Category: Places to Go

‎Percy Dinnie - Cardinia Reservoir

The Beaconsfield Reservoir

Located just a little bit north of Officer and west of EA Owens Reserve, the Beaconsfield Reservoir currently remains locked away from use – except the occasional tour – with plans shaping up to reduce the water level and the height of the dam wall. Construction of the Beaconsfield Reservoir dam wall was completed 103 …

Mortimer Nature Walk

Things to Do – Mortimer Picnic Ground

Mortimer Picnic Ground More than sixteen and a half thousand hectares in size and covering a large portion of Cardinia Shire, the Bunyip State Park is home to many treasures, some hidden, some not so much so. Bunyip State Park is part of an Aboriginal cultural landscape, and A Guide to Cardinia respects the deep …

Garfield Christmas Festival - Roman Kulkewycz‎

The town formerly known as Cannibal Creek

The town formerly known as Cannibal Creek On the first of May, 1886, a Post Office opened about 69 km (give or take) from Melbourne, and named Cannibal Creek. That lasted all of a year before it was renamed Garfield, for the U.S. President (20th President, assassinated after six and a half months in the …

Terrie O'Dwyer Bunyip in September

What’s in a Bunyip?

What’s in a Bunyip? First settled by Europeans in the first half of the 1800s, the township now known as Bunyip is on the north eastern edge of the Koo Wee Rup swamp. Given the difficulties of the environment, it wasn’t until 1877 that the Post Office was established – several years after the “Butcher’s …

Things to Do – Cardinia Reservoir Park

Things to Do – Cardinia Reservoir Park You may have seen my recent question on Facebook about which Australian animal most appropriately represents your town. Of course, you may not have, too! Well, what’s that got to do with anything? Not much, except we have some really good places in the Shire to see some …

Kurth Kiln Walk - parks Victoria

Things to Do – Kurth Kiln

Things to Do – Kurth Kiln I have procrastinated about writing this post for a bit because, well, I like a bit of mystery. I really didn’t know anything about the Kurth Kiln, historically speaking. And it is such an awesome name! So what is it, and what’s so special about it? Well, other than …

aldermeade Farm and Cafe Weather Station

Things to Do – Caldermeade Farm and Café

Things to Do – Caldermeade Farm and Café When it comes to tourism in Cardinia Shire, the northern hills region is probably the best known – even after the transition of Gumbuya Park to Gumbuya World – for places to go and things to see. This is something of a shame though, because the southern …

Koo Wee Rup Observation Tower

Things To Do – Koo Wee Rup Observation Tower

Things To Do – Koo Wee Rup Observation Tower While the most well known of what are viewed as Cardinia Shire’s tourist attractions are located north of the freeway, there are a few places in the southern farming areas that are most definitely worth visiting, from the Bayles Flora and Fauna Reserve, to the Warook …

Australian War Dogs

Things to Do – The Light Horse & Field Artillery Museum

Things to Do – The Light Horse & Field Artillery Museum Just down the road from Gumbuya World, not far from Pakenham, the Light Horse & Field Artillery Museum sits just off the Princes Highway on Bessie Creek Road. And sits, it does. It’s still closed by Council edict (OH&S issues)- for “renovations” – although …

Warrook Farm and Fauna Park

Things to Do – Warrook Farm and Fauna Park

Things to Do – Warrook Farm and Fauna Park One of the many pleasure of running A Guide to Cardinia is finding – or being found by – something (or one) of which I was previously unaware. Discovering Warrook Farm and Fauna Park was particularly pleasing – it is much more than the name implies …