Travel Diary: Ocean Grove

Ocean Grove may not be the first beach on everyone’s lips, in fact neighbouring Barwon Heads is the bayside town that so often steals the spotlight off the sleepy hollow. But come the Christmas and New Year break and the town really comes to life.

I’ve spent a large portion of my summer holidays in Ocean Grove over the past three years. My boyfriend Jason and his family invited me along on their annual trip from the get go and I’ve really come to love and look forward to our seaside getaway.

Following a trip home to Adelaide after Christmas, Jase and I spent about a week and a half with the sand between our toes at Ocean Grove. We split our time between here, Barwon Heads and Geelong during our sojourn south.

Below I’ve shared all my best experiences from the beach.

Hello Ocean Grove! What a sight to greet us on day one of our holiday.

Having moved from Adelaide to Ballarat if there’s one thing I just about missed the most, it’s the peacefulness of the beach.

Jason and I wasted no time going back to one of our favourite cafes in Barwon Heads. Annie’s Provedore doesn’t only provide meals but it also offers wide range of gourmet produce for sale.

Straight off the breakfast menu is the bircher muesli with Shaw River yoghurt and milk on the side.

Taking my new Nike Free 5.0’s for a spin. Jase bought me these for Christmas from ASOS.

One thing I love to do while at the beach is to go for a morning walk along the sand. There’s something really calming and special about watching the waves crash into the shore, dogs running through the shallows and kids squealing with excitement at the sight of sand. Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that we should stop to embrace and be grateful for.

I stayed sunburn-free with plenty of SPF and this Wide Brim Straw Fedora by Cozi from Myer.

My favourite bathers of the season were this Field Trip Scuba pair by Seafolly.

One of the many interior designs and home decor stores to visit in Barwon Heads is the delightful Kiitos. As you can see they also stock a wide range of bathroom products including Aesop.

If you’re looking for the perfect date night location it’s hard to go past At The Heads located just by the bridge at Barwon Heads. But you must book ahead and request a table by the open window.

Standard beach attire was a pair of Birkenstocks and ripped-denim shorts.

On those cooler days I resisted to pull out a pair of jeans instead opting for this off the shoulder tee from Seed Heritage.

Another day, another coffee! This time we sussed out the brew at the Shack Dining Co. in Barwon Heads.

The new year couldn’t have gotten off to a better start, kicking back on the beach with my Mr.

Yes you can even get your froyo fix at Ocean Grove thanks to Serendipity D’Lites.

There is frozen yoghurt in there somewhere!

A scorching summer evening in Geelong

In the midst of a stinking hot heatwave, we’re talking 40-odd degrees, Jase and I headed down to Geelong for the Bay Crits. ORICA GreenEDGE’s Caleb Ewan took out the race recording his first win as a pro-cyclist.

The perfect way to see the sights of Geelong and Eastern Beach.

You can find the Coffee Nomad lads out the front of Kiito’s. If you’re lucky you’ll strike a day when they have a Doughboy’s Donuts delivery.

The perfect lunch on a 40 degree day is a cold one! This muesli pot from Endless Summer in Ocean Grove hit the spot.

This little Witchery number is my go-to just-throw-it-on dress. Every wardrobe needs one of these, no thought required.

We had the pleasure of watching a cool change roll in from 13th Beach. This photo may look nice but really it was blowing an absolute gale.

Not only do Annie’s Provedore provide delicious coffee, breakfast, and produce but they also bake pizza! This is the scrumptious Italian Sausage pizza and it tasted as good as it looks.

My holiday wasn’t done until I tried a smoothie from Natural Harry. This provided me with great incentive to complete the walk from Ocean Grove to Barwon Heads and back in the morning.

I opted for the ‘A Berry Nice Day’ smoothie and despite it’s generous helping of banana, (of which I’m not a huge fan of), it was delicious! Dairy-free and filled with a whole heap of goodness I wish I had a Natural Harry van outside my front door.

Without doubt the best cafe discovery Jason and I made was the Driftwood Cafe in Ocean Grove.

What we loved about Driftwood was its all-day breakfast menu which meant I could devour this Eggs Royale for lunch.

Beachin’ on my Witchery towel (last season, sorry!) and keeping fresh with Fiji water.

Who doesn’t love a big hat? I bagged this bargain from Witchery a few weeks ago. You can find a similar style here.

Out for dinner At The Heads wearing a Seed Heritage t-shirt (similar here) and Witchery jeans (similar here).

The perfect nude stiletto is LARRA by Tony Bianco.

I picked up these Nike shorts from Rebel Sport as the perfect injection of fashion into my workout wardrobe.

Every girl surely owns a pair of Triangl bathers. Here I’m wearing Winnie in New York Noir.

Another trip to Driftwood Cafe and this time was actually for breakkie. You can’t go wrong with three eggs for the price of two.

A gorgeous summer sunset captured from the Ocean Grove Golf Club.

Oh what’s that? Another dish from Driftwood? This time I opted for the Lemon, Sugar and Butter Pancakes. Next time I’ll actually try something off the lunch menu, I promise.

Yes you guessed right, another trip to Annie’s. This time we opted for The Barker Boy pizza, as well as the Italian Sausage pizza, and the Caprese Salad.

Finishing our getaway on an absolute high with this to die-for vanilla and chocolate ripple biscuit ice cream.

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