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Message from the Prime Minister of Australia The Honourable Julia Gillard MP It is indeed my pleasure to welcome you to Australia. From the vibrant cities and magnificent coastline to the breathtaking beauty of the mountains, I think you will be captivated by Australia’s landscape and the warmth of our people. While here, I encourage you to experience not only Australia’s iconic destinations such as Bondi Beach, Kakadu National Park and the Great Barrier Reef, but also to venture out into regional Australia where you will come to realise the splendour and rich diversity of our country. From coastal wilderness to the rugged alpine mountains, we have regions of environmental significance that will surprise and delight you. I invite you to visit the places which capture the very essence of Australia. You can choose to trek through the magnificent Blue Mountains, drive the Great Ocean Road, or immerse yourself in aboriginal culture – the oldest living culture in the world – in Australia’s Red Centre. Each destination will offer you an experience that is unique and memorable. As Australians we are proud of our vast and fascinating continent and we believe in the importance of conserving its natural beauty for future generations. Once you see it, you will know why. Whether you are here for a short or a long stay, for work or for leisure, I hope you enjoy your time with us.


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Message from the Managing Editor matty soccio There are a few common misconceptions about Australia. It is a modern country. Sydney and Melbourne fight over the bragging rights as the most liveable city in the world. Brisbane and Perth boast dazzling coastlines. Gleaming cities are surrounded by, and often built around, stunning natural landscapes that allow an escape from the bustle. Australians love their country. While nationalism can sometimes be interpreted as a dirty word, in Australia it means more – the concept of the ‘fair go’, giving everyone an equal chance, is an important aspect of the national identity. The Australian sense of humour is testament of its inhabitants’ ability to set up a nation in a country that is often hostile and unforgiving (Australia is the driest inhabited continent in the world with 70 percent of it being arid or semi-arid land). Through the thirst, isolation and hardship that our settlers, both Indigenous and convict, had to contend with, a pride in the ability to survive with humour intact says a lot about the people who live here. And, with that in mind, Australians do not ride kangaroos as a means of transport. So how does one quantify the experience you have from a trip to Australia? In short: with great ease. It is a destination where visitors are encouraged to take it easy. One of Australia’s great idioms, one heard everywhere in the country, is ‘no worries’. It’s a country of wide, open spaces that allow breathing room away from the turmoil of your everyday life – sandy beaches to swim in, rainforests to walk in, towns and cities to explore.


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But the threat of getting lost here isn’t solely geographical – there is only one way to get truly lost in Australia: when you close your mind to what’s around you. There’s an Aboriginal proverb that says ‘Those who lose dreaming are lost’, so keep your imagination keen and eyes open – it’s the only way you’ll get the most out of your stay in this unmatched piece of paradise.

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A country, an island and a continent, Australia is a destination that visitors find to be a life-changing experience. From its beaches to its outback regions and national parks, Nicole Haddow reveals that a camera and sense of adventure is all a person needs when they arrive down under.

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ustralia is a photogenic country, surrounded by seemingly limitless ocean and vast picturesque landscapes. The size of Australia, compared to its tiny population, has ensured that it has withstood urban development and remained protected and incredibly untouched in many places. Sure, you’ll pull out your camera to record the obvious sights, but you may find yourself capturing the most unlikely of moments too. Beaches. Click. The global view of Australia has, for a long time, been the perennial bronzed Australian surfertype personality, seen soaking up infinite rays of sun. Australian beaches are magnetic, first because they’re everywhere, but second, and more importantly, because they’re pristine, sandy white expanses of escapism. Many beaches are just a short distance from the cities and breathe life into the bustling population. The most iconic, photo-worthy beaches attached to the cities certainly include Bondi Beach in Sydney and St Kilda Beach in Melbourne. Glenelg Beach in Adelaide is also an immaculate location worthy

Australia’s icons are an eclectic mix of manmade architecture and natural wonders. If you lined up Australia’s iconic buildings in a row you’d have to wonder just what goes on in the minds of Australia’s urban planners.


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of a visit. For true Aussie escapism though, head ‘up north’ to Queensland and embrace the stunning, blinding white sands of the beaches on the Gold Coast, Cairns, Noosa and the Whitsundays. Heading to the west coast? Hit the beaches of Cottesloe and watch the fearless young Western Australians take to the waves. Icons. Click. Australia’s icons are an eclectic mix of manmade architecture and natural wonders. If you lined up Australia’s iconic buildings in a row you’d have to wonder just what goes on in the minds of Australia’s urban planners. The Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House are, of course, international landmarks. While Melbourne’s Federation Square, Eureka Tower and Flinders Street Station offer an elegant juxtaposition of old and new. Meanwhile, Adelaide in South Australia is considered to be the ‘city of churches’ and these spiritual buildings are quite a sight to be seen. If you’re in the Australian Capital Territory, it is inconceivable to neglect to visit Parliament House, and Perth has its Bell Tower – as photogenic as any building in the country.

Sydney Harbour Bridge at dusk. © Audi Dela Cruz


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Natural wonders. Click. If you like to fill your photo albums with nature’s gifts, however, make your way across Bass Strait toward Tasmania and photograph the infinite greenery of Freycinet National Park and Cradle Mountain. Or head to Queensland and dive into the tropical waters to experience the truly magnificent colours of the Great Barrier Reef. Finally, Australia’s most recognisable natural wonder is unquestionably Uluru (Ayers Rock) in the Northern Territory. Set up your tripod at sunset and you’ll be struck by the warm red glow of this rare wonder enveloping your perspective. Events. Click. Australia surely hosts more events per capita than anywhere else in the world. There is always something going on – and what better way to gain an active insight into Australia’s culture? During the sizzling hot month of January, Australia turns its full attention to the tennis and cricket events held right across the country. Notably, the Australian Open in


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Head to Queensland and dive into the tropical waters to experience the truly magnificent colours of the Great Barrier Reef Melbourne and the Hopman Cup in Perth are the major annual tennis events. In cricket, attending the Boxing Day Test match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground is a much-loved Victorian tradition. But for the entire summer, you will find a cricket match at almost any location in Australia with grass! During the cooler seasons, Australians are by no means restricted to indoor activities. Winter celebrates both Australian Rules football and rugby. There’s nothing like wrapping yourself in some team colours and cheering along with a dedicated stadium of fans while simultaneously eating a meat pie with tomato sauce – another great Australian tradition. Alternatively, if you prefer arts events to sport, the Melbourne International Film Festival and the Sydney Film Festival are great excuses to get cosy and cultural. And don’t forget the international arts festivals in Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne. Music fans should also check out the South Australian Country Music Festival, which offers a great insight into Australia’s country music scene. For more music and dance events, head north for Festival Cairns held in August. As the year progresses and winter yet again ends, why not visit Darwin for some spirited racing at the Darwin Cup? Finally, once spring has fully kicked in and the day-long sunshine returns, don a hat and get frocked up for the Melbourne Cup Carnival. You’ll need to set your camera to the ‘action shot’ setting for all of these events – there’s never a still-life moment here, or ever in Australia, for that matter.

Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. © D Petit


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Vineyards and gourmet trails. Click. OK, so chances are you’re not going to go home and fill your photo album with images of the restaurants or the cuisine that you have experienced during your travels. But Australia’s gastronomy will definitely leave an indelible mark on your memory. Given that Australia is a continent, we regularly feast on some of the freshest produce you will ever taste. Experience our seafood, paired with a glass of crisp Western Australian Margaret River sauvignon blanc, and you’ll want to throw away your passport and sign up for permanent residency (and if you’re already living here, enough said, right?). Given that this is such a multicultural country, there’s no shortage of creative culinary interpretation – order wildly and be pleasantly surprised. For the ultimate gourmet experience, hop in a car and visit some of Australia’s most widely recognised wineries.

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No matter where you are located, Australia’s wineries have an abundant supply of vines, and each region in Australia offers its own distinctive drop for you to sample while taking in each unique landscape. People. Click. Perhaps it’s because we’re somewhat isolated, perhaps it’s all the fresh air, but we Australians are some of the happiest people in the world. The Aboriginal people have inhabited this land for more than 40,000 years and their relationship with the land has preserved its splendour and inevitably written a significant part of Australia’s history. Today, the temperate environment ensures a happy demeanour across the population, with many Australians living a life dominated by the outdoors. Sport, especially cricket, water sports and Australian Rules football, are popular pastimes. This lifestyle may also be why so many cultures have embraced Australia as their home. Melbourne, for example, is home to the largest Greek population outside of Greece. There are many other significant international communities that all make Australia a melting pot for experiments in cuisine, fashion and lifestyle. Australia is a young nation and its people are a reflection of that comparative youth. Australians are not afraid to experiment or take risks and the relative isolation has fostered an almost inverted worldliness. Most travellers don’t put ‘people’ on their list of things to see and do, but in Australia you haven’t truly experienced the country until you’ve spent time with its people. w

Gourmet produce from South Australia. © Barossa Valley


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Emergency phone numbers Fire/Police/Ambulance: 000 Lifeline Counselling Service: 131 114 Poisons Information Service: 131 126



Airlines Domestic Qantas: 131 313 Jetstar: 131 538 Rex, Regional Express Airlines: 131 713 Virgin Blue: 136 789 International Aer Lingus: 1300 304 016 Air Canada: 1300 655 767 Air France: 1300 390 190 Air New Zealand: 132 476 Alitalia: 1300 304 237 American Airlines: +61 7 332 96060 Austrian Airlines: +61 2 9367 3888 British Airways: 1300 767 177 Cathay Pacific: 131 747 Emirates Airline: 1300 303 777 Etihad Airways 1800 998 995 Gulf Air: 1300 366 337 Japan Airlines: 1300 525 287 KLM Royal Dutch Airlines: 1300 392 192 Lufthansa: 1300 655 727 Malaysian Airlines: 132 627 Qantas Airways: 131 313 Singapore Airlines: 131 011 Thai Airways: 1300 651 960 United Airlines: 131 777 Virgin Atlantic Airways: 1300 727 340 Banking hours Banks are open from 9.30am to 4pm, Monday to Thursday and until 5pm on Fridays. Some banks are open on Saturday mornings. 24-hour automatic teller machines (ATMs) are commonly located throughout cities and suburbs. Bus and rail travel A broad network of bus and rail services operate throughout Australia, from major cities to distant corners of the outback. In most capital cities, commuter trains and buses run frequent services around the central business district and suburbs. A number of states also operate light rail services, such

as Melbourne, and Sydney has a commuter ferry service. Rail passes are generally state or regionbased. Each railway system has its own range of rail passes, but some allow travel over more than one system. For details contact the relevant state organisation. A large number of bus services also operate throughout the cities and suburbs. Please consult your hotel concierge for more information on local bus services. For more information on the many rail services available contact: RailCorp (New South Wales) 131 500 for transport information or visit Viclink (Victoria) 131 638 or visit TransAdelaide (South Australia) 08 8218 2362 or visit Queensland Rail (Queensland) 131 617 or visit Transperth (Western Australia) 08 9428 1900 or visit For interstate bus travel a main operator is Greyhound Pioneer Australia. Contact: 132 030 or visit Business hours Most retail outlets are open 9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday, and 9am to 5pm on Saturdays. Many are also open on Sundays. Most capital cities have late night shopping on Fridays, with some extended trade on Thursday nights. Please consult your hotel concierge for more information. Calling overseas International Direct Dial (IDD) telephone calls can be made from most public telephones. To make an international call, dial the international access code (0011), then the country code, the area code and the telephone number. If the area code you are dialling begins with ‘0’, for example London (0208), you should omit the ‘0’ from the dialling sequence: 0011 + 44 + 208 + telephone number. Climate Australia’s climate varies greatly depending on where you are located, from tropical (Darwin and North Queenland) to subtropical (Sydney and Brisbane), Mediterranean (Perth and Adelaide) and

Twelve Apostles, Victoria. © W Sirijinda

Crossing state borders There are no entry formalities on any of Australia’s state borders; however, fruit, plants and vegetables are not permitted to be carried between states as a precaution against agricultural diseases. Currency Australian currency is decimal with the dollar as the basic unit (100 cents equals one dollar). Notes come in $100, $50, $20, $10 and $5 denominations. Coins come in 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2 denominations. Although prices are often marked in single cent units, payment is rounded to the nearest five cents. There is no limit on the amount of travellers’ cheques or cash brought in or taken out of the country; however, cash amounts in excess of AUD$10,000 (or its value in other currencies) must be declared. Driving Unlike the Americas and much of Europe, Australians drive on the left side of the road. In the absence of traffic lights and at roundabouts, give way to the right. A number of major cities have ‘one way’ streets, so travellers should take extra care when

Electrical appliances Electric main voltage is 240 volts, 50Hz AC with a three-pin plug. Power outlets for razors and other small appliances are usually supplied in leading hotels. For larger appliances (110 volts), converters are required. GST Australia introduced a Goods and Services Tax similar to a VAT on 1 July 2000 as part of a tax reform package. Goods and services bought within the country include a consumption tax levy of 10 percent, with the exception of some medical supplies and certain foodstuffs. Duty free items can also be purchased at the airport, or at designated duty free shops in most major cities. For further information on allowances and airline regulations contact or Tourists travelling overseas may be able to claim a refund of the GST they paid on goods bought in Australia. The refund only applies to goods travellers take with them as hand luggage when they leave the


Credit cards All major credit cards including MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Diners are widely accepted. These cards can also be used in ATMs if you have a personal identification number (PIN).

driving. In Melbourne, watch out for trams and the unique city centre hook turn. Never pass a tram from the right or pass on the left when it is stationary, as passengers may be getting on or off. It’s compulsory for seatbelts to be worn and to drive with the headlights on at night. Drink driving laws are extremely strict in all states – the .05 blood alcohol limit is rigidly enforced and random breath tests are common. Speed and other regulations vary from state to state, however, most states have a 50 kilometres per hour speed limit in built-up areas. The highway speed varies from 75 to 110 kilometres per hour unless otherwise indicated. The main bridges and tunnels in Sydney and Brisbane are tolled and exact change is required. Consult your concierge for details. In Melbourne, the CityLink and EastLink expressways, with their state-of-the-art electronic tolling systems, require a special e-tag or day pass for your car. For details contact CityLink on 132 629 or EastLink on 135 465.


cool temperate (Melbourne and Hobart). Broadly, there are two climatic zones: tropical in the north and temperate below the Tropic of Capricorn. In the tropical areas, there are two primary seasons – the ‘dry’ and the ‘wet’ – while the temperate zones have four seasons. The southern winters vary from cold to mild with some rain and sunshine, but the summers are warm to hot in all states. From June to August, it’s possible to ski in the high country of New South Wales and Victoria in the south, and then swim at the Great Barrier Reef in the north 24 hours later.

Barossa Valley, South Australia. © H Digital

country. Tourist Refund Scheme booths are located in the departure areas of major airports. At the booth, travellers must produce the goods, the tax invoice from the retailer, their passport and their international boarding pass. Health There are very few health risks when visiting any part of Australia. Standards of hygiene are high and it’s safe to drink tap water. Mosquito repellent is recommended in the northern tropical areas, as is sunscreen throughout the country.


Public holidays 2011 1 January – New Year’s Day 26 January – Australia Day 7 March (WA) – Labour Day 14 March (VIC, TAS) – Labour Day 22 April – Good Friday 25 April – Easter Monday 25 April – ANZAC Day 2 May (QLD) – Labour Day 13 June (except WA) – Queen’s Birthday 3 October (WA only) – Queen’s Birthday 3 October (NSW, ACT, SA) – Labour Day 1 November – Melbourne Cup Day 25 December – Christmas Day 26 December – Boxing Day

Western Australia Tourism Commission +61 8 9483 1111 or visit Northern Territory Tourist Commission 133 068 or visit Canberra Tourism 1300 554 114 or visit Tourism Tasmania 1300 367 255 or visit Taxis Australia has a world-class taxi service. Taxis can be hailed, caught at designated taxi ranks or booked by telephone or on the internet. Taxis are generally available outside all major hotels. Time zones Australia has three different time zones: Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) and Australian Western Standard Time (AWST). These vary between eight and 10 hours ahead of Universal Coordinated Time (UCT), formerly Greenwich Mean Time. • AEST – UCT + 10 hours • ACST – UCT + 9.5 hours • AWST – UCT + 8 hours Clocks are put forward one hour from October through to March when daylight saving is introduced in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory.

State and territory tourism offices Tourism New South Wales +61 2 9240 8788 or visit Tourism Victoria 132 842 or visit South Australian Tourism Commission 1300 655 276 or visit Tourism Queensland +61 7 3535 3535 or visit

Tipping Tipping is not compulsory. Apart from the mandatory GST (mentioned earlier), there are no mandatory gratuities or restaurant service charges of any kind in Australia. In some exclusive restaurants, it is usual to tip about 10 percent of the bill for good service. w


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Whether it is the beautiful places to see, food or drink to indulge in, or its burgeoning arts and cultural events, visitors to Australia are afforded a front row seat to one of the most treasured countries in the world. The land, the life and its people reflect the joy found here, one that is extended to travellers on their arrival. Explore and open your senses to everything that this land down under can offer you.




Sunrise over Lake Pinaroo in Sturt National Park, NSW. Š Ashley Whitworth




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and culture The arts, whether manifested in the physical form of sculpture and painting or through dance and theatre, have played an essential role in the forming of an Australian national identity. Melanie Sheridan traces their evolution from Indigenous culture to popular contemporary cinema.


ustralia is a colourful nation. Its deep red earth, crystal blue waters, lush green rainforests and rugged orange cliffs place it among the world’s best and brightest. But with its rich Aboriginal history, colonial past and cosmopolitan cities of today, the Australian arts scene is just as colourful as its landscape. Whether it’s through a cultural tour, street art, gallery exhibition, song or on a stage, there are plenty of ways to experience the magnificent colours of Australia. With so many extraordinary pieces of artwork and world-renowned venues scattered throughout Australia, the tough part is finding a suitable cultural hub that is right for you.



Aboriginal rock art paintings. © I Wierink

Aboriginal art Australia’s Aboriginal cultures are some of, if not, the oldest living in the world, dating back between 40,000 and 70,000 years. Likewise, Australian Aboriginal art is also one of the world’s oldest living art traditions. Since the Indigenous people of Australia have never formed a single, homogeneous society prior to European colonisation in 1788, more than 100 distinct language groups existed in the Northern Territory alone, each with its own cultural and social traditions. In the same way, the music, dance, visual art and ceremonies differ between regions, and between language groups. But it is these very things –

dot-painting style of the Papunya art movement in the 1970s (now recognised as one of the most significant art movements of the 20th century) that Australia – and, indeed, the world – embraced traditional, symbolic Aboriginal art on its own merit. Today, mainstream society has not only accepted Indigenous art, it celebrates it. In recent years we have seen films by and/or featuring Indigenous Australians achieving success locally and internationally. David Gulpilil and Rolf de Heer’s Ten Canoes won the Cannes Film Festival ‘Special Jury Prize’ in 2006, Warwick Thornton enjoyed tremendous critical and box office success, as well as winning the Cannes Film Festival ‘Camera d’Or’ prize with his first feature, Samson and Delilah and Arrernte filmmaker Rachel Perkins’ Bran Nu Dae closed the 2009 Melbourne International Film Festival with rave reviews. From the Dreamtime to dreaming of a better future, Australian Aboriginal art offers something for everyone.


the music, the dance, the visual art – that also provide the underlying similarities between Aboriginal cultures: art connects the past with the present, the people with the land, the supernatural with reality – it unifies Aboriginal Australia. From 30,000-yearold rock paintings to Top 20 rock bands; from the acclaimed Papunya/Western Desert art movement to award-winning Arrernte and Yolngu filmmakers and actors, Australian Indigenous art is vibrant, varied and alive. Among the most significant names in modern Aboriginal art is that of Albert Namatjira (1902 to 1959). Born into the Aranda tribe, Namatjira is arguably Australia’s best-known Indigenous painter, a status that led to him becoming one of the first Indigenous Australians granted citizenship. Of Namatjira’s achievements, Aboriginal activist and political figure Charlie Perkins once said, “[This is] the beginning of recognition of Aboriginal people by white Australia.” Namatjira’s paintings were western-style landscapes; however, it wasn’t until the famous


Aboriginal rock art, Kakadu National Park. © E Print

Galleries and museums Australia has established excellent galleries to showcase both international works and its own Indigenous artistic traditions. With major museums and galleries being located throughout most main cities and states, each cultural venue exhibits unique pieces, as well as distinctive regional artworks. The largest galleries are found in the south east of Australia, namely the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in Melbourne, the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney and Canberra’s National Gallery of Australia (NGA), which make every effort to maintain Australia’s presence on global cultural circuits. Regardless of where you find yourself, there is always something to interest any art buffs visiting Australia.

Powerhouse Museum Part of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (also incorporating the Sydney Observatory), the Powerhouse is one of Australia’s largest and most popular museums. Its unique and diverse collection of 385,000 objects spans history, science, technology, design, industry, decorative arts, music, transportation and space exploration. A visit to the Powerhouse can include science experiments, virtual-reality three-dimensional theatres, extraordinary performances, films, lectures and public programs. Location: 500 Harris Street, Ultimo, Haymarket Tel: +61 2 9217 0111 Queensland

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National Gallery of Australia As its name implies, the National Gallery of Australia is one of the country’s most significant and globally recognised art galleries. Home to an important collection of modern Australian and international works, including Jackson Pollock’s infamous Blue Poles, it also hosts important international exhibitions, local artist retrospectives and plays host to a number of art world events. Location: Parkes Place, Canberra Tel: +61 2 6240 6411

National Portrait Gallery The National Portrait Gallery aims to increase the understanding of the Australian people – their identity, history, creativity and culture – through portraiture. Bordered by the High Court of Australia and the National Gallery of Australia, it displays up to 400 portraits of people who have shaped Australia and who continue to influence our nation. Location: King Edward Terrace, Canberra Tel: +61 2 6102 7000

Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art The Queensland Art Gallery (incorporating the Gallery of Modern Art) is Queensland’s premier visual arts institution. Located 150 metres apart, on the south bank of the Brisbane River, the Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art’s driving philosophy is to connect art and people. Location: Stanley Place, South Bank, Brisbane Tel: +61 7 3840 7303 South Australia

Art Gallery of South Australia The Art Gallery of South Australia is Adelaide’s treasure house, holding one of the country’s greatest art collections in one of the state’s most beautiful buildings. Explore the best of Australian Indigenous and colonial art, modern and cuttingedge contemporary art, and extensive displays of European, Middle Eastern and Asian artworks. Location: North Terrace, Adelaide Tel: +61 8 8207 7000 Victoria

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Art Gallery of New South Wales The Art Gallery of New South Wales is the leading museum of art in Sydney, and one of Australia’s foremost cultural institutions. It holds significant collections of Australian, European and Asian art, and presents nearly 40 exhibitions annually, with a number of international exhibitions visiting throughout the year. Location: Art Gallery Road, The Domain Tel: 1800 679 278

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art Melbourne’s leading contemporary art gallery, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, is the only major public art gallery in Australia focused on commissioning rather than collecting. ACCA’s landmark rust-red steel building, in the heart of Melbourne’s arts precinct, reflects its position as home to the most challenging, innovative and creative visual art of our time. Location: 111 Sturt Street, Southbank, Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9697 9999

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Shearing the Rams, Tom Roberts, 1890. © National Gallery of Victoria

Australian Centre for the Moving Image A unique cultural institution, ACMI is an internationally renowned art centre that celebrates, champions and explores the moving image in all of its forms: film, television, games, new media and art. Visitors to ACMI can explore the moving image, engage with the genre and get hands-on by making their own moving-image narratives. Location: Federation Square, Flinders Street, Melbourne CBD Tel: +61 3 8663 2200

Melbourne Museum Incorporating Melbourne’s IMAX cinema and the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, the awardwinning Melbourne Museum houses a permanent collection in eight galleries, including one just for children. Highlights include a complete skeleton of a blue whale, a living rainforest and the body of Australia’s most famous racehorse, Phar Lap. Location: 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton Tel: 131 102

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The National Gallery of Victoria celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, after opening in 1861. In the mid-1990s, as the Gallery’s growing permanent collections and extensive schedule of major exhibitions outgrew its St Kilda Road location, a second NGV building was built at Federation Square. Today the NGV’s Australian collection is housed in the Ian Potter Centre at Federation Square, with NGV International located in the redeveloped St Kilda Road building in the heart of the Melbourne arts precinct. Location: NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne Tel: +61 3 8620 2222


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Art Gallery of Western Australia Through its collections and programs, the Art Gallery of Western Australia offers visitors exciting encounters with the art of Western Australia, Australian Indigenous art and the art of the world. Location: Perth Cultural Centre, James Street Tel: +61 8 9492 6622

Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts Housed in a centrally located, iconic Heritage building in Perth’s Cultural Centre, PICA is a place where visitors can experience the work of local, Australian and international artists working in the areas of visual, performing, new media and hybrid arts. Location: Perth Cultural Centre, James Street Tel: +61 8 9228 6300 Music and dance Festivals Australians love their festivals, and not without reason – Australian festivals are some of the best in the world. Summer brings with it the Sydney Festival in January, one of the country’s largest annual cultural celebrations with an international reputation for modern and unique music, dance, theatre, visual art and cross-media programming. In February, head west for the Perth International Arts Festival, the oldest annual international multiarts festival in the southern hemisphere. It has been presenting the west with the best international contemporary music, dance, theatre, comedy, film, visual arts and literature since 1953. March is the month for the internationally acclaimed WOMADelaide Festival, the Australian arm of the global world music phenomenon established by Peter Gabriel in 1982. This familyfriendly, eclectic music, arts and dance festival is one of Australia’s must-see events.

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Blue Poles Number 11, Jackson Pollock, 1952. © National Gallery of Australia


Head of Public Programs and Education at the National Gallery of Australia What can visitors to the NGA expect to find? A new entrance with outdoor cafe, 11 new galleries of Indigenous art, an amazing ‘sky space’ by artist James Turrell, sited in spectacular landscaped gardens, a wonderful and large open shop with designer goods. All of which is within the newly completed redevelopment of the gallery. Of course there is there is a couple of thousand art objects from around the world on display as well, including some of the world’s finest international art, including works by Monet, Matisse and Picasso. What is the most well known piece in the NGA and why? Blue Poles Number 11, 1952 by Jackson Pollock. Purchased in 1973, this work generates the most interest and is by far the best-known work of art in the National Gallery collection. The purchase price of over a million dollars Australian and the political controversy surrounding the purchase at the time has ensured it stays well known in Australia. However, people have grown to love it and come to the gallery to sit and look and want to understand why this work of art generates such strong feelings. What was the most memorable exhibition to come through? Masterpieces from Paris – Van Gough Gauguin, Cézanne and beyond from the Musee d’Orsay last summer 2009/10. Nearly half a million people came through the Gallery for it. How do you think the arts of Australia are viewed overseas? Aboriginal art in particular is generating a lot of interest overseas and has for some time gained considerable exposure in Europe and America – now strong interest in Japan and China. A few other Australian artists are developing world-wide reputations as well. Do you have a particular favourite piece in the NGA collection? Rover Thomas’ painting All that big rain coming from top side, 1991, from the Kimberley region. It’s painted in natural ochres on canvas, depicting the rains rushing across the plains and cascading over the cliffs in the Kimberley. Thomas, a stockman in the area, loved visiting the area in the wet season – it was his ‘holiday spot’, away from the dust and dirt of stock work, where he could sit in the cool under the waterfall. Where is your favourite place to holiday in Australia? NSW Snowy Mountains in summer, up in the Australian High country. Fantastic wild flowers, dramatic landscapes and scenery, cooler climate and few people – just a great place to unwind.

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Today, the Opera House is home to an enormous cultural display, boasting organisations such as the Australian Ballet Orchestra, Opera Australia and the Australian Ballet. During Easter, don’t miss Byron Bay’s multi-awardwinning East Coast Blues and Roots Festival, listed by international concert magazine Pollstar as one of the world’s top five festivals alongside the Glastonbury Festival and the Montreux Jazz Festival. The Darwin Festival, in August, is a celebration of the city’s uniqueness, multicultural community, youthful energy, tropical climate and great lifestyle. The cultural program includes opera, cabaret, dance, music, film and comedy, and incorporates music and dance from Indigenous, Indonesian and Pacific Island communities. Brisbane’s foremost international multi-arts festival, the aptly named Brisbane Festival, occurs annually in September and offers the ‘sunshine state’ an outstanding and eclectic program of music, dance, theatre, opera and multimedia. The Melbourne International Arts Festival, Victoria’s flagship cultural event, is held over 17 days every October and is the pre-eminent destination festival in Australia, exclusively debuting some of the finest national and international artists and performance companies.

If rock music is more your style, however, you can’t go past the annual touring festival, the Big Day Out. One of the country’s most popular festivals, every January it brings the biggest names in international rock music to Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. If you’re looking for something smaller, each state has a music festival to offer, such as the Meredith Music Festival in Victoria or Woodford Folk Festival in Queensland. Orchestras and operas Australia’s most famous landmark, the Sydney Opera House, owes its existence to a former Sydney Symphony Orchestra chief conductor, Sir Eugene Goossens, who, in 1948, declared, “Sydney must have an opera house.” Today, the Opera House is home to an enormous cultural display, boasting organisations such as the Australian Ballet Orchestra, Opera Australia and the Australian Ballet. During these companies’ Melbourne seasons, their performance partner is Orchestra Victoria, one of two full-time, professional orchestras based in Melbourne. The other partner


is the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO), Australia’s oldest orchestra. The MSO has a reputation for excellence, versatility and innovation – its performances with rock and pop acts such as Elton John and KISS have been wildly successful. Following integration with the Melbourne Chorale in 2008, the Orchestra now has its own choir, the MSO Chorus. In the west, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra is the largest and busiest performing arts company, with more than 130 concerts each year featuring some of the world’s finest conductors and soloists. For something a little different, the Adelaide Art Orchestra has become a key player in Adelaide’s dynamic music scene since its inception in 2001, and has established a reputation for its contemporary classical and popular repertoire, either performed as a chamber ensemble of six players or a full symphony orchestra.

spectacular outdoor venue located in the lush Kings Domain Gardens. Australia’s largest purpose-built outdoor venue, the Bowl has hosted music and theatre performances, including a 1967 concert by The Seekers that set a lasting attendance record of 200,000 people.

Dance For a truly Australian dance experience, you can’t beat the award-winning Bangarra Dance Theatre. Fuelled by the spirit, energy and inspiration derived from the culture, values and traditions of Indigenous Australians, Bangarra’s dance is artistically innovative, technically outstanding and truly exciting to audiences throughout Australia and the world. Other innovative dance companies thrilling audiences throughout the country include the acclaimed Sydney Dance Company and Melbourne’s unpredictable genre-defying Chunky Move, the award-winning company of Sydney Dance Company alumnus Gideon Obarzanek.


Performance venues The Sydney Opera House doesn’t just host art; it is art. A masterpiece of late modern architecture, this World Heritage-listed building features a concert hall, an opera theatre, several drama theatres, a recording studio and a spectacular open-air venue with stunning views of the Sydney Harbour. Host to performances by Australia’s leading performing arts companies – including the Sydney Symphony, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Opera Australia, the Australian Ballet, Sydney Theatre Company, Bangarra Dance Theatre and the Bell Shakespeare Company – the Opera House is an unsurpassable attraction. In Melbourne, the Arts Centre is the flagship of the performing arts in Victoria and the focal point of the city’s Southbank cultural precinct. Centrally located on St Kilda Road, it comprises two main buildings – the Theatres Building (housing the State Theatre, the Playhouse and the Fairfax Studio) and the Hamer Hall concert venue – and also incorporates the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, a

This is the first theatre venue you will encounter as you approach Melbourne’s CBD from St Kilda Road. The Arts Centre sets the bar incredibly high for the rest of this vibrant city, as it is home to six theatre venues and many other interesting sites, including The Famous Spiegeltent circus tent that is exhibited during the annual Melbourne International Arts Festival. Location: 100 St Kilda Road Tel: +61 3 9281 8000


State Theatre The State Theatre boasts some of the most dynamic and entertaining shows that the nation has to offer. In recent history, the theatre hosted the glorious Dame Edna, and regularly hosts top Australian and international performers. Built in 1929, its design showcases meticulous attention to detail and is the epitome of class and elegance. Location: 49 Market Street Tel: + 61 2 9373 6655

Canberra Theatre Centre It’s very appropriate that Australia’s capital and home of the Prime Minister is also home to the Canberra Theatre Centre, the first government initiated performing arts centre to be completed in Australia. Opening in 1965 with Swan Lake, the Canberra Theatre Centre has three theatres: the Canberra Theatre, the Playhouse and the Courtyard Studio. Location: Civic Square on London Circuit Tel: +61 2 6243 5711 Melbourne

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Her Majesty’s Theatre At the time of its opening in 1886, Her Majesty’s was the largest theatre in the southern hemisphere. Today, many other theatres battle for this title, but Her Majesty’s remains impressive in its size and breathtaking design, maintaining much of its original aesthetic. Location: 219 Exhibition Street Tel: +61 3 8643 3300

Regent Theatre Re-opened in 1996 after a three-year restoration project, the Regent Theatre has lost none of its original beauty. Positioned in the centre of Melbourne, the Regent stands as a testament to the class and elegance that make the Victorian capital such a unique place. Location: 191 Collins Street Tel: +61 3 9299 9500



Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) Brisbane’s forerunner in the world of theatre, QPAC hosts five separate theatres within a large complex. Open since 1985, QPAC features a large array of artistic entertainment. Location: Corner Grey and Melbourne Streets, South Bank Tel: +61 7 3840 7444 Perth

His Majesty’s Theatre


Andrew Upton & Cate Blanchett

Built at the turn of the last century, His Majesty’s Theatre remains a staple in the history and culture of Perth. Named after King Edward VII, it is believed to be the only surviving theatre of the Edwardian era in Australia. Location: 825 Hay Street Tel: +61 8 9265 0900 Hobart

Theatre Royal Dating back to 1837, the Theatre Royal has withstood many hard times, including a terrible fire in 1984. Threatened on more than one occasion with demolition, it was saved most notably in the late 1940s by Sir Laurence Olivier and a bevy of supporters who came to its aid. Today it remains the much loved home of such wonderful pieces of theatre as Amadeus and Miriam Margolyes’ acclaimed one-woman show Dickens’ Women. Location: 29 Campbell Street Tel: +61 3 6233 2299 Adelaide

Adelaide Festival Centre Sitting on the sloping banks of the River Torrens, the Adelaide Festival Centre is the home of Adelaide’s art scene. Housing six spectacular theatre venues, the Festival Centre is irreplaceable in its importance to the life and culture of both Adelaide and the rest of Australia. w Location: King William Road Tel: +61 8 8216 8600

Sydney Theatre Company is the largest theatre company in Australia, presenting an annual twelve-play Season at its home base The Wharf, on Sydney’s harbour at Walsh Bay, the nearby state-of-the-art Sydney Theatre, and as the resident theatre company of the Sydney Opera House. Sydney Theatre Company offers audiences an eclectic program of Australian plays, interpretations of the classic repertoire and the best of new international writing, as well as performances for younger audiences and free events throughout the year.

Learn more at or call the STC Box Office on (02) 9250 1777




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If Australia was only known for one thing, it would be its high-quality produce – whether to eat or drink, to savour or devour on the spot. Angie Howard quaffs a glass of red over a steak dinner to describe the tastes of this lucky country.

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Premium Australian scallops. Š Montalto


f there’s one thing to love about the land down under, it has to be its produce. Australia is simply a fabulous place to share fine wine with friends over premium steak or seafood or cheese. The scent of a freshly brewed coffee made from northern Queensland beans or the feeling of a Cairns chocolatier’s best dark block melting on your tongue; the subtle beauty of a Barossa Valley shiraz or the smoothness of a King Island brie; the sweetness of a Northern Territory mango or the freshness of Tasmanian seafood; these are what make a trip to Australia the joy that it is. For gastronomes wanting to taste their way around the country, there are more than a few places to consider on your list. To harvest Australia’s location means that it covers a number of different climate zones – arid grasslands and expansive deserts to lush tropical forests and fertile farming lands. This allows its inhabitants to grow myriad varieties of fruits and vegetables, while also



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rearing many different types of livestock. While the staple lamb, beef and chicken dinners grace people’s tables throughout the country, occasional local options such as kangaroo, emu and, in some states, crocodile, are also becoming an occasional part of an Australian’s diet. Due to their positions within the tropical zone, the Northern Territory and Tropical North Queensland are best known for their tropical fruit and vegetables. Lucky travellers to these regions have the chance to taste such fruits as rambutan, longan, mangosteen, soursop and durian, as well as feast on the more familiar bananas and range of melons, which are generally only found in south east Asia, but thrive here. Further into New South Wales and Victoria, you’ll find a range of popular fruits and vegetables, especially apples and pears, stone fruits, wheat, corn and other crops – the Goulburn Valley, Macedon Ranges and Hunter Valley are great examples. This exceptionally fertile land extends throughout country New South Wales, Victoria,

general Manager, Lark Distillery What sets Lark Distillery apart from other Australian alcohol producers? Lark Distillery was established in 1992 and was the first boutique whisky distillery in Australia for over 150 years. Tasmania is ideally situated to make malt whisky, and yet 150 years after the last licensed Tasmanian distillery closed its doors, it took a local whisky lover, Bill Lark, to realise the environment was perfect – rich fields of barley, an abundance of wonderfully pure soft water, highland peat bogs and the perfect climate to bring all the ingredients together in a marriage of science, art and passion. Today, Lark Distillery is one of Australia’s leading distilleries. What is your flagship whisky? It is our single malt whisky which was first produced in small quantities in 1992, but we now have sufficient quantities to support high quality local and export markets. It is distilled from Tasmanian Franklin barley, malted at the Cascade Brewery. The whisky is lightly peated and resembles in flavour a Scottish Speyside or Highland whisky. Why do you think Australian produce is so popular? I think consumers are turning to local products to support local producers. People are more and more appreciating things that are produced with patience and passion, as well as being hand-crafted, and are willing to pay a little extra to buy premium local products, instead of the mass produced things that have saturated the market, which is a great thing. Where is your favourite destination to visit in Australia? I love Cockle Creek in southern Tasmania, because it is far away from everything. No power, no lights, no phone service, it’s great! Beautiful beaches, great walks and © Lark Distillery time just seems to slow right down.


