Seven magical ways to celebrate Christmas in Darling Harbour
The holiday season is upon us – yes, already! – and Darling Harbour has decked the waterfront with a packed program of activities, including Pixar-themed mini golf, pedal boats and a wreath making workshop. Pack the whole family for a full day of adventure with lots of free activities too, such as kids’ dance-offs and storytelling sessions, fireworks shows and affordable eats. Here are seven of the best ways to celebrate the festive season in the heart of the Harbour City.
Dream Chasers Festival
The Dream Chasers racing series is happening now in Melbourne and general admission is free. A Saturday night out in December with a GA ticket price of zero dollars? Honestly, we think that’s pretty wild. The Dream Chasers series consists of five nights of top level racing, culminating in the Phoenix on Saturday, December 16. Before the finale, there’s also the Melbourne Cup (yep, there’s more than one) on Saturday, December 2. Those who show up trackside will be able to enter to win prizes from the festival’s total $100k prize pool. A trip to LA and a corporate suite at Marvel Stadium have already been won, with $10k cash, $5k in fuel and Coles vouchers still up for grabs. Better yet, there's a $39k Mitsubishi Outlander still up for grabs! There might only be two nights left of this lively festival, but there’s still time to get in on the activities. Melbourne Cup night is happening at Sandown Park in Springvale and there’ll be a Taylor Swift tribute show between races, which promises to bring a party atmosphere. For $20, the 'club shout' offer gets you an ugrade to the box nine public bar, three free drinks, a stubby holder and a $10 food truck voucher. The action will continue at the Phoenix, which is happening at the Meadows in Broadmeadows. Feed Me group will bring the goods with a variety of food trucks beside the track, so you’ll be able to grab burgers, pizza and more for dinner. As for the entertainment, DJ Chloe Wilson, known for her love of house and disco tunes,
Support Whitelion Youth in empowering disadvantaged youth to rewrite their story
Imagine being a young person facing the challenges of soaring living costs and a housing crisis while also dealing with a life marked by abuse, neglect and hardship. The recent years have been tough for many, but for underprivileged youth, these difficulties have been compounded. Fortunately, there is hope, and Whitelion Youth is the beacon that guides these young people towards a brighter future. This non-profit organisation is on a mission to combat youth social isolation and unemployment, ensuring that no young person is left behind in an increasingly demanding world. Whitelion Youth offers mentorships and transformative programs that help forge positive connections and pathways toward stable employment. By supporting disadvantaged young Australians who have faced adversity from the outset and empowering them to make informed, stable choices, Whitelion Youth believes that every young person can become the hero of their own story. You can make a meaningful difference by contributing to the Double Donations fundraising campaign on Thursday, October 19, 2023. This initiative aims to raise funds for the national rollout of Whitelion Programs that support more than 1,200 youth each year. Within these flagship services, dedicated volunteer mentors follow a structured schedule to support young individuals on their journey to employment success, an increasingly vital goal in today's challenging economic landscape. Whitelion Youth is also reaching out to well-known brands and busin
How to plan a perfect weekend in Albury Wodonga
Albury Wodonga has occasionally been seen as a rest stop on the Sydney-Melbourne drive, but these days is telling a very different story. Historic buildings now house moody bars and trendy cafés, museums creatively showcase the region's culture and heritage, while the Murray River promises gorgeous natural scenery and diverse outdoor activities. With road trips now the holiday of choice for hungry domestic travellers, it's high time to rediscover this pocket rocket of a regional destination. Here's our suggested itinerary for a holiday in Albury Wodonga. Temperance and General | Photograph: Cassandra Hannagan Friday Evening From high-end hotels to historic bed and breakfasts, accommodation options in Albury Wodonga offer plenty of added value. The four-star Atura Hotel is a travellers’ favourite with its funky, high-energy design and spacious room sizes, while boutique stays like the Stone Cottage offer a more immersive experience. Housed in one of Albury Wodonga’s oldest buildings, the 1850s cottage invokes instant nostalgia and features a private garden. At dinnertime head to Hapi, a hip little snack bar spinning dumplings, bao and moreish shareplates. Expect creative takes like beef bulgogi dumplings and veggie numbers stuffed with edamame, kale, tahini and lime, while sticky chicken bites and crisp wasabi calamari make great beer nibbles. If you're feeling a little fancier, put a pin in Hapi and save it for lunch another day, and take yourself to unassuming European fine
Get free with these three NSW escape plans
