La Dolce Vita – a sparkling road trip in the King Valley

There’s a friendly low-key charm to this peaceful valley at the foot of the Victorian Alps, the perfect detour off the Hume Highway or a destination in itself. Vineyards and wineries specialising in sparkling Prosecco, back-country roads, old tobacco sheds entwined with wisteria and a strong Italian heritage are part of the region’s unique charm. Click on the link to see the full story from Australia & New Zealand magazine

 

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How cool is that? The ice cream capital

Perhaps it’s Melbourne’s Italian heritage, perhaps it’s just the foodie obsession that seems to cut through everything the city does, but there’s some fabulous ice cream creations going down – Matcha Adzuki, Mango & Peanut Streusel –  summer and winter. Double cone for me please.  See the full story at Australian Traveller

 

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Attitudes to Architecture: colonial to cutting edge

From colonial to cutting-edge, architecture in Australia has been an amalgam of foreign influence and response to environment since the earliest days. A capsule study for the journal ArtLife, provides an overview of that trajectory and offers an insight into how we are increasingly part of a world movement and yet determinedly Australian. See the full story here ArtLife architcture margaret barca 2017

 

Trentham… tiny town that’s right on trend

It’s tucked away, but the little town of Trentham has serious street cred. An award-winning French country-style restaurant, a ramshackle timber pub, design-savvy holiday stays, great bookstore, peppering of little cafes and a genuine community feel. They call this ‘cool country’, and that’s right in so many ways. See my story in the December/January edition of  Australian Traveller

 

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The Insider’s Guide to Hawai’i

Remote beaches, primeval rainforest, waterfalls that drop hundreds of metres as they tumble and sparkle into the ocean, fluted canyons, sprawling cattle ranches, secret spring-fed pools where turtles graze and locals gather to ‘talk story’. And there’s the food! Hawai’i is so much more than Waikiki (and that’s pretty amazing). See the full story here

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Insider’s Guide to Hawai’i