Famed Ascent

Alys Francis donned her sneakers and a fair amount of grit to run the famed 1000 steps in Upper FernTree Gully.  It’s dawn in mid-winter and, while most people are still pouring out their cornflakes, I’m standing in a sprawling, tree-lined car park staring up at Mount Dandenong looming above. Read more…

En Plein Air

Throwing out a blanket and enjoying a gourmet spread is one of the simple pleasures to be enjoyed in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges. Get away from it all with our suggestions as to the region’s best places to picnic. With help from our Facebook friends who provided us Read more…

Marysville Open Gardens

An exciting addition to Victoria’s open gardens this spring will be the first time in many years Marysville will open its garden gates to the public. Held on November 22-23, the post 2009 bushfires, restored and renovated gardens will be at their best and brightest thanks to some excellent rainfall Read more…

The Gilded Lily

Organic coffee, a retro boutique and local produce is the perfect trio for a country cafe. With its wide, open windows a the front and an eclectic, vintage art space at the back, The Gilded Lily in Healesville aims to supply unique fashion pieces, an inviting art space and locally Read more…