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FROM CHILDHOOD SNAPS ON HER FAMILY PROPERTY DEVELOPED IN A MAKESHIFT DARKROOM WITH HER DAD, MELBOURNEBASED COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHER KATIE CARMICHAEL HAS GONE ON TO CAPTURE LANDSCAPES FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD.
Katie Carmichael’s photographic precocity is the result of shadowing her amateur photographer father from the age of nine. The two of them would eke out quality father/ daughter time processing photos together in the quiet confines of the home-made darkroom constructed at the family property in Mansfield, Victoria. Perhaps it was the only way the youngest of four children could get a word in edgeways with her dad in such a busy household. But some four decades later and Katie Carmichael is one of the country’s most sought-after commercial photographers—commissioned by designers and architects across the country to create the giant images which adorn the walls of boardrooms, homes and contemporary Australian hotels—including the Little National Hotels. Employing a nostalgic tonal palette and often devoid of human presence, her compositions allow for a momentary suspension of time and place. More art than photograph. Katie credits her very early appreciation of photography with developing her intuitive handling of the medium into the longer term. “For my Dad, photography was a hobby. He enjoyed taking photos and we enjoyed the hobby together. He was incredibly patient, especially when I was young. I remember being about nine when he built the darkroom and taught me how to process the film and then the prints. I never tired of watching the prints come to life in the baths of chemicals. He also had a Super-8 camera, and watching these family films on the large roll-up screen was always a happy childhood memory. Dad was the one who documented family life and put many hours into putting together beautifully collated family photo albums. The albums had large pages with beautiful tissue paper between each page – I really think this is where I began my passion for looking at images presented in a detailed and beautiful way.” Katie’s ability to manipulate the medium has come some way since gingerly plucking small prints from their chemical bath on the family property. Her works are now giclee prints on 100 percent cotton rag archival paper. Each work is meticulously handcrafted and framed in Melbourne, using a workshop that provides museum standard services. But while the methods of production of her art have changed dramatically with the years, Katie’s artistic inspiration has remained largely the same: the landscape.
“The natural world has always provided solace and from an early age I had a curiosity in the detail of things in nature.” And in honing her skills over the year, the process of composing a photograph has remained a form of meditation rather than a job.
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“Being immersed in nature with my camera is a time of quiet contemplation. It is the ethereal and emotive qualities of the landscape that ignite me to take images.” “I am often drawn to the muted tones of a winter’s day, a sweeping fog over a winter field, the snow falling silently, the constant change of a stormy sky.” It came as a surprise to no one that a teenaged Katie would study a major in Fine Arts at Photography Studies College, Melbourne. It was here that her artistic development accelerated. Taking photos at a friend’s property for her second-year folio was the first time Katie started to explore abstraction. “These were the first images where I captured the ethereality in nature, and it was a turning point in how I used the medium.” In her final year she received the graduating award for photographic art. From there she landed a plum role with a leading architectural photographer who shot many 5-star hotels both in Australia and abroad. “Spending five years working in commercial photography and managing the studio taught me both technical aspects but also gave me an insight into the running of a business in a creative field. During the time when I had three young children (with only four years between the them!) I really made skill development the main focus with the aim to pursue my own work when the kids were a little older. Transitioning from analogue to digital photography during the time of raising a young family was challenging and there were new skills that I needed to build to give me the same creative control that I had previously had with analogue photography. I think life experience and maturity has bought a greater depth to my work.” Eight years ago Katie began being represented by luxury lifestyle retailer Pond Home in Sydney. “This was a new direction for my work, and it is where I started to develop a large extended client base both in Melbourne; but also the exposure Pond Home gave me in Sydney greatly broadened my exposure and client base there. I started to work with designers and architects on small commercial projects and things have really grown from that point.” Citing photographic inspirations including Uta Barth, Bill Henson, Hiroshimo Sugimoto, Alfred Stieglitz, Todd Hido, Ansel Adams, and Annie Leibovitz for their use of light, how they express the narrative, or their use of composition and scale, Katie says she is constantly taking in stimuli which can later be expressed in her work. “I would love to be able to draw but I can’t for the life of me so that eliminates that! But honestly, when I hold a camera in my hands and look through the lens that is how I view the world, in stills. The camera is an incredibly powerful tool and as I learnt to understand the technical aspects of photography it has allowed me to interpret nature in a way that is intuitive and rewarding.” And when she wanders into a vast corporate lobby or hotel reception and sees her image staring back at her? Katie finds the experience “immensely satisfying and humbling to see my work immersed within beautiful contemporary architecture.”
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NEW KID ON THE BLOCK Little National Hotel Sydney has opened its doors to provide small rooms and a big experience from its prime inner-city location above Wynyard Walk. Taking inspiration from New York’s iconic Flatiron building, the latest venture by DOMA is a 12-storey luxury development which breaks the conventional hotel mould.
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“The very best ideas are always so simple in hindsight,” says architect Guy Lake. He came to this view after his design firm Bates Smart was briefed on a new hotel venture which was the brainchild of DOMA Managing Director Jure Domazet. A well-travelled and frenetically busy businessman, Domazet had a lightbulb moment a few years back that the traditional hotel model—big on space, accompanied by hotel restaurants and in-room dining options—was rarely fully utilised by the discerning business traveller, who was unlikely to spend much time in their room, and usually dined out, in any event. Jure reasoned that a new model of hotel could be created to provide “everything I need and nothing I don’t”. And removing the unnecessary bits of the hotel experience—namely excess space and hotel dining—could mean that an otherwise luxury stay could be offered at a more affordable price. Little National Hotel broke new ground when it first opened in Canberra in 2015, and enjoyed instant success—and later recognition—as it went on to win the Property Council of Australia’s National Innovation and Excellence Award in 2017. Bates Smart was more recently engaged to work with DOMA to evolve the brand and roll out two more bespoke Little National Hotels—the newly-completed Little National Hotel Sydney and one under construction in Newcastle. Loosely following an international movement spearheaded out of Europe known as affordable luxury hotels, Little National Hotel has turned conventional hotel accommodation on its head. It recognises that there is a community of discerning travellers seeking a tailored and beautiful product— providing the essentials of accommodation with no compromises—but at a competitive price point. The burgeoning Little National Hotel brand is designed to make travel a joy, whilst dispensing with the unnecessary add-ons. That’s not to say guests won’t experience that heightened sense of excitement upon arrival in the stunning lobby, nor experience an emotional response to their luxury surroundings at every turn. In the curved structure that has risen 12 storeys above Wynyard Station, DOMA has worked closely with Bates Smart interior designer Hayden Crawford to provide meticulous attention to every aspect of the design and fit-out. Compact room size is offset by the spacious shared areas throughout the hotel, including a sprawling library and stunning New Yorkstyle rooftop garden bar and lounge. The east face of the façade is home to a vertical garden, featuring an array of screening plants carefully selected to adapt to the conditions at each height of the building. Located on Clarence Street, and perfectly centred between Barangaroo, Bridge Street and Martin Place, the hotel provides 230 luxurious rooms and a state-of-the-art gym, featuring Technogym equipment and modelled off DOMA’s ground-breaking wellness centre in Canberra, Hale Gym and Spa. Jure says the location was worth waiting for. “This location is certainly a very important milestone for us and the Little National Hotel. We had been searching for a site for four years and none were quite right. This one was absolutely perfect for us… We thought Sydney might be the last place that we found a hotel site as it is so hard to get into, but to have just our second Little National Hotel in one of the best spots in the city does feel special.”
Not that it was built without challenges. Jure remembers “feeling very nervous the day that I was told we were successful in the tender for the site… We always knew that the logistics of setting up a construction site in the middle of the CBD on top of one of its major transport nodes was going to be a difficult exercise. The downside of the prime location is that there are so many people moving through this part of the CBD – Wynyard Walk is below us and has capacity for up to 20,000 people to move through it each hour. It cost us a bit of time at the front end, but the Council approved the hotel much faster than we had thought was possible so this effect was probably cancelled out.
