Looking for an amazing weekend away? We've put together the ultimate Inverloch itinerary to ensure you have a spectacular time on your escape to the Victorian Coast and the stunning beach town of Inverloch.
The town itself sits on the coast at the mouth of Anderson Inlet, a protected bay where the Tarwin River enters the Bass Strait. The shallow estuary creates a stunning turquoise colour. The beach boasts a large expanse of soft sand and is backed by low grassy dunes. At low tide you can stroll around the western headland to reach the surfing beaches.
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.
Make the most of your weekend getaway and experience Inverloch like a local. Only 2 hours from the CBD of Melbourne - it's the perfect escape :-)
9am - Breakfast at Vaughan's
Family owned and operated Vaughan's are passionate about using only the best local produce on their menus. Combine that with great service, a friendly atmosphere and you will be set for one of the best breakfasts on the Bass Coast. The platters and Tapas are also to die for :-)......!
11am - Drive the Bunurong Coast to Cape Paterson
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, stop off and explore untouched beaches and interesting natural attractions, such as Eagles Nest, Twin Reefs, Shack Bay, The Caves and Flat Rocks. It really is spectacular. Check out Australia's most sustainable street while in Cape Paterson at The Cape development - If you have green fingers, the community garden there is a work of art.
2pm Coffee & lunch at Green Heart Organics
After driving back to Inverloch, re-charge your batteries with a coffee or invigorating Tumeric Chai Latte and a bite to eat at Green Heart Organics. Everything here is prepared with a love and care that you can feel it the moment you walk through the door. If you have a sweet tooth try the the chocolate orange cakes, they really are something special :-)
3pm - Stylish retail therapy
Now that those batteries are fully charged a little bit of retail therapy could be just the ticket. A must shop for fashion is Mika & Max. Founded by two style sisters, the boutique hosts a range of Australian designers and offers a beautiful range of homewares.
If you're into interiors then head for Southern Bazaar, one of Inverloch's newest main street stores. You'll be greeted by friendly staff and a wonderfully eclectic array of homewares, giftware, artwork, furniture and soft furnishings. Wendy the owner has a flair for sourcing unique and handmade original pieces. In 10 years Southern Bazaar has established a loyal following of customers with locals and tourists alike.
If furniture and fashion aren't your thing, how about some custom made jewellery? Inverloch is home to Blue Salt Jewellers, a by appointment only bespoke jeweller who designs and builds exquisite pieces for the international market.
4pm - Explore Anderson's Inlet
Start out in the Glade and take anyone of the many intricate paths that lead down to the beaches for a true understanding of what makes Inverloch so special. Cut back onto the footpath along Ramsey Boulevard and admire some of the seafront real estate from traditional wooden weekenders to modern multi-million dollar beach houses, all the time discovering secluded paths that lead back to the beaches.
6pm - Gelato at Gusto
Gusto blends quintessential Italian Gelati with modern Australian tastes in mind, made from all natural ingredients. Their vast range of delicious gourmet treats include old favourites and a range of traditional Italian desserts with a modern twist. Once you experience it, you’ll only want the real Italian experience! There's a reason the queue is out of the door sometimes....!
6pm - Twilight walk to the Bluff
Watching the sun go down over Inverloch from the bench at the top of the Bluff should be on everyone's agenda when visiting. Head towards the jetty & boat ramp, through the caravan park and you will find yourself on Screw Creek Nature Walk - It will take you 30 - 40 minutes from the boat ramp and you will be rewarded with some stunning scenery, flora & fauna and a spectacular vantage point.
8pm - Dinner at Tomos
Tomo's has become something of an Inverloch institution over the years. This small unpretentious Japanese restaurant is hugely popular with the locals and for a very good reason. Some of the best traditional Japanese fusion you've ever tasted. The Yuzu lamb is otherworldly - Lamb cutlets in a sweet sauce of mirin, soy & sake served with wasabi mashed potato, carrots and thinly sliced fried potato. Our only tip for dining here would be make sure you book well in advance.....!
10pm - Stargazing beach stroll
Weave your way back to the main beach for a midnight stroll. Don't forget to look toward the heavens and view the beautiful starscapes visible form this corner of Australia, before moseying back to your accommodation.
11pm - Sleep at Sandymount
It's only a short walk from the beach to Sandymount on Sandy Mount Avenue, a purpose built B&B offering 5 stylishly appointed en suite rooms, some with spa baths - perfect for relaxing in after an action packed day of exploring.
STOP PRESS - We have a winner - MELANIE DAY CONGRATULATIONS, YOU WON THE ULTIMATE INVERLOCH INDULGENCE WEEKEND :-)