Smoky Cape Lighthouse escape

The Thirsty Travellers were captivated by the beauty of Smoky Cape Lighthouse when we visited South West Rocks earlier this year and vowed to return as soon as possible. It proved to be a little trickier than we anticipated – COVID-19 has created huge demand for accommodation at the lighthouse, but we were lucky enough…

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…

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…

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…

Culprit leads Auckland’s food revolution

By Thirsty Travellers contributor Kirsten Molloy As followers of The Thirsty Travellers know, discovering brilliant new places to eat is great fun. While our choices are limited right now, we are lucky to have many happy travel memories as we wait for restrictions to lift. We discovered Culprit in the heart of Auckland in January…

Day-tripping to Saxapahaw

By North America correspondent Nick Kenny The US Thirsty Traveller has spent recent weeks being whisked up and down the US east coast by Delta Airlines – from Miami to Boston, Washington DC to New York. Plenty of opportunities for interesting food, beverage and stories … or so you’d think. But no – setting aside…

Seduced by stunning Queenstown

A Qantas special earlier this year was offering flights for half the usual Frequent Flyer points, so The Thirsty Travellers snapped up two return tickets to Queenstown. Ginger had never visited New Zealand before, other than spending a day in Auckland on a cruise many years ago, so she was thrilled to finally make it…