Thursday, April 15, 2010

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Crawfords - New Classic Accommodation in Arrowtown

It’s impossible to find a single tree in early 1860s renderings and photographs of Arrowtown, so the transformation since first settlement has been nothing less than extraordinary.

Some of the first seedlings were lovingly planted by one Constable William Brown, who was stationed at the Arrowtown police camp in the 1870s. At that time the police encampment on Camp Lane and Buckingham Street occcupied some 10 acres and included a drill hall, court house (built in 1895), the constable’s house and station.

When the forward thinking green-fingered police officer moved on after 12 years of horticulture effort, he left a legacy which the ‘Otago Witness’ described as ‘a vertitable botanical gardens laid out with exquisite taste, and kept in the most exemplary order’, and one which tourists recognise today.

As outbuildings rose and fell, a new police residence and office was erected in 1900. In time a garage was erected adjacent to the main house in a space which was variously used as police barracks and a horse stable. This outbuilding was later reincarnated as B&B accommodation – known as OLD NICK, and eventually a day spa.

Today the constable’s house, stables and the adjacent 1867 goal, are the only buildings left on the original site.

Attracted by the history, natural beauty and unique qualities of Arrowtown, the historic category 3 residence was purchased in early 2010 by Australians, Henry and Nina Crawford, who have renovated the accommodation wing of OLD NICK and rebranded the business as Crawfords.

Crawford, who is known for his sense of style and attention to detail is no stranger to high-end hospitality. In 1987 the Emmy award winning Australian TV producer landed on a remote beach in Fiji and set about creating what was to become an iconic resort which regularly found itself in ‘World’s Best’ lists.

‘Vatulele’, this product of his fertile imagination, was ultimately named ‘Hotel Luxury Hotel of the Year in 2000. Henry served as an International Board Member of SLH for 5 years, representing members with a geographic spread from Hawaii to Japan and India.

After 20 years playing in the tropics, Henry, and his wife, Nina, have opted for a quieter lifestyle and the cooler Southern NZ climate.

Says Henry, “we have always been attracted to the Queenstown area and spent three years looking for the right property to transform into something more intimate than our Fiji venture, which we sold in 2007. This area gives us a great opportunity to create an interesting new accommodation product in Arrowtown/Queenstown”.

“We believe Arrowtown has tremendous growth potential with its great restaurants, history museum, three 18 hole golf courses, wonderful walking tracks (which I use daily) and close proximity to the two major local ski fields, “ said Henry. “We believe we are extending and supplementing the town’s current room inventory with a more ‘designer’, but comfortable option.”

And, adds Henry, “we think that Constable Brown would be justifiably proud if he could see the the outcome of his planting – especially the two magnificent listed trees we have on the site. They are just fantastic specimens, and testament to Arrowtown’s tough tree protection policy”.

Crawfords is located on Buckingham Street. The homestead, OLD NICK, is set well back from the road in spacious gardens, with wonderful mountain views, yet is conveniently located only a couple of minutes walk away from the town centre with its charming cafes and restaurants and olde worlde shops.

Between developing this new hospitality experience with Nina, Henry publishes an electronic newsletter devoted to the world’s best luxury lodges (


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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Sporty Types Headed to Byron

Byron Bay's beautiful triathlon course and gorgeous May weather will be good for the athletes and for their support crew and fans. The 1500 metre ocean swim can be viewed from the Byron Bay Surf Club. Easy for us, the spectators! Check it out on 8 May.

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International Jazz Festival is 8 days in Melbourne

The universal language of jazz has flourished over more than one hundred years, shifting into a diverse spectrum of new styles and sounds. The spirit of improvisation jazz has emerged as a common chord that binds diverse communities around the world. As we move further into a new century marked by developments in technology and innovation, the common chord that defines this age of jazz creativity will be explored over the eight days of the 2010 Melbourne International Jazz Festival.

During the first week of May, the iconic spaces of Melbourne will be transformed as its streets, concert halls, clubs, bars and galleries play host to the world's leading modern masters of jazz. A rich multi-layered program of music events will be presented in the city centre, also incorporating film, visual art, public art installations and forums.

For absolutely all lovers of music, this is a time to be entertained, to discover, to be inspired and most importantly to participate. Enjoy free concerts and late night jam sessions with some of the coolest jazz musicians around.

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Saturday, April 03, 2010

Urban Walkabouts: Sydney's Hip Neighborhoods, Hotels, Cafes & Nooks

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In the old days of gay ghettos, we had sneaky hide-outs for safety reasons. Today, for example, Sydney sneakiest hideouts are off-the-beaten track for hip reasons. Find them, and you don't want to tell but your closest friends.

This day, we went walking around Sydney's trendy neighborhoods - Surry Hills, Paddington, and Woollahra - in search of Cafe Nookie for cheap fuel, Sticky Bar off a Crown Street laneway for drinks, and the perfect place for a grass picnic with good grafiti walls at the $10 million restored Paddington Reservoir Gardens. All worth the effort on a autumn-like day.

Fellow explorer and ex-pat, Edmund.

We also canvassed some of the boutique hotels on the route, like Sullivan's Arts Hotel in Paddington and Medina Executive Apartments on Crown St.

PS We needed a Thai foot massage after clicking 10 kms over 3 hours, but we could skip the gym that day.
For more ideas, pick up copies of Sydney Guide Maps for Urban Walkabout Surry Hills & Darlinghurst, Potts Point & King Cross, Paddington & Woollahra, and the Sydney CBD shop-eat-play map.