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WELCOME TO AUSTRALIA 018 Credits 020 Message from the Prime Minister 022 Message from the Managing Editor 026 Welcome to Australia


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WELCOME TO AUSTRALIA 2012 PUBLISHER Tina Cooper MANAGING EDITOR Nyssa Veraphunt EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Veenah Gunasegaran ART DIRECTOR Louise Ayres SALES AND ADVERTISING Supriya Bakshi Nancy Volta Michelle Tennant

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRIME MINISTER OF AUSTRALIA THE HONOURABLE JULIA GILLARD MP On behalf of Australia, let me offer you a very warm welcome. You are visiting a country with an ancient history and a modern outlook. It mixes the magnificent beauty of The Outback and our breathtaking coastline with the vibrancy and excitement of our cosmopolitan cities. I encourage you to experience as much of our country as you can, from the lively capital cities to the small towns of regional Australia where you will be charmed by the warmth of our people and rich diversity of our landscape. Each and every destination in our country is unique and memorable. From the pristine beauty of Kangaroo Island and the rugged landscapes of The Kimberley, to the Tasmanian wilderness and the cultural attractions of our nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital, Canberra. I hope you can take the time to visit the places that capture the very essence of Australia. From the Red Centre, where you can immerse yourself in our Aboriginal culture, the oldest living culture in the world, to iconic natural wonders like the Great Barrier Reef or Kakadu National Park. Ours is a vast and fascinating island continent and Australians are strongly committed to conserving its natural beauty for future generations. It is a country of which we are rightly proud and once you see it for yourself, you will know why. Whether you are visiting us for a short or long stay, for work or for leisure, I hope you enjoy your time with us in Australia.



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MESSAGE FROM THE MANAGING EDITOR NYSSA VERAPHUNT Once upon a time there was an ancient land so big it parted many seas and spanned countless terrains from high peaks and lush valleys, to thick forest and bone dry desert. The land was home to many ancient tribes who lived by the stars and listened to the winds. They knew the stories of the animals and the mountains, and the sound of the sea. They had been there since the start of time when the earth was scuplted into its infinite formations and incarnations, and would forever remain its spirital custodian. As the thousands of years rolled by and old times were turned into legend, many others began to come to the land from all the ends of the earth, creating a rainbowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s span of people, who brought together the best of all worlds. Today, alongside the mountains that still stand and rivers that still run as they always have, are cities that reach into the sky as high as the clouds. A new kind of energy survives among the old, as these metropolises are abuzz with merchants peddling worldly wares, cafĂŠs and restaurants filled with tastes and flavours from afar, as well as museums and galleries adorned with timeless artworks and timeworn artefacts. This hallowed land is also a refuge to many who have escaped the ravages of war, to live freely in the sun; and days are spent in farm country, reaping the fruits of the earth, in seaboard towns along the sundrenched coast or in the hubbub of busy urban boroughs.

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This land, however, is not a mythical place conjured up by a fabled dream; it is Australia and we welcome you to become enchanted by her tale.

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Cultures and people from every corner of the globe converge on an ancient land of many faces â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the Australian story is one of diversity, adventure, prosperity and isolation, writes Nyssa Veraphunt.

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t’s difficult to sum up a country that spreads out over close to 7.7 million square kilometres (five percent of the world’s land mass), has three time zones and spans more than 4500 kilometres at its longest stretch. The best way to describe Australia, in fact, is as a land of contrasts with a beaming culture made up of a rich history and tapestry of people from all over the world. It’s a place where you will experience a multitude of adventures, and that’s just in one day. THE LAND “I love a sunburnt country, a land of sweeping plains, of ragged mountain ranges, of droughts and flooding rains,” My Country, Dorothea Mackeller.

Australia is indeed a land of vast geographical contrasts, but many visitors to the country experience merely a slice of it, flocking to welltrodden hotspots along the country’s east coast – the likes of Sydney, the Gold Coast and the Great Barrier Reef, etc, giving them the impression that the country is characterised by fertile soils, lush forests, busy cities and warm waters.

With around 25,000 kilometres of coastline often bordered by rainforest, hinterland or lush vegetation, to a certain extent this is true, but Australia is also the world’s flattest, oldest and driest inhabited continent, with more than 70 percent of it considered arid – and a staggering 20 percent of this desert. This makes for some of the most striking and unforgiving terrain on earth and something that should be experienced – there is nothing that compares to witnessing, firsthand, the contrast of a cloudless blue sky up against the ochre red of The Outback, which is then made even more spectacular as the sun burns a crimson dusk over stunning and unique rock formations such as Uluru or Kata Tjuta. From the sand and dust of The Outback, to the flood plains of Kakadu, the shipwreck waters along the Great Ocean Road and the various rivers and waterways that service the centre of the country, Australia has just about every landscape imaginable.



There is nothing that compares to witnessing, firsthand, the contrast of a cloudless blue sky up against the ochre red of The Outback.

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Sunset over central Australia. Š K West

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You could as easily be surrounded by the dry heat of the desert, as by the icy chill of winter ski fields at Mount Buller or Thredbo. Or you could feel completely at ease, marooned on a deserted shoreline, with only the beach palms, white sand and clear waters of the Pacific to keep you company. Then, there is trekking through the dense Tasmanian wilderness in the Tarkine or the tropical rainforest of Queensland’s Daintree, or sipping on a glass of bubbly at one of the several hundred internationally renowned vineyards scattered throughout the country.

This melting pot of cultures has made us a nation that is one of the most harmonious multicultural countries in the world.

THE PEOPLE “Alone of all the races on earth, they seem to be free from the ‘grass is greener on the other side of the fence’ syndrome, and roundly proclaim that Australia is, in fact, the other side of that fence.” Douglas Adams – English writer

Australia boasts one of the oldest living cultures on earth, with 40,000 years of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history spawning from the Dreamtime, when the earth was carved out by giant, mythical creatures, to what we know it as today. Life depended on the land, in a largely nomadic existence, where tribes worked with the seasons to hunt and gather for survival. Legacies of this were



Australia’s variation in landscape, coupled with its island isolation, has also cultivated a unique range of flora and fauna, ranging from colossal crocodiles with prehistoric DNA and rainforest ferns that have remained relatively unchanged from a similar epoch, to unique animals such as the platypus and echidna, who are the only animals on the planet that both lay eggs and suckle their young. But it’s not just the uniqueness of Australia’s natural environment that attracts visitors to its shores; throughout the country, you will find cosmopolitan city life to rival any big metropolis in the world. Become absorbed by the festive energy beaming from the bright lights and buzz of Sydney’s Kings Cross on a Saturday night, immerse yourself in the excitement of a Melbourne event at Federation Square or allow yourself to be carried away by the bustling South Bank Boardwalk in Brisbane on a sunny day.

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etched onto the walls of ancient caves, and the stories of love, loss and wisdom of the men and women gone before recounted to legend around the fires at corroboree gatherings. By the time of British colonisation at the end of the 18th century, there were around 750,000 Aborigines spread throughout the country, accounting for more than 200 different languages (with hundreds more dialects on top of that). In recent times, Australia has welcomed steady waves of immigrants to its shores, helped by fairly liberal immigration policies. Our country has become a refuge for the war affected and those in search of a better life in this, the aptly named ‘lucky country’. Migrants include British, Greek, Italian, German and Polish people after the world wars, Vietnamese after the Vietnam War and since then many other Asians and Africans have joined them.

Today, as our population reaches 22 million, this melting pot of cultures has made us a nation that is one of the most harmonious multicultural countries in the world and a place that is proudly as diverse as its landscape. With such a big backyard but small population (two people per square kilometre – the lowest population density in the world), there is a lot of space in between us, but we proudly proclaim that what we lack in numbers, we make up for in lifestyle and culture. Life is moderately similar in cities and towns across the nation, despite vast distances between the major metropolises – we enjoy a relatively egalitarian society where there are no formal class distinctions and everyone is equal under the law. Our generally sunny weather and warm climate has nurtured, in many respects, a laidback lifestyle where playing and watching sport are at the top of our agenda when it comes to favourite pursuits. Other pastimes include just about anything to do with food and wine, fashion, art and events, which are as varied as our geography. Needless to say, Australia’s diversity in terms of its landscape and people has created a unique and intriguing place, and indeed a land that cannot be adequately summarised without having been experienced firsthand, in an exploration spanning at least a few thousand kilometres. w



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Indigenous Experiences, Western Australia. Š James Fisher, Tourism Australia

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EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS Fire/Police/Ambulance: Lifeline Counselling Service: Poisons Information Service:

000 131 114 131 126

AIRLINES Domestic Qantas: Jetstar: Rex, Regional Express Airlines: Virgin Australia:

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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 operates 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,

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 Queensland) to subtropical (Sydney and



International Aer Lingus: Air Canada: Air France: Air New Zealand: Alitalia: American Airlines: Austrian Airlines: British Airways: Cathay Pacific: Emirates Airline: Etihad Airways: Gulf Air: Japan Airlines: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines: Lufthansa: Malaysian Airlines: Qantas Airways: Singapore Airlines: Thai Airways: United Airlines: Virgin Atlantic Airways:

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such as in Melbourne, and Sydney has a commuter ferry service. Rail passes are generally state- or region-based. 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 Adelaide Metro (South Australia) 08 8218 2362 or visit Queensland Rail (Queensland) 131 617 or visit TransLink (South East Queensland) 131 230 or visit Transperth (Western Australia) 136 213 for within Perth or visit For interstate bus travel, a main operator is Greyhound Pioneer Australia. Contact: 1300 473 946 or visit

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Cable Beach, Broome. © Simon Krzic

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). 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.

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


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 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.


Brisbane), Mediterranean (Perth and Adelaide) and 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.

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when they leave the 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 2012 1 January – New Year’s Day 26 January – Australia Day 5 March (WA) – Labour Day 12 March (VIC, TAS) – Labour Day 6 April – Good Friday 9 April – Easter Monday 25 April – ANZAC Day 7 May (QLD) – Labour Day 11 June (except WA) – Queen’s Birthday 1 October (WA only) – Queen’s Birthday 1 October (NSW, ACT, SA) – Labour Day 6 November – Melbourne Cup Day 25 December – Christmas Day 26 December – Boxing Day 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 764 227 or visit Tourism Queensland +61 7 3535 3535 or visit Western Australia Tourism Commission +61 8 9483 1111 or visit

Northern Territory Tourist Commission +61 8 8999 3900 or visit Canberra Tourism 1300 554 114 or visit Tourism Tasmania 1300 827 743 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. Contact: 131 008. 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. 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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ESSENCE OF Coming from a rich and varied source, with a depth in culture to match, the fruits of Australia’s landscape whether they be food, wine, jewels or its many art forms, reflect the country’s diversity in its full entirety.

Kangaroo. © Tourism Australia




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AND CULTURE Heather Bloom has left no stone unturned in her quest to unearth Australia’s distinctive cultural traditions and diverse artistic communites.


orty thousand years in the making, Australia houses an extensive range of artwork reflecting a rich variety of cultures, ranging from ancient Aboriginal artefacts to contemporary works of art – the spectrum of which can be found in world-class venues around the country. These ancient traditions, along with more contemporary ones and the influence of Australia’s European settlers who first arrived in the late 18th century, are incorporated into Australia’s multicultural society in what has become a thriving arts scene. As a result, Australia is today the proud home of premier theatres, galleries and museums, and a first-rate music and dance scene.

Aboriginal rock art. © Tourism Australia



ABORIGINAL ART Creating artwork has been pivotal to Indigenous culture for more than 40,000 years, and drawing inspiration from the land is the basis for much Indigenous artwork. The Aboriginal belief of ‘dreaming’ or of the ‘Dreamtime’ refers to all that is known and all that is understood. This concept of dreaming has no direct translation in the English language, but can be best described as forming the basis of Indigenous beliefs of the creation of the world,

where there is no set time, but rather a continuous entity where people may be born and reborn (much like reincarnation). Through art forms like dance, song and theatre, Indigenous Australians continue to connect to the land and renew the spirits of the creator ancestors who formed it. In terms of visual art, ground mosaics are some of the most elaborate examples and are predominantly confined to central Australia. The elements of these masterpieces of ancient art have also adorned weapons and boomerangs, as well as the skin of tribes’ members during ceremonies. For a glimpse at one of the oldest known art forms in the world, visit some Aboriginal rock carving sites. This practice dates back as far as 20,000 years and can be viewed at various sites around the country, including the urban setting of Sydney’s Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park or UNESCO sites at Uluru and Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory, which are some of the most well-known. The appreciation of Australia’s heritage is evident in the national respect paid to these traditional art and cultural practices, and support for local arts. This unique culture can be experienced through the varied art forms being produced in Australia today.

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Aboriginal rock art. Š Tourism Australia

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Harmony of Spheres Tallong Area, John Downton. Courtesy Bonnefin Gallery

GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS Australian art galleries are privy to some of the finest artwork in the world. With extensive local collections by distinguished artists such as Sidney Nolan and landscape painters Sir Arthur Ernest Streeton and John Downton, Australia enjoys the opportunity to show off magnificent local works to a global audience. Complementing this quality local art, a unique selection of international pieces can be found, particularly in the country’s largest galleries and museums, which are generally situated in the capital cities. Australian Capital Territory

With more than 7500 original works, the National Gallery of Australia is home to the largest collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in the world. The gallery works with the use of natural light in order to create an optimal viewing environment for the artefacts. Other collections to take a celebrated place in the gallery are Asian, Pacific, European and American. Location: Parkes Place, Canberra Tel: +61 2 6240 6411 New South Wales

Art Gallery of New South Wales The brightly lit ample spaces of this art museum showcase some of the finest international and Australian art in the world, set against the backdrop of the picturesque Sydney Harbour. The centre also

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Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory Relax in the tropical garden setting of Darwin Harbour at Bullocky Point and discover the beauty and history of the Northern Territory at its premier cultural institution, MAGNT. The gallery’s collection encompasses Aboriginal art, visual arts, Southeast Asian and Oceanic art, as well as maritime archaeology. Through its extensive displays, the museum brings together all aspects of Territory life. Location: 19 Conacher Street, Fannie Bay Tel: +61 8 8999 8264 Queensland

Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art Established in 1895, the Queensland Art Gallery exhibits a diverse assortment of international and Australian artefacts, and dedicates resources to profiling Indigenous Australian art, particularly from Queensland’s communities. The Gallery of Modern Art, the building of which is a spectacular work of art in itself, is an extension of the Queensland Art Gallery and houses art from the 20th and 21st centuries. Adding to its



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accommodates around 30 temporary exhibitions, as well as more than 1.3 million visitors per year. The wide variety of artworks here aims to engage visitors with a rich cultural experience. Location: Art Gallery Road, The Domain Tel: +61 2 9225 1700

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impressive repertoire, the Gallery of Modern Art is internationally renowned for its innovations in museum-based learning programs for children. Location: Stanley Place, South Bank Tel: +61 7 3840 7303

and obtaining items that help tell the story of the Eureka Rebellion. Location: 40 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat Tel: +61 3 5320 5858

National Gallery of Victoria Tasmania

The Museum of Old and New Art MONA is the newest sensation to hit Tasmanian shores. Taking four years to complete, MONA opened in Hobart in January 2011 to global admiration. MONA is the only destination in Australia to offer a vineyard, accommodation, fine dining, a wine bar, cellar door tastings, a microbrewery, a museum and an art gallery in one location. Location: 651-655 Main Road, Berriedale Tel: +61 3 6277 9900

Celebrating its 150th year in 2011, the National Gallery of Victoria is Australia’s oldest public art gallery and has an impressive range of collections including Mesoamerican art, international sculptures, antiquities and Australian decorative arts, among others. This extensive gallery also caters to children, with interactive museum trails and school programs. Location: 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne Tel: +61 3 8620 2222 South Australia

Migration Museum Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery Part museum, part art gallery, part herbarium – the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery is dedicated to the preservation of Tasmania’s natural and cultural heritage, but celebrates the achievements of all Australians, with exhibits ranging from the displays of young emerging artists to showcasing the story of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition. Location: 5 Argyle Street, Hobart Tel: +61 3 6211 4134

Since opening in 1986, the Migration Museum has worked towards the preservation and celebration of the many cultures that make up South Australia. Focusing on the history of migration to Australia, the museum brings life to the many items on display. A place for stories to be told and retold, the Migration Museum strives to bring together the many different identities and cultures that inhabit the city. Location: 82 Kintore Avenue, Adelaide Tel: +61 8 8207 7570


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Ballarat Art Gallery

Art Gallery of Western Australia

The oldest regional art gallery in Australia, the Ballarat Art Gallery was also the first gallery built outside one of the country’s capital cities. Located in the heart of this bustling country town, The Ballarat Art Gallery owes its existence to James Oddie, the 19th century entrepreneur who believed in the social and cultural benefits of fine art. Now in possession of the Eureka Stockade flag, the gallery has given much attention to restoring this important relic of Victorian history

Founded in 1895, the Art Gallery of Western Australia attracts visitors from all over Australia with its passion for presenting a fine collection of Indigenous art, rare international prints, Western art and design, as well as Australian and international art and design. It’s a truly informative and inspiring experience. Location: James Street Mall, Perth Cultural Centre Tel: +61 8 9492 6622



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MUSIC AND DANCE Australia is known for its vibrant music and dance scenes, which vary from state to state according to various factors, including performance venues, history and local culture. For an example of this diversity, just look at the following genres. Jazz The jazz capital of the country, Melbourne promises the scat-loving traveller an experience of aural delight. Inner city venues, such as Dizzy’s Jazz Club (named after the great Dizzy Gillespie) and the Paris Cat, as well as those found along Manchester and Bennetts Lanes, are renowned for bringing in prominent international acts, as well as supporting local jazz acts such as Elixir, Yvette Johansson and James Morrison. Opera Australia’s most famous soprano, Dame Nellie Melba set the bar in 1887 when she took to the London stage and enchanted the public with her three-octave vocal range. Taking her stage name ‘Melba’ as a derivative of her hometown (Melbourne), the renowned diva achieved a superstar status among local and international fans, and opera to this day in Australia continues to thrive, particularly with the country’s array of world-class performance venues.

Ballet Celebrating its 50th year in 2012, the Australian Ballet continues to evolve and succeed in leaps and bounds (pun intended). While well-versed in masterpieces such as Romeo and Juliet and Swan Lake, Australia’s classical ballet repertoire is varied with edgy contemporary pieces. Entertained by the likes of the Queensland Ballet and the West Australian Ballet, Australian audiences are privy to a selection of timeless ballets and superior contemporary works by the country’s most prominent choreographers. Indigenous performance Australia’s only national premier Indigenous performing arts company, Bangarra Dance Theatre offers an incredible display of moving and dramatic art. The vibrant atmosphere created by these story-telling masterminds provides audiences with a unique experience and a glimpse into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island traditions.

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While well-versed in masterpieces such as Romeo and Juliet and Swan Lake, Australia’s classical ballet repertoire is varied with edgy contemporar y pieces.

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PERFORMANCE VENUES From the grandeur of the world-famous Sydney Opera House, to the intimate settings of small-scale venues nationwide, Australia has a plethora of venues on offer to suit every type of performance. Australian Capital Territory

Opened in 1965, the Canberra Theatre Centre was the first government initiated performing arts centre in Australia. It has been used for many national touring companies such as the Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company and the Australian Opera, as well as being the host of short plays, classical music concerts and children’s shows. Location: Civic Square, London Circuit Tel: +61 2 6243 5711

Theatre Royal Originally built in 1827, the first Theatre Royal burned to the ground in 1840 and the name remained dormant until 1875 when the theatre was rebuilt to the splendour that remains today. Renowned for staging Andrew Lloyd Webber extravaganzas and Rodgers and Hammerstein revivals, the Theatre Royal is rivalled only by the newly refurbished Capitol Theatre in Haymarket. Location: 108 King Street, Sydney Tel: +61 2 9224 8444 Queensland

Thomas Dixon Centre New South Wales

Sydney Opera House Perhaps Australia’s most iconic image, the Sydney Opera House is the great architectural masterpiece, setting the Sydney skyline apart from the rest of the world. Host to many of the country’s major events, this state-of-the-art and World Heritage-listed venue boasts a concert hall, opera theatre and an open-air theatre.

While built in 1908, it wasn’t until 1991 that the Thomas Dixon Centre became the home of the Queensland Ballet. Originally built as a shoe factory, this unique building now has four specially designed dance studios occupying its top floor. Location: Corner Drake Street and Montague Road, West End Tel: +61 7 3013 6666



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Location: Circular Quay East, Sydney Tel: +61 2 9250 7111

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Gannon House Gallery is located within an historic building in The Rocks district and houses a large collection of x Collectable Aboriginal Art x Paintings by Local Artists x Australian Hand Blown Glass x Australian Fine Wood Craft x Metal and Ceramic Sculpture Dedicated to all Australian fine art and craft Gannon House Gallery showcases the talent and diversity in contemporary art in Australia.

45 Argyle St, The Rocks, Sydney, N.S.W, 2000 T: +61 2 9251 4474 E: 10am-6pm 7 days

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South Australia

Forum Theatre

Adelaide Festival Centre

The Gothic-Romanesque inspired architecture of the Forum Theatre makes it one of the most striking buildings in the bustling heart of the Melbourne CBD. Opening in 1929, the Forum is the hottest spot in town for live performances, bands, festivals and alternative Melbourne events. Location: 157 Flinders Street, Melbourne Tel: 1300 111 011

Home to a wide range of shows, the Adelaide Festival Centre has something for everyone. Every year, it hosts the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, the OzAsia Festival and the Guitar Festival, ensuring that locals and tourists alike are constantly entertained with a vibrant mix of music, dance, theatre and exhibitions. Location: 33 King William Street, Adelaide Tel: +61 8 8216 8600

Western Australia

His Majesty’s Theatre Tasmania

Theatre Royal Tasmania is home to the oldest theatre in the country, the Theatre Royal. The lavish old-fashioned seats, grand stage and convict-carved walls are exquisitely maintained, and are a reminder of Tasmania’s rich and varied history that still remains an inspiration for local performing arts today. Location: 29 Campbell Street, Hobart Tel: +61 3 6233 2299

Princess Theatre The stunning Princess Theatre on Spring Street in Melbourne’s CBD is a much loved piece of local history dating back to 1854. The theatre is believed to be haunted by a friendly ghost by the name of Federici, who is regarded as a sign of good luck and has a Dress Circle seat reserved especially for him on every opening night! Location: 163 Spring Street, Melbourne Tel: 1300 111 011

FESTIVALS Reflecting its colourful landscape and vibrant art and culture scene, Australia hosts a multitude of festivals each year, the best of which can be found in the events calendars of each state chapter, excluding the ACT and Tasmania. ACT

Canberra Festival 2 to 18 March 2012 2012 marks the 99th year of this festival, which celebrates Canberra and the people and culture




The last standing Edwardian theatre in Australia, His Majesty’s Theatre is a beacon of magnificent talent and beautiful design. Home to the West Australian Ballet and West Australian Opera Company, ‘His Maj’, as it is affectionately known, continues to function as Perth’s finest and most important theatre. The Heritage-listed building has also been named by the state as a ‘Heritage icon’. Location: 825 Hay Street, Perth Tel: +61 8 9265 0900

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that make it what it is today. More than 50 community events take place over the 17 days, with highlights including the filmmaking festival, Lights! Canberra! Action!, the Balloon Spectacular, where an array of hot-air balloons take to the sky and Symphony in the Park, which sees several musical performances transform Commonwealth Park into an open-air concert venue for the night. Location: Various locations throughout the ACT Tel: 132 281

See compelling performances all year round with Australia’s premier theatre company.


Festivale 10 to 12 February 2012 Over the course of this weekend, more than 40,000 revellers enjoy the best Tasmania has to offer by way of culture and gourmet local produce. City Park comes to life with live entertainment performances, including dance, music and street theatre, while festival goers sample their way through 65 stalls filled to the brim with food and wine delicacies. w Location: City Park, Launceston Tel: +61 3 6334 9990


How is Australian music viewed overseas? Australian music and art are viewed very highly overseas. I think it’s because we are so innovative and inventive in Australia. Also, being so geographically isolated allows for the creation of a more diverse arts scene. You’ve worked with some of the icons of the Australian music industry. How does the local talent compare with international acts? Our artists not only compare, but are quite often better than international musicians. We should be very proud of our artists and musicians, and give them the respect and media coverage they deserve. Our artists are equally world-class as international acts and we definitely hold our own. What is your favourite Australian travel destination? Stradbroke Island just off Brisbane is one of my favourite places in the world. It’s a magic part of the world and I have a lot of happy memories there – I got married there and have had many wonderful family holidays there.


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Angie Howard discovers Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rich and diverse landscape translates to a veritable buffet of produce and gourmet products that would make any foodie weak at the knees.

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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 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 a 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 despite being more common in Southeast Asia, 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 of prime producing locations. This exceptionally fertile land extends throughout country New South Wales, Victoria, 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, crabs, lobsters, oysters and mussels are world class, with the country’s fishing regions often regarded as the best on the planet. Whether enjoying river fishing for the Top End’s famous barramundi, or dropping



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.

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The countr y’s coastal waters brim with a massive variety of ocean life: Australian prawns, crabs, lobsters, oysters and mussels are world class, with the countr y’s fishing regions often regarded as the best on the planet.


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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.

Aussie snack, try a scone with locally-made strawberry jam and cream, accompanied by a steaming cup of locally-grown Madura tea.

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

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 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 shirazes 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 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



The Barossa Valley in South Australia is well-known for its volcanic soils producing big shirazes and cabernet sauvignons

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KING ISLAND DAIRY HEAD CHEESE MAKER What makes King Island a prime location for producing cheese and other dairy products? All our cheeses are made on King Island in Tasmania. They are definitely influenced by their environment, which is one of the cleanest and most natural in the world. There are more cows than people on King Island and they have a pretty good life. This really helps to make great cheese – happy cows. It is pretty untouched, and that’s how we like it. What do you enjoy about the cheese making process? I will never tire of making cheese. It’s very special to take fresh milk and watch it develop into something else entirely. Watching a cheese mature and develop as you work with it is such a fascinating and rewarding process. If you were to recommend one King Island cheese, which one would it be and why? It would have to be the King Island Dairy Black Label Loorana Double Brie. With the Black Label range, which is only available from speciality retailers, restaurants and delis, we can treat the cheese differently than we do for supermarkets. So we can really allow the lovely earthy flavours to develop more. It’s a very special cheese to me. What do you like best about Australian produce in general? I really like the way the food industry has developed here in the last 10 years. When I first moved to Australia from Switzerland in 1975 you couldn’t really get a very wide range of products – especially not cheese! The selection was pretty ordinary. Now Australia produces an amazing array of world-class produce. It is definitely of a continental standard and we should be very proud of that. Besides King Island, where is your favourite destination to visit in Australia? I think the Atherton Tablelands near Cairns is a really magical place. Not too many people know about it, and it reminds me of King Island in some ways, as it is very isolated with a beautiful climate and rich produce. When it is very cold and wet in Tasmania, I try and travel up there when I can – June, July and August are the best months.

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 staple 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 and 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


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Whether it be on a track, a field, a pitch or on the water, Australia’s love affair with all things sport transcends just about every code, race or game there is, as Matty Soccio reveals.


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 to be immersed in a part of

Australian culture, be it a game of cricket at Victoria’s beloved MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground), 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.



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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 also 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, where a fierce rivalry with New Zealand, South Africa 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.


AUSTRALIAN RULES FOOTBALL (AFL) How does one describe a football game that encompasses running, jumping, kicking, ‘handballing’ and tackling all in one? The answer is AFL and for followers of this 114-year-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 18 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 just 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 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.

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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 premier soccer competition. Established only seven 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 Socceroos have 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.

GOLF With legends such as Greg Norman (world number one throughout the 1980s and early 1990s), Robert Allenby, Geoff Ogilvy and Adam Scott, Australian golf has been well-represented around the globe for many years. Additionally, this country can boast some of the best-respected and most 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 (Professional Golfers’ Association) International tour, the Australian Open is the most well-known golfing event. There is also an equally popular women’s golfing event in the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) Tour, with Australia’s most successful female golfer to date being Karrie Webb. Where: Every state and territory in Australia. When: Generally through the summer and spring months.



As one of the countr y’s fastest growing sports, soccer is well-supported throughout Australia, due to the countr y’s multicultural population.

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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 is the pinnacle of the summer sporting program, especially the Grand Slam event, the Australian Open, which is held in January. For many Australians, the summer isn’t complete without a visit to Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, where the tournament is played, 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 Bernard Tomic and Samantha Stosur. Where: Each major city has a competition. When: During the spring and summer period. 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 One 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. 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 spectators. 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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Local designer Lara Pallini gives an insight into the world of Australian fashion and the remarkable artists behind it.

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ustralian fashion is as unique as our geographical position on the globe. Removed from Europe and the US, and at arm’s length from Asia, Australia is isolated from the denser continents of the world. This isolation has encouraged a strong Australiana design aesthetic – a unique and innovative approach to fashion that is light-hearted and filled with a sense of humour. We don’t take ourselves too seriously and like to have a bit of fun with our fashion. We have

her, she started her career in London, where she honed her skills and brought them back to the place in which she was born – the golden shores of Bondi. Embracing what was around her, Kee mainly featured Australian flora and fauna in her designs. At the time, the back end of the 1970s, this was unique and so exotic to the international fashion stage that iconic Anna Piaggi, contributor at Vogue Italia, featured a double-page spread on this new designer, and Diana Vreeland, former

the glamour, sophistication and high level of international design – but without the stuffiness. In essence, it’s an easy-going sense of style. This youthful and unique spirit in design has been the foundation for famed Australian brands such as Jenny Kee, Zimmermann, Ken Done, Sass and Bide, Alpha60, Romance was Born and Ellery. All have their own point of view, which is expressed through their humour, intelligent design and unique influences. Jenny Kee is the epitome of Australiana fashion. From Chinese and Italian descent, her mixed heritage alone is a quintessentially Australian story. Like so many artists and designers before

fashion editor at both Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, praised her work effusively. Kee’s use of colour and bold graphics can be seen as influences through Australian surf and street wear today, and throughout higher end collections also. This naivety and creativity put Australia on the fashion map as a force to be reckoned with. Kee’s influence is evident through the work of Romance was Born (RWB), which also features a kaleidoscope of fantastical ideas, bold colours and an unabashed love for Australiana. RWB is like a dream, going from one world to another, and detouring to many others in between. Elements of your childhood are revisited and



Kee’s use of colour and bold graphics can be seen as influences through Australian surf and street wear today, and throughout higher end collections also.

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DESIGNER FROM ELLERY How would you describe the essence of Ellery and the Ellery woman? Ellery is a brand that speaks to people of many age groups and targets women of a particular mindset. I want women to feel beautiful and comfortable in my garments. For me, being comfortable doesn’t just come from wearing clothes that feel good on the body; comfort also comes from looking good and wearing garments that complement your personality. What inspires your collections? Inspiration is such a funny thing and comes from so many places. I love to look at pop culture from various eras, as well as art, architecture and film. This is usually what populates my mood boards and goes on to drive me to create garments. Garments that I hope can be considered modern classics. What inspired you to join the fashion industry? My mother is an artist and throughout my childhood I was surrounded by both art and artists – print makers, textile artists and potters. It was fascinating for me to watch them work and was the foundation to my interest in becoming a creative. Fashion was always something that interested me. As time went by, my desire to design garments grew and grew, until eventually it overtook my love affair with visual art and I decided that it was, in fact, what I wanted to pursue as a career. What makes Australian fashion unique? I think that Australians have an obsession with constantly ‘looking out’. It is a side effect of our isolation. I find that Australians are always observing what is happening overseas; now more than ever with the birth of the world wide web. As a result, I think that Australian style can be extremely eclectic and is often well-informed. I think that on the whole Australians are not ashamed to dress loudly, utilising colour and showing skin. As a nation, we are brave dressers. What’s your favourite Australian holiday destination? I love visiting Byron Bay and I also love travelling to the Blue Mountains for snuggly weekends of fires, cooking and horse riding.


