Episode 08: Queenscliff
This week on Postcards the team head out to the lovely town of Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula. Glen tastes some of Australia's best cool climate vinos at Jack Rabbit and Terindah Estate wineries, as well as sampling some of their delicious local produce. Brodie indulges with blueberries at Tuckerberry Hill and catches up with author of the book 'Melbourne Down Under;' Sheree Marris. Lauren samples Australia's best meat pie at The Rolling Pin Bakery as well as taste-testing some unique treats at Kelp before picking up some take-home preserves from Piknik, leaving Shane to go back in time and spend a night at the iconic Queenscliff Hotel.
Jack Rabbit and Terindah Estate Wineries
The Bellarine Peninsula is a one hour drive from Melbourne and is home to beautiful scenery, great beaches as well as a dozen wineries that produce some of Australia's finest cool climate wines. Jack Rabbit Winery is known for its range of award winning wines. The cellar door also has a café with ripping views of the coast and their food is first class. Newly renovated, the restaurant is open 7 days a week for lunch plus dinner on weekends.
Terindah Estate, which translates to 'beautiful' in Indonesian, describes this property perfectly, especially the restaurant – The Shed at Terindah. The restaurant was voted in the top five regional restaurants, priding themselves on only using the best seasonal and regional produce to create dishes that complement their award winning wines.
Jack Rabbit Vineyard
85 McAdams Lane, Bellarine
Ph 03 5251 2223
90 McAdams Lane, Bellarine
Ph 03 5251 5536
Tuckerberry Hill is located in Drysdale and is a three hectare farm, producing up to six tonnes of blueberries a year. The farm is open to the public and everyone is encouraged to pick their own. At the Tuckerberry Hill Café, blueberries feature on the menu including cakes, ice creams and preserves but the café's blueberry muffins are what they are known for. The farm also grows giant strawberries which are aching to be picked but best of all, all the fruit is organic and grown chemical-free. The berry season runs through until the end of April but you are able to purchase a bag of snap frozen berries to take home.
35 Becks Road, Drysdale
Ph 03 5251 3468
Sheree Marris and Underwater Explorer
Sheree Marris is one of Australia's most passionate and dynamic marine ambassadors and an award winning author who has just published her fifth book, 'Melbourne Down Under' – a beautiful photographic story of Melbourne's colourful marine environment. It is on-board the 'Underwater Explorer', Victoria's only semi-submersible underwater viewing vessel, that you can learn more about life under the sea. The vessel has a spacious upper deck and an underwater viewing lounge. During the tour, interactive divers delve into the deep blue with roving underwater cameras to show off the best of the bay. Their live video footage is fed straight back to plasma screens on board and engaging commentary is provided by qualified marine interpreters.
Melbourne Down Under
By Sheree Marris
Shop 2/6 Wharf Street, Queenscliff
Ph 03 5258 2005
The Rolling Pin Bakery, Kelp and Piknik
The Rolling Pin bakery is known for their gourmet pies, pastries and mouth-watering sweets. With 15 different varieties of meat pies on the menu you can easily understand why Rolling Pin is a nationally recognised bakery and has won countless awards for its golden gems including 'Australia's Best Vegetarian Pastie' in 2013, 'Australia's Best Brekkie Pie 2013', and the big one – simply 'Australia's Best Pie 2013'.
Kelp is a stylish restaurant in Point Lonsdale that offers indulgent all-day dining. The sleek restaurant space is decorated with local art and has recently been refurbished, and the kitchen serves culinary delights from tasty tapas to European classics.
Piknik in Swan Bay was once a rustic roadhouse but is now a quaint café and food store. This hidden gem plates up flavoursome breakfast and lunch dishes that are generous in size, cooked to perfection and made with fresh, locally sourced produce. Allpress coffee is served non-stop, as well as scoops of home-churned ice cream for those seeking a refreshing treat. Piknik is also known for their full range of fresh seasonal preserves which is found in the adjoining pantry.
40 Hesse Street, Queenscliff
Ph 03 5258 1533
67 Point Lonsdale Road, Point Lonsdale
Ph 03 5258 4797
1195 Queenscliff Road, Swan Bay
Ph 03 5258 5155
The Queenscliff Hotel, Point Lonsdale Lighthouse and Saltbush Fine Foods
The iconic Queenscliff Hotel is a comforting step back in time to the Victorian era. The hotel was built in 1887 and has been preserved in all of its glory offering old world accommodation and dining in heritage surrounds. A stay here is all about peace and tranquillity, meaning that none of the 15 bedrooms contain any mod cons; however they all do contain beautiful ensuites. On Friday and Saturday nights the charming dining room swings into action, with its antique lamps, exotic screens and soft candle light. The menu makes the most of the Bellarine's bounty featuring many local delights.
The gorgeous Point Lonsdale Lighthouse is still in operation and the public can go inside and check it out. Tours of the Point Lonsdale Lighthouse are conducted on weekends by the Queenscliff Maritime Museum but they must be pre-booked and take about half an hour.
Saltbush Fine Foods is a funky little café and food store serving great coffee and home baked goodies, all made on site. The rhubarb and vanilla bean streusel, the apple and salted caramel crumble slice and the appropriately named OMG flourless chocolate cake, certainly lives up to its name.
The Queenscliff Hotel
16 Gellibrand Street, Queenscliff
Ph 03 5258 1066
Queenscliffe Maritime Museum
Wharf Street, Queenscliff
Ph 03 5258 3440
Saltbush Fine Foods
4/44 Hesse Street, Queenscliff
Ph 03 5258 4829
The MAD (Melbourne Autumn Day tour) Ride
If bike riding is your thing, then get a group of friends together and register yourselves for The MAD Ride, Victoria's oldest recreational bike ride, which is on next weekend in the Macedon Ranges.
Where: Woodend and the Macedon Ranges
When: Sunday 6 April, 2014
Southern Grampians Promenade of Sacred Music
The Southern Grampians Promenade of Sacred Music will be an event not to be missed, beginning on 4 April for two days.
When: 4–6 April, 2014
Man From Snowy River Bush Festival
To celebrate Banjo Paterson's 'Man from Snowy River' why not head to the Snowy Mountains for the Man from Snowy River Bush Festival which begins on 3 April.
When: 3–6 April, 2014