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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Jan
31
2016

8 great things to do in Melbourne this March

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

The Visit Victoria gang tells us it’s well worth thinking about a whopping March in Melbourne for 31 days of fashion, flowers, food, fast cars and world class festivities as the city plays host to multiple major events. Melbourne Food and Wine Festival Now in its 24th year, the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival (4 – 13 March) offers a smorgasbord of culinary events. From masterclasses and workshops with the pros, to food trails for the curious and the ever-popular World’s Longest Lunch (which this year will be held on the 2016 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix track), there is an experience for novices and gastronomists alike. The festival hub, at Southbank’s Queensbridge Square, will take the shape of an Urban Dairy, where a selection of the world’s finest cheese, yoghurt and ice-cream makers will produce their signature items. This is just one of many events that will form part of River Graze, with a plethora of culinary delights, free entertainment and regional flavours along…

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Jan
15
2016

Five unmissable chocolate factories in Melbourne and surrounds

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

THEY say woman rated chocolate higher than sex in a recent survey (Women’s Health Mag) giving a whole new meaning to the saying “I’ll have what she’s having”.  The humble cocoa bean clearly isn’t just a pretty face! So where best to experience this love affair with the converted cocoa bean? A chocolate factory, of course, and there are plenty around Melbourne that must be on your hit-list. Try these. Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery 35 Old Healesville Road, Yarra Glen Head out Old Healesville Road in the Yarra Valley and you’ll stumble across this gem at which free tastings are in abundance. Best of all it’s only an hour from Melbourne’s CBD and set amidst one of the state’s premier wine regions. The bonus? Ice creamery as well! Skilled European chocolatiers craft more than 200 varieties of chocolates, there’s a cool cafe inside and the kids can run off all that extra energy on the games area and…

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Dec
31
2015
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Fun Melbourne holiday activities for the family this summer

By Australia / Melbourne /

We’re only a couple of weeks into school holidays and some parents are already pulling their hair out. But there are loads of activities on in Melbourne throughout the holidays to keep families occupied all summer, as the team from Tourism Victoria tell us. Try these for size. Australian Open For two weeks in January, Melbourne Park is the home of family fun, when it hosts the Grand Slam of the Pan-Pacific, the Australian Open. Along with world class tennis, there is a range of activities for budding tennis stars to enjoy. The fun continues at Birrarung Marr where the all-new, free and family-friendly Australian Open Festival will host activities and live entertainment. Open daily throughout the Open, the Festival will showcase some of Melbourne’s famous world-class dining and food vendors, just a short walk from Melbourne Park itself. The Festival will feature three key areas, including Kids World (pictured) with Nickelodeon’s giant inflatable playground, Nickelodeon characters, the famous Nickelodeon…

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Sep
30
2015

Unmissable music festivals in Melbourne and surrounds

By Melbourne / Victoria /

Summer is quite possibly the best time of year to visit Victoria. Not only is the weather perfect (save for the occasional thunderstorm) and the public gardens perfectly manicured for a lazy afternoon picnic, the warmer weather sees the southern state host a huge calendar of music festivals as the highly anticipated party season kicks into gear. Queenscliff Music Festival, 27-29 November Now in its 18th year, this quirky and colourful music festival will feature the likes of Angus and Julia Stone, Kate Miller-Heidke and funny gal Cal Wilson, just to name a few. The huge festival encompasses beachfront stages, local bars and pubs and even the steam powered Blues Train, home to travelling tunes. The focus is on music at this fully licensed event but there are plenty of art installations, roving performers, market stalls, food trucks and even a ‘Kids Quarter’ to keep the whole family entertained over this brilliant weekend by the beach. For more info and…

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Sep
28
2015
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Six unconventional places to have lunch in Melbourne

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

Melbourne is known for its incredible food and is the perfect travel destination for those with a weakness for gluttony. While your taste buds are celebrating the amazing produce, fresh micro-brewery craft beers and local wines, why not indulge your visual and olfactory senses by grabbing a bite at Melbourne’s most unconventional eateries. Ponyfish Island, Yarra River Floating under the pedestrian bridge between Flinders St Station and Southgate and surrounded by water on all sides, the quirky Ponyfish is only accessible by the stairs descending from above. On a relaxing summer’s day the views over the river set the scene as diners indulge on an all-day menu featuring mouthwatering dishes like zucchini fritters with salsa and chilli jam, crispy salads and Mexican fare. Visitors can also enjoy fresh anti-pasto platters complemented by the bar’s very own brands of lager and cider as they take in the 360 degree views from the wonderfully unique location. www.ponyfish.com.au Easey’s Burgers, Collingwood (pictured) Melbournians…

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Aug
30
2015
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Five great Australian sporting events you can’t miss

By Australia / Hobart / Melbourne / New South Wales / Sydney / Tasmania / Victoria /

It’s no secret we Australians are absolutely crazy about our sports and springtime is arguably the most action packed time of the sporting calendar. To get into the sporting spirit, here are five huge upcoming events that everyone can cheer about. 1. Australian Football League grand final, October 3 (Victoria) Now complete with a pre-final public holiday, the AFL Grand Final weekend will see fanatics swarm the city on Grand Final eve for the annual parade. Here, you can catch an up close view of players from the two competing clubs as they eye each other off before Victoria’s largest sporting event at the world-renowned Melbourne Cricket Ground. AFL is the unofficial religion of this southern state, so if you plan on visiting make sure you book accommodation early. On the big day, the whole of Melbourne buzzes with a festival-like atmosphere, suburban verandas proudly draped in team colours while out back the beer flows and sausages sizzle. If you’re…

