Travel & Lifestyle

Famed New York cocktail bar Death & Co. is coming to Australia

January 27, 2020

Influential New York cocktail bar Death & Co. is the latest institution from the states to plan an Aussie visit, announcing a pop-up tour that will leap across late January and early February at some of the country’s best bars. Brought down in partnership with Australian Venue Co. and Aviation Gin, the pioneering speakeasy-style bar […]

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Australia to L.A. return flights are going for as low as $765 right now

January 24, 2020

Travellers keeping a key eye on cheap flights from Australian the to U.S. today might have noticed a particularly exciting pop-up over at trusty deal-slinger iknowthepilot.com.au. The bargain tracker regularly comes with the goods, but this one seems almost too good to be true. A return flight from Melbourne to Los Angeles on Air Canada […]

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Why Chicago International Film Festival is worth travelling for in 2020

January 23, 2020

In its 55th year of competition, the Chicago International Film Festival – the longest-running of its kind in the USA – once again acted as a beacon for cinephiles the world over, showcasing meaningful works across various genres and countries. Film festivals have long been considered some of the greatest and most impactful destination events […]

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Best hostels in the world named at the 17th annual HOSCAR awards

January 23, 2020

Dubbed the “HOSCARS”, HostelWorld’s annual crowd-voted round-up of the world’s best hotels has been released. Once again, it’s a deep-drive into hostels around the world that are a cut above the average, named across various categories which give budget-conscious travellers greater insight into the quality and reliability of properties. The awards are based on more […]

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Lonely Planet launches 300 tours worldwide focusing on sustainable travel

January 23, 2020

The shift towards travelling more responsibility has been gaining steady traction over the past few years, but never has it felt more pervasive. It’s now common knowledge that socially conscious travel trends resonate with a wider number of people, especially younger generations who have come into a world ravaged by overtourism and careless daily practices. […]

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How to spend the perfect weekend in New Caledonia

January 23, 2020

Designated an official Overseas French Territory, New Caledonia is the closest slice of that delicious European lifestyle for Australian travellers looking to escape. The unique blend of its unmistakable South Pacific vibes and prevalent French influences make this major scuba diving and gourmand destination one of the most essential getaways for Aussies who have limited […]

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Here’s where you can see the 14 Australian artists playing Folk Alliance International in New Orleans this week

January 21, 2020

On Wednesday, the Folk music scene is heading to New Orleans for the 32rd installment of the Folk Alliance International Conference, presented by Folk Alliance International, the world’s largest gathering of the folk music industry and community. Usually the February conference is held in Kansas City, but this year – following a year in Montreal […]

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The best ways to spend 24 Hours in Jasper, Alberta

January 21, 2020

The great Canadian Rockies are, rightfully, always found near the very top when adventurous travellers reveal their bucket list. Why? Well, exploring this immense and memorable part of the world is not just a true journey into powerful natural landscapes, but a path that might just redefine the way you think about travel and its […]

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Azerai Can Tho Resort Review: Wellness and relaxation on the Mekong Delta

January 21, 2020

It’d be tough being the very first Azerai property, being that it’s a brand started by famed hotelier Adrian Zecha and operating under the inevitably high expectations that come with the territory. The award-winning Indonesian stalwart is most famed as the founder of the super luxurious Aman hotel brand, which now boasts acclaimed properties everywhere […]

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The ultimate guide to Phuket, for people who can’t stand Patong

January 21, 2020

If you’ve cringed at the thought of making your way to Thailand’s tourism hotspot of Phuket, then Patong is probably to blame. The island’s resort town and party centre is a constant reference for bad impressions. Although, this garish, hyper-boganised side of Phuket is a far cry from the rest of the island, with many […]

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Cruising the Mekong: Best things to do in Can Tho, Vietnam

January 21, 2020

Can Tho, Vietnam may not be the first city on everyone’s bucket list, but don’t mistake it’s relative obscurity for anything but a lack of exposure. As the biggest city along the famed Mekong Delta, it is now enjoying a swift boost in interest from those looking to explore the diverse country, thanks to greater […]

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Aussies Abroad: Jack River, Didirri and Alex The Astronaut are touring North America together

January 20, 2020

We at the AU are a huge fan of amazing bills of Australians going to tour overseas together, and your latest favourite threesome have just announced they’ll be playing some shows in the US and Canada together for the first time. Aussie acts Didirri, Alex The Astronaut and Jack River are all headed to SXSW […]

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Everything you should do at Cape Town’s bustling V&A Waterfront

January 20, 2020

The historic Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is an essential part of any Cape Town itinerary. Shadowed by heaving Table Mountain and populated with restaurants, bars, shops and museums, the port is one of the most visually stunning precincts in the world. From what was once built as a refreshing station in at The Cape of […]

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Why Santa Rosa is one of the best weekends away from San Francisco

January 20, 2020

People talk of some kind of imagined competition between Sonoma and Napa, both highly touted regions of California Wine Country; the reality is that both regions are as the strong as each other. Sure, Napa may just have a prestigious edge to its international reputation, but the much larger Sonoma County, with its 13 AVA’s […]

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The Astro Motel Review: Big on personality in Santa Rosa, California

January 20, 2020

Making the short 2 hour drive from San Francisco to Santa Rosa is always a popular way to start any California Wine Country adventure. After all, the Sonoma County city is one of the best located destinations for anyone wanting to get away to the country side and really dig into some of the most […]

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Ever wanted to stay inside an old insane asylum? This luxurious boutique hotel in Buffalo, New York has you covered.

