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Thursday, December 14, 2023

What's New in #WesternAustralia - December 2023


Highlights for this month include the opening of landmark new venues such as Spinifex Brewery in Broome and Hillarys Beach Club in Perth, Rottnest Island welcoming several exciting new experiences, a new direct flight from Sydney to the Margaret River Region, Kimberley road trip adventures with the opening of the Fitzroy River Bridge – plus loads of new tours and F&B openings in time for the festive season!

What's New and What's in Store for 2024

Australia's largest State continues to welcome a mix of dreamlike new products and experiences. From new and refurbished hotels in the city and smaller boutique regional stays, to exciting new Rottnest Island (Wadjemup) developments, multi-level hospitality venues, cultural connections and new direct flights. Discover What's new and what's in store for 2024 in Western Australia here.

2024 is the year for a Kimberley Road Trip

In WA's Kimberley region, 2024 is the year to make road trip dreams a reality as the new Fitzroy River Bridge over the Martuwarra River opens this month, more than six months ahead of schedule. Connecting the eastern part of the Kimberley to the west along the Great Northern Highway, this vitally important piece of infrastructure was destroyed less than 12 months ago during the catastrophic flooding from Ex-Tropical Cyclone Ellie. The opening of the bridge will allow visitors and tourism operators – as well as the local community and freight industry – to drive the dream in the Kimberley. As one of the last true wilderness areas on Earth, it is a bucket-list destination for road trippers with the Gibb River Road connecting travellers to iconic destinations such as the Bungle Bungle Range, El Questro, and ancient gorges and waterfalls.

Direct Flights from Sydney to the Margaret River Region

Sydneysiders will soon be able to fly non-stop to the iconic Margaret River region thanks to a new Jetstar route connecting Sydney and Busselton-Margaret River Airport. Taking off on March 26, 2024, the three-times-weekly service, operated by a Jetstar Airbus A320 aircraft, will provide East Coast visitors with easier access to the Margaret River Region, famed for its incredible premium wines, spectacular coastline, dazzling caves and towering forests. The introduction of the new service comes after the airline's hugely successful Melbourne non-stop flights launched in 2022. The Busselton Margaret River Airport is conveniently located just 6.8 km from Busselton city centre and approximately 45 minutes by car from the town of Margaret River. Flights are now on sale for the new route, with special fares on offer.

Rottnest Island's new summer experiences

From relaxation to exhilaration, Perth's iconic Rottnest Island (Wadjemup) is welcoming several exciting new experiences for the summer season. Thrill-seekers can take on a breathtaking new perspective of the island, para-sailing almost 100 metres above the ocean with Cicerello's Jet Adventures. Skydive Geronimo can now accommodate larger groups for tandem skydives over Rottnest after acquiring a new Cessna 208 Caravan aircraft, allowing more skydivers per flight with shorter ascent times. Major Blue Air has introduced scenic flights, providing unparalleled aerial views from a fleet of new aircraft. A new water taxi service by Rottnest Water Taxi provides another option to get around the island, departing from Thomson Bay. Stop for an afternoon treat at Simmos and HAVZA, tantalising taste buds at The Basin with a pop-up offering of ice creams, tapas, and cocktails. Relaxation awaits with in-house massages offered by Mobile Massage Rottnest Island, pampering Stay Rottnest accommodation guests with rejuvenating treatments. Meanwhile, families will find respite in the newly launched kids' holiday care by MBA Rottnest Kids Club, catering to children aged four to 12.

Discover Ancient Lands at Ngilgi Cave

Set above ground at the site of the historic Ngilgi Cave, the new Ancient Lands Experience takes visitors on a journey to discover 600 million years of stories associated with the Margaret River Region and its people. The new $3.6 million attraction officially opened to the public in November 2023, and offers a series of interactive installations woven throughout the natural bushland which pay homage to the landscape's formation, the limestone caves, the land, flora and fauna of the region, and the cultural connections to the 60,000-year custodianship of the Wadandi people. The new pathways lead to the entrance of Ngilgi Cave, one of many dazzling limestone caves in the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park and home to stunning stalactite, stalagmite, helictite and shawl formations. Visitors seeking a deeper cultural experience can explore Wadandi country through the eyes of traditional custodians with Koomal Dreaming at a new purpose-built Meeting Place.

History in the Vines of the Swan Valley

Where there is a river, there is life, and the fertile plains of WA's oldest wine region is a symphony for the taste buds and soul. Recently launched in the Swan Valley is the Old Vine Charter, which encourages the preservation and continued use of the region's historic vines. Located less than 30 minutes from Perth's CBD, the vineyards are participating in age classification by registering all vines over 35 years, including wines equal to or greater than 125 years old. Wine has been grown in the Swan Valley for more than 190 years; a program of cellar door signage, wine labelling, and old vine and winery entry signage will guide wine enthusiasts through the Swan Valley region's rich heritage. The fruit from these vines can produce high-quality wine that showcases depth of flavour with beautiful softness and harmony.

Spinifex Brewery opening at Broome's Cable Beach

The highly anticipated Spinifex Brewery will open its doors at Broome's (Rubibi) iconic Cable Beach this month. The new multi-million-dollar venue will cater for up to 600 guests, offering a unique family-oriented venue with a children's playground, gubinge garden, large outdoor LED screens, a stage for live performances and onsite brewery. The kitchen will serve up a modern Australian menu utilising fresh seasonal produce, alongside woodfired pizzas. Spinifex Brewing Co is Australia's first part Aboriginal and veteran-owned craft brewery. The brewery uses native ingredients that support Aboriginal producers and supply chains throughout WA, with ingredients such as lemon myrtle, Geraldton wax, wattle seed, pepper berries and Kimberley gubinge flavouring the brews.

