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An Ensemble guide to Australia

OMG international travel! To celebrate the AU/NZ travel bubble, we asked some Aussie mates to share their favourite spots in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

Beck Wadworth’s Sydney

Founder of An Organised Life

“Sydney is one of my favourite cities in the world and the place I called home for six years. Beautiful beaches, too many amazing restaurants, a relaxed culture and always something new to do and see.”

Ballet at The Opera House

One of my favourite things to do when I visit Sydney is go to the iconic Opera House to see The Australian Ballet. Get dressed up and make a night of it with dinner in the city beforehand, followed by a night of pure magic. 

The Bondi to Bronte Walk 

This walk was my go-to when I lived in the city, and one I never got sick of. It gets crazy busy so get it done early in the morning before the crowds and the heat.

Get out on the water

To see the city from the sea, I love taking the fast ferry from Circular Quay to Manly. Stop at Hugo's for pizza and a cocktail, then catch the ferry back to the city at sunset for the most incredible views.

My go-to dinner dates (both are reliable favourites)

Cocktails at the iconic Icebergs, followed by dinner at Totti's.

A wine at 10 William followed by dinner at The Apollo.

Visit the Art Gallery of NSW

Established in 1871 and located in the Domain, this gallery is always my favourite.

Get pampered

For some pampering, my favourites are Jocelyn Petroni for nails (they use beautiful Chanel nail polish). Her facials are also at cult status! Hair wise, if you need a blow wave, Paloma in Paddington is the place to go.

Ben Clement’s Melbourne

Founder of Good Sport Magazine 

Dinner: Bar Idda

A beautiful Sicilian restaurant in Brunswick East. Just enough “comfy I'm at someone's home for dinner” and fine dining mixed together. A lot of great Italian and Australian wines and a menu that never fails.

Coffee/Cafe: Tanaka Coffee, Carlton

The friendliest crew making great coffee and food. They offer fresh organic produce and also host a run club a few times a week from the store. They are working on a farm project, and support their local community with food and meal packages for those in need. Plus sitting outside on the communal tables is a welcome vibe compared to most cafes where you are fairly separated from other people. 

Bakery: ToBeFrank Bakery, Collingwood

An artisan bakery - everything I've tried always becomes a talking point for the rest of the day. 

Boutique: Uruhara Store, Smith Street, Fitzroy

The best and unique selection of Japanese and American selvedge denim, clothing and accessories. Shop if you're into pieces that are considered, unique and well made.

Handsom Store, Gertrude Street

As they say, 'We Make Nice Clothes" and that they do. Handsom is so consistent in their ranges, yet always pushing their own style. Styles that can be layered or a base to make other pieces pop. Or they work well in a full outfit head to toe from their range.

Ashlene Nand’s Melbourne

Founder of Aussiewoc.com and Vaycay Beauty

Op Shops on Chapel Street

Chapel Street is great for lots of things, but what I love most is book hunting through the op shops. I've always loved bargain hunting and I think I found a sustainable way to feed my joy without collecting useless items. Some of my recent finds include Michelle Obama's book for $2!

Fiji Cafe and Sweets

There are lots of fancy and underground places to eat in Melbourne but let me tell you about something a little different. As a Fiji Indian woman, I crave mum's food. I love this cafe so much! The food is authentic and it's sooo delicious - highly recommended.

Mya Tiger

If you are looking for something closer to the city, try Mya Tiger at the ESPY hotel in St Kilda. There is nothing like eating amazing food while overlooking the water. But in Melbourne, you won't find a shortage of places to eat.

Botanical Gardens

I think the rainforest walk at Melbourne's Botanical Gardens is one of my favourite places to go. This garden is so serene and peaceful, it's hard to imagine you are just minutes away from the city. 

Mornington Hot Springs

So I know NZ has some of the best hot springs in the world, so I'm not sure how this compares, but I was pleasantly surprised on a recent trip and will definitely be back. The clay showers and the mountain top spring bath were my favourites. 

Kirsha Whitcher’s Perth

Founder and designer of Salasai 

Bivouac Canteen and Bar

My favourite eating spot in Perth. Nestled in the hip part of Perth on William Street in Northbridge, Bivs is best with a group of friends to share in the Mediterranean style cuisine. Perth’s little go-to spot for the best flavours, good service and low key atmosphere.

