Summer: What a delight! Long days, refreshing swims, holidays, ice creams, catch-ups with friends.
If you’re lucky enough to be visiting the Surf Coast this summer, here are 10 summer suggestions to help you make the most of the festive season.
1. Bellbrae Estate has the best Sunday Sessions
Live music, wine, cheese and space for the kids to run around. Sound perfect? Bellbrae Estate’s Sunday Sessions are just that!
2. Anglesea’s parks and beaches are picture-perfect for a BBQ
Beach, river, playground or shade, you name it, Anglesea has a BBQ location to suit. Anglesea’s public BBQs are located at:
Shark Park: Best for grass area and location next to a playground
Anglesea River (next to Anglesea Paddle Boats and Canoes): Best for shade
Point Roadknight: Best for shade and proximity to the beach
Coogoorah Park: Best for exploring Anglesea River and access to the Pirate Park.
More Information: visitgreatoceanroad.org.au
3. Have a roll at the Anglesea Barefoot Bowls
Barefoot bowls have become quintessential summer fun and with a brand new club house, nowhere is doing it better than the Anglesea Bowling Club. So give them a call and book a lane for you and your friends.
More Information: facebook.com/angleseabowlingclub
7. Cocktails and tunes at Jumpz Anglesea
In summer, Jumpz becomes Anglesea’s hub for family entertainment, with access to the wall-to-wall trampoline park, fire pit and sunken lounge, plus an alfresco deck with its own outdoor bar! The kiosk serves refreshing cocktails and food, and visit on the weekend to enjoy live music! If you’re travelling down the coast with the kids, set aside half a day to let the kids loose whilst you relax in the sun with a beer or wine in-hand.
5. Go for a snorkel at Point Roadknight rock pools
When low tide hits, Point Roadknight reveals several large rock pools. The pools are great for a refreshing dip and even better for an easy snorkel. You’ll find all sorts of underwater creatures, left behind by the receding tide.
6. Have a night out at Nightjar Festival
Nightjar Festival is an epic food, music and craft market run in Torquay in January. This event has become renowned for its good vibes, with a bar near the main stage for adults, interactive displays for the kids and roving entertainment for everyone. The market is full of local goodies and food stands with cuisines from all over the world.
4. Afternoon drinks at Great Ocean Road Gin Garden
Aireys Inlet’s newest drinking establishment might also be its best. Serving house-made gin under a clear blue sky, an afternoon session in the Great Ocean Road Gin Garden might just become THE thing to do this summer.
8. Go for a canoe on the Anglesea River
Anglesea River creates a loop trail that can be explored by canoe, kayak or SUP. As you cruise the protected waters, you’ll pass under bridges, travel by fishing platforms and see loads of bird life. If you don’t have your own watercraft, you can hire one from Anglesea Paddle and Canoe Hire.
9. Treat yourself to dinner at The Coast
The Coast Restaurant's menu focuses on locally sourced, high-quality produce so whether it's date night or a dinner with family or friends, they aim to please. The restaurant, located at the back of Great Ocean Road Resort has a relaxed coastal ambience if you're looking to dial up the romance, celebrate a special occasion or simply appreciate high-quality food and wine! We recommend making a reservation in the Summer months.
10. Have a game of beach cricket at Anglesea River Mouth
Anglesea River Mouth is a prime area for the ‘one hand, one bounce’ rule, with a wide area of packed wet sand sitting between the river and the ocean. Out of the way from the main beach area, you’ll have space to spread out ready for a few classic catches.
Ready to book your Surf Coast stay? Great Ocean Road Resort gives you access to all of these amazing activities and more, located in the heart of Anglesea, directly opposite the river.