GEE­LONG, VIC

AC­CORD­ING TO JEWELLER AND GEE­LONG WEST SO­CIAL CLUB OWNER MIA COOK

ELLE (Australia) - - Travel - @erne­s­tand­joe

Gee­long is burst­ing at the seams with good cafes, restau­rants and bars; it’s big enough to keep you en­ter­tained but small enough to make you feel like you have a tight com­mu­nity. When I have friends in town, we’ll head down the coast to a lo­cal win­ery such as Basils Farm (basils­farm.com.au), just out­side Queen­scliff, or hang at home for a back­yard bar­be­cue.

MIA’S PICKS

and BREAK­FAST:pas­tries from Fresh Born crois­sants& Bread Bake­house.

GROUP DIN­NER: Korean tapas at Donco. Or­der Korean black rasp­berry wine and fried chicken. donco-k.com

TRUSTY FAVOURITE: You can’t go past Li­pari, an Ital­ian pasta place tucked down a side al­ley. Get in early be­fore the lo­cals! li­parigee­long.com.au

HOMEWARES: Goose in East Gee­long will fill you with ex­cite­ment over things like Mud bowls and Kip & Co good­ies. gooses­tore.com.au

RECORDS: Head to Real Mu­sic Vinyl, where you can snag some­thing new or sec­ond-hand – I re­cently bought Leon Bridges’ and Mac De­marco’s al­bums.

CLOTH­ING: Florence & Threads in Ocean Grove, or the Mill Mar­kets to rum­mage for vin­tage. mill­mar­kets.com.au

CUL­TURE HIT: Head to the old in­dus­trial area on Rut­land Street where you’ll find cool places like Boom Gallery and Boom Mak­ers, plus pho­tog­ra­phers, graphic de­sign­ers and a yoga stu­dio. boom­gallery.com.au

CLASSY TIP­PLE: Gee­long Cel­lar Door is a cosy wine bar. Let the staff help you find your dream wine and match­ing cheeses. gee­long­cel­lar­door.com.au

BIG NIGHT: Start off at Lit­tle Crea­tures brew­ery for beer and a bite to eat, then move onto Union Street Wine for pros­ecco and a gos­sip. When you get too rowdy, wan­der down to Cap­tain, an out­door bar re­li­able for good tunes and a good vibe, then dance to a daggy cover band at un­der­ground pub Lam­bys. lit­tle­crea­tures.com.au; union­streetwine.com.au; lam­bys.com.au

FARMERS’ MAR­KETS: South Gee­long Pri­mary School has a lovely farmers’ mar­ket on the first and third Sun­day of each month.

FOR THE LIT­TLE ONES: Let them run them­selves out at the Botanic Gar­dens. SWIM: A pad­dle at Bar­won Heads.

DAY TRIP: The Great Ocean Road is a stone’s throw away. Drive to Lorne and grab a burger, then make like a kid again at the tram­po­line park.

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