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Westin is bring­ing its Heav­enly Spa con­cept to Aus­tralia for the first time when its $20 mil­lion ho­tel opens in Bris­bane on Novem­ber 8. The spa is part of a two-floor well­ness cen­tre with fit­ness stu­dio and pool next door where stretch and bal­ance classes will be on of­fer. For those less fit­ness-in­clined, it will also have Bris­bane’s only swim-up bar. Guests can also go for a run with the ho­tel’s “run concierge”. The 299-room ho­tel – part of the Mary Lane de­vel­op­ment – is open­ing with a lead-in rate of $249 plus a $40 voucher for the ho­tel’s four bars and restau­rants, spa or on a room up­grade.



A pool on a pedes­trian bridge be­tween two build­ings is a de­sign fea­ture of a ho­tel an­nounced for Ade­laide in 2020. Guests at the Vibe will be able to swim be­tween the ho­tel and an apart­ment build­ing which is also part of the Flin­ders St precincts in the eastern quar­ter of the city.

The ho­tel is to be set in an 18-storey glass­fronted tower with rooftop restau­rant and bar. The an­nounce­ment fol­lows the open­ing of the Vibe Ho­tel North Syd­ney in April, with ho­tels in Queen St, Melbourne; Ar­gyle St in Ho­bart; and Dar­ling Har­bour, Syd­ney, all un­der con­struc­tion.



To an­other bridge, but this one on a much, much big­ger scale. The world’s long­est bridge and tun­nel sea-cross­ing, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Ma­cau Bridge, is now open. At 55km, the bridge spans the sea from an ar­ti­fi­cial is­land near Hong Kong In­ter­na­tional Air­port to Ma­cau and the main­land Chi­nese city of Zhuhai. It’s 20 times longer than San Fran­cisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and con­tains enough steel to build 60 Eif­fel tow­ers. Hong Kong tourism of­fi­cials say the bridge will make it eas­ier to ac­cess at­trac­tions such as St Paul’s in Ma­cau; the Statue of Fisher Girl in Zhuhai; the Kaip­ing Diaolou and the Seven Star Crags in Zhao­qing. Trav­ellers will use a bus to cross the bridge.



Septem­ber 22 is World Rhino Day, Oc­to­ber 22 In­ter­na­tional Sloth Day, and Au­gust 12 World Ele­phant Day. But across the Tas­man, New Zealand has a whole month for its na­tional bird. Novem­ber is Save Kiwi Month, ded­i­cated to turn­ing around a de­cline in the tiny birds’ pop­u­la­tion, and to get the ball rolling an eight­month-old western brown kiwi chick has been re­leased at Sanc­tu­ary Moun­tain Maun­gatau­tari, near Hamil­ton on the North Is­land. The sanc­tu­ary, New Zealand’s largest preda­tor-proof-fenced sanc­tu­ary, al­ready has 100 ki­wis and will get 500 more over the next five years. It’s open to visi­tors. SANCTUARYMOUNTAIN.CO.NZ

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