Oh, I Do Love To Be Beside The Seaside!

It’s term break here in Australia, which provided an opportunity for my best friend and me to kidnap each other and escape for a quick break.

I so enjoy these little getaways. It’s time to just spend together, away from the demands of work, family, and other obligations. What was an off the cuff idea the first time is set to become a tradition because we recognise how beneficial it is for us both.

On our first mutual kidnapping we went inland to Daylesford for the day. This time, we headed to the seaside town of Queenscliff, Victoria, where I booked an overnight stay at a fantastic place called Ruby’s.

We had a wonderful, relaxing time — and I even got some writing done!

An Aussie Maple Leaf, adrift on the wind...

Queenscliff is a town on the southern end of the Bellarine Peninsula, near where Port Phillip Bay enters Bass Strait.

Queenscliff has a lovely small-town feel to it, even though it’s only a half hour’s drive from Geelong. There is a very real sense of leaving the rat-race behind and stepping into a friendlier, more relaxing existence.

It is a town with lovely old buildings and churches, and a wide main street lined with boutique shops, cafes and restaurants, including two ice-cream parlours, two old-fashioned candy stores and — best of all — two book shops!

On the cliff above the beach is a lighthouse built from local basalt in 1881, and a historic fort that is still in use as the base of the Air Force Cadets.

There are some great spots to sit and watch the boats, including the ferry to Sorrento at the southern end of the…

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