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nostalgia is nurtured. It is a favourite at Australian Fashion Week – which occurs in Sydney in May annually – due to its show stopping theatre and unexpected themes. It is not a label to follow trends, yet it always manages to show you what you are ready to see and wear. Another label that doesn’t follow the rules is Alpha60. Developed from what once was a hobby of making t-shirts for friends, it is now a full collection, comprising all clothing categories for both men and women, who yearn for newness. This label is held in high regard locally and internationally, and its stores are a must-visit destination for any lover of fashion. When you step into an Alpha60 boutique, Alphaville (from the film noir classic directed by Jean-Luc Godard), you feel as though you have stepped into a cool, classic art house film. Interesting textures and silhouettes are a staple within the collection, along with a black and white colour palette – no doubt more influences from this film genre. The clothes boast great quality and cuts of fabric, and very reasonable prices for the products available. Alpha60 is a favourite for most Melbourne hipsters, as it is a very typical ‘Melbourne style’. Moving north, to the shores of Bondi, we have the household name Sass & Bide. It’s astounding the success that this duo has had from such humble beginnings. Fashion legends in their own right, they have the capacity to cross several markets from casual youth (denim), to more grown-up evening looks. Each garment is still very Australian in spirit, with hidden surprises and innovative embellishment techniques. Vintage inspired, with an ethnic twist, this fashion powerhouse has been showing at New York Fashion Week for years – representing the country by combining influences from our multicultural nation, and silhouettes that complement our climate. Ksubi has also found success in the denim market and beyond. One of its first shows, again at Australian Fashion Week in Sydney, is still spoken about as one of the greatest, most unexpected, and satirical shows to date, where, along with its glamorous models, it sent rats down the runway! Such a unique and, some would say, crazy idea, but integral to its comic take on fashion. The Ksubi boys turn fashion on its head, have stores locally and internationally, and are a favourite denim choice among Hollywood celebrities. Also making a mark in the US these days, are the Zimmermann sisters. These sisters have mastered the art of swimwear, and swimwear influences throughout their collections. Prints are key, and all prints are placed with fun and frivolity, lightness and youthful spirit.



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HEMDEN Bespoke Tailors and Shirtmakers 1024 –1026 High Street, Armadale Tel: +61 3 9509 0933 Hemden have been dressing the discerning male for more than 35 years. Renowned for personal service, classic styling and an impeccable fit; made-to-measure or ready-to-wear. Hemden use the finest European suiting fabrics and offer a superb collection of shirts from Switzerland, Germany and England. Bespoke work is handtailored locally in the Hemden workroom, in one of Melbourne’s best shopping precincts – High Street Armadale. Hemden is also known for an excellent selection of silk ties, cufflinks and accessories. Opening hours: Mon – Fri 8.00am to 5.30pm Sat 9.00am to 5.00pm Sun by appointment


The clothes are perfect for our sunny days, and long afternoons. Swimwear, kaftans, evening dress, day dresses and summer separates – all staples in any Australian woman’s wardrobe. Femininity and Australian spirit are also the key for up and coming designer, Ellery. Kym Ellery was a contributor at cult Australian fashion magazine Russh. While working alongside one of the best stylists and editors today (both locally and internationally), Stevie Dance, Ellery took all of her insider knowledge and turned it into something magical. Her collections are like dreams with themes that vary greatly, exploring a spectrum of ideas from dark to light. They all have a sculptural, tailored feel, however, juxtaposed with incredible femininity and an almost girl-like quality, once again echoing childhood fantasies, and touching on nostalgia. There is a great balance of the whimsical with the practical, and all garments are crafted to perfection. Ellery is a designer to watch, and is going from strength to strength, season on season. All of these designers mentioned have very different aesthetics at the outset; however, their spirit is one and the same. In their own way they are harnessing their Australian influences, whether it’s through print of our native flora and fauna, or ethnic prints and embellishments, designing for our beach culture lifestyle or focusing on strict design parameters with an ongoing theme. All of these brands do it in a way that no one else can, with purity and a light-heartedness – and, of course, a great sense of humour – the Australian way. w



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DIRECTOR OF ALPHA60 How would you describe the essence of Alpha60 and the Alpha60 guy/girl? We like to call our style ‘sophisticated quirk’. Imagine the love child of Anna Karina and Mick Jagger and then that love child had a love child with the love child of Vincent Cassel and Laura Dern… then that would be the Alpha60 guy/girl. What inspires your collections? We get inspired by so many things – gardens, buildings, concrete, music, flowers, books, the sun, the clouds, the wind, but art and movies above all. Especially Alphaville by Jean-Luc Godard, which holds the origin to our name. What inspired you to join the fashion industry? We fell into it by mistake. [Fashion design] started as a hobby for both of us. Georgie made a shirt with a print on it for me, and then another for a friend. We then made 10, which we used to make 20, and so on. After a little while, we had interest from a few shops and decided to put together a more complete collection. So the initial introduction was very organic, and it was really nice for us that it started as a hobby, because then we didn’t have the pressure of it growing into anything else, but luckily enough for us it did! What is your favourite iconic Australian fashion moment? Anything touched by Jenny Kee, maybe the koala jumper she made for Princess Diana. What makes Australian fashion unique? As we are on the underside of the world and in switch seasons, I think that we have to be unique. There is no point just following what happens in the northern hemisphere in the next season. This differential and distance has created a great level of innovation and community. What’s your favourite Australian holiday destination? Too hard! Maybe 30 metres underwater on the Great Barrier Reef, maybe the Victorian coast, maybe the beach just north of Broome, maybe walking out of the MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) in Sydney to view the harbour. I’ll take any of them this minute.

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ough like an uncut diamond, Australia’s harsh, rugged country hides some of the world’s most precious jewels beneath its dirt and sand. Under 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 Bondi’s best and bravest, offshore you will discover an ocean filled with the world’s largest and most exquisite natural pearls. On the other hand, the rare and valuable pink diamond 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.



Australia can claim some of the rarest and most exquisite jewellery and gemstones in the world, as Heather Bloom discovers.

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Diamonds have been represented throughout histor y in literature, music and cinema for their eternal glamour and sophistication

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 the mine producing over 760 million carats since 1985, its yearly yield of these rare violet jewels would barely fill a teaspoon. A spokesperson for the mine describes owning a pink diamond as “being a custodian of an unsurpassed heirloom; 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, visit Kununurra in Western Australia, where they will transform your gem into a personally handcrafted piece of jewellery to treasure for generations.



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MANAGING DIRECTOR OF OSJAG P/L The Australian distributor for German jeweller, Breuning In your opinion, why is German jewellery attractive to the Australian consumer or overseas visitor? There is a wealth of creative and talented jewellers in Australia, and the discerning buyer will always be drawn to quality. It is this desire to find the best that will also make Breuning appealing to Australians and visitors alike. The typical German hallmarks of quality and design are embodied in all of our unique jewellery. What is your favourite material to work with and why? Our company has been around since 1927 and we have worked with every conceivable precious metal. Traditionally, we have been gold and diamond jewellery makers, but the trend has moved towards silver lately. Our most recent collection contains a combination of both silver and gold, which is an exciting development. The allure of gold and the demand for silver have been blended to create a new alternative for savvy jewellery buyers. What would you recommend to a visitor to Australia if they were interested in taking home a unique reminder of their travels? Australia is blessed with unique and rare gems and many visitors will be attracted by these when choosing a reminder of their time here. Nonetheless, a cherished piece of jewellery regardless of origin, can serve as a constant reminder of travels past. What is your favourite piece of jewellery and why? My favourite is always the next creation. The thrill of the new is addictive and at Breuning we are blessed with a large number of new releases every season. One of our most refreshing ideas recently was to enhance our high quality finished ‘Silver Design’ collection with white sapphires.


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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.

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?



The histor y 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.

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The brilliance of the Australian opal cannot be rivalled, though it was initially considered illegitimate by international jewellers because of its exceptional colour.

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.” 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 the area is particularly 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, though it was initially considered illegitimate by international jewellers because of its exceptional colour. Since the exposure of opals 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 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 & Co. in the 1980s. Jean Schlumberger’s pink opal egg charms set in 18-carat gold can be found in the iconic cases at Tiffany stores 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.



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A N O PEN I NVITATION T O V ISIT U S "Our Gallery believes that Australia has exceptional gems and materials. We represent the Australian artists that craft these into original pieces of form, function and beauty." Debbie Sheezel Fired enamel with 24ct. gold, sterling silver and blue topaz brooch

Neonoir Natural coloured diamonds pavé set 18ct. gold. Ken Gray 18ct. White gold, diamond, Golden South Sea and Tahitian pearl earrings

Darylle Kelly Golden South Sea pearl and fine gem set necklace.

Pheasant Sculpture Antique cold painted bronze. Austrian, Circa.1890.

Ian Curtis Roller ball. Sterling silver, part of the range of handcrafted writing instruments.

Chris Sherwin Teapot (part of service) Sterling silver, titanium and platinium.

Ken Gray Cufflinks. Onyx and green quartz mosaic set in Sterling silver.

Bernard Doherty 18ct. Yellow and white gold, Plique á jour, champlevé enamel brooch/pendant

Justin Böheme Horus Egyptian revival walking stick. Handle - Sterling silver, Stick - rosewood, Kauri pine, ebony and ivory.

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Timepieces Time is fleeting, but timepieces are forever, as Welcome To explains…

other technological advancements include incorporating the stopwatch (chronograph), perpetual calendars, minute repeaters (tourbillon), alarms, GPS and even heart rate monitors. While a timepiece is undoubtedly functional, most would agree that in a world of mobile phones, computers, alarm clocks and other household items, the humble wristwatch could be considered somewhat unnecessary. But the popularity of the personal timepiece with men, women and children around the globe is a testament to the value bestowed on it. And this is true for all, from celebrities such as Nicole Kidman with her Omega Ladymatic and George Clooney with his Seamaster to regular people going about their daily business. The longevity of brands such as Vacheron Constantin and Breguet, which have more than 500 years’ experience in watchmaking between them, is also proof that watches have more value than telling the time and are indeed a lasting commodity.




timepiece does more than tell the time. It says something about you, about your personal style and about who you are. A timepiece also tells a story – whether it be because it is an heirloom passed down from one generation to another, because it is a gift from someone special representing a milestone or perhaps because it is a holiday souvenir and reminder of your travels. The personal timepiece itself came about in the 17th century after the larger clock was adapted to a smaller size. The first wristwatch was originally a women’s timepiece named the ‘wristlet’, and the concept didn’t became popular among men until the 1920s, after the battlefields of World War I introduced them to the practicalities of having the time in such a convenient location (the pocket watch had been favoured prior to this). The next big innovation to the wristwatch came in 1970, when the first digital watch changed the face of timekeeping. Since then

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Because of their grand appeal there is much variation when it comes to wristwatches; for example, men and women’s watches tend to differ in terms of size and capability. If not opting for a classic design, men tend to choose their timepieces based on added functions, such as water resistance or an alarm; whereas women will are more likely to base their watch purchase on appearance or as an adornment. With so much choice out there, it may be hard to know where to start when looking for the right timepiece for you. Choosing a brand that specialises in what you are looking for, however, can be a step in the right direction. For example, brands such as Breitling have made their name by engineering precision

timepieces that service a range of professions that rely on keeping time – such as pilots, divers and astronauts. Seiko is renowned for its sports watches, Rolex for classic style, Piaget for its elegance and extravagance, and so on. Nevertheless, no matter what your personal timepiece style is – something classic that reflects a bygone era and won’t date or something a little more contemporary that can be tailored to be a little more individual – buying a timepiece is like purchasing a piece of art. It is subjective and, once you’ve made your decision, if you look after your purchase, it may even grow in value. But whatever it is that you do find, if you’ve chosen well, you can be assured that your timepiece will be timeless. w



A timepiece does more than tell the time. It says something about you, about your personal style and about who you are.

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WOMEN’S Patek Philippe 7130G Patek Philippe’s celebrated World Time watch, which simultaneously demonstrates the time in the world’s 24 zones, has been adapted to the company’s women’s timepiece range with the white gold, 62-diamond studded 7130G. The perfect travelling accompaniment, the 7130G also shows 24-hour and day/night time.

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Montblanc Sport Lady Quartz This classic Montblanc sports watch features a white rubber strap and is water resistant for 200 metres, making it the perfect accompaniment to any sporting activity. Apart from being functional, however, the Sport Lady Quartz also has a stylish appearance with its sapphire crystal glass and stainless steel and white mother of pearl diamond dial.

Patek Philippe Ladies’ Automatic Nautilus. Courtesy J Farren Price

Patek Philippe Ladies’ Automatic Nautilus The Nautilus stands out with its impressive arrangement of diamonds set in steel and its satin-finished dial, which has gold applied numerals and luminescent hour markers. The dial, which features the emblematic Nautilus embossing, is also available in various styles, including blue-tinted freshwater nacre or black ‘purple’ mother of pearl.



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Girard-Perregaux 1966 Small Second Taking inspiration from the design of GirardPerregaux 19th century pocket watches, the 1966 Small Second shines with traditionally styled embellishments, including painted Arabic numerals, blue steel leaf-shaped hour and minute hands, an 18-carat pink gold case and a sapphire case back.

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Extra-flat Ballon Bleu de Cartier This platinum-set classic by Cartier is part of a limited series of individually numbered timepieces and includes such features as a blue alligator skin strap, a double adjustable folding platinum clasp and fluted crown, set with a sapphire cabochon.


MENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S Skagen Executive The influence of classic architectural design is plain to see in the Executive, which exemplifies simplicity with its black dial, black case and black mesh band. The silver hour, minute and second hands move across the dial with pinpoint accuracy, while an innovative disk moves silently to mark the date.

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Skagen Exectuive. Courtesy Jarass

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WOMEN’S Patek Philippe 4910/54R Touted as a ‘watch for all occasions’, this magnificent timepiece by Patek Philippe does not disappoint, as the top Wesselton diamonds that adorn the bezel, case and bracelet, as well as the crown (which is studded with an onyx or a diamond solitaire) create the impression of an ornamental jewellery piece. Yet it is completely functional as a watch.

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Délices de Cartier Rhodium-plated with18-carat white gold set with diamonds, the Délices de Cartier sparkles from every angle. The unusual twisted oval face with silver lacquered dial, 12 black Roman numerals and sword-shaped blue steel hands makes for an impressive and unique timepiece, to say the least.

Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye with small second. Courtesy Avstev Group

Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye with Small Second The Cat’s Eye not only shares the precision of its feline namesake, it also features its impressive oval shape. Other features include an 18-carat pink gold case, sapphire case back, Girard-Perregaux automatic mechanical movement and mother of pearl dial with diamond bezel.



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

Montblanc Timewalker This stainless steel, black dialled timepiece comes complete with domed sapphire crystal glass and a stainless steel bracelet, which makes for a rather impressive sight. Other features include automatic movement, date display and a triple-folding clasp. This model is also available with a silver dial and/or alligator strap.


MEN’S Calibre de Cartier This Cartier timepiece stands out with its gold pink trim, seven transferred Roman numerals, four luminescent hour markers and chocolate brown dial. The crown is made of 18-carat pink gold and set with a sapphire cabochon, while the strap is made from alligator skin and has a double adjustable 18-carat pink gold clasp.

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The crème de la crème, Australia has an abundance of some of the world’s finest works of any field – Welcome To presents but a slice of such grandeur.

FAIRLINE SQUADRON 78 CUSTOM (POA) The elegant, award-winning Squadron 78 Custom draws on a 40-year heritage. From the well-proven hull design to the exquisite furnishings and cabinetry, it represents the culmination of more than 12,000 Fairlines in the creation of this peerless luxury motor yacht. Tel: +61 417 543 150



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THE AMOUR BY CALLEIJA ($928,000) The diamonds in this handcrafted creation burn with pure light and are a testament to the fine craftsmanship and precision of Calleija’s team of master jewellers. The Amour features 22.32 carats of the most brilliant diamonds, cut alternating between heart, square and oval shapes. It is also embellished with smaller linking diamonds, set in platinum, but the major feature of The Amour is its five-carat pear-shaped diamond drop pendant, which is surrounded by the world’s rarest natural Argyle pink diamonds. Tel +61 2 9233 6661


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TEA SERVICE CREATED BY CHRIS SHERWIN, GRAY REID GALLERY ($19,700) Crafted in sterling silver, palladium, gold and platinum, this threepiece tea service is a prime example of the unique and varied Australian made pieces found at the Gray Reid Gallery. Reminiscent of the iconic Sydney Opera House, the service combines the graceful lines from the art deco period. The contemporary take on this classic pastime also uses a clever combination of materials to overcome the problem of the heat diffusion, and each piece of the set is stamped by the Australian Gold and Silversmiths Guild of Australia. Tel: +61 3 9650 7700


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THE LAST SUPPER BY GIULIO ROMANO, BONNEFIN GALLERY (POA) This rare, circa 1525 Renaissance painting by Giulio Romano measures 120 by 170 centimetres and has an undeniable presence, as it is one of the Mannerist movement’s most celebrated works of art. Testament to Romano’s aptitude, he was the favourite student of Raphael and, following his mentor’s death in 1520, Romano completed some of Raphael’s unfinished works in The Vatican. Tel: +61 2 9252 1500

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While Australia is known to be a country with a broad, overarching culture that doesn’t get lost over its vast distances, each of the nation’s six states and various territories have their own distinctive features. Here you will find a variety of national parks, Heritage-listed sites, wine regions, state forests, coastal expanses, cosmopolitan cities and fertile farmland, as well as a bevy of events and attractions to match.

Dawn over Miami beach, Queensland. © Pawel Papis




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NEW SOUTH WALES 100 Welcome to Sydney 106 Maps of Sydney 108 New South Wales 2012 Events Calendar



Sydney Must Dos


Sydney â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A Perfect Day


Sydney Shopping

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Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Š Jan Kratochvila

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Because of its popularity among international visitors, Sydney is bestowed with the status of being Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unofficial capital. Veenah Gunasegaran looks at how the city has captivated the hearts of tourists and locals alike through its well-known landmarks, vibrant culture and spectacular sights.



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Sydney CBD and harbour. © Tourism NSW

on looking up close at its detailed structure and intricate layering of the shells that create its roof, it does not fail to captivate. On the other side of the Opera House, between it and the Harbour Bridge, is the bustling Circular Quay, which not only serves as a busy port for ferries travelling to and from other harbours in the area, but is also a busy commercial precinct rife with souvenir shops and lively bars. While at first glance Circular Quay may seem to be about the new and flashy, in fact, along with The Rocks it is the oldest part of the city and still features many remnants of Sydney’s first settlement, such as the city’s oldest surviving residential building, the 1815-built Cadman’s Cottage, which now operates as a visitor information and booking centre. Though The Rocks was first established in the late 18th century as penal settlement for English convicts, much of its old historical architecture has been converted into tourist spots, such as cafés, boutique shops and galleries. Weekend markets fill the streets with stallholders selling knick-knacks, souvenirs and sizzling hawker-style snacks.




here’s one particular image that is synonymous with Australia – it’s the panoramic view of the majestic Sydney Opera House alongside the calm waters of Sydney Cove, supported by the Sydney Harbour Bridge as the backdrop. And it is an image that proves to be just as spectacular in reality. Mrs Macquarie’s Chair in the Royal Botanic Gardens has to be one of the best vantage points from which to take in this view. The sandstone rock was carved into a bench by convicts for the Governor’s wife, Elizabeth Macquarie, in 1810, but today it’s a popular spot from which to take in the harbour and its stunning surrounds. Situated on a tiny island about 500 metres offshore from Mrs Macquarie’s Chair is Fort Denison, which has had many uses over the past 150 years, including serving as a navigational guide and defence structure. Today, the fort is used as a restaurant: open daily for lunch and, of course, affording magnificent views. Just a 20-minute walk east around Farm Cove from Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, you’ll find yourself at the foot of the Sydney Opera House. This World Heritage-listed site has been called a masterpiece and architectural wonder, and

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There is no better way to view its sights and its magnificent harbour than from atop one of its most famous structures – the Sydney Harbour Bridge.


It’s great to explore the city on foot, but there is no better way to view its sights and its magnificent harbour than from atop one of its most famous structures – the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Climbing to the top of ‘The Coathanger’, as it is affectionately known by locals due to its arch-based design, is an experience you won’t forget anytime soon and will definitely be something to brag about to friends and family back at home! On the northern side of Sydney Harbour at Milsons Point is Luna Park, a fully restored 1930s theme park and one of Australia’s premier adventure attractions. Join the one million visitors a year who walk through the iconic large face that serves as the entrance of the park to enjoy the rides and carnival games. A short ferry ride away is Darling Harbour, an entertainment precinct and recreational hotspot lined with cafés, restaurants and bars along the water’s edge. All sorts, from businesspeople to families and tourists, descend on the area to enjoy attractions such as the Sydney Aquarium, the Sydney Entertainment Centre, the Australian National Maritime Museum, the Chinese Garden of Friendship and the IMAX theatre.

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Blue Mountains National Park. © Hamilton Lund, Destination NSW

Another of Sydney’s big attractions, the 19th century Catholic church St Mary’s Cathedral, lies a short walk away through the majestic fig tree-lined avenues of Hyde Park and into the heart of the CBD. The church is worth a visit simply to bask in its astonishing architectural beauty, but the structure also has significance as the largest church in Australia. It has two monumental spires ascending over its intricately carved walls, while the interior is adorned with dazzlingly colourful stained glass. Apart from its unique architecture, bustling city life, plethora of activities and stunning surrounds, Sydney’s claim to fame has to be its beaches, none more so than Bondi Beach, which is more than just another tourist attraction, it’s a cultural icon. The vast golden sands, aquamarine sea waters and hustling boardwalk abuzz with energetic beachgoers, surfers and travellers alike are the epitome of Australia’s



From the beach to the bush, escape to the natural wilderness of the Blue Mountains, where the varying terrain encapsulates rolling green hills, unique sandstone mountain formations and refreshing waterfalls.

highly sought after laidback beachside lifestyle, and the backdrop of trendy Bondi. And even if the sun isn’t at its picturesque best or the surf’s not up, there’s always something to do at Bondi – sift through trinkets at the Sunday market, find a new season outfit at one of the boutique fashion stores, grab some fresh fish and chips or snuggle up with a hot drink on a rainy day. Not to be left behind, Manly Beach, situated around seven kilometres directly north of Bondi, may not be as world famous, but is considered, by its locals at least, to be just as good as its southern counterpart. The main beach at Manly allows for many activities such as swimming, surfboarding or windsurfing, while the Oceanworld aquarium, with its huge stingrays and giant sharks, provides a popular spot for families. For a more cultural experience, visit the Manly Art Gallery and Museum, which showcases collections of historic and modern Australian art and craft. From the beach to the bush, escape to the natural wilderness of the Blue Mountains, where the varying terrain encapsulates rolling green hills, unique sandstone mountain formations and refreshing waterfalls. A 50-minute drive from the city will bring you to the edge of the Blue Mountains district, which has more than 400 different species of animals – 10 percent of which are rare and endangered. There are also plenty of activities on offer such as bushwalking, caving and hiking. With its bustling CBD, thriving culture, pristine beaches and impressive architecture all on the doorstep of a vast untouched natural habitat – what more do you need in a city? No matter which way you look at it, Sydney certainly doesn’t fail to impress for a true Australian experience. w

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SYDNEY SEAPLANES P O Box 30 Rose Bay Tel: +61 2 9388 1978 Sydney Seaplanes offer spectacular flights to unique destinations! We are located at the historic Flying Boat Terminal in Rose Bay on Sydney Harbour, site of the first International Airport in Australia. Fly over Sydney Harbour and the Northern Beaches to destinations such as The Cottage Point Inn on the Hawkesbury River, Jonahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at Palm Beach or the Berowra Waters Inn. Flight and lunch packages include return seaplane flights and a la carte lunch. Informative commentary is provided by our highly experienced pilots, as they fly at a sedate pace enabling passengers to take both still and video photography. All flights conclude with a spectacular circuit of Sydney Harbour, right over the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Sydney Seaplanes operates five immaculate seaplanes and are Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier tour and transport operator, winning New South Wales Tourism Awards in 2007 and 2009 and Australian Tourism Awards in 2009. Sydney Seaplanes is the quintessential Sydney experience!



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Events Calendar New South Wales 2012

Festival Garden, Sydney Festival. © Prudence Upton

SYDNEY FESTIVAL 7 to 29 January Local and international artists and celebrities flock to Sydney during this annual summer festival, which attracts around one million visitors over its three weeks. Kicking off with its Festival First Night opener of music, frivolity and dance, the Festival hosts a range of diverse and fun performances from burlesque circus and Russian theatre to traditional Indigenous art displays. Location: Various locations throughout Sydney Tel: +61 2 8248 6500 CHINESE NEW YEAR 20 January to 5 February Get ready for lively celebrations to welcome the Chinese New Year’s ‘Year of the Dragon’. 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

SYDNEY GAY AND LESBIAN MARDI GRAS FESTIVAL 12 February to 4 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 ROYAL EASTER SHOW 5 to 18 April Looking for a good quality family event? The Royal Easter Show comes with rides, competitions and various examples of aroundthe-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 SYDNEY COMEDY FESTIVAL 24 April to 12 May Proclaiming itself as being a ‘significant, if not rather frenetic, disturbance’ to 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, visitors to one of this festival’s events should have no trouble in locating any missing funny bones. Location: Various venues throughout Sydney Tel: +61 2 9519 9231 SCHWEPPES SYDNEY CUP 28 April While it may not have the recognition of its Melbourne-based rival, the Sydney Cup is still a great experience for anyone who gets a thrill out of horse racing, socialising, sipping champagne… or any other race day related activities. The kids are also catered for with children’s activities taking place at the meet. Location: Randwick Racecourse Tel: + 61 2 9663 8400



TWILIGHT AT TARONGA 28 January to 31 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

Chinese New Year. © Hamilton Lund, Tourism NSW

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ROSEMOUNT AUSTRALIAN FASHION WEEK May TBA 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 awe-inspiring creations from Australia and Asia Pacific’s finest designers. Location: Circular Key, Sydney SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 6 to 17 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 and watch some great examples of local and international cinema. Location: Various venues throughout Sydney Tel: +61 2 9690 5333 MANLY JAZZ FESTIVAL 29 September to 1 October With more than 70 free performances from noon until dusk over this three day event, and ticketed concerts in the evenings, you can spend your whole day immersed in jazz. This October long weekend attraction draws in a bevy of local and international acts each year and is set against one of Australia’s most inspiring beach settings, Manly. Location: Various venues throughout Manly Tel: +61 2 9976 1430

OPERA IN THE VINEYARDS 13 October In the beautiful Hunter Valley among the grapevines, the sound 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 ROLEX SYDNEY TO HOBART YACHT RACE 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 of glory. Location: Sydney Harbour (starting location) Tel: +61 2 8292 7800 NEW YEAR’S EVE 31 December An image that is truly hard to top is the sight of thousands of fireworks launching off the Sydney Harbour Bridge to create a colourful arrangement in the night sky. Comparable to firework displays in cities such as New York and London, this spectacle is accompanied by aerial extravaganzas and the atmosphere that is only created by the welcoming of a new year. Location: Sydney Harbour Tel: +61 2 9265 9333


DARLING HARBOUR FIESTA 29 September to 1 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 food and drinks. Location: Darling Harbour Tel: +61 2 9240 8500

Yacht in the Sydney to Hobart. © Hamilton Lund, Tourism NSW


Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade. © Hamilton Lund, Tourism NSW

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Must Dos Fort Denison. © Hamilton Lund, Tourism NSW

SYDNEY AQUARIUM For those who have 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 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

SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE Host to the Sydney Theatre Company, Opera Australia and the Australian Ballet, the Sydney Opera House is a modern landmark that has one of the most recognised silhouettes in Australia. It also features a number of different live entertainment options 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 impression that the Opera House is constantly glowing. Location: Bennelong Point, Sydney Tel: +61 2 9250 7111 ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS Often called ‘the Green Heart of Sydney’, the Royal Botanic 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 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. The Observation Deck affords unparalleled views of the city and surrounds, while the resident binoculars offer an up-close bird’s-eye view of the city’s most famous landmarks. Location: 100 Market Street, Sydney CBD Tel: +61 2 9333 9222

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 in 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. Open Saturdays 10am to 5pm. Location: 395 Oxford Street, Paddington Tel: +61 2 9331 2923 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. Open Saturdays 10am to 4pm. Location: Glebe Point Road, Glebe Tel: +61 419 291 449 ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES Bordering Sydney’s Domain, the Art Gallery of New South Wales is a five-storey 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



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

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

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TARONGA ZOO Home to a wide variety of native Australian animals, Taronga Zoo offers a range of educational activities, such as being a zookeeper for a day or participating in school holiday programs, as well as talks and encounters, catering for people of all ages. For those who can’t bear to end their zoo experience at closing time, there is also the option to camp out overnight in safari tents, which have views of the magnificent Sydney Harbour on one side and lions, meerkats and snow leopards on the other. Location: Bradleys Head Road, Mosman Tel: +61 2 9969 2777 SYDNEY OBSERVATORY At more than 150 years old, this Heritage-listed site is Australia’s oldest observatory, and it has played an important role in meteorology, shipping, navigation and timekeeping over the years. Today, Sydney Observatory is a public observatory and museum with various public telescope viewings available by appointment. There are also regular astronomy exhibitions, a 3D theatre, planetarium and beautifully maintained grounds to enjoy outside. Location: Watson Road, Observatory Hill, The Rocks Tel: +61 2 9921 3485 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 Luna Park. © Sally Mayman, Tourism NSW

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A Perfect Day Sydney CBD On a whirlwind tour of some of the region’s hotest spots, Welcome To confirms Sydney as a city with a world-class bevy of activities and experiences on offer.

Botanic Gardens, Sydney Harbour and city. © Hamilton Lund, Tourism NSW

9am Take in some of Sydney’s best views of the harbour and its bridge with an early morning walk through the Sydney Botanic Gardens. Also, enjoy the range of flora featured through its various gardens including the Oriental, Succulent, and Rare and Threatened Gardens.

Gallery of New South Wales. © Jenni Carter

11am Close by in the Domain is the Art Gallery of New South Wales, which showcases an array of regular exhibitions, programs and collections of local and international art. For those particularly inspired by the quality of the local art, make your way to Pitt Street where galleries such as the Bonnefin Gallery have many Australian artworks for sale.

2pm Down by the south-east corner of the park is the lively Oxford Street – the perfect stop-off for a spot of shopping and lunch in one of its many cafés or bakeries.

1pm Steeped in Australian history, Hyde Park is located on south-west side of the Domain and, along with pristine parkland and leafy trees, features various monuments such as the Sydney Anzac War Memorial and Archibald Fountain.

Chinese Garden of Friendship. © Phillip Quirk, Tourism NSW

4pm For some more afternoon entertainment, visit Darling Harbour, where you’ll be able to organise a cruise tour of the local waterways, take a relaxing walk through the Chinese Garden of Friendship or immerse yourself in Australia’s seafaring history at the Australian National Maritime Museum.

7pm There are plenty of restaurants either side of Darling Harbour for dinner, and plenty of post-meal entertainment options such as the casino and IMAX Theatre, as well as several clubs and bars.



Darling Harbour. © Greg Baker

Hyde Park. © Taras Vyshnya

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Seductive Art


Gallery by Avi Ohana

Established in 2004, Seductive Art Gallery celebrates the warmth and beauty of the human form in photograph. With his inspirational and artistic vision, professional photographer Avi Ohana produces beautiful and timeless works of art.

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Boasting an eclectic clientele from local residents to international collectors of art photography, Seductive Art Gallery is located in the classically beautiful The Rocks in Sydney. Our innovative gallery displays sculptured nudes in both black & white and colour, as well as architectural photography. Avi Ohana also utilizes the art gallery as a concept store for clients wishing to create their own unique sculptured nude photograph, enabling them to see the style and quality of his work firsthand.

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A PerfectThe Day Rocks

Historic building, The Rocks. © Tourism Australia

9am Soak up some of history of the area on the Nurses Walk, which is located in The Rocks’ narrow backstreets and pays homage to the convict nurses and staff who worked in the nearby hospitals during the time of the first settlement.

2pm For a different view of the city and another perspective of one of Sydney’s most famous structures, take an afternoon to experience a Sydney Harbour Bridge climb. There are three guided climbs available, all with an informative and historical commentary of this celebrated icon.

10am Here, you will also find The Rocks Discovery Museum, where you’ll be able to learn the story of The Rocks from preEuropean days through to the present with a collection of photographs, illustrations, artefacts and interactive media.

Restaurants at The Rocks. © Tourism Australia

6pm From outdoor courtyard dining to something with harbour views, The Rocks offers a buffet of choice when it comes to restaurants. Apart from stunning backdrops, quality cuisine is also on offer with Rockpool and Ocean Room just two of the standout restaurants in the area.

12pm If you’re here on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, make sure you visit The Rocks’ colourful street markets. With around 200 stalls, it’s the perfect place to come and try some delicious hawker-style food or find a souvenir of your travels with many arts, crafts, jewellery and homemade produce stalls.

Lord Nelson Hotel, The Rocks. © Tourism Australia

9pm Round out your day with a fair dinkum Aussie experience with a beer at one of The Rocks’ historic pubs. The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel and The Hero of Waterloo are favourites in the area and both have regular events and live music.



