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Funnily enough, stand-up comedian, House Husband actress and Logies presenter Julia Morris is something of a travel expert, having spent the better part of her working life travelling around Australia's far flung landscape. Here she shares the best and worst of her adventures with Steve Madgwick: Any tawdry back-stage Logies’ goss that you can divulge? I was only out until about 1am, which is when most of the parties started. My days of hanging out and fanging out are over – I get too excited about sleeping. There’s hardly any gossip anymore anyway because everything is leaked out by selfies....
Whether it's that elusive bungee jump, a strange phallic souvenir from Bhutan or chowing down on crocodile, life on the road for Getaway's Catriona Rowntree is more serendipitous and enthralling than ever, finds Steve Madgwick. You must have covered most of Australia working on Getaway; any room left on the bucket list? The Tiwi Islands: The beauty of them, the mystery of them. I would like to share their story with as many people as possible. I’m a great believer that tourism can help so many communities in the most wonderful way. I also feel like I’ve only just touched on...
Steve Madgwick chats with the increasingly well-travelled Matt Moran about his foodie journeys, his newest restaurant and what he cooks when he’s feeling lazy. With your television series, Paddock to Plate, you seem to be covering a lot of Australia. What’s your favourite destination? It’s a bloody hard one. It depends if I feel like a warm climate or a cool one. I have to say that Broome is a very special place. I’ve been there twice, once in my early 20s – my first real holiday, at Cable Beach, before it was really discovered – and once a couple of years...
Willie Gordon, Nugal-warra elder and Cape York story-keeper, shares ideas for a hope-filled Australia Day with Jennifer Pinkerton If you were born in this country then I classify you as an Australian. And one of the beautiful things about Australia is that we have all these different cultural values in our mix, values we can learn from. Sometimes these cultural boundaries impose comfort zones on us; we’re afraid to move out of our comfort zone because we think other cultures might pose a threat. When we travel, we extend our comfort zone and challenge our preconceptions. Before I went overseas...
Four of Australia’s sunniest personalities share stories about the summers that shaped them Blue sky thinking: Tim Bailey, weather presenter Being outdoors, especially at the beach, has been a huge part of my life, right from the very beginning. Our family has always been a zinc-cream-on-the-nose, sand-between-the-toes tribe and my earliest memories are of being a bright white blonde-haired little boy in coloured bathers exploring rock pools and beaches in Tasmania, where I’m from. Half my job now is keeping an eye on the surf and the sea, and I’m sure that was instilled into me because of [seaside holiday...
Georgia Rickard catches up with Neil Perry at Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa to talk Qantas, luxury and the key to success What does summer mean to you? It absolutely means fruit. When you have mangoes, peaches, nectarines, cherries, apricots… For me, at Christmas lunch, that big bowl of fruit is just as important as anything! Where do you think is the best place in Australia for a summer holiday? Hmm, generally I think it’s actually a bit too crazy up north. Places like Mornington Peninsula are really beautiful for summer… I’ve also been down to Margaret River and...
Radio presenter and comedian Tim ‘Rosso’ Ross takes a trip down memory lane, to his home town Mornington Peninsula, Victoria 1. In Back of the Holden Three boys in the back of the car. Living in the suburbs your family car is everything. We all used to sit on the tailgate at the beach, the park or when we stopped on a break while driving to a holiday destination. 2. The beach Growing up on the Mornington Peninsula meant heading to the beach all year round. My memories of the beach in winter are as fond, if not fonder, than the summer memories. We walked along...
National treasure and culinary legend Margaret Fulton is considered the matriarch of Australian cooking. She has sold 1.5 million copies of the original The Margaret Fulton Cookbook, has been nominated by the National Trust as an Australian Living National Treasure, and she was named by a Sydney Morning Herald panel as one of the 25 Australians who has most changed the nation. Margaret will host a nostalgic 1930s-style garden tea party at FEASTival – a five-day celebration of Kangaroo Island’s gastronomic delights, held in April 2014. Megan Arkinstall sat down to chat to Margaret about… Cooking After we moved out...
Martin Boetz used to be head honcho at Longrain Sydney and Melbourne, but he left to go on somewhat of a quest for fresh. He established the Cooks Co-op, on his farm an hour north of Sydney on the Hawkesbury River, producing ingredients first for himself and friends and now for his new restaurant Rushcutters, located on the old Neild Avenue site in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. We grill Martin on the tree-change, his dream holiday and his addiction to chips. Q: Tell us about your latest venture? The Cooks Co-Op showcases and supplies amazing produce from the Hawkesbury region right...
Master restaurateur Tetsuya gives Steve Madgwick a masterclass in simple cooking and deadpan comedy at the Sticky Rice Cooking School in the Adelaide Hills. “You must like cooking for a person, otherwise you might slip something into their food,” says Tetsuya Wakuda, with a straight face. Holding the drama for a few seconds, a cheeky grin spreads across his face. I am spending an afternoon at the Sticky Rice Cooking School with the legendary owner of the eponymous Sydney restaurant Tetsuya's. The lesson is supposed to be in simple food and “a lazy ways to entertain people” but it turns into a masterclass in subtle comedy. Tetsuya,...
A beauty in love with the bush and its wondrous wildlife, Dannii Minogue is a country girl at heart. Georgia Rickard caught up with her on Hayman Island. I must say, I’ve always wondered – do you use fake names to check in at hotels? Yes. Answering this might defeat the purpose, but... what kinds of names do you use? Well, I was once staying at the Atlantis [One&Only The Palm Hotel and Resort, in Dubai] and the girl who booked me in said, “Oh, I didn’t know if I was supposed to book you in under a different name, so I just booked you in...
We discover what Matt Preston does when he’s not dissecting dishes on MasterChef. You were raised in England. What were your first impressions of Australia? I went round the world in 1989 and spent time in Oz. I totally fell in love with the space, sky and isolation of country Australia on a friend’s sheep station in Moulamein (NSW). I loved the Melbourne club scene back then - Razor was amazing. But I felt betrayed that Melbourne has no surf! Who’d build a city on a bay and not one of Victoria’s spectacular surf beaches on either peninsula? Madness! Favourite...
Peter Kuruvita made a name for himself with the Flying Fish Restaurant & Bar in Sydney back in 2004 and has since opened restaurants in Fiji and most recently the Beach House in Noosa. Born in England, his family travelled overland (through the Khyber Pass) to Sri Lanka when he was four years old, before migrating to Australia in the mid 70s. His restaurant success has been the catalyst for various cookbooks and television series. Steve Madgwick discovers the other ingredients that make his life complete. First impressions of Australia? My first memory was trying to get out of the...
Australian design master and Oscar-winner Catherine Martin chats to AT about her influences, The Great Gatsby and her favourite places. How do you think being Australian influences your design aesthetic? Well we live at the very edge of the world in a sense, so I think that certainly, many of us who are in the creative world are outward looking. You know, my whole world has always been one of looking beyond the borders of Australia. I was brought up between France and Australia because my mum’s French, and so I always had a sense that there was a big wide world out there. At the same time, tradition can be very constricting, of course, but I’m very grateful that I have that more formal constricted side in the French and it helps to kind...
Rick Stein is a prolific celebrity chef with 22 cook books and a 25-year TV series to his credit. But what does the seafood master do when he gets some time to himself? How do you unwind? I love nothing better than having about 20 or so family and friends over to our beach house, Rick's Place, in Mollymook, NSW, for an Aussie barbecue. I love cooking whole snapper with a layer of fennel between the bars of the grill. Opening a few cans of VB, I have been a fan since my first voyage in 1967. Listening to The...
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