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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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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Sydney Mardi Gras in restricted mode

This year the parade will not be free to attend, the first time in its 40 year history. Sydney’s annual Mardi Gras celebration will look very different to previous years, but even in a global pandemic the city’s most colourful show must go on. Here’s everything you need to know about the event on March 6, 2021: Will there be a parade this year? Due to concerns around crowd control and COVID-19 restrictions there will be no parade down Oxford Street to celebrate this year’s Mardi Gras festival. Instead, more than 30,000 people will gather at the Sydney Cricket Ground for an official ticketed event with police issuing a warning to those planning to celebrate in the city. The SCG

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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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A stunning multi-sensory Monet exhibition is opening in Sydney

The Impressionists’ works have been displayed and enjoyed around the world for almost two-hundred years – but never like this. A new exhibition is opening in Sydney that pays homage to the paintings of artist Claude Monet through light, color and sound. It also uses immersive technology to trace the history of the Impressionist movement of the mid-19th century through to the early 20th century. Monet & Friends – Life, Light & Colour premieres at Sydney’s Royal Hall of Industries in March. The paintings are projected on an enormous scale, illuminating the bold brushstrokes of Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas and more. It takes visitors back to a time when the face of European art

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Where to eat at Australia’s Central Coast

Central Coast has emerged as one of the state’s culinary stars. There’s many reasons to visit the Central Coast, from the 41 golden-sand beaches that stretch along the coastline from Patonga to Lake Munmorah and the rewarding hiking trails found within its five national parks to the numerous Indigenous cultural experiences on offer. But it’s the up-and-coming collection of cafés, restaurants and bars tucked away within each of the laidback seaside villages that are really creating buzz in the region. Here, find our curated list of top spots for breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between. Breakfast Bellyfish, Terrigal Find Bellyfish situated in a sun-drenched position on the esplanade right across the road from Terrigal Beach. The father and son

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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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