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A foodie guide to Adelaide


Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, has always been known by many as the city of churches. Rather ironically, these days there are more bars and pubs than churches in the CBD, largely thanks to recent changes in small bar licensing.

The food scene in Adelaide has evolved drastically over the last five years; the entire CBD is now adorned with food trucks, small bars, tuck shops, cafes, burger joints and farmers markets. Adelaide is quickly rising as the next must-visit foodie destination. Expedia’s Aussie travellers spend 2-3 nights in the CBD, so that’s plenty of time to squeeze in 3 meals a day and about 5 snacks a day!

To really experience what this city has to offer, I pack nothing but an empty stomach. Adelaide, I am ready to chow you down.

Food on the go

Say bye bye to BLAT and the ham cheese sandwich, and hello to Vietnamese banh mi (baguette) and Taiwanese bao (steamed bun). Too busy for a sit down lunch? Grab a Soonta’s banh mi from one of their three stores across city and munch away. The crusty French-style baguette is pillowy soft on the inside, filled with fresh herbs, pickled vegetables and protein of your choice; go for the karaage chicken and roast pork with crackling.

Gua Bao is a popular Tawainese street food but made famous by chef David Chang who serves up a mean and meaty BBQ pork bun at his Momofuku restaurant in New York. Mamachau is where you can try this cheap and cheerful steamed bun that comes in four flavours – eel, Korean fried chicken, master stock braised pork belly and fried silken tofu for the vegans. They cost as little as $3.50 each (eel is $0.50 extra), you can easily smash a few of these buns in one sitting. Oh, and don’t forget the Sriracha hot sauce.

Dude food heaven

Looking for something more substantial, more meaty? No problem. Burger war is feisty here in Adelaide, with lots of to the best burger in town. The food truck pioneers from Burger Theory now have a permanent brick-and-mortar space at Union St where you can enjoy a juicy burger inside the shop instead of kerbside. Their addictive ‘truck sauce’ is a secret recipe no one knows. I amped the burger up with crispy pancetta and doused it in Adelaide Blue cheese sauce.

If you’re in the Norwood area, drop in to Nordburger. There are a lot more burger options here than at Burger Theory, but whichever you choose, you’ll come out satisfied and with a greasy grin on your face.

Unleash the carnivore within and pounce on the ribs and wings at Street ADL. in fact, anything meaty here is good. Be ready to get messy and eat with your hands – the twice cooked (braised then fried) ribs glazed with smokey BBQ sauce will have you swooning in ecstasy. The hot wings are indeed HOT, make sure to order a pint from the tap (local beer, of course) or from the extensive beer and wine lists to keep the fiery wings at bay.

Book cheap flights from Melbourne to Adelaide here.

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Source: Out There Starts Here | 30 Jan 2019 | 6:08 am

New Caledonia Unplugged


Expedia’s South Pacific expert Jonathan shares his top tips for New Caledonia.

Whether you want to snorkel in turquoise pristine lagoons amongst tropical fish and turtles, horse ride with stockmen in vast cattle stations, meet local tribes who keep their culture alive, or enjoy fine dining before hitting the dance floor on an overwater nightclub, one country has it all, and much more. It’s time to discover New Caledonia!

We forgot to mention hiking in lush rainforests, taking a deep dive into waterfalls and freshwater pools, oh, and kite surfing, reef surfing, and scuba diving in one of the largest lagoons on the planet.

New Caledonia is the perfect mix of Melanesian and French traditions, just 2 hours and 30 minutes from Sydney!

Getting There

After a short flight, you will land in La Tontouta International Airport, a 45-minute drive from the capital of Noumea through stunning forest-covered mountains.

With its satellite towns, greater Noumea has roughly 160 000 inhabitants; it’s a modern city, with a six-lane highway, bright new hospital, shopping malls and modern infrastructures.

Make a beeline for one of the resort regions like Anse Vata, which has properties for all budgets.

Time to Explore

Amedee Island

As you wake up the next morning, it’s time to make your way to the city passenger port to board the ferry to Amedee Island. As you’ll hear everywhere, the weather is always better on Amedee, so don’t worry if the sun is shy when leaving the mainland!

From coffee and French pastries on board to a beautiful buffet lunch, dance show and craft workshops on the island, you won’t get bored. Hop on a little glass-bottom boat to discover the rich life of the lagoon, spot a turtle and come back to take a closer look with the snorkeling gear you can borrow from the island’s shop.

A great way to overview the New Caledonian Barrier Reef and Amedee Island is to climb up the 247 steps to the top of Amedee Lighthouse. The 19th century structure was built in France under Napoleon the third – it was dismantled into 3000 pieces and shipped over to New Caledonia!

Chilling on a beach chair will top it up before heading back to Noumea in the late afternoon. Time to relax in one of the gorgeous resorts, or if you miss the big-city nightlife, hit the dance floor on the busy Port Belandre overwater bar and nightclub.

Isle of Pines

A trip to the outer islands is a must. A short 40-minute (Ouvea) or 30-minute (Isle of Pines) flight from Noumea will blow your mind. You don’t even have to go back to La Tontouta airport, as Air Caledonie operates domestic flights from Magenta Airport, located within the city.

If turquoise was a place, Isle of Pines would be it. With 3000 inhabitants, this quiet little island has just a few very special resorts and hotels, a small township with shops, a church and high school.

Tours usually include the cave where Queen Hortense hid, and according to the story, lived for a whole year. Daughter of Chief Vandegou II, Queen Hortense had to hide during intertribal conflicts in 1855 and took refuge in that cave – at the death of her father, succession conflicts were putting her life at risk. Bring a little offering to leave on the flat that used to be her bed. And if you’re lucky you’ll spot tiny bats nesting in the cave.