Olives have been grown in Australia for over 200 years. Š Montalto

South Australia’s valleys and into southern Western Australia, and also in the rolling hills of Tasmania, where the cherries are plump and glorious. The major cities of these areas are hotspots for Australia’s other great bounty – seafood. The country’s coastal waters brim with a massive variety of ocean life: Australian prawns, crab, lobster, oysters and mussels are world class, with the country’s fishing regions often regarded as the best on the planet. Whether enjoying river fishing

vast amount of suitable growing areas that match the cavalcade of grape varieties grown here. The Barossa Valley in South Australia is wellknown for its volcanic soils producing big shiraz and cabernet sauvignons, while Victoria’s Yarra Valley is a top producer of cooler climate varieties such as pinot noir and sauvignon blanc. Western Australia is proud of its Margaret River region, where the cabernet merlots are to die for, while the Hunter Valley in New South Wales brings new

Australia’s food is regularly at the top of world food lists, from mouth-watering cheeses to delicate chocolates and delicious scones.



for the Top End’s famous barramundi, or dropping a line in the open ocean for swordfish, a visitor to these areas is unlikely to leave without the flavours of seafood tantalising their tastebuds. To eat Where to start? Australia’s food is regularly at the top of world food lists, from mouth-watering cheeses to delicate chocolates and delicious scones. North of Tasmania is King Island, which is home to one of the country’s great cheese makers, King Island Dairy. The island’s rolling hills are wellsuited to the cattle that populate it, allowing an uninterrupted splendour for the variety of cows that graze there. Whether it’s a smooth camembert or a strong blue, King Island cheeses are the envy of many. Along with cheese, King Island yogurt and cream are also something special. The world is full of confectionery lovers and it is no different in Australia – in each state there are professional chocolatiers and lolly makers plying their trade, such as Haigh’s Chocolates in Adelaide. Did someone say condiments? If you’re tucking into a piece of Australian steak, you’re spoilt for choice in the range of relishes and savoury spreads to accompany your meal – be they mustards from Milawa, pickled cucumbers from Queenscliff or jams from Port Douglas. For a quintessentially Aussie snack, try a scone with locally-made strawberry jam and cream, accompanied by a steaming cup of locally-grown Madura tea. To drink The pièce de résistance for a tasting journey down under, Australian wines are regularly lauded as the best of their variety in the world. The reason? The

meaning to the term ‘top of the class’. The Hunter Valley draws legions of travellers, and not only for its celebrated wines – its picturesque vineyards feature accommodation options that are highly sought after for weddings, quick weekends away and longer holidays. The Canberra Wine District and Tasmania’s own cottage wine industry also produce some wonderful examples for the visiting wine connoisseur. Even in the non-traditional wine growing regions further north, a range of tropical fruit wines, such as mango and passionfruit wines, can be found. But wines aren’t the only highlight of an Australian beverage tour. Beer has been an Australian diet for hundreds of years. In the past 15 years, Australia’s craft beer market has exploded, allowing people to choose beers from more than 100 large scale and microbrewers. Little Creatures Brewery in Western Australia offers a wonderful insight into the creative process, and Tasmania’s James Boag’s and Cascade breweries can boast of being the two longest-running beer producers in the country. James Squire celebrates being one of Australia’s first brewers from Sydney, South Australia’s Coopers is a crowd favourite and Stone & Wood rates highly in Byron Bay. On top of wine and beer, there is also a growing boutique whisky industry, with a number of distilleries, such as Tasmania’s Lark Distillery, using local ingredients to create spirits that have distinctive Australian flavours. Finally, coffee is grown and appreciated all over the country, with the major capital cities, along with the majority of smaller ones, having a taste for top quality beans. Tropical North Queensland down to the northern regions of New South Wales are the prime coffee-producing regions. w


Author, Heart and Soul: Australia’s First Families of Wine What is so special about Australian wines? The diversity of styles and varieties of Australian wines is greater than that of any other wine-producing nation. The main reason for this is the unmatched diversity of climates and soils in Australia’s wine regions. Also contributing to the diversity of Australian wines is the origin of many of the founders of the industry, who brought their culture and knowledge from places far away, including Silesia (formerly part of Prussia in Poland), Italy, England, Scotland and Ireland. Australian wines are also special because some of our vineyards are among the oldest in the world. How do you think Australian wines are viewed overseas? The perception of Australian wine in export markets over the past three decades has been largely influenced by the media. As the export of bulk wines increased during this period, the media in some of our important export markets have focused on Australia’s so called ‘commodity’ wines; mass-produced wines, sold cheaply and consumed uncritically like flour, sugar and milk. Unfortunately, the increasing exports of awardwinning premium and ultra-premium Australian wines during the same period were ignored by the media. This has led to an unfortunate misconception among many consumers in export that all Australian wine is cheap and without character. There are a lot of wine regions in this country; which ones do you think are making a big impression on the market right now and which is your personal favourite? A difficult question, because there is so much diversity within each region, but the regions that stand out for me include Rutherglen in Victoria, which is demonstrating that it can produce magnificent table wines, as well as its iconic fortified wines. Western Australia’s Margaret River is a relatively young region that has already established a fine reputation, and Tasmania is establishing itself as a producer of quality sparkling wines, pinot noir, chardonnay and other cool climate varieties. My personal favourite region is Coonawarra in South Australia, because of its rich terra rossa soil being perfect for growing cabernet sauvignon.

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Australian sporting passion

Be it with a bat or ball, on legs or on a horse, having a passion for sport is part of being Australian, says Matty Soccio.


round the field, the sound of the crowd builds to fever pitch. Spectators yell and wave their arms, mixed with the shout of ‘hot pies, cold drinks’ from the numerous food vendors walking through the aisles. When your team emerges running from the tunnel, the stands around the ground erupt in a cacophony of cheers and boos. If there’s something that Australians share together as a nation, it is undoubtedly their love of sport. Whether it requires a bat, a ball or a horse, takes place in the water or on land, you’re guaranteed


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Australian Football League Grand Final 2010. © N Cousland

to be immersed in a part of Australian culture, be it a game of cricket at Victoria’s beloved MCG, watching two rugby teams competing for glory or witnessing a nail-biting finish in the Australian Open Tennis Championship. Throughout the world, the sight of the national green and gold colours has been long associated with Australian sport, along with the beloved ‘boxing kangaroo’ mascot. Known for their love of a bit of competition, Australians embrace all kinds of sports played elsewhere in the world; however, there are a few games that are simply part of the local flavour.

Australia versus South Africa cricket match. © R Mackenzie

Rugby Not content with one style of rugby, Australia is serviced by both National Rugby League (NRL) and Australian Rugby Union (ARU), which are supported on different levels. The rough and tumble appearance covers the underlying strategy of this form of football, which supporters assert is ‘the thinking man’s football’. Despite this, the game is routinely labelled as one of the toughest team sports in the world. NRL is seen as the dominant domestic form of the game, though there is a growing international competition, with 50 nations competing for a place in the Rugby League World Cup. Mainly followed in New South Wales, Queensland and the ACT, NRL is supported by 16 teams, including one from Victoria and one from New Zealand. The game’s spiritual home in the country is SunCorp stadium in Brisbane, one of the primary locations for the State of Origin series between New South Wales and Queensland. ARU is followed throughout the country, especially the national team the Wallabies. A fierce rivalry with New Zealand and England illustrates the competitiveness of Australian sporting teams. Where: New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria. When: March through to September; however, games are also played internationally throughout the year. and Soccer As one of the country’s fastest growing sports, soccer is well-supported throughout Australia due to the country’s multicultural population. Emulating the success of leagues in Europe and South America, the Hyundai A-League is Australia’s

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Australian Rules football (AFL) How does one describe a football game that encompasses running, jumping, kicking, ‘handballing’ and tackling all in one? But for followers of this 113year-old game nothing quite beats the toughness, pace and skill of an Aussie Rules footballer. With a combination of 36 players on the field (and six umpires adjudicating the game), being able to keep up with your opponent isn’t an easy endeavour, but the pace and agility of these sportsmen will allow novice fans of the game to enjoy the spectacle. Under the banner of the Australian Football League this sport has 17 teams, many of which have been with the league since its inception in the late 19th century, all fighting for a spot in the coveted Premiership Grand Final, one of Australia’s most-watched television events. Where: AFL is played all over Australia, with each state (except Tasmania) having teams represented in the professional league.

When: March through to the Grand Final in the last week of September.


Cricket An essential national Australian pastime shared by young and old. Though the game was invented in England, Australians feel that it is as much a part of their own heritage (with the two countries sharing a fierce rivalry over the Ashes Series). Each state has its own major cricket ground, with the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) taking honours as the home of Australian test cricket, being the site of the first test match against England in 1877. While a multi-day test match may not be every visitor’s cup of tea, a day at a professional cricket match is an experience that can hardly be matched elsewhere – especially if you catch a One Day or 20/20 match. Where: Every state and territory in Australia, though international matches tend to be played in the larger states. When: Best seen during the summer months, from late November to early March.

Melbourne Cup carnival. © N Cousland


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One of the richest horse races in the world, the Melbourne Cup is the centrepiece of the Victorian Spring Racing Carnival, a collection of races and events that attract hundreds of thousands of people. premier soccer competition. Established only five years ago in 2005, it attracts players and coaches from all over the world, as well as acting as a future talent pool for the Australian national team, the Socceroos. The league features 10 teams, with one international representative in New Zealand, and is populated with a large number of international recruits alongside local talent. The Australian national side, the Socceroos, has represented the country at three FIFA World Cups, reaching the second round at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Where: Five Australian states have one or more teams, with one international team from New Zealand. When: The Hyundai A-League season begins in August and runs throughout the summer, culminating in the deciding final in February.

for many years. Additionally, this country can boast some of the best-respected and challenging courses in the world, including the Royal Melbourne, Ellerston and Kingston Heath golf courses. There is certainly no shortage of playing opportunities for visiting golfers, ranging from amateur to professional, with each state and territory having an abundance of courses. As a prized destination on the PGA International tour, the Australian Open is the most well-known golfing event. There is also an equally popular women’s golfing event in the ALGP Tour, with Australia’s most successful golfer to date being Karrie Webb. Where: Every state and territory in Australia. When: Generally through the summer and spring months.

Golf With legends such as Greg Norman (world number one throughout the 1980s and early 1990s), Robert Allenby, Geoff Ogilvy and Craig Scott, Australian golf has been well represented around the globe

Tennis Australia has been involved in tennis for much of its modern history, with a swathe of players becoming champions locally and internationally. Within the country, tennis has been the pinnacle of the summer

Horse racing The ‘Sport of Kings’ is celebrated everywhere in the world, and things are no different in Australia. Having hosted horse racing events throughout its history, Australia is well-known for racing carnivals coinciding with the spring and autumn seasons. The major thoroughbred racing event is undoubtedly ‘the race that stops a nation’: the 150-year-old Melbourne Cup. One of the richest horse races in the world, the Melbourne Cup is the centrepiece of the Victorian Spring Racing Carnival, a collection of races and events that attract hundreds of thousands of people. On top of the thoroughbred racing, fashion and food add to the festival feeling of the carnival – a great example of how racing is celebrated throughout the country. w Where: Throughout Australia. When: Generally between the southern spring in September until the end of autumn in May.

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All of the top 10 highest-rated Australian television shows in 2008 were sporting events. Australian Formula 1 driver Mark Webber © C Seng

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Motor racing For those lovers of the smell of burning rubber and the sound of a V8 engine, Australia has a multitude of options. Every March brings the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix event hosted in Melbourne. Car lovers come from all over the country to see this race, along with its sideshows of classic cars, Formula Fords and local V8 Supercars. Also very popular among car lovers is the local V8 Supercar Championship, with the two major events being the Bathurst 1000 in New South Wales and Phillip Island 500 endurance races. With both races attracting up to 50,000 spectators, competition is fierce and a great experience. Where: Various competitions in all states and territories in Australia.

When: Motorsport events run at various times throughout the year. and


sporting program, especially the Grand Slam event the Australian Open, held in January. For many Australians, the summer isn’t complete without a visit to Rod Laver Arena or the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre. Additional competitions that attract attention around the nation include the Hopman Cup in Perth, the Sydney International Tennis Tournament and the Brisbane Tennis International. Successful Australian players on the current world tennis circuit include Lleyton Hewitt and Samantha Stosur. Where: Each major city has a competition. When: During the spring and summer period.

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Australian style



For Lara Pallini, as a fashion designer in Australia, keeping up with what’s happening in the world is vital. She gives a backstage appraisal of the Australian fashion industry in 2011.


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ustralian fashion is as young and fresh as the country itself. International ideas from the Middle East, Asia, Europe and Africa influence our fashion as much as our food. This exotic inspiration stems from our multicultural nation. This country has a great reputation on the international stage for producing and nurturing innovative design talent. Australian Fashion Week, held in Sydney in May, is a must for any lover of fashion to see what is being created here. International successes have been found with local designers such as Josh Goot, Toni Maticevski, Willow, Michelle Jank and Ksubi, along with Sass

to move forward and create their own style and trends unique to this country. A great example of this distinctive style is the beloved brand Sass & Bide, which executes this philosophy beautifully. Each collection has an escapist and romantic undercurrent running through each piece. Very much a ‘Sydney style’, the clothing reflects inspiration from the design duo’s travels. Exotic handiwork of beading and embroidery adorn the designs on bases of breezy and innovative silhouettes. This style philosophy has not only landed Sass & Bide significant success within Australia, but it has also ensured that the design house has put its stamp firmly on the international market for many years now. Sass



Our geography is favourable to our designers, who are removed enough from international trends to move forward and create their own style and trends that are unique to this countr y. & Bide and Zimmermann. All these designers have one common thread – an innovative approach to fashion. They each explore new techniques of construction, fabrication and print, while having an effortlessly glamorous wearability. We do not have the legacy of the successful haute couture houses of Europe, so we have formed our own identity and way of doing things, which has given Australian designers amazing success internationally. We are offering what no one else can – a fresh and young approach to one of the oldest crafts. Our geography is favourable to our designers, who are removed enough from international trends

& Bide is a regular at the prestigious New York Fashion Week and is received with great applause from critics and buyers, season after season. Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton started Sass & Bide by selling denim at the Portobello Road market in London, and now turn their hand to everything from denim to high-end gowns. However, their denim beginnings have not been lost, which is why they have found such extraordinary success. Most of their items can be worn casually or in more of an Australian way; they are comfortable and functional, yet still glamorous. And they don’t take themselves too seriously – very much an Australian character trait.


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© Arthur Galan

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Trends come and go, but Australian fashion always embodies a sense of self and a great sense of humour. It’s a relaxed and fun approach to fashion that represents our ideals and lifestyle. Australian fashion’s roots are influenced by our beach and casual culture. One of our first hugely successful fashion brands, both locally and internationally, was a surf brand that is now one of the largest in the world: Rip Curl. It was started by Doug Warbrick and Brian Singer in Torquay in Victoria, along the Great Ocean Road. They wanted practical and functional, yet fashionable surf wear that they could wear both in the water and at the beach, but also that would translate into their social life. They found a niche in Rip Curl – it was a need nobody had discovered before. A luxury Australian brand that took this concept of need and demand to new heights is Zimmermann. Its collections are extraordinarily glamorous, while

entrenched in beach culture. The swimwear is an anchor to its assortment of dresses, kaftans and other fashion pieces, featuring vibrant and dynamic prints with innovative and playful details, all in classic sexy silhouettes. Quintessentially Australian, its fun and feminine aesthetic is reflective of our climate and culture. Trends come and go, but Australian fashion always embodies a sense of self and a great sense of humour. It’s a relaxed and fun approach to fashion that represents our ideals and lifestyle. Bringing together all of our multicultural influences and beach culture inspirations creates a look and way of dressing that is unlike that of anywhere else in the world. w

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Chief fashion designer, Zimmermanwear What makes Australian fashion unique? Our lifestyle is unique when compared to the rest of the world. Australians also don’t take themselves too seriously so it means that they’re not afraid to try new things when it comes to fashion. How would you describe the essence of Zimmermann and who the Zimmermann woman is? Zimmermann has always stayed true to its original aesthetic; sophisticated femininity, a unique use of colour and delicate original prints. It’s always been fresh and a bit sexy. Our girl is spontaneous and effortless – she is not afraid to make a statement with what she wears but is also not screaming it from the rooftops. What are the common themes and inspirations for your collections? The way we approach colour and print is always new and different, but a common element of any Zimmermann collection. From there, we look to create our new silhouette for the season. How would you define luxury? What someone considers luxurious is a very personal thing. For me – and it’s not necessarily just from a fashion point of view – luxury is about time and choice. What is your favourite iconic Australian Fashion moment? The first fashion week in 1996 was obviously a significant moment for the local industry, and it’s where we held our first show. Our follow up show in 1997 really set us on our path as designers – that collection still has relevance and is still something I can reference today. Zimmermann is perceived as a quintessential Australian brand, incorporating all the great things about this country – do you consider its geography and beach culture when designing the collections? And if so, what aspects of this do you try to incorporate? Our swim collections in particular are inspired by the lifestyle of our Australian girl, but they aren’t the only influence for what we create. It’s often more about our girl and her lifestyle – be it her travels, her work or her time at the beach. We try to create beautiful things that excite her and things that she has to have.

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“Over the past five years or so (Australian fashion designers) are starting to align with what the world perceives us to be – a fun, young, casual countr y.”


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founder, Peter Alexander Sleepwear How would you describe ‘Australian’ fashion? The Australian fashion industry has had to learn the hard way. It started off being pretentious and trying to be Paris, Milan and New York, which we are not and never can be. This isn’t due to the talent, but rather the climate, population, fabric and manufacturing of Australia. However, over the past five years or so we are starting to align with what the world perceives us to be – a fun, young, casual country. What influenced your decision to get into this industry? What do you enjoy most about it? I got into the pyjama game by accident. The fashion industry didn’t really interest me until I fell into it and realised what fun it is. You can be creative one day and then have to be a businessman the next, which is perfect for me. I enjoy the never-ending cycles of fashion – it always has to go forward. What is your favourite piece from your own collections? I love our famous ‘Slinky Nighties’. I designed them and developed the fabric and now we do new prints every month. My customers get addicted to them as they are so comfy to sleep in and comfort is the ultimate in luxury. What do you consider to be your greatest fashion achievement? Strangely it is not a fashion award or a dollar amount of turn over – it was a government Fair Trading Award. My father always said to me treat your customers right and give them a good product. I have done that in honour of him (he passed away in 1988, early in my career). Where do you see the future of Australian fashion heading? I believe we should develop what we are good at – surf, casual and comfortable clothing for a young market. We have to embrace Asia for manufacturing, a harsh fact if we want to compete in the fashion industry. We have great talent here but we need to not try be anything else but Australian in our mindset and design. Where is your ideal Australian holiday destination? The Whitsundays are amazing – the water is so clear, the days so perfect and the resorts wonderful. S I Z E S 12 - 2 4

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jewels Heather Bloom discovers that Australia’s hidden treasures are just waiting to be discovered – whether they be the rarest of diamonds, smoothest of pearls or most colourful opals, you will find them buried in this sundrenched country.


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Olive Collier. © Paspaley

‘Liquid Love’ - a pair of 18ct yellow gold handmade earrings melting over a fresh water Baroque Pearl. © Mondial

White gold and diamond opal pendant with 123 round cut Australian white Argyle diamonds. © Rohan Jewellery

more than Bondi’s best and bravest, offshore you will discover an ocean filled with the world’s largest and most exquisite natural pearls. It is, however, the rare and valuable pink diamond that has chosen to make the Western Australian desert its home. So if it’s jewels of the highest quality, rarity and beauty you seek, you need set your sights no further than the hot red earth of Australia for your next treasure hunt.



ough like a diamond, Australia’s harsh, rugged country hides some of the world’s most precious jewels beneath its dirt and sand. Underneath the surface of this 40-million-year old continent lies a treasure trove of jewels. Recognised for its ‘national treasure’ value, the opal offers a shimmering rainbow of colour and beauty unlike any other jewel in the world. While the sun-filled beaches are home to

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18ct yellow and white gold ring featuring an Australian South Sea pearl and white diamonds. © Linneys

Diamonds The polished purity of a diamond evokes romance, beauty, mystery and exceptional strength. Artists the world over have been inspired and awed by diamonds. From Truman Capote’s Tiffany-loving Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s to Marilyn Monroe singing of their everlasting qualities, diamonds have been represented throughout history in literature, music and cinema for their eternal glamour and sophistication. Deep within the Kimberley region in the north of Western Australia, the Argyle Diamond Mine is the world’s largest supplier of diamonds. The bottom level of the mine is estimated to be 2.5 billion years old, with the mine itself housing the largest supply anywhere of the exotic Argyle pink diamond, sought the world over for its superiority and rarity. The Argyle Diamond Mine alone accounts for

95 percent of the world’s pink diamond supply and 20 million carats of diamonds distributed throughout the world. Despite producing over 760 million carats since 1985, the yearly intake of these rare violet jewels would barely fill a teaspoon. A spokesman for the mine describes owning a pink diamond, as “being a custodian of an unsurpassed heirloom – to gaze upon it is to view unfathomable beauty; to give one is to impart a gift that is truly beyond rare”. The Argyle Pink diamond is shared throughout the world and can be found in Europe, the UK, New Zealand and Japan. For your own original piece of Australia’s finest you can view them at the Kimberley Fine Diamond Showroom in Kununurra Western Australia, where they will transform your gem into a personally handcrafted piece of jewellery to treasure for generations.

Mondial by Nadia Neuman Fire and Ice ring. © Mondial


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Nadia Neuman

co-owner, Mondial neuman In your opinion, where does Australia stand in the world in regard to jewellery? Australia has exceptionally fine quality and standards, comparable with the highest and finest standards around the world. Although a lot of the Australian market is quite simple and conservative, we are fortunate enough to be surrounded with rare and exotic nature to inspire beautiful creations. Australia is also home to rare and exotic gems, opals, south sea pearls and diamonds like the pink diamond, from the Argyle Diamond Mine in Western Australia. Is there a particular gemstone that is more popular in Australia than others? Pink and fancy-coloured diamonds are uniquely Australian. The Argyle Diamond Mine produces over 90 percent of the world’s pink diamonds. What would you recommend to a visitor to Australia if they were interested in taking home their own piece? I would definitely recommend a piece of jewellery with an Argyle pink diamond – the Argyle pink diamond is about as Australian as the kangaroo or Ugg boot. What is your own favourite piece of jewellery? My favourite piece of jewellery is a magnificent ring I inherited from my mother – 35 years ago my parents fell in love with this magnificent cabochon Ceylonese sapphire, which my mother then designed into a ring that is still looks like nothing I’ve ever seen. I wear it every day. It’s not just my favourite piece of jewellery, it’s my favourite thing I own.

Argyle pink and white diamond jewellery. © J Farren Price


Bunda Fancy Colour Australian Diamond Bracelet. Diamonds 30.16ct Platinum. Š Bunda

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The polished purity of a diamond evokes romance, beauty, mystery and exceptional strength. Artists the world over have been inspired and awed by diamonds.

In the last 60 years, the pearling industr y has gone from strength to strength. Current Australian exports are valued at $200 million a year or 572,000 oyster shells.


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18ct white and yellow gold diamond earrings featuring Australian South Sea pearls. © Linneys

Pearls Pearls are the only gem made from a living organism and Australia’s stunning oceans offer the largest supply of natural pearls in the world. These ancient and mysterious jewels have adorned royalty from Cleopatra to Queen Elizabeth II. Acknowledged as world class, Australian pearls were first harvested in Broome in the 1950s, where they were originally sourced for their shells and sold to European button makers. In the last 60 years, the pearling industry has gone from strength to strength. Current Australian exports are valued at $200 million a year or 572,000 oyster shells. Paspaley Pearls of Australia has a number of retail stores throughout the country and has extended its boutiques to Hong Kong, Japan and Abu Dhabi. The

company has also been responsible for adorning the likes of movie star Nicole Kidman on the covers of Harper’s Bazaar and InStyle. The history of the pearl is a long and exotic journey, encompassing Persian princesses and Roman women, who covered themselves in pearls as symbols of wealth, power, purity, chastity and feminine charm. Far away from Egypt, the Australian city of Broome has pearls that evoke that same sense of charm and beauty, as Alex Kailis from Australia’s premier pearl designer, Kailis, explains. “Pearls are a living gem, silky and smooth; they literally warm the skin, illuminating the face and adding depth to a woman’s style.” Now what woman wouldn’t love a jewel that can do all that?


Paspaley South Sea pearls are renowned as the finest quality and most beautiful pearls in the world.

which are a testament to the highest standards of quality and design.

Behind the simplicity and singular beauty of Paspaley South Sea pearls is a journey that began over 75 years ago off the remote northwest coast of Australia, where Nicholas Paspaley Senior, MBE, first dived for natural pearls.

The natural colour, lustre and genuine Australian provenance of every Paspaley South Sea pearl is guaranteed with each piece of Paspaley pearl jewellery purchased through Paspaley boutiques worldwide.

Even today Paspaley divers hand-collect wild pearl oysters from the depths of the ocean, just as pearl divers have done for centuries. These oysters are then nurtured for years on remote Paspaley pearl farms where they flourish in Australia’s pristine, tropical waters. From its unrivalled treasury of the world’s finest pearls, Paspaley carefully selects the cream of nature’s bounty for its own exclusive jewellery collections,

Inspired by the era in which the Paspaley story began, the Marquise collection pays homage to the spectacular vintage jewellery of the 1930s, and reinvents old-world glamour with a sophisticated modern edge. Rare blue-hued tanzanite together with the sensual beauty of Paspaley South Sea pearls imbues Marquise with a romantic and enchanting allure. Paspaley boutiques are located across Australia.


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BUNDA Boulder Opal Ring. Opal 21.17ct Diamonds and White Gold. Bunda Vavara Opal Earrings. Opals 132ct Diamonds and Platinum. © Bunda

Opals “There is in them a softer fire than the ruby, there is the brilliant purple of the amethyst and the sea green of the emerald all shining together in incredible union. Some, by their splendour, rival the colours of the painters, others the flame of burning sulphur or of fire quickened by oil.”

illegitimate by international jewellers because of its exceptional colour. Since the opals’ exposure to the international market, haute couture designers have been using the jewel in their collections. Cartier began the trend during the 1930s and it has extended to the recent


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The brilliance of the Australian opal cannot be rivalled and it was initially considered illegitimate by international jewellers because of its exceptional colour. As far back as Ancient Rome the opal has amazed and delighted, as Pliny the Elder indicates in the quote above. There is almost no jewel more exceptional to the human eye than the opal. Australia is fortunate to be the spiritual home of this alluring gem, which has the ability to convey all the colours of the rainbow within its glorious hue. The opal has even been named the country’s ‘national gemstone’. The dusty plains of Lightning Ridge in New South Wales supply the world with 90 percent of its opals and are famed for the rare black opal. For thousands of years, the opal has been seen as a symbol of hope. The brilliance of the Australian opal cannot be rivalled and it was initially considered

collections of Chanel and Christian Dior, as well as the renowned Georg Jensen. Opals have even captured the heart of Paloma Picasso, the famed youngest daughter of Pablo Picasso, who designed an opal range for Tiffany’s in the 1980s. Jean Schlumberger’s pink opal egg charms set in 18-carat gold can be found in the iconic cases at Tiffany’s throughout the world. If you’re after something a little more traditionally Australian, you can find the iconic opal on the equally iconic Coober Pedy Akubra hat in South Australia, which features an authentic Australian opal on the band. w

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Established in 1973, Flame Opals is recognised internationally as Sydney’s Opal Specialist and the Company is still 100% family owned. You will find our family love of Opals means greater pride in the stones we sell. And you will shop without pressure at Flame Opals because our staff are not paid any sales commission. Nor does Flame Opals pay secret commissions to tour guides or hotel concierges – we prefer our clients to have the benefit of lower prices. We have succeeded in this business for more than 36 years not only because we offer the best Opals, but the best prices too!

This ensures you will see a wider selection of high quality Opals at more attractive prices. The brilliant Flame Opals Collection includes beautiful opals from all the major fields in Australia. More than that, Flame Opals only sells solid Opals. As a matter of policy, in order to protect our clients, we do not stock Opal ‘doublets’ or ‘triplets’. We sincerely believe that our stock is the best in Sydney on any price/quality comparison.

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Our only store is 119 George Street, The Rocks A BEAUTIFUL RANGE OF HANDMADE OPAL JEWELLERY As well as a wide range of unset Opals – ranging from as little as $100 to thousands of dollars for investment stones – Flame Opals offers a stunning collection of Opal jewellery handcrafted in Yellow Gold, White Gold and Sterling Silver by some of Australia’s leading Goldsmiths and Silversmiths. Also our team can assist in designing and creating a beautiful setting for your new Opal. Ph (02) 9247 3446

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Vacheron Constantin Kalla Haute Couture à Secret. © Kalla Haute



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The finishing of the watch is also cited by Farren-Price as essential, in terms of how the piece is decorated, followed by the complexity of the watch. “Their complications, the things that do more than tell the time, such as annual calendar functions, chronographs, perpetual calendars etc, are an art form. The history of the watchmaker is also a very important factor.” Part of the prestige of owning a luxury timepiece is that it is a very personal item – one that will say something about its owner. Its intricate details are presented to the wearer’s liking and say much about their personality. “When you go into a boardroom, you can’t take your car or your house, but you can take a fine quality watch. It can be a discussion point. If you have an interesting watch on you, have a little bit of a story about it… it stands for those kinds of things,” explains Farren-Price. There are countless variations available for someone looking for their ideal piece, and though trends of what is popular for men and women can vary, time has seen increasing similarities. “Men are very focused these days on wanting a mechanical and automatic watch,” says FarrenPrice, “as they see the craftsmanship and longevity in them – a bit like a car. The other trend is for watches to be bigger and this is to do with them becoming more of a statement, more of a visible thing and people wanting individual pieces.”



hat does your timepiece say about you? Is it a family heirloom, passed from your parent and their parent before them? Or is it a token purchased as a memory of a place travelled? Whether your interest in a watch is personal or imbued with thoughts of a loved one, a watch can be an ultimate luxury item. Celebrities love luxury watches. Think of Nicole Kidman with her Omega Ladymatic, George Clooney and his Seamaster or Angelina Jolie’s Tank Louis Cartier – they know a fine timepiece is an accessory that can also be a rare collectable. There is something about the subtlety of the inner workings of a finely made timepiece – mechanisms built on such a small scale that human eyes struggle to see them, much less understand their function – that adds to their value. So, if you wish to encourage the horologist in you, consider whether you favour a classicallystyled gold or silver watch, with simple design and traditional façade, or something far more extravagant. Julian Farren-Price, CEO and son of the founder of J. Farren-Price, advises those thinking about purchasing a high quality watch that it takes a number of elements to create the perfect timepiece. “The first important thing is that people like a company that makes its own movements (internal mechanics), rather than importing and modifying one from another company.”

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Owning a classic timepiece is akin to owning a piece of history in the making – so why not take one home as a holiday memory, suggests Matthew McGuigan.

Patek Philippe 2009 5960P Annual Calendar Chronograph. © J Farren Price


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Our human interest in time, and keeping track of it, may secure the watch’s place in the future, meaning that owning a luxur y piece will retain its full allure. Women tend not to be quite as interested in the automatic side of watches, but for them too FarrenPrice has seen the trend of larger pieces that are a little bit more complicated and with the number of options growing. “There is also a more recent trend in the past couple of years toward rose gold [in women’s watches],” he says. “It has become a very popular metal – it’s a warm metal that looks nice against the skin and is a little bit different, something we haven’t seen around for a while.” On the more affluent scale, Farren-Price points to pieces such as Patek Philippe’s full diamond-set Nautilus watch – which features 1,675 diamonds, pushing its value to $280,000 – and notes such pieces are sought after for their exclusivity, as there are only a couple of watchmakers in the world that make these ‘super grand’ complicated marvels.

“Today we have all sorts of things, such as mobile phones and computers, that tell us the time. It’s more about the collectability and the rarity of these pieces. Owning a luxury timepiece has little to do with telling the time. It’s like buying an artwork – buying something rare, collectable, has longevity and is part of starting your own tradition and handing it down through the family. Basically making your own mark in time.” Our human interest in time, and keeping track of it, may secure the watch’s place in the future, meaning that owning a luxury piece will retain its full allure. Lucky owners then have the satisfaction of knowing their piece will keep its place in history, whether it be a classic incarnation or contemporary showstopper. w

Elegance is an attitude

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From practicality to an everlasting sense of style

Raymond Weil Parsifal Ladies. © Avstev Group

Frederique Constant Geneve Carree Ladies. © Avstev Group


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WOMen’s Frederique Constant Geneve Carree Ladies Featuring a stainless steel case and bracelet, Frederique Constant Carree Ladies watch includes a mother of pearl and diamond set dial with quartz movement. Raymond Weil Parsifal Ladies Raymond Weil Parsifal Ladies features 18ct solid gold and stainless steel case and bracelet, mother of pearl and diamond set dial, diamond set bezel and magnified date window with quartz movement. Longines Prima Luna Steel Rose Gold The Prima Luna features a stainless steel case with rose gold bezel, set with 48 Top Wesselton diamonds, rose gold crown, silvered dial with painted blue roman numerals and hands.

Longines Prima Luna Steel Rose Gold. © Longines

Men’s Blancpain 1735 The 1735 movement is one of dizzying complexity spread between several hand-decorated rose gold layers. Contained within the confines of a wristwatch case are no less than 740 components. Crafting each of these watches takes its maker a full year’s work. Rado Original The Rado Original features a gold hard metal case with stainless steel bracelet and quartz chronograph movement, allowing time measure to 1/10 second. Frederique Constant Persuasion Automatic Featuring gold plated 40mm case, the Frederique Constant Persuasion Automatic includes a leather strap, automatic movement and open aperture on dial.


Frederique Constant Persuasion Automatic. © Avstev Group

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Rado Original. © Rado

Blancpain 1735. © Blancpain

Showstoppers Sparkle and shine whenever you feel like a bit of drama

WOMen’s The Glashutte Original NightShade Tourbillon Crafted from 18ct white gold with a bezel that blazes with 44 baguette diamonds; the distinctively shaped white gold crown is also topped with a single diamond. The black dial is artistically set with 107 round brilliant diamonds, whose form takes on the appearance of a glittering star that radiates outward from the panorama date window. Another 15 diamonds mark the hours on the decentralised time display; the watch is animated by the self-winding 93-1 calibre. This horological prodigy epitomises the best in the historical Saxon watchmaking tradition. Piaget Limelight Twice The Piaget Limelight Twice is a watch of two sides. The ‘tails’ side is a round watch on which the pleated effect of the sunburst guilloche-worked white gold creates the illusion of a round shape, with the ‘heads’ side, a row of diamonds lights up the white dial featuring distinctive Roman numerals. Moulding the shape of the wrist on both sides, it dazzles with diamonds for the red carpet mood, and white gold flecks for a joyful daytime experience.

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Captive de Cartier The women’s Captive de Cartier watch is rhodium-plated white gold set with diamonds, featuring a semi-pavéd dial-case with 18ct rhodium-plated white gold. The Bezel is set with round diamonds and the dial is 18ct rhodium-plated white gold partially set with round diamonds. The total number of diamonds equals a staggering 4.1ct.

The Glashutte Original NightShade Tourbillon. © Glashutte


Captive de Cartier. © Cartier

Piaget Limelight Twice. © Piaget

Patek Philippe Nautilus Chronograph 5980R. © J Farren Price

Raymond Weil Parsifal Gents Chrono. © Avstev Group

Blancpain Tourbillon Diamants A calibre 25A, a self-winding Tourbillon movement with seven-day power reserve, made up of 239 parts, housed in a 40mm white gold case, water resistant to 100 metres. It is adorned with 480 baguettecut diamonds, totalling 58ct, which explains its AUD$1.3million price tag – a true showstopper.

Blancpain Tourbillon Diamants. © Blancpain


Patek Philippe Nautilus Chronograph 5980R Casual elegance debuts in steel and 18ct rose gold on a leather strap. The three-part, 44mm-wide case with a screwed sapphirecrystal display back exhibits a typical Nautilus feature: the lateral ridges with the porthole mechanism for securing the bezel. Together with the high-tech crown and pusher seals, it contributes to the remarkable water resistance of 12 bar (120 meters). This case accommodates its self-winding CH 28-520 C chronograph movement with a column wheel, a vertical disk clutch, and an instantaneous aperture date at three o’clock that switches in a tenth of a second.

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Men’s Raymond Weil Parsifal Gents Chrono Featuring solid 18ct pink gold and stainless steel case, the Raymond Weil Parsifal Gents Chrono has a 41.4mm case diameter, alligator leather strap, automatic chronograph movement and magnified date window.

Ultimate indulgence

When money is no object, exclusivity becomes your world. Angie Howard presents some of the more opulent toys travellers can take home with them.

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Sunseeker 37M yacht (POA) Sunseeker’s largest motoryachts are the culmination of design, styling and engineering to bring one of the ultimates in luxury travel. This distinctive smooth-lined 37-metre yacht offers four decks of unashamed sumptuousness for owners and guests, with big-ship captain and crew quarters for utmost efficiency and discretion. The 37M Yacht offers remarkable noise attenuation and zero-speed stabilisation for optimum comfort both when under way and at anchor.


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Kailis 888 Super Versatility Strand (POA) The 888 Super Versatility Strand is a celebrated creation of Kailis’ senior designer Simon Henderson. The strand has been formed so that wearers can break it up into sections to be presented in several different variations, such as an elegant opera strand, choker pearls for a formal event, and a bracelet to dress up your wrist. A triumph of function and lavish form melded together.

LEiCA M9 Titanium (over $30,000) The exclusive special edition Leica M9 Titanium is designed by Walter de’Silva, chief designer from Volkswagen, with his Audi Design Team giving a contemporary interpretation of the classic LEICA M9. The outcome is a one-of-a-kind camera that lends precision engineering, individual style and solid titanium. This special edition is strictly limited to just 500 cameras worldwide and is offered as a set together with a LEICA SUMMILUX-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH lens, whose exterior metal components are also manufactured from solid titanium, a distinctive shoulder holster, a carrying strap and finger loops in two different sizes that are also in the same Audi premium leather as used on the camera body. Smile and say ‘magnificent’!

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Versace Unique mobile phone (Up to $10,000) To make your calls or surf the internet in style, fashion house Versace has created a mobile phone suited to its chic designs. Produced in partnership with luxury electronics company LG, the Unique is a touchscreen, 18ct gold-plated odyssey, lathed in crocodile leather and supported by a ceramic frame. It has all the modern tech aspects that you’d expect from a luxury handset, but owning a Unique is actually all about having something that’s top of the class.

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Martini on the Rock ($10,000) At the Blu Bar on the 36th floor of the Shangri-La Hotel Sydney, visitors are afforded a rare view of Sydney Cove to go with their cocktails. But to make the experience even more special, Blu Bar offers its own ‘Diamond Martini’. Martini on the Rock is adorned with its own one-carat diamond served with your choice of premium gin or vodka. But it isn’t a spur of the moment decision – 24 hours notice must be given to management to ensure the safe delivery of both the drink and the diamond!


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Les Extraordinaires Louis Vuitton Monogram Guipure Carrousel Speedy ($13,220) The star of many runway shows throughout the world is the iconic Louis Vuitton bag, the Speedy, which has been reinterpreted for the AutumnWinter 2010/11 season. Monogram Guipure bags are made from Monogram lace over dutchess satin with Alligator trim, flap and handles. The Alligator collection features bags crafted entirely out of Alligator skin with golden brass hardware, making these items the top of the list when it comes to opulent accessories.

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Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Coupe ($399,000 plus on road costs) The Gallardo Coupe has a top speed of 320km/h, and can go from zero to 100km/h in 3.9 seconds. Just 20 of the Gallardo Coupes will be available down under, so your memento will be an exclusive one. While it may be a functioning vehicle that could get you from A to B, be sure that this machine is also considered to be a work of art.


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Broken up into six states and numerous territories, they form together to make Australia what it is – a country filled with natural highlights, with a cultural heritage that encompasses Indigenous and modern history, and a multicultural attitude to tastes and experiences. Take your time to see what makes each place special and strive to get the best out of your travels there.


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Precious and perfect with a touch of pink. Found mainly in Australia’s Argyle mine, the pink diamond is one of the most rare and coveted gems in the world. In these stunning new rings, hand-made by the master jewellers at J. Farren-Price, brilliant diamonds are surrounded by these precious pinks to create beautiful rings that give pleasure now, and for generations to come.

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Glamorous, modern, breathtaking: Sydney has been rightly named one of the world’s great cities. Angie Howard gives you a snapshot of how this status emerged.


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tanding in Dawes Point Park, you field a front seat to one of the world’s most recognised outlooks of Australia. Across Sydney Cove, you can see the Sydney Opera House in full glory, with the oldgrowth foliage of the Botanic Gardens behind it, while above you is the magnificence of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. On the North Sydney side of the harbour you can spot Luna Park and then, turning your head, you see the Sydney CBD. Glamorous, contemporary and alive: these are three words that begin to describe the kind of city Sydney is. To many people around the world, Sydney is considered to be the unofficial capital of Australia, through its recognisable icons, enviable gastronomy and vibrant nightlife. A tour of this city is a tour of modern Australia.

