Toga Hotels Head to Mascot

Great to see quality accomodation heading far and wide. The Toga Hotel group will be opening soon in Mascot with the Adina Apartments. This is great news as it looks like I’ll be heading to Sydney a lot again this year for business.


Toga Hotels Announced as Operator of New Apartment Hotel:

Adina Apartment Hotel Mascot


24 May 2012: Toga Hotels is pleased to announce plans to open a new hotel in late 2013 to be known as Adina Apartment Hotel Mascot.

Located less than 1km from Sydney Airport on Bourke Road, Capital Corporation will soon commence construction on the purpose built apartment hotel.  Once complete, Adina Apartment Hotel Mascot will feature:


  • 123 apartments with a mix of:

–        51 studio apartments

–        66 one bedroom apartments

–        Six two bedroom apartments

  • An onsite restaurant and bar
  • Two conference/function rooms
  • Onsite parking
  • Gym


While there are many hotels in Mascot, apartment hotels are limited. Adina Apartment Hotel Mascot will service a growing need from travellers to be accommodated in apartment style accommodation.


Mascot is a thriving business hub and Adina Apartment Hotel Mascot will meet the accommodation demand from local businesses, along with leisure and business transit-travellers. Guests will value the ease of staying just minutes away from Sydney’s international and domestic airports with the added convenience of an Adina airport shuttle service. The Mascot train station is located less than 250 metres away and offers an easy transport solution for guests wanting to explore Sydney’s CBD and tourist attractions.


Setting Adina Apartment Hotel apart from the competitor set will be Adina’s signature apartment space, stylish interiors, functional features and premium lifestyle facilities. The full service apartment hotel has been designed to make time in transit more comfortable. Guests will be able to prepare home cooked meals in their private apartment, wash clothes in-room in a fully equipped laundry or simply relax in contemporary living areas. For business travellers, the apartment offers space for small meetings, along with conference rooms for larger events.


Allan Vidor, Managing Director of Toga Group, said: “Adina Apartment Hotel Mascot represents another great milestone for Toga Hotels. Adina Apartment Hotel Mascot is the fourth new Adina Apartment Hotel to be announced this year following Bondi Beach, Norwest and Royal Randwick Racecourse. Toga Hotels is implementing a compelling growth strategy for our international apartment hotel brand – Adina Apartment Hotels – in Sydney, off the back of continued success in Europe.


“In 2013 we look forward to impressing our guests with the Adina brand and are proud to be once again taking on the operating agreement for Capital Corporation.”


Other new Adina Apartment Hotels coming soon include: Adina Apartment Hotel Norwest (2012), Adina Apartment Hotel Bondi Beach (2013) and Adina Apartment Hotel Royal Randwick Racecourse (2014). These new additions to the portfolio will take the total number of Toga Hotels to 56, across the four brands; Adina Apartment Hotels, Medina Apartment Hotels, Vibe Hotels and Travelodge Hotels.




About Adina Apartment Hotels

Make Yourself At Home


Designed with the contemporary traveller in mind, Adina Apartment Hotels offer stylish interiors, refreshingly large apartment spaces, premium lifestyle facilities and warm hotel service.


Adina Apartment Hotels offer a wide selection of apartments for travellers to choose from including: one, two and three bedroom apartments and studio rooms. Guests are enticed to make themselves at home in Adina’s apartments. Their design blends contemporary interiors with functional features. Elegant furniture and sophisticated colour schemes are married with fully equipped kitchens and laundries, separate living areas and daily hotel service.


The focus on design and convenience continues throughout each Adina apartment hotel with well thought out details to add comfort such as restaurants, pools and gyms. Australian art and unique Australian touches feature in each Adina, a nod to their Australian ownership and management by Toga Hotels.


Adina Apartment Hotels can be found in the following city locations: Sydney (one hotel), Berlin (three hotels), Frankfurt (one hotel), Hamburg (one hotel), Copenhagen (one hotel) and Budapest (one hotel).


Coming soon: Adina Apartment Hotel Norwest, Adina Apartment Hotel Bondi Beach, Adina Apartment Hotel Royal Randwick Racecourse and Adina Apartment Hotel Mascot.


For more information about Adina Apartment Hotels visit:


About Toga Hotels 


Toga Hotels is one of the largest accommodation providers in Australia and currently operates 52 strategically located apartment hotels and hotels in Australia, New Zealand and Europe.


