Weekend getaways: the Great Ocean Road
Justifiably one of Victoria’s most popular tourist destinations, the Great Ocean Road snakes all along the southwest coast of the state, starting in Torquay (1.5 hours from the CBD) and finishing up just before Warrnambool. This winding stretch of road provides ample opportunity to reconnect with the ocean, the bush and the sounds and sights of nature whether driving, walking, horseriding, surfing, sailing or cycling. It's about a four-hour drive without stops, but heed our warning: you'll definitely want to stop. There's just too much happening along the coast not to. Take a day trip, stay the weekend or just pack up and move there – there's plenty going on down the Great Ocean Road. Read more about Victoria's best getaways with our guide to the Bellarine Peninsula, Ballarat and East Gippsland. Keep up to date with travel advice and what's currently allowed across Victoria.
The best cafés for freelance workers
Nothing is more lonely than working in the loungeroom with the distant sound of building construction, the hungover neighbour shouting at his dog and the lurking laundry basket reminding you of all the other things you could be distracted by. Fortunately, living in Melbourne gives you access to some of the best coffee and street scenery in the world. Whether it’s a hidden alleyway café or a vegetarian café the hipsters have loved and lauded for decades, there’s a place for you to set up your laptop and devices for hours of freelance productivity. These are the trialled and recommended venues to get a consistently kick-ass coffee, delicious and fresh food and be in excellent company. The necessary requisites we have are WiFi and an open attitude to you setting up a portable office. Keep in mind, cafes are always going to be under the pump on weekends, so setting up for a few hours – especially in smaller venues – won’t endear you to the owners and staff. The best time to set up a work station is during weekdays, and if you’re going to be there for a few hours, be a good guest and consider having a meal or at least a few coffees to pay your way. Hungry? Fuel up for your workday with some of the best breakfasts in Melbourne. If you're hitting that afternoon slump, stretch those legs and look for the city's best healthy smoothies.