Feb
29
2016
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5 unmissable features at this year’s Noosa Food & Wine Festival

By Australia / Brisbane / Gold Coast / Queensland /

The Noosa Food & Wine 2016 is on again with more than 30 fantastic events showcasing some of Australia’s best chefs in beautiful locations throughout Noosa from May 20 to 22. With almost 50 chefs from around Australia and Noosa’s own restaurants featured in the program, along with more than 20 wineries, events will take place under the Noosa Tipi on Main Beach, in Hastings Street for a long lunch, by the Noosa River in Noosaville and in signature restaurants throughout Noosa. Guest chefs include Pete Evans, Ben O’Donoghue, Luke Mangan and Matt Golinski and more from some of Australia’s best restaurants including Nu Nu, Fish House, Gerard’s Bistro,  European, Stokehouse and Harrison’s. So what are the highlights of an action-packed program? It’s a tough call, but here are 5 to mark down as tasty treats. One … NOOSA FOOD & WINE OPENING COCKTAIL PARTY (pictured) Friday 20 May, 5-7pm, $45 Noosa Main Beach sets the scene for a wonderful…

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Feb
29
2016

5 great foodie events to look forward to around Sydney

By Australia / Sydney /

Sydney has a great reputation for its food and wine festivals, with many people travelling from across the country just to experience these top food events every year. Here are five Sydney foodie festivals to look forward to. Merivale Food and Wine Festival Merivale Food and Wine Festival is a month-long extravaganza of food and drink events – could you ask for anything better? Throughout March, you can attend exquisite lunches, dinners, wine tastings, food markets and cooking classes. There are also chef competitions to entertain, with each event offering a quirky theme. Thailand Grand Festival This incredible event started off as a small, simple food fair 20 years ago. It’s since morphed into a Grand Festival, held for a couple of days every March, to give Sydney residents a taste of Thailand. You’ll get to discover all of the delicious flavours used in Thai cuisine and attend cooking demos, while admiring traditional Thai performances. You’ll be forgiven for thinking you’ve travelled to…

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Feb
28
2016

5 great foodie events to look forward to in Melbourne

By Australia / Melbourne /

Melbourne is arguable one of the best cities in the world for foodies! With a bustling restaurant and café culture with chefs cooking up delights from all over the world, it’s not surprising at all to learn that the city hosts dozens of exciting food festivals each year. Here are five great Melbourne foodie events to look forward to. Melbourne Food and Wine Festival One of Melbourne’s biggest events of the year is the Food and Wine Festival, attracting thousands of people to the Australia’s culinary capital. The 2016 festival runs for 10 days in March, when people will gather at various venues to sample provincial flavours. There are also cooking masterclasses, wine tastings at some of the state’s best vineyards and free entertainment. Night Noodle Market The Night Noodle Market, held in November, is just getting bigger and better (and tastier!) each year! Pop up food stalls light up the banks of the Yarra River at Birrarung Marr, as…

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Feb
28
2016
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5 ways to discover our capital

By Australia / Canberra /

Visit Canberra and discover the amazing treasures in and around Australia’s capital city. Here are five of the best places to visit during your stay in Canberra. Gibraltar Falls At the edge of Gibraltar Creek Pine Forest is the secluded and beautiful Gibraltar Falls. They’re located about 45 minutes south west of Canberra, and these gorgeous falls are definitely worth the drive. They have a 50m drop, creating the perfect backdrop for a swim after a short walk from the car park. Canberra Reptile Zoo Australia’s biggest and deadliest reptiles are all found at the Canberra Reptile Zoo. Come face to face with colourful snakes and pythons, and you’ll see that some are indeed quite friendly. It’s also an educational experience, with a walk through the ‘Reptiles in Space and Time’ exhibition portraying fossils and the evolution of reptiles. Rock climbing and abseiling the Snowy Mountains If you’re feeling like a day out in the mountains, then rock climbing and abseiling around…

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Feb
26
2016
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Unmissable Autumn adventures in NSW

