Monday, July 21, 2014

Natural Pink Lakes of Perth, Australia - Hutt Lagoon at Port Gregory

Natural Pink Lakes of Perth, Australia - Hutt Lagoon at Port Gregory

Western Australia is home to a number of extraordinary ‘pink lakes’.This particular bubblegum-pink wonder of nature is the Hutt Lagoon at Port Gregory (about 5 hours drive from Perth city).

Natural Pink Lakes of Perth, Australia - Hutt Lagoon at Port Gregory

This stunning spot is hidden along the extensive coastline of Western Australia and its vibrant hue is created by bacteria which becomes trapped in the salt granules.

Natural Pink Lakes of Perth, Australia - Hutt Lagoon at Port Gregory

The breathtaking colours of the Hutt Lagoon in Western Australia change during the day, and it is best viewed at sundown.

Natural Pink Lakes of Perth, Australia - Hutt Lagoon at Port Gregory

The colours of the Hutt Lagoon are magnificent from the air, these shots were captured onboard Kalbarri Air Charter.

Photo credits: Lancome &

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

KYLIE - Kiss Me Once Tour March 2015

Get ready! Australia's premiere pop princess Kylie Minogue is jumping off your TV screens and on to a major arena stage near you.

Kylie said; "I've absolutely loved being back in Australia and now I'm even more excited to announce the dates for my Australian Kiss Me Once Tour 2015. Bringing my show back home is always an amazing feeling so I can't wait. Get your dancing shoes on!"


Australia’s own impossible princess, Kylie Minogue, has announced she will bring her Kiss Me Once Tour home to Australia in March. The homegrown superstar’s 2015 national tour will be a strictly limited run of shows that will follow performances throughout Europe this September.

This will be Kylie’s first arena tour of Australia in almost four years and will feature songs from her latest Number One album, Kiss Me Once, as well as the hits that fans know and love from across her varied and extensive discography, like Can’t Get You Out of My Head and many, many more.

“I’ve absolutely loved being back in Australia and now I’m even more excited to announce the dates for my Australian Kiss Me Once Tour 2015,” our pop princess told Channel V Music. “Bringing my show back home is always an amazing feeling so I can’t wait. Get your dancing shoes on!”

General Public tickets for Kylie’s Kiss Me Once Tour will go on sale 10am local time Monday, 14th July. There are also Visa Entertainment and Frontier Members pre-sales commencing on Monday, 7th July and Thursday, 10th July respectively. Readers can check below for all dates and details.

Concert Venues and Dates:

Saturday, 14th March 2015
Perth Arena, Perth
Tix: Via Ticketek | 132 849

Tuesday, 17th March 2015
Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide
Tix: Via Ticketek | 132 849

Wednesday, 18th March 2015
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Tix: Via Ticketek | 132 849

Friday, 20th March 2015
Qantas Credit Union Arena, Sydney
Tix: Via Ticketek | 132 849

Saturday, 21st March 2015
Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane
Tix: Via Ticketek | 132 849

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Swan Delegate Package at Metro Hotel Perth

Swan Delegate Package at Metro Hotel Perth

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

72 Hour Sale - Metro Hotels Accommodation

For a limited time only, we are offering this massive 72 hour sale across all our Metro hotels and apartments nationwide!

Get 20% OFF the Best Available Rate! This unprecedented sale has never been offered across all our hotels and apartments before - so get in quick or miss out!

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Deluxe Room at Metro Hotel Perth

Deluxe Room at Metro Hotel Perth

Our spacious Deluxe rooms offer the same amenities as our Superior Riverview rooms, but are located on the 1st and 2nd Floor with glimpses of Perth City from private balconies. With modern amenities such as Wi-Fi, Foxtel and complimentary in-house movies, they are ideal for short stays, or for families. Complimentary car parking available.

With a range of bedding options to suit your needs, these rooms are suitable for up to 4 guests.


  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock/ Radio
  • Balcony
  • Private Bathroom
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Colour TV with Foxtel, in-house movies
  • Direct Dial telephone
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Internet Access
  • Refrigerator
  • Closet/ wardrobe
  • Work desk with lamp in room

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Bob Dylan Touring Australia & Sydney Opera House

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It took a while but at age 73, Bob Dylan is set to play his first-ever concert at the Sydney Opera House as part of his upcoming Australian tour.

Dylan, who is also playing three shows at the State Theatre, ends his Australian tour at the world-famous waterfront venue in the Concert Hall on September 7.

But tickets for the Opera House show - which go on sale at 8am on July 4 - don't come cheap. Standard tickets start at $199 although for a music legend the top tier is a comparatively reasonable $249.

Comparative to say, Barbra Streisand, who is considered to be the most expensive legacy act, with her lowest-priced tickets often priced over $500 and up to $1500.

