Among the Gum Trees

Excited to escape the city pace, my girlfriends and I hit the road (blaring Drake and Bey on the stereo) and anticipated a weekend of rainy cosiness by the Bellarine Peninsula. We arrived early at the charming coastal town of Barwon Heads and headed straight to the Community Market to rummage through stalls and pick up some delicious produce along the way. We were instantly received with warmth from the locals which made us adore the area and eager to explore. 

A five-minute drive from the town center and tucked away in an acre of secluded bushland, a private driveway lead us to two picturesque cedar cabins in ‘The Woods’. The crisp afternoon air made the piping hot spa exceptionally inviting and as we melted away we savored the light peeping through the gum trees. We prepared for a cozy night in with wine and cheese, and in the morning we woke up to the magical sounds of kookaburras and the light rumble of the ocean.

Nestled in between the seaside towns of Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads, this cedar cabin is like a Pinterest dream, styled and stocked with everything you may need. But despite its beautiful interior, its ultimate charm is you’re encouraged to step outside and embrace the many features this property has to offer, such as an outdoor kitchen, tennis court, pool, spa, golf green, alfresco eating area, bicycles, and fire pit…

Spoilt with the array of charming facilities at the cabin, we found ourselves struggling to pull away from this hidden dreamland. Yet when we finally had the heart to venture out, we spent our time admiring local produce and crafts, bike riding through the leafy back roads and exploring the vast and glorious coastlines of the Bass Strait.

Things We Did

  • Beach
  • Bike
  • Food & Drink
  • Event
Barwon Heads Bluff
There is an incredible beauty and eeriness as you watch the waves crash against the rich coloured limestone at ‘The Bluff’, also known as Barwon Head. For the easiest access head down Bluff Rd, which leads to a car park, ocean lookout and walking tracks....
Bike Ride to Ocean Grove Beach
With the two adorable bikes living at the cabin, how can you not go for a picturesque bike ride to the beach? Head through the leafy back roads and pass through the town centre. Stop for a coffee at Uncle Jack’s cafe and park yourself at a picnic bench by the beach....
Annie’s Provedore
A unique, rustic delicatessen located in the centre of Barwon Heads. Head here for a delicious Italian feed, or spend time raiding their eclectic array of pantry staples and inspiring produce from local suppliers....
Community Market
If you feel the need to do some shopping or even just get to know the locals the stalls at the Barwon Heads Community Market (held every third Saturday of the month) sell a range of produce and goods, including vintage clothes, homemade cakes, candles and the best Kasundi I have ever tasted (Red Home Pantry I’m shouting out to you)....

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