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The White Hat Guide to what's on & things to do in Regional and Country Victoria

Monday 9th March 2020

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This day is Commonwealth Day, and is celebrated every year by 53 Commonwealth countries. The aim of commemorating Commonwealth Day is to promote understanding of global issues, international co-operation and the work of the Commonwealth of Nations to improve the lives of its citizens. 2019 also marks the 70th anniversary of the formation of the Commonwealth as it is configured today, with old ties and new links enabling co-operation towards social, political and economic development, which is both inclusive and sustainable.

Bellarine

Bellarine Peninsula & west coast of Port Phillip Bay

Monday 9th March 2020

General information about the Bellarine Peninsula & west coast of Port Phillip Bay including Geelong


Drysdale Community Craft Shop Inc
The Drysdale Community Craft Shop has a range of unique uandcrafted uoods made by their members, Specialised baby bear, band bmbroidery, bnique jewellery, folk art, fand made cards, wedding charms, Australiana, paintings, patchwork & quilting. They also have a Lay-by and Order Service. ..
Geelong Mill Markets
Until recently, this location hosted a large and popular market. That market has relocated to Newcomb (see below). The remaining Geelong Mills Matket now has a large array of retro advertising signs, furniture, and larger and quirky mechanical and industrial equipment. White Hat can recommend this market as a good source for those looking to do a quirky fitout as well as to theatre companies and film-makers looking for genuine period props. It now functions more as a warehouse so give a ring before making a special trip. ..
Mill Markets Newcomb
A large indoor market with permenant and casual stallholders selling antiques,collectables, vintage clothing, homewares, memmorabilia and retro fashions. White Hat suggests that if you enjoy the Chapel Street Bazaar in Melbourne you will find a similar range of items at the Newcomb Mill Market but with more space to move. ..

Werribee Open Range Zoo

Almost 200 hectares of grassy plains and sweeping river terraces are home to a collection of animals from the grasslands of Africa, Australia and Asia. More info >>
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An impressive museum exploring the maritime history of Southern Port Phillip Bay. More information >>
National Wool Museum
The Mansion at Werribee Park

Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road and hinterland

Monday 9th March 2020

General information about the Great Ocean Road and its hinterland including Camperdown and Warrnambool & Port Fairy


Port Fairy Folk Festival

Workshops, concerts and stalls. The Port Fairy Folk Festival usually sells out well in advance, so White Hat advises that you should book early.



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Pombo Mart
A very large building (originally a butter factory) with a large range of antiques, collectables, old wares and plenty of surprises. White Hat recommends that if you are travelling the Princes Highway between Geelong and Warrnambool that you take a break at the Pombo Mart. There is a cafe and one of  the proprietors is Peter Brocklehurst "The singing cobbler" continues to ply his trade repairing watches and shoes, cutting keys and engraving. More information at Pombo Mart ..
Up Markets
New Fashion,Vintage and Cultural Art, become a stall holder in Lorne new indoor permanent market, we do all the hard work for you selling your products seven days a week, prime beachfront location in the heart of lorne's lively shopping hub, stalls and wall space available now. ..
Warrnambool Mill Markets
A market operated in the same style as the mills markets in Newtown and Daylesford. Stalls are available on a monthly lease and you will find all manner of clothing, jewellery, antiques, collectables and bric-a-brac. The market is located in the factory and gardens created by Fletcher Jones. ..
Cape Otway Lighthouse
Flagstaff Hill Maritime Muesum

Grampians & the blunt end

Grampians & the blunt end of Victoria

Monday 9th March 2020

General information about the Grampian Ranges and 'blunt end of Victoria including Hamilton and Horsham


The Wool Factory
The Wool Factory

Wimmera, Mallee & Mildura

Wimmera, Mallee & Mildura

Monday 9th March 2020

General information about the Wimmera, Mallee & Mildura


Millewa Pioneer Village

Goldfields & Macedon Ranges

Ballarat Antique Fair

The Ballarat Antique Fair claims to be the largest and longest running fair in Australia and White Hat has no reason to doubt them.



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Naturipe Fruits - Pick Your Own and Farm Gate Sales

Naturipe Fruits has both pick your own and farm gate sales. (please note - cash only).

Pick your own
Fruit Season Typical price
(Jan 2016)
Strawberries Mid Oct to end of May $10/kg*
Cherries Mid Nov to Jan $10/kg
Peaches Dec & Jan $3.50/kg
Nectarines Dec & Jan $3.50/kg
Apples Feb to May $3.50/kg
*Entry is free except for cherry picking where there is a small entry charge per person.
Apple seasons are Royal Gala (Feb); Golden Delicious (March); Early Fuji (late-Feb); Late Fuji (April); Pink Lady (late-April to May); Granny Smith (April)

Farm Gate Sales
Fruits for sale are fresh-picked daily and and are not waxed or stored or use any chemicals. As well as the fruits listed above, garlic is also available.

