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Orange to Unveil its Regional Treasures to Sydney

Sydney will have distinctive Orange hue on the 23rd and 24th of August 2012 when the region launches ‘Taste Orange @ Sydney’ in Martin Place.

From 11.30am to 2.30pm each day, Sydney will be able to experience the Orange region as the producers, winemakers, accommodation houses, entertainers and chefs descend on the heart of Sydney’s CBD during lunch time.

In a bold statement, the region will be promoting Orange’s diverse offering as a short stay, holiday and relocation destination. This will be presented by internationally acclaimed winemaker, Philip Shaw, ‘Regional Chef of the Year’, Shaun Arantz from Racine @ La Coline Restaurant, and the 2011 ‘Masterchef’ winner, Kate Bracks. Member for Orange, Mr. Andrew Gee MP, who is a vocal advocate of the region, will also be a special guest.

“The Orange region has been coming to Sydney, specifically to Bondi, for many years now and has always been warmly welcomed,” commented Taste Orange Executive Officer, Rhonda Sear. “The region is going from strength to strength, as we see further investment opportunities constantly being presented.”
The two days in Martin Place will be led by Orange’s food and wine producers with the ‘long table cellar door’ offering tastings and samples. Orange’s musicians and singers will be offering further entertainment and a range of supporting stalls will complete the Orange experience.
The wineries on show will comprise Philip Shaw, Ross Hill, Cumulus, Angullong, Patina, Small Acres Cyder, Belgravia, Brangayne, Printhie, Gordon Hills, Borrodell on the Mount, Twisted River, De Salis, Faisan and Highland Heritage.

These wines will matched with food prepared by local producers including Mandagery Creek Venison, Racine Bread, Paling Yards Oil, Trunkey Creek Pork, Waru Organics, Gaskill Greens, Orange Apples, Jannei Goat Dairy, Hillside Orchard and many more.
“This is the largest and most comprehensive showcase of Orange ever to be set up outside the region,” said Rhonda. “There will also be our universities, schools, golf and sporting clubs, accommodation, art and culture, councils, business and education, and health services joining us. There’s a lot to see, which is reflective of Orange and our surrounding villages.”

Details: Taste Orange @ Sydney
Venue: Martin Place, Sydney CBD
Dates: 23 – 24 August 2012
Time: 11.30 am to 2.30pm both days


Sydney is so much more than just a pretty place.

That awesome harbourside was the drop-off point 224 years ago for what was basically a bunch of convicts and their minders. None of them had much idea of what they would find here, or how they would survive. They almost didn’t!

Using this guide you’ll go from the heights of an Eiffel Tower look-alike to the depths of an ancient watercourse flowing under the city. You’ll find out how you can dine in a horse-drawn carriage, rub a pig’s snout for luck, or down a pint in this town’s oldest pub.

Perhaps along the way you’ll see Sydney’s first international airport (and no, it’s not the one you think), catch sight of a memorial to a cat, or maybe stop for a drink in the bar that was once a church for seamen.

Uncover this vibrant city’s fascinating past and see for yourself. In the 200-plus years since white settlement it’s experienced glory and gore, plagues, punishment and pleasures.


There are ghosts too (we’re told!) and there are some fascinating things to learn. Check the Fun Fact highlighted in red at the end of each entry for the ideal piece of trivia to tweet and email, or drop into your next conversation.

Hardly anything is what it seems in Sydney. The Town Hall was once a cemetery, an air raid shelter was built in the basement of a city hotel during World War II, and a grand house helped save the life of Queen Victoria’s son after an assassination attempt.

Convicts, saints, stars and colonists – this city has it all. And more. Whether you’re a local or a tourist, you’ll be amazed what you can unearth here.

There are over 130 entries crammed with interesting facts about places you might otherwise walk past without noticing. Each is accompanied by  photographs, a map, transport details and much more. Search by location or category – or simply see what is nearby where you are right now!

There’s something to see at every turn. Keep your eyes open and please let us know your discoveries too. This city is for all of us!

This app is living proof that history doesn’t need to be boring.

Sally Hammond, the author, loves Sydney and she wants everyone to know why.

Sally has lived in this city for over thirty years and for much of that time, as a fulltime food and travel writer, she has written about it, driven around its streets and suburbs, and enjoyed the fantastic things it has to offer.

She has written many guide books about different sides of this city – ranging from dining to schools and bargain shopping. In 2011 she and her husband Gordon released the popular Sydney Café Culture application with Sutro, now covering over 330 cafes.

However it was only while preparing this application that she gained a fixation with brass plaques!

“This city is well marked for visitors interested in learning what lies beneath their feet and behind the façade of those stately old buildings,” she says. “I just hope that people using this application have as much fun with it as I did when researching.”

Sydney’s Living History

iPhone and iPad app – available on iTunes App Store see ($4.49)

App for Android phones and tablets: ($4.09)

qualia wins two awards

World-class luxury resort qualia ( has taken out two awards at the Australian Gourmet Traveller 2012 Travel Awards.
qualia was named Best Australian Island Resort and Spa qualia was named Best Spa for the third year running, adding to the multi-award winning resort’s array of national and international accolades.

Michael Shah, qualia’s General Manager, said: “These awards are testament to the position we hold not only in Queensland as a unique island resort, but in the wider context of high end hospitality across the country. Australian Gourmet Traveller magazine is iconic, and the awards reflect that the readers are the people who enjoy the understated elegance and ease of qualia.

“Our philosophy for qualia is that exceptional guest experiences cannot be artificially formulated; it must come from within the guest. qualia’s environment allows each guest to respond to his or her own experience in their own way. When you combine exceptional service with zero pretension the result is what we describe as ‘The qualia Effect’, and winning these awards demonstrates that the qualia effect is clearly resonating with our guests.”

Testament to its names’ Latin origins, ‘a collection of deeper sensory experiences’, qualia occupies Hamilton Island’s unashamedly beautiful and sun-drenched northern-most tip. A member of Relais & Châteaux, qualia’s unique design combines a sense of space, openness and harmony that draws the outside in. Set amongst native Eucalypts, and with breathtaking views of the luminous Coral Sea and neighbouring Whitsunday islands, the 60 luxurious pavilions with a sundeck or private infinity edge plunge pool provide the perfect space for guests to unwind in.

The resort’s outstanding facilities include two tranquil infinity-edged pools, two bars and exclusive restaurants, a private dining room, library, fitness centre and Spa qualia, an award-winning venue unto itself. qualia also hosts several special events for its guests throughout the year, including the popular Australian Ballet ‘Pas de Deux in Paradise’ and Great Barrier Feast series.

Nestled privately in the very heart of the resort, Spa qualia exemplifies the resort’s meaning by offering guests a completely unique sensory experience. The indigenous Australian treatments have been meticulously designed to relax, revitalise and replenish the mind, body and soul. A beautiful Meditation Pavilion is perfectly positioned to capture the tranquil views of the Whitsundays, the ideal place to unwind and reflect.

Spa qualia features anti-stress, anti-aging, detoxifying and cleansing treatments; including Spa qualia’s signature ‘Bularri Yarrul’ hot stone massage using 300 million year old stones; and beautiful aromatherapy treatments using essential Australian oils designed to release emotional blocks through the body’s energy centres or chakras.

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