Tourism

Sat 4 Jul 2020

Where stranded cruise ships are stuck

Where stranded cruise ships are stuck

Thousands of cruise ship workers, including some Australians, are still trapped on ships unable to dock because of COVID-19 restrictions.

1000 per cent increase: Border opening makes state number 1

premium_icon 1000 per cent increase: Border opening makes state number 1

Tourism operators are reporting an extraordinary surge in holiday-makers since the news of the border reopening.

Wed 1 Jul 2020

‘Traumatic’: Whale hits tourist boat

‘Traumatic’: Whale hits tourist boat

Several family members have been left injured after their small boat collided with a humpback whale in a freak accident off the coast of Alaska.

Sat 27 Jun 2020

Theme park loans ‘at point of signing’ before collapse

premium_icon Theme park loans ‘at point of signing’ before collapse

Tourism Minister has revealed loan negotiations between theme parks and the Federal Government were almost complete when the deal suddenly collapsed.

Fri 26 Jun 2020

Brits share horror sunburn selfies

Brits share horror sunburn selfies

After plenty of Brits eagerly flocked to parks and beaches to enjoy record temps, some were definitely left feeling the burn.

Overseas travel unlikely before vaccine

Overseas travel unlikely before vaccine

Outgoing CMO Brendan Murphy has dashed hopes for international holidays with some stark parting words before stepping down.

Huge crowds welcome Sea World’s return from shutdown

premium_icon Huge crowds welcome Sea World’s return from shutdown

About 2000 Sea World staff returned to work today to a round of applause as the Gold Coast theme park celebrated its reopening after three months.

Revealed: Queensland’s best hidden tourism gems

premium_icon Revealed: Queensland’s best hidden tourism gems

As Queensland gears up for the school holidays it’s a perfect time to discover some of the many hidden gems the Sunshine State has to offer.

Thu 25 Jun 2020

‘Cruel hoax’ pulled on troubled theme parks

premium_icon ‘Cruel hoax’ pulled on troubled theme parks

The Morrison Government is being accused of a “cruel hoax” on Gold Coast theme parks after an offer of multimillion-dollar emergency loans was “ripped away”.

Wed 24 Jun 2020

'Enough with the closed borders, Queensland must reopen'

premium_icon 'Enough with the closed borders, Queensland must reopen'

As Victoria’s COVID-19 cases increase, there is an impending sense of let-down that Queensland’s July 10 border reopening may not happen, writes Lucy Carne.

Backpackers lift the lid on racist Aussies

Backpackers lift the lid on racist Aussies

We’re one of the most multicultural nations but Australia has a reputation for being racist - and backpackers say it’s worse than ever.

Theme park futures in doubt after major funding blow

premium_icon Theme park futures in doubt after major funding blow

Queensland’s ailing theme parks have been slapped with another blow just days ahead of Sea World’s planned reopening, plunging their futures into uncertainty, after a...

Tue 23 Jun 2020

Quarantining pair ‘went on cruise’ instead

Quarantining pair ‘went on cruise’ instead

Two people granted a coronavirus exemption in the Northern Territory to “collect a vehicle” went on a cruise in Kakadu National Park, police say.

Poisoned Hay Point trees on Council agenda

premium_icon Poisoned Hay Point trees on Council agenda

The deliberate poisoning of seven mature she-oaks is to be discussed during tomorrow’s Mackay Regional Council meeting.

Bali tourists slammed for ‘irresponsible’ pic

Bali tourists slammed for ‘irresponsible’ pic

A luxurious Bali yoga retreat has come under fire after more than a hundred people flouted coronavirus restrictions for a chanting ceremony.

’Bula bubble’ to let Aussies go to Fiji

’Bula bubble’ to let Aussies go to Fiji

The proposed plan would give Aussies the option to complete 14 days of quarantine in a Fijian hotel — which doesn’t sound too bad at all.

Why Queensland is the best place to be in Winter

premium_icon Why Queensland is the best place to be in Winter

Tourism bosses and travel experts agree that if you had to be trapped anywhere at the moment, Queensland would have to be it.

Sat 20 Jun 2020

Best way to help Aussies get back on their feet

premium_icon Best way to help Aussies get back on their feet

Unemployment rate is spiking and many businesses are going under — but there is something you can do to help haul them out of their COVID-19 downturn.

NZ Prime Minister puts Cairns on holiday shortlist

premium_icon NZ Prime Minister puts Cairns on holiday shortlist

A hotel-manager couple received a response to their invitation to New Zealand’s PM Jacinda Ardern to spend her next holiday in Cairns when flights resume.

Fri 19 Jun 2020

Time to review northern routes

premium_icon Time to review northern routes

Soon I will be able to fly direct to Cairns for $120, but a trip to Rockhampton will cost a day and $500-plus.

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