“The other nice challenge is keeping up with all of the new bars and restaurants that are sprouting up around us.” “With a massive working population around Barangaroo and our Little National Hotel, there is so much scope for new bars and restaurants to do amazing things. We are as excited about the new Crown Resort entertainment facilities as we are about the underground bars and new cafés on Kent and Clarence Street.” Little National Hotel guests can walk unimpeded and undercover to Sydney’s new landmark destination, Barangaroo, within just minutes. It already has a world-class dining precinct, a showcase of contemporary architecture and art installations, and a six-hectare redesigned headland for recreation. Jure used to think Sydney was an impossible city to efficiently carry out a working day due to problems with traffic and moving around. “My view has completely changed now that I am more familiar with how the CBD works…Once you are in the CBD it’s a very walkable city. We will have our Sydney office in our Little National Hotel and it is fantastic how easy it is to get to the hotel, walk wherever you need to and then come back to your base.” Meanwhile, Bates Smart has designed every minute detail of the new hotel to elevate it as an aesthetic architectural feature along the somewhat gritty streetscape and to distance it from the hustle and bustle below. The hotel’s glass façade provides the guest rooms with full height and width picture windows. Its exterior is defined by horizontal spandrels that wrap around the building’s curved corners to form a continuous sunshade and privacy shelf—the form of which makes a subtle Art Deco nod to adjoining heritage buildings.
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The lift lobby offers a sense of intrigue with a custom kinetic light sculpture suspended from the ceiling, nestled between draping plantings within a dark and moody six-metre high space that is entered from the street via a custom copper door. All 230 rooms are finely tuned to follow a single, compact 18sqm room type with memorable details, such as the unique arrival experience. As guests enter, the welcome scene is programmed to reveal the iconic square window at the end of the room with both blinds and sheer curtains opening—the lighting subtly fading as the view comes into focus —namely a Super King Size bed. This is, however, no ordinary bed. Little National Hotel Canberra first introduced the concept of the high-specification super-sized bed which was built into a window box to look out on the city. The result has been a wave of Instagram scenes of well-rested guests gazing out from under high thread-count sheets as they sip their French Earl Greys and contemplate their days. In fact, the beds are such an exalted part of the experience that DOMA’s Director of Hotels Patrick Lonergan said an average of 15 are sold each month to guests who want to recreate that perfect night’s sleep at home. The other crucial hotel experience taken to new heights at Little National Hotels is the shower. To that end, each suite boasts a large shower recess with exceptional water flow and high-end brushed platinum tapware and accessories. Bespoke joinery resolves every single angle in the room, and built-in technology means lighting, music (guests can play their own Spotify playlists from their own device that connects to speakers in the bedroom and bathroom) temperature, sunlight and television can be intricately controlled from the bed. The feel is zen and minimal and the room feels more beautiful as a result of what is left out rather than what is left in.
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The same thought and consideration is given to all high-end finishes and luxurious touches that turn communal areas of the Little National Hotel into premium social spaces. A talking point already has been the impending arrival of Little National Hotel Sydney’s rooftop bar and lounge. With the rooftop level set back from the street it feels more like a pavilion, and houses the bar, generous lounge areas, a beautiful library/workspace and an outdoor terrace that is landscaped to evoke a lush secret garden before the yawning city skyline. An enormous round marble stone fireplace atop the terrazzo floors provides a focal point around which guests can relax or host visitors over a drink prior to a night out—or perhaps upon return. The communal spaces have been made extraordinarily generous, with double-height ceilings and spaciously-placed seating and furniture. The bar itself has been designed to provide a snug focal point, with the ceiling height lowered and more trademark copper adding warmth. At a time when COVID has made people more aware than ever of their own perimeter of personal space, here is a public area which allows guests to choose how much interaction they want with others. More than any other feature, Guy Lake is excited by the rooftop bar.
“It’s spectacular. There’s not a lot of roof terraces in this city—it is more obsessed with edges and harbour views.” Instead, Little National Hotel Sydney will define a new “intensely urban experience”, more akin to New York than Sydney. Guy admits the 15-month build was challenging—not least for the talented team of engineers and builders who weren’t allowed to land any columns within Wynyard Station. Instead they designed a steel frame truss structure that was transported in and erected on top of the bustling transport hub. It is certainly no mean feat and a structural accomplishment unlikely to have many peers in Australia. With finishing touches complete, Little National Hotel hopes to redefine the expectations of the business traveller. It is also ripe for the staycation market at a time where overseas travel seems a faroff concept. The business model allows for a luxury hotel experience at a more reasonable price-point because Little National Hotel employs far fewer hotel staff than usual and has eschewed conventional inhouse food and beverage operations; rather, guests enjoy the spoils of the surrounding Barangaroo precinct after a gentle stroll downhill, or they can simply order in. After all, there is plenty to keep guests entranced from within the hotel—from the views across the city from the rooftop terrace, to the flames of the central fire in the lounge. It is also to be expected that some may never want to move off their enormous luxury beds, which promise to remain the hotel’s hero statement.
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Little National Hotel Sydney is located within the city’s new foodie and cultural epicentre— Barangaroo. The harbour foreshore playground has finally reached her potential as a buzzing precinct filled with hatted restaurants, worldclass shopping, entertainment and impressive architecture. Here’s our pick of where to go and what to do.
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BARANGAROO If you can possibly tear yourself away from your new favourite bar or restaurant, Barangaroo presents plenty to keep you occupied in terms of walks, shopping and cultural experiences. Try the Barangaroo Ngangamay Multimedia Experience which uses modern technology to tell stories of the world’s oldest living culture. This innovative multimedia artwork is embedded within the iconic Sydney sandstone of Barangaroo Reserve, and accessible on mobile devices via a downloadable app. Gaze at the Shell wall, a beautiful seven-storey shell art installation and the first public art to be commissioned and created under the Barangaroo Public Art and Cultural Plan. The collaboration between Bidjigal/Eora elder and senior artist Esme Timbery and Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones, represents the first of seven public art works commissioned at Barangaroo. If living art is more your style, Barangaroo Botany showcases more than 75,000 native plants in the restoration of the six-hectare artificial headland.
LOVE.FISH Just like it’s name, this restaurant is straight-to-the-point of the matter. Fresh seafood, prepared with expertise to bring out all the emotions in the diner. With a strong following already assured from the Rozelle restaurant, the Barangaroo site is a cute curved set-up promising locally-sourced, environmentally-conscious wines and seasonal produce-driven cocktails alongside its Mooloolaba albacore tuna crudo or prawn falafel. Wulugul Walk, 7/23 Barangaroo Avenue lovefish.com.au Tues–Sun lunch, Thurs–Sat lunch and dinner
Devon is a quirky pop Asian style café which could fool any passerby into thinking they might be in for a cheap and cheerful bowl of noodles. Instead, think finer dining with an inventive hit of truffle during its now renowned truffle menu season. The food is artful, the coffee strong, and the crowd which frequents this light and bright establishment take their breakfasts, brunches and lunches very seriously. Shop 19, 200 Barangaroo Avenue devoncafé.com.au Mon–Fri 7.30am–3pm, Sat–Sun 9am–3pm
FORESHORE If you have the time and comfy footwear available then the Barangaroo Foreshore Walk can provide a gentle couple of hours of exercise and exposure to the Barangaroo Reserve, a 6-hectare multi-level waterfront park. The walk can be completed in one-to-two hours depending on speed and can be accessed from either end – starting at Hickson Road a little before Munn Street, or Towns Place roundabout near to Wharf 9 of Walsh Bay. If you want to savour the Harbour Bridge view last with a nice resting place on top of the hill then start at Hickson Road. Rest assured there are plenty of drinking and eating holes to replenish your spent reserves once you make it back.
BARANGAROO HOUSE Touted as Sydney’s “House of Fun” Barangaroo House is Matt Moran and the Solotel Group's three-level waterfront restaurant and bar. Whether it's casual drinks you’re after at the ground floor house bar, a more substantial meal from executive chef Tom Haynes overseeing the wood-fired grill at Bea, or perhaps a cocktail at sunset from Smoke, this establishment promises something for everyone. What might also add to the pleasure is the venue’s ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability and minimum waste. 35 Barangaroo Avenue barangaroohouse.com.au Check the website for opening hours due to COVID restrictions.
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SHIRT BAR Care for a whiskey with a tailor-made shirt to go with it? We know just the place. Shirt Bar oozes style as it combines a long bar, plenty of beautiful bottles to conjure up any cocktail you like and a bespoke tailoring service all under one roof. Whether it is a caffeine pit-stop while you consider cuff lengths, or a martini to settle on material, it makes any sartorial stresses fade away. Shop 7a, 100 Barangaroo Avenue shirtbar.com.au Mon–Tues 8am–4pm, Wed 8am–8pm, Thurs–Fri 8pm–10pm, Saturday check the website for opening hours.
