Five highlights in your travel weekMarch 31

From Versailles: Treasures from the Palace … a tapestry in wool, silk and gold thread, showing an audience with Cardinal Chigi from the series Life of the King.You’ve still got a couple of weeks to get to Canberra’s National Gallery of to see Versailles: Treasures from the Palace, their current block-buster exhibition.
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And please heed my advice. This is one not to be missed. It’s obviously neither as big nor as spectacular as the real thing on the outskirts of Paris but it’s certainly impressive and worth travelling to see.

Accor’s Canberra hotels are offering special deals until the exhibition closes on April 17, with rates starting from $109 per night at Canberra Ibis Styles and going up to $167 at Novotel Canberra.

The rates include a night’s accommodation, a glass of French bubbly, buffet breakfast for two, two tickets to the exhibition, a souvenir tote bag, complimentary audio package and a day’s membership to the gallery.

Visit www.accorhotels苏州夜总会招聘! Western ’s Fairbridge Festival … music and camaraderie aplenty. Image: Ted Dana The 25th annual Fairbridge Festival of inspired music will run from April 21-24 in the small Western n village five kilometres north of the Town of Pinjarra and an hour south of Perth.It will again feature the music and camaraderie that regular patrons know and love — all packaged up together in a weekend escape that organisers say will feed your soul.

Included in the family-friendly event will be more than 100 local, national and international world, folk and roots acts performing across multiple stages.

The festival also incorporates youth and children’s festivals, along with artisan markets, a well-being zone, community stalls, workshops, comedy, dance and street theatre.

Visitwww.fairbridgefestival苏州夜总会招聘.au! The Leura Harvest Festival takes over the town’s blossom-lined main street. Image: Ben Pearse On Sunday May 7, the Leura Harvest Festival will again take over the town’s main street to showcase the outstanding produce and fine fare for which the NSW Blue Mountains are increasingly being recognised.The festival will feature a mix of market stalls set among the cherry blossoms lining Leura Mall.

Highlights will include delicious local fare, regional wine and beer tastings, a comprehensive speakers program, the popular pet-chook show and scarecrow competition, the ultimate chocolate-cake competition and a jam-making competition for all age groups.

The overall message will be one of fresh, regional and sustainable.

Visit www.leuravillage.wildapricot苏州模特佳丽招聘 Picnic Island … a fully copper-clad lodge can accommodate up to 10 people

Picnic Island in Tasmania is thought to be the only place in the world where you can sleep within a penguin colony.

One of the few private freehold islands in , the owner has recently constructed a fully copper-clad lodge to accommodate up to 10 people. The copper cladding has quickly taken on a beautiful patina to sit unobtrusively in this special environment.

Cantilevered over the high-water mark with views of the Hazards, on Tasmania’s East Coast, this unique building is a modern interpretation of the beachfront shacks for which the state is famous.

In addition to the penguin colony there is prolific wildlife on and around the island, including sea eagles, shearwaters, dolphins, seals and whales.

Phone 0411 255 179 The n Festival of Chamber Music … nine days of world-class music in Townsville. Image: Andrew Rankin.

The n Festival of Chamber Music will bring nine days of world-class music to Townsville from July 28 to August 5, with experienced Artistic Director Piers Lane AO once more at the helm.

A program of concerts, collaborations, conversations and masterclasses will be performed by the some of world’s best chamber musicians in churches, theatres, gardens and on Orpheus Island.

A line-up of 42 artists will perform at the event, including 13 from overseas, and three leading n ensembles in the Goldner String Quartet, Orava Quartet (Strings) and the Nexus Quartet (Saxophone). Four international artists will make their n debut at the 27th AFCM — Poul Høxbro (Flutes and Percussion) from Denmark, Italy’s Francesca Dego (Violin), Henk Neven (Baritone) from the Netherlands, and from the United Kingdom, Martin Owen (Horn).

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Open homes: The best property to inspect this weekend in Queensland

49 Armytage Street, Lota Photo: Raine & Horne Wynnum ManlyThe most gorgeous Queenslanders outside of BrisbaneThe Gold Coast family selling five properties at onceAre Brisbane buyers taking to blocks under 300 square metres?321 Main Street, Kangaroo Point
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321 Main Street, Kangaroo Point, has spectacular city views. Photo: McGrath New Farm

For sale, price guide over $1.3 million

???3 bed, 2 bath, 3 car

Open Saturday April 1, 1pm-1.30pm

Agent: Sherrie Storor, McGrath New Farm 0466 872 705

It’s hard to look at much else in this three-bed apartment besides the views but there is so much more to it than the spectacular Brisbane city panorama it provides.

