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Think you know all there is to Oz? Think again. Our nearest neighbours have some secrets they’d like to share...

Why would you go back to Australia? Well, because you’d be mad not to. Australia is not just a box to be ticked off. It’s an ever-evolving country of some 22 million people with a thirst for entertainment and adventure. It’s a land of food and drink experts, sports nuts and arts innovators. There are breathtaking sights and hidden gems to be found from the remote outback of Western Australia to the cosmospolitan heart of downtown Sydney. In these pages you’ll find just a taste of things to see, hear, touch and taste in Australia this winter – experiences you can’t find at home. And they’re all just a quick hop across the Tasman away... Time Out Australia 4 | Oz uncovered


& tropical north queensland P18


sunshine coast

& regional w.a. p40


Northern Territory

brisbane p10

Queensland Western Australia

South Australia

New South Wales

gold coast p26


adelaide p06


sydney p58

melbourne p34

Gold Coast p26 There’s more to Australia’s favourite playground than 40 kilometres of golden beaches

Regional WA p46 WA’s unique and ancient landscape makes it an unforgettable destination

Brisbane p10 Culture capital, foodie haven and lifestyle leader, Brisbane is Australia’s city on the rise

Melbourne p34 Melbourne is Australia’s cultural capital – a sophisticated, European-style city where every laneway conceals a unique experience

Sunshine Coast p50 This stretch of beaches is for lovers of outdoor pursuits and the good things in life

Cairns & Tropical North Queensland p18 Tropical North Queensland is a region of beauty and untold adventure – and Cairns is its gateway

Perth p40 Sunny, picturesque Perth makes its own fun. Festivals and foodie experiences abound, while the outdoors beckon with beaches, islands and action

Adelaide p06 An easy-going town of wine, festivals and outdoor pursuits, Adelaide blends livability and urban cool

Sydney p58 Whether you seek outdoor adventures or urban excitement, Australia’s largest city will knock your socks off


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adelaide An easy-going town of wine, festivals and outdoor pursuits, Adelaide blends livability and urban cool

McLaren Vale

McLaren Vale

Head south to sample SA’s finest shiraz Half an hour down the Fleurieu Peninsula from Adelaide is one of the nation’s great wine regions, home to legendarily dark and peppery shiraz. The secret, according to the locals, is the soil, which is rich in sea salt from the strong coastal winds. It’s not as famous as the Barossa and Clare Valley wine regions, but that just means there’s more for you to discover. McLaren Vale 5171. 6 | Oz uncovered


‘Scarborough Town and Castle: Morning, Boys Catching Crabs’, JMW Turner, c.1810

Turner from the Tate

Experience Britain’s greatest romantic landscape painter


This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the work of JMW Turner has come to the Art Gallery of South Australia direct from the UK’s Tate Britain and features everything from signature masterpieces to rough sketches, some never exhibited before, spanning his first pieces as a prodigiously talented 13 year old until his death in 1851. Art Gallery of South Australia, North Tce, Adelaide 5000. 08 8207 7000. Daily 10am-5pm. $0-$25. Until May 19. |7

Lucky Lupitas

Lucky Lupitas

Eagle Mountain Bike Park

Despite the odd location in the suburban wasteland that is Bedford Park (near Flinders University), you’re going to have to wait. There are no reservations at Lucky Lupitas and it’s pretty much always full. That said, it’s worth lining up to get your mouth around their smoked chicken quesadillas, corn cobs with spicy mayo and especially the chipotle ribs. 1/4 Rupert Ave, Bedford Park 5042. 08 8277 4004. www. Mon-Fri 11.30am-2pm & 5.309pm; Sat 5.30-9pm.

There are over 21km of bike paths in this enormous dedicated cycling park in the Adelaide Hills, offering the cycling enthusiast every kind of two-wheeled environment possible. Beginners? There’s a skills development section especially for you. Cross country? There are downhill and bush paths aplenty. Stunts? There’s a jumps park for the getting of sweet air. Mt Barker Rd, Leawood Gardens 5150. Daily sunrise to sunset.

Local foodies are obsessed with this Mexican diner

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Bike lovers: the hills are alive!

Grace Emily Hotel

Adelaide’s hands-down coolest pub Adelaide has no shortage of great pubs boasting some of the nation’s best beer gardens; this, however, is Time Out ’s favourite. The Grace hosts live music seven nights a week and has defied the flat-screen sports-bar cancer that has consumed so many city hotels. It’s quirky and kitschy with amiable staff, deep couches, great music and Coopers Ales on tap. What more could you need? 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide 5000. 02 8231 5500. Daily 4pm-late.

Eagle Mountain Bike Park

Grace Emily Hotel

Ying Chow’s BBC

Ying Chow

The best Chinese restaurant in Adelaide

Time Out tip: adelaide Go to Grace the Establishment in Norwood and order a tasting plate of bar snacks.

There’s nothing fancy about this Gouger Street institution with its hawker-style dining, swift turnover and easy-to-wipe-down plastic furniture, but the food is amazing and competitively priced. Their eshand clay pots are deservedly famous, but our tip is ask for the BBC (broad bean and bean curd): it’s often off-menu, but it’s amazing. Trust us. 114 Gouger St, Adelaide 5000. 08 8211 7998. Daily noon-late. |9

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brisbane Culture capital, foodie haven and lifestyle leader, Brisbane is Australia’s city on the rise

Brisbane Festival

Brisbane Festival

The river city celebrates the arts Brisbane’s cultural heart beats loudest in the month of September, with a vibrant festival of dance, music, opera, theatre, cabaret, circus, visual arts and literature. The city comes alive as hundreds of creative types descend from near and far, creating world-class entertainment opportunities. The pyrotechnics extravaganza is a dramatic, not-to-be missed close to the festival. Sep. 10 | Oz uncovered


Patience Hodgson

Southside Tea Room

Time Out tip: brisbane If wandering through Southbank Parklands on a hot day you can cool down with a dip at Streets Beach – an artificial public swimming beach

Southside Tea Room

Visit the café/bar owned by an indie popstar Atmosphere Photography

If you’ve ever seen a performance by the Grates then you’ll know that lead singer Patience Hodgson has an amazing stage presence. Pull up a stool in her retro-cool Morningside bar and you’ll realise that she also mixes up a mean Martini and a killer Old-Fashioned. If that isn’t enough talent for one person, she serves a great French onion dip. The bar hosts gigs and events too. 639 Wynnum Rd, Morningside 4170. southsidetearoom. com. Mon-Wed 7am-2pm; Thu, Fri 7am-2pm & 5pm-midnight; Sat 8ammidnight; Sun 8am-8pm.