Have rail ticket? Will travel. One of the perks of such a central location is you are literally on top of one of the city’s most convenient train lines. Wynyard Station has benefited from a billion-dollar upgrade in recent years, making it modern, clean and technologically-advanced, alongside a heritage listing befitting the station which opened in 1932. You can go in all manner of directions to link with other public transport modes, or head straight to the airport, perhaps. There’s also a 180 metre-long tunnel walk to Barangaroo.
SHORT STOP At its busiest, it is estimated that 13,000 coffees are being poured daily at Barangaroo. You’ll find a superior version brewed from Melbourne’s Market Lane at Short Stop which you can use to wash down the popular café’s even more popular donuts. Choose from their classic yeast-raised style, the “cake doughnut” is made sans yeast, or the deepfried French cruller choux pastry version. That’s true variety for you. Shop 3, 23 Barangaroo Avenue short-stop.com.au Mon–Fri 8am–5pm, Sat–Sun 9am–5pm
SHOP If you’re craving some retail therapy, the area has plenty of boutiques to peruse including an offshoot David Jones, Peter’s of Kensington and uber-cool independent music, book and film store Title. Of course, Barangaroo is only a few streets away from the retail meccas of Westfield, David Jones Elizabeth Street and the Queen Victoria Building. You can get your designer fixes at any number of flagship stores, or wander down the backstreets for some more quirky independent boutiques.
BANSKII If you have been searching for Australia’s first vermouth bar, then here it is. Banskii is a large, European-style bar and restaurant that promises an alcohol list worth taking time to read (also, you will need time as it is huge). From the substantial vermouth selection, to cocktails and wines, the small but classic menu will also keep you happy with snacks of oysters, osso bucco terrine or spatchcock. Note to self—happy hour from 3-6pm daily means drinks and $3 oysters. 33 Barangaroo Avenue banksii.sydney Wed–Sat 12pm–late, Sat 10.30–late, Sun 10.30–5pm
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Staying in Sydney’s CBD but hankering for a connection with nature? Author, wellness guru, and hiking devotee Sarah Wilson explains the myriad benefits of getting outdoors and walking your way into calmness—and possibly even enlightenment— as expounded by her new book This One Wild and Precious Life. She also maps out two of her favourite day treks from the city to the bush, which take a mere few hours, but will replenish body and soul.
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WHY HIKING MATTERS “What’s the most direct way to connect to life, to our big bold true nature, to ourselves? Being in nature. More specifically, walking in nature. We emerged into human-hood walking in nature. Our human brain evolved because we got upright and walked. Our sentience and awareness—the stunning and special stuff that sets us apart in the animal kingdom—evolved to the rhythms of walking and in response to the patterns in nature we saw when we quit schlepping around on all fours and began looking upwards. Hiking brings us back to our nature because hiking is how we know our nature.”
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TIME 2-3 hours, DISTANCE 6.8kms Catching the ferry to Taronga Zoo from Circular Quay is a seminal Sydney experience in itself, according to Sarah, who nominates this route for juxtaposing beautiful sections of National Park with the Sydney skyline. Taronga Zoo also has a bus stop right in front of the entrance with regular services from Wynyard, Central, Town Hall, and North Sydney. The walk has three key components: Bradleys Head, Chowder Bay and Balmoral Beach, and the starting point of the track is on Athol Road, only moments away from the Taronga Zoo ferry wharf. Sarah’s favourite part is the vista of Sydney walking underneath enormous gums in and out of tiny harbours before reaching Balmoral Beach where lunch at The Boathouse beckons. It’s either a 20-minute walk back to Taronga, or an Uber back into the city.
YOU CAN HIKE IN A CITY—JUST START WALKING “I remember Helen Gurley Brown, the founding editor of Cosmopolitan and my mentor during my time as editor of the magazine, teaching me how to walk in Manhattan. We were sitting on the leopard-print carpet stairs of her Central Park–side penthouse apartment, our shoes off. She was in her late eighties at the time. ‘Don’t stop walking,’ she told me, tapping my knee with her arthritic forefinger. ‘When you set out, just head in the direction you need to go and move with the green lights.’ She explained I should keep zigzagging my way through the grid system. ‘Never be stopped.’ It was a brilliant metaphor for almost every bit of go-girl advice the magazine ever put out. It can also be as simple as this: While we’re out walking, particularly in nature, we don’t consume. We choose our own way to use our leisure time. The billboards, the targeted text messages and the Facebook ads don’t reach us out in the woods where more often than not there is no reception.”
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TIME 3.45 hours, DISTANCE 8.3kms
“The Cynics of ancient Greece walked as a way to scorn conventions, and the status quo. You could say Western thought is rooted in deviant thinking developed in motion. When you walk, instead of drive, you are also, very visibly, not buying into the all-supreme imperative of the car and all the isolation, disconnect and ecological travesty that comes with it. You take to the streets. You pass traffic jams, you weave your way, your feet agile and moving to spirited beats in your headphones or to your own jibe, naturally. You arrive on foot and you are already in your body, vibrant and present and really quite defiant. When you think about it, to walk has always been a mode of protest. Jesus walked across a desert. Gandhi walked roughly 18 kilometres a day, twice around the Earth in his lifetime, often as a form of protest. Dr Martin Luther King Jr marched to get legislation changed. Walkers disrupt. We take over the streets... Walking, despite being vagrant, is generally respected. I know when I walk in sneakers to a fancy dinner and sit in the gutter out front to swap into fancy shoes, the vibe from the security guard standing nearby is distinctly ‘bravo’.”
Sarah nominates this walk for a connection with ancient Indigenous art and a complete immersion in the sights and smells of the bush. Being all for public transport, Sarah also finds the 1.5 hour train ride particularly soothing. Catch the train from Wynyard or Central to Glenbrook to access an ancient walking track which was used by the Darug people for thousands of years. The Red Hands Cave track winds through remote bushland and arrives at one of the most impressive Aboriginal stencil galleries in the Sydney Basin. From Glenbrook Causeway, follow the medium-difficulty track along Campfire Creek where you might see eastern water dragons sunning themselves. Climbing steadily through the gully, you’ll reach the sandstone overhang of the Red Hands Cave. Enjoy a picnic stop and the birdlife and join the loop walk back. If it’s warm, consider a refreshing dip in swimming hole as you detour along Blue Pool walking track. Sarah loves to finish this trail with an unhurried meal at The Church in Glenbrook.
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Local tourism is where it’s at as the world adjusts to COVID-19. Don’t be sad that you’re not heading overseas any time soon. Consider it an opportunity to soak up the best bits of Australia. Here are three destinations to start with.
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No longer synonymous with boring or bureaucratic, the nation’s capital has racked up some serious cool cred in recent years. Come for the coffee and culture, stay for the shopping, serious gastronomy and sight-seeing.