Beach House Eden Beach 

This is our local go-to; set at Eden Beach only a few minutes from home. The international chefs never disappoint and the views of the Indian Ocean are uninterrupted. My favourite lunch is the Moreton Bay bugs and fried bread.

Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe

Each year this exhibits a collection of works by local and international sculpture artists across the beautiful Cottesloe Beach. This is Australia's largest outdoor art exhibition and one of the world's largest free public events. It feels pretty special because of the sheer magnitude and size of the sculptures, a very cool experience.

Rottnest Island

A must-see if you come to Perth. To be honest, my first experience of Rottnest, after living in Perth for almost nine years, was only this summer gone. But I think it has to be one of my favourite destinations to visit here in WA. You arrive by ferry to this idyllic island and you can hire bikes or catch the bus around, stopping at any beach destination along the way. Each cute little beach stop has jade crystal waters to swim in, where you can snorkel or just sunbathe. It is such a beautiful place although it does have a dark history: you feel that presence when you arrive and appreciate that you can actually visit such a spiritual place.

Fremantle Markets 

For organic food, street style food trucks, vintage clothing stores, street entertainment and a carnival atmosphere, the Fremantle Markets are a must-visit. We go for the fresh donuts and the seafood paella.

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OMG international travel! To celebrate the AU/NZ travel bubble, we asked some Aussie mates to share their favourite spots in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

Beck Wadworth’s Sydney

Founder of An Organised Life

“Sydney is one of my favourite cities in the world and the place I called home for six years. Beautiful beaches, too many amazing restaurants, a relaxed culture and always something new to do and see.”

Ballet at The Opera House

One of my favourite things to do when I visit Sydney is go to the iconic Opera House to see The Australian Ballet. Get dressed up and make a night of it with dinner in the city beforehand, followed by a night of pure magic. 

The Bondi to Bronte Walk 

This walk was my go-to when I lived in the city, and one I never got sick of. It gets crazy busy so get it done early in the morning before the crowds and the heat.

Get out on the water

To see the city from the sea, I love taking the fast ferry from Circular Quay to Manly. Stop at Hugo's for pizza and a cocktail, then catch the ferry back to the city at sunset for the most incredible views.

My go-to dinner dates (both are reliable favourites)

Cocktails at the iconic Icebergs, followed by dinner at Totti's.

A wine at 10 William followed by dinner at The Apollo.

Visit the Art Gallery of NSW

Established in 1871 and located in the Domain, this gallery is always my favourite.

Get pampered

For some pampering, my favourites are Jocelyn Petroni for nails (they use beautiful Chanel nail polish). Her facials are also at cult status! Hair wise, if you need a blow wave, Paloma in Paddington is the place to go.

Ben Clement’s Melbourne

Founder of Good Sport Magazine 

Dinner: Bar Idda

A beautiful Sicilian restaurant in Brunswick East. Just enough “comfy I'm at someone's home for dinner” and fine dining mixed together. A lot of great Italian and Australian wines and a menu that never fails.

Coffee/Cafe: Tanaka Coffee, Carlton

The friendliest crew making great coffee and food. They offer fresh organic produce and also host a run club a few times a week from the store. They are working on a farm project, and support their local community with food and meal packages for those in need. Plus sitting outside on the communal tables is a welcome vibe compared to most cafes where you are fairly separated from other people. 

Bakery: ToBeFrank Bakery, Collingwood

An artisan bakery - everything I've tried always becomes a talking point for the rest of the day. 

Boutique: Uruhara Store, Smith Street, Fitzroy

The best and unique selection of Japanese and American selvedge denim, clothing and accessories. Shop if you're into pieces that are considered, unique and well made.

Handsom Store, Gertrude Street

As they say, 'We Make Nice Clothes" and that they do. Handsom is so consistent in their ranges, yet always pushing their own style. Styles that can be layered or a base to make other pieces pop. Or they work well in a full outfit head to toe from their range.

Ashlene Nand’s Melbourne

Founder of Aussiewoc.com and Vaycay Beauty

Op Shops on Chapel Street

Chapel Street is great for lots of things, but what I love most is book hunting through the op shops. I've always loved bargain hunting and I think I found a sustainable way to feed my joy without collecting useless items. Some of my recent finds include Michelle Obama's book for $2!

