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Five reasons to visit Kangaroo Island with Qantas Link

A new flight route to Kangaroo Island (KI) from Melbourne and Adelaide will be available from December 2017.

The direct flights to the island’s Kingscote Airport, reflect the increasing demand and popularity of KI.

With the exceptional tourism products, sweeping landscapes and unique accommodation options KI has on offer, it’s not hard to see why it’s one of the hottest destinations for travellers to visit.

Here are five reasons to travel to Kangaroo Island:

1. Beautiful Accommodation

Accommodation on KI is luxurious and will not disappoint – especially the likes of Southern Ocean Lodge, Lifetime Private Retreats, Kangaroo Island Beach Lodge, Villas on the Bay and Sea Dragon Lodge to name a few.

2. Natural Beauty

From soaring cliffs, dense bushland, Little Sahara Sand Dunes, wetlands, miles of white beaches and azure water, to the new Wilderness Trail stretching across 61 kilometres of rugged, remote coastline – KI’s natural beauty will astound.

3. Wildlife encounters

With over 24 protected areas, 19 National and Conservation Parks including Seal Bay and five Wilderness Protection Areas – KI is a sanctuary for wildlife. Experience up-close encounters with Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari, including the opportunity to swim with wild dolphins, or take a tour with Exceptional Kangaroo Island Tours to experience KI’s abundant wildlife.

4. Fresh produce

KI is a foodie’s delight – with fresh and delicious produce at every corner. Include a visit to Island Pure Dairy to taste their range of sheep yoghurt and premium cheeses, stop in for lunch at Andermel Marron farm, sample Ligurian honey at Clifford’s honey farm or end the day with a gourmet meal overlooking the Southern Ocean at Sunset Food and Wine.

5. Unique Tours 

Tour operators like Exceptional Kangaroo Island Tours, Odyssey Tours and KI Wilderness Tours are ready to showcase the very best KI has to offer while Hannaford and Satch’s bespoke and intimate dining options will leave a lasting impression. Whether you’re looking for sun, surf and sand, high end luxury or rugged adventure – KI has you covered.

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Savour the Moment at Relish

FEATURING famous chefs, fine food and fabulous entertainment, this year’s Relish Food and Wine Festival at Portside Maryborough is the place where visitors can savour the moment.

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Rated one of Queensland’s must do experiences, historic Maryborough will be at its mouth-watering best on Saturday June 4 with the staging of the annual Relish event showcasing the best produce and products from across the region, as well as local cafes and restaurants, award winning wines, craft beers and gourmet food stalls.

Maryborough’s magnificent Portside precinct – incorporating Queens Park, Mary River Parklands, heritage streetscapes and the Mary River – serves as the distinctive backdrop for a day of indulgence.

One of Australia’s most popular chefs, Matt Golinski, headlines and will be conducting a number of cooking demonstrations throughout the day, as well as a Meet and Greet session at Gatakers Artspace from 3pm to 4pm.

Well known as one of the original team members of the popular Ready Steady Cook television series, Matt has worked as executive chef at some of Queensland’s leading restaurants and founded his own catering company.

Matt Golinski said he is always proud to showcase local produce in south east Queensland.

“Food is such an important part of our lifestyle as Queenslanders and there is nothing better than being able to support our local producers, farmers and retailers. I’m really excited to cook with the world class produce the Fraser Coast has to offer,” said Mr Golinski.

Other leading chefs shining the spotlight on the Fraser Coast’s regional food story at Relish include 2013 My Kitchen Rules champions Dan and Steph Mulheron, Michael Cox from Muddy Waters Café, Nick Street-Brown and Hajime Horiguchi from COAST Bar and Restaurant, Rocco Turina from Villa Cavour and Saul Collins from The Vinyard.

Dan Mulheron will also host a special sausage making masterclass, with all festival goers going into the draw to win a sausage-making machine from the Good Guys.

Mara and Rocco Turina from Villa Cavour Bed and Breakfast will be showcasing their fare in a pasta making demonstration in the Food Lovers Marquee.

Mara said it was a great opportunity for them to show the Fraser Coast what they had to offer.

“Relish is a great event that is progressing and developing each year. It’s exciting watching and helping Relish grow into one of regional Queensland’s best food and wine festivals,”said Mrs Turina.

Marketing Manager for Fraser Coast Opportunities, Bradley Nardi, said attendees could also tempt their tastebuds and take a journey through the region’s best produce at various ticketed sessions on the day.

Sessions include the Bubbles on the Boat Mary River cruise with local sparkling wines and cheese platters ($35 per person), plus separate wine and beer matching sessions featuring local wines from Vintner’s Secret, Yenda craft beer and delicious canapes from Muddy Waters Café ($35 per person).

Following the festival’s success in recent years, Mr Nardi said Relish was well on its way to becoming one of regional South East Queensland’s signature food and wine festivals.

“Relish provides the total foodie festival experience, from seasonal produce and local seafood such as delicious Hervey Bay Scallops and Fraser Island prawns, wine and cheese tastings and beer and food matching sessions.

