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Terry Tzanetopoulos

    ALL THAT’S NEW AND EXCITING ON THE GOLD COAST THIS SUMMER

The Gold Coast is all about summer fun over coming months and as always there‘s

    plenty of new things to see and do plus a range of major offers and deals, Christmas-

    New Year festivities and a comprehensive events calendar to be enjoyed by all.

See below and attached a snapshot of summer holiday ideas.

New Developments

    ; Harbour Day Spa

    ; Tamborine Mountain Tours (Hop on - Hop off) ; Seafood Discovery Trail

    ; Spyder Ryder Australia

    ; Indigenous All Stars v NRL All Stars Rugby League ; Sea World Cruises New Cruise Combo

    ; 2010 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show Prestige Brokerage Display ; Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre Queensland Tourism Awards ; Mantra Sun City Calmertherapies

    ; Tamborine Mountain Distillery

    ; Benihana Open For Christmas Lunch

    ; 2010 Pac Pacific Masters Games

    ; Haunted House Digestion

    ; Chairman Mao Lounge Bar East

    ; Festive Fridays Atrium Bar Conrad Jupiters th; 14 Annual Combined Christmas Ball Conrad Jupiters ; Sofitel‘s Room 81 – Pacific Rim Global Chef Challenge ; Robina Town Centre Retail Property of the Year ; 2010 ANZ Ladies Masters Gold Rescheduled ; Peppers Spicers Peak Lodge Babymoon Package

    ; Ripple Massage Sea Shell Massage Package ; Skydive Byron Bay Free Transfers

    Theme Park Summer Calendar and Activities ; Dreamworld White Water World

    ; Warner Village Theme Parks

The Festive Season

    ; Royal Pines Resort

    ; Conrad Jupiters

    ; Sofitel Gold Coast

    ; Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa

    ; Peppers Spicers Peak Lodge

Deals and Offers

    ; Breakfree Hotels, Resorts and Apartments ; Sofitel Gold Coast

    ; Mantra

    ; Balloon Down Under

    ; CLV Smart Stays

    ; Peppers Spicers Peak Lodge

    ; Radisson Resort Gold Coast

    ; Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa ; Thunderbird Park

    ; Shopping Tour Paradise

    ; Tangalooma Island Resort

     Events

; Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions (Jan 1-16)

    ; National Finals Rodeo (Jan 7-10)

    ; Summafieldayze (Jan 9)

    ; SurfINK (Jan 15-17)

    ; Big Day Out (Jan 17)

     ; 2010 Hurley Burleigh Pro Junior (Jan 22-26)

    ; Couran Cove Island Resort Pro Junior (February 1-5)

    ; Breaka Burleigh Surf Pro (Feb 16-21)

    ; Good Vibrations (Feb 20)

    ; Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Surfing (Feb 27-Mar 10)

    ; ANZ Ladies Masters Golf (Mar 4-7)

    New Developments

; The multi-award winning Harbour Day Spa has arrived on the Gold Coast with

    their recent purchase of the Phoenician Spa Retreat in Broadbeach. Harbour

    Day Spa Gold Coast fulfills the next stage of a personal dream for owners,

    Leanne Morris and Tracey Ivanovski. Their first business, Harbour Day Spa

    Raby Bay in Brisbane continues to thrive and is well known and recognised for

    its excellence. Leanne, Tracey and their team have achieved swags of awards

    since they started the business 5 years ago - they‘re the current title holders of

    Best Day Spa in Australia from APAA (Australian Professional Aestheticians

    Association) and Best Day Spa in Australia from Aspa (Readers Choice Award)

     they‘ve also been included in BRWs top 100 start up businesses in Australia.

    The Harbour Day Spa Gold Coast team offers a complete spa experience. Their

    hairdressing team can create a superb new look, spas therapists offer the latest

    massage treatments, tailored facials, gentle waxing or one of 3 types of spray

    tans (including the new wash and wear Naked Tan which can be washed off

    after just 2 hours). Licensed medi-spa services providing IPL laser to treat skin

    pigmentation and permanent hair removal are about to be added to the

    extensive menu, and microdermabrasion is already available to improve skin

    texture. A qualified doctor is also available for advice on leading injectables for

    subtle facial enhancement. Harbour Day Spa Gold Coast is located at the

    Phoenician Resort, 26 Queensland Avenue, Broadbeach.

