Episode 21: Great Escapes
This week on Postcards the team showcase the best places to go when you're in need of a relaxing holiday escape, as well as six red hot hotel deals in Melbourne. Rebecca Judd explores Fitzroy and discovers a fantastic place to eat – 'Cutler & Co. ', a unique place to shop – 'Spacecraft' and a stylish place to sleep – 'The Grainger'. Lauren Phillips travels to Inverloch and takes a tour of the fabulous RACV Inverloch Resort, also stopping by Milly and Romeo's Cooking School and Artisan Bakery. Brodie Harper visits the beautiful Yarra Valley, discovering the creative hub that is Acme Et Al followed by lunch at TarraWarra Estate and overnight accommodation at Lonsdale Park on the Yarra. Finally, Glen Moriarty heads to Wilsons Promontory and visits the Celia Rosser Gallery, where he meets the renowned botanical artist Celia Rosser herself. He also explores Wilsons Promontory National Park, makes the trek to the historic lighthouse and discovers Limosa Rise Luxury Accommodation.
The Grainger, Spacecraft, Cutler & Co.
The Grainger is an early Victorian home which was named after famous Melbourne composer Percy Grainger. Located on Nicholson Street, this property is very much a home away from home, offering seven bedrooms which accommodate up to 16 people in comfort. There's a large table for ten in the dining room, a newly renovated kitchen with all-new appliances, and even an outdoor courtyard garden.
Around the corner on Gertrude Street is Spacecraft, a store that sells contemporary art and original designer homeware. It is run by artist/designer Stewart Russell who creates his unique pieces in an art studio down the road. Each piece has a story behind it and architecture tends to be a reoccurring theme in his work.
Along the same street is one of Melbourne's most acclaimed restaurants – Cutler & Co, which executive chef Andrew McConnell opened four years ago. It reflects his passion for exceptional and often unusual produce. What started as a fine dining experience now allows the flexibility of family lunches, appetisers and drinks at the bar. The full degustation menu is still available and is a signature of the eatery. Named top restaurant in Victoria in the Gourmet Traveller Guide for 2013, it has two chef's hats.
Nicholson Street, Fitzroy
225 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
Ph 03 9486 0010
Cutler & Co.
55–57 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
Ph 03 9419 4888
RACV Inverloch Resort, Milly and Romeo's: Cooking School and Artisan Bakery
Set in the heart of Gippsland with dramatic views of Bass Strait and Anderson's Inlet, the RACV Inverloch Resort is the ideal base for a wonderful coastal holiday. The Lounge Bar is the first of the Resort's three new features and with its comfy armchairs and cosy fireplace, is the perfect place to relax. Adjoining the bar, the expanded restaurant can now seat up to 150 people for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and offers some amazing local produce. The third major addition is the new conference and wedding centre, with an impressive 250 seat grand ballroom. Wedding guests can stay at the resort and take advantage of the wide variety of accommodation, which includes contemporary ocean-view rooms in the main lodge, two bedroom and three bedroom villas, two bedroom deluxe cabins and a 32 site caravan park.
Less than twenty minutes down the road from Inverloch is Milly and Romeo's Artisan Bakery and Cooking School in Koonwarra. They're open for breakfast and lunch and have recently introduced a mid-monthly afternoon tea. The three tiered stands on offer are laden with a variety of scrumptious treats, all perfect miniature versions of the owner's home baked goodies.
RACV Inverloch Resort
70 Cape Paterson-Inverloch Road, Inverloch
Ph 03 5674 0000
Milly and Romeo's: Cooking School and Artisan Bakery
1 Koala Drive, Koonwarra
Ph 03 5664 2211
Acme Et Al, TarraWarra Estate, Lonsdale Park on the Yarra
Acme Et Al started as a photographic studio in Melbourne but has transformed into a creative hub for the town of Yarra Glen. The store features more than 300 products created largely by artists, as well as a collection of vintage cameras and accessories. A selection of fine art and prints are exhibited, and a fantastic food space tucked away in the back is a must visit. You'll find delicious homemade cakes and cookies or breakfast delights like smashed avocado on toast with feta and truffled balsamic vinegar.
Just a twenty minute drive from Yarra Glen is TarraWarra Estate, also home to the TarraWarra Museum of Art, where between 40 and 60 works are mounted at any time, and exhibitions change with the seasons. The TarraWarra cellar door houses wines that are grown and made on the estate and the onsite restaurant is always worth a visit, with belly warmers such as herb crusted rack of lamb and tasty local trout on the menu.
For somewhere to stay, Lonsdale Park on the Yarra offers luxury accommodation in the heart of the Yarra Valley. There is room for everyone at this spacious and comfortable home. The lounge area, with its open fire place and ample arm chairs, is instantly inviting, the kitchen contains new appliances and there are plenty of bathrooms to go with the four individually designed bedrooms.
Acme Et Al
17 Bell Street, Yarra Glen
Ph 03 9730 1552
311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road, Yarra Glen
Ph 03 5962 3311
Lonsdale Park on the Yarra
Limosa Rise, Celia Rosser Gallery and Banksia Cafe, Wilsons Promontory National Park and Lighthouse
Limosa Rise in Yanakie, is the perfect spot to stay if you're heading down to Wilsons Promontory. This stunning property offers two options that cater for couples, groups and families. The two bedroom Banksia and Stringybark cottages have an open plan kitchen, living and dining area, plus each room has its own queen size bed and ensuite. The Casuarina studio also has a queen size bed with bathroom, open plan kitchen and living area. All the cottages are self-catering and set up with everything you need including a fully equipped kitchen, wood fire and entertainment system.
Just to the north of Wilsons Promontory, the Celia Rosser Gallery and Banksia Café is located in Fish Creek. It's also where you'll find the renowned Australian botanical artist Celia Rosser. The gallery is open during the summer months or on request during the rest of the year.
Another must-do whilst staying in Wilsons Promontory is a visit to Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse. The walk is 19 kilometres from the Telegraph Saddle car park. Once you arrive, you can spend the night in one of the lighthouse cottages that offer the greatest ocean views in Australia. You will have to bring your own food and a sleeping bag, or bedding can be provided at an additional cost. Of course once you've made it to the lighthouse, you must climb the stairs and enjoy the view that awaits you at the top.
40 Dalgleish Road, Yanakie
Ph 03 5687 1135
Celia Rosser Gallery and Banksia Cafe
1791 Meeniyan-Promontory Road, Fish Creek
Ph 03 5683 2628
13 19 63
Off the Rails Comedy Train
If you're in need of some serious comic relief then book a ticket to Puffing Billy's 'Off the Rails' Comedy Train and enjoy a night of stand-up comedy and delicious food!
Where: Departs from Puffing Billy's Belgrave platform
When: Saturday 20 July
The Mildura Writers' Festival
Why not check out The Mildura Writers' Festival which is bringing together some of Australia's best writers in an intimate winter program of workshops, lectures and discussion forums.
When: 18–21 July
Australian Sheep and Wool Show
Be sure to visit Bendigo in a fortnight for this year's Australian Sheep and Wool Show where you'll see wool craft exhibits, fashion parades and wearable art.
Where: Prince of Wales Showgrounds – Bendigo
When: 19–21 July