Mushies from the grounds up

Some of the childhood delights of growing up in the 1950s and 60s were the regular visits during late autumn to the country properties of relatives. It was mushroom season. Hunting for field mushrooms and the sibling rivalry to see who could claim the prize for the biggest and best mushroom ensured there was great […]

Friendship and Cafes

In one of our lovely local cafes I overheard two elderly men discussing their friendship. They have been meeting each Tuesday morning for years. They enjoy coffee and cake, chat for an hour and then go their separate ways until the following Tuesday.  This encounter made me think of others I have noticed who meet […]

The Q Train – a true complement to The Bellarine Taste Trail

The Q Train has only been operating for 4 short months and already is the talk of the town. And not just our town as evidenced by the number of bookings from across the Bellarine, Geelong, Ballarat and Melbourne. Seems the Dinner Train Service operating on The Bellarine Railway just 15 minutes from Geelong is […]

Merne – a hothouse of local talent

After only being operating for a short time Merne at Lighthouse has been crowned Victoria’s Golden Plate winner. Merne also won Best Contemporary Dining and Best Customer Service awards. Golden Plate Judges said that Merne was a ‘hothouse of local talent’ owned and operated by Matt Dempsey, Caleb Fleet, Graham Jeffries and Josh Smith. “This […]

The Brewhouse – so more than just a pub

‘As I was going to St Ives, I met a man with seven wives. Every wife had seven sacks, every sack had seven cats, every cat had seven kittens. Kittens, cats, sacks, wives, how many were going to St Ives?’ And what’s this conundrum got to do with The Brewhouse? Nothing really except that seven […]

The Q Train – a journey of delights

Drysdale was buzzing Saturday night the 23rd of September with the launch of The Q Train, a progressive dinner train serving a 6 course degustation menu. The menu is complemented with local produce from farms and suppliers of the region. “A true complement to the taste trail, and supporting local business is double bonus,” said […]

Flying high at Trees Adventure

Since its official opening in April this year, Trees Adventure Otway Park has proven to be an exciting eco-adventure park. It offers eight challenging courses for people aged from four and up. Up is the key word here as feel on top of the world flying above the tree tops attached to a variety of […]

Brewhouse launches its Whisky Bar

There’s little in life better than pouring a double whisky and sitting down to relax after a long day. Whether you drink Scotch, rye, or bourbon, you are in the company of some of the world’s finest minds and characters. Mark Twain, Winston Churchill, James Joyce and our own Tasmanian swashbuckling movie star Errol Flynn […]

Down the track with The Q Train

The Q Train is in the final stages of being converted into a casual dining restaurant that will soon be running 2-4 times a week from Queenscliff to Drysdale. Beginning with trials in September and October, The Q Train will be formally launched in January. Hospitality Manager, Daniel Trotter, and his wife Marie-Claire are overseeing […]

Trident Fish Bar voted Best Fish & Chips in Victoria

For generations of families on holidays it has become a tradition to stop for fish and chips by the seaside. In Queenscliff, fish and chip shops trade all year round for locals and visitors alike. So it is fitting that one of the Borough’s longest family-owned fish and chip businesses has risen to the top […]