There’s something truly liberating about taking a break from your everyday life, and leaving all the responsibilities, anxieties and pressures that come with it behind you. Whether your search for serenity takes you on a weekend sojourn to the South Coast, to the Riverina for a four-day getaway, or even deep into the wilds of the Snowy Mountains for a week of off-grid adventures, there’s no denying that finding freedom feels really, really good. If you’re ready to escape the ordinary, you’ve come to the right place. Feeling something else? Try again here. Pick your trip:WEEKEND AWAYFOUR-DAY ESCAPEONE-WEEK ODYSSEY Discover more ways to feel free in NSW. Blenheim Beach, Vincentia | Photograph: Destination NSW A free-roaming weekend away on the South Coast Swap your normal weekend routine of sleep-ins, Uber Eats and cleaning for a cheeky trip to the South Coast, and prepare to be amazed by how a solid dose of salty sea air can bring you back to life. You’ll want to base yourself at Paperbark Camp, a luxurious bush retreat comprising 13 safari-style tents. It’s tucked away on the banks of a pristine waterway not far from the coastal villages of Vincentia and Huskisson, but feels completely removed from any semblance of society. There are three national parks to explore – Booderee National Park, Jervis Bay National Park and Jervis Bay Marine Park – and together they boast kilometres of deserted walking trails that lead to white-sand beaches. When you’re done swimming, kayaking
Three NSW getaways that will spark your sense of adventure
For some, holidays are all about sitting by the pool doing as little as humanly possible. Not you. You’re an energetic explorer who likes to feel the pound of your heart pulsing. You want to get out there and discover something exciting. These NSW adventures are the perfect solution, whether you have a week or a weekend in which to lose yourself. Not feeling so adventurous? Find another feeling. Pick your trip:WEEKEND AWAYFOUR-DAY ESCAPEONE-WEEK ODYSSEY Discover new ways to feel adventurous in NSW. Penrith Whitewater Stadium, Penrith | Photograph: Destination NSW A wild weekend in Western Sydney There’s a world of adventure to discover beyond Sydney’s famous harbour. Head out to the western suburbs and book into the stylish Mercure Penrith, overlooking the awe-inspiring and eminently hike-able Blue Mountains. From here, make like an Olympian and get wet and wild at Penrith Whitewater Stadium. The rapid river purpose-built for the 2000 Olympics allows brave souls to hop in a kayak and face down 14,000 litres of ferocious water. Then make like Superman and soar without the aid of a plane at the awesome iFLY indoor skydiving centre nearby. Or why not both? Scoot to Jetpack Adventures and you can propel yourself ten metres into the air fired by water jets. Head back towards the city via Eastern Creek and rev heads can hoon around Sydney Motorsport Park on two or four wheels. Ngaran Ngaran Culture Awareness, Narooma | Photograph: Destination NSW An unforgettable four-day escap
Mother's Day gift guide
If there’s anything the last few years have taught us, it’s not to take the chance to hug our mums for granted. Now Mother’s Day will soon be upon us once again, and in 2023 we’re looking forward to spoiling her with skincare, flowers, new hobbies and more. As always, get your orders in ASAP – you don’t want to be late to show Mum how much she means to you.
Mother's Day gift guide
If there’s anything the last few years have taught us, it’s not to take the chance to hug our mums for granted. Now Mother’s Day will soon be upon us once again, and in 2023 we’re looking forward to spoiling her with skincare, flowers, new hobbies and more. As always, get your orders in ASAP – you don’t want to be late to show Mum how much she means to you.
Try Jameson’s new cold brew whiskey at these Sydney bars
Sometimes, flavours just belong together – from strawberries and cream to guac and corn chips. Irish whiskey and coffee are one of these undeniable pairs, so Jameson, the king of malty-sweet spirits, has brought them together in one glorious, full bodied bottle. In keeping with these hip café times, they’re blending the nutty, vanilla profiles of Jameson with cold brew coffee. This gives a more refined, refreshing flavour to the drink, while maintaining that warm, rich coffee profile from Colombian and Brazilian Fairtrade Arabica beans. If you’ve attended a coffee cupping or two on your way to a distillery tour, you’re likely to have the constitution for sipping the spirit with little more than ice. But if you’re keen to see what this punchy drink can do in a cocktail shaker, perhaps it’s time to hit up a few Sydney bars serving the beverage. Photograph: Supplied If you like your afternoon tipples with a side of true-blue bar talent, head to the Unicorn Hotel in Paddington. This ripper of a pub has plenty of bottles of Jameson Cold Brew in stock, and could mix you a beaut Jameson Cold Fashioned (yep, a kick o’ coffee beside the bitters is blissful) in between rounds of Jatz and French onion dip. Looking to get a little frisky? The boys at Ramblin’ Rascal Tavern will fix you a caffeinated cocktail that’ll have you getting up to no good in their party basement. Need a breather? Head to the Wild Rover for a housemade lamb sausage roll before your next round. This hidden whi
Five road trips you can take from Melbourne with Uber Carshare
The holidays are almost here and the open road beckons. Only trouble is, you’re without the right wheels and on a budget. And you’ve left it to the last minute to plan. No dramas. We’ve partnered with Uber Carshare to bring you five glorious and affordable road trips from Melbourne that you can take by hiring a car, van, or ute from the new Uber Carshare platform. A totally new Uber product, it’s incredibly easy, convenient and flexible, with hundreds of shared vehicles near you to rent by the hour, day, or however long you need. So what kind of getaway are you craving? Try these journeys...