January 20, 2020

Hotel Henry in Buffalo, New York, sits inside a building with an inauspicious history: for a century, and dating back to 1870, it was the site of an insane asylum as part of the Richardson Olmsted Complex. The hotel opened in May 2017 following a decade long restoration project that is seeing the entire campus, […]

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Flight Review: Business Class from Noumea to Sydney with Aircalin

January 20, 2020

New Caledonia’s flagship carrier Aircalin now have the distinction of being the first ever airline to bring the new-age A330neo aircraft to Asia-Pacific. And of course they’ve used that considerable boost in capacity to enhance their Business Class services between Noumea and Sydney, making the journey for Aussies looking to explore New Caledonia not just […]

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How to Plan a Canadian Ski Holiday on a Budget

January 16, 2020

Whether you are a seasoned pow chaser or beginner shredder, everyone knows Canadian snow is the absolute stuff of legend. For 5-6 months a year, soft, fluffy snow falls all across the province, and visitors from every corner of the globe flock for a piece of the action.  For folks on the other side of […]

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10 more Aussie acts have been added to the SXSW 2020 lineup in Austin

January 16, 2020

It’s that time of year when everything starts ramping up for the annual SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas – where from the 16th to the 22nd of March, hundreds of acts from around the world descend on the Texan capital, including dozens of Australian acts. Ten more were added this week! The ten new […]

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Iggy Pop, Brockhampton, King Gizzard, Sampa The Great and more line up for the 20th Anniversary of Primavera Sound in Barcelona

January 16, 2020

The Primavera Sound lineup has dropped for 2020, and as usual the Barcelona festival is an absolute blockbuster. The event, which is celebrating its 20th year this year, is bringing together 211 artists of 35 nationalities, in a lineup that celebrates the best artists of this year, and the past twenty years or more, that […]

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Telluride Film Festival 2020

Five U.S. film festivals that are worth the trip in 2020

January 16, 2020

Travelling for arts festivals is one of the most enriching experiences an intrepid adventurer can have. Not only are you able to explore a destination as you normally would, and take in the many sights, sounds and experiences on offer, you also have access to a curated program brimming with creativity. Whether that means you’ve […]

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Qatar Airways confirm May launch date for new Dubrovnik flights

January 15, 2020

As if one of the most popular destinations in Europe wasn’t accessible enough already, Qatar Airways have confirmed 18th May 2020 as the official launch date for a new three-times weekly service to Dubrovnik. Operated with an Airbus A320, the route will join Zagreb to become Qatar Airways’ second destination in Croatia. The service will […]

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Merivale have now opened Bar Totti’s in the ivy precinct

January 14, 2020

Fast becoming an institution in Bondi, Totti’s is clearly one of Sydney’s most in-demand Italian eateries and continues to build a cult following thanks to the fresh ideas of chefs Mike Eggert and Jake Ahrens. Now an energetic spin-off has opened, and this time it’s much closer to the CBD. Taking up residence at ivy, […]

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Flight Review: Premium Economy from Sydney to Noumea with Aircalin

January 13, 2020

New Caledonia’s flagship carrier Aircalin now have the distinction of being the first ever airline to bring the new-age A330neo aircraft to Asia-Pacific. And of course they’ve used that considerable boost in capacity to enhance their Sydney to Noumea service, making the journey for Aussies looking to explore New Caledonia not just more accessible, but […]

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Here are all the Bushfire Relief food and drink initiatives in Australia

January 12, 2020

The bushfire crisis in Australia is ongoing, ferocious and will require a long-term strategy of growth and support for those effected. This past week many celebrities around the world have come out and pledged substantial amounts to help with various bushfire appeal funds aimed at supporting a wide range of people and animals who have […]

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Mary’s will open their first permanent Melbourne restaurant next week

January 12, 2020

They say good things come to those who wait, and Melbourne is officially done waiting, as the highly anticipated opening of Sydney-born brand Mary’s is finally around the corner. After ubiquitous success in Sydney – from the Newtown original to the more upmarket Mary’s Underground – the crew behind Mary’s are done teasing Melbourne with […]

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Lizzo makes history at Bonnaroo 2020 while a few Aussies get set to head to Tennessee

January 8, 2020

Bonnaroo’s 2020 lineup brought big surprises and a really big moment in the history of the festival. Lizzo will be the first female headliner in its 18-year history. This marks a major moment for the Tennessee festival, and Lizzo isn’t the only lady leading quite the feminine movement at the top of the lineup; Miley […]

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Top Sydney chefs will team up this Sunday in support of Australia’s bushfire crisis

January 8, 2020

On Sunday 12th January, some of Sydney’s most highly regarded hospitality heavyweights will collaborate for a #cookforthebush event in support of the country’s ongoing bushfire crisis. Spearheaded by the team at NOMAD, the supergroup will be staging three culinary events through the day, including a rooftop lunch, a good old fashioned bake sale, and a […]

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The Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane brings new life to a restored Heritage-listed building in the CBD

January 8, 2020

A little over a month ago, the Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane finally opened its doors on the edges of the Brisbane River in the city’s CBD. It’s in the walls of a grand, heritage-listed building on George Street, a short walk from the Queen Street Mall and the South Bank. The history of the building itself is […]

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Here’s how you can help victims of the bushfires in Australia

January 4, 2020

Australia is, at this very moment, gripped in a calamity the scale of which the country has never seen before. I’m sure you are already aware of the bushfires which are destroying entire communities and threatening countless more. They have taken lives, properties, livelihoods, they have killed almost half a billion animals, and we aren’t […]

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