Hit the road and visit the ruins of the prison, built by the prisoners themselves in the 1880s. The impressive ruins are still held together by a network of roots and climbing plants.

Head to some of the most gorgeous bays and lagoons and jump onboard an outrigger canoe for a breathtaking sail that will take you to the pristine waters. Rays, turtles and local fauna will swim alongside the canoe.

Add a couple of days on the island to visit the natural pools – surrounded by the endemic pines that gave the island its name, you’ll swim surrounded with beautiful corals and sea life.

Another option is to treat yourself to the only overwater bungalows on the island at L’Escapade Ilot Maitre, an island resort a short 20-minute boat ride from Noumea. L’Escapade offers the perfect escape feeling, with world class snorkeling, literally at your feet!

Bourail/Kone

A 2-hour drive along the west coast will take you to Bourail, where you’ll have the chance to stay in a gorgeous bright new golf resort at Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Spa & Golf Resort. With its impressive Kanak-inspired Grand Lobby and Bungalows, the resort offers a great golf course, and mountain and turquoise lagoon views. Meet the locals or visit a cattle station. The farm in Boghen will treat you with a degustation of local food, including traditional Kanak bougnat and French-inspired cured and dried meats. Learn about Kanak customs and culture or enjoy a 5-star golf course bordering the beach and lagoon.

Making your way further north to Kone, you will board a 2-seater plane to fly over the Pacific Heart, symbol of New Caledonia!

The Top North and East Coast will take you to tribal lands and you will soak into the most authentic and unspoiled parts of the island.

New Caledonia is a gem at the doorstep of Australia and New Zealand, so get back into your French schoolbooks and start planning your trip!

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Source: Out There Starts Here | 9 Jan 2019 | 8:32 am

How to take the best photographs of Chichen Itza


It’s dark outside the four-wheel drive, Mexico’s highways are quiet at 4am, there’s just us and a few passing cars on the road for the two and a bit hour drive. The sky hasn’t started to lighten as we hop out of the car, stretch our legs and slowly walk into the park.

Passing through the empty entrance gates and closed ticket counters, we feel our way over gravel and the occasional tree root, the glow of a phone lighting the way. Suddenly we stop, and our guides make it even darker – we’re told to close our eyes, put our hands on each other’s shoulders and slowly shuffle forwards.

Once we’re in position, we open our eyes, and the mighty form of the pyramid of Kukulcan, Chichen Itza’s famous stepped pyramid, looms in front of us. It rises out of the darkness, up into the sky. Piercing through the clouds, reaching towards the full moon, the 24 metre high pyramid and the surrounding ruins make up one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The Bushman Photography Chichen Itza sunrise tour is a tour like no other.

Normally, visitors to this mysterious ancient civilisation view the pyramid with the company of thousands of others. From standard opening hours until closing, there are crowds of people lining up to buy tickets, take tours, walk through the ruins and in particular take a photo in front of the mighty Kukulcan pyramid.

However, with Bushman Photography’s private sunrise tour, just a lucky handful of people are here to see the ruins. We have the place to ourselves. No one else is in sight. We walk past a few groundskeepers quietly sweeping and setting up for the day on our way in but that’s it. In front of the pyramid, we have the entire forecourt to ourselves, so we set up our cameras for long exposures and test out the pyramid’s otherworldly acoustics – if you stand right at a certain spot, and clap your hands, you’ll hear the sound echo back through the pyramid.

Our private guide takes us through a brief history of the region and the mysteries, like the acoustics that you’ll find here. In the dark, it’s even more mysterious – and marvelous. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and we soak up every second. Okay, we spend a few minutes posing for photos in front of the pyramid – we take eerie silhouette shots, selfies and happy shots. And then the serious photography begins.

Bushman tours are run by photographer Mario Dib, and here’s why they’re the far superior way to see this rare sight:

We spend the last 20 minutes before sunrise exploring the Great Ball Court that’s adjacent to the pyramid, and then settle in to watch the sun’s rays creep up the steps of Kukulcan.

Now here is a big distinction that sets Bushman’s tour apart from other Chichen Itza tours. There are a few ‘sunrise’ tours – but you arrive almost at the end of sunrise. And by the time you’re finished, and start exploring the other ruins, the crowds have started to congregate. We were finished at the pyramid before the sunrise tours started to arrive, and had a private tour of the rest of the ruins while those tours headed towards the major ruins.

Mario’s tour doesn’t end there. It’s back in your private transfer to the beautiful historic town of Valladolid. We have breakfast in the heart of the town, eating traditional eggs, drinking coffee, before heading out for a stroll along the streets. The colonial Spanish architecture is great photography fodder – the bright, pink coloured walls of Valladolid Museum in particular are beautiful at every angle. Mario knows all the local hotspots – including hidden perfumeries, chocolateries and day spas. We peer our heads into each one before heading back to the car for another stop.

The day continues with a dip in a private cenote. There are hundreds of cenotes, underground sink holes, around the Yucatan Peninsula. However, big tours often go to manmade or crowded cenotes. We stop in at a family owned and run cenote, where a little puppy keeps us company as we head down into the underground. We gasp as the crystal clear water appears and spend around an hour cooling off with a dip.

The drive back to our hotel in Playa Del Carmen is around two hours, plenty of time to scroll through our images, choosing our favourite ones, discussing editing techniques and how we might have taken different photos.

We’re returned to our hotels with memories only a few people in the world will ever have, and the photographs to prove it.

