Fourteen Years of Secrets – What a Ride

Winter 2005 saw the first issue of Secrets Magazine hit the stratosphere – fourteen years and 60 editions later and we’re still here.  The voices that said “You won’t last 10 minutes” still resound – it’s been a long 10 minutes AND we’re still here.  It has been an interesting time, when we started we had next to no idea of how to do it.  Yes there have been times when we could have given it away for the cost of two pins, but above all it has been rather wonderful.  We have met amazing people, seen the changes experienced by many towns, usually driven by food and watched our region grow without losing it’s sense of ‘country’.  We have been fortunate in capturing amazing images, many of which have graced our covers – these images have been a mix of contributions and our own photographic efforts (some taken in our own backyard).  Magazines have changed over the fourteen years with the phenomenal growth of social media and we’re changing too.  You will notice more online presence for Secrets Magazine, but the printed copy will still be available from the usual outlets.  Thanks for joining us on this roller coaster.

New romantic novel give away

In A Great Southern Land is the newest novel by Australian author Mary-Anne O’Connor.  We interviewed Mary-Anne about her pathway to becoming a recognised writer and her story is one of determination and ‘giving it a go’ – you can read her story here  You can also win one of three copies of this novel by entering our competition


Portrait of Bryan Brown by David Darcy Studio – finalist in the 2017 event.

Ballarat International Foto Biennale
Martin Kantor Portrait Prize – entries close 31st May

If you are a photographer and want recognition for your work, you need to enter the Martin Kantor Portrait Prize.  The prize will be awarded to an exceptional photographic portrait of a significant Australian.  The award provides : exhibition in the prestigious Ballarat International Foto Biennale, exposure to leading international curators and directors, exhibiting in the Core Program, a cash prize of $15,000 to the winner and cash prize of $1,000 for People’s Choice Award.  Designed to immerses the historic town of Ballarat in photographic art, the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presents exhibitions of important contemporary photographers selected by leading curators in a rich artistic program.  Further details

June 7th to 10th
You’ll need to get a wriggle on to avoid disappointment

Victoria’s premier regional arts event showcases domestic and international performers in intimate surroundings, allowing visitors to explore the beautiful Macedon Ranges region.  This event has been running for 15 years and just keeps getting stronger and it’s run completely by volunteers.  Now that’s a big tick for community values.


Food and Fashion at the Farmers Arms Hotel Creswick
part of Plate up Ballarat – Friday 31st May 7pm to 10pm. 

You only have  a week to secure your place at a table for a great night out at the Food and Fashion Night at The Farmers Arms Hotel Creswick. Run in collaboration with The Farmers Wife Boutique as part of the Plate Up Ballarat Festival. Tickets are $105 – Great value as it includes champagne cocktail and canapés on arrival, 3 courses of locally-inspired produce, a fun and fancy fashion show & boutique popup. Local wines, beer and spirits available at the bar.  You’ll kick yourself if you miss this one. 


Biggest morning tea at Plaistow Homestead

Thursday 23 May 2019 – 10.00 till 12.30
324 Rodborough Road, Joyces Creek (near Newstead)

This is a fund raising event where all the proceeds go to the Cancer Council.  Jane Auchettl, will talk about the extensive range of services for cancer patients and their families available directly from the Cancer Council and at local hospitals and community health centres. This work is funded entirely from donations.
For further details or bookings call Lilian  0409809092  Peter 0419884710  home 54762450 or



Every Saturday
Wesley Hill Castlemaine

4th Saturday
Ballarat Lakeside Farmers Market – Lake Wendouree
Lancefield & District Farmers Market

Every Sunday
Daylesford Sunday Market – Railway Station

If you know of markets we’ve missed and think they should be listed here, email us