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by Ian Gill (subscribe)
I'm a Victorian freelance writer & photographer living in the Macedon Ranges north of Melbourne.
Published June 3rd 2019
Family Timeout in July
Tastes of Central Geelong

When: Friday 5th to Sunday 28th July
Where: Venues throughout Central Geelong

Tastes of Central Geelong is a 24-day festival of food & flavours and lots of good fun activities staged at venues throughout the district.

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You never know who you might meet at the Tastes of Central Geelong from Friday 5th to Sunday 28th July. Photo: Copyright Ian Gill / Footloose Media


There are hundreds of activities on offer, something for all tastes and ages, as Central Geelong celebrates its eclectic collection of restaurants, cafes and bars.

For further and a full program of events visit the website at www.centralgeelong.com.au

Getting There …..


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.

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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

For more information go to the website www.bendigowine.org.au/events/barrel-tasting

Getting There …..

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.

For more details go to the website www.melbournetartanfestival.com.au email: info@melbournetartanfestival.com.au or telephone 0417 125 013


Dolphin Discovery Aboard Searoad Ferries

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.

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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 ljones@searoad.com.au 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

Port Phillip Ferries are your host for a special Mussels, Wine and Bay Cruise on Sunday 7th July departing from Portarlington Pier.

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.

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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 info@portphillipferries.com.au 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 is an annual 3-day event staged at mainland Australia's oldest continuously operating cinema, the fabulous Theatre Royal.

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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.

For more information go to the website www.cdocff.com.au

Getting There …..


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.

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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.


Run Melbourne


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.

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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.

For more information go the website www.events.solemotive.com email runmelbourne@solemotive.com or telephone (03) 9285 0600.


Disney on Ice

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.

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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

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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.

For further details visit the website www.whiskywineandfire.com.au
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Why? Enjoy a family fun getaway to any or all of these events happening throughout Victoria in July.
Phone: Melbourne Visitor Hub (03) 9658 9658
Where: Venues right around Victoria
Cost: See the individual events for costs.
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It's s terrific list Ian. Victoria always had a lot to offer.
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