Posts tagged ‘bendigo’

June 26, 2015

26 June 2015 Melbourne to Bendigo

Off on the Vline train to Bendigo this morning. Grabbed my bike and took Metro to Southern Cross station. The Bendigo train leaves from platform 16B. After I traipsed up the lift to the lower number platforms I had to catch the lift again to the suburban end! After a fairly uneventful 2 hours of reading I arrived in Bendigo about midday. I had forgotten that View St is on a steep slope. Riding up to my accommodation (Barclay on View) for the next 3 days tested my stamina.

Off to Aunt Daisy’s Tea Rooms just down View St for a very tasty vege focaccia for lunch. Very quaint decor with old tea sets and candelabra around the place.

Back on the bike and off to the Prince of Wales Showground in Nth Bendigo for CraftAlive. A massive craft show and artisan arts show. Plenty of scrapbooking, patch working and all sorts of stalls, even a sweet stall from Altona! I talked to Duncan bespoke bootmaker on the painstaking task of crafting custom made shoes, a printmaker at Hipcat Printery from Footscray (!) and Doug Moseley Blacksmith about his wares. There was also Wayne from Sew What in Maryborough who told me my mum’s Singer sewing machine was probably from the 100th anniversary and should have a blue seal on it somewhere! Will check it out when I get home. Pat, I’m sure you’ll be interested to know I talked to Heather from Heather’s Quilting Emporium in Moama! Yes, the one we walked for hours to find in vain. I have a list of their quilting retreats now. Just for something different I created a bookmark by jabbing a needle into strands of wool and silk through felt. Not sure of the technical terms. I thought I was going to dye fabric but went to the wrong workshop.

To kill time before dinner I set off down View St to the Alexandra Fountain to follow Walk 1 CBD urban walk from the Bendigo Walks brochure. Turn left into Pall Mall, past the Soldiers Memorial Museum, Queen Victoria statue, Bendigo information centre, former Law Courts, and Shamrock Hotel on the opposite side. The white conservatory stands out among the bright green grassed area with old style iron fencing surround. Keep walking along Pall Mall to the Chinese Gateway and turn left towards the Chinese temple, gardens and the Golden Dragon Museum. Across Bridge St to Rosalind Park, past the fernery, Bendigo Senior Secondary College and the massive heritage building of Camp Hill Primary School. The poppet head shines like a beacon with the setting sun behind it. I have climbed to the top before but never noticed the mosaics around  the bottom of it.

Whew! Back to my hotel for a short rest before dinner at Borchelli’s, a slightly longer walk down View St, for vege risotto with big variety of vegetables, and lemon and chilli tart with REAL cream. The end of a perfect day.

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April 7, 2015

150406 Wharparilla Flora Reserve-Campaspe River

Finally relented and had a cooked breakfast. It was very good. Kissed Peter goodbye and went off to find the Wharparilla Flora Reserve. What a wild goose chase that was. Along warren Rd from the Port and then onto the Murray Hwy. No bike lane or track. The reserve was a dustbowl.

Along Wharparilla Rd was an eyeopener. Many very expensive houses along there. I had to dodge a sprinkler to get through a dead end to continue. Took a track at Burnanga Bend Murray River Parkland that led to the Murray River and realised I was across the river to Michelle’s place near Rich River Golf Club! Too bad there are no bridges handy. Having no idea where I was I backtracked back to Warren Rd and then did a ride along the Campaspe River to Ogilvie Ave. I criss-crossed up suburban streets on the opposite side and then back into the Port on Pakenham St.

Locked up my bike at the Steampacket Inn and wandered into the Echuca Museum, which is in the old police station building. It is quite extensive but not very inspiring. The only thing that took my interest was a case of type for printing.

Met Michelle for lunch at the Echuca Hotel. It has been completely done up since we were there for Pat’s run. Killed a couple of hours chatting then I picked up my bike and got the train to Melbourne at 4.08pm. Wasn’t busy from Echuca but at Bendigo it was standing room only. My bike got boxed in and I went all the way to Southern Cross. Couldn’t have got out at Footscray. Just made a Werribee train so didn’t have to wait.