Like a particularly bountiful windfall from the indigenous black sapote tree, the fruits of our recent trip to Australia to launch Mr & Mrs Smith down under have been falling thick and fast onto the blog. We’ve already tapped Hilary Doling of Luxury Travel & Style Magazine and Gourmet Traveller editor-at-large Leo Schofield for their insider knowledge of where to eat, drink and stay in Sydney, and now it’s the turn of the movers and shakers we were lucky enough to meet at the full-to-bursting Smith launch party – held in cool art deco hideaway The Prince in Melbourne.
The city’s style set were out in force to celebrate the opening of our new Melbourne office, and plenty of tastemakers from the arts and culture scenes, including Film Victoria CEO Sandra Sdraulig (responsible for bringing all the biggest British and US movies into Australian cinemas), were there to sample the cocktails and raise a toast to our Antipodean success.
Following on from last Friday’s interview with Hilary Doling, editor-in-chief of Luxury Travel & Style Magazine, here’s the second of our insiders’ guides to what’s hot in Australia (and we’re not just talking about thermometer-bothering regions such as Kimberley and Top End). Just to recap, I was in Sydney (left) and Melbourne last week to launch the new Mr & Mrs Smith office down under, and was lucky enough to bump into some of the people responsible for making these east coast cities buzz like jarfuls of bees. This time, we’ve persuaded editor-at-large of Gourmet Traveller Leo Schofield to share his favourite places in Sydney, Melbourne and Tasmania with you.