Best independent cinemas in Australia

Best independent cinemas in Australia

From Sydney to Adelaide, the cities and towns of Australia are home to some creative and charming independent cinemas. From the seaside location of the Avoca Beach Picture Theatre, to the Rooftop Cinema's urban space on the top of one of Melbourne's high-rise buildings, a trip to the movies can be transformed into an experience you won't forget if you visit one of these special indie venues.

The Avoca Beach Picture Theatre, NSW

This charming single screen movie theatre (in photo) has a unique location - right next to a beautiful beach in Avoca, New South Wales. It's frequently been voted Australia's Best Independent Regional Cinema; the theatre has a unique community focused feel and has been curated and run by four generations of the Hunter family since it was founded in 1948. The cinema shows a mixture of films - from the latest blockbuster to arthouse secrets - but you can be sure it's all lovingly curated for the enjoyment of audiences by the friendly owners.

Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace, Sydney

In the heart of Sydney, along the busy Military Road, the art deco brilliance of the Orpheum Picture Palace shouldn't be missed during a trip to Sydney. You'll feel like you've time travelled back to the 1930s when you experience their piano bar and watch classic silent film screenings accompanied by their original Wurlitzer organ. It's a glamorous cinema with innovative programming, and shouldn't be missed.

Capri Theatre, Adelaide

Art Deco cinema the Capri Theatre is located in Goodwood, a suburb of southern city Adelaide. Built in the 1930s, it's a beguiling example of Art Deco architecture with a show stopping Wurlitzer organ as the cinema's centrepiece. Best loved for its multi-annual Nostalgia Movie Nights, you'll be swathed in vintage glamour when you attend one of these events, which combine classic movies with supporting retro shorts, newsreels and advertising. If you're after a dose of the nostalgic, no theatre does it better than the Capri Theatre.

Palace Nova, Adelaide

This pretty Adelaide-based cinema has a unique twist. In the same way as it focuses on great programming - there's a fab line up of the latest arthouse films as well as blockbusters and repertory screenings - it focuses on what is arguably the best accompaniment to a film there can be; a chilled glass of wine. You won't find any lukewarm beverages in plastic cups here - wine is served in elegant glasses and all in all it's a classy affair. The cinema plays host to internationally acclaimed events like Adelaide Film Festival, and houses nine different screens, including an IMAX screen. For an elegant experience, as well as programming to suit everyone's taste, this is great place to come.

Rooftop Cinema, Melbourne

For a hip experience in arty city Melbourne, visit the Rooftop Cinema. During the summer months, this al fresco cinema at a central location - Rooftop Bar in the downtown area - becomes a relaxing destination with a festival-like vibe. It's perfect for seeing a well-curated array of contemporary art house and blockbusters, as well as classics - think Clueless, Casablanca and Napoleon Dynamite. If you get peckish, there's an on-site burger stand which also serves up gourmet popcorn. Cinema host Rooftop Bar will also keep you well stocked with craft beers and crisp glasses of wine.

Mount Vic Flicks, Sydney

Outside of Sydney, the quaint village of Mount Victoria in the Blue Mountains is a great place to have a day out. It's also definitely worth travelling here in the evening to spend the night at Mount Vic Flicks. The historic theatre was originally known as Mount Victoria Pictures and operated under this name till the mid-1950s. For the next thirty years, the cinema remained closed, until Ron and Diane Bayley reopened it as Mount Vic Flicks in the 1980s. Today, the cinema owns a digital projector, and plays the latest arthouse films and classic repertory screenings. The cosy and special interior is beautifully preserved.

Australian running events

Australian running events

Five Australian running events you can't miss The breath-taking landscape of Australia lends itself to some of the world's most epic running events. From city runs in Melbourne and Sydney, to wild routes along the dramatic coastline, Australia is one of the best countries in the world to lace up your trainers and take to the road. You'll be sure to be inspired by the landscape around you, and you might even see some local flora and fauna, like kangaroos and wallabies, along the way.

Cradle Mountain Run

One of the wildest runs in Australia, the Cradle Mountain Run takes participants on an incredible 82 km jaunt around scenic Tasmania. This ultra-running event takes place every February, and you'll be traversing across the wild Overland Track through miles of wilderness. You'll finish by the coast, at the Cynthia Bay Boat Jetty, and before that travel through the Waterfall Valley, along the shores of Lake Windemere and over the Frog Flats. It's a challenge that will pay off as you experience some of Australia's most special scenery up close.

