Benwerrin Estates unveils Prestigious Mountain-Top Property

Mountain Magic breathes new air to Pacific Palms Luxury Let Market

Benwerrin Estates, specialist in luxury property management, is proud to unveil their new mountain-top property, Mountain Magic at Pacific Palms today. Boasting 180° panoramic views of Wallis Lake and surrounding Pacific Ocean coastal beaches, Mountain Magic stands alone as the most unique property in the Myall Lakes area. 
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PARKROYAL Hotels & Resorts partners technology start-up Townske to launch first-ever mobile app with 1,000+ user-curated guides

In a first-mover collaboration, PARKROYAL Picks taps into the sharing economy to offer a compilation of hidden gems and best-kept secrets to help travellers explore the city like a local.

Travellers want to travel like a local and are increasingly seeking authentic experiences in the destinations they visit.  By leveraging technology disruption in the hospitality space, PARKROYAL Hotels & Resorts has added further depth to its ‘local connection’ brand positioning to resonate even more with its travel-savvy guests. In a first-mover partnership, PARKROYAL has collaborated with technology start-up Townske to launch PARKROYAL Picks, the brand’s first mobile application which offers access to more than 1,000 beautifully curated guides in the cities which PARKROYAL has a presence in.

From the vibrancy of Sydney and Singapore to the cultural diversity of Saigon and Yangon to the culinary delights of Penang and Kuala Lumpur, these curated guides have been handpicked (hence the name, “Picks”) by the most passionate of travellers and locals, as well as the hotels’ concierge, who love the city they live in. Accessible on the PARKROYAL Hotels & Resorts website ( and available as a complimentary download on iOS and Android devices, each guide is a unique compilation of useful tips, hidden gems and best-kept secrets that only locals know – from the latest bars and the most Instagram worthy cafes to quaint little side streets and not-to-be-missed dining experiences – presented in a clean, visually stunning format.

Designed to support the hotel concierge, PARKROYAL Picks ( also recommends nearby places based on location, which is a particularly useful feature for planning a trip and navigating the local area, as PARKROYAL guests can create a list of saved places to refer to while on the go, drawing from guides such as “Things to Do When it Gets Dark in Singapore” and “Sydney’s Perfect Picnic Spots” to the “Best Seafood Restaurants in Penang”.

Kevin Croley, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Pan Pacific Hotels Group, said, “We are constantly looking for new ways to strengthen the connection between our guests and the local community by connecting them with authentic experiences. We are delighted to partner Townske in this first-mover collaboration between a technology start-up and hospitality group to launch an innovative product which taps into the sharing economy to offer truly local experiences at our premium hotels, resorts, and serviced suites. Our brand promise of being “a trusted local companion” is perfectly aligned with Townske’s mission to empower travellers with truly amazing experiences that only the locals know about.”

Named one of five “Australian Start-ups to Watch” by Business Insider, and featured on Huffington Post Australia as one of the “Best Travel Apps for a Seamless, Stress-Free Holiday”, Townske allows users to explore any city in the world by following the mini-guides of like-minded travellers.

“The new generation of travellers are demanding community-driven, authentic experiences that appeal to their interests. The old ways of offering concierge just don’t work for them. With digital disruption assured in the hotel industry, PARKROYAL Hotels & Resorts is taking a forward-thinking approach in this partnership with Townske. Now PARKROYAL can offer all the benefits of a full-service hotel and also provide their guests with hyperlocal experiences that will help build guest loyalty and retention,” said Daniel Clark, Townske Co-Founder and CEO.

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Day 1, Mackay QLD to Blackall

Photo by: Lachlan Gardiner

Box Rallies reaches landmark figure of $10 million contributed to cancer research and awareness

Box Rallies, the largest independent fundraiser for Cancer Council, is pleased to announce today its unique fundraising initiatives – Shitbox Rally Australia, Mystery Box Rally and Shitbox Rally New Zealand, have raised a total of $10,156,000 to date since its inception in 2010.

All funds raised from Shitbox Rally Australia and Mystery Box Rally go directly to Cancer Council’s cancer research and awareness programs, whilst participants of Shitbox Rally New Zealand can choose to contribute to either Cancer Council or the Cancer Society of New Zealand. More info


Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Style with Pan Pacific Hotels Group

Sharing dinner with the loved ones forms the basis of a memorable evening. Add in the last night of the year, dinner at an award-winning restaurant with stunning views and you can relax knowing Pan Pacific Hotels Group has your evening perfectly planned. Whether on the East Coast experiencing Sydney’s Darling Harbour fireworks light the sky, or taking in the beauty of Swan River on the West Coast in Perth, enjoy the festivities with a comprehensive range of New Year’s Eve dining packages sure to please the most seasoned partygoer.  More info


Exceptional menus, luxury settings and holiday spirit – Pan Pacific Hotels Group gets ready for a Merry Christmas

This Christmas, Pan Pacific Hotels Group will transform their hotels into whimsical gourmet heavens to bring out the best the festive season has to offer. Gather your friends and family for a truly indulgent Christmas lunch or dinner, or get dressed up with your associates for a sophisticated party in one of the hotels’ luxurious event spaces. Book now and round off the year for an unforgettable celebration with Pan Pacific Hotels Group! More info


PARKROYAL Parramatta unveils new look with exclusive VIP cocktail party

Gourmet canapés and flowing champagne marked the opening of the freshly redeveloped PARKROYAL Parramatta. Minister for Trade, Tourism and Special Events, the Hon. Stuart Ayres and VIPs celebrated the hotel’s recent extension and 30th anniversary with an intimate, invite-only cocktail event on Thursday 15th September at the hotel. More info


Eclipse Travel partners with PromPeru for Agent Engagement Evening

Destination specialist Eclipse Travel is holding an intimate event for travel agents on Wednesday 5th October at 6pm at the iconic Imperial Hotel in Paddington. Guests will enjoy drinks and gourmet canapés at the hotel’s Social Club and one lucky agent will win a famil to Peru. More info