Anywhere Theatre Festival

Anywhere Theatre Festival It’s theatre, but not as you know it

Brisbane is the home of a unique movement dedicated to taking theatre performances out of traditional venues. Hundreds of emerging artists come together to present innovative new works in unusual public spaces, allowing audiences to encounter theatre in the course of their everyday lives. This might mean circus in an elevator, theatre on the train, or cabaret at the laundromat – it could happen anywhere, anytime. May 8-19. | 11

Canvas Bar

Canvas Bar

Have a big night out at a small bar

Pearl Café

Pearl Café

A gem of a café, all day long It has all the charm of a classic French café with traditional bentwood chairs and mirrors lining the rustic brick walls. Whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner, you’ll find an enticing menu driven by fresh local produce. It’s almost impossible to say no to dessert after gazing upon the wondrous array of cakes adorning the counter. 28 Logan Rd, Woolloongabba 4102. Tue-Sat 7am-10pm. 12 | Oz uncovered


Get comfy on that Chesterfield sofa, take in the quirky murals by local street artists and watch the bartenders work their magic. The Cumberland Bay (Bacardi, Pusser’s Blue Label, lemon juice, spiced pineapple and maple syrup and ginger beer) is the perfect cocktail for a balmy Brisbane evening, or get acquainted with local craft beer and wine. The snacks are as imaginative as the surrounds. 16b Logan Rd, Woolloongabba 4102. www. Tue-Fri 3pm-midnight; Sat, Sun 11.30am-late.

The Bolshoi Ballet

Brisbane hosts the exclusive Australasian season Beginning in May, Russia’s worldrenowned Bolshoi Ballet presents an exclusive season – the only performances to be staged in Australasia in 2013. It’s a rare opportunity to experience Le Corsaire, one of the company’s most visually spectacular productions, or the revival of the light-hearted 1935 ballet The Bright Stream. QPAC, Cnr Grey & Melbourne Sts, South Bank 4101. www. $69-$224. May 30-Jun 9.

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Hug this guy!

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

State of Origin Game Two

Down by the river in Brisbane’s western suburbs you’ll find the largest koala sanctuary in Australia. Cuddling one of these adorable sleepy marsupials is an unforgettable experience. Hand-feed more than 100 kangaroos and wallabies in the two-acre reserve, or hold a snake or baby crocodile if you dare. With kookaburras, dingoes, wombats, platypuses, echidnas, Tasmanian devils and wild rainbow lorikeets, it’s a beautiful little piece of the outback in the city. 708 Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree Pocket 4069. Daily 9am-5pm. $22-$33.

Be part of what is arguably Australian sport’s greatest rivalry at game two of the annual best-of-three match between the Queensland and New South Wales rugby league teams. Can the Maroons triumph for the eighth year in a row, or will the underdog Blues finally prevail? Regardless of the outcome, the atmosphere at the stadium on game night is electric. Suncorp Stadium, 40 Castlemaine St, Milton 4064. www. $55-$175. Wed Jun 26.

Cuddle a koala without leaving the city

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Rugby league’s top prize up for grabs

Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival

Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival Get your backside trackside

This Queensland sporting institution attracts some of the biggest names in racing and entertainment. Pack your fascinator and jockey for a position amid the crowds at Eagle Farm and Doomben on race days. Champion sprinters will vie for a share of the $1 million prize money in the Stradbroke Handicap on June 8. Brisbane Racing Club, Eagle Farm and Doomben Racecourses, 230 Lancaster Rd & 75 Hampden St, Ascot 4007. From $15. May 11-Jun 8.


It’s called the river city for good reason


Riverlife is an adventure business using the Brisbane River as the starting point for exploring the city’s great outdoors. Paddle past the Botanic Gardens and gaze up at the lights of the Story Bridge on a night kayaking tour. Abseil down the striking Kangaroo Point Cliffs, or hire bicycles or roller blades and explore the city’s breezy riverside cycle paths. Lower River Tce, Kangaroo Point 4169. | 15


Ortiga Bar and Restaurant Say ‘hola’ to Brisbane’s best tapas

The cosy downstairs dining room in this renowned Spanish restaurant is one of the classiest contemporary dining experiences Brisbane has to offer. Even if you don’t go for a whole meal, the industrial-chic street-level bar has a very impressive range of jamon and tapas to nibble on with a glass of sangria or a nice cold Estrella Damm. The acorn-fed 100 per cent Ibérico de Bellota Puro cured for 36 months is not to be missed. 446 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley 4006. Lunch Fri noon-3pm; dinner Tue-Sun 6pm-late.

Quilts 1700-1945

The untold history of quilting unveiled This exhibition of quilting dispels the perception that it’s merely a handicraft. An extraordinary collection traces 200 years of the culture and history surrounding quilting. It also includes one of the world’s most significant textiles: the Rajah Quilt, sewn by convict women on board the Rajah during their journey from Great Britain to Van Diemen’s Land in 1841. QAG, Stanley Pl, South Bank 4101. www.qagoma.qld. Jun 15-Sep 22. Check website for prices. 16 | Oz uncovered


A Clockwork Orange The curtain rises on a cult masterpiece

A Clockwork Orange

In May, QPAC presents a stage adaptation of Anthony Burgess’s controversial 1962 novel A Clockwork Orange. Following London’s acclaimed season, the all-male cast of Action to the Word theatre company will take to the stage of the Cremorne Theatre in a physical performance exploring themes of youth, rebellion, masculinity, violence, drugs, sex and the choice between good and evil. QPAC, Cnr Grey & Melbourne St, South Bank 4101. $69-$99. May 28-Jun 9.

Sophisticated Italian dining at 1889 Enoteca Great Italian food and wine abounds

1889 Enoteca

This award-winning restaurant is in a beautiful heritage-listed building in Brisbane’s antiques quarter. Here you’ll find Queensland produce woven artfully into dishes like grigliata mista of Moreton Bay bugs, scallops, prawns and baby octopus and a tempting selection of pasta, primi and antipasti. The wine list is a drawcard in its own right – don’t miss the very appealing selection of ‘Italian discoveries’ all priced under $70 a bottle. 10/12 Logan Rd, Woolloongabba 4102. www.1889enoteca. Tue-Fri noon-2.30pm & 6pm-late; Sat 6pm-late; Sun noon-2.30pm. | 17

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cairns & tropical north queensland Tropical North Queensland is a region of beauty and untold adventure – and Cairns is its gateway



Head way out west by train Like a Gulfstream trailer on rails, the impossibly romantic 1950s silver bullet Savannahlander train pulls out of Cairns every Wednesday morning on one of the world’s great railway journeys. After climbing the dizzying bends of the Kuranda Railway, she heads through the Tableland and out into gold mining country. Over four magical days you journey deep outback, spotting emus and kangaroos and enjoying ice cold beers at a succession of atmospheric old pubs. Departs Cairns Railway Station, Bunda St, Cairns 4870. Wed 6.30am. Mar-Dec. From $510. 18 | Oz uncovered

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Great Barrier Reef

Explore the world’s greatest living organism Stretching 2,800km from the Capricorn Islands to Torres Strait, the Great Barrier Reef is a living, breathing organism of stunning variety. On any given day you can spot whales, sharks, rays, turtles and dazzling reef fish, plus coral gardens like no others on Earth. Dozens of operators offer diving and snorkelling excursions, or you can splash out on a helicopter or seaplane tour with a coral cay champagne sunset. And watch out for Wally, the friendly Maori Wrasse. Reef Fleet Terminal, Marlin Marina, Cairns 4870. Boats leave at 8.30am, returning 4.30pm. From $69.