  • Adina Apartment Hotels in eight locations (Australia and Europe)

Soon to be 12 with the opening of Adina Apartment Hotel Norwest, Adina Apartment Hotel Bondi Beach, Adina Apartment Hotel Royal Randwick Racecourse and Adina Apartment Hotel Mascot.

  • Medina Apartment Hotels in 21 locations (Australia)
  • Vibe Hotels in seven locations (Australia)
  • Travelodge Hotels in 16 locations (Australia and New Zealand)


That equates to over 6,700 apartments and hotel rooms which vary in price, location and design in order to meet a range of different accommodation needs.


For more information about Toga Hotels, visit:





Adina Apartment Hotel Mascot Factsheet

Entertainment Books Australia for Fundraising

Hey Everyone




I’m selling the Wonderful Entertainment Books with loads of discounts and vouchers as a way to raise money for my Peru Challenge. I’ll be climbing Machu Pichu for Black Dog Institute to raise money for Depression and Anxiety awareness.
The 2011|2012 Entertainment™ Book will expire on the 1st June 2012, but the good news is that we have the sequel!

Selling for only $65, the new 2012|2013 Melbourne Entertainment™ Book is packed with hundreds of up to 50% off and 2-for-1 offers from the best restaurants, cafes, hotel accommodation, attractions and activities.

Not in Melbourne, That’s ok! There are so many books for all Around Australia and you can simply order online at my link below and have it delivered to you door.

Plus, $13 of your Book purchase goes towards our fund-raising – so please share this, or tell your family and friends, as the more Books we sell, the more funds we’ll raise!
Thanks and please help by spreading the word and sharing with your friends!


A poem written by Duncan Filer. Dedicated to the wonderful day we met in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India and explored the magic and majesty of this royal region.


Thank you for a wonderful day and for this beautiful memory Duncan.



As ever on the wings of a butterfly my heart is carried to you,


Lifted from the highest mountain top in a single beat of life,


Soaring high and free above my ancient fortress walls,


Plucked from the burning sands of the world,


To rise on warming thermals, lifted ever heavenwards,


Endless time held steady in your company,


So wholly blotted by the everythingness of your being



By Duncan Filer





An Officer and a Gentleman and a Hotel

A fabulous production and a fabulous hotel group. Make sure you get to see this production and book your accommodation at one of the great Vibe Hotels today.

Love lifts Vibe into a relationship with An Officer and a Gentleman

Vibe Hotels named ‘Official Accommodation Partner – apartment hotel, & three and four star accommodation’ of stage adaptation of An Officer and a Gentleman

February 2012: Vibe Hotels have been named the ‘Official Accommodation Partner – apartment hotel, & three and four star accommodation’ for the stage adaptation of the 1982 romantic silver screen hit, An Officer and a Gentleman, set to arrive in Sydney soon.


There are three Vibe Hotels in Sydney: Vibe Hotel Sydney, Vibe Hotel Rushcutters and Vibe Hotel North Sydney. Known for being hotels with personality, each Vibe Hotel has been designed to match the lifestyle of Vibe’s guests at excellent value, so there is a location to suit everyone. This is the perfect opportunity for guests to make a night of it with a romantic weekend away or a stay-cation.

To celebrate this partnership, Sydney based Vibe Hotels are offering guests special ‘Stay and See’ packages in conjunction with Showbiz. Packages are also available across selected Sydney Travelodge Hotels, Medina Apartment Hotels and Adina Apartment Hotels.

Rachel Argaman, CEO of Toga Hospitality, said: “Vibe Hotels is delighted to announce a new partnership with the musical version of An Officer and a Gentleman as the ‘Official Accommodation Partner – apartment hotel, & three and four star accommodation’. The demand for tickets for this musical proves that romance never goes out of style. Vibe’s ‘Stay and See’ packages have been designed so that everyone can feel the love for a night, a weekend or even longer.”

Vibe Hotels is also to play host to the cast and crew of the production throughout the show’s season.

