Autumn is no time to waste away indoors! These golden, temperate days are to be savoured and a drive amongst the Dandenongs is a sure way to make you feel alive. In the heart of Sherbrooke renowned chef and restaurateur Shannon Bennett is building an ambitious foodie and culture oasis at Burnham Beeches, starting with the Piggery Cafe and Bakery. The site hosts lawn bowls, a playground and bocce green, all of which were being taken full advantage of on this visit. Needing a quieter space, I took my frangipani rhubarb tart and Five Senses latte next door to fortify me during a wander through the Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens, maintained by Parks Victoria.