Lisa was the guest of Bushman Photography

 

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Source: Out There Starts Here | 7 Jan 2019 | 4:53 pm

Unique Sleeps: Grand Park City Hall, Singapore


Have you ever had a hotel room where you could turn the lights on, turn them off, order room service, adjust the air conditioning, use the TV and turn the fan on with just your mobile phone?

The Grand Park City Hall is fresh from an extensive renovation and a serious technology upgrade. It is also the first Singaporean hotel to have in room app technology that means you never have to turn on a switch, find a remote or stumble around in the dark looking for the air con control panel. All you need to do is download the app on your phone. Soon, you’ll be able to use the app and your phone’s facial recognition to check in and out. That’s what I call streamlining services.

One might ask, is this really necessary?

One might expect that a highly tech savvy hotel room might be ultra modern. Instead, the Grand Park City Hall’s rooms are minimal, yes, but still have a flair of old world glamour, with a muted grey colour scheme, black and white photos of the historic Singaporean district the hotel sits within, and moody hanging lamps. The bathroom sits inside a glass cube, breaking the mould of traditional hotel room floor plans – there are automatic blinds you can lower for privacy, but I like how it opens the entire space up.

There’s traditional Peranakan patterned tiles, floorboards instead of carpet (always a good choice) and plenty of beautiful pieces of photography that bring a bit of the building’s history into the space. The same can be said for the rest of the hotel, which stretches across 10 floors and occupies a historic Colonial-style building that feels like it has been restored to its formal prestige.

The hotel’s common areas, the lobby, the Tablescapes restaurant, are a study in chic interiors, with baby pink chairs, intricate metal screens and hanging overhead lamps providing the perfect spot to settle in for dinner for two. Then there’s the rooftop pool, where lounge chairs sit in the water, day beds sit alongside the waters edge and a mini gazebo perches on the corner. The gym has views down to the street below so you can people watch while you hit the treadmill. The best views are from the Crystal Club lounge, where Club room guests have access to breakfast, evening drinks and canapés and an outdoor rooftop lounge area where the brightly coloured windows of the Old Hill Street Police Station are just part of the almost 280 degree views out over the city. The view is a nice taster of what awaits outside the hotel – historic Singapore is just on your doorstep.

Whether you want to rejuvenate from your journey with controls at the touch of your phone or head out into the city, Grand Park City Hall is a brilliant spot to stay in Singapore.

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Source: Out There Starts Here | 15 Dec 2018 | 12:35 pm

Most Beautiful Islands in the South Pacific

Aerial view of Fiji coastline


Summer is upon us, and you know what that means. It’s time for sunbathing on white-sand beaches, ice-cold beverages with tiny umbrellas, and plenty of outdoor adventures. What’s the best place to do all that? A South Pacific island, of course.

With swaying palm trees, dramatic coastlines, and shimmering turquoise waters, the archipelagos of Samoa, Fiji, and Vanuatu are the most beautiful islands in the South Pacific. And you live in one of the best places on earth to take advantage of these gorgeous landscapes. Book a stay at one of these pristine properties and hop on the next flight for your most photogenic holiday ever.

Samoa

Talofa! You’ll be hearing that word a lot in Samoa. It means “welcome”, and these islands are renowned for their hospitality. Samoa is also famous for its traditional dances and gorgeous coastline. It’s one of the most unique cultures in the South Pacific, and has to be experienced to be believed.

Where to Stay in Samoa

Le Vasa Resort

Waterfront huts at Le Vasa Resort in Samoa

Courtesy of Le Vasa Resort

Nestled on the westernmost point of Upolu island, Le Vasa Resort is accessible, yet perfectly secluded. Just ten minutes from the airport and five minutes from the ferry port, you’d never guess you’re actually on a historic site. A thousand years ago, Samoa’s final battle with Tonga took place here—an epic tale the Le Vasa staff is more than happy to share with you. These legends are all part of the experience, which also includes authentic local activities and delectable regional cuisine at on-site restaurant Cocolini’s by the Sea.

Return to Paradise Resort and Spa

If you’re looking for truly untouched coastline, look no further than Return to Paradise, on Upolu’s southwest coast. In 1953, the beach caught the attention of Hollywood scouts, and the movie Return to Paradise was filmed there. However, the landowners refused to sell out to corporate interests, finally developing the land just a few years ago. This resort was built by the villagers, and is proudly 100% owned and operated by Samoans and staffed by extended family. It may be one of the island’s newest properties, but you’re sure to enjoy an authentic holiday.

Things to Do in Samoa

To Sua Ocean Trench in Samoa

Image via Martin Valigursky/Shutterstock.com

It’s not only Samoa’s culture that’s impressive. This island nation is home to many stunning natural landscapes. Sign up for the Forgotten Bay Scuba Tour and you’ll get to snorkel from a secluded beach, looking beneath the waves for reef sharks and turtles. For the adventurous, there are the Papase’ea Sliding Rocks, naturally formed waterslides only about a fifteen minute drive from the capital of Apia. And no traveller can miss To Sua Ocean Trench, which literally means “Giant Swimming Hole”. Climb thirty metres down a wooden ladder to snorkel in this picturesque locale.

Fiji

When you picture sparkling lagoons, pristine beaches, and over-the-water huts, Fiji is probably the first island that comes to mind. And you’re not wrong: Fiji is one of the most idyllic islands in the South Pacific.

Where to Stay in Fiji

Hilton Fiji Beach Resort and Spa

Pool area of Hilton Fiji Beach Resort

Courtesy of Hilton Fiji Beach Resort

Located at the northern tip of Denarau Island and sprawled over 2.5 kilometres of private beachfront, Hilton Fiji Beach Resort and Spa is the ideal couples’ retreat. Koro, the resort’s brand-new, adults-only zone, includes a private bar, pools, deck, and beachfront created exclusively to eat, drink, and relax. There is even an adults-only restaurant, KORO, serving up Mediterranean tapas and plenty of fresh seafood. Bringing the kids? The resort has a complimentary children’s club, giving you the peace of mind to relax—and still enjoy these amazing adults-only amenities.

Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort

Live the laid-back island lifestyle at Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort, a sparkling, newly renovated property on its own private island. Yanuca Island sits off Viti Levu’s south coast, surrounded by deepwater lagoons. The resort recently added the Reef Wing, an adults-only section with a separate entrance and check-in desk and exclusive pools and restaurants. It also has nightly entertainment, bringing in international DJs and chefs for pop-up parties and restaurants throughout the year. Relax in the spa or spend an active day parasailing or snorkelling. At Shangri-La’s, the day is yours.

Nanuku Auberge Resort

Pool area of Nanuku Auberge Resort at sunset

Image via Sue D./Yelp

Be treated like royalty at Nanuku Auberge Resort. On this private, 500-acre estate, you’ll discover fine dining among the treetops or on a coastal cliff. Enjoy exceptional massages on a treetop platform suspended over the beach. And you’ll have one-of-a-kind experiences, like tending to mangroves with the locals, planting coral, and even beekeeping. Arrange for a secluded outdoor movie night or an excursion to the resort’s private island—or, simply book a room with a kitchen and bring in the resort’s private chef for the ultimate meal. At Nanuku Auberge, it’s all about you.

Musket Cove Island Resort and Marina

Off the main island’s west coast lie the Mamanuca Islands, one of Fiji’s most beautiful areas. Musket Cove Island Resort and Marina perfectly captures this island chain’s laid-back vibe. Relax around the island’s largest swimming pool—you’ll find plenty of those tiny umbrellas you’ve been dreaming of at this sun-soaked property. With its daily snorkelling trips, sand-between-your-toes beach bar, and bright, airy villas that welcome you with a slice of island-baked coconut lime shortbread, you can’t capture the Fijian spirit any better than this.

Things to Do in Fiji

Snorkelling in Fiji

Image via Martin Valigursky/Shutterstock.com

If you want to sunbathe on white-sand beaches all day, this is the place to do it. But there are plenty of activities you can take part in, too. The South Sea Island Full Day Cruise takes you just thirty minutes from the city of Nadi. You’ll feel worlds away as you spend the day swimming, snorkelling, and kayaking on this secluded island. Back on land, visit the Naihehe Caves on an off-road quad bike safari. But first, you’ll participate in a traditional kava ceremony, a must-do on any Fiji trip. For another unique experience, the Suva Day Tour takes you around the charming capital, giving you a taste—literally—of Fiji’s culture.

Vanuatu

A short hop across the Coral Sea to Vanuatu, and you’ll be witnessing rare traditions like nanggol (bungy jumping from wooden structures), camping on active volcanoes, and diving acclaimed shipwrecks. The treasures of Vanuatu are only amplified by its under-the-radar status.

Where to Stay in Vanuatu

Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu

Over-water huts at Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu

Image by Cleo Codrington, courtesy of Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu

Located just minutes from town on exclusive lagoon frontage, Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu is an oasis in Port Vila. The resort offers idyllic overwater accommodation, with uninterrupted views from your private balcony and direct access to the lagoon’s warm waters. In fact, Seema Goundar, director of marketing, says, “When people see images of our Overwater Villas, it can easily be assumed that they are priced out of reach, but the resort team prides themselves on providing competitive rates. Service and that ‘special touch’ are all part of the experience when you stay with us.”

Breakas Beach Resort

Looking for a tropical getaway with an awesome location, atmosphere, and vibe? You can’t go past Breakas Beach Resort. This adults-only hotel is located directly on its own private beach—we’re talking dining with ocean panoramas and your feet in the sand. Lounge by the infinity pool or work your way through the cocktail list at Salt Bar. Oh, and don’t forget your surfboard. Breakas Beach Resort is perfectly positioned on the best surf beach in Efate. It’s just one more way to fully experience all Vanuatu has to offer.

Things to Do in Vanuatu

Boat on a bay in Vanuatu

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Vanuatu’s main island, Efate, is filled with activities for intrepid adventurers. On the Efate Island Safari, you’ll head inland to take a dip in a refreshing swimming hole and get a glimpse of fire-walking and other ancient traditions. The Glass-Bottom Boat & Snorkelling Cruise takes you in the other direction, out into Mele Bay to check out what’s below the surface in this legendary dive spot. Really want to go all out? Nothing will take your breath away like a helicopter flight that lands you on the rim of Ambrym Volcano. Peer into the volcano’s fiery depths for an unforgettable experience.

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Source: Out There Starts Here | 4 Dec 2018 | 6:56 am



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Infinity Pacific sails to Sydney


Superyachts and Sydney Harbour go hand in hand. Sailing underneath the Harbour Bridge, past Sydney Opera House and out to the Eastern Suburbs or Manly is a surefire way to get a taste of one of the world’s most spectacular harbourside cities. So when a spectacular 40m Italian-built alloy yacht turns up, it can make a splash.

The Infinity Pacific is owned by The Pacific Hotel Group, hoteliers who are no strangers to luxury. With the Sofitel Noosa Pacific, Novotel Sydney, Manly Pacific and the Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific as part of their portfolio, they know how to look after their guests. The yacht itself is a showstopper. With three levels, five bedrooms, floor to ceiling sunroom, formal and informal dining room, upper deck, soaker tub and bar, it’s not your average vessel. The master suite stretches across the full width of the yacht, a rarity that makes cruising a dream. There’s also the ensuite and walk in shower, the combined space larger than plenty of hotel rooms. With a chic interior design scheme, it’s also a lot more stylish than other boats on the harbour.

