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Gold Coast Airport Project LIFT

For the first time since opening in 1939, the Gold Coast Airport welcomed over 6 million passengers to the region. Now, the airport is undergoing rapid upgrade and expansion with Project LIFT, an acronym for ‘Let’s Invest For Tomorrow.’

Owned by Australian company QAL (Queensland Airports Limited), Gold Coast Airport is the gateway to South-East Queensland and Northern New South Wales. The airport acts as a key contributor to the region’s economy, fostering over 4,500 local jobs.

Over the last decade, the Gold Coast Airport has transformed thanks to the investment and support of QAL. In 2007, a 10 million dollar runway expansion allowed wide-bodied aircraft to operate at the airport. This opened the opportunity for direct international flights, which have since expanded to service Mainland China, Japan, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore.

2010 saw a 100 million dollar terminal redevelopment, doubling the size of the existing building. Since this expansion, passenger numbers have increased by 10 per cent.

Project LIFT marks the next phase of the Gold Coast Airport’s transformation, with stage one kicking off this year. A 300 million dollar redevelopment of the airport has been approved by the government, and is set to be completed ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. This redevelopment will not only greatly benefit the region’s economy, but will also help sustain its reputation as a world-class tourist destination.

Stage two, to commence mid-2018, will see a complete refurbishment of the current terminals. The contemporary design will reflect the unique environment and cultural heritage of the area.

Project LIFT is a real game-changer for both the Gold Coast, and Northern NSW. Project LIFT will be the first and last impression visitors have of the city, including the media and athletes travelling from around the world for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

For further information visit http://www.goldcoastairport.com.au

Beach side accommodation in Byron Bay

Byron Bay, with its white sand beaches that stretch for miles and the subtropical rainforests that cover the hinterland, is home to some of the most exclusive holiday retreats and gorgeous accommodation options in Australia. Here is a list of some of the best places to stay when you are travelling to Byron Bay.

Watermark at Wategos Beach

Watermark at Wategos, Byron Bay, offers three glamours room stays, including two studio suites on the beach front, and one luxurious ocean view apartment. Each apartment is fully self contained, making this the perfect romantic getaway for a luxurious weekend at Wategos beach.

Victorias at Wategos

Victoria’s at Wategos, Byron Bay, is a luxurious beach retreat in the exclusive area of Wategos Beach. Victorias is a tuscan style villa, furnished in natural stone, and marble, and hand crafted furnishings. The Villa is just a short 100m from the glorious Wategos beach, and offers many suites, and three major living areas with views of the ocean, ideal for whale watching in the season.

Amala Luxury Villa

Book this spacious, one bedroom villa for a relaxing and tranquil place to stay while enjoying your holiday in Byron Bay. Amala is decorated with hand crafted balinese furnishings and is situated closely to the Buddha Gardens Day Spa, where guests can enjoy 10 percent off their relaxing massage and treatments.

Assistant Lighthouse Keeper's Cottages

The assistant lighthouse keepers cottages are an unique holiday accommodation that offers guest the experience of finding out what it would be like to live as a lighthouse keeper. This is a great holiday stay for family or friends groups and is only a short drive to Byron Bay itself.

Victorias at Ewingsdale

Located on four acres of manicured gardens, Victoria’s at Ewingsdale is a multi-award winning accommodation complete with day spa. The country manor offers panoramic ocean, mountain and rural views for its guests and the pampering experience of personalised service.

The Garden Burees

In the midst of lush tropical gardens are The Garden Burees, which are balinese inspired villas. The Grand Buree is a three bedroom luxury villa ideal for special occasions or there are Garden Burees for the more budget conscious. While enjoying your stay at the Garden Burees, pamper yourself at the Buddha Gardens Day Spa located on site.

The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa

The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa is situated in the picturesque location in the heart of a 45 acre rainforest, just minutes from Tallow Beach. Book a one bedroom suite to stay at the resort and enjoy daily complimentary yoga classes, and relaxing strolls along the timber boardwalks through the forest. The resort also offers facilities like an infinity pool, gym and tennis court while the main building boasts verandas overlooking the canopy of the rainforest.

5 Romantic Guesthouses in Byron

Beautiful Byron Bay is the perfect getaway destination for an anniversary, Valentine’s Day, or a weekend escape. Here are some of Byron’s most romantic guesthouses.

