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                                                                                            St Peters Cathedral                         Centre                                                     Biplane Tours

                                                                                FUN FACT                                   TOP SHOPS               won over adelaide residents        King’s (357 King William Rd,
                                                                                south australia, of which                    april in Paris        with its spanish- and italian-     tel: +61 (0)8 8212 6657) the
                                                                                adelaide is the capital, is the              (95a Prospect Rd,     inspired cuisine. the tapas        former Kings head hotel has
                                                                                opal capital of the world and     Prospect, tel: +61 (0)8 8342     menu is ideal for groups and       just had a major facelift and
                                                                                has adopted the jewel as its      0000) relatively new on the      provides some unique and           the crowds are back in full
                                                                                official gemstone.                scene but a throwback to         delicious flavours. try the        force. with a menu whose
                                                                                                                  simpler times, this tiny old-    octopus carpaccio, potato          selections are made entirely
                                                                                         OUT AND ABOUT            school children’s store makes    foam and paprika (au$9/s$9)        with locally produced
                                                                                           national Wine          quality clothes and toys from    or for a quick snack, the duck     ingredients as well as a range
                                                                                           Centre (Cnr of         yesteryear. items such as        popcorn (au$6/s$6). $$             of homegrown beers on tap,
                                                                                Botanic and Hackney Rds,          cloth hobby horses, tin tea      Hotel tivoli (265 Pirie St, tel:   this comfy pub proves that
                                                                                tel: +61 (0)8 8303 3355,          sets and pedal cars offer an     +61 (0)8 8223 4790) this           you needn’t venture far from
                                                                               alternative to today’s mass-     recently renovated gastro-pub      home to find the best.
                                                                                lovers of wine wanting to         produced playthings. located     has a funky, retro-inspired
                                                                                learn more about its creation     in prospect, 55km out of         feel, most notable is its                    SLEEPOVER
                                                                                will get a kick out of this       town, it’s the perfect excuse    enormous, gold-painted                        Clarion Hotel Soho
                                                                                place. the wine Discovery         for a day in the country.        domed roof. there’re a range                  (264 Flinders St,
                                                                                Journey is an award-winning       Balhannah By design (the         of pub classics and bar   this
                                                                                interactive experience that       Junction, Balhannah, tel: +61    snacks available as well as a      ultra chic, five-star hotel
                                                                                showcases one of australia’s      (0)8 8388 4213) situated in      generous selection of mains.       oozes style and sophistication
                                                                                leading exports. Best of all,     the adelaide hills and a firm    the peppered kangaroo with         and is located in the heart
                                                                                there is an array of wines for    favourite for day trippers in    fennel risotto cake, rocket        of the city’s cosmopolitan
                                                                                visitors to try on site.          search of quality products for   and chevre salad (au$21/           soho district. the 30 designer
photos: John Drury australia tourism commission

                                                                                adelaide Biplane tours            the home, this shop displays     s$23) is a popular choice.         rooms come with that little
                                                                                (aldinga airfield, Colville Rd,   the fruits of store owner mon    choose from a great range of       extra something, including
                                                                                aldinga, tel: +61 (0)8 8556       Bowring’s worldwide search       south australian wines. $$         italian marble bathrooms,
                                                                                5404, www.adelaidebiplanes.       for provincial furniture,                                           king-size beds with missoni
                                                                       Just an hour south        clothing and other creations.              AFTER DARK               linens, australian-made natio
                                                                                of adelaide, feel the wind        most products have a touch                 la Boheme (34            spa products and 42-inch
                                                                                in your face as you swoop         of france about them.                      grote St, tel: +61       lcD tVs. walls are adorned
                                                                                through the sky, overlooking                                       (0)8 8212 8884) come at            with paintings by australian
                                                                                the surrounding vineyards                  BEST BITES              sunset to find out why this        artists and are available
                                                                                and coastal towns below.                     Sparrow Kitchen &     gold-tinted, french-inspired       for sale. prices start from
                                                                                there are 10 types of world                  Bar (10 o’Connell     bar draws the cocktail crowd.      au$160/s$172 for a studio.
                                                                                war i-style biplanes to           St, north adelaide, tel:         an intimate place to meet          $$$
                                                                                choose from for your action-      +61 (0)8 8267 2444) the          friends, la Boheme boasts a        By CHRiS Canty
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                                                                                packed flight. prices start       latest offering from local       relaxed European-style feel
                                                                                from au$270/s$291 for two         restaurateurs matthew and        that other bars in the area
                                                                                                                                                                                      * FoR exCluSive dealS, BooK
                                                                                people for 30 minutes.            olivia trim, the sparrow has     haven’t quite mastered.            HotelS at WWW.tigeRaiRWayS.Com