    www.harbourdayspa.com.au

; Tamborine Mountain Tours is pleased to launch their new Hop on-Hop off

    Tour, which provides visitors with the freedom to explore the many attractions of

    Tamborine Mountain at their own pace. Travelling aboard unique tram style

    trolley buses the scenic Mountain explorer loop includes over 15 stops including

    wineries, cafes, galleries, an award winning Distillery, glow worm caves, gift

    shops, Thunderbird park, a coffee plantation, the new Rainforest Skywalk,

    Witches Chase cheese factory and numerous National Parks offering

    spectacular views and picnic areas. For only $30 an all day Mountain Explorer

    pass is great value for anyone wanting to relax and experience the natural beauty of this sub-tropical sanctuary, complemented by the local knowledge of

    experienced drivers. Operating daily from 10.00am to 4.00pm the trolley buses

    depart from the Headquarters of Tamborine Mountain Tours, conveniently

    located next to Gallery Walk. The new Hop on-Hop off Tour will become a one

    stop destination for all visitors interested in exploring Tamborine Mountain in a

    fun, flexible and unique way. For further information please contact Tamborine

    Mountain Tours on 07 5545 4321 Visit the website:

    www.tamborinemountaintours.com

    ; The Southern Gold Coast and Tweed regions have joined forces to launch a new

    Seafood Discovery Trail that showcases the region‘s rich ocean harvest and all

    the best places to feast on it. The user-friendly guide combines seafood dining options to suit every budget from favourite fish ‗n‘ chip takeaways and

beachfront surf clubs through to fine dining restaurants and cafes with a wealth

    of aquatic activities. Start with breakfast at a beachfront surf club then head out on the water deep sea fishing, river cruising, kayaking, whale watching or snorkelling with turtles. Soak up the surfie vibe of Currumbin, Kirra, Snapper Rocks, Fingal, Kingscliff or Cabarita over a leisurely lunch and finish the day at one of the region‘s signature seafood restaurants. With more than 50 options to

    choose from, you‘ll definitely need to extend your stay by booking into one of the many accommodation properties available that offer something to suit every budget. The Seafood Discovery Trail can be downloaded from

    www.seafooddiscoverytrail.com and www.southerngoldcoast.com.au with links

    to online booking systems for accommodation reservations.

    ; Spyder Ryder Australia is causing Gold Coast visitors to look twice as their stylish, and unusual, three-wheeled motorbikes zoom past. The Gold Coast is the only place in the world where people can tour on a Can Am Spyder Roadster Motorbike. The unusual looking set of wheels offer riders and passengers the speed and thrills of a motorbike with the safety and stability of a car including traction control, stability control, power steering and ABS. The half day ‗You-

    Ryde‘ tag along and ‗We-Ryde‘ pillion passenger tours visit places including Springbrook, Mount Tamborine and Surfers Paradise. A valid motorcycle licence and a minimum age of 23 years is required for the You-Ryde tour and both options include gear hire (helmet, jacket and gloves), morning or afternoon tea, fuel, insurance and guide/s. Thrill Rydes also available. The Spyder is capable of accelerating faster than a Porsche 911. You-Ryde and We-Ryde tours are for four hours from $250 per person and Thrill rides are from $66 per person and range from 30 minutes to two hours. The Spyders are also available for private hire for up to five days. www.spyderryder.com.au

    ; Greg Inglis, Justin Hodges, Johnathan Thurston, Scott Prince, Wendell Sailor and Sam Thaiday are just some of the names unveiled at the recent announcement of the first ever Indigenous All Stars rugby league team to

    play the NRL All Stars at the Gold Coast’s Skilled Park on February 13. The

    stellar line-up of Rugby League stars represents the greatest gathering of indigenous talent ever brought together in a single team. The public has showed tremendous support for the match, with more than 16,000 tickets already sold. Groups are travelling from far and wide for the game, including the Northern Territory, Western Australia, Canberra and South Australia.Category 1 and 2 tickets are almost sold out and fans are being encouraged to get in quick to lock in their seat at Skilled Park. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketek outlets, on 132 849 or www.ticketek.com.au

