Sometimes you do a tour with people who you REALLY click with. And this happened to Joan on St Patrick’s Day when she took Melvin and Melvin (seriously) on tour for the day! They were visiting Australia for the first time from Singapore – and she picked them up from their accommodation at Minkara in Chum Creek, a self contained studio style cottage which is LGBT friendly, and situated on top of a hill with great views of the hills all around.

The Melvins had done their research, so first stop was for a delightful coffee at Essenza to get us all going and give us energy for Healesville Sanctuary for a wander around to see native Australian animals and enjoy the Spirits of the Sky presentation.

A wine tasting was followed by lunch (washed down with a bottle of Pinot Gris)at Innocent Bystander and then we were off to the iconic Yarra Yering to taste some really rich and full reds.  They were both appreciative of excellent red wine, so with the help of the lovely Janine, we organised to have six bottles to be sent back to Singapore to enjoy on special occasions with their friends.

Raynors Stone Fruit Farm was a big hit for a tractor ride around the farm with the delightful kelpie dog who clearly also enjoyed the ride. After that they were able to pick and taste the many varieties of fruit growing there which they loved.

After this it was time to head back to Healesville to Innocent Bystander (again) where they insisted I take off my tour guide badge, and call my husband John down for a drink so they could discuss with him how they would love to go fishing with him next time they come to Australia – as this was their first visit but clearly not their last!

And would you believe it – as we returned to Minkara, who was there to greet them?  None other than a family of kangaroos grazing in the paddocks, so they had a real first hand experience of seeing them in the wild, munching away in their own backyard.

A great day was had by all and we wished we had more time to spend with the Melvins showing them more that our gorgeous region has to offer, but sadly they were heading back to Singapore this weekend…so we’ll look forward to catching up with them next time they’re over here and picking up where we left off.