Hillarys Beach Club Makes Waves at Pinnaroo Point

Perth's eagerly awaited coastal hotspot Hillarys Beach Club opened its doors at Pinnaroo Point this month. This two-storey venue is the perfect place to experience Perth's golden sunsets, with multiple levels and spaces catering to different experiences. Bar Cicchettis on the lower level offers a casual beach vibe, serving up breakfast and Italian-inspired dishes later in the day. Completing the lower level is Bert's Ballroom - an elegant space for private events. Upstairs, The Heart boasts stunning views, a luxurious ambience, and a diverse menu featuring pub-style classics and Japanese-influenced dishes. A takeaway window opens daily from 6am, offering coffee, pastries, and paninis, with evening options like fish and chips and burgers to enjoy at the beach. Led by Executive Chef John Evans and Samson Brent, Hillarys Beach Club emphasises locally sourced produce.


Karijini Eco Retreat expands accommodation

Karijini Eco Retreat will welcome four new deluxe eco tents for the 2024 season. Located in Karijini National Park, the tents include fully enclosed ensuite bathrooms, king-sized beds with quality bedding, daily room servicing and a front deck offering spectacular views over the park. Nestled at the edge of Joffre Gorge (Jijingunha), guests can spend their days fuelled by adventure, exploring incredible gorges and canyons, swimming under waterfalls, marvelling at colourful wildflowers, admiring a sky full of stars, and indulging at the retreats Outback Restaurant. Karijini Eco Retreat is 100% Aboriginal-owned by Gumala Enterprises, proudly representing the Banjima, Yinhawangka and Nyiyaparli people of the Pilbara region.

New guided Cape to Cape experience

Cape2Camp has launched a unique self-guided and fully catered hike and tenting experience on the iconic Cape-to-Cape track in the Margaret River Region. Travellers looking to take on the incredible 123-kilometre trek can do so without extensive planning - just carry a day pack and enjoy the spectacular views. Camping equipment, transfers, plus food and drinks from the region are included. Hikers will have their camp set up at Contos and Hamelin Bay Holliday Park, allowing for starlight dinners and a comfortable night's sleep on a quality mattress. Regardless of previous hiking experience, outdoor enthusiasts can choose between Cape2Camp three days, Cape2Camp two days and Cape2Camp Family. Hikes are seasonal and available between March and June and September and November.

Fly Perth takes off

Fly Perth (an expansion from the owners of Fly Esperance) has introduced a range of new aerial tour packages across Perth. Highlights include the 'Perth and Rottnest Grand with Stopover', offering breathtaking views of the Swan River, Perth City, and Northern beaches, with a two-hour stop on Rottnest Island, ending with a flyover of historic Fremantle and the Port. For those seeking a full-day experience, the 'Breakfast on Rotto and Lunch in the Swan' tour includes breakfast on Rottnest followed by lunch at a Swan Valley winery of choice. Golf enthusiasts can indulge in the 'Busselton Flying Golf Day' - an all-inclusive day with morning tea, a full day of golf, drinks, and lunch at Shelter Brewery in Busselton in the Margaret River Region.

Optus Stadium new tours

Perth's multi-award-winning Optus Stadium has introduced two new tours that promise to immerse visitors in the rich history and cultural significance of Stadium Park and WA's sporting legacy. 'The Stadium Park Discovery Tour' is a leisurely-paced walking tour guided by informative experts, unveiling the evolution of Stadium Park into a world-class facility. Explore the captivating sculptures and state-of-the-art facilities in this unique destination. 'The WA Sporting History Tour' is for sports enthusiasts keen on discovering the remarkable characters and achievements shaping WA's sporting landscape. Visit the Dennis Cometti Media Centre, explore sporting memorabilia, and relive legendary moments.

Alkoomi Wines launches new Wine Experiences

Third-generation winery Alkoomi Wines has released a range of new bespoke tourism experiences in Frankland River in the heart of WA's Great Southern region. The 'A Place We Choose Tour' is an intimate progressive tasting throughout the property led by one of the owners. Immerse in the history, production, and growth of the acclaimed wines before ending the day with a private picnic. The 'Shiraz and Riesling Masterclass' explores the nuances of the varietals while discovering the distinct offerings of the Frankland River wine region. The 'Laze + Graze Experience' includes a picnic amongst the grapevines with a specially curated hamper and bottle of wine.

Hijinx Hotel hits Karrinyup

Creators of Holey Moley and Strike Bowling, Funlab are back at it again with an interactive gaming experience, the Hijinx Hotel. Set in a New York-style hotel, there are ten rooms for game-seekers to conquer, with the traditional hotel rooms transformed into lively, quick-play challenge rooms. The adventure opened this month at Karrinyup Shopping Centre, Perth's premier retail venue located just 12 kilometres from the CBD.

Dive into a day of Margaret River aquatic adventures

Discover the aquatic wonders of the Margaret River Region with a new and unique experience by Swimming Women, launching in January 2024. For more than a decade, Swimming Women has provided a haven for women in Margaret River, and now they invite travellers to explore the region in a "watery" way. The Margaret River Aquatic Adventure tour goes beyond swimming, exploring unique aquatic spots intertwined with regional tales and nourishing food. As locals for two decades, the guides are swim coaches who share their favourite places. Indulge in three unique swims - rockpools, rivers, and the Indian Ocean - plus scenic walks immersed in nature. The tour includes morning tea, lunch featuring locally sourced ingredients and a curated wine tasting for up to 12 people.

