Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Marvel Exhibition in Brisbane

Brisbane is bringing comic books to life at the Marvel Exhibition this winter. If you find yourself on Brisbane tours during this time, you might want to head along to find out all about the backstories of your favourite characters.

Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe will be on show at the Gallery of Modern Art and takes the title of the very first major Marvel exhibition in the country – and the largest ever to be shown in an art museum. Organised and put together by the Queensland Art Gallery and Marvel Entertainment, the show will only be available to see in Brisbane.

Behind closed doors, you can follow the story, ideas, and concepts behind the likes of Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, Hulk, and Hawkeye, as well as their numerous allies and enemies as the show takes you on a journey from comic to cinema screen. Throughout the exhibition, you can learn more about the interconnectedness of the films within the Marvel Cinematic Universe and discover hidden secrets about your favourite characters and plotlines.

With over 500 artworks from the expansive archives and private collections of Marvel, you can see some of the franchise’s most famous props, including Thor’s hammer, Captain America’s shield, and Iron Man’s armour.

When put alongside the original comic books, the films come to life as dynamic works of art in this exhibition. On show, there are more than 60 of the original costumes from the best-loved films, as well as more than 150 props and set pieces from the latest Thor film that have never been seen before by the public.

As you wander around the exhibits, you’ll pick up fascinating details about Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, and the Avengers when they work as a team, and dive into some of Marvel’s other key comics, like Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, and Guardians of the Galaxy.

The exhibition itself has been curated by QAGOMA and provides visitors with the chance to get an encompassing look at all things Marvel, particularly at how the iconic comic books have been turned seamlessly into blockbuster films. This all comes together in a fine show of set designs, storyboards, pre-visualisations, costumes, and props. And, if that wasn’t enough, look out for the interactive elements throughout the exhibition that let you delve even deeper into the magnificent Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The exhibition takes place from the 27th May 2017 to the 3rd September 2017.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Tour of the Week: 1-Day Moreton Island Tour with Dolphin Viewing

Moreton Island is a hotbed of wildlife, boasting sprawling sand-covered scenery that seems to stretch on for miles in every direction. On our one-day MoretonIsland Tour with Dolphins, you’ll get full access to the luxurious resort facilities of Tangalooma and get up close and personal with the resident wild dolphins.

 We set off from Brisbane in the morning and make our way to Moreton Island on a luxury catamaran – talk about travelling in style! You can simply sit back with a complimentary tea or coffee and enjoy the stunning views that unfold around you. Once we get to the island, you’ll be able to use the expansive facilities on the Tangalooma Resort to make sure your day is the best it possibly can be. You can choose to lounge by the pool, grab a drink at the bar, or get stuck into some of the sports facilities that are on offer.

During the day, you have one of three options to help you further explore everything the island has to offer. You can choose to take a Marine Discovery Tour, that takes you around the stunning coastline and exposes you to some of the island’s mesmerising marine life; you can take a Desert Safari Tour into the Tangalooma Desert and get an adrenalin rush on a 4WD adventure before trying out sand tobogganing; or you can go on a Whale Watching Cruise in search of whales in the winter months. 

Afterwards, you’ll get to learn all about the local wild dolphins that call the waters around the island home at a presentation at the Marine Education Centre. When the sun begins to set, we’ll take you out to the jetty, where you can watch the friendly dolphins come ashore to get their nightly feed. This really is an incredible experience that you can enjoy up close.

The groups that take part in this activity are small, so you’ll be able to experience it in an intimate setting, and you’ll even get to help feed the dolphins, too.

As the day comes to a close, we’ll take you back to Brisbane along with your memories of Moreton Island, its incredible scenery, and its beautiful wildlife. This amazing wildlife tour provides you with the perfect introduction to Moreton Island and gives you the chance to create your own adventure and discover everything on offer in your own way.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Tour of the Week: North Stradbroke Island

Known locally as Straddie, or North Straddie, North Stradbroke Island sits in the picturesque surrounds of Moreton Bay in Queensland just 30 minutes off the coast of the capital, Brisbane.

Filled with beautiful natural lakes, pristine beaches, and lush scenery, you can explore everything the island has to offer and more on our North Stradbroke Island Tour.

We start the day by making our way across Moreton Bay, where you can enjoy stunning views of the island and its surroundings which give you a preview of the beauty that’s still to come.

Our first stop when we reach the island is Brown Lake. This naturally created lake is made brown by the tannin in the leaves that fall in it giving it a unique colour. Here, you can kick back and relax on the pristine beaches that surround the lake and marvel at the unique landscape and colours. 

Once you’ve relaxed at the lake, it’s time to take a walk around the North Gorge to get to know the island a bit better. You’ll get to see more of Stradbroke’s wildest scenery which is characterised by exotic plant species and an eclectic selection of wildlife.

As you go, keep your eyes peeled for native creatures like colonies of koalas and kangaroos and, when you’re near the shoreline, keep a lookout for dolphins, sea turtles, manta rays, and other incredible marine life.

Afterwards, it’s onto Point Lookout, where, if you’re lucky, you can spot the majestic Humpback Whales as they frolic in the bay. From the excellent vantage point, you can gaze out at the stunning scenery of the island and enjoy panoramic views of the vicinity. Then it’s time to check out some of the island’s most popular spots, including Cylinder, Frenchman’s, and Main Beaches, as well as the pretty and historic town of Dunwich and the quaint fishing village of Amity.

We’ll spend a bit of time on Cylinder Beach so you can take refreshing dip in the crystal clear waters before we move onto Myora Springs. While in this natural hotspot, you can learn all about the battle that took place on the island between the Aborigines and the military while you dig deep into the cultural history of your surroundings.

This is the last stop on the tour before we head back to Brisbane, but you’ll have plenty of memories from your time on the island.