Are we there yet?

Are we there yet?

Are we there yet?

Time was, when I’d utter this phrase as a joke, as we excitedly made our way to our holiday destination. Today it takes on another meaning; have we done enough to be able to travel yet?

Shutting down to shut this virus down has been tough.

Victorian’s have been amazing at staying home, keeping their distance from one another and now getting tested in record numbers.

All of these measures are moving us, ever so slowly, to a time when we; well YOU actually (because we’ll be caring for your cats while you’re away), will be able to travel short distances, within our glorious state and just far enough for you to declare ‘you’re away’!

It may be a while until you’re able to travel longer distances and for longer periods of time but I feel, and this is only my opinion, that soon, short, small breaks, staying one or two nights and staying in one area may be an option.

Your kitty cats may feel a sense of surprise and dismay at your departures but as we know they are extraordinary creatures and they’ll adapt to your mini getaways with ease.

So where to go, when you can go?

I attended an online breakfast meeting recently and I met a number of hard working business owners working to support each other during this crisis.

Paul Moran, Managing Director of Surf Coast Travel & Cruise was one such person.

That mini meet and greet with Paul inspired me to dedicate this blog and up coming blogs, to sharing with you some lovely places for you to consider visiting and staying in when you can get away.

Paul has graciously provided some ideas and he may also be able to arrange discounts at these accommodation hot spots by booking through him. Paul can be contacted at or on 03 5291 9299.

Suggested places to stay and visit on the surf coast.

We contacted all of the accommodation venues mentioned here on the 19 and 20 May to seek confirmation that they all have appropriate protection measures in place at their venues and like us they’re watching and listening in anticipation of any gradual lifting of travel restrictions.


The Summer House

Currently booked until August

The Summer House is an extensively renovated homestead and it features quaint, nostalgic, country charm, and additionally it hosts a beautiful yoga studio on site and a solar heated Mineral Pool. It’s settled on a 1/2 acre in Jan Juc with views of the water in the distance and plenty of spacious grass area for activities. It has 4 bedrooms and caters for 8 guests so it suits large families, couples travelling together, or is perfect for hosting small groups such as a yoga or wellness retreat.

Peppers The Sands, Torquay

Perched on the northern headland of Torquay at the start of The Great Ocean Road, Peppers The Sands Resort is a contemporary, premium golf resort destination.
Its interconnecting buildings with modern Torquay accommodation offer spectacular views of the surrounding greens, sand dunes and cliff-faced coast. Offering hotel style accommodation with a restaurant, gym, pool and tennis court.


Chatby Lane, Lorne

A boutique accommodation, offering ocean views, private spas and affordable luxury. Only minutes from the town centre of Lorne, Erskine River and the beach.  Featuring Spa apartments and deluxe studios, they make for an ideal retreat.

Mantra Lorne

Situated at the beachside of Lorne and settled on 12 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens the resort offers studios and one and two bedroom apartments.
The Mantra offers facilities such as an indoor pool, tennis courts, croquet, a café and a bar. There are also many restaurants within walking distance.


Anglesea Heights Luxury Apartments

Anglesea Heights offers magnificent luxury accommodation overlooking the Great Ocean Road, within a 5-minute walk of the beach and surf club. This stunning property offers so much to make for a memorable weekend or mini break getaway. You’re able to book the whole property, which consists of 4 bedrooms, or choose from 1, 2 or 3 bedroom configurations. You can have exclusive use of this property – there are no other guests, and unused bedrooms and other rooms are closed off. Perfect for couples, families or small groups of friends getting together after a long time apart.

Great Ocean Road Resort, Anglesea

Take an easy walk along the Anglesea esplanade River walk to the beach or enjoy the day spa, gym or pool. Anglesea offers relaxed shopping, cafes and restaurants a plenty. Studio, one or two bedroom suites are available in this great location.

Point Lonsdale

The Nest, Point Lonsdale

(Paul didn’t suggest this venue. A flyer was in my box of goodies from Bellarine Smokehouse. A discount may not apply here)
The views from The Nest look spectacular and the idea of donning a bathrobe and kicking back after a relaxing dip in the outdoor spa, sounds lovely.

Lon Retreat & Spa, Point Lonsdale

Currently Closed until 1 September 2020.

Lon Retreat features seven luxurious suites and a Mineral Spa set on over 200 acres of rural and conservation land, hidden away on a hill by the ocean. For those searching to reconnect with the beauty of slow and simple, your adult exclusive retreat and spa awaits. Cloud watching, stargazing and walking without a Map, are just a few activities to get you out of isolation.


Deep Blue Hotel & Hot Springs, Warrnambool

Located at the idyllic Warrnambool Foreshore, the Deep Blue Hotel & Hot Springs is surrounded by extensive walking and cycling trails of the Great Ocean Road.
Studios and one bedroom apartments; some with sea views are available. There’s also a pool, restaurant and Day Spa and sport and leisure facilities across the road include tennis, mini-golf, paddleboats and large adventure playgrounds to truly unwind.

Yummy food and alcohol makers

At that breakfast meeting I also met Sarah Fenton who, along with Jason Smith, operates the Bellarine Smokehouse. Sarah adapted quickly to the pandemic situation to offer ‘Smokehouse Boxes’, filled with delicious products from all around the Bellarine Peninsula.

I’m a salmon lover, so I jumped at the chance to order a box and I’ve not been disappointed. If you’d like to support some of our producers of fine foods from the Bellarine, visit the website here

There are a large number of artisans dotted all around the surf coast and what a wonderful part of the world to be making anything from.

I love a gin and tonic and I’m partial to a crisp, dry Pinot Gris and I love a Muscat but not all at once!
I’m an alcohol enthusiast and appreciator and I like to support the makers.
Here are few places I’d like to visit and maybe you’d like to too.

When you can get away again, check with places before you go to make sure they’re open and you will be served.
I’m keen to support businesses where I can and I’m also mindful of how hard it’s been for thousands in all service industries.

Let’s be patient, kind and grateful to be served again.

I hope the places we’ve mentioned here allow you to get your local travel juices flowing and future blogs will be dedicated to more wonderful regions of Victoria.
We’re very happy for you to share this article with your family and friends too.

Andy and I really miss you and your gorgeous cats and we really hope to see you all again very soon.

The Cat Butler xx