A brand new Asian fusion restaurant has just opened at Martin Place
In case you needed another excuse to visit 25 Martin Place – the exciting new dining and luxury retail precinct in the heart of the CBD – White + Wong’s has just opened its very first Australian outpost there. The much-hyped restaurant was originally established in New Zealand, and is renowned for its eclectic menu that puts a new spin on classic street food dishes from China, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Hong Kong. Think crispy fried chicken bao with pickled cucumber, sesame seeds and sriracha slaw or kingfish sashimi with heirloom tomatoes and hearty lashings of chilli, lime, coriander and coconut cream. That’s not all; the extensive menu also includes dumplings, curries, barbecue meats, seafood, salad and desserts. Head chef Ashish Bhatnagar has relocated from across the ditch to launch the new digs, so you know you’re in good culinary hands. And be sure to wash everything down with a cheeky tipple – the drinks list features a number of signature cocktails (or ‘woktails’ as they’re more commonly referred to) that certainly pack a punch. Our favourite? The Orchard Road, which is a zesty concoction of blood orange gin, elderflower liqueur, yuzu sparkling sake and soda – yum! The vibe at this two-level, 300-seat venue is fun and relaxed, which the decor successfully reflects. There are neon signs and glowing red lanterns, plus printed wallpaper and brightly coloured chairs. There’s even a cocktail bar (Sardine) on the second floor, serving up bevvies and snacks in an unde
Dining offers at Kitchens on Kent to try this summer
Summertime and the livin' is easy... Kitchens on Kent at the Langham Sydney has launched its summertime menu. After a visit to the park or a dip in the ocean, head to the restaurant where you can enjoy a taste of affordable luxury with the new dining offers. From succulent seafood to a Mediterranean feast, fresh salads and a Sunday roast, plus a high tea for adults, these are the tasty meal deals you won’t want to miss.
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Last Night of the Proms by the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra and Choir
If you love a good musical extravaganza and watching supremely talented people do their thing, you won’t want to miss the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra’s Last Night of the Proms when it returns to the Concourse Concert Hall for two nights only in August. This grand concert will fill the hearts and souls of locals who love a good sing-a-long and British expats missing home, with high-energy performances of popular classics and orchestral favourites. At the baton is renowned Sydney conductor, Sam Weller, who will lead the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra and Choir in this spectacular concert. We recommend resting your vocal cords the night before, so you can belt out flag-waving anthems for the amazing two-and-a-half-hour concert that follows, and saving some stamina for the grand finale featuring traditional Last Night of the Proms sing-a-longs including ‘Rule, Britannia’, ‘Jerusalem’ and ‘Pomp and Circumstance March No.1’. Last Night of the Proms will bring the high-spirited atmosphere of the final night of the Proms series in the Royal Albert Hall to Chatswood with two exclusive performances on Saturday, August 12 and Sunday, August 13. This annual symphonic gala has been a sell-out in previous years, so you’ll want to secure tickets soon. Prices start at $15.30 for kids, $26 for those under 26 years old and $57 for adults. Get yours here.
Teddy Bear Hospital Winter Check-Up
August 2023: Due to popular demand, all sessions are now sold out. Please check back intermittently for available sessions as cancellations may occur. Walk-ups are limited, subject to availability. Visiting the doctor as a kid can be intimidating, but here to assuage kids' nerves and introduce them to the world of hospital medicine is the Teddy Bear Hospital at Chadstone – The Fashion Capital. This annual fundraising event is where children can get their teddies treated while learning about health care. It’s fun, interactive and educational, but best of all, proceeds benefit the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. For the seventh annual Winter Check-Up, activity stations will be set up on Chadstone’s Lower Ground Level near David Jones, all manned by volunteer medical and allied health students from the University of Melbourne. Kids can pull on lab coats and check their teddies’ eyes, ears, heart and teeth before deciding which treatment they need. They’ll usher their furry patients through radiology, speech pathology, physiotherapy and more to make sure their teddies are in tip-top shape. Between stations, roaming ambulances will dispense emergency bear care. You can BYO a patient from home or purchase an adorable companion at the event. Bookings are essential and tickets start from $20 for one adult and one child or $30 for two adults and two children. Additional kids can get a check-up for free. The Teddy Bear Hospital Winter Check-Up will be in Chadstone – The F
White Cockatoo Hotel
The independent owners of the Henson and Sydney Park Hotel took this Petersham pub under their wing, restoring it to its original name and bringing back a strong community vibe plus a new menu. There are a couple of outdoor dining areas, an indoor dining room where the walls are lined with framed cockatoo pictures, a pool room, and even a pinnies room! Kick off the week with a 'Pint Party' on Monday (pints for schooner prices), cheap tinnies on 'Tinnie Tuesday', then head in on Wednesday for trivia, Thursday for the badge draw and 'Spin & Win' on Friday. On the food front, gussied up counter classics are the focus, with some additional pastas, salads and share plates. Order up slow braised lamb shoulder tagliatelle with peppers, tomato and oregano; a fried barramundi burger with lemon and caper mayo, pickles, iceberg lettuce and avocado; or a pimped up parmi with leg ham, tomato sugo, fior di latte and parmesan. Upstairs you will also find 20 pub style hotel lodgings for medium to long-term stays.
Boxing Day Test
Ask any sporting fan what the biggest day on the cricketing calendar is, and they’ll tell you it’s the Boxing Day Test. Played annually on December 26 at the MCG, it’s a chance for die-hard cricket fanatics to come together, shake off the Christmas hangover and cheer on the Aussie team. This year, Australia will go head to head with South Africa, the first time the two nations have faced off in a Test series since 2018 – which many will remember for the sandpaper scandal, which saw Australian players Cameron Bancroft, Steve Smith and David Warner caught up in a ball tampering incident. If that’s not a recipe for on-field fireworks, we don’t know what is. Play will commence at 10.30am, with the series expected to stretch for five days given the red-hot form both teams are in. Tickets start at just $10 for children and $30 for adults, but are expected to be snapped up quickly – don’t hesitate to grab yours, or you may just miss out. So if you’re keen to swap the couch for the ‘G this Boxing Day, you know what to do – see you out in the stands. For more information, head to the website. Are you a mad soccer fan? Here are eight places you can watch the Fifa World Cup in Melbourne. Time Out's 100 Days of Summer calendar is here to help you plan your entire summer in Melbourne.
