Inside the new eco-tourism retreat owned by Queensland rich…

One of Australia’s wealthiest couples unveil plan to transform their boutique hotel chain into a ‘glamping’ paradise dubbed Bubbling Springs

  • Jude Turner, wife of Flight Centre Boss Graham Turner owns Spicers Retreats
  • The company has been given approval to expand one of their Ipswich resorts
  • The new tourism park will house up to 300 people and offer tents and glamping
  • The duo are one of Australia’s richest couples and own 15 resort-style getaways 


One of Australia’s richest couples is set to expand one of their luxury country resorts into a major eco-tourism and camping site that will sleep almost 300 holidaymakers.

Jude Turner and her Flight Centre boss husband Graham ‘Skroo’ Turner have been granted approval for their new site dubbed Bubbling Springs after submitting an application to the Ipswich City Council in 2017.

The site will cover over 1,000 hectares in Grandchester in the Queensland city of Ipswich and will be an extension of the couple’s Spicers Hidden Vale retreat.

The tourist hub will include grass tents, glamping sites, seven caravan sites and an extension to the mountain bike and running trails already established, the Courier Mail reported.

Jude Turner and her Flight Centre boss husband Graham ‘Skroo’ Turner have been granted approval for their new eco-tourism site dubbed Bubbling Springs after submitting an application to the Ipswich City Council in 2017

The couple are planning to extend their Spicers Hidden Vale Retreat (pictured) in Grandchester, west of Brisbane

The couple are planning to extend their Spicers Hidden Vale Retreat (pictured) in Grandchester, west of Brisbane

The camping area will sleep 290 people while a cafe and restaurant will also be built on the site.  

Barbecues and camp kitchens will also be on offer and live music will be restricted to times between 7am to 10pm. 

‘The main building includes the cafe/restaurant with access to the public function area, ultimate camp reception and associated kiosk shop as well as first aid room, amenities, bike shed and bike wash down area,’ the council report says.

‘The cafe/restaurant area incorporates both indoor and outdoor dining as well as a coffee/bakery area to provide additional seating as well as flexibility to provide different food options/function catering as the use matures.’

The planned site will include grass tents, glamping sites, caravans and a cafe and restaurant

The planned site will include grass tents, glamping sites, caravans and a cafe and restaurant

Weddings and parties will be able to be hosted at the site while a separate house will be built for the tourism park's caretaker (pictured is Spicers Hidden Vale Retreat)

Weddings and parties will be able to be hosted at the site while a separate house will be built for the tourism park’s caretaker (pictured is Spicers Hidden Vale Retreat)

Weddings and parties will be able to be hosted at the site while a separate house will be built for the tourism park’s caretaker.

The proposed site will cover 25 properties in suburbs Grandchester and Mount Mort.    

Mr Turner has an estimated net worth of around $852million while his wife is also a multi-millionaire after founding Spicers Retreats.

Spicers Retreats is valued at around $150million with 15 eco-friendly resort style getaways including rural lodges in New South Wales and Queensland.

Spicers Retreats is valued at around $150million with 15 eco-friendly resort style getaways including rural lodges in New South Wales and Queensland (pictured is one of the retreats)

Spicers Retreats is valued at around $150million with 15 eco-friendly resort style getaways including rural lodges in New South Wales and Queensland (pictured is one of the retreats)

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from:www.dailymail.co.uk

published 2021-12-16 16:03:10

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