Cocktail heaven in Coogee

The Thirsty Travellers don’t travel south of the Sydney Harbour Bridge too often these days … unless we’re heading to the airport … but we couldn’t resist an invitation to try out Coogee Pavilion’s newly opened middle floor. The space lay empty for the past five years, but owner Justin Hemmes has finally written his…

Day-tripping to Saxapahaw

By North America correspondent Nick Kenny The US Thirsty Traveller has spent recent weeks being whisked up and down the US east coast by Delta Airlines – from Miami to Boston, Washington DC to New York. Plenty of opportunities for interesting food, beverage and stories … or so you’d think. But no – setting aside…

Cellarmasters organic wine masterclass

The Thirsty Travellers were invited to an organic wine masterclass at the Cellarmasters headquarters this week. Ginger was thriled to visit the Cellarmasters tasting room, as it’s situated in the former Reader’s Digest building – recognised as an iconic example of Brutalist architecture – in Surry Hills. It also features one of the city’s first…

Weekend away: Newcastle

The Thirsty Travellers are big fans of Newcastle’s relaxed vibe and gorgeous beaches. We have an added soft spot for the place because we were both born at the Mater Hospital -with the same obstetrician – in Waratah. Talk about a happy co-incidence! We’ve spent some lovely weekends in Newcastle together over the years. The…

Durham Distillery: where art meets chemistry

By North America correspondent Nick Kenny The Big Lebowski is a great film.  Let’s not argue that point.  Really, what’s there to argue?  It’s a great film.   What you may not know or care about are that (a) it introduced me to “White Russians” – a good thing, and (b) somehow White Russians became our…

Sunset drinks at Avalon Beach House

If you’re seeking a laidback spot on Sydney’s Northern Beaches for sunset drinks on a balmy evening, our vote goes to Avalon Beach House. We’re usually lucky enough to score a seat next to the window at the funky bar and restaurant, which is perched above Avalon Surf Club, and we never tire of joyously…

Taylors Wines launches ‘Summer House of Shiraz’

The Taylors Wines Summer House of Shiraz was unveiled last week and The Thirsty Travellers were were lucky enough to score an invite. Following on from the success of last year’s Cellar Door at Sea, the event continues Taylors Wines’ celebration of enjoying perfectly chilled reds during summer. Guests were taken by water taxi to a Point Piper mansion…

Seduced by stunning Queenstown

A Qantas special earlier this year was offering flights for half the usual Frequent Flyer points, so The Thirsty Travellers snapped up two return tickets to Queenstown. Ginger had never visited New Zealand before, other than spending a day in Auckland on a cruise many years ago, so she was thrilled to finally make it…

Our wild night on Milford Sound

Driving from Te Anau to Milford Sound is the most stunning journey, through forests, past waterfalls and along the edge of soaring mountain peaks. Our destination was a boat called the Milford Mariner for a night on the spectacular New Zealand fiord. After a day of gorgeous weather, the rain arrived just as we were…

Jet boating on the Wairau River

The Thirsty Travellers enjoyed an early Christmas present on Monday: a jet boating ride in Tea Anau. It was filled with so many wow moments. DJ was mad keen to jet boat during our holiday on New Zealand’s South Island and we ended up doing it in the most perfect location. As we were driving…