Back to School in New Zealand’s North Island

Murupara Kohutapu lodge

By Polly Hatfield We are often given a list of ‘must dos’ by family and friends keen to share their knowledge or experiences when we visit somewhere new. Before setting off on a recent trip to New Zealand I was no exception: I had scoured travel magazines and guides for highlights and picked the brains […]

At This Cookery School in Australia, Bee Keeping and Foraging are Part of The Program

lake house cookery school

Championing local seasonal cuisine years before “farm-to-table” fare became a colloquial philosophy, the Lake House in Daylesford has long been considered one of Australia’s best restaurants. Located in the heart of Victoria’s Spa Country just 90 minutes from Melbourne, the waterfront retreat is celebrating its 30thanniversary with the launch of The Cooking School at Lake House. Lake House […]

Life Down Under: Australia’s Underground Town

coober pedy

By Daphne Auza When one first walks into the small Australian town of Coober Pedy, it does not look like a place that would be conducive to human life. The arid scenery resembles an otherworldly landscape, and due to the extreme temperatures, neither flora nor fauna flourish here. One has to look eight to 22 […]

Get Cultured: Melbourne – A Local Guide to the City’s Food, Arts and Culture


Simone Spilka, travel writer behind The Constant Wanderings, a website of stories inspired by strangers around the world, shares the secret gems of the Southern Hemisphere’s most cultured city: Melbourne. On your first day here, seeing this is a must: I recommend starting at the Queen Victoria Market, famous for its fresh produce and souvenir trinkets. On […]

6 Hotels that Guarantee a Stylish Stay During Melbourne Fashion Week


By Emma Gardiner As Australia’s fashion, culture and art capital, Melbourne holds one of the most innovative fashion weeks the world over. This year’s event runs from Aug 31 until September 8. So where to sleep when in town for a show? These hotels offer a chic stay with a dose of art, style and culture while catwalk […]

Sipping in Style: Australia’s Most Luxurious Wine Estates

Empire Retreat

By Kristen McKenzie Renowned for its rich and hearty reds ““ most specifically for its Shiraz varietals ““ Australia’s wine scene has become one of the country’s major attractions in recent years (although we hear that the Sydney Opera house still attracts a few visitors here and there). As a result of its rise to […]

The Boutique Collection: A Sumptuous, Sustainable Escape at The Southern Ocean Lodge

Southern Ocean Lodge Great Room

BY JESSICA FESTA Perched on a hilltop overlooking Hanson Bay and Hanson Bay Beach you’ll find Kangaroo Island’s most luxurious property, Southern Ocean Lodge. The hotel has it all: a secluded nature location, breathtaking ocean views, an impressive wine cellar, opulent amenities, a restaurant and spa featuring locally-sourced ingredients and a passionate focus on sustainability. […]

AFAR Experiences Promises a Transformative Journey Into Sydney’s People and Culture


There are few things in life that compare to an authentic travel experience where traditions, food, people, art and innovation converge. Continuing to raise the bar in experiential travel, AFAR Media will be holding a four-day event in Sydney, Australia on May 6-9, 2013. The event is part of  an immersive travel series known as AFAR Experiences, which seeks to get beneath the […]