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Sandboarding and croc spotting to rainforest concerts and retro dance classes – you will want to do it all!

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AUG 2019

CONTENTS

the traveller W HERE T O G O N E X T

the checklist ALL T HE T R AVEL IN T EL YO U NEED N O W

0 1 8 7 M Y T H S A B O U T...  Byron Bay, NSW.

0 2 0 T W O S I D E S O F...  Hawaii.

0 2 2 P O S T C A R D F R O M ...  Waterloo Street, Singapore.

0 2 4 T R AV E L T R E N D S:

C A M P E R VA N H O L I D AY S

Where to take the RV out for a spin.

0 2 6 H AC K: T R AV ELL I N G WITH BABIES  Everything you need to know before taking baby on a flight.

0 2 9  T E C H

The latest gadgets, apps, news and technology tips.

0 3 3 H A C K : L U XE T R AVEL F O R LES S  Top tips for travelling in style without breaking the bank.

0 3 4 T R AV E L T R E N D S:

S L E E P H O L I D AY S The retreats where it’s all about getting a good night’s rest.

0 3 7  T R A V E L N E W S

All the latest updates, info and events from around our network.

040 CALENDAR  Musicals, rugby and whisky – what not to miss this month.

045 50 UNDER $50 We hand-pick 50 amazing activities across Australia and New Zealand that all clock in at $50 or less.


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068 JAPAN Following ancient pilgrim routes through forests and coasts reveals the spiritual heart of Japan.

the cut T H E BES T OF W H ERE T O E AT, D R IN K A N D PL AY

0 8 4 E A T + D R I N K : S E O U L

Where to get your tasty fix in the food-loving South Korean capital.

0 9 0 A N AT O M Y OF A DIS H

Warm up with the popular Vietnamese noodle soup, pho.

0 9 2 H A P P Y H O U R S: S Y D N E Y

Beer, wine, cocktails – where to grab a deal in the harbour city.

096 FOOD TRENDS

The latest weirdly wonderful food crazes. Mochi doughnut, anyone?

098 EXPERIENCE

We head into a paddock to try out equine therapy.

100 STREET STYLE Update your look with inspiration from Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley.

1 0 2 F AT H E R’S D AY

GIFT GUIDE

Our round-up of the coolest gifts to give Dad this year.

the insider JE T S TA R N E W S, M AP S A N D EN T ER TA IN MEN T

1 0 6 JE T S TA R N E W S 1 0 9 EN T ER TA IN M EN T 114 AIRPORT TO CITY 1 1 8 W H E R E W E FLY 120 GAMES + PUZZLES 1 2 4 W H E R E’S W A L LY ? 1 2 8 H I G H E R , BI G G E R ,

0 74 VICTORIA Family bonding on a pedal-powered journey across the southern state.

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CONTRIBUTORS.

EDITOR Jacqueline Lunn DEPUTY EDITOR Sudeshna Ghosh CREATIVE DIRECTOR Jon Gregory DESIGNER Lisa Emmanuel CHIEF SUBEDITOR Nancy Merlo SUBEDITOR Kaitlyn Palmer-Allen PHOTOGRAPHIC EDITOR Nicola Sevitt

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LOUISE SOUTHERDEN Originally from Sydney, Louise has been a travel writer for more than 25 years. She’s a keen surfer, which is why she relocated to northern NSW four years ago. This month, she writes about the “real” Byron Bay (page 18).

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Jetstar magazine is published monthly and is complimentary to domestic and international passengers. Published for Jetstar Airways by Medium Rare Content Agency (ABN 83 169 879 921), Suite 58/2632 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont, NSW 2009. ©2018. All rights reserved. Printed by Ovato Print Pty Ltd. Paper fibre is from sustainably managed forests and controlled sources. No responsibility is accepted for unsolicited material. Articles express the opinions of the authors and not necessarily those of Jetstar Airways or Medium Rare Content Agency. For a copy of Medium Rare Content Agency’s Privacy Policy, visit mediumrarecontent.com. ISSN 1443-2013.

We want you to know that at Jetstar our writers are not armchair travellers. Any assistance we do accept from the travel industry to produce our stories does not compromise the integrity of the coverage.

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JAC TAYLOR Travel writer, photographer and speaker, Jac started her career in travel TV more than 15 years ago. In this issue, her incurable love affair with Japan takes her on the sacred pilgrims’ path in Mie Prefecture (page 68).

JON GREGORY Our creative director has spent a career designing magazine pages in both Sydney and London. We took him out of his comfort zone and into a paddock with a horse to investigate equine therapy, while on a family farmstay (page 98).


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The sky’s the limit when it comes to getaways in our region > Thank you for choosing to fly with us today. At Jetstar, we are all about making air travel more accessible for everyone. This means we are constantly reviewing our network, researching travel trends and working with local councils and tourism organisations to ensure we offer a mix of destinations that offer different experiences at different times of the year. July is a great example of how customers fly with us to a diverse range of holiday spots for their mid-year break. Last month, close to four million people flew with Jetstar to 86 destinations across the Asia-Pacific region. For customers living in Australia’s southern states, sunny spots on our international network such as Fiji, Hawaii, Phuket, Vietnam and Bali are popular at this time of year. Others like to chase the fresh snow in New Zealand, New South Wales and Victoria or head to Tasmania to spot the Southern Lights.

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“L AST M O N T H, CLOSE TO FO UR MILLIO N PEOPLE FLE W W I T H U S T O 86 DES T IN AT IO N S ACR O S S T HE ASI A-PACIFIC REGIO N.”

In Japan, where Jetstar Japan recently celebrated its seventh year of operations, our new services to the stunning island of Miyako (Shimojishima) and the historic city of Kochi have been very popular. This month, thousands of travellers will attend the Yosakoi international dance festival, one of Japan’s largest annual events. In Singapore, locals celebrate their national day at this time of year with a holiday, and Jetstar Asia expects to see hundreds of thousands of travellers using the long weekend to visit Bangkok, Da Nang and Penang. Whether you are travelling to the sunshine or the snow, to see a festival or family, we’re delighted to have you on board today. Thanks for flying with us. G ARE T H E VA N S CEO, JE T S TA R G R O U P

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> The giant pineapple garden maze at Oahu’s famous Dole Plantation is made up of over 14,000 Hawaiian plants.

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Byron Bay —The laid-back, earth-loving spirit is alive and well in this beachy northern NSW town but Louise Southerden says there’s so much more to the beloved destination than surf, sun and plant-based eats—

MYTH #1 It’s named after Lord Byron > Sailing by in 1770, Captain James Cook named Australia’s easternmost cape after vice admiral John Byron, grandfather of poet Lord Byron. A hundred years later, European settlers named several streets in the village after English poets such as Keats and Wordsworth, adding to the confusion. Of course, the area already had a name: Cavanbah, the local Arakwal word meaning “meeting place”, which might explain why Byron Bay – as it became known in 1894 – has such an all-welcome, inclusive vibe about it.

MYTH #3 MYTH #2 Byron is all about the beach > Beyond its pretty beaches, there are dozens of ways to experience the region’s natural beauty. Walk the track to Cape Byron Lighthouse, looking out for dolphins along the way, then head inland. Byron’s hinterland often feels like a local secret – it can be discovered on scenic drives through bucolic villages such as Federal, by swimming under Minyon Falls in Nightcap National Park or even hot air ballooning over farmland.

It’s nothing but a hippie town > Byron Bay was originally a workingman’s town with sand mining operations, a meatworks and even a whaling station. The arrival of the first surfers started to change Byron and later the 1973 Aquarius Festival in nearby Nimbin cemented the area as counterculture central. While you’re never too far from crystal therapy and tarot readings, it’s now also a hipster haven dotted with upscale boutiques and trendy lifestyle precincts such as Habitat Byron Bay (habitat byronbay.com).


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MYTH #4 There’s nothing to eat but mung beans > While there are plenty of vegan eateries – try No Bones (nobonesbyronbay. com.au) – the region is also home to a sophisticated food scene with venues like Beach Byron Bay (beachbyronbay. com.au) and Raes Dining Room (raes.com.au). An ethos of sustainability underpins most things though, whether it’s the native ingredients used at Harvest Newrybar (harvest newrybar.com.au) or the hyperlocal produce at The Farm restaurant (thefarm.com.au).

MYTH #5 Only backpackers come here > Sure, Byron is a budget destination with several hostels, including the newly refurbished Byron Bay YHA (yha.com.au) but there are plenty of swanky options, too. The Byron at Byron (thebyronatbyron.com.au) is set amidst sub-tropical rainforest while Elements of Byron (elementsofbyron. com.au) offers beachfront luxury in spacious private villas. Boutique options in town include Bask and Stow (baskandstow.com. au), 28 Degrees (28byronbay. com.au) and The Bower (thebowerbyronbay.com.au), while high-end health retreats such as Gaia (gaiaretreat.com. au) are slightly further afield.

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MYTH #6 Byron Bay is big > Byron might have a big heart but it’s a surprisingly small town – the population hovers around 9000. It’s also conveniently compact and flat, making it easy to walk or ride a bike around. Byron Shire, on the other hand, is home to about 34,000 and includes townships such as Mullumbimby, Bangalow and Brunswick Heads – all about 20 minutes from Byron Bay by car – as well as outlying suburbs such as Suffolk Park and Belongil (handy to know when booking accommodation in “Byron Bay”).

MYTH #7 Summer is the only time worth visiting > If Byron were any further north, it’d be in Queensland, which makes it a swim-all-yearround destination. Plus, it’s less busy outside summer. Cape Byron shelters Main Beach, Clarkes, The Pass and Wategos from winter’s chilly southerly winds, while between June and November, migrating whales pass closer to shore here than anywhere else on the east coast.

AND 3 TRUTHS Everyone is relaxed and friendly > Despite becoming more popular in recent years, Byron is still an earthy, give-way-to-pedestrians place where people have time to chat and smile at strangers. Its hippie heart is intact – and infectious. Surfing rules > Look around and you’ll see sun-bleached hair, sandy feet, surfboards on cars, surf schools and surf shops on every corner… In Byron, where salt-scented air ruffles the tops of the Norfolk pines, everyone either surfs, wants to learn or just loves the sea. It’s eco-minded > Caring for the planet is part of daily life in Byron, with locals and visitors alike getting involved – whether it’s supporting the Thursday farmers’ market, local sustainable eateries or the Plastic-Free Byron initiative (plasticfreebyron. com). The world’s first solar-powered train also launched here in 2017.


S N APS H O T Interstate H-3 freeway The journey becomes the destination on a road trip from Kaneohe to Honolulu, particularly along this sinuous viaduct that disappears into a tunnel in the Koolau mountains.

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Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon Dip into the crystal-clear waters of this man-made lagoon or chase the shadows of the swaying palms as you wander the golden sand of iconic Waikiki Beach.


1 SRI KRISHNAN & KWAN IM THONG HOOD CHO TEMPLES The former is a Hindu temple dedicated to the deity Lord Krishna; the latter is one of the city’s oldest Buddhist temples. For more than 130 years, the two ornate temples have stood side by side, resulting in interesting cross-worshipping rituals – it’s not uncommon to see Buddhist worshippers placing joss sticks in the giant urn outside the Hindu temple.   2 FORTUNE CENTRE In the daytime, people head to this nondescript building to buy Buddhist artifacts or tuck into affordable vegetarian fare (try the vegan breads from Mama Patisserie and wholemeal tortilla wraps with curry potatoes from New Green Pasture). At night, however, the centre becomes a hotspot for specialty Japanese restaurants such as Kappou Japanese Sushi Tapas Bar – a tiny, one-woman sushi bar with a focus on aged fish – and Motsu-ya, which serves mainly offal dishes.   3 OBJECTIFS This non-profit arts space is dedicated to photography and film. The pretty canary-yellow chapel building regularly hosts exhibitions and film screenings, while in an adjacent building, you can buy prints and books by Singaporean artists. objectifs.com.sg   4 WHEN I WAS FOUR Tucked away on the second floor of the Waterloo Centre is this quirky design studio and shop that celebrates homegrown designers and regularly hosts craft workshops (check the website for details). The collection of jewellery, notebooks, homewares, clothing and tote bags inspired by childhood memories will make you feel warm and fuzzy, plus they make for quintessential Singapore souvenirs. shop.wheniwasfour.com

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Waterloo Street SINGAPORE

—A stroll down one of Singapore’s oldest streets lets you experience the city’s vibrant indie arts scene, multicultural identity and the locals’ favourite pastime: eating—

  5 SUMO BAR HAPPY Maybe it’s the playlist of Japanese hip-hop, the effortlessly cool vibe or the fact that everything that comes out of the kitchen of this modern craft noodle restaurant is made from scratch (even the togarashi spice mix is a house blend)... Whatever it is, Sumo Bar Happy has the recipe for a great night out. sumobarhappy.com   6 222+51 Art lovers should make a beeline for the 222 Queen Street/51 Waterloo Street block, where a former Catholic school has been transformed into a lively arts centre housing galleries and dance and music schools. Head to the Waterloo Street side to fill your Instagram with shots of six interactive murals by artists Yip Yew Chong and Yuen Kum Cheong, depicting nostalgic scenes from Singapore’s past. 222queenstreet.com


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Happy camper —Classic campervan holidays are making a comeback. Whether you’re looking to recreate childhood memories or take off on your first Aussie road trip, here are the routes to cruise—

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RED CENTRE, SA/NT A D EL A ID E – GL EN D A M B O – C O O BER PEDY – AL IC E SPR I N G S – UL U R U

Leave the big smoke in a cloud of red dust as you roar out on this 1536-kilometre road trip of a lifetime along the Stuart Highway to Alice Springs. Remember to fill the tank at Glendambo, ahead of the next 255 kilometres to Coober Pedy – the underground town where opal was first discovered in 1915. Take regular breaks before claiming your campervan spot at Alice Springs, then finish with a daytrip to Uluru. This road trip is best done in the cooler winter months. STAY Alice Springs Tourist Park (alicespringstouristpark.com.au).

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TROPICAL COASTLINE, QLD Bring your snorkelling gear, as you’ll pass kilometres of Great Barrier Reef on the scenic drive north to Cape Tribulation. Here, you can watch the sun rise over the beach, meander through tropical rainforest and get your adrenaline kicks zip-lining on the Jungle Surfing Canopy Tour (jungle surfing.com.au). “If you want to see the real North Queensland, ask a local – they’re full of great surprises off the tourist map,” says Stuart Lamont, CEO of Caravan Industry Association of Australia. STAY Cape Tribulation Camping (capetribcamping.com.au).

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Wake to the sound of waves lapping the shore at First Sun Holiday Park (firstsunholidaypark.com.au) in Byron Bay after a 9.5-hour coastal joyride from Sydney, stopping at Newcastle, Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour. Then take the inland road 9.5 hours south-west to Dubbo where you can get up close with wild animals at Taronga Western Plains Zoo (taronga. org.au/dubbo-zoo) before heading back via the Blue Mountains. STAY Dubbo City Holiday Park (dubbocityholidaypark.com.au).

