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Tumbleweed plants takeover Wangaratta and block residents homes

It’s taking over.Source:Channel 7 A WOEFUL weed is creating havoc for residents in Victoria’s northeast. Some Wangaratta locals are frustrated after large amounts of tumbleweed rolled into town — blanketing their homes, cars and driveways. The tumbleweed, known as hairy panic grass, has reportedly inundated an entire Wangaratta street. Resident Jason Perna told Channel 7 […]

Virgin Australia slashes prices for Melbourne routes

Virgin have drastically slashed fares to Melbourne from four cities. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Sarah MatraySource:News Corp Australia Virgin Australia has drastically slashed prices on one-way fares to Melbourne, as the airline tries to boost sales while coronavirus restrictions continue to be eased. Holidaymakers looking for a getaway to Melbourne or Victoria between July this […]

Walk on the wildlife side with a walking tour on Raymond Island

Kangaroo spotting is high on the agenda of those who take the Echidna Walkabout tour. Picture: Nigel HallettSource:News Corp Australia . In partnership with Tourism Australia Leading a small group along a picturesque wetlands trail on Raymond Island in East Gippsland, a wildlife guide stops suddenly and glances skyward, pointing. High up in the fork […]

Why Gippsland should be on your post-COVID trip list

Francesco and Rhia at Trulli Woodfire Pizzeria, in the tiny Gippsland town of Meeniyan.Source:Supplied In the winter months, Francesco Laera, owner of Trulli Woodfire Pizzeria in the tiny Gippsland town of Meeniyan, takes his wife and three-year-old son to visit his parents in Italy. But, this year is different. After being hit by drought, bushfires […]

‘You’re irresponsible’: First-time mum ridiculed by air hostess on flight

Josephine and Leia. Picture: Leesa Smith $18,000 First Class Trip of a Lifetime … Using Air Miles. Credit — Sam Huang via StoryfulSource:News Corp Australia LIKE most parents, Josephine was understandably nervous about flying for the first time with her 11-week-old daughter Leia. For the most of the Jetstar flight from the Gold Coast to […]

East Gippsland activities for the whole family

White Water Rafting on the Mitta Mitta River. A section of rapids down the Mitta Mitta River named ‘Dislocations’. Picture: Jason SammonSource:News Corp Australia . In partnership with Tourism Australia Stretching into the northeast corner of Victoria, East Gippsland is a region of natural splendour that is once again welcoming visitors as it recovers and […]

Mallacoota bounces back after bushfires

Wingan Inlet, East Gippsland. Picture: Tourism VictoriaSource:Supplied . In partnership with Tourism Australia When the summer fires cut off the East Gippsland town of Mallacoota, stranding many on the foreshore, the images went viral. The sky turning dark in daylight, families and friends in tinnies on the lake, and Navy ships arriving to provide aid. […]

Serious collision shuts West Gate Freeway outbound near Montague Street

Traffic banks up on the West Gate Freeway after a serious collision. Picture: VicTrafficSource:Supplied Holiday-makers hoping to escape Melbourne for New Year’s celebrations have been hit with more pain with a serious crash shutting the West Gate Freeway. It’s believed six vehicles were involved in the smash, which occurred near the Montague Street off ramp […]

Melbourne hotel quarantine: Police replace private security guards

Police officers leave one of the quarantine hotels. Picture: NCA NewsWire / David GeraghtySource:News Corp Australia Private security guards have been stood down and replaced by police at one of Melbourne’s remaining quarantine hotels. The security guards employed by Spotless were subcontracted as floor monitors at the Novotel at South Wharf to check and report […]

Tony Tan to open cooking school in Trentham

Tony Tan in the garden of his cooking school in Trentham, Victoria. Photo: Kristoffer Paulsen You can tell a lot about Tony Tan by his char siu. This barbecued pork dish is a treasure of Cantonese cuisine, and the streets of Guangdong, its birthplace, and Hong Kong, are basted in its aromas. Tan’s version competes with […]

‘Drop dead beautiful’: A day tripper’s guide to leading wine region the Yarra Valley

Yering Station in the Yarra Valley. Photo: Supplied Wine lovers looking to experience a wide range of grape varieties, stunning blends and cracking food could do much worse than visiting the Yarra Valley. The Victorian region is home to 10 wine producers featured in Good Weekend magazine’s 52 Top Wineries list, published today  in The […]

