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Recipes by Christine Manfield
21.02.2017

As the '90s dawned, darling chefs were pushing the boundaries of cooking in this country. A young Christine Manfield, just starting out at this heady time, soon became part of the generation that redefined modern Australian cuisine. She shares some of her timeless signatures from the era.

Cirrus, Sydney review
20.02.2017

Cirrus moves the Bentley team down to the water and into more lighthearted territory without sacrificing polish, writes Pat Nourse.

How to grow rocket
20.02.2017

A vegetable patch without rocket lacks a great staple, according to Mat Pember. The perennial performer is a leaf for all seasons.

50BestTalks brings World’s best chefs to Sydney and Melbourne
16.02.2017

Massimo Bottura and more are coming to the Sydney Opera House.

Toby Wilson, Sean McManus and Jon Kennedy to open Bad Hombres
16.02.2017

Expect Mexican-Asian flavours and an all-natural wine list from two of Sydney’s edgier operators.

Local Knowledge: Moscow
16.02.2017

Director of Shakespeare theatre company Cheek by Jowl Declan Donnellan walks us through the essential sights and his favourite cafes and restaurants of his hometown.

On the Pass: Danielle Rensonnet
16.02.2017

Bellota chef Danielle Rensonnet talks us through the current menu at the restaurant and her favourite summer ingredients.

Melbourne's Tomato Festival is back in 2017
15.02.2017

Returning for another year, Melbourne’s Tomato Festival is ripe with cooking demonstrations, talks, and produce stalls dedicated to plump produce.

Australia's best budget hotels

Central Station Hotel, Sydney

Central Station Hotel, Sydney

Our picks of Australia's best budget hotels, from Sydney to Melbourne and Brisbane to Adelaide.

If we had an award for best hotel rebrand, it would likely go to the new Adelaide Ibis, a fresh and funky reimagining of the no-frills brand that makes staying in a three-star hotel suddenly seem appealing. The $70 million, 311-room property has murals by street artist Ghostpatrol and Samsung Smart TVs for streaming music, movies and games. What it lacks in minibars and room service it more than makes up for with a convenient CBD address and competitive rates.

In Sydney's top-dollar accommodation market, the Central Station Hotel stands out for its renovated rooms and advance-purchase rates of less than $100 a night. No two rooms are the same, so guests can choose a heritage-accented space to suit their budget - from "Shoeboxes" of 10 square metres to adjoining rooms for families. The CBD-edge location, handy to Oxford Street, Chinatown and Surry Hills, saves on transport costs.

Down on the New South Wales-Victoria border, the Atura Albury is a sharp restyling of the old Rydges Hotel. Brace yourself for the bold foyer and inflatable pool flamingos at this self-conscious "lifestyle" hotel, but rest assured the 140 rooms have substance as well as style - hence the espresso machines, Malin+Goetz toiletries and sofa beds for extra guests.

In newly fashionable Hobart, we like the distinctly unfashionable Fountainside Hotel for its CBD vantage (and views from higher floors) but most of all for its minibars. The comfortable rooms won't win any design awards but the minibars deserve a medal for stocking drinks at shop prices. The free WiFi, parking and cable TV are added bonuses.

The art-accented Larwill Studio in leafy Parkville, Victoria, handy to the Royal Children's Hospital and Melbourne Zoo, is a budget offering by Art Series Hotels (The Cullen, The Olsen). Inspired and decorated by contemporary artist David Larwill, the hotel has 96 "workspaces" with twin and king beds, coffee machines and soothing parkland views. Smart cars and bikes for hire encourage urban explorers.

Brisbane's new Tryp Fortitude Valley Hotel is street-art smart and affordable and offers beaut laneway breakfasts at onsite restaurant Chur.

In notoriously pricey Perth, the three-star Sullivans Hotel has a peaceful Kings Park location, helpful staff and impressive breakfasts. Deluxe rooms have balconies, and there's free WiFi, bicycles and a city shuttle bus. With rates this reasonable (from $163), just don't expect designer digs.

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