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Blissful Bellarine Getaway Giveaway!

Blissful Bellarine Getaway Giveaway!

This last weekend we travelled down to the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula. Not quite two hours from Melbourne, it was the perfect spot to getaway on a Friday afternoon for one of the first real weekends in spring. Those who have a life long love of this beautiful part of Victoria will know, that it’s beauty stems from the sum of it’s parts. You see, you get not one, but many gorgeous towns, all a stones throw from each other. Based in Ocean Grove at the super cute Riverside Ocean Grove Motel, we spent the weekend visiting Queens cliff, Drysdale, Barwon Heads, Point Lonsdale and Geelong. Visiting a different spot throughout the day was spectacular fun and oh so easy to do. Before we start with a recap of our weekend, I need to begin by letting you know that we are giving one lucky follower the chance to experience a weekend away in this beautiful part of the world!

This is our BIGGEST GIVEAWAY EVER!

Bellarine Giveaway

THE PRIZE: One follower will win:

Two nights accommodation in a family room at the Riverside Ocean Grove Motel for January 19 / 20, 2018 – $255 per night

A Day Out With Thomas at the Bellarine Railway– $80 for a family of 4 on January 20

A lunch/dinner for 4 at Mr Grubb @Oakdene $150 inclusive of drinks

Our Sweet Treats Good Box upon arrival – $45

That is a total value of $785

TO ENTER:

Simply head to our Facebook Post Here and leave a comment sharing what part of the Bellarine Peninsula is your favourite, and tag a friend!

*For a bonus entry (but not compulsory), follow each of the business accounts (listed below) and leave a comment on my INSTAGRAM post letting me know you’ve followed everyone.

@riversidemoteloceangrove,

@mrgrubboakdene,

@our_sweet_treats,

@the_bellarine_railway

T&C’s: This giveaway closes on Friday 20th October @ 9pm AEST. This giveaway is in no way endorsed, promoted by or connected to Facebook or Instagram. Open to Australian Residents only who are able to travel on January.

Our beautiful stay…

As mentioned above, our weekend began by checking into the Riverside Ocean Grove Motel. Owner and Operated by a beautiful local family, you can tell that this place is meant to be enjoyed by everyone who stays there. Beautifully modernised, the family suite has two separate bedrooms, a large bathroom and well stocked kitchenette. My favourite find was the FOUR slice toaster. Quite possibly the best part of this accommodation is the fact that all of the rooms open out onto their own deck, overlooking the gorgeous pool and spa. Landscaped with gorgeous flowers and natives, there is also a huge BBQ area. This means that if travelling with family or friends, you can have your children asleep inside, but still feel safe and secure that you are together just outside.

When we arrived we were starving (being a Friday afternoon), and were beside ourselves to find a box from Our Sweet Treats:  some of the most delicious cakes, slices and biscuits we’ve ever seen, and devoured! The kids adored their Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol bikies, and Dan and I loved the slices!

Our next stop for the weekend was a fabulously fun Day out with Thomas in Queenscliff at the Bellarine Railway. Arriving about an hour before our scheduled time of 12.30pm, the kids set off on a trail of activities, from a jumping Castle, steam train tour, miniature railway and fire engine ride! As the conductor yelled ‘all aboard’, we all met the Fat Controller and set off on a 45 train journey on a vintage train. The kids loved waving at anyone and everyone along the way. Once at our destination, there was a quick train shuffle and we set off back to Queenscliff. The kids loved every minute of it!

Lastly, we finished our weekend with a delicious dinner at Mr Grubb @ Oakdene Winery. Set in a lush garden, with sculptures and a huge sandpit, the kids made friends with others, kicked the footy and played tiggy, whilst Dan and I enjoyed a couple of glasses of their wine. A fabulous kids menu meant that our normally  fussy eaters ate every morsel on their plate. The service was just wonderful, and nothing was too much trouble. Even blankets were provided to those of us wanting to sit outside, so we could stay a bit longer!

So with that, we present our amazing Blissful Bellarine Getaway Giveway. This is such an amazing opportunity for one special family, and I wish you all the very best of luck!

 

 

 

 

A little day out at the Tesselaar Tulip Festival

A little day out at the Tesselaar Tulip Festival

Spring has well and truly sprung in Selvin! Yesterday, we had one of those glorious spring days as we headed to the Dandenong Ranges to check out the Tesselaar Tulip Festival. The Tesselaar Tulip Festival is in its 64th year making it one of Australia’s longest running festivals. A proud family tradition, the Tesselaar family has been opening their farm to the public since 1954. I’ve seen pictures and heard about the festival over the years, but this was our first time attending. I must admit, I was unsure about what to expect, but was literally gob smacked when we arrived. Not only are there fields and fields of glorious colour, but dozens of amazing sculptures, market stalls and things to see and visit. It is truly wonderful.

After the kids ran up and down the rows of tulips, and we took a bazillion photos, we took a tractor ride around the farm!

We then headed to the stage to check out the Trolls Show – part of childrens’ week that is on right now! One of our favourite and most surprising parts was the beautiful fairy garden. Ella was completely captivated by the story telling fairy, who mesmerised the children with her version of the three little pigs! The kids climbed amongst the magical trees and even rode their own rainbow!

Some of my tips would include:

  • Bring along a picnic and rug, and have lunch amongst the flowers!
  • Buy your tickets before the event to skip the huge queue when you arrive
  • Head to the face painting early as the line is also very long
  • Make sure you check out when the stage shows are on
  • Wear your gum boots! Whilst it was dry, this is a farm and this means dirt!
  • Bring a good camera….the photo ops are like no other!
  • Get the treasure hunt flyer when you arrive. The kids can find their way amongst the Wizard of Oz characters and get a special prize at the end!

Some other interesting facts about the festival…

 

• This year there are over 900,000 tulips including 130 different tulip varieties on show. Set across 25 acres of gardens where visitors are encouraged to roam free, enjoying the wide open spaces.

• Well over a million spring flowering bulbs will be on display including tulips, daffodils, ranunculus and anemones.

• The garden display is planned over a year in advance, so before this year’s show has even begun, we will already be planning for 2018.

• They have have planted hundreds of blossom trees to add to their floral show including cherries, apples, pears, dogwoods, forest pansies and magnolias.

• Theesselaar Tulip Festival is home to the largest clog in the Southern Hemisphere, coming in at almost four metres long. It was carved by renowned chainsaw artist Robbie Bast.

• During the Festival, the staff wear costumes from the Dutch fishing village Volendam. This includes traditional Dutch farming shoes – clogs. Clogs have been worn in the Netherlands for hundreds of years (though they don’t often get around in them today). While wooden shoes might seem cumbersome, they are actually comfortable and light, being made out of poplar or willow. Clogs are waterproof and warm – perfect for a tulip farm!

To check out more information and purchase tickets head to their website here! The festival is on until October 10.