Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Great Places To Visit - Doncaster East, Melbourne, Mullum Mullum Walking Track

Just because I'm currently in the city for awhile doesn't mean I have to "miss out" on my daily bush walks. Nearby to us is the Mullum Mullum Creek Trail. It's fantastic for walking. A track shared by walkers, joggers, and cyclists.  Right beside us is Currawong Bush Park and the track goes through it. In the other direction it heads off through parklands in Doncaster East and Templestowe.  I'm certainly enjoying my daily walks now that I've discovered this trail. Have a look for yourself, it's very picturesque. I have found myself talking to walking groups, people walking dogs, a quick "hello" to cyclists and walking alongside fellow walkers and having a chat.  It seems to be a very popular track.  Today I even passed a group of Bushwalkers!! Well, they passed me as they were going in the opposite direction. I stopped and chatted with a lady who was out walking her dog and then enjoyed the beautiful scenery as I continued along. Great way to spend some time and get some exercise.

A reminder that I'm in the city.

Crystal Brook Caravan Park

You have to watch out for the "wild life."

Mullum Mullum Creek

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Great Places To Visit - Sanders Apples U-Pick and Orchard Tours. Three Bridges Yarra Valley Victoria Australia.

Like to do something a little different? Love fresh home grown produce? An apple a day keeps the doctor away, or so they say. So why not treat yourself and the family and friends to a new experience. U-pick apples. That means you get to go into the orchard and pick your own fresh apples!

You can have a guided 45 minute tour walking or for more fun for the kids (any age) a tractor tour! See first hand how an orchard operates and gain an understanding of the apple growing process.  Great education for the kids to learn how their food is grown and produced. Not just the product on the shelf in a store.

Want to have a picnic with the kids? No better place than Sanders Apple Orchards, Three Bridges, Yarra Valley, Victoria.
First you can take your time wandering through the rows of apple trees, hand-pick your apples straight from the tree and enjoy them with your picnic lunch in the beautiful surrounds. Fresh apples for dessert of course! The kids will love them, and so will you. Juicy, crunching, crisp, delicious apples. Just imagine biting into the crisp, juicy apple and feeling the juice running down your chin. Nothing better!

Well I'd better tell you a bit about this Sanders mob I suppose!

Sanders Apples is a family owned and operated apple orchard nestled in the picturesque Yarra Valley and is currently run by 3rd generation brothers Kevin, Bob and Peter Sanders.

Sanders Apples opens its grounds during the apple picking season to give you the unique opportunity to pick your own apples and participate in guided tours of the orchard.  The tractor ride is great fun!!

Private tours can also be arranged by contacting Kate (a 4th generation Sanders) and making a reservation.

What did you say? When can you book your outing? Well, weekends, school holidays and public holidays from late March until late May.   Opening Times: 10.00am - 4.00pm. (last entry at 3.30pm)  

U-Pick Prices:

Adults: $15.00
Child (4-12yrs) $12.50
Ticket includes entry into the U-Pick area and a 2kg bag of U-Pick apples.

Children 3 and under are free - bag of apples not included.

Walking Tours:

Adult: $20.00
Child (4-12yrs) $17.50
Family/Group (4+ people) $17.50 per person.

Ticket includes the walking tour, entry into the U-Pick area and a 2kg bag of U-Pick apples.
This is a great way to increase your knowledge of how apples are grown and support your local farmers. The kids will no longer think that apples only come from the supermarket shelf. They will learn how the trees are tended and when is the right time to pick apples and so much more.

Tractor Tour Prices:

Check out the web page for details or contact Kate!


Phone Kate: 0430 589 310

What are you waiting for?  It's apple picking season right now!!!!!!

Where is Sanders Apples:

1020 Yarra Junction - Noojee Road (Little Yarra Road)

Three Bridges, Vic 3797




Kate Sanders : Phone 0430 589 310

Email Kate:



Note: Prices are correct at time of writing and are subject to change without notice.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Great Places To Visit-Baroosa Valley, South Australia, Wine region.

We are currently spending a week in the beautiful Baroosa Valley in S.A. Our caravan is parked at the Nuriootpa caravan park which is handy to the area's attractions. Wineries!!

I am getting spoilt as Bernie doesn't drink wine, so is being my personal chauffeur. We are both enjoying the history and lovely old buildings in the area also.

One place on my hit list is Maggie Beer's Farm. Contacted some friends who live in the area and met up with them for lunch there. Had a wonderful few hours together. We each picked an entree and then shared them. Great way to get to taste a variety of dishes. Maggie's produce store has a large variety of goods available for sale and the majority are available to taste test before you buy. Made sure I took full advantage of that opportunity. Delicious!!!!! Came home with a little bag of goodies.

Took a tour of Chateau Tanunda, fantastic! You get a glass of bubbly to sip while you listen to your guide. Great tour. Highly recommend it. Beautiful old winery.

That's just a bit of what you can see and do here in the Baroosa. We are going to stay a few extra days, it's so beautiful here, even though it's summer and dry. So much to see in the area, and so many wineries to pick from. Lots of little towns around steeped in history as well.  Come and see for yourself.

What you expect to see in a vineyard - grapes!

Boutique Winery. Traditional old machinery, once used in harvesting.

Found a little boutique winery with our surname.

Craft Beer
Local road.
Chateau Tanunda.
Chateau Tanunda - stunning architecture.
Maggie Beer's beautiful Farm.

Some of the lovely produce I purchased at Maggie Beer's Farm.

Chateau Tanunda

Very nice!

Chateau Tanunda Tour

Chateau Tanunda Tour
Chataeu Tanunda Tour

Chateau Tanunda tasting room.

Chateau Tanunda Tour.
Baroosa Valley area.

Tanunda township.

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