This old, derelict building sits opposite the Vue Apartments in Geelong. I can visualise the building as it would have been in its prime. It must have been very striking in those days. It was built in the late 1880’s as a hotel but was converted to the Ritz Flats at some point. Apparently it has been empty and decaying for about 30 years. It’s such a shame it has been let go to the point that it should be bulldozed.
This vineyard is on the Bellarine Peninsula, just outside Geelong. Their cellar door is in a new, upside-down house at the end of the driveway. That is just one indication of the eclectic mix of buildings and sculptures on the property.
It’s really interesting to walk around and look at everything. They have a sign near the gate that says ‘browsers welcome’ which is nice and made us comfortable wandering around.
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to try any of the wines. They sell a good variety of cool-climate wines. Our visit coincided with a bus load of wine-tasters and although I went in to try some wine the staff were concentrating on serving the others. We were a little early for lunch so didn’t get to see the restaurant or try the food but they have received a good rating in the current Good Food Guide.
I wondered how long they took to collect all these bikes and how long they had them. I was joking about people leaving their bikes after trying the wines at the cellar door.
One of my favourite tv shows of the past was Seachange. It was filmed in Barwon Heads and St Leonards on the Bellarine Peninsula near Geelong in the late 1990s. Part of the plot was about demolishing/saving the bridge in the picture below. Many famous Aussie actors featured in the show which also launched the career of David Wenham who has gone on to appear in international movies.
This building is now a restaurant named ‘At the Heads’. We didn’t go inside but it looks like a nice place to eat. The view over the river mouth is very pretty, especially on one of the few nice days we’ve had lately.
The town of Barwon Heads is very pretty. I’ve heard it’s a great place for a relaxing holiday. There are craft shops, cafes and restaurants.
Last weekend a friend and I went to Geelong for a couple of nights. Each year we like to have a foodie weekend away and check out a different region in Victoria.
We needed a two bedroom apartment which can be quite expensive. I came across a voucher deal for Vue Apartments which provided excellent value. Although we weren’t supposed to have a view of Corio Bay, we could see the water if we looked out of the bedroom windows. It was just a few minutes walk to the beach and restaurants. Very handy when you want to have a drink or two with dinner.
The view of Corio Bay from my friend’s bedroom.
The apartment was compact but well-designed. It had a kitchen with full cooking facilities and a washing machine and dryer. I love being able to be self-sufficient when I’m away.
You may have noticed the mural on the outside of the building is the same as the painting on the lounge room wall. I assume all apartments have the same painting. I didn’t realise it was the same until I was taking the photos of the exterior.
This Japanese restaurant offers some amazing set menu feasts and we tried this one. There were nine or ten courses and it was all delicious. They finish it off with chocolate cigars. The restaurant itself has great views over the Yarra River.