Sei sulla pagina 1di 161


Volume 1
Now is the time to celebrate the
Best of Australian achievement

Welcome to the first volume of ‘Best of Australia’, in which we celebrate this nation’s
achievement in the fields of arts, fashion, design, business and innovation. The time is
evidently ripe for this publication.
For one, there are plenty of good stories to tell. Consistent economic growth has
created an environment where Australian companies and individuals are achieving
remarkable things in their fields, creating novel forms of performing art, innovating new
technologies, creating uniquely Australian fashion brands, and maintaining our well-
deserved reputation for quality and excellence.
Secondly, ‘Best of Australia’ meets a need for what we call a collaborative
marketing effort. Whether in the arts, fashion or business, a substantial amount
of Australian achievement is internationally focused. In this publication, Australian
achievers worked together to bring their unique stories to all corners of the earth. As
publishers we also express our gratitude to all contributors for their support in the
compilation of this publication. ‘Best of Australia’ will also go out to our associate
publishers in the Global Village Partnerships network, from Dubai and Singapore to
Europe and South Africa.
In the years ahead, ‘Best of Australia’ will continue to tell stories of Australian
achievement, highlighting that Australia is a major contributor to the world, and
a nation of considerable wealth and talent, where individuals have the space and
inspiration to create that which makes our world a better place.
Australia and Australians have a lot to be proud of – and it is these things that ‘Best
of Australia’ will continue to showcase on the world stage.

Publisher Sven Boermeester

CEO and Editor Aaron Upcroft

Sales Director Tarryn Sibilant

Production Graham Cooper

Design and Layout Peter Batistich

Printing Tien Wah Press (Pte) Limited

Contact Details
Global Village Australasia
PO Box A131, Sydney South NSW 1235
P: 02 9037 2237
F: 02 9267 8549


International Group Publisher Sven Boermeester

Publisher and Managing Group Editor Lisa Durante

Published by
Global Village Australasia Pty Ltd
ABN 79 124 034 135
Under franchise license from
Global Village Partnerships Ltd.

The publisher would to acknowledge and thank the Australian Tourism Commission for their valuable contribution to this publication.
Many of the fine images illustrated herein have been made available through them.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in the Best of Australia Vol. 1 publication. Neither Best of Australia, nor Global Village
Australasia Pty Ltd nor Global Village Partnerships Ltd takes responsibility for errors or omissions.

All rights reserved. No part of this publication shall be reproduced, copied, transmitted, adapted or modified in any form or by any means. This publication
shall not be stored in whole or in part in any form in any retrieval systems without the express permission of the publisher.

Regional Head Offices

Bangalore • Bangkok • Brussels • Cairo • Copenhagen • Dubai Johannesburg • London • Singapore • Sydney • Washington DC

Best of Australia 
Best of Australia
8 – 69

Chapter 1

Hotels Fine Dining and Nightlife

70 – 91

92 – 103
Chapter 2

Chapter 3

 Best of Australia
Best of Australia

Fashion Health and Beauty

104 – 119

120 – 135
Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Design and Interior Corporate Profiles

136 – 143

144 – 159
Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Best of Australia 

Celebrating Success
Our mission is to serve as the world’s premier platform for showcasing and
networking the world’s top brands and companies in business, tourism and lifestyle.
We do this through the ‘Best of’ book series, the Global Village online information
portal and the development of our ever expanding business network of international
partners and clients.

With regional head offices in every

continent, the organisation currently
boasts 20 territories where the ‘Best of’
series is published. “We have a three
year growth plan to develop a further
120 territories organically through each
continent’s regional head office, and
through partnerships with companies
as well as individuals that have the
local know how of their given region”,
Boermeester says.

Sven Boermeester, Chairman GVP

As the prominence of the ‘global village’ distribution extended worldwide. Written as client’s service needs as they evolve. The world
unfolds, making the world a smaller and more cogent feature articles in a pictorially appealing business community - as a global village - is
connected place so does the ability to reach maxi format, the ‘Best of’ series is now dependent on more than monetary profit for
niche markets to create exciting new business producing annual publications in territories as its growth. Core values such as integrity and
opportunities. diverse as Bangkok, Bangalore, Belgium and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at the
Las Vegas. Detailing success stories of people organisational level are long-term values of the
Conceived according to this basic premise and companies making positive inroads into the GVP brand that resonate with the organisation’s
we wanted to create a business model that commercial fiber of both mature and emerging multitiered client base who are looking to join
takes advantage of print and electronic media markets not only supports entrepreneurial spirit, forces with us in this new generation business
to disintegrate the barriers of time and space it also bridges cultures, establishes powerful and marketing model.
in human communication, allowing people to global networks and creates individual brand
relate and cooperate on a worldwide scale. In a awareness in competitive markets worldwide. With regional head offices in every continent,
sense turning the globe into a village. the organisation currently boasts 20 territories
By creating a strong corporate culture where the ‘Best of’ series is published. We have
The companies’ first and increasingly based on expertise, continuous appraisal a three year growth plan to develop a further
successful exploration into this idea is through and recognised ‘reputation capital’, the 120 territories both organically through each
the creation of the ‘Best of’ global book series way forward for GVP is unequivocal. continents regional head office and through
that is forging a rapid international presence “Building strong economic ties attracts partnerships with companies and individuals
in showcasing global business, tourism and investment that allows entry into strategic that have the local know how and experience of
lifestyles. The editorial model is simple yet partnerships that achieve global results. their territory.
incisive. Through the depiction of companies
in diverse spheres making innovative We are working hard to improve the global As for our online and digital distribution
contributions to their respective territories, a economy experience by building our services all the company profiles can be viewed
global readership is leveraged through a niche to revolve around the world and around our and downloaded free of charge in pdf


• Bangalore • Bangkok • Brussels • Cairo • Denmark • Dubai

 Best of Australia
“Today, after more than a century of electric
technology, we have extended our central nervous
system itself in a global embrace, abolishing both
space and time as far as our planet is concerned.
Rapidly, we approach the final phase of the
extensions of man - the technological simulation
of consciousness, when the creative process
of knowing will be collectively and corporately
extended to the whole of human society, much
as we have already extended our senses and our
nerves by the various media.”
Marshall McLuhan -
Understanding Media (1964)

Lisa Durante, Managing Partner, GVP

Charles Neil, Partner, GVP

format from our corporate website elite networking tool. This is where all the business model and distribution network. We Starting from information from every possible contact in look forward to one day being able to complete
February 2008 every 6 months we will make the network comes together including every the puzzle by showcasing every economic
available 20 000 DVD’s that feature all the companies extended profile, their press region and industry sector enjoying success,
books on it for mass international distribution to releases, their photo/video libraries plus innovation and social sustainability. Please feel
every contact and client within our network. personal profiles of VIP’s and industry experts. free to email us as we appreciate feedback on
how to improve and grow our network.
In May 2008 we officially launch Each month new publishing partners from which will be an ever different countries are joining the network Email:
growing global business encyclopedia and adding tremendous value to the over all

• Johannesburg • London • Singapore • Sydney • Washington DC

Best of Australia 
Chapter 1
Best of Australia

 Best of Australia
Best of Australia 
Essential Australian Information
Australian Facts and Figures

Sovereign: Queen Elizabeth II. Religions: Roman Catholic 26%, Anglican

21%, other Christian 21%, Buddhist 2%, Islam
Governor-General: Michael Jeffery. 2%, other 1%, none 15%.

Prime Minister: Kevin Rudd. Literacy rate: 100%.

Land area: 2,941,283 sq mi (7,617,931 sq km); Economic summary:

total area: 2,967,893 sq mi (7,686,850 sq km). • GDP/PPP (2005 est.): $642.1 billion; per
capita $32,000.
Population (2007 est.): 20,434,176 (growth • Real growth rate: 2.6%.
rate: 0.8%); birth rate: 12.0/1000; infant • Inflation: 2.7%.
mortality rate: 4.6/1000; life expectancy: 80.6; • Unemployment: 5.2%.
density per sq mi: 7. • Arable land: 6.15%.
• Agriculture: wheat, barley, sugarcane, fruits;
Capital: Canberra, 327,700. cattle, sheep, poultry.
• Labor force: 10.42 million; agriculture 3.6%,
Largest cities: Sydney, 4,250,100; Melbourne, industry 21.2%, services 75.2% (2004 est.).
3,610,800; Brisbane, 1,545,700; Perth, • Industries: mining, industrial and
1,375,200; Adelaide, 1,087,600. transportation equipment, food processing,
chemicals, steel.
Monetary unit: Australian dollar. • Natural resources: bauxite, coal, iron ore,
copper, tin, gold, silver, uranium, nickel,
Languages: English 79%, native and other tungsten, mineral sands, lead, zinc,
languages 21%. diamonds, natural gas, petroleum.
• Exports: $103 billion (2005 est.): coal,
Ethnicity/race: Caucasian 92%, Asian 7%, gold, meat, wool, alumina, iron ore, wheat,
aboriginal and other 1%. machinery and transport equipment.

10 Best of Australia
• Imports: $119.6 billion (2005 est.): machinery (1825), Western Australia (1829), South Australia
and transport equipment, computers (1834), Victoria (1851), and Queensland (1859).
and office machines, telecommunication Various gold rushes attracted settlers, as did
equipment and parts; crude oil and the mining of other minerals. Sheep farming
petroleum products. and grain soon grew into important economic
• Major trading partners: Japan, China, U.S., enterprises. The six colonies became states
South Korea, New Zealand, India, UK, and in 1901 federated into the Commonwealth
Germany, Singapore (2004). of Australia with a constitution that incorporated
British parliamentary and U.S. federal
Communications: Telephones: main lines traditions. Australia became known for its
in use: 11.66 million (2004); mobile cellular: liberal legislation: free compulsory education,
16.48 million (2004). Radio broadcast protected trade unionism with industrial
stations: AM 262, FM 345, shortwave 1 conciliation and arbitration, the secret ballot,
(1998). Television broadcast stations: 104 women’s suffrage, maternity allowances, and
(1997). Internet hosts: 5,351,622 (2005). sickness and old-age pensions.
Internet users: 14,189,544 (2005). Australia fought alongside Britain in
World War I, notably with the Australia and
Transportation: Railways: total: 54,652 km New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) in the
(3,859 km electrified) (2004). Highways: total: Dardanelles campaign (1915). Participation in
811,601 km; paved: 316,524 km; unpaved: World War II brought Australia closer to the
495,077 km (2002). Waterways: 2,000 km United States. Parliamentary power in the
(mainly used for recreation on Murray and second half of the 20th century shifted between
Murray-Darling river systems) (2002). Ports three political parties: the Australian Labour
and harbors: Brisbane, Dampier, Fremantle, Party, the Liberal Party, and the National Party.
Gladstone, Hay Point, Melbourne, Newcastle, Australia relaxed its discriminatory immigration
Port Hedland, Port Kembla, Port Walcott, laws in the 1960s and 1970s, which favored
Sydney. Airports: 450 (2005). Northern Europeans.
Thereafter, about 40% of its immigrants
Geography came from Asia, diversifying a population that
The continent of Australia, with the island was predominantly of English and Irish heritage.
state of Tasmania, is approximately equal in An Aboriginal movement grew in the 1960s that
area to the United States (excluding Alaska gained full citizenship and improved education
and Hawaii). Mountain ranges run from north for the country’s poorest socioeconomic group.
to south along the east coast, reaching their In March 1996 the opposition Liberal
highest point in Mount Kosciusko (7,308 ft; Party–National Party coalition easily won the
2,228 m). The western half of the continent is national elections, removing the Labour Party
occupied by a desert plateau that rises into after 13 years in power. Pressure from the new,
barren, rolling hills near the west coast. The conservative One Nation Party threatened to
Great Barrier Reef, extending about 1,245 mi reduce the gains made by Aborigines and to
(2,000 km), lies along the northeast coast. The limit immigration.
island of Tasmania (26,178 sq mi; 67,800 sq In September 1999, Australia led the
km) is off the southeast coast. international peacekeeping force sent to restore
order in East Timor after pro-Indonesian militias
Government began massacring civilians to thwart East
Democracy. Symbolic executive power Timor’s referendum on independence.
is vested in the British monarch, who is In November 1999, Australia’s 11.6 million
represented throughout Australia by the voters rejected a referendum that would have
governor-general. ended Australia’s formal allegiance to the troops in the 2003 Iraq war, despite strong
British Crown. In 2000, Prime Minister Howard opposition among Australians.
History instituted a new tax system, lowering income In July 2003, Australia successfully
The first inhabitants of Australia were the and corporate taxes, and adding sales taxes on restored order to the Solomon
Aborigines, who migrated there at least 40,000 goods and services. Islands, which had descended into
years ago from Southeast Asia. There may John Howard won a third term in lawlessness during a brutal civil war.
have been between a half million to a full million November 2001, primarily as the result of his Australia has been the victim of two
Aborigines at the time of European settlement; tough policy against illegal immigration. significant terrorist attacks in recent years:
today about 350,000 live in Australia. This policy has also brought him the 2002 Bali, Indonesia, bombings by a
Dutch, Portuguese, and Spanish ships considerable criticism: refugees attempting group with ties to al-Qaeda in which 202
sighted Australia in the 17th century; the Dutch to enter Australia – most of them from died, many of whom were Australian,
landed at the Gulf of Carpentaria in 1606. Afghanistan, Iran, and Iraq and numbering and the 2004 attack on the Australian
In 1616 the territory became known as New about 5,000 annually – have been imprisoned embassy in Indonesia, which killed ten.
Holland. The British arrived in 1688, but it was in bleak detention camps and subjected In Oct. 2004, Howard won a fourth term as
not until Captain James Cook’s voyage in 1770 to a lengthy immigration process. prime minister. When rival security forces in
that Great Britain claimed possession of the Asylum-seekers have staged riots and East Timor began fighting each other in 2006,
vast island, calling it New South Wales. A British hunger strikes. Howard has also dealt with Australia sent 3,000 peacekeeping troops
penal colony was set up at Port Jackson (what refugees through the “Pacific solution,” to stem the violence. Howard was defeated
is now Sydney) in 1788, and about 161,000 which reroutes boat people from Australian by the Labor Party’s Kevin Rudd in elections
transported English convicts were settled there shores to camps in Papua New Guinea and in November 2007. Rudd campaigned on a
until the system was suspended in 1839. Nauru. In 2004, however, the government platform for change, and promised to focus on
Free settlers and former prisoners began easing its policies on immigration. the environment, education, and healthcare.
established six colonies: New South Wales Prime Minister Howard sent 2,000 Australian Observers predict Rudd will maintain a close
(1786), Tasmania (then Van Diemen’s Land) troops to fight alongside American and British relationship with the United States.

Best of Australia 11
Experience Australia
Experience Australia

Australia’s many and unique experiences make for a memorable, fun and exciting time.
They have excellent food and wine for you to enjoy. A red outback punctuated by stunning
greens, purples and an endless blue sky. Cities that brim with vibrancy. Beaches that
sparkle and invite. Rainforests that started their life thousands of years ago. Roads to be
driven, paths to be walked. Unique animals to behold. And an ancient Aboriginal culture
that explains how it all came about. It’s yours to explore and to enjoy.

12 Best of Australia
Australia, officially the Commonwealth novel by Gabriel de Foigny under the pen name
of Australia, is a country in the Southern Jacques Sadeur. Alexander Dalrymple then
Hemisphere comprising the mainland of the used it in An Historical Collection of Voyages
world’s smallest continent, the major island and Discoveries in the South Pacific Ocean
of Tasmania and a number of other islands (1771), to refer to the entire South Pacific
in the Southern, Indian, and Pacific Oceans. region. In 1793, George Shaw and Sir James
Neighbouring countries include Indonesia, East Smith published Zoology and Botany of New
Timor and Papua New Guinea to the north, Holland, in which they wrote of “the vast island,
the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and the French or rather continent, of Australia, Australasia or
dependency of New Caledonia to the northeast, New Holland.”
and New Zealand to the southeast. The name “Australia” was popularised by
The mainland of Australia has been inhabited the 1814 work A Voyage to Terra Australis
for more than 42,000 years by Indigenous by the navigator Matthew Flinders, who was
Australians. After sporadic visits by fishermen the first recorded person to circumnavigate
from the north and by European explorers and Australia. Despite its title, which reflected
merchants starting in the seventeenth century, the view of the British Admiralty, Flinders
the eastern half of the mainland was claimed used the word “Australia” in the book, which
by the British in 1770 and officially settled was widely read and gave the term general
through penal transportation as the colony of currency. Governor Lachlan Macquarie of
New South Wales on 26 January 1788. As the New South Wales subsequently used the
population grew and new areas were explored, word in his dispatches to England. In 1817, he
another five largely self-governing Crown recommended that it be officially adopted. In
Colonies were successively established over 1824, the Admiralty agreed that the continent
the course of the 19th century. should be known officially as Australia.
On 1 January 1901, the six colonies
became a Federation, and the Commonwealth History
of Australia was formed. Since federation, The first human habitation of Australia is
Australia has maintained a stable liberal estimated to have occurred between 42,000
democratic political system and remains a and 48,000 years ago. The first Australians
Commonwealth Realm. The capital city is were the ancestors of the current Indigenous
Canberra, located in the Australian Capital Australians; they arrived via land bridges
Territory. The current national population is and short sea-crossings from present-day
around 20.6 million people, and is concentrated Southeast Asia. Most of these people were
mainly in the large coastal cities of Sydney, hunter-gatherers, with a complex oral culture
Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, and Adelaide. and spiritual values based on reverence for the
The name “Australia” is derived from the land and a belief in the Dreamtime. The Torres
Latin Australis, meaning of the South. Legends Strait Islanders, ethnically Melanesian, inhabited
of an “unknown land of the south” (terra the Torres Strait Islands and parts of far-north
australis incognita) dating back to Roman times Queensland; their cultural practices are distinct
were commonplace in medieval geography, but from those of the Aborigines.
they were not based on any actual knowledge The first undisputed recorded European
of the continent. The Dutch adjectival form sighting of the Australian mainland was made
Australische was used by Dutch officials in by the Dutch navigator Willem Janszoon, who
Batavia to refer to the newly discovered land sighted the coast of Cape York Peninsula
to the south as early as 1638. The first use of in 1606. During the 17th century, the Dutch
the word “Australia” in the English language charted the whole of the western and northern
was a 1693 translation of Les Aventures de coastlines of what they called New Holland,
Jacques Sadeur dans la Découverte et le but made no attempt at settlement. In 1770,
Voyage de la Terre Australe, a 1692 French James Cook sailed along and mapped the

Best of Australia 13
east coast of Australia, which he named New European settlement, declined steeply for 150
South Wales and claimed for Britain. The years following settlement, mainly because
expedition’s discoveries provided impetus for of infectious disease combined with forced
the establishment of a penal colony there. re-settlement and cultural disintegration. The
The British Crown Colony of New South removal of children, that some historians and
Wales started with the establishment of a Indigenous Australians have argued could be
settlement at Port Jackson by Captain Arthur considered to constitute genocide by some
Phillip on 26 January 1788. This date was later definitions, may have made a contribution
to become Australia’s national day, Australia to the decline in the indigenous population.
Day. Van Diemen’s Land, now known as Such interpretations of Aboriginal history are
Tasmania, was settled in 1803 and became a disputed by some as being exaggerated or
separate colony in 1825. The United Kingdom fabricated for political or ideological reasons.
formally claimed the western part of Australia This debate is known within Australia as the
in 1829. Separate colonies were created from History Wars. Following the 1967 referendum,
parts of New South Wales: South Australia in the Federal government gained the power to
1836, Victoria in 1851, and Queensland in 1859. implement policies and make laws with respect
The Northern Territory (NT) was founded in to Aborigines. Traditional ownership of land
1911 when it was excised from the Province of - native title - was not recognised until 1992,
South Australia. South Australia was founded when the High Court case Mabo v Queensland
as a “free province” - that is, it was never a (No 2) overturned the notion of Australia as terra
penal colony. Victoria and Western Australia nullius at the time of European occupation.
were also founded “free”, but later accepted A gold rush began in Australia in the early
transported convicts. The transportation of 1850s, and the Eureka Stockade rebellion
convicts to the colony of New South Wales against mining licence fees in 1854 was an early
ceased in 1848 after a campaign by the settlers. expression of civil disobedience. Between 1855
The Indigenous Australian population, and 1890, the six colonies individually gained
estimated at about 350,000 at the time of responsible government, managing most of

14 Best of Australia
their own affairs while remaining part of the
British Empire. The Colonial Office in London
retained control of some matters, notably
foreign affairs, defence and international
shipping. On 1 January 1901, federation of
the colonies was achieved after a decade of
planning, consultation and voting, and the
Commonwealth of Australia was born, as a
Dominion of the British Empire. The Australian
Capital Territory (ACT) was formed from New
South Wales in 1911 to provide a location for
the proposed new federal capital of Canberra
(Melbourne was the capital from 1901 to 1927).
The Northern Territory was transferred from
the control of the South Australian government
to the Commonwealth in 1911. Australia
willingly participated in World War I; many
Australians regard the defeat of the Australian
and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC’s) at
Gallipoli as the birth of the nation - its first major
military action. Much like Gallipoli, the Kokoda
Track Campaign is regarded by many as a
nation-defining battle from World War II.
The Statute of Westminster 1931 formally
ended most of the constitutional links between
Australia and the United Kingdom when
Australia adopted it in 1942. The shock of
the United Kingdom’s defeat in Asia in 1942
and the threat of Japanese invasion caused
Australia to turn to the United States as a new
ally and protector. Since 1951, Australia has
been a formal military ally of the US under the
auspices of the ANZUS treaty. After World War
II, Australia encouraged mass immigration
from Europe; since the 1970s and the abolition
of the White Australia policy, immigration
from Asia and other parts of the world was
also encouraged. As a result, Australia’s
demography, culture and image of itself were
radically transformed.
Final constitutional ties between Australia
and the United Kingdom were severed in 1986
with the passing of the Australia Act 1986,
ending any British role in the Australian States,

Best of Australia 15
Experience Australia

and ending judicial appeals to the UK Privy notable exercise of the Governor-General’s
Council Australian voters rejected a move to reserve powers outside the Prime Minister’s
become a republic in 1999 by a 55% majority. direction was the dismissal of the Whitlam
Since the election of the Whitlam Government in the constitutional crisis of 1975.
Government in 1972, there has been an
increasing focus on the nation’s future as a There are three branches of government:
part of the Asia-Pacific region. • The legislature: the Commonwealth
Parliament, comprising the Queen, the
Politics Senate, and the House of Representatives;
The Commonwealth of Australia is the Queen is represented by the Governor-
a constitutional monarchy with a General, whose powers are limited to
parliamentary system of government. assenting to laws.
Queen Elizabeth II is the Queen of Australia, • The executive: the Federal Executive
a role that is distinct from her position Council (the Governor-General as advised
as monarch of the other Commonwealth by the Executive Councilors); in practice,
Realms. The Queen is represented by the councilors are the Prime Minister and
the Governor-General at Federal level Ministers of State.
and by the Governors at State level. • The judiciary: the High Court of Australia
Although the Constitution gives extensive and other federal courts. The State courts
executive powers to the Governor-General, became formally independent from the
these are normally exercised only on the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council
advice of the Prime Minister. The most when the Australia Act was passed in 1986.

16 Best of Australia
National Party. Independent members and Northern Territory, and the Governor-General in
several minor parties - including the Greens the ACT, have analogous roles.
and the Australian Democrats - have achieved Australia also has several minor territories;
representation in Australian parliaments, mostly the federal government administers a separate
in upper houses. Since the 1996 election, the area within New South Wales, the Jervis Bay
Liberal/National Coalition led by the Prime Territory, as a naval base and sea port for the
Minister, John Howard, has been in power in national capital. In addition Australia has the
Canberra. In the 2004 election, the Coalition following, inhabited, external territories: Norfolk
won control of the Senate, the first time that Island, Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling)
a party (or coalition of governing parties) has Islands, and several largely uninhabited external
done so while in government in more than 20 territories: Ashmore and Cartier Islands, Coral
years. The Labor Party is in power in every Sea Islands, Heard Island and McDonald
state and territory. Voting is compulsory for all Islands and the Australian Antarctic Territory.
enrolled citizens 18 years and over in each state
and territory and at the federal level. Foreign relations and the military
Over recent decades, Australia’s foreign
States and territories relations have been driven by a close
Australia consists of six states, two major association with the United States, through
mainland territories, and other minor territories. the ANZUS pact and by a desire to develop
The states are New South Wales, Queensland, relationships with Asia and the Pacific,
South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and particularly through ASEAN and the Pacific
Western Australia. The two major mainland Islands Forum. In 2005 Australia secured
territories are the Northern Territory and the an inaugural seat at the East Asia Summit
Australian Capital Territory. In most respects, following its accession to the Treaty of Amity
The bicameral Commonwealth Parliament the territories function similarly to the states, and Cooperation. Australia is a member of
consists of the Queen, the Senate (the but the Commonwealth Parliament can override the Commonwealth of Nations, in which
upper house) of 76 senators, and a House any legislation of their parliaments. By contrast, the Commonwealth Heads of Government
of Representatives (the lower house) of 150 federal legislation overrides state legislation meetings provide the main forum for co-
members. Members of the lower house are only with respect to certain areas as set out operation. Much of Australia’s diplomatic
elected from single-member constituencies, in Section 51 of the Constitution; all residual energy is focused on international trade
commonly known as ‘electorates’ or ‘seats’. legislative powers are retained by the state liberalisation. Australia led the formation of the
Seats in the House of Representatives are parliaments, including powers over hospitals, Cairns Group and APEC, and is a member of
allocated to states on the basis of population. education, police, the judiciary, roads, public the OECD and the WTO. Australia has pursued
In the Senate, each state, regardless of transport and local government. several major bilateral free trade agreements,
population, is represented by 12 senators, Each state and territory has its own most recently the Australia-United States
while the territories (the ACT and the NT) legislature (unicameral in the case of the Free Trade Agreement. Australia is a founding
are each represented by two. Elections for Northern Territory, the ACT and Queensland, member of the United Nations, and maintains
both chambers are held every three years; and bicameral in the remaining states). The an international aid programme under which
typically only half of the Senate seats are lower house is known as the Legislative some 60 countries receive assistance. The
put to each election, because senators Assembly (House of Assembly in South 2005 - 06 budget provides A$2.5 bn for
have overlapping six-year terms. The Australia and Tasmania) and the upper house development assistance; as a percentage of
party with majority support in the House is known as the Legislative Council. The GDP, this contribution is less than that of the
of Representatives forms Government, heads of the governments in each state and UN Millennium Development Goals.
with its leader becoming Prime Minister. territory are called premiers and chief ministers, Australia’s armed forces - the Australian
There are three major political parties: respectively. The Queen is represented in Defence Force (ADF) - comprise the Royal
the Labor Party, the Liberal Party and the each state by a governor; administrators in the Australian Navy (RAN), the Australian Army,

Best of Australia 17
and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF),
numbering about 51,000. All branches of
the ADF have been involved in UN and
regional peacekeeping (most recently in East
Timor, the Solomon Islands and Sudan),
disaster relief, and armed conflict, including
the 2003 Invasion of Iraq. The government
appoints the Chief of the Defence Force
from one of the armed services; the current
Chief of the Defence Force is Air Chief
Marshal Angus Houston. In the 2006-07
Budget, defence spending is $19.6 billion.