Pack the family in for this great outdoorsy adventure, pausing in small wheat belt towns before setting up base in Albany. Once there, have fun splashing with the kids in the gentle waves of popular Middleton Beach in summer or watch migrating whales from the cliffs of Torndirrup National Park between July and October. For bonus parenting points, take a detour to see the fossils, reptiles and birds of Denmark Dinosaur World (dinosaurworld.com.au) on the way back to Perth. STAY Big4 Middleton Beach Holiday Park (big4.com.au).

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GREAT OCEAN ROAD, VIC M EL B O U R N E – T O R Q U AY – L O R N E – C A PE O T W AY – P O R T FA IRY

Breathe in as the sea breeze rolls in from the Great Ocean Road on a six-hour scenic drive to Port Fairy. Along the way, dip your toes in the water at Torquay, lunch in Lorne, visit the light station at Cape Otway and marvel at the Twelve Apostles as the sun sets over the Southern Ocean. Stay at Port Fairy, where you can see glass blowing at Eclectic Designs (portfairyglass.com) or do a heritage walk (portfairyaustralia.com.au). STAY Pelican Waters Holiday Park (pelicanwatersportfairy.com.au).

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Baby on board —Travelling with babies doesn’t have to be daunting. Here, four well-travelled parents share their tips for making flights with little ones as fuss-free as possible— S H A N N O N JE A N S

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In her role as a marriage celebrant (shannonjeans.com.au), Shannon travels a lot with her three-year-old daughter and nine-month-old son – between them, the kids have already clocked up more than 30 flights. “Give kids healthy food options like carrot sticks and hummus instead of sugary snacks so they don’t become hyperactive. For babies, arrive early to request a bassinet – trust me, you’ll be glad you did. To help toddlers sleep on the plane, wear them out by walking them around the airport instead of pushing them in the stroller. And on the plane, request an aisle seat so you can get up with them without disturbing fellow passengers.” Genius hack: “Backpacks with lots of pockets are the key, so you know where everything is kept and it’s accessible – quickly! Babies don’t have patience.”

Founder of allthingsmomsydney.com blog, mother-of-two Michal took her son on his first international flight at eight months old and her youngest flew for the first time at four weeks old. “Save time and frustration by packing a case containing two nappies, wipes and cream that you can pick out of the carry-on bag in front of you. This makes it easier to get to the bathroom in a hurry. For the toddler years, an Etch A Sketch saved my mind. They can draw and scribble without the worry of losing all the crayons or textas under the seats.” Genius hack: “Consolidate luggage by fitting everything for you and the kids into a backpack. Don’t give your toddler their own bag – you’ll just end up carrying them and the bag!”

Creator of parenting support website bellybelly.com.au and mother-of-three Kelly has been flying with her kids since they were only four months old. “Take essentials such as baby wipes (keep plenty on hand) – and do not forget Play-Doh if you have a toddler. Also a spare change of clothes for you and your child that you can layer – you never know what mess you might end up wearing. And just stay calm; don’t worry about what others might be thinking, just focus on allowing your own calmness to rub off on your child.” Genius hack: “Be last to board the plane. Keep the little ones running around and entertained at the gates so when you get on the plane, it’s a new and exciting environment and they will be calmer for take-off as they discover their new surroundings.”

Adelaide-based mum-of-three Natalie packed up her family in February 2018 to travel the country and blog about life on the road (abigpeacheyadventure.com.au). “Check airline rules about what you can bring on board. We often take a small carton of milk – otherwise we have to pop open about 30 of those tiny UHT cartons. We also take what we use for their sleep routine at home to keep them calm, so that’s usually their comforters and bottles. It can be tempting to get on the plane and give them their toys all at once, instead, rotate new and old matchbox cars, farm animals or puzzles every half an hour to keep them entertained.” Genius hack: “Fill a pillbox with sultanas and Tiny Teddy biscuits to keep their little hands busy during those moments when they start getting fidgety, whingey or bored.”

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> More powerful than ever with an all-new processor, the latest iPod Touch is now much more than a portable music player. With group FaceTime chat and augmented reality features as well, hooking up with your friends for a little competitive Pokémon GO has never been easier. apple.com/au

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active

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> Building up a complete portrait of your exercise and overall lifestyle, this sleek new smartwatch offers comprehensive workout data alongside information about your sleeping patterns, heart rate and caffeine and water intake. A range of in-built apps such as Spotify (hello, workout tunes) and Samsung Health mean you’ll be left wondering how you ever stayed fit without it. samsung.com/au

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> Weighing in at just 132 grams, this palmsized camera takes stunning photos and video thanks to its industry leading Zeiss optics. Digitally enhanced smarts such as a 15.3-megapixel camera sensor and excellent low-light image processing, combined with a crushproof body (up to 200 kilograms) and waterproofing to 10 metres ensure your travel photos and videos will be next level. sony.com.au

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VR headsets > With the rise of interactive gaming and 360-degree video content, it’s time to dive into the world of virtual reality (VR). There’s a huge range of headsets available but they vary in tech specs, functionality and price. A premium VR headset packs state-of-the-art hardware such as high-resolution displays with refresh rates of 90Hz for crisp and smooth content, built-in audio speakers that simulate surround sound and wireless controllers for interaction in the VR world. However, these usually require a tethered connection to a highpowered computer and can set you back upwards of $600. A simple way to try the experience is with a smartphone VR headset. It’s key to remember that the quality of this VR experience is dependent on your smartphone and you might require headphones for audio (some smartphone headsets come with a wireless bluetooth controller). A new range of headsets are bridging the gap between premium and smartphone, with a HD display, plus built-in processor and audio. While games usually come at a price, there’s a lot of free content for VR – like interactive museum tours or 360-degree video adventure sports. All you need is Wi-Fi or data, and you’re good to go.

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3 of the best... #1 OCULUS GO $299 Packing a vibrant HD display, onboard processor and built-in audio, this next-gen headset allows you to upload content and enjoy premium VR without needing a high-powered PC connection. The controller gives you full interaction with your VR world. oculus.com #2 GOOGLE DAYDREAM VIEW $149 Insert your android handset into the headset (pictured above) and connect the bluetooth controller for immersive interaction and exploration in VR. Or watch movies and create a private cinema you can take on the road. vr.google.com #3 K AISER BA AS $19.95 A budget price and sturdy build makes this headset perfect for eager little hands. It’s also light enough to slip easily into a backpack. Insert a smartphone to enjoy VR content but be aware, there’s no controller accessory for interactive content. kaiserbaas.com

Look to the future > Imagine being able to travel a foreign country without speaking the local language but still be able to read every street sign, restaurant menu and city map. With smart contact lenses, that is a reality only a few years away. While Google have updated their app with instant translation functionality, allowing you to point your smartphone camera at over 100 written foreign languages and have it instantly translated, other institutions like the University of Michigan in the United States are developing ways to miniaturise computer circuits and build them into contact lenses. Once the two ideas come together, you’ll have smart contact lenses that can translate any written language right before your eyes and even allow you to zoom in and out on a subject.

IO S + A N DR OID Is there any better way to see a new city than on a run? With this app, you can simply pull up a map, pick a route – there are over 100,000 – with distance, degree of difficulty and popularity info at your fingertips, then head out enjoying voice and visual navigation along the way. You can store your personal stats, download routes for offline use and also share your own routes for others to run. rungoapp.com

LoungeBuddy IO S Enjoy luxury in airport lounges around the world with this handy app. Enter your itinerary to discover lounges along your route that can be enjoyed for a one-off fee. Once you’ve paid online, show the app at the door; then wine and dine and put your feet up and chill. loungebuddy.com.au


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Live it up for a day at a lavish hotel. Simply book a massage at a spa resort that includes access to facilities such as the pool, sauna and steam room and perhaps even healthy snacks in the relaxation areas. Try this: Check out the DayUse app, which could save you up to 75 per cent off first class hotels in 23 countries.

Hunt down the best accommodation deal online, then call the hotel and ask them to price-match. They want your direct booking so don’t be shy. Oh, and make sure to let them know if you are celebrating something special – you may find yourself upgraded. Try this: A luxury attitude goes a long way when looking for upgrades on arrival so dress smart and be polite.

C H O O SE YO U R DATES W ISELY Travel during the off-season and remember: hotels hate empty rooms, so wait until the last minute and you’ll find great rooms at reduced prices. Try this: Log onto Bookme (bookme. com.au) for cheap last-minute tours in Australia, Fiji and New Zealand.

G O OFFBE AT Look for the up-and-coming resort towns that haven’t hit the headlines yet – think Quang Ninh in Vietnam or Rawai in Thailand. Try this: You get more for your money at hotels located in less touristy areas rather than city centres.

T RY PACK AGE DE AL S A “package” might not sound glamorous but if you can secure an all-inclusive luxury resort deal for the price of a mid-range hotel, who cares? In the off-season, resorts will also bundle in all kinds of enticing extras. If you’re travelling with youngsters, look for a package that includes free kids’ meals or access to the kids’ club so you can enjoy your complimentary cocktails in peace. Try this: Scoopon (scoopon.com.au), Luxury Escapes (luxuryescapes.com) and the Secret Escapes app offer access to flash sales worldwide.

G O H O U SEH U N T IN G Travelling as a family or group of friends? A spacious villa provides good value and a more intimate experience than a hotel. It’s like having a resort all to yourselves; it could even include a team of staff. Did someone say personal chef? Try this: Check Elite Havens (elitehavens.com) and Bali Villas (balivillas.com) for gorgeous stays in Bali and Thailand.

JOIN T HE CL U B Some resorts will let you upgrade to “club level” regardless of your room category so you can enjoy VIP benefits (think complimentary food and drink services in the club lounge). If you travel frequently, join a hotel rewards program that lets you redeem points for free room nights. Try this: Airline rewards programs like Club Jetstar (jetstar.com) also offer great savings and exclusive fares.

DINE O U T IN S T YLE Keen to eat at the trendiest restaurant in town? Keep your eyes peeled for lunch deals or set-menu dinner specials at renowned eateries and don’t forget happy hour. Check with your concierge or the tourist office to find the latest offers. Try this: Booking last-minute via EatClub (eatclub.com.au) could mean savings of up to 50 per cent.

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—No, we’re not talking about holiday lie-ins but a trip dedicated to the art of slumber. Sleep vacations, one of the hottest travel trends for 2019, may be just what the doctor ordered—

When was the last time you woke up feeling completely refreshed? Good sleep is crucial to our wellbeing, yet in our hyper-connected 21st century lives, many of us find it difficult to disconnect and disengage, which can lead to various health disorders. According to the Sleep Health Foundation, nearly 40 per cent of Australians suffer from sleep issues, caused by a combination of stress, screen time, and poor diet and exercise habits. We all know the benefits of a holiday – the chance to escape the daily grind, let loose and unwind but the effects can be fleeting, which is why a growing number of people are seeking wellness from their travels. Within the rampant rise of wellness tourism, the micro-trend of sleep vacations is also gaining popularity. And as awareness about the importance of sleep for overall wellbeing grows, an increasing number

of hotels and resorts are offering programs to cater to the sleep-deprived. “Sleep is the new luxury,” says Paul Joseph, wellness travel specialist and co-founder of healthy holiday company Health and Fitness Travel, which reports a 22 per cent increase in bookings for sleep retreats in the past two years. While the thought of spending a week in bed snoozing away your sleep debt might sound heavenly, there is more to a sleep retreat than just some extra shut-eye. “They’re designed to teach you to sleep and combine wellbeing and getting away with learning tools to incorporate into your life back home,” explains Paul. Internationally renowned “Sleep Doctor” Michael J Breus, who consults with Six Senses Resorts and Spas on their sleep programs, adds, “It’s more than an opportunity to ‘sleep in’ – it’s

“A SLEEP RE TRE AT W ILL HELP YO U TAKE C O N TR OL OF SLEEP, R AT HER T H A N SLEEP, OR L ACK OF IT, C ONTROLLING YOUR LIFE.”

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Kamalaya, Thailand > Located in tropical Koh Samui, the Sleep Enhancement program blends traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic treatments with modern technology to rebalance the body clock and soothe the nervous system. kamalaya.com

about educating a person on the important aspects of sleep and how to do it better.� In addition to specially selected beds, pillows and sheets, you can typically expect soothing spa treatments, meditation sessions, yoga, sleep-promoting foods, plus a team of wellness experts to guide you on your journey towards better sleep and arm you with the tools for a healthier, happier life. By stepping away from daily routines and distractions of everyday life, we can break old habits and adopt healthy new ones that can have a positive impact long after check-out. As Tristian Kelly, sleep therapist and author of Three Weeks to Better Sleep (Booktango, $9.99) says, “A sleep retreat will help you take control of sleep, rather than sleep, or lack of it, controlling your life."

Revivo Wellness Resorts, Bali > This resort makes a blissful setting for a sleep retreat that combines yoga, music therapy, Ayurvedic treatments, luxe spa treatments and nutritious food. revivoresorts.com Golden Door, NSW > From tai chi, pilates and holistic therapies, to seminars and workshops, this wellness retreat and spa in the Hunter Valley has an integrated approach to healthy sleep. goldendoor.com.au Six Senses, Fiji > On this idyllic South Pacific island, your sleep vacation begins with a consultation with a sleep doctor and continues with yoga, meditation and relaxing spa treatments. sixsenses.com The Goodnight Co, NSW > Start your dream journey at Bowral in the Southern Highlands with the sleep specialists who offer naturopathy, mindfulness, breathing workshops and nutritious food in four-day retreats. retreat.thegoodnightco.com.au


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“You'll never believe what happened on my holiday…” FROM HAVING CLOTHES TAILORED TO EATING HER BODY WEIGHT IN PHO, DILVIN YASA HAD A PLAN FOR VIETNAM. AS IT TURNS OUT, SHE HADN’T PLANNED FOR EVERYTHING. There's every chance author Ernest Hemingway had it wrong when he described Paris as a “moveable feast”. If he’d visited Vietnam's coastal town of Nha Trang, with its bustling markets, seaside resorts and colourful locals with chickens tucked underarm, would he have reconsidered? I'm deep in thought about this as I amble through the local market where my senses come alive with the various colours, sounds and aromas in the air, particularly of the regional culinary delicacies. An orchestra of motorbike horns, bartering and the gentle lap of waves from the distance, where the white sand meets the sea, plays in the background, as we relish the hot, humid atmosphere. “Wow, this is a little more energetic than I was expecting,” I say to my husband as we bounce – pinballlike – off shoppers carrying all manner of fresh produce. People are pressed close, but there's no reason to suspect anything is wrong until we get to the hotel and I discover a gaping hole in my backpack where my purse should be. That moment when you realise you're missing hundreds of dollars and some bank cards is different for everyone but for me, it involved waving goodbye to the clothes we'd planned to get tailor-made in Hoi An, our next stop. Surely our travel insurance would cover the theft? Yes, it certainly would have, but over a tense "conversation" with my husband, we realise there'd been a miscommunication, with each of us believing the other had organised it. The upshot? Rather than enjoying the last days of our holiday, we spend them stressed and I come back without the new wardrobe I had planned. In hindsight, I should have spent more time pre-holiday focusing on stuff that matters – like making sure we were insured, to enjoy peace of mind in case of any unexpected incidents. The experience hasn’t been without one vital benefit, though. We agree that I’ll be the one to arrange all travel insurance from now on. And once that’s done, I’m going back to Vietnam, where there’s a dress with my name on it.

