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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.

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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.

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

Roast pork with Nelly Robinson
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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.

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.

New cruises 2017

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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.

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.

And then there were 17 Apostles

The Twelve Apostles

The Twelve Apostles

Another five limestone stacks have been discovered offshore from Victoria's Great Ocean Road near the famous Twelve Apostles landmarks.

This is the first time that submerged limestone stacks have been found anywhere in the world. The "drowned Apostles", as scientists have dubbed them, were found this month by Melbourne University PhD student Rhiannon Bezore and her co-supervisors, geomorphologist David Kennedy and Deakin University's Daniel Ierodiaconou, during sonar mapping of the reef.

"We were looking for other submerged features - drowned cliff lines, possible river channels or estuary basins under the sea - and then we found these features that looked remarkably similar to sea stacks," says Bezore. "We all had to make sure we were looking at what we thought we were looking at. We definitely weren't expecting to make such a cool discovery."

The stacks are 12 kilometres west of the other Apostles (between Port Campbell and Peterborough). The five columns are submerged 50 metres below sea level, average five metres in height and are thought to be part of a larger limestone sea cliff dating back 60,000 years. The Twelve Apostles, now only eight columns after a fourth collapsed in 2005 (the number is disputed following a partial collapse in 2009, but the researchers count eight), average 45 metres in height.

Bezore says the submerged sea stacks were eroded out of the cliff side in a similar process to the Twelve Apostles, and that they were preserved thanks to rapid rises in sea level shortly after being formed.

"The sea level must have been rising at such a rapid rate that the waves and wind didn't have a chance to completely erode them away," she says. "Now that they're submerged completely, they will most likely be there long term."

While collecting rock samples for analysis, divers have discovered deep-sea reefs on top of the stacks and an abundance of marine life.

"It's definitely opened up a window to look for these features in other locations," says Bezore. "Until now, no one really thought to look for them as they weren't really thought to exist."

Thinking of visiting the Great Ocean Road? Here's our guide to the area.

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