Great Escapes – Complete Series

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20 Apr 2015 22:00 AEST


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Combining travel and adventure, Great Escapes showcases the best destination-driven events across Asia Pacific. Entertaining and informative, this series reveals another side of holiday travel. We visit popular locations better known for their sense of adventure – from swimming on the Great Barrier Reef, to sailing through the Whitsunday Islands to an iconic outback Rodeo. The series also explores local sights, colour and culture. Whether it’s the food, fauna, characters, landmarks or just spectacular scenery Great Estates takes you to the very best holiday escapes across Asia Pacific.

Episode 1   WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS

With its 74 islands & idyllic sailing conditions the Whitsundays are known as a ‘sailing mecca’ all over the world

  • Airlie Beach Sailing Regatta, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and one of the 7 natural wonders of the world
  • Whitehaven Beach, regularly voted the world’s most beautiful beach
  • Hamilton Island Race week, Asia Pacific’s most prestigious sailing regatta
  • Qualia Resort – voted 2012 world’s best resort
  • Set sail on-board the Sir Thomas Sopwith, a famously resorted English yacht

Episode 2    SUNSHINE COAST  

 Noosa and the Sunshine Coast is a popular holiday destination renowned for its pristine environment, culture, food & wine

  • Noosa Triathlon – the world’s first & foremost triathlon and an event that revolutionised the sport internationally
  • Noosa Festival – cultural festival showcasing food, wine & the arts
  • Noosa Surfing Festival – the world’s largest competitive field and a celebration of the history of surfing culture
  • Feature story on Sunshine coast local and international extreme adventure athlete, Mark Visser.

Episode 3    TROPICAL NORTH

Cairns and the tropical North of Queensland is known as the Adventure Capital of the Pacific

  • Helicopter visit to a Great Barrier Reef Sand Spit with Pete Jacobs, 2012 World Ironman Champion
  • Cairns Adventure Festival – mountain biking through rainforest, ocean paddling along the Coral Coast & Ocean swimming off Green Island
  • Feeding Giant Crocodiles, Aboriginal Dance Ceremony & Sailing off Port Douglas
  • Ironman Cairns, Great Barrier Reef – 3000 competitors race on the world’s most spectacular race course
  • Feature story on Chris McCormack, international ironman legend

Episode 4   OUTBACK

Great Escapes heads West to explore life in the remote outback

  • Mount Isa Rodeo, the world’s toughest and remote rodeo.
  • The Big Red Run, is a 250km ultra marathon across the harsh Simpson Desert.
  • Brodies Boxing Troupe is an outback tradition spanning 100 years where travelling boxers challenge the general public to a bout on the big stage
  • The Birdsville Races, the world’s most remote & eccentric desert horse race

Episode 5   GOLD COAST

 Attracted by its popular beach culture the Gold Coast holiday strip draws major events from all over the world

  • Coolangatta Gold – endurance multi-sport surf event staged along the spectacular Gold Coast
  • Gold Coast International Rugby 7’s Festival
  • Wild Dolphin Feeding on Tangalooma Resort
  • Morten Island a holiday playground
  • Quicksilver Pro – one of the world’s leading World Tour Surfing Events

Episode 6   BRISBANE

 One of Asia Pacific’s most cosmopolitan & vibrant cities, Brisbane offers a little something for everyone

  • Stradbroke Salute – famous multi-sport event on Stradbroke Island
  • Brisbane Festival – Asia Pacific’s leading arts festival drawing performers from all over the word
  • Brisbane Rivers famous laser & water show
  • Dragon Boat Racing along the Brisbane river
  • Staged in a superb outdoor riverside arena we join an evening of Opera on the Riverstage

Episode 7  The Best of GREAT ESCAPES  

A recap of the best of Great Escapes series 1

  • Mount Isa Rodeo, the world’s toughest and remote rodeo.
  • Helicopter visit to a Great Barrier Reef Sand Spit with Pete Jacobs
  • Hamilton Island Race week, Asia Pacific’s most prestigious sailing regatta
  • Brisbane Festival – Asia Pacific’s leading arts festival drawing performers from all over the word
  • Feature story with international extreme adventure athlete, Mark Visser.
  • Quicksilver Pro – one of the world’s leading surf festivals