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Celebrate the beauty and ethos of Japanese arts and craft with this book dedicated to Utuswa
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Celebrate the beauty and ethos of Japanese arts and craft with this book dedicated to Utuswa

Long revered for its quality and beauty, Japanese craft remains an important part of Japanese life. ‘Utsuwa’, meaning ‘for everyday use’, embodies the ethos of hand-making in Japan, where handcrafted wares are created to be as practical as they are beautiful. Brisbane sisters Kylie and Tiffany Johnson share a deep love for Japanese craft, and it's this avid appreciation for the arts that drove them to write a book about them – Utuswa – Japanese objects for everyday use. Taking readers behind the scenes of galleries and studios in Japan, this charming book is the perfect coffee table addition. more

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Queensland's first dedicated gin caravan is now taking bookings so get ready to hit the road, Jack
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Queensland’s first dedicated gin caravan is now taking bookings so get ready to hit the road, Jack

With our limited travel options nowadays, it seems like we are all hitting the road in search of a cure for our travel bug. If you count yourself as one of these so-called adventure-seekers, then we know of one super-cute way of travelling that also allows you to enjoy the finer things in life. The spirit slingers at The Botanist Gin and caravan, campervan and motorhome rental platform Camplify have teamed up to launch Queensland's first dedicated gin caravan, offering cocktail lovers the ultimate gin-infused accommodation experience. We'll cheers to that. more

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Long-weekend bingeing – grab the popcorn and watch these Netflix picks
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Long-weekend bingeing – grab the popcorn and watch these Netflix picks

The Easter long weekend is here and, thanks to forecasted rain and cancelled plans due to an impending lockdown extension, most of us will be spending a lot of time indoors over the next few days. Perfect conditions for a couch session, if you ask us! Luckily for us, Netflix has just released a bunch of exciting new content, just in time. From wholesome family viewing to female-forward flicks, here are a few Netflix gems that are worth binging. more

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Hop on a hump and have sunset cocktails with camels at Summer Land Farm
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Hop on a hump and have sunset cocktails with camels at Summer Land Farm

Referred to as 'ships of the desert', camels are the long-eyelashed companion that we make friends with on the occasional show day or beach holiday. Unbeknownst to us – until now, that is – there's a whole farm full of these intelligent beauties just a short excursion from the city. It's called Summer Land Farm and it makes for one fun-filled day trip. more

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Sail away – all aboard Amaroo for a luxurious private charter
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Sail away – all aboard Amaroo for a luxurious private charter

Sipping champagne aboard a luxury yacht is the kind of life experience that is traditionally reserved for a fortunate few (read: rich people and Insta-celebs). Thankfully, Amaroo's luxury skippered yacht charters are here to give you a little taste of the high life with its incredible half- and full-day voyages. The stunning Hanse 575 can accomodate ten people in total, so go ahead and rally your mates and set sail, captain. more

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Peloton is bringing its bougie workout bikes to Australia so get ready to ride like the wind, Bullseye
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Peloton is bringing its bougie workout bikes to Australia so get ready to ride like the wind, Bullseye

When it comes to workouts, we will try just about anything. Sunset pilates in the park, hot (read: sweaty) yoga classes and even cycling classes where the room resembles more of a nightclub than a gym. Those who enjoy hopping on a spin bike have probably heard of American fitness company Peloton, which has a cult-following of riders (4.4 million of them, to be exact) that prefer to get their gym fix without leaving the house. In exciting news for fitness fanatics, the cycle-centric workout platform has just announced that it's making its way to our shores this year. Goodbye, savings, hellloooo abs! more

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Who run the world? Celebrate International Women’s Day with five kick-ass Queensland gals
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Who run the world? Celebrate International Women’s Day with five kick-ass Queensland gals

Whether it’s via the Spice Girls or Malala Yousafzai, female empowerment comes in many forms. In every corner of every industry, ladies are slowly but surely getting louder, increasing in numbers and bringing radical change to the way the world is run. While we still have a long way to go in the fight for equality across many facets of society, history has shown time and time again that when women are offered a seat at the table, stuff gets done – so it’s important to give gals the mic and amplify their messages. To celebrate International Women’s Day on Monday March 8, we thought we’d introduce you to five amazing Queensland ladies who are putting in the work across their respective fields to make our state a great place to be. Raise your glasses to progress and equality, fam! more


