Queensland, Australia Announces New Hotel Openings and Experiences

Noreen Kompanik

What’s new in Queensland?

According to Tourism Queensland, a handful of new hotels
have recently opened in Australia’s
Great Barrier Reef, Brisbane and surrounding areas, along with some new experiences.

For starters, American Airlines recently announced plans for
its first-ever nonstop service to Brisbane from Dallas, beginning in October

Hotel Openings – Great Barrier Reef

Pelorus Private Island is accessible only by helicopter or
private yacht and visitors have the island all to themselves. Surrounded by
pristine habitat and coral gardens, Pelorus boasts a naturally isolated single,
sprawling residence featuring four luxurious suites.

Ardo Townsville, a sister property to Pelorus from the coast
is Townsville’s first five-star luxury waterfront hotel featuring 132 rooms,
two restaurants, a day spa, rooftop pool and bar with panoramic views of
Magnetic Island.

Elandra Mission Beach debuted as tropical north Queensland’s
newest boutique luxury resort, restaurant, bar and event venue overlooking the
Coral Sea. A collection of 20 villas, a dozen 2-story apartments and one
stunning pool deck are among the multi-million-dollar upgrades, thanks to new
owners, Great Barrier Reef’s Bedarra Island Resort.

Hotel Openings –Brisbane and Surrounds

Queen’s Wharf, situated along Brisbane City’s riverfront, will
debut in August 2024. In addition to its array of restaurants, rooftop bars and
entertainment, Queen’s Wharf will welcome the 6-star Rosewood Hotel, the
hotel’s first Australian property, as well as The Star Grand and the Dorsett

Cheshire Cat Motel embraces the trend of retro-revamped
motels. The boutique hotel’s design oozes nostalgia with a 70’s
Australiana-meets-Palm Springs twist, offering seven rooms, including a
two-bedroom bungalow. The restored Gold Coast property offers guests
individually designed rooms close to the beach and a magnesium pool to laze
away the afternoons.

Motel Caloundra is the Sunshine Coast’s first net-zero
energy hotel reimagined as a boutique motel and a model of sustainability,
given the Sunshine Coast’s commitment to sustainability and its UNESCO
biosphere status.

Rolling Seas’ luxury private estate is perched in a prime
location with uninterrupted views of the Gold Coast’s sandy shores and
glistening ocean waters of Bilinga Beach. The seaside residence accommodates up
to 12 guests, offering the utmost privacy within a thoughtfully detailed space.

Newest Experiences

Cunnamulla Hot Springs is Queensland’s newest artesian baths
destination in the Australian Outback set along the Warrego River. Seven
hot-spring pools are filled with water from the Great Artesian Basin, one of
the world’s largest, deepest underground freshwater resources. Local Indigenous
groups host food and storytelling events in the gardens surrounding the

Lady Musgrave Experience Citizen Science-based pontoon, debuting
in April 2024, represents an innovative research platform in the Southern Great
Barrier Reef, a unique World Heritage Area offering some of the most rewarding
and low-impact opportunities and new Citizen Science initiatives.

The new educational visitor experience contributes to reef
conservation through activities such as experiential learning, data collection,
marine biologist-for-a-day programs, guided snorkel safaris, coral adoption and
transplanting and reef health surveys.

Lady Musgrave Island provides a wild backdrop for day trips
and overnight glamping experiences with Lady Musgrave Experience, which holds
Advance Ecotourism and Climate Action certifications from Ecotourism Australia.

Bluey’s World offers a unique visitor experience that celebrates
the global hit TV show in real life. The brand new Bluey immersive experience
is coming to Brisbane in August 2024. Housed in the 43,000 square foot
‘Northshore Pavilion,’ Bluey’s World is a celebration of the heartwarming
moments that make Bluey so authentically Australian while bringing to life the
joyful simplicity found in families around the world.

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