Episode 16: Our towns
This week, the Postcards team catches up with four celebrities who share some of their favourite places in Victoria. Shane enjoys a day in Geelong with Catriona Rowntree, Glen spends a day in St Kilda talking football with Nathan Browne, Giaan and Tania Zaetta stroll the Tan before indulging in some South Yarra delights, and Rebecca heads to South Melbourne with Scott Cam from The Block.
Rebecca Judd hangs out with Scott Cam to find out where he likes to eat when he's in Melbourne working on The Block. First stop is The Montague Hotel on the corner of Montague and Park streets in South Melbourne. This watering hole has been around since the late 19th century and, with a recent refurbishment, it's a gastro pub offering classic bistro style food.
Then it's on to Bridport Street in Albert Park, where Andrew's Hamburgers has been flipping patties since 1939. The eatery and takeaway never disappoints with its choice of tasty burgers – beef, steak, chicken or vegetarian.
The last stop The Cricketer's Arms Hotel in Port Melbourne. Nestled in a residential street, this pub is one of the area's originals. Affectionately called by locals “the hole in the wall,” there's a public bar, leafy courtyard, bistro and dining room.
The Montague Hotel
355 Park Street, South Melbourne
Ph 03 9690 9044
144 Bridport Street, Albert Park
Ph 03 9690 2126
Cricketer's Arms Hotel
69 Cruikshank Street, Port Melbourne
Ph 03 9646 3306
Nathan Brown takes Glen Moriarty on a tour of St Kilda, starting at one of the best-known restaurants and bars, Cicciolina on Acland Street. It's easy to fall in love at or with Cicciolina; it's just one of those places that's perfect for having a drink or grabbing some really good Italian food.
Down the road on Barkley Street is Nathan's second favourite hangout, Carusii ii. Spawned from the original I Carusi in Brunswick, I Carusi ii keeps things simple with over 20 classic pizzas and a great selection of imported Italian wines.
Across the street is the Village Belle Hotel and Dalton Bar. As one of the last real pubs left in St Kilda, it's easy to see why this place is so popular with its classic food and entertainment around the clock.
Lastly, The King of Tonga on Tennyson Street in Elwood is a bit like the hidden-away bars you'll find in Melbourne's CBD, but this one is on a suburban Street. It's well known for its character and the characters you're likely to run into while you're enjoying a quiet beer, wine or one of their cocktails.
Ph 03 9525 3333
I Carusi ii
Ph 03 9593 6033
Village Belle Hotel and Doulton Bar
Ph 03 9534 2200
The King of Tonga
Ph 03 9531 8503
Tania Zaetta has recently been working on Channel 9's Celebrity Apprentice and shows Giaan Rooney around South Yarra. First stop is the The Olsen. This popular hotel opened in 2010 and features works by acclaimed Australian artist Dr John Olsen. The restaurant, Spoonbill, has great coffee, uses seasonal and regional produce and some of the dishes are inspired by the hotel's namesake.
Next is the fashionable and glamorous Fog on Greville Street, Prahran. Set over two levels, there's a stylish dining room, cocktail bar, courtyard and a street level section for drinks and coffee.
Lastly, it's a visit to one of the most beautiful eateries on Chapel Street, The Oriental Teahouse, which has been serving delicate morsels since 2005.
The Olsen Hotel
637–641 Chapel Street, South Yarra
Ph 03 9040 1333
142 Greville Street, Prahran
Ph 03 9521 3155
Oriental Tea House
455 Chapel Street, South Yarra
Ph 03 9826 0168
Shane Crawford spends time with Catriona Rowntree in Geelong where they explore some local treasures. First stop is the landmark building and National Wool Museum, to learn about the Australian wool story from the birth of the industry in the 1830s.
Next is a touch of France at Lily Pond in Geelong, an enchanting shop with French antiques, homewares and accessories.
Pakington Street in Newtown is the final stop and the nearest thing that Geelong has to cosmopolitan Carlton's Lygon Street, with bustling cafes and unique boutiques.
National Wool Museum
26 Moorabool Street, Geelong
Ph 03 5272 4701
303 Moorabool Street, Geelong
Ph 03 5224 2228
Hahndorf's Fine Chocolates
354 Pakington St, Newton
Ph 03 5229 7405
Taste of Sorrento
Indulge your senses and indulge in great food and wine in historical seaside Sorrento.
When: 1–8 June
The Light in Winter
When you're in the city, don't miss a visit to Federation Square for a festival of amazing light displays and artworks.
Where: Federation Square
When: 1 June – 1July
Winter Wine Weekend
And head to the Mornington Peninsula for the annual weekend of winter wines.
Where: Mornington Peninsula
When: 9–11 June