Mummalicious Pregnancy High Tea by Andrea Kellett

Listen up ladies, there’s a glamorous new event coming to the Peninsula this September called Mummalicious Pregnancy High Tea. And, if you like the sound of it, you need to get in quick because numbers are limited.

Mummalicious Pregnancy High Tea is a high-class high tea event for pregnant women, their friends and family and it’s a fundraiser for The Bays Hospital. Organisers Joanne Ford and Sara Griffiths envisage Peninsula mums-to-be will use the event as their baby shower, loved ones will use it to spoil their pregnant friends and, if you’re looking for a baby reveal with a difference, this is it! Surprise family and friends with something pink or blue on the day to break the exciting news! Either way, it’s a wonderful chance to dress up, be entertained in style and celebrate pregnancy.

The inaugural Mummalicious Pregnancy High Tea will include a classic high tea with a pregnancy fashion parade, a women’s stylist, a raffle, gorgeous food, a quality gift bag for all participants and a sensational guest speaker - Director of Women's Health at Peninsula Health Dr Jolyon Ford.

Mornington Yacht Club has donated the space for the event and obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Andrew Griffiths praised the club for its continued support. “Mornington Yacht Club has been very supportive of The Bays Hospital and are always happy to do as much as they can to help,” he said.

*Mummalicious Pregnancy High Tea is on Sunday, September 10, 2pm-4pm, at Mornington Yacht Club. There will be 8 tables of 8. Tickets: $85 each at www.trybooking.com/PFYP

MUMMALICIOUS PREGNANCY HIGH TEA
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Photos: Michelle Pragt

When Hugo hitched Frankie by Liz Rogers

“Good morning fur people, ladies and gentlemen…. My name is Randall Randwick and I am a self-proclaimed Civil Sausage Celebrant.”

That’s how it started. They were all there. Twenty dogs or so, their owners, the bride and groom dressed to the nines. It was just another ordinary day on the Mornington Peninsula and none of the people who knew Mike and Dianna would ever bat an eyelid – after all there was that sausage dog chariot made from aluminium and wood in which the duo could often be seen in riding down Main Street. Why not slip on a tux and a wedding gown on a Saturday morning at Royal Beach? Why not celebrate the love of two adored Dachshunds, especially when it was assumed the lady may be with child?

Dog owner Mike Renwick explains. “My partner Dianna and I have had Hugo and Frankie since they were puppies. They are over 12 months now and love each other dearly so we thought why not having a Dachshund wedding? We do suspect that Frankie is going to have pups so we thought Hugo better do the right thing! I used to take a lot of wedding photos and thought it would be fun. We had a red carpet, jewels and flowers, and they were dressed in their best clothes. All the guests were dressed up as well!” (They included many canine companions from the I Love Dachshunds Facebook group). “We walked up to the Blackbird Café in Empire Street for the reception afterwards. The humans had coffee and wedding cake. The dogs enjoyed their treats. Hugo is very social and enjoyed every minute of the event. Frankie is a little more reserved.”

These two much loved family members were bought from breeders in St Albans and Brighton respectively and are now soon to produce their own offspring. Mike isn’t sure when this Mount Martha local sausage dog duo will become parents but one thing’s for sure - The adorable factor will be right off the Richter Scale!

“You may now lick your bride,” offered Randall at the end of the ceremony, the two cuties forever linked in doggie bliss.

Woof woof!

Find your way to fine wine

How appropriate that a column designed to point you in the direction of the best Peninsula wines should be written by the founder of Wine Compass.

Adam Nicholls, from Wine Compass, joins the Mornington Peninsula Magazine team from this issue as a regular wine columnist for our new section Peninsula Uncorked.

Adam turned his back on a successful career as a digital marketing manager to pursue his dream of owning his own business and to follow his two passions: food and wine.  Adam loved wine tours but thought they could be run better, so he combined his skills in digital marketing, his knowledge of the Peninsula and Yarra Valley wine-producing regions and an acute focus on customer satisfaction to launch Wine Compass in 2013.  Since then, with the help of Adam’s wife, Sara and the rest of the team, the business has grown substantially and has run more than 1000 tours. 

Wine Compass focuses only on groups looking to organise events or days out with friends and/or family, as well as corporate events and special occasions such as birthdays and hens’ parties.  The itinerary is individually tailored after a consultation with the group and can include any preferences the group might have.  “We can even mix things up with breweries, cideries, dairies (for cheese), distilleries and chocolateries,” Adam says.

Wine Compass is a private company that’s not tied to any wineries, preferring small, boutique wineries that give guests a great experience, including behind-the-scenes access.  The key, says Adam, is to make the tour fun and social.

So whether you’re an occasional tippler or a passionate connoisseur, let Adam show you the way to the best wines the Peninsula has to offer. Read his first Peninsula Uncorked column in our Food and Wine section.

Thomas knows truffles! by Liz Rogers

Jenny McAuley’s truffle business is totally dependent on her four-legged English Springer Spaniel Thomas - and she wouldn’t have it any other way!

 

We’re riding in her John Deer wide-wheeled tractor towards the Truffière. Yep. That’s what you call a Truffle Orchard in France, and Thomas is already showing signs of the thrill he gets while hunting for this subterranean delicacy that takes time, patience and grunt to grow and harvest. This rescue dog has been trained by one of the best. Ex-army officer Simon French, who operates out of Tasmania, finds dogs in pounds, assesses as to whether they will be suitable for truffle training and Bob’s your uncle. But not all dogs make the eight-month training program. Jenny’s previous dog - a Lagotto Romagnolo - failed, but Thomas didn’t, and now he’s bent on showing me why.  

 

“You want to run Thomas?” asks Jenny as he clings to her right leg pushing into the accelerator. He jumps out and bounds beside the Deer while we growl up the incline to where the jewels lie beneath the Red Hill mud. The land here is ridiculously undulating, lush and ancient. Good things grow here. Jenny asks again. “You want to find some truffles Thomas? Where are the truffles?” And that’s all this spritely and adoring dog needs. He makes for the base of one of Jenny’s 2600 Oak and Hazelnut trees which are perfect truffle companions and lies down where the edible gold grows. “Where’s the truffle Thomas? Show me where the truffle is,” she repeats as his highly-sensitised nose sniffs at the spot and Jenny gently scrapes back the earth. “Truffles are like ice-bergs,” she says. “You never know how big they are below the earth. This one isn’t quite ready.” Thomas never touches the precious find, instead, he takes a seat and waits. I kneel and bow to take a deep whiff of the intoxicating aroma.

 

“I initially planted 300 trees after a couple of years’ research,” explains Jenny. “We now supply all restaurants in Red Hill and many beyond, and have a range of truffle infused foods.” All Thomas requires is his liver or kangaroo treats, love and attention. “He pretends to find truffles to get treats now. There’s a lot of work involved in growing truffles,” she continues (irrigation, recycled weed mats around the base of every tree, checking the PH levels of the soil and making sure it stays well drained). “Truffles don’t like wet feet and the season only lasts up to 12 weeks although you work at it all year round.”

 

This dog’s day ends in front of an open fire after a satisfying meal. He’s done his couple of hour’s work, chased away the cockatoos and ducks and stuck close to the person he loves most. Meet him on one of Jenny’s truffle tours and you’ll see he’s the real truffle finding deal.

 

Visit www.redhilltruffles.com to see how.

 

The Perfect Partnership by Andrea Kellett

“If you are serious about wellness, you must choose certified organic products.”

And with that, one of Australia’s leading researchers into the benefits of an organic lifestyle, Professor Marc Cohen, helps launch a brand new partnership at Peninsula Hot Springs.

Peninsula Hot Springs has partnered with Synthesis Organics, a certified organic skincare range, after years of careful research. Synthesis Organics is Australia’s only Energy Imbued™, certified organic, vegan, bioactive skincare. It’s a partnership that will redefine the day spa experience at this world renowned, award winning destination (Peninsula Hot Springs is also one of the Peninsula’s largest employers).

When Peninsula Hot Springs founder Charles Davidson decided it was time to partner with a new day spa skincare range, he set the bar high. Certified organic wasn’t enough. Bioactive wasn’t enough. First, the range had to be Australian made. Then, it had to align with Peninsula Hot Springs’ indigenous connections, with the healing, nurturing experience of natural thermal mineral springs bathing, and with the goal of wellness and restoration through connection to nature and self. It also had to have a positive energy. “This is about the story, aligning with our story,” Charles explained at the partnership launch. “Synthesis has connections with indigenous Australia and we have connections with indigenous people.”

It took, Charles explains, years to discover and settle on Synthesis Organics. Founder and formulator Theme Rains created Synthesis after almost two decades immersed in studying, teaching and practicing in the healing arts using natural therapies. She formulates her range with Australian native botanicals sourced ethically, directly from indigenous communities wherever possible.  Theme started her first Certified Organic lab in 2006, called ‘Tiny Geometries’, which has now expanded to larger facilities called ‘Ray of Sunshine’ on a property in Northern NSW.

The holistic range not only works on the skin but also on mental and emotional levels. “Every product is handcrafted, seasonally adjusted and made with intent,” Theme explained at the launch.

Professor Cohen described the potential at Peninsula Hot Springs for healing as “profound”. “Peninsula Hot Springs is already on top of the world with their offerings, but they keep climbing…People who come here leave with a shift in their energies.”

Peninsula Hot Springs is proud to be the first spa in Victoria to be offering Synthesis Organics certified organic spa treatments in their spa range. Book online at peninsulahotsprings.com

We’re going viral with Your Content! by Kate Sears

While you’ve been reading this magazine, your phone has probably lit up with text messages, chirped with a Twitter notification, chimed with a new Snapchat or pinged with a comment on your latest Instagram post. 

We may be a printed magazine but we are right on top of this.  As a successful 10+year-old print magazine, we’d be tweeting mad to not keep up with the times. 

Engagement with our social media posts is massive and growing, the result of keen interest in our stories and our readers’ eagerness to win competitions that offer amazing Peninsula products or experiences. Our recent competition post to win 1 of five double passes to the Peninsula Hot Springs had almost 1 million views and attracted nearly 35,000 entries! 

Jump on board.  We complement our advertisers’ print campaigns by sharing their editorials on Facebook, uploading foodie shots or fashion finds to Instagram, sharing online magazine links on Twitter and promoting competitions across all platforms.  This full-blown social media assault gets your brand across all mediums, and most importantly it’s appropriated slightly to match each platform’s specific style so it’s like a new advertisement each time it’s seen by a potential customer. 

We promise access to a huge audience of residents and visitors who support small businesses and shop here, and just as different forms of print attract different demographics, each platform has a specific audience.  So, this is your chance to reach as many customers as possible. 

And look at the stats, our organic social media following is triple that of any rival publications.

Social media has become the new ‘word of mouth’; it’s how a consumer decides who gets their hard-earned money.  Decisions on where to buy, visit or dine are influenced by Facebook profiles and customer reviews and photos, and of course advertisements with your own branding.   With 24/7 access to our stories on what’s happening in our region, and with each story uploaded separately for our clients to share as they choose, we’re all working together to support Peninsula businesses.

On average, users check their Facebook or Instagram feed 14 times a day. Contact us today on 9708 8222 to be one of those posts they see.

COMMON PEOPLE Colour me Janine by Liz Rogers

Janine Daddo’s eyes are like black beads. Smart, shiny and intense. Revealing yet guarded. This Peninsula-based world renowned artist paints colour, emotion and organics – stories to lean on, learn from and enjoy in all their eccentricity and connectivity. Her ideas come thick and fast. They hitch a ride on her brush and give the thumbs up to an expansive and eclectic breadth of work that hangs in both private collections and public spaces throughout Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and beyond. She’s had sell-out shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Chicago.

I caught up with her over coffee and conversation about life, art and all the ‘wiggly’ things in between. Firmly planted within the Peninsula’s salted earth, Ms Daddo has no intention of leaving the coastal region she has called home for more than 19 years. She can’t. She’s hooked, line and ‘sinker-ed’ to her purpose-built backyard studio set in the salty scrub of Mount Martha where she creates colour infused, textured and layered work that celebrates her well lived life.

Her father once said, “You’ll be common if you get your ears pierced Janine”. Enjoy catching a glimpse of this ‘common’ Peninsula person’s world where art and life are intrinsically linked.

What do you think your Dad meant by being ‘common’?

(Much laughter) My dad was such a gentle soul. Very kind and funny. You see he was Scottish and had a real sense of humour. The idea that one thing would ultimately lead to another! You know, if you got your ears pierced, well then, you’d get a tattoo! And then the next step would be prostitution! (More laughter). It was all said tongue in cheek. He just meant stay as you are. Be yourself.

I began a Fine Art degree when I finished school. Dad was the one who suggested I transfer to graphic art. “What are you gonnna do with a Fine Art degree?” he said. I didn’t like it at the time, but looking back he was right. He understood what I needed to do.

You paint, sculpt and make jewellery amongst other expressive forms. How much work have you created?

I’ve never let it pass my lips, but it’s a lot! To give you an idea – I’ve got a solo show based on botanicals and losing self in surroundings coming up in August in Perth which will have 38 pieces in it. There’ll be a grove of 2m to 2.4m-high powdered coated steel trees. I hand-draw onto the steel which is then hand plasma cut, joined and welded. There’ll also be paintings. 

My work has just been showed in Singapore (with Manyung Gallery) and I’m always creating outdoor installations and commissions. I’m about to launch a new project in September, which is a secret for now. I’m never not producing!

How does living on the Pen influence your work?

We lived on Frontage Way when we first moved to the Peninsula and had a boat shed on Mills Beach. Days were spent eating chicken rolls, swimming with the kids and getting together with friends. That’s also where we scattered my second son’s (Hudson) ashes. We moved to Gypsy Meadows in Stumpy Gully Road and lived on 20 acres of virgin bushland where the kids constructed tents while dressed in costumes and my daughter began horse riding. She’s now a professional dressage rider. I’m currently looking after my elderly mum as well. These experiences have made my work what it is. The pleasures of every day. Nature, love, loss.

What’s a typical day look like for Janine Daddo?

I’m up around 6.45am and like to be in the studio by 7.30/8am after being a bit domestic! I get into the studio and see if I still like what I was painting the day before. I usually work on two to three canvases at a time which I have prepared myself and are stretched by local Peninsula business Southern Buoy. I even get my paints delivered now! I paint until lunch time with my two dogs nearby. Check in with the (adult) kids - son Jak and daughter Arkie and work again until dinner time. More drawing and jotting down ideas after dinner.

So, you do have some time off! What do you do when you are at home on the Pen?

I visit some of the local wineries. Montalto is a favourite. I love the Mornington Main Street Wednesday market too. Sometimes I go to Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm or drop by Tully’s Corner Produce Store. There’s so much great local produce and it’s all so close. I love living local.

Follow this local artist on Facebook @JanineDaddoArt and Instagram @janinedaddo or log onto http://www.manyunggallery.com.au/Artist-Detail.cfm?ArtistsID=829 to view her work.

We should all be so ‘common’.

 

Fostering the curiosity of our youngest students

At Woodleigh, from the very early years, we believe that every child comes to school with a deep understanding about the world in which they live. They are intelligent, strong, ambitious and full of potential. They have abundant curiosity and resilience.

Our learning experiences are carefully designed to engage students in learning that is purposeful, relevant and promotes the development of the whole child.

Even as three year olds, all children can be active citizens who contribute to their local communities.

At Minimbah, our outdoor learning programs foster sensitivity for the environment and help our children see themselves in a wider, more global context, which in turn raises awareness for protecting our environment and the need for sustainable use of the world’s natural resources.

Our students have abundant opportunities for personal and social development, often in challenging situations. The children learn to trust, care, be tolerant and accept support. Children also learn better interpersonal behaviours when they work together or side-by-side one another, especially in team situations.

Minimbah’s Early Learning Centre is staffed by expert and experienced professionals whose work with children is influenced by the work of educators from Reggio Emilia and the Scandinavian Forest Schools. The ECC program is based on socio-cultural theory, inquiry and play-based learning. By investing in a philosophy that fosters deep engagement, growth, joy and passion – and by letting children be children – we are able to develop individual learning programs that inspire and engage every child.

And it all begins in our Friday three-year-old program. This full-day program is creative. It is progressive. It is a broad palette of experiential and enquiry-based programs that combine to create a fun and engaging environment, sowing the seeds for a lifetime love of learning.

For more information on Woodleigh School’s Early Childhood programs, contact our Enrolments team on 5971 6100 or email [email protected]

Rod Davies
Deputy Principal – Head of Minimbah Campus

Inspiring students. Engaging parents. Empowering teachers.

Join Hugh van Cuylenberg, the founder of “The Resilience Project”, to discover how to build resilience and how to develop positive mental health strategies to support young people.

Why? Because 1 in 4 adolescents have a mental illness, 1 in 7 primary school children have a mental illness, 1 in 5 adults have a mental illness and 65 per cent of adolescents do not seek help for mental illness

Being ‘resilient’, what does it mean? Resilience is "bouncing back" from difficult experiences; resilient people do not let adversity define them. We often ask ourselves, “How can I help my child build resilience?”

Hugh has been working in education for more than 13 years and has developed “The Resilience Project” to support young Australians to be mentally healthy. "I went into teaching, and I thought that by being a good, positive role model I'd be able to help kids to avoid mental illness," he says. “However, I soon realised that it was not that simple so I went back to university to specialise in mental health education.” Hugh formed The Resilience Project, visiting schools to speak about the things students could do for their mental health. “Teachers and parents wanted to know more, so from there it just grew,” he says.

The highlight of his teaching career was a year spent in India volunteering and living at an underprivileged school in the Himalayas. It was here that he discovered resilience in its purest form. Hugh met a student who was extraordinarily happy despite his lack of possessions or privilege. On watching the boy, he noticed his gratitude for everything from his drinking water to his too-small shoes. It was a turning point. "It was only looking back on it that I realised what I'd experienced, and I reflected on it," he says.

While the psychological theories are complex, Hugh has broken it down to a simple equation: resilience and happiness are based on the three pillars - gratitude, empathy and mindfulness. Advising children and adults to practise these pillars, through activities such as a daily gratitude journal, which after 21 days, can rewire the brain to search for the positive aspects of life, has been life changing.

People who master resilience can cope better when faced with challenges. They have the skills to handle emotional emergences and are adept at accepting what comes at them with flexibility rather than rigidity. They face these times knowing that, ‘times are tough but I know they will get better’. Even if they feel like they are broken for a time, there is still a part of them deep inside that knows they won’t be broken forever. Resilience is something that we all need and Hugh offers real insight into how we can achieve this.

As well as presenting to groups, Hugh works on programs for schools and has created curriculum for every year level from Prep to Year 12, in conjunction with teachers and consultants, which is linked to the national curriculum. Toorak College is passionate about student wellbeing and implements these resources to give students the tools to build resilience and develop mental health.

As part of Toorak College’s 2017 Parent Information Series, Hugh van Cuylenburg will present “The Resilience Project” at Toorak College on Wednesday, August 2, 7pm. Everyone is welcome to attend. Call 9788 7200 for more information.

 

The Manor Medical by Andrea Kellett

There’s a new cosmetic medicine clinic on the Mornington Peninsula and if you haven’t yet heard of The Manor Medical, you soon will.

This is a high-end, professional cosmetic medicine clinic, founded by Dr Sally Shaw from The Wellness Manor – Mornington’s award winning wellbeing and day spa retreat. 

The Manor Medical opened in early May, offering a comprehensive range of cosmetic medicine treatments overseen by Dr Shaw. It has two treatment rooms; it has the signature luxury look and feel of The Wellness Manor; and it’s also located beachside Mornington, at 94 Tanti Avenue.

Mornington Peninsula Magazine attended the official launch and met with aesthetic nurse Prue Fox, RN, to find out a little more about the treatments offered. It is very much aligned with Dr Shaw’s highly regarded The Wellness Manor. Skin wellness services are offered with the same attention to detail, luxury and care that The Wellness Manor has provided.

“Everything we do here is medical grade,” Prue explains. All treatment machines are medical grade, the clinic stocks the Obagi physician-dispensed skincare range and all treatments are performed by a degree qualified team.

Clients start their cosmetic medicine journey at The Manor Medical with a detailed general practitioner consultation. Treatments include anti-wrinkle injectables, dermal fillers, ultrasound facelifts, thread facelifts, laser, radio frequency needling, PRP, LED light therapy and medical grade skincare.

If you are looking for a lift without downtime, try Ultherapy at The Manor Medical – Ultherapy is the only FDA-cleared non-invasive treatment for lifting the skin on the neck, chin, brow and décolletage. It uses ultrasound waves to stimulate the body’s natural collagen production deep within the skin, and there is no downtime.

Find the treatment that’s right for you at The Manor Medical. More at themanormedical.com

The Tempo Group - luxury beyond the ordinary

In this issue of Mornington Peninsula Magazine we introduce The Tempo Group – builders of one-of-a-kind custom homes, based on the Mornington Peninsula.

The Tempo Group was founded by Peninsula local and father-of-three Ben Comelli 10 years ago with a mission to create high-end homes for clients looking for something beyond the ordinary.

The Tempo Team build beautiful, sophisticated, livable homes through the seamless integration of design, project management and construction. The Tempo process is straightforward, flexible when clients need it to be and above all, transparent. Their fully integrated service incorporates careful planning, detailed client communication and solid advice, which is reflected in the quality of their work and final product.

The Group’s growth has been entirely organic, with a focus on procuring and developing their sites and projects. The Tempo Group is a fully licensed domestic and commercial building company with a client-focused team that takes a hands-on approach from initial design, right through to construction and delivery of a premium property. Today, The Group delivers more than 120 projects a year and employs 48 people. And, they focus on using local suppliers and contractors. You can see their projects across the Peninsula, from Mornington to Mount Martha, Mount Eliza, Balnarring and Sorrento and also in St Kilda, Clifton Hill and Geelong.

The Group has completed a superb three-level HQ and Innovation Centre in Mornington with multiple breakout areas, boardroom feature green wall, staff gym, Pilates and yoga studio, boardroom, team bar and more! They are also committed to “giving back” and in 2016, 11 members constructed and gifted houses to families in remote Cambodia. This September they plan to launch their largest house-gifting campaign yet. The goal? To raise enough funds to build and deliver more than 50 homes, including a school in flood affected areas of Cambodia.

Ben has a mantra “we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give”.

Check out the August issue of Mornington Peninsula Magazine for more on Ben, including how he founded The Tempo Group at 25 years old.

THE TEMPO GROUP

W: thetempogroup.com.au

E: [email protected]

P: 0439 368 181

Golf club aces reception award

If you’re on course to tie the knot but are still a fair way from settling on a venue for your reception, look no further than the Mercure Portsea Golf Club.

The club recently took out the title of Best Club Reception in Victoria at the 2017 Australian Bridal Industry awards.  Not only that, it was also a finalist in the Function Coordinator category.

As a fairly new venue, the club was honoured to pick up the award, thanking all the brides and grooms who voted for it.  “We couldn’t have done it without such an amazing team that ensures our weddings run smoothly and provides a wonderful service,” a club spokesman said.

The Mercure Portsea Golf Club’s modern clubhouse has 24 boutique-style accommodation rooms, while the breathtaking main reception room has facilities to cater for up to 200 guests.  The club can also host ceremonies on the beautiful lawn area or on the balcony overlooking Port Phillip Bay.

So contact the events team on 5981 6141 or visit [email protected] for more information on what the club can offer for your wedding at this beautiful venue.

 

MERCURE PORTSEA GOLF CLUB
A: 46 London Bridge Rd Portsea
T: 5981 6100
W: mercureportsea.com.au

Book your Big Island adventure

 

If your thoughts race immediately to hula girls, pineapple drinks and surf beaches when someone mentions Hawaii, you’re not alone.

But there’s a lot more to this scattering of islands than first meets the eye.

Many tourists never leave the stunning main island of Oahu, but we ventured off the beaten track to see what Maui and the Big Island had to offer.

Maui, with its sun, surf and sea, is like something straight out of the movie South Pacific.

How could the Big Island ever beat that?

But as we flew in to Kona our breath was taken away by the sight of the earth below, where hundreds of years ago lava had flowed from Mt Kilauea into the turquoise sea.

The meeting of the brilliant blue waters with white foam-capped waves hitting the blackened, dusty cliffs was the ‘one picture’ moment to whet our appetite for adventures to come.

A volcano is best seen from above, and so we decided on a helicopter tour to do it justice.

Anticipation grew as we flew for about 30 minutes over picturesque Hawaiian scenes.

Then the great moment was upon us - we were flying over the lava, directly above Mt Kilauea. 

Below us, swirling shades of black and grey spread out in all directions, peppered by patches of the bright orange lava bubbling just beneath the surface. 

We were staring at something primitive and ancient, running deep into the core of the earth.

Two hours flew by – literally - and we landed, still feeling the effects of our adrenaline-fueled voyage.

Is a helicopter the perfect way to see the big island of Hawaii?

That’s undoubtedly a bubbling and bright yes from us!

-By the team at Peninsula Travel

PENINSULA TRAVEL
W: peninsulatravel.com.au
A: 9 Bay Road, Mt Martha
T: 5974 3911
A: 87 Arthurs Seat Road, Red Hill
T: 5989 2393  

Opposite attracts 4WD lovers

Opposite Lock is an Australia-wide chain of 4WD specialist accessory stores – and now there’s one in Mornington.

Opposite Lock is locally owned and operated by genuine 4WD enthusiasts and stocks a comprehensive range of accessories and equipment to suit all popular 4x4s, combining bulk buying power with nationwide warranty and support.

Whatever you drive and wherever you want to go, Opposite Lock has everything you need to improve your vehicle's appearance, performance and practicality.

Opposite Lock staff love four-wheel-driving and make a point of getting out there absolutely every chance they get. That's why you can trust them to steer you in the right direction: they know what works and what doesn't, they know what accessories you'll need for the type of terrain you intend to tackle, and they know the best places to visit, locally and nationally.

They believe in offering their customers the widest possible range of products and helping them make the best possible choice.  Everything they sell has been thoroughly tested and proven, often under extreme conditions, and they back virtually everything they sell with a 'no hassle' nationwide warranty.

So before you head off-road, make tracks for Opposite Lock Mornington where Tony, Jo, Shaun and Paul will eagerly help you with your 4x4 needs.

 

OPPOSITE LOCK MORNINGTON
A: 841 Nepean Highway, Mornington
T: 5976 7308
W: oppositelock.com.au

Dromana Estate pours something special!

Dromana Estate pours something special!

The Winter Wine Weekend is upon us again on Saturday, June 10, and Sunday, June 11. So join Jo and Paul, from Dromana Estate, at the Red Hill Reserve and Showgrounds, Arthurs Seat, from 11am to 4pm daily. 

The Dromana Estate team are excited to be pouring their 2016 Dromana Estate and their 2016 Mornington Estate Pinot Noirs for the first time to the public. Their winemaker Peter Bauer is absolutely wrapped with the quality of these two little gems and both are sure to please the Pinot loving palettes of all that partake. Of course, Dromana Estate will be offering their Chardonnays too and a little surprise....their classic cool climate Shiraz! Who says the Mornington Peninsula isn't able to produce great Shiraz? Wait till you taste the soft white pepper corns!

Existing Cellar Door Club members will receive a 15 per cent discount on all wines purchased and if you join the Club at the show you will be in the running to win a carton of Dromana Estate’s 2016 Mornington Estate Pinot Noir.

Dromana Estate’s Cellar Door will be open for tastings of their complete range of wines from 11am to 5pm and the Cafe's fires will be blazing with the kitchen open for platters and pizzas from noon to 4pm. Why not try their Estate grown Pinot poached Pear with Creme Anglaise and Walnut crumb...YUM!! Book now. 

 

DROMANA ESTATE

A: 555 Old Moorooduc Rd, Tuerong

W: dromanaestate.com.au

T: 5974 4400

 

Food and Wine Magic at Paringa

When you enter the gates at Paringa, you will experience a magical world of food and wine. The vineyard is now over 30 years old, and their wines are looking better than ever. Taste their delicious pinot noirs, chardonnays and shiraz at the cellar door, or over a meal in their chef-hatted restaurant. Paringa chef Julian Hills has a unique style, centered on seasonal and local produce, and he forages wild foods around the Peninsula. During the cooler months, dishes to delight include mushroom chestnut Rotolo, Sher wagyu, spanner crab with sautéed grains and roast quince wattle seed ice-cream with smoky apple mousse. For all truffle lovers, book early for their dinner in July. 

 

PARINGA ESTATE

A: 44 Paringa Rd, Red Hill South 

T: 5989 2669

W: paringaestate.com.au

E: [email protected]