August 24th, 2012

Postcards From Paradise.

Another trip for the Bucket List.

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week wraps up food, fashion and serious sail boats in one big luxury bow. From Kylie Kwong wontons to Collette Dinnigan gowns it was a sensory feast. The weather was balmy, the sea was warm and the hardest decision I had to make was whether to go on a yacht or a paddle board.

Here’s just some of my highlights.

The Sea.

I am so over the cold weather. Ugg boots, track pants – enough.

I embraced the spike in temperature and jumped in the ocean. I stayed at Qualia which is full of epic aquatic locations including an incredible inifinty pool that meets the ocean’s horizon. I turned into an action doll – swam, snorkelled and paddle boarded everyday. I was lucky enough to be joined by a whale, which was a little bit scary at first but then such a special, uplifting experience.

Kylie Kwong.

I was already a mad fan of The Chef but nothing could have prepared me for Kylie Kwong - The Woman – she’s extraordinary.

I was fortunate to spend some time with her and what a true force she is – warm, generous and kind.

I also got to eat her food and when I say eat I mean EAT. She cooked an Asian banquet that included fresh mud crab in chilli and black bean, her famous prawn wontons and a duck in orange that I may never get over.

She has a new cook book which I’m about to put into high rotation - Simple Chinese Cooking Class - CLICK TO BUY

The Boat.

I don’t want to get all Beyonce on you but Super Yachts really are All That. I went whale watching on Audi’s Masteka 2 which is a $22 million dollar boat with four floors and a pool. At just over 122 square feet it was the largest on the island, the biggest vessel on charter in the Southern Hemisphere and honestly bigger than most people’s houses.

My Trip In Instagram.


I flew to Hamilton Island courtesy of Audi

  • Zo

    Amazing… Oh so jealous!

  • Anna

    Gorgeous photos and what an experience! Glad you were able to say goodbye to winter and indulge yourself!
    I was at Qualia at the start of the year and wish I could go back to Hamilton Island again! “No pictures can do it justice” is what I said to everyone I knew – it’s truly a part of Australia everyone must see.

  • Barbara Fisher

    Amazing! And how gorgeous is Qualia? Wish I was there right now (instead of windy, sleet and negative temps in the nation’s capital).


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