Abelia House

Located less than 10 minutes away from the shops and restaurants of Byron Bay is Abelia House, a stunning, antique cottage-style guesthouse.

Each room features large French doors that open to a quaint communal patio area overlooking landscaped gardens, plus luxury bedding, en suite bathrooms, and eclectic furnishings. Tallow Beach is a short walk or drive away, and gourmet continental breakfast is included.

For further information and bookings, visit Abelia House on byronbay.com

Byron Bathers

Situated an ideal 400m from Main Beach is the Byron Bathers bed and breakfast.

Byron Bathers features a beach house style design aesthetic in the spacious bedrooms, which include en suite bathrooms, and plush king-size beds. Take a dip in the freshwater swimming pool and unwind in the outdoor garden area.

For further information and bookings, visit Byron Bathers on byronbay.com

Coco’s Cottage

Set in the tranquil Byron Bay Hinterland, Coco’s is a meticulously restored 1890’s self-contained cottage.

The single cottage is surrounded by lush wildlife, making it extremely private. You wouldn’t guess you were a short drive from the historic boutiques and cafes of Bangalow, or the breathtaking beaches of Byron Bay. But there’s no need to leave – on-site culinary delights are available.

For further information and bookings, visit Coco’s Cottage on byronbay.com

Koonyum Range Retreat

Located on the edge of a soaring cliff is the Koonyum Range Retreat, a collection of three boutique villas ideal for couples looking for the ultimate getaway.

Although a short drive from Byron Bay and Mullumbimby, the Koonyum Range Retreat feels completely secluded. Enjoy your complimentary breakfast hamper from the quiet gazebo, and soak up the panoramic views of mountains, waterfalls, and the ocean from the infinity pool.

For further information and bookings, visit Koonyum Range Retreat on byronbay.com

Byron Bay Beach Bure

Positioned in the heart of Byron Bay, Byron Bay Beach Bure is perfect for the couple that wants to be among the action.

Each of the three private Bures offer views of the gardens and water feature, easy access to Byron’s shops, beaches and cafes, and a stylish tropical aesthetic ideal for relaxation and rejuvenation. Wireless internet, king-sized bedding, and modern en suite bathrooms are also included.

For further information and bookings, visit Byron Bay Beach Bure on byronbay.com

Explore the Legendary Pacific Coast

Explore the stretch of stunning natural environments and quaint villages between Sydney and Brisbane. Here is a small sample of what you’ll find on the Legendary Pacific Coast.


The Hunter Valley

Located about a one and a half hour drive from Sydney is one of Australia’s most iconic wine destinations, the Hunter Valley. The scenic region is a wine-enthusiast’s delight, with over 150 winemakers producing some of the country’s best Semillon, Shiraz, Chardonnay, and Verdelho wines. You’ll be spoilt for choice with the variety of cellar door tastings set against panoramic vineyard scenery.

Compliment your cellar door tasting with a meal at one of the many gourmet cafes and restaurants in the area. From alfresco lunches enjoyed among the vines, to fine dining in historic homes, there’s a perfect meal for every foodie. And don’t miss the variety of bespoke olive oil, cheese, and chocolates, which make for a perfect picnic in the Hunter Valley Gardens.

In addition to the wine and food, the Hunter Valley is home to a range of local art galleries, championship golf courses, and boutique shopping. It truly is a must-do stop on the Legendary Pacific Coast.


Great Lakes

Situated three hours north of Sydney, the Myall, Wallis, and Smiths Lakes form a unique system unlike anything else in Australia. The Great Lakes area is home to 145 kilometres of stunning coast, lush National Parks, rolling hinterland, and pristine waterways, making it the ideal stop for those who love the great outdoors.

The Myall Lakes National Park is the perfect place to experience the varied landscape of the region. You can stay in the park at the campgrounds, or in heritage-listed accommodation. The Treachery Headland walking track is an easy walk through coastal rainforest to an open headland, which offers far-reaching views of the rugged headland and coast, including the historic Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse. The natural wonders of the park can also be discovered by boat, kayak, and bike.

As well as the lakes, the area is recognised for its breathtaking beaches, some of which can only be accessed by boat. Forster Main Beach is protected, making it ideal for families. A dirt track at the Northern end of Seven Mile Beach leads to a great fishing spot. And Blueys Beach offers some of the best surf in the region.