Beyond the bed for the night, guests are well looked after by the eight person crew – the chef whipping up a menu designed by Aussie celebrity chef Peter Kuruvita, who is well known for serious seafood and his Sri Lankan influence on local menus. Expect Seared Yellow Fin Tuna with Ruby Grapefruit to be paired with top notch internal wines and plenty of French champagne. Sit down for a full meal in the formal dining room or head up to the top level to sprawl out on the deck on cushions, with canapés and cold drinks straight from the bar.

The Infinity Pacific will be available for Charter until March 2019, docked at The Foreshore, at Sydney’s Superyacht Marina in Rozelle. Take it out on the harbour, or go further afield around Australia.

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Source: Out There Starts Here | 25 Nov 2018 | 1:18 pm

Sensational Singapore: Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix Wrap-Up

Racetrack of the Singapore Grand Prix at night


Warm nights, racing under lights, trackside parties galore, the hottest acts on stage, all against the backdrop of one of the world’s great cities – it could only be the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix.

This year’s 11th edition was one of the best yet, with now five-time F1 World Champion, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, taking his fourth win at Marina Bay, as the fireworks erupted down the main straight and the crowds went wild. Australian Daniel Ricciardo started and finished sixth for Red Bull Racing, a tough race in his last season with the team before joining Renault next year.

On-track, fans were treated to stunning night racing – with F1, as well as competitive sportscar series Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific and Porsche Carrera Cup Asia. Off-track, we saw epic live performances from 27 acts, featuring headliners Martin Garrix, The Killers, Liam Gallagher, Jay Chou, Dua Lipa, and Simply Red.

Of course, plans for F1’s original night race in 2019 are already underway – with more to see and do around Circuit Park – while changes to the F1 cars are expected to make the competition even closer, with an intense three-way battle at the front expected between top teams Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull.

Naturally, you can expect 2019’s entertainment line-up to make news when it’s released, with past headline acts at the event including Rihanna, Calvin Harris, Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, Kylie Minogue, The Killers, Robbie Williams, Bon Jovi, Linkin Park, and Jennifer Lopez. There’s something for everyone.

And it’s an easy event for Australians, with just a short flight from all major capital cities – making it easy on annual leave for a quick getaway with the lot, including unlimited dining, shopping and relaxation options just beyond Circuit Park. Plus, you can enjoy up to 33 per cent in savings if you buy Super Early Bird tickets before November 15, 2018.

The Formula 1 2019 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix will be held from September 20–22, with tickets available at singaporegp.sg.

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Source: Out There Starts Here | 14 Nov 2018 | 1:10 pm

Gold Coast’s Hidden Gems


This piece was contributed by Amy Mills of www.thetravellingtribe.co.

Queensland’s Gold Coast was once known for its high-rise buildings, sprawling resorts and theme parks, however in recent years, the surf city has transformed from a tourist mecca into an entrepreneurial and creative hub with a host of new restaurants, galleries and boutiques popping up what seems like every week. There are also a slew of hip boutique markets, secret waterfalls and hidden gems to explore – if you know where to look. If you’re visiting the GC this summer, here are some under-the-radar points of interest to add to your hit list.

Echo Beach

Echo Beach in Gold Coast Australia

Yes, there are 57 kilometres of picture-perfect beaches on the Gold Coast, but don’t leave town without taking a dip at the lesser-known Echo Beach, one of the city’s most beautiful swimming spots. Located within the Burleigh Heads National Park at the northern side of Tallebudgera Creek, this sheltered spot is an ideal place for swimming, stand-up paddle boarding – or SUPing, as the locals call it – and people watching. There’s a flagged swimming area across the creek on the Palm Beach side of the bridge for those who prefer a patrolled beach, but this seriously picturesque cove is flat, protected and ideal for basking in the glorious Queensland sunshine. Be sure to get there early, as this Instagrammable beach gets busy due to its natural beauty.

Where: The Burleigh Heads National Park side of Tallebudgera Creek.

The Village Markets

The Village Markets in Gold Coast Australia

When local marketing executives Marissa Bowden and Sarah Schoeller were made redundant from their jobs during the GFC (aka the global financial crisis), it turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to them – and the Gold Coast’s cultural scene. Avid travellers and long-time fans of bazaars such as London’s Portobello Road Market, the fashion savvy colleagues were determined to inject some much-needed culture and community into the tourist town and give emerging talent on the Coast a platform to showcase their designs.

A decade later, The Village Markets, which celebrated its milestone 10th birthday on October 7, has become one of the most loved boutique designer markets in Australia and a launchpad for local brands-turned-international success stories like Peony swimwear, Kivari, Children of the Tribe and Grace Bijoux.

The market is held on the first and third Sunday of each month at Burleigh Heads State School, so you can take a morning dip in the ocean at beautiful Burleigh and walk across the road to TVM. Grab a coffee and some food from the range of food trucks, chill on a blanket and listen to some tunes by local musicians – Ziggy Alberts started off at TVM – and shop a carefully edited selection of 100-plus fashion, homewares, ceramics, swimwear, active wear and children’s wear stalls. ‘Good Vibes Only’ is the ethos of TVM, and you will certainly find it in spades.

Where: Burleigh Heads State School, Burleigh Heads, 8.30am–1pm.

Currumbin Beach

Currumbin Beach in Gold Coast Australia

It’s easy to miss this idyllic enclave while driving along the Gold Coast Highway to or from Gold Coast Airport. However, turn off at the iconic Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, which has attracted the likes of Eva Longoria and Pink in recent weeks, follow the road towards the beach and you’ll find one of the region’s most beautiful seaside villages. Currumbin, located 25km south of Surfers, has long had a fierce greens movement who have fought hard to keep the area free from high-rises, so it has a completely different vibe to action-packed spots like Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise, but is what many locals consider to be the ‘real Gold Coast.’

