Last weekend we took a little mini break to Torquay, one of our favourite spots along the Bellarine Peninsula. It’s not too far from Melbourne and we always have fun there.
As it was a long weekend, we left Saturday morning and stayed for two nights at a lovely little beach cottage that we found on Airbnb. If you don’t know Airbnb, check it out. It’s a really great resource that we also used for our trip to NZ last year.
After a super busy day at the NGV the day before, I was keen for some downtime at the beach. Thankfully the weather was great on Saturday so we spent the whole afternoon at the front beach. After gaining a lot more confidence from her swimming lessons, Ava had an absolute ball in the water crashing in the waves. She barely stopped moving all afternoon, so Dan and I took turns having mini naps in the sun while the other saved her from being dumped! We dug holes, built sandcastles but best of all we had ice cream. That night we had a simple BBQ and crashed out early.
The weather on Sunday wasn’t so great so we spent the morning doing craft. I hear you saying ‘Are you mad, taking craft stuff on holidays?’. Nope, not really and you don’t need much stuff to fill in some time when it’s a bit miserable outside (and it’s better than just handing over the iPad). I packed some washi tapes, white paper, textas, pencils, scissors and a new pack of paper chain strips (from Daiso) and that’s all we needed.
After our craft session we set off to Sticks and Stones for some lunch, as recommended by Bean Hunter. (If you love good coffee and don’t have this app, get it now!). With our bellies full of good coffee and good food, we hopped in the car and headed for the coast. I have always loved the Great Ocean Road and spent a lot of time there as a teen and young adult. Summers in Anglesea, Wye River, Aireys Inlet and Kennett River were the norm for me and I have lots of fond memories from those days.
After hanging out at the Aireys Pub watching circus (trapeze) lessons in the beer garden (basically a HUGE backyard!) and playing in the sand pit, we drove back home to our little cottage. Dinner at the local Thai restaurant was super yum (we’ve been there before) and we rolled home to get Ava to bed.
On Monday we went back to Sticks and Stones for lunch again (yes it was pretty good!) and then drove home via Geelong to visit the Festival of Sails. There were old school carnival rides and games all along the foreshore with food stalls and beach activities.
I took Ava for her first ride on the ferris wheel and she loved it. I made sure not to ‘let go’ of her (a bit difficult while trying to take selfies and pics for this post, ha!) and it took me straight back to being little again at Luna Park with my Dad. We were regulars there and I LOVED the ferris wheel and the merry-go-round and always had to go on both.
So after another ice cream treat we finally made the trip back home and we all slept like logs that night. It won’t be our last visit to Torquay and definitely not our last trip to the beach this summer.