Where The Volcanoes Roared - Documentary

This post is long overdue, and short and sweet. I came across this 80's documentary about Daylesford and the Central Highlands region. Whilst many of the places have modernized, they are all still here, even the Deep Spring Pump house - although gone to ruin, still a great place to explore and have a picnic. If you are keen to take a look at any of these places, just ask!

"Where The Volcanoes Roared" a documentary about Daylesford in the central highlands of Victoria Australia. Presented by Roger Climpson written and produced by Brian Davies. As seen on Seven 7 Network Australia. Victoria's Biggest Tree, Guilford, Delmenico hotel, Mount Franklin mineral water, Hepburn Springs, old school of mining museum,old pump house,Wombat State forest, picnic at hanging rock, Sailors Creek, historic gold rush mining, Eureka Stockade,visit Ballarat, Bendigo, Melbourne, tourism, tourist attraction, Lakeside Restaurant , VFL, AFL Daylesford Speedway.

Christmas and new year

Wow - what a beautiful time of year in Daylesford! This Christmas break has been a great time to spend out and about with our family and friends in this beautiful region and celebrate with our town in the new year parade and fireworks.

Last week we took a drive out to the Pyrenees wine region, its about 90 mins drive from Daylesford and well worth it if you are a fan of Shiraz, Pino Noir & Chardonnay (like me) - this region is highly regarded for its temperate climate wines, many of which I found to be very elegant and quite different from the large fruit drive wines you might find in the Barossa for example, more European you might say.    

Here are a couple of pictures taken from Dalwhinnie Wines and Warrenmang Vineyard & Resort. Right now the country is very dry and makes for some stunning scenery among the vines contrasting the bright Yellows and Browns against the vibrant green vines.

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Luke was particularly protective of the wine purchased from Warrenmang. Thanks Athalie Bazzani for your hospitality. It was also nice to spend some time at local establishments, like Koukla café, You can see Deidre is chilling out with a coffee and breakfast. We all caught fish at the Tuki Trout Farm - only 30 minutes drive from here, where you are supplied with all you need to catch fresh trout and take it back to your kitchen... well, everyone except for me... I did cook fresh Fish and chips with the fish everyone else caught though. 

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And who could visit Daylesford in January and not hang out by the lake? This scene is only 10 minute downhill walk from our place and was taken on a balmy 42 degree day last week. There is a lawn for sun baking, picnic and of course swimming is great!

The Daylesford New Year Celebrations didn't disappoint with a fine wood chopping display followed by a huge Parade down Vincent Street with the CFA trucks, and floats from all corners of the town, this is the hobbit parade.

I turned 42 this December and enjoyed the evening with fine Wine and French Cheese from  Duck Duck Goose and Larder in Kyneton, only 20 mins drive from Daylesford. as you can see the weather can go from 16 degrees to 42 degrees in a matter of days here, so pack for anything, I'm wearing a puffer jacket at 4 o'clock in the sun!

Finally - New Years Fireworks was put on by The Lake House this year. these were taken off our deck overlooking the lake - terrible pic from my phone, but they were fantastic to watch!

So there you have it, another 2014 done, Deidre & I would like to wish everyone a happy & safe new year in 2015, and we hope to see you soon at Azidene House !

Out and about - Radio Springs Hotel

Recently, in mid November,  we were fortunate to be passing through Lyonville and stoped at the Radio Springs Hotel for a drink and dinner. This is a fabulous hotel, restaurant & bar, about 15 mins drive from Daylesford, is set on two acres of rambling garden where you can wander. The garden includes mature trees, lawns, perennial beds, roses, and winding paths. It really is a peaceful and beautiful spot especially in the later part of the day on a spring / summer evening.

They usually have live music on the weekends, and on this night we were treated to the Chris Henry & the Hardcore Grass who played just in front of the bar and restaurant. It just so happens they were touring in Victoria for the Healesville music festival and they were amazing! Really amazing fiddle, and mandolin and traditional bluegrass music, which I've never seen before live. Chris is the "premiere Monroe-style mandolinist of his generation", after all.

So, you can get lucky in more ways than one when you visit us here in Daylesford - you might just stumble across one of Victoria's most quirky and fun hotels and some excellent bluegrass music. they also run a courtesy bus

Have a look at the SMH review of the Radio Springs Hotel, and below is a video I took on the night with my phone!

Cheers - David.

Swimming at Turpins Falls

This weekend I took a detour from my trip to Kyneton to check out Turpins Falls and swimming hole - 44 Kms from Daylesford and close to some great wine country. What an amazing find!

This place is an oasis surrounded by the dry central west country side - a deep swimming hole filled by the Campaspe river. The falls can can get quite wild in the winter months during heavy rain. 

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Worth a visit if you need some cooling off!