Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Honey! Should we have dinner on top of a tree or under water?

The answer to the phrase where should we go out for dinner used to be simpler before. It was most often ‘the place at the corner’ or ‘that Chinese place’ or some new restaurant that just opened. Now that dining options have broken new frontiers, things have dramatically gone out of hand! You have options ranging from dining beside a waterfall to dining on aboat on a Sydney Harbourdinner cruise! Here are some unique dining options that will blow your mind!
Dine under water
Yes, you can dine under water, and no, you won’t be wearing scuba suits and having food passed to you via a tube! Located in Maldives, the Rangali Island Resort is an underwater restaurant located about five metres under sea level. With a curved transparent roof, you get a 270°panoramic view of the sea life and watch turtles and colourful fish swimming past as you dine. There is seating capacity for only 14 guests, so book ahead in advance.
Dine on a treetop
Ever felt like having dinner in a tree house? Well, you can do one better than a creaky old backyard treehouseby having dinner on a luxury pod on top of a redwood tree, 32ft above the ground – a restaurant in the Kiwi Islands of New Zealand. You can’t just walk in and ask for a table for two at this restaurant as the venue is now used for private functions and parties. With a maximum capacity of up to 30 guests, dine and chill on top of a tree with your best mates beside you!
Dine on the largest passenger plane
Do you like the idea of dining on a plane but not a big fan of the usual ‘gourmet’ choices of sandwiches or warm chicken and packaged drinks? Well,if you’re visiting Taiwan, you can enjoy dining on a plane – not just any plane – one of the largest passenger planes!You won’t really be dining on an Airbus A380, but a model of it, but it still counts. Also served by flight attendants, you can have the authentic experience of dining on pull down tables and plastic cutlery!

Dine on a boat
After seeing Titanic you may have wanted to dine like Jack did in first class sampling caviar and champagne served by white-gloved waiters. Well, it’s not exactly the same, but you can have a similar experience dining on a SydneyHarbour dinner cruise sampling some fine cuisine while enjoying the best views of Sydney after sunset, when the harbour comes to life.
Dine beside a waterfall

There are lots of things to do with a waterfall, but dining beside it will be the last thing on your mind. Well, now you can do just that in Philippines. Technically it’s not a waterfall and is the spill over from a dam, but you get all the visual and aural effects of a waterfall and also the views!Dining options are limited to a buffet, so if you don’t mind getting a tad bit wet in the process of dining, book your table now!

Monday, 6 March 2017

Places to have a fun time on New Year’s Evein Sydney

New Year’s Eve celebrations in Sydney is a celebrated event around the world especially with the midnight fireworks display. The harbour side is the place to be if you want to make the most of celebrating New Year’s Eve in Sydney. More than a million peopleprobably willhave the same idea, but don’t worry, you won’t have to scramble or jostle for space to get the best views of the fireworks display.
The harbour is far and wide stretching 20 kilometres inland with close to 240 kilometres of shoreline. So there are many vantage points spread around, each offering great views of the Harbour Bridge which is the centre stage for the night’s events. Most of the places have options of BYO or buying a NewYear’s Eve dinner, so you can stay around the Sydney Harbour and not run the risk of missing any of action.



Luna Park Harbour Party
Located a stone’s throw away from the harbour, this is a perfect location to make merry and also catch the midnight fireworks display. Being family friendly is another positive with lots of amusement park rides to keep the kids occupied. You also get lots of eating options and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage choices. There are many tiers of tickets available and choosing each has its own different privileges.Luna Park is also well connected with bus and train routes making it easy to reach and leave.

Taronga Zoo
If large open spaces are what you seek then head over to Taronga Zoo. Spread over 28 hectares around the harbour, there is enough room for all to get great views. You can opt for a diamond, gold or silver ticket with each having perks of their own. Diamond ticket holders get to enjoy the best views and also have a complimentary gourmet picnic dinner. For other sections it is BYO food and alcohol. Another family friendly place, you can enjoy each other’s company and welcome the New Year together.



One of the best seats to view the midnight fireworks is on a New Year’s Eve cruise on the Sydney Harbour. This is the closest you can get to the main stage of events and hence the most preferred way of spending New Year’s Eve in Sydney. A party on a boat is a cool thing with DJ and dancing. You also get treated to a sumptuous multi-course New Year’s Eve dinner rivaling offerings from Sydney’s waterfront restaurants. Check out a Sydney NYE cruise for an all new way of celebration!



The Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf
Saying good bye to the year requires a special place and ‘The Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf’ ticks all the boxes. Located as the name says, at the end of the Wharf, it overlooks the western side of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge making it one of the best vantage points.Good food, conversation and drinks are all the companions you need to welcome the New Year. So head to the ‘The Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf’ to have a good time.

There are limited seats available at the above locations, so book in advance. 

Vivid Sydney on The Rocks

When Vivid Sydney is in town the city lights up, welcoming all to its many installations scattered around the place. Spread over the city, Vivid Sydney encourages you to explore Sydney and discover its hidden treasures. Head to the Rocks to enjoy Vivid Sydney and embrace the rich history of the city. Have one on the rocks from Sydney’s oldest pubs for some liquid courage before exploring the cobbled streets of the Rocks, enjoying the history of the place while keeping an eye out for Vivid Sydney installations.



They wouldn’t be hard to miss especially at night with the installations lit up in their finest glory. With its close proximity to the harbour, you wouldn’t miss any of the action happening out there as well. Get one of the best views of the Opera House as it is illuminated in all its Vivid glory. Watch and marvel at the visual imagery as the sails of the Opera House transform to a kaleidoscope of colours and images, putting up a show on its own. Also catch the Harbour lights parade in which ships and vivid dinner cruise vessels partcipate, all lighted up in different shades making the harbour a bright and colourful place.



Explore the rich history of the Rocks while munching on some bikkies or sipping some refreshments. The birthplace of modern Sydney, this is where the great city began in 1788 with the arrival of the first convict ship. The beginnings were rough,but now the Rocks is one of Sydney’s prime locations and still retains an old-world charm making it a very appealing Vivid Lights Festival venue.
There is lots more to see around the place if you want a change from Vivid Sydney. Sydney Observatory is one of the sights to not miss and a night tour is a must. View the stars, planets and other celestial bodies through a telescope and marvel at these natural beauties. There are many Aboriginal art galleries to visit if the art bug bites you. And if old buildings and architecture are your thing, there are numerous preserved structures of yore still maintained as heritage sites that’s worth a visit. 

You also won’t go hungry while exploring the Rocks. There are lots of eateries around the Rocks serving delicious food from around the world. With a mix of different cultures, you get almost every major world cuisine here from Italian to Thai to Indian. Souvenir and bargain hunters will also find the place a happy hunting ground as you can spot bargains from traditional Aboriginal art to fine Australian opals.




So head to the Rocks this Vivid Sydney as you wouldn’t miss out on anything. And more importantly have a good time with friends and family as there are activities galore to suit people with diverse interests. After a Vivid Sydney Cruise, this might be the next best place for a get-together with friends and family to experience this brilliant light festival and create lasting memories!

Reliving Memories and Good Times

Memories are something that can’t be taken away. They are a person’s real assets, the ones of true value. In our youth we don’t really pay much credence to this and channel all our energies chasing frivolous material possessions. But as we grow older and wiser, we embrace the fact that money or our standing in society isn’t everything. Memories, experiences, inter-personal relationships and the lessons learnt through life are our true worldly possessions.

In the twilight years of our lives, it is all but natural to want to relive those youthful days, filling our minds with all those beautiful memories of yore. All the things we did through the innocence of childhood, the rebellions of adolescence and the bohemian experiences of our early youth come rushing back, bringing a silent smile to our faces. One of the best periods in my life was no doubt be the carefree college days when life was a song and all I had to do was sing it!

Now that I’m overwhelmed with all these memories of a bygone era, I make it a point to attend high school and college reunions to meet friends, share memories, exchange laughs and catch up on the life that happened to us after we parted ways! We may have a tad too many greys in our hair now, but that doesn’t stop us from becoming kids all over again, especially in the eyes of teachers and professors who played a great role in getting us shipshape to meet the big bad world outside!

Something that I’ve always noticed during reunions is that it’s always the older batches that turn up in numbers and participate more enthusiastically. The more recent alumni have participation in single digit numbers and generally keep to themselves. It probably takes more time for the nostalgia to kick in to really miss those good ol’ days. And, it’s not just about good times in school and college; there’s always a blush when we think about our first crush, our first date and probably our first real romance that didn’t really pan out! Now that I have the right partner, I find myself wanting to do things right and get them right this time round.



