There’s a magnetic charm about the Geelong waterfront. Sometimes the bay is glassy, smooth and almost motionless, other times the whitecaps parade neatly across the water as you gaze over to the You Yangs. The views are compelling, and there’s always something going on – on the sea and on the shore. Take time to watch the boats, have a stroll, eat, drink, read a book or let the kids run loose.
Geelong Art Gallery
Geelong is home to one of the country’s most vibrant regional arts communities, with first-rate art galleries, a notable performing arts centre and an abundance of cultural activities on offer. Discover the gallery precinct on the Arts and Culture Trail – it reveals a few hidden treasures along the way. Works by Eugene von Guerard, Frederick McCubbin, Tom Roberts and Arthur Streeton, to name a few, are displayed at the Geelong Art Gallery - entry is free.
Baywalk Bollard Trail
To experience something that’s distinctively Geelong, check out the Baywalk Bollard Trail. It stretches from Limeburners Point in the east to Rippleside Park, and features a hundred or more characters who have shaped Geelong’s history – from the original indigenous inhabitants to contemporary identities. Artist, Jan Mitchell, created a quirky and whimsical way to get to know some of the people who have moulded this city and wider region. Take a wander and meet them, or enquire at the Visitor Information Centre about guided walks.
Geelong Wine Region
Whether you’re a committed wine buff or just one who enjoys an occasional tipple, you’ll enjoy sampling Geelong region wines. Over recent decades they have developed a seriously good reputation for quality – locally, nationally and internationally. There are three distinct sub regions – Moorabool Valley to the north of Geelong, the Bellarine to the east of the city, and the Surf Coast. There are some fabulous wineries dotted throughout, many of which retain their small, family-owned heritage.
This region’s white history goes back 200 or so years. Its rich indigenous history goes back thousands of years. The name ‘Geelong’ derives from the local Wathaurong Aboriginal name for the region – ‘Jillong’. Be welcomed in a warm and friendly way to an Aboriginal educational centre at Narana Creations on the Surf Coast Highway.More >
If you’re travelling down from Melbourne, you can’t go past the impressive granite peaks of the You Yangs without a closer look. The You Yangs National Park is a mecca of lovely picnic grounds, family-friendly walking tracks and wildlife. If you’re seeking adventure, there are a number of mountain-bike trails and rock-climbing opportunities. Keep an eye out for more than 200 species of birds, koalas, wallabies, brush-tail possums and echidnas.
Bellarine Peninsula Villages
Village life is alive and kicking on The Bellarine Peninsula. Beaches, enticing coastal towns and villages, great local produce, sumptuous wineries, many ways to have fun, and a wonderful, easy pace of life, that sums up The Bellarine. Delve into a mini-cluster of seaside charm, relaxed ambience and little-known foodie delights in Portarlington, Ocean Grove, Queenscliff, Drysdale, Point Lonsdale and Barwon Heads.
The Bellarine Taste Trail
Local wines, boutique beers, farmgate produce, cafés, restaurants, fresh local seafood and accommodation... it sounds like an exceptional way to indulge the senses – and that describes The Bellarine Taste Trail beautifully. When you’ve got around 60 different operators just an hour and a half from Melbourne, throwing the welcome mat out and inviting you to sample a huge range of delectable produce, it’s not going to be an invitation you decline in a hurry.
Golf on The Bellarine
With five of the top fifty rated public access courses in Australia located within this region it's little wonder many of the visitors who arrive are toting a set of golf clubs. The Bellarine is a hub for golfing activity - four of those five top-fifty courses are within this compact destination. Barwon Heads Golf Club and the two courses at Thirteenth Beach Golf Links are all rated inside the top fifty, and all are within the seaside village of Barwon Heads. The Bellarine is the perfect place to visit for a golf getaway.
Queenscliff ’s charm is unique. Historically, it’s been a 19th century holiday destination for Melbourne’s elite, a busy maritime centre and a strategic defence base. Today, visitors continue to flock there throughout the year. Hesse Street is the main strip, and there’s a variety of shops of many descriptions, including antique stores, boutiques, interior shops and unique book stores. Enjoy great dining in a selection of top restaurants and cafés and mark down the last weekend in November for a musical weekend you won’t forget – the Queenscliff Music Festival.