GEELONG & THE BELLARINE
A cosmopolitan city with a dazzling waterfront, charming industrial past and a beautiful, beachy backyard.
Geelong is just an hour’s drive from Melbourne yet boasts a laid-back vibe. The waterfront sparkles with quirky bollards, a circling promenade, twirling carousel and a buzzing restaurant strip.
Geelong’s effortless charm is easy to love, from casual city-central Eastern Beach to the lush and shady botanic gardens, all within strolling distance. Just uptown the CBD has a thriving arts and cultural precinct and more than 100 National Trust listed buildings. Age-old industrial sites are being transformed into funky new spaces.
A 20 minute drive beyond Geelong, the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula entices with seaside villages, rural charm, golf resorts, grand old hotels, lighthouses and beaches. It’s a food-lover’s paradise with boutique wineries, eateries, pubs and bars, all championing the abundance of fresh and seasonal local produce. For an overnight stay in the pretty village of Queenscliff try BIG 4 Beacon Resort or Lon Retreat & Spa an exclusive luxury retreat at Point Lonsdale.
MUST DO EXPERIENCES
Food & Wine
Enjoy a sun-kissed afternoon at a Bellarine winery or cidery. Flying Brick Cider House, Jack Rabbit Vineyard, Oakdene Estate and Leura Park Estate headline a chorus of possibilities. Head to Little Creatures Brewery, housed in a huge refurbished factory site for craft beer tastings and a casual dining menu that never disappoints.
Tee-off at one of Australia’s Top 100 Golf Clubs. Play a round on the Par 72 course at Curlewis or smash them out on a state-of-the-art 18-bay driving range.
Welcome aboard the Q Train, Australia’s premier restaurant for a delightful moving feast – a six-course degustation dinner showcasing the Bellarine’s best produce (and views).
Let Echidna Walkabout tours show you a wild time as you witness koalas, kangaroos and native birdlife in natural bushland habitats.
At Geelong’s National Wool Museum, tap into the history and heritage of an amazing fibre in a city once known as the wool centre of the world.
At award-winning Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre, delve into Aboriginal culture, artworks, Dreamtime stories and artefacts, and tuck into bush tucker.