Cruising the Kimberley: Boabs, brolgas & The Mermaid

As day six of our cruise aboard the Reef Prince dawns we watch another gorgeous sunrise over the bow at Careening Bay, then head inside for a hot breakfast of bacon and scrambled eggs. Soon afterwards we’re back in the tenders to explore Prince Regent Nature Reserve. Hammerhead sharks swim past the boat as we…

Cruising the Kimberley: Kings Cascades

We wake on day five of our Reef Prince cruise in the Prince Regent River and wander onto the deck to watch the sun rise. It’s such a serene, beautiful time of day, After breakfast, a boatload of passengers go fishing, while another group head off on a scenic tour of Camp Creek. The fishermen…

Cruising the Kimberley: fishing & beachcombing

We wake to the sound of chains rattling on the fourth day of our Reef Prince cruise – a tender is being lowered for a dawn fishing expedition. The sun is rising over the cliffs of Sampson Inlet as we sit on the front deck of the Reef Prince sipping coffee as the sky streaks…

Cruising the Kimberley: Montgomery Reef

We set our alarms for Day Three of our Kimberley cruise aboard the Reef Prince to catch the sunrise and are rewarded with a stunning sight. There are just enough clouds to create magnificent colours, while the water shimmers with shades of pink and orange. Trip Director Paul later rates it among the top five…

Cruising the Kimberley: The Horizontal Falls

The Thirsty Travellers have returned from the trip of a lifetime: a 10-day cruise through the Kimberley aboard the Reef Prince. The Kimberley is one of the world’s most majestic wilderness regions. Spread over Australia’s vast north-western corner, it’s filled with native wildlife, ancient indigenous art, dramatic rivers and canyons, pristine beaches, waterfalls and freshwater…

Bar hopping in Northbridge

The Thirsty Travellers were lucky enough to stumble across the vibrant Perth suburb of Northbridge on a recent visit. The area, which was once the equivalent of Sydney’s Kings Cross or Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, has shed its seedy reputation to become what’s been described as “a hipster’s paradise”. It’s streets are filled with small bars,…

Discover the world’s best expedition cruises

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Sipping cocktails at Sydney’s most sustainable bar: Re

The Thirsty Travellers were invited to the launch of Re’s new Ketel One Botanical Terrace this week to sample its unique cocktails and bar menu. A pioneering new sustainable bar from hospitality heavyweights Matt Whiley (Scout) and Maurice Terzini (Icebergs Dining Room & Bar, CicciaBella), Re is located in the newly-restored South Eveleigh precinct. Housed…

Weekend away: The Southern Highlands

It’s been a long time between getaways for The Thirsty Travellers, so we were thrilled to be heading to the Southern Highlands last weekend for an autumn escape. Our adventure started in style with dinner at Eschalot in Berrima. Set in a picturesque sandstone cottage, the menus are adapted to what’s in season and what’s…

Make it a sparkling Aussie Christmas

When it comes to shopping for festive bubbles, consumers tend to automatically reach for French labels. But Australian sparkling wine has really come into its own in recent years, shedding its reputation as being a second-best alternative to Champagne. Its quality was confirmed last week when Tasmania’s House of Arras was named No.1 sparkling in…