The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence -

I en­joy spend­ing time with fam­ily and friends on our boat on the Hawkes­bury River just north of Syd­ney, with a bucket of fresh prawns and a crisp sauvi­gnon blanc. I also visit Yamba on the NSW north coast once a year with four fam­i­lies: lots of chil­dren, laugh­ter, great surf­ing and qual­ity time. www.vis­; www.yam­ I AL­WAYS PACK If go­ing over­seas or for ex­tended pe­ri­ods away, I al­ways travel with a small pic­ture album of fam­ily and lots of Dermalogica face cream. When trav­el­ling with fam­ily, it’s swim­mers, tow­els, surf­boards and sarongs. Sharon Fowler SA­RINA Brat­ton is a for­mer award­win­ning ath­lete and founder and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Orion Ex­pe­di­tion Cruises, an Aus­tralian-based five-star line that op­er­ates cruises to the Kim­ber­ley, Pa­pua New Guinea, Solomon Is­lands, the Great Bar­rier Reef and Antarc­tica. In 2006 Brat­ton was awarded the Veuve Clic­quot Award for women achiev­ers in busi­ness and in­dus­try. She trav­els fre­quently for work and last year vis­ited most of the Orion cruise des­ti­na­tions as well as the US. www.ori­on­ MUNUPI ARTS & CRAFTS AS­SO­CI­A­TION, MELVILLE IS­LANDS While do­ing a scout­ing trip for Orion’s in­au­gu­ral Tiwi Is­lands and East Ti­mor itin­er­ar­ies, I bought a beau­ti­ful piece of in­dige­nous art­work here. The Tiwi Is­lan­ders use vi­brant colours, re­flect­ing their co­ex­is­tence with the sea. www.ti­ MOMO IN­TE­RI­ORS, CASTLE­CRAG, SYD­NEY I am­too busy to scout around for per­sonal house­hold ideas so Momo In­te­ri­ors is a favourite. It’s less about the prod­uct and more about the ad­vice given. 79 Ed­in­burgh Rd, Castle­crag; (02) 9958 6672. FIFTH AV­ENUE, NEW YORK Win­dow shop­ping on Fifth Av­enue is a treat. Be­cause life in Syd­ney (fam­ily, busi­ness, com­mu­nity) is so hec­tic, I rarely get time for per­sonal shop­ping. I love the vi­brancy of New York and the late trad­ing hours pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity to browse and spoil my­self. While my bud­get doesn’t al­ways stretch to the high-end prod­ucts of Fifth Av­enue, I of­ten find gems in some of the small streets off Sev­enth Av­enue in the gar­ment dis­trict.­; www.ny­ HO­TEL SEZZ, PARIS I had a won­der­ful stay here, be­side the Seine. It is a 26-room art deco ho­tel that’s very hip and fea­tures La Grande Dame cham­pagne bar. www.ho­ THE BATHERS’ PAVIL­ION, BAL­MORAL BEACH, SYD­NEY I can’t go past Bathers’ Pavil­ion for its lo­ca­tion on the beach, the cafe for ca­sual lunches or cof­fee and the restau­rant for ex­quis­ite cui­sine at night. www.batherspavil­ THE KIM­BER­LEY, WEST­ERN AUS­TRALIA I love this vast, beau­ti­ful land of ours. The Kim­ber­ley re­gion of Aus­tralia’s north­west is of­ten de­scribed by Orion’s pas­sen­gers as life-chang­ing. It is some­times hard to be­lieve a place such as this ex­ists: the beauty and the grandeur are breath­tak­ing, while the spir­i­tual essence em­a­nat­ing from this pris­tine wilder­ness area is so pow­er­ful. www.west­er­naus­ HAWKES­BURY RIVER AND YAMBA, NSW


SYD­NEY-BASED Sig­na­ture Prints spe­cialises in tex­tiles, wall­pa­per and art prints based on the flam­boy­ant de­signs of Florence Broad­hurst. There is also a range of wal­lets and lug­gage, in­clud­ing lap­top bags, week­enders and carry-on bags in Broad­hurst prints. From $44 to $520. More: (02) 8338 8400; www.sig­na­

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