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Enjoy the best of both worlds on safari in Botswana's Okavango Delta. Creature-spot by day and have all the creature comforts by night at a trio of luxury retreats.
Well-being and local wisdom are on the menu at Amanjiwo.
While it's not as ubiquitous as Cantonese sweet and sour pork or Hainanese chicken rice, China's pork burger, rou jia mo, is having its moment in the sun.
Wondering where the new in-demand destinations are? We’ve pulled the results of our Gourmet Explorer quiz to highlight the new travel hotspots worth visiting and help inspire your next overseas jaunt.
"12. I'm now sitting at Noma with no shoes on. I feel like a toddler in a sandpit."
"This is about dignity. This is about anyone walking through this door, taking what they need, and only giving back if they can."
Leaving her native Tasmania to break bread with fellow growers in the Blue Mountains is, writes Paulette Whitney, the best kind of busman’s holiday.
These four desserts have one thing in common – Anzac biscuits.
We say si to these six takes on the Italian classic. From coffee and caramel to red wine and figs, panna cotta proves to be a versatile dessert to suit all palettes.
Nicolas Poelaert, the French chef who won praise at Brooks and Embrasse restaurants in Melbourne, is now making waves with his choux-pastry smarts in Newcastle.
Go wholegrain with brown rice in a bibimbap-inspired bowl of seaweed, amaranth and pickled shiitake mushrooms, serve it with Chinese roast duck, or simply fry it up Southern-style.
A classic recipe everyone should have in their repertoire.
No gluten? No worries. No deliciousness was sacrificed in the making of these gluten-free sweets.
The Derwent Valley is the entry point to the World
Heritage-listed wonders of the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park and the
South-West Wilderness. The Rivers Run touring route takes in all the
local highlights from picturesque oast houses or hop kilns and
colonial architecture to the magnificent mountain ashes of the Styx
Valley, home to the outhern hemisphere's tallest tree. Whether up
hill or down dale, there's always something to admire.
The hub of the Derwent Valley is an impeccably English village
of stone houses, poplar avenues and a town square. Settled by
Norfolk Island immigrants at the start of the 19th century, it can
lay claim to one of Australia's oldest pubs, the circa 1825 Bush
Inn on Montague Street, and Tasmania's oldest church, St
Matthews on Bathurst Street.
As well as being a gateway to the Tasmanian wilderness and west coast, New Norfolk is renowned for antique shops brimming with colonial, deco and Georgian treasures. Swoon over the pricey pieces and 19th-century department-store interiors at the The Drill Hall Emporium. Stay in a convict-built Georgian mansion at Woodbridge on the Derwent, a member of the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World group. Regional food and wines dominate at Woodbridge's Pavilion dining room and the hotel has kayaks and bicycles for guests to work off the excess along the Derwent River.
The big attraction of touring this slice of Tasmania is surrendering to the charms of peaceful rural roads. Even the smallest towns can have surprising secrets.
Book well ahead at the wildly popular Agrarian
Kitchen, a farm-based cooking school in Lachlan run by
Gourmet Traveller contributing food editor Rodney Dunn and
his wife Séverine. Based in a 19th-century schoolhouse, this unique
gourmet experience combines beautiful surroundings with heirloom
produce, rare-breed animals and delicious meals.
At Hayes, Two Metre Tall runs a hop-to-tap artisan brewery on a 600-hectare farm. Handmade ales and ciders are crafted for "flavour, sustainability and truth of origin". On the way there, pull over at Pulpit Rock for postcard valley views.
At Bothwell, a picturesque hamlet settled by Scots in 1822, the finest Caledonian customs endure. Nant Distillery produces Australia's only highland single malt whiskey, using Tasmanian barley and pure highland lakes water. The nearby Ratho golf links is Australia's oldest golf course and possibly the only one where sheep still tend the greens. The tiny town itself is charming, with almost 60 buildings on the Tasmanian Heritage Register.
The waterfalls, rainforests and tarns of Mt Field National Park, an hour north-west of Hobart, provide the perfect setting for platypus, echidnas, Bennetts wallabies and Australia's only deciduous winter tree.
See art history in the making at Derwent Bridge, near Lake St Clair, where artist Greg Duncan is hand-carving the history of the central highlands in wood to create a 100-metre long sculpture, The Wall in the Wilderness.
Try some terrific cool-climate wines along the way, like Derwent Estate's standout pinot noir, chardonnay and riesling at Granton.
And don't miss the Salmon Ponds at Plenty, about 9km from New Norfolk. Established in 1864 using imported English salmon and trout stock, this historic hatchery has supplied the state's lakes with around one million fish each year. Tour the grounds, absorb the history and, if the urge to cast a line strikes, you're in luck - the Derwent Valley boasts some of Tasmania's best trout fishing.
This online feature was published on the Gourmet Traveller website in October 2012.
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