Coffs Coast

About half way between Brisbane and Sydney is the Coffs Coast, a diverse region composed of charming villages, National Parks, mountains, marine reserves, islands, and beaches. Regardless of whether you’re a nature lover or cultural maven, the Coffs Coast has something unique to offer.

Explore the 84,000 ha of World Heritage listed Nation Parks and sub-tropical rainforests that run through the region. A standout is the short but fascinating walk to Crystal Shower Falls, accessed via the Wonga walk. You can walk behind the waterfall, which makes for a magical vantage point to soak up the sights and sounds of the ancient rainforest.

The Solitary Islands Marine Park is another natural wonder of the Coffs Coast. The park is the third largest in Australia, covering a total of 71,000 ha and 75 kilometres of coastline. Some areas of the park offer idyllic diving and snorkelling conditions, with tropical fish, coral, and algae. In addition, visitor’s can enjoy scenic walks around tidal estuaries and over headlands.

Brunswick Heads, You'll Want to Stay Forever

Brunswick Heads offers a stunning natural environment where simple pleasures abound, all available in easy walking distance from the centre of the friendly town where the sparkling turquoise river meets the sea.

Just 20 mins north of Byron Bay, this friendly, chilled-out town is a popular choice for couples and families looking for fun and easy holiday fun. Start your day with breakfast at one of the cafes serving great coffee and fresh local food made with love. Cross Simpson’s Creek on the foot bridge where you can see fish and stingrays in the crystal clear water as you pass. Then take a stroll along the beach with views towards the Byron Lighthouse. Yours can be the first footprints on the long stretch of clean white sands. Watch out for whales breaching beyond the breakers, and dolphins gliding through the waves.

Shady nooks make swimming in the gentle and protected waters of Torakina Beach inside the river mouth feel like a tropical heaven as you laze beneath the Pandanus palms and enjoy the vibrant colours of the river as it changes throughout the day.

Caffeine addicts, fear not! Brunswick Heads has a vibrant cafe culture with 26 eateries to choose from offering contemporary Australian cuisine, a range of ethnic options and some of the best takeaway and fish and chips that you will ever eat. After lunch browse the boutique shops, many of which stock an eclectic mix of treasures you will not find anywhere else. Stroll down Mullumbimbi Lane and visit Wheel of Life ceramics studio, or drop in to Mina Mina Gallery and see their contemporary Aboriginal art.

Exhausted by all that fun? You can relax with a massage, beauty therapy or pampering experience. Take a yoga session. Check the surf? Or why not experience the Brunswick River in all its glory with a guided kayak tour, hire a kayak, stand up board or canoe, or go on a cruise to explore the many facets of the natural world of the river and its tributaries.

The new Brunswick Heads Fairy Trail is proving to be a delight for children and adults alike. Take your family on a mission following clues to find the fairy houses hidden around the town.

Walk out along the rock wall to the sea at sunset and you won’t know where to look, to the west the sunset glows behind Mount Chincogan and the caldera rim, and out to sea dove grey and pink skies farewell another beautiful day at Brunswick heads.

And when it’s time to put up your feet, what better spot than the iconic Hotel Brunswick, with its famous beer garden overlooking the beautiful Brunswick River? Magic! When it comes to dinner there are so many delicious food options, you can dine at the Pub or sample a wide range of dining options around town.

For further "Bruns" information and a wealth of local knowledge be sure to visit the Brunswick Heads Visitor Information Centre. Open seven days a week at 7 Park St, Brunswick Heads and / or visit their website www.brunswickheads.org.au.

Flights Have Never Been Easier

Gold Coast Airport in Coolangatta is growing at rapid speed. Now the 5th busiest international airport in the country, it offers over 350 direct flights each week to destinations across the country and around the globe.

From the airport, it’s a quick 45-minute drive south on the Pacific Motorway to Byron Bay, and just 30-minutes to North Byron Parklands. This ideal location, along with fantastic facilities and services, make Gold Coast Airport the perfect place to start your visit to Byron.

Gold Coat Airport, has been operating since 1936, when it was an emergency landing strip. Since then, it has transformed into a bustling international airport, with up to 6 million passengers per year flying to and from destinations across Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Fiji, and more.

