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Safety Beach Sojourn

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by Gary Brown (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the NSW Fishing Monthly, Visit the Shire, Fisho App & Tackle Tactics. I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
Published January 19th 2015
Relax, chill out, explore, unwind and fish on the Mornington Peninsula.

If you are ever travelling down to the south-eastern corner of Port Phillip Bay and you are looking for a place where you can base yourself and your family so you can explore the area of the Mornington Peninsula you should check out the accommodation we stayed at while on a road trip to go fishing in Port Phillip Bay for snapper and King George Whiting.

How sweet were those whiting fillets?


We were after a place that was close to the pickup point where the skipper from Reeltime Fishing Charters was going to pick us up to take us out on the bay, plus somewhere within walking distance of the water and somewhere where we could drive a short distance to pick up any supplies if needed or maybe go out for tea.

Plenty of parking for 2 cars and a boat at the Safety Beach Sojourn


After a quick search on the internet I came across a three bedroom place called Safety Beach Sojourn which had everything we needed. Three bedrooms, double garage, BBQ area and a large screen TV.

Outdoor area complete with BBQ, folding sun shade and a outdoor shower.


It took us just on eleven and a half hours (3 stops for driver change over's) to drive from Sydney to Safety Beach by car and when we arrived we were not disappointed with what we saw.

Safety Beach Sojourn had everything we want, plus much more. All the rooms were extremely spacious with all new furniture, a stylish kitchen with stainless steel appliances features; 5 burner gas hot plates, electric oven, dishwasher, microwave, automatic coffee machine, 4 slice sandwich press, family size refrigerator. Heaps of quality crockery and utensils including; wine glasses, champagne glasses, coffee plungers and platters. The pantry was even stocked with items like Glad Wrap, foil, cooking oil, salt and pepper, plus much more. The only thing that you had to supply was the linen.

Fresh supplies were brought at the local supermarket.


There were even fold up chairs and an umbrella for the beach, a high chair, outdoor shower, and a comprehensive folder that had place to go and a set of directions for every appliance on how to operate them. Very impressive I must say, and yes there was a very large TV for when we came home from the day out on the water fishing and we wanted to sit down and chill out while watching the Big Bash cricket and having a beer or a wine.

Dennis checking in with the better half.

One of the three bedrooms that was at the Safety Beach Sojourn photo courtsey of Lorraine from Safety Beach Sojourn.


As stated before the reason for the three of us travelled down to this neck of the woods was to go out fishing on Port Phillip Bay for snapper as it was just the start of the season. Early Tuesday morning we were up and eager to get out on the bay and tackle the snapper, but there was something that was in our way that most anglers dislike. Wind!

It was coming in from the north-east at about15 klm and was predicated to increase to 30 klm. So it was decided to chase King George whiting instead of heading out wide to the snapper grounds. Lucky we had taken our water proofed jackets down as well, because the rain came in with the wind. Even with all this against us we still caught plenty of fish.

What a feast, whiting fillets, whole leatherjacket, flathead tails, greek salad and fresh mangos.


Due to the fact that it was still raining when we got back to the house we decided to get in the car and do a bit of exploring around the area to find somewhere where I could fillet the fish, as I didn't want to do it back at the house.

Heading north we had a look at Mornington Wharf but there was nowhere that was suitable, so we headed back down south and came across a sandstone wall adjacent to the beach where I was able to fillet the whiting and at the same time feed the seagulls and pelicans.

Fairly basic meals, but still ok if you are looking for a quick meal.

Veal parma with salad and chips from the bistro at the Dromana Hotel.


Attractions

If you were to visit the area and stay at the Safety Beach Sojourn and you didn't want to go fishing or for a swim you could always play a game of golf, visit a couple of wineries, go to Drive-in movie theatre, play a game of tennis, go horse riding or visit a couple of art galleries.

Exploring in the rain can be fun sometimes.


There is so much to do down there you could keep yourself and the family busy for days.

Places to visit and approximate travelling time from Safety Beach Sojourn in a car.

Tennis courts and Safety Beach Country Club 5 minutes
Mornington Race Course 15 minutes
Arthurs Seat National Park - 30 minutes
Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Garden 20 minutes
Strawberry Farm in Main Ridge 20 minutes
Rosebud Mini Golf 16 minutes
Cape Shanck Lighthouse 10 minutes

The second day out fishing on Port Phillip Bay was windier than the first day. It came up to about 45 klm, but there was no rain and there was plenty more fish than the first day.

Due to the fact that we were back in a couple of hours earlier than we anticipated we decided to do a bit more exploring around the area. We came across a little hotel at Dromana where we had tea at little Bistro called the Stella's Dromana Hotel. After that we could resist getting an ice-cream at the Ice-Cream A'la Copenhagen shop.

The worst part about our road trip to fish on Port Phillip Bay was the eleven hour road trip back to Sydney. We didn't want to go back.

Great area out the back of Safety Beach Sojourn to dine.


When we venture back down again we will be staying at the Safety Beach Sojourn, but we will be flying down and back and hiring a car at the airport as it is approximately one hour from the airport to Safety Beach rather than a 11 drive from Sydney.

I can't thank Lorraine enough for letting us stay at the Safety Beach Sojourn. The place was so roomy, neat and tidy, plus the cost for the three nights was very affordable. It was one of the most well presented accommodation I have stayed in on one of my many fishing trips.
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Why? Great accomodation and things to see and do
When: Year round
Phone: Safety Beach Sojourn 04211381332
Where: Safety Beach, Mornington Peninsula
Cost: Price on application
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