Hotel Review: Element Melbourne Richmond

Sometimes a corporate hotel is just a corporate hotel. Other times, it’s like the Element Melbourne Richmond: a sophisticated, pet-friendly paradise packed with all the amenities. When Marriott International announced the opening of the new Element Melbourne Richmond, the brand knew it would need key points of difference to stand out from the state’s already saturated hotel market. Turns out, it delivered. Details Element Melbourne Richmond 588 Swan Street, Richmond, Melbourne First Impressions As a Melburnian, I thought I knew every nook and cranny of Richmond’s bustling Swan Street. However, nestled within the new Botanicca Corporate Park is the Element Melbourne Richmond, in all its grand and vibrant glory. The location itself was a little further away from the action

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Hotel Review: Shadow Play by Peppers, Southbank

Shadow Play by Peppers, Southbank When it comes to the age-old Sydney v Melbourne rivalry, I’ve always had my feet firmly fixed in Sydney’s camp. Being born and raised in Australia’s best city (sorry, Melburnians!) means that my loyalty has never wavered… until now. What I’ve found is that where you lay your head at night can actually deeply impact the experience you have when you travel, because let me tell you – I’ve been to Melbourne at least 10 times, and I’ve never been quite so taken with it until my stay at Shadow Play by Peppers. It probably sounds cheesy – okay, I know it does. But it’s true. Opened for the first time in April 2019, the

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Hotel Review: United Places Botanic Gardens

Stroll along South Yarra’s Domain Road and you probably wouldn’t realise one of the city’s hottest boutique hotels hides behind an unassuming doorway. This low-key entry is a fitting introduction to the hotel’s ethos. While some places win you over with razzle dazzle, United Places Botanic Gardens does it with understated elegance. Set on the fringe of Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens: it’s a peaceful, leafy oasis in the hustle and bustle of the city, just a short walk to some of South Yarra’s best restaurants and the Chapel Street shopping strip. The exclusive accommodation offering threw its doors open last year, after four years in development. It quickly generated industry buzz when it was recognised on Conde Nast Traveler’s 2019

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The Mac is Back

Fleetwood Mac in Australia Legendary, GRAMMY-award winning band Fleetwood Mac is now on an Australian tour, starting at the Qudos Bank Arena on the 15th, 17th, 27th and 29th August. Produced by Live Nation, the tour will feature the new line-up of Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks, and Christine McVie along with newcomers Mike Campbell (of Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers) and Neil Finn (of Crowded House), and follows the band’s 50+ city North American tour. “Fleetwood Mac has always been about an amazing collection of songs that are performed with a unique blend of talents. We jammed with Mike and Neil and the chemistry really worked and let the band realize that this is the right combination to go forward

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All The Best Things Happening Down Under This August

  There’s no shortage of things to do in Australia. If anyone knows that, it’s us… However with such a breadth of things going on around the country, it can sometimes get a little overwhelming to separate the champs from the chumps. You’re busy people, we get it. To help you out, we have collated a guide of the best-goings-on for the month of August, helping you plan your calendar accordingly. Thank us later. VIC Three Blue Ducks Announce restaurant at URBNSURF, Melbourne’s new surf park The team of passionate chefs and avid surfers behind Sydney’s Three Blue Ducks and the ever-so popular The Farm at Byron Bay, are about to ride their biggest wave yet, opening their fifth restaurant

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Hotel review: Jackalope, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

  After throwing its doors open in 2017, Jackalope scored a slew of accolades, culminating in it being the only Australian hotel to appear on the Condé Nast Traveler’s Hot List the following year. But does it live up to the hype? Where: Jackalope 166 Balnarring Road, Merricks North, Victoria What to expect: When you picture a country hotel you may envisage shabby-chic interiors with chintzy curtains and Persian rugs. Jackalope, just over an hour from Melbourne on the Mornington Peninsula, has taken this cliché, completely gutted it and turned it on its head. Owner Louis Li purchased the 143-year-old Willow Creek homestead and vineyard in 2013 and set about creating his first hotel on the property (Li also bought

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Five Australian islands that feel like a Pacific Island

  Dreaming of an island in the sun? These Australian islands will add fuel to your fantasies with their uncanny beauty, pristine natural assets and luxe, laidback vibes. Of course, Australia is an island nation, but with thousands of reefs, atolls and archipelagos hiding enticingly in our stunning waters, it’s also a nation of islands. If you’re fantasising about absconding to a white-sand beach, the great news is that some of the best are actually in our own backyard. Not only are they as swoon-worthy as any in the Pacific, they all come with their own style of uncommon beauty and native flora and fauna, with not a cultural show or kava ceremony in sight. Here are our top five

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