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Crystal Cascades

Crystal Cascades

Cool down with a rainforest swim The Wet Tropics have many things going for them, not least rain. One drawback is a prevalence of dangerous, deadly miniature jellyfish known as Irukandji, which keeps everyone out of the ocean at the hottest time of the year. Thankfully, summer is also monsoon time, ensuring crystal-clear mountain spring water fills up boulder-strewn Crystal Cascades: the perfect place to cool off when humidity hits 100 per cent. Crystal Cascades, The Rocks Rd, Cairns 4870. 20 | Oz uncovered

Cairns Adventure Festival

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Skydive Mission Beach Freefall like Felix Baumgartner

Queensland is a thrillseeker’s paradise, with endless opportunities to overdose on adrenaline. Adventure junkies are drawn to magnificent Mission Beach, a stunning stretch of rainforest-fringed golden sand overlooking the Friendly Islands offshore. From here you can be whisked up to 15,000ft to enjoy Australia’s highest, most spectacular skydive, with more than a minute of freefall. There are sunrise and sunset skydives too, but remember, FNQ boasts the world’s biggest moth, the Hercules, so don’t fly at night. Jump the Beach, 82 Grafton St, Cairns 4870. $264-$504.

Cairns Adventure Festival Push your body to the limits

This acclaimed sporting event pulls thousands of competitors to the Far North from around the world to compete in long-distance kayaking, rainforest mountain bike races and the Great Barrier Reef swim at Green Island. An action-packed week culminates with the hugely popular Cairns Ironman on Sunday June 9, where elite competitors brave crocodiles during the 3.8km swim, enjoy incredible views during a 180km return cycle to Port Douglas and then run a testing marathon 42.2km through the cane fields before a dramatic Esplanade finish. Various locations, Far North Queensland. Jun 2-10.

Skydive Mission Beach

Mareeba Rodeo

Saddle up with FNQ’s cowboys If you think the tropics are all reef and rainforest then head up and over the Kuranda Range to Mareeba, where the soil is red and dusty and the men are supremely tough. The Far North’s rodeo season culminates here, with cattlemen coming in to participate from as far away as Normanton, 700km west on the Gulf of Carpentaria. Over two booze-filled, actionpacked days, cowboys take on the biggest, scariest steers in Australia. Riotous barn dances feature each evening. Mareeba 4880. Jul 13-14.

Mareeba Rodeo

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Cairns Underwater Film Festival

Cairns Underwater Film Festival The world’s best diving movies

Now in its seventh year, CUFF is a passionate celebration of underwater photography and filmmaking. Boasting a stunning selection of films from France’s long-running World Festival of Underwater Films, the festival also offers a $45,000 prize pool for locals showcasing their own creations. With the Great Barrier Reef on its doorstep, Cairns is home to more bubble-blowing movie-makers than anywhere else on the planet, as this breathtaking showcase of talent convincingly demonstrates. Civic Theatre, Florence St, Cairns 4870. Aug . Palm Cove Jetty

Palm Cove Jetty

Cast a line and catch your dinner Exclusive village Palm Cove has incredible views, five-star hotels and Double Island just off shore. The spot is legendary among fishers. Bag a barramundi, fire up the beachside barbie and enjoy the most delicious dinner of your life. Palm Cove Jetty, Captain Cook Hwy, Palm Cove 4870.

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Rusty’s Market

Tropical fruits and coconut cocktails

Rusty’s Market

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Take the 1-hour drive from Cairns to Port Douglas: Australia’s most scenic road trip.

Much of Australia’s tropical fruit is grown on the Atherton Tableland, so Cairns is home to the nation’s most vibrant fresh food market. Locals skip supermarkets and hit Rusty’s early before the steaming heat builds, stocking up on mangoes, passionfruit and pineapples plus organic veggies grown by Italians who have farmed up here for a century. Multicultural Rusty’s is also the best spot in town for coffee, sugar cane juice and refreshing Coconut Boy cocktails. Sheridan St, Cairns 4870. Fri 5am-6pm; Sat 6am-3pm; Sun 6am-2pm.

Daintree River Tours

Keep your eyes peeled for crocs

Daintree River Tours

Climb aboard an early-morning Daintree River tour and you’re transported to a world ruled by 5m-long reptiles who have lived and died on this river for millennia. The saltwater estuarine crocodile is a fearsome beast viewable here at every stage of his development. You will see crocs on their nest, baby crocs perched on trees and the mightiest monsters warming up in the sun or sleeping off their latest supper. These are man-eaters, so keep your hands, head and cameras inside the boat. Bruce Belcher’s Tours, 2856 Mossman-Daintree Rd, Daintree 4873. www.daintreerivercruises. $10-$25. Seven one-hour cruises daily. | 23

Cape York and the Torres Strait

Head up the Tip and go island hopping Cairns seems out of the way to most people, but it’s just the gateway to the vastness of Cape York. After five hours of driving north the bitumen gives out, and you have at least 24 hours to go along agonising unsealed roads to reach the Tip, Australia’s most northerly point. If the drive sounds a little difficult, Qantas fly every day to Thursday Island in the Torres Strait, epicentre of a vibrant 274-island nation stretching right to Papua New Guinea. Cape York 4874.

Feast of the Senses

Tantalising tropical tastes in paradise

Feast of the Senses

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Known throughout the Far North for its fabulous fresh food, Innisfail is the epicentre of the nation’s banana crop. April’s exciting food festival kicks off with a Bush Poetry breakfast and culminates in river races. In between, events focus on the food of South Sea Islanders, who have been present in FNQ since Fijians and Samoans worked on the early sugar farms. Innisfail 4860. www. Apr 12-21.

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Cairns Blues Festival

Cairns Blues Festival

The hot tropics’ coolest event Legendary US stars of blues, country, folk and rock perform at this annual festival, which attracts around 1,500 attendees. Local stars also take to the stage, which will be on picturesque Fitzroy Island this year. Food and drink are on sale and resort-style accommodation and camping are available. Fitzroy Island 4871. $0-$70. Sat May 11.

Cooktown Discovery Weekend See where modern Australia began Captain James Cook explored Alaska, Hawaii, New Zealand and Australia. Shortly after discovering Botany Bay, the skipper holed his ship on the Great Barrier Reef, and for one horrible night, faced disaster. Saving Endeavour, he pulled her into the river that now bears her name, and spent six weeks patching her up and meeting the natives. This historical moment is celebrated with great gusto and pageantry in Cooktown, a town with some of the most atmospheric pubs in Australia. Cooktown 4895. www. Jun 7-9.

