Travel

Highlights of Barunga’s off stage festivities – Barunga, Northern Territory

June 15, 2019

The 2019 Barunga Festival wrapped up last Sunday, and it was a jam-packed 3 days of music, arts, sport and culture. Approximately 4000 people travel to the festival at Barunga, which is 80 km south-east of Katherine. Away from the music stages there was plenty going on. Sporting teams from all over the Northern Territory […]

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From The Clubhouse to The Revivals Lounge: Experiencing Virgin Atlantic’s Frequent Flyer offering from New York to London (VS10)

June 12, 2019

Last month, I jumped on board Virgin Atlantic’s red eye service from New York’s JFK Airport through to London’s Heathrow. As a Platinum member of Virgin Australia’s Velocity frequent flyer program, this gave me access to one of the best features of the Virgin Atlantic network – the “Revivals Lounge” at Heathrow. Given the airline’s […]

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The best spots for a late night drink at this year’s Dark Mofo

June 11, 2019

There’s a reason Tasmania’s capital was known as “Slowbart” long before Dark Mofo (6-23 June) livened up those long winter nights. It gets seriously cold, and without a mental map of places to stay warm, navigating the city in the depths of winter can be a challenge. Fortunately Hobart’s many bars know how to put […]

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The 7th Annual Flagstaff Blues & Brews Festival sees Larkin Poe, Carvin Jones and more shine in Arizona

June 11, 2019

Over the weekend I headed to Flagstaff, Arizona for the city’s 7th Annual Blues & Brews Festival – unsurprisingly, a celebration of Blues music and, well, beer. This year marked the first year that the event, which is held in the cooler, mountainous region of Arizona, a few hours north of Phoenix had been expanded to […]

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Hotel Review: Intercontinental San Diego brings luxury to the city’s revitalised bayfront

June 11, 2019

One of the newer locations for the international Intercontinental chain finds itself in San Diego; a luxury 400 room, 19 floor hotel which opened in September last year. The brand’s 3rd property in Southern California, the hotel sits right on the revitalised San Diego Bayfront. About the Room I stayed on the 15th room in […]

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The Oswego Hotel Review: Cosy boutique apartments in Victoria BC

June 7, 2019

As one of the top rated boutique hotels in Victoria, British Columbia, The Oswego Hotel gets by beautifully on the simple pillars of good hospitality, great guest rooms, and excellent food and wine. Although you’d expect nothing less; as BC’s capital and one of the most pleasant small cities in the world (something that’s been […]

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On the Shelf: Wild Citrus Gin, Caramel Vodka, and more

June 7, 2019

From wild citrus gin and caramel vodka to natural wine and sparkling blends, here’s a wrap up of what we’ve got on our shelf this season. In this instalment of ‘On the Shelf’ we’ve started it off by putting the spotlight on three Aussie gins to try in celebration of World Gin Day this Saturday 8th […]

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Glenfiddich have launched a double decker whisky bus in Australia

June 5, 2019

A clarion call to whiskey lovers far and wide, Glenfiddich just last week has celebrated the launch of the venerable Glenfiddich Whisky Wanderer. “What on Earth is the Whiskey Wanderer?!” you ask? It’s an original 1972 vintage Leyland double-decker bus cum mobile whiskey lounge. More than ten meters long and four meters wide, this magnificent […]

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Why did Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge only launch with one new ride at Disneyland?