Grab an Acai bowl – try the coconut and cacao – and a strong flat white from the friendly crew at hole-in-the-wall The Salt Mill and chill on the grass, browse the selection of boutiques or paddle out for a wave at iconic surf spot The Alley. The estuary where Currumbin Creek meets the Pacific Ocean is the perfect place to take a dip or try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding. For a late lunch and cold beer, the Currumbin Surf Life Saving Club, built against Elephant Rock, is as close as you’ll get to the water without getting wet.

From September 14 to 23, the area turns into an open-air gallery for the family-friendly Swell Sculpture Festival, which showcases the work of local, national and international artists. After a long day in the sun, Balter Brewing Company, the beer brand designed by pro surfers Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson, is just a five-minute drive away and is open from Wednesday through Sunday.

Natural Bridge Waterfall

The Natural Bridge Waterfall in Gold Coast Australia

The Coast’s coastline might draw tourists to the city in droves, but its natural beauty extends far beyond the world-renowned white sand beaches. With its sub-tropical rainforest, ancient trees and cascading waterfalls, the hinterland is home to a host of natural attractions, including Springbrook National Park, which is a Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. The jewel in the national park is Natural Bridge, a sunlit waterfall pouring across and down through a hole in an arched cave-like formation.

The natural bridge can be accessed via the Natural Bridge Circuit, an easy 30-minute walking trail which weaves through towering hoop pines, stranger figs, lush palm trees and running streams and into the cave. The cave is home to thousands of glow-worms, micro bats, luminous fungi and fireflies, so the view is just as spectacular at night. You can bring a picnic or head to the Natural Arch Café, a few kilometres down the road.

Where: Springbrook National Park, Natural Bridge Road, Springbrook.

Greenhouse Bath House

The Greenhouse Bath House in Gold Coast Autralia

Like the rest of the world, plant-based living is more popular than ever before on the Gold Coast with a host of vegan restaurants, cafes, supermarkets, spas and beauty salons popping up around the city. Sisters Natalie and Charlie Evans took veganism from a sub-culture to the mainstream with their popular plant-based eatery Greenhouse Canteen at Miami a few years ago, and have expanded into the wellness landscape with their unisex communal rejuvenation space.

Tucked away behind some shops at the mouth of the Tallebudgera Valley, this Moroccan-inspired oasis is the perfect place to relax and recharge. There are a few packages to choose from, but a favourite is the Luxe Soak [$75pp], which includes use of the two heated hydrotherapy spas, wet steam room, red cedar sauna, magnesium plunge pool and a plant-based lunch with champagne or kombucha. For extra cruelty-free pampering, you can add a full body massage to your package. Bliss.

Where: 7/37a Tallebudgera Creek Road, Burleigh Heads.

Foodie’s Paradise

Hellenika restaurant in Nobby Beach Australia

Like the cultural scene, the culinary landscape on the Coast has evolved in recent years with some exceptional dining venues attracting foodies to the region. For world-class, modern Greek fare and a buzzing rooftop bar, try Hellenika at Nobby Beach. The hatted Kiyomi at the recently redeveloped The Star Gold Coast offers a flawless Japanese dining experience, while the Moreton Bay bug rolls and cocktails at beachfront Pan-Asian gem Rick Shores, recently voted Queensland’s Best Restaurant in the Delicious 100, are worth visiting the Gold Coast for alone.

Hailed as the new Byron Bay, Burleigh is also home to Sydney chef Alex Munoz Labart and his wife Karla’s new upscale bistro Restaurant Labart and the $9.1 million Burleigh Pavilion. The brainchild of the owners of Sydney and Bali’s Mrs Sippy, the beachfront bar and restaurant is set to open in early December with 2 Michelin starred-chef Guillaume Zika at the helm. For a more casual bite and some live music, permanent night food markets Burleigh’s Barbecue Bazaar and Miami Marketta make for a fun night out.

Miami Marketta in Gold Coast Australia

Cougal Cascades

The lush Currumbin Valley at the southern end of the coast is home to the Currumbin Rock Pools, which, sadly, have become a little overpopulated in recent years. However, drive a little further along Currumbin Creek Road to its end and you’ll come to the car park for Mount Cougal, Springbrook National Park. A sealed walking track will take you to Cougal Cascades, a series of beautiful mountain rock pools, small waterfalls and a natural rockslide surrounded by lush sub-tropical rainforest. There are plenty of shady spots for a dip and a picnic, or you can take a 1km walk along the bitumen path to the restored remains of a 1940s heritage saw mill. On the way home, pop into Freeman’s Organic Farm for a coffee from the farm café and some fresh produce.

Cougal Cascades in Gold Coast Australia

Where: Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin Valley.

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Source: Out There Starts Here | 10 Nov 2018 | 7:01 am

The Ultimate Luxury Guide to Queenstown

Matakauri Lodge in Queenstown with lake and mountains


Queenstown may be known as New Zealand’s “Adventure Capital”, but we think it should be known as the Capital of Luxury. After all, what’s better than sinking into the warm waters of your own private hot tub after a day spent jet skiing on the lake? Or returning to a relaxing glass of Krug champagne after an adrenaline-fuelled bungy jump?

We spoke with the top executives at three of Queenstown’s most luxurious properties—Eichardt’s Private Hotel, The Rees Hotel, and Matakauri Lodge—to uncover the South Island’s most extravagant indulgences.

