The Latest Tourism News From All Major Australian States

Circular Quay Sydney taken from the Sydney Harbour Bridge just after sunset showing the Sydney Opera House on the left.
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Travel Agent breaks down the hottest travel news from the Australian states of New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia.

New South Wales

Sydney’s Latest Restaurant Set to Open

A new 180-seat fine dining restaurant, Bea, opened in Sydney’s Barangaroo precinct on December 16. Head chef Cory Campbell has created a contemporary Australian menu featuring native and local ingredients. The wine list features both popular Australian producers and up-and-coming producers from smaller regions. There is also a focus on biodynamic and organic wines.


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Sydney Harbour Restaurant  to Undergo Major Renovation

Sydney restaurant Quay has temporarily closed its doors until March for a major renovation of its kitchen and fine dining area. Quay will reopen with a transformed menu by Australian celebrity chef Peter Gilmore.

The restaurant will be repositioned to maximize its views of the Harbour Bridge and will feature a series of small and intimate dining spaces.

New Pullman Hotel Set for Western Sydney

A  five-star Pullman Hotel will be built as part of the Western Sydney Performing Arts Centre, which is due to open in October of 2019. The Centre will have a 2,000-seat theater to cater for large conference groups and events.

Byron at Byron to Undergo Major Makeover

Byron at Byron, a luxury resort in the northern New South Wales rainforest, has started a six-week transformation and will reopen in January. All interiors will be refurbished, the spa will be re-launched and the relaxation deck will be transformed by leading interior designer Rachel Luchetti. The newly appointed Executive Chef Matthew Kemp will deliver a new menu focussed on the Byron Bay region’s finest local produce.


Two Hotels, Conference Center Added to Brisbane Airport Precinct

A 132-room, five-star Pullman Hotel, a 3.5 star ibis hotel and an adjoining Brisbane Airport Conference Centre has opened within a short walk to the Brisbane Domestic Airport.

Brisbane Set to Receive New Luxury Hotel

The Mantra Group has opened a new luxury property, FV by Peppers, in Brisbane’s entertainment precinct of Fortitude Valley.

Guests can enjoy a heated u-shaped skyline swimming pool with views of Queensland’s capital city and Story Bridge.

The Star Gold Coast Expands Food and Beverage Offerings

The Star Gold Coast has launched a new bar called Cherry serving seasonal cocktails and drinks. Cherry will feature a 72-foot long bar for prompt service and four VIP booths for small groups.

The resort will also launch a ninth venue called Food Quarter - offering a casual dining space for guests. Food Quarter will feature an open plan kitchen and extensive menu. In time for the Commonwealth Games, The Star Gold Coast will also complete a refurbishment of their 596-room, five-star hotel.


Art Series Opens New Hotel 

The Chen, the latest Art Series Hotel, has opened in the Melbourne suburb of Box Hill.  The opening marks the first for Art Series Hotels new owners, Mantra Group. The 100-room hotel offers conference and event facilities, a rooftop pool and an in-house art library.

Increased Flights Between North America and Melbourne

Air Canada has just last week commenced nonstop flights between Vancouver and Melbourne. The service will move to three times a week year-round in June. In addition, Qantas is preparing to launch a Melbourne to Los Angeles flight for mid-December.

South Australia

Increased Access to Adelaide From New Zealand

Air New Zealand will increase its Auckland to Adelaide capacity by extending services from the peak summer period to year-round, starting the end of March. The move will increase passenger numbers to South Australia’s capital from New Zealand by 30 percent.


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