An old gorgeous artists colony, founded by Justus Jorgensen, a student of Max Meldrum, in 1934.
There is also a little bluestone chapel on the grounds.
Visit the website for the exhibition and performance calender.
The Montsalvat restaurant:
Breakfast - Tuesday - Sunday
Lunch - Tuesday - Sunday
Dinner - Functions Only, bookings 9431 2681
One of Melbourne's best kept secrets is this artists colony - which is a pity really as its one of the highlights of the city and can be combined with a visit to Heide (see previous tip). Its not easy to get too (hence the 'secret') being 26 kms from the city.
Founded in the 1930s, its a complete hotch-potch, seemingly random collection of buildings and grounds, all built from salvaged and recycled material. Where else in Australia will you find a copy of a 16th century European Great Hall, a 17th century Portuguese poolside terrace, 19th century Welsh High Church chapel and any number of homesteads, workshops and cafes? The artists work is for sale - from paintings through to jewelry through to musical instruments, and its all a bit rough round the edges (thus benefitting from being a secret!).
$6 entrance fee payable.