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Brisbane’s Four Points By Sheraton Open For Business

Before General Manager Brad Mercer and Director of Sales and Marketing Janine Watton were appointed to their respective positions at the newly opened Four Points by Sheraton in Brisbane, the Level 30 al fresco space with exceptional views of the Brisbane River and the Story Bridge wasn’t going to ... Continue Reading

Strictly Ballroom Shimmies Into Sydney

For Australian actor Mark Owen-Taylor being offered a role in the block-buster musical Strictly Ballroom is a welcome return to the story that he performed thirty years ago before it exploded into a worldwide phenomenon. “I was in the little known second staging of Strictly Ballroom for The ... Continue Reading

Stepping Back In Time At The Grand Hotel Melbourne

Standing on the balcony of the Grand Hotel’s sixth floor apartment looking out across Spencer Street and the Melbourne skyline I let my mind wander - to imagine what the view would have looked like when the building was completed in 1891 and how the outlook must have changed over the past 123 ... Continue Reading

Showcasing The Spectacular Australian Outback

Central to his performance as the lead character in the Australian Outback Spectacular is Graham Moore’s relationship with his horse. “I only ride one horse called Banjo. He’s a 14 year old stock horse from Warwick. If I have a night off, he gets a night off. For my role I need a horse ... Continue Reading

Become Ship Shape with The Biggest Loser’s Shannan Ponton on a Carnival Cruise

Prior to stepping on board a Carnival Cruise ship, Australia’s Biggest Loser trainer Shannan Ponton was apprehensive. “It started as a job. The instructions I gave to my manager were, ‘Get me on and get me straight off!’ Heading to the ship orientation I was imagining the Love Boat. How ... Continue Reading

Settling Into The Norfolk Island Pace

Originally from Bundaberg on Queensland’s Fraser coast, Dave Porter has spent almost a decade living on Norfolk Island with his wife Joanne. Even compared with Queensland’s laid back lifestyle, Dave acknowledges that the island, which is so entwined with Australia’s history, has a very ... Continue Reading

Contiki To Support Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica

We know them as majestic marine creatures that glide through the Great Barrier Reef and come ashore at Mon Repos, near Bundaberg, to lay their eggs. But sea turtles are in need of conservation all around the world. It is for this reason that youth travel brand, Contiki have added an organisation ... Continue Reading

Enjoy Opera in a Glorious European Opera House

Opera has the incredible power to manipulate feelings, to take you on an emotional roller-coaster through passionate arias, rousing choruses and intimate duets. In Europe opera is very much part of the culture with mesmerising performing arts venues that are just as beautiful as the music that ... Continue Reading

Celebrate Waitangi Day in New Zealand

In 1840 representatives of the British Crown and 500 Maori Chiefs signed what is now recognised as New Zealand’s founding document. The Treaty of Waitangi was named after the location where the historic event took place - a house owned by a Scotsman named James Busby in Waitangi on the Bay of ... Continue Reading

Virgin Australia’s Wireless Entertainment Takes Off

It’s full steam ahead for the roll out of Virgin Australia’s innovative wireless in-flight entertainment system across their domestic and short-haul international network. Warren Hamilton from Virgin Australia tells us about the initiative that allows passengers to stream content direct to ... Continue Reading

Top Australian Cities Celebrate Chinese New Year

Gong Xi Fa Cai! Chinese communities around the world are preparing to welcome the year of the horse. Tradition says that the colour red will scare away evil spirits and that even numbers of mandarins with their leaves connected should be placed around the house. Families will enjoy a meal together ... Continue Reading

When The Skies The Limit – Aviation World Records

When it comes to world records - aviation has set many milestones. So we decided to trawl through the Guinness World Record listings to find fascinating records connected to air travel. Here are our favourites. Largest collection of airline boarding passes While most people keep their ... Continue Reading

Celebrate Australia Day On Mt Kosciuszko

On Australia Day last year, Snowy Mountain local Nick Kirshner stepped in at the last minute to read two classic Aussie poems on the country’s highest peak. “Thredbo Resort asked me last year to do it. I said I would be happy to. I think they wanted someone else but he wasn’t able to so I ... Continue Reading

Go For Gold In A Record Breaking Hotel

For a record breaking accommodation experience, check into a hotel that is currently listed as holding a Guinness World Record. Whether it's the tallest, the largest, the highest, the oldest or the most northerly, you're sure to revel in the fact that nothing beats this opportunity. Luckily, these ... Continue Reading

Going Giddy On The Gili Islands

The Indonesian archipelago is made up of around 17,500 islands. It is therefore all the more remarkable that three miniature atolls situated just off Lombok and about three hours boat ride from Bali, continue to grow in popularity. Prior to the 1970s, the Gili Islands - or more correctly Gili ... Continue Reading

Tamworth Music Festival’s Golden Boy Troy Cassar-Daley

Heading south from Brisbane on the New England Highway, Australian country music legend Troy Cassar-Daley is nervous with excitement. “I have butterflies in my belly right now - driving down to Tamworth. It reminds me of my childhood. The roads are so familiar. I meet people who say the ... Continue Reading

Best Buck’s Night Party Destinations

The wedding venue is booked, the invitations have gone out and the tux is ready to go. So now it’s time for the Best Man to nut out the buck’s night celebrations. But why stop at one night? Why not turn the stag party into a whole weekend of frivolity or go for broke and organise an extended ... Continue Reading

Exploring Sabah’s War Time History

Just outside Sandakan, on the east coast of Sabah, there's a manicured park surrounded by modern apartment blocks. The tree canopy provides a welcome respite to the intense Borneo sun and the ornamental pools offer a tranquil setting away from the buzz of the modern city. But while today the site ... Continue Reading

Have a Smart Morning 24/7 at 101 Legian

Regardless of the time of day, when staying at 101 Legian in the heart of Kuta, guests will only ever be welcomed with one unique greeting – ‘smart morning’. Chandra Novita, the hotel’s Associate Director of Sales explains the logic. “We always want to implement the morning spirit ... Continue Reading

New Year Travel Resolutions for 2014

Welcome to 2014. We hope you had a great time last night but now's the time to start thinking about that list of resolutions. You know - those things that you've always been determined to do - some of which may keep being postponed. We think ‘travel more’ should definitely be up there on that ... Continue Reading