|Aromas café, Noosa, Queensland|
|Berardo's on the Beach|
|Jazz at the Union, Newtown, Sydney|
|View from Mt Ainslie over the Australian War Memorial in the foreground, Lake Burley Griffin|
and the old and new Parliament Houses in the distance.
Nowadays, however Canberra has emerged as an architectural fascination, with jaw dropping radical modernist structures, vying for space between the historical and cultural buildings. Streets once home to car yards and delis now have been converted into hubs of serious small cafes, happening bars and brimming restaurants. Suburbs of considerable wealth, pay homage to elegant boutiques decorated with drinking and dining holes to “be seen” or “not be seen”, all outlining the picturesque landmark of Lake Burley Griffin. All through the city, you can find extreme and adventurous, yet well-orchestrated restaurants, some snuggling into some equally extreme hotel lobbies and delivering food that has cleverly mastered fusion in its truest form. A spider web of cycle paths enables you to master the city on bike without ever having to second guess the cars.
|The quirky Hotel Hotel|
|Outdoor Art in Canberra|
|Hotel Kurrajong Canberra|
|The View from Echoes Guest House Restaurant|
|Exotic Ginger and related plants |
grace the Buderim Grounds
The Buderim Ginger factory is a breath away, offering educational seminars on bees, a Disney like ride finding the Gingerbread man as he travels around the world, eateries and more ginger products than one could dream up.
|Grilled Haloumi Salad at the Bohemian Bungalow|
|Cabin deck at Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat|
If you are fortunate enough to travel Qantas (and I highly recommend it), your trip will begin once you board the plane, not disembark. Relaxed Australian hospitality greets you where you can learn a bit of the local ‘lingo’, not to mention enjoying a terrific Australian seasonal changing menu and wine list, featuring some of Australia's finest purveyors, no matter what class you fly. If you happen to be flying Business or First, you’ll have access to the marvelous lounges, with food by celebrated chef, Neil Perry, showers, complimentary Australian wines, cocktails, and one of Australia's premier coffees, Vittoria.
Here's a sampling of what's on offer for this season:
The wine list compiled by leading Australian sommeliers. In fact, the Qantas Group received nine medals at this year’s Cellars in the Sky Awards, the most of any airline group, including a Gold award for Best First Class Sparkling and Best Business Class Fortified/Dessert wine.
|Seahaven balcony view|
|Forced relaxation at Narrows Escape|