Sydney Opera House 50th Anniversary Free Events
For five decades now, the Sydney Opera House has dominated the Circular Quay landscape. It has been a place for people to come together, connect, create and celebrate art and culture in all its many forms. So to honour this iconic landmark’s 50th anniversary, there’s going to be a big party – and everyone is invited. The free festivities kick off on October 19 with From the Sails: Light Years – a film that will be projected onto the Opera House sails. This fascinating flick provides an insight into the original design and construction process, the grand opening in 1973, and its ongoing contribution to the community. It will be accompanied by a live-sync soundscape, and run nightly from sunset to 11pm until October 30. From October 20-30, be sure to catch From the Steps: Voices at Dusk, a free daily event where community choirs will perform live at the Monumental Steps. Curated by resident company Sydney Philharmonia Choirs’ artistic director Brett Weymark OAM, it’s set to be a magical showcase of the talent and creativity that thrives in the local community. In a rare, one-off performance on November 10, catch Aria Award-nominated artist Ngaiire and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for an unforgettable evening of music, art and power. Held on the Forecourt, the set list will be packed with soulful pop bangers from Ngaiire’s critically acclaimed album 3, which have been beautifully reimagined and arranged for orchestra by composer Alex Turley. Finally, be transported to the Top
School Holidays at Sydney Olympic Park
With the weather finally clearing up and the days slowly getting longer, we bet there are plenty of kids right across Sydney who have a bit of extra energy to burn this spring school holidays. Enter Sydney Olympic Park, with a sports and aquatic program that is guaranteed to get children of all ages up and moving. The Quaycentre is where much of the team sport action will take place. Under the watchful eye of some of Sydney’s best coaches and professional athletes, your little ones can have a go at everything from basketball and netball to soccer and table tennis. It’s a wonderful opportunity to try something new and develop essential ball skills. Make a splash over at the Aquatic Centre by enrolling your kids in the water polo or diving clinics. Both classes will cover off the basics of water safety, plus important techniques relevant to the sport – like ball handling and defending for water polo, and jumping and acrobatics for diving. If you’ve got a budding swim star on your hands there’s also an intensive swimming program to take part in, or for something more relaxed the all-day holiday recreational program includes some time to play in the pool, too. And for something a bit different, there are archery workshops and laser tag – which are fully supervised and, most importantly, lots of fun. So if your kids are keen to get a taste of what it’s like to train like an Aussie champion, look no further than Sydney Olympic Park’s spring school holiday program. Times and pric
School Holiday Fun at the Royal Botanic Garden
Can’t bear the thought of another two weeks spent at an obnoxiously loud playcentre or crowded movie theatre? Enter the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Fun, safe and nurturing, the Garden is a lovely environment for getting kids involved in some active and educational activities that will connect them with nature. This spring school holidays, the stacked program features everything from bush tucker workshops to horticultural exhibitions and night-time spotlight tours. On September 26 and 27, you and your little ones will meet powerful pollinators as part of the Bees, Butterflies and Bugs session. Journey into the Garden to discover all sorts of interesting facts about the special relationship between these insects and flowers – like how flowers use colour, perfume and shapes to attract their invertebrate friends. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning, the Gardens will be running an Aboriginal Bush Tucker Tour with a First Nations guide. On this one-hour experience you’ll journey through the Cadi Jam Ora garden and learn about Indigenous bush foods and how they were used traditionally and then adapted to the modern plate and palate – you’ll even get to try some for yourself! If you’ve always wanted to explore the Garden at night, now’s your chance. The Sunset Spotlight Tour will run on September 28 from 6.30pm, and you’ll wander illuminated paths, visit diversity hotspots and look for nocturnal animals like brush-tailed possums, microbats, flying foxes or tawny frogmouths
Yering Station Spring Virtual Tasting
Spring has most certainly sprung, and with warm weather on the way there’s nothing we Victorians love more than enjoying a glass (or two!) of local wine. And after the success of last year's virtual tasting, the team at Yering Station – the state’s very first vineyard, and a five-star Halliday Wine Companion rated winery – is offering you the exclusive opportunity to once again enjoy the cellar door experience from the comfort of your home. At 7pm on Thursday, October 13 you’re invited to join Yering Station’s chief winemaker, Brendan Hawker, for a one-hour virtual tasting session that will showcase the winery’s five new release Single Vineyard wines. Simply purchase the tasting pack (which includes 5 x 100ml bottles of these new releases) and it will be delivered to your doorstep, along with special access to a private Zoom event. Most importantly (and because we have a hunch you’re all dying to know), here are the wines up for sampling: a 2022 riesling, 2021 chardonnay, 2021 pinot noir, 2021 sangiovese and a 2020 shiraz. While we’re not choosing favourites just yet, we hear the riesling is a crisp drop with notes of apple, citrus and white blossom in the flavour profile, and that the shiraz is complex and rich. And wait until you sip the pinot noir – beautifully balanced and deeply satisfying, it has amazing poise between the fruity and savoury elements. "These Single Vineyard releases are site expressive wines where we as winemakers take a back seat to let their unique
Korea Welcomes You 2022
Have you been dreaming of a trip to South Korea? If that’s a yes, you’ll be thrilled to know that international travel to this vibrant and currently very hip country has finally resumed – and to celebrate the exciting news, the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) Sydney is featuring a huge digital art installation, cute mascots and epic giveaways. Korea Welcomes You 2022 kicks off on September 8 at Darling Quarter in Darling Harbour, and will also coincide with Chuseok, aka Korean Thanksgiving Day, which is traditionally held during the lunar calendar’s harvest moon. The centrepiece of the event will be an enormous cube installation, which will project wall-to-wall imagery from South Korea’s history, culture and landscape. Step inside the fully immersive space and be transported to locations such as the turquoise coast of Jeju Island or the historic Gyeongbokgung Palace. There will also be plenty of opportunities to meet Chorongi and Saekdongi (KTO’s traditional hanbok-clad mascots), or take a happy snap with one of the super-cute Kingdom Friends characters. Korea Welcomes You 2022 is free and no ticket is required to attend. If you register your interest in advance via Eventbrite you can collect an exclusive free gift upon arrival. Or complete the event survey and you will go into the draw to win return flights to South Korea – how cool is that? For more information and to register your interest, head to the website.