It is a city of landmarks – you need only look back at Sydney Cove to see its crowning achievements in the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. Beside these wellknown icons, however, are the small places for visitors to discover: the alleyways of The Rocks that reveal much about the history of modern Australia, Fort Denison island, which sits in the entrance to the harbour, and Mrs Macquarie’s Chair on the tip of the bay on the edge of the Sydney Domain. To the west is Darling Harbour, a bustling place that sees a mixture of businesspeople around the Sydney Convention Centre, families visiting the Aquarium and tourists taking in the sights and walks from Millers Point. The only difficulty for visitors is choosing where to go and what to do in this expansive city. One may visit the

Aerial view of Sydney. © NSW Tourism

Sydney isn’t just about its city central – a trip to this metropolis isn’t complete without visiting its worldfamous beaches. Island hopping in Sydney. © Hamilton Lund; NSW Tourism

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Art Gallery of New South Wales, a place where, walking through the light-filled halls of this iconic building, witnessing the history of Australian art, visitors are left awed by the collections on show. Down the road, you could walk past St Mary’s Cathedral, located next to Hyde Park. With its Europeanstyled architecture, this cathedral is a centrepiece for a rejuvenated area that sits next to the green lawns of the Sydney Botanic Gardens. A stop to marvel this building bodes well for those on their way to the Australia Museum. But Sydney isn’t just about its city central – a trip to this metropolis isn’t complete without visiting its worldfamous beaches. Heading south will lead you to Bondi Beach. Popular with locals and tourists alike for its sheltered coves, it’s ideal for a swim during the summer


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months. Bondi Market offers treasures and gifts, and Queen Elizabeth Drive features shops and restaurants to explore. For a great meal and view over the beach, head to any one of the multiple restaurants that sit along Campbell Parade. There are a number of perfect spots to have chilled glass of wine or beer and watch the sunset reflected off the waves. To check out the beaches north of Sydney, a 30-minute ride on the ferry will take you to Manly and others along the northern beaches such as Curl Curl and Collaroy; fantastic spots for surfers and lovers of the Australian beach lifestyle. Heading inward, travellers can reach to the majestic Blue Mountains – between farmers’ and craft markets, highly-rated restaurants and pubs, along with bush walking, there’s something here to satisfy everyone.

Sydney is a city with unlimited options and eternal optimism. It’s a place where glamour is at its height, but individuality is encouraged. Despite its position as Australia’s most populated city, it has room to grow… and because of its extensive population, it has much to offer travellers getting their first glimpse of this part of the world. w

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Sydney is one of the world’s largest cities in land size, stretching across 1,580 square kilometres – this is the same as London and more than double New York’s size.

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Events calendar New South Wales 2011 Sydney Festival Date: 9 to 30 January Local and international artists and celebrities flock to Sydney during this annual summer festival. From its Festival Friday Night opener, expect a threeweek program of diversity and fun, from burlesque circus to Russian theatre to traditional Indigenous art displays. Location: Various venues throughout Sydney Tel: +61 2 8248 6500 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival Date: 19 February to 5 March The Sydney Mardi Gras Festival is recognised as one of the biggest festivals in Australia. Don’t miss out on the launch, the parade or the party, all of which are some of the liveliest events in a vibrant city. Location: Various venues throughout Sydney Tel: +61 2 9383 0900 Rosemount Australian Fashion Week Date: 3 to 7 May Mingle with the stylish Australian fashion elite, while you enjoy an exclusive parade of the key trends. Celebrated as the pinnacle of the Australian fashion calendar, Rosemount Fashion Week showcases a collection of aweinspiring creations from Australia and the Asia Pacific’s finest designers. Location: Circular Quay, Sydney Tel: +61 2 9285 8000

Chinese New Year Date: 28 January to 13 February Get ready for lively celebrations to welcome in the Chinese New Year’s ‘Year of the Rabbit’. Sydney plays host to Dragon Boat Races, the Twilight Parade, markets and a host of other events to help commemorate this special occasion on the Chinese calendar. Location: Various venues throughout Chinatown Tel: +61 2 9265 9333

Chinese New Year. © Ingvars Birznieks

Sydney Film Festival Date: 8 to 19 June Every genre of cinema is on display here, from blockbuster feature films to independent shorts and everything in between. Get yourself to a participating theatre for an opportunity to cosy down to some great examples of local and international cinema. Location: Various venues throughout Sydney Tel: +61 2 9318 0999


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Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. © I.T. Photo

Darling Harbour Fiesta Date: 1 to 4 October Tinged with Spanish and Latin culture, the Fiesta fills the streets of Darling Harbour, with the sights and sounds of salsa and tango reigning supreme. Let your hair down and dance the day away, while taking breaks to sample themed foods and drinks. Location: Darling Harbour Tel: +61 2 9240 8500

Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race Date: 26 December to 1 January Launching from the waters of Sydney Harbour, this 628-nautical mile yacht race unfolds into a battle for sea supremacy. Thousands of spectators flock to the harbour to watch the yachts head out and brave the perilous Tasman Sea in the search for glory. Location: Sydney Harbour (starting location) Tel: +61 2 8292 7800

Twilight at Taronga Date: 22 January to 26 March This concert series has become a favourite summer event for Sydney residents and visitors alike, featuring the sounds of music floating over the peaceful surroundings of Taronga Zoo. Location: Taronga Zoo, Sydney Harbour Tel: +61 2 9960 2411 Taronga Zoo. © Taras Vyshnya

Opera in the Vineyards Date: October In the beautiful Hunter Valley among the grapevines, the soundtrack of classical opera performances reverberates. Opera in the Vineyards is a series of concerts at the Wyndham Estate Winery in this world famous wine region, with concertos featuring the classics of Mozart. A truly cultured escapade. Location: Hunter Valley Tel: 1800 675 875

Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks. © Taras Vyshnya

New Year’s Eve Date: 31 December An image that would be hard to top is the sight of thousands of fireworks launching off the Sydney Harbour Bridge to welcome in the New Year. Comparable to fireworks displays in cities such as New York and London, this display is accompanied by the Harbour of Light parade and aerial extravaganzas. Location: Sydney Harbour Tel: +61 2 9265 9333

Royal Easter Show Date: 14 to 27 April Looking for a good quality family event? The Royal Easter Show comes with rides, competitions and various examples of around-the-ground entertainment. Topped off with a Main Arena spectacular, this show will impress visitors of all ages. Location: Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park Tel: +61 2 9704 1000

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Schweppes Sydney Cup Date: 23 April While it may not have the recognition of its Melbourne-based rival, the Sydney Cup is a great experience for anyone who gets a thrill out of watching a thoroughbred charging along the greens of Randwick Racecourse. Bonuses include the Family Day activities that run during Cup Day. Location: Randwick Racecourse Tel: + 61 2 9663 8400


Sydney Comedy Festival Date: 11 April to 7 May Lambasting itself as being a ‘significant, if not rather frenetic, disturbance’ in the Sydney event calendar, the Comedy Festival attracts comedic talent from all over Australia and the world. Choosing from stand-up to puppets and comedy theatre, a visit to one of this festival’s events will aid in locating a missing funny bone. Location: Various venues throughout Sydney Tel: +61 2 9519 9231


Must Dos

Art Gallery of New South Wales Bordering Sydney’s Domain, the Art Gallery of New South Wales is a fivestorey marvel displaying works of Australian, Aboriginal, European, Asian and contemporary art. Informative iPod tours are available in different languages; however, traditional guided tours are also available. While travelling exhibitions attract an entry fee, much of the Gallery’s collection can be viewed without charge. Location: Art Gallery Road, The Domain Tel: 1800 679 278

Paddington markets The Paddington Markets showcase a range of cutting edge designs in fashion, jewellery and visual art – a great place for travellers to pick up a keepsake of their trip to Sydney. Located on the grounds of the Heritage-listed Paddington Uniting Church and a staple attraction on the famous Oxford Street shopping strip, this market is the perfect place to get inspired by the up-and-coming artists of Sydney. Location: 395 Oxford Street, Paddington Tel: +61 2 9331 2923

Fort Denison Playing different roles throughout Sydney’s history, Fort Denison was used at various times as a fishing spot by the Indigenous Eroa people, a penal site, army barracks and then finally as a fort to defend Sydney from unexpected attack. While the remnants of its defensive past are still visible, it now contains a café and interactive museum, and is a popular tourist attraction. Location: Sydney Harbour Tel: +61 2 9247 5033

Royal Botanic Gardens Often called ‘the Green Heart of Sydney’, the Royal Botanical Gardens span more than 30 hectares and have borne witness to Sydney’s growth over the past 193 years. The oldest of the city’s attractions, the Gardens stand as a solid icon representing Sydney’s relaxed lifestyle. Location: Mrs Macquaries Road Tel: +61 2 9231 8111



Glebe Market With an alternative character and country town style, this market represents more of a community gathering than a commercial market. With stalls featuring clothes, jewellery and myriad other collectables, along with food and beverage vendors, this market is enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. Location: Glebe, Sydney Tel: +61 419 291 449 Luna Park One the most recognisable faces in Sydney, the Luna Park King has continued to smile from its position next to the harbour for 70 years. This 1930s-inspired amusement park has been delighting Sydney residents and visitors for generations. Entry is free and all of the attractions provide a perfect way to entertain children and the young at heart. Location: 1 Olympic Drive, Milsons Point Tel: +61 2 9033 7676

Sydney seaplanes One of the best ways to see Sydney is by air. Take to the skies over the city and surrounding areas on a seaplane equipped to allow some great photo opportunities – a great way to remember your trip to this amazing city. Bookings are essential. Location: Rose Bay Tel: +61 2 9388 1978

Sydney Aquarium For those with a fascination with the ocean, a stop at the Sydney Aquarium is a must. Situated in Darling Harbour, it offers a unique opportunity to view more than 12,000 Australian marine species. The aquarium also encourages you to walk through a glass observatory inhabited by the hidden treasures of the underwater world. Tours are available, but bookings are essential. Location: Aquarium Pier, Darling Harbour Tel: +61 2 8251 7800

Fort Denison. © Tourism NSW and Ian Lever

Sydney Centrepoint Tower From its position in the middle of town, Sydney Tower is proudly one of the tallest viewing platforms in the southern hemisphere. From the Observation Deck, you can experience unparalleled views of one of the most beautiful cities in the world, while enjoying a free guided tour covering all the top sites and attractions in Sydney. Location: 100 Market Street, Sydney Tel: +61 2 9333 9222

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Sydney Harbour Bridge Since 1932, the Sydney Harbour Bridge has acted as the solid foundation among Sydney’s vast array of attractions, connecting the CBD to the north shore of the harbour. The most impressive ‘trick’ of the bridge is its ability to look different, but equally as beautiful, from whichever angle it is viewed. Visitors can climb the bridge, but bookings are essential. Location: 5 Cumberland Street, The Rocks Tel: +61 2 8274 7777

Sydney Olympic Park The Olympic Park Aquatic Centre features activities and sporting facilities, including Olympic-sized swimming pools, steam rooms, spas and saunas. For the inquisitive type, the Park also includes an interactive display at its visitors’ centre. Location: Olympic Boulevard, Sydney Olympic Park Tel: +61 2 9714 7888 Sydney Opera House Host to the Sydney Theatre Company, Opera Australia and the Australian Ballet, the Sydney Opera House is a modern landmark that is one of the most recognised silhouettes in Australia. It also features a number of different live entertainment and shows from local and international artists. Designed by Jørn Utzon, the unique ‘shells’ catch the sun at different points of the day giving the appearance that the Opera House is constantly glowing. Location: Bennelong Point, Sydney Tel: +61 2 9250 7111

Pygmy Hippopotamus Kambiri. © Taronga Zoo and Rick Stevens

Taronga Zoo Home to a wide variety of native Australian animals, Taronga Zoo offers an educational program, known as Zoo Adventure Cadets, suited to children of all ages. Programs such as these create a fun and entertaining way to teach children (and adults) about Australia’s unique wildlife. The Zoo is part of a wellrespected breeding program that includes pygmy hippos! w Location: Bradleys Head Road, Mosman Tel: +61 2 9969 2777

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A Perfect Day Sydney CBD In a city as big as Sydney, just one day is hardly enough – luckily, Matty Soccio has spent enough time there to give you at least four full days of fun to consider. 9am The Sydney Botanic Gardens is the first stop for the day. Walk through the Gardens to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, a well-known local landmark that looks over Port Jackson and gives an uninterrupted view of Sydney Cove. 10am Head to the Art Gallery of New South Wales restaurant for a late morning breakfast. Once you’ve eaten, fill your mind with the best the Gallery has to offer. Walking through the light-filled halls of this iconic building, visitors are left awed by the collections on show. 12.30pm St Mary’s Cathedral on College Street is hard to miss. With its European-style architecture, this cathedral is a centrepiece for a recently restored area that faces the gardens of The Domain – a stop to marvel at this building is a must as you make your way over to the Australia Museum. 2pm Hyde Park is another of Sydney’s most famous landmarks. With over 580 trees, there’s no shortage of shade for a picnic. The Sydney Barracks building is located at the north side of the park, while the south end is host to the Sydney ANZAC War Memorial.



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Botanic Gardens. © B Jeayes

3pm Australia Museum on College Street presents a collection that contains in excess of 16 million cultural objects and specimens of animals, fossils and minerals. While you may not get through all of them in one day, it’s still worth making a stop at this famous institution – Australia’s oldest museum. 6pm Across the road from the Museum, facing out to The Domain, Bodhi Bar and Restaurant is, due to its leafy surroundings, a most tranquil place to eat. With an Asian fusion menu, there’s plenty to tempt your tongue with. 9.30pm Wander over to the Sheraton on the Park for an evening nightcap in stylish surroundings. Or, for a spot of the Bohemian, head to the Shady Pines Saloon just off Oxford Street.

A Perfect Day Manly 9am A 30-minute ride on the ferry will get you to Manly, a holy place for surfers and lovers of the Australian beach lifestyle. This seaside area is also a hive of activity just about all-year round. Breakfast at the Manly Wharf Hotel is a great start to the day. 10am After you’ve explored Manly Wharf, head to Ocean World, a family favourite in various incarnations for more than 50 years. Now featuring an interactive reef exhibit and two lower levels of ‘Oceanarium’, this is worth taking at least a couple of hours to visit. 12pm Head back toward Manly Wharf to Manly Kayaks for something a little more energetic. During whale watching season, guides will take you out on your very own kayak to see these amazing creatures close up. 2pm Time for a late lunch – walk down The Corso toward Manly Ocean Beach and go to Whitewater on Steyne. The beautifully presented seafoodbased dishes taste as good as they look and the décor is matched to suit the surrounding beach lifestyle – elegant and relaxed.

Aerial view over Manly. © Tourism NSW

9pm If you’re still feeling boisterous, get over to Manly Wine by Gazebo on South Steyne for a quiet drink to watch the sun set over this fun seaside town.


6.30pm After a full day of activities, a hearty meal will be required. The Pavilion on the Esplanade has been celebrated as a cohesive mix of Italian and Australian cuisines, made with fresh ingredients and presented with a wine list that will impress many. For a more Asian style, head back toward the Wharf to Manly Phoenix, popular with locals and visitors alike.

The Corso in Manly. © Tourism NSW


3pm Hit the beach! A swim in the Manly Ocean Beach is all part of the Manly experience. If getting in the water isn’t your cup of tea, wander up North Steyne for a look through a plethora of retail stores and boutiques.

A Perfect Day The Rocks 8.30am Breakfast at Pancakes on the Rocks on Hickson Road is an essential start to your day in this iconic section of Sydney. Though the menu features fresh coffee and tasty breakfast items, it’s the pancakes that are the star of the show here. 9.30am Nurses Walk, located in the back streets near the base of the Harbour Bridge, is a tribute to the convict nurses and medical staff that served in the area from the time of the first settlement. Here you’ll also find the Rocks Discovery Museum, which features interactive displays recounting the history of Sydney over the past 10,000 years! 10.30am Cadman’s Cottage is the oldest surviving building in The Rocks area, due to its use by government departments over the past 100 years. Named after John Cadman, resident in the cottage from 1827, it is a great example of how Sydney grew from a simple settlement to the thriving metropolis it is today. 11.30am Around the corner is the Metcalfe Arcade, which features a number of craft and art stalls. Every weekend the road behind the Arcade is the site of The Rocks Market, which includes a farmers’ market on Friday nights. The Rocks markets. © Tourism NSW

Nurses Walk shops. © C Leong

1pm Walk over to Sydney Opera House for a look around its many halls and its World Heritage-listed architecture. An Australian icon, the Opera House has a series of tours that can be undertaken, but be sure to book as they fill up fast.



3.30pm Walk back toward the Museum of Modern Art in Campbell’s Cove. With a permanent collection showcasing local and international talent, the museum also features travelling exhibitions from all over the globe. 6pm While everyone else crowds the restaurants along Campbell’s Cove, head around Dawes Point and underneath the Harbour Bridge to get to Walsh Bay, a prime location for some pleasant restaurant surprises hidden from the bustle of the Sydney CBD. 9.30pm If you’re primed for a night on the town, make your way up to the Blu Bar on 36 at the Shangri-La Hotel. With one of the most spectacular views of Sydney Cove, it’s a fitting place to end a day at The Rocks.

A Perfect Day Bondi Beach 10am Bondi Beach Market stalls feature handmade wares from local artisans, antique treasures, clothing and artworks. A slow meander through this market will lead to Harry’s, a prime spot for a coffee and a bite to eat, just a stone’s throw from the market. 11am Time to head to the beach for a mid-morning swim. Bondi Beach is popular with locals and tourists for its safe sheltered cove and surf lifesavers keeping an eye on swimmers – Bondi is also the ideal spot for some beach volleyball! 1pm Icebergs is lucky enough to rest on one of the most mesmerising positions in the area, overlooking Bondi Beach – it’s also one of the top restaurants in New South Wales. If it’s a little too fancy for a lunch stop, however, Mojo’s Café and Tapas Bar sits on the hill behind, sharing the beautiful view. Bondi Icebergs. © Tourism NSW

Bondi Beach. © Tourism NSW

3pm Walk off that satisfying meal by navigating along the Bondi coastal track that extends between Bondi and Tamarama. There are a few places where it can get quite steep and it is a vigorous walk that will take a couple of hours, but for an intimate way to see the ocean and some quiet beaches, it’s a winner.



6pm For a great meal and view over the beach, head to North Bondi Italian Food restaurant, nestled under the Bondi Beach RSL (Returned Services League). With an extensive wine list and delightful menu, this eatery is also a perfect spot to watch the sunset glinting off the waves. 9.30pm Want to stay out for a little bit longer? Get yourself to the Cream Tangerine on Campbell Parade, where you’ll find a large selection of rums and tequilas. A fresh cocktail here is the best accompaniment to the last moments of your Bondi day. w

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baby showers and celebrations of all kinds. You can personalise your cupcakes with a wide range of custom decorative shapes, images, or personal messages.

Ghermez offers a delightful cupcake experience that encompasses taste, quality and glamour. Its range of gourmet cupcakes features unique flavours such as pistachio and rose, chilli chocolate, dulce de leche, orange and almond, and red velvet. The cupcakes are made fresh every day, using the finest quality ingredients, including French vanilla extract, Belgian chocolate and fresh fruits.

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in Sydney

Sydney resident Nicole Haddow takes you on a tour of some of her favourite spots to splurge.

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Shopping bag one:

The Strand Arcade, Sydney CBD The CBD will likely be your first port of call for shopping, if this is where you’re staying – and what a fabulous place to start. The Strand Arcade is an absolute must. Built in 1892, it is the only remaining Victorian-style arcade of its kind in Sydney. Today it’s home to some of Australia’s leading independent designers, including Fleur Wood, Zimmermann, Jayson Brunsdon and Alex Perry. Once you’re all shopped out, have a coffee in one of the cafés and take in the detail of the building, from the intricate tiled floors to the glass ceiling – it’s a rare step back in time.

Shopping bag two:

Pitt Street Mall, Sydney CBD Here you’ll find more shopping than you can poke a credit card at. Just off the mall you’ll find Myer, one of Australia’s biggest department stores, with rival department store David Jones just around the corner. Westfield Sydney (still under development at time of writing), will bring some international runway trends to the city. Hello Prada, Gucci and Miu Miu; goodbye, savings. The new development promises to provide a cuttingedge shopping experience on a par with renowned international shopping centres.


A guide to buying opals in Sydney For two centuries, Australia’s desert landscape has reluctantly given up the most vibrant and precious opals on Earth. It’s made Sydney the opal capital of the world. And today, Flame Opals is internationally recognised as Sydney’s opal specialist.

as diamonds, emeralds, and rubies. Doublets and triplets are simply costume jewellery.

Nothing but opals We only stock solid opals. Flame Opals has Sydney’s widest range of unset Black, Boulder and White opals, ranging from as little as $50 to investment gems worth many thousands. Our jewellery reflects the finest in both contemporary and traditional design. Flame Opals commissions Australia’s leading designers to create unique 18ct white and yellow gold and sterling silver jewellery.

A unique policy Unlike diamonds and other single-colour gems, every opal is unique. Which is why we don’t pay our expert staff any sales commission. It takes time to find the perfect opal, and our policy ensures that our clients can shop without pressure.

A solid investment We only sell solid opals. Flame Opals does not stock doublets or triplets, which only contain a thin veneer of opal. Solid opals are as precious

Opening hours: Mon - Fri 9.00am to 6.00pm Sat 10.00am to 5.00pm Sun 11.30am to 5.00pm

Flame Opals mainly buys direct from miners to ensure we get the pick of the gems coming out of the outback fields. This also puts the stones into our display cases at lower prices.

All major credit cards are welcome and overseas visitors can shop tax-free.


Sydney’s opal specialist 119 George Street The Rocks, Sydney Tel: +61 2 9247 3446 Fax: +61 2 9251 6637 Email: Web:



Queen Victoria Building. © Gerry Colley; Tourism NSW


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Shopping bag three:

Queen Victoria Building, George Street, Sydney CBD Another elegant place to window shop or indulge in some great fashion. The grand Romanesque architecture will likely appease those who’ve been dragged along on your shopping expedition. Bunda Boutique is a great start, with its vast array of exceptional pieces, but for a specific gemstone it’s worth heading across the road to Bunda Fine Jewellery. You’ll find a great range of fashion labels for women and men, with international names including Coach and Salvatore Ferragamo. Items from more affordable, but no less chic, Oroton, Saba and Mimco, will inevitably take up valuable suitcase space. It’s easily accessible from Town Hall Station or George Street.

Shopping bag four:

Oxford Street, Paddington The almost eternal balmy climate of Sydney lends itself to outdoor shopping and, if you’re prepared for a long stroll, Oxford Street (and its accompanying streets) is perfect for those with fashionable staying power. There’s something for every taste with popular chain stores Sportsgirl and Witchery, right up to higher-end boutiques in sweet little terrace houses. If you’re looking to splash out, head to Willow and Tsubi (in Glenmore Road, off Oxford Street), Ginger & Smart and The Corner Shop (in William Street, off Oxford Street); you’ll be the best dressed person this side of the equator.

George Street. © Tourism NSW

Window shopping on Oxford Street. © Hamilton Lund; Tourism NSW


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Shopping bag five:

Bondi Junction and Bondi Beach Bondi’s got style. Here the massive Bondi Junction Shopping Centre will keep even the most particular shopper satisfied. High-end designer stores such as Chanel can be found among department stores and independent chains such as Country Road. If obscure fashion is more your thing, try Gould Street just off Bondi Beach – it’s a great spot to pick up a one-off designer piece. On weekends, head to the Bondi markets to check out emerging designers – this is where the now famous Sass & Bide got their start. The markets have a great energy and a top-notch view; watch the waves roll in on Australia’s most popular beach while sourcing some Aussie fashion inspiration.

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There are plenty of shopping opportunities in the quieter suburbs too. For those who’ve got the time to enjoy a wander in leafy Sydney suburbia, we rate the following locations for secret shopping missions: Macleay Street, Potts Point Knox Street, Double Bay Darling Street, Balmain

Shopping bag six:

Crown Street, Surry Hills Here’s one for the über trendy shoppers who like an eclectic shopping experience punctuated by a latte or a glass of wine with some tapas. A great mix of alternative fashion, modern homewares and gift stores resides here. Save room for a Sparkle cupcake and a coffee or a glass of bubbles at The Winery when you’re all shopped out. Shopping is an experience to be savoured, after all. w


in Sydney

Having a dining experience in Sydney is akin to visiting the Louvre in France – feeling the power of fine art. Tantalised by what’s on offer, Matty Soccio and Jacklyn Lloyd suggest an eclectic list of the best. ARIA 1 Macquarie Street, East Circular Quay Tel: +61 2 9252 2555 Head chef Matt Moran is one of Sydney’s most recognisable chefs. Situated alongside Sydney’s breathtaking harbour, ARIA is well-regarded for creating beautifully plated masterpieces, so enjoy the flavours of poached strawberries with panna cotta, double cream and shortbread. Arras 24 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay Tel: +61 2 9252 6285 The result of Adam Humphrey’s years of experience and hard work, Restaurant Arras is an honest establishment, located on the ground floor of the old Parbury’s Bond Store. The building’s colonial style accentuates Humphrey’s ‘no fear’ attitude to his culinary stylings – pork belly with whey, head cheese and rice or his beef, dripping, nasturtium and ‘aligot’ will leave diners entranced.



Billy Kwong 3/355 Crown Street, Surry Hills Tel: +61 2 9332 3300 She may be a celebrity chef these days, but Kylie Kwong’s finesse with fresh ingredients matched with unique Asian flavours is more than just a trend. Kwong’s much-loved Billy Kwong restaurant showcases the best offerings of modern Chinese cuisine in surroundings specifically designed to emulate the origins of the dishes on show. The sung choi bao is a divine experience to consume. Icebergs Dining Room and Bar 1 Notts Avenue, Bondi Beach Tel: +61 2 9365 9000 Look up from your menu and take in the view – the iconic, breathtaking view of Bondi Beach. This is your first impression of Icebergs. Now, for entrée, try the carpaccio of Port Lincoln Mulloway fish with sweet and

© Pier

sour pickled fennel – matched superbly. It’s the reason anyone who is anyone can be seen nibbling on a carefully constructed salad, while enjoying Bondi’s priceless views. Quay Upper level, Overseas Passenger Terminal, The Rocks Tel: +61 2 9251 5600 It is little wonder Quay was voted ‘Restaurant of the Year’ 2009 by Australian Gourmet Traveller. From its position in The Rocks, diners get one of the finest surrounding views of Sydney Cove. While executive chef Peter Gilmore is the master of his kitchen, it’s his ability to step back and let beautiful ingredients do all the talking that counts. His 24-hour slow-cooked suckling pig, one of Gilmore’s signature dishes, is simplicity perfected. Mad Cow Ivy, Level 1, 330 George Street Tel: +61 2 9240 3000 For a venue that represents the more light-hearted side of the Sydney foodie scene, The Mad Cow presents itself as a sophisticated steakhouse with a 1950s twist to its decor. Beautifully aged beef and carefully prepared steaks create the backbone of wholesome dishes, enhanced by a range of specialised gourmet condiments to go along with them.

Est. Level 1, 252 George Street, Sydney CBD Tel: +61 2 9240 3010 Establishment is one of Sydney’s most exclusive bars, but its dining room, headed up by chef Peter Doyle, is an opulent experience in itself. Decadent chandeliers illuminate the dining room, while you feast on coral trout filled with crab and cucumber or honey-glazed duck breast with butternut, green lentils and fresh date purée. Est. is every bit as grand as you could hope for. Marque Restaurant 4-5/355 Crown Street, Surry Hills Tel: +61 2 9332 2225 Mark Best’s degustation menu is exceptional – an absolutely phenomenal epicurean creation that is not only ridiculously pretty to look at, but also a showcase of flavour combinations that always impress. Find Marque, get a table and let the joy begin. Pier 594 New South Head Road, Rose Bay Tel: +61 2 9327 6561 This picturesque location is highlighted by the surrounding views of Rose Bay. Keeping in theme with the water views, Greg Doyle arguably serves the country’s best seafood. All effort is made to serve only the freshest ingredients, with restraint taken to deliver full tasting, brilliantly created dishes. After feeling that the ‘dining experience’ had gone out of his restaurant, Doyle completely revamped Pier, making it one of Australia’s truly wonderful eating adventures.

1/41b Elizabeth Bay Road, Elizabeth Bay Tel: +61 2 9331 6077 Fax: +61 2 9389 7531 Web:

A new Japanese restaurant from the owner of Busshari, Kújin is located in Elizabeth Bay, just moments away from Kings Cross’s ‘Golden Mile’. Kújin is an izakaya-style restaurant featuring traditional Japanese cuisine. Indulge in delicious food straight off the teppan – from Wagyu beef to grilled salmon or


okonomiyaki, sometimes called ‘Japanese pancake’. Or try Kújin’s homemade noodles, made fresh daily and served in the traditional styles of bukkake, kake and zaru. Opening hours: Tue - Sat 12noon to 3.00pm, 6.00pm to 10.00pm

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Sugarcane 40a Reservoir Street, Surry Hills Tel: +61 2 9281 1788 Distinctly modern and bustling, Sugarcane melds a great dining experience with helpful staff and a raft of delicious menu selections. The Malaysian style chicken curry is heavenly and is well-matched with any one of the whites from an extensive wine list. Hidden in the back streets of Surry Hills, Sugarcane feels like a local’s secret, even if you’re only visiting.

Kújin Japanese Cuisine


Sydney Cove Oyster Bar 1 East Circular Quay, The Rocks Tel: +61 2 9247 2937 Sitting just metres away from the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Cove Oyster Bar is in one of the most iconic locations in Australia. The optimum place for a pre-opera cocktail, it’s also known for its culinary delights, such as the Italian white anchovies or the Gulf of Carpentaria mud crab.

Tetsuya’s 529 Kent Street, Sydney CBD Tel: +61 2 9267 2900 World-class dining experiences are what diners can expect here. Tetsuya’s many accolades are well-deserved. Enjoy 12 small courses of Japanese delicacies, the majority of which are raw, and take pleasure in a feast for the senses with magnificently plated morsels of food, all showcasing chef Tetsuya Wakuda’s superior gastronomy. Be warned, however, getting a table here means booking well in advance.

Chef and co-owner of ARIA Sydney and Brisbane What kind of experience do you hope diners have when they come to ARIA? I hope that they are intrigued, cosseted and have a world-class dining experience with high-class food and informed, personable service. What style cuisine currently excites you the most? I am excited by fresh, seasonal and quality, produce-driven food. What are ARIA’s most popular dishes? The duck consommé, pork belly and there is a fantastic Murray cod dish on the menu at the moment. How do you think Australia rates on the dining world stage? Australia rates very highly, specifically Sydney and Melbourne, with Brisbane catching up very quickly. You participated in the Sydney Tourism campaign ‘Sydnicity’ – what makes Sydney such a great place to you? There are so many things I love about Sydney – the coastal walk from Bronte to Bondi, a swim at the beach, great bars, restaurants and, of course, the beautiful harbour. If not Sydney, where’s your other favourite destination in Australia? Brisbane, as I love the relaxed lifestyle and the dynamic bar and restaurant scene.


Wolfies 19-21 Circular Quay West, The Rocks Tel: 1300 115 118 Campbell’s Cove is the location, simple but oh-so perfect dishes are the game. Executive chef Michael James has a simple philosophy – offer customers a premium cut of beef and char-grill it to suit their specifications, all the while allowing the meat to showcase its own natural flavour and textures by presenting it with complementary accompaniments. w

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You can arrive by water taxi for a more intriguing journey to a gourmet experience and should the weather permit, sit outdoors right on the harbour foreshore. Large or small, private or corporate, weddings or birthdays – the Imperial events team at the Imperial Peking Harbourside can coordinate any type of functions or events. For fun birthdays, weddings or parties, the Imperial team can organise the ideal DJ and dance floor to get your guests boogying. Or alternatively, for corporate functions, we can set up projectors, podiums and sound systems to ensure you make the full impact with any presentation.

With the introduction of so many wonderful new gourmandising delights, this splendid Chinese restaurant has won many prestigious awards.

Imperial Peking Harbourside is fully licensed and open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.


15 Circular Quay West The Rocks, Sydney NSW Tel: +61 2 9247 7073 Fax: +61 2 9247 9850 Email: Web: or

Ensure your trip to Sydney is enjoyed in stylish ambience at the stunning & elegant Imperial Peking Harbourside restaurant, situated on the edge of Sydney’s beautiful harbour. The delectable Peking cuisine has been laced with a lighter, less traditional touch that is more in tune with today’s eating trends. The blend of exotic tastes is delicious and tantalising, while each dish is cooked to perfection. Specialties of the house which are must include: - Scampi steamed in wine sauce - Wagyu beef cubes melted in light wasabi sauce - Crispy Salt and Pepper lobster - Baby duck in a tangy lemon sauce



Bungalow 8

The Winery



Manly Wine

Gazebo Wine Garden



8 The Promenade, King Street Wharf, Sydney Tel: +61 2 9299 4660 Web: One of Sydney’s leading harbour-side venues, Bungalow 8 combines a relaxed party atmosphere while offering an alluring culinary experience. This stylish location encapsulates King Street Wharf’s waterfront views and is the perfect location for large or small functions. It’s the ideal venue to spend an afternoon with friends on the harbour. Opening hours Sun - Wed 12.00noon to 1.00am, Thu - Sat 12.00noon to 3.00am

285A Crown St, Surry Hills Tel: +61 2 9331 0833 Web: The Winery brings a frolicking good atmosphere to fun seekers who enjoy sublime wine and delicious food. Situated on a cobbled laneway off Crown Street this is a pleasure house of worldly wines and gastronomic delights. A unique venue with table service, food and a knock out wine list, The Winery is at the forefront of Sydney alfresco dining and drinking.

MANLY WINE 8-13 South Steyne, Manly Wine Tel: +61 2 8966 9000 Web: Manly Wine is one of the most idyllic seaside venues, nestled at the southern end of the famed Manly Beach. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, this venue is the perfect beachside lunching spot just a short ferry trip from the CBD. 33903_2

GAZEBO WINE GARDEN 2 Elizabeth Bay Rd, Elizabeth Bay Tel: +61 2 9357 5333 Web: This eclectic ‘gastropub’ offers an affordable and delicious menu. The 300strong wine list is just as tempting, with over 40 available by the glass. This oasis in a busy central city location is suited perfectly to every desire

Cargo Lounge

The Loft


3 Lime Street, King Street Wharf, Sydney CBD Tel: +61 2 9299 4770 Web: The Loft on King Street Wharf has remained one of Sydney’s leading cocktail bars and function spaces. This multi-award winning venue has 180-degree views of Sydney Harbour and a cocktail list of over 26 tantalising options. Opening hours: Mon - Wed 4.00pm to 1.00am, Thu 4.00pm to 3.00am Fri - Sat 12.00noon to 3.00pm, Sun 12.00noon to 1.00am

52-60 The Promenade, King Street Wharf, Sydney CBD Tel: +61 2 9262 1777 Web: From its elevated position overlooking Sydney harbour, Cargo Lounge is the ultimate location for sipping cocktails. Open late seven days a week, providing entertainment every night, it is considered one of Sydney’s best nightspots. Opening hours: Mon - Wed 11.00am to 12.00midnight, Thu - Sun 11.00am to 4.00am

KIT & KABOODLE 33-35 Darlinghurst Road, Kings Cross Tel: +61 2 9368 7333 Web: This two-storey entertainment hub is set in downtown Kings Cross, a perfect fusion of contemporary kitsch design, cutting edge music and personalised service for good times, food, drinks and a late-night party. Opening Hours: Wed - Sun 6.00pm to 5.00am


106 Oxford Street Paddington Tel: +61 2 9360 5443 Web: With its eclectic chandeliers, ornate mirrors and luxuriant photos, Fringe Bar is the perfect spot for an after dark adventure and party. Great tunes from local DJs, live performers, it is also home to the longest running comedy night in Sydney. Opening hours: Mon - Fri 12.00noon to 3.00am, Sat 10.00am to 3.00am Sun 12.00noon to 12.00midnight




The Fringe Bar

Kit & Kaboodle

Whether it’s a stool, couch or comfortable chair, Sierra Skepper and Ostin Milbarge have sat in their fair share to give us a list of Sydney’s best bar experiences. © Hugo’s Lounge

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Hugos Lounge Level One, 33 Bayswater Road, Kings Cross Tel: +61 2 9357 4411 One of Sydney’s most classic and well-regarded bars, Hugos has stood the test of time. This venue is popular and simply oozes cool; be ready to indulge yourself with some expensive listings – the house champagne is Chandon.

Establishment Bar 5 Bridge Lane, Sydney CBD Tel: +61 2 9240 3000 Establishment is a sexy and sleek venue, housing a nightclub, restaurant and its very own hotel. This Heritage-listed building exudes effortless hospitality. For a lively night out, work your way through Establishment’s signature cocktail creations.

The Winery by Gazebo 285 Crown Street, Surry Hills Tel: +61 2 9331 0833 One of a number of bars under the Gazebo Group banner, this establishment is a great mix of restaurant and bar. Its Surrey Hills location, however, harbours a top floor space that offers a relaxed, low-key environment, with a superb cocktail list and tasty food to match.

Blu Bar on 36 Shangri-La Hotel, 176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks Tel: +61 2 9250 6000 On the 36th floor of the Shangri-La Hotel in The Rocks, Blu Bar has arguably the best Sydney Cove views of any bar in Sydney. Featuring a long list of classic and modern drinks, this establishment has more to offer visitors than just a great range of beverages. Here’s a hint – if you get there in the very early evening, you’ll get a box seat to see one of this country’s greatest sunset views.

The Ivy 330 George Street, Sydney CBD Tel: +61 2 9240 3000 The urban décor at the Ivy is matched with cosy pockets of space – perfect for a relaxed ambience. Visitors may like to go upstairs to the Ivy’s lounge, eclectically decorated with an elegant 1950s feel. Or, for a decadent experience, they can make their way to the den, featuring plush velvet drapes and elegant lounges. No matter what your style, the Ivy has you covered. w

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Madame Fling Flong 1/169 King Street, Newtown Tel: +61 2 9565 2471 Eclectic and fantastic, Madame’s is ripe with retro furniture and unique flair, and is the ideal place to kick back with Newtown’s bohemian crowd. Get there on Tuesday evening for Madame’s classic Movie Night experience.


Zeta Bar Hilton Hotel, 4/488 George Street, Sydney CBD Tel: +61 2 9265 6070 This cosmopolitan bar is a combination winner – stylish surroundings, inventive drinks and brilliant views of the Sydney CBD. Having won a swag of awards, Zeta is undoubtedly the location for a chic crowd. Unwind with a cocktail mixed by head bartender Grant Collins, such as the house special – the Zeta Prohibition Iced Tea.

Shady Pines Saloon 256 Crown Street, Darlinghurst People joke that this über cool ‘hipster’ bar is a Melbourne bar in Sydney clothing. It’s an ideal glimpse into where this city’s bar scene is heading – interesting décor that creates a relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff and fantastic drinks.


Victoria 132 Welcome to Melbourne 138 Maps of Melbourne 140 Melbourne 2011 Events Calender


144 Melbourne Must Dos 146 Melbourne – A Perfect Day 152 Melbourne Shopping 162 Melbourne Dining 172 Melbourne After Dark





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Melbourne is a city that prides itself on following its own style and brand of living. When considering his hometown, Matty Soccio focuses on the way that Melburnians see their own town.


Melbourne CBD and Yarra River. © M O’Morad

Melbourne CBD view from the Shrine of Rememberance. © Lee Torrens




here’s a moment when you’re meandering down Hardware Lane in Melbourne’s CBD on a clear morning when the sun peeks through the buildings and the breeze is warm enough to take your jacket off. There are very few places in the world that can claim such a perfect moment, when spring has sprung, to be sitting, drinking coffee, watching people coming and going, marvelling at the magnificent buildings and the nooks and alleyways that dwell below. It’s these moments that typify Melbourne as a city – glimpses of time spent in wonder of the growth and history, the modernity and subtlety of a metropolis built on hundreds of cultures and experiences. One need only stroll down the main thoroughfare of Swanston Street to get a sense of Melbourne’s strong links with its past and quickly growing future. Exploring the city’s hundreds of laneways can net lucky travellers an out-of-the-way café or shop that prides itself on being hard to find. And, if you’ve spent as much time in Melbourne as I have, you’ll develop affections for specific areas and places that you’ve had the good fortune to discover. Take the Queen Victoria Market, for example. On Tuesday, then Thursday to Sunday every week, you will find that essence of Melbourne – fresh vegetables being served by friendly vendors, the aroma of coffee drifting from the surrounding cafés and row upon row of trinkets to satisfy your needs. Or the Southbank promenade, with its restaurants and galleries facing the Yarra River – in good weather, you can

Melbourne is a city that is justly representative of those who dwell in it. ride from the Docklands along the river, past the Royal Botanic Gardens, and out of the CBD. The Docklands itself features its own panache, along with myriad shopping locations and restaurants. Its culinary character means that food styles vary from street to street, each with their own individual approaches and interpretations. The city’s commitment to the arts can be seen in the majesty of the Art Centre Spire, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Recital Centre and, its centrepiece, Federation Square. A day spent wandering through the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) is accentuated by a stop at the Ian Potter Gallery, in the same way that a stop at the Melbourne Museum isn’t complete without a tour of the Carlton Exhibition Buildings. For avid shoppers, trams can take you through the Bourke Street Mall, or to the high-class boutiques of Collins Street.