Australia’s 7,686,850 square kilometres
(2,967,909 sq. mi) landmass is on the Indo-
Australian Plate. Surrounded by the Indian,
Southern and Pacific oceans, Australia is
separated from Asia by the Arafura and Timor
seas. Australia has a total 25,760 kilometres
(16,007 mi) of coastline and claims an extensive
Exclusive Economic Zone of 8,148,250 square
kilometres (3,146,057 sq. mi). This exclusive
economic zone does not include the Australian
Antarctic Territory.
The Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest
coral reef, lies a short distance off the north-
east coast and extends for over 2,000
kilometres (1,250 mi). The world’s largest
monolith, Mount Augustus, is located in
Western Australia. At 2,228 metres (7,310

18 Best of Australia
ft), Mount Kosciuszko on the Great Dividing
Range is the highest mountain on the Australian
mainland, although Mawson Peak on the
remote Australian territory of Heard Island is
taller at 2,745 metres (9,006 ft).
By far the largest part of Australia is desert
or semi-arid. Australia is the driest inhabited
continent, the flattest, and has the oldest
and least fertile soils. Only the south-east
and south-west corners of the continent
have a temperate climate. The majority of the
population lives along the temperate south-
eastern coastline. The northern part of the
country, with a tropical climate, has vegetation
consisting of rainforest, woodland, grassland,
mangrove swamps and desert. Climate is highly
influenced by ocean currents, including the El
Niño southern oscillation, which is correlated
with periodic drought, and the seasonal tropical
low pressure system that produces cyclones in
northern Australia.

Flora and fauna

Although most of Australia is semi-arid or
desert, it covers a diverse range of habitats,
from alpine heaths to tropical rainforests.
Because of the great age and consequent low
levels of fertility of the continent, its extremely
variable weather patterns, and its long-term
geographic isolation, much of Australia’s biota
is unique and diverse. About 85% of flowering
plants, 84% of mammals, more than 45%
of birds, and 89% of in-shore, temperate-
zone fish are endemic. Many of Australia’s soils because of their symbiosis with Rhizobia Human Development Index and sixth in The
ecoregions, and the species within those bacteria and mycorrhizal fungi. Well-known Economist worldwide quality-of-life index 2005.
regions, are threatened by human activities Australian fauna include monotremes (the Traditionally, the absence of an export oriented
and introduced plant and animal species. The platypus and echidna); a host of marsupials, manufacturing industry has been considered a
federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity including the kangaroo, koala, wombat; and key weakness of the Australian economy. More
Conservation Act 1999 is a legal framework birds such as the emu, and kookaburra. The recently, rising prices for Australia’s commodity
used for the protection of threatened species. dingo was introduced by Austronesian people exports and increasing tourism has to some
Numerous protected areas have been created that traded with Indigenous Australians around extent alleviated this criticism. Nevertheless,
under the country’s Biodiversity Action Plan 4000 BCE. Many plant and animal species Australia has developed the world’s third largest
to protect and preserve Australia’s unique became extinct soon after human settlement, current account deficit in absolute terms (in
ecosystems, 64 wetlands are registered under including the Australian megafauna; others have relative terms over 7% of GDP). This has been
the Ramsar Convention, and 16 World Heritage become extinct since European settlement, considered problematic by some economists,
Sites have been established. Australia was among them the Thylacine. especially as it has coincided with high prices
ranked thirteenth in the World on the 2005 for Australia’s exports and low interest rates
Environmental Sustainability Index. Economy which keeps the cost of servicing the foreign
Most Australian woody plant species are Australia has a prosperous, Western-style debt unusually low.
evergreen and many are adapted to fire and mixed economy, with a per capita GDP slightly In the 1980s, the Hawke Government
drought, including many eucalyptus and higher than the UK, Germany and France in started the process of economic reform by
acacias. Australia has a rich variety of endemic terms of purchasing power parity. The country floating the Australian dollar in 1983, and
legume species that thrive in nutrient-poor was ranked third in the United Nations’ 2006 deregulating the financial system. Since 1996,

Best of Australia 19
the Howard government has continued the has quadrupled since the end of World War I, of the most active immigration programmes
process of micro-economic reform, including spurred by an ambitious immigration program. in the world to boost population growth. Most
partial deregulation of the labour market and In 2001, the five largest groups of the 23.1% immigrants are skilled, but the immigration
the privatisation of state-owned businesses, of Australians who were born overseas were quota includes categories for family members
most notably in the telecommunications from the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Italy, and refugees.
industry. Substantial reform of the indirect tax Vietnam and China. Following the abolition of English is the national language, and is
system was implemented in July 2000 with the the White Australia policy in 1973, numerous spoken and written in a distinct variety known
introduction of a 10% Goods and Services Tax, government initiatives have been established to as Australian English. According to the 2001
which has slightly reduced the heavy reliance encourage and promote racial harmony based census, English is the only language spoken
on personal and company income tax that still on a policy of multiculturalism. in the home for around 80% of the population.
characterises Australia’s tax system. The indigenous population - mainland The next most common languages spoken at
As of January 2007, unemployment was Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders - was home are Chinese languages (2.1%), Italian
4.6% with 10,334,800 persons employed. 410,003 (2.2% of the total population) in 2001, (1.9%) and Greek (1.4%). A considerable
The service sector of the economy, including a significant increase from the 1976 census, proportion of first- and second-generation
tourism, education, and financial services, which showed an indigenous population of migrants are bilingual. It is believed that
comprises 69% of GDP. Agriculture and natural 115,953. Indigenous Australians have higher there were between 200 and 300 Australian
resources comprise 3% and 5% of GDP but rates of imprisonment and unemployment, Aboriginal languages at the time of first
contribute substantially to Australia’s export lower levels of education and life expectancies European contact. Only about 70 of these
performance. Australia’s largest export markets for males and females that are 17 years lower languages have survived, and all but 20 of
include Japan, China, the United States, South than those of other Australians. these are now endangered. An indigenous
Korea and New Zealand. In common with many other developed language remains the main language for about
countries, Australia is experiencing a 50,000 (0.25%) people. Australia has a sign
Demographics demographic shift towards an older population, language known as Auslan, which is the main
Most of the estimated 20.6 million Australians with more retirees and fewer people of working language of about 6,500 deaf people.
are descended from nineteenth- and twentieth- age. A large number of Australians (759,849 Australia has no state religion. The 2001
century European settlers, the majority from for the period 2002 - 03) live outside their census identified that 68% of Australians
Great Britain and Ireland. Australia’s population home country. Australia has maintained one call themselves Christian: 27% identifying

20 Best of Australia
themselves as Roman Catholic and 21% as Asian neighbours. The vigour and originality
Anglican. Australians who identify themselves of the arts in Australia - films, opera, music,
as followers of non-Christian religions number painting, theatre, dance, and crafts - achieve
5%. A total of 16% were categorised as international recognition.
having “No Religion” (which includes non- Australia has a long history of visual arts,
theistic beliefs such as humanism, atheism, starting with the cave and bark paintings of its
agnosticism and rationalism) and a further 12% indigenous peoples. From the time of European
declined to answer or did not give a response settlement, a common theme in Australian art
adequate for interpretation. As in many Western has been the Australian landscape, seen in
countries, the level of active participation in the works of Arthur Streeton, Arthur Boyd and
church worship is much lower than this; weekly Albert Namatjira, among others. The traditions
attendance at church services is about 1.5 of indigenous Australians are largely transmitted
million, about 7.5% of the population. orally and are closely tied to ceremony and
School attendance is compulsory the telling of the stories of the Dreamtime.
throughout Australia between the ages of 6 Australian Aboriginal music, dance and art
- 15 years (16 years in South Australia and have a palpable influence on contemporary
Tasmania, and 17 years in Western Australia), Australian visual and performing arts. Australia
contributing to an adult literacy rate that is has an active tradition of music, ballet and
assumed to be 99%. Government grants have theatre; many of its performing arts companies
supported the establishment of Australia’s receive public funding through the federal
38 universities, and although several private government’s Australia Council. There is a
universities have been established, the symphony orchestra in each capital city, and a
majority receives government funding. There national opera company, Opera Australia, first
is a state-based system of vocational training made prominent by the renowned diva Dame
colleges, known as TAFE Institutes, and many Joan Sutherland; Australian music includes
trades conduct apprenticeships for training classical, jazz, and many popular music genres.
new trades people. Approximately 58% of Australian literature has also been influenced
Australians between the ages of 25 and 64 by the landscape; the works of writers such as
have vocational or tertiary qualifications and Banjo Paterson and Henry Lawson, captured
the tertiary graduation rate of 49% is highest the experience of the Australian bush. The
of OECD countries. The ratio of international character of colonial Australia, as embodied in
to local students in tertiary education in early literature, resonates with modern Australia
Australia is the highest in OECD countries. and its perceived emphasis on egalitarianism,
mateship, and anti-authoritarianism. In 1973,
Culture Patrick White was awarded the Nobel Prize
The primary basis of Australian culture until the in Literature, the only Australian to have
mid-20th century was Anglo-Celtic, although achieved this; he is recognised as one of the
distinctive Australian features had been great English-language writers of the twentieth
evolving from the environment and indigenous century. Australian English is a major variety
culture. Over the past 50 years, Australian of the language; its grammar and spelling
culture has been strongly influenced by are largely based on those of British English,
American popular culture (particularly television overlaid with a rich vernacular of unique lexical
and cinema), large-scale immigration from non- items and phrases, some of which have found
English-speaking countries, and Australia’s their way into standard English.

Best of Australia 21
22 Best of Australia
Australia has two public broadcasters
(the ABC and the multi-cultural SBS), three
commercial television networks, several pay
TV services, and numerous public, non-profit
television and radio stations. Australia’s film
industry has achieved critical and commercial
successes. Each major city has daily
newspapers, and there are two national daily
newspapers, The Australian and The Australian
Financial Review. According to Reporters
Without Borders in 2006, Australia was in thirty
fifth position on a list of countries ranked by
press freedom, behind New Zealand (19th) and
the United Kingdom (27th) but ahead of the
United States. This ranking is primarily because
of the limited diversity of commercial media
ownership in Australia. Most Australian print
media in particular is under the control of either
News Corporation or John Fairfax Holdings.
Sport plays an important part in Australian
culture, assisted by a climate that favours
outdoor activities; 23.5% Australians over the
age of 15 regularly participate in organised
sporting activities. At an international level,
Australia has particularly strong teams in
cricket, hockey, netball, rugby league, rugby
union, and performs well in cycling, rowing
and swimming. Nationally, other popular
sports include Australian Rules football, horse
racing, soccer and motor racing. Australia has
participated in every summer Olympic Games
of the modern era, and every Commonwealth
Games. Australia has hosted the 1956 and
2000 Summer Olympics, and has ranked
among the top five medal-takers since 2000.
Australia has also hosted the 1938, 1962,
1982 and 2006 Commonwealth Games. Other
major international events held regularly in
Australia include the Australian Open, one
of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments,
annual international cricket matches and
the Formula One Australian Grand Prix.
Corporate and government sponsorship of
many sports and elite athletes is common in
Australia. Televised sport is popular; some
of the highest rating television programs
include the summer Olympic Games and
the grand finals of local and international
football (various codes) competitions.

Best of Australia 23
Australia’s heritage is the
Australia’s Heritage

World’s heritage
Australia has more than its fair share of World Heritage Sites -
treasures such as the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru-Kata Tjuta and Kakadu
National Park. Others, such as the Australian Fossil Mammal sites and
Purnululu National Park are lesser known but also available to visit.

24 Best of Australia
Australia is a custodian of some of the oldest with one of the most unique ecosystems in
rainforests on Earth and a massive one-third of the world. Long uninterrupted white beaches,
the world’s protected marine areas. When the majestic tall rainforests and numerous crystal
island continent split apart from the mainland clear freshwater lakes will ensure you have an
it launched a time capsule that was preserved unforgettable experience.
for generations by its Aboriginal inhabitants.
Though many of the sites are in remote areas Great Blue Mountains Area –
by international standards, they are well served New South Wales
with most easily accessible by road, plane or The famous Blue Mountains area is made up
on foot. So, get out of your comfort zone and of seven outstanding national parks and is best
venture out and about into our unique nature known for its thick eucalypt forests, dramatic
and wilderness areas. sandstone cliffs and the Three Sisters - a
fascinating rock formation with an associated
Australian Fossil Mammal Sites, South Aboriginal legend.
Australia and Queensland The Mountains are also home to the
From giant prehistoric kangaroos to long dinosaur of the plant world - the Wollemi Pine
extinct marsupial lions and giant wombats, - and to the world’s steepest incline railway, The
Australia’s fossil mammal sites – Naracoorte, Scenic Railway, which provides easy access
South Australia and Riversleigh, Queensland deep into the forest floor.
- tells the story of how Australia’s native
animals evolved to be so different from Heard, McDonald and Macquarie Islands
wildlife anywhere else on earth. Visits to remote Heard, McDonald and
Macquarie Islands are strictly controlled and
Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves, New usually restricted to scientific visits only.
South Wales and Queensland Macquarie is a rare above water section of the
Lose yourself in a timewarp in the cool crisp air ancient ocean floor and Heard is known as the
of the rainforest reserves of Queensland and wildest place on earth.
New South Wales. Graded tracks lead through
ancient damp rainforests with crystal clear Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory
waterfalls and glass rivers, to pristine white Kakadu National Park is the second
beaches. largest national park in the world and is
abundant with amazing Australian wildlife.
Fraser Island, Queensland A wide variety of flora and fauna inhabit
The largest sand island in the world and the the majestic 10 square kilometres of the
only place in the world where tall rainforests landlocked Yellow Water Billabong, with
are found growing on sand dunes at elevations up to one million water birds gathering in
of over 200 metres, Fraser Island is blessed the park during the Autumn months.

Best of Australia 25
26 Best of Australia
Lord Howe Island, Queensland
Lord Howe Island is a Mecca for nature lovers
with at least 129 native and introduced bird
species, approximately 500 species of fish and
90 species of brilliantly coloured coral - four per
cent of which cannot be found anywhere else
in the world. With only 400 visitors on the island
at any one time, Lord Howe Island is a place to
feel free and enjoy the pleasures of nature.

Purnululu National Park, Western Australia

The Purnululu National Park is most famous for
the striking banded, beehive rock structures
of the Bungle Bungle Ranges. With its huge
expanse of amazing landscape of domed
rocks, gorges, chasms and waterfalls, the best
way to view the park is from above.

Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton

Gardens, Melbourne
The magnificent Royal Exhibition Building and
Carlton Gardens in Melbourne was constructed
in 1880 to house Australia’s first international
exhibition of cultural, technological, and
industrial achievements. It was used for the
opening of the Australian Parliament on 9 May
1901 and flourishes as one of the world’s oldest
exhibition pavilions.

Shark Bay, Western Australia

A place where you can feed dolphins by hand,
that is home to over 10,000 dugongs, and
where you are more than likely to see whales,
manta rays, turtles, sharks and rare marsupials,
Shark Bay provides a significant habitat for
some of Australia’s most precious marine
creatures. It is also home to the remarkable
Hamelin Pool stromatolites – the oldest and
largest living fossils in the world.

The Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest marine
park in the world. A maze of 2,900 reefs and
islands make up the worlds largest collection
of coral reef that is home to a myriad of sea
creatures including dolphins, turtles, dugongs
and more than 1,500 species of fish. Whether

Best of Australia 27
28 Best of Australia
you visit an island, sail the seas or dive deep to million years old and supports over 3,000 plant
see all the colours of the reef it will be one of species. Why not 13 indulge with a rejuvenating
the most magical experiences of your life. spa treatment.

The Sydney Opera House, New South Wales The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park,
The Sydney Opera House is one of the most Northern Territory
recognisable images of the modern world. Featuring one of the most recognisable
With a roof evocative of a ship at full sail, it landscapes in the world, The Uluru-Kata Tjuta
was designed by renowned Danish architect National Park holds a great cultural significance
- Jorn Utzon - in the late 1950s and opened in for the Anangu traditional landowners.
1973. His design was considered beyond the
Take a guided tour of the land with the
capabilities of engineering of the time.
traditional Aboriginal landowners and learn
about the local flora and fauna, bush foods and
The Tasmanian Wilderness, Tasmania
the Aboriginal Dreamtime stories of the area.
The Tasmanian wilderness is an outstanding
example of Australia’s untouched regions.
At over one million hectares in size the region Willandra Lakes Region, New South Wales
represents all major stages in the earth’s The outback Willandra Lakes Region was home
evolutionary history. Go back in time and to the Mungo people over 40,000 years ago
experience what Australia was like millions of when the lakes were full and the area aplenty
years ago. with vegetation and wildlife.
Today the 17 dried up lakes uncover some
Wet Tropics of Queensland of Australia’s richest Aboriginal culture and
The Daintree Rainforest in Far North Queensland history along with an abundance of fossils and
is the oldest rainforest in the world – 135 information about the last ice age on earth.

Best of Australia 29
Sport in Australia
Australian Sports

One of the greatest sporting nations in the world.

Sport in Australia is popular and widespread. League, the A-League and the Australian programs. In fact, nine of the top 10 highest
Levels of both participation and spectating are Football League, Australia will become the only rated shows in 2005 were sports programs.
much higher than in many other countries. country in the world to sustain fully-professional Professional sport leagues in Australia use a
Testament to this is the level of achievement leagues for four different football codes. model based on franchises and closed league
in the Olympic Games and Commonwealth The climate and economy provide ideal membership, as is standard in North America.
Games as well as other international sporting conditions for Australians to participate The “European” system of professional
events in comparison to the population of the and watch sports. Such is the Australian sports league organisation, characterised by
country, particularly in the areas of water sports population’s devotion towards sport that promotion and relegation, is foreign to Australia,
and team sports. it is sometimes humorously described as at least at the professional level.
With the new Australian Rugby “Australia’s national religion” Armchair sports In October 2007, the Australian Government
Championship joining the National Rugby fans drive high television ratings for sports announced a new drug policy for sport that it

30 Best of Australia
The sport which originated in the Colony of Rugby Union
Victoria in 1858 is the predominant winter sport The first recorded game of Rugby football in
in its traditional areas of popularity, Victoria, Australia was on 25 July 1839. The Sydney
Northern Territory, South Australia, Western University club, the first recognised club,
Australia and Tasmania. was formed in 1864. By 1874 there were
In these areas, the population takes a enough clubs for the formation of the Sydney
high interest in the sport and actively attend Metropolitan competition playing by the rules of
matches. It is also popular, along with other the Rugby Football Union.
codes of football, in the Australian Capital English teams toured Australia in 1888 and
Territory, the Riverina and Broken Hill regions of 1899. Throughout the 20th century Australian
New South Wales and in the Cape York region Rugby Union teams were reliably competitive.
of Queensland. In Australia, rugby union became a professional
The Australian Football League (AFL) is the sport in 1996. The Australian national rugby
national Australian rules football competition. union team are the Wallabies.
It is the most attended sporting league in Major international competitions played
Australia and the third most attended in the by the Wallabies include the Bledisloe Cup,
world (an average of 36,793 per match for between Australia and New Zealand, which
2007). It consists of a single division of 16 since 1996 has been part of the Tri Nations
teams. Of these 16 teams, 10 are Victorian, and Series.
with 2 each from South Australia and Western The Rugby World Cup was first held in 1987
Australia. The remaining two teams are based and is now held every four years. Australia is
in Brisbane and Sydney. the only nation to have won the Rugby World
hopes will be adopted by all sporting bodies The AFL is the result of the expanded Cup twice, in 1991 and 1999. The Mandela
and will involve tests of 6000 illicit drugs a year. Victorian Football League, a competition that Challenge Plate began in 2000, which started
has been running since 1896 which changed as a minor tournament involving Australia and
Australian Rules Football its name to the Australian Football League in South Africa. From 2006 on, it will be contested
Australian rules football (commonly known 1990 to reflect its national focus. Each state in the Tri Nations alongside the Bledisloe Cup.
as Aussie Rules) is played in all Australian has its own local league, and there are amateur The premier provincial rugby competition
states and territories. It is the most popular recreational, children’s, junior, masters and is the Super 14 (previously the Super 12)
football code in Australia, and its premier women’s competitions. consisting of 4 teams (Queensland Reds, New
league, the AFL has the third highest average Most towns and cities in the southern states South Wales Waratahs, the Brumbies and
attendance in the world [Behind the USA’s NFL of Australia have at least one team competing Western Force) from Australia, along with 5
(gridiron) and Germany’s Bundesliga (soccer)]. in a local league. teams from New Zealand and 5 teams from

Best of Australia 31
South Africa. Of all the Australian teams, only was the winner of the first Test match, and is
the Brumbies have won a Super Rugby Title, today regarded as the leading international
in 2001 and 2004. The Australian Rugby Shield team in world cricket, having been the
was first played in 2000, to try and promote unquestionably dominant team for most of the
rugby union in states outside New South Wales 2000s. The first Australian cricket team which
and Queensland. To celebrate 10 years of played overseas was the 1868 Aboriginal
professional Rugby Union, Australian Rugby cricket tour of England. The Australian team
celebrated the occasion with the announcement which toured England in 1948 was nicknamed
of the Wallaby Team of the Decade. The Invincibles and was captained
by Donald Bradman. In recent years
Cricket the Australia team has been captained
Cricket has a long history in Australia, and by Allan Border, Mark Taylor, Steve
is played on local, national and international Waugh, and currently Ricky Ponting.
levels. It is Australia’s national summer sport Through to 2007, Australia has won the
and unlike the various football codes, enjoys Cricket World Cup four out of the nine times it
consistent support from people in all parts of has been held, including the last three. Australia
Australia. The Australia national cricket team has dominated world cricket since the mid-90’s,

32 Best of Australia
it has appeared in every world cup final since Football in competitive racing events. Many Australians
1996, and has been undefeated in a world cup Australia’s national team, nicknamed the learn to swim from a young age out of necessity
match since 1999 where they have gone on Socceroos, are active in international games due to Australia’s love of the beach and the
to win every single match in the world cup. including World Cup Qualification games. abundance of backyard pools.
Domestic competitions between the The governing body, Football Federation Many swimmers go on to continue to swim
states include the Pura Cup first-class Australia, is a member of the Asian Football competitively by training through squads and
competition (previously known as Sheffield Confederation, having moved from the Oceania attending weekend competitions. Successful
Shield), the Ford Ranger One Day Cup Football Confederation on January 1, 2006. Australian swimmers such as Samantha Riley
List-A cricket competition and the KFC The popularity of the sport as a spectator began their swimming careers through a learn
Twenty20 Big Bash Twenty20 competition. sport has increased notably in recent years, to swim program.
The Pura Cup and Ford Ranger One Day due to reforms made to the sport’s national Learn to swim programs are also often
Cup tournaments involve each team playing governing body and the participation of the offered through primary schools at local
against each other team both at home and national team in the 2006 FIFA World Cup swimming pools during school times.
away with the two highest-placed teams reaching the round of 16. The success of Australian Swimming is
playing in a final match, while the KFC The year 2004 marked the last season for measurable through Australian international
Twenty20 Big Bash is similar but with only one the National Soccer League, Australia’s first dominance in the sport. Athletes such as
match against each other team before the final. club based national league of any sport and in Grant Hackett, Ian Thorpe, Leisel Jones
2005 the A-League was launched. and Libby Lenton are all a credit to the
Cycling The A-League plays during summer, the extensive development programs in the
Cycling is one of the most popular recreational traditional off-season, to avoid conflict with the sport and with the AIS. This is a further
activities in Australia, as the weather is more established football codes in publicity and achievement because of Australia’s small
suitable most of the year. In 2004, almost facilities as well as being in line with European population in comparison to other swimming
1.5 million Australians aged 15 years and competition. dominant nations such as the USA.
over participated in cycling for exercise, Unlike Australian rules football, Rugby
recreation and sport at least once. league and Rugby union there are no Tennis
Road Cycling is gaining a higher profile ‘traditional’ regional biases for the sport One of the four tennis Grand Slams is played
at a competitive level in the Tour de France allowing for a common ‘football’ identity. in Australia, the Australian Open held in
and other international cycling competitions The A-League has proved successful, Melbourne. The tournament has been held for
with a number of professional Australian with the 2006-07 regular season recording an 100 years since 1905 when the Australasian
cyclists being based in Europe and riding average attendance of 12,927 people. Most Tennis Championship was first held at a Cricket
exclusively for European teams. notably, Melbourne Victory averaged 27,728 Ground in St Kilda Road, Melbourne.
Strong results have been achieved over people to their home matches throughout the Like the other three Grand Slam events, it
the years, most notably Cadel Evans’ second season, and a crowd of 55,436 watched the was contested by top-ranked amateur players.
placing in the 2007 Tour de France and overall Victory beat Adelaide United 6-0 in the Grand It was known as the Australian championships
win of the 2007 UCI ProTour. From 2008, Final, a record for a domestic club football until the advent of open tennis in 1968.
Australia’s only major international cycling (soccer) game in Australia. There are men’s and women’s
race, the Tour Down Under to be held in Historically, the sport has been known singles competitions, men’s, women’s,
Adelaide, will become the first UCI ProTour by many as soccer, but numerous official and mixed doubles, as well as junior
cycling race to be held outside of Europe. organisations and clubs are now using and master’s competitions.
Track cycling has also obtained more of a the name “football” in line with common Some of Australia’s best known tennis
following in recent years, particularly due to international usage of the word. However, players include Rod Laver, Mark Philippoussis,
strong results in international events such as popular use of the word “football” to mean Margaret Court, Roy Emerson, Lleyton Hewitt,
the Commonwealth Games and the Olympic either Australian rules football or Rugby league John Newcombe, Pat Rafter, Ken Rosewall
Games. Young riders such as Commonwealth is well-established in Australia. and The Woodies. The Woodies consisting of
Games gold medallist Ben Kersten are a Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde was
testament that this sport is popular with the Swimming the most successful men’s tennis doubles team
young talent and will remain popular for years Swimming is a very common and popular sport in history, and won eleven Grand Slams and an
to come. in Australia as a recreational activity as well as Olympic gold medal.

