Escape to sea

Indented Head’s Seabreeze estate offers extraordinary coastal locale. (Supplied)

Carole Levy

Indented Head might be one of the smaller jewels in Bellarine Peninsula’s crown, but it shines very brightly for the lucky 1133 permanent residents counted in the 2016 census, as well as for the many holiday makers and weekenders who come for the seemingly endless sandy beaches and its scenic seclusion.

If you want a piece of this superb lifestyle, the Seabreeze estate has released Stage 14, with 14 various sized blocks – starting from $258,000 – up for grabs.

Within a stroll of the beach, where brightly coloured historical boat sheds amplify the picture-book coastal vibe, the blocks (from 502-1203 square metres) are among established seaside homes, along the stretch of Seascape Drive.

The hamlet, five kilometres from Portarlington and 30 minutes from Geelong, is an idyllic spot to build a weekender or to put down roots and become a full-time local.

Indented Heads offers so much to suit both these types of buyers. Summers spent at the sandy beaches or on the typically calm sea is a major attraction, but there’s plenty more.

Established nature reserves with beautiful gums, native fauna and wetlands invite exploration and contemplation, while the water beckons again via the town’s yacht club – learners welcome from October to March.

A general store and post office in town add a good dollop of convenience, and plenty of restaurants in Portarlington and St Leonards are five minutes away in either direction. Portarlington is also home to a popular golf club and other sporting venues.

In keeping with the relaxed ambience of life on the coast, there’s a ferry that leaves Portarlington and drops passengers in Geelong or Docklands. It’s common to see groups of friends heading into Melbourne city for a day out opting for this lovely leisurely commute.

And with Geelong so close, there’s no real need for driving to Melbourne for shopping or business appointments. Geelong Central has taken enormous strides and offers everything Melbourne has, minus the parking dramas.

All this puts Indented Head in the dress circle of coastal escapes, so building your own “castle in the sand” could well be just what you need.

For more information, please call Simon Braybrook at Maxwell Collins Real Estate, 55 Myers Street, Geelong, on 0438 027 272.