Great Ocean Road Marathon (photo) Famous all over the world, the Great Ocean Road Marathon is arguable the most scenic running event in Australia. Running along the epic west coast of the country, from Lorne to Apollo Bay, you'll have incredible views of the wild and windswept Southern Ocean as you run alongside it. There are also half marathon and 14 km options for this route, but why not enjoy the stunning route for what it is, and complete the full 45 km marathon route? This special event takes place every May.

Gold Coast Marathon

If you're struggling through a chilly July, take the opportunity to travel to the sunny Gold Coast, in north west Australia. There are half and full marathon options available at this event, with both routes running along the stunning Queensland coast. The race attracts more than 28, 000 participants from around the world, who aim to reach their new personal best on the flat and scenic course, aided by the mild weather which boasts little wind and humidity – some of the perfect conditions for running. After you finish, enjoy the surf, sunshine and cafes lining the streets of this beautiful area.

Melbourne Marathon

Every October, the streets of Melbourne are filled with runners seeking a little sunshine. Choose between 5.7 km, 10 km and half marathon routes, or go for the full 42 km race at this event in the cosmopolitan city. The flat and breezy course creates perfect conditions for achieving your new personal best, and the urban location means you can be cheered over the finish line by family and friends. The largest marathon in Australia, you'll circle around the city sights, like Albert Station and past the St Kilda Beach foreshore during a race you'll never forget.

Sydney City 2 Surf

What better way to spend your time in August than at the biggest fun run in the world? This iconic run through Sydney's streets starts at Hyde Park, moves through the pretty Eastern Suburbs, and finishes up at surfer favourite Bondi Beach, where participants can finish off their run with a cooling swim. The race has been held every year since 1971, and attracts more than 80, 000 participants. The lively 14 km event is a great way to see the city and has a friendly, community feel.

The Australian Outback Marathon at Uluru

The beautiful scenery of interior Australia will inspire you as run this marathon. Attracting entrants from over 29 different countries, you'll be traversing along bush trails through beautiful red sand dunes, with the stunning Uluru in the background. This journey across the outback can also be taken in smaller distances – the organisers offer 11km and 6km fun runs.

The Winery Running Festival

Held in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales, the Winery Running Festival makes use of the bucolic rolling hills and vineyards of Australia's wine country for their scenic races. There's no better way to celebrate crossing the finish line than with a glass of some of Australia's finest local wine. Held every July, a unique part of the running festival is the Moon Marathon they host – a 42km event held on golf cart tracks during the night.

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Six events you can't miss at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Every year since 1992, the streets of Melbourne have filled with thousands of foodies for ten glorious days every March. The annual Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is beloved by chefs and food critics and showcases the best produce from the surrounding state of Victoria, as well as chefs from all over the region. Now in its 26th year, the iconic event has grown exponentially, and attracts food-lovers, speakers and chefs from all over the world to the city. Here are the best food-filled events that you simply can't miss at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.

The House of Food and Wine

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival's iconic House of Food and Wine is filled with demonstrations, workshops and talks from both Australian and global foodie talent. Michelin-awarded chefs from all over the world demonstrate their signature dishes and panel discussions on everything from coffee roasting to sustainability are held. If you're feeling hungry after watching the demonstrations, stop off at Sundae School Ice Creamery, where unusual flavours inspired by the presenters are whipped up. Then, get your hands dirty with a workshop - subjects range from fermentation to growing fungi and you'll be sure to leave with some new tricks up your sleeve.

The World's Longest Lunch

One of Melbourne Food and Wine Festival's greatest traditions, the quirky World's Longest Lunch event is held annually in the charming Victoria Gardens, in Prahran. Three talented local chefs are selected to prepare the three course feast each year, which is devoured by over 1,600 diners, seated at a table which stretches more than 500 metres across the park. This is a joyful experience that you truly can't miss and showcases some of Melbourne's most exciting new culinary talent.

