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Moorabool Valley Taste Trail

Regional Victoria’s top food and wine trails

The producers of Victorian food and wine are clustered in tight knit communities across this compact state. Attracted by fertile soil and clean water, food producers and wine growers have founded their farms and vineyards in the most beautiful parts of the state. Here they welcome visitors with open arms to try their wines and taste their food. Throughout Victoria, visitors will find food and wine trails mapped out showing the road to take and the places to stop along the way.

The sweet meadow

Regional Victoria’s best vegetarian and vegan dining spots

Once considered the domain of ‘hippy cafes’, the days of not being able to find restaurants, bars and cafes that serve plant-based fare are well and truly over. While cities tend to lead the way when it comes to food trends and innovation in dining, regional Victoria is home to a growing number of eateries choosing to offer inventive vegetable-centric menus with dishes that go beyond the typical vegetarian mainstays. Further to that, restaurants and cafes that serve meat are also coming to the party by offering speciality vegetarian menus and even themed vegan degustation nights.

chin chin's burnt cabbage

Melbourne – what’s next in food

Dani Valent speaks to four local food and drink experts – a restaurateur, a chef, a writer and a wine guy – about Melbourne’s food scene, and what will happen next.

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Melbourne’s newest dining and drinking hotspots

Melbourne’s lauded food scene is one of the city’s biggest drawcards. With new restaurants, bars, cafes and late-night cocktail haunts opening each week, locals and visitors always have a long list of new places to sample fresh flavours and find the next, big must-taste drink or dish.

Brae Restaurant with Chef Dan Hunter, and the team.

Regional Victoria’s top restaurants

While the city of Melbourne is known for its wealth of first class dining opportunities, regional Victoria has plenty of restaurants to rival the greats of the city dining scene. In fact, some of Australia’s most awarded and esteemed chefs choose to set up shop in Victoria’s regional towns. No doubt drawn in by the slower pace of life and direct access to the region’s best fresh produce, premium dairy and meat, many well-travelled chefs can be found manning the pans in places like Daylesford, Mildura, Bendigo, Ballarat and beyond.

S3 @ r.a.w.

Melbourne’s top 10 yoga studios

Here are some of the city’s newest and most inviting studios along with the top spots to refuel with a healthy snack after class.

TALO retreat

Victoria’s best bush stays

Nature lovers are well catered for in Victoria, where accommodation options include rustic rainforest retreats, modernist eco-homes set in bushland, and beachside cottages with killer ocean views.

Melb rooftop cookie

Australian travellers choose Melbourne

Melbourne maintains its position as the most desirable city for Australian travellers, with just over 4.2 million people saying they’d like to visit in the next two years.

Melbourne chefs come together for Cook for Syria

Chefs unite for a cause

Victoria’s top kitchen talent comes together this month to do their bit for children displaced by the conflict in Syria. Following the inspiring success of #CookForSyria in the UK, the Australian […]

san remo fishermans co-op on the deck

Victoria’s best fish and chips

No matter the season or the stretch of coastline, there’s top notch fish and chips to be found in many of Victoria’s coastal towns and villages. Here are some of the top picks.

Paddlesteamer at Port of Echuca

10 reasons to visit The Murray

Whether it’s food and wine, family time, on-water activities or feeling at one with nature that’s in order, there are many reasons to visit the Murray River region.

Trees Adventure

See the Forrest with Trees Adventure

Trees Adventure will arrive at the Otway Ranges this April with over 80 challenges and 20 flying foxes.

Lost Ones Gallery

10 reasons to visit Ballarat

Host of the upcoming White Night Ballarat festival, this golden city is as rich in arts and culture, craft beers, food and wine, festivals and events as it is in its history and heritage.

Ashcombe Maze & Lavender Gardens

A-MAZE-ing experiences in Victoria

Visitor will be a-maze-d with the variety of hedge and other mazes in which to get lost in regional Victoria.

Cruise Ships Melbourne

Cruising into Melbourne

Ideas for day-stop cruise passengers – how to capture the essence of Melbourne in just 12 hours.

Purple Rain

A White Night Melbourne weekend

The all-night extravaganza that is White Night Melbourne is the perfect excuse to stay a little longer and experience the best of what Melbourne has to offer.