AUSTRALIAN GARDEN Have you ever been inspired by the flush of wildflowers across the red heart of Australia?

Located in the beautiful surrounds of the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne on the way to Phillip Island and only 45 minutes drive from Melbourne, the Australian Garden is a place where visitors can be inspired by the beauty and diversity of Australian flora, landscapes, art and architecture.

— Admire the stunning Red Sand Garden, inspired by the shapes and colours of central Australia. — Relax and enjoy the sound of water as it flows down the Rockpool Waterway, flanked by the impressive 90 metre-long Escarpment Wall. — Join one of our guided tours to discover more about the Australian Garden. — Visit the Gardens Shop and browse our unique collection of quality Australian-inspired art, books and gifts. — Enjoy a coffee, meal or native Australian flavoured snack at the Boonerwurrung Café.

Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne Open 9am to 5pm 7 days a week Cnr Ballarto Rd & Botanic Drive Cranbourne. (Melway Map: 133, K10) Telephone: (03) 5990 2200



Bathing boxes at Brighton Beach. © Neale Cousland

The city’s sporting history and passion are seen in the city’s two major stadiums, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and Etihad Stadium in the Docklands, as well as in its new addition, the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium (also known as AAMI Park). Its culture? Chinatown along Little Bourke Street gives Melbourne its distinctly Oriental flavour, whereas Carlton’s Lygon Street shows its European heritage with its numerous Italian restaurants and coffee shops. Fitzroy and Collingwood are home to the bohemian set, while St Kilda is home to the glamorous and fabulous. Throughout the rest of the city there are smatterings of Indian, Vietnamese, African and Latin American influences that grow with each passing year. Its nightlife is arguably the most well-known in Australia, with establishments to suit all tastes and requirements – from the quiet beer garden at the Brunswick Green in Sydney Road, to the boisterousness of Prahran’s bar strip in Chapel Street, to the live music venues that abide within the city. And outside of the CBD? Beachside areas like Port Melbourne and Brighton offer opulent living, while

charming suburbs such as Northcote, Camberwell and Yarraville offer their own styles of shopping, dining and retail flair. And beyond the suburbs? The Yarra Valley, Great Ocean Road, Mornington Peninsula, Macedon Ranges, Goldfields, Goulburn Valley, Alpine Region… the list is vast. Melbourne is a city that is justly representative of those who dwell in it. Its citizens are spoilt for choice – they have their own coffee spots, quiet eateries where they have their weekend breakfasts, shopping haunts, favourite restaurants or desired bars, such is the amount of choice. This is the essence that people who visit and live in Melbourne feel – a vibe that is shared, one that is carefully appreciated and continues to be treasured. w

Did you know?

Melbourne’s motto is Vires acquirit eundo (‘We gather strength as we grow’)

A celebration born in 1861 A celebration of 150 years of tradition A celebration of style and glamour A celebration with the best thoroughbreds on show A celebration not to be missed, never to be forgotten The Melbourne Cup Carnival is held every November at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne and features the Emirates Melbourne Cup! For further information, call 1300 727 575 For international call (+61 3) 8378 0888 or visit VRC3543/WEL The Melbourne Cup Carnival and 150th Melbourne Cup are TM, Victoria Racing Club Limited (ACN 119 214 078).


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Get public transport information wherever you are. Visit to find a range of handy mobile and online tools making public transport travel easy. Journey planner Get a trip plan from A to B with stop and timetable options and maps to show the way.

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Events calendar Victoria 2011 Australian Open Tennis Championships Date: 17 to 30 January With players descending on the Melbourne Tennis Centre from all over the world to compete in this event, any visitor would experience the best the city has to offer. An array of corporate packages are available, or seats in the outdoor arena are obtainable if you book in advance. Location: Melbourne Park, Batman Avenue Tel: 1300 888 104

Australian Open. © Neale Cousland

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Free Concert Series Date: Throughout 2011 With a reputation for delivering musical excellence, versatility and innovation, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra features a series of Sidney Myer Free Concerts. There are a variety of performances throughout February, when the evenings are warm. Location: Sidney Myer Music Bowl Tel: +61 3 9626 1111 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival Date: 4 to 14 March Enjoy delectable winery lunches, preview tastings and guest appearances from Melbourne’s sommeliers and top local chefs at this premium festival, along with overseas celebrity chefs Nigella Lawson and Elena Arzak. Location: Various venues throughout Victoria Tel: +61 3 9823 6100



Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show Date: 30 March to 3 April The Chelsea Show of the southern hemisphere, this is Australia’s biggest flower and garden show. Located in and around the restored Royal Exhibition Buildings and Carlton Gardens, this event is perfect for all anthophiles (lovers of flowers!). Location: Royal Exhibition Buildings and Carlton Gardens, Carlton Tel: + 61 3 9864 1111

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week. © Alexander Gitlits

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week Date: September Attracting more than 30,000 people during a hotly anticipated week of fashion celebrations, Melbourne Spring Fashion Week heralds the latest and upcoming designs and designers. This event is a celebration of design, colour and the rejuvenating energy of spring. Location: Melbourne Town Hall and various locations throughout Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9658 9403

L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival Date: March The L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival is the largest and one of the most successful consumer fashion events in Australia. Aiming to introduce the trends for the upcoming seasons, the Festival allows attendees to experience the excellence of the local fashion industry. Location: Central Pier, Harbour Esplanade, Docklands Tel: +61 3 9654 5599

Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix Date: 24 to 27 March If there’s one thing at which motor sport enthusiasts marvel, it’s the speed and sound of a Formula 1 Grand Prix car. Each year the suburb of Albert Park is transformed into an international meeting place for some of the biggest names in Formula 1, along with V8 supercars, show car exhibitions and live entertainment. Location: Albert Park Tel: +61 3 9258 7100

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Date: 30 March to 24 April Showcasing the best of Australia’s comic talents and overseas artists, the Melbourne Comedy Festival provides a range of stand-up comedy acts, as well as cabaret, theatre and street performances. Location: Melbourne Town Hall and venues throughout Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9245 3700

Melbourne International Jazz Festival Date: 4 to 13 June A celebration of the riches of jazz music, the Melbourne International Jazz Festival has featured some of the legends of the genre over the years. Utilising venues all around the city, this great festival allows visitors to explore the laneways of Melbourne. Location: Various venues throughout Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9001 1388

Melbourne International Film Festival Date: August The Melbourne International Film Festival is a significant annual event that screens films from more than 50 countries worldwide. The festival, which runs over 17 days each winter, is Australia’s largest showcase of new local cinema. Location: Various venues throughout Melbourne Tel: + 61 3 9662 3722

Spring Racing Carnival Date: September to November World-class racing, fine dining, entertainment and spring fashion all come together to produce an exhilarating Spring Racing Carnival. Derby Day and Oaks Day are popular events during the racing carnival, but it’s the Melbourne Cup that’s known as being ‘race that stops the nation’. Location: Flemington, Caulfield and Moonee Valley Racecourses Tel: +61 3 9258 4258

Melbourne Boxing Day Test Date: 26 December This attracts an almost spiritual response from people all over Australia, being a traditional post-Christmas sporting event held at its ‘religious centre’ the Melbourne Cricket Ground. An experience at the Boxing Day match will give visitors a glimpse of Australian culture at its best. Location: Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) Tel: +61 3 9657 8888

Australian Football League. © Neale Cousland

Australian Football League Grand Final Date: 1 October This local premiership match attracts more than 100,000 football fans from all across Australia. Watch the two best Australian Rules teams of the year battle it out for the Cup and enjoy the pre-match entertainment of live musical performances. Location: Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) Tel: 1300 235 235


Moomba Waterfest Date: 11 to 14 March One of Australia’s longest-running festivals, the Melbourne Moomba Waterfest provides fun and excitement for all ages. Major events include the Moomba Carnival, Magical Moomba Parade, fireworks on the riverbank and a great selection of musical acts performing on the main stage. Location: Various locations along the Yarra River and Swanston Street Tel: +61 3 9658 9658


Moomba Parade. © Kuehdi

St Kilda Festival Date: 5 to 13 February Tourists and locals descend on the suburb of St Kilda for this annual February festival. Starting with the Yalukit WilLam Ngargee Indigenous gathering and culminating in its Festival Sunday, the St Kilda Festival is a week of music, markets and special events. Location: Various locations throughout St Kilda Tel: +61 3 9209 6306

THE ROSE STREET ARTISTS’ MARKET 60 Rose Street, off Brunswick Street, Fitzroy Tel: +61 3 9419 5529 Email: Web: Nestled in the heart of boho Fitzroy, The Rose Street Artists’ Market is where those in-the-know find Melbourne’s art and design talent. Each weekend there’s a huge lineup of creative types, so expect to feast your eyes on plenty of unique gems and one-off wonders that you won’t find anywhere else.


There’s everything from art, homewares, photography, clothing, accessories, jewellery and more! So come along and see it for yourself. Opening hours: Every Saturday and Sunday 11.00am to 5.00pm


Must Dos

Crown Entertainment Complex Situated along the picturesque Southbank promenade, the Crown Entertainment Complex is a popular destination for all visitors to Melbourne. Featuring exclusive shopping brands and some of Melbourne’s top restaurants like Nobu, Silks and Bistro Guillaume, Crown is sure to entertain either the whole family or those seeking a fabulous adults’ night out. Location: 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank Tel: +61 3 9292 8888

Eureka Skydeck The Eureka Skydeck is the highest public vantage point in the southern hemisphere. This is a great place to take in a panoramic view of the city and its surroundings. If you dare, try ‘The Edge’ experience – a glass cube that projects three metres out of the building at 285 metres above the ground! Location: 7 Riverside Quay, Southbank Tel: +61 3 9693 8888 Hidden Secrets Tours It is well-known that many of Melbourne’s best spots are hidden, so what better way to discover these ‘secret’ gems than with a guided walk by those who know? From specialist shops in Melbourne’s historic arcades to some of the city’s best wine bars, there’s a tour to suit everybody’s tastes. Bookings are essential to get the best out of this experience, especially the signature ‘Lanes and Arcades’ tour. Tel: +61 3 9663 3358

Immigration Museum Located in the Old Customs House, the Immigration Museum brings to life the stories of people who have journeyed from all over the world to settle in Victoria, from colonisation to modern times. It provides a fascinating insight into the history and make-up of this multicultural state. Location: 400 Flinders Street, Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9927 2700 or 131 102

Gentoo penguins. © Melbourne Aquarium

the Lamborghini store Showcasing an inspiring Automobili Lamborghini mens and ladies fashion collection and accessories, this is perfectly tailored for Lamborghini owners or anyone who shares the passion for the Raging Bull. Designed in collaboration with several top-end Italian fashion houses, it is the first store of its kind outside of Italy. Luxury car lovers will love the mix of history and retail on offer here. Location: 551 Chapel Street, South Yarra Tel: +61 3 9826 3660


Queen Victoria Market. © Ng Wei Keong


Melbourne Aquarium If you’re a fan of all things under the sea, highlights of the Melbourne Aquarium include the 360-degree Oceanarium, housing giant sharks and stingrays, and the recently added Antarctica – a new habitat for King and Gentoo penguins. Marvel as the penguins play and slide along the snow-covered ice, and see the new addition to the fold – the giant octopus. Location: Corner of Flinders and King Streets, Melbourne CBD Tel: +61 3 9923 5999

Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) Tour Considered to be the heart of Australian sport, the MCG has played host to a string of major events, such as the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games and Test cricket matches, as well as being the home of Australian Rules football. A backstage tour includes a visit to the Long Room, the Bill Lawry Cricket Centre, MCC Museum and the cricket viewing rooms, including all the interactive displays. Tours depart regularly from Gate 3 on all non-event days from 10am to 3pm (except Christmas Day and Good Friday). Location: Brunton Avenue, East Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9657 8888

Did you know?

One of Melbourne’s original names was ‘Batmania’, after prominent land speculator John Batman.

National Gallery of Victoria Consisting of two galleries within a stone’s throw of each other – the NGV International on St Kilda Road, and the Ian Potter Centre at Federation Square – the National Gallery of Victoria is home to more than 70,000 permanent pieces of art, including collections of European, Asian, Oceanic and American art, as well as outstanding collections of Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous works. The NGV is a jewel in the crown that is the Melbourne Arts Precinct. Location: 180 St Kilda Road and Federation Square Tel: +61 3 8620 2222

Koala. © Melbourne Zoo

Queen Victoria Market A much loved Melbourne institution, the Queen Victoria Market opened its doors in 1878 and its vibrant and colourful atmosphere has been pulling in the crowds ever since. The market is best known for its fresh produce, retail stalls, food and fun – all stalls are open on Tuesday, then Thursday to Sunday. During the summer months, the Queen Victoria Market hosts the Suzuki Night Market, including food, music and live entertainment. Location: Corner of Queen and Elizabeth Streets, Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9320 5822 Royal Botanic Gardens No visit to Melbourne would be complete without a visit to the award-winning Australian Garden at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Cranbourne. With more than 100,000 native plants and unique Australian landscapes, the Australian Garden is a fascinating sanctuary for weary travellers. For an inner-city getaway, the Royal Botanic Gardens in South Yarra is one of Melbourne’s most beautiful locations. Enjoy a stroll or join one of the many tours available including the popular Aboriginal Heritage Walk. w Location: Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra Tel: +61 3 9252 2300


Melbourne Zoo After 150 years, Melbourne Zoo has continued to offer visitors modern facilities and attractions, including its successful Asian Elephant breeding program. Close to the city centre, this internationally acclaimed zoo provides a window into the natural habitat of more than 300 species of wildlife from Australia and around the globe. Location: Elliott Avenue, Parkville Tel: +61 3 9285 9300

Captain Cook’s Cottages. © Worakit Sirijinda


Melbourne Recital Centre Celebrated for its dynamic architecture, the Melbourne Recital Centre is renowned for being one of Melbourne’s greatest supporters of culturally diverse musical and theatre performances. Through demonstrating an innovative and distinctive approach to programming, the Melbourne Recital Centre offers a mesmerising showcase of both musical and artistic expression. Bookings are essential. Location: Corner Southbank Boulevard and Sturt Streets, Southbank Tel: +61 3 9699 3333

A Perfect Day CBD and laneways Melbourne is a city that has so many components, it’s difficult to decide where to start. Lior Opat and Matthew McGuigan do the research and give you a choice of how to spend your days in this dynamic city. 8.30am Work your way from Flinders Street onto Degraves Street, and head toward Centre Place for a choice of cafés serving sensational coffee and hearty breakfasts. You can’t really go wrong if you head to Degraves Espresso Bar (Degraves Street), Jungle Juice (Centre Place) or Journal Canteen (Flinders Lane) to soak up Melbourne’s atmosphere on a regular morning in the CBD. 10am It will probably take quite a while to get out of this part of town with all the gorgeous niche boutiques scattered along the way. Visit charming laneways like Flinders Lane for great fashion finds. 11am While in Flinders Lane, head to the Nicholas Building. Constructed in 1926, the building now houses artists’ studios, jewellers and specialist craftspeople such as milliners. 12.30pm Continue up Flinders Lane if you’re keen to check out the graffiti art laneways for which Melbourne is famous. Hosier Lane is often mentioned, but there are many other laneways worth a look. State Library of Victoria. © Ting Teng

Degraves Street. © Ting Teng

2pm As you pass over Little Bourke Street on your graffiti trawl, you probably won’t be able to stop yourself from turning into Chinatown. For something cheap, quick and wonderful to eat, visit the Shanghai Dumpling House located on Tattersalls Lane. 4pm After lunch, head to the State Library of Victoria, one of Melbourne’s architectural treasures. Built in 1854, the library is surrounded by lawns, terraces and statuary. The library also holds free one-hour tours during the week. Oh, and make sure to check out the refurbished reading room.



6pm If you’re ready to unwind, head to Double Happiness on Liverpool Street, near Chinatown, for a pre-dinner cocktail. If it’s a warm Melbourne evening, you could also try the outdoor bar Section 8 on Tattersalls Lane. Dinner at Society at the top of Bourke Street should follow. 8pm Wander over to Collins Street to visit the Regent Theatre for a show. Melbourne’s premier theatre venue since 1929, the Regent plays host to plays, musicals and musicians from Australia and internationally.

A Perfect Day Bayside 8am Breakfast in St Kilda – there’s no better way to start the day, if you want to get the feel of a Melburnian’s typical Sunday morning. Galleon, at the end of Carlisle Street, will make you feel warm inside with its homely atmosphere and tasty food. 10am Hire a bike in Acland Street, head to the Esplanade on wheels and enjoy a refreshing ride along the foreshore.

3.30pm You may want to keep riding your bike along the foreshore up to Port Melbourne, or even South Melbourne, where you will find boutique shops, markets and quaint cafés. 6.30pm Head back to Barkly Street in St Kilda and visit Claypots for a fabulous seafood extravaganza. Claypots doesn’t take bookings, so getting there early makes all the difference. Start with a delicious spread of tapas before getting your fingers dirty with the garlic chilli prawns, soaked in a bath of chilli oil – scrumptious! 8.30pm After dinner make your way to Fitzroy Street in this beachside suburb of St Kilda. This long street is bustling 24/7 with fabulous bars and fabulous personalities bringing an undeniable vivacity to the area.


Sun setting over St Kilda Pier. © D Eb

Luna Park. © Rob Ahrens


2pm It’s probably time for lunch. Jerry’s Milk Bar on Barkly Street is a good choice. The converted milk bar (convenience store) now has a gorgeous garden out the back where you can sit for hours enjoying a lazy lunch and basking in the sunshine.

A Perfect Day Federation Square 9am Start your day by visiting the architecturally controversial Fed Square. After 10am, make sure to visit the Ian Potter Centre, which showcases Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, as well as historic and modern Australian collections. 11.30am Make your way down to the Atrium to explore its speciality shopping, galleries and cafés. This uniquely engineered hall is also the site of the Federation Square Saturday Book Market, along with additional events and expos. 1pm It’s time to digest all that culture and history over a hotdog on the Yarra. Make your way down to Riverland for one of its gourmet hotdogs served with sauerkraut and beer on tap. Find an outdoor table in the sun – you could be there for a while soaking up this laid back part of the city. 2.30pm Walk along Melbourne’s newest major park precinct, Birrarung Marr. Taken from the language of the Wurundjeri people, who originally inhabited the area, birrarung means ‘river of mists’, while marr refers to the side of the river. Plantings of more than 200 trees and hundreds of smaller native plants mark this contemporary park design.

The Atrium. © David Simmonds



4pm Check out the Australian Centre for the Moving Image’s (ACMI) new permanent interactive exhibition, charting the history of the moving image. Visiting exhibitions feature at ACMI regularly. If you still crave a bit more of a culture kick, check out the evening’s art house film schedule. 7pm For dinner, head to any of the eight restaurants that populate Fed Square – Feddish for a taste of Australian cuisine, Arintji for its contemporary menu and river view, Chocolate Buddha for its Japanese flavour or Il Pomodoro for something more Italian inspired.

Il Pomodoro. © David Simmonds

A Perfect Day Yarra (Fitzroy,Collingwood,Carlton) 8am Beginning in Carlton, breakfast at Brunetti on Faraday Street, just off the hub of Melbourne’s Little Italy of Lygon Street – an institution in these parts. If it’s a little too boisterous for your liking, there’s no shortage of alternative choices along this popular strip. 10am Head to the Melbourne Museum in Carlton Gardens. Redeveloped in the 1990s, the site has become the largest museum complex in the southern hemisphere. For some local history, check out the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre within the museum, or the IMAX Theatre for some documentary magic. On the way out, stop by the Royal Exhibition Building, one of the world’s oldest remaining exhibition halls. 1pm Wander down to Brunswick Street in Fitzroy, the centre of Melbourne’s bohemian set for many years. There are plenty of one-of-a-kind clothing, shoe and other retail stores to explore. It’s been a while since breakfast, so get to Babka Bakery or Mario’s for a delicious lunch and coffee that does the city proud. 2.30pm Stroll up Brunswick Street toward Gertrude Street to visit the area’s many galleries or catch some live music in one of its numerous venues, such as The Evelyn. If it’s the weekend, head to the Rose Street Markets to find a combination of art, photography, fashion from local designers, jewellery and collectables for sale. Lygon Street, Carlton. © Ting Teng

© Rose Street Market

4pm As it begins to get late in the afternoon, stop at the Builders Arms for a cold beverage or Sentido Funf for a cocktail and an opportunity to ‘people watch’. This part of Gertrude Street is also great for checking out the cream of local emerging designers.



6.30pm Make your way to the Abbottsford Convent over Punt Road for the Collingwood Supper Market. Local hawkers provide food and drinks in a lively, family friendly atmosphere. If you’re looking for more of a sit-down dinner, a table at Peko Peko on Smith Street for a traditional Japanese meal of sushi, tempura and warm sake, is the solution. 8pm Get back to Brunswick Street for a few cocktails at The Black Pearl, which features a staff of award-winning mixologists. Or, for a selection of vodkas, ciders and wines, head to Naked For Satan. If you feel like dancing, The Night Cat is the place to end your day with your feet moving! w

UNCOVER THREE OF MELBOURNE’S HISTORIC PRECINCTS WHERE THE CREATIVE FIND INSPIRATION IN A SCENE ERUPTING WITH MODERN IDEAS Fitzroy Gertrude Street’s reborn as the cutting edge of Melbourne’s dining, art and design culture; an honor long held by Brunswick Street.


Both encapsulate the real Melbourne — inventiveness in cuisine, style and fashion underscored with local freshness, complementing Smith Street’s world fare and live music.


Richmond Richmond epitomises Melbourne: located minutes from world-famous sporting arenas, food and music rule Swan Street. Church Street’s daring homewares front its laneway galleries; Bridge Road remains iconic for fashion and Melbourne’s Little Vietnam runs Victoria Street as flavours, aromas and laughter confirm.


Collingwood Collingwood nurtures a heritage oasis. Century-old Abbotsford Convent overlooks history, artistrun spaces and a calendar bursting with produce and design markets.


Adjacent, the Collingwood Children’s Farm brings the countryside to the Yarra River banks, supplying farm fresh veggies, up-close encounters with the barnyard residents; delicious coffee and snacks.

Images: (1) Cutler & Co (2) Rose St. Artists’ Market (3) Shopping in Yarra (4) Collingwood Children’s Farm

Fitzroy, Richmond and Collingwood lie within 4kms of Melbourne’s city centre and all are accessible by public transport. A wealth of experiences await at


in Melbourne

Drawing inspiration from all corners of Melbourne – from covert laneways through to international shopping precincts – Ting Teng helps you find your individuality in the city renowned for its eccentricity and style.

Collins Street. © Ting Teng



Shopping bag one:

Collins Street Enjoy a leisurely stroll down one of Melbourne’s most stunning boulevards, lined with trees and surrounded by top international labels, five-star hotels and exclusive clubs. The so-called Paris end of Collins Street is nothing shy of beautiful. Among some of the tallest Heritage buildings are luxury labels such as Salvatore Ferragamo, Rolex, Tiffany & Co and Bally. With these to-die-for luxury brands, you had better break the glass case and have the emergency credit card on hand – you wouldn’t want to go far without it! Should you find yourself window shopping, head westward and venture into one of the gorgeous old arcades for more light-hearted spending. Try Royal Arcade and Campbell Arcade.

Shopping bag two:

Melbourne CBD The Block Arcade If your mother always told you that going around the block was something that was taboo, then she was wrong – ‘doing the block’ was one of the things to do back in the good old days. Walking up and down the Elizabeth Street end of Collins Street, stopping for shopping, tea and scones, while admiring the 19th century Block Arcade, is a pretty good way to spend an afternoon. But if that’s not enough to get you there, wait until you see the range of speciality shops that hide within the opulently decorated arcade. Here you can find Australian designer Cellini, Downies Coins and Collectables, Mimco, and Douglas and Hope. At the end of it all, don’t forget to drop into Hopetoun Tea Rooms for classic pinwheel sandwiches and a cup of tea.


Worlds apart from other retail precincts in Melbourne, QV is a city within a city that represents the quintessential Melbourne lifestyle. Intimate laneways in the urban precinct gives you the freedom to wander and discover the eclectic mix of shops, cafes and restaurants at your own pace.

GPO. © Ting Teng

Melbourne’s GPO A major city post office building turned Melbourne’s premiere shopping destination, GPO is home to high fashion and, dare we say, ultimate sophistication. Beyond the elaborate neo-Renaissance architecture, you’ll find over 50 stores covering three levels, situated right off the buzzing Bourke Street Mall. If you want a bit of quiet time away from the hustle and bustle, then this is the place. GPO houses many talented Melbourne-based designers such as Twitchett & Tonge and Alpha60. Be sure to stop in here to check out the exceptional calibre of work that this city has to offer. QV A contemporary homage to Melbourne’s underground laneways, QV is an open-air shopping precinct where you’ll find a great mix of boutiques, as well as cafés and restaurants, in a European-style piazza. Take a walk down the intimate Albert Coates Lane to discover just what Melburnians are all about – Sevinha, Zimmermann, Dizingof and Christensen Copenhagen are only a few of the world-renowned names this precinct can boast. If you’re into something a bit more ‘street’, head across to the younger Red Cape Lane for casual street wear from the likes of Mooks, Stüssy and Hype DC to liven up your wardrobe.



Shopping bag three:

Chapel Street, Windsor, Prahran, South Yarra Take on Chapel Street as a tigress would – fiercely and with passion. A short tram ride from the CBD, Chapel Street has all the shopping any visitor would want right at your fingertips. Starting at the Windsor end, trawl through the eclectic vintage boutiques, drop into Yellow Bird for coffee and a people-watch before racing down to Prahran and South Yarra, where the premium Australian designers can be found – Bettina Liano, Wayne Cooper and Saba to name a few. If you have a more distinctive taste, not only for fashion but for the other good things in life, go slightly off the beaten track and head down Greville Street to discover just what amazing little gems it has to offer: charming coffee shops, hard-to-find books, old records and quirky threads. For this shopping bag, set aside a day at least!


Art Deco Tiffany & Co bracelet



© Shirt and Skirt Market



Shopping bag five:

harbour town Located in Melbourne’s newest shopping hub, the Docklands, Harbour Town is resplendent with local and international brands, including Dad & Co, Forever New, Dizingof, Valley Girl and MNG Barcelona to name a few. Its position near the water means that there are a number of great cafes and restaurants to rest your legs, preceding another round of retail therapy at Joloni and Angus & Coote for accessories to match your clothing purchases. Visitors could easily spend a day’s shopping here, if not more.

Shopping bag six:

hidden gems Started by Binh Rey as a platform for emerging local designers, the Shirt and Skirt Market is held outdoors at the Abbotsford Convent at 1 St Heliers Street, just four kilometres from the CBD. Up-and-coming creative minds gather on the third Sunday of each month to showcase their original collections to the public for purchase. Goods range from handcrafted jewellery to funky soft toys, delicate sundresses and aprons. For the rest of what’s in store, you’ll have to come and see for yourself – so put on your Sunday best and have a peek at what just may be the next big thing. w

contemporary jewellery by australian and new zealand designers for avid and aspiring collectors gold + gems. rings. cufflinks. earrings. necklaces. bracelets. brooches. info @ t 613 9639 5111 167 flinders lane melbourne victoria buttercup ring: one carat diamond ring by emma goodsir exclusively for e.g.etal

Melbourne’s Best Shopping Strip


The philosophy behind the fashion collection is synonymous with traits of each Lamborghini vehicle – extreme, uncompromising and unmistakably Italian. Comprising men’s, women’s and junior collections for all four seasons, the Collezione Automobili Lamborghini offers fashionable solutions for everyone from apparel to accessories. Ranging from beautifully crafted Italian leather accessories, caps, shoes, cufflinks and model cars, the collection is perfectly tailored for the luxury consumer who values quality, elegance and Italian style.

Opening hours: Mon - Thu 10.00am to 6.00pm Friday 10.00am to 8.00pm Saturday 10.00am to 5.00pm Sunday 11.00am to 5.00pm


551 Chapel Street, South Yarra Tel: +61 3 9826 3660 Email: Web:

The first Lamborghini Store in the Southern Hemisphere is situated in the heart of Melbourne’s premier fashion precinct at 551 Chapel Street, South Yarra.




in Melbourne

Melbourne’s dynamic dining scene is a rainbow of multicultural food experiences. Matthew McGuigan and Jacklyn Lloyd taste their way through the city’s best and brightest.

Arintji Federation Square, corner Flinders and Swanston streets, Melbourne CBD Tel: +61 3 9663 9900 Facing the Yarra River, this restaurant gives diners scenes of Melbourne that match its food and wine list – priceless. Arintji head chef, Peter Ojansuu, has injected a new energy into this much-loved establishment, which hosts a team of dedicated staff who offer a relaxed dining experience. The European 161 Spring Street, Melbourne CBD Tel: +61 3 9654 0811 Fusing old-world European charm with dishes like rabbit and leek pie, The European gives its guests a modern appreciation for the classics. Appreciated for its contribution to Melbourne’s multicultural background, this restaurant is a genuine all-rounder in its menu and wine choices.



Gingerboy 27-29 Crossley Street, Melbourne CBD Tel: +61 3 9662 4200 South-east Asian cuisine has become a staple element of the Melbourne food scene, bringing the fresh (and often spicy) flavours of Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia. Unashamed at offering ‘streetside hawker’ dishes, head chef Teage Ezard isn’t afraid to challenge his diners with what he presents – simple, flavoursome food with a twist, served in comfortable 1950s Shanghai surroundings. The Grand Hotel 333 Burnley Street, Richmond Tel: +61 3 9429 2530 Don’t be fooled – it may appear to be simply a pub, but this watering hole boasts an award-winning restaurant. The Grand Hotel Dining Room places great emphasis on innovative Italian recipes. It features mains like char-grilled spatchcock with polpettone di fagioli, which delivers warm, robust game flavours. The Grand Hotel presents a beautiful concept that merges the Australian ‘pub’ tradition with Melbourne’s fine dining expectations.

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Grossi Florentino 80 Bourke Street, Melbourne CBD Tel: +61 3 9662 1811 Executive chef Guy Grossi heads one of Melbourne’s most quintessentially Italian restaurants. Try out the buongustaio (degustation) menu and sample Grossi’s meltingly perfect Glenloth pigeon with ravioli, highlighted with flavours of marsala, cardamom and liquorice powder.


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head chef/owner, Libertine What kind of experience do you expect diners to have when they come to Libertine? Libertine is a step back into the old world, with old-fashioned service. Customers shouldn’t want for anything – it will be all here. What is about French cuisine that excites you the most? There are a lot of places that are influenced by French and Parisian-styled cuisines, so I think it shows that it’s one of the most refined cuisines. I dare say that French cuisine outdoes Chinese cuisine in the area of refinement. I love all of the different combinations and specialties that go along with it – all the different regions to choose from. What is the signature dish at Libertine and what would you recommend to a visitor? We specialise in game, sourced from suppliers from around Australia, such as wild hare, rabbit and venison. Leg of wild rabbit stuffed with a foie gras mousse is very popular at the moment. You have recently opened a sister café to Libertine, Le Traiteur – how is the dining experience different there? It is particularly aimed at the city worker – it is a half-paced service, but you can still linger over a slice of terrene and a bottle of wine. A café-style eatery that Melbourne does so well. Where is your favourite destination to visit in Australia? I like to go to Sydney – great restaurants, lots of friends and I always have a great time.

Libertine 500 Victoria Street, North Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9329 5228 With an emphasis on the great aspects of French cooking, Libertine head chef/owner Nick Creswick has styled his restaurant to reflect the best of this often over-represented area of cuisine, giving it fresh ideas and classic presentation – its two greatest elements. MoVida and MoVida Next Door 1 Hosier Lane, Melbourne CBD Tel: +61 3 9663 3038 Head chef Frank Camorra is one of Melbourne’s most celebrated chefs and he brings a little España to many keen diners almost every night of the week. Camorra’s second venture, MoVida Next Door is an authentic rendition of a classic Madrid tapas bar, while the neighbouring MoVida is the more grown-up and sophisticated restaurant. Maze Crown Metropol, Level 1, 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank Tel: +61 3 9292 8300 Gordon Ramsay’s entry into the Australian restaurant scene is punctuated by a surprisingly affordable but suitably lavish menu. Aside from the celebrity aspect, Maze is an opulent dining experience without having to mortgage the house – succulent pigeon breast or poussin ‘coq au vin’ are highlights.

Federation Square Corner Flinders Street and Swanston Street, Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9654 5688 Fax: +61 3 9654 5655 Email: Web: Chocolate Buddha is a Japaneseinspired communal dining room located at Melbourne’s Federation Square. The menu boasts the most staple foods eaten in Japan – ramen and donburi, as well as sushi. Our menu varies from traditional Japanese menus to incorporate the use of our local produce. A great selection of wines, sake, beers and 33508_1

spirits will refresh and complement your dining experience. A unique interior design with Buddhas adorning the restaurant provides an inviting atmosphere. Opening hours: Mon - Sun 12noon until late


Vue de Monde Normanby Chambers, 430 Little Collins Street, Melbourne CBD Tel: +61 3 9691 3888 Chef Shannon Bennett maintains his place on the global culinary scene by sourcing decadent ingredients like Strasbourg foie gras and black Périgord truffles, which delicately deliver masterpieces that would be impossible for a mere mortal to recreate. Vue de Monde is a rare and magnificent dining experience. w

Chocolate Buddha


The Press Club 72 Flinders Street, Melbourne CBD Tel: +61 3 9677 9677 Undoubtedly one of Melbourne’s go-to places to make a maximum impression, The Press Club is all about excellence and epicurean innovation. Head chef George Calombaris prides himself on delivering modern Greek dishes that never fall short of being spectacular – meaning visitors always go home satisfied.




The Beach Dressing Pavilion, Esplanade, Williamstown Tel: +61 3 9397 7811 Fax: +61 3 9397 7098 Web:

Just minutes by car from Melbourne, Sirens’ original 1936 art deco building is a Williamstown landmark. Featuring a wide deck and tranquil seaside location, there is also a new feature fireplace for those winter days. Sirens has earned an outstanding reputation for its fine cuisine and extensive wine selection. 26831_1

THE CARLTON HOTEL AND PALMZ ROOFTOP BAR 193 Bourke Street, Melbourne CBD Tel: +61 3 9663 3216 Fax: +61 3 9663 3240 Email: Web:

There are two distinct dining areas: a more formal setting, ideal for a special function; and a more casual bistro atmosphere with a delicious selection of wood-fire oven pizzas and Mediterranean cuisine. Opening hours: Mon - Sun 10.00am until late

The Carlton Hotel provides an experience that is wickedly decadent, if not somewhat eccentric! Enjoy the Ăźber-plush surrounds of the bar, balcony and dining room, where everything from a three-course menu and bar snacks to the unique collection of art, taxidermied animals and 33717_1

foliage, provide an indulgence for your senses. Upstairs the Palmz Rooftop Bar is where the gritty city meets the tropics for sultry libation and palm tree shadows. Opening hours: Mon - Wed 3.00pm until late, Thu - Sun 12.00noon until very, very late

TRANSIT COCKTAIL LOUNGE Level 2, Transport Building, Federation Square Tel: +61 3 9654 8808 option 3 Fax: +61 3 9654 2202 Email: Web:

Transit Cocktail Lounge is a place to relax with a delicious cocktail while being entertained by some of Melbourne’s finest musicians. With an expansive deck, Transit provides spectacular views of the city skyline and Yarra River. Transit Cocktail Lounge is available for private events every day/night of the year. It is ideal for any event, featuring a cabaret style stage, set for speeches and/or live entertainment.




Opening hours: Wed - Sun 5.00pm until late

TAXI DINING ROOM Level 1, Transport Hotel Federation Square, Cnr Swanston & Flinders Streets Melbourne Tel: Dining Room +61 3 9654 8808 ext 1 Events +61 3 9660 9911 Fax: +61 3 9654 2202 Email: Web:

Winner of The Age Good Food Guide Restaurant of the Year 2005, along with two Chef’s Hats, 2008 Wine List and Sommelier of the Year. Best Menu & Wine List and Best Restaurant. Taxi Dining Room is a first class dining experience complete with exceptional service from highly knowledgeable staff and a menu created by Executive Chef Tony Twitchett & Head Chef Perry Schagen.


Taxi Dining Room is located on the first level of the Transport Hotel complex and its vantage point allows panoramic views along the Yarra River and past many of Melbourne’s iconic landmarks.

With the main dining room overlooking the hustle and bustle of the CBD, Taxi also offers two event 33927_1

spaces, ideal for corporate cocktail parties, birthdays or even an intimate wedding. Taxi is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner and during the week you can sample the offerings with the mini degustation known as the Express Lunch (not available in November/ December).

Man Mo’s candle-lit temple style restaurant is located at NewQuay, Docklands, offering exquisite waterfront dining with uncompromising harbour views. Man Mo’s menu features an extensive selection of dishes inspired by the ingredients and cooking styles of the Chinese and Malaysian cultures. The resulting modern Chinese/Malaysian food is served with a European flourish and includes signature dishes such as Truffle Beef, Kiwi Scallop and the renowned Man Mo Parcel – a mixture of prawn, chicken and vegetables wrapped in pastry, steamed and served with a clear, reduced broth. Boasting an interior space that is white, light and airy, Man Mo also features a casual dining area alongside a well stocked bar where visitors are


encouraged to sit back and relax. Glass walls slide back when the weather’s fine, allowing diners to eat al fresco. In addition to the main restaurant, an area situated on the promenade seats diners with fine waterfront and city views. Set behind the glass at the restaurant’s back walls are two pure gold figures of Chinese gods: Man Cheung (God of Literature) and Kwan Yu (God of War) adorned with rafters and gold leaf details. The Man Mo Temple in Hong Kong pays homage to these two gods. Opening hours: Mon - Sat 12noon to 3.30pm, 5.30pm until late Sun 12noon until late


42 NewQuay Promenade Docklands Tel: +61 3 9642 1997 Fax: +61 3 9642 3096 Web:



THE MEAT AND WINE CO 3 Freshwater Place, Queensbridge Square, Queensbridge Street, Southbank Tel: +61 3 9696 5333 Web:

The Meat & Wine Co, located at Freshwater Place, Queensbridge Square, is setting new standards in restaurant design, food and service excellence. The cutting-edge design and decor of this stunning restaurant and the spectacular views of the Yarra River and the city skyline has made The Meat and Wine Co the place to be seen on Southbank.



The venue has become famous for prime cuts of superior quality beef, perfectly aged then grilled to perfection accompanied by an unwavering commitment to service excellence. A carefully selected wine list is on offer. Designed to compliment the entire menu, it features stunning local and international choices. 33095_2

The private dinning room boasts one of Melbourne’s best views so it’s the perfect space to celebrate in style. After your meal, complete your experience with a stroll along the beautiful Yarra River. The Meat and Wine Co is a Southbank dining experience that is truly a cut above. Opening Hours: Sun - Thu 12noon to 4.00pm, 6.00pm to 10.00pm Fri - Sat 12noon until late Sun 12noon to 10.00pm


Since opening in 2007, Red Spice Road has risen through the ranks to become one of Melbourne’s best restaurants. Critics hail chef John McLeay’s modern interpretation of pan-Asian cuisine and reinforce his long held reputation as one of our city’s culinary stalwarts. Situated in the heart of the city, Red Spice Road is a stone’s throw from the Bourke Street Mall and boasts Australia’s largest red lantern above a unique circular 60-seat communal table. Red Spice Road also has three unique Asian-themed portraits specially commissioned by renowned Australian artist David Bromley. The menu and wine list are long and varied, and the prices won’t break your budget. The restaurant has several distinct areas including two private dining rooms (34 seats and 18 seats), a courtyard under the stars and skyscrapers, and a buzzing bar with an Asian-themed cocktail list.

