Commnity feel .. The Store Cafe.

Sunday lunch: The Store Cafe

As we enter the sleepy seaside township of Somers on the Mornington Peninsula, we pass a sign that reads: "Slow down koala crossing".

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Call of the wild ... William Eicholtz's At the Altar of Terpsichore.

Stone the crows

Tim Richards enjoys chance meetings with apes and aliens at a sculpture park where reality gives way to fantasy.

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Shimmering ... the over-water villas at Crittenden Estate.

On a pinot pilgrimage

The region is rightly famous for its wine but David Reyne finds there are other delights on offer.

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Somers (including Balnarring)
Seaside resort on Western Port which is home to Coolart Mansion
Somers is a popular seaside resort with a safe and pleasant swimming beach located 85 km south-east of Melbourne on the southern shore of the Mornington Peninsula, facing out towards the western entrance to Western Port.

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Open house ... Boroka Downs.

Stay the night

David Reyne finds some cosy lodgings, from coastal getaways with open fires to inner-city Italian chic.

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House and garden ... Heronswood in sprawling grounds at Dromana.

Open for inspection

Heritage dwellings offer glimpses into the past amid gentile surroundings, writes Alistair Smith.

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