For current details consult the Naturipe Fruits website.

Our rating - 5 Hats

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Daylesford Mill Markets

A large indoor market with an emphasis on antiques, retro fashion and collectables. New stallholders are welcome. White Hat recommends that the serious browser for retro and memorabilia sets aside plenty of time because there are a large amount of goods on display. More information at Daylesford Mill Markets >>



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Ballarat Antique Market
This large antique market with a wide range of items is located on two floors of an old school building and also contains a museum with a small entry charge.It is morein the nature of a very large antique store and does not appear to have the space to cater for casual stallholders. When White Hat last visited (in April 2008) there was also a specialist coins area. ..
A large private garden in Malmsbury. more info >>
Ballarat Fine Art Gallery
Australia's oldest regional gallery. and home of  the original Eureka Flag. More info >>
Forest Glade Gardens
Forest Glade Gardens is one of Australia's finest private gardens. It is short trip from Melbourne and is open to the public from September to May. It features large exotic trees, a bonsai house, a woodland section, a fern gully a blue bell patch and an impressive daffodil lawn during spring; a topiary garden, two aviaries, a laburnum arch, a peony walk highlighted with climbing roses, as well as numerous pergolas, ponds, fountains and statues. Entry $8 per head, (children free); More info >>
The Golden Dragon Museum

Central Victoria

Central Victoria

Monday 9th March 2020

General indformation about Central Victoria including Echuca


"The Willows" Museum
"The Willows" Museum
Benalla Art Gallery
Benalla Costume & Pioneer Museum
Cactus Country

Furphy Foundry Muesum
Furphy Foundry Muesum
Torrumbarry Weir

Mornington Peninsula

Mornington Peninsula

Monday 9th March 2020

General information about the Mornington Peninsula


Vintage Market (Rosebud West)
Vintage Market - held at Broadway Bazaar. This is a permanent market, full of vintage and retro bargains held in the old Broadway Theatre in Rosebud Pde, Rosebud. (beach side of the Rosebud Cinemas.) With over 60 permanent stalls of clothing, bric a brac, collectables, jewelry, curios. Café attached. Ph (03) 5982 1212. Open 7 days. Mon - Sat : 9.30am - 5pm. Sun : 10am - 3pm . More information at Rosebud Vintage Bazaar
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The Museum of HMAS Cerberus

South Gippsland, Latrobe Valley & Phillip Island

South Gippsland, Latrobe Valley & Phillip Island

Monday 9th March 2020

General information about South Gippsland and the Latrobe Valley plus Phillip Island


Inverloch Jazz Festival

Over 80 bands covering all styles of Jazz. 4 major venues all in close proximity.



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Yarra Valley & Ranges

Yarra Valley & Ranges

Monday 9th March 2020

General information about the Yarra Valley and Ranges including the Dandenong Ranges and Healesville.


National Rhododendron Garden
At The National Rhododendron Gardens you will find brilliantly coloured blooms of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, cherries and daffodils. Seasonal changes ensure the gardens are a delight all year around. When not in bloom, you can still soak in the beauty of rich bark textures, seed capsules, foliage shapes and beautiful fragrance as you stroll through the grounds. More information at National Rhododendron Garden
The Singing Gardens of C.J.Dennis

High Country and north-east Victoria

High Country and north-east Victoria

Monday 9th March 2020

General information about the High Country and North-East Victoria & Upper Murray


The Myrtleford Festival

Held in the heart of North East Victoria’s High Country region, this Festival has fun, food, fine arts, live music, and plenty of free things to see and do. There is a large program of activities for families, party-goers, travellers, and all comers.  White Hat can thoroughly recommend the Myrtleford Festival as a great extra-long weekend activity for locals or special excursion for those wanting to get out and about for the long weekend.

The Sunday parade will also be held at the Recreation Reserve, marching down the tree lined avenue and finishing up in a central point which will give everyone the opportunity to have an up close look at the hard work our schools, clubs and organisations put into their float. The Myrtelford Festival Market operates at the Showgrounds on the Monday with both a street market and a food court. The weekend culminates with a spectacular fire works display.



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East Gippsland & the pointy end

East Gippsland & the pointy end

Monday 9th March 2020

General information about East Gippsland and 'pointy end' of Victoria


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