Episode 13: 4 May
The Postcards team joins forces this week with the Bank of Melbourne to give viewers an insight into the many local activities and experiences that they support around Victoria. Rebecca takes a look at some wonderful dining suggestions from Broadsheet, Shane heads to the MCG and pays a visit to the National Sports Museum, Glen checks out the NGV and Brodie takes a drive to Phillip Island where she spends a day with the penguins at Phillip Island Nature Parks.
Auction Rooms, Barry and Savoy Tavern
North Melbourne's Auction Rooms Cafe takes its role as purveyor of specialty coffee very seriously, offering alternate brewing methods in addition to espresso, as well as selling packaged beans for customers to buy and take home. You can opt for the 'coffee of the day' which they serve alongside their regular blend and their adventurous brunch menu is not to be missed.
Barry in Northcote is a traditional suburban cafe with beautiful light and airy good looks which welcome you in with the promise of good food and good coffee coming your way. Recognizing the trend towards healthy eating, Barry has created a health conscious menu that doesn't sacrifice on taste.
The newly reborn Savoy Tavern is a great place to finish off the day. The landmark Spencer Street pub has sat derelict for decades, but not anymore! The new design blends many of the features of the original building with contemporary semi industrial fittings. An open kitchen delivers sensational food that caters to everyone, even kids. Best of all, nothing costs more than $20.
Auction Rooms Cafe
103–107 Errol Street, North Melbourne
Ph 03 9326 7749
85 High Street, Northcote
Ph 03 9481 7623
The Savoy Tavern
677 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Ph 03 9629 4214
MCG and National Sports Museum
The iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) offers daily walking tours that give visitors the opportunity to relive their most treasured sporting memories as well as offering a behind the scenes look of this hallowed site. It's also home to the National Sports Museum, with various exhibitions on display which cater for a very wide range of sporting interests. There's an Olympic display, a football display, cricketing material, as well as horse racing and boxing. And, if you have children, then the children's school holiday sporting program is ideal, with activities that vary from holiday to holiday, and the kids are often treated to iconic sporting figures that drop by to do interviews as well as providing photographic opportunities.
Melbourne Cricket Ground Tours
Brunton Avenue, Jolimont
Ph 03 9657 8879
National Sports Museum
Brunton Avenue, Jolimont
Ph 03 9657 8879
Melbourne City Mission's 'Sleep at the G'
Phillip Island Nature Parks
Phillip Island is the perfect place to take the family for a day trip or weekend away, and for a truly wild experience, it is well worth visiting Phillip Island Nature Parks, where some very important work is carried out. The wildlife facility was built to deal with injured or sick wildlife on Phillip Island and has facilities to handle and help recover penguins that are affected by oil. If you are feeling the need to help out, the staff are always looking for volunteers to help build penguin boxes for the cute critters to live in while the staff spend time revegetating and weeding the area for them. This not-for-profit organisation relies on funds raised through the penguin parade, penguin adoptions and other eco-tourism activities to invest into vital conservation programs, as well as the rehabilitation of sick and injured animals.
Ph 03 5951 2800
National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)
The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is known for its blockbuster exhibitions and it's been no different in the past few months with 'Melbourne Now' on display. Melbourne Now has seen over 700,000 people through the doors since it first launched in November last year. The gallery has also recently played host to the magnificent 'Napoleon Revolution to Empire' Claude Monet exhibitions, plus there's also a more permanent collection of classical works on offer for all to see – all year round. The gallery store stocks souvenirs from their current exhibitions along with some great gift ideas, and there are several café choices if you feel like a bite to eat. Head to the Gallery Kitchen for something casual or the Tea Room upstairs, where you can order some dainty delicacies or enjoy a cocktail in the afternoon.
180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Ph 03 8620 2222
To learn the untold story of the witches of Oz long before Dorothy dropped in, head along to WICKED, the award-winning musical theatre blockbuster, kicking off in Melbourne during the week.
Where: The Regent Theatre, Melbourne
When: From 7 May, 2014
Ballarat Heritage Weekend
Don't miss out on this year's Ballarat Heritage Weekend, where you can tour Ballarat's historic and beautiful private homes and buildings, and find out some information about your own family history.
Where: Various locations, Ballarat
When: 10–11 May, 2014
Mother's Day Classic
The annual Mother's Day Classic event is on again next Sunday at the Alexandra Gardens, helping to raise awareness and funding for breast cancer research, so get your runners on to support a great cause.
Where: Alexandra Gardens
When: Sunday 11 May, 2014