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Our Sommelier’s Picks Down Under
 

With more than 60 recognized regions, Australia is in a thriving Southern Hemisphere location for winemaking. Whether you’re planning a cruise Down Under or looking for a fresh bottle for dinner tonight, Australia has so much to offer wine lovers. Without a doubt, shiraz is one of Australia’s best-known and most loved varietals. Two of our Sommelier’s favorite picks are below – and you can enjoy them on board by the bottle.

Two Hands Lily’s Garden Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia
Two Hands has earned a place in the Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines for ten years in a row, the only winery in the world to ever achieve this feat. Two Hands Lily’s Garden Shiraz comes from the estate’s Garden Series, which is their premium range of shiraz from the finest shiraz growing regions in Australia. In fact, Lily’s Garden Shiraz is the pick of the bunch, sourced from Two Hands McLaren Vale vineyards.

Tasting Notes: This generous wine is characterized by cascading blue fruits and a rich long palate. It’s a deep, intense red with a purple hue and notes of blueberry, plum and mulberry. Hints of French lavender, white pepper and warm granite add complexity.

Peter Lehmann Barossa Portrait Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia
Barossa Valley is one of Australia’s oldest regions for fine wine and is a fairly warm region renowned for its robust Shiraz. Peter Lehmann shiraz is true to the varietal style, embodying a balanced and full-bodied character.

Tasting Notes: This full-bodied Barossa shiraz reveals a deep color and bouquet of dark forest fruits with a hint of chocolate and vanilla. Soft, velvety tannins with a lingering mocha finish make it a perfect companion to roast meats and strong cheeses.

Cheers!

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Top 3 Australia UNESCO World Heritage Sites

From bright red deserts and rugged canyons to iconic cityscapes and a thriving dining scene, the land Down Under offers so much to experience, not to mention a bevy of natural and cultural UNESCO World Heritage sites. Whether you’re in need of some travel inspiration or are already planning your dream Australia voyage, get our Destination Specialists’ take on the top UNESCO sites to explore in this vast and wild continent.

Sydney Opera House
This architectural wonder has been known as one of the best performing arts center in the world and, even though it’s been open since 1973, it was only declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2007.

The distinctive structure was designed by Jørn Utzon, a virtually unknown Danish architect at the time, after he won the Opera House International Design competition in 1956. More than 200 designs were submitted and he took away ₤5000 for his marvelous and unusual design.

Learn about the history, design and current role of the Sydney Opera House on our Sydney Sights, Opera House & Bondi shore excursion.

Great Barrier Reef
Did you know that the Great Barrier Reef is so immense, it can be seen from outer space? To give you a better idea, the entire system, which is the largest coral reef system in the world, would cover about half of Texas, and is more extensive than the Great Wall of China.

These colorful and lively coral reefs include an enormous variety of sea life, from fish – approximately 10% of the world’s total fish species live here – to sharks and all types of marine life in between.

Known as one of the seven wonders of the natural world, don’t miss this UNESCO World Heritage site on our Great Barrier Reef Adventure or Great Barrier Reef & Rainforest Overflight excursion, available from Cairns.

Kakadu National Park
This astounding cultural and natural landscape has been home to the Aboriginal Australians for approximately 65,000 years, according to archaeological findings which have discovered human relics confirming this. These findings confirm, to date, that the Aboriginals are the oldest living culture in the world. In fact, the Aboriginals who still live today manage the park in partnership with the Australian government, which means they have a say in the way the park – their land – is cared for.

This beautiful park is also home to about 280 different bird species, 10,000 crocodiles, and 2,000 different types of plants.

From adventurous walks and majestic waterfalls to learning about Kakadu’s rock art, discover all that Kakadu National Park has to offer by reserving our Executive Collection Full-Day Car or Van for when you visit Darwin.

See you Down Under in 2018!

