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The natural way to unwind

The Covid pandemic threw up a whole new concept for living that for many proved to be stressful. Lockdowns meant separation from family and friends, working from home, parents being teachers, Zoom meetings – it seemed that our lives were controlled by the internet.  Little wonder that so many suffered cyber overload. There is a place where you can recover from those negative vibes.  Imagine no phones ringing constantly, just peace and quiet and communing with nature.  Banyandah Homestead Cabin on the Lake is a stunning farm, close to everything if you need it to be and yet private.  The…

It’s all starting to happen

Show Dad how much you appreciate him with a buffet lunch at Bellinzona Resort! Celebrate the Man of the House in the Grand Dining Room surrounded by family and friends and every Dad who attends will receive a FREE glass of beer! Enjoy a selection of anitpasto, followed by a diverse range of hearty dishes including beef, pork belly and salmon with a finale of decadent desserts. Every Dad also goes into the draw to win an overnight glamping experience at Balgownie Estate Bendigo in a safari tent. Sunday 1st of September 2019 Bookings essential. Call (03) 5348 2271. Ballarat…

A healthy break away

Often all you need for a healthy boost in life is a break away – a few days in a different environment where peace and quiet abounds. Perricoota Vines Retreat in Moama provides just that with their exquisite resort where the cares of the world are forgotten with all the accoutrements on hand for health and healing including spas, massage, either in house or at one of the recommended local day spas and beauty salons. At Perricoota Vines regular wellness retreats are offered and to round out the sense of being totally pampered, you can order gourmet deli foods direct to…

Central Victoria’s Best Camping Spots

Summer is the season to dust off the tent or hook the caravan onto the back of the car and head to the great outdoors. We’ve picked some of our favourite camping spots from throughout Central Victoria for a getaway under the stars. Melville Cave Campground, Kooyoora State Park, Loddon Shire Together with impressive views, beautiful vegetation and for the bird watchers out there, a range of birdlife, the Melville Caves Campground has toilets, barbecues and tap water available. First in best dressed. Waterfalls Campground, Pyrenees State Forest, Pyrenees Shire Sitting at the base of the Pyrenees Mountains, this quiet camping spot…

The Man Behind The Schaller Studio

  The Schaller Studio opened with a buzz of excitement earlier this year, the newest addition to the Art Series Hotels being hailed a wonderful coup for Bendigo. Inspired by Australian artists, the handful of hotels are named after contemporary greats and feature their work throughout the building. The Art Series Hotels were preceded by an artist’s safari, commissioned by hotel owners, the Deague family and attended by the likes of Archibald Prize winner John Olsen and Melbourne painter and sculptor, Mark Schaller. Mark never imagined he would be keeping company with Olsen in the eponymous hotel stakes, however just…

Taking farm stays to a whole new level …

A historic church converted to a luxury B+B in Lyonville between Trentham and Daylesford is getting rave reviews. The Cottage @ Babbington Park Farm is proving to be the place to be. Since opening in September 2013 in the quiet village of Lyonville, the conversion of a Sunday school-style wooden church has had guests coming in droves. “The Weslyan church was moved from the centre of Lyonville to the property on the back of a truck approximately 60 years ago,” says property owner Rachael McLeod. “With a fabulous team of local tradesman, we lovingly restored it during 2013 into a…

Ballarat’s Stylish Ansonia

The Ansonia is Ballarat’s stylish boutique hotel in the heart of the city and housed within a heritage listed building with a featured light-filled atrium. The historic site and building dates back to the gold rush era when it was developed as commercial premises in 1851. It was known as the Furnival Chambers from 1875 until major renovations in 1996 converted the property into a small boutique hotel and restaurant.   Hotel managers, Bett and Terry McGrath are personable hosts to corporate regulars and leisure travellers who enjoy the hospitality of this exclusive hotel, conveying a stylish B&B feel. Bett…

Sandhurst Ridge Winery

Step into the tasting room at Sandhurst Ridge and pause a minute to take in the expansive and stunning view of the vineyard through the huge burgundy-framed windows.   Summer brings a thick canopy of green to the vineyard, as the vines laden with grapes defy the rigidity of the rows. Chances are you’ll see one of the Greblo brothers out there – George most likely – checking the vine growth and diligently pruning off suckers to ensure the best harvest.  At the same time, you’ll likely find Paul, the other Greblo brother happily chatting to visitors in the tasting room….

The Heart of Hepburn Springs

Standing in the heart of Hepburn Springs, Bellinzona Grange is a luxurious accommodation, conference, reception facility for business and relaxation and yet maintains the feel of its early days when it was a guest house and mineral springs retreat for the hundreds of visitors who flocked to the region in the early 1900s.   Today Bellinzona is a much sought after venue for weddings, functions, meetings, dinners and accommodation and is a very popular destination for the growing appeal of high tea.  But more than this, Bellinzona holds a place in the hearts of the town, which was devastated when a…

A New Team Brings An International Flavour

Michael Daviss, Albane Mahaut, Gerhard Zitzenbacher Five years ago the Novotel Forest Resort arose out of the forest at Creswick and now prominently stands on the Midland Highway at the entrance to the town.  A world class complex like the resort requires careful management and General Manager Michael Daviss has gathered around him a team with a mix of international experience and local knowledge including an Austrian Chef, Gerhard Zitzenbacher, a French Director of Sales and Marketing, Albane Mahaut and bringing local knowledge to the mix as Conference Sales Manager is Daylesford’s Paul Green.  With the influx of International and…

Ballarat Has Much to Offer

Ballarat is one of those places where there is always something going on.  No matter how long since you were last here – last month or last century, you will find something new and something of interest to you. There are a multitude of competitions – dancing, calisthenics, basketball, golf, table tennis or teachers’ games.  Stunning sites such as Lake Wendouree and the Ballarat Botanic Gardens, music, theatre and the favourites – Sovereign Hill and the Ballarat Wildlife Park.  Visitors to Ballarat, come for all of these reasons, along with visiting family, attending weddings, a stopover on the way further…

Relax & Dine in the Forest

Nestled between Ballarat & Daylesford in the heart of Victoria’s Spa Country, the Novotel Forest Resort is only 75 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD and the perfect weekend getaway. With 144 luxury suites all boasting spa baths and balconies overlooking the forest or golf course, why not upgrade to one of the fairway suites and enjoy the luxury of your own in room fireplace!  Warm as toast on those cold winter nights! Enjoy the tranquility of the forest whilst partaking in a round of golf on the championship 18 hole course, or perhaps enjoy a relaxing massage in the boutique day spa,…