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…

Master’s Keep Revival launch

The Thirsty Travellers enjoyed Australia’s first taste of Master’s Keep Revival last night during an intimate event at The Rocks Room. Master’s Keep Revival is an ode to a classic Wild Turkey bourbon recipe released decades ago by Eddie Russell’s father and distilling partner, Master Distiller Jimmy Russell. Made from a blend of rich flavours…

Daytripping to Fraser Island

Confession: Fraser Island isn’t on our bucket list for a holiday – it has the incredible 75 Mile Beach, but you can’t swim there because of all the sharks. The Thirsty Travellers prefer our beaches swimable, but it’s a glorious place to visit on a day trip. We were staying at Harvey Bay after visiting…

Weekend away: Lady Elliot Island

The Thirsty Travellers just spent the most wonderful weekend on Lady Elliot Island. It is a very special place, nestled in the southernmost coral cay of the Great Barrier Reef, just off the coast of Bundaberg and home to 1200 species of marine life. The Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort is a family run and…

The Warrior Christmas Party

As mentioned in last week blog post, I’ve become known as ‘DJ Dave’ among the Warrior workout group (also ‘Honey Prawn’ – because I’ve spent so much time in China on business trips this year). When I first started training with the group, one of the other guys would put on a play list –…

Working out with The Warrior

In May 2016, after gaining weight and battling chronic soccer injuries, I asked Brian the physiotherapist: “Do you know a good personal trainer?” I quickly added that I wanted someone who knew what a 50-something body felt like – I didn’t want a 20-something trainer apathetically giving instructions while checking Instagram on their mobile phone….

Sweltering in the Bay of Fires

Tasmania isn’t a holiday destination where you expect to encounter heatwaves, but we scored a scorcher on our trip to the Bay of Fires. When we pulled into the carpark at a place called The Gardens, near the top of the Bay of Fires, it was around 43C. The average temperature in Tasmania during summer…

Weekend away: Launceston

The Thirsty Travellers absolutely loved our laid-back weekend in Launceston. While it’s only home to 100,000 people, it’s the hub for half of Tasmania, so it has a thriving commercial centre, a gorgeous city park (containing a Japanese Macaque monkey enclosure, of all things) and is nestled on a riverbank in the shadow of the…