Australia

  • Sydney Update

    Sydney, Australia

    I had to come down and visit Sydney as 2 new hotels have appeared. The Park Hyatt Sydney was closed for 8 months as they completely refurbished the entire hotel and added 3 sensational new suites on the 4th floor. I was lucky enough to stay a night as Andrew (the General Manager) allocated me into one of their Premium Deluxe Opera View rooms. The room looked right at the Opera House, boasting a large balcony with a chairs and tables to allow a chance to sit and marvel at this unique building. Continue Reading

    May 17, 2012 • Australia, Ian Swain Sr • Views: 1726

  • 25th Anniversary Celebration

    We departed on QANTAS’s A380 non-stop for Melbourne, Australia! I love this aircraft and the great service onboard. 14 hours later, we landed and were on our way to The Langham Melbourne. Ben Sington, the General Manager, and his team do such a great job for our clients and for us whenever we are in town. Melbourne itself is a wonderful city. Located on the banks of the Yarra River, the city is renowned for its sidewalk cafes, laneways, and wonderful restaurants. I love coming down here and exploring a little more each time.

    25th-Anniversary-Celebration Continue Reading

    November 2, 2011 • Australia, Ian Swain Sr • Views: 1687

  • Wolgan Valley – Revisited

    Cities: Blue Mountains, New South Wales

    I was fortunate to visit Wolgan (located west of Sydney, Australia about 3 hour’s drive) the day before it opened in 2009, and spent a couple of hours with Joost Heymeijer (the General Manager) who showed me around, beaming with delight as he had been since ground breaking so everything that was there, Joost organized! Continue Reading

    August 28, 2011 • Australia, Bloggers, Ian Swain Sr • Views: 1878

  • Australia May/June 2010

    Cities: Outback South Australia, Lord Howe Island

    Flinders Ranges, Australia May 2010
    After record rainfall in the Outback of South Australia, the ranges were bursting with lush plant life. Far from the usual red desert, abundance of green was evident, and only enhanced the dramatic scenery of the Flinders Ranges and the National Park. Continue Reading

    June 7, 2010 • Australia, Bloggers, Ian Swain Sr • Views: 2151

  • An Adventure to the Top End

    Cities: Darwin, Kakadu National Park, Arnhemland

    Walking out of the lobby of the SKYCITY Darwin hotel I am immediately greeted with a very strong handshake and the “true-blue” voice of Sab – “G’day Ian, you ready to see the outback, Mate?”
    Sab Lord is a local. Born and raised on a cattle station, that is now part of Kakadu National Park, he knows the area, the people and the history. He understands the aboriginal culture and is welcomed into their communities. Continue Reading

    June 15, 2008 • Australia, Bloggers, Ian Swain Sr • Views: 1691