Sunday lunch: Sweetwater Cafe, Yarra Valley

THE Sweetwater Cafe is the casual dining option of the heritage-listed, 1854-built Chateau Yering historic country house — once the home of the de Castella family, who established the original gardens in 1854.

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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

Koo-wee-rup
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

Kalorama
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

Kallista
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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