Sydney Harbour Bridge. © P Dangoy Jr.

The Rocks Markets. © K Tan

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A Perfect Day Bondi Beach

Bondi to Coogee Costal Walk. © Tony Yeates, Tourism NSW.

Bondi Beach. © K Tan

10am For a taste of Bondi, head to the farmers’ market, which operates every Saturday 9am to 1pm, and grab some breakfast and a coffee or tea. There are also freshly baked bread, jams, cheeses, olive oils and wines available to stock up on for later.

2pm Bondi is known for its alfresco cafés, spotted throughout the town. There are quite a few on Bondi Road, Campbell Parade and Hall Street.

Shopping in Bondi. © Pierre Toussaint, Destination NSW

4pm Browse the shops at Bondi Beach or at Bondi Junction where there is a complete range of fashion, electronics, beauty, jewellery and giftware stores, particularly in the Westfield shopping mall and along Oxford Street.

12pm Explore the beauty of the surrounding areas by taking the sixkilometre coastal walk to Coogee. Bronte, Tamarama and the Waverley Cemetery are just some of the highlights along this stunning trail.

Seafood. © Luiz Rocha

6pm For dinner, head back towards the beach for some of the best restaurants in town, coupled with brilliant seaside views. Try Ravesi’s Hotel, Russian Nights, Nick’s Bondi Beach Pavilion or Café Bondi.



Casual dining, Bondi. © Hamilton Lund, Tourism NSW

11am You cannot visit Bondi without taking a dip or at least a sunbathe at its famed beach. Another place to go for a swim is the Bondi Icebergs Club, which has an Olympic-sized ocean pool and kids’ pool overlooking the beach.

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A Perfect Day Manly

9am Start your day with breakfast at one of the harbour-side cafés on Circular Quay before you board the Manly Ferry for the scenic 30-minute ride to this sunloving beachside town.

Reef snorkeling. © Ocean World

10am Once at Manly Wharf, head to The Corso to browse the many resident fashion, homeware and giftware shops. If you’re in need of a new cossie or beach gear to hit the waves later on, you’ve come to the right place, as Manly has highest concentration of surf stores in the southern hemisphere, with most of them here!

Surfboards, Manly Surf School. © Thorsten Rust

1pm For a truly local experience, grab a board and learn to surf with one of the local surf schools. After you’ve worked up an appetite, grab some takeaway fish and chips to eat on the beach. Just watch out for the seagulls, who will also be keen for a feed.

Manly Beach. © Tourism Australia

5pm Manly is the perfect place for a walk, as it has several trails to suit all levels, from the short and gentle Shelly Beach walk and Heart of Manly Heritage walk, and the moderate Manly Lagoon walk, right up to the 10-kilometre Manly to Spit Scenic Walk (also known as the Manly Scenic Walkway).

7pm For dinner, head back to the wharf and try one of the cafés, restaurants or bars along the esplanade. The Pavilion would have to be one of the best – not only because of its fresh and vibrant Italian cuisine, but also because of its stunning beach surroundings and restored early 20th century architecture.


3pm Come face to face with sharks, stingrays, turtles and a great array of other marine life at Oceanworld Manly. Regarded as one of the Northern Beaches’ best attractions, the oceanarium has a range of educational shows, guided tours and an interactive touch pool, as well as a chance to dive with the sharks.

Manly Corso. © Hamilton Lund, Tourism NSW


Manly Ferry. © Hamilton Lund, Tourism NSW

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in Sydney

On a spending spree through the city, Welcome To exposes Sydney for the veritable treasure chest of shopping opportunities and retail gems it is.

Shopping bag one:

SYDNEY CBD THE STRAND ARCADE With an extensive range of retail stores spanning from the likes of high-end boutique jeweller J. Farren Price to Spanish fashion giant Zara, 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, Sass & Bide, 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. Location: 412-414 George Street, Sydney CBD PITT STREET MALL 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 brings some international runway trends to the mall and provides a cutting-edge shopping experience on a par with renowned international shopping centres. Location: Pitt Street, in between King and Market Streets, Sydney CBD QUEEN VICTORIA BUILDING This is 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. You’ll find a great range of jewellery and fashion labels, with names including Musson, Coach and Salvatore Ferragamo. Items from the more affordable, but no less chic, Oroton, Saba and Mimco will inevitably take up valuable suitcase space. Location: 455 George Street, Sydney CBD



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The almost eternally balmy climate of Sydney lends itself to outdoor shopping and Oxford Street is perfect for those with fashionable staying power.

Shopping bag two:

PADDINGTON OXFORD STREET The almost eternally 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. Location: Paddington, five kilometres south-east of Sydney CBD

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Sydney Arcade, Pitt Street Mall. © Tony Yeates, Tourism NSW

BONDI BEACH 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 its 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. Location: Bondi Markets, Bondi Beach Public School on Campbell Parade across the road from Bondi Beach



BONDI BONDI JUNCTION 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. Location: Westfield, 500 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction

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SURRY HILLS CROWN STREET 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 Location: Surry Hills, three kilometres south of Sydney CBD

Notable mentions 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



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BÉCASSE Level 5, Westfield Sydney, corner Pitt Street Mall and Market Street, Sydney CBD Tel: +61 2 9283 3440 Exclusive and sophisticated, Bécasse is an intimate 25-seat restaurant in the heart of the CBD. With the choice of both degustation and à la carte menus, head chef Justin North showcases his elegant and refined technique to great effect. Try the forgotten vegetables, which come served with smoked pork jowl, yabby tails and the evocative aroma of cedar.

QUAY Upper Level, Overseas Passenger Terminal, The Rocks Tel: +61 2 9251 5600 Head chef Peter Gilmore continues to wow diners with inventive and exciting dishes, and has certainly earned his reputation as running one of the S.Pellegrino 50 Best Restaurants in the world. If you can tear yourself away from the stunning views, you will be wellrewarded with dishes celebrating rare and unusual ingredients – often coming from Gilmore’s own organic garden.

PIER 595 New South Head Road, Rose Bay Tel: +61 2 9327 6561 Often described as one of Australia’s finest seafood restaurants, Pier is dedicated to the highest quality fresh seafood prepared to perfection. Amazing oysters, tuna tartare and roasted barramundi are but some of the delicacies on an extensive menu that keeps seafood lovers very happy.

BILLS 433 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst Tel: +61 2 9360 9361 Ricotta hotcakes with honeycomb butter, corn fritters with roast tomato, spinach and bacon… could there be a better way to start the day? Bill Granger started a café in 1993 dedicated to fantastic breakfasts and kicked off a big Sydney trend, which survives at Bills today. Of course, the lunch menu isn’t bad either.

GUILLAUME AT BENNELONG Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney Tel: +61 2 9421 1999 Located within the Sydney Opera House, Guillaume at Bennelong could rely on its iconic positioning alone as a drawcard, but chooses instead to exceed all expectations as a dining experience to be remembered. This is a restaurant that continues to raise standards of craftsmanship and techniques, while providing a superlative dining experience.

MARQUE 4/5, 355 Crown Street, Surry Hills Tel: +61 2 9332 2225 Gourmet Traveller magazine has crowned Marque as ‘Restaurant of the Year 2012’ with head chef Mark Best continually inspiring diners with interesting and inventive flavours and techniques. The wine list is also finely tuned, with celebrated drops from around the world to complement each of the stunning dishes.

BUON RICORDO 108 Boundary Street, Paddington Tel: +61 2 9360 6729 An institution for 25 years, Buon Ricordo specialises in divine pasta and seasonal Italian food, and is a favourite among locals for special occasions. The fettuccine al tartufovo – a truffle infused egg served over creamy fettuccine – has been described as Sydney’s best pasta dish by many of those in the know.

PORTEÑO 358 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills Tel: +61 2 8399 1440 Building on their previous success at Bodega, Porteño owners Ben Milgate, Elvis Abrahanowicz and Joe Valore focus on Argentinean cuisine to great acclaim. Enjoy tasty empanadas and beautifully grilled meats in a relaxed atmosphere. The slow cooked suckling pork and cordero a la cruz – lamb slow cooked for eight hours – are well worth the trip alone.



In her tasting tour of the town, Emily Erskine reveals how the city’s colour, vitality and thirst for cosmopolitan life spills out onto the diverse and delectable sampling plate that is Sydney dining.

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YUKIS AT THE QUAY Level 4, Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay Tel: +61 2 9252 8600 Located in Circular Quay with million–dollar harbour views and fun, Yukis offers authentic Japanese cuisine. In his cuisine, head chef Norihiro Tsukatani embraces the spirit of the restaurant’s proximity to the sea, as well as a unique blend of classic and modern Japanese cooking techniques. Expect extraordinary traditional sushi and sashimi in a casual setting with no pretense. Opening hours: Mon – Fri from 12.00pm Mon – Sat from 6.00pm

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LONGRAIN 85 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills Tel: +61 2 9280 2888 Start with the delectable betel leaves and a Thai-spiced Bloody Mary, but make sure you leave room for the famous prawn egg nets and caramelised pork with five spices. Martin Boetz has created a modern space with contemporary art and superlative Thai food. NEW SOUTH WALES

BILLY KWONG Shop 3, 355 Crown Street, Surry Hills Tel: +61 2 9332 3300 Kylie Kwong presides over a restaurant committed to biodynamic produce and sustainable eating. Chinese home-style recipes are taken to another level with elegant techniques and stunningly fresh flavours. Try the fried eggs or the famous crispy skin free-range chicken.



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MIZUYA HEAD CHEF What kind of experience do you hope diners have at Mizuya? A relaxing experience with good food and wine, where groups of friends can come and chat away the whole night. Most of the dishes are tapas style and are good for sharing and tasting. How does Japanese cuisine in Australia compare to that in Japan? Japanese cuisine is more traditional in Japan where the focus is mainly on the freshness of ingredients; whereas in Australia, we have brought the food experience to a different level by using a lot of local produce, but preparing it in traditional way. To acknowledge there is a difference in local palates, we offer not just the typical Japanese dishes, but have also added new flavours and cooking methods to make it more enticing for more sophisticated diners. What is your signature dish? We do many good dishes, but my favourite is the grilled miso black cod, which is actually a more traditional dish. I enjoy it when my customers’ faces light up upon tasting how amazing black cod can be. What is your favourite local ingredient to work with? Australia has fantastic seafood and beef supplies. Blue fin tuna is fantastic to work with when in season for sushi and sashimi, albeit it only has a very limited availability. Wagyu is another of my other favourite ingredients, as it always delivers consistency in quality. Where is your favourite foodie destination in Australia and why? The local seafood/produce markets is a must for me wherever I go, it gives insight to what the locals are eating at home and out. I have been told Tasmania is a great place for fresh ingredients.

ICEBERGS DINING ROOM AND BAR 1 Notts Avenue, Bondi Beach Tel: +61 2 9365 9000 Enjoy the elegant surroundings and world-famous view of Bondi Beach and the Icebergs pool, while sampling this legendary restaurant and bar’s fantastic antipasti and delicious cocktails. Relax and let the capable staff look after you, while you watch the waves below. YUKIS AT THE QUAY Level 4, Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay Tel: +61 2 9252 8600 Fresh sashimi, harbour views and a range of cocktails, sake and champagne – what more could you ask for? Head chef Norihiro Tsukatani combines traditional and modern Japanese techniques and flavours in a delicious culinary assortment at Yukis. For those who can’t decide between the blue swimmer crab or the wagyu beef, opt for a degustation courses so you can have both! BRAZA 1-25 Harbour Street, Darling Harbour Tel: +61 2 9286 3733 For the sounds, flavours and atmosphere of Brazil in the heart of Sydney, samba on down to Braza in Darling Harbour. Here you will find the one of the only churrascarias (Brazilian barbeque houses) in Australia to make all its own meats, marinades, side dishes and seasonings exactly as they is done in Brazil. The bar here is also worth a visit, as it takes inspiration from buzzing Rio de Janeiro town Lapa and specialises in creating exotic cocktails from Brazilian cane sugar spirit cachaça. CATALINA Lyne Park, Rose Bay Tel; +61 2 9371 0555 For a complete Sydney dining experience you can’t go past Catalina, which sits perched on Sydney Harbour’s picturesque Rose Bay and has exquisite floor-to-ceiling glass doors leading out onto a spectacular curved balcony cantilevered over the water. Head chef Mark Axisa works with the influences of Italian, French, Mediterranean and Spanish cuisine to produce a seasonal seafood-based menu that is consistently fresh and exciting. w


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NORTH BONDI ITALIAN 120 Ramsgate Avenue, North Bondi Tel: +61 2 9300 4400 Join the throng of people at North Bondi Italian enjoying the late afternoon sun, freshly squeezed blood orange juice, Campari cocktails, delicious salumi and shared plates. While you’re here, take the time to enjoy the view of the local surfers enjoying pristine Bondi Beach between courses.

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BUSSHARI 119 Macleay Street, Potts Point Tel: +61 2 9357 4555 Located in the heart of bustling Potts Point, Busshari Authentic Japanese Restaurant represents the essence of Japanese cuisine – simplicity, fresh produce, creativity and unique flavour. Busshari specialises in Japanese-style seafood including sashimi, sushi, oysters and tempura. The chefs at Busshari fuse original flavours together in order to create unique, flavoursome dishes, which are enhanced by their creative presentation. The team at Busshari will always endeavour to provide you with a memorable and enjoyable experience. Opening hours: Mon – Sat 6.00pm to 11.00pm





KUJIN 41b Elizabeth Bay Road, Elizabeth Bay Tel: +61 2 9331 6077 Kujin is located in Elizabeth Bay, just a short walk from the nightlife precinct of Kings Cross and specialises in izakaya-style teppanyaki and homemade noodles, as well as oysters and fresh seafood sashimi, which is hand picked at the Sydney fish market every day. The decor is relaxed yet sophisticated, and you can watch the chefs cook your meal in the open kitchen teppanyaki bar. Opening hours: Tues – Sun Lunch 12.00pm to 3.00pm Dinner 6.00pm to 9.45pm

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CATALINA Lyne Park, Rose Bay (next to the Rose Bay Ferry Wharf) Tel: +61 2 93710555 Suspended over the water on Sydney Harbour’s beautiful Rose Bay, there’s no better place to dine than at Catalina, “….and a spot on the balcony remains one of Sydney’s prime dining locations, with a seafood-biased menu to match….” Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2012. A star of Sydney’s bar and dining scene, with lovely contemporary Australian food, confident service, and a fabulous global wine list, Catalina ticks all the boxes. Signature dishes include pan-fried king prawns with chilli, garlic and herb butter; house-smoked salmon with soft boiled duck egg; Cone Bay saltwater barramundi with spanner crab parcel; and the sought-after roasted baby suckling pig with crisp skin and succulent flesh. Master sushi chef, Yoshinori Fuchigami, creates traditional sushi and sashimi from Wednesday through to Sunday. Catalina is a bar, a dining room, and also an extraordinarily beautiful event space. Opening hours: 7 days per week Mon - Sat 12.00pm to 10.00pm (kitchen remains open all day) Sun 12.00pm to 5.00pm Bookings essential



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IMPERIAL PEKING HARBOURSIDE 15 Circular Quay West The Rocks, Sydney Tel: +61 2 9247 7073 Ensure your trip to Sydney is enjoyed in a stylish ambience at the stunning and 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 a must include: – Scampi steamed in wine sauce – Wagyu beef cubes marinated in light wasabi sauce – Crispy salt and pepper lobster – Baby duck in a tangy lemon sauce With the introduction of so many wonderful new gourmet delights, this splendid Chinese restaurant has won many prestigious awards. You can arrive by water taxi for a more intriguing journey and should the weather permit, sit outdoors right on the harbour foreshore. Large or small, private or corporate, weddings or birthdays – the 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. Opening hours: 7 days, lunch and dinner



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MIZUYA 614 George Street, Sydney Tel: +61 2 9266 0866 Mizuya’s interior resembles a traditional Japanese garden and is an ideal venue for both small gatherings and big glamorous parties. Dine in an intimate dining booth or in one of 24 private dining rooms, equipped with karaoke entertainment and a high-tech touch screen menu ordering system. With more than 200 contemporary and traditional Japanese dishes, and a wide selection of sake, wine and Japanese-inspired cocktails, you will never want to leave. Opening hours: Sun – Thurs 11.30am to 12.00am Fri – Sat 11.30am to 2.00am

UMI SUSHI + UDON Shop 10, Darling Quarter, 1 – 25 Harbour Street, Darling Harbour Tel: +61 2 9283 2006 Umi Sushi + Udon is a casual dining Japanese restaurant set with traditional Kyoto-style décor, overlooking beautiful greenery. Opening hours: Sun – Thurs 11.30am to 10pm Fri – Sat 11.30am to 10.30pm

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UMI KAITEN-ZUSHI Shop 1, Sydney Central, 477 Pitt Street, Haymarket Tel: +61 2 9281 2006 The vivid colours of the sushi on display, combined with the delightful tropical aquarium in the background will keep you mesmerised for hours. Opening hours: Mon – Fri 11.30am to 10.00pm Sat – Sun 12.00pm to 10.00pm




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After Dark

Sydney’s nightlife is known for being vibrant, diverse and ever changing. Welcome To finds that the bars, lounges and clubs of this colourful city certainly live up to their reputation.

VELLUTO 7/50 Macleay Street, Potts Point Tel: +61 2 9357 1100 This Potts Point venue is just the place to come to try some of the best Australian and international wines and champagnes, with a carefully sourced and extensive drinks menu, which is constantly rotated. The lounge ambience is achieved with wooden panelling, velvet curtains and antique furniture.

OPERA BAR Lower Concourse Level, Sydney Opera House Tel: +61 2 9247 1666 This open-air bar is unmatched when it comes to views, with two of the world’s most famous icons, the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, visible from its concourse. With live music ranging from DJs to jazz, funk, soul and everything in between playing every day, Opera Bar is also regarded as a music destination in itself.

THE ARGYLE 18 Argyle Street, The Rocks Tel: +61 2 9247 5500 Be transported back to the 19th century, as you walk through the cobblestone walkways of one of Sydney’s oldest areas, The Rocks, on the way to The Argyle, which inhabits one of the city’s first commercial buildings. The interior is a combination of rustic and new, and includes a décor of chandeliers, lavish velvets and exposed wooden beams, creating a somewhat antique and intimate ambience.

THE IVY 330 George Street, Sydney CDB Tel: +61 2 9240 3000 The Ivy has it all. Downstairs is a contemporary, chic and relaxed bar, on level two is a 1950s-inspired lounge and level three, an art deco-style den complete with mirrors, silks, velvet drapes and sprawling lounges. Keep going up and you’ll find the Pool Club and the Lawn, which are open-air party venues complete with a pool, stage for DJs and live music and garden-like atmosphere.

THE BERESFORD HOTEL 354 Bourke Street, Surry Hills Tel: +61 2 9357 1111 This sleek bar boasts leather seating and wooden trims, which helps to create a classic and relaxed atmosphere. Sit back and sample from the bar menu, which is flawlessly complemented by the extensive drinks lists. Upstairs is a live music venue and outside a trattoria and cobblestone beer garden shaded by leafy trees, making it the perfect location for a late afternoon beverage.

THE WINERY BY GAZEBO 285 Crown Street, Surry Hills Tel: +61 2 9331 0833 Food and wine are perfectly matched at this relaxed wine bar in glamorous Surry Hills, making it an ideal place for lunch or dinner with drinks or a nightcap with a few snacks. Both the food and wine menus are lengthy and there are a few different places from which to enjoy them – the terrace, indoor booths, garden room and outdoor laneway section.

MADAME FLING FLONG 1/169 King Street, Newtown Tel: +61 2 9565 2471 This retro-inspired lounge neatly encapsulates Newtown’s bohemian vibe and provides a vibrant setting in which to taste Australian and international wines and beers, as well as some delicious cocktails. There are also scrumptious mezze and cheese plates, as well as some impressive deserts, so you could be here a while. w



QUAY BAR Ground Floor Customs House, 31 Alfred Street, Sydney CBD Tel: +61 2 9247 4898 Situated on the ground floor of the historic Customs House Building is this sophisticated bistro, cosy cocktail lounge and bar, which spills out onto Customs Square. The building itself is Heritage listed, being built in 1845 and operating for more than 150 years as the gateway for goods and people passing to and from Sydney. The adjacent square is an important site for cultural events and exhibitions, and the bar makes the perfect vantage point from which to watch such proceedings.

ZETA BAR Hilton Hotel, 4/488 George Street, Sydney CBD Tel: +61 2 9265 6070 If you’re after a cocktail, you’ve come to the right place, as Zeta Bar has an awardwining drinks list, including its signature pineapple and coriander, and raspberry and lemongrass martinis. For those feeling a little more adventurous, there is also a range of ‘experimental’ cocktails, which incorporate new bar tending trends such as ‘grilling’ fruits and using ‘foams’ and ‘airs’.

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VICTORIA 138 Welcome to Melbourne 144 Maps of Melbourne 146 Victoria 2012 Events Calendar 148 Melbourne Must Dos


150 Melbourne â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A Perfect Day 158 Melbourne Shopping 168 Melbourne Dining 180 Melbourne After Dark

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Melbourne local Lauren Rosewarne reveals all that makes her hometown one of Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most exciting and vibrant capital cities.

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Turn left into Swanston Street and your first stop will be QV, home to laneways of quirky boutiques at street level and groceries underground. Cross the road for Melbourne Central, a mall of more than 300 stores, cinemas, a bowling alley and the iconic glass cone, encasing the historic Shot Tower. Nearby Collins Street caters to more refined tastes and is flush with high-end stores of the Prada, Tiffany and Co, Chanel, Gucci and Bulgari ilk. For more eclectic palates, head to the Block Arcade, home to the Melbourne flagship of the delicious Australian Haigh’s chocolatier, a destination worth a visit purely for the impressive etched glass roof alone. After so much retail therapy, Melbourne has no shortage of cafés to refuel and rehydrate. The notably lovely Degraves Street, one of Melbourne’s numerous laneways, runs between Flinders Street and Flinders Lane, and offers cafés, cupcakes, waffles and burgers amid some of the city’s most beautiful architecture. Beneath the street is the Campbell Arcade for even more eccentric shopping and more cafés. Larger appetites are well-catered for in Melbourne, home to some of the country’s finest dining. For the finest of fine fare, a trip to the Crown Entertainment complex is in order. Neil Perry, one of Australia’s most lauded chefs, has two restaurants in the complex: Rockpool, Perry’s posh take on the steakhouse, and Spice Temple,




uggling accolades as Australia’s premier city for art, culture, coffee, dining and shopping, Melbourne has no shortage of temptations to lure in visitors. For the artistically inclined, the adventure begins at the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia’s oldest public gallery. Tom Roberts’ iconic Australian Shearing the Rams (1890), Picasso’s Weeping Woman (1937) and the enormous Banquet of Cleopatra (1743-1744) by Giambattista Tiepolo are among the 500 works on display. For a more contemporary fix, only a short stroll away is the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) at Federation Square, which is home to all things film. Cross the Yarra River for more modern fare at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) at Southbank and only a stone’s throw away from the shopping and dining precincts of Southgate and Crown. For those interested in art of the more wearable kind, few cities rival Melbourne as a stellar destination for shopping. Any good spending spree starts in Bourke Street, home to the flagships of the David Jones and Myer department store chains: both recently renovated and each now housing dazzling cosmetic and perfume emporiums and floors devoted to shoes, clothing and accessories. Also on Bourke Street is the spectacularly renovated former post office known as the GPO and the 19th century Royal Arcade, both beautiful destinations for fantastic shopping and breathtaking architecture.

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A celebration born in 1861 A celebration of 151 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 VRC3641/WEL The Melbourne Cup Carnival logo is TM, Victoria Racing Club Limited (ACN 119 214 078).

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a sultry spin on regional Chinese cuisine. With locations in London, Tokyo and Las Vegas, it should come as no surprise that Nobu – actor Robert De Niro’s cutting edge Japanese fusion food foray – would also house an outpost at Crown. For more casual dining, head to Little Bourke Street for Melbourne’s Chinatown: a district of affordable Asian options and laneways offering everything from haute Asian to cheap-as-chips dumplings. Those pesky calories will eventually need to be burned off and Melbourne is a beautiful place to do it. The city is relatively flat, making it eminently walkable and laid out on a grid, so it’s effortlessly navigable. Open daily until



The free City Circle Tram runs on a circular route around the CBD, stopping at major tourist attractions and linking passengers with other public transport.

sunset, the Royal Botanic Gardens is perfect for a leisurely amble or a faster-paced jaunt along the ‘The Tan’, the Gardens’ running track. Carlton Gardens is another special location for strolling and also home to the architectural wonder of the 19th century Royal Exhibition Building, one of the world’s oldest remaining exhibition pavilions. For those yearning for a little wind in their hair and sweat on their brow, hiring a bike is a very good option. Dotted all around Melbourne are bright blue bike racks: hire at one rack and drop off at another. For those feeling lazier, the free City Circle Tram runs on a circular route around the CBD, stopping at major tourist attractions and linking passengers with other public transport. The other free choice is the Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle: hop on and off or stay put for the 90-minute fully-narrated tour criss-crossing the city. Those seeking exercise of the spectator kind should head to the Melbourne Cricket Ground – known fondly as the ‘G’. It’s home to the cricket, but the G is better known for the Australian Rules football matches played regularly to capacity crowds. The much-loved Aussie Rules is also played at Etihad Stadium located at the Docklands complex, a sprawling waterfront development of residential, commercial, retail and leisure facilities. It may not be Australia’s political capital, but when it comes to food and fashion, art and culture, Melbourne turns on one stellar show for visitors. w

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Events Calendar Victoria 2012

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AUSTRALIAN OPEN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP 16 to 29 January Those with an interest in tennis will be excited to see the world’s top players vying for the first Grand Slam tournament of 2012. Spectators and sport fans should get their tickets early to ensure front row seats and the best vantage points at Melbourne Park. Location: Melbourne Park, Batman Avenue, Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9914 4400 ST KILDA FESTIVAL 4 to 12 February Thousands of tourists and locals descend on the beachside suburb of St Kilda for this annual summer 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 6490

L’ORÉAL MELBOURNE FASHION FESTIVAL 8 to 15 March L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival provides the opportunity to preview new collections from top Australian designers, many of whom have also enjoyed international success. It also provides exposure to emerging fashion designers. Location: Central Pier, Harbour Esplanade, Docklands, Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9654 5599 MOOMBA 10 to 12 March This iconic Melbourne event is where you can get your heart racing on rides, enjoy the parade or watch the famous Birdman Rally, in which outlandishly dressed entrants launch themselves off a platform into the Yarra River to see who can travel the furthest. Locations: Various locations along the Yarra River and Swanston Street Tel: + 61 3 9658 9658 GRACE KELLY: STYLE ICON 11 March to 17 June Straight from the V&A Museum in London comes an exhibition celebrating the style, elegance and life of Grace Kelly. Retrace her transformation from Hollywood starlet to princess, by perusing some of her most immaculate gowns and film costumes by the likes of Dior, Chanel and Givenchy. A must for couture buffs. Location: Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo Tel: +61 3 5434 6088 AUSTRALIAN FORMULA ONE GRAND PRIX 15 to 18 March The roar of the Grand Prix can be heard across Melbourne, but the main excitement is trackside, as the world’s fastest cars race through one of Melbourne’s prettiest parks, Albert Park. Internationallyrenowned bands also entertain crowds throughout the event. Location: Albert Park, Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9258 7100



MELBOURNE FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL 2 to 21 March The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival offers visitors the chance to sample produce and culinary creations from across the state, with events at vineyards and both inner city and regional restaurants. Learn more about Australian cuisine and help set records at the World’s Longest Lunch. Location: Various venues around Victoria Tel: +61 3 9823 6100

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MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW 28 March to 1 April The Chelsea Flower Show of the southern hemisphere, this is Australia’s biggest flower and garden show. Featuring a range of different gardens and sculpture exhibitions, plus a flower display by Victoria’s best florists and floral designers, this event is perfect for all the green thumbs out there! Location: Royal Exhibition Buildings and Carlton Gardens, Carlton Tel: +61 3 9864 1111 MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL 28 March to 22 April The Melbourne Comedy Festival offers a wide range of performances to suit every comedic taste and budget, from local acts such as Kitty Flanagan and Anyone for Tennis? to big name international stars like Arj Barker and Danny Bhoy. Location: Venues throughout Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9245 3700 MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL 1 to 10 June More than 400 performers feature in over 120 events in this festival that celebrates all things jazz. Locations: Various locations throughout Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9001 1388

SPRING RACING CARNIVAL September to November World-class racing and spring fashion come together to produce an exhilarating Spring Racing Carnival. Derby Day and Oaks Day are highlights, but it’s the Melbourne Cup that is known for being ‘the race that stops the nation’. Location: Flemington, Caulfield and Moonee Valley Racecourses Tel: + 61 3 9258 4258 HEPBURN SPRINGS SWISS AND ITALIAN FESTA October TBA Celebrate Hepburn Springs and Daylesford’s Swiss and Italian heritage at this culture and lifestyle festival, which features art, crafts, film, wine, seasonal produce, parades, concerts, tea parties, dining events and tours of the area. Locations: Various throughout Hepburn Springs and Daylesford Tel: +61 3 5348 2675 QUEENSCLIFF MUSIC FESTIVAL 23 to 25 November Offering the best of Australian music, alongside international guests, this festival provides the perfect time to visit Queenscliff. The festival’s idyllic backdrop of the Bellarine Peninsula allows visitors to relax with a glass of wine and watch the sun set over the water as they listen to one of more than 200 performers. Location: Various venues throughout Queenscliff’s town centre Tel: + 61 3 5258 4816 BOXING DAY TEST 26 December While in many countries Boxing Day is seen as a day for unwinding post-Christmas Day, Australia sees Christmas simply as the day before the Boxing Day Test cricket match. The game offers visitors the chance to watch a perfect illustration of Australia’s sporting culture. Location: Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Brunton Avenue, Richmond Tel: +61 3 9657 8888


MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2 to 19 August Celebrating its 61st anniversary in 2012, the Melbourne International Film Festival showcases home-grown and international flicks from more than 50 countries to around 185,000 movie buffs per year. Location: Forum Theatre, ACMI and other venues throughout Melbourne Tel: +61 3 8660 4888

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Must Dos

LUNA PARK Just for fun! And it’s not only for the kids. People of all ages will get completely absorbed in thrilling rides, the Amazing Mirror Maze and Circus of Screams. Situated on the doorstep of St Kilda Beach, Luna Park gives you great views of the water from its famous Scenic Railway rollercoaster. Location: 18 Lower Esplanade, St Kilda Tel: +61 3 9525 5033 MELBOURNE AQUARIUM Experience life underwater in Australia’s biggest fishbowl. Get up close and personal with enormous sharks, King penguins, green sea turtles and tropical fish varieties. For adrenaline junkies, there is even a ‘Dive with the Sharks’ experience, which is sure to be a once-ina-lifetime adventure! Discover an amazing world under the sea. Location: Corner Flinders and King Streets, Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9923 5999 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

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 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

ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS MELBOURNE For an inner-city getaway, the Royal Botanic Gardens, which spans over 36 hectares, 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. Location: Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra Tel: +61 3 9252 2300 MELBOURNE MUSEUM Visit the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Centre and immerse yourself in a culture that is more than 40,000 years old. Meet legendary racehorse Phar Lap or get a real buzz from live bugs – it’s all part of a memorable Melbourne Museum experience. Location: 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton Gardens, Melbourne Tel: 131 102 OLD MELBOURNE GAOL The Old Melbourne Gaol is Victoria’s oldest surviving penal establishment. Before its decommissioning in 1929, it was the site of 135 hangings and held some of Victoria’s most notorious criminals, including the infamous Ned Kelly. Open daily from 9.30am to 5pm. Location: 377 Russell Street, Melbourne Tel: +61 3 8663 7228 HER MAJESTY’S THEATRE MELBOURNE Her Majesty’s Theatre is home to the world’s best theatre, ballet and musicals and is the most commercially successful theatre in Australian history. No matter what time of year, there is always something showing to cater for the most discerning theatre buffs. Location: 219 Exhibition Street, Melbourne Tel: +61 3 8643 3300



Crown Entertainment Complex. © Tourism Victoria

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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

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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: 131 102 MELBOURNE ZOO After 150 years, the Melbourne Zoo continues 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

HARDROCK 501 Swanston Street Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9631 5300 If you take a stroll along Swanston Street, it’s almost impossible to miss Hardrock, the illuminated glass enclosure on the corner of Franklin and Swanston Streets, which is something of a showcase for rock climbing. Whether you have got some energy to burn, keen to overcome your fear of heights or simply eager to see Melbourne from a different view, head down and visit Mt Hardrock. There are over 100 different climbs ranging in difficulty to suit the first time rock climber to the most experienced professional. Walls range in height from 6 to 17 metres, ensuring there is a challenge for everyone! For an action packed adventure, adults are $30 and children $14, which includes all equipment, safety instruction and daily climb pass. Opening hours: Mon – Fri 12.00pm to 10.00pm Sat – Sun 11.00am to 7.00pm

MELBOURNE SKYDIVE CENTRE What better way to see Melbourne than from above? The Melbourne Skydive Centre operates out of the Yarra Valley wine region, so you can enjoy views of the Melbourne city, Port Philip Bay, French Island and the Dandenong ranges on your plunge back down to earth. With free fall speeds of up to 220 kilometres per hour, this adventure certainly isn’t for the faint hearted! Location: Maclntye Lane, Lilydale Airport, Yering Tel: 1300 734 471 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


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A PerfectMelbourne Day CBD Welcome To spends several perfect days in some of Melbourne’s most lively precincts.

