Friday, 16 January 2015

Inverloch Victoria and A Weekend Link-Up

We've just very reluctantly returned from a seaside holiday at Inverloch on the Bass Coast in Victoria. This is one of our all-time favourite destinations and we've been visiting here since long before our kids were on the scene. It's a place that's changed little and yet so much too, over the years.

Inverloch was once a sleepy coastal town with only a handful of permanent residents, who were regularly inundated with tourists from Melbourne, come Easter, Christmas and school holiday periods. While the latter remains true still, (only on a much larger scale these days), so too, has the original town itself grown.

Like all good things, Inverloch has been 'discovered' but it has not lost its pull one iota with this family.


The beaches here remain natural and superb and being only 1.5 hours by car from Melbourne's inner suburbs, it's no wonder it is such a popular place to escape city-life. Inverloch is a fabulous destination to both day-trip and stay-over. We love to rent a holiday house here whenever we get the opportunity and relax into a lifestyle we wish we had more opportunity to enjoy.


 
Leaving an impression on the world with each tiny footprint
 
The kids were so excited about a week at the beach this Summer and we used our time here well. There was plenty of boogie-boarding, shell collecting, hot weather, beach walks, fish and chips and shopping in the local boutiques. It was truly blissful! Come back holiday - I miss you so much!

 
We chose a holiday house that was very retro and we totally embraced its ugliness! Inside were wood-panelled walls and well-trodden sandy floorboards. Bad artwork clung to the walls in every room and an assortment of mismatched crockery and glassware filled the cupboards. Comfy cane furniture and a 1960's fold-down vinyl sofa welcomed us in the lounge each day. A ping pong table and well-stocked games cupboard kept everyone entertained for our week's vacation and the outdoors deck area and yard was large, securely fenced and neat as a pin. 
 
The homeliness of this house was just so comforting and relaxing and something we miss and crave like-crazy in our modern home. We've not been able to make our own home feel this way at all. (So we're selling it this year and moving back to the inner suburbs of Melbourne.)
 
It was as if time had passed over here and us along with it during our week's stay. We watched hours and hours of VHS movies: Planet of the Apes and Back to the Future amongst others. (We're now hooked on the Apes movies believe it or not!) Original James Bond films cluttered the shelves and countless well-loved children's books sat next to piles of Mills and Boon novels, waiting for some reading love from chilled-out guests.
 

The kids were enthralled by the ever magical Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, which they watched with wonder several times over on the large (now retro) television.

When our second child was born, we considered buying an investment block of land here for a song. Property prices have since soared in the past decade and many new sea-front, million-dollar homes have sprung up. We're understandably kicking ourselves even now! Still, we dream about a place here one day, reserved just for our family.
 
Happiness seems to wait for us here, year after year.
 







Do you have a favourite holiday destination you visit each year that makes you feel incredibly happy too?
Have you taken a holiday recently?

Six Little Hearts Weekend Blog Linkup

What have you been doing this Summer? (Or Winter?!)
The month of January can be a quiet one in the blogging world so I thought I'd open a link-up.
If you're around and want to share a post or two, please link them up here and share some comment love with other linkers.
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53 comments:

  1. I love how fondly you have written about this holiday spot and what a lovely time you obviously all had. Summer holidays by the beach will forever be implanted on all your hearts. I still remember visiting the beach every year growing up in Warrnambool and we like to visit Blanket Bay for Easter every year too. Getting away and just being together is so important. Hope you came home refreshed x

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    1. You're right there Vicki, the beach is a special place for family memories. Thanks so much for sharing yours here too and for joining my linkup. x

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  2. Looks like you had a ball! I love holiday homes- always cosy! The sunset pics are gorgeous :)

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    1. Thanks Amy, we really did - still mourning the holiday being over...

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  3. Glad you had a ball even if the weather on the day of your pics didn't look too summery. I love getting away for holidays by the beach. Our planned getaway up north didn't occur this year (due to my Dad's hospitalisation) but we did get a mini holiday to Sydney instead which was more fun than expected!

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    1. Sydney sounds fantastic too Kirsty. I hope you really enjoyed yourself and recharged. (Hope your Dad is okay too?)
      The weather was cool and grey for only a day and sweltering either side of that so we think we did okay!

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  4. I love your little retro holiday house!! The beach looks amazing. The ocean renews my spirit so much. Happy New Year lovely x

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    1. Oh and that silhouette photo - gorgeous!!!

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    2. How groovy is it! I am missing it so much. I am pretty happy with my photos these holidays too! xx

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  5. Wow such a relaxing and beautiful holiday. I'd love to spend a week at that beach too!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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    1. You would love it and if you return to Australia and visit Victoria, do check this one out!

