WARRNAMBOOL – THE AUSTRALIAN TRAVELLER GUIDE
Warrnambool is the perfect location for history buffs that love a good beachside holiday. What was once a popular whaling and sealing station is now a proud city, bustling with activity.
Nominate and win: Tell us your best holiday experiences of 2014 and you could win a dream trip from the Outback to the Reef staying at Crystalbrook Lodge and Orpheus Island in far north Queensland. Every year we need your help to uncover and reward Australia’s favourite travel experiences, accommodation and destinations for our People’s Choice Awards. The winners will be revealed in Australian Traveller’s People’s Choice Issue – December/January special edition on sale 4 December. TO ENTER/NOMINATE CLICK HERE As a reward for your time, your nomination will be in the running to win a Outback to Reef luxury prize for two people. The $11,000...
Venturing to Mudgee for a weekend of culinary delights? Make sure to bring a basket – you’ll need it to cart away the farm-fresh produce and artisan goodies from the local markets, as recommended by Mudgee food guru Rebecca Sutton, the owner of gourmet catering company olive.a.twist. "If you head down to the markets on the third Saturday of each month, you’re sure to find a few hidden gems but here are some of my favourites,” says Rebecca. “You can also find a lot of this produce at the Mudgee corner store." Nanima Farm Lamb A great tasting free-range lamb,...
You could say Thea Basiliou knows Fortitude Valley well. The owner of Blonde Venus has clothed Brisbanites in her boutique’s chic labels since 1990 (that was 24 years ago, can you believe it?!). Here, she reveals the Valley’s hip haunts. Sourced Grocer A cool, buzzing café in a converted warehouse that focuses on high quality locally sourced produce making for great breakfast and lunch. They also have a selection of organic and ethically produced groceries to complete the package. sourcedgrocer.com Gerard’s Bistro Gerard’s food is inspired by the Middle East and Northern Africa – making for an unusual menu, full of...
In the aftermath of Black Saturday, time stood still in Marysville. Five years later, the town has moved on, says Steve Madgwick – and it’s time the rest of us joined them. It used to be some place else altogether: a rarefied honeymooners’ haven, where quaint Victorian guesthouses nestled harmoniously in the undulating hills just below the Yarra Ranges. Back then, the enchanting journey there – from Melbourne through the Yarra Valley, over the snaking and steep Black Spur, through lofty 100-metre-plus mountain ash forest peppered with giant tree ferns – was seen only as a prelude to weekends spent...
Darwin’s always been a fascinating place to visit, historically more town than city, more shorts and socks than skinny jeans. But over past few years, fed by the magnetic energy of the tropical seasons, a multicultural heart (both indigenous and international) and wave after wave of energetic people moving there from “down South” the place has developed a Big City, dare we say hipster, cooler side, writes Steve Madgwick. The Top End’s capital is a natural stopover for your big ticket outback must-do's, such as Kakadu and Nitmiluk (formerly Katherine) Gorge, but ever increasing pockets of laid-back urbanity mean the...
Globetrotting media personality Lyndey Milan has taken viewers on a culinary journey around the country with her television series Taste of Australia. Here, she shares some of her favourite foodie experiences 1. Mud-crabbing in the traditional way with delightful indigenous guide Dom Matsumoto who works out of Eco Beach Resort south of Broome. It’s 30 minutes by 4WD to Jack’s Creek. You’d never find it on your own. He was taught how to mudcrab by his father and is respectful of tradition, the land and the wildlife. When he catches a male mudcrab of sufficient size, he semi-smokes it over...
The Northern Lights get all the love when it comes to natural light phenomena but did you know Australia has its own light show – the Aurora Australis? Greta Stonehouse speaks to ‘Southern Lights’ experts to see why you might want to consider Tasmania before you book your flight to Scandinavia, Canada... or Siberia. Fifteen years ago Margaret Sonnemann was driving from Launceston to Hobart when she noticed something in the sky that made her pull over in shock. This was Margaret’s first glimpse of the Southern Lights. Back then, there was no portal available to discuss this amazing natural...
