Contemporary Indigenous Sculpture

Menagerie: Contemporary Indigenous SculptureMenagerie: Contemporary Indigenous Sculpture is a ground-breaking exhibition that exposes the richness and breadth of contemporary Indigenous sculpture in Australia. It is on show at the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery until February 1, 2015.

Touring from the Australian Museum, Menagerie includes both well-known and emerging artists, who have each produced outstanding sculptural works depicting a variety of animals. Through these works the artists share with us their cultural knowledge, expressions of identity and connections to country.

Menagerie highlights the sophistication and complexity of the art and culture of Australia’s Indigenous people.

If you are visiting Bathurst, Rydges Mount Panorama can look after all your accommodation needs.

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Christmas at The Cube

This year’s Christmas at The Cube is very special. Join us for the festivities on Saturday, December 13 – doors open at 6:45pm and the show starts at 7:00pm with tickets starting at $69.

Christmas at The CubeThis year our master of ceremonies is Joel Ozborn, our special guest is comedian, Jimeoin and the nine-piece party band ‘Wonderbrass’ will round out a fantastic night of dancing, fun and frivolity.

Enjoy a superb two course meal and a good belly laugh before hitting the dance floor with one of Sydney’s hottest dance bands. This night will be ideal for your regular Christmas get-together!

The two-course dinner menu is:

  • Pork belly and shoulder pot with polenta cake, baby beetroot and Dutch cream mashed potato
  • Turkey fillet with apricot and almonds, mustard glaze with roasted parsnip, carrot, zucchini and potato
  • Trifle shooter, chocolate Christmas pudding and Bacardi steeped cassata

And, of course, if you are travelling for Christmas at The Cube, you could make a weekend of it with an overnight stay at Rydges Campbelltown.


Please note: The show is not designed for children but littlies 6years and over are welcome as long as they don’t detract from the show and are in the company of a parent/guardian. Children under five years are not permitted.

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Carols in the Domain 2014

Carols in the Domain 2014 is a special event on the Sydney calendar and it happens on Saturday, December 20. If you are flying in to Sydney, or about to head off on holiday, you can combine a fine night of carolling with accommodation at Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel from $199 per night for non-members and $179 for members.

This package includes overnight accommodation for two with a full buffet breakfast in our Blackwattle Grill restaurant, free Wi-Fi, late checkout plus tickets on public transport to/from the carols. Things start happening from midday in the domain with pre-show entertainment on stage from 3:00pm. The actual carols happen from 8:30pm and the event ends at 11:00pm.

Better mention the main sponsor… Woolworths Carols in the Domain is Australia’s largest free Christmas concert and 2014 is the 32nd year for the iconic festive celebration. As with other years, this one will be a star-studded event and guests will include Dami Im, Taylor Henderson, Samantha Jade, Mark Vincent, Adam Garcia, The McClymonts, Lee Kernaghan, Judith Durham, Georgie Parker, Jay Laga’aia, The Wiggles and the cast of Wicked the Musical. Oh! And the jolly chap with the white beard and the red suit has this date in his diary!

Of course, if you can’t make it to the Domain for the spectacle and atmosphere of the live show, the event will be broadcast live on the Seven Network and simulcast on smoothfm.

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A Very Cronulla Christmas

If you are looking for a very Cronulla Christmas, whether it be a party, end of year celebration or family Christmas lunch Rydges Cronulla has all the bases covered. And how more Aussie does it get than Christmas by the beach?!

If it is an end of year party we can arrange a small intimate celebration, a sit-down menu for up to 110 people or up to 180 people for a cocktail party. And we are very flexible when it comes to the food – can be a three-course menu, a seafood buffet, traditional buffet or just finger-food canapés. We also offer a choice of venues – Mundo restaurant, the ballroom or a pool party – plus we can help arrange themes or entertainment.

To book a Christmas function/event, email

And you and your family can have a stress-free amazing Christmas lunch experience. Our famous seafood buffet includes the freshest seafood (prawns, oysters, mussels, bugs, scallops and more), fresh salads, a selection of Australian and international hot food dishes (fish, meat, pasta, vegetables etc), an antipasto buffet (smoked salmon, cured meats etc) plus the Christmas carveries including turkey and pork. There’s also fresh bread, cheese, fruit and a full dessert buffet plus complimentary tea and coffee. Santa’s arrival will be a special surprise for the littlies and children to age 12 will receive a gift.

The cost is $145 for adults, children 5 to 12 $70 and under 5 free of charge (gift included).

To book, call Natalie on (02) 9527 3100.

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Chef Penna’s Organic Ethos

Chef Penna’s organic ethos is a big part of his recipe for success.  Bacchus Head Chef Mark Penna’s team have long prided themselves on sourcing the very finest produce available to produce their award winning menu dishes.

