Category: Australia

Sydney Seafood School: October 2010 classes

Sydney Seafood School: October 2010 classes

You have to be fairly quick off the mark if you want to book a place at the renowned Sydney Seafood School (SSS) at the Sydney Fish Market. Most of the September classes are already fully booked. So get your skates on and book your plaice soon (sorry!) if you want to book for an
Mundaring Truffle Festival

Mundaring Truffle Festival

Western Australia grows more French black truffle than the rest of Australia put together and the Mundaring Truffle Festival, is an ideal opportunity to taste and learn about the fabled fungi from some of Australia’s top chefs and food producers. The festival is set in unmistakable Australian countryside providing a taste of the old world

Alice Springs Camel Cup, Northern Territory

Fancy seeing camels being raced up a dry riverbed? That’s exactly what happens at the now famous annual Alice Springs Camel Cup which will take place tomorrow. A must see event; visitors can watch brave/crazy riders whizz past on the temperamental and unpredictable camels. Created in 1970 as a way to settle a bet between
The Blackman to open in Melbourne, Victoria

The Blackman to open in Melbourne, Victoria

Due to open next month, The Blackman is the final instalment of the Art Series Hotels that have popped up in Melbourne over the past six months. Following in the footsteps of The Cullen Hotel (Adam Cullen) and The Olsen (John Olsen) which opened last month, The Blackman will offer an edgy, boutique interior and
Hilton Brisbane's Masterclass Weekend

Hilton Brisbane's Masterclass Weekend

The Hilton Brisbane has been running its foodie Masterclasses since 1995, and this year is no exception. This year’s event will be held on the 24th and 25th of July 2010. Tickets cost $350 for one day or $595 for two days. The Hilton is also offering special hotel packages for the Masterclass Weekend. There
The most stylish boutique hotel in Launceston, Tasmania?

The most stylish boutique hotel in Launceston, Tasmania?

The Hotel Charles in Launceston is due to open next month with beautiful views across the Tamar Valley. Part of the Innkeepers portfolio, Hotel Charles is aiming to be the city’s most stylish boutique property. The 98 room hotel promises quiet luxury, charm and privacy over ostentatious opulence. Rates to be confirmed.
Prahran Market - a food lover's Paradise

Prahran Market - a food lover's Paradise

For those who have not yet heard of this gem of a market in Melbourne, Australia, let me tell you what you’ve been missing out on! The oldest continuously running market in Australia, Prahran Market is a haven for all kinds of gourmet delights. “So, it’s a food market, yes? What’s the big deal?” I

Hamilton Island's Great Barrier Feast

Hamilton Island has announced the next weekend dates of this year’s Great Barrier Feast ‘Chef’s Table’, 23rd – 25th July 2010, featuring the Sydney Morning Herald’s Chef of the Year 2009, Justin North. This prestigious event is the second in a three-weekend series designed to showcase not only Australia’s finest food and wine, but also
New luxurious Waterhouse Retreat in South Australia

New luxurious Waterhouse Retreat in South Australia

This stylish new retreat sleeps up to 10 people in absolute luxury. The property is set on five acres of secluded land nestled in the hinterland of Victor Harbor (officially no ‘u’). The Waterhouse property includes a 20 metre lap pool, a cinema room, a quality sound system, a fully equipped gourmet kitchen, barbecue facilities
Dine Nine feet under in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales

Dine Nine feet under in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales

Located nine feet below the surface in a converted wine cellar, Nine is an intimate new dining experience at the luxurious Tower Estate. Enjoy a tour of the wineries and the beautiful Hunter Valley before tucking into a seasonally produced 9 course degustation with matched Tower Estate wines ($250 per person / approx £125). Established

Historic hotel's upgrade in Hobart, Tasmania

Hobart’s historic Grand Mercure Hadleys Hotel is undergoing a $30million extension ready for a grand reopening in September 2010. Built circa 1830, the hotel will have an additional 128 suites (to the existing 71), and a new a la carte restaurant and cafe. The new suites in Hadleys will cost from $229 (approx £115) per
Sail Ningaloo in style

Sail Ningaloo in style

Explore Ningaloo Reef, the largest fringing reef in the world, in luxury aboard Sail Ningaloo‘s beautifully appointed 51 foot catamaran, ‘Shore Thing’. New operator Sail Ningaloo is offering three, five and nine-day live aboard tours in the pristine waters of Ningaloo Reef from March until October. Guests can spend their days kayaking, snorkelling or diving
Interview with Alison Scott of Elegant Resorts

Interview with Alison Scott of Elegant Resorts

Alison Scott is the Commercial Director for Elegant Resorts.  She has been at Elegant for just over a year and prior to that was Head of Product at ITC in Chester. Her background has always been in travel. She started in travel after she left University, as a Rep overseas, and has stayed in the
Silver Spirit's inaugural world cruise 2011

Silver Spirit's inaugural world cruise 2011

In 2011, for the very first time, Silversea‘s new Silver Spirit will embark on a full World Cruise traversing both hemispheres.  This grandest of voyages, appropriately themed “Spirit of Discovery”, begins in Los Angeles on 19th January 2011, when Silver Spirit is set to welcome no more than 540 privileged guests for a 119-day odyssey
New gourmet walking tours of Adelaide

New gourmet walking tours of Adelaide

Food and wine lovers will be keen to experience Taste of South Australia‘s  new gourmet walking tours, known as ‘Insiders Adelaide’.  The four tours uncover Adelaide’s hidden secrets, exposing the city’s true essence with inspirational walks hosted by local guides. Highlights include wine tastings, a visit to Adelaide’s colourful Central Market, delicious chocolate from iconic

Celebrate the festive season at Voyages Ayers Rock Resort

For a ‘fair dinkum’ sunshine-filled Aussie Outback festive season look no further than Voyages Ayers Rock Resort in the heart of Australia’s aptly named ‘Red Centre’.  With a selection of five hotel properties, to suit all tastes and budgets, Ayers Rock Resort has literally lined up a feast of activities throughout the resort at the