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An Interesting Look at Chinese Vacationers in QLD, Australia

The following infographic showcases an interesting look at some of the statistics sourced from recent research by Tourism Australia. Focusing on holidayers from China coming into Queensland, Australia, it’s a useful resource for travel organisers and coordinators alike, and a good look into the trends of the Chinese travel market into Australia.

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Source [view full infographic and article here]:

Some of the interesting statistics that the article looks at is:

  • How many Chinese visitors are visiting Queensland for vacation purposes?
  • How do they travel?
  • What is the traveller demographic like for this particular group?

The infographic is sourced from Study Tours Brisbane who specialise in coordinating group study tours of Brisbane and the South East Queensland region. Head over to the Study Tours Brisbane site for more information and insightful knowledge such as that in the linked infographic, which you may find of great use if you are organising travel for study or holiday groups yourself.

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How-To Tips for Group Travel

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The task of planning group travel can quickly become overwhelming. Having to consider budget, your group’s preferences, the length of the trip, and more, there’s always the thought in the back of your mind that you must have missed something.

The following article helps to quell that doubt with a nice list outlining some of the essentials that must be taken into account when organising group travel:

“Yep, done!” – Icing the Cake on Group Travel

It’s well worth a read if you find yourself in the position of tour organiser or coordinator. Even if you’re a solo traveller or are responsible for organising the next trip for the family and friends, there are some excellent takeaways outline in the article.

Custom Made Tours when Visiting Brisbane

The city of Brisbane is a wonderful place to visit, with so much to see and do for all types of people. We understand that visiting a foreign place can be overwhelming, if not for the sheer fact that there’s not enough time to fit in everything on your wishlist. That’s why we have the Immersion Programme. Our aim is to listen to your specific requirements and work within your budget to create a tailor made tour that’ll exceed your expectations.

Whether you’re visiting on business or are travelling with a school group, from 20 – 100 people, for half a day to weeks at a time – no matter what you want, we’ll ensure your stay in Brisbane is truly unique. Just let us know what you want to happen, and we’ll make it happen!

For more information on these study tours, please visit the following website:

Also, you can view the video below for a complete overview of what our study tour program is all about:


A Message From Carter’s Cause – Helping Babies Born with Heart Defects


For any interested in donating to the cause, please peruse the following from Carter’s Cause, an organisation whose mission is to help babies born with heart defects:

“Carter was only here for a short-time, but left a legacy that others may aspire to. Born with congenital heart defects, he fought for each of the 30 days we were blessed to share with him. His legacy lives on with Carter’s Cause Inc. a not for profit organisation raising much needed funds for HeartKids Queensland.

To ensure we can continue to help the 8 babies born each day with a heart defect we need
your help. We are seeking generous prize donations; an item, experience or service that can be auctioned in our silent auction to be held during our Business Luncheon on October 14th. All profits raised on the day will go directly to providing services to children and helping families of children with CHD. We are seeking a wide variety of prizes and your contribution is very valuable to us.

HeartKids Queensland is a not for profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of
children affected by heart disease. One in every 100 babies will be born with a heart defect for which there is no cure. Since 1984, HeartKids has been offering support, encouragement and hope to the families of Queensland children with heart disease. They raise awareness and fund vital research into the causes of this chronic disease.

Should you be able to generously donate an item to help us raise much needed funds for
HeartKids Queensland, please contact Sharon Curl at or phone 0417 197 849. If you would like to know more about Carters Cause Inc., please visit our website Your contribution will be recognised during the event and through social media. Thank you in advance for your support of this wonderful cause and I look forward to hearing from you.”

Flyers with full details and more information can be downloaded here:

Carters Cause Business Lunch Flyer 27-7-16

Donation Flyer – Carters Cause

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6 Incredible Wedding Dresses You Can Get In Australia For Under $1000 (and where to find more!)

incredible cheap wedding dresses

While fun and exciting, choosing your wedding dress can quickly become an overwhelming task. There are thousands of designs, brand names, and styles out there. To top it all off, your perfect bridal gown for the big day can more often than not be obscured by a big fat price tag. But don’t be disheartened! Here we’ve put together a little collection of beautiful, unique wedding dresses that Australian brides can get for under $1000.