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In a city which boasts a dynamic food scene, Chairman & Yip is something of an icon—having been a consistently popular, hatted, and inventive modern Cantonese restaurant for more than 20 years. Its moody and dark Barton location contains both private dining rooms and a fully enclosed balcony garden. And while you can order some menu items which have been popular for more than two decades—twice-cooked crispy duck pancakes we’re looking at you—there’s also an ever-changing array of dishes which show true expertise in the kitchen. 1 Burbury Close, Barton chairmangroup.com.au
Located within Canberra’s Parliamentary Triangle, Hotel Realm is a place where the country’s movers and shakers check in to do business. But it is also a beautiful haven for a staycation in the national capital. Part of the multi-award-winning Realm Precinct in Barton, you’ll be surrounded by culinary choices— Ostani, Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar, Chairman & Yip, Maple & Clove wholefoods café—plus health clubs, day spas, hair salons and cosmopolitan shopping districts in nearby Kingston and Manuka. 18 National Circuit, Barton hotelrealm.com.au
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NATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIA BAR ROCHFORD Bar Rochford put Canberra’s bar scene on the national map when it won Australia’s Best Bar in the 2018 Gourmet Australia Traveller Awards. Since then, the accolades have continued to flow. Located under the graceful arches of the historic Melbourne Building in Canberra’s city centre, it combines an inventive menu, skilled bar team and moody/retro vibe—backed by an excellent vinyl collection, courtesy of its co-owner Nick Smith. Cool though it might be, here is a space where everyone is welcomed. First Floor, 65 London Circuit, Canberra City barrochford.com
Holding more than 150,000 works of art, the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) is home to a mind-boggling collection of must-see works: from medieval to modern, photography to sculpture, and Eastern to Indigenous creations. And everything in between. Try to time your visit for a blockbuster exhibition such as Botticelli to Van Gogh, coming in March 2021, or simply wander your own points of interest. The Indigenous collections are mesmerising, as is James Turrell’s Within Without Skyspace. Parkes Place, Parkes nga.gov.au
AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL XO LITTLE NATIONAL HOTEL The flagship for this groundbreaking DOMA hotel model, Little National Hotel has “everything you need, and nothing you don’t”. These compact rooms focus on what matters most in a hotel stay—an amazing bed and shower experience, luxury communal spaces and a location right in the middle of all the action. Perfect for singles or couples who like the finer things in life (at an affordable price), each room includes all the amenities of a 5-star hotel in a compact space, with guests able to work or relax in the library or lounge. 21 National Circuit, Barton littlenationalhotel.com.au
Loud, crowded and with a thumping good soundtrack, XO is a restaurant with energy. Yet somehow, with everything going on around you, the food is so arrestingly good that once it arrives at your table, nothing else seems to matter. Try the famed Asian Bolognese, or the “Strange Flavour Eggplant” and wash it down with calamansi and mandarin softserve. You’ll feel like dancing. 16 Iluka Street, Narrabundah xo-restaurant.com.au
OSTANI Recently renovated and inspired by the Australian alpine landscape, Ostani has all the trademarks of a popular meeting place—just with better décor and superior food and drinks. From the spectacular central fireplace that catches your eye as you walk in the door to its extensive outdoor courtyard spaces, Ostani has a place for every sort of guest in groups large or small. Some will want something off the char-grill while others will stick with their wood-fired pizza. But all can be washed down with an extensive wine collection and cocktail list. Now where did the afternoon go? Inside Hotel Real, 18 National Circuit, Barton ostani.com.au
It’s an awe-inspiring building which attracts more visitors to Canberra than any other national attraction and serves as a permanent reminder of the cost and sacrifice of war. The Commemorative Courtyard is a place of reflection as you stand before a Roll of Honour listing the names of every Australian who has died in war since 1885. The eternal flame on the Pool of Reflection, the stained-glass windows of the Hall of Memory, and the Byzantine dome suspended 24 metres above the ground and the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Solider may well bring a tear to your eye. Treloar Crescent, Campbell awm.gov.au
After a brief closure for a facelift, one of the city’s most innovative Japanese eateries has reopened with a beautiful new interior designed by Capezio Copeland. There’s a feast for your eyes with a wall dedicated to Manga, the bar’s been extended both inside and out, and there’s also a brand new menu featuring the inventive and fun dishes we have grown to crave from Lilotang—think pork and prawn potstickers with ginger and shallot, or braised Wagyu beef brisket on a bao with lettuce and ssamjung sauce. You can wash all of that down with something fabulous off the extensive wine, Sake or Whiskey menu. And by extensive, we mean nearly 80 whiskey options alone. Please take your time and choose wisely. Burbury Hotel, 1 Burbury Close, Barton lilotang.com.au
Chances are if you are visiting Canberra for a few days, something on your itinerary will feature on Lonsdale Street in the inner-city suburb of Braddon. For one thing, you can’t miss it thanks to a rainbow-coloured roundabout which pays homage to the ACT’s overwhelming support of same-sex marriages, and which was also named the “International Roundabout of the Year” by the United Kingdom’s Roundabout Appreciation Society. A hipster haven full of small and independent traders, cafés and restaurants, Lonsdale Street shows the rest of the country that Canberra has a beating heart. It’s fuelled by young and edgy locals who don’t aspire to work in the public service and instead have created their own retail and hospitality pathways. Also. Coffee. The best of it lives here. Lonsdale Street, Braddon
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SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS When the dusty sheep plains of southern New South Wales morph into lush green grass, the bare paddocks sprout enormous European trees, and barbed wire fences make way for manicured hedges and pretty picket fences, you will know you have arrived.
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MILTON PARK If you feel you were born to enjoy manor living but sadly lack the country estate, head east of Bowral to indulge in a night or two of grandeur. Milton Park is a destination in itself, set among extensive formal gardens and offering a Wellness Spa. Guests stay in an imposing homestead which reveals European Villa influences while juxtaposing both French and Federation detailing. Eat in the Horderns Fine Dining Room, or the new Orangerie. Alternatively, you can relax in the Polo Bar or Conservatory. 200 Horderns Road, Bowral miltonpark.com.au
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THE GENERAL STORE This place is a Southern Highlands institution. Built in 1867, the iconic building has developed from a traditional general store to a culinary destination for locals as well as visitors from further afield. It serves everything from crisp barramundi, coconut rice, watermelon, mint, lime, and red onion salad, to steak sandwiches with caramelised onion, horseradish, garlic cream, and sweet potato fries—be sure to book! Accommodation is also available at the former manager's residence, Bower Cottage, which is a sweetly restored three-bedroom self-contained cottage that sleeps six in comfort and boasts a beautiful open fire. 11 Hoddle Street, Burrawang bgsc.com.au
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If gardens are your calling, make time for a stop at Red Cow Farm. The unique cool climate landscapes are spread on 2.5 hectares in the quaint rural village of Sutton Forest. Developed by its creative owners, Ali Mentesh and Wayne Morrissey, around their historic 1820s cottage, the garden includes a walled sanctuary, a cottage garden, monastery garden, abbess’ garden, a stunning collection of rare and unusual perennials, woodland, old-fashioned roses and clematis, beech walk, lake, bog garden, orchard and kitchen garden. It’s open eight months of the year from late September to May. 7480 Illawarra Highway, Sutton Forest redcowfarm.com.au
A family-run business, the hotel is a meeting place, a drinking place and an eight-room guesthouse for those who want to make a night of it at this secluded village 20km from Bowral. Run by couple Pete and Kate, who both hail from hospitality careers in Sydney, the hotel offers what you would rightly expect of a country pub—hearty fare with flair. 14 -16 Hoddle Street, Burrawang burrawangvillagehotel.com.au
SUZIE ANDERSON HOMEWARES If you want to immerse yourself in French, Belgian, and Hamptons-style furniture, homewares, lighting, linen, clothing and art, then head into Suzie’s swoon-worthy shop. From rolled-up rattan carpets, to pieces of coral to tweak your look to coastal, framed mirrors in every shape and size and oversized sofas with choose-your-own linen upholstery, it would be easy to get lost. And don’t forget to look up for the impressive collection of chandeliers and lanterns. 409-411 Argyle Street ,Moss Vale suzieandersonhome.com
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SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS BREWING & TAPHOUSE
Margaret and Ian are the proud owners of The Old Nunnery—a property built in 1900 and used for part of its life as a Catholic Dominican Nunnery. Now it has been totally renovated to provide four king-sized rooms with private bathrooms. Guests have access to almost one acre of landscaped grounds where they can meet the chickens that laid the eggs for breakfast—which is a quality continental and/or full English breakfast. There is also a separate guest lounge with a fireplace and a golf course across the road. 27 Arthur Street, Moss Vale theoldnunnery.wixsite.com
THE GRAND BISTRO They ran Flat White Café in Woollahra and Madame Char Char in Surry Hills before escaping the rat race for a slower gastronomic pace—now chef Damien Monley and his business partner Justine are running Bowral's charming Grand Bistro within the old Grand Hotel building, just off the main street. The old pub has never looked lovelier in her all-white reincarnation, while the menu offers beautifully conceived and hearty fare with a focus on locally sourced produce. The space has become a popular wine appreciation hub thanks to a Cellar Door Retreat with a self-contained holiday home overlooking Howards Lane Vineyard. 295 Bong Bong Street, Bowral grandbistro.com.au
This venue is more simply known as the Taphouse and is a relatively new arrival to the gentrified and historic streets of Moss Vale. Its brauhaus feel is lifted by a funky fit-out and the beer menu features brews lovingly handcrafted in Sutton Forrest. Fear not, nonbeer lovers, there is a stellar wine list on offer and this place is as family friendly as they come. 490-494 Argyle Street, Moss Vale southernhighlandsbrewing.com.au
DIRTY JANE’S Hankering for some vintage adornment for your body or home? Dirty Jane's is an emporium which has it all. From furniture to jewellery, to homewares and clothing, you could get lost for hours as you peruse the shelves and not discover a single mass-produced item. With 75-plus dealers filling out three large warehouse spaces, there’s also a tea house for a restorative break between purchases. The Salon does things old-style—high tea in fine bone china, and superior scones and cream. The Acre, corner of Bong Bong & Banyette Streets, Bowral dirtyjanes.com
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JERVIS BAY Jervis Bay’s appeal is obvious—soft white sand meeting crystal clear waters, surrounded by stunning bushland. But there’s a lot more to this Shoalhaven destination than meets the eye.