Upland Farm launches new cabins

Discover the serene charm of Upland Farm in Denmark - a haven where sustainability meets tranquility. The accommodation offering has recently introduced two new one-bedroom cabins, 'Forest' and 'Wren,' which seamlessly blend rustic allure with modern comforts. Both cabins feature a natural wood fireplace, open-plan kitchen, outdoor shower, and a bespoke round concrete bath. Located near the Great Southern town of Denmark, Upland Farm provides easy access to award-winning wineries, scenic trails, and renowned beaches, ensuring an immersive experience in the heart of WA's breathtaking landscapes. Nestled on 107 acres, this working cattle farm a model of sustainable living, minimizing its environmental impact on water, waste, and energy.

Experience the delights of Denmark with Off the Beaten Track

Explore the delights of Denmark in WA's Great Southern region on a new immersive gourmet adventure with Off the Beaten Track. Explore the Valley of the Giants and the uncover secluded bays and turquoise waters at William Bay before lunch at The Dam on a charming 880-acre property home to 2500 oak trees. Head to Denmark Farmhouse to sample local cheeses, followed by a Singlefile Wine's Sense of Place tour, taking you through the iconic flavours of the Great Southern with a private tasting. The day finishes with a grazing experience set against the stunning backdrop of Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks.

Basket Weaving Workshop with Nyungar Tours

In South Perth's picturesque Mindeerup Scented Gardens, join an exclusive quiet and healing Yorgars (female only) basket-weaving workshop. Nyungar Tours has launched a three-hour immersive experience exclusively for females, celebrating the strength and artistry of Noongar culture. Led by experienced instructors, partake in the intricate art of weaving traditional baskets while listening to the captivating stories passed down through generations.

Red Ochre Dreaming Cultural Tours on Dryandra Country

Immerse in the vibrant tapestry of Noongar culture with Red Ochre Dreaming Cultural Tours half-day experience in the Dryandra Woodland National Park, a two-hour drive from Perth in the Golden Outback region. Walk on Dryandra Country, connect with the land's spirit, and explore local bush tucker with Wilman Noongar man Ross Storey. Develop tracking skills for native wildlife and tune into nature's symphony, identifying bird calls and absorbing insights into the six Noongar seasons. The tours will also uncover essential bush survival techniques, plus traditional spear and boomerang-throwing, offering a connection to Noongar heritage.


A Table Somewhere on Rottnest Island

Perth's favourite island destination, Rottnest Island (Wadjemup), will be the host location for a unique Australian culinary experience. Taking place in March 2024, A Table Somewhere: Wadjemup | Rottnest Island will offer an immersive dining experience unlike any culinary event ever staged on the island, with a menu curated by culinary icon Matt Moran and celebrated West Australian chef Brendan Pratt. Central to the evening is showcasing WA produce, with Rottnest a natural choice for the inaugural event due to its stunning natural environment and abundant native ingredients. The much-anticipated event will take place on March 22 and 23, with tickets now on sale.

Singlefile's new Sense of Place wine tasting experience

Singlefile Wines, located in WA's Great Southern region, has recently launched a new 'Sense of Place' tasting experience, offering a behind-the-scenes insight into the beautiful flavours of the region. Guests will experience a guided tour of the picturesque grounds and estate vineyard and hear from wine experts, taking them through selected varietals and vintages from the archives inside the vineyard's Private Tasting Room. Gain insights into Singlefile's history and how it came to be, in addition to delving into the diverse beauty and terrain of the Great Southern Wine region.

Lygon Lane offers classic Italian food with a twist

A new restaurant in the Perth (Boorloo) suburb of Claremont has a unique twist on Italian cuisine. Inspired by the rich culinary tapestry of Melbourne's Lygon Street, Lygon Lane promises a unique blend of Italian and Asian flavours. Renowned restauranteur Jacqui Chan, the mastermind behind the Miss Chows group and affectionately known as 'the dumpling queen', recently opened the doors of Lygon Lane. The venue will boast a significant bar component, offering a diverse, sophisticated wine list and expertly crafted cocktails. An intimate space with a warm ambience, the venue aims to provide a relaxing and inviting atmosphere where guests can unwind and savour the unique fusion of Italian and Asian culinary delights.

Banksia Tavern Opens in Busselton

The Banksia Tavern has opened its doors in Busselton (Undalup) in the Margaret River Region. The cosy 80-seater bar offers visitors good old-fashioned hospitality, top-notch drinks, delicious plates utilising South West ingredients and classic vinyl hi-f to create a truly memorable dining experience. Seasoned in Southeast Asian and Melbourne bar scenes, co-owners Brendan McCarthy and Nathan Headlam have transformed the long, narrow building into a stylish space with velveteen booths, a polished timber bar, and stonework details, with chef Stephanie Vass crafting a dynamic menu featuring local produce and seasonal variations. The drinks menu boasts local and national craft wine and beer, complemented by cocktails fused with West Australian flavours.

Fremantle Welcomes Ode to Sirens

Ode to Sirens opened in Fremantle's (Walyalup) historic West End last month, enticing patrons with its blend of good music and great hospitality. Conceived by esteemed hospitality guru Daniel Goodsell, this new venue is set to become a respite for those seeking a unique experience. Nestled in the front bar of the iconic P&O building, Ode to Sirens boasts a distinctive charm with its mismatched interior and quirky orange courtyard. The new venue includes a selection of wine, tap beer, craft cans, cocktails and Greek-centric cuisine. The exclusive use of a tape deck and record player adds a nostalgic touch, seamlessly blending with the venue's 1970s aesthetic.

