Embrace Australia's Newest Experiences, Stays And Eats This Holiday Season

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11 November 2022

Many of us are itching to travel after being grounded for more than two years. Although we might not be ready to tackle entirely new countries for our first time abroad in a long time, we can still satisfy our cravings for adventure by trying, eating or even staying somewhere new in a familiar city. 

Below, we explore a couple of new activities, hotels and bites that we can do down under. What are you waiting for? Check ‘em out and book away.

Experience

Lost Paradise, Glenworth Valley

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After three long years, music festival – Lost Paradise – is back from 28 December 2022 to 1 January 2023 with an exciting line-up of performers such as the Artic Monkeys, Lil Nas X, Tsha and Peggy Gou. Aside from the harmonious melodies of these artistes, the festival has a wide range of healing activities such as yoga classes, workshops and indigenous experiences to soothe the mind and body.

Alba Thermal Springs & Spa, Mornington Peninsula

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It is important to unwind and reflect every now and then but let's be real, the chaotic city is no place for that. Just an hour's drive from central Melbourne lies the Alba Thermal Springs & Spa, a sanctuary with different contemporary treatment baths – indoor, outdoor, open-air – to relax and renew ones spirit.

Michael Reid Art Bar, Sydney

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Who doesn’t love a good speakeasy? The best ones are always located in the most unexpected spaces such as this bar located at The Star Sydney. During the day, the space is a gallery with fine works of art that are carefully curated but when the sun sets, it transforms into a hip bar that serves delicious cocktails that use locally-sourced ingredients.

City To Coral Tour, Brisbane

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Australia is known for its amazing wildlife and spectacular scenery, and there’s no better way to enjoy both of these than by boat. Setting sail from Moreton Island, discover the wonders of the iconic Tangalooma Wrecks that feature many sunken ships and a wide variety of marine species. If wrecks aren't your thing, there are other packages such as whale and dolphin watching.

Safari To River’s End Tour, Clare Valley

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This one goes out to the backpackers and road trip-loving travellers. Deep dive into Australian history and Aboriginal culture with this five-day tour that encompasses two river landscapes from the redgum and red cliff-lined Murray River to the white sand dunes of the Coorong. This journey through the outback is sure to open your eyes to a whole new side of Australia that you'd never dreamt of. 

Stay

Stella the Stargazer, Gippsland

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Go off the grid at this unique tiny home in Gippsland, Victoria. No fret, there is everything that any hotel guest would possibly need for a comfortable vacation such as necessities that are handmade using upcycled materials. With a roll-out sleeping platform and a shower with operable glass louvres, guests can stargaze and immense themselves with nature surrounding them till their heart's content.

The Porter House, Sydney

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There are a ton of accommodation options in a bustling city such as Sydney but an elegant hotel that is a stone's throw away from the famous Hyde Park, Queen Victoria Building and the Pitt Street Mall is hard to beat. Not only does the hotel pay tribute to the building’s heritage of tobacco, leather, spice and spirits trades, the stylish abode has a well-equipped gym and heated swimming pool for guests to enjoy.

Karijini Eco Retreat, Karijini National Park

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Time to go glamping. This retreat located just outside Perth has new luxury tents that provide travellers with a comfortable yet surreal stay in the outback. From swimming under a waterfall to hiking one of the many trails, there is something to keep you and your active travel companions occupied. The retreat is Aboriginal-owned, which is great as all proceeds will aid these underrepresented communities.

The Louise, Barossa Valley

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Perhaps, you just need a quick getaway with nothing to do, other than kicking back and downing a few glasses of wine. The Louise is the perfect choice as the luxury lodges have been carefully designed to allow guests to enjoy the rich tableau of hills, vineyards and farms that the Barossa Valley is renowned for. 

Eat & Drink

Altitude, Sydney

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Those with a bougie palate should not give this restaurant by Shangri-La a miss. Dine in opulence overlooking a panoramic view of the Sydney Opera House against the stunning ocean skyline. The restaurant has different menus throughout the day that are fit for kings and queens such as a lobster breakfast accompanied by a glass of champagne or perhaps, some black oscietra caviar served with blinis, crème fraiche and chives would suffice.

Arbory Afloat, Melbourne

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Inspired by the Balearic Islands of Spain, this floating bar and restaurant has been reimagined into a waterfront paradise with a a menu decked out with Spanish fare and classic cocktails. Arbory Afloat has two decks featuring dining banquettes, double daybeds and a luxe undercover dining area. Now, this is what we call "mamma mia"!

The Telegraph Hotel, Hobart

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Experience Tasmania’s best at the newly restored Telegraph Hotel, which is an iconic heritage pub in the capital city of Hobart. The first floor features a revitalised public bar and a stylish dining room while the rooftop terrace has been transformed into a bar with scenic views of Hobart’s waterfront. The menu consists of pub classics along with modern dishes that utilise local produce. 

EziStreat, Melbourne

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Now, this is a foodie destination. Comprising a food hall, a beer garden and an events space, the 600-square metre warehouse celebrates street food and the community behind it. Visitors can discover the cult favourites from 12 vendors specialising in different cuisines such as Korean bibimbap, Mexican burritos, Japanese ramen, Italian gnocchi and many more.

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