Australian-holidays

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb


BridgeClimb is a safe 3? hour adventure and can be experienced by day, twilight and night. Climbing in the day has a vibrant, bustling, energetic feel and every direction you look you?re bowled over by an awesome view of the world?s most beautiful harbour. At twilight you get the best of both worlds with the transition from day to night happening as you move through the Climb. The night period has a really intimate feel and once you get to the top it’s amazing, you can see the lights across the Sydney metropolitan area.

BridgeClimb is now offering a special Valentine?s Day ?memories? package for couples looking for a romantic and unique way to celebrate Valentine?s Day in Sydney. The package consists of a 3? hour BridgeClimb and a souvenir couple photo in a premium silver photo frame. Plus, book early for your chance to place a personal message to your valentine in a special BridgeClimb Valentine?s Day feature in the Daily Telegraph.

Perfect for the marriage proposal with a difference ? already over 750 people have been proposed to at the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and no doubt on Valentine?s Day the number of marriage proposals will climb even higher. “I climbed to the top with my girlfriend. When I came down she was my fianc?”, says previous Climber Mr Giffney.

Share the romance and love of Valentine’s Day this year with the memorable experience of BridgeClimb.

Check the BridgeClimb website for more information www.bridgeclimb.com/shesaid

BridgeClimb Ticket Hotline: (02) 8274 7770

January 21, 2003

Pampering and pure indulgence – Melbourne

Pampering and pure indulgence – Melbourne


Explore your senses in beautiful Melbourne
If you need a break from the everyday then there’s no better way to get away than by indulging your senses and taking time out with a loved one or with a gaggle of girlfriends. Head to Melbourne where there is no end to the decadence and you won’t go broke in the process either!

For pampering why don’t you make a day of it at seaside St Kilda, home to the devastatingly hip twenty-somethings from the Secret Life of Us. Here you can visit the absolutely stunning Aurora Spa Retreat for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation in their total wellness centre. After your pampering session you can head to the famous Acland Street for some of the most delectable and decadent European cakes this side of well…Europe.



Perfect coffee, decadent cakes…

Talking of sweet things, no self-respecting chocoholics, could miss ‘Talkabout Tours’ Chocolate Lovers Walk, this fun, informative and mouthwatering walk will take you through some of the secret laneways and arcades of Melbourne. You’ll sample all manner of sweet things from Melbourne’s ‘Charmaine’s’ traditional and unusual ice-creams to Haigh’s world-famous chocolate frogs. One of the tour highlights includes a visit to ‘Suga’ in the Royal Arcade. Here you can ogle the hip young men as they create brilliantly bright and flavoured candy before your eyes.

Also located in the Royal Arcade, the oldest of Melbourne’s surviving arcades is ‘Spellbox’, where Danae the white witch will read your tarot cards or cast a spell to grant your wish. Here you’re surrounded by wares of beauty and intrigue; boxes that contain the tools to weave magic into your life, jars of organic herbs, wands, amulets and other objects for conniving divine inspiration!



Pampering at the Aurora Spa

Japanese tradition is brought to life at ‘Geisha’ in Little Collins Street where every treatment (haircut or massage) is proceeded by Japanese tea served in the tatami room. You will receive a yukata (a cotton kimono style robe) to wear during treatments the robe is so funky you might be tempted to buy one with a selection of Maiko beauty products at the end of your session. On the second floor, shiatsu and relaxation massages are conducted in pampered privacy.

For total rest and relaxation you can’t beat the spa centres of the big international hotels. Melbourne’s Park Hyatt Spa Club is open to non-guest and your treatment session also includes the use of the stunning swimming pool, steam rooms and saunas. For the ultimate day spa you can’t go past the Crown Spa the epitome of opulence and total luxury. The Crown Spa has over 15 private rooms of varying sizes and with a combination of Western and Eastern treatment styles there’s something for everyone.

