I recently hit the road with my photographer pal/colleague/fave road-tripper Peter Tarasiuk and headed to Geelong. In a short space of time we managed to eat a lot of food, drink a lot of wine, pen a catchy new theme song for the bayside town, and jam in a heap of stuff - both in G-Town and the nearby Bellarine Peninsula.
As we ticked off the seemingly countless items on our over-stuffed itin, it soon became clear that 'Gee-troit City' is very much having 'a moment'. Stuff is happening. Stuff is cool.
A highlight of the trip was dinner at fine diner, Igni. In the time that's passed since our visit, talented chef-owner Aaron Turner (ex-Loam) has taken out awards left, right and centre for his innovative, local produce-driven fare.
The restaurant - plonked unceremoniously down a confusingly dingy but ultimately rewarding back street - now joins the ranks of Australia's top regional restaurants as a true 'destination dining' icon; and for good reason (seriously, check this out..).
Want to know what's up in G- town? Grab a copy of the latest issue of Australian Traveller mag or CLICK HERE to read my story.
Peter and I were guests of Geelong Bellarine Tourism. Big thanks to Narelle Needham for organising our visit.