When it comes to style and versatility in travel, the battle of the sexes is being more fiercely fought than ever. So when next you’re thinking of exploring Australia, whether it’s for a Mancation or a classic Girls’ Weekend Away, here are a few ideas to get you started.
Tissot are the official timekeepers of the AFL and have produced an official AFL watch (as worn by Chris Judd, Jimmy Bartel and Adam Goodes).
The Good Book
The Good Book is a hip flask concealed in a hardback Bible. Almost too good to be true. $50.
Frost T-shirts are 100% bamboo, soft as silk, strong as cotton and totally funky. From $69.95.
Waterproof helmet-mounted camera from Oregon Scientific, essential for every truly extreme Mancation. $350
This stylish white, silver and apple Veloce men’s casual shoe is from ECCO’s 2009 Spring/Summer range. $260.
Lonely Planet’s brand new A Year of Sport Travel, so as not to miss out on a single Mancation planning opportunity. $35.
Ride the Australasian Safari like a pro
The annual Australasian Safari isn’t just for pros. Amateur riders/drivers can also access restricted parts of WA, ride some great tracks, explore unique townships and tour some of the competition stages. The race commences in Perth on Aug 1 then follows a secret route, with overnight stops through the Coral Coast and Golden Outback, finally arriving in Kalgoorlie on Aug 8. Entrants need only hold a car or motorbike licence, a UHF radio, a reliable 4WD or motor-bike and a spirit of adventure!
Par Avion, from Melbourne designer Shuky, is the elegant, feminine and colourful way to keep your laptop safe this season. $140.
Indulge in 70 hours of French fragrance and old-fashioned charm with a candle from the Claus Porto range. $17.
Reduce your environmental footprint with EMU eco-thongs, made from 100% natural materials. Pictured is the Full Grain Tan Portsea, $79.95.
Pink BBQ Set
Pink spatula, knife, tongs, kebab skewers . . . watch out, boys, they’re armed and ready to take over the BBQ! $30.
Ella Baché Hydra Replenishing Mist is quickly absorbed to eliminate dehydration. $55.
Dodge work-out tangles with Sony’s cord-free walkman. $119.
Ella Baché Everyday Protection 30+ gives a luminous glow, which acts as a primer (sans that clogged pore feeling). $54.
Never lose track of time with Swatch’s fun new Jungle Hearts range. From $80, pictured is the Love Explosion watch.
Cheek Powder a blusher with inbuilt light & mirror for use anywhere! $42.
Set off in style with a pair of Carrera Safari from their new vintage range of sunglasses. $265.
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The Eva Solo is an elegant, double-walled thermo flask of dishwasher-proof stainless steel. $99.
Pack for your girls’ weekend in style with this red Edith Handbag from Country Road. $249.
Avoid make-up emergencies with the Benefit Justine Case mini-pack of “just in case” essentials. An instant refresher for travellers. $57.
Sydney’s secret shopping spots
Urban Walkabout Tours are a great way to see Sydney in a different light, either on your own or with a group of gal pals. Choose from Design Lovers’ Walking Tours of Surry Hills, Fashion Secrets Tours of Paddington and Darlinghurst, a Sydney Unwrapped CBD shopping tour – or even pick and choose to design your own itinerary. From $75 per person.
If watching the sun slowly rise over the ocean accompanied by a chorus of waking native birds sounds appealing, Gwinganna Health Retreat is the place for you. The award-winning lifestyle retreat nestled over the Gold Coast’s Tallenbudgera valley has opened three new luxury villas to compliment their unique treatments, organic cuisine and hinterland vistas.