Episode 27: 10 August
This week on Postcards, the team travels from east to west to bring you the very best in accommodation, dining, home wares and art that Victoria has to offer. Brodie heads to Healesville where she settles in for a relaxing night with dinner at the Healesville Hotel followed by a stay at Furmston House. Guest presenter, Dale Vine visits some of his favourite home wares and interior stores in Richmond. Glen visits Ararat Regional Art Gallery, the stunning gardens of Narrapumelap Homestead and the iconic J Ward Museum in Ararat, whilst Rebecca shows you some of her favourite places in Windsor including Dukes Coffee Roasters, MARS Gallery and Mr Miyagi.
The historic Healesville Hotel is located along the Maroondah Highway in the heart of Healesville. The hotel's front bar, warmed by open fires in winter, serves pub classics with a contemporary twist and also stocks plenty of beer and local ciders, as well as over 300 wines. For a more formal experience, the 'Quince' dining room is open for dinner on Fridays through to lunch on Sundays, with a focus on smart, seasonal dishes that showcase technique without sacrificing on flavour.
The hotel's newest accommodation option, Furmston House is a beautifully renovated property, set on a hill behind the main building. All three bedrooms boast luxurious king size beds and sleek ensuites, whilst screen printed cushions, mohair throw rugs and trendy furnishings add colour and style. Furmston House can accommodate up to sixguests but can also be sectioned off to create a one bedroom studio complete with a separate entrance and parking.
256 Maroondah Highway, Healesville
Ph 03 5962 4002
Richmond – Meizai, Clu. Living and Hermon and Hermon
Meizai in Church Street Richmond is known for stocking timeless designs that can be found over a broad range of products. They sell everything from decorator items to furniture, lighting, mirrors and ceramics. One point of interest at Meizai is their rug shop as they source their rugs from design companies the world over.
Clu. Living is located on Swan Street. Clu. is considered a furniture and home wares brand that offers home furnishing solutions for compact living with a focus on incorporating multi-functionality and clever storage capabilities. The shop has been open a year and prides itself on being made in Melbourne.
Another store with endless style is Hermon and Hermon, also on Swan Street. They stock furniture and accessories from all around the world. Their show room with its ever changing eclectic stock certainly has a 'wow' factor. Aside from its modern interior, Hermon and Hermon also contain a café which is a great spot to call into for a coffee with a sweet treat or grab a delicious lunch.
658 Church Street, Richmond
Ph 03 9279 2888
265 Swan Street, Richmond
Ph 03 9041 7375
Hermon and Hermon
556 Swan Street, Richmond
Ph 03 9427 0599
Ararat – J Ward Museum, Ararat Regional Art Gallery and Narrapumelap Homestead
J Ward is one of the most interesting places you could ever visit in country Victoria. Many of the former prisoners and patients left their mark by painting and carving into the old blue stone walls and the more time you spend inside J ward, the more you get a sense that some of them have never left.
The Ararat Regional Art Gallery, located in the Town Hall, is well known for displaying textile and fibre art, plus its range of touring exhibitions from regional artists. The gallery's current exhibition titled 'Drawing on Drysdale' presents drawings, sketches, written material and objects, including Drysdale's portable easel, in an exhibition that celebrates a major Australian artist responsible for reshaping the way we see Australia.
Just a one hour drive out of Ararat is the town of Wickliffe, which is home to Narrapumelap, named after local indigenous waterholes. The property consists of this historic homestead and gardens that have quite an amazing story and is open to the public on select days of the year, or guided private tours are available by appointment.
J Ward Museum
Governors House, Girdlestone Street, Ararat
Ph 03 5352 2357
Ararat Regional Art Gallery
Town Hall, Vincent Street, Ararat
Ph 03 5352 2836
Narrapumelap Road, Wickliffe
Ph 03 5350 3220
Windsor – Duke's Coffee Roasters, MARS Gallery and Mr Miyagi
Duke's Coffee Roasters in Windsor not only serve delicious food but also have a 15 kilogram coffee roaster which produces a range of espresso blends and single origins that are destined for a coffee cup. The café itself also has a sophisticated fit out which was designed by the internationally renowned Melbourne architect, Chris Connell.
MARS Gallery in Windsor, which is set across three levels in a purpose built gallery, is a one-stop shop. It is open to the street, making it accessible to all. Andy Dinan is the owner of MARS, which stands for Melbourne Art Rooms. Currently, the main space of the gallery is filled with an exhibition of sculptural headwear by Jud Wimhurst. His helmets are a metaphor for safety and security and the artist has been busy carving them for the past 12 months. Another feature is the video projection room and there is also a small neon black room which shows monthly light works.
Mr Miyagi serves contemporary Japanese food with a bit of a twist. Named after the karate master from the 1980s movie Karate Kid, the restaurant layout is designed to feel like a Tokyo laneway, with splashes of pink neon, plenty of exposed brickwork and artful Japanese graffiti. The private booths are the best part of the restaurant, and they've all been decorated to mimic Japanese tea houses.
Duke's Coffee Roasters
169 Chapel Street, Windsor
Ph 03 9521 4884
7 James Street, Windsor
Ph 03 9521 7517
99 Chapel Street, Windsor
Ph 03 9529 5999
Luna1878 Winter Night Market
If you're into night markets, pay a visit to the QVM on any Wednesday evening during August to experience Luna1878.
Where: Every Wednesday night until 27 August
When: Queen Victoria Market
Bendigo on the Hop
For all beer enthusiasts 'Bendigo on the Hop' next Saturday is the place to be, where ten venues around Bendigo city are offering local produce matched to fabulous beers!
Where: Various venues around Bendigo
When: 16 August, 2014