Celebrating the Southern Swan’s 100th birthday

Maritime treasure the Southern Swan is celebrating her 100th anniversary in January 2022. Part of the Sydney Tall Ships fleet, the historic vessel will spend her birthday month hosting a series of events and cruises on Sydney Harbour. Ships rarely survive 100 years and even fewer mark the milestone in active service, but the Southern…

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…

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…

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….

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…

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…