Bacchus Yagaburne BeefIn keeping with this philosophy Chef Penna has secured an exclusive agreement with Yagaburne Beef to supply Bacchus with a premium selection of organic meat cuts that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.

Chef Penna said more than ever before Brisbane foodies were seeking organic and hormone free dining options. “The beef we source from Yagaburne is free range, chemical , antibiotic and HGP free,” he said. “Not only is it of the very highest quality, it tastes wonderfully flavoursome and is beautifully tender as well.”

Keen to try it for yourself? Just ask for the Chef’s Selection cut on the grill menu when you next dine at Bacchus.

Chef Penna’s Organic EthosLocally produced organic vegetables also feature heavily on the Bacchus menu.“We source our vegetables from an award winning local producer in the Lockyer Valley, a region that boasts the tenth most fertile soil in the world,” Chef Penna said. “Everything they produce is 100% chemical free and watered with pure mountain spring water from Blackfellow Creek. Using the very finest produce is absolutely vital in producing the standard of meals we deliver in the Bacchus restaurant.”

To learn more about these wonderful suppliers click on the links below:

Yagaburne Beef

Bauer’s Organic Farm

And, of course, Bacchus Bar Restaurant Pool.

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Race Day at Rosehill Gardens

Just a reminder that it is Race Day at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday, November 29. And after a day at the races, you can let the party continue across the road at Rydges Parramatta in your choice of two great bars.

There wiRace Day at Rosehill Gardensll be live entertainment in the Winning Post Bar and, upstairs, you can dance the night away with DJ Peter Nick.

If you get peckish, we also have two terrific choices – Stock Café (modern café style menu of the Fire & Ice buffet) or a more intimate dining experience in our award-winning Steeds Club Grill & Bar.

Or really make it a great weekend and stay overnight!

Just for the record, here are your humble blogger’s picks…

Race 1: Right Away

Race 2: I Am Impressed

Race 3: Mamwaazel

Race 4: Miss Alibi (each way)

Race 5: Either Beyond Thankful or Metaphorical (a bit on each?)

Race 6: Generalife

Race 7: Shamalia (each way) – Our Boy Malachi is a bit too short-priced

Race 8: Dream Choice

Also happening nearby this weekend there’s Stereosonic at Sydney Showground, Western Sydney Wanderers taking on Sydney FC at Pirtek Stadium and Historic Sports & Racing Car Association at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Rydges Parramatta can look after all your accommodation needs.

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Alex Williamson: Dumb Things I’ve Done

You can catch Alex Williamson: Dumb Things I’ve Done at The Playhouse, Darwin Entertainment Centre on Saturday, December 13 at 8:00pm. The show is strictly 18+ with the rating for offensive language and sexual references. If you can handle two of the ‘big’ swear words, you should be fine. The Age reviewed Alex’s show as “disturbing and distressing”… and if you have any doubts, perhaps Google away and find some “Shooter Williamson” clips. Yep, he is 18+… but funny!

Alex as always, it’s irreverent and caustic and his show features music, standup and his own unique “slide show”. Alex is the first Aussie to successfully straddle “YouTube Star” and main stream comedy sensation. With his subscriber base across social media platforms now at around one million he has a following that has resulted in sell out shows at Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney Comedy Festivals along with performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He is having a great year…

Alex began performing stand up in 2007, going on to feature prominently in the high profile RAW Comedy national talent search run by Melbourne International Comedy Festival. This live comedy background blended with his talents as a film-maker, provided an unrivalled platform for him to launch himself onto the internet via YouTube along with all the other major social media platforms; where he has also showcased instrumental abilities (piano and guitar), acting skills and singing talent.

This multi-media comedy experience is unique, pushes boundaries and has left audiences gasping for breath between gales of laughter (and sometimes just gasping for breath).

If you are visiting Darwin, Rydges Airport Hotel and Rydges Airport Resort can look after all your accommodation needs.

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William McInnes Book Launch

Just a reminder about the William McInnes book launch that will happen on Monday evening, December 1, at Rydges Perth (cnr Hay & King Streets) at 5:30pm.

Boffins Bookshop in conjunction with Rydges Perth are pleased to host actor and author William McInnes to launch his latest title Holidays, a book that is sure to reignite nostalgia of the joy of family holidays.

The Australian-born actor and author is best known for his work on The Time of Our Lives, Seachange, Blue Heelers and for his riveting performance in the title role of the telemovie, Curtin. While best known for Curtin and the characters Matt Tivolli, Senior Constable Nick Schultz and Max Connors, he has won Logie awards for Most Outstanding Actor for My Brother Jack and East West 101 as well as Best Actor in a Leading Role at the 50th Australian Film Awards for Unfinished Sky.

This is Williams only event in Perth and it is bound to be popular. Tickets are $20 or $47 (this one includes a copy of the book). Other titles by the author include The Birdwatcher and Worse Things Happen at Sea, written with his late wife Sarah Watt.