    ; Sea World Cruise presents an amazing new cruise combo. Enjoy a 2 hour

    Sea World Islands In The Sun calm water cruise then extend the fun by spending a full day at Sea World the next day. Alternatively, spend most of the day at Sea World then board the cruise at 2.30pm and relax with a cold drink. Sea World entry valid for the same day of the cruise or day following. Adults $65,

     children $35. Sea World Islands In The Sun cruise is a two hour calm water cruise amongst the Gold Coast's newest and most expensive waterfront homes. Enjoy grandstand views from the three levels of viewing decks aboard Sea World's luxury $3.5M cruiser. Journey amongst the wildlife rich islands of the marine park and discover the Gold Coast's hidden wildlife wonders. Cruise only costs Adults $45 and children $10. Alternatively try a Sea World Sunset City Lights cruise where you can relax and enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling wine, a romantic sunset and stunning views of the city lights as evening falls over the beautiful Gold Coast Broadwater. A slow cruise along one of the world‘s

    most scenic waterways with a soft music backdrop. It‘s the perfect way to start

    your evening or end your day. Adults $35, children $15. Bookings and enquiries phone 1800 056 156.

    ; Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show has introduced a new component for

    the 2010 Show - a Prestige Brokerage Display to showcase vessels of 15m or

    longer. The new category means there will be more high quality 15m-plus vessels, just part of the spectacular range of boats and marine products on display including multimillion dollar superyachts, sail boats, luxury cruisers, trailerable boats, jetskis, engines and kayaks. The 2010 show marks the 22nd

    annual Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, staged at Sanctuary Cove on the northern area of the Gold Coast. The Show will be held Thursday, May 20

    to Sunday, May 23 from 9am to 5pm daily. As in past years, the 22nd Show will feature on-water displays at the marina with linked walkways. There will be hardstand displays through the waterfront Marine Village. Three large pavilion exhibition areas include the Yachtbuilders‘ Pavilion sited in a prime location with glass walls overlooking the marina. Many families enjoy the Show with its daily street entertainment and free entry for children aged up to 14 years. Visitors can view cooking demonstrations and fishing and boating presentations and seminars. Past events have showcased close to 900 boats and watercraft. Details on adult and concession admission, new products and activities will be available closer to the event. There is no parking on site but streamlined transport options include Park ‗n‘ Ride, water and ferry transfer, helicopter transfer, limousine and taxi drop off. For details view

    www.sanctuarycoveboatshow.com.au

    ; The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) has been

    recognised as Queensland‘s best venue for Meetings and Business Tourism. Judged against a tough selection of superior venues, GCCEC was announced as the winner at the recent 2009 Queensland Tourism Awards. GCCEC‘s General Manager, Adrienne Readings, said the win was a great testament to the hard work of the team. ―To win the state award for Meetings and Business Tourism is an honor and highlights GCCEC‘s exceptional performance in the

    events and incentives industry, cementing its reputation as the premier conference and events destination‖. Ms Readings said. Tourism Queensland CEO Anthony Hayes said "The Queensland Tourism Awards are about acknowledging and rewarding businesses in Queensland's tourism industry for their innovation, achievements and ongoing hard work." "The Queensland Tourism Awards is the premier event for the state's tourism industry, recognizing the achievements of tourism businesses across 29 categories," Mr Hayes said. The Queensland Tourism Minister Peter Lawlor said it was a massive boost for the Gold Coast tourism industry. "As a local, I'm excited the Gold Coast region has been honoured in such a range of categories and I warmly congratulate all operators for their efforts in what has been a challenging year," he said. The GCCEC now has its sights set on the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, to be held in Hobart on February 26. www.gccec.com.au

    ; Leading Surfers Paradise resort, Mantra Sun City, has taken relaxation to a

    higher orbit with the opening of a decadent new day spa. Holidaymakers can now splash out on the ultimate in Gold Coast indulgence with leading massage

     and beauty company Calmertherapies opening its doors at the property. Adding

    an extra dimension for guests looking to be pampered in paradise, the day spa offers a tempting range of body treatments and pamper packages to soothe the mind, body and soul.Located in the resort lobby, the day spa offers rejuvenating deep tissue, relaxation, pregnancy and hot stone massages plus a choice of cleansing facials utilising the finest French marine-based products from Algologie. Full body scrubs, deluxe pedicures and manicures, Mother‘s Rewards

    and Men‘s Treats is just a small example of what is waiting to be enjoyed, all in a serene and soothing setting. Open for appointments seven days a week by phoning 07 5584 6000, the day spa has soul soothing spa treatments starting from just $75. For bookings or further information call 13 15 17 or visit www.mantra.com.au

