Heide Park and Art Gallery

Heide Park and Art Gallery

The Heide Park and Art Gallery on the outskirts of Melbourne is a delightful combination of art gallery, garden, and historical museum. It was once the residence of John and Sunday Reed who lived an idyllic life creating art and hosting salons. The gallery displays work of contemporary artists, all Australians by birth or transplant […]

Puffing Billy

Puffing Billy

Make a weekend of it: Visit the gardens, craft and antique shops. Travel on the Puffing Billy Steam train, then enjoy the excellent restaurants. Follow this by relaxing in Puffing Billy Country Getaways’ beautifully appointed B&Bs all designed with your comfort in mind. Stay a few days and visit the nearby wine growing district of […]

William Ricketts Sanctuary

William Ricketts Sanctuary

This place is definitely worth a trip; I have never seen anything like it! On a weekend drive to the Dandenongs we discovered the William Ricketts Sanctuary, a truly incredible park full of tall eucalypts (plural of “eucalyptus”) and tree ferns, and with sculptures around every bend in the pathway. The park was created by […]

Healesville

Healesville

The wild animal sanctuary at Healesville is a goodday trip from Melbourne. It’s houses native Australian animals displayed in a sensitive environment. (Is there a correct way to display other species in order that humans may be educated and entertained?) Anyway, we went many times, and really enjoyed it. Here’s our friend Lynn petting a […]