The Block Arcade, Melbourne CBD

The main entrance to the Block Arcade is in Collins St in the city. Collins Street itself is rich in impressive architecture and frames the Block Arcade perfectly. The Block Arcade is like stepping back in time. The elegance and attention to detail is spell bounding and I’m not just talking about the chocolates. From the floor to the ceiling, it could only be described as a work of art. It is a credit that it has been maintained in such pristine condition.

You cannot walk through the Block Arcade without expecting to see people in period dress walking towards you.  The arcade could only be described as immaculate. This is the perfect place to have a cup of coffee or more appropriately tea and scones.  The first section was built in 1891 and the final construction completed in 1893. It was designed by the architect David C Askew for a financier at the time by the name of Benjamin Fink.  The name Block Arcade is reputed to come from “doing the block”or in other words showing yourself off around Melbourne’s best shopping streets.

The arcade was completely revamped giving it modern amenities without spoiling the original look.  A tour is a must.

 

 

Open on Everyday

 


The Bridge Mall, Ballarat

The Bridge Mall is a collection of many unique specialist stores offering traffic-free shopping with bookshops, fashion outlets and major chain stores. It has recently undergone redevelopment and upgrading with undercover areas and paving and planting.
You can park on either side of the mall with limited parking at the mall itself.  An eclectic collection of cafes and specialty stores is on offer as well as major chains including Starbucks, McDonalds and the Reject Shop.
Located at the bottom of the city it is a good starting point to start your shopping and dining and get a feel of the town. There is a playground for the kids and one of the best McDonalds I have been to (it is built with a heritage feel and really blends in).
The very, very disappointing thing is no toilets. There is no public toilet and not one cafe had one. How a council builds a complex without public amenities is beyond me. You have to walk out of the mall across the road and use what I find to be divey toilets. Lift your game Ballarat as I always visit the mall and it could be a lot better.

Sturt St, Ballarat VIC 3350  Open on Everyday


Cheese World Allansford

Located on the outskirts of Warrnambool in Allansford is Cheese World.  If you are having trouble figuring out what this place slap bang in the middle of the South West dairy region is all about the let me inform you – it’s CHEESE!

I realise not everyone is excited by cheese – although I am – but there is a lot more on offer than just a world of cheese.  Let’s start with the obvious. There is a lot of locally made cheese on offer with one of my favorites being the wasabi cheese.  There are regular tastings but you may want to check beforehand on times so you don’t miss out. There is also a very good selection of wines so you can head back home with your evening essentials.  

Cheese World has a large cafe which specialises in cheese platters and Ploughman’s lunches.  It is open for breakfast, lunch and snacks. As you are in dairy country you absolutely must try a milkshake using local product.

If you are not into dairy there is plenty on offer including the Cheese World Museum.  The museum shows off the equipment and household items used in the early 1900s. Great for both adults and children.  Its free so no strain on the family budget there. It is also a way of showing how the Warrnambool Cheese & Butter Factory (owners of Cheese World) have been involved in the local area since 1888.  Only 10 minutes out of Warrnambool so it is well worth the effort.

 



  

Phone: (03) 5565 3127

Address: 5330 Great Ocean Rd, Allansford VIC 3277

Monday:  9 am to 5 pm
Tuesday:   9 am to 5 pm
Wednesday:   9 am to 5 pm
Thursday:   9 am to 5 pm
Friday:   9 am to 5 pm
Saturday:   10 am to 4 pm
Sunday:   10 am to 4 pm

 

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