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5 LITTLE PIGS WORROWING ESTATE Worrowing Estate is a historic 250-acre coastal farm property offering self-contained holiday accommodation and on-site wedding venue locations, just minutes from Jervis Bay. From cottages to studios, a beachfront house and even glamping tents, Worrowing Estate’s charming range of accommodation is suitable for everyone from couples to large groups. The Worrowing Stables is particularly gorgeous, sitting on the ridge of the Worrowing hillside and offering wide-open views of pastoral land, bush and distant mountain ranges. A restored stable complex, The Stables has a rustic feel and features a large horse arena with farm-style wooden gates. 81 The Wool Road, Worrowing Heights worrowing.com.au
Located in the hustle and bustle of the main strip of Huskisson’s Owen Street, and overlooking Currambene Creek inlet, 5 Little Pigs serves up a delicious and ever-changing menu of local and seasonal produce. It may look like the perfect spot for a casual coffee (and it is), but don’t be fooled—the menu is a cut above what you might expect from your average coastal café. The menu is inventive, and the meals restaurant quality. Caffeinds will appreciate the local Swell coffee on offer. 64-66 Owen Street, Huskisson 5littlepigs.com.au
THE HUSKISSON HOTEL This establishment is as much a part of Jervis Bay as the famous white sand beaches. And it’s about to receive a whole new entertaining precinct. Boasting unparalleled views overlooking the bay, the iconic hotel opened its doors in 1932 and has been a landmark destination for almost 100 years. The “Husky Pub”, as it’s perhaps better known, is the perfect location for a relaxed catch-up, cold beer with friends, a delicious meal overlooking the bay. Recent renovations have created a more refined outdoor space with a more upmarket function and event space also under way. 75 Owen Street, Huskisson huskissonhotel.com.au
PELICAN ROCKS FISH & CHIPS
Jervis Bay Wild offers a range of breathtaking Whale Watching and Dolphin cruise options all year-round. A fantastic way to experience the excitement of pure nature, seeing these amazing creatures in their habitat is truly special. Not so sure how your stomach will fare in open seas? Jervis Bay Wild’s Sunset River Cruise is a relaxing alternative. During the sunset hours, you will be treated to an evening of relaxation and indulgence, enjoying wine and cheese as you cruise the calm waters of Currambene Creek. If you’re up for a little action, Jervis Bay Wild also offers kayaks, canoes and stand up paddleboard hire, where you might meet local giant stingrays, or catch a glimpse of a kangaroo. 58 Owen Street, Huskisson jervisbaywild.com.au
POINT PERPENDICULAR LIGHTHOUSE AND LOOKOUT While you’re exploring, head to Point Perpendicular Lighthouse and the spectacular escarpment at Jervis Bay—it’s a little over a half-hour drive from Greenwell Point and 1hr 10 minutes from Huskisson. There’s no access to the inside of the lighthouse, but the view from the grounds of the lighthouse alone makes this drive worthwhile. Just time your visit wisely—the gravel road to the lighthouse may deteriorate during bad weather and at times the road is closed because of Naval gunnery training exercises. Lighthouse Road, Currarong visitnsw.com
While many waterside spots may claim they have the best fish and chips, Pelican Rocks Café has the gongs to back it up, winning both the Judges and People’s Choice Awards in the 2019 Australian Fish and Chips Awards—the third year in a row they’ve been recognised. Located right across from where the boats dock, they pride themselves on fresh fish— but that’s not all. They also do a cracking breakfast, stunning desserts, and the seafood platters have to be seen to be believed. Oh, and they’re licensed, so you can enjoy a wine or beer with your meal. 115 Greenwell Point Road, Greenwell Point facebook.com/pelicanrockscafé
THE QUARTERS HUSKISSON PAPERBARK CAMP Want to get (really) close to nature? Paperbark Camp’s 13 canvas safari-style tents are nestled amongst the trees, built above the ground to give privacy and to capture the sea breeze. All tents have wrap-around decking with outdoor furniture, polished hardwood floors, full insect screening, solar-powered lighting as well as high-quality linen and all the hotel amenities you would expect for a luxe camping experience. For a camping experience like no other, spoil yourself in the deluxe or king deluxe tents with freestanding bath and contemporary furnishings to create a romantic candlelit oasis amongst the gum trees—you’ll never pitch your own tent again! Paperbark Camp, 571 Woollamia Road, Woollamia paperbarkcamp.com.au
PILGRIMS Pilgrims may be a vegetarian café, but we reckon the menu will win over even the most dedicated carnivore. From burgers and pies to salads, toasties and wraps, it’s a must-visit for delicious, fresh and healthy food. Every Friday and Saturday night, Pilgrims goes south of the border, serving up Mexican nights from 5:30 pm until close. 5-6/57 Owen Street, Huskisson pilgrims.cafe
Located in a 100-year-old coastal cottage, just off the main strip, you’ll find The Quarters Huskisson— an all-day eatery and bar serving up locally-sourced produce, specialty coffee, and an extensive drinks list. The Mod Oz menu takes inspiration from the Mediterranean and Asia, with fresher-than-fresh seafood sitting along Italian favourites, and intriguing dishes showing Spanish and Thai influences. 13 Currambene Street, Huskisson thequartershuskisson.com.au
100 BEACH CHALLENGE Hyams Beach may be the area’s most famous stretch of sand, but there are actually 16 White Sands Beaches of Jervis Bay. Head to the secluded Barfleur beach, which backs onto Plantation Point Reserve, Callala beach and bay with its sand forests, or Murrays in Booderee National Park—all share the same crystal-blue waters and white sands as Hyams, sans crowds. shoalhaven.com/100-beach-challenge
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MATT MORAN'S TOP DISHES FROM BARANGAROO HOUSE
GNOCCHI with SAGE & burnt BUTTER Prep time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 1 hour Serves: 4
INGREDIENTS 1 kg even-sized Royal Blue, Desiree or Pontiac potatoes, unpeeled 150 g plain flour, plus extra 200 g chilled butter, cut into cubes 16 sage leaves 1 garlic clove, finely chopped Finely grated rind and juice of ½ lemon Finely grated Parmesan, to serve
reheat the oven to 200˚C. Place the potatoes on P a rack in the oven and roast for 40-45 minutes until when you insert a skewer into the centre it meets with no resistance—the exact time will depend on your potatoes, so keep an eye out. Remove potatoes from the oven and cut each potato in half and working quickly, scoop out the centres into a bowl (use a tea towel to hold the potatoes so you don’t burn yourself).
Push the potato through a ricer, or mash until smooth and press through a coarse sieve, then tip onto a work surface and make a flat mound. Sieve over flour and season to taste. Mix lightly with your hands to bring together and form a soft dough—be careful not to overwork. Pinch off a little dough and drop into a saucepan of simmering water—the mixture should hold together. If it doesn’t knead in a little more flour and test again, but be careful not to add too much or your gnocchi will be heavy.
nce the dough is of the right consistency, roll into O 1.5cm thick cylinders, then cut into 3cm lengths, pinching the centres of each or, if you prefer, roll over the tines of a fork to create ridges. Cook the gnocchi in a large saucepan of simmering salted water for 1-2 minutes until they rise to the surface.
hile the gnocchi are cooking, melt 60gm butter in W a large frying pan over a medium-high heat. Transfer the gnocchi from the water to the pan with a slotted spoon, shaking off excess water and cook, tossing occasionally, until lightly golden. Transfer to a platter, wipe out the pan and add remaining butter. Cook until nut-brown and fragrant, add sage and garlic and cook until sage is crisp. Remove from the heat and add rind and juice, spoon over the gnocchi, season to taste and serve hot with plenty of Parmesan.
