Byron Bay: hot new Rooftop Bar Opens

Byron Bay’s hottest new address, The Surf House has opened offering a bold new accommodation experience right in the hub of the bustling beachside town. A first of its kind for Byron, the boutique design led property will feature the quality service and facilities of a hotel, alongside the laid-back vibe and social aspects of a hostel.

Located in the heart of Byron Bay town centre, just two streets back from Main Beach in the heritage-listed Byron Council Chambers building, The Surf House effortlessly combines the buildings original architecture with modern design to bring guests a one-of-a-kind memorable accommodation experience.

The Surf House is home to Byron’s only open-air rooftop bar. Drawing inspiration from Northern NSW old school surf culture, The Rooftop is decked out with beach chic bric-a-brac and vintage Aussie surf posters and photos, including one featuring a young Bob Hawke. The bar is the perfect spot for guests to unwind with a cold beer from local brewery Stone & Wood after a day catching waves or to kick of their night with a Brookies G&T from Cape Byron Distillery.

The Surf House is the third Byron Bay property from family owned and operated Millett Group and is set to provide a completely new offering for sun seeking travellers heading to the Northern Rivers hot spot. The Group also run The Lord Byron, recognised by Tripadvisor with a 2019 Travellers Choice award and Wake Up! Byron Bay awarded best hostel in Byron Bay in the 2020 Hostelworld HOSCAR’s.

“The last few months have been tough and like so many businesses in the tourism and hospitality industry we’ve had to shift our goal posts and look to provide something that will be attractive to the domestic traveller” says Christian Millett, Owner Operator Millett Group.

“In a competitive market like Byron Bay, we’ve come up with something unique in The Surf House, offering a quality yet affordable accommodation alternative for guests looking to immerse themselves into the iconic Byron Bay lifestyle.”

“Our team have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to get the property ready to open and we can’t wait to host a range of Aussie travellers coming to explore Byron, whether it be for weddings, weekenders with friends and family, remote working, adventure or a romantic getaway!”

The Surf House offers a range of room types to cater to every traveller’s needs. The private queen rooms with balconies, ensuite bathrooms and ocean views will be perfect for those looking for an affordable alternative to Airbnb’s and up market hotels in the area. Alongside the privates is a range of shared room options accommodating four, six or eight guests that are perfect for groups or solo travellers looking to connect with others.

Guests can enjoy complimentary use of surf boards and free high speed Wifi with multiple working spaces making it an attractive haven for digital nomads looking to set up base from Byron. Other features include secure underground parking, 24-hour reception and on-site cooking and laundry facilities.

Launching during the current pandemic means that doors will open with the highest hygiene protocols and restrictions on numbers in shared dorms. As restrictions ease later this year guests will be able to enjoy of a range of complimentary social activities including yoga and personal training classes, guided lighthouse tours and regular social events at The Rooftop.

Source: The Surf House

Norfolk Island - 'Holiday Overseas Without Leaving Home' Campaign

Norfolk Island Tourism has announced news of the Relaunch Campaign for Norfolk Island which is reopening its borders from 10 July 2020 and welcoming back visitors.

The Relaunch Campaign will run over July and August and messaging will encourage consumers to ‘Holiday Overseas Without Leaving Home’ showcasing Norfolk Island as a safe, secure, virus free domestic destination offering a diversity of adventure and relaxation, nature and outdoors, food and wine, historical, cultural and community experiences and a range of accommodation tailored for all age groups and budgets.

The Campaign will be carried out by Norfolk Island Tourism’s Australian Sales, Marketing and Public Relations representative, The Unique Tourism Collection.

Air New Zealand will continue to operate one return domestic flight per week to Norfolk Island from Sydney on Mondays and Brisbane on Saturdays from the respective International Airports and advise of any future increase in services from each destination.

Norfolk Island is soon to be open and is now ready for business!

Source: The Unique Tourism Collection

Australia's largest integrated resort, Ayers Rock Resort, Re-opens August 1, 2020

Further to the announcement from Chief Minister, Michael Gunner that he will open the Northern Territory borders on July 17, and the re-introduction of Jetstar flights direct from Sydney and Melbourne, Australia’s largest integrated resort, Ayers Rock Resort (ARR) will re-open on Saturday, August 1, 2020.

