Coonara Springs

Have you noticed that if you don’t polish your silver it becomes tarnished and dull?  Like a piece of silverware Coonara Springs had become a little tarnished, a little dull:  The garden overgrown and the building tired and worn.  It looked as though years of serving the locals had taken its toll and it was … More Coonara Springs

Essenza Yarra Valley

Melbourne’s coffee scene is so well established it is making an impact on the cafes opening their doors in the outer suburbs, where traditionally the funk, charisma and overall ‘city vibe’ is not important.  Eessenza Yarra Valley has been leading the way in a new wave of stylish coffee houses popping up in Healesville over … More Essenza Yarra Valley

Bella Vedere

Sadly no longer open for business.  See Tramonto for more on this property. Like something out of a dream the Bella Vedere restaurant stands tall, looking out over the vineyards of Badgers Brook Winery and the beauty of the Valley.  There is a peace, a stillness where the aroma of the freshly baked bread beckons … More Bella Vedere

Innocent Bystander

  Have you met the Innocent Bystander??   By definition he should be an anonymous observer.  But if you have driven through Healesville of late you will see that he is anything but.  Being a bystander is not his strong point, he is right in the thick of it – he is an instigator.  There is … More Innocent Bystander