Hardware Lane. © Tourism Victoria

8.30am Wake up with the city by taking breakfast among the locals in one of Melbourne’s famed laneways, such as Flinders Lane, Hardware Lane or Degraves Street. It is here where you’ll find some of the best coffee and atmosphere in town.

2pm Next, visit the National Gallery of Victoria on St Kilda Road with its permanent exhibits and constant flux of art from around the world. Across the road is the Royal Botanic Gardens, which has a range of greenery and gardens, including the popular Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden.

9.30am A short walk toward Flinders Street Station will bring you to Federation (Fed) Square, where you can read up on events and attractions at the Melbourne Visitor Centre, check out some interactive media at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) or visit one of several galleries.

Chinatown. © Tourism Victoria

11am For some shopping, take a stroll down the Bourke Street Mall, where you’ll find many big name retailers, including Myer and David Jones, which both have flagship stores here. One street over on Little Bourke Street is Chinatown and the perfect stop-off for a lunch of authentic Asian delicacies.

Yarra River in Southbank. © Tourism Victoria

4pm Take a mid-afternoon stroll along Southbank and the Yarra River, topped off with a snack at the funky and wellpositioned Little Café Under the Bridge, situated on the water beneath the Yarra Footbridge.

6pm For some dinner, follow the river back to Fed Square where there are plenty of restaurants and cafés to choose from. For an after-dinner drink, try Beer DeLuxe or Taxi, which are also situated at Fed Square.



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A Perfect Day St Kilda, Brighton,Elwood

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9am Begin your morning in St Kilda with breakfast at one of the many cafés along Fitzroy Street, before heading down to its beach. If the weather permits, take a dip in the water or go for a stroll along the boardwalk and have a coffee at the Edwardian-style café at the end of the pier.

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10.30am Next to the water is the Sea Baths, where you can take a dip in the heated seawater pool or some time out at the Spa Dreamtime, which has a range of treatments and packages including massages, body cocoons, steam rooms, manicures and traditional Chinese medicine.

2pm For lunch by the beach, wander down a couple of suburbs along the bay to Brighton where you’ll come across a restaurant, café and bar at The Baths Middle Brighton. After lunch, dip your feet in the sea, while admiring the colourful bathing boxes that adorn the Dendy Street Beach, just down the road.

12pm If it’s a Sunday, head to the St Kilda Esplanade Market for some handmade souvenirs of your travels; otherwise, a short walk away is Acland Street, where you must stop for a treat at one of its famous boutique cake shops. Down the road you’ll find Luna Park, a theme park filled with amusement rides.

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4pm On your way back to St Kilda, stop by Ormond Road in Elwood for afternoon tea at one of its cafés or some shopping at one of the several fashion, homeware, book and gift stores that line the street.

7pm Back in St Kilda, step into 1930s’ cinema grandeur at the Astor Theatre on the corner of Chapel Street and Dandenong Road. The cinema plays classic films, as well as new releases to the backdrop of a fully restored art deco building and fitout.



Brighton Beach. © Nicole Paton

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A Perfect Day Windsor, Prahran,South Yarra

Como House and Garden. © Photo by SDP

9am Chapel Street is the prominent shopping and dining precinct of the area and runs through Windsor, Prahran and South Yarra. In fact, the best way to see the area is to start at one end of the street and meander your way to the other end. We recommend starting off your day along the Windsor end with breakfast atone of its trendy cafés.

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4pm Once you’ve stretched the legs, find your way back to Chapel Street for a matinee film at either the Jam Factory or the opulent setting of Palace Cinema Como, which features the best of art house, international and mainstream cinema.

11.30am Escape from the busy street’s hustle and bustle to 19th century grandness, by visiting the 160-year-old Como Historic House and Garden in South Yarra, which is open from 10am to 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday. Otherwise, head to the Yarra River in South Yarra for a bike ride or stroll along the Capital City Trail.

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6pm If it’s not fashion, Chapel Street is known for its abundance of places to wine and dine. The Oriental Tea House has made a name for itself in recent times for its extensive dumpling and tea menus and is worth a visit if that’s your thing.


1.30pm Prahran Market, open every day except Mondays and Wednesdays, is a great spot to stop for lunch, as it houses several cafés, delis and bakeries. There is also regular entertainment by way of tastings, workshops and cooking demonstrations.

10am Venture further down Chapel Street through to Prahran and South Yarra and you will notice a bevy of boutiques, beauty salons and highend fashion stores including those by Australian designers such as Alannah Hill, Collette Dinnigan and Sass & Bide.


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A Perfect Day Carlton, Fitzroy,Collingwood, Richmond

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9am Start your day on Carlton’s most famous strip – Lygon Street and discover why the area is known as ‘Little Italy’ by having breakfast at one of the distinctly Italian-inspired cafés, before taking the time to peruse the street’s delis, restaurants and homeware stores.

Royal Exhibition Building. © Heath Warwick, Museum Victoria

11.30am Carlton’s Nicholson Street should be your next stop, as it is here you’ll come across the Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne Museum, IMAX Theatre and Carlton Gardens, where we dare say that you’ll find something of interest.

2.30pm Neighbouring suburb Collingwood has a range of cafés along Johnson Street and outlet stores along Smith Street worth checking out. Tucked away on St Heliers Street is the Collingwood Children’s Farm, which allows visitors to get up close with animals such as cows, pigs, horses, goats and ducks.

1pm A short walk from here is Fitzroy’s Brunswick Street, which is characterised by its bohemian and independent art scene with shops and galleries such as Sutton Gallery and quirky homeware stores such as Wilkins and Kent, which aims to incorporate Australian and recycled timbers into its handmade furniture.

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4pm Stylish Bridge Road in neighbouring suburb Richmond will keep you busy for hours with its assortment of restaurants, bars, cafés, galleries and fashion stores such as Tyylisi, which is just the place to visit for the latest fashion trends from a range of international and home-grown labels.

7pm For dinner, Victoria Street is the perfect spot for Vietnamese food, with many such restaurants here. The Royal Saxon on Church Street is also recommended for its innovative gourmetdining menu, extensive drinks list and lively outdoor setting. w



Tyylisi, Bridge Road. © Marina Young

Brunswick Street. © Tourism Victoria

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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. Dining Room & Bar (2) Rose Street Artists’ Market (3) Shopping (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

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Melbourne has something for any fashionista, bargain hunter, couture connoisseur and all-round appreciator of the art of shopping, as Heather Bloom reveals.

Shopping bag one:

MELBOURNE CBD FLINDERS LANE Tucked away behind bustling Flinders Street is the intimate Flinders Lane, where kitsch meets couture, and vintage stores cohabit with international designers in an eclectic mix of Melbourne style. Let Zomp Shoes ease your weary feet as you sink your toes into the latest L.A.M.B pumps or strut your stuff in a pair of Jimmy Choos. Slightly further along, on the corner of Swanston Street, is the Nicholas Building, home to Alice Euphemia, which only stocks Australian and New Zealand made and designed clothing and jewellery. This is also where you’ll find the city’s largest vintage store, RetroStar, which has more than 10,000 items to peruse. Location: Alice Euphemia, Cathedral Arcade, corner Flinders Lane and Swanston Street, Melbourne

BOURKE STREET MALL Bourke Street Mall has long been one of the places in Melbourne to shop for fashion clothing at relatively affordable prices. It is here that you’ll find a strip of celebrated fashion chains such as Sportsgirl, Forever New and Jetty Surf, as well as Australia’s two biggest retailers and their flagship stores – Myer and David Jones. Australia’s oldest shopping arcade, the 19th century Renaissance-revival style Royal Arcade, is also situated here and is known for its boutique confectionery and gift shops. Location: The Royal Arcade, 335 Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne

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COLLINS STREET The ‘Paris End’ of Collins Street is where the beautiful, rich and powerful come to shop. Wander the tree-lined boulevard and browse through the array of high-end brands that will excite the shopping senses and test the credit card limit. As one of Melbourne’s most prominent

shopping districts, Collins Street will take you through renowned labels such as Chanel and Louis Vuitton, where you may have to pick up some extra luggage for all those diamonds you’ll be bringing back from the newly revamped Tiffany & Co. The Block Arcade is another Collins Street shopping highlight. It features a range of boutiques set among breathtaking historical architecture. Location: The Block Arcade, 282 Collins Street, Melbourne

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Shopping bag two:

GPO Escape the hectic Bourke Street Mall and relax in the city’s premier boutique shopping experience, the GPO. Located in the heart of Melbourne, this recently restored neo-Renaissance styled building will leave you speechless, as will the three floors of more than 50 Australian and international designers. Home to national treasures Lisa Ho, Sass & Bide and Wayne Cooper, the GPO is a haven of fashion splendour. While you visit, be sure to relax in Venetian style in the outdoor colonnade and enjoy a peaceful latte as the rest of the city rushes by. Location: 350 Bourke Street, Melbourne

WINDSOR, PRAHRAN, SOUTH YARRA CHAPEL STREET Synonymous with Melbourne fashion, Chapel Street is well-known among visiting celebrities for its shopping. Spread over three suburbs, the district may require you to put aside a whole day to enjoy the exclusive brands of the north side (South Yarra) and the glamorous vintage frocks closer to Windsor. Location: Chapel Street runs north to South Yarra through Windsor and Prahran GREVILLE STREET Also in Prahran is Greville Street, which has long been described as Chapel Street’s funky little sister because of the calibre and style of the boutiques, cafés and restaurants that inhabit this small street. Here you will find an eclectic range of beauty, book, gift, jewellery, music and fashion stores, including Fool Clothing, ML Denim and Leona Edmiston. Location: Greville Street west runs off Chapel Street in Prahran



Escape the hectic Bourke Street Mall and relax in the city’s premier boutique shopping experience, the GPO.

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FITZROY BRUNSWICK STREET You will be treated to more than a shopping experience when you visit this hub of artists, musicians, writers and performers. Gathered in Fitzroy, just north of the CBD, is a collection of Melbourne’s alternative fashion culture spots. In between the boho chic and gypsy girls are the rockabilly hipsters and glamorous pin-ups. Stop at one of the many art galleries and peruse the local artwork or pop into the Brunswick Street Bookstore where you will quench your literary thirst over two floors (including a floor dedicated to art, fashion, photography and architecture) of magnificent and hard-to-find books. Location: Fitzroy is situated approximately three kilometres north-east of the CBD

Shopping bag four:

CHADSTONE CHADSTONE SHOPPING CENTRE Chadstone Shopping Centre was the first regional shopping centre in Melbourne. Now, after a recent revamp, it also owns the title of the biggest shopping centre in the southern hemisphere, housing more than 500 stores under its giant glass dome. The dedicated luxury precinct will fulfil every fashionista’s desire for Gucci and Prada, while fashion stores such as FCUK, and Kookai will allow you to shop in style without breaking the bank! With all this and more, it’s no wonder Chadstone has been dubbed ‘the Fashion Capital’. w Location: 1341 Dandenong Road, Chadstone



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Emily Erskine takes us on a trip around the world with a multicultural culinary journey to some of Melbourne’s best restaurants. MOVIDA 1 Hosier Lane, Melbourne Tel +61 3 9663 3038 Tapas on the run, a relaxed meal with friends – the growing MoVida empire caters for all occasions. Traditional Spanish food is taken to the next level with the expert skills of chef Frank Camorra. Warm and knowledgeable staff will guide you through the fantastic menu and daily specials with ease. Viva España!



MAMASITA Level 1, 11 Collins Street, Melbourne Tel +61 3 9650 3821 Follow the queue of devotees up the stairs to a modern homage to Mexican dining. Not a hint of Tex-Mex influence, Mamasita is all about the extensive tequila menu and authentic Mexican food. Get in early to beat the after work crowd, and launch straight into fresh tacos and barbecued corn with queso fresco (fresh cheese).

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LA LUNA BISTRO 320 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North Tel +61 3 9349 4888 La Luna showcases rustic flavours with a Mediterranean influence – steaks are aged and butchered on-site, mushrooms are picked hours before eating and the pasta is freshly made every day. Try the small goods produced with expert care and bring a friend to share the 900-gram T-bone. La Luna is a long-time favourite with discerning locals, but now the secret is out with chef Adrian Richardson’s national fame continuing to grow. CUTLER & CO 55-57 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy Tel +61 3 9419 4888 This Gertrude Street restaurant has attained iconic status due to its consistently excellent food and multi awardwinning chef Andrew McConnell. Confident and bold flavours shine in the atmospheric post-industrial dining room. Make sure to leave room for the famous desserts, which boast a heady mix of sweet and savoury elements. © Shoya

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SHOYA 25 Market Lane, Melbourne Tel +61 3 9650 0848 Shoya almost defies description with six split levels of Japanese dining and entertainment. Try the smokeless barbecue, the sushi bar or the fine dining degustation menu, which owner Shigeo Nonaka has designed with pleasure and amusement in mind. Spectacular sashimi dazzles on custom carved plates of ice, and each course is thoughtfully and creatively presented.


VUE DE MONDE Level 55, Rialto Tower, 525 Collins Street, Melbourne Tel +61 3 9691 3888 Elegance and sophistication are the hallmarks of the beautiful Vue de Monde and its popular offshoot Café Vue (located in the CBD, at Heide and at Melbourne International Airport). Shannon Bennett has put together an inspirational menu and a team of charming wait staff to ensure that any visit to Vue de Monde is a memorable occasion. Fine dining at its best, Vue de Monde specialises in classical French techniques, with an earthy appreciation for unusual ingredients and spectacular presentation.

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HEAD CHEF, LA LUNA BISTRO Do you have a favourite local product or ingredient? My favourite local products are pigs – I have farmers that breed rare breed pigs that we turn into prosciutto, salami, pancetta, brawn and, of course, sausages. We use every part of the pig, not a tiny speck goes to waste, and by making all of these things ourselves, it tastes so much better. How do you come up with new ideas for dishes? I come up with new ideas in many ways. It could be a trip to the market, visiting a friend at their house or restaurant, watching cooking shows on TV, researching in one of my many books, or remembering a dish that was cooked for me by my family. Do you have a favourite technique to use in the kitchen? The techniques that I use in the kitchen have been passed down to me through generations of my family who were all great cooks. All cooking is based on old-fashioned skill, although there are also so many new and exciting pieces of equipment that make cooking easier and more accurate. What do you do in your time away from work? When I am away from work I try and relax with my family… well, as much as I can. I have three young boys, so we don’t sit around much. It’s go go go! I think that sometimes it’s more relaxing at work.

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ATTICA 74 Glen Eira Road, Ripponlea Tel +61 3 9530 0111 Recognised as one of the world’s best restaurants in the San Pellegrino Awards, this stylish and understated space lets chef Ben Shewry showcase his refined and creative take on modern dining. Inspired by emotions and memories, this innovative and ethereal fine dining experience is one to be savoured. SPICE TEMPLE Crown Complex, Southbank Tel: + 61 3 8679 1888 Neil Perry masterfully combines provincial Chinese cuisine from Sichuan, Yunnan, Hunan, Jiangxi, Guangxi and Xinjiang with a modern twist that is a conscious departure from the Cantonese fare of conventional Melbourne Chinese restaurants. As the name would suggest, there is an emphasis on using spice, and you will see ingredients such as fennel, coriander seeds, cumin, star anise, cinnamon and chilli used as a base for the tantalisingly exotic flavours created here. Desserts use French techniques and incorporate Asian flavours in an exceptional collision of East and West.

SIRENS RESTAURANT The Beach Dressing Pavilion, Esplanade, Williamstown Tel: +61 3 9397 7811 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. 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 PRESS CLUB 72 Flinders Street, Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9677 9677 The flagship restaurant of George Calombaris (from the MasterChef television show) is an ode to all things Greek – vibrant culture, earthy tastes and warm hospitality. Calombaris combines the traditional Greek Cypriot methods passed down through his family with modern techniques and a sophisticated fine dining style. Classic Hellenic staples of olives, feta, watermelon, oregano, lemon, filo, octopus, fish, lamb and olive oil emerge as fresh and modern, while retaining their trademark Greek zest.


LAU’S FAMILY KITCHEN 4 Acland Street, St Kilda Tel: +61 3 8598 9880 Innovative, seasonal and boasting exceptional technique, Lau’s bears no resemblance to the suburban Chinese restaurants so many of us grew up with. The atmosphere is casual and modern, but the service is fast and professional to allow for two sittings each evening. Owner Gilbert Lau (of Flower Drum fame) continues to inspire with freshly made dim sums, beautifully balanced stir-fries and expert use of local seafood. w



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ISHIYA JAPANESE STONEGRILL 152 Little Bourke Street Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9650 9510 Ishiya Japanese Stonegrill offers a unique dining experience where mouth-watering steaks and seafood are cooked on a 400 degree Celsius volcanic stone and accompanied with various enticing Japanese dipping sauces. Each meal is presented with individual stones, so diners can grill their steak or seafood to perfection. Ishiya also offers an array of Japanese delicacies from freshly cut sashimi to expertly crafted Japanese fusion dishes. To accompany your meal, a wide selection of premium Australian and New Zealand wines are on offer, as well as an extensive list of traditional Japanese sake, plum wine and shochu. Finish off with a selection from the one-of-a-kind cocktail menu and a delicious house-made dessert with fresh seasonal fruits. Opening hours: Mon – Sat 12.00pm to 3.00pm Sun – Thurs 5.30pm to 10.00pm Fri – Sun 5.30pm until late



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SHOU SUMIYAKI 160 Little Bourke Street Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9654 3933 Shou Sumiyaki is a unique Japanese-style barbecue restaurant which fresh meat, seafood and vegetables are grilled over a charcoal flame. At Shou Sumiyaki we offer the Japan’s latest technology – a ‘smokeless’ charcoal griller where customers can enjoy a Japanese-style charcoal barbecue in a smoke-free environment. We select the finest ingredients for sumiyaki – the beef is premium grade 7+ marble Wagyu Beef ranging from short ribs, tenderloin to scotch fillet, all sliced and cut to perfection. The pork is a special breed of black hair pig from Japan. We only use the freshest seafood delivered from the market. Your experiences are enhanced by friendly, personalized and professional service. Our Shou Yakitori sake bar offers Izakaya style bench-top dining where you can enjoy Japanese-style petite dishes, charcoal barbeque skewers, the finest sake, shochu elixrs, local and imported beer and refreshing cocktails. Opening hours: Sun – Thu 12.00pm to 3.00pm, 5.30pm to 11.00pm Fri – Sat 12.00pm to 3.00pm, 5.30pm to 12.00am



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MAN MO 42 NewQuay Promenade Docklands Tel: +61 3 9642 1997 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



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WATERMARK Tenancy 9, 800 Bourke Street, Victoria Harbour, Docklands Tel: +61 3 9642 1880 Overlooking the Docklands’ picturesque Victoria Harbour, this unique venue accommodates drinking, dining and functions in different spaces. The combination of stunning views and waterfront ambience will impress a cosy dinner with friends, a private function in the Loft, sun drenched dining in the Pavilion, or a wine or beer after work. With slick decor and modern furnishings, Watermark maintains the air of a relaxed and friendly local. Situated moments away from Etihad stadium, the Watermark will jazz up your nights with its modern and mellow live musicians. There is also a simple, elegant and contemporary set of dishes, great for sharing and perfect for business lunches or intimate dinners. Friendly and efficient staff provide upmost service, leaving diners free to soak up the harbor-side ambiance. Opening hours: Mon – Fri 11.30am until late Sat – Sun 5.00pm until late



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RED SPICE ROAD 27 McKillop Street Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9603 1601 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 (22 seats and 30 seats), a courtyard under the stars and skyscrapers, and a buzzing bar with an Asianthemed cocktail list. Opening hours: Mon – Sat, lunch and dinner Closed Sundays except for December and special events.



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THE MEAT & WINE CO 3 Freshwater Place, Queensbridge Square, Queensbridge Street, Southbank Tel: +61 3 9696 5333 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 & 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 also on offer. Designed to compliment the entire menu, it features stunning local and international choices. 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 & Wine Co is a Southbank dining experience that is truly a cut above. Opening hours: Sun – Thur 12.00pm to 10.00pm Fri – Sat 12.00pm until late



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After Dark

From hole-in-the-wall music venues to rooftop garden bars and lavish cocktail lounges, Welcome To finds Melbourne’s nightlife to be an Aladdin’s cave of after dark treasures.

THE TOFF 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9639 8770 Slide into one of The Toff’s 1930s Overlander-style train carriages for a cosy dining or drinking affair. The extensive menu boasts exotic and hardto-find drinks, ranging from Belgian Trappist beers through to lavish Cristal champagne. Food is served until 2am.

GOLDEN MONKEY Rear 389 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9602 2055 For a taste of Asia, head to awardwinning bar, Golden Monkey, which serves up Asian-inspired tapas and cocktails. Star anise, vanilla infused shochu and zen green tea liqueurs are just a few of the ingredients here that are set to impress. Settle into this 1920s-style ‘opium den’ with some juicy Shanghai dumplings and a tasty cocktail, such as the Grape Balls of Monkey, which features gingerbread infused syrup and toasted cinnamon grapes!

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. GIN PALACE 10 Russell Place, Melbourne CBD Tel: +61 3 9654 0533 Tucked away down a quiet lane, this palace is your perfect escape. And if you appreciate a fine martini, you may have found just the place to nestle in for the night. Seated on plush velvet sofas within a dark and moody interior, you will be feeling a million dollars at the Gin Palace, particularly when you sample some of the fine cocktails mixed by the staff, who certainly know their business.

PARIS CAT 6 Goldie Place, Melbourne Tel: +61 3 9642 4711 As you slink down to the basement of this secret hideaway, prepare to be aurally entranced by the smooth sounds of underground jazz. The club is reminiscent of the 1930s French bebop scene and has jazz-inspired artworks adorning the exposed brick walls. Take a seat stage side and get intimate with some of the best local and international jazz acts going around. 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. MADAME BRUSSELS Level 3, 59 Bourke Street, Melbourne Tel + 61 3 9662 2775 Have your very own garden party right in the heart of the CBD, while basking in the delight that is Madame Brussels. Situated on a swanky terrace lined with fake grass, Madame Brussels’ customers are waited on by cute boys in tennis shorts serving up such beverages as Pimm’s. The party doesn’t end when the sun sets, as this popular rooftop bar fills with an eclectic crowd after dark. w



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 installation, Naked for Satan features its own lager and cider on tap, along with its special selection of pintxos and vodkas. A bit of Basque culture in Melbourne!

SPICE MARKET Beany 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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SOUTH AUSTRALIA 184 Welcome to Adelaide 188 Maps of Adelaide 189 South Australia 2012 Events Calendar 190 Adelaide Must Dos


192 Adelaide â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A Perfect Day 196 Adelaide Shopping 204 Adelaide Dining 208 Adelaide After Dark

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William Light. Much of Light’s vision for Adelaide remains today with elements of his design among the city’s defining features – long wide streets, tidy inner grids, city squares and serene parkland. It only takes a short stroll along Adelaide’s stately North Terrace to reveal more of the city’s history. Running along the edge of the CBD, North Terrace is home to many of Adelaide’s early Heritage and cultural buildings, including Old Parliament House, the old Adelaide Railway building (which now houses the Adelaide Casino), the National War Memorial and the South Australian Museum. Nestled among the grand buildings on this historic street is the Art Gallery of South Australia. While it is well worth a visit for the architecture alone, the gallery




t is often said that Adelaide is more of a country town than a bustling urban centre. True, the city’s leafy streets, ample parkland and sheer friendliness lend it a distinctly pastoral air. But behind Adelaide’s quiet demeanour lies one of Australia’s most sophisticated cities, with the arts, fashion, food and, yes, the wine, to prove it. Located on a flat, coastal plain between the rolling foothills of the Mount Lofty Ranges and the Gulf of St Vincent, Adelaide is at once a gateway to the spectacular South Australian landscape and an intriguingly elegant metropolitan centre. Founded in 1836 as a colony of free, mostly working class British immigrants, Adelaide’s carefully planned centre was designed by soldier and surveyor Colonel

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Jamie Farshchi explains that, with its wide streets, Mediterranean climate and close proximity to more than 200 cellar doors, Adelaide weaves a certain magic on the unsuspecting visitor.

With more restaurants per capita than any other Australian city, one can only be spoilt for choice when eating out in Adelaide. Try Gouger Street for high-end restaurants, serving everything from Italian to South Pacific fare. Many a delicious breakfast can also be found here. Halifax or Waymouth Streets offer a diverse culinary experience, Rundle Street is perfect for alfresco dining and your caffeine fix can be found at Paddy’s Lantern on Gilbert Street. Venturing out to King William Road in Hyde Park, just a 10-minute drive from the city centre, also delivers a wealth of dining choices, not to mention some big name and local boutique fashion. Neighbouring Norwood Parade is both a shopping haven and busy café precinct.


is also home to an impressive permanent collection of early prints and drawings, and hosts dynamic temporary exhibitions year round. The arts are undoubtedly at home on Adelaide’s picturesque and vibrant streets; the city’s long list of annual festivals boasts theatre, dance, visual arts, music and even cabaret. Taking place in March, the Adelaide Festival, WOMAD and Adelaide Fringe are renowned events, showcasing artists from around the world. Adelaide is also home to a number of food and wine festivals. Tasting Australia and the Crush Festival take place in the stunning Adelaide Hills, and showcase local produce and some of South Australia’s famous wineries, which are worthwhile sojourns in themselves for the travelling foodie.


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Walk the esplanade at Brighton Beach, take in the sunset on the Henley Beach foreshore or take a day trip to the beachside suburb of Glenelg.

Adelaide’s Mediterranean climate is made for outdoor living and the city’s beautiful botanic gardens, at the east end of North Terrace, and pretty walking trails are the perfect way to take advantage of the warm climate. Walk along the Linear Park Trail on the River Torrens or, better yet, take advantage of the Adelaide City Bike Scheme to borrow a bike free of charge, courtesy of the local council, and navigate the trails on two wheels. Adelaide’s hot summers and mild winters also allow its multitude of white, sandy beaches to be enjoyed year round. Walk the esplanade at Brighton Beach, take in the sunset on the Henley Beach foreshore or take a day trip to the beachside suburb of Glenelg. A short flight or ferry ride from the mainland, Kangaroo Island has some of South Australia’s most secluded and spectacular beaches and is teeming with wildlife. Spot kangaroos, rare bird life and sunning sea lions, and in the winter months migrating southern right whales can be seen from the shore. Two hours north-west of Adelaide lies the wild, rugged landscape of the Flinders Ranges where tall ghost gums, unusual geographical formations and deep valleys typify

the ancient landscape. Wilpena Pound, a large craterlike natural amphitheatre of mountains at the heart of Flinders Ranges Natural Park is a highlight of the region. Of course, no visit to Adelaide would be complete without a winery tour or two, and there are many to choose from. The National Wine Centre on North Terrace runs wine tasting sessions and is the perfect place to become an aficionado of the region. Venture into the stunning Adelaide Hills, out to the Barossa or Clare Valleys or tour the historic Penfolds Magill Estate for a winemaking pedigree at its finest. If wine is not your thing, Adelaide has plenty of the amber liquid too. Tours of Coopers Brewery in the city centre reveal the history of one of Australia’s most iconic beer brands. Boutique breweries such as Port Dock allow revellers to partake in the ‘brewers-paddle’, a six-brew tasting complete with a bitterness chart and tasting notes. Adelaide’s serene atmosphere calms even the most frenetic of travellers; it’s a city that prides itself on a laid back sophistication, with unparalleled dining, wine and cultural experiences. No matter how much time you have to enjoy it, chances are you’ll want to stay. w



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Events Calendar South Australia 2012 © Adelaide Cabaret Festival

SANTOS TOUR DOWN UNDER 15 to 22 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 and regional South Australia in this week-long event that attracts spectators from all over the world. Location: Adelaide and regional South Australia Tel: +61 8 8463 4701

CLIPSAL 500 ADELAIDE 1 to 4 March Motor sport lovers embrace this action-packed 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 and GT championships, this is a must for any car enthusiast. Location: Victoria Park Racecourse Tel: +61 8 8212 8500

ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL 24 February to 18 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

TASTING AUSTRALIA 26 April to 3 May Appearing on the South Australian events calendar once every two years, Tasting Australia is one of the nation’s most anticipated and highly regarded foodie events, with a showcase of the best produce, food products, wine and beer from around the globe. The festival also hosts more than 60 public events, including appearances by celebrity chefs and cooking demonstrations. Location: Various locations throughout South Australia Tel: +61 8 8463 4698

ADELAIDE FESTIVAL 2 to 18 March For the past 50 years, the Adelaide Festival has made a name for itself delivering the world’s best artists, companies and productions. There are a range of artistic genres to enjoy, including theatre, dance, music, cabaret, opera and literature. The festival also attracts other events, which are run in conjunction with it, such as this year’s Adelaide Writers’ Week and the South Australia Short Film Awards. Location: Various locations around Adelaide Tel: +61 8 8216 4444

ROYAL ADELAIDE SHOW 7 to 15 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, the joys of this carnival 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


WOMADELAIDE 9 to 12 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 CABARET FESTIVAL 8 to 23 June The city’s bars, cafés, restaurants and clubs are transformed to create a cabaret mood that best showcases this seductive festival. Each year the festival attracts tens of thousands of visitors to the city, which is testament to the draw that this performance style has. Location: Various venues throughout Adelaide Tel: +61 8 8216 8600


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ADELAIDE ZOO More than 1800 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 WARRAWONG WILDLIFE SANCTUARY Want an opportunity to get up close to Australian flora and fauna? Just 25 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. Location: Stock Road, Mylor (via Stirling) Tel: +61 8 8370 9197

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

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 delve into Australian Aboriginal history by immersing yourself among more than 3000 examples of Indigenous artefacts and archival material such as film, sound recordings, photographs, field notebooks and manuscripts. Location: North Terrace, Adelaide Tel: +61 8 8207 7500 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 to gaze on animals such as cheetahs, giraffes, lions, rhinos, chimps and painted dogs. Come face to face with Africa’s most spectacular animals. Location: 3401 Old Princes Highway, Monarto Tel: +61 8 8534 4100 NATIONAL WINE CENTRE OF AUSTRALIA For those of you who relish a bold shiraz or go weak at 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

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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 HAHNDORF HERITAGE TOWN Dating back to 1839, this charming town has been officially declared 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

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



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 its history through various photographs, newspaper clippings, artefacts and trinkets. Location: Adelaide Arcade, Adelaide Tel: +61 8 8223 5522

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 7070

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NATIONAL RAILWAY MUSEUM For train spotters and ferroequinologists (people who study trains) 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 ART GALLERY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA Since 1881, the Art Gallery of South Australia has been home to one of Australia’s best art collections and today hosts a permanent collection of 38,000 Australian and international pieces, including paintings, drawings, photos, sculptures, ceramics, jewellery and furniture. The gallery, which is housed in an ornate building that is in itself worth the visit, also features constantly changing exhibitions, an award-wining restaurant and a bookshop. Location: North Terrace, Adelaide Tel: +61 8 8207 7000 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, which overlooks the main lake or, for a quick latte, visit Cafe Fibonacci. Location: North Terrace, Adelaide Tel: +61 8 8222 9311

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A Perfect Day Unley and Hyde Park Sunbathing on a pristine beach, sampling bratwurst in a traditional German settlement, meandering through some of Australia’s premier vineyards, then testing their best drops coupled with some local fare – there are many perfect days to be had in Adelaide, as Welcome To discovers.

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9.30am Unley has 45 kilometres of marked bicycle paths, so what better way to explore the area than on a bike? There are several bicycle hire vendors around the city to get you started.

3pm After lunch, enjoy a coffee at one of the many cafés on King William Road before exploring some of the area’s galleries. Hughes Gallery at the Fullarton Park Centre, for example, has regular exhibitions showcasing a mix of renowned and upcoming Australian artists.