Best of Australia 33
Australia as a Business Events destination
Business Events in Australia

Five of the top 12 business travel cities in the world are in Australia, according to a survey
conducted by The Economist’s Intelligence Unit in 2006. The business trip rankings were based
on broad categories covering infrastructure, cost, stability, healthcare, culture and environment.

34 Best of Australia
Out of 127 international cities, The Economist will be a great asset for Australia when it opens Antarctic research and a base for exploration
ranked Adelaide fourth, Brisbane equal in 2008.” Ms DiMascio said. of the frozen continent. Whether you choose to
sixth, Perth equal eighth, Melbourne ninth The 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, meet in one of Australia’s great cities or a more
and Sydney twelth. The Australian cities far the 2006 Commonwealth Games in intimate resort destination, efficient and friendly
outranked capitals like Hong Kong, Berlin, Melbourne, and APEC Leaders Week 2007 service is likely to be the hallmark of your event.
Paris, Tokyo, Beijing, New York and London. in Sydney, demonstrated Australia’s event
Joyce DiMascio, Head of Tourism Events management excellence to the world. As Why choose Australia?
Australia, the business events unit within many global companies have discovered, There is a superb range of conference,
Tourism Australia, says that Australia has a Australia is an ideal place to re-energise exhibition and special event venues in major
great track-record of delivering outstanding and reinvigorate their team. In the cities, capital cities. Accommodation ranges through
business events in both our major capital cities expect high tech facilities, innovative cuisine, the spectrum to cater to all budgets and
as well as in regional Australia. excellent entertainment and the chance to business needs. There are also excellent
“We have outstanding pedigree in the have your conference opened by a leading support services and knowledgeable and
sector having serviced clients from a broad scientist, top novelist, Olympic gold medalist, friendly staff.
range of industry sectors – including finance
celebrity chef or leading cinematographer. Research shows that Australia is one of
and banking, agribusiness, bio-medicine,
Venues that can be hired range from the travel destinations that people truly aspire
pharmaceutical, insurance, automotive and
the Great Hall of the Houses of Parliament to visit. With hundreds of international flights
many more. Our portfolio of experiences for the
in Canberra to the Perth Yacht Club, arriving and departing every day, it is easy
corporate meetings, incentives and conference
from the Sydney Superdome to the to travel to Australia. And since English - the
sectors is outstanding – and our people rise
Australian Centre for the Moving Image international business language - is also
to the occasion to make every clients’ event a
winner” she said. at Federation Square in Melbourne. Australia’s national language, it is easy to do
“Combine the easy access into the main Australia is known for its innovation in business here.
Australian gateways, with the outstanding science, medicine, biotechnology, education, Australia also hosts a number of international
range of premium hotels, venues, attractions information technology, finance, insurance and exhibitions and trade shows every year, in
and unique events and you have a great place business. Holding a convention or meeting a wide range of industries from medical
in which to meet and do business.” in Australia can provide opportunities for to manufacturing, agriculture to leisure.
She said that the business events networking and getting fresh ideas. An example Information on events held in Australia can
industry in Australia was actively addressing of this was when Hobart Antarctic conference, be found on Tourism Australia’s dedicated
“sustainability” issues to ensure the Tasmania, was chosen as the destination for Business Events website
environmental footprint of the events sector a major because the port was a key centre for
was carefully managed.
“We are developing a compelling
portfolio of best practice in “greening
of events”. We have some outstanding
“green” products and services that are
coming online around the country.
The new Melbourne Convention and
Exhibition Centre is an outstanding example of
environmentally sustainable infrastructure and

Best of Australia 35
Business Events in Australia

will be sourced from local specialised food

producers and vineyards.
Hamish Lyon says the locality also offers a
unique ‘Melbourne’ experience.
“Most convention centres are like being in a
black box. In the new Melbourne Convention
Centre, you can stand in front of an 18 metre
glass façade looking out to the Yarra River and
feel like you could touch the city – you’re that
close to the city centre.”
Nik Karalis says another key feature of the
design is the flexibility of its plenary hall. It will
transform from full plenary, to grand theatre, to
intimate theatres, to small conference rooms, to
cabaret, or to flat floor banquet.
“Put simply, the range of options for event
organisers is unparalleled. The design is also
particularly unique. It was designed as the
‘spirit’ of the building and will appear to glow to
Melbourne Convention Centre Already seventeen large international those looking in through the glass façade.
The jewel in Melbourne’s ‘venue crown’ is conventions are confirmed for the new “Once inside any of its smaller
undoubtedly the new Melbourne Convention convention centre, bringing more 42,000 configurations, you would never know it could
Centre which, when it opens in 2009, will delegates to the city with a combined economic possibly accommodate 5,000 people. Every
be one of the most impressive architectural impact for the State of Victoria of more than theatre is an experience in itself and every
environmental buildings in Australia. AU$285 million. service has been considered from the side walls
Its centrepiece is a 5,000 seat Melbourne Convention and Exhibition to the ceiling.”
plenary hall that can be sub-divided Centre’s Chief Executive Leigh Harry Its fan shape design means all delegates will
into acoustically separate plenary halls says the new convention centre will have an unobstructed view, no matter what the
for 1,000, 1,500 or 2,500 delegates. emulate its city namesake. convention mode, something no other centre in
Designed to achieve a Six Green Star “Not only will it be structurally striking, but the world can do.
environmental rating, it will be one of the it will leave those who enter the space feeling He says the area around the plenary hall
greenest convention centres in the world. like they have experienced Melbourne, from has also been carefully designed. “It’s an open,
Its entry level foyer will be capable its maritime history, to its art and culture and uncluttered space and oozes simplicity. When
of hosting 8,400 guests who will have sporting ethos.” standing inside, you can see all aspects of the
views out to the Yarra River through Plenary Group’s architects on the convention building, the stairs and meeting areas.”
an18 metre glass wall façade. centre project, Nik Karalis from Woods Bagot, Hamish Lyon says the outside has not been
It will be fully integrated with the and Hamish Lyon from NH Architecture, say overlooked either. “There is no back side to the
existing Melbourne Exhibition Centre, they’ve done this in a variety of ways using building, it will be equally attractive regardless
which provides 30,000 sqm of pillarless wall motifs, Australian timber and making the which side of the building you are on.
exhibition space and is located in central banquet hall feel like a ‘real’ theatre experience. “It’s an uncomplicated, stunning building
Melbourne, surrounded by public transport, And it doesn’t end there – even the majority which will be the centrepiece of this new
restaurants and accommodation. of the food and wine served at conferences development for Melburnians and visitors alike.

36 Best of Australia
Darwin Convention Centre
In mid 2008 Darwin, the Northern Territory’s
capital city, will proudly open the doors
of its first world class, purpose built and
architecturally spectacular convention centre.
With confirmed bookings to 2011, the Centre is
already making its mark in the international and
national convention scene.
From its waterfront location on the edge
of Australia’s largest harbour, the Darwin
Convention Centre is the jewel in the crown of
the Northern Territory’s AU$1 billion waterfront
development that will see 25 hectares of
land transformed into restaurants, hotels,
apartments, wave lagoon, marina, gardens and
public art.
With a 1500 seat plenary capacity, to a
total of 12 meeting rooms and 4000 square
metres of exhibition space the multipurpose
convention centre will feature flexible spaces to
cater for banquets, conventions and exhibitions
as well as concerts and indoor sporting events.

Best of Australia 37
Business Events in Australia

Best of Australia
Cradle Mountain Lodge that welcomes you to every room. Perhaps it’s
Cradle Mountain Lodge is a warm, retreat the glow of the open fires that keeps drawing
nestled high in the Tasmanian wilderness, a you back or those quiet moments in the Guest’s
superb escape featuring cosy cabins, fine food Lounge, catching up on local lore and history.
and wine and many activities. Then of course there’s the temptation of the
Cradle Mountain Lodge is a unique Highland Restaurant and its walk-in Wine Cellar.
wilderness retreat on the edge of the World Or perhaps the mood calls for a less formal
Heritage Listed Cradle Mountain/Lake St. Clair meal in the Tavern Bar, a great place to share
National Park. your adventures with new friends.
Here you see the face of creation all Inside your cabin you’ll immediately feel at
around you in the mirror lakes and rugged home. The layout is generous, comfortable and
mountain peaks. And you don’t need to more than a touch romantic.
be an environmentalist to feel humble in And when the snow falls, as it can even in
the towering presence of a King Billy Pine the summer months at Cradle, there’s nothing
- over 1,000 years old yet still a relative cosier than being in your cabin. After dinner in
newcomer to these ancient forests. the Lodge retreat to your cabin and perhaps
This is a superb escape with breathtaking share a glass of red wine in front of a fire.
scenery, cosy cabins, magnificent meals and One thing is certain, summer or winter, the
days filled with simple pleasures. The Lodge beauty of Cradle Mountain is an inspiration that
itself has an ambience of warmth and security will stay with you long after you leave.

Best of Australia 39
Business Events in Australia

Australian Business Events Destinations

Australia has countless exciting and
diverse destinations which are suitable for
a corporate meeting, incentive program or
conference. There are 13 Convention and
Visitors Bureau around the country that
represent these diverse locations, who
can provide you with all the information
you need to seamlessly plan your event.

The heartland of Australia’s wine industry
– Adelaide is renowned for its world class
wines and equally astonishing cuisine.
Adelaide is a flourishing arts and cultural
centre and is home to many festivals,
which draw crowds year-round.
Whether you are after a night at the opera,
modern theatre or a good old-fashioned street
party – Adelaide has something for you. Venture
out of Adelaide and visit one of Australia’s most
famous wine producing regions, the Barossa
Valley. For further information visit

Brisbane – Queensland’s capital city – is a
modern and diverse subtropical metropolis with
a friendly and relaxed environment.
Charter a cruise on the Brisbane River or
take an exclusive guided tour of Fortitude
Valley’s designer shops.
A must-do is a gala dinner in an exclusive
area of Kangaroo Point. High atop sandstone
cliffs that are more than a million years
old, you’ll get to taste the culinary delights
of the state’s best chefs, while treating
yourself to the splendid view of the city
skyline. For further information visit

40 Best of Australia
Cairns shopping opportunities. For golfers, the Gold touched by nature in the World Heritage region
Located in Tropical North Queensland, Cairns Coast is located close to some of Australia’s Shark Bay. Enjoy the wide variety of water
is a stepping stone to the World Heritage listed top championship courses. sports Australians love so much.
Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. For further information visit Visit the magnificent Margaret River wine
Cairns is located adjacent to the Great region; try your luck in the goldfield towns
Barrier Reef, providing easy access to take in Melbourne of Kalgoorlie and Coolgardie. If gold’s not
the sights of the world’s largest living organism. Arts savvy, sports crazy, food-loving Melbourne your thing, head north to the pearling town
Indulge in luxurious spas in Palm Cove – the has it all; the sophistication of the ‘Most Livable of Broome – gateway to the Kimberley – with
spa capital of Australia. Further north, an City’ fused with the excitement of ‘Australia’s its tree lined streets, colonial homes and
aquatic atmosphere awaits visitors at Port events capital’. Discover the city streets and spectacular coastline.
Douglas with the picturesque Four Mile Beach. laneways chequered with boutique fashion, rich For further information visit
For further information visit café culture and vibrant nightlife. Escape to the fringe of the city and delight
in breathtaking Victoria. Visit the Yarra Valley Sunshine Coast
Canberra for superb wine, The Great Ocean Road for Blessed with a superb sub tropical climate,
Canberra is Australia’s political heart. Canberra the natural wonder of The Twelve Apostles, clean sandy swimming beaches, warm clear
combines natural flora and fauna and a relaxed Mornington Peninsula or Phillip Island for the water and bounded by national parks and
lifestyle. No trip to Australia is complete renowned penguin parade. pristine sub tropical rainforests, the Sunshine
without visiting its architecturally acclaimed For further information visit Coast is one of Australia’s most naturally
Parliament House and National Museum and beautiful regions. With abundant air and road
the internationally envied Australian Institute Northern Territory access it offers many international hotels and
of Sport. In contrast to many cities, Canberra Few places on earth have the ancient majesty resorts and is the destination of choice for
has an abundance of native animals, which and diversity of the Northern Territory. From those seeking a true Australian experience.
can be seen in their natural habitat just minutes the green, tropical north, to the awesome red Across the Sunshine Coast you will find
from the city centre. An overnight visit grants deserts, it never fails to evoke a sense of awe innovative wine and food, numerous health and
the opportunity to enjoy Canberra’s café for those who visit. The Northern Territory is beauty spas, art galleries, designer boutiques
strips and a morning hot-air balloon ride over famous for the world-recognised Ayers Rock and quirky markets. There are more than 60
the city’s central focus, Lake Burley Griffin. (Uluru) in the heart of Australia and Kakadu, group activities including surfing, yachting,
For further information the World Heritage listed National Park in the deep sea fishing and skydiving, it is home to top end of Australia. The Red Centre is home the world famous Crocodile Hunter’s “Australia
to Alice Springs, a modern outback centre and Zoo” and is the gateway to World Heritage-
Gold Coast gateway to Kings Canyon and the stunning listed Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand
The Gold Coast is often described as MacDonnell Ranges. island. The Sunshine Coast also enjoys many
Australia’s playground. It is famous for its For further information visit of Australia’s top ranked championship golf
endless white beaches, theme parks, shopping courses and is the home of the Australian
and restaurants. Nestled between picturesque PGA tournament. The Sunshine Coast is one
mountain ranges and the warm blue waters of Perth of Australia’s most exciting Business Events
the Pacific Ocean, the Gold Coast is a resort Perth is set on the shores of the Indian Ocean. destinations and provides a beautiful location
city, offering a wide range of natural and man- It is a vibrant modern city with graceful to meet and do business in a refreshing, natural
made attactions. Enjoy the dazzling nightlife, boulevards, slick skyscrapers, kilometers and unspoilt environment.
cosmopolitan restaurants, and amazing of beaches and an impossibly blue sky. Be For further information visit

Best of Australia 41
Business Events in Australia

Sydney is a colourful, cosmopolitan harbour
city with spectacular natural beauty and a
free-spirited outdoor lifestyle. Experience
Sydney Harbour – one of the world’s most
famous waterways – while sailing on a
yacht, luxury cruise or climbing its world
famous icon – the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Venture less than a few hours outside Sydney
and explore the majestic Blue Mountains,
or sample wines from one of Australia’s
premier wine regions – the Hunter Valley.
For further information visit

Tasmania is a medley of pristine wilderness,
grand convict-built architecture, fine wine
and food, creative arts and crafts, bustling
markets and leisurely historic towns. Delight
in the pleasures of Hobart or base yourself in
Launceston and wander along the wine trail of
the Tamar River. Visit the historic Port Arthur
penal settlement or experience nature in the
World Heritage listed Freycinet and Cradle
Mountain – Lake St Claire National Parks. Roam
the historic towns to the Heritage Highway or
the beautiful Huon Valley.
For further information visit

42 Best of Australia
Townsville Venue Capacity Information:
Townsville, located in Tropical North Queensland,
is bordered by the Great Barrier Reef, tropical LOCATION FACILITY TYPE
islands and outback towns. Enjoy scuba diving
  Theatre Style Banquet Style Classroom Style
or snorkeling from the exclusive Orpheus Island
where you will be amazed by the Yongala ship Adelaide 7155 4500 2910
wreck and dive amongst the beautifully coloured
Alice Springs 1200 800 720
corals and sea creatures of the deep. Take a
cruise to Magnetic Island on board a luxury Brisbane 4000 2740 1209
catamaran, spend time jet skiing, sea-kayaking
or horse riding on the beautiful beaches. Cairns 5000 1300 730
For further information visit Canberra 3200 1800 1700
Darwin 1000 400 300
Whitsundays Gold Coast 6021 2240 2106
The Whitsundays are a group of 74 tropical
islands, located in the heart of the Great Barrier Melbourne 2200 1940 1499
Reef off the north-east coast of Queensland. Perth 5200 3630 3545
Indulge in resort luxury amongst age-old national
parks and the protected waterways of the Coral Sunshine Coast 1280 800 650
Sea, home to the splendid Heart Reef and the
Sydney 3500 3500 800
sparkling sands of Whitehaven Beach.
Discover the kaleidoscope of colours and Tasmania 1600 1000 750
shapes of the corals as you dive into the blue
Townsville 5200 1000 980
of the Great Barrier Reef or sail across the calm
turquoise waters between the rugged green Whitsundays 1000 800 650
shapes of the islands.
For further information visit www. More information on these destinations, including image downloads, itineraries and more visit

Best of Australia 43
Events Australia
Events are a great way to experience the depth and variety of culture, landscapes
and products Australia has to offer. And Australians love to get involved. Here is just a
snapshot of the hundreds of events that will add to your experience in Australia. To find
out more about these and other exciting events in Australia, go to

44 Best of Australia
So what’s happening? memories. The event offers two different
musical programs, taking place on the edge of
Winter – (June–August) the Undara Volcanic National Park.
Gold Coast Marathon July
Sweat, adrenaline and success. Riverfestival Brisbane August–September
Elite athletes and sports enthusiasts of all ages Waterways, heart of city celebrations
and fitness levels pound along the course that A celebration of a natural landmark, the
hugs the spectacular coastline. Brisbane River. Outdoor river venues host a
diverse program of art, environmental science
The Lion Camel Cup – July and sport. Highlights include River Symposium
Camel Comedy and Riverfire.
Alice Springs welcomes visitors who love to
laugh to the quirky, annual Camel Cup. Racing Spring – (September–November)
camels can prove a nightmare for riders and Floriade September–October
handlers but fantastic viewing for spectators.
Art in bloom
Canberra, our national capital, bursts into
Assa Abloy Henley-On-Todd Regatta August
colour with Floriade showcasing great Aussie
Who needs water?
icons in an incredible, creative display of over
Held in Alice Springs, this regatta captures the
one million floral blooms.
imagination as crews ‘sail’ boats on a waterless
Todd River.
Cricket Season – November–March
Australian Safari August–September Howzat!!
Ultimate test of man and machine With a spectacular program of international,
An epic adventure for the lovers of cars, motor state, and local competition you will be sure to
bikes and quads. The nine-day safari crosses find a game to enjoy at one of the many great
about 5,500 kilometres of spectacular Western cricket grounds around Australia.
Australian outback, taking you through gruelling
terrain from the tropics to the outback and on Red Bull Air Race – November
to the sea. Aircraft spin and turn on edge
Watch the world’s most talented pilots compete
Opera In The Outback October in a race based on speed, precision and skill as
Nature has the best seats in the house they fly a daring, compact course in Perth’s sky.
Nature resonates with stirring performances of A major festival inspired by the race features
operatic greats, classical hits and Broadway the history of aircraft and much more.

Best of Australia 45
Events Australia

Melbourne Cup – November

The race that stops the nation
On the first Tuesday of November, the nation
stops to celebrate this major annual horse race.
Whether you are track-side in Melbourne, at a
pub in the middle of the Outback or lunching
at one of the many restaurants throughout
the country, the Melbourne Cup is an event
that everyone gets involved in and is a truly
Australian experience.

Mark Webber Pure Tasmania

Challenge – November
Pushing the Boundaries
A gruelling 6-day physical and mental adventure
race in aid of charity held in Tasmania,
Australia’s adventure capital. Participants range
from elite athletes to corporate teams, who
compete in some of Tasmania’s most remote
and stunning landscapes.

Summer – (December–February)
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race –
26 December–3 January
Yachties face the Great Southern Ocean
This gruelling 628-nauticalmile event is the

46 Best of Australia
emerging filmmaking talent at free public
outdoor venues across Australia.

Autumn – (March - May)

AFL Season – March to September
Muscle and might make AFL legends
For a fair dinkum Aussie experience go to
an Australian Football League (AFL) game.
A favourite sport amongst Australians, AFL
attracts huge crowds of vocal, animated and
loyal supporters.
legendary Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. You don’t have to love country music to have
Thousands of people cheer the crews as they a great time at the Tamworth Country Music The Canberra Balloon Fiesta – April
leave the Harbour, and more welcome sailors Festival. The atmosphere, the fringe festivals Magic mix of hot air and colour
on arrival into Hobart. This race has captivated and the visitor attractions keep everyone A sea of hot air balloons lift into the skies each
Australians since 1945. entertained. day from Old Parliament House and float over
Canberra’s iconic national attractions. Whether
The Sydney Festival – January Tour Down Under - January you watch from the ground or take to the sky,
Summer, music, performance and art Elite cyclists dazzle thrilled crowds you are sure to be impressed.
The Sydney Festival is a cultural celebration Cycling superstars compete in a six-day race
of Sydney in Summer, presenting the best travelling the city streets of Adelaide and Alice Springs Cup Carnival – April - May
performing and visual arts throughout the city. picturesque South Australia. Dusty track to dinner and dancing
Up to 100,000 music lovers delight in concerts Hooves hammer around the dusty track and the
in the Domain. A mixture of free events Australia Day - 26 January race caller sings the winner’s name to the roar
and ticketed shows ensures something for Celebrate what’s great about Australia of a happy crowd. Four unique race days are
everyone. Whether you choose to make a splash at the packed into a three-week program in the heart
beach, sizzle a sausage on a BBQ, enter a of Central Australia.
Australian Open – January lamington eating competition, or play cricket
Stars contest Grand Slam title in the park, Australia Day brings everyone ANZAC Day – 25 April
The Australian Open brings the world’s hottest together and is a great way to get out and enjoy Lest We Forget
players to Melbourne for two weeks of tennis the great Aussie summer! On ANZAC Day, we remember young lives lost
thrills. Join the vibrant atmosphere in and and honour those Australians who have served
around the city with matches broadcast on big Tropfest – February our country. In small communities, towns
screens, in beer gardens and with live music. Outdoor cinema comes alive through and cities people rise early for sombre dawn
Australian film services. Then, in a time-honoured celebration
Tamworth Country Music Festival – January Now the world’s largest short film festival, of mateship, it’s time for a well-earned beer and
Pull on your boots, kick up your heels Tropfest showcases the works of Australia’s a game of two-up.

Best of Australia 47
Wine Australia
Wine Australia

Wine Australia is the platform that the Australian Wine and

Brandy Corporation (AWBC) use to represent Australian
wines around the world.   

Australia has about 2,000 wine companies wines that carry the flag for us in Australia and
and is the world’s fifth largest wine producing in international markets.  This is where the
country (behind France, Italy, Spain and the story began for Australian producers selling to
USA). Surprisingly Australia is the fourth largest the world, and where the journey often begins
exporter – approximately one billion bottles of for consumers newly introduced to wine and
wine per year – and is enjoyed in more than 100 keen to find out about what the best New
countries around the world. World wines have to offer.  There are hundreds
Australian wine can be enjoyed at all levels – of wines to choose from and a great diversity
from everyday informality (Brand Champions) of styles drawn from across Australian wine
to aspiration and excellence (Landmark regions. The common theme, though, is the
Australia).  To help explain the diversity of wines guarantee of quality, accessibility, affordability
from Australia we have created a framework and enjoyment.
from which to explore and enjoy Australian Generation Next: new wine styles and
wines for every occasion.  blends created with traditional expertise and a
The framework is as follows:  touch of flair. You will find brands, brand names,
Brand Champions: ambitious but accessible packaging, marketing ideas and education

48 Best of Australia
pedigree and quality. Collectable, renowned
‘conversation’ wines that compare with the
very best in the world. These are the Australian
wines to which we all aspire. They are not
necessarily old wines, but they are wines with
a story to tell that reflect an uncompromising
pursuit of viticultural and winemaking
excellence. This framework highlights the
diversity of Australian wines and the supportive
relationship between accessibility, added
interest, innovation and the ultimate pursuit of
wine quality. 

What does it mean when I see the Wine

Australia logo on a bottle of wine?
Quality: samples of each and every wine
exported are examined by an
expert panel to ensure quality
standards are always maintained
Integrity: Australia offers a unique label
integrity program that ensures
vintage, variety and region are all
truthfully identified on the label
Diversity: there are over 60 designated wine
regions, over 100 wine grape
varieties and more than 2000
wineries in Australia
Authenticity: Australia boasts the world’s oldest
soil types and a diverse range of
original plant material including
pre-phylloxera Shiraz vines
Innovation: always at the forefront of research
programs that are modern, make a statement – they will be beginning a new journey of wine on oenology, viticulture and
and represent the wine maker’s values and exploration.   The ultimate invitation, of course, marketing, producing 25% of the
worlds technical papers on wine
the consumer’s.  These are wines that you will is to make the journey to experience the wine,
Ambition:  the restless pursuit of excellence
find in your bottle shops, supermarkets and history and heritage – to try a Barossa Shiraz in
in grape growing and winemaking
restaurants, and you will talk about wherever the Barossa Valley or drive south of Perth for a
Relevance: consumer led and customer
you choose to drink them. Margaret River Cabernet.
driven, winemakers who
Regional Heroes: Wines from somewhere Landmark Australia: The name says it understand marketing as well
rather than wines from anywhere.  These are all. Landmark Australia reflects the Australian as winemaking
wines and producers that have blazed a trail for fine wine dimension – the ultra-premium Excellence: an established and constantly
their region’s profile with varietal choice and/or collectables that are known and respected evolving wine show system
style dictated by who made them, where they around the world.  Landmark Australia is by that seeks to recognise and
were made, and why. When consumers buy definition neither inclusive nor self-selecting acknowledge excellence and
within this category – whether from specialist – it is the recognition of some of the leading stylistic diversity
or independent retail chains, in restaurants wines from Australian estates that have Inclusive: wines that range from award
where wine and food go hand in hand, or harnessed either awards and/or recognition winning popular premium brands
via online dealings with a chosen producer for outstanding excellence in wine style, to landmark image makers.

Best of Australia 49
Sydney, Australia

Sydney is the perfect place to mix business with pleasure. This world-class
city buzzes with the extroverted energy of a city that means business - yet
this is combined with a sizeable helping of laidback good humour.

