Sunshine Coast Updates

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New! International Travel Planner 18-19 | Visit Sunshine Coast The International Travel Planner (ITP) 2018-2019, Visit Sunshine Coast’s major trade marketing collateral, was officially launched at Australian Tourism Exchange 2018. The 52-page, A5 booklet is available in digital download and flip-book versions via the VSC travel trade toolkit. The ITP showcases the region’s unique features including world-class nature, contemporary beach culture, innovative food, exhilarating events and immersive encounters. The ITP also provides detailed listing of international ready products and experience available on the Sunshine Coast for key distribution partners to consider in marketing campaigns and promotions.


New! Sunshine Coast Accommodation, Attractions, Developments There is vast amount of development underway on the Sunshine Coast, including the Sunshine Coast Airport expansion, as well as number of 5-star accommodation projects, including the Yaroomba Beach project and Badderam Eco-Luxe Resort & Spa. The Badderam Eco-Luxe Resort & Spa project will deliver the first five-star eco hotel and conference facility on the Sunshine Coast, and should be completed in 2020 to coincide with the opening of the upgraded airport. The resort will comprise 111 rooms and suites, three restaurants and bars, day spa and health centre, and extensive conference and function facilities. The Yaroomba Beach project will create a new coastal village just ten minutes from Sunshine Coast Airport comprising a 220 room 5-Star Westin Coolum Resort & Spa, serviced apartments and extensive conference and recreation facilities. The hotel is expected to be completed by 2021.

New! Nature and Wildlife Journeys | Australia’s Nature Coast Australia’s Nature Coast is a joint marketing campaign between Tourism and Events Queensland, Visit Sunshine Coast, Fraser Coast Tourism and Events and Local Tourism Organisation partners Tourism Noosa & Destination Gympie Region to promote the combined regions as one world class eco-tourism destination in the shared primary target markets of UK and Europe. In preparation for ATE, the partners have worked together to develop some exciting new ‘nature and wildlife’ themed journeys which will be featured on a dedicated trade microsite to educate trade, to inspire itinerary development and drive further demand to region.

New! Mary Valley Rattler | Gympie Region The Mary Valley region of the Sunshine Coast, which is rich in produce, historic villages and adventure tourism will be opened up to an even bigger audience in 2018 when the 100-year-old Mary Valley ‘Rattler’ gets back on the rails and commences regular journeys between Old Gympie Station and Amamoor in the second half of 2018. The Old Gympie Station has also been fully restored, housing a museum that shares stories of the Mary Valley Railway Line and its people, along with a retail shop and café that will showcase the bountiful local produce of the Mary Valley.

New! Downunder Drive | Aussie World Aussie World is the theme park attached to Downunder Drive, one of Australia’s fastest growing tourism and entertainment precincts. In 2017, the theme park launched five (5) new exciting theme park rides and attractions which appeal to all ages. In 2018 Aussie World will launch the Southern Cross 360 ( “SX-360” ) which will be Australia’s largest and fastest 360-degree swing ride. The precinct’s Tourist Pub, which is one of Australia’s most iconic pubs, will complete a massive redevelopment in 2018 to become more modern and Australian, whilst doubling in size.

New! Sunreef Mooloolaba acquires Whale One South East Queensland’s premier scuba diving and Australia’s first Swim with Humpback Whales experience operator, Sunreef Mooloolaba, have added whale watching to their portfolio of immersive experiences through their purchase of Whale One. Whether you want to whale watch, swim with whales, scuba dive on ex-HMAS Brisbane or Flinders Reef or just hire a stand up paddleboard, kayak or jet ski, Sunreef Mooloolaba can do it all. This season, more than 33,000 whales are expected to migrate north through Sunshine Coast waters before coming back south and returning to Antarctica at the end of October, early Novembe