Seaside Nostalgia & Hot Tub Bliss

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The weather Gods must've known of our love of steaming hot tubs and crackling wood fires when they turned on the cool, wet weather for our end of summer escape to Flinders. And we didn't mind one bit!

Arriving at Christa Lodge, we were blown away by the natural beauty of this property. Set amidst four acres of serenity, surrounded by eucalypts and overlooking sweeping country views, this beautifully styled, shabby-chic beach cottage was all this happy little fam could wish for! Being able to bring our dog along too really topped it off.

Stormy nights and crisp evenings proved our seaside stay was as equally suited for a winter escape as the sun-kissed adventure we'd imagined. Instead of lounging in the hammock or hitting the beach for a surf we fired up the INCREDIBLE cedar hot tub and soaked our worries away as we watched birds tip-toe across waterlilies in the dam. It was only a short walk into the tranquil village of Flinders where we found THE BEST sourdough we'd ever tasted and a host of cute cafes, art galleries and boutiques. We grabbed some beautiful local produce at the general store to cook up for dinner, before taking a drive to the nearby ocean beach where we were dwarfed by the breathtaking cliffs and huge rolling waves.

With its super cosy beds, soft linen, a well-stocked kitchen and an overall air of nostalgic homeliness, the cottage itself is gorgeous - but the real appeal for us was outside... Our youngest adventurer loved her first-ever jump on a trampoline and we joined her in awe of our natural surroundings. Between floating on the pontoon, sipping wine in the hot tub, lazing on the huge outdoor lounge or snuggling up by the fire pit, our only challenge was choosing where to relax!

This place is a true winner for the whole family, fur-babies included.
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Things We Did

  • Walk
  • Farm
  • Beach
  • Food & Drink
  • Town
  • Swim
Flinders Pier
Go for a walk along this beautiful old pier. It's also a world-renowned diving spot for the endangered Weedy Sea Dragon that is unique to the Mornington Peninsula....
Go Cow Spotting!
Rolling paddocks that meet clifftops. Spot the furry friends that roam this divine part of the planet....
Flinders Ocean Beach
Drink in that wild air! Rain, hail or shine, Flinders Ocean Beach is a stunning place to feel on the edge of the wild ocean!...
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    Flinders Sourdough
    This lil bakery is divine! Grab a loaf of their amazing sourdough for your breaky eggs or homemade raspberry jam. If you're feeling like a cheeky treat they've also got incredible YoYos!...
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      Pho @ Flinders
      If you've been looking for truly authentic Pho this side of Vietnam, this is it! Originally a pop-up food van, these guys now have their own little shop in the main street....
      Flinders Main Street
      Handpick beautiful local produce for your time away at the general store, or meet a local artist in one of the galleries. Sweet tooths are sorted at the main street chocolaterie!...
      Hot Tub Bliss
      This cedar hot tub is divine. Grab a drink and watch the sun go down in this incredible steaming hot tub. Soak your worries away while you gaze at the night sky or watch birds tiptoe water lilies in the dam....
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        STEAM Restaurant
        Delicious Asian-fusion tapas and a top-notch Sake selection to boot!...

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