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Skydive The Beach and Beyond Great Ocean Road

Leap into the sky with Skydive The Beach and Beyond Great Ocean Road on a tandem skydiving adventure and surf the air currents above famous Bells Beach, marvel at lush coastal bush and farmland as you free fall from up to 14,000 feet. Skydiving the Great Ocean Road is one of Victoria's best skydiving adventures - let the tandem skydiving team show you Barwon Heads like you've never seen it before.

You Yangs

Rising from the flat, volcanic plains between Geelong and Melbourne, the granite peaks of the You Yangs are a terrific destination for many outdoor activities. Walk to Flinders Peak for panoramic views of Geelong, Corio Bay, the Western Districts and beyond. There are several walking tracks within the park catering for varying abilities. The You Yangs are popular for mountain biking; the two designated mountain bike areas offer 50km of track. The park is also popular for rock climbing, abseiling and horse riding and there are BBQ and picnic areas available, as well as toilets.


Searoad Ferries connects the Great Ocean Road and the Bellarine to the Mornington Peninsula, the 40 minute crossing is a stress free alternative to driving through the city. Two specially designed all weather 60 metre ferries have easy drive on/drive off facilities, spacious comfortable lounges with full-length windows, a tempting cafe and plenty of deck space. Watch out for dolphins, whales in winter and enormous ships as you breathe incredibly fresh air. Arriving at Sorrento, you will have a perfect view of multi-million dollar mansions sitting atop cliffs, tiny coves filled with boats, the beautiful foreshore and old limestone buildings. Whether you are going home or on a journey far away, there's no better way to see the bay than with Searoad Ferries. Passengers with vehicles are advised to arrive at the terminals at least 20 minutes prior to departure. The ferries depart from Queenscliff Harbour, Queenscliff and the Sorrento Pier, Sorrento. Special Features on the 40 minute journey are the unparalleled views of historic lighthouses, the Point Nepean fortifications, navigational features, seals and dolphins are available from the comfortable lounge areas, cafe style seating or numerous observation decks. Both vessels are fully equipped to cater for passengers with disabilities, including an internal lift from the vehicle deck to the passenger lounge. Coaches may be booked ahead. Seven days notice is advisable to secure passage.

The Blues Train

Victoria's historic coastal town of Queenscliff is home to the world's one and only Blues Train. It is a unique experience that combines four of Australia's best live acts and the beautiful scenery of the Bellarine Peninsula on the Drysdale Railway line while aboard a real moving vintage heritage train. One of Australia's most spectacular entertainment experiences, it is a mini festival in one night, a progressive party you will never forget. The Blues Train leaves Queenscliff Railway Station after guests have enjoyed a hearty meal complemented by a selection of Australian and local wines. The steam train then makes its way along 16 kilometres of track, gently rocking from side to side, seemingly in beat with the music. At each of the stops, Suma Park and Drysdale, revellers swap carriages to see another of the acts, so by the end of the night patrons have seen all four acts performing on the train. Drinks are available from the mobile bar that appears on each platform (from the converted guard's van). You can sit back, relax and listen to the music with a drinking on one of the seated carriages or get up and boogie the blues away in one of the dance carriages. Please visit the website for available dates.

The Lighthouse Olive Mill Shop

The Lighthouse Olive Mill Shop is nestled amongst 11,000 trees grown on 165 acres, the largest olive grove on The Bellarine. Lighthouse Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a multi-award winning provider of exceptional olive oil, grown and cold pressed on the Bellarine Peninsula overlooking Swan Bay and Queencliff. The classic cool climate provide olives with a distinct Victorian coastal character where oils that produced are versatile and vary in their degrees of fruitiness. When blended together they produce the renowned delicious Yellow and White label extra virgin olive oil that The Lighthouse Olive Oil is known for. Lighthouse Olive Oil also produce a range of processed fused Citrus oils. These oils have a unique fresh, zesty flavour perfect for salads, vegetables, fish and seafood. The business uses methods that are environmentally sustainable and support the wildlife habitats of Australian plants and animals. All oils are extracted within hours of harvesting with quality control systems ensuring purity and freshness. All waste products from the production of oils are recycled on the property. Visit Rosie at the Mill Shop for a free extra virgin olive oil tasting, with bottle and bulk oil sales available. Browse through a range of organic Lighthouse olive oils and locally sourced wares and produce including local wines, a large range of spices and herbs, jams and chutneys, potted olive trees, gift ware, soap and other premium body care products. For further information on Lighthouse Extra Virgin Olive Oil or The Lighthouse Olive Mill Shop please see the website.

Van Loon's Nursery

Van Loon's Nursery is an award winning destination for all garden and home lovers. Established in 1965 the garden centre has been providing top quality garden plants and seedlings along with professional advice to generations of gardeners. Located on the picturesque Bellarine Peninsula, Van Loon's is approximately 22 kilometres from Geelong, just off the Bellarine Highway. Van Loon's keeps a comprehensive range of trees, shrubs and ground covers as well as indoor plants. A wide selection of Australian natives are available as well as ornamental and cottage favourites such as roses and lavender. Citrus and fruit trees are available year round. Professional and well qualified staff are always on hand to help with plant selections. Van Loon's features the largest range of seedlings in the area. Top quality vegetable, herb and flower seedlings are available year round with varieties changing seasonally. Van Loon's Gifts and Homewares area is the style Mecca for the Bellarine Peninsula! Browse the gorgeous collections of homewares including throws, cushions, furniture and prints. Fashion and jewellery are always changing with new stock arriving seasonally. Books, kitchen goodies and personal luxury items are always popular. Van Loon's Gifts are only too happy to gift wrap for any occasion. Van Loon's Café is situated in the heart of the nursery with lovely views out to colourful plant and pot displays. It is the perfect spot for a delicious breakfast, lunch or morning and afternoon teas. All food is cooked fresh on the premises using herbs and vegetables from the kitchen garden. Indulge in fresh muffins, homemade slices and delicious home style cakes. Gluten free menu items and cakes are always available. Van Loon's Café is licensed and serves great coffee.

Coastal Golf Victoria

Coastal Golf Victoria makes it easy for golfers to visit and access the amazing golf courses Victoria's Coast has to offer. Coastal Golf Victoria tours include premium courses on Torquay's Surfcoast, the Bellarine and Mornington Peninsula's, as well as those along the Great Ocean Road. Coastal Golf Victoria saves you the hassle of having to make numerous phone calls co-ordinating tee times, accommodation and transport services. Choose one of the tours on offer and let the team do the hard work, leaving you only to arrive and concentrate on your swing. If you have something specific in mind for your tour then visit the website and complete an online questionnaire about what you are looking for. Coastal Golf Victoria can arrange an all inclusive package to suit your needs and budget. With an abundance of premium courses and accommodation venues, as well as iconic tourist destinations to see, Victoria's Coast is the perfect place for an unforgettable golfing experience. Visit the website and let Coastal Golf Victoria take care of your next golfing holiday.

Geelong Adventure Specialists

Welcome to Geelong Adventure Specialists, they offer a range of activities to cater for all ages, beginner to advanced. Their focus is on the seasonal outdoor activities. Currently it is land-based activities and tours locally, and activity specific trips further afield. If you are keen for a challenge, a fun day with friends, or just some time out in one of the many diverse and beautiful natural places in the region, Geelong Adventure Specialists will take care of everything. Are you ready for some fun? Contact Geelong Adventure Specialists for further information.

Geelong Gaol Ghost Tours

The Geelong Gaol is one of Australia's most intact 19th century convict prisons and is believed to be one of the most haunted buildings in Victoria. A three story behemoth, it housed a host of convicts, murderers, lunatics and street children under extreme conditions. Four men were executed and one buried within its walls. Construction began in 1849, the prison was designed along the Pentonville plan to contain convicts being brought directly from England before being shipped across the colony. Tiny cells, lack of toilets and facilities and freezing cold temperatures made Geelong Gaol a virtual dungeon till the day it closed. Closing in the 1990's this is the one prison Chopper Read said he never wanted to go back to. Ghost and Paranormal tours of the Geelong Gaol run seven nights a week. Partnered ghost tours are at Beechworth Lunatic Asylum and Murder Tours of Beechworth, Carlton and Chinatown in Melbourne

Great Ocean Air

Great Ocean Air are the premier air travel service in Victoria. Their luxurious air conditioned Airvans seat seven passengers in spacious cabins with panoramic windows. Choose from a variety of private flight and tours, charter flights, half day scenic tours, day and overnight golf and outback tours and their popular girls day/surfing King Island adventures. Ground transportation, farm stay and beach stay accommodation are available and included in some packages. Make your journey part of the destination. Experience Great Ocean Air. Live the dream.

Advance Mussel Supply

Welcome to Advance Mussel Supply - the home of fresh Portarlington mussels and Angasi oysters. Fresh from the farm to you, come visit them and see. Advance Mussel Supply is a family owned and operated business that has been farming mussels in Port Phillip Bay, Victoria, for over 30 years. They are the only original mussel farmers still farming in Port Phillip Bay and one of the largest. They have multiple growing sites at Clifton Springs and Grassy Point aquaculture zones. Advance Mussel Supply has been a pioneer in developing new growing techniques and building purpose built equipment and boats. Their goal is to produce high quality mussels all year round. After experimenting with Angasi oysters over the last couple of years, they now have Angasi (flat oysters) for sale. They are now cooking mussels and oysters for you to enjoy and selling fresh mussels and oysters for you to take home and cook your self. For more information on Advance Mussel Supply please send them an email or give them a call.

Airodrome Trampoline Park

Welcome to Airodrome Trampoline Park, a spring-loaded playground, where your feet will barely touch the ground. Little kids and big kids alike are guaranteed the ultimate experience during their air time at the Airodrome. The flight deck is fitted out with state of the art interconnected Australian- made Trampolines, it's time to party with your friends, defy gravity and climb some walls. Perhaps you would like to compete in a dodge ball challenge, shoot some hoops, practice flips and tricks or lose yourself in the huge foam pit. Recharge with in the First Class Café Lounge, before your next flight of extreme fun and fitness for the whole family. Bookings can be made for birthday parties, corporate events, group and school bookings. To avoid waiting in queue, please book and pay online and see what life is like in the air.

Farmers Harvest

Farmers Harvest is a local focused business gathering food from around the Bellarine and near by townships. They stock a wide range of seasonal fruit and vegetables concentrating on quality and flavour. They also stock local meats, deli goods, cheeses and hamper goodies. Come in and say hello to their friendly staff and they will take you for a small tour around the shop to explain how it all works and what is on offer.

