Convent Gallery, Daylesford

Near the top of Wombat Hill, in front of the gardens and overlooking Daylesford is The Convent.  A very impressive building and gardens that was quite obviously a convent in the past. Impressively converted into a cafe, bar, gallery and wedding venue save at least an hour to explore it.

And before I forget you can also stay in the Penthouse at the top.  There are several stories to explore if you can manage to get past the cafe at the entrance.  Go downstairs and see where the nuns used to live or go up and sit in the chapel. There is plenty to see including a gift shop.

When first staying in Daylesford this was my favourite destination for Sunday breakfast.  A gourmet buffet that was by far the best breakfast in Daylesford. Unfortunately not everyone likes getting up Sundays and after being there on my own it soon stopped.  I don’t think I have cried so hard since. Still worth dining there regardless.

 


Phone: (03) 5348 3211

Address: 7 Daly St, Daylesford VIC 3460

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

 

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So you’re thinking of visiting Port Campbell?

A very trendy coastal town lined with restaurants and cafes right down to the beaches edge.  If you are going along the Great Ocean Road then Port Campbell has to be on your list. Not only is the town picturesque but it is surrounding by some of the most stunning scenery you will see on your trip including the Twelve Apostles.

Port Campbell is not a large seaside town with under a thousand permanent residents but offers facilities hard to match on the Great Ocean Road including a national park,  stunning beaches and a very good selection of dining. Drive down to the beach for views of the inlet and surrounding Port Campbell National Park where you can enjoy the beach, go for a swim or walk up to the jetty.

If you are looking for a base to explore the Great Ocean Road, Port Campbell is an excellent location and within driving distance for a daytrip to Warrnambool.

 


The Rusty Spud, Ballarat

You guessed it – this is a potato restaurant and one of the best I have had the pleasure of enjoying. With a two hour drive home after a full on visit to Ballarat I was in need of something delicious to carry me home when like an oasis the Rusty Spud appeared.
They are not open Mondays so try a different day if you like a baked potato as much as I do. The cafe is located around the corner from the Ballarat Mall and I even managed to get a park right out the front around 5 pm. Either way there is plenty of parking close by. Inside is a long bar extending to the back of the restaurant with seating and tables around the room. I chose to dine in the next room which has an eclectic feel with goods for sale and a sunken part at the front where you dine on timber pallets with cushions in front of the large window to the street.
Service was friendly and very helpful and we found the menu catered to both our desires. Worth a mention was the Mexican Spud which has corn chips impaled around the spud. Prices were very reasonable and The Rusty Spud would easily fit into the cheap eats category.
I don’t get to Ballarat often but when I do this cafe will be on my must visit list.

 


      

Phone:: 0497 406 592

Address: 21 Peel Street North, Ballarat, Victoria 3350

Monday:  CLOSED
Tuesday: 9:15 am to 8:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:15 am to 8:00 pm
Thursday: 9:15 am to 8:00 pm
Friday: 9:15 am to 8:00 pm
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: CLOSED