Cooktown Discovery Weekend

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gold coast There’s more to Australia’s favourite playground than 40 kilometres of golden beaches Dreamworld


Spend the day at Australia’s biggest theme park Dreamworld has too many rides to do in just one day. The little ones will marvel at seeing their TV favourites come to life at Wiggles World. Older kids will dig Shrek’s Faire Faire Away. The likes of the Tower of Terror II will make the hearts of adrenaline junkies race. It might be hard for Dad to go past the ultra-realistic RedLine V8 Supercar simulator. And that’s just for starters... Dreamworld Parkway, Coomera 4209. $50-$80. 26 | Oz uncovered

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Gasp at the view from one of the world’s tallest residential buildings SkyPoint is at the top of Q1, the enormous pointy skyscraper you can see from pretty much anywhere on the Gold Coast. Sip cocktails from the lounge as you marvel at how small the cars look – looking out the window makes you feel you’re on plane. If you’re adventurous, try the SkyPoint Climb for 360o views. Lvl 77, Q1 Resort, 9 Hamilton Ave, Surfers Paradise 4217. General admission $12.50-$21. Day climbs $49-$69. Sun-Thu 7am8.30pm; Fri, Sat 7am-11.30pm.

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Surfers Paradise

Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk

Surfers Paradise

Mount Tamborine in the Gold Coast’s hinterland is a mountain rainforest community with plenty of good dining that’s only 40 minutes drive from the Coast. One of the key attractions of Tamborine is the eco-friendly rainforest skywalk. As you ascend through the canopy, you’ll see rainforest wildlife and gorgeous views of the Coast. It takes about an hour to walk it: make sure you have sensible shoes. 333 Geissmann Dr, North Tamborine 4272. au. Daily 9.30am-5pm. $9.50- $19.50.

Long before the high rises, meter maids and nightclubs, people came to Surfers Paradise because of the beach. White sands littered with tanned bodies stretch as far as the eye can see in both directions, and there’s nothing quite like frolicking in the surf as the waves crash over you. What’s more, Surfers is tropical enough that autumn is still excellent beach weather. The beach can be unforgiving if you’re not careful, though – always swim between the flags and wear sunscreen. The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise 4217.

Walk 30 metres above the creek up at Mount Tamborine

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Swim the sparkling surf of the Gold Coast’s most famous beach

Broadbeach nightclub

Broadbeach nightclubs

Party all night at the upmarket alternative to Surfers South of Surfers Paradise and adjacent to the Convention Centre and Jupiters Casino, Broadbeach’s nightlife has emerged in the last decade as a classier alternative to Surfers. Both locals and visitors often find their way to the likes of high-energy piano bar Howl at the Moon (Lvl 1, Niecon Plaza, 19/21 Victoria Ave), or the luxurious Orientalthemed East (Lvl 1, 88 Surf Pde), where the beautiful people go to let their hair down. Broadbeach 4218.


Get sea-duced (sorry) by innovative cuisine and stunning ocean views Seaduction, on the first floor of the Sea Temple development, is bang in the heart of Surfers, but you wouldn’t know it: out the window all you can see is ocean. Executive Chef Steve Szabo learned his craft in Michelin-starred London restaurants: try the five-course Seaduction Degustation ($115$150). 8 Esplanade, Surfers Paradise 4217. www. Breakfast daily; lunch TueSun noon-2.30pm; dinner Tue-Sat 6.30-9.30pm.

Time Out tip: gold coast Combined-entry passes to the major Gold Coast themeparks are available and offer great value for money.

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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Meet wildlife by the water

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has docile kangaroos that will eat out of your hands, gorgeous koalas you can hold while you get your photo taken, and daily wildlife shows. The veritable cornucopia of Aussie animal life ranges from echidnas to death adders to thousands of beautiful rainbow lorikeets. 28 Tomewin St, Currumbin 4223. www.cws. Daily 8am-5pm. $33-$49.

World Surfaris Coast of Origin Series

Go to Burleigh Heads to find out which coast rules The Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast both have beautiful weather and great surfing, but the question is: which Coast rules? To answer this question, Gold Coast surfers will compete against the Sunshine Coast’s best in the Coast of Origin series at the end of July. This is one of the best times to take advantage of the Gold Coast’s surfer-friendly winter swell window and a great chance to see future stars of wave riding. Burleigh Heads 4220. www. Jul 27-28.

Coast of Origin

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Wet’n’Wild Water World

Wet ’n’ Wild Water World

Supanova Pop Culture Expo

If you like being in the water, you’ll love Wet ‘n’ Wild. The Extreme H20 Zone offers multiple waterslides that’ll have you hurtling down assorted rapids and funnels. The Aqua Loop has a 40-foot drop and a top speed of 60km/h. Elsewhere, parents can relax at the Calypso Beach while their preteens pretend to be pirates at Buccaneer Bay. Pacific Motorway, Oxenford 4210. Daily 10am-5pm (closed Apr 25). $59.99.

If you’re more like Sheldon than Penny on The Big Bang Theory, the Supanova Pop Culture Expo will be your idea of heaven. Sci-fi personalities like Buffy and Dollhouse star Eliza Dushku are appearing, along with comic book greats such as Dave Gibbons, and you’ll spend more money than you think buying awesome geek stuff at the exhibition hall. They’re holding a Cosplay Competition, so feel free to show up dressed as Darth Vader, Gandalf or Black Widow. Gold Coast Convention Centre, Gold Coast Hwy, Broadbeach 4217. Apr 19-21. Check website for prices.

Get wet at Australia’s biggest water park

Nerd out on the Gold Coast

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Australian Surf Life Saving Championships

Australian Surf Life Saving Championships Witness the heroes in action in April

Black Coffee Lyrics

An über-hip café, tapas bar and watering hole Surfers Paradise is better known for nightclubs, but there are pockets of class like this café-bar tucked away in the Centre Arcade. There’s craft beer, cocktails, and coffee good enough to impress any bean-obsessed Kiwi. 41/3131 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise 4217. black Tue-Fri 5pm-late; Sat, Sun 8am-late.

The 2013 ‘Aussies’ (as they’re universally called) are being held in midApril near Coolangatta. Attracting more than 7,000 competitors from surf life saving clubs around Australia, it’s the biggest championship of its kind in the world, a unique celebration of the ideals of surf lifesaving. Expect to see true grit in events ranging from ironman championships to surf races to beach sprints. Kirra & Tugun 4225. au/aussies. Apr 15-21.

Black Coffee Lyrics

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Movie World

Warner Bros Movie World

Experience adventure rides and cinema attractions Where the focus at Dreamworld is on rides, rides, rides, Warner Bros Movie World has the Hollywood pizzazz you’d expect from a theme park that’s also a working film studio. The stunt driver shows are amazing, and the All Star Parade features Looney Tunes characters and DC superheroes and villains. Themed rides are top-notch, from Arkham Asylum to the Scooby Doo Spooky Coaster. Pacific Motorway, Oxenford 4210 $49.99-$82.99. Daily 9.30am-5pm.