From pre-loved, vintage wedding dresses to stunning designer gowns – there’s a treasure trove of cheap wedding dresses out there just waiting to be found. Here are our top picks for cheap wedding dresses that retain a high standard of quality, along with some great resources for finding even more.

1. Designer Discount – Rhonda Hemmingway Silk Satin Gown

Rhonda Hemmingway Designer Dress 2014

Price: $699 (discounted from $3,990)

Where to get it:

From the excellent resource that is comes this magnificent wedding dress. The vintage ivory gown was part of the 2014 Rhonda Hemmingway collection. Spilling down into a delicate silky satin train, this sleek and elegant discounted wedding dress is amazing value for money. If this particular beauty has been whisked away by someone else by the time you’re reading this, don’t fret! There are so many cheap wedding dresses to browse through on the same site – and you’re not limited to style, type or designer brand.

One of the Best Cheap Wedding Dress Sites Around

Honestly, you can pick from the cream of the crop when it comes to wedding dresses from StillWhite, and this dress showcases the incredible quality at massively discounted prices that the site strives for. They’re a great online dress store that is definitely worth checking out, and they’ve streamlined the whole process so you can even arrange to try your dress on in person before you make the final call. You might even want to bookmark them for after the big day – you could make a little bit back by using them to sell your own dress, if you’re not the sentimental type. 😉

2. Glamorous Ball Gown – Roxanne

Ball Gown Wedding Dress

Price: $999 (with free shipping in Australia)

Where to get it:

Wear this Roxanne dress from 999 Wedding Dresses for your big day and you’ll be glamour personified. This full bustled gown has a dipped neckline and a corset closure, designed to flatter the figure and please the eyes. You can see the attention to detail and class throughout the design, from the embellished lace accents and the soft shimmer of the satin skirt, to the delicately handcrafted flowers punctuating the romantic lace inset panel. The designer wedding dress qualities all culminate into a stunning wedding dress that no one will forget.

A Fantastic Choice for a White Wedding

With its gorgeous bustled train and graceful design, we think the amazingly beautiful Roxanne is very much suited to a traditional white wedding in an elegant ballroom setting. While the dress is definitely on the fancier side and only just under $1000, the fantastic part about 999 Wedding Dresses is that all wedding dresses and clothes from their online store are no more and no less than $999 (including free shipping!). So if it’s within your budget, they’re a fantastic resource with a vast range of options to suit many different wedding themes and styles.

 3. Bohemian Beauty – Angel Lace Beaded Kaftan

cheap bohemian hand crafted gown

Price: $489 (plus $14.95 shipping within Australia)

Where to get it:

This truly enchanting gown comes from the 4.5 Star rated Australian Etsy store, Fairtale. Delicately hand-crafted from vintage lace, Swarovski beads, and pearls, the design of the dress is inspired by Indian Princess Bride kaftans from the 70s. As the gown is handmade, it can be specifically tailored to your measurements, and according to the store page is generally ready to ship within 4-6 weeks.

The Perfect Beach Wedding Dress

Reminiscent of a carefree era of love gone by, this gorgeous piece truly compliments outdoor settings. Close your eyes and you can see the scene now; a fair maiden with a single flower in her hair walking barefooted down the aisle, a soft breeze gently blowing across her face. The dress emanates a subtle elegance – one that effortlessly portrays a sense of natural beauty. To be all this without breaking the bank is why this dress is among our top picks for garden weddings or beach weddings.

4. Modern Class – Victorian Lace Dress

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Price: Approx. $800 (£450)

Where to get it:

Modern, trendy and flaunting an upmarket, stylish aesthetic, the Victorian Lace Dress is from the popular British label Needle & Thread. You can see how the finer particulars, such as the ornate buttons, lace motifs, and shimmering sequins, are heavily inspired by traditional Victorian styling details. These classic, tried and true designs have been combined with a fashionable and slimming silhouette dress. It’s a little bit on the fancier side and you may pay slightly extra for it to be imported from the UK, but the quality of the dress speaks for itself.