Opening hours Mon - Sat Lunch and dinner Closed Sundays except for December and special events.


27 McKillop Street Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9603 1601 Fax: +61 3 9603 1602 Email: Web:



Whether it’s the glitz of the CBD or the funky streets of Fitzroy, Melbourne has a nightlife that’s incomparable. Matthew McGuigan lends some insights on where to get a drink in this town. © The Carlton Hotel

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The Carlton Hotel 193 Bourke Street, Melbourne CBD Tel: +61 3 9663 3246 From taxidermied animals to tropical gardens, this location has a Dali-like surrealism to it. Guests will also, however, be greeted by a range of beers on tap, as well as an enticing cocktail and wine list, on top of a very appealing appetiser menu.

Golden Monkey 389 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne CBD Tel: +61 3 9602 2055 Designed to have the feel of an 18th century opium den, the Golden Monkey offers more style and fun than any den I’ve seen! Wonderfully prepared cocktails and an Asian tapas style menu fit in well with the feeling and décor of this establishment. Worth a visit for a little bit of monkey magic!

Blue Diamond Level 15, 123 Queen Street, Melbourne CBD Tel: +61 3 8601 2720 Positioned in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, this 15th-storey penthouse bar boasts exclusivity and opulence. The picturesque views, coupled with the venue’s ’70s lounge décor, marvellous cocktail list and live entertainment, further enhance its charm.

MadamE Brussels Level 3, 59-63 Bourke Street, Melbourne CBD Tel: +61 3 9662 2775 Built around the mythology of a German-born lady of consequence who lived in Melbourne during the early part of the 19th century, Madame Brussels represents an establishment modelled on a more ‘dignified’ time in history. Starting with the prerequisite jug of Pimm’s, visitors are encouraged to settle down in the Terrace for outdoor enjoyment or enjoy the plush surroundings of the Hedged Bar, redolent of a bygone era.


Silk Road 425 Collins Street, Melbourne CBD Tel: +61 3 9614 4888 Dazzling crystal chandeliers, ornate statues and red carpet… prepare to immerse yourself in luxury at its finest. Situated in a Heritage-listed building, this opulent bar makes a bold statement and is not afraid to stand out from the crowd. Silk Road draws its inspiration from a fusion of European, Middle Eastern and Asian influences and, as the name suggests, tells the story of the famous silk trade route.

Spice Market Beaney Lane, Melbourne CBD Tel: +61 3 9660 3777 Located alongside the lavish Grand Hyatt Hotel, Spice Market draws its inspiration from ancient spice routes and epitomises the essence of the Middle East and Far East. The exquisite décor will let your imagination guide you to an exotic place, while you enjoy a signature Turkish Delight Martini or any number of colourful cocktails.

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Black Pearl 304 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy Tel: +61 3 9417 0455 Routinely described as having one of the best cocktail menus in the world and award-winning bartenders, the Black Pearl is more than your average lounge bar. With a comfortable set-up on two levels, patrons are encouraged to scour the comprehensive cocktail list (displayed like a food menu, with entrées, mains and dessert cocktails) and enjoy an encouragingly relaxed atmosphere. w VICTORIA

Naked for Satan 285 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy Tel: +61 3 9416 2238 Despite the oddly sacrilegious title, named in homage to one of its immigrant tenants who distilled vodka in the basement, this tapas/cocktail establishment is at the forefront of the bar scene. With décor reminiscent of a Marcel Duchamp instillation, Naked for Satan features its own lager and cider on tap, along with its special selection of pintxo and vodkas. A bit of Basque culture in Melbourne!


Red Bennies Burlesque 373 Chapel Street, South Yarra Tel: +61 3 9826 2689 Chapel Street now houses Melbourne’s home of vaudeville, circus, cabaret and burlesque. Create your own brand of mayhem as you lose yourself in a twisted circus show, get loose to a rambunctious jazz band or indulge in a discerning, 100-strong cocktail menu.

Adelaide Arcade... Timeless shopping In 1885 the people of Adelaide would come to Adelaide Arcade to promenade, marvel at the amazing architecture, enjoy the beautiful atmosphere and shop at the wonderful and unique businesses... 125 years later people from all over the world come to enjoy the very same things. Adelaide Arcade has its very own Museum showcasing its colourful history. Set up on the balcony level of Adelaide Arcade explore artefacts, photographs, newspaper clippings, trinkets and even an accordion that plays the official ‘Adelaide Arcade Polka’. The Museum is open during shopping hours and there is no charge to wander through – just spend some time!

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Rose Hartley explores why so many people are heading to this southern gem and finds the answer in such special locations as the Barossa Valley and Kangaroo Island.


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ou feel it as soon as you set foot on the immaculately planned streets. In Adelaide, there is an unavoidable undercurrent of peace and isolation; maybe it’s because there are fewer cars on the roads, or perhaps it’s because there are fewer tall buildings to cast shadows on the streets. In Adelaide, people walk slower, talk slower and smile more. When you first arrive in Adelaide and drive down the straight, wide roads, free from congestion and honking horns, you may wonder whether the whole city has gone on holiday. In fact, you may even conclude that ‘city’ is not the right word to describe Adelaide. Although it is indeed the capital city of South Australia, it is warmly referred to as a ‘big country town’, and the locals are proud of this. A self-directed walking tour is an ideal way to soak up Adelaide’s carefree lifestyle. The River Torrens cuts through the heart of the city – walking beside it in the sunshine, as you make your way toward the world-class Adelaide Zoo, feels as though you’ve travelled to another century. If you can bear to leave the blue skies and venture indoors, however, you should most definitely take a stroll around the renowned Art Gallery of South Australia on North Terrace. It hosts a fine collection of Australian art that will satisfy those with an artistic and cultural curiosity. Your next stop should be the Botanic Gardens: a feast for the senses and a lush green haven situated on the edge of the city. It features the extraordinary Bicentennial Conservatory, which houses lowland tropical rainforest plants that relish a unique hothouse environment. Designed by architect Guy Maron, the Bicentennial Conservatory is the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere. Nearby is the National Wine Centre of Australia, an architectural feat that holds the key to the history of South Australia’s reputation as one of the wine capitals of Australia. It features an outdoor terrace area with views of the Centre’s vineyard and the Botanic Gardens. After lazing about in the Gardens and participating in a little wine tasting, you may feel like relaxing with a simple cup of good quality coffee. Steadily gaining ground on its Melbourne cousin, Adelaide is fast becoming a region of café connoisseurs. For a perfectly brewed café latte you should visit Melbourne Street in North Adelaide and Rundle Street in the CBD. No visit to Adelaide would be complete without a trip to arguably the best produce market in the country, the Adelaide Central Market on Gouger Street. It is absolutely essential to do three things while there: eat a poh pia (vegetarian spring roll) at Malacca Corner, eat an almond croissant from one of the many tempting bakeries and wash it all down with a steaming cup of freshly-brewed coffee from Lucia’s. Once you have visited the Central Market, explore some of the fine restaurants along Gouger Street, which feature an impressive selection of delicacies from around the globe.

Adelaide is nestled between sparkling beaches with sapphire blue waters and lush green hills that hide the richest, most prolific grapevines in Australia.



Kangaroo Island. © David Hancock

If you’re lucky enough to be in Adelaide at the right time of year, you may want to visit one of the many international music and cultural events that occur annually. Adelaide festivals include the wildly popular WOMADelaide Festival, the famous Adelaide Fringe Festival, the mouth-watering Norwood Food and Wine Festival, the Adelaide Festival of Arts and the Glenelg Jazz Festival. But, even if you miss out on the festivals, there are countless laid-back opportunities available to help you explore Adelaide at your own leisurely pace. Adelaide is nestled between sparkling beaches with sapphire blue waters and lush green hills that hide the richest, most prolific grapevines in Australia. The sunny Mediterranean-style climate in South Australia ensures that for most of the year Adelaide enjoys perfect beach weather. If you only have one day set aside for beachside activities, take a road trip to Victor Harbor and admire its surf beaches. If you have the luxury of time, however, catch a ferry to Kangaroo Island and visit the Remarkable Rocks and Seal Bay, or take a swim at the exquisite Vivonne Bay. If you prefer to

relax among the vineyards, indulge in a winery tour of the Barossa Valley to sample some of the most highlyregarded wine varieties in the world. If you are more of a night owl, however, the CBD is the place to be. Quaint bars along Hindley Street reveal a unique night-time excitement only found in Adelaide, where the rebirth of a rocking live music scene is infectious. The east end of Rundle Street, which boasts a designer shopping strip in the daytime, reveals upscale cocktail bars and cafés in the evening. While North Adelaide is renowned for its gourmet pubs, King William Road in Unley has plenty of enticing cafés and restaurants, many of which are of an extremely high standard. For a special occasion, make a booking at The Pot Food and Wine restaurant in Hyde Park. Adelaide prides itself on offering a vast range of activities, so whether you prefer daylight adventures or you’re into night-time fun, make sure you take the time to just sit back and relax with a few glasses of famous South Australian shiraz while simply taking it all in. w


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Events South calendar Australia 2011 Santos Tour Down Under Date: 16 to 23 January The Santos Tour Down Under is the biggest cycling race in the southern hemisphere and one of the only chances to witness the world’s cycling elite compete outside of Europe. See top professional cycling teams battle for supremacy on the streets of Adelaide in this week-long event that attracts people from all over the world. Location: Rymill Park, Adelaide Tel: +61 8 8463 4538

Adelaide Cabaret Festival Date: 10 to 25 June The city’s bars, cafés, restaurants and clubs are transformed to create a cabaret mood that best showcases this seductive festival. The Adelaide Cabaret Festival was attended by 80,000 people in 2010, testament to the draw that this performance style has over people. Location: Various venues throughout Adelaide Tel: +61 8 8216 8600

Adelaide Botanic Gardens. © Timothy Lubcke

Clipsal 500 Adelaide Date: March Motor sport lovers embrace this actionpacked event, which boasts everything to satisfy your speed and action needs. With car shows, air show displays, street parties, pit stop challenges and autograph sessions, as well as classic races from the V8 series to GT championships, this is a must for car enthusiasts visiting Adelaide. Location: Victoria Park Racecourse Tel: +61 8 8212 8500

Barossa Vintage Festival Date: 23 April to 1 May Already known for showcasing the exuberant wine region from which it takes its name, the Barossa Vintage Festival celebrates the best of the area’s many other attributes. A range of events are featured, from markets to the festival ball. Location: Barossa Valley Tel: +61 8 8563 0600

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Royal Adelaide Show Date: September A great experience for parents and kids alike, the Royal Adelaide Show is nine days of fun. From show bags to rides that would impress even the biggest kid at heart and all the joys of a carnival, it won’t disappoint. For parents, try out the Yellow Brick Road – a trail that allows you to taste the cream of local produce. Location: Adelaide Showground, Wayville Tel: +61 8 8210 5211

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Clipsal 500. © Stuart Elflett

WOMADelaide Date: 11 to 14 March If you’re in Adelaide during March, be sure you get to the WOMADelaide festival. Started in 1992, this annual event showcases all genres of music, art and dance, encouraging people to experience music and cultures from around the globe. Location: Botanic Park, Adelaide Tel: +61 8 8271 1488


Adelaide Fringe Festival Date: 18 February to 13 March Allowing local and undiscovered artists to demonstrate their talents through a variety of unique art forms, the Adelaide Fringe is the largest arts event in Australia, rivalled only on a worldwide scale by the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. Location: Various venues throughout Adelaide Tel: +61 8 8100 2000

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Must Dos

Adelaide Arcade Museum The beautiful, 125-year-old Adelaide Arcade offers an interesting and luxurious shopping experience. Before reaching the retail section of the Arcade, have a wander through the museum that documents the history of the Arcade through various photographs, newspaper clippings, artefacts and trinkets. Location: 107G Gays Arcade, Adelaide Tel: +61 8 8223 5522 Adelaide Botanic Gardens The Botanic Gardens of Adelaide comprise three different historic gardens – Adelaide, Mount Lofty and Wittunga – which all boast gloriously green landscapes. The Botanic Gardens also house the internationally acclaimed Bicentennial Conservatory and the restored art deco Victorian Palm House. Enjoy lunch at the Botanic Gardens Restaurant that overlooks the main lake or, for a quick latte, visit Cafe Fibonacci. Location: North Terrace, Adelaide Tel: +61 8 8222 9311 Adelaide Central Market This Adelaide icon was established in 1869 when a group of market gardeners first sported their produce to a crowd of 500 people. Today it features more than 80 stalls and remains hugely popular for the extensive variety of fresh products sold. Open from Tuesday to Saturday every week. Location: Grote Street, Adelaide Tel: +61 8 8203 7203



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Adelaide Zoo More than 1,800 species of exotic and native animals (including almost 300 mammals) all live within the magnificent garden-like surroundings of Adelaide Zoo, located a five-minute walk from the CBD. The Zoo offers unique behind the scenes tours that allow you to take a closer look at the animals in their off-limits areas, though bookings for this are essential. Location: Frome Road, Adelaide Tel: +61 8 8267 3255 Hahndorf Heritage Town Dating back to 1839, this charming town has been officially declared as Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement. About 28 minutes from Adelaide, a visit to Hahndorf means a trip back through time… but with the benefit of restaurants and gourmet German and Australian food outlets! Location: Hahndorf, Adelaide Hills Tel: +61 8 8124 4960 Haigh’s Chocolates Visitors’ Centre Discover the heritage behind Haigh’s, Australia’s oldest chocolate manufacturer. See chocolates being made at the visitors’ centre, indulge in special tastings and embark on a free 20-minute factory tour. Bookings are essential. Location: 154 Greenhill Road, Parkside Tel: +61 8 8372 7077 Monarto Zoo Monarto, located 45 minutes from the CBD along the South Eastern Freeway, is the largest open-range zoo in the southern hemisphere. Zu-loop shuttle buses depart regularly and take you to the wildlife viewing platforms such as Cheetah, Giraffe, Lion, Rhino, Chimp and Painted Dogs. Come face-to-face with Africa’s most spectacular animals. Location: Princes Highway, Monarto Tel: +61 8 8534 4100

National Aboriginal Cultural Institute – Tandanya Australia’s longest running Aboriginalowned and managed arts centre, Tandanya means ‘place of the red kangaroo’ in the language of the original inhabitants of the Adelaide plains, the Kaurna people. Visitors can meet Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents, enjoy cultural presentations and admire the innovative visual art exhibitions. Location: 253 Grenfell Street, Adelaide Tel: +61 8 8224 3200 National Railway Museum For train spotters and ferroequinologists out there, Australia’s largest railway museum allows you to explore giant steam engines and walk through elegant passenger carriages, while enjoying a complimentary train ride. A must-see for any train enthusiast. Location: Lipson Street, Port Adelaide Tel: +61 8 8341 1690 National Wine Centre of Australia For those of you who relish a bold shiraz or go weak in the knees for a fine chardonnay, the National Wine Centre of Australia celebrates true wine appreciation. Perched on the edge of the beautiful Botanic Gardens, the Centre boasts a fabulous location in which to learn more about the winemaking process, while allowing you to sample a few glasses along the way. Location: Corner of Botanic and Hackney Roads, Adelaide Tel: +61 8 8303 3355

Dolphin spotting. © South Australian Tourism Commission

South Australian Museum Spread over six floors in the heart of Adelaide’s historical and cultural area, this museum contains a wide variety of exhibitions. Learn about Antarctic explorer Douglas Mawson, feast your eyes on 40,000-year-old megafauna fossils or follow the progress of the giant squid that meanders its way through four levels of the museum as part of the Life in the Deep exhibit. Location: North Terrace, Adelaide Tel: +61 8 8207 7500 Temptation Sailing Temptation, a 17-metre sailing catamaran that operates three-and-a-half-hour dolphin swimming or dolphin watching cruises, is located 15 minutes from Adelaide’s CBD. Enjoy this once in a lifetime opportunity to swim alongside some of the world’s most fascinating creatures. Bookings are essential. Location: Holdfast Shores Marina, Holdfast Promenade, Glenelg Tel: +61 0412 811 838 Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary Want an opportunity to get up close to Australian flora and fauna? Just 20 minutes from Adelaide’s CBD, Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary offers an opportunity to explore the Australian bush and meet native Australian wildlife in a protected habitat. To make the most of your visit, take part in one of the nocturnal tours that commence every evening at dusk. w Location: Stock Road, Mylor Tel: +61 8 8370 9197

A Perfect Day Coastal regions Adelaide is a place that offers relaxation in one hand and captivation in the other. Simon Smithson soaks up the culture of this city and its surroundings with a guide on how to spend a perfect day there. 9.30am Start your day with a beautifullymade coffee along the foreshore at Semaphore. 10.30am After your caffeine hit, take a cruise and get a real snapshot of Adelaide’s finest coastal regions, such as Grange and Henley Beach. 1pm Once on dry land, visit Glenelg Beach. Just 10 minutes from the city, it’s a great place to take a quiet stroll and breathe in the fresh sea air. 2.30pm For a late lunch, grab a bite to eat on Jetty Road in Glenelg and, on a warm day, make sure to sample a gelato from one of Jetty Road’s many ice-cream shops.


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Glenelg. © Kai Wong

Henley Beach Jetty. © Rob Jenner

4.30pm While on Jetty Road, spend the rest of the afternoon perusing the boutiques scattered along this picturesque shopping strip. 6.30pm After a busy day, it’s time to wind down and enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants at Marina Pier in Glenelg – for a Greek flavour try Zucca Greek Mezze on Holdfast Promenade. 9pm End your day with a cool drink at The Esplanade Hotel, located on Brighton Beach. This jolly establishment is notoriously crowded with ‘festive’ personalities.

A Perfect Day North Adelaide 9am Known for its status as a food lover’s paradise, O’Connell Street is a perfect place to start the day with breakfast at one of the many popular cafés on this street. Un Caffé is particularly renowned for its high quality coffee and assorted pastries.

Rose Gardens. © South Australian Tourism Commission

11am After breakfast head to Melbourne Street, where you will find great fashion boutiques to work your way through. If you are after a special occasion outfit, the Intimode boutique specialises in offering a fabulous range of designer labels, including Lisa Ho and Ruth Tarvydas. 1.30pm Is it lunchtime already? Why not pack a picnic lunch full of gourmet treats and head to one of the public gardens scattered throughout North Adelaide? Adelaide Oval. © Timothy Craig Lubcke

3pm For diehard cricket fans, a trip to Adelaide Oval is mandatory – if you’re lucky enough you may even be able to catch a game. If sport isn’t your cup of tea, the Adelaide Zoo is walking distance from Melbourne Street and is a local favourite.


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6.30pm Enjoy a beautiful dinner along the Torrens River, offering you breathtaking views while you savour your meal. For an exceptional dining experience, reserve a table at The River Torrens Café. 9pm Head back to O’Connell Street and round off your day with a cocktail at any of the bars and pubs located along this strip. If you enjoy a nice chardonnay from the Adelaide Hills, or a sauvignon blanc from McLaren Vale, then The Pink Pig Wine Bar is definitely worth a visit.

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DAVID SUMNER GALLERY 359 Greenhill Road, Toorak Gardens Tel: +61 8 8332 7900 Fax: +61 8 8364 0332 Email: Web: Situated five minutes from CBD (bus route 145, stop 10), David Sumner Gallery is close to Burnside Shopping Centre and cafes. Established in 1972 in Adelaide, the Gallery exhibits fine art from local and interstate contemporary artists. The Gallery has an average of nine exhibitions per year showcasing artists of the highest professional 33298_3

level in traditional, realist and impressionist styles. As well as feature exhibitions, works from the stockroom and emerging artists are shown in The Mixed Room. Opening hours: Tue - Fri 11.00am to 5.00pm Sat - Sun 2.00pm to 5.00pm By appointment only in January 0418 835 436

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A Perfect Day Unley 8.30am Swing by Jones the Grocer for a healthy breakfast to fuel you for the day ahead. If you enjoy your breakfast, this food emporium also doubles as a grocer that specialises in gourmet products sourced from around the world. 10am Situated just outside of the city, Unley is a premier high-end shopping destination. Spend the early morning perusing boutiques along King William Road and give your credit card a good workout. 1pm Enjoy a relaxing long lunch at one of the many local cafés and restaurants scattered along Unley Road. © Just Tickled Pink

Shopping on King William Road. © South Australian Tourism Commission

3pm Adelaide is famed for being one of the premier cities in Australia for local and international art, so indulge your cultural side with a visit to any one of Unley’s galleries and theatres that showcase the best of Adelaide’s artistic community.


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5pm To satisfy your late afternoon sugar cravings, head to Just Tickled Pink on Unley Road and enjoy their high tea service, which offers ‘petit’ cupcakes, washed down with a traditional cup of English tea. 7pm For a pre-dinner drink, enjoy some cocktails at the outrageously theatrical Boho Bar and Lounge. Sip on some fruity Pimm’s or a glass of Moët, followed by a candlelit supper upstairs at the Circle Bar. w

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Rundle Mall is Adelaide’s premier retail destination. Explore the unique side streets, alfresco cafes and the latest in fashion, health and beauty, jewellery, toys, entertainment and homewares. Enjoy over 700 specialty stores and 15 Arcades and Centres in one destination.

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Adelaide’s largest and most prestigious shopping and business precincts and is home to many fashion houses. Designer stores include George Gross and Harry Who, Alexis George, Carla Zampatti and Xile. Unley Road is also host to one of Adelaide’s Annual Fashion Festival events, showcasing many of the roads favourite designers. Located conveniently on the door step of the CBD, Unley Road also offers: ‡

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Creating the city’s special brand of fashion, Adelaide’s shopping districts are destinations Cassie Robinson and Angie Howard feel the need to explore.


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Shopping bag one:

Rundle Mall The heart of Adelaide’s shopping precinct, Rundle Mall is home to more than 175 retail stores and speciality boutiques. A must-visit is Adelaide Central Plaza, home to the David Jones department store and three levels of local, national and international fashion designers. During your shopping spree, you can recharge your energy levels at one of the many cafés and restaurants scattered throughout this shopping strip, and then resume your day exploring a plethora of fabulous shopping destinations. Address: 7 James Place, Adelaide CBD Tel: +61 8 8203 7200

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King William Road and Hyde Park King William Road, stretching from Unley to Hyde Park, is lined with luxurious boutiques stocking the latest in designer and international threads. This is the ultimate destination for serious shoppers craving the current season’s must-have pieces. Whistles boutique has been at the forefront of the Adelaide fashion scene for over a decade. With offerings including Marc by Marc Jacobs and See by Chloé, set alongside Australian labels like Camilla and Marc, and Bettina Liano, you’d be hard pressed to leave without a shopping bag or two under your arms. Muse Boutique is the ideal destination for perusing the latest denim lines from abroad, plus local designer fashions from Willow, Lisa Ho and Josh Goot. Once you’ve worked your way through the high street, head to the Metro Centre, a great place to pick up some phenomenal Australian designer labels such as George Gross Harry Who, Leona Edmiston and Maggie T.



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For 125 years, shoppers have come to Adelaide Arcade for their shopping needs.

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Westfield Marion Westfield Marion caters for the whole family. Whether it’s the latest fashion trends, beauty products or gifts, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for in one of the many stores located at Westfield. Address: 297 Diagonal Road, Oaklands Park Tel: +61 8 8298 1188

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Burnside Village One of Adelaide’s finest shopping destinations, Burnside Village is the perfect backdrop for exclusive retailers and speciality stores like Carla Zampatti and Seed children’s wear. Let the calm atmosphere wash over you as you browse through this elegant, tree-lined shopping centre. Address: 447 Portrush Road, Glenside Tel: +61 8 8338 1911

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Adelaide Arcade For 125 years, shoppers have come to Adelaide Arcade for their shopping needs. Nowadays, they also visit to witness the classic architecture of the space and see the Arcade’s museum, showcasing the fashions and shops that have graced the place over its long history. Aside from its history, the Arcade features retail options such as Fili Jewellery, J. Farren-Price, John Richardson Jewellery and myriad clothing stores, meaning you won’t go home empty handed. Address: Twin Street, Adelaide CBD Tel: +61 8 8223 5522


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Harbour Town Head to Harbour Town for exclusive offers from quality national and international fashion designers. Savvy shoppers can be seen at Harbour Town taking advantage of fantastic reductions on regular retail prices from brands like Levi’s, while The Designer Room boasts labels like Dolce & Gabbana and Kenzo. w Address: 727 Tapleys Hill Road, West Beach Tel: +61 8 8355 1144

Magill Road has evolved into Adelaide’s eclectic shopping and lifestyle destination, featuring a fabulous array of antique stores alongside ultra modern homeware and decorator centres, specialising in those unique pieces that can set your home apart. With a range of organic cafes and cosy restaurants, this is the place to ½nd something different, either for your home or as a gift. Set aside a day and browse through the many art galleries, get your hair cut at one of the trendy salons or meander through the peaceful oasis that is Richards Park. For a truly different and enjoyable shopping experience, there’s no other place than Magill Road.

Magill Road… a journey of discovery.


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A great city needs to boast great restaurants. Bonnie Ho locates the ‘top of the class’ when it comes to Adelaide’s food scene.

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Assaggio Ristorante 92-94 King William Road, Hyde Park Tel: +61 8 8272 4748 Assaggio means ‘taste’ in Italian, and taste is the operative word here, where chef Camillo Crugnale professes to be inspired by his mother’s cooking. There’s nothing ‘mumsy’ about this place, however, with its modern interpretation of Crugnale’s Italian heritage all packaged up in a moody and dark-wood interior. The Brasserie The Hilton Adelaide Hotel, 233 Victoria Square, Adelaide CBD Tel: +61 8 8217 2000 Led by executive chef Dennis Leslie, The Brasserie showcases the essence of South Australian flavour in the form of fresh, simple cooking. Supported by the best local providores, farmers, growers and suppliers of the region, Leslie is able to create dishes such as slow cooked and grilled scotch fillet, crisp parsnip and herb salad with a miso sabayon sauce. Superb!

British India 270-276 Morphett Street, Adelaide CBD Tel: +61 8 8212 2411 The Empire strikes back at British India – indeed, you may feel as if you’ve stepped into another dimension with this restaurant’s eclectically designed décor, where mounted animal heads are juxtaposed against dainty teacup installations. British India is not merely a Rajinspired dining destination; rather it’s a culinary journey where classics like shepherd’s pie are given a gourmet makeover courtesy of the subcontinent and its culinary influences. Chianti Classico 160 Hutt Street, Adelaide CBD Tel: +61 8 8232 7955 Set your alarm and beat the crowds, as breakfast is what Chianti Classico is best known for. Once you’ve secured your table and have a perfect latte in your hand, the only thing you’ll have to worry about is what to order. Here’s a tip, the ‘Dr Bircher muesli’ is just what the physician ordered. Still can’t decide what to have? Then try the Chianti Classico Selection Plate, morsels of the restaurant’s tastiest breakfast treats.

The Wine Underground 121 Pirie Street, Adelaide CBD Tel: +61 8 8232 1222 By no means do you have to search high and low for fantastic dining options in Adelaide, but if you decide to go ‘underground’ at The Wine Underground’s formal dining room, you will be richly rewarded with dishes such as pan-fried snapper with a soy, lemongrass broth and pickled ginger. Or, if you feel like something simpler, try the wood-fire oven pizzas from the Rustic Bar section of Wine Underground. w

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head chef, The Manse Is there an aspect of the restaurant scene in Adelaide that you enjoy the most? The best part of the Adelaide restaurant scene is that a lot of young chefs are coming out of the woodwork and wanting to prove themselves in Adelaide’s top restaurants. With a few new projects on the way, I think the Adelaide dining scene will grow dramatically over the next couple of years, building on its national representation. I’ve been fortunate to be part of a group of young chefs, working under the name the Empirical Culinary Collective, working toward this goal for Adelaide. What influences your work as head chef of The Manse? I draw inspiration and influence from everything I see and eat. This can be from my favourite local Chinese restaurant to three-Michelin-starred restaurants to home-cooked dinners on a Sunday night. I think a key part in being a chef is creating food that you enjoy yourself. My long-time girlfriend Emma, who is also my pastry chef at The Manse, helps me a lot when I’m seeking to reflect my experiences and influences in my work. What experience do you aim for visitors to have when they come to The Manse? For people to simply enjoy themselves. My belief is that if you are dining in a fine dining restaurant, the only menu to consider is the degustation menu. It is the best way to really enjoy the food and can make for an entertaining experience. At The Manse we offer two – the Grand Degustation of 10 courses and the Petite Degustation of six. Is there a signature dish at The Manse, or is the menu based on a wider style of cuisine? The menu is defiantly based on a wider style of cuisine. We try to create dishes that are not only enjoyed by themselves, but made to help complement the dishes either side of them in the degustation. I’m very fond of quality sashimi-grade fish and shellfish, so these products become very common in my menus. Where is your favourite place in Australia to visit? The Grampians in country Victoria. When I was a kid it was our family holiday location that we visited at least once a year. Now as an adult, I visit the Grampians with a whole new appreciation for the area and its remarkable fauna and flora, while still being reminded of fond memories from my childhood… and who doesn’t love the ability to purchase vegetables from a box with an honesty system change jar on the side of the road!

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The Pot Food and Wine 160 King William Road, Hyde Park Tel: +61 8 8373 2044 A foolproof recipe: take a few cups of Adelaide culinary royalty, add a strong seasoning of French and Spanish influences from founder Simon Kardachi’s travels, stir well to combine, then garnish with a sprinkle of old-world rustic charm. This is what visitors to The Pot will receive as they walk through the door.

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The Manse 142 Tynte Street, North Adelaide Tel: +61 8 8267 4636 The Manse’s beautiful exterior belies the culinary journeys within, where head chef Lachlan Colwill takes cutting edge influences from the international food scene and interprets them into a beautiful and memorable experience for diners. Indulge your senses with the ‘petit’ or ‘grande’ degustation menus, comprising dishes that incite curiosity and excitement.

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The Apothecary 1878 118 Hindley Street, Adelaide CBD Tel: +61 8 8212 9099 If you’re a confirmed oenophile, take your seat in a classic Thonet chair at The Apothecary 1878 as you decide which of the 1,200 wines to sample in these unique surrounds. Set within the Heritage-listed remains of an antique chemist shop, this classic-style wine bar is adorned with pharmacy cabinets gracing the main bar, set among crystal drawer handles and 18-carat gold leaf inscriptions.

Apple Bar 5-9 Synagogue Place, Adelaide CBD Tel: +61 8 8223 7753 Describing itself as ‘redefining Adelaide’s nightlife’ may sound egocentric, but for the owners of Apple Bar it’s about knowing they offer a high quality bar experience – because of this, it is quickly becoming an Adelaide favourite. With an extensive cocktail list and two levels of fun from which to choose, Apple Bar is a must for energetic people!

Sangria Bar at Mesa Lunga Ristorante Y Tapas Corner Morphett and Gouger Streets, Adelaide CBD Tel: +61 8 8410 7617 If you’re up for a quality cocktail and tapas experience, look no further than Mesa Lunga’s cosy side-bar, Sangria. It mixes comfortable surroundings with a comprehensive cocktail and wine menu, along with its house-mixed mesa sangrias – the ‘rosada’ sangria is a fruity fresh experience.


Distill 286 Rundle Street, Adelaide CBD Tel: +61 8 8227 0825 Nature and greenery are the secret ingredients of this modern watering hole. Adding a healthy twist with their use of organic and ethical products, the staff will warm your heart with healthconscious cocktails like the Blaze – warmed cognac mixed with fragrant cloves, cinnamon, flamed orange zest and quince liqueur. At last, drinking can be good for you! w

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Lotus Lounge 268 Morphett Street, Adelaide CBD Tel: +61 8 8231 0312 Cocktail lovers will adore this retro chic cocktail lounge. Why not try unusual creations like the Paddle Pop Lion or the Chinese Lantern, while kicking back in the fairy-light festooned courtyard? With all the cocktails made with the best ingredients, the never-ending list will have you returning for a new taste sensation every time.

La Bohème 36 Grote Street, Adelaide CBD Tel: +61 8 8212 8884 As close to a classic Parisian experience as one can get in Australia, La Bohème is a mix of sophisticated Euro-cabaret and post-absinthe dream. Absinthe is, not surprisingly, the La Bohème house speciality, with a large selection available for customers. But, if that’s not your style, this bar offers a good range of cocktails and beers, along with a satisfying wine list.


The Oyster Bar 14 East Terrace, Adelaide CBD Tel: +61 8 8232 5422 Often frequented by local and national celebrities, this old-fashioned oyster bar has a great selection of beer and Moët NV to match with oysters natural, or served with variations including salsa, Thai flavours, caviar and specialities (try the oysters Errol Flynn for something special). With a wide selection of beers and a well-appointed wine list, The Oyster Bar is a fresh way to spend an evening.

Fumo Blu Cocktail Lounge 270 Rundle Street, Adelaide CBD Tel: +61 8 8232 2533 Harking back to the glamorous 1950s, Fumo Blu, which means ‘Blue Smoke’, is a cigar bar with a flavour that will have you feeling like Frank Sinatra in minutes. Don’t be fooled, however – Fumo’s contemporary surroundings will keep you in the present, as you take your pick from a primo selection of cocktails, like the Brazilian-inspired Caipiroska.



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212 Queensland 2011 Events Calender 214 Brisbane Must Dos 216 Brisbane â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A Perfect Day 219 Brisbane Shopping 222 Brisbane Dining 224 Brisbane After Dark 226 Gold Coast Must Dos


228 Gold Coast Shopping and Dining 230 Welcome to Tropical North Queensland and the Whitsundays 234 Tropical North Queensland Must Dos




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With apt regard to its title as the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sunshine Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, Queensland is a land of beaches, tropical rainforests and silent deserts. Sean Greaney explains the draw this state has for visitors from around the globe.


ong – Queenslanders enjoy this adjective in spades: long beaches, long days, long legs… be like the locals, dropping their t-shirts to sands that are called tidally to Elysian beaches. Cast aside your nowsuperfluous coat and slide on those neglected bathers. Despite rapidly embracing a more sophisticated lifestyle, history, halcyon days and weather will never permit Queenslanders to escape relaxation. This massive state is best experienced over a seriously long unwind, but if a ‘whirlwind’ is all you’ve time for, the next few pages will ensure you sample the best the ‘Sunshine State’ has to offer. It’s been a while since I’ve been allowed to indulge my zealous obsession at Campos Café adjacent to, but separate from, New Farm’s overly-trendy James Street Market. This little secret unfortunately spread; so delicious is the chocolate-beetroot cake and lattes


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here that allegedly the James Street ‘marketers’ built a fence, so that patrons have to navigate an inconspicuous alleyway to find it. Apparently the competing café chains couldn’t handle the heat. Sitting there with my favourite coffee tantalising my tongue, my Melbourne coffeesnobbishness would accede to the old Brisbane stomping ground – they do it right there. One of the great things about Brisbane is you can cross from West End’s bohemian food and entertainment district, through the CBD and into the famed ‘Valley’ night spot in around 40 minutes – on foot. You’ll pass ethnic eateries, upscale cocktail bars and very relaxed little dens full of coffee, calzone and board games, all in the West End. Leaving the district via Victoria Bridge, passing the Lyric Theatre and Queensland Museum, you’ll cross the Brisbane River and either take the shopper’s route through the Queen Street Mall or a meditative meander to your right via the river and beautiful Botanic Gardens, framed by yachts and, of course, crowned with sunshine. If you’ve taken the latter, your route will take you via the many restaurants and cocktail spots, nodding to the river and the lovely Story Bridge, which joins a striking


One of the great things about Brisbane is you can cross from West End’s bohemian food and entertainment district, through the CBD and into the famed ‘Valley’ night spot in around 40 minutes – on foot.



The Sunshine Coast’s Noosa… is resplendent with shopping on Hastings Street and beautiful national parks with alluring natural attractions such as the Roaring Caves Blowhole.

cliff to Kangaroo Point – many of these venues are worth a stop. If you’ve chosen a weekend (and you’ll be forgiven for any inability to discriminate between leisure day and work day) for your sojourn, stop by the Eagle Street Pier Markets. Crossing into the Valley, you’ll see this city’s transitory state at its most raw. There’s no geographical division between the upscale Cloudland and the grungy punk clubs – sort the wheat from the chaff with your multiple bar options. There are two directions to take on Brunswick Street: left will take you into the heart of the city’s nightlife. The road less travelled, however, is daytime’s right. Immediately on this journey is one of Brisbane’s better avant-garde boutiques; Fallow crosses genders with elegant clothing and jewellery offerings. Cautious of your new favourite garment, duck into ShliX for what is claimed to be Australia’s best ice-cream. Follow this street further and you’ll find the Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Arts – a fantastic spot to catch Australia’s next up-and-comer’s work. Brunswick Street comes to a finale in New Farm Park, a gorgeous spot for a picnic. It’s also a great place to jump on the ferry to Brett’s Wharf and its seafood pleasures, or to The Powerhouse – where you can sip on a beverage, observe the river and wait for a show to start. Any trip to Queensland must take in either the Gold or Sunshine Coasts. For the postcard experience, head to the Gold Coast’s Surfers Paradise, 80 kilometres south of Brisbane. Here you can find long walks on the beach, shopping everywhere and myriad entertainments for the young and the young at heart – Movie World, Dreamworld, Wet ‘n’ Wild, Sea World… any number of worlds. The Sunshine Coast’s Noosa, north of Brisbane, is resplendent with shopping on Hastings Street and beautiful national parks with alluring natural attractions such as the Roaring Caves Blowhole. But for those in Queensland after solitude and sand, head toward the less tourist visited Maroochydore for equally beautiful beaches, but more deference to the quiet moment. w

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Events calendar Queensland 2011 Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions Carnival Date: 12 to 21 January Australia’s premium yearlings are paraded in front of racing enthusiasts before their sale, with buyers sharing hopes for breeding future elite racing horses. For a chance to see the selections and enjoy the atmosphere, get to the Magic Millions Carnival. Location: Magic Millions Sales Complex, Gold Coast Tel: +61 7 5504 1200

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Noosa Food and Wine Festival Date: 13 to 15 May Australia’s leading chefs, restauranteurs, winemakers and food producers come together for this enticing festival. The Noosa Food and Wine Festival offers visitors three days of entertaining events, each proudly representing Queensland’s food and wine industries. Location: Various locations throughout Noosa Tel: +61 7 5455 4455 www.celebrationofaustralianfoodandwine.



