Friday, 31 January 2014

Australian stories from Tourism Australia


Chinese New Year this weekend
Sydney will kick off the Chinese New Year Festival this weekend with a stunning twilight parade on Sunday 2 February at 8pm. Celebrating the Year of the Horse, the Festival features free events from the 24 January – 9 February, including Lunar Feasts at Sydney’s best Asian restaurants,Dragon Boat Races at Cockle Bay Wharf and a glamorous Dragon Ball party at The Star.

Launceston prepares for Festivale
From the 7-9 of February, Festivale will transform Launceston’s historic City Park into a destination for music, merriment, masterclasses and exceptional regional produce. The event has grown into an exciting gourmet fixture showcasing Tasmania’s finest producers, with the 2014 program including masterclasses with leading Tasmanian winemakers and brewers. Image credit: Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett 

New chocolate hot spot in Wyong
Luka Chocolates’ T-QUAL Grant funded project, The Chocolate Factory and Artisan Chocolate School, will open on 8 February 2014 in Wyong, NSW. The factory will have a window observatory area for guests to watch chocolate demonstrations twice a day, plus chocolate classes for adults and children and tasting sessions.

Fringe World Festival
Fringe World Festival is currently on in Perth with over 450 shows across 60 venues. A smorgasbord of entertainment, including performances in comedy, cabaret, theatre, circus and dance, the festival is on now until the 23 February – for the full program click here.  Image credit: Jarrad Seng

30 Years of Sternberg Collection
A new exhibition opens at the Art Gallery of NSW this week, to celebrate 30 years since the first art collector, Goldie Sternberg, donated to the gallery. The exhibition, called The connoisseur and the philanthropist: 30 years of the Sternberg collection will be on from 31 January - 27 April and showcase more than 50 significant Asian works, including exquisite ceramics, stone and bronze sculptures, textiles and paintings.

New Bondi Restaurant
Da Orazio Pizza + Porchetta opened in the new Hall Street Bondi dining precinct under the Adina Hotel this week. The long awaited project from Icebergs restaurateur features a roaring pizza oven and open plan kitchen serving up classic, laid back Italian food including plates of grilled octopus and lamb skewers with lemon, and colourful dishes of tomato, basil and mozzarella.

Australian Open
Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Australian Open - Li Nah from China who won the women’s singles final and Stan Wawrinka from Switzerland who won the men’s singles final. Li Nah headed down to Brighton Beach in Melbourne to celebrate her win, see the photos here.

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