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nusaAugust will see the opening of a stunning new development in Noosa. Habitat Noosa is a new eco-camping experience, located 25 minutes north from the heart of Noosa at the beautiful Elanda Point. The impressive development sprawls over 65 acres of bushland where you will be able to stay overnight in glamping tents with ensuites under the stars.....and lots of kangaroos.

The purpose built project is the first of its kind in Australia, offering a range of facilities and activities on the banks of a beautiful lake and close to the entrance of the Noosa Everglades.

fossilsRawnsley Park Station are currently installing six new holiday units on the property. This will bring the total number of accommodation units at Rawnsley to 38 from September 1st of this year -  29 holiday units, 8 ecovillas plus the Rawnsley Homestead. Tony and Julie Smith, Owners of Rawnsley Park Station, said that the high demand for accommodation in the Flinders Ranges convinced them to expand the accommodation offering at this time. “We have been in a period of consolidation since we added four Ecovillas in 2009, and now think that the time is right to expand to meet the expected demand in coming years”.

Daydream LogoDaydream Island Resort has announced Executive Chef, Bradley Martin, will lead the Resort’s premium dining destinations ahead of it’s grand re-opening early next year.

A passionate Queenslander, Bradley will bring his extensive resort experience to the island and will lead the opening of three restaurants; Graze, Infinity and Inkstone Kitchen and Bar, as well as four bars; Lovers Cove, Barefoot Bar, Tonic and Silica.

TWALast month marked the beginning of the annual whale migration in Western Australia, which is one of the longest in the world. From now until December, humpback whales, southern right and blue whales make their way along the coast from the Southern Ocean in the South West to the warmer breeding grounds in the Kimberley, in the North West. Throughout the season, visitors can take whale watching tours from Albany, the Margaret River region (Augusta, Busselton, Dunsborough), Esperance, Perth, Broome, Kalbarri and Shark Bay, while in Exmouth and Coral Bay, visitors can swim with the humpback whales. The swim with humpbacks experience generally runs from August to October, just off the Ningaloo Reef.

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003961 - Couple admiring karri trees in Boranup Forest in the Leeuwin - Naturaliste National Park HR 002Australian Wildlife Adventures are excited to announce the expansion of their Western Australian product with the launch of two new accommodated tours departing from September 2018. With the steady growth of their 6 Day Secrets of Esperance Camping tour over the past three years they believed the time was right to develop an accommodated version of the product that can operate all year round.

The 6 Day Best of the South West Adventure features highlights such as Margaret River, Esperance & Cape Le Grand National Park, personalised indigenous culture at Koomal Dreaming, Valley of the Giants, Albany and Wave Rock. Also departing fortnightly is the shorter 3 Day Margaret River & Beyond Adventure which offers those with less time a taste of the South West visiting Dunsborough, Margaret River, Walpole, William Bay National Park and Albany.

Australian Wildlife Adventures owner Craig “Hassie” Haslam said, “we are very really excited to be expanding our West Australian product offerings as it is just such a spectacular part of the world. While our swag camping tours have been catering primarily to the 18-35 year old youth market for the past 15 years, having these new hostel accommodated options with private room upgrades available, not only enables us to expand our own markets, but also offers visitors to WA some more unique touring options with a focus on nature, wildlife, adventure, culture and local produce”.

Champ certTourism Noosa is an official partner supporting Plastic Free Noosa - a whole-of-community project to reduce Noosa's plastic footprint. As from the 1st of July, Noosa is being used as a trial destination to switch from single-use plastics to better alternatives

Plastic Free Noosa is working within the food, markets and events sectors, to reduce six key items that are commonly found in the litter stream - plastic water bottles, straws, coffee/cups & lids, takeaway containers, food ware (cutlery, cups, plates) and plastic bags. All of these items have readily available reusable or compostable alternatives, and the project works with businesses to show them what the alternatives are and how they can get them. It also encourages individuals to take up a plastic-free lifestyle. The campaign will expand to incorporate other sectors throughout the year, such as schools, retailers, hotels, grocers, tour operators etc.

The project shows what can be achieved when a community works together to reduce its reliance on single-use plastic, with Noosa now leading the way for other communities to follow. This year, Plastic Free Noosa has set an aspirational goal to reduce the use of identified single-use plastic packaging in Noosa by 50% by November 2018.

Tourism Noosa supports the move for another step towards Noosa being the ultimate sustainable, clean and green destination for visitors.

https://www.plasticfreenoosa.org/

Surf Noosa National ParkWhat's new in Noosa 2018
- Noosa was recently endorsed as the 10th World Surfing Reserve, chosen for its beautiful point breaks and visionary coastal conservation. This ensures visitors have access to crystal clear surfing waves for years to come. Learn to surf in one of the most pristine places on the planet with Go Ride A Wave

- Launching next month, Habitat Noosa is uniquely located in the Cooloola National Park (25mins drive from Noosa) on 65 acres of land, surrounded by bushland, lake frontage and kangaroos! Everything has been thought of from glamping and cabin style accommodation, boat cruises on the pristine Noosa Everglades, to a micro-brewery, outdoor cinema screen and restaurant.

- For birdwatching and bushwalking enthusiasts, Tropical Treks are the specialists in personalised guided nature walks. The Noosa hinterland is home to over 40% of Australia's birdlife as well as rare and endangered flora and fauna.

- August will see the return of the Mary Valley Rattler – restored heritage steam trains offering tours to scenic hinterland towns. Also onsite is a brand-new museum and café that supports local food produces.

tangaloomaThe highlight of any visit to Tangalooma is undoubtabll the opportunity to hand feed one of the wild bottlenose dolphins that visit the shores each evening at sunset. There is a large family of these playful dolphins that visit regularly, each with their own distinctive and unique personalities.
Tangalooma's wild dolphin feeding program operates each evening at sunset. The Dolphin Care Team, consisting of Eco Rangers and dedicated staff, run the program which operates to strict guidelines to ensure the protection of the dolphins.
The dolphins come into feed, usually arriving just after sunset, and of their own accord. We never call the dolphins in. It is quite normal for any one of them to be absent from the feed on consecutive nights and this is not something to be worried about – they are probably having too much fun in the Bay!
To ensure the dolphins maintain their natural instincts and independence, Tangalooma only feed each of the dolphins between 10 to 20 percent of their daily food requirement. This ensures they also hunt for themselves and can survive on their own. Herring are fed to the dolphins as they are a species that is commonly found in the Bay.
Tangalooma operates launch transfer services from Holt Street Wharf, Pinkenba in Brisbane. Passengers travel in comfort across Moreton Bay aboard one of three high speed catamarans – the Tangalooma Jet, Flyer, and Express. To reduce emissions, the fleet runs on the highest grade and only DERM-approved marine bio-fuel.
Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Feeding Experience is included in selected accommodation and day cruise packages from Brisbane.

For more information, please contact Abbie on abbie@slcrepresentation.co.uk

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