Top things to do

Top Choice Cafe in The Southeast

Lotus Eaters Cafe

This mighty-fine hippie cafe has rustic decor that belies real culinary savvy: expect terrific eggy breakfasts, curries and soups, with a rigorous focus on the seasonal, the organic, the free-range and the local. Su…
Top Choice Modern Australian in Great Ocean Road


Given the success chef Dan Hunter had at the Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld, the Birregurra tourism guys must've been licking their lips for several reasons when they heard he was moving to their town to open his new r…
Museum in Goldfields & Grampians

Goldfields Historical Museum

The world’s largest alluvial nugget, the 72kg Welcome Stranger, was found in Moliagul in 1869 by John Deason and Richard Oates, who hid it for two days before concealing it in a wagon and taking it to DunollyGoldfie…
Winery in Gippsland & Wilsons Promontory

Wild Dog Winery

The excellent Wild Dog Winery is one of Gippsland’s first wineries. It produces a great range of wines, all grown and bottled on its 30 acres, and has fabulous views across the Strzeleckis.
Modern Australian in Gippsland & Wilsons Promontory

Grand Ridge Brewery & Restaurant

The only community of any size along the Grand Ridge Rd is the pretty township of Mirboo North, home to Gippsland’s only brewery, the award-winning Grand Ridge Brewery & Restaurant producing chemical- and preser…
in New South Wales

Australian Reptile Park

Thirteen kilometres west of Gosford you can get acquainted with lizards, snakes and crocodiles at the Australian Reptile Park, and less toothy beasts such as koalas, platypuses and kangaroos.
Cafe in New South Wales


Infusing Terrigal’s fish-and-chip morass with some (pricey) red-hot-chilli-pepper spice, Supermex serves up volcanic enchiladas, tacos, burritos and quesadillas. The itemised chilli selection ranges from mana…
in New England

Mccrossin’s Mill Museum

This meseum is where you can view Captain Thunderbolt’s muzzle loader and revolver and learn about the evolution of the cricket bat.
Music in Brisbane & Around

Urban Country Festival

Three-day country-music fest in May with up to 500 guitar twangers and nasally bards. Held 45 minutes north of Brisbane in Caboolture (where Keith Urban grew up…which has nothing to do with the festival name!).
Comedy in Brisbane & Around

Brisbane Comedy Festival

Four-week festival in March featuring local and international laugh-mongers; at the Brisbane Powerhouse.