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Today’s sweet little weekender in Heathcote is a hidden gem, tucked off the beaten track in Victoria’s picturesque Macedon Ranges region, around 90 minutes from Melbourne.  Affectionately known as ‘Tuppenny Farm’, this quaint little cottage and surrounding property belongs to landscape designer Paula Kilpatrick and her partner Antony Elliot, and their sweet little newborn bub Nellie Elliot, who arrived just a few weeks after we photographed this story, on Novembr 27th!  (CONGRATS guys!).

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2017 Christmas Giveaway · 'Best Day Ever' BRISBANE

Travel2017 Christmas Giveaway · 'Best Day Ever' BRISBANE

Finally we share our dream day in Brisbane, which is up for grabs for one lucky survey responder and their best pal!



Spicers Balfour Hotel  – A night of accommodation for two*, including gourmet breakfast at this luxury hotel set in a Queenslander house in New Farm, featuring designer and antique furnishings.

Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art –  two tickets to the summer exhibition of seminal German visual artist ‘Gerhard Richter: The Life of Images’, and a copy of the exhibition catalogue.

Sourced Grocer – Enjoy brunch or lunch for two at our favourite Brisbane cafe/grocer – a one-stop shop for fabulous gourmet finds, fresh produce, amazing breakfasts and great coffee!

Paper Boat Press –   Explore the boutique ceramic studio of Kylie Johnson, and her adjacent shop, stocking handcrafted wares by other local and international makers. Bring some of your favourite ceramics home with you too, to the value of $200.

Showroom –  A store voucher to the value of $150, to spend at this beautiful independent retail and event space that is curated like a magazine, and ever-changing like a gallery.

Gauge – From the same team behind Sourced Grocer, Gauge in South Brisbane is known for its always inventive Australian cuisine and inspired, creative menus.  Enjoy a generous seven-course (!!) degustation menu*.

Maker – Also from the hospitality gurus behind Sourced Grocer and Gauge, comes Maker – Brisbane’s newest hole-in-the-wall drinking spot. Enjoy the moody ambience with a digestif after dinner, just a short stroll from Gauge.

Five Star Cinemas – A double pass* to a screening at this family-run picture theatre business. Choose from their stunningly refurbished 1920s New Farm Cinemas, The Elizabeth Picture Theatre or the Yatala Drive-In.

Uber – Did you know these guys offered gift cards?  Our lucky winners will enjoy $100 worth of Uber credit to get them across town.

CLICK HERE to fill out our Reader Survey and be in the running to win!

You have until 10.00pm (AEST) this Thursday December 21st 2017 to take the survey, which includes specifying one of three ‘Best Day Ever’ locations and tell us about what was your BEST day of 2017 to win^. Winners will be selected from all survey respondents on Friday December 22nd and contacted via email, with prizes shipped the same day!

Good luck all, and THANKYOU SO MUCH for reading and supporting The Design Files in 2017.


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