Episode 28: Discover your own backyard
This week on Postcards, the team showcases some of the best things to see in do in your local area. Glen kicks off the show by visiting the City of Wyndham where he visits the Werribee Park Sculpture Walk, Shadowfax Winery, Sanctuary Lakes Golf Club and The Park Hotel. Brodie heads to the City of Casey for a foodie adventure beginning at Old Cheese Factory, followed by Primary@Pioneers Park and finished by cuddling some furry creatures at Myuna Farm. In the City of Moonee Ponds, Shane visits The Boathouse, Laksa King and Harper and Blohm. This just leaves Rebecca to visit Nillumbik Shire, and enjoy a day exploring Rob's Glassworx, Nillumbik Estate and Mercer's Restaurant.
City of Wyndham
At Werribee Park Sculpture Walk you can check out some of the latest works by some of Australia's most talented sculptors. The walk features nine diverse and contemporary sculptures over a 2.5-kilometre walk that takes just 30 minutes.
Shadowfax Winery is well known for its Chardonnay, Pinot and Shiraz. There is also excellent food on offer. The combination of their award winning wines and the menu's rustic Italian style makes this place a must-visit.
Sanctuary Lakes Golf Course is an 18 hole Greg Norman Design Course that is consistently rated amongst Australia's top 100 courses. The course appeals to all levels of golfers and has accommodation facilities, a driving range, sport facilities, function rooms as well as being home to the Espresso Bar and the Lake View Restaurant.
The Park Hotel in Werribee has undergone a renovation and the new owners have turned it into an eatery and beer hall that offers over 400 craft beers. The hotel has function spaces plus a beer garden and plans to add a microbrewery to the site.
Werribee Park Sculpture Walk
K Road, Werribee
Ph 131 963
K Road, Werribee
Ph 03 9731 4420
Sanctuary Lakes Golf Club
70 Greg Norman Road, Sanctuary Lakes
Ph 03 9394 9444
The Park Hotel
12 Watton Street, Werribee
Ph 03 9741 1441
City of Casey
Old Cheese Factory is located on an estate that was built in the mid-1800s. The venue is now used for weddings, exhibitions and community events. The cheese factory building was specifically designed for the making, storage and maturation of cheese. These days, visitors can explore the historic buildings and even enjoy a bite to eat in the homestead cafe.
'Primary@Pioneers Park' café is located in Berwick, with food to die for. The building, which was once an old schoolhouse, was converted into a café a few years ago when Berwick Primary relocated. Parts of the structure are heritage listed and The National Trust Casey Cardinia Branch Gift Shop and Heritage Centre can also be found onsite in one of the original classrooms. The menu changes every six months and there is a dessert cabinet full of tarts, cakes and crumbles just waiting to be sampled.
Myuna Farm in Doveton provides city residents with a taste of the country life. This hands-on community farm gives people of all ages the opportunity to interact with Australian animals, and also provides education on sustainability and farming processes.
Old Cheese Factory
34 Homestead Road, Berwick
Ph 03 9702 1919
Corner Lyall Road and Peel Street, Berwick
Ph 03 9768 9681
The National Trust Casey Cardinia Branch Gift Shop and Heritage Centre
Corner Lyall Road and Peel Street, Berwick
Ph 03 9707 1518
182 Kidds Road, Doveton
Ph 03 9706 9944
City of Moonee Valley
Moonee Ponds' Boathouse is located along the Maribynong River and is part owned by MasterChef judge Gary Mehigan. Guests can stop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Pizzas, small plates to share, salads and items off the grill all feature heavily on the menu.
Laksa King is a local institution and was voted the number one best cheap eat in Melbourne. Laksa King started out in 1998 serving simple Laksa soups in a small arcade shop. These days, larger premises bring a bigger clientele, with much more on the menu, including a choice of 10 different curry laksas.
Essendon newest specialty cheese shop is Harper and Blohm. You can find Australian and International benchmark cheeses that are often on restaurant menus, but aren't usually found in retail stores. The owner holds cheese and wine workshops regularly and pack picnic hampers for you to take home with you.
Queens Park is a small retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding streets. It features an ornamental lake and lovely formal gardens, and it's the perfect haven for a picnic lunch.
7 The Boulevard, Moonee Ponds
Ph 03 9375 2456
6–12 Pin Oak Crescent, Flemington
Ph 03 9372 6383
Harper & Blohm
80 Primrose Street, Essendon
Ph 03 9370 6428
Rob's Glassworx is a gallery and studio where glassmaker Rob Hayley creates and displays unique, one of a kind glass creations. He specializes in warm glass, which is glass that is fired, made and altered in a glass kiln. His works are functional, artistic and sculptural and each piece is completely original as no two pieces are ever the same.
The Kangaroo Ground War Memorial Tower is built on the highest hill in the Nillumbik Shire and offers magnificent views of the whole area.
Nillumbik Estate is a small yield vineyard. Nillumbik is the Aboriginal word for shallow earth and the harsh soil is what limits the yield of the grapes. The vineyard is tended by hand with family and friends pruning the vines, picking the grapes and making the wines .There are regularly wine tasting master classes in the barrel room and guests are welcomed into the newly built cellar door, where they are served pizzas and platters of tasty Italian antipasti.
Mercer's Restaurant is located in Eltham and has been quietly winning chefs hats in The Age Good Food Guide since 1999. It's housed in an inviting Federation style cottage and serves a la carte and vegetarian choices but Chef Stephen Mercer says his degustation menu offers the best experience.
9 Dodd Street, St Andrews
Ph 03 9710 1482
195 Clintons Road, Smiths Gully
732 Main Road, Eltham
Ph 03 9431 1015
Discover your own backyard
Melbourne Writers Festival
Be sure to head to the 'Festival Hub' in Federation Square at the end of August for this year's Melbourne Writers Festival, a celebration of writers, readers and thinkers.
Where: Federation Square
When: 21–31 August, 2014
Frankston and South Eastern Wine Show 2014
For those of you heading towards the Mornington Peninsula later this month, why not check out the Frankston and South Eastern Winemaking Competition and Wine Show.
Where: Briars Historic Park, Mount Martha
When: Sunday 30 August, 2014
'Patyegarang' by Bangarra Dance Theatre
The Bangarra Dance Theatre celebrates their 25th anniversary with ten days of performances at Melbourne's iconic Arts Centre.
Where: Arts Centre Melbourne
When: 28 August – 6 September, 2014