Australian Traveller's editor Georgia Rickard shares her picks of the coming year’s top destinations. If you're not going to any of these in 2015, well, you should... Tasmania Everything about this state, to be honest – they don’t come any better. Why Tasmania? The Kimberley, WA It’s still the place to go, especially via expedition cruise and/or Broome. Kununurra will explode next. AT's Kimberley in focus. High Country, Vic No...
Fleur Bainger discovers a dirtier side to Western Australia’s glamorous Margaret River wine region. Margaret River is two-faced (and it’s a good thing). Turn one cheek and there’s the glossy profile of fancy pants cellar doors, multi-course lunches, noses shoved in fine stemware and vine-etched, surf-lashed lands. She’s a looker, alright. But guide her chin the other way and you’ll glimpse a rosier cheek which is decidedly more homespun. Forget wearing the Hermès scarf here: the other Marg’s devoted to small batch farming, season-worshipping and nature-above-all living. And with the launch of the area’s first food and wine trail, this...
Word on the street says these hot new and refurbed hotels are worth putting on your radar… Hydro Majestic, Blue Mountains, NSW After a several-stage $30 million refurbishment, the romantically iconic Hydro Majestic opened its new accommodation just before Christmas (2014). The 110-year-old property, perched on the edge of the Blue Mountain’s Megalong Valley, has been made over by interior designer Peter Reeve in line with the Medlow Bath hotel’s Edwardian roots. Its public spaces, such as the Winter Garden - formerly the old Megalong room, an afternoon tea favourite for Blue Mountains daytrippers - have had “bombastic English kitsch”...
10 reasons to pack the car for a road trip along NSW’s Pacific Coast this summer… 1. Bamboo Buddha A little piece of Bali hidden in the ’burbs of the Central Coast, this tranquil oasis quadruples as a bamboo nursery, vegetarian café, wellness centre and art gallery in one. We’re assured even meat-eaters will enjoy the menu, while weary drivers can get a hit of organic coffee in the exotic tea gardens. 2. Taste Around Hermitage See the Hunter Valley in half a day with a ‘Taste Around Hermitage’ tour, which takes in part of the Hermitage Food and Wine...
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