What's New in Australia
Australia's established reputation for excellence in food and wine was again reflected in 2017, when Victoria’s Attica and Brae were both rated in The World's 50 Best Restaurants awards. Attica moved up one place to 32, while Brae jumped 21 places to take out the 44th position on the coveted list.
Located in Melbourne, Attica is led by innovative head chef Ben Shewry, who is known for using indigenous and foraged ingredients in his menu. You can exclusively hire the restaurant for up to 60 people, or for more intimate groups use one of two private dining spaces.
Brae is located a 90-minute drive southwest of Melbourne on a 12-hectare property complete with a thriving vegetable garden and organic orchard. Chef and owner Dan Hunter uses this abundance to create his award-winning dishes. Brae can cater for groups of up to eight people for dinner.
Sydney’s Q Station, located on the harbourfront in Sydney Harbour National Park, has launched a new team-building activity designed to showcase the history of the property, which dates back to the 1800s. Groups of up to 24 people can take part in a historic 'murder mystery' experience, with each guest taking on a role and searching for clues to unravel the mystery.
The 224-room Aloft Perth, part of Starwood Hotels and Resorts, will open on 26 May 2017, marking the Aloft brand’s debut in Australia. The hotel will feature 551 square metres of flexible meeting space, along with Perth’s highest function venue – a ballroom and outdoor terrace that can cater for 300 guests and has views over the Swan River.
Located on Hobart’s waterfront, MACq 01, opening in June 2017, provides guests with an immersive storytelling experience. Each of the luxury hotel’s 114 rooms tells the story of a Tasmanian character through its design and furnishings. The property also features the Old Wharf Restaurant, led by Saffire Freycinet’s former head chef Simon Pockran.