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Make it rain Imagine standing right under a cloudburst without getting wet. With Rain Room, an interactive art installation which is making its Southern Hemisphere debut in St Kilda, Melbourne, you can. Meant to ignite the senses, the experience involves a downpour of continuous rain in the 100-square-metre purpose-built space, which pauses wherever movement is detected. After captivating audiences in London and New York, Rain Room will be at the Jackalope Pavilion from August 9 to the end of summer 2020. jackalopehotels.com/art/rainroom

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Theme for a dream When your holiday resort has a living reef that you can snorkel in, complete with resident rays in its swimming pool, you know it’s going to be special. But that’s not all that makes Daydream Island the perfect family getaway destination. Recently reopened after a multi-million dollar refurb, the private island resort in the Whitsundays has 277 rooms and suites, three modern restaurants and bars (including a swim-up bar), and a packed weekly schedule of events and kids’ club activities. Day trips to Whitehaven Beach and the Great Barrier Reef are among the many off-campus activities to try. daydreamisland.com

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Indigenous flavours Acclaimed Adelaide restaurant Orana is popping up in Sydney’s Surry Hills from 16 August to 15 September. At Orana in Residence, chef Jock Zonfrillo will be serving up over 50 Indigenous ingredients in a seasonal menu, with 10 per cent of the profits going towards not-for-profit, The Orana Foundation. restaurantorana.com

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Want sweets, beats and sun? Start with a candy-themed carnival and Sunday brunch on August 4 at this cool resort. koh-samui. nikkibeach.com

This chic Sentosa club turns 10 this year. Anniversary festivities include a bottomless brunch and yoga sessions (from 10-11 August). tanjongbeach club.com

Make it a long weekend at this iconic venue with Latino Fridays, Moloko Pool Party Saturdays and Brunch Me Up Sundays. cafedelmar phuket.com

Aussie dance music group Sneaky Sound System (above) is in residence at this designer club, on Saturdays until September 28. There’s a special lunch menu too. mrssippybali.com

Get on board > Byron Bay-based surf brand Salt Gypsy has launched a gorgeous new range of surfboards for women. The new twin fin, mid-length, longboard and stand-up paddleboard have been designed with female surfers in mind – there are six colours, smaller sizes and femalefriendly volume allocations for easy paddling and increased stability. saltgypsy.com

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> Foresters Restaurant and Bar is helping revive a once ignored corner of grungy Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, decking out a heritagelisted former movie theatre in dark wood, marble and quilted leather. The menu offers reinventions of pub classics – think chicken parmigianas with buffalo mozzarella and prosciutto or burgers with Black Onyx beef patties and smoked brisket – and there’s a great list of contemporary and classic cocktails, too. forestersfv.com.au


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Darwin Festival 08-25.08.19

For 18 nights, the festival transforms the city with concerts, comedy, dance, theatre and family fun. darwinfestival.org.au

CONCERT

PERTH Hugh Jackman – The Man. The Music. The Show. 21-24.08.19

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The award-winning Aussie entertainer is bringing his concert tour to RAC Arena, performing hit songs from Broadway and film with a live orchestra. ticketek.com.au

THEATRE

MELBOURNE Charlie and the Chocolate Factory FROM 09.08.19

Grab your golden ticket to experience the wonders of Willy Wonka in the new musical at Her Majesty’s Theatre. charliethemusical.com.au

Sydney Dog Lovers Show 3-4.08.19

Celebrate and learn more about the loveable pooch in your life at this dog-dedicated festival at Sydney Showground. dogloversshow.com.au


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Melbourne Writers Festival 30.08.19-08.09.19

Be entertained and inspired as you celebrate the written word through a program of storytelling, discussion and live performances. mwf.com.au

International Beer Day 02.08.19

SPORT

PERTH Bledisloe Cup: Wallabies v All Blacks 10.08.19

Be there as Rugby history unfolds at Optus Stadium in Perth. ticketmaster.com.au

International Left-handers Day 13.08.19

VISUAL ART

SOUTH AUSTRALIA SALA Festival

World Mosquito Day

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This annual showcase of diverse local artists is made up of hundreds of exhibitions across the state. salafestival.com

Dog Day

Tasmanian Whisky Week 12-18.08.19

Take behind-the-scenes tours of Tassie’s whisky distilleries, attend masterclasses and indulge in tastings of the region’s finest spirits. taswhiskyweek.com

This massive annual event fills Brisbane Showgrounds with animals, rides, food and family-friendly entertainment. ekka.com.au

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The Royal Queensland Show (Ekka) 9-18.08.19

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—Experiences are the real magic of travel but they don't have to cost the earth. Here are the most exhilarating, immersive, uplifting and downright delightful activities you can do across Australia and New Zealand that cost less than a pineapple— W O R D S _ L I S A M A R I E C O R S O, VA N E S S A K E Y E S, S A N G E E TA K O C H A R E K A R, G W E N M c C L U R E, K A I T LY N P A L M E R -A L L E N, S A R A H R E I D, C H R I S T I N E R E T S C H L A G, D A N I E L L E R O S S W A L L S, C A S E Y VA S S A L L O, G E R A R D W A R D. I L L U S T R AT I O N S _ N I K I F I S H E R

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NT > “If you like your arms, please keep them inside the boat,” instructs our guide and skipper, Tony Webb, as our 29-seat launch glides alongside a lush, floating lotus garden. Peering into the murky water beside me, a thin trail of bubbles rising from the depths confirms he wasn’t joking. An estimated 100,000 crocodiles roam the Northern Territory alone. And just a 90-minute drive south-east from Darwin, the Mary River wetlands are home to the world’s largest concentration of saltwater crocs. Part of the stunning wetland, which transforms into an inland sea during the November-to-March wet season, Corroboree Billabong is the closest location from the NT capital to take a crocodile-watching cruise. On a road trip to Kakadu National Park, I discovered that if you can get to the dock by 8.45am, you can, er, snap up an hourlong tour with Wetland Cruises for $40.

While most people visit Corroboree Billabong to eyeball the world’s largest lizards, this thriving microcosm of Top End wildlife also offers some of Australia’s best bird-watching (so don’t forget your binoculars). Within the first 10 minutes, I’ve seen everything from a majestic white-bellied sea eagle guarding its nest to cute comb-crested jacanas strutting along the tops of lotus leaves. Between taking photos, soaking up Tony’s immense knowledge of the region and its wildlife and, of course, gawking at the half a dozen or so dinosaur-like creatures that are casually sunning themselves on the banks just metres away from me, the tour goes by in a flash. “We just let nature do its thing here,” says Tony, as we near the dock where another group of travellers await their turn to experience this low-impact croc encounter. Not only do I disembark with my crocodile fix for the year but I have a new appreciation for the beauty of the NT’s wetlands – not to mention the dangers that lurk beneath. Wetland Cruises’ morning tours run daily from April to October. Transfers from Darwin are also available. wetlandcruises.com.au


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RIDE A SHEEP TO A MUSEUM TA S > If visiting MONA (Museum of Old and New Art), 25 minutes north of Hobart, isn’t a quirky enough experience, taking the ferry there for $22 will step it up. Head to the Brooke Street Pier and climb aboard MONA’s special MR-I or MR-II camouflaged catamarans, where you’ll be greeted by staff in boiler suits and ushered to your upper deck seat – a sheep (or tiger) statue – to cruise to the museum while taking in stunning views of the River Derwent. mona.net.au

HUNT FOR GHOSTS W A > Not afraid of the dark? You might change your mind after signing up for a torchlight tour of Western Australia’s historic Fremantle Prison. Opened in 1855 to house British convicts, the iconic limestone building, now a World Heritage Site, functioned as a prison until 1991. Held on Wednesday and Friday evenings, the 90-minute torchlight tour costs $28 and explores the darker side of the prison’s history, from executions gone wrong (more than 40 hangings were carried out here) to ghastly tales of pain and suffering, with plenty of spooky moments along the way. fremantleprison.com.au

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THROW DOWN THE AXE

NZ > Got an axe to grind? At Sweet Axe Throwing Co, you can chuck one at a bullseye instead. Gather your friends – you need at least eight to play but they cater for groups of up to 50 – and spend an afternoon perfecting your technique. Each $50 session includes one-on-one coaching, a demonstration and a competition to find the axe-throwing champion. Anyone over 18 can play, as can teens over 15 with supervision. Sweet Axe is located a 10-minute walk from Cuba Street in Wellington and Aucklanders now have their own location in the City of Sails, too. sweetaxethrow.com

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> Paronella Park, located 90 minutes from Cairns, is home to a Gaudi-inspired castle in a rainforest. By day, it’s stunning. By night, it’s pure magic. For $47, an hour-long evening tour will lead you past its gushing waterfall and LED-lit buildings to the batfilled Tunnel of Love, before finishing with a performance from a string quartet. paronellapark.com.au

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> Why bust a move to the greatest hits alone in your bedroom when you can join fellow groovers and do it together? Shut Up and Dance run nine classes a week across Wellington, where you’ll laugh your way through contemporary and hiphop dance routines set to songs by Britney, Prince and Beyoncé. Classes are come one, come all. The rules are: no mirrors, no photos and no observers – it’s just $20 and 45 minutes of what co-founder Abby Damen calls “highly untechnical direction”. shutupanddance.co


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> Nothing beats a soak in an old-fashioned spa bath, followed by a stint in a sauna or even an essential oil-infused steam room. On the Gold Coast, you can enjoy all three in a hip communal bathhouse and relaxation space. The Bathhouse in Burleigh Heads offers a 90-minute rotation of its facilities, which includes a magnesium plunge pool. Did we mention herbal tea is included, all for $40? greenhousethebathhouse.com

TA K E A S O A K N Z > Don’t be put off by the smell of sulphur – in Rotorua, it signals geothermal activity and that you’re on your way to some serious R&R. Choose from a complex of 28 hot and cold pools fed by two natural springs at Polynesian Spa – they’re meant to rejuvenate the skin and target muscle aches. Prices vary depending on how many or which pools you enter but access to the family pools start at $23 for adults and $10 for kids. polynesianspa.co.nz

ZEN OU T SA > With its minimalist interior, cosy lounge-style seats and soaring ceilings, The Zen Room looks and feels more like a stylish hotel than a meditation studio. Its mission to bring meditation into the mainstream means the guided sessions are kept short – just 30 minutes each – and use a simple sequence of techniques, so forget any esoteric associations. Plus, you meditate on beanbag-style seats, making it comfy and relaxing. Try their $10 trial offer. thezenroom.com.au


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V IC > Strawberries are the Miss Congeniality of fruit – they’re universally loved and the most popular source of vitamin C on any fruit platter. At Sunny Ridge berry farm, you can spend a day in the sun picking your own haul fresh from the shrub. Located in Main Ridge – an Instagram heaven – on the Mornington Peninsula, admission is $10 for adults and includes a 500gram take-home punnet of the deliciously sweet berry. sunnyridge.com.au

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> There’s no greater moment of amazement than witnessing fluttering fins and cheeky grins from Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins. An hour south of Perth is Mandurah Estuary – a natural habitat for the smartest mammals outside of the ape family. For $32 (or $18 for children), you can witness baby dolphins nuzzling their mums on an hour-long scenic cruise. Throw in $12 extra to get a fish and chip lunch – or chicken nuggets for the kids. mandurahcruises.com.au

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LOOK UP AT THE STARS W A > Brave the cool weather and be rewarded with stunning, inky starlit skies on a Winter Night Tour at Perth Observatory ($30, or $20 for kids). Once you escape the light pollution of the city and head 40 minutes east of Perth’s CBD, constellations illuminate with a cosmic intensity. Eager volunteers with a passion for the skies above are at hand to guide you on the telescopes – ready to help spot all the planets, nebulas, star clusters and dying stars. If the weather misbehaves with clouds or rain, you’ll be treated to a special tour of the observatory – no one goes home disappointed when galaxies are involved. perthobservatory.com.au

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NSW > The whole family will have a blast looking (way) down through the glass-bottomed skyway as it passes over the Blue Mountains’ verdant and magnificent Jamison Valley. From $44 for adults and $24 for kids, grab an unlimited day pass for all Scenic World attractions, including the world’s steepest incline railway (above), skyway, cableway and Jurassic rainforest walkway. scenicworld.com.au

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HOP ACROSS THE TREETOPS

QLD > Just when you thought The Big Pineapple couldn’t get any juicer, this year, the nearly 50-year-old Sunshine Coast attraction has added to its pineapple parfaits, pineapple train and glorious collection of Big Pineapple stationery with Australia’s highest treetop adventure course as part of its redevelopment plan. You’ll face 100 climbing challenges and 12 zip-lines at more than 25 metres above ground. It’s $45 for kids and $55 for adults (OK you got us, but once that adrenalin kicks in, you won’t notice that the adults have tipped over the $50 budget). treetopchallenge.com.au

QLD > Nostalgia doesn’t come any more picturesque than this. Head to Yatala, nestled between Brisbane and the Gold Coast (and famous for its pies), to get your retro fix at one of the few surviving drive-in movie theatres in Australia. Stock up on snacks at the 50s-style diner, before enjoying a flick for only $35 a carload (up to six people). fivestarcinemas.com.au/ drive-in


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TA S > I am standing outside in the crisp, pitch-black night in Tasmania’s Cradle Country, holding my two little boys’ hands as we wait in anticipation, when suddenly a bloodcurdling screech erupts, cutting through our whispers of excitement. We give a startled jump, only to realise this isn’t some scary nightmare coming true but rather the “natural” dinner bell ringing at Devils@Cradle, a Tasmanian devil conservation sanctuary. Set at the foot of Cradle Mountain, about four hours north-west of Hobart, the sanctuary works with other organisations around the country to grow the population of this endangered species. Just five minutes earlier, we had been sitting by a toasty fireplace, where guide and “devil keeper” (yes, that’s her real job title) Pru had informed us of the what-why-when of this terrifying noise: it’s the devils letting us know they’re hungry. Our briefing, which included a film clip of devils in the wild, narrated by the conservation god himself, Sir David Attenborough, revealed that this Tasmanian icon might first appear cute and cuddly but it can actually be as vicious as a piranha – it has an exceptionally forceful bite that can comfortably chew through bone. Outside in the cool night, my children and I stand just metres away, holding our breath and watching in awe as Pru walks into their enclosure, tightly holding two legs of wallaby meat. She is immediately descended upon and then almost pulled over as the creatures yank aggressively at their meal, but she calmly manages their excitement. The devils screech loudly again, viciously fighting amongst themselves for a share of the meat. I take a step back – they can have a slightly offensive odour when stressed. Their behaviour prompts my enthusiastic six-yearold to ask if they are known to kill each other. Pru responds with: “They can cause some very serious damage to one another.” The feeding frenzy carries on around her as she continues to educate us on the sanctuary’s crucial work around the fatal Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumour Disease that almost rendered the species extinct.