Kiltynane Wines

Kiltynane Wines is an artisan winery situated on Swan Bay, overlooking the historic township of Queenscliff. Visit the cellar door to learn more about Kiltynane's passion for biodynamic and sustainable farming practices, whilst enjoying wine tastings of quality, handcrafted wines, including Kiltynane Estate, Basils Farm and Pn2. Varieties include: Chardonnay, Rose, Pinot Noir and Shiraz. Expansive lawns provide the perfect place to relax as you take in the stunning views. Indulge in gourmet grazing platters featuring organic produce from the garden, mezze selection and local cheeses and breads. A selection of savoury and sweet house made seasonal dishes are also available until 4pm. (Menu changes weekly, please visit the Kiltynane Wines Facebook page or website for updates). The idyllic landscape, including Basil's Farmhouse, overlooking the vines and Swan Bay, is also an unforgettable location for a private function or wedding ceremony and reception. Kiltynane's commitment to bio-dynamics have contributed to the continued improvement in the soil at Basils Farm, resulting in impressive fruit from the vineyard and the orchard on the farm. An extensive potager garden has been established which provides biodynamic herbs, fruit and other produce to the kitchen, local chefs and visitors. Seasonal produce is available at the cellar door for purchase (subject to availability). Cooking classes, organic gardening workshops and special events are held regularly throughout the year. For updates please join the mailing list on the website. For nature lovers, Swan Bay has one of the most diverse ecosystems on the Victorian coast and is home to a variety of native birds, fish and plants. The wetlands on Swan Bay are listed on an International treaty known as the Ramsar Convention. : Kiltynane Wines is located on Nye Road, Swan Bay, Victoria - three kilometres from corner of Bellarine Highway and Portarlington-Queenscliff Road.

Lonsdale Golf Club

Located on the Bellarine Peninsula, only 90 minutes from Melbourne and 25 minutes from Geelong, the Lonsdale Golf Club is a highly regarded 18-hole sand belt course that can be played 12 months a year. Measuring 5710 metres for men (Par 71) and 5172 metres for women (Par 72), Lonsdale offers a challenging but fair course including a driving range. The Clubhouse features a welcoming atmosphere with fireplace in winter and beer garden in summer offering bar snacks, lunches and a la carte dining. The Clubhouse is perfectly suited to host wedding receptions with north facing gardens and plenty of stunning photo opportunities. The fully stocked Pro Shop is designed around custom fitting for all equipment, apparel and golf balls. The Pro Shop carries a number of major brands to suit a broad range of budgets and levels of experience. Club Professional Sean Charleston (AAA PGA Professional) focuses on development, custom fitting, retailing and organising golf days. Golf days include the signature event The Lonsdale Classic in January, selling out within hours of entry forms being released. Lonsdale Golf Club is surrounded by a variety of accommodation to suit families and groups, couple and wedding parties. Lonsdale Golf Club can help you organise play and stay packages for your weekend get away or corporate golf day. Please contact Lonsdale Golf Club by telephone or visit the website for more information.

Mud Day Spa

Escape the pressures of your day and enjoy the ultimate day spa experience where your health and wellbeing come first at Mud Day Spa. Open seven days a week, offering four private relaxation suites, including a couples' room, Mud Day Spa has been designed for those with sublime relaxation in mind. Choose from a wide range of body and beauty treatments for men and women including facials, massage and wraps using Pevonia and LI'TYA products. The essentials are not forgotten either with waxing, eyes and lashes, pedicures, manicures and special occasion makeup (using Youngblood cosmetics) also available.

Wildings Pantry Essentials

Come and visit the Kitchen Store in St Leonards on the Bellarine Peninsula of Victoria where you can watch the team create a range of delights. Wildings Pantry Essentials are one of the few producers that still passionately make everything by hand. With over 50 products ranging from spices to dressings, condiments to granola the team at Wildings Pantry Essentials only make things that you like to eat. Made from all natural ingredients, products are free from anything artificial and almost entirely gluten free. Wildings Pantry Essentials have all of the products on tasting for you to sample and also offer light breakfasts, lunches, great coffee, deli items and a fabulous array of homewares and locally hand crafted pieces.

Woolsy Trading Post

Woolsy Trading Post sell top quality sheepskin products hand-made in Geelong from genuine Australian Sheepskin. Their products include sheepskin uggs, moccasins, slippers, scuffs and baby booties in a variety of sizes, styles and colours. They also sell fully tailored car seat covers in luxuriously thick Australian sheepskin; measured, cut, sewn and fitted at their store in Geelong West. Included in their range are imported sheepskin products made from Australian sheepskin, mainly coats, jackets and vests, long fleece sheepskin rugs, kangaroo skins & moccasins, domestic, infant & medical care underlays. Woolsy Trading Post also stock a range of supplies for knitting, crochet, needlework, spinning, weaving, felting and craft. As well as this, they stock yarns in a variety of fibres, pure or in blends, of Australian Merino & extra fine Merino wool, cotton, cashmere, silk, angora, mohair, bamboo, rayon, acrylic, polyester, nylon and viscose. Machine-washable yarns and felting yarns. Spinning, weaving, felting supplies, including spinning wheels, carders, looms, wool tops, bumps and kits from Ashford. Stocking a range of ready-made gifts including native Australian animal plush toys including wombats, betongs, galahs, platypus, koalas, kangaroos, joeys, kookaburras, ABC television Play School cuddly toys and Sesame Street characters.


VIP Bus is the ultimate luxury transport. With perimeter seating for 30 people with a Flat Screen TV, Huge Touch Screen Sound System, Air Con, Toilet, BYO Liquor Licence and Red Carpet Boarding. Consider VIP Bus for your Corporate transport with a difference and an experience that your clients will never forget. VIP Bus also provides VIP service for Weddings, Birthday, Formals, Debs, Sport Events, and Hens and Bucks.
Avalon Airport
Near Lara

Avalon Airport

Avalon Airport is Melbourne's newest airport specialising in domestic flights across Australia. Choose Avalon Airport, the Melbourne airport where flying is made easy. There's no hassle getting there with a toll free car trip from Melbourne's city centre along an uncongested highway. Geelong and the Great Ocean Road are also just minutes away. The Airport Car Park is only metres from the terminal, and you can select from their convenient standard car park or their secure undercover Premium Parking service. Why not also give your car a holiday with one of the Vehicle Detailing or Servicing options from their VACC accredited mechanics. You could say that they are the Melbourne airport with less turbulence. Avalon Airport is Melbourne's easy way to fly.

Geelong Wine Region

Whether it is the distinctive maritime flavours of The Bellarine, the ancient richness of the Moorabool Valley Wine Region or the rugged, exposed coastline of the Surf Coast, the Geelong Wine Region is united by boutique, family owned winegrowers producing premium quality hand crafted wines. With each sub region and winery displaying their own unique characteristics, visitors are invited to explore the diversity of the Geelong Wine Region's stunning scenery, touring routes and restaurants whilst sampling some of Victoria's finest cellar door experiences. Geelong's family owned boutique operators maximise their wine's potential by hand pruning, hand picking and hand crafting their wines allowing regional characters to develop. Areas within the region have varying microclimates influencing the depth of colour, bouquet and flavour of the wines. The Bellarine has a maritime climate with bay breeezes and spectacular views, whilst the hills and valleys of the Moorabool Valley – Anakie areas have a warm, continental style climate. The renowned Surf Coast is famous for its long summer days and cooling ocean breezes. James Halliday in his Wine Atlas of Australia and New Zealand wrote: "If there is a unifying feature in all of the Geelong wines, it is their strength and depth of colour, bouquet and flavour." Not only does the Geelong wine region produce some of Australia's best wines, but the wineries are surrounded by some of Victoria's best scenery and touring opportunities. The Geelong Wine Region. Fine wines – from our hands to yours. For a map of the winery region visit:

Beacon Bus Tours and Charter

As part of BIG4 Beacon Resort's offering, Beacon Bus Tours & Charter are able to provide personalised transfers to and from venues or predetermined locations in a 11 seater bus for both guests and visitors alike. Beacon Bus Tours & Charter can also arrange and personalise boutique tour options. The Beacon Bus Tours & Charter service is also open to other local accommodation providers to guarantee visitors receive the best possible experience during their stay in the Bellarine region. Beacon Bus Tours & Charter has an experienced tour guide who has been working as a tour guide both internationally and domestically for more than 25 years. He has developed itineraries and lead tours in many parts of the world however has most recently been developing and leading food, wine and history tours of the Yarra Valley, Mornington and Geelong areas. Beacon Bus Tours & Charter know you will enjoy local knowledge as much as other visitors do. Please contact Beacon Bus Tours & Charter services for further information or customised itineraries and recommendations within the Geelong Bellarine area.

Tour Geelong - Geelong Tour Guides

Geelong is not only a top global tourist destination as it has the world's best tour guide. Geelong entertainer Colin Mockett was named World's Best Tour Guide by a coach party of (mainly American) Seabourn Odyssey tourists at the end of their four-hour tour in February 2014. Colin recruited and tutored Geelong's other cruise-liner tour-guides, too, mainly from the city's entertainment and theatre communities. Colin is an entertainer as well as a member of the Historical Society and Tourism agency. But good guides are just part of the Geelong tour experience. History has gifted Geelong facilities second to none as an Australian destination. Geelong has the lot. The world's oldest living culture, the Wathaurong community has been here for 60,000 years, a century of wool heritage and fortunes made from the gold rushes led to our art-deco landscaped waterfront. The industrial sector was built on a wealth of migrant/refugee labour and now Geelong is re-inventing itself yet again in the post-industrial era as a university city with a strong tourism culture. Colin and the guides do not only display all this to luxury liner passengers. Colin conducts walking tours for groups and schools, provides step-on guides for bus tourists and bespoke tours for conventions and events. Geelong has the lot and excellent guides to display it.
Serendip Sanctuary
Near Lara

Serendip Sanctuary

The sanctuary, an excellent example of the open grassy woodlands and wetlands of the volcanic Western Plains, is the perfect place to learn about and experience birdlife and wetlands ecology. See some of the 150 species of birds which breed at or visit Serendip Sanctuary from the bird hides. Birds can be seen within metres of the viewing areas preening, feeding, incubating eggs and rearing young. The Wildlife Walk is a popular walk offering close encounters with wildlife. Meander past emus and Eastern Grey Kangaroos grazing to viewing areas, hides and flight aviaries perfect for bird watching. You may be treated to Brolgas trumpeting, Whistling Kites soaring high overhead, magnificent Yellow-billed Spoonbills wading through the shallow water, or even a glimpse of the well hidden Tawny Frogmouth as it watches you pass by. Before you go Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website. Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.

