Surf’s up at Port Macquarie this Winter
Port Macquarie will host some of Australia’s best surfing talent at the Australian Surf Festival from 11-25 August. The event brings together 400 surfers competing for 25 prestigious Australian titles alongside live music, art and film exhibitions and a chance to meet champion surfers at special events. Winter brings the most ideal surf conditions in Port Macquarie with less crowds and offshore winds delivering a line-up of great wave sets. For more information please contact Gabrielle Brewer - firstname.lastname@example.org
Victoria’s Great Ocean Road goes mobile
The Great Ocean Road’s best-kept secrets are set to be revealed with the launch of a new iPhone application. Developed by four local residents who aim to make the region’s activities more accessible to visitors, the app features key attractions, events and accommodation; itineraries including a ‘kids trip’; peer recommendations; special offers and Google Map directions. For more information please contact Trish Goodlet - email@example.com
Major Biannual Cultural Festival launches for Alice Springs
The Arrulka Business Aboriginal Corporation (ABAC), an Arrentre aboriginal-owned corporation, has announced a new biannual event for Alice Springs. The Anthepe Festival will take place from 24-26 October 2013, bringing the tribes of Central Australia together for performance, music and dance, bush foods, arts and crafts and exhibitions. The Anthepe Festival, named after an Arrernte word meaning singing and dancing, aims to provide a positive platform to showcase the cultures and art of Central Australia to audiences from all over Australia and the world. Developed by the ABAC over the last three years, the event aims to become a fixture on national and international calendars. For more information please contact Krystal Perkins - 0409 158 124.
18th Biennale of Sydney unveiled
The work of more than 100 artists from over 44 countries has been unveiled at the launch of the 18th Biennale of Sydney: all our relations. Presented free to the public at inner-city and harbourside locations across Sydney from 27 June to 16 September 2012, the Biennale of Sydney is Australia’s largest contemporary visual arts event, attracting more than half a million visitors in 2010. Major venues for the 18th Biennale of Sydney are the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the newly redeveloped Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Cockatoo Island and Pier 2/3 in Walsh Bay. For the first time, Redfern-based arts institution Carriageworks is a presenting partner. For more information please contact Kym Elphinstone – firstname.lastname@example.org
DoubleTree by Hilton debuts in Australia
Hilton Worldwide has signed a management agreement with Ramtron Australia Pty Ltd to open the first DoubleTree by Hilton property in Australia. Scheduled to open around mid-2014, the 164-room DoubleTree by Hilton, Karratha will be strategically located in the centre of the Karratha commercial area, 15 kilometres from Karratha airport and 20 kilometres from the port at Dampier. The hotel, Hilton Hotels’ first regional venture in the southern hemisphere, will also feature 20 executive apartments, a restaurant, bar facilities, a fitness centre, outdoor pool area and three function rooms. For more information please contact Charlotte Seymour – email@example.com
Jetstar welcomes passengers with multilingual welcome maps
International passengers travelling with Jetstar will now be welcomed to Australia with a free multilingual Jetstar Welcome Map. Jetstar, in association with Multilingual Welcome Maps, will progressively launch the maps for Australia’s capital cities in the coming months. The maps are designed to assist international visitors during their time in Australia whilst promoting local businesses to arriving passengers. The maps are informative and contain locally used words translated in English, Japanese, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Thai, Malay, Vietnamese, Brazilian, Filipino and Arabic. For more information please contact Matthew Simons - firstname.lastname@example.org
Sydney Monorail to cease operations in June 2013
The NSW Government has confirmed Sydney Monorail’s last day of service will be Sunday 30 June 2013. Sydney’s monorail will cease operations next year, clearing the way for the removal of the infrastructure to accommodate the new convention centre at Darling Harbour.