Episode 19: Arts and Culture
This week, the Postcards team goes across Victoria to bring you the 'best on offer' in the arts and culture department. Brodie heads to TarraWarra, where she visits the Museum of Art and the TarraWarra Estate winery before settling in for the night at the stunning Candlelight Mountain Retreat in Olinda. Shane enjoys some beautiful produce and accommodation at Port Phillip Estate cellar door and stops by the McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery in Langwarrin. Glen heads to Ballarat and checks out the newly renovated George Hotel and Ballarat Art Gallery and Rebecca pops into the Convent Gallery and Vintage House in beautiful Daylesford.
TarraWarra Museum of Art, TarraWarra Estate and Candlelight Mountain Retreats
TarraWarra Museum of Art hosts a significant collection of Australian art from the second half of the twentieth century through to the present day, as well as rotating contemporary exhibitions.
Next door to the museum is TarraWarra Estate, where guests can sample some sensational wines. The vineyard stretches over 28 hectares and is best known for producing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. There is also a restaurant that serves delicious dishes.
The Candlelight Mountain Retreats in Olinda is perfect for those seeking a secluded getaway far from the city lights. The first retreat, 'Twilight Cottage' has all the creature comforts you could dream of including a feather topped queen size bed, continental breakfast provisions, a deep spa bath and a real log burning fire to keep you warm on those wintry nights. The second retreat is 'Cottage in the Forest', a self-contained hideaway set on a fern filled acre block. This cosy retreat boasts a luxurious king size bed that enjoys views of lush green forest, spacious living and kitchen areas, and a bathroom that comes complete with a spa bath and fluffy robes.
TarraWarra Museum of Art
311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road, Yarra Glen
Ph 03 5957 3100
311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road, Yarra Glen
Ph 03 5957 3510
Candlelight Mountain Retreats
7–9 Monash Avenue, Olinda
Ph 03 9751 2464
Port Phillip Estate and McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery
Port Phillip Estate has a cellar door, dining room and an expansive outdoor deck as well as a barrel room, museum wine library, wine-making facilities and an accommodation wing downstairs. The accommodation features luxurious king sized beds alongside stylish living areas and the ensuites are decked out with deep eggshell baths, Aesop products and lush Missoni bath robes. The Port Phillip Estate Dining room is a sleek and refined space with views of Westernport Bay. The kitchen produces exceptional European inspired dishes that feature seasonal produce which goes perfectly with one of Port Phillip Estate's wines, which are all domain grown, vinified and bottled.
McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery in Langwarrin is set on 16 hectares of bush and landscaped gardens. This artistic hub is home to a unique outdoor sculpture collection that showcases over 100 works by prominent Australian sculptors. The sculptures are spread throughout the park amongst bush land, open grassed areas, lakes and gardens. Included in the collection are works by sculptors such as Inge King and Clement Meadmore, along with recent acquisitions including Rick Amor and Lisa Roet. There are three indoor gallery spaces onsite which accommodate changing exhibitions and collection displays, as well as the retail store and McClelland Gallery Café, which serves seasonal breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea dishes.
Port Phillip Estate
263 Red Hill Road, Red Hill South
Ph 03 5989 4444
McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery
390 McClelland Drive, Langwarrin
Ph 03 9789 1671
Art Gallery of Ballarat and The George Hotel
The Art Gallery of Ballarat was established in 1884 and now comprises of approximately nine thousand pieces from all over the world. The gallery offers both guided tours and ipod tours to their guests and has some fantastic permanent exhibitions. There is also an on-site cafe that serves up great food as well as a gift shop that is worth checking out.
The George Hotel in Lydiard Street North was the second officially licensed hotel in Ballarat and after a recent renovation it's looking better than ever. The Lane Café at The George Hotel is one of the best places in town to grab a quick coffee or lunch on the run. The café turns into a cider bar on Friday and Saturday nights that also offers live entertainment which is proving to be very popular. The other newcomer to The George is The Lane Restaurant, which has already picked up a couple of awards for its modern menu courtesy of executive chef Liam Downes. It offers everything from wood fired pizzas, grazing plates as well as an al a carte menu. The Lane Restaurant also has a private dining room for groups and special occasions that can open up into the lounge.
The Heritage Bar and Restaurant at The George is the place to grab a beer and enjoy a classic pub meal. The hotel offers function rooms and a huge balcony perfect for any celebration plus conference facilities if your visit is purely business. The George also has a range of accommodation options that include everything from studio and twin rooms, all the way through to family rooms and executive suites.
Art Gallery of Ballarat
40 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat
Ph 03 5320 5858
The George Hotel
27 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat
Ph 03 5333 4866
Convent Gallery Daylesford and Vintage House Accommodation
The Convent Galley in Daylesford was built on a hill to be close to heaven and today, over 120 years since its establishment, it's is a celebration of art, history and culture. You can hire the Convent out for a wedding, stay in the guest quarters, visit the café or have a drink at the bar. There is also a gallery, which is a three level haven of fantastic fine art. Described as 'the most beautiful gallery in Australia', the Convent Gallery presents local, national and international artists working in a variety of media and styles. With more than eight exhibition spaces throughout the building, the gallery offers visitors and collectors a truly diverse range of art. The Convent Gallery's cafe, which is called the Bad Habit's Cafe, stages special High Teas if you book ahead. You can enjoy your treats on the café's balcony overlooking the gardens or in the courtyard.
Vintage House Daylesford is an 1860s miner's cottage that has been completely restored and redesigned to highlight the original features of the house. It is finished with antique, vintage and industrial furniture and artwork from around the globe. Each room has been carefully considered and designed for both comfort and function. There are two striking bedrooms, but the white room really steals the scene. It features a king size bed with Bedouin French linen and an antique claw foot bath, as well as an ensuite bathroom which you enter through restored barn doors. The garden studio makes a very private third bedroom, and comes complete with an oversized bath and original vintage artwork.
Convent Gallery Daylesford
Corner Hill and Daly Streets, Daylesford
Ph 03 5348 3211
Vintage House Daylesford
Ph 0411 426 614
The Shortest Lunch
The Yarra Valley 'Shortest Lunch' celebrates small winemakers, with a feast of entrée size meals. So why not make a trip to the Valley and enjoy the great wine, food and wine on offer?
Where: Yarra Valley
When: 21–22 June, 2014
The Light in Winter
Fed Square is currently hosting its annual 'The Light in Winter' program so head to Fed Square at dusk to experience all the art, music and performances on show.
Where: Federation Square
When: Until June 22, 2014
The King and I
For all the theatre buffs, the award winning theatrical production, The King and I, is playing at the Princess Theatre until mid August.
Where: Princess Theatre
When: Until 17 August, 2014