Fiji Cafe and Sweets

There are lots of fancy and underground places to eat in Melbourne but let me tell you about something a little different. As a Fiji Indian woman, I crave mum's food. I love this cafe so much! The food is authentic and it's sooo delicious - highly recommended.

Mya Tiger

If you are looking for something closer to the city, try Mya Tiger at the ESPY hotel in St Kilda. There is nothing like eating amazing food while overlooking the water. But in Melbourne, you won't find a shortage of places to eat.

Botanical Gardens

I think the rainforest walk at Melbourne's Botanical Gardens is one of my favourite places to go. This garden is so serene and peaceful, it's hard to imagine you are just minutes away from the city. 

Mornington Hot Springs

So I know NZ has some of the best hot springs in the world, so I'm not sure how this compares, but I was pleasantly surprised on a recent trip and will definitely be back. The clay showers and the mountain top spring bath were my favourites. 

Kirsha Whitcher’s Perth

Founder and designer of Salasai 

Bivouac Canteen and Bar

My favourite eating spot in Perth. Nestled in the hip part of Perth on William Street in Northbridge, Bivs is best with a group of friends to share in the Mediterranean style cuisine. Perth’s little go-to spot for the best flavours, good service and low key atmosphere.

Beach House Eden Beach 

This is our local go-to; set at Eden Beach only a few minutes from home. The international chefs never disappoint and the views of the Indian Ocean are uninterrupted. My favourite lunch is the Moreton Bay bugs and fried bread.

Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe

Each year this exhibits a collection of works by local and international sculpture artists across the beautiful Cottesloe Beach. This is Australia's largest outdoor art exhibition and one of the world's largest free public events. It feels pretty special because of the sheer magnitude and size of the sculptures, a very cool experience.

Rottnest Island

A must-see if you come to Perth. To be honest, my first experience of Rottnest, after living in Perth for almost nine years, was only this summer gone. But I think it has to be one of my favourite destinations to visit here in WA. You arrive by ferry to this idyllic island and you can hire bikes or catch the bus around, stopping at any beach destination along the way. Each cute little beach stop has jade crystal waters to swim in, where you can snorkel or just sunbathe. It is such a beautiful place although it does have a dark history: you feel that presence when you arrive and appreciate that you can actually visit such a spiritual place.

Fremantle Markets 

For organic food, street style food trucks, vintage clothing stores, street entertainment and a carnival atmosphere, the Fremantle Markets are a must-visit. We go for the fresh donuts and the seafood paella.

Creativity, evocative visual storytelling and good journalism come at a price. Support our work and join the Ensemble membership program
No items found.

An Ensemble guide to Australia

OMG international travel! To celebrate the AU/NZ travel bubble, we asked some Aussie mates to share their favourite spots in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

Beck Wadworth’s Sydney

Founder of An Organised Life

“Sydney is one of my favourite cities in the world and the place I called home for six years. Beautiful beaches, too many amazing restaurants, a relaxed culture and always something new to do and see.”

Ballet at The Opera House

One of my favourite things to do when I visit Sydney is go to the iconic Opera House to see The Australian Ballet. Get dressed up and make a night of it with dinner in the city beforehand, followed by a night of pure magic. 

The Bondi to Bronte Walk 

This walk was my go-to when I lived in the city, and one I never got sick of. It gets crazy busy so get it done early in the morning before the crowds and the heat.

Get out on the water

To see the city from the sea, I love taking the fast ferry from Circular Quay to Manly. Stop at Hugo's for pizza and a cocktail, then catch the ferry back to the city at sunset for the most incredible views.

My go-to dinner dates (both are reliable favourites)

Cocktails at the iconic Icebergs, followed by dinner at Totti's.

A wine at 10 William followed by dinner at The Apollo.

Visit the Art Gallery of NSW

Established in 1871 and located in the Domain, this gallery is always my favourite.

Get pampered

For some pampering, my favourites are Jocelyn Petroni for nails (they use beautiful Chanel nail polish). Her facials are also at cult status! Hair wise, if you need a blow wave, Paloma in Paddington is the place to go.

