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Mildura Jazz, Food and Wine Festival in Victoria from November 1 to 5

The festival will run from November 1 to 5, beginning with returning act Beaten Bodies at the Mildura Club.On Saturday afternoon the River City Jazz Club presents Reuben’s Riverboat Ramble, with Maryborough Traditional Jazz Ensemble playing on board a paddlesteamer on the Murray River.That night musicians will perform on theRead More…


Hiking Great Ocean Road to the 12 Apostles in Victoria

I’m at Melbourne airport waiting to be picked up by Gavin Ronan, owner-operator of Bothfeet Australia walking tours. it is a three-hour drive to Bothfeet Lodge, which was built about four years ago.The first person I meet at the Lodge is Ha – chef, cleaner, waiter and everything else. He’sRead More…


Glamping at Wilsons Promontory National Park in Victoria

We were camped in Oberon, one of four permanent Wild-erness Retreat tents pitched under the tea trees at Wilsons Promontory National Park, and the comfortable accommodations were letting a city girl who favours the comforts of  home  go  ”glamping” in the heart of one of Victoria’s favourite plots of protectedRead More…


Alpine Wellness Retreat at onsen near Hotham in Victoria

YOGA ON HIGHAN Alpine Wellness Retreat is being held near Hotham ski Resort in Victoria this month.Onsend Retreat and Spa at Dinner Plain will run the five-day retreat from September 9 to 13.The program includes daily guided alpine hiking, outdoor yoga sessions and a choice of two wellness classes, includingRead More…


Five great experiences to be had on Victoria’s Phillip Island

“That’s part of the beauty of this resort”, general manager Mark Fletcher says. “You can bring your family down here and literally sit on the patio or balcony of your villa or Cottage and watch the wildlife going about their everyday life activities. it is a pretty soothing experience whileRead More…


Wintry warmth on Victoria’s idyllic West Coast

When the weather turns cold there’s nothing more delightful than retreating to a coastal village on the weekend and sitting by an open fire with a  hot chocolate.Victoria’s west coast – the stretch between Portland near the South Australian border and Lorne on the Great Ocean Road – is anRead More…


Bright start to skiing at Mt Hotham, Victoria

The evening meal was taken at Graze restaurant in the nearby town of Dinner Plain, where dishes include Milawa duck terrine with celeriac remoulade, caramelised apples and Brown Brothers tawny port; and Kiewa Valley eye fillet with polenta, roast pumpkin, caramelised onion tart and a red wine jus. Breakfast theRead More…


The magic of Melbourne

There were three kids across the back seat and a fourth with the luggage as we travelled with the windows open to clear my father’s pipe smoke. Even though we lived in Gundagai on the Hume Highway, less than three hours north of the border, visiting Melbourne was like goingRead More…


Grape time Mornington Peninsula wine trail

A brisk walk through some lovely scenery is a great way to clear the head and hopefully take a few centimetres off the waistline after a few days tasting the great wines and produce of this pretty region an hour southeast of Melbourne. Perhaps surprisingly, it’s only 40 years sinceRead More…


On your bike for a vintage tour of Rutherglen

I tried not looking in that direction, hoping that if I ignored the beast it might go away, but there was no changing the plan and I was set to spend the better part of this beautiful Rutherglen day with an old foe. So I stood up, took the lastRead More…


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