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

 


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.

 


Woolsthorpe, Victoria, 3276

Woolsthorpe is located in South West Victoria a little over 20 minutes from Warrnambool. It is at the junction of the Woolsthorpe-Heywood, Koroit-Woolsthorpe, and Warrnambool-Caramut Roads with bridges crossing Spring Creek on two sides.
A neat attractive town lined with deciduous trees and in recent times conifers, Woolsthorpe is a welcome stop after a long drive. The town has a combined Post Office and Milk Bar with takeaway including coffee and also sells fuel (a rarity in small towns). There is a pub in the main street that does meals 7 days a week that is popular with both and visitors. Woolsthorpe has tennis courts, a very popular primary school, cricket ground and importantly a toilet block.
If you are in a hurry for the loo it is in the main street next to the milk bar just in front of the tennis courts. If you haven’t filled up with fuel before leaving Warrnambool consider doing it now as the next stop is a fair way off.