The Road Ahead : February March 2012
QUEENSLAND GREAT ESCAPE TRAVEL 35 FEB/MAR 2012 THE ROAD AHEAD Explore Queensland *Rates based on presentation of a valid QLD Pension Concession card, otherwise adult fares apply. Min passengers required for G ulf tour to operate & select depar ture dates apply -- G ulf tour departs 2 Jun and 11 Aug 12. Subject to availability & based on low season rates. Queensland Rail Limited ABN 71 132 181 090 $1,454* $5,389* per person twin share No credit card fees per person twin share No credit card fees Contact your travel team directly on 1300 888 449 email@example.com Discover Queensland's unique holiday experiences 5 day unwind with nature Offer includes: onboard The Sunlander from Brisbane to Cairns incl. all meals station/airport Thala Beach Lodge with full breakfast daily on arrival watching, nature walks, outdoor star gazing and unique coconut odyssey 12 day Gulf Explorer Offer includes: Sunlander Brisbane to Cairns incl. meals Gorge, Karumba, Mt Isa and Longreach Tablelands, Undara Lava Tubes, Rocky Springs Cattle Station, Savannahlander and Gulflander rail journeys, Cloncurry, Museum Qld Pensioner from Qld Pensioner from bombing raids by the Japanese. Museum curator and historian Vanessa Seekee takes visitors to military landmarks on the island -- abandoned cannon batteries, slit trenches and air crash wreckage -- as part of her In Their Steps guided tour. From Horn Island, it's a brief and cheerfully-cheap ferry ride across Ellis Channel to Thursday Island, the centre for government and trade in the Torres Strait group. Immerse yourself in the rich colours of islander life with a visit to Gab Titui Cultural Centre. At this striking contemporary gallery, you can admire and purchase traditional, indigenous artworks, including exquisitely detailed lino-cut prints, typical of the region. The Torres Strait Islands are renowned for their home- grown artists; the likes of Dennis Nona and Alick Tipoti earning national and international acclaim. Gab Titui also houses culturally significant artifacts and, on occasion, offers a venue for local performances. From the cultural centre, catch a cab or hike on foot to Lion's Lookout for a memorable view of surrounding islands and the vivid blue-green waters in which they bathe. The ocean yields a rich array of seafood for the island's fishermen, including that most sought-after of table crustaceans, freshly caught crayfish. ... the Torres Strait Islands offer an exotic travel destination with an unhurried lifestyle and cultural richness ... At Bernie's Kai Kai Bar (the name is local language for tucker or food), you'll discover how versatile crayfish can be: menu choices include crayfish quiche, crayfish pies and crayfish salad wraps. Discover more exotic fare from the sea at Friday Island, 15 minutes by water taxi from Thursday Island. Organise a visit to the Kazu Pearl Culture Farm and learn about the Torres Strait's thriving pearl diving industry which dates back to the late 1800s. Owner, Kazuyoshi Takami has been pearl farming since the 1970s and his seeding and harvesting demonstrations give an intriguing insight into the creation of these jewels of the sea. Afterwards, guests can retreat to the shade of a palm- thatched hut to savour a sushi feast that includes plump morsels of pearl meat. Browse the shop's collection of jewellery and take home a shimmering souvenir of your Torres Strait adventure.
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