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Give me a break: Fraser Island

Thursday, September 24, 2009
There are many deserving employees in the Australian workforce, and plenty of bosses who recognise them. This week Jason Dundas went to Armidale in country New South Wales to surprise Tracey Le Messurier whose boss at Focus New England magazine nominated her as a deserving GMAB candidate.

Sue Dee, Tracey's boss, told us that she is the best employee, ever! She has been the advertising manager for the magazine for two years, is a wife and mother of three boys and takes care of her elderly parents.

Tracey was due for holidays when Sue's partner was admitted to hospital. Tracey chose to relinquish her holidays and continued working, which allowed Sue to spend time with her ill partner. She even drove 115km to the hospital to see how Sue was coping. Now, that's compassion!

Tracey's husband, sons and parents were in on the GMAB secret and were there to see the surprise when Jason introduced himself and the adventure began.

A limo arrived to take the family to the airport for a Virgin Blue flight to Fraser Island off the Queensland coast. They were in for a fantastic weekend at Kingfisher Bay Resort in Sunset House 4, one of six exclusive private beach houses.

Fraser Island is on the World Heritage list, while Kingfisher Bay Resort has 152 hotel rooms and 110 two- and three-bedroom self-contained villas. Some have lake or bush views, others have ocean views. They accommodate everyone from backpackers to luxury-seekers.

Kingfisher has a distinctly Queensland feel. A double-storey native timber building with timber walkways linking everything, it's been designed to harmonise with the environment. It's surrounded by wildlife and about 354 bird species. At night guests can see rare acid frogs, bats and sugar gliders.

There are four saltwater pools. One is heated and all are designed to look like waterholes. Surrounded by palm trees, Tracey and her family were able to take a seat in chairs in the traditional beachside colour scheme of blue and white with huge umbrellas.

There's a nightclub, general store, laundry service, massage and beauty centre, tennis court and water sports galore.

Choose from three restaurants and four bars. Seabelle serves gourmet bush-style tucker, Maheno Buffet is a casual restaurant serving Australian cuisine including a wide choice of local seafood and Sand Bar is an alfresco restaurant. Jelly Hut serves food at the beachside. Where Australia bush food is included, all of it is grown on-site.

During the day there's boating, fishing, swimming, canoeing, bushwalking and four-wheel driving. There are great picnic spots and personalised tours to a private lake, whale watching, swimming at Lake Wabbly and a rainforest walk.

Kingfisher was an eco resort before the term was invented. They have a waste-treatment plant, compost farm, an active efficiency program which includes automatic power shut-off and low-energy fluorescent bulbs in rooms, landscape and street lighting.

Needless to say the Le Messuriers enjoyed a wonderful experience for the whole family on Fraser Island.

Location

Fraser Island off Queensland's coast at Hervey Bay.

Cost

Kingfisher Bay Resort starts at $208 a night and includes buffet breakfast, return marine transfers and children stay and eat free. Sunset Houses start at $450 a night. Sunset House 4 is $2000 a night.

They are offering Getaway viewers a special package, valid until October 31, 2009. Children 14 years and under stay free — one child for each adult (maximum two adults and two children per room). Two adults and two children can stay in a second room from $298 a night. Meals in Maheno Restaurant are included.

Whale watching cruise aboard Quick Cat II is $100 for adults and $55 for children 14 years and under. It includes a half-day cruise, homemade morning tea and expert commentary.

Virgin Blue has flights to Hervey Bay.

One-way fares from:

  • Sydney $105
  • Canberra $169
  • Melbourne $185
  • Adelaide $195
  • Hobart $239
  • Perth $299

There are limited seats which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares quoted are one-way booked on the Internet. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one-way flight is applicable. Fares are subject to change.

Prices correct at September 24, 2009.

For further information

Virgin Blue
Ph: 136 789
www.virginblue.com.au

Kingfisher Bay Resort
PMB 1 Urangan
Hervey Bay 4655
Ph: 1800 828 997
Fax: (07) 4127 9333
www.kingfisherbay.com
reservations@kingfisherbay.com

User comments
WELL DONE TO TRACEY.I MISSED THE SHOW BUT MANAGED TO WATCH THE VIDEO FOOTAGE ON THE COMPUTER.(AFTER ME HAVING ALL MY ALARMS SET READY TO WATCH THE SHOW I STILL MISSED IT)BUT ANYWAY CONGRATS,YOU TOLD ME YOU HAD A BEAUTIFUL TIME AND THAT IT WAS JUST LOVELY.YOU ARE A CELEB IN ARMIDALE GO GIRL.

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