Stay

Eichardt’s Private Hotel

Exterior of Eichardt's Hotel in Queenstown

Photo by Darryl S. via Yelp

Location, location, location. Eichardt’s Private Hotel is right on the lakefront in the city centre. “Walk out the door and you’re into the cafes and bars and restaurants”, says Group General Manager James Cavanagh. It makes sense: this historic property is the city’s original hotel, and the town grew up around it. Its façade is heritage-listed, and it features all original stonework and timberwork. With just 11 rooms, Eichardt’s is the definition of a luxury boutique hotel, and includes service befitting such a distinguished landmark.

The Suite: In November 2016, Eichardt’s opened New Zealand’s highest-priced hotel suite: The Penthouse. This 3,000-square-foot, two-bedroom rooftop suite has a huge terrace with a hot tub and an indoor sauna and fireplace. It includes an on-call private chef and a 24-hour butler (bonus: your butler is also a sommelier and tour guide).

The Awards: Eichardt’s is the most awarded private hotel in the country. Among other honours, it was named the Luxury Hotel and Restaurant of the Year at the international Luxury Travel Guide Awards, then crowned New Zealand’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel at the annual World Ski Awards for the fifth year running.

The Rees Hotel

The Lakeview Penthouse at the Rees Hotel

Photo courtesy of The Rees Hotel

At The Rees Hotel, you’ll feel free to just relax. Chief Executive Mark Rose says, “We have an amazing location in an amazing town, but our real point of difference is our engaged, happy, friendly team—nothing is a problem”. Sip world-renowned vintages in the award-winning True South Dining Room, explore the town on an electric bicycle, or just relax in your room with spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables. Queenstown is your playground, and the team at The Rees will ensure you have a holiday to remember.

The Suite: The Rees’ most opulent offerings are the Lakeside Residences. There are only five of these three-bedroom, three-bathroom luxury apartments. Recline on your oversized terrace taking in stunning alpine views, then head to dinner whenever you choose—you’ll have priority booking status in the dining room. Best of all? “People love having our Luxury Curator on call from the moment they arrive to sort their days”, says Mr. Rose.

The Awards: The Rees won Best New Zealand Hotel and Best New Zealand Chef at the 2017 Hotel Management Awards. True South Dining Room chef Ben Batterbury is a rising star, and the restaurant’s wine list has numerous awards as well, including making Fine Wine’s World’s Best Wine Lists 2017 and a Wine Spectator Award for the last seven years.

Matakauri Lodge

Hot tub at Matakauri Lodge

Photo courtesy of Matakauri Lodge

Matakauri Lodge is located 7.5km from downtown Queenstown, making it the perfect combination of vibrant city life and relaxed country seclusion. “Guests feel like they are a mile away from anything when nestled into the banks of Lake Wakatipu”, says Emanuel Grosch, Matakauri Lodge Manager. Mesmerising views of “The Big Three” (the Remarkables, Cecil Peak, and Walter Peak) are just the beginning of your “home away from home” experience—the hotel’s cuisine is inspired by local, seasonal produce, and the warm service is always welcoming.

The Room: The Owner’s Cottage is the epitome of extravagance: four bedrooms, each with a private balcony with mountain panoramas, plus a main lounge, study, kitchen, and dining room—with a private chef available. And you’ll have a spacious outdoor courtyard and a main balcony with an infinity-edge hot tub. It doesn’t get any better.

The Awards: Matakauri Lodge made the 2018 Condé Nast Traveler Gold List, the 2017 Travel + Leisure World’s Best, and was named the No. 5 Best Resort in Australia and New Zealand by T+L. It also made the Luxury Travel Magazine Gold List and was named No. 2 Best New Zealand Luxury Property (within driving distance to a city).

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Gibbston

Winery in Gibbston New Zealand

Photo by Rolf_52/Shutterstock.com

Mr. Rose of The Rees has planned your perfect day. Pedal along the bike trail that links Queenstown and Gibbston and explore the best of the area’s viticulture along the way. Don’t go past the award-winning pinot noir at Brennan Wines and pinot gris at Peregrine Wines. And don’t forget to have some lunch along the way—duck confit or lamb pithivier at Gibbston Valley Winery Restaurant will do the trick. Top it all off with a bungy jump from the famous Kawarau Bridge for a day that embodies the true New Zealand spirit.

Southern Lakes Art and Wine Tour

Historic buildings in Arrowtown New Zealand

Photo by Suvajee/Shutterstock.com

Mr. Grosch of Matakauri Lodge says this tour can’t be missed. You’ll be in the care of Black ZQN, the premier luxury tour operator in Queenstown, for a personalised excursion spent exploring the art studios of Arrowtown and the vineyards of Central Otago. Along the way you can feast on indulgent meals prepared just for you. Whether you love art, wine, food, or all three, this tour is ideal.

Private Yacht Charter

Private yacht charter at Eichardt's hotel

Photo courtesy of Eichardt’s Private Hotel

Eichardt’s owns a 24-m-long cruising yacht called the Pacific JEMM, which will be used exclusively for private charters on Lake Wakatipu, says Mr. Cavanagh. Immerse yourself in the inlets and hidden coves of New Zealand’s longest lake, customising your adventure however you choose. Stop in charming lakeside towns like Kingston and Glenorchy, or get away from it all on secluded islands. The day is yours to enjoy.

Eat

La Rumbla

Plated food at La Rumbla restaurant in Arrowtown New Zealand

Photo courtesy of La Rumbla

This tapas and cocktail bar makes the list thanks to Mr. Rose of The Rees, who says, “La Rumbla in Arrowtown is my favourite restaurant”. That’s quite a recommendation coming from an executive of one of Queenstown’s most luxurious hotels. The menu can change, but signature dishes include Brazilian seafood moqueca, linguine con granchio, and ricotta fritti, as well as incredible desserts.

