Australia’s Best And Brighest Hotel Openings 2021

Spend the night in the latest, greatest and most fabulous new stays NSW Ace Hotel Surry Hills Inspired by the rich history of Surry Hills and the warm, cinematic colour palette of the Australian landscape, the new Ace Hotel (designed by Flack Studio) is Sydney’s new accommodation playground. Slated for a early 2022 opening, the premiere property will be the first Ace in the Southern Hemisphere, drawing clear design cues from the neighbourhood fabric that surrounds. Many of the furnishings, artworks and interior details were created uniquely for the property, ticking the boxes for both style and substance. As of right now, reservations are now open. Book to enjoy a post-COVID escape in one of  264 rooms, a gym, a

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These Are The Best Regional Bakeries Around Australia

Filling your cakehole with goods from a regional bakery is a proud Aussie road trip tradition An Aussie road trip isn’t complete without a duck-in to a good old fashioned country bakery. The type that boasts the best vanilla slice on either side of the Nullarbor, or those that sell pies so good the mere scent of the savoury flaky pastry beckons you inside. Our readers are a well-travelled (and well-fed) bunch. They know as much about eating on pit-stops as we do, so it would be remiss of us not to ask for their recommendations. We asked and you delivered. Here, the best regional bakeries around Australia – in no particular order. Where: 4/11 Todd St, Alice Springs NT Nominated

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Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands Opening on June 17

Marriott International has confirmed the opening of Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands on June 17, 2021. Located in the city’s well-known Waterfront Way, Docklands, the hotel will comprise modern guestrooms offering vistas of Melbourne’s city skyline, Bolte Bridge, Yarra River & Port Phillip Bay. King Room. Courtesy of Marriott Hotel Docklands The guestrooms’ interiors are done in contemporary, residential styling, and will feature Marriott signature bedding, 55-inch LCD TVs, retail-inspired wardrobes, and luxurious walk-in showers. It will house an exclusive M Club lounge, and the infinity-edge heated rooftop pool with a whirlpool. Roof top pool. Courtesy of Marriott Hotel Docklands Its F&B offerings will include Archer’s, an all-day dining restaurant serving Australian fare and Ada’s, a lobby bar offering creative cocktails

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Things To Do In The Yarra Valley

The Yarra Valley is well known for its food and drink offering, but there are plenty of other reasons to visit the region – and it’s also within reach from Melbourne for an easy weekend away. A trip to the Yarra Valley will reward with scenic views, a purple paradise of lavender fields, activities to entertain young and old alike, and its food and wine offering will far from disappoint. Bordered by the Yarra River, Badger Creek, Watts River and the slopes of Mount Riddle, the Yarra Valley delivers a picture-perfect setting for those in search of space to roam and lungfuls of fresh air. It is also home to the Wurundjeri people from the Kulin Nation, and you will

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Could this be the best train holiday of 2021?

    Refurbished and ready to ride the rails, a new train tour brings slow rail travel to the east coast of Australia, offering an entirely new way to experience the countryside. Vintage Rail Holidays has breathed new life into a classic Australian sleeper train service, reviving an iconic piece of Australian railway history: the Southern Aurora. Launched in November 2020, the ‘slow rail’ tours use a network of freight routes largely inaccessible by the public in regions like the Riverina, the north coast of NSW and NSW Central West. The timing for this new way to see the country couldn’t be better, adding much needed capacity to the very crowded regional tourism market. The darling of travel in its

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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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Melbourne Food & Wine Festival kicks off

The Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, organised by Bank of Melbourne and Visit Victoria, recently returned with a blockbuster 2021 calendar across Melbourne and regional Victoria. The newly expanded festival year kicked off with a suite of signature and new events in March. This will be followed in winter by the festival’s core programming for the year, a two-week festival all about Melbourne, and then in the spring the food and drink of regional Victoria will for the first time have a festival all its own. March sees the return of some of the festival’s best-loved signature events, which were postponed in 2020. The Bank of Melbourne World’s Longest Lunch, one of the city’s most anticipated annual events, returns with

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