11.30am For a spot of shopping, head to King William Road, which runs from Unley through to Hyde Park. Here you will find a range of high-end fashion boutiques, antique stores and beauty salons, as well as restaurants and cafés.

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1pm For lunch, make sure you drop in at Italian dining institution Parisi’s Restaurant on King William Road, where you can sample from an authentic menu including antipasto, pasta and pizza in a rustic courtyard or intimate indoor setting.

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4.30pm Aboriginal owned and operated gallery Marshall Arts in Hyde Park is another place to visit for Australian art, as it specialises in authentic contemporary Indigenous artwork, particularly investment pieces.

6pm With a range of restaurants including Thai, Italian and Indian, Unley Road is a great stop-off for dinner. End the night with a drink at Boho Bar, which is a burlesque and cabaret themed bar, also along Unley Road.



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Shopping on Unley Road Unley Road is one of 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: • A Main street of over 460 businesses • over 30 restaurants & cafes • boutique fashion • entertainment • health & wellbeing • hair & beauty • Jewellery • antiques & seconds • homewares & gifts • a wide range of professional services

Check us out on the iPhone app – Google Connect Unley on iTunes What to know more? Email us on – Open 7 days 5 minutes from the CBD

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A Perfect Day Coastal Regions

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9am Adelaide is blessed with beautiful coastal towns such as Semaphore, which has a family-friendly, white-sanded beach and is a perfect spot to start the day with breakfast at one of its several cafés along Semaphore Road.

2pm Keep heading south and you’ll hit Glenelg, the most famous of Adelaide’s beachside towns. Visit Holdfast Bay, where you may like to take a dip in the sea or park up on the white sand.

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4pm Fishing, swimming with the dolphins, sailing and scenic walks are but some of the area’s favourite pastimes and will keep you occupied for hours. Or you may like to take a look at the shops, restaurants, cafés and bars on Jetty Road or at the Holdfast Marina.

12.30pm For lunch, visit one of the seaside pubs or restaurants for which Adelaide’s coastal region is renowned. The Grange Jetty Café in Grange or Henley on Sea in the next suburb south, Henley Beach, are two of the most popular.

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6pm There are plenty restaurants in the area to find a place for dinner. Seafood is, of course, the speciality of the region and Sammy’s on the Marina on Holdfast Promenade or the Brighton Jetty Café on Brighton Beach are both highly recommended.



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10am Take the time to continue down Semaphore Road to peruse its range of eclectic boutiques. The area is also home to many historic structures, including the oldest working carousel in the southern hemisphere, which sits below the Time Ball Tower (built in 1875), as well as the 1920s Palais bathing pavilion, which was renovated in the early 1990s and now operates as the Palais Hotel.

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9.30am Thirty kilometres south-east of the CBD are the stunning Adelaide Hills, which have plenty of activities on offer to make for the perfect day trip. Start your adventure by meeting and greeting some of Australia’s most iconic fauna – including kangaroos, wallabies, emus and koalas – at Cleland Wildlife Park in Crafers.

Hahndorf Inn. © Adam Bruzzone, South Australian Tourism Commission

11am The Adelaide Hills are also known for their quality fresh produce, so why not sample the fruits of the land at the Adelaide Hills Farmers’ Market, which operates at Mount Barker every Saturday morning. All the produce is seasonal, but at any time of the year you’ll be able to find wine, jams, freshly ground coffee and hot food.

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12pm Down the road you’ll find Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement, where you’ll come across the world-renowned Beerenberg Farm, which grows cherries, gherkins, plums, rose petals and hot chillies for use in its trademark jams, relishes and condiments.

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4pm While you’re here, visit farmyard and nature wildlife park, the Hahndorf Farm Barn or the Hahndorf Academy with its German Migration Museum and Retail Gallery. Then there is The Cedars, which is a quaint old home once used as the studio of famous artist Sir Hans Heysen. It also still displays a collection of his artwork.

6pm Another of Adelaide Hills’ drawcards is its wineries, as some of Australia’s best cool-climate wines come from the region. There are several vineyards that host wine tastings and Maximilians Restaurant and Cellar Door not only has tastings, but also boasts a restaurant where you can indulge in some delicious local food and wine (but of course!). w


2pm The Hahndorf town itself has retained much of its German heritage and traditions with historic architecture from the time of settlement, German bakeries and smallgoods shops. Traditional German fare is also on offer at places like the Hahndorf Inn. And there are many galleries and souvenir, gift and craft shops to peruse.

Adelaide Hills Market. © Adam Bruzzone, South Australian Tourism Commission


Cleland Wildlife Park. © Adam Bruzzone, South Australian Tourism Commission

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in Adelaide

From high-end international fashion collections and chain department stores, to the works of local couturiers and small one-off boutiques, Adelaide has all that is needed to satisfy even the fussiest shopaholic, as Welcome To discovers.

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Shopping bag one:

ADELAIDE CBD RUNDLE MALL With around 23 million visitors a year, Rundle Mall is Adelaide’s leading retail centre and gathering point. Here you will find 15 arcades, more than 175 fashion stores and around 700 retailers in total, so you’ll be sure to uncover something of interest. While you’re here, visit the Adelaide Central Plaza, which has over 35 boutique stores including retail giant David Jones. Location: 7 James Place, Adelaide CBD ADELAIDE ARCADE Everything about Adelaide Arcade is grand and opulent, from its frontage on Rundle Mall to its fully restored interior, which perfectly reflects the affluent 19th century post-gold rush era in which it was built. Today more than 100 speciality retailers, including several jewellers, giftware shops and fashion boutiques, line the arcade. The arcade also has its very own museum, detailing its history with photos, memorabilia, artefacts and newspaper clippings. Location: Off Grenfell Street and Rundle Mall, Adelaide CBD

UNLEY AND HYDE PARK KING WILLIAM ROAD Stretching from Unley to Hyde Park, King William Road is loaded with stylish boutiques stocking the latest international fashion trends and home-grown designers such as Brown Sugar, Boo Radley and Liza Emanuele. One-off giftware, homeware, wine, furniture and jewellery stores are also found along the strip. And, after a big day shopping, you can refuel in one of the many restaurants or cafés, or freshen up at one of the day spas or beauty salons. Location: Unley and Hyde Park are situated approximately three kilometres south of the CBD



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Adelaide Arcade... Enjoy the Experience Adelaide Arcade is Adelaide’s most beautiful shopping arcade. Enjoy a unique shopping experience surrounded by stunning architecture and old world charm, offering over 70 specialty retail and service outlets including six of the finest jewellers in the state. Between them they carry some of the worlds most sort after and precious gems from Argyle Pink Diamonds to the worlds best pearls. Café’s and chocolate shops, add to the variety while different and exclusive gifts, watches, pens and Australian souvenirs are all part of Adelaide Arcade’s unique offer. The balcony level is occupied by a combination of courtiers and artists creating beautiful jewellery and art objects, and includes Adelaide’s only bespoke tailor. Adelaide Arcade has its very own Museum showcasing its colourful history. Set up on the balcony level of the Arcade explore artefacts, photographs, newspaper clippings, trinkets and even an accordion that plays the official ‘Adelaide Arcade Polka’. Start at the top of the stairs leading up from Gays Arcade and follow the pictures and stories up to the balcony level. The Museum is open during the Arcade shopping hours and there is no charge to wander through – just spend some time! Your time in Adelaide won’t be complete without a visit to Adelaide Arcade. Enter via Rundle Mall, by the fountain or from Grenfell Street.

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Shopping bag three:

THE PARADE The Parade is one Adelaide’s most popular alfresco dining and shopping boulevards and so is abundant in cafés, a range of dining options, fashion stores, homeware boutiques, and hair and beauty salons. The recently redeveloped James Coke Park, located just behind the Parade, is a great place to take some time out, as it has picnic facilities, a playground and seating. Location: The Parade runs parallel to Magill Road in Norwood

Shopping bag four:

GLENSIDE BURNSIDE VILLAGE Burnside boasts one of Adelaide’s most comprehensive and exclusive shopping experiences with more than 20 speciality stores, including Spanish retail giant Zara, and some of Australia’s most renowned fashion labels such as Sass & Bide and Carla Zampatti. Just like the calibre of its stores, the centre itself is second to none with a stylish interior, newly added developments and a remarkable 18-metre high, 100-year-old River Red Gum covered by a 21-metre curved glass roof. Special events and exhibitions are also regular occurrences at the village throughout the year. w Location: 447 Portrush Road, Glenside



NORWOOD MAGILL ROAD Situated in Norwood on the doorstep of the CBD is Magill Road, an eclectic shopping strip with a collection of antique shops, galleries, restaurants, historic hotels, and homeware and giftware stores. Magill Road also has an organic precinct where shoppers can peruse a selection of organic food, produce, beauty products and eco-friendly goods. Location: Norwood is located approximately two kilometres east of the CBD

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Explore the unique side streets, alfresco cafes and the latest in fashion, health and beauty, jewellery, toys, entertainment and homewares. Enjoy over 700 speciality stores and 15 Arcades and Centres in one destination.

Download the Rundle Mall iPhone app for free, and stay up to date on the latest news and activities happening in the Mall.


Monday to Thursday 9am – 7pm* Friday 9am – 9pm Saturday 9am – 5pm Sunday 11am – 5pm *Trading hours vary between stores

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Adelaide Central Plaza Fashion Central

David Jones Jigsaw Cue David Lawrence Connor Events Declic Joanne Mercer Rhodes & Beckett Resort Report Maggie T Portmans L.A.X Esprit Kids Pumpkin Patch

Lifestyle Central Atomic Watch & Style The Opt Shop Optometry Aesop L’occitane The Body Shop Bed Bath N Table ACP Newsagency Dick Smith Electronics Chemist Warehouse Gauci Hair & Beauty

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Boost Juice Michel’s Patisserie Nando’s The Coffee Club Subway T Bar Sumo Salad Bravo Expresso Genki Roll Roshan’s Noodle Bar Fiesta Yiros Mandarin Express David Jones Foodhall The Bean Hit

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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, XLMWMWXLITPEGIXS½RHWSQIXLMRKHMJJIVIRXIMXLIV 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 like Magill Road.

Magill Road… a journey of discovery.

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in Adelaide

After indulging in the scrumptious fare of Adelaide’s best restaurants, Welcome To discovers just how the city manages to support the highest concentration of restaurants per capita in Australia.

THE MANSE 142 Tynte Street, North Adelaide Tel: +61 8 8267 4636 Located in a Victorian mansion built in 1882, complete with open fireplaces, five dining rooms and an outdoor terrace, The Manse has a charming and cosy ambience that can only come with a setting as grand as this. The modern French menu is delightfully crafted, with a focus on presentation. To get the full gastronomic experience, try the degustation, which comes in ‘grande’ and ‘petite’ to cater for appetites big and small.

CHLOE’S RESTAURANT 36 College Road, Kent Town Tel: +61 8 8362 2574 In this Victorian villa, which has décor, antiques, fine paintings and one of Australia’s biggest and most extensive wine cellars to match, owner and sommelier Nick Papazahariakis works closely with head chef Johnny Triscari to construct a menu that works in synergy with the award-winning wines at hand. The emphasis is on using fresh, seasonal produce – much of it straight from the restaurant’s own garden.



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JOLLEYS BOATHOUSE 1 Jolleys Lane, Adelaide Tel: +61 8 8223 2891 Enjoy lunch or dinner at one of Adelaide’s most iconic restaurants – Jolleys, a former boathouse on Torrens Lake. Cosy up for a meal by the warmth of the fire indoors or watch the world go by with alfresco dining in the warmer months. The contemporary Australian cuisine changes seasonally and comes complete with an extensive wine list. BRITISH INDIA 270-276 Morphett Street, Adelaide Tel: +61 8 8212 2411 British India is a throwback to the days of the Raj with colonial-inspired décor and a menu of traditional British cuisine enlivened with some Indian spice, reflecting the merging of these two cultures. The shepherd’s pie with Indian spices and the rack of lamb with tandoori marinade are particularly good examples of this! You can also get old Indian classics such as rogan josh and butter chicken, and, for the best of both worlds, the Thali Room has traditional Indian sharing plates, so you can sample a complete range of dishes.

LIDO 12 Holdfast Promenade, Glenelg Tel: +61 8 8294 0111 With views of the marina and ocean as its backdrop, Lido offers the perfect spot for an enjoyable alfresco dining experience. The menu includes Italian and Mediterranean inspired pizza, pasta, seafood and mains. While you’re here, be sure to try the butter fried whole quail, which comes chargrilled – bellissimo! TOP OF THE WORLD REVOLVING RESTAURANT Level 12, 760 Anzac Highway, Glenelg Tel: + 61 8 8376 0050 Top of the World takes quality dining to a new level – high above the skyline, where you will have 360-degree revolving views of beachside town, Glenelg below. From good old Aussie fish and chips to lobster and seafood sampling platters, which feature an extensive range of the freshest and best from the sea, you’ll certainly find your seafood fi x here! w


BLANC BISTRO AND GRILL 31/81 O’Connell Street, North Adelaide Tel: +61 8 8361 8988 Head chef Norman Thanakamonnun’s mantra – ‘simplicity is best’ – translates to his menu, where fresh, unspoilt flavours speak for themselves. This awardwinning modern seafood restaurant has coupled its catch of the day well with local produce. Try the freshly shucked oysters with Thai dressing or the Moroccan seafood clay pot, which is perfectly flavoured by Moroccan spice, tomato, preserved lemon and green olive.

GAUCHO’S 91 Gouger Street, Adelaide Tel: +61 8 8231 2299 Australia’s first Argentinian restaurant does not disappoint when it comes to quality, authenticity and taste. The secret behind the cuisine at Gaucho’s is the ageing process of its meats, which are butchered on-site daily and chargrilled in true Argentinian style with traditional herbs and spices. Those with a sweet tooth will appreciate the ‘postres’ or dessert menu, which takes influence from Spain and Italy and includes favourites such as churros and affogato.


ÀUGE 22 Grote Street, Adelaide Tel: +61 8 8410 9332 Àuge produces Italian classics alongside modern day marvels in its menu, which changes with the seasons and reflects what is available locally. Care is taken, not only in the preparation of handmade pastas and handpicked local produce, but in the appreciation of the cuisine itself. The bar specialises in aperitifs to whet the appetite, then it’s on to the appetisers and entrées. Pick something off the comprehensive menu or indulge in the four- or six-course degustation, as long as you leave enough room for dessert or the range of cheeses directly imported from Italy.

HEAD CHEF GINZA JAPANESE RESTAURANT What kind of experience do you hope diners have at Ginza Japanese Restaurant? Ginza is the only restaurant in Adelaide that presents real, authentic Japanese dishes. Authenticity and the high quality of cuisine, utilising the freshest local South Australian produce, are the highlights of the Ginza experience. What is your signature dish? Sushi and sashimi that use South Australia’s high quality local produce and directly imported fresh seafood from Japan. What is your favourite local ingredient to work with? Fresh tuna delivered from Port Lincoln and oysters from Adelaide.

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GOLDEN DRAGON PALACE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 2-3, 242 Hutt Street, Adelaide Tel: +61 8 8227 1253 Golden Dragon specialises in authentic Cantonese cuisine, as well as live seafood and lobster. Hong Kong Style Yum cha is also available daily. Opening hours: Lunch: Mon – Sun 11.00am to 3.00pm Dinner: Mon – Sun 5.00pm to late

TREASURY ON KING WILLIAM 144 King William Street, Adelaide Tel: +61 8 8212 0499 The multi-award winning Treasury on King William is the name given to the restaurant and bar within the Medina Grand Adelaide Treasury. The décor is contemporary with Italian designer furniture combining with warm, vibrant colours to create a simple, yet sophisticated atmosphere. This Heritage-listed building also combines its historic façade with a modern interior. The Treasury offers the best of South Australia’s fresh produce including mouth-watering oysters and mussels from the famed west coast of the state, locally bred prime cuts of beef and lamb, and of course much more. Opening hours: Breakfast: 7 days Lunch: Mon – Fri Dinner: Mon – Sat


GINZA JAPANESE RESTAURANT 48 Unley Road, Unley Tel: +61 8 8357 3888 Visit Ginza for authentic Japanese cuisine and the only Yakiniku (Japanese-style barbecue) restaurant in South Australia. Opening hours: Lunch: Mon – Fri 12.00pm to 2.30pm Dinner: Mon – Sun 5.00pm to late




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LIDO RESTAURANT Marina Pier Holdfast Shores, Glenelg Tel: +61 8 8294 0111 Situated towards the end of the Glenelg marina pier is Lido, the perfect spot for a relaxing lunch or leisurely dinner. Enjoy the warm atmosphere of the restaurant or take the opportunity to dine alfresco and take in the beautiful ocean and marina view. With our menu, which incorporates Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, we have something to suit all tastes and budgets. Opening hours: 7 days lunch and dinner

TOP OF THE WORLD REVOLVING RESTAURANT Level 12, 760 Anzac Highway, Glenelg Tel: +61 8 8376 0050 Amidst a myriad of colours, sights and sounds of an exciting seaside resort, the Top of the World Revolving Restaurant allows you to enjoy fantastic cuisine and magnificent views of Adelaide, the Mt Lofty Ranges and the idyllic sunset on the ocean horizon. The restaurant also provides a superb selection of succulent steak, chicken and vegetarian dishes, as well as a comprehensive childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s menu. Opening hours: Sat and Sun 12.00pm to 3.00pm Tues to Sun 5.30pm until late


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After Dark

THE APOTHECARY 1878 118 Hindley Street, Adelaide CBD Tel: +61 8 8212 9099 Situated in a Heritage-listed building, this European-style wine bar sets an inviting vintage mood with its antique décor, including 130-year-old mahogany pharmacy cabinets and old leather chaise lounges. And the wine isn’t bad either – with more than 1200 drops to choose from, it’s no wonder The Apothecary 1878 was the 2011 South Australian winner of Gourmet Traveller’s Australian Wine List of the Year Award.

SANGRIA Y PINTXOS BAR Corner Morphett and Gouger Streets, Adelaide CBD Tel: +61 8 8410 7617 As a part of the über chic Mesa Lunga restaurant, this cosy lounge bar offers an authentic Spanish experience. Accompany your imported vino, sangria, boutique beer or cocktails with some of the bar’s trademark tasty tapas – who could resist such creations as the calamares fritos (fried squid) or bocadillo con sardinas (fried sardine and aioli sandwich)?

LA BOHÈME 36 Grote Street, Adelaide CBD Tel: +61 8 8212 8884 Allow yourself to be transported into the revelry of a sophisticated Parisian nightspot when you step foot in La Bohème. Sip on cocktails, quality local and imported wine, boutique beer or the house speciality absinthe, while you indulge in the live music, DJs and cabaret shows that feature throughout the week.

THE OYSTER BAR 14 East Terrace, Adelaide CBD Tel: +61 8 8232 5422 As the name suggests, this is the place to visit for oysters and lots of them. You’ll find a variety of chilled and grilled oysters with a range of toppings, including Thai, Atlantic, Kilpatrick or your own selection of flavours. But don’t let the extensive oyster menu fool you, another star of the bar is the wine, which has been carefully selected from South Australia’s finest cellar doors, as well other locations from Australia and overseas.

DISTILL 286 Rundle Street, Adelaide CBD Tel: +61 8 8227 0825 After opening in late 2006, Distill quickly became recognised for its fresh and unique perspective on cocktails, which sees an emphasis on using organic and ethical products and produce to create its renowned cocktails and snacks. Even the wine is locally sourced, in order to cut down on the carbon emissions associated with long haul freight.

COOPERS ALE HOUSE Earl of Aberdeen Hotel, 316 Pulteney Street, Adelaide CBD Tel: +61 8 8223 6433 This quintessential Australian pub wasn’t always known as the Coopers Ale House, but the establishment has been a popular drinking hole for weary travellers since it first opened its doors in 1850. Today, there are various rooms in which to enjoy a classic gastro pub snack or meal accompanied by something from the extensive wine list… or a Coopers ale on tap, of course!

BAR CUBA 70 Waymouth Street, Adelaide CBD Tel: +61 8 8231 2144 This lively cocktail lounge pays homage to the intricate nature of the various rums of the world via the true essence of Cuba and the Caribbean. Bar Cuba’s imported rum collection is, in fact, said to be Australia’s largest and translates to a rum list that is pages long. Its contents are recommended to be appreciated on the rocks or even straight up. But if rum is not your thing, fear not, as there is also an extensive wine list, as well as cocktails ranging from old classics right through to exclusive Bar Cuba creations made from an assortment of spirits. APPLE 5-9 Synagogue Place, Adelaide CBD Tel: +61 8 8223 7753 With three different bars spaced over two floors, you are spoilt for choice at Apple. The contemporary décor of shiny trimmings, mirrors, low hanging lights, padded booths, velvet drapes, Louis XV armchairs and vibrant use of colour all set the scene of this extremely stylish establishment. The drinks list is just as impressive with a range of exotic cocktails, single-malt whiskies, Armagnacs and cognacs. w



Welcome To raises a toast to Adelaide – a city that proves to be as colourful, entrancing and lively by night as it is by day.

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Experiences you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get elsewhere...

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Welcome to Queensland

216 Maps of Brisbane 217

Maps of the Gold Coast

218 Queensland 2012 Events Calendar


220 Brisbane Must Dos 224 Brisbane â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A Perfect Day 227 Brisbane Shopping 230 Brisbane Dining 234 Brisbane After Dark 236 Gold Coast Must Dos


240 Gold Coast Shopping and Dining 244 Welcome to Tropical North Queensland 248 Tropical North Queensland Must Dos

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Queensland is a majestic composition of lush forests, idyllic beaches, vibrant city life and all-round activity, as Emily Parker reveals.

River, the city is renowned for its many bridges traversing many waterways, several of which are lit up spectacularly at night. A relaxing river cruise is a great way to get your bearings of the city and enjoy the view, plus there are several urban villages comprising Brisbane’s culture and arts to see. Stroll the West End for a quirky mix of more than 70 different cultures or peruse Paddington’s character and charm created by its traditional villas stuffed with antiques and curios. Fortitude Valley is also bursting at the seams with live music, international cuisine and designer drinks. And, after all that, you can indulge yourself hunting for unique souvenirs among the creative offerings at the Valley Laneway Markets.




h Queensland… ‘The Sunshine State’, as the local car number plates cheerfully boast. And they are not wrong. Think of Queensland and think of sweet pawpaw, turquoise waters, rainbow fish, golden sands and swaying palms. It is a state famous for its syrupy rum, fresh seafood and faded curtains – here the air is thick with heat and the breeze is fresh with salt. Situated on Australia’s east coast, Queensland is a large chunk of mainland Australia (more than 1.73 million square kilometres or roughly 25 percent of the country’s land mass), reaching as far west as the red sands of the Simpson Desert, north to the Torres Strait (next stop Papua New Guinea) and just south enough to claim Coolangatta. Thought to have been settled no less than 40,000 years ago by Aboriginal tribespeople, Queensland wasn’t endowed with its grand name until 1859, after the eponymous Queen Victoria signed the official Letters Patent to free the state from New South Wales. Today, Queensland is a tourist’s haven and its major travel destinations are split into three main geographic monikers: the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Tropical North, along with the state capital, Brisbane. We shall start our journey of the state, however, with the flash and cash of the Gold Coast, 20 kilometres north of the New South Wales border on the east coast… It’s the high-rise holiday apartments, casinos, malls and theme parks of the Gold Coast that are synonymous with a true-blue Queensland holiday. A very popular destination for nationals and foreigners alike, the Gold Coast is centred on a pristine section of coastline. So you will hobnob with pro surfers at the aptly named Surfer’s Paradise, while enjoying the all-but-guaranteed sunshine for which this place is so famous. The Gold Coast is also full of action-packed, familyfriendly fun with adventure park destinations such as Dreamworld, Sea World, Wet ‘n’ Wild and Movie World. If you’re looking for an easy, breezy destination with a taster of just about everything, then this place is for you. It is designed with tourists in mind – it’s wining, dining and activities galore, all within easy reach of your first-class hotel room. Moving north about an hour’s drive up the Pacific Motorway, our next stop is the state capital, Brisbane. There are 1.5 million Queenslanders who call this city home, making this the third most populous metropolis in Australia. Conveniently situated alongside the Brisbane

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from the picturesque Glasshouse Mountains, first viewed by Captain Cook aboard the Endeavour in 1770, to the unbroken stretches of great sands at Fraser Island. With a landmass of 1840 square kilometres, the World Heritage-listed Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island and offers an experience of a lifetime. Wild oceans break onto 120 kilometres of sandy beach, which also doubles as the local highway and airstrip – so watch out for aeroplanes and automobiles! There is a plethora of things to see and do here – rent a four-wheel drive and explore the old logging roads that wind around the island, see native rainforests stretch high into the sky from but a few grains of sand, spot a lonely dingo skulking through the bush, hike a humongous dune to a freshwater lake,


No visit to this part of the state would be complete without a trip to Australia Zoo, a stone’s throw up the highway. The park is the environmental conservation vision of iconic Aussie, Steve ‘The Crocodile Hunter’ Irwin and his passion for all things reptilian is evident from the moment you step through the gates. It’s great to see his inspiring work continue in this fun, yet informative environment where you get to familiarise yourself with some of the local flora and fauna – kangaroo feeding and koala hugging are a must! Next on the agenda is the Sunshine Coast (which starts around 100 kilometres north of Brisbane), an area of outstanding natural beauty and home to the most individual national parks in Queensland –


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explore the remains of the Maheno shipwreck or take a scenic flight over the mirrored lakes and perhaps even spot a whale out at sea – this place is truly magical. The Sunshine Coast is also home to the Noosa region, famous for its laid-back lifestyle, sun and surf. It’s a hub of activity – you can enjoy a cookery course, ride a gondola, dive the reef, take a surf lesson or shop at one of the many boutiques, all set against a backdrop of lush forest and solitary beaches. From wild times to wildlife and wilderness, the Tropical North completes your Queensland adventure. Nestled next to the Coral Sea and bordered by the Atherton Tablelands to the west, Cairns is a great place to see and do all that Tropical North Queensland has to offer. Here, you are a short boat ride out to the Great Barrier Reef, where world-class diving and snorkelling are essential. And if you can’t dive, why not learn? Courses are plentiful and the corals are calling. If that doesn’t float your boat, there are a multitude of other adrenaline charged activities, such as whitewater rafting or bungy jumping. North of Cairns is the tropical paradise of Port Douglas, a celebrity hideaway where designer boutiques and hotels sit atop more than six kilometres of golden sand. Rent a bike to explore the palm-fringed beach where the water is clear as glass, or relax along the rivers, reef and rainforests of Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest, which is plain spectacular and, sitting adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef, is the only place on the planet where two such World Heritage areas meet! If Queensland has a jewel in her crown then this is surely it. With all of this to see and more in between, I’m sure that Elizabeth II herself would agree that Queensland is worthy of its reputation as a land fit for a queen. And that’s fair dinkum. w

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A very popular destination for nationals and foreigners alike, the Gold Coast is centred on a pristine section of coastline.

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Events Calendar Queensland 2012

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BRISBANE TENNIS INTERNATIONAL 1 to 8 January After a successful tournament in 2011, which again saw an impressive international line-up of tennis players from around the world compete, the Brisbane Tennis International returns to the state-of-the-art Queensland Tennis Centre for some preAustralian Open clashes. Location: Queensland Tennis Centre, Brisbane Tel: +61 7 3120 7930

APPLE AND GRAPE HARVEST FESTIVAL 2 to 4 March With apple peeling, grape jam making and quilting competitions, the Apple and Grape Harvest Festival is a quintessential regional Aussie event and its biennial occurrence becomes the highlight of Stanthorpe’s calendar. Fireworks, live music, market stalls and, of course, food are other features of the three-day event, which attracts crowds of up to 80,000. Location: Stanthorpe, approximately 200 kilometres south-west of Brisbane Tel: +61 7 4681 4111 EASTERFEST 6 to 8 April Every year during the Easter long weekend, Toowoomba hosts Australia’s largest drug and alcohol free music festival at Queens Park. Camping on-site is one of the best ways to enjoy the festival, which has around 40,000 visitors annually. There are also many non-music attractions to enjoy such as bazaars, show rides and delicious street food! Location: Queens Park, Toowoomba Tel: 1800 665 511 JULIA CREEK DIRT AND DUST FESTIVAL 20 to 22 April Over three days, the outback comes alive at Julia Creek. The Dirt and Dust Festival celebrates its 18th year in 2012 and continues to bring its tradition of entertaining wide audiences through a variety of activities such as triathlons, horse races, live concerts and rodeo shows. Location: Julia Creek, McKinlay Shire Tel: +61 7 4746 7690



LADIES MASTERS 2 to 5 February The RACV Australian Ladies Masters is one of the southern hemisphere’s leading women’s golfing tournaments, and 2012 will mark this event’s 22nd 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

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NOOSA FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL 17 to 20 May Australia’s leading chefs, restaurateurs, winemakers and food producers come together for this enticing festival. The Noosa Food and Wine Festival offers visitors four days of entertaining events, including concerts, cooking demonstrations, appearances from celebrity chefs and, of course, tastings! Location: Various locations throughout Noosa Tel: +61 7 5447 5666 PORT DOUGLAS CARNIVALE 18 to 27 May The Port Douglas Carnivale opens with a grand street parade, showcasing locally made floats that captivate the 10,000 visitors who descend on this quaint town for the festival. The carnival program has something for everyone with events covering interests in culture, arts, food and outdoor sports. Location: Port Douglas Tel: +61 7 4084 0044

AAMI STRADBROKE RACE DAY 9 June Featuring 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 TOOWOOMBA CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS 21 to 30 September Every September, the city of Toowoomba is transformed into a colourful garden paradise, showcasing award-winning floral displays and hosting a floral parade that features impressive locally made floats. There’s also the Food and Wine Festival with cooking demonstrations of local dishes to appease your tastes. Location: Toowoomba CBD Tel: 1800 331 155 BRISBANE GOOD FOOD AND WINE SHOW 9 to 12 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


CAPTAIN COOK 1770 FESTIVAL 26 to 27 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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Must Dos

ALMA PARK ZOO This picturesque zoo is a great day trip for the entire family. It houses a colourful range of exotic and endangered animals, plus a number of new exhibits. It also offers a VIP experience, where visitors are given the opportunity to hand feed the zoo’s red panda. The zoo also provides free barbecue facilities for an outdoor lunch. Location: Alma Road, Dakabin **Note: the zoo will be relocating mid2012, please check website for up-to-date address. Tel: +61 7 3204 6566 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

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

QUEENSLAND ART GALLERY AND GALLERY OF MODERN ART Located along the Brisbane River, the Queensland Art Gallery is one of Australia’s premier art museums and features a collection of more than 14,000 works of local and international art, as well as constantly changing exhibitions and programs. Less than 200 metres away at Kurilpa Point is the Gallery of Modern Art, which perfectly complements the Art Gallery with its vast array of 20th and 21st century artworks. Location: Stanley Place, South Bank Tel: + 61 7 3840 7303 BRISBANE POWERHOUSE CENTRE FOR THE ARTS Once one of Brisbane’s main power sources, this distinctive landmark is now a 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: 119 Lamington Street, New Farm Tel: +61 7 3358 8600 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

Brisbane Botanic Gardens. © Tourism Queensland

BRISBANE BOTANIC GARDENS MOUNT COOT-THA Brisbane has another beautiful garden up its sleeve and it’s the botanic gardens just seven kilometres from the CBD. The gardens cover 52 hectares of lush flora and manicured gardens, including Japanese gardens, a scented garden, a tropical greenhouse and the biggest collection of Australian native rainforest trees in the world. You’ll also find the Freedom Wall monument and the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium here. Location: Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong Tel: +61 7 3403 8888 XXXX BREWERY TOUR A staple of Australian culture is beer and a great way to get a better understanding of why this is so 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, the XXXX Brewery Tour is your ticket to discovering a taste of the science, art and heritage that nurtures this liquid gold. The brewery is also open for lunch daily. Location: corner of Black and Paten Streets, Milton Tel: +61 7 3361 7597



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 or have an encounter with a Tasmanian devil, all while enjoying the surroundings of a well-preserved natural environment. Location: 708 Jesmond Road, Fig Tree Pocket Tel: +61 7 3378 1366

succulents, rainforest ferns, coastal wetland species and a spectacular, everchanging display of annuals in the aptly named Spectacle Garden. Location: 1 Parkland Boulevard, Brisbane Tel: +61 7 3006 4545

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WHALE WATCHING Recognised as one of the best whale watching areas in Australia, Brisbane’s Moreton Bay makes for a fantastic day trip. The bay welcomes a number of different species, including the majestic humpback whale. Brisbane Whale Watching guarantees whale sightings from June to October and, with a minimum number of boats allowed in the marine park at any one time, you’ll really feel a close connection to these gentle giants. Location: 11/133 Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe Tel: +61 7 3880 0477 RIVER CITY CRUISES One of the best ways to see the River City is on a river cruise. There are several operators departing at different times during the day and offering different experiences such as dinner cruises or a ride on an old paddle wheeler. River City Cruises depart daily from the South Bank Parklands, and 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, South Bank Parklands Tel: +61 428 278 473 STORY BRIDGE ADVENTURE CLIMB The Story Bridge Adventure Climb is a real adrenaline 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

Story Bridge. © Thomas Hansson

Phone (07) 3361 7597 or visit

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ROMA STREET PARKLAND 1 Parkland Boulevard, Brisbane Tel: +61 7 3006 4545 Roma Street Parkland is an urban oasis in the heart of Brisbane, which has a rich, vibrant history that has made it the botanical wonder it is today. It was originally the land of the Turrbal people, who were said to have used the area for recreation, hunting and camping. It is now a 16-hectare horticultural spectacle, and is the largest urban subtropical garden in the world. The park is divided into several precincts, including the Spectacle Garden, the Lake Precinct, the Forest and Fern Gully, the Celebration Precinct and the Upper Precinct. Guided walks offer visitors the opportunity to learn more about the beautiful flora and fauna on display. There are even specialised walks for children under five! Alternatively, the Parkland Explorer train takes visitors on a tour of the subtropical landscape, with an audio guide highlighting points of interest along the way. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always something happening in the park, with various events scheduled all year round, so why not see it for yourself? Opening hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week.