Agent Sherrie Storor concedes the view is what immediately blows most people away: “The views really are something,” she says. “The city is basically laid out before you, it’s just beautiful. It’s certainly a massive selling point.”

But with those views also comes a spacious, well-designed residence. Located on the seventh floor, it’s one of only five three bedrooms apartments in the building and, crucially, includes three secure car parks.

That said, everything is within walking distance here; the city ferries, Riverwalk, the Story Bridge Hotel, the Brisbane jazz club and the CBD.

Inside, the apartment features open plan living and dining with floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors which open out to a substantial balcony. The stone kitchen features quality appliances and the three bedrooms all have built-in robes and balcony access.

49 Armytage Street, Lota

49 Armytage Street, Lota Photo: Raine & Horne Wynnum Manly

$1.59 million

5 bed, 3 bath, 2 car

Open Saturday April 1, 11am- 11.30am

Agent: Chris Vote, Raine & Horne Wynnum Manly 0433 411 540

Lota is the best kept secret on Brisbane’s bayside, according to local agent Chris Vote, who describes it as the “bridesmaid suburb with the same postcode and potential as Manly”.

And when it comes to Lota’s premier position, this contemporary residence set in the hill side with panoramic views of the bay is one of its best.

“I live nearby and grew up admiring this spot,” Mr Vote says. “It’s so quiet, it’s elevated and there’s great parks for kids one block away. The views ae unbelievable and can never be built out.”

The view is certainly stunning, which the split-level design makes the most of. Beautiful, light interiors are supported by banks of glass and louvres, which admit the year-round breezes off the sea.

Features include a designer kitchen, open plan living and dining, media room, expansive terrace overlooking infinty-edge pool and bay views and master bedroom zone with study niche.

While the house has been positioned to make the most of the views and peaceful locale, the local Royal Yacht Squadron, marinas, cafes and farmers’ markets are all only a short walk away. 16 Corsair Crescent, Sunrise Beach

16 Corsair Crescent, Sunrise Beach Photo: Tom Offermann Real Estate

$1.69 million

4 bed, 3 bath, 2 car

Open Saturday April 1, 2pm-2.30pm

Agent: Nic Hunter, Tom Offermann Real Estate 0421 785 512

With 180-degree, never-to-be-built-out ocean views, this family home is no more than a three minute walk to miles of golden sand and a northern beach walk to the Noosa National Park.

Agent Nic Hunter says it’s wonderful for buyers with pets and/or children: “There’s a dog beach right there and you don’t have to cross any main roads to get to the beach, which is a bonus with pets and kids.”

Spread over two levels, there’s enough room upstairs to house the whole family, while a self-contained flat downstairs is perfect for visiting guests or permanent and holiday letting.

Upstairs in the main part of the house, the main living areas are flooded with natural light, thanks to the loft-style ceilings, and each room has been designed to make the most of the views. A large entertaining deck with built-in BBQ overlooks the ocean, while the master bedroom is a true retreat; plush carpets, freestanding bath in the adjoining ensuite and a sunset balcony.

Set on a 607 square metres allotment and only 200 metres from the beach, the property is a short distance from schools, shops and local sporting clubs.

31 Beverley Crescent, Broadbeach Waters

31 Beverley Crescent, Broadbeach Waters Photo: Black Label Property

By negotiation

4 bed, 3 bath, 2 car

Open Saturday April 1, 10am – 11am and Sunday April 2, 10am – 11am

Agent: Andrew Ramsay, Black Label Property, 0412 022 840

Situated in the highly sought after “Golden Triangle”, this Broadbeach Waters home is majestic in size and scale.

Featuring an open plan living with 5.8-metre high ceilings, the only things that can trump the house itself is the view, so it’s a good thing there’s plenty of it.

Most of the house has been designed to take in the views of the waterway, including the lounge, living room, kitchen and huge master bedroom.

Agent Andrew Ramsay says the property is likely to be in high demand due to its location and aspect.

“It’s a very popular area, particularly the Gold Triangle where this one sits. It’s also on 900 square metres of land,” he says.

Notable features include four bedrooms, tinted windows, blinds and new carpets throughout, swimming pool and private jetty for boating and fishing and outdoor patio with shaded sail.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX just had its Wright Brothers moment

Tesla billionaire founder Elon Musk’s private space company Space Exploration Technologies flew and landed the same orbital rocket a second time in less than a year, a significant milestone in Musk’s mission to make space travel cheaper.
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A Falcon 9 rocket carrying a customer’s communications satellite rumbled aloft on Thursday from a NASA space centre in Florida, a livestream of the mission on SpaceX’s website showed. The spacecraft carried a communications satellite from Luxembourg’s SES that will provide coverage to Latin America.

