Author: Chris Singh

Chris Singh is the Deputy Editor of the AU review and a freelance travel writer. You can reach him on Instagram by following @chrisdsingh.

Review: The Bistro at Manly Pavilion skews Italian with new chef

April 19, 2021

Manly Pavilion holds a special place in the Northern Beaches. There are of course many time-tested institutions in the area, but few can boast the same sparkling, impressively serene location of this venue. Perched on the water’s edge, in a restored heritage building, it’s rightfully a top choice for long-lunches, evening cocktails, and more relaxed […]

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Park Hyatt Sydney rooms now come with a $10,000 Fujifilm GFX100s camera

April 14, 2021

Luxury staycations are hot enough right now, but what if you’re five-star room came fully-equipped with one of the world’s highest performing large format digital cameras. We’re talking a 102 Megapixel beast worth almost $10,000, ready and willing to help you capture everything from those direct Sydney Opera House and harbour views, to strolls along […]

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Freshwater’s Hardbord Hotel announces Froth Fest: Ruby Fields, Layne Beachley, and more

April 14, 2021

Freshwater’s recently refreshed Harbord Hotel has been drawing praise from beyond the Northern Beaches thanks to a swift, smart update. The legendary hotel, a Northern Beaches fortress of frothies, good food, and – quite honestly – the best spicy margs in Sydney right now, is now gearing up for their first big event. That would […]

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Tour Talk: Bushfire relief trips return as AAT Kings partner with EmptyEsky

April 14, 2021

Now that domestic tourism is pumping, operator AAT Kings has once again teamed up with the #EmptyEsky movement and various regional tourism businesses. Why? Well it’s the return of the popular Bushfire Relief Giveback experiences – short and insightful tours aimed at directing support to communities that were directly impacted by 2020’s devastating bushfires (and […]

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Bose Sport Earbuds Review: excellent sound, superb fit… the best out right now?

April 8, 2021

Bose’s flagship QuietComfort Earbuds are understandably some of the most impressive and highly sought in-ear music headphones on the market. But at $400, they are also a demanding investment. Look down lower on the price scale and you’ll find the newer Bose Sport Earbuds, which are obviously designed more towards the fitness/running crowd, but sound […]

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Win a pair of JBL Quantum 200 Gaming Headphones

April 7, 2021

JBL have taken their reliable headphone prowess into the gaming world with the Quantum line-up, and we’ve got the slick JBL Quantum 200 Gaming Headphones to give away to one lucky winner who wants to experience this. With a flip-up mic, these headphones and 50mm drivers, these offer far more than the sub-$100 price point […]

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Bose Sleepbuds II Review: Helping you get those eight hours

April 6, 2021

Inconsistent battery performance and some design flaws lead to Bose discontinuing their first iteration of the Bose Sleepbuds a few years ago. Which was disappointing. It’s an incredible concept – having some buds designed and in complete dedication to getting quality sleep, as opposed to music -playing in-ear phones that also threw in a bunch […]

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JBL Quantum 800 Review: The perfect mid-range gaming set?

April 5, 2021

JBL’s recent focus on gaming is long-overdue and so very, very welcome. The brand has been at, or at least near, the very top when it comes to professional-quality headphones, with an obvious love to big, meatier sounds that still retain plenty of detail. That’s replicated over on the Quantum series, which tackles just about […]

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Australia’s first Fairmont hotel to open in Port Douglas

April 5, 2021

Plans have been announced for Australia’s first ever Fairmont hotel, adding more than just a touch of luxury on the fringes of both the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. The $300 million Fairmont Port Douglas will be the first new-build hotel from Accor’s legendary Fairmont brand, which is inextricably tied to the railroad […]

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papparich nasi lemak burger

PappaRich’s ungodly nasi lemak burger has returned to Australia

March 31, 2021

PappaRich has finally bought back their monstrously popular Nasi Lemak burger, which is now on the menu across their Australian stores for a limited time only. A crowd-favourite every time it has been popped back onto the menu, the burger is available from until 30th May – that’s a good amount of time you have […]

