The best pub steak in NSW

When The Thirsty Travellers heard a country hotel called the Willow Tree Inn had the best steak in NSW, we couldn’t resist booking a table and putting it to test. The pub is located between Scone and Tamworth, which made it the perfect stop after a spending a gorgeous day traversing Waterfall Way. Its restaurant,…

Wandering along Waterfall Way

Waterfall Way conjures images of cascading waters in lush rainforest settings, but that’s only half the magic of this scenic drive from Bellingen to Armidale. The Thirsty Travellers were keen to explore the route, which has been rated one of the most magnificent in NSW. After spending a few days on the coast, we turned…

Sublime South West Rocks

Eager to explore more of the Northern NSW coastline after a wonderful weekend in Forster, The Thirsty Travellers headed to South West Rocks for the day. We were tipped off by our neighbour to a great pub in Gladstone called the Heritage Hotel, nestled beside the Macleay River, so we drove there for lunch. The…

Weekend away: Forster

Travel restrictions mean NSW is our oyster right now … so The Thirsty Travellers went to Wallis Lake to slurp a few. Wallis Lake is around three and a half hours drive from Sydney and home to the twin towns of Forster and Tuncurry. Last year, close to 19 million Sydney Rock oysters were grown…

Ponting Wines virtual tasting

Cricketer Ricky Ponting and winemaker Ben Riggs have collaborated on a wine range called Ponting Wines and The Thirsty Travellers were lucky enough to join the pair for a virtual tasting this week. Each wine in the range reflects stages of Ricky’s life and has been carefully crafted using grapes from his favourite wine regions….

Our verdict on Jamala Wildlife Lodge

The Thirsty Travellers spent a night at Jamala Wildlife Lodge in Canberra recently, where we had the chance to observe an amazing array of African animals and enjoy delicious wines … sometimes both at the same time! Jamala is a luxury lodge that allows you to stay overnight at the National Zoo. The room rate…

Moreau is bliss in a glass

When The Thirsty Travellers heard an Aussie liqueur called Moreau Apple Pie Liqueur had won a Gold Medal at the London Spirits Competition, our curiosity was piqued. The contest assesses spirits not only on taste and quality, but also on packaging and value, with experts having consumer trends and preferences in mind. Moreau received the…

Fireside feast at Kipling’s Garage

There’s something quite special about sitting beside a roaring fire eating delicious food as rain patters down on a tin roof. The Thirsty Travellers thoroughly enjoyed our cosy lunch at Kipling’s Garage Bar in Turramurra on Saturday. Kipling’s is a former 1920s garage that’s been converted to a restaurant and wine bar. It’s a hop…

City break in Coogee

Since most of Australia is currently off limits to Sydneysiders, The Thirsty Travellers have been on holidays in our home city, spending a memorable weekend in Coogee. We’re normally based on the Northern Beaches, so it was fun to explore a different seascape. The suburb has come a long way since we stood ankle deep…

Fireside favourite: Westward Single Malt

When you think of American whiskey, it’s probably bourbon that comes to mind, not single malt. The Thirsty Travellers were intrigued to be invited to a virtual masterclass with Westward Whiskey head distiller Miles Munroe recently, as he specialises in creating grain-to-glass single malt whiskey. Westward Whiskey is one of a growing band of ‘new…