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Steamed BARRAMUNDI with ASIAN GREENS Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes Serves: 4
GRILLED PRAWNS with OREGANO & LIME Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 3 minutes Serves: 6
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FIG, BABY BEAN, PROSCIUTTO, BLUE CHEESE & ROCKET salad Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 3 minutes Serves: 6
4 x 200 g barramundi fillets, skin on 60 g ginger, julienned 3 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced 6 spring onions, thinly sliced on an angle 50 ml soy sauce ½ tsp sesame oil 150 ml peanut oil 600 g assorted Asian green, such as bok choy, Chinese broccoli or choy sum, washed and cut roughly to the same size 2 tbsp oyster sauce 1 tbsp roasted sesame seeds Fried shallots, to serve (see note)
16 large (U6) king prawns ¼ garlic clove, crushed 20 ml Chardonnay vinegar 80 ml olive oil, plus a little extra Zest and juice of 1 lemon 2 tbsp roughly chopped oregano 1 tbsp roughly chopped parsley 2 limes, cut in half
6 black figs 250g beanettes 50 g rocket 10 prosciutto slices 50 g forme d’ambert, crumbled 25 ml olive oil 25 ml white label balsamic vinegar Salt and pepper
Pre-heat a grill pan over a high heat.
Fill the bottom third of a wok with water and bring to the boil over high heat. Place fish fillets, skin-side down on greaseproof paper in a steamer basket that fits snugly in the wok, ensuring water doesn’t touch the base of the steamer. Scatter ginger and garlic over the fish, reserving 1 tsp of each to add to the Asian greens. Scatter over spring onion, seal steamer with a lid and steam fish until opaque and just cooked through (8-10 minutes).
Split each prawn down the centre of the back and open out, leaving the head and tail intact.
Top with the crumbled blue cheese and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic. Season to taste.
Combine the soy sauce and sesame oil in a bowl, then brush over the fish and set aside to rest while you cook the greens.
Heat the peanut oil in a wok over high heat until smoking, add Asian greens, reserved ginger and reserved garlic and stir-fry until fragrant (1 minute). Add the oyster sauce and any remaining soy sauce mixture and toss to combine and greens are wilted. Scatter with sesame seeds and serve hot, topped with the steamed barramundi and scattered with coriander and fried shallots.
Fried shallots are available from Asian grocers or from the Asian section of many supermarkets.
Blanch the beans by placing in boiling water for 2-3 minutes. Drain and refresh the beans in a bowl of iced water and drain again.
Place the crushed garlic, Chardonnay vinegar, olive oil, lemon zest and juice in a bowl and mix together. Add the chopped oregano, chopped parsley and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Drizzle the prawns with a little olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and place shell side down on the grill plate. Cook for 2 minutes, then turn over and cook for approximately 1 minute on the flesh side. Remove from the heat and place on a serving plate.
Cut the figs into quarters and set aside.
To serve, spoon the dressing over the top and serve with the lime halves.
Place the beans onto a platter and top with the rocket. Fold the slices of prosciutto and scatter with the figs on the rocket.
This is a simple rustic salad, where if you use good quality ingredients, you can’t go wrong. The figs that you choose should be plump and heavy, almost splitting at the base. Normally this is a sign that the fruit has deteriorated, but in the case of figs it is the best indicator that they are ripe, jammy and full of juice. The sweet flavour of figs marry effortlessly with the sharp assertive bite of blue cheese. In this recipe I have used the French blue cheese Fourme D’ambert , but you could easily use gorgonzola, Roquefort or a high quality Australian blue cheese. The beans should be quickly blanched and refreshed so they are still vibrant green in colour and crunchy.
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SCANLAN THEODORE WORDS Emma Macdonald PHOTOGRAPHY Bec Parsons
THE QUIET BUT ELEGANT ACHIEVER. When Gary Theodore and Fiona Scanlan started their eponymous clothing line out of a Chapel Street Melbourne shopfront back in 1987, they had little idea that 30 years on they would be dressing royalty and first ladies.
nd yet for their obvious success, clothing label Scanlan Theodore is notoriously shy, eschewing the glare of the industry spotlight to concentrate on a simple message of timeless design and understatement. It also revealed an altruistic streak when confronted with the realities of COVID earlier this year, being among the first luxury houses to sacrifice the production of high-end garments to produce Personal Protective Equipment.
Under the careful stewardship of Theodore since 2003—when Scanlan sold her shares and became a design consultant—Scanlan Theodore has become known the world over for releasing a core line of staples each year: chic crepe knit jackets, comfortable low-rise silk pants and modern, tailored trousers with seasonal variations including, very currently, floaty ethereal dresses. Its pieces have made global headlines when donned by royalty—Meghan, Duchess of Sussex
chose a navy mid-length crepe knit dress with cravat for her role earlier this year as Patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities. It’s not the first time she has chosen Scanlan Theodore—having been widely praised for her sartorial elegance in a burgundy red peplum top that she wore in 2018 during her Australian tour. Similarly, First Lady Melania Trump settled on an ice-blue cocoon-sleeved crepe knit dress when the Trumps hosted an Australian Prime Ministerial visit to
the United States late last year. More recently, as businesses have grappled with the complexities of a global pandemic, Scanlan Theodore’s decision to devote its resources to producing Personal Protective Equipment drew widespread praise within the industry and beyond. Announced on its social media platform in April, Scanlan Theodore repurposed its Fiji factories to make medical garments desperately needed to deal with COVID, beginning with a prototype gown.
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“As a company, we would like to express our gratitude to our dedicated design and production teams who have exhibited strength, unity and efficiency in a collective cause to support this effort,” it said on Instagram. It is just one of the ways Scanlan Theodore has cemented its enduring appeal to generations of Australian women, who appreciate its unassuming public profile and instead focus on the pieces – combining New York edge, European elegance and Australian wearability and practicality. It is a brand which appeals to Canberra-based national property and hotel developer DOMA Group— which settled on Scanlan Theodore as the label to be worn by all of its hotel staff working across its Little National Hotels. Group Marketing Manager Martina Males said “Working in a corporate world, I have always chosen Scanlan Theodore for their timeless and quality pieces. I still have a black crepe skirt I saved up for at uni to wear to my first job interview—that was back in 2003. That same skirt has not changed shape or lost colour. Over the years, I have been complimented by colleagues and friends on my work attire. “When asked to assist in curating uniforms for our hotels, I couldn’t think of another supplier that would fit our requirements—flattering, elegant, versatile and easily washable. Now, all our ladies are complimented on their work wardrobes and they love wearing each piece.” Synonymous with intelligent and well-crafted designs, Scanlan Theodore’s devotion to simple, clean, modern aestheticism has not changed since its inception. The label encourages its wearers to be confident, intelligent and complex. And its design ethic extends to all of its 22 stores. With boutiques across Australia and international outposts in New York and Miami, Scanlan Theodore most recently unveiled a concept store in Melbourne’s Brighton which combines two storeys of industrial elegance and hardwood accents with olives, blue tones and soft blush features.
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The space, designed by architectural firm Don McQualter, is part of a long-standing partnership between the label and Studio McQualter. In Sydney, the label has stores in Paddington, The Strand, Chatswood Chase, the Macquarie Centre, Double Bay, Westfield Pitt Street and is stocked in David Jones. This season’s line sees a focus on modern femininity, combining forever staples with trans-seasonal pieces. And there is plenty of crepe knit—so loved by international fashion icons. Constructed from a highly technical yarn, crepe knit pieces provide sculptural comfort in foundation, designed to simultaneously contrast and coordinate. Each item of Scanlan and Theodore clothing is a promise of timeless beauty and memorable quality.
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Meet CARA HO, our fashion stylist bringing you this season’s looks. Born into Australian fashion royalty, Cara cut her teeth working in fashion business management for eight years, before establishing her niche styling Australia’s celebrities for red carpet events and television. With a strong portfolio of clients from TV, fashion and the corporate worlds in both Sydney and Canberra, Cara is passionate about helping people establish their signature look, whilst paying homage to trends.
