Qantas flight sale sees prices drop to $109 to ‘See More Australia’

Qantas flight sale sees prices drop to $109 to ‘See More Australia’

Virgin, Rex, Jestar drop Melbourne-Sydney fares below $50

Sydney hotel launches epic ‘photography suite’ in stunning harbourside location

You can stay at a camera-inspired Park Hyatt hotel room with the best views in Sydney, and a lush Fujifilm camera to capture every moment.Source:Supplied It’s one of the most picturesque cityscape views in the country. Sitting just below the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Park Hyatt Hotel (which is home to the $23,000 per night […]

Tropical islands you could buy for less than a studio apartment in Sydney

These islands are so much cheaper than property in Sydney. Picture: EvolutedSource:Supplied We all know how hard it is to crack into the Australian property market. And if you’re finding yourself out of luck, maybe you’d be better positioned to buy your own private island – for less than the cost of a Sydney studio […]

Western Sydney’s new Powerhouse Museum designed without an entry

The design for the new Powerhouse Museum reportedly has no entry.Source:Supplied A major design flaw has been revealed for the new museum for western Sydney – it has no entry for visitors. Powerhouse Museum chief executive Lisa Havilah was quizzed about the $1.5 billion building at Senate Estimates yesterday, Nine News reports. The museum has […]

A Sydney bar is holding a naked Sunday sesh

London once had a nude rooftop terrace bar. Picture: NOW TV.Source:Supplied If you’ve ever wanted to have a beer in the buff with your friends, here’s your chance. Stitch Bar in Sydney’s CBD is holding a one-off event later this month where you can have a few drinks on a Sunday arvo in the nude. […]

Best toasties and jaffles in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth

The beef sandwich at Room Ten in Sydney is one of Australia’s best toasties. Picture: @vctzSource:Instagram The toastie is back, and popular as ever. Bouncing from old school jaffle iron to sandwich maker, café press to grill-plate, the dynamic toastie has stretched across the decades only to reveal a more mature offering. Could this latest […]

Famous Japanese souffle-pancake cafe Gram opens in Sydney

Famous Japanese pancake shop opens in Sydney.Source:Supplied Forget needing to travel nine hours to Japan to experience the fluffy goodness of the famous Gram souffle pancakes. Because the popular cafe has set up shop in Sydney, dishing out the three-tier pancake stacks in Sydney’s north shore suburb of Chatswood. View this post on Instagram 🥞Pancakes […]

‘New era’ for Sydney’s The Star Casino

G&Tea where you can have tea by day and gin by night.Source:Supplied There’s something about casinos I love, other than the fact you could — probably very rarely — win large amounts of money. It’s their scent. Have you ever noticed how good a casino smells? It’s almost as good as freshly baked Subway cookies. […]

Sydney, Melbourne: Here’s where to find the best cheese toastie

If you’re after a cheese toastie, give this one a go.Source:Instagram Melbourne is a city sliced in two by the Yarra River, and a weird cultural divide lies just below the surface. Many inner city dwellers tend to set up shop on the north side or the south side, and stay put. Very little will […]

Where to find the best food and drink in Sydney this Summer

This is where you’ll want to be this Summer if you’re hanging in Sydney.Source:Supplied With summer just around the corner and the smell of the silly season lingering in the air, a host of new bars have started popping up around Sydney just in time for the end of year festivities. From harbourside spots to […]

Inside Australia’s $22k-per-night Park Hyatt Sydney Suite

Here’s a glimpse inside one of Australia’s most expensive hotel rooms.Source:News Corp Australia When it comes to booking a weekend away, most of us like to splash out in one way or another. Perhaps with a nice bottle of wine, or maybe a massage or even taking the afternoon off to have a romantic long […]

The new Sydney airport ‘beauty cabin’ is the pre-flight experience we never knew we needed

The new La Prairie ‘beauty cabin’ at Sydney Airport is the pre-flight experience we never knew we needed. Picture: Damian FlanaganSource:Supplied While an airport should feel like the first step towards your holiday, most travellers say the terminal experience is just as stressful as ever. In a bid to enhance the airport experience, more and […]

Powerful trio of cold fronts set to bring winds, rain and much needed snow for ski resorts

An image from Monday of Mt Hotham with little in the way of natural snow. Picture: Afifa Imam/InstagramSource:Supplied It’s a happy snap from an Alpine resort but it’s what’s not in the picture that is remarkable — a distinct lack of natural snow. The Instagram image, posted on Monday from Mt Hotham in the Victorian […]

Queensland border reopens to Victorians and Greater Sydney

Passengers from the first flight from Melbourne are welcomed at Gold Coast Airport in Coolangatta. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Steve HollandSource:News Corp Australia There has been emotional scenes at Brisbane Airport as families were reunited with each other after months apart because of the state’s coronavirus border closures. The state border war has finally ended […]