National Wool Museum

The National Wool Museum is housed in a beautifully restored 1872 bluestone wool store close to the vibrant new Waterfront Geelong. The Museum is Australia's largest comprehensive museum of wool, showcasing the region's wool story from the sheep's back to the clothes rack and from the birth of the industry in the 1840's to its place in the world today. Central to the Museum experience is the 1910 built Axminster Jacquard carpet loom. Daily demonstrations by the Museum's skilled carpet weavers show how the loom works, and at the same time produce the Museum's own Manor House Rug, available for purchase through the Museum Shop. The Museum has two permanent galleries telling the Australian story of wool. The first, The Wool Harvest, looks at sheep farming and wool production. Exploring the pastoral aspect of wool in Australia, visitors can follow the path of the fleece through shearing, classing, wool pressing and dispatch. A recreated shearing shed and a film about shearing demonstrate what life in the shearing industry was like. Shearing demonstrations can be arranged for group bookings. Gallery Two, From Fleece to Fabric, looks at the processing of wool into fabric and offers an insight into the people and processes involved in the textile industry. A sequential display of the machinery actually used in the process demonstrates the transformation of fleece to fabric. The Museum also has an exciting annual calendar of temporary exhibitions and events. On the ground floor, the Museum Shop stocks a wide range of woollen products and unique local crafts while Denny's Kitchen offers great food, wines, coffee and cakes. The Museum is fully wheel chair accessible and there are accessible parking spaces located directly in front of the Museum. Bus parking and group tours are also available.

Fairy Park

Fairy Park is a place dedicated to story telling of fairy tales and ancient myths and legends. A spectacular rocky hilltop has been crafted into a truly unique place where family and friends come to relax and enjoy a day out together in a tranquil environment. Most visitors spend the day but if you are in a hurry allow a couple of hours to get a feel for the place. The three main areas that combine to form Fairy Park are the Fairytale Land, Camelot Playground and the Elephant Rock Picnic Grounds. Suitable for the young and the young at heart, Fairy Park will delight and intrigue all those who make take the journey.

Adventure Park

Super charge your summer at Victoria's biggest theme park! With awesome family fun all day long, Adventure Park Geelong is home to some of the coolest water rides in Australia. Victoria's hottest and biggest theme park, Adventure Park, located just ten minutes from Geelong boasts exciting rides and attractions, perfect for the whole family! Just some of the ways you can make a gigantic splash and enjoy the unlimited rides all day long include: - Raft the roaring rapids on The River Torrent Lazy River, with twisting tides and swirling gauntlets along a tropical river oasis - Speed down head first and experience the ultimate adrenaline rush of the Six Lane Aqua Racer, a speed slide for the serious thrill-seekers which can take you up to 40km per hour - Race down The Gold Rush Rapids in a speedy 20 seconds and take the two metre plunge - Take a splash in the dark on the Wild West Canyon on a two-seater raft, experiencing twists and 360 degree turns! Adventure Park is doing it for the kids, too! The Tiny Tots Splashzone keeps the young ones cool, safe and entertained, with waterfalls, mini waterslides and spray cannons throughout. While Bonito's Bay Water Play offers a state-of-the-art aquatic playground including waterfalls, water jets and more pirate-filled water fun. On dry land, families can take a ride on the popular Go Karts and Little Buggy Speedway, try a hand at archery, challenge family and friends to a game of mini golf, take a leisurely ride on the Pedal boats and watch the world go by on the classic carousel. Bring in a picnic, hire a barbecue and relax lakeside under shaded picnic areas, marquees and pavilions, set amongst 21 hectares of landscaped parkland.

Bellarine Adventure Golf

You may have played mini golf or putt putt before but never like this, Bellarine Adventure Golf takes mini golf to another level. Set amongst beautiful gardens complete with creeks and waterfalls, the 36 ingeniously crafted holes will keep players of all ages both entertained and challenged. Multi-level greens, balls that seem to defy the laws of gravity, tricky water hazards and sticky sand traps ensure that everyone's games certainly will be an adventure in which both luck and skill play a part! There are two 18 hole courses to choose from: the Mill offers a great, fun course with plenty of shelter making it playable even if the weather isn't the best, while the Mountain course offers a bit more of a challenge for those wanting to really test their skills. Or play both courses, taking advantage of the generous discounts on second rounds. Bellarine Adventure Golf have a café that offers great locally roasted coffee from Geelong's own Capra Coffee and a great selection of snacks and cookies to enjoy along with it. Groups, clubs and schools love the function room and barbecue facilities plus the delicious catering that is available. Kids' birthday parties are also a specialty. Check Bellarine Adventure Golf's Facebook page for regular special offers or contact them for further information.

Bellarine Taste Trail

The Bellarine Taste Trail is a collection of gourmet delights and foodie experiences all within 20 minutes of each other. The trail twists a scenic path around The Bellarine, taking visitors to vineyards that are receiving some of Australia’s highest accolades for their wine and farms that have changed the local restaurant scene with their amazing produce. There are breweries using innovative techniques for original flavours and bakeries known for amazing wood-fired bread and multi-award winning pies. Several tour companies run charter operations across the Bellarine, so you can truly indulge in all the Bellarine Taste Trail has to offer and let someone else worry about transport and navigation. The Bellarine is bounded by Port Phillip Bay to the North and Bass Strait to the South – as such, the seafood on offer is amazing. Portarlington’s mussels are well known locally and feature in a different dish at virtually every restaurant in the region. Places to eat range from those with stunning water views, or nestled in rolling farmland hills to exquisite and grand historic hotel dining rooms. They all offer their unique take on local fare. For more casual meals, pick up a bounty of local produce from one of the provedores and food stores around the Bellarine and make it yourself – either at home or at your holiday accommodation.

Eastern Beach

The art-deco swimming enclosure at Eastern Beach has been a Geelong favourite for generations. Built in the 1930’s, the ‘Promenade’ is a wooden structure built in an arc, great for walking on a warm evening. The swimming area also has a large tower and diving boards. There is a separate children’s pool that is enclosed and paved. On shore, there is a fantastic adventure playground with plenty of spectator seats for the grown ups. There are large areas of lawn perfect for picnics or, depending on the season, a kick of the football or a game of cricket. There are toilet and dressing room facilities, and the beach is patrolled by lifesavers during summer. There is also a restaurant / café / kiosk on site. The whole area is set amongst grassy hills and enormous trees, and several of the buildings in the precinct are listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.

ex HMAS Canberra

The ex HMAS Canberra dive site is the first artificial reef specifically created for diving in Victoria. It lies in approximately 28 metres of water, with the top of the mast about 5 metres below the surface at low tide. The site provides opportunities for divers with varying levels of experience and certification, from open water level certificates to advanced wreck divers, to enjoy this site. When the ship as prepared for scuttling many of the original working features were retained so divers still get a sense of being on board a working ship. Dive charter operators based at Queenscliff Harbour can lead trips to dive the ex HMAS Canberra.

Pakington Street

Pakington Street (or ‘Pako’ to locals) is a vibrant, cosmopolitan mix of shopping and eating out. Food and drink ranges from casual coffee shops with al fresco facilities and pubs with bistros to trendy bars and top class restaurants. Fashion stores, boutique giftware, specialty stores and gourmet groceries make up the eclectic mix of shops. You are likely to finish your day with a killer pair of heels and a bag of locally grown gourmet tomatoes.

Queenscliff Heritage Walk

Stroll the beautiful Heritage town of Queenscliff and enjoy afternoon tea at one of Queenscliff’s grand old buildings to finish. Guided walks run 2.00pm every Saturday and take approximately one and a quarter hours. Group walks available at other times by appointment. Check with the Visitor Information Centre for availability and prices. Bookings essential – Phone the Queenscliffe Visitor Information Centre 5258 4843 or call in to the Centre 55 Hesse Street Queenscliff. A self guided booklet, “Queenscliff – A Living Heritage.” Is also available for sale from the Queenscliffe Visitor Information Centre. This short self guided walk will take approximately 45 minutes and take you past a few of the town’s historic buildings.

Geelong Shopping

As Victoria’s largest regional town, there are loads of shopping options in Geelong. The central city area has a high concentration of malls with major department stores and chains, as well as a good mix of specialty shops and independent boutiques. There are fairly large-scale shopping centres in major suburbs such as Belmont, Waurn Ponds and Corio. Pakington Street, running through Newtown and Geelong West, is vibrant and fashionable. Shops here tend to be independent and perfect for finding on-trend fashion or unique homewares.

Geelong Waterfront

Building their city on a North-facing bay was a stroke of genius for the forefathers of Geelong. Generations later, residents and visitors alike are enjoying the benefits of the area collectively known as 'The Waterfront'. Stretching from Eastern Beach around to Rippleside, the area incorporates many restaurants and cafes on the water's edge. There are places for kids to play, from open grassy areas to some of the biggest and best playgrounds in the region. There are kids attractions including the carousel, a miniature train ride and a skate park. Seasonally there are also bungee trampolines and a giant ferris wheel. Childrens attractions, open public space, a lively calendar of events and fabulous places to eat and drink make the Waterfront a Geelong must-do.

Bellarine Horse Riding Centre

The riding school has been run by the Lamperd family for the past 40 years. Robin Lamperd began the school in Wallington as part of Koombahla Park Equestrian Centre in 1974 up until 2010. Robin's son, Murray Lamperd, took over the running of the riding school in 2005. Murray's vision for the riding school and equestrian team meant there was a growing need for updated facilities and a more specific training environment. Because of this, the riding school made the move to the new location at the end of Barry's Lane, just behind the old property, in November of 2010. This move has seen new life into the school horses with better grazing and an excellent surface for riding. It has also created a more inclusive and encouraging environment for the riders entering the competition world, and enabled Murray to focus more intensively on preparing his horses and students for the competition season.

Bellarine Railway

The Bellarine Railway is a volunteer operated organisation offering heritage train rides and experiences between Queenscliff and Drysdale, featuring a unique collection of steam and diesel trains originating from around Australia. Locomotive Cab Rides allow passengers the chance take a trip with the crew at the business end of the train. The ride comprises of travel for a 'section' (one way) on the locomotive and the other way as a 'regular' passenger in a carriage. Check availability with the Booking Officer at Queenscliff or Drysdale Stations. Private Carriage Hire is available as part of the heritage service and perfect for children's parties or groups - bookings are essential. Family activities are offered during the school holidays and on special occasions, such as visits from the Easter Bunny and Santa Trains. Experiences and special events include Steam and Diesel Train Driver Experiences; Day out with Thomas weekends; special occasion charters; and tailored group and school tours / trips. The Bellarine Railway is home to the Blues Train; Australia's most unique music experience and has been presenting the Best in Blues since 1994. Further information and vouchers are available for the above services, special, events and experiences. Please visit the website or call / email the office for more information.

