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The best places in Melbourne to take a mirror selfie

I was 16 and on holiday with my family. In the hallway of our hotel there was a mirror about two meters tall inside an intricate gold frame. Lush. I took a p...

An interview with my Granny

A lot of people see Mother's Day as a heteronormative swindle perpetuated by florists and scone vendors. And that's valid. It's easy to be cynica...

Radiohead reveal how the arts community can benefit ...

The budget is in! Turns out the mining boom is over and we don't have enough money to stop the savage cuts to the arts sector. But it's all going to ...

Take these 5 easy steps into a perfect autumn day

You don't need to travel out of the city to have a life-affirming Autumnal Experience. You could kick and frolic your way down any street that's line...

Vertigo, wonder and sogginess at the inaugural Rose ...

On Saturday night at Rose Quartz Festival, I found myself staring up at the galaxy-clad sky. The glow of bright stars and clusters of smaller, weaker stars s...

Visiting a winter wonderland on an unseasonably hot ...

There's this big mural of the Night's King from Game of Thrones on the outside wall of Ice Bar Melbourne. For those of you who don't watch GoT, t...

A report from the inaugural Gaytimes Festival

So um, everyone who was at Gaytimes this weekend did a fabulous job at making the very first queer camping festival an incredible one. The music was on poin...

Golden Plains roundup 2016: tops and bottoms

TOPS Listening to the Necks perform experimental jazz at 11am after spending the night before subjecting your nervous system horrible abuse. You close your ...

Lake Lysterfield

Lake Lysterfield is past suburbia but not yet in the country. On the drive out the houses, apartments and warehouses are slowly replaced by green hills, vine...

Win tickets to the inaugural Gaytimes Festival

This March, on a small pink and sparkly patch of land in rural Victoria our very first queer camping festival will occur. Ah and the headliner? Paul Mac!!! A...

Stay at the Two Thousand Apartment and experience th...

As you know, we’re the proud parents of Airbnb apartments in Melbourne and Sydney. Both act as a mini, livable capsules of the city they’re located in, conta...

Ripples in spacetime at Laneway 2016

At 1.50pm my t-shirt is sticking to the sweat of my back and my bladder is sore from the Melbourne Bitter that's been jiggling around in there. I try to ...

A guide to exploring abandoned amusement parks and b...

Many of us pass crumbling structures and overgrown fun parks of the past on highways without much of a second thought, the relics of forgotten entertainment ...

Emma Mulholland contemplates embroidery, pop music a...

Last week we sent comedian Hannah Gadsby into the depths of Grayson Perry: My Pretty Little Art Career, and she did a top job of trying to cram the indefinab...

Kyabram Fauna Park

What’s the difference between a zoo and a fauna park? Not a lot, except fauna parks are generally bigger and nicer to animals. The Kyabram Fauna park is abo...

Grayson Perry’s ‘My Pretty Little Art Career’ in a n...

We’ve imagined how Grayson Perry might traverse through Sydney and now it’s time to get down to the business of reviewing the exhibition. We asked comedian H...

Cats rule everything around me

Neko Atsume means 'cat collection' in Japanese. It's a phone game where you collect cats. That's it. You don't save a cat from a tree. Yo...

We give Sugar Mountain 7.1 jelly beans out of 10

We usually do a list of Sugar Mountain's tops and bottoms. But this year let's start in the sugary middle and eat our way outwards around to the top,...

Entering an eating competition

I'm an emotional eater and David Bowie died last week, so signing up for a vegan eating competition at Cherry Darlings Bakehouse seemed like a no-brainer...

My Pretty Little Sydney: A guide inspired by Grayson...

This summer Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art Australia is hosting Grayson Perry: My Pretty Art Career. The bustling, bombastic survey of Grayson Perry’s w...

Camp Nong 2015, tops and bottoms

TOPS A free lil’ drawstring backpack and stubby holder on arrival served as a sweet festival starter-pack. Being a relatively small affair, Camp Nong does t...

The Thousands 2015 staff wrap-up

We dialled the Hotline Bling, we saw that blue dress, we waved Abbott goodbye (into his fridge-less suburban home) and we learnt to Netflix and chill. You co...

Tops, Bottoms and Middles – why I've spent the past ...

Day One, 11/12/15 It's about 9am and I'm using my pathetic foot pump to whistle my bed into existence yet again. I'm exhausted in a way only ...

Ride to Warburton (but only the best bit)

If you’ve ever cycled to your local shops and thought, this is so easy! I should do a longer bike trip! You should ride from Lilydale to Warburton. It’s 40 k...

Big Ego Books: Vogue and Bogue of the Aussie Book Fairs

Have you ever scoured the shoddily built shelves at a Vinnies and found a title as compelling as The Bachelor's Bar Companion: A Guide For Unsubtle Seduc...

Slide Melbourne

They don't call it Landsdowne Street for nothing, amirite!? The world's longest street water slide is back in town. The weather's supposed to be ...

The tops and bottoms of Paradise 2015

TOPS The guy in Good Morning who forgot his tambourine and spent most of the set sinking tinnies/smoking darts (until the one song where he got to sing sol...

Historic market unearthed in Collingwood

The Archaeological and Anthropological Society of Victoria (AASV) was overjoyed yesterday to announce the unveiling of a 100-year-old market in Melbourne'...