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Episode 15: Discover Your Own Backyard

This week the Postcards team shows viewers how to 'Discover Your Own Backyard' by exploring things to do in and around Melbourne. Rebecca discovers the best Camberwell Fresh Food Market has on offer before checking out the newly renovated Hawthorn Arts Centre, the picturesque Hay's Paddock and Studley Park Boathouse. In Brimbank, Brodie grabs everything she needs from Big Sams St Albans Market for her picnic at Organ Pipes National Park before exploring the stunning Overnewton Castle. Shane enjoys a foodie tour of Mordialloc visiting Main Street Café, Doyle's Bridge Hotel and Windows on the Bay. This just leaves Glen to explore the city Hume were he visits Goona Warra Vineyard, Living Legends at Woodlands Historic Park and the birthplace of the ashes, Rupertswood Mansion.

Goona Warra Vineyard in Sunbury was established in 1863. The winery is a very popular wedding and function venue with a reputation for producing some fantastic cool climate wines which you can sample at the vineyards cellar door.

Living Legends at Woodlands Historic Park is home to some of Australia's greatest retired champion racehorses. You can take a guided tour and meet some of the park's favourite residents or visit the Woodlands Homestead and enjoy Devonshire tea and homemade scones.

Rupertswood Mansion is not only one of the most beautiful examples of architecture from the 1800s, it is the birthplace of one of the biggest sporting rivalries in the world where the Ashes urn was conceived during England's 1882-83 tour of Australia. The mansion has accommodation with a range of rooms and suites to choose from and is a popular place for weddings, functions and conferences.

Goona Warra Vineyard
790 Sunbury Road, Sunbury
Ph 03 9740 7766

Living Legends at Woodlands Historic Park
207 Oaklands Road, Greenvale
Ph 03 9307 1165

Rupertswood Mansion
3 Macedon Street, Sunbury
Ph 03 9740 5020

Big Sams Market is located in St Albans and has everything you need for your next big cook up or picnic in the park. There are stalls selling seafood, meat and poultry, deli's bursting with specialty sausages and cheeses as well as fresh fruit and veg for as far as the eye can see.

Located approximately 20 minutes from the city is the Organ Pipes National Park. It's an expanse of protected land covering 300 acres and is a beautiful spot for picnics, walks, bird observing and photography. The most fascinating feature of this park is the Organ Pipes, which are gigantic basalt columns. The unique rocks resemble a set of metal pipes and were formed around one million years ago.

Overnewton Castle in Keilor is an historic estate set on five acres of beautiful gardens. This property, originally a humble bluestone homestead, was transformed in 1859 into a Victorian Tudor style castle complete with 36 rooms. Amongst the lawns and lush trees you'll also find 'The Cottage', a double story retreat separate to the main house which can be booked for honeymoons, anniversaries or weekends away.

Big Sams St Albans Market
3 St Albans Road, St Albans
Ph 03 9366 2237

Parks Victoria
Ph 13 19 63

Overnewton Castle
51 Overnewton Road, Keilor
Ph 03 9331 6367

At Main Street in Mordialloc you'll find 'Pompei's Boat', a striking public art work that resembles a clinker style vessel. This bright red sculpture is named to recognise the Pompei family, who were prominent boat builders in the area. Not far away you'll also find 'Horse' – a stunning statue that takes pride of place overlooking the foreshore. When it comes to food Main Street Café is housed in one of Mordialloc's oldest buildings and is constantly buzzing with locals and tourists alike. Right next door you'll find the team's newest venture called 'Side Street' where you can get Spanish pinchos and infused vodkas.

The famous Bridge Hotel is home to Doyles Deck and Bistro, a casual café and the Bridge Bar. The best aspect of this grand old pub is arguably the extensive decking that wraps around Doyles, as it overlooks the bobbing boats and glistening waters of Mordialloc Creek.

Windows on the Bay, which sits just metres from the sand on Beach Road in Mordialloc, is a gourmet restaurant that provides its guests with stunning views of Port Phillip Bay. The kitchen serves exceptional modern Australian fare and with the option for private dining.

Main Street Café
501–505 Main Street, Mordialloc
Ph 03 9580 8150

Doyles Bridge Hotel
1 Nepean Highway, Mordialloc
Ph 03 8587 1000

Windows on the Bay
333 Beach Road, Mordialloc
Ph 03 9580 2899

At Camberwell Fresh Food Market you will find everything from fresh deli foods to artisan baked breads, meats, chicken, fish or that very essential ingredient, as well as locally grown fruit and vegetables. Plus beautiful flowers, which are always guaranteed to add something special to your home.

The Hawthorn Town Hall has undergone a multi-million dollar transformation into the Hawthorn Arts Centre. Complete with a new art gallery, and the main hall restored to its former glory, there's also an eatery called the Second Empire Café located on the ground floor which serves breakfast, lunch and coffee seven days a week.Hays Paddock in Kew East is the perfect place for families, with two sports grounds along with an all-abilities outdoor playground for everyone to enjoy.

Studley Park Boathouse, located on the Yarra River houses an elegant formal dining restaurant as well as a kiosk with an outdoor eating area where you can bring your dog. There are plenty of boats for hire and an upstairs café which can be booked for either breakfast or lunch.

Camberwell Fresh Food Market
519–525 Riversdale Road, Camberwell

Hawthorn Arts Centre
360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn
Ph 03 9278 4770

Second Empire Café

Studley Park Boathouse
1 Boathouse Road, Kew
Ph 03 9853 1828

Discover Your Own Backyard

Postcards Diary

St Kilda Film Festival
Head on down to the St Kilda Film Festival next week to see Australia's best up and coming film stars as the top 100 short films, music videos and more hit the big screen!

Where: Various venues in St Kilda
When: 22–31 May, 2014

La Fiera Festival
If you're heading to the north east and love Italian history and culture, head to Myrtleford for the 'La Fiera Festival'.

Where: Various locations in Myrtleford
When: 20–25 May, 2014

2014 Red Shield Appeal Doorknock
The 2014 Red Shield Appeal Doorknock will take place 24 – 25 May, so keep your eyes open for volunteers and do what you can to help.

Where: Across Victoria
When: 24–25 May, 2014


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