Having a Good Time in Indented Head, Australia
There is a very oddly named place, called Indented Head, in Victoria, Australia, that actually is a whole lot better than it sounds. It is a small place on the coast of the Bellarine Peninsula, so one can expect to find a great place to have a sea, sand and surf holiday. The area is very popular with tourists and locals alike, and is great for family style fun. There is a sailing club here, some historical boat sheds to investigate, and many sandy beaches to spend sun-filled days on.
The one thing that kids will love looking out for is the paddle steamer, the Ozone, which was sunk to make a breakwater for the bay. This happened in 1925, but it is still clearly visible from the main beach. Finding Indented Head accommodation with the ocean as a view is even better! The population is quite small, just six hundred in 2001, but this swells considerably at holiday times, and weekends of course.
Things to Do Here
Not far away from Indented Head is the Geelong waterfront area. Indeed, Indented Head is at the point of a kind of promontory so there is water practically on three sides. The precinct at Geelong is now considered to be one of the best precincts on a waterfront in the country. Find all kinds of local shops and restaurants here, as well as designer outlets. Literally millions of dollars have been poured into this place, so high class holiday accommodation can be found here, and this may also be a good place to stay for a night or two.
If visitors to Indented Head happen to come in March they can join in the festivities at the Bellarine Show. This is a typical Australian’s day out with livestock on show, llamas and even the humble pigeon vying for prizes in the competitions. Flower arrangements and fruits and vegetables will be on display, and still vying for prizes of course, and this is a great way for tourists to rub shoulders with the locals. Dads will love the vintage cars, farm machinery and motorbikes etc, while mums will enjoy a buggy ride or two after watching the sheep sheering competitions.
The beach is always a popular place but for those who arrive for January, this is the time that the Rip Curl Pro competition is on, and it has the best surfers in the world competing. It is held at Bells Beach nearby so visitors should not miss this exciting day.
Another place not to be missed, as if the kids would let anyone miss this, is the biggest theme park in Victoria, Adventure Park. Not far from the comfortable accommodation in Indented Head, it has more than twenty rides and a whole host of attractions for the entire family.
After racing down the Gold Rush Rapids, the participants drop a full two metres into the pool below. Or, for those who like even more adrenalin pumping action, try the dark and scary Wild West Canyon ride in a two seat raft. The twists and turns on this one are hair-raising indeed.
In fact, this place is so popular, with its archery games, go karts and electric car rides - it will be hard to stop the kids from demanding to be here almost every day! Small kids are catered for too so don’t be afraid to bring them along.
Where to Stay
One would expect to find, in a small place like Indented Head, accommodation of the bed and breakfast kind. However, there are holiday home types of accommodation with up to three or more bedrooms. There is also a holiday cottage style place right near the beach and four bedroom executive-style accommodation too. Since the whole peninsula is surrounded by water, it is not hard to find a place at the beach here!
When to Visit
Summer here is between the end of the year and February, but the temperatures are not really overly hot. However, the winds off the coast can be a little chilly so bring something long sleeved. Winter starts in June for around three months and the night time temperatures drop quite low.
How to Get Here
Of course, we all know that long haul flights leave from Heathrow in the UK. Flying into Melbourne, which is the closest airport to Indented Head just thirty three miles away, and getting transfers or a hire car, is probably the easiest thing to do. However, those who are seasoned travellers usually book a few days accommodation in Melbourne to see the sights there before going to the beach to relax.