AuthorKerry Williams

Accessible Accommodation does NOT have to Look And Feel Clinical

What do you do when you can’t find decent accessible accommodation? That doesn’t look clinical like a hospital?

Answer: build it from scratch!

After 4 years operating 100 Hitchcock with awesome reviews, my favourite comment is “I had no idea 100 Hitchcock was wheelchair accessible!” Why? Just because you need a little extra help getting around, it does not mean your accommodation has to look like a hospital. 

Bellarine Taste Trail

Bellarine Taste Trail

Bellarine Taste Trail

The Bellarine region is home to a diverse range of food and wine producers and growers . Farm to table, as well as Ocean to your table – a great activity year round is to explore the regions freshest produce. It’s a great experience visiting the origins of where your food has come from. From Blueberry picking, to purchasing cheese from where the goats produce it, the scent of ripe grapes ready for picking and sampling the diverse range of wine . Hop in the car and follow your nose for delicious wine, organic produce and the freshest seafood.

A great resource is a website called The Bellarine Taste Trail. I highly recommend downloading the Bellarine Taste Trail map here

Its beautifully descriptive and very easy to follow.

Enjoy!

Book your accommodation for 100 Hitchcock in Barwon Heads here

Bellarine Taste Trail

Community markets in and around Barwon Heads

Community Markets in and around Barwon Heads

Below is a handy list of markets within 45 minutes drive from 100 Hitchcock.
The Bellarine region is a great source of fresh food and wines as well as craft beers. Every weekend there are markets within a scenic drive from 100 Hitchcock. Bring fresh produce home to 100 Hitchcock and make the most of the chef’s kitchen. Enjoy!

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Airey’s Inlet Community Market

Airey’s Inlet Community Hall, Second Sunday of Month, October to June

Anglesea Riverbank Market
Anglesea Riverbank, Anglesea, Various Sundays throughout the year

Bannockburn – Golden Plains Farmers Market
Cnr Milton and High Streets, Bannockburn, First Saturday of the month, 9 am -1 pm

Barwon Heads Market (less than a block from 100 Hitchcock)
Last Saturday of the month February-November & Every Saturday in Dec & Jan (not Christmas Day or New Years Day), Barwon Heads Community Hall, 9 am – 1 pmfully equipped kitchen

Belmont Market
Barwon Valley Activity Centre, Every Sunday, 8:30 am – 1 pm

Birregurra Market
Birregurra Park, Main Street, Birregurra, Second Sunday of the Month, 9 am- 2 pm, November to April

Drysdale Community Market
Drysdale Recreation Reserve , 9 am – 1 pm, Third Sunday of the month – October to May

Drysdale Station Market
Sunday 12 April, Drysdale Railway Station, 9 am – 2 pm

Geelong– Computer Swap Meet
Geelong Clearance Centre, 7 Malop St, Every Sunday

Geelong Showgrounds Market
Corner Carr Street & Breakwater Road, East Geelong, Every Sunday, 8:30 am – 2 pm

Geelong Waterfront Makers and Growers Market
Little Malop Street, Geelong, First Sunday of the Month, 9 am – 2 pm

Geelong Steampacket Gardens Art & Craft
Waterfront Geelong, First Sunday of the Month, 10 am – 3 pm

Geelong – NightJar Festival
Johnstone Park, Geelong, Friday evenings in February, 4-10 pm

Geelong – Osborne House Makers & Growers Market
Osborne House, Swinburne Street, North Geelong, Third Sunday of Month,

Moriac Makers & Growers Market
Newling Reserve, Hendy Main Rd, Moriac. Various dates throughout the year

Newtown– Market On Noble
Friday 17 April, All Saints Hall, Newtown, 1 pm – 7 pm

Newtown Farmers Market
Corner of Shannon Ave and West Fyans St, Newtwon, 8am – 1pm, 4th Saturday ofeach month