The Village Fest

Head out of the city and into the stunning Victoria countryside for a foodie event with a rural feel. The Village Fest is held annually in the tiny town of Jindivick, located an hour outside of Melbourne. During the festival, Jindivick's small main street transforms into a culinary wonderland, complete with a charming fairground, old school meat raffle and plenty of live music. The town is carefully set up with recreations of nostalgic shops from the past, like a green grocer, dispensary and milk bar, and as you wander through and see what's on offer you'll notice the twist - they're all helmed by the finest Australian culinary talents, who create traditional foods that you can buy - but amping them up with their cooking skills and creative flair.

Crawl n Bite

Aiming to showcase Melbourne's surrounding foodie scene area by area, Crawl n Bite organises three excellent food crawls around the state of Victoria. If you pick their Ballarat Crawl event, you'll be led around the quaint gold mining town of Ballarat to try local wines and cheese at foodie stalwart Mitchell Harris Bar and Cellar Door, and sit down for an unforgettable meal at Underbar, a tiny fine dining restaurant where every flavour is inspired by the landscape around.

Restaurant Express

The week the festival is on in the best time to try some of Melbourne's best loved restaurants. With over 70 restaurants across Victoria participating, you can get two courses and a matched wine for only $40 per person. It's the ideal opportunity to try that restaurant you've always wanted to - from New York inspired steakhouse Steer Dining Room to Spice Temple, home of exquisite Chinese cookery by star chef Neil Perry.

Global Dining Series

If you're interested in trying international fusion food, book tickets to some events in the Global Dining Series. From Korean to Mexican cuisine, some of the city's best restaurants are taken over by the world's best chefs, who showcase new innovative dishes, often invented for the festival and blending multiple culinary traditions together. If you're a fan of Korean cuisine, make sure you attend New York chef Junghyun Park's residency at Peter Jo's Melbourne restaurant Shik, and for Mexican fans, head to breakthrough restaurant Mamasita to experience Rosio Sanchez's incredibly inventive Mexican cooking.

Miranda Kerr confesses love story

Miranda Kerr confesses love story

Miranda Kerr started her modelling career when she was her early teens and since then she has become one of the most prominent models in the world. In fact, she was the first Australian to become a Victoria's Secret Angel (in 2007). In 2008, she was listed among the world's 10 highest-earning models and has modelled for the likes of Prada, Balenciaga and Vogue.

At a pre-Grammys gala in Beverly Hills, the 32-year-old stepped out publicly for the first time with her new boyfriend Evan Spiefel, the billionaire founder of Snapchat.

This is her first public romance since her divorce from Orlando Bloom, with whom had a son who is now five years old.

The model revealed she met her current boyfriend at a dinner in LA for Louis Vuitton and became friends. We were really good friends for a long time before we started dating, she said.

They couple confirmed their relationship on November 2015. "We met actually at a Louis Vuitton dinner in New York a year ago," she said. "We just started out as friends and eventually it developed into more." Kerr said Spiegel was a "really kind person and very genuine and very authentic", adding, "also he's very intelligent".

The Australian model stepped her relationship with 25-year-old Snapchat founder Evan Spiefel up to the next level by introducing him to her young son, Flynn. They had been dating for 6 months, a period she agreed with her ex-husband Orland Bloom when they separated. We had to know the person for six month and feel good about them, she said.

Even met Flynn, so yeah, things are going well. Orlando thinks he's great. We're just a modern family now!

Despite the fact that she is 7 years older than him, Kerr said it does not always feel she is dating a younger man who has an estimated net worth of $1.2 billion. He's 25, but he acts like he's 50, she said.

"He's not out partying. He goes to work in Venice [Beach], he comes home. We don't go out. We'd rather be at home and have dinner, go to bed early."

But she also admitted there were some advantages to dating a younger man, confessing she has the best of both worlds.

She also shared her beauty tips. Beautiful skin is healthy skin. That's why it's important to feed your skin from the inside as well as outside. Choosing fresh, organic – when possible – produce, drinking enough water and using a skincare that is nutrient-rich and full of essential fatty acids. That's why I developed KORA Organics, it's formulated to feed, protect and nourish your skin

Miranda Kerr also shared what she does every day to stay in shape. I work out most days but I do things that I enjoy so it's less of a chore… I practice yoga daily even if only for 20 minutes, and then rotate between Pilates, ballet, swimming, cycling, hiking and keeping up with Flynn.