One Day We’ll Dance Again

And hopefully it will be sooner rather than later. The reducing numbers in active Covid cases is testament that the majority of Victorians support and are prepared to follow the directions of the Health Authorities for the good of all of us. Let’s keep up the good work and hopefully Christmas might just be a very merry one.

Secrets in Summer

Like everyone we’re trying to find our way through the uncertainty of today’s world. We’ve been throwing fifteen balls in the air and hoping to catch at least one. Just when we think we can schedule a “hold in your hand” print copy of Secrets, someone moves the goal post and we have to throw those balls again. However, we are nothing if not eternally optimistic and despite not having a crystal ball, we reckon summer is the time.
We are currently working on a fresh looking Summer issue of Secrets to be released at the end of November. We can’t wait. One thing that has become very evident during these Covid days, is that we have missed showcasing our fabulous region. Can’t wait to be out there again. Watch this space!

Something to look forward to …

The countdown is on until the opening of Ballarat’s much anticipated brewpub Aunty Jacks. Located at 315-317 Mair Street next to fellow newcomer Ragazzone, Aunty Jacks will combine quality craft beer and food with hands-on experiences and events. We’ll let you know when the doors open.

Ballarat International Foto Biennale
Portrait Prize Now Open

Great news for photographers out there. Entries for the 2021 Martin Kantor Portrait Prize have now opened. The prize is open to all photographers and photo media artists, offering the chance to have their work displayed and viewed at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale from 28 August to 24 October 2021 in Ballarat. For full details go to

The Art Gallery Ballarat, keeping you in the loop

The Art Gallery of Ballarat is one of the oldest and popular galleries in Australia. They, like everyone, have been closed, but it’s looking very likely that they will be reopening on 23rd November.
In the meantime, you can enjoy a virtual visit of this beautiful gallery and join their mailing list to keep abreast of openings, exhibitions and all things gorgeous at the gallery. More

Your Guide to Dining At Home… Bendigo

Image Masons Restaurant – Bendigo

Let’s be honest, eating your own cooking every day can be a bit of a bore, so to find great take away food goes a long way to help brighten up your days.  Just because there is no in-house dining, Bendigo region’s many cafes, restaurants and pubs have moved back to takeaway menus and delivery options.  The list is long and too much to report here, however all details are available at

Meanwhile in Castlemaine

The Mill – Castlemaine

The Mill Castlemaine is one of those places that is a moving feast (pardon the pun), with businesses opening and evolving regularly. There are a number of Take Away options available at The Mill, far too many to list here, so we suggest you visit

Buy Now – Stay Later

You’re stuck at home for now, but the prospect of a getaway is worth contemplating. This is an initiative of accommodation providers in Bendigo – and let’s face it, the Bendigo region is a great place to visit. Two people can escape to Bendigo for 3 days and 2 nights, enjoy a long list of inclusions, from gift and treats, and your choice of experiences.

Cheer Up With Bendigo’s Tulip Displays

Bendigo’s Tulips

While we are in strange times, Bendigo’s famed tulips can bring a bright spot to your days. As the warmer days and clear skies appear, more than 50,000 of Bendigo’s famed-tulips open to brighten the beautiful heritage streets from mid to late September to mid October. The annual Tulip display is along Pall Mall and the Conservatory Garden – open air, Covid conscious and a way to blow away the cobwebs.

Our bakers keep winning prizes

Emma’s Homemade Pies

Aussies love a pie and our region is pretty darn good at making them. Two bakeries have just taken off major prizes. Emma’s Homemade Cakes – Ballarat won gold for their pulled Brazilian Beef pie and their curry pie in the Australian National Pie Championships. Read more here

And not surprisingly, Multi Award winners Country Cob Bakery of Kyneton won Australia’s best pie at the Baking Association of Australia awards. Check them out here

Hang in there people, it won’t be long now.