Episode 28: 9 September
Postcards celebrate the start of spring in this episode with some great experiences for everyone to enjoy on the weekend. The team check out great shopping and accommodation in Sorrento, fantastic pubs in Daylesford and Redesdale, the best lunch spots around Melbourne, as well as a weekend in Castlemaine.
Country Pubs – Farmers Arms and Jordans at Redesdale
The Farmers Arms has always been one of the friendliest pubs in the country and the bar here is the real deal. Whilst the locals love the lager, they also come for the food, which is honest and comforting but also pushes your boundaries.
Central Victoria is full of old gold rush pubs being given a new lease on life and one of the latest to be reinvented as a gastro pub is Jordans at Redesdale, which can be found about 20 minutes out of Kyneton. With a unique concept menu, Jordans at Redesdale has plenty to offer. The old 1840s bluestone building is still a community hub, so you can be sure to strike up some friendly conversation.
Farmers Arms Hotel
1 East Street, Daylesford
Ph 03 5348 209
Jordans at Redesdale
2640 Kyneton Heathcote Road, Redesdale
Ph 03 5425 3111
Weekend in Castlemaine – Empyre Boutique Hotel, Habadash and Re-Public
The Empyre Boutique Hotel is perfectly positioned within easy walking distance of Castlemaine's fabulous restaurants and boutique shops. Offering a full bed and breakfast service, when it comes to choosing a room to reside in, all six of the luxurious suites in this very stylish hotel are truly something special.
Habadash, in the Midland Hotel, is a treasure trove of quirky buttons, vintage jewellery, antique linens and other bits and bobs that you'll think have been sourced straight from your grandmothers sewing box.
When it comes to dining, you can't go passed Public Inn for their sophisticated fare and smart décor, but just two blocks away they've spawned a little sister café called Re-Public. Housed in the Old Castlemaine Fire Station they call Re-Public a café and eating depot, so make sure you've got the time to park yourself in to fill up on some delicious supplies.
The Empyre Boutique Hotel
68 Mostyn Street, Castlemaine
Ph 03 5472 5166
Midland Hotel Fashion Central
2 Templeton Street, Castlemaine
Ph 03 5470 6476
Cafe Re-Public and Eating Depot
26 Templeton Street, Castlemaine
Ph 03 5472 1582
Breakfast and lunch spots – Truman, Caffe di Lido, and Silo by Joost
Melbourne's café culture has really taken the city by storm, serving up world class fare. If you're looking to get yourself a great breakfast look no further than Truman, one of Albert Parks's most popular cafes. Filled with industrial, retro and ornamental pieces, the Truman team serve up honest and tasty meals for breakfast and lunch.
Café di Liddo is without a doubt one of Melbourne's best kept secrets. This is where you'll find authentic home cooked Italian food just like mumma used to make, right on the beach in Port Melbourne.
For those of you who are more into dining in Melbourne's beautiful CBD, step into Silo by Joost, a waste free, sustainable café that's good for the environment and the food is something special.
381 Montague Street, Albert Park
Ph 03 9077 1372
Caffé Di Lido
40 Beaconsfield Parade, Port Melbourne
Silo by Joost
123 Hardware Lane, Melbourne
Ph 03 9600 058
Bayview at Sorrento, Saltwater and Stringers
Bayview at Sorrento was built in the Cape Cod style in the early eighties and once graced the pages of Vogue Living. With uninterrupted views across the bay, the property has access to the beach with its own private jetty.
When it comes to shopping in Sorrento, Saltwater has everything from handcrafted jewellery to casual lifestyle clothing to decorator inspired furniture. If you feel like a slice of cake or a coffee then head to the coffee shop at Stringers Stores on the corner of Ocean Beach and Point Nepean Roads. Located in one of Sorrento's heritage limestone buildings, you'll find seasonal soups, sandwiches and fresh cakes along with ready-to-go gourmet meals.
Bayview at Sorrento
c/o – RT Edgar Real Estate
Ph 03 5984 4500
153–155 Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento
Ph 03 5984 0444
2–8 Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento
Ph 03 5984 2010
Castlemaine Art Gallery, Friends of Mine, The Baths – Fish and Chips
The Castlemaine Art Gallery and Museum specialises in Australian art. They have a particular highlight on works of the late 1800s, which they say is the Golden Period of Australian painting. More contemporary artists are also well represented, and they have frequent exhibitions that change every four to six weeks.
Friends of Mine on Swan Street in Richmond is one of Melbourne's most popular brunch spots with its all day, every day fare. Every day of the week the place is buzzing and most weekends you'll see a queue out the door with people keen on trying their famous fare.
Sorrento was the original location of the Sea Baths where people would travel from Melbourne to bathe in the 1800s. These days it's home to a popular a la carte restaurant with bay views and a fish and chippery.
Castlemaine Art Gallery
14 Lyttleton Street, Castlemaine
Ph 03 5472 2292
Friends of Mine
506 Swan Street, Richmond
The Baths – Sorrento
3278 Point Nepean Road
Restaurant and Functions Ph 03 5984 1500
Fish and Chippery Ph 03 5984 1800
Spring Racing Carnival
For those that love spring racing, it's time to get out your hats and frocks, as this year's Spring Racing carnival gets underway.
Where: Various race courses across Victoria
When: 15 September – 18 November
Hinterland Scarecrow Festival
The Hinterland Scarecrow Festival comes alive this month with quirky Scarecrow creations, displayed along the front yards of the Mornington Peninsula's orchards, cottages, farm-gates, mazes, cafes and galleries.
Where: Mornington Peninsula
When: 22 Sep – 26 Oct
Annual Spring Show
Enjoy the spectacular presentations of colourful orchids at the Annual Spring Show, held at the Stawell Entertainment Centre.
Where: Stawell Entertainment Centre
When: 28–30 September