FRESH TAST­ING TOUR IN TASSIE

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - TRAVEL NEWS - SU­SAN BUGG

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 i@ne2s0c0ap­spe.ocOtsm.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

HANDY COM­PAN­ION

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 con­nec@tion­new­tos.cOm.au make self-guided tours eas­ier.

The no­tice­board func­tion as­sists guests to in­ter­act with tour di­rec­tors, by pro­vid­ing real-time up­dates. APTOURING.COM.AU

COCK­TAIL FES­TI­VAL

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

FERGALICIOUS

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

PIC­TURE: FEAST & FOS­SICK

Hun­gry@feosr­caape.cOm.au pre­mium guided food tour? A two­day Ho­bart Fos­sick and two-day Bruny Fos­sick is set to launch.

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