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A PerfectSouth DayBank

From shopping expeditions in funky boutiques and weekend markets, to strolling through lush parkland or going on a culinary adventure in some of the city’s best restaurants, Veenah Gunasegaran enjoys a couple of perfect days in Brisbane.

Rainforest Boardwalk South Bank Parklands. © Tourism Queensland

9.30am Take an early morning stroll through the rainforest along South Bank’s Boardwalk, before tucking into breakfast at one of the Little Stanley Street cafés.

3pm Walk off lunch at the Parklands, which has more than 17 hectares of riverfront parkland and landscaped gardens, including the bougainvillealined Grand Arbour walkway. The relaxed atmosphere here is intentional and aimed at providing an escape from the buzz of the city. There’s also a manmade beach, if you’re interested in taking a quick dip!

11am Now you’re ready for a round of shopping! Continue down Grey Street, which is one of Brisbane’s most renowned shopping streets – you won’t be short of choice for designer boutiques and fashion retail stores here. Alternatively, hire a bike and explore the area via the many bike paths and easily navigable roads.

Wheel of Brisbane. © Brisbane Marketing

4.30pm What better way to see the entire city than by taking a ride on the Wheel of Brisbane? Offering breathtaking views across the city, the Brisbane River, South Bank and the Parklands themselves, the wheel features air-conditioned capsules that take you close to 60 metres off the ground.

1pm With your hands full of shopping bags and your legs tired from walking, take a break with some mouth-watering tapas at 5th Element. It also offers a delightful à la carte menu, if you’re looking for a heavier meal.

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7.30pm Continue to enjoy South Bank’s stunning outdoors with alfresco dining at dell’Ugo, a family-owned Italian restaurant, which specialises in seafood, meat, homemade pasta and imported Italian produce.



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Bicycle Riding at South Bank Parklands. © Tourism Queensland

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DELL’UGO SOUTHBANK 182 Grey Street, South Brisbane +61 7 3844 0500 dell’Ugo Southbank is a modern Italian restaurant located a short walk from the Brisbane Convention & Entertainment Centre and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. We accommodate for 120 people and specialise in corporate events, weddings, Christmas parties and romantic, intimate dinners. Our cuisine consists of seafood, homemade pastas and various meats, and is accompanied by an extensive Italian and Australian wine list. We welcome you to come and enjoy the warm hospitality of owner and host Soula Passaris. Opening hours: 7 days lunch and dinner 11.30am to 2.00pm 5.30pm to 9.30 pm

See Brisbane from a different angle! Located at The Parklands, South Bank, Brisbane’s vibrant cultural and entertainment district, our Giant Observation Wheel offers spectacular 360˚ panoramic views across the surrounding skyline. This graceful giant will lift you gently into the air almost 60m above the ground in a fully enclosed air conditioned capsule, ensuring your comfort by day and by night.



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A Perfect Day Fortitude Valley

Ann Street. © Tourism Queensland

The Emporium. © Tourism Queensland

9am Have a hearty breakfast at the Buzz Bistro located in The Emporium. The menu features fresh house-made peach tea and boasts something to satisfy any kind of hunger craving.

2pm Take a relaxing stroll through the Valley Markets, which are held every weekend. They are a great place to find a bargain, local designer fashion or gifts and souvenirs you won’t be able to get anywhere else.

Judith Wright Centre. © Stefan Jannides

3.30pm The Institute of Modern Art on Brunswick Street is a perfect afternoon stop-off, as you can unwind from your busy day by wandering through contemporary art exhibitions. The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts close by is another cutting-edge art space and regularly showcases a range of dance and music performances, as well as visual arts, multimedia, Indigenous theatre and screen culture.

1pm Walk out onto Ann Street to peruse a range of fashion stores and one-off Australian boutiques such as Blonde Venus and Ultra Suite. There are also plenty of quirky cafés in the area for a bite to eat or a caffeine hit.

The Zoo. © Tourism Queensland

6.30pm Spend the evening enjoying the sounds of some local performers at live music venues the Press Club or The Zoo, which depending on what night of the week it is, may be playing jazz, rock, pop, acoustic hip hop, folk or reggae. w



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10.30am While you’re there, enjoy spending a few hours shopping at The Emporium. Whether it’s fashion, homewares or even fine stationery that you’re after, you’ll be spoilt for choice with the variety of exclusive stores on offer here.

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in Brisbane

Veenah Gunasegaran finds Brisbane’s shopping scene to be as lively, colourful and cosmopolitan as the city itself.

Shopping bag one:

BRISBANE CBD Brisbane’s CBD offers a mix of beautiful views, thriving retail shopping and culture. Located at the heart of the city, beside the beautiful Brisbane River, is one of the city’s most prominent shopping malls – Queen Street Mall, which houses all the leading national and international brands. It’s considered to be a premier shopping destination for all tourists visiting the city and, when you get tired, you can always find a street-side café or seat outside and listen to one of the many buskers that frequent the street.

QUEENS PLAZA Set aside a full day for shopping if you’re intending to visit Queens Plaza and its three shopping levels! Home to exclusive Australian brands such as Zimmerman and Mimco, it also offers access to leading international brands such as Tiffany & Co., Bally and French Connection. Two of its levels are exclusively occupied by the David Jones department store, so rest assured that there will be lots of shopping to be done! Location: 226 Queen Street, Brisbane



Kisses Boutique, Fortitude Valley. © Tourism Queensland

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Shopping bag two:

FORTITUDE VALLEY THE EMPORIUM ‘The Valley’, as it is known to locals, is an innercity suburb located about a kilometre north-east of Queen Street and features a variety of shopping experiences. Here you’ll find Brisbane’s newest lavish shopping precinct – The Emporium. Among its 35 speciality stores is Alla Moda, which exclusively stocks quality fabrics from high-end labels such as Chanel, Valentino and Emilio Pucci. Enjoy this exclusive shopping experience in The Valley’s lush and trendy environment. Location: 1000 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley

Shopping bag three:

SOUTH BANK MARKETS Nestled between the Brisbane River and the South Bank Parklands, South Bank is an excellent place to do a little shopping while taking in a relaxed atmosphere. If you’re looking to buy unique souvenirs for family and friends, you’ll be spoilt for choice at the Lifestyle Market. Conducted every Friday evening and the whole of Saturday and Sunday, it features a variety of stalls that sell designer clothes, arts, crafts and street food. If you’re in town at the beginning of the month, you can also

catch the Young Designers Market, which is held on the first Sunday of every month, and is aimed at promoting local upcoming designers. Location: South Bank Lifestyle Market, Stanley Street Plaza, South Bank

Shopping bag four:

PADDINGTON THE BARRACKS On a site rich in history is the newly opened ‘The Barracks’, a landmark commercial precinct that features speciality retail shopping. Visit Fiera boutique for exquisite jewellery from local designer Ava Bae or Spencer and Rutherford for luxurious handbags. Location: The Barracks, Petrie Terrace, Paddington PADDINGTON ANTIQUE CENTRE If you’re into something a little more vintage, you’ll want to visit the Paddington Antique Centre, just down the road. Once an old theatre building, this Heritage-listed building houses 50 individual antique dealers under its roof. Walk through the aisles of stalls offering rare jewellery, collectables, furniture and an expansive collection of war memorabilia. w Location: 167 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington



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FIREWORKS GALLERY 52a Doggett Street, Newstead Tel: +61 7 3216 1250 Since 1993, FireWorks Gallery has sourced quality artworks from a diverse range of sources including through ongoing relationships with artists, selected agents, art centres and other commercial galleries. “The positioning of the gallery – through more than 300 exhibitions (nationally and internationally), public art projects, private and public commissions, artist residencies, collection development and curatorial projects – has always been at the edges that blur Indigenous and non-Indigenous art.” Over the past two decades, Indigenous art has been the subject of much industry, government and media attention. FireWorks Gallery has continued to navigate the complexities of provenance and authenticity issues, as well as other industry matters. FireWorks Gallery’s dynamic, open stockrooms comprise of an extensive range of contemporary artworks including paintings, works on paper, photography and sculptures. Opening hours: Tues – Fri 10.00am to 6.00pm Sat 10.00am to 4.00pm Otherwise by appointment

© Michael Nelson Jagamara Lightning, 2011 acrylic on canvas, 180x240cm

© David Paulson September Reflection, 2011 150x150cm


© Josie Petrick Kemarre Big summer bush flower, 2011 acrylic on linen, 186x360cm



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in Brisbane

Eager to captivate visitors’ palates, Brisbane is fast becoming a food lover’s paradise. Veenah Gunasegaran takes a look at some of the restaurants dedicated to bringing world-class cuisine to the city. STOKEHOUSE Sidon Street, South Bank Tel: +61 7 3013 0333 After much success in Melbourne, Stokehouse is bringing its chic and sophisticated style to South Bank. Expect to engage your taste buds with a Mediterranean-style menu, made with quality ingredients sourced from Queensland and around Australia. For a laidback drink, you can’t go past the bar, which also has bar food and tasting plates. COVE BAR AND DINING Sidon Street, South Bank Tel: +61 7 3844 3993 Adam Barton, owner of this chic and intimate space, achieves his goal of bringing a dash of New York’s distinctive dining style to the thriving River Bend precinct. Together with head chef, Adam Herbert, Barton has concocted a diverse menu, including a captivating taster menu comprising 15 to 20 varieties of oysters, depending on the season. The best way to get through these, of course, is with a glass of something from Cove’s extensive drinks list.

ARIA Eagle Street Pier, 1 Eagle Street, Brisbane CBD Tel: +61 7 3233 2555 With celebrated owners Matt Moran and Peter Sullivan, you’d be right to expect nothing but the best from Aria. And you won’t be disappointed. In line with the success

of its sister restaurant Aria Sydney, Aria Brisbane has received much acclaim, particularly for its contemporary menu, which reflects the unique Brisbane lifestyle. Every dish presents fresh ingredients that will stimulate the senses, especially when partnered with the perfect drop of wine. IL CENTRO Eagle Street Pier, 1 Eagle Street, Brisbane CBD Tel: +61 7 3221 6090 Il Centro certainly knows how to entertain, as it has been serving up modern Italian food with good old-fashioned hospitality from the picturesque Eagle Street Pier since 1992. Facing a menu that’s characterised by fresh seafood, the first thing you need to try on arrival is Il Centro’s signature dish – the widely talked about sand crab lasagne, which comes with a creamed crustacean sauce that’s sure to excite your palate. LIBERTINE The Barracks, 61 Petrie Terrace, Paddington Tel: +61 7 3367 3353 Chef Matthew MacLeod heads this quaint and intimate French/Vietnamese dining space in The Barracks where the likes of fresh rice paper rolls, steamed Boston Bay mussels and honey with five-spice barbecue duck rule



CUSTOMS HOUSE 399 Queen Street, Brisbane CBD Tel: +61 7 3365 8921 The iconic Customs House restaurant is a classy establishment that provides modern Australian cuisine amid historic surroundings. The extensive menu is constructed with only the freshest of seasonal ingredients and is a truly enjoyable experience, particularly while taking in the neighbouring views of the Brisbane River and the Story Bridge.

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the menu. The décor is equally impressive, with antique chandeliers, ornate wall paper, gold trimming and old timber furniture creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. ERA BISTRO 102 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane Tel: +61 7 3255 2033 Era Bistro does well at multi-tasking – not only is it an award-wining restaurant, but also a café, bar and cocktail lounge. The experienced staff do their best to create a relaxing dining experience, and executive chef Marcus Turner manages his modern Australian menu with dedication. Enjoy a three-course meal in the bistro or sample your way through Turner’s gourmet tapas menu at the bar – either way you’ll be satisfied by the end of it.

HEAD CHEF AT LIBERTINE Libertine is one of the few French/ Vietnamese restaurants in Australia. Can you tell us a little about what makes the cuisine unique? The cuisine takes the best French techniques and combines them with the fresh flavours of Vietnam. The cooking becomes light, exciting and maintains a sense of comfort. What is your favourite local ingredient to work with and why? This would have to be the bird’s eye chillies, which are grown around and sold in the Inala markets. My love of chillies has no bounds and it is an ingredient that is in 95 percent of my dishes – we use up to eight types of chilli products in this kitchen. What is your signature dish? It would have to be the Byron Bay pork belly with the sweet potato and palm sugar caramel. Where is your favourite ‘foodie’ destination in Australia and why? Tasmania. It’s a clean food producing environment and the source of a lot of my ingredients.


ORTIGA 446 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley Tel: +61 7 3852 1155 For a touch of Spain in the heart of the Fortitude Valley, make your way to Ortiga. Spanish head chef Pablo Tordesillas’ passion for the tastes and cooking techniques of his homeland translates into his cuisine, which is characterised by home-style small goods and traditional tapas. Even the décor has a distinctly rustic Spanish feel to it thanks to the wooden tables and exposed brick walls. w

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One amazing experience ...two great venues

MODERN JAPANESE DINING Sono’s Portside Restaurant is the ultimate modern Japanese dining experience. Located in the fashionable Portside complex in Hamilton, we surround our modern Japanese dining and Teppanyaki bar with stunning river views and modern Japanese-styled decor. We are particularly proud of our extensive wine cellar and we also have private dining rooms for up to 12 guests - to cater for every occasion. Lunch from 12pm Wednesday – Sunday | Dinner from 6pm Tuesday - Sunday Winner of “Best Asian Restaurant” (Savour Australia Awards 2010) Awarded Two Prestigious Glasses (Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine Awards 2010, 2011) “Top Ten Restaurant in Brisbane” (Australian Gourmet Traveller Awards 2010).

Level 1 | Building 7 | Portside Wharf 39 Hercules Street | Hamilton | Brisbane QLD 4007 T: 07 3268 6655 |

JAPAN... IN THE HEART OF BRISBANE Sono’s City Restaurant takes you on the ultimate traditional Japanese dining experience. Whether enjoying lunch or dinner, savour our authentic Japanese cuisine in a relaxing, tranquil and calm haven. Located in Brisbane’s Queen Street Mall, Sono is the perfect start or finish to a day of inner city shopping, pampering, theatre and art gallery visits or business. Private dining rooms available. Lunch from 12pm Monday - Friday | Dinner from 6pm Monday - Saturday

Call Treasury Casino & Hotel on 1800 506 889 or visit to book a room, dine at our restaurants or see what great promotions are on offer!

Winner of “Best Japanese Restaurant” (Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering Awards for Excellence 2011)

Queen Street Mall | Level 1, Tattersalls Building Corner Queen & Edward Streets | Brisbane QLD 4000 (Opposite Queens Plaza, above Bank West) | T: 07 3220 1888


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DELL’UGO NEW FARM 693 Brunswick Street, New Farm +61 7 3254 2188 With flavours and influence from Southern Italy, dell’Ugo New Farm offers truly authentic cuisine coupled with fine dining panache, great service and warmth. Hosts and owners Giuseppe and Gloria Robertiello go out of their way to make diners feel as though they are guests in their own home. In the kitchen their son and head chef Nicola follows suit with flavoursome Italian dishes crafted with obvious skill and passion. Opening hours: Mon – Sat lunch 12.00pm to 2.30pm, dinner 5.30pm to 10.00pm Sun lunch only for private function





CUSTOMS HOUSE 399 Queen Street, Brisbane + 61 7 3365 8999 The beautifully restored Customs House is a unique Brisbane heritage icon on the river in the CBD. The award-winning restaurant is located on the river level of the building in what was once the Queen’s warehouse. Guests can dine inside in the smart interior of the restaurant or outside with river views set against the building’s magnificent architecture. The cuisine is modern Australian with an emphasis on fresh seasonal produce, including seafood. Opening hours: Lunch: Mon – Sun 12.00pm to 2.30pm Dinner: Tue – Sat from 6.00pm Sunday Breakfast from 9.00am Cake and Coffee: Everyday from 9.00am

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After Dark

Brisbane’s nightlife is sprawled throughout the city with an outstanding variety of venues, which include the best of the state’s live music, innovative bar settings and exotic drinks, as Veenah Gunasegaran gleefully discovers.

BAVARIAN BIER CAFÉ 45 Eagle Street Pier, Brisbane CBD Tel: +61 7 3339 0900 Slow-roasted pork knuckle on mashed potato with sauerkraut and Löwenbräu bier jus – sounds absolutely scrumptious, doesn’t it? This newly opened bar and restaurant on the Eagle Street Pier draws on flavours from Germany and neighbouring countries to create authentic and delectable delights that accompany the European beers on tap, oh so well! CRU BAR 1/22 James Street, Fortitude Valley Tel: +61 7 3252 2400 This sleek and prominent bar stocks hundreds of bottles of the best wine Australia and, indeed, the world have to offer. Sample cheese plates, canapés or something a little more substantial from the à la carte menu, while you let your drink breathe.

BRISBANE JAZZ CLUB 1 Annie Street, Kangaroo Point Tel: +61 7 3391 2006 Move your body to the smooth tunes of live jazz, which creates the soundtrack to this renovated wooden boatshed next to the Holman Street ferry. The bar also provides sizzling cocktails and excellent views of the riverfront. Walk-ins are welcome, but bookings are recommended.

THE PRESS CLUB 339 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley Tel: +61 7 3852 1216 With a live music scene so celebrated it draws in crowds throughout the week, and a decorated and innovative cocktail list that includes drinks with names such as the Chuck Norris Fist of Fury, you are all but guaranteed a good night out at The Press Club. In fact the atmosphere is so upbeat, you’ll kick yourself if you don’t bring along your dancing shoes!

ARCHIVE BEER BOUTIQUE 100 Boundary Street, West End Tel: +61 7 3844 3419 Beer lovers listen up… for the best local and international beer in town, this is the place to go. In fact, on arrival you will be met with a beer menu so long, you won’t know where to start. But it’s not just the beer that keep the crowds coming back – the retro industrial-style backdrop also makes for a relaxed setting in which to catch up with friends while sampling a delectable modern Australian menu.

STORY BRIDGE HOTEL 200 Main Street, Kangaroo Point Tel: 61 7 3391 2266 This hotel is home to three bars: The Shelter, which has a large selection of premium local and imported beer, The Outback Bar, which has a laidback atmosphere that allows you to relax with a cold beer while listening to jazz on Sunday afternoons, and The Corner Bar, which serves everything from beer on tap to a wide selection of cocktails.

CANVAS 16b Logan Road, Woolloongabba Tel: +61 7 3891 2111 This bar may be quaint and cosy, but the atmosphere is lively and high-spirited. Cocktails are made with only the freshest ingredients and premium spirits, while the wine and beer are of the boutique and imported variety. Still not satisfied? There is always the option of ordering a punch bowl or absinthe fountain to fill your cup right from your table. w



ANISE 697 Brunswick Street, New Farm Tel: +61 7 3358 1558 This French-inspired wine bar and restaurant seats just 21 people, making it an intimate space that allows for attentive service from its staff. Combine a glass of quality local or international wine with the seasonally changing menu, or try one of the many varieties of pastis (aniseflavoured liqueur), absinthe, Armagnac or cognac for something a little different.

CLOUDLAND 641 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley Tel: +61 7 3872 6600 Walking into Cloudland, you’ll feel as though you’ve left the Valley and been transported to a whimsical land far away. The nature-inspired décor will captivate you, while the glass bar, made from 19,000 crystal balls, will definitely pull you in. Also adding to the atmosphere is the retractable roof and themed booths.

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Cru Bar. © Tourism Queensland


Anise Cafe. © Tourism Queensland

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Gold Coast

Must Dos

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 1000-seat arena, this show appeals to families and travellers alike. Bookings are essential. Location: Pacific Motorway, Oxenford 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 or tours. Location: West Burleigh Road, West Burleigh Tel: +61 7 5576 2411

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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

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: +61 7 5573 3999

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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 2222

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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 Kamikaze ride, which includes a drop so steep it almost feels vertical. Don’t forget to bring your swimsuit! Location: Pacific Motorway, Oxenford Tel: +61 7 5556 1660 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, Doughty Park, Main Western Road, North Tamborine Tel: +61 7 5545 3200 © Wet ‘n’ Wild

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SURFERS PARADISE BEACHFRONT MARKETS With around 100 market stalls, featuring arts, crafts, jewellery, photographs, homewares and beauty products, you’ll be able to pick up the perfect souvenir of your travels at this market, which is situated along the beach every Wednesday and Friday nights from 5.30pm to 10pm. Please note, however, if there is inclement weather the markets will be called off, but you can check with the organisers on the market day by calling the number below after 4pm. Location: The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise Tel: +61 7 5584 3700

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


SKYPOINT OBSERVATION DECK SkyPoint, located in the centre of Surfers Paradise, is an observation deck that takes in spectacular views of the Gold Coast. 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

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: +61 7 3227 8185

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Welcome To finds there is no better way to explore the Gold Coast than on a shopping expedition capped off by a tasting odyssey at some of the area’s best restaurants. of your travels at the Beachfront Markets. Open every Wednesday and Friday night from 5.30pm to 10pm. Location: Short walk north of Cavill Mall, Surfers Paradise

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MAIN BEACH MARINA MIRAGE With the five-star Sheraton Mirage Resort and Spa and the world’s first Palazzo Versace Hotel as neighbours, it’s no wonder Marina Mirage exudes class and sophistication. Along with its location opposite the waterfront, Marina Mirage’s charm comes from its high-end fashion stores, which stock the likes of Calvin Klein, Hermès and Carla Zampatti, as well as its resident giftware, homeware and art boutiques. Location: 74 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach

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SURFERS PARADISE RETAIL CENTRES, AVENUES AND ARCADES Surfers Paradise proves to be more than just a haven for surfers; it is also a shopper’s dream with more than 15 centres, boulevards and arcades, such as Circle on Cavill, the DFS store on Orchid Avenue and the Chevron Renaissance, specifically dedicated to retail. One of the upmarket shopping highlights has to be Elkhorn Avenue, which is renowned for its international labels including Gucci, Bally, Prada and Louis Vuitton. Location: Surfers Paradise is located in the heart of the Gold Coast along the Esplanade BEACHFRONT MARKETS With around 100 stalls stocked full of locally handmade products, jewellery, arts, crafts, beauty products and homewares, you’ll be able to pick up the perfect souvenir

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BIGGERA WATERS HARBOUR TOWN For discounts on fashion, accessories, homewares, luggage, books and gifts, you can’t go past outlet shopping destination Harbour Town. With brands such as Lisa Ho, Alannah Hill, Witchery, Peter Alexander, French Connection, Tommy Hilfiger and Oroton, you’ll be sure to find something you like. Location: Corner Gold Coast Highway and Oxley Drive, Biggera Waters



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CARRARA CARRARA MARKETS Housing more than 500 stalls chock-full of arts, crafts, jewellery, clothes, homewares and souvenirs, this typical Queensland market makes it easy to get lost. Aside from gift shopping, the markets are a perfect stop-off for breakfast or lunch with plenty of food options including fresh juice, coffee, baked and deli goods, as well as several hawker stands. Live music, face painters, rides and roving entertainers also keep the crowds entertained. Open every Saturday and Sunday from 7am to 4pm. Location: Corner Gooding Drive and Manchester Road, Carrara

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SHUCK 1-4/20 Tedder Avenue, Main Beach Tel: +61 7 5528 4286 As the name would suggest, Shuck’s speciality is oysters. Grilled, tempura, marinated or au naturel – you’ll find it here. But don’t be fooled, seafood and delectable fine dining are also Shuck favourites, so why not try the sashimi plate, the Peking duck salad or the corned veal rack with creamed cauliflower, glazed onions, pickled red cabbage and white sauce? RISTORANTE FELLINI Marina Mirage, Seaworld Drive, Main Beach Tel: +61 7 5531 0300 Fellini delightfully explores contemporary Italian cuisine while staying true to traditional flavours in its seasonally changing menu, which features a range of home-style pastas, freshly baked breads, local seafood and quality meats. In fact, the only thing that rivals the cuisine here are the magnificent views across the Broadwater. OMEROS BROS Marina Mirage, Seaworld Drive, Main Beach Tel: +61 7 5591 722 For a delicious and fresh seafood bounty from the region’s prosperous waters, visit family-run seafood institution Omeros Bros. You will not only find stunning views of the marina, but basically anything from the sea – oysters, fish, crustaceans, etc, and in an array of combinations, including chowders, salads, pastas, surf and turf (steak with seafood) or prepared with minimal additions.

BISTRO BLANC 3/72 Surf Parade, Broadbeach Tel: +61 7 5539 0085 An art deco interior creates a warm and inviting ambience for this French-inspired restaurant, which combines old favourites with nouveau dining tastes and techniques. Here, you’ll find a range of seafood, meats, pastas, risottos and desserts, such as sticky date pudding, crème caramel and chocolate tart – bon appétit! w


ROCKSALT The Aria Building, Albert Avenue, Broadbeach Tel: +61 7 5570 6076 RockSalt’s theme of modern Australian cuisine is thoughtfully reflected in its contemporary décor, which provides a stylish and relaxed dining atmosphere. Fresh, quality local produce forms the basis of each dish, as head chef and co-owner Matt Jefferson delivers on his promise of serving up the best nature has on offer through clean, crisp flavours.

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ABSYNTHE Q1 Building, Hamilton Avenue, Surfers Paradise Tel: +61 7 5504 6466 Multi Michelin-starred head chef Meyjitte Boughenout produces French food at its finest at Absynthe. Pick from the à la carte menu or, to sample a range of tastes, try the degustation menu, which is aptly entitled ‘A Journey into Taste’. Flavours here are a product of the seasons, as Boughenout incorporates the best of fresh local produce into an epicurean repertoire that warms the heart.

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Tropical North Queensland Ancient rainforest, pristine beaches, warm hospitality and a feast of delectable local produce – Jack Fisher discovers Tropical North Queensland has all the ingredients needed for an idyllic holiday.


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 to discover anyone who wouldn’t want to while 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 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.



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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 north-east of Cairns, Port Douglas is a luxury traveller’s delight. Whereas Cairns is a metropolis, Port Douglas is a hideaway for the wellto-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.



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 Tablelands 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.

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Great Barrier Reef. © Darren Jew, Tourism Queensland

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COOKTOWN If you continue further north, you’ll find the final major town on the coast, Cooktown, which 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.



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 both 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.

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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 to 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



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 the water hold as much fascination as the beach itself. 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 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 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 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; both great for sampling the local delicacies and a good opportunity to experience northern hospitality.

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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 1500 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

CAIRNS TROPICAL ZOO Come face to face with hundreds of native and exotic species all residing in a natural setting of tropically landscaped gardens at the Cairns Tropical Zoo. 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 0042 WHITE WATER RAFTING This part of Queensland is renowned for its warm water temperatures, making rafting an enjoyable and exciting way to experience this region. RnR has operated out of Cairns since 1986 and offers an exhilarating tour along the Barron River and stunning grounds of the Barron Gorge National Park. Location: Barron Gorge National Park, approximately 20 kilometres south west of Cairns Tel: +61 7 4041 9444

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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



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 3804 8411

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

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SAIL THE GREAT BARRIER REEF Discover the incredible natural wonder of the Great Barrier Reef aboard a catamaran tour. Introductory guided snorkel tours or coral reef scuba diving activities are also 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. There are several different operators and types of tours available, including Sunlover Reef Cruises. Location: Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street, Cairns Tel: 1800 810 512

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GOLF With a backdrop of lush tropical flora, stunning mountains and the aqua waters of the Coral Sea, it’s no wonder Port Douglas is home to some of the most magnificent golf courses in the world. Sea Temple Golf Club is a highlight and its world-class golf course caters for amateur and pro golfers alike. After a round of golf, retire to the Sea Temple Verandah Bar and Restaurant for remarkable views, combined with an equally impressive fine dining menu. Location: Sea Temple Golf Club, Port Douglas Tel: +61 7 4087 2222 DAINTREE RIVER CRUISE Explore a wilderness of rare birds, colourful butterflies and slithering reptiles aboard a Daintree River cruise. There are several operators to choose from, including Daintree River Cruises, which offers a range of cruise options accompanied with experienced tour guides offering an insightful commentary on the rainforest and its fascinating ecosystem. Location: Barrett Creek landing, three kilometres from Daintree Village Tel: +61 7 4222 2655 HARTLEY’S CROCODILE ADVENTURES Sitting at the foothills of the Macalister Range, Hartley’s invites you to take a

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: 1 Spence Street, Cairns Tel: +61 7 4039 9900 PRIVATE HELICOPTER TOURS Take to the air on an exhilarating flight above the waters of the Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef or fly inland to see secluded waterfalls, winding rivers and rainforest canopies. GBR Helicopters organises private aerial tours and is 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


THE WILDLIFE HABITAT See native fauna such as a southern cassowary or freshwater crocodile in the reserve’s preserved natural Australian habitats of grassland, wetland and rainforest. The behind the scenes demonstrations, guided tours, breakfast with the birds and lunch with the lorikeets also offer visitors a chance to experience native wildlife up close. Through its commitment to wildlife protection, the reserve also rehabilitates injured, sick and orphaned native animals through its Wildlife Rescue program. Location: Captain Cook Highway, Port Douglas Tel: +61 7 4099 3235

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


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in tropical north Queensland Welcome To uncovers the best spots in Tropical North Queensland for some retail therapy and epicurean delights.

NIGHT MARKETS For souvenirs, arts, crafts, jewellery, local beauty products and even caricature portraits and massages, visit the iconic Cairns Night Markets. As well as a big shopping bag, make sure you bring your appetite, as there is plenty of hawker-style food, coffee and ice-cream going around. Open every night 5pm to 11pm. Location: 71-75 The Esplanade, Cairns

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PORT DOUGLAS MERIDIEN MARINAS This 112-berth marina houses cafés, restaurants, beauty salons and 45 shops, including gift, souvenir, clothing and jewellery boutiques, as well as tour operators to help you research and book your next Aussie adventure. Location: Wharf Street, Port Douglas

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KURANDA Nestled deep within world-Heritage rainforest is Kuranda, a delightful village with a charming, laidback feel about it. Take the historic scenic railway or the rainforest gondola to the village, where you’ll find several galleries filled with artwork from local potters, painters, jewellers, sculptors, photographers and many other artists inspired by Kuranda’s beautiful surrounds. There is also the opportunity to snap up Aboriginal artwork and artefacts, as well as souvenirs, arts and crafts at the Kuranda Heritage Markets, Kuranda Original Rainforest Markets and the New Markets. Location: 25 kilometres north-west of Cairns

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WHITSUNDAYS SHUTE HARBOUR ROAD Spanning several Whitsunday hotspots such as Airlie Beach, Cannonvale and Shute Harbour itself, Shute Harbour Road has enough boutiques, shopping centres and arcades to satisfy any retail craving. There are also several cafés and restaurants, particularly along the main shopping strip, in which to rest your feet after a hard day’s shopping, and enjoy a meal, refreshing drink or snack. Location: Shute Harbour through to Cannonvale, Whitsundays



CAIRNS CAIRNS CENTRAL Tropical North Queensland’s largest shopping mall has more than 180 retail outlets and speciality stores for you to peruse, including Country Road, Veronika Maine and Myer. Location: Corner McLeod and Spence Streets, Cairns

MARCROSSAN STREET For fashion boutiques and art galleries featuring work by local artists, you can’t go past this popular thoroughfare. Each Sunday there is also the Anzac Park Market situated at the end of Marcrossan Street. From 8am to 1pm, the beachfront reserve comes alive with local artists, crafts and fresh produce, making it a shopping adventure not to be missed if you want to indulge in a little local culture. Location: Macrossan Street runs from the Esplanade to Wharf Street, Port Douglas

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OCHRE RESTAURANT 43 Shields Street, Cairns Tel: +61 7 4051 0100 For the best in Australian produce, fresh local seafood, game and bush foods, you can’t go past the awardwinning Ochre restaurant. Owner and head chef Craig Squire tantalises the tastebuds with world-renowned creations such as salt and pepper prawn and crocodile, and grilled kangaroo with Quandong chilli glaze, not to mention the wattleseed pavlova.

