Tranquil Rosanna is only 12km from Melbourne’s CBD and plenty of folks are waking up to its charms.
Foliage seems to be a theme at Hunter Lane. Leafy hanging baskets decorate this bright cafe, while pretty edible flowers top brunch favourites like Belgian waffles with Nutella semifreddo, chocolate soil and berries. Axil Coffee Roasters beans are used at Funkie Brewster, which is popular with local coffee aficionados — there are healthy options available, like the acai bowl, as well as more trad menu offerings. Miss Marie Cafe is a cosy spot, with all-day breakfast and lunch dishes like pumpkin pide and pulled pork brioche burgers.
In between coffee breaks, explore Rosanna Village, a stretch of Lower Plenty Road with more than 75 retailers. Anyone who’s into embroidery or craft should pop into Lazy Daisy. It supplies everything you’ll need for any type of needlepoint and also holds classes and drop-in stitch sessions.
Stretch your legs at Rosanna Parklands. Throughout its 25 hectares you’ll find walking and cycling paths, open spaces, bushland and spots where you can let the dog off the leash. The wetlands here are an important habitat for several species of frog — listen for their calls — and a flock of yellow-tailed black cockatoos regularly visits during August and September.
Each year the Heidelberg Theatre Company, which has its performance space in Turnham Avenue, presents five productions. It’s not a professional company, but audiences number about 7000 each year and many of those who either act or direct here make their way up in the industry.