April 2009


Dreamworld: Pacific Highways, Coomera. Fantasy theme park with live shows, an Imax theatre and fun rides, including one of the world’s largest roller coasters.
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About 450km south-west of Alice Springs. Within this vast park are rare plants and animals, many Aboriginal sacred sites, spectacular scenery and famous rock formations such as Uluru (Ayers Rock), the world’s biggest monolith. Short and extended tours leave Alice Springs by coach and aircraft. Yulara Resort, on the edge of the park, has accommodation ranging from camping grounds to international standard hotels.
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Pier Marketplace: Shopping complex with a wide range of retail outlets as well as restaurants. Open seven days a week. The Mud Market, held here every Saturday and Sunday, is a good source of local arts and crafts
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Trinity Wharf: A complex at Trinity inlet with sea-front shops, boutiques, fast food outlets and restaurants. The Cruise-liner terminal is located here. The area is open to visitors each day.
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Movie World: Pacific Highway Oxenford. Theme park covering 168ha, with a working studio, sets from famous movies, stunt shows, animal training demonstrations. Meals available in a recreation of Rick’s Café (from the movie classic Casablanca) where the specialty is Asian food.
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Mount Tamborine, 40km west of the Gold Coast. A scenic plateau in the McPherson Ranges, with seven small national parks comprising 375ha of rainforest, including ferns and ancient species of rare palms. Also avocado plantations. The area is popular for its arts and crafts outlets, teahouses and restaurants. Coach tours operate from various centers along the Gold Coast.
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Standley Chasm: 50km west of Alice Springs. This steep cleft in the MacDonnell Ranges is only five meters wide. At midday, when the sun reaches to its floor and lights up the chasm walls, it is a popular site for photographers. Picnic grounds, barbeque area.

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