Cafe del Mar, the world-famous bar that stemmed on the Spanish island of Ibiza, will open in Rockingham, Fremantle or Scarborough next year. The WA location will be Australia’s 2nd after the opening of Cafe del Mar in Sydney’s Darling Harbour in 2013. Coffee shop del Mar managing director Anthony Leenders and president John Zappia will check out the three prospective sites for the 200-seat restaurant, bar and rooftop bar today.

Mr Leenders told Hospitality magazine that Perth had more to use than other Australian city, in spite of the end of the mining and construction boom, also involving cranes South Australia, and its impact on the State’s economy. “At the time of the boom, the State was exclusively focused on mining. With that came a spike in rent, domestic and industrial sales in addition to overall food and drink rate increases, hence making it hard to look at Western Australia at that time,” Mr Leenders said.

“The resources boom has actually fallen and rates are at a 20-year low. The State Federal government has actually now positioned tourism and hospitality at the top of the list, with new advancements currently under construction, so I feel the time is right for Coffee shop del Mar to enter the Perth market.” The websites being thought about are along Rockingham’s foreshore, within a redevelopment of Fremantle’s Woolstores shopping center using equipment such as low loaders, and near to the brand-new pool being built at Scarborough beach.

Mark McGowan, Opposition Leader, and Paul Papalia, shadow tourism minister, are thought to be fulfilling the Cafe del Mar delegation in Rockingham today. They will also meet a representative from the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, which is leading the $26 million building of a public swimming pool at Scarborough.

Understood for bring in top DJs, Coffee shop del Mar has actually been at the heart of Ibiza’s clubbing scene because it opened in 1980. It has spread out beyond the Balearic Island Coffee shop del Mar will open its 3rd venue in Seminyak, Bali, in 2018, and the 25,000 sqm website will be the brand’s biggest. A 3rd Australian place is prepared to open in Melbourne in 2019. Places in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore are because of open in 2019-20. Cafe del Mar intends to open in Perth in October.

An expression of interest file states the place will serve “authentic Mediterranean cuisine” made from “just the very best and best locally sourced fruit and vegetables”.

Learn more at http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/cafe-del-mar-to-open-in-fremantle-rockingham-or-scarborough/news-story/041084a16a6a6e993d69159cbca1cb31

Holidaymakers struggling with vertigo may wish to offer this frightening infinity pool a miss out on.

Neglecting the Dolomites, the striking structure is suspended 40 feet in the air and has a glass window to offer brave bathers the feeling of swimming through the sky.

The remarkable 82-feet-long-pool is part of a brand-new extension at Hotel Hubertus, a wellness resort for skiers and hikers in South Tyrol, Italy.

From the hotel’s roofing balcony, thrillseekers can plunge into the swimming pool’s fresh mountain water from the beautifully constructed pool pavers and float above the breath-taking Italian panorama.

The cantilevered pool, designed by architecture studio Noa, is set down above the ground on larch tree trunks.

Noa architect Lukas Rungger told MailOnline Travel: ‘For the design of the pool we were owned by the goal to blur the physical limitations to develop an element, which is linking with the landscape, mirroring the clouds and framing scenic views.’

The design team told Dezeen: ‘The position of the swimming pool, which drifts 12 metres in the air, at its severe edge, provides the swimmer the feeling of floating– weightlessly in between paradise and earth.

‘This impression is further reinforced by the glass front and a glazed window on the bottom of the swimming pool.’

To make the experience of the pool landscaping feel more severe and surreal for swimmers, the anthracite sides of the structure match the colour combination of the incredible views, blurring the borders in between the two.

The designers stated this creates ‘the impression of the water flowing into absolutely nothing, vanishing in between swimming pool and landscape’.

In addition to the nail-biting swimming pool, the brand-new extension to Hotel Hubertus contains 16 Alpine suites, a dining establishment and lounge.

The scenic hideaway also boasts a sun balcony, 6 indoor and outside pool in addition to Alpenreych Medical spa.

The modern chalet hotel is a hikers sanctuary located at the base of the Kronplatz mountains

 

Learn more at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3949286/Would-dare-dip-World-s-scariest-swimming-pool-juts-40-feet-ground-glass-bottom.html.

Individuals all over the world are buying air harvested from the beautiful environment of the Yarra Valley, a beautiful area in Victoria which is host to an array of wineries in Yarra Valley

In an Australian very first, an innovative set have actually established an air harvesting business, actually earning money from thin air.

Green and Clean directors John Dickinson and Theo Ruygrok harvest air from some of Australia’s the majority of renowned areas, consisting of the Yarra Valley, Bondi Beach and the Blue Mountains, and sell it as a canned item.

“It’s difficult for some people in Australia to get their head around however when you travel beyond Australia and check out parts of China and India where individuals reside in locations where you cannot even see throughout the roadway because of contamination– fresh air ends up being a considerable topic,” Mr Dickinson said.

“We have people from all over the world buying our air; Chinese and Indian individuals really feel great about having some fresh air and there is also the traveller side of things where people can literally take a bit of Australia home with them.”

