Bank Street Pizza, Avenel

What’s better than crisp apple cider, great company, wood fired pizza and a garden in which to enjoy all of this? Pretty much nothing. That’s why it’s absolutely worth the hour and a half drive from Melbourne to Avenel to get to Bank Street Pizza.

I went on Saturday with my cousin Sebastian and his girlfriend Alannah who are visiting from Canada at the moment. Avenel is a half hour country drive from where my mum lives.

We made a booking which was somehow lost but luckily there was a table for us anyway. We ordered drinks and set about trying to choose from the outrageously good looking list of pizzas on the menu.

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Cheeky Cider from the Cheeky Grog Co, they use apples and pears from the Murray and Goulburn regions of Victoria

We somehow narrowed it down to three; the Scotty with pork and fennel sausage, the Faz and Cal’s Capricciosa.

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Alannah & Seb

It was the best pizza I’d had in a long time; super fresh local ingredients combined in interesting flavour combinations.

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Hard to pick a favourite but I can’t go past a pizza with olives and anchovies. I once heard anchovies described as ‘salty eyelashes’, so accurate!

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The Faz

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Cal’s Capricciosa

By dessert time the sun had well and truly set. We enjoyed Jock’s ice cream; coffee and coconut lime as well as a slice of chocolate fudge cake in the lantern light.

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Amazing food. Book ahead if you’re going, it’s wildly popular and only open on weekends. Check out the menu here.

The next evening I took the Canadians out looking for ‘roos. We headed up into the Strathbogie Ranges around dusk.

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Dusk and dawn are prime time for hitting kangaroos with your car. I drove very slowly and carefully.

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It wasn’t long before we spotted a pack of kangroos bouncing along. The way they slip through fences is masterful.

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Hello

Remember that time I hung out with kangaroos on the beach? Good times.

Have a great weekend x

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