Australia’s Biggest (And Best) Events of 2018

Make the most of your annual leave this year with a list of Australia’s best, biggest and most electrifying events that promise a good time and good vibes only

It’s that time of the year again, when you start marking out long weekends and public holidays on your calendar. And with Australia’s impressive line-up of festivals and events, there is plenty going on no matter where or when you choose to visit.

Here’s a snapshot of what you can experience Down Under — and why you need to start pencilling in these dates now.

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The Cheap Eats Guide to Australia

Cheap eats have long been part of Australia’s DNA, with plenty of places that care more about the food on your plate than the décor. So leave your reservations about expensive degustation menus at the door; these local favourites will have you rediscovering the value of good food at great prices.

Black Star Pastry, Sydney, New South Wales

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Home to possibly the world’s most Instagrammed cake, Black Star Pastry is a rite of passage for visitors and locals of Sydney alike. Refresh your palate with the café’s strawberry watermelon cake, which is a multilayered confection of almond dacquoise (similar to a meringue), rose-scented cream, watermelon, strawberries and a generous topping of pistachios and dried rose petals. Plenty of time and effort go into whipping up this signature cake.

Burger Project, Sydney, New South Wales

Credit: Burger Project, NSW

Taste fast food done right at Burger Project. Founded by celebrity chef Neil Perry, the seven Burger Project outlets in Sydney have a menu focused on homegrown ingredients — think slabs of Tasmanian grass-fed beef or Lilydale free-range chicken patties sitting on a bed of beetroot, cheese and secret sauce. Complete your burger with a side of thick-cut chips and a shake for a meal that won’t cost more than A$25.

Lune Croissanterie, Melbourne, Victoria

Grab your forks, croissant lovers; we’re headed to Melbourne’s trendy Fitzroy district where Lune Croissanterie, declared as having the “world’s best croissant” by The New York Times in 2016, is located. Munch on traditional French croissants or more unique creations such as the Reuben, a twist on the classic American sandwich, complete with pastrami, sauerkraut and Swiss Gruyere.

Can’t get enough of Lune’s pastries? Sign up for a 90-minute degustation at the Lune Lab. For about A$35, you get to sample three experimental pastries accompanied by all the flat whites you can drink.

Jimmy Grants, Melbourne, Victoria

Prefer savoury food? Just a 15-minute walk away from Lune Croissanterie is Jimmy Grants, the brainchild of MasterChef Australia judge George Calombaris. Inspired by Calombaris’ Greek roots, the restaurant specialises in souvlaki — a popular Greek food consisting of small, tender pieces of meat, served wrapped in pita and finished with a variety of toppings, like lettuce, tomato and tzatziki.

If you’re there with a friend, try the sharing plate, which offers a choice of lamb or chicken, a side salad, some dip, chips and a heap of pita at A$40 — it’ll satisfy your stomachs without burning a hole in your pockets.

Eat Street Markets, Brisbane, Queensland       


Eat your way around the world at the aptly named Eat Street Markets. Specialising in globally inspired street-style food, the market is a wonderful mix of over 70 stalls serving a variety of small bites from Mexican quesadillas to Asian pan-fried pork dumplings. Don’t miss the opportunity to taste local specialties such as rosemary and mint lamb burgers and grilled potato slinkys, surrounded by priceless city and river views. With an entry fee of just A$2.50 and free entry for kids under the age of 12, there’s no excuse not to drop by. Catch the CityCat to the Northshore Hamilton Ferry Terminal then take a short two-minute walk to the eastern entrance.

The Beach Club, Cottesloe, Western Australia                                     

Credit: Cottesloe Beach Hotel

Slurp shucked oysters fresh from the ocean or polish off a plate of fried local calamari for less than A$20 at The Beach Club in Cottesloe Beach Hotel, just a half-hour drive from Perth’s CBD. On top of seafood, the beachside beer garden also serves inventive mixes such as chocolate negronis and pink vertigos. As you sip on delicious cocktails and dine on fresh local seafood, you’ll find it hard to leave this beach-chic venue before the night is over. 


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Coral Coast: Western Australia’s Secret Paradise

Throw on your explorer’s cap! It’s time for one-of-a-kind land and sea adventures

All Perth-ed out and lusting for adventures beyond the urban cool of Western Australia’s capital? Pack your bags and make for the Coral Coast, where the outback meets the sea, just north of Perth. Not to be outdone by the Great Barrier Reef and its surrounding islands in Queensland, the Coral Coast boasts two World Heritage-listed wonders, Shark Bay and Ningaloo Reef, an endless expanse of sand and priceless experiences from culinary to downright adventurous. Continue reading “Coral Coast: Western Australia’s Secret Paradise”

A Road Trip to Remember: 3 Great Coastal Drives Down Under

Time to get off your couch and onto one of Australia’s most spectacular coasts

Do you find yourself daydreaming of golden beaches and beachside bistros with seafood menus long enough to chase away the midyear blues? Chances are that you are probably in need of a holiday, pronto. Luckily for you, Australia has all of the above and then some. Think endless beaches, spectacular sea views and off-the-road adventures — all of which can be explored on four wheels. Continue reading “A Road Trip to Remember: 3 Great Coastal Drives Down Under”

3 Must-Do Weekend Markets Down Under with Great Vibes (and Coffee!)

Weekends are best spent with a flat white in hand, wandering through weekend markets in Australia

Say what you like but there is absolutely nothing like spending your weekends with a flat white in hand while winding your way around a weekend market in one of Australia’s vibrant neighbourhoods. Not only is it the perfect antidote to a big night out but it is also a great place to score a bargain, pick up a one-of-a-kind trinket and taste fresh pickings from a farmer’s garden.

Here’s the lowdown on where to get your coolest weekend market fix in Australia.

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Feast and Forage: a Taste of Australia’s Freshest

From fruit picking to truffle hunting, Australia offers dining straight from the source.

Why wait for your food when you can have it ASAP? That’s right, you can pick your food straight from the forest, trees or seas across Australia. Stretching from Perth to Tasmania, you can dig into some of the freshest and juiciest produce gathered straight from its source.  With truffle hunting and oyster shucking on the menu, you will surely be unable to resist these food-centric expeditions. Continue reading “Feast and Forage: a Taste of Australia’s Freshest”

A Must-Visit Place in Adelaide – Adelaide Central Market

Established since 1869, the Adelaide Central Market is touted as one of the largest under cover market in the Southern Hemisphere, attracting over 8 million visitors annually.

Travel photographer, Jensen Chua rated the Central Market as a must visit place in Adelaide. What he enjoyed the most was the feel and dynamism of the locals that you usually get when you visit the city or town main market of a country.

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Australia’s Oldest Surviving German Village – Hahndorf

Hahndorf is a small town in the Adelaide Hills within South Australia. This place is accessible within an easy 30min drive via the South Eastern Freeway from Adelaide. The German influence in Hahndorf noticeable and is seen in the traditional fachwerk architecture of the original surviving buildings.

Jensen Chua recently explored the restaurants and shops in the town serving German cuisine. He also visited the German migration museum, where he got to learn about stories behind the artefacts.

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4 Epic Australian Road Trips to Ring in the New Year

From a foodie’s road trip across markets, festivals and farms to a self-driving route that will take you swimming with manta rays, there’s no better way to kick-start 2018 than with the road trip of a lifetime in Australia!

Get ready to hit the open road with the windows down, music turned up and a cooler filled with refreshments. Here are four road trips across Australia, from Tasmania to the Northern Territory that will give you a serious case of wanderlust! Continue reading “4 Epic Australian Road Trips to Ring in the New Year”