Muse Round Two

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For anyone who read my previous review on Muse Restaurant but felt like it was too fancy for your taste, there is still hope out there for you. When you want something classier than the usual pub feed or the drive through at Micky D’s, but not quite as fancy as the five-course meal at […]

Nom, Nom, Nom

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Nestled in the heart of Mackay, Bing’s Nomiya Restaurant is a gem that beckons food enthusiasts to embark on a divine culinary journey. From the moment we stepped into this oasis of Japanese flavours, we were enveloped in an atmosphere of reverent appreciation and gastronomic delight. Our visit to Bing’s Nomiya was nothing short of […]

Linger a while, at the Linga Longer Inn

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If you’re heading up to Barrington Tops this Winter to see the snow via the New England Highway, you might find yourself passing through the tiny settlement of Gundy. Gundy was first established in 1826 and was originally known as the village of Bellevue. The settlement was finally renamed Gundy in honour of Mrs. Gundy […]

There’s no Place like Home

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The Homestead @ Lotus Creek, managed by Jen and Lindsay Hart, offers a unique camping experience and a delightful restaurant in a serene creek-side location. Owned by the Kemp family, the venue showcases their business acumen from the nearby feedlot property, resulting in a vibrant and welcoming country homestead. With attention to detail and a […]

“Simple, wholesome food with integrity and heart”

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That’s the motto Equium Social, one of Mayfield’s most-popular cafes that’s become a go-to destination in the increasingly popular Newcastle suburb. “A café these days is part of the local community. It’s like what a pub used to be, just that little more approachable,” co-owner Jacques said. When @ the Coalface visited Equium Social on […]

Oh, What a Notte!

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On a recent weekend adventure to the Central Coast, we passed through Lake Munmorah and discovered La Notte Uno – which translates into English as Night One. You’ll find this delightful Italian restaurant on the Pacific Highway. Our journey to the coast had been plagued by bad weather, so it was a welcome respite to […]

Steak Night Delight

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Wednesday is Steak night… And that is all the invitation I need.  Dining at the Moranbah Workers Club recently, I was pleasantly surprised. The meal was a real treat for the tastebuds, and it left me feeling as satisfied as a miner who just struck black gold. Moranbah Workers Club is a fabulous asset to […]


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As ridiculous as this might sound, one of the highlights of my adventure to New Zealand earlier this year was sitting in a brewery in Tauranga eating dumplings and drinking craft beer. It’s not as ridiculous as it sounds for a brewery to be one of the highlights of my adventure when I tell you […]


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During a recent visit to Emerald, CQ, I had the pleasure of visiting locally owned Crave Food & Juice Bar, specialising in healthy options. It was a truly delightful experience. The store offers a wide range of ready-made meals, sweets, gluten-free options, sandwiches, smoothies, and fresh juices, all made with fresh, high-quality ingredients. The store’s […]

An Authentic Taste of Italy in Mudgee.

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The expansion of @ The Coalface NSW is very exciting. Not only does this mean we are reaching a larger audience, but also brings new opportunities to visit different towns and try new foods. One such particular adventure took us way out West to the beautiful town of Mudgee, where we found a true Italian […]

Splendid IS as Splendid DOES

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There truly is no other way to describe the fine dining experience at Otto Brisbane – than SPLENDID, drawing inspiration from a modern Italian cuisine. If you are looking to escape the coalfields and pamper your loved one in the “Big Smoke” to celebrate a special occasion, Otto Brisbane offers a unique and memorable venue, […]

All Aboard for the Signal Box

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For an indication of just how far Newcastle’s inner city has come since the closure of the heavy rail line, you need go no further than a visit to Signal Box restaurant just down from the old Newcastle railway station. On a recent Friday night visit by @ The Coalface, families and couples were enjoying […]

Ripper Meal at the Riverside Bistro

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Ossie the Mossie is as iconic to Hexham as the Big Banana is to Coffs Harbour. But you don’t need a bug zapper or the Aerogard because Ossie the Mossie is a friendly member of the Hexham Bowling club. The infamous Hexham Grey mosquitos (Aedes alternans) are known for their large size, fearsome ferocity, and […]

Radiant River Fare

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Situated on the banks of the iconic Hunter River in Raymond Terrace, The Junction Inn Hotel wows you from the moment you step through their doors. Established in 1836 this beautiful pub is one of the oldest in Australia, and although filled with rich history, inside you’ll find all the enjoyment and comfort of the […]