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Aug
20
2015

Five Australian resorts for a girls weekend away

By Adelaide / Australia / Brisbane / Melbourne / New South Wales / South Australia / Sydney / Victoria /

Looking for a girls’ weekend away? Here are five resorts, which are absolutely perfect for a some relaxing time with the ladies. Smiths Beach Resort, Margaret River, WA Experience the ultimate beachfront lifestyle at Smiths Beach Resort, which is nestled between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin in Western Australia. It’s heaven for beach lovers who are looking for a sunny weekend away with the girls. Spoil yourself with self-contained accommodation that boasts ocean views. In the resort you also have a cellar door, bar and restaurant at your disposal. Not to mention the many spa treatments available. The Mineral Spa, Daylesford, VIC This retreat is located in the heart of Victoria’s spa country. The Mineral Spa retreat offers you an indulgent spa experience, with its two warm mineral spa pools and a cool plunge pool that overlooks beautiful gardens. There are exclusive packages on offer when you have six or more friends. These include a choice of facial, massage, exfoliation, pedicure and manicure options –…

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Jul
31
2015
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Six Australian food festivals you simply cannot miss

By Australia / Brisbane / Melbourne / New South Wales / Perth / Queensland / Sydney / Victoria / Western Australia /

Food, fabulous food. Everyone loves it – that’s why we celebrate it with food festivals. As we gladly wave goodbye to winter and welcome springtime with open arms, both seasons offer the perfect opportunity to unwind and enjoy the incredible fresh produce and diversity in food that Australia is gifted with. Is there anything more indulgent than sitting by an open fire, sharing a charcuterie board or an aged bottle of deep, woody Shiraz? To celebrate the country’s love affair with all things delicious, here are six upcoming food and wine festivals from around Australia. Barossa Gourmet Weekend, SA, 14-16 August Shed the winter blues with a weekend getaway to the world renowned Barossa Valley in South Australia, just over an hour’s drive north from Adelaide Airport. The weekend showcases everything delicious that the picturesque wine-producing region is famous for, as visitors are treated to a packed program of winery tours, masterclasses and long lunches, all accompanied by live music…

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Jul
21
2015

5 great restaurants to kill for in Melbourne

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

Luckily for Melbournians, there are so many amazing restaurants to kill for – and they’re spread throughout the city. You’ll find dishes from every culture, including Chinese, Vietnamese, Italian and Greek. Here are five of the best restaurants. The Press Club Owner and Masterchef star George Calombaris loves to make others happy through the love and emotion of hospitality – so much that this is even stated in his menu. He draws on his Greek heritage to bring you Greece’s exquisite flavours and aromas. Delicious sweets and flavours such as Psari with plum and yoghurt are always popular with diners. The Press Club offers between four and six course meals. Rice Paper Scissors Rice Paper Scissors is modelled on South East Asia’s hawker dining bars, with the focus of its offering being a shared-eating concept. Fresh and organic ingredients are plentiful, and the homemade sauces, pates and relishes are a must-try. Rice Paper Scissors is open every day from noon until 3pm,…

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Jun
27
2015

Hit the road through Gippsland in Victoria for some winter treats

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

The air is chilly in winter down south, but that’s a great reason to load up the car or campervan and set off on a road trip through Victoria’s beautiful Gippsland region. Stretching all the way from the rugged coastline of Phillip Island to the sheltered beaches of Mallacoota, Gippsland also covers picturesque alpine regions and scenic country sides. Whether your interest is fantastic local food and wine, finding the perfect fishing spot, or enjoying an action-packed trip of adventure, Gippsland Touring make mapping out the ideal road trip easy with itineraries to suit everyone’s tastes. Explorers can select from a range of routes, each filled with its own hidden treasures waiting to be uncovered.  Bunurong route The Bunurong route (pictured) showcases breathtaking coastal scenery and lush countryside in the same setting, the perfect location for enjoying a local-produce picnic by the beach. The 7km George Bass Coastal Walk is sure to work up an appetite and for those who…

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Apr
27
2015

Four great experiences in Australia for road-trippers

By Australia / Melbourne / Port Douglas / Queensland / Victoria /

Learn to water ski with a world champ Where: Echuca Moama, 215km north of Melbourne IF anyone tells you Brett Sands can walk on water, you had better believe it. This triple world champion and two-time world record holder, who has lived on the mighty Murray most of his life, first put on water skiis when he was just three years old so you’ll be learning from the best. Brett Sands Watersports in Echuca-Moama offers lessons in waterskiing, wakeboarding, barefooting and kneeboarding. Take part in anything from hourly lessons to multiple day packages on the calm waters of the Murray. Family beginner packages offered. Having spent thousands of hours on the water and instructed and coached throughout the world you are in for a lot of FUN and stories about celebrities. The school, located on 26 acres of beautiful, waterfront property, has had clients returning time and time again since opening in 1986. Whether you’ve never hit the water before…

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