NRL Finals: Melbourne Storm v Canberra Raiders
Catch all the nail-biting action live as the Melbourne Storm face the Canberra Raiders in a do-or-die Elimination Final on Saturday, September 10 at AAMI Park. Watch as star Storm players Cameron Munster, Harry Grant and Brandon Smith, lead by master coach Craig Bellamy, go tackle-to-tackle with Raiders’ guns Jack Wighton and Josh Papalii, coached by Ricky Stuart, as they rough it out for the chance to play another day. Things sure are heating up in the NRL as the players head towards the pointy end of the season, with eight teams starting the Finals Series and only one set to be crowned the 2022 NRL Premiership Winners. Adult tickets to this week’s game start from $35 per person, with concession and junior tickets available from $25 per person. Be sure to get yours early to score some of the best seats in the house and to enjoy uninterrupted views of your favourite team playing. Kick off is at 5.40pm, and the stadium is just a short walk from Richmond Station. Chuck on a scarf, grab a beer and get settled for a stellar game of rugby league. Will it be home ground glory for the Storm, or will the Raiders keep their finals run alive? Whatever the outcome of this do-or-die elimination game, don’t miss your chance to witness all the action live – get your tickets to the NRL finals here.
Is there any other art accolade in the country that conjures up such spirited conversation, critique and (sometimes) controversy, like the Archibald Prize? We don’t think so. The annual portrait award – which is judged by the trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW – is eagerly anticipated by artists and audiences alike, and as part of this year’s national tour it is currently showing in Victoria at Bunjil Place Gallery until October 16. This brand new cultural space in Narre Warren (which is just a 40-minute drive from Melbourne's CBD via the Monash Freeway or Princes Highway) is displaying all 52 Archibald Prize finalists, including the winning entry: Moby Dickens by Blak Douglas, which is a portrait of Wiradjuri artist Karla Dickens. Other notable works include the Packing Room Prize winner Claus Stangl with his portrait of director, writer, actor and producer Taika Waititi, and Jeremy Eden’s portrait of Samuel Johnson, which won the People’s Choice Award. You’re guaranteed to spot many other familiar faces hanging on the walls, with musician and activist Peter Garret, actress Lisa McCune, journalist Brooke Boney and author and broadcaster Benjamin Law just a few of the well-known names to sit for portraits this year. A full program of events is accompanying the exhibition, with guided tours, school holiday workshops, Bites and Beats, and a delightful high tea experience in the Robert Gordon Tea Room on the line-up. The gallery is also hosting the Young Archie competition (whi
CAE 75th Anniversary Celebration
The Centre for Adult Education (CAE) has been running language classes, short courses and book clubs for young adults and middle-age creatives since 1947. The 200 courses on offer satisfy the full spectrum of creative, practical and social pursuits with floristry, ceramics, creative writing and cooking currently the most popular. And the sociable hours – classes run during the day and evening, on both weekdays and weekends – mean everyone from city workers to visitors can join the fun. So to celebrate 75 years of educating the wider Victorian community, the CAE will be hosting a swag of free or low-cost activities at its CBD campus (located at 253 Flinders Lane) on Thursday, September 15. And yes, everyone is invited. Round up your friends and family and get ready to uncover the rich history and wonders of this city gem. Guided by a team of experienced tutors, artists and creators, you can enjoy everything from drawing workshops to gentle exercise classes, language lessons and photography walking tours. There will also be author talks, history discussions and you can even learn about mastering your camera or smartphone. Be sure not to miss the highly anticipated book sale – for an inflation-busting gold coin donation (yes, you read that right) you can pick up a well-read or retired book that once belonged to a CAE book club. But be careful, once you experience the excitement of the CAE's 75th celebrations, there's a good chance you'll need to return over and over to satisfy
Today it begins: Tel Aviv's Ferrarelle Pizza Fest 2019 is underway
Five days, five chef-made pizzas: Tomer Agai, Yuval Ben Neriah, Avi Biton, Haim Cohen and Tom Aviv will fly you to Naples without ever moving off the couch. We're here to help you choose what to eat Prepare some space in your bellies, gear up your WOLT apps, and get ready for a delicious chef pizza session as part of the first virtual pizza fest - beginning today. You don't have to dress up, get out of the house or pretend you're having fun at a meaningless social event. Ferrarelle Pizza Fest, in collaboration with the WOLT app, is launching the first urban and virtual version of the traditional Naples pizza festival. Tel Aviv's pizza lovers and their friends will be able to order any of the special pizzas available in selective, limited batches each day starting at 6 p.m. In addition to a gorgeous delivery person with a blue T shirt and a hot pizza tray with bubbling cheese, you will also receive a bottle of fresh Ferrarelle water to enhance the experience for only NIS 59. So what's on the menu? Avi Biton (Cafe Popular): A Fricassee pizza with tuna toppings, arisa, hot peppers and mozzarella cheese. Avi Biton © Shani Brill Tom Aviv (Coco Bambino): White pizza with sugary figs, caramelized leeks, arugula leaves, mozzarella, pine nuts and balsamic sauce. Tom Aviv © Shani Brill Haim Cohen (Yaffo Tel Aviv): Şanlıurfa Pizza that is a kind of Lahmacun with a Neapolitan upgrade of kebab chips, eggplant, tomatoes and caramelized onions. Haim Cohen © Shani Brill Tomer Agai (
