Bellarine Peninsula, Geelong
The Bellarine Peninsula - Meander around the Bellarine Peninsula - a trip of about 86 kilometres.
The Bellarine Peninsula follows the Portarlington Road out of Geelong to historic Drysdale and to nearby Clifton Springs.
Then you can drive to Portarlington, through the rolling Peninsula Hills, with views over vineyards to Port Phillip Bay.
Follow the Esplanade from Portarlington around the Bay's edge to Indented Head and St. Leonards. Take the return journey along Murradoc Road to Drysdale and the Portarlington Road.
Tour the wineries.
Travel down to Queenscliff, Portarlington, Point Lonsdale, Drysdale.
Travel on the steam train at Queenscliff.
Dine or shop at beach front restaurants and shopping centres.
Visit the fort and lighthouse at Queenscliff.
Getting to Geelong is now easier than ever. You can fly to Avalon Airport using Jetstar and take a shuttle bus to Geelong.
You can take the scenic route across Port Phillip Bay using the Queenscliff / Sorrento Ferry. Drive your car on to the Ferry or take a day trip across and walk around Queenscliff for the day.
V /Line runs regular trains to Geelong - stopping at the historic Geelong Railway station.
The city of Geelong is also a terrific base for touring - you can take trips to great beaches, sharp edged cliffs or take in a winery tour to try out some of our local wine.
Ocean Grove is the largest coastal town on the Bellarine Peninsula covering about 20sq kms to the east of the Barwon River mouth. Its is a popular resort for a whole range of river and ocean activities. Also the home of Ocean Grove Nature Reserve. Ocean Grove is 19km south-east of Geelong.
Portarlington is a small coastal township 26 km east of Geelong and 43 km. across Port Phillip Bay from the centre of Melbourne which can be seen in the northern skyline on a clear day.
A century ago, steamers filled the bay but now the towns main industry is fishing, farming and tourism.
Queenscliff is one of Victoria’s most popular getaways with beautiful beaches with surf and great fishing. There is Victorian architecture and a historic railway as well as horse and cart rides. There are some great handcraft and antique shops and the whole town has a nice old feel about it, a lot of buildings have been restored. Queenscliffe is linked to the Mornington Peninsula by a short ferry ride and is also about 28 kilometres from the centre of Geelong. It is also the center for diving in the peninsula.
Fort Queenscliff was built during the Crimean War to protect Melbourne from Russian invasion and is now home to a military museum.
Kings Street, Queenscliffe.
The Ozone Hotel has been a landmark of Queenscliffe for more than 100 years and is classified for the National Trust. There are wonderful sea views from the rooms and the hotel has been virtually unchanged since it was built in 1881.
42 Gellibrand Street, Queenscliff,
The Bellarine Peninsula forms the western side of Port Phillip Bay. The area includes Queenscliffe, Point Lonsdale, Ocean Grove and Torquay. These areas are popular for diving, fishing and surfing.