    ; Tamborine Mountain Distillery has a number of special themed offerings

    packaged for the festive season. Customers can choose from Santa Liqueurs - manufactured especially for Christmas, with a choice of Tropical, Berry or Mint! Throwing a Christmas party? The limited edition Santa liqueurs are a great novelty with the Tropical or Berry flavours mixing beautifully in champagne or over ice cream and Mint perfect for after dinner with your mince pie. As gift ideas,

    Test Tube sample packs are convenient and lightweight making them perfect for travelling. Beautifully presented, these packs contain samples of - Absinthe, Turkish delight, Honey Dew Melon, Choc Mint, The Australia Herbal Liqueur, Choc n Chilli, Lemon Myrtle Vodka, Passionfruit, Wattle Toffee. $35 for 9 different samples. A limited edition, farmer‘s strength POTEEN (potato/barley) is also offered in signature hand blown glass bottles. Tamborine Mountain Distillery has recently added to its award winning International portfolio claiming titles for its Wattle Toffee and Hibiscus in the Food Challenge Awards/ Licorichoc, Strawberry and Wattle Toffee were successful at the Beverage Tasting Institute Chicago/ Lemon Myrtle, Moulin Rooz, Australian Herbal Liqueur, Wattle Toffee and Coffee were also rewarded at the Asia Wine and Spirit Competition Singapore. www.tamborinemountaindistillery.com

    ; Visitors and Gold Coast locals will be spoilt for choice this Christmas when the award-winning Benihana Japanese Steakhouse at the Surfers Paradise

    Marriott Resort & Spa opens its doors for Christmas lunch. Usually only

    open for Christmas dinner, the teppan tricksters will offer a special Christmas lunch from 11.30am to 3.00pm to keep up with the festive season demand. Spectacular set menus will be available for lunch on Christmas Day, featuring Wagyu beef, lobster tail or turkey, as well as a selection of red, white and sparkling wine, local beers and soft drinks. The Benihana‘s Sake Bar will also be open on Christmas Day, offering a comprehensive beverage list including signature cocktails and a selection of sake, Japan‘s traditional rice wine. The

    Benihana Christmas Lunch is priced at $149 per adult, $99 children (13-17 yrs) and $55 children (6-12 yrs) Bookings for the Benihana Christmas lunch and dinner are essential and can be made by phoning the Resort on 07 5592 9800.

    ; With less than 12 months to go, the team behind some of the Gold Coast‘s most successful sporting events is well advanced in their planning for the 2010 Pan

    Pacific Masters Games to be held from 6 to 14 November 2010. Queensland

    Events Gold Coast General Manager, Cameron Hart says that by all indications, the 2010 Pan Pacific Masters Games will exceed all previous records in terms of participation numbers and benefits to the tourism sector. ―The 2008 Pan Pacific Masters Games was directly responsible for bringing 9,300 visitors to the Gold Coast which generated approximately 59,000 visitor nights for the City, the best result in the event‘s 12 year history‖ said Mr Hart.―We are hot off the heels of a significant promotion at the World Masters Games recently held in Sydney and indications are that the 2010 event will reap the rewards. ―With over 28,000 competitors from 95 countries exposed to the Gold Coast through our promotions, its is expected the 2010 Pan Pacs will enjoy of boost of additional

     participants from interstate and overseas exceeding the benefits delivered by our 2008 Games.‖ Hart added. A major feature of the Pan Pacific Masters Games is its nightly social program allowing participants the opportunity to wind down and relax after a day‘s competition. In 2008 the event shifted its Games Village from

    the old Broadwater Events Parklands at Southport to the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, a move widely supported by participants and stakeholders. www.mastersgames.com.au

    ; The Dracula‘s Haunted House attraction in Surfers Paradise has celebrated two

    years in the scream scene with the launch of a new crawl through experience, simply called Digestion. The new installation has been created on the fourth

    floor of the five level walk through horror maze and features 30m of themed passages that give its victims a taste of what it‘s like to be swallowed whole and

    then slowly digested. Unsuspecting visitors will find themselves standing in front of a 3m sculpture of, wait for it… Prime Minister Kevin Rudd‘s face. The only way forward is to crawl into the gaping mouth, slide over the giant spongy tongue and then continue on a bizarre journey that takes you past heaving lungs, a giant beating heart, through a squirming stomach and then into a twisting maze of intestines. Not for the squeamish, the claustrophobic or the politically sensitive,

    but guaranteed to have you rolling in laughter. Hi-tech animation and audio visual FX create a sensory experience that‘s designed to churn the stomach and

    www.draculas.com.au set your mind in a whirl.

