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Things to do in Kalorama

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by Felicity (subscribe)
A Melbournian who wonders as I wander. I have spent a lot of life colouring in moments and take great pleasure in creative expression of experience. Interested in Design, Art, Film, Photography, Painting and all things French.
Published June 18th 2018
Thirst for gradient
green hill

The sun has that translucent cold shimmer and you just know you are looking out at a frigid Saturday. Its end of the rainbow light by the time you've pulled on enough layers, it will have diluted to dull grey. So just what options are there on a Melbourne weekend morn when the drear of deep June settles and toes curl back into fluffy slippers unmotivated.

The traffic drifts lazily past the window. You jitter at a flock of bikes naked in their skins and for a moment, feel the burn of imagination of the sensation of weather's bite, cutting into their skin. Eastern bound you ponder. Just where does their journey end?

If you want the perfect weekend day trip out of city mundanity to vibrant green light follow these bikes. They'll eventually meander you onto Canterbury Rd and up the Mt Dandenong tourist scenic route.

You'll be driven mad with frustration as they weave precarious impossibility of safe passage around them. If you do manage to catch a break, the next obstacle will be a jittery or lost tourist who is in it for the potter. Weekends aren't the greatest time to care about the destination but there is much in the journey to drink in.

The biker's compass is programmed for Sassafrass. Their focus is a piping hot coffee and cake or baguette at Ripe. They look forward to friendly conversation as the tingle of a great workout settles into their muscles. Take a step back from their programming and let yourself get distracted by the possibilities of the lookout at five ways.

Here is the perfect spot to park and embrace all Kalorama has to offer. This spot once known as Harmony Vale is perfect to picnic, explore melways to realign bearings or to find your own version of weekend vigour.

Approach opening the car door in the same attitude you take when seeking a thrill. You throw yourself clothes first into an icy sea. My Nan told me this terrain in an ancient period was underwater when the rip at Pt Lonsdale was still mountain range.

Plunge and tumble over hill side, streaking with childish wonderment to the base of the fairytale green hill. The grass is often overgrown and the atmosphere may be tinged with mist. You don't take in the heavenly Silvan scene at this point. This is the sliding part of the adventure.

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Silvan drifting island of cloud

Let the gradient jolt you onwards. You can turn left and savour a taste of Europe atmosphere in Australian Air.

It is the gasp of castles of cloud that constantly shift into different lands that touches your pounding heart. Carefully Cross to Destiny Point Cafe once aptly named Rendezvous and savour the warmth of friendly mountain hospitality.

Once Greek, the new owners now have an Asian viewpoint on the magical position and their carrot cake is delicious. You can peer across to the park your face flushed your mind clear.

There is so much to explore from this point but so many focused beyond miss its treasure. If you take the high road past the cafe door, you'll see an arboretum, the gate of Sky High, TV towers and descend to Mt Dandenong Village.

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Vibrant Mt Dandenong

Other cafe options suit every tastebud.

Brunch - rustic British scones or warming Thai inspired pumpkin soup.

The Deli at Mt Dandenong is for Hampers homemade cakes and European baguettes.

Sassafrass is Miss Marples if you are prepared to wait and can eat ploughmans lunch under the gaze of minions jealous for your seat.

If Ripe is full, settle into the rustic Prosepina.

Housed in what was a nursery, it feels like you've taken a plane journey when your ears popped at that early Tourist road bend, transported to an alternative reality that merged the best turn of the century Melbourne and European Heritage. Choose the lemon tart it is perfection.
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