Australia

Australia

  • Aussie! Olivia Newton-John's Gaia Retreat

    Gaia Retreat and Spa is Olivia Newton-John’s place. 20 chalet style rooms from standard to executive suites and a major focus on wellness. And for the record, I have it on very good authority that all these rumours about her ex showing up? Rubbish. I flew into Ballina from Sydney, picked up a car at…

  • Aussie! Bliss out in Byron Bay

    I’d heard so much about Byron Bay – usually with much sighing, eyes glazing over and wistfulness – so when I was given the rough assignment of heading up there to write about its spas for Tourism Australia’s Explore supplement I rolled my sleeves up and took one for the team… It was actually part…

  • Aussie! Parasailing, quad bikes & jet planes

    In case you’ve been thinking my blogs have been a bit too girly of late, this one’s for the blokes… I got up nice and early at Peppers Anchorage in Port Stephens and went parasailing over Nelson bay with Port Stephens Parasailing. I haven’t done this before. Such a cool experience (especially as I had…

  • Aussie! The big drive from Sydney

    I’ll “recalulate” you! I wanted to shout at the posh voice coming from the GPS stuck on my windscreen. My flight from Auckland to Sydney in the front seat of Qantas (yesss!) was a good one (and not the 7am red-eye either so I not too bleary for driving). Because of my up-front status I…

  • Top 10 Australian vineyards to sleep in

    If sleeping in a vineyard (no not literally under the leaves but in a posh bed) is your idea of nirvana – a few tipples with dinner gazing over the rows of grapes as the sun sets before slipping away to luxurious accomodation, not a car in sight – then you’ll love this list of…

  • Star Trek Jim, but not as we know it

    If you’re a Trekkie you’ll LOVE this! Highlights from all 11 Star Treks in all their blazing glory will be played on a giant movie screen at the Sydney Opera House accompanied by the Sydney Symphony making all the ‘peow peow’ noises. Journey back to 1979 with Star Trek The Motion Picture. Then you’ll go…

  • Stimulus package!

    Pyjama retailer Peter Alexander suggests to Aussies how they might like to spend their recession busting $900 Stimulus Packages…