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Top 10 picks at Darwin Festival’s 40th Anniversary celebrations

Winter in Darwin averages anywhere between 21.6– 31.8°C maintaining 60-65% humidity thanks to its tropical dry and wet seasons.   It explains why it is one of the popular destinations for domestic travel.   “In 2018, one in five of the 105,000 attendees originated from interstate or overseas.” says Darwin Festival Chair, Ian Kew.  Woking closely with Tourism NT, their focus will be in re-enforcing the city and its annual festival as a destination for its interstate neighbours, describing it as “NT’s best-kept secret”. 

This year’s annual Darwin Festival (Thursday 8 – Sunday 25 August) marks its 40th Anniversary.  A longstanding tradition that was born from the Christmas morning destruction left behind by Category 4 Cyclone Tracy in 1977 that brought the community together to inspire, reflect on those lost and continue the rebuild.  68 were killed, while 25,000 were left homeless.

18 hot August nights sees an extrodinary run of cabaret, theatre, comedy, dance, visual arts, words and ideas, music and family fun:

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How the Veniceans celebrated 100 years of Aperol

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Aperol celebrates its 100th Birthday in Venice, bringing guests from around the world together to toast to the iconic orange aperitif

Going back to the birthplace where the iconic bittersweet orange aperitif originated, the centenary of one of the world’s most distinguished brands was felt throughout the entire city of  Padova and Venice.

Reflecting on the brand’s rich history since 1919 and turning towards the future, Aperol shared the milestone with guests who flocked in from all parts of the globe using the universal languages of art, music and Aperol Spritz.

This signature cocktail single-handedly leads the global Spritz category, earning Aperol its rightful place in the International Bartender Association’s list (IBA), as the key defining ingredient of the Spritz Veneziano.
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Virgin Galactic relocates to Spaceport America, New Mexico as it edges closer to commercial space travel

Some of the most respected companies in the commercial space industry are customers of Spaceport which houses both 12000 foot vertical launch pad and 200 foot horizontal runway.   Virgin Founder Sir Richard Branson announced that Virgin Galactic’s development and testing program had advanced sufficiently to move the spaceline staff and space vehicles from Mojave, California to their commercial operations headquarters at Spaceport America, New Mexico.

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John Farnham headlining The Heritage Bank Festival of Food & Wine at the 70th Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

John Farnham and his iconic voice are slated to headline The Heritage Bank Festival of Food & Wine at the 70th Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers.     Over 10 days, close to 300,000 people will attend more than 77 events taking place including a floral street procession.   The 70th program launch was officially unveiled last week by  Cr Geoff McDonald with some very special people in attendance.

Toowoomba City Cr Geoff Mc Donald said, “What makes Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers so special is that there is so much to experience – if you love emerging music, we have that.   If you are a gardener, we have plenty! I  f you are a foodie, then prepare for flavour overload.   If you love a low and slow BBQ with a beer to match, that’s easy! If you are here for gardening tips and tricks, then take a seat.   If wine is your thing, then choose a colour!   If you want to learn the history of our classic pubs, take in a steam train ride, experience a Tombstone Tour, be wowed by an amazing teapot exhibition or be surrounded by hanging flower baskets, then we also have all that!”

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10 events to experience in Outback Queensland

More than 20 different event organisations, shires and local groups, from Longreach to Winton, Paroo, Birdsville, Roma, Cunnamulla, Charleville collaborated to promote Outback Queensland’s destinations.

Cunnamulla’s world-famous Saddle Bronc cowboy and famed Indigenous horseman, Angus Mitchell were there on his beloved rodeo horse, as well as the Boulia Camel, a whip cracking goanna, cowboys from the Isa Rodeo, LIVE MUSIC from band Open Season, an original Cob & Co wagon, the world famous Outback Racing Loo and the racing team, an Outback BBQ which was free for the first 250 people, hosted by much-loved chef Matt Golinski serving up Queensland Outback beef and more!

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Game Night at Ritz-Carlton Millenia, Singapore

It is a Ritz-Carlton hotel’s first customised Monopoly board game.  The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore debuts a bespoke edition of Monopoly, the world’s favourite board game. While playing this exclusive edition of Monopoly, guests can learn about Singapore as a destination, and the unique guest experiences available in our luxurious five-star property in Marina Bay.

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15 of the world’s newest 5-star hotels

The 2019 award recipients of Forbes 61st annual Travel Guide recognized the world’s finest properties and rewarding gracious, intuitive service.  210 hotels across the globa achieved the coveted Five-Star Award.  It included 21 new Five-Star hotels, 49 new Four-Star hotels and 62 new hotels in the Recommended category.   Other first-time recipients include six Five-Star restaurants, eight Five-Star spas and 21 Four-Star spas.

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