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D-Link Full HD Pan-Tilt Pro Wi-Fi Camera Review: Flexible and reliable, with some drawbacks

March 29, 2021

An indoor camera that is able to rotate and tilt for a full 360-degree view is of unquestionable value when it comes to smart home tech. Lucky, then, that the ever-reliable D-Link launched one towards the end of last year as part of a small addition to their already solid line-up of smart security tech. […]

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Arlo

Arlo Pro 4 details announced: Australian availability and pricing

March 26, 2021

Taking a break from their flow of Essential series products, Arlo has announced the latest edition to their popular high-end Pro series. The Arlo Pro 4 is now being prepped for an Australia launch, designed specifically to focus more on an easier DIY setup, with features including 2K HDR video quality and a handy 160-degree […]

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Flash Sale: Accor are selling ibis budget rooms for $48 per night

March 25, 2021

Hotel snobs may turn their nose at the bare-bones basicness of Accor’s least expensive brand, ibis budget, but they’d be missed the point entirely. The typically well-located hotels have always served as reliable and ultra-convenient bases for those wanting to save more money on exploring than staying. So it’s a surprise to see them cut […]

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QT at Home Easter

QT Hotels are packing lush Easter dining boxes for home entertainers

March 25, 2021

Given they have some of the best hotel restaurants in Australia – shout out to Gowings & Parlour Cucina in Sydney and Santini Grill in Perth – QT Hotels and Resorts are doubling down on their at-home dining concept which was introduced late last year. QT’s best chefs from across Australia – representing awarded restaurants […]

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Banksia Bakehouse

Banksia Bakehouse has created a Hot Cross Croissant… and its beautiful

March 25, 2021

Sydney CBD’s Banksia Bakehouse has been making quite the name for itself with inventive creations that keep pumping across social media. And it seems the formidable kitchen isn’t slowing down anytime soon, nodding towards Easter with the creation of the Hot Cross Croissant. Keep in mind this was a bakery that just last week revealed […]

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Air New Zealand sets sights on Hobart with new service from Auckland

March 23, 2021

Once quarantine-free travel is up and running, Air New Zealand will introduce a non-stop service between Auckland and Hobart as its tenth Australian destination. The route will provide a much-needed economic boost to both cities and their respective tourism industries, as well as open Kiwi’s up to the absolute wonder of one of Australia’s best […]

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Dyson target formaldehyde with their most advanced air purifiers to date

March 23, 2021

Look, I’m a bit of a Dyson fanboy so please excuse me if any of the below sounds overly-fluffed. And this isn’t even a review; it’s a news piece. It’s news to let our readers know that this week the renowned brand has lifted the lid on its latest generation of purification machines, headlined by […]

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Opera Kitchen is now a vibrant Italian & Japanese food hall

March 22, 2021

It’s one of Sydney’s most sought after dining spots, given it sides right up to Sydney Harbour, and now Opera Kitchen has reopened with a fresh new approach to dining. The venue is now a multi-cuisine food hall, giving Opera Bar more than a few new neighbours for anyone keen to mix-and-match their dining experience. […]

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Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning Review: A vital title for the Nintendo Switch

March 22, 2021

It disturbs me just how often Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is overlooked and underrated when it comes to talking about the great action-RPGs of the past decade. Skyrim? Sure. Dark Souls? Definitely. The Witcher 3? You betcha. All three games were superior of KoA, but that doesn’t at all diminish just how intensely playable and […]

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Junipalooza Sydney eyes August launch with a two-day homage to gin

March 22, 2021

Two-day gin superfest Junipalooza is eyeing an August 2021 debut for its Sydney iteration, following five successful years staging its Melbourne festival. The homage to all things gin will be taking over Carriageworks on 28th and 29th August, rounding up dozens of distillers under the one roof. Given the way the festival works and its […]