Bistro Dining in the Heart of Witchcliffe

Dear Darnells has opened in the town of Witchcliffe in the Margaret River Region, offering a full bar, contemporary woodfired bistro dining, and a rustic, old-world feel. A reimagining of the old Darnell's Heritage Building, the quirky new venue has an eclectic and fun fit-out filled with repurposed furniture and mismatched wooden features, including ceiling fans made of windmills, and the choice to dine at an old Parliament House bench. The new venue offers a cosy experience that complements the quaint little town of Witchcliffe, only a ten-minute drive from Margaret River town.

Redgum Wine Estate Unveiling a Premier Cellar Door in Dwellingup

Redgum Wine Estate has opened in the town of Dwellingup, located in the Peel Region, just a 90-minute drive southeast of Perth. Unveiling a stunning cellar door overlooking the Marrinup State Forest and offering panoramic views of the Dawesville estuary and the Indian Ocean, the vineyard's unique microclimate ensures optimal conditions for cultivating premium wines. Formerly known as Newbliss Winery, the estate underwent a four-year transformation led by the new owners, reviving the existing vines, which boast seven grape varieties, and opening the new cellar door this month. Redgum Wine Estate invites guests to savour the culmination of nature, climate, and craftsmanship in a relaxed and breathtaking environment.

Otherside Brew Lounge Opens at Perth Airport

Otherside Brewing Co has opened the gates to the Otherside Brew Lounge at Perth Airport's Terminal 2. In a never-before-seen airport hospitality experience, the Brew Lounge celebrates a combination of West Australian craft beer, live music, arts and culture all under one roof. The venue offers the brewery's core range of beers plus experimental offerings on tap, state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment for optimum live sports viewing and locally sourced dishes and takeaways. Travellers can also order beers for home delivery on return from their travels.

Little Leaf opens in Kalbarri

Little Leaf Kalbarri opened its doors in the Coral Coast town of Kalbarri earlier this year. The café uses seasonal produce from local farmers and fishermen, and fosters a vibrant sense of community in Kalbarri, with a strong commitment to sustainability. The current menu, which changes seasonally, features Asian flavours such as banh mi burgers, Korean fried chicken and bao buns. Offering outdoor dining and bonfire nights, the café places a premium on environmentally conscious practices from sourcing to delivery, with the kitchen operating on solar power and only using biodegradable compostable packaging.

Wedgetail Brewing Opens New Tap Room in Mandurah

Wedgetail Brewing Co has opened its first tap room in the coastal city of Mandurah, just a one-hour drive south of Perth. The new venue boasts 16 taps and showcases all 10 of the Wedgetail brews alongside a roster of six guest taps. Enjoy pub-style share plates, tasty burgers and wood-fired pizzas alongside matched brews. Wedgetail Brewing Co is an independently owned craft micro-brewery sandwiched between the Peel Estuary and the Indian Ocean, brewing traditionally styled high-quality beers, including a Pilsner, Pale Ale, India Pale Ale, and Double Red Ale using globally sourced natural ingredients.

WA Good Food Guide Awards

The WA Good Food Guide Awards took place at the end of November, honouring this year's recipients with a unique bash at Gage Roads in Fremantle (Walyalup). Recognised as the ultimate celebration of WA's culinary scene, the awards applaud excellence in various aspects of the dining experience, including cooking, entrepreneurship, wine, beer, and service. Annually, the awards highlight 50 of the most exceptional restaurants, chefs, sommeliers, and restaurant managers in WA. Madalenas in Fremantle took out the coveted Restaurant of the Year award, with Si Paradiso's Paul Bentley claiming the title of Chef of the Year. See the full list of winners here.


Australian Geographic's cinematic experience launches in Perth

Embark on a mesmerizing journey through the heart of Australia's untamed beauty with Australian Geographic's captivating cinematic experience Our Country, now showing at Perth's Convention and Exhibition Centre. This multi-sensory adventure explores the breathtaking wilderness of iconic WA locations such as Ningaloo, the Kimberley, Esperance, Nullarbor Plains, and Dryandra Woodland; as well as locations from across Australia. A decade of meticulous work and the expertise of 25 cinematographers culminate in a cinematic experience capturing the essence of Australia. It comes to life through highly crafted cinematography, shown across more than 40 screens with ultra-high-definition resolution and a powerful 360-degree surround soundscape.

WA Museum Boola Bardip 2024 season launch

Perth's WA Museum Boola Bardip has launched its 2024 season with an eclectic mix of science, culture, and art from locally and internationally acclaimed exhibitions. The feature exhibition Three Journeys opens the season with a transformative journey celebrating Aboriginal voices, culture, and stories. The season includes the unconventional TV series Bush Mechanics, the critically acclaimed sci-fi drama Cleverman, and the transformation of an old car wreck into a sonic sculpture called Warnarral Ngoorrngoorrool. These exhibitions will be on display until February 4, 2024 and will be accompanied by an array of profound, inspiring, and imaginative experiences, including art, virtual reality, and documentaries.

Yallingup Aboriginal Art Gallery Opens

Yallingup Aboriginal Art Gallery has opened its doors in the stunning backdrop of the Margaret River Region. This newly established gallery proudly presents a collection of original contemporary art crafted by talented Aboriginal artists. With a commitment to diversity, the gallery aspires to expand its collection, offering a rich tapestry of creations from some of Australia's most gifted Aboriginal artists. As the gallery evolves, its mission extends beyond showcasing established artists, focusing on providing a platform for emerging talents from WA's South West region, incorporating the profound narratives embedded in the local Noongar culture.


