Cape Dutch Architecture in Stellenbosch

Bites and sites on the streets of Stellenbosch

The pilgrimage to Stellensbosch is one all self-respecting foodies visiting South Africa should make. The vibrant university town in South Africa’s Western Cape province is not only home to some of South Africa’s best food and artisanal producers, but is conveniently plonked (if you’ll pardon the pun) amongst hundreds of wineries. Indeed there are so […] Read more…

Robben Island's Maximum Security Prison, Cape Town

A pilgrimage to Robben Island, Cape Town

They say that nobody comes back from a journey the way they began it. Nowhere has this proved, at least for me, more prophetic than Cape Town, a diverse and impossibly beautiful city that is dominated by a legendary mountain and the spectre of Nelson Mandela. It was here, on Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela served 18 of […] Read more…

Cannoli platter at The Sawmill Pymble

Raffles reviews: The Sawmill, Pymble

I really love Italian food… and saws, so I was really excited to try The Sawmill, Pymble, a new restaurant that is so cool it looks more like a place you’d find in the city than one hidden away in a quiet street in the suburbs. The place was packed on a weeknight with people on […] Read more…

SNowfight at Charlotte Pass

16 Hot hacks for a cool snow holiday

Believe it or not, skiing has been around since before the wheel. While it’s only been seen as a leisure sport for a few hundred years, cave paintings dating back as far as 20,000 years show early man attaching sticks to his feet. It’s safe to either assume that it was as a mode of […] Read more…

slow cooked lamb ribs covered in pomegranate molasses at The Ternary

Raffles reviews: The Ternary, Pyrmont

I love just about everything about staying in a hotel but sometimes the food can be a bit boring. But not at The Ternary, the epic restaurant at the Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour. The Ternary is like two restaurants in one, which means twice as many things for me to eat. It’s really big […] Read more…

The POD at the National Arboretum Canberra.

Canberra: cool for kids

Think of Australia’s national capital and treachery, backstabbing and a revolving door of Prime Ministers may spring to mind. But we’ve discovered that when it comes to holidays, Canberra is cool for kids.   With dozens of fun hands-on museums and galleries, mind-bending centres of space and science, sprawling parks and playgrounds, bike paths and more, […] Read more…

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