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Hobart, the capital of Australia’s most southerly state, Tasmania, is a great destination. There are many reasons to visit Tasmania, Lonely Planet recently noted: “It’s a joint effort in Tassie – the home of the world’s first green political party – where local produce plays a starring role at restaurants, hotels are moving to ban...
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The Brooks family have never taken the easy road. From regenerating a rundown farm to recyclable packaging, from using native botanicals to sustainable waste management, Brookies has led the way with best practice in both the food and drink arms of their business, sustainability at the core of everything they do. After winning multiple awards...
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There’s a technique in stress relief that says that we should take our shoes off and feel the dirt beneath our feet. Reconnect with Mother Earth. Feel grounded again. That’s the feeling we get when we visit Tasmania, particularly the Huon Valley. Shaped like a forked divining rod, its two sides split by the Huon...
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Osteria at Petty Sessions is a great example of the food experiences available in Tasmania’s Huon Valley. Grounded in centuries old traditions, it sheds new light on the vibrant produce of local farmers and producers, making it the hero of each dish. Situated in the tiny village of Franklin beside the Huon River, Osteria gains...
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When we travel, particularly when time is limited, we may be intent on travelling to a destination rather than experiencing the journey. The places along the way are ‘in between’ spots. We often don’t bother to stop, as we are going somewhere else. Unfortunately, when we focus more on destination than experience, we miss the...
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There are seminal times in your life that are meant to happen. You may not will them to, but when they occur your attitude determines the outcome – positive or negative. Gwinganna was one of those events for me. I had made a fresh start to 2021, declaring it ’The Year of Me’. As a...
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The new HOTA Gallery at the Gold Coast’s cultural precinct, Home of the Arts, opened in May 2021, including two new dining venues, Palette and The Exhibitionist Bar. Palette, on the ground floor, is a fine dining restaurant featuring Australian cuisine, especially fresh, high-quality seasonal produce from within the ‘100-mile table’. Complementing the gallery, the...
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Burleigh is a tight knit community of locals who love their coffee and the baristas who make it for them. Cafe owner and barista Brodie Green is one of their favourites. Third generation in a family whose business is coffee distribution, Brodie made the decision to move away from the family business to set his...
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There’s a feeling you get when you first walk into a place that’s all important. It’s evident from the outset, the vibe that can make or break the experience. You experience feelings on a continuum from tense and overwhelmed to relaxed and at ease. Walking into SOMM, short for ‘sommelier’ (because it’s a sommelier-like experience...
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For any foodie, a trip to Southeast Queensland would not be complete without a day at Sirromet Winery. Founded by Terry Morris in 2000, you will find Sirromet, Queensland’s most awarded winery, perched high up on a hilltop on Mt Cotton, 45 minutes from both Brisbane City and the Gold Coast. Sirromet is the jewel...