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Wine-no? Hop along the Cider and Ale Trail in the Yarra Valley…

October 3, 2012

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Beer paddle, Yarra Valley

The Yarra Valley is best known for its wineries, which attract grape lovers and locals by the barrel-load each year. But now, in the heart of this premier wine region, a handful of brewers are giving the winemakers a run for their money, tickling the tastebuds of critics, locals and visitors alike, by producing some unique and intriguing […]

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Toast the Melbourne Cup with our exclusive cocktail recipes: the Melbourne Filly and the Rod Laver!

September 27, 2012

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Enjoy a Melbourne Cup Carnival cocktail The Melbourne Filly White Rum, Elderflower Syrup, Cranberry Juice, balanced with Lime juice and topped up with Prosecco. Cocktail inspired by Australian icons the glamorous Melbourne Cup Carnival and Black Caviar, Australia’s most famous thoroughbred racehorse born and bred in Victoria. Undefeated in 22 races, a success record not […]

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Great sights, small journeys: Top 5 big days out from Melbourne

September 25, 2012

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Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

One of the things we love about Victoria is its size. A little smaller than the UK, you can see kangaroos in the wild, taste fine wine, and relax in spa country, in just a single day. Here’s our top five big days out from Melbourne… *1. Drink wine whilst the sun shines in the Yarra […]

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Great journeys through Victoria: Top 5 things to do along the Great Ocean Road

September 10, 2012

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Sea kayaking along the Great Ocean Road

There’s more to the Great Ocean Road than simply driving along it! Check out our top five things to do on this road trip of a lifetime… *1. Go surfing at Bells Beach Home to the Rip Curl Pro Surfing Competition, head to Bells Beach if you want to hit some serious waves or give it […]

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Emirates’ Dean Cleaver takes us around the best bars and secret spots in Victoria

September 4, 2012

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Twelve Apostles, Victoria

What makes Melbourne so special? For me, it’s the brilliant atmosphere whenever there’s a big event on. From the live sites at Federation Square for the Grand Prix and the Australian Open, to the ease of getting to all the major venues, the incredible party atmosphere of the Spring Racing Carnival and the fact that […]

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Journeys through Victoria: Montalto winemaker John Mitchell share his tips

September 2, 2012

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Montalto owner John Mitchell

‘After 10 years my passion for our beautiful site at Montalto hasn’t waned, it has deepened’, says John Mitchell, the UK-born founder of Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. Looking around at John’s family business and home for the past 15 years, with its award-winning wine, innovative sculptures and ‘estate to plate’ dining ethos, […]

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Journeys through Victoria: Blogger Justin Morris on his hometown Melbourne

September 1, 2012

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We ask Justin Morris, one of Melbourne’s top bloggers to spill the beans on his top tips for travel around his favourite city and beyond… What is the one place in Melbourne that every visitor should see? Every visitor should stand on the corner of Flinders Street and Swanston Street – right where Federation Square […]

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Melbourne wins the No1 spot as the world’s most liveable city

August 16, 2012

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Yarra River And Melbourne Skyline

What is the best city in the world? Why Melbourne, of course! We were delighted (but not hugely surprised) to discover that Melbourne has been named the most liveable city in the world for the second year running, according to the EIU’s liveability index, as printed in The Economist. But what does this mean exactly? Well, aside […]

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Cocktail ‘O Clock? Our top 5 cool bars in Melbourne

July 10, 2012

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Emerald Peacock Melbourne

Thirsty? Us too. Melbourne is awash with fantastic bars so we’ve scouted around and come up with our top 5 places to grab a cocktail. Whether you’re on a backpacker budget or ready to splash some cash, we have the place for you… THE EMERALD PEACOCK WHY? For a chilled out rooftop The Emerald Peacock […]

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Photo of the Week: Mmmm, meet our new best friand….

May 24, 2012

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Friands in Melbourne

Toppling over counters of beachside cafés in Australia, we were delighted to spot the delicious friand at Lantana in London the other day. A cloud-like mix of icing sugar, egg whites and a dash of flour makes these oval-cut cakes super light, whilst ground almonds keep them moist and chewy  – perfect if you’ve just returned […]

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