Australian Traveller May 2019 - July 2019

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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editor’s letter

YOU ARE ABOUT to delve into a magazine that has been debated, researched and pored over for some weeks; such is the process of constructing our annual 100 issue, which this year clocks in at a hefty 180 pages. The size is as much a reflection of the diversity of offering in our country as the popularity of the issue itself with you, our readers. The starting point for every 100 issue is the theme; this year it is a call to arms to get off the couch (or lounge if you prefer, another hotly debated topic) and explore your own country, which the majority of us fail to fully appreciate as we go about our daily routines. With this seed of an idea in place, we set about constructing a…


VIVA TAS VEGAS: 5 THINGS EVERY VISITOR MUST DO IN LAUNCESTON Get a glimpse of the beauty of Tasmania’s northern riverside town. SEE ‘DESTINATIONS’ FOR OUR LAUNCESTON GUIDE THE ULTIMATE BRISBANE TO SYDNEY ROAD TRIP ITINERARY How to do the coastal road trip that has become a rite of passage in Australia... SEE ‘DESTINATIONS’ FOR OUR BRISBANE GUIDE YOUR GUIDE TO ACCOMMODATION FOR EVERY BUDGET IN BYRON BAY Soak up some seriously serene Byron Bay bliss with our top pick of hotels, resorts and caravan parks in this classic coastal getaway. SEE ‘DESTINATIONS’ FOR OUR BYRON BAY GUIDE NO-FRILLS LIST OF MELBOURNE’S BEST RESTAURANTS Don’t be overwhelmed by the options. Here’s a local guide to Victoria’s proud culinary capital. SEE ‘DESTINATIONS’ FOR OUR NORTH COAST GUIDE LET’S GET DIGITAL Receive travel inspiration for only $13.99 for four issues. Subscribe at CONNECT WITH AUSTRALIAN…

wish you were here

BEN LOMOND NP TASMANIA In the biblical Book of Genesis, Jacob’s Ladder was a pathway to heaven appearing in a dream. The Tasmanian version is a rather more earthly affair, being one of the most spectacular roads in Australia. Its layered, ultra-curved hairpins absolutely make it the stuff of dreams for roadsters and motorbikes, but being above the snowline in the island state’s main snowsports area, the drive becomes rather more epic in winter. The once-oceanic dolerite rock columns that overlook the steep climb to the plateau make for fantastic advanced climbing, while summer brings an entirely different look from the rest of the state, and the wildflower displays of your dreams, too. We can see why the nearest town is named Blessington.…

pillow talk

ZAGAME’S HOUSE The Zagame family, famed in the Victorian hospitality industry, has added to its portfolio with the opening of its first boutique design hotel, Zagame’s House. The $ 18 -million transformation of their former hotel on Lygon Street, Carlton, has resulted in 97 contemporary rooms filled with luxe custom furnishings, locally produced linens, acoustically panelled walls and sexy, generous bathrooms. A Feng Shui master has ensured the correct flow of Qi throughout the hotel, and sustainable initiatives such as the use of eWater, composting systems and reducing its carbon footprint are an integral part of the hotel’s DNA. Commissioned artworks completed on site add to the bespoke feel. INTERCONTINENTAL HAYMAN ISLAND RESORT The wait is finally over! Australia’s premier island resort, Hayman Island, is back in business from 1 July (and…

also in the news...

Home Valley Station Located in WA’s East Kimberley, Home Valley Station has reopened after its wet-season hiatus.A heritage cattle station on the famous Gibb River Road, close to the Cockburn Ranges, the station offers up quintessential outback hospitality and experiences, including a new menu in the Dusty Bar and Grill that includes kangaroo, crocodile and barramundi (hopefully caught during one of the guided fishing tours available to guests). Accommodation options range from guesthouse rooms to eco tents and camping facilities. Steele Point Cottage The historic harbourside cottage Steele Point Cottage has opened to guests. Located in the leafy Sydney suburb ofVaucluse in Sydney Harbour National Park, the cottage was built in 1880 as a gunners’ barracks and has been restored to offer charming boutique accommodation and some of the best water views…

on the menu

THE EURO With Andrew Gunn installed as executive chef here at one of Brisbane’s most acclaimed food destinations, his new menu focuses on European-inspired flavoursome bistro food that includes the likes of prime cut of beef with koji rice, chimichurri, crunchy potatoes and crème fraiche; and tagine-style braised lamb shoulder, aromatic couscous, apricot and raisins to share. The bar menu also has a range of cockle-warming burgers, from a vegan falafel burger to smoked chicken with chipotle. THREE WILLIAMS Three Williams cafe in Sydney’s Redfern is once again celebrating truffle season (estimated to be early June) with an indulgent seven-dish menu. The 2019 ‘Celebrating Truffles’ offering includes mac-and-cheese croissant (stuffed with a truffle mac-and-cheese croquette, jamon, napoletana sauce and topped with a poached egg and shaved truffle), truffle French toast (with truffle…