Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Double Happiness

Mr Rosanna and I celebrated our 8 year wedding anniversary yesterday.  Ever the romantic, he had booked lunch at the Tarrawarra Estate restaurant in Healesville where we sat near the fire taking in the magnificent views.  Our meals were superb (we went two courses each and spent about $150) and the sun even came out for us when we went outside to say hello to the three crazy girls we'd seen doing cartwheels on the lawn from inside.
I've got to say, it's one of the places I've been dying to visit in the Yarra Valley and it was well worth the trip as it is spectacular - on a hill surrounded by a sea of trees as you wind your way up the drive.  The accompanying TarraWarra Museum of Art was even more mind blowing - it was fantastic to see the work of some of Australia's best modern artists displayed in such an amazing gallery environment (it's big!).  The museum will once again be hosting the 2012 Archibald Prize - one of Australia's oldest and most prestigious art awards in June.
After lunch, we headed into Healesville proper where we parked at the Giant Steps/Innocent Bystander winery (where I've never seen so many good looking staff working in the same place!) before going for a walk down the main street and grabbing a drink at the very atmospheric Healesville Hotel (where we've celebrated a previous anniversary) before hitting the road back home.
Was a crazy day in that I also made it to the opening of the No. 1 Banyule Contemporary Art Fair last night where the highlight was meeting many of the artists - Lene Kuhl Jakobsen, Caz Guiney, Georgia Thorpe, Wayne Viney and the gorgeous Rona Green (thanks for the badges Rona!).


  1. That looks like a fantastic place. I am going to have to go, your images also make it look like it would be worthwhile going and taking photos there.

    1. Hi Leanne - it was amazing (we've heard Mt Rael is also worth visiting). You might want to wait until the leaves are back on the trees from a visual point of view. We loved it and even spotted two lots of kangaroos on the way home :)

  2. It's such a beautiful part of Victoria isn't it! Happy Anniversary!!

  3. Thanks Emma! Yes...a place in the hills would be lovely. Mr R and I would love to renovate the Grand Hotel on the main drag in another life :)