“Add to that cooking demonstrations from innovative chefs, wine masterclasses, cheese making demonstrations, live music, kids entertainment and more – visitors are sure to savour the moment,” Mr Nardi said.

Relish Food and Wine Festival is on Saturday June 4 at Portside Maryborough from 10am to 5pm.

Tickets for Relish are now on sale and can be pre-purchased online for just $15, or for $20 at the gate including Relish wine glass. Session tickets are also available – get in quick to ensure you don’t miss out. Visit relishfrasercoast.com.au/tickets

 

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Native food to star in ‘Best Regional Event in Australia’

THE MAGICAL Kimberley setting will star alongside native Kimberley food at the Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster in May 2016.

Fervor Chef Paul Iskov joins the star-studded line up along with food critic and trained chef Rob Broadfield.

Iskov will prepare the delicious. Breakfast By Fervor on Friday 20 May, and thedelicious. Degustation Dinner by Fervor on Sunday 22 May – both at a secret location set amongst the spectacular East Kimberley landscape.

The 33-year-old chef has a CV that reads like the who’s-who of the culinary world. He has worked under renowned WA chef Hadleigh Troy at Restaurant Amuse in East Perth and has done stints at Tetsuya’s, Quay, Becasse and Marque.

Further afield, Iskov has spent time in revered overseas kitchens at Coi in San Francisco, Eleven Madison Park in New York, Test Kitchen in Cape town, Pujol in Mexico City, with Alex Atala at D.O.M in San Paulo and under René Redzepi at Noma in Copenhagen, the latter ranked the Best Restaurant in the World in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014.

Iskov, a pioneer in the native food movement, is no stranger to the Kimberley having worked on the True North, but has only been to Kununurra once. He said he was eager to discover nature’s food bowl in Western Australia’s North West.

“I am looking forward to connecting with local Aboriginals to learn about native food and ingredients in the Kimberley and go on a wild harvest with them,” Iskov said.

“It’s so exciting that people are becoming more interested in native food – it makes perfect sense for our diet to consist of food that grows around us.

“The other thing that not many people know about is how healthy native ingredients are – wild rosella, which is a native hibiscus, is really good for your heart and blood pressure. It has an amazing flavour, an intense tangy, quite acidic taste.”

Iskov said that dinner guests could expect green tree ants, boab fruit, and wild rosella to appear on the plate.

“I’m not going to say if we’ll have witchetty grubs or not – you’ll just have to wait and see,” the chef said.

Fervor is a roaming restaurant that visits small rural towns holding unique dinners in the bush, beach, salt lakes and other beautiful locations.

Iskov and Broadfield join a list of talent at the Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster including award-winning chef George Calombaris, musicians Bernard Fanning, San Cisco and Troy Cassar-Daley, and comedians from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow.

Broadfield is a well-known Western Australian food identity and the event’s ambassador. He will host the Kimberly Kitchen presented by the Kununurra Country Club Resort and the Durack Homestead Dinner, both featuring George Calombaris.

Tickets for key events of the award-winning Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster, held 13 to 22 May 2016 are on sale now.

MasterChef Australia judge and decorated chef and restaurateur George Calombaris will be leading the event’s culinary creations at the Kimberley Kitchen (presented by the Kununurra Country Club Resort) and Durack Homestead Dinner, two events that are expected to sell out quickly.

Another event set to sell out quickly is the festival highlight, the Kimberley Moon Experience on Saturday 21 May.

The extraordinary Kimberley Moon Experience concert will be staged under the stars on a full moon along the banks of the majestic Ord River at the Jim Hughes Amphitheatre featuring former Powderfinger frontman Bernard Fanning, six-time ARIA nominated Fremantle band San Cisco and country music singer-songwriter Troy Cassar-Daley. It’s the Muster’s biggest event and a huge party.

Picnic on the grounds and dance the night away with friends in General Admission or celebrate in style in the Kimberley Fine Diamonds Corporate Circle, which treats tickets holders to a black tie concert and dining experience.

Set against the magnificent backdrop of the Ord Valley, Lake Kununurra, spectacular fresh water gorges, national parks and stunning reserves, the Muster rewards visitors with magical and distinctive experiences.

Travel packages including return flights ex Perth, three nights accommodation and tickets start from $1040*pp (*conditions apply. Please see www.ordvalleymuster.com.au/getting-there for more info).

The host town Kununurra is situated some 800 kilometres from Darwin and more than 3000 kilometres from Perth.

Awarded Australia’s Best Regional Event at the 2015 Australian Event Awards as well as taking top honours in the 2015 WA Tourism Awards in the Regional Events category and entered into the Awards Hall of Fame, the Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster encompasses 30 varied and brilliant events over a festival of ten days.

The State Government is a proud supporter of the event through Tourism WA’s Regional Events Program, made possible by Royalties for Regions,

Tickets to the delicious. Breakfast by Fervor and delicious. Degustation Dinner by Fervor go on sale 9am, Monday 22 February through Ticketmaster. For more information visit www.ordvalleymuster.com.au.

For more information and tickets, visit www.ordvalleymuster.com.au.

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