Ocean Grove Market
Kingston Park – Ocean Grove, First Sunday of the Month, 9 am- 1 pm, October to Easter,
Bellarine Aquatic and Sports Centre Shell Road, Ocean Grove, First Sunday of the Month, May to September

Ocean Grove – Bellarine Community Farmer’s Market
Ocean Grove Park, 9 am – 1 pm, third Saturday of the month

Point Lonsdale Primary School Market
Bowen Road, Point Lonsdale, Second Sunday of the Month, 9 am- 2 pm

Portarlington Primary School Market
Parks Hall, Newcombe Street, 9 am – 1 pm, First Saturday of the month

Queenscliff Community Market
Lower Princess Park, Queenscliff, Last Sunday of Month,9 am- 2 pm, September to May

St Leonards Market
St Leonards Foreshore, Saturday 3, 10, 17, 24 January, 7 March, 4 April, 9 am -1 pm

Torquay Cowrie Market
Elephant Walk, Torquay Foreshore, 10 am – 3 pm, Third Sunday of the month September to April

Torquay Farmers Market
1 Merrijig Dve,  Torquay, Every Saturday, 8:30 am – 1 pm

Torquay – NightJar Festival
Torquay Common,Thursday evenings in January, 4-10 pm

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Information sourced with thanks to bellarinekids.com.au . A wonderful website dedicated to kids activities in the Bellarine area- check them out.

Another great website is  thebellarinetastetrail.com.au

Toast to the Coast Event – 29 & 30 October 2016

Toast to the Coast – 29 & 30 October 2016 

Anakie vineyardThe Bellarine peninsula is home to many gorgeous wineries, and are gaining more popularity as well as winning prestigious awards every year. ‘Toast to the Coast’ is held over the Melbourne Cup long weekend where you have the opportunity to explore each of the three Geelong Wine sub regions with a shuttle bus service between each winery!

A Day On The Green – an experience to remember

A Day On The Green

audience a day on the greenKnown as “the Big Day Out for grown-ups”, A Day on the Green brings good food, fine wine and great music in magnificent location of Mount Duneed Estate Winery (15 to 20 minutes from 100 Hitchcock). This year it is scheduled for Saturday, November 12, 2016

A Day on the Green has grown to become firmly entrenched as one of Australia’s most successful and respected outdoor concert events.

It is is more than a concert event, it is an “experience” and that is what sets it apart from other winery concerts. Being able to bring your own food, the popular ‘picnic of the day’  a DJ spinning the tunes between bands,  and the chance to meet artists at the signing make a day on the green such a great day and a perfect time to stay at 100 Hitchcock.

Mount Duneed Estate is between 15 and 20 minutes from Barwon Heads by car. Their wine is just amazing and worth visiting year round.

 

 

Artists planned for this event are:

  • Jebediah
  • Something For Kate
  • The Meanies
  • You Am I

So get a group of friends together, book 100 Hitchcock as your luxury accommodation, pack your picnic baskets and enjoy to a day on the green! At Mount Duneed Estate, Geelong, VIC Saturday, November 12, 2016 Book here

All photos courtesy of adayonthegreen.com.au

 

Gourmet Kitchen- home cooking

My husband Grant (my personal chef)  is passionate about cooking, so we stocked every conceivable gadget in the kitchen for guests to enjoy.  The Ilve 6 burner stove and extra large oven is my personal chef’s favourite. The next part- where to find great ingredients for a home cooked meal?

Bennos

THE best meat you will ever find is located at Benno’s Meating Place in town. The crew at Benno’s are constantly making up gorgeous variations to take home, already prepared for our guests to salivate over.  Whilst Benno’s have won awards all over Victoria for their sausages, we highly recommend their roasts. Whenever we return from a weekend at 100 Hitchcock, we stock the esky full of Benno’s meats to take back to Melbourne.

salmon igakimmys pizza

For everyday items, the IGA in Barwon Heads is ideal. They stock a great range of spices, dips, breads.  We love grabbing pizza making ingredients for a quick and easy meal. Also their bottle shop is cheaper than the actual bottle shop next door, and stock a great range of wines from the Bellarine area.

