Foster's Fruitful Main Street
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If you've not been to Foster's main street, I highly recommend a day trip. It's one of several areas in the South Gippsland Shire that plants up its public spaces with veggies, flowers and fruit trees for stunning floral displays (and a little discretionary picking). In fact, the council allows locals and visitors to pick a little, as long as it doesn't disturb the aesthetic beauty of the displays.
Simply follow the signs to Foster and once you turn off the South Gippsland Highway onto Toora Road, keep your eyes open. If you do, you'll immediately spot an apple orchard on the very corner as well as a planted garden bed, a plum tree, and blueberry and raspberry bushes if you know what to look for.
Continue along Toora Road (eyes open again for plantings of whatever's in season, ie tomatoes in summer, tulips in spring, and anything and everything in between). I was lucky enough to visit in spring, hence all the beautiful flowers and colours.
When you reach the T-intersection, that's Main Street. Turn right (or left to see the stunning Manna Community Garden
) and you're in for lots of delights. Park and walk. That's the best way to soak it up and perhaps stop for a coffee in between. It's a quaint street with anything from craft shops and a nursery to artwork to explore. Once you get to the river (near the public amenities, barbecues and picnic tables), enjoy two stunning rotundas of anything from parsley, kale and broccoli to tulips and others.
Take the time for a river walk, then, refreshed and inspired by the beauty of nature, continue along the street to the roundabout, which is a lush, verdant tribute to all things beautiful. Don't gaze from a distance. Get into it; it even has its own little walking paths!
There's an information centre on the corner if you're keen to do any more exploring (and look for two gorgeous magnolia trees nearby).
While other towns in the region (like Toora, Korumburra and Wonthaggi) make the most of their public spaces with lovely plantations, Foster's is probably 'the pick of the bunch' - pardon the pun.
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