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For wine lovers, Queensland’s Vine and Shine Trail has just been launched, a self-guided trail leading to more than 70 wineries and cellar doors across Queensland. Though Queensland wine dates back 160 years, our venture in to country shows us that more recently it’s emerging wine varietals that have put Queensland’s wine scene on the...
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It’s the green behind the gold, a lush hinterland of rainforest, waterfalls and rich farming land that extends back behind the golden beaches of #AustraliasFavouritePlayground. While the golden sands and rolling surf of the coast have their own dynamism, so too does the Gold Coast Hinterland. Forced up by the force of ancient volcanoes, steep...
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Australians are great fans of boutique brews. The ‘low volume, premium production’ trend has moved through sectors of Australia’s liquor industry during the past ten years. First it was beer that benefitted from the craft movement, then gin, and now rum and whiskey are having their time in the spotlight. Craft distilleries are popping up...
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For any foodie, a trip to Southeast Queensland would not be complete without a day at Sirromet Winery. Founded by Terry Morris in 2000, you will find Sirromet, Queensland’s most awarded winery, perched high up on a hilltop on Mt Cotton, 45 minutes from both Brisbane City and the Gold Coast. Sirromet is the jewel...
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It’s ‘gin o’çlock’ around the world, the liquor that began as a medicinal tonic once again one of our top trending drinks. There’s no better time than now to learn more about gin and its distilling process, especially when it comes with the opportunity to make a bottle of gin according to your own personal...
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There are moments in time that are forever etched in memory. Often it’s minute details of where we were, or what we were doing that linger, such as when we heard the news of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the tragedy of 9/11, the Brisbane floods, the burning down of Binna Burra… So it...
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Noosa is probably the most famous settlement on the Sunshine Coast. Seen as a blissful summer holiday destination, a lot of the focus centres on Hastings Street, a leafy boulevard where the rich and famous wine, dine and shop. Hastings Street, however, has other significance. It’s symbolic that the street leads to the Noosa National...
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Did you know that some of Australia’s best coffee is grown right here in our own backyard? The Golden Bean Award for Australian/NZ Grown Coffee (Milk based) for 2019 was awarded to Tamborine Mountain Naturals by Tamborine Mountain Coffee Plantation. It’s the highest single honour a bean can receive from the largest competition in the...
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The Gold Coast is home to many distinct tribes. Many of us identify with one or more of these tribes, such as musos, adventurers, intellectuals, foodies, surfers, mothers, nature-lovers and sports enthusiasts. Each tribe has their place to hang out, with KDV Sport being a favourite of golfers, tennis players, children and teens aspiring to...
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There’s nothing random about success. I can feel it around me when we visit Wildflower Distilling. Feel it as I take the crystal glass that’s handed to me, a piece of dehydrated orange floating on the clear liquid as I take a tentative sip. Satin. The sensation of silkiness spreads across my tongue with barely...