From the Mornington Peninsula on the eastern side of Port Phillip Bay, a short trip on the “MV Queenscliff” connects passengers with Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula which forms the western side of the bay.
The road access from Melbourne is via Geelong which is the gateway to the peninsula. The Bellarine Peninsula is home to several historic villages and holiday resorts. One of the best ways to get a feel for the region is with a driving tour.
The compact size of the peninsula and the excellent road network make it easy to get around. The Bellarine features safe ocean and bay beaches, excellent wineries, theme parks, great dining and shopping, art galleries and beautiful countryside.
The ferry station at Queenscliff overlooks the treacherous waters of The Rip through which all shipping must pass when entering Port Phillip Bay.
The town takes pride in its historic fisherman cottages and restored Victorian period guest houses and hotels. Horse drawn coach and vintage steam train rides are a great way to see the town. Queenscliff provides lots of opportunities for leisurely browsing in the numerous the arts, crafts and speciality shops and the town’s historic buildings.
Anglers will find excellent fishing at Indented Head, St Leonards and Potarlington which also boasts an old steam powered mill from years gone by. The commercial centre of the Bellarine Peninsula is Ocean Grove which adjoins the pretty Barwon Heads, recognised by many for its role in a popular TV series, and its renowned golf course.
Australia’s largest air show attracts huge crowds and takes place at Avalon Airport near Geelong. This same city also hosts the annual National Celtic Folk Festival. October is the time for The Wallington Strawberry Fair.
Australia’s southern surfing capital is Torquay located just off the southern side of the Bellarine Peninsula. This is the home of the Bells Beach professional surfing competition. The area offers a variety of different type of beaches, suited for both family outings and serious surfing.
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