I know a place… Everyone has one, don’t they? A secret spot. A stunning, empty beach, a fabulous underrated food trail, a beautiful bargain stay, a hidden waterhole, an exquisite retreat that the crowds haven’t heard about yet. Whatever it is, we want to know about it – so we asked some of Australia’s most interesting minds to share their special holiday spots. Novelists, painters, television reporters, photographers, sportspeople, entrepreneurs,...
Fleur Bainger checks in to Adelaide’s Mayfair Hotel to see if the mix of old-world grandeur and contemporary glamour creates the ultimate five-star boutique experience. Having good insurance in place is the key, some would argue, to a good night’s sleep. So it’s perhaps apt that the Adelaide headquarters of a former insurance outfit has been revived as a five-star hotel. Constructed in 1934 (when grand Romanesque flourishes such as carved stone gargoyles, ribbon staircases and large arches were in vogue), the heritage-listed Colonial Mutual Life Assurance Society building, sprawled on the corner of one of Adelaide’s busiest crossroads (and hence fabulously...
When the wet season displaces millions of litres of water, which thunder through rivers and floodplains before receding, Kakadu is a fishing hotspot. The secret is the ‘run-off’, a sweet spot on the calendar (mid-March to end of April) straight after the wet, when water drains back out of the floodplains into the rivers, and barramundi (alongside other fish) collect in certain areas accordingly, including Yellow Water, South and East Alligator River, Sandy Billabong, and Two- and Four-Mile Holes. Being a national park, fishing requires a licence, but if you’re not licensed (or don’t want the hassle of hiring your...
How can something as marvellously grand as the Flinders Ranges' Wilpena Pound fly under the radar for so long?, asks Steve Madgwick (Photography: Elise Hassey) If a 17-kilometre-long by eight-kilometre-wide elliptical crown of furiously serrated mountains, with a sunken natural amphitheatre in its centre, were plonked just about anywhere except six hours’ drive north-west of Adelaide, it would surely be a national icon by now. Wilpena Pound covers eight times the area of Uluru, is 300 metres higher and arguably as culturally significant, yet relatively few Australians know its name or even have the faintest clue where it is. Come...
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