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Travel Gear: Icebreaker’s City Label is a game-changer for the brand

March 22, 2021

New Zealand brand Icebreaker may be best known for travel apparel that you’d wear far outside of any dense concrete settings, but their still-fresh City label plays by a different set of rules. Although timing may have been a bit off, Icebreaker’s tightly curated City capsule launched early last year and has instantly become an […]

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EggSlut’s Alvin Cailan leads new Potts Point pop up “Iconic Burger”

March 17, 2021

To celebrate the fact that online platform The Burger Collective is now doing delivery – TBC Delivery (it’s like your favourite delivery service, but only with burgers) – celeb chef Alvin Cailan has decided to open a new Potts Point pop-up called Iconic Burger. Kicking off on the 17th March for 3 weeks only, the […]

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Black Star Pastry prep 15,000 hot cross buns for Sydney’s Easter rush

March 16, 2021

Given that they are some of the most popular Easter treats its year, it’s no surprise to see Black Star Pastry bring back their famous translation of the classic Hot Cross Buns. Available now until Monday 5th April, Sydney’s most beloved bakery will be dolling out these dense, cushiony, sticky, spicy, sweet, 100% vegan buns […]

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Sonos Roam

Sonos Roam is the powerhouse audio brand’s most portable speaker yet

March 16, 2021

Audio experts Sonos have announced their latest speaker, and like the Sonos Move before it, they are once again tackling the portable audio market. The Sonos Roam, coming to Australia on 20th April, is the latest from the highly reputable brand, offering both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi modes for better flexibility. Featuring that unmistakably minimal and […]

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Peloton

Fitness brand Peloton are finally launching Bike and Bike+ in Australia

March 16, 2021

New York-born interactive fitness platform Peloton is set to (finally) launch in Australia in 2021, 7 years after the brand first introduced its seminal indoor, high-tech Bike. Both the Peloton Bike and Bike+ will be launching for the Australian market, alongside two tread options, as well as a robust Digital Membership program to found out […]

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Esteban evolves with modern Mexican eats and live Latin American music

March 16, 2021

Live music was hard to come by all throughout last year in Sydney, for obvious reasons, but now a swift return to in-the-flesh sounds of all kinds is back on the cards. We’ve already seen Sydney come to life with a new outdoor concert series, and now one of the city’s best new Mexican restaurants […]

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Keep travel dreams alive with Trafalgar’s free digital events in March

March 15, 2021

Even a glimpse of international travel, and what it will look like post-COVID, is still awhile away, but as with 2020, dreaming is still important. The problem is then sorting through the deluge of travel talks and videos to find what’s going to inspire you. The answer: well, anything. You can never know what’s going […]

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BrewDog are opening a craft beer hotel in Australia

March 15, 2021

Aussie brew fiends will soon be able to stay in the country’s very first craft beer hotel once BrewDog Australia open the ambitious property in Brisbane. The eco-friendly, dog-friendly, will be simply dubbed The DogHouse, bringing the concept over from the states following the success of the brand in Ohio – a property TIME Magazine […]

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LG are launching their ultra-light laptop range in Australia

March 15, 2021

Announced just last week, LG Electronics Australia are bringing the company’s acclaimed LG Gram laptop range to Australia, hoping to compete in a crowded market with some ultra-light options. Coming to local retailers and Amazon Australia this month, the 14-inch, 16-inch, and 17-inch LG Gram models are hoping to bring some freshness to the market, […]

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The best affordable 5G phones out right now in 2021

March 15, 2021

The 5G race is heating up in the world of smartphones, with both Android and Apple devices now bringing out mid-tier 5G-ready sets to prepare for faster speeds. The past few years has been defined by a somewhat transition period between the two Wi-Fi standards, but now that we’ve tipped towards the future-ready side of […]

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