An Excellent Pick for the Freshest of Brides

If you’re after an affordable wedding dress that emphasises tasteful and sophisticated qualities, then the Victorian Lace Dress by Needle & Thread is definitely worth a look. The combination of a fresh and stylish design with traditional finer details produces a balanced aesthetic that’s cool and classy. Being quite form-fitting, the dress does well to compliment a natural figure. However, donning the chic number for an outdoor wedding in winter could leave a poor bride shivering, as it is quite short. It’s much more suited to a summer beach or garden wedding, or a modern indoor venue.

5. Vintage Value – Helen English Wedding Gown


Price: $750 (discounted from $2000)

Where to get it:

Classy and traditional, but still very unique, this Helen English Wedding Gown found on TheBareFacedBride has been marked down from $5000. Now, if you’re reading this and this particular one has been taken – don’t worry! There are a ton of spectacular pieces of attire of all types to be found on the site, many from top of the line labels and designers, for very heavily discounted prices. It’s an excellent place to shop around for cheap wedding dresses and wedding clothes.

A Generously Discounted Traditional Masterpiece

We picked this particular dress for a number of reasons. The obvious one is the massive discount you’d be getting if you manage to snag it. But also, this gown radiates class from top to bottom, perfect for a traditional, ballroom style, fairy-tale wedding. The delicate, embellished French lace drapes elegantly over the dress, flowing onto the floor to give off that classic look of grace, while the strapless design and ruched bust area flatters the entire figure. If you’re after a dress that’s going to stand out, with a sophisticated and unique design that’s also somewhat vintage, this beautiful number has your name on it. If not, have a browse of TheBareFacedBride’s site, and you’re sure to find some other hidden treasures.

6. Elegance Incarnate – Lace Wedding Dress

handmade designer wedding dress

Price: $650

Where to get it:

Another Etsy gem, this lace wedding dress is from Brisbane wedding dress seller weddingdesire. Sophisticated and stylish, the strapless gown is created from lace as soft as silk and features a V back that cascades into a fabulous bridal train. Claire, the owner of the store, has received overwhelmingly positive reviews for her handmade wedding dresses, and offers many optional extras and additional customisation to make your wedding dress truly special.

An Expertly Handmade Piece at an Amazing Price

Hugging and complimenting a natural figure, this dress is of an elegant design that could bring charm and grace to a versatile range of wedding aesthetics. Whether you’re having a soft and sweet beach wedding or garden wedding, or a majestically grand ceremony in an old cathedral, this gorgeous dress will make you stand out with style and grace. To fluently balance versatility and beauty while remaining affordable is an impressive accomplishment where wedding dresses are concerned. For that, this exquisite gown has earned a spot on this list.

There you have it; our top 6 picks for cheap wedding dresses under $1000. Be sure to have a browse through the linked stores – you can find hidden gems for even under $500 in some places! And remember, wherever the big day is happening – be it on the sunny east coast up Brisbane way, or a hidden luscious garden in the gorgeous Sydney region, or even a grand cathedral in Melbourne – all the wedding dresses and shops listed here ship all across Australia.

So don’t stress when picking your perfect wedding dress, there are many excellent and affordable options. 🙂

Are you in the market for a wedding dress? If you need any assistance determining and tracking down the type of wedding dress that perfectly suits you, your budget, and matches the rest of your wedding plans, please don’t hesitate to contact our professional wedding organisers at Consultations and enquiries are free of any charges.

We Want to Share Your Special Love Story


Shout it from the rooftops!

Here at Robertson Gardens, we can’t help but get caught up in the beauty, wonder and sheer variety of weddings each unique couple brings to the table. One of the most important days of your life, your wedding is a declaration of your love and commitment to each other. As old romantics at heart, we want to help you shout your love from the rooftops.

Want to be a part of the magic?

If you’re a prospective bride or groom, simply fill out the below form, and we can delicately craft your own unique and professionally written love story to share with the world through our digital network and social media. You’ll be the first to receive the links to all content we publish!

The more detail you can provide, the better! Here are some topics you could talk about:

How did you meet, and how did you know you wanted to be together forever?
What are some unique features of your wedding day?
Who are the people in your lives who have made your relationship special, and how?
What are some of your fondest memories as a couple?
What are some of the battles or struggles you’ve helped each other overcome?
What do you foresee in your future together?

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