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Go Troppo Arts Festival Date: October Commemorating the life and arts of tropical Queensland, this festival allows visitors to laze in the sunshine and watch the events unfold before them. For those of you looking to relax preconceived dress codes and social structures, there’s never been a better place to Go Troppo! Location: Various locations throughout Port Douglas

AAMI Stradbroke Race Day Date: 11 June Fancy hats, flowing dresses and sharp suits, the AAMI Stradbroke Race Day is a wonderful day out on the fields, where punters dress to impress and mingle with crowds of horseracing aficionados. Location: Eagle Farm Racecourse, Brisbane Tel: +61 7 3268 2171

Brisbane Good Food and Wine Show Date: November Watch celebrity chefs from around Australia whip up tantalising meals. A great aspect of the Brisbane Good Food and Wine Show is that visitors get an opportunity to sample foods and wines from nearby regions and throughout Queensland. Location: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre Tel: +61 3 9261 4500

Brisbane Tennis International Date: 2 to 9 January After a successful tournament in 2010, which saw 100 players from around the world compete, the Brisbane Tennis International returns to the Queensland Tennis Centre, which boasts state-of-the-art facilities and welcomes another impressive international line-up of tennis stars. Location: Queensland Tennis Centre, Brisbane Tel: +61 7 3120 7930

ANZ Ladies Masters Date: 10 to 13 February The ANZ Ladies Masters is one of the southern hemisphere’s leading women’s golfing tournaments, and 2011 will mark this event’s 21st anniversary. Held during the premium weather period in Queensland, the Masters is a great event. Location: RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast Tel: +61 8 8373 2021

Captain Cook 1770 Festival Date: 20 to 22 May Created to celebrate the birth of the state of Queensland, this annual event commemorates the landing of Captain Cook and his crew in 1770. Among the festivities are historical exhibitions and re-enactments, market stalls and a fireworks display. Location: Endeavour Park, Seventeen Seventy Tel: +61 7 4974 7570

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Queensland Performing Arts Centre Date: Throughout 2011 The Arts Centre encompasses three theatres of differing sizes and an 1,800seat concert hall. Musicals, plays, ballets, operas and concerts are hosted throughout the year. Location: Queensland Performing Arts Centre, South Bank, Brisbane Tel: +61 7 3840 7444


Southern Downs Sculpture Symposium Date: September The Symposium celebrates the work of many artists, with five guest sculptors invited to carve out creations from local sandstone in the main event. Other events include workshops, information sessions, exhibitions and market stalls. Location: Warwick, 180 kilometres south of Brisbane Tel: +61 7 4664 1774


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Must Dos

Alma Park Zoo This picturesque zoo is a great day trip for the entire family, housing a colourful range of exotic and endangered animals. Alma Park Zoo has a number of new exhibits and also offers a VIP experience, where visitors are given the opportunity to hand feed the Zoo’s red panda. It also provides free barbecue facilities for an outdoor lunch. Location: Alma Road, Dakabin, Brisbane Tel: +61 7 3204 6566 Brisbane Powerhouse Centre for the Arts Once one of Brisbane’s main power sources, this distinctive landmark is now the hub for cultural events, such as theatre performances, festivals and musical acts. Set on the banks of the beautiful Brisbane River, the Powerhouse showcases innovative and progressive programs with contemporary art that is sure to entertain, challenge and impress. Location: Lamington Street, New Farm Tel: +61 7 3358 8600



Kangaroo at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. © W Quirtmair

Castlemaine-Perkins XXXX Brewery Tour A staple of Australian culture is beer and a great way to get a better understanding of why is by visiting the Castlemaine-Perkins Brewery, which has been perfecting the art of brewing for more than 130 years. To experience an Australian favourite up close, a brewery tour is your ticket to discovering a taste of the science, art and heritage that nurtures this liquid gold. Location: Corner of Black and Paten Streets, Milton Tel: +61 7 3361 7597 City Botanic Gardens The City Botanic Gardens has taken pride of place along the banks of the Brisbane River since 1885. Hour-long tours are available twice daily, Monday to Saturday, offering a great way for you to explore the many features of these beautiful surroundings. Location: Alice Street, Brisbane CBD Tel: +61 7 3403 8888 Footsteps Gallery Supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, this gallery features unique artwork, gifts and souvenirs, the sales of which go to further support innovative and emerging artists. With monthly exhibitions of Indigenous art, Footsteps is a gallery that can constantly fuel your cultural curiosity. Location: 166 Ann Street, Brisbane Tel: +61 7 3229 0395 Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary The world’s first and largest koala sanctuary, Lone Pine is home to more than 130 koalas and numerous other species of native wildlife. You can choose to cuddle a koala, hand feed a kangaroo, have an encounter with a Tasmanian devil and enjoy the surroundings of a wellpreserved natural environment. Location: 708 Jesmond Road, Fig Tree Pocket, Brisbane Tel: +61 7 3378 1366

Beer from Castlemaine-Perkins XXXX Brewery. © D Novkovski

Queensland Museum If you’re a museum lover, the Queensland Museum is an excitingly extensive venue that invites you to discover the intrigue of science, environment and human experience. Providing a link between Brisbane’s past and future – from dinosaurs to modern discoveries – a trip to this museum will enliven and enrich your travelling experience. Location: Corner Grey and Melbourne Streets, South Bank Tel: +61 7 3840 7555 River City Cruises One of the best ways to see the River City is by river cruise. Departing daily from the Southbank Parklands, the cruise allows you to sit back and enjoy a guided tour of the waterways surrounding Brisbane and get a sense of the city’s intriguing history. Departs 10.30am and 12.30pm. Location: Jetty A, Southbank Parklands Tel: +61 0428 278 473

Roma Street Parkland An oasis in the heart of the city, Roma Street Parkland is one of the world’s largest urban subtropical gardens. Head downtown to explore the vast array of precincts, each housing a diversity of plants. There are arid climate succulents, rainforest ferns, coastal wetland species and a spectacular, ever-changing display of annuals in the aptly named Spectacle Garden. Location: 1 Parkland Boulevard, Brisbane Tel: +61 7 3006 4545 Brisbane River cruise. © C Operman

Skydiving adventures If the Story Bridge isn’t quite the rush you’re after, this activity is top of the list for adrenalin junkies. Picture yourself floating through the sky, the warm Queensland sun surrounding you, while you sail in a downward spiral above an unforgettable bird’s-eye view of Brisbane. Bookings are essential. Location: 139 Goebels Road, Willowbank, Brisbane CBD Tel: 1800 805 997

Whale watching Recognised as one of the best whale watching areas in Australia, Brisbane’s Moreton Bay has previously been voted the number one day trip. The Bay welcomes a number of different species, including the majestic humpback whale. With guaranteed whale sightings from June to October and a minimum number of boats allowed in the marine park, you’ll really feel a close connection to these ancient giants. w Location: 11/133 Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe Tel: +61 7 3880 0477

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Queensland is Australia’s second largest state, covering 1,722,000square kilometres, and the third most populous with more than 4.5 million inhabitants.


Story Bridge Adventure Climb The Story Bridge Adventure Climb is a real adrenalin rush and, once you get to the top, you’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking panorama of Brisbane and its surrounds. During the bridge climb you will also hear fascinating commentary about Brisbane, including its history and heritage information about Story Bridge, which was opened for operation in July 1940. A favourite for tourists and locals alike. Location: 170 Main Street, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane CBD Tel: 1300 254 627

A Perfect Day South Bank Whether you’re partial to marathon shopping expeditions or a lazy afternoon roaming through airy galleries and museums, Brisbane has it covered. Rebecca Feller undertakes the arduous task of researching perfect days in Brisbane. 8:30am Take an early morning stroll beneath the bougainvillea-clad steel arches of the Arbour before picking up some freshly baked pastries from Poppy’s Basket on Little Stanley Street and enjoying a picnic breakfast within the lush gardens and parkland mapped out along the banks of the Brisbane River.

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10am Grab a mid-morning pick-me-up at Espresso Garage back on Little Stanley Street. If the fire-engine-red front door doesn’t grab your attention, the heady aromas of freshly roasted coffee beans surely will. 11am If the weather is being kind, unpack your swimsuit and follow the towering palm trees to Streets Beach – a manmade swimming beach smack bang in the middle of the city, overlooking the river and the CBD.



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1pm Why not combine lunch with some fabulous and inspiring art at the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA)? The Galleries, along with the Queensland State Library, Museum, Theatre Company and Performing Arts Centre form the bustling cultural precinct on the south bank of the river. There are three gallery cafés to choose from, serving hot meals, petits fours and everything in between. 5pm Tapas and a glass (or two) of wine at Sardine Tin on Little Stanley Street is a great choice for those wanting to graze late in the afternoon. The regularly changing menu offers a delectable selection of snacks and small dishes, though always includes something sardine inspired of course. 8pm With hunger levels restored, attending an evening show at the Performing Arts Centre is the perfect way to cap off a busy day of sightseeing. There are a wide variety of genres showcased, including live theatre, ballet, comedy and opera.


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A Perfect Day Fortitude Valley 9am Begin with a hearty breakfast, which may or may not consist of fresh Belgian waffles, at the Symposium Café on Commercial Road. If you happen to be visiting on a Saturday or Sunday, why not indulge in the Breakfast Degustation? Four delicious courses and coffee is a sure-fire way to kick-start your day. 10:30am Ann Street should be next on your list. Renowned for its exclusive selection of boutiques and one-ofa-kind fashion, there’s something here for shoppers great and small. Blonde Venus stocks an amazing array of international brands while its sister store, The Outpost, is a not-so-well-kept secret among stylish locals. 12:30pm Stop off and refuel with a tasty Turkish pizza or spicy tagine at Mecca Bah on Ann Street. An extensive selection of local and international beers is also on offer to cool you down before you hit the next retail hot spot.



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2pm Sprawled throughout the Brunswick and Chinatown malls every weekend are the Valley Markets. With many bargains to be had, it’s a great place to leisurely wander and explore. Everything from clothing and accessories to homewares and crafts can be found here. 4pm Rest on your shopping laurels and enjoy an afternoon movie at the Palace Centro cinemas. Conveniently located on James Street, Palace Centro is also host of the annual French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Greek and Mexican film festivals, so you’re bound to catch a little bit of culture any time of year. 7pm Gather your shopping totes and head back to Chinatown for a well-deserved feast before kicking onto the Bowery Bar for a blues-inspired nightcap. w


in Brisbane

Known for plenty of sunshine and wonderful weather, Queensland is also a great place for a bargain. Cassie Robinson explores Brisbane’s multiple shopping destinations.

Shopping bag one:

Brisbane CBD Like all great Australian cities, Brisbane’s CBD is the primary location for big brand names. With a number of arcades and shopping centres branching off Queen Street Mall, there is enough here to tire even the most enthusiastic shopaholics. Dotted among the big department stores, including Myer and Broadway on the Mall, you’ll find luxury boutiques with treasures just waiting to be found.

Shopping bag two:

Queens Plaza Zimmermann, Alannah Hill, Tiffany & Co and Mimco – a roll call for every fashionista’s dream wardrobe – all await the avid shopper. Queens Plaza hosts fashion’s most sought after names, including the much-coveted French label Chloé, which houses its flagship store in the Queen Street Plaza’s David Jones department store. Address: Queens Plaza, 226 Queen Street, Brisbane CBD Tel: +61 7 3234 3900 © Queens Plaza

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Fortitude Valley Take a walk down ‘The Valley’, only one kilometre from Queen Street, to get the latest in designer fashion from an eclectic mix of boutiques – all in the one location. Every weekend, Brunswick Street and the China Town Mall are blocked off to make way for the Fortitude Valley Markets, a great place to find locally made products and unusual souvenirs to remind you of your stay. Around the corner, the Jules and Roc boutique specialises in offering an impressive selection of fantastic clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories. With in-store stylists on hand, Jules and Roc ensures that you match the perfect pair of heels with your favourite little black dress. Address: Shop 12/65 James Street, Fortitude Valley Tel: +61 7 3257 0020


Shopping bag three:

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Shopping bag four:

South Bank Set among the thriving South Bank parklands right next to the Brisbane River, South Bank is a beautiful place to spend the day shopping. Soak up Brisbane’s relaxed atmosphere at the South Bank weekend Lifestyle Markets while browsing art pieces, homewares, exotic trinkets, designer fashion and much more. The Moonlight Market on Fridays is also sure to be a hit for the whole family. Address: South Bank Lifestyle Markets, Stanley Street Plaza, South Bank Tel: +61 7 3844 2440

Shopping bag five:

Brisbane Airport World-class shopping has landed in Brisbane. Make sure you leave room in your bags because the new F1RST Tax and Duty Free store at Brisbane Airport boasts some of the most prestigious brands you can imagine, and a fabulous selection of exclusive products that you won’t find elsewhere in Australia. This is shopping paradise. w Address: Brisbane Airport, International Terminal, Airport Drive, Eagle Farm Tel: 1800 733 000

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in Brisbane

Recognised as one of Australia’s growing culinary hubs, Brisbane is playing host to a restaurant renaissance. Matthew McGuigan and Jacklyn Lloyd release their inner gourmands to bring you the city’s best. E’cco 100 Boundary Street, Brisbane CBD Tel: +61 7 3831 8344 Influenced by Mediterranean cuisine, E’cco is a contemporary bistro that continues to excite Australia’s top-ranking food critics. To uphold E’cco’s modern appeal, owner-chef Philip Johnson makes regular overseas trips to keep a fresh and innovative eye on new techniques and epicurean perspectives. And, if that isn’t enough, his restaurant also features an award-winning wine list!

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ARIA Brisbane 1 Eagle Street, Eagle Street Pier, Brisbane CBD Tel: +61 7 3233 2555 Matt Moran is already well-known throughout Australia as a world-class chef and for his Sydney Harbour restaurant ARIA. For those of lucky enough to be visiting Queensland, Moran has also opened ARIA Brisbane. While it emulates the successful food styling of its Sydney sister, this one utilises the strengths of local Queensland produce in addition to displaying the beauty of the city’s Eagle Street Pier district. Baguette Bistro and Bar 150 Racecourse Road, Ascot Tel: +61 7 3268 6168 The Domenech family-owned Baguette Bistro and Bar has beautiful French characteristics – old French doors and banquettes – that complement the restaurant’s classic French regional cuisine. Despite the departure of famous head chef, Bruno Loubet, in 2009, his superior technique in delivering exceptional dishes, marked with his signature influence, still reigns supreme.

Gusto da Gianni Portside Wharf, Remora Road, Hamilton Tel: +61 7 3868 2011 Gianni Greghini brings his native Italy to the banks of the Brisbane River, with this multifaceted restaurant. According to Greghini, house favourites such as pizza with prosciutto rocket and reggiano, homemade gnocchi with chilli and tiger prawns, and zucchini flowers stuffed with creamy goats’ cheese are attracting locals and tourists alike. Gusto da Gianni also features a comfortable bar for that perfect pre-dinner aperitivo. Montrachet 224 Given Terrace, Paddington Tel: +61 7 3367 0030 Chef Thierry Galichet delivers classically French cuisine in a setting reminiscent of a traditional French bistro. Whether you choose to linger over a degustation menu or opt for one of the plats principaux (main courses), you should make sure to sample Galichet’s entremet de chocolate truffé, which is a silky dark chocolate dessert served with a cognac ganâche and crème Anglaise – indescribably decadent. Ortiga 446 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley Tel: +61 7 3852 1155 With the restauranting expertise of Simon Hill, Ortiga has become an award-winning Brisbane classic. Set on two floors, the first focusing on low key tapas and the second on ‘stylish dining’, this restaurant invites visitors

Urbane 179 Mary Street, Brisbane CBD Tel: +61 7 3229 2271 Chef Kym Machin is known for delivering intricate dishes that illustrate a true sense of his passion and constantly evolving creativity. Luckily, Urbane’s slick, minimalist décor allows for spectacular dishes to feature centre stage, while the menu often changes to accommodate for Machin’s ingenious outbursts. For finely crafted cuisine in contemporary surroundings, this is a winner. w

Owner/chef, E’cco What kind of experience do you hope diners have when they come to E’cco? A lasting experience that leaves them with a feeling that they can’t wait to come back. What are E’cco’s most popular dishes? We constantly evolve like other places, however we do have a dish which is essentially mushrooms on toast, which has lasted the whole 15 years we’ve been open! How do you think Australia rates on the dining world stage? It’s right up there, so much so that the rest of the world looks to our very best, like Neil Perry, Tetsuya Wakuda, Peter Gilmore etc., to see what they are doing. What cuisine ingredient currently excites you or are you using the most right now? Chefs ebb and flow with ingredients but Mathias, my head chef, loves liquorice so we are in that phase at the moment. If not Brisbane, where’s your other favourite destination in Australia? Melbourne is an amazing city – if I didn’t live in Brisbane it would there. © E’cco


Restaurant Two 2 Edward Street, Brisbane CBD Tel: +61 7 3210 0600 As a partnership between David Pugh and Peter Marchant, Restaurant Two is the successful merging of industry knowledge and classical culinary technique. Originality shines through in dishes like grilled asparagus, truffle and parmesan custard, while robust creations such as rack and loin of Milly Hill lamb with sautéed potatoes highlight how restraint is admirable when delivering classics.

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to sample traditional favourites, such as the tasty garlic prawns, or be adventurous with the saddle of rabbit with pancetta and fresh snails. Topped off with a superb wine list, Ortiga is a divine gastronomic experience.

With a fabulous river flowing through the city, Brisbane’s nightlife has something to draw inspiration from. Matt Granfield dons his fanciest trousers to disclose Brisbane’s best bars. © Lychee Lounge

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Lychee Lounge 2/94 Boundary Street, West End Tel: +61 7 3846 0544 The Lychee Lounge prides itself on being the jewel of West End, Brisbane’s thriving hub of alternative culture. And, like its London namesake, this West End is a little bit of theatre unto itself. Sink your tastebuds into one of the best cocktail menus in Queensland and watch the show go by on the streets outside.

The Bowery 676 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley Tel: +61 7 3252 0202 It hasn’t got the décor of Cloudland or the decorum of Siana, but when you want to kick your heels up and party like it’s 1929, The Bowery swings better than any bar in Brisbane. Australian Gourmet Traveller didn’t award it 2009’s ‘Bar of the Year’ for being boring!

Belgian Beer Café Brussels Corner Edward and Mary Streets, Brisbane CBD Tel: +61 7 3221 0199 The Belgian Beer Café Brussels is proof enough that Brisvegans love their hops. Book in for a beer appreciation class and find out why.

Cloudland 641 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley Tel: +61 7 3872 6600 If Darth Vader, Karl Lagerfeld and Dr Livingstone were to go to a bar, this would be it. If you look past the neo-deco Death Star façade, you’ll find the most opulent place to sip lager in Brisbane. Beware of resident butterflies attempting to breach your sauvignon blanc. Cru Bar 1/22 James Street, Fortitude Valley Tel: +61 7 3252 2400 Home to one of the best wine cellars in town, Cru Bar is the place to make wrinkly movements with your nose, tell your friends which side of the hill the grapes were grown on and then quickly change the subject before anyone knows you’re making it all up. It’s also a great place for a sunny late afternoon beer.


Salon 110 Macquarie Street, Teneriffe Tel: +61 7 3252 3911 Tenerife (with one ‘f’) is the largest of the Canary Islands, a Spanish colony off the east coast of Africa. Admiral Horatio Nelson visited there briefly in 1797 and lost his arm when the Spanish shot him with a cannon. If you happen to have enough time for only one drink in Brisbane, go to Teneriffe in Queensland and order a ‘Madame Brussels’ at Salon. It is your duty.

Friday’s 123 Eagle Street, Brisbane CBD Tel: +61 7 3832 2122 You could go to Friday’s on another night of the week of course, but you’d be missing out on a Brisbane cultural institution. Loosen your tie, hide your heels in your handbag and drink in the river views with the CBD’s up-and-coming young professionals.

After Dark

Siana 71 Eagle Street, Brisbane CBD Tel: +61 7 3221 3887 Watch the stars rise over the Story Bridge and drink to one of the best views Brisbane city has to offer. The cocktails are heavenly, but the worldclass Asian menu is the real drawcard, with more delightful creations than you can delicately poke a chopstick at.

Watt Restaurant and Bar Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington Street, New Farm Tel: +61 7 3358 5464 On a sunny Sunday afternoon, everyone in Brisbane is either picnicking in New Farm Park or watching everyone else picnic in New Farm Park from the riverside balcony of Watt. Frock up and then freak out with a beverage and some free comedy in the renovated Power Station slash arts precinct upstairs. w


Greystone Bar and Cellar 7/166 Grey Street (Little Stanley Street), South Bank Tel: +61 7 3846 6990 South Bank is home to a sandy beach, a former IMAX Theatre and some impressive cultural remnants of World Expo ’88. And then there’s Greystone, where you can work your way through an impressive wine list (150 varieties at last count) and at least 50 types of beer.

Limes Hotel 142 Constance Street, Fortitude Valley Tel: +61 7 3852 9000 Cinderella would love this place. The divine wine list and starry rooftop view are enough to make you want to stay all night, which is handy because if there are any rooms still available in this boutique hotel after the clock strikes 12, they’re offered up for only $99. The crowd is hot too; you won’t find any ugly stepsisters here.


AllOneWord 188 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley Hiding up the wrong end of Brunswick Street, AllOneWord is just a year old, but has quickly managed to find the style bar and set it high. The street art décor is a real prize for the eyes and the talented bar staff know their way around a martini glass.

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Australian Outback Spectacular Highlighting the best of Australian heritage, the Outback Spectacular blends culture and music with special effects, extravagant sound and lighting. Held in a 1,000-seat arena, this show will appeal to families and travellers alike. Bookings are essential. Location: Pacific Motorway, Helensvale Tel: +61 7 5573 3999 David Fleay Wildlife Park The David Fleay Wildlife Park plays an important role in the breeding and protection of Australian native animals, which are housed in natural habitatinspired enclosures. Visitors can view many of these unique and wonderful creatures within the park’s tranquil surrounds. Explore the park at your own pace or join one of the many special activities and tours. Location: West Burleigh Road, West Burleigh Tel: +61 7 5576 2411

Dreamworld. © Neale Cousland

Dreamworld An Australian family favourite, Dreamworld is home to a vast array of rides, activities and shows. Have a close encounter with a deadly snake, see the majestic Bengal tigers or brace yourself for the experience of the exhilarating Big Six Thrill Rides. Whatever excites your inner child will be satisfied by this much-loved theme park. Location: Dreamworld Parkway, Coomera Tel: +61 7 5588 1111 © Lamington National Park

Gold Coast Arts Centre With a range of exhibitions, shows and a cinema, the Gold Coast Arts Centre houses a stunning collection of international works, as well as showcasing some of Australia’s finest young contemporary artists, comedians and theatre shows. Prepare to be captivated by the main art gallery’s magical Sculpture Walk, which gives visitors the opportunity to admire some extraordinary works of art set against the Gold Coast skyline. Location: 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise Tel: +61 7 5588 4000



Lamington National Park In the hinterland not far from the Gold Coast, you will find Lamington National Park, displaying some of Australia’s most amazing scenery. View native wildlife and cascading waterfalls amid rainforest surroundings. Take the Tree Top Walk for a unique view of this exquisite location. Location: Lamington National Park, Gold Coast Tel: 1300 309 440

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Sea World Another of the Gold Coast’s iconic theme parks, Sea World entices visitors from all over the country to come and bask in all the fun that the ocean can provide. With attractions such as Sea Viper, along with the opportunity to get up close and personal with dolphins in Animal Adventures, Sea World is a hit with all members of the family. Location: Sea World Drive, Main Beach Tel: +61 7 5588 2205

Tamborine Mountain Take a hike up Tamborine Mountain and experience some breathtaking views. The Tamborine Mountain Market (Main Western Road), on the second Sunday of every month, is a bountiful source of fresh and delicious local produce. Location: Visitor Information Centre, 146 Long Road, Eagle Heights Tel: +61 7 5545 4422 Warner Brothers Movie World The magic of the movies comes alive at Warner Brothers Movie World. Prepare to be amazed as you meet your favourite cartoon characters in person, along with experiencing live musical spectaculars and a plethora of rides. The highlight for many visitors to Movie World, however, is the Hollywood stunt show that makes you feel as if you have stepped right onto the set of an action movie. Location: Pacific Highway, Oxenford Tel: 133 386 Wet ‘n’ Wild After a day of visiting the nearby theme parks, cool off at Wet ‘n’ Wild, which features some of Australia’s best slippery slides and water-themed rides. All visitors must try the new Kamikaze ride, which includes a drop so steep it almost feels vertical. Don’t forget to bring your swimsuit! w Location: Pacific Highway, Oxenford Tel: 133 386


QDeck Observation Platform QDeck is an observation deck that takes in spectacular views of the Gold Coast, located in the centre of Surfers Paradise. For an extra special (and perhaps romantic) experience, the Observation Deck is open late on weekends. The building features one of the fastest lifts in the world, so be prepared! Location: Q1 Tower, Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise Tel: +61 7 5582 2700

QDeck view of Surfers Paradise. © T Sztanek


Numinbah Valley Adventure Trails Ever wanted to ride a horse? Already love the experience? Then an unforgettable bush adventure awaits you in the Numinbah Valley. An experienced guide will accompany you on a trail ride through pristine bushland and over freshwater creeks, stopping briefly for a picnic of damper (traditional bread) and tea. Location: Nerang Murwillumbah Road, Numinbah Valley Tel: +61 7 5533 4137

Shopping and Dining

on the Gold Coast Shopping bag one:

Lauren Rosewarne and Matthew McGuigan drag themselves away from the pristine Gold Coast beaches to see what shopping and dining fun can be had on dry land.

Marina Mirage Positioned on the waterfront opposite the five-star Sheraton Mirage Resort and Spa, and flanking the Palazzo Versace Hotel, Marina Mirage is an incredibly stylish shopping spot. While Hermès and Calvin Klein represent the international scene, it is the Australian designers who are at the forefront, with outlets for Carla Zampatti, Lisa Ho, George Gross and Harry Who. Address: 74 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach Tel: +61 7 5555 6400

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Surfers Paradise With 14 shopping centres and arcades, numerous boutiques and independent labels, seven-day and late night trading, you may forget that Surfers is world-famous for its beaches! For glamorous, tree-lined boulevard shopping, look no further than Elkhorn Avenue, showcasing Prada, Gucci, Georg Jensen, Cartier, Hermès and Salvatore Ferragamo. Tel: + 61 7 5584 3700

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Markets For a one-of-a-kind souvenir, visitors are spoiled for choice at the Gold Coast markets. On Sundays, you can visit more than 150 stalls at the art and craft markets scattered along the beachfront. For fresh regional produce head to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Farmers’ Market on Saturdays. Or, on the first Sunday of every month, visit the Village Markets at Burleigh Heads – the Gold Coast’s first fashion market. Address: Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, 28 Tomewin Street, Currumbin Tel: 1300 886 511



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Harbour Town To pick yourself up a fabulous discount, Harbour Town is your number one shopping destination. Boasting brands such as Oroton and RM Williams, as well as the David Jones warehouse, Harbour Town offers you all of your favourite brands at a fraction of the price. Address: Gold Coast Highway, Biggera Waters Tel: +61 7 5529 1734

Esplanade Night Market. © Tourism Queensland

Absynthe Q1 Building, Hamilton Avenue, Surfers Paradise Tel: +61 7 5504 6466 Multi-Michelin-starred chef Meyjitte Boughenout sits at the helm of this restaurant, inspired by French painter Toulouse-Lautrec’s spirit of choice. With an award-winning seasonal à la carte menu and a degustation menu regarded as one of Australia’s finest, this modern French restaurant has become one of the must-do dining experiences. Bistro Blanc 3/72 Surf Parade, Broadbeach Tel: +61 7 5539 0085 Restaurateur Thierry Hainault delivers a skilful touch to the Gold Coast with Bistro Blanc, which features a sumptuous art deco interior and a menu offering both traditional French delicacies, such as escargot, and more avant-garde cuisine showcasing local produce (like the scallops and braised pork belly), offering diners a truly joyful gastronomic indulgence. Moo Moo The Wine Bar and Grill 2685 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach Tel: +61 7 5539 9952 While it may seem that the name gives the cuisine theme away, there are still many surprises to be had at this stylish, split-level steakhouse. A highlight is the spice rubbed Wagyu rump steak – Moo Moo’s signature dish. While red meat is the restaurant’s forte, those partial to paler fare are well-satisfied by the poultry and seafood menu options.

Vanitas Palazzo Versace, 94 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach Tel: +61 7 5509 8000 Considering it’s nestled in the five-star Roman-style Palazzo Versace hotel, it will surprise no one to discover that dining at Vanitas is an opulent sensory extravaganza. Featuring lavish inlaid marble floors, illuminated fountains and crockery almost as sumptuous as the food, Vanitas presents a sublime dining experience well before your fork has even pierced any of head chef Steve Szabo’s Italian-inspired delicacies. w


Shuck 20 Tedder Avenue, Main Beach Tel: +61 7 5528 4286 It would be a crime to visit this part of the world and not sample the wonders of the local seafood. For those visitors lucky enough to be in this region, Shuck supplies myriad seafood dishes, from fresh crayfish to sand crab lasagne, all with an option of sitting on the restaurant’s seaside patio. Complemented with an extensive wine list, Shuck is a pearl of a place.

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Ristorante Fellini Level 1, Marina Mirage, Seaworld Drive, Main Beach Tel: +61 7 5531 0300 When you realise that you’re feasting on some of the very best Neapolitan and Tuscan classic dishes, while gazing out at the magnificent Broadwater views, the name makes perfect sense – Ristorante Fellini is an homage to Italian cinema auteur Federico Fellini. A definite highlight is the homemade gnocchi alla sorrentina, enjoyed best with a glass of cabernet sauvignon.



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Tropical North Queensland Pristine beaches, tropical rainforests, fertile farming lands â&#x20AC;&#x201C; these are the areas that typify Tropical North Queensland. Jack Fisher gives a tutorial on the tropical trail from Townsville to Cooktown.

and a plethora of accommodation choices. Then there are the natural wonders, which are easily accessible; your trip to this part of the world isn’t complete until you’ve seen a cassowary in its native habitat. Whether it’s sitting by the waters of Townsville, exploring Cape Tribulation or travelling as far up as Cooktown, visitors to this region will get the best seat in the house for two of Australia’s greatest treasures – the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. Townsville Arriving in Townsville, visitors are surprised to find a thriving city – it is in fact the unofficial capital of northern Queensland, with a lively population of 180,000 people. Being the main base for James Cook University adds to the vigorous nature of the town. With this in mind, be assured that there is plenty to do. Magnetic Island is visible from the main thoroughfare and can be reached by the local ferry, while a picnic in the Riverway Parklands is a must. There is no shortage of accommodation options and restaurants are everywhere, especially along Palmer Street and in the city centre. One of the greatest pleasures visitors can experience is going for a walk along The Strand, following that up with a seat at one of the many restaurants and enjoying a view of the sunset over the Pacific Ocean.

Port Douglas About 70 kilometres from Cairns, Port Douglas is a luxury traveller’s delight. Whereas Cairns is a metropolis, Port Douglas is a hideaway for the well-to-do and those travellers after a little more opulence. Macrossan Street, the town’s main strip, features retail outlets for top beach brands, a fantastic restaurant scene and an exciting nightlife. At the end of the street is the marina, where additional dining options and glamorous yachts can be found. Every Sunday from 8am to 1pm the Anzac Park Markets are held, where local artisans and stallholders present homemade goods, from jewellery to sculptures, fresh produce and food from all over the region.



here aren’t many people who would find lying in a hammock by the beach a demanding task – in fact, you’d be hard pressed finding anyone who wouldn’t want to wile away the hours staring out to sea in the shade of a palm tree, while sipping on a cold beverage. It is this picture of relaxation that can be applied to just about any part of the coastline along Tropical North Queensland. The people who have made such scenes a part of their everyday life exude a kind of pure calm, which rubs off on those who are only here for a short time. Visitors need not feel they must forego the creature comforts, however, as each of the main stops in this region are well-appointed with contemporary restaurants


Sunset over the Whitsundays. © C Meder

Cairns Cairns, with all the comforts of a modern city, was built a stone’s throw from the mesmerising Tablelands, Daintree Rainforest and, of course, Great Barrier Reef. Located 350 kilometres north of Townsville, its proximity to the Tableland and Great Barrier Reef means it’s a popular holiday spot for international visitors and people from different parts of Australia. Much of the activity happens along the Esplanade foreshore, with the Cairns Markets and plenty of shopping options available. For a more educational perspective, a visit to the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park will reveal information about the area’s history, and a ride on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway will allow views of the rainforests and ocean at the same time.

Cape Tribulation Lodged in between the Daintree Rainforest and the waters of the Great Barrier Reef is the town of Cape Tribulation. Its positioning means visitors are able to get the best of both worlds – access to ancient rainforest and the reefs. Getting to Cape Tribulation is an adventure in itself, beginning with a car ferry over the Daintree River, then a 40-minute drive winding down Cape Tribulation Road before you reach the town itself. On the way, visitors will pass The Daintree Discovery Centre, a great place to learn about the flora and fauna that has thrived in this part of the world for hundreds of thousands of years. The size of the town allows its inhabitants to provide great service, something you’ll notice if you visit the Exotic Fruit Farm Stay or do a Reef Tour. Cooktown If you continue further north to the final major town on the coast, Cooktown is as quiet a beachside settlement as you can find. Best known for its fishing and proximity to the Coral Sea and northern point of the Great Barrier Reef, its remoteness means fewer tourists and more individual experiences. One of the most interesting aspects of Cooktown is its history. It was one of the ports used by Captain James Cook when his ship sustained damage during a storm. The James Cook Museum reveals much about the town and nearby areas, including the little known fact that the name for one of Australia’s most famous animals came from the Indigenous Guugu Yimithirr people – the ‘gangurru’ or kangaroo.



Atherton Tablelands While many will tell tales of the cities and towns along the coast of this part of the world, the Tablelands that skirt thewater will hold as much fascination as the beach. Part of the Great Dividing Range, the Tablelands stretch from Cairns to Cape York. Lush tropical rainforests and amazing mountain ranges appear between plains tended by farmers of all types – bananas, mangoes, coffee, sugarcane, cattle and more. The success of farming in this region is attributed to the volcanic soil. Tinaroo Dam and Windy Hill Wind Farm are two destinations of interest, along with the towns of Atherton and Ravenshoe – both great for sampling the local delicacies and a good opportunity to experience northern hospitality. The Whitsundays From Hamilton Island to Dunk Island, the Whitsundays are the diamonds of the Tropical North Queensland crown. The 74 islands that lie off the coast offer a mix of quiet relaxation and lively activity, family-friendly resorts and couples-only locations. They are launch pads for those wishing to get a closer experience with the coral reefs and the ocean life that inhabits the waters near them. Snorkelling, water- and jet-skiing, kayaking, fishing or simply swimming will give you the greatest pleasure out of your tropical Queensland journey… along with that hammock and cold drink! w

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Australian Butterfly Sanctuary Marvel at the amazing vision of colour and movement at the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, with its collection of 1,500 butterflies, including the majestic Cairns Birdwing and the Ulysses butterfly. Located within the heart of the Kuranda rainforest this sanctuary is a matchless destination sure to delight all ages. Location: Rob Veivers Drive, Kuranda Tel: +61 7 4093 7575 Ballooning Catch a wonderful sunrise and a bird’s-eye view of the Cairns Highlands by hot-air balloon. An experienced pilot will guide you on a breathtaking aerial journey across the panorama of the tropical north, allowing visitors a different perspective of one the world’s great tropical coastlines. Location: Spence Street, Cairns Tel: +61 7 4039 9900

Cairns Tropical Zoo Come face to face with hundreds of native and exotic species at the Cairns Tropical Zoo, all residing in a natural setting of tropically landscaped gardens. Informative wildlife presentations and family friendly discovery tours allow you to explore primitive habitats and interact with iconic Australian animals, including koalas and kangaroos. An experience not to be missed! Location: Captain Cook Highway, Palm Cove Tel: +61 7 4055 3669 Cape Tribulation and Daintree Coast Encompassing the oldest rainforest in the world, the Daintree Coast is about as beautiful a landscape as you can find in Australia. A unique ecosystem, its main settlement is in the town of Cape Tribulation. Snorkelling, bush walking and fishing are great activities in this part of the world. Stop at the Cape Trib Farmstay and get a tutorial from the owners about the tastes of tropical and exotic fruits. Location: Cape Tribulation, north of Port Douglas Tel: +61 7 4098 9171



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Daintree River Cruise Explore a wilderness of rare birds, colourful butterflies and slithering reptiles aboard a Daintree River Cruise. The calm waters of the Daintree provide the perfect setting to utilise your binoculars while an experienced tour guide offers an insightful commentary on the rainforest and its fascinating eco-system. Location: Barrett Creek landing, three kilometres from Daintree Village Tel: +61 7 4098 7480 Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures Sitting at the foothills of the MacAlister Range, Hartley’s invites you to take a stroll along the timber boardwalks to get a glimpse of crocodiles, cassowaries and other native wildlife in habitats ranging from melaleuca wetlands and riverine rainforests to eucalypt woodlands. Location: Captain Cook Highway, Wangetti Beach Tel: +61 7 4055 3576 Kuku Yalanji Dreamtime Tour A thoroughly enjoyable educational experience, Kuku Yalanji offers Indigenous guides relating tales of ‘Dreamtime’ legends and presenting tastings of native bush tucker. The Kuku Yalanji Dreamtime Tour gives visitors a glance into traditional Aboriginal culture and the history of the Daintree region. Location: Gorge Road, Mossman Tel: +61 7 4098 2595

Private Helicopter Tours Take to the air on an exhilarating flight above the waters of the Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. Fly inland to see secluded waterfalls, winding rivers and rainforest canopies. Private aerial tours are a luxurious way to savour the natural beauty of the tropical north landscape from an unrivalled perspective. Location: Hangars 8-10 Bush Pilots Avenue, General Aviation, Cairns Tel: +61 7 4035 9669

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Sea Temple Golf Club A world-class golf course framed by breathtaking mountain views and a tropical rainforest environment, the Sea Temple golf course is designed for amateur and pro golfers alike. After a round of golf, retire to the Sea Temple Verandah Bar and Restaurant. Combining magnificent views and fine dining, this fully licensed restaurant and bar is the perfect place to unwind. Location: Sea Temple Golf Club, Port Douglas Tel: +61 7 4087 2222

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Kuranda Scenic Railway Take in the sights and sounds of the tropical rainforest by enjoying these relaxing modes of transport. The Skyrail allows you to glide above the treetops in a sky gondola, though if heights are a problem, a leisurely trip on the Kuranda open-air scenic train is a great way to view the surrounding tropical landscapes. Location: Bunda Street, Cairns Railway Station, Cairns Tel: (Skyrail) +61 7 4038 1555 and (Kuranda Railway) +61 7 4036 9333 and White water rafting This exhilarating white water course winds through the stunning grounds of the Barron Gorge National Park. This part of Queensland is renowned for its warm water temperatures, making rafting an enjoyable and exciting way to experience this region. Not for the faint-hearted! w Location: Various locations throughout Tropical North Queensland Tel: +61 7 4041 9444


Sail the Great Barrier Reef Discover the incredible natural wonder of the Great Barrier Reef aboard a luxurious air-conditioned catamaran. Introductory guided snorkel tours or coral reef scuba diving are just some of the activities available, giving visitors a once-in-alifetime experience to get close to some of Queensland’s most colourful coral and marine life, including the clown fish and the giant blue starfish. Location: Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street, Cairns Tel: +61 7 4050 1333

Great Barrier Reef. © Debra James


Port Douglas Sunday Market Discover a plethora of arts and crafts from local artisans, fresh produce and numerous food stalls at this lively and popular market. Set next to the Port Douglas Marina in the appropriately named Market Park, this market has been running for 20 years and is a must for travellers. Location: 1 Bale Drive, Port Douglas Tel: +61 7 4040 2100

Shopping and Dining

in Tropical North Queensland One of the best ways to enjoy the tropics is to venture into its markets and shopping locations, as well as its restaurants. Julia Garvey and Jack Fisher uncover the places to be.

Night Markets Peruse the Cairns Night Markets and mingle with local vendors in a fun and relaxed environment. Enjoy browsing the market stalls filled with unique handmade jewellery pieces, crafts and tempting culinary delights. The Night Markets are open from 5pm to 11pm daily. Address: 71-75 The Esplanade, Cairns Tel: +61 7 4051 7666

Shopping bag two:

Port Douglas Marina Mirage Home to the finest jewellery, art, books and designer fashion labels, Marina Mirage is the ideal destination for picking up a special gift or a lasting memento of your travels. Address: Wharf Street, Port Douglas Tel: +61 7 4099 5775 Macrossan Street A popular thoroughfare for fashion-loving travellers and locals alike, Macrossan Street boasts a stylish mix of designer boutiques and local art galleries filled with original artwork. No doubt Macrossan Street will satisfy your desire for timeless fashion, with retail collections ranging from effortless seaside chic to the latest highvoltage hues and statement jewellery pieces.

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Shopping bag one:

Cairns Central Cairns Central, the fashion and design hub of Tropical North Queensland, is home to more than 180 retail outlets, including Country Road, Rivers, Sanity and House. Be inspired by the latest trends in Australian apparel, beauty and homewares, all housed under the one roof. Address: Corner McLeod and Spence Streets, Cairns Tel: +61 7 4041 4111

Sunday Markets A perfect way to catch the morning sun is to set out for the Anzac Park Markets on Macrossan Street. The markets deliver a delightful assortment of local arts and crafts, fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as a captivating collection of street performers and artists that showcase their talents every Sunday from 8am to 12 noon.