Mr Dickinson said air harvesting was much more complex than merely holding a container up in the sky; his business has developed a sophisticated air-capturing system using specialised compression and air drying innovation.

Aussie air is proving popular overseas.

“What we are attempting to do is capture air from that area exactly as it is at that location,” he said.

“Some people tell us they can smell and taste the distinction of areas.”

So what does it cost? What is Yarra Valley air worth?– $18.80 a can– each of which holds about 130 breaths, yet allows people to feel as though they are in one of the restaurants in Yarra Valley

Mr Dickinson stated there was currently a stockpile, with the company having to conduct more gathering to satisfy needs.

He said individuals can anticipate seeing the air cans in retail outlets and in a lot of major airports since next month.

Green and Clean’s air products can also be purchased online at greenandclean.com.au

Read more: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/outer-east/clean-and-green-selling-cans-of-yarra-valley-air-overseas/news-story/599b14bf8300a921910031abaec1af0a

I have been recently looking at travelling the Great Ocean Road and was looking at some places that I should put on my bucket list. I found this very good read about some really nice places to make sure you stop by along the way.

Enjoy the read!

Where to eat and drink along the Great Ocean Road, Victoria

Hugging the cliffs and headlands of the forests of the Otway Ranges as they drop down into Bass Strait, Victoria’s Great Ocean Road is an iconic scenic drive linking old fishing towns and secluded surf beaches.

The Great Ocean Road made the news across the globe on Christmas Day. Raging fires destroyed forest and homes in the sleepy hamlets of Wye River and Separation Creek and forced the evacuation of the town of Lorne.

Thankfully the damage was limited to a relatively small area of this 250-kilometre drive and your favourite Apollo Bay accommodation was not impacted The Great Ocean Road starts at Torquay, 1½hours west of Melbourne, and finishes at Allansford near Warrnambool, offering some outstanding eating and drinking destinations along the way. Some of the best are hidden or a little harder to find. Here is a list of some of our favourite places, old and new, offering the true taste of this coastal odyssey.

 

lorne accommodation

 

Dining

When restaurateur Kosta Talimanidis bought back his eponymous Lorne beachside restaurant last year the townsfolk applauded his homecoming. He, his wife, Pam, and sons Alex and Dominic, have revamped the site, giving it a cool, clean, modern makeover and renaming it Ipsos, serving modern Greek food. And don’t forget to join their customer loyalty program. Come for the lamb keftedes served with tzatziki and oven-baked potatoes with salt and oregano, or the Queenscliff snapper with tomato, onion, spices, and parsley and black olive salsa. Not far from Lorne, with its stately resorts and holiday homes, is Aireys Inlet. This village in the stringybark forest is best known for its 1891 white-and-red lighthouse on the ochre-hued headland. Here the Talimanidis family have a sister restaurant called A La Grecque The food here is a marriage between traditional northern Greek cuisine and modern Australian. Try the tender pickled octopus served with smoky char-grilled spring onions, soused onions and eggplant salad enriched with feta.

Across the road is the Aireys Pub A few years back there were plans to tear down this much-loved watering hole. A handful of locals joined forces and gave this old boozer a new lease of life as a family-friendly diner and bar serving good local wines and beers (it’s now home to microbrewery Rogue Wave) and casual meals served in an atmosphere true to the pub’s surfie roots. Dinner could be local king george whiting battered in house ale with chips or a Birregurra lamb fillet with yuzu and miso jus. Enjoy the meal admiring the azure waters off Fairhaven Beach, or the Jeff Raglus (of Mambo fame) artwork on the wall.

Further west, towards the wild and untamed coast of Cape Otway, with its hidden bays once home to moonshine distilleries and pirate-like seafarers, is the fishing port of Apollo Bay. On the main drag is a nondescript set of stairs leading to a restaurant serving lamb, beef and pork from animals raised by La Bimba chef and owner Steve Earl. He also specialises in flipping fresh fish landed by the fishing boats in the harbour nearby. La Bimba is small and casual with a view out over Apollo Bay. Earl serves whole fish cooked on the bone and grilled dry-aged, grass-fed beef steaks without fuss and pretention. With a tight, mostly local wine list and local beers, this is a place of simple luxuries. Just out of town, perched on a bluff overlooking the endless swell rolling in from Bass Strait is Chris’s Beacon Point Restaurant This is a decades-old icon serving contemporary southern Mediterranean-inspired dishes such as spice-cured ocean trout gravlax with poached egg crusted with dukkah, dressed with saffron and lemon; finish with a dessert of walnut and pistachio baklava with mastic ice-cream and cherry preserve. Chris’s also offers excellent on-site accommodation.

