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The Royal Mail Hotel is changing
28.03.2017

Executive chef Robin Wickens has a stronger influence at the Royal Mail Hotel's upcoming restaurant, slated to open later this year.

Adventuring along America's north-west rivers
28.03.2017

The rivers of America's north-west running through Washington state and Oregon form the arteries of epic landscapes and bold discovery routes. Emma Sloley follows in the wake of Lewis and Clark.

The World's Best sommeliers are coming to Australia
28.03.2017

For the first time, the world's top international sommeliers will take part in the World's 50 Best Awards too.

Seven Italian dishes that shaped fine dining in the 2000s
28.03.2017

Italian food in the restaurants of Australia blossomed into maturity in the new millennium, as the work of these trailblazers shows – dazzling and diverse, a successful balance between adaptation and tradition.

Steam ovens: a guide
27.03.2017

Billed as the faster, cleaner way to cook, are these on-trend ovens all they’re cracked up to be? We take a close look at their rising popularity, USP versus the traditional convection cooker and how each type rates in terms of form, function, and above all, flavour in this buyer’s guide.

Our chocolate issue is out now
27.03.2017

Our April issue is out now. In his editor's letter, Pat Nourse walks you through what to expect.

Roast pork with Nelly Robinson
27.03.2017

Nelly Robinson of Sydney's nel. restaurant talks us through his favourite roasting joints, tips for crisp roast potatoes and why, when it comes to pork, slow and steady always wins the race.

Water carafes
24.03.2017

More than mere vessels, these pieces bring a cool breeze of style from the fridge to the table.

Flour and Stone Recipes

Baker extraordinaire Nadine Ingram of Sydney's Flour and Stone cooks up a sweet storm for Easter, including the much loved bakery's greatest hit.

Fast autumn dinners

Autumn weather signals the arrival of soups, broths, roasts and more hearty meals.

Roasted cauliflower salad with yoghurt dressing and almonds

The cauliflower is roasted until it starts to caramelise, which adds extra depth of flavour to this winning salad. Serve it warm or at room temperature.

1980s recipes

Australia saw some bold moves in the ’80s, and we’re not just talking hairstyles. Greater cultural references started peppering the menus of our restaurants, and home-grown ingredients won a new appreciation. The dining scene was coming of age and a new band of pioneers led the charge.

New cruises 2017

Cue the Champagne.

All Star Yum Cha

What happens the morning after the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards? We treat the chefs to a world-beating yum cha session, as Dani Valent discovers.

Melbournes finest meet Worlds Best

Leading chefs descend on Melbourne in April for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. We asked local hospitality folk who they’d abduct for the day and where they’d take them to show off their city. There may be coffee, there may be culture, but in the end it’s cocktails.

Savoury tarts

Will your next baking project be a flaky puff pastry with pumpkin, goat's curd and thyme, or a classic bacon and Stilton tart? As autumn settles in, we're ticking these off one by one.

Top daytrips from Melbourne

Melbourne Peninsula

Melbourne Peninsula

Five favorite quick escapes a short ride away from the Victorian capital.

Victoria is such a compact state that nothing is very far from Melbourne, making it easy to escape the city on a daytrip. Here are five of our favourite quick escapes.

Mornington Peninsula
The Mornington Peninsula - a 100km boot jutting into the ocean on the eastern edge of Port Phillip Bay - is one long beach just 80km south of Melbourne. In the hinterland, rolling green vineyards produce some of Victoria's best cool climate wines, fertile farmlands yield rich crops of olives, apples and strawberries, and artisans produce creamy cheeses, handcrafted beers and melt-in-your-mouth chocolates. The best way to explore the peninsula is to drive along the western shore from Melbourne to Portsea (around 90 minutes via the M1 and M3). 

Daylesford
Daylesford and the nearby Hepburn Springs are home to Australia's riches concentration of mineral springs. They are, if you believe the locals, so rich in therapeutic powers that they can relieve just about any ill you'd like to imagine. But one cannot live on hot baths alone. There are plenty of other things to see and do - the main street is lined with eclectic artist's studios and modern art galleries and you're spoilt for choice when it comes to places to eat. Daylesford is an 80-minute drive from Melbourne; to get there, take the Calder Highway from the city to Woodend or Kyneton, and then head east to Daylesford from there. 

Yarra Valley
The Yarra Valley has lovely views, great food, fantastic wine and lots to see and do - all one hour from the city. Follow the Yarra Valley Regional Food Trail, marked by the blue and orange signs criss-crossing featured stops across the region. Along it you'll find dozens of producers, orchards, farm gate stalls, eateries, wineries and places where you can pick your own produce. Before you set out, check the opening days of the local markets, where stalls are piled high with local foods, much of it organic. Take the Eastern Freeway from the city and follow the signs to Yarra Glen or Healesville.

Philip Island
Most people head to Philip Island, around a two-hour drive from the city, just to visit the famous penguin parade, but there's much more to the island than waddling seabirds. There are two elevated boardwalks at the Koala Conservation Centre near Cowes that let you get closer to the koalas precariously perched in the treetops, and the island features wild surf and coastlines with spectacular clifftop walking trails, quirky art galleries and some great restaurants. Connected to the mainland by bridge at San Remo, Phillip Island is 142 km south-east of Melbourne, via the Monash Freeway (M1) and South Gippsland and Bass highways.

Ballarat
Australian country towns don't come much grander than Ballarat, an 85-minute drive from the city centre. The legacy of riches poured into the town during the 1850s gold rush is a stunning streetscape of grand buildings and public statuary. The town's most well known attraction is Sovereign Hill, an outdoor museum that recreates what the town was like at the time. Other stops include the original, rather battered, Eureka Flag on display at the brand new Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (MADE), and the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, the country's largest (and oldest) regional art gallery, home to one of the best collections of Australian art outside of a capital city. Ballarat is 117km west of Melbourne, a 75-minute drive, via the M8.

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