 A new look resort will greet guests when they arrive.  During the recent closure, Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia has taken the opportunity to bring forward the completion of an extensive $50M refurbishment of Ayers Rock Resort and improvements to the airport infrastructure.  This encompasses extensive upgrades at the five-star Sails in the Desert including all guest rooms and suites, the lobby, pool and restaurant; completion of upgrades to The Lost Camel, and the replacement of toilet blocks and bathrooms in the popular Campground.  Upgrades to the airport infrastructure include new screening areas making it easier for guests to clear security and start their holidays.

“We are looking forward to welcoming guests back to the spiritual heart of our country and showcasing the work we have done at the resort in their absence” said Voyages CEO Grant Hunt. “This is the perfect time for Australians to get out and explore our amazing landscapes including the vast central desert, iconic Uluru and Kata-Tjuta as well as experiencing the important Indigenous cultural stories shared by the Traditional Owners of our land.”

During their stay, visitors can enjoy the 50,000 stems of Bruce Munro’s spectacular Field of Light installation, dine under the stars at Sounds of Silence or indulge in a four-course table d’hôte menu at the award-winning Tali Wiru. An extensive range of activities including helicopter rides, segway tours, camel rides and dot painting in and around Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park also will be available.

Around the resort, guests can take part in free activities including bush tucker demonstrations, guided garden walks, didgeridoo workshops and traditional bush yarns.

Popular dining spots including Ilkari Restaurant, Walpa Bar, Geckos Café and Indigenous trainee-run Kulata Academy Café will be open with dine-in and takeaway

To celebrate the resort’s re-opening, Voyages will extend special offers for stays of 2, 3 and 4 or more nights with discounts of up to 50%.

Sails in the Desert Hotel, The Lost Camel Hotel, Emu Walk Apartments and the Ayers Rock Resort Campground will allow tourists to experience the Red Centre on a range of budgets. The vast landscape of Central Australia already lends itself to social distancing but for the additional safety of guests and staff, Ayers Rock Resort will be implementing strict hygiene measures such as:

  • Regular deep cleaning of rooms and public spaces using hospital grade cleaning materials;
  • Additional screening of guests arriving into the airport;
  • Isolation/quarantine areas on site which can be activated as needed;
  • Reduced tour group sizes and agreed health safety programs with all on-site transport and touring companies;
  • Comprehensive safety and hygiene training for all staff including mandatory infection control training for COVID-19;
  • Enhanced food preparation standards with mandatory PPE requirements for employees; 24/7 in-room dining available at some hotels.

Information on additional safety measures is available on the Ayers Rock Resort website.

Source: Ayers Rock Resort

Our mountains have been waiting for us: Scenic World in The Blue Mountains reopens

Scenic World in the Blue Mountains is reopening for the July school holidays and welcoming visitors to once again explore its world heritage listed landscapes and ancient rainforest via its unique cablecars, train and elevated boardwalk.

After months of being indoors, a visit to Scenic World is the perfect excuse for families and friends to put down the devices and reconnect with each other and the great outdoors. Scenic World is an action packed adventure for the whole family. From enjoying the vastness of the Scenic Walkway, which allows you to explore the Jurassic rainforest, to the thrill of riding the world’s steepest railway ride on the Scenic Railway or hopping on the Scenic Cableway, the steepest and largest aerial cable car in the Southern Hemisphere and be amazed by the breathtaking views overlooking Katoomba Falls, the Three Sisters and Jamison Valley.

Expect to be greeted with the same friendly faces, fresh Blue Mountains air and a newly adapted experience, that meet all NSW Government COVID Safe requirements. Capacity will be strictly limited at Scenic World, offering small group sessions with a set itinerary which means no queues or crowding – always a bonus with young ones in tow. As tickets are now limited, and to ensure a contactless transaction, all tickets must be booked in advance online.

‘As a third generation family business, there is no doubt 2020 has been the toughest in our 75 year history, following both our closure to stop the spread of Covid-19 and temporary closure caused by the devastating bushfires over summer. Our team can’t wait to welcome back guests to enjoy Scenic World and to support the region’s recovery. Our enhanced cleaning, increased hygiene measures and smaller groups will deliver a Covid Safe environment, allowing all guests peace of mind so they can focus on enjoying the great outdoors!’ said Managing Director Anthea Hammon.

Scenic World will reopen to the public on Friday, 26th June with online ticketing only and timed-ticket entry for all guests on:

9am – 5pm 7 days a week from June 26 – July 19
9am-5pm Saturdays, Sundays & Mondays outside school holidays
9am-5pm 7 days a week during school holidays.