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Whitsundays Shute Harbour Road Shute Harbour Road offers something for everyone, including many speciality boutiques and arcades to explore at your leisure. Enjoy a little downtime and sample a tasty treat at one of the many welcoming cafĂŠs along the main shopping strip.

2 Fish Restaurant 18 Wharf Street, Port Douglas Tel: +61 7 4099 6350 Fish and chips just got a whole lot classier. If you like your seafood fresh, while also inviting creativity, you’ll love some of the options on the menu, like wasabi oysters and crispy fried mud crab. To best complement your seafood feast, wash it down with an ice-cold beer or a crisp sauvignon blanc.

Ochre Restaurant 43 Shields Street, Cairns Tel: +61 7 4051 0100 Ochre Restaurant specialises in cooking with fresh local seafood and premium Australian produce. When a restaurant offers so many wonderful dishes like salt and pepper prawns, and grilled kangaroo with quandong chilli glaze, you should definitely try them all. For a little sample of everything, try the Taste of Australia platter – always a crowd-pleaser.

Perrotta’s at the Gallery 33 Abbott Street, Cairns Tel: +61 7 4031 5899 If you’re seeking some solace from the heat and action of downtown Cairns, Perrotta’s offers you a stylish retreat. Its reputation for fine dining always ensures that there’s a chic crowd gathering, eager to sample some of the freshest cuisine in Cairns. Try the light flavours of yellowfin tuna carpaccio with a fennel, orange, citronella and radicchio salad. The salt cellar 13 Palmer Street, Townsville Tel: +61 7 4724 5866 Contemporary Australian cuisine and one of Townsville’s largest wine cellars – who could ask for more! On top of a mature dinner menu, The Salt Cellar also offers an equally compelling tapas menu featuring polenta crusted artichokes and baby octopus. Whet Restaurant Cape Tribulation Road, Cape Tribulation Tel: +61 7 4098 0007 If you find yourself visiting this stunning part of the Daintree Rainforest, the proprietors of Whet have put together a top-notch restaurant in the middle of the forest. Fresh seafood dishes infused with local tropical fruit and vegetables make dining here a once-in-a-lifetime pleasure. w


Nu Nu 123 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove Tel: +61 7 4059 1880 Nu Nu combines stunning scenery with some of the region’s most outstanding cuisine. Predominantly Asian and Mediterranean inspired, Nu Nu is both elegant and sophisticated. Think poached Angus tenderloin with beetroot and celeriac pickle, salt-baked potato and fresh horseradish cream. It’s also a great place for breakfast; you should definitely try the coconut hotcakes for a kick-start to your day.

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Nautilus Restaurant 17 Murphy Street, Port Douglas Tel: +61 7 4099 5330 Nestled among leafy green ferns and tropical gardens, Nautilus draws its inspiration from its picturesque surrounds. Dishes like fresh chilled oysters finished with Moreton Bay bug and blue swimmer crab tortellini are developed around the natural flavours of the tropics. This is the ultimate outdoor dining experience.

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What can you learn from a trip to Western Australia? Dhugal Fletcher reveals that it takes more than a few days to experience all this region has to offer.


’d heard that Perth is home to some of the best beaches in the country, but it is so much more than I expected. I’m off to Rockingham with a friend, an hour south of Perth, to enjoy a beautiful day in the water. If you had told me a year ago that today I’d be swimming with wild dolphins, I would have thought you were crazy – but here we are. The feeling of being this close to these amazing mammals is indescribable. They appear from the ocean and investigate us like curious children, which is exactly how we feel as well. When we have to leave them to return to land, neither of us wants to

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Perth skyline from Swan River. © Neale Cousland

Sunday afternoon in Perth holds the tradition of the ‘Sunday session’, where all the locals arrive at the pubs, cafés and restaurants to socialise. One of my favourites is the Little Creatures Brewery. It is a functioning brewery where locals gather to enjoy the laid-back lifestyle for which Perth is famous. Relaxing in the sun eating kangaroo satays with gourmet pizzas and some truly local beer seems as natural as breathing – making it hard for us to leave and head to the Cappuccino Strip for a coffee afterward. On the way to the Strip you see the Maritime Museum with a decommissioned submarine parked next to it – we decide to visit it. You can climb through what was once an active submarine with a tour guide drawn from volunteers who used to live and work on it. When we turn onto South Terrace and the start of the Strip, we’re drawn wordlessly into the Fremantle Markets, which combine a traditional meat, seafood, fruit and vegetable market with a huge area dedicated to goods, clothes, craft and art to keep us totally occupied. As we drift out back onto South Terrace, we pass amazing street performers who have half their audience on the upstairs verandah of a classic Australian pub called the Sail and Anchor. Just off the Strip is the Sunday afternoon market where many locals set up small stores along paved streets in the city. The Cappuccino Strip is a diverse collection of cafés, restaurants, pubs and clubs that is a strong part of Fremantle’s social hub. The only problem we have next is deciding what kind of food we want to eat. After a delicious dinner, we pay a visit to the Fremantle Prison night tour. It was a working prison for a long time and the stories that come from here are enlightening; visiting it at night by torchlight adds a deeper level to the experience. A visit to the Fremantle Arts Centre will give you a taste of what’s going on and some ideas for the music, theatre and other events happening across Perth. Tonight we can choose between a number of music and theatre events happening at local venues, the most well-known being Mojo’s and the Fly by Night Club. The next two days seem like a dream now. The morning finds us at the Barrack Street Jetty in Perth. After visiting the Bell Tower, you can book river cruises downstream to Fremantle and Rottnest Island, or upstream to the Swan Valley wine region. We enjoy the slow trip to the Swan Valley, enjoying samples of the food and wine that have made the area famous. This is a great relaxing break after the dancing and fun the night before. We make it back to the city and decide to visit Kings Park to watch the sunset. We spend a few hours walking in this immense park, a large part of which is natural bushland. It’s hard to remember that you’re in the middle of a city of more than 1.5 million people as the wildlife scurries into the undergrowth or up trees. The view across the city is stunning day and night – but the chance to experience both with a magnificent Perth sunset in between is breathtaking.


move. I’ve only been in Perth for half a day and I’m starting to wonder if I will have enough time to really experience the city and its people. It’s another glorious sunny day with blue sky from horizon to horizon as we make our way up the coast to Fremantle for the afternoon. Perth gets 3,000 hours of sun every year and now we feel it for ourselves. ‘Freo’, as the locals call it, is the original port of the city of Perth and today that history is visible. The area around the port itself features a vast array of buildings constructed during the region’s colonial and convict history, beginning over 150 years ago.

Cottesloe Beach. © J Lugge


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The sight of the sun sinking slowly into the Indian Ocean, turning the sky orange and red against the clear blue water, is one that will stay with me forever. The next part of the dream is our visit to Rottnest Island, which we reach by ferry. Perth city is designed for bikes, with bike paths crossing the city, especially following the Swan River. Rottnest Island is no exception to this, so we decide to hire and ride bikes around the island instead of taking the available buses. The wild marsupial quokkas are not afraid of humans and are very friendly – while mainly nocturnal, you can find them during the day as well. We hire snorkelling gear with the bikes and put it to good use at the beaches around the island. The coral reefs are stunning, filled with colourful and lively reef fish swimming in warm, crystal-clear water. Once again we find it difficult to want to go anywhere else, but we make it back on the last ferry and head for Northbridge.

The Bakery Arts Centre, the city’s brand new state theatre, includes the Heath Ledger Theatre and the Perth Cultural Centre, which form the centrepieces of this second home of Perth’s arts, music and culture world. The Cultural Centre also includes an art gallery, museum and the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art. It’s surprising how incredibly vigorous the creative culture is in one of the most remote major cities in the world. Now everything about Perth starts to feels unreal and I’m living a life I’d only read about. For every place we discover, there seems to be another 10 waiting. I don’t get to experience the golf courses, Perth Mint, Serpentine Dam, Mundaring Weir (especially for the Sunday afternoon roast at the local hotel) or National Parks – specifically, the views from Gooseberry Hill. These are all still waiting for us. Our last day is spent comparing the locals’ two favourite beaches – Cottesloe and Scarborough. Both of them are stunning white sand beaches featuring the clear blue water of the Indian Ocean. Scarborough is more for surfers, whereas Cottesloe is more for swimmers, and you can join the endless argument on which is better. There’s one experience you can have at all the beaches in Perth – the sight of the sun sinking slowly into the Indian Ocean, turning the sky orange and red against the clear blue water, is one that will stay with me forever. My photographs remind me that I really was there living the laid-back life of simple pleasures and now I’m counting the days until I return. w


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Events calendar Western Australia 2011


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Perth Cup. © C Quigley

Perth Cup Date: 1 January Held every New Year’s Day, this annual thoroughbred race exemplifies the fun of the Australian holiday season. The highlight of the Summer Racing Carnival, the Perth Cup attracts cosmopolitan punters, who bring high fashion and class to a day of social events. Location: Ascot Racecourse, Ascot Tel: +61 8 9277 0777

Perth International Arts Festival Date: 11 February to 7 March Perth’s International Arts Festival is one of Australia’s oldest festivals, showcasing more than 1,000 performances ranging from film and visual art displays, through to theatre and dance performances. This festival is as popular with locals as it is with visitors. Location: Various venues throughout Perth Tel: +61 8 6488 2000

Geographe Bay Race Week Date: 25 February to 4 March If there’s one thing that Western Australia is known for, it’s boats. The Geographe Bay Race Week celebrates this passion, being the largest yachting regatta in the southern hemisphere. Along with on-water activities, live entertainment, picnic days and other side events complement this week of water worship. Location: Geographe Bay Tel: +61 8 9752 2522

Margaret River Wine Region Festival Date: 17 to 21 March Beautiful wine, delicious food, stunning scenery – the annual Margaret River Wine Region Festival is the ideal way to treat yourself. Located in a region that is home to wineries and vineyards that have won awards all over the world, this festival gives you four days to discover why. Location: Margaret River Tel: 1300 765 518

Margaret River vineyard. © R Majlinder

Nannup Flower and Garden Festival Date: August Offering stunning gardens, free concerts, market stalls and garden walks, the Flower and Garden Festival really is a wonderfully invigorating event for those with a green thumb. For a tranquil setting away from the city, a visit to Nannup will be a relaxing experience. Location: Brockman Street, Nannup Tel: +61 8 9756 1211

Mandurah Crab Fest Date: 12 to 13 March For a succulent opportunity to benefit from Western Australia’s world-class seafood industry, head to the Mandurah Crab Fest. It features superb cuisine, stalls, displays and a plethora of entertainment options, each celebrating crustaceans of all kinds. Location: Mandurah Tel: +61 8 9550 3729

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Hopman Cup Date: 1 to 8 January Watch some of the best names in tennis battle it out on court at the Hopman Cup. The state-of-the-art facilities at the Burswood Dome provide the perfect spectator conditions, along with a range of viewing packages ranging from a general ticket to luxury hospitality. Location: Burswood Dome, Burswood Entertainment Complex Tel: +61 8 9388 4755

Good Food and Wine Show Date: 15 to 17 July Perth’s annual Good Food and Wine Show celebrates Australia’s abundance of fine produce and culinary talents. Sample a range of local ingredients while enjoying appetising cooking demonstrations and exhibition stalls. Location: Perth Convention Exhibition Centre Tel: +61 3 9261 4500

Subiaco Street Festival Date: December Take to the streets of Subiaco and enjoy a family-friendly day of street parades, market stalls, a petting zoo and live entertainment, along with the best retail stores and restaurants that this part of Western Australia has to offer. Location: Various venues throughout Subiaco Tel: +61 8 9382 8400

City of Perth Festival of Christmas Date: December To celebrate the festive season, the City of Perth hosts an enchanting collection of family-friendly entertainment. Colourful lights stretch across the city. Visit the spectacular Christmas tree display in Forrest Place or enjoy one of the funfilled concerts or parades and carolling performances held throughout Perth. Location: Various venues throughout Perth Tel: +61 8 9461 3333


Perth Fashion Festival Date: September The Western Australian fashion scene shines in a series of events attracting the country’s leading stylists and designers. Featuring an exciting mix of emerging talent, this festival presents a collection of glamorous parades, stylish exhibitions and informative workshops to keep you in style. Location: Various venues throughout Perth Tel: +61 8 9463 7777

Perth Winter Arts Festival Date: 1 June to 31 August Each winter Perth holds one of the finest art festivals around. Offering an exceptional selection of performances ranging from theatre to visual art, Perth’s Winter Arts Festival is possibly one of the best ways to experience Perth’s culture and entertainment. Location: Various venues throughout Perth Tel: +61 8 9461 3341

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Crab salad. © S Arsmis


Must Dos

Bell Tower To commemorate Australia’s bicentenary in 1988, an 82.5-metre copper and glass campanile was constructed; the result of a major architecture competition. The Bell Tower is filled with historic artefacts, including the Swan Bells – casts of the 12 bells of the St Martin-in-the-Fields in London. Location: Barrack Square, Riverside Drive, Perth Tel: +61 8 6210 0444 Fremantle Markets With a combination of art, craft and local produce, the Fremantle Markets have a friendly, holistic feel that is shared by tourists and locals alike. Located in walking distance from the city’s historic Notre Dame University buildings, this local landmark is a great way to experience the culture of this beautiful part of the world. Location: Corner of Henderson Street and South Terrace, Fremantle Tel: +61 8 9335 2515



Bell Tower. © D Lohmer

Fremantle Prison One of the best preserved sites of Australia’s convict past, this Heritage-listed prison offers interactive attractions such as the Tunnels Tour, Doing Time experience and the evening Torchlight Tour. With a history dating back to the 1830s, Fremantle Prison presents an interesting snapshot of Australian colonial history. Location: 1 The Terrace, Fremantle Tel: +61 8 9336 9200

Perth Zoo Only minutes from the city centre, Perth Zoo is a great destination for an exciting family day out. See the beauty of rare and exotic creatures – for the ultimate experience, take part in a ‘behind the scenes’ tour and get close to a vast array of Australian wildlife, including koalas, kangaroos and wombats. The Zoo also features live music concerts during the summer months. Location: 20 Labouchere Road, South Perth Tel: +61 8 9474 0444

A Perth Zoo kangaroo. © A Sergey

Kings Park and Botanic Garden Overlooking the Swan River and the Darling Ranges, the 400-hectare Kings Park and Botanic Garden is visited by more than six million people each year. Kings Park and its Botanic Garden is the perfect spot for long walks, picnicking or just relaxing. Live entertainment and other events feature here throughout the year. Location: Fraser Avenue, West Perth Tel: +61 8 9480 3600 Perth Mint Perth Mint, Australia’s primary producer of gold bullion, also houses the Normandy nugget – the second largest gold nugget in the world. There are hourly guided tours and demonstrations, including the coin room and the famous gold pour, offering visitors an insight into the allure of gold. Location: 310 Hay Street, East Perth Tel: +61 8 9421 7223

Rottnest Island Situated 18 kilometres from Perth, off the Western Australian coast, Rottnest Island has long been a drawcard for its pristine beaches. The way to get there is by ferry and a small landing fee is charged to visitors to keep the island in its pristine condition. Tours of the island include the Discovery Tour and the Eco Adventure, and a number of restaurants service the island. Location: 18 kilometres from Perth, off the Western Australian coast Tel: +61 8 9372 9732 Rottnest Island. © J O’hansson

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Swan River Wine Cruise Sail to the picturesque upper reaches of the Swan Valley region where you can sample fine wines and produce at the surrounding wineries, followed by a delicious lunch overlooking the tranquil Swan River. Location: Captain Cook Cruises, Barrack Street Jetty Tel: +61 8 9325 3341 Western Australian Museum Showcasing permanent exhibitions devoted to each of Western Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regions and historic moments, the Western Australian Museum has something for each and every one of its nearly one million annual visitors. The museum is open all week from 9.30am to 5pm. w Location: James Street Mall, Perth Tel: +61 8 9212 3700

Did you know?

Perth is the sunniest capital city in the world, with an average eight hours of sunshine per day, 365 days per year.



Step inside and do time on a fascinating Prison Day Tour, Tunnels Tour adventure or spooky Torchlight Tour The Terrace Fremantle 6160 Ph (08) 9336 9200

A Perfect Day Fremantle Travellers who find themselves in this part of the world won’t be disappointed by the weather and what Perth has to offer. Matthew McGuigan presents two great days in this beautiful western city. 8.30am Stroll over to South Terrace after Market Street, also known as ‘Cappuccino Strip’, to get some breakfast and an early morning caffeine hit at Gino’s Trattoria. 10.30am Dedicate your morning to sailing the seas on a harbour cruise or a fishing charter. Captain Cook Cruises can arrange lunchtime sightseeing tours, and there are a number of additional operators near the Fremantle Waterfront. 2.30pm Once you’re back on dry land, take a guided tour through The Round House for an exhilarating snapshot of Western Australia’s penal past. From there, walk through the historic buildings of the Notre Dame University precinct to find all kinds of retail stores selling everything from rare records to locallyproduced furniture.


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Fremantle Harbour. © Tourism Western Australia

Round House. © Tourism Western Australia

4pm Visit the boutiques along High Street and then head back to South Terrace for a more child-friendly walk through the Fremantle Markets where you can pick up some trinkets and keepsakes of your trip. 7pm Enjoy your evening winding down for dinner at The Mussel Bar, located alongside the glistening waters of Fishing Boat Harbour. 10pm For a nightcap, go a few doors down to the Little Creatures Brewery. A functioning commercial brewery, it also features a lively beer garden and more laid back side bar.


Experience Western Australia’s heart of gold. The Perth Mint Shop is your exclusive destination for a glittering array of exquisite gold jewellery unlike anything else. Here you’ll find inspired local designs featuring Argyle Pink Diamonds plus spectacular settings from Kailis Jewellery. Each beautifully crafted piece makes the perfect gift to celebrate your visit to Western Australia. An institution of the gold mining industry, The Perth Mint is one of the State’s premier attractions. Embark on a heritage tour to discover WA’s prospecting past, watch as 200oz of molten gold is poured to form a gleaming solid bar in the original 1899 melting house and handle more than $500,000 of gold bullion. Visit The Perth Mint today. The Perth Mint – rich in experience.

Open 7 days – 9am - 5pm 310 Hay Street, East Perth WA 6004 Telephone (08) 9421 7223

A Perfect Day North Perth 9am Breakfast at Lincolns on Lincoln Street is a perfect way to start the day. Renowned for its perfect coffee, tasty breakfast menu and playful staff, Lincolns offers visitors the opportunity to sit among the aged 1940s movie posters and easily enjoy their surroundings. 10.30am Down the road, shopping around Beaufort Street in Mount Lawley has become a must for visitors to the western state. If you’re shopped out, catch a movie at the art decostyled Astor Cinema. 12pm Lunch in Mount Lawley is punctuated by choice – but, for something new, head to Clarences, a well-appointed tapas venue that boasts a modern menu and comfortable surroundings. Alfresco dining in Beaufort Street. © Tourism Western Australia

William Street, Northbride. © Tourism Western Australia

2pm Wander over to Hyde Park on William Street. In the heart of this inner city area, Hyde Park is a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle. Relax under a Port Jackson fig or jacaranda tree near the central lake and look out for the local birdlife – the ibis is the most common resident. This is a great place for a picnic.


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4pm William Street in Northbridge is the location of an emerging fashion scene, featuring lots of vintage stores and quirky boutiques. Alongside the boutiques, there are a number of great bars popping up. A fantastic place is Bar 399 – it’s a little piece of Italy in Northbridge! 7pm Being in Northbridge means you’ve got no shortage of food options – The Chimney on James Street promises a mix of Mediterranean and Australian fare, in a fun atmosphere. For something a little bit different, Dae Jang Geum serves traditional Korean cuisine that won’t leave you wanting. 10pm To top off the evening, a drink at Brass Monkey on William Street will help the food go down and provide your live music fix. For somewhere a little quieter, head to the 210 Restaurant and Cocktail Bar at the Northbridge Hotel. w


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One way to enjoy the sunshine in Perth is shopping. Lauren Rosewarne lists this city’s best places to find that special piece of clothing.

Shopping bag one:

Perth CBD From exclusively-branded luggage to extravagant accessories, from cocktail couture to cutting edge fashion, Hay and King Streets mark the beginning of your Perth shopping sojourn with Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss and Gucci on hand to quench your designer thirst. Department stores: David Jones and Myer are housed in the CBD precinct, along with the retail fashion outlet Harbour Town. If you’re hoping your West Australian souvenir is wearable, local designer offerings include Celestial Tenielle for high-end fancy frocks and bright sparkly accessories to complete your outfit, or Aurelio Costarella for Australian designs that have established a massive presence on the international fashion scene. Celestial Tenielle Address: 33-35 King Street, Perth Tel: +61 8 9486 4450 Aurelio Costarella Address: 23 View Street, North Perth Tel: +61 8 9227 6535

Shopping bag two:

Wesley Quarter Located in the heart of Perth’s CBD, the recently developed Wesley Quarter has transformed the area into a new and vibrant high-end fashion retail precinct. Showcasing international designer brands such as Burberry, the Wesley Quarter also houses Australian fashion labels like Alannah Hill and Jan Logan Jewellery. Address: Corner of William and Hay Streets, Perth Tel: +61 8 9424 9900

Shopping bag three:

Claremont The suburb of Claremont – just 10 minutes’ drive from the CBD – is no mere residential village. The Claremont Quarter is the newest fashion, dining and entertainment precinct in the area, while the nearby Bayview Shopping Centre also caters to the designer market, housing iconic labels like Carla Zampatti, Perri Cutten and Liz Davenport. Address: St Quentin Avenue, Claremont Tel: +61 8 9286 5888


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King Street. © Tourism Western Australia

Shopping in Subiaco. © Tourism Western Australia


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Shopping bag four:

Subiaco With the area already well-known for its famous football oval, shopping is becoming an even better reason to visit Subiaco. A day can easily be spent on the Rokeby Road shopping and dining strip, where you will find some of Australia’s finest pearls at Linneys. Hay Street, on the other hand, boasts the Colonnade Shopping Centre, a sanctuary of splendid designer shopping. Nearby, you’ll also find the Station Street Markets – conveniently located next to Subiaco station – offering a spectrum of independently-owned stalls, peddling everything from jewellery to souvenirs and fresh local produce. Address: Colonnade Shopping Centre, 388 Hay Street, Subiaco Tel: +61 8 9426 8888

Shopping bag five:

Perth Airport So, you’re at the tail end of your Western Australian adventure and a couple of names have dropped off your gift list. Never fear! F1RST Tax and Duty Free has a multitude of exclusive products – some not available anywhere else in Australia – plus many other savings on liquor, fragrances, cosmetics, technology and famous brands, tax and duty free, including Guess, Witchery, Diva, Sunglass Hut and Rip Curl. w Address: Perth Airport, International Terminal, Horrie Miller Drive, Newburn Tel: +61 8 9477 1533


more famous brands than ever before.

Next time youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re passing through Perth Airport, arrive a little earlier. Because from eau-de-toilettes to oh-so-chic fashion, Perth Airport shopping now offers you more choices and a bigger range than ever before, tax and duty free. Relax, explore and enjoy.


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Perth is well-known for its beautiful sunsets, but where are the best dining spots to watch them? Cassie Robinson and Matthew McGuigan list a number of high-class winners and local favourites for visiting gastronomes. C Restaurant Level 33, 44 St Georges Terrace, Perth CBD Tel: +61 8 9220 8333 High above the Perth CBD is C Restaurant, an establishment that mixes beautiful views with top-class cuisine. With dishes inspired by European cuisine, such as the homemade potato and spinach gnocchi, this restaurant promises more than just a nice view. Also featured is the C Lounge Bar, a good spot to start your evening of dining pleasure.

Maya Indian Restaurant 75-77 Market Street, Fremantle Tel: +61 8 9335 2796 This highly regarded, sophisticated Indian restaurant combines traditional Indian cuisine with imaginative dishes including fluffy eggplant pakoras and succulent tiger prawns flavoured with unique Indian spices, all matched with fine service and delicious desserts. Head chef Gurpreet Singh Bagga leads an innovative kitchen that develops modern interpretations of traditional dishes.

Divido 170 Scarborough Beach Road, Mount Hawthorn Tel: +61 8 9443 7373 For food that is all about flavour and sure to excite your tastebuds, Divido offers sophisticated Italian dishes designed to be shared around the table. For those that can’t choose between the enticing options on the menu, a degustation menu is available to sample them all.

The Quarter 93-95 William St, Perth CBD Tel: +61 8 9322 2424 For those looking for a night of contemporary cooking that displays great examples of local ingenuity, visitors to The Quarter will be in for a treat. With succulent options like lamb assiette or parmesan and herb crusted Black Angus fillet with truffle creamed leeks, this restaurant deserves its award-winning reputation.


Jackson’s Restaurant 483 Beaufort Street, Highgate Tel: +61 8 9328 1177 Relish the intimate atmosphere while you indulge in chef Neil Jackson’s innovative food, which reflects a strong appreciation for seasonal flavours and ingredients. Choose Jackson’s ‘Dego’ (degustation) menu to experience the full breadth of his talents in nine different courses, including paper-thin venison carpaccio, drizzled with a truffle dressing – a lively creation.


The Loose Box 6825 Great Eastern Highway, Mundaring Tel: +61 8 9295 1787 The Loose Box is something special – a focus on fresh produce, paired with almost 30 years of experience in recreating French classics, ensures an array of dishes that will delight the senses. With two degustation dining options available, this alluring restaurant caters to all.

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Restaurant Amusé 64 Bronte Street, East Perth Tel: +61 8 9325 4900 One of the city’s brightest stars, Restaurant Amusé focuses on modern European degustation dining and, for those who are time poor, petit degustation. With delights including unexpected yet superb combinations like chocolate and beetroot, Amusé is set to become one of Perth’s finest dining experiences. Star Anise Restaurant 225 Onslow Road, Shenton Park Tel: +61 8 9381 9811 This much-loved Perth restaurant consistently moves with the times, creating clever, innovative fare. With so many mouth-watering Asian-inspired masterpieces on the menu, including signature dishes of Wagyu beef and aromatic duck, Star Anise is a must visit – bookings are essential.

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Tenkadori 5/502 Hay Street, Subiaco Tel: +61 8 9382 2291 A popular yakitori (chicken-based dish) concept restaurant in Japan, Tenkadori harbours a traditional feel to it. Try the house specials, along with a customary bottle of delectable plum wine, and be whisked away to the traditional world of Japanese cuisine. w

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Steves Fine Wine and Food 30 The Avenue, Nedlands Tel: +61 8 9386 3336 After a recent refurbishment, this fabulous venue is the perfect place to stop for a coffee or breakfast. Or you could take the time to enjoy a long lunch or an informal dinner in relaxed surroundings. Steves also has a large wine cellar boasting an extensive range of wines to suit every taste.

Owner/head chef, Divido What kind of experience do you expect diners to have when they come to Divido? We call our food ‘modern Italian’ and service ‘smart casual’ – great, traditional Italian flavours with a modern take. Expect the service to be polished and the atmosphere cosy and intimate. What is the signature dish at Divido? Our wood-roasted half duck is a dish we cannot take off the menu – the trimmings may change regularly but the duck is definitely a favourite and is always highly recommended in reviews. What do you love most about Western Australia? The relaxed pace, beautiful setting and weather would have to be right at the top. Where do you think Western Australia sits on Australia’s restaurant scene? I think Western Australia has really moved forward dramatically in the last three to four years. We don’t have the sheer number of top establishments you find on the eastern seaboard but there are many here that are very good. Where is your favourite destination to visit in Australia? Margaret River or Broome in Western Australia, Melbourne and Sydney for the big city experience. I have a soft spot for Melbourne after living there for three years.

Lauren Rosewarne and Matthew McGuigan take to the streets of Perth and its surrounding areas to investigate this sun-filled city’s nocturnal establishments. © Llama Bar



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Llama Bar 464 Hay Street, Subiaco Tel: +61 8 9388 0222 Putting its delicious snacks, speed-dating events, mid-week live bands and weekend DJs aside, Llama is all about cocktails. Savour sunshine in a glass with the Llama Iced Tea or sate your sweet tooth with the Liquid Llama. The Llama Bar is renowned for combining spirits, fruits and flavours such as wasabi to create sumptuous concoctions.

Little Creatures Brewery. © WA Tourism

Andaluz Basement Level, 21 Howard Street, Perth CBD Tel: +61 8 9481 0092 Hidden up a secluded alleyway in downtown Perth, Andaluz has two things that people love in a bar – cocktails and tapas. Featuring leather Chesterfields and ample comfy crannies to cosy into, Andaluz has a feel of an opulent den with modern international touches like Italian tiles and German wallpaper.

Clarences Bar 566 Beaufort Street, Mt Lawley Tel: +61 9228 9474 Featuring a classy wine list and easy-torelax-into surroundings, Clarences Bar has built its reputation on stylish décor, brilliant service and delicious tapas. Now one of the most popular bars in Perth, it will satisfy any visitor’s expectations for evening entertainment.

Wolfe Lane Bar Wolfe Lane, Perth CBD Tel: +61 8 9322 4671 Named after a local 19th-century architect, William Wolfe (reportedly not only a gentleman and personality in Perth, but a sophisticated drinker), Wolfe Lane Bar exemplifies suave classiness. While it may be difficult to find, this bar is worthy of the hunt, if not purely for its top-notch martinis.

Amphoras Bar 1303 Hay Street, West Perth Tel: +61 8 9226 4666 Amphoras is an intimate and sleek wine bar, taking its style cues from Europe. Old Campari and Cinzano posters adorn the walls, while a tapas menu dazzles even the most refined palates. This is a superb venue to relax in with a cool glass of cava or Margaret River red.

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The Ellington Jazz Club 191 Beaufort Street, Perth CBD Tel: +61 8 9228 1088 Inspired by the modern glamour of the New York jazz scene, this popular Perth nightspot is renowned for its delicious tapas menu and exclusive live music performances. In addition to the main jazz club, an intimate upstairs lounge provides the perfect setting for a relaxing evening spent with friends. w WESTERN AUSTRALIA


Minq Burswood Casino, Great Eastern Highway, Burswood Tel: +61 8 9362 7965 Great cocktails, elegant décor and brilliant service, Minq at the Burswood Casino has a distinct feeling of exclusivity without being pretentious. The cocktail list is full of classic favourites and some adventurous extravagant ones like Linny’s Elit Martini, featuring its own pearl-endowed cocktail skewer!


Little Creatures Brewery 40 Mews Road, Fremantle Tel: +61 8 9430 5555 If you want to visit somewhere that’s fun and have the opportunity to learn about the beer brewing process at the same time, look no further than Little Creatures Brewery. Not only is it a functioning commercial brewery, where visitors can tour and taste the various beers on offer, it also features a large open beer garden area and a smaller bar in the Brewery’s newer extension.

Must Winebar 519 Beaufort Street, Highgate Tel: +61 8 9328 8255 For those seeking a bit of style and a place to loosen up with a few well-made beverages, Must Winebar is worth a visit. Behind the 1930s façade is a dual-level, high-ceiling, wood and steel interior that boasts a wine list with more than 500 offerings, including a rotating list of 36 wines served by the glass. Must Winebar is quite simply is a must-do.


Northern Territory 262 Welcome to the Northern Territory 264 Maps of Darwin and Alice Springs 266 Northern Territory 2011 Events Calender


268 Darwin and Alice Springs Must Dos 272 Darwin Shopping 274 Darwin Dining 275 Darwin After Dark 276 Alice Springs Shopping and Dining 278 Outback regions





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In tropical zones or moon-like deserts, clear waterholes or sunsets over the Arafura Sea, Matty Soccio reveals the Northern Territory for what it is – rare beyond people’s expectations.

The Olgas. © U Sergey


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f you find yourself standing at the tee of the fifth hole of Garden Parks Golf Links at 6pm, perched at the top of a fairly steep hill, you’ll be treated to a key Darwin treasure – a beautiful view of a Northern Territory sunset over the peaceful Mindil Beach. Closer to the Red Centre city of Alice Springs, similar emotions abound when standing on the Uluru viewing platform – contrasted colours of red dirt are punctuated against a never-ending blue sky, a sight that encourages a belief in heaven. This is what the Northern Territory is all about, and why its inhabitants are fierce in their appreciation of it. It is unlike any other part of Australia. The capital of the territory, Darwin, has all the hallmarks of a sprawling metropolis, but retains its character through its inability to overextend. In a sense, the land itself dictates where the city’s 124,000 people can

inhabit. What visitors notice most is the relaxed nature of those who live here. While new investment has somewhat interrupted the casual flow that many are used to, the development of the Waterfront area, with new restaurants and accommodation, is an additional boon for travellers. One of the first things people observe about Darwin is the multicultural aspect of it. Its position on the doorstep to Asia means it is a hub for people from all over the region. This is further reflected at the local market stalls and shops populating the city – a walk through Nightcliff Market on a Sunday morning will reveal flavours from Thailand, Singapore, India and China, with wares from Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and the Pacific Islands. Of course, let’s not forget the culture of the Indigenous population, whose presence here was the catalyst for the city’s existence. Pick up a paw paw salad and an ice-cold fruit punch, topped off with some freshly picked tropical

Did you know?

Australia’s outback is home to the largest population of wild, single-hump camels in the world.

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Kakadu National Park. © S Burel

experience with others if you’re here in June and July. If you’re continuing on, small stops along the way will break up the vast distances that you need to cover to get to the Red Centre. A dip at the Mataranka waterholes is a must and a stop at Threeways Roadhouse and Tourist Park will give you a new definition of ‘the middle of nowhere’. On reaching Alice Springs, however, you will be presented with front row seats to the landscape for which Australia is best known. Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), the MacDonnell Ranges and many other canyons and secret waterholes dot the area around the town. This includes Uluru (Ayers Rock), the immense sandstone mountain that underlines the Red Centre’s special reputation. Travelling through the ‘Top End’ is a lesson in history and culture – its people work together to conserve and retain the natural beauty that it affords. As a visitor, remember to respect these considerations and take pleasure in the heavenly scenes you witness. w


fruit, and experience the joy of this region’s cultural melting pot. On Thursday and Sunday evenings, Mindil Beach Market is the place to be, to experience even more of the local flavour. If you’re a foodie, the choice available to you is remarkable. But, while the city is well worth the visit, it isn’t the only adventure. Much of what makes this part of this country so interesting is outside of the cities – the iconic Australian outback. In Jabiru, 250 kilometres to the east of Darwin, is the world-renowned Kakadu National Park, a major drawcard for tourists who want to get a better idea of the native wildlife that roams the outback. Indigenous Australian guides tutor visitors about their history and about living in the region, showing them examples of ‘bush tucker’ and the ever-present crocodile. Heading south of Darwin, 100 kilometres down the Stuart Highway, you’ll find Litchfield National Park. While not as well-known as Kakadu, Litchfield is the favourite of local Territorians, who holiday at its many camping and accommodation facilities. Highlights, such as touring the grand Wangi Falls walking trail, swimming in the refreshing Buley Rockholes and investigating the mysterious Magnetic Termite Mounds, give credence to the claims made about this part of Australia. These areas draw big crowds during the northern dry season, so be ready to share this



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Events calendar Northern Territory 2011 Alice Springs Show. © L Cameo

Alice Springs Cup Carnival Date: 10 April to 3 May One of the Northern Territory’s most wellknown racing carnivals, this event is the pride of Alice Springs locals. Ladies Day is a fashion extravaganza with women frocking up in their finest, while Family Fun Day features jumping castles and pony rides – an all-round great event for the whole family. Location: Pioneer Park Racecourse, South Stuart Highway, Alice Springs Tel: +61 8 8952 4977

Anaconda MTB Red Centre Enduro Date: 16 to 20 May An event for lovers of the outdoors, the Anaconda MTB Red Centre Enduro is five days of mountain biking along the trails of the MacDonnell Ranges. More than 200 riders participate annually, taking them across a variety of courses that allow spectacular views of the Australian Outback at its best. Location: Alice Springs Tel: +61 3 5261 5511

Territory Day. © Tourism Northern Territory

Barunga Sports and Culture Festival Date: 10 to 13 June For those visitors wishing to learn more about, and experience, Australian Indigenous culture, the Barunga Festival has blossomed into one of the country’s foremost Aboriginal festivals. Showcasing Aboriginal culture, art, music and sport, this event connects communities across the Northern Territory. Location: Central Arnhem Road, Barunga Tel: +61 8 8971 1100

Territory Day Date: 1 July Marking the commencement of the region’s self government in 1978, the first of July is celebrated across the Northern Territory in a number of ways… however the famous Territory Day fireworks are what they love most. This is one of the only places in Australia where fireworks are on sale to the public, but only during the week of the celebrations. Location: Throughout the Northern Territory Tel: +61 8 8951 8471

Darwin Festival Date: August Widely considered as the event of the Top End, the Darwin Festival is a vibrant showcase of innovative presentations of art and culture, both Indigenous and multicultural. For any visitors in the area at this time of the year, the Darwin Festival is a must. Location: Various venues throughout Darwin Tel: +61 8 8943 4200

Garma Festival Date: August The annual Garma Festival celebrates the Yolngu culture that surrounds the people of north-east Arnhem Land, a ‘coming together’ (or garma) of people. Set in a stringybark forest, the Garma Festival features local artists’ diplays, field trips and other ancient Indigenous traditions. Location: Gulkula, north-east Arnhem Land Tel: +61 8 8941 2900

Arafura Games Date: 7 to 14 May If you’re a fan of the Olympics Games, then this event will showcase future stars in sport. Featuring athletes from across the Asia Pacific, the Arafura Games is a multi-sport event held every two years, which includes basketball, soccer, athletics and much more. Location: Various venues throughout Darwin Tel: +61 8 8982 2317

Darwin Cup Carnival Date: August Held over eight action-packed days, the Darwin Cup Carnival not only includes thoroughbred races, but Ladies Days, family fun and live entertainment also punctuate an event that people from all over Australia come to visit. Location: Fannie Bay Racecourse, Darwin Tel: +61 8 8923 4222

Finke Desert Race. © Tourism Northern Territory

Finke Desert Race Date: 10 to 13 June If it’s got wheels, it will be racing in Australia’s most remarkable multi-terrain off-road racing event. Running between Alice Springs and Aputula (Finke), with more than 12,000 spectators camping roadside to watch this exhilarating event speed past, the Finke Desert Race is an experience you’ll want to tell your friends about. Location: Alice Springs and Aputula (Finke) Tel: +61 8 8952 8886 Darwin Beach Regatta Date: August A great family day event, the Darwin Beach Regatta includes events for the whole family, with food stalls, craft market and, of course, beach activities. A gold coin donation is all that’s required for entry, with all proceeds to projects run by the Lions Clubs of the Northern Territory. Location: Mindil Beach, Darwin Tel: +61 8 8980 6000 Mahbilil Festival Date: September Located on the banks of the beautiful Lake Jabiru to celebrate ‘The Wind Festival (Gurrung)’, the Mahbilil Festival is a fantastic way to learn more about Australian Indigenous culture through numerous activities such as Aboriginal dance, arts and crafts, food stalls, fire sculptures and live entertainment. Location: Jabiru, Kakadu National Park Tel: +61 8 8980 6000

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Camel Cup. © Tourism Northern Territory

Alice Springs Lions Imparja Camel Cup Date: 10 July If there’s one thing the Australian outback has, it’s camels. Rather than ignoring the camel population, the residents of Alice Springs celebrate them by holding the Camel Cup – a desert camel race that unites the city and is a fun-filled day of activities. Location: Blatherskite Park, Alice Springs Tel: +61 8 8950 0500


Alice Springs Show Date: 1 to 2 July Each July, Territorians flock in droves to this two-day rural show that showcases the best in local produce and entertainment. The show offers rides, cooking contests and outback sporting events, making it one of the Northern Territory’s most popular celebrations. Location: Alice Springs Show Grounds, Stuart Highway, Alice Springs Tel: +61 8 8952 1651

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Must Dos

Darwin Crocosaurus Cove For just about the closest experience with a crocodile that you can get in Australia, a visit to Crocosaurus Cove means the opportunity to dive with a seven-metre saltwater crocodile. But for those wanting something a little less adrenalin-pumping, it is also home to a range of rare and exotic creatures including freshwater turtles and giant pythons. Location: Corner of Mitchell and Peel Streets, Darwin Tel: +61 8 8981 7522

