A charming family day out

If you’ve ever been to a Steiner school fair, you’ll know they offer a certain charm not found at most events providing ‘kids activities’. If the thought of natural play spaces, creative, engaging children’s activities and a warm welcoming atmosphere appeal, perhaps you should make your way to Castlemaine Steiner ... Read More

It’s all in Harcourt at Skydancers

Gardens, gifts, butterflies and a gorgeous café Read More

Fine foods from Springmount

When you pickle anything that stands still long enough, it isn’t unreasonable to turn that passion into a business.  Carmel Masterson along with husband Brett,  set up Springmount Fine Foods in order to develop their abundant ideas into a range of delicious fruit pastes, condiments, relishes, sauces and other products ... Read More

Town on a Plate : The Forge Pizzeria

Over the past six years, The Forge Pizzeria has become one of Ballarat’s best ‘go to’ eateries for casual quality dining.  Brothers Tim and Chris Matthews created their restaurants in Armstrong Street and Alfredton from a passion for pizza perfection and simple yet delicious pasta dishes using the freshest seasonal ... Read More

The Ultimate wedding venue

When Jodi and Damien Aylward bought Sault Restaurant, near Daylesford after celebrating their own wedding there, they couldn’t have imagined where the journey would lead - ten years and two children later.  Sault is now recognised as a premium restaurant and wedding venue, with exemplary dining and service delivery.  However, ... Read More

Unique weddings at the Cosmo

It is almost the stuff of legends – the resurrection of The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Trentham from a burnt out shell in 2005 to become one of the best known and desired destinations in Central Victoria.  Already steeped in history prior to the fire, having been built in 1866 and ... Read More

Two great dining destinations

Creswick’s Farmers Arms Hotel is an historical pub that was built in the gold rush era and let’s be honest, in latter years it looked and felt like it hadn’t moved very far into the twenty first century.  Not so today – new owner Christine Molloy has turned the old ... Read More

A tree change that worked

A weekend trip to the country five years ago resulted in a major life change for Ian and Jodie Hawkins and their two children Sophie and Zac.  That was the weekend they bought The Grande Hotel in Hepburn Springs.  Without any prior experience in hospitality, turning a hotel that hadn’t ... Read More
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Maldon Folk Festival is on again

The iconic Maldon Folk Festival is strutting it's stuff again on the 28th to 31st October with a huge lineup of diverse and fascinating performers and workshops.  Today's festival is a far cry from it's humble beginnings in 1974 when hay bales and an old truck served as the stage. Read More
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The Cri is back!

The return of the Criterion Hotel - a local Castlemaine icon - in late March, has proven extremely popular with locals.  The venue dates back to 1853 and Read More
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Town on a plate : The Criterion Hotel

The recent renovations at the Criterion Hotel have brought a whole new feel to the venue and town as well as new menu sensations.  The food choices will be inspired by award winning Chef Brunno who oversees all of the menus that are part of the Tombstone Hotel Group. Understudy Chef Paul Murphy has worked with ... Read More

Simply Tomatoes, Simply Delicious

Tomatoes find their way onto everyone’s table summer and winter. They come in many varieties and are used in very many ways. However, there is a farm in Boort, northern Victoria that has taken the humble tomato to a new level. Read More