Travel & Lifestyle

Belly Bao

Newtown favourite Belly Bao opens takeaway window with full menu

March 26, 2020

It’s been weeks of pure shock, for everyone (okay, maybe except for this absolute dickhead). The hospitality industry has especially suffered a critical blow, as scenes around the world have been hit tremendously hard with the impact of COVID-19. In Australia, some of our favourite venues are scrambling to adapt or shut their doors. This […]

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This new Podcast will help you travel vicariously while living in self-isolation

March 26, 2020

Last week, the new Australian podcast Portland Unpacked dropped, hosted by Faustina Agolley. The series takes listeners on a comprehensive tour of the U.S. city of Portland. Who would have known though that when they were making the six episode series that it would arrive in our lives just as international travel has been forced […]

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Watch feeding time with Rocky the Saltwater Crocodile from the comfort of your own home

March 24, 2020

The doors might be closed thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but it’s still business as usual for the Keepers and residents at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, including their 365kg Saltwater Crocodile Rocky With that in mind, the Keepers are going to be holding the first ever live stream of Rocky the Crocodile’s feeding time. With many […]

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Etihad

Etihad Airways temporarily suspends all services to and from the UAE

March 23, 2020

On advice from the local Government, Etihad Airways has now moved to temporarily suspend all flights to, from and via its home hub of Abu Dhabi. This follows almost daily announcements from airlines around the world who continue to react to the ongoing threat from Covid-19 and its profound effect on travel. This decision has […]

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Virgin Australia

Qantas and Virgin Australia have started cutting more domestic flights

March 23, 2020

As some Australian states shut their borders, the nation’s largest carriers, Qantas and Virgin Australia, have begun to cut more domestic services. Although they’ve already cut domestic capacity by up to 60%, the airlines have continued to axe some of their most frequented routes in response to the ongoing threat of Covid-19. A combination of […]

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The Borough Box

Some of Australia’s top sommeliers launch natural wine delivery service

March 23, 2020

Lo-Fi Wine directors James Audas (former Noma and Silvereye sommelier) and Tom Sheer (former Love Tilly Divine and Oscillate Wildly sommelier) have officially launched The Borough Box. Available for Sydney and Melbourne, it’s a continuously evolving monthly subscription service that will focus on delivering sustainable, organic and biodynamic wines to Aussies in this time of […]

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TheFork now lets you track which restaurants offer delivery and pick-up

March 23, 2020

As the restaurants, cafes and bars concerned with the health and safety of their staff and customers start to adapt to social distancing, online restaurant booking platform TheFork has made some necessary changes. In response to the ongoing threat from COVID-19, the platform has introduced a search function filtering restaurants that are now offering pick-up […]

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Emirates

Emirates to suspend all passenger flights from March 25th

March 23, 2020

Following stages of select flight cancellations, Emirates, the world’s largest airline by international traffic, has now announced the suspension of all passenger operations. The extreme measure will take place from 25th March, responding to the rapid and ongoing spread of Covid-19 as the virus decimates the demand for international travel. In a statement to media, […]

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Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach has been closed due to covid-19 and selfishness

March 21, 2020

The NSW State Government has made the decision to close Bondi Beach today. The decision comes after a sweltering Friday during which the golden sands exceeded Australia’s recently introduced outdoor-gathering limit of 500, introduced to slow the spread of Covid-19. Photos of a packed-out Bondi Beach went viral yesterday, with beachgoers widely condemned for their […]

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Etihad

Etihad is now allowing passengers to cancel flights for future credit

March 20, 2020

In response to the current situation with Covid-19, Etihad Airways has introduced “Etihad Credit” to give guests the freedom to delay their travel plans. It simply works by permitting a free cancellation and is offering the original value of their booking to be used as credit towards their next trip. As the situation continues to […]

