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Secret spots to find America’s top food – in Australia

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For a Manhattan-style steakhouse, descend from King Street in Sydney’s CBD to The Gidley where you’re ushered from the clubby bar into a plush, moody dining room straight out of a Scorsese film, all down-lighting and velvet-covered booths and banquettes. Rib-eye on the bone grilled over bark and charcoal is ordered by the 100g, while boneless rib-eye chop is smoked with bourbon and cherry bark...

Aussie town where you should not swim

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A local council said warning signs and the risk of death had not deterred people from swimming and fishing in the Gulf of Carpentaria waters at the small coastal town of Karumba, eight-hour drive west of Cairns. Carpentaria Shire Council chief executive Mark Crawley said he had spent weeks trying to convince tourists, who in some instances were waist-deep, not to enter the reptile-ridden waters...

I’ve been to Uluru before but in 2022, it’s even better

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The heartland of our continent is a forceful place. On my first visit here I was so awed by this magnificent monolith rising sheer from the desert plains that I spent the entire time in silence, lost for words. This time around I have an interpreter to do the talking. Ken Wilson walks us around the base of the stone giant sharing stories from his tjukurpa or creation lore. Of how Minyma Kuniya...

6 restaurants you must try in Port Douglas

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Last year’s Taste Port Douglas food festival further underscored the town’s place on the food lover’s map, bringing together a host of culinary luminaries from all over Australia. Local Michelin-starred chef Spencer Patrick, who presides over the kitchen at the hatted Harrisons, welcomed chefs and guests from all over Australia for the three-day event. The Long Lunch, held under the...

Vibe Hotel Hobart 4* review

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Inspired by and celebrating the site’s previous heyday as the Belvedere Ballroom – which sadly lost out to the multi-level Argyle Street car park in the ’70s – the lobby desk and dining area are divided by a striking gold chain curtain that’s been cleverly printed to display a large-scale original photograph of ballroom guests in their finery. Emerald-green velvet seating, Art Deco-inspired...

You’ve seen Australia but you’ve never done this

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Here are some of the most exciting new offerings available in each state. Queensland The lure of Queensland’s sun becomes irresistible as the mercury drops in the southern states. If you’re heading to the Great Barrier Reef, the brand-new and totally self-sufficient Reef Magic Pontoon is a must-visit, offering a chance to experience the incredible floor-to-ceiling underwater observatory. Or, if...

Big thing that’s missing from this map

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I write this article on Gadi Country, a place on the south side of Sydney Harbour that reaches from South Head to Darling Harbour and encompasses the CBD. Gadi is the local Aboriginal word for the Xanthorrhoea, commonly known as the grass tree. The Gadigal people are the custodians of this place – it is Gadigal Country. The Gadi is unique to this continent and not long ago Sydney’s landscape was...

This Indigenous art exhibition is breathtaking

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It’s a magic time in the capital and there are many reasons to get there now: a superb show at the National Portrait Gallery, Shakespeare to Winehouse, which has come from the National Portrait Gallery in London, and next door at the National Gallery, the fourth National Indigenous Art Triennial: Ceremony. The NGA has the most significant collection of Australian First Nations artists in the...

This shocking tour is a first for Hobart

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They’re proud members of the resistance who have come to negotiate an end to Tasmania’s Black War – a period of violent conflict between British colonialists and Aboriginal people. Over the next hour, we follow their path towards Old Government House on the city’s first Indigenous tour, Takara Nipaluna – Walking Hobart. Nunami, a passionate young Palawa historian and activist, has personal...

Tiny town that’s now Australia’s No.1

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My first trip away from home was to Christchurch for art school. My hometown was a desolate wilderness. I grew up in a disadvantaged part of Auckland, probably one of the worst suburbs, called Ōtara. We were the white trash on the street, and in a household of six kids, I was the strange one who wanted to do art. I could have gone to art school in Auckland, but I saved for another year to go to...

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