Wine lover’s guide to SA

There’s a reason ‘Barossa’ rhymes with ‘Berocca’. Too. Much. Fun. Gnarly old growth vineyards, exuberant locals and a cornucopia of fresh produce give this wino hotspot a decidedly hedonistic vibe. Forget Jack Daniels; Bacchus lives here. I was lucky enough to have Sharon Wild, a Master of Wine-in-the-making, as my guide for the Barossa Food […]

Yulefest at The Carrington: Best. Weekend. Ever.

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There is something exciting about a girl’s weekend – the delicious promise of wine, shopping and maniacal laughter. A little while back, I was lucky enough to win a night at The Carrington for Yulefest so I decided to take two of my lady friends on a fake Christmas adventure. Arriving at the hotel, you […]

Townsville according to Greta Lackey

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Work trips … The early wake ups, the delayed flights, the crappy plane food, the late nights. I usually classify them under the category of ‘glorified stress’! But every now and then you visit a place you’ve never been before and you most probably would have never thought to visit, are pleasantly surprised, and it […]

Hot spring fling by Louisa Deasey

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Sometimes work, money or other conundrums mean escaping the winter chill for warmer climes just ain’t possible. But like many travel junkies, I get pretty itchy if my options for random sojourns are blocked by life’s obligations. Add to that Melbourne’s early winter (think: bitter sheet winds, grey skies and two pairs of socks just […]

When you leave here, you’re going nowhere by Stephanie Nuzzo

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Legend has it that the fountain of youth is hidden away somewhere in Florida. But I think whoever wrote that was wrong. I’m putting my own theory out there. If there is in fact a fountain of youth, it’s in Byron Bay. In Byron, everyone is young, everyone is on vacation and everyone is ridiculously […]

Camping in the rain at Mollymook, NSW

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Step one: Purchase marquee-sized tent online. Step two: Book pet-friendly campsite. Step three: Travel to Mollymook. Erect enormous tent. Attempt to manage hyperactive, free-range pets. Cue: Rain. This is the summary of our weekend camping trip to Mollymook, with the exception of all the fun bits; the BBQ’ed breakfasts cooked by our early-rising friends, the […]

Ulladulla Blessing of the Fleet Parade: Weirdy McFun

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Imagine if all the children of a small seaside town dressed up as blue-skinned Na’vi, beauty queens or gumnut blossoms and hoisted themselves up onto parade floats. Some of these floats will have an easily identifiable theme (Avatar) while some will be an awkward mish-mash of intertextuality (I knew I would get to use that […]

Jane Austen country: Milton, NSW

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Rolling green hills, magic mushroom sunsets and cows. Lots and lots of cows. Welcome to Milton, NSW. We drive into town after five hours stuck in The Long Weekend Exodus; traffic that crawls along the Princes Highway making you question your decision to leave Sydney.   For once, we are grateful for the snail’s pace […]

I want a country cottage in Orange, NSW

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I am completely in love with Orange. I never expected this. I am from country NSW and I never thought I would want to go back. But Orange has bewitched me. I am in love with its gold, ruby and claret autumn leaves, it’s graceful heritage cottages and its dynamic food and wine scene. Everyone […]

A clean weekend at Paperbark Camp, Huskisson

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Dirty weekends are a lot of fun but sometimes you need a clean weekend; a couple of days to breathe fresh air, drink pure water and  get lots of sleep. That’s what The First Husband and I did this past weekend at Paperbark Camp in Huskisson. Located in the middle of a wetlands on the […]