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Chargrill Charlies

Chargrill Charlie’s is going “contactless” in response to Coronavirus

March 17, 2020

As local businesses start to adapt to the current situation with Covid, chicken chain Chargrill Charlie’s has joined in by implemented a new “contactless” ordering system. Ensuring they can still serve their local communities despite the need for social distancing, Chargrill Charlie’s has introduced a “Eat Contactless with Charlie’s” addition to their smartphone app. This […]

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NOMAD up the Road

Gift Cards: how to support Aussie restaurants during the Coronavirus pandemic

March 16, 2020

Covid-19, a novel coronavirus, has spread around the world and continues to cause unprecedented health, social and economic crises. Experts are pleading with people to take this seriously, while many separate on the two (equally stupid) extremes of naivety/complacency, and panic/fear-mongering. Social distancing is absolutely crucial to prevent the spread of coronavirus, but as a […]

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Hawaiian Airlines suspend flights

Hawaiian Airlines has suspended Australian and New Zealand flights

March 16, 2020

In response to the coronavirus and recent travel restrictions in Australia and New Zealand, Hawaiian Airlines has today announced that it will temporarily suspend nonstop services between Honolulu and its Australian and New Zealand gateways. The suspension will come into effect later this month, temporarily halting flights extending to numerous services. The five-times-weekly between SYD […]

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Vivid Sydney

Statement released regarding Vivid Sydney’s cancellation in response to coronavirus

March 15, 2020

As most people now know, Vivid Sydney will not be on for this year. The event, which in 2019 attracted 2.4 million visitors, has been cancelled in response to the growing thread of the novel coronavirus Covid-19. The NSW Government has made this decision following recommendations by the Federal Government and health authorities to limit […]

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Qantas

Qantas and Jetstar introduce new measures in response to Coronavirus

March 15, 2020

As more airlines adapt to the current crisis surrounding coronavirus (covid-19), prospective passengers are being granted more flexibility. Today, Qantas Group – which is Qantas, QantasLink and their LCC Jetstar – have announced further measures to bring anyone with bookings peace of mind. The new measures follow increased travel restrictions being introduced by various government […]

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Six Senses

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay introduces “The Water Retreat”

March 13, 2020

Acclaimed luxury brand Six Senses, with 18 hotels and resorts, and 30 spas in 21 countries, have recently revealed the newest addition to their renowned Six Senses Ninh Van Bay resort in Vietnam. Titled “The Water Retreat,” the new lodging seek to further immerse guests in the resort’s unforgettable location. The brand new property is […]

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Nike

Nike ready the futuristic ISPA Air Max 720 for release this week

March 11, 2020

The smaller challenges in city life, like fighting for space on a crowded train or stretching out to keep a door from shutting, are the inspiration for the forthcoming Nike ISPA Air Max 720 release. Designed to be unique, pragmatic and futuristic, the eye-catching new drop comes from ISPA, a program spearheaded by Nike Sportswear’s […]

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Q Dining

Circular Quay’s Q Dining nods to autumn flavours with new menu

March 11, 2020

Circular Quay favourite Q Dining prides itself on using Australian native ingredients and a bounty of fresh local produce. And with a new autumn-indebted menu, newly appointed Exec. Chef Steven Hartert is set to further that dedication to produce. Promising prime views of the harbour yet set back from the crowds in the heart of […]

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BWS Arts n Crafts

BWS debut craft beer and painting class is hitting Sydney this week

March 11, 2020

The team at BWS are launching a debut ‘Art n Crafts’ event in Sydney this week, putting their own little spin on the “paint and sip” trend that has been sweeping the globe. Taking the traditional craft beer tasting and adding a whole lot of creativity, the class will welcome anyone over the age of […]

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Milo

Nestle has gone and created plant-based vegan Milo

March 10, 2020

In some of the least expected news of the week, beloved chocolate and malt powder MILO has announced a plant-based alternative. Simply titled MILO Plant Based, the new powder has been created in response to more Aussies turning to dairy alternatives. Using the same core ingredients as the original MILO, those being malt, barley and […]

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Chicago is live music mecca this year as it celebrates the “Year of Music”

March 7, 2020

House, blues, hip hop, gospel, and just about every other culturally important form of music you can think of. It’s all in the Windy City. And it’s everywhere, and anywhere, as it should be. Chicago is one of the most sacred cities in the world when it comes to music history. From legendary jazz clubs […]

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Is flying from LAX to Sydney with Virgin Australia’s Economy X worth the upgrade?

