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A worldwide survey

carried out across 25

countries by travel

company Expedia

reports that 56 per

cent of travellers

(and 44 per cent of

Australians) say that

Wi-Fi access and

pricing influence

their decision

when selecting

flights and hotels.


Wi-Fi is ranked most

important, followed

by high-speed

internet access, wired

in-room connectivity

and a business centre

with computers and





Lizard Island is open again for business after a year-long

refurbishment following the devastating effect of Cyclone Ita.

Australia’s most northern island resort on the Great Barrier Reef

boasts 24 white sand beaches and is a short boat ride away from

spectacular dive sites such as the Cod Hole. Accommodation

includes premium villas with plunge pools, beach-view suites and

garden-view rooms. Tariff includes gourmet meals with drinks

at Osprey’s Restaurant and Bar and picnic hampers to take on

daytime expeditions. See





Families travelling to Thailand have a

new fun park to visit. Cartoon Network

Amazone, Thailand’s first international water

theme park, boasts 30 world-class water

rides and slides, live Cartoon Network

entertainment shows and interactive water

play fun across 10 themed-entertainment

zones. Ride the Riptide Rapids on an inner

tube along a 335-metre ‘river’ that winds

through the park, hop on one of the fastest

water rollercoasters in the world, or pick

up a few tips from a flowrider instructor

at Surfarena. Cartoon Network Amazone

is in the small seaside town of Bangsaray,

about a 20-minute drive from Pattaya City

and less than two hours from Bangkok’s

Suvarnabhumi Airport. For more information


See by kayak

Visitors to the Gold Coast can see it from a different

point of view on a kayak adventure from Burleigh

Heads National Park along Tallebudgera Creek to

David Fleay Wildlife Park (where there are crocs,

platypus, koalas and more) stopping along the way to

learn how to throw a boomerang (wind permitting),

try yabbie pumping and find out local fishing tips.

Kayak the Gold Coast tours leave daily at 7am until

about 12pm. Cost from $89 per adult. Or enjoy

the sunset with cool refreshments from the river at

Broadbeach from 5pm until 7pm. Cost from $59 per

adult. See

Sofitel a

top 10

Sofitel Brisbane Central is celebrating its 10th

anniversary by offering a special package for

stays until 30 April 2015. It includes overnight

accommodation in a superior room, buffet

breakfast for two in Thyme


, $60 food and

beverage credit towards dining in Thyme



Privé249 and two anniversary cocktails in Cuvee

Lounge Bar. Cost from $289 per room per night.

Call (07) 3835 444 or email

escape EXTRA


| BNE March/April 2015