Travel & Lifestyle

Moxy East Village Review: Perfect hotel comfort opposite New York’s Webster Hall

June 30, 2022

Having opened in September 2019, the Moxy East Village sits as one of the newer hotels in the ever-booming Manhattan – and the most recent of the four Moxy by Marriott hotels to open in the city. For those unfamiliar with the Moxy Hotels brand, they are designed around being playful and affordable, with carefully, […]

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Etihad Airways relaunches Etihad Stopovers to give travellers free hotel stays in Abu Dhabi

June 29, 2022

Pre-pandemic, a long time favourite offering by the U.A.E. carrier Etihad Airways were the free stopovers in their home city, Abu Dhabi. It was one of the many things taken away from us during the pandemic, due to the country’s travel restrictions – but now the airline is returning the offer to service! Known as […]

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Disney’s Space 220 Restaurant: What is it, is it worth the visit, and how do you get a seat?

June 29, 2022

While Disney try to figure out what went wrong with their highly anticipated, but seemingly disappointing Star Wars Hotel, they are also celebrating a similar concept they have very much gotten right: Space 220. Located at Disney’s Epcot in Orlando, and built above the long running Mission: SPACE attraction that gives guests the experience of […]

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Six places to walk in the footsteps of Elvis & Priscilla Presley in Memphis, Tennessee

June 24, 2022

With Baz Luhrmann’s anticipated new film Elvis hitting cinemas in Australia and around the world, I flew out to The King’s home city of Memphis, Tennessee, to see the real life locations that Luhrmann and his team re-created when they filmed back in Australia. These are the six essential places to go and things to […]

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Universal’s groundbreaking new roller coasters VelociCoaster & Hagrid’s Magical Creatures breathe new life into Orlando’s Islands of Adventure

June 24, 2022

When Universal Studio Florida’s second gate, Islands of Adventure opened 23 years ago in 1999, it looked destined to be holy ground for roller coasters in Florida. I distinctly remember the TV ads showing The Incredible Hulk coaster weaving its way over the body of water that sits at the centre of the park. It […]

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First Ride: Epcot’s new Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster may just be Disney’s best indoor thrill ride ever

June 15, 2022

While other theme parks have long focused on making their roller coasters bigger, better and faster, Disney has generally tried to answer the question: what can we do that no one else has tried before? Of course, not ever new addition to the park has ticked this box, but of late, that trend has picked […]

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QT Sydney and Adriano Zumbo flip the script on traditional high tea for ‘QTea’

June 7, 2022

Going for high tea at one of Sydney’s best hotels is fallen out of favour in the past few years, as bottomless brunches take over as the afternoon activity of choice for groups looking to pack a sesh into their weekends. But that’s just because high tea has become such a standard affair, with the […]

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Pack Your Bags: What Aussies Need to Know Before Going on a Vacation to Dubai

June 7, 2022

After a tumultuous past few years of health precautions and border restrictions, many countries have reopened and are welcoming international travellers again. One of those destinations is Dubai. This is the place where you can find everything you need from luxury hotel accommodation to extreme activities. Another attraction of the emirate is that you can […]

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Is Genie+ worth it at Disneyland & California Adventure? And how do the Lightning Lanes work?

June 2, 2022

In December 2021, after more than 20 years of the “FastPass” system (which this feature length documentary will tell you all about so I don’t have to), Disneyland  scraped their relatively groundbreaking – if imperfect – queue cutting system, in favour of “Genie+”. The system was to take advantage of new digital technologies and allow […]

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The Oregon (Coast) Trail: Navigating the dream itinerary for the world’s finest roadtrip

June 1, 2022

It’s summer 2019. The weather is perfect. The window is down and I am cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway. It’s my first time on this section of the highway, taking me from the south of the US state of Oregon, up to the capital in Portland. It’s by no means the only way to […]

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Disneyland and California Adventure Level Up: Letting Immersion, Interactivity & Innovation Shine

May 31, 2022

I’ve been lucky enough to be a regular visitor at Disneyland, California, since I was a little kid. For me, the joy of attending it has never waivered; it is the “Happiest Place on Earth” after all, so even without the nostalgia, it’s a place that guarantees a pretty magical time. But for many years, […]

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EVEN Hotel – New York Midtown East Review: Where fitness and wellness meet comfort

May 28, 2022

Not far from Grand Central Station in New York City sits a striking, tall and thin 35 floor building with four distinct colour strips on it. This is EVEN Hotel’s New York Midtown East location, one of four IHG have for the growing brand in New York. You enter on the ground floor and are […]

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Road Trip Through Australia: Do’s and Don’ts

May 18, 2022

Australia is a fantastic place to plan a road trip. However, each country has its do’s and don’ts. Let’s see what you can do to have some fun in Australia and stay safe! Toll Roads Can Pop Up Anywhere In Australia, you can encounter toll roads in all sorts of places, and their fares might […]

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Austin City LImits

ACL 2022 Lineup: Flume and Genesis Owusu to join Red Hot Chili Peppers, Paramore and more

May 12, 2022

The Austin City Limits Festival has just dropped its 2022 lineup, and once again it spans many decades, genres, and music tastes. This October, over two weekends, an eclectic mix of the biggest names in music will join the next generation of artists, as they fill Zilker Park in Austin, Texas in what is one […]

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How to plan your dream New Zealand road trip

May 11, 2022

The land of the long white cloud beckons – now that borders are opening and temperatures are dropping, New Zealand comes alive in winter. If you’re dreaming of an international skiing holiday but your budget doesn’t quite allow for Canada or Japan, New Zealand is only a three hour hop from the east coast – […]

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The Bands That Made The Beer: Casey’s Brewery

May 5, 2022

In our new series, we’re taking a dive into local independent breweries and doing our best impression of being a Cicerone, by matching the brewery’s beers with a band. We’ll be taste testing the best a brewery has to offer and teaming tipples with tracks, all to make that drinking experience even more special. This […]

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From Politics to Parties: The History of Mambo Surf De Luxe

April 30, 2022

In case you missed it, iconic Aussie brand Mambo has returned to its roots with the launch of Mambo Surf De Luxe. Merging old and new, the brand will celebrate iconic heritage artics such as Reg Mombassa and welcome a new era of talent, including Nathan Seahan and Chloe Kovska. Aussies everywhere have a memory […]

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Trinity St Kilda takes us to church, complete with wine, food trucks, and four legged friends.

