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Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges

Picnic perfection: hamper heaven at the beach.

Australia

Wicker ways: top picnic spots

The Tripologist Shake out the picnic rug and raid the fridge - because when the sun is shining, nothing beats a picnic.

Victoria

Weekend Away: Yarra Glen

Balgownie

Sue Wallace is smitten by the little quirks and comforts of idyllic Yarra Glen.

Holiday ideas

The big chill: embrace or escape

Skier in bikini

From sun-filled sojourns to log fire retreats, Belinda Jackson reveals the hottest last-minute winter holidays.

Victoria

Cathedral Valley Farm

Cathedral Valley

Smartly created by a makeover of an original 1961 kit home, this two-wing house is suited for a two-family stay.

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Victoria's best boutique hotels

Chateau Yering. Chateau Yering is the only Victorian property to be a member of the prestigious Relais et Chateaux group. There's a residential spa, billiards room, indoor spa pool, tennis court and even fly fishing on the lake.

Check in and get comfortable at some of the best boutique hotels in country Victoria.

Travellers Tips

Victoria

Stay the night

Open house ... Boroka Downs.

David Reyne finds some cosy lodgings, from coastal getaways with open fires to inner-city Italian chic.

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Travel News

Avalon Airport axes ad over criticism it made light of domestic violence

The advertisement as seen on Avalon Airport's Facebook page.

5:29pm | Victoria's Avalon Airport has been forced to ditch its new advertising campaign after being accused of making light of domestic violence.

UK tourist recounts 'hellish' time in Sri Lanka over Buddha tattoo

10:09am | A 37-year-old British nurse has recounted her "hellish" experience in Sri Lanka after she was arrested and sent to a deportation centre for sporting a Buddha tattoo deemed offensive by authorities.

Stowaway reportedly eyed Africa

9:05am | As relatives make themselves scarce after a 15-year-old Santa Clara boy survived a flight from San Jose to Maui in a jetliner's wheel well over the weekend, Hawaiian media have reported the boy may have been trying to get to his mother in Africa.

Hang onto your seat: it's gondola be an after-dark ride to thrill

JASON DOWLING | First we had the illuminated Melbourne Star wheel for a spin after dark - next may be a midnight ride to Arthurs Seat on new multimillion-dollar gondola.

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