The Road Ahead : April May 2007
APR/MAY 07 35 WHITING'S TALES News in Brief "Frances," she said, "moving to the apar tment next door to the one you stayed in last year doesn't count as adventurous." Well, I disagree. For star ters, we had no idea what the decor was going to be like inside. Anyway, I've always thought that if you were on a good thing you should stick to it. Over the years, I have stayed in many different holiday apar tments, resor ts, camping grounds and homes -- some good, some bad and some truly appalling -- so I thought I would share with you some helpful tips I've gathered along the way. • If the brochure says the holiday accommodation you are considering has "ocean glimpses", this means that if your entire family stood on each other's shoulders like some sor t of circus troupe, and the top person had a pair of binoculars, you might get a quick peek at a sliver of blue, which may or may not be the sea. • If you peek in the owner's cupboard, which is always secured by the world's easiest to pick lock, they will know. Even if you leave no evidence behind, they will know. Not that I've ever done that. • Never book the apar tment next to the resor t pool. Ever. • Never put your head under the water in the spa, well, not unless you like the idea of taking home some sor t of flesh-eating, Ebola-like virus. • Never book a holiday during Schoolies Week, for exactly the same reason. • Don't make friends with the people next door to you in the resor t or camping ground on the first day of your holiday. Remember you have to live next door to them for two weeks and chances are by the end of that for tnight you'll be cowering under the table saying, "Oh God, it's the Robinsons again." Same again please WITH FRANCES WHITING "Never book the apartment next to the resort pool. Ever." By the time you read this, we will have returned from our annual holidays, spent at the same place at which we vacation ever y year. This year, we vowed to go somewhere different. To that end, we visited travel agents, collected brochures, sur fed the net and looked up specials, only to find ourselves, much to our friends' amusement, at exactly the same resor t we stayed at last year, and the year before that, and the year before that. "I can't believe you're going to exactly the same place again," my friend Suzy said. "Honestly Frances, you really should be a bit more adventurous." "For your information, Suzanne,'' I said, "we are not staying in exactly the same place. I think you'll find we're tr ying somewhere completely different." COAST MOVES Plans are under way to establish a recreational canoe trail along a 28 km stretch of the Maroochy River. The Maroochy River Canoe Trail will flow from the South Maroochy River, near Yandina, to Maroochydore and will feature riverside parking areas and water access facilities. Two other recreation trails are also on the drawing board, a 140 km Brisbane Valley Rail Trail, from Ipswich to Blackbutt, and a 76 km Boonah to Ipswich Trail. Meanwhile, Noosa's Hastings Street is to have a $7 million makeover, its first major upgrade since the 1990s. The intention is to create a more pedestrian-focused environment, with improved traffic management and pedestrian priority areas. The street will retain its existing mature trees, while more seating and gathering areas will be constructed to highlight the beach links. Improved lighting is also planned. Five new shared-used zones will link up with beach access points. TOURISM WINNERS Queensland operators were recognised at the Australian Tourism Awards in Sydney late last month. Australia Zoo won the tourism retailing award, while Fantasea Cruises-Reefworld claimed the significant tourist attractions categor y. The Quicksilver Group won major tour and transpor t operator, while Tourism Noosa was best at destination promotion. Queensland's Outback Travellers Guide picked up the media crown. 4WD ACCESS CUT The State Government will close the 18 km Hook Point Rd on Fraser Island to four-wheel-drives, once new signage has been readied and beach campgrounds established.
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