline.

                                        This view is Australia’s best kept secret

                                        This view is Australia’s best kept secret

                                        CRISP air and uninterrupted majestic views. Best of all, there is no one else around. Where is this place of natural beauty?

                                        Dear Surfers Paradise, where did it go wrong?

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                                        ONCE a destination for family holidays, has the Goldy lost its way? What’s happened to the notoriously glitzy Surfers Paradise?

                                        Super-size me: The paradise full of giants

                                        Super-size me: The paradise full of giants

                                        IT’S a paradise full of pristine beaches, undisturbed coastline and wildlife that can grow up to 10 metres long. But this no movie, this is nature tropical style.

                                        The Aussie paradise you’ve never heard of

                                        The Aussie paradise you’ve never heard of

                                        EVER heard of Agnes Water? We thought not. It’s one of Australia’s little known paradises. If you’re after a charming, relaxed holiday spot, this could be the place for you.

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