Ahhhh, the family road trip. You have this image playing over in your mind of driving off down the dusty road, not a care in the world. Bursting into song Von Trapp style and endless games of eyespy. Making memories on the road in search of the next adventure.

REALITY: my five year old is whinging he’s bored and my two year old has just filled his nappy. We’ve only reached the end of our street.

And so began our adventure last weekend from the Mornington Peninusla to Torquay.  Hubby is a master at car Tetris 

What’s a family road trip without a bit of dad humour? Hubby showed off his Jedi mind powers to our five year old by opening the boot with just a wave of his foot. Impressive much? My son excitedly exclaimed “look daddy, I’m a Jedi too!” as he mastered the art of the foot wave.

Golf clubs ✔️

Pram ✔️

Portacot ✔️

Suitcase ✔️

Phew! We’re in (Jedi’s and all) and ready to go!

Keeping my kids entertained in the car is a challenge but with the airline style tray tables in the Ford Kuga MKII the kids kept busy colouring and playing with stickers. My five year old thinks this is absolutely the best feature of the car. Happy kids = happy parents, well played Ford.

We made it just in time to catch the ferry from Sorrento across to Queenscliff. This had to be the highlight of the weekend especially for the kids. Sea Road Ferries take all the hard work out of travel with kids: there’s a kids play area on board and even a cafe for the caffeine deprived parents! Big thumbs up!  

The Bellarine Peninsula has so much to offer – its a great place to explore. We decided to start the weekend by checking out a couple of the local wineries. Jack Rabbit Vineyard and Terindah Estate were both lovely wineries. We were greeted with amazing views and loads of wide open spaces for the kids to run around.
   Exploring Terindah Estate and Jack Rabbit Winery 

Bellies full from a tasty lunch at Terindah we headed towards Torquay, taking the scenic route through Ocean Grove. It really is a lovely drive. The kids must’ve found the winding roads hypnotic and were soon fast asleep in the backseat – peace at last!

Checking into one of our fav hotels, the RACV Torquay Resort we spent the afternoon bouncing on the jumping pillow, playing at the park and rounded out the day with a swim in the indoor heated pool.

Dinner at the hotel restaurant, Number One was a lovely night out with the family. Although it is a fine dining restaurant, the kids menu had a good range and the staff were fantastic with the kids. TIP: when dining with kids book in an early time for dinner, that way the kids aren’t whinging because they are starving and you are out of the way by the time the couples come in for a bit of romance.


After a quick round of golf on Sunday and another play on the jumping pillow it was time for us to head home. The kids were more than happy to stop for a quick lunch at the pub at Barwon Heads and then hop back onto the Ferry home. It was a lovely weekend break and we came back feeling relaxed and ready to take on the week ahead! Why not get out there and explore Torquay and the Bellarine Peninsula with your family? 

What you need to know:

  • FERRY: You can get the Ferry from Sorrento to Queenscliff and back – for more information and timetables see SeaRoad Ferries.
  • WINERIES: For more information on the wineries we visited please check out Terindah Estate and Jack Rabbit Vineyard.
  • ACCOMODATION: We stayed at the RACV Torquay Resort. We’ve stayed here a couple of times before and found it to be incredibly family friendly.
  • ATTRACTIONS: Take a look at the Bellarine Railway, the trains run every Weekend and the kids will love it. Torquay is the birthplace of several Aussie surf brands so why not take advantage of this and do a little shopping?
  • OTHER RESOURCES: I found the Bellarine Kids website very useful when planning our trip.

*FYI this post has been sponsored by Ford but all opinions expressed by the author are 100% authentic and written in their own words