Christmas away from Melbourne.


I had the luck to find myself at Blairgowrie Beach on the Mornington Peninsular for Christmas.  On Christmas Day it was amazingly quiet there.  I expected the little village to be filled with Christmas revelers.
It wasn’t.  It was closed and empty.

All these photos were taken on Christmas Day – when the lack of people was slightly eerie but very  relaxing.

It is good to get out of Melbourne occasionally and this is a beautiful place to spend time. For those of us who were in Blairgowrie it was a Christmas to remember.

It changed as the year drew to a close – the town seemed to open and the cars and people rolled in.

Blairgowrie is a small ‘ village’ nestled between Rye and Sorrento and for that reason there is a friendly village atmosphere.  This was  part of the pleasure when we wandered to the now busy village on Boxing Day for a wine and an hour or so to check out the locals from one of the cafes.

A number of cafes in Blairgowrie have good cafe food and there is the best IGA store I have ever seen – it is a gourmet feast for the eyes just to wander around.

The beach is perfect for children with a very gradual decline into deep water.

I am back in Melbourne, now,  enjoying the  city in its holiday mode.  As I drove back to Melbourne I could see  a large percentage of the Melbourne population  headed in the other direction – towards the sea.

Getting there:
The quickest way to get to the Mornington Peninsular and any of the seaside places down there is to drive.  It is about 90 minutes from the CBD,  so it’s possible to take a day trip.

Public transport is easy – it just takes more time.  Take the train to Frankston ( Frankston Line) from Flinders  Street station.  At Frankston buses leave from the station and head along the peninsular . Many of these buses meet the train.

To work out a time schedule ring Portsea Passenger Services (03) 9586 5666 for information on the buses and to confirm the trains they meet.  The first bus leaves Frankston Station for the peninsular at  5.40 am – should you want a bus that early and the last one at 11.05pm.
Accommodation can be arranged through the Visitors information centre at Federation Square


  • Wayne Coady says:

    We are looking forward to visiting Australia …our daughter lives there now. I will follow your blog, it will help us plan our trip.

    Good stuff …keep up the good information.

  • Melbourne says:

    Hi Wayne
    Thank you for your nice comment about my blog.
    I wonder when you will here. I hope you do find the blog helpful and please let me know if you have visited places I have written up and you have comments on them. I think Melbourne is a wonderful city. I’m sure you will have a great time here with your daughter. Em

  • Wayne Coady says:

    Well our daughter is living in Geelong and hopefully next year we will be there. If plans stay on track we hope to spend sometime with her and he partner…then take in as much as we can.

    I will follow your blog all helps plan. Thanks .

    Wayne Coady
    Dartmouth Nova Scotia

  • Claire says:

    Just wondering if the pics of your kids on the beach is the bay side or ocean side beach? Deciding whether to get a house at Blairgowie or Venus Bay this Xmas! What do you think? Thanks :)

  • Melbourne says:

    Hi Claire. This is the Bay Beach at Blairgowie. It is calm and gets deep slowly – safe for children. I love this side but I don’t know very much about Venus Bay. It sounds as if you are planning a great Christmas. Em

  • Melbourne is a very nice place specially for trip i hope this trip going to be your best trip ever with your daughter.

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