The Road Ahead : April May 2009
TRAVEL + LIFESTYLE GOLD COAST FEATURE The cantilevered lookout stretches 30 m above the valley and showcases spectacular views through the rainforest canopy. Bird and bush lovers can enjoy all the natural beauty Mount Tamborine has to offer. For beer lovers, heaven may well be MT Brewery. A limited, but impressive selection of beer is brewed on site using traditional methods with no artificial additives. Tastings and tours are available. Witches Chase Cheese Company produces a range of handcrafted, mouth-watering cheeses. The range includes soft mould cheeses and unpasteurised, traditional cloth-bound varieties.Visitors can watch the cheese-making process before tastings and making any purchases. Enjoy a leisurely lunch at Liquid Amber Bistro and Grill. The menu selection features fresh local produce, including those from Witches Chase Cheeses and a brew from MT Brewery. Closer to the Gold Coast, the Australian Outback Spectacular show is a night of action-packed drama, with spectacular visual effects. Meet likeable Aussie outback characters, as two outback stations come together to battle for supremacy. From yarns around the campfi re,mustering, breaking in the colts to daring horse stunts, the show captures a glimpse of life on the land and that irrepressible outback spirit. An Aussie BBQ dinner, accompanying drinks and a stockman’s hat is included. Royal Pines Resort, at Ashmore on the Coast, is a good spot to bunk down for the night. The rooms here are well appointed, the breakfast fare is sure to satisfy all appetites, there’s a spa on site and the tennis centre and 27-hole golf course make for perfect outdoor relaxation options. For more relaxation, Tai Chi is another ideal way to balance busy lifestyles. Gentle, smooth and slow- moving exercises promote wellness and harmony. Take a personalised lesson with Brad Holmes Surf Coaching and you won’t be disappointed. It’s an effective and enjoyable way to keep fit, regardless of age. Brad’s surf coaching lessons (can be arranged at mutually agreeable locations) are for beginners through to advanced students. He’s happy to work with special needs people and group sessions are available. An impressive architectural statement on the coast’s expanding skyline is the Q1 Tower. This sleek structure is home to QDeck, a great beachside observation deck. A 43-second elevator ride is all it takes to witness spectacular aerial views that stretch from Byron Bay to Brisbane and through to the hinterland. Enjoy a coffee during the day, or a cocktail while taking in the sunset hours, 77 fl oors above the rolling surf. Take time out to indulge in a treatment at Q1 Spa. It’s a mind, body and soul experience that will leave you feeling pampered and relaxed. Therapies include facial, hand, head and feet treatments, along with body massages, scrubs, wraps and hot stone therapy. Oskars on Burleigh is a dining icon on the coast. Culinary delights include daily menus of fresh seafood, meat-lover creations and mouth-watering deserts. It’s well worth a visit. Renowned for its daily lorikeet feeding, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has once again opened the arena for a gold coin donation. Visitors can feed the lorikeets between the hours of 8-9am and 4-5pm, enjoy a meal at Cafe Sanctuary or visit the shops. Alternatively, purchase full entry and enjoy all the sanctuary has to offer. A variety of daily shows, along with its resident animal displays, includes feeding kangaroos, cuddling a koala, paying a visit to Holy the saltwater crocodile, wandering along nearly 10 km of walking trails, visiting the Extreme Green Challenge,watching birds of prey at the Free Flight Bird Show and experiencing indigenous music and dance at the Aboriginal Dance Show. PHOTOS, FROM ABOVE LEFT: CURRUMBIN SANCTUARY. MT BREWERY AND WITCHES CHASE CHEESES. PREVIOUS PAGE: Q1 TOWERS OVER THE CITY. 42 THE ROAD AHEAD APR/MAY 2009 visit roadahead.com.au MORE INFO ROADAHEAD.COM.AU ESSENTIAL INFO GO: Save on tickets to the Australian Outback Spectacular and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary by pre-purchasing from your local RACQ branch, racq.com/ travel or by calling 1800 629 501. STAY: Royal Pines Resort is rated 5 stars. Book at racq.com/ accommodation. PLAN: Visit racq. com/tripplanner.
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