                                                                                                         hotspots australia

 Harness Racing                    Melbourne
                                   by night

                                                                                                                      Block Place

FUN FACT                          goliath of shopping,              throng of locals who come in      Workshop (Level 1, 413
Melbourne’s famous beer,          chadstone or “chaddy” as          for their beef and Guinness       Elizabeth St, tel: +61 (0)3
Foster’s Lager, was first         it’s known to the locals, has     pie with mash and greens          9326 4365) this university
manufactured in 1888 by two       more than 422 retailers under     (au$18/s$19). $$                  student favourite was once
irish-americans who were in       one roof. Browse everything       Tandoori Times (199               an old motorcycle workshop
australia to found a brewery.     from designer clothing to         Gertrude St, Fitzroy, tel:        but has been resurrected as
                                  housewares, then take a trip      +61 (0)3 9419 5930) this          a chill-out paradise. With a
         OUT AND ABOUT            to the cinemas or try one of      great-value indian restaurant     large covered outdoor deck
           Golden mile            the restaurants. Free shuttle     features an array of classics     and frequent visits from DJs
           Heritage Trail (tel:   buses run to and from the         along with some fresh fusion      (Wednesday to sunday),
+61 (0)3 9928 0000) Buy a         city and store discounts are      creations. the casual setting     Workshop is equal parts after-
booklet from the tourist office   available to shoppers from        is ideal for groups, especially   work pub and late-night club.
and explore the streets and       outside of melbourne.             with the giant screen out the     arrive early to make the most
laneways of melbourne’s           Camberwell market (www.           back showing Bollywood            of happy hours.
central Business District. Every        films. if you like your
highlights include the Block      sunday morning a vacant car       food with a bit of kick, try                 SLEEPOVER
arcade, st paul’s cathedral       park behind the Bourke st         Bombay’s bhayankar bakra                     Royce Hotel
and a host of hidden gems         shopping strip is turned into     (au$14/s$15), a lamb curry                   (379 St Kilda Rd,
that even many city residents     a bargain hunter’s paradise.      so hot that the menu reads:
may be unaware of.                shoppers from across              “if you can manage this one,      regarded as one of the best
moonee valley Night Harness       melbourne come to set up          we’ll recommend that the          five-star boutique hotels in
Racing (tel: +61 (0)3 9373        stalls (over 350 at last count)   indian Government offer you       the city, the royce prides
2222,            displaying a treasure trove of    citizenship”. $                   itself on its attention to
spend a Friday or saturday        second-hand goods. hidden                                           detail. rooms are luxuriously
night watching the “trots”,       gems abound.                               AFTER DARK               furnished, as are the hotel’s
old-school style. mooney                                                      The Empress             restaurant (Dish) and bar
valley racing club is just 20              BEST BITES                         of India (714           (the amberoom), which have
minutes from the cBD, and                    Hotel Lincoln          Nicholson St, Fitzroy North,      become favourite hotspots
is a great place for a meal                  (91 Cardigan St,       tel: +61 (0)3 9489 8605) the      for melburnians. Located
or a drink while playing the      Carlton, tel: +61 (0)3 9347       Empress is among the last         within walking distance of
ponies. odds are good you’ll      4666) if only every backstreet    of a fading breed: a small        downtown and opposite
have a memorable night.           corner pub had chefs like         corner pub that showcases         the Botanical Gardens, the
                                  those at the Lincoln. anything    local musicians every night       royce is the perfect base for
         TOP SHOPS                but pretentious, yet up to        of the week. out back, the        exploring. room rates start
                                                                                                                                                photos: tourism victoria

        Chadstone                 the standards of an award-        restaurant serves pub grub in     from au$179/s$193. $$
        Shopping Centre           winning restaurant, both the      huge portions, and out front      By CHRIS CaNTy
                                                                                                      More information:
(1341 dandenong Rd,               bar and dining menus are          the horseshoe bar plays host
Chadstone, tel: +61 (0)3          full to bursting with mouth-      to punters with a weakness
                                                                                                      * FoR ExCLuSIvE dEaLS, BooK
9328 8600) melbourne’s            watering selections. Join the     for ice-cold pints.               HoTELS aT WWW.TIGERaIRWayS.Com

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