Australian Art News: Exhibitions & Openings Summer 2018-2019

Our roundup of what to see this summer among Australia’s best capital city and regional art galleries. REGIONAL VICTORIA Ivan Durrant: Colouring Lake Mokoan: ‘I’ve…

Striking Gold: Billson’s Spring Water Revival in Beechworth

There is movement at the old Billson’s Brewery and the news is very exciting. Just off Beechworth’s main drag is a great brick chimney towering…

Byron Bay Hotelier: Francesca Webster

Since the tender age of 19, Francesca Webster has been building a career in the luxury service industry. From early beginnings at Sydney’s Park Hyatt…

Elysian Retreat Whitsundays Promises Secluded Luxury

In a world that’s always interruptive Elysian offers that rare chance let go of life’s pressures and relax: to simply slow down immersed in a…

Sydney’s Devastatingly Gorgeous Guesthouse

Checking in to Little Albion: More than a decade ago, during the launch years of Essentials, we were mightily impressed by the creative fit out,…

One Australian Brewery that’s a Leading Benchmark in Taste

There was a buzz about Bridge Road Brewers when they first opened in a shed behind a house near the old stone bridge over Newtown…

Changing Gear: Café Derailleur

It was a passion for cycling and a love of the country that led Eric Bittner and his wife Lauren to a cute corner building…

Confit Salmon with crisp skin, crème fraîche, watermelon, cress salad

Confit Salmon 1 cup canola oil 1 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 bay leaf 2 sprigs fresh thyme Zest of 1 lemon 1 tsp…

Brisbane: Best 3 Hotels

It’s Brisbane’s time for a turn in the spotlight, with a welter of stylish new hotel openings that play with Queensland’s past and deliver a…

New Rutherglen Exhibition Offers the Chance to own Aboriginal Art

Opening to the public tomorrow, Saturday October 6 in Rutherglen, Victoria, the Aboriginal Exhibitions – Collection Highlights 2018 exhibition is an exploration of some of…

Made in Melbourne: Small Batch Limoncello

The aroma of citrus fills the air in the small factory in Melbourne’s west. Boxes of thick-skinned lemons are piled up on the floor. Jon…

Soft Prawn Taco with Billy Button Fiano

Billy Button Fiano is a spring/summer stunner: its bright gold colour simply glistens in the glass. It’s the perfect pair to our soft prawn taco…

The Triumph of Charles Blackman – Artist Ivan Durrant’s Personal Homage

It’s easy to be reminded, how great an artist Charles Blackman was, especially with his painting Girl with a Nosegay (pictured). You have to stop…

Sydney Icon: Harry’s Singapore Chilli Crab

Harry’s Singapore Chilli Crab is a Sydney restaurant icon. Having opened in 1982, its fed half the city and almost all of its local celebrities…

NYC Chef-inspired Recipes: Grand Banks Oysters 3 Ways

Grand Banks – Hudson River, Pier 25, NYC Grand Banks at New York’s Pier 25 is a celebrated oyster bar aboard the historic wooden schooner…

Dalmation Coast Cruising aboard Le Lyrial

Fiona and Frank Stephens of luxury tours agency Benalla Travel (Victoria) explore the Dalmatian Coast with APT Luxury Mega-Yachts aboard Ponant’s Le Lyrial. The romance…

Singapore Warehouse Conversion

In Singapore, conservation goes two ways. One, you get the heritage geeks who insist on salvaging every last crumbling brick, decorative tile and rusty wrought…

Artisan: Made OF Australia

Anna-Marie Wallace discovered a penchant for clay by accident one afternoon while visiting a community arts centre pottery shed to kill some time. Five years…

Mosel Connection – Central Victorian winemaker Matt Kilby is one to watch

If you admire fine rieslings from Europe then the award-winning Whistle and Hope label from Central Victorian winemaker Matt Kilby is one to watch. We…

