Episode 22: 6 July
This week, the Postcards team travels across Victoria to show you some of the most unique experiences the state has to offer. Brodie visits bustling Bendigo where she checks out the newest member of the Art Series Hotel Group, The Schaller Studio as well as the Bendigo Art Gallery. Glen digs deep into Melbourne's criminal background as he embarks on a tour of Old Melbourne Gaol and Pentridge Prison. Lauren heads to Kyneton where she shows you the best places to eat, stay and enjoy a true art experience. Rebecca completes the show by taking you on a tour of her favourite places to eat and shop in her new hometown.
The Schaller Studio and Bendigo Art Gallery
The city of Bendigo is located 150 kilometres north west of Melbourne and is the home to the newest Art Series Hotel, The Schaller Studio, which is named after Australian artist Mark Schaller. The four-star, 128 room hotel is inundated with Schaller's art work, including an 8-meter tall mosaic across the façade of the building, specially commissioned sculptures, and for the first time, this Art Series Hotel contains original Schaller artwork in every single room which are all for sale. Every staff member is trained by the in-house curator, allowing guests to enjoy a private art tour at their leisure. Or if you want to kick back and relax, away from the world of art, then the on-site café 'The Pantry' is the place for you. The Pantry is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner each day to provide guests with delicious country style meals made from local produce.
Just down the road is the Bendigo Art Gallery, which is the largest gallery of its type in Australia and has just undergone a make-over. This stunning architecturally designed extension was only completed earlier this year and is the new home to the permanent modern and contemporary collection. The collection not only features an assortment of 20th century paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings but creative multi-media based pieces as well – all focusing on the development of Australian modern art.
The Schaller Studio
Corner of Lucan and Bayne Street, Bendigo
Ph 03 4433 6100
Bendigo Art Gallery
42 View Street, Bendigo
Ph 03 5434 6088
Old Melbourne Gaol and Pentridge Prison
The Old Melbourne Gaol precinct was built in the mid-1800s and was built to dominate the Melbourne skyline as a figure of authority. The precinct includes Melbourne's oldest prison, the Magistrate's Court and former Police City Watch House but is best known for having Bushranger Ned Kelly and notorious gangster Squizzy Taylor as inmates. The old Magistrates court is where many of Victoria's most notorious criminals were taken for committal and bail hearings. This area is viewable during school holidays or for group bookings and tours can take part in reenactments of some of Australia's most famous criminal cases.
Pentridge Prison in Coburg operated as a prison from 1851 to 1997 and housed some of Victoria's hardest and longest serving prisoners. Parts of the original prison were demolished to make way for a housing development but many of the most historic areas still remain. Lantern Ghost tours are available on Thursday and Sunday nights or for an authentic experience tours are available with former inmates and guards who can tell you exactly what life was like on the inside.
Old Melbourne Goal
377 Russell Street, Melbourne
Ph 03 8663 7228
D Division, 4 Wardens Walk, South Coburg
Ph 03 9853 1771
Flop House, Sarah Gabriel's Workshop and Monsieur Pierre
Flop House is a gorgeous Scandinavian-style property that is located in the central Victorian town of Kyneton. Once a harpsichord studio, now luxurious local lodgings, Flop House is fitted out with beautiful furnishings, art work and home wares by some of Kyneton's best artisans. The property features a pitched roof which provides additional space, whilst the brand new kitchen annex and sleek bathroom give the retreat a fresh feel. Guests are provided with an array of local food products, picnic hampers and there are bikes on hand for those who are keen to discover Kyneton the adventurous way.
Artist Sarah Gabriel owns the charming Lauriston Studio. In 2008 Sarah established the 'Lauriston Press' gallery in Piper Street, Kyneton, and now she runs specialised drawing and printmaking workshops from her countryside property.
Monsieur Pierre on Mollison Street is a French-inspired food store that has it all, from freshly baked baguettes and croissants to scrumptious sweets and a wide range of cheeses. Their house-made pies have a strong following, and bespoke picnic hampers can be made on request for customers to enjoy whilst exploring the beautiful region.
60 Beauchamp Street, Kyneton
Ph 0438 160 671
37B Piper Street, Kyneton
Ph 03 5422 1710
Sarah Gabriel's Workshops
Ph 0423 630 783
143 Mollison Street, Kyneton
Ph 03 5422 1136
Olie and Ari Cafe, Crate Expectations and The Pantry
Olie and Ari is a cafe located on Brighton's Were Street. The space has an industrial style fit-out featuring exposed brick walls, caged pendant lights and a cosy courtyard out the back. The cafe is open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch, which serves fresh and interesting food.
Crate Expectations, located on Hampton Street in Hampton, is an eye-catching home ware emporium. Georgina Bird, who owns another shop of the same name in Malvern, has recently added this one to her portfolio. It's full of decorator items, fashion accessories, clothing, ceramics and smart home wares – making it a true lifestyle store.
The Pantry in Church Street, Brighton has been open for 20 years and is an institution in the area. Their restaurant is open seven days a week and they have regular cooking classes. More recently they have opened Royale Brothers on their premises – which is getting some good media attention with its funky burger menu. The Pantry's delicatessen section offers a good range of healthy, nutritious readymade meals. You can also pick up whatever gourmet provisions that you may need whether that be cheeses, hams, pasta sauces, dry goods or any of your daily staples.
Olie and Ari Cafe
133–135 Were Street, Brighton
Ph 03 9592 2929
313 Hampton Street, Hampton
Ph 03 9598 5027
1 Church Street, Brighton
Ph 03 9591 0393
Fruit Bottling Sessions
Now's the time to head to the Yarra Valley and enjoy a lesson in fruit bottling, with winter classes being run until the end of September at Rayners Fruit Orchard.
Where: Rayners Orchard, Yarra Valley
When: Until September 2014
Extravaganza – Eat Drink Discover
If you're heading towards the west coast next weekend, then pop by 'Extravaganza – Eat Drink Discover', a celebration of the Bellarine, Otways and Surf Coast's finest produce, wines, boutique beers and ciders.
Where: Deakin Waterfront, Geelong
When: Sunday 13 July, 2014
Don't forget that the hottest stage show in town is now on, so get in fast and book your tickets to see Les Miserables at Her Majesty's Theatre!
Where: Her Majesty's Theatre
When: Until 26 October, 2014