Source: Scenic World

Win a night at Australia's Luxurious Langham, Sydney, with 20 guests

The Langham, Sydney has launched their biggest competition to date, which will grant one lucky winner the staycation of a lifetime in Australia’s best luxury boutique hotel. But they won’t be alone – they can invite a generous twenty of their nearest and dearest to join them for a luxurious, indulgent and celebratory family or friends get-away.

The competition, ‘WIN Australia’s Most Luxurious Staycation’ has been put together with the art of celebrating and connecting with your family and friends in mind. The prize will give the recipient the opportunity to celebrate the one thing that everyone has missed most so far in 2020 – the simple pleasure of being around loved ones. The Langham, Sydney recognises how challenging it’s been for people around the country. Grandparents have missed out on precious moments with their grandchildren, weddings have had to be postponed, birthdays are celebrated online and hugs and laughter in person have been lost. This competition will give the winner and their chosen ones the ultimate VIP staycation in one of the best cities in the world.

Lachlan Harris, Director of Sales & Marketing for The Langham, Sydney says the prize is the perfect gift for the winner to share with their friends and family, following a very challenging six months.

“There’s no denying that 2020 has thrown a curveball at the world’s population and everything that we hold dear. In Australia, we started the year with the devastating fires that made headlines globally and that was shortly followed by a global pandemic. It’s been a tough time for so many who have missed seeing their loved ones. We’ve also missed welcoming, not only our loyal guests, but those that were planning on coming to experience The Langham, Sydney for the first time. We wanted to offer the best prize and what better way than to give the opportunity of a great reunion for twenty friends and family for a staycation of a lifetime.”

The winner will receive a one-night stay at The Langham, Sydney’s most decadent suite – The Observatory Suite PLUS:

  • 10 additional luxury accommodation rooms for family or friends with champagne on arrival (maximum 2 guests per room)
  • Complimentary use of The Day Spa by Chuan, including our famous star-lit pool, gym, tennis courts and a 60-minute relaxation massage per guest.
  • A private à la carte dinner for all guests, hosted by Executive Chef, Stephen Lech.
  • VIP access to the Observatory Bar, including a complimentary customised cocktail list and free-flowing afternoon canapés.
  • Complimentary car parking for up to ten cars.
  • Complimentary mini-bar.
  • An à la carte breakfast for all guests.
  • A dedicated The Langham, Sydney Staycation Stylist to plan and create your ultimate 24-hour getaway.

To enter, there are two stages:


Book one of the following three staycation packages at The Langham, Sydney. Every booking will equate to one qualified entry into the competition. Bookings can be made from Wednesday 1st July until Sunday 13th December.

From $568 AUD per night


  • One nights’ accommodation in a Deluxe City King Bedroom
  • Complimentary upgrade to next available room category at time of booking.
  • In-room dining breakfast for two served on your outdoor terrace/dining table.
  • Access to Sydney’s most exclusive Swimming Pool and Day Spa Facilities
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Complimentary valet car parking
  • 24-hour check-in / check-out

From $748 AUD per night


  • One nights’ accommodation in a Deluxe City KingBedroom
  • Complimentary bottle of Laurent Perrier Champagne on arrival
  • Breakfast in Bed (Room Service – Australian Breakfast for two) served on your outdoor terrace/dining table.
  • Dinner for two
  • Access to Sydney’s most exclusive Swimming Pool and Day Spa Facilities
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Complimentary valet car parking
  • 24-hour check-in / check-out

From $998 AUD per night


  • One nights’ accommodation in a Deluxe City Side King Bedroom
  • 60-minutes Sensory Journey Treatment (Aromatherapy Massage) in the Day Spa by Chuan
  • $100.00 Observatory Bar Credit
  • Dinner for two
  • In-room dining breakfast for two served on your outdoor terrace/dining table.
  • Access to Sydney’s most exclusive Swimming Pool and Day Spa Facilities
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Complimentary valet car parking
  • 24-hour check-in / check-out


Upon check-out, every guest will be asked to submit their #LovingLangham story. This writing competition will consist of two questions, to be answered in 500 words or less.

1)      Why are you #LovingLangham?

2)      Why should you win Australia’s Most Luxurious Staycation with twenty of your loved ones?

To book a staycation package and enter the competition, go to:

The winner will be announced and contacted on Thursday 17th December 2020. Redemption of the prize is valid for 12 months and subject to the hotel’s availability. Some black-out dates will apply. *For full competition Terms & Conditions, please go to

Source: The Langham