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What can't you do?  That would be a shorter list.  There are attractions, activities, events and features throughout the region to suit all ages and interest groups.  From theme parks for children to adventure sports for adrenaline junkies.  From gourmet food and wine experiences to bushwalking through campsites.  From a simple dip in the ocean to a luxurious spa retreat.  There really is something for everyone.

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Restaurants & Cafes

Van Loon's Nursery

Van Loon's Nursery is an award winning destination for all garden and home lovers. Established in 1965 the garden centre has been providing top quality garden plants and seedlings along with professional advice to generations of gardeners. Located on the picturesque Bellarine Peninsula, Van Loon's is approximately 22 kilometres from Geelong, just off the Bellarine Highway. Van Loon's keeps a comprehensive range of trees, shrubs and ground covers as well as indoor plants. A wide selection of Australian natives are available as well as ornamental and cottage favourites such as roses and lavender. Citrus and fruit trees are available year round. Professional and well qualified staff are always on hand to help with plant selections. Van Loon's features the largest range of seedlings in the area. Top quality vegetable, herb and flower seedlings are available year round with varieties changing seasonally. Van Loon's Gifts and Homewares area is the style Mecca for the Bellarine Peninsula! Browse the gorgeous collections of homewares including throws, cushions, furniture and prints. Fashion and jewellery are always changing with new stock arriving seasonally. Books, kitchen goodies and personal luxury items are always popular. Van Loon's Gifts are only too happy to gift wrap for any occasion. Van Loon's Café is situated in the heart of the nursery with lovely views out to colourful plant and pot displays. It is the perfect spot for a delicious breakfast, lunch or morning and afternoon teas. All food is cooked fresh on the premises using herbs and vegetables from the kitchen garden. Indulge in fresh muffins, homemade slices and delicious home style cakes. Gluten free menu items and cakes are always available. Van Loon's Café is licensed and serves great coffee.

Rolling Pin Pies and Cakes Ocean Grove

Rolling Pin Pies and Cakes Ocean Grove and Queenscliff was officially judged Australia's Best Pie Maker 2013, taking the 'humble meat pie' to new heights. Walk in to either Rolling Pin Pies and Cakes Ocean Grove or Queenscliff bakeries and you will be greeted by an exciting selection of gourmet pies baked to golden perfection, mouth-watering cakes and slices, and a huge range of sandwiches, rolls, wraps, toasted Turkish breads and great coffee. The famous local bakery has appeared twice on Channel Nine's Today Show and recently featured in the Herald Sun's 'Victoria's Top 100 Food Experiences'. You are spoilt for choice with over 15 different flavoured pies, including jumbo chunky beef (judged Australia's Best Pie), country lamb and rosemary, and their famous breakfast pie (judged Australia's Best Brekkie Pie). Try one of their meat and vegetable, vegetarian wholemeal or Bombay pasties, all of which placed first in their respective categories at the Great Aussie Pastie Competition. If you have a sweet tooth you will be treated to an array of guilty pleasures. Try the Lemon Meringue Pie or their famous Beesting. For the kids you can not go past a cupcake, a miss piggie biscuit or a dinosaur shortbread.

Rolling Pin Pies and Cakes Queenscliff

Officially judged Australia's Best Pie Maker 2013, Rolling Pin Pies and Cakes Queenscliff has taken the 'humble meat pie' to new heights. The famous local bakery has appeared twice on Channel Nine's Today Show and recently featured in the Herald Sun's 'Victoria's Top 100 Food Experiences'. Walk in to either Ocean Grove or Queenscliff bakeries and you will be greeted by an exciting selection of gourmet pies baked to golden perfection, mouth-watering cakes and slices, and a huge range of sandwiches, rolls, wraps, toasted Turkish breads and great coffee. You are spoilt for choice with over 15 different flavoured pies, including jumbo chunky beef (judged Australia's Best Pie), country lamb and rosemary, and their famous breakfast pie (judged Australia's Best Brekkie Pie). Or why not try one of their meat and vegetable, vegetarian wholemeal or Bombay pasties, all of which placed first in their respective categories at the Great Aussie Pastie Competition. If you have a sweet tooth you will be treated to an array of guilty pleasures. Try the Lemon Meringue Pie or their famous Beesting. For the kids you can't go past a cupcake, a miss piggie biscuit or a dinosaur shortbread.

