Forget cupid this Valentine's Day. Queensland has a bounty of new tourism accommodation and experiences that will leave your special someone blushing for more. From a romantic night in a brand-spanking new $25 million hotel, to making the springs squeak at Australia's largest indoor trampoline park. Did we mention you can also feast on deliciously naughty doughnuts? These new Queensland experiences will ensure no one is left out this Valentine's Day.
Quest Serviced Apartments has opened its second Townsville property, the $25 million Quest Townsville on Eyre. BYO roses and candles and make a romantic night of it and choose from one of their 85 shiny and new studio, one, two and three bedroom serviced apartments.
Nothing says love like an Outback interlude. Gilberton Outback Retreat, located west of Cairns along the banks of the Gilbert River, offers a rustic luxe stay on their 88,000 hectare cattle station. Simply relax at the homestead or get involved in station life with their 1,200 head of cattle. Other activities include fossicking for gold (that'll help pay off a future wedding) or view significant indigenous rock art that is located around the property. Full of outback charm, this family owned and run station was built in 1869 and has been passed down through seven generations – feel part of the family and stay in a quintessential Queensland cattle station.
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Make the springs squeak and get the heart pumping with a jump and a bounce at Australia's largest indoor trampoline park, Air Factory. Located in Burleigh on the Gold Coast, this new all-weather 4,700sqm indoor park will have you jumping across 140 trampolines. Perfect for young children through to gymnasts and professional athletes.
Cruise through paradise at Airlie Beach, but by land rather than sea. Take your squeeze on a romantic Whitsunday Segway Tours' trip through Conway National Park or along Airlie Beach's scenic Bicentennial Boardwalk. The Whitsundays is world-renowned for its stunning beaches, tropical islands and access to the Great Barrier Reef, but a local secret is the lush, green rainforest adorning the islands and dramatic coastline around Airlie Beach. You're guaranteed to score brownie points with your Valentine by taking them on either the 9km Segway cruise through the Conway National Park or a romantic sunset Segway along Airlie Beach's foreshore.
Get the engines revving and add a bit of horsepower to your romantic date. Jump aboard Mackay's newest thrill ride that will power adventure seekers along the blue water of Pioneer River. Jetstorm is the largest and fastest open jet boat in the Mackay and Whitsunday region and will take white-knuckle fans on a fast and extreme tour with spins, twists, power brake stops and duck dives.
Is picnicking on a tropical island more your thing? Visitors can now take a scenic helicopter ride over beautiful Magnetic Island to land on the island at what was a previously restricted helipad. Townsville Helicopters has secured landing access to the helipad in Nelly Bay and scenic daylight flights are available between Townsville and Magnetic Island. The trip only takes ten minutes to fly to the island – a perfect day trip and escape for a romantic picnic.
Forget Oysters - doughnuts are the new lover's choice as an aphrodisiac. Doughnut Time, has launched in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley and sent the city into a sugar-crazed spin. The sumptuous goodies are available in devilishly delicious flavours, from cream-filled delights of lemon cheesecake with icing sugar and crème brulee with caramelised sugar, to gluttonously glazed goodies of salted caramel, maple and bacon, and raspberries and cream. The divine treats are hand-made each day and unlike their traditional counterparts, Doughnut Time's chefs use yeast to create lighter and fluffier doughnuts. For those not wanting to leave bed, home deliveries are available within the CBD and Fortitude Valley area.
Head bush in the comfort of an ATV as you explore the infamous Burdekin River System near Charters Towers. ECO Wilderness Tours now takes visitors on a fully-guided ride along the river to some of the more remote areas for some great fishing and swimming opportunities. Full training and safety gear is provided on the day to ensure anyone from the age of 13 up can enjoy the six hour tour that includes a variety of tracks to suit all skill levels.
Instead of a romantic walk along a beach, how about a historical walk through one of Queensland's iconic towns? Charters Towers Historical Tours now offers a one-hour Heritage Guided Walking Tour through the heart of the former gold rush town to uncover some of the town's secrets, ranging from the Stock Exchange Arcade, gold rush and local mine histories.