Postcard from Bellarine Peninsula

November 17, 2011 in Australia,Places,Postcards,Victoria

I have a weird habit of judging cities by their names. And since “Geelong” doesn’t sound very pretty, and because all I knew about it was its AFL team (winners of this year’s Grand Final!), its Ford factory and its reputation for being rather industrial, it wasn’t at the top of my list for places to visit around Melbourne.

Kiteboarder Andrew Cordell at Point Henry, Victoria, Australia
But when a girlfriend and I decided to get out of town for the day (with really no idea where we wanted to go), her kiteboarder boyfriend checked the winds and asked if we’d be willing to drop him off at Point Henry, right past Geelong. Although the chit-chat switched from manis and pedis to Red Sox tickets, I never would have discovered this gorgeous spot on Bellarine Peninsula if it wasn’t for a kiteboarder.

Point Henry, Geelong, Australia on a sunny day




Elk Horn Cafe, Wallington, Victoria, Australia


After we left him to kiteboarding, the girls set off for some lunch. We stumbled across Elk Horn Roadhouse, which I recognized from my constant perusals of Cheap Eats: it was the Cheap Eats Country Champ of 2011! The rose-lined courtyard was the perfect place to sit in the sunshine and chat about boys and travel and life in general. Plus, the food was simple but delicious–just like country eating should be.

Road from Wallington to Geelong in Victoria, Australia

So taken by the scenery of Geelong surrounds–an area that I had completely written off–that I had to stop and take a photo.Β 

Point Henry, Geelong, Australia on a sunny day

Point Henry, Geelong, Australia on a sunny day
Point Henry, Geelong, Australia on a sunny day

  • Anonymous

    so pretty!!!

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  • Wow, these are beautiful photos, especially the first photo. πŸ˜€

  • Anonymous

    You would have loved it!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks! Glad you enjoyed them πŸ™‚

  • Lauren

    Nice work finding the Elk Horn Roadhouse… Great food. I just moved from the Bellarine Peninsula to Chiang Mai.

  • Anonymous

    Small world! I’m flying up to Chiang Mai today πŸ™‚

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