- June 8, 2016
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Elwood and its surrounding areas are a fantastic place to spend a relaxed day unwinding from the rigors of our busy and often stressful lives. Whether you’re interested in cultural experiences, delicious fresh foods or spending some time enjoying the beauty of nature here are our top 5 picks for the best ways to do so.
Rippon Lea is an epic and glamorous nineteenth century mansion surrounded by 7 acres of beautiful gardens. It is one of the few properties on the National Heritage Register that are open to the public all year. Crossing through the huge wrought iron gates onto the property you can’t help but feel a rush of excitement as though you’ve just traveled back in time to a serene and luxurious palace. The gardens and Hollywood style swimming pool are an ideal place for a picnic, taking a stroll, going for a coffee from the onsite cafe or just enjoying the beauty of the perfectly manicured gardens. Going on a tour of the mansion is also a thrilling experience due to its stunning ballroom, high ceilings and artful decoration.
One of the most popular features of Elwood is its beautiful beach. During the warmer months it’s a great place to swim, wind surf or soak up some sun and top up your body’s much needed supply of vitamin D. Even in winter it is still a great place for a walk and opportunity to appreciate the fresh sea air. Areas of Elwood Beach are also dog friendly so you can bring your 4 legged family members with you.
The Classic Cinema specialises in quality mainstream and Art house cinema and offers the complete cinematic experience big screens, comfortable seating and a warm and friendly environment for the whole family. Another bonus is that parking is free and you can get some of the most delicious homemade ice cream in Melbourne or enjoy a glass of wine in the elegant foyer before you see the movie. So if there’s a film you’ve been dying to see or you just want something fun to do on a rainy afternoon, the Classic is the place for you.
Prahran markets are a buzzing hub of fresh produce and gourmet delights. They have dozens of stalls specialising in fruit and vegetables, poultry and game, fresh seafood and meat, flowers and plants, organic produce, specialty foods, coffee, chocolate and the finest cheeses and deli products available. The friendly stall holders are experts in their fields and can give you advice on the best types of produce to purchase. No matter what your tastes or the occasion, you will find the ingredients and then some here!
Open 7 days a week, Readings offer a huge range of books by Australian and international authors. They sell books by mainstream and boutique publishes in all types of genres, be it fiction, biographies, cooking, travel, art, design, history or childrens books. They also have a wide variety of DVDs, CDs and specialty vinyl. It is the perfect place to while away an afternoon browsing for your favorite books and music. They offer childrens story time on weekends and also host events such as book launches and exhibitions, which are always fun to attend.