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Australian Traveller

Australian Traveller August - October 2017

Packed with honest reviews and inspiring travel stories, Australian Traveller is the most authoritative and trusted guide to travelling this great country. It's no wonder that it's Australia's best-selling travel magazine.

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2 min.
editor’s letter

IT’S HARD TO DEFINE what constitutes a bucket list-worthy destination or experience. The whole concept depends on a traveller’s individual interests, as well as how they travel and what they want to see and do. All too often these lists are crammed full of things that they will never get around to realising. And what’s the point of that? So, putting this issue together, with its bucket list theme, presented an interesting proposition. Instead of making assumptions about destinations needing to be far-flung or restrictively expensive, we approached it from a different point of view. The result is a collection of must-see-and-do destinations and experiences that are relatively easy to access, surprisingly affordable and, in many cases, right under your nose. From the Sunshine Coast’s retro holiday hotspot that’s rich…

1 min.

Hotel bars to stay in for NEED TO HIDE FROM THE HARSH OUTSIDE WORLD FOR AN EVENING IN STYLE? CHECK OUT THE PICK OF OUR CITIES’ SUPREME HUNKER-DOWN BUNKERS INCLUDING MELBOURNE’S ROOFTOP AT QT, LEFT. SEARCH ‘HOTEL BARS’ WATCH ME: SYDNEY’S BEST IN TWO MINUTES Twelve incredible hours in Sydney abridged into one highlight reel that leaves all the noise, crowds and boring bits well and truly behind. SEE FACEBOOK.COM/AUSTTRAVELLER THE GREAT DRONE MISADVENTURE It’s not as easy as you might think to fly into the digital media space. Check out some lessons, learned the hard way, on our virgin drone flight. SEARCH ‘DRONE’ WIN A $10,700 ESCAPE TO THE COOK ISLANDS How does island-hopping in the Cook Islands sound, compliments of Pacific Resort Hotel Group, Air Rarotonga and Air New Zealand? Enter your favourite travel photo via…

1 min.
wish you were here

THIS QUIRKY landmark is a local legend in Robe, on the Limestone Coast, but is in danger of falling into the ocean at any given moment. Photographer Michael Wee captured it on a bright day, its red and white striped livery contrasting vibrantly against a coastal palette. The Cape Dombey Obelisk was built as a warning beacon for seafarers in 1855, after a significant spike in the number of ships that ran into trouble on the cliffs: it was visible from 16 kilometres away and guided fishermen and their vessels into Robe’s port safely. Since then, it has become a lasting symbol of community heritage in the small town, as well as a tourist drawcard. But over its 162-year life, the headland it was built on has been gradually washed away…

1 min.
travel buzz

WILD AND LUXE If glamping in the wilds is your thing, then pack your bags for Wildfest’s three-day festival package, held on a private property in Joadja, Southern Highlands, between 27–29 October. This relaxing weekend in the bush includes a luxury tent (with 900-thread count sheets), walks, wildlife-spotting and the chance to indulge in fine cuisine, spirits distilled on-site and local cool climate wines. INSTA-RETRO FIRST THERE WERE POLAROID-STYLE INSTANT CAMERAS, THEN THERE WERE SMARTPHONES. NOW THERE’S THE INSTAX SQUARE SQ10 FROM FUJIFILM. SHOOT WITH THE BENEFITS OF DIGITAL, BEFORE PRINTING YOUR SHOTS ON INSTAGRAM-SHAPED INSTANT FILM. PERFECT FOR THOSE OF US TORN BETWEEN OUR LUDDITE INSTINCTS AND OUR IPHONE ADDICTIONS. FUJIFILM.COM.AU PACK A BAG TIME TO WANDER Planning on exploring some wide open spaces on foot? There’s no need to sacrifice on style when…

7 min.
clever aussies q&a rebecca yazbek

WHAT WAS YOUR INSPIRATION BEHIND THE INTERIOR LOOK OF NOMAD? We were looking for a space for Nomad for two years until we finally secured Foster Street – a Surry Hills warehouse dating back to the 1800s. Stripping back the interiors, which was white plasterboard walls and ceiling, to reveal the history and bones of the space was an absolute revelation. I wanted the space to feel warm and for the materials to be tactile to reflect the beauty of the history of the space. I wanted Nomad to be quintessentially Australian, showcasing Australian artisan design and workmanship without being ‘themed’. WHAT WAS IT LIKE WORKING SO CLOSELY WITH YOUR HUSBAND ON THE PROJECT? We have very different skill sets. He is a builder by trade and with my background in design we…

6 min.
wine & dine

KITSCH IN THE KITCHEN Fans of Italian food, and pizza in particular, should make sure Agostinis is top of the list for places to dine in Canberra. The newly opened eatery is part of East Hotel, already home to the wonderful Joe’s Bar, and is an ode to the Italian heritage of brother and sister owners Dan and Dion Bisa. “My mother is an incredible Italian cook and she was taught by her parents, so we have been fortunate to be surrounded by really authentic Italian food our whole lives,” says Dion. “What we envisioned was a beautiful, inviting space, with all the [designer] Kelly Ross magic, that would be gorgeous but accessible to all.” Using the family’s heritage as inspiration, Ross has created a kooky, ’80s-inspired décor, with a stonework…