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Kate Ceberano's Melbourne favourites

12:00 AEST Thu Feb 3 2011
Multi-award winner Kate Ceberano has been wowing audiences for over 25 years. She entertains with soul, jazz and pop, is a songwriter and actor, charity worker, wife and mother. Somehow she managed to find time to take Getaway to some of her favourite places in Melbourne, her hometown.

Collingwood Children's Farm

This is a family favourite — Kate has been taking her five–year-old daughter, Gypsy, there since she was a baby. It covers seven hectares just 5km from Melbourne's CBD is the perfect place to introduce city-dwellers to paddocks, gardens and rustic buildings. The not-for-profit farm has been running since 1979.

There are gentle Guernsey and Ayrshire cows and everyone is welcome to have a go at milking.

There are seven friendly horses that are used in the Young Farmer's Program on weekends, as well as pony rides.

There are Berkshire pigs, a small herd of Anglo-Nubian goats, English Leicester and Shropshire sheep, elegant Chinese geese, and a group of Indian peafowl. The farm has two breeds of duck — Pekin and Muscovy — and five breeds of chicken. Children love hunting for the chook eggs and then bottle-feeding baby animals. The farm cats earn their keep by keeping the rodent population down.

Take some grass or dandelion leaves for the guinea pigs and be rewarded by them allowing you to have a cuddle. Bee hives show children how honey is made and it's for sale. Earthworms process food scraps and the castings are sold to visitors for home gardens.

Family days are held on the first Saturday of each month. There are barbecues, free pony rides and a farmers' market selling seasonal produce.

Make sure you pack the rainboots as farmwork can be dirty work!

Pellegrini's Italian Café

The classic Italian cafe and espresso bar has been described as "a joy and a treasure". The bar is long and narrow and there's a huge table in the kitchen. Its generous servings of pasta, steaming bowls of minestrone and salads have been satisfying Melburnians for more than 40 years. Everything — from pasta to cakes — is homemade.

Kate has been going there since before she was born and is considered part of the family. She and her family love going there for birthdays and other celebrations.

Montsalvat Artist Colony

Kate comes from a long line of artistic people and this place just gets the juices running. Lovers of art, architecture, fine food and wine drive the 26km from Melbourne. It's on almost five hectares of established gardens with roaming peacocks and has beautiful historic buildings, including a majestic Gothic Great Hall with polished slate floor, stained-glass windows, wooden refractory tables and large open fireplace. There's also a beautiful bluestone chapel. The white mud-brick stables are home to some artists.

Founded in 1939, Montsalvat has inspired countless painters, sculptors, instrument makers and jewellery makers. Workshops are very popular. They cater to all ages and all abilities.

One of the five mud-brick and timber houses is the Meeting Pool restaurant. It has a charming courtyard and food is rustic French made from regional ingredients.

It's not surprising Kate, her family and friends love to escape to this special little piece of provincial France.

Studley Park

Another favourite childhood place for Kate, Studley Park has the oldest operating boathouse in Melbourne. It opened on the banks of the Yarra in 1864, and there's nothing like drifting along in a boat, canoe or kayak.

The wooden boathouse has been beautifully restored and is tucked into natural bushland. There are sweeping river views and lots of birdlife. It's hard to believe that the peaceful paradise is just 10 minutes from town.

There's a restaurant, cafe and kiosk and an ice-cream shop built in the 1920s.


Kate's favourite places across Melbourne.


Collingwood Children's Farm is open every day between 9am and 5pm. The cows are milked at 10am and 4pm each day. It costs $8 for adults, $4 for children and $16 for a family.

Pellegrini's opens between 8am and 11.30pm Monday to Saturday and from noon to 8pm on Sundays. Pastas are around $14.

Montsalvat is open every day from 9am to 5pm. Entry is $10 for adults, $6 for children and $24 for families.

Prices correct at February 3, 2011.

Studley Park boat hire starts at $17 for two for half an hour or $30 for one hour. Five people in a boat is the maximum. Safety equipment, lifejackets and oars are included.

Virgin Blue has one-way flights to Melbourne from:

  • Adelaide and Hobart $85
  • Sydney $92
  • Canberra $106
  • Brisbane $129
  • Darwin $179
  • Perth $255

There are limited seats which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares quoted are one-way booked on the internet. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one-way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at February 3, 2011 and are subject to change.

Prices correct at 03.02.2011.

Virgin Blue
Ph: 13 6789

For further information

Collingwood Children's Farm
18 St Heliers Street
Abbotsford, Victoria 3067
Ph: (03) 9417 5806

Pellegrini's Café
66 Bourke Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Ph: (03) 9662 1885

7 Hillcrest Avenue
Eltham, Victoria 3095
Ph: (03) 9439 7712

Studley Park
Boathouse Road
Kew, Victoria 3101
Ph: (03) 9853 1828

User comments
Kate Ceberano is a awsome presenter on getaway. she brings that warm feeling every time she is on. her presenting skills are brillant and i know she loves presenting to the world all these different places. please keep her on getaway cause it wouldnt be the same without her.
Thanks for dropping by our workshops at Montsalvat. It was fun to meet you and welcome to the Getaway team. Melbourne is such a great place to visit - Art, Culture and Great Food! Chris Wynne.
Really love the new edition of Kate coming to the show. I live in Melbourne and never thought of going to these places. Love the artist colony. Also loved that Kate's daughter came along. Love Kate! Such a beautiful woman and artist.
It was so refreshing to see Kate on Getaway. She really adds a down-to-earth approach to the show. I've lived in Melbourne for long time and never been to these places. Studley park is definitely on my list of things to do this weekend! Couldn't ask for a more gracious and beautiful host. I hope to see plenty more of Kate on TV.
I really love the addition of Kate to show! She seems to be so natural and her obvious love of what she is presenting is great.
It was so refreshing tosee Kate Ceberano on your program. As a mum of 3, I am always after new things to do with the kids and Kate's Melbourne will fast become my families Melbourne!! I had forgotten how beautiful our city really is so thanks Kate and Getaway for the reminder.
I will never watch Getaway while a Scientologist is involved.
Why would you want a CREEPY scientologist on your show. Glad to see you've cut down to 30 mins. That's all the *** show deseves.
I enjoy Getaway very much and enjoyed it together with my wife all the time until today. Only today it was very spoiled by having Kate in it. You would be a lot better off without her, she is definitely not improving your show one little bit. I do not know what you see in her and her behavior or did she jump in front of the camera like in Dancing with the stars to impress you? I hope this was the first and last time with her in Getaway.

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