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  6. Beautiful photos, especially the one with the sunset silouettes.
    The one time I was in Inverloch the hotel room was similar wood-panelled retro. Must be the Inverloch-style.
    Yesterday after meeting you I thought "Gosh, I haven't seen any posts from her in ages!" Turns out when I signed up to follow you on Bloglovin, the listing that popped up was your old blogspot URL. I have now rectified that.

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    1. Yes, Inverloch is all about wood panelling! Love that you know what I am talking about here!
      Thanks for the tip on Bloglovin' - I had meant to fix that ages ago. It should redirect. Great meeting you and thanks so much for linking up today. x

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  7. I love those retro things in holiday houses...great pics, by the way.

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  8. Great photos! Interloch is only 40 minutes from me and I have my brother and sister in law moving there on Monday so lots of visiting the beach coming up me thinks!
    Amber
    http://www.sweetwordsprettypictures.com

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    1. I am so jealous Amber! Can I be their friend too?! Would love a stint on their sofa every so often!

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  9. Aren't holidays just the best. Looks like you all had a great time. You should join in my #weeklywanderlust link party with this!

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    1. Oh Malinda - that sounds perfect. When is it?

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    2. It's on every Wednesday! I leave it open for a few days though so everyone has a chance to join in.

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  10. Hello again! Have popped a link up, thanks for letting me know! Have also put your button on my site! (so need to get one of these on my page!!)
    Amber
    http://www.sweetwordsprettypictures.com

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    1. Oh you are too sweet Amber! Thank you lovely! x

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  11. What gorgeous pics! Looks so relaxing and idyllic, I definitely need a holiday. I haven't been on holiday in the past 4 years. Thanks for the link up, I'll enjoy having a read through the other links :-)

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    1. Thanks Natalie! Sounds like you'd better start planning one. :D

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  12. I love the thought of happiness waiting for you. I feel that way about Cornwall and I'm lucky enough to be able to visit several times a year. Your beach photos have cheered up a very dreary January day here in England, thank you!

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    1. One day I will get to the UK and explore all the fabulous places I've heard about, like Cornwall. So happy to have cheered you on the other side of the world - must be pretty cold there right now!

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  13. Looks beautiful and no holiday can be a bad one if you have Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to watch!

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    1. I fell under its spell too! Love that movie and it's been ages. :D

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  14. Oh your pics just scream perfect holiday hun. So glad you guys had such an awesome time xx

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    1. We did indeed Sonia...I just want to go back. I actually feel so fit too after all the activity and beach walks...

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  15. So funny that you happen to write about Inverloch as I'm just in discussions about getting a holiday house either there or in Phillip Island. I've only once been in Inverloch, few years ago. Reading your blog makes me feel like going for a long weekend very soon.

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    1. Let me whisper this loudly...INVERLOCH! Go Inverloch!
      I think it is so perfect there. Phillip Island is great too but I don't think the beaches are quite as lovely there.
      They are two very different holidays though and I guess it depends on your needs. I think Inverloch is a great escape and this always wins if I were to weigh up the two. Good luck with your decision.

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  16. Looks like a lovely place! And the original Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is such an awesome movie :)

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  17. I love link ups! I've shared my back to school series :)
    Looks like you and your family spent some lovely beach time together x

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  18. How lovely! Looks like the perfect place to spend summer holidays! Lovely meeting you today, Jody x

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  19. Beautiful photos, I want to visit now. Thank you for joining #Linked

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  20. Oh wow it looks fabulous, your pictures are amazing. A little piece of paradise. #sundaystars

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  21. Oh it does look so beautiful there! So glad you had such a lovely holiday! Look at you all with jumpers on (in the first few photos)! We are being cooked alive here is Brizzy! Soooo humid and hot!

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    1. It was actually close to 40 degrees on many of the days we were there. This was the one cool day which was perfect for looking in the rock pools. I don't like humidity - poor you!

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  22. Wow, that looks like a beautiful place to escape to. No wonder you keep going back!
    Dropping by from #openslather :)

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    1. I just need to win the Lotto now so that I can buy a piece of it all. :D

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  23. As kids we used to go to the same beach every year - it was not far from home but we loved it! I wish I was back on holiday too :(

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    1. It's so hard to get back into it all isn't it! I am dreading the school year beginning...

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  24. What an awesome place to have to visit. Great pics!
    As kids whenever we went on holidays it was usually to family so not very exciting places sometimes...

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  25. Sounds fabulous Jody. I hope you rewound those VHS tapes!

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    1. I think we must have had a more tech VHS player as it rewound the tapes automatically! Pretty wow huh!

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  26. They are the best type of holidays, a home away from home. We are big fans of the Sunshine Coast in Qld and try to visit every year and enjoy the beach which is usually to far away.

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