Botswana Butchery

Steak at Botswana Butchery in Queenstown

Photo by MK C. via Yelp

For lakefront dining, you can’t beat Botswana Butchery. The best seats are on the deck, near the outdoor fireplace, where the lake will be right in front of you. Inside, sumptuous leather couches next to roaring fireplaces invite you to sit for a drink and stay for a meal. There’s no rush here—start with delectable French onion soup, share the slow-roasted lamb shoulder, and see where the night takes you.

Eichardt’s Bar

Famous seafood chowder at Eichardt's Bar in Queenstown

Photo by Tim B. via Yelp

When Mr. Cavanagh says, “People come from far and wide to have our seafood chowder in Eichardt’s Bar”, he’s not kidding. This chowder is almost as legendary as the bar itself, which has been around since 1867. Don’t miss out on the cocktails, either. Eichardt’s Bar picked up a 2018 Spirited Award for Best Hotel Bar from Tales of the Cocktail Foundation.

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Source: Out There Starts Here | 26 Oct 2018 | 8:07 am

Unique Sleeps: ANDAZ Singapore


Singapore. Skyscrapers, rooftop bars, fabulous food, world class shopping and now, the setting for Crazy Rich Asians. Aussies have long known Singapore as the perfect stopover city – great to break up a trip to Europe, even better for a few days break from the world back home. Now the whole world is waking up to this super sleek city, thanks to a movie about how the other half lives in the Lion City. In the space of two hours, Singapore burst onto the silver screen in all its glory – from the all out luxury to the street food. If you’re keen to see it all for yourself, check into the Andaz Singapore- a concept by Hyatt, where you can have your own Singaporean adventure.

This is no average five star hotel. The hotel sits on the 29th to 39th floors of the Duo Tower, one of the city’s newest skyscrapers in the historic Kampong Glam district. The cluster of towers are covered in a tessellated exterior that resembles a giant honeycomb – setting the tone for a hotel that takes design very seriously, and isn’t afraid to mix things up. Take the elevator to the 25th floor to check in, at a series of freestanding desks perched next to the bar. There’s no traditional lobby area here, instead guests are brought straight into the heart of the hotel. The message is that you’re at home, and you might as well get comfortable. Each night there’s plenty of buzz at the Lounge, where just behind the check in desks every single guest can enjoy complimentary refreshments – coffee, tea, soft drinks, juice and snacks – all day.

The 29th floor has actually been separated into a series of different spaces – there’s the check in, the bar, the lounge, and then Alley 25, where there are several different small eateries for guests to choose from. Dine on roast chicken and steaming short rib at The Green Oven, where much of the food comes from the huge namesake Italian oven in the corner of the room, try modern Asian BBQ at Smoke and Pepper, or get stuck into local dishes at Annie’s Wok and Steam. There’s six different micro restaurants to choose from, each beautifully designed with its own visual identity – the experience takes its cues from Singapore’s famous street dining, just a very luxury version. In the morning, the sprawling breakfast buffet takes over several of the restaurants, with everything from bircher muesli and omelettes to congee and dumplings on offer.

Now this is Singapore, so if you’re looking to take things up a notch, head upstairs all the way to level 38, where you’ll find 665°F, the hotel’s fine dining grill house. Most of the magic is made using the Pira oven and grill – grass-fed Tasmanian tenderloins and Black Onyx Ribeye steaks that melt in your mouth, accompanied with beautiful heirloom tomato salads and flame-grilled broccoli. Taking design notes from London’s Saville Row tailor stores, 665°F is perfect for power lunches or special dinners. Just save room for dessert – the ivory and bitter chocolate mousse sphere is almost too perfect to eat, but worth every mouthful.

One floor above the grill house is the Andaz’s rooftop bar, Mr Stork. This is not your average rooftop bar. Yes, there are stunning 360 degree views out over the city, yes there are fantastic cocktails and master mixologists keeping your thirst quenched, but there’s also teepees. That’s right, the Andaz has pitched ten teepee huts around their rooftop, where you can sit back among the manicured garden and take in the view away from the crowds.

Beyond the teepees and fine dining, the Andaz takes very good care of its guests, with an open air pool, state of the art gym and extremely spacious rooms. Look out at the city lights from your bedroom, enjoying complementary snacks and non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages in your mini bar, before dropping the black out blinds for the night. The Andaz is all about laid back luxury, so don’t expect to find over the top furnishings or extravagant decorations – rooms are sleek and chic, designed for comfort and convenience. Business travellers love the bedside USB ports and power points, leisure travellers will enjoy the full size wardrobes and day beds.

Whatever type of trip you’re taking in Singapore this year, the Andaz has you sorted.

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Source: Out There Starts Here | 21 Oct 2018 | 3:10 pm



A walk across Australia with camels - 1988

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Cuisine editor: Should a NZ eatery be among the World's 50 Best Restaurants?

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Source: Stuff.co.nz - Australia | 19 Jun 2017 | 10:38 am

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Google sings songs of Uluru with new Street View vistas

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Source: Stuff.co.nz - Australia | 10 Jun 2017 | 5:00 am

The red-earth island that's been dubbed 'the Uluru of the Pacific'

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Source: Stuff.co.nz - Australia | 9 Jun 2017 | 12:59 pm

Qantas to fly to Kangaroo Island, Australia's answer to the Galapagos

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Source: Stuff.co.nz - Australia | 7 Jun 2017 | 12:06 pm

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Source: Outback Australia Travel Blog | 23 Nov 2012 | 2:07 am

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