Noma will pop up in Sydney

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Holy smoked/pickled/cured mackerel, Batman! The much-awarded noma restaurant will relocate from Copenhagen to Sydney for 10 weeks in January 2016, to share the best of Australian produce as seen through the eyes of head chef René Redzepi and his team. Noma will temporarily close in Denmark to open its new waterfront home at Barangaroo on […]

Whale watching in Australia makes a splash

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Imagine waking up to the spectacular sight of a whale breaching or spotting a whale with her baby calf in tow? Whale watching in Australia is a winter/spring highlight – particularly on Australia’s east coast. About 20,000 whales from Antarctica escape the frigid southern ocean and migrate to Australia to warm up, relax and breed every […]

Tasting the kapow factor of baijiu

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There’s a few flushed faces in the room as China’s national firewater is downed in tiny gulps. It has a BANG the baijiu virgins aren’t expecting. Bloggers, Instagrammers and the curious are crammed into the elegant Moutai Baijiu showroom in Sydney’s Chinatown. We’re listening to marketing managers Imogen Hayes and Ed Xian explain the 2000-year-old art of […]

I fly Scoot to Singapore on the super cheap

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A toddler is giving away cheapie air fares. No joke.  My favourite no-frills airline Scoot is celebrating its third birthday with super cheap flights Australia-Singapore. If you come to the birthday party and fly Scoot out of Australia, the toddler airline will take you home economy class just for the cost of your unavoidable taxes only. Scoot […]

Northern Heat by Helene Young – giveaway

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WHAT:  Steamy, heart-pounding romance set in tropical Queensland, where feisty heroine meets mysterious dude playing the stock market on a laptop from his boat. Apart from the stock market, he works at Cooktown’s youth centre which has given him the chance to make a difference and to flirt with Dr Kristy Dark. The local GP […]

Depressed? How travel might help

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Writer Matt Haig thinks travel is useful for people who suffer from depression because “it takes you out of yourself”.  Depression tends to envelop and compress your world, and literally getting away from the small space into which you’ve shrunk yourself, allows you to focus on something else. It takes your mind off it. He was […]

Italian Joy by Carla Coulson – giveaway

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WHO: Australian Carla Coulson left her corporate job and Sydney life to start a new life in Europe as a photographer. In her first book, Italian Joy, she describes the joys and hardships of her first five years, spent living in Florence. WHAT: More than a decade after Italian Joy  was published, it has been reprinted into a […]

Coffee snobbery dissolved in an instant

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“Damn, you people take coffee seriously,” said the visiting American staying in our apartment. We do. So so seriously. Especially in our state capital cities. We spend more time in cafes, buy more fancy home coffee machines than we used to and buy more coffee beans than we used to. We love it when visitors […]

Home stay or hotel?

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Airbnb and other home stay companies allow travellers to stay in frugal or fantastic accommodation all over the world. The concept opens up destinations to people who couldn’t otherwise afford it (yes, that’s me), and to people who want to engage with communities and cultures at a grassroots level. Is that you? The idea of […]