Gold Coast Marathon

Cheer on the Iron Men and Women this July

Gold Coast Marathon

The route stretches from Runaway Bay to Surfers Paradise and Burleigh Heads. Hundreds of Kiwis each year enter the events (from 42km marathons to 10km runs to the Junior Dash) and proceeds are donated to charity. Jul 6-7. | 33

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melbourne Melbourne is Australia’s cultural capital – a chic, European-style city where every laneway conceals a unique experience Laneway adventures

Discover the city’s secret world of nightlife and graffiti

Block Place laneway

Builders Arms Hotel

Moon Under Water

Experience some definitive Melbourne dining Andrew McConnell is the Melbourne restaurateur behind good-times diners Cutler & Co and Cumulus Inc. He has opened an amazing new restaurant, Moon Under Water, at the Builders Arms Hotel, with a $75 four-course set menu. Our tip? Go for lunch on Sunday and order the lunch special. Be sure to book ahead. 211 Gertrude St, Fitzroy 3065.  03 9417 7700. Wed-Sat 6pm-late; Sun noon-late. 34 | Oz uncovered


Melbourne’s laneways are legend, with their hidden bars, boutiques, restaurants and worldfamous street art. Explore Croft Alley’s “uncommissioned art” and drink at the Croft Institute; get lost in Degraves Street; track down Hosier Lane and Union Lane, where the murals constantly change; spend a night out in the bars of Meyers Place – and that’s just the tip of the bohemian iceberg. Melbourne 3000.

Centre Place laneway

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Rooftop Bar

Rooftop bars

Luna Park

Melbourne is a town where the action happens high above the streets – at rooftop bars. At the Aylesbury (103 Lonsdale St) they make their Negronis strong and their chorizo sliders delicious. Union Dining Terrace (272 Swan St) has the best eats and drinks at altitude. Get cider on the AstroTurf at Young and Jacksons (1 Swanston St). Siglo (161 Spring St) offers European beers while Rooftop Bar (252 Swanston St) has booze, movies and DJ sets. High times indeed.

Right next to the famous St Kilda Beach is Melbourne’s Luna Park. From the moment you walk through that famous giant mouth you are exposed to a world of carnival flair, from attractions that send you skyhigh to historical carousel rides. Be sure to check out the Scenic Railway Roller Coaster, which boasts the title of the oldest continually operating wooden roller coaster in the world. 18 Lower Esplanade, St Kilda 3182. 03 9525 5033. $14.95-$43.95.

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Experience a 100-year history of seaside fun

King Kong

King Kong: The Musical

Behold, the Eighth Wonder of the World It’s Kong – in song. A brand-new, Australian-made, multi-million-dollar theatre production opens at the Regent Theatre in June featuring a hi-tech, one-tonne, six-metre tall silverback gorilla and a playlist of classic musical numbers. An immortal beauty-and-the-beast tale, the show will head to Broadway if it’s a hit. Regent Theatre, 191 Collins St, Melbourne 3000. kingkonglive From June 15. $75-$109.

Market Hopping

Melbourne’s bazaars have got the goods Tuesday through to Sunday, there are bustling markets all around Melbourne. Find one-off gifts at art, craft and design markets. Food markets have fresh produce from slow food to obscure ethnic specialty ingredients. Get your hands on amazing fashion, junk, books, vinyl and all kind of bric-a-brac. There are even markets specialising in kids’ stuff. au.timeout. com/melbourne/shopping.

Time Out tip: melbourne To use the trams and buses in Melbourne you must buy a myki card from a machine or convenience store.

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Monet’s Garden: The Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris NGV shows you the Monet

The National Gallery of Victoria is getting an exclusive exhibition of masterpieces by France’s favourite Impressionist, including 62 direct from the Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris. Monet’s Garden features paintings of the flower gardens and ponds of Monet’s famous home in Giverny. One of art history’s most beloved shrines is about to get a whole lot closer. NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne 3000. www.ngv. Xxxxx Wed-Mon 10am-5pm. $10-$26. May 10-Sep 8. 38 | Oz uncovered


‘Waterlilies (Nymphéas)’, Claude Monet, 1903 Claude MONET. French 1840–1926. Waterlilies (Nymphéas) (1903). oil on canvas. 73.0 x 92.0 cm. Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris. Gift of Michel Monet, 1966 (inv. 5163). © Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris, © Bridgeman-Giraudon / Presse.

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perth Sunny, picturesque Perth makes its own fun. Festivals and foodie experiences abound, while the great outdoors beckon Jamie Oliver

Van Gogh at AGWA

Van Gogh, Dali and Beyond: The World Reimagined

Art heavyweights from MoMA

Eat and drink in style

Explore the masters of Cubism, Impressionism and Surrealism with a blockbuster selection of art works Order Vietnamese pancakes at Greenhouse, on loan from New York’s Museum of where seats and plates are made from recycled Modern Art. Feast your eyes on works street signs and gas bottles. 100 St Georges Tce, by Van Gogh and some of the most Perth 6000. www.greenhouse Try famous artists of the 20th century: the fresh, bold flavours of Jamie Oliver’s latest Picasso, Cézanne, Wesselman, Kahlo, outpost, Jamie’s Italian, and head upstairs to Richter and more. Art Gallery of the Aviary, for the spectacular views of Perth’s Western Australia, Perth Cultural largest rooftop bar. 140 William St, Perth 6000. Centre, Perth 6000. 08 9492 6600. www.picturingnewyork.artgallery. Jun 22-Dec 2. $0-$19. World class restaurants and bars

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Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour


Devote a day to exploring the port of Perth

Little Creatures Brewery

Fremantle boasts heritage buildings and a fascinating maritime and convict history, making for a fun day of exploration. Soak up the laidback ambience, chill out in a street cafĂŠ, enjoy fish and chips fresh off the boat at the Fishing Boat Harbour or a cleansing pale ale at the Little Creatures Brewery. Fremantle 6160. | 41

Rottnest Island

Snorkel, cycle and meet a quokka Less than 20km off the Fremantle coast, Rottnest is Perth’s own little island getaway. Jump on a ferry for easy access to unspoilt beaches, inland salt lakes, and the island’s famous marsupial, the quokka. Throw in whale watching and shipwreck diving tours and you’ve got your mini-break sorted. Rottnest Island 6161. Daily ferries from Fremantle and Perth.

Perth International Comedy Festival

Laugh yourself silly at PICF Inner-city pressures getting you down? A host of international and local comedians will be taking over Perth – think Tracy Morgan, Jimmy McGhie, Hannah Gadsby and Lawrence Leung – to deliver a big ol’ cure-all in the form of copious belly laughs. Around Perth 6000. www. May 1-19. 42 | Oz uncovered


Lawrence Leung

The Swan Valley

V8 Supercars Drive Day

V8 Supercars Drive Day

Get behind the wheel where it’s OK to break the speed limit The Swan Valley

Got a need for speed? Channel Burt Munro in a V8 Supercar sedan or ute as they fly around the Barbagallo Raceway. You can be a passenger or sit behind the wheel for up to ten laps, and you can even film the whole thing to relive later from the comfort of your armchair. Barbagallo Raceway, Wattle Ave, Neerabup 6031. 08 9302 4688. au. Jun 2 & Jul 27, 8am, 10am, noon & 2pm. $99-$545.

The Swan Valley

Treat your senses

Located just 25 minutes from Perth, the Swan Valley tantalises the tastebuds and offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. You’ll find some of Western Australia’s finest wines and local produce here, acres of scenic vineyards, cafes, breweries and produce sellers – which is why it has become known as Western Australia’s ‘Valley of Taste’. Guildford 6055.

