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Episode 3: Queenscliff and surrounds

This week on Postcards, the team take you to the south-west of Victoria to Queenscliff and beyond. Brodie heads to Queenscliff for the Vue Grand café, Seaview Gallery and The Tenby Store. Glen tastes his way around coastal town Torquay visiting eateries Whyte's on the Esplanade, Blackman's Brewery and Fisho's. Shane takes a trip to Point Lonsdale for Tussock Gallery, wine bar Noble Rot and Lonsdale Tomato Farm. Lastly, Rebecca is in Queenscliff to check out Queenscliff Gallery and Workshop, House Warming Store and café Belsize and Co.

Vue Grande front café, Seaview Gallery, Tenby Store

Situated along the picturesque Bellarine Peninsula, Queenscliff boasts seaside calmness that complements the charming shops, galleries and restaurants that fill it. Vue Street bar is an extension of the historic Vue Grand Hotel, but provides something a little more relaxed in its service. Sit on the terrace with friends as you sip on a beer or wine, snack on their delicious share plates, and watch the world go by.

Take a piece of the delightful Bellarine home from Seaview Gallery. Renowned for its traditional and contemporary Australian art and jewellery, wander through the various rooms adorned with close to 50 artists. Complete a trip to Queenscliff with a visit to historic The Tenby Store, offering quirky gifts, seaside inspired homewares and handcrafted goods.

Vue Street Bar
46 Hesse Street, Queenscliff
Ph 03 5258 1544

Seaview Gallery
86 Hesse Street, Queenscliff
Ph 03 5258 3645

The Tenby Store

Shop 1 – 44 Hesse Street, Queenscliff
Ph 03 5258 2098

Glen Fisho's Torquay, Whytes on the Esplanade, Blackman's Brewery

Only one hour away from Melbourne, Torquay is a quintessential seaside town attracting visitors for its great surf and spots to eat. Whyte's on the Esplanade supplies sleek beach-chic style eating with stunning views of the ocean. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner in Australian-contemporary cuisine in the restaurant, or just next door is their Cosy Bar to pick up a quick coffee or bite to eat.

For a local brew, don't go past Blackman's Brewery. Enjoy a tasting paddle with all eight house-brewed beers, take a brewery tour and devour beer-matched share food such as their delicious fish tacos.

For those who want fish and chips at the water's edge, Fisho's Torquay serves up locally sourced gourmet fish and chips with a twist. Eat inside their 1940s refurbished weatherboard house or out on their front lawn facing Zeally Bay.

Whyte's On The Esplanade
40 The Esplanade, Torquay
Ph 03 5261 5060

Blackman's Brewery
26 Bell Street, Torquay
Ph 03 5261 5310

Fisho's Torquay
36 The Esplanade, Torquay
Ph 0402 419 703

Point Lonsdale Hydroponics, Tussock Gallery, Noble Rot

Known as an attractive destination for family-holiday makers, Point Lonsdale or affectionately named 'Lonny' offers a simple life by the sea. Tussock Upstairs Gallery captures the local region in style, presenting many works that reflect the beautiful scenery created by local Lonny artists. Noble Rot wine bar is the town's first fine watering hole offering wines from near and afar and Mediterranean inspired cuisine for those who love their vino. Lastly, Lonsdale Tomato Farm is Point Lonsdale's best kept secret and will have visitors falling in love with the plant all over again. Purchase their juicy tomatoes along with herbs and home made goods such as sauces and chutneys.

Tussock Upstairs Gallery
89 Point Lonsdale Road, Point Lonsdale
Ph 0418 392 485

Noble Rot
51 Point Lonsdale Road, Point Lonsdale
Ph 03 5258 5115

Lonsdale Tomato Farm
49 Yarram Creek Lane Point Lonsdale
Ph 03 5258 2665

Sea Ranch and Edge Gallery

If you've found yourself sick of the cityscape scene then you're no doubt to feel rejuvenated after a stay at Wye River's Sea Ranch accommodation located two hours down the coast from Melbourne. Trade the sound of traffic with waves crashing on the beach and the sense of chaos and congestion to fresh open air and space. A 180 degree view of the ocean and the lush coastline will not let you forget where you are and the architecturally designed building nestled into the side of the mountain above Wye River will have you feeling particularly special.

If you really don't want to forget your trip down the beautiful coast, then Edge Gallery in Lorne owned by photographer Will Dielenberg will allow for you to take a piece of the coastline home with stunning prints of The Great Ocean Road and more.

Sea Ranch
63 Morley Avenue, Wye River
Ph 03 5237 1098

Edge Gallery
Shop 14, 148 – 174 Mountjoy Parade Lorne
Ph 03 5289 5000

Queenscliff Gallery and Workshop, House Warming and Belsize and Co

One of Queenscliff's newest galleries is Queenscliff Gallery and Workshop. Housed in an old Wesleyan Church Hall, the gallery displays mainly Australian artists with an emphasis on Victorian artists, as well as offering in-house art workshops.

Store House Warming, does just what the name intends, create homely spaces with its beautiful array of homewares and gifts, and choose from Indian cushions, New York candles to colourful Melbourne-made prints.

If you're in need of a pick-me-up, Belsize and Co café offers carefully crafted coffee with everything made in-house for a true Queenscliff experience.

Queenscliff Gallery and Workshop
81 Hesse Street, Queenscliff
Ph 03 5258 4927

House Warming
Shop 3, 4 Wharf Street, East Queenscliff
Ph 03 5258 5014

Belsize & Co
67 Hesse Street, Queenscliff
Ph 03 5258 1977

Postcards Diary

Grand Afternoon Tea at the Vue Grand
If you're after a weekend full of indulgence, head to Queenscliff's beautiful Vue Grand for their delicious monthly high tea and enjoy all the sweets and treats on offer.

Where: Vue Grand Queenscliff
When: Until 17 July, 2016
More: vuegrand.com.au

Nine News Family Day at Sand Sculpting Australia
Next Sunday at Frankston's Sand Sculpting event is Nine News Family Day so make sure you say hello to the news team whilst you check out the magical life-like sculptures. 

Where: Frankston waterfront
When: Sunday 28 February, 2016
More: visitfrankston.com/sand-sculpting

Breakfast with the Koalas
Lastly, what better way to start the day than Breakfast with the Koalas at Werribee Zoo. Learn about the curious creatures whilst you devour a delicious canapé-style breaky. Hurry, limited spots are available! 

Where: Werribee Zoo
When: 5 and 12 March, 2016
More: werribeezooevents.com.au