Ben Clement’s Melbourne

Founder of Good Sport Magazine 

Dinner: Bar Idda

A beautiful Sicilian restaurant in Brunswick East. Just enough “comfy I'm at someone's home for dinner” and fine dining mixed together. A lot of great Italian and Australian wines and a menu that never fails.

Coffee/Cafe: Tanaka Coffee, Carlton

The friendliest crew making great coffee and food. They offer fresh organic produce and also host a run club a few times a week from the store. They are working on a farm project, and support their local community with food and meal packages for those in need. Plus sitting outside on the communal tables is a welcome vibe compared to most cafes where you are fairly separated from other people. 

Bakery: ToBeFrank Bakery, Collingwood

An artisan bakery - everything I've tried always becomes a talking point for the rest of the day. 

Boutique: Uruhara Store, Smith Street, Fitzroy

The best and unique selection of Japanese and American selvedge denim, clothing and accessories. Shop if you're into pieces that are considered, unique and well made.

Handsom Store, Gertrude Street

As they say, 'We Make Nice Clothes" and that they do. Handsom is so consistent in their ranges, yet always pushing their own style. Styles that can be layered or a base to make other pieces pop. Or they work well in a full outfit head to toe from their range.

Ashlene Nand’s Melbourne

Founder of Aussiewoc.com and Vaycay Beauty

Op Shops on Chapel Street

Chapel Street is great for lots of things, but what I love most is book hunting through the op shops. I've always loved bargain hunting and I think I found a sustainable way to feed my joy without collecting useless items. Some of my recent finds include Michelle Obama's book for $2!

Fiji Cafe and Sweets

There are lots of fancy and underground places to eat in Melbourne but let me tell you about something a little different. As a Fiji Indian woman, I crave mum's food. I love this cafe so much! The food is authentic and it's sooo delicious - highly recommended.

Mya Tiger

If you are looking for something closer to the city, try Mya Tiger at the ESPY hotel in St Kilda. There is nothing like eating amazing food while overlooking the water. But in Melbourne, you won't find a shortage of places to eat.

Botanical Gardens

I think the rainforest walk at Melbourne's Botanical Gardens is one of my favourite places to go. This garden is so serene and peaceful, it's hard to imagine you are just minutes away from the city. 

Mornington Hot Springs

So I know NZ has some of the best hot springs in the world, so I'm not sure how this compares, but I was pleasantly surprised on a recent trip and will definitely be back. The clay showers and the mountain top spring bath were my favourites. 

Kirsha Whitcher’s Perth

Founder and designer of Salasai 

Bivouac Canteen and Bar

My favourite eating spot in Perth. Nestled in the hip part of Perth on William Street in Northbridge, Bivs is best with a group of friends to share in the Mediterranean style cuisine. Perth’s little go-to spot for the best flavours, good service and low key atmosphere.

Beach House Eden Beach 

This is our local go-to; set at Eden Beach only a few minutes from home. The international chefs never disappoint and the views of the Indian Ocean are uninterrupted. My favourite lunch is the Moreton Bay bugs and fried bread.

Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe

Each year this exhibits a collection of works by local and international sculpture artists across the beautiful Cottesloe Beach. This is Australia's largest outdoor art exhibition and one of the world's largest free public events. It feels pretty special because of the sheer magnitude and size of the sculptures, a very cool experience.

Rottnest Island

A must-see if you come to Perth. To be honest, my first experience of Rottnest, after living in Perth for almost nine years, was only this summer gone. But I think it has to be one of my favourite destinations to visit here in WA. You arrive by ferry to this idyllic island and you can hire bikes or catch the bus around, stopping at any beach destination along the way. Each cute little beach stop has jade crystal waters to swim in, where you can snorkel or just sunbathe. It is such a beautiful place although it does have a dark history: you feel that presence when you arrive and appreciate that you can actually visit such a spiritual place.

Fremantle Markets 

For organic food, street style food trucks, vintage clothing stores, street entertainment and a carnival atmosphere, the Fremantle Markets are a must-visit. We go for the fresh donuts and the seafood paella.

Creativity, evocative visual storytelling and good journalism come at a price. Support our work and join the Ensemble membership program
No items found.

