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Fraser Island's A Winter Wonderland

The team from Bluedog Photography are focusing their attention on Fraser Island this September The team from Bluedog Photography are focusing their attention on Fraser Island this September © Bluedog Photography

QUEENSLAND: The coldest temperature ever recorded in the world was -128°C In Antarctica back in 1983… a little closer to home we’ve been enjoying average winter temperatures up to 21°C and some gorgeous sunny days on Fraser Island.

To help cast off any winter blues, the folks at Kingfisher Bay Resort have released a range of activities and retreats to tempt the taste buds and rejuvenate the soul this August and September.

All Winter – Seafood Dinner Cruises Ex Urangan Boat Harbour

Saturday Nights; the Great Sandy Strait; a fresh local seafood buffet; and a 50-minute leisurely cruise with the lovely Brian and Jill Perry has all the makings of a great night out!

Kingfisher Bay’s popular dinner cruises have been a regular feature on Hervey Bay’s dining calendar and now offers Saturday night departures ex Urangan Boat Harbour. The night starts with a cruise across the Great Sandy Strait (and glimpses of our famous mango-coloured sunsets) aboard Quick Cat followed by a seafood dinner buffet – the perfect treat for family or visiting friends.

Saturday night dining out in Maheno is a regional affair, with locally-sourced and home-grown produce very much the order of the day. The cruise and the all-you-can-eat Seafood buffet with hot and cold seasonal dishes, vegetarian options and a smorgasbord of cheese and delectable desserts offers unbeatable value at just $79* for adults and $35* for children.

To book, call 1800 072 555 (toll free) and if you want time out without the kids, ask the Reservations team about enrolling the kids in the resort’s popular Junior Eco Ranger activity program.

*Some booking conditions apply. Beverages are not included.

Aug 09-12 – A Wellness Retreat That Pushes The Right Buttons

Power through winter and into the second half of 2012 with a Skye Lifestyle Yoga Retreat and wellness retreat at Kingfisher Bay Resort.

The revamped three-night wellness retreat will run from August 09-12 and includes three nights’ accommodation, return ferry transfers, daily buffet breakfast, seafood buffet, two-course Seabelle dinner, half-hour massage and eight mixed yoga and meditation sessions.

Each day starts with a moderate power yoga class in pristine wilderness and a healthy breakfast to kick start the day, followed by afternoon yoga and evening meditation sessions to soothe and relax.

Tailored to all levels, the wellness retreat includes accommodation, meals, transfers and a mix of four Hatha and power yoga classes and two meditation classes led by Instructor Skye Baird. Prices start from $699 per person, twin share.

Bookings by email or call 0400 647 236 – places still available!

Some booking conditions apply.

Sept 08-09 – Marine Life Under The Microscope

Fraser Island resort guests and visitors will have the chance to learn more about our fragile marine environment, with the arrival of Marine ecologist, Richard Coward, to Kingfisher Bay for a series of free guest presentations and walks this September.

Richard’s incredible passion for the marine environment is equalled by his passion to educate. During his extensive career the father-of-three has been involved in research programs including buoyancy syndrome turtle research, shark research and breeding programs as well as whale rescues and is a regular guest on Channel Ten’s Totally Wild (who is also tipped to visit the resort in September this year).

With extensive experience managing exhibits in aquariums around the world, the Ocean Life Education lecturer has also worked with sharks, seals, penguins, turtles, sea jellies, fish, octopus and invertebrates.

You can catch Richard as part of the resort’s regular weekly What’s On line up.

Sept 14-17 – A Photographic Retreat In Pristine Wild

The team from the Bluedog Photography kennel are returning to Fraser Island for another of their highly successful three-day photographic retreats on at Kingfisher Bay. These fun retreats – for photographers of all skill levels - mixes Fraser’s natural attractions with lessons in wildlife photography, framing landscapes and seashores, using natural lighting and camera techniques.

Gold Coast-based photographer Danielle Lancaster will lead the getaway to Fraser, helping students uncover the island’s best spots from September 14 to 17.

“Photography is something anyone can do, you don't need the greatest, most expensive camera and all the gear - you just need to want to,” Danielle said.

The three-day, three-night, all-inclusive retreats are priced from $2596.80pp (twin share)* and include:
• Three nights’ resort hotel accommodation at Kingfisher Bay Resort with meals;
• 2x full-day photographic workshops on Fraser Island with Blue Dog instructors and Kingfisher Bay Interpretive Ranger Peter Meyer;
• Return ferry transfers from River Heads and a half-day Whale Watch cruise from the resort.

To ensure one-on-one attention, places on the tour have been strictly limited. For more information or to book contact Bluedog Photography or call +61 7 5545 4777.

Some booking conditions apply.


Editor’s Note:

Bluedog Photography: With a love for everything photographic since a young age, Bluedog Photography’s Head Instructor, Danielle Lancaster, has a passion for capturing the world in her images so everyone has the opportunity to see the “awesome beauty Mother Nature affords us”.

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