Time Out tip: perth Drop into Helvetica Bar on St Georges Terrace for a whiskey – the selection is huge and the welcome, warm.

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Rooftop Movies

Rooftop Movies

Supanova Pop Culture Expo

Perth’s weather makes it ideal for hosting an outdoor cinema and every summer a plain car park roof is transformed into a rooftop cinema with old-school charm. Think palm trees, plastic flamingos, AstroTurf, vintage caravans serving food and drinks and 250 black-andwhite stripy beach chairs for your viewing comfort. The programme covers new releases, classics and arthouse and cult cinema too. Screenings usually begin at 8pm. Roe Street Carpark, 8 Roe St, Northbridge 6003. 08 9227 6288. Oct-Apr.

The greatest gathering of fans and talent in television, comics, anime and games is back. Here is your chance to get up close with the likes of Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse and Buffy), Natalia Tena (Game of Thrones), and Rachel Dodson (X-Men, Wonder Woman) plus attend panels and Cosplay tournaments. Claremont Showgrounds, 1 Graylands Rd, Claremont 6010. 08 6263 3100. www. Jun 28-30.

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Nerd is the word

Revelation Perth International Film Festival See the best of world cinema

Supanova Pop Culture Expo


Mid-winter is the perfect opportunity to spend a full fortnight devouring all the popcorn you can handle during the Perth International Film Festival. You can expect the full gamut of cinema experiences, from fresh American indie through to burgeoning foreign-language cinema and underground challengers who will make you see the world in a whole new light. Around Perth 6000. Jul 4-14. | 45

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regional w.a. Western Australia’s unique and ancient landscape makes it an unforgettable destination

Dolphins at Monkey Mia

Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort Where the dolphins come to you

Halfway up the coast of Western Australia (accessible by road or air) is Shark Bay, where, at Dolphin Beach, bottlenose dolphins swim into shallow water every day to be fed and petted by humans. This is the prime attraction of the resort, which is just 20 metres from the water’s edge and provides both budget and luxury accommodation. An Aboriginal Cultural Walk, camel rides and fishing excursions are also offered. Monkey Mia Rd, Shark Bay 6537. 08 9948 1320. 46 | Oz uncovered

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Margaret River

There’s plenty to see in Australia’s southwest corner Margaret River is one of Australia’s top wine regions, famous for chardonnay and shiraz. Tour wineries and breweries; go whale watching; visit Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse; immerse yourself in Indigenous history; and visit the southwest’s finest surfing beaches. There are also four remarkable cave systems in the area open to the public – Lake, Mammoth, Jewel and Moondyne caves, all with dazzling limestone formations. | 47

Whale shark, Ningaloo Reef

Ningaloo Reef

The Truffle Kerfuffle

They’re up to 16m long. They weigh up to 20 tonnes. And they’re harmless. Whale sharks are just some of the inhabitants of this 260km reef, which is so close to the Western Australian coastline you can swim out to it in many places. Turtles, manta rays and humpback whales can also been seen by snorkelers on this astounding reef (June-November). Coral Bay 6701 & Exmouth 6707.

The historic grounds of Fonty’s Pool, a swimming hole 300 kilometres south of Perth, host an annual food festival with a gala dinner, cuisine masterclasses and a truffle hunt. With a climate similar to Perigord in France, Manjimup is a leading producer of black truffles destined for restaurant tables in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney. Join the Truffle Kerfuffle to see how they’re found and harvested. Fonty’s Pool, Manjimup 6258. www.trufflekerfuffle. Sat Jun 22.

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Foodies… the hunt is on

Cable Beach, Broome


WA’s most renowned coastal escape

Wave Rock

Wave Rock, Hyden

Surf’s always up at this jaw-dropping natural attraction Marvel at the 110m long, 15m-high granite Wave Rock, which rises and threatens to break at Hyden, 300km east of Perth. Just one feature of a region known as the Golden Outback, it’s best visited as part of a drive through WA’s wheatbelt. There are hundreds of Indigenous rock paintings in nearby Mulka’s Cave. Hyden 6359. 08 9041 1668.

Broome is famous for the largest cultured pearls in the world; spectacular sunsets; and the 22km of white-sand Cable Beach, where you can ride a camel or go jetboating or sea kayaking. At low tide at Ganthaume Point, at the south end of Cable Beach, dinosaur footprints are visible. Broome is also the starting point for an adventure in the rugged and remote Kimberley region. Broome 6725. www.western | 49

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The stretch of beaches north of Brisbane is for lovers of outdoor pursuits and the good things in life

Noosa International Food & Wine Festival

Noosa International Food & Wine Festival Indulge your tastebuds at Noosa’s annual food fiesta

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Noosa International Food & Wine Festival, which brings together a host of top local and international chefs for four days of degustations, sunset concerts and beachside feasts. The celebrations will kick off with a huge opening gala of food and wine tastings, accompanied by the Queensland Virtuosi Orchestra. The J, Noosa Dr, Noosa Heads 4567. $117-$330. May 16-19. 50 | Oz uncovered

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Fraser Island

Escape to this World Heritage-listed getaway With its white beaches, dense rainforests and numerous feathered or furred inhabitants, Fraser Island’s protected status hardly comes as a surprise. Nature lovers can go spotting for turtles, sea birds and flying foxes; history buffs can have a stickybeak into the island’s seven shipwrecks; and action junkies can take a break from all the serenity with a 4WD race down Seventy-Mile Beach. Get there on the Fraser Island Barge ( or passenger ferry (

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Australia Zoo

Australia Zoo

Wander through Steve Irwin’s zoo With a huge range of animals in well maintained, spacious enclosures, Australia Zoo places strong emphasis on conservation, effective environmental management and animal welfare. Building on Steve Irwin’s legacy of being “committed to wildlife”, the Irwin family and their team have provided impressive facilities for the animals. The tigers even have their own swimming pool... 1638 Steve Irwin Wy, Beerwah 4519. Mon-Sun 9am-5pm. $35-$59.

The Big Kart Track

Race Australia’s largest go-kart course

The Big Kart Track

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Burn some rubber at the Landsborough Big Kart Track. Its hairpin turns and chicanes will test your skills behind the wheel, while two long stretches down the straight allow you to pick up serious speed. 2310 Steve Irwin Wy, Landsborough 4550. SunThu 9am-5pm; Fri, Sat 9am-10pm. $20-$95.

Floating Land Environmental Arts Festival Take part in “nature’s dialogue”

Floating Land

The interactive arts festival Floating Land harnesses art as a tool for promoting environmental action and awareness. Festival staples include outdoor sculptures that use the waters of Lake Cootharaba as their foundations and a range of “green” workshops held by local and international artists, sharing skills like hand-weaving and pottery. This year’s ten-day festival will explore the interactions between nature, science, culture and creativity. Boreen Point, Lake Cootharaba 4565. May 31-Jun 9.