United Cup

December 29 to January 3 | RAC Arena | Perth

The world's best tennis players will unite in Perth (Boorloo) to compete at the United Cup. Serbia's current men's world number one Novak Djokovic and 24-time grand slam winner is the headline act alongside Poland's current women's world number one Iga Swiatek. Local stars Alex de Minaur, Ajla Tomljanovic and newly crowned world number one women's doubles player Storm Hunter will represent Australia. Perth will host top-ranked players from Serbia, Poland, Australia, the United States, Great Britain, Czech Republic, Spain and China and the Women's Tennis Association, with all matches to be played at RAC Arena over six action packed days. The quarterfinals will be played in Perth on January 3, with the winners of each quarterfinal progressing to the semifinals and finals held in Sydney.

FRINGE World Perth

January 19 to February 18 | Perth

Perth's annual FRINGE World Festival is set to once again light up the city with culture and colour when it returns in 2024. Featuring a packed program of more than 200 events covering circus, comedy, cabaret, theatre, dance and children's entertainment from local, national and international artists, it is set to surprise and delight audiences of all ages. The ever-popular Pleasure Garden will return with some of the hottest shows in the Festival, and a brand new venue L'Euro Grand will also bring the heat – giving life to the former European Foods Warehouse in Northbridge transforming it into a vibrant destination for entertainment.


January 26 to 28 | HBF Park | Perth

Perth will host the Australian leg of the HSBC SVNS next year, with the Australian-exclusive global rugby event will taking place at Perth's rectangular stadium, HBF Park. HSBC SVNS attracts the world's top rugby nations to play an alternative rugby union format which involves seven players competing in seven-minute halves in a tournament format with round robin and knockout matches over three days. Twelve men's and twelve women's national teams will go head-to-head in seven regular season events, with round three set to take place in Perth plus a Grand Final. A fan festival will surround the event and provide a carnival-like hub for visitors and locals to enjoy before, during and after the matches.

Busselton Jetty Swim

February 10 to 11 | Busselton | WA's South West

The Busselton Jetty Swim is a premier sporting event on the WA calendar. Held over two-days, it features a 3.6 kilometre open water swim around the iconic Busselton Jetty, the longest timber-piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. Competitors can swim solo, or in a two or four person relay. There's also a one mile swim to shore, starting at the end of the jetty, and a 500 metre swim starting at the eastern side of the jetty. The event also includes entertainment and activities, plus a family friendly concert.

Perth Festival

February 9 to March 3 | Perth

Australia's longest running cultural festival will radiate with stories from WA and across the globe. The Perth Festival 2024 program has a collective theme of Ngaangk – the Noongar term for our star, our sun and our mother. The festival will open with West Australian Opera's world premier commission from Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse bringing Noongar magic to the opera stage with Wundig we Wilura and ends with a free Lotterywest Closing Event Under the Same Sun, bringing together leading Aboriginal musicians and internationally renowned guests such as singer songwriter Paul Kelly. For the three weeks in between, audiences can enjoy the festival spectacle at indoor theatres, galleries, beaches, parks, suburban streets and concert halls.

WWE Elimination Chamber: Perth

February 24 | Optus Stadium | Perth

WA will become the wrestling capital of the world on Saturday, 24 February 2024 as World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) descends on Perth (Boorloo) for an exclusive globally-televised Premium Live Event at Optus Stadium. Thousands of wrestling fans will be able to witness the spectacle of the world's most famous WWE superstars when WWE Elimination Chamber: Perth power slams into town for the exclusive live event. It will be the first time a WWE Premium Live Event has been held in WA, and the only Premium Live Event in Australia or the Asia-Pacific region for 2024.

Sculpture by the Sea

March 1 to 18 | Cottesloe | Perth

Sculpture by the Sea sees Cottesloe Beach transform into a spectacular sculpture park with more than 70 works on display from artists across Australia and the world. As Perth's largest free public event, exhibits from some of the world's top sculptors are displayed against a backdrop of one of the city's most popular beaches.

Joondalup Festival

March 8 to 9 | Joondalup | Perth

The City of Joondalup's popular Joondalup Festival is back for three weeks in March, presenting a program of world-class shows, experiences, live music and dance. Last year, more than 200,000 people flocked to Hillarys Boat Harbour to see the immersive Noongar light and water show - Many lights across the sea - as part of the festival. This year, the lineup of entertainment includes a Valentine's concert on February 8, and an Aretha Franklin tribute concert on March 8 and 9.

Mandurah Crab Fest

March 16 to 17 | Mandurah | Perth

Mandurah Crab Fest, one of WA's biggest free regional events is set to make a triumphant return in 2024 along the waterfront spaces of Mandurah. This acclaimed celebration promises an abundance of culinary delights, and lively activities. Highlights include the Music Stage, family-friendly activities, live cooking demonstrations, thrilling action sports, fireworks, and an array of delectable options from diverse pop-up food stalls to cater to every palate.


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Friday, December 8, 2023

Marriott International Announces Second Moxy Hotel in Sydney

New-build Moxy Sydney Pitt Street expects to feature 314 rooms, located in the heart of Sydney's CBD at 371 Pitt Street, offering convenient access to retail locations such as Pitt Street Mall and Martin Place plus a wide range of new and happening food and beverage venues. The Moxy hotel will also feature Sydney's highest outdoor rooftop bar on level 34, as well as high street retail. Once opened, the hotel will join a growing collection of more than 140 Moxy hotels across the world and anticipates being Marriott International's eighth hotel in the greater Sydney area.

Monday, December 4, 2023

Darwin Airport Resort launches as Australia’s first-ever airport resort

Integrated resort provides gateway to Aboriginal culture in NT’s Top End

Airport hotels have generally been viewed as ‘pit stops’ – somewhere to rest your head before or after you’re about to catch a plane – but that has all changed with the launch of a new resort concept created out of the Novotel and Mercure hotels at Darwin Airport.

