Almaden

Train buffs take note. The Savannahlander is one of tropical North Queensland's unusual rail journeys.

It runs from Cairns to Forsayth overnighting in Almaden. It traces an important railway system that was developed by John Moffat as part of his vast mining empire in the late 1800s. By 1910, the Cairns to Chillagoe line was connected to the Etheridge gold fields so the private rail link from Forsayth-Almaden became an important rail junction. Imagine the treasure trove of riches uncovered in this mineral-rich land during those times.

Gold at Etheridge and Hodgkinson, copper at Mt Garnet and Mt Molloy, tin at Irvinebank and Stannary Hills, tin and silver at Emuford, silver and wolfram at Petford and coal at Mt Mulligan fuelling the Chillagoe smelter.

Australia truly was - and is - the lucky country. With these riches beneath the ground, it was sitting at the end of the rainbow. Almaden is a small community with some homes following the rail link. While some travellers head to Chillagoe's limestone cave tours by bus, others take the time to overnight at Almaden.

A slower pace does bring its own rewards. The Railway Hotel is a classic outback hotel, well maintained and presented. There's simple but comfortable accommodation, meals and takeaways and Nan is renowned for her pies. What more could you ask - every Aussie's wish.

Walk to the back of the hotel to see Nan's other passion - gardening. There is a micro tropical environment with lush palms, epiphytes and lawns. Locals refer to the community as Cow Town as cattle often camp along the streets in unfenced areas.

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Oaks Seaforth Resort

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From AU$118 - 451
Ideally located, Oaks Seaforth Resort is just a short stroll from a patrolled surf beach and close to Mooloolaba Esplanade. Oaks Seaforth offers comfortable one, two and three bedroom fully self-contained air-conditioned apartments or spacious penthouses.

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The Sebel Maroochydore

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Spicers Tamarind Retreat

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From AU$399 - 599
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Peppers Noosa Resort and Villas

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From AU$289 - 1010
Peppers Noosa Resort and Villas is the ideal location to immerse yourself in a laid-back beachside scene. The unique and distinct offering of both the resort and villas mean that there is something to suit everyone.

Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort

Noosa Heads, Noosa Area
From AU$290 - 700
Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort offers a relaxed experience in high style drawing inspiration from local culture and tradition while celebrating innovation and the French art de vivre. Unwind in the ease and luxury of one of our 176 studios, suites or villas with private balconies overlooking Laguna Bay, the Noosa River, Noosa Village or the Resort’s pool and its landscaped gardens.

Fraser Island Holiday Lodges

Fraser Island, Fraser Coast Area
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Fraser Island Holiday Lodges incorporate two holiday houses - Talinga and Weerona - situated on absolute beach front, in the township of Eurong on Fraser Islands' Eastern side. Right by the ocean, visitors can easily discover Fraser Island's spectacular scenic attractions, while enjoying the unique, natural environment and relaxed holiday experience.
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