Charlie’s On East, Port Fairy

This is the only place to dine with views of the surf in Port Fairy as it is located with the surf life saving club. Great views of the beach from outside on the deck or within the dining room. Nothing beats a good cappuccino with the crashing waves in the background.
Charlie’s is open for breakfast and lunch with a selection of treats to go with your coffee all day. Prices are very reasonable and the coffee is nearly always good. Charlie’s has a laid back feel that you would expect for a surf location overlooking the beach. There is a long deck that you access from the carpark or through the cafe with tables and chairs so you can view the crashing waves while you dine or enjoy your coffee. If it gets too hot or cold then you can retreat into the main cafe.
Orders are taken at the service counter where you can peruse the cakes and biscuits on offer. If you are here for breakfast or lunch Charlie’s have a very good selection of meals including an extensive breakfast menu that should satisfy most tastes. If you are looking for ocean views and casual dining then this is a very good cafe to visit.

 


      

Phone: (03) 5561 5600

Address: 4 Hughes Ave, Port Fairy, Victoria 3284

Monday:  8:30 am to 5 pm
Tuesday: 8:30 am to 5 pm
Wednesday: 8:30 am to 5 pm
Thursday: 8:30 am to 5 pm
Friday: 8:30 am to 5 pm
Saturday: 8:30 am to 5 pm
Sunday: 8:30 am to 5 pm

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Ocean Road could be a lot Greater

As it was a beautiful winter’s day I thought I would take a trip from Warrnambool to Apollo Bay to blow away a few cobwebs. It is around a two hour drive and there are some truly amazing sights along the way. Let’s be honest this is one of Victoria’s if not Australia’s best tourist attractions. In fact when you arrive at Apollo Bay you will understand how much of their economy relies on international tourism.
Then why, oh why is so little being spent`on this fantastic tourism asset. In a 2014 report on the http://www.tourism.vic.gov.au/research/economic-significance.html it states tourism brings in 1.9 Billion to the Great Ocean Road economy so why is so little spent upgrading it and maintaining it. Between Apollo Bay and Port Cambell the road is poorly maintained with some dips so deep I was worried the car would bottom out.
Then there are far too few toilets for the distances involved. Not everyone is in a luxury bus with a toilet at the back. So lets add a few stops along the way.
Don’t get me wrong I would still recommend the Great Ocean Road to any visitor but with a warning to not drive a close to the ground car (sports car enthusiasts beware) and don’t have to much coffee between stops.

 


Thunder Point, Warrnambool

Thunder Point is a viewing beach so you can forget about going for a swim.  The carpark is high above the water (in fact around 30 metres above) with spectacular views of the ocean towards Warrnambool and towards Port Fairy.  When you see and hear the waves crashing into the craggy cliffs you can get a feeling of why the name came about.

There is ample parking on both sides so you can park the car and just view out to the ocean or sit looking back towards Main Beach with Lady Bay Resort towering above which is my favorite view.  Park on the other side of the carpark and watch the waves crashing into the rocky cliffs rising high above the ocean.  The best viewing is from the viewing platform at the centre of the carpark that faces out to the ocean but allows magnificent views in both directions.

It is easy to imagine why so many vessels came to their end with the waves smashing into the rocks that appear briefly as the water rises and recedes.  You can see the rocks go out quite a distance from the shore and are just below the surface.

My favorite is getting a takeaway meal and watching the waves at lunch or just before sunset.  The magnificent hiking track passes along these cliffs as well so if you are energetic go for a stroll.  There are no toilets here so make sure you go before you come as it is some distance to find one.  
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