Anglesea Golf Club

The Anglesea Golf Club is situated on the Great Ocean Road and is an undulating 6,074 metre Par 73 layout set in natural bushland. A feature of the course is the number of elevated greens that require plenty of thought when selecting your club. There are only 42 bunkers throughout the course which have been likened to sand-belt bunkers and coupled with eucalypt tree lined fairways combine to produce a stimulating round. Also there is the ever present resident population of Eastern Grey Kangaroos which number approximately 300. Anglesea Golf Club welcomes social golfers and social groups every day of the week, don't have golf equipment? The Pro Shop carries hire clubs, pull buggies and motorised carts. There are green fees with cheaper rates for group bookings, juniors and nine holes. If you are not interested in golf why not come along and have lunch or dinner in the Bistro over looking the 18th hole with ocean glimpses. The Bistro is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week from 9.00am till 9.00pm. The kangaroos generally come down towards the Clubhouse of an evening so visitors having a drink on the balcony or dining in our bistro have the unique experience of seeing Australian Wildlife in a natural setting.

Producers

Advance Mussel Supply

Welcome to Advance Mussel Supply. Their shop is now open! Welcome to the home of Fresh Portarlington Mussels and Angasi Oysters. Fresh from the farm to you, come visit them and see. Advance Mussel Supply is a family owned and operated business that has been farming Mussels in Port Phillip Bay, Victoria, for over 30 years. They are one of the original Mussel farmers in Port Phillip Bay and one of the largest. They have multiple growing sites at Clifton Springs and Grassy point aquaculture zones. Advance Mussel Supply has been a pioneer in developing new growing techniques and building purpose built equipment and boats. Their goal is to produce high quality mussels all year round. After experimenting with Angasi oysters over the last couple of years they now have Angasi (Flat Oysters) for sale. They are now cooking Mussels and Oysters for you to enjoy and selling fresh Mussels and Oysters for you to take home and cook your self. For more information on Advance Mussel Supply please send them an e-mail or give them a call.

Anglesea Fruitz

Anglesea Fruitz is a fruit, vegetable and gourmet food store on Victoria's Great Ocean Road. They pride themselves on stocking organic and bio-dynamic produce from the Geelong region such as Anglesea organic garlic, Geelong tomatoes, local honey and Otway preserves and jams. Selling variety of breads including Lorne Bakehouse Sourdough and incredibly tasty gluten free bread from The Healthy Loaf. There is also a wide range of deli meats and cheeses including Local Smallgoods, Warrnambool Cheese and Butter and a variety of cheeses from Meredith Dairy

Wineries

Kiltynane Wines

Kiltynane Wines is an artisan winery situated on Swan Bay, overlooking the historic township of Queenscliff. Visit the cellar door to learn more about Kiltynane's passion for biodynamic and sustainable farming practices, whilst enjoying wine tastings of quality, handcrafted wines, including Kiltynane Estate, Basils Farm and Pn2. Varieties include: Chardonnay, Rose, Pinot Noir and Shiraz. Expansive lawns provide the perfect place to relax as you take in the stunning views. Indulge in all day gourmet grazing platters featuring organic produce from the garden, seasonal mezze selection and local cheeses and breads. The idyllic landscape, including Basil's Farmhouse, overlooking the vines and Swan Bay, is an unforgettable location for a private function or wedding ceremony and reception. Kiltynane's commitment to bio-dynamics have contributed to the continued improvement in the soil at Basils Farm, resulting in impressive fruit from the vineyard and the orchard on the farm. An extensive potager garden has been established which provides biodynamic herbs, fruit and other produce to the kitchen, local chefs and visitors. Seasonal produce is available at the cellar door for purchase (subject to availability). Cooking classes and special events are held regularly throughout the year. For updates please join the mailing list found on the website. For nature lovers, Swan Bay has one of the most diverse ecosystems on the Victorian coast and is home to a variety of native birds, fish and plants. The wetlands on Swan Bay are listed on an International treaty known as the Ramsar Convention. Kiltynane Wines is located on Nye Road, Swan Bay, Victoria - three kilometres from corner of Bellarine Hgihway and Portarlington-Queenscliff Road or one kilometre from the Rail Trail crossing of Portarlington Road if you are cycling.

