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.

 


Pakington Street (Pako), Geelong

Pakington Street in Geelong runs parallel to the Western Beach on the other side of the Geelong to Melbourne Highway.  It is a long street that runs all the way to the Barwon River.  It starts out industrial, graduating into a long stretch of trendy cafes and shopping.  This is a fascinating street to shop and dine which is only minutes from the CBD.

The middle section of Pakington Street (known affectionately as Pako) was the centre for Greek and Italian immigration in the 50s and 60s and had a major influence on the shops and cafes.  Fortunately this influence is still represented in the bakeries, cafes and smallgood outlets.  If you are looking for continental goods this is the best place to go.

Towards the far end of Pakington Street approaching the Barwon River we get to the section they named the Paris End of Pako.  This section is a collection of trendy restaurants, cafes and outlets.  This is a very good area for great burgers, takeaway foods, cosy cafes and upmarket dining.

Pakington Street is a very busy shopping hub so you might manage to get parking in the street but more likely you will do better parking in the carparks at the back of the shops.  The great thing about Pako is that all parking is free.