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People in Melbourne live better than in Sydney, but neither are the best in the world: report

Sydney has fallen short of Melbourne in terms of quality of life and affordability of public transport, according to a Deutsche Bank report. Picture: iStockSource:istock Sydney might have the warmer weather and prettier beaches but people in Melbourne are living better, according to a Deutsche Bank report. Melbourne ranked higher than Sydney in Deutsche Bank’s […]

Rangers issue warning to tourists who take selfies at pink lake

Tourists are flocking to Westgate Park in Melbourne to get a photo at the lake that turns pink in warmer months. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty Images.Source:Getty Images It may look like the perfect selfie backdrop, but rangers in Melbourne have warned tourists against taking a dip in the stunning pink lake to achieve the perfect shot. […]

Ritz Carlton to open Australia’s tallest hotel in Melbourne

”Far East Consortium will be bringing the Ritz to life at our West Side Place development in Spencer Street, in what is set to become Australia’s Tallest hotel,” executive director Craig Williams said.Source:Supplied THE Ritz-Carlton is coming to Melbourne to overshadow Australia’s existing luxury hotels. That’s figuratively overshadow and literally overshadow. The 79 storey Ritz-Carlton […]

The best spots to explore outdoors in Victoria

The Grampians has spectacular views and plenty of fun activities.Source:Supplied DITCH the computer and grab your pack, because you’ll be surprised by how refreshing a nature getaway can be. Whether it’s a weekend trip from Melbourne or a week-long commitment, Skyscanner Australia is here to set you on the right (walking) track with Victoria’s best […]

Tourist’s close-encounter with swooping owl at wildlife show

A visitor to the wildlife sanctuary filmed the moment the owl swooped during the show.Source:Reddit Talk about a close call! A tourist visiting the Healesville Sanctuary in Victoria has had a very close encounter with a Barking Owl during a daily bird show at the wildlife haven. The owl launches off the arm of the […]

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 […]

Your cheat sheet to Victoria’s Goldfields region

Spend some time exploring Victoria’s Goldfields region.Source:Supplied A REGION full of riches — that sums up the Goldfields. Built on the wealth of the 1850s and 1860s gold rushes — hence its name — this famous patch oozes history, opulence, and excitement. It is resplendent and fascinating, where striking old buildings and first-rate cultural attractions […]

‘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 […]

NSW, Victoria to miss out in New Zealand’s travel bubble plan

Could Tasmania be the first state to be part of the trans-Tasman travel bubble with New Zealand? Picture: Central Coast Tourism Jennifer EnnionSource:Supplied As New Zealand continues to ease restrictions after announcing they no longer have any active coronavirus cases, all eyes are on when Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will open the trans-Tasman travel bubble […]

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. […]

Coronavirus NSW, Victoria: When will borders reopen for travel?

What will Australia’s local flight network look like post-COVID. Picture: Greg Wood/AFPSource:AFP With COVID-19 case numbers appearing to weaken in New South Wales and even gradually declining in Victoria, all eyes are on when Australia’s borders will also soften around the country. For the past six months, most of our internal borders have been closed […]

Why Freshwater Creek Cakes passionfruit cake is worth a drive to Victoria

There’s also a chocolate version if that’s more your speed. Picture: InstagramSource:Supplied Blink and you’ll miss this roadside bakery. But that would be a big mistake, because it’s home to a cake that has reached cult status. You know when you’re told you can’t have something, and it makes you instantly want it? That was […]

Can you go skiing in 2020? NSW, Victoria to open for snow season

The ski season in Australia will kick off a little later this year.Source:Supplied Typically, Australian snow lovers would be gearing up for a long weekend on the slopes to kick off our winter season. But with the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting the tourism industry both here and abroad, the popular Australia ski season has been waiting […]

Low pressure system delivers first snow to New South Wales and Victorian ski resorts

Winter has come early to most Australian ski resorts – including Perisher, pictured above – with snow falling overnight. Picture: Instagram/rgarsideSource:Instagram THE weather system responsible for this week’s severe conditions in Australia’s south east has brought an early surprise for ski resorts. Alpine areas in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania received snow falls overnight, […]

Low pressure system delivers first snow to New South Wales and Victorian ski resorts

Winter has come early to most Australian ski resorts – including Perisher, pictured above – with snow falling overnight. Picture: Instagram/rgarsideSource:Instagram THE weather system responsible for this week’s severe conditions in Australia’s south east has brought an early surprise for ski resorts. Alpine areas in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania received snow falls overnight, […]

Powerful trio of cold fronts set to bring winds, rain and much needed snow for ski resorts

An image from Monday of Mt Hotham with little in the way of natural snow. Picture: Afifa Imam/InstagramSource:Supplied It’s a happy snap from an Alpine resort but it’s what’s not in the picture that is remarkable — a distinct lack of natural snow. The Instagram image, posted on Monday from Mt Hotham in the Victorian […]