April 13, 2022

Set at the very start of St Kilda Road, a new family and pet-friendly bar and food truck park has aimed to recapture the historic beauty of the Holy Trinity Church Hall. Majestically transformed into a bright and luxurious bar with a separate wine room, Trinity St Kilda also features a huge outdoor space with […]

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Gang of Youths & Dope Lemon to play Eddie Vedder’s Ohana Festival in California; joining Jack White, Stevie Nicks & More

April 13, 2022

The annual Ohana Festival, a festival born in 2016 on the beaches of California, has dropped its 2022 lineup – and it’s a beauty! Over three days, and as many stages, on a 14,500 capacity beach in Orange County, California, the event is set to feature some of the most iconic names in music, joining […]

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Pickathon 2022 Lineup: Sampa The Great to join Built To Spill, Valerie June and more in Oregon

April 13, 2022

One of our favourite international events, Pickathon, which takes place quite literally in the woods outside of Portland, Oregon, has just announced its 2022 lineup. The annual festival takes place at Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, Oregon, and is such a unique and magnificent event we gave no less than five stars to their last […]

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E-Scooters Laws in Australia

Electric Scooter Laws in Australia – State by State Guide

April 12, 2022

Despite the rapidly increasing popularity of electric scooters in Australia, riding one can come with hefty fines or penalties. Some states have greater restrictions on riding electric scooters than others, resulting in e-scooter riders in Australia petitioning for increased freedom to ride the convenient ride continent-wide. But as of now, with e-scooter laws in Australia […]

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Marvel to debut at Disney World with EPCOT’s first roller coaster: Everything you need to know

April 12, 2022

Leading into the pandemic, it had been a pretty busy few years at Disney Parks in the USA, with Pandora – The World of Avatar in 2017 and Toy Story Land in 2018 – both in Orlando – and then the gradual launch of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and its two accompanying rides, in both […]

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Beer and BBQ

Beer and BBQ Festival is back at the Adelaide Showgrounds for 2022

April 12, 2022

After two years of almost having a Beer and BBQ Festival, but being beaten at the post by COVID, this year is promising to live up to the hype. Scheduled from Friday 15th until Sunday 17th July, the Beer and BBQ Festival musical lineup is nothing short of spectactular. The 2021 lineup has been rebooked: […]

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Disney’s California Adventure Food & Wine Festival brings the spirit of EPCOT to the West Coast

April 7, 2022

At the end of the 1980s, Walt Disney World in Orlando was booming; overtaking the swampland they acquired for “The Florida Project” while founder Walt Disney was still alive with no less than three parks: Magic Kingdom, EPCOT and what is now known as Hollywood Studios (on its opening in 1989, it was the Disney-MGM […]

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Kid Kyoto is still one of Sydney’s most charming Japanese dining experiences

April 5, 2022

Kid Kyoto is like your trendy cousin. You envy their effortless style and try to imitate their endearing nature, but no matter how hard you attempt to recreate their swagger, it just isn’t right. These are my favourite types of dining experiences – the ones you genuinely can’t replicate at home. As I walked Bridge […]

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5 places every movie fan must visit in Hollywood

April 4, 2022

Being the home of so much of the entertainment we enjoy daily, it’s no surprise that Hollywood is filled with experiences made especially for film and TV lovers. And they’re adding new ones all the time. We’re not talking about celebrity house hunting with TMZ or your local movie star maps here. These are experiences […]

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The Bands That Made The Beer: Rusty Penny Brewing

March 17, 2022

In a brand new series, we’ll be taking a dive into local independent breweries and doing our best impression of being a Cicerone, by matching the brewery’s beers with a band. We’ll be taste testing the best a brewery has to offer and teaming tipples with tracks, all to make that drinking experience even more […]

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This weekend’s best Mardi Gras day party is a Sunday roast in Camperdown

February 28, 2022

While Sydney is no doubt going to be jam-packed with fun things to do during Mardi Gras weekend, we’ve gone and picked out just one event that we think will be essential come next weekend. That’s the Absolut and Heaps Gay party in Camperdown on Sunday 6th March, fashioned as a Sunday roast but moving […]

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Umbrella Entertainment and Yarra City Arts announce free open air cinema program at Linear Park

February 25, 2022

Fitzroy North residents can enjoy Aussie classics under the stars, with a free open air cinema program launching at Linear Park next month. Running on Fridays throughout March, the project – dubbed Neighbourhood Watch – is a collab between film distributor Umbrella Entertainment and Yarra City Arts. Locals will be able head to Linear Park […]

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Surry Hills’ legendary Vasco rolls into a new era with a refreshed food and drink menu

February 23, 2022

Since 2012, Vasco has been slapped with legendary status on Surry Hills’ Cleveland Street, stuck at the forefront of the kinetic strip amongst neighbourhood gems like The Norfolk, Brickfields, and Mjolner. That’s ten years of serving as the grungy neighbourhood cocktail bar, with renown for slinging some of the area’s best concoctions backed by a […]

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