 

On the road

The Great Ocean Road is one of the world’s great road trips and best enjoyed broken up with frequent stops. At the little farming village of Freshwater Creek is made perhaps the nation’s best sponge cake. A large, fresh home-made sponge cake is filled with fresh whipped cream, topped with a thick layer of passionfruit icing, sold for under $20 at Freshwater Creek Cakes – and is completely delicious.
650 Anglesea Road, Freshwater Creek

 

Further west is the holiday town of Anglesea, best known for its protected and patrolled beaches and riot of wildflowers in spring. Here you’ll find the surfie munchies haven of Jum’s BBQ Chickens – famous for it apres-surf hot chips and gravy.
77 Great Ocean Road, Anglesea

 

On the banks of the Erskine River at Lorne, on a sandbar linked to the main drag by a picturesque swing bridge, a young Argentine chef roasts chickens in the colder months over coals in an outdoor asador at the Swing Bridge Cafe At any time of the year this a great spot for brunch and coffee, and a must go to place if you have grabbed some close by Lorne accommodation Chef and owner Jorge Guerrero also cooks great Argentine-inspired grilled meats at the Lorne Bowls Club, at 35 Mountjoy Parade.
30 Great Ocean Road, Lorne

 

There is a macabre beauty to the twisted black trunks of the gnarled blue gums burned by the Christmas Day fires at Wye River. While scores of homes in the hills were destroyed, the Wye River Pub and General Store survived and are still surrounded by green bush. Nestled between the banks of the Wye River and the wide surf beach the Wye River General Store has a modern dark wall and marine plywood decor and serves good coffee, sells very good sourdough bread and serves fast, light meals such as a shredded pork burger with slaw, barbecue sauce and aioli.
wyerivergeneralstore.com.au

 

Perhaps pick up some lunch for a picnic at nearby Carisbrook Creek. Here the mouth of the creek has been covered in hundreds of stacks of beach rocks placed by local artists, giving the rocky beach the feeling of being inhabited by alien beings or strange troglodytes. Further west, in Apollo Bay, stop for coffee or local beers at The Bay Leaf Cafe (131 Great Ocean Road) or try the brews at the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse at the historic Ballarat Hotel.
greatoceanroadbrewhouse.com.au

 

One of life’s great pleasures at Apollo Bay is to buy a serve of flake (gummy shark) and chips from the Apollo Bay Fisherman’s Co-op and walk out along the jetty and watch the southern rock lobsters being unloaded from the cray boats. Trafalgar Street, Apollo Bay.

 

 

 

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Renting a car through a rental agency is a great way to secure transportation during your vacation or business trip. Most people are happy to pay the charges for their rental car, but these fees may seem monstrous if you are on a budget. Thankfully, you can lower the costs of your vehicle by avoiding some of the common mistakes that renters usually make. Read through some of the mistakes below and learn how you can keep your rental vehicle costs as manageable as possible.

Mistake #1 – Renting a Car at the Airport

You need to make a multitude of arrangements when you go on vacation. You must find a flight, a hotel, and you also need to plan your activities. Most people know that they can deal with rental car arrangements when they arrive at their destination, but securing a vehicle at the airport can increase your costs substantially. Your costs are increased, because the vehicle business must rent space at the airport and these costs are passed on to consumers in the form of taxes and higher daily rental rates. In some cases, daily tax rates can exceed $20.

Also, when you rent a car at the last minute, the car rental facility may not have inexpensive compact cars available. This is especially true if you are renting a car during the Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday season or if you have chosen to travel during spring break. If cheap cars are not available, you will be asked to choose a luxury vehicle that is far more expensive than a sedan.

Rent in Advance or Find an Off-site Business

If you want to save yourself some money, consider renting your car in advance and picking it up at the airport when you arrive. This will help to cut down on tax rates. You can also look for a rental business with a lot a mile or two away from the airport. These rental businesses such as Jamieson Rentals are generally much cheaper than airport facilities, because you are not paying for the easy rental convenience. Both taxi cabs and shuttles can transport you to the rental business. You will need to pay the taxi driver, but the costs will be far less than your overall rental car savings.

When you arrive at the rental company, rent your car for the duration of your trip even if you do not need the vehicle for the full one or two weeks of your vacation. Typically, daily rates are reduced significantly the longer you rent your car. This means that overall fees may be similar for a five day rental as they are for a seven to ten day rental.

Mistake #2 – Purchasing Rental Car Insurance

Contact Your Auto Insurance Company

It is always wise to make sure that every vehicle you drive is fully covered in case of an accident or theft. This does not mean that you need to purchase rental car insurance though, because you may already be covered. Many auto insurance companies place importance on customer engagement, and offer basic damage coverage on rental cars, so check with your insurance carrier to find out if this is the case before you rent your car.

Speak With Your Credit Card Company

Some credit card companies also offer insurance protection as long as you use the card to rent your vehicle. If you are planning on using your credit card to pay for your rental car, contact the company beforehand to see if they offer protection. The credit card company will offer either primary or secondary coverage, and you should be aware of the coverage type before you rent your car. Primary insurance covers the vehicle repair costs directly while secondary insurance covers expenses that are not paid for by your automotive or rental insurance.

Consider Travelers Insurance

Securing travelers insurance is another good way to make sure your rental car is covered in case of an accident. Travelers insurance covers rental car and personal property damage and it also offers protection against medical expenses and legal costs. This means that the insurance covers much more than rental car insurance and you can tailor an inexpensive plan to your needs. Also, you only need to pay for the insurance during your trip.

Renting a car is often necessary if you need to travel around a large city during your vacation. You do not want to pay too much for your car though, and this means you need to avoid airport rentals and you should consider skipping the rental car insurance.