The Locals Next week: a Goldie local

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As he paddled off into the line-up, I stood up – and surfing changed my life ... ~ James McMillan more
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Escape to Eden – the renowned five-star health retreat reopens in Currumbin Valley
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Escape to Eden – the renowned five-star health retreat reopens in Currumbin Valley

Did you know that on average, we spend almost four hours every day on our phones? From the moment we open our eyes to the moment we sleep – we are connected. Even now, you are reading this on a device. Eden is the digital detox you didn't know you needed, but definitely do. The boutique retreat, nestled in the heart of Currumbin Valley's majestic hinterland, has reopened for bookings after an eight-month long hiatus for renovations. Whilst it might look shiny and new, the prized health retreat is actually Australia's longest running and is here to help you disconnect from your screen and reconnect with a calmer, more productive version of yourself.  more

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Embrace wellness at Mermaid Beach's dreamy new Soak Bathhouse
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Embrace wellness at Mermaid Beach’s dreamy new Soak Bathhouse

Hands up if you are guilty of glorifying 'busy' and often find yourself frantically rushing here, there and everywhere. We see you, frazzled friends (heck, we are you). If you are keen to free yourself from the burden of busy and make 2021 the year you slow down, reconnect and value wellness, there's a dreamy new communal bathhouse in Mermaid Beach that you need to know about. It's called Soak Bathhouse and it's here to help you hit the reset button. more

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Support independent local music with a dig in the crates at Southport's new Vinnies Record Store
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Support independent local music with a dig in the crates at Southport’s new Vinnies Record Store

There's something inherently satisfying about settling into a chair with a wine in hand and listening to a record from start to finish. The unmistakable crackle of the vinyl, the mild inconvenience of having to get up to change sides, the sense that time is merely a construct – it becomes an experience in itself rather than just background noise. If you too possess an appreciation for the ritual, Vinnies Dive Bar in Southport has unveiled a new privately-owned space that is dedicated exclusively to wax. It's called Vinnies Record Store (fitting) and it officially opened its doors on Tuesday December 8. more

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Destination unknown – add some mystery to your next getaway with Wonderlust Escapes
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Destination unknown – add some mystery to your next getaway with Wonderlust Escapes

If there's one thing that is on everyone's Christmas wish-list this year, it's travel (truly, we will go anywhere). With borders reopening and airplanes soaring into the sky more regularly, now is the time to escape for a little vacay. If you want to add a bit of mystery into your next holiday (or just can't be bothered planning all of the minute details), then you'll be happy to hear that there is a new travel service that can take care of planning your trip – Wonderlust Escapes. Dust the cobwebs off your suitcase, and get ready to go on an adventure! more

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The round-up: poolside sips to hinterland hideaways – the best Gold Coast staycations for a local escape
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The round-up: poolside sips to hinterland hideaways – the best Gold Coast staycations for a local escape

Every now and then (let's be honest, this happens a few times a year) we all need to stop, get away and press reset. International and interstate travel is up in the air, so you know what that means? Staycay, baby! That's right, it's time to explore your own backyard. From sparkling beaches to tropical resorts and dreamy hinterland hideaways, there is plenty of goodness right on our doorstep so you can rejuvenate and soak up those holiday vibes without leaving town. Here are a few of our favourite Gold Coast staycation spots so you can relax to the max. more

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Netflix, but make it fancy – Palace Home Cinema is bringing you fine films on demand
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Netflix, but make it fancy – Palace Home Cinema is bringing you fine films on demand

As grateful as we are to streaming services for helping us through the cataclysmic void that 2020 has been, we’ve really been missing the thrill of catching fresh new film releases. One particular movie mecca that true cinephiles have been very keen to return to in the post-COVID world is Palace Cinemas, a beloved beacon of premium indie films and limited-release flicks that you really can’t catch anywhere else in Australia. Well, the clever team at Palace has come up with a brand-new business model that allows movie buffs to get their fix of the latest releases without leaving the house – enter Palace Home Cinema. more

