Remember When?

This is how the MCG looked when Western Bulldogs won the premiership in 2016 – alive and vibrant – now with the shutdown it is looking very sad and lonely. Hopefully, it won’t be too long before life returns to the ‘old lady’.

Story of the Week

Escaping Persecution for a better life.

This story is about Della Vreeland’s family and of their journey from their homeland Iran to escape religious persecution, to a life of peace and freedom in Australia.

Can’t eat out? Bring the goodies in.

We can’t dine out, but we can order in and there are a lot of eateries being very innovative and adapting. To those of us tired of cooking, here are just a few offering some very delicious dishes to pick up or have delivered to share with family or the cat and dog.

Mt. Buninyong Winery

These guys are offering DIY pizza kits made fresh and delivered to your door (Ballarat area). Order through the website or call 0412 670 311 to order before 3pm for delivery next day. They also stock Inglenook Milk.

The Forge Pizzeria Ballarat

Starters, pizza, pasta, sweet treats, Heat and Eat range available – Take away and delivery – Call the team on 5337 6635 

The Farmers Arms -Creswick

New spaghetti & meatballs on take away menu. For full takeaway menu and to order go to

Cafe Sidra Learmonth

Times are changing at Cafe Sidra. They are about to become the community post office & general store, essential for a small town. Doors will open on Monday 18 May. Until then they will be serving takeaway cider, coffee & cake and keep an eye on the facebook page for more takeaway.

InXterior Cafe Ballarat

These guys are busy cooking dinner to take home to serve to the family. Lasagne, Cottage pie, Bacon and Vegetable Quiche, Gluten free vegetarian curry, Small pasta salad. Pre-orders are recommended Pick up only
Phone 5331 2220

And for Mother’s Day!

High Tea from The Turret Cafe Ballarat

Mum’s day is rapidly approaching and although you may not be able to spend it with her, you can brighten her day with Mothers Day High Tea gift boxes. A mix of sweet and savoury. Free delivery to Central Ballarat. Orders need to be placed and paid for no later than Friday 8th May

What Else? A little retail therapy

The Farmer’s Wife open by appointment

With Mother’s Day coming up The Farmer’s Wife is opening the store Thursday, Friday and Saturday by appointment from 11am to 3pm.
Social distancing will be practised, with a maximum of 2 customers in store at any one time. Loads of hand sanitiser will be available to apply on entry.  To make an appointment text or call 0433 699 332.  Online shopping is also available with free delivery and gift wrapping.

What would Mother’s Day be without flowers

Creswick Flowers

The shop may be closed, but you can still order beautiful bouquets and hampers for Mum (and even spoil yourself or someone you love). Free delivery in the district. 0468 613 650

Give us a call if you wish to be listed

To help keep the public informed of what is and isn’t operating, at Secrets we will continue to seek as much information as we can and post to these pages. So while we’re walking through the unknown, if you want to be listed, give us a call 0427 103 217 or email