The Long Apron

Stop for a bite at this prize-winning restaurant Whether you dive into the seven-course degustation or simply order à la carte, a taste of the Long Apron’s acclaimed European cuisine and near-panoramic views is a must. Executive chef Cameron Matthews showcases seasonal local produce and visitors can snoop through the kitchen garden that provides much of what appears on the plates. 68 Balmoral Rd, Montville 4560. www. restaurant/long-apron. 1300 252 380. Breakfast Mon-Sun 8am-10am; lunch Fri-Sun noon-3pm; dinner Mon, Wed-Sun 6pm-late.

The Long Apron

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Underwater World

Underwater World

Meet the creatures of the deep See the ocean’s most beautiful inhabitants (and their significantly less beautiful counterparts – if you looked like a stonefish you’d probably be venomous too) and learn about underwater ecosystems at Mooloolaba’s huge aquarium. Meet sharks and seals and some of the starfish will even let you cop a feel at the Touch and Tell station. Mooloolaba Wharf, Parkyn Pde, Mooloolaba 4557. www.underwaterworld. Mon-Sun 9am-5pm. $23-$35. 54 | Oz uncovered

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Time Out tip: sunshine coast Sunshine Castle, just outside of Maroochydore, is a replica medieval Norman castle open to the public daily.

Mudjimba Island

Mudjimba Island

Snorkel around the island’s extensive coral reefs Boasting coral gardens that start two metres below the surface, Mudjimba Island (aka Old Woman Island) is one of the most beautiful snorkelling spots on the Sunshine Coast. The reef’s hard and soft corals sit on a series of small gullies, drop-offs and ledges that house fish, eels and crustaceans. If you’re an experienced, confident surfer, the island is also considered one of the best surf breaks in the region. Mudjimba Island is just off the coast near Mooloolaba.

Pumicestone Passage Marine Park Go dugong-spotting along this narrow channel

Pumicestone Passage flows between Bribie Island and the mainland, creating a calm, seagrass-filled haven for dolphins, turtles and sea birds. Most of the passage is shallow, allowing for easy wildlife spotting. Tubby, bignosed dugongs frequent the channel; watch them snuffle around and consider just how much loneliness/rum/scurvy you would need to mistake one of these slow grey blobs for mermaids, as sailors of yore once did. Pumicestone Passage runs from Caloundra to Sandstone Point.


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Kite-surf in Currimundi

Eumundi Markets

Learn to master the wind and waves Strap yourself in for a challenge – hire a board and a kite and learn to kitesurf. It will take a morning to pick up the basics of this thrilling pastime. Get a taster session or get serious with a six-hour intensive session. Time Out recommends KiteThrills, in operation since 1999 and whose friendly instructors prioritise safety. 2/1 Westaway Pde, Currimundi 4551. 07 5438 8118. Mon-Sun 7am-7pm. $10-$540. 56 | Oz uncovered

Eumundi Markets

Overdose on local produce and handmade gifts The markets show off the work of local artisans. More than 600 stalls offer up everything from handcrafted jewellery to freshly baked bread. Need a break? Grab a plate of hot calamari or a slab of hummingbird cake and watch live music. 80 Memorial Dr, Eumundi 4562. www. Wed 8am-1.30pm; Sun 7am-2pm.

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Noosa North Shore Beach Campground

Noosa North Shore Beach Campground Camp by the beach at this well-equipped site

Despite being less than an hour’s drive outside of Noosa, Noosa North Shore Beach Campground feels completely isolated from the town, putting the beach, bushwalk tracks and great fishing spots at your doorstep. Park your caravan in a designated site or set your tent up amongst the natural vegetation and listen to the sea roll in from your sleeping bag. The Esplanade, Noosa North Shore 4565. 07 5449 8811. $23-$32/night. Noosa Longweekend Festival

Noosa Longweekend Festival

Get arty at Noosa’s renowned cultural festival Bringing together theatre, visual art, music, dance, food and literature, the Noosa Longweekend Festival is made up of 95 free and ticketed events held over ten culturecrammed days. Australian and international performers will take to stages around Noosa. If you’re feeling creative, visitors can get in on the action through forums and workshops – inhibitions will be confiscated upon entry. Around Noosa 4567. www.noosalongweekend. com. Jun 14-23. | 57

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sydney Whether you seek outdoor adventures or urban excitement, Australia’s largest city will knock your socks off Vivid Sydney

Music, ideas and light shows illuminate the sails The Opera House’s winter festival is a mix of music (Vivid LIVE), light art (Vivid LIGHT) and talks (Vivid IDEAS). Last year’s highlights included epic performances from Florence + the Machine and talks from Boing Boing co-founder Cory Doctorow and Etsy’s Chad Dickerson. But we love the lights most of all: psychedelic projections Vivid Sydney onto the Opera House sails and interactive installations throughout Party in Pacha Circular Quay. Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Pt, Sydney 2000. www. It’s Ibiza in Sydney May 24-Jun 10. You’ve probably heard of Ivy, the CBD’s multi-storey ode to all things food and (especially) drink, with its eight bars and slew of restaurants. And you know Pacha, the Ibiza-born nightclub-slash-circus with select residencies in the world’s coolest clubs. Well, late last year, Pacha opened its first Australian offshoot in Sydney, so be sure to check out the world’s biggest DJs along with some eyedazzlingly good burlesque and circus acts when the party takes over the Ivy every Saturday night. Ivy, 330 George St, Sydney 2000. Pacha 10pm. $40. Saturdays. 58 | Oz uncovered


Bondi Beach

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Beautiful bodies and a happening party scene Bondi has always had pretty views, awesome waves, hot lifesavers and eye-popping bikini bods. But for a long time it had a rep among locals as a dead zone when it came to food, drink and parties. No more! Venues like the Bucket List – where you can get a jug of Pimm’s and bucket of prawns right on the promenade – have lifted the après-swim scene. Bondi Pavilion, Queen Elizabeth Dr, Bondi Beach 2026. Daily 11am-midnight.

Time Out tip: sydney Many of the best restaurants don’t take bookings, so arrive early or put your name down and wait at a bar.

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Manchester United vs A-League All-Stars World-class soccer comes to Sydney

In July, English Premier League stars Man United will journey as far from Old Trafford as it’s possible to go, making an exclusive appearance in Sydney against Australia’s A-League All-Stars. It’s a rare chance to catch Wayne Rooney and the Red Devils in action and to see the Aussies get demolished… or hold their own against the best of the best. ANZ Stadium, Edwin Flack Ave, Sydney Olympic Park 2127. www.anzstadium. 7.30pm. $34.50-$189. Sat Jul 20. 

Sydney Comedy Festival C’mon, get happy

Every year the Sydney Comedy Festival draws big names – this year catch 30 Rock’s Tracy Morgan, Arj Barker and the Wayans Brothers – and promotes great local talent. The venue bars, especially the outdoor joint at Marrickville’s hip Factory Theatre, are always buzzy around festival time. Around Sydney. Apr 22-May 11.

