Road Less Travelled
On World Tourism Day, forget “World Class” we are coining a new phrase: “Australian Class”.
On World Tourism Day, September 27, many of us will be rethinking the way we travel. We’re a restless mob in Australia and we’re fond of traversing the road less travelled.
You’ll always find at least one Aussie in remote destinations. Perhaps contentedly slurping up Buuz dumplings in Ulaanbaataar or tucking into Toukasso in Timbuktu. That’s just who we are.
But in these Covid times, the road less travelled winds all the way back to our own backyard. And this rich Aussie earth has never had more to offer us.
The wine is always flowing in Victoria’s verdant Goulburn Valley and the favours of the abundance of local produce seem even more intense there.
"Mitchelton is situated in only one of five wine regions in the world with an inland vineyard surrounded by a great expanse of water," says proud company director, Andrew Ryan.
With the shimmering Goulburn River on one side and the sparkling Nagambie Lakes on the other, the premium winery takes full advantage of its surroundings with a chic 58-room hotel, infinity pool, luxurious spa and a stunning restaurant. There’s a table there for you.
Dan Hawkins is the celebrated executive chef there and is also well known for his cuisine at one of Melbourne’s coolest hotels, The Prince in St Kilda - bolt hole of Formula One racing car drivers and fashion designers,
Take a winery tour in Nagambie, which should also include the family-owned Tahblik, which has some of the oldest vines in the world, dating back to 1860.
Even for those with slightly different tastes, the Nagambie Brewery & Distillery is also nearby, boasting an incredible array of craft beers. While dedicated shoppers can get their fix of Australian-made fashion and homewares at one of the many exciting regional stores like Harvest Moon.
Australia has become a nation of artisans, who are keen to showcase their originality, their dedication to quality and their use of local materials. It all adds up to a nourishing experience at a fraction of the cost of a trip to Europe and the US. Plus, the real buzz is in knowing that you’re supporting local communities and helping them to prosper.
So book an Australian voyage of discovery on World Tourism Day. From the lush, mannered countryside of Victoria - to the wonder and mystique of the Red Centre, our continent is so much more than world class. There’s now a new benchmark for excellence - Australian class.
ABOUT THE WRITER
Ros Reines is a Sydney journalist and the author of four books. She is currently penning her fifth - a memoir of a life in the media.