Sydney, NSW: Travel guide and things to do: Nine cultural highlights

Hamilton is just as roaring, rousing a night out as you hoped for, performed by an all-local cast. Photo: Daniel Boud THE ONE MUSICAL Yes, you can be in the room where it happens. Playing at the Lyric Theatre, the phenomenon that is Hamilton is just as roaring, rousing a night out as you hoped […]

URBNSURF Sydney: Designs for Sydney’s first artificial surf park unveiled

URBNSURF’s new surf park will be set on 3.6 hectares and will generate a wave every eight seconds. Photo: Supplied Greater Western Sydney residents will soon be able to catch perfect waves without travelling 30 minutes or more to the city’s beaches, thanks to a new development opening at Sydney’s Olympic Park in 2022. URBNSURF’s new […]

Better than the Sydney Opera House? Australia’s 10 other coolest buildings

The iconic Sydney Opera House. Photo: Alamy To the outsider Australia has amazing beaches, mind-blowing outback adventure, fabulous wine and gorgeous wildlife. But architecture? Nah, forget about it – it’s just the Sydney Opera House, isn’t it? Well, it turns out that Australia does have buildings worth looking at beyond Jørn Utzon’s most notorious creation. […]

Cheap flights on Sydney-Melbourne route as Rex, Virgin launch price war

Rex, previously a regional airline, has launched on several key city-to-city routes in recent months. Photo: Sam Dagostino A price war on the Sydney-Melbourne route has kicked off with airlines claiming “unprecedented” low fares. Rex, which started flights on the route in March, fired the first shot soon after 5am on Monday by announcing $39 one-way […]

New Zealand travel bubble flights: On board the first flight from Sydney to Auckland

The first trans-Tasman bubble flight to New Zealand, Jetstar JQ201. Photo: Nick Moir As the wheels of the Airbus A320 left the ground on take-off of the first flight of the quarantine-free trans-Tasman bubble, the cabin burst into applause. And forgive me, but I couldn’t help leading the clapping and cheering. As it happened ours wasn’t the […]

Pet hotels for dogs in Sydney and Melbourne: A long way from a kennel

Luxury bedding at The Pets Hotel, Port Melbourne. Feeling bad about leaving your pet behind when you head off on holiday? Relax. Make a reservation for them at your nearest pet resort – decked out with TVs, couches, and water play areas – and they may have a better break than you do. “Dogs really […]

The world’s best bridges to see: Top 10 better than Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Millau Viaduct, France It’s nearly 2.5 kilometres long but the Millau Viaduct is about the height above the River Tarn valley. One support mast is 343 metres above the ground, making it taller than the Eiffel Tower and the viaduct the world’s tallest bridge. One of architect Sir Norman Foster’s masterworks, the bridge opened […]

Traveller Letters: Hey, Crown Sydney guests, we can see you

Crown’s undoubted showstopper is its lavish infinity pool. Photo: Trudi Jenkins It comes complete with resort-style private cabanas, day beds and poolside dining and is set on the edge of the Paris end of an at times dowdy Darling Harbour. Photo: Trudi Jenkins The hotel spa. Crown Towers’ pool. The hotel opened on December 28 […]

World’s busiest flight routes 2021: Sydney-Melbourne route back among world’s busiest

A time-lapse image of planes taking off from Sydney Airport. Traffic between Sydney and Melbourne has bounced back. Photo: Wolter Peeters A surge in flights between Sydney and Melbourne has seen the route climb back into the world’s 10 busiest, data shows. Flight data analyst OAG ranks the world’s busiest routes by the number of […]

Airline review: Etihad Airbus A380-800 economy, Sydney to Abu Dhabi

Etihad airlines’ economy cabin. THE ROUTE Flight EY 451, Sydney to Abu Dhabi, flying over Kununurra, the Java Trench, Sri Lanka. THE AIRCRAFT Airbus A380-800; Etihad has 10 of these in its 102-strong passenger aircraft fleet. THE LOYALTY SCHEME Etihad Guest offers air miles with its Sky Team partners (including Virgin Australia, Air New Zealand, Korean Air and […]

Airline review: LATAM 787 Dreamliner economy, Santiago-Auckland-Sydney

The LATAM Dreamliner economy class cabin. Photo: Supplied THE PLANE Boeing 787-9; LATAM has 24 of the Dreamliners on its books, 10 of the 787-8 configuration and 14 of the larger and slightly longer-range 787-9 THE ROUTE Santiago-Auckland-Sydney THE LOYALTY SCHEME LATAM Pass Points, part of the Oneworld alliance The entertainment screen might actually be better […]

Airline review: Qatar Airways economy class, Boeing 777 and 787, Sydney to Moscow via Doha

Qatar’s economy cabin on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. THE ROUTE Sydney to Moscow via Doha THE AIRCRAFT Taking out the best airline “Oscar” of the aviation industry this year – for a record fifth time – Qatar’s success in the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards is due in no small part to its fleet of […]