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Inside Aussie Cuisine With Our Chefs

Kakadu plums, native pepperberries, bush tomatoes, emu and crocodile are just a few items that might be stocking the galley when we sail the land Down Under, Senior Culinary Director Eric Barale shared. What exactly defines Australian cuisine?

While the cuisine found among the islands of the South Pacific focuses on fresh seafood complemented by local fruits and vegetables, Australian cuisine is much more difficult to pinpoint. With a confluence of indigenous dishes, known as bush tucker, plus vast European and Asian influences, the cuisine takes on as many personalities as the continent itself.

Melting Pot of Global Flavors
From quondong and Anzac biscuits to meat pies and dim sum, Australian cuisine is a true melting pot of indigenous ingredients, homegrown creations and far-flung influences spanning centuries. During Australia’s gold rushes in the 1850s, an influx of European and American immigrants spurred the development of a coffee culture and British imports like meat pies and Cornish pasties. Chinese food was also introduced during this period, proliferating in the 1860s and 1870s, especially in the port cities – and now dim sum is nearly considered a national dish. Another wave of immigrants in the late 1940s after World War II introduced a much broader array of influences, ingredients and flavors from all over Europe, and in particular Italy and Greece. Meanwhile, a continual influx of immigrants from East and Southeast Asia has firmly solidified Australia’s reputation for excellent, authentic Asian cuisine.

Seafood, of course, has also long been popular in Aussie kitchens, especially native fish like barramundi and Tasmanian salmon. According to Barale, Moreton Bay bugs, a type of flat lobster-like crustacean, are a very typical Australian dish cooked on the barbecue.

“Perhaps not as well-known as shrimp on the barbecue or Pavlova, Moreton Bay bugs are delicious drizzled with a little olive oil or butter and cooked on the barbecue in their shell,” Barale said.

A Bite of Bush Tucker
Aboriginal Australians represent one of the oldest living cultures on Earth, and their influence on culinary traditions is still present today. In fact, Fleet Corporate Executive Chef Franck Garanger notes that Aboriginal influences are on the rise in the contemporary Aussie restaurant scene and that native Australian dishes, or bush tucker, are featured on board when sailing this region.

“As in other parts of the world there is a return to the indigenous culinary traditions for inspiration. We bring this to life on board with native dishes and traditional, local ingredients like akudjura which is a seasoning made from ground bush tomatoes and lemon myrtle which we use in sauces and dressing,” Garanger said.

Depending on the chef ’s inspiration, you might try Wildfire-Spiced Tasmanian Trout
on Paperbark-Smoked Kipfler Mash topped with Pineapple and Riberry Salsa or
perhaps something a bit more simple like Oysters Outback and a Sydney Salad with
emu prosciutto.

Regardless of what you choose, you’ll enjoy a delicious taste of Australia on board
our ships and ashore in sought-after destinations across this fascinating continent. Cheers, mate!

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Sommelier’s Recommended Australia & New Zealand Wines

What better way to acquaint yourself with the volcanic landscape and lush forests of New Zealand and the multicultural verve and wild outback of Australia than with some wine? Whether you are dreaming of exploring the vineyards of Auckland and sipping wine harbor-side in Sydney — or are simply in the mood for some wine from Down Under, we have some delicious choices for you. Read on for our sommelier’s top three selections!

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Guest Post: Relics of Gondwana in Australia

By Guest Lecturer Dr. Ken Beattie, PhD

Australia, the amazing southern continent, has much more to offer than kangaroos, koalas and Uluru.  Australia’s land surface was part of a much larger land mass for most of its history – first as Pangaea, when all continents were amalgamated into one supercontinent, and then it was followed by the great southern continent, Gondwana.  The island continent didn’t occur until its separation about 45 million years ago. This massive movement over an extreme timeline birthed Terra Australis with its ever-changing populations of animals, plants and peoples. The Australian relic rainforests offer a unique glimpse at what this region of earth was like millions of years ago, before humankind was here.