Tasting, Tasting, Tasting in the Yarra River Valley

Today’s adventure was a drive up the Yarra River Valley. I have reported on this area in earlier posts so you may remember that it is lovely, rolling farm land rich with wineries, fruit farms and livestock.

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Apple trees at Punt Road Winery and Cidery

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Chatting with the Punt Road Manager.

Since Tucker and Alison are farmers they were excited to see this area, especially since it is such a short drive from Melbourne. The totals for the day were 3 wineries, 2 cideries, 1 brewery and one dairy. Not a bad day. There was quite a racket from the trunk (boot) of the car on the way home as glass bottles clinked into each other around every turn! Lunch was at the Yarra Valley Dairy where I ate lunch a few weeks ago and once again, their cheese plate was a tasty treat.

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Lunch at the Yarra River Dairy

Even with a cloudy day, the fields and mountains were easy on the eyes. We had to do a U-turn on a small, country road, when we spotted 2 alpacas standing in a front yard full of autumn-colored leaves. 

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Alpacas

When we returned to the apartment, there was just enough time to make a booking at a Chinese restaurant in Chinatown, grab a snack and walk to the CBD. We were walking along the Yarra River just as the sun was setting and it was beautiful! I don’t think I’ve told you in awhile that I love this city!

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One of my favorite Melbourne photos! Don’t miss the rower in the center of the photo.

We walked to Federation Square to check out The Light in Winter activities that the city is putting on for the whole month! There is a 35 feet helix tree with LED lights on each strand now standing in Federation Square. The lights are supposed to be voice activated so each evening, at dusk, a choir is scheduled to sing around the helix tree, making tree respond with changing light. The helix tree is supposed to react to the pitch and volume of human voices.The choir sounded good, but none of us really thought the tree was responding to changes of tone and texture in the songs. Oh well, it was a pleasant 30 minutes. 

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Helix tree with choir, Federation Square.

We met Jim in Chinatown and tried a restaurant that got good reviews on Tripadvisor. Half of our meals were good, one was OK and one was not good. We have not had luck with Chinese food here in Melbourne, but we will keep trying because there are hundreds of Chinese restaurants! 

We enjoyed our evening walk about the city and were home by 8:30 PM. There was a package waiting for us when we got here and it was a care package from a friend from home with lots of things from Wegmans!! What a great surprise! We love it! We could have done a Mastercard commercial with this package though. $20 worth of things from Wegmans, $37 for postage, a package from a friend from home: Priceless!

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Wonderful Wegmans’ treats!

Tomorrow Tucker, Alison and I head for the Great Ocean Road! Get ready for more photos of crashing waves! I’m not sure of the availability of internet tomorrow night so there may not be a post tomorrow.

G’Day Mates!

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A toast to all the loyal Southern Crossings readers!

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2 comments on “Tasting, Tasting, Tasting in the Yarra River Valley

  1. Amy says:

    Cheers!

  2. Liz says:

    Such cute little glasses for the tasting! Looks and sounds like you all have been having a grand time!

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