Episode 02: Last days of summer
In this week's episode of Postcards, the team showcase some beautiful locations around the State that are sure to impress day trippers and holiday-makers alike. Brodie ventures to the Macedon Ranges where she explores the historical Cameron Lodge and its European-style gardens, before enjoying a sparkling wine at the Hanging Rock Winery. She then travels to Hanging Rock Reserve and is given a tour of the extinct volcano and its surrounding parklands. Glen hits the road and travels to Apollo Bay where he gets the low down on the upcoming Apollo Bay Seafood Festival, before visiting the architecturally designed 'Cypress Hill', an impressive coastal retreat for the whole family. Lauren travels to Beaufort and is given a tour of 'Heritage Fruit Trees', where she samples the fresh produce and learns how to train heirloom variety plants. Finally, Shane checks out the accommodation, golfing action and dining options available at the Mercure Portsea Golf Club and Resort.
Cameron Lodge and Hanging Rock
The Macedon Ranges have long been a weekend playground for city slickers, located less than an hour from town along the Calder Freeway. A unique and historical place to stay in this region is Cameron Lodge Cottage, set amongst a magnificent 10 acre private garden. Dating back to 1886, Cameron Lodge offers a rare opportunity to stay within the grounds of one of Australia's oldest hill stations. The cottage has an eclectic range of rustic furnishings and sleeps up to seven people in four bedrooms. Outside you are free to explore one of the most exquisite European-style gardens in Victoria. The gardens combine heritage trees, lush floral collections, sweeping lawns, pavilions and rambling paths.
Not far up the road is Hanging Rock Winery. It was established in 1983 and forms part of the Macedon Ranges Wine Region. It is the largest vineyard in the area and the cellar door stocks a wide range of wines to suit most styles and tastes. Their signature drop is the Macedon sparkling wine – Macedon NV Brut – but they also sell red and white wine varieties.
Hanging Rock Reserve is another popular spot in the area and is well worth checking out. Rising 105 metres from the plain and formed six million years ago, the extinct volcano was made famous by the classic Australian mystery, 'Picnic at Hanging Rock'. It was formed through intense pressure and is referred to as a volcanic plug, which has massive granite peaks riddled with caves, tunnels and overhanging boulders. Hanging Rock Reserve has numerous walking paths for visitors to use, as well as BBQ facilities, tennis courts and wide expanses of lawn for those who love to picnic.
Dayget – Cameron Lodge Cottage
Ph 03 5348 4422
Hanging Rock Winery
88 Jim Road, Newham
Ph 03 5427 0542
Hanging Rock Reserve
South Rock Road, Woodend
Ph 1800 244 711
Cypress Hill and Apollo Bay Seafood Festival
The town of Apollo Bay is about two and a half hours from Melbourne and is the gateway to the great Otway National Park and the 12 Apostles. On Saturday 22 February Apollo Bay plays host to a fantastic seafood festival that has everything from cooking demonstrations to fresh seafood for sale, and cray raffles to live music performances. There will also a farmers market offering local produce and numerous food stalls, so be sure to check it out.
If you're looking for accommodation in the area, then look no further than Cypress Hill. Set on one acre this stunning property features floor to ceiling glass and outdoor decks that surround the front of the house. The open lounge and dining area features a handmade timber dining table, a full entertainment system and open fire if you feel like staying in. The kitchen has all of the latest mod-cons including a coffee machine, and ocean views can be seen from the living area. Pets are also welcome as there is secure space out the back for them to play. The three bedrooms can accommodate up to eight guests and the master bedroom has a king size bed and its own ensuite. So whether you're after a family escape or a weekend away with friends on the coast, Cypress Hill is sure to provide you with everything you need.
Apollo Bay Seafood Festival
Saturday 22 February, 2014
Cypress Hill – Holiday Great Ocean Road
Ph 03 5237 1098
Heritage Fruit Trees
Heritage Fruit Trees is a nursery business run by gardening journalist and broadcaster Rob Pelletier, on his 140 acre farm called Glenview Park. It is located in Beaufort, which is just under a two hours' drive from Melbourne. The property has heirloom variety fruit trees that are trained for maximum fruit production and subsequently produce real fruit with full flavours. Specialising in apples, pears and quinces, Rob has a collection of over 400 varieties of heritage fruit trees, and also sells blueberries and raspberries. The Heritage Fruit Tree Nursery is open Fridays and Saturdays during winter and other times by appointment.
297 Raglan Road, Beaufort
Ph 03 5349 2888
Mercure Portsea Golf Club and Resort
The brand new Mercure Portsea Golf Club and Resort is a welcome addition to the accommodation scene along the Mornington Peninsula. It is located off London Bridge Road and is a 90 minute drive from Melbourne's CBD. The boutique hotel boasts 24 rooms which are all decorated in a contemporary style with every modern convenience provided to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Each room has its own balcony or courtyard with sweeping views of the golf course and in some cases, Port Phillip Bay.
The hotel is located at one of the oldest golf clubs in the region. Back in the late 1800s, the tourism potential of Portsea and Sorrento was realised and people travelled to the region via paddle steamer. Cottages, hotels and guest houses were built, and the Portsea Golf Club opened in December 1924. By the end of the 1920s it was well established on the golfing map, boasting 11 holes and a membership of over 100. These days the location hasn't changed but the course is now 18 holes with a membership of around 1,000.
'The Club House' is the onsite restaurant and bar which is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner to members, players and guests staying in. The cuisine is modern with a seasonal a la carte menu, and you can eat outside on the terrace or indoors. There's also an extensive wine list that features varieties from the area's prominent vineyards.
46 London Bridge Road, Portsea
Ph 03 5981 6100
White Night Melbourne
'White Night Melbourne', a twelve hour dusk to dawn event, is on again next Saturday. Come along and enjoy street performances, fashion shows, film screenings and much more!
Where: Melbourne CBD
When: 7pm Saturday 22 February, 2014
Teddy Bears' Picnic
If you're looking for something fun to do with the kids, then pack a picnic basket and go along to this year's Teddy Bears' Picnic at the Rippon Lea House and Gardens next Sunday.
Where: Rippon Lea House and Gardens
When: Sunday 23 February, 2014
Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
Don't forget that this year's Melbourne Food and Wine Festival starts on 28 February, so check out the festival guide now to plan your own foodie adventure!
Where: Various locations in Melbourne and Victoria
When: Friday 28 February – Sunday 16 March, 2014