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We Experience The Hotel Collaboration: Art Series Hotel Group and St Jeromes - The Hotel in Melbourne's CBD

St Jerome’s - The Hotel has caused quite the hype in Melbourne recently, and when they mentioned that they were partnering with the ‘Art Series Hotel Group’ to create an ‘art inspired fresh air affair’, I was sincerely intrigued. For those of you not ‘in the know’, the top of Melbourne central has been decked out with twenty marvellously embellished tents, perfect for those that just love ‘glamping’.

P&O Cruises prepare big Five Ship Spectacular for Sydney Harbour; reveal The Conspicuous Awakening of Owen Wilson

Don't be surprised if you see five big P&O Cruise Ships rocking Sydney Harbour on the day of November 25th; the juggernaut cruise line are set to throw a massive party to mark the arrival of their two latest ships, the Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden, bringing their landmark celebration to Sydney for a day of live music across each of the ships for an unprecedented spectacle. And all this is happening while Owen Wilson has been brought on board to help promote the company.

Photo Gallery and Live Review: A Weekend in Auckland (Part One) - Discovering the best NZ music at "The Others Way" Festival


Pictured: Aldous Harding

Earlier this month, I headed over to Auckland, New Zealand, to talk at the Going Global music conference. Coinciding with the event was Flying Out's inaugural festival The Others Way (Friday 4th September), which showcased the best music from New Zealand across seven stages over six hours, with some 32 bands selling out the event. I was only able to capture a fraction of the performances, but here they are in the order they performed:

Hotel News: Surry Hills' latest boutique hotel is now open for business (Sydney)

Surry Hills' Hotel Harry is now ready to start accepting guests following an extensive refurbishment which saw the entire building undergo a massive change. The street level restaurant and bar, better known as Harpoon Harry, was first to open up, quickly establishing itself with unique Latin BBQ fare. Next were the lounge and outdoor areas on the second floor, and now the boutique hotel is open, offering 20 contemporary suites in one Sydney's most desired locations.

Travel News: Australian Hotels Association (AHA) National Awards for Excellence winners for 2015

During a ceremony held at Jupiter's Casino in Broadbeach, the 2015 champions of the annual Australian Hotels Association (AHA) National Awards for Excellence were crowned, celebrating a fine year for the hospitality industry across Australia.

From Ngaiire to SAFIA, dozens of Australian artists on the first line-up for CMJ Music Marathon 2015 in New York City

CMJ Music Marathon, New York’s annual music showcase, has announced its initial line-up for 2015, with a range of performances featuring some 300 artists from Australia and the around the world. Australian acts featured include British India, singer-songwriter HOWQUA, Sydney’s NGAIIRE, SAFIA, METHYL ETHEL, The Bennies and more. Taking place in October, the 2015 installment of the CMJ Music Marathon marks the event's 35th year and will also see the likes of Catfish & The Bottlemen, Mercury Rev, Tobias Jesso Jr., Kamasi Washington, Glass Animals, Panda Bear, BØRNS and Perfect Pussy performing.

Accor MGallery Literary Collection: In Conversation with Toni Jordan

A truly beautiful property set against an iconic backdrop is surely enough to inspire even the smallest spark in a creative writer. There's bound to be a story that is born out of such a serene experience as spending a few nights in a luxury resort, taking that time out to reconnect with new, comfortable surrounds. Accor realise this, and that is why they have teamed up with organisation Wheeler Centre to present the "Literary Collection", across all nine of their MGallery properties in Australia.

Hotel Review: Adge Apartments (Surry Hills, Sydney)


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It was an easy 15 minute walk from Sydney’s Central Station to our home for the weekend at Adge Apartment Hotel in the heart of hip Surry Hills. “Home” is the definitely the right word to use, as our stay at Adge felt more like a home away from home (please excuse the cliché) then a stay at your average hotel.

New Zealand Dining: eating and drinking our way through Visa Wellington on a Plate


Match Wine Bar/Image supplied

We're still digesting our three-day journey of Wellington, New Zealand during the city's massive 17 day food and drink festival Visa Wellington on a Plate. Over 100 exclusive events, many of which brought progressive ideas to the table and showed off the hub of creativity that is NZ's capital, rocked the enormous amount of bars, cafe, and restaurants on every corner. Here are just some of the events which we managed to fit into our schedule, a small slice of what is an overwhelmingly large and comprehensive exploration of Wellington's drink and dine scene as well as New Zealand's famous produce.

Tigerair announces 72 hour flight sale; More than 10,000 seats starting from $19

Tigerair Australia have announced a big sale today on all their domestic routes, offering over 10,000 seats for more than 60% off the standard advertised "light fare". The sale comes after some huge growth for the airline which has seen it launch new routes both domestically and internationally.

Arts Series Hotel Group takeover Melbourne's luxury rooftop camping experience for two nights only

When Melbourne creative Jerome Borazio opened up the now famous St Jerome's - The Hotel earlier this year people understandably lost all sense of patience and began booking furiously to experience this unique concept. Luxury rooftop camping on top of Melbourne Central seemed to good to be true, especially when images of the accommodation began popping up online. The urban camp ground is continuing to evolve by welcoming a takeover of sorts from the discerning folk of Art Series Hotel Group for two days only this month, blending the personalities from each of the group's acclaimed properties with the distinctive rooftop hotel.

United Airlines to replace all flights to and from Australia with their 787-9 Dreamliner fleet

In what is pretty major news for Australian travellers, US carrier United Airlines have announced that their fleet of 777-200s - currently utilised for the long haul flight over the Pacific, connecting the East Coast of Australia to the West Coast of the USA - will next year be replaced exclusively with their 787-9 aircraft.

Over 120 new acts added to the Iceland Airwaves '15 lineup, joining Battles, Father John Misty, John Grant and more.


Pictured: Showcasing artist Kiasmos

This week, over 120 new acts were announced for the iconic Iceland Airwaves festival, including Kiasmos, LoneLady, Flo Morrissey, Meat Wave, Sin Fang, Chastity Belt, Bianca Casady and The C.I.A. + Nao. They join the likes of John Grant, Ariel Pink, Beach House, Hot Chip, Perfume Genius, Father John Misty, Battles, East India Youth, Vök and more for the Reykjavik festival, which takes place in November.

Flight Review: Norwegian Airlines (New York JFK to London Gatwick) DY7016 - Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner

Earlier in the year, as we flew from New York City's JFK to London's Gatwick to make it to The Great Escape, AU Abroad's Larry Heath tried out the service of Norwegian Airlines for the first time. It also marked his first flight on the new Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner. A budget airline along the lines of Jetstar, this route is often the cheapest way to get from the US to the UK. The only catch is that it's a red eye... let's see how Larry fared in this week's flight review:

New Zealand Dining: Exploring Wellington through the capital's biggest food and drink festival


Locals scrambling to catch floating Cuban sandwiches as part of the Cuban Air Raid/ Image supplied

Wellington has been named on numerous travel lists as one of the stand-out cities for travel in 2015, and we have a feeling that the capital's food and drink scene has played a very big part in that. As it stands, Wellington boasts more cafes and restaurants per capita than New York, and we aren't talking about a quantity over quality thing here; Wellington has grown as a hub of creative energy, and that creativity has been channeled into crafting a very diverse, very exciting playground for discerning lovers of good food and good drink. The annual Visa Wellington on a Plate festival is a 17-day celebration of that playground, encouraging a constant evolution of the scene to the benefit of locals, visitors, and participating businesses.