26 September 2023

Brisbane, Tokyo and more…

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By John Rozentals.

Mitchelton: perfect for cosy nights.

With travel restrictions easing, visitors can relax thanks to a set of vintage-style Airstreams set to land at Mitchelton winery near the Victorian town of Nagambie this December.

Seven full-size, sparkling-new Airstream RVs will adorn the estate to offer a gorgeous stay for guests all year-round.

Situated just a stroll from the Mitchelton Hotel, guests who choose to stay in the Airstreams will have their own deck area with furniture and a barbecue – perfect for cosy nights in the great outdoors or a cooked breakfast treat at sunrise.

Guests will also have full access to everything on offer at the estate, including the Gallery of Aboriginal Art, which is one of Australia’s largest commercial galleries dedicated to indigenous art.

Visit mitchelton.com.au.

Mövenpick: Australia-bound.

Accor’s premium Swiss-born hospitality brand, Mövenpick, together with Singaporean-based global hospitality group, Global Premium Hotels, have signed a hotel management agreement to open the first Mövenpick hotel in Australia.

Slated to open in mid-January, Mövenpick Hotel Hobart is located on Elizabeth Street, one of Hobart’s principal heritage streetscapes, and close to the bustling Hobart waterfront

The new-build hotel is within close reach of the city’s key commercial, retail and leisure attractions and will boast 221 guestrooms and suites with views of Hobart’s historical city and harbour, an onsite restaurant and meeting facilities.

All guestrooms are situated on floors 4 to 18, providing panoramic views and connecting guests with Hobart’s spectacular natural setting, while the hotel’s common areas are located on the first three floors.

Visit www.group.accor.com.

Next Hotel Brisbane: rates starting at $179 a night.

Get ready to dive into holiday mode with these summer deals with Next Story Group.

Be spoiled at Next, Ink, Sage and Country Comfort hotels.

For instance, a Brisbane vaycay never seemed more appealing now that borders are starting to reopen, and Next Hotel Brisbane – with its rooftop Pool Terrace & Bar and Queen Street Mall location – is a good base to get out and explore what Brisbane has to offer.

With rates starting at $179 a night, guests can enjoy overnight accommodation, free breakfast for two, late checkout and parking.

Visit www.nexthotels.com.

Margaret River Region Open Studios: moving to spring.

The move to springtime was so popular with Margaret River Region Open Studios visitors and artists this year that the vibrant arts event will return at the same time of year in 2021.

Scheduled for 11 to 26 September, the event promises to be more vibrant than ever, capturing the colours of spring and wildflower season and providing an opportunity for art lovers to enjoy the Margaret River region in all its glory.

The 2020 event received record visitor numbers and organisers anticipate more than 100 artists from Busselton to Augusta to participate in what is believed to be Australia’s largest regional open studios event.

The event was previously staged in autumn.

Visit www.mrropenstudios.com.au.

Shark Dive Xtreme: come face-to-fin with a grey nurse shark.

Sea Life Sunshine Coast’s cageless diving experience, where participants are guaranteed an underwater encounter with enormous sharks and rays, is back from 10 December.

The Shark Dive Xtreme experience is relaunching after a three-year hiatus so thrill seekers can come face-to-fin with nine different shark species including three grey nurse sharks, reef sharks and wobbegong sharks.

The two-hour adventure takes people behind the scenes for a safety briefing and dive training before plunging inside the aquarium’s Ocean Tunnel.

People don’t need any previous diving experience to take part.

The cage-free underwater experience is available to guests over 14, runs from Thursday–Sunday and costs $290 per person.

All visitors must pre-book their tickets online in advance.

Visit www.sealifesunshinecoast.com.au.

Rickshaw: much to do in the great outdoors of Tokyo.

Tokyo may be a big bustling city, and you can get around fast underground using the network of subway systems, but above ground there are outdoor experiences not to be missed.

Tokyo is blessed with much to do in the great outdoors, from leisurely sightseeing rickshaw rides in the scenic downtown through to some serious glamping and hiking in Tokyo’s West, if you love being outside Tokyo has plenty of experiences you for.

Whilst it looks and feels quite decadent, the rickshaw (jinrikisha in Japanese) was a common form of transport in the Edo era (1603-1867), much as a taxi is today.

Nowadays a ride in a rickshaw is great way to step back in time and get a taste of the old downtown area of Asakusa.

Rickshaws are pulled by energetic young men who delight in sharing the tales of their local neighbourhood.

The cost will depend on the length of your ride and can start from as little as $30 for a 10-minute whirl to a $250 to $400 for a three-hour half-day of sightseeing.

Visit www.gotokyo.org.

NOTE: Potential travellers should check the status of individual events and establishments with regard to the coronavirus outbreak.

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