FRIDAY FILES – Local Travel – Victorian Highlights

FRIDAY FILES – Local Travel – Victorian Highlights

This week we are looking at just a few of the beautiful places in Victoria to visit this summer. From wineries to rainforest walks, there is plenty of reason to holiday locally in the coming months.

See and Eat: Kokoda Track Memorial Walk and Lunch at The Piggery

The 1000 Steps is one of Melbourne’s most popular bushwalks. Officially named the Kokoda Track Memorial Walk, this challenging rainforest trail is a great way to escape the city. While weekdays and early mornings are best to avoid the crowds, this walk is perfect to relax and reset no matter how busy. Departing from Ferntree Gully Picnic Ground, the trail leads you up to a clearing where you can experience spectacular views of Melbourne.

Just a 10 minute drive from the trail, we suggest you visit the Burnham Beeches, The Piggery Café. Vue De Monde founder Shannon Bennett has taken on this historical residence as a project, with the goal of transforming it into a farm to table eatery, celebrating Australian grown organic and biodynamic ingredients. Stop for lunch, and finish with a game of lawn bowls or bocce on the surrounding grounds.

See and Eat: Point Leo Estate

Situated on the Mornington Peninsula, Point Leo Estate is a spectacular visit combining art, rolling vineyards, ocean views, and delicious food. At the entrance stands a 70-year-old Queensland King bottle tree and waved concrete structure. The estate has two restaurants, the Cellar Door & Wine Terrace at one end and Laura fine dining restaurant at the other. Views from both restaurants look out to the expansive 19-acre Sculpture Park that surrounds the vineyard.

Miss Frankie

Just a few doors up from our Melbourne showroom on Cremorne Street is Italian Restaurant Ms Frankie. Family owned, by daughters of Italian and Greek immigrant parents; inspiration comes from the fusing of old family traditions and modern Melbourne life. Recreating food memories from their childhood, they serve delicious traditional handmade pasta, in a contrasting yet beautiful industrial style setting.