NAUTILUS RESTAURANT 17 Murphy Street, Port Douglas Tel: +61 7 4099 5330 Nautilus takes outdoor dining to a new level with a stunning tropical garden setting complete with ferns, flowers and three distinct dining areas – the Canopy Lounge, the Courtyard and the Forest Deck. The menu works with this tropical theme with an emphasis on using local produce.

ALAIN’S RESTAURANT 44 Coral Esplanade, Cannonvale Tel: +61 7 4946 5464 For a touch of France, head to Alain’s, where owner and head chef Alain Antonius brings traditional French cuisine to the table. Enjoy the restaurant’s intimate ambience and decor, which is modelled around 1930s Paris. The house speciality is a six-course menu, which is a fine choice if you don’t want to miss out on any of Alain’s exquisite flavours. A TOUCH OF SALT Ogden Street, Townsville Tel: +61 7 4724 4441 Enjoy Italian and modern Australian fine dining at its best at A Touch of Salt, which features the likes of confit duck with beetroot, chard, pancetta crisp and jus gras or roasted port sirloin with cauliflower purée, tea soaked prunes, savoy cabbage and smoked bacon. The menu comes complete with extensive imported wine and boutique beer lists, and seating can be found in the private degustation room or balcony overlooking Ross Creek. w


HARRISONS RESTAURANT 22 Wharf Street, Port Douglas Tel: +61 7 4099 4011 Award-winning chef Spencer Patrick works wonders weaving the best of fresh local produce into fine dining masterpieces inspired by traditional French techniques. The restaurant is situated in a colonial-style house and also has outdoor dining set in a tropical garden located in the courtyard. The lacquered duck and linguine à la mer come highly recommended.

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NU NU RESTAURANT 123 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove Tel: +61 7 4059 1880 Nu Nu’s modern menu incorporates the tastes of Tropical North Queensland into its predominantly Asian and Mediterranean inspired dishes, while the contemporary décor makes for an inviting ambience. It’s open weekends for breakfast and most days for lunch, so there is no excuse not to try the delectable cuisine on offer here.

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5 MORE DICK SMITH / Perth’s one-stop-shop for all your electronic needs. THE QUARTER ON HAY / Crowned ‘Best CBD Restaurant’ and awarded yet another ‘one star’ in WA’s Good Food Guide 2012. A must visit!

JURLIQUE / Perth’s best destination for high performance skin care products. GOLDEN BAKERY / Winner of WA’s Best Meat Pie in 2011 and easily Perth’s best bakery! NEO INTERNET / Your local internet café and social hub.












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WESTERN AUSTRALIA 254 Welcome to Perth 257 Maps of Perth 258 Western Australia 2012 Events Calendar 260 Perth Must Dos


262 Perth â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A Perfect Day 266 Perth Shopping 268 Perth Dining 274 Perth After Dark

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While it may be known for its endless expanse of golden beaches and crystal clear ocean, Perth is also a haven of bustling urban shopping, fresh food markets and chilled-out cafés, as Heather Bloom explains.

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Perth’s spectacular skyscrapers set against the backdrop of its blue skies and green landscape is something that will stay with you forever. If you’re not content with merely looking at the view of the river, there are plenty of opportunities to experience its beauty firsthand. Hire a boat and spend an evening twilight sailing, jet ski through its clear waters or spend a lazy day on the riverbank and throw in a fishing line. Next to the Swan River is Western Australia’s most frequented tourist destination, Kings Park and Botanic Garden. The perfect setting for a picnic, this lush green paradise is barely 1.5 kilometres out of the CBD, but you will feel miles away from the city as you stroll




nternationally recognised as ‘The City of Lights’, Perth earned its nickname in 1962 when astronaut John Glenn passed overhead while orbiting Earth and the city’s residents lit their houselights and streetlights as a sign of friendship. Today, however, a more apt title could be ‘The City of Light’, as the city receives more than 3000 hours of sunlight each year, making it Australia’s sunniest city. Perth was founded on the banks of the Swan River in 1829. The river itself is named after the native black swans that inhabit the area and the site remains one of the most scenic spots from which to view the surrounding city today. The magnificent image of

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pollution, no loud noises and no worries. Rottnest is a dream island, somewhere you can literally escape to. The 63 sheltered beaches mean you will always have the best spot on the sand and can relax in privacy and comfort. Rottnest Island is also home to the incredibly rare and incredibly cute quokka, a small kangaroo-like marsupial, which is native to Western Australia and in fear of extinction. Back in the city, high-end bars, funky lounges and delectable dining are all on the menu in Perth, and so you will be spoilt for choice on how to spend your evening. Days spent sunbaking on the beach require lots of hydration and there is an extensive number of bars,


through the lavish gardens, enjoy the panoramic views of the Darling Range and the resident collection of West Australian flora. Kings Park is ideal for the nature lover and houses more than 320 varieties of native plants and more than 80 bird species in the two-thirds of this 400-hectare park that is natural bush land. The rest of the park consists of cultivated gardens and open areas for all to relax in and enjoy nature at its finest. A short ferry ride 20 kilometres east of Perth is Rottnest Island, a glorious expanse of white sand and blue waters that is simply breathtaking. A unique feature of this island is that it is a car-free zone, meaning no

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clubs and pubs to get through in Perth. Smaller niche bars are popping up all over the city, so whether you are after a night of dancing until dawn or a quiet tipple before bed, Perth has your venue and your drink of choice. Check out the cocktail menu at Luxe Bar or the rare whiskeys at 1907. For wine buffs, a trip to the Swan Valley is definitely in order. Just 25 minutes’ drive outside of Perth, you will find yourself immersed in Western Australia’s oldest wine region where international labels like Houghton and Sandalford stand alongside other smaller family-run wineries.



Rottnest’s 63 sheltered beaches mean you will always have the best spot on the sand and can relax in privacy and comfort.

If you enjoy a pint, there are five award-winning boutique breweries located here to quench your thirst and they all offer tours for an insight into their unique brews. Whether you choose to pack a picnic or enjoy some of the local produce at one of the 90 restaurants and cafés, the Swan Valley certainly has a variety of gastronomical delights to tempt you. As the ultimate adventure destination, Perth also provides a range of environmentally friendly activities, including the opportunity to swim with the dolphins in various locations along the coast. Whether you choose to jump in the water with these gentle creatures or watch from the comfort of the viewing platform as the dolphins swim below your feet, you will hypnotised by their elegance and intelligence. If you liked the movie Happy Feet, you’ll love Penguin Island, which is the perfect destination for getting up close to the smallest penguins in the world. With more than 1200 penguins living on the island, and several feedings and expert commentaries each day, you’ll be sure to catch a glimpse of these gorgeous little animals. Perth is a city with the lot – fine wine, fine food, stunning natural assets and, most importantly, sunshine! And as the sun sets on this beautiful city, kick back with a glass of award-winning local cabernet sauvignon and bask in the glow of true beauty at its finest. w

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Events Calendar Western Australia 2012

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HOPMAN CUP 31 December 2011 to 7 January 2012 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 perfect spectator conditions and come with viewing packages ranging from general tickets to luxury hospitality. Location: Burswood Dome, Burswood Entertainment Complex Tel: +61 8 9388 4755 PERTH CUP 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

GEOGRAPHE BAY RACE WEEK 17 to 24 February 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

SCULPTURE BY THE SEA 1 to 19 March View the works of more than 70 local and international sculpture artists at this open-air gallery along Perth’s most popular beach. In its eighth year, this free public event just keeps getting more popular each year. And why not when you’ve got the backdrop of the Indian Ocean, made even more spectacular with the setting sun, to frame these masterpieces? Location: Cottesloe Beach, Perth Tel: +61 2 8399 0233 MANDURAH CRAB FEST 16 to 18 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 3777 MARGARET RIVER WINE REGION FESTIVAL April TBA Beautiful wine, delicious food, stunning scenery – the annual Margaret River Wine Region Festival is the ideal way to treat yourself. This festival allows you four days to discover why this region is home to wineries and vineyards that have won awards all over the world. Location: Margaret River Tel: 1300 765 518 PERTH WINTER ARTS FESTIVAL 1 June to 31 August Each winter, Perth holds one of Australia’s finest art festivals. 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



PERTH INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL 10 February to 3 March Perth’s International Arts Festival is Australia’s longest running international arts festival and showcases more than 1100 performances ranging from film and visual art displays, through to theatre and dance. This festival is as popular with locals as it is with visitors. Location: Various venues throughout Perth Tel: +61 8 6488 2000

Margaret River Wine Festival. © Margaret River Wine Industry Association

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GOOD FOOD AND WINE SHOW 13 to 15 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 NANNUP FLOWER AND GARDEN FESTIVAL 16 to 19 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 ROTTOFEST 8 to 9 September Prepare yourself for a weekend of music, film, comedy, street performers and all-round good entertainment at this event, which takes over Rottnest Island for the weekend. Not that you need the extra stimulation, but the island provides entertainment in itself with a range of attractions, including 63 pristine beaches, bike trails and a golf course. Location: Rottnest Island Tel: +61 419 833 095

SHINJU MATSURI 31 August to 9 September Meaning ‘festival of the pearl’, Shinju Matsuri is a nine-day event that celebrates Broome’s pearling days of the late 1800s when fortune seekers from across the globe descended on the place to help create the culturally rich city that it is today. The festival is Broome’s premier community, arts and cultural event and has a range of events including a colourful float parade, markets, mardi gras and a fireworks finale. Location: Various venues throughout Broome Tel: +61 8 9192 6461 SUBIACO STREET FESTIVAL December TBA 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 December To celebrate the festive season, the City of Perth hosts an enchanting collection of family-friendly entertainment set to the colourful backdrop of the city’s vibrant Christmas lights. Visit the spectacular Christmas tree display in Forrest Place or enjoy one of the fun-filled concerts or parades and carolling performances held throughout Perth. Location: Various venues throughout Perth Tel: +61 8 9461 3333


PERTH FASHION FESTIVAL September TBA 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

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Perth Fashion Festival. © Stefan Gosatti

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Must Dos

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 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 tiptop condition. There is a range of tours of the island available, including sailing, eco and coach tours, along with a number of restaurants in which to enjoy a meal or snack. Location: 18 kilometres from Perth, off the Western Australian coast Tel: +61 8 9372 9732

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 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. This 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 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

Australian pelican, Perth Zoo. © C Urioso

WESTERN AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM Showcasing permanent exhibitions devoted to each of Western Australia’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. Location: James Street Mall, Perth Tel: +61 8 9212 3700 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 HILLARYS BOAT HARBOUR One of Perth’s premier recreational destinations, Hillarys Boat Harbour has just about something for everyone with its extensive range of restaurants, cafés, shops, bars and nightclubs. Walkways offer the perfect route for a scenic stroll, while the beach provides for a enjoyable setting from which to take a dip; the Aquarium of Western Australia and play centres with waterslides, mini golf and other games also feature at the harbour, which is only a 20-minute drive from the city centre. Location: Southside Drive, Hillarys, Perth Tel: +61 8 9448 7544



Rottnest Island. © J Ohansson

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 St Martin-in-the-Fields in London. Location: Barrack Square, Riverside Drive, Perth Tel: +61 8 6210 0444

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A Perfect Day South Perth

From sunning yourself on the beach, to sailing on a river and wandering through pristine gardens, the world’s sunniest capital city lives up to its reputation as having plenty on offer, as Welcome To reveals…

The Boatshed Restaurant. © Tourism Western Australia

Swan River. © Tourism Western Australia

9am Take the ferry across the Swan River from the city’s main ferry terminal at the Barrack Street Jetty to the Mends Street Jetty to start your day in South Perth. Then pop in for a coffee and breakfast at Atomic Espresso, also on Mends Street.

3pm Explore the river a little closer by hiring a catamaran at the Coode Street Jetty for a sail on its pristine waters. Even if you don’t have any experience of sailing, instructors are able to offer some basic coaching and demonstrations, so you’ll be able to take to the water in no time.

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5pm Relax with a cold beverage on the veranda of the Windsor Hotel. Built at the end of the 19th century, the hotel is National Trust-listed and has undergone renovations that have preserved its traditional architecture and inserted some modern fl air to the décor.

1pm Make your way through leafy Sir James Mitchell Park on your way back to the Swan River for lunch. The Boatshed Restaurant has impressive views matched by its epicurean menu, where the Tasting Plate comes highly recommended.

Australia Day fireworks over Perth. © Tourism Western Australia

7pm Finish the night with dinner and drinks at Coco’s on the Esplanade. Coco’s is situated right on the water, so it would be hard to find a venue with better views of Perth’s CBD than this, and that’s why it is one of the most highly sought after locations from which to watch Australia Day celebrations when the city skyline lights up with fireworks.



Surfcats and the Perth skyline. © Tourism Western Australia

10.30am Stretch the legs with a stroll through Windsor Park and view its artwork on your way to Perth Zoo, where you can view a range of local wildlife, as well as exotic creatures from around the globe.

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Visit South Perth Just across the Swan River from the Perth CBD and ďŹ ve minutes on the ferry.

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A Perfect Day Fremantle

© Maritime Museum

9.30am Before you start your tour of this seaside town, brief yourself on its history with a visit to its waterfront district. Fremantle was basically built on the back of its docks and wharfs, and places such as the Maritime Museum in Victoria Quay provide an insight to this.

Fremantle Arts Centre. © Tourism Western Australia

11am Set in an 1864-built gothic building among immaculately kept grounds, the Fremantle Arts Centre is one of the area’s premier attractions. The constant cycle of collections, exhibitions and events, as well as the café, ensures that there is always plenty going on here.

3pm For an insight into Fremantle’s penal past, take a guided tour of the Round House, which was opened in 1831 to house anyone convicted of a crime in the settlement. The Notre Dame University close by is another example of some of Fremantle’s historic architecture, and also worth a visit.

1pm Take the time to peruse some of the produce and products Fremantle has on offer with a wander down High Street to browse some of the boutiques. Or, if it is Friday, Saturday or Sunday, visit the Fremantle Markets on South Terrace. Here you’ll find more than 150 stalls with fresh produce, jewellery, antiques, accessories, gifts and homewares.

Cicerello’s, Fishing Boat Harbour. © Tourism Western Australia

4pm Those with a sweet tooth will appreciate a trip to Fremantle Chocolate with its expansive range of chocolates and sweets, and the functional factory where you can watch the entire process take place. With more than 300 chocolate products, there’s no doubt you’ll be able to find something to nibble on!

6pm For dinner, head to Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour, which is a fully operational fishing port, as well as a home to cafés, restaurants, bars and even a brewery! Mussel Bar and Cicerello’s are recommended for a taste of fresh fish and chips – yum! w



The Round House. © Tourism Western Australia

High Street, Fremantle. © Tourism Western Australia

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Grey Nurse Shark, AQWA’s shipwreck coast

Explore over 12,000 kms of Western Australia’s coastline in just one day ‡ Australia’s largest aquarium and underwater tunnel ‡ Giant sharks, stingrays and turtles ‡ Beautiful living coral reefs ‡ Interactive fun ‡ Licensed café and exclusive giftshop

Hillarys Boat Harbour | Open Daily 10am -5pm | 9447 7500 |

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in Perth

As well as being a haven of pristine beaches, activity-friendly waterways and lush parkland, Perth is a retail paradise, finds Welcome To.

Shopping bag one:

CBD KING AND HAY STREETS Situated in the heart of the city, King and Hay Streets are the best places to start your Perth shopping odyssey, as they have all the big name local and international brands, quirky boutiques, department stores such as David Jones and Myer, and stylish cafés – perfect for respite in between shopping. The streets themselves have a distinct European feel about them, with late 19th century architecture adding to the sophisticated atmosphere. Location: Centre Perth CBD

Shopping bag two:

SUBIACO THE COLONNADE Five kilometres west of the CBD is Subiaco, which is renowned for its sports venues, restaurants and shopping. The Colonnade on Hay Street is one of the suburb’s retail highlights, with fashion boutiques such as Lisa Ho, Saba and Merge. Out on Hay Street itself, drop in for a coffee at one of the cafés or visit one of the several boutiques. The intersecting Rokeby Road is also known for its cafés and boutique shopping. Location: Colonnade Shopping Centre, 388 Hay Street, Subiaco


WESLEY QUARTER The CBD also has several small shopping malls jampacked with retailers. The Wesley Quarter is one such outlet and features exclusive brands such as Burberry, Emporio Armani, G-Star and Alannah Hill. Location: Williams Street, Perth CBD

LONDON COURT London Court is a 1937-built English Tudor village with a retail walkway. It is known particularly for its antiques, accessories, jewellers, gifts and souvenirs. Location: London Court, off Hay Street Mall, Perth CBD


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CLAREMONT THE CLAREMONT QUARTER Claremont may not be the biggest of places, but what it lacks in size, it certainly makes up for in style, with several boutique shopping destinations to peruse. The Claremont Quarter on Bayview Terrace is one of the area’s shopping highlights and houses a range of fashion stores, including iconic Australian fashion labels Carla Zampatti, Alannah Hill and Charlie Brown. Times Square, located opposite Claremont Quarter on Avion Way is also the place to visit for fashion with many of the resident designers, such as Ae’lkemi and Poppy Lissiman, originating from Perth itself. Location: 9 Bayview Terrace, Claremont


THE BAYVIEW CENTRE Just down the road again is the Bayview Centre, which has a range of health, beauty, fashion, homeware and other speciality stores. w Location: 303 Stirling Highway, Claremont

The Claremont Quarter on Bayview Terrace is one of the area’s shopping highlights and houses a range of fashion stores, including iconic Australian fashion labels Carla Zampatti, Alannah Hill and Charlie Brown.


Shopping bag three:

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in Perth

Nyssa Veraphunt discovers a depth of flavour, innovation and culinary enthusiasm bursting from Perth’s dining scene. C RESTAURANT Level 33, 44 St Georges Terrace, Perth CBD Tel: +61 8 9220 8333 Perth’s only revolving restaurant impresses with stunning, panoramic views of the city, but it is its modern Australian cuisine that receives most acclaim. With a focus on incorporating fresh local produce, popular dishes include the whole Pemberton marron with pesto gnocchi and vanilla veloute, and the Margaret River wagyu beef sirloin with parsnip mash and morel sauce.

JACKSON’S RESTAURANT 483 Beaufort Street, Highgate Tel: +61 8 9328 1177 Neal Jackson brings a veritable array of innovation and style to his restaurant, which has a revered appreciation for seasonal ingredients and flavours. Order from the à la carte menu or, if you have a little more room in your belly, you should try Neal’s ‘Dego’ (degustation) menu, where you’ll find delights such as Cambinata yabbies with black pudding, hollandaise and peas and Shark Bay crab salad with manjimup truffle dressing and foie gras snow.

THE QUARTER 93-95 William Street, Perth CBD Tel: +61 8 9322 2424 As one of Perth’s most stylish wine and cocktail bars and restaurants, The Quarter is a popular venue for socialising and dining. But with a menu that features thoughtfully constructed dishes such as basil and brioche crusted salmon with pepperade and confit cherry tomatoes, you’ll certainly want to do more of the latter.

DIVIDO 170 Scarborough Beach Road, Mount Hawthorn Tel: +61 8 9443 7373 Co-owner and executive chef Jason Jujnovich brings a wealth of culinary knowledge to Divido, having studied under the likes of Gordon Ramsay and Stephen Terry. The philosophy behind Divido is ‘modern’ Italian cuisine, which entails combining traditional Italian flavours with contemporary dishes and techniques to create a refreshing and original menu.

RESTAURANT AMUSÉ 64 Bronte Street, East Perth Tel: +61 8 9325 4900 After honing his culinary skills in an array of awardwining restaurants around the globe, Hadleigh Troy returned home to Perth in 2007 to open Amusé, which has quickly become a testament to fine dining and modern European degustation. Incorporating seasonal produce, the menu changes frequently, but you can always rely on quality and definitive taste at Amusé.

GREAT MELLIE 37 High Street, Fremantle Tel: +61 8 9433 4616 Born and trained in Lyon and having worked in Michelin-starred restaurants throughout France, Great Mellie owner and chef, Frederic Verschoore, has an intimate and expert knowledge of traditional French cuisine, which he brings to the table (so to speak). Choose from the à la carte menu or, if you can’t decide on what to eat, try the discovery menu – the name says it all.



BALTI INDIAN RESTAURANT 3/2 St Georges Terrace, Perth CBD Tel: +61 8 9221 3306 Tapping into the knowledge of its chefs, who hail from various parts of India, Balti offers a dining experience that reflects the true diversity of Indian cuisine. Dedication is also taken to ensure dishes are as authentic as possible with the use of herbs and spices specifically imported from India. The dining space is contemporary and comes complete with a modern bar offering the perfect spot for a pre- or post-dinner drink.

BISTRO FELIX WINEBAR 118 -120 Rokeby Road, Subiaco Tel: +61 8 9388 3077 While it may be more commonly referred to as a wine bar, Felix is a restaurant in its own right – choose from a tasty range of entrées, starters or beautifully assembled mains, which include the likes of oven roasted barramundi with sweet parsnip purée, baby leaf spinach and saffron and vanilla sauce. As you would imagine, Felix also has a comprehensive wine list, with hundreds of different types of wines sourced locally and from abroad to perfectly match any meal.

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THE LOOSE BOX 6825 Great Eastern Highway, Mundaring Tel: +61 8 9295 1787 In a restaurant catering for ‘the adventurous foodie’ with a ‘dedication to the pleasures of fine French cuisine and fine wine’, you are assured a unique and satisfying experience at the Loose Box. Be warned that the menus are only there as a guide – the cuisine changes on a regular basis, as chef Alain Fabrègues works with the market produce of the day. STEVES FINE WINE AND FOOD 30 The Avenue, Nedlands Tel: +61 8 9386 3336 Whether it’s a big breakfast, a gourmet lunch, tasty tapas, a hearty dinner or a decadent dessert you’re seeking, Steves has you covered. This focus on presenting a diverse and pleasurable culinary experience also spills over to the adjacent food and wine store, which stocks quality gourmet products and wines varying from the old and rare, to new blends and the best boutique drops from Australia and overseas. ISHKA The Breakwater, 58 Southside Drive, Hillarys Boat Harbour Tel: +61 8 9448 5000 Ishka is a celebration of Western Australia’s fine fresh produce, with exceptional modern-Australian dining creations, particularly involving seafood. The views across the harbour are only matched by the cuisine, which features the likes of pan-fried tiger prawns with saffron, vanilla cream sauce, shaved fennel and dill, and seared peppered duck breast with bok choy, pickled cucumber and scallops with black bean and chili dressing. w

Hadleigh Troy OWNER AND HEAD CHEF, RESTAURANT AMUSÉ What kind of experience can diners expect to have at Restaurant Amusé? We promise to deliver just that, an experience. Our guests simply need to sit back, relax and let us do all the work, with their every need anticipated! How do you come up with the ideas and inspiration for new dishes? I have been fortunate enough to train under several amazing chefs, who have provided me with a wealth of inspiration. On a daily basis, the producers that I work with and the products that arrive at my back door keep me constantly inspired and driven to do them justice. Do you have a favourite local product or ingredient to work with? West Australian marron (a type of crayfish) is perhaps my favourite local ingredient. I am constantly creating new dishes to showcase this fantastic product. Where is your favourite ‘foodie’ destination in Australia? I have too many to pick a favourite... I am inspired by the myriad amazing producers in South Australia and Tasmania, the dining scene in Melbourne, the chefs of Sydney, the markets of Noosa and the farmers of our great state of Western Australia!



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THE BREAKWATER 58 Southside Drive Hillarys Boat Harbour, Hillarys Tel: +61 8 9448 5000 The Breakwater’s prime location right on the edge of Hillary’s Boat Harbour overlooking the marina and ocean would be enough to impress any visitor, but pleasingly there’s so much more to enjoy here than million-dollar views. Welcome to The Breakwater! Awarded the “Best Venue in Australia” (national Australian Hotels Association awards), The Breakwater aims to keep all visitors happy, and incredibly, it seems to be doing so successfully. Downstairs, the breezy lower deck bar spills out onto the boardwalk and its urban-resort style furnishings, clean glass walls and oodles of lounged nooks and crannies make this space a popular venue on both weekends and weekdays. The Breakwater is also gaining popularity as one of the trendiest places to enjoy a famous Perth Sunday session and a late night drink with friends. It also houses a great mix of locals and tourists alike. Opening hours: Mon – Sun 11.00am until late.



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ISHKA RESTAURANT The Breakwater 58 Southside Drive Hillarys Boat Harbour, Hillarys Tel: +61 8 9448 5000 Located upstairs at The Breakwater is Ishka Restaurant. With uninterrupted views across the harbour, this dining hot spot offers one of Perth’s most exceptional outlooks. The décor in Ishka is as impressive as it is elsewhere in the venue - towering glass windows rise from the lower deck to the ceiling and custom-made Swarovski crystal chandeliers hang over diners’ heads as they peruse the menu, which features a tonne of fresh Western Australian seafood, generous modern Australian dishes and amazing desserts. Opening hours: Mon – Sun 12.00pm until late.


REIDS LOUNGE The Breakwater 58 Southside Drive Hillarys Boat Harbour, Hillarys Tel: +61 8 9448 5000 Lovers of über-plush, swanky cocktail bars are heading up the stairs of The Breakwater to Reid’s Lounge. Here, sophisticated guests recline on imported European arm chairs, and perch on plush cushioned pouffes, while sipping on an extensive range of boutique beers, spirits and wines in a more relaxed environment. There is an amazing cocktail list on offer, and there is no better place along the coast to soak up the water views than perched up on one of the many balconies overlooking the harbour. Opening hours: Mon – Sun 11.00am until late.



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NINE MARY’S 16 Milligan Street, Perth Tel: +61 8 9226 4999 Nine Marys is regarded as one of the finest Indian restaurants in Australia, and is credited with: • Having the first Indian tapas bar in Perth • Using the finest of ingredients and quality fresh local produce • Being very popular with top mining giants in the Perth CBD • Boasting top Indian chefs Nine Mary’s has instantly become a darling of restaurant critics, with some hailing it as setting a new benchmark in modern eating (West Australian, May 2004). Others have seen it as creating a coming of age in Indian food (Sunday Times, May 2004). The office fraternity have also given Nine Mary’s a huge thumbs-up, making it a new lunch favourite, while Friday and Saturday nights are extremely busy with many making it the night’s social activity. Head chef and master of the kitchen Sid Grewal has worked in the restaurant industry his entire working life, and constantly experiments with new ingredients to deliver superb Indian cuisine. Opening hours: Lunch: Mon to Fri from 11.30am Dinner: Mon to Sat from 5.30pm



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BALTI 3 / 2 St Georges Terrace, Perth Tel: +61 8 9221 3306 Balti combines an authentic Indian feel with stylistic, upmarket decor to create a uniquely balanced atmosphere of comfort and traditionalism, ensuring you enjoy the ambiance as well as the delectable Indian cuisine. The staff at Balti will go the extra mile to make sure you have all that you require; guaranteeing your meal and experience is tailored to your needs. Balti welcomes you to enjoy the taste of India in our fine dining restaurant; however, if you prefer the comforts of your own home, we also deal in takeaway and would be delighted to provide you with our cuisine to enjoy within the comforts of your living room. Opening hours: Lunch Mon â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Fri 11.30am to 2.30pm Dinner Mon â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sun 5.30pm to 10.30pm



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After Dark

Heather Bloom finds Perth’s reputation as a world-class after dark entertainment destination is growing fast, with a culture of outstanding alleyway bars, decadent cocktail dens and sophisticated wine lounges steadily becoming the staple of nightlife here.

EAST END BAR 189 High Street, Fremantle Tel: +61 8 9335 3331 Walk the red carpet and indulge your senses at the lavish East End Bar, where you will mingle with Perth’s highflying glamour crowd. From the works of art on the walls to the decadent red chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, this bar will leave you in awe from the moment you enter to the time you tear yourself away.

DOUBLE LUCKY 11/663 Newcastle Street, Leederville Tel: +61 401 226 929 Offering an intimate and funky experience, Double Lucky is hidden down an alleyway, past a display of urban artwork. Once you make it inside, the eclectic mix of Edwardian and Victorian furniture will make you feel right at home, as Double Lucky dazzles guests with its vintage décor and fantasy atmosphere.

GEISHA BAR 135 James Street, Northbridge Tel: +61 8 9328 9808 Inspired by the geisha, a magnificent creature of Japanese etiquette and beauty, the Geisha Bar is fitted out with Japanese pop art and has a stylish modern appeal. An elegant setting for a late night out (the bar doesn’t open until 11pm), here you can sip your sake in one of the many plush alcoves, which are perfect for intimate encounters. HELVETICA 101 St Georges Terrace, Perth CBD Tel: +61 08 9321 4422 A little piece of Melbourne in Perth, Helvetica is a part of the changing landscape of Perth nightlife, where smaller scale clubs and cocktail lounges appearing across the city, such as this, are redefining the word ‘exquisite’. Sophisticated and stylish, Helvetica leads you to its portal by the chandeliers adorning the laneway, and then it’s into the bar where you can enjoy expertly mixed cocktails or a whisky nightcap.

HULA BULA BAR 12 Victoria Avenue, Perth CBD Tel: +61 8 9225 4457 Fall into the world of the exotic and eccentric at Hula Bula Bar, Perth’s only tiki bar. This is the tropical island paradise you have been looking for in Perth’s urban hub. Head back to the 1960s in the surrounds of this retro-styled Pacific-themed bar, then let yourself be carried away on a Hawaiian dream. NINE MARY’S 6 Milligan Street, Perth CBD Tel: +61 8 9226 4999 Make your way to Australia’s first Indian tapas bar for some very tasty and traditional bite-sized Indian morsels, including spicy whitebait and succulent meats straight from the open char pit. This modern and trendy outfit also has premium international beers on tap, as well as cocktail classics - all of which can you enjoy alfresco while watching the world go by from the street-side seating.

REID’S LOUNGE The Breakwater, 58 Southside Drive, Hillarys Boat Harbour Tel: +61 8 9448 5000 Up top of The Breakwater is one of Perth’s hidden after dark gems, Reid’s Lounge. The setting of this intimate cocktail bar can be described as nothing less than chic and luxurious, particularly with a balcony peering out over the harbour and onto the boardwalk below. The drinks list includes premium local and imported wines, spirits and beer, as well as classic and adventurous cocktails. w



MALT SUPPER CLUB 677 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley Tel: +61 8 9371 0062 The exclusive atmosphere of the Malt Supper Club is intended for the rich and beautiful of this world, and demands nothing less than the best dressed and most well-behaved patrons. The late night bar offers plush surrounds, premium beverages and a light supper menu for the peckish.

1907 26 Queen Street, Perth CBD Tel: +61 8 9436 0233 If you’re after the finest in cocktails, beer, wine and spirits, you need look no further than 1907. The highly experienced staff here will create a concoction of epic proportions for you and you can choose from their original selection of homemade liqueurs, bitters, infused syrups and sorbets. Or, for the more refined palate, the 1907 special reserve liquor cabinet features some of the world rarest and oldest whiskies, cognacs and dark rums.

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Shop 21 The Galleria, Darwin City Mall and Shop 76 Casuarina Square, Darwin Tel: 1800 4 PEARLS or +61 8 8941 5855

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This collection is called the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Gorgeous Georgianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and was inspired by the Georgian era, which ended almost 200 years ago... Natural gem necklets, long extravagant pieces, some set with green and red diamonds and cameo pieces, which are all one off pieces or made to order, all adorn the collection. Gems are available in each colour of the rainbow and even extend to black sapphires and white topaz, which look like a strand of diamonds! We are not a catalogue store and only produce jewellery that will last for generations. For more information visit our website or find us on Facebook. Open seven days.

