Over the past decade these 13 luxury lodges and hotels have changed the where and the way people stay in Australia (in no particular order)... 1. One&Only Hayman Island, Queensland Hayman Island has been a much-loved holiday destination since the ’50s and last year the iconic resort became an even better version of itself when it reopened as One&Only Hayman Island. The international resort brand raised the luxe stakes after...
With more sunshine hours and milder weather than any other Australian capital, winter in Perth is no time to hide away. From dimly-lit, quirky basement bars to cosy, couch-filled spaces, brace yourselves – the cocktails are coming. 1. The Laneway Lounge Just down a (you guessed it) lane off Murray Street, The Laneway Lounge boasts a killer live jazz scene, alongside top-notch eats and a 17-page beverage list brimming with choices. Dine while watching local and international performances or hire a private booth for an intimate gathering. With exposed bulbs hanging from the ceiling, Laneway knows how to give good...
A lazy road trip through the small towns of Queensland’s remote south-west throws up more than a few surprises, as Nathan Dyer discovers A warm evening breeze rattles the awnings along Cunnamulla’s sleepy main street as we step from our car onto the wide pavement opposite the town’s historic post office. A few shopfronts up, talk floats like music from the public bar where a line of plumbers’ cracks peer out over the backs of stubby shorts. Depending on who you speak to, Cunnamulla is either famous or notorious. For country and western folk, the outback Queensland town – 800...
Like Hollywood stars prepped to perfection, the sweets emerging from Melbourne’s sultry Noir restaurant now have their own venue: Noir Bar. Margaret Barca satiates her sweet tooth. The discreetly dark Noir restaurant exudes its own subtle style on Richmond’s ever-more-hip Swan Street. It’s known for its seasonal ingredients, unusual combinations and exquisite presentation. And it’s always worth checking the dessert menu to decide if you should, perhaps, leave room. The answer is inevitably ‘yes’. One of the reasons is Noir’s pastry chef Jérôme Soubeyrand, who has worked at London’s Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and Hélène Darroze’s Michelin-starred restaurant at the...
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