An Ensemble guide to Australia

OMG international travel! To celebrate the AU/NZ travel bubble, we asked some Aussie mates to share their favourite spots in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

Beck Wadworth’s Sydney

Founder of An Organised Life

“Sydney is one of my favourite cities in the world and the place I called home for six years. Beautiful beaches, too many amazing restaurants, a relaxed culture and always something new to do and see.”

Ballet at The Opera House

One of my favourite things to do when I visit Sydney is go to the iconic Opera House to see The Australian Ballet. Get dressed up and make a night of it with dinner in the city beforehand, followed by a night of pure magic. 

The Bondi to Bronte Walk 

This walk was my go-to when I lived in the city, and one I never got sick of. It gets crazy busy so get it done early in the morning before the crowds and the heat.

Get out on the water

To see the city from the sea, I love taking the fast ferry from Circular Quay to Manly. Stop at Hugo's for pizza and a cocktail, then catch the ferry back to the city at sunset for the most incredible views.

My go-to dinner dates (both are reliable favourites)

Cocktails at the iconic Icebergs, followed by dinner at Totti's.

A wine at 10 William followed by dinner at The Apollo.

Visit the Art Gallery of NSW

Established in 1871 and located in the Domain, this gallery is always my favourite.

Get pampered

For some pampering, my favourites are Jocelyn Petroni for nails (they use beautiful Chanel nail polish). Her facials are also at cult status! Hair wise, if you need a blow wave, Paloma in Paddington is the place to go.

Ben Clement’s Melbourne

Founder of Good Sport Magazine 

Dinner: Bar Idda

A beautiful Sicilian restaurant in Brunswick East. Just enough “comfy I'm at someone's home for dinner” and fine dining mixed together. A lot of great Italian and Australian wines and a menu that never fails.

Coffee/Cafe: Tanaka Coffee, Carlton

The friendliest crew making great coffee and food. They offer fresh organic produce and also host a run club a few times a week from the store. They are working on a farm project, and support their local community with food and meal packages for those in need. Plus sitting outside on the communal tables is a welcome vibe compared to most cafes where you are fairly separated from other people. 

Bakery: ToBeFrank Bakery, Collingwood

An artisan bakery - everything I've tried always becomes a talking point for the rest of the day. 

Boutique: Uruhara Store, Smith Street, Fitzroy

The best and unique selection of Japanese and American selvedge denim, clothing and accessories. Shop if you're into pieces that are considered, unique and well made.

Handsom Store, Gertrude Street

As they say, 'We Make Nice Clothes" and that they do. Handsom is so consistent in their ranges, yet always pushing their own style. Styles that can be layered or a base to make other pieces pop. Or they work well in a full outfit head to toe from their range.

Ashlene Nand’s Melbourne

Founder of Aussiewoc.com and Vaycay Beauty

Op Shops on Chapel Street

Chapel Street is great for lots of things, but what I love most is book hunting through the op shops. I've always loved bargain hunting and I think I found a sustainable way to feed my joy without collecting useless items. Some of my recent finds include Michelle Obama's book for $2!

Fiji Cafe and Sweets

There are lots of fancy and underground places to eat in Melbourne but let me tell you about something a little different. As a Fiji Indian woman, I crave mum's food. I love this cafe so much! The food is authentic and it's sooo delicious - highly recommended.

Mya Tiger

If you are looking for something closer to the city, try Mya Tiger at the ESPY hotel in St Kilda. There is nothing like eating amazing food while overlooking the water. But in Melbourne, you won't find a shortage of places to eat.

Botanical Gardens

I think the rainforest walk at Melbourne's Botanical Gardens is one of my favourite places to go. This garden is so serene and peaceful, it's hard to imagine you are just minutes away from the city. 

Mornington Hot Springs

So I know NZ has some of the best hot springs in the world, so I'm not sure how this compares, but I was pleasantly surprised on a recent trip and will definitely be back. The clay showers and the mountain top spring bath were my favourites. 

Kirsha Whitcher’s Perth

Founder and designer of Salasai 

Bivouac Canteen and Bar

My favourite eating spot in Perth. Nestled in the hip part of Perth on William Street in Northbridge, Bivs is best with a group of friends to share in the Mediterranean style cuisine. Perth’s little go-to spot for the best flavours, good service and low key atmosphere.

