Pumphouse Point: an 18-suite hotel, inside an abandoned electrical station, on top of a lake, in the middle of a World Heritage-listed wilderness… it sounds like the makings of grand dreams, but it’s actually the long-awaited realisation of one. Godfather of Tasmanian tourism, Simon Currant AM (who founded Cradle Mountain Lodge and the village of Strahan, among various other triumphs) fought an extended battle to have this building on Tassie’s...
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...
Byron Bay isn’t the only place to find Byron (if you catch our drift) – tree-changers have brought the town’s quirky, luxe touches to personality-filled pockets all over the NSW North Coast hinterland. Get there before the masses do. Cafés churning out tasty organic goods, pristine beaches lined with vitamin-D-soaking day trippers, Quirky shops that smell of cheap incense and expensive candles. If you’re joining the tens of thousands making the annual pilgrimage up the east coast to Byron Bay this summer, don’t rush – there are several pockets of equally personable (and surprisingly stylish) diversions to be uncovered along...
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