The LA Layover

Three great neighborhood hotel picks for lost souls passing through the City of Angels. LAX is well known as one of the world’s busiest airports and a gateway for many international tourists, but many travelers choose to only stay one night or bypass the city altogether. It’s true that Los Angeles can be a pretty overwhelming place to navigate if you’re not from America, and sometimes even if … [Read more...]

Manna from Mudgee: NSW, AUSTRALIA

Kate Ayrton digs up the many earthy delights to be found in one of NSW's most popular regional escapes. Located in the Central Tablelands, Mudgee is one of NSW’s prettiest and oldest country towns dating back to 1822 when it was first settled by a couple of European pastoralists and sheep breeders who were good at spotting arable land. Of course the land was home to the local Wiradjuri Nation … [Read more...]

Australia By Air: KIRKHOPE AVIATION

For the best views from above, take a bespoke Air Tour with Australia’s most experienced pilots in a comfy private jet.  Kirkhope Aviation began their flying adventures in the mid ‘70s taking intrepid travelers on trips into outback Australia. Over the years, these outback air adventures became a passion and the company began specializing in tours around Australia, particularly the Kimberley and … [Read more...]

KANGALUNA CAMP: Outback Safari in SA

From sleeping in a swagon in the Gawler Ranges to swimming with sea lions on the Eyre Peninsula, this corner of South Australia offers a variety of outback and coastal adventures you won’t want to miss. For a truly amazing and authentic outback experience there is no greater guide than Geoff Scholz, the quintessentially Australian proprietor of Kangaluna Camp in the Gawler Ranges. Born and … [Read more...]

NSW South Coast, AUSTRALIA

A leisurely road trip along the South Coast of NSW is one of Australia's great drives with spectacular coastal scenery, wildlife and loads of adventure experiences. Crystal-clear bays and lakes, uncrowded beaches and beautiful rivers are perfect year-round for fishing, diving, canoeing and boating while the pristine bushland entices bush walkers, bird-lovers and cycling enthusiasts. For the … [Read more...]

BANNISTERS: Mollymook’s Motel with the Mostest

Kate Ayrton finds something fishy and fabulous on Australia's scenic South Coast. Bannisters guests generally fall into two categories: those who have been and those who have not. The first are a devoted lot who return on a regular basis to graze at Rick Stein’s famous table while taking in the fresh seaside air and stunning ocean views. The second simply don’t know what they’re missing. … [Read more...]

KANGAROO ISLAND: South Australia’s National Treasure

Kate Ayrton discovers the culinary delights, pioneering spirit and natural wonders of KI. Spanning 4,400 square kilometers, Kangaroo Island (known as KI by the locals) is roughly the same size as Bali, minus all the people and traffic, and the third largest island off Australia. With a ratio of approximately 1 square kilometer per person, there is plenty of space for all walks of life. Half … [Read more...]

MOGANSHAN: Retreat to the Hills

Looking for a chance to escape the big smoke and explore the countryside around Shanghai? Retreat to the scenic mountaintop village of Moganshan, only two and a half hours drive from the city – once home to British missionaries, Chinese gangsters and interesting expats like Mark Kitto who wrote a delightful autobiography about how he lost a fortune and found a life in China in the … [Read more...]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA: From Adelaide to the Barossa

Sydney-sider Kate Ayrton heads south to discover the culinary delights and natural wonders of SA. South Australia is like the redheaded stepchild of Australia – often overlooked because of her more popular sister states, New South Wales and Victoria – but in fact the one with more personality, style and substance. From the coast to the desert, through farmland, bushland, wine country, and along … [Read more...]

FOOD BUZZ: Kangaroo Island Food Safari

Special alert for traveling gourmands! This August the popular KI Food Safari returns once again with a star studded cast of Australian chefs including Maggie Beer and Simon Bryant returning for their second year in the saddle, and joined by acclaimed restaurateur, Damien Pignolet. Kicking off from August 24 - 30, the Safari is a hands-on, muddy-boots paddock and vineyard discovery of Kangaroo … [Read more...]