Barwon Ridge Wines

Barwon Ridge Wines philosophy is to express the characteristics of fine Geelong wines through the growing of premium grapes and production of quality hand crafted wines. Barwon Ridge Wines produce Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Marsanne, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon from the vineyard in the Barrabool Hills. The Pinot Noir and Shiraz have recently won gold medals and trophies at the International Cool Climate Wine Show. Located west of the Geelong Bypass (Hamilton Highway exit) so you can easily visit the vineyard on your way down the Great Ocean Road. Contact Barwon Ridge or visit their website. All wines are vegan compliant.
Brisbane Ranges National Park
Near Anakie

Brisbane Ranges National Park

Little more than an hour's drive from Melbourne takes you to the state's richest wildflower habitat. Set in a low range of mountains dissected by rocky gullies, the unusual geology of the Brisbane Ranges National Park has preserved plants that have long since vanished from other parts of the region. There are a number of options for bushwalking ranging from short walks to three-day walks. This park is also popular for picnicking, scenic drives and camping. Before you go Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website. Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.
Avalon Raceway
Near Lara

Avalon Raceway

Avalon Raceway first opened in the summer of 1976 which saw the dream of brothers Doug and Norm Drew come true. Both had been active drivers around the region and with the closure of Torquay Speedway saw the Drew Family build the Speedway on the land in Old Melbourne Road, Lara. Since that time the family have strived to improve the venue and along the way have created a number of Blue Ribbon Events that are nationally recognised. The early years saw Solo and Sidecars as the major drawcard attracting world champions Ole Olsen, Barry Biggs, Ivan Mauger, along with touring English Lions teams and European champions battle with legendary Phil Crump, while the sidecar action was nothing short of incredible with an Australian Championship and numerous Victorian Titles contested with the introduction of more clay content in the early 90's saw the demise of bike racing and the emergence of Sprintcar Racing which today Avalon Raceway holds a number of events which are highly rated on the national scene. These include the newly created Invitational Jackpot, the Presidents Cup, World Series Sprintcars and Round One of the Easter Trail. Avalon also hosts major events for its other classes as well. The K Rock Cup a major Super Sedan Show, West Coast Classic, Victoria's longest running Modified Production Feature plus major events for V8 Dirt Modifieds, Street Stocks, Speedcars and AMCA'.

Barwon Grange

Barwon Grange is an elegant intact brick home dating from Geelong's earliest residential settlement. It was built in 1855 and reflects the aspirations of middle class businessman Jonathan Porter O'Brien and his family who had emigrated from Liverpool. The picturesque Gothic style architecture includes steep gables, unusual decorative timber bargeboards and veranda parapet. The interior contains a fine collection of early Victorian furniture and fittings faithfully accumulated according to an inventory compiled when the house was auctioned in 1856. The garden complements the house with a Victorian fountain. Lawns sloping down to the Barwon River are planted with species from a mid-19th century plant catalogue.

Barwon Heads Golf Club

Nestled among the coastal dunes just metres from the spectacular Victorian Surf Coast, the exceptional Barwon Heads Golf Club is one of the most appealing regional layouts in Australia. Undulating fairways, strategic bunkers, slick greens and testing winds all combine to present both a challenging and visual delight. The course is ranked number eight of Australia's top 100 public access courses by Ausgolf 2015 guide, number three in Victoria and rated in Australia's top ten public access courses by Golf Australia magazine. Its magnificent par three 13th hole has been inducted into Australian Golf Digest's 'Iconic Holes' hall of fame. The magnificent clubhouse, listed by Heritage Victoria and the National Trust, is famed for its ambience and old world charm. House guests can enjoy the open balconies in summer or the luxurious open fires during the cooler months. Upstairs, there are 19 ensuite rooms, and a variety of packages are available incorporating your stay with golf, dining and entertainment. Other facilities include tennis courts, billiards, a driving range, a short-game practice facility, a par-3 course, an undercover coaching area and a professional shop. Take some well-earned time off and be enchanted by over 100 years of golfing history. The course, which opened in 1922, is the only course in Australia of the 1920s and 1930s based on the design of coastal golf course architecture in Scotland. Historically it is linked to the world's most famous golf course designer of that time, Dr Alister Mackenzie, who consulted on its design in 1931.

Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens

The Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens were founded in 1985 as a not-for-profit community organisation to support the beautiful Geelong Botanic Gardens. The FGBG support and celebrate the Geelong Botanic Gardens as a place for plants and people, discovery and learning, ideas and innovation, engagement and pride, conservation, environment and quiet contemplation. The FGBG also provide a range of on-site activities for the members as well as the public;these include the 'Growing Friends Nursery' open every Wednesday from 9.30 am until 12.30 pm at the rear of the Geelong Botanic Gardens and seasonal weekend plant sales. Guided walks in the Gardens through their Discovery walk series including free guided walks on Wednesdays at 11am and Sundays at 2pm. Meet your guide at the front steps of the gardens. Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens have a year round program of events and activities for both members and the public. Maintenance of the Perennial Border and Rose Garden, Growers Nursery and Botanic Art Classes. FGBG provide financial support to the Geelong Botanic Gardens, refer to the FGBG website in the achievements section for a comprehensive list of supported projects. Please subscribe to the Friends' 'Jubaea' quarterly newsletter for more information about what's happening at the Geelong Botanic gardens by visiting their website.

Geelong Helicopters

Geelong Helicopters operates scenic flights daily from the Geelong Waterfront on the Yarra Street Pier and also by appointment from Barwon Heads Airport. Whether you live in Geelong, travelling down for the day or are passing through, a helicopter ride is a guaranteed way to make your trip even more memorable. Let Geelong Helicopters show you Corio Bay, Geelong CBD, Barwon River, the famous Bells Beach and Torquay - the gateway to the Great Ocean Road from a view not seen by all. Once you have experienced vertical flight you will understand why everyone loves the feeling of flying in a helicopter.

Geelong Performing Arts Centre

Geelong Performing Arts Centre is a hub for live entertainment in the region, attracting some of the best performers from throughout Australia and overseas. Located in the heart of the Geelong city's cultural precinct, Geelong Performing Arts Centre includes two theatres, the recently refurbished 800-seat Playhouse, and the more intimate 325-seat Drama Theatre, as well as a cafe, bar, foyer area, meeting rooms and rehearsal studios. The centre also manages the 2000-seat Costa Hall, located at Deakin University's Waterfront Campus, which is used for large-scale concerts, lectures and conferences. Geelong Performing Arts Centre presents a range of performances through its Family Magic, Musical Mornings and Theatre Season programs, as well film festivals, touring productions, concerts, local theatre and school productions, so there is always something on at Geelong Performing Arts Centre. Visitors to the region will appreciate the venue's central location and proximity to restaurants and accommodation. Since opening in 1981, Geelong Performing Arts Centre has undergone several facelifts, most recently the three million dollar refurbishment of the Playhouse to create a modern, technically superior and accessible theatre. To find out what's on at Geelong Performing Arts Centre, go to their website.

Clifton Springs Golf Club

Clifton Springs Golf Club is a Mike Clayton designed 18 hole course. The course has superb Legend turf fairways and is located about an hours drive from the Westgate Bridge near the town of Drysdale where full facilities are available. The club is the best located course on the Bellarine Peninsula and with superb views of Corio Bay across to Avalon Airport. The sight of the many ships sailing past as you play the course is a sight that will be remembered forever. Being central to Port Phillip Heads and Geelong in the middle of the Bellarine Wine District with easy access to both surf and bay beaches, Clifton Springs Golf Club is perfect for a day or weekend visit. The course has an excellent dining area that has views to dream about and would make any occasion a memorable one. The Club's Open Week is held in November each year. Entry forms can be obtained by contacting the club or via the website.

Clyde Park Vineyard & Bistro

Clyde Park Vineyard & Bistro has a cellar door and bistro set on the beautiful Moorabool Valley just off the Midland Highway half an hour north of Geelong, 35 minutes from Ballarat. The speciality is the wines, in particular, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. The food, lovingly cooked by the chef and owner Sue and her team include a wonderful array of wood fired pizzas, antipasto tasting plates, salt and pepper calamari, Sher Wagyu burgers, and much more. Clyde Park offers a cellar door and offer weekend specials. A James Halliday five star red winery.

Curlewis Golf Club

Situated on a sandy base with a minimum of trees and naturally undulating couch fairways, Curlewis Golf Club is a Vern Morcom designed links type course, with a reputation as one of the best on the Bellarine Peninsula and has been further enhanced by a recent Michael Clayton Master Plan. With challenging bunkers and firm and fast greens, it is the wind however that often determines the level of playing difficulty. The course measures 6150 metres from the championship marks and is a challenging par-72. A challenge for players of all standards and a true test of golfing ability. Green fee players welcome. 6,100 metre Par 72 course with large contoured greens, naturally undulating couch fairways, well bunkered, links style layout on the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula, Victoria. One hour from Melbourne, ten minutes from Geelong. The course was ranked number 88 in Golf Australia's top 100 courses in 2013.

Drysdale Cheeses

Introducing Drysdale Cheeses, the first commercial goat cheese manufacturer on the Bellarine Peninsula. Registered in December 2005, Drysdale Cheeses concentrates on a range of hand made cheeses, manufactured from the high quality milk from its herd of Saanen goats. The goats live on the Scotchmans Road property in Bellarine, where they are milked daily. Drysdale Cheeses are a registered dairy herd and all of the animals are pure bred. Their diet comprises of pasture, tree cuttings, hay and goat "muesli", a home recipe. They also love their daily offerings of fruit and vegetable scraps from the fruit shop in Drysdale -especially watermelon!! Extra essential minerals and vitamins are administered via seaweed meal and salt licks. Although Drysdale Cheeses is not certified organic, they follow permaculture farming principles and adopt ethical animal treatment. They do not milk animals that are heavily pregnant and newborn kids will stay with their mums for those first few days of all-important colostrum (first milk). Each doe only kids once every two years, allowing for their optimal health. The milk is then transported to the cheese making room at Drysdale. The basic method for making cheese requires pasteurisation in this country, although a small group of speciality cheese makers are working to allow raw milk cheese to be made legal in Australia soon. After pasteurisation, cheese making cultures are added to the milk for flavour ripening and then an enzyme (rennet) is added to coagulate the milk, thus producing curds and whey. These cheese making procedures use only vegetarian rennet. Different varieties of cheese will then require different temperatures and different treatments. The cheeses are made in small batches and require careful ageing and draining, and so may be unavailable from time to time. Drysdale Cheeses are only available locally, from selected restaurants and providers.

