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My velvet escape travel tip: Whitsundays, Queensland

“My velvet escape travel tip” is a guest series about what the name ‘Velvet Escape’ evokes and what that would be in the hometown of the guest writer. With this series, I hope to uncover travel tips from places around the world to help visitors have a truly local experience. My favourite location is a […]

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Enchanting spots: Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House is one of the most beautiful and unique buildings in the world (in my book). Designed by Jorn Utzon, a Danish architect, the Opera House was built on a spit of land called Bennelong Point that juts into the breathtaking Sydney Harbour. Opened in 1973, the instantly recognisable clam-like structure has become […]

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velvet escape’s Culinary Journey: Whitsunday islands

What: Green tree ant Where: Whitsunday islands (Queensland, Australia) Note: I got the unique opportunity to taste a green tree ant during a bushwalk on one of the Whitsunday islands. Our guide took us on a walk around the island to get acquainted with the vegetation and to show us how the Aboriginals utilised the […]

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Plane views: Perth, Western Australia

Perth is one of the most isolated cities in the world. Located in the southwestern corner of Australia, the city faces the massive Indian Ocean on one side and the great Australian plains on the other. Perth is a surprising destination in itself and offers visitors a broad choice of sights and activities. The lovely […]

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The spectacular Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road along Victoria, Australia’s southwestern coast is arguably one of the most stunning drives in the world. The road winds past verdant rolling hills, lush sub-tropical forests, dramatic cliffs, pristine beaches and Victoria’s most popular attraction: the Twelve Apostles. It is possible to join a day tour of the Great Ocean Road […]

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Enchanting spots: Whitehaven Beach

Whitehaven Beach is a stunning stretch of pure white sand on the Whitsunday Islands, just off the coast of Queensland, Australia. The Whitsundays are often touted as some of the most beautiful islands in the world and I wouldn’t disagree. Pristine white sandy beaches line the islands whilst the jungle-clad interior is home to unique […]

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Five splendid ‘new world’ wineries in the Southern Hemisphere

Europe has many of the finest wineries in the world. Anyone who has visited the Bordeaux region, Burgundy, Tuscany, Veneto or Rioja can attest to the stunning scenery and some of the most heavenly wines in the world. In the past ten years, however, wines from the ‘new world’ (these include Chile, Argentina, South Africa, […]

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Plane Views: Sydney Harbour

Sydney is one of the great harbourside cities in the world, ranking alongside my other favourites: San Francisco, New York, Vancouver, Cape Town and Rio de Janeiro. Seeing Sydney from the air on a clear day is a breathtaking treat. The harbour, with its dozens of inlets, is absolutely magnificent. The views over the city […]

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