While it may not feel like Summer yet, it has officially begun! After spending last Summer freezing to death in Europe, the prospect of spending time in legitimate comfort and warmth is quite exciting. I say that now, but once we hit anything much higher than 30 degrees celcius my optimism will crumble.
To make my Summer plans even more typically Australian, my dad has just moved to the seaside town of Lakes Entrance in Eastern Gippsland. It is a bit of a trek from Melbourne (four or so hours), but totally worth it.
The town is quite small itself, however the population allegedly triples over the Summer months as tourists flock into town. Every second property is literally a caravan park/hotel/motel/BNB/accommodation of some sort. You can see why the town is popular though, as the main street overlooks one of the many lakes perfect for boating, and a pristine beach is just over the dunes.
Dad’s house was a short walk away from the beach and Lake Bunga, so we took a walk along the coast and back through town. The middle of the township is also quite flat, which makes for a perfect cruisy bike ride along the lakes.
The weather looked a bit dismal on my second day in town. The below photo is from Lake Tyers, another nearby township (aka houses and a pub). I am sure I will be back down over Summer for more exploring, and maybe swimming?
The local golf course was also right next to where I was staying. I am definitely not someone who is a fan of golf (I was even terrible at golf on the Nintendo Wii), but it was a lovely place to wander around in the evenings. The beach was just over the dunes, so you could hear the waves crashing as you walked around.
This Summer promises to be a good one. I may not have extravagant overseas travel plans, but I am all the more inspired to explore Melbourne and wider Victoria. Chris and I are off to the Grampians for a few days next week, so any recommendations for the region would be excellent!