June 4, 2019

When Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (also known simply as “Star Wars Land”) officially opened its doors to the public on Friday at California’s iconic theme park Disneyland  – strictly to those who had reserved the privilege in advance – some may have been surprised to discover that after all that hype, and all those years […]

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24 Hours in Surf City USA: Huntington Beach, California

May 30, 2019

Also known as “Surf City USA”, Huntington Beach sits along a straight stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway, with the Pacific Ocean seeming to stretch on forever; this section of the beach iconic for the concrete pier that stretches out into the Ocean, and the great food, drink and lifestyle options that accompany it. One of […]

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Live Review: Middle Kids impress with their new EP as they tour North America with Local Natives

May 29, 2019

It it feels like Sydney trio Middle Kids haven’t stopped touring the globe over the last few years, you’re probably not wrong. It’s been one success after another for the group – and a lot of it has been happening quietly overseas. Currently, the troupe are on the road in North America supporting Local Natives, […]

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Sydney’s luxe The Langham hotel introduces “Pink Hope Suite”

May 28, 2019

One of Sydney’s most luxurious hotel’s (and pet friendly), The Langham, has linked up with Pink Hope to launch the city’s first ever “charity suite”. Basically what that means is that a guest room at The Langham has been completely transformed by the partnership, offering guests a luxurious and immersive experience bathed in dreamy all-pink […]

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America’s Hidden Wonder: Behold one of the world’s most spectacular views, that few have ever seen

May 28, 2019

The majestic, diverse countryside of the United States is one that has inspired poetry and prose for generations. And there’s still a sense of wonder to it, whether you’re making your first visit to the Grand Canyon, seeing the Niagara Falls or Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park. But when these sights were first discovered, […]

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Hotel Review: St Martin’s Lane is playful luxury in the heart of London’s West End

May 28, 2019

In Covent Garden, just on the outskirts of the heart of theatre district (London’s West End), is one of the area’s finest hotels, St Martins Lane London. But this is luxury with a twist – with a green revolving door at the entry, and an eccentric design collection that await you in the hotel’s spacious lobby. […]

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Nespresso level up their permanent collection with “Barista Creations”

May 27, 2019

In response to a recent survey that found 88% of Australians preferred having their coffee with milk, Nespresso have readied a new range of five blends for their Original and Vertuo machines, each designed especially for that creamy shot of dairy (or soy, of course). The range comes from six years of Nespresso experts exploring […]

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Volley and Southern Comfort team up to give away a free pair of shoes with limited edition packs

May 27, 2019

No matter which way you look it – a free pair of Volleys when purchasing a 10 pack of 375ml Southern Comfort and Cola or a free 10 pack of Southern Comfort when purchasing a pair of Volleys; Southern Comfort and Volleys have a pretty cool collaboration going until June 30th 2019. When entering a […]

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Aussies Abroad: WAAX plot massive “FU” North American tour for July

May 27, 2019

Brisbane legends WAAX are heading off on a massive North American tour this July, in support of their recent single “FU”. Their US and Canadian shows will come after their appearance at the Sounds Australia Summerstage event in Central Park alongside Hermitude, A.B. Original and more on June 22nd (read more about that HERE). And […]

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SO Sofitel Bangkok Review: Fashionable luxury living

May 27, 2019

Marriott has the W, IHG have Hotel Indigo, and Sofitel (owned by Accor) have the rapidly growing “SO/”. Hotel brands known for their warm luxurious embraces have, in the past decade especially, finessed their respective languages and funnelled them into younger, energetic off-shoots that fully commit to the “luxury boutique” label and thrive on individuality. […]

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Five things you need to do on the Northern tip of Phuket

May 27, 2019

Some of Phuket’s most beautiful national parks and jungle trails are actually found north of the airport. While much of the island’s often chaotic nightlife kicks off in the opposite direction, it’s the unspoilt natural beauty and lush landscapes that make heading up the right choice for visitors to the famous island. Though that doesn’t […]

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Flying Virgin Atlantic’s flagship route from Heathrow to JFK: Economy on the 787 Dreamliner

May 25, 2019

Last week, I jumped on board Virgin Atlantic‘s flagship route from Heathrow to JFK on board the new Dreamliner 787. How does the service stack up? Here’s today’s flight review… Airline: Virgin Atlantic Route: LHR – JFK (VS137) Aircraft: Boeing 787-900 Seat: 59G centre aisle 3-3-3 Flight Time: 6 Hours 45 Minutes (Scheduled at closer […]

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