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From heritage to adventure, from culture to country, there are lots of reasons to visit Ipswich. Ipswich is the starting point for many journeys, both around the city and to the countryside beyond. Whether you visit to follow your main interest in car racing, mountain bike riding, antiques shopping, camping, canoeing and adventuring, taking a...
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Like a breath of spring air in the heat of summer, Bistro Livi has breezed into town, telling us that change is in the air. Livi was February 2022’s gift to the land of plenty, the restaurant Murwillumbah didn’t know they needed, the place that many in the Northern Rivers had only dreamed of. Taking...
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There’s lots to love about tiny towns, and right on our doorstep is one of the best: Marburg. Recognised as one of Queensland’s Top Tiny Tourism Towns in 2022, Marburg, halfway between Ipswich and Toowoomba, is in many ways a microcosm of our history. Quintessentially Australian, its history tells a story of indigenous people who...
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One of our most beloved spots in the Northern Rivers region is Mavis’ Kitchen. Revisiting it, we are interested to see how its legacy is faring. Set in a beautiful Queenslander at the foot of Mt Warning, Mavis’ Kitchen was founded in 2007 by Peter Clarke and Charlie Ebell. Their original plan had been semi-retirement,...
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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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Barrio Eatery & Bar is a gem of a restaurant, a place we’d class as ‘destination dining’, and well worth seeking out. It’s situated smack bang in the middle of Habitat, an eco-friendly business and accommodation complex which opened in late 2017 in Byron Bay’s industrial area. Barrio means “neighbourhood” in Spanish, a home away...
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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...