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Byron at Byron, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort nestled within 45-acres of subtropical rainforest, will reopen on September 1.

The resort is completing a refresh including making use of recycled and locally sourced materials.

Phase one will be unveiled on 1 September, including a new restaurant showcasing sustainable and local produce, with 80 per cent of all ingredients sourced within a three-hour drive from Byron.

Phase two will include updated guest suites and a new Eléme Day Spa, which will be unveiled in November.

The refreshed guest suites have been aptly named to reflect the resort’s setting, from Rainforest Suite and Treetops Suite, to Rainforest Luxe Suite and Treetops Luxe Suites.


Cairns Indigenous Art Fair: cultural evolution will be rolled out through an online series.

Cultural evolution will be rolled out through an online series during the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair which will run from August 14 to 23.

These will include live presentations, performances, webinars, workshops, community spotlights and virtual gallery exhibitions.


 Parrtjima: A Festival in Light: an outstanding program.

Parrtjima: A Festival in Light will present a new 10-night program from September 11 to 20 in Alice Springs (Mparntwe), home of Arrernte people, featuring light installations, live music, talks and Aussie films.

The free festival is themed ‘Lifting Our Spirits’ and showcases the oldest continuous culture on Earth, bringing stories and ideas to life through engaging, creative, fun and moving performances and installations.

AGB Events, the creative directors and producers of the festival, have again engaged First Nations Adviser Rhoda Roberts as part of their team to work alongside the Parrtjima Festival Reference Group to develop stunning light installations, as well as the program for talks, Aboriginal films, workshops and live music.

As always, the must-see illumination of MacDonnell Ranges will be magnificent.

This year’s light show is called Ebb and Flow of Sky and Country and will be accompanied by a dynamic soundscape and narration by traditional owner Benedict Kngwarraye Stevens and Roberts.


Mercure Rockhampton: an eight-storey, 74-room resort.

Accor has rebranded the Travelodge Hotel Rockhampton as the Mercure Rockhampton, under a franchise agreement.

Refurbished in 2008, Mercure Rockhampton is located in the heart of the city, an easy drive from the Rockhampton Airport.

The eight-storey, 74-room resort overlooks the Fitzroy River and features six conference spaces, an outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre, 24-hour reception, and access to Great Keppel Island and many other locations along the Capricorn Coast.

Mercure Rockhampton joins a network of over 50 Mercure properties across Australia and New Zealand and more than 810 worldwide.


 Kyoto: former capital of Japan for a thousand years.

Kyoto, former capital of Japan for a thousand years, was more than just the capital.

It was also a centre of beauty and culture.

The unique culture of Kyoto has been handed down in various forms and continues to develop while constantly renew. Kyoto’s traditional industry has overcome adversity — wars, natural disasters, fires and the transition of the national capital to Tokyo — but the artisan community has continued to maintain and evolve it.

Many traditional industries have been passed down from generation-to-generation as family businesses.

Kyoto City offers visitors a number of ways to learn about and experience these; a dedicated Museum and an Artisan Concierge Service, allowing visits to the workplaces of the craftspeople and artisans.


 Wacau: Danube beauty.

World Cultural Heritage coupled with a landscape that is nothing short of inspirational – welcome to the Wachau, only 50 minutes west of Vienna; the narrow Danube River valley running from Melk to Krems is home to Domäne Wachau, one of Europe’s best vineyards; the picturesque towns of Krems, Dürnstein, Spitz and Weissenkirchen nestled along the terraced hills dotted with local Heurige (wine tavern) and cellar doors.

One of the highlights in the region is the Wachau World Heritage Trail which follows historical paths to link together the 15 municipalities of the Wachau Valley.

Over millions of years, the Danube has carved its serpentine path through solid gneiss and amphibolite shaping the striking picture of the Wachau’s viticultural landscape with its stone wall terraces.


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