Episode 04: Gippsland
This week on Postcards the team drive out to Gippsland to enjoy some of the region's finest offerings. Whatever age or taste, there's something for everyone in this episode, from Brandy Creek Wines and Cafe, Janalli accommodation and the Koonwarra Store and Emporium to Vela Nine, Basia Mille, Waratah Winery and Milly and Romeo's artisan bakery and cooking school. The action doesn't stop there. The gang pop into Kilcunda, the Bear Gully Cottages in Wilsons Promontory and even make time for a stroll through the Fiona Kennedy Art Gallery.
Basia Mille and Waratah Hills Vineyard
Enjoy a touch of Tuscany in South Gippsland at Basia Mille located in Waratah North, two and a half hours drive from Melbourne. Boasting luxury apartments, a vineyard and olive grove, the property is both a stunning country escape and a spectacular beach getaway. Take in dramatic views of Wilsons Promontory, stroll around the new poetry walk, which explains the ancient Latin poem the property is named after, or try your luck at hooking a trout in the lake. Drive on over to nearby Waratah Hills Vineyard for a taste of their renowned cool climate wines. Hit the cellar door to sample local cheeses and tasty tapas or check out one of the daily specials.
Waratah Hills Vineyard
20 Cottmans Road, Fish Creek
Ph 03 5683 2441
Basia Mille Vineyard, olive grove and luxury accommodation
1 Taylor Court, Fish Creek (Waratah North)
Ph 03 5687 1453
Kilcunda to Inverloch – Bear Gully Costal Cottages, Vela Nine and Kilcunda General Store
Resting on one of Victoria's most dramatic coastlines, Kilcunda is just an hour and a half's drive from Melbourne. Stop for breakfast, lunch or a quick snack at the retro-styled Kilcunda General Store and browse their range of artisan bags, jewellery and nic nacs. Discover Vela Nine a little further on at Inverloch. Enjoy a bite and and rejuvenate at this cool and contemporary tapas bar doubling as an intimate wine bar and restaurant. Extend your journey and head down the road into the heart of Prom Country to find Bear Gully Coastal Cottages accommodation. Unwind in the comfortable cottages and revel in spectacular views of Waratah Bay and Wilsons Promontory.
Bear Gully Costal Cottages
33 Maitland Court, Walkerville South
Ph 03 5663 2364
9 A'Beckett Street, Inverloch
Ph 03 5674 1188
Kilcunda General Store
3535 Bass Highway Kilcunda
Ph 03 5678 7390
Janalli and Brandy Creek Wines and View Cafe
Located just over an hour's drive from Melbourne, Drouin East is the home of the award winning Brandy Creek Winery. Savour the region's best tapas at View Cafe and time your visit to coincide with their famous fortnightly paella feast. Head 20 minutes up the road to Neerim South to the picture perfect surrounds of Janalli Accommodation & Gardens. Take your pick of three spacious suites and take a relaxing walk through the manicured grounds.
Janalli Accommodation and Gardens
285 Wagners Road
Neerim South 3831
Ph 03 5628 1476
Brandy Creek Wines and View Cafe
570 Buln Buln Road
Drouin East VIC 3818
Ph 03 5625 4498
Koonwarra – Koonwarra Store and Emporium, The Paddlewheel and Milly and Romeo's
Koonwarra has been a longtime Gippsland favourite and with so much to offer just two hour's drive from Melbourne, it's easy to see why. Pop into the famous Koonwarra Store and Emporium to sample the fresh seasonal delights on offer and fossick through an eclectic mix of pre-loved home wares and furnishings. Visit seven days a week or stop by for some preserves at their local market stall. Right next door is The Paddlewheel, another treasure trove of 'fresh from the farm' offerings where the bounty changes with the seasons. For more locally made treats and secrets from the kitchen, cross the road to Milly and Romeo's Artisan Bakery and Cooking School.
Koonwarra Store and Emporium
South Gippsland Highway – Koonwarra
Ph 03 5664 2285
6 Koala Drive, Koonwarra
Ph 0419 351 878 or 03 5664 2481
Milly and Romeo's
4 Koala Drive, Koonwarra
Ph 03 5664 2211
Vignette: Fiona Kennedy Art Gallery
For a dose of culture, take a ten minute drive from Inverloch and spend some time at Fiona Kennedy's Art Studio and Gallery, nestled in the foothills of Pioneer Reserve at Kongwak. It's here that Fiona conducts painting classes and creates her ethereal works against a backdrop of native bushland.
Fiona Kennedy Art Gallery
26 Williams St, Kongwak
Ph 03 5657 4314
Ararat Jailhouse Rock Festival
Get on your dancing shoes this week at Victoria's premier rock 'n' roll festival, the Ararat Jailhouse Rock Festival.
Where: Ararat, Grampians
When: March 13–17
Taste of Rutherglen
If you're a passionate wine lover, then head along to the Tastes of Rutherglen to sample some of North East Victoria's favourite food and wine.
Where: Rutherglen wine region, Victoria's High Country
When: March 9th and 10th and March 16–17th, 2013
Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Book your tickets and laugh it up at one of the many events on offer during the 2013 Melbourne International Comedy Festival that's about to roll into town.
Where: Melbourne International Comedy Festival
When: March 27 – April 21
Harvest 'N' Graze festival
Check out some of the state's best provedores and treat yourself to this season's finest bounty when Monsalvat plays host to the Harvest 'N' Graze festival on Sunday March 24th.
When: Sunday March 24th