Chase the sun this winter! From the tropics of North Queensland to the pristine beaches of the Gold Coast, from family holidays to romantic escapes, you can feel the warmth of the Queensland sun this winter – just a short drive or flight away!
Discover the wonders of North Queensland from Cairns to Magnetic Island
If you chase the sun far enough north, you will arrive at the unique wilderness region of Tropical North Queensland, home to two World Heritage Listed attractions: the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest.
The gateway to this region is the vibrant city of Cairns. In its centre you will find Mantra Trilogy, a stylish waterfront resort complete with gym, lagoon style pool, 25 metre lap pool and air-conditioned rooms with ocean views. The resort is perfectly located on Cairns Esplanade, close to the iconic Esplanade Lagoon and boardwalk, Reef Casino, and plenty of Cairns restaurants and bars. Cairns is also the main departure point for Great Barrier Reef tours and day trips, making it the ideal holiday destination.
Less than 30 kilometres to the north of Cairns lies the exquisite seaside village of Palm Cove, home to a beach that has been conferred with the title of Australia’s cleanest, as well as some outstanding restaurants, boutiques and beautiful resorts. Celebrate the local tropical produce at your choice of one of the best restaurants in Palm Cove, enjoy an indulgent spa treatment or stroll along the picturesque palm-lined beach.
Further north you’ll find charming Port Douglas, on the edge of the Daintree Rainforest. Mantra PortSea is one of the top Port Douglas resorts, being only metres from the beach and 15 minutes on foot to the centre of town. It has facilities for the whole family including three pools, a swim up bar, a waterslide, a day spa and more.
Always dreamt of a picnic on the silica sands of Whitehaven Beach? Turn your dreams into reality this winter with an escape to the Whitsundays. Sail around the Whitsunday Islands, discover the best restaurants in Airlie Beach or simply soak up the warm winter sun. Airlie Beach accommodation options range from luxury five star resorts to family-friendly hotels, offering something for everyone.
For a truly magical island holiday, hop on a ferry to Magnetic Island. Located just off the coast of Townsville, “Maggie” is an island paradise. Go snorkelling, spot koalas on the Forts Walk, sail into the sunset with glass of champagne in hand or drive a Barbie-inspired car around the island! Deciding on the perfect Magnetic Island resort is easy. Peppers Blue on Blue Resort boasts balconies overlooking the Coral Sea, two swimming pools, a day spa, restaurant and a superb marina front location.
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Experience the best of a Gold Coast holiday with beaches, theme parks and more!
One of the major draw cards for the Gold Coast is its near-perfect weather year-round, and that combined with smaller crowds makes winter the perfect time to visit. Some of the top Gold Coast attractions include the theme parks like Movie World and Sea World, however there’s much more to enjoy on the glittering Gold Coast! With a coastline over 60 kilometres long, you’ll find endless diversity and a multitude of vibes. Explore craft breweries, attend night markets, check out up-and-coming suburbs like Miami, Palm Beach and Burleigh Heads, visit The Star Casino, shop ‘til you drop at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre or walk along a different stretch of Gold Coast beach every day.
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If you are looking for a Gold Coast resort with uncompromised luxury, Peppers Soul offers every indulgence, right in the heart of Surfers Paradise. This landmark 77 storey hotel is directly across the road from the beach, with every room enjoying staggering ocean views. Enjoy mouth-watering Mediterranean food and classy cocktails at Hyde Paradiso, stay in shape with a work out at the gymnasium or relax and recharge in the steam room or sauna. And of course being so central means your every entertainment whim, from jet boat Gold Coast rides to the famous Gold Coast nightclubs, is all just a short walk away.
Mantra Crown Towers is the ideal spot for a Gold Coast family holiday! Located in Surfers Paradise, just a short stroll to the beach and some of the best Gold Coast attractions, the resort features a children’s pirate ship, waterslide, kids pool, lagoon pool, kids club, games room, kids play area and day spa! You’ll never want to leave!
Peppers Salt Resort & Spa, set in the far northern NSW town of Kingscliff, is relaxation at its finest. Just 20 minutes from the Gold Coast Airport, you will feel worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the Gold Coast. Hire a bicycle and explore the miles of oceanfront pathways, swim at the patrolled beach right out front, laze by the lagoon style pool or rejuvenate in the day spa.
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Winter warmth awaits on the Sunshine Coast
Just north of Brisbane is a stretch of tropical coastline known for its brilliant fusion of natural attractions, bohemian charm and seaside sophistication. Explore pristine beaches or antique curio shops. Savour a night sky canopy or five-star gastronomy. Get lost in a rainforest or the clothing racks of a designer boutique. Or simply bask in the warm winter sun at your Sunshine Coast accommodation.
Noosa is the best known town in the region, where you will find Mantra French Quarter. Situated in the bustling hub of Hastings Street, you are just steps away from shops, restaurants, Noosa Main Beach and the coastal national park. Sitting around the resort’s popular pool area with heated lagoon pool, children’s wading pool and two heated spas is the perfect way to spend a sunny winter holiday.
The quaint suburb of Alexandra Headland proudly operates one of the safest patrolled beaches on the entire Sunshine Coast, and conveniently, directly across the road is BreakFree Alexandra Beach. With its fantastic location, huge (150 metres) tropical pool, two heated pools, waterslides, children’s playground, BBQ area and gym, this resort is a firm favourite for families.
Another one of the Sunshine Coast’s charming seaside towns is Mooloolaba. The waterfront Mantra Mooloolaba Beach is one of the top Sunshine Coast resorts, surrounded by the town’s cafés and restaurants, within walking distance to SEA LIFE Mooloolaba and only five kilometres to the shopping of Sunshine Coast Plaza. This resort boasts two pools - one indoor and one heated outdoor - four BBQ areas, observation deck, whirlpool spa, sauna, games room and fully-equipped gym.
Explore the bright lights of Brisbane City!
The Sunshine State’s capital offers everything under the sun - cultural events, sporting events, museums, galleries, nightlife… even a man-made beach right in the centre of the city, making Brisbane the ideal place for a winter city break.
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One of the most popular Brisbane precincts is South Bank, with its 17 hectares of parklands, the iconic Streets Beach complete with lifeguards year-round, and a host of cultural Brisbane attractions including Queensland Museum, Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) and the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA). All of these are within an easy riverside walk of Mantra South Bank, a hotel with a 20 metre long heated lap pool, spa, fully-equipped gym and some eye-popping city and river views. Hop around Brisbane city on the CityCat or free CityHopper, taking in other popular Brisbane attractions like Howard Smith Wharves, Brisbane Powerhouse, the Wheel of Brisbane and the Story Bridge – all connected by the winding Brisbane River.
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Just down the road, the newly built, New York inspired FV by Peppers soars above Fortitude Valley and is definitely a destination for design connoisseurs. Surrounded by James Street’s popular bars, restaurants and shops, live music venues like The Zoo, cultural Chinatown and with Brisbane’s CBD only 400 metres away, this central landmark bursts at the seams with stylish architectural features and amenities. Enjoy the heated skyline u-shaped pool, state of the art gym, yoga retreat, Moonlight Cinema and a tropical garden retreat with outdoor lounge and bar, offering spectacular city views.
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