    ; From the people that have brought you EAST in Broadbeach, comes the newly

    created, and culturally influenced, cosmopolitan Lounge Bar, Chairman MAO.

    Vintage glamour and clean modern lines, this intimate and eclectic lounge bar on the street level of Surf Parade can only be described as a perfect fusion of new contemporary/kitsch design. Imagine harking back to the Shanghai nights of old, where Chairman MAO would share a drink with a sexy cigarette girl, world traders and dealers celebrate closing a deal with a scotch straight up, and Asian working girls giggling and sipping on cocktails whilst waiting to be approached. Drape across the outdoor lounge and relax with one of the 20 wines offered by the glass, or let the mixologist who is inspired by time-tested classics create you an all-hand pressed cocktail using only the freshest in premium fruits. Gold Coaster‘s can surely bank on one thing these day‘s - EAST really know how to

    bring a little culture out in all of us! www.east88.com.au

    ; Festive Fridays in the Atrium Bar at Conrad Jupiters is sure to spread

    Christmas ―cheers‖ as live entertainment lights up in the lead up to Christmas on

    December 4, December 11 and December 18 from 8.30pm. Catch a headline act every week with Casey Barnes and Band first off the sleigh, followed by Grace Knight, Emily Williams and Lisa Hunt. There will also be a cracker of a Christmas cocktail on offer and the opportunity to make a donation to Conrad Jupiters‘ Christmas Appeal with all proceeds going to the Children‘s Ward of the Gold Coast Hospital. You can still score your posse a complimentary platter of tasty Tapas on a Friday between 5pm-7pm by registering your group of four or more online at conradjupiters.com.au/tapasfridays or by calling Reservations toll free on 1800 074 344. Registrations for the Atrium Bar‘s Tapas Fridays must be lodged before 4pm every Thursday and all successful registrations will be notified by email within 24 hours. www.jupiterscasino.com.au

    ; There‘s no better location to celebrate your favourite festive occasion than The

    Pavilion at Conrad Jupiters, and the 14th Annual Combined Christmas Ball

    is the complete Christmas treat. Book a table for your closest friends or work colleagues, break open the bon-bons and get ready to party with the Big Man in Red on Saturday December 12 from 7pm-11.30pm. Conrad Jupiters‘ 14th

    Annual Combined Christmas Ball has it all with a traditional Christmas buffet including a cold seafood selection, carvery station, hot items and sweet treats; a four and a half hour beverage package; live entertainment and a DJ; lucky door

     prizes; and Christmas decorations and party favours. Tickets are available at just $135 per person. To book a table of 10 or to share in a combined table, call Conrad Jupiters‘ Box Office on (07) 5592 8303. For an end of year celebration with all the bells and baubles, why not head for the bright lights this December and have yourself a very merry Christmas at Conrad Jupiters.

    ; Queensland Chef Angela Brown from Sofitel's acclaimed Room81 has taken

    out top honor at the Pacific Rim Global Chef Challenge. Chef Angela Brown of

    Room81 Sofitel Gold Coast and Chef Ross Howell of Ross Howell Catering, are the proud winners of the 2009 Pacific Rim Regional Final of the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS) Global Chefs Challenge. The final was held during major food industry expo Fine Food 2009 at Sydney Exhibition Centre Darling Harbour. Ross Howell and his assistant for the competition,

Angela Brown, competed against Chefs from New Zealand, Fiji and Vanuatu

    however the Queenslanders proved a powerful force and claimed the title for Australia. The competition continues in January 2010 with the GLOBAL CHEF CHALLENGE held in Chile where Howell and Brown will be competing for Australia. www.sofitelgoldcoast.com.au

    ; Robina Town Centre has won the prestigious Retail Property of the Year

    Award at the Queensland Property Council of Australia Retail Property Awards on Friday 23 October 2009. Following two years of redevelopment, Robina Town Centre, owned by QIC, has expanded into a major regional shopping centre, becoming the Gold Coast's premier retail and leisure destination. Robina Town Centre achieved outstanding results by winning three major awards offered the

    Excellence in Presentation Award for Major Regional Centres over 50,000 square metres, the Excellence in Marketing Award for Major Regional Centres over 50,000 square metres and the ultimate prize Retail Property of the Year.