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NORTHERN TERRITORY 278 Welcome to the Northern Territory 280 Maps of Darwin and Alice Springs 282 Northern Territory 2012 Events Calendar 284 Darwin and Alice Springs Must Dos


286 Darwin Shopping 288 Darwin Dining 289 Darwin After Dark 290 Alice Springs Shopping and Dining

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Welcome to

the Northern Territory

Matty Soccio ventures to the Northern Territory to find the centre of this sunburnt country and the true meaning of drought and open space, then on to the tropical wetlands, waterfalls and warm seas of the region’s Top End.

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. 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 Rockhole 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 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 MacDonnell Ranges and many other canyons and secret waterholes dot the area around the town. This includes Uluru, 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




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 a 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 fruit, and experience the joy of this region’s cultural melting pot. On Thursday and Sunday evenings (from May until October), Mindil Sunset 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 the country so interesting is outside of the cities – the iconic Australian outback. Surrounding Jabiru, 250 kilometres to the east of Darwin, is the world-renowned Kakadu National Park, a major drawcard for tourists who want

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Events Calendar Northern Territory 2012

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FINKE DESERT RACE 9 to 11 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

BARUNGA SPORTS AND CULTURE FESTIVAL 8 to 11 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 8972 5407

TERRITORY DAY 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... but the famous Territory Day fireworks are what Territorians 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 ALICE SPRINGS SHOW 6 to 7 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



INGKERREKE COMMERCIAL MTB ENDURO 14 to 18 May The Ingkerreke Commercial MTB Enduro attracts more than 200 mountain bike riders from all over Australia to compete in this challenging five-day mountain bike stage race. Riders race between 30 and 80 kilometres a day on the twisting bike and four-wheel drive tracks that extend around Alice Springs and the MacDonnell Ranges. Location: Alice Springs Tel: +61 3 5261 5511

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CARLTON MID DARWIN CUP CARNIVAL 7 July to 6 August Held over an action-packed month, the Carlton Mid Darwin Cup Carnival not only includes thoroughbred races, but ladies’ days, family fun and live entertainment also punctuate this event, which attracts people from all over Australia. Location: Fannie Bay Racecourse, Darwin Tel: +61 8923 4222

DARWIN FESTIVAL 9 to 26 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

ALICE SPRINGS CAMEL CUP 14 July If there’s one thing the Australian outback has, it is 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 DESERT FESTIVAL 7 to 16 September This festival is a celebration of Central Australia’s diverse people and culture through the expression of art, music, dance, song and story. Bush tucker is served up and performances are set to the backdrop of desert, gorges and gaps, creating a unique atmosphere. More than 50 events are enjoyed by more than 50,000 visitors to this annual festival. Location: Various venues around Alice Springs Tel: +61 8 8952 2392


DARWIN BEER CAN REGATTA 15 July A great day out, the Darwin Beer Can 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 going to projects run by the Lions Clubs of the Northern Territory. Location: Mindil Beach, Darwin Tel: +61 409 823 871


Camel Cup. © Peter Carroll

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Northern Territory

Must Dos

DARWIN LITCHFIELD NATIONAL PARK This beautiful National Park comprises 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 Rockhole. Location: Litchfield Park Road, south-west of Darwin Tel: +61 8 8976 0282 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 blue-water fishing along the pristine shoreline. Location: 80 kilometres north of Darwin Tel: +61 8 8951 8471 MINDIL BEACH SUNSET MARKET A regular haunt for locals as well as tourists, the Mindil Beach Sunset Market is held each Thursday from 5pm to 10pm and Sunday from 4pm to 9pm, from the end of April until the end of October each year. Situated along the foreshore, the market offers a buffet of international cuisine and a leisurely wander 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 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 informative exhibits on Cyclone Tracy and territory wildlife. Location: Conacher Street, Fannie Bay, Darwin Tel: +61 8 8999 8264 DECKCHAIR CINEMA The outdoor Deckchair Cinema offers a vast array of new release and arthouse 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, Darwin Waterfront (April to November) Tel: +61 8 8981 0700 CROCOSAURUS COVE For just about the closest experience with a crocodile that you can get (and come out of alive!), try Crocosaurus Cove’s Cage of

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 from which to take in a picturesque sunset with a glass of bubbly, as you listen to the crew retell old pearling tales. Location: Cullen Bay Marina, Darwin Tel: +61 428 414 000 GEORGE BROWN DARWIN BOTANIC GARDENS Established 130 years ago, these 42-hectare gardens were set up in order to introduce and test a variety of plant life in Darwin’s tropical environment. The gardens have survived a range of adversities, including the bombing of Darwin in World War II and several cyclones, to become what they are today – a stunning spot for locals and travellers alike, with facilities including barbecues and a children’s playground complete with a sandcastle fort, climbing frame, orchard of exotic fruits and jungle gym. Location: Two kilometres north of the Darwin CBD Tel: +61 8 8981 1958 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



Florence Falls in Litchfield National Park. © Ashley Whitworth

Death, where you have the chance to dive with some of Australia’s largest saltwater crocodiles. Also view a range of rare and exotic creatures including freshwater turtles and giant pythons. Location: 58 Mitchell Street, Darwin Tel: +61 8 8981 7522

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ANZAC HILL LOOKOUT For the best views of Alice Springs, head to its most frequented landmark, Anzac Hill. The white monument here was unveiled in 1934 as a homage to the Australian and New Zealand armed services who perished in World War I, but now is a memorial to all Anzacs. Offering 360-degree views of the town and surrounding ranges, it is the perfect spot to come to watch the sun rise or set. Location: Anzac Hill Road, Alice Springs Tel: +61 8 8950 0500 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: +61 416 170 164

beautiful surroundings mean that anyone can appreciate this location. Location: Cromwell Drive, Alice Springs Tel: +61 8 8952 1921

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

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

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

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. 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

OLIVE PINK BOTANIC GARDEN Olive Pink established these desert gardens in the 1950s to help protect native flora and provide a place where visitors could enjoy and learn about the arid environs. Apart from the gardens themselves, the reserve also hosts regular exhibitions by local artists, events such as concerts and film festivals, as well as a café. Open daily from 8am to 6pm. Location: Tuncks Road, Alice Springs Tel: +61 8 8952 2154


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

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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 8952 3993 astelegraphstation.html

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in Darwin

From sifting through handmade souvenirs at sunset along a beachside market, to parading down an inner city street mall in search of quality Australian pearls, Veenah Gunasegaran finds Darwin’s tropical setting boasts a range of shopping experiences to savour.

Shopping bag one:

CASUARINA CASUARINA SQUARE A 15-minute drive north of the CBD you’ll find Darwin’s largest shopping centre, Casuarina Square, which features 200 stores in air-conditioned comfort. You’ll find the usual suspects of any big shopping mall with amenity stores, grocery chains and a range of major Australian retailers. There is also a seven-screen cinema to catch a movie, and cafés where you can grab a coffee or bite to eat. Location: 247 Trower Road, Casuarina

sampling some of the 1200 different food stall items, including native Australian, Indonesian, Thai and various European cuisines. Pick up some handmade jewellery or an Aboriginal artefact as a souvenir of your trip, while enjoying the live entertainment, which features bands, street performers, dance and fire shows. w Location: Mindil Beach, Maria Liveris Drive, The Gardens Mindil Beach Sunset Market. © Tourism NT

Shopping bag two:

CBD SMITH STREET MALL The heart of Darwin shopping exists down Smith Street Mall, where you’ll find cafés, galleries, clothing boutiques and souvenir stores. The Galleria, an arcade located within the mall, and the Knuckey Street/Smith Street intersection also house many one-off and exclusive shops in which you’ll find the perfect souvenir of your travels here. Location: Smith Street Mall, the Galleria and Knuckey Street are situated in the heart of the Darwin CBD

Shopping bag three:

THE GARDENS MINDIL BEACH SUNSET MARKET The Mindil Beach Sunset Market, which runs on Thursday and Sunday nights from May to October, is a celebration of Darwin’s multiculturalism through more than 200 food and arts and craft stalls inspired by trends from around the world. A beautiful sunset overlooking Mindil Beach is the perfect backdrop for



MITCHELL CENTRE While the Mitchell Centre may not be the ritziest of shopping destinations, it offers an excellent opportunity to indulge in a little bit of retail therapy, with a comprehensive range of speciality stores. Here you will find all that the traveller needs, with sunglasses, swimwear, travel bag and souvenir stores galore, as well as ice-creameries, juice bars and cafés perfect for any retail respite. Location: 55-59 Mitchell Street, Darwin CBD

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in Darwin

Welcome To samples its way through some of Darwin’s best restaurants, revealing that the city’s menu perfectly reflects its multicultural flavour.

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 Southeast 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 Kitchener Drive, Darwin Waterfront Tel: +61 8 8941 0900 Sitting on the water’s edge in Darwin’s Waterfront precinct, il Lido has stamped 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 is a shining light in the restaurant scene in this beautiful northern city. 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.

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. EVOO Skycity Darwin, Gilruth Avenue Tel: +61 8 8943 8940 With accolades such as the title of the 2010 ‘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. 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. w



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After Dark

With its tropical climate and lush surrounds, Welcome To finds Darwin to be the perfect spot from which to enjoy a drink alfresco style.

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 many settings being placed outdoors to take advantage of the tropical weather. Visitors are required to pay a small membership fee, but this is an insignificant consideration, however, once you sit with a cold beverage and watch the sun sinking over the ocean.

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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 80 beer varieties or choose from a large selection of wines. 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


SANDBAR Skycity Darwin, Gilruth Avenue Tel: +61 8 8943 8888 Part of Skycity Darwin Casino’s new development, Sandbar 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, Sandbar is a lively spot to wile away the evening.



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Shopping and dining

in Alice Springs

Welcome To unearths part of what makes this corner of the world so unique on a dining and shopping tour of Alice Springs.

© Araluen Cultural Precinct

Shopping bag one:

TODD MALL ALICE PLAZA SHOPPING CENTRE Speciality stores, national retail chains, souvenir shops, men and women’s fashions and travel needs are all covered at the Alice Plaza Shopping Centre in airconditioned comfort. There is also a food court for a light lunch or quick coffee. Location: 36 Todd Mall, Alice Springs

ARALUEN CULTURAL PRECINCT CENTRAL CRAFT The Araluen Cultural Precinct works to showcase and preserve the art, culture and heritage of the region through its galleries, museums and research centre. It also houses a craft shop, Central Craft, which is a not-for profit organisation run by members, and features contemporary artwork including ceramics, wood, jewellery and paintings – perfect for a handmade keepsake of your time here. Location: Corner Larapinta Drive and Memorial Avenue, Alice Springs

NGURRATJUTA ILTJA NTJARRA (MANY HANDS ART CENTRE) ARTISTS’ GALLERY This Aboriginal owned and operated art centre provides local artists with a place to come together to share knowledge and techniques, while working on a range of projects including watercolour, traditional dot style, naïve style and contemporary works. The artists’ gallery is filled with these works of art and allows visitors to purchase their very own examples. Visitors are also able to meet artists, view the regular exhibitions, join workshops, take a guided tour of the centre or listen to an educational talk about the region and its artists. Location: 29 Wilkinson Street, Alice Springs



Shopping bag two:

Shopping bag three:

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BARRA ON TODD RESTAURANT AND BAR Alice Springs Resort, 34 Stott Terrace, Alice Springs Tel: 1300 134 044 A seafood restaurant in the middle of the outback may seem a little out of place, but once you eat here you will realise that it is exactly the right choice. Rest assured that the seafood is fresh, and the Northern Territory barramundi, which comes grilled, chargrilled or battered, is well worth the trip alone. w


HANUMAN Crowne Plaza Hotel, 82 Barrett Drive, Alice Springs Tel: +61 8 8953 7188 This Asian-inspired restaurant takes particular influence from India and Thailand, featuring traditional dishes such as lamb rogan josh and Pad Thai. Hanuman also features more innovative dishes such as Moreton Bay bugs spiced in coconut fl avoured sauce with star anise and garam masala or the house speciality, Hanuman oysters served with undertones of lemongrass and sweet basil.

OVERLANDERS STEAKHOUSE 72 Hartley Street, Alice Springs Tel: +61 8 8952 2159 You guessed it! This is the place to come for flamegrilled juicy steaks, cooked to perfection. Established in 1971 as homage to the explorers, settlers, miners, bush workers and, of course, the ‘overlanders’ of the area, the restaurant and bar is something of a local icon with its architecture and décor reflecting the rustic outback. For those particularly famished, try the Drovers Blowout, which includes an entrée, tasting platter, main meal and dessert.


RED OCHRE GRILL Todd Mall, Alice Springs Tel: +61 8 8952 9614 For a true taste of The Outback, head to Red Ochre Grill, as it specialises in local seafood, game meat and bush tucker (food), coupled with the best of Australian beers and wines. The menu may change seasonally, but it regularly features all-time Aussie favourites such as emu, crocodile, kangaroo and the delicious Northern Territory barramundi. Dine outside in the courtyard or inside in air-conditioned comfort.

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Matty Soccio finds Australia’s outback regions as vibrant, enticing and uniquely Australian as the rainforests, beaches, bush and buzz of city life that the country is also renowned for.

Bungle Bungles Range, Purnululu National Park, Western Australia. © Simon Krzic

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 range 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




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.

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Kings Canyon, Northern Territory. © Tourism NT

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


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.


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 are 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.

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Welcome to


As an island isolated by the Southern Ocean, Bass Strait and Tasman Sea, Tasmania feels like it’s at the edge of the world, yet Simone Turner discovers it to be one of the most exhilarating places on earth.

of outdoor escapades, and could just as easily find yourself climbing a mountain in the morning, as enjoying a walk along the beach that very afternoon. The Tahune AirWalk certainly lives up to expectations, with its 45-metre high canopy walk with breathtaking bird’s-eye views of the Hartz Mountains, Tasmanian World Heritage Area and the Southern Forests. The twoand-a-half-hour drive here from Hobart through the Huon Valley is sure to leave you with a memorable experience. For a real adrenaline hit and a chance to experience Tasmania’s unique overhanging cliff-rock formations, why not try abseiling through the unforgettable gorges at Freycinet or Mount Wellington? Or go whitewater rafting through the Franklin, Huon and Picton Rivers. If surfing is your idea of fun, Tasmania is the perfect playground for you and, if you’re happy to travel, you’re always guaranteed a great wave. Discover impressive hot spots along the east coast at the Scamander, Orford, Bicheno, Eaglehawk Neck and Clifton Beaches. Enormous breaks also occur at Devonport and Bruny Island and, if you’re really experienced and up for the challenge, Australia’s heaviest wave occurs at Shipstern Bluff. Tasmania’s westernmost settlement Marrawah, in the north of the state, is another surfing town and home to one of the coldest surfing competitions in the world, the O’Neill Coldwater Classic. Even if surfing isn’t your thing, a trip to this beautiful coast is still worth the drive. You’ll discover ancient history here and be able to view traditional Aboriginal carvings, while animal lovers will adore the town’s wildlife tour, where you’ll see plenty of echidnas and wallabies. If you don’t make it to Marrawah, however, there are many other amazing wildlife tours in Tasmania to enjoy, where seals, penguins and Tasmanian devils can also be found. Bicheno’s coastline on the eastern side of the island, for example, provides a unique and up-close experience of seeing adorable fairy penguins at dusk. Further down on the north-west coast, you’ll find the tranquil Arthur River and the biggest temperate rainforest in Australia, Tarkine. Inland to the central north of the state is the historic township of Latrobe, another place worth a visit for its antique shops and charming cafés. If you love chocolate, you must visit the multi award-




ome 10,000 years ago a land bridge connected Tasmania to mainland Australia, but, as sea levels rose and landmasses drifted, it was transformed into the island we know it as today. This segregation also separated the Aboriginal people, who had populated the land for thousands of years prior to this, from the rest of Australia, until European settlers arrived in the early 19th century. Not surprisingly, Tasmania’s past has significant spiritual meaning to the Aboriginal community, and today many sacred sites such as forests, rivers, valleys and coastal areas, where Aborigines lived for hundreds of generations, are protected. As Tasmania is relatively small in size (68,331 square kilometres), there is little distance between its lush green valleys, beautiful villages and sparsely populated towns, making it the ideal touring destination. Explore cheese farms in the north, tour the many vineyards located state-wide or experience tranquil forest settings in the west. Landmarks such as Mount Wellington, with its views across Hobart, former penal colony Port Arthur, Freycinet National Park, the untouched wilderness of Strahan and the World Heritage Area, including Cradle Mountain, are but some of Tasmania’s major drawcards. Salamanca Place in Hobart will also provide you with an assortment of entertainment. Every Saturday, the precinct comes to life with more than 300 stalls of arts, crafts, fresh produce and gourmet food. You can also find great shopping, nightlife, art galleries and restaurants to satisfy any appetite. While you’re in the area, why not take the 15-kilometre drive north-west to Berriedale to do some taste testing at a winery, gaze over awe-inspiring views or let your mind wander through the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). And, if you have a sweet tooth, a short drive from Berriedale will take you to the Cadbury Factory in Claremont, where you can learn about the history of chocolate, watch demonstrations and, of course, sample some of the goods! Yet, with all the attractions Tasmania has to offer, it’s the state’s outdoor adventures that will truly paint your experience of the place. As Tasmania is an island of varying terrain, you will find yourself enjoying a range

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Hobart harbour. © Albert Pego


As Tasmania is an island of varying terrain, you will find yourself enjoying a range of outdoor escapades, and could just as easily find yourself climbing a mountain in the morning, as enjoying a walk along the beach that very afternoon.


winning House of Anvers and treat yourself to a mouthwatering taste-testing experience. Furthermore, don’t leave without trying the delicious handcrafted cheeses and fresh fruit of the area, which can be bought from farm gates direct from the grower. Travel across to the wilderness on the western edge of the state and you’ll discover Cradle Mountain. After a push by botanist Gustav Weindorfer, the region, including the mountain itself, was declared a National Park in 1922. Although Cradle is Tasmania’s highest mountain, there is no need to feel discouraged by its size. There are many short walks to easily uncover its ever-changing beauty of colourful flora, such as the world’s largest heath plant pandani and winter-deciduous tree fagus (both of which are only found in Tasmania), as well as its general stunning rainforest. There are also guided walks available with accommodation conveniently located along the way. Alternatively, you could devote a day to explore the entire summit and spectacular views. No matter how you choose to spend your time in Tasmania, remember to keep your itinerary open. There are hundreds of places just waiting for you to explore and you’ll never have to travel far to reach them. Summer, autumn, winter or spring – the island’s blissful scenery and unique locales make Tasmania the ideal holiday destination. w

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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. Location: 20-minute ferry ride to Roberts Point, North Bruny Island from Kettering Tel: +61 3 6267 449

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. Location: Wellington Park, 12 kilometres north west of Hobart Tel: +61 3 6238 2176

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. Location: 30 kilometres north east of Hobart 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 – more than 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. Location: Salamanca Place, Hobart Tel: +61 3 6238 2843

Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake. © Jacqui Martin

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. Location: Half way along the east coast of Tasmania MONA Opening in January 2011, the Museum of Old and New Art houses a grand collection of works ranging from ancient Egyptian mummies to contemporary pieces, making it Australia’s largest private museum. This $75 million brainchild of David Walsh is more than just art, however, with a restaurant, cellar door, wine bar and accommodation on-site – the subterranean design of the building in itself is just as fascinating as the works it houses! MONA is situated 15 minutes’ drive north of Hobart on the Derwent River and entry is free. Location: 655 Main Road Berriedale, Hobart Tel: +61 3 6277 9900



CRADLE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK Cradle Mountain has been a welltravelled destination for locals and visitors alike since access to the park 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 is a range of tracks, ranging from easy 40-minute walks to the multiple-day Overland Track. Location: Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park Tel: 1300 135 513

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 here in 1996. Location: Port Arthur Historic Site, Arthur Highway Tel: 1800 659 101

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Dining Tasmania produces some of the freshest and tastiest cuisine in the world, as Welcome To finds out on a tour of some of the Apple Isle’s best restaurants. 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 its 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. 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 distinguished by attentive owners who are passionate about their product. TERRACE RESTAURANT Country Club Tasmania, Country Club Avenue, Prospect Vale Tel: +61 3 6335 5777 This award-wining dining restaurant focuses on using Tasmania’s best produce to craft fine contemporary cuisine. Menus are seasonal and diners have the choice of matching their meal with premium wine selected from the 2400-bottle Tasmanian blackwood wine room. For those with a sweet tooth, a decadent dessert degustation is also available.

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 in 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: +61 1800 703 006 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 from this French-inspired restaurant including duck à l’orange and flambé prawns, along with crêpes suzette for dessert. PROSSERS ON THE BEACH Sandy Bay Regatta Pavilion Sandy Bay Tel: +61 3 6225 2276 Regularly featuring on Tasmania’s best seafood restaurants lists, Prossers is aptly situated on the beach with stunning views of the Derwent estuary. Masterfully constructed non-seafood meals, such as the Chinese master stock roast duck with Sichuan salt, pepper and fresh lime or the roasted Black Angus eye fillet with truffled horseradish cream and Paris mash, also feature on the menu. And for those who want to fit as many delicious tastes into their meal as they can, the degustation menu is highly recommended. w © Stillwater

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.

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Welcome to


Nyssa Veraphunt takes you on a guided tour of Australia’s capital city and reveals how this seemingly insignificant spot on the Australian map encapsulates the spirit of the nation.


hile it may be a relatively small city with around 350,000 inhabitants, Canberra is often considered the home of the nation’s heart and soul and the place where the ‘Australian story’ resides. This is because, as Australia’s capital, Canberra is the custodian of the nation’s past and present in its array of national galleries, museums and historic landmarks, as well as Australia’s future, as this is where Parliament sits and where many of the country’s biggest decisions are made. Ironically, Canberra itself doesn’t have a history to rival older Australian cities, as the city was made the capital in 1908 after being purposely built in between Australia’s two biggest cities, Melbourne and Sydney. But Canberra’s relative youth does have its advantages, however, as it is one of the few planned cities in the world, having been thoughtfully designed with aesthetic, symmetry and easy navigation in mind.

The contract to design the city was put forth to the world as a competition, which was won by US architect Walter Burley Griffin. Named after him, Lake Burley Griffin forms the centrepiece of the city and is hugely popular for recreation, particularly rowing, sailing and fishing. The lake is also surrounded by Canberra’s most important landmarks – Parliament House, National Museum, National Gallery, National Library, Australian National University and the High Court. The Australian War Memorial, which includes a shrine, museum and comprehensive archive, also resides in Canberra and pays homage to all Australians who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country in war. It stands as a beacon to remembering and understanding war and interpreting what it means to us today. The National Museum also has a function in preserving the past and is dedicated to the people, land, history and culture of Australia. As is the National



Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. © Christopher Meder - Photography

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A constant parade of events and annual festivals also rolls through the city, including the International Film Festival, Australia Day celebrations and Wine Harvest Festival. If you’re thinking there is a lot going on inside the city, then just wait until you step out of it. Canberra is the launch pad from which to embark on an exploration of much of the natural surrounding areas, such as the local wine region. The Australian Capital Territory itself is home to around 140 vineyards, and more than 30 of these are situated within a 35-minute drive of the city. The vineyards have an altitudinal range of around 300 to 800 metres, and thus tend to produce good cool-climate wines. These factors, along with temperature and soil variations, and winemakers’ preferences, commonly result in outstanding riesling, chardonnay, pinot noir and shiraz. Forty-five minutes’ drive from the city lies the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, which offers walking trails, abundant with native wildlife, such as the endangered Brush-tailed rock wallaby and Corroboree frog. Another 20 kilometres south is the Namadgi National Park, which also has bushwalking trails and native flora and fauna. The park features Indigenous rock art and Aboriginal shelters (evidence of more than 20,000 years of human occupation in the mountains), and in spring you’ll come across a colourful bloom of wildflowers. About four hours’ drive from Canberra, within roughly this same region, you’ll find the Snowy Mountains and Australia’s highest mountain, Mount Kosciuszko, as well as the ski fields Thredbo and Perisher Blue. In fact, an impressive 53 percent of the territory has been preserved as parkland and reserves, so when you’re done immersing yourself in the history and culture of the nation in its much applauded capital, stretch out into its wilderness to complete your full Australian experience at its best. w


Library, which holds the country’s largest reference library and the world’s largest collection of material relating to Australia and its people. Regularly showcasing international exhibitions, many of which only stop off in the nation’s capital, the National Gallery of Australia is one of the country’s premier galleries and also houses showrooms specifically dedicated to Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander artwork. The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House reflects Australia’s social and political history, as well as looking to the future, with a range of exhibitions, collections and displays. There is a 45-minute guided tour that explains the importance of the building and the items and stories it houses. For a glimpse into a living museum, head to the 40-hectare National Botanic Gardens, where you’ll find native flora from all parts of the country – there are around 74,000 plants covering more than 6200 species, which equates to around a third of Australia’s native plant genera. Those with a little energy to expend will also enjoy Canberra’s more active offerings, as the city accommodates many pastimes, including those of the highly popular retail kind. Shop ’til you drop in the boutiques at City Walk, Garema Place or in the Canberra Centre. Then there is always the pleasure of sifting through handmade treasures and scrumptious local produce at the Old Bus Depot Markets or bric-a-brac, vintage items and second-hand books at the Gorman House Markets. There are also many top-notch restaurants catering for passing dignitaries, resident politicians and the odd foodie with distinguished tastes. After dinner, classy cocktail lounges, wine bars, nightclubs and pubs provide entertainment into the wee hours of the morning.


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AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL Combined with a shrine dedicated to Australian soldiers lost in wars throughout the country’s history, the Australian War Memorial 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 Black Mountain Tower complex, which houses Alto Tower, Canberra’s only revolving restaurant. Location: Black Mountain, Canberra Nature Park Tel: 1800 806 718

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 Tel: +61 2 6271 2888

NATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIA Since its purchase of Jackson Pollock’s painting Blue Poles in the 1970s, 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 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. Location: Lawson Crescent, Acton Tel: 1800 026 132

Lerida Estate. © Poacher’s Way

OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS Open every Sunday from 10am to 4pm, the Old Bus Depot Markets houses more than 200 stalls with a range including jewellery, arts, crafts, soaps, glassware and wooden carvings. You can even grab a bite to eat or a coffee here, or for a takeaway option there are also jams, sauces, breads and confectionary for the pickings. Location: Old Bus Depot Building, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston Tel: +61 2 6239 5306 PARLIAMENT HOUSE Australian governments had been housed in a cramped, unsuitable building for over 60 years when, in 1978, the Fraser Government established a new capital building to accomodate 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 Tel: +61 2 6277 7111



CANBERRA WINE REGION 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

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: 1800 067 274

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in Canberra

Canberra may be a relatively small city, but don’t let its size fool you, as its restaurants have big personalities, and ooze zest, flavour and innovation, as Welcome To reveals.

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 highly sought after commodity in Canberra. Located in Telstra Tower, this revolving restaurant makes a habit of revealing delicious, wonderfully prepared dishes such as pumpkin tortellini with Crystal Bay prawns, chervil and roasted tomato fondue, as well as slow roasted pork medallion alongside caramelised baby parsnip, apple puree, sage and black olive jus. Oh, did we mention the spectacular view?

ribs and, for dessert, Indian kulfi ice-cream. Chef Jeffery Shim’s Malaysian-inspired, irresistible creations will leave visitors satisfied beyond their expectations. 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 of traditional favourites, such as confitpressed duck with feta and beetroot dip, roasted baby beetroots, celery and hazelnuts. Magnifique! RUBICON 6a Barker Street, Griffith Tel: +61 2 6295 9919 A stone’s throw from Parliament House, Rubicon has been a local haunt for resident ministers and politicians for years. The setting is comfortable and relaxed, while the cuisine focuses on featuring the best of local produce matched by a comprehensive wine list. w

THE BOATHOUSE BY THE LAKE Grevillea Park, Menindee Drive, Barton Tel: +61 2 6273 5500 Situated on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, The Boathouse offers expansive views and has waterfront decking and landscaped gardens specifically for enjoying outdoor dining. The interior doesn’t disappoint, however, having a relaxed and cosy atmosphere with an open fi replace. The fare is modern, and its quality and excellence certainly match the restaurant’s magnificent ambience.

Alto. © Australian Captial Tourism


LANTERNE ROOMS 3 Blamey Place, Campbell Shops Tel: +61 2 6249 6889 Sister venue of The Chairman and Yip, Lanterne Rooms is quickly eclipsing its sibling thanks to its impressive Asian-fusion menu – pan-fried quail with five spiced melon and cucumber salad, delicious twice-cooked pork


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 dignitaries, to whom it routinely plays host. Offering award-winning dishes that complement a wine list featuring drops from local and national vineyards, Courgette is a wise investment for an evening.

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7/12/11 11:01 AM


IN THE PINK Pink diamonds are not just rare and beautiful, they are also a smart investment. Sydney Pink Diamond Ateliers Mondial Neuman, have one of the largest selections in the world. Story: Peter Rose

Over the past 25 years, pink diamonds have doubled in value, on average, every five to six years. These diamonds are incredibly rare, especially the pinks over a quarter of a carat and 90% of the world’s production comes from one mine in Western Australia. This is the Argyle Diamond Mine, owned by Rio Tinto. Worldwide, for every 10,000 carats of diamonds mined, only one carat will be fancy coloured and less than one carat in a million are pink. The rarer colours, higher grades and larger sizes have enjoyed the greatest increase in value. For those who wish to buy and wish to get the required knowledge and advice about these stones, a store that specialises in pink diamonds is the place to go. Mondial Pink Diamond Atelier in the Queen Victoria Building in Sydney is just such a store. As the name suggests, Mondial is an Argyle Pink Diamonds ‘Select Atelier’, having built a relationship with the mine since its emergence, more than 20 years ago. This family-owned business opened its second store in the Stand Arcade Sydney, Mondial by Nadia Neuman, and last year, celebrated a peer envying fifty years in the business. The new store showcases the latest coloured diamond jewellery by award-winning jewellery designers, including the daughter of the company’s founder, Nadia Neuman.

Co-Manager Michael Neuman emphasises: “Every Argyle Pink Diamond over 0.2 of a carat has a certificate of authenticity, and every stone is identified by its lot number. Larger stones may have authentication by the GIA.” He goes on to explain, “With diamonds, as with every precious stone, there is the risk of unnatural enhancement, of attempting to improve upon what nature has provided. These ‘improvements’ do not usually add to the value, merely the price, and as with any other valuable you might want to buy, it is important to have the proper paperwork to accompany your purchase. Mondial Neuman neither stock nor recommend treated diamonds which have no investment value whatsoever.”

This paperwork is a crucial component of investing in coloured diamonds, as it is proof both of lack of human intervention (synthetics and treatments) and also the provenance of your gem. Should you wish to sell your diamond in the future, such documentation of authenticity will be necessary. Now for the pleasurable bit. You can enjoy your diamond as an investment, or simply just enjoy it, and leave the question of whether or not this is an investment for time to tell. Even better, leave the question for your descendants - these rare and unique stones usually become treasured heirlooms passed on through generations. Many of the world’s most famous diamonds are coloured and have been passed on through families, often royal ones!

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Again, award-winning bespoke jewellers Mondial Pink Diamond Atelier, can help you create your own heirloom piece. Not only do they have the largest selection of pink diamonds in the world (yes, world), they are able to transform your gem into a stunning piece of jewellery designed to show off your stone to its best advantage. A final thought from Michael Neuman. “Other coloured diamonds owe their colour to the addition or subtraction of particular elements incorporated into the diamond crystal – blue comes usually from boron, yellow from nitrogen, green from radiation, etc. But the exact cause of pink is still somewhat of a mystery. We know that the unique forces of heat and pressure that occur at this particular site (hundreds of kilometres below the Argyle mine) are responsible for a certain distortion within the diamond crystal at the molecular level, but no-one really knows the exact ‘recipe’. Although there is nitrogen present, nothing is added to or subtracted from the pink diamond and their creation still remains a delicious mystery. It is imperative that you buy your pink diamond from a specialist like ourselves – with your ‘Argyle’ certificate of origin, you know that it is a natural stone, and should you ever wish to exchange or upgrade your pink diamond, you also have our guarantee of a credit of 100% of the price you paid against any other purchase from us.” NEED TO KNOW Mondial Neuman Queen Victoria Building, Sydney 02 9267 7974 Mondial by Nadia Neuman Strand Arcade, Sydney 02 9222 2776

6/12/11 2:42 PM


In 1821 at a horse-race in Paris, Nicolas Rieussec changed watch-making forever when he tested the first chronograph. 190 years later the Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph rewrites history taking the essence of his invention: the rotating disc technique. Monopusher chronograph, automatic-winding manufacture movement. 30 min. and 60 sec. rotating disc counters. 43 mm stainless steel case. Crafted in the Montblanc Manufacture in Le Locle, Switzerland.


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