BEACH CREEK COTTAGE, SEASPRAY, VICTORIA.
Seaspray is a small coastal town situated towards the southern end of the pristine Ninety Mile Beach, 32 kilometres south of the large inland town of Sale.
Seaspray's commercial hub is its general store which is located at the junction of Foreshore Road and Lyons Street, providing postal services, takeaway food and fishing gear. The town's caravan park is at the opposite end of town, and has a small shop operating on it’s own. A recreation reserve with a hall, tennis courts and oval can be found in Futcher Street. Memorial Park, bordered by Buckley Street and Bearup Street, features lawns, BBQ and picnic shelters, a playground and war memorial.
The Ninety Mile Beach is Seaspray's main attraction, offering what appears to be a never ending stretch of blue ocean and vast white sands. Access to the beach is provided at several points along Foreshore Road including at the Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club which is perched on top of the sand dunes with a large viewing deck and ramps leading down to the beach. Many other access points along the coast to the beach provide wooden ramps and staircases over the sand dunes and right down to the sand, some integrated with picnic tables and viewing decks.
Merriman Creek skirts around Seaspray's western edge, opening up to a wide waterway as it meets the Ninety Mile Beach. Near the mouth of the creek is a fishing platform and shelter, accessed by following Trood Street and Foreshore Road to the car park at the end. The creek has formed an island further upstream which can be reached via a walking track which comes off Buckley Street. The island has expanses of lawn and is lightly treed, making it an ideal spot for some quiet fishing or a walk along its several pathways.
Shoreline Drive follows the coastline from Seaspray on its 27 kilometre long journey north-east towards the beachfront town of Golden Beach. It skirts around the small holiday community of The Honeysuckles and close to the shoreline of the typically dry Lake Reeve.
THE CLUB HOUSE, INVERLOCH, VICTORIA.
Inverloch is an attractive seaside resort and fishing port, located east of Wonthaggi across the waters of Anderson Inlet from the holiday town of Venus Bay.
Inverloch’s main commercial centre is centred around A’Beckett Street and extends into adjoining Williams Street, Ramsey Boulevard and to Reilly Street where a supermarket is located. Within the commercial centre you will find plenty of restaurants, pubs and cafés.
The town itself sits on the coast at the mouth of Anderson Inlet, fronting the calm waters of this sheltered inlet and also the open waters of Venus Bay in Bass Strait. Inverloch’s main foreshore reserve, known as The Glade, extends from the shops right down to the beach at the entrance to Anderson Inlet. Head west along the coast from there to several sandy beaches and rocky outcrops with shady picnic areas on the foreshore. Further west, along Surf Parade, is the Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club which presides over the town’s surf beach. Heading east along The Esplanade from the town centre leads to safe swimming and boating areas, a jetty, boat ramps and foreshore parks.
Not to be missed is the 12 kilometre scenic Bunurong Coastal Drive from Inverloch to the seaside community of Cape Paterson, fronting Bunurong Marine Park. Regarded by some as a mini version of the famed Great Ocean Road, this coastal route offers spectacular views, untouched beaches and interesting natural attractions which visitors can stop and explore, such as Eagles Nest, Twin Reefs, Shack Bay, The Caves and Flat Rocks.
RIVER BEACH HOUSE, OCEAN GROVE, VICTORIA.
The bustling commercial and holiday centre of Ocean Grove is situated on the southern coast of the Bellarine Peninsula, separated by by the Barwon River from its twin coastal town of Barwon Heads.
Being the largest town outside of Geelong on the Bellarine Peninsula, Ocean Grove offers a wide selection of shopping facilities including major supermarkets, restaurants, cafes and speciality shops, spread between the main shopping strip near the coast along The Terrace and the Ocean Grove Marketplace shopping centre to the north on Shell Road.
Coastal attractions include the surf beaches which front Bass Strait and several walking tracks that offer good views along the beach. The focal point on Ocean Grove's main surf beach is the Dunes Cafe & Bar, next to the Surf Life Saving Club, which is surrounded by lawns, native gardens and bollards carved and painted into people depicting the life and times of the area. The Barwon River, near the river mouth, offers safe and sheltered swimming along its sandy shoreline, while further upstream is a jetty and boat ramp.Much of Ocean Grove is spread over the undulating hills and valleys which characterise this section of the Bellarine Peninsula, giving good views down to the ocean and of the surroundings. Blue Waters Lake and the Begola Wetlands are two major inland water attractions at the bottom of the town's valleys, featuring walking tracks and a collection of birdlife.