50 Best of Australia
Set on the shores of one of the world’s most of New South Wales, and is the site of the first
photogenic harbours, Sydney is home to European colony in Australia, established in
Australia’s two most famous icons - the 1788 at Sydney Cove by Arthur Phillip, leader of
Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. Sydney the First Fleet from Britain. A resident of the city
has a tremendous array of business venues and is referred to as a Sydneysider.
accommodation at your disposal. As a business Located on Australia’s south-east coast,
visitor to Sydney, you have the opportunity to the city is built around Port Jackson, which
host a gala event at the Opera House, or host includes Sydney Harbour, leading to the city’s
a ‘dine-around’ dinner at a number of Sydney’s nickname, “the Harbour City”. It is Australia’s
harbourside restaurants. largest financial centre and is home to the
By day, there are thousands of top class Australian Securities Exchange. Sydney’s
shops and attractions awaiting you. And by leading economic sectors include property and
night, the city shines with vibrant electricity, business services, manufacturing, tourism,
with restaurants, bars, and nightclubs media, health and community services.
springing to life. When it comes time to The metropolitan area is surrounded by
relax by the water, Sydney has everything national parks, and contains many bays, rivers
you need. Want to build some team spirit and inlets. It has been recognised as a beta
with a game of beach volleyball or an world city by the Loughborough University
ironman challenge? Or maybe you would group’s 1999 inventory. The city has played
prefer to take a trip out on a catamaran host to numerous international sporting,
or a yacht? Sydney can offer anything a political and cultural events, including the 1938
business visitor could possibly desire. British Empire Games, 2000 Summer Olympics
Sydney is the most populous city in and the 2003 Rugby World Cup. In September
Australia, with a metropolitan area population of 2007, the city hosted the leaders of the 21
approximately 4.12 million. It is the state capital APEC economies for APEC Australia 2007,

Best of Australia 51
and in July 2008 will host World Youth Day kilometres (651 mi²) as at 2001. The Sydney
2008. Sydney is in a coastal basin bordered Statistical Division, used for census data, is
by the Pacific Ocean to the east, the Blue the unofficial metropolitan area and covers
Mountains to the west, the Hawkesbury River 12,145 square kilometres (4,689 mi²). This area
to the north and the Royal National Park to the includes the Central Coast and Blue Mountains
south. Sydney lies on a submergent coastline, as well as broad swathes of national park and
where the ocean level has risen to flood deep other unurbanised land.
river valleys (ria) carved in the Hawkesbury Geographically, Sydney sprawls over
sandstone. One of these drowned valleys, Port two major regions: the Cumberland Plain, a
Jackson, better known as Sydney Harbour, is relatively flat region lying to the south and
the largest natural harbour in the world. There west of the harbour, and the Hornsby Plateau,
are more than 70 harbour and ocean beaches, a sandstone plateau lying mainly to the north
including the famous Bondi Beach, in the urban of the harbour, dissected by steep valleys.
area. Sydney’s urban area covers 1687 square The oldest parts of the city are located in

52 Best of Australia
the flat areas south of the harbour; the North
Shore was slower to develop because of
its hilly topography, and was mostly a quiet
backwater until the Sydney Harbour Bridge
was opened in 1932, linking it to the rest of
the city. Sydney has an temperate climate with
warm summers and mild winters, with rainfall
spread throughout the year. The weather is
moderated by proximity to the ocean, and
more extreme temperatures are recorded in the
inland western suburbs. The warmest month
is January, with an average air temperature
range at Observatory Hill of 18.6°C – 25.8°C
and an average of 14.6 days a year over 30°C.
The maximum recorded temperature was
45.3°C on 14 January 1939 at the end of a 4
day nationwide heat wave. The winter is mildly
cool, with temperatures rarely dropping below
5°C in coastal areas. The coldest month is July,
with an average range of 8.0°C – 16.2°C. The
lowest recorded minimum was 2.1°C. Rainfall
is fairly evenly divided between summer and
winter, but is slightly higher during the first half
of the year, when easterly winds dominate. The
average annual rainfall, with moderate to low
variability, is 1217.0 millimetres (47.9 in), falling
on an average 138.0 days a year. Snowfall last
occurred in the Sydney City area in the 1830s.
Sydney is a modern, prosperous city with the
highest median household income of any major
city in Australia (US$43,171 PPP). The largest
economic sectors in Sydney, measured by
numbers of people employed, include property
and business services, retail, manufacturing,
and health and community services. Since the
1980s, jobs have moved from manufacturing to
the services and information sectors. Sydney
provides approximately 25 per cent of the
country’s total GDP.

Best of Australia 53
The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Travel, Tour and Leisure

Over the past 63 years, the Rolex Sydney Hobart has become an icon of
Australia’s summer sport, ranking in public interest with such national events
as the Melbourne Cup horse race, the Davis Cup tennis and the cricket tests
between Australia and England.

54 Best of Australia
No yachting event in the world attracts such yawls, schooners and ketches designed more
huge media coverage – except, of course, for cruising than racing.
the America’s Cup and the Volvo Ocean Race The increasing popularity of the 628 nautical
– than does the start on Sydney Harbour.  And Christmas-New Year sail south to Hobart
the others only happen every four or five years. quickly began to attract new designs and
Over those years, the Rolex Sydney innovative ideas in boat-building, sails and rigs,
Hobart and Cruising Yacht Club of Australia dacron sails and aluminium masts and in the
have had marked influence on international early 1950s, the first boats built of GRP (glass
ocean yacht racing. The club has influenced reinforced plastic) or fibreglass as is the more
the world in race communications and sea common phrase.  Then came aluminium, steel
safety, maintaining the highest standards of (mostly home-built) and even one maxi yacht
yacht construction, rigging and stability for built of ferro cement.
ocean racing yachts.  The club’s members have Innovative Australian yacht designers
also fared well in major ocean racing events such as the Halvorsen brothers, Trygve
overseas, with victories in the Admiral’s Cup, and Magnus, and the late Allan Payne and
Kenwood Cup, One Ton Cup, the Fastnet Race Bob Miller (Ben Lexcen) produced faster
and the BOC Challenge solo race around the boats and the race was on to create line
word, not to mention the America’s Cup. and overall handicap winners. Prof. Peter
As the then Governor of Tasmania, Sir Guy Joubert, a part-time designer of stout
Green, observed at the prize giving for the 2001 cruiser/racers, and John King were other
race, it is indeed an egalitarian event, attracting Australians who produced winning boats.
yachts as small as 30-footers and as big as Following in their wake are currently
98-footers, sailed by crews who range from successful designers such as Iain Murray
weekend club sailors to professionals from the and his partners, Andy Dovell and Ian “Fresh”
America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race circuits. Burns, along with Scott Jutson, David Lyons
In the earliest years of the Sydney Hobart and Robert Hick.
Race all the yachts were built from timber New Zealander Bruce Farr, now based
- heavy displacement cutters, sloops, on the US, led the move towards light

Best of Australia 55
Travel, Tour and Leisure

displacement yachts and is by far the most and one foresail genoa or jibs) but several its 25th Rolex Sydney Hobart this year, Polaris
successful designer of Rolex Sydney Hobart of the maxi yachts with a big fore-triangle of Belmont for its 24th and Margaret Rintoul
Yacht Race overall winners under different (between the foredeck, the forestay and the II, which made its Rolex Sydney Hobart
international handicap systems, first IOR mast) are successfully using two headsails comeback under new owner Mike Freebairn
(International Offshore Rule), then IMS on close reaching races, theoretically making following a nine year absence.
(International Measurement System), and them cutters. Fleets range in size from the 30 The 628 nautical mile course is often
now IRC. foot Maluka, the 1932 built gaff rigged timber described as the most grueling long
The space age has had a significant spin- boat, through to the one-design Sydney 38s ocean race in the world, a challenge
off for yacht racing, first in the America’s Cup including Another Challenge, Challenge and to everyone who takes part.
and then in the design and construction of Star Dean Willcocks, then the grand prix IRC From the spectacular start in Sydney
ocean racing yachts, introducing composite boats in the 45 to 60-foot group, including the Harbour, the fleet sails out into the Tasman
construction of boat hulls, using Kevlar and two new Reichel/Pugh boats, Yendys and Loki, Sea, down the south-east coast of mainland
other manmade fibres in moulding the hulls in the Cookson 50s Quantum Racing and Living Australia, across Bass Strait (which divides
high-tech ovens. Doll and the TP52 Wot Yot which was joined the mainland from the island State of
In the past few years carbon fibre has been by sistership Ragamuffin, Syd Fischer’s latest Tasmania), then down the east coast of
used successfully to build yacht hulls, masts yacht of that name, for the 2007 race. Tasmania.  At Tasman Island the fleet turns right
and spars and in the construction of working Then there are regulars, the club cruiser/ into Storm Bay for the final sail up the Derwent
sails (mainsails and genoas/jibs). The double racers that sail in the race almost every River to the historic port city of Hobart.
line honours winner Wild Oats XI is the latest year.  The Rum Consortium’s Phillip’s Foote People who sail the race often say the
example of almost total use of carbon fibre in Witchdoctor is preparing for its 27th race south first and last days are the most exciting. The
its hull, mast, boom and working sails. after breaking the record for the most races race start on Sydney Harbour attracts
The fleet in the Rolex Sydney Hobart undertaken by a yacht in the 2006 race.  hundreds of spectator craft and hundreds
Yacht Race is virtually all sloops (mainsail John Walker’s Impeccable is lining up for of thousands of people lining the shore

56 Best of Australia
as helicopters buzz above the fleet, filming for Bass Strait (nicknamed the ‘paddock) has a further 11 miles up the broad reaches of the
TV around the world.The final day at sea is a dangerous personality. It can be dead calm Derwent River to the finish line off Hobart’s
exciting with crews fighting to beat their rivals or spectacularly grand. The water is relatively historic Battery Point, with Mount Wellington
but also looking forward to the traditional shallow and the winds can be strong, these two towering over the city.
Hobart welcome, and having a drink to elements often coming to create a steep and No matter the time of day or night, the first
relax and celebrate their experience. difficult sea for yachts. yacht to finish receives an escort of official,
Between the first and last days the fleet sails The third leg after the ‘paddock’ - down spectator and media boats as it sails towards
past some of the most beautiful landscape the east coast of Tasmania takes the fleet the finish line.
and sea scapes found anywhere in the world. past coastal holiday resorts and fishing Hundreds of people crowd the foreshores
The New South Wales coast is a mixture ports with towering mountains in the of Sullivans Cove to cheer the yachts and
of sparkling beaches, coastal townships and background. Approaching Tasman Island, the their crews while volunteers from the finishing
small fishing villages, although for most of coastline comprises massive cliffs, sometimes club, the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania,
the race south the yachts can be anywhere shrouded in fog.  meet the weary crews with open arms and
between the coastline and 40 miles offshore. The winds are often fickle and can vary in famous Tasmanian hospitality, and escort
During the race, many boats are within strength and direction within a few miles. Sailing them to their berth in the Kings Pier marina. It’s
sight of each other and crews listen closely becomes very tactical. an event that Tasmanians love to host in the
to the information from the twice-daily radio After turning right at Tasman Island, sailors middle of Hobart’s Taste of Tasmania Festival.
position schedules (“skeds” as they are called). often think the race is near completed, but at Then it’s time to celebrate or
In more recent years, crews have been able this point there is still 40 miles of often hard commiserate, swap yarns about the race
to pin point the entire fleet’s whereabouts and sailing to go. Yachts can be left behind in the with other crews over a few beers in Hobart’s
follow each boat’s progress against their own maze of currents and wind frustrations. Even famous waterfront pubs such as the Customs
using on board computers and Yacht Tracker when they round the Iron Pot, a tiny island House Hotel or the Rolex Sydney Hobart
on the official race website. that was once a whaling station, there is still Dockside Bar.

Best of Australia 57
Sydney Opera House
Travel, Tour and Leisure

Sydney Opera House is Australia’s pre-eminent centre for excellence in live

performing arts. It is one of the busiest performing arts centres in the world, staging
over 1,500 performances annually and welcoming over 4.5 million visitors each year.

58 Best of Australia
Home to some of Australia’s premier High Tea at Sydney Opera House footage from the House archives, with
performing arts companies such as has quickly established itself as one narration by Golden Globe winner Rachel
Sydney Symphony, Opera Australia and of Sydney’s hottest tickets, offering a Griffiths, The Essential Tour uses the
the Australian Ballet, Sydney Opera House fresh perspective on the concept and latest audio-visual technology to give
presents a diverse range of performances adding that special Sydney Opera House visitors a compelling experience.
from some of the world’s best artists as well magic, the thrill of live performance. Video sequences are shown at points
as showcasing up-and-coming talent. For those visitors wishing to delve a little of interest, using the building itself as a
In June 2007, Sydney Opera House was deeper into the workings of Sydney Opera storytelling canvas. The sequences are
formally recognised as one of the most House, the Backstage Tour is just the ticket. delivered in ways which respect the building’s
outstanding places on Earth with its inclusion How about following in the footsteps of world heritage values using methods such
on the UNESCO World Heritage List. superstars such as Dame Joan Sutherland as the projection of footage directly onto the
It is now listed alongside other and Pavarotti by singing on the stage of interior fabric of the building. The Essential
universally treasured places such as the world-famous Concert Hall, or striding Tour takes visitors on a journey celebrating
the Taj Mahal, the ancient Pyramids of into the Opera Theatre orchestra pit before the creative genius of architect Jørn Utzon,
Egypt and the Great Wall of China. stepping up onto the conductor’s podium? telling the story of a building which came into
In addition to presenting the very best in The Backstage Tour offers all of the above existence against seemingly impossible odds.
performing arts, Sydney Opera House also and much more, conducted by experienced Tours of the building are also conducted in
offers visitors a range of unique experiences, guides who share some of the secrets Japanese, Korean and Mandarin languages.
such as High Tea at Sydney Opera House. of the House and stories of the real-life
An afternoon of decadence which leaves dramas that happen behind the curtain. For more information on upcoming
guests breathless, High Tea at Sydney Opera The newest addition to the range of visitor performances and to booking tickets contact :
House features sublime food from Michelin experiences is The Essential Tour. For the Tel: +61 2 9250 7777 or visit our website.
trained culinary maestro Guillaume Brahimi and first time ever, visitors can now see as well
an exhilarating performance, close up and live, as hear the dramatic story of the building
by some of the world’s finest opera singers Featuring previously unseen video

Best of Australia 59
Sydney Aquarium
Travel, Tour and Leisure

Walk underwater at Sydney’s

#1 attraction!
Nowhere else will you find a larger collection of Australian
aquatic life with over 12,000 marine animals!

60 Best of Australia
Take a journey through one of the most Harbour creating a natural environment exciting web cams, take a virtual tour, win
spectacular aquariums in the world, exploring for the seals to live in, with live feeds prizes in our monthly competitions, adopt a
Australia’s rich and diverse waterways, marine daily to enthrall and entertain you. virtual pet and have hours of fun challenging
ecosystems and unique aquatic environments. Sydney Aquarium is also home to the your friends playing the online games!
Walk underwater and come face to face largest Great Barrier Reef exhibit in the world. Featuring 60 tanks and three oceanariums
with dozens of sharks of many different Visit the home of Nemo and see clown fish holding approximately five million litres of
species – some over 3.5 metres long and dart amongst the wavering tentacles of an water, as well as 160 metres of underwater
weighing 300kg! Marvel at the majestic giant anemone, as well as stunningly beautiful hard tunnels, Sydney Aquarium is an ideal all-
rays as they pass overhead; confront Nancy and soft corals. And our interactive touch weather venue conveniently located at
our ferocious three metre saltwater crocodile; pools let you get truly up close, just like being Sydney’s Darling Harbour and is open until
and be entertained and amazed by the at Sydney’s sea-side rock pools. late every day, including Christmas Day.
secretive platypus and adorable penguins. Plus, jump on our interactive website www.
The world’s first all-natural Seal Sanctuary and find all the For more information contact:
at Sydney Aquarium allows you to get latest information and fun facts on everything Aquarium Pier, Darling Harbour
closer than ever before. Walk through the aquatic. The website provides hours of Sydney, Australia
underwater tunnels to see playful seals entertainment. Tel: (+61 2) 8251 7800
racing through the water at full speed or Read about the exciting work of the Open every day from 9am to 10pm
just frolicking around. The exhibit features Sydney Aquarium Conservation Foundation
a two million litre tank where the water is which is helping to save and protect
pumped and filtered directly from Sydney Australia’s oceans and rivers. Check out the

Best of Australia 61
Sydney Tower
Travel, Tour and Leisure

Sydney’s best views are just the beginning…

Standing head and shoulders above the heart Before the Tower was built, the maximum in the north and the South Coast. Visitors’
of the city, Sydney Tower is one of the first allowable height of a Sydney building was only Observation Deck experience also includes
landmarks that visitors spot when approaching 279m to allow for the harbour’s flying boats that OzTrek, one of the largest motion theatre
Sydney – by sea, air or land. were popular before the modern jet era. rides in the Southern Hemisphere, offering an
An icon on the city skyline for more than 25 Sydney Tower now sets the height for amazing magic carpet ride across Australia’s
years, the striking Sydney Tower takes you to construction in the city at a maximum of cultural history and geography.
the highest point above Sydney for breathtaking 305 metres. Fun for the young and the young-at-heart,
360-degree views of the city, from its sparkling In a true engineering feat, Sydney Tower’s this virtual Australian tour includes OzTrek’s
harbour, to its world famous Harbour Bridge turret was assembled around the bottom of the surround-sound technology, 3D holographic
and Opera House, and Bondi and Manly shaft then lifted hydraulically by 24 100-tonne imagery, 180-degree cinema screens & heart-
beaches on the coastline. jacks at the rate of nine metres a week until it stopping real-motion seating.
Soaring 250 metres above the city streets, reached its final position. Soar above Sydney’s icons, glide effortlessly
the Tower’s Observation Deck is one of the On a clear day, visitors can enjoy over the Bridge, Opera House and the warm
highest in the southern hemisphere and offers unsurpassed views of up to 85km to the Blue sands of Bondi beach; feel the exhilaration of
an extraordinary panoramic viewing experience. Mountains in the west, the Central Coast white water rafting down a tropical Queensland

62 Best of Australia
faces, or the cool evening breeze above the Observation Deck each year, making it one of
shimmering city at night. Walking along two Sydney’s most popular attractions. More than
levels of steel walkways and two viewing 17 million people have visited Sydney Tower
platforms, Skywalkers venture onto the moving, since it opened in 1981 – that’s more than four
glass-floored platform that extends out over the times the population of Sydney!
edge, to view the glittering city beneath their
river; and get up close to the jaws of a huge feet - literally. Sydney Tower
saltwater crocodile! Skywalk is made up of 2132 metres of steel Centrepoint Podium Level, 100 Market Street
Those with a sense of adventure held together by 2188 nuts and 2188 bolts, with
Sydney. Sydney Tower + OzTrek bookings
will enjoy the Tower’s “top” attraction, each section up to two metres in length so it
Open daily: 9.00am to 10.30pm (Saturdays to
Sydney Skywalk, which offers unbeatable, would fit inside the Tower’s lifts for the long trip
11.30pm) Tel: (+612) 9333 9222 or book online
uninterrupted views from the outside of to the top for assembling.
24 hours.
the Tower’s distinctive gold turret. Dressed in special Skysuits and
Located a breathtaking 260 metres wearing safety harnesses throughout their Sydney Skywalk bookings
above the city – more than double the experience, Skywalkers are accompanied Open daily 9am to 8.45pm (last Skywalk
height of the Sydney Harbour Bridge by expert guides who provide colourful departs 7.30pm) subject to seasonal variations
– Skywalk is a multi-sensory experience, insights into Sydney’s rich history. Tel: (+612) 9333 9200 or book online 24 hours.
that takes thrillseekers outside their Since Skywalk opened in 2005, tens of
comfort zones and into the open air. thousands of visitors have dared to take
Skywalkers can feel the high-altitude the challenge and hang out on the horizon.
airflows and the Sydney sunshine on their Meanwhile hundreds of thousands visit the

Best of Australia 63
Sydney Wildlife World
Travel, Tour and Leisure

Australia’s wildest new flora

and fauna experience!
Walk through a whole new world and enjoy an authentic Australian wildlife
experience, right in the heart of Darling Harbour, with Sydney Wildlife World,
Australia’s wildest new attraction.

64 Best of Australia
Home to the spooky, the spiny and the scary,
explore 3 levels, 9 habitats and over 65 exhibits,
featuring the largest variety of Australian plants
and animals under one roof. Sydney Wildlife
World is home to over 100 different species,
representing animals from all across Australia.
Experience a real Australian adventure,
without having to travel all around the country,
by taking a journey through a tropical rainforest
surrounded by hundreds of colourful butterflies,
or walk amongst the Agile and Tammar
Wallabies in our iconic red centre.
Meet the most dangerous bird in the world,
the Southern Cassowary, and explore Flight
Canyon and discover which birds live within
the heights of a forest canopy and the amazing
calling sounds they make.
Don’t miss your chance to get up close and
personal, and have your photo taken with, one
of Australia’s cutest national icons, the Koala.
Shudder at the sight of the most venomous
snakes in the world, touch the scales and tails
of our unique reptiles, and adjust your eyes and
find out what the possums and quolls get up to
after dark in our Nocturnal house.
Make sure you don’t miss out on daily
feeding time for the animals and our live bird
training demonstrations and reptile shows!
Don’t miss your chance to step into a world
that’s totally wild, and allow yourself to be
completely immersed within Sydney Wildlife
It’s all there, and all so close.

For more information contact:

Aquarium Pier, Darling Harbour,
Sydney NSW 2000
Tel: 02 9333 9288
Open every day from 9am to 10pm.

Best of Australia 65
BridgeClimb, Sydney
Travel, Tour and Leisure

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is the worlds largest (but not

longest) steel arch bridge and, in its beautiful harbour location,
has become a renowned international symbol of Australia.

In 1989 BridgeClimb’s Founder and Chairman, structure and the influential position that the There are now two unique ways to
Paul Cave, was involved in organising a climb Bridge holds in Sydney’s past, present and climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge with
over the arch of the Sydney Harbour Bridge as future. Small groups are taken to the summit of BridgeClimb. Climbers can choose
part of an international business convention. the Sydney Harbour Bridge, 134 metres (440ft) between ‘The Bridge Climb’ and their
It was such a success that the dream of above sea level. newest experience, ‘The Discovery
making climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge The experience offers Climbers an Climb’, the ultimate bridge adventure.
a possibility for all was born. In October 1998 unforgettable 3 ½ hour journey with the chance ‘The Bridge Climb’ is an unforgettable
BridgeClimb Sydney first opened its doors and to walk over catwalks and climb ladders and experience that takes you along catwalks,
unlocked the secret of scaling this awesome stairs while trained Climb Leaders provide a full up ladders, and steadily to the summit of
structure. BridgeClimb provides the opportunity commentary on the history of Sydney and its the world-famous Sydney Harbour Bridge.
to learn about the secrets of this amazing Harbour Bridge. Climbers will experience the satisfaction of

66 Best of Australia
conquering the top of the Bridge while taking and feel the Bridge whilst admiring the Sydney day, taking in the romance of twilight
in the spectacular 360° views of Sydney and views of Sydney and its surrounds. or the city at night, BridgeClimb Sydney
its beautiful harbour. Whether they choose ‘The Bridge Climb’ offers unique and intimate experiences that
‘The Discovery Climb’ is a new adventure or ‘The Discovery Climb’, all Climbers reach Climbers will never forget.
that takes Climbers through the heart and the summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge The experience will captivate
workings of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. and are sure to have the Climb of their Life! Climbers from beginning to end
On this journey to the Bridge’s summit, Climbs are available at Dawn, Day, and leave memories that will stay in
Climbers wind around structural elements Twilight or at Night, and depart at 10 minute their hearts and minds forever.
and climb upon staircases that connect intervals seven days a week 363 days a year.
the two arches of the Bridge. Climbers Whether it is watching as the city wakes up,
will also have opportunities to touch capturing the hustle and bustle of a typical

Best of Australia 67
The Perfect Travel Group
Travel Tour and Leisure

Somewhere around the world right now someone is

scoring The Perfect Wave! It could be off a surf boat in
the Mentawais, an isolated island reef break in Samoa,
a perfect point break in South Africa or riding a long
board on a beach break in Hawaii.

68 Best of Australia
Somewhere around the world right now first contact with “The Perfect Travel Group”
someone is scoring The Perfect Wave! It and all the way through to the moment you
could be off a surf boat in the Mentawais, arrive home, we will take care of every detail
an isolated island reef break in Samoa, a with professional service and trustworthy
perfect point break in South Africa or riding diligence. We welcome any feedback you
a long board on a beach break in Hawaii. have to offer, as it can only make us an even
Somewhere else in the world someone better company. If we don’t have a location you
is knee deep in The Perfect Snow! It could want to visit, we will find it for you and tailor
be Heli Skiing in Alaska, a back county bowl a trip to your own personal specifications.
in the European Alps, an off-piste shute in Our fully licensed, Australian owned,
the Canadian Rockies or a deep powder accredited and financially secure operation
run in Japan. Whether you are someone protects you and your money to ensure you get
who is just learning or someone who is the trip of a lifetime. We know once you book
already addicted, whatever your perfect
that first trip, you’ll be back again and again…
adventure is - we can get you there.
The Perfect Travel Group will take you
The Perfect Travel Group is a specialised
to some of the most spectacular places on
travel company with a simple philosophy “to
earth to surf and ski places you’ve only ever
send travellers to the four corners of the globe
dreamed of… why not live the dream!
to experience their ultimate surf or ski holiday.”
The Perfect Travel Group, trading
From luxury launches in the Maldives, to
chalets in the Swiss Alps, we will get you there. as “The Perfect Wave” Surf Travel and
With a combination of 30 years travel “The Perfect Snow” Snow Travel.
experience, the three directors John O’Reilly,
Jamie Gray and Rhonda Burton have “been For more information contact:
there and done that”, and are still doing it today. Unit 38/42, Wattle Road
Our Pledge: We spend every Brookvale NSW 2100, Australia
day meticulously researching and Tel: 1300 00wave / 1300 00snow
gathering information to ensure that Tel: +61 2 9939 0890
you get the best total experience. Fax: +61 2 9939 8390
By visiting the destinations we sell, we can
make sure every operator has the same focus
on customer service, safety and of course the
same lust for life as we do. From your very

Best of Australia 69
Chapter 2
Imaginative. Iconic. Illuminated.

The Hilton Sydney has been redesigned from the ground up to
once again tower as a fond Sydney landmark and the premier
venue for food, wine, conferences, events and a guest room
experience unlike any other.

