Geelong & Bellarine Peninsula
Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula offer everything that make up a memorable short break. Only a one hour drive from Melbourne, the region provides a traditional seaside experience for families and couples. Historic seaside villages, beautiful beaches and the stunning waterfront make this the perfect holiday destination. Award-winning wineries and sophisticated food will keep even the fussiest foodie satisfied.
A port city located on the shores of Corio Bay, a south-western inlet bay of Port Phillip. Geelong is 75 kilometres south-west of the state capital, Melbourne. It’s known as the Gateway City. The region is well-connected by roads to all of south-west Victoria. The M1 Princes Freeway connects to and from Melbourne. This in turn links with the B110 Bellarine Highway to Queenscliff. There is also a link with the B100 Great Ocean Road.
In 2004, Avalon Airport was upgraded to accommodate interstate passenger travel.This provided a base for the low-cost airline Jetstar to serve the Melbourne and Geelong urban areas. Regular rail services operate between Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station and Geelong. Buses also connect the region with the suburbs and villages of The Bellarine.
Places of interest include the National Wool Museum, the Old Geelong Gaol and the Botanic Gardens at Eastern Park. Simonds Stadium in Kardinia Park is the home ground of the Geelong Cats, one of the top teams in the AFL (Australian Football League). There are also a number of other museums, galleries and historical buildings. Tours of the city and surrounding attractions are available too. Children can take advantage of activities such as paintball, an indoor rock-climbing centre, a maze, an adventure park and a miniature railway.
In Between The Two
Places to visit include Werribee Open Range Zoo. Rolling green hills dotted with farms, dairies and vineyards surround Bannockburn, a pretty region. Nearby national parks teeming with wildlife provide nature walks. There are also lots of places to enjoy amazing food and wine.
The granite peaks of the You Yangs dominate the skyline of this picturesque region. Enjoy a drive or walk through the rugged scenery. Ride the mountain bike track through Regional Park and soak up the stunning views from the summit. Another great spot for wildlife is nearby Serendip Sanctuary. A beautiful place to take the whole family.
Both the Bellarine and Mornington Peninsulas separate Bass Strait from Port Phillip. A ferry connects Queenscliff and The Bellarine with the Mornington Peninsula, Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, and Phillip Island. The 40 minute journey regularly encounters dolphins and other marine life.
Melburnians have been coming to the Bellarine Peninsula for many years because there’s so much to do here. There are family friendly beaches, great surfing spots, diving and snorkelling opportunities, as well as historic towns to explore. Barwon Heads, Portarlington, Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale are beautiful coastal towns along this stretch with fine beaches, boutiques and eateries.