Shhhh don't tell anyone...
Unless you know someone who knows someone who knows someone you’ll never find these secret treasures hidden among your cities. Luckily for you we know some one who knows someone and are willing to share with you. Australia is filled with unground, secret bars that once uncovered you’ll never be able to look at an average bar again.
Masked by a late night subway joint is Jungle Boy, a New York style bar. Located at the Windsor end of Chapel St, don’t expect to see the name painted anywhere, instead enter through Boston Sub and at the counter tell them you want to go to Boston. Permitting you fit the exclusive clientele, they will open the cool room door and grant you access to the jungle behind. Featuring drinks in tiki cups, hanging plants and snarling animal heads, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a jungle themed house party. For a late night snack simply head back outside for one of their pulled-pork subs!
Located down a flight of stairs in the bottle-o lane of the well-known Regatta Hotel, you will be transported to the lesser-known Walrus Club. Named after the SS Walrus, a steam boat that doubled as an illegal rum distillery in the 19th century, the décor and drinks are traditionally matched. Fitted out with stone walling, vintage leather couches and wooden benches, sip on their traditional molasses-based rum and home brewed soda.
Going back to the childhood game of requiring a password to enter is Sneaky Tony’s, a wooden décor and low lighting bar that celebrates the beauty of rum. With over 250 rum varieties on their menu it is worth a try, although if you really aren’t a fan they also have wine on tap and a cocktail menu. Like their drink choices, Sneaky Tony’s is no typical bar and definitely one to source out. Keep up to date with their Facebook page for the password!
Remember the bars are no longer a secret if you tell everyone!
Peppers Airlie Beach
Overlooking the Whitsundays Airlie Beach you can see white sand for miles and greenery that does not exist in our city lives! Find yourself at the Peppers Airlie Beach and experience warm weather, stunning beaches and an exceptional hotel. Located on the mainland, Airlie Beach is easily accessible, by plane or car. Jump start your conference or event early by flying into Hamilton Island and taking a ferry over to Airlie Beach, if you’re really lucky you may even catch sight of some dolphins! To read the full article, follow here.
Daydream Island Resort and Spa
Daydream Island Resort & Spa is a conference and incentive destination with a difference. Daydream’s well-appointed rooms, comprehensive conference facilities including five individual conference rooms which are all complemented by sparkling bays, secluded beaches and an array of pampering treatments or adventurous activities that combine to stimulate and inspire delegates. Easily reached from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane through the Great Barrier Reef Airport on Hamilton Island, or Whitsunday Coast Airport. Read on...
The Whitsundays is home to some of the most beautiful and world renowned beaches in the world. There are a few options, 74 to be exact although they are not all facilitated, when it comes to which island to choose, the most famous and popular being Hamilton Island and Haymond Island, although they are all equally beautiful. Getting there is half the fun as you fly into one of the islands you get to experience panoramic views of the entire Whitsundays. For more information about the Whitsundays and which activities are a a must try, continue reading here.
A quick word with Stacey
Stacey, one of our consultants you might have worked with has been to Greece! On a recent holiday to Greece we did not know what to expect in the wake of the current economic crisis. What we discovered was that the Greek people are as hospitable as they have ever been. The hotels and pensions are of a high standard and of course the food was better than I remembered! The natural attractions of the seaside villages are as beautiful and alluring as ever. Greece is definitely a place worth visiting. Rich in culture, food and natural beauty.
An Insiders guide to...
With only two more issues left before the new year we have lined up some extra special interviews! Here at BRA have convinced the experts of their trades to let us, and you, in on their secrets. We have so far spoken to Brenda from Brandaroma, Richie from Yoke, Trish from Mind Gallery, and this time we have brought you Tegan from Decorative Events and Exhibitions! DE&E are the dream team when it comes to decorating and styling events. Read the full interview for the exclusive intell!
Blog - The benefits of Famils
Our famil expert Katrina is spilling her secrets!
In our industry one of the first new words that we hear is “famil”. For those who haven’t heard it, it is a shortened word for familiarisation. Hotels and event venues conduct these throughout the year to showcase their property to potential clients. Famils are not your standard way of viewing a hotel, with organised dinners and events you never know what exciting activities you could take part in, such as view from a helicopter! Read the full article here...
Book Review by Katarina Cobain
This fantasy novel was recommended by my barista as his most favourite novel of all time. I love books and with this kind of recommendation I simply had to read it. I enjoyed the story and got into the characters and all the unusual events that later went into a fantasy and imaginative world of myths. I read it on the kindle but have heard that the actual book is huge, for me this didn’t matter as you can’t really see the physical size of the book.
The story starts with Shadow, main character, aptly named, being released from prison, just as he discovers that his wife died. He accepts the offer to work for a mysterious man called Wednesday who explains to Shadow that the war is coming and he has to get ready for it. At that point Shadow slowly learns that he’s keeping company with different myth gods that first settlers have brought from Europe to America. The only way these gods survive is if there are human worshipers who will do the rituals and sacrifices for their god. However, the new force of gods have risen and these are modern gods of technology and internet who are becoming more powerful as the new age is developing.
It’s a weird book to read, not much makes sense and a lot of it is told through dreams. It’s hard to know when you are in reality and when in the world of gods. However, the story still keeps you gripped and interested in all the characters and where they are going to end up.
The story telling style is magnificent and the level of intricate detail in the imaginative world intertwined with the reality is simply spectacular.
I recommend this book if you enjoy being taken on a wild journey and trust the author to take you there. As one of the other reviews said “...you just have to resolve yourself to coming along for the ride or you’ll miss it.”