Travel & Lifestyle

Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Review: The Honolulu Resort You Won’t Want To Leave

In December last year, as Hawaiian versions of classic Christmas songs echoed across the busy streets of the tropical paradise, I spent two nights at the recently renovated Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort. The US$80 million renovation has seen the iconic resort (with its origins dating back to the 1950s) reimagined with updated rooms, facilities…

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You can now get Sydney’s famous Gidley burger at The Rover in Surry Hills

Sydneysiders, I know what’s on your mind when you book into The Gidley’s moody bar area. You want that superlative signature burger. You know, the one with such a strong cult following that the popular steakhouse sells around 500 of them each week. That winning combination hasn’t changed over the years. A classic bun with…

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Qantas double status credits offer is back for 2024

Qantas has launched its popular double status credits offer today so you can each elite status much quicker in 2024. The promotion is the airline’s most popular year-on-year with many Qantas Frequent Flyers waiting patiently for the airline to launch the generous offer before they start planning their travel. It’s a smart way to fly…

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

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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cafes sydney

The 3 best cafes in Sydney right now (February 2024 Edition)

Remember when Devon Cafe and Three William Street were helping Sydney compete quite fiercely with Melbourne’s famously progressive cafe scene? All of the sudden laneway bars started to pop up over the city to take care of the night owls (at least until the lockout-law-mandated-cessation-of-service). But by day, these increasingly creative cities were taken good…

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The four best things to do with just 72 hours in Hobart, Tasmania

Hobart is the most underrated capital city in Australia. There’s no question. Direct access to some of the country’s finest produce has given the city’s dining scene a standard to rival the world’s greatest food cities. It’s small, walkable and incredibly relaxing. And Hobart also plays host to some of the most interesting and exciting…

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What’s new at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California (and what’s coming soon!)

Are you heading to the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California anytime soon? We just returned from a visit to the iconic park, and are happy to report a number of new experiences to enjoy across both the OG Disneyland Park, and the accompanying second gate, California Adventure. There’s even a brand new Pixar-themed hotel! Here’s…

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Etihad

PSA: Etihad has posted a nice little Business Class sale for Valentine’s Day

Etihad Airways has been going hard on sales and promotions lately. At the start of the year, the Gulf carrier started a big sale with very affordable international fares. Then the airline announced a Status Match program for Gold and Silver tiers. Now, Etihad has decided to throw a bit of bone to point-end travellers…

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Herb & Chilli Festival to return to the Yarra Valley for 2024

The Herb & Chilli Festival is gearing up to return to the Yarra Valley next month. Returning for its 12th year, the annual celebration brings a weekend of live music, entertainment, beautiful local food and, of course, mouth-burning chilli experiences you can’t get anywhere else. Set inside the Lovely Nursery in the gorgeous Yarra Valley,…

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Las Vegas gets a sparkling new Hong Kong style Dim Sum hot spot: Washing Potato

With the state-of-the-art Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas playing host to this weekend’s Super Bowl (for American Football fans) and next month’s NRL Telstra Premiership season kick off match (for Australian Football fans), “Sin City” is fast becoming America’s newest “Sports City”. But long has it been a destination for foodies, with restaurateurs from all…

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How to catch and pay for the LAX FlyAway Bus at Los Angeles International Airport

Los Angeles is a difficult city to navigate without a car, but it’s something those on a budget need to manage one way or another. Arriving at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) is the first step in that navigation. How do you get out of there as quickly as humanly possible? Before LAX-it and Uber/Lyft…

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February is free Margarita Month

Altos Tequila will be embarking on a month-long party by shouting 20,000 margaritas at selected venues down the east coast of Australia. The authentic Mexican brand will also giving away a free trip back to the motherland. Celebrated as the best tequila for the traditional margarita, Altos Tequila are hoping for a Mexican Wave of…

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Etihad

Etihad Guest announces a 2024 status match for Australian passengers

Every now and again, a major airline loyalty programs will announce a status match. This basically means that frequent flyers with elite status on any rival programs are able to gain complimentary (and instant) elite status with the airline offering the status match. Basically, it’s a play for loyalty. And it seems Etihad Airways have…

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Fiji Airways flight sale

PSA: Fiji Airways has launched a massive flight sale so you can slip, slop, slap for cheap

Is 2024 your year of travel? Well, some of the world’s best airlines are certainly helping you navigate your goals despite the rising cost of living. We’ve already seen very tempting sales from Virgin Australia and Etihad; now it’s time to turn our attention towards Fiji Airways. The highly-rated airline has announced an exclusive flight…

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QT Hotels is giving away an entire room worth of goodies (even the bed) for Valentine’s Day

One of Australia’s foremost luxury hotel brands, QT Hotels & Resorts, has built quite the reputation for doing things differently. And this is one of their most out-there offerings to date, celebrating Valentine’s Day by taking the phrase “get a room” quite literally. Throughout February, guests booking in for a romantic staycay at any of…

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PSA: Etihad just launched a massive international flight sale (and fares to London are cheap as chips)

For its massive (and massively generous) New Year’s Resolution sale, gulf carrier Etihad Airways has just dropped a massive international flight for Australian travellers. Running from now until January 18th, the popular airline has slashed fares to mostly European hotspots like Athens, Dublin, London and Paris, as well as to Cairo in Egypt. This includes…