There is no indication yet that luxury or plantinum-type packages will be available.

Dylan's tour begins in Perth on August 13 and takes in Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Adelaide before reaching Sydney. Tickets went on sale on June 3 and are sold out for Sydney's State Theatre shows and believed to be nearly sold out for Melbourne.

Meanwhile, Dylan's place as one of the most important innovators in contemporary music history is expected to be further underlined at a Sotheby's auction on Tuesday in New York. His handwritten lyrics for the song Like A Rolling Stone are expected to fetch over $US530,000 ($565,000).

A Sotheby's employee shows the handwritten lyrics for Bob Dylan's <i>Like a Rolling Stone</i> song that is up for auction.
A Sotheby's employee shows the handwritten lyrics for Bob Dylan's
 Like a Rolling Stone song that is up for auction. Photo: Reuters

Richard Austin, head of Tuesday's two-part sale at Sotheby's told AFP it was the first time a six-minute single was released, allowing people to go beyond short format, and marked one of the first cases of viral marketing.

Executives opposed its release because of its length, but an employee took it to a nightclub where it played all night, leading to DJs to clamour Columbia records for its eventual release, which came in 1965.

Austin said there was "a lot of interest" in both sets of Dylan lyrics ahead of the auction, calling them a "wonderful thing just to see."

Dylan's final lyrics for the protest anthem A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall also go under the hammer, estimated to be worth $US400,000-$US600,000 by Sotheby's.

The auction celebrates various rock performers who have gripped the world for the past 60 years.

A piano first played by Lennon when he was recording the album Imagine and later played in multiple studios by him, Dylan and Reed, among others, is valued at $US100,000 to $US200,000.

Among the other items are the infamous contract that Jimi Hendrix signed in 1965, in which he agreed to play exclusively for record label PPX for just one American dollar. It's valued at $US100,000 to $US200,000.


August 13-14 - Riverside Theatre, PCEC, Perth (All Ages), 132 849

August 18-20 - Palais Theatre, Melbourne (All Ages), 136100

August 25 - Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (All Ages), 132 849

August 29 - Royal Theatre, Canberra (All Ages), 132 849

August 31 - Entertainment Centre, Adelaide (All Ages), 132 849

September 3-5 - State Theatre, Sydney (All Ages), 136100

September 7 - Sydney Opera House (All Ages), (02) 9250 7777


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A Beach In The Centre of Perth

A Beach In The Centre of Perth

Brisbane has one, Cairns has one, even Darwin has one - and Perth is set to get one within a matter of years.
A man-made beach in the heart of the city will be a feature of the Riverside Project and one that Perth-based planning expert Garry Middle welcomes.

With much of the city's focus on the Elizabeth Quay Project, the Riverside Project which aims to transform the eastern gateway to the city into a vibrant destination has not received as much attention.

The project is being overseen by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority and developed by Lend Lease.
It is split into a number of different areas, including one to be known as Waterbank.

Lend Lease project director Tim Urquhart said while the master plan for Waterbank was being finalised, stage one development applications would commence later this year.

“The man-made beach is part of this development and it aims to provide a relaxed urban waterside experience with public access, including for watercraft,” he said.

Mr Middle, a Curtin University adjunct researcher, said a man made beach created as an addition to the Swan River was a good idea.

“We need to make the foreshore diverse, we don’t want so much sameness, so this is something I’d like to see,” he said.

The concept of a man-made beach worked really well in other places, he said, singling out Brisbane’s beach in the Southbank area.

“When you go there you see it’s pretty family oriented and the way it is constructed was done really well with kids playgrounds and fountains," he said.

Mr Middle said while there were a few small beaches along the river in the South Perth area, generally there was not a lot of beach area on the Swan River.

He said issues that would need to be considered would be water quality and depth, ensuring the water did not drop off too quickly.

Mr Middle imagined the water would mostly be used for wading and as a launch point for paddlers.

He said while some in Perth were wary of swimming in the river, it was mostly a preference thing.

“There’s a spookiness about the seagrass and the water is not always exactly clear, there are jellyfish as well, and a sense of the unknown about swimming in the river,” Mr Middle said.

He said that much of the river was busy with boat activity as well, so an area set aside for people to use without too much other activity would be useful.

While the exact plans for the Waterbank area have not been finalised, Mr Middle said he would like to see a grassed area near the beach included.

He said “soft edges” such as grass were a good idea considering the other nearby river areas such as the Claisebrook Cove had a lot of concrete and “hard edges” suitable for walking but less suitable for children.

Mr Middle said the area would likely be most popular with locals rather than tourists.

”Our beaches are so good so tourists would still go to Cottesloe or Scarborough, this wouldn’t be an attraction in itself for tourists, he said.

The Riverside project is expected to be completed by 2020.