The first “big event” hotel in Sydney - earning 2005, Hilton Sydney delivers stunning facilities
an enviable reputation in the Asia-Pacific for for the convention market, together with 577
quality service, entertainment and hospitality beautifully refurbished rooms, reaffirming
- offers a truly inspired experience with Hilton’s position as Sydney’s premier venue
magnificent views and convenient access to for meetings, conferences, conventions,
Sydney’s favourite destinations. exhibitions and gala events. Hilton Sydney
Cradled in the heart of the Sydney CBD, houses a ballroom seating 1200 guests, 23
the Hilton Sydney is located opposite the meeting rooms with moveable walls and an
Queen Victoria Building, close to shopping, exhibition floor that can house more than
entertainment and business and is directly 100 booths.
connected with Darling Harbour on the unique Sleek, contemporary and innovative
Monorail system. restaurants and bars designed by celebrated
After a dramatic 30 months and A$200 New Yorker, Tony Chi create a new dining
million rooftop to basement reconstruction in experience. glass brasserie has been designed

72 Best of Australia
with a modernistic approach by creating a • Bar of the Year – Zeta
classic French Brassiere with an Aussie twist. HM Awards for Hotel and Accommodation
Overlooking the bustling Sydney streetscape, Excellence, 2007
and displaying a combination of world-class • Best Hi-Tech Hotel
food and superb wine, there is no need to HM Awards for Hotel and Accommodation
leave the hotel to have a great time. Excellence, 2007
Since its red carpet re-opening in mid- • Health Club Facilities of the Year
2005, Hilton Sydney has certainly earned its LivingWell Premier Health Club
reputation as the city’s most popular celebrity Australian Hotels Association, 2007
hotel for events, rest and play. A celebrity in • Rated in the Top Five for Best
his own right, restaurateur Luke Mangan and Australian Hotel
his culinary expertise have attracted a bevy Luxury Travel and Style Magazine Gold
of famous faces, among them Nicky Hilton, List, 2007
Kimberly Stewart, Michael Parkinson, Ricky • Best Commercial Exterior - Johnson
Ponting, Sir Richard Branson, and Soccer Pilton Walker Pty Ltd for The Hilton
superstar Harry Kewell the day after the historic Sydney
world cup qualifier. Australian Stone Architectural Award,
Hot colours and cool drinks give Zeta Bar an 2006
undeniable edge, making it a nightspot perfect • RAIA National Award for Commecial
for sipping a cocktail or simply relaxing on the Buildings - Johnson Pilton Walker Pty Ltd
outdoor terrace, and Marble Bar remains one for The Hilton Sydney
of Sydney’s most loved bars and a haven of Royal Australian Institute of Architects
Victorian excess. National Architecture Awards, 2006
Hilton Sydney also provides a huge, fully- • Best Hotel Restaurant – glass
equipped, award-winning Living Well Premier National AHA Awards, 2006
Health Club. The club includes a 25m indoor • Best Bar Presentation and Service
pool, cardiovascular gymnasium equipped with – Zeta
the latest interactive equipment, and a free National AHA Awards, 2006
weights area. In addition, there are two group • Best Re-Developed Hotel
fitness studios, four saunas, steam rooms and National AHA Awards, 2006
a large spa pool and pampering treatments • Best New Hotel
from The Sensory, LivingWell’s beauty concept. National HM Awards for Hotel and
Fully refurbished rooms include bathrooms Accommodation Excellence, 2006
with frosted glass and a sliding partition that • Best Hi-Tech Hotel
creates a light-box effect, as well as furnishings National HM Awards for Hotel and
that deliver both comfort and individuality. Accommodation Excellence, 2006
Our much-talked about Relaxation Rooms • Cocktail list of the Year - Zeta
and Suites with distinct Bathroom, Work and 6th Annual Bar Awards, 2006
Relaxation zones represent the absolute zenith • Re-Developed Hotel of the Year
of indulgence and offer special features such Australian Hotels Association, 2006
as a spa bath and plasma screen TV, both • Restaurant of the Year – glass
perfect for a little unwinding. Australian Hotels Association, 2006 For more information contact:
• Bar of the Year – Zeta The Hilton Sydney, 488 George Street,
Awards Australian Hotels Association, 2006 Sydney, NSW 2000
• Rated in the Top Three Hotels in NSW • Employee Excellence in Service - Tel: 61-2-9266 2000
HotelClub Hotel Awards, 2007 Mamdoh Kiriakos, Doorman Email:
• Rated in the Top Three Hotels Australian Hotels Association, 2006
overall in Oceania • Best new Bar – Zeta
HotelClub Hotel Awards 2007 ALIA Awards, 2005

Best of Australia 73
Palazzo Versace

The Versace brand has been one of the most successful in

leveraging itself beyond the catwalk with an entry to the luxury
hotel market in the form of the inimitable Palazzo Versace
which opened in 2000.

Still the only fully fashion-branded hotel in matched with wines selected by the hotel Only the finest materials have been used
the world, Palazzo Versace offers one of sommelier. Vanitas is a memorable experience throughout the hotel, from fine Italian marble
the more luxurious experiences of not just in an intimate atmosphere overlooking the 65 imported from Italy to mosaics, lamps and wall
accommodation, but also dining – eating and metre lagoon pool. sconces cast in bronze and embellished with
drinking from nothing but Versace homewares. Vie Bar + Restaurant, overlooking the crystals and enamel.
Every piece of cutlery and china hotel’s marina, offers a relaxed environment Every aspect of the hotel has been
is from a limited edition Versace line with a selection of contemporary cuisine. It is meticulously attended to, from the Versace-
imported from Europe and each of the the ideal venue to languish over cocktails as the designed staff uniforms to the delicate Versace
three award winning restaurants offers sun sets over the Gold Coast Hinterland, and china settings. Palazzo Versace prides itself on
a completely different experience. Il Barocco, the all day dining restaurant, offers striving for perfection in its customer service
Vanitas, signature restaurant, offers a six arguably the best seafood buffet dinner 7 nights and has won a number of Queensland training
course degustation dinner prepared by Chef de a week. Le Jardin, the ideal cosmopolitan awards. The appeal of a luxury hotel is in the
Cuisine, Martin Glutz. Each course is expertly meeting place, offers high tea each afternoon. special touches that reflect attention to detail,

74 Best of Australia
the luxuriant feel of fine-spun bed linen, fresh function lobby, the hotel’s function rooms vary tempt even the most budget-conscious event
feather down pillows (the hotel offers an actual not only in size but also in character and style. planners. Palazzo Versace Gold Coast is a
pillow menu to its guests), the delicate flavours The grand La Medusa Ballroom, Marco Polo unique 5-star experience for both business
of a fine wine or restaurant meal, and the Room and elegant oval Boardroom cater for and leisure.
exceptional personalized service. groups ranging in size from 12 to 500. From
The conference facilities also reflect the informal brainstorming sessions to corporate For more information contact:
same luxurious feel as the rest of the hotel. By conferences, meetings, cocktail receptions and Palazzo Versace
assigning a member of their specialist team to grand balls, Palazzo Versace provides the most 94 Sea World Drive, Main Beach
look after all meeting requirements, Palazzo comprehensive choice of options. Queensland 4217, Australia
Versace takes all the hassle out of organizing Competitive half and full day meeting Tel: 07 5509 8000
your meeting, conference or special event. packages are available and can be tailored
Located in a purpose-designed event sector to suit your requirements, with generous
of the hotel, accessed via a spacious pre- mid-week accommodation rates on offer to

Best of Australia 75
The Lyall Hotel and Spa

A Luxury Lifestyle Hotel

Step into this chic world of indulgence, an intimate, urban resort
where your every need is attended to with care and attention to the
finest detail.

76 Best of Australia
The Lyall Hotel comprises 40 suites ranging in floor heating, two shower heads and mist free
size from Deluxe One Bedroom suites to the mirrors. There is a minimum of 2 TVs per suite
sumptuous Platinum Suite with 2 fireplaces and (one with DVD player) and complimentary hi-
a B & O sound system. The interior design is speed wireless internet throughout the entire
“contemporary oriental” featuring custom made hotel. Each suite has a digital safe with internal
furniture and opulent Warwick Fabrics. powerpoint, large enough to hold a laptop and
All suites have king or twin beds and a charge while secure. Feel the luxury with velour
private terrace. There are clever inclusions bathrobes and fluffy bath sheets, there is even a
such as gourmet mini bars, bathroom under pillow menu to ensure a good night’s sleep.

Best of Australia 77

78 Best of Australia
The Lyall Spa with 8 treatment rooms
including hydrotherapy and a state of the art
gymnasium, takes care of guests wellbeing
requirements 7 days a week. The spa is the
first in Melbourne to introduce the prestigious
UK product Elemis, offering unique spa
therapies and using only the purest active
ingredients from nature, grown organically
where possible and formulated into natural
‘active’ bases.
Bistro Lyall offers a modern ‘hotel’ menu
throughout the day and evening and The Lyall
Champagne Bar is the perfect place to meet
friends or simply celebrate the day choosing
from a fine selection of French champagne by
the glass or choose from the full bar menu.
Since opening in 2002, The Lyall has twice
been named one of the “101 Best Hotels
in the World” by Tatler and one of the”50
Coolest New Places To Stay” by Conde Nast
Traveller and “Leading Boutique Hotel in
Australasia” voted by the World Travel Awards.
Address: 14 Murphy Street, South Yarra,
Victoria, Australia 3141. Contact:
Tel: +61 3 9868 8222; Fax: +61 3 9820 1724;

Best of Australia 79
The Emporium Hotel

Brisbane’s mark as a city of cosmopolitan savvy is complete

with the opening of the Emporium Hotel, the first true luxury
boutique hotel for the Queensland capital.

A vision of contemporary elegance and

hospitality, the Emporium Hotel is a part of the
overall Emporium development in Brisbane’s
booming and increasingly sophisticated New
Farm, just minutes from the CBD. 
The hotel offers 106 luxurious studio suites,
all custom designed and individually finished,
setting a new benchmark for the discerning
traveller, be they business or leisure oriented. Of
these, 42 are King Spa Suites, making Emporium
Hotel the only hotel in the city with such a
premium accommodation offer; and all rooms
feature the prestigious Molton Brown amenities
from the United Kingdom. Added to this are a
rooftop lap pool, sauna and gym.
The hotel also offers a Pillow Menu, complete
with eight different pillows for guests to choose
from, including the classic ‘Feather Down’, the
‘Snore-No-More’ ensuring a deeper more restful
sleep, and for those expectant mothers who
need support to ensure a comfortable sleep;
the ‘Pregnancy’ pillow can ease back pain by
supporting baby.
Downstairs, the hotel features a stunning
Cocktail Bar incorporating a fusion of vintage
and custom-designed pieces, flown in from
exotic locations round the world. A key design

80 Best of Australia
element throughout the entire hotel uses the appliances, in-suite laundry facilities, floor to
frangipani flower as a base, and the two huge ceiling opening windows, a huge 106cm Plasma
doors into the cocktail bar carry this signature, TV and Bose sound system. Additionally, guests
featuring laser cut mirror finished stainless steel have 10 complimentary Foxtel channels and
and glass. over 150 digital movies on demand.
In here, a world of design fusion, intimate Located in the heart of Brisbane’s stylish
service and cocktail creativity awaits. Emporium precinct – a haven for lovers of
The grand onyx bar is overlit by an antique fashion and food – the Emporium Hotel is just
German chandelier, originally from a castle in minutes from the Brisbane CBD and close to the
Europe. An exquisite stained glass wall, originally Brisbane Cruise Terminal, Brisbane Airport and
a Parisian shopfront crafted more than 100 years
Gateway arterial linking the Gold and Sunshine
ago, is another stunning feature.
The Emporium Hotel Cocktail Bar is home to
Emporium Hotel is part of the Anthony John
some of the best wines in world. To showcase
Group, a design-driven specialist property,
this and allow guests to indulge their passion
for fine wine, owner Tony John, himself a wine project management and development company
aficionado, has created a “Library of Wine” as and Queensland property investor, who also
part of the bar. recently won the hotly contested bid to develop
A boutique hotel epitomizes luxury, which a $550million urban village on the last remaining
means guests want for nothing, yet offers vacant site at Brisbane’s South Bank. The
individual, customized service at all levels. For Group is also behind the upmarket Emporium
example, at Emporium Hotel all suites feature development.
king size beds, a pillow menu and high grade Address: 1000 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley,
cotton linens as well as kitchenettes with marble Qld 4006; Phone: (07) 3253 6999 or
bench tops, personal bar & stainless steel 1300 883 611.

Best of Australia 81
Shangri-La Hotel,

The Marina, Cairns

In the heart of Cairns, this luxury hotel is in a superb location adjoining
the Pier Complex with open-air restaurants overlooking a vibrant
waterfront boardwalk development, a 400-square-metre swimming
lagoon and world-class marina.

Complete in mid-2005, the hotel’s $35 million Horizon Club rooms, offering stunning marina
refurbishment, offers 255 freshly refurbished views. Each room features 3.3 metre high
guest rooms, a new lobby, new Horizon ceilings, wooden floors, luxurious furnishings,
Club rooms and Horizon Club lounge, and a ocean view bathrooms and large terraces
new waterfront dining experience and bar. overlooking the yachts and mountains.
Adding to this in 2006 all guest rooms Each room offers high-speed broadband
were connected to broadband internet, access and in-room safes, large enough to hold
wireless access was implemented into public a laptop. Guests also have the choice of soft
areas and the Business Centre, the hotel’s and firm feather pillows and all bed linen and
existing event facilities were refurbished duvets are 100% cotton, perfect for Cairns’
and a new Events Centre was launched. tropical climate.
The hotel lobby is based on a minimalist
and contemporary design with state-of-the-art This executive floor also offers an exclusive
pendant lighting, calming water features and Horizon Club lounge where the following
sleek contemporary lounge furnishings, creating privileges can be enjoyed.
a grand sense of welcome. • Club floor check-in/check-out
Existing guest rooms and suites are • Complimentary buffet breakfast
refurbished and offer new levels of luxury and • Complimentary newspaper
comfort with clean lines, cool colours, flat • Purser services
screen televisions, broadband connectivity, • Business Centre
large cosy lounge spaces and stylish décor for • Complimentary all day drinks and evening
a stronger sense of place and space. beverages and canapés
In keeping with Shangri-La Hotels and • Complimentary broadband internet access
Resorts Horizon Club facilities worldwide, in the Business Centre
Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns
introduced the ‘hotel within a hotel’ concept to Superior Rooms: Superior rooms feature
Tropical North Queensland. The mezzanine floor a private balcony or courtyard area with
encompasses a total of 36 lavishly appointed views over the city and mountain ranges,

82 Best of Australia
tropical gardens or hotel pool. Each room has
individually controlled air conditioning and
ceiling fans, a playstation games system, three
telephones with direct STD and ISD dialing,
flat screen televisions with CNN, NHK, in-
house videos, safe deposit boxes, broadband
connectivity, hair dryers, tea and coffee making
facilities, clock radio, iron and full sized ironing Cairns. All one bedroom suites are spacious
board and mini bar. The spacious bathroom, with individually controlled air conditioning
with separate shower and over sized bath is and ceiling fans, three telephones with direct
finished with inlaid timber and Italian marble. STD and ISD dialing, LCD TV in the lounge
Superior Bay View Room: Superior Bay and TV in the bedroom with CNN, NHK
View Rooms feature a private balcony looking and in-house videos, safe deposit boxes,
across Trinity Bay and the city of Cairns and luxurious furnishings, broadband connectivity,
surrounding mountain ranges. Each room hair dryers, tea and coffee making facilities,
is spacious with individually controlled air clock radio, iron and full sized ironing board
conditioning and ceiling fans, a playstation and mini bar. The two way bathroom, with
games system, three telephones with direct separate shower and over sized bath is
STD and ISD dialing, flat screen televisions with finished with inlaid timber and Italian marble.
CNN, NHK and in-house videos, safe deposit Horizon Club Rooms: Overlooking the
boxes, broadband connectivity, hair dryers, tea marina, the hotel’s Horizon Club offers 36
and coffee making facilities, clock radio, iron spacious and contemporary marina view
and full sized ironing board and mini bar. The rooms, featuring 3.3 metre-high ceilings,
spacious bathroom, with separate shower and wooden floors, luxurious furnishings,
over sized bath is finished with inlaid timber and ocean view bathrooms, broadband
Italian marble. connectivity, and terraces overlooking
Deluxe Marina View Room: Deluxe the marina and mountain ranges.
Marina View Rooms feature a private balcony Horizon Club Suite: The hotel’s 4 spaciously
overlooking Marlin Marina and the Trinity appointed Horizon Club Suites enjoy 3.3
Inlet. Each room is spacious with individually metre-high ceilings, wooden floors, luxurious
controlled air conditioning and ceiling fans, a furnishings, ocean view bathrooms, broadband
playstation games system, three telephones connectivity, separate lounge, outdoor and
with direct STD and ISD dialling, flat screen bedroom spaces, all taking advantage of their
TV with CNN, NHK and in-house videos, safe location and natural lighting by overlooking the
deposit boxes, broadband connectivity, hair Marlin Marina, or Trinity Bay and surrounding
dryers, tea and coffee making facilities, clock mountain ranges.
radio, iron and full sized ironing board and mini Presidential Suite: Our exclusive
bar. The spacious bathroom, with separate Presidential Suite features a huge ‘wrap around’
shower and over sized bath is finished with private balcony overlooking Marlin Marina,
inlaid timber and Italian marble. Trinity Inlet and the city of Cairns with an
Executive Suite: Executive Suites feature expansive mountain backdrop. This luxurious
a large private balcony overlooking either the and spacious suite features separate bedroom,
Marlin Marina, or across Trinity Bay and the city large living area, separate dining area, fully
of Cairns with a bold mountain backdrop. All equipped kitchen and additional separate toilet.
suites are spacious with individually controlled In room features include individually controlled
air conditioning and ceiling fans, three air conditioning and ceiling fans, direct STD
telephones with direct STD and ISD dialing, and ISD stereo with CD player, clock radio,
colour TV with CNN, NHK and in-house videos, iron and full sized ironing board and mini bar.
safe deposit boxes, hair dryers, tea and coffee Furniture is made of Queensland maple and
making facilities, clock radio, iron and full sized the bathroom, with separate shower and over
ironing board and mini bar. The bathroom, with sized spa bath, is finished with inlaid timber and
separate shower and over sized bath is finished Italian marble.
with inlaid timber and Italian marble. Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns,
One Bedroom Suite: Our Suites feature Pierpoint Road, Cairns, QLD 4870, Australia.
a large private balcony overlooking Marlin Tel: (617) 4031 1411; Fax: (617) 4031 3226;
Marina or across Trinity Bay and the city of E-mail:

Best of Australia 83
Crown Towers – Top Hotel in

Australia / Pacific TOWERS

Melbourne’s five-star premier hotel Crown Towers

has once again topped the list.

84 Best of Australia
Crown Towers Melbourne has been voted Top guestrooms including 84 elegant suites and 31
Hotel Australia / Pacific at the prestigious U.S. opulent villas. These measure a minimum of
Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards in 46 square metres in size, which is 20 per cent
New York. larger than the average five-star guestroom.
The results are derived from the largest Every guestroom is luxuriously appointed
independent poll of consumers’ preferences, the with a separate dressing room complete with
Readers’ Choice Survey, second in size only to 42” plasma television, digital two-line telephone,
the U.S. census. With a record number of more the latest in-room entertainment including a
than 28,000 travellers voting in 2007, the list complete range of movie and cable services.
shows an even greater global variety and depth. High-speed internet access as well as wireless
capabilities are available throughout the hotel.
Luxury Redefined and Refined Every bathroom has its own spa bath, television,
Designed with sophisticated opulence, Crown telephone and music facilities. The shower and
Towers is a rare haven of luxury located on the toilet are located in separate generously sized,
southern banks of Melbourne’s Yarra River in marble-lined compartments.
the heart of the city’s arts and leisure precincts. Great care has been taken with the design
Distinctive in design and location, the hotel and selection of furniture, fabrics and artworks
sets the benchmark for luxury accommodation to ensure a warm, inviting and luxurious
in Australia, offering superior quality and an character that surpasses five-star standards.
impeccable standard of customer service. Everything from drapes to chair coverings to
The hotel’s distinctive elliptical tower is made gold-plated taps has been custom made for
of stone and glass, with floor to ceiling windows Crown Towers.
showcasing each of the beautifully appointed Rich textures and finishes are found
rooms. All guestrooms feature panoramic views throughout the property. Featuring one of the
of the city, Yarra River or Port Phillip Bay. The largest hotel artwork collections, every room is
award-winning hotel features 482 spacious enhanced by signed pieces on the walls.

Best of Australia 85

Crystal Club
Catering to the expectations of the experienced
travellers, Crown Towers offers guests the
choice of experiencing the facilities and
privileges of the Crystal Club. Using private
express lifts, Crystal Club guests check-in at the
hotel’s exclusive reception on level 29 and enjoy
24-hour uncompromising services. The lounge
is an ideal place to savour the magnificent views
of Melbourne whilst enjoying its serenity. In
this private world in the sky, guests are offered
complimentary breakfasts, afternoon tea, pre-
dinner drinks and canapés. The Crystal Club’s
library and lounge areas are the perfect settings
for business and entertaining. The discreet
location and spectacular views are combined
with golden timber panelling, limestone
floors, specially woven carpets, Italian crystal
chandeliers and ornamental plaster ceilings and
attentive, personalised service resulting in a
warm and inviting sanctuary.

Jewel in the Crown

Crown Towers’ most exclusive experience
can be found in its palatial villas offering the
epitome of world class accommodation.
Located on the uppermost floors, each has

86 Best of Australia
to recognise hotels that provide business
travellers with excellence in service and
facilities in the highly competitive Asia Pacific
hotel industry. The prestigious awards honour
the top business hotels from 14 countries
across Asia Pacific in 17 different categories.
In the Elite Traveler 2007 Pure Decadence
listing (published out of New York), Crown
Towers is one of two Australian properties
selected for feature on the list of Top 101 Suites
Around the World. The Georgian Manor Villa
at Crown Towers has been named among the
world’s most luxurious hotel and resort suites.
The list was determined by Elite Traveler’s
editors, a panel of globe-trotting celebrities
and luxury travel advisors. The luxury lifestyle
magazine is distributed aboard private jets in
more than 90 countries.
the character of a penthouse residence with Awards of Australia, New Zealand and the
individual themes inspired by such design Pacific Islands 2007 - Winner in the Top 3 Crown Entertainment Complex
periods as Louis XV, Georgian and Napoleonic. Hotels in Oceania and Winner in the Top 3 The luxurious hotel is part of the Crown
The villas are attended by a service-oriented Hotels in Victoria. The winners were selected Entertainment Complex which also includes
team of butlers, on call 24-hours, and are through an independent consumer survey held the stylish Crown Promenade Hotel, Australia’s
accessible by three private express lifts. The from April 2007 to June 2007 by HotelClub largest state-of-the-art conferencing and
hotel prides itself on delivering a standard of in conjunction with Getaway and ninemsn. banqueting facilities, premium retail stores; 24-
service that not only fulfils but also anticipates Over 50,000 nominations from over 21,000 hour world class casino and comprehensive
guests’ needs. Guest services include respondents in more than 200 countries entertainment facilities. There are more than
complimentary city transfers in the comfort of were received from consumers the most 40 restaurants and bars, including the award-
leather-appointed vehicles and a fully-equipped important panel to select and recognise the winning Rockpool Bar & Grill, Australia’s first
Business Centre accessible 24 hours. most popular hotels and resorts in the region. and only Nobu, the world’s most recognized
Crown Towers was also awarded one of Japanese restaurant brand known for its
Crown Spa the highest accolades in the tourism industry, innovative cuisine as well as premium
Crown Spa is a tranquil enclave offering winning Australia’s premier luxury travel award restaurants Silks, Koko, the brasserie by
unparalleled facilities and services for total as Best Australian Hotel in the Luxury Travel Philippe Mouchel, Number 8 restaurant and
relaxation and rejuvenation including a state- Magazine Gold List Awards 2007. The awards wine bar, and Breezes, just to name a few.
of-the-art gymnasium, 25-metre indoor heated are the result of a survey conducted by Luxury
pool, two rooftop tennis courts and private Travel Magazine. Tens of thousands of their For hotel reservations, please call +613 9292
rooms and pampering suites offering over 40 travel-savvy readers participated and nominated 6868 / Toll Free (within Australia): 1800 811 653,
specialised treatments including customised their best experiences to determine the World’s email
massages, reflexology and hydrotherapy as well Best Hotels and Resorts. For media enquiries, please contact: June Lim
as a complete range of hair and beauty services. In addition, Crown Towers was also Media Relations Manager. Tel: +613 9292 7614
awarded Best Business Hotel in Australia or email
Awards and Accolades during the 2006/07 Best Business Hotels in
The premier hotel has also won a host of Asia Awards. The Best Business Hotels in
other awards, including the HotelClub Hotel Asia Awards was first established in 1998

Best of Australia 87
The River City’s very own Luxury

Five-Star Hotel
Majestically nestled on the banks of Brisbane River and just a stone’s
throw to the Botanical Gardens, is Stamford Plaza Brisbane.

88 Best of Australia
An iconic building that represents the epitome Guests may choose from a range of
of luxury and style and has been home to some dining options - The Brasserie on the River
of the world’s most famous visiting actors, (uninterrupted river views with a Thai-infused
dignitaries, musicians and royalty. seafood buffet): Siggi’s at the Port Office
A corporate hotel by day and a sparkling (award-winning fine dining) and Kabuki (officially
entertainment venue by night, many of Brisbane’s Best Entertainment Restaurant in
Stamford’s accommodation and dining offerings 2007 - Teppanyaki and Japanese a la carte).
evolve around the Brisbane River. The hotel’s All accommodation rooms feature what you
clever architectural design sees every one would expect of a first-class hotel, including king
of its 252 luxuriously appointed guestrooms,
size beds, marble bathrooms and executive style
enjoying panoramic views of the Brisbane
furnishings. The hotel is just a stone’s throw to
River, Kangaroo Point cliffs or Botanic Gardens
world class shopping, cinemas, restaurants and
– a five-star hotel experience afforded only to
Stamford Plaza. Brisbane’s cosmopolitan retail hub.
These million dollar views lend themselves Stamford Plaza Brisbane is a hotel that truly
to a number of the Hotel’s signature symbolises the very best of Australia’s beautiful
accommodation packages, including Lazy river city.
Daze; whereby guests are served a candle-lit For more information contact: Stamford Plaza
three-course dinner in their room. Or perhaps Brisbane, Corner Edward and Margaret Streets,
Romance and Seduction, the Hotel’s best- Brisbane Queensland 4000, Australia.
known getaway for lovers, newlyweds and those Tel: +61 7 3221 1999;
simply seeking an intimate weekend escape. Email:

Best of Australia 89
Stamford Plaza Double Bay

Exceptional in every sense

To step between the doors of Sydney’s Stamford Plaza
Double Bay is to enter a world of luxury and elegance that
impresses even the most sophisticated traveller.