50 things the world’s best chefs should eat and drink in Australia

DIY and fry some school prawns. Photo: James Brickwood 17 Australian dishes to try before you die With the World’s 50 Best Restaurant awards rolling into Melbourne in early April, we’ve put together a roadmap of unmissable taste experiences for our visitors. G’day, chefs of the World’s 50 Best. Welcome to Oz. We surely do […]

Five of the best wineries along Victoria’s Prosecco Road

Here’s cheers: Victoria’s King Valley is famous for its prosecco. Photo: Cormac Hanrahan Who wouldn’t want to sashay down somewhere called Prosecco Road? It sounds like Willy Wonka for grown-ups, right? But this is no hyper-coloured fantasy. No. Prosecco Road actually exists. And we can show you where.   An Italian food and wine trail  Just […]

Melbourne Airport to reinvigorate food outlets with 11 of the city’s favourite brands and chefs

Rotisserie chicken from Pickett’s Deli & Rotisserie at the Victoria Market. Photo: Pat Scala EARL Canteen‘s customers have been begging them to open at Melbourne Airport for years. “It’s definitely our most asked-for location,” says Jackie Middleton, EARL’s director and co-founder. “I think there’s a perception that food at the airport isn’t great, and Melburnians […]

The Yarra Valley is landing three new wine and dine options

Levantine Hill’s new $20 million winery and events space. Photo: Imageplay The Yarra Valley may be losing Attica Summer Camp on May 31, but there is plenty of new blood pumping through the vines. Jayden Ong is a co-owner of Cumulus Inc. and has been making wine near Healesville for 10 years. Following in the […]

Heat things up on these regional winter escapes

Luxury boutique accommodation at Acre of Roses. This is sponsored content for Visit Victoria. The cooler temps provide the perfect excuse to rug up and hit forest trails, lose an afternoon in a country pub cosied up by a huge open fire, and end the day dining on rustic meals in the region‘s best restaurants. This […]

10 reasons to visit … Ballarat

If the last time you went to Victoria’s third-largest city, most famous for its goldmining history and its re-creation at Sovereign Hill, was a number of years ago, chances are you might not recognise the place. Buildings, including the new GovHub, are springing up around Ballarat and former city dwellers are moving here in droves. […]

10 reasons to visit Mornington Peninsula

Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula is the gift that keeps on giving. Coastline meets verdant fields meets an almost unseemly wealth of winemaking and cheffing talent. Not to mention all of the world-class golf courses. But too much is never enough, as the past few years have proved. Not content with giving us multimillion-dollar wonderlands like Pt. […]

The making of Rockpool chef Phil Wood’s winery restaurant at Point Leo Estate, Mornington Peninsula

The Good Food Guide Regional Restaurant of the Year finalists are… Australia’s best winery restaurants New (and coming soon) in regional Australia Phil Wood’s new restaurant opens in less than three weeks, but he is still not allowed to use the kitchen. It sits stainless steel-shiny and huge – bigger than his former kitchen at […]

Bellarine Peninsula’s next wave of restaurants

A new wave of restaurants and cafes is set to hit the Bellarine Peninsula over the coming months. Fresh from opening the Common Ground Project in Freshwater Creek, 10 minutes’ south of Geelong, Nathan Toleman and the Mulberry Group are working on the revamp of the historic Beach House Geelong, which is back on track to open […]

Bendigo weekend getaway: best places to eat and drink

The Dispensary Enoteca. Photo: Supplied Bendigo is a grand old dame, with impressive buildings that showcase the spoils of the Gold Rush boom. Recently Victoria’s third-largest city has been reinvigorated with a burgeoning laneway and coffee culture. Many majestic ex-banks have been transformed into modern share plate eateries where you can sample the best of […]

Beyond the Great Ocean Road: Hitting the 12 Apostles gourmet trail

  “There’s so much more to the Great Ocean Road than the big rocks,” says Tim Marwood as we wander through the picturesque town of Timboon, just inland from the 12 Apostles, one of the country’s top tourist attractions. Since starting the award-winning Timboon Fine Ice Cream in 1999, Marwood and his wife Caroline Simmons have helped […]

Daylesford weekend getaway: where to eat and drink

The Lake House dining room is complete with crisp white linens.  The Daylesford area has always had great pull power thanks to its burbling, fizzing, healing mineral waters which may be pumped up from the depths to drink or bathed in at one of the many spas. But you can eat and drink well in […]

Eight tasty reasons to get yourself to Gippsland

Unspoilt beaches, lakes and mountains, waterside villages and green rolling hills – for those seeking the path a little less beaten, Gippsland has it all. And the local produce is pretty spectacular too. From closest in distance to further away, here are eight great reasons to get thee to Gippsland. 1. Feast on whole beasts at […]

