June 16, 2013


Stockholm is the latest city that Emirates Airlines has added to their ever increasing list of European destinations.

Flights to this Scandinavian city will commence from 4September 2013 and to celebrate, Emirates is offering special fares for Australian travellers wishing to fly to Stockholm.  These special airfares are valid for travel between 4October – 5December 2013 and 16January – 24March 2014.  All bookings must be completed by 26August 2013.

Emirates Image, Emirates Aircraft at Dubai Airport84 flights per week are operated by Emirates from Australia to Dubai, with daily onwards connections to Stockholm, where one of the highlights for Australians will probably be the newly opened Abba Museum.

Emirates boasts a network of 34 European destinations, all via one convenient stop in Dubai.

I’ve flown to Europe and back several times with Emirates and thoroughly enjoyed the flight experience.  The fantastic service from their international crew, great food and wine and most important of all, comfortable seats, makes the time go so quickly.

To break up the long journey to Europe, I always spend a couple of days in Dubai, staying in one of the many luxurious hotels.  There are so many five star hotels to choose from, guests are spoilt for choice.

If you prefer to fly straight on to your European destination, Dubai is one of the easiest airports to transfer to another flight.  There are so many shops to tempt you, with selections of watches, cosmetics, clothing, computers and much much more while you wait for your connecting flight.

Sandra Tiltman.


June 16, 2013

Berkeley River Lodge Ext#D4

Western Australia’s Kimberley region is one of the most remote areas of Australia and one of the last true wilderness areas to be experienced. It offers a mix of pristine white sandy beaches, towering gorges, reefs rich with marine life, mangrove lined estuaries and of course sensational fishing.

For those who love fishing, but don’t want to rough it, the Berkeley River Lodge provides the ultimate stylish destination, which lets you to leave the stresses of city life behind.  After fishing the surrounding remote waters, including the Berkeley River, neighbouring creeks and systems, coastal mangroves and the Timor Sea, guests can relax in an ocean view villa atop the coastal dunes.

Even though the region is home to over 50 species of regularly caught fish, the barramundi still remains most people’s favourite target species.

FISHINGThere are no set rules for optimal barramundi fishing times, but generally the build up to the wet season and the run-off after the wet are the two best times.  It’s hard to predict when the wet starts and finishes, as it’s all weather dependent.

Amongst the large variety of inhabitants in these waters are the Mangrove Jack, Threadfin Salmon and others.  Spanish Mackerel, Fingermark, Giant Trevally, Golden Trevally, Cobia, Queenfish, Tuna, Shark, Snapper, Emperor Code, and Coral Trout are commonly landed around inshore reefs and beaches.

Berkeley River Lodge has a package offering 4 Anglers,
4 Nights Accommodation and
4 Days Fishing for
4 Hours Per Day in their purpose built fishing vessel.  Fishing tackle and equipment is provided by the Lodge, plus a light snack or meal is also provided, depending on fishing times.

Shore based fishing is available at all other times for no additional charge and includes ocean and river fishing.  Fishing times are dependent upon weather and tides.

Currently, fishing is conducted on a ‘catch and release’ policy.

The Berkeley River Lodge has been awarded the prestigious Western Australian tourism award in the category of New Tourism Development.  Positioned along a 65 metre high dune, the Lodge’s twenty luxury air-conditioned villas are perfectly located to offer guests commanding 180 degree views of Joseph Bonaparte Gulf to Reveley Island, or from the mouth of the Berkeley River to the rugged red gorges beyond.  It’s only a short stroll from the villas to the Main Lodge, where you can dine on the freshest local produce or exercise in the 20 metre lap pool.

Getting to the Berkeley River Lodge is part of the wilderness adventure, as it is only accessible by air or sea.  Whilst staying there, you can explore the rugged river gorges, enjoy swimming at secluded white sand beaches as well as swim in crystal clear pools beneath waterfalls.

Sandra Tiltman 


June 16, 2013
Patriotic Aussies Overseas

Patriotic Aussies Overseas

Australians have always been known the world over as great sports lovers, either as players or spectators.

To harness the spirit of the contagious cry of Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi, heard everywhere Aussies gather around their favourite sports, former four time Olympic Water Polo Captain Thomas Whalan, has launched a range of patriotic clothing and accessories.

From this chant AussieOi™ The Fan Brand™ has been born, celebrating all that’s great about Australia.

“The idea behind the AussieOi clothing is to channel that feeling of excitement and comradery that Australians are so good at creating when we’re at sporting events” Thomas says.  “It’s the spirit of Australian fans that captures the attention and hearts of visitors and I am translating that feeling into something they can take home.”

The line of activewear makes the perfect present for those Aussies travelling overseas, especially for sporting events, or for tourists wanting some memorabilia of their stay in Australia.

The AussieOi™ sports clothing and accessories range covers caps to t-shirts to hoodies and Funnies Sunnies™, offering something for everyone, from kids to men and women.

Fans of Australia can take a piece of the country with them, even if they leave our shores.

The range is available from a list of selected stockists.    Sandra Tiltman.