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Dinner time,  sorted

Dinner time, sorted

You pick up the kids and are running from one after-school commitment to the next. You’ve made plans for all the long weekends coming up and don’t have time to meal plan or grocery shop. You’ve had a big day and just can’t be bothered cooking. Whatever reason has you...

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Coffee break under the canopy

Coffee break under the canopy

There is something rejuvenating about spending time under a leafy canopy of trees, chatting with your friends or family over a coffee and delicious home-made sweet treat.  Wanting to share the beautiful vista of their large-scale family farm, Macadamias Australia have...

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Stronger together

Stronger together

When Tracey and Michael McPhee dreamt of opening a coffee and sandwich shop in Bundaberg their vision was simple — to create a place where people could gather and connect over a great coffee or meal, and to build a business that could give back. Almost ten years...

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Dine under famous fins

Dine under famous fins

It’s a unique sight you don’t expect to see by the beach in a regional Queensland town – a Dutch windmill. You also wouldn’t expect it to be home to one of the Bundaberg Region’s most celebrated cafes, appropriately named The Windmill Café Bargara. It’s one of the...

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Gather around

Gather around

Mum’s reading a book under a beach umbrella. The kids are exploring rock pools and splashing in the water. Dad is having a siesta – these are the ingredients for a perfect beach holiday, especially in a location as beautiful as Agnes Water.  With Summer days so...

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In The Christmas Spirit

In The Christmas Spirit

Most locals know at least one person who makes a trip to Bundaberg each year just to stock up on the limited edition and special release spirits that are available exclusively at the Bundaberg Rum Distillery. Or perhaps you buy them as gifts for loved ones interstate?...

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A treasure trove to savour

A treasure trove to savour

Hampers are a gift to savour. You take time to pour over the treasure trove of contents in the carefully packed tray, mentally noting the sweet treats you will make or the savoury platter that can be created. Each item is carefully used one-at-a-time, so the...

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Feast your eyes…

Feast your eyes…

More of us will be spending the holidays at home this year, and why not? Look at where we live! We’ll catch up with our extended family via video call, giving us more time for those nearest and dearest.  Whether you plan on having a quiet one with your immediate...

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Jen’s Zinger Cocktail

Jen’s Zinger Cocktail

Jen from Water St. Kitchen has shared her recipe for the cocktail known as 'Zinger' INGREDIENTS 45ml Kalki Moon Premium Gin 30 ml lime juice 30 ml raspberry puree Bundaberg Ginger Beer METHOD Shake gin, lime juice & raspberry puree with plenty of ice. Dump in a...

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Alex’s Marmalade Glazed Ham

Alex’s Marmalade Glazed Ham

 Alex from Water St Kitchen has shared his Marmalade Glazed Ham recipe. INGREDIENTS 1 cup marmalade  ¼ cup local honey  ½ cup orange juice  5-6 kg Bundy Chop Shop Leg of ham, skin removed  Whole cloves METHOD Preheat oven to 200 degrees C. Combine all glaze...

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Dreaming of a white Christmas

Dreaming of a white Christmas

WORDS BY LARINE STATHAM-BLAIR   Colours have meaning and connotations. The colour white is achromatic; without hue. It is pure and crisp. It makes you visualise chalk, sand, snow, breaking waves. It might even make you think about icing sugar, sparkling blanc de...

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Going the extra mile

Going the extra mile

Nothing says welcome home like an overflowing bowl of fresh fruit on the kitchen table. But do you know where your fruit and vegetables have come from or how far they’ve travelled to get to you? Why does it even matter?  We all understand that buying locally helps...

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From coffee to compost

From coffee to compost

When you take a sip of fresh, hot coffee from Windmill Café at Bargara or The Beach Mill at Nielson Park, take a minute to think about what will happen to your cup when you are done.  The green-thinking business traded in recyclable cups for compostable ones, becoming...

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Going green not a grind

Going green not a grind

WORDS BY ALICE THOMPSON   When you’re craving your first morning coffee or hankering for lunch, it’s hard to think about anything else. Here in Australia, we love our coffee, but our take-away habits have an impact. Coffee beans that are not harvested ethically...

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Plating up our freshest produce

Plating up our freshest produce

If freshness had a scent, it would likely come close to that of One Little Farm in East Bundaberg. Tucked away in a little shopping complex on Bargara Road, beautiful bottles and jars line the walls with artisan spreads, oils, vinegars, preserves and more. The smell...

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Green at heart

Green at heart

From the soil and water that feeds the growth of majestic macadamia trees, to the discarded shells used to dry their world-famous nuts, Macadamias Australia made a promise long ago to look after the land they farm.  More than 60 years since founders Ron and Marion...

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Ballistic Beer – Hop to it!

Ballistic Beer – Hop to it!

David Kitchen instinctively plants the palm of his hand flat against his chest to tap his heart and the brand on his t-shirt, as he talks about Ballistic Beer Company. It’s easy to see why he’s been so successful. He’s philosophical and genuinely positive;...

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It’s a swell time at The Waves

It’s a swell time at The Waves

It is Saturday night. After a busy day running around, a casual dinner with family is in order. Somewhere the kids are entertained by an enclosed outdoor playground, you can grab a drink at the bar, have a flutter on the pokies and enjoy some live music. It is a...

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Fizz!

Fizz!

You may not think kombucha is your cup of tea, but then again you may not have tried a HOTI brew. Bubbly and without the strong vinegar taste of most kombucha, a HOTI (Healthy On The Inside) Kombucha is the refreshingly refined fizz you need at the end of a long day. ...

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The Windmill is Bargara’s worst kept secret

The Windmill is Bargara’s worst kept secret

Sitting in the warm sun. Hands wrapped around a steaming cup of coffee. Listening to the rustling of the leaves in the trees overhead. There is not a more tranquil café setting to be found than The Windmill at Bargara.  It’s not just the beautiful location that’s won...

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Chill out with Alowishus

Chill out with Alowishus

With three cafes across Bundaberg and Maryborough, Alowishus Delicious has become a familiar place to enjoy an organic coffee, scrumptious brekky or relaxed lunch.  Established as a sandwich bar in 2011, Alowishus has expanded their menu over the past decade to...

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