Monday, 31 October 2016

Tour of the Week: Great Barrier Reef Cruise Deluxe $195



The Great Barrier Reef is Australia’s prime natural attraction – it’s so impressive it can even be seen from space.

Visitors flock to the turquoise waters and smattering of paradise islands every year to get to grips with the incredible marine life that basks below the surface, and to explore one of the world’s remaining natural wonders.

Our Great Barrier Reef snorkeling tour is jam-packed with inclusions, giving you the chance to enjoy the region in the best way possible.

On Board a State of the Art Catamaran
The tour takes place from the stylish deck of a state-of-the-art catamaran. We’ll take you to the Outer Reef where the marine life is rich, giving you plenty of time to soak up the amazing scenery of this world heritage listed reef.

To kick off your day of adventure, meet us at the Marlin Jetty. When we set sail, you’ll get fuelled up with a hearty BBQ for breakfast – think egg and bacon rolls, fruit platters, and ample tea and coffee.


Introduction to Snorkelling and Diving
As we make our way to the Outer Reef, our knowledgeable and experienced guides will show you how to use your snorkel and dive equipment. You’ll get a detailed safety briefing and a simple demonstration, before learning about the biology of the region in a fun and fascinating presentation.

The Best Dive Sites
Unlike a lot of other Great Barrier Reef tours, we wait until the day to determine which reef to take you to, depending on the weather and conditions. However, the main sites we visit are Hastings Reef, Breaking Patches, Norman Reef, and Saxon Reef. These are all world-class dive sites that offer plenty of colourful marine life and mesmerizing scenery.

Explore the Waters
When we’ve settled in at our dive site, you’ll get to explore the waters of the Great
Barrier Reef on a glass bottom boat tour, where you’ll get introduced to the region and its resident creatures.

Afterwards, you’ll take your first dive, swimming alongside colourful fish, ancient turtles, and other fascinating creatures.

Lunch On Board
Lunch will be served onboard the catamaran to refuel you for the afternoon. Once you’ve tucked into a delicious BBQ and an assortment of salads, we’ll take you to your second dive site, where you can spend another incredible two hours exploring the scenery.




Top 5 Wine Bars in Melbourne


Melbourne is known for its excellent devotion to all things culture, and Melbourne tours will take you to refined restaurants, upmarket galleries and everything in between. One of the best ways to dive headfirst into the heady culture on offer is to grab a bottle and watch the world go by from one of the city’s welcoming wine bars.

Throughout the streets of Melbourne, you’ll come across wine bars in all shapes and sizes, ranging from local, family-run affairs, to high-end offerings that have been opened by renowned chefs and sommeliers. Let’s dig into some of the best. 

Embla

Embla marks the spot for professional people in the Central Business District. Set behind Carlton’s popular Town Mouse, this stylish bar promises plenty of delicious wines alongside simple snacks and appetizers.

Cumulus Up

Set on the popular Flinders Lane, Cumulus Up was designed by renowned architect Pascal Gomes-McNabb, who has given it a flourish of interior charm with an industrial edge. Run by Andrew McConnell, you can expect relaxed snacks. like anchovies on toast and double
cooked duck buns. while you sip on mouth-watering grape varieties.

Kirk’s Wine Bar

Tucked away down Hardware Lane, Kirk’s Wine Bar offers visitors a local look into wine life in the city. Grab a seat outside and tuck into one of the many flavours from Europe and the rest of the world, or sit inside where the huge windows flood the room with a beautiful, natural light. 

Bar Liberty

Formerly a taqueria, Bar Liberty boasts a minimalist design with polished concrete floors, low pendant lights, and a collection of vintage curiosities that draw in visitors from far and wide. The cosy atmosphere makes the perfect backdrop for a relaxing after-dinner drink or two. 

Bellota Wine Bar

Located on the Left Bank in southern Melbourne, Bellota has an expansive wine list that’s served up alongside a range of snacks. On the blackboard, you can choose from one of many hyper-local wines or unusual imports, which you can enjoy by the glass or carafe – or simply have a taste if that’s all you fancy.

Melbourne’s wine scene feels incredibly local thanks to the sprawl of vineyards and valleys that surround the city. When you’re in town, it’s worth picking out a wine bar or two to snuggle down into, sample some of the local wine flavours, and watch the world unfold around you.





Sunday, 23 October 2016

What’s On Offer at Emirates Melbourne Cup Day 2016



November is a pivotal time for racing in Melbourne, as the Emirates Melbourne Cup comes to the city on the first Tuesday of November. This race sees the most magnificent thoroughbreds from around the world gather together at Flemington and race their way to win a slice of the whopping $6.2 million prize money and ensure their names go down in history.

This huge event draws in crowds from all over Australia and the world, putting on a huge celebration and surrounding festival that’s full of good food, fun events, and excellent live music. This year, the Park will add a dash more fun to the proceedings. Sat on the hill by the station, the Park will host a range of fashion events – something that goes hand-in-hand with the Melbourne Cup – a funfair, and plenty of food and drink stalls to keep you busy.

Eat and Drink at Emirates Melbourne Cup Day 2016


Melbourne city tours are often packed full of tasty treats, and a visit to the Emirates Melbourne Cup Day is no different. Here, top-notch food companies sell their wares from stalls and stands, promising delicious accompaniments to the racing extravaganza.

Enjoy doughnuts from a 1950s vintage caravan, tuck into Vietnamese favourites, like chicken rice paper rolls, and roast duck and Saigon Sally & Hanoi Hannah, or get your fill of baked goods at the Knafeh Bakery. For a drink, head to the Pony Bar, a fashionable hotspot for a tipple or two, grab a cocktail at the Cocktail Caravan Park, or sip gin cocktails and champagne at the Yellowglen Terrace.

Dress Up at the Emirates Melbourne Cup Day 2016-10-19

Fashion is a huge part of the Melbourne Cup Day, with talented local designers showing off their
latest lines. Myer Fashion’s on the Field is known as the largest outdoor fashion event in Australia, where industry awards are handed out to the best fashion designers and milliners.

Elsewhere, Emirates Stakes Day Fashion’s on the Field takes place, promoting the family aspect of the day. During this event, boys, girls, and families compete in competition categories for the best dressed.

The Emirates Melbourne Cup Day is a great day out for all the family. As well as watching one of the world’s best races, you can enjoy all the fun on the side that’s offered through delicious food stands and fun outdoor activities.