Escaping to The Catlins

The Catlins are a little off the beaten track, situated on the windswept south eastern tip of New Zealand’s South Island. We were drawn to the region by a picture we saw of the Nugget Point Lighthouse and it didn’t disappoint. Accommodation is pretty basic in the area, we stayed at a dinky place called…

Exploring the Otago Peninsula

If you find yourself in the New Zealand city of Dunedin The Thirsty Travellers thoroughly recommend setting aside six hours for an eco tour of the Otago Peninsula. We chose Elm Tours for our adventure, which turned out to be a great call. Our guide was a vivacious Chilean called Claudia who is midway through…

Oamaru: Steampunk & sublime seafood

The Thirsty Travellers were completely enchanted by our brief visit to Oamaru on New Zealand’s South Island. The sleepy town is the NZ home of steampunk and there’s a museum dedicated to it near the waterfront. It charges a $10 entry fee and it’s totally worth it – we loved exploring the bizarre artworks and were…

Long lunching with Fourny & Fils

Sipping Fourny & Fils at Aria Restaurant on a gorgeous spring day was a delicious treat this week. Ginger was lucky enough to be seated next to the guest of honour, Charles-Henry Fourny, a fifth generation champagne producer. Charles is the eldest of two brothers who run Veuve Fourny & Fils, located in the premier…

Daytripping to Rottnest Island

Ginger’s fifth anniversary wish was a selfie with a Quokka on Rottnest Island. Just in case you’ve never heard of a Quokka, it’s a type of small wallaby with a brown face, short rounded ears, black eyes and a black nose.  And Rottnest is about the only place in the world you can find them….

Sunset at the Pinnacles

If you happen to be visiting Perth and don’t mind a longish drive, The Thirsty Travellers thoroughly recommend a trip to the Pinnacles. Around two hours north of the city, the lunar-like Pinnacles were formed over millions of years, with thousands of tall limestone spires now rising eerily out of the yellow desert sands of…

Weekend away: Perth perfection

The Thirsty Travellers recently spent our second long weekend together in Perth and absolutely loved it. While it might seem a bit crazy for Sydneysiders to fly to Perth for a few days, the laid-back city has so much to offer and some great day trips within easy reach. We combined business with pleasure –…

Hendrick’s Gin launches Midsummer Solstice

Hendrick’s Gin celebrated the launch of Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice by transforming Sydney’s iconic pub the Paddo Inn with a one-of-its-kind takeover and Ginger was invited along for a taste test. The new small-batch, limited-edition gin – the first innovation in Australia since launching its flagship gin over 20 years ago – is a floral incarnation…

QE2 launch for Starward Seafarer whisky

Starward held a remarkable tasting event Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth this week to celebrate its new Seafarer whisky. The distiller filled two identical Australian shiraz oak barrels with whisky last year and bolted one to the deck of the Queen Elizabeth to sail 95,000 nautical miles around the globe, while the other stayed at its Melbourne…

Johnnie Walker Ghost and Rare Port Ellen Whiskies launch

Diageo launched its Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare Port Ellen with a whisky-matched degustation menu at Sydney Opera House’s Bennelong restaurant. The Thirsty Travellers joined Sydney’s top whisky bloggers for the evening, which kicked off with Johnnie Walker Blue cocktail. Very fancy, as Johnnie Walker Blue retails for around $450 a bottle. The…