How to spend a long weekend on the Mornington Peninsula

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HOW TO SPEND A LONG WEEKEND ON THE SOUTH OF THE MORNINGTON PENINSULA

Thanks to a lovely friend and their family beach house in Shoreham, Ivor and I had a little escape to the southern region of the Mornington Peninsula just before the craziness and excitement of Christmas.

In true Melbourne fashion, the weather was up and down with the sky covered in grey clouds and sporadic bursts of intense sun. But luckily the Mornington Peninsula isn’t just blessed with beautiful beaches but also an abundance of wineries, restaurants and distilleries, so there’s always something to do. 

DAY #1 – REST AND RELAXATION 

We walked over to Honeysuckle beach, laid out a towel and spent the entire afternoon absorbing the beach atmosphere and endlessly reading our books. 

DAY #2 – PT LEO ESTATE

From the recommendations of our lovely friend’s mum, we went to Point Leo Estate. 

As soon as we arrived at the front entrance of the estate I was blown away. The driveway and the estate’s main building are so incredibly beautiful! 

We decided to splurge and have a nice end-of-year lunch and wine there, which was delicious. Then we made our way through the estate’s sculpture park, yes that’s right – there’s a sculpture park!

The sculpture park is $5 entry and takes around 60mins to walk around. If you don’t want to splurge on lunch or if you’re not a wine drinker, I would still highly recommend visiting Point Leo Estate just for the sculpture park. The park is huge with incredible views of the surroundings bays. The copious collection of sculptures in the park is impressive, with some famous and recognisable pieces in the park previously pieces placed around the Melbourne CBD.

DAY #3 - REST AND RELAXATION CONTINUED…

To be honest this day was another chilled day of reading and watching Netflix.

Have you been to the Mornington Peninsula before? Or where’s your favourite place for a chilled weekend escape?

Thanks for reading!
Nat xx

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How to spend a long weekend on the Great Ocean Road

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The Great Ocean Road encompasses 243 kilometres of pristine coastline, waterfalls and forests. There’s so much on offer, but figuring out what to do on a short trip can be a struggle.

Here’s your guide on how to enjoy some of the most iconic and incredible sights along the Great Ocean Road over a long weekend. Photos are in order of mentions.

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Day trip to Mount Martha

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Dress: Cos, Shoes: Schutz, Sunglasses: Karen Walker

According to the calendar year, summer has ended for Australia, but hopefully the sun stays around for a little while longer.

Since finishing uni and entering full time work, I have a newfound appreciation for weekends – I don’t have to study and I can just relax before going back to the 9-5 grind.

So during the summer, I was adamant to make the most out of my weekends. This meant exploring more beaches in Victoria.

I am not the greatest fan of city beaches here in Melbourne and after waking up a little late on a Saturday morning, Ivor and I were debating whether to go to somewhere easy and close, like Brighton Beach or make a long journey to the Mornington Peninsula. We weren’t keen for either. So we hopped in the car and decided to go somewhere “in between” and ended up at Mount Martha.

I had a preconception that Mount Martha would just be like a city beach – too many people, grainy sand and litter (apologies fellow Melburnians for the very cynical view of our local beaches).

I was totally surprised when we were driving into Mount Martha and saw orange (yes orange!) fine sand with beautiful blue green ocean water, large cliffs faces and gorgeous brightly coloured beach boxes.

We spent the day reading, swimming, eating and exploring. It was lovely.

Sadly, with the new fences on the cliffs, I didn’t make it to the pillars at Mount Martha. If anyone has any tips on how to get there safely, please let me know!




What’s your favourite local beach? I’d love to find out and hopefully explore some more beaches before all the sun disappears.

Photos by Ivor

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Nat xx

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Sunny beach days - gingham and embroidery

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Romper: Zaful (it's sold out, but you can find similar ones here), Swimsuit: Zaful

As a lover of stripes, it only makes sense that I also love gingham (stripes vertical and horizontal – yas!).

A while back in preparation for the warmer season, I bought a pair of gingham wrap sandals and knew I wanted to add more gingham to my wardrobe. As I was scrolling through Zaful I came across this adorable red and white gingham print romper and instantly clicked ‘add to basket’.

I love the design of this checked plunger romper - the v-neck is flattering without being too deep, the wrap waist tie gives your body shape and the frills on the legs are adorable. And of course, I love the gingham print.

What are your thoughts on gingham?

I wore this playsuit to the beach, alongside an embroidered strappy swimsuit I also got from Zaful. I loved the floral and bird design on this swimsuit, especially as I hadn’t seen embroidery on a swimsuit before.

I hope the beach weather doesn’t go away soon so I can keep wearing these pieces!

Photos by Ivor

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