Friday, July 14, 2006

heading down the highway

TWMA Photograph by John Gollings, Melbourne

TWMA, Tarrawarra Museum of Art in Healesville, is the first privately funded, significant public arts museum to be set up under the Australian Government's philanthropic program announced in March 1999. TWMA operates as a not-for-profit institution. Displaying Australian art from the second half of the twentieth century to the present day.
It was the dream of Eva and Marc Besen to share their inexhaustible passion for Australian art with the people of Australia and beyond and the outcome is incredible. You'll be mesmerised as soon as you pull into the driveway and it just gets better from there.
A trip to TWMA wouldn't be complete without a stop off at Coldstream Hills Estate and the Healesville Hotel which is a fantastic pub with great accomodation (between the Dinning Room, Bistro and Produce Store at the Healesville Hotel any hunger will be's just working out what to eat first, there's no end of possibilities).
Be sure to try some of Cunliffe and Waters homemade jams, relishes, chutneys and marmalades from the Produce Store, they come highly recommended!

Yering Station is another great spot to stop off and enjoy a long lunch looking out over the changing landscape, watching the cows being called to feed. We spent a very hot summers day up there in January celebrating Sally's birthday. Thanks to our dedicated driver, the lovely Jen Jen, we were able to stop off for tastings at a number of the wineries..... to end off with a dip in the bay at midnight. What a day that was (Can you tell I'm longing for hot weather?).

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