The Grampians – MacKenzie Falls
With the arrival of spring, the falls are currently at their fullest. Check Parks Victoria for latest conditions.
With the icy shackles of winter very nearly behind us, it’s a perfect time to reacquaint ourselves with the outdoors. For a gentle reawakening for those hiking muscles, take to the tracks around MacKenzie Falls at the Grampians National Park.
Gariwerd (the traditional Aboriginal name for the Grampian Ranges) is a place central to the dreaming of the Djab Wurrung and Jardwadjali peoples, and is renowned for its short and long mountainous treks. But all paths leading to the majestic MacKenzie Falls are relatively easy in comparison.
From the MacKenzie Falls car park you can take a 20-minute paved path route to Bluff Lookout. The lookout provides sweeping views of the falls and MacKenzie River from high above the gorge. Alternatively, you can make the more challenging descent to the base of the falls as part of a two-kilometre circuit. Here the gushing river cascades over the 40-metre-tall cliffs and into the deep pool below all year round.
There’s also a longer (9.7-kilometre) circuit walk starting from Zumsteins Car Park with views of the 30-metre Fish Falls before you reach MacKenzie Falls. The latter half of the circuit walk often takes in new spring wildflowers.
Daylesford and Macedon Ranges – Cameron Robbins: Remote Drawings
September 9 – October 8
Melbourne artist Cameron Robbins delivers a new exhibition at Stockroom in Kyneton this month, his first show since his highly successful Field Lines at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Tasmania.
Field Lines was a major exhibition spanning nine galleries at MONA, and saw Robbins become the first Australian artist invited to present a large-scale solo exhibition. Regular visitors to Stockroom will know of Robbins’s permanent work on-site, Atmospheric Test Rig – a contraption that creates a mini column of swirling mist.
This month Robbins returns to Kyneton with new works, with Remote Drawings inhabiting three gallery spaces at Stockroom. The exhibition continues the artist’s exploration of capturing patterns from nature’s forces, featuring a large-scale machine creating a wall drawing in real time, alongside a survey of sculptures, instruments and outcomes (represented through video, photography and field drawings) from recent site-based projects.
The exhibition runs until October 8.
Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges – Tesselaar Tulip Festival
September 14 – October 15
Cees and Johanna Tesselaar migrated from The Netherlands with tulip bulbs in their suitcase and began their family business, The Tulip Farm, in 1939. The Tesselaar family has been celebrating tulip season with an annual festival since 1954. This year marks the 64th event.
Set near the town of Silvan in the Dandenong Ranges, the Tesselaar Tulip Festival will run from September 14 to October 15. Visitors can spend a day exploring the colourful array of tulips; 130 varieties have been planted across five acres of farmland. There’s a section dedicated to picking your own, and each week the festival takes on a new theme (such as Dutch and Turkish) and a Food, Wine and Jazz weekend.
The Turkish theme celebrates the tulip’s native roots in Turkey, and September 15 to 17 will give patrons the opportunity to celebrate and learn about Turkish hospitality, culture and heritage through art, dance, music and food. The Tesselaar family’s Dutch heritage is then celebrated during September 22 to 24, with food stalls (think stroopwafels), wood carving, Dutch folk dancing and traditional music. Then September 29 to October 1 is Food, Jazz and Wine, which is about celebrating the farm’s surrounding region and its many beer and wine purveyors.
Central Gippsland – René Magritte: The Revealing Image
August 19 – November 19
You’d know his work from such iconic images as The Son of Man (1964), in which a man wearing a suit and bowler hat has his face obscured by a green apple. But one of the world’s most important 20th-century artists, René Magritte, also made photos and films, which weren’t discovered until the mid-1970s, 10 years after his death in 1967.
The first-ever full exhibition of René Magritte’s photography is now showing in Morwell in Central Gippsland. And incredibly, Latrobe Regional Gallery is also the only exhibiting venue across Australia and New Zealand before it sets off around the world.
René Magritte: The Revealing Image uncovers exclusive photographs and videos from the surrealist painter’s private life. The exhibition features 132 original, intimate photographs and eight films by the Belgian artist, filling four gallery spaces at Latrobe Regional Gallery. The exhibition will run until November 19.
Mornington Peninsula – Bass & Flinders Cerise Gin Launch
From September 12 until stock runs out
Set among the undulating landscape of the Mornington Peninsula’s Red Hill, Bass & Flinders Distillery has been producing grape-based spirits since 2010. Run by Wayne Klintworth and his daughter Holly, the distillery opened a cellar door in 2015, acting as both a bar and tasting room for the brand’s many liquid creations.
The distillery is about to add a fifth and unusual gin to its line-up. The new Cerise Gin uses locally grown cherries, raspberries and hibiscus rosella mixed with traditional juniper and coriander to create a fresh and light springtime spirit. The vibrant pink hue of the gin is drawn from the natural colours of its ingredients, and the flavour is more sweet and floral, taking on Turkish delight-ish quality, than the brand’s other earthy and herbaceous variations.
The gin is carefully vapour-infused in small batches to maintain quality, and can be enjoyed neat, on ice or with tonic water. The gin will be launched online on Tuesday September 12, and visitors can taste it at the cellar door from Friday to Sunday each week until sold out.
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