Endota day spa Geelong

Endota day spa Geelong offers remedial massage, spa treatments and beauty therapy. They are Geelong´s massage, waxing and beauty experts. Endota day spa Geelong was Endota's Franchisee of the Year Runners Up for 2011 and a 2011 finalist for the Business Awards Geelong. This brilliant Geelong day spa is a sight to sigh for. The best Geelong beauty therapy, spa treatments and exceptional Geelong massage are all on offer at Endota spa on Pakington Street, Geelong. Spa facilities include five treatment rooms; with a large room perfect for double treatments or groups. The endota spa Geelong massage menu offers a choice of relaxation and remedial massage. Geelong's endota spa is renowned for its friendly and super professional therapists - experts in delivering remedial massage, waxing, plus spa treatments and beauty therapy. Experience more than just a facial: Geelong beauty salon therapies mixed with spa body treatments, footbaths and massage make for a memorable and magic Geelong spa day.

Eulung Day Spa

Eulung Day Spa embraces everything beautiful about a healthy body, mind and spirit. Come on the journey of relaxation and renewal to discover a more vibrant you. Experience the Equisite Aveda skin, body, massage and hair treatments at Eulung Day Spa an Aveda Concept Salon and Spa. Features include a dual room, relaxation lounge and sensational Thermal M Steam and Vichy Cocoon.

Leura Park Estate

Leura Park Estate is well and truly established as a dynamic wine making force on the Bellarine Peninsula, crafting premium cool climate wines since 1995. The 150 acre property comprises 40 acres under vine on stunning north facing slopes cocooned by a majestic cypress guard. An impressive five star stable of wines includes Sparkling Blanc de Blanc, Sparkling Pinot Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Riesling, Viognier, Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Two successive vintages of the Leura Park Sparkling Blanc de Blanc have won the highly coveted trophy for Best Sparkling White - Natural Ferment at the prestigious Australian Sparkling Wine Show in both 2013 and 2014. The winery's 2013 Estate Shiraz also was awarded the trophy for Best Shiraz at the 2014 National Wine Show of Australia. Owners Lyndsay and David Sharp are committed to minimal interference and grape integrity, demonstrated by the heavy culling of fruit to ensure maximum varietal intensity and terroir reflection. The state-of-the-art on-site wineryfacilitates best practice efficiency and small batch handling alongside the traditional practices of foot stomping, wild yeast fermentation and premium French oak barrels. Winemaker Darren Burke extends this commitment to quality. His burgeoning reputation reflects innovative and passionate craftsmanship of outstanding wines. A cellar door experience will delight with its funky, rustic chic ambience. Visitors can enjoy the much-loved grassy alfresco area or the 'Vault', an opera house-style living art compound while feasting on stunning stone baked pizza, alfresco platters or perhaps a seriously hearty fillet steak sandwich - all perfect partners for the 1960's, 70's and 80's Sunday live music offerings. Available for weddings and functions. Please contact for further details.

How Bazaar Geelong

How Bazaar Geelong is an antiques and collectables market place with 1000 square metres of garagenalia; industrial, vintage and retro furniture; jewellery; kitchenalia; over 12,000 items! How Bazaar specialises in quality second hand goods that are sourced from all over Australia. They have a range of carnival and sideshow items from the early 20th Century, antique and vintage hardware and tools, books, fishing gear, linen, china and glassware. Their website carries around 1,000 of the latest and best items and you can subscribe to receive notifications of new items in a particular category. An extensive range of antiques and collectables all in the one building. A definite must for any collector or bargain hunter. Easily accessible from the Melbourne Road, they have plenty of parking. Come visit How Bazaar next time you are in Geelong.

Oakdene Vineyards Restaurant and Cellar Door

Oakdene Vineyards Restaurant and Cellar Door is situated in the maritime region of the Bellarine Peninsula, near Geelong, approximately 90 kilometres from Melbourne. Oakdene's cool climate wines are produced in limited quantities from estate grown Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz. The wines are elegant, complex and reflect true varietal character. The award winning Oakdene Vineyards Restaurant offers a relaxed and memorable experience that you will never forget. The Mr Grubb Cafe is also on-site, offering more casual dining. An original 1920's homestead, Oakdene has been beautifully restored and boasts an eclectic, lush art garden setting offering dining, accommodation, wine tasting and tours of the vineyard. The Cellar Door is open daily from 10:00am offering wine tasting and sales, complimenting lunch or dinner at Oakdene Restaurant from Wednesday to Sunday and if you would like your visit to last a little longer, there is boutique accommodation open daily. Oakdene also caters for weddings and special events. Group bookings are welcomed by appointment only. Oakdene Vineyards is a place to experience, not just a place to visit. Beside the road linking the northern Bellarine Peninsula with the sea-change towns at the start of the Surf Coast, quirky Oakdene is full of lively, arty charm. An eclectic collection of sculpture, paintings and other pieces is woven through the restaurant and cellar door, and there is a brightness and sense of fun about the place that is very winning. It conceals some fine dining, plush bed and breakfast accommodation to save you from driving home and a vineyard providing well-made wines.

Old Geelong Gaol

The Old Geelong Gaol and Museum has a great variety of displays that tell the history of the gaol and visitors get hands on experience of the harsh conditions prisoners and staff endured at the facility. Visitors can experience solitary confinement cells, get a taste of prison life, meet some infamous figures who have spent time at the gaol and see the original hallows. Please call or visit the website for more information.

Metropolis Gallery

Metropolis Gallery is a contemporary art gallery with an impressive range of Australian paintings, limited edition prints, art glass and jewellery by local & national artists, backed up by an exciting calendar of exhibitions that can be previewed on the website. Metropolis also presents Indigenous Art in association with several Aboriginal Art Centres. Australian printmakers include Dean Bowen, Jazmina Cininas, Robert Clinch, Graham Fransella, David Frazer, Rona Green, Lucy Hardie, Deborah Klein, Michael Leunig, Adrian Lockhart, Marco Luccio, Vida Pearson, Deborah Williams and Joel Wolter, together with collectable prints by major artists like Rick Amor, Charles Blackman, Arthur Boyd, Kenneth Jack, David Larwill, Lionel Lindsay, John Olsen, Lloyd Rees, Garry Shead, Brett Whiteley and more. Always attracting attention at Metropolis are works by glass artists Philip Stokes, Amanda Louden, Brian Hurst, James McMurtrie, Kayo Yokoyama and Keith Rowe. If you are visiting the Bellarine Peninsula and the Great Ocean Road, Metropolis Gallery is well situated in central Geelong with convenient street parking out front in Ryrie Street.

Scotchmans Hill

Scotchmans Hill was established in 1982, and is located in the heart of the Bellarine Peninsula. A producer of premium cool maritime climate wines, Scotchmans Hill has been a leading local winery for over thirty years and is rated among James Halliday's Top 100 Australian Wineries. Bellarine Peninsula grown labels include Cornelius, Scotchmans Hill and Swan Bay. The immaculately maintained vineyards overlook Port Phillip Bay, and the wines are a true reflection of this environment. Other labels are also developed both from the greater Geelong area as well as key winemaking regions of Australia and New Zealand. Enjoy the magnificent views across Port Phillip Bay to Melbourne with a glass of wine in our sunlit courtyard. Although there is no restaurant on site, visitors can enjoy our fabulous wines, location and views; perhaps bring a hamper and while away a few hours.

Sea Bounty

A family-owned company that has been involved in the fishing industry for over 30 years, Sea Bounty has become one of Australia's leading mussel growing and processing companies. Sea Bounty farms mussels at a number of sites in the cool, clear waters of Port Phillip Bay, serviced by a fleet of specially equipped fishing vessels. A modern processing plant, built in 1997 and located at St Leonards on the Bellarine Peninsula south of Geelong, operates to the highest standards ensuring Sea Bounty's reputation for top quality product. Being positioned close to the sea port of Melbourne and the international airports of Melbourne and Avalon enables Sea Bounty to supply every state in Australia as well as the Asian markets and the rest of the world on a daily basis, all year round. Sea Bounty mussels are harvested daily and delivered around Melbourne to wholesalers and regional centres four days a week. The mussels are sent all over Australia via air (overnight) or road freight twice a week. Sea Bounty has a one kilogram retail pack available for sale, view their website for further details. The retail packs are available from Coles supermarkets and other fine seafood retailers. The mussels are available in five kilogram, ten kilogram and twenty kilogram polyboxes. They also supply mussels in thirty kilogram fish bins direct to wholesalers. Sea Bounty currently has three grades of mussels, cocktail, standard and large. For all enquiries please contact by email or phone during business hours.

Royal Geelong Yacht Club

The Royal Geelong Yacht Club is recognised as one of Australia's premier Yacht Clubs and boasts a proud history that stretches 150 years. The Royal Geelong Yacht Club plays host to many major yachting events that cover every facet of sailing from International Cadet racing, Etchell class racing, high octane skiff regattas, club based keel boat sailing, all the way through to Australia's oldest sporting event, Audi Victoria Week held annually on the Australia Day long weekend. The excellent facilities give members the opportunity to enjoy true absolute waterfrontage and enjoy the best view that any yacht club can offer. Take in the views from the Members' Lounge, the Marina Cafe deck or the upstairs balcony. No other facility in Geelong can match the location! Members enjoy subsidised bar prices, access to member exclusive dining and private barbecue facilities that are completely cost free. These are just the beginning of member benefits as there is also a busy social calendar of events to select from. A first class cadet facility provides young sailors with the opportunity to learn from some very accomplished club sailors who include State, National and even World Champions. Novice sailors will be warmly welcomed and encouraged to develop new skills and new friendships. The modern club house allows members and the public to access fresh new conference and meeting rooms, with a larger room that is perfect for corporate events, wedding receptions or other significant events. The many catering options that they provide will suit any occasion. Please call if you have any inquiry, or search the website for concise information on every aspect of The Royal Geelong Yacht Club, drop in to view the facilities or contact by phone or email.

Saddle On Riding School

Saddle On Horse Riding School is situated 15 kilometres north east of the Geelong city centre. Facilities include an indoor riding arena, three outdoor arenas, lunging arena, cross country and jumping course, undercover horse bays, agistment, custom built BMX track, jumping castle, archery, animal petting farm, cafe and more! Whilst the locals enjoy riding lessons and celebrating birthday parties, visitors are welcome to book in for a private riding lesson, or enjoy the 'Tourism Special' - a parent-led pony ride around this beautiful property, followed by a visit to the petting zoo, then a coffee for the parent and a babyccino for the child - all for only $30. Just mention 'Visit Victoria Tourism Special' when making your booking. For people wanting to settle in the Geelong Region or close proximity, Saddle On Riding School is a Registered Training Organisation offering accredited equine courses of study. Courses can get you qualified to become everything from a stable hand to a horse riding instructor. Over the school holidays, Saddle n Riding School offer a range of programs, including fully catered day camps. Cafe facilities offer a variety of treats and espresso coffee.

