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chrisCreative are delighted to be nominated in the World Travel Awards 2018. "To us, business is about building relationships. Our partners are our family, not numbers. Our travellers are our guests, not clients. For 41 years we have honoured the trust our clients & partners have placed in us across India and the subcontinent. We have never let a partner down and never will.

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Thala lslslslslslslsWith a night sky free from light pollution filled with millions of stars, our favourite Port Douglas nature retreat Thala Beach is the perfect place for star gazing. Thala has it's very own observatory to offer complimentary star gazing to guests on different nights of the week. Using a light beam Thala gives an introduction to some beautiful Southern Constellations, most of which cannot be seen at all from Europe or North America. Thala also gives guests the opportunity to use astronomical binoculars and telescopes to get a closer look at Thala's celestial neighbours, red giants, star clusters and distant galaxies.

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/

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