Stressed out? Lost the plot? Then here’s a novel idea! Wander into the setting of a favourite Australian story, bury yourself in literary wonderland, or learn to spin and tell a yarn of your own without putting your audience into a self-induced coma. Pack the laptop, pens and paper as we check out (and check into) some unique Aussie book lover hotels.
There was movement at the blog, for word had passed around that anybody can now saddle up and visit the site of the famous mountain riding scene in the Man from Snowy River. Go on a tour of the Victorian High Country near Mansfield. Astride your steed, you’ll wander through amazing landscape before trotting to the Kinloch Winery for a gourmet regional food platter matched with boutique cool climate wines. And if your gluteuses are not maximused from your day in the saddle, you can head back to the Sebel Pinnacle Valley Resort (formerly the Grand Mercure) which completed multi-million dollar renovations in 2016 at nearby Mt Buller to explore the river aboard the hotel’s canoes.
Take a trip back to the 19th century with Ruth Park in her book Playing Beatie Bow, a haunting tale set in The Rocks of Sydney. This tour of the alleyways and cobbled stones makes it easy to imagine you are standing amongst the characters and street games of the time. If you go on 3 December, there’s also the final of the Australian Poetry Slam series at the Sydney Opera House. Get an authentic Rocks experience by staying at the 1887-built Russell Hotel, a peaceful haven amongst the hustle and bustle of the city.
How long do you think it would take to read 2 million books? You can make a start at the National Library of Australia in Canberra, with over 9 million items in the collection, and exhibition space that attracted over 60,000 people in the past year. On show until 31 January 2010 is the Ballets Russes in Australia 1936-40 exhibition, with photographs, drawings and paintings of dancers that inspired Australian authors. Grab a good book and settle in for a night of cocktails at the Binara One cocktail lounge at the nearby Crowne Plaza Canberra.
Once upon a time, there was a yawn. Is that what you get when you tell a story? Find out how to get people on the edge of their seats and their ears tuned to your every word with a storytelling workshop in Brisbane. The art of the spoken word goes beyond bedtime tales and into the boardroom, as the skills you learn from guru Daryll Bellingham will enable you to hold attention through voice, posture and emotion in any situation. Feel like literary legend at the Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane Anzac Square (formerly Rendezvous Hotel Brisbane), with its heritage styling of old world grace, well-stocked library and even better stocked Berkley’s bar.