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Bellarine Estate Launches Luxury Glamping

Set high on 100-acres on top of the rolling hills overlooking Corio Bay, award-winning 

Bellarine Estate has launched its new glamping accommodation for spring/summer 2023-2024

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Vietjet’s historic move to connect Adelaide and Perth to Ho Chi Minh City of Vietnam


-          Debut flights from Adelaide and Perth to HCMC makes Vietjet the first Vietnamese carrier to fly to South Australia and Western Australia;

-          Vietjet offers 58,000 exclusive promo tickets to celebrate its milestone of 58 weekly flights

Vietjet today held its inaugural flight from Adelaide to Ho Chi Minh City, making it the first-ever Vietnamese carrier to fly between Vietnam and South Australia. This historic milestone marks the beginning of five weekly return flights between the two cities. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Natural attractions in Victoria's Grampians

A refreshing oasis nestled within spectacular scenery, Victoria's natural playground the Grampians is the perfect place to cool off this summer. As the outdoors warms, there are plenty of options away from the bustle of the beach for cooling off and taking a dip as the temperature rises. From lovely lakes and flowing rivers to swimming pools and waterfalls, the Grampians region is the perfect place to get your togs out these holidays.

Monday, November 13, 2023

Jamie’s Italian Restaurant – on the crest of a wave

He was only in Sydney for a short time, but as always, Jamie Oliver turns dull days into sunshine. Jamie was visiting to celebrate an almost 10-year partnership, anniversary with Royal Caribbean where his talent and expertise led to the incorporation of his specialty restaurants ‘Jamie’s Italian’.

Great Railway Journeys in Europe

Covering North-West, Nordic, Central, Southern and South-East Europe, this book features 34 fascinating journeys ranging from international mega-trips to short, nostalgic excursions on steam trains. 

Friday, November 3, 2023

Kangaroo Island: A Hotspot of Accolades. Discover What's Next with SeaLink

Kangaroo Island, South Australia, is basking in the global spotlight after securing the #2 position on Lonely Planet's prestigious 2024 Best in Travel Top Regions Hotlist.

Thursday, November 2, 2023

Banyan Tree Krabi : Dining in a Bird's Nest

Preparing a Bird's Nest table for evening diners.

New Ideas Hatching in the Bird's Nest

Banyan Tree Krabi unveils new menu for its most iconic dining experience

Banyan Tree Krabi, a luxury 72-key resort situated on secluded TubKaek Beach, has revealed a menu resplendent in local recipes, reflecting the rich culinary culture of Southern Thailand, and served in one of the country's most Instagrammable locations.

Saturday, October 28, 2023

Fiona McIntosh's Champagne and Perfume Tour 2024

I certainly wasn't ready for the onslaught of interested people. Wow! There are so many of you on our list and we are only taking around 24 people. I need to keep this group as tight as possible so that we can move nimbly, swiftly and there's room for us in restaurants and hotels. Turning up with 125 people is an entirely different set of logistics

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Bhutan Tourism News & Updates

Pemako Punakha
Last month a new repository of Bhutan's hidden gems, which will take visitors and guests on an exceptional sojourn never experienced before, opened it's doors. It is Pemako Punakha - a branch of Pemako Hotels. Located on the banks of the Mo Chhu River in Punakha; where the historic Dzong (Fortress of Bliss) stands. Punakha is one of Bhutan's most bountiful valleys and the winter home of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan). Pemako Punakha is a collection of 21 luxury tented pool villas. Spread across 30 acres of verdant forest and riverside landscape, each tented villa is a plush hideaway, featuring a private heated pool, expansive decks, Bhutanese design, Serge Ferrari fabrics, copper fixtures, and each villa offering breathtaking views.

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Vietjet launches New Routes to Perth and Adelaide with Fare Offer

Travellers can secure tickets for as little as AUD 165 all-inclusive one-way journeys

Vietjet announces the commencement of two more routes from Ho Chi Minh City to Perth and Adelaide, respectively expanding its connections to a total of five different states. The two new routes will commence on 21 November 2023, with a frequency of five weekly return flights for each route.

Thursday, September 14, 2023

Bendigo Launches 20th Annual Bloom Festival of Events

The City of Greater Bendigo’s annual program of Spring events - Bendigo Bloom - has returned to the thriving regional Victorian city - for its 20th anniversary - with an outstanding line up of wine, heritage, art, comedy, outdoor experiences and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy … with many of the experiences totally FREE!

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Ambassador Club Ignites Nha Trang's Entertainment Scene

Al fresco live entertainment enliven the sultry tropical evenings at Ambassador Club Ana Marina Nha Trang

Brand new venue entices revelers with world-class cuisine and performances

Vietnam's most vibrant coastal city, Nha Trang, has a fresh hub for nightlife in the shape of the recently opened Ambassador Club Ana Marina Nha Trang.

Monday, September 11, 2023

Intrepid Foundation launches #Morocco #earthquake appeal

Intrepid's Not-for-profit Foundation Will Match Donations Up to $100,000 AUD to Support Immediate Relief Efforts in Morocco Following the Devastating Earthquake

Intrepid Travel has launched an emergency appeal through its not-for-profit, the Intrepid Foundation, committing to double all donations up to AUD $100,000. All funds raised will go directly to grassroots organisations to provide emergency relief and support in Morocco following the 6.8 magnitude earthquake that devastated parts of the country on September 8, 2023.

Friday, September 8, 2023

Holiday Inn & Suites Geelong opens in the heart of Victoria’s thriving regional centre

IHG Hotels & Resorts and Franzé Developments have today opened Geelong’s first major newbuild hotel in around 20 years – Holiday Inn & Suites Geelong. It marks a significant milestone for Victoria’s biggest regional city with the new addition of one of the most recognised and trusted hotel brands in the world.

