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Beach holidays at Ascot Cottage
By Sue Savage

Ascot Cottage is a tropical paradise for all our guests. With ceiling fans and split system air-conditioning throughout, combined with casement windows and french doors to capture the cool sea breeze, Ascot Cottage has a cool and relaxing beach cottage feeling. It is a perfect retreat after a day of exploring North Queensland's most popular tropical Island experience. Our cottage is a 200m stroll to the Picnic Bay beach and jetty. The beach is patrolled over weekends, public and school holidays. In summer the beach has a stinger enclosure to provide maximum security for our guests, while cooling off in the tropical North Queensland waters of Magnetic Island. The jetty was once used for the ferry terminal, although today it is a totally recreational facility, for fishing and relaxing. The ... Read more

A great family holiday on Magnetic Island
By Sue Savage

At Ascot Cottage we believe the little extra touches make a welcoming home away from home. It creates a calming atmosphere, which allows parents to recharge. If the children have plenty to keep them occupied then this allows Mum and Dad to feel rested and restored. Ascot Cottage has wonderful tropical gardens where children can escape from reality and really let their imaginations grow. Also included are games, a shuttlecock set and DVDs. Ascot Cottage is a tropical paradise to all our guests. With ceiling fans and split system air-conditioning throughout, combined with casement windows and French doors to capture the breeze, Ascot Cottage has a cool and relaxing feeling. It is a perfect retreat after a day of exploring North Queensland's most popular tropical Island experience. The cott... Read more

Romantic holidays
By Sue Savage

Do you ever dream of lazing under a palm tree, on a sultry afternoon, just you and the one you love, while listening to the soothing sounds of the trees gently swaying in the breeze or the gentle waves lapping at your feet on a beautiful tropical island? Can you picture yourselves walking hand in hand along a magnificent old jetty with its rustic charm while feeling the magic in the air as you gaze into each other’s eyes? Then Ascot Cottage on Magnetic Island can take those dreams and turn them into a romantic reality. In the quiet locale of Picnic Bay and only a two minute stroll from Picnic Bay beachfront, restaurants and jetty you will discover one of Magnetic Island finest holiday cottages. At Ascot Cottage you will take pleasure in the lush tropical private gardens offering pea... Read more

Delightful Destination: Ingham, Queensland
By Kylie Jane Degeling

The next time you’re tucking into a delicious meal of pasta, you might find yourself longing to spend time in a warm Mediterranean climate with beaches, fine wines, and friendly Italians. Clearly then, you should consider heading to Ingham, Queensland! With close to sixty percent of the residents being of Italian descent, there is a delightful blend of Italian customs and culture throughout the community. Many of the Italian settlers arrived back in the late 1800s to cut sugar cane. Today, sugar remains the dominant industry and the Italian Aussies celebrate their heritage through a rowdy, fun-filled festival each May. Here, the motto is “Mangiamo, Beviamo and Cantiamo" (Eat, Drink and Celebrate) and with spaghetti-eating competitions as well as their Great Italian Bakeoff... Read more

Sea Kayak Eco Adventures
By ATDW Database

Contact: 4778 5424 or magneticisland@seakayak.com.au
“We take only photos and leave only footprints”Magnetic Island Sea Kayaks is one of the oldest running operations on the east coast established in 1993, they operate the Island's only Advanced Ecotourism Certified tour and the regions first Australian Climate Action Business.Discover World Heritage Magnetic Island's National and Marine Parks from the quiet of your kayak on their fun and adventurous multi-award winning tours. Paddle within metres of huge granite boulders to marvel at the coastline's rugged beauty. Drift over sea grass beds and coral gardens without disturbing the environment to view nature in the wild on the Island's most informative and only true environmentally friendly tour.“View Nature in the Wild” on Magnetic Island's only environmentally friendly tours as you discover... Read more

Review - Dalrymple Tourist Van Park
By Kylie Jane Degeling

TakeABreak Awards 2009 Winner, Holiday Park Accommodation: Dalrymple Tourist Van Park  If you head up into the beautiful tropical paradise of Far North Queensland, you’ll encounter a fabulously fun holiday park in the town of Charters Towers. Loaded with clean and comfortable cabins, plenty of spaces to pitch a tent or park your caravan, and fun organised events like campfire sing-a-longs and Devonshire teas, Dalrymple Tourist Van Park is the standout winner in 2009 TakeABreak Awards, Holiday Park Accommodation category. Located 130 km southwest of Townsville, Charters Towers is an inland town with a rich history and plenty of well-preserved heritage buildings to admire. Once a bustling gold rush town in the 1870s, residents of Charters Towers speak of ghosts that haunt ... Read more

Quad Bike King
By ATDW Database

Contact: 4919 0088 or enquiries@quadbikeking.com.au
Quad Bike King offers an adventure of a lifetime, travelling through the magnificent sand dunes on your very own quad bike. Experience the beauty of Port Stephens in a unique and safe environment.

Ride your very own ultimate fun machine, thro... Read more

Editor's Choice - Murralea Place
By Lisa Monk

We all dream of a tropical holiday, swaying palms, balmy breezes and of course, wonderful views and the tranquillity of being far away from the humdrum of everyday life.  Port Hinchinbrook at Cardwell ticks all those boxes and more and Murralea Place Apartments are the answer to your tropical holiday dreams. Hinchinbrook Island, at 393 sq.km, is Australia’s largest island National Park and a wilderness area of great beauty and diversity.  It lies off the Cardwell coast halfway between Cairns and Townsville and has abundant flora and fauna, as well as pristine streams and palm-fringed beaches.  The island is uninhabited, except for an eco lodge at Cape Richards. However, Murralea Place Apartments in Port Hinchinbrook offer great accommodation options, including a ... Read more

Magnetic Island
By Kylie Jane Degeling

If you are attracted to warm, sunny places with cosy cottages, stunning beaches, colourful reefs and loads of water sports, then you’ll find it hard to resist the pull of Magnetic Island. Nestled amongst the isles of the most incredible ocean wonderland on earth – The Great Barrier Reef, Magnetic Island is a memorable place to spend your next break. Captain James Cook’s crew found the island so alluring in 1770, he believed its magnetic force was causing havoc with his compass, thus the name of the island. Today, people realise it isn’t the magnetic force that pulls people in, but rather its beauty and charm. Things to do on Magnetic Island: When you arrive, the first thing you’ll need to do is catch your breath. It really is that beautiful. Imagine the mos... Read more

The Great Barrier Reef
By Kylie Jane Degeling

It’s so massive, astronauts can see it quite clearly from space, however the Great Barrier Reef is much more impressive down low and up close. The largest reef system on earth is so huge (bigger than Italy!), you could dive, snorkel and sail around it for a lifetime without seeing everything. And you’d never lose your sense of wonder, as vast displays of coral, colourful fish, various shell shapes and designs fill three dimensions of ever-changing beauty.  Extending 2000 km and covering an area of 35 million hectares, 2800 living reefs combine to make The Great Barrier Reef, which today remains the largest-ever World Heritage Area. These reefs form an extensive eco-system teaming with around 1500 species of fish, 4000 species of molluscs, 400 varieties of sponge and count... Read more

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