Queenscliffe Historical Museum

The Queenscliffe Historical Museum is situated in Hesse Street between the Post-Office and Library, in the township of Queenscliff. Opened in 1974, specifically to house socially historical materials peculiar to the Borough of Queenscliffe (which includes Queenscliff, Point Lonsdale and Swan Island) the museum is home to many thousands of items including photographs, documents, paintings, newspapers and toys, just to mention a few. There is also a display of shipwreck relics recognised by Heritage Victoria. From 1838 the maritime history began with services offered by pilots such as George Tobin, and lighthouse keepers and signal masters such as Captain John Preston at Point Lonsdale. The story of the Borough of Queenscliffe is displayed through a representative selection from the Museum's collections of personal memorabilia, household artefacts, furniture, maps, photographs, documents and works of art. This rich source of information complements the hundreds of personal documents and diaries that have been donated by descendants of pioneers. Many of the visitors just enjoy looking at the past, but increasingly it has been found that research is often the reason for a visit. Whether you are a local resident checking on family history, local property titles or a student preparing a project, you will not be disappointed with the resources available. When next in Queenscliff, pay the Queenscliffe Historical Museum a visit and become immersed in the pioneering days that made the township what it is today.

Queenscliffe Maritime Museum

The Queenscliffe Maritime Museum was built in 1986 to display Queenscliff's last Lifeboat. Since then, the Museum has expanded to cover the fascinating maritime history of Queenscliff and Southern Port Phillip. This history includes the Bay Steamers Weeroona, Hygeia and Ozone. Old post cards of Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale, artefacts from shipwrecks, a display of early diving equipment including a divers suit and helmet air compressor and early scuba equipment. The Museum houses a unique hydrographic model of The Rip which shows the underwater contours at Port Phillip Heads and the shipping channel, a display which tells the fascinating history of the Port Phillip Sea Pilots and a work boat from the Pilot cutter Wyuna. An extensive history of Victorian Lighthouses including flashers, lamps globes and intact fresnel lenses are also displayed. Queenscliff's fishermen with their distinctive couta boats are featured, with a restored Fisherman's Cottage to visit, also. The boat shed contains the history of the early Queenscliff boat builders, couta boats, boat building tools, outboard and early marine motors and an oar making machine, with volunteers restoring wooden boats on Mondays and Tuesdays at the museum. A highlight of a visit is seeing the heritage-listed Fishermen's Waiting Shed from the old fisherman's pier which holds the world- renowned ship paintings by Henry Zanoni. The museum's grounds feature not only the deck house from the Shandon, an iron sailing ship built in 1883, but an array of channel markers, buoys and anchors. And buried in the grounds is the hull of the torpedo boat Lonsdale, once belonging to the colonial Victorian Navy. Museum volunteers conduct tours of Point Lonsdale Lighthouse every Sunday morning between 9.30am and 1.00pm at half hourly intervals (children under five years not admitted). Lighthouse tour bookings can be made by contacting the Queenscliffe Maritime Museum.

Portarlington Golf Club

Welcome to Portarlington Golf Club, an excellent 18 hole course on Victoria's beautiful Bellarine Peninsula. Portarlington is a tree lined, challenging course with a wonderful variety of golf holes, pure putting surfaces and excellent year round conditioning. The course, teamed with the Clubhouse, which offers extensive entertainment facilities and the bistro open daily, makes Portarlington Golf Club the leading leisure venue on the Bellarine Peninsula. The Club is a 90 minute drive from Melbourne, and located only 900 metres from the waterfront at Portarlington.

Portarlington Mill

Located just 300 metres from the beach, the Portarlington Mill was constructed in 1856 with rough local sandstone and Baltic Pine floors. The interior spaces are quintessential mid 19th century industrial style: large open spaces with heavy timber posts and beams enclosed by natural stone. The Mill is one of the few remaining and preserved Victorian flour mills.

Queenscliff Day Spa

Queenscliff Day Spa is a centre that aims to provide the very best professional health and beauty services. They use only the highest quality products and all of the staff are fully qualified Beauty Therapists and Masseurs. Queenscliff Day Spa utilise Dermalogica and Eminence skin and body products. They also use Eles Makeup to promote the feelings and look of well being. Their philosophy is to provide a wellness package tending to the inside and outside of the body. Take a stroll through the website and imagine yourself having a small slice of this part of heaven. 'The mind and the body are like parallel universes. Anything that happens in the mental universe must leave tracks in the physical one' Deepak Chopra. Queenscliff Day Spa is open seven days during summer and five during winter. Bookings are essential. Please call for details.

For the Love of Grape

For the Love of Grape Wine Tours offer a relaxing and memorable experience to the variety of wineries on offer in the Bellarine, Geelong, Mornington Peninsula, Echuca and Yarra Valley Wine regions. Relax and unwind with friends, family or colleagues as you allow For The Love Of Grape to chauffeur your party around the magical sights and sensory delights of Victoria's fabulous wine regions. Choose your own wineries and local specialty food producers from the enticing array on offer or leave it to For The Love of Grape to seamlessly organise a tour guaranteed to charm. Options include half day tours that start from $65 per person (inclusion of lunch is at an additional charge) to full day tours. Their suggested full day tours can include a pamper and wine tour and full wine day tour which includes lunch. For The Love of Grape Winery tours are available for intimate couple experiences, small groups, hens / bucks day celebrations, corporate gatherings and large international delegations. Tours offer the convenience of collection and drop off to all accommodation, homes, train stations and ferry services. All guests have the option of selecting the wineries to visit or tailoring a day tour to suit the interests of their group. All tours are inclusive of tax and tasting fees. For all enquiries and bookings please contact your local tour operator at For the Love of Grape. For The Love Of Grape - quenching your thirst for a vineyard indulgence.

Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre

Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre is conveniently located between Geelong and the Surf Coast and is home to over 100 stores, located all on one level including a new Food Court, Coles Superstore and Kmart plus other retail giants Target, Woolworths, Priceline, The Reject Shop and Dick Smith Electronics. The Centre is open seven days a week with Target and Kmart trading until 10pm weekdays. Both Woolworths and Coles open until midnight, seven days a week. The Centre boasts over 1500 free all day and three hour car park spaces. Disabled car parking is available near all key Centre entrances and Parents with Prams car parks are located in the new Coles car park. Young families can feel right at home in the two dedicated Parents Rooms complete with private feeding booths, microwave, change tables and wash basins. What's more, the Centre is also features an eight screen Reading Cinema complex with stadium style seating, wall to wall screens, and digital sound, to enjoy the latest blockbusters in luxury armchair comfort. From fashion, accessories, technology solutions, homewares, gift ware, hair and beauty salons, everyday services, cafes, restaurants and fresh food galore - they have all your essential family needs covered! For a full list of retail stores check out the "Our Stores" section within the Centre's website.

Waybourne Winery

Waybourne Winery is located at Waurn Ponds, gateway to the Surf Coast wine district. Planting began in 1978 and has continued until recently with Shiraz being added to the other established varieties of Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Cabernet, Merlot, Trebbiano and Muscat. In recent years, the vines have been heavily pruned to ensure intense flavours. Hand-picking continues to be an important part of the quality-driven processes that have been put in place in both the vineyard and winery. The first Pinot Gris in the region was produced in the Waybourne Winery. The range of wines available for tasting has grown with the addition of two sparkling wines, a white and a red. Sample the wines in the relaxing ambience of the tasting room overlooking the vineyard and Barrabool hills. Three ensuited double bedrooms in the fully self-contained townhouse are now available for bookings.

The Heights Heritage House and Garden

The Heights Heritage House and Garden dates back to the 1850s. The house was built in 1855 and is remarkable for being the largest (14 rooms) German, prefabricated house in Victoria. During the 1930s, the building was extensively altered to reflect contemporary taste although the extensive gardens, stables, outbuildings and water tower survive intact from the 19th century. The Heights retains a small collection of fine Georgian furniture collected by the last owners, Louis and Marnie Whyte. Early 1860s plantings still dominate this beautiful Geelong garden today and the aged oaks and conifers provide great delight to visitors.

Thirteenth Beach Golf Links

Thirteenth Beach Golf Links is a Nationally Ranked 36 hole golf and residential precinct located in Barwon Heads. In 2013, 2014 and 2015 Thirteenth Beach Golf Links hosted the Oates Vic Open, a unique event encompassing both Men and Women professional golfers with crowds of over 20,000 in attendance. The event will be staged at Thirteenth Beach until 2018. Thirteenth Beach Golf Links began back in the early 1920s, when the Australian Jam Company purchased 405 acres at Thirteenth Beach and established an asparagus farm. The original diesel pump which provided water for irrigation is still beside the fifth tee of The Beach Course. Asparagus farming ceased in the early 1970s when the property was acquired for beef cattle production. The size of the property was subsequently increased to over 830 acres. In 1999, a joint venture was established to create a premium golf and residential precinct on 520 acres. The master plan allowed for 36 holes of golf, clubhouse facility 150 residential allotments and 150 condominiums. The Beach Course (designed by Tony Cashmore), the first 18 hole course, is set along the property's two kilometres of surf beach frontage. The course was opened for play on the first December 2001. The course has already been ranked among Australia's Best 20 Golf Courses by two national golf magazines. The Creek Course (designed by Sir Nick Faldo and Tony Cashmore), spanning 6,401 metres has 18 holes and was opened for play on 1 January 2004 to wide acclaim, steadily increasing its national ranking each year.

The Food Purveyor

The Food Purveyor brings together a collection of exquisite, regional foods made by incredible artisans and small-scale food and wine producers. Tasty basics to get you started through to luxury treats. Everything is made with quality ingredients that are brought to life by passionate people. Take a journey through the Great Ocean Road region and let The Food Purveyor bring the best food to you. Choose one of our delicious hampers and add in anything that you desire such as wine, a little extra chocolate, some more chutneys, the list is endless. The Food Purveyor hamper can be delivered to your home or holiday accommodation. A perfect start to your holiday or weekend away. All packaged in a beautiful keepsake bag which is perfect for shopping, going to the beach or taking a picnic. For more information on the types of hampers available please visit the website.

St Regis Vineyard & Winery

Situated on the rolling hills beside the Geelong bypass at Waurn Ponds in southern Victoria, Saint Regis Winery is family owned and operated, specialising in Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. All wines are made and bottled on site, with the Shiraz fruit is estate grown, while the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are selected from hand picked premium local fruit. Enjoy a meal at their Food & Wine Bar, with a big emphasis on a social shared dining experience. They are focused on local products, including local beer and wine list to showcase the region. All in a beautiful and relaxed environment overlooking the Shiraz vines

Steiglitz Historic Park

Situated between Geelong and Ballarat, Steiglitz is almost a ghost town today but in the 1860s and 1890s it was a busy goldmining township with hotels, shops, churches and a population of over 1000. At the height of the 1860s gold rush, Steiglitz township had more than 1500 residents, four hotels, a newspaper, a variety of shops and even an undertaker. Now most of the town and its surroundings are included in the Steiglitz Historic Park. Enjoy a pleasant bushwalk, relax with a picnic or pan for gold. Of course, a trip to the park wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Steiglitz Court House, with its display of photographs, maps and relics of gold year. The court house is open on Sunday and public holidays, and at other times by arrangement. Before you go Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website. Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.

