Happiness

On the Road: Australia’s 7 Best Summer Trips

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Australians love a holiday road trip. More than 900,000 kilometres of roads and highways take us through spectacular coastal scenery, beautiful mountains and endless plains. If you've got the travel bug, here's our list of road trips to fill your summer with new adventures. 1. Savannah Way An epic highway that traverses Australia’s tropical north, Savannah Way links Cairns in the east to the west coast city of Broome. The 3700km long road travels

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Like a Firecracker: How New Year’s Eve Goes Off

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Fortunato Foti blows things up – professionally. So did his father, his father’s father, his father’s father’s father, back seven generations. “It’s not something you learn from TAFE, it’s passed down from generation to generation,” explained Fortunato. “In our family, it dates back to 1793 in Italy, and we’ve had three generations in Australia.”  It follows that Fortunato is uniquely qualified to handle the enormous New Year’s Eve celebrations

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More than a Map: Six Apps for Awesome Travel Adventure

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There are entire worlds within and around every city—often hidden from the casual visitor. Now, culture, history and adventure are just around the corner. Thanks to geolocation technology and passionate travellers who are happy to share their knowledge, it’s now easy to peel back the tourist layers to navigate foreign places like a local, and explore your own city in new ways. Here we’ve picked six of our favourite apps for charting new tracks

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7 Reasons Pets Make Us Happy and Healthy

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Why are we so hell-bent on making these critters part of the family? Probably because of the incredible health and happiness benefits they offer —something researchers are only recently beginning to take a closer look at, says Marty Becker, DVM, the featured veterinarian at Vetstreet.com and veterinary contributor for Good Morning America. “The more time you spend with your four-legged companion, the better you feel,” explains

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Christmas in July: A Seasonal Feast

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Cling to tradition as we may, many of us have long admitted that ye olde European Christmas Dinner isn’t particularly appealing when the mercury’s above 40. Sensibly, the Aussie Xmas has adapted with its own celebratory cuisine, as fresh-caught seafood, smoky barbecue and crisp salads make their way into the Christmas feast.  But just because we in Australia have engineered a new style of Christmas cuisine doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy our roasted

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The Perfect Winter Lamb Roast

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Now winter is officially here, we’re all instinctively drawn toward the Sunday roast. The perfect leg of lamb is an incredibly simple meal to prepare, but one that always draws murmurs of appreciation and delight from your guests. Our version, however, is a little different to your regular roast: it’s brushed in a savoury Coca-Cola glaze. It not only gives the outside a crisp, fragrant crust, but keeps the lamb tender and moist within. Don’t

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Summer Off the Coast: Cool Off at our Top 5 Inland Destinations

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In the heat of summer, most of us head to the beach. But the coast isn’t the only place that’s cool and inviting. One in ten Australians live and work in outer regional areas, enjoying a distinctly inland summer. If you’re on the coast you might not realise what a respite these inland areas can be, said James Toomey, district sales manager at Coca-Cola Amatil. After years spent covering a 200,000 square km territory in western

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Coca-Cola Collaborations: Catch up with Surly’s head chef Brendhan Bennison

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From Florida to Sydney, chef Brendhan Bennison has travelled long and far – and it has been quite a journey. From backyard barbies to running the show at Surly’s, the American BBQ-style restaurant that is heating things up in Sydney’s vibrant Surry Hills, we caught up with the brains behind the barbeque, head chef Brendhan himself. My BBQ background just grew from a hobby I’ve spent a lot of time trying to get my cooking right, but not

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The Perfect Picnic: Summer Dishes To Eat Outdoors

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A dinner party’s all well and good, but it’s nothing on lunch al fresco. While summer is in full swing, why not take advantage of Australia’s seasonal produce with a picnic? Here’s an easy meal that tastes great - and travels well.Mayo, Mint and Prawn Sandwiches – Serves 2Nothing speaks to Australian summer quite like fresh prawns on fresh bread. This recipe improves on perfection.Ingredients:300g Cooked Prawns½ tbsp. MayonnaiseBunch of Fresh

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Six and Out! Mitchell Johnson’s Top Tips for Backyard Cricket

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Growing up in Australia, a good marker of summer holidays or festive occasions are the cries, shrieks and laughter over the fence of yet another family backyard cricket match taking place. Often the breeding ground of some of Australia’s best cricketers, the good old backyard cricket match is synonymous for young and old as a family tradition in Oz. With summer upon us, if you’re fervently holding out for the feel of the bat in your

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