Ticket price for An Evening with William McInnes includes a drink on arrival, as well as assorted canapés. Book signing will also be taking place on the night, which is the perfect opportunity to have your book signed and dedicated by the author himself.

And, of course, for all your accommodation needs, Rydges Perth will give you the warmest of welcomes.

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Joe Blake the Snake

Joe Blake the Snake has Magic Bite with Fans…

As a proud sponsor of the CQUniversity Cairns Taipans, our team at Rydges Hotels and Resorts in Cairns is keen to bring you news on how our city’s local NBL basketball team is faring while introducing some of the key players and team members. This month we are delighted to feature the only two-time, NBL, All Star mascot in the National Basketball League, Joe Blake!

Joe Blake – he’s a snake by the way – is a much loved, fan favourite at the Cairns Convention Centre who has many claims to fame – most importantly, his prowess at entertaining kids and adults from the sidelines since the club’s early days.

Joe, tell us a little bit about yourself….

I’m just a normal Snake who enjoys long walks on the baseline and the soulful sounds of 5000 screaming Orange Army fans!

Is there a Mrs Blake or indeed, JBjnrs??

I prefer to keep some mystery about myself; I’d hate to disappoint all the lady snakes out there.

Joe Blake the SnakeWhat about life as a mascot… it something you always aspired to?

Not exactly. I’d always wanted to play for the Taipans, but it’s hard to make it as a pro basketballer when everyone’s worried about your lethal bite. So I stayed on the sidelines and focussed on my lethal sense of humour instead.

How do you keep yourself fit and looking good?

(Blushes)Why thank you! It’s all about diet really. I’m partial to Crocodile sandwiches with a side of Hawk and Violet Crumble for dessert. I’ll also eat Wildcat for a snack on the run…

What do you love the most?  The pre game entertainment or random acts of humour to rouse the crowd during breaks in play?

I love playing off the crowd during the game and targeting opposition players and coaches that ask for it on any given night. In the past few seasons Shane Heal has been easy prey, as well as those grubby NZ Breakers. But I still love getting around the arena and throwing out those Snakes lollies!

Are you just a funny snake or do you have to prepare and rehearse your antics well in advance of game night?

I like to think I’m funny, but I do have to rehearse. Particularly when dressed up as a lady-Snake – high-heels are difficult to walk in!

What would be your greatest claim to fame?

I once made it onto ESPN’s Sportscentre for crash-tackling an unruly fan who pushed me off my scooter mid-act.

What about if your team is on a losing streak, how do you keep your fans motivated and inspired?

Usually by reminding them that at least we don’t live in Townsville. Enough said!

When you are not performing, where can we find you and what will you be doing?

Again, I’m a mysterious Snake, but I’ve had some good fun this season spending time with my sponsor, Cairns Hardware. Although I’m not allowed near the power tools any more…

Rydges is an event partner for your team – how important is a good night’s sleep after the game?  What do you personally like in a hotel room??

It’s very important, and I’m thankful to have Rydges to look after me after games. The rooms are very comfortable, although I discovered that the opposition teams also stay here; I hope you guys don’t make them too comfortable!

What do I like in a hotel room? I’m a big fan of more eccentric décor, like hawk plumage or crocodile leather furniture. Other than that, a nice big bed to slither into after a game, and hearty breakfast the next morning.

Which reminds me, did you guys get my feedback card about adding Wildcat to the breakfast menu?


Readers, please note – we will take all of Joe’s feedback on board and report back. And, of course, Rydges has all your Cairns accommodation needs covered at Rydges Tradewinds, Rydges Esplanade Resort and Rydges Plaza Hotel.

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Husky in Darwin

If you would like to catch Melbourne indie-folk band Husky in Darwin the band is appearing at the Entertainment Centre (Studio) on Saturday, December 13 at 7:30pm.

Husky really kicked off by winning the Triple J Unearthed contest to play the Push Over Festival. They have opened for bands such as Devendra Banhart, Gotye and Neil Young & Crazy Horse. In 2011, they became the first Australian band to be signed to Sub Pop records and in March 2013 won the bi-annual APRA Award.

The band enjoys being busy. Following the first album, Forever So, the reviews and sales saw a tour of Australia, the United States and Europe for two years straight and the last 18 months they have been meticulously crafting the second album, Rucker’s Hill.

To mark the album’s release Husky is on the road again with a tour that encompasses 16 headline dates and two festival appearances.

Rucker’s Hill was written by Husky Gawenda in a makeshift studio at the back of his house and the result is 13 new songs including the lead single, I’m Not Coming Back (below). On the album slow, delicate tracks nestle nest to driving folk songs with evocative lyrics, harmonies and fine musicianship always present.

If you are visiting Darwin, Rydges Airport Hotel and Rydges Airport Resort can look after all your accommodation needs.

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