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An adventure of a different kind

Two years ago adventurer Emma Scattergood discovered that a journey doesn’t always involve travel. In 2022, Emma was told she had stage 3 invasive lobular breast cancer. 

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Government amends Biosecurity (Fire Ants) Emergency Order

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Mary McMorrow

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Man charged after dramatic hinterland police chase

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The leading carriage of the Oasis Broadbeach monorail train. Photo supplied.

Starting at just $1, the auction of the retired Oasis Broadbeach monorail will happen tomorrow.

After almost three decades of service, the Gold Coast Broadbeach monorail which closed in January 2017, has since been in storage until now.

Chief Operations Officer for Lloyds Auctions, Lee Hames, says this is an opportunity to own a significant piece of local tourism history that many Australians know and love.

‘We’ve had interest from people wanting to revamp these carriages and turn them into other kinds of tourism opportunities for the Gold Coast.’

It is now the perfect opportunity for the project of someone’s imagination to create something with the 9 carriages on offer.

Built in 1989 it has serviced thousands of people and quickly became an iconic tourist symbol for Gold Coast tourists travelling to and from the Oasis Shopping Centre and casino.

Big Banana trains for sale

It appears rail transport auctions are becoming quite the craze with Coffs Harbour’s iconic Big Banana Trains also going up for auction on Tuesday.

The Big Banana trains were one of Australia’s first big tourist attractions and were a thriving destination on the mid-north coast since 1964.

The trains were introduced in the 1980s as part of a major tourism rebuild, giving locals and tourists the chance to explore the park’s attractions in a different way.

The trains have been garaged within the Big Banana complex since 2005.

There has been interest from buyers of all types, from people wanting to recondition the trains and people wanting to save them as memorabilia pieces,’ said Lee Hames.

‘This could be the start of a new niche market opening up in the auction industry.’

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