Airline review: Singapore Airlines B777-300ER, business class, Singapore to Sydney

Singapore Airlines business class B777-300ER. THE ROUTE Singapore to Sydney THE AIRCRAFT The B777-300ER, known for passenger comfort and fuel-efficiency, is a solid member of Singapore Airlines’ wide-body passenger fleet. THE LOYALTY SCHEME KrisFlyer; Singapore Airlines is part of the Star Alliance network that includes Virgin Australia. Singapore Airlines crew are in good humour on […]

Airline review: Japan Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner premium economy, Tokyo Narita to Sydney

Premium economy seating. THE PLANE The Boeing 787-9 is the standard aircraft for this route. THE ROUTE JAL 771, Tokyo Narita to Sydney. THE LOYALTY SCHEME JAL Mileage Bank. Frequent-flyer points can be earned with other Oneworld members such as Qantas. Passengers enjoy economy seating on Japan Airlines. Photo: Lightpublicity CLASS Premium economy, aisle seat […]

These dreamy, empty island beaches of Vanuatu are only a short flight from Sydney

A Hike to the top of Nguna Island and look across the Shepherd Island. Photo: LAUREN BATH You don’t have to drive far out of Port Vila to be a long way out of Port Vila. Expats, it seems, would sooner fly to Vanuatu’s outer islands than drive an hour, or less, out of town. Alan […]

Woollahra and Double Bay in Sydney are like visiting the south of France

Sydney’s Centennial Park. A staycation allows you to play tourist in your own city. Photo: iStock You know what it’s like. Pile the kids and bags into a car, drive to the airport, battle the crowds, manually check in, squeeze onto a flight, sit on the tarmac due to delays and arrive utterly exhausted. Or, eschew […]

Airline review: Air Canada Boeing 777-200LR Signature (business) class, Vancouver to Sydney

The seat, with an awkwardly-positioned foldable tray table inside a fetching white and grey cabin, is not going to challenge any of the leading Middle East or Asia carriers for luxury and features. THE PLANE Boeing 777-200LR. There are six of these aircraft in the Air Canada fleet. THE ROUTE Vancouver to Sydney CLASS Signature […]

Airline review: Air New Zealand 787-9 Dreamliner, premium economy class, Cook Islands to Sydney

The premium economy cabin on board Air New Zealand’s Dreamliner. THE PLANE Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Air New Zealand has 13 Dreamliners in its fleet but normally uses a Boeing 777 on this route. ROUTE Rarotonga to Sydney CLASS Premium economy, seat 23J (aisle) Air New Zealand has 13 Dreamliners in its fleet. Photo: AP LOYALTY […]

Airline review: Emirates A380 business class, Sydney to Dubai

Emirates unveiled its revamped bars and lounges on board its A380 superjumbos in March 2017. Take a look. Photo: Bloomberg The new bar area for the Emirates Airlines A380 aircraft sits on display as it is unveiled to the trade and media during the ITB Travel Fair in Berlin, Germany. Flying bars that cater to […]

Airline review: Etihad business class, Abu Dhabi to Sydney

Our reviewer had a seven-hour sleep in the comfortable flat bed seats. Photo: Etihad Airways THE PLANE Airbus A380-800 – Etihad has 10 in its fleet THE ROUTE EY454 Abu Dhabi to Sydney LOYALTY SCHEME Etihad’s Guest Reward scheme has 400 partner airlines, including Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia. Etihad’s business class on the A380 […]

Airline review: Etihad Airbus A380-800 business class with ‘Flying Nanny’ on board, Sydney to Abu Dhabi

A ”Flying Nanny” on board one of Etihad’s A380s. Photo: Shutterstock THE PLANE Airbus A380-800. The largest of its aircraft, seating up to 496 passengers, Etihad has 10 A380s in its fleet. THE ROUTE EY455 Sydney to Abu Dhabi THE LOYALTY SCHEME Etihad codeshares with Virgin Australia, and their loyalty programs are also linked, so […]

Airline review: LATAM Premium Business class Sydney to Santiago via Auckland

The current busines class on board a LATAM 787-8. THE ROUTE LA800 Sydney to Santiago via Auckland THE AIRCRAFT Boeing 787-800. While LATAM uses the newer 787-900 on its direct Melbourne to Santiago service, the Sydney via Auckland route still uses the older 787-800. In July, it swaps them, so the 787-900 will fly out […]

Anchorage hotel review, Port Stephens: A little bit of the Hamptons three hours from Sydney

The Anchorage brings Hamptons style to Port Stephens. Photo: Luc Remond Our rating 4 out of 5 THE PLACE The Anchorage THE LOCATION The seaside hamlet of Corlette, which is near Port Stephens and around three hours’ drive north of Sydney. THE SPACE Formerly Peppers Anchorage, this rejuvenated Port Stephens icon comprises eight low-rise accommodation structures […]

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