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! In fact, they were voted ‘Best Additional Experience’ at the 2018 ‘Australia’s Cellar Door Awards’.
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
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.
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 every Thursday night 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.
7. Let the kids loose at Jumpz Anglesea
In summer, Jumpz becomes Anglesea’s hub for family entertainment, with access to the trampoline centre, bocce courts, games on the alfresco deck and food and drinks from the licenced kiosk. 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.
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 Captain Moonlite
Captain Moonlite has recently been awarded the ‘Best Restaurant View’ in Victoria and for good reason. The restaurant, located on the top floor of the Anglesea Surf Lifesaving Club, looks out over Anglesea Beach toward Point Addis. The view alone makes this our summer pick for dining. Add in their Chef’s Hat and you have the perfect evening. But you’ll need to book this one well in advance.
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.