Episode 14: 19 May
This week on Postcards the team travel far and wide to unearth the best places to eat, relax, day trip and be entertained right around Victoria. Shane heads to the beach and checks out the ultra-modern Wind and Sea Beach House in Anglesea, Brodie remains inner city and visits three of Melbourne's hottest new cafes, and Glen takes a drive through the Grampians and discovers Zumstein picnic area, Mackenzie Falls as well as DULC luxury cabins. Bec and special guest Cameron Daddo day trip around Melbourne and make stops at the South Melbourne Market, Huxtaburger in Collingwood, and finally the Princess Theatre, where they chat to the stars of 'Legally Blonde the Musical'.
Wind and Sea Beach House and Freestone's Roadhaven
Just one street back from Point Roadknight beach in Anglesea is Wind and Sea, an impressive and ultra-modern beachside abode. The contemporary exterior coupled with the coastal inspired furnishings will make you feel at ease straight away. Sleeping up to ten people, Wind and Sea is large enough to accommodate two families, or four couples and there are plenty of places to lounge around in this house as it comprises an upstairs lounge, a downstairs rumpus room, a sunken sunroom and a deck – all of which are more than well equipped to make you feel right at home.
Just ten minutes away in Aireys Inlet you'll find the perfect place to pit stop at Freestone's Roadhaven, a rocking new American style diner. Downstairs you'll find a malt shop where you can fuel up on a shake and hot dog after browsing the interesting array of automobilia. There's also a huge viewing window where visitors can admire the collection in the Classic Car Garage. It is invitation only into the kingdom of cars which includes a Galaxy 3-90, a 56 Mercury Woody, a 32 Hot Rod and an Aston Martin DB4. The happy days continue upstairs in the custom built diner. The old school booths, checkerboard floor, pressed metal roof and low hanging lights make the experience all the more authentic.
Wind and Sea Beach House
47 Eighth Avenue, Anglesea
85 Great Ocean Road, Aireys Inlet
Ph 03 5289 6220
Inner city cafes – Two Birds One Stone, Top Paddock and Louie
Two Birds One Stone is a bright, sophisticated café that still manages to be warm and cozy. There are sandblasted oak stools and window facing benches, while distinctive light fittings hang above an expansive communal table. But if good coffee and yummy breakfasts are the true test of a good café then this place really does kill two birds with one stone.
Cross the Yarra into Richmond and flock to Top Paddock, where sandwiches are the special of the day, every day. This former car park is now a modern, light and airy café that fits in well with its trendy neighbours at the furniture showroom end of Church Street. The sandwiches served here, including the ocean trout brioche bun, are definitely a contender in the battle of Melbourne's best buns.
Over on Domain Road across from the Botanic Gardens you'll find Louie, a casual all-day eatery and coffee house. This beautiful old townhouse was once home to Lynch's and the Millswyn but these days the space is bright and quirky, and even though it's an all-day eatery, it still feels special to dine here.
Two Birds One Stone
12 Claremont Street, South Yarra
Ph 03 9827 1228
658 Church Street, Richmond
Ph 03 9429 4332
133 Domain Road, South Yarra
Ph 03 9866 5627
Suzuki Sunday Drive through the Grampians: Reeds Lookout, Mackenzie Falls, Zumsteins and DULC
The drive from Melbourne to the Grampians takes approximately three hours and is well worth the trip. There is a range of touring routes and no trip to the Grampians is complete without a visit to Reeds Lookout where you can take in some of the best views the state has to offer. From Reeds Lookout it's just a short trip to another one of the Grampians must do's, Mackenzie Falls. One of the most popular spots to visit in the region due to its sheer beauty – it's also Victoria's largest waterfall. If you're looking for a nice spot to have lunch then head straight for Zumstein Picnic area. Recent floods affected parts of the Zumstein picnic grounds but all the facilities will be reopened mid 2013.
When it comes to accommodation, 'DULC' cabins in Halls Gap offer a truly unique experience with architecturally designed rough-sawn timber cabins, fitted out with polished concrete floors and floor to ceiling windows. The property caters for singles, couples and families, so is bound to suit everyone's needs.
Ph 131 963
9 Thryptomene Court, Halls Gap
Ph 03 5356 4711
South Melbourne Market, Huxtaburger and Legally Blonde
South Melbourne Market is on Coventry Street, just ten minutes from our CBD. Established in 1867, it is home to some 150 stalls offering everything from farm fresh food to big bunches of beautiful flowers. One place that you can't go past is their dim sim stall located on Cecil Street.
Another foodie hang out that's not to be missed is Huxtaburger on Smith Street, Collingwood. It's here they make some of the best burgers in town, with each item on the menu named after a member of the famous Huxtable clan from the 1980s hit series – The Cosby Show.
Once you've been fed and watered all morning, why not spend the afternoon or evening at the Princess Theatre which is currently home to 'Legally Blonde the Musical'. Legally Blonde is the story of Elle Woods, who packs up her Chihuahua and trades her Californian Campus for Harvard Law School in order to win back her man – Warner.
South Melbourne Market
163 Spring Street, Melbourne
Ph 1300 111 011
High Country Harvest
The ten day High Country Harvest is on again celebrating regional food, wine and beer in Victoria's High Country.
Where: Various venues around the High Country
When: Until May 26
The Golden Age of Colour Prints: Ukiyo-e
For all of the art enthusiasts, be sure to visit the Shepparton Art Museum this month to see the Australian exclusive exhibition The Golden Age of Colour Prints.
Where: Shepparton Art Museum
When: Until Sunday June 2
Why not take a step back in time next weekend at the Historic Winton, where over 400 historic racing cars and motorbikes from the 1920s through to the 1980s will all be on show.
Where: Winton Motor Raceway
When: May 25–26