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‘Just to get out will be terrific’: Melburnians busting for the beach

The 32-year-old’s parents have owned the fixed caravan for over 25 years. Ms Morgan went from riding her bike and playing in the park as a kid to seeing her own children, George, 4, and Henry, 2, enjoy the same carefree childhood.

“It’s all the same people around us so they’ve become really good friends with some of the kids,” Ms Morgan said.

Wayne Hyde is looking forward to getting to his holiday house in Venus Bay.

Wayne Hyde is looking forward to getting to his holiday house in Venus Bay.Credit:Paul Jeffers

Wayne Hyde said he was excited to get back to his holiday home in Venus Bay.

“I can’t wait to get down there and breathe some fresh air, walk along the beach,” Mr Hyde said.

“The dog [will be] excited as well because he loves it down the beach, throwing the ball and what have you.”

The Springvale South local bought a holiday home in Venus Bay 14 years ago after stumbling across the town while on a trip to Inverloch.

You can’t beat that smell of fresh sea air or open space.

Wayne Hyde

His children are all grown up now and live in NSW, but Wayne still loves getting down there whenever he can.

“You can’t beat that smell of fresh sea air or open space,” he said.

“At night time, you can stand out on the balcony and you can hear waves crashing in, you can see the stars above. It’s so clear and fresh.

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“It is a beautiful day in Melbourne today – I thought, ‘It’d be good to get down there today’.”

Still, he is at peace with waiting until Thursday to getaway.

“It’s just a relief, excitement, freedom. To be able to have some normality back in your life and to be able to escape to something that you love and enjoy,” he said.

COVID-19 stopped any chance of regular visits throughout the year, but Venus Bay’s community centre kept part-time residents up-to-date on their properties by taking photos and videos of their homes.

Mr Hyde originally planned to spend more time at his holiday home this year after winding back from full-time work in March.

“It’s good for the body, it’s good for the soul, it’s good for the mind,” Mr Hyde said. Just to get out of Melbourne will be terrific.

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