Domestic flights have never been easier, with over 25 flights from Sydney, and over 15 flights from Melbourne everyday of the year. The Gold Coast Airport also offers direct flights from cities across New Zealand, Fiji, South East Asia, Japan, and now Wuhan, China.

In addition to new direct flights to and from Wuhan, the Gold Coast Airport is commencing Project LIFT (Lets Invest forTomorrow). This project will see the redevelopment of the southern part of the airport, which has been expertly designed to provide higher quality services for the growing number of passengers.

Initial stages of Project LIFT are expected to be completed by 2017, before the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018. The Games will see an estimated 126,000 visitors, athletes and media flood into the region.

Both domestic and international airline services are experiencing rapid growth. With new direct flights to Mainland China, and the start of Project Lift, Gold Coast Airport is working to meet rising demands.

Improved services, first-class facilities, and a location that connects passengers with Byron Bay and the Northern Rivers, as well as Southeast Queensland, make Gold Coast Airport the perfect starting point to your next holiday.

7 Things to do in Winter in Byron Bay

The beachside paradise of Byron Bay has plenty on offer to keep you entertained throughout the cooler months. Whether you’re keen to check out local markets, enjoy the region’s festivals, get closer to nature, or experience the local arts and music scene, there’s something for everyone year-round.

Explore the Cape Byron Walking Track (Year Round)

Follow the 3.7km loop as it winds through lush rainforest and across the dramatic clifftops of Cape Byron. You’ll need about 2 hours to complete the walk, but the scenery is so stunning, before you know it you’ll have arrived at Cape Byron Lighthouse, a striking feature of this coastal reserve.

Visit the Cape Byron Lighthouse (Year Round)

Perched on the edge of the Cape Byron Headland is the idyllic Cape Byron Lighthouse. Both the lighthouse and surrounding cottages were built in 1901, and you can take a short guided tour (around 20 minutes) between 10am and 3pm. Once you reach the top of the lighthouse you’ll be rewarded with 360 degree views of the Pacific Ocean; you may even spot a whale during whale migration season between May and November.

Attend the epic Splendour in the Grass Festival (July)

With music acts and performances ranging from the contemporary to the cutting-edge, the laid-back environs of nearby Billinudgel is the ideal setting for this iconic Aussie 3-day festival. Day passes are available, or you can purchase a camping ticket and immerse yourself in the festival vibe.

Go whale watching (May - November)

Humpback whales migrate north from May to November, and since Byron Bay is mainland Australia’s most easterly point, it’s prime whale watching territory. See if you can spot them from the Cape Byron Headland or Lighthouse, or sign up for one of the many whale watching tours in the area. Cruises are a popular option, and there are also kayak tours.

Check out the local markets

The Byron Bay area is blessed with a string of bustling local markets. The Byron Bay Community Market, held on the first Sunday of the month, boasts over 300 stalls including local arts and crafts and food stalls. The nearby Bangalow Market is held on the fourth Sunday of the month under the laurel trees of the Bangalow Showgrounds. The markets have a strong arts focus and have been running since 1982. For fresh local produce, head to the bi-weekly Ballina Missingham Farmers Market held in Missingham Park, Ballina. And don’t forget to check out the Channon Craft Market in Channon, just 20 minutes from Lismore, held on the second Sunday of the month.

Experience the Byron Bay Writers Festival (August)

This annual 3 day festival brings together writers and booklovers in one of Australia’s largest regional literary events, with a strong focus on Australian writing and writers. The festival program is both relaxed and rigorous, with over 100 Australian writers in attendance each year.

Eat and drink at regional food and Wine Festivals

Held in July, the Ballina Fine Wine and Food Festival showcases local restaurants, producers, wineries and breweries. Here you can taste fabulous food by talented chefs, sample local produce, taste local wines, and join in the activities and see cooking demonstrations. Bangalow’s Sample Food Festival is held in September and attracts over 15,000 visitor annually. There are over 200 stallholders at this annual event, including local restaurant owners and farmers.

Day Trip to the Worlds

Located just over an hours drive north from Byron Bay, the Gold Coast 'Worlds' are some of the biggest and best theme parks in Australia. Whether you’re after heart-stopping thrill rides, or entertainment suited to the whole family, a trip to one of the 'Worlds' is an easy day trip from Byron.