Tracy Morgan

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Baxter Inn

Hinky Dinks

Hazy Rose

Small bar scene

Crawl through the city’s best new bars Topshop


Hit up Zara, Topshop and Topman Shop for top labels in Pitt Street Mall

For years, Aussies have had to hit the interwebs for their fix of European high-street fashions, but that’s all changed with Zara taking a huge chunk of space at the flash Westfield CBD shopping centre and Topshop moving into the historic Gowings building. Affordable, fashionforward and packed full of trendy young Sydney things, these are Sydney’s must-shop spots right now. Zara, Lvl 2, Westfield CBD, Cnr Pitt St Mall & Market St, Sydney 2000. Topshop and Topman, 45 Market St, Sydney 2000.

Since 2007, when the City cut the red tape and costs around opening a bar, cool little bolt-hole bars have been popping up across town like a new breed of awesome weed. Take advantage – the cocktails at these little guys are Sydney’s finest and the atmosphere, especially late, is fist-pumpingly good. Start in the CBD, where you’ll need an orienteering map to find the likes of Baxter Inn (Basement, 152-156 Clarence St) and Bulletin Place (Lvl 1, 10-14 Bulletin Pl) before hitting the Hazy Rose in Darlo (1/83 Stanley St) and Hinky Dinks in (the right side of) Kings Cross (185 Darlingurst Rd). | 61

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adelaide McLaren Vale p06 Head south to sample SA’s finest shiraz Turner from the Tate p07 Experience Britain’s greatest romantic landscape painter Lucky Lupitas p08 Local foodies are obsessed with this Mexican diner Eagle Mountain Bike Park p08 Bike lovers: the hills are alive! Grace Emily Hotel p09 Adelaide’s coolest pub Ying Chow p09 The best Chinese restaurant in Adelaide

brisbane Brisbane Festival p10 The river city celebrates the arts Southside Tea Room p11 Visit the café/bar owned by an indie popstar Anywhere Theatre Festival p11 It’s theatre, but not as you know it Pearl Café p12 A gem of a café, all day long Canvas Bar p12 Have a big night out at a small bar The Bolshoi Ballet p13 Brisbane hosts the exclusive Australasian season Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary p14 Cuddle a koala without leaving the city

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State of Origin Game Two p14 Rugby league’s top prize up for grabs Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival p15 Get your backside trackside Riverlife p15 It’s called the river city for good reason Ortiga Bar & Restaurant p16 Say ‘hola’ to Brisbane’s best tapas Quilts 1700-1945 p16 Unspoken history of quilting unveiled A Clockwork Orange p17 The curtain rises on a cult masterpiece Sophisticated Italian dining at 1889 Enoteca p17 Great Italian food and wine abounds

 airns Underwater Film C Festival p22 The world’s best diving movies Palm Cove Jetty p22 Cast a line and catch your dinner Rusty’s Market p23 Tropical fruits and cocktails Daintree River Tours p23 Keep your eyes peeled for crocs Cape York and the Torres Strait p24 Head up the Tip and go island hopping Feast of the Senses p24 Tantalising tropical tastes in paradise Cairns Blues Festival p25 The hot tropics’ coolest event Cooktown Discovery Weekend p25 See where modern Oz began

cairns & tropical north gold coast Dreamworld p26 queensland Australia’s biggest theme park Savannahlander p18 Head way out west by train Great Barrier Reef p19 Explore the world’s greatest living organism Crystal Cascades p20 Cool down in a rainforest river Skydive Mission Beach p21 Freefall like Felix Baumgartner Cairns Adventure Festival p21 Push your body to the limits Mareeba Rodeo p21 Saddle up with FNQ’s cowboys

SkyPoint p27 Gasp at the view from one of the world’s tallest residential buildings Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk p28 Walk 30 metres above the creek up at Mount Tamborine Surfers Paradise p28 The Goldie’s most famous beach Broadbeach nightclubs p29 Party all night Seaduction p29 Innovative cuisine and stunning ocean views

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary p30 Meet wildlife by the water World Surfaris Coast of Origin p30 Go to Burleigh to find out which coast rules Wet ‘n’ Wild Water World p31 Get wet at Australia’s biggest water park Supanova Pop Culture Expo p31 Nerd out on the Gold Coast Black Coffee Lyrics p32 An über-hip café and tapas bar Surf Life Saving Championships p32 Witness the heroes in action Warner Bros Movie World p33 Experience adventure rides and cinema attractions Gold Coast Marathon p33 Cheer on the Iron Men and Women this July

melbourne Moon Under Water p34 Experience some definitive Melbourne dining Laneway adventures p34 Discover the city’s secret world of nightlife and graffiti Rooftop bars p36 Melbourne loves to party up, up in the open air Luna Park p36 Experience a 100-year history of seaside fun Market hopping p37 Melbourne’s bazaars have got the goods King Kong: The Musical p37 Behold, the Eighth Wonder of the World Monet’s Garden p38 NGV shows you the Monet

perth Eat and drink in style p40 World class restaurants and bars Van Gogh, Dali and Beyond: The World Reimagined p40

Art heavyweights from NY’s MoMA Fremantle p41 Devote a day to exploring the port of Perth Rottnest Island p42 Snorkel, cycle and meet a quokka Perth International Comedy Festival p42 Laugh yourself silly at PICF The Swan Valley p43 Treat your senses V8 Supercars Drive Day p43 Get behind the wheel and break the speed limit Rooftop Movies p44 Open-air screenings on high Supanova Pop Culture Expo p44 Nerd is the word Revelation International Film Festival p45 See the best of world cinema

regional w.a. Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort p46 Where the dolphins come to you Margaret River p47 There’s plenty to see in Australia’s southwest Ningaloo Reef p48 Swim with the largest fish in the ocean The Truffle Kerfuffle p48 The hunt is on, foodies Wave Rock, Hyden p49 Surf’s always up at this natural attraction Broome p49 WA’s most renowned coastal escape

sunshine coast Noosa International Food & Wine Festival p50 Indulge your tastebuds at Noosa’s annual food fiesta Fraser Island p51 Escape to this World Heritagelisted getaway Australia Zoo p52

Wander through Steve Irwin’s zoo The Big Kart Track p52 Race Australia’s largest go-kart course The Long Apron p53 Stop for a bite at this prizewinning restaurant Floating Land Environmental Arts Festival p53 Take part in “nature’s dialogue” Underwater World p54 Meet the creatures of the deep Mudjimba Island p55 Snorkel around the island’s extensive coral reefs Pumicestone Passage Marine Park p55 Go dugong-spotting along this narrow channel Kite-surf in Currimundi p56 Learn to master the wind and waves Eumundi Markets p56 Overdose on local produce and handmade gifts Noosa North Shore Beach Campground p57 Camp by the beach at this well equipped site Noosa Longweekend Festival p57 Get arty at Noosa’s renowned cultural festival

sydney Vivid Sydney p58 Music, ideas and light shows illuminate the sails Party in Pacha p58 It’s Ibiza in Sydney Bondi p59 Beautiful bodies and a happening party scene Manchester United vs A-League All-Stars p60 World-class soccer comes to Sydney Sydney Comedy Festival p60 C’mon, get happy Hit up Zara, Topshop and Topman p61 Shop for top labels in Pitt St Mall Small bar scene p61 Crawl through the city’s best new bars

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