Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Australian Stories - July 2015 - Tourism Australia

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Netball World Cup Sydney 2015
With the Netball World Cup Sydney 2015 only 35 days away, some exciting announcements have been made by the 16 competing nations, as they confirm their teams and final 12 players listed to compete in Sydney. On Friday 7 August, NWC2015’s Opening Ceremony will feature over 400 performers and members of the netball community. This special performance will create new benchmarks for the sport in pre-game performance and officially open NWC2015 in style. During the tournament FanFEST will be the ultimate fan social hub and meeting point to #GETGAMEREADY before watching the action inside Allphones Arena. 
The Great Eastern Drive launches in Tasmania
The Great Eastern Drive has just been launched on Tasmania’s east coast. Stretching 176km between Orford and St Helens, the Great Eastern Drive will lead visitors to some of the most highly-awarded experiences and destinations in the region including the globally renowned Bay of Fires and Wineglass Bay. The Drive also encompasses three of the east coast’s walks, The Maria Island Walk, Freycinet Experience Walk and Bay of Fires Walk. Destined to become one of Australia’s iconic road trips, the Great Eastern Drive invites people to explore and ‘just stop and wander’ throughout this beautiful region.
Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains unveils new rooms
Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains recently unveiled 12 newly constructed rooms and suites, including the spacious Grand Luxury Suite. Boasting two expansive balconies which overlook the resort's middle lake and the iconic Jamison Valley, the 102m² Grand Luxury Suite features an expansive lounge room with vaulted ceilings, dining area and gas fireplace, while the master bedroom has a large ensuite with spa bath and separate walk in shower. The new additions also include an impressive two bedroom deluxe suite.
Wintjiri Arts and Museum opens
Wintjiri Arts & Museum was officially opened this week at Ayers Rock Resort. Wintjiri Arts & Museum is dedicated entirely to showcasing and supporting local Indigenous art and will now house the Resort’s successful artist in residence program where artists from the central desert region create art-in-situ, allowing them to interact with guests, as well as exhibit and sell their works. The retail area of Wintjiri offers Anangu art-inspired gifts together with bush medicine, soaps and cosmetics. It also features a timeline of the history of tourism in the region and a display to educate guests about the local flora and fauna as well as the geology of the Red Centre.
Truffle Hunt Club takes trip to Tasmania and Flinders Island
In August 2015, a private truffle weekend will provide a unique insight into truffles and the Tamar Valley and Flinders Island food and drink producers. The Truffle Hunt Club trip will include a behind the scenes tour via private aircraft, a private truffle hunt, lunch with selected Tasmanian artisanal producers, a truffle cooking class at Red Feather Inn and a degustation dinner at Tasmania's best truffle restaurant Stillwater. Guests will also spend a whole day on remote Flinders Island with quirky Island producers sharing their stories and a private chef creating beach-side masterpieces using local produce and truffle.  

  Dinosaur Stampede
The Dinosaur Stampede at Lark Quarry Conservation Park, Winton will reopen on Friday 3 July 2015. The Winton Shire Council has completed a major refurbishment of the facility which includes an extended viewing platform extending toward the trackways with a state of the art audio and lighting.
  Qantas flights between Perth and Singapore
Qantas customers in Perth and Singapore can once again enjoy direct flights between the two cities with the service returning to the airline's international network this week. It will include one of five return services that Qantas will operate each week with its Boeing 737 aircraft.
  Gascoyne Food Festival
The Gascoyne Food Festival will feature a growers market, live music and cooking demonstrations to celebrate local seafood, fresh fruit and vegetables and rangeland beef. The Gascoyne Food Festival is on at Carnarvon, Australia's Coral Coast from 14 - 16 August.
  Big Boys Toys Expo
Canberra is set to host the first ever Big Boys Toys Expo on 22 - 23 August. The expo will feature product demonstrations, flight simulators, fly fishing demos, cars, off-road vehicles, electric skateboards, gym equipment, golf displays, trailers and a large remote control presence.
  Ginger Meggs
From 25 July - 8 November, Ginger Meggs, Australia’s most popular and longest running comic strip will feature in an exhibition at Museum of Sydney. Created by James Bancks, the exhibition will contain a diverse collection of memorabilia and original strips by Bancks and his successors.
  Truffle Month at The Star
The Star's signature restaurants will be celebrating Truffle Month this July. Experience the exquisite flavours of truffles at BLACK by ezard, Balla and Sokyo. Each restaurant has created a unique truffle menu showcasing this rare delicacy in impeccable style.
  Arnhem Land Bird Week
The annual Arnhem Land Bird Week will be held between 16 - 22 August. Hosted by the Arnhem Land Barramundi Nature Lodge, spot rare avian life on the final birding frontier, with 250 species identifiable in the remote Maningrida region.
  Orry-Kelly: Dressing Hollywood
Orry-Kelly: Dressing Hollywood celebrates the life and work of one of Australia’s most successful exports to Hollywood. The costume designer from the small coastal town of Kiama, NSW, designed for a staggering 285 films including Casablanca (1942), creating countless magical moments in cinema.
  Guillaume Brahimi at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week
The Audi Hamilton Island Race Week have announced the Audi Robert Oatley Vineyards Guillaume Brahimi Dinner will be held at Hamilton Island’s signature Bommie Restaurant on 16 August. Dishes will be matched with a selection of Champagne, Charles Heidsieck and Robert Oatley Vineyards wines.

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