By Australia / New South Wales / Sydney /

With the Easter long weekend and school holiday break approaching, now is the time to take advantage of the changing season and plan an autum adventure in regional New South Wales, according to the Desination NSW gang. From gourmet escapes to fossicking and heritage trails, the Destination NSW team gives us three getaways that will make you fall in love with regional NSW this Autumn: 50 shades of Orange and Bathurst Autumn is a fantastic time to visit Central NSW, with the region guaranteeing vibrant Autumn foliage, delicious seasonal produce and a stellar line up of local festivals and events.  If you’re a foodie then the Orange F.O.O.D Week is an iconic experience for gourmands, with the 10 day festival in April a testament to the region’s great reputation for food and wine, and beautiful colours (see picture, courtesy of Destination NSW). Indulge your senses as local chefs and restaurants showcase their skill with farm gate tours, cooking demonstrations and the famous…

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Feb
22
2016
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Five great apps for life on the road

By Australia /

Life on the road can be stressful and difficult at times, especially if you find it difficult to plan ahead and organise what you’re doing. But this can all be fixed. Download these five great apps to turn your road trip into the easiest and most enjoyable holiday yet! Petrol Spy Australia Search for petrol prices across Australia’s capital cities. Other app users report petrol prices using this app, so you can compare prices at each fuel station in any postcode. It’s always nice if you return the favour and update fuel prices to help the next traveller. Doing so could also score you some freebies –  there’s a chance to win a $25 fuel voucher every second day! WorldMate WorldMate makes your holiday smoother and a lot easier to track where you’re meant to be next. Whenever you receive email confirmation for flights, hotels, restaurant bookings, hire cars, etc. simply forward the emails to trips@worldmate.com. The app then instantly generates your itinerary, which you…

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Feb
22
2016
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5 things to do near McLaren Vale, South Australia

By Australia / South Australia /

McLaren Vale and the surrounding area is easily one of the most charming regions in all of South Australia. This wine region is located approximately 35km south of Adelaide, and is home to many gorgeous wineries, beaches and towns. Here are five things to visit near McLaren Vale. Primo Estate (pictured) This family owned winery is the home of JOSEPH wine and olive oil. Primo Estate produces a unique range of wines, which the owners say reflect their Italian heritage. Decades upon decades of family members have been creating these exquisite wines since Primo Grilli arrived in Australia and planted the family’s first vineyard in 1973. It’s since expanded, with visitors to McLaren Vale now being treated to ‘la dolce vita, Australian style’. Off road 4wd tour Journey through the magnificent Fleurieu Peninsula with Off Piste 4WD Tours. It’s a 40-minute drive, which leaves from central Adelaide and takes you to hard-to-reach and mostly unknown places along the peninsula. Tour itineraries…

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Feb
15
2016
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5 holiday parks to make a splash

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A family holiday isn’t the same without a fun water park nearby, and it’s even better when the splash park is located only metres from your accommodation! Here are five Big4 holiday parks where you can make a splash. BIG4 Tweed Billabong Holiday Park, NSW (pictured) Located on the Far North coast of New South Wales, the Big4 Tweed Billabong Holiday Park is touted as the country’s premier holiday park with a water playground. It promises more than just endless entertainment with its tipping bucket and slides. The splash park design even reflects the magnificent surrounding Wollumbin-Mount Warning landscape. BIG4 Inverloch Holiday Park, Vic This surf themed indoor water park, Surfari Splash Zone, operates all year round. The splash park not only provides a cool relief in the summer months, but it’ll warm you up in winter, when it transforms into a heated water park. Some of its special features include a giant shark tipping bucket, cannon guns and fountains. BIG4 Swan Hill, Vic…

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Feb
09
2016

Byron Bay on the fly

By Australia / New South Wales /

Stopping over in Byron Bay, New South Wales? There’s plenty to do around Australia’s most easterly point. Here are six things to do/visit while in the hood. Cape Byron Lighthouse The lighthouse that sits on Byron Bay’s magnificent coastline is an iconic attraction, which is worth a visit from any traveller to the region. Construction for this monument began in 1899, and years later the dramatic views from this structure are just as marvellous. From here you can’t help but admire the stunning views over the bay to the Border Ranges. Whale watching A popular activity for Byron Bay’s visitors is whale watching. At certain times of the year, Cape Byron is one of the best vantage points for whale watching on Australia’s east coast. From late June to August, these mammals migrate north to give birth in the warm northern waters. In September and October, they return down south, passing through the area with their new babies. Beaches Byron Shire boasts more than…

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