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Let off the leash of the last few months, Queenslanders are on the move. So you might as well make the best of the many enticements now being flung in your path. Cairns & Great Barrier Reef is open and are going all out to court your patronage. In exchange, you can experience mighty fine accommodation, the world's oldest rainforest, the Great Barrier Reef and the outback with some great discounted prices.
**Note you need to book directly with the operators for these June deals. You can plan the rest of your itinerary at tropicalnorthqueensland.org.au
Room with a view
Consider which island to paddle to at Mission Beach where you can get a beachfront room at Castaways Resort & Spa for just $129 a night. www.castaways.com.au
Discounted beach apartments
Amaroo at Trinity Beach is offering discounts of up to 30 per cent and has apartments with direct beach access from $500 a week. www.amarooresort.com
Sleep in a treehouse
Snuggle by the fire at Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat with a 50% discount for stays of more than two nights in their treehouses, including villa treehouses suitable for families. A complimentary breakfast hamper is included for the first morning. www.rosegums.com.au
Embrace the beach lifestyle at Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore with three-bedroom apartments just $300 a night for a minimum two-night stay. www.lancemore.com.au/alamanda
Relax in the rainforest
Relax in the rainforest with a cheese patter and pate, French champagne, imported beers and a stocked coffee machine at Mist at Cape Tribulation. Stays of two nights or more are discounted by $100 a night. www.mistatcapetribulation.com.au
Stay and dine
Stay at Hilton Cairns for just $150 a night for two with a $50 dining credit for each night of the stay. Enjoy breakfast at Café Sunrise and lunch and dinner at Mondo's overlooking Trinity Inlet.
Bookings are taken directly on 07 4050 2000.
Holiday like a celebrity
Throw on a pair of dark sunnies and head for one of the exclusive properties in the Port Douglas area frequented by Oscar winners. Executive Retreats is offering a 25 per cent discount on stays of three nights or more at their properties including the highly-coveted Bali Hai where Gold Logie winner Rebecca Gibney held her glamorous wedding. www.executiveretreats.com.au/accommodation/bali-hai
Stay in Australia's best lodge
Getaway on a luxury all-inclusive holiday to outback Queensland's, Mount Mulligan. This luxury outback lodge is situated on a secluded, entirely private 28,000-hectare heritage site, offering boutique accommodation in the shadow of majestic Mount Mulligan.
Mt Mulligan Lodge is the only Australian property to make the Conde Nast Traveller 2020 Hot List. To celebrate, the Northern Escape Collection property is reopening for Queenslanders with the special rate of $800 per night, all-inclusive for two guests – a saving of $900 per night. www.northernescape.com.au
Stay in the heart of the city at Shangri-La The Marina Cairns for just $189 and enjoy your choice of an early check-in or a late checkout plus an upgrade. It includes free parking and a bottle of wine with a cheese and antipasto platter on check-in. www.shangri-la.com/en/cairns/shangrila
Kick back on an island
Fitzroy Island Resort has 30% off its Welcome Back Activity Package for a minimum two-night stay for two. It includes return transfers, daily one-course breakfast, snorkelling equipment, one-hour kayaking, glass-bottom boat tour, fish feeding and self-guided rainforest walks. www.fitzroyisland.com
Escape for two nights
Pullman Cairns International is offering a complimentary upgrade to Premium Harbour View, free car parking, late checkout and a $50 food and beverage credit for two priced at $189 a night.
Phone 4031 1300
Fly to a sand cay
Get a bird's eye view of the Great Barrier Reef before you land on your own private sand cay off Cairns for a bottle of bubbles. Nautilus Aviation is offering 40% off the price of helicopter sand cay trips, scenic flights and day trips to Mt Mulligan Lodge. www.nautilusaviation.com.au
Bungy jumping at AJ Hackett Cairns is just $139 and your friends can watch with the new Tower Climb & Lookout Lunch or Dinner Special. Climb the 196 steps for the perfect photo opportunity. Enjoy a burger, chips and soft drink afterwards all for $19 or $9 for a child. www.ajhackett.com
If you can co-ordinate this in time.
Alliance Airlines will be operating four direct flights weekly from Brisbane to Whitsunday Coast Airport, with sale fares starting from $99 per person one way. Tickets are on sale now through www.allianceairlines.com.au
The first flight is scheduled to touch down on the Whitsunday Coast Airport runway on 22nd June perfectly coinciding with June / July school holidays.