Annandale: a new love

Annandale

It’s early days but I can honestly say that Annandale and I are getting along famously. The streets are lined with graceful old beauties, blooming gardens and prestige family cars. Neighbours walk pedigree dogs, push Bugaboos and carry trays of skim lattes. The weird thing is that I don’t hate it. I normally sneer at the […]

Oh, MONA!

The famous Cloaca by Wim Delvoye

Louise Southerden takes us on a trip down the rabbit hole at the Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart, Tasmania. Wow, MONA. If Tasmania’s new Museum of Old and New Art was a person, she’d be cool and approachable. Built by art-lover, self-made-gambling-savant and Tasmanian-made-good David Walsh, then filled with his collection of oddities, it’s […]

When one Tim isn’t enough

The Two Tims

The travel industry is full of fun people. Down-to-earth people. Smart people. Above all, adventurous people. Two of my favourite Aussie travel dudes are The Two Tims, the globe trotting filmmakers who frolic around making programs for National Geographic, Travel Oz, tourism boards, touring companies and hotels. They recently visited Darwin and made this video on […]

This Is Not Art Festival

Newcastle

I spent five years living in Newcastle, ostensibly to study Communications, but really going out drinking, recovering at the beach and working at Local Video. Despite my long stint as a resident, I never once attended This Is Not Art Festival , an annual arts festival held in Newcastle City. When one of my besties said […]

Uluru + Kata Tjuta

Kata Tjuta

You know how I told you I have two new contracts? Well one of them is representing Ayers Rock Resort in the Northern Territory. As far as awesome goes, that’s a 10/10. I went out there on a famil (travel industry jargon for ‘familiarisation’) a couple of weeks ago and I was blown away. The […]

Fraser Suites, Sydney

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I love hotel rooms in the same way The Cookie Monster appreciates cookies. I really love them. The first time I ever stayed in a hotel was on a school excursion to Canberra. I was so excited I couldn’t sleep. When you grow up in the country, it’s easy to get excited about a budget motor inn […]

Wine lover’s guide to SA

There’s a reason ‘Barossa’ rhymes with ‘Berocca’. Too. Much. Fun. Gnarly old growth vineyards, exuberant locals and a cornucopia of fresh produce give this wino hotspot a decidedly hedonistic vibe. Forget Jack Daniels; Bacchus lives here. I was lucky enough to have Sharon Wild, a Master of Wine-in-the-making, as my guide for the Barossa Food […]

Yulefest at The Carrington: Best. Weekend. Ever.

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There is something exciting about a girl’s weekend – the delicious promise of wine, shopping and maniacal laughter. A little while back, I was lucky enough to win a night at The Carrington for Yulefest so I decided to take two of my lady friends on a fake Christmas adventure. Arriving at the hotel, you […]

Townsville according to Greta Lackey

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Work trips … The early wake ups, the delayed flights, the crappy plane food, the late nights. I usually classify them under the category of ‘glorified stress’! But every now and then you visit a place you’ve never been before and you most probably would have never thought to visit, are pleasantly surprised, and it […]

Hot spring fling by Louisa Deasey

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Sometimes work, money or other conundrums mean escaping the winter chill for warmer climes just ain’t possible. But like many travel junkies, I get pretty itchy if my options for random sojourns are blocked by life’s obligations. Add to that Melbourne’s early winter (think: bitter sheet winds, grey skies and two pairs of socks just […]