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Of course the widest selection of wines and ciders can be found at The Wine Store, just a block away from 100 Hitchcock.  Worth strolling down for a wine tasting. Watch the sun set at the beach with a bottle of vino from Bellarine wineries.

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Just out of town (6 kilometres) at the Barwon Heads airport you’ll find a great selection of the freshest fish.

I hope this has you salivating- now go cook up a storm at 100 Hitchcock! We would love to see pics of your creations too!

 

Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race

If you love cycling then you need to be in Barwon Heads at the end of January. On Saturday January 30th, The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race is being held.Whilst there will be hundreds of elite cyclists the event includes open participation event as well, with around 4,000 cyclists.A course has been designed by Scott Sunderland and Cadel Evans and travels right past 100 Hitchock, through Cadel’s hometown of Barwon Heads, through Thirteenth Beach, and down to Torquay, Bells Beach and Moriac before ending on the Geelong Waterfront.Jan 30th and 31st 2016, The Cadel Evans race is anticipated to attract a world class field next year after it recently received a classification upgrade. The race has been given in principle support from the Union Cycliste Internationale for 1.HC classification, which is just one level below the UCI World Tour. Pretty cool.UCI vice president said “The rise in the status to ‘Hors’ category status means that it can attract up to 75 per cent of the event from world tour teams,” she said. “Which means three quarters of the field could be [made up] of the teams currently racing in the Tour de France.”

Visit http://cadelevansgreatoceanroadrace.com.au/ for more info

 

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Biking the Bellarine Rail Trail

The Bellarine Rail Trail is a 32 kilometre stretch of bike path recycled from abandoned railway corridors . For the less than fit cyclists(like me) or those riding with children, I recommend starting from Drysdale.  The Drysdale to Queenscliff  trail runs beside the Bellarine Peninsula Tourist Railway. The tourist railway operators are happy to take bicycles on their trains if you tire out and need a ride back to your car. Winning!

Some parts are hilly, the best bit is not having to compete with cars on the road.

The full trail runs from Queenscliff to Geelong. I have added a great link with all the details.

https://www.railtrails.org.au/trail?view=trail&id=139

 

The Queenscliff Music Festival

The Queenscliff Music Festival is an amazing experience held on the last weekend of November.  The festival showcases some of Australia’s finest talent with names like The Cruel Sea, Triffids, Sarah Blasko and The Cat Empire in previous years. As the event is hugely popular, be warned that you need to get your hands on tickets soon as they sell out. Book a weekend of music and stay 20 minutes from the festival at 100 Hitchcock avenue in Barwon Heads .

The streets of Queenscliff turn into a huge party for the festival, with markets, food vendors and plenty of free street performances for young and old. The Pubs, cafes, restaurants and other businesses all get into the Queenscliff Music Festival atmosphere and make the town a great place to visit even if you don’t have a ticket for the shows.

As there are some lovely wineries between Queenscliff and Barwon Heads, it’s a perfect time to entertain a weekend away.

Adrenaline anyone?

Skydiving the Great Ocean Road is THE ultimate adrenalin rush. You can Tandem skydive, with about 1 full minute of free fall, then about 7 minutes floating above the Great Ocean Road and Barwon Heads.

Whilst I haven’t yet worked up the courage, friends have done it, and bragged about it for weeks afterward.

Taking off from Barwon Heads airport (weather permitting), about 6 kilometres from 100 Hitchcock on Barwon Heads road. Actually the airport is also a great place to buy the freshest seafood too. I have added a link to the crew who run the sky diving at the airport for you.

http://www.skydive.com.au/locations/great-ocean-road/

Images courtesy of the Skydiving crew.

 

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