Geelong is 75-Kilometres south of Melbourne, just over an hour's drive via the Princes Freeway/M1.
Alternatively VLine operates frequent, fast and efficient rail serves from Melbourne (Southern Cross) to Geelong.
Barrel Tasting Weekend
When: Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th July Where: Venues in and around Bendigo
Bendigo wine growers Barrel Tasting Weekend gives visitors the opportunity to taste-test regional wines straight from the barrel as local wineries open their barrel rooms over the weekend of Saturday6th and Sunday 7th July.
At 11 AM, 1 PM and 3 PM on both days you'll be able to taste wines at different stages of maturation and highlighting the difference between wine ageing in barrels and the bottled product.
Bendigo Wine presents a tasting with a difference at their Barrel Tasting Weekend.
The participating wineries are Killiecrankie Wines (Sat & Sun), Mandurang Valley Winery (Sat & Sun), Balgownie Estate (Saturday only at 11 AM and 1 PM), Sandhurst Ridge Winery (Sat & Sun), Sutton Grange Winery (Sunday only), Blackjack Wines (Sat & Sun) and Connor Park Winery (Sat & Sun).
This is a free event but places are limited and prior bookings are essential. Book online through Bendigo Tourism at www.bendigotourism.com
Bendigo is 153-Kilometres northwest of Melbourne, just under a 2-hour drive via the Calder Freeway/M79.
Melbourne Tartan Festival
When: Friday 12th to Sunday 21st July
Where: Venues in and around Melbourne
If there's an ounce of Scottish blood in your veins you won't want to miss the upcoming Melbourne Tartan Festival, a celebration of Scottish culture to be held over 10-days from Friday 12th to Sunday 21st July at venues right around Melbourne.
Melbourne's Tartan Festival will culminate with a parade down Collins Street.
The very full program includes 'Drams & Drama' a whiskey tasting and movie night, a Genealogy Seminars, concerts by the Hawthorn Pipe Band, the Victorian Pipers Association Championships, Ceilidh Dancing, a Gala Dinner and concert and a Tartan Day Pipe Bands parade down Collins Street.
When: Thursday 11th July
Where: Searoad Ferries, Sorrento Pier, Sorrento
Passengers travelling on Searoad Ferries between Sorrento and Queenscliff on Thursday 11th July will have the opportunity to enjoy a fun and interactive workshop learning all about Port Phillip Bays dolphins and other amazing marine life including whales and seals.
Learn all about Port Philip Bays amazing marine life aboard Searoad Ferries on Thursday 11th July. Photo: Copyright Ian Gill / Footloose Media
This activity is included with any purchase of a ferry ticket for services departing Sorrento at 11 AM & 1 PM and departing Queenscliff at Midday and 2 PM.
For more information visit the website www.searoad.com.au email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0407 829 550.
Getting There …..
Sorrento is 108–Kilometres south of Melbourne, about a 90-minute drive via the Mornington Peninsula Freeway/M11.
Mussels, Wine & Bay Cruise
When: Sunday 7th July
Where: Portarlington Pier, Harding Street, Portarlington
Departing at 2.30 PM you'll cruise the Bay for an hour getting up close to the marine farms that dot the Bellarine coast and the Captain will shout you a drink while you taste-test the freshest mussels you'll ever find.
See where they come from and taste some excellent mussels on-board Port Phillip Ferries.
Tickets cost Adults $25, Children $15. Children 3 years and under are free.
For more information go to the website at www.portphillipferries.com.au email email@example.com or telephone (03) 9514 8959.
Getting There …..
Portarlington is 104-Kilometres south of Melbourne, less than a 2-hour drive via the Princes Freeway/M1 and the Geelong-Portarlington Road/C123.
Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival
When: Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July
Where: Theatre Royal, Castlemaine
The Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival showcases non-fiction films from around the world.
The Festival features a world-class program showcasing the very best in non-fiction films allowing audiences to explore the world and its cultural diversity, meeting real-life characters, uncovering real-life stories and learning about worldwide problems.
The Festival will feature 12 films in the one cinema over 3-days.
A full Festival Pass costs Adults $170, Concession $150 and includes special events.
A single session ticket costs Adults $19, Concession & students $16 and Children (4 to 14 years) $13. Day passes for Friday, Saturday and Sunday are available.
Castlemaine is 129-Kilometres northwest of Melbourne, about a 90-minute drive via the Calder Freeway/M79.
Alternatively VLine operates frequent, fast and efficient rail services from Melbourne (Southern Cross) to Castlemaine on the Bendigo line.
Indian Festival Melbourne 2019
When: Saturday 27th July from 10 AM to 9 PM
Where: Queen Victoria Market, Queen Street, Melbourne
The Indian Festival Melbourne is a fabulous opportunity to taste-test classic Indian cuisine with its natural goodness and delicious spices.
Traditional winter warmers include saag, roti, spicy curries and warm dals. There'll be music and Bollywood and Bhangra dancing for entertainment as the tastes and colours of India fill QVM's A-Shed between 10 AM and 9 PM on Saturday 27th July.
Be there as the Queen Victoria Market comes alive with the tastes of India.
For further details go to the website www.qvm.com.au or telephone (03) 9320 5822.
When: Sunday 28th July
Where: Melbourne CBD
Run Melbourne attracts more the 20,000 runners annually on a mission to inspire a city to run and raise funds for a variety of deserving causes ranging from cancer to Fight MND and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
You can run as an individual, join a team or even create your own team to make an impact for a charity that you're passionate about.
Be pleased and proud when you run to raise funds for charity.
There are 21.1 Kilometre, 10 Kilometre and 5 Kilometre courses, something suitable for runners of all standards. The 21.1 K event will start in Flinders Street at 7.20 AM and the 10 and 5 K events from St Kilda Road at 9.15 AM and 10.30 AM respectively.
When: Thursday 4th to Monday 8th July
Where: Rod Laver Arena
Disney on Ice 2019 commemorates 90 years of Mickey Mouse but showcases the full range of Disney characters including Mickey and Friends, fearless Moana on a high-seas adventure with Maui, the unforgettable Dory exploring the vast Pacific Ocean, the team from Toy Story, Elsa and Anna and a long line of Disney Princesses.
2019 commemorates 90 years of Disney's most loved character, Mickey Mouse.
Ticket prices range from $30 to $63 per person and are available online at www.disneyonice.com Children over 2-years of age require a ticket. Younger children are admitted free provided they sit on a parent or guardian's lap.
The show runs for 1 hour and 40 minutes including a 15 to 20 minute interval.
Whiskey Wine & Fire
When: Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st July
Where: Caulfield Racecourse. Entry via Gate 23, Station Street
Melbourne's only Whiskey Festival, Whisky Wine & Fire is a tasting festival inside a fire garden. Celebrating bespoke makers and distinguished brands the event includes talks, tastings and tips from leading whisky and winemakers.
Whisky Wine & Fire is held over four nights at Caulfield Racecourse. Adult tickets cost $16.50 and include a souvenir tasting glass and complimentary taste on arrival. Tickets are available online at www.tickets.mrc.net.au
You be the judge as you taste a selection of Australia's finest whiskeys.
There'll be a variety of producers, provedores and restaurants on hand to ensure you get the very best in whiskey, wine and food throughout the event.