Mystery Box Rally – you’re doing what?

Only Australia would have a cancer research fundraiser called Shitbox Rally. Shitbox Rally is not a race, rather a challenge to achieve the unthinkable – to drive crappy cars worth $1,000 each, across Australia via some of its most arduous roads. Shitbox Rally has raised over $6 million for the Cancer Council. And that’s not all.Continue reading “Mystery Box Rally – you’re doing what?”

Noma Sydney sold out in four minutes!

Update: Holy smoked/pickled/cured mackerel, Batman! Nova Sydney’s 5600 seats across 10 weeks sold out in four minutes on Friday, October 30! The reservations site for Noma Sydney opened at 10am AEDT. By 10.04 am, all the $485-a-head seats were sold out. The much-awarded Noma restaurant will relocate from Copenhagen to our harbour city for 10 weeks in January 2016, to share the best ofContinue reading “Noma Sydney sold out in four minutes!”

Whale watching in Australia makes a splash

Imagine waking up to the spectacular sight of a whale breaching or spotting a whale with her baby calf in tow? Whale watching in Australia is a winter/spring highlight – particularly on Australia’s east coast. About 20,000 whales from Antarctica escape the frigid southern ocean and migrate to Australia to warm up, relax and breed everyContinue reading “Whale watching in Australia makes a splash”

Tasting the kapow factor of baijiu

There’s a few flushed faces in the room as China’s national firewater is downed in tiny gulps. It has a BANG the baijiu virgins aren’t expecting. Bloggers, Instagrammers and the curious are crammed into the elegant Moutai Baijiu showroom in Sydney’s Chinatown. We’re listening to marketing managers Imogen Hayes and Ed Xian explain the 2000-year-old art ofContinue reading “Tasting the kapow factor of baijiu”

Northern Heat by Helene Young – giveaway

WHAT:  Steamy, heart-pounding romance set in tropical Queensland, where feisty heroine meets mysterious dude playing the stock market on a laptop from his boat. Apart from the stock market, he works at Cooktown’s youth centre which has given him the chance to make a difference and to flirt with Dr Kristy Dark. The local GPContinue reading “Northern Heat by Helene Young – giveaway”

Depressed? How travel might help

Writer Matt Haig thinks travel is useful for people who suffer from depression because “it takes you out of yourself”.  Depression tends to envelop and compress your world, and literally getting away from the small space into which you’ve shrunk yourself, allows you to focus on something else. It takes your mind off it. He wasContinue reading “Depressed? How travel might help”

Italian Joy by Carla Coulson – giveaway

WHO: Australian Carla Coulson left her corporate job and Sydney life to start a new life in Europe as a photographer. In her first book, Italian Joy, she describes the joys and hardships of her first five years, spent living in Florence. WHAT: More than a decade after Italian Joy  was published, it has been reprinted into aContinue reading “Italian Joy by Carla Coulson – giveaway”

Coffee snobbery dissolved in an instant

“Damn, you people take coffee seriously,” said the visiting American staying in our apartment. We do. So so seriously. Especially in our state capital cities. We spend more time in cafes, buy more fancy home coffee machines than we used to and buy more coffee beans than we used to. We love it when visitorsContinue reading “Coffee snobbery dissolved in an instant”

Home stay or hotel?

Airbnb and other home stay companies allow travellers to stay in frugal or fantastic accommodation all over the world. The concept opens up destinations to people who couldn’t otherwise afford it (yes, that’s me), and to people who want to engage with communities and cultures at a grassroots level. Is that you? The idea ofContinue reading “Home stay or hotel?”