Episode 02: Summer series
On this week's episode of Postcards Summer Series, Glen Moriarty explores Dargo where he stops by the General Store for their famous walnuts, brushes up on some history at the Dargo Heritage Museum, and wets his whistle at the Dargo Hotel. Brodie Harper spends time on the Mornington Peninsula at the fabulous new Red Hill Epicurean centre, at Flinders Pier with 'Harry Mussel' the mussel farmer and also at 'Red Hill Cheese'. Shane Crawford heads to the beach and checks out the ultra-modern Wind and Sea Beach House in Anglesea, before stopping by Freestone's Road Haven, leaving Rebecca to showcase some of Melbourne's most beautiful restaurant rooms including 'The Conservatory' at Crown, 'Moon Under Water' and 'David's Restaurant'.
The 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 which is 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 Dargo. And 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.
Dargo General Store
111 Lind Avenue, Dargo
Ph 03 5140 1219
Dalmore Road, Dargo
Ph 03 5140 1352
108 – 110 Lind Avenue, Dargo
Ph 03 5140 1231
Flinders Shellfish, Red Hill Cheese and The Red Hill Epicurean
Flinders pier, which is about an hour's drive from Melbourne, is where you'll find Michael Harris, or 'Harry Mussel' as he's called by the locals. Harry sells his famous Flinders mussels from the pier every weekend and they come from his farm, which is located about one and a half kilometers out in Westernport Bay.
Just off Arthurs Seat Road in Red Hill, you'll find Red Hill Cheese where they make distinctive, handcrafted regional cheeses like the multi award winning Mountain Goat blue, and you can taste them all at their farm gate shop.
The Red Hill Epicurean is housed in a heritage listed cool store, which was originally built in 1919 and used as a packing shed for the area's apples. These days you'll find all manner of produce and it's all put to good use in the Italian Cucina, where the chefs create a seasonal menu featuring traditional wood fired pizzas and whatever else is fresh on the day.
Ph 0412 220 031
Red Hill Cheese
81 William Road, Red Hill
Ph 03 5989 2035
Red Hill Epicurean
65 Shoreham Road, Red Hill South|
Ph 03 5989 4000
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. 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.
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
David's Restaurant, The Conservatory at Crown and Moon Under Water
'David's' is a dining institution serving unique, quality Shanghai cuisine. The place has been given a bit of a face lift not only with a new contemporary look, designed by interior designer Hecker Guthrie, but there's also a new take on the food. The place has gone a little more casual, but you can still book in for the ever popular yum cha or enjoy their many shared dishes. They have also introduced a lunch menu for those that like to eat and run.
If you're after a room with the 'wow' factor, the Conservatory at Crown has it in spades. There's careful attention to detail from the bespoke chandeliers, the exquisite chairs to the custom made carpets. Located on level one, it's an elegant space for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
One place across town that has that extra special feel and is the foodie destination of the moment is 'Moon Under Water' – with the menu designed by acclaimed chefs Andrew McConnell and Josh Murphy. It's the dining room of the newly refurbished Builders Arms Hotel, a historic public house on Gertrude Street.
4 Cecil Place, Prahan
Ph 03 9529 5199
Crown Entertainment Complex, Southbank
Ph 03 9292 5777
Moon Under Water
Builder's Arms Hotel
211 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
Ph 03 9417 7700
Vision Australia's Carols by Candlelight
Vision Australia's Carols by Candlelight is on again this Christmas Eve at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, so don't miss out on what is sure to be a magical night for kids and adults alike.
Where: Sidney Myer Music Bowl
When: Tuesday 24 December, 2013
The Wind in the Willows – The Australian Shakespeare Company
The Royal Botanic Gardens will play host to the Australian Shakespeare company from 27 December, so why not take the family to enjoy the classic fairy-tale 'The Wind in the Willows' this summer.
Where: Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne
When: 27 December, 2013 – 25 January, 2014
New Year's Eve at Fed Square
Why not join in with Melbourne's largest New Year's Eve Party to be held at Fed Square in ten days' time. There will be fireworks displays, free entertainment and loads of fun for all to bring in the new year!
Where: Federation Square
When: Tuesday 31 December, 2013