Sustainable Mastery

Based in High Country Victoria, Bright Alpine Builders – a multi HIA-Award-winning company – delivers high quality custom-built homes and commercial buildings under the keenly…

Otto Dal Zotto on Australian Prosecco

Back in 1999, Italian-born Otto Dal Zotto planted a few rows of prosecco grapes in Victoria’s King Valley. He had no idea, when planning then…

Australian Gins Reviewed

With the great gin revival a certified trend, Australian distillers are looking to their backyards for inspiration. Remedy by Reed and Co Pure mountain spring…

Fine Australian Wine: Souters Alpine Valleys

Souters 2009 Cabernet – Alpine Valleys Allan Souter’s 2009 Cabernet is a truly remarkable wine – rich, full flavoured, generous on nose and palate with…

Native Australian Influence: A Fresh Start for Victoria’s Most Popular Tourist Town

Richard Cornish explores Bright and surrounds to discover a fresh trail of native Australian influence, new businesses and youthful personalities that are breathing new life…

World Traveller: Cugó Gran Maċina Grand Harbour, Malta

Design Hotels represents and markets a hand-selected collection of privately owned and operated hotels in hundreds of destinations around the globe. Each is a wholly…

World Traveller: Keeper of Customs – Alila Fort Bishangarh

In a classic role reversal, an Indian fortress built to guard against threats from outside now welcomes travellers from faraway lands to experience Rajasthan’s hospitality,…

Kefir: A Versatile Dairy Superfood

Kefir is fermented milk and an amazing source of probiotics. Blue Bay Kefir, from Mornington, Victoria, is an Australian gold award-winning brand made from premium…

Aboriginal Art: Billy Doolan – Patterns of Life

Internationally exhibited artist and Palm Island Aboriginal elder, Billy Doolan has exhibited and led cultural programmes across Australian and the world. Sharing inspirational messages and…

Arthur Boyd – The Poet with the Paintbrush

The 1957 Arthur Boyd painting Shearers Playing for a Bride is the most powerful and emotionally moving work I’ve ever seen – it’s haunted me…

Scotch Oven Heaven

The old Scotch oven stands behind the old bakery shop in the centre of Eldorado. It was once the focus of this beautiful historic mining…

Inside Luke Mangan’s Warehouse Kitchen

Chef Luke Mangan has transformed his Sydney restaurant headquarters, offering a unique inner-urban neighbourhood bistro that plates up spice-trade influences and modern Australian fare. Essentials’…

Autumn/Winter Waffles with poached pears, pecan crumble, salted caramel sauce

Autumn/Winter Waffles with poached pears, pecan crumble, salted caramel sauce and ricotta and crystallised ginger ice-cream Serves 6 Waffle Batter 1 cup plain flour 4 tsp…

Italian Heroes: La Zona

I’ve had the pleasure of following the progress of Chrismont Winery as an ever-growing highly creative business dedicated to continued focus and refinement in delivering…

Underground Pleasures – Ishizuka Melbourne

A truly excellent new Japanese restaurant in Melbourne’s CBD is quite literally a hidden gem. Melbourne’s newest and most exclusive Japanese restaurant is genuinely hard…

3 of the Best: Anchovies

These three brands of delicious fishes are a world away from the sharp little hairy strips found on top of suburban pizzas. These are packaged…

Island Time: Six Senses Fiji

With sparkling, turquoise waters and white-sand beaches, Malolo Island is the classic daydream holiday. Set off the coastline of Fiji’s main island, the Mamanuca archipelago…

Sydney: Best 3 Hotels

In a city never shy of flaunting her charms, new hotels flirt with the glittering waterscape through their views, art and locations. We step inside…

Tomato & Shallot Tart with Burrata & Herb Vinaigrette

Makes 2 tarts, serves 4 Bake in 15cm diameter cake tins. 400g sheet of good quality all-butter puff pastry 16 pieces oven-roasted tomatoes (mixed varietals,…