Based on the hugely successful Academy Award-winning film, the new production of An Officer and a Gentleman has been adapted for the stage by the original screen writer Douglas Day Stewart and co-writer Sharleen Cooper Cohen, with music and lyrics by Ken Hirsch and Robin Lerner. It will be produced by Sharleen Cooper Cohen and John Frost, and directed by Simon Phillips (Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical). The talented cast that will bring this timeless story to life will be led by Ben Mingay (as Zack Mayo), currently starring as Tommy De Vito in Jersey Boys, and Amanda Harrison (Paula Pokrifki), star of the blockbuster musical WICKED.

Let love lift you up where you belong when Sydney hosts the World Premiere of An Officer And a Gentleman at the Lyric Theatre, Star City on May 24, 2012.

For more information about Vibe Hotels, visit:

For the ‘Stay and See’ package please book online at




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Hotels with Personality


Looking for a fresh alternative to traditional hotels? Vibe Hotels are your ultimate chillout destination. Cue vibe-rant colours, stylish rooms, great locations, relaxed atmospheres and fresh dining and cocktails to kick start the fun. Hotels with personality, each Vibe has been designed to match your lifestyle at great value. Vibe Hotels are part of their local environment, giving you the chance to absorb the essence of your chosen getaway destination. There are seven Vibe Hotels located across Sydney, Melbourne, the Gold Coast and Darwin.

Traveller Profile: Craig Lawton

Introducing Craig Lawton. Talented writer. Global Traveller. Well versed in Australian travel and culture. And funny down to earth guy.

Hear what he has to say about Melbourne, his home city, and Australia, the land he calls home.

  1. Name  Craig Lawton
  1. Occupation  Infrastructure Architect Telstra Pty Ltd.
  1. Country of Residence Australia
  1. Country of Origin Australia
  1. email/contact/ website

  1. Why do you love Travel?

I have a difficult relationship with travel. Dave Graney song is my reference. Mt Gambia. Gave his memoirs.

“You want to go there, but you don’t want up travel.”

When you’re moving it’s not stressful, but it’s the planning and the preparation and thought of it that daunts me.

To go to places that you don’t know anything about can be scary and exciting. Act of travel is stressful. Not knowing where you’ll sleep? Not knowing layout of city?

I like going to places that friends don’t know. Something different.

The Trans Siberian is def one.

  1. Favourite place in your home country and why?

Stretch of coast from Cairns to Cooktown. There is a trail up there. Only bout 1000m or something but it’s laid back and reminds me of being on the frontier. Cooktown is great. Looking out over Endeavour River, can see the country going all the way North from there like it could go forever. It’s like going wild, back to the wilderness. You get the sense up there that you can imagine what it used to be like.

Giant fishes in the water. Very chilled out. I just keep going back.

You gotta go for the drive, it’s one of the great drives!

  1. Best place for tourists to visit in your country?

People come so far and travel so long to get here it’s a shame if they don’t explore. In Victoria visitors must go to Wilsons prom, it’s totally under appreciated.

South West of WA is also a little undiscovered but beautiful. Pemberton and Margaret River.

  1. What other country would you live in if you had to leave your country?

Have lived in England for a couple of years. And I would choose that. Great location. History. Friends there. Easy to travel to virtually anywhere from there including Asia, Europe and the Americas. First-world country so easier with kids and a family.

  1. Best travelling experience anecdote in your own country?

Time at Wilson’s prom, on windy saddle a few hours into this walk, all the travellers sitting, elderly couple sitting on other side of the Grassy clearing, head of brown snake came out from behind a man, and then behind the woman. Sat there watching and just went in slow motion. The snake went right around them and then went back into the bush and they were none the wiser.

Another story,

In eastern Kimberley on my honeymoon at Emma Gorge. Semi luxury tents, El Cuestro , hotel cabin, tent roof, en-suite. Wife wanted to go for walk , something wrong with toilet, went to use shared ones. I stood around looking dazed in the sun. Heard a scream but was off in the distance….. my wife, who had screamed, then laughed, waited for aftermath, then she started laughing.

Wife picked a toilet. And frog jumped up and out into the air then felll back in and slid down the toilet bowl.

  1. Favourite activity when around your city?

In city everyday for work but I love walking through the city through the lane ways. Trekking through city and never going on main roads. State library is a must see and jus to enjoy the reading rooms.

Explorer!!  City safari man!

  1. Do you feel you know your country well, or is more exploring of your homeland needed?

I know the country and it’s people. I think on one level we’re quite shallow so not so hard to understand. Local peculiarities you forget when you’re away.

