FRESH TASTING TOUR IN TASSIE
Bruny Island, southeast of Hobart, has to be one of the prettiest places in Tasmania. Anyone who’s caught the car ferry from Kettering to the island and made stops at Get Shucked Oysters or the Bruny Island Cheese Co will know that the food is pretty good, too. Just about to launch is a new premium guided food tour that combines the best of Bruny Island and Hobart. Feast & Fossick, the brainchild of Adventure Bay Retreat Bruny Island owner and operator Jan Glover, is offering a two-day Hobart Fossick and two-day Bruny Fossick which can be taken individually or combined for a longer trip.
Accommodation is at MACq 01 – Hobart and the Adventure Bay Retreat. Groups are limited to 12 and as well as making gourmet discoveries, tours include adventure experiences such as sea kayaking and wilderness cruising. FEASTFOSSICKTASMANIA.COM.AU
SUPER HERO ATTIRE
Heading to Hollywood? Must-do theme park Warner Bros. Studio Tour has unveiled an addition to its DC Universe exhibit. The expansion features authentic props and Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, The Flash, Batman and Superman costumes from last year’s Justice League film.
The exhibit is an addition to the tour’s Wonder Woman exhibition. Displays for each super hero have costumes worn by the actors – Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ben Affleck as Batman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman among them – and accompanying elements representing their origin stories as depicted in the film.
Disneyland at Anaheim is celebrating all things Pixar with Pixar Fest, starring characters from movies such as Toy Story, Up and Inside Out, until September 3. (Read more about that in next week’s Escape.) WBSTUDIOTOUR.COM, DISNEYLAND.DISNEY.GO.COM
ALL THAT GLITTERS
Melburnians heading in and out of Domain and Burnley tunnels have been watching a wafer-like golden edifice rise on the edge of the Yarra River. Now the doors are open at the $150 million Novotel Melbourne South Wharf.
The 26-storey hotel has 347 rooms and suites and is next to Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, where a $350 million expansion is expected to finish next month. As well as its glittering panelled facade, the interiors by Fender Katsalidis and Woods have metallic finishes.
South Wharf and Southbank dining options are handy, but the Novotel also has its level 6 Italian restaurant, Mr Carpano Bar & Dining, where a terrace offers evening views of the Yarra and Melbourne city skyline.
Novotel is one of the multitude of brands under the umbrella of Accor, which has diverted away from the traditional hotel stay with one fine stay. The luxury pr O iv na Ft aecebOOk rental site offers homes firstname.lastname@example.orgOtsm.au around the world, including 22 in Sydney’s blue-chip suburbs. Houses in Melbourne and Victorian tourist hot spots, such as the Yarra Valley, and around Noosa in Queensland, are set to join the program next month. Across the Tasman, rentals in Auckland, Queenstown and Wanaka will be available in June. ACCORHOTELS.COM, ONEFINESTAY.COM
Travellers heading off on a trip with APT will have help in the palm of their hands. The Melbourne-based travel company has launched two new apps loaded with guests’ personalised travel information and itineraries as well as handy tools such as Oanc up Irnr et enrcey st converter, weather fore c as@ te,ws co arpl de snap s clock and budget tracker. APT’s Concierge and Travelmarvel Companion apps, which can be downloaded free for Apple and Android devices, also come with destination maps to down VI laoaedm an Ild escape use without Wi-Fi email@example.comOm.au make self-guided tours easier.
The noticeboard function assists guests to interact with tour directors, by providing real-time updates. APTOURING.COM.AU
There is more to cocktails in Singapore than the famous sling. The Lion City’s bar scene will be in full roar until May 13 during the Singapore Cocktail Festival which features events and deals at star bars around town. Guided tours will take guests around party precincts, stopping at three or four bars to try one of 45 different cocktails. SINGAPORE COCKTAIL FESTIVAL
Bali party-lovers might get the feeling September 1 is a good time to take a holiday. That’s when Blackeyed Peas singer Fergie is appearing at The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas in Nusa Dua in a big-ticket daytime event, Rapture – Mulia Summer Party. Another two international entertainers are yet to be announced. MULIARAPTURE.COM
SHARE AND CARE
A codeshare partnership between Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic will allow convenient travel to the UK flying east or west. Aussie passengers can connect via Hong Kong or Los Angeles, with a single check-in and baggage drop. The codeshare will include Virgin Australia’s SydneyHong Kong services that start on July 2, as well as existing MelbourneHong Kong services. VIRGINAUSTRALIA.COM, VIRGINATLANTIC.COM
Hungry@feosrcaape.cOm.au premium guided food tour? A twoday Hobart Fossick and two-day Bruny Fossick is set to launch.