You will find great value at this peaceful and relaxing desination. Five Ways Galleries Kalorama has just reopened, and the same goes for Destiny Point Cafe. The gallery is run by Allan Willingham and Heather Hartley, and the brightly renovated, original interior is adorned with fine work by various local artists including Kate Reed, Julian Di Stefano, Heather Bradbury, Nick Harder, Maggie Paula Hartley, Lena Wang and Samuel Lim-just to name few. The artists cover a range of styles on a range of media including; acrylic, australian art, oils, photography, and watercolour. The early 20th centruy building was used as a bank and commercial store-and has been used as a gallery for most of the last 15 years. The gallery has free entry and opening hours are; Tuesday-Wednesday 2:00pm – 5:00pm, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm. Their phone number is ; 03 9728 1542- their website and facebook and find photos of their opening exhibition.
Destiny Point Cafe is one of those favorite haunts with a view overlooking Silvan Reservoir and surrounding forests. It has reopened with a new owner-who explains he felt a change in his destiny when he discovered the opportunity and it's superb location with a magnificent view. He thought he would
like to share that feeling with others when they enjoy great food and refreshments, and one of Mount Dandenongs finest outlooks. The essence of this belief has been displayed in the carved signage at the front of the cafe.
The owner Brendon explains that his mixed cuisine menu is created from local produce wherever possible, and I can vouch for a fine coffee blend too. The decor is bright and inviting, and service is prompt and friendly. The cafe itself is housed in a historical building which has been there since around 1926. In time, Brendan would like to make the
venue a Chinese Restaurant, with improvements both inside and out-it will be a beautiful place to eat-be it indoors or in the gardens. Future plans include developing the Bonsai plant collection, as Bonsais are believed to be calming and bring new life. The garden project is near completion and soon they will have a website. You can email the cafe @; email@example.com, or phone; 03 9728 6555 and Brendan on; 0403 589 691. Opening times are Tuesday to Friday 9.30 am to 4.30 am, Saturday and Sunday 9 am to 5 pm.
There is plenty of parking across the road at the lookout, and at the start of Ridge Road-in front of the walking tracks leading to the Kyeema-Crash site and towers. Kalorama Park is situated a few hundred metres down Barbers Road, immediately past the lookout, and has picnic and barbeque facilities, and amenities. Several kilometres down Barbers Road is Silvan Reservoir, which has plenty of forest walks to suit those seeking a pleasant stroll-or the energetic who want a greater challenge. There are picnic and barbeque facilities there too. Visit and discover a more complete picture. If you can make time for the Lyre Bird walk, you may have a close encounter too.