Episode 04: 3 March
Rebecca returns to Postcards this week to enjoy Andre's Mews and Friends of Mine in Richmond; Brodie heads to Frankston see the spectacular sand sculpting, eat at Waves in the Beach and check out Bay Views at Mount Martha; Shane goes to Rayner's Stonefruit Orchard in the Yarra Valley and Glen's off to Aghadoe homestead and Kazuki's restaurant in Daylesford.
Rayner's Stonefruit Orchard is in Woori Yallock in the Yarra Valley and has 250 varieties of fruit. There are about 8000 fruit trees and visitors can enjoy a personal tour, relax at Peaches Cafe, where the peach ice cream is a must, and stock up at the farm gate store where you can buy fresh fruit, jams, chutneys, preserves and sauces.
Rayner's Stonefruit Orchard
60 Schoolhouse Road, Woori Yallock
Ph 03 5964 7654
Friends of Mine and Andre's Mews
Andre's Mews is in Richmond, a 10-minute drive from the city. Originally an Edwardian house, it grew into an English mews style complex and now has 12 one- and two-bedroom apartment style suites, most with balconies or outside terraces, and all with their own name.
To meet new and old friends, it's not far to Friends of Mine in Swan Street for breakfast, lunch or a glass of wine or coffee.
89 Church Street, Richmond
Ph 03 9428 8859
Friends of Mine
506 Swan Street, Richmond
Ph 03 9428 7516
Bay Views, Waves on the Beach and sand sculpting
To the delight of everyone, this year Frankston's annual sand sculpting festival has the theme Toytopia, and the spectacular sculptures include a jack in-a-box, teddy bears and fairy tale characters.
While you're at Frankston, Waves On The Beach is a fabulous restaurant on the seafront.
And to make a weekend of it, Bay Views in Mount Martha has two levels, great views and sleeps up to eight.
Toytopia and the Frankston waterfront
510 Nepean Highway, Frankston
Waves on the Beach
2/1 Long Island Drive, Frankston
Ph 03 9770 0000
Ph 1300 161 780
Aghadoe and Kazuki's
Daylesford Kazuki's is a new Japanese-inspired bistro that is gaining a reputation as one of the top regional places to eat with its terrific food, relaxed and cosy atmosphere and walls lined with works from local artists.
Down the road in Springbank, Aghadoe is a recently renovated 1860s heritage-listed homestead offers five bedrooms, a gourmet kitchen and 60 acres of space.
1 Camp Street, Daylesford
Ph 03 5348 1218
2300 Midland Highway, Springmount
Ph 03 5348 4422
L'Oreal Fashion Festival and Hermon and Hermon
The L'Oreal Fashion Festival always entices a passion for fashion. On 8–15 March, it's a week of fashion and culture that showcase new season trends from up and coming and established designers, including Arthur Galan, a leading Australian brand specialising in sophisticated collections for men and women.
Hermon and Hermon has quality furniture that's contemporary and comfortable, and also worth visiting for its gorgeous cafe that serves giant muffins and homemade goodies.
Hermon and Hermon
556 Swan Street, Richmond
Ph 03 9428 5599
Rosebud Kite Festival
Head to the Mornington Peninsula and look at the sky for the annual kite festival.
Where: Rosebud foreshore
When: 10–11 March 2012
Port Fairy Folk Music Festival
If you're going to the west coast, there's the annual Port Fairy Folk Festival.
Where: Port Fairy
When: 9–12 March
Taste of Rutherglen
Or join other wine lovers in the High Country to discover north-east Victoria's amazing food and wine.
When: 10–11, 17–18 March