As we walk away 75 minutes later, the sounds of crunching bone and ear-piercing screeching fade behind us. I’m glad we weren’t doing the feeding ourselves, although I think my boys would have liked to get in on the action. It was certainly no less thrilling to get up close to these wild creatures and my youngest sums up the experience perfectly when he happily exclaims, “That was so cool, Mum!” After Dark Feeding Tours start at 5.30pm every day. Entry is $29.50 per person and $15 for kids under 15. devilsatcradle.com


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RAISE A GLASS

NSW > What does a rainforest gin taste like? The next time you’re in the Byron Bay hinterland, you can find out at Cape Byron Distillery. With a handful of the 25 botanicals in Brookie’s Byron Dry Gin sourced from a rainforest on the property, the two-hour distillery tour ($35) begins in the bush. While sipping on a Brookie’s G&T, you’ll see, smell and touch the native rainforest botanicals used in the award-winning local gin before heading back to the distillery for tastings. Don’t miss their delish macadamia and wattleseed liqueur, too. Bottoms up! capebyrondistillery.com


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GO ON A CULINARY JOURNEY S A > You don’t have to travel the globe to taste real deal paella, panini or pierogi – simply snag a spot on an Adelaide Central Market highlights tour for $35. You’ll get intel on the best stalls, meet some of the market’s 80 traders and sample to your heart’s content. Best yet, it’s a speedy 45 minutes so there’s plenty of time for pasta at iconic Italian bar Lucia’s Fine Foods afterwards. ausfoodtours.com

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M A K E YO U R O W N R I C O T TA N S W > Cheesemaking still not ticked off your New Year’s resolution list? Us neither. Luckily, an hour-long workshop dedicated to that very pursuit exists in the picturesque beach town of Coffs Harbour. And, considering ricotta is the easiest of all cheeses to make and requires no special equipment, it’s a useful skill to take home. In a kitchen at The Big Banana Fun Park, listen to expert Lyndall from The Cheesemaking Workshop talk you through the process – which is as simple as heating milk, adding vinegar and ladling out the soft cheese – before giving it a go yourself. You’ll also learn (and taste) what you can then make with it: fritters, paneer, cheesecake and more, all for just $45. thecheesemakingworkshop.com.au

TA S T E -T E S T TA S S IE OY S T E R S TA S > There’s no better place to learn about seafood than the pristine waters surrounding Tassie. Head to Barilla Bay Oyster Farm, located five minutes from Hobart Airport, for their one-hour Gillespies Ginger Beer and Candy Abalone tour. Learn about abalone diving and drying methods, plus oyster farming from spat (that’s attached oyster larvae to the uninitiated) to table. Finish up with six plump fresh oysters washed down with local ginger beer – all for $39. barillabay.com.au


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TAKE A HISTORY LESSON N T

> On 19 February 1942, 242 Japanese aircraft attacked Darwin in what would be the largest single assault mounted by a foreign power on Australia. Learn about this dark history at the Darwin Military Museum, where an incredible film experience immerses you in the drama of the bombing unfolding (entry $20, or just $10 for kids). You can also spot remnants of the air raids on the city’s foreshore during a 75-minute Bombing of Darwin cruise with SeaDarwin for $35. darwinmilitarymuseum.com.au; seadarwin.com

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> If you’ve ever Googled “How to make friends as an adult?” or “How to negotiate a pay rise without my boss noticing beads of sweat dripping down my face?” the Ladies of Leisure (LOL) workshop series is for you. A creative collective run by Savannah Anand-Sobti and Sally Tabart, LOL aims to empower women with the know-how to tackle modern life through a rotating roster of workshops in their Fitzroy headquarters (costing from $25 each). The workshops are also a great way to change up your holiday routine and meet locals. ladiesofleisurezine.com


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UNCOVER REEF SECRETS

QLD > Always wanted to know more about the mysteries of the underwater world? At Reef Teach in Cairns, you can join an entertaining presentation by qualified marine biologists to learn what to look for and where to find it before you head out to the Great Barrier Reef. For $23, you’ll even get to handle coral and some marine specimens, including a few of the more dangerous types. reefteach.com.au

GET THE BUZZ

NSW > Love honey? It’s time to go straight to the source. You can now learn beekeeping at a workshop held by The Farm at Byron Bay for $50. One of an array of workshops offered regularly at this working farm, which is anchored by the Three Blue Ducks restaurant, the 90-minute Flow Hive Taster includes a crash course on the basics of keeping bees before moving to the apiary for a hands-on demonstration of the Flow Hive – a revolutionary new beehive invention that allows you to harvest fresh honey without opening the hive. thefarm.com.au

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NZ > Some of the world’s biggest movie projects have been produced in Wellington’s Weta Workshop, a creative studio responsible for the design and manufacture of costumes, props, sets and special effects. Happily for film fans, they offer a range of tours and workshops that offer a peek into the magic of making high-tech blockbusters such as Avatar, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and The Lord of the Rings. Book the combo option ($46) for a visit to a miniature set and guided tour, where you’ll learn how costumes and creatures are designed and brought to life. wetaworkshop.com


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V IC > David Hockney is an 82-year-old acclaimed British artist with work on display in Tate Britain in London, and I’m a 30-year-old woman with a primary school painting gathering dust next to the tool drawer in my parents’ garage. Despite our differences, we’ve been brought together by iPad art. David pioneered this digital art form (where a tablet becomes the canvas) in his seventies and Melbourne artist Alice Oehr is teaching people how to do it in her fortnightly digital still-life drawing classes, where she swaps paper for an iPad. In the quiet backstreets of Collingwood, Alice hosts her still-life workshops at independent gallery Lamington Drive. Classes are capped at 20 students, who congregate around a styled vignette of objects that Alice curates to a specific theme. It’s a different way to take in the culture of Melbourne and I’m excited. This week, the theme is pots and we’re drawing a selection from Alice’s personal collection of decorative vases, vessels and pots, including a rooster-shaped water jug with ceramic feathers that intimidate the novice artists in the room like myself. Alice is quick to offer reassurance and says her class is for everyone. A glance around the room proves she’s telling the truth: there’s a nine-year-old, millennials and older artists. Every student is given an iPad Pro and for the duration of the two-hour lesson, Alice teaches us how to draw using a digital illustration app called Procreate. She takes us through the software incrementally and as we master each step (how to add coloured backgrounds, use various brush strokes, add layers and so forth), she moves on and teaches us something new. Before we know it, our blank screens are artworks and the entire illustrative process recorded as a digital animation. Proudly, we send our efforts to our phones via bluetooth and leave the class with an original artwork in our pockets. All ready to send to the Tate. Classes are $23.24 or cheaper if you bring your own iPad. stilllifedrawing.com.au Alice Oehr

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PLAY FRISBEE GOLF NZ > Hugging the shores of Lake Wakatipu, lush Queenstown Gardens is the stage for the adventure capital’s most underrated outdoor activity. Tucked between the Douglas firs is New Zealand’s original frisbee golf course, where the aim of the game is to whizz your frisbee from the “tee” to the “hole” in as few flings as possible. If you don’t have your own disc, you can rent one from the Queenstown Ice Arena located in the gardens for just $5. Add a scorecard and a map for only $3. queenstownicearena.co.nz

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V IC > Hear that? It’s the sound of leather on willow or a Sherrin soaring through the sky or Eminem singing “Won’t Back Down”. Thousands of people visit the Melbourne Cricket Ground every year – over 100,000 packed into the stadium for the 2018 AFL Grand Final alone. For $25, go behind the scenes on a 75minute guided tour and see where sporting (and concert) memories have been made. mcg.org.au/tours

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SAIL AWAY Q L D > Always wanted to sail the high seas – or any seas for that matter? For $35, you can learn the ropes at a twohour Social Sailing class run by the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron in Moreton Bay, east of Brisbane. Each of its thrice-weekly classes is conducted in Elliot 6 sailing boats with a qualified instructor and there’s an additional ladies-only class on Saturdays. rqys.com.au

> Push yourself to your limits and take on The Big Swim, a 2.8-kilometre open waterswimming race from the golden sands of Palm Beach to Whale Beach in Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Registration is $45 (if booked online in advance) for the January event; so grab your goggles and dive right in – the water’s warm (we promise). thebigswim.org.au


SEE A C O NCER T

TA S > Established more than 70 years ago, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra is a muchloved cultural institution with something for everyone. Regular concerts in Hobart and Launceston showcase everything from Mozart concertos to Broadway hits. Many shows offer tickets under $50, including the eclectic TSO Live Sessions, which returns to the picturesque Huon Valley on 7 September. tso.com.au

HEAR DREAMTIME STORIES Q L D > An Aboriginal walkabout might not be the first activity that springs to mind when you think of the Gold Coast but the Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre offers a fascinating traditional landowner-led walking tour for $30 that focuses on the Burleigh Headland, known to Yugambeh-speaking people as Jellurgal or Dreaming Mountain. Along the way, you’ll learn creation stories associated with this lush pocket of rainforest. jellurgal.com.au

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H AVE A N AR T PICNIC V IC > Who would’ve thought that the perfect daytrip, combining art and nature, is just a 25-minute drive from Melbourne’s CBD? The Heide Museum of Modern Art is a gallery containing the works of some of Australia’s most well known contemporary artists, including Albert Tucker and Sidney Nolan, plus heritage-listed gardens and a sculpture park. Located on a leafy 16-acre property in Bulleen that once belonged to Australian art patrons John and Sunday Reed, the museum incorporates the couple’s original home. Entry is $20. heide.com.au


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NZ > For a crash course in New Zealand’s history and culture, visit the birthplace of modernday Aotearoa. Start in the museum, then visit the Treaty House. Receive a traditional powhiri welcoming ceremony, then watch haka and poi performances at a Maori meeting house. New Zealand residents gain entry for just $25, while non-residents pay $50 and children are free. waitangi.org.nz

WANDER THROUGH A FIELD OF LIGHT

NT > Every day, as the sun dips in the sky, 50,000 LEDs illuminate the red earth at the foot of Uluru. Meandering through the installation by artist Bruce Munro – a desert spectrum of ochre, violet, blue and white lights – is a uniquely immersive way to explore the heart of Australia. Entry is $43 (but you can also upgrade to dinner packages that include entry tickets for a higher price). ayersrockresort.com.au/fieldoflight

E N J OY A S H O W V I C > Going to the theatre is a good reason to get dressed up, put your phone on silent and sound really sophisticated when you tell your friends you missed their call because you were “at the theatre”. The Malthouse Theatre in Southbank is one of Melbourne’s most revered and has been showcasing contemporary and classic productions for over 40 years. Ticket prices start at just $35. malthousetheatre.com.au

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QLD > Stickybeaks and theatre lovers, unite. It’s time to go beind the scenes. The Queensland Performing Arts Centre Weekly Discovery Tour is not only one of the most affordable tours in town at $15, it’s one of the most fascinating. Taking place from 10.30am to 11.30am on Fridays, the backstage tour raises the curtain on the goings-on at Brisbane’s leading theatrical complex. An experienced tour guide will explain the history and architecture of QPAC, opened in 1985, and take you through the Tony Gould Gallery, which showcases collections from the theatre’s past shows in ever-changing exhibitions. qpac.com.au

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> Quality culture can often come at a cost, which makes Sydney Theatre Company’s once-a-week drop of cheap tickets a very welcome treat. Set your alarm for Thursday 9am and score a $20 ticket from a limited batch. With all the extra savings, you can splurge on a pre-show dinner or cocktails. sydneytheatre.com.au/ whats-on/twenties


ABSEIL DOWN A CLIFF Q L D > For those who have ever harboured superhero fantasies, you can’t get more Spider-Man than scaling down the Kangaroo Point Cliffs across the Brisbane River from the CBD. Harness your superpowers – and yourself – at Riverlife Brisbane, which offers abseiling down the 20-metre-high cliff. From this pole position, you’ll hang out over the CityCats, kayakers and boats below, all while enjoying the changing colours of the cliffs in the afternoon light. Students pay $45 and adults are just a dangle over the $50 mark at $55. riverlife.com.au

GO WILD

TA S > Get ready for a hit of adrenaline-fuelled action, just 25-minutes drive north-east of Launceston. Choose between the Hollybank Tree Ropes course – where you can climb high through the forest tackling 70 different challenges including wooden bridges, nets, tunnels and tight ropes – or mountain biking through Hollybank Forest. There are a variety of trails to suit your level of experience. Both thrills will give you change from $50. hollybankadventures.com.au


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QLD > Strap yourself in and hold on tight as two powerful engines propel your jet boat across the warm waters of Cairns on an action-packed ride of high-speed turns, slides, spins, power brake stops and fishtails. Keep an eye out for last minute deals on adventure experiences website Adrenaline, where you can score heart-pumping 35-minute rides for under $50. adrenaline.com.au

PADDLE WITH A PLATYPUS V IC RIDE A WAVE

WA > The “Taste Tester” lesson is your opportunity to try surfing along the fine sands of Scarborough Beach – be it your first go or a refresher. Perth’s pristine surf beach is only 20 minutes’ drive from the CBD. The hour-and-a-half lesson costs $40 and includes a board and wetsuit. gosurfperth.com

HIT THE DUNES

N S W/ W A > Say hello to snowboarding on sand. At Port Stephens’ Stockton Sand Dunes in New South Wales, massive golden mounds against bright blue skies set the scene. Book a tour (from $20 per person) and they’ll supply you with a board to slide down the dunes’ 30-metre drops. Or enjoy the pristine white sands at Lancelin in Western Australia, where you can rent a board from $12.50. portstephens.org.au; lancelin.com.au

> Snaking through the Lower Glenelg National Park, nature lovers can spot platypuses, tortoises and wallabies while paddling the tranquil waters of the Glenelg River. For $40, Nelson Canoe Hire will set you up with a single kayak for half a day, giving you four hours to explore this beautiful estuary. nelsoncanoehire.com.au

SWING HIGH

SA > Hold onto your hat: Mega Adventure Park on SA’s West Beach has launched a new attraction for thrillseekers of all ages. The Giant Swing is, well, giant and lifts you and two friends 18 metres high before letting loose on speeds of up to 70 kilometres an hour. Once you’ve finished screaming on this $25 ride, finish with some gentle rocking while enjoying views of the Adelaide coastline. megaadventure.com.au


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PUT PEDAL TO THE METAL NZ > This is not your average ride... It’s go karting meets sailing on land meets this-littlecontraption-can-go-fast. I’m at Bay Station in the popular holiday town of Mount Maunganui. Nestled in the Bay of Plenty region, three hours south of Auckland, I’m about to slip into a New Zealand-made and invented three-wheeled blokart vehicle. I’ve been told the summer months are ideal for blokart sailing for amateurs, with wind gusts between 10 to 15 knots, but today the weather is temperamental and I’m glad for the helmet and gloves provided. Before I set sail, I watch a safety video that should win an award for clear messaging. There are three rules to remember when blokarting: let the rope go, let the rope go and let the rope go. It’s the only sure bet to slow down, avoid crashing and keep all three wheels on the ground, as there is no brake (that’s a plot twist I didn’t see coming in the video). Lying back in the compact kart, the sail towers about five metres above me. With a sunshower threatening, I take off on the paved and numbered track and try to forget that I don’t know the first thing about the vagaries of wind. I’ve been told that the tighter my rope is reigned in, the faster I’ll fly, so at the beginning of my ride, I leave the rope a little slack. I’m prone to caution over all-in enthusiasm.

