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Published April 6th 2018
Treats for Mum in Upwey
Upwey was originally called "mast gully" as the towering gums were cut here for the masts for ships that were built in Melbourne. In 1897 it was renamed Upwey.
In the early days, it was promoted as a place to buy a bungalow for a weekend away from the city. The stream of city dwellers heading to the hills for a break hasn't changed as each weekend Burwood Highway is slow going with commuters from the city seeking a weekend escape. Here are some options for Mother's Day or any day to celebrate mum.
Photo Credit: White Owl Well-Being
1. A mind, body and soul pampering session at White Owl Well-being.
Established 8 years ago, White Owl Well-Being is not on the main drag but easy to find. The centre has a nurturing environment and with its growing reputation, is well known in the hills as a place for relaxation and restoring your 'joie de vivre'. Natural Therapies offered are: Kinesiology, Reiko Tummo, Usui Reiki, Naturopathy and Remedial and Pregnancy Massage. Here are the practitioners. Gift vouchers are available, Contact Amy Kinkel on 0412 114 519. 114B Morris rd, Upwey
2. What about a beauty pamper at Rejuvenate You Beauty? Rejuvenate You Beauty is right next door to Whilte Owl Well-being. Treat mum to a facial, nails, waxing or the other services on offer. If you want to make an appointment for mum, call soon as appointments fill quickly. Have a look at some of their precision work on Facebook. Gift vouchers are available. Call 0423 612 403. 114 Morris rd, Upwey
Photo Credit: Burrinja Cultural Center Facebook Page
3. Burrinja Cultural Centre Another gem tucked away from the main drag, Burrinja Cultural Centre showcases art, performances, live music, workshops and special events for all ages and genres. There are kid-friendly spaces as well. Have a look at his year's events here. You can also drop in to look at the current exhibition or visit the café. If your mum is an artist, they have programmes to support artists including providing a work space and business and marketing support. ph: 9754 8723 Cnr Glenfern rd and Matson Dr, Upwey
4. Mandala Workshops Karen Scott is a well-known local artist who has been hosting Mandala Magic Workshops in Upwey and around Melbourne for over 20 years. Painting a mandala is very therapeutic and relaxing. Mandalas are used in Hinduism and Buddhism to symbolically represent life and its constant cycles and interconnections. See some of the artwork here. If painting isn't your mum's thing, Karen also holds Labyrinth workshops. Labyrinth's are a type of mandala that are a metaphor for life's journey, so mum can explore the magic of a mandala through the Labyrinth. Labyrinth events are held in Rosebud ph: 9754 4811
Home Studio, Upwey
Photo Credit: Friends of Glenfern Valley Bushlands Facebook Page
5. Glenfern Valley Bushlands and Glenfern Rd This gem is also missed by city dwellers. Glenfern Valley Bushlands is on Glenfern rd. Glenfern rd begins and ends on Burwood highway. Just before you reach Ferntree Gully, take a right at Ferntree Gully Nissan. In an awkward way, Glenfern rd semi-circles its way back to Burwood highway just before Tecoma. About halfway along you'll find Glenfren Valley Bushlands, right opposite it are sweeping views of the rolling hills of Lysterfield. (By the way, you also pass Burrinja on your way back to Burwood highway).
Glenfern Vally Bushlands is a great place to have a picnic, go on an easy walk and sit and enjoy the fauna and flora. There are also bush restoration events throughout the year where all are welcome. ph: 1300 368 333.
If you don't take option 5, I would still suggest taking this little detour. The views along Glenfern rd towards Lysterfield are beautiful. Stop the car and take it all in.