Thursday, September 7, 2023

Central Vietnam Rolls Out Red Carpet for Banner Occasions

AGIF conference and Asian Development Tour tournament bolster packed 2023 calendar

DANANG, Vietnam (August 23, 2023) – Central Vietnam is proving its mettle as a perfect stage for the big golf occasions as it continues to roll out the red carpet for a series of banner events and tournaments.

Monday, September 4, 2023

Accor unveils Peppers Gladstone

Accor, the largest hotel operator in Australia and New Zealand, together with Yaralla Sports Club are delighted to announce that construction has commenced on Peppers Gladstone - the region's first five-star hotel.

Thursday, August 31, 2023

Mantra Melbourne Airport takes off

Pictured: Prototype of a Mantra Melbourne Airport new-look guestroom.

Mantra Melbourne Airport is delighted to announce that it will undergo a multi-million dollar refurbishment, providing guests with superb facilities and a relaxing stay, with the new-look property set to be unveiled in 2024.

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Moxy Hotel launches in Sydney

The disruptive hotel channels the brand's playful vibe and boundary-breaking experiences through its three stylish drinking and dining venues and industrial-chic design Moxy Hotels, part of Marriott Bonvoy's portfolio of 31 extraordinary hotel brands, today proudly announces the opening of Moxy Sydney Airport, marking the brand's debut into Australia to delight the young and young-at-heart. True to the brand's experiential voice, the hotel boldly reinvents the traditional hotel stay with vibrant guest experiences and lively, sociable service.

Monday, August 21, 2023

Explore Rockhampton Launch New Tourism Campaign 'Yeah the Girls'

The targeted campaign is aimed at increasing visitation amongst the 'girls' target market and highlights some of the best visitor experiences in our region focusing on the authentic country girls trip in the Beef Capital.

The campaign includes a brand-new promotional video featuring PHYLLi Designs founder and famous hat maker, Laura Hall and her team, who our Advance Rockhampton team collaborated with to curate this amazing campaign.

Rockhampton has so much on offer for an authentic country girls trip in the Beef Capital, with fresh mountain air, garden picnics, boujee high teas, boutique and designer shopping, a sunset river cruise, farm stays, epic sunsets, a cheeky meerkat encounter and a jam-packed event calendar.Visit for more information.

Monday, August 14, 2023

Fusion Hotel Group (Vietnam) Launches New Business Hotel Brand

First HIIVE hotel debuts in Vietnam

Fusion Hotel Group, Vietnam’s fully integrated hospitality and management company, announces the launch of HIIVE Hotels. Created for business travelers around industrial and logistic hubs, the August opening of HIIVE Binh Duong marks the brand’s Southeast Asia debut.

Thursday, August 10, 2023

Plaza Premium Group celebrates Aerotel first anniversary at Sydney International Airport.

Travel has been making an astounding recovery as we see the pandemic in the rear view mirror. In Sydney Airport alone, a staggering 3.06 million passengers passed through in June 2023, marking an 89.9% rebound from pre-pandemic levels (June 2019). As more and more travellers pack up and board their flights, the airport hospitality industry must come together to ensure that travellers get the best and most convenient experiences as they rekindle their love of discovering new places.

Monday, July 10, 2023

DOMA’s Hotel Realm set to renew Canberra’s culinary scene

Canberra-based Hotel Realm has announced its new flagship restaurant Louis will open in June 2023 under the direction of the city’s most esteemed chef, two-hatted Ben Willis.

Wednesday, July 5, 2023

Vietjet increases flights on Australian routes from December 2023

Daily flights for Melbourne and Sydney, and increase to 3 flights for Brisbane

To meet increasing travel demand, Vietjet will increase the frequency of direct flights to and from Australia from 20 to 34 flights per week from December 2023. This includes daily return flights for the Ho Chi Minh City – Melbourne and Ho Chi Minh City – Sydney routes, while the Ho Chi Minh City – Brisbane route will increase to 3 return flights per week.

European Legends Hail Central Vietnam's Potential as a Golf Hub

Sir Nick Faldo's bond with Central Vietnam has strengthened over the course of numerous visits

 Sir Nick Faldo and Luke Donald praise region for its on-and-off course attributes

Two giants of European golf — Sir Nick Faldo, and Luke Donald — have added their voices to the chorus of approval surrounding Central Vietnam's credentials as a golf destination.

Tuesday, July 4, 2023

AirAsia's Superapp: Is this the app to end all apps?

These days there is an app for everything. Communication, travel, networking, education, e-commerce, news, finance and so much more. I’m waiting for the app that makes a cappuccino on your smartphone. But hey, maybe it’s out there and I’ve missed it.

One airline, Southeast Asia’s AirAsia, is certainly having a go at designing ‘the app to end all apps’ with their imperiously named Superapp.

Tiny Away opens six new tiny houses across Australia


Pirates Retreat, Eaglehawk Neck, Tasmania

Tiny Away, one of Australia's largest tiny home accommodation providers, has added six new houses across the country.

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

AirAsia voted World’s Best Low-Cost Airline (again)

AirAsia has been voted the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline at the Skytrax World Airline Awards 2023 (Skytrax) for an unprecedented 14th consecutive time. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Experience the power of the elements this winter at Moama Lights

Echuca Moama's Horseshoe Lagoon will be transformed into a spectacular exhibition of light and sound from 30 June to 23 July as Moama Lights takes visitors on a powerful journey through the elements of air, fire, water and earth. 

Thursday, June 1, 2023

Thailand Product Update at Thailand Travel Mart Plus (TTM+) 2023

#thailand #ttm

Highlighting TAT's strategic marketing move, tailor-made travel experiences, and Thailand's tourism direction towards high value and sustainability.