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Virgin Australai flight sale 2024

PSA: You can fly return to Tokyo from Australia for less than $1,000 right now

Virgin Australia has started the year off with a nice little mega sale for those looking to fly both domestically and internationally in the coming months. Note that all sale fares, however, are based on Economy Lite and include return flights. The Virgin flight sale includes a return fare from Cairns and Tokyo (Haneda –…

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Flight Review: Jetstar’s budget transpacific service Honolulu to Sydney (JQ4)

If you’re ever looking for an affordable way to travel between North America and Australia, Jetstar are the only budget carrier that takes Australian passengers directly to the USA. The airline travels a few times a week between Melbourne, VIC or Sydney, NSW and Honolulu, offering an affordable alternative to its competition, as well as being the…

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Hotel Indigo properties in Australia are basically giving away pantry staples right now

Hotel Indigo has always been a brand deeply rooted in the local community, and so the collection’s latest initiative shouldn’t come as a surprise. After holding their own research and finding that 71% of Australians think it’s important to feel connected to their neighbourhood, Hotel Indigo has decided to extend a helping hand these holidays…

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QT Hotels famous Christmas boxes are back for another year of decadent dining

For the past few years, the fine folk behind QT Hotels have been posting up a bit of a Christmas day for families and friends who want to eat and drink very, very well. A taste of absolute decadence is packed into the group’s QT At Home boxes, gifting merry-makers a one-stop-shop of deliciousness so…

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You can now order boxes of fried chicken and Champagne to your room at QT Hotels

The age-old art of room service is one of the last aspects to hotel living that hasn’t changed one bit. You open the menu and you’d reasonably expect to see dishes from all over the world, designed to cater to a great variety of guests with the usual burgers, pastas and curries just one call…

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Enoteca Centro platforms their Master of Wine’s wisdom with new wine tasting course

The insights of a Master of Wine are what truly sets Enoteca Centro apart from other wine bars in Perth. The venue is a summery oasis, hidden away on Wesley Lane behind the historic Uniting Church, a casual Italian-inspired take on the usual inner-city happy hour destinations. But it’s Master of Wine Brendan Jansen’s carefully…

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You’ve only a few days left to try a Green Ant Gin martini in Sydney

You can find martinis everywhere in Sydney. The colder the better. And yet, this classic cocktail needed a bit of spicing up earlier this month for Australian Gin Week. Luckily, the locally grown Seven Seasons label stepped up to the plate. Earlier this month, the Australian gin brand teamed up with Barangaroo House’s music loving…

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Young Henrys release a cold frothie to the core range

Our friends at Young Henrys have always been ones to push the barriers when it comes to releasing new beer varieties. This time, just in time for summer, is a core range of Cold XPA. Brewed cold. Drink colder. This joins the existing lineup of Newtowner, Hazy Pale Ale, Natural Larger, IPA, Stayer Mid Strength, Cloudy Cider & Ginger Beer. The beer…

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Vietjet launch

Flight news: Vietjet connects Adelaide and Perth to Ho Chi Minh City of Vietnam

Debut flights from Adelaide via Perth have begun just this week. At Adelaide Airport, Executive GM of People Culture and Customer at Adelaide Airport, Dermot O’Neil and Brenton Cox, Managing Director welcomed Vietjet, who are the first carriers offering direct flights to Vietnam. South Australian Tourism Minister, Zoe Bettison was also there to help with the…

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Kangaroo Islands Spirits has released the world’s first gin using 100% locally grown juniper

There isn’t much in the world of craft gin that Aussies haven’t seen before. Yet, Kangaroo Island Spirits has managed to one-up itself by releasing a First Harvest Juniper Gin. This is the world’s first gin made exclusively from Australian grown, single sourced common juniper harvested on Kangaroo Island. Taking 100% locally grown juniper, the…

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Mastering the art of carry-on travel: an essential practice

If you’ve travelled in the past two years, you’d know that lost luggage is an all too real possibility. For many, the trauma of a lost bag has offered food for thought, so much so that we are witnessing a redirection towards a more ‘minimalist mindset’ – and a resurgence of the ‘carry-on only’ travel…

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Help raise money for animal rescue charities when Santa Paws hits Sydney in November

Ozzie Tails of Hope Ltd is bringing their pet and family-friendly fundraising event, Santa Paws, to Sydney to help raise money for animal rescue charities across the nation this November. The event will be held on Sunday the 26th of November at Centennial Park (Federation Drive) in Paddington, Sydney. Starting at 9.00 a.m. and concluding at…

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What to pack before island hopping across the South Pacific with Carnival

Whether you’re embarking from Sydney or Brisbane, we think all Aussies can agree that very few holidays capture that quintessential tropical lifestyle like Carnival Cruise Line South Pacific expeditions. That long-awaited dream of island hopping across vast archipelagos and relaxing on an epic cruise in one itinerary is why many Aussies of all ages choose…

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Sydney’s epic Sneakerland is back for the ultimate kick in December

Niche hobby festivals are always worth checking out in Sydney, especially when you’re looking for something new to do as the silly season approaches. In early December, all eyes will be on Sneakerland, which arrives in town after a successful run in Perth and Melbourne. And you don’t really need a synopsis to know what…

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