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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Australian Stories - June 2015

News you can use
Welcome
Australia is home to the world’s best restaurants
Four of Australia’s best restaurants - Attica, Quay, Sepia, and Brae - have been named in the prestigious S.Pellegrino World’s 100 Best Restaurants list, as judged by 900 of the world’s leading chefs, restaurateurs and food media this week. Melbourne restaurant Attica was ranked number 32 for the second consecutive year, while Sydney’s Quay jumped up to number 58. Sydney restaurant Sepia and regional Victoria’s Brae restaurant both made their debut on the list at number 84 and 87 respectively. Additionally, Sepia was crowned the Fastest Rising Restaurant award. Find out why the world is talking about these great Australian restaurants here.
Bedarra Island's new products
Bedarra Island in Tropical North Queensland has introduced a range of new products for the upcoming season. After the resort unveiled a sleek new helicopter to give guests the option of direct heli-transfers from Cairns, it also revealed its eighth villa, The Beach House. This absolute beachfront, split-level villa complete with a plunge pool has been designed and styled to match the barefoot luxury ethos of the private island. Other new additions this season include private scuba charters, private fishing charters and a SeaLegs amphibious boat tour. 
Penfolds launches world-class wine experience
Penfolds has unveiled the redevelopment of its spiritual home, Penfolds Magill Estate, to deliver a world-class wine and visitor experience through the new Cellar Door and Magill Estate Kitchen. The Magill Estate Cellar Door provides a luxurious and refined retail experience with comfortable private and open-plan spaces. The Cellar Door is dedicated to wine education through storytelling and meaningful artefacts like the Penfolds Ampoule. Magill Estate Kitchen is a ‘sister offering’ to the awarded Magill Estate Restaurant, providing guests with an accessible, casual dining environment and a grazing menu built on local and fresh ingredients.
Noosa Long Weekend Festival
The Noosa Long Weekend Festival will grow from 10 to 13 days to accommodate an expanded program this year. The line-up includes a special one-off performance by Opera Australia, an evening with the Queensland Ballet and David Williamson's new play Dream Home. The 2015 Noosa Long Weekend Festival will feature more than 75 events at various locations around Noosa including literature events, forums, live music, theatre performances, interactive art, films, cabaret and supper clubs.
Snow resorts are ready
The snow season has officially kicked off at ski resorts across Victoria and New South Wales. A Snow Victoriaholiday offers accommodation for varied budgets and all inclusive package deals for the budget conscious. Victoria's alpine resorts include Mt Buller, Mt Stirling, Mt Hotham, Falls Creek, Lake Mountain, Mt Baw Baw and Dinner Plain. New South Wales has Thredbo, Perisher, Jindabyne, Alpine Way, Charlotte Pass, Mt Selwyn and Canberra. All resorts offer self-contained apartments, hotels, lodges and bed and breakfast properties.
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