I remember a date that I had during my youth; the guy had chosen a dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour as the venue for our first date. He was coming on a little too strong, sending all the wrong signals, all in an attempt to impress me. Needless to say, the date was a bad experience! Also the choice of a Sydney Harbour dinner cruise for a first date was a bit too much, something that should have ideally been a fourth or fifth date. All faults were rectified and the bad history put to rest when I had a perfect Sydney Harbour dinner cruise experience with my husband and we have been a regular since.

Now that I have the perfect partner, there is so much more that the world has to offer that we want to explore and discover. We want to fill our minds with memories and experiences. Yes, even if our minds are young, our bodies have aged, which is a major obstacle for many senior explorers. But I have to say, it’s all in the mind, age is just a number and don’t let it subdue your passions. Your partner is the pillar of strength and together you can scale heights, supporting each other through thick and thin.

Life isn’t about existing, life is about living. Live each day as if it’s your last. Don’t let anything stand in your way. Explore and see the world. Get out and seek new thrills!

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Go back in time with Showboat’s glamorous dinner with show

How would you like to go back in time to an era when glitz and glamour, romance and chivalry were the order of the day? The Sydney Showboat is definitely no time machine; but when glamorous showgirls in glitzy, beaded outfits usher you into this luxury paddlewheeler, you’re magically transported to a world that is defined by yesteryear charm.

Stylish air-conditioned interiors, gleaming woodwork lined with rich textured fabric and backlit marble – all set the stage for a spectacular Showboat dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour. It’s a seamless blend of old and new that gives you a taste of the old world with all comforts of modernity to enhance the cruising experience!

But, what really sets this Sydney Harbour dinner cruise apart from the numerous other options out on Sydney Harbour? It’s undoubtedly the “Dinner with Show” feature… and not just any show… It’s the ‘Voyage of Love’ – Sydney’s most spectacular performance by a talented Australian ensemble that never fails to surprise or entertain!

Singers, dancers and musicians, all dressed in jazzy costumes of yesteryear, come together to captivate you with incredible performances that take you on an exotic journey –a ‘Voyage of Love’ that traverses diverse countries and cultures! This one-of-a-kind entertainment is a flawless routine of creativity and choreography executed by dancers who use their bodies and expressions in ways that best define the music and storyline – an act that is guaranteed to leave you spellbound!

Then, of course, there’s the delightful Mr Showboat who brings mesmerising magic acts to the table, distorting reality right before your very eyes. It’s the kind of entertainment that amuses the ear, deceives the eye and astonishes the mind – never failing to disappoint! 

So, who wouldn’t love this dinner cruise Sydney with show out on Harbour?
The Sydney Showboat is also a dining destination that can’t be quite compared to any other. You can begin your evening unwinding with refreshing beverages from a wine list that includes an interesting array of cocktails and spirits, beer, wine and soft drinks. In keeping with the old-world theme, dining is a formal experience with a delectable three-course meal being served to your table, with courteous staff attending to your every need.

After your meal you could leisurely stroll the decks of the Showboat on your Sydney harbour cruise dinner and be treated Sydney’s breathtaking sights and sounds that will enchant you beyond words! As the paddlewheels churn lapping up the water, you will find yourself cruising past the magnificent Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, Luna Park, Fort Denison and the dazzling harbour skyline – an experience you definitely don’t want to miss!

So, if it’s a Sydney dinner cruise that you’re looking for, why not enhance the experience with Sydney Showboats that offers a dazzling show and variety entertainment as well?

For a more comprehensive guide to “Sydney Showboats” cruise packages and more details about “Sydney Showboats Dinner with Show package” visit https://www.sydneyshowboats.com.au/sydney-harbour-cruises/dinner-cruise-sydney.

Sydney Harbour dining trend that tops the charts

Dining out in Sydney is as much about the experience as it is about the food. Today, the vibrant food scene in this beautiful harbour city transcends culture and language, creating an instant bond between locals and tourists. You can expect big, bold flavours, but the underlying trend is to create dishes that use the freshest seasonal and regional produce and ingredients.
So, Sydney, known for its hedonistic mix of world-famous attractions, historic landmarks, picture-perfect beaches, exhilarating theme parks, gorgeous views and glamorous bars, can now add the unique restaurants and unforgettable harbour dinner cruises to that list.
Be it family diners, fast food joints, sophisticated steakhouses, seafood restaurants, waterfront restaurants, bar and grill or hole-in-the-wall eateries, Sydney Harbour has it all! But the crowning glory has to be Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruises that have simply raised the bar when it comes to grand dining experiences on the harbour.
Harbour dinner cruises have revolutionized the concept of waterfront dining by offering cruises aboard purpose-built luxury vessels, a kaleidoscope of dazzling views, freshly prepared buffets, a la carte menus, live entertainment and impeccable service that treats you like you’re nothing short of royalty.
Who wouldn’t want to pay for such a unique dining experience? With people leading such hectic lives with jam-packed schedules, they’re always on the lookout for a reason to peel away from the monotony of routine.
So, if you have an occasion to celebrate, why not do it in style? And, believe it or not, there’s something for everyone and every little occasion on Sydney Harbour!
Be it a birthday, a wedding anniversary, a hen’s party, an office celebration, a national occasion or simply a dinner getaway, you’ll find a host of dinner cruises to choose from, depending on your budget and time constraints.
Some Sydney Harbour dinner cruises whisk you away to a world of luxury with superior creature comforts and a fantastic dining experience that surpasses all expectations. Some treat you to the glamour and charm of yesteryear with a dinner cruise aboard an authentic paddlewheeler or a tall ship with masts with little nuggets of history thrown in. Some add a dash of excitement to the cruise with live cabaret entertainment, rock’n roll music, latino dances, jazz music etc. elevating the ambience and the cruising experience.
But the one thing they have in common is that they all dish out an extravagant spread of freshly-prepared buffets or seated and served dinners that cater to both the sober and adventurous palates.
Some could consider it an extravagance, though to some, it could be a luxury that can be indulged in once in a while or when the occasion calls for it. But for tourists, a Sydney Harbour dinner cruise is a must-do – an experience that will give them a taste of everything that makes Sydney one of the most beautiful harbour cities in the world!

Dinner cruises, deluxe buffets and dazzling sights!

Sydney Harbour at night is probably one of the most stunning sights the world has to offer and a dinner cruise Sydney is the perfect way to enjoy the dazzling beauty of the harbour shores! 

The Australian Cruise Group has a host of luxury vessels cruising the harbour, treating both tourists and locals to a fantastic dinner cruise experience on Sydney Harbour.

If Sydney is a place you’ve dreamed of visiting, then your first glimpse of the illuminated harbour shores will simply take your breath away. It will be all you expected and so much more. 

As day moves into night and the colours of the sky change, Sydney is cloaked in a blanket of velvety darkness. And, as if in perfect synchrony, the city lights come on and Sydney Harbour comes alive with luminous brilliance! 

The impressive white sails of the Opera House and the towering Harbour Bridge, lit up against the night sky, are enchanting to say the least. These Sydney icons are architectural marvels that tell a different story under the twinkling night sky – a fitting response to the natural setting of the harbour! 
Luna Park at night is an equally sensational sight with an imposing presence on the harbour. And, you just can’t ignore the illuminated skyline that finds its breathtaking reflection in the harbour waters at night!

The decks of the luxury harbour cruisers offer the best view of the icons that line the shore and you’ll also be treated to an extravagant buffet dinner set against this gorgeous backdrop! 

If you’d like to spice up your evening out on Sydney Harbour, you could choose to cruise aboard Sydney’s luxury paddlewheelers that exude the glitz and glamour of yesteryear. The amazing cabaret show, music and magic acts performed by an all-Australian cast and a gourmet three-course dinner will definitely add a dash of excitement to your evening – very befitting of a night out on Sydney Harbour!

You may be cruising the harbour waters in a luxury vessel but you will no doubt feel dwarfed by the majesty of the glorious Sydney Harbour. These Sydney Harbour dinner cruises have all the right ingredients to create the perfect ambience for a memorable experience. For a first-timer, a dinner cruise is definitely a must-do in Sydney; as for locals, even if you’ve done it once, you’ll definitely be looking for reasons and occasions to do it all over again!