If you are the sort of person who wants all the good bits of a day at the beach without the headaches of screaming children, sticky sunscreen, smelly seaweed or Victoria's notoriously unpredictable weather, The Dunes Cafe and Restaurant in Ocean Grove will be your idea of a seaside paradise.
Only an hour and a half from Melbourne this stylish and affordable cafe shares the building with the surf club and leaves you only a beach cricket throw away from the waters edge.
As you sip a creamy coffee or crisp white wine you will be treated to spectacular panoramic views of the Ocean Grove surf beach, from the lighthouse at Pt. Lonsdale through to the Bluff at Barwon Heads. And the best bit is, although your seat is perched high up in the sand dunes, the glass-fronted, air conditioned cafe means you can enjoy your day at the beach in blissful comfort.
Watch the surfers run past with boards under their arms, see the gulls squawking outside harassing other people picnicking on the sand, feel the warm comfort of the sun on your skin through the floor-to-ceiling windows and see the waves roll in from the deep sea, crashing on the shore in front of you.
There is nothing like a day at the beach, but if you are in the mood for appreciating Victoria's spectacular coastline in comfort, eating fresh fish and chips without the feeling of sand crunching between your teeth, The Dunes Cafe and Restaurant in Ocean Grove is simply unbeatable.