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Autumn/Winter  2016.........

As the days grow shorter, the skies at sunset glow with the most spectacular hues, blooming with pinks, reds and oranges. Have you ever wondered why autumn and winter sunsets are more vivid than any other time of the year? 

During sunrise and sunset, light from the sun must pass through much more of our atmosphere before reaching our eyes, so it comes into contact with even more molecules in the air. Much of the blue light gets scattered away, making the reds and oranges more pronounced.

During this time of year, weather patterns allow for dry, clean air to sweep across the country, and more colors of the spectrum make it through to our eyes without getting scattered by particles in the air, producing brilliant sunsets and sunrises that can look red, orange, yellow or even pink.

We love this time of year! Here are our favourites…. (no filers needed)


Out and About.....

Waterfalls and Bushwalking

Hopetoun Falls and Californian Redwoods

The change in the weather delivers very welcome rain to our area and also brings out the very best in the beautiful Otway Ranges. Not only does the rain make our waterfalls more spectacular, but it brings out the most delicious aromas from the natural bush.

Located on the Aire Valley Road just past Beech Forest, Hopetoun Falls is one of the Otways must see waterfalls. A viewing platform allows you to view the falls from the carpark area. A short walk down the gully and along the boardwalk takes you to the base of the falls. After the falls if you continue to drive down the Aire Valley Road, you will come to a selection of magnificent Californian Redwoods. Just over 70 yrs old, these trees need to be seen to be believed.

What is open in winter? .........

Autumn and Winter are tricky times of year here in the Otways and on the Surf Coast. Many of the businesses do close down for the season and some do not reopen until the Queens Birthday Long Weekend.  This time of year is such a gorgeous time of year where you can nab a great deal on accommodation, however if you wanted to go out for breakfast, lunch or dinner, where could you go? 

Below are a few of our favourite local places that will be open for the rest of Autumn and all of Winter.

Forrest Brewing Company - FORREST


Bookings recommended, especially on weekends & holidays 5236 6170

Sun - Wed, open 9 - 5, serving breakfast & lunch

Thurs - Sat, open 9 - late, serving breakfast, lunch & dinner

Thursday nights are PIZZA night and brewcrew bike ride. The brew crew is a socially orientated, casual mountain bike ride, departing from the brewery at 6.15pm

The Royal Mail Hotel - BIRREGURRA

Serving traditional pub food as well as bistro quality meals, The Royal Mail Hotel offers only the best local produce including a selection of wines from local wineries as well as being a friendly and inviting place to come to enjoy a great meal and drink. 

Open 7 days - Bookings for Friday and Saturday nights are recommended.

Lorne Pier Restaurant - LORNE

In a stunning position at the Pier in beautiful Lorne, Lorne Pier Seafood Restaurant offers great seafood and modern Australian food with a Greek focus. 

Lorne Pier Seafood Restaurant offers brunch, lunch and dinner 7 days a week, 364 days a year.

Lorne Pier Restaurant 5289 1119


Pennyroyal Pet of the Season.........

Meet Luna and Olaf.....

Luna, pictured in the window and Olaf are both rescue dogs. Their owner believes they are MasstiffX. Luna loves lazing around in the sun in the morning and running around playing all day but then loves a quiet Sunday on the couch or in front of a fire. Olaf is an excited puppy who loves playing with his toys and exploring as much has he can but he too loves a lazy day.  Aren't they just lovely.  


Upcoming Events...

  • 20- 22 May - Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles - Bells Beach
  • 21 May - Aireys Inlet Pub -Live Music - Olly Friend 
  • 22 May - Wolseley Winery - Live Music - The Painters and Dockers Quartet
  • 22 May - Winchelsea WW1 Victoria Cross Tribute Cairn Launch
  • 22 May - Gosling Creek Winery - Live Music with Envy
  • 26th May - Surf Coast Film Society - Putuparri & the Rainmakers 7.15pm
  • 29th May - Comedy Festival Roadshow at Aireys Inlet Pub
  • 4 June - Aireys Inlet Pub - Live Music with The Beachniks Trio
  • 7th June - 7.30pm - Martians Cafe Deans Marsh - Live Music with Skyscraper Stan
  • 11th June - Lorne  Foreshore Market
  • 12th June - Love Lorne Model Boat Regatta - Swingbridge
  • 12th June - Aireys Inlet Market
  • 1-31 July - Love Winter in Aireys
  • 1-31 July - Torquay Beanie Festival
  • 13-14 August - Surf Cost Arts Trail
  • 13 August - Wintersong Aireys Inlet
  • 27 August - Winchelsea Spring Flower Craft Show