Chill Out at Endota!


WHERE:  Endota Spa Geelong, 218 Pakington Street, Geelong West

WHEN: Monday – Saturday from 9am



This isn’t my usual kind of post, but sometimes when you’re feeling like you have no free time, too many things to do and everything is just a bit too much; it’s a good sign that you really do need to get away from everything and just STOP and BREATHE!  That’s just what I have needed these last few weeks!



Located on Pakington Street Geelong West, near the corner of Autumn St, you’ll find this hidden sanctuary that will slow you right down from the moment you step inside!  You are greeted by relaxed, professional staff, calming music, heavenly scents and soothing cups of tea!  Endota Spa Geelong combines Australian certified organic ingredients with Day Spa treatments to provide one truly blissful experience!

On my last visit, I experienced their “Endotarama” mini super-spa package, which consisted of a foot-bath, half hour organic facial and half hour massage.  A girl (or guy, for that matter, as they cater for men too) could really get used to this!

PANEL_02ON MY WISH LIST:  The be-all-end-all 4 seriously sublime spa hours. Body exfoliation. Yoghurt cocoon or hot oil wrap, full body massage. Organic one hour facial and pedicure.

YOU’LL LOVE: The tranquility of the space and the pure indulgence you’ll feel with every treatment!

TAKEAWAY TIP: Grab yourself a copy of one of their Day Spa music CD’s and some of their calm essential oil for that chill out experience at home!

This week, I was reminded of how precious life is, so don’t forget to take time out for yourself!

Nat x

Shave Day

This is just a quick follow-up to my last post, Live Strong, about my Pakington Village neighbour and friend, Steven Nardi, who wanted to shave his beard for a cause that is so close to his heart.  On Saturday, I had a front row seat to witness the shave (actually it was standing room only) and today I am feeling an overwhelming sense of pride for my community and the town that I now call home!


What began as a somewhat low-key desire to celebrate his ‘cancer free’ milestone, turned into a full blown community event, with our very own Mayor(s) Darryn Lyons (our officially elected Mayor) and Billy Brownless (AFL legend, affectionately referred to as ‘The Mayor of Geelong’**) overseeing the shave and raffle draw.


The turnout was incredible, as is the total that Steven raised; a WHOPPING $16,576!

Follow this link to the Mister Miller Facebook page, where Steven has posted a short video!

Congratulations to Steven and everyone that contributed!

Nat xx


**NOTE – when I first moved to Geelong, I was led to believe that Billy Brownless really WAS the Mayor!

High Tea on the High Seas

Where: Queenscliff Ferry Teminal or Sorrento Ferry Terminal

When: Every Sunday departing at 3pm From Queenscliff or 12 noon from Sorrento


We are starting off the year with our first post about a little adventure I had. Nat couldn’t make it this time so I took the other half along.

High Tea on the High Seas is a great afternoon out. Especially if you like lovely little treats. And there are plenty of them.

On arriving on the Ferry you are seated in the Portsea Lounge with expansive views of the ocean and white table linen. You can select a glass of wine or bubbles or a beer from a wine list of local producers. Once the ferry starts its journey your high tea is served.

Little fancy finger sandwiches, savoury slices and gourmet pies, followed by scones with jam and cream if you would like to have a Devonshire tea. On your return you have your sweets selection and I can tell you now the Peanut Butter Mousse Tartlet is pretty special.

The package includes your return trip on the ferry to Sorrento and back from Queenscliff. Tea, coffee and a drink of your choice. Savoury and sweet treats. It is $40 per person return.

If you want to get off the ferry and go exploring in Sorrento you will need to purchase a return ticket. However, you might not get enough time to enjoy your high tea if you do, you will need to eat very fast or skip dessert. It is a very leisurely afternoon excursion and a great thing to do for a birthday, a catch up with your girlfriends or that someone special.

Bookings are essential and you can book online here or you can call 5258 3244. If you have any special requests such as vegetarian options or gluten free, please call to arrange when you book.

High Tea on the High Seas

All Hail the King!

Who: King of the Castle

Where: Driveway, 14 Pakington Street, Geelong West

When: 7am – 3pm Mon – Fri and 7am – 2pm Sat (closed Sunday)

King of the Castle

I have been frequenting Geelong’s very own hole-in-the-wall coffee destination for quite a while now and it never fails to disappoint – even on a rainy day!  I can’t count the number of times I popped down to interview Robbie – but he was slammed with customers!  This was never a deterrent; just confirmation that good things come to those who wait!

Robbie Lecchino is a Geelong lad; born & bred, but like many, honed his craft in Melbourne working for the dynamic Tommy Collins Group, before bringing his skills back home for the rest of us to enjoy!  Robbie had a vision for his “hole-in-the-wall” concept to fill a gap in the Geelong market and his patience finally paid off with a space becoming available at the top end of Pakington Street earlier this year!

King of the Castle

It’s no secret that I’m a bit of a coffee snob – I drink a double shot espresso, so there’s no disguising bad coffee with milk & sugar!  He serves Padre Coffee; a small owner-run business based in Lygon Street, Brunswick as well as sweet treats from his next door neighbours, Gracious & Delicious (more details in the next post!).

When you visit, make sure you take a moment to step into the tiny room opposite the coffee machine to view the AMAZING work-in-progress mural by artist Sasha Heath


Robbie met Sasha in Melbourne and after seeing her work at Kinfolk & The Hub, he knew he had to get her on board as she was the right person to realise the vision he had for a mural in his new space!

The saying ‘good things come in small packages’ has never been so true!

All Hail the King!