Now is not the time to miss out!
We are now officially in summer, which means it is officially time for you to get out of the office building and into the festive vibes! There are so many events happening over the summer that it would be sinful not to divulge them to our readers. Of course there are plenty more but these are some of the eye catching ones that we have been dying to go to.
Look out over Sydney’s harbour view while listening to the likes of Birds of Tokyo, John Butler Trio, Courtney Barnett, Missy Higgins and more. Experience the open-air shows with an Aperol Spritz in hand on the lawn of the iconic Taronga Zoo. For those just wanting to turn up, you can pre order a hamper for two that includes a variety of foods as well as Aperol Spritz’s and wines! Only open for a short period of time 28th January – 12th March tickets are a must. As the zoo is not-for-profit, the profits are going towards continuing the work of the zoo and the animals it is home to.
Just when we thought the racing season was over, the Portsea Polo draws near! Situated on the Melbourne’s coastline, the dresses come out and the horses start playing. Enjoy a day of champagne, fashions and games as the stakes are raised for the event. Go with a group of friends or as a corporate event, the best thing about it is that you can tag along into someone else’s marquee! Occurring only once a year on the 9th January it is a must-not-miss event!
Known for its exception food and wine, Taste of Tasmania is not the event to miss! While most of us are recovering from our Christmas food comas, our friends down under are treating themselves to some of the best food around, so why shouldn’t we?! Running from the 28th December until the 3rd January, the event is free to enter and features local and upcoming acts from all around. Enjoy the spectacular view of the River Derwent as you savour wine and cheese from neighbouring vineyards!
Located in the natural alpines of Victoria you’ll find TFE hotel’s latest addition, Vibe Marysville. Surrounded by pristine rainforests, made up of towering trees and cascading waterfalls, the natural environment is the perfect place to relax and unwind or come together as a team. Only a 90 minute drive from Melbourne’s CBD the options are endless when it comes to things to do and see. The Vibe Hotel Marysville is a stylish, relaxed hotel in which to host your next conference or event. With all the necessary facilities and the added bonus of the location, it is hard to pick a better place to host your next team event.
Novotel Coffs Harbour Pacific Bay Resort
Framed by ocean, mountains, natural forests and banana plantations is the Novotel Coffs Harbour Pacific Bay Resort. Located just 3km north of Coffs Harbour, the resort is easily accessible by plane or car. Overlooking Charlesworth Bay, the hour flight from Sydney or direct flight from Melbourne, makes it a stunning and easy venue to choose as your destination. Taking advantage of its surroundings, the conferencing facilities are available both inside and outdoors. Specific needs are easily accommodated for at Novotel, where the 9 indoor conference and event spaces are flexible and adaptable to all needs!
Found at the top of our Australian coastline is the gateway to Australia’s largest National Park, Kakadu and the capital of the Northern Territory, Darwin. Common thinking comes to mind of crocodiles and an abundance of wildlife, and while this is true, they are also a bustling city with many conferencing and event capabilities. With balmy weather and great food, there is no better place to relax and unwind or kick charge your team. For those wanting an exciting and exhilarating experience while organising or attending a conference, this is the perfect place to do it. Rich in Indigenous culture and incredible wildlife, your event has many possibilities to explore. Wander the lush National parks where you will find rushing waterfalls, or cruise down to the Katherine Gorge and watch the crocodiles basking on the banks. Keen for something more laid back? Enjoy the beach markets, bike rides and sunsets as you sit down at a local restaurant filled with culture. Darwin has something for everyone and is easily accessible via plane!
A quick word from Katarina...
Dear clients, suppliers and friends of BRA we are wishing you all the best for the upcoming Festive Season, lots of merry time with family and friends or safe traveling and relaxing in the wilderness or by the beach with your closest. I personally love this time of the year for all the good food and company. This year I am hosting my husband’s and my family at our little house, so I am yet to buy all the extra crockery required. It will be fun to cook with my mum and pick up some tips on how to perfect her home made pastry for that beautiful rich and juicy baklava. This year we've decided to support State Emergency Services for all the work that they put into assisting us at the most urgent times. I hope that 2015 was a year full of challenges and achievements and that the New Year will give you an opportunity to grow, learn and embrace the world!
An Insider's guide to...
Being the lucky last issue of the year we have a special interview to finish off the year. As you know by now we have convinced the experts of their trades to let us, and you, in on their secrets and we have loved doing it! We have so far spoken to Brenda from Brandaroma, Richie from Yoke, Trish from Mind Gallery, Tegan from Decorative Events and Exhibitions and now Karina from Style by Nature! Style by Nature are the number one team when it comes to designing floral designs for your conferences and events. Read the full interview for the all the details...
Blog - Last minute gift ideas
If you are anything like us and are sick and tired of the frantic last minute shopping right before Christmas, we are here to help! The weeks leading up to Christmas are often busier than the actual day with Christmas parties and end-of-year cocktails. We have compiled some gift ideas to help you out that will suit everyone, including the night before gift giver! Read on to find out more!
Book Review by Katarina Cobain
Trail of Broken Feathers
This was my first audio book and a great one to listen to while running. It’s a family story told from the perspective of the wife and three daughters who have gathered around their father’s death bed. As they are visiting him during his coma we find out how each of the women fit in the family and what has been happening in their lives. The family are now living in America having migrated from India. It was a good book to listen to as there was a nice mix of conversation and descriptive text, plus it was easy to connect with the characters and follow their journey.
The book covers the difficult topic of abuse but it’s told in a soft and touching manner that doesn’t take away from the cruel reality of the abuse and how it impacts all members of the family as well as new family members. The cultural differences between the Indian family and new American home are revealing and interesting, especially as my knowledge of the Indian culture is limited. The title has been chosen aptly too. The book informs us about how certain family behaviour and dynamics determine where family members will end up in their journey of life.
I recommend this book for your holiday read as you will be able to enjoy it and not get distracted by busy beach goers and kids!
“Trail of Broken Wings is a powerfully moving book about the dangerous and destructive cycle of violence and abuse that affects far too many families, as well as the secrets we keep and the lies we tell, ostensibly to protect those we love. But we don't quite understand just how those secrets can affect our adult lives, and the lives of those around us.” - Larry (blog).