Sunday lunch: the Yarra Valley Dairy

WE HAVE planned our two-day, one-night gastronomic tour of the Yarra Valley with the sort of precision required by two food and wine lovers who don't want to miss an opportunity to eat well at every meal.

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Sunday lunch: Stones, Yarra Valley

THE Yarra Valley is awash with good winery restaurants but Stones of the Yarra Valley has come up with a concept that sets it apart from the crowd.

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The cook, the teacher, the cafe owner ... Bella Vedere's Gary Cooper at his cooking school.

From garden to table

Tricia Welsh joins a cooking school that dishes out seasonal produce for cafe consumption.

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The entrance to Koo-wee-rup with the distinctive clock tower

Koo-wee-rup - Places to See

Former marshland now converted to market gardens
Koo-wee-rup is a small town 75 km south-east of Melbourne via the South Gippsland Highway and 45 metres above sea-level. Reclaimed from marshlands at the head of Westernport Bay it is increasingly a residential centre in a fertile district given over to asparagus production, market gardens and dairying. A well-known Potato Festival is held in March to celebrate the long-standing association of the town and the vegetable.

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William Ricketts Sanctuary

Kalorama - Places to See

Dandenongs township in a very attractive surrounds
Kalorama is a small settlement perched atop the Dandenong Ranges 40 km east of Melbourne on the Mt Dandenong Tourist Road which heads north off the Burwood Highway at Upper Ferntree Gully.

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The Mechanics Hall at Kallista

Kallista - Places to See

Town picturesquely set in the Dandenong Ranges
Kallista is a township in the Dandenong Ranges 43 km east of Melbourne's city centre. It lies on the south-eastern edge of Dandenong Ranges National Park.

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The Puffing Billy makes its way through the Dandenongs

Emerald - Places to See

Emerald (including Gembrook, Bunyip State Park and Kurth Kiln Park)
Pretty town which was the first settlement in the Dandenongs
Set at the top of a ridge with fine views, Emerald is an attractive town located 55 km south-east of Melbourne in the Dandenong Ranges, at an altitude of 318 m.

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