Wallington. Gives good hamlet.
If Uncle Monty of Withnail and I fame was actually Australian, one could imagine him retiring to his farm in Wallington, “perhaps the last island of beauty in the world.”
Wallington and little sister Marcus Hill are a collection of hobby farms and larger holdings a mere ten minute drive to the beach. Located off the Bellarine Highway from Geelong, Wallington is en route to Ocean Grove. Marcus Hill is further east from Grubb Rd, little more than the area between Ocean Grove and Point Lonsdale comprising farmland, some scenic hilltops and a couple of wineries. Bistro at Banks is a good weekend breakfast option.
Wallington is increasingly desirable with remnant bush acres and sweeping properties adjoining Lake Connewarre (a Sunday drive down Lings Road will not disappoint property snoops).
It’s also an equestrian paradise with several horse riding outfits and parks on offer. One could easily imagine a satellite outpost of the Horse and Hound operating from Wallington. Designer wellies and flat caps are not out of place at the WRG following Saturday’s Ponyclub duties. Beware the wandering in-store geese.
Wallington Primary School is lovely looking with a reputation to match, and home of the annual Strawberry Fair. Wallington also boasts one of the Bellarine’s biggest draw cards: Adventure Park, a successful water-slide mecca for families (locals recommend the season pass option). Van Loons is an award winning plant nursery with a café and shop, the A’Maze n’ Games is a classic mini-golf set-up.
The Flying Brick Cider House is a popular lunch and dinner option run by the dynamic operator’s of nearby Leura Park Winery. Other winery options abound with Oakdene, McGlashens and Ponda Estates available to kick-start any tasting tour. When you need a sponge, hit up the Elkhorn Café (just look for the signage on Wallington Rd pictured above).
The easy bucolic ambience, proximity to Geelong and the beach, and pretty acreage parcels collude with property prices. With a median nudging $900K, prices beneath the million dollar mark are an increasing rarity.