Geelong Walking Tours

Start your trip to Geelong with a guided walk where you will visit the key attractions, the arts precinct and our stunning Waterfront. Get some inspiration for the remainder of your stay and even some discounts. Walks depart from the National Wool Museum, Cnr Brougham & Moorabool St. The 2 hour walk costs $12 and includes a delicious morning or afternoon tea hosted by Novotel Geelong on the spectacular Waterfront. Bookings are essential - 03 5244 7102.

Queenscliff Shopping

Shopping in Queenscliff is a majestic experience. Many of the fashion boutiques, antique stores, provedores and other shops in central Queenscliff are housed within glorious Victorian era buildings and have retained the sense of grandeur associated with their surrounds. Hesse Street is the main street, but there are several crossroads worth exploring to find some hidden treasures. As well as the strip shopping in Hesse Street and surrounds, the new Queenscliff Harbour development houses a range of new retailers including fashion and homewares.


The Rippleside foreshore reserve in Geelong’s Northern suburbs is best known as the home of the Geelong Community Adventure Playground. The wooden playground offers a great range of equipment for children of all ages and abilities. There are also public toilets, picnic and BBQ facilities at the park, as well as a great expanse of grassed area perfect for ball sports, kites or just a run-around.

Rockpool Ramble at Point Lonsdale

At low tide the sandstone platform just below the lighthouse in the Point Lonsdale Marine Reserve is the perfect place to explore the rockpools. The water is crystal clear and an amazing range of marine wildlife and plants are visible. There are also reefs just offshore that are ideal for divers and snorkelers.

St Leonards Beach

At Indented Head, the coast turns and runs due south for 3 km down to the low bluffs at St Leonards. The Esplanade runs right behind the beach and low foredune. There are two picnic areas behind the main beach, with a camping reserve toward St Leonards, and a foreshore reserve with numerous facilities backing the bluffs and St Leonards Pier Beach. Toward the southern end of St Leonards Beach, there are several wooden groynes, as well as the breakwater and pier, that form the boundary with the 300 m long St Leonards Pier Beach. This beach terminates at a low, rocky point and reef flats. Both beaches are low and narrow and fronted by shallow, 100 to 200 m wide sand flats, containing low amplitude bars and runnels. The flats are exposed at low tide. Swimming Two relatively safe beaches fronted by shallow sand flats and low bars. Bathing is better at mid to high tide when the flats are covered. Surfing None. Fishing The rocks on the south side of Indented Head and the St Leonards Pier are the two best places to reach deeper water. General A long, relatively natural beach, with good access and numerous facilities, plus the small town of St Leonards at the southern end. Carpark Type: Formal parking area Surface: Sealed Spaces: 100 SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate. General Beach Hazard Rating: 2 Least hazardous: 1-3 Moderately hazardous: 4-6 Highly hazardous: 7-8 Extremely hazardous: 9-10 Hazard rating refers to physical beach and surf conditions ONLY and does not include potentially dangerous marine life.

The Rip

The Rip is the treacherous stretch of water at Port Phillip Heads where the relative calm of Port Phillip Bay meets the unbridled wild of Bass Strait. The tidal flows between the two bodies of water through the narrow opening generates a path through the sea that is notoriously difficult to navigate and highly dangerous. Ships passing through the heads still use the Port Phillip Sea Pilot service, a group of highly experienced local seamen who are familiar with the conditions and difficulties of The Rip. All ships bound for Geelong and Melbourne pass through Port Phillip Heads, and the Rip view lookout has an elevated position to watch those ships enter and exit the bay.


The Point Lonsdale component of the Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park includes spectacular deep water scenery comprising cliffs, caverns, rocky reef walls, sponge gardens and kelp beds. The Rip side of Point Lonsdale contains an extensive intertidal rocky platform covered with algae such as Neptune's Necklace, and has a number of larger rockpools suitable for snorkelling. The Point Lonsdale intertidal platform has the highest recorded invertebrate diversity of any calcarenite reef in Victoria. The reefs offshore from Point Lonsdale provide spectacular underwater terrain with ledges, rock outcrops and bommies, and beds of bull kelp on sections exposed to large waves. The channel between the main rock platform and the outer reef is around 20 metres wide and 2- 4metres deep and contains a small forest of Giant Kelp, a species which is showing signs of decline along the south east coast of Australia. The Lonsdale Wall is a series of ledges that mark the edge of the historical course of the Yarra River. The wall drops down a series of ledges from 15 to 90 metres depth, extending horizontally for about a kilometre. The vertical walls, sheltered caves, ledges and overhangs and their associated communities of colourful sponges, fish and encrusting algae provide spectacular scenery and are popular dive sites. The species diversity in this area is very high, including more than 43 species of fish. The Kelp Beds are areas with reefs that previously supported Giant Kelp forests and are now dominated by leather kelp. These kelps grow attached to shallow rocky reefs and provides shelter for communities of algae, fish, encrusting sponges, and numerous seastars and sea urchins. The Sponge Gardens contains a high diversity of sponges and other filter feeding invertebrates in a variety of colours, shapes and forms. Being in the main flow of current through the Rip, these animals are able to extract plankton from the water that passes by. The area derives its name from the spectacular and diverse sponges, branching soft corals, stalked ascidians and carpets of colourful anemones.

Point Lonsdale Beach

Point Lonsdale forms the western side of Port Phillip Heads, with The Rip separating it from Point Nepean. The town of Point Lonsdale has a protected bay beach and more exposed ocean beaches. The main ocean beach is known as the Surf or Back Beach and is the site of Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club, founded in 1947. A walking track leads from the surf club over the dunes to the beach. Surf Beach extends for 900 m from a wide, intertidal rock platform, located just east of the surf lifesaving club, to where more rocks and reefs outcrop in the surf. In fact, low tide rock flats dominate this beach and are clearly visible at low tide. The beach faces south-west and receives waves averaging 1.4 m, which produce a single attached bar, cut by strong rips every 250 m. In addition, strong permanent rips run out against some of the reefs, the worst being The Escalator to the left of the club house. These rips have been responsible for many rescues, with an average of 30 each year. There have also been drownings at the beach, so be very wary and stay between the flags. Swimming A moderately hazardous beach owing to the moderate waves and strong permanent and shifting rips, together with rocks and reefs. Definitely stay on the bars, clear of the rips and rocks and between the flags. Surfing Beach breaks are common over the numerous reefs, with the best known as Glaneuses, located at the end of Glaneuse Road, and adjacent to The Escalator rip. It offers a good left over the reef. Surfing is best with northerly winds, a low to moderate swell at mid to high tide, as the reefs are exposed at low tide. Fishing A popular spot offering permanent rips and gutters, particularly adjacent to the reefs and rocks. General This is the surf beach for the popular Point Lonsdale holiday town and very popular with bathers in summer and surfers year round. However it is a hazardous beach with strong permanent rips, so use extreme care. Carpark Type: Formal parking area Surface: Sealed Spaces: 100 SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate. General Beach Hazard Rating: 8 Least hazardous: 1-3 Moderately hazardous: 4-6 Highly hazardous: 7-8 Extremely hazardous: 9-10 Hazard rating refers to physical beach and surf conditions ONLY and does not include potentially dangerous marine life.

Point Lonsdale Lighthouse

The Point Lonsdale Lighthouse is on the Western side of Port Phillip Heads overlooking the Rip and all seaborne traffic bound for Melbourne passes by it. Whilst signals have operated on this point since 1852, the current concrete towers was built in 1902. The lighthouse precinct, including nearby military defence structure, is registered with Heritage Victoria. The area around the base of the lighthouse is accessible to the public and tours of the interior are conducted by the Queenscliff Maritime Museum most Sundays and at various holiday times throughout the year.

Point Lonsdale Playground

Adjacent to the front beach in Point Lonsdale is a fantastic adventure playground for kids of all ages. The park is well shaded and has toilets, BBQ, seating and parking nearby.

Food & Wine

Whilst it was put on the foodie map by its famous mussels, Portarlington has much more to tantalise your taste buds these days. As a central point to many of the attractions on the Bellarine Taste Trail, Portarlington is a great spot to base a gourmet tour of the surrounding region. In town you'll have access to top class restaurants and cafes, locally grown produce and one of the best bakeries in the region. In the surrounding hills you can explore award-winning wineries or buy food direct from the grower.

Portarlington Beach

Point Richards is a large accumulation of sand that forms the northern tip of the Bellarine Peninsula. The point is still growing slowly to the west, while in the east it is attached to the bedrock at Portarlington. There are three beaches along this 2.5 km section of coast. The first is a 300 m long, low energy section west of the point, which grades into tidal flats. Between the point and the Portarlington Jetty is a 2 km long, north facing beach, backed by a large reserve and a caravan park. The third beach runs for 200 m east of the jetty to the bluffs. All three beaches have good access, with a large car park on the point servicing a boat ramp, and a second boat ramp on Portarlington Beach. Swimming These are three relatively safe beaches, with usually calm to low wave conditions. Due to the extensive sand flats, bathing is best at mid to high tide. However, watch the boat traffic near the boat ramps and jetty. Surfing None. Fishing The jetty is the most popular location. General A very popular section of coast, particularly during the summer holidays when the backing caravan park is full. Carpark Type: Formal parking area Surface: Sealed Spaces: 200 SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarentee that all translations will be accurate. General Beach Hazard Rating: 1 Least hazardous: 1-3 Moderately hazardous: 4-6 Highly hazardous: 7-8 Extremely hazardous: 9-10 Hazard rating refers to physical beach and surf conditions ONLY and does not include potentially dangerous marine life.

Boating in Portarlington

There are several places to launch a boat in Portarlington and surrounding areas. The Point Richards boat ramp, just west of town, has just been upgraded. It is now a safer facility with two lanes, able to take larger scale boats and is close to King George Whiting and snapper grounds. Other nearby boat ramps include those at St Leonards, Indented Head and Clifton Springs.

Fishing in Portarlington

The Portarlington Pier is a popular fishing spot. The main pier runs North-South and at the end a breakwater runs East-West. It is a good spot to catch salmon. Mullet, garfish and trevally are often caught in the harbour and squid can be caught on the Western side. Boat ramps in the area can launch anglers into the bay and hooking snapper, whiting, flathead and sharks.

