Mount Buffalo cliff camping adventure will take you over the edge

Go over the edge at Bright.
Go over the edge at Bright.

This is taking the great outdoors to new heights: adventure enthusiasts can stay overnight on the side of a 300-metre cliff face in Mount Buffalo National Park, a four-hour drive from Melbourne.

On a cliff-camping adventure with Unleashed Unlimited you will abseil down to a portaledge, dine on a three-course meal, sleep on the ledge and wake up to a spectacular sunrise. It's Australia's first and the world's highest cliff-camping experience. One night's cliff camping starts at $799 per person.

If spending the night on the side of a cliff sounds more like a night of no sleep to you, Bright Adventure Company offers cliff picnics. Choose from breakfast, lunch or dinner, and a ledge for two or four people. A cliff picnic for two costs $449.

From London with love

If you're missing trips to see the artworks of Europe, then you're in for a real treat in Canberra. The National Gallery of Australia's headline exhibition, Botticelli to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from the National Gallery, London, opens on March 5. With 60 paintings spanning 450 years, the exhibition includes works by Titian, Rembrandt, Goya, Turner and Cezanne.

Join like-minded art lovers on Renaissance Tours' private three-day guided tour of Canberra which takes in the exhibition. The tour begins on Saturday, March 13, and will be led by former NGA art adviser Alan Dodge. It includes dinner and wine tastings at Pialligo Estate.

A new face for the Hilton

The luxurious Hilton Sydney has left New South Wales's hotel quarantine program and is ready to reveal new features of its $25-million renovation. The hotel on George Street, in the heart of the CBD, has redesigned and refurbished all 587 guestrooms since 2019.

One of the major changes is the addition of two new room types - Corner and Family. Corner rooms have extra space and extended views of the Sydney skyline, while the family option is for two city-view connecting rooms. Furnishings have also been updated, from new carpets and curtains to smart TVs and more. Rooms start from $209 per night.

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Champagne showers

World-renowned luxury French champagne brand GH Mumm will officially set sail on Sydney Harbour with Captain Cook Cruises.

Starting from mid-February, Captain Cook Cruises will serve Mumm in an ultimate French champagne extravaganza.

Each guest will be exclusively seated in a Mumm lounge suite and receive 1.5 hours of Mumm Grand Cordon Champagne, which is traditionally a cellar-door-only cuvée champagne that is typically only served in Sydney's top restaurants and bars. Champagne will be paired with a seafood platter to share including fresh prawns, oysters, smoked salmon blinis and calamari, served in high-tea style.

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Hamilton comes to Sydney

The Grammy and Tony-award winning Hamilton: An American Musical is heading to Sydney's Lyric Theatre from March 2021.

The story of founding father Alexander Hamilton is told through hip-hop, jazz and R&B in a revolutionary moment in theatre.

Based on journalist and historian Ron Chernow's popular 2004 biography, the musical was awarded an unprecedented Kennedy Centre Honors for Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. Tickets are on sale from $250.


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