HaTahinia is a new eatery dedicated to the humble sesame paste we all know and love
Head to Levinsky Market for your tehina fix Advertorial Content This recently opened gem of Israeli and kosher home-cooking is helmed by Chef Yonatan Berrebi, who puts the normally humble staple of tehina at the forefront of his dishes. After graduating from the Cordon Bleu in Paris, Chef Berrebi went on to work at the famous Jules Verne Paris located at the Eiffel tower, before he decided to return to his beloved city of Tel Aviv. On his home turf, he ran kitchens from FauchonTLV to Liliyot, and more. Although studying classic French cuisine, Chef Berrebi was always more fascinated with simple food, spices, casual serving style and a general laid-back atmosphere. So it is not surprising that he fell in love with the Levinsky Market, where he opened HaTahinia. © Natali Issahary With the opening, his hope of walking out from behind the kitchen doors and creating a place where the cooking and preparation happen in front of his guests, creating a conversation between cook and guest, is already expected from his regulars. It is not uncommon to find Chef Berrebi preparing an off-the-menu dish for a guest. At HaTahinia, patrons will find no tables, only a wide bar surrounding the place, with an open kitchen in the middle, above a neon sign that states ‘Be Joyous’ because the atmosphere is an integral part of the place (and that is also why it will probably only be a few moments from the time you sit down to the time you will be offered a shot of the house ouzo or Arak). The menu
Tailored to Perfection: Tailor Made is One of Tel Aviv's Nightlife Gems
Promotional Content Hidden behind a small passageway, this unexpected resto-bar is a complete secret to most of the passersby bustling through the chaos of Allenby Street, one of Tel Aviv's main thoroughfares. © Idan Razon Celebrataing its 6th anniversary, Tailor Made was one of the first cocktail bars to open in the city, ushering in a trend that shows no sign of stopping. With an interior that harkens back to the old school 1950s, including vintage décor and tasteful detailing lining the walls with colorful, well-preserved ceramic tiles from the British Mandate to spice up the flooring, Tailor Made is as well-kept as its patrons - a constant stream of classy Tel Avivians, dressed to the nines. Complete with an outdoor courtyard lit up with twinkling lights, and several indoor spaces, each a world of their own, Tailor Made is the place to sit back with an upscale cocktail and a delicious meal. The bar’s owners keep a low profile, ensuring a word-of-mouth clientele – that only adds to the exclusivity of the place. Boasting two comprehensive bars and a private VIP area, the weekends are full to capacity, but nightly DJs and weekly live performances keep the regular days of the week just as happening. Be forewarned, Tailor Made is not the place for a vodka Red Bull. Appealing to both male and female night owls, the bar specializes in creating artisanal cocktails. With all syrups made in-house, fresh garnishes and incredible fruit-infused drinks, the bar offers a host of
This gastrobar is one of Tel Aviv's best-kept undercover gems
Promotional Content One of the hidden gems of Tel Aviv is the all-encompassing rooftop experience of Suramare which begins from the minute you walk into an unassuming building’s industrial sub-level and take in the mini-exhibitions and video art on the walls, leading the way to your elevator ride up to the 10th floor. © Amnon Horesh Here, you will discover a true culinary bar experience with an olive tree in the middle of a sophisticated urban garden, surrounded by a buzzing evening scene and gorgeous 360 views of the entire city. A live DJ every night sets the tone, whether you’re seeking a fun-filled night hanging with friends – or a romantic date coupled with innovative cocktail crafting and food that is always on point. © Amnon Horesh The menu has fresh seafood, meat dishes, vegan options, and more, all made of the freshest local fare. Opt for the hot pizzas made on the spot from the wood-burning ovens or fish tacos, calamari a la plancha, or the unmissable Panzanella salad with fresh mozzarella and juicy cherry tomatoes. The bar reveals a super imaginative and detail-oriented cocktail list with options like the Cinco De Mayo with El Jimador, passion fruit, and triple sec, the Tropic Spice cocktail with chili-infused vodka, mango, and lime, or the Charlie Chaplin with Jack Daniel’s, cloves, honey, and lemon. © Amnon Horesh It’s an ideal spot for a night on the town filled with fun, energy, excellent food, and cocktails to match! In the spirit of keeping this
A scenic atmosphere and hand-crafted cocktails? Esperanto is a Tel Avivian summer haven
Promotional Content This summer fling shows up during the sunny months to serve up magical cocktails with a stunning view of the coastline and the sunset as your backdrop. Located next to the Carlton Hotel, this is the place to take in the beach from every angle while sipping on crafted cocktails with a sexy vibe – whether in casual beach wear or dressed to the nines. © Amnon Horesh Packed with beautiful people, a live DJ at peak hours, and with the lingering aroma of the sea, Esperanto will keep you smiling as you nibble on creative kosher bites derived from local, seasonal ingredients. Order a selection of mezze like the tahini with spicy salsa, the house-made tzatziki, or the beetroot soaked bulgar with herbs and feta cheese. Don’t miss their version of arancini, crispy risotto balls filled with creamy labneh or the ceviche with goat’s milk yogurt. The cocktail list is always creative with options like Popsea, adult popsicles made of sauvignon blanc, Tanqueray gin, cinnamon pears, and berries all served on a stick or the Havier Pina made of Captain Morgan Black spiced rum, coconut, fresh pineapple and roasted caramelized pineapple. © Amnon Horesh The scene is always happening with a dynamic, effervescent vibe and a friendly staff to welcome guests, but those in the know start the evening at 6:30 pm to witness the magical view while taking in the bustling beats and the exceptional vibe of Tel Aviv by night. Esperanto is a bonafide hotspot that hits all the hig
