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Healesville, Yarra Valley

Since we had been in Melbourne we had found out that Broomy's housemate Pauly had been waiting on a job opportunity over in New Zealand and luckily had got it. It meant that in a short time frame he had to fit in seeing some of the sights of Melbourne area. Fortunately for me his mates, which included Broomy, Scotty, Dave (Buchanan) and Andrew (Hedge) were going to take him out for a good luck drink and decided on going out to Healesville, around the Yarra Valley.

The morning was promising a good day for weather and as it was so good Hedge turned up on his motorcycle outside our flat. I really liked the look of his bike, that kind of vintage style to it. The rest of us jumped in Scotty and Broomy's cars and headed off to pick up Buchanan. When we got to Dave's we found out about his injury and it sucked for him as the surgery he would need to get meant that he would have to go back to Canada. So in a way it was almost perfect timing that he, Pauly and I got the tourist trip out to see the Yarra Valley.

Before we cruised off, Scotty pulled out his professional like camera with tripod and clicker to match and took some photos, I was glad as I didn't want to be behind the camera so that I could write the blog a bit easier and to be fair you will see he and his camera did a bloody good job of it. Broomy went for the rapper look in this one.


After leaving the streets of Melbourne we weren't too far out before the landscape opened up and I began to see some of draws of living in Victoria.


We stopped off to take a brief scenic view and posed for a photo. It was quite funny because each photo with Scotty in it he had his arm out trying to get the clicker working.


We had a laugh about it, and mimicked it just so it didn't look out of place.


Broomy working the photo poses again!


Moving on we whisked through sweaping roads as we we passed farms and small lay-bys towards the Yarra Valley where keen weekend drivers stop for mandatory coffee or brunch, we stopped ourselves to get some bearings and Scotty captured the mood....


Our final destination was Healesville to have lunch at Giant Steps resturant and enjoy some local brewed ales at the White Rabbit brewery. Giant Steps was kitted out in modern/rustic decor and served up delicious oven cooked pizzas and bottles of wine from its own winery.


During lunch we toasted to Pauly's success and the guys chucked around a bit of banter as we tucked into our Pizzas! Delicious!


Across the road we had a chill out at the White Rabbit Brewery where you can chill on sofas and drink on tap some fine ales and ciders. I opted to be the designated driver on the way back so Broomy could have another.


Later we went back out on the road and just kept driving, the roads here are so good and with the view to match it really is easy to just drive, but we decided to turn back not before stopping off for a group shot.....with clicker arms....


Getting caught in the act....someone forgot to go to the toilet after some beers!


We got given a ribbing by an old bizarre british chap who owned a small cafe. He played the part of grumpy old fella very well and I think he was a little put out we weren't planning to stop and have a bite at his place.


On the way back to Healesville we had a unexpected visitor trying to find his way to Hotham.


We stopped off back in Healesville to have a coffee and cake at Beechworth bakery before we parted ways and headed back to Melbourne.

Cheers Pauly, Hedge, Buchanan, Broomy and Scotty for a nice day out of the city.

Stay tuned for more tales


Posted by doyledan 03:45 Archived in Australia

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