Regional NSW

Australians can now stay inside of a giant jar of Vegemite

December 1, 2019

A four-metre-high, two-metre-wide Vegemite jar has popped up in the NSW countryside, with a two-person villa inside. Available for two-night stays, the Vegemite Villa is the latest pop-up lodging from, giving a lucky few the chance to live inside a giant tub of the country’s signature spread. Three builders, two sculptors, one scenic artists […]

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Hotel Review: Mantra up their regional game with new Albury property

October 22, 2018

Unless you’re heading there on business, chances are the riverina city of Albury isn’t too far up the bucketlist when it comes to those essential Aussie road trip destinations. Although, the major regional city, located on the banks of the Murray River, is a convenient and completely worthwhile stop-off on the way to (or from) […]

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Mantra opens a new $40 million hotel in the heart of Albury, New South Wales

July 9, 2018

Furthering their presence in regional areas around Australia, Mantra – whose Mantra Group was recently acquired by AccorHotels for $1.2 billion – has opened a shiny new property in the border city of Albury, overlooking its section of the vast Murray River in the heart of the Riverina town. This is the first hotel to […]

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Review: Refined dining at Redsalt Restaurant, Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley (NSW)

February 22, 2018

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley’s signature restaurant, Redsalt, is breakfast buffet paradise by day and a polished white tablecloth dining experience by night. Focused on local produce, the menu at the property’s on-site restaurant is equipped with a substantial selection of steaks on their grill section. It’s Friday night and we’ve just checked in at the […]

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Review: A weekend getaway at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley

February 15, 2018

Break away from the bustle of Sydney to wile away in the Hunter Valley for the weekend. A mere two-hour drive will bring you to resort accommodation Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, and it’s most certainly an ideal getaway to explore the wine region. Sleep It Off The twin bed deluxe room is reasonably sized, furnished […]

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The 27th annual Orange F.O.O.D Week announces 2018 program (NSW)

January 28, 2018

One of the state’s quintessential food and wine events, the annual Orange F.O.O.D Week, will return this April with a stacked program that includes delectable experiences such as a nine-course foraging degustation amongst the vineyards, a seasonal grazing feast under the stars, and a fresh produce-packed adventure by rail on the designated “F.O.O.D Train”. From […]

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The Yak Ales Barbecue Festival gears up for huge Melbourne and Gosford events

January 25, 2018

There’s now no shortage of celebration for Australia’s epic BBQ scene year-round, and the first event of that kind in 2018 will be The Yak Ales Barbecue Festival. For its fourth year running, the enormous program will be heading through Melbourne with some of the best barbecue in the country. Not only that, but 2018 […]

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Ten-day Orange Wine Festival returns this October (Sydney)

August 25, 2017

The Orange Wine Festival returns October 13th for ten days to celebrate the regions cool climate wines. The festival will showcase vineyards and cellar doors from the Orange region while also highlighting restaurants and produce form the area. Orange is a three and half hour drive from Sydney located in the Central Wesy of New […]

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Our top five picks of the Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival for 2017

May 14, 2017

Throughout May and June, the Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival returns with an enormous number and range of events highlighting produce of the region and beyond. Each year the festival returns with big, comprehensive programs ranging from cheese festivals and barrel burning celebrations, making for one of the best road trip options you’re going […]

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Orange Food Week returns in March with a mixed bag of 80 events (NSW)

February 2, 2017

Australia’s longest-running regional food festival, The Orange F.O.O.D Week (Food of Orange District), returns again this year and will run from 31 March – 9 April. This hugely popular regional food and wine festival, now in its 26th year, offers foodies from around the country more than 80 events, including 6 signature events, all of […]

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Spotlight on Orange NSW: A Sneak Peek of Orange F.O.O.D Week

March 23, 2016

The Food of Orange District (F.O.O.D) festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Running from 8th to 17th April, F.O.O.D Week is the country’s longest running regional food festival. You only need to drive about 3.5 hours out of Sydney to reach the charming food and wine hub. Showcasing quality produce and cool climate wine […]

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Accomm Review: Gumtree Cottage at Peppertree Hill (Mudgee, NSW)

March 7, 2016

The big city is where you’ll often find the more ‘standard luxury’ when it comes to accommodation but, in Australia at least, you need to think regional if you want to experience unique stays with charm and character, the type you’d get from independent owners rather than big, often inattentive brands that can get a […]

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Spotlight on Mudgee NSW: cherries, chocolate, cheese, and wine – a weekend away in Mudgee

February 1, 2016

Just under four hours outside of Sydney lies the Mudgee region, where you’ll find a unique food and wine scene that lends perfectly to a weekend away. The most famous wine destination in NSW has long been the Hunter Valley but in recent years areas like Mudgee have been steady gaining more and more attention, […]

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Orange F.O.O.D Week announces ten-day program of events (NSW)

January 25, 2016

Orange F.O.O.D (Food or Orange District) week is celebrating 25 years in 2016, making in Australia’s longest running regional food festival, once again paying homage to the substantial food and culture scene of the renowned New South Wale’s region. From 8th to 17th of April, the ten-day festival will bring a diverse program to the […]

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Pipeclay Pumphouse – Mudgee (NSW)

January 16, 2016

Front and centre by the lake at awarded Mudgee property Robert Stein Vineyard & Winery is where one will find Pipeclay Pumphouse, one of the few fine dining options in the area. Like Kim Currie’s nearby The Zin House, the kitchen here, led by Chef Andy Crestani, has an unwavering dedication to the local region, […]

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The Zin House – Mudgee (NSW)

January 11, 2016

A trip to Mudgee is simply not complete without The Zin House in sight. Kim Currie’s acclaimed, hatted country restaurant has been embraced by locals and visitors alike since it opened in 2014, rapidly building a glowing reputation for the kitchen’s unwavering dedication to seasonal, local produce, many of which is hand-picked from the surrounding […]

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Fairgrounds Festival reveal massive food and beverage program for this year (NSW)

November 29, 2015

Less than a week out from Fairgrounds Festival in the South Coast NSW town of Berry and the promoters have unveiled an impressive list of food and drink on offer for the day. Come Saturday 5th December, that impressive line-up of live music which includes C.W Stoneking, Meg Mac, and Father John Misty, will be […]

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