It’s time for a break…

by | Jun 21, 2017 | Eat and Drink, Events, Experiences

School holidays spent in North East Victoria were a highlight of my childhood and I’d often count down the days until I could return. Life in Melbourne couldn’t beat the rush of being up here, surrounded by my cousins and getting out into that fresh, bracing country air.

Now a permanent resident and with three children of my own, I’ve been tracking down mid-year school holiday activities throughout the region, pinning down a few highlights to share…

Chiltern-based artist Kirrily Anderson is running two half-day workshops at Paper Trail Studio, with various drawing activities focusing on exercising those creative muscles and encouraging thinking outside the box.

Small groups with a maximum of eight participants will ensure plenty of time with facilitator and artist Kirrily, who moved to the area from Melbourne early this year.

Kirrily has exhibited and curated both in Australia and overseas. In 2015 she was shortlisted for the Marie Ellis OAM prize for drawing and awarded the Abbotsford Convent’s Spiritous Award – her workshops will be great inspiration for our budding young regional artists.

Kirrily’s workshops will be held at her Paper Trail Studio, 7 Conness Street Chiltern and cost $25 per person:

Ages 6-11: Tuesday 11 July from 9.30am – 12.30pm (BOOKED OUT)

Ages 12 – 16: Wednesday 12 July from 9.30am – 12.30pm

Please email to book, enquire or sign up to the mailing list for future workshops.


I scream, you scream

Cold weather never stopped anyone from eating a frozen treat, so why not try something local?

Wangaratta restaurateur Christina Pizzini says that as a family they’ve always enjoyed going out for icecream and gelato on holidays.

“When we moved Rinaldo’s Casa Cucina to the riverside it just made sense that we start making our own, as gelato and boardwalks go hand in hand,” Christina says. “We decided to churn our own in-house as that’s the best possible way to serve gelato. We can also experiment with different flavours and use seasonal local fruit in the sorbets.”

Their gelato has been such a hit, that all age groups come in to Rinaldo’s, from the elderly to children. “Adam never gets sick of seeing their faces light up when they taste it for the first time,” Christina says.

Rinaldo’s Casa Cucina is situated in a delightful art deco building in the dining hub of Wangaratta’s Riverside Precinct.  Their freshly churned gelato comes in 13 flavours choc hazelnut, banoffee, mint choc chip, pistachio and lemon sorbet to name a few.  Available in cones, cups or take home containers, eat in or take away,  and enjoy a school holiday stroll along the Ovens Riverside promenade.

Rinaldo’s Casa Cucina opens Tuesday to Saturday from 11.30am until late.
56-58 Faithfull Street, Wangaratta
Ph (03) 57218800

Your country getaway awaits

The unique and recently updated Bridge Creek Homestead boasts a very comfortable two bedroom house, self-contained cottage and a lovely big country barn for entertaining, all only a 5 minute drive from the town of Mansfield.

You can just relax and make use of the delightful chef’s kitchen and the wood fire oven, sitting around a warm open fire.

Otherwise, you’re just a short drive from the snowfields, lakes, wineries, cafes and restaurants, hiking or biking trails or galleries – everything the high country has on offer.

School holiday packages for the seven acre Bridge Creek Homestead are available via this link.