Bridge Road Brewery
Saturday was well spent at Hotham. Sunday morning post heavy breakfast and hot cappuccino, it was time to head back. We took a different route, traversed through Mount Beauty amidst heavy fog, tasted the world famous honey in Beechworth town, picked few bottles of honey variants and also relished a tour of this honey making process. Gobbled up delicious pizzas and tasted varieties of beer at Bridge Road Brewers, Beechworth. Beer is not my drink but if it is yours, this place is a must visit. Slowly and steadily, enjoying all the beauty around us, we were back to Melbourne by late evening cheerful and contented.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Hentley Farm Wines
Hentley Farm: Try the seven-course Discovery Menu paired with award winning wines. Seppeltsfield; tasting menu US$139. Lane Vineyard An attractive glass walled restaurant with excellent food. Hahndorf; thelane.com.au; prix fixe menus from US$45. Skillogalee Stop at this Clare Valley spot for lunch in a charming setting. Sevenhill; entrées US$14–US$37 ; skillo galee.com.au
Shut the Gate Wines
A maverick spirit permeates one of my favourite Clare wineries, Shut the Gate, where winemakers Richard Woods and Rasa Fabian are working with purchased fruit to produce some fascinating wines, like their intensely minerally Fiano and a restrained Shiraz expressing plush red fruit and smoke. They sell local cheeses and terrines in their rustic cottage, so you could pick up a few snacks, select a bottle, and while away an afternoon in the pretty garden out front.
On one end of the spectrum is d’Arenberg, which makes some knockout Shirazes and is currently building an ambitious piece of modern architecture called the Cube; when completed it will house a restaurant and cellar door where visitors will be immersed in a ‘wine fog.’ I had a lot of fun doing the blending course, in which you taste and learn about the juice that comes from different parcels and then craft your own wine.
Penfolds Barossa Valley Winery
I love discovering smaller makers like these, but you’d be remiss if you skipped Penfolds’ slick tasting room, where you can sample the full range of what this famous producer does, including the Grange, one of the country’s most cellar-worthy reds. And don’t miss the recently restored 19th-century Seppeltsfield winery for a glass of port—called Para Tawny here.
Darwin is one of those places that not many travellers to Australia get to visit – and yet the ones who do make it here end up staying! It seems that all the backpackers in Darwin end up staying there for long periods of time, working to replenish their travel funds…and you can pretty much find them all along one street. But working travellers isn’t the reason to come to Darwin. The main reason is to discover this tropical city
For the seriously stylish shopper, Oxford Street is where high street fashion effortlessly mingles with artistic standalone boutiques and home-grown designer labels. Running all the way from Darlinghurst up till Woollahra, keep an eye out for Camilla, Ginger & Smart, Easton Pearson and Ellery.DARLING STREET