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by Melanie Lynn (subscribe)
Going wherever the wind blows me and enjoying the ride.
Published May 21st 2012
Bacchus Marsh Avenue of Honour
Welcome to the Avenue of Honour

The year is 1918. The place: Bacchus Marsh Victoria. Over 1000 people have flocked to the main road that cuts through the heart of the town. Shovels poised and ready, the citizens wait on the bugle, the sound of which will initiate the planting of the 281 Dutch elms to commemorate those who served in the Great War. Within half an hour, all the saplings are planted, and are swaying in the gentle breeze along the approximately 3.3km stretch of road.

Bacchus Marsh Avenue of Honour
On the Avenue

For those of you who don't know, 'Avenue of Honour' is the term given to describe a memorial avenue that is lined with trees. Each tree planted is symbolic of a single individual.

Bacchus Marsh Avenue of Honour
Memorial Plaque

Today, these little elms have grown into a majestic archway that reaches into the sky where in some places the branches meet. It spans from the freeway exit, to the town centre of Bacchus Marsh. In 2018, the Avenue will celebrate it's centenary, and although almost a hundred years have passed, it still stands proudly, honouring the soldiers who died during the Great War. Every tree bears a metallic plaque with a single name boldly emblazoned upon it.

Bacchus Marsh Avenue of Honour
Spurr & Son Fruit Shed

If the towering branches of the Avenue of Honour itself aren't enough to make you hop in the car and come for a gander, perhaps the assortment of fresh produce stalls that line the Avenue may sweeten the deal.

Bacchus Marsh Avenue of Honour
Water Wheel on the Avenue

There are several farm-fresh stalls and fruit sheds that operate along the avenue which provide a collection of fresh from the garden and seasonal produce.

Bacchus Marsh Avenue of Honour
Vintage Farm Tractor

One of the more prominent shops on the Avenue is The Fruits of Life. A fresh produce/farm direct retail outlet, you will find enough fresh fruit and vegetables here to stock your fridge for all of winter. They also have a delightful assortment of gourmet smallgoods available for purchase, with gluten free treats in store as well.

Bacchus Marsh Avenue of Honour
The Fruits of Life

The Fruits of Life is also the home of Oxygen Café. Here, you can tuck into a number of light lunch or snack options. They also have a variety of smoothies and juices available if you are feeling like something to quench your thirst, or, you could just sip on a hot chocolate or coffee while you delve into some deliciously decadent deserts and admire the historical canopy of the Avenue of Honour.

Bacchus Marsh Avenue of Honour

Another major shop on the Avenue is Jonesy's. Here, along with an abundance of fresh fruit and veg, you will find homemade jam, relish, and other conserves.

You will also find 'pumpkin world'. With hundreds of pumpkins to choose from and at least several different varieties, you can choose your own pumpkin adventure.

Bacchus Marsh Avenue of Honour
Jonesy's Pumpkin World

A little further down the road, you'll find The Big Apple Tourist Orchard. Australia is renowned for having 'big' things. The Big Banana, The Big Pineapple etc. At the Big Apple Tourist Orchard, you can venture a guess that you will find a decent sized model apple somewhere nearby. Although it isn't really the massive proportions of some of it's Australian counterparts, it still presents quite an interesting spectacle as a giant, red sphere in the middle of a field.

Bacchus Marsh Avenue of Honour
The Big Apple Tourist Orchard

If farm fresh stalls are just not enough, you can pop into Naturipe fruits during certain times throughout the year and pick your own strawberries, cherries, apples, peaches and nectarines from the farm. However, if you aren't feeling particularly industrious, you can buy pre-picked fresh fruits from the on site warehouse.

Bacchus Marsh Avenue of Honour
Naturipe Fruits

Various other places of purchase can be found lining the Avenue. The best way to see everything the Avenue of Honour has to offer is to take a day trip and gambol through all the produce sheds and stalls to your hearts content. If you need a warm place to retreat after your day, you can always head into the Bacchus Marsh town centre to Baby Black Café and cosy down near the open fire with a hot coffee and a good book.

Bacchus Marsh Avenue of Honour
Fare-Thee Well Avenue of Honour
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Why? Natural & Historical Beauty, Plus Fruit Stalls to Peruse
When: Any time you feel like it! Fruit Stalls only open business hours.
Where: Main Street, Bacchus Marsh VIC 3340
Cost: Nothing for Avenue of Honour. But you may want some cash on you for the shops.
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