Australian Traveller November 2018 - January 2019

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editor’s letter

HERE AT AUSTRALIAN TRAVELLER we are in the business of showing people that Australia is a dynamic, fascinating place to explore 365 days of the year. But it is hard to deny that there is something extra special about the summer months. This is the time of year that Australia and its inhabitants come into their own, with lazy, hazy days filled with sunshine and fun melting into balmy nights best spent outside; it’s the quintessential image most people have when they think of our great southern land. It’s the reason why Max Dupain’s 1937 work Sunbaker has become so iconic of our collective national identity (although today this image would first involve lashings of sunscreen being applied) and why many of us have ingrained childhood memories of car journeys…


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wish you were here

Who doesn’t love an adventure with the promise of a secret beach at the end? From its pop-up restaurant hidden under a huge fig tree to luxury accommodation that will knock your socks off, Kangaroo Island is full of surprises. This beach at Stokes Bay is just one of them. A secluded and family-friendly spot, to get here you have to first pass through a natural rock tunnel: easy and signposted, albeit uneven and squeezy at times, you’ll soon find yourself spilling out onto the golden sand. The beach is protected from the surf by a natural barrier of rocks, making it a safe place for children to swim. Kangaroo Island has 540 kilometres of ruggedly beautiful coastline to explore, with 50 beaches that each have their own appeal. Don’t…

travel buzz

LIFESTYLE CHOICES Creatives Alexandra Heard and Heleena Trahanas have a shared background working across fashion and lifestyle publishing, with Heard now curating events for local and international brands including Iittala and Louis Vuitton, and Trahanas working as PR and marketing manager for Dinosaur Designs. With little spare time on their hands, the duo have nonetheless managed to launch Alex and Trahanas, a lifestyle brand that includes stunning jewellery pieces in collaboration with artist and designer Louise Olsen, Italian ceramics, and a capsule collection of six fashion pieces crafted in Italian aloe vera-infused linen that are insanely good to travel in and with. We asked Heleena to tell us about the genesis of Alex and Trahanas, the technology of its fashion-forward fabric and her dream destination to pack her capsule wardrobe for. WHAT WAS…

wine & dine

RICE POPS Merivale’s busy year of relaunches and pop-ups continues with its collaboration with the team responsible for east Sydney eatery ACME (Mitch Orr, Cam Fairbairn and Sophia Thach, pictured); Kingdom of Rice will serve up Cambodian street food out of the former drive-thru at the Tennyson Hotel for a six-month spell. Exploring the intricate flavours of Khmer cuisine, the menu will feature share dishes cooked over charcoal or tossed in a wok in a setting inspired by the Southeast Asian nation’s capital of Phnom Penh, all mismatched furniture and communal tables. We put five quick questions to head chef Lillia McCabe to get a cheat sheet on Cambodian street food. CAN YOU EXPLAIN THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN KHMER FOOD AND OTHER SOUTHEAST ASIAN CUISINES? Khmer cuisine is really fresh, approachable and vibrant,…

one for the road

There’s a new distillery in town, but Sydney establishment Brix Distillers isn’t plying a fashionable gin or discerning whisky; it’s on to the next big thing: rum. What’s more it’s housed in a suitably cool, considered space created by design firm Amber Rose on Surry Hills’ Bourke Street where you can sample cocktails at the bar and enjoy casual dining courtesy of ex-Bodega chef Ivan Sanchez. By way of introduction, co-founder Damien Barrow suggests the Brix White rum conjured into a signature Connecting Flight cocktail: “Brix White is crafted in the heart of Sydney from premium Australian molasses. The freshness, lightness and herbaceousness make it the perfect match for the delicate, elegant and floral flavours of crème de violette in this drink.” THE RECIPE CONNECTING FLIGHT 40 ml Brix White 15 ml Luxardo…