Phil Larson, a space policy adviser to former US President Barack Obama who worked for SpaceX and is now at the University of Colorado, has called the mission a “Wright Brothers moment for space.”

Much of the expense of space travel lies in building engines, capsules and other equipment only to be used once and then discarded. Billionaires including Musk and Amazon苏州夜总会招聘 founder Jeff Bezos are racing to make rocket reusability – once derided as a crazy idea – into a reality that will dramatically lower costs.

SpaceX has built the Falcon 9 as well as the rocket’s Merlin engines in-house, taking a Silicon Valley approach to constant improvements and a tight collaboration between design and manufacturing.

The rocket SpaceX was attempting to re-fly on Thursday first took off and landed successfully on an unmanned drone ship bobbing in the Atlantic Ocean in April 2016. The company has recovered eight rockets in total, three by land and five by sea.

Recovering and refurbishing the used rocket booster that flew on Thursday took SpaceX roughly four months, SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said earlier this month. Eventually, that turnaround time will drop to a single day as the company aims to refly rockets much in the way airplanes operate today.

“I think Elon’s given us 24 hours, maybe, to get done what we need to get done,” said Shotwell. “That vehicle needs to be designed to be reflown right away.”

SpaceX has successfully launched four rockets this year and aims to fly 20 to 24 missions in 2017. The California-based company has contracts with the NASA valued at $US4.2 billion ($5.5 billion) to resupply the International Space Station using its unmanned Dragon spacecraft and later ferry astronauts there with a version capable of carrying crews.

Musk announced last month that SpaceX plans to send two private citizens who paid “significant deposits” on a week-long flight circling the moon late next year. The chief executive officer of electric car and batteries maker Tesla founded SpaceX 15 years ago with the goal of one day creating a human colony on Mars.

The cost of a Falcon 9 launch is roughly $US62 million, according to SpaceX’s website, with modest discounts available for contractually committed, multi-launch purchases. SES, which has flown with SpaceX twice before, was the first commercial satellite operator to launch with the company back in 2013.

The reused rocket was first flown on April 8 with the CRS-8 mission, a cargo resupply mission to the space station.

SES, as SpaceX’s first commercial customer, now expects its own piece of space flight history as a memento.

“Gwynne has promised us parts of the rocket,” said SES Chief Technology Officer Martin Halliwell. “We want them for the SES board room.”

Cate Blanchett’s former Hunters Hill home yours for $10,000 a week

Cate Blanchett scores another buyer for her $20m mansion in Sydney’s Hunters HillCate Blanchett’s Sydney mansion back on the market as Chinese buyer defaults on saleInside Cate Blanchett’s Hunters Hill mansion
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Actor Cate Blanchett and her husband Andrew Upton look like they’re set to finalise the sale of their Hunters Hill trophy home ‘Bulwarra’ given the historic estate has recently popped up for lease.

Given Blanchett’s obvious preference for privacy over income, and her willingness to leave the property vacant following her move to the United Kingdom last year, sources have suggested the rental opportunity comes care of the recent buyers of the $20 million property.

But it’s not available until May, according to the property’s listing advertisement.

The delayed availability is tipped to tie in with the upcoming settlement on the sale, which exchanged early this year for an unknown sale price through Ken Jacobs, of Christie’s International.

There was no price disclosure at the time of the deal, but the landmark property had carried $20 million price expectations at the time.

Blanchett and Upton have moved their family to the English countryside where ???the Sunday Times reported early last year they had paid ??3 million ($4.9 million) for a historic manor, Highwell House, in East Sussex.

The couple first listed their Hunters Hill home, Bulwarra, in 2015. It sold three weeks later for $19.8 million to a buyer who later defaulted on the sale given problems getting their funds out of China.

Property transactions at this level usually involve a 10 per cent deposit, which would have represented a $1.98 million loss for the Chinese buyer.

The property management on the rental is being handled by Melanie La Pouple, of SydneySlice buyer’s agency. The company’s director is Deborah West, who has long handled the real estate affairs of Cate Blanchett.

The 3624-square-metre estate is available for a 12-month lease, with a $40,000 bond. SydneySlice declined to reveal the rental rate, but industry sources have tipped a rate of $10,000 a week.