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page 28 as those that were dotted around Port Douglas north of Cairns, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast. Other key Mantra offerings include two properties sitting on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road: the Mantra Erskine in Lorne and the Mantra Deep Blue in Warrnambool, the only international standard resort on the western gateway to the stunning Shipwreck Coast. It also takes in the Mantra One Sandy Bay Road, a new property that opened its doors in May in the Tasmanian capital, Hobart with accommodation offered in luxury selfcontained apartments. Stella Hospitality Group has also stepped up its presence on Queensland’s Gold Coast with the addition of several prestige properties, such as the towering Q1 Resort, Legends Hotel, the Circle on Cavill and Avalon Riverside Apartments, all of which came with acquisition of the Sunleisure Group. More resorts for Peppers One of the most exciting developments of the year under the Stella umbrella, has been the expansion of the upmarket Peppers brand. It started with in April with the opening of the AUD 80 million Peppers Pier Resort at Hervey Bay, the gateway to Queensland’s magnifi cent Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island. This new major resort features six levels of one, two and three bedroom apartments, plus eleven penthouses. Peppers Bale Resort opened a month later in Port Douglas. Guests can choose from a range of beautiful one, two, three and four bedroom ‘sanctuaries’ all with a lounge, private plunge pools, and a poolside pavilion with day bed. The new Port Douglas property also offers full kitchen and dining facilities in its sanctuaries, while dedicated foodies will be pleased to hear that the resort is also the new location of Melbourne and Port Douglas restaurateurs, Tony and Di Sassi, owners of multiaward winning Sassi Island Point and Sassi Cucina. This month, Peppers Blue on Blue Resort will open on Queensland’s Magnetic Island as an international standard property with 157 rooms and suites right on the water’s edge overlooking the island’s marina and picturesque Nelly Bay. Magnetic Island is easily reached on a 20-minute ferry ride from Townsville. The attention turns to Victoria in September, when Peppers The Sands Resort comes on the map in Torquay as a premium golf resort experience, just moments from the beaches and just one hour’s drive from Melbourne. The internationally recognised surfing destination, Bells Beach, is just ten minutes away from Torquay, in an area that is also fast becoming renowned for its boutique wineries Peppers Pier Resort, Hervey Bay and restaurants. Peppers Bale Resort, Port Douglas J u l y 2 0 0 7 w w w . S E L L I N G D O W N U N D E R . c o m

When in Alice Springs, your clients will want the best deal available. We can offer just that. . Comfortable accommodation Air-conditioned villa-style accommodation with private verandas set among graceful palms and trailing bougainvillaea. All villas have kitchenette with cooking facilities and utensils. Ensuite bathroom. Colour TV, radio, fridge and tea/ coffee making facilities. Guest laundry available. . Great guest facilities Large pool and tennis court. The Desert Palms Resort is also adjacent to Alice Springs Golf Club. . Centrally located The Desert Palms Resort is close to the famous Todd River, just one kilometre from the centre of Alice Springs and 300 metres from the Convention Centre. . Great rates Only A$ 120 a night: single, twin or double. The Desert Palms Resort Barrett Drive, Alice Springs NT 0871, Australia Fax: + 61/8/8953 4176 Tel: + 61/8/8952 5977 Il Palazzo BOUTIQUE HOTEL In the heart of Cairns City, just minutes to the Reef Fleet Terminal, Cairns swimming lagoon, restaurants and shopping. Superbly appointed 1 bedroom, fully self-contained apartments, serviced daily, shady balconies, laundry, airconditioning, in-room safe, hairdryer, lift, undercover security parking, mediterranean pool, bbq, tour desk. 62 Abbott Street, Cairns QLD 4870 Phone: +61 7 4041 2155 Fax: +61 7 4041 2166 .... Visitors can now get into the heart of the stunning Australian Alps on a new guided walk along Victoria’s Great Walhalla Alpine Trail. The alpine walk extends from Mt Baw Baw to the quaint historic township of Walhalla in Gippsland, home to less than 20 permanent residents. The challenging 40-kilometre guided walk follows the fi rst section of the Australian Alps Walking Track, one of the world’s best walks, and travels past snowgum glades, rainforest, patches of wildfl owers and abundant wildlife. Run over two days/three nights, the walk includes two nights’ hotel accommodation and one nights’ camping. Scheduled walks depart with a minimum of two on Sundays from October to April and include all meals and accommodation. New for Kings Canyon Australian Pacifi c Touring is now offering a top-class Northern Territory wilderness experience at Kings Canyon Wilderness Lodge, its new Outback property. Almost half-way between Alice Springs and Uluru/Ayers Rock and exclusive to APT, accommodation can be booked for the night or visited as part of eleven APT tours featuring the property. Situated on Kings Creek Station, a fully operational 1800 square kilometre cattle and camel station, the lodge consists of ten deluxe en-suite tented cabins and caters for a maximum of 20 guests. Gourmet meals are served in the stunning surrounds of the Outback at a separate dining facility and outside dining/campfi re area just 50 metres away from the cabins. Self-drive travellers can book a night at Kings Canyon Wilderness Lodge, but advance bookings are essential due to limited availability. Tours and attractions Walking the Alpine Trail Thompson River, Walhalla w w w . S E L L I N G D O W N U N D E R . c o m J u l y 2 0 0 7