Sailing around the track, a gust of wind suddenly hits the sail, its power propelling me forward, and fast. I look back to see if I’d been given a nudge and nervously laugh aloud as I feel one of the back wheels lift off the ground. I learn pretty quickly that cutting the corner only slows you down, so does skimming the overgrown grass (an extra safeguard to aim for if you’re out of control), and by my fourth or fifth lap, I have developed a taste for speed. I can’t believe I’m managing to multi-task the controls in this grey, wet weather and how fast I’m going. It’s a fantastic feeling. At the end of my land-sail, I’m a little deflated to hear my speed came in at 30 kilometres an hour, considering the professional record is closer to 125 kilometres an hour. Then again, when you’re in an aerodynamic “sailing kart” at the mercy of nature, it’s fast enough for a first-timer. Plus, I did learn how to stop – without a brake. A 30-minute ride is $25 for adults or $20 for kids. baystation.co.nz

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CHEER AT THE WOMEN’S AFL A U S T R A L I A-W ID E > Good news, footy fans. During the AFL Women’s season, you can head along to any of the games (matches are played in stadiums across the country) and cheer on your favourite team for free. There’s never been a better time to get down and support women in sport. womens.afl

ROLL DOWN A HILL

NZ > Ever wondered what life would be like as a happy hamster? Well, here’s where you can find out. In the lakeside town of Rotorua, OGO will send you down one of four tracks inside a 95-kilogram inflated ball. Downhill ball rolling is a New Zealand invention that will have you slipping and sliding inside a H2OGO (ball with water) or bouncing around in a DRYGO (without water). Tackle the steep, 300-metre Mega Track, propel down the new Big Air belly-flipping route, sway with the longest Sidewinder path or race down the 250-metre Straight. Rides start at $45 for a soloOGO trip or you can double-up in the one ball to watch limbs fly. ogo.co.nz

ADMIRE ANCIENT ROCK ART N T > Want to know what life was like 20,000 years ago? Get an idea by viewing some of the world’s oldest rock paintings at Kakadu National Park. See a painting of a thylacine (Tasmanian tiger) at the Ubirr site and learn how and why Aboriginal people created rock art at weekday art talks. parksaustralia.gov.au/kakadu

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PICNIC WITH A VIEW N S W > Channel the aspirations of wealthy mid 19th-century society on the verdant lawns of Strickland House, an 1850s heritage-listed mansion in the well-to-do suburb of Vaucluse, Sydney. Pack a picnic, secure yourself a grassy spot and take in what is arguably the best view of Sydney Harbour as you watch the sunset over the glistening water. nationalparks.nsw.gov.au


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The entire process of visiting Ise Jingu is steeped in rather thrilling respect. The precinct surrounding the shrine, named Oharaimachi, has been transformed recently to recreate the Edo-era pilgrim’s path. The final approach is a street named Okage-yokocho, where you can buy traditional snacks, from sake to shark, before bowing your head at the grand torii gate to enter the Jingu compound. From here, the nature-loving blend of Buddhism and Shinto sweeps the crowd through ancient trees that receive as much honour as the shrine itself. Groups admire the blossoms on plum and cherry trees in season, and the towering, sacred cypress trees are literally hugged by dozens at a time as they pass, patient subjects for eager cypress-andme selfies. The shrine itself – honestly a slight anticlimax if it weren’t for the excitement of the crowd – is also made from sacred cypress, with not a single nail to sully it.

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This maze of routes crisscrossing the sacred, spectacular Kii Peninsula on Honshu island in central Japan was pieced together by pilgrims more than 1200 years ago, when Japanese Buddhism was still in its relative infancy and was painted paganish by the nature-based indigenous religion of Shintoism. The entire Kodo runs for over 250 kilometres, if you add all the trails together, but the Iseji route is a 170-kilometre path contained mostly within Mie Prefecture. Known as the Path of Prayer, it runs from Japan’s reportedly oldest shrine at the waterfront town of Ise, on the northern coast of the Peninsula (and roughly two hours by train from Nagoya and Osaka) to the quiet and sacred city of Kumano. Having prayed within the gigantic Ise Jingu (shrine) compound, pilgrims would change into their burial whites and head into the mountains to try and reach the Kumano Kodo’s three grand shrines. Locals argue as to which wins the prize of oldest shrine and, really, what’s a few years between friends when we’re talking about a millennium and more? Back in the 10th century, when footsteps DAEM O N’S first wore down these trails, the challenging terrain was seen to atone for the pilgrims’ sins and if they succumbed to the many dangers of the mountains, from hungry wild boar to rather unromantic starvation, each pilgrim was ready for a proud Buddhist burial in their white robes. If they survived, their white garb symbolised rebirth, a fresh start, attaining the honour of attending the three Grand Shrines of Kumano here in Japan’s spiritual centre. During the peaceful, industrious Edo period (1603-1868), the track was much improved with thousands of boulders fitted carefully across the path – wide enough to fit a sedan DID YO U K N O W? chair or palanquin crossways, The Kumano Kodo is since that was how aristocrats one of only two UNESCO chose to atone for their sins, World Heritage-listed via the straining backs of pilgrimage trails, their servants. Ahem. along with El Camino


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However, this is not by far the holiest or most photogenic sight in Ise. The city is also the home of the Marriage Rocks (Meoto Iwa) – two sea-bound “husband” and “wife” rocks rising from the bay, just offshore, joined in eternal matrimony by ceremonial rope. A popular spot to visit, especially if you are marriage-bound, the stone pillars surrounding the Marriage Rocks shrine now also feature Western-style love hearts. Perhaps the strong, handwoven rope connecting the two rocks seems like a rather unromantic symbol of getting hitched – but all 35 metres of it, lovingly replaced every four months or so, is wrapped tight enough to withstand even a typhoon. We should all dream for a marriage as hardy. Although the hiking routes closest to Kyoto are popular with enlightenment-seeking tourists by the occasional coachful, the buses come nowhere near this side of the peninsula, and the Iseji route can be empty for days. Containing the steepest mountain passes of Kumano Kodo, the Iseji route is not a selfcontained forest hike, but rather has 18 trail sections between Ise and Kumano. The series of bite-sized paths from town to town make it a ready-made itinerary to discover the rural, seaside sights of Japan’s largest peninsula, just as generations of pilgrims have done before.

I drop in and out of the mountains, the forests, into village streets and thus encounter plenty of places to stay, eat, shop and sightsee. It can take between one and two weeks to cover, depending on pace, and there are plenty of towns and inns along the way to choose overnight stays. Totalling over 30 hours of walking, there’s history everywhere, as palpable as it is surprisingly emotive. The view from 357 metres up on the 9.5kilometre Tsuzurato-toge Pass, halfway through the trail, would have been the first time pilgrims would see their destination, the Sea of Kumano. Nearby, the trees of the Nagashima Shrine on my stop in the fishing village of Kiinagashima (including a 1000-year-old camphor tree) are designated national treasures.

WHERE TO STAY > Toba (near Ise): Toba Hotel International (tobahotel.co.jp) is 20 minutes from Ise by car and has incredible water views and a fine seafood restaurant on site. Look out for local craft beers on the menu. > Kumano: Resort Kumano Club (kumanoclub.jp) is an extensive resort of rooms and villas, some with their own outdoor hot tubs and a public hot springs to bathe, too. The food is some of the most impressive in the region.

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Then it’s time for the most arduous part of the trail: a five-hour, 10-kilometre ascent and descent to cross Yakiyama Mountain. But what is arduous, really? Here, dangers once ranged from thieves to wolves and sheer exhaustion (gravestones abound of pilgrims from all over Japan who didn’t make it). With the help of stone as old as 900 years lining the path, the hardest thing one faces now is sore muscles. Once I reach the sacred sites of Kumano at the end of the Iseji route, I see why the nature worship of the Shinto religion is strong here; the sights are undoubtedly the most dramatic. Here, near the most southerly part of the island, the windswept coast has been carved into the most majestic of formations. The Lion Rock is, not surprisingly, a cliff-sized rock in the shape of a roaring lion, and it would have made quite the impression, presiding over pilgrims completing their trek along the beach’s ebony pebble stones. Their hearts would have beat faster, too, approaching the colossal Daemon’s Castle (Onigajo) cave by the water, since it was reportedly used as a pirate hideout. However, Kumano’s most sacred spot isn’t quite as imposing – it’s actually quite humble. Hidden a quick scamper across the main road from the beach is another ancient shrine in

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Japan – Hananoiwaya Jinja. In a clearing at the foot of a vertiginous cliff lie two gravesites. On closer inspection, they appear to be a shrine to the very heart of Japan. Matsuyo tells me about Izanami, the mother of Japanese gods, who burned to death as she gave birth to the god of fire, Kagutsuchi. This is now where thousands pay their respects. Above us, swinging from the clifftop to the trees, I see a hand-knotted rope akin to the one back at the Marriage Rocks in Ise, with dried flowers and fans hanging from it in simple, pagan style. The rope is changed twice a year in October and February, involving dozens of people pulling it over the highway, stopping the traffic especially to pay proper respect to the god and his mother. For now, I’m invited to cross from the clifftop forest to the immense, empty beach beneath and scan the smooth white stones that lie across the black pebbles. I love the simplicity and care it takes to select the one that speaks to me, and I bring it back to the shrine to place it carefully with its white brothers in a tiny eroded cave in the cliff. This particular shrine is based around the concept of gratitude, and I’m encouraged to base my own silent prayer this way. They don’t have to tell me twice to feel grateful to be here.

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or reasons that seem unfathomable with the benefit of hindsight, my wife and I were worried our 11-year-old son might struggle to complete the abridged three-day section of the 2018 Great Victorian Bike Ride. Finn had never ridden beyond 40 kilometres at a time, and any hill climbs he had encountered along Melbourne city bike trails were mere speed bumps compared to the ones he would have to tackle on this 202-kilometre adaptation of the “Great Vic”, as veterans call it. The Great Victorian Bike Ride is an annual cycling tour organised by the Bicycle Network that covers all corners of Victoria and beyond, with a different route being mapped out each year. This year’s 10-day event takes in 652 kilometres from the Limestone Coast of South Australia to Torquay in Victoria. Our introduction to the 2018 installment was a three-day ride – participants in the full, nineday event were expected to cycle a total of 541 kilometres from Bright, at the foot of Mount Buffalo, through the gourmet food region of Beechworth and Milawa to Tallangatta, on the banks of Lake Hume, then follow the course of the Murray River to Rutherglen and onwards to Yarrawonga, eventually finishing in Benalla. Our party of five – me, my wife Michelle, our son Finn, and Michelle’s sisters Kath and Veronica – would join more than 3000 other cyclists during the last three days of the ride from Rutherglen to Benalla, in Victoria’s northeast. But it was the 95 kilometres stretching from Yarrawonga to Glenrowan that concerned us most – it included a nasty climb over the 515-metre Warby Ranges straight after lunch. “We can always jump in the SAG wagon,” Veronica had said, referring to the mini-van that picks up fatigued and injured riders, or those hampered by mechanical breakdowns.


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Veronica had grudgingly signed up for the Great Vic after her two sisters had begged her to join them. As an avowed exercise hater, who snarled at the mere mention of the word, it had taken more than a little prodding to persuade her to sign on the dotted line. “Three days of bum-numbing bike riding over hills and into headwinds? Where’s the joy in that?” she’d growled at the time. But sign, she did, and ride all 202 kilometres, conquering a route deliberately designed to challenge riders on her pedal-assisted electric bike. “Well, if she can do it, so can we,” I’d said to Finn who, I must say, was initially reluctant but eventually relented after being told that hundreds of other kids would be doing the ride. Thirty per cent of Great Vic riders each year are aged 12 to 18, with a further 50 per cent falling into the Over 50s category. Fast-forward three months to our second morning of the ride and the forecast says it’s going to be a stinker of a day. Temperatures are expected to top 34 degrees, so we depart our campground at Yarrawonga’s Victoria Park just after 7am – more than an hour after some early birds – and spend the next few hours cycling through mostly flat, sun-beaten farmlands. After pausing for lunch beside an alpaca farm woolshed, Finn sets off towards the Warby Ranges with a steely determination I wouldn’t have expected a few months earlier. “Let’s beat this hill, Dad,” he says, nodding encouragement. Trees obscure the road ahead and after rounding one uphill bend, we see another, then another again. Others have dismounted to walk up the road. Finn just pedals by them. As for me, my legs and lungs cry out for mercy. “Come on, Finn,” I plead. “Let’s walk.” “Nope. I’m not stopping,” he says. “I’m not quitting now.” And with that, he’s off and races onwards at a pace I can’t match. By the time I catch up with him at Ryan’s Lookout, where the views extend across the patchwork grain fields to the Victorian Alps, he’s sufficiently refreshed and ready to go. “Not until the others get here,” I remind him, referring to our rule of waiting until we’d all caught up before continuing. (In this case, I was just using it as an excuse to catch my breath). Finn has been tireless since we rode out of Rutherglen on that first day, feeling a buzz of excitement we all shared.

Tacking on to the ant’s trail of riders cycling through some of the country’s oldest vineyards – some of them pedalling unicycles or tandem bikes, one even powered by a blind man, and others dressed in tutus or butterfly wings – we cross the Murray River into New South Wales at Corowa, the birthplace of Australia’s Federation push in 1893. From there, we skirt dusty grain fields and trace the Murray’s banks to Mulwala, where river red gums that had been drowned by the damming of the river sprang from the shallows of the town’s eponymous lake. Our campground, just across the weir at Yarrawonga showgrounds, is a welcome sight after five hours of riding through sweltering heat and some ghastly headwinds (especially for someone like me who had only managed a few morning training rides before this). The majority of riders have already pitched their tents by the time we arrive early in the afternoon. Row upon row of identical tents are placed side by side for riders prepared to pay extra for the privilege of not having to erect their own, while designated camping zones have been set aside for school groups and quiet zones reserved for early sleepers.


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We find a grassy space near the fence, locate our bags from one of the semi-trailers hired to cart 60,000 kilograms of luggage between campsites each day and then set about cheerily hammering in our tent pegs. After inflating his mattress, Finn rushes off to join dozens of other kids – and a few adults – cooling off at the aqua park on Lake Mulwala. How they have the energy to scramble up and down inflatable obstacles, I’ll never know. I retreat beneath a shady tree to recuperate. Later that afternoon, we wet our throats and fuel up on the wholesome food on offer inside the big catering marquee – this is also the nightly reunion venue for riders who have befriended each other during past Great Vics. There is a real carnival atmosphere here; bands roam the campgrounds and rock on stage, and an outdoor cinema projects Hollywood favourites away from the noise. There’s also a talent quest open to anyone from age five to 75 – an accurate reflection of the demographics taking part in the Great Vic each year. Bagpipes, recorders and ukuleles appear on stage, a Rubik’s cube is unscrambled, one-handed, in less than a minute and an old timer belts out a self-penned song titled “I met my baby in a Portaloo line”, but the crown deservedly goes to a jazz trio from Fitzroy High School. The creativity is enough to inspire Finn to start planning his act for next year.


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> Yarraman to Wulkuraka A three-day rail trail ride through the Brisbane Valley in south-east Queensland. y2w.com.au

By our third morning, as we get stuck into what is now a routine of rising at dawn, packing up and carting all our gear to the trucks before breakfast, we are greeted with thunderous skies. Heavy rains lash the mess tent ahead of our 52-kilometre ride from Glenrowan to Benalla. Eight hours earlier, hundreds of riders had been dancing to 80s music inside the marquee, where crowd-surfing teenagers kicked up dust. “Well, the good news is that we’ve got the dust under control,” announces an event organiser, tongue in cheek, as the rain teems down. “But, folks, we ask that you wait another 20 minutes before heading off, as we reckon there will be a break in the weather by then.” And so it proves to be. Though almost all of us set off in rain jackets, we don’t receive another drop for the rest of the day. Instead, howling crosswinds hinder our progress as we pedal through rolling hills where the Kelly Gang once put fear into the hearts of lawmen. Until now, Finn has ridden like a Trojan. His skinny legs have powered him over punishing hills and through searing heat without word of complaint. In fact, if it wasn’t for his competitive spirit, the rest of us might not have made it this far. But the relentless winds eventually wear him down. “I’ve had enough,” he cries. “We’re nearly there,” Michelle says, urging him on. We take turns at sheltering him from the wind as we inch towards Benalla. We try to distract him with promises of ice creams and soft drinks. God knows he’s earned them. Then he sniffs the finish line. “Race you there, Dad,” he says, accelerating ahead. Once again, I’m left eating his dust.

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T HE 2019 G RE AT V IC T O R I A N BIK E R IDE This year’s event takes place from November 22 to December 1 and follows the Great Ocean Road from Robe, South Australia, to the Surf Coast town of Torquay in Victoria. Entrants of all ages can ride the full 10 days or shorter five-day blocks, from Robe to Port Fairy or Port Fairy to Torquay. BYO bike, helmet, tent, sleeping gear, crockery and cutlery. bicyclenetwork.com.au/ rides-and-events/greatvictorian-bike-ride

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> Outback Odyssey Five, six, seven or 15 days of off-road touring along South Australia’s Mawson Trail, connecting Adelaide with Blinman. bikesa.asn.au/ outbackodyssey > Great Outback Escape The inaugural event took place in May 2019, linking Alice Springs with Uluru and Kata Tjuta. bicyclenetwork.com.au/ rides-and-events/greatoutback-escape > Moonta Easter Cycle A series of rides along sealed and unsealed roads in South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula region over Easter. bikesa.asn.au/EasterCycle > Cycle Queensland Adventure Tour Queensland’s largest fully-catered cycling tour is staged over three, four or eight days in October. cycleqld.com.au


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A MUM’S JOURNEY In late 2018, St Joseph’s College Hunters Hill came together to celebrate the mothers of the graduating class of 2018. As the mums took their seats, one mother, Bez Hines from Young NSW, shared her story about her son Julius, Joeys and the journey her family has taken

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y youngest son, Julius, has just completed his final year at Joeys. It’s exciting that he will soon be entering the next stage of his life, however I wish I had more sons so I could stay a part of the school for longer. It seems my son is ready to leave but I am not! I feel very lucky he ended up at Joeys. We had initially enrolled Julius in another Catholic independent school but luckily, my husband Gerard attended an information night at Joeys, just in case. After listening to the Headmaster speak, wandering around the school and chatting with the boys, Gerard called me and said, ‘We need to send Julius to Joeys’. It was the boys who changed his heart that evening. It was their manners and enthusiasm. It was their openness and sense of fun. Gerard commented that the day boys didn’t seem to want to go home. What a good advertisement for a school – students who don’t want to leave! Joeys has a history of educating boys who didn’t want to leave. My grandfather graduated in the 1920s, only going home to Trangie at the end of each year. Between terms he would usually stay with his uncle, John, who was the barber at Joeys for 50 years. My own uncle and brother were also boarders. Our start at the school was a significant change for the family. Julius was reluctant to even get in the car on our first trip from Young to Sydney, he then refused to let his beloved dog out of the car. Eventually we pried the dog from Julius’ tight embrace with the three of us crying and the dog whimpering. It was hard. That first trip to Sydney now feels like a lifetime ago. The time between Year 7 and 12 has flown by in the blink of an eye. There was the anticipation of the next school holiday, bouts of homesickness, stress about work, winter colds, hot sleepless nights – and that was just me! The same was true for Julius. Weeks and terms were marked by the ebb and flow of school life. From earning a great maths mark and a win in rugby, to getting dropped from the team and the occasional Sunday detention. There was excitement and disappointment, all of which have shaped the young man he is today.

Then, all of a sudden, Year 12 was upon us. Although this last year has been hard work for all of us, for the mothers it has also been filled with lunches, Masses, dinners and weekends away. At the end of our time here, we can be proud of our sons and celebrate the connections we have made with our beautiful friends. As a Joeys mother, I’ve relished the school’s rituals: the Family Masses, Grandparents’ Day, the cheering, sports rallies and assemblies. My favourite of all the Joeys’ rituals, though, was lunch leave. As our families set up lunch on the College lawn, and our sons raced from picnic blanket to picnic blanket, the number of boys who came to lunch grew considerably between recess and lunch. Two boys often turned into 20 and it was a case of the more the merrier. These lunches were a lovely way of getting to know Julius and his mates, and I often thought, there isn’t a place I would rather be than here with my son and his friends at this magnificent school. I often reflect on our privilege and good fortune to be able to access a Joeys education for our son. We have had some wonderful years watching our son enjoy, and sometimes endure, secondary school. Throughout this time Julius has been cared for, educated and mentored by the kindest and strongest of people. They have never let him walk alone. An Old Boy once described Joeys to me as ‘a good place’. This simple phrase encapsulates it for me. It’s hard to understand what makes Joeys so special. There’s the Marist ethos, history, Brothers, teachers, parents, facilities, sport, art and culture. It’s all of this and more. Joeys has soul. Julius will always be a Joeys Old Boy. This is a source of great pride and the basis of life-long friendships for both him and us. In his time at the school our son has become one of the boys my husband met at the information night so many years ago. He’s now a young man and, keeping true to the Joeys motto, like all Joeys Old Boys, he will continue to strive for better things. www.joeys.org


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> MYEONGDONG KYOJA. This isn’t your typical noodle joint – for starters, there are three Michelin Bib Gourmand awards (2017-2019) posted in the entryway. No wonder this workaday family restaurant is always hopping; it wows with the food. The star dish is kalguksu, noodles in salty broth topped with meat and dumplings. Service is fast and both branches are located in shopping mecca Myeongdong. mdkj.co.kr

> MIMINE. Tteokbokki is a popular night-time street snack but if you want it at midday (or sitting down), head to Mimine in the Hongdae shopping district. They serve up two kinds of tteokbokki – original and spicy. Be warned: spicy is not messing around. mymimine.com

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Gangnam’s new Dosan Bunsik reimagines the typical student food shack as a “new wave” diner, complete with a flowering neon logo. The menu covers classics like tteokbokki (stir-fried rice cakes) and pork cutlet sandwiches but delivers them all dolled up and ready for Instagram. Come on a weekend evening and you’ll be waiting outside in a crowd of selfie-takers. cnpcompany.kr/brand

quick bites > GONGDEOK MARKET’S JEON ALLEY.

C H E A P E AT S Snacking is big in South Korea and the word bunsik refers to the light, inexpensive meals you can get from snack houses (bunsik jip). Think of it as fast food, with emphasis on “fast” not “fat”.

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Traditional markets all have a street food specialty and Gongdeok is the place for all things fried. Fill a basket from the confectionery-style displays of pan-fried (jeon) and deep-fried (twigim) snacks. Savoury pancakes, stuffed perilla leaves, seafood… basically everything is better fried. Intimidated by the choices? You can order a pre-set assortment in the restaurants behind the stands.

> BUKCHON SON MANDU. Every Asian culture has its own style of dumpling and Korea’s is mandu. This chain favourite is easy to spot from the clouds of steam billowing out the front. There are three main types of mandu on offer: meat, kimchi and shrimp. (They’re all great, but seriously, get the kimchi.) You can order takeaway or grab a stool at the narrow counter. Don’t forget dipping sauce and crisp yellow radish. mandoo.so


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> MYUNGSUNG KWAN. > EUNJUJEONG. Kimchi jjigae (or kimchi stew) is the ultimate Korean comfort food and this local institution, tucked away in Bangsan Market neighbourhood, has been dishing it up since 1986. Don’t worry about what to order – there’s only one specialty: kimchi simmered with pork belly, tofu and vegetables. Grab noodles from the vending machine by the door to finish it off.

> TAJ. This Indian restaurant is a soothing escape from Myeongdong’s crowds. Taj is halal, vegan friendly and also completely delicious. The chicken makhani and dal soup are famous. Here, chilli is used to enhance the flavours, not destroy your tastebuds. taj.co.kr

F E E L I N G H O T, H O T, H O T Korean cuisine is built on chilli peppers but you can request the non-spicy version of a dish by saying “an maewoyo”.

> DONG INDONG. Korean rule of thumb: when in doubt, order the first item on the menu. At Dong Indong, it’s the restaurant’s take on galbi jjim, Korean braised short ribs. This version looks a little different to the usual as it comes in a dangerously red, garlic-laden sauce. You’ll get a pitcher of water and a heaping plate of bean sprouts to help balance the heat. A bottle of soju wouldn’t hurt either.

Shoehorned between a tapas pub and wine bar, this Chinese restaurant is worth the inevitable wait for a table. It used to be a barbershop and still has the spinning candy-cane pole. Don’t miss the burn of the mala xiang guo, a seafood hotpot with Sichuan pepper. A cinnamon-sweetness preludes the numbing tingle of peppercorns that you can try to diffuse with a cocktail – good luck.

> ROCKA DOODLE. Nashville hot chicken is right at home in South Korea, a nation already in love with spicy, crispy chicken. Try Rocka Doodle in Itaewon, a restaurant with blistering flavours and a laidback skater vibe. The spice levels climb from zero to four, peaking with an infusion of the world’s hottest chilli. Add a side of hot cheese fries and this is a meal for the stout-hearted.


> JEBI DABANG. At nightfall, the Swallow Café (Jebi Dabang) flips its sign to become the Drunken Swallow (Chwihan Jebi), one of the best indie music bars in Seoul. The schedule is chalked beside the brilliant red door. Inside is a two-tiered venue with a basement stage overlooked by a ground-floor “balcony” and bar. Grab a glass of wine or settle in with a mug of tea and toasted rice cakes.

This high-end cocktail bar sends you around the world one drink at a time with its destination-inspired menu. And you’ll travel in style: the decor is modelled on first-class railway cars of times gone by. Though new to the scene, the Pussyfoot Saloon is already sweeping in awards. In a city obsessed with period speakeasies, this one stands out as a little less gimmick and a little more glam.

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> MAGPIE BREWING CO. Domestic craft beers are changing the drinking landscape of Seoul and Magpie has been a powerhouse in Korea’s craft brew movement since its beginnings in 2012, with yearround porter, ale, kölsch and IPA. You’ll find their bar and basement gastropub in Itaewon. Come hungry – the pizza is as good as the beer. magpiebrewing.com

> KKANBU. MIC DROP Noraebang (karaoke) is a popular thing to do on a night out in Seoul. You’ll find “song rooms” all over the city but especially in Hongdae or Sinchon.

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Chimaek – a mashup of “chicken” and “maekju” (beer) – is the go-to night out in Seoul. Korean fried chicken is famously sublime. Try it all but start with Kkanbu. There are 14 kinds of chicken on the menu, including barbecue wings, chicken in garlic and soy sauce and the best-selling classic crispy variety. They all pair with an icy mug of draught beer. Ring the bell on your table for another round. kkanbu.co.kr

> WHITE BEAR MAKGEOLLI BAR & BREWERY. Once dismissed as outdated, Korean rice wine (makgeolli) has come full circle to retro-hip. Nowhere showcases this better than White Bear, where there are 45 varieties of makgeolli on offer – try the apple-flavoured. Korean bars expect you to order anju (drinking food). Everything is portioned to share, so bring a friend. whitebear.modoo.at


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> SUMMER LANE. This Aussie brunch café has only seven tables and the alluring smell of bacon guarantees they fill up fast. The family-friendly atmosphere is enhanced by crayon artwork tacked up on the wall and a rare treat on the menu – babyccinos! You’ll also find eggs benedict over waffles, honeydrizzled yoghurt with granola and coffee worth lingering over.

> TRAVEL MAKER. If you’re after an all-day (and into the night) breakfast, you’ve found it. Order at the counter and wait for the spread of pancakes, eggs and hashbrowns to arrive. Large portions and reasonable prices make it a backpacker favourite, plus coffee comes with a free refill. fb.me/cafetravelmaker

Once hard to come by, brunch cafés are now trending in Seoul and they generally serve all the typical international options like bacon, eggs and pancakes.

> THE ORIGINAL PANCAKE HOUSE. Say good morning to brunch on an American scale – pile-ups of pancakes, dinner-plate omelettes, thick-cut bacon and bowls of potato hash. This 66-year-old US institution made its international debut in Gangnam in 2013 and is now a fave among locals and expats alike. The baked apple and Dutch baby pancakes made the transpacific jump but in keeping with Korean tastes, they’ve added salads to the menu. originalpancakehouse.co.kr

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Offering a customisable, healthy, Nordic-inspired menu, this sunken café in the Yeonnam neighbourhood is a hygge hideaway. Create your own four- to six-item brunch from 14 choices, including smoked salmon, roasted mushrooms, eggs and their own homemade yoghurt. Include the Earl Grey tea bread in your line up and finish off your breakfast with coffee, tea or cold-pressed juice.

> GUILLAUME. While Seoul is crammed with fauxFrench bakeries, authentic pastry is about as available as unicorns. Thank goodness for Guillaume. The wooden counters of this lovely boulangerie are piled with flaky croissants and pain au chocolat, crusty breads and fruit tarts. Order to go or snag one of the windowfront tables to sit with a coffee. maisonguillaume.com JE T S TA R.C O M


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> H O W OL D IS I T? It’s a relatively young Vietnamese dish that made its grand debut in the early 1900s.

> W HEN IS P H O E ATEN? For years, the Vietnamese have slurped down pho for breakfast but it’s now more common to see this heartwarming bowl being served for lunch and dinner.

> H O W D O YO U E AT I T? > SAY W H AT? It may just be three little letters but it’s tricky to pronounce. It doesn’t rhyme with no, go or foe. Instead, say it like a local – fuh.

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> W H AT IS P H O? A steamy, aromatic bowl of hot meat broth spiced with ginger, star anise, cloves, cardamom and cinnamon sticks. It’s packed with rice noodles, slivers of meat or sometimes meat or fish balls and often garnished with bean sprouts, coriander, chopped chilli, lime and fish sauce.

> W HERE D OES I T C O ME FR O M? Many believe pho is the Vietnamese version of the French beef stew called pot au feu, which was introduced to northern Vietnam during the French colonial rule of the late 1800s.

Ask for either pho or pho bo and you’ll get the beef version, with very thin strips of raw meat that cook in the heat of the soup. Order pho ga and you’ll get hot broth with cooked chicken.

> W H AT’S T HE SECRE T T O G O O D P H O? Patience and time. Vietnamese chef Le Huu Nghia of Lang Viet Restaurant at The Anam (theanam.com), a resort on the Cam Ranh peninsula, says he simmers roasted bones for hours on the stove until the marrow disintegrates into the broth. “This gives it that terrific depth of flavour,” he says.


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> BANKSII, BARANGAROO For an upscale twist on happy hour, this slick waterfront bar and restaurant presents Martini Sunset Sessions on weekdays from 3-6pm, curated by sommelier Rebecca Lines. Settle in surrounded by greenhouse-inspired interiors and enjoy $5 house beer, wine and vermouth or choose from a selection of top-shelf cocktails priced between $5 and $15, including a Wet Martini made with Martini Riserva and Star of Bombay Gin. D O N ’ T M I S S : At nearby Barangaroo House, enjoy fun winter experiences including rooftop igloos, seasonal snacks and spiced drinks until 30 August. banksii.sydney; barangaroohouse.com.au

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This tucked-away pub offers punters a solid line-up of specials on almost every hour of every day. Time your visits right and you could have a $12.50 cheeseburger for lunch, followed by a $4.50 house wine in the late afternoon, or a $12 parmy for dinner and a $7 top-shelf spirit chaser. But if you don’t have the will or the time to plan things with this level of precision, just rock up between 5-7pm Monday through Saturday for house beer, wine and spirits for a teeny tiny $4.50 – easily one of the best-value happy hours in town. D O N ’ T M I S S : The D&O takes its craft beer seriously, with over 25 on offer at any time. A tasting paddle of weekly specials is a great way to try the best. doveandolive.com.au

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> DOVE & OLIVE, SURRY HILLS

> BARZAARI, CHIPPENDALE The deals here change regularly but the winter happy hour special at this warm Middle Eastern nook inside The Old Clare Hotel is a cracker. From 5-7pm Tuesdays to Fridays, choose from a selection of exceptional wines for just $10, including Escarpment Artisan Pinot Blanc from New Zealand or the Chateau Kefraya Les Breteches Cinsault from Lebanon. Plus, until the end of August, you can order a $20 bottomless falafel plate piled with pita, pickles and garlicky toum dip. D O N ’ T M I S S : Happy hour cocktails are also $10 – we love the zingy Red Sea made with Johnny Walker, Campari and berry tea. barzaari-chippendale.com.au

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> RESTAURANT HUBERT, CBD Run by the folks behind Shady Pines Saloon and The Baxter Inn, this offbeat French restaurant has “bar” in its DNA, and nothing proves that more than its aperitivo hour. From 4-6pm Monday to Saturday, expect a neat selection of eats and drinks for just $5, including Dubonnet highballs, Genmaishu sake, croque monsieurs or plates of cabanossi. Still hungry? A spare $10 will bag you a burger. D O N ’ T M I S S : Stick around on Wednesdays and Thursdays for live jazz from 8pm. restauranthubert.com

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> BEERHAUS, CBD Two words: free snacks. That’s what you’ll see coming out of the kitchen during Royal Snack Hour at this rowdy German-style beer hall. From 4-6pm every weekday, when you order a $5 happy hour beer, wine or spirit, you can soak them up with a sausage roll, Texan sloppy fries or Cajun popcorn chicken. D O N ’ T M I S S : Other weekly specials include two-for-one schnitzels on Tuesdays from 5pm. thebeerhaus.com.au

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> SILY (SINCE I LEFT YOU), CBD Mark your diaries: Thursday is Tunes N’ Tins night at this snug city bar. That means there’s live music from 6.30pm and $6 tinnies like Furphy and Kosciuszko Pale Ale. Once you’ve limbered up, $12 classic cocktails – you’ll almost always find a Cosmo or a Margarita on the menu – kick off from 8pm. Order a round of cheeseburger toasties for everyone and you’ve got yourself an evening. D O N ’ T M I S S : If you like what you hear, the bar has a Soundcloud account you can follow. sinceileftyou.com.au

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Here, aperitivo hour is celebrated from 5-7pm Sunday to Thursday. You can get house wine and beer for $5 and it’s just $10 for classic Italian cocktails like Negronis and Aperol Spritzes. But it’s the snack savings that step things up a notch because the food here is seriously good. For $10, order up big on share plates including chicken and chorizo croquettes, jalapeno poppers and chicken wings. D O N ’ T M I S S : On Thursdays, the kitchen serves $12 burgers all day (yes, there’s more than chicken on offer). whirlybirdsydney.com.au


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> Once reserved for Japanese nobility way back in the 11th century, this classic shaved-ice dessert is now taking off around the globe. KakiYuki dessert bar in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, dishes up towering bowls of the sweet treat in fun flavours that are changed up regularly (you might find anything from watermelon to tiramisu, burnt cheese and fig or even avocado with pistachio nuts). Bright, colourful and totally yummy, this icy dessert trend shows no sign of cooling down. kakiyuki.com

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> If you haven’t heard of kurimu, you will soon… Get your hands on these yummy choux pastries at the newly opened Kurimu chain in Melbourne Central. The long, éclair-like desserts are piped full of sweet custard and sprinkled with a nutty topping. Each one is made to order so it retains that soft-on-the-inside, crunchy-on-the-outside texture. If you’re a lover of Japanese treats, run, don’t walk, to join the queue. fb.me/kurimuaus

> Over cronuts? Say hello to mochi doughnuts, the newest hybrid treat that fuses chewy Japanese mochi (sticky rice cake) with the light, crispy elements of a traditional doughnut. Demochi Donut Bar in Banksia, Sydney, have concocted the latest craze, serving the signature honeyglazed version alongside roasted black sesame, yuzu mint and matcha green tea. If you can’t forgo sprinkles, they do a classic strawberry glaze with 100s and 1000s, too. fb.me/demochidonut


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—There’s increasing interest in the therapeutic value of horses. Jon Gregory heads to the green fields of Bilpin, NSW, to discover how equine therapy can promote personal healing and growth—

ANIMAL INSTINCT Walking into the paddock towards the horse, I’m still unsure what’s involved in equine therapy. Perhaps it’s a new form of yoga performed in the saddle or a vigorous massage administered by hooves. I vow to keep an open mind but will have to draw the line if I’m asked to remove my shirt and lie facedown in the field. Thankfully, the reality of the practice is a lot less faddish and new age than I fear. It’s an increasingly popular form of psychological treatment that takes place in a paddock, with a horse (of course). I’m intrigued enough to book a session during my stay at Eden Equine, a luxury farmstay in Bilpin, 90 minutes west of Sydney, while the rest of my family take horseriding lessons on the other side of the 36-hectare property. Sammie Grantham, the resident equine therapist and qualified psychotherapist, tells me, “I can see things in minutes with a horse that could take me six regular counselling sessions.” An impressive claim from someone who has spent 20 years as a social worker, understanding people at their most vulnerable.

Unlike cats and dogs, horses are prey animals, meaning they’re at risk of attack from predators in the wild. Sammie tells me they’ve evolved to live in herds and are highly sensitive to the emotions of those around them, not only other horses, but people, too – they can hear the human heartbeat from over a metre away. This heightened sensitivity and immediate feedback on a person’s emotional state has yielded great results in the treatment of trauma, autism, depression and behavioural disorders. And this horse-human connection lends itself to other wellness-specific uses, too, such as at Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat in Queensland, where horses are being used to uncover how clients manage challenging emotional situations, and at Nihi Sumba, a luxury villa resort in Indonesia, where a horse whisperer is on-site to aid with “self-healing and self-awareness”. While it all sounds great, I’m sceptical that equine therapy can do anything for me. Sammie asks me to close my eyes and talks me through a warm-up of yoga-style breathing exercises. “Become aware of your surroundings,” she says. “Listen to the wind.” Here we go, I think. Any


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minute now I’ll be asked to jump into the saddle and adopt the lotus position. But instead, I’m given the seemingly simple task of approaching the horse (a majestic creature named Nemo), attaching a halter and leading him around the paddock. Sadly, Nemo is far more interested in chewing the grass than my feeble attempts to cajole him into a stroll. From the shade of a nearby tree, Sammie watches me spend 20 minutes patting, stroking and coaxing Nemo but not doing much walking. Our moments of “connection” are fleeting but they do occur. The few times he lifts his head to acknowledge me with his beautiful brown eyes, it’s clear to me he has my number. As well as equine therapy, there are more impromptu opportunities to bond with our four-legged friends. My two sons run across the fields at 5.30am every day to pat and have lively discussions with the farm’s horses, goats and donkeys. They also join the guided-feeding sessions, which run at 10am on weekends and throughout the school holidays. During the analysis at the end of my equine session (aka the post-match debrief), Sammie has identified some character traits in me that are alarmingly insightful. The specific details of these minor revelations will, thankfully, stay between myself and Nemo (and Sammie – client confidentiality applies as it would in any nonfarmyard therapy). As I wander back across the green fields of the property towards my stylish (and very un-farmy) farmstay cabin, I feel dazed and enlightened and also slightly disconcerted by the fact that a horse in Bilpin knows me better than I know myself. Equine therapy sessions ($175 per hour) should be arranged before you arrive at Eden Equine. Simply call or email to inquire. edenequine.com.au

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“HERE WE G O, I T HINK. A N Y MIN U TE N O W I’LL BE ASKED TO JU MP IN TO T HE SA D DLE A N D A D OPT T HE LOT US P O SI T IO N.”

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3 O T H ER EQ UIN E T H ER APY BRE A KS > Lead the Way Training retreats in New Zealand offering leadership, communication and relationship coaching using horses. lead-the-way.co.nz > Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat Equine learning is available alongside other wellness activities in the Tallebudgera Valley, Gold Coast. gwinganna.com > Nihi Sumba This luxury resort on Sumba Island in Indonesia offers beach horseriding and equine meditation sessions. nihi.com


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> AUGUSTE. Specialising in dresses, this young Australian label will take you from beach to bar and back again. The prints are whimsical and nostalgic, the vibe is anything but fast (a member of the 1% For The Planet movement, Auguste makes its clothing to last) and there is even a Little Auguste label for juniors. augustethelabel.com

> CALEXICO. This cool boutique caters to the fashionable set with a thoughtful curation of coveted international brands. Think Isabel Marant suede boots next to Equipment silk blouses and Iro Paris dreamy dresses. Watch out for their shoe game – it’s phenomenal. calexico.com.au

> DIGBY’S MENSWEAR. Whether it’s neutrals you’re after or bold block colours, Digby’s know not all men want to play it safe. From Okanui boardshorts, printed Haupt shirts and refined Paul and Shark knitwear, we dare you to leave empty handed. digbysmenswear.com


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K NIT TED UP Indulge in warmer layers for that all-round cosy feel. (Supre ‘Tilly’ cable crop knit, $40, theiconic.com.au)

S TEP O N IT Celebrate your personal style in shoes with timeless appeal. (Converse ‘Chuck Taylor All Star Classic’, $100, converse.com.au)

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> KOOKAI. If it’s colour, femininity and fashion at accessible prices you’re after, this Australianowned chain with stores dotted across the globe will deliver the very pretty goods. With so many dresses to choose from, the only style question is, “Which one?” kookai.com.au

SEEIN G SP OTS The more the merrier is the rule when it comes to polka dots. (Free People ‘Retro Love’ midi skirt, $110, theiconic.com.au)

> ASSEMBLY LABEL. Reliability may not be a very fashionable word but this store delivers street-wear that hits the hip mark every time. Relaxed and edgy separates and dresses, sweaters and denim, plus cool accessories that never look as though they try too hard, you’re always covered for off-duty. assemblylabel.com

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SEWING THE SEEDS OF SUCCESS Thanks to the support of StarKids, vulnerable women in Cambodia are starting to take charge of their financial future. By Virginia Morrison.

> Faced by poverty, young Saniyas had to leave her native Phnom Penh

to go to Malaysia to work illegally at a clothing factory. As the second daughter among 11 siblings, she was forced to leave school aged 12 to work in a factory, but even then, she didn’t earn enough to afford food each month. Tempted by a slightly higher income, she left for Malaysia to work but it wasn’t long before she was arrested by immigration police and detained for three months. “It was the worst experience of my life,” she says. Happily for her, things started to look up when she became part of World Vision’s Youth Leadership and Livelihood project, which provides vulnerable people with training in technical and entrepreneurial skills – so they can take charge of their future. World Vision introduced Saniyas to a six-month sewing course and provided her with her own machine. Now she operates a business back home in Phnom Penh, sewing traditional clothing for her customers. “My dream has come true,” Saniyas says. “When I was little, I always asked my mum to buy me a zigzag sewing machine.” A hard worker with natural talent, she has gained a reputation for good service, which keeps her busy with pre-orders. “I now have $280 to $430 monthly in savings, on top of my husband’s irregular income,” she says. With a second baby on the way, she’s full of hope. “If I didn’t learn this skill, I would have just stayed at home to care for my child or I would have attempted to go back to work in Malaysia,” she says. “But now, I can plan to expand my business and improve my skills so that I can design and make nicer Muslim clothing.”

What does your role involve? > Working closely with aircraft maintenance engineers to learn and observe. What does a typical day look like for you? > There’s no such thing as a typical workday for a Jetstar engineer. Every day has a new challenge, whether it be sealing leading edge panels, pumping up tyres or changing an engine. How and when did you start working for Jetstar? > I applied online and crossed my fingers. There are several stages before you can get through to the final interview, where I was lucky enough to get one of the 10 positions available. I started in January. What’s the best thing about working for Jetstar? > Aside from the nice people, one of the best things is knowing my apprenticeship will lead to a long and rewarding career. Contributing to getting passengers to their destination safely is also very rewarding. What has been a career highlight so far? > Pushing the stereotypical limits. Being a woman in engineering is something I am proud of every day.

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MAKING HISTORY From the Wright brothers to direct London to Perth flights, here’s how aviation has gone up, up and away and into the record books. By Kaitlyn Palmer-Allen.

First up

You might know Ehrich Weiss by his other name, Harry Houdini, but did you know the Hungarianborn American escapologist is often credited for making Australia’s first successfully controlled, engine-powered flight in his Voisin biplane at Diggers Rest, Victoria, in 1910?

4.3 BILLION THE NUMBER OF PASSENGERS CARRIED GLOBALLY IN 2018, WHICH WAS MORE THAN SEVEN TIMES THE AMOUNT THAT FLEW 40 YEARS EARLIER.

The Wright way

We have two brothers from Ohio in the United States to thank for getting us off the ground. Aviation pioneers Wilbur and Orville Wright are credited with building and successfully flying the LONDON world’s first powered and controllable aircraft. The duo’s first successful flight took place on 17 December 1903 near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Orville was at the controls of the “Flyer” when it lifted off the ground and travelled 36.5 metres in 12 seconds.

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Qantas (in cooperation with Imperial Airways) introduced its first passenger flights overseas from Australia to Southampton, England, as early as 1935. The journey took nearly two weeks with more than 30 stops, including Koh Samui in Thailand, Gwalior in India and Brindisi in Italy. By 1947, it took four days to fly from Sydney to London, with stops in Darwin, Singapore, Kolkata, Karachi, Cairo and Tripoli. Now passengers can fly the 14,498 kilometres between Perth and London on a non-stop 17-hour flight.

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ONLY $13 BLOCKBUSTER MOVIES TV COMEDY AND DRAMA KIDS’ FAVOURITES HIT MUSIC PODCASTS

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Alita: Battle Angel

Emu Runner

Sci-Fi | M Alita awakens with no memory of who she is in a world she does not recognise.

Family | PG A story about the impact a mother’s death has on her nine-year-old daughter.

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Avengers: Endgame Action | M Thanos’ devastating actions compel the Avengers to take one final stand. © 2019 WBEI

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Isn’t It Romantic

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Romance | M Natalie, a lifelong cynic, discovers that her life has become a romantic comedy.

Action | M Shazam sets out to test his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child.

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Dumbo Family | PG A flying elephant helps show that differences and family should be cherished.

The Kid Crime Rio is forced to go on the run in a desperate attempt to save his sister.

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Kursk Drama | M Follows an “unsinkable” submarine as it sinks to the bottom of the Barents Sea.

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Little Comedy | PG A film about the price of success, the power of sisterhood and a second chance.

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Animation | PG Rapunzel and Flynn set off on a hilarious, hair-raising escapade.

Family | PG The live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic.

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Animation | PG Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom.

Animation | G Join Woody, Buzz and Jessie on an adventure to infinity and beyond!

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Animation | G Join Woody, Buzz and the gang in an adventure full of humour and heart.

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Romance | MA15+ Rachael Morgan arrives in Hamburg to be reunited with her husband Lewis.

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Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase Family | PG Carson Drew decides to make a fresh start with his daughter, Nancy, in River Heights.

Moana Animation | PG Moana and Maui set sail on a journey across the ocean.


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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

Captain America: Civil War

Doctor Strange

Action | M Meet Marvel’s new team in an action-packed, epic space adventure.

Action | M A clash between Captain America and Iron Man fractures the Avengers.

Action | M A famous neurosurgeon finds powerful magic in a mysterious place.

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Avengers: Infinity War

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Action | M A legendary hero rises in Marvel Studios’ Black Panther.

Action | M The Avengers risk it all in a showdown with Thanos.

Action | PG Scott Lang embraces his inner hero to save the world in Ant-Man.

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> FAVOURITE MOVIES. Godzilla (2014) Action | M When a creature rises to restore balance, humanity stands defenceless.

10 Things I Hate About You Comedy | PG Cameron instantly falls for the girl of his dreams.

Lost, Found Drama | M Li Jie is fighting her ex-husband over the custody of their daughter Duoduo, when the little girl goes missing.


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Splitting Up Together (Season 2)

Scandal (Season 1)

Comedy | M Lena and Martin were madly in love but time and circumstance took their toll. Finding themselves in a platonic marriage, they decide that everyone’s lives would be better if they got a divorce.

Drama | G Olivia Pope, former head of media relations to the President of the United States, opens her own firm. She and her team use their skills to become the most formidable problem solvers in Washington.

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Wicked Tuna (Season 8)

Black Lightning (Seasons 1 & 2)

Raven’s Home (Season 2)

Big City Greens (Season 1)

Lifestyle | PG The captains of Gloucester mourn the loss of their beloved Pinwheel mate.

Drama | M Jefferson is Black Lightning, a hero with the power to control electricity.

Kids | G Raven and Chelsea raise their three children together.

Kids | G The Green family moves from the country to the big city.

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Disney Tsum Tsum (Season 3)

MTV Unplugged: Amy Shark

Once Upon a Time (Seasons 1, 2 & 4)

Kids | G The Tsums create collectible memories of themselves.

Lifestyle Amy Shark takes the stage in a monumental performance in Melbourne.

Drama | PG Fairy tale characters inhabit a land of good and evil.

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Bunnicula (Season 2) Kids | G Mina discovers Bunnicula and adopts him as a pet, not knowing he has special abilities.


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> MUSIC VIDEOS.

> ALBUMS. Hurts 2B Human P!nk P!nk’s eighth studio album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 album chart. The album reflects on love, loss and maturity, and includes duets with Cash Cash, Wrabel and Khalid, on the title track “Hurts 2B Human”.

Live at Sydney Opera House Paul Kelly This double album captures Paul’s show from the Opera House forecourt. It features songs from his awardwinning album Life Is Fine, as well as classics like “To Her Door”, “How To Make Gravy” and many more.

> PODCASTS & RADIO.

Kygo & Rita Ora

Music For The Masses (Deluxe) Depeche Mode Rooted in the UK’s late 70s New Romantic movement, Depeche Mode formed in 1980 with a pioneering synthesiser-based sound. According to Slantmagazine, this album “is steeped in high drama”.

Father Of The Bride Vampire Weekend After months of anticipation and a slew of positive early reviews, Vampire Weekend’s fourth album is here for your listening pleasure. The American indie rock band is led by vocalist Ezra Koenig with bassist Chris Baio and drummer Chris Tomson.

The Bump Pure Gold HIT Network: Carrie & Tommy I Don’t Know How She Does It – Travel: Lexi Connors Osher Gunsberg Podcast: Adam Briggs ChillZone Hitched: The Party

New Hits Various The freshest new clips from today’s biggest artists featuring Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus, Billie Eilish, Ruel, The Chainsmokers and Halsey, 5 Seconds Of Summer, Amy Shark, Lewis Capaldi, Kygo and Rita Ora.

00s + 10s Various Millennium hits for you to enjoy featuring Lady Gaga, Guy Sebastian, George Ezra, Lorde, Katy Perry, Aerosmith, P!nk and Shawn Mullins.

90s Various DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince, C+C Music Factory, Britney Spears, BackStreet Boys, B*Witched, Whitney Houston, Ricky Martin and Lenny Kravitz are just some of the nineties hit music artists included in this line-up.

80s Various Featuring awesome 80s clips from 1927, Billy Ocean, Run-DMC, Elton John, Thompson Twins, Wham!, The Human League and Bonnie Tyler.

Feed Play Love: Shevonne Hunt The Property Couch: Bryce Holdaway & Ben Kingsley Triple M Network: Moonman in the Morning NOVA Network: Fitzy & Wippa Podcast One Australia: Aussies In Hollywood

I Don’t Know How She Does It – Girls: Maddy Ritchie Lady Startup: Samantha Wills HIT Network: Fifi, Fev & Byron Game on AUS: Pete Curulli & Dan Van Der Meer The Hits


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TIP... The Experience WA smartphone app gives you access to the latest information on local tourist attractions, restaurants, accommodation, transport options and more.

> BUS $5.80 While it does not head into the CBD, Route 400 operates between Bondi Junction in the city’s east and Burwood in the west. You can catch the bus from outside the T1 International and T3 Domestic terminals. > TIP... Trains and buses from the airport start around 5am daily and end at midnight.

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TRAIN $18.70 Catching a train into the city is easy and takes about 10 minutes. Grab the T8 Airport and South Line towards City Circle, which stops at Central Station.

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PERTH. “I HAVE FOUND OUT THAT THERE AIN’T NO SURER WAY TO FIND OUT WHETHER YOU LIKE PEOPLE OR HATE THEM THAN TO TRAVEL WITH THEM.” MARK TWAIN (LATE AMERICAN WRITER)

MELBOURNE. (TULLAMARINE)

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> TIP... If you are staying in the city of churches for the weekend, purchase a $25 Metrocard Visitor Pass. The ticket gives tourists unlimited travel on buses, trains and trams across three consecutive days.

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> TIP... Explore the CBD onboard the free City Circle tourist tram between 10am and 9pm from Thursday to Saturday and between 10am and 6pm from Sunday to Wednesday.

MELBOURNE. (AVALON)

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BUS $22 TO MELBOURNE, $18 TO GEELONG The SkyBus Avalon City Express takes about an hour to travel from Avalon Airport to Southern Cross Station in Melbourne CBD. If you are heading to Geelong, the SkyBus Avalon Geelong Express takes about 40 minutes to reach the port town.

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TIP... Download the BNE app to help you find transport options, maps, where to dine and shop, parking information and more.

TAXI ABOUT $60

> BUS $21 The SkyBus Gold Coast Airport Shuttle operates seven days a week and is a dedicated service for visitors travelling from the airport to the Gold Coast’s most popular tourist spots. The shuttle departs from outside the airport terminal and stops at Burleigh Heads, Broadbeach, Surfers Paradise and Southport.

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“[IPSWICH, QUEENSLAND] IS MY FAVOURITE PLACE IN THE WORLD AND I AM ALWAYS SO HAPPY TO BE BACK HERE. THE MORE PLACES I VISIT THE MORE I REALISE HOW LUCKY WE ARE TO LIVE IN AUSTRALIA.” ASH BARTY (AUSTRALIAN TENNIS PLAYER)

TAXI ABOUT $50

> “I DON’T FEEL RESTLESS, I JUST LIKE TO TRAVEL.” BRAD PITT (AMERICAN ACTOR)

BUS $19.50 The SkyBus Hobart Express service operates daily and departs regularly from the airport. The bus takes about 30 minutes to travel to the city centre, stopping at Brooke street Pier before terminating at 19 Macquarie Street, which is located behind the Grand Chancellor Hotel.

> TIP... Download the Hobart Cabs 131 008 smartphone app to order and track your taxi from the airport. For everything to see, eat, sleep, shop and play in Hobart, get The Guides by Lonely Planet app.

> TIP... Gold Coast Cabs offer special flat rate fares from the airport to accommodation located in Surfers Paradise ($65) or Broadbeach ($55).

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> TIP... If you prefer to have your transport organised and booked in advance, check out the Ballina Byron Gateway Airport website for information about shuttle bus services. For those who want to explore and find their own way, all major car rental companies are represented at the airport.

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> TIP... If you are staying at the Mercure Darwin Airport Resort or Novotel Darwin Airport Hotel, a free shuttle bus service is available for transfer from the terminal to your accommodation.


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> TIP... Grab the free shuttle to travel between the airport’s three terminals.

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> BUS $1 The Route 109 bus departs the airport every 15 to 20 minutes between 5.30am and 1am. The bus travels to the city centre (District 1), terminating at 23/9 Park via Pham Ngu Lao backpacker district and the Ben Thanh bus station. Travel time depends on traffic, but the yellow bus generally takes about 30 minutes to reach the city.

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> TIP... Knowing how to say a few phrases in the local lingo can go a long way in Bali. To ask a local to help you call for a taxi, try saying, “Bisa tolong untuk telepon dan order taksi?”

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> TRAIN $28 Ride the Kansai Airport Express Haruka to Tennoji Station. There you can easily catch another train to Osaka or stay on the same train and head directly to Kyoto, which takes about 75 minutes. >

BUS $19 Travel in luxury aboard the Kansai International Airport Limousine Bus, which will take you directly to Osaka or Kyoto (for $31).

> TIP... Taxis are expensive. Travel by train or bus instead.

FIJI. “ROLL, DO NOT FOLD YOUR CLOTHES. NOT ONLY DOES THIS FREE UP TONS OF SPACE IN YOUR BAG, BUT IT MINIMISES WRINKLING.” REBECCA MINKOFF (AMERICAN FASHION DESIGNER)

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BUS $11 Airport Shuttle Fiji operate a 24-hour shuttle service from Nadi International Airport to most major hotels and resorts in Nadi. Bookings must be made at least one day prior to arriving at the airport.

> TIP... It is an offence for taxi drivers to take passengers without having their meter running. If your driver is not using a meter, note the taxi registration number and report it to the police. The driver may have their license suspended and receive a fine.


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TIP... The Auckland Transport mobile app makes it easy to move around the city. Download the app to help you plan and track AT Metro buses, trains and ferry services in real time.

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> BUS $5 The Orbus departs the airport every 15 minutes and takes approximately 25 minutes to reach the town centre. For $13, you can opt to share an 11-seater Super Shuttle for a convenient, tailored door-to-door journey from Queenstown Airport to your accommodation. > TIP... If your accommodation is anywhere in the centre of Queenstown, you can simply rely on foot power to get around – most things in the adventure capital are within easy walking distance.

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> TIP... Download the MTR Next Train app to keep track of real-time train schedules.

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BUS $4 Routes 19 and 20 depart from the second-level roadway at Honolulu Airport and stop off at downtown Honolulu, Ala Moana Shopping Centre and the hotel-dense Waikiki precinct.

> TIP... Taxi drivers are referred to as “ambassadors of aloha”. They are proud of their island and love pointing out landmarks and places of interest. Ask questions – you never know what local secrets you might learn.

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W HE RE W E F LY Here’s how to get around our network – have fun planning your next trip.

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9 What is the full name of the first child of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex? 10 What does a coffee plant produce: nuts or fruit? 11 Colombo is the capital of which nation in south Asia? 12 What term is used to describe an aircraft’s main body structure? 13 Mathematician, physicist, astronomer and theologian Isaac Newton was born in which country during the early 1640s?


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HIGHER. BIGGER. FASTER. LONGER. EACH ISSUE WE FOCUS ON A PL ACE PU NCHING ABOVE ITS WEIG H T > Printed on postcards, photographed by millions and admired around the world, Sydney Harbour captivates visitors and locals alike. But did you know it’s one of the world’s largest and deepest natural harbours? The glistening waters of Sydney Harbour (or Port Jackson) stretch over 55 square kilometres and, in some places, reach depths of more than 30 metres. It holds an incredible 562 gigalitres (that’s 562 billion litres) of water, which is enough to fill about 200,000 Olympicsized swimming pools. It’s so big, in fact, it’s also an (unofficial) unit of measurement – one “sydharb” is equal to the amount of water in Sydney Harbour. Along its 240 kilometres of shoreline, you’ll find people fishing, swimming and anchoring boats at some 40 marinas, and even spot a little penguin colony. Beneath the surface, there are more than 550 species of fish and 3D images have revealed some other rather unexpected inhabitants, including dozens of shopping trolleys, furniture, a sports car and the 109-year-old shipwreck of TSS Currajong. No matter how many times you see it, there’s always something new to admire on or under Sydney Harbour.

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Jetstar Australia Magazine — AUGUST 2019  

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