Beach House Eden Beach 

This is our local go-to; set at Eden Beach only a few minutes from home. The international chefs never disappoint and the views of the Indian Ocean are uninterrupted. My favourite lunch is the Moreton Bay bugs and fried bread.

Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe

Each year this exhibits a collection of works by local and international sculpture artists across the beautiful Cottesloe Beach. This is Australia's largest outdoor art exhibition and one of the world's largest free public events. It feels pretty special because of the sheer magnitude and size of the sculptures, a very cool experience.

Rottnest Island

A must-see if you come to Perth. To be honest, my first experience of Rottnest, after living in Perth for almost nine years, was only this summer gone. But I think it has to be one of my favourite destinations to visit here in WA. You arrive by ferry to this idyllic island and you can hire bikes or catch the bus around, stopping at any beach destination along the way. Each cute little beach stop has jade crystal waters to swim in, where you can snorkel or just sunbathe. It is such a beautiful place although it does have a dark history: you feel that presence when you arrive and appreciate that you can actually visit such a spiritual place.

Fremantle Markets 

For organic food, street style food trucks, vintage clothing stores, street entertainment and a carnival atmosphere, the Fremantle Markets are a must-visit. We go for the fresh donuts and the seafood paella.

Creativity, evocative visual storytelling and good journalism come at a price. Support our work and join the Ensemble membership program
No items found.

OMG international travel! To celebrate the AU/NZ travel bubble, we asked some Aussie mates to share their favourite spots in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

Beck Wadworth’s Sydney

Founder of An Organised Life

“Sydney is one of my favourite cities in the world and the place I called home for six years. Beautiful beaches, too many amazing restaurants, a relaxed culture and always something new to do and see.”

Ballet at The Opera House

One of my favourite things to do when I visit Sydney is go to the iconic Opera House to see The Australian Ballet. Get dressed up and make a night of it with dinner in the city beforehand, followed by a night of pure magic. 

The Bondi to Bronte Walk 

This walk was my go-to when I lived in the city, and one I never got sick of. It gets crazy busy so get it done early in the morning before the crowds and the heat.

Get out on the water

To see the city from the sea, I love taking the fast ferry from Circular Quay to Manly. Stop at Hugo's for pizza and a cocktail, then catch the ferry back to the city at sunset for the most incredible views.

My go-to dinner dates (both are reliable favourites)

Cocktails at the iconic Icebergs, followed by dinner at Totti's.

A wine at 10 William followed by dinner at The Apollo.

Visit the Art Gallery of NSW

Established in 1871 and located in the Domain, this gallery is always my favourite.

Get pampered

For some pampering, my favourites are Jocelyn Petroni for nails (they use beautiful Chanel nail polish). Her facials are also at cult status! Hair wise, if you need a blow wave, Paloma in Paddington is the place to go.

Ben Clement’s Melbourne

Founder of Good Sport Magazine 

Dinner: Bar Idda

A beautiful Sicilian restaurant in Brunswick East. Just enough “comfy I'm at someone's home for dinner” and fine dining mixed together. A lot of great Italian and Australian wines and a menu that never fails.

Coffee/Cafe: Tanaka Coffee, Carlton

The friendliest crew making great coffee and food. They offer fresh organic produce and also host a run club a few times a week from the store. They are working on a farm project, and support their local community with food and meal packages for those in need. Plus sitting outside on the communal tables is a welcome vibe compared to most cafes where you are fairly separated from other people. 

Bakery: ToBeFrank Bakery, Collingwood

An artisan bakery - everything I've tried always becomes a talking point for the rest of the day. 

Boutique: Uruhara Store, Smith Street, Fitzroy

The best and unique selection of Japanese and American selvedge denim, clothing and accessories. Shop if you're into pieces that are considered, unique and well made.

Handsom Store, Gertrude Street

As they say, 'We Make Nice Clothes" and that they do. Handsom is so consistent in their ranges, yet always pushing their own style. Styles that can be layered or a base to make other pieces pop. Or they work well in a full outfit head to toe from their range.