In terms of the whole country, you could travel your whole life and still not see the whole thing. Open spaces. Nothingness. Because we don’t know what’s there?

Something terrifying and haunting about the Australian interior. Memories of Lindy chamberlain, Falconio.

Aboriginals history.

Dark side of it.

Sense of the country that would be hard to understand now, the aboriginal side,

Maybe do a tour like that and learn more about the indigenous heritage.

  1. Any warnings for travellers visiting in your country?

Don’t go to the interior. Who knows what’s there?

Shit stirring stories just for fun i.e. Drop bears, spiders, then brown snakes

Seriously – around the coast, beware of the water. If we put up warnings, we mean it!!

Snake stories. Ran straight over a red belly black snake once. Just another day in Oz.

  1. Must see movie featuring your country and Why?

The hunter

William de foe

Tassie wilderness, myth of Tassie tiger

Lantana – captures Sydney suburban without the trite.

Mature and honest look into suburban Sydney and Australian life.

  1. The best book to read before visiting your country?

Dirt music. By tim Whitton.

For Melbourne – photo book.

  1. The must eat dish or delicacy of your country?

I wouldn’t say anything. All exciting stuff is blend of Asian and European.

Come to Melbourne. Go to Vic market and get fresh produce.

  1. The top three sayings to make travellers stay in your country easier? E.g. How much? Too expensive or Hello.

– How ya goin mate?

– No worries

– Get ya hand off it.

– Ya dickhead

I reckon I’m less passionate about Australia then I am about Melbourne.

Love being Sarcastic

  1. Best time of year to visit?

Melbourne. Autumn. Or spring. The changing seasons.

Tropics – June / June

  1. The 4 words that best describe your country:

Young, clean, open, conservative

Make sure to check out Craigs blog:

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This incredible event from the League of Extraodinary Women will highlight the Miss Representation of women in Media. We need to change how we view ourselves in order to change how the media and the world view us. I’m so interested to see this film.


We are so excited to announce the upcoming screening of the award winning documentary Miss Representation.

Miss Representation explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence.

The screening will be followed by a dynamic panel discussion, drinks and nibbles.

As always, our fabulous gift bags will be available for all who attend.

We are pleased to announce the launch of our charity partnership with Aim for The Stars, and will be donating $5 of every ticket purchased.

The event will be hosted by the delightful Bree Laughlin, the Face of Caulfield, and we have put together an exciting panel to discuss Miss Representation following the screening. Our panelists:

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The Canning Cup 2012

Thrilled to share with you a great event for a wonderful cause up at Mt Hotham this year. The Canning Cup is an annual Football game held at Omeo to raise money for the research of Motor Neurone disease and the Omeo Hospital.

Check out details on Facebook or below.

For all those who love the snow, this is a weekend not to be missed.

Friday, 27 July 2012


  • The Canning Cup will have its much anticipated return on Friday the 27th of July! This year will be bigger and better than last years event with an evening of comedy on & off the field, fundraising, past footy greats, live music, (not so) light refreshments and a bunch of “has beens” chasing a ball around a freezing omeo football ground.
    This event is for a cause that means so much to the people of Omeo, Hotham and Dinner Plain. We are raising as much as we can collectively give for the research of Motor Neurone disease and the Omeo Hospital.

    Although the girls did a great job running lots of drinks and supporting the team last year, WE WANT YOU! If you are interested in playing in the 1st netball match between the Omeo Netball Team and the Mountin’ Women, contact Lauren Anstey {Netball player manager}.

    Boys, I know it was hard going down by a few points last year, but with a game and a few extra kgs under the belt, we’ll win back the cup! I have a feeling that we could probably have 2nds this year but because we should all be in the 2nds, not everyone will get a start. An extensive bench is a must for a match of this significance. If you’re interested in playing contact Josh Thomas {DPs Ricky Nixon- Football player manager}

    A player registration fee of $50 {which is entirely donated to the cause} will get you a seat on the bus, your jumper or bib for the evening, a spot on the team, a dvd of last years match and the cherished medal for your trophy cabinet. DVDs are will also be available for purchase at the match.
    Anyone that feels like getting involved with sponsorship, donations or promotion of this event will be greatly appreciated.

    Remember this is an evening of fun, games, comedy, community spirit and it doesn’t matter who wins… As long as we win!