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,...
Want the ultimate accommodation splash-outs in some of the best positioned hotels in Australia? Check out these ultra-luxe suites, although you might want to check out your bank balance first though. 1. Sydney Suite, Park Hyatt Sydney Where: Harbourfront at the Rocks Why would you? If you’re a VIP (with $16,000 per night to spend) who appreciates front-row Opera House views. The ‘usual’ add-ons such as a 24-hour butler and a $9000 toilet that plays music. Something special: You can reserves the entire fourth floor of the hotel for $50,000 per night – for your entourage, of course! Price: $16,000...
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...
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