Hello – We’re Back

We had a bit of a break over the Christmas/New Year period, but now we are back and getting into the swing of a more hopeful 2021. We are super excited about producing our first hard copy of Secrets since March, 2020. There have been a few attempts to publish earlier, but Covid restrictions loomed large making it unviable. However, it’s time to move on and we will be back soon with a new look and a new website – let’s get on with 2021.

A Look Back

The late Don O’Connor

As we move to a new era for Secrets Magazine, we thought we would visit some of our best stories through the years. This one is about Don O’Connor of Timber Benders. Sadly we lost Don and his partner Sue in 2016, however this story of a true artisan is as relevant today as it was then. Story & photography by Hilary Finch. Read Hilary’s story here

A-camping we will go, a camping we will go …

A great way to round out the school holidays or indeed at any time, is a short camping trip and there is no better place to go than the Pyrenees region. Alana Burge from Pyrenees Shire Council says “Being trapped on home soil – and many in their own states – people are flocking to explore their own backyards, creating a spike in domestic tourism”. Something this magazine has advocated for years. Learn more about the Pyrenees here

Have you seen this cute little bunny yet?

This little beauty – Little Ezra & Olive – can be found outside the IGA Supermarket Creswick most days. Great coffee and sooooo cute. To discover more or hire click here

More to railways than trains.

The iconic Maryborough Railway Station offers more than just trains. The Railway Cafe & Tracks Bar is open again and there’s lots more to discover. Learn more here

Hot summer days & ice cold milkshakes

Several Ballarat’s cafes, bars and restaurants are making simply slurpable milkshakes using their own special recipes. Full details at Visit Ballarat – Details here

Camel’s Hump, another adventure

Near Hanging Rock, the Camel’s Hump is another great reason to visit the Macedon Ranges. It’s a steep walk to the top, but well worth the effort. Details here

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