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VISITING THE HEART OF GIPPSLAND - SUNDAY JUNE 18 AT 5.30PM ON NINE

This week we find Rebecca Judd in the charming township of Walhalla. The once booming goldrush town is filled with history and this is no better encapsulated than in the Star Hotel. A modern-day replica of an original hotel, Bec travels through its 12 bedrooms before stopping by the Greyhorse Cafe for a quick bite.

 

For the history buffs, Bec pops into the Walhalla Chronicle where historian Brian Brewer explains what life was like in the goldrush boom. She then visits the Walhalla Goldfields Railway, a must-do when in town, before joining tour guide Richard Henry for a trip along the Long Tunnel Extended Gold Mine. No trip to a country town is complete without a visit to the lolly shop, and Rebecca ends her day at the Mechanics Institute Building for one of their delicious hot chocolates and sweets.

 

Meanwhile Shane Delia spends the day in Traralgon with Gippsland local and chef Lewis Prince, checking out his two restaurants. They begin at Neilsons Kitchen where Shane finds himself in the kitchen as Lewis whips up a local berry hotcake. The restaurant sources ingredients from Gippsland farmers and producers and has just added all-day breakfast to the menu. Next they duck around the corner to Lewis's more casual dining establishment, Little Prince Eating House and Bar. With a cocktail in hand, Shane watches on as chef Brett creates the white cut chicken salad, a popular menu item.

 

Brodie Harper takes a weekend drive through the breathtaking La Trobe Valley to South Gippsland. On her way she stops off at Toms Cap Vineyard Retreat, a small boutique winery which is host to over two hectares of vines and a stunning view. Brodie chats with owner Ann Morris as they explore the beautiful property and sample the winery's award-winning riesling.

 

Then she's off on a short trip to the Tarra-Bulga National Park. While looking for the perfect picnic spot Brodie bumps into park ranger Luke Marcius and Gunai Kurnai cultural ranger Grattan Mullett Jr, who explain that the park is home to more than 12 different species, 41 types of ferns and the impressiveCorrigan Suspension Bridge.

 

Shane Crawford travels down the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail, making his first stop at Cowwarr Art Space where he chats with owners Carolyn Crossley and Clive Murray-White. The venue prides itself on hosting artists from around the globe to live and work in the space. Shane's next stop finds him at the foothills of the Great Dividing Range, at Narkoojee Winery where managing director Harry Friend serves him fine wine and Mediterranean-style food. The trail's last stop sees Shane in Traralgon indulging in Italian cuisine atStellina,a rustic Italian café, where he ends the day with a woodfire pizzaand a glass of wine.

 

Postcards encores nationally on 9Life on Mondays at 12.30pm, Fridays at 2.00pm, Saturdays at 11.00am and Sundays at 9.30am.