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Laguna Beach Magazine | Where's Andy Now?
22 Jan 2011

Down-Under Dining – Laguna Beach Magazine

Berowra Waters Inn - amuse bouche of salmon

Aubergine ravioli at Berowra Waters Inn, Hawkesbury River, New South Wales

Kangaroos: Check. Koalas: Check. Opera House, outback, Great Barrier Reef: all must-dos on a first trip to Australia. For my second trip I wanted a deeper dive. Australia is known for wine, of course, but who knew it had such a gourmet scene? My culinary journey through greater Sydney and the state of Queensland led me to sea pearls and sea planes, a Spirit House and a rainforest retreat—and dining experiences to last a lifetime.

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Down-Under Dining

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Where to Stay

For tips on exploring Queensland’s Sunshine Coast:

Sunshine Coast

22 Jan 2011

Where to Stay/Australia – Laguna Beach Magazine

Canopy suite at O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland


Canopy suite at O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland


Hotel Shangri-La

Chinese-inspired geometric patterns and nubby silks fill this Hong Kong-based hotel. Book a room on the upper floors, where the Horizon Club offers breakfast, afternoon tea, snacks and unparalleled views from the Opera House to the Harbor Bridge.

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22 Jan 2011

How Best to Explore Queensland’s Sunshine Coast – Laguna Beach Magazine

Noosa Beach

To explore Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, base yourself in Noosa, one of Oz’s ritziest towns (visitnoosa.com.au). Just one block inland from the broad beach of the buff, bronzed and beauteous, Hastings Street is a trove of resort, soiree and surfwear boutiques, star-studded jewelry shops and art galleries.

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