Simon Holt

Editor-in-chief, Brisbane Times

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Next Hotel Brisbane: Weekend away

Guests at Next Hotel can awake from a power nap in an Energy Pod to find themselves on the doorstep of the main shopping strip.

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Jupiters Townsville isn't all about the casino floor. Kobe restaurant is of national standard, and rooms are neat and tidy.

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Jupiters Townsville: Weekend away

There’s always an upbeat vibe in a casino/hotel. And it’s not all about the lights of the gambling floor. For more than 20 years, Jupiters Hotel and Casino has been at the heart of Townsville’s nightlife.

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Laurels of Chinchilla is a rustic stay in the far reaches of the Darling Downs.

Weekend away: Laurels of Chinchilla

Since moving to the homestead from Noosa three years ago, the owners at Laurels of Chinchilla have found old cottages, dismantled them plank by plank, spruced up the timber, and set about reassembling them on their own property.

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