Yamba Hotel On Horizon

Situated just over a one-hour flight from Sydney or an easy seven-hour road trip, and three hours’ drive from Brisbane, opening in late May, The Surf Yamba is the perfect destination for those seeking an escape from the bustle of the city, where you can relax in this picturesque coastal town and take in the … Read more


Twin Towns Services Club Wharf St, Tweed Heads NSW 2485 (07) 5536 2277 or www.twintowns.com.au/services-club.html   At the junction of Queensland and New South Wales stands the huge, multi-functional and recently made-over Twin Towns Services Club. Over the last twelve months Stages 1 and 2 of Twin Towns’ redevelopment have given the club new recreational … Read more


Club Blakehurst:

12 Merriman Street, Blakehurst NSW
(02) 9546 4731 or www.clubblakehurst.com.au

Club Blakehurst in New South Wales succumbed to fire in 2007, but its spirit did not. While the club was being rebuilt by Tony Owen Partners, the bowlers kept bowling and the club adjusted its focus towards families. venue talked to Greg Payne, who had been the chairman for 10 years prior to it burning down, and things are looking up. “An electrical fault took the whole thing down, but now it’s back on its feet. It was very stressful, but it’s been going really well since reopening. There’s been a shift towards families and everyone’s come back.”

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The State of Origin

Toby’s Estate:
29 Weston St, Brunswick, VIC
(03) 9009 5462 or www.tobysestate.com.au

Toby’s Estate has moved south in a move to claim a chunk of Melbourne’s coffee trade. The boutique coffee supplier distributes to over 100 cafés across New South Wales, and, wishing to remain boutique, has stopped its push across its home state, opting to focus its efforts on the coffee lovers of Melbourne. Toby’s has set up its flagship store off Sydney Road, with Guy Mathews providing his industrial touch to the fitout. venue talked to head roaster Chris Bonney about the off-the-beaten-track location and coffee.

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