    Robina Town Centre has undergone a major expansion with milestones including the November 2008 opening of the new fashion mall and the multi-million dollar refurbishment of David Jones. Earlier this year the official unveiling of the second and largest stage of the development on 2 April attracted an estimated 81,000 visitors on opening day. The Myer expansion is the next exciting phase in the redevelopment of Robina Town Centre and is in-keeping with the growth of the community. Overall, approximately $400 million will be invested in the expansion of the Centre to achieve a vision to create a true town centre environment. www.robinatowncentre.com.au

    ; Warren Sevil, CEO of the Australian Ladies Professional Golf Inc recently announced that in co-operation with Co-Sanction Partners, The Ladies European Tour, Tuohy Associates, Golf Australia and other key stakeholders, the date for the 2010 ANZ Ladies Masters has been rescheduled from the previously

    published dates. The move is a result of a late scheduling change on the US LPGA Tour, and is necessary to avoid a clash with the opening of their season in South East Asia early next year. Accordingly, the new date for the RACV Royal Pines Resort hosted event is 4-7 March.

    ; For parents-to-be, the latest must-do is a babymoon, one last relaxing and

    romantic vacation before the baby arrives. Peppers Spicers Peak Lodge on

    Queensland‘s Scenic Rim specialises in indulgent getaways for couples

    including calming massages, de-stress beauty and body treatments and superb dining and exquisite delights to satisfy cravings. Peppers CEO Bob East says that Peppers is renowned for its romantic holiday offerings in some of the most scenic areas of Australia and New Zealand. ―The time before a baby born is very special and we understand that this holiday is all about exceptional moments, privacy and relaxation.‖ A selection of Babymoon packages available at Peppers include: Two nights luxury accommodation, a welcome gift on arrival, a soothing pregnancy massage for Mum and a calming hot stone massage for Dad, a variety of luscious foods for morning tea, afternoon tea and lunch to satisfy

     almost all of those food cravings, non-alcoholic beverage selection, as well as beer and wine (for Dad), 24 hour beverage service and complimentary in-room bar, chef‘s selection of canapés, seven-course degustation dinner on each evening, tailored to your specific dietary requirements, gourmet breakfast delivered to your suite, superior L‘Occitane amenities, nightly turndown service, a gift for the parents and new baby including a fine quality L‘Occitane pamper

    package, baby book and more. This all-inclusive package is $1,340 per person. For reservations call 1300 773 452 or email spicerspeak@peppers.com.au

    ; Spoil yourself or a loved one this Christmas with a range of exotic new packages available through Ripple Massage. Sea Shell Massage Package - Reef shells

    are heated and coated in aromatherapy oils to soothe and relax muscles - 3 hour Seashell Massage Package - $280 or 2 hour Seashell Massage Package -

    $185. Scented oils heated in a cowrie shell crevasse, crimson tinted cone shells unlocking the stress in shoulders and delicate cockle shells smoothing the lines on the face. Sea shells have an uplifting natural energy that is drawn on in a unique new massage style by Ripple. The shells are used in a mix of ways. Some like the cowries are heated, and aromatherapy oils are poured into the crevasse to warm before being trickled onto the body. The smooth domed

    surface is also used with hands on massage to release muscles. The shells are used both to de stress and for deeper tissue work. Other shells like the lions paws and scarlet coloured scallops are heated and placed on the body to warm the chakras and also the hands during the massage. Cones and olives unlock tension in the neck and shoulders. Sea Shell massage is also included in an accommodation and massage package at Witches Falls Cottages on Tamborine Mountain. Call Leigh today to book or for more information on 0438 567 906 email or book now through our secure online server www.ripplemassage.com.au

    ; Skydive Byron Bay has 3 new air-conditioned vehicles with DVD screens used for free transfers from the Gold Coast. The company operates a 17 seat aircraft which makes it ideal for large groups to jump together. The fully equipped skydiving centre offers cinema lounge, free internet cafe, food cafe, viewing deck, plus kitchen/bathroom facilities. The airstrip and landing area is right out front so spectators can see all the action to create an exciting atmosphere. Brand new DVD/Photo cameras and dubbing equipment also allows provision of the highest quality DVD & Photographs in Australia this summer. Visit

    www.skydivebyronbay.com

    Theme Park Activities

    Dreamworld/ White Water World -

    ; MTV Plugs into Dreamworld (Dec 26 - Jan 22)

    For four weeks this summer, MTV will plug into Dreamworld as some of the nation‘s most recognisable faces mash together the best of MTV in an explosive and entertaining live show called MTV Plugs Into Dreamworld Summer Series.