Go Cuckoo for this lively gastrobar at the intersection between art, culture, and gastronomy
Promotional Content Located in Shuk Hapishpeshim, Jaffa’s hip, bohemian flea market, discover this gastrobar that is an intersection between art, culture, and gastronomy – and a must-see spot for a night out in Jaffa. At its entrance, guests are greeted by a vintage shop with a plethora of knick-knacks and gems that can’t be found anywhere else, reminding patrons of their childhood days. This bar and food hub is made up of several different rooms, each representing a piece of the puzzle in this intersection between creativity and curiosity. On each floor guests discover another scene, so you can tailor your visit to your mood – from a spacious and rustic gallery to a roomy bar to a lively urban rooftop or a second hand shop functioning as a hub for art, live shows, poetry slams, and more. © Tamir Davidov Art lovers will love the exhibits, shows, and interactive workshops along with the pleasure of a new discovery with every visit. Take in the live DJ sets and Jaffa's eclectic party scene as you indulge in an incredible selection of local, seasonal fare inspired by both local culinary traditions and global delicacies alike – all paired with an extensive cocktail list brimming with creativity. © Tamir Davidov On the menu, you’ll find a vast selection of dishes for sharing: grab the must-try crunchy labneh balls with tomato and eggplant or the fish knafe, an Arab pastry made of intricate noodle threads, broccoli cream, and pistachios. The adrenaline-pumping atmosphere, d
Istria-based Alpha Luxe Group is pioneering luxury real estate in Croatia
With "Luxury in all things" as its slogan, Alpha Luxe Group not only talks the talk, but walks the walk - right down the well-landscaped pathway of any one of the luxury properties on its impressive repertoire. Founded in early 2019 and based in Istria, Alpha Luxe Group is a real estate agency offering high-quality services to sellers, buyers and renters alike. The agency is helmed by dynamite brother-sister duo, Robert Budimir and Marijana Budimir. Courtesy of Alpha Luxe Group Robert Budimir is the CEO of Alpha Luxe Group. Courtesy of Alpha Luxe Group Marijana Budimir is an agent and legal expert at Alpha Luxe Group. This first-rate brokerage company offers an A-Z range of real estate services, its team consisting of agents, attorneys, architects, marketers and other experts. Whether you're a foreign or Croatian citizen, expect an approach tailor-made to your needs. How does Alpha cater to foreign citizens? If you're not a citizen but have or wish to obtain property in beautiful Croatia - no one blames you there - Alpha is here to ensure you make the most of your time while avoiding unnecessary costs. Services personalised for foreign citizens include: Consultation on your action plan, with analysis of your needs and budget Showing your property to potential buyers Providing certified court interpreter translation services Providing expert lawyer-led management and preparation of all documentation - including legal registration of property rights with the Croa
Croatia's 'island of vitality' opens itself to restorative weekends aimed at men
Losinj Hotels & Villas' award-winning Hotel Bellevue is launching a restorative weekend getaway aimed at men. The five-star hotel is the brand's principle wellness resort and holds the famous Bellevue Spa Clinic, which was just renovated in 2018. Located in Čikat Bay, the complex will play host the men's health and wellness weekend between October 4 and 6. In addition to the usual wellness treatments available from Bellevue Spa Clinic, the weekend offers a specially constructed calendar of event and activities specially designed to interest, destress and relax a male clientele. There will be a welcome dinner at the hotel's fusion restaurant Matsunoki, which combines Japanese and Mediterranean foods. On the weekend's second day, attendees will be offered the chance to experience some of the natural beauty of the island with a selection of outdoor activities including FootNet, SUP, kayaking and much more in the natural embrace of the island. Lunch will be served by the waterside and will be comprised of local wines and Mediterranean specialities. In the afternoon, guests will take their pick of treatments at the Bellevue Spa before that evening's seafood-based dinner at the hotel's sister property, the nearby Boutique Hotel Alhambra which will have a theatrical cabaret theme and will be followed by cognac and cigars at Villa Augusta. On Sunday, a hiking tour around Čikat Bay concludes the weekend. The two-night Gentlemen's Getaway Weekend starts from EUR 351.00 per person (appr
Lošinj's Hotel Bellevue celebrates art and beauty at an exclusive pop-up exhibition