Breweries

Blackman's Brewery

Blackman's Brewery is in Torquay, where beer is brewed just a hop and a skip from the surf, not far from Bells Beach, one of the world's most famous surf spots and home of the prestigious surfing competitions, the Bells Beach Rip Curl Pro. Blackman's have a core range of beers including the gold medal winning Smoked Porter, and silver & bronze winning Unfiltered Lager, all brewed on site. Blackman's Brewery have created a spot for you to come and taste some quality brews and catch up with your friends and family. The all-day kitchen is open whenever beers are being served. Blackman's Brewery have developed a share style, beer-food menu to complement Blackman's hand crafted beers. Mix and match from bites such as beer battered fish tacos or spent grain meatballs, settle in for a pizza and look out for the changing specials, like sticky beef ribs with stout jus and pulled pork bau. Out the back, in what used to be a kid's games room, is the brewery equipment. It is a Canadian made setup, showcasing beautiful copper and stainless steel which can be viewed through the glass at the end of the hallway and beer garden. Renn spends his days in here making the magic happen, and the best thing is you are welcome to join him. Public brew days and brewery tours: From 12noon till 4pm on every second Sunday of the month, you can come and learn how Renn brews the beer. Brewery tours are given at 4pm daily for up to ten people. Let the brewery know via email you are interested and they will add you on the brewery tour list.

Food & Wine

Barrgowan Vineyard

The Barrgowan Vineyard and Winery is owned and operated by the Simonsen family. Vines were planted in 1994 with the objective of producing a high quality Shiraz for private consumption. This specialisation in Shiraz continues and the high quality is reflected in an impressive list of awards since 1998. The production is very small from the half acre of vines, 50 cases in 2003 rising to an expected 200 cases in 2010 with no plans to expand further. This will ensure the continued high quality and attention to detail. The vineyard is unusual in that five different clones of Shiraz are planted, and Barrgowan Vineyard believe that each clone adds just a little extra complexity to the finished wine. Barrgowan Vineyard hand prune the vines, hand pick the fruit and basket press manually. Diligence, care and gentleness are applied at all stages of the wine making process; for example, most wine transfer is achieved by gravity, not pumped. By scientific measurement during the wine making process, we ensure the absolute minimum use of additives. The overall criterion is quality, not quantity! The wine matures for over 12 months in the best, ultra fine grained French oak barrels available, and do not blend, filter or fine. Barrgowan Vineyard do not have a distributor, all wine is sold by word of mouth, mail order or email. If you would like to be on our mailing list, or order wine. There is a Cellar door, by appointment only. The tastings are an experience and generally include a tour of the wine making facility. Please contact for orders of Cellar Door appointments.

Curlewis Winery

Curlewis Winery offers cellar door sales and tastings by appointment only. Contact to make an appointment. Curlewis winery is situated on the Bellarine Peninsula, near Geelong, one hours drive south-west of Melbourne, Australia. Owners Stefano Marasco and Leesa Freyer produce highly-concentrated, complex, food-friendly wines, using traditional French wine-making principles combined with "new world" techniques.

Drysdale Cheeses

Introducing Drysdale Cheeses, the first commercial goat cheese manufacturer on the Bellarine Peninsula. Registered in December 2005, Drysdale Cheeses concentrates on a range of hand made cheeses, manufactured from the high quality milk from its herd of Saanen goats. The goats live on the Scotchmans Road property in Bellarine, where they are milked daily. Drysdale Cheeses are a registered dairy herd and all of the animals are pure bred. Their diet comprises of pasture, tree cuttings, hay and goat "muesli", a home recipe. They also love their daily offerings of fruit and vegetable scraps from the fruit shop in Drysdale -especially