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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

El Questro joins Luxury Lodges of Australia

El Questro Homestead, located in the magnificent Kimberley region of Western Australia has joined Luxury Lodges of Australia (LLoA), further showcasing Australia’s extraordinary regional diversity and experiential luxury travel offering.

The Homestead is a stylish luxury retreat set high overlooking the Chamberlain River in El Questro Wilderness Park, a vast landscape of just under a million acres comprising red rock ranges, river gorges, waterfalls and thermal springs.

“El Questro Homestead is a significant addition to the Luxury Lodges of Australia collection,” said James Baillie, Chair of Luxury Lodges of Australia.

“It is a truly Australian travel offering that has stood the test of time – an outstanding blend of remote regional hospitality and the exploration of the superb outback wilderness landscape of the Kimberley – one of the great icons of our amazing Australian landscape.”

Tim Smith, Managing Director of Delaware North Australia Parks and Resorts, owners of El Questro, said “This seems to be a very fitting honour as we celebrate our 20th anniversary in providing luxury accommodation to guests from Australia and all over the world wanting to experience this very special place.”

El Questro Wilderness Park is one million acres in size and really is one of the last true frontiers with rugged sandstone ranges, gorges, waterfalls and abundant wildlife. At the heart of the property lies El Questro Homestead, a boutique oasis, perched atop a cliff with bird’s eye views of The Chamberlain River.

The extensive experiences menu is key to the Homestead offering and there are diverse options for guided drives, bush, culture and nature tours, bird-watching, gorge hikes, swimming at pristine waterfalls and rock pools, scenic flights, remote picnics and fishing excursions.

The Homestead is an easy 90-minute drive (just over 100km) from Kununurra or is accessible via private airstrip. It caters to a maximum of eighteen guests in nine suites including three newly opened Cliffside Retreats.

The Retreats offer uninterrupted views across the Chamberlain Gorge where freshwater crocodiles, turtles, catfish and wild barramundi can be seen from the room’s balconies and outdoor baths. These new rooms join the existing accommodation which includes the premium luxury of the Chamberlain Suite featuring a wrap-around veranda, floor to ceiling windows, a double shower and an indoor/outdoor private double bath overlooking the gorge.

The Homestead is renowned for serving premium cuisine in dramatic locations, from a secluded cliff top table to the Homestead’s spacious verandas.

Luxury Lodges of Australia was formed as a result of the dramatic change in the Australian travel landscape over the past decade, which has seen the emergence of a new breed of exceptional lodges and camps in some of Australia’s most beautiful and outstanding regions.

Never before has Australia had a critical mass of experiential luxury properties to appeal to global travellers and adventure seekers.

With the addition of El Questro Homestead, eighteen of Australia’s leading independent luxury tourism properties comprise the Luxury Lodges of Australia collection. The lodges are independently owned and operated, but are united by their delivery of uniquely Australian experiences and a strong sense of place.

Each lodge has its signature experiences and activities to showcase the special aspects of its region. It is these experiences that define the new Australian luxury and showcase Australia’s extraordinary diversity.

James Baillie said: “Australia is now, more than ever, one of the most exciting and desirable travel destinations globally. Australia’s diversity is unique. No other country in the world has the breadth and depth of experience we have. Now, for the first time, in many of our remote regions, this is now offered at the luxe levels expected by experience-seeking luxury travellers.”

The collection has brought together many of Australia’s innovators and leaders in hospitality, tourism, food and wine, and regional development; and their passion for delivering authentically Australian luxury experiences over and above offering a great place to stay, is ingrained in their unique lodge offering.

Luxury Lodges of Australia

Lizard Island Named Best Resort in Australia

Lizard Island has been named Best Resort/Lodge in Australia at the Australian Gourmet Traveller 2012 Travel Awards.
At an event held at the stylish Park Hyatt hotel in Sydney, mc Catriona Rowntree announced the award to an audience of tourism industry luminaries.
“We are truly honoured to be recognised with such an important award as this is a reader nominated category meaning we have not only won the award but also the hearts and minds of our guests ” said Tim Smith, Managing Director of Delaware North Hotels Parks and Resorts Australia, owners of the property.

In their summary of the award win, Australian Gourmet Traveller states:  “Of all the Great Barrier Reef’s many hundreds of islands, Lizard is arguably the most blissful. It’s a 1013-hectare national park fringed by the World Heritage-listed wonder of the planet’s largest living structure, meaning its basic specs are hard to beat. Factor in the 40-room Lizard Island Resort, recently restored to its five-star shimmer, and there’s really no contest.”
Lizard Island is located at the northern end of the Great Barrier Reef in Tropical North Queensland and can be reached via a short one hour scenic plane flight from Cairns.  Its’ 40 rooms and public spaces have recently undergone a refurbishment with the magazine commenting:  “The chic design and finishes of the resort’s Anchor Bay Suites make for the ultimate Barrier Reef beach-houses.”

The Resort was also commended for its easy access to some of the world’s greatest snorkelling and dive sites.   The Ribbon Reefs near Lizard Island are
renowned for being home to a diverse range of fish species including the impressive black marlin, as well as tuna, mackerels, trevallies and swordfish.

The nearby Cod Hole is internationally acclaimed as one of the most spectacular dive sites in the world and one of the most famous on the Great Barrier Reef. Divers can feed the Giant Potato Cod and view a huge variety of marine life.And 24 deserted beaches ensure opportunities for guests to simply don a mask and fins and swim straight into spectacular, brightly coloured clam gardens passing turtles, fish life and miniature spotted rays along the way.

Lizard Island was also named runner up in the Best Australian Island Resort category which was voted on by an expert judging panel drawn from media and tourism industry representatives.

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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Sydney revellers share why there’s nothing like New Year’s Eve in Australia

Revellers across the world will be able to see for themselves why there’s nothing like celebrating New Year’s Eve in Sydney, thanks to Tourism Australia’s latest digital and social media campaign.

Tourism Australia has created a short film overnight featuring footage downloaded by thousands of Sydney revellers sharing their New Year’s Eve experience via an iPhone app created specially to mark the year end celebrations.

The film titled Project:12 captures the shared experience and emotion of welcoming in the New Year with friends and family against the magnificent backdrop of Sydney’s world renowned fireworks display.

Tourism Australia used its Facebook fan page to source stories of people travelling to Sydney to celebrate with their family and friends, filming Skype interviews, emotional re-connections at the airport and festivities throughout the evening.

These stories were edited together with user-generated video clips, uploaded via the City of Sydney’s NYE iPhone app, and the official broadcast footage of the fireworks within just hours of the midnight celebrations.

Project:12 was released on Tourism Australia’s YouTube channel and distributed internationally via social media networks before many other parts of the world reached their own 2012 countdown.

The initiative is part of a Tourism Australia and City of Sydney joint venture to show the world why there’s nothing like celebrating New Year’s Eve in Sydney, Australia.

Tourism Australia Managing Director Andrew McEvoy believes New Year’s Eve and the world-famous Sydney fireworks display provides the perfect platform to showcase Australia to the world.

“As clocks around the world count down to 2012, we’re looking forward to leading the global celebrations and, through this video, allow revellers across the globe to share in one of world’s most spectacular New Year celebrations and see for themselves why there truly is nothing like Australia for New Year’s Eve, for fun and for a holiday,” Mr McEvoy said.

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