Category : out and about

Our favourite path for cycling & wheelchair cruises

Do you love cycling? Cruising on flat paths in your wheelchair?

If you enjoy cycling then a lovely bike path to take from 100 Hitchcock (red dot on the map below) is along the Barwon River. We normally cut through the park at the top of Hitchcock Avenue, then ride to the bend in Carr street. From there is a reasonable distance of flat, safe riding. Perfectly suited for kids too. The path follows the meandering river, through nature reserve and farmland. Its so peaceful and a hidden treasure mostly only the locals know about

bike path

For the more serious cyclists amongst you then the road that follows along the thirteenth beach is the place to ride. A gentle undulating road that has glimpses of the surf. The traffic is expecting cyclists on the road so is usually courteous. Ride to the windmill and back or do the big loop, after getting to the windmill turn right and head up to Bluestone School Road and then back along Barwon Heads Road into town.



Golf anyone?

About a 15 minute walk from 100 Hitchcock lies Barwon Heads Golf Club. Carved into the natural dune landscape it is ranked highly by Golf Australia in their list of Best 100 Public Access Courses. Worth playing and only a short drive or walk from 100 Hitchcock.

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.


Book your accommodation for 100 Hitchcock in Barwon Heads here

Bellarine Taste Trail

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

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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.”

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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.


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.

Images courtesy of the Skydiving crew.