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Mesa Verde

Restaurant

This bar inside Curtin House is focused on agave-based spirits first and foremost. But the food's no afterthought – braised ox tongue tacos, ceviche tostadas and Mexican doughnuts with wattleseed dulce de leche all go dangerously well with a margarita or the spicy riff on a pina colada.

búl

Shop

Classical tailored pieces from city to sea by local designer Virginia Martin.

Grant’s Picnic Ground

Nature

One of the most popular outdoor picnic areas in the Dandenong Ranges, Grant’s Picnic Ground is a peaceful pocket of cool, temperate rainforest on the edge of the lush Sherbrooke Forest. Surrounded by the region’s native mountain ash trees, it’s bird-life and native animals galore: lyrebirds, cockatoos, crimson rosellas and rainbow lorikeets often flit through the tall trees. Multiple walking tracks start at Grant’s Picnic Ground and wind through the surrounding area (depending which trail you choose, you can walk from 20 minutes to two hours). If you don’t want to carry your own picnic, there’s a small cafe (Grants on Sherbrooke) in the area where you can grab simple meals like wraps and sandwiches, as well as alcohol, coffee and scones.