Episode 18: Gippsland
This week on Postcards the team travel to glorious Gippsland and discover some great places to eat, sleep and unwind. Brodie visits the beautiful Bon Accord B&B in Sale, tucks into some delicious cheeses at the Maffra Cheese Company and checks out the rotating display of automobiles at the Gippsland Vehicle Collection. Glen explores Dargo, stopping by the General Store for their famous walnuts, brushes up on his history at the Dargo Heritage Museum, and wets his whistle at the Dargo Hotel. Shane takes a leap of faith on the big swing at the Licola Wilderness Village and then goes on a Snowy Range Horseback Tour through Macalister Valley. Finally, Lauren ventures to Heyfield where she embraces the great outdoors at Paradise Valley Camping Park, checks out Abington Farm B&B before finishing her day with some scrumptious dishes at the Tinamba Hotel.
Bon Accord B&B, Maffra Cheese Company and Gippsland Vehicle Collection
Situated on two acres of gardens, and only two and a half hours from Melbourne, Bon Accord is a heritage property in Sale that dates back to the early 1860s. The historic buildings have been fully renovated and converted into six guest rooms, each with their own individual style and an all-important ensuite bathroom. Being a B&B, Bon Accord provides its guests with a cooked breakfast featuring fresh eggs from the resident chooks.
Another Gippsland gem is the Maffra Cheese Company which makes handmade cheeses from the Holstein Friesian cows. It's not open to the public, but the cheeses are available at farmers markets and in shops throughout Gippsland and beyond.
Another interesting attraction in this area is the Gippsland Vehicle Collection, which is housed in the Maffra Shed and provides an outstanding rotating display of interesting cars, motorbikes, machinery, historic vehicles, carriages, trucks and auto memorabilia. Whether you've just stumbled upon it or driven miles to see it, this quirky motor museum is unlike anything you'd expect to find in this area.
Bon Accord B&B
153-155 Dawson Street, Sale
Ph 03 5144 5555
Maffra Cheese Company
Ph 03 5145 1022
Gippsland Vehicle Collection
1A Sale Road, Maffra
Ph 03 5147 3223
Dargo General Store, Dargo Heritage Museum and Dargo Hotel
Dargo, one of Victoria's great little country towns, is approximately four hours from Melbourne. On arrival, your first port of call should be the Dargo General Store, where you can pick up everything from tourist maps, camping supplies, something to eat or drink and some of their famous locally grown walnuts.
Next why not visit the Dargo Heritage Museum? It's open on weekends during the summer months and by request at other times. The museum has a great collection of artefacts that showcase the gold era, mountain cattlemen, high country life, the early pioneer days and the great history of this little town.
While you're in the area, be sure to stop by The Dargo Hotel, where you'll always find a cold beer and excellent pub food. There's also accommodation on site in the form of original log cabins which are perfect for couples, families or groups looking for a base in the region.
108–110 Lind Avenue, Dargo
Ph 03 5140 1231
Dalmore Road, Dargo
Ph 03 5140 1352
Dargo General Store
111 Lind Avenue, Dargo
Ph 03 5140 1219
Licola Wilderness Village and Snowy Range Horseback Tours
Set alongside the Macalister River, which runs down to the mighty Lake Glenmaggie, you can stay at Licola Wilderness Village, a not-for-profit camp that is perfect for water sports lovers. But if you don't fancy getting your feet wet, there are plenty of other activities to try including the high ropes course, flying fox and a big swing. Groups large and small can enjoy the cabin accommodation which has stunning river views. Canoeing and rafting on the river are popular in warmer months and you can also have a go at the interesting sport of frisbee golf.
While you're being super active you might as well prolong the adrenaline rush with a Snowy Range Horseback Tour through Macalister Valley. The rides begin at Higgins Hut on the Bennison Plains and the riding trails cover more of the high country than any other, with tours ranging from one day to six days.
Licola Wilderness Village
5 Jamieson Road, Licola
Ph 03 5148 8791
Snowy Range Horseback Tours
Ph 03 5148 2118
Paradise Valley Camping Park, Abington Farm B&B and Tinamba Hotel
Paradise Valley Camping Park is superbly situated on the banks of the Macalister River near the town of Glenmaggie, which is about a two and a half hour drive from Melbourne. It is the perfect spot to pitch a tent with the family and unwind amongst the beautiful, natural surroundings.
If you're not into camping, travel down the road to Abington Farm B&B in Heyfield. The property comprises five distinctly different styles of self-contained accommodation, including The Barn which retains some of its original 100 year old features. Other more contemporary cabins to choose from include The Pump House, which has lovely views out onto the river, and The River House which is a large cottage that offers plenty of room for two guests. At Abington Farm they leave the joy of cooking breakfast up to their guests, but will ensure you're stocked to the brim with all the necessary goodies required to kick start the day.
When it comes to dining out, you can't go past the local culinary hero, the Tinamba Hotel. Locals and tourists alike take delight in the meals served up which include simple pub classics as well as modern, seasonal dishes. The Tinamba Hotel is open for lunch and dinner Wednesday to Saturday and just lunch on Sundays.
Paradise Valley Camping Park
51 Gell's Road, Glenmaggie
Ph 03 5148 0291
Abington Farm B&B
Coghlans Lane, Heyfield
Ph 03 5148 2430
4–6 Tinamba Seaton Road, Tinamba
Ph 03 5145 1484
The Shortest Lunch
The Yarra Valley region invites you to this year's Shortest Lunch, where boutique wineries will open their cellar doors and provide a feast of entrée sized meals, superb wine and loads of entertainment.
Where: Yarra Valley
When: 10am – 5pm, 22 – 23 June, 2013
The Light in Winter
This June Fed Square will be hosting its annual The Light in Winter program so come along and check out the amazing work by renowned light artist Bruce Ramus.
Where: Federation Square
When: On until 30 June
Victorian Ski Season
With this year's ski season now underway, why not head up to Falls Creek, Mt Hotham or Mt Buller before the end of June to take advantage of some great package deals?
Where: Falls Creek, Mt Hotham, Mt Buller