Overlooking Sydney’s beautiful harbour of antiques, conservatively valued at more than – the rooms and passageways also boast
and set within Double Bay’s designer $3.5 million. Nineteenth Century china is subtly beautiful artworks that give the hotel a
fashion boutique, restaurant and cafe lit from within antique mahogany sideboards, unique ‘home away from home’ feeling.
precinct, the hotel is an oasis of tranquillity and the reception area boasts a magnificent Many of Stamford Plaza Double Bay’s guest
just 10 minutes from the city centre. Louis XV style Fleur de Perle marble fireplace, rooms also have floor to ceiling French doors
The first level reception area immediately above which a certain Captain Shipton frolics in opening onto spacious balconies that are the
reinforces the Stamford Plaza Double Bay’s a gentlemanly fashion with his decorous family. perfect vantage point to gaze at the yachts and
credentials. It’s here that the guest first really The display of fine art throughout the sailboats drifting across the harbour.  Stepping
appreciates the hotel’s magnificent collection hotel’s public areas doesn’t end there out into the beautiful internal courtyard, one

90 Best of Australia
the newly renovated wharf in Double Bay.
Great day trips from Sydney include the Blue
Mountains and the Three Sisters, the vineyards
of The Hunter Valley and Dolphin watching at
Port Stephens. Stamford Plaza Double Bay is
the perfect location for a weekend escape.
There’s no need to leave the hotel if you
want to dine like a king in Baygrill Restaurant,
renowned for its mouth-watering menu that
combines great classic traditions with a crisp,
clean and contemporary edge.
Stamford Plaza Double Bay is also
unsurpassed as a conference venue. With
eleven rooms to choose from, the hotel is able
to accommodate events from a small meeting
to a gala dinner for up to 400 guests in the
magnificent Raffles Ballroom.
Stamford Plaza Double Bay is the ‘home
away from home’ of business leaders, showbiz
celebrities and American Presidents. And it’s
at the famous Winstons Lounge, named after
the cigar-loving British Prime Minister, that
they’ll be found at the end of the day, or at the
sumptuous afternoon tea served daily.
finds one’s self in what feels like a miniature The Walls of Winstons attest to the calibre
version of Kensington Gardens, complete with of its guests, with photos that are a veritable
paved paths, fragrant flowers, large urns and ‘Who’s Who’ of world celebrities, including
box hedges. In summer, the stone benches and Joan Sutherland, John Travolta, Elton John,
colourful flowers in the courtyard beckon for Madonna, Kylie Minogue, the late Princess
evening aperitifs. Diana, Shirley MacLaine, Nicole Kidman and
Manly, Bondi, The Botanical Gardens, many more. A walk through the room for this
Watsons Bay, Taronga Zoo, Darling Harbour reason alone is rewarding, and enriches any
and much more are all short ferry trips from visit to the hotel.

Best of Australia 91
Chapter 3
Fine Dining and Nightlife
One of the World’s 50
Fine Dining and Nightlife

Best Restaurants
Tetsuya Wakuda has refurbished a heritage-listed site in the city
to create his dream restaurant offering private dining rooms for
group bookings and two larger main dining rooms overlooking a
contemporary waterfall and Japanese garden.

Tetsuya’s cuisine is unique, based on the

Japanese philosophy of natural seasonal
flavours, enhanced by classic French technique.
Tetsuya’s renowned degustation set menu
changes frequently. A typical meal could start
with a plate of hors d’oeuvres – a gazpacho
with spiced tomato sorbet, west Australian
marron with asparagus and truffle mayonnaise,
tartare of tuna with fresh wasabi, marinated fillet
of trevally with preserved lemon set on sushi
rice and tataki of venison with rosemary and
honey. Tetsuya’s signature dish follows, confit
of ocean trout served with unpasteurised ocean
trout roe, followed by double cooked de-boned
spatchcock with braised daikon and bread
sauce, followed by a grilled fillet of grain fed
beef with sansho & shiitake mushrooms.
Desserts include an orange, honey
and black pepper sorbet served prior to a
blue cheese bavarois. Finally, early season
berries with orange and Grand Marnier
jelly and champagne ice cream, a floating
island with vanilla and praline anglaise,

94 Best of Australia
and a flourless chocolate cake with a bitter
chocolate sorbet and orange ice cream.
Tetsuya’s offers one of Sydney’s most
remarkable wine lists, and will match the dishes
with wine available by the glass.
Tetsuya’s serves a twelve-course degustation
menu, which is $195 (GST inclusive) per person,
plus drinks. Tetsuya’s opens for dinner Tuesday
to Saturday from 6pm and for lunch Saturday
only from 12 noon. Bookings are essential and
can be made by phoning +61 2 9267 2900 or
faxing +61 2 9262 7099. Tetsuya’s will be open
all throughout the Christmas holiday season
with the exception of Public Holidays. All major
credit cards are accepted.
Proudly, this year Tetsuya’s was rated No. 5
in the “World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2007”, as
decided by UK Restaurant Magazine. Tetsuya’s
Restaurant has featured in this list for the past 3
years, always placing in the top 5.
Tetsuya’s Restaurant is located at 529 Kent
Street, Sydney. For further media information,
please contact Melissa McCowan on Tel:
+61 2 9267 2900 or

Best of Australia 95
An Australian first for
Fine Dining

Hotel Restaurants – glass

The internationally acclaimed interior design of New York designer
Tony Chi and the exceptional culinary expertise of highly awarded
local restaurateur Luke Mangan combined to create an Australian
evocation of the classic French brasserie.

96 Best of Australia
The 240-seat restaurant provides guests and be my restaurant, it’s truly spectacular,” says
Sydneysiders with an unprecedented dining Luke. ‘glass’ is a new chapter. It gives me the
experience in the heart of the city offering freedom to work with the food I love and really
simplicity, quality and consistency in all aspects want to cook. It’s a truly inspired space. The
of food, wine and service. room has so much energy and excitement,
As the creative force behind stylish spots including a 13 metre floor to ceiling glass wall
around the world such as Asiate in New York, overlooking the Queen Victoria Building and a
SPOON in Hong Kong, yè shanghai in Shanghai 10,000 bottle cellar spanning the entire length
and Maduro bar in Tokyo, Tony Chi sought of the restaurant.
to create a space for glass characterised by “...a sparkling crystal palace of a brasserie
invisible design. Of the restaurant, Chi said, designed by New York’s Tony Chi, with glass
“I have designed a space defined by what walls, glass cases holding 10,000 bottles of
touches you rather than what you see. Glass is wine, glass room dividers and mirrored, 43-
Sydney reflected from the inside.” foot-high ceilings.” - New York Times.
The restaurant features a 13 metre floor to
ceiling glass wall which frames a captivating Awards
view of the Queen Victoria Building. With an • Regional Wine List of the Year
emphasis on earthy colours and warm tones Restaurant and Catering Awards, 2007
bathed in natural light, the restaurant reflects • Wine Excellence Award
the vibrant, energetic nature of Sydney by day, Wine Spectator, 2007
whilst at night the warmth of the interiors and • One Hat in Sydney Morning Herald Good
high ceilings offer a stunning cityscape location. Food Guide, 2007
‘glass’ is headed by highly awarded Sydney • Best Hotel Restaurant
restaurateur chef Luke Mangan who travelled National AHA Awards, 2006
and tasted through Lyon and Paris to devise the • Restaurant of the Year
exquisite French style cuisine which he defines Australian Hotels Association, 2006
as “clean and light, with a contemporary twist.”
The restaurant includes an ever-changing For more information contact:
choice of Sydney’s abundant local produce glass brasserie
from the crustacean bar, the open-plan Level 2, 488 George Street
patisserie and the kitchen theatre, which is Sydney, NSW 2000
home to a chef’s table. Tel: (02) 9265 6068
“The opportunity to run a 240 seat brasserie Email:
and wine bar right in the heart of Sydney
doesn’t come along very often. As soon as I
saw the space I absolutely wanted glass to

Best of Australia 97
First Nobu Restaurant
Fine Dining and Nightlife

in Australia MELBOURNE

The hip and happening Nobu restaurant at Crown

presents a spectacular dining experience offering both
visual and culinary delight.

Nobu, the world’s most recognized Japanese

restaurant brand known for its innovative
Japanese cuisine has opened at Crown
Entertainment Complex. This is the first
Nobu restaurant in Australia and the 19th
Nobu restaurant in the world, including
Matsuhisa and Ubon restaurants.
The original Nobu restaurant was established
in New York in 1994 as a business partnership
between celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa and
his partners actor Robert De Niro, Hollywood
film producer Meir Teper and managing partner
Richie Notar. The Nobu brand is an empire that
spans across the globe, from London to Tokyo,
Las Vegas to Malibu, Milan to Miami Beach,
Dallas to Paradise Island in the Bahamas, Hong
Kong to Waikiki in Hawaii.
The hip and happening Nobu Melbourne
restaurant at Crown presents a spectacular
dining experience offering both visual and
culinary delight. The restaurants’ perennial
popularity and devoted following are a tribute

98 Best of Australia
to Nobuyuki (Nobu) Matsuhisa who creates
his own spin on traditional Japanese cooking.
Signature dishes such as Black Cod with
Miso, Scallop Tiradito Nobu Style, New Style
Sashimi and Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeno
which are available across all Nobu restaurants
worldwide, also feature prominently in Nobu
Melbourne’s restaurant menu.
“Cooking is my passion and through my
culinary experience in different parts of the
world, I create Nobu-style cuisine which
incorporates local ingredients and influences
from all over the world into basic Japanese
food, for more people to enjoy,” says Chef
Owner Nobu Matsuhisa, celebrated for his
expertise of blending classical Japanese awarded One Michelin Star (1997). Nobu is the sense of intrigue and visual connections
techniques with exotic global flavours, and Fifty Seven was awarded Three Stars by as one moves from space to space.
for cooking from his ‘Kokoro’ (heart). His loyal Frank Bruni of the New York Times (2005).
clientele include the A-list of the world’s most Some of Nobu’s personal honors from the Crown Entertainment Complex
affluent celebrities and connoisseurs. culinary community are America’s 10 Best New Offering a world of dining and entertainment,
Chefs by Food and Wine Magazine (1989), Crown currently has more than 40 restaurants
Nobu Matsuhisa Southern California’s Rising Stars by Los and bars. In August 2007, Nobu Melbourne was
Nobuyuki Matsuhisa – known to the world Angeles Times Magazine (1998), induction into added to Crown’s premium restaurants which
simply as “Nobu” – is the acclaimed and highly Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America include the brasserie by Philippe Mouchel,
influential chef proprietor of Nobu, Matsuhisa by the James Beard Foundation (2002), and Koko, Silks, Number 8 restaurant and wine
and Ubon restaurants all over the globe, from nomination for Outstanding Chef by the James bar, Breezes, Neil Perry’s Rockpool Bar and
Beverly Hills to New York City, London to Tokyo, Beard Foundation (1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, Grill, just to name a few. With the addition of
Aspen to Milan, Las Vegas to Miami Beach. 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006). internationally renowned restaurateurs, Crown
After graduating from high school, Nobu now boasts one of the best world-class dining
found a live-in job at a sushi restaurant in Nobu Team in Melbourne precincts in Australia.
Tokyo called Matsuei. When he was 24 Scott Hallsworth is the Head Chef of Nobu Covering 510,000 square metres (the
years old, Nobu accepted an offer from one Melbourne. Scott was previously the Head equivalent of two city blocks), the Crown
of his customers that took him to Lima, Peru Chef at Nobu London (Park Lane) and has been Entertainment Complex is distinctive in its
to open a restaurant. The impact of his working for the company for the past six years. location and design with a wide range of
time in Peru cannot be overstated. Nobu During Scott’s time running the kitchen in facilities and exceptionally high standards of
began weaving Peruvian influences into Park Lane, the restaurant not only maintained service. Located on the south bank of the Yarra
his dishes – the beginnings of his signature its Michelin Star but was also voted 12th then River, this world-class complex is flanked by
style. He then moved on to work in Buenos 7th in the 50 Best Restaurants in the World, the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Melbourne’s
Aires, Argentina, followed by Japan and Restaurant Magazine. premier arts, theatre, business and shopping
Alaska. In 1987, Nobu opened his own The General Manager for Nobu districts and within easy reach of most major
restaurant Matsuhisa in Beverly Hills. Melbourne is Ben Jager. Ben is a local sporting venues.
Matsuhisa was an instant success and Melbourne boy who has previously worked The fully integrated entertainment complex
became a magnet for food lovers and for Nobu London (Park Lane). They will be successfully combines two award-winning
celebrities alike. It was here that his long supported by about 90 employees – many hotels Crown Towers and Crown Promenade
time friendship and business relationship with whom are locals and have worked with Hotel to offer Melbourne’s largest range
Robert De Niro began. It was at De Niro’s Nobu in different parts of the world. of accommodation, Australia’s largest
urging that they opened Nobu in New York City conferencing and banqueting facilities, 24-hour
in 1994 with restaurateur Drew Nieporent. Like Nobu Melbourne Restaurant Design world-class casino (the largest in the southern
Matsuhisa, Nobu was a hit. Nobu Melbourne will seat more than 150 hemisphere), comprehensive entertainment
Notable citations bestowed upon Nobu’s people (lower level – main dining area) and plus stylish shopping arcade, to provide a world
restaurants start with Matsuhisa chosen as about 100 people (upper level – bar / lounge). of entertainment.
one of the Top Ten Restaurant Destinations Occupying a double-storey space in Crown For reservations at Nobu Melbourne, please
in the world by the New York Times (1993). Entertainment Complex, the restaurant is call +613 9696 6566. For media enquiries,
Nobu was awarded Best New Restaurant located adjacent to the Yarra River. Designed please contact: June Lim – Media Relations
by the James Beard Foundation (1995) by the Rockwell Group, it displays natural Manager. Tel: +613 9292 7614 or email
and Three Stars by Ruth Reichl of the New materials that reflect Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s
York Times (1995). Nobu Next Door was origins in rural Japan, intermingled with modern
awarded Three Stars by Ruth Reichl of the design elements that are hallmark features of
New York Times (1998). Nobu London was Nobu restaurants. Integral to the Nobu identity

Best of Australia 99
Will and Toby’s Taylor Square
Fine Dining and Nightlife

On Tuesday May 1, 2007, Brothers Will and Toby Osmond

opened their new venture: Will and Toby’s Taylor Square. The
highly anticipated project is the flagship in the rapidly expanding
Will and Toby’s portfolio.

The Supper Club and The Polo Lounge are the very best in sleek and sophisticated live
located on the first and second floor of the iconic entertainment. Channelling Sinatra at ‘The
Oxford Hotel on Sydney’s vibrant Oxford Street. Sands’ or Sarah Vaughn at the ‘El Rocco’, the
The former ‘grand lady’ of the city’s colourful venue is reminiscent of a time gone by, the
nightlife has once again regained the position golden days when diamonds where a girls best
as the city’s uber–club, the epitome of style, friend and one could exclaim that they where
glamour and the very best entertainment. having a ‘swinging’ good time. An intimate
Sydney may be known as ‘The Living space with a capacity of 200 guests, The
City’ yet the lack of quality venues providing Supper Club promises to showcase the very
entertainment after dark would suggest anything best in local and international talent. A line up
but. Located on the first floor of the venue, that includes smooth jazz, dazzling cabaret and
The Supper Club is committed to bringing the occasional sporadically inspired un-plugged

100 Best of Australia

away-from-home’ for the city’s smart set, The ‘The Sands’ or Sarah Vaughn at the ‘El Rocco’,
Polo Lounge finally provides Sydney with a the venue is reminiscent of a time gone by, the
sophisticated venue for those who demand the golden days when diamonds where a girls best
best in cocktails service and ambience. friend and one could exclaim that they where
Working with a multi million dollar budget, having a ‘swinging’ good time.’ – Toby Osmond
brothers Will and Toby Osmond together with
Paul Kelly Design have created a venue that The Polo Lounge
exceeds all expectations in a city which is Capacity 150 guests. Located on Level 2, 134
set from some of the countries best known and increasingly well informed in all things design. Oxford St. Open Tuesday –Sunday 6pm - Late
much admired artists. Oak parquetry flooring with marble parameters, Luxuriously appointed, the Polo Lounge
Those customers seeking an alternative to 5 metre leather chesterfields, a floating jade was inspired by the timeless appeal of the
the razzle dazzle show tunes of The Supper ceiling and a custom made art deco stair-well gentlemen’s club of London’s Mayfair and New
Club we offer The Polo Lounge. Nestled on the with lit stair treads and a four story backdrop York’s Upper East Side.
second floor of the iconic Oxford Hotel in Taylor depicting a gothic fairytale... something that has
Square The Polo Lounge offers the highest to be seen to be believed! Will and Tobys, First and Second floor, 134
possible standards in an intimate, elegant Oxford St, Darlinghurst. Tel: 9331 3467;
environment. Luxuriously appointed, The Polo The Supper Club Email:
Lounge was inspired by the timeless appeal Capacity 200 guests. Located on Level 1, 134
of the gentlemen’s club of London’s Mayfair Oxford St, Live Music Thursday to Sunday
and New York’s Upper East Side. A ‘home- Evenings 8pm – Late. ‘Channelling Sinatra at

Best of Australia 101

Zeta Bar
Fine Dining and Nightlife

Sydney’s sexiest nightspot is Zeta Bar, sister to London’s

hottest bar, the award-winning Zeta London located at L O N D O N S Y D N E Y
Hilton Park Lane.

102 Best of Australia

Zeta Bar is an opulent oasis in the heart to the top of your drink with an atomiser, which city’s hottest nightspot for sipping a cocktail or
of the city, filled with purple hues and dark not only brings out the flavour in the spirit but simply relaxing on the outdoor terrace.
wood tones. Located atop a breathtaking softens the overall flavour. “The sexy new bar on level 4. She’s a
CBD rooftop terrace, Zeta reveals a never total spunk and quite the internationalist.
seen before viewpoint of the historical Queen Spritzing Ottomans nestled around a glassed in
Victoria Building and looks onto the length Another innovative global trend Zeta Bar has fireplace, very... New York, curtained
of George Street spanning down towards embraced is ‘spritzing’, which involves using enclaves create a Middle Eastern feel along
the harbour. The inspired interior features a soda siphon filled with CO2 gas to add a one wall (think shisha pits in Cairo), while
indulgent spaces to sip cocktails. A sleek oak carbonated flavour to the top of your drink. views from the open veranda overlooking
wood island bar runs the length of the main This method in particular gives the classic the copper domes of the QVB, could be
room flooded in a deep red and purple glow Bellini a molecular infusion. Rome, London or Paris” The Sun Herald.
from huge glass lamps. In the lounge there is
an array of plush leather ottomans and dark Ice Awards
timber tub chairs centered around a stylish And a brand new global cocktail trend • Bar of the Year
oversized fireplace which burns with sparkling is emerging, with bartenders around the HM Awards, 2007
glass rocks. Zeta changed the face of Sydney’s world showing unprecedented interest • Bar of the Year
bar landscape when it burst onto the drinking in ice, previously an anonymous bit Australian Hotels Association, 2006
scene as part of The Hilton Sydney in 2005. player in cocktails. Zeta offers freshly • Cocktail List of the Year
Zeta has since established a reputation chipped ice from a triple frozen ultra- 6th Annual Bar Awards, 2006
as one of the most cutting edge and pure block of ice in luxury spirits. • Best Bar Presentation and Service
pioneering bars in the Southern Hemisphere, National AHA Awards, 2006
having led the way by championing Zeta Bar is fast becoming a Sydney icon with • Best New Bar
some of the most prominent global visiting international celebs. Jessica Simpson, ALIA Awards, 2005
bar trends in the world, such as: Kimberley Stewart, James Blunt, Nicky Hilton,
Snoop Dogg and Nicole Ritchie have all partied For more information contact:
Misting there... And Aussie A-listers Jennifer Hawkins, Level 4, 488 George Street
A technique used to enhance the flavour of Hugh Jackman, Ian Thorpe, and Megan Gale Sydney, NSW 2000
your drink and break down the composites often stop by for a beverage... Tel: (02) 9265 6070
in Gin and Vodka, the mist works wonderfully Warm colours, cool drinks and exceptional
with your classic gin or vodka based Martini. A service from renowned Sydney bartenders
mist of juniper, citrus or vanilla can be applied give Zeta an undeniable edge, making it the

Best of Australia 103

Chapter 4
Rosemount Australian

Twice a year, against the spectacular harbour side backdrop

of Sydney’s Circular Quay, the best emerging and established
fashion designers from Australia and the Asia Pacific converge on
Rosemount Australian Fashion Week to preview their collections to
some of the world’s most significant fashion buyers, media and key
industry influencers.

Sanlam SA Fashion Week photographer Ivan Naude

106 Best of Australia

Opposite page and right: Camilla and Marc - Sydney

Since 1996, RAFW’s official schedule has agents, media, and other fashion industry
featured hundreds of designers and launched representatives. It maintains an exclusive time
the international careers of some of Australia slot on the international fashion week circuit and
and the Asia Pacific’s biggest fashion names domestic buying calendar.
including Alex Perry, Collette Dinnigan, Karen Several generations of designers – including
Walker, Ksubi, Lisa Ho, sass & bide, Zambesi, Alice McCall, camilla and marc, Fashionassassin,
and Zimmermann. Jayson Brunsdon, Josh Goot, who are now
On-site and off-site Collection Shows, rising international stars in their own right
dedicated Agent & Designer Suites and the – participate in the event, alongside the
exclusive boutique exhibition - The Source @ industry’s established names and a number
RAFW make up this exclusive industry-only of designers who have never shown before.
event, made accessible to registered buyers, The competitive advantage of Australian

Best of Australia 107


108 Best of Australia

style is its unexpected diversity. Fashion is all
about new ideas, new thoughts, new names...
and these are the strengths of RAFW. It’s
primarily based on the influence Australia has
on designers who choose to have this country
as their creative base. It’s a country of huge
diversity in environment, social and cultural
parameters and as such provides a never ending
and different sources of influence for designers
to be inspired by.
RAFW has over the past decade evolved its
own reason for being on the international fashion
week circuit. It has become the event where
designers from Australia, New Zealand and, in
more recent years, from countries around the
Asia Pacific region come to launch themselves
internationally, to find a sense for who they
are as designers, to evolve their style and to
commercially establish themselves. Savvy
international retailers have recognised this and
now regularly use the event as a primary source
of new talent.

Opposite page: Ksubi.

Top right: Lisa Ho. Bottom left: Ginger Smart.
Bottom right: Lee Matthews.

Best of Australia 109

The industry’s creative niche is to appeal to something new, exciting and different. These
those consumers and retailers that are highly retailers are primarily multi-label boutiques and
sophisticated and willing to look outside the department stores that invest in both established
existing huge luxury and designer brands well known brands as well something different.
to express their own personal style and IMG FASHION, a division of international
individuality. Consumers who want a point of sports, entertainment and media giant IMG,
difference in the way they dress. and the global leader in the management and
Likewise for RAFW our retailer targets are production of fashion weeks and designer
those organisations who want to be able to offer, fashion events, produces Rosemount Australian
initially on an exclusive basis, their customers Fashion Week.

110 Best of Australia

Opposite page: Top left: Lisa Ho. Top right: Lee Matthews.
Bottom right: Fleur Wood. This page: Top left: Shakahauchi.
Middle: Kirrily Johnston. Bottom left: Ksubi. Above: Alex Perry.

Best of Australia 111

Cosmopolitan Shoes

Cosmopolitan Shoes is nestled in the high fashion district of

Double Bay, one of Sydney’s most luxurious suburbs containing a
mix of haute couture and a vibrant café society – and surrounded
by picturesque water views and grand residential homes.

112 Best of Australia

This fabulous boutique specialises in Shoes,
Bags and Accessories and caters for everything
from day wear to evening, along with a large
selection of bridal. Many of their brands run
in season with Europe and they often have
the largest selection Australia Wide as well as
exclusivity with some brands.
The brands stocked include Roberto Cavalli,
Robert Clergerie, Diego Dolcini, Andrew Gn,
Charlse Jourdan, YSL, Dolce & Gabbana,
Rene Caovilla, Corto Moltedo, Sonia Rykiel,
Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Barbara Bui,
Alexander McQueen, Le Silla, Sergio Rossi,
Azzedine Alaia, Jimmy Choo, Patrick Cox,
Guiseppe Zanotti and more high end brands
are being added all the time.
Visiting the store, you will be dazzled by the
sheer beauty and range of their products – and
you will not leave empty handed. This is one
of Sydney’s best stores in one of Sydney’s best
locations – truly one of the Best in Australia.

For more information contact Cosmopolitan

Shoes: Shop 10, 2/22 Knox St, Double Bay
NSW 2028. Tel: (02) 9362 0510.
18 – 19 Knox St, Double Bay NSW 2028
Tel: (02) 9327 3444

Best of Australia 113

Australia’s premier Couturier Alex Perry

Alex Perry is Australia’s most glamorous designer, by virtue of his

magnificent gowns and sensational red carpet eveningwear.

114 Best of Australia

held in May 1995, and is the only designer to
show each year since. Over the past eleven
years the Alex Perry fashion shows evolved
into what has been described as “the most
glamorous show of the week”. Perry’s runway
shows have featured supermodels such as
Alex Perry knows how to make a woman look this opulent boutique. The collection features Linda Evangelista, Megan Gale, Kate Fisher,
and feel glamorous, and he has been doing glamorous stilettos, jewelled clutch handbags Alyssa Sutherland, Nicole Trunfio and Lily Cole.
exactly that for nearly fifteen years. and bijoux earrings for both evening and bridal.  After fourteen years of successfully making
After establishing himself as Australia’s Alex has a very impressive clientele
women look glamorous in Australia … the Alex
premier Couturier, Alex Perry launched his first including high profile celebrities, social
Perry brand has become synonymous with
Ready to Wear collection in 1998, featuring identities and personalities. Favourite Perry
luxury, prestige, glamour and quality.
familiar Alex Perry Couture signatures; boned Girls include: Nelly Furtado, Jennifer Lopez,
corsetry; hand ruching and feminie silhouettes. Rihanna, Elle Macpherson, Linda Evangelista, For more information contact: The Strand
The Alex Perry experience is available nationally Eva Longoria, Claudia Schiffer, Sarah Arcade, Suite 502, 412- 414 George St, Sydney
and David Jones Department Store and at O’Hare, Megan Gale, Jackie O, Catroina NSW 2000. Tel : +612 9233 6555;
selected boutiques internationally. Rowntree, Sonya Kruger, Tara Moss, Bec Fax: +612 9233 5833.
In May 2002, Alex Perry launched his Sydney Hewitt, Erika Heynatz and Kate Ritchie.
Salon at The Strand. Alex Perry’s accessories Alex Perry was a pioneer designer at the
collection, launched in 2006 and is available at inaugural Mercedes Australian Fashion Week

Best of Australia 115


Jean Brown is an Experience: a fusion of great design,

service and luxury from the past, present and future.

