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States and Territories of Australia

Wine Ratings: Penley Estate, South Australia

Wine Ratings: Penley Estate, South Australia

South Australian shiraz is one of the country's iconic wines, but the area is capable of producing great wines from other grapes, as well.

Thursday, 18 October, 2012, 6:10pm

Rock up for some in tents luxury

As you fly in to Ayers Rock Resort, it's startling to see that Australia's so-called red centre is remarkably green. Two years of record rainfall has made the desert explode into life - a vivid landscape of spinifex grasses, mulga trees, bloodwoods and desert oaks carpeting the blood-red desert floor. Uluru and Kata Tjuta have never looked better.

13 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Versace hotel on market for HK$612m

Palazzo Versace on Australia's Gold Coast, one of the world's first fashion-branded hotels, is on the market for A$80 million (HK$612.10 million) - with wealthy Asian buyers the target.

23 May 2012 - 12:00am

A stretch of the imagination

I used to be obsessive about doing long train journeys from start to finish. I'd travel from London to Inverness, Scotland; Buenos Aires to San Salvador de Jujuy, Argentina; and Moscow to Beijing, testing myself on the longest trips available in the country or continent I was visiting. It's probably a male thing, but that doesn't make it any easier to overcome.

24 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Murchison still courting China to fund ore project

Despite signing a tentative A$325 million (HK$2.47 billion) deal with Japan's Mitsubishi Corp, Murchison Metals is still courting Chinese companies to invest in a A$10 billion mining and infrastructure project in Western Australia, which might supplant the deal with Mitsubishi.

25 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Sip advisor

Australia's wine roadmap is vast, with regions dotted across the southern half of a continent taking in a wondrous range of scenery, grape varieties and climatic conditions. The more than 50 vineyard regions cover seven of the country's eight states and territories, and run from sun-kissed Western Australia to rugged Queensland.

7 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Island hopping

It was a long way to go for fish and chips. I'd put off going to Australia for decades because, as a Brit, I'd imagined it as a big, dry, old-fashioned version of England - full of (very long-term) expats, cricket pitches and dodgy food. Yet here I was in Hobart, Tasmania, tucking into battered white fish and big golden chips.

30 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Regions to be cheerful: top spots Down Under

Australia now ranks as the sixth-largest wine producer in the world. It has also led the way in wine packaging, making life simpler for consumers. Australian wine labels include the grape variety, meaning a consumer can pick a wine labelled as chardonnay. A chardonnay from Burgundy will list only the region with no mention of the variety.

22 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Hunt for utopia stops in Tasmania

For centuries, people have been looking for a utopia ever since this term was borrowed from Greek by Sir Thomas More for his book, Utopia, in 1516. Utopia, an idealistic place of social and political perfection where everyone lives in harmony and happiness. How sweet it would be if such an place existed!

6 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Six degrees

Dominique Strauss-Kahn (below), who quit as chief of the International Monetary Fund in May after being accused of sexually assaulting a maid in New York's Sofitel hotel, was all smiles after being released from house arrest this month. He headed straight to an art show to celebrate his new-found freedom.

17 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Rabbit-Proof Fence

Starring: Everlyn Sampi and Tianna Sansbury Director: Phillip Noyce Year of original release: 2002 Genre: True-life adventure


26 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

County sings praise of Sydney

The popularity of knock-off Louis Vuitton handbags and mobile phones modelled on Apple's iPhones is just one indication of the insatiable taste for cheap lookalikes among image-conscious mainlanders.

But one county government in Jiangsu has taken that obsession to a new level with its take on an iconic Australian landmark, the Sydney Opera House.

10 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

G-Resources gold project back on track after deluge

Gold miner G-Resources rose 5.6 per cent yesterday after announcing that it had largely overcome problems caused by torrential rain at its Indonesian gold and silver mining project, but at a cost of US$80 million.

27 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Wild side of Australia

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27 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Perfect match

Duck's blood 'jelly' with Chinese chives is a Chiu Chow speciality but it can also be found at Cantonese restaurants. The dish is believed to cleanse the consumers' blood. Duck's blood has a silkier texture than that of chicken, which can be gritty. The squeamish may shudder at the thought of this dish but it doesn't taste any 'bloodier' than a good piece of steak.

28 Feb 2010 - 12:00am