August 24, 2015

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Inspired by the absinthe-drenched cabarets of late 19th century Europe, “Absinthe” is an adult themed cocktail of circus, comedy, burlesque and vaudeville for a 21st century audience.

At the core of this seductive carnival world is a unique venue, a century-old Belgian spiegeltent beautifully crafted from teak, stained glass, mirrors and luxurious velvet, with a tiny circular stage at the centre of this intimate spiegeltent.

The smash hit Las Vegas show has been playing to sold-out audiences since 2011 at the world’s most famous casino, Caesars Palace, and in April celebrated its fourth anniversary. Celebrities regularly flock to join the audience. Recently during a performance at the Las Vegas production, Channing Tatum was inspired to jump up on stage to perform an impromptu lap dance.

Now it’s Sydney’s turn to experience this exciting show. From 15 September 2015, “Absinthe” will be performed under a beautiful spiegeltent on St Mary’s Cathedral Square, opposite Hyde Park, in the heart of Sydney’s CBD. It will be the first time a spiegeltent is pitched on this iconic site.

Sydney audiences at “Absinthe” will be treated to two new international acts, specially hand-picked for the Australian tour, which join the show’s line-up of jaw-dropping acts that have been amazing Las Vegas crowds.

Spiegelworld previously presented the record breaking spiegeltent show, “Empire” which was seen by an incredible 200,000 Australians last year.

Sandra Tiltman


August 24, 2015


If you have ever dreamed of sailing around the South Pacific and experiencing the lifestyles of the rich and famous, now is the perfect time to act upon that dream and life like royalty on a Sunsail yacht charter in the kingdom of Tonga.

Sunsail is offering a seven day sailing holiday in Vava’u, the “Friendly Islands” of Tonga, where you can expect not only warm tropical waters that are ideal for swimming, snorkeling and diving plus close encounters with humpback whales but village feasts as well.

One of the main drawcards to sail around this unspoilt region is the abundance of nature.

Vava’u is home to the largest population of humpback whales. A good time to visit is between July and October, when the adult females arrive in tropical waters from the icy Antarctic to give birth to their young.

b0c2f80f-aa80-4aa9-9f6b-2dbf1694162fManinita is a haven for seabirds, whilst small white terns perform courtship rituals above your boat, there’s just as much action below the water. Venture into the cathedral-like Swallows Cave in the afternoon when the sunlight streams in, illuminating marine life, multi-coloured stalactites and 200 year old Tongan engravings on the walls.

Tonga has been known as “The Friendly Islands” for hundreds of years and today it’s no different. Local villagers welcome sailors to Taunga with a feast of tropical fruit, fresh seafood and Tongan delights cooked underground in an umu pit and wrapped in banana leaves. After dinner, you can join in a live traditional song and dance or take a stroll among the coconut groves. Always keep an eye out for indigenous Flying Foxes hanging from the fruit trees.

To the Southwest lies Hunga Island, home to a huge lagoon formed by the crater of an extinct volcano. The 525 acre island is a dense jungle of coconut trees, with plenty of hiking paths to cliffs and lookouts. The lagoon is a completely protected coral reef haven for whales and visitors. Take a 25 minute walk to Hunga Village to visit the friendly locals and try your hand at fishing, before retiring to your yacht to feast on the catch of the day.

A short hop from Hunga Island is Vaka’eitu, where you can visit the Blue Lagoon Resort, an eco-sanctuary with eight large fales, each constructed from local materials. After a day spent snorkeling with whales, sea stars, and tropical fish, why not dine ashore in the restaurant where you can enjoy the specialty lobster, while watching the view of the lagoon and surrounding reef.

Sunsail’s four cabin luxury catamaran yacht sleeps up to ten people. If you have never sailed before, that’s not a problem, you can hire a skipper for just $231 per day on top of boat hire fee. Make your dreams a reality.

Sandra Tiltman