Bloke's island: Who gives a XXXX, says Sue

ONE Tamworth couple will get to escape the chilly winter after winning a holiday on an island made famous by a beer brand and its savvy marketing campaign.

XXXX Island, off the coast of Yeppoon in Queensland, is portrayed as “the ultimate blokes’ getaway: all the beer you can drink, steaks you can barbecue and beach cricket you can play”.

But Sue Doolan is out to prove the little Pacific getaway – just six hectares in size – has something to offer the fairer sex as well.

Mrs Doolan won the $10,000 trip for four at the Longyard Hotel during the country music festival.

Ironically, she’s not a beer drinker herself but proved a gun in the shuffleboard final and claimed the prize.

Mrs Doolan actually knocked out long-time friend Christine Noble, who does enjoy a beer, in the final round, but Christine’s still smiling because she and husband David are accompanying Sue and her husband, Brett, on the July trip.

The Doolans and the Nobles met on their respective honeymoons 28 years ago in Fiji and catch up with each other every year during the festival.

It’s a long way from Fiji to XXXX Island, but the couples believe you can’t go too far wrong with a few days of sun, surf and sand – and all the beer you can drink.

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