Innovation a legacy of Covid

This pandemic lockdown has been hard, annoying, boring, scary and just a pain in the proverbial, so it is exciting and energising to hear of people being innovative and creatively moving forward. Many businesses and events have gone online and we mention a couple in this post – and that’s great for those that can, but it’s a bit difficult to drink a coffee over the internet. So we’re seeing clever and brave people opening new businesses, buying businesses and reinventing older ones. Our regional councils and tourist offices are also being clever and looking ahead . We can talk about a few we know of, but we have been sworn to secrecy about others. Don’t worry, as soon as we can we’ll shout out about them. We’re also hearing through the grapevine that many Melbournians are actively looking to our region to permanently escape the metropolis – even site unseen.

Winemakers of Bendigo Heritage Uncorked Festival goes online

New Year’s clock and wine at midnight

One of Bendigo’s longest running wine and food festivals – Bendigo Heritage Uncorked – hosted by winemakers of Bendigo, has announced the festival will take place online as six individual events. To adhere to current COVID-19 social distancing restrictions, Bendigo Heritage Uncorked – for the first time in history – is going virtual. The wine chat series, from unseen spaces within Bendigo’s historic buildings, will be broadcast live as individual events over six Fridays. Bendigo Heritage Uncorked – The Unseen Series is a reimagined online wine series to be enjoyed in the comfort of home. Conditions apply, to learn more go to

Springfest Ballarat Online Raffle

SpringFest Ballarat has been reimagined in the face of COVID-19 restrictions and will be presented as an $18,000 online raffle this year. Up for grabs in the 2020 Ultimate SpringFest Online Raffle will be 100 prize packs donated by stallholders and sponsors. In previous years, more than 550 market stalls lined the Lake Wendouree foreshore for the popular SpringFest Ballarat Market Sunday. “We wanted to continue to showcase our stallholders, stay connected with the community and put a pep in our step over the usual SpringFest time period, which resulted in the move to adapt and launch the 2020 Ultimate SpringFest Online Raffle,” a Rotary Club of Ballarat spokesperson said. The raffle went live on 1 October and will be drawn on 29 November. Find out more at

Heading for the hills

The news is full of stories about people wishing to escape Melbourne permanently to relocate to regional Victoria, so we spoke to our friends at Gisborne Real Estate to check if they have had enquiries. Not only have they had enquiries, they even sold a property directly via an online virtual tour – the purchasers were confined to the metropolis, but liked what they saw online so much, they signed on the dotted line – ‘sight unseen’.
Gisborne Real Estate has been selling in the Macedon Ranges since 1995, so they know what they are doing and it looks like they are going to be pretty busy in the months to come. If you’re thinking of relocating and/or selling, contact Janis Paul on 0417 560 897

Spoilt for choice in the Pyrenees

Sally’s Paddock Winery – Redbank

Now we can move around the region, a visit to the Pyrenees region has to be on your ‘bucket list’. There are plenty of cool places to explore in this fascinating area, wineries, such as Sally’s Paddock (above) great eateries, walking tracks, markets – the list goes on. Now that social lockdown restrictions are starting to lift, Pyrenees Shire Council are implementing a post lockdown campaign focusing on uncrowded offerings and open spaces. To find out more visit

New shop for Creswick

The Forest & the Fae at Creswick

The Forest & the Fae is a new holistic shop and studio very recently opened in Creswick. Owner Belinda Ellams is an experienced practitioner who has opened a retail shop selling a variety of holistic foods and medicines along with clothing, jewellery, crystals and other goodies.

Belinda is planning to open a therapy centre in the adjoining premises. The shop is located next to The American Hotel in Creswick – open Friday to Monday. Pop in and meet Belle or visit

Speaking of hills – there is still gold in some

Prospecting in Slatey Creek

There is still gold being found in and around the Central Victorian region. Prospecting can be a great outdoor activity, but you will need a Miner’s Licence and you must respect the environment. To discover more and find out where you can prospect, visit

Do you know something we don’t – call us!

What’s happening in your town? How about sharing the news. We would like to hear stories, ideas, new businesses opening, events (whenever we can have events again) and anything of interest to visitors and backyard tourists.

Call us on 0427 103 217 or email

Remember to keep your distance, wash your hands, wear a mask and stay safe.