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Editor's Choice - Sunset Waters
By Lisa Monk

We all love the romance and pampering that comes with a luxury holiday and a high standard of service, facilities and attention to detail is the very least we expect. No wonder then that Sunset Waters won the luxury accommodation category in the 2009 TakeABreak Awards.   It boasts a superlative location on tranquil Macleay Island, which lies half way between the Gold Coast and Brisbane and the views across Moreton Bay to the hinterland beyond are breathtaking.   This luxurious waterfront home features a stylish and thoughtful design, which makes the most of the location, and the vast expanse of floor to ceiling glass is a welcome feature that brings the outside in. The land runs down to the high water mark, so it is waterfront in the true sense of the word and it is easy to s... Read more

Town of 1770, Fraser Coast, Queensland
By Penny Parsons

The closest point north of Brisbane to the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef, the Town of 1770 is a haven for exploring the magnificent Queensland coastline and surfing its most northern surf beaches. 1770 is also an ideal place to escape the winter chills of more southern points in Australia. The Town of 1770 was named after the year that James Cook landed on nearby shores. As a result, it is claimed as being the 'Birthplace' of Queensland. Things to Do and See Surfing Agnes Water, 6 km to the south of 1770 is home to the northern-most surf beach in Queensland. Both surfboards and bodyboards are available for hire and there's even a surf school to accommodate beginners. Fishing Both estuary and reef fishing are possible in the area, either in Round Hill Creek or on the ... Read more

City Guide pages
By Style Correspondent Teresa Gomez

BRISBANE BRISVEGAS FASHION AND BEAUTY Brisbanites love to look good and there are many places to give that plastic card some exercise. FORTITUDE VALLEY This is the 'Fashion Hub' of Brisbane and is filled with high-end boutiques. If you love the finer things in life, then this is the place to visit for everything from a wide range of home-oriented retailers to fashion specialty stores for females. ‘The Valley’ stocks the likes of international labels such as, Collette Dinnigan & Collette Dinnigan Enfant, Citizens of Humanity Denim and Christian Louboutin shoes. There are also great male and children ranges thrown into the mix. • Faves are Ultra Suite and Blonde Venus for up-to-the-minute style. • Also, Jean Brown at Emporium, Ann St. A fantastic boutique... Read more

Brilliant Brisbane
By Lisa Monk

Brisbane is an unexpected pleasure, which unlike some of Australia’s flashier cities, reveals itself slowly.  But don’t think that means there is less on offer!  The city is a blend of old and new … beautiful sandstone cathedrals and modern office towers each have their place in a city that has a pace and a feeling all its own. The river flows through the heart of the city and has a series of riverfront walks that give a great insight into this always surprising place.  Brisbane has a wonderful climate, although those who feel the heat may prefer to visit in what passes for winter, when both the temperature and the humidity is lower. What to do … or rather, how to fit it all in!  Brisbane has something to please all types of travellers, with... Read more

St Helena Island - Hell hole of the South Pacific
By Faye Lillie

  The crudely-dressed officer in tatty blue overalls, gun slung around his waist and feet shod in cracked leather boots, marched us two by two, across the island. It was 1904 and we were marooned in a place known as “The Hell Hole of the South Pacific.”  We were insulted, humiliated and whipped by our unrelenting taskmaster, and the strange thing was, we were enjoying the experience. Few people would imagine spending their Sunday afternoon in such a way, let alone paying for the privilege. But it's all part of the experience on a fascinating historical tour of St Helena Island in Brisbane's Moreton Bay. Established as a penal colony in 1867, St Helena Island functioned as a men's high security prison for more than 60 years, and housed some of Australia’s har... Read more

North Stradbroke lures many beyond fishing
By Damien Condon

Drive off the barge from Cleveland in Brisbane’s east onto North Stradbroke Island and you are... Read more

Straddie sojourn
By Damien Condon

 Drive off the barge from Cleveland in Brisbane’s east onto North Stradbroke Island and y... Read more

Moreton Island magic
By Damien Condon

It’s not all about city living in Brisbane, especially with the sub-tropical playground of Moreton Bay and its islands glistening on the city’s eastern fringe. Moreton Island in the bay’s north is home to Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort nestled on the mainland side of the island, the city skyline reaching like fingers towards the sky in the west. Jump on one of the resort’s three dedicated vessels and cruise along the pristine waters of the bay and make your way to as much action as you can handle… or just while the day away on ‘island time’. Jump in a four-wheel-drive or on a quad bike, go kayaking or snorkel around the wrecks just off shore their rusting frames jutting out of the water like crooked teeth. The resort offers heaps of self-con... Read more

Point Lookout
By Adrienne Costin

The untamed tendrils of the bougainvillea framed the sparkling waters and brilliant blue skies to pe... Read more

The wild side of Brisbane's bay
By Shaun O'Dowd

  The first thing that strikes you when hand-feeding a wild dolphin is the size of its teeth. Long, large rows of them swivel towards your hand as you hold your little bait-fish under the water. My companion was unsettled. Standing in knee-deep water, she was sufficiently alarmed to fumble with her fish and drop it. The dolphin carer standing with us gave her another fish and encouraged her to put her hand below water. My companion mustered her courage and did so. The dolphin swam gently forward and took the fish with the utmost care. "It was as though she knew you were uncomfortable," the dolphin carer said as we returned to the beach. The dolphin we met was known as Shadow and was a member of a bottlenose dolphin pod that inhabits Brisbanes Moreton Bay. Shadow plays &q... Read more

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