Just get up and hit the beach. With a surfboard if that’s your thing. If not, just hit it on foot for a walk and watch the surfers, joggers, dogs and birds enjoy their beachy start to the day.
Finish your walk or surf with brekkie at The Dunes, right in the heart of the Main Beach. Continue to enjoy those coastal views while also enjoying a big, warm brekkie, juice and coffee.
After freshening up at your accommodation, head out to do some shopping. Definitely include KYO on your shopping list – it’s at the back of the industrial area and is a warehouse full of amazing, quirky and original furniture, homewares and items from around the world.
Head a little way out of town along Wallington Road to have lunch at Elk Horn Roadhouse. This ex-service station now pumps out tasty and wholesome food, all made on-site. The menu focuses on fresh with distinctly local flavours, including the wine list that features only Bellarine wineries. Loads of the house made and local delicacies can also be purchased to take home for your own fridge and pantry.
Get a taste of the Bellarine winemaking pedigree around Ocean Grove. Start with Ponda Estate (open weekends October to April or by appointment other times) – a boutique, family owned vineyard committed to eco-friendly viticulture. Chicken and sheep are part of the team, helping with fertilisation and bug/weed reduction. The ‘babydoll’ sheep keep grass and weeds down but are too short to reach the grapes! There are a couple of Maremma dogs charged with protecting the other animals. Also head to Oakdene Vineyards, where you’ll be welcomed at the upside-down house cellar door to taste the award-winning wine before checking out the gardens and café. The entire venue has an eclectic mix of artwork (by owner Elizabeth Hooley) that will keep your eyes busy as you wander the grounds.
Head to dinner at local favourite restaurant Napona (open for dinner Tuesday-Saturday) the dinner menu includes a five course degustation option, or order a la carte and match with a wine list that includes several local options
Not exhausted? Head to Zebra Bar for a nightcap or cocktails. Furphy (brewed in Geelong by Little Creatures) is available on tap.