Episode 25: Great Escapes
In this episode, the Postcards team not only takes you around Victoria but also bring you ten amazing Great Escape deals from Hotels.com. Glen heads to Rye where he checks out the stunning beachside property, Oceania before a bite to eat at 'A Mini Kitchen'. Dale Vine joins the team again as a guest presenter, where he puts his background in landscape design and construction to good use as he checks out the Royal Botanic Gardens in Cranbourne and Austplant at Arthurs Seat. Brodie travels to Trentham where she dines at Annie Smithers' latest venture 'du Fermier' before enjoying a night of 'RnR' at Casa Adagio accommodation. Lastly, Rebecca enjoys an art inspired day in Melbourne's inner suburbs as she visits The Blackman Hotel on St Kilda Road before enjoying what's on offer at Mossgreen.
Rye – Oceania Retreat and A Mini Kitchen
Sitting on 6000 square meters in one of the most pristine parts of the Mornington Peninsula is Oceania Retreat. With a stunning design offering a large open plan living area that flows the length of the house as well as a fully equipped kitchen, dining room and living room that overlooks the pool area. There is also a second living room with open fire and a library, so there is plenty of room throughout. With four bathrooms, and five bedrooms this home can comfortably accommodate up to ten guests. With a private track to the Peninsula Coast Walk, Oceania is the perfect weekend getaway.
'A Mini Kitchen' has certainly proved itself as a massive hit with the locals since its opening late in 2013, and has a reputation for great coffee and fantastic food that focuses on using the best available local produce. Little Rebel Coffee from Red Hill ensures locals get the best coffee on the Peninsula as well as delicious food. There is no set menu on any day so you can be certain that is everything is fresh and seasonal, and no two days will be the same!
7 Schutt Drive, Rye
Ph 03 9483 4426
A Mini Kitchen
2115 Point Nepean Road, Rye
Ph 03 5985 8865
Gardens – Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne and Austplant Nursery and Gardens
The Royal Botanic Gardens in Cranbourne is made up of heathlands, wetlands and woodlands that span 363 hectares, providing a habitat for native birds, mammals and reptiles. The 19 hectare Australian garden is the main feature and a total 15 staff are solely dedicated to the display and reproduction of Australian natives. There's also the Red Sand Garden, the Seaside garden, featuring plants with similar watering needs grouped together. Patrons can also grab a bite to eat at the Boon Wurrung Café and Kiosk or take home a souvenir from the gift shop.
Austplant Nursery and Gardens, located in Arthurs Seat specialises in the area of providing helpful suggestions for the home garden. The nursery is set on over two hectares and has been operating on the Peninsula for over 40 years. It's a family run business that stocks over 600 varieties of native plants.
Royal Botanic Gardens – Cranbourne
Corner Ballarto Road and Botanic Drive, Cranbourne
Austplant Nursery and Gardens – Arthurs Seat
249 Purves Road, Arthurs Seat
Trentham – Du Fermier and Casa Adagio
Nestled amongst the shop fronts of High Street in Trentham, 'du Fermier' was created by chef Annie Smithers. Inside this charming gem you'll be greeted by a crackling fire and wooden furnishings, but it's Annie's farmhouse style fare that has foodies all aflutter.
'Casa Adagio' is a stunning countryside retreat within walking distance of all that Daylesford has to offer. The recently renovated property offers spacious interiors which are bright and welcoming, whilst pieces of antique furniture and French provincial décor add a touch of old-world charm. Casa Adagio can accommodate up to 10 people comfortably. There are five bedrooms each with a different colour scheme, with the main bedroom playing hostess to its own en suite and outdoor deck access.
42 High Street, Trentham
Ph 03 5424 1634
The Blackman Hotel and Mossgreen
Located along St Kilda Road, this Art Series Hotel is one of three Art Series properties in Melbourne. This particular one, with 229 rooms, is inspired by Australian artist Charles Blackman, whose work including his 'Schoolgirl' series, features prominently throughout the entire building. The Blackman's art inspired point of difference ensures that it stands out from the hotel crowd and also provides guests with a unique and unforgettable experience.
Mossgreen in High Street Armadale was once an iconic picture theatre, but now this grand space houses an art gallery, auction house and tearooms. The historic building has recently been fully restored and converted into a state of the art venue where lovers of art can buy, sell and enjoy beautiful and rare work. The sales room upstairs is where fine art, jewellery and collectables can be bought and sold at auction, and downstairs you'll find Mossgreen Gallery which displays Australian contemporary art.
Once you've finished admiring all of the artwork on display, be sure to wander into the light-filled Tearooms for a bite to eat. Serving breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, the elegant space is run by Peter Rowland Gold and serves dishes inspired by the great hotels and cafes of Europe.
452 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Ph 03 9039 1444
926–930 High Street, Armadale
Ph 03 9508 8888
NEW CRAFT @ Queen Victoria Market
If you're interested in art and craft, take the opportunity to appreciate and buy contemporary craft from local makers at NEW CRAFT @ Queen Victoria Market next Sunday.
Where: A Shed, Queen Victoria Market
When: Sunday 3 August, 2014
Head up to Mt Buller for your chance to experience a magical white Christmas. There will be special Christmas dinners, visits from Santa, kids' activities and more.
Where: Mt Buller
When: 3–8 August, 2014
Falls Creek Sled Dog Classic
Don't miss your chance to watch some of Australia's finest sled dog racing in action, as Falls Creek Alpine Resort lights up for this night spectacular.
Where: Fall Creek Alpine Resort
When: 1–2 August, 2014