Learn to surf with Layne Beachley

Learn to surf with Layne Beachley

Learn to surf with Layne Beachley

Adrenaline, skill, danger, passion... Time stops when legendary surfers ride gigantic waves with their awe-inspiring style. These mesmerizing creatures seem to come from another planet as their skills are out of this world... What if you had the opportunity to learn to surf like a Pro Surfer? Interested? Well, Master Card makes this dream possible. How about a private surf lesson with a Mythical athlete?

Seven-time World Champion Layne Beachley is offering the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part in 1 to 1.5 hour lessons with her at Bondi Beach, Sydney. As one of the world's strongest and renowned female surfers, Layne will provide expert guidance and tips to help develop surfing skills. The powerful natural footer from Australia has taken the lead in women's surfing not only on a competitive but also on a cultural level throughout her 20 year career.

As your surf the Bondi waves, Layne Beachley will be by your side giving you expert tips and guidance. Simultaneously, the Lets Go Surfing team will also assist you in developing your surfing skills as fast as possible while you are having the time of your life.

As your surf the Bondi waves, Layne Beachley will be by your side giving you expert tips and guidance. Simultaneously, the Lets Go Surfing team will also assist you in developing your surfing skills as fast as possible while you are having the time of your life.

How can you make this happen? First, you need to be a MasterCard cardholder and prices are available on request. Upon taking this offer, you will have access to a 1 to 1.5 hour lesson with Layne Beachley at a time that suits you and Layne best.

Offer may only be taken up once by each MasterCard cardholder. This promotion ends on 31 October 2013 and bookings myst be redeemed by 7 November 2013. Equipment is supplied and participants must be able to swim at least 50 metres.

The Sydney Tower Eye

The Sydney Tower Eye

The Sydney Tower Eye gets a Lindt chocolate make-over for Easter

Egg painting and hunting, Easter bunnies and parades are things of the past. Building a chocolate replica of Sydney's tallest free-standing structure is the new way to celebrate Easter.

Indeed, to commemorate these festivities, the Sydney Tower Eye has partnered with world-famous chocolate makers, Lindt, to create a chocolate model of the iconic structure that is 1:100 in scale.

Master Chocolatier at Lindt Australia Thomas Schnetzier hand-crafter the two-metre chocolate miniature of the Sydney Tower. It was quite a challenge making the Sydney Tower Eye sculpture. I have made some unusual things out of chocolate before but this has certainly been the most intricate said Mr. Schnetzler.

He added: The fun part was definitely adding the detail of the miniature chocolate figures on SKYWALK and the individual windows. I really hope people enjoy it!

This partnership between the Sydney Tower and Lindt is the first of its kind in Australia. The project began back in February in the Lindt studies in Melbourne where bespoke moulds were filled 12.5kg of dark chocolate to create the turret of the tower.

Skill, attention to detail and over 40 man-hours went in to finishing the scale model. More than 300 windows were attached one by one to the four floors of the turret, while tiny figure were crafter to stand out on SKYWALK.

An exquisite edible gold spray was added to the sculpture to make it match with the 309m structure that towers over Sydney. At last, the installation was topped off with a miniature ‘chocolate city' at its base.

The chocolate sculpture will be on display at The Sydney Tower Eye until 28 April. And there is more! Visitors will not only enjoy the experience of seeing the scale chocolate model of the Sydney Tower but will also have the opportunity to win the equivalent weight of chocolate used to make the sculpture in an assortment of Lindt chocolate. Participants will be asked to describe, in 25 words or less, who they would share their Sydney Tower Eye Lindt chocolate prize with and why? Now that autumn has just begun, heaps of world-class chocolate sounds like the perfect prize.

Waxed One Direction figures to visit Sydney

Waxed One Direction figures to visit Sydney

Waxed One Direction figures to visit Sydney

What makes them identical makes them beautiful... or something like that. Good-looking or not, we are yet to see if the wax figures to be created of all five members of pop sensation One Direction resemble the young singers.

That is why the band members are being measured up from nose to toe, so fans can have pictures with their idols' exact replica. Louis, Liam, Harry, Zayn and Niail have been involved throughout the sculpting process and taken part in suggesting the style their figures will be portrayed in.

The wax figures will embark on a world tour that will visit three Madame Tussauds venues. First, the figures will land in London, then New York City and it will end in Sydney from 24 October 2013 to 28 January 2014.

We have been overwhelmed by requests for us to feature One Direction, states Madame Tussauds' official website. The boys have been top of the most wanted personalities list in London, New York and Sydney for the last 12 months, so we are delighted we can now bring their figures to each of these cities in a special ‘world tour'.

The members of the thriving band have also expressed their excitement with this project. Harry commented he is delighted to be getting waxed. We're just kind of a bit overwhelmed. We've been to Madame Tussauds and seen the kind of people who are in there. It's crazy to think that we will be up there with them. Nial added, We were super excited to find out that they were making us and that people felt we were worthy of figures.

Louis commented on how honoured he felt. I think it's going to be quite weird to see yourself as a wax figure. But it's an amazing honour to be there. If you look at some of the names that are in there. We are very proud.

We actually first heard when we were over at Madame Tussauds looking at the figures so we were even more like WOW we're going to get one of these made. And they are so amazing as well! added Liam.

Sculpture at Scenic

Sculpture at Scenic

Sculpture at Scenic World 2013

Take a ride on the world's steepest railway into a lost world of art and nature. Held annually, Sculpture at Scenic World is Australia's only dedicated rainforest sculpture exhibition.

Far from the white walls of galleries and museums, the event showcases artworks in the natural splendour of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains. Sculpture at Scenic World 2013 has gathered a range of outstanding local, national and international artists who will exhibit their works on the Jamison Valley floor from 24 April to 19 May this year.

A collection of Blue Mountain tourism operators have joined efforts to celebrate ‘Sculpture at Scenic World 2013'. Scenic World, The Carrington, Lilianfels Resort & Span and the Fairmont Resort have designed incentive deals which include the Ultimate Sculpture Pass with unlimited rides on all of the Scenic World's attractions. The exhibition is free with Scenic World ticket purchase.

Awards include the Scenic World Acquisitive Award prize of AU$20,000 and an individually crafted trophy by internationally renowned artist Keith Rowe.

Visitors will have the opportunity to view from an elevated boardwalk thirty-six world-class sculptures in a breathtaking rainforest setting. Selected artworks include works that answer to and represent the rainforest through various media including digital, sound and light, together with collaborative and other newly created works.

The synthesis between nature and human artful expressions somehow evoke a remote time when humans had a stronger connection with the forest. At the same time, the showcase expresses another type of bond between nature and living things in their life cycle. Visitors will be able to recreate themselves in an interesting combination of colours, artistic creations and the dazzling natural beauty of the Blue Mountains.

Sculpture Otherwise is an indoor exhibition that shows maquettes, drawings, photographs, video works and small scale sculptures by exhibiting artists. Also, the public program includes artist talks, kids workshops, guided tours and panel discussions.