The Gallery headware and other accessories from the

Jean Brown is a multi-brand concept store world’s leading names such as Chloe, Miu Miu,
offering sublime luxury accessories from the Lanvin, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Manolo
world’s leading fashion houses and designers. Blahnik, Giuseppe Zanotti, Philip Treacy,
The architect-designed Gallery sets the perfect Alexander McQueen, Pierre Hardy, Sergio Rossi
aesthetic to showcase each designer as an and Marc Jacobs.
artist and master in their field. Kevin Hayes Architects transformed the
At Jean Brown, you’ll find current season empty shell of the Jean Brown store into a
collections of shoes, handbags, jewellery, stunning gallery-style boutique, worthy of the

116 Best of Australia

The Archive private previews of forthcoming collections and
The Archive, a rotating exhibit of one of the priority access to special events. Jean Brown
world’s most significant collections of antique offers the world’s most sublime accessory
and vintage handbags provides an education pieces within a compelling retail experience.
on the role of accessories in culture and history, Above all, Jean Brown is passionate about
representing 350 years of fashion and design. luxury accessory products, cherishes the
beautiful shoes, handbags and accessory clients who covet them and always delivers the
pieces that lie within. The design includes The Experience ultimate shopping experience.
bespoke shelving, dressing area decorated in Jean Brown’s team of attentive international
iconic designer Florence Broadhurst wallpaper, stylists indulges clients’ desires with personal For more information contact:
bespoke carpets, Eames tables, Poliform seasonal wardrobe planning and a dressing Shop 62, Emporium, 1000 Ann St, Fortitude
chairs and a purpose-built archive gallery to area is provided to assist with fashion styling Valley 4006. Tel: 1800 253 882
showcase the Jean Brown antique handbag and wardrobe coordination.
collection – one of the most significant handbag VIP membership extends the exceptional
collections in the world. Jean Brown service philosophy to include

Best of Australia 117

Billabong International -


Billabong International Limited’s core business and distributed in more than 100 countries table and then carting the finished product
is the marketing, distribution, wholesaling and and are available in approximately 8000 stores around to the local surf shop to sell.
retailing of apparel, accessories, eyewear, worldwide. Products are distributed through The business found immediate traction, with
wetsuits and hardgoods under the Billabong, specialised boardsports retailers and through surfers drawn to the superior functionality of the
Element, Von Zipper, Honolua Surf Company, the Company’s own branded retail outlets. Billabong boardshorts.
Kustom, Palmers Surf and Nixon brands. The majority of revenue is generated through They were also far more durable courtesy of
The company has in the range of 1750 staff wholly-owned operations in Australia, North the unique triple-stitching technique developed
worldwide and its shares are publicly listed on America, Europe, Japan, New Zealand and by Gordon.
the Australian Stock Exchange. Brazil. The Company’s brands are marketed The next step for the fledgling brand was to
Billabong International’s values remain and promoted internationally through introduce the better local surfers to Billabong
consistent with its foundation objectives, association with high profile professional and incorporate them in the marketing of the
which include a commitment to brand athletes, junior athletes and events. brand. Company-sponsored contests and
protection and enhancement, the manufacture Billabong was founded on Australia’s special events would later follow.
of design-relevant and functional products, Gold Coast in 1973 by surfer and surfboard By the 1980s, Billabong had firmly
marketing in the core boardsports channels, shaper Gordon Merchant and his partner. established its place in Australian surf culture
the professional development of staff and Those early days were rather inauspicious, and was ready for international expansion. The
ongoing customer service and relationships. with the pair designing boardshorts at initial focus was on the large North American
Billabong International’s products are licensed home, cutting them out on the kitchen market and, again, the brand enjoyed success.

118 Best of Australia

Sales began to grow in other offshore markets, August of that year. This gave the company California-based Beachworks retail business
licenses were granted in a number of territories greater impetus and the financial capacity to and various branded concept stores around
including New Zealand, Japan and South grow the business. the world. Total sales grew from approximately
Africa, and in the late 1980s a new beachhead Some seven months after the public $110 million in 1999 to more than $1 billion
was established in Europe. float the company demonstrated its growth in the 2005-06 financial year. Through all the
Through the 1990s the surf industry grew plans with the acquisitions of the Von Zipper growth, Billabong has maintained its brand
exponentially and professional surfing gained sunglasses brand and, four months later, integrity and grown its commitment to the
a newfound respectability. The company the emerging Element Skateboards brand. global boardsports sector through athlete
also followed its core customers into other The successful integration of those
sponsorship, event staging and support
boardsports markets, including skate and snow, businesses saw the company add to its stable
of industry bodies. This adherence to core
where it replicated its proven business model. of brands in following years, with Honolua Surf
values has allowed the Company to achieve
By the close of the decade, Billabong had been Company acquired in January 2004, Kustom
restructured to capitalise on the growing global footwear and Palmers Surf in September many targets including brand expansion
opportunities in the boardsports sector. 2004, a controlling interest in the beachculture and increased product availability globally.
The restructure set the foundation for an airport-retail business in November 2005 and
initial public offering in Australia in mid 2000. Nixon watches and accessories in January
The move saw the company’s shares publicly 2006. Other businesses were also established,
listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in including the Element footwear range, the

Best of Australia 119

Chapter 5
Health and Beauty
Health through Water
Health and Beauty

For centuries, Europeans have used the cleansing

properties of water to sooth the mind and body and
renew the spirit. Salus Per Aquum embraces this simple
philosophy through its atmosphere of quiet sophistication.

If Palazzo Versace is one of the world’s finest wellness leader Brendan Long, is ensconced clientele that visit the luxury premises each
hotels, then the hotel’s luxury spa Salus Per in the beautiful and glamorous setting of year. He has garnered a stellar team of spa
Aquum must surely qualify as one of the word’s Australia’s only fashion-branded hotel, specialists who are intuitive and caring in
finest spa experiences. impeccably designed and embellished with the their regard and respect for each guest.
Salus Per Aquum was anointed a Leading unmistakable Versace style. “We continue to support our guests with
Spa of the World in the very first accreditation Its discretion is in its private location on the time-honoured spa therapies that deliver and
program conducted by The Leading Hotels lower lobby floor so you can enter and escape meet their expectations each and every time,”
of the World in 2005 and again in 2006 & in privacy, and contentment. said Brendan.
2007, a programme which acknowledges and Brendan Long has devised a luxurious “Our massage therapies allow the mind
ensures guests receive a truly luxurious and menu of spa services combining classic and body to find harmony, so important in this
satisfying spa experience. The spa, which is and contemporary therapies and beauty day and age, and we incorporate traditional
privately owned and directed by health and treatments which cater for the diverse massage techniques with the natural healing

122 Best of Australia

thermal or rubber lift-off treatment mask, which In fact there is nothing that we cannot
delivers phenomenal results in skincare and arrange when it comes to special services and
anti-ageing. extras, even day trips to local and near-local
The delicious warm waters of Salus Per locations that fit in with your health and well-
Aquum’s master-crafted mosaic pool and being focus.
surrounds are a nurturing finale to your time at
the spa whether an hour or a day. Treatments Most Requested
The global spa product company Pevonia is at Salus Per Aquum
the product of choice at Salus Per Aquum for Couples Romance Retreat,
face, body, and spa-care at home. Massage by Candlelight.
The spa has not overlooked the From day one couples have enjoyed this
importance of grooming and there is a beautiful and romantic experience. Embraced
range of current beauty treatments and in the elegance of Versace, you are invited to
products available to ensure you not only indulge in a visit to our couples suite at Salus
feel your best, but look your best. Per Aquum. The Spa is appointed with dual
massage beds and is bathed in soft candlelight,
Spa Trends and it is here that gifted therapists will transport
Trends are also closely observed, so you and your partner to a place of total and
there is the opportunity for families and complete relaxation.
their more grown-up children, to book After, sip on a glass of bubbly as you relax
Salus Per Aquum for private Spa Parties, by our beautiful spa pools.
where a combination of spa therapies and
grooming treatments are a favourite. Signature Ka Huna Massage
“It’s not just our celebrities that indulge in With some of the most talented Kahuna
this way,” said Brendan. specialists in Australia, this has become our
signature massage. Using a unique flow and
Grooming rhythm to the massage stroke, this ancient form
For the everyday in line with looking good, of bodywork incorporates a special breathing
you must indulge in a French Polish Hand technique which initiates a deep relaxation and
Treatment, a rejuvenating Pedispa and your balance to your body and soul.
choice of Waxing which is an essential for
looking your very best on Queensland’s Gold The Ultimate Body Renewal, Salus Sanctuary
Coast. Eyebrow shaping is another popular The popular Salus Sanctuary treatment is an
request providing an instant lift for the face. amazing full body experience which ensures
body renewal and stress relief. Your luxurious
Hair care and Styling body exfoliation combines aromatic sea salts
Image matters and we all feel better if our and oils under the warming waters of the
hair is looking healthy and up to the minute. French Vichy Shower. Your two therapists work
It’s a confidence thing whatever your fashion in symmetry gently massaging your body to
statement may be. Your hair and hair leave your skin silky smooth and radiant.
challenges are taken care of beautifully at
Salus Per Aquum’s hair salon now under new Your Essential Spa Retreat
management and where you can choose After a long flight our international guests often
natural hair products without the smell of book for a half-day or full-day at Salus Per
bleaching products. Your hair styling and Aquum to rejuvenate. Our therapists will design
colouring will look and feel divine, a superb end your personalized spa regime and you will enjoy
to your spa treatments. a delightful and healthy lunch during your stay
with us.
Specialty Services An essential pick-me-up in a luxury setting
A wide arrange of specialty services are that will ensure your visit gets off to the best
qualities of essential oils. “It’s all about the available on request with some requiring 24 possible start.
revival of the spirit,” said Brendan. hours notice or more to ensure the best service
“Our massage therapists are trained in Lomi and outcome for your special requests. For more information contact:
Lomi, Shiatsu, Hot Stone Therapy, Kahuna, Fitness is often a priority for our guests Salus per Aquum Spa
Japanese as well as relaxation, reflexology and so everything from personal training, Palazzo Versace
aromatherapy massages popular worldwide to Yoga and Tai chi combined with the 94 Sea World Drive
with our international clientele and at home. wealth of knowledge that our dietitian and Main Beach
“We are also delighted to provide couples nutritionist can provide, is available. Queensland 4217 Australia
massages in the candlelit Dual Treatment Extras also include Acupuncture, Tel: 07 5538 0111
Room, or in the privacy of your Hotel room.” Naturopathy, Podiatry, and our gymnasium
Other vital therapies include the Salus services which include cardio gym machines,
Signature Facial which includes a three-part free weights, and body toning equipment.

Best of Australia 123

Crown Spa
Health and Beauty

A tranquil enclave offering unparalleled facilities and services for total

relaxation and rejuvenation. The glamorous day spa located in one of
Australia’s most luxurious hotel - Crown Towers.

124 Best of Australia

An oasis of architecturally designed sandstone
and marble with natural light streaming
through numerous skylights, Crown Spa
covers more than 3000 square metres
and features a 25-metre indoor swimming
pool, with a special seated bubble pool
feature. A communal steam room scented
with eucalyptus oil is located alongside a
spacious relaxation deck and sun terraces.

Crown Day Spa

Crown Spa is unashamedly dedicated to
achieving relaxation and revitalisation in a
luxurious setting surpassing the finest of Asia’s
legendary health spas.
The décor creates an immediate sense of
indulgence and tranquillity. Soft neutral colours,
sandstone paving and warm timber panelling
contribute to the peaceful atmosphere.
Frosted glass panels allow natural light to filter
into lounges that offer a quiet place to relax
between treatments.
Crown Spa features 12 treatment rooms,
a hair and beauty salon as well as an
exclusive relaxation lounge. These facilities
are offered to the public, by appointment
only. Hotel guests enjoying Crystal Club
privileges have direct access to the Spa
via the express lifts from level 29.
If Spa guests wish to experience the ultimate Exclusive Carita Treatments and Products warm volcanic pebbles in a calming and
in spa luxury, a Crown Spa Pampering Suite For the first time in Australia, locals and revitalizing full body massage to leave the
is the ideal location, offering splendour and visitors to Melbourne are able to purchase and skin radiant and the body tingling with
style found only in the world’s best spas. experience Carita, renowned for their luxury energy while feeling profoundly relaxed.
Each impeccably furnished Suite has a private skincare range. Products such as Fluide De
jacuzzi, steam room, Swiss shower and an Beauté, Renovateur and Ideal-Pro-Lift are also Crown Spa – the only retail outlet for Carita
abundance of space in which to relax and available in a series of signature treatments products in Victoria
unwind. To experience this inimitable style, designed exclusively for Crown Spa. In Victoria, the exclusive Carita products from
guests have the option of upgrading any France are only available for purchase at Crown
treatment to the exclusivity of a Pampering Timeless Beauty – Spa, Crown Towers. This include Carita’s
Suite. By doing so, they will receive an Crown Spa signature facial flagship product - the Fluide De Beaute 14
additional 30 minutes of time to luxuriate in the This treatment uses the unique and legendary Paillete. Created since 1956, Fluide de Beaute
facilities within. product created by Carita in the 60s, 14 represents Carita’s unique and modern
Crown Spa’s “menu” features more than 40 Renovateur. Composed of a subtle blend approach to global beauty – a single product
specialised treatments including customised of roasted sunflower seeds to exfoliate and which can be simultaneously used for face,
massages and facials, reflexology, hydrotherapy essential oils to soften the skin, the treatment body and hair. Part of Carita’s mythical range,
and body polishes. The hydrotherapy is designed to counteract and repair the effects the Fluide De Beaute 14 Paillete contains
treatments use powerful water jets to stimulate of time while offering maximum protection, sparkling gold glitters and is an ultra-nourishing
pressure points to energise or calm the preventive care and deep relaxation. To dry oil which is easily absorbed by the skin
body. Water enriched with minerals and salts enhance the treatment, Carita’s exclusive high- and hair, to leave a subtle golden veil. The
eliminates toxins and promotes relaxation. tech appliance, Ideal-Pro-Lift, is used to infuse gold glitters illuminate and beautify the skin, to
Two fully-equipped hydrotherapy wet the serum tailored to specific skin needs, to create a delicate pearlescent complexion.
rooms adjoin the suites, offering a selection enrich, firm and protect at the highest level.
of European hydrotherapy treatments, Vicchy Crown Spa treatments and facilities are
shower and revitalising seawater algae Volcanic Rebalance – available by appointment only.
therapies which gently ease away stress while Crown Spa signature body massage Please call +613 9292 6182 or email
toning and soothing muscles. This extraordinary volcanic massage promises
A complete range of beauty services, to lift one onto a physical and spiritual For media enquiries, please contact:
including hair styling, manicures, pedicures, plateau of deep calm and energized vitality. A June Lim – Media Relations Manager.
waxing and make-up are also available. combination of cool and warm volcanic pebbles Tel: +613 9292 7614 or email
Crown Spa is a deluxe world-class facility is used to release tension and gently massage
providing unsurpassed levels of customer the body into deep relaxation. To complete
service and the latest treatments as well as the experience, Carita’s exclusive
relaxation techniques. ‘Satining Mineral Power’ is applied with

Best of Australia 125

The Dental Lounge Advantage
Health and Beauty

Perfect Teeth - Total Comfort

Dental Lounge Macquarie Street, Sydney In addition to our existing Hunters Hill practice
CBD with its breathtaking Harbour Views and we have also created a fun, caring, state-of-
Dental Lounge Hunters Hill with its tranquil the art childrens paradise -Dental Lounge
garden setting really does have the “BEST OF Kids, providing quality preventative dentistry
AUSTRALIA” dentistry there is to offer that caters to your childs individual needs.
in Sydney!  Cosmetic, bleaching and implant
 Our high-tech, state-of-the-art practices not consultations are FREE, so give us a call or
only boast the most beautiful rooms, we provide just pop in, say hi and meet the team next time
patients with the highest quality of dentistry in a you’re passing by.  Whatever your desire we
non-threatening environment. want you to be happy, that’s why we’ve created
 Wether its an early morning appointment the Dental Lounge!  Visit our website today and
before work, on your lunch break, after hours let us help YOU shine!
or weekends, at Dental Lounge we are able to
accommodate your busy and hectic lifestyle. For more information contact: Dental Lounge
 We place an emphasis on your comfort with Macquarie Street, Level 4,149 Macquarie Street,
minimally invasive surgery techniques. We offer Sydney CBD. Tel: 9247 8989
a huge range of services from general family Dental Lounge Hunters Hill, 100 Ryde Road,
dentistry to the latest in cosmetic and implant Hunters Hill, NSW. Tel: 9817 8944.
dentistry.  As seen on channel 9 network,
Main pic: Dr Daniel Adamo and Dr Mark Braund. displaying several new dental lasers- proving we
Above: Susan & Sonja. really are the leaders in advanced technology.

126 Best of Australia

Best of Australia 127
Health and Beauty

tooth whitening on-the-go™

Dr. Jonathan Levine, creator of GoSMILE, wants to share with
everyone, what his patients are already receiving: his expertise
and ground-breaking, at- home teeth whitening and maintenance
program – GoSMILE!

128 Best of Australia

A common mistake is often made to
avoid everyone’s most feared social faux pas
– bad breath (Halitosis). Solving halitosis with
sugary mints and gums and alcohol-based
mouthwashes only makes the problem worse!
Each year more that 30,000 people in
Australia are hospitalized because of a dental
condition, usually a tooth or gum infection that
has been left to fester. So why the neglect for
our teeth and gums?”
Remember slip-slop-slap… we’ve been
doing it for years to protect our precious
irreplaceable skin.
GoSMILE Beauty proudly launches a new
campaign to improve our nation’s declining
oral health... it’s easy, using new ampoule
technology in three simple actions… just flip-

Step-1: WHITEN
GoSMILE system - tooth whitening
A smile is the message we send out into the on-the-go™
world. It says, I feel good, I’m confident, I have • twice a day for 14 consecutive days
good self-esteem. • most potent form of whitening available
Jonathan Levine who is known as New outside dentist’s office
York’s celebrity dentist, counts among his many • convenient, single dose, hygienic ampoules
clients Mariska Hargitay - whose smile graces • sensitivity free
the cover of the book “SMILE! The Ultimate • 4 to 6 shades whiter in two weeks
Guide to Achieving Smile Beauty”, Christie • use anytime, anywhere
Brinkley, Kate Winslet, Sarah Jessica Parker,
Lenny Kravitz. Step-2: MAINTAIN
Though the smile is a gift of anatomy, GoSMILE daily - tooth whitening
enormous improvements can be made, maintenance™
following Dr Levine’s recommended 3 step • after using the system, keep teeth white by
oral health whitening program – GoSMILE. “In using Daily Ampales
the past few years, the smile has taken centre • daily breath freshener and midday brush
stage as the ultimate symbol of beauty,” says • kills bacteria that cause bad breath, prevents Soon to be launched –
Dr. Levine. tooth decay SMIINK, the lastest in eyelash technology.
Levine is a pioneer in aesthetic
dentistry.  With increasing evidence of the Step-3: PROTECT SMINK offers the highest quality and most
link between gum disease and chronic GoSMILE am/pm™ - whitening toothpastes unique products available in the beauty arena.
inflammatory diseases, such as cardiovascular • toothpaste to naturally protect teeth and
disease and diabetes, GoSMILE offers an at- gums
home, comprehensive oral health program, • prevent decay
needed to achieve and maintain not only a • hydrated silica gently polishes tooth surface
beautiful smile, but also optimum oral health • mood altering essential oils to reflect the
and overall wellness. time of brushing
GoSMILE Beauty, located in Melbourne, is • helps gum rejuvenation
responsible for the national distribution of the
U.S. based GoSMILE system. Beauty therapy The moment you add the 3-step
and hair salons, day spas, make-up industries GoSMILE Program to your daily
and paramedical clinics can now safely smile care routine, you are helping to
prescribe GoSMILE to their clients. preserve the beauty of your smile.

Best of Australia 129

Health and Beauty

Get rich hair at Joh Bailey

As one of Australia’s most respected and dedicated hair talents, Joh Bailey’s name has become synonymous with not only
beautiful hair but with glamour and style. His dedication to his craft as well as his clientele has seen his name rise to icon
status throughout the country; garnering him international recognition and ensuring his longevity as Australia’s most loved
stylist. He and his salons have become an institution in the Sydney scene and evolved into a brand unto itself that ventures
way beyond its roots.

Joh opened his flagship salon in Double Bay in 1985 and he has also established salons in Sydney’s CBD and Bondi Junction.

Joh explains, “My look is classical and beautiful, whilst always having a modern edge. My signature look of a polished, slick
and feminine woman has been instilled into the culture of my staff and salons.”

Whilst best known as “Hairdresser to the Rich and Famous,” often accompanying his loyal following to Los Angeles, New
York and London; his special reporé with women from all walks of life has given him an unfair advantage over his peers.
Instinctively knowing what women want, Joh has an outstanding ability to communicate and deliver above expectations, a
talent vital to his continued success in a very competitive market.

Bailey and his team of highly trained stylists are consistently used by the leading luxury fashion houses such as Chanel,
Bvlgari, Giorgio Armani, Louis Vuitton and Gucci for their season launches. Their work also features in the fashion pages of
Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue Australia, Elle and Marie Claire.

In addition to appearing regularly on many television programmes such as the Today Show, Mornings with Kerri-Anne and
Extreme Makeover, Joh’s celebrity clientele over the years range from supermodels Elle Macpherson and Linda Evangelista
to performers Kylie Minogue and Olivia Newton John and Hollywood stars of Eva Longoria’s calibre. This has propelled him
to a celebrity status of his own, and in 2000 he was awarded the role as the official hairstylist for the opening ceremonies of
the Sydney Olympic Games.

Joh’s business success and caring nature have enabled him to support a number of charities such as The Victor Chang
Cardiac Research Institute, Fashion Supports Breast Cancer and Fashion For AIDS. He says the biggest highlight of his
career was working with the late Lady Diana, Princess of Wales, during her 1997 visit to Australia.

His entrée into his ultimate destiny came from his love of horses. As a young boy, he discovered his talent, braiding the mane
of his prized thoroughbred Nika, and his career in hairdressing. His passion for horse stays with Joh today as he competes
at championship-graded equestrian events nationally with numerous accolades and ribbons.

It is perhaps Ita Buttrose’s advice that guides him daily: “It is an extraordinary service that always sticks in anyone’s mind.”
And so he stresses, “I would go to any client’s house at any time, if need be. Their hair is a reflection of me and my

sydney • Double Bay • Bondi Junction

130 Best of Australia

“Hair is the richest ornament of a woman.”
Martin Luther

Best of Australia 131

Napoleon Perdis, Australia’s
Health & Beauty

Prestige Cosmetics Brand

Australia’s Leading Makeup Artist bringing Runway
to Reality from Sydney to Hollywood.

132 Best of Australia

Napoleon was brought up in a Greek household
in the western suburbs of Sydney, Australia.
However, old traditions ended there for the
makeup maestro. him to experiment with his own cosmetics. Napoleon Perdis’ trans-generational approach
Napoleon didn’t yield to his father’s In 1995, he debuted his first concept store in to beauty and dedication to translating runway,
demands to train for a “respectable” occupation Sydney, boasting a full Napoleon Perdis line, red carpet, and music video to reality has driven
(businessman, lawyer or doctor). In fact, he which included foundation, eye shadows, the brand into a category all its own.  Featuring
knew early on he was going to pursue a career lipsticks, lip liners and accessories. Throughout pro-tips on all packaging, the various capsule
in fashion and use any pressure or judgmental the development of the brand, colour emerged collections reflect such brand values as “The
assessment to inspire his creativity and as the Napoleon Perdis trademark. He worked Oxford of Makeup,” “Runway to Reality,” and
build himself into a vocation with potential to as the makeup artist for weddings and special “Treasure Chest,” among others.
transform lives. Inspiring him all the more was events, beautifying women of different skin Hollywood’s elite have paid homage to
the backdrop of Australia—a country with great colours and skin types. He developed an Napoleon Perdis since the brand’s U.S.launch
cultural diversity and a modern outlook—that immense appreciation for the uniqueness of in 2005, praising it in the press and donning
he found to be the ideal springboard to create a every woman’s face.  Napoleon’s reputation such core products as Lip Lacquer, Auto Pilot
company with true global reach. soon propelled him into editorial work, Pre-foundation Skin Primer and Camera Finish
Upon discovering the extensive consequently spearheading and solidifying his Powder Foundation on red carpets and high-
colour palettes and dramatic aesthetic campaign to bring runway to reality. profile events, including the Primetime Emmy
transformations involved in makeup artistry, “Runway to reality is a translation service Awards as the official Makeup Partner in 2007.
a self-taught Napoleon emerged with a life that I want every Napoleon Perdis environment Celebrity fans of the brand include Melissa
destination; he would be a makeup artist to achieve. Makeup is all about the transfer of George, Debra Messing, Kate Beckinsale,
for the people, helping them bring out their positive energy.” reflects Napoleon Perdis. Evangeline Lilly, Winona Ryder, LeAnn Rimes,
inner celebrity and transform runway beauty It has now been over a decade since Teri Hatcher, Nicollette Sheridan, Kimberly Elise,
to reality with the stroke of a brush. Napoleon Perdis has been “bringing out the Sasha Cohen, Leven Rambin, Kelly Hu, Gemma
Napoleon launched a small makeup studio in celebrity in you” with the Australian launch in Ward and Raven Simone, among others.
Leichhardt, Australia in 1992. The studio enabled 1995. As Australia’s leading makeup artist, In addition the brand has 59 concept stores
and over 800 point-of-sale locations globally,
which include four stores in the U.S., counters
at the beauty retail chain Sephora and counters
in The Bay stores in Canada. Future distribution
markets include Hong Kong, Singapore, Brazil
and Dubai.
Napoleon Perdis is available from concept
stores, exclusively with David Jones, in select
independent retailers throughout Australia.
Stockist number 1800 814 572.

Best of Australia 133

Mayne Pharmaceutical Limited

Mayne Pharma Limited is focused on the development, manufacture, sale

and distribution of medicines used by oncologists. The company is listed
on the Australian Stock Exchange under the code “MYP”.

