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We chat to Portland, Oregon's bike making extraordinaire Joseph Ahearne about his love for bikes and travel

We recently caught up with bike making extraordinaire, Joseph Ahearne, in Portland to discuss his love for bicycles, his favourite bicycle festivals, and all the places his bikes have taken him.

App Review: Why 'HotelTonight' is necessary for the modern day traveller

Increasingly popular hotel booking app HotelTonight has recently launched in Australia following high demand, and it's opened up some pretty big possibilities where last minute bookings, staycations, and travel is concerned. Now, Australians have access to a directory of last-minute deals from some of the country's most well-known and regarded hotels, and the price cuts are pretty substantial, making it all the more tempting to play it by ear and book last minute.

Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Bundaberg Rum Tour and Tasting

As part of our weekend up north for The Spirit of Bundaberg Festival, we got an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the distillery as well as tastings of their new release the Master Distillers Collection Black Barrel – Distilled 2005 as well many other internationally award-winning top shelf rums Bundaberg Rum is now making.

Photo Gallery: Austin City Limits Day Three, Weekend Two - Zilker Park, Austin (11.10.15)

Enjoy these photos from the final day of the second and final weekend of Austin City Limits in Texas, featuring headliners Florence + The Machine, The Decemberists, Hozier, Of Monsters and Men and more - alongside Australia's own Vance Joy (pictured) and Sheppard!

New Zealand Drinking: A look at Wellington's inaugural Capital Cocktail - 31 exclusive cocktails, 17 days


CoCo at the Roxy's Miramar Fizzy Pop // Image Credit: Wellington on a Plate

If you've been following our posts on New Zealand over the past month or so you'd know that I went over to Wellington recently to check out and explore their annual Visa Wellington on a Plate (casually known as Welly on a Plate) food and drink festival, which is a 17 day journey of exclusive menus, burger specials, and drink specials. I want to focus on that last one, drink specials, this time around. Alcohol is obviously a very big part of any great food festival, and seeing that their Burger Wellington concept was so popular in previous years, the organisers decided to introduce Capital Cocktail. The idea simple: around 31 of the capital's top mixologists offer up an specially made cocktail for the duration of the festival, often paired up with a edible treat designed to match the cocktail. It was fun, experimental, showcased the huge amount of talent throughout the city, and most importantly, gave everyone some delicious, memorable mixes to mull over until the next Welly on a Plate rolls around.

Photo Gallery: Austin City Limits Day One, Weekend Two - Zilker Park, Austin (09.10.15)

We return to Austin for the second weekend of the annual Austin City Limits Festival. The first day brought us the likes of the Foo Fighters, Royal Blood, Billy Freakin' Idol, The Maccabees, Run The Jewels, Run The Jewels, Tame Impala and much, much more... Geoffrey D'Unienville flew over for the event and brings us all the action here:

AUSSIES ABROAD: Courtney Barnett, The Babe Rainbow, Fraser A. Gorman, Gordi, Harts and Ngaiire head to the US, Europe and beyond!

As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting Australian artists touring internationally, we bring you the latest instalment of Aussies Abroad. This week we've got Courtney Barnett taking on the US and Europe, while The Babe Rainbow, Fraser A. Gorman, NGAIIRE, Gordi, Harts head to NY and beyond! Click through for tour dates...

Aussies Abroad: Generik, HOWQUA and British India take on North America, Remi tours Europe, SAFIA and Dune Rats... everywhere!!

As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting Australian artists touring internationally, we bring you the latest installment of Aussies Abroad. This week, Dune Rats, Generik, Remi, SAFIA, HOWQUA, and British India....

Five places you have to eat when in Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville is a city well known for its music - but it's also filled with some of the best examples of American cuisine, from breakfasts that are loved by Taylor Swift, to the superb Tennessee BBQ scene and some of the most impressive burgers you'll ever have the pleasure of putting your lips around. Here now are our five favourite places the locals told us to try - and we think should be a part of everyone's itinerary to the capital of Country Music!

Flight Review: Air Canada - Flying Business Class from Vancouver to Sydney (AC33)

When boarding a long haul flight, there are few greater moments of jealously one experiences than seeing someone in business class enjoying a glass of champagne on a seat that you know lies flat and ensures no one is going to be climbing over you for the entire duration of the flight. Well, last month I was lucky enough to get an upgrade on one of the world's longest routes, from Vancouver (Canada) to Sydney, and experience the luxury for myself. So, has that jealously been warranted? Let's find out:

Sunbeam Sound Machine announces CMJ fundraiser show and Pozible campaign


Photo Credit: Lochlan Funston

Founded by Melbourne musician, Nick Sowerby, Sunbeam Sound Machine, now a full-fledged five piece band, and in the light of their musical successes, have been invited to play in front of a world-wide audience at the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City. To raise some funds to fly over to the States, the band will be holding a CMJ Fundraiser Show at The Shadow Electric in Melbourne on Friday October 2nd with a few other local bands like Good Morning, Ciggie Witch, Romeo Moon and Sporting.

New Zealand Dining: The epic burger adventure that is Burger Wellington


"Cheese, Beets, and Meat" from Egmont St Eatery

Though Visa Wellington on a Plate (VWOP) has come and gone for another year, Wellington's dining scene, and all involved, is still being celebrated for a strong performance at this year's festival. The annual Welly on a Plate event, a 17 day food and drink extravaganza (17th August - 30th August) that gets the whole city on it's side, is a series of exclusive events, menus, and flavorsome experiments that push the limits of what locals have come to expect from their famously comprehensive collection of restaurants, bars, and cafes. While there are now many sides to the festival, perhaps one of the most memorable aspects is the Burger Wellington concept, which is a public-voted challenge put to some of the city's best restaurants, tasking them with creating an exclusive burger (often paired with a festival-exclusive craft beer) to be offered throughout the festival. It's become so wildly popular for regulars of VWOP that the pressure to create the very best pushes the overall standard up and results in a pretty incredible burger trail.

NSW Dining: Splash Restaurant & Bar opens at Port Stephens' Oaks Pacific Blue Resort

Picturesque Port Stephens now has a brand new restaurant to explore, located right by the largest swimming pool in Australia. On the grounds of Oaks Pacific Blue Resort you'll now find an all-day dining option in Splash Restaurant which lies on the edge of the resorts sparkling 500 metre lagoon-style pool offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the heart of Salamander Bay. Head Chef Ray Baxter, making the move from the nearby Hunter Valley, heads up the kitchen, promising a flair for fine dining and focus on local seasonal produce to help spruce up the resort experience.

Travel News: Two of Los Cabos' most popular properties re-open to the public (Los Cabos, Mexico)


One of the oceanfront guest rooms at Casa del Mar

Los Cabos in Mexico suffered considerably from Hurricane Odile in September of last year, with two of the city's most beloved properties, Cada del Mar Golf Resort & Spa and Hotel El Ganzo, sustaining significant damage. You can't keep a good property down for long though, because just over a year later both popular properties will re-open to the public better than ever, revitalising their respective features to push back to the forefront of Mexico's hospitality scene.

Hotel Review: Kensington Riverside Inn - Calgary, Alberta (Canada)

Boasting excellent service and a great location for those visiting Calgary, the Kensington Riverside Inn is a high level, contemporary boutique hotel. Situated in the trendy area of Kensington, this hotel is just across the road from the beautiful Bow River, an easy walk to the beautiful Prince’s Island Park and just around the block from the incredible cafes, bars and stores of Kensington.