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Episode 35: Goldfields

On this week's episode of Postcards, the team uncover the riches of Victoria's Goldfields, in particular, the cities of Bendigo and Ballarat. Brodie's ultimate girls' weekend away in Bendigo features Villa Belgravia's luxury accommodation, pampering at Jools for Jim salon and a cocktail masterclass at Rocks on Rosalind. Glen exposes the best dining and accommodation options in Ballarat visiting Mitchell Harris Wines, Hop Temple and The Provincial Ballarat. Guest presenter Shane Delia treats his tastebuds to a Bendigo Tourism Food Fossicking Tour and Rebecca shops to her hearts content at Milk + Mock, Sweet Fern, Lark and The Little Cupcake stores in Ballarat.

Bendigo – Villa Belgravia, Jools for Jim and Rocks on Rosalind

To really understand its prosperous past, one must live like royalty and indulge in Bendigo's deluxe accommodation, The Suites at Villa Belgravia. Encapsulating the wealth and romance of a bygone era, their self-contained rooms are as charming as they are spacious.

Continue a lavish visit to Bendigo at Jools for Jim hair salon with Japanese inspired Shu Uemura Art of Hair Ceremony featuring a soothing head massage. Lastly, really unwind at Rocks on Rosalind, a stylish restaurant and lounge bar housed in a historic bank building offering personal cocktail masterclasses.

The Suites – Villa Belgravia
115 Wattle Street, Bendigo
Ph 1800 813 153
facebook.com/thesuites.villabelgravia

Jools for Jim
72 Pall Mall, Bendigo
Ph 03 5441 6646
joolsforjim.com

Rocks on Rosalind
10 – 12 View Street, Bendigo
Ph 03 5441 2222
rocksonrosalind.com

Bendigo Tourism
bendigotourism.com

Ballarat – Mitchell Harris Wines, Hop Temple and The Provincial Ballarat

A city built on gold, Ballarat remains rich in its food, drink and accommodation options for the perfect trip away. Take advantage of an impressive list of regional wines, a menu full of local fresh produce and comprehensive winemaking courses all at Mitchell Harris Wines. For beer lovers, Hop Temple boasts over 100 craft beers rotating over 16 taps, delicious hearty food and live music in their spacious, restored warehouse.

Located in a 1909-built heritage listed building, The Provincial Ballarat has seen a colourful past. Now a stylish and impeccably furnished 15-room hotel, restaurant and bar, it's one of Ballarat's finest establishments.

Mitchell Harris Wines
38 Doveton Street North, Ballarat
Ph 03 5331 8931
mitchellharris.com.au

Hop Temple
22 Armstrong Street North, Ballarat
03 5317 7158
hoptemple.com.au

The Provincial Ballarat
121 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat
Ph 03 5331 3399
theprovincialballarat.com.au

Visit Ballarat

visitballarat.com.au

Bendigo – Food fossicking

Be shown the way around Bendigo's gourmet hot spots and join a Food Fossicking Tour hosted by Bendigo Tourism. Stop by Wholefoods Bendigo; a delicatessen, providore, kitchen nursery, cook book store and café, providing a myriad of options for every food shopper. Next up, discover The Good Loaf Sourdough Bakery and Café with an impressive assortment of fresh breads, cakes and muffins, all baked daily on site. Lastly, Masons of Bendigo restaurant is the culmination of 20 years of international culinary experience. The region's produce is done justice in every dish; enjoy everything from their savoury bites to larger plates for sharing.

Food Fossicking Tours Bendigo
Ph 1800 813 153
bendigotourism.com

Bendigo Wholefoods
314 Lyttleton Terrace, Bendigo
Ph 03 5443 9492
bendigowholefoods.com.au

The Good Loaf Sourdough Bakery and Cafe
404 Hargreaves St, Bendigo
Ph 03 5444 2171
thegoodloaf.com.au

Masons of Bendigo
25 Queen Street, Bendigo
Ph 03 5443 3877
masonsofbendigo.com.au

Bendigo Tourism
bendigotourism.com

Ballarat – Shopping

For a modern day treasure hunt, discover some of Victoria's best shopping in Ballarat. Find yourself in aromatic heaven at Sweet Fern Fragrance Boutique, specialising in luxurious body, bath and home fragrances from near and afar.

Choose from stylish homewares, lush plants, colourful kiddie items, unique gifts and more, all inside Milk + Mock's converted warehouse store.

For more of Ballarat's cute, colourful and crafty retailers, boutique store Lark offers a beautifully curated collection of Australian and internationally made items for the kids, women and home.

To satiate any sweet cravings, The Little Cupcake serves up a delicious range of freshly baked cupcakes from Citrus Surprise to Red Velvet, Butterscotch to Bubblegum all decorated to palatable perfection.  

Sweet Fern
114 Armstrong Street South, Ballarat
Ph 03 5332 9297
sweetfern.com.au

Milk + Mock
40 Doveton Street, Ballarat
Ph 0403 514 390
milkandmock.com.au

Lark
30 Armstrong Street, Ballarat
larkstore.com.au

The Little Cupcake
223 Eureka Street, Ballarat East
Ph 03 5333 2301
thelittlecupcakeballarat.com.au

Visit Ballarat
visitballarat.com.au