Head to the north side for a weekend away. With rich history, good food and even better wine, you’re sure to be back for more.
Begin your weekend the only way Melburnians know how — a tasty Saturday brunch accompanied by a quality coffee. That’s exactly what you can expect from the folks at The Spotted Owl [93 O'Shanassy Street, Sunbury] . The team here roast its own speciality beans under the name Little Goat Coffee, so you know you’re in the hands of coffee experts. The menu changes seasonally to ensure top- quality produce is served up. For now, why not treat yourself with a serve of the cornflake French toast topped with popcorn.
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For a unique home item that is sure to be the talking piece at your next dinner party, visit Bali Abundance [13 Hercules Street, Tullamarine]. The founder Annette Moseley curated a range of special items from all over Indonesia. She has a keen eye for the Balinese style that’s proved to be a popular decor theme in many homes. You’ll find everything including furniture, wall art and lighting.
You’re bound to be peckish after your afternoon in the water, so make a pit stop at That’s Alotta Donuts [2/882 Cooper Street, Somerton]. Its impressive menu will have you spoiled for choice — after all, there really are alotta doughnuts on offer — making it tricky to choose just one. Some of the menu highlights include Ferrero Rocher, blueberry cheesecake and cookies and cream. Reward your surfing efforts and try one of each!
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Book in for a dinner you won’t forget at Bankvale Run, Marnong Estate’s [2335 Mickleham Road, Mickleham] onsite restaurant. The estate is steeped in history, so if you need to walk of your afternoon treat, take a moment to explore the grounds and discover its story. The menu at Bankvale Run is inspired by the estate’s working farm, meaning almost all options on the a la carte menu includes a locally-sourced component. Pair your meal of choice with one of Marnong Estate’s own wines from its cellar door.
When it’s time to rest your head, check into the Mantra Tullamarine [2 Trade Parke Drive, Tullamarine]. You’ll find yourself in a contemporary room with all the essential amenities. Relax and unwind as you switch on a movie and enjoy the comforts of hotel living. Rise and shine early if you want to reap the benefits of the indoor lap pool, spa and sauna.
With a jam-packed day ahead, it’s important to take a moment for the most important meal of the day — brunch. Take that moment at Humble Harry Roasting Co [5/1100 Pascoe Vale Road, Broadmeadows]. Build your own breakfast by adding some of your favourite sides to eggs your way. The list includes avo, mushrooms, potato rosti and beef rashers. If you’re after something lighter, opt for the coconut chia pudding, comprising of kiwi, pineapple, kiwi coolie and nuts.
Did someone say wine o’clock? Arundel Farm Estate [321 Arundel Road, Keilor] is the perfect location for a midday wine (or two). Order one of its salumi boards to nibble on as you take in the picturesque countryside views. This boutique winery is home to more than 12,000 vines which primarily produce shiraz, Viognier and rose.
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Visit equine royalty at Living Legends [Woodlands Drive, Greenvale], home of retired champion racehorses. With legends Zipping, Rogan Josh and Efficient amongst the pack. While you may have missed the guided tours (11am and 2pm each day), you’re able to take yourself on a guided tour of the grounds. If you’re lucky, one of the legends may even wander over and say hello.
Before you begin the journey home, end your staycation with some tasty fish and chips from local institution Hide and Seek Fish and Chippery[1/149 Mickleham Road, Tullamarine]. With 30 years of experience, these guys serve up some of the best F and C in the area. Go out with a bang and order the seafood basket. It includes all the good stuff: flake, prawn cutlets, scallops, calamari rings and chips. Don’t forget the tartare sauce to top it all off.
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