Outstanding produce cooked with culinary finesse: Pipeclay Pumphouse is a serious contender for another Mudgee hat, says Liz Schaffer Visitors have been making culinary pilgrimages to places like Mudgee for decades; seeking out farm gates, honesty boxes and cellar doors for the exceptional produce found in such secret spots. Sadly, though, the local restaurant scene of such places often falls by the wayside; the best produce (and intentions) foiled by clumsy recipes, or merely a lack of local ambition and interest in building the region’s dining scene. But – but! – every now and then, the culinary stars align, and...
Splash out for a holiday, you've earned it! Ah, but where to go? All the luxury destinations that made our recent 100 Greatest Holidays of Australia list have become destinations in their own right. Here's how our 20-member panel of experts rated the most opulent places to stay in Australia (number they finished overall in the 100 in brackets). Here's the 1000-threadcount Aussie bucket list of Luxury Lodges... 1. Book into Saffire Freycinet, Tasmania (5) 2. Stay at qualia. Just once in your life, Hamilton Island, Queensland (10) 3. … And go straight to Lizard Island afterwards, Queensland (11) 4....
With one million hectares of pristine, protected bushland, this blue-tinged World Heritage wilderness is a playground for nature lovers. Bring hiking shoes, a sense of adventure and a good camera to the Blue Mountains- one of Australia’s 16 Ultimate Escapes Vast and spectacular, the Greater Blue Mountains is a region that likes to do things in widescreen. Waterfalls cascade from steep, vertical cliffs, and vistas across a seemingly endless bushland panorama stir the adventurer within. The region – named after the signature blue-tinged haze arising from the abundance of eucalyptus trees – is famous for its raw, wild beauty. Witness soaring escarpments...
Already you can’t take liquids (over 100ml) on your carry-on luggage and sometimes you have to take off your shoes and belt before boarding a flight, but things are about to even more intense now that the Australian Government has declared a high terror alert. How will this affect you and what can you do, asks Quentin Long. 1. Beat the queues New security measures ultimately will mean longer queues. The old adage of “I can get there 30 minutes before a domestic flight or 90 minutes before an international flight” is gone. Plan to be at the airport three...
So you've trodden the white sands, seen the red crabs and swum with the whale sharks on Christmas Island... What next? Here's what next, writes Georgia Rickard. 1. Go diving with local instructor, Hama – he’s been here since 1996, knows the place inside and out, and will do his best to take you anywhere you like. 2. Get a two-hour island induction with Indian Ocean Experiences. Tours are run by Lisa Preston, who has lived here for 17 years and knows a thing or three about the island’s secret spots. 3. Splurge on tickets to the outdoor cinema, held...
The humble bicycle meets rolling countryside... hop on for one of these luxury cycle tours through some of the finest scenery and fecund food baskets in all of Australia. Gourmet Cycling for Softies, Victorian High Country If you’re inspired by our experience, the aptly named ‘gourmet cycling for softies’ just might also appeal. This five-day fully guided tour through Victoria’s High Country will have you pedalling from Milawa to Myrtleford, indulging in fine produce along the way. $1950 per person, twin-share including breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Best of Tasmania From white sandy beaches to rugged mountains, Tasmania has the...
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Is there ever, ever any instance where shared bathrooms can be chic, asks Winsor Dobbin? A night in Tasmania's new Montacute Boutique Bunk House should answer that... Rose Flynn and Antony Langdon, the livewire young owners of Hobart’s chic new accommodation offering, reckon they opened Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse because they “know that a trip to Tasmania can add up”. Is it a hotel? Not really. Is it a guesthouse? Not exactly. Is it a hostel? Well... not like any hostel you’ve stayed at before. It has been described as perfect for those with champagne tastes on a cider budget, and...
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