134 Best of Australia

Mayne Pharma’s product portfolio has been Pro-forma sales in its 2005 financial year were
built on world class process development A$687 million up approximately 35% on the
capabilities in the two families of drugs that prior year.
are commonly used in the treatment of cancer In November 2005, Mayne Pharma was
today: taxanes and platinum derivatives. demerged from Mayne Group Limited so the
The company has also expanded from its business could focus on its core competencies
origins in generic chemotherapy medicines to and have increased flexibility to implement
related therapeutic drugs used by oncologists appropriate strategies and a capital structure
in the treatment of cancer such as antibiotics that would help facilitate its continued success.
and pain management. Their mission is focusing on being a trusted
On the back of this expertise, Mayne
international manufacturer, developer and
Pharma has expanded from Australia so that
distributor of injectable generic and specialty
it now distributes its products in more than 65
pharmaceuticals. They seek to be the leading
countries around the world. It has established
supplier of injectable generic and specialty
strong commercial footholds especially in
Europe and Asia Pacific. pharmaceuticals to regulated markets around
Mayne Pharma is the second largest supplier the world.
of generic, injectable oncology medicines in Their commitment to the highest levels
Canada and the company has a small and of quality is entrenched in the research and
developing position in the United States that development, manufacture, distribution and
provides future opportunity to grow. sale of all of their medicines.
Mayne Pharma has increased its sales
revenues significantly in the last three years on
the back of acquisitions and internal growth.

Best of Australia 135

Chapter 6
Design and Interiors
DBI Design
Design and Interiors

Established in 1981, DBI Design ranks today as one of the

largest and most diverse design practices in Australia.

DBI specialises in disciplines of DBI has an impressive portfolio of completed most active and popular beach-side precincts
architecture, master planning, interior projects on a national and international scale; of central Broadbeach has received numerous
design and landscape architecture. spanning from the Gold Coast to far North awards; the Silver Medal in the Emporis 2007
In its twenty-six year history, DBI has Queensland, Sydney, Melbourne and Western World Skyscraper Awards, the Regional
developed particular expertise in all areas of Australia. Overseas, DBI has undertaken Award for Best Mixed-Use Development by
resort, mixed-use, residential and tourism- major projects in the USA, UAE, Japan, China, the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, a
based projects. DBI’s broad range of project Spain, Qatar, Indonesia, Taiwan, Malaysia, State Commendation by the Royal Australian
experience also includes casinos, hospitals, the  Philippines, Fiji and Vietnam. Institute of Architects and the People’s Choice
medical and aged-care facilities, retail, One of DBI’s recently completed projects Award for Urban Design at the Gold Coast
commercial and industrial developments. ‘The Wave’, situated in one of the Gold Coast’s Urban Design Awards. The 34 storey luxury

138 Best of Australia

entire beach-side city block. It will comprise to 77 storeys. There will be three residential
of two outstanding residential towers of 40 & towers consisting of 870 luxury residential
50 levels, which will soar above a lively and apartments, an office tower and the signature
vibrant, high-class precinct of up-market retail building, an international five-star hotel to
including boutiques, restaurants and cafes. be operated by Jumeriah, operators of the
Through a number of projects , DBI is playing a seven-star Buj al Arab in Dubai and many
significant role in Broadbeach’s transformation other prestigious hotels around the world.
into a world-class urban centre. In addition there will be an array of world-
residential, retail and commercial tower has DBI as part of an international design class amenities including a state-of-the-art
quickly become one of the most recognisable competition, was awarded the lead consultant convention centre, a boutique shopping mall for
buildings on the Gold Coast. With its crisp contract for architecture, interior design and major international and designer fashion labels,
white, wave-form exterior, the rippling effect landscape architecture for the ‘Etihad Towers’ eight superb restaurants and a hypermarket.
of the façade has created a remarkable development in the United Arab Emirates. DBI Design is continuing to create a name
iconic building of international recognition. Located on a prominent waterfront site at the for itself worldwide, as a practice striving to
‘The Oracle’ development, also in central end of the Abu Dhabi Corniche the project achieve excellence in design.
Broadbeach is due for completion in late 2010. is scheduled for completion in early 2010.
The impressive mixed-use development is The Etihad Towers development will feature
significant for this area, taking up nearly an five iconic towers ranging in height from 55

Best of Australia 139

Celebrating Australian design
Design and Interiors

with exclusive Designer Ranges

Customised to suit your interior.
Shaka by Akira

Since being established in 1986 Designer Yosi Tal, Managing Director explains that the pretty impressive installations: From Australian
Rugs have forged the reputation as makers advantage “is that Designer Rugs’ are unique embassies around the globe to Parliament
of premium quality hand knot and hand in Australian context because we began as House, Q1 on the Gold Coast, Queensland to
tufted rugs. More than simply manufacturers, manufacturers and we are now regarded as the W Hotel in Florida, USA.
the Designer Rugs team oversee true leaders of design. This allows us to customize They have also collaborated on several
craftsmanship of an ever changing collection our rugs for a wide audience both commercially Harry Seidler’s projects- including the
of designs that are produced in traditional rug and for private residences”. Theatre Royal, Quickly becoming one of
making origins such as Nepal, Thailand, India Over the years Designer Rugs have their biggest supporters and continuing
and China; depending on wool choices and collaborated with many iconic Australian to work closely with Australia’s leading
weaving techniques. personalities. “It’s inspirational- exposure to interior designers and architects.
The wide range includes New Zealand wool creative people has helped us evolve and
and pure silk, Antique wash, voluminous shag develop in a positive way”. And the list is too About Designer Rugs exclusive
piles and textures, Aubusson and signature remarkable not to share in full. Designer Ranges
collections with unique Australian artists and Linda Jackson, John Coburn, Alun Leach
designers. Now represented across Australia, Jones, Annie Georgeson, Howard Arkley, Akira by Akira Isogawa
Designer Rugs have recently added Singapore Janet Lawrence, Akira Isogawa, Dinosaur The Akira rug collection for Designer Rugs
and Auckland to their permanent repertoire. Designs and most recently award winning Julie is a fitting collaboration born out of a shared
From their Australian base Designer Rugs Paterson of Cloth fabric and Georgia Chapman passion for the creation of objects of beauty
service international clients from the US, UK, of fashion label Vixen. Beyond collaboration, and artistry where quality of make is a driving
Europe and Asia. they have also worked with other notables and force. Expertly woven to exacting standards,

140 Best of Australia

every rug in the Akira rug collection delivers of 12 inspirational rug designs, that are each a
unique and varying combinations of colour, striking incarnation of the signature style that is
texture and pattern - from organic to geometric quintessentially Dinosaur Designs.
- that imbue each design with more than simply Using the classic rectangular shape as the
personality. ‘canvas’, each features playful compositions of
organic shapes where bold colour combinations
Opposite page: Shoka by AKRA ISOGAWA. Top left:
Cloth by Julie Paterson deliver a style and personality unique to each. Muromachi #1 by AKIRA ISOGAWA. Top right: Peony by
The designs for the collections began life as a VIXEN. Above: Boulder #1 by DINOSAUR DESIGNS. Middle:
series of drawings and notes taken from the Vixen by Georgia Chapman Ned by Cloth. Left: Bottlebrush by CLOTH.
visual diaries Julie used every day and turned Inspired by the promise of exotic destinations,
into a group of paintings made from offcuts Vixen’s collaboration with Designer Rugs has For more information contact:
of timber found on building sites. This work is produced a colourful and vibrant range of stock Australia and Rest of the World
quite ephemeral, hard to define, experimental and custom-made rugs.
and abstract, offering a collection of rugs with a Displaying a bold colour and design Tel: + 61 4 2 9550 9933
fresh, direct and highly creative approach. pallet woven in 100% NZ wool, the seven New Zealand
unique designs successfully marry Vixen’s
Dinosaur Designs signature hand-detailing with the rich
Internationally renowned homewares and textile traditions born along the ancient
jewellery company Dinosaur Designs have trade routes of the Silk Road – from Asia
created exclusively for Designer Rugs a range to the Middle East and North Africa.

Best of Australia 141

Susan Avery Flowers and
Design and Interiors

Event Styling
Susan Avery is recognised as Australia’s leading flower and
event stylist and, with a client base reading like a Who’s Who,
it is easy to see why.

142 Best of Australia

With customers including Queen Elizabeth,
Princess Diana, the Dalai Lama, Paul
McCartney, Cher, Mick Jagger and much of
Sydney’s society - quality and style go hand in
Discretion, economy and quality are all
Susan Avery hallmarks. On any day, “special
orders”’ might include lotus flowers for a
French television commercial, bunches of field
roses ready for a Historic Houses exhibition,
extravagant arrangements on candelabra, or
simple displays waiting for a trade show.
Susan Avery’s reputation is formidable and,
with over 3,500 weddings to her credit, she is
renowned for her attention to detail and care.
From elegant and simple weddings through
to the truly extravagant, Susan’s work is second
to none.
From rock stars to royalty, from weddings to
beautiful bunches of flowers, from major events
to elegant parties, Susan Avery’s expertise is
unequalled by any similar Australian company.
Susan’s work is regularly seen in Australian
magazines and in many five star hotels.
She is in strong demand and her high
profile has featured in Vogue, Architectural
Digest, Belle and a myriad of other magazines,
periodicals and newspapers. She has provided
flowers for over 15,000 functions.
Susan has been renowned for 25 years
as the stylish presenter of flowers with an
unrivalled reputation for quality and distinction.

For more information contact:

Susan Avery Flowers and Event Styling
59 Jersey Road, Woollahra NSW 2025
Tel: +61 (2) 9363 1168
Fax: +61 (2) 9328 7415

Best of Australia 143

Chapter 7
Corporate Profiles
Only One Quality; the finest
Women’s Business Award

Champagne always adds a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ to every

occasion. So it is always the perfect time to enjoy a glass or two of
Veuve Clicquot, the quintessential champagne for pure indulgence.

‘She never left Reims but she conquered the family business to become one of the first
the world’. Madame Barbe Nicole Clicquot business women of all time.
Ponsardin, 1777 – 1866. A successful entrepreneur, she overcame
Founded in 1772 by the Clicquot family, the Napoleonic trade blockades to deliver
the House of Veuve Clicquot established its champagne to the Imperial Russian Court. She
reputation on the outstanding quality of its invented the ‘table de remuage’ intrinsic to the
champagne. The House excelled under the riddling process which leaves champagne so
leadership of la veuve Clicquot who, having brilliantly clear. Her invention was subsequently
lost her husband François in 1805, took over adopted by all champagne houses.

146 Best of Australia

Madame Clicquot the reputation as la
grande dame de la Champagne.
An international award, now taking place
in 16 countries, the Veuve Clicquot Award
commemorates Barbe Nicole Clicquot
Ponsardin, the woman whose name this
elegant champagne now bears.
2008 marks the fourth consecutive
year of this prestigious award in Australia.
Celebrated past winners include oil tanker
Captain Suzannah Vaughan, the first female
in Australia appointed to this position. In
2006, the award recognised Sarina Bratton,
founder of Orion Expedition Cruises, and
in 2005 the recipient was co founder of
Withcott Seedlings, Wendy Erhart.
These three dynamic Australian
women are now ‘friends of the Widow’
and belong to a select group celebrating
outstanding achievement.
The judging panel is no less formidable,
including Justice Annabelle Bennett AO, Deeta
Colvin, Janet Holmes a Court AC, David Murray
AO, Marilynne Paspaley, Robert Remnant and
Alison Watkins.
Each country celebrates its winners between
March and May and, in June, the laureates
gather at the Veuve Clicquot Maison in France,
to share their considerable experiences
amongst the famous Veuve Clicquot vineyards
and cellars at Reims. Each year thereafter the
winners also receive a gift of Veuve Clicquot La
Grande Dame champagne to celebrate in style.

For further information please contact:

Fran Meagher –
Over two centuries of passion for quality compares with the exquisite prestige cuvée, Veuve Clicquot Award Coordinator.
have given Veuve Clicquot a reputation for La Grande Dame, regarded by critics and The Veuve Clicquot Award
unrivalled excellence recognised throughout connoisseurs around the world as amongst the Tel: (02) 9361 6034; Mobile: 0417 662 527
the world. From the flagship Yellow Label, a greatest champagnes ever produced. Email:
full bodied marriage of style and finesse, to Veuve Clicquot Award
the award winning Vintage range, each wine The Veuve Clicquot Award Australia PO Box 655, Bondi Junction NSW 1355
beautifully epitomises the House style, with its The Veuve Clicquot Award was launched
trademark combination of power and elegance. in France, in 1972, to honour women
Named after Madame Clicquot herself, little who exemplify the qualities that earned

Best of Australia 147

Foster’s Group –
Food and Beverage

Inspiring Global Enjoyment

Foster’s Group is a beer group with interests in brewing,
wine-making and soft drinks. Foster’s Group is the brewer
of Foster’s Lager.

148 Best of Australia

Foster’s Group Limited is a publicly-listed
company on the Australian Stock Exchange
and is based in Melbourne, Victoria. Its wine
division Beringer Blass is the 7th largest
producer of wine in the United States.
It was founded in Melbourne in 1886
by two American brothers, William and
Ralph Foster of New York, who happened
to own a refrigeration plant, which was
necessary to brew beer in Australia’s hot
climate. They sold the brewery the following
year and returned to the United States.
In 1983, Carlton and United Breweries
purchased Elders IXL, a giant Australian
diversified conglomerate, and was renamed
the Elders Brewing Group. Then in 1990, the
Elders Brewing Group changed its name to the
Foster’s Group, to reflect the name of their most
internationally recognised product.
In 2005, Foster’s Group acquired the
Australian wine-making group Southcorp.
This acquisition added famous brands
such as Penfolds, Lindemans and
Rosemount to the Foster’s stable. In 1990,
Asahi Breweries acquired a 19.9% stake
in Australian brewery giant Elders IXL
which later became Foster’ s Group.
Foster’s Group imports, licenses, and
distributes a large number of brands. In
Australia, Foster’s distributes the Asahi Super
Dry, Cinzano, Corona, Kronenbourg 1664,
Perrier, Skyy vodka, Stella Artois, and 42 Below
import brands among many others. While in the
United States and Canadian markets, Molson
brews and sells Foster’s Lager under license.

Best of Australia 149

Revolutionising the
Property and Real Estate

mortgage industry
MORE is about to burst onto the mortgage scene in Australia
as the newest brand of mortgage broking franchise – providing
MORE to their franchisees and MORE to their clients.

150 Best of Australia

With a unique model, the mortgage industry will focused approach to buying or selling property.
be revolutionized by the package of services Clients receive an exceptional level of personal
that MORE can provide. The two core service service, time and time again. Systems run the
offerings from MORE are a full range Mortgage business and the MORE staff actually know
Broking services along with legal Conveyancing what customer service means – a fresh and
– the two essential services required for any welcome relief in industries (finance and legal)
property purchase. Back these up with an that traditionally fail miserably in this area.
Insurance referral based service and a vast Technologically advanced, MORE
range of estate planning and commercial Legal are also leading their field in ways to
Services – and you have a true one-stop shop improve the service offering to their
for the property buying (and selling) public. clients through the use of technology.
MORE has an equal focus on its two Their website (,
main services – Mortgage Broking and that provides helpful initial information, an easy
Conveyancing. With the founder of to use mortgage wizard enquiry process along
MORE, Aaron Upcroft, being a qualified with valuable industry contacts, is just the
and practicing Solicitor in NSW, with a start. Regular e-newsletter updates, SMS client
background in Property Law, Commercial updates at key points of the process and the
Law and Banking & Finance Law, this has led soon to be released (2008) mortgage finance,
to the development of a revolutionary new legal and property BLOG – all prove MORE to
‘best practice’ conveyancing system, aptly be an industry leader in the making.
titled Conveyancing Perfection. This system MORE will soon be flourishing, with business
provides a competitive advantage for the and franchise opportunities to be offered to
MORE Franchisee, allowing for the simple and the market (firstly in NSW only) in 2008. The
easy integration of legal conveyancing services expansion of MORE into other states will
– without the requirement for any prior legal follow soon after – with Australia-wide services
knowledge or qualifications. Aaron is also a expected by the end of 2010.
full practising member of the Mortgage and The new age of Mortgage Broking services is
Finance Association of Australia (MFAA) and about to begin with MORE. Gone are the days
leads a team of mortgage brokers in offering of going to your bank and then to your solicitor
their clients MORE than just a home loan. to buy that property you always wanted. The
MORE are positioning themselves to public will soon be demanding MORE from this
be a world-class company. With a very industry – and they deserve MORE than their
carefully planned and meticulously organized current providers can give.
systems-approach to Mortgage Broking and
Conveyancing – clients of MORE can expect
and rely on a consistently thorough and client-

Best of Australia 151

Westfield Group - Property Retail
Property and Real Estate

The Westfield Group is a multinational company that owns shopping

centres in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the
United States. Westfield shopping centres are typically branded with
the name Westfield or Westfield Shoppingtown in their name.

152 Best of Australia

The company pioneered the incorporation California, Michigan and Connecticut in 1980
of entertainment and dining precincts into and three centres in California, New Jersey
shopping centres. and Long Island, New York in 1986. In 1994
The Westfield Group had origins in Westfield joined together with General Growth
the western suburbs of Sydney. The first and Whitehall Real Estate to purchase 19
development was named “Westfield Place”, centres for US$1 billion. Westfield seems to
and opened in July 1959 in Blacktown, Sydney. form clusters of centres around particular cities
The name Westfield is derived from “West” or within a small number of states. They built
related to the West-Sydney location, and “field” considerable holdings on the east coast and in
due to having located on subdivided farmland. California before expanding in the Mid-West. By
The centre was opened by John Saunders 2005, the company still only owned centres in
and Frank Lowy. The company was floated on 15 US states.
the Australian Stock Exchange in 1960 and In the 1990s, Westfield began a major
built another five centres in New South Wales expansion across the Tasman to New
before expanding into Victoria and Queensland Zealand, where they mostly bought existing
in 1966-67. The expansion into the US was shopping centres of the Fletchers Company,
quite slow. It began with the purchase of the progressively rebranding them. Only in 2007,
Trumbull Shopping Centre in Connecticut in with Westfield Albany, has the company
1977, and was followed by three centres in opened a fully new centre in the country.

Best of Australia 153

Rio Tinto Limited –

Minerals and Metals for the World

Rio Tinto is a multinational mining and
resources group founded originally in 1873.

The group is one of the world’s largest share price of over $100. This is not true, the purchase Rio Tinto Group in an all share deal.
mining companies, with a pre-tax profit of most famous case being the Poseidon bubble This offer was rejected by the board of Rio Tinto
approximately 10.2 billion US dollars in 2007 on in 1969-70 when the discovery of nickel ore as it “significantly undervalues” the company.
consolidated turnover of 25.4 billion USD. resulted in the Poseidon share price climbing It is unknown if BHP Billiton will attempt to
Since 1995, Rio Tinto has been a dual listed from 80 cents to $280 before collapsing. purchase Rio Tinto through some form of
company. Rio Tinto Limited, formerly known Recently it has agreed to buy Canadian hostile takeover. This made Rio Tinto’s share
as CRA, is listed on the Australian Securities aluminium company Alcan Inc. for $38.1 price soar to over $130.
Exchange, with Rio Tinto plc (formerly RTZ) billion, in a move that creates the world’s The group produces a number of mineral
listed on the London Stock Exchange as well as biggest aluminium company. Rio will pay commodities in its various divisions:
New York Stock Exchange (under ticker RTP). $101 per common share. Rio’s bid had been
The two companies are managed as a unanimously recommended by Alcan’s board, Iron ore
single economic unit by a unified board, with a but remains subject to shareholder and Rio Tinto wholly owns Hamersley Iron, which
share in either company entitling the owner to regulator approval. Alcan’s Chief Executive owns and operates a number of mines in
the same voting rights and dividend payouts. Dick Evans would lead the new division which Western Australia either wholly or jointly with
RTZ shareholders made up 76.7% of the new would be renamed Rio Tinto Alcan and its several partners. Its partners on some projects
unified entity, which is primarily managed from headquarters situated in Montreal. notably include several Chinese corporations.
London. Rio Tinto is thought to be the first On November 8, 2007, rival mining company Rio Tinto also owns 53% of Robe River Iron
company listed on the ASX to have reached a BHP Billiton announced it was seeking to Associates and 59% of the Iron Ore Company

154 Best of Australia

Rio Tinto owns Comalco, which mines bauxite
(aluminium ore) in Weipa, Queensland, operates
alumina refineries in Gladstone, Queensland.
It also operates two aluminium smelters in
Australia at Bell Bay (Tasmania) and Boyne
Island (Queensland, 59% interest), and one in
New Zealand at Tiwai Point (79% interest). The
group also operates the Anglesey Aluminium
smelter at Holyhead in the United Kingdom.
This group contributed 16% of turnover and
14% of adjusted earnings.

The company’s diamond operations are best
known for the pink diamonds produced at the
Argyle diamond mine in Western Australia,
which produces over 90% of the world’s supply
of these gems and around 30% of the world’s
annual production of all natural diamonds. The
company also owns 60% of and manages the
Diavik Diamond Mine in Canada’s Northwest
Territories, and the Murowa diamond mine in
of Canada. Iron made up 18% of revenue Energy Zimbabwe.
in 2003 and was responsible for 36% of the The company’s energy group includes coal
group’s profit. It is the world’s second-largest mining operations in Australia (Rio Tinto Coal Other commodities
producer of iron ore. Australia) and North America, and Energy Rio Tinto owns the Borax Company that
Future iron ore mines are being developed at Resources of Australia, which operates the produces borax and is famous for the “20 Mule
Simandou in Guinea. Ranger Uranium Mine near Kakadu National Team” trademark which it shares with the Dial
Park in Australia. The energy group also Corporation. Rio Tinto also produces bauxite,
Copper operates the Rossing uranium mine in Namibia. gold, titanium, lead, zinc, cobalt, nickel and
The copper division not only produces copper This group contributed 20% of turnover and uranium.
itself, but also a considerable quantity of gold 11% of profit.
from its mines in Australia, Indonesia, South Technology
Africa, Chile, and the United States, some as Industrial minerals The company also has a technology group
part of joint ventures. The Industrial minerals group extracts conducting research and development, notably
The group owns Kennecott Utah Copper talc, titanium dioxide, salt, borax, amongst including the HIsmelt iron smelting process,
Corporation. The copper group was responsible several others. These operations are and an exploration group.
for 23% of turnover (of which 55% was copper scattered across Australia, the United
and most of the remainder gold) and 32% of States, and Africa. This group contributed
profits in 2003. 15% of turnover and 11% of earnings.

Best of Australia 155

ABC Learning Centres - Childcare

ABC Learning Centres Ltd. is an Australian company that is the world’s

largest provider of childcare services. It is listed on the Australian Stock
Exchange with a market capitalisation of $2.5 billion as at March 2006.

156 Best of Australia

ABC Learning was founded in 1988 in
Ashgrove, Brisbane, Queensland by Eddy
Groves, and the Global Chief Executive Officer
of the company. Co-founder Le Neve Groves,
is a senior executive and is also a major
shareholder in ABC. The husband and wife
jointly own 14.5% of the company. ABC rapidly
expanded, reaching 43 childcare centres by
June 30, 2001. By November 2005, it had 697
childcare centres throughout Australia and New
Zealand. In March 2006, it forecast that would
have 950 centres in Australia and New Zealand
by June 30, 2006.
It has purchased the third largest childcare
operator in the United States Learning Care
Group Inc. which itself operates 467 centres in
the US and other educational facilities in south-
east Asia. The purchase provides ABC Learning
with 70,000 additional licensed childcare places
in addition to the 50,000 it had previously.
Other mergers with Peppercorn Management
Group and the purchase of Child Care Centres
Australia helped provide a considerable
increase in the number of ABC’s centres.
The company plans to increase its number
of centres by four a week. In March 2006, it
announced a bid for Kids Campus, one of its
few remaining large competitors in Australia
which would give it another 106 centres.
On December 13, 2006 it was announced
that ABC would acquire the second largest
child care provider in the United States,
Chicago based La Petite Academy for 330
million US Dollars as well as the 5th largest
provider in the UK, Busy Bees Group, Ltd. With
these acquisitions they are expanding into the
UK market and increasing their market share in
the US to 1%.
It has expanded aggressively into the
outsourcing of child care services, negotiating
deals with some of Australia’s largest
employers including the Australian Department
of Defence which involved taking over the
Department’s nineteen childcare facilities.
Aside from offshore expansion, the company
is also expanding in training and education.
It runs the ABC Early Childhood Training
College, providing training for childcare
workers, publishes a magazine Small Wonders
aimed at parents with young children.
It is a highly profitable company, in the
FY2004/5 recording net profit after tax of $52.3
million on total revenues of $292.7 million. The
six months ending 31 December 2005 showed
no slowing in the financial momentum for the
company with profit after tax reaching $38
million and revenues of $219.8 million.

Best of Australia 157

Publishing and

Broadcasting Limited
Australian Consolidated Press (ACP) was established in
1933. It acquired a broadcasting license in Sydney when
television began in Australia in the 1950s.

158 Best of Australia

ACP television station, TCN-9 Sydney was the owned by the Packer private company;
first station in Australia to go to air, launched in Consolidated Press Holdings Ltd. It also
1956, by an announcement from Bruce Gyngell sold Papua New Guinea’s only television
“Good evening, and welcome to television”. network, EM-TV to Fiji Television.
In 1960, it purchased GTV-9 Melbourne to On October 18, 2006, James Packer
form the first television network in Australia, the announced the sell-off of 50% of PBL’s
National Television Network - later to become media interests for A$4.5 billion to
The Nine Network. focus on its gambling business. The
In 1987, Kerry Packer sold the Nine Network sell-off includes Nine Network and its
to Alan Bond, who then expanded the network 50 per cent interest in NineMSN.
to include QTQ-9 Brisbane and STW-9 Perth. PBL is currently involved in two casino
Packer later bought the network back for half of projects in Macau: the $260 million Crown
what he sold it for in 1990. Macau and the $1.4 billion City of Dreams. The
Publishing and Broadcasting Limited was projects are joint ventures with Melco, a Macau
formed in 1994, from the merger of The Nine company. In March 2006, PBL announced that
Network Australia and Australian Consolidated it had spent US$900 million (A$1.2 billion) to
Press. In 1999, Crown Limited was merged into purchase a casino sub-concession from Wynn
PBL, and the online division of PBL, ecorp was Resorts that would give the Melco-PBL joint
floated on the ASX. ecorp was later privatised venture the right to conduct casino operations.
and delisted from the Stock Exchange. PBL’s commitment to these ventures is the
In 2002, PBL entered a deal with Prime biggest investment by an Australian company in
Television, giving it an effective 50% stake in the PRC to date. In May 2007, PBL announced
Prime NZ. that it would split into two companies, Crown
In 2004, PBL purchased the Burswood and Consolidated Media Holdings.
Casino in Perth, and a 50% stake in Hoyts
Cinemas, along with West Australian
Newspapers. Hoyts was previously

Best of Australia 159