Fishing tours The tropical waters of Darwin provide perfect conditions for a quiet day of fishing. The glistening harbour is home to an assortment of tuna, coral trout, trevally and, toward the river mouths, barramundi. With so many varieties of fish on offer, you’re sure to take home the catch of the day! Location: 50 Mitchell Street, Darwin Tel: +61 8 8941 6122

Mindil Beach Market A regular haunt for locals as well as tourists, Mindil Beach Market is held each Thursday evening and Sunday afternoon along the foreshore. Indulge in international cuisine and wander leisurely through stalls filled with handmade crafts and jewellery. As the sun sets, crowds gather to watch live entertainment showcasing talented local bands, street performers and fire shows. Location: 33 Air Raid Arcade, Cavenagh Street, Darwin Tel: +61 8 8981 3454 Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. © Tourism Northern Territory

Darwin Harbour cruise Drift across the calm waters of the Darwin Harbour aboard the fully-restored, luxury pearling ship, Anniki. An expansive openair deck is the perfect vantage point to take in a picturesque sunset, as you feast on a barbecue lunch washed down with a glass of bubbly. Location: Cullen Bay Marina, Darwin Tel: +61 0428 414 000 Deckchair Cinema The outdoor Deckchair Cinema offers a vast array of new release and art house films for your viewing pleasure, situated under the Darwin stars. Pack a picnic or choose from a selection of refreshments available at the kiosk. Location: Jervois Road, Wharf Precinct, Darwin (April to November) Tel: +61 8 8981 0700



Wangi Falls in Litchfield National Park. © T B Dogs

Air Charter Tours For a chance to witness sweeping views of Darwin’s spectacular landscape, book a spot by charter plane. Fly above cascading waterfalls and floodplains, and let the pilot navigate across the Top End. Perfect for a romantic sojourn. Location: 10 Slade Court, Darwin Airport Tel: +61 8 8945 5475 Litchfield National Park This beautiful National Park comprises four breathtaking waterfalls, vast historic rock formations, monsoonal rainforest and a collection of bushwalking trails. Explore the natural beauty of the Australian outback by foot or take a refreshing dip in the clear waters of the Wangi Falls rock pool or Buley Rockholes. Location: Litchfield Park Road, south west of Darwin Tel: +61 8 8945 3338

Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory For a tutorial on the finest in art and history of this region, the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory features the region’s biggest collection of visual arts, crafts and archaeological relics. It also includes an informative exhibits on Cyclone Tracy and Territory wildlife. Location: Conacher Street, Fannie Bay, Darwin Tel: +61 8 8999 8264 Tiwi Islands Only a short flight or cruise from Darwin, the Tiwi Islands are a cultural and environmental wonder. Visit the Aboriginal community of Nguiu for a taste of Indigenous tradition or try your hand at bluewater fishing along the pristine shoreline. Location: 80 kilometres north of Darwin Tel: +61 8 8970 9500

Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve Established in 1872, this location is a snapshot of the original charm and feel of Australia post-English settlement. This station operated for 60 years before becoming a school for Aboriginal children. A tour around these stone buildings is a fascinating look into this country’s history. Open daily from 8am to 5pm. Location: Stuart Highway, Alice Springs Tel: +61 8 8999 4555 astelegraphstation.html

Camel tours With the MacDonnell Ranges in the distance, a camel tour is a great way to explore the Australian landscape. You can spend the entire day riding a camel, or join an overnight camping tour for the full outback experience. Location: Jane Road, Alice Springs Tel: +61 0416 170 164 Museum of Central Australia With pieces of Australian history from megafauna to meteorites, the Museum of Central of Australia gives visitors a chance to learn more about Alice Springs and its surrounding landscape through interactive displays, exhibitions and galleries. Location: Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs Tel: +61 8 8951 1121 Museum of Central Australia. © Tourism Northern Territory

Ballooning at sunrise. © A Burmakin

Outback Ballooning Adventure Watch the sun rise over the outback desert from hundreds of metres above the ground, with an air journey above the bush and scrublands. Get an understanding of the vast remoteness of Australia from this unique viewpoint. Location: Kennett Court, Alice Springs Tel: +61 8 8952 8723 Sounds of Starlight Theatre A great way to feel the true spirit of the Red Centre is with the ancient music of the didgeridoo and, by utilising rhythm and animal voices, internationally renowned musician Andrew Langford brings it to you. Dinner and show packages are available, along with a retail gift shop and free workshops every Monday to Friday from 10.30am and 2.30pm. w Location: Todd Mall, Alice Springs Tel: +61 8 8953 0826


Alice Springs Helicopters Whether you’re seeking a romantic flight over Honeymoon Gap or looking for an adventurous trip over the world-renowned Larapinta Trail that follows the West MacDonnell Range, getting a spot in a scenic helicopter tour is a great way to see the best of Alice Springs and its surrounds. Location: Alice Springs Airport Tel: +61 8 8952 9800

Araluen Arts Centre The Araluen Arts Centre is the centre of Alice Springs’ performing and visual arts scene, with the gallery of renowned mid20th century artist Albert Namatjira being one of its main attractions. Theatre pieces and artwork illustrate Indigenous cultural history, as well as the natural heritage of the region. Open daily from 10am to 5pm. Location: Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs Tel: +61 8 8951 1120


Alice Springs Alice Springs Golf Club Never played golf on a desert course? With rave reviews from golfers worldwide, there’s a reason this one is rated in the top 10 of the world’s greatest desert courses. The course has a celebrated front nine, with the back nine an added challenge. It’s a perfect place for golf lovers, but the beautiful surroundings mean that anyone can appreciate this location. Location: Cromwell Drive, Alice Springs Tel: +61 8 8952 1921


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Curve Restaurant + Bar Located at Medina Grand & Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront, Curve has a great laid-back feel ideal for watching the world pass in the city’s most cosmopolitan hub. You’ll warm to the helpful service, refreshing menu and spirited atmosphere. Curve serves up simple and tasty breakfasts, an array of all-day dining treats, refreshing cocktails and outstanding options from the dinner menu. At Curve, we understand that eating goes hand-in-hand with hospitality, friendship and conversation. Fully licensed and BYO. Open 7 days. Kitchener Drive Darwin NT 0800 T: (08) 8982 9709 E: f&

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Capable of a range of different waves up to 1.7 metres in height. The 10 different wave types provide a range of experiences for all users and ensure the wave lagoon is suitable for the whole family – from boogie board riders to toddlers. Waves run on a cycle with a ten minute break in between. Admission: 15 years and over Under 15 years Under 2 years Family (max 2 adults) Concession (card holders only)

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Recreation Lagoon Take a dip in the Territory’s only protected beach. The cool, aquamarine water laps at a sandy beach perfect for sand castles or a place to relax and enjoy a safe swim to escape the tropical heat. Kitchener Drive Darwin NT 0800 T: (08) 8999 5155 E:

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If you’re after the craft of a local artisan or a world-class pearl necklace, Matthew McGuigan and Cassie Robinson reveal that visitors to this northern star will experience a shopping joy like no other.

Shopping bag one:

Casuarina Square Located in Darwin’s northern suburbs, a few minutes’ drive from the CBD, Casuarina is the city’s largest shopping centre. With 200 stores in one air-conditioned, modern centre, it is perfect for all shopping essentials as it features many well-known Australian brands. A visitor shuttle bus is available from the CBD, but check with your hotel reception for its availability. Address: 247 Trower Road, Casuarina Tel: +61 8 8920 2345

Shopping bag two:

Smith Street Mall If you’re in the Darwin CBD, it’s hard to miss the Smith Street Mall shopping precinct. The main heart of the city’s downtown retail stores, the Mall houses popular shopping destinations for all. One of its most wellknown tenants is the internationally-renowned boutique, Paspaley Pearls – one of the country’s premium pearl jewellery providers. Next door is Di Croco, a boutique specialising in products made from crocodile leather. Address: Paspaley Pearls, Smith Street Mall Tel: +61 8 8982 5515


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Mitchell Street in Darwin. © NT Tourism

Shopping bag three:

Knuckey Street Knuckey Street, once overshadowed by neighbouring Smith Street, now has a fashion star to call its own. Putting the Australian fashion stamp on Darwin, the Epiphany boutique offers some of the best Australian fashion labels including Zimmermann, White Suede and legendary jewellery and homeware designs by Aussie brand Dinosaur Designs. Address: Epiphany, shop 2/18 Knuckey Street, Darwin Tel: +61 8 8941 8470

Shopping bag four:

Darwin Markets Darwin’s markets are the best places to pick up some fantastic traditional art, crafts, souvenirs and gifts. The Mindil Beach Sunset Market is a tourist’s tropical paradise, featuring more than 200 stalls and held every Thursday and Sunday night in the dry season (May to October). For more local experience head to the Nightcliff Market on Sunday mornings for some fresh tropical fruit, or hit Parap Shopping village for some delicious locally-produced food. w Address: Mindil Beach, Nightcliff and Parap Tel: +61 8 8981 3454


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In a city that celebrates its multicultural roots, Darwin’s dining options are varied and the choice is expanding rapidly. Matthew McGuigan arrives on an empty stomach to reveal some highlights. Crustaceans on the Wharf Stokes Hill Wharf, Kitchener Drive, Darwin Wharf Tel: +61 8 8981 8658 Enjoy breathtaking ocean views along with a superb selection of delectable seafood cooked to perfection. Showcasing the best local produce, signature dishes at this leading seafood restaurant include chilli crabs and fresh oysters naturale. Evoo Skycity Darwin, Gilruth Avenue Tel: +61 8 8943 8940 Recently awarded the title of ‘Best Fine Dining’ restaurant in the Northern Territory, Evoo offers diners a first-class fine dining experience. The magnificent ocean views and elegantly intimate atmosphere add to the experience, making Evoo the perfect venue for special occasions.


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Hanuman Holiday Inn Esplanade, 93 Mitchell Street Tel: +61 8 8941 3500 Located in the heart of vibrant Mitchell Street, Hanuman captures the flavours of south-east Asia combining traditional Thai, Indian and Nonya cuisine. Its elegant ambience, coupled with Darwin’s tropical atmosphere, translates into a truly exotic dining experience. il Lido Darwin Waterfront Tel: +61 8 8941 0900 Sitting on the water’s edge in Darwin’s Waterfront precinct, il Lido has only been open for a short time, but is already stamping its authority on the local dining scene by presenting simple, classic Italian cuisine. Opened by Jimmy Shu, celebrated in the Northern Territory for his well-patronised restaurant Hanuman, Il Lido promises to be a shining light in the restaurant scene in this beautiful northern city.

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il Piatto Skycity Darwin, Gilruth Avenue Tel: +61 8 8943 8940 Eloquently designed and decorated, il Piatto is another restaurant that focuses on the best of Italy, with a menu that includes classic pastas, wood-fired pizza and special dishes from various regions. Save room for the dessert menu, which features some wonderful examples of Italian sweets, best washed down with a cup of coffee or a glass of red wine. Pee Wee’s at the Point East Point Reserve Tel: +61 8 8981 6868 The beachfront scene, romantic sunset views and tropical palm trees make Pee Wee’s the perfect location for an intimate occasion that will surely leave a lasting impression. With a strong focus on fresh local ingredients, the sumptuous dishes provide a tantalising and memorable experience. w

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Sand Bar Skycity Darwin, Gilruth Avenue Tel: +61 8 8943 8888 Part of Skycity Darwin Casino’s new development, Sand Bar has the benefits of the location’s views out to the ocean and contemporary décor, topped off with a cocktail list that possibly outdoes every other bar in the city. Featuring comfortable outdoor couches and spacious booths inside, Sand Bar is a lively spot to wile away the evening.

Tzars Vodka Bar 76 Mitchell St, Darwin CBD Tel: +61 8 8942 2122 Hidden within Ducks Nuts restaurant is a Darwin local’s secret – a bar with expert mixologists specialising in vodka cocktails! In comfortable surroundings, visitors to Tzars will be able to choose from a comprehensive list of vodka-based drinks, along with a plethora of well-known favourites. This is a great place to escape the northern heat. w


Darwin Ski Club Conacher Street, Fannie Bay Tel: +61 8 8981 6630 A Darwin institution, the Ski Club can lay claim to one of the best sunset vantage points in Australia. Surroundings are simple, with all settings being placed outdoors due to upgrades being made to the main building, and visitors are required to pay a small membership fee. These are insignificant considerations, however, once you sit with a cold beverage and watch the sun sinking over the ocean…

The Deck Bar 22 Mitchell Street Tel: +61 8 8942 3001 Another popular haunt for locals, the Deck Bar faces the Darwin Parliament Gardens and is frequented by local politicians, lawyers and businesspeople. Like many of the bars in Darwin, the emphasis is on the open-air deck where visitors can sample one of 50 beers on tap or choose from a large selection of wines.

Shopping and Dining

in Alice Springs Araluen Cultural Precinct. © Tourism NT

With the red backdrop of the Australian outback, Cassie Robinson and Caroline Jaslowski locate some shopping and dining diamonds in the rough.

Shopping bag one:

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) shop CAAMA is responsible for producing the best Indigenous film, music and television programming across the country. Visit its shop in Todd Mall for products showcasing Aboriginal designs, including painted ceramics and a wide range of locally made Aboriginal music and films. Address: Shop 79B, Todd Mall Tel: +61 8 8953 4607

Shopping bag two:

Alice Plaza Shopping Centre For fully air-conditioned shopping comfort, the Alice Plaza is your number one Central Australian shopping destination. You’ll discover a number of speciality stores selling souvenirs, men and women’s fashion, and all of your travel necessities. Address: Todd Mall Tel: +61 8 8952 9666



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Araluen Cultural Precinct A comprehensive look into outback and native Australia, the Araluen Cultural Precinct is also a great place to pick up a few mementos of your time in the Red Centre. Central Craft is a charming store within the precinct that sells local artisans’ jewellery, pottery, weaving, printed silk and woodwork. Many of the craftspeople work within the store. Address: Corner Larapinta Drive and Memorial Avenue Tel: +61 8 8952 4417

Did you know?

The classic 1946 Australian drama The Overlanders starring Chips Rafferty and Daphne Campbell was filmed throughout Central Australia, including Alice Springs.

The Lane 58 Todd Mall, Alice Springs Tel: +61 8 8952 5522 Enjoy Italian favourites like fresh pasta and gourmet wood-fired pizza in an alfresco courtyard built with a relaxing meal environment in mind. Sit under the shade of The Lane’s outdoor umbrellas and sip on a glass of wine while watching the world go by.

Bluegrass Restaurant Corner Todd Street and Stott Terrace, Alice Springs Tel: +61 8 8955 5188 If you combine the historical elements of a Heritage-listed building with fresh, Mediterranean-style cuisine and warm balmy evenings, then you get Bluegrass Restaurant. Enjoy a beautiful dinner in a romantic setting, but make sure to leave room at the end of your night to sample a classic Australian dessert – pavlova – served with fresh fruit and cream.

Overlanders Steakhouse 72 Hartley Street, Alice Springs Tel: +61 8 8952 2159 Nestled among the stunningly beautiful MacDonnell Ranges, the Overlanders Steakhouse is situated in an historic small town that has featured in several films. This classic steakhouse serves an entrée of freshly baked damper (outback-style traditional bread), followed by tastings of local delicacies such as camel, crocodile, emu and kangaroo meat – traditional cuts of meat like beef and fish are also served. A great example of an authentic Aussie experience. w


Barra on Todd Restaurant and Bar Alice Springs Resort, Alice Springs Tel: +61 8 8951 4545 As the name suggests, the Barra on Todd Restaurant is a seafood-inspired restaurant that specialises in a variety of barramundi dishes; however, meat lovers and vegetarians are also catered for. Weather permitting, local bands perform outside, creating a truly relaxing ambience.


Barra on Todd. © Tourism NT


regions Resting in silent splendour, the outback is an indelible part of Australia’s national identity. Matty Soccio explains why it has drawn the interest of explorers and travellers throughout the country’s history.


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he silence is humbling, the sight amazing. At the top of the ridge overlooking Kings Canyon in the Northern Territory, far above a green basin that spreads out for kilometres, you’re surprised by the lushness of the plant life so far out in what is generally described as a desert. At the base of the gorge below is the King River, another contradiction to my preconceptions. This awe-inspiring view isn’t the only one in Australia’s outback that continues to take visitors’ breath away. This country’s outback extends from Western Australia to New South Wales, a couple of hours from the South Australian capital of Adelaide to just outside of Darwin in the Northern Territory. For many, dwelling in these areas is simply a way of life – there are multiple mines (which contribute to over five percent of the Australian gross domestic product), communities and tourism operators that have made these remote places their home. Since explorers, such as Ludwig Leichhardt, Robert O’Hara Burke and William Wills, first set out to discover what lay in the interior of this island continent, Australians and travellers from overseas have trekked inward to witness its majesty – the red stone and dirt unique to this country, the icons that represent the outback, such as Uluru or Kata Tjuta (also known as the Olgas), and the tranquillity of the scrub desert regions. The Kimberley region in the northern part of Western Australia is home to many of these outback tracks and significant natural wonders. Due to its size (three times larger than England and bigger than Japan), it is also one of the most isolated places on the planet. Here you will find the Bungle Bungle Ranges in the Purnululu National Park, Horizontal Falls and probably the most stunning beaches in the world at Cape Leveque, though it is difficult to reach,. Broken Hill, close to the border of New South Wales and the Northern Territory, is best known for its Living Desert Reserve and Sculpture Symposium – sandstone sculptures set into the desert landscape, creating a haunting beauty that exemplifies the region’s remoteness. In the Tennant Creek area of the Northern Territory, the Devils Marbles are a collection of natural red granite boulders, which are the centrepiece of the 1828-hectare Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve. The Reserve was set up to keep the region’s diverse ecosystem untouched

and allow its flora and fauna to be undisturbed for future generations to enjoy. Moving south within the Northern Territory, Kings Canyon in the Watarrka National Park features walls up to 300 metres high, which tower over Kings Creek below. This is best viewed via the Kings Canyon Rim Walk, a six-kilometre track that allows travellers to see the best parts of the area. The gorge at the base of the canyon is considered sacred to the local Indigenous people, so visitors are encouraged to keep to the sign-posted trails. In the southern section of the Northern Territory, travellers will find the Kata Tjuta-Uluru National Park. People from all over the country and the world flock to see Kata Tjuta, a rock formation that forms part of some of Australia’s most recognised outback imagery. Not far from them, though, is Uluru. Also known as Ayers Rock, this colossal piece of sandstone is viewed nationally as an Australian natural wonder, depicted in art and culture as widely as the US’s Grand Canyon or Egypt’s Nile River. One of the most interesting facts about Uluru is that, like an iceberg, the bulk of the rock’s mass is hidden underground. It is a sacred site for the Indigenous Anangu people, who administer its care and tourism. There many guided walks around the base of Uluru, including one that takes you to the summit; climbing the rock is still possible, subject to various seasonal and weather-related restrictions, but has generally been discouraged by the Anangu people, out of respect for their laws and culture. But one of the most enduring memories a visitor can have – one that will sum up the unspoiled beauty of Australia’s outback – is to place yourself on the Uluru viewing platform at sunset and see the rock change from fiery red to a collage of purples and blues. The Australian outback is an amazing place to see, but must be respected – it is, despite the range of travelling and tourism options, still a wild place to visit. A friend of mine, a writer and frequent outback traveller, once told me that heading into the outback gives people new perspectives and definitions to a world that they thought they knew – colours they’ve never seen and rocks that are so impossibly shaped that they shouldn’t exist. When you’ve had the chance to see it for yourself, you’ll see his words are no exaggeration. w

Kings Canyon, Watarrka National Park. Š S DCruz


Broken Hill. Š L Cameo

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Kings Canyon in the Watarrka National Park features walls up to 300 metres high.

Hobart Harbour. © G Prentice

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Australia’s only offshore state, Tasmania has the largest percentage of conservation rainforest and national parks in the country, along with pristine colonial buildings showcasing its history. Julia Baxter gives a local’s perception of this special part of the world.




he island state of Tasmania, located at the southern tip of Australia, is a fascinating place that deviates from typical perceptions of the country. Boasting spectacular wilderness, a rich cultural heritage, emerging restaurant scene and a vibrant arts culture, it also features an anomaly in the winter months – snow. But even during the colder months, the warm, friendly Tasmanian people share their local knowledge with a smile. Tasmania was originally inhabited more than 35,000 years ago. The first European to sight the state was Abel Tasman, a Dutch explorer, who sailed past the west coast in 1642 and named the island Van Diemen’s Land. Lieutenant John Bowen, a British soldier, established a

settlement on the eastern shore of the Derwent River in 1803. In 1804 Lieutenant-Governor David Collins moved the settlement across the river and Hobart was founded. In 1856, marking the end of convict transportation, Van Diemen’s Land was renamed Tasmania. In horrid conditions, convicts cut timber and made coal, bricks, shoes, ships and other products needed by the young colony. Hobart is the capital city of Tasmania and Australia’s second oldest city. It is nestled below the slopes of 1,270-metre high Mount Wellington and is right on the Derwent River. It takes 30 minutes to drive from the city to the summit of the mountain to take in the spectacular panoramic views. There are many walking tracks that weave through Mount Wellington’s temperate rainforests and lead to waterfalls, and during the winter months there is frequently snow at the summit. Salamanca Place is on the waterfront and its Georgian sandstone warehouses have been converted into galleries, artists’ studios, jewellers, theatres, craft and gift shops, as well as excellent restaurants, cafés and pubs. Locals and tourists love Hobart’s famous Salamanca Market, held every Saturday. A diverse range of local produce is available throughout the market, including organic vegetables and fruit, hearty pies and hand-made chocolates. Tasmania has a vibrant arts scene, with Ten Days on the Island being recognised as Australia’s largest statewide biennial international arts festival. The program

includes dance, theatre, film, literature, music and inspiring exhibitions. The uniqueness of this beautiful island state is explored throughout the festival and there are plentiful opportunities to sample Tasmania’s fine quality food and wine. A diverse range of delicious local produce is grown and farmed in Tasmania. This includes seafood such as oysters, scallops, salmon, trout, mussels and lobster. The world-renowned King Island Dairy also offers delectable cheeses with creamy bries, rich blues and sharp aged cheddars in addition to pure cream and yoghurts. Tasmania is also known as the Apple Isle because a wide variety of apples are grown here. Fresh berries including raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and boysenberries are also cultivated in Tasmania. To accompany your meal, local vineyards produce award-winning cool-climate wines such as pinot noir, riesling and chardonnay. Many wineries have excellent restaurants and cellar door sales. Beer lovers should try Tasmania’s famous top quality beer at either James Boag’s brewery in Launceston or at the Cascade brewery, which is in Hobart and is Australia’s oldest brewery. To best enjoy Tasmania’s ‘foodie’ scene, The Taste of Tasmania is a seven-day food and beverage festival that showcases Tasmania’s exceptional produce and fine wine. Visitors are also able to enjoy entertainment from local, interstate and international performers. Tasmania celebrated 28 years of World Heritage status in 2010, acknowledging its spectacular landscapes, unique

wildlife, ancient plants and rich, conserved cultural heritage. The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area covers 1.38 million hectares or about 20 percent of the state. There are 19 national parks with an abundance of flora and fauna, including the famous Tasmanian devil. The parks range from the rugged alpine country at Cradle Mountain to the idyllic coastal scenery at Freycinet. The Port Arthur Historic Site on the Tasman Peninsula is one of Australia’s great tourism destinations, with amazing colonial sandstone architecture, old prison facilities and reconstructed 1830s gardens. The surrounding area has views of Australia’s highest sea cliffs with roads weaving around the coastline and through rolling farmlands. Getting to Tasmania requires either an aeroplane flight from the major cities, or an overnight cruise on the Spirit of Tasmania ferry that departs from Melbourne and delivers you to Devonport. No matter where you depart from, the tranquillity of Tasmania will be a welcome change to the fast pace of life in larger cities. w

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Port Arthur became the colony’s main penal settlement, with the convict population reaching more than 1,000 during the 1840s.



Port Arthur. © D Kamenetsky


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Bruny Island Due to its proximity to Hobart, Bruny Island has become a fashionable holiday spot for locals. Split into North Bruny and South Bruny, the island is joined by a narrow isthmus (the ‘Neck’), which is an essential breeding ground for the local inhabitants – little penguins. The South Bruny National Park features some fantastic hiking trails and the Cape Bruny Lighthouse is an interesting monument to the island’s history. Departing from Kettering, the Mirambeena vehicle ferry arrives at the town of Roberts Point on North Bruny.

Brewery tours For fans of the amber ale, there are two tours that are absolutely essential. If you’re in Hobart, head to the north of the city and visit the Cascade Brewery. Opened in 1824, Cascade has made its name by being the oldest and longest running Australian brewery… and producing wonderful beer! If you’re based in Launceston, however, the James Boag’s Brewery is another Australian classic. Built in 1833, Boag’s Brewery sits on the Esk River and produces one of Australia’s most popular beers. Both breweries conduct tours that are not to be missed.,

Cradle Mountain National Park One of the most spectacular mountains in Australia, Cradle Mountain has been a well-travelled destination for locals and visitors alike since access to the area was established. While locals tend to camp by the shore of Lake St Clair, there are a number of accommodation options, from cabins to chalets, along with spa facilities that have exquisite views of the mountain. And the most popular activity in this part of the world? Hiking! There are a range of tracks, rated from easy 40-minute walks to the multiple-day Overland Track.

Mount Wellington Towering over Hobart, Mount Wellington has a wonderful viewing platform that is easily accessed by Pinnacle Road. While the peak is often covered in snow, from its summit lookout a clear day will afford views far over the Derwent River, the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and, of course, Hobart itself. On the way up to the summit there are a number of stops such as The Springs picnic area and Rocky Whelan’s Cave, the lair of a turn-of-thecentury bushranger.



Wineglass Bay. © Julie Camilleri

Port Arthur Established as penal colony in 1833, Port Arthur is now a Heritage-listed location that reflects Australia’s convict history. Be amazed by stories of the people who were brought to what was then a harsh settlement, such as the one about William Riley, an ‘orderly’ boy who was transported at age 14, a drunk by 16 and murderer by 29. A quiet place to contemplate the tough conditions faced by its inhabitants, Port Arthur is also a memorial site for the victims of a mass murder committed in 1996.

© Salamanca Market

Richmond and Coal River Valley The location of Australia’s oldest bridge is also home to a charming colonialstyle town that harks back to the days of one of the country’s oldest settlements. Featuring many of the town’s original sandstone buildings, including Australia’s oldest church, the town was established to support the discovery of coal in the early 19th century in the Coal River Valley. Today the town and surrounding valley is a much-visited tourist destination. Salamanca Market One of the primary Hobart harbourside thoroughfares, Salamanca Place transforms every Saturday morning into one of Australia’s most popular open air markets. It begins at 8am, when the colonial buildings become the backdrop to a hive of activity – over 300 stalls stock fresh fruit and local produce, books, pottery, sculpture and famous Tasmanian woodworked items. Alongside these are the many food and beverage stalls, featuring everything from fresh seafood to local honey and fine wine tastings. Wineglass Bay and Freycinet Peninsula About 30 minutes away from the seaside town of Bicheno on the Freycinet Peninsula is Wineglass Bay, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The reason? Because it’s about as secluded as a beach can get! A 20-minute walk from the Coles Bay car park, this marvellous example of the wonder of Mother Nature has been left in pristine condition due to its location, meaning visitors can appreciate its unspoilt beauty. The East Coast Visitor and Interpretation Centre has some great information on various additional places to visit in the area, including the Freycinet National Park. w


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Le Provencal 417 Macquarie Street, South Hobart Tel: +61 3 6224 2526 Chef Jean Claude Reval is well-known in the southern Tasmanian region as an expert in French cuisine and he is happy to share his knowledge with anyone inquisitive about the art of food in France. Visitors to this intimate boutique restaurant won’t be left unsatisfied. Maldini Café Restaurant 47 Salamanca Place, Hobart Tel: +61 3 6223 4460 One of Salamanca Place’s jewels, this chic Italian eatery is always busy and features a consistent menu. Focusing on bringing out the best in Tasmanian ingredients, head chef Victoria Hardwick-Tiberio presents food that is both marvellous to look at and delicious to eat. Top it off with a location in a renovated historic stone building and you have an altogether enjoyable dining experience. M4 Elizabeth Street Pier, Hobart Tel: +61 3 6224 4428 A pinnacle in Hobart fine dining, M4 is another restaurant that takes pride in its silver service and its extensive menu. Looking out onto the Elizabeth Street Pier, this establishment reflects a growing trend in the region of stylish eateries with top class cuisine.

Peppermint Bay 3435 Channel Highway, Sullivans Cove, Woodbridge Tel: +61 3 6267 4088 Looking over the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, diners at Peppermint Bay are treated to one of the most enchanting landscapes in Tasmania. Putting emphasis on the use of fresh local seafood and produce, including herbs grown on the restaurant’s grounds, Peppermint Bay is a popular place for visitors, being only 25 minutes away from Hobart. After eating, diners are encouraged to walk through the sculpture gardens. Point Revolving Restaurant 410 Sandy Bay Road, Sandy Bay Tel: 1300 857 322 The hub of the Hobart waterfront, Wrest Point is Tasmania’s only casino. On the top floor, the Point Revolving Restaurant allows a 360-degree outlook that takes in the city, the Derwent River and Mount Wellington. Silver service dining is the order of the day, with feature dishes such as Aurora lamb rack or sous vide pork fillet, along with passionfruit soufflé for dessert. Smolt 2 Salamanca Square, Hobart Tel: +61 3 6224 2554 Located in Salamanca Square, this restaurant specialises in Italian and Spanish influenced cuisine. With an especially memorable fish menu, Smolt is an upbeat contemporary eatery that doesn’t shy away from challenging its customers’ tastebuds. Stillwater Ritchie’s Mill, Launceston Tel: +61 3 6331 4153 On the banks of the Tamar River sits Ritchie’s Mill, an 1830s building that has left its manufacturing history behind to allow Stillwater to take over. Known widely for a well-regarded breakfast menu and degustation options in the evening, this is an establishment that has the dual attractions of serving flavoursome food in a divine location. w


Black Cow Bistro Corner George and Paterson Streets, Launceston Tel: +61 3 6331 9333 Describing itself as an ‘upmarket steakhouse’, Black Cow has worked hard to ensure that its food is well-prepared and that its art deco surroundings are comfortable. Great care is taken in presentation, making this not your usual steak emporium. Based on the worship of cows in cultures throughout the world, Black Cow is punctuated by attentive owners who are passionate about their product.

© Black Cow Bistro


Despite being renowned for its produce, Tasmania hasn’t traditionally been lauded for its restaurant culture. Matt Jackman reveals how this assertion is quickly being turned on its head.

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While the nation’s capital may be one of the smallest capital cities in Australia, it harbours some of the country’s greatest treasures. Xavier Verhoeven gives a tour of this often misunderstood region.


Australian Capital Territory


f you think our nation’s capital is all about Parliament, politicians and public servants, you’re only half right. The Australian Capital Territory and its surrounds are full of must-see destinations for any visitor. The site of Canberra, Australia’s capital city, was chosen in 1908 after the Sydney/Melbourne rivalry resulted in the stalemate decision to purpose-build a capital city somewhere between the two existing cities. In 1913, Walter Burley Griffin and his wife Marion, both architects, won an international competition to design Canberra. In the same year, the city was officially named Canberra, derived from the language of the native Ngunnawal people, whose word kamberra means ‘meeting place’. As Australia’s capital, Canberra has the many cultural institutions and landmarks that you might expect: Parliament House and Old Parliament House, the National Gallery, National Museum, National Library and Australian War Memorial, among others. But Canberra also has much more to offer. Old Parliament House was home to the Federal Parliament from 1927 until 1988, and bore witness to many major historical events during that time: the struggle with the Great Depression of the 1930s, Prime Minister Menzies declaring Australia’s involvement in World War II in 1941 and the dismissal of Gough Whitlam’s Labor Government in 1975. When the new Parliament House was opened, there was talk of demolishing the old building; however, it was reopened to the public as a ‘living museum of political history’ in 1992. If current political action is more your style, Parliament House is open to visitors, and worth a look for its magnificent architecture and art collection. There are free guided tours every half hour between 9am and 5pm, and you can sit in on Question Time in both the Senate and House of Representatives to see how the country is run (booking is recommended for the House of Representatives). The National Gallery of Australia is another destination not to miss, with a collection of more than 100,000 works, including paintings by Australian artists Sidney Nolan – including his famous Ned Kelly series – and Arthur Boyd; both providing stunning examples of 20th century Australian art. The gallery also has outstanding collections of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.

The National Museum is a similarly popular tourist destination. The building itself, opened in 2001, is a stunning example of contemporary Australian architecture – but, if for some reason the architecture doesn’t entice you, the amazing collection of 200,000 historical and Indigenous artefacts should be enough of a drawcard. For a slight change of pace, plan a visit to the solemn yet awe-inspiring Australian War Memorial to commemorate the sacrifice made by Australians who have served their country and died in war. There are regular tours and each day ends with a piper or bugler performing The Last Post. A wander around the bronze panels of the Roll of Honour is a wonderful experience. If all that sightseeing leaves everyone a little tired, the picturesque Lake Burley Griffin is an ideal place to recharge; it’s a great spot for a picnic or walk around the banks on a sunny day.

in September/October, where you can navigate between wineries and cafés to discover exceptional wines perfectly matched with culinary delights. No matter when you visit the capital, or how long you stay, there is bound to be too much to fit into one visit. It is a thriving city: youthful and laid-back, and is home to the stylish bars, restaurants and shopping opportunities you would expect of any modern metropolis. w

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Australia’s Parliament House in Canberra is one of the largest buildings in the southern hemisphere at over 300,000 cubic metres in size.


There are plenty of things to see and do outside of the city itself. The NASA Deep Space Communication Complex, set among the magnificent countryside at Tidbinbilla, is a fascinating spot, with its 3.8 billion-year-old chunk of the moon on display. The National Botanic Gardens at the foot of Black Mountain is also worth a look, as is Namadgi National Park, which features some of the best-preserved Aboriginal rock paintings in the country. For those with more epicurean interests, the overall cool climate in the ACT makes it ideal for winemaking. With more than 140 wineries and 30 cellar doors in the Murrumbateman region (around 25 minutes from the CBD), there is a great range of options whether you’re a professional or amateur wine connoisseur. Wherever there is good wine, you’re bound to find good food, so you won’t go hungry while you’re touring around. There is a Murrumbateman ‘Moving Feast’ festival once a year

Australian Capital Territory

Australian Parliament House. © C Meder


Must Dos

Australian War Memorial Combined with a shrine dedicated to Australian soldiers lost in wars throughout the country’s history is a world-class museum and archive – a sobering but fascinating look at Australia’s war history. Location: Treloar Crescent, Campbell Tel: +61 2 6243 4211 Black Mountain Lookout With views of Lake Burley Griffin and the whole city of Canberra, Black Mountain Lookout has become a popular place for visitors and locals seeking a picnic spot. It features a number of flora and fauna nature trails, along with the Telstra Tower complex, ensuring that travellers will find their visit to be an interesting experience. Location: Black Mountain, Canberra Nature Park Tel: 1300 554 114 Canberra wine region Virtually unknown around the rest of Australia, the Canberra wine region is just as fruitful (pardon the pun) as its better known interstate cousins. With 140 vineyards catering to 33 wineries, visitors are spoilt for choice – from the Blue Pyrenees to the Shaw Vineyard Estate, the region is best known for cool climate varieties such as pinot noir, shiraz, sangiovese, riesling and chardonnay. Location: Throughout the ACT Tel: 1300 554 114


© Shaw Vineyard

Captain Cook Memorial Jet To commemorate the bicentenary of Captain James Cook’s discovery of the east coast of Australia, this fountain was constructed, and officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1970. Set in the centre of Lake Burley Griffin, the jet is a prime tourist destination and shoots water 147 metres into the air. Operating sessions of the jet are 2pm to 4pm daily. Location: Central basin of Lake Burley Griffin Parliament House Australian governments had been in a cramped, unsuitable building for over 60 years when, in 1978, the Fraser Government began the ground work for the establishment of a new capital building to house the Australian Houses of Parliament. Costing an estimated $1.1 billion to create, it is one of the largest buildings in the southern hemisphere, and was the most expensive to build. Designed by internationally acclaimed architect Romaldo Giurgola (who became a local resident after its construction), this structure is well worth exploring. Location: Canberra National Gallery of Australia Since its purchase of Jackson Pollock’s painting Blue Poles in the ’70s, the National Gallery of Australia has been the bastion of fine art in this country. From iconic Australia artist Sidney Nolan’s Kelly series to an established collection of world-renowned international works, the Gallery will require a number of visits to see everything. Location: Parkes Place, Parkes Tel: +61 2 6240 6411

Australian War Memorial. © C V Stock

National Film and Sound Archive The National Film and Sound Archive is Australia’s audiovisual archive, collecting, preserving and sharing this rich heritage. This includes many examples of recent and classic footage and recordings; however, the undoubted star of the collection is the 1906 silent movie, The Story of the Kelly Gang, the world’s first full-length feature film (which is on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register). Location: McCoy Circuit, Acton Tel: +61 2 6248 2000 National Museum of Australia Interested to know how Australia became a united federation? Or how long Indigenous Australians lived here before British settlers arrived? Or who the first actual discoverers of Australia were? The National Museum of Australia explores the land, nation and people of this country, celebrating Australian social history by revealing the stories of ordinary and extraordinary Australians, promoting the exploration of knowledge and ideas and providing a dynamic forum for discussion and reflection. w Location: Lawson Crescent, Acton Tel: 1800 026 132


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In a city as small as Canberra, one may think top restaurants would be hard to find. Matty Soccio assures visitors nothing could be further from the truth.

Courgette 54 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra City Tel: +61 2 6247 4042 Celebrated chef James Mussillon has crafted a fine dining restaurant that prides itself on food classy enough for any visiting dignitary, to whom it routinely plays host. Offering award-winning dishes that complement a wine list including local and national vineyards, Courgette is a wise investment for an evening.

Rubicon 6a Barker Street, Griffith Tel: +61 2 6295 9919 A stone’s throw from Parliament House, Rubicon has been the local haunt for resident ministers and politicians for years. In a comfortable setting, head chef Owen Kenyon prepares excellent food matched with a comprehensive wine list. w

Flint in the Vines 34 Isabel Drive, Murrumbateman Tel: +61 2 6227 5144 Located just off the Barton Highway, 25 minutes north of Canberra, the impressive 700-acre Shaw Vineyard in the Canberra wine region conceals a special restaurant. In beautiful surroundings, sommelier Jai Dawson, formerly of Sydney’s Longrain, has created a restaurant that features spectacular traditional fare, for diners already spoiled by their sublime surroundings. Lanterne Rooms 3 Blamey Place, Campells Shops Tel: +61 2 6249 6889 Sister venue of The Chairman and Yip, Lanterne Rooms is quickly eclipsing its sibling through its impressive Asian-fusion menu – juicy Kapitan duck, delicious twicecooked pork ribs and, for dessert, Indian kulfi ice-cream. Chef Jeffery Shim’s Malaysian-inspired, irresistible creations will leave visitors satisfied beyond their expectations.

© Shaw Vineyard


Onred 50 Red Hill Drive, Red Hill Lookout Tel: +61 2 6273 3517 On top of Red Hill, Onred is another establishment that features a grand view over the city – but that’s not all. There’s also a menu that takes visitors through reinterpretations on traditional favourites, such as confit duck leg with sautéed livers and pumpkin purée, and local flavours in its kangaroo loin with roast eggplant. Magnifique!


Alto Telstra Tower, Black Mountain Drive, Acton Tel: +61 2 6247 5518 Alto is a great place for a cocktail, but a table there is also a sought after commodity in Canberra. Located in Telstra Tower, this restaurant makes a habit of revealing wonderfully prepared dishes that don’t stop exciting diners – baked cider pork belly, crispy-skinned fish with potato dumplings and aged venison fillet. Oh, did I mention the spectacular view?

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