The end of the year finally arrived which meant it was time for our long-awaited beach break in Venus Bay – Victoria – Australia – Had been counting down to our beach escape which I had pre-organised well in advance i.e. April (told you am always plotting the next holiday) The chance for the family to stop everything and head out to spend time together – time to reconnect – 2013 has been a hard year with studies, school activities, health and work commitments – I couldn’t wait for 2014 to arrive.
This is our 2nd visit to Venus Bay - love this little town - It is far enough from Melbourne that you can really escape the crowds and it is quiet – There is very little to do in Venus Bay other than hang out at the beach and actually relax, you have no choice.
Venus Bay is located approximately 2 hours from Melbourne and is a lovely drive via the Gippsland region with rolling hills and coastal vistas. The town has a few shops and the rest is made up of holiday homes and a few residents 400-500 people live here. On one side of Venus Bay is Anderson’s Inlet (great for fishing, boating) and the other sides is the coast and Cape Liptrap National Park.
The beach at Venus Bay is a really beautiful long stretch of white sandy beach which is part of the Cape Liptrap National Park. The Park stretches from Venus Bay to Waratah Bay – There are 5 beaches no 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 – They are essentially along the same coastal stretch. As the beach here is rough and is known for rips it most likely attracts lower crowds. Having two young children at the beach (which was rough) saw my anxiety levels rise as the kids jumped into the waves – but they had so much fun despite poor weather and poor swimming conditions.
Venus Bay is a great launching point to visit the region and many little day trips can be done:
- Wilson’s Promontory (about 1 hour from Venus Bay and a must visit)
- Inverloch – great for going out for dinner, good beach, shops
- Wonthagi & a visit to the coal mine (a coal mine tour lasts about 1.5 hours)
- Inverloch – the inlet, shops and a safer beach
- Lower Tarwin – along the river, great for fishing and getting food supplies
Activities in/around Venus Bay:
- Swimming Beach
- Bogey boarding (warning rough beach)
- Coastal drives to various beaches and coves – i.e. Cape Paterson
- Cave Beach – fossils with a guided visit
The 5 days spent in Venus Bay really consisted of a well-earned sleep in, breakfast, dilly dally head out to an activity i.e. Walking from Venus Bay to Lower Tarwin to meet up with SJ and Mr. Techno – grab some lunch supplies head back to holiday rental house have lunch chill and head to the beach for the afternoon before returning to said rental house for more food and sleep… only to start it all over again the following day.. bliss.
As my youngest SJ does not like the cold water much, he was happy for me to bury him in the sand and then take video footage of him trying to get out… initially he was reluctant to accept my help, ‘keep doing what you are doing mum I’m fine’ when I responded with ‘I have nothing better to do than to spend time with you’, he was chuffed! We enjoyed each other’s company with my poor attempts at sand burial and cricket on the beach (I dislike cricket..blame the french blood in me…) - It was probably the highlight of my holiday along with him catching a fish (another post on that stay tuned)… And during all this cricket and burials my eldest JJ was having the time of his life bouncing into the waves.
As usual had a list of all the sights and activities to do and tick off a list..… but in the end time to relax was the motto of this beach break. The weather was not really the best. It is rare to get good weather over Christmas and New Year – the heat usually arrives late January.
Station Master’s Cottage booked online via Stayz - This lovely 3 Bedroom house with all you could want on a holiday – super clean and cosy was perfect for us.
Drew’s Beach House - stayed here a few years ago great house and has all you need, even allows pets.. just a little further from the beach than we would have liked.
Food & supplies:
Venus Bay store & Cafe – great for quick groceries, bottle shop and quick bite to eat
Cavity – licensed bar and restaurant – did not eat there but got take away coffee for breakfast one morning $4 – and it was good coffee.
Venus loves Gelato – best gelato but expensive – $6.50 for two flavours double in a cup – but it was delicious try the Tim tam and lemon flavours.
4 Shore Pizza & Pasta - We ordered pick up pizza’s one night – good thick crust pizzas.
Safety Note: - Venus Bay Beach No 1 is the only beach with lifeguards over the Summer months and is much needed.