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This cafe/deli/wine bar, on the corner of Elgin and Drummond streets, has a produce-driven menu featuring seasonal organic vegetables.

Launceston and Hobart are magnets for those who appreciate fine food, wine and spirits.

See why Lorne made the Australian Traveller Top 50 Towns List.

My blind date with Albany is a lovely surprise.

The Cordells created a haven on a very tight budget. Read how.

Australia's first Hilton Garden Inn opens in Albany and it is magnificent. Read Danielle's review.

Hotel Review of Mercure Bendigo Schaller.

Danielle was looking for adventure in Far North Queensland on her first family holiday after the Melbourne lockdowns. An ATV tour was just the thing.

Agriculture in Australia is a male-dominated industry. Women are either born or marry into the lifestyle.

The Gold Coast is well known as Australia’s favourite playground.

Rex has new flights from Melbourne to the Gold Coast. Read Danielle's review.

With stories of who she's loved and what she cooked for them, this cookbook takes readers on a journey through Danielle's kitchen, and her heart.

See how Danielle's copywriting skills helped Michele Barry's change management and consulting business.

Need a luxe getaway in Sydney? Stay at the Albert.

Opinion Normal text size Larger text size Very large text size Around the country, a swathe of teenage workers have been quietly going about their business as shelf stackers and cashiers at the nation's supermarkets. In better, pre-coronavirus times, parents encouraged them to find after-school jobs; to help them develop financial independence, self-esteem and personal maturity.

When the winter weather comes blowing into Canberra, it's easy for couples to get warm and cosy on a romantic getaway in the capital.

You can't go to Chiang Mai in Thailand and not have a massage - the city is famous for them. But having a Thai massage in a prison will do more than ease your own aches and pains. Here's why.

It seems impossible that two people could live inside, but upon entering it's like Mary Poppins' magical carpetbag - it fits far more than expected.

If you dream of island hopping, this list of the world's most beautiful islands is for you, writes Danielle Norton.

A new chef at the Lancemore Mansion and Spa

We pump up the adrenaline to uncover the action-packed side to beautiful Bali. Keep teenagers entertained with quad bikes, water parks, surf lessons & more

When brothers Ali, Mohammad and Hussain Alamein fled Iraq as children in the 1990s, they couldn't have imagined the success they would find thanks to a scholarship. L-R: Mohammad, Hussain and Ali Alamein Article 26 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that everyone has the right to education.

The last time I took my kids on an international holiday a stranger approached me at the airport, gently squeezed my arm and said, “I hope you get a chance to have a break. You deserve it.”

Adventures in and around Hobart with kids

Is there anything more delightful than a flowering garden on a spring morning? How about your very own cosy miner's cottage set amongst 1,700 sustainably-grown heritage rose bushes on a micro flower farm? Sandy McKinley has designed her property, Acre of Roses, to be a true retreat from the busyness that infiltrates the lives of city slickers.

Encountering exotic flora and fauna is a fascinating element of any visit to a foreign country. Bali Zoo, home to over 500 animals of more than 60 species, is set amidst 10 hectares of cooling, verdant tropical gardens.

From the moment I set eyes on it, I knew we were destined to be together.

Melbourne's newest luxury hotel, Shadowplay by Peppers, is yet another drawcard for the Southbank precinct. Edwin, the stylish wine bar and restaurant located adjacent to reception on the ground floor, adds a new destination for food and wine buffs living in or visiting one of Melbourne's most sought after residential and recreational areas.

Tearing down the slopes really builds an appetite. Here are options for pre- and apres-ski that go beyond hot choccy. Snowshoe to cheese fondue Is there anything better than a three-course French meal on a cold winter's night? Don snowshoes and trudge past snow gums at sunset and arrive at Alpine Nature Experience's hidden eco-village.

Don your winter woollies: it's road trip time, hibernators. When the cold winds start to whistle, the time is right to don your winter woolies and venture out of town. Just an hour from Melbourne, by car or train, lie the beautiful Macedon Ranges, writes Danielle Norton Learn Animus Distillery in Kyneton creates premium hand crafted gin.

Once upon a time, drinking holes in Hobart pretty much served only Cascade beer and cool climate wines. Tasmania is now a haven for distillers. There are 37 registered distilleries producing gin, whisky and even apple-based spirits. To meet the demands of a new generation of spirit lovers, a range of elegant and interesting bars are popping up in the capital.

It's one of Bali's most luxurious beach resorts, complete with butler service and a Sunday brunch that's the stuff of legends. So what's it really like to stay at the Mulia in Nusa Dua? Danielle Norton checks in.

Danielle Norton Boasting a world-class art collection and wow-factor mountain views, the Islington Hotel is one of Hobart's most elegant - and surprising - boutique stays. The Islington Hotel 321 Davey St, South Hobart, TAS, 7000 Hobart's Islington Hotel, secluded behind high gates, gives the impression that it is an exclusive private home.

Danielle Stewart's company My Word is on a mission to enrich connections between the elderly, their families and carers.

Recently, my children have been very interested in gender diversity, equality and LGBTIQ issues. Now that school camp is on the horizon, the issue of gender equality is being explored even further in relation to the strong friendships that exist between children of different genders.

Andrew completed a diploma of community studies and outreach counselling and secured a job at Berry St as a residential care worker and an outreach worker in a youth program.

Adventuring around Australia in summer can be hot, sweaty work. We've found 50 natural pools around the country that will help you cool off.

Make the most of your chance to have clothes made just for you.

The Munda Airport is the cutest little timber shack I've ever seen. A small crowd hovers in the shade, waiting for us to disembark so they can catch our plane back to Honiara, from whence we came.

This educational change-maker thrives on connecting people through creativity.

"The self esteem that we've been teaching for the past 40 years is a false identity." We've all chanted the mantra; Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.

A road trip from Byron Bay rolls into Federal, a hinterland town en route to the walking tracks and waterfalls of the Nightcap mountains. As well as a Japanese inspired cafe, Doma, a general store, and a homewares emporium, this town is home to Moonshine Coffee Roasters. Words by Danielle Norton.

As a travel writer, I spend a lot of time away from my kids, exploring different corners of the world. Sometimes, I breathe in, relax and thank the heavens above that I'm there alone. There are times when I know that a certain destination is a place I will definitely return to with my family.

Australia is the land of plenty: plenty of beaches, plenty of space and plenty of amazing food, writes Danielle Norton. Here are some of the less obvious choices for long-weekend getaways when food is your focus.

It was the purchase of her first labradoodle puppy, Flash, that set her on this remarkable journey of love and caring for the community. Flash's breeder directed Ms Rimes to Delta Society; a charity that facilitates volunteers (and their specially trained dogs) visiting hospitals and healthcare facilities.

I'm spending the day fishing with a tour guide and Julius Kera, owner of the Agnes Gateway Hotel and an elder of the Munda community. Floating peacefully on the brilliant blue, gin-clear ocean in a banana boat, we watch a frigatebird soaring through the air, chasing a seagull with a fish in its mouth.