COVID Australia: WA border opens to NSW and Victoria as planned from midnight

Western Australia will reopen the state border with NSW and Victoria from midnight tonight. Picture: Paul Kane/Getty Images.Source:Getty Images Western Australia’s Premier Mark McGowan says the opening of his state border with NSW and Victoria will go ahead as planned from midnight. As of 12.01am Tuesday, residents from Victoria and NSW will be able to […]

Tasmania deems Victoria ‘low-risk’ state, eases border restrictions

Tasmania will relax its border restrictions with Victoria as of 12.01am on Saturday. Picture: Nikki Davis-JonesSource:News Corp Australia Tasmania will relax it hard border with Victoria after the state was deemed a “low risk” area. Despite there being a number of “high-risk” premises within Victoria, which include the Holiday Inn and Brunetti cafe at Melbourne […]

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 […]

Queensland border reopens to Victorians and Greater Sydney

Passengers from the first flight from Melbourne are welcomed at Gold Coast Airport in Coolangatta. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Steve HollandSource:News Corp Australia There has been emotional scenes at Brisbane Airport as families were reunited with each other after months apart because of the state’s coronavirus border closures. The state border war has finally ended […]

Tears, joy and free beer as SA border opens to Victoria

After nine months of not seeing each other, Ash McCall hugged his girlfriend Harriet Beard now the SA borders are open to Victoria. Picture: Tait Schmaal.Source:News Corp Australia When Ash McCall turned up to Adelaide Airport he stood teary eyed waiting for his girlfriend of three years to land from Melbourne. The 24-year-old hadn’t seen […]

Victoria relaxes Qld border rules and downgrades Greater Brisbane’s ‘red zone’ status

Victoria changes border rules with Queensland. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Andrew HenshawSource:News Corp Australia Victoria will loosen its border restrictions on people travelling from Greater Brisbane from 6pm on Saturday. Premier Daniel Andrews said the region would be downgraded from a red to an orange zone after Queensland appeared to have contained the spread of […]

Travel deals: Family fun picnic package on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula

Arthurs Seat Eagle and a picnic on the Peninsula. Photo: Supplied Enjoy a Family Fun picnic package on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula – with a return 15-minute-each-way Arthurs Seat aerial gondola ride included in the middle, before, or after the feast. The ride offers spectacular views of the Mornington Peninsula, across Port Phillip Bay and the […]

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 […]

King Valley, Victoria travel guide and things to do: Nine highlights

King Valley’s wineries sit along what has become known as Prosecco Road. Photo: Josie Withers THE ONE TIPPLE This is prosecco country now – or the Prosecco Road as it is known – but it was once the land where Italian tobacco farmers ploughed their crops in the fertile valley at the base of the […]

Victoria, British Columbia: A portal to the past tourists often miss

Parliament building of Victoria. Photo: iStock “Museums and galleries are vital,” says Don Main, my guide from the Architectural Institute of British Columbia. “But here in Victoria, the treasures are on the streets.” Born and raised in Victoria, British Columbia, Main is an architect with 30 years design experience and a keen interest in local […]

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe travel guide: The must-do highlights

The Zambezi and the 1.7-kilometre-wide waterfall form a border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, often causing visitors to fret which side offers better viewing. Photo: iStock I WANT TO BE SURE I’M DOING THE RIGHT THING Financially, Zimbabwe is a mess, with stratospheric unemployment, currency woes and a government rife with corruption. Drought has only added […]

Murray River paddlesteamer cruise, Victoria: Newly refitted, luxury paddle steamer – the queen of the Murray River

The queen of the Murry: PS Emmylou paddle steamer. Big Yellow Taxi is blaring from an approaching speedboat as we sit down for dinner, at tables arrayed along the PS Emmylou’s deck. Then it tears past with water-skier in tow, causing a wave which slaps the side of our paddlesteamer and gives two diners an […]

An 11 day tour of Great Ocean Road, Victoria: One of the most spectacular coastal drives in the world

The 12 Apostles on the Great Ocean Road. Clinging to an upturned lifeboat, in heavy fog and battling a relentless swell, a young English sailor named Tom Pearce got his first sight of Australia from the water after his ship hit a reef and sank on June 1, 1878. Pearce was miraculously tossed on waves […]

Falls Creek, Victoria, travel guide and things to do in spring: 20 highlights

Explore Mount McKay on a backcountry tour. Photo: Supplied 1 SKI THE SPRING SNOW For the second year running, the snow depth at Falls Creek passed the two-metre mark in August. That kind of quantity means the cover will endure through September and into October (Falls Creek’s lifts will run to October 7). The cold, […]

Victoria, Australia places to stay: Best weekends away

A mineral spring’s waters are pumped into a lush indoor pool at Lon Retreat & Spa. Photo: Supplied With a plethora of town and country accommodation choices, Victoria has the short break sewn up. LON RETREAT & SPA 25 Gill Rd, Point Lonsdale; (03) 5258 2990; lonretreat.com.au THE LOCATION Set amid 81 hectares of rural […]

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