Who needs a break? Hands up! Here it is dear ones : a wee virtual weekend away with girlfriends coming to you as Part Two of Ruby Slipper’s Bloggers on the Bellarine Adventure. (If you missed Part One, catch up here.) In this particular adventure, your favorite Melbourne lady-bloggers (Sarah of Sarah’s Style Emporium, Marianne from Esme & The Laneway, Sarah from Style Melbourne and Leeyong from Style Wilderness) get cosy in their sweet-as-pie Big4 Bellarine Holiday Park cabins (there I am above, enjoying the cabin’s pergola), eat like majesties from Game of Thrones at the Vue Grand Hotel in Queenscliff and sup like seafaring ladies of leisure – High Tea on the High Seas style via the Queenscliff Ferry. Oh, but it was a good weekend.
After a leisurely morning drive from Melbourne to the Bellarine, stopping for a cellar door tour of Jack Rabbit Winery and meandering along the streets of quaint Queenscliff, we were all ready for a bit of a lie-down before our next adventure. Cue Big4 Bellarine Holiday Park – just 5 minutes from the heart of Queenscliff, this is a picture-perfect venue for a girly weekend get-together or a school holiday family sojourn. You should have seen our eyes boggle, scoping out not only the beautiful and fully-appointed cabins (absolutely suitable for a self-catering holiday in style) but the huge array of kid (big and little) friendly park facilities including a heated indoor pool, gigantic bouncy trampoline world, internet (yes!), water playground, bike hire, bocce, board games and even GO KARTS! I would definitely have availed myself of said go karts if we had a little more time up our sleeves – but hopefully I’ll be back in Queenscliff for the Music Festival later in the year and can report to you on my gokarting and trampolining shenanigans then. Thanks to the lovely team at BIG4 Bellarine Holiday Park for supplying visiting bloggers with an array of magazines to sweeten our stay!
Marianne and I enjoyed cups of tea in our cabin, before getting ready for a degustation menu at Queenscliff’s famous Vue Grand Hotel. It was a fine reason to wear my new Micky In The Van floral midi-dress out on the ‘town’ – along with a big bun which is the perfect way to neaten hair windblown by the Bellarine ocean.
A couple of images from our formal dinner in the grand ballroom of the opulent Vue Grand Hotel. I myself was feeling a little peaky on the evening and didn’t eat a large amount. From looking at fellow-bloggers’ meals and my own tri-pork feast plate (inset above), this is a special venue in which to enjoy celebrating a memorable event in ‘grand’ style. Please click here for details on the opulent Vue Grand Hotel menu which includes a Bellarine 5 Course Tasting Menu, highlighting local produce and vino.
Next morning after a happy, long slumber in our snug cabins, we reconvened to enjoy ‘High Tea on the High Seas’ – held aboard the Queenscliff Sorrento Searoad Ferry. Look at the sheer anticipation in our glowing eyes above! It’s almost like a ‘Blogger’s High Tea Graduation’ image! This was a terrific way to finish our Bellarine adventure – literally sailing from Queenscliff to Sorrento and back in about an hour, whilst enjoying fine sea air and delicious, delicious high tea treats. Put this in el diario for your Mum’s birthday or for a hen’s afternoon to remember (in style, sans silly straws).
Do you see what I did there with the nautical motifs? A selection of images from our fine High Tea on the High Seas.
When we stopped mid-way in Sorrento, I ventured out on deck. Boy, it was cold but it was true high seas adventure – and a unique vantage point of Portsea’s famous mansion!
Take a bow! Thus endeth another fine Ruby Slipper Blogger’s Adventure. Thankyou to all the kind tourism and hospitality operators (and Ingrid) for hosting our group. I can’t wait to visit this unique part of the coastline again – I see horse riding and Erskine Falls walks on the agenda….