I'm a freelance writer who lives on the Bellarine Peninsula. I enjoy finding new things to see and do in the beautiful area that I live in.
It's an appeal that I don't even pretend to understand, yet makes perfect sense to all who witness it. It's a strange phenomenon, which is realistically unsound, yet most people expect to witness it at least once every year. I'm talking about seeing Santa… in a fire truck. Yes, for some reason, the Silly Season doesn't quite feel complete if you haven't witnessed at least one Father Christmas cavorting around in a fire truck, next to a smiling driver from your local fire brigade. Maybe it's the sensation of seeing a jolly man dressed all in red, getting transported around in an all-red vehicle. Maybe it's just an Aussie thing, where we associate the good times and celebrations of Christmas with the good deeds and bravery of the CFA.
These signs indicate a designated stop zone for the fire trucks
Whatever the case, residents of Clifton Springs and Drysdale (on the Bellarine Peninsula) will get to experience this fun-filled spectacle when the Drysdale fire brigade holds their CFA Christmas Round from 6.30pm on Christmas Eve. This popular annual event sees two of the trucks from the Drysdale fleet driving around pre-determined routes with Santa on board. The trucks, with flowing streams of tinsel and baubles wrapped around their frames, drive through the suburban streets of Clifton Springs and Drysdale, stopping at designated places and handing out free lollies to the children who have gathered to see Santa.
There is always a strong sense of anticipation in the air (from young and old) as the trucks approach their destinations, especially when you hear the enticing 'woop woop' of the siren, as it nears the corner where you are eagerly waiting. If you, too, want to experience this extremely popular and free Christmas Eve event, head to one of the locations listed below from 6.30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend and get one last glimpse of Santa Clause before he takes off on his Christmas present delivering duties.
Route 1. The orange spots are places the truck will stop, and the green path is the predicted route between stops (not necessarily accurate)
Corner of Panpandi Dr and Carawatha Ave Corner of Dundundra Dr and Waulu Ave Park opposite Peta Mews on Delungra Ave Corner of Wanawong Crt and Dundundra Dr Corner of Gumarooka Ave and Dandarriga Dr Corner of Derribong Way and Thamballina Rd Clifton Springs Shops (Centaurus Ave)
Corner of Country Club Drive and Catalina Cres
Corner of Bayshore Ave and Country Club Ave
Corner of Elanora Way and Bayshore Ave
Jetty Road Shops (Corner of Jetty Rd and Pinnaroo Ave)
Clifton Springs Primary School
Route 2. The orange spots are places the truck will stop (some off the map), and the green path is the predicted route between stops (not necessarily accurate)
Wathaurong Reserve (Collins St)
Drysdale Police Station (Eversley St)
Corner of Serene Tce and Waterhaven Blvd
Corner of Lennox Crt and Buccleugh St
Corner of Oakland Dr and De Burgh Rd
Drysdale Train Station (Station St)
Corner of Granville St and Duke St
Corner of Marsh Crt and Wyndham St
Corner of Wisely Ave and Centennial Blvd
Clifton Springs Preschool (Central Rd)
Corner of Vron Place and Eastwood Cres
Corner of Condy St and Nash Ave