Happy New Year to everyone! I hope you had a great party to bring in the New Year. I, as with many Melbournians, celebrated on the Peninsula Coast, a popular spot for Melbournians to have beach houses to take advantage of the hot Summer weather and great coastline. The freeway has been improved so the commute is pretty much one hour, making an easy getaway for weekends.
There are many beach spots to choose from, including surf beaches. The Sorrento back beach is popular with surfers and body boarders for the great waves it attracts. On New Years Eve Day however, to avoid the crowds we went to Flinders beach, a quieter spot which backs onto the Bass Strait, driving through the picturesque golf course that over looks the beach.
The front beaches of the Melbourne Bay are calmer and there places to enjoy fishing or just simple gold fashioned sun baking…
The region of Balnarring and Red Hill (just a short drive away away) are famous wine regions in Victoria. There are many wineries and restaurants in the tree lined dirt streets in Red Hill, where you can enjoy great views of the beach and the luscious green rollings hills, over a award winning meal. These wineries hold free testing so you can be sure to sample a few and ask questions, and buy if you likeit. Recently at Max’s, I tried the oysters as entree and duck with truffle sauce, which were very good.
I also recomend T’Gallant with has a slightly more relaxed approach, but equally an enviable menu and a very pleasant outdoor eating garden. At the Spuntino Bar, enjoy a wood-fried, Roman style pizza, which is so authentic, you may think you are in Tuscany for a moment…
The McCrae Lighthouse
This was previously used as the turning point for ships coming into Melbourne from Port Phillips Heads, the lighthouse was the point where ships turned for Melbourne. These days, however, un-operational.