It’s nice to see a lot more surfers at Port Fairy

Having grown up in areas where Torquay was the closest surf beach I have been surprised how few surfers I see at East Beach in Port Fairy.  I don’t remember ever going to Torquay and not seeing surfers trying to catch a break but frequently at East Beach even with good surf the beach can be empty.

It could be the tyranny of distance as Torquay is close to Geelong and not that far from Melbourne with much bigger populations.  It’s true that Port Fairy is close to Warrnambool but they have great surf as well so why drive another 30 minutes. Asking about it appears it is just much too cold.  Facing out to the open ocean the temperatures plummet during the cooler months and put people off.

I have been swimming without a wetsuit for about 6 weeks and although it is bloody cold it is still worth the discomfit.  So maybe the waters are warming and have become more inviting. Either way it is nice to see more people enjoying the beach.

It’s summer but is the water warm enough?

Let’s be honest the start of summer 2019 along the Great Ocean Road is nothing to write home about.  Cloudy, wet, cold and uninviting. But still? Can you swim? Of course! But only for the brave. I have been swimming on the warmer days since later October.  OK at the start it was more like dive under, come back up and scream from the cold, stupidly dive under then do the same thing again. Looking around I was the only one silly enough to break the surface or go past knee depth.

But now it’s December and we are full swing into summer so the water is warmer, not a lot, but definitely warmer.  I live around Port Fairy where the water is open ocean and known for it’s cold temperatures. If I can do it so can you.  I don’t wear my wetsuit – more because I am too lazy to put it on – and a week ago the water was so nice I didn’t want to come out.  But then I was the only one in the water so I could be quite mad.

If you really want a swim and can handle the cold water there is nothing more refreshing and revitalising than surf in the cooler months.  If not most towns have an indoor pool. Port Fairy does but it won’t be the same. Either way water temperatures should start to rise now.

The Spud Box, Warrnambool

Most evenings on the Princess Highway you can see a group of people standing in front of a food van in the carpark of a closed tyre outlet. This is The Spud Box and I will probably be one of the people standing in line. The Spud Box is open Wednesday to Sunday evening and one of the only spud outlets around.
It can be quite hard to find a hot baked potato as very few outlets are available so when you do find one of this quality it makes the queuing worth your while. The difference I find here is that the potato is crushed at the top rather than just sliced open. Watching Jeremy create the spuds at a very impressive speed adds to the culinary experience.
A large selection of spuds are available in two different sizes (I always go for the large). Choose from meat lovers to vegetarian and many others in between as well as several sauces and salts. The service is always friendly and fast although you may have to queue for some time so if it’s raining or cold be prepared.



Address: Cnr Henna and Raglan Pde, Warrnambool Victoria 3280

Monday:  Closed
Tuesday:  Closed
Wednesday:  Open 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Thursday: Open 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Friday: Open 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Saturday: Open 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Sunday: Open 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm