Peninsula Visitors Guide, Summer 2014, Page 110 (transcription)

ROLLING DOWN THE GOLDEN ROAD The new MorningtonPeninsula Freeway offers a feast of opportunities forpeople looking to escape thebig city crush.
Visitor s Wine Food Writer, Arthur O Bryan steps out withhis family looking to unearththe best of the best.
It s a smoothly-laid pathway to freedom connecting three major freeways and transforming the waypeople travel to and around the MorningtonPeninsula.
Twenty-seven kilometres long, since mid-January, Peninsula Link has quickly become the preferred artery for day tourists looking to escapeand soothe the soul.
Our family s golden Labrador, Ester Williams sparks up whenever the car enters the distinctive giant sculptural zone that defines thisroad.
It s as if she senses the start of a rollicking weekend adventure.
Well, with a myriad of delights and new things to explore, this family adventure onthe Peninsula should keep all six of us entertained.
A GARDEN OF DELIGHTS Slip off the freeway at Langwarrin and visit the most captivating outdoor space in the region.
Dame Elisabeth Murdoch AO helped create the McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park for all people s enjoyment.
Free entry to this 16hasprawling park with bushland and water featuressees, amidst the landscaped and natural bushsetting, Australia s largest permanent sculpture display.
Amongst the works are some of the biggestinternational names in sculpture alongside emerging artists.
The caf here is very laid back, affordable and good quality with a cracking list of local dropsand there are loads of interesting activities to keepthe kids entertained.
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Summer 2013-2014 Further down the freeway, Heronswood in nearbyDromana is home to the famous Diggers Club andan extensive nursery set around a historic 1860shomestead.
The feature here is a vast array ofheirloom seeds and a seasonal seedling display toinspire the green thumbs.
At Heronswood s Fork to Fork restaurant they strive to work in harmonywith nature and, wherever possible, use fruit andvegetables that are in season, regional and organic.
The kitchen is supplied with fresh produce, everyday and the menu includes stylish Spanish tapas witha distinct local feel and elegant d cor.
The Boneo Maze Mini Golf with its new and exciting AdventureZone is an outstandingentertainment and eco-tourism complexdesigned to give all whovisit an environmental experience and loads ofgreat memories to take away.
The garden is theshowpiece of the complex and is completely fenced road side stalls selling a huge variety to enable families to enjoy family picnics and enjoy awide variety of lawn games.
The mini golf, mazes and gardens include aboardwalk that allows a visit to the wetlands in full flood.
This provides a wonderful site asendangered species are often spotted along theboardwalk.
Echidnas, wallaby s and tortoises also live in the swamp.
Further away on Western Port Bay, in the sleepy hamlet of Shoreham, Ashcome Maze Lavender Gardens offer a tranquil sanctuary to enjoy a quite cuppa while the children run about finding their waythrough the labyrinth.
This is the original and stillthe best hedge maze in the area and for a joyousfamily adventure with a platter of jam, scones andtea it is still the best experience around.
FOOD and PRODUCE to Discovery For the family traveller, the Peninsula s coastline resembles a crab claw thrusting into Bass Strait.
With this in mind, you might as well grab a large crustacean on the way down to go with a cold bottleof local chardonnay.
The region has always been a provider, since the undulating land between the bays was carpeted with fruit trees and locals loaded cratesof juicy apples on to trains bound for the big marketsin Melbourne.
Today most of the fruit trees are gone with the orchards replaced by vines but a growinggroup of creative folk have moved in to the area toproduce an array of gourmet goodies and continue the region s tradition as a food bowl.
The Get Fresh at Farm Gate Trail is more of a follow-your-nose ramble of discovery that offers country goodness while providing an opportunity for visitors to see farmsin operation and speak firsthand withproducers.
With over 100 different farms and businesses represented over the course ofthe year - depending on when their produceis in season -the Farm Gate Trail offers Boneo Maze including eggs, flowers, lemons, tomatoes and loads of other fruit and vegetables.
Inside properties small cottage industries producehandmade gourmet items including pastries, pizzas, gourmet pies and an assortment of conserves andjams.
Most popular of all are the pick-your-own cherry and strawberry at Sunny Ridge StrawberryFarm located on Boneo Road, Rosebud.
There are sweets at Mornington Peninsula Chocolates in Flinders and Sorrento.
They are not traditional Farm Gate producers but specialists in small batches ofexquisite, hand-made chocolates.
They are simplyone of the finest chocolate emporiums in Australia and a must visit for any foody on the Peninsula.
Another growing primary industry in the region isolives and today silver coloured olive groves canbe found growing alongside vineyards and in smallfarms producing the highest quality Extra Virgin Sunny RidgeStrawberry Farm 110.indd 2 18 12 13 2 02 PM

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