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The Mitchelton Airstream Hotel is a superb premium luxury staycation in regional Victoria, and we were privileged to experience the benefits. Seven full-size, sparkling-new Airstream RVs adorn the Estate to offer a gorgeous stay for guests all year-round. Situated just a short stroll from the Mitchelton Hotel, guests who choose to stay in the Airstreams have their own deck area with furniture – perfect for cosy nights in the great outdoors or a cooked breakfast treat at sunrise.
One of the most popular wineries to visit in Victoria, Fowles Wine’s new cellar door sits amidst acres of sprawling lawns and gardens, just 90 minutes from Melbourne. Recently, Fowles has set a new benchmark in outdoor dining in regional Victoria.
Four hotels from The Langham Hotels & Resorts global portfolio along with the entire The Langham Hotels & Resorts brand have been recognised amongst the best in the world by the readers of Travel + Leisure on their annual World’s Best list, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2020.
Wine by Sam is a must visit winery in Seymour, with Sam Plunkett one of the finest winemakers in the country. Have you ever travelled up the Hume Highway looking for a winery to stop by and indulge? We highly recommend a visit to Wine by Sam on your tour. It's amazing to see the progress of Wine by Sam in a relatively short period of time as one of the best wineries in Victoria. As Wine by Sam celebrates its seventh year, founders Sam Plunkett and Bronwyn Dunwoodie have proven the once relatively unknown region of Seymour is a big hitter in Australia’s wine industry.
Dinner at The Stables at Stones followed by accomodation at The Farmhouse at Meletos is the perfect premium Yarra Valley staycation. The Stables at Stones restaurant has been gaining acclaim with its degustation dinner menus; fine technique, bold flavours, with seasonal and local produce to the fore. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to experience the Stables degustation followed by a night in The Farmhouse at Meletos (exceptional Tuscan style luxury accomodation), capped off with a regional produce breakfast in the adjoining Meletos cafe.
Qatar Airways has recently marked 10 years since first launching in the Australian market. To celebrate the milestone, the airline hosted a pop-up restaurant in Melbourne, with a specially curated menu to showcase Australian produce, highlighting its commitment to local growers and suppliers. The World Loves Melbourne was invited along to Carousel in Albert Park to celebrate this great occasion.
Australia’s leading travel retailer, Flight Centre has published its hottest predictions for 2020 in its highly anticipated Wow List. The World Loves Melbourne was invited along to the launch event for a stunning lunch and presentation at iconic Melbourne restaurant Vue De Monde. As keen travellers we were excited to see where Aussies are travelling and get ideas and inspiration for upcoming travels.
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The Penguin Parade on Phillip Island is the number one attraction for overseas visitors to Victoria. The World Loves Melbourne was invited along to the Black Tie Gala launch of the stunning new Penguin Parade Visitor Centre, a significant development in Victorian tourism.
Longwood Brewery in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island BC, Canada is a great example of the exciting burgeoning craft beer scene in Canada. When you think Canada do you think craft beer? Absolutely. And BC (British Columbia) is the most craft-crazy region in all of Canada according to the Angus Reid Institute of research! The World Loves Melbourne was given a tour of Longwood Brewery by Brew Master Harley Smith and Peter Kis-Toth (Quality Control), and a beer tasting with Tracy McLean (Growler Bar Manager). We were impressed with the authenticity, quality and diversity of the beer and the craft scene in Canada (that is more advanced than in Australia).
Looking for a day trip or staycation just out of Melbourne? Exciting things are happening in Hume City, a region that is close to Melbourne. The World Loves Melbourne was invited along on a media staycation (famil) to experience some of the best of Hume City first hand.
Singapore Airlines is launching out with it's stunning Premium Economy offering on 3 of it's 4 flights out of Melbourne, and The World Loves Melbourne was invited to an exclusive media event to experience the service. It was a unique event with us joining Singapore airlines staff and executives on a plane and checking out the benefits of Premium economy including the superb food offerings.
Daylesford is one of the most compelling regions in Australia and The World Loves Melbourne enjoyed an amazing foodie adventure as part of the Honda Food Trail to Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges. Our adventure included the two hatted, AFR Australian Top 100 (no 30) Lake House, historic Daylesford Hotel, Tuki Trout Farm, cafes in Daylesford's Vincent Street, The Boathouse, Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens and Wombat Hill Cafe, and a short trip to Trentham.
Setting out from Melbourne in the Honda HR-V, a stunning compact SUV, we hit the freeway in fine motoring style. Soon we arrived at Tuki Trout Farm, an outstanding experience built upon three generations of this family business about 1 1/2 hours from Melbourne.
Cannibal Creek Vineyard (recently featured in Broadsheet) is just an hour East of Melbourne on the fringes of Gippsland and is one of those quiet achievers, in an area (Gippsland) that is on the fringe of emerging "big time" as a food and wine region. The World Loves Melbourne was invited on a famil to experience Cannibal Creek Vineyard and imbibe the delights of Gippsland.