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Oceania Cruises' luxury ship Regatta docks at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Sydney on December 12, 2022
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Seafaring for foodies | Dock of the day | All decked out

Monroe
Sexy and glamorous. Red carpet ready. Did someone say 'rescue fantasy'?

Small but perfectly formed, Regatta is back in Sydney and dressed to kill. Imagine you’ve arrived a little early at Jay Gatsby’s drawing room in West Egg, Long Island, ahead of a lively soiree. The marble floors are being mopped and polished to a shine; there’s the sound of carpets being vacuumed; the Christmas tree,…

Sydney’s new luxury pharmacy | Apothecary chic | Fragrance every which way

Monroe
Sexy and glamorous. Red carpet ready. Did someone say 'rescue fantasy'?

A new luxury pharmacy with scent to burn and treats for pets opens on Sydney’s fashion strip There is no end to the number of ways you can appreciate a good scent. Proof was the official opening this week of Santa Maria Novella at The Intersection in Paddington (Shop 10, 2-16 Glenmore Road), a heady…

Spectre, aka MySydneyBoat, reverses into Store Beach near Sydney Harbour's North Head
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Sydney by boat | Harbour secrets | bushland, bays and beaches

Monroe
Sexy and glamorous. Red carpet ready. Did someone say 'rescue fantasy'?

Tapping into this year’s staycation imperative is a new way to explore Sydney Harbour Excess All Areas played hooky this week, exploring the bays, beaches and bushland of the playground that is Sydney Harbour on Spectre, a sleek 12-metre Scandinavian Axopar37 sports cruiser, aka MySydneyBoat. Company director Mark Dalgleish and his skipper daughter, Elodie Dalgleish,…

HMAS Canberra, HMAS Brisbane and HMAS Parramatta docked at Woolloomooloo 2020
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Meet Australia’s fleet | Best Sydney views | Parklife

Garbo
Cool, understated elegance that belies inner sparkle and sizzle.

Find position, panorama, and a parade of shiny navy ships at Sydney’s Embarkation Park One of Sydney’s best views is from Embarkation Park. It’s located at the Potts Point end of the famous Kings Cross thoroughfare, Victoria Street. In one visual sweep you get the works! Look for the naval ships docked at Garden Island,…

Floral artist Saskia Havekes from Grandiflora in Potts Point, Sydney
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Bottling ‘the flower shop accord’ | French alchemy | gardenia glams up

Garbo
Cool, understated elegance that belies inner sparkle and sizzle.

Drawing on the savoir faire of a flamboyant French “nose”, Saskia Havekes announces a new addition to her Grandiflora family A fine perfume, says Saskia Havekes, has shape, tempo, and beauty. And, if you’re lucky, Christophe Laudamiel. The French chemist and master perfumer came on board to help create the final fragrance in Havekes’s exclusive…

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Waft on by | Stop and smell the roses | the perfumers’ creed

Garbo
Cool, understated elegance that belies inner sparkle and sizzle.

The luxury French perfume house, Creed, has opened a boutique in Sydney’s Double Bay. On a November evening in chic Double Bay, the bold and the beautiful are milling about on the footpath outside 36 Cross Street, clinking glasses of Perrier-Jouet to celebrate the opening of the first Sydney stand-alone boutique from the enduring luxury…

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In search of the best chocolate | Cacao couture | The block

Garbo
Cool, understated elegance that belies inner sparkle and sizzle.

Technique, vision, and a Venezuelan cacao bean have produced a chocolate that leading chefs are doing their block over … Some never forget a face. Chef Giovanni Pilu, of the award-winning Sydney restaurant, Pilu, never forgets a taste. Several years ago, he encountered what he thought might be the perfect chocolate. “It was at the…

rose bay marina regatta sydney waterfront autumn dining photo susan skelly
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Food’s ugly ducklings | who dares, wins | An outing with offal |

Groucho
Brainy and cheeky. Witty and inventive. Always smoking hot.

  Offal is possibly one of the food world’s most divisive menu items. Most people either love it or loathe it.  If it’s the latter, there’s a harbourside dining dock that might change your mind…   Offal is never going to be the gourmet world’s red carpet glamourpuss. Not for brains, tripe or liver the…

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the secret garden | wendy whiteley’s lush legacy | bush magic

Garbo
Cool, understated elegance that belies inner sparkle and sizzle.

How do you mend a broken heart? If you are Wendy Whiteley you find solace in nature and a shovel. How often is it that overseas visitors tip the locals off about treasures right on their doorstep? That happened this week as German friends enthused about the “secret garden” Wendy Whiteley has spent two decades…

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