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Queensland News: 24/04

In among the uncertainty of our current reality, our Queensland spirit has certainly not diminished. If anything, it’s made us stronger – and definitely challenged us to think on our feet.  

There’s a demonstrated resilience, adaptability and passion in our Queensland community to make things work, keep our heads held high and a smile on our faces.

And these inspiring stories are what keeps our community spirit and natural life alive.

Read on for the latest good news stories in Queensland.

Bubbles and Barre

Crystalbrook Collection

Photo by Crystalbrook Collection via Facebook

If you’re looking to live the luxe life while also being inspired, entertained and educated during your extra time at home, Crystalbrook Collection — which hosts 5-star hotels Riley and Bailey in Cairns — has launched #AtHomeWithCrystalbrook.

From poolside yoga and barre classes with bubbles, to a beginner’s guide to sketching and learning how to make lavish cocktails, you can now (virtually) travel to each of Crystalbrook’s luxurious hotels from the comfort of your living room. There’s even something for kids via the Crystalbrook Earth Kids program, which encourages children to foster a deeper appreciation for the environment. Follow the resorts on Facebook for more details.

Foodie News

Scenic Rim Farm Box

Photo by Scenic Rim Farm Box via Facebook

Over the past few weeks, we’ve watched Queensland’s foodie businesses thrive with innovative products and services to serve the community. Every week, we’ll add a culinary spotlight onto some of our favourites.

  • Meet the Maker
    Want to expand your culinary horizons this weekend? Creative Tours and Events on the Sunshine Coast has launched its ‘Meet the Maker at Home’ series. Each week, a different experience will deliver local produce to your door, followed by an exclusive online session by some of the best local brewers, farmers and chefs in the region. Using a mix of live interactive sessions and pre-recorded information and tips, you can taste and experience the best of the Sunshine Coast while in isolation. Coming up is beer and bites, a gin masterclass, and farm to fork with a local chef. Follow on Facebook for upcoming experiences and booking details.
  • Mother’s Day High Tea at Home
    Mum doesn’t have to miss out on her annual high tea tradition this year, with Emporium Hotel taking care of everything with Mother’s Day High Tea and hamper packages. For $99, you can spoil her with your own high tea for two, curated by Queensland’s leading pastry chef Alex Norman. Share a Mother’s Day with a difference at home over a mouth-watering selection of savoury and sweets, complete with disposable high tea stand. Just add bubbles or a cuppa for the perfect morning. Choose free delivery within 10km or contactless pick-up –  order here.
  • Kitchen Takeover: Italian Feast
    Each fortnight, City Winery will hand over its kitchen to leading chefs to create their own culinary magic. First up on Saturday 25 April is highly awarded Chef Dario Manca who placed 6th at the Barilla Pasta World Championships. Dario takes virtual diners on a 4-course journey through his Italian favourites. Book your online tickets, sit back, and wait for your food and wine to be delivered. Buon appetite!
  • Scenic Rim Farm Box
    Although we can’t visit the Scenic Rim right now, that doesn’t mean we have to miss out. In collaboration with the Scenic Rim Regional Council, a group of local producers in the farming community have launched the Scenic Rim Farm Box. In the box, you’ll find the region’s best local produce, products and local wine and beer, so you can eat and drink from the Scenic Rim every week. Deliveries are expected to start in the first week of May. Register your interest for more information.
  • Tuk Shop Takeaway
    Burleigh icon Rick Shores has opened a second pop-up restaurant at Main Beach meaning its legendary Asian fusion flavours are now available from both ends of the Gold Coast.
  • Pop-Up Bakery and Bottle Shop
    The long wait is over – Fortitude Valley’s upcoming Agnes Restaurant has adapted to the current times and opened up as a pop-up bakery and bottle shop. Choose from drool-worthy baked pastries and wood-fired artisan breads, and wash down with wine from its bottle shop.

Surf Online

Tea Tree Bay, Noosa National Park

Visit Noosa has launched its Virtual Visits so you can explore and experience this beautiful piece of the Sunshine Coast from home.

Coming up on Saturday 25 April is a live surfing session with professional kite surfer Moona Whyte. Head to the Visit Noosa Instagram page at 7am to learn the basics.

Discovery Sessions at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Photo by Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary via Facebook

To kick off term two, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary has launched an online education program for primary age students to explore the wonderful world of wildlife. Available now via Facebook and YouTube, each discovery session is linked to the Australian Science Curriculum.

Coming up, children can be backyard explorers in week one, wildlife scientists in week two, and hatches and growers in week three. Follow the team on Facebook for schedule updates and details.

For a little extra fun at the end of the home-school day, 8-month old red kangaroo joey needs ‘roo’ to name him. Comment your name suggestion here and the winning entry will be announced on Sunday 26 April.

Clay With Us

The Pottery Studio take-home clay packs

Photo by The Pottery Studio via Facebook

Sunshine Coast locals — here’s one for you. Embrace stillness, take a little break from the chaos around you and pick up a new skill along the way with The Pottery Studio’s take-home clay packs and online classes. This Nambour studio is even hiring out pottery wheels so you can take your time to master the art of ceramics while in isolation.

Place your order, collect your bundle from the studio and head to its IGTV channel for technique guides and helpful tips.

Birds in Flight

FNQ Nature Tours Birds in Flight

Photo by FNQ Nature Tours via Facebook

Far North Queensland (FNQ) Nature Tours has joined the virtual world to showcase its local wilderness and wildlife encounters.

The next virtual tour is live from Cattana Wetlands on Saturday 25 April. Tune in at 7.30am to join nature photographer Kelvin Marshall as he discusses his top five tips for shooting ‘birds in flight’. Learn more about the FNQ Virtual Tour Program on Facebook.

Read our previous good news stories around Queensland here.