Lošinj Hotels & Villas has announced an exciting new pop-up exhibition at the five-star Hotel Bellevue, a collaboration with leading galleries and curators Josip Konta Art Studio, Galerija Libar Gallery and Patrizio Contemporary Gallery. This autumn season, from September 28 to October 5 2019, guests at the luxurious hotel can experience the rejuvenating 'Art & Beauty' package which offers exclusive access to a curated collection by iconic artists including pop-art icon Andy Warhol and a visit to the Croatian Apoxyomenos, one of the world's best-preserved ancient Greek statues - plus art-inspired treatments at the Bellevue Spa Clinic. Launching on September 28 with an opening reception, the gallery open daily from 10am until 6pm for one week and offers guests the opportunity to meet with prominent curator Goran Margeta and international art dealer and historian Dr. Marco Antonio Patrizio. The pop-up exhibition is the collaboration between academic sculptor and painter Josip Konta, one of the most prominent names of the contemporary Croatian art scene; Croatian art gallery Galerija Libar and art advisor and collector Dr Marco Antonio Patrizio. Visitors can see works from domestic and international artists Julie Knifer, Getulio Alviani, Piero Gilardi, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Bernard Aubertin, Giorgio de Chirico, Andy Warhol, Edo Murtic, Ivan Picelj and many more. The hotel's award-winning Bellevue Spa Clinic will also feature a dedicated menu of pampering treatments inspired by famou
Hotel Bellevue celebrates Lošinj's indigenous plantlife with new aromatherapy retreat
Lošinj Hotels & Villas’ flagship Hotel Bellevue has launched a hands-on aromatherapy workshop retreat, teaching guests about the therapeutic benefits of Lošinj’s fragrant plants. The retreat offers a rare glimpse into the art of essential oil distillation to the extraction of oils to create beautifully scented aromatherapy products to take home. Guests also enjoy detox treatments at the Bellevue Spa Clinic; prepare gourmet delicacies using the finest Mediterranean ingredients; go on hiking expeditions around the island and visit Lošinj’s Garden of Fine Scents. The island of Lošinj has long been recognised for its restorative properties. For over 120 years, visitors have enjoyed its Mediterranean microclimate and abundant nature. This reputation owes much to the vision of Croatian Professor and Botanist Ambroz Haračić, who planted over 80,000 Aleppo pines and 500 Avenue trees in the first year of a major afforestation programme in 1886, and 300,000 seedlings every year to follow. The islands are home to over 1,200 herb species; 939 of these are indigenous, while about 80 were introduced by the islands’ famous globetrotting sailors - including Mexican cacti and agave, Indian figs, Japanese medlar and eucalyptus. 230 of the plant species are noted for their medicinal benefits. The new four-day retreat encourages guests to harness the therapeutic properties of the island’s natural bounty. The journey begins at local pine forests of Čikat Bay. Back in the gardens of the Bellev
Advertorial: a taste of timeless Zagreb
ADVERTORIAL Experience bygone grandeur and contemporary comfort at Palace Hotel. A city of one million inhabitants, as with any metropolis, the face of modern Zagreb changes year after year. But deep in the heart of the capital, time moves more slowly. The grand facades of Austro-Hungarian architecture found here were built to last. They offer a flavour of Zagreb as it was when the city was a key cultural and administrative hub of the Habsburg empire. Having welcomed the upper echelons of Habsburg-era society since 1907, the Palace Hotel offers a luxurious taste of Zagreb as it once was. Located in the prettiest part of the city, overlooking the splendour of the three glorious parks which have impressed visitors for over 200 years, you couldn't be better placed to discover the delights of Zagreb, both old and new. Hotel Palace © Ivan Zovko Fully renovated and containing everything you'd expect from a modern premium hotel, each of the Palace's bright 123 rooms carefully balances the old and the new, where modern facilities complement the antique-style furniture. Elaborate stairways and walkways bridged by stained glass concave roofs provide a visual theatre as impressive to today's city break visitors as it was to the high society of yesteryear. Lit by chandeliers, the ornate wooden flooring of the hotel's cafe and bistro are perhaps the best place in the city to sample Zagreb as it once was. There you can relax on antique furniture after a meeting in one of the hotel's confe
Konoba Didov san: from Imotski with love
Everyone recognises Croatian cuisine from holiday snaps; excellent, simply cooked fish like sea bass and sea bream, grilled squid oozing with cheese, delicate scallops, cuttlefish risotto coloured black with squid ink and juicy prawns, all served with lemon and the freshest salads before a sea view. What could be better? Well, in truth, few things could be better than the traditional seaside menus of Dalmatia and Istria. But that doesn't mean there isn't any room for improvement. And the menu of inland Dalmatia might just be the next step up. Preparing peka Travel a few kilometres inland, breaking the back of the Dinaric Alps which run down the coastline, and you'll enter a part of Dalmatia which is completely different to the shoreline. Greener, with an at-times slightly cooler climate, spectacular mountain views and freedom from the noise, rush and bustle of tourists, inland Dalmatia is one of the regions of the country least discovered by international visitors. Its cuisine is similarly overlooked, which is regrettable because inland Dalmatia has one of the richest and most varied menus in southern Europe. Why should the food of this little-visited region be so good? Well, its close proximity to the sea ensures that all of the freshest seafood you can get on the coast is also available here. But, in addition to the traditional offer, inland Dalmatia also has the terrain and links to continental Croatia to make some very special additions. Peka Dishes cooked with wild meat