Bob's Shed, Yarragon
When Bob and Di Jones were looking for a change from the home and business they ran in Emerald in the Dandenong Ranges, they stumbled across an old mechanic's garage for sale in Yarragon and decided they had found their future. After converting the garage into a bastion of retro furniture, collectables and antiques, it seems their three-year plan has become their forever plan.
Bob and Di were drawn to Yarragon after discovering the creative dairy town on trips out of Melbourne.
'It's the first place we used to stop on our way out of Melbourne and the last place we used to stop on the way back in to grab a coffee and let the kids have a run around, and we'd usually grab a pie at the bakery,' explains Bob.
'We thought it was a nice destination to visit, so we decided it would be a good place to live. We were right – we had a short term plan when we made the move, but now we're here for good. We just love it.'
It's the friendliness of the Yarragon locals that make Yarragon what it is for Bob, and that it's such a convenient base for trips to Melbourne, the beach and the snow, or the hills in the summer.
Bob reckons the variety of shops selling local art, antiques and collectables, giftware and local produce are the town's drawcards. He also recommends the Yarragon Hotel, which is gaining a reputation for the quality of its restaurant to accompany the friendly atmosphere.
'Then you can visit a couple of wineries, or go and pick yourself some afternoon tea at Sunny Creek Organic Berry Farm – it's great produce and the kids love seeing where the berries come from and picking their own food.'
Experience Gippsland's diverse wine region, boasting over 100 vineyards and more than 40 wineries, easily accessed from Melbourne.
Discover Gippsland local produce, from the milk that makes its famous gourmet cheeses, to the berry farms and locally grown organic fruit.
Make the most of your holiday by loading up on fresh produce direct from the growers and pick up an antique gift for someone special back home.