    Part stunt show, part game show, full of pumped up music and always focused on over-exaggerated fun, the 30 minute shows will use contestants plucked from the audience to help out. Shows run from December 26 - January 22and are included in entry price. (see release attached)

    ; Bring Back Slime (Dec 26 - Jan 22)

    Get ready to go green again as WhiteWater World brings back the smash hit Slime Fest. Have the slime of your life when SpongeBob SquarePants and his Nickelodeon mates pack our water park with dazzling performances, crazy kid-friendly games, live music and the nation‘s only Mass Sliming. Get soaked and get silly as 1000 litres of green goo gushes from the bucket above at 2.00pm daily from December 26 until January 22. Included in price of entry.

     ; Amp it up at NYE (Dec 31)

    Dreamworld will amp it up this New Year‘s Eve when it fuses rock with rides and presents a cracking line-up of the coolest bands around including Inspector Cluzo, I Heart Hiroshima, PEZ, British India and Regurgitator and Birds of Tokyo. In between bands, fans will be able to flip, spin and soar on some of the fiercest, white-knuckle rides on the planet. AMPED NYE at Dreamworld is an 18+ event. Advanced tickets are $79.00. Food and beverages are additional.

    ; Teen Screams (Nov 20, Dec 11, Jan 22)

    Join us this summer as we flick the switch on Australia‘s favourite theme parks and bring you two moonlit parties in our parks. Ride into the December holidays and test your tonsils on the Big 6 Thrill Rides and AVPX with Screamworld this December 11, 2009 and then get ready to slide in to Night WhiteWater World at

    WhiteWater World for one last bash before school begins on January 22, 2010. Gates open at 6.30pm - 10.00pm and tickets are $37 each at the door or buy online on www.dreamworld.com.au and pay $100 for four people (discount only available online) .

    ; Get Stuffed this Christmas

    Wrap up this Christmas with the world‘s most entertaining gift; a Dreamworld & WhiteWater World Gift Card. Starting from $20, gift cards can be used to buy tickets and annual passes or to top up a day with action attractions like Flowrider and V8 Supercars RedLine, in-park dining and colourful merchandise. Buy online and receive a BONUS COUPON BOOK with each Gift Card valued at up to $150!* until stocks last.

     or call 133FUN Warner Village Theme Parks www.myfun.com.au

    ; Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World & Wet’n’Wild Water World now offer

    more choice for Queensland holiday fun this summer with the launch of the all new Endless Summer Pass. The pass offers unlimited entry to a choice of two of the Gold Coast‘s best theme parks, Movie World, Sea World and Wet‘n‘Wild! For one tiny price pass holders get unlimited entry until 30 June 2010! That‘s your choice of 2 parks, either Movie World, Sea World or Wet‘n‘Wild for just $99.95 for adults and $74.95 for kids.

    ; Kasey Chambers, Poppa Bill and The Little Hillbillies( Dec 28 Jan 3)

    Kasey Chambers, Poppa Bill and The Little Hillbillies will be performing LIVE at Movie World these holidays! From Monday 28 December to Sunday 3 January, Movie World‘s Show Stage will feature two live performances daily from the

    Multi-ARIA award winner and her family. Featuring songs from her new album, ‗Kasey Chambers, Poppa Bill and the Little Hillbillies‘, the shows are included in the daily admission price!

    ; Sea Viper Arrives at Sea World:

    Remember everyone‘s favourite rollercoaster, the Corkscrew? Well, we‘ve given it a makeover to deliver an all new ride experience. Hang on to the edge of your seat in the new Sea Viper coaster with exciting new low profile carriages, you‘ll experience thrills on the triple loop-the-loop track like never before. Survive Sea Viper at Sea World this summer! Opening Christmas 2009

    ; Kid’s New Years Eve at Wet’n’Wild: (Dec 31)

    Don‘t miss this year‘s most splashtacular New Year‘s Eve Party at Wet‘n‘Wild. The day-long celebration will include a special Dive‘n‘Movie screening, as well

    as a host of entertainment, music and activities for the whole family. Entertain the kids with funny face painting, karaoke and fun competitions. Wet‘n‘Wild will also continue with the tradition of turning the clocks forward three hours at 5pm so families with young children can celebrate the New Year at 9pm. All of the New Year‘s Eve festivities are included in normal admission to the Park.

    ; The Ultimate Summer at Wet’n’Wild: (Dec 27 Jan 25)

    Experience the ultimate summer at Wet‘n‘Wild! With live performances from Kate Alexa, the ‗Fujifilm Face of Summer‘ model search plus live cricket matches and ‗GO‘ showing on the big screen and Dive‘n‘Movies every night from December 27 to January 25. There‘s so much to do you‘ll bring the family back again and

    again!

    ; Sea World Resort & Water Park:

    Reward yourself and your family these holidays and stay in a new Deluxe Room at Sea World Resort & Water Park. Offering a mixture of king, double, queen and family suite configurations, the new Deluxe Rooms are ideal for all guests who

    seek added luxury during their stay. Also don‘t miss the festive celebrations with special Christmas Day and New Years Eve feasts!

    The Festive Season

     ; Royal Pines Resort www.royalpinesresort.com.au

    Royal Benowa Ballroom - Amidst a beautifully themed ballroom, feast on an all inclusive Christmas buffet lunch offering the freshest Australian seafood, traditional ham and turkey, and a selection of hot dishes, salads and desserts. Includes a 3 hour beverage package with selected wines, assorted local beers and soft drinks. Enjoy live entertainment and Christmas novelties and the kids will be entranced by baby reindeer, face painting, jumping castle, a visit from Santa, and a present for all children 12 years and under. Christmas Lunch | 12noon 3pm. Adults $145 | 13 17 years $100 | 5 12 years $70. Children 4

    and under complimentary

Kalinda Restaurant Overlooking the Resort‘s tropical pool and wonderful

    gardens, experience a magical Christmas with Kalinda‘s Christmas buffet with

    an amazing selection of hot and cold Australian seafood, quality roasts carved to your liking, interactive chef stations with garlic prawns skewers and steaks cooked to order, as well as a selection of hot dishes and salads. You will also enjoy a vast dessert buffet including plum pudding, white Christmas cakes and logs and a selection of ice cream with all the toppings to satisfy the kids! Lunch includes a 3 hour beverage package with selected red, white, sparkling wines, assorted local beers and soft drink. Enjoy live entertainment and Christmas novelties and the kids will be entranced by baby reindeer, face painting, jumping castle, a visit from Santa, and a present for all children 12 years and under. Christmas Lunch 12noon 3pm. Adults $151 | 13 17 years $105 | 5 12 years

    $75 Children 4 and under complimentary.

As the sun slowly sets over the Resort‘s tropical pool area, indulge in a

    sumptuous Christmas buffet dinner at Kalinda. Offering a variety of traditional

    favourites such as ham and turkey, you‘ll also be delighted to find tantalising

    selections of hot and cold Australian seafood, and an array of salads and desserts. Live entertainment and Christmas novelties are also included. Christmas Dinner 6pm late. Adults $80 | Children 13 17 years $40 | 5 12

    years $20. Children 4 and under complimentary.

For a relaxing New Years Eve atmosphere, overlooking the Resort‘s tropical

    pool, feast on a hot and cold seafood buffet which includes live cooked garlic prawns, steak, mini pizzas and an amazing selection of dessert from our pastry team. Includes a 3 hour beverage package, with a selection of red, white and sparkling wines, assorted local beers and soft drink. Live entertainment and festive novelties will help you welcome in 2010 with friends and family. 6pm

    late Adults $75 Children 13 17 years $50 | 5 12 years $40. Children 4 and under complimentary.

RPR’s Restaurant, Level 21

    Enjoy fantastic views of the Gold Coast and a 5 course menu created by renowned Chef, Matthew Dixon. With live entertainment and great food you will be treated to a very special Christmas in our signature restaurant. Lunch includes Christmas novelties, a gift for children 12 years and under and a visit from Santa. Christmas Lunch | 12noon 3pm Adults $199 | 5 17 years $119

    Children 4 and under complimentary. New Year’s Eve is about celebration, and

    there is no better place than RPR‘s overlooking the magnificent Gold Coast

    skyline as it lights up with fireworks. Chef de Cuisine, Matt Dixon will present a truly indulgent five course meal that will include a bottle of French Champagne

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