Portarlington Pier

The Pier, a working harbour, houses the town’s mussel fleet, so it’s not unusual to see crews setting out for or returning from harvesting Blue Mussels grown in farms just offshore in Port Phillip Bay. Portarlington has become famous for its mussels, and you can buy them direct from the farmer in town, often on the pier straight from the boat.

Princess Park

Just behind the dunes in Queenscliff, Princess Park is a central point for much activity in Queenscliff. The site of regular community markets, the venue for the annual Queenscliff Music Festival and an institution with local and visiting families who have spent hours playing, picnicking and relaxing in the shade of its tall trees. There is a fantastic new playground within the park, and it is adjacent to the new Queenscliff Harbour and the ferry terminal.

Food & Wine

With beautifully maintained historic buildings and world class dining, Queenscliff is a great spot for any dining experience - from a 5-star luxurious experience to fish and chips with the family. Cafes along Hesse St in Queenscliff are in good supply and offer a fabulous variety of gourmet treats and freshly cooked meals. Pop into one of them for a coffee as you sit back and soak up the scenery of the bustling Hesse Street. Particular dining highlights in Queenscliff are restaurants such as Athelstane House, Apostle Queenscliff, Gusto, the Queenscliff Hotel and the Vue Grand Hotel. These historic buildings, along with a number of others house world class chefs and offer customers a truly luxurious experience. Smaller restaurants along Hesse Street are also popular for dinner and ensure that all tastes - and budgets - are catered for.

Bellarine Railway

The railway hugs the water around scenic Swan Bay providing breathtaking views, before climbing through the rolling hills of the Bellarine Peninsula to Drysdale. Enjoy the new Bike Hire and Park & Ride experience. Leave the car at Drysdale, travel by train to Queenscliff. Spend a pleasant afternoon exploring this historic seaside town, enjoying fine food, or simply picnicing at the beach; then return by train in the late afternoon. Visit for more information about news and events.

Queenscliff Beach

Queenscliff Beach fronts the town of the same name. It is 800 m long, faces south-east, and is backed by a large foreshore reserve with numerous facilities. The Queenscliff harbour channel and breakwater form the northern boundary, with the vegetated slopes of 20 m high Shortland Bluff forming the southern boundary. Two long jetties cross the beach, one servicing the passenger ferry to Portsea; and the other is the old Pilot Jetty. There are several boat sheds below the bluffs and the Queenscliff Lighthouse on top of Shortland Bluff. The beach is low and flat, with a continuous, wide, shallow bar and no rips. Shallow reef flats extend east of the bluff. Swimming A relatively safe beach with a wide shallow bar. Surfing None. Fishing The harbour channel, the two jetties and the seawall round the base of the Bluff all provide excellent fishing locations. General A very accessible beach, with numerous facilities in the foreshore reserve and the attractive town of Queenscliff behind. Carpark Type: Formal parking area Surface: Sealed Spaces: 100 SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate. General Beach Hazard Rating: 2 Least hazardous: 1-3 Moderately hazardous: 4-6 Highly hazardous: 7-8 Extremely hazardous: 9-10 Hazard rating refers to physical beach and surf conditions ONLY and does not include potentially dangerous marine life. Beach

Geelong Botanic Gardens

The Geelong Botanic Gardens are a wonderful mix of old and new featuring traditional heritage gardens as well as the contemporary and waterwise 21st Century garden. The gardens were established in 1851 and as such feature fabulous mature trees, including some rare and exotic. Within the 17 acre space there are rose gardens, shaded lawn areas perfect for picnics, a teahouse. There are also regular guided walks exploring different aspects of the gardens and special interest areas.

Geelong Playspace

The Geelong Playspace is a special playground. Located in the heart of Eastern Park and with views to Corio Bay, the multi-award winning design integrates accessible playground activities into the overall playground. The area caters for children of a wide range of abilities and a great cross section of age groups. The ‘Liberty Swing’ – which provides children in a wheelchair the experience of a playground swing – requires a key, which can be collected from either the National Wool Museum in Moorabool Street or The Carousel on the Waterfront.

Eastern Park

Eastern Park is 185 acres of sporting facilities, walking tracks, parkland and recreation space. Located on the edge of the Geelong CBD and bordering the Geelong Waterfront precinct, it’s a fantastic spot to enjoy fresh air and outdoor activity. The gravel track around the park is used by many locals for jogging, walking and cycling. There are 5 hard wicket cricket ovals as well as pavilions, BBQs and playgrounds, including the award winning Geelong Playspace.

Baywalk Bollards

104 bollards line the arc of Waterfront Geelong from Limeburners Point to Rippleside. Artist Jan Mitchell transformed the old timber pier pylons into this colourful piece of public art. Each bollard represents a different character from Geelong's history, from the Wauthaurong and together they tell a fascinating story. Further information and a booklet is available at local Visitor Information Centres.


Breamlea is a small holiday settlement lying between the banks of Thompson Creek and Breamlea Beach. The beach faces south-south-east and runs for 2 km from the low basalt rocks at Noble Rocks to the mouth of the creek at Point Impossible. There is road access to the back of the fore dunes, with foot tracks crossing the 20 m high fore dune to reach the beach. The beach receives waves averaging just over 1 m, which usually produce an attached bar cut by rips every 250 m. At the creek mouth, both a tidal channel and shoals are present. Swimming A moderately hazardous beach, owing to the persistent rips and creek mouth. Stay on the attached section of the bars and clear of the rips, rocks and creek. Surfing Usually low to moderate beach breaks along the length of the beach. Fishing This beach has rocks at one end, the creek at the other and usually rip holes and gutters along the beach. General A natural beach, mainly used by the Breamlea locals for bathing, surfing and fishing. SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate. General Beach Hazard Rating: 6 Least hazardous: 1-3 Moderately hazardous: 4-6 Highly hazardous: 7-8 Extremely hazardous: 9-10 Hazard rating refers to physical beach and surf conditions ONLY and does not include potentially dangerous marine life.
Clifton Springs Beach
Near Werribee

Clifton Springs Beach

The Clifton Springs section of coast is characterised by near continuous bluffs averaging 20m high, and is fronted by a narrow, crenulate beach and wide sand flats. The first section lies to the immediate west of the boat ramp, which provides the best access, and has 400m wide sand flats. The central section is the site of the main Clifton Springs recreational beach. It is the most popular of the northern Bellarine Peninsula beaches. It is located below 20 m high bluffs and is backed by an extensive foreshore reserve, with ample parking and picnic facilities. Most facilities and parking are on the bluffs, with more limited facilities at the beach. The narrow, 500 m long beach faces north-west and is fronted by tidal flats that extend several hundred metres into the bay. The width of the flats can be gauged by the length of the ruins of the 400m long jetty. The eastern beach is a 5km long, narrow, crenulate beach lying below the bluffs, which slowly decrease in height to the east. It fronts the Clifton Springs golf course and terminates 1 km west of Point Richards. While all of this beach is backed by a foreshore reserve, access is limited to the golf course or Beacon Point Road and bluff-top Water Drive. It has no facilities. Swimming Three relatively safe beaches, with best bathing on the main beach at mid to high tide. Surfing None. Fishing Only at high tide from the beach. General A usually quiet section of coast with the main beach being the most accessible and popular. Carpark Type: Formal parking area Spaces: 50 SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarentee that all translations will be accurate. General Beach Hazard Rating: 1 Least hazardous: 1-3 Moderately hazardous: 4-6 Highly hazardous: 7-8 Extremely hazardous: 9-10 Hazard rating refers to physical beach and surf conditions ONLY and does not include potentially dangerous marine life. Beach

Food & Shopping

The main road through Drysdale, the Geelong Portarlington Road features shops, cafes and historic buildings. The Drysdale Community Craft shop has local, mostly hand-made products and is also home to a small visitor information outlet. Turning left into Wyndham Street, or up Clifton Springs Road and left into Hancock Street again presents many more shopping choices, from antiques to the supermarket. Turning right into Murradoc Road is a more industrial area, but with an excellent seafood shop.

Bellarine Railway

The railway hugs the water around scenic Swan Bay providing breathtaking views, before climbing through the rolling hills of the Bellarine Peninsula between Queenscliff and Drysdale. Trains operate on Sundays and additional days during Summer and school holiday periods. Visit for further timetable information, news and events.

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High Tea on the High Seas - Searoad Ferries

Experience High Tea on the High Seas in the privacy of the Portsea Lounge on board the Queenscliff Sorrento Ferry.

Blues Train & BIG 4 Beacon Resort - May and August

Enjoy the legendary Blues Train and the equally legendary BIG4 Beacon Resort with this package, from $497 for two people.

Family Supatramp & Stay Package at BIG4 Beacon Resort

Bring the kids and their bucketloads of energy to BIG 4 Beacon Resort with this Supatramp accommodation deal for 2 adults and 2 children, from $459.

High Tea on the High Seas - Searoad Ferries

Experience High Tea on the High Seas in the privacy of the Portsea Lounge on board the Queenscliff Sorrento Ferry.
Enjoy table service in elegant surroundings, exquisite food, quality tea and real coffee!

$40.00 per person and includes immediate return travel on the same ferry for a leisurely experience.

Every Sunday from February to November
12pm sailing from Sorrento
3pm sailing from Queenscliff.

To book visit or contact 03 5258 3244


Blues Train & BIG 4 Beacon Resort - May and August

Enjoy the legendary Blues Train and the equally legendary BIG4 Beacon Resort with this package, from $497 for two people:

  • $40.00 per person and includes immediate return travel on the same ferry for a leisurely experience.
  • 2 nights accommodation.
  • Charcuterie Plate dinner and live band at Flying Brick Cider House, and a 1 litre cider ‘Growler’ to take home.
  • $50 voucher for Mud Day Spa, located at the resort.
  • Breakfast hamper.
  • Extend your stay with early check in (10am) and late check out (6pm).
  • P: 5258 1133 or book online

Only valid for Blues Train events in May and August 2015. Terms & conditions apply.


Family Supatramp & Stay Package at BIG4 Beacon Resort

Bring the kids and their bucketloads of energy to BIG 4 Beacon Resort with this Supatramp accommodation deal for 2 adults and 2 children, from $459.

  • 2 nights in a Queenscliff cabin.
  • A Supatramp pass for each child including an hour of clip ‘n climb and an hour of trampolining, plus socks and $10 to spend in the café.
  • 1 hour GoKart hire at the resort.
  • Unlimited DVD hire and a milkshake for each child from the resort shop.
  • Late 6pm checkout.
  • P: 1800 351 152 or book online

Offer available from 11 March to 30 April 2015. Terms and conditions apply.