Monday, May 29, 2023

Victoria’s Grampians region welcomes new tiny house escape

Tiny Away has launched its second 'Escape' site, Tiny Away Escape @ Grampians Edge, a collective of 10 tiny houses at the foot of the Grampians National Park in Victoria. Tiny Away Escape @ Grampians Edge offers a collective of unique tiny houses and amenities set in scenic bushland, making it a perfect choice for those looking to immerse themselves in nature.

"Tiny Away Escape @ Grampians Edge will offer Melbournians a chance to escape from the city and uncover the magic of this beautiful natural region that lies so close to their doorstep," said Tiny Away co-founder Jeff Yeo.

More than just a tiny house getaway, the pet friendly site features communal areas including a quintessentially Australian rec room, outdoor firepit, and outdoor swimming pool in summer. With an endless selection of activities at your fingertips, this is the perfect base to experience the wonders of the Grampians region for families and couples alike.

"Whether you're a couple looking to break away from it all, or a family or group looking for a multi-site accommodation offering, Tiny Away Escape @ Grampians Edge is an exciting innovation of the Australian resort concept and we're thrilled to be able to start to welcoming guests," Jeff added.

Renowned for rugged mountain ranges, rich cultural heritage and breathtaking views, the nearby Grampians National Park is one of Victoria's most popular destinations. Famous for its spectacular scenery, the 168,000-hectare park is also regarded for its ecological diversity and south-eastern Australia's highest concentration of Aboriginal rock art.

The sustainably built tiny houses allow guests to rest and enjoy comfortable accommodation with all the modern must-haves including split air conditioning, a kitchenette, cooking equipment, and a bathroom, hand basin, and shower (gas heated for hot showers). Tiny Away Escape @ Grampians Edge also offers powered and unpowered sites for guests who choose to camp. Tiny Away Escape @ Grampians Edge will welcome further tiny house additions, totalling 22 houses on site by the end of the year.

Tiny Away Escape @ Grampians Edge is now available for bookings.


Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Rainforest World Music Festival 2023 #RWMF

The iconic Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) is back, celebrating its return as a full physical event from 23rd to 25th June at Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV).

Sunday, May 21, 2023

TravelBulletin weekly wrap 20 May 2023


By MYLES STEDMAN, travelBulletinAssociate Editor

THE news week ended on a high yesterday, with Qantas Airways to boost its international network, restoring capacity, adding more aircraft, and launching new routes.

Thursday, May 11, 2023

INNSiDE by Meliá Bangkok Sukhumvit To Debut This Summer

Thailand's first INNSiDE hotel breaks new ground with design inspired by famous Bangkok landmarks

Thailand will soon open the doors of its first INNSiDE hotel, a design marvel that "challenges convention" with a sky-high transparent infinity pool, integrated co-working spaces and authentic Spanish tapas bar.

Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Mindful Himalaya trek with Nina Karnikowski and World Expeditions

Travel writer, author and sustainability expert, Nina Karnikowski, is bringing her mindful living skills to the Himalaya with World Expeditions in October this year.

Thursday, May 4, 2023

Mat McLachlan announces 2024 Signature Battlefield Tour to the Western Front

Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours has launched the Mat McLachlan 2024 Signature Tour to the Western Front. This 9-day tour departs Paris on 16 September 2024 and is the only tour being led by Mat next year, visit

Monday, May 1, 2023

TFE Hotels officially launches Pentridge precinct venues on 26th anniversary of prison closure

Today, on the 26th anniversary of the closure of HM Prison Pentridge, TFE Hotels has officially launched their 106-room Adina Hotel, Olivine wine bar, North & Common restaurant, Chapter Place events venue, and the experience-led urban retreat, The Interlude*, and celebrated the site's transformation into a billion-dollar dining and entertainment precinct.

Friday, April 28, 2023

A Little bit of Broke kicks off in just 1 week

Let us give you a taste of the Hunter Valley trail less travelled next weekend…

This time next week the spectacular Broke Fordwich Wine Region will be brimming with incredible wine, food, art, music and entertainment for one and all. The sun is set to shine, and the forecast is for big clear blue skies and warm days. We welcome you to A Little Bit of Broke.

INNSiDE by Meliá Bangkok Sukhumvit set to open in July

INNSiDE by Meliá Bangkok Sukhumvit, the first INNSiDE hotel in Thailand, is slated to open in July of this year.

Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Bonza launches flights from the Sunshine Coast to Coffs Harbour

Bonza launched its first-ever flight from the Sunshine Coast to Coffs Harbour and connected the home of two Aussie icons - the Big Pineapple and the Big Banana.

Thursday, April 20, 2023

Australians return to Japan in higher numbers than pre-pandemic


Meguro River, Tokyo, Japan.

New data released by Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) shows the number of Australians visiting Japan has exceeded pre-pandemic levels for the first time, despite overall visitor numbers to the country still being down. While total visitation to Japan from around the world remained 34% lower in March 2023 compared to March 2019, Australians have rebutted the global trend with visitation climbing 2.3% higher in March 2023 compared to March 2019 figures. 

Meliá Hotels International Goes Green Throughout Southeast Asia

As Spain's leading hotel group, Meliá Hotels International continues to expand its presence throughout Asia the company is making sure to bring the passion and flair Spain is known for - especially when it comes to protecting the environment.

Minister for Trade and Tourism congratulations Vietjet on inauguration of flights

During his first official visit to Vietnam to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Australia, Senator the Hon Don Farrell, Minister for Trade and Tourism and Special Minister of State, joined Australia's Ambassador to Vietnam Andrew Goledzinowski and a delegation in congratulating Vietjet on the inauguration of direct routes connecting Vietnam and Australia.

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