Magic at the MELBOURNE Cup Race

Kristina Foster takes readers inside Australia’s famous Melbourne Cup, where socialites, celebrities, and grand marquees make this race a true spectacle.  At 3pm Australian Eastern Standard Time, for about three and a half minutes on the first Tuesday in November, something very strange happens nation-wide in Australia. Homes, offices, restaurants and cafés all press pause. Eyes are glued to … [Read more...]

CAPITAL CLASS: East Hotel, CANBERRA

Hotels in national capitals are invariably configured for expediency – after all most beds are slept in by politicians, lobbyists and convention delegates. So what a treat to discover Australia’s new sleek Canberra East Hotel packed with soul and clever contemporary comforts.   Wake to a golden calm dawn punctuated by a bevy of hot air balloons visible from your bespoke slumber king-bed in … [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...]

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...]

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...]

A Taste of ORANGE: Regional Food & Wine Trails in Australia

Jane Adams shares the inside track on some of her favorite regional food and wine trails in NSW. It’s a curious food fact but the regional New South Wales city of Orange is actually famous for its apples – and a vibrant food and wine culture that culminates every year in F.O.O.D Week (aka Food of Orange District). So bounteous is the Orange regional harvest that F.O.O.D the annual … [Read more...]

AUSTRALIA: An Outback Christmas On The Rails

Marie Barbieri discovers that desolate townships, gourmet cuisine, and ever-changing landscapes make The Indian Pacific Australia’s most iconic journey. Sitting patiently in the Outback Explorer Lounge, I munch on welcome canapés of lemon myrtle curry puffs. I’m itching to hear the hoot and feel the train glide out to begin my 4,352km journey across the continent. A childlike wave of … [Read more...]

QT SYDNEY Debuts As The City’s New Destination Hotel Diva

wandermelon's Kate Ayrton, a Sydney local, checks out two of the city's most iconic buildings recently transformed into a modern luxury hotel and entertainment space, and brimming with creative energy. The bar has been raised in Australian urban hospitality with the recent opening of the hip designer QT Sydney Hotel thanks to the AHL Group, one of Australia’s premier entertainment, hospitality, … [Read more...]

The Best Smoked Fish In South Australia

Jason Kessler discovers an English family that brings their multi-generational secrets of smoking fish to Oz. The world is getting smaller. French pomme frite have become America’s favorite side dish; pizza that originated in Italy can be found in every corner of the globe, and the McRib is the first food fit for mass … [Read more...]

TRAVEL BUZZ: Experience Sydney in 2012

Celebrate Australia Day with this great deal to discover the glittering harbour and ocean city of Sydney. In honor of Australia Day when Australians commemorate the arrival of the first fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788, Qantas Airways, Destination New South Wales and Qantas Vacations are offering a special promotion for this month only: "Experience Sydney in 2012 from $2012pp*". Travelers can book … [Read more...]