Rutherglen High Country

Road Trip: A Weekend in Rutherglen

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Your petrol tank is full, your bag is packed and you have snacks on hand; you’re ready to road trip to Rutherglen!

As your three-hour drive from Melbourne finally comes to an end, you’ll turn into Rutherglen’s Main Street and see a heart-warming sign, “Sydney may have a nice harbour but Rutherglen has a great port”! The historic Rutherglen offers so much more than just this: interesting people, excellent produce, delicious food and even better wine.

(Below is just a snack size sample of how to maximise the delicious food options Rutherglen has on offer. Don’t be surprised if you get hooked after your first weekend away and immediately plan your next trip to the region – it happens to the best of us!)

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Visit Victoria

It’s Warburton Time!

If you have ever heard someone say ‘Warburton is the perfect weekend get-away’ they were not lying to you. Warburton is an incredible place!

You can eat delicious food, visit wineries, explore until your hearts content, see waterfalls, sequoia trees, ride bikes down the Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail. This creates one of those too-much-to-do-so-little-time scenarios when you’re only there for two days.

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hot springs

Peninsula Hot Springs: #TreatYoSelf

Peninsula Hot Springs

You’ve been working your butt off since the start of the year. You’ve been kicking ass, taking names, hustlin’, and all of that. You’ve been doing it all with the resilience of a college sophomore intent on getting crazy during Spring Break.

Unfortunately, Spring Break is not a thing in Australia but Easter is, and it’s finally here. Yes! A long, lazy weekend – just when we all need it. It’s time to sit back, relax and put on your bathing suit because there is nowhere better to go than the Peninsula Hot Springs.

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Toasttothecoast

Photo Journal: Toast to the Coast!

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I’ve been in Melbourne four years now and have never heard of Toast to the Coast. CATASTROPHE! Luckily, my new job requires me to know about these things and attend them.

So on Sunday I spent the day frolicking about the Bellarine wine region with a wine glass in hand.

With the purchase of a $45 ticket comes a plastic wine glass: Your entry to Geelong’s three incredible wine sub regions. You can visit all three regions or just one, it’s up to you. From there, you can choose which wineries to visit.

They all provide tastings, which is the most important thing, but not all have live music, food and a view. There’s definitely a romantic winery, a party one, a one fit for kids and so on! Do research and time wisely!

If you have a sober Sally in the group then great, use her. If not, you can buy a shuttle bus ticket for the day. The shuttle bus is incredible at getting from one winery to the next safely.

Once you connect with a wine you love, you can buy a bottle and enjoy it anywhere on the premises or keep it in your backpack to take home. Yes, you’ll need backpack for snacks, picnic blankets, sunnies, photo booth pictures, etc.

It’s seriously such a fun day. I’ve started to plan next year already so that everyone I know can come.

I do have to mention Baie Wines because it is truly stunning and a favorite from the day; It sits on rolling fields that overlook Port Phillip Bay. Plus, I’ll be drinking their rosé all Summer.

Baie Wines is not usually open to the public, but you can book in for private group tastings and weddings. Maybe Jack and I will throw a wedding there for our one year anniversary. Waiting until next year’s Toast to the Coast to visit is far too long!

Click through for some more photos of the day.

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