Ashlene Nand’s Melbourne

Founder of Aussiewoc.com and Vaycay Beauty

Op Shops on Chapel Street

Chapel Street is great for lots of things, but what I love most is book hunting through the op shops. I've always loved bargain hunting and I think I found a sustainable way to feed my joy without collecting useless items. Some of my recent finds include Michelle Obama's book for $2!

Fiji Cafe and Sweets

There are lots of fancy and underground places to eat in Melbourne but let me tell you about something a little different. As a Fiji Indian woman, I crave mum's food. I love this cafe so much! The food is authentic and it's sooo delicious - highly recommended.

Mya Tiger

If you are looking for something closer to the city, try Mya Tiger at the ESPY hotel in St Kilda. There is nothing like eating amazing food while overlooking the water. But in Melbourne, you won't find a shortage of places to eat.

Botanical Gardens

I think the rainforest walk at Melbourne's Botanical Gardens is one of my favourite places to go. This garden is so serene and peaceful, it's hard to imagine you are just minutes away from the city. 

Mornington Hot Springs

So I know NZ has some of the best hot springs in the world, so I'm not sure how this compares, but I was pleasantly surprised on a recent trip and will definitely be back. The clay showers and the mountain top spring bath were my favourites. 

Kirsha Whitcher’s Perth

Founder and designer of Salasai 

Bivouac Canteen and Bar

My favourite eating spot in Perth. Nestled in the hip part of Perth on William Street in Northbridge, Bivs is best with a group of friends to share in the Mediterranean style cuisine. Perth’s little go-to spot for the best flavours, good service and low key atmosphere.

Beach House Eden Beach 

This is our local go-to; set at Eden Beach only a few minutes from home. The international chefs never disappoint and the views of the Indian Ocean are uninterrupted. My favourite lunch is the Moreton Bay bugs and fried bread.

Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe

Each year this exhibits a collection of works by local and international sculpture artists across the beautiful Cottesloe Beach. This is Australia's largest outdoor art exhibition and one of the world's largest free public events. It feels pretty special because of the sheer magnitude and size of the sculptures, a very cool experience.

Rottnest Island

A must-see if you come to Perth. To be honest, my first experience of Rottnest, after living in Perth for almost nine years, was only this summer gone. But I think it has to be one of my favourite destinations to visit here in WA. You arrive by ferry to this idyllic island and you can hire bikes or catch the bus around, stopping at any beach destination along the way. Each cute little beach stop has jade crystal waters to swim in, where you can snorkel or just sunbathe. It is such a beautiful place although it does have a dark history: you feel that presence when you arrive and appreciate that you can actually visit such a spiritual place.

Fremantle Markets 

For organic food, street style food trucks, vintage clothing stores, street entertainment and a carnival atmosphere, the Fremantle Markets are a must-visit. We go for the fresh donuts and the seafood paella.

Creativity, evocative visual storytelling and good journalism come at a price. Support our work and join the Ensemble membership program
No items found.

An Ensemble guide to Australia

OMG international travel! To celebrate the AU/NZ travel bubble, we asked some Aussie mates to share their favourite spots in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

Beck Wadworth’s Sydney

Founder of An Organised Life

“Sydney is one of my favourite cities in the world and the place I called home for six years. Beautiful beaches, too many amazing restaurants, a relaxed culture and always something new to do and see.”

Ballet at The Opera House

One of my favourite things to do when I visit Sydney is go to the iconic Opera House to see The Australian Ballet. Get dressed up and make a night of it with dinner in the city beforehand, followed by a night of pure magic. 

The Bondi to Bronte Walk 

This walk was my go-to when I lived in the city, and one I never got sick of. It gets crazy busy so get it done early in the morning before the crowds and the heat.

Get out on the water

To see the city from the sea, I love taking the fast ferry from Circular Quay to Manly. Stop at Hugo's for pizza and a cocktail, then catch the ferry back to the city at sunset for the most incredible views.

My go-to dinner dates (both are reliable favourites)

Cocktails at the iconic Icebergs, followed by dinner at Totti's.

A wine at 10 William followed by dinner at The Apollo.

Visit the Art Gallery of NSW

Established in 1871 and located in the Domain, this gallery is always my favourite.

