You know you have a great group of friends when you can enjoy relaxing with them, whether it's doing something new, or doing nothing.
If you need to switch off for a few days, you don't need to wait for the next long weekend. Try this itinerary on the Bellarine Peninsula, gateway to the Great Ocean Road, only about a 1.5 hour drive from Melbourne:
Located in a quiet suburban street, the house includes sleek, minimalist bathrooms and a kitchen with so many drawers, it's hard to keep up with it all. There's also a games room with numerous board games to keep you occupied each night.
Fish at Point Lonsdale Jetty: Point Lonsdale Rd, Point Lonsdale Fishing is a relaxing activity especially on a sunny day with blue skies. Point Lonsdale Jetty is a popular spot for fishing so we gathered our gear and went to try our luck during high tide in the afternoon.
We had three rods going but ultimately had no luck. We saw a few fish caught but not all big enough to keep. Nevertheless, it was a relaxing afternoon on the pier, watching the waves and blue skies, eating snacks and chatting.
Eat at Annie's Provedore: 2/50 Hitchcock Ave, Barwon Heads
Barwon Heads has a little street of shops and cafés. We popped into Annie's Provedore on a friend's recommendation.
Seating is quite cosy but that seems to be the overall atmosphere - rustic, cosy and full of goodies. The walls were lined with wines, chutneys, pasta, cheese and more. It was very hard to resist everything!
The cafe doubles as a shop full of home-made produce, cheeses, pasta and more
As it is a small shop and a great representation of local business and food, service is a little slow. But when I finally received my serve of Apple and Rhubarb Pancakes, I was fairly satisfied with my choice. It was definitely a guilty-pleasure type of meal.
Walk to Barwon Heads Bluff
Before you head off, take a stroll down to the iconic Barwon Heads Bluff. There is carpark on the corner of the roundabout between Barwon Heads-Ocean Grove Rd and Ewing Blyth Drive. There is an Information Centre there that can direct you on the right path.
A walk was a good way to warm up. We walked along the path where the waves continuously crashed against the side - so much so that you can easily get wet when standing in the wrong place at the wrong time!
The path runs alongside a caravan park then has a stairway leading up to the Bluff. From the Bluff, you can see the calmer ocean waves in the distance and we spotted a few brave souls going out to sea to surf.
We walked a little further after the Bluff to see that the walk continues along the coast.
We were about to embark on this extension when it started raining, so we circled our way back to the car park.
Drink coffee at Culture Coffee: 5-7 Bridge Rd, Barwon Heads This cute little coffee van is located in front of Kiitos Living by Design. We stopped by here just before they closed to grab a coffee before our way home.
Culture Coffee van located in front of a niche gift shop