Five great country pubs in regional Victoria

On the road and looking for a great Australian pub? Try these reliable watering holes. The Bunyip Hotel, Cavendish It’s been the pride of the town since the 1840s, sitting proudly on the banks of the Wannon River, four hours west of Melbourne. Some make the drive for ex-MoVida chef James Campbell’s massive mutton chop […]

Five of the best brunches in regional Victoria

Melbourne’s top 15 brunches Good Weekend’s 52 best brunches From the coast to the state border here are five breakfast spots worth a mid-morning pit stop. Captain Moonlite Go-to dish: Bacon steak and scrambled eggs. Bacon steak and scrambled eggs at Captain Moonlite. Photo: Supplied Where: Anglesea. Why: Even if you’re not just back from […]

Get outta town: Victoria’s hot new eateries from coast to coast

 Every year, without fail, a number of Melbourne chefs get jack of the city and go coastal with a series of pop-ups and parties. But this year, in addition to Geoff Lindsay’s annual Crab Club, Brigitte Hafner’s farm-based dinners, and the Portsea Hotel’s parties, a slew of new breweries, wineries and restaurants are about to […]

Guides for Good: Where to eat and drink in East Gippsland, Victoria

Put East Gippsland on your holiday radar this year: the smoke has cleared and the locals are hungry for our business. Farmer Josh Thomas pulls a peach from a tree, brushes ash from its fuzz, and takes a big, juicy bite. “It still tastes great,” he says, nectar running down his arm. The ash fell […]

Guides for Good: The King and Ovens valleys

Time has become very strange and tunnelling. When we planned this story, in the haze of the bushfires in early January, we were thinking in terms of a slow but hopeful recovery of infrastructure, bank balances and spirit. No one thought it was going to be quick or easy. Nor did anyone predict that Australia’s […]

Guides for Good: Where to eat, drink and shop in Beechworth

This is the first in our year-long series of regional drinking and dining guides supporting bushfire-affected communities across Australia.  Escaping Victoria’s horror bushfires, Beechworth is still open for business. Just remember to put a cooler in the boot. The air is clear, and heavy rain has sprouted a green tinge in the paddocks surrounding Beechworth. The fires […]

How Alla Wolf-Tasker and the Lake House in Daylesford pioneered a regional rebirth

In an age in which any flash-in-the-pan chef brings out a cookbook after two years in business, three decades deserves a street parade and glitter cannon – or, in Alla Wolf-Tasker’s case, a book pretending to be about Lake House but mostly celebrating the small producers who have helped make central Victoria one of the […]

Kyneton weekend getaway: best places to eat and drink

Just an hour’s drive from Melbourne, Kyneton is a lucky town. The 1850s Gold Rush left it with a legacy of lovely bluestone buildings but these days, a different kind of boom is drawing food lovers from across the country. Flagship restaurants such as Source Dining and Mr Carsisi​ have launched a culinary renaissance that now […]

Make your great escape to Dairy Flat Farm, Melbourne

Ten reasons to visit Daylesford and surrounds Of all the wild conspiracies dreamt up to account for 2020, it’s surprising the good old wrath of god hasn’t had more airtime. Regional Victorian businesses faced drought, then bushfires and then a pandemic/plague. You’d forgive anyone watching their back for signs of locust swarms. But hopefully their luck […]

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival 2017: 15 unmissable events

Look closely at that drinker on the next bar stool, or that shopper poking the produce at a Melbourne market, this week: chances are it’s a celebrated chef, because right now the city is a virtual culinary red carpet. International chefs have gathered here for the restaurant world’s equivalent of the Oscars – The World’s […]

Mornington Peninsula hills: best places to eat and drink 2016

​Head south to the glam, skinny Mornington Peninsula for some of Victoria’s best wine and fine dining. Here, we’ve mainly focused in and around the hilly, tree-cloaked hinterland. For a broader picture of the whole peninsula and a fantastic overview of artisan producers, restaurants, cellar doors and more, check out visitmorningtonpeninsula.org and winefoodfarmgate.com.au. Dining and […]

Mount Hotham and Thredbo weekend getaways: best places to eat and drink

Zirky’s ski lodge at Mount Hotham. It’s time to dust off those shellsuits, skivvies and Explorer socks and head to the slopes. And, whether your idea of a skiing holiday is exhilarating adventure sports or more  ’80s classic Hot Dog…The Movie, you’ll need fuel for all that fun. Fortunately, there are some decent places for discerning […]

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