Representing areas of Southern Great Barrier Reef.. Mary Carroll, Nicola Smith, Katherine Reed, Eloise Chaffers Representing areas of Southern Great Barrier Reef.. Mary Carroll, Nicola Smith, Katherine Reed, Eloise Chaffers

SGBR's new offerings

Southern Great Barrier Reef had a record number of exhibitors at this year’s Australian Tourism Exchange, reflecting the breadth of new product being added to existing offerings.

Mary Carroll, chief executive officer at Capricorn Enterprises says that as far as the New Zealand market is concerned the message is still about getting clients beyond the more frequented destinations in Southeast Queensland – such as Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.

‘It is a one hour flight from Brisbane to Rockhampton with either Virgin Australia or Qantas Link or a four hour drive to Bunderberg,’ Carroll points out. ‘So we’re not far away and we’ve got reef, rainforest and outback, plus city life, clubs, pubs and breweries.’

Among new developments are a 32-room Peppers resort in Gladstone, opening in August, and the addition of four new tiny houses at High Valley Dawn Permaculture Farm in Yeppoon.

There is also a new fast-boat day tour (9am to 3pm) on the 40-seat Kraken, owned by Funtastic Cruises, that explores the Great Keppel Island Group from Yeppoon.

In the town of 1770, new tinnie fishing experiences are offered by 1770 Salty Life, while 1770 Sunset Cruises also has new experiences.

New beverage offerings include Reef Distillers, Crimson Finch Brewery and the Station – the latter a tap house in Yeppoon’s old railway station. In Gladstone, Wards Brewery has opened in what was previously a 140-year-old cordial factory.

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