Friday 24 January 2014

Australian stories from Tourism Australia

Tickets on sale for the Noosa Food & Wine Festival
Over 250 chefs, foodies and winemakers will descend on the Sunshine Coast from 15-18 May for the 2014 Noosa International Food & Wine Festival. Tickets are now on sale to see some of the world’s biggest culinary masters, including Franck-Elie Laloum (Shanghai), Alvin Leung (Hong Kong), Bruno Loubet (London), Neil Perry AM (Australia), Julien Royer (Singapore) and David Thompson (Bangkok).

Strictly Sydney ballroom stunt
Sydney will host the largest outdoor ballroom dancing event ever seen in Australia to celebrate the opening of Baz Luhrmann’s new production, Strictly Ballroom The Musical. On Sunday 23 February, the Sydney Opera House will play host to the biggest ballroom dance-off of all time under the creative direction of Baz Luhrmann, when 4,000 dancers will create a specially choreographed Strictly Sydney moment.

6 Australian golf courses rank in the world’s top 100
Golf Digest in the USA recently compiled a list of the World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses of which Australia had six courses ranked in the top 50. Royal Melbourne (West Course) ranked in at an impressive number 9, Barnbougle Dunes in Tasmania came in at 11, Kingston Heath in Victoria ranked at 20, Barnbougle Lost Farm in Tasmania ranked in at 23, Royal Melbourne (East Course) ranked at 28 and New South Wales Golf Club at 33.

MONA to build 90 room hotel
Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is planning to build a $25 million, 90-room hotel adjacent to its popular gallery on the Derwent River. With completion scheduled for 2016, the gallery’s owner, David Walsh, is yet to decide on a design, choosing between an ‘aesthetically challenging’ high-rise hotel or a low-rise design, that would wrap around the waterfront like the museum. In contrast with the existing accommodation at the MONA Pavilions, Walsh has decided to make the hotel affordable for everyone and is even considering including Japanese style capsule rooms for as little as AUD$80 per night.

Matt Moran opens North Bondi Fish
Bondi Beach has a new hotspot – a casual restaurant and bar by Friend of Australia Matt Moran and Peter Sullivan. North Bondi Fish, which is located in the old North Bondi Italian site, has amazing beach views, paired with a relaxed and playful menu of small bites and fresh seafood. Some of Matt’s favourite dishes on the menu include yellowfin tuna ceviche; sweet potato scallops; prawn roll; and his own take on fish fingers.

Head On Photo Festival returns in 2014
Australia’s largest photography festival, Head On Photo Festival, returns to Sydney in 2014 featuring local and international photographers, educational workshops, exhibitions and public talks. Held from 12 May – 8 June, the festival includes over 200 events across all genres including photojournalism, reportage, commercial and fine art.

The National Gallery of Australia opens Major Summer Exhibition
The National Gallery of Australia’s major summer exhibition, Gold and the Incas: Lost worlds of Peru, is the first comprehensive exhibition of Peruvian art ever staged in Australia, on show now until the 21 April 2014. Ten private and public museums in Peru have lent the NGA some of their greatest treasures including more than 200 works of art, spectacular gold pieces, scintillating jewellery, textiles and sculptures created thousands of years ago in the famous empire of the Incas. (Image credit: Museo Tumbas Reales de Sip├ín)


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