After a spa treatment at the Crown Towers why not wander next door to the Sheraton Southgate and the Melba Brasserie for an award winning meal overlooking the city including the majestic Flinders Street Station, the funky new Federation Square complex and the boats bobbing and gliding along the Yarra.

June 18, 2002

Melbourne – Style Capital of Australia



Familiar with the names Bettina Liano, Saba, Scanlon & Theodore and Alannah Hill? They all began in Melbourne and are now Melbourne’s Big Four, with large stylish stores in the heart of the city, frequented by international rock stars, and stocking labels that are now sold around the world.

The city is bursting with shopping precincts each with their own flair – from the elegant fashion stores of riverside Southgate to the world-class designer boutiques of South Yarra, Melbourne is a celebration of style and sophistication.

Not all of Melbourne’s fashion hotspots are easy to find. Today you have to be



Saba’s luscious signature knitwear.




in the know to find many of the enclaves of boutiques, fashion houses and outlets tucked away in laneways and arcades. Flinders Lane, the heart of the Flinders Quarter is reminiscent of New York’s SoHo district, once home to Melbourne’s rag trade Flinders Lane now houses cutting edge fashion and glam get-up of international repute.

For a more bohemian shopping experience jump on a tram to Brunswick Street, Fitzroy where you can easily while away the day rummaging through funky streetwear shops, stunning beauty products, music, books, designer homewares and original art pieces. You may even see a celebrity or

Luxury shopping at its best.

two sipping a coffee in one of the many eateries that line the strip.Step out in style in Collins Street the home of international haute couture. Collins Street is class with its beautiful avenue of trees, grand hotels, steeples and serious retail. At the ‘Paris’ end of Collins Street it’s exclusive with gorgeous shops with gleaming facades and labels including Louis Vuitton, Salvatore Ferragamo, Polo Ralph Lauren and the recently launched Chanel. In Collins Street you can buy everything from a tiara to a ticket on the QE2!

Southbank is Melbourne’s vibrant, cultural heart that sits on the south side

The Secret Life of you and me…

the Yarra River. It’s home to the very best of Australia’s cultural expression: the Victorian Arts Centre, the soon to be re-opened National Gallery of Victoria, the Australian Ballet, the Melbourne Symphony orchestra, the Victorian College of the Arts and the Play Box Theatre. Also in this precinct is Southgate which boasts breathtaking views of the city from 20 restaurants, 39 stores as well as five star accommodation including the ultimately elegant Sheraton Towers Southgate.If you’re in need of a fast fashion fix, why not grab your best girly friend and get down to Melbournewith a

four day three night package deal from UTAG Travel.Of course a woman cannot live on shopping alone, (although there’s no harm in trying) there has to be time to enjoy some fabulous food and drink too. Like Melbourne’s shopping reputation it is also a city that takes its cuisine very seriously. That means good quality produce and presentation, atmosphere, excellent value, diversity of cuisine styles and friendly service.

Head to famous seaside St Kilda, home to the likes of Alex and Evan from the Secret Life of Us. Apart from the fact that you just may spot the odd cast

Acland Street restaurants buzzing with activity.

lurking around, there is a treasure trove of cafes, patisseries, noodle houses, funky bars and seaside vistas to enjoy. On Sundays you can wander the length of the Esplanade and pick-up a memento of your Melbourne visit.Right next to the city is the famous strip of Lygon Street, this is Little Italy literally overflowing with restaurants, bakeries, bistros, bars and cafes serving delicious coffee, the finest Italian ice-cream, pasta, pizza and much more. Lygon Street hums along 24 hours a day, so no matter what time of day or night you will always find something open.

Or there’s the Greek restaurants of Swan Street, the Vietnamese eateries of Victoria Street, the Asian specialists in Chinatown and of course the famous Queen Victoria Markets the source of many Melbourne chefs fresh produce here you can shop until you drop at one of the world’s best bazaars.

June 16, 2002