This is where every Sunday should be spent. Basking in morning sun, propped up with cushions while reading the weekend paper (or a certain travel mag), looking up occasionally to take in your private expanse of Great Ocean Road countryside.

This enviable Sunday setting belongs to Joanna Cottage – one of seven retreats that make up Johanna Seaside Cottages, only a 40-minute drive west of better-known Apollo Bay.

In fact the beach is just over 600 metres from this bay window, past the sprawling hillside. So, should you slip into a sun-drenched slumber (not that we’d blame you), a refreshing ocean dip is only a scamper away.

But if the weather isn’t performing this well, the cottage’s wood fire and spa bath ought to keep weekenders happy.

Better still, its fenced-in yard means pets can enjoy a seaside escape as much as you. However, since the cottage accommodates up to six guests, we recommend rostering bay-seat privileges.

Where: 395 Red Johanna Road, Johanna, Victoria

Cost: From $840 for a three-night weekend for two; $120 each extra guest.

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