Get pampered

For some pampering, my favourites are Jocelyn Petroni for nails (they use beautiful Chanel nail polish). Her facials are also at cult status! Hair wise, if you need a blow wave, Paloma in Paddington is the place to go.

Ben Clement’s Melbourne

Founder of Good Sport Magazine 

Dinner: Bar Idda

A beautiful Sicilian restaurant in Brunswick East. Just enough “comfy I'm at someone's home for dinner” and fine dining mixed together. A lot of great Italian and Australian wines and a menu that never fails.

Coffee/Cafe: Tanaka Coffee, Carlton

The friendliest crew making great coffee and food. They offer fresh organic produce and also host a run club a few times a week from the store. They are working on a farm project, and support their local community with food and meal packages for those in need. Plus sitting outside on the communal tables is a welcome vibe compared to most cafes where you are fairly separated from other people. 

Bakery: ToBeFrank Bakery, Collingwood

An artisan bakery - everything I've tried always becomes a talking point for the rest of the day. 

Boutique: Uruhara Store, Smith Street, Fitzroy

The best and unique selection of Japanese and American selvedge denim, clothing and accessories. Shop if you're into pieces that are considered, unique and well made.

Handsom Store, Gertrude Street

As they say, 'We Make Nice Clothes" and that they do. Handsom is so consistent in their ranges, yet always pushing their own style. Styles that can be layered or a base to make other pieces pop. Or they work well in a full outfit head to toe from their range.

Ashlene Nand’s Melbourne

Founder of Aussiewoc.com and Vaycay Beauty

Op Shops on Chapel Street

Chapel Street is great for lots of things, but what I love most is book hunting through the op shops. I've always loved bargain hunting and I think I found a sustainable way to feed my joy without collecting useless items. Some of my recent finds include Michelle Obama's book for $2!

Fiji Cafe and Sweets

There are lots of fancy and underground places to eat in Melbourne but let me tell you about something a little different. As a Fiji Indian woman, I crave mum's food. I love this cafe so much! The food is authentic and it's sooo delicious - highly recommended.

Mya Tiger

If you are looking for something closer to the city, try Mya Tiger at the ESPY hotel in St Kilda. There is nothing like eating amazing food while overlooking the water. But in Melbourne, you won't find a shortage of places to eat.

Botanical Gardens

I think the rainforest walk at Melbourne's Botanical Gardens is one of my favourite places to go. This garden is so serene and peaceful, it's hard to imagine you are just minutes away from the city. 

Mornington Hot Springs

So I know NZ has some of the best hot springs in the world, so I'm not sure how this compares, but I was pleasantly surprised on a recent trip and will definitely be back. The clay showers and the mountain top spring bath were my favourites. 

Kirsha Whitcher’s Perth

Founder and designer of Salasai 

Bivouac Canteen and Bar

My favourite eating spot in Perth. Nestled in the hip part of Perth on William Street in Northbridge, Bivs is best with a group of friends to share in the Mediterranean style cuisine. Perth’s little go-to spot for the best flavours, good service and low key atmosphere.

Beach House Eden Beach 

This is our local go-to; set at Eden Beach only a few minutes from home. The international chefs never disappoint and the views of the Indian Ocean are uninterrupted. My favourite lunch is the Moreton Bay bugs and fried bread.

Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe

Each year this exhibits a collection of works by local and international sculpture artists across the beautiful Cottesloe Beach. This is Australia's largest outdoor art exhibition and one of the world's largest free public events. It feels pretty special because of the sheer magnitude and size of the sculptures, a very cool experience.

Rottnest Island

A must-see if you come to Perth. To be honest, my first experience of Rottnest, after living in Perth for almost nine years, was only this summer gone. But I think it has to be one of my favourite destinations to visit here in WA. You arrive by ferry to this idyllic island and you can hire bikes or catch the bus around, stopping at any beach destination along the way. Each cute little beach stop has jade crystal waters to swim in, where you can snorkel or just sunbathe. It is such a beautiful place although it does have a dark history: you feel that presence when you arrive and appreciate that you can actually visit such a spiritual place.

Fremantle Markets 

For organic food, street style food trucks, vintage clothing stores, street entertainment and a carnival atmosphere, the Fremantle Markets are a must-visit. We go for the fresh donuts and the seafood paella.

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