March 5, 2020

Last month, I flew Virgin Australia from Los Angeles to Sydney, and was lucky enough to enjoy an Economy X upgrade en route – which means a great deal on board their Boeing 777 service. So, in 2020, what does that upgrade – which sits between Economy and Premium Economy – mean? And most importantly: […]

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True Art Deco Splendour: Why it’s time to visit the Empire State Building, re-imagined for 2020

March 4, 2020

There are a few buildings around the world that everyone and their dog are familiar with; so ingrained in popular culture that we feel like we know it intimately. The Eiffel Tower. The Sydney Opera House. Big Ben. And the Empire State Building. And the truth is, we all know a little bit about all […]

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Alex Dyson

Tour Talk: Alex Dyson is hosting a music-themed tour of Europe this year

March 3, 2020

Former Triple J host Alex Dyson has been tapped by ever-adventurous tour operators Busabout to help launch a music-inspired Eurotrip. Alongside the ever-growing trend of music tourism, the epic 11-day trip will scour the continent for contemporary music highlights from cities like Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin. It’ll conclude with a full four days at the […]

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Boys on Bikes at Mardi Gras

Sydney celebrated ‘What Matters’ at the 2020 Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade.

March 1, 2020

Oxford Street became a rainbow river running through the centre of Sydney last night as the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2020 parade chorused through the city. Over 300,000 spectators flocked to the Surry Hills street to watch the celebration of “What Matters”, the theme of this year’s LGBTIQA+ festivities. Leading the parade were […]

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Sam Smith Sydney Mardi Gras

Photo Gallery: Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2020 (29.02.20)

March 1, 2020

Sydney celebrated the 2020 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in style last night. Bruce was there to capture the beauty of this vital celebration. Check out his photos below.    

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AirAsia

AirAsia now has an unprecedented ‘all-you-can-fly’ unlimited pass

March 1, 2020

AirAsia has long been the go-to for affordable travel. The carrier’s extensive network has played a huge role in democratising adventure, connecting dots from little known regions of Vietnam to the big cities of Australia. Now, they’ve taken that further with the “Unlimited Pass”. Announced today, and subsequently sending social media into overdrive, the all-you-can-fly […]

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so melbourne

Accor’s trendy SO/ brand set for Australian debut in Melbourne

February 28, 2020

SO/, the sleek, stylish and design-forward spin-off brand of Accor’s iconic Sofitel, is finally coming to Australia. Debuting down under with SO/Melbourne, the new 288-room hotel is slated for a 2023 opening date and, in-line with other SO/ properties around the world, promises to be bold, fashionable and luxurious. The hotel will be positioned on […]

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Five Favourites: Singapore Chef Wayne Liew’s must-eat spots

February 27, 2020

Eating your way through Singapore is a rite of passage for any worldly traveller. From hawker centres to highly regarded fine-dining, this kinetic hub of all things food, shopping and art is boundless. The internet can never have enough Singapore food articles, given the plethora of what’s out there, what’s been immortalised, and what’s constantly […]

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Here’s everything you should do for your first time in Bangkok

February 27, 2020

Bangkok is exciting. Sure, you’ve heard that one before, but it should be repeated at all times. It’s one of travel’s most reliable facts. Bangkok is this irrepressible beast of a city, as diverse as it is chaotic. You’ll never run of things to see and do here, which makes planning a trip a bit […]

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