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Get into (deliciously) hot water on the Mornington Peninsula…

October 9, 2012

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Peninsula Hot Springs in Victoria

In 1992,  Charles Davidson was in Kusatsu, one of Japan’s most famous hot spring towns. It was the middle of winter, snow glistening on the ground, and as he jumped into the steaming hot pools, he thought, “Why don’t we have this at home in Australia?” It was the thought that sparked the discovery of hot […]

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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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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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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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Missed the Chelsea Flower Show? Step into the award-winning Australian Garden at Capel Manor

July 16, 2012

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Australian Garden at Capel Manor

Missed the Chelsea Flower Show? Too rainy to do the rounds at Hampton Court? Sure, it may be soggy and wet in the UK at the moment. But on the bright side, all this water means our gardens are bloomin’ lovely! What’s more, if you head on over to Capel Manor in Enfield, you’ll be […]

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Nina’s photo diary: Good morning Melbourne!

May 30, 2012

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crown metropol hotel melbourne

Good morning Melbourne! And welcome to the first instalment of my photo diary, following my trip through marvellous Melbourne and beyond… Early morning, day one: A sunrise swim at the Crown Metropol Hotel in Melbourne provides a pretty outstanding start to the day! Stay and swim awhile: Visit crownmetrolpol.com.au/

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Spa out: Relax, you’re in Daylesford…

January 13, 2012

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On your big adventure through Australia? In need of some pampering? The natural spas outside Melbourne may be just the tonic… Natural mineral springs are fizzing and popping to the surface like  champagne. The rolling countryside is unexpectedly lush. And based here amidst the quaint townhouses (built by Italian-Swiss miners over 100 years ago) are […]

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