08 April 2015

Malmsbury Botanic Gardens

How is April going for you so far? I hope you all had a great Easter. I'm currently on a much needed two week break from school. Spent the first week back in Malaysia. As the weather here in Melbourne is getting pretty cold, boy, was it a huge change in temperature for me. After a week of hectic shopping an packing, I'm now back in Melbourne.
On Monday, Sean and I decided to head to the Macedon Ranges for some R&R. I had read about the picturesque Malmsbury Viaduct at the Malmsbury Botanic Gardens and was dying to have some photography fun there. The drive took slightly more than an hour before we reached Malmsbury, a charming little town on the Old Calder Highway.
We had some lovely jam and cream scones at the local cafe before heading into the Malmsbury Botanic Garden. The central focal point of the gardens is the ornamental lake. There were Dutch Elms planted at the front of the lake as a memorial to soldiers of World War I. 
Malmsbury Botanic Gardens 
Ducks swimming in the lake lend a serene touch to the entire scene. 
The quaint wooden bridge led to the formed island at the lake's centre.
  Malmsbury Botanic Gardens 
Walking further on was the highlight of the entire trip... The Malmsbury Viaduct that we specifically came here for. 
Malmsbury Viaduct 
Constructed in 1859, the bridge is over 100 metres (330 feet) long and about 25 metres (82 feet) high. It is one of the largest nineteenth century engineering structures erected in Victoria.
Before long, the sky had darkened. Daylight savings has ended and night was fast approaching. We had dinner at one of the local restaurants, The Stables where the food was absolutely beautiful. I had the rabbit stifado while Sean had the moussaka. Everything, from the salad down to the last drop of stew was delicious.
We ended up buying the homemade balsamic glaze and salad dressing. Showcased in pretty bottles, these would be great as gifts.
If nothing else, I'm coming back here for the food alone! And then, it was home time. One last glance back at the tree-lined Calder Highway with Malmsbury Botanic Gardens on the left. 
Calder Highway 
Yup, definitely coming back here again ^.^