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Pawdicures and doggy dinners – treat your fur baby to a luxe sleepover at QT Hotels & Resorts
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Pawdicures and doggy dinners – treat your fur baby to a luxe sleepover at QT Hotels & Resorts

One of the hardest things about pet ownership is that you can't just pack a bag on a whim and escape for the weekend. Logistics of feeding and dog-sitting aside, you know deep down that you are powerless to resist the look – you know the one, the 'please don't leave me' look. If you've put weekends away on the back burner because you can't bear to leave your little mate behind, we have some news that may pique your interest – QT has gone to the dogs (literally) with the introduction of Pup Yeah! fur-friendly stays at its hotels across Australia and New Zealand.  more

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Need an escape? Gather around the fire pit at the new O’Reilly’s hinterland campground
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Need an escape? Gather around the fire pit at the new O’Reilly’s hinterland campground

The idea throwing some clothes in a bag and escaping the city for a few days in the mountains sounds pretty great right about now. Fresh air, freedom and reconnecting with nature – what's not to love? Unless you are a seasoned camper and have a full suite of gear ready to go when you are, it can quickly turn from a budget-friendly getaway or family holiday into something far more costly and overwhelming. Well, fellow nature lovers, there's now a brand-new campground at O'Reilly's that is perfect for seasoned campers as well as total novices. The benefits of camping minus the hassle? We're in! more

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Catch all of the cuteness of Phillip Island's Penguin Parade via the park's live stream
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Catch all of the cuteness of Phillip Island’s Penguin Parade via the park’s live stream

Things are feeling pretty heavy right about now so if you're in need of a little light-hearted awwww moment, we highly suggest you set a reminder for 6:00 pm AEST to tune in to Phillip Island's livestream of its world-famous Penguin Parade. Live Penguin TV officially launched on Tuesday August 25 to a modest audience of 771,000 viewers who simply couldn't get enough of the adorable seabirds. more

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The Weekend Series: relax to the max – treat yourself at these roadtrip-worthy day spas
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The Weekend Series: relax to the max – treat yourself at these roadtrip-worthy day spas

Let’s just all agree that this year has been a pretty wild ride, which has probably (definitely) taken a toll on your soul and left your skin looking and feeling a little bit ordinary. The importance of carving out time for self care during times of increased stress cannot be understated – it’s not only good for your physical wellbeing but it’s imperative to keep your emotional and mental health in check. Sure, there are an abundance of day spas and salons within close proximity to your house but sometimes the very act of getting in the car and driving out of town for the day can be relaxing in itself. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up some excellent day spas in Southeast Queensland and beyond so you can truly make a day (or night) of it – massages, facials, treatments, coffee, and most importantly, time to yourself – sounds pretty darn great to us! more

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Discover a whole new world at Australia's first underwater museum
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Discover a whole new world at Australia’s first underwater museum

Life on land is feeling pretty overwhelming right about now so consider this your official invitation to dive deep and live out your mermaid dreams whilst exploring the newest exhibition at Museum of Underwater Art (MoUA). From August 1, Coral Greenhouse is officially open to visitors giving recreational divers and snorkelers the first peek at the colossal installation. Weighing in at more than 58 tonnes, Coral Greenhouse is the first-ever underwater building created by world-famous underwater sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor as a means to open debate about our relationship to our seas and highlight the importance of conserving them. more

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Grow your own produce (and a green thumb) with airgarden
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Grow your own produce (and a green thumb) with airgarden

If you jumped on the gardening bandwagon during the last few months, you likely learned the saying that 'it ain't all sunshine and roses' rings very true. With the knowledge that growing your own greenery isn’t as easy as it looks, brother and sister team Tom and Prue Bauer decided to take matters into their own hands. Inspired by horticulturist-approved technology, the pair nurtured and grew a leaf-covered solution – airgarden – an easy-to-use aeroponic garden that will help prospective fresh-produce growers to sprout up to 150 fruits and vegetables in less than one square metre of space. more