Episode 36: 18 November
This episode sees the team get into the swing of Christmas with the launch of the Myer Christmas Windows in Bourke St, find some great accommodation in both Beechworth and Lorne, and pit stop along the way to a few fantastic restaurants. Giaan heads to one of most picturesque resorts you can escape to in Victoria – RACV Inverloch Resort.
Gigi's of Beechworth and Planetrees Lodge
If you only need one reason to go to Beechworth do it just for the food, because the area has access to some mouth-watering seasonal produce and it's also home to some of this country's most talented chefs. Gigi's of Beechworth in Ford Street has a reputation as one of country Victoria's best places to be wined and dined and they have the awards to prove it. If you're looking for a place to stay, head to Planetrees Lodge, a beautiful property in Stanley just a few kilometres out of town.
Gigi's of Beechworth
69 Ford Street, Beechworth
Ph 03 5728 2575
52 Myrtleford Stanley Road, Stanley
Ph 03 5728 6589
Myer – Christmas Windows and gifts
Each festive season, Myer attracts thousands of people to view its Christmas windows, a tradition dating back to 1956 and enchanting generations of children ever since. Every year there is a theme and in 2012 it's 'Russell the Sheep', the central character of which you will find in the charming English children's book series by author Rob Scotton.
When you think of Christmas you also think of gift buying. Head to Myer's perfumery where they have everything from gift sets of miniatures to the very latest in fragrances. Everyone loves a present from the homeware department so why not find out what's new on offer. Come Christmas, it's always a busy time for the toy department and if you have children, it's one place you can't go past.
Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne
Ph 03 9661 1111
RACV Inverloch Resort and Red Elk Cafe
The eco-friendly RACV Inverloch Resort is spread out over 32-hectares, superbly situated opposite a pristine stretch of beach in Gippsland. A leisurely two hours' drive from Melbourne means it's an easy weekend away, and whether its accommodation for a couple, group or family, you'll find the right one for your requirements. The resort offers a fully equipped recreation centre, indoor swimming pool, outdoor playgrounds and leisure areas.
It's only a short five minute drive into town where you'll find Red Elk. It's a cool coastal vibe café combined with a dash of Melbourne trendiness. Choose to dine outside on the deck, or make yourself comfy inside by kicking back in the retro furniture. You can also shop from your seat, with a number of the pieces of rustic artwork on display up for sale.
RACV Inverloch Resort
70 Cape Paterson-Inverloch Road, Inverloch
Ph 03 5674 0000
Red Elk Cafe
27 A'Beckett Street, Inverloch
Ph 03 5674 3264
Ocean House and The Bottle of Milk
Set high against a sloping tree line, Ocean House is located in a secluded northern corner of Lorne, about a two hour drive from Melbourne. This incredibly beautiful coastal home was designed by architect Rob Mills and is divided into separate zones across three levels, with accommodation for up to 12 people across five bedrooms and four bathrooms. If the whole house is too large for you, the middle level is available as a self-contained apartment. Whilst in Lorne, make the pilgrimage to The Bottle of Milk where their boutique burgers are renowned.
Ph 03 9525 2406
The Bottle of Milk
52 Mountjoy Parade, Lorne
Ph 03 5289 2005
Blossoms and Branches and Lorne Beach Pavilion
Inverloch's township is full of cute shops and cafes that become a bustling hub of visitors when the sun is shining. One of the prettiest stores in town is Blossoms and Branches. The sweet florist is stacked with gorgeous bouquets, boxes and bunches that smell too good to resist.
There's only one thing that's better than the beach at Lorne and that's lunch at the Lorne Beach Pavilion where there's a restaurant, bar, café and kiosk. Located right on the edge of the beach, this is a venue that does everything for everyone. The casual menu at the café on the deck caters well for larger groups having an informal meal and the menu covers all the basics, like fantastic fish and chips. The restaurant aims a little higher and the quality of the food goes hand in hand with the beautiful views.
Blossoms and Branches
2 Williams Street, Inverloch
Ph 03 5674 3600
Lorne Beach Pavilion
81 Mountjoy Parade, Lorne
Ph 03 5289 2882
Santa is now in residence at Myer Melbourne in his very special Christmas village. So why not take the family to visit Santaland and have a photo, ride the Santaland train and post your Christmas wish list direct to the North Pole!
Where: Myer Melbourne
Bendigo RV and Camping Leisurefest
Head to Bendigo Racecourse where this year's Bendigo RV and Camping Leisurefest will be jam-packed with the latest caravans, camper trailers, motorhomes, accessories, tourism information and more!
Where: Bendigo Racecourse
When: 23–25 November
2012 RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride
The 2012 RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride is a sell out this year, so for those in the Gippsland and Phillip Island region, get out and support all as they peddle through your town.
Where: Lakes Entrance to Phillip Island
When: 24 November – 2 December