Wet'n'Wild

Escape the heat at the Wet'n'Wild water park, positioned just off the Pacific Motorway. Wet'n'Wild is home to some of the most exciting waterslides in the country in the Extreme H2O Zone. From the terrifying AquaLoop, to the iconic Tornado, you won’t find a better a range of adrenaline-pumping waterslides anywhere.

Not after a thrill? There are plenty of waterslides that aren’t scary at all, including the Wet’n’Wild Junior Park. Relax at Calypso Beach and watch the world float by, or take the whole family up Mammoth Falls.

For further information visit www.wetnwild.com.au.

Dreamworld

Dreamworld is Australia's BIGGEST theme park, and is home to the Big9 Thrill Rides, Tiger Island and water park WhiteWater World.

Ride some of the most iconic thrill rides in Australia, such as the Giant Drop, Tower of Terror and Claw, or enjoy some family fun on the River Rapids and Log Ride. For the little ones, Dreamworld has two special areas – Wiggles World and DreamWorks Experience. Don’t miss the beautiful tigers at Tiger Island.

Make a weekend of it and head to WhiteWater World too. With some of the most technologically advanced water rides in the country, you’re sure to find a water slide unlike any other you’ve been on before.

For further information visit www.dreamworld.com.au.

Movie World

Ever dreamed of going to Hollywood? It’s closer than you may think! Movie World on the Gold Coast is home is a range of rides, shows, and family entertainment.

If you’re looking for a thrill, try out the Green Lantern or Batman ride. The younger ones will love the Kids’ Warner Brothers Fun Zone, where movies come to life. Plus, the whole family will enjoy the world-class shows and entertainment on offer, including the stunt show and 4D movie.

For further information visit www.movieworld.com.au.

Sea World

Get up close and personal with some of the most fascinating marine life on the planet at Sea World on the Gold Coast. Spot sharks, dolphins, penguins, seals and even polar bears. Plus, see the incredible sea life in action at the renowned dolphin show and seal show.

There are rides for the thrill-seekers and the younger kids alike. Get your adrenaline pumping on the Cork Screw, or head to Nickelodeon Land for kids’ rides and Nick characters' meet and greets.

For further information visit www.seaworld.com.au.

Printed Guides to Byron

Printed, magazine style guides, are always a great source of information while on holiday - not surprising, Byron has a few great guides you can pick up around town or on your travels.

The Byron and Beyond What’s On – the Visitor Guide to Byron Bay

What’s On – the Visitor Guide is the official printed guide to activities and attractions in the Byron Shire and surrounding areas. The annual magazine includes a host of informative articles about transport, markets, food, and weddings. It also features a set of detailed maps and a fantastic yearlong calendar of events.

The magazine is distributed in over 400 outlets in the Northern Rivers, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, including visit information centres, airports and tourist attractions.

This is the go-to magazine for anyone wanting to experience everything the region has to offer.

Visit www.byronandbeyond.com

The Accommodation Guide

The Accommodation Guide is the sister magazine to the Byron and Beyond What’s On Visitor Guide to Byron Bay. It includes a broad overview of the must-do activities and must-see destinations in Byron, Brunswick Heads, Ocean Shores, Ballina, Lennox Head, Lismore, Nimbin and beyond.

As well as an overview of attractions, you’ll find practical information about transport, food, and an excellent accommodation directory that spans Byron, other towns in the Shire, and surrounding regions.

The Accommodation Guide is distributed to more than 800 outlets across Australia.

Visit www.byronandbeyond.com

Rusty’s Byron Guide

Rusty’s Byron Guide is the original guide to Byron loved by both locals and tourists. Rusty Miller is an iconic member of the Byron community, and a world-class surfer. He has lived and surfed in Byron Bay since the 1970s.

His vibrant guide to the region includes a collection of articles about the Byron way of life, written mostly by locals. As well as articles about the region’s food, surf culture, music and environment, you’ll find an artistic map of Byron town and the Arts and Industry Estate, and a comprehensive Byron directory.

You can’t go past Rusty’s Byron Guide for an in-depth look into Byron’s unique personality.

Visit www.byron-bay-guide.com.au

Kirra Kite Festival

THE SKIES THE LIMIT FOR MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL

Kirra Kite Festival 14–17 November 2013

This years festival includes a showcase of nationally acclaimed eateries, musicians, street performers, film and kite flyers.

Soaring to even greater heights for 2013—Kirra Kite Festival 14-17 November.

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