Discover Murray River’s food trail

The wide, sun-drenched landscape that stretches along the Mighty Murray River is one of the country’s most fertile food bowls, with local producers offering up everything from olives to wines to cactus ice cream. Feeling peckish? Chart a course along the Murray Farm Gate Trail to discover a secret gem of a road trip ready to be savoured. It’s impossible to miss Corowa Whisky and Chocolate when driving into Corowa, as it is housed in the imposing heritage-listed Corowa Flour Mill, originally built in the 1920s and which the current owners – the Druce family, who are also responsible for the Junee Licorice and Chocolate Factory in the historic Junee Flour Mill – bought for just $1. While the building

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Enjoy life’s simple pleasures at a Small Luxury Hotels of the World

A new survey looks at the Top 50 simple pleasures influencing the everyday life of Australians, revealing what they value most. Feel like you can’t get enough of life’s simple pleasures? You’re not alone. A new survey has identified the Top 50 Simple Pleasures in life according to Australians, with travel, adventure and holidays ranking alongside good company and great food as some of our favourite things. Lunch is served at Aguas de Ibiza Grand Luxe Hotel, Ibiza, Spain. Top of the Pops Listening to favourite songs topped the list of simple pleasures for Australians, who also gave a nod to other sensory stimuli like the sound of rain falling on windows, relaxing activities such as sitting in a beer

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The Best Day Trips From Melbourne, Victoria

Tempting as it may be to exclusively explore Melbourne’s tapestry of shops, restaurants, cafes, laneways and culture, there is plenty waiting outside the border of the city. A day trip is the perfect way to relax from the inner-city grind. Wineries, spas, national parks and secluded beaches – Victoria is brimming with marvel and the opportunity to enjoy it all is a mere stone’s throw from Melbourne. Driving is the best way to maximise your time as it means you can town hop on the way to your destination, take in the views from the many roadside lookouts, and make a few popular detours. We opted for a Ford Puma. Open the sunroof and pump the speakers, how you fill

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This New Retro-80s Motel is the Coolest Stay in Byron Bay

There is something about Byron Bay Here, on the most easterly point of Australia, life has an immutable creative rhythm. The rainbow-tinged hippie hotspot has become a magnet for linen-clad families, eco-conscious millionaires and Hollywood glitterati, all chasing the free-wheeling way of life. But, even with its recent monied tide, the town’s DNA and creative hijinks have remained the same. A tight-knit community of artists, makers, doers and free-thinkers gives this Northern Rivers town its true identity. And The Sunseeker, a newly rejuvenated 80s brick motel, is testament to this fact. Owned by couple Dave and Jess Frid, The Sunseeker is a love letter to Byron Bay and its creative mishmash lifestyle. After buying the tired 80s motel in May

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Grand Pacific Drive Road Trip Itinerary

Prepare yourself for sweeping coastal views, a hidden national park, heart-pounding adventure activities A Grand Pacific Drive road trip One of Australia’s most iconic drives is also one of its most easily accessible. Heading out of Sydney, the Grand Pacific Drive takes in the pristine expanses of the city’s southern outskirts before tracing the NSW coast through Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama and into the idyllic waterside retreat of Jervis Bay. Along the way there’s stunning coastal scenery, attention-grabbing beaches, laid-back towns and villages and enough diverting attractions to justify stretching the 140-kilometre drive into a fun-filled few days. And with distances this manageable, and plenty of journey-breaking worthy sights, this drive is the stuff family getaways are made of. Heading out

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An enchanted summer lunch on Kangaroo Island

Take a leap of taste with Kangaroo Island’s mysterious new dining experience. On the menu? Large helpings of theatre and anticipation, writes Dilvin Yasa. The inaugural Gastronomo wilderness dining experience is all about being pleasantly blindsided, transported back to a time and place where the Internet didn’t exist and every meal, every experience, was a surprise. It’s a dip back into your childhood and, the best part of it all, is the journey is only a quick ferry trip away from Cape Jervis (two hours’ south of Adelaide). The inaugural Gastronomo wilderness dining experience is all about being pleasantly blindsided. (Image: South Australian Tourism Commission, Adam Bruzzone) The concept of eating, barefoot, in a tree, or playing with pelicans on

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One&Only Wolgan Valley; be restored and renewed as much as the bush

After a spell at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, guests often leave feeling as fully restored and renewed as the bushland itself. Luxurious cabins, tailored menus designed around produce both grown and gathered, private swimming pools, nature walks and uniquely Australian encounters amid a landscape of soaring escarpments and Blue Mountains wilderness. The appeal of Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley has never been greater. A place to relax and retreat with the amenity we all crave — space. (Image: Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley) After 2020, and the year that was, the luxurious resort reads like a wilderness utopia: a place to relax and retreat with the amenity we all crave — space. Having acclaimed chef James Viles leading the new culinary push

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