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Curiosity Killed The Cash.

Posted on: 07 October 2022



This spring, QT Hotels & Resorts introduces Curious Currencies, a stranger way to pay. As a leader in quirky luxury, with an unrivalled flair for theatrics, QT Hotels will be giving away one year’s worth of free stays in exchange for unusual items of personal – and questionable – value. Prized possessions with quizzical backstories, serious sentimentality or surprising tales, could win those that enter up to one week’s complimentary stay at a QT of their choosing. 

Cash or card won’t cut it, but a stash of old love letters, your favourite pair of well-worn Levi’s or that rare Pink Floyd vinyl, just might. If the curious currency has value to its owner, it’s a perfectly reasonable form of payment. Rest assured, nothing is too strange. 

If a curiosity successfully manages to impress or amuse QT’s Director of Chaos, it may be exchanged for a complimentary stay at QT Hotels across Australia (Sydney, Bondi, Newcastle, Canberra, Melbourne, Gold Coast or Perth) or New Zealand (Auckland, Wellington or Queenstown). Participants need to be ready to part with their possession, as winning items, including priceless family heirlooms, will not be returned. 

QT is a world unto itself. Their philosophy of ‘expect the unexpected’ ensures each property delivers curiosities at every turn of the customer experience. And now, QT is giving the public a chance to experience its unique quirky luxury, by paying with a curiosity of their own. 

QT Sydney’s Director of Chaos, Isla Watson, said, “At QT everything is far from ordinary. We celebrate individuality and are all about shaking things up, even in how you pay. We’re excited about all of the eclectic curios that will be put forward in exchange for a stay at one of our extraordinary properties – good taste and creativity is paramount!” 

The strangest of collected curiosities will be made into two lavishly unique lamps, by renowned New Zealand designer Destroy All Monsters, aptly named the ‘Lamps of Chaos’. These rare artworks will be displayed at QT Sydney and QT Auckland before being auctioned for charity, with all proceeds going to the Australian Cultural Fund and New Zealand Arts Foundation to further support curiosity within the arts. 

For those who dare to enter: 

  • Head to to discover a stranger way to pay.
  • Submit a “curiosity” along with a 50-word blurb and an image for a chance to win.
  • The competition runs from 29 September until 31 October 2022. 


Terms and conditions apply. Visit to find out more. 

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