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Smiths Down Under

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There’s a new addition to my Christmas wishlist… It’s the new Mr & Mrs Smith Guidebook to Australia and New Zealand!

We all know that the Smiths are the people to turn to when it comes to luxury accommodation. Their stable of hotels stretches all around the world, and they offer great discounts and deals on arrival.

I can’t wait to see who they’re featuring in my ‘local’ region. Looks like that might even be Sal Salis on the cover, the Ningaloo Reef gem I featured last week. Thanks Smiths!

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Ningaloo Reef is In-tents

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Ningaloo Reef, safari-style accommodation, and reclining in the lap of luxury… That’s what you’ll find at Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef, located in the stunning coastal dunes of Cape Range National Park, near Exmouth in Western Australia.

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Nearby Ningaloo is an ocean paradise, perfect for diving, snorkelling, or boating with hundreds of colourful marine creatures. Parallel to the ocean are the impressive limestone ranges and gorges of Cape Range National Park.

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Sal Salis will set you up in one of five luxury tents, complete with ensuite. This is as luxe as camping gets and all meals are provided by the hotel restaurant, who cook up a delightful variety of fresh local produce.

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I’ve been meaning to go and swim with the whale sharks for a while. Who knows, maybe 2010 will be the year?

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Bar Boom

Okay, Perth dwellers, this is for you!

Craving somewhere slinky for your drinky? Suffering from a case of the drinky doldrums?

Thanks to a small bar license, approved by the WA government in 2007, proprietors are starting to patch up the cracks of Perth’s cityscape. But the holes in the wall aren’t simply disappeared. They are being revised and revamped into hip itty-bitty bars, the perfect place to dress all shiny and share a cocktail with a (really) small group of friends.

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Clockwise from top left:
Helvetica, 1907, The George, and Double Lucky

Since the introduction of the small bar license, designed for venues that hold up to 120 people, around 30 such certificates have been handed out by the WA Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor.

Clicky for our list of sexy small bars to spice up your nightlife…

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Trave(love): Vintage Bicycles

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I’ve been inspired by Melbourne company The Humble Vintage. These lovely folk are answering the subconscious cry of travelistas everywhere by renting out fabulous vintage racers to cruise around Melbourne on.

Not only do vintage bikes look darling (as do you on them), but cycling offers the unique opportunity to get around a city, whilst staying outside, interacting with the local streetscape, and burning some energy too.

Here’s a bunch of vintage racer inspiration to make your hearts aflutter!

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Photo cred: coloredsprinkles, young asia, estejustin, sarah-ji, blanaid dot com, austinbikeblog, & zero discipline

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Escape to the South-West

On the weekend, Jarrad (the boyfriend) and I managed to escape the hectic confines of life/work/dance for the freedom of “the country”. Australia’s South-West, specifically the Margaret River wine region, is about three and a half hours drive from home (i.e. Perth).

margs2overlooking the beach / “standing” on the stalactites at Ngilgi Cave

It’s credited as a wine region due to its 100-or-so wineries. The region produces more than 15% of Australia’s premium wine, so you can be fairful confident of a delicious drop coming from a Margaret River wine.

MARGS1Hayshed Winery (where the good cheese is) / standing on the rocks at River Mouth / scruffy man with many drinks

Along with the wine (oh, the wine) comes a budding range of gourmet produce such as: the imported cheeses at Hayshed Winery (we jumped for joy at the amazing flavours), the creme brulee at Must Wine Bar, the many many restaurants offering top-notch flavours from the land and sea.

The region is breath-taking. The beach, vineyards, farms, and forests are a treat for the eyes. This time of year (i.e. winter) is notorious for freezing temperatures and rain like nobody’s business. We were treated with a weekend of nigh on spotless weather, no need for a hat or gloves, and just some sprinkling rain.

MARGS3Jarrad says our feet are the same, I say not / Watershed Vineyard

We crashed with our friend Cam who studies viticulture and stayed one night in a lovely resort by the sea. In between amazing meals we gas-bagged about music, ran on beaches, explored caves, slept, and drank peppermint tea.

All in all, homecoming is a shame, but I am planning my next escape for September.

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Love Bento

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Fresh from the Melbourne streets, welcome LoveBento! The brother-sister team collect the freshest bars, spas, fashion, and gadgets from their city to make a mish-mash of hip happenings sure to pull at your heart strings.

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“You will fall in love with this,” declares LoveBento. Too late, I am in love with this. Pity we don’t live in Melbs!

(Although whispers on the web say there shall soon be a LoveBento Travel. You bet we’ll be watching that space!)

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City Scapes: Perth, Australia

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Perth, Western Australia, sits on the coast of the Indian Ocean and can proudly claim to be the most isolated capital city in the world.  With a population of just under 2 million and an average temperature of 29 degrees (C) in summer and 17 in winter, Perth is a haven for laid back people who love the outdoors.

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