Blend timeless silhouettes with modern accents in our pleated rib cross front dress. Constructed from a high stretch pleated rib fabrication in an eye-catching hue, perfect for the warmer weather. Designed in a flattering cross front style, the dress features a halter neck tie, open back, and front cut out. The elasticated waistband cinches in the waist, before falling to a pleated, ankle-length skirt.
There are two major indicators for what styles we can expect this spring/summer season: the fashion from the runways, and the fashion from the streets. The 2020 runways give us a good indication of what new pieces will be popular, while the street style showcases what people are actually wearing from said runways. The two aren't mutually exclusive, and often what's popular on the runway for one season can extend beyond that as people continue to rock the trend IRL (for example: bucket hats). That said, we have a good idea of what the fashion trends of summer 2020 will look like, so here is a guide of covetable pieces for summer inspired by our favourite It-girl outfits. It includes what you can expect your fashion-forward friends to be wearing this summer, and what to invest in to be among them.
Timeless PINSTRIPE Embrace fresh prints and warm weather dressing in the stripe crop shirt. Crafted from a lightweight linen silk blend in a timeless blue pinstriped print. Tailored to a cropped length, topped with a neat collar and fastens with lustrous buttons. The drawstring waists added shape to the shirt and feature slim ties that fasten under the cropped hem.
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1 ST Frayed Raffia Hat – Natural $250 2 ST Big Feline Sunglasses – Honey $380 3 t 16 – Peche $800 4 Chain Belt 2.5 – Light Gold $300 5 Rope Sandal 9.5 – Parchment $650 scanlantheodore.com
1 ST Raffia Braid Hat – White $300 2 ST Feline Square Sunglasses – Black/Pearl $380 3 Stripe Crop Shirt – Sky $350 4 Stripe Skirt – Sky $400 5 Ankle Wrap Flat Sandal – Cipria $450 scanlantheodore.com
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Summer GINGHAM Embrace the summer suiting trend with the gingham jacket. The classic print is reinvented in neutral tones and softly tailored into a single-breasted style, perfect for the warmer months. Internal shoulder pads and notch lapel create a chic, tailored silhouette. Featuring mock front pockets, single button closure and button cuff detailing.
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Designed with an appreciation for soft lines and modern silhouettes, the crepe knit stripe wrap skirt offers a modern take on a staple piece. Crafted from our signature crepe knit fabrication, the skirt features an asymmetric hem, side tie closure and stripe print detailing in bright summer hues. Complete the look with the coordinating bralette and sandals for a refined, warmweather look. So that you can suit up and shop accordingly.
Elevate your summer wardrobe with the silk GGT shirt dress. Crafted from 100% silk for luxury and comfort. The dress captures classic shirt detailing with a modern interpretation for the warmer months. Featuring a pointed collar, cascading buttons from collar to above the knee, and front split for ease of movement.
Inject classic elegance and feminine tailoring into your wardrobe with the tweed jacket. Crafted from cotton-blend tweed, the pale pink single breasted silhouette features structured shoulders and a notch lapel. Complete with front flap pockets, single front button closure and button detailing on cuff. Pair with coordinating trousers and heels for chic tailoring.
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1 ST Slim Cat Sunglasses – Pearl $380 2 Gingham Jacket – Sand $900 3 Gingham Bralet – Sand $220 4 ST Mini Trapeze Bag – Stone $450 5 Double Cotton Short – White $350 6 T-Bar Sandal 5.5 – White $500 scanlantheodore.com
1 ST Big Square Sunglasses – Black/Grey $380 2 Chunky Chain Choker – Light Gold $220 3 Bralet Bikini Top – Black $120 4 Silk GGT Shirt Dress – White $650 5 High Waist Bikini Bottom – Black $120 6 ST Large Trapeze Bag – Black $650 7 Woven Flat Thong – Black $650 scanlantheodore.com
1 ST Big Cat Sunglasses – Tortoiseshell $380 2 Square Bikini Top – Red $120 3 Crepe Knit Stripe Bralet – Navy $200 4 Mid Waist Bikini Bottom – Red $120 5 Crepe Knit Stripe Wrap Skirt – Navy $450 6 Ankle Wrap Flat Sandal – Cocoa $450 scanlantheodore.com
1 ST Big Cat Sunglasses – Nude $380 Tweed 2 Crepe Knit Bralet – Cream $200 3 Jacket – Pale Pink $1200 4 Tweed Trouser – Pale Pink $900 5 Sandal 10.5 – Sand $600 scanlantheodore.com
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Menswear is in an interesting place at the moment. The way men dress is slowly getting more colourful, more adventurous and less constrained by old rules and dress codes. As white-collar workers wear hoodies to the office and streetwear designers reimagine tailoring, change is everywhere. Spring is the perfect time for reinvention and breathing new life into your style, so these are the five biggest spring trends that we are backing, along with our personal tips on how to wear them.
The Return & Reinvention of TAILORING Just when you thought it was out, it comes right back in. Tailoring fell out of favour pretty hard when sportswear took over your wardrobe – wear a suit and you’d look corporate, try hard or dated. Maybe all three. But, as with the endless cycle of clothing that comes back into the spotlight, there is room once more for the humble two-piece. But it’s not the suit as you know it. Cuts are oversized rather than form-fitted, colours are daring pastels and creams rather than navy and grey, and there’s barely a tie in sight.
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1 SAINT LAURENT Square-Frame Acetate Optical Glasses $440 mrporter.com 2 OFFICINE GÉNÉRALE Armie single-breasted cotton-poplin suit jacket $585 matchesfashion.com 3 Dries Van Noten Cotton-Poplin Shirt $402 mrporter.com 4 LEMAIRE Cotton-poplin shirt $411 matchesfashion.com 5 OFFICINE GÉNÉRALE Hugo belted cotton-poplin straightleg trousers $308 matchesfashion.com 6 CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Rantulow suede and canvas trainers $1,125 matchesfashion.com
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Short SHORTS Who loves short shorts? Menswear designers, that’s who. Before you baulk at the prospect of exposing “under-bum”, let us first clarify that there’s a difference between short shorts and hotpants. It pays to be precise. We’re talking about shorts that just hit the upper middle thigh, not anything that could be mistaken for your groin region.
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Pastel colours are a big trend at the moment from high end to high street. As with any sartorial switch-up, it’s worth doing your research before plunging in. While pistachio green might be just the tonic for some, every guy has his own spectrum of shades that suit. To help you get it right, we’ve laid the groundwork with some simple tips and easy ways to wear pastels that won’t leave you looking like a toddler at an Easter egg hunt. Consider your skin tone, loosen up the fit and be aware of your surroundings; meaning if yours is the type of office where grey or navy is still obligatory, you might want to limit Neapolitan.
Given the current limited travel options I say comfort and simplicity is key right now. Simple, pared-back clothing will never not be cool, but there is a fine line between laid-back casual and outright not-makingan-effort. So swerve your attitude towards ‘at home clothes’ and combine easy, straightforward garments together for an effortless take on casual style.
URBAN Utility Sometimes it’s just too extreme to commit to trends for fear that you’ll look like a fashion victim. Take for instance pink. It’s an ‘it’ hue for menswear this season and yet on the opposite end of the fashion spectrum for utility or inherent masculinity. It’s a fine line, but you can pay homage to both opposing trends in the one outfit, the result an effortless yet style look.
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We go to the gym, eat organic, and keep caffeine and alcohol within reasonable limits. But do we prioritise sleep as a health measure like we do the other things? Not enough, it seems. Now medical science is unequivocal about the benefits of a good night’s sleep. Your body and your mind will thank you for it.
“Australians have actually been moving over the decades to have less sleep – the average now is just over 6 hours.” Yet seven hours is the minimum amount of time for adequate sleep and we should all be aiming ideally for eight. Even then, it is a matter of quality, not quantity which leads to feeling rested, happy and alert through the day, rather than irritable, distracted, drowsy and depressed. Dr Desai said that when there was no indication of a medical condition to prevent good sleep, there were some simple rules to try and ensure that one’s sleep bank was in the black.
“Establish a regular morning wake up time. This is even more important than the time that you go to bed.”
The role of sleep as an essential ingredient to health and wellbeing is increasingly being understood with study after study linking good sleep to health and happiness and poor sleep to everything from an increased risk of cancer, premature ageing and even suicide. Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, Matthew Walker is the founder and director of the Centre for Human Sleep Science and a renowned author on the topic of sleep. He has a blunt warning for those who follow the mantra “you can sleep when you’re dead”. In an interview with the Washington Post last year Professor Walker said that
“the sleep-loss epidemic is the greatest public health crisis in First World nations of the 21st century… Every disease that is killing us, in First World countries, can be linked to loss of sleep." In addition to causing fatal accidents and injuries — lack of sleep has been linked to an increase risk of hypertension, diabetes, obesity, depression, and cancer. In fact, some studies have labelled shift work as carcinogenic. Chronic sleep deprivation can lead to marriages breaking down and people losing their jobs. While sleep deprivation is increasingly a symbol of modern life – with lines between work and home increasingly blurred, the constant lure of the Internet, and services available at all hours, not all sleep deprivation is self-inflicted. Sydney Sleep and Respiratory Physician and Medical Director of Sydney Sleep Centre Dr Anup Desai has spent his career trying to help patients navigate sleep disorders that prevent them from taping into the myriad health benefits of a good night’s sleep. Dr Desai deals with medical conditions such as obstructive sleep apnoea, snoring, insomnia, sleep movement disorders, parasomnias and circadian rhythm disorders. These can be complex issues with serious repercussions for the patient, not to mention often leading to mental health impacts. It’s therefore perplexing that healthy people are so cavalier about their sleep health, he says. “It’s archaic and dangerous thinking to think that we shouldn’t prioritise sleep and that we are somehow being more productive if we sleep less as it is proven our performance suffers. People need to realise they need adequate sleep to function. You wouldn’t compromise eating or drinking, which are homeostatic processes. But so is sleep – and if you don’t sleep you die – just like if you don’t eat or drink you die.”
“Get some light exposure when you first wake up, then you suppress melatonin production, and get into a regular sleep rhythm that sets you up to sleep better at night.” "Don't cut your sleep time short." Ironically, while COVID has provided many people with more opportunities to catch up on their sleep deficit, Dr Desai said it had led to some poor sleep habits being formed.
THE ULTIMATE CURE-ALL. WORDS Emma Macdonald
“Sleeping in, spending too much time in bed, working from bed or spending time on the Internet actually makes the bedroom a place of entertainment rather than rest and sleep.” He also warns that going to bed before you are ready to sleep can create negative associations and prolong the nodding off process. Some other things to ponder from the research of Professor Matthew Walker: — Lack of sleep is a major predictor of “all cause mortality” including cancer, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, depression, and suicide — Sleep has an image problem, people wear lack of sleep as a badge of honour to be celebrated. — Less sleep does not equal more productivity. — Under-slept employees take on less challenging problems, are less creative and exert less effort when working in groups. — Scientific research shows that deep sleep is critical to clearing toxins out of your brain and cognitive systems in your brain also need sleep to function fully. — Appetite, weight, and food consumption are all regulated by sleep – lack of sleep makes you eat more calories per day, and reach for more high sugar and high carb foods. — Sleep also has a profound impact on the immune system – one night of 4 hours of sleep will drop natural killer cells (that the body uses to fight cancer cells) by 70 per cent. — Sleep is vital both before and after learning to store and save new memories. — Sleep replays information and strengthens memories. — Your body needs to drop its core temperature 2-3 degrees to fall asleep so keep your bedroom cool. — Darkness is key to producing melatonin. Phones, screens, blue light etc trick the brain into thinking it’s daytime and shut off melatonin production.
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This award-winning App has calming exercises and breathing techniques to help you relax, and even a Calm Kids section with meditations for young people between 3 and 17.
Find calmness, wellness, and balance in your life with this App’s guided meditation and mindfulness techniques.
APPS for NAPS
Need to wind down and refresh ahead of a big day tomorrow? Try one of the following free meditation Apps. Open up your camera and scan the QR codes to download from the App Store of Google Play.
Browse thousands of guided meditations and use the music tracks and ambient sounds to calm the mind and help promote sound sleep.
Learn how to de-stress and sleep better in just 5 minutes a day with a personal mindfulness coach. The App’s sleep playlists, nature sounds, and bedtime readings teach you how to enjoy a more restful sleep.
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Sydney and Canberra are brimming with experiences for every taste, interest and hobby. Here’s a lineup you won’t want to miss.
WHAT'S ON IN SYDNEY HAMILTON
Daily performances from March 17 to Sunday August 1 2021 The Lyric Theatre
Hamilton is the story of America then, told by America now. A record-breaking masterpiece that has “transformed theatre and the way people think about history”. The Tony, Grammy, Olivier and Pulitzer Prize winning musical will open at the Sydney Lyric Theatre in March, 2021 and features a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway. With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow’s acclaimed biography, and has also received an unprecedented special citation from the Kennedy Centre Honours. A revolution is coming. Be there when it happens. sydneylyric.com.au
Details of Handa Opera in 2021 will be revealed in late 2020 Sydney Harbour Take a harbourside setting with an unrivalled view of the famous Sydney skyline. Build a pop-up opera house, complete with bars, restaurants and tiered seating. Add a monumental set, colourful, eye-catching costumes, spectacular dance and an explosion of fireworks, and you’ve got a night like no other. This is Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour: the cultural event of the year. At sunset, gather with friends over a glass of something sparkling and a sumptuous meal before settling back to enjoy show-stopping performances. Details of Handa Opera in Sydney Harbour in 2021 will be revealed in late 2020. opera.org.au
GAY & LESBIAN MARDI GRAS FESTIVAL
Friday 19 February to Sunday 7 March 2021 Sydney It is one of the most glitter-coated events on the Sydney calendar and in 2021, the organisers of Mardi Gras will be working closely with NSW Health to follow any COVID restrictions/guidelines. Keep key dates on ice until then – the Fair Day on Sunday February 21st and the Parade & Party on Saturday March 6th 2021. mardigras.org.au
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WORDS Amanda Whitley
WHAT'S ON IN CANBERRA BOTTICELLI TO VAN GOGH: MASTERPIECES FROM THE NATIONAL GALLERY, LONDON
5 March – 14 June 2021 Tickets on sale 1 December 2020 National Gallery of Australia
Vincent van Gogh Sunflowers 1888 oil on canvas, 73 x 92.1 cm National Gallery London Bought, Courtauld Fund, 1924
Spanning 450 years, Botticelli to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from the National Gallery, London presents 60 paintings by some of Europe’s most revered artists, including Titian, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Velázquez, Goya, Turner, Renoir, Cézanne and Gauguin. Exclusive to Canberra, it comprises the largest group of works to travel outside of the United Kingdom in the history of the National Gallery, London. The exhibition explores seven key periods in Western European art history: the Italian Renaissance, Dutch painting of the Golden Age, Van Dyck and British portraiture, the Grand Tour, Spanish art from the seventeenth century, landscape and the picturesque and the birth of modern art. Highlights include Rembrandt’s Self Portrait at the Age of 34 1640, Vermeer’s A Young Woman seated at a Virginal c.1670 and Van Gogh’s Sunflowers 1888. nga.gov.au
TRUTH, POWER & A FREE PRESS 2 July 2020 – 31 December 2021 Museum of Australian Democracy
Truth, Power and a Free Press begins a conversation about media and the issues affecting our democracy. Hear extraordinary stories from those on the front line for the battle for truth. For the first time ever, in partnership with SBS, some of Australia’s most respected journalists such as Joanne McCarthy, Hedley Thomas, Ghassan Nakhoul, Chris Masters, Hamish Macdonald, and Adele Ferguson speak about their devotion to their craft. Through an immersive, 2-metre tall audio visual display, they explain the work they do, the courage it takes and the responsibility they feel for reporting fairly and fearlessly. Objects from Australia’s media history brought together for the first time include the printing press used by the Father of Federation, Sir Henry Parkes, Peter Greste’s letters smuggled to his family from an Egyptian prison, the protective body armour vest worn by war photographer, Neil Davis and much more. moadoph.gov.au
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Gone are the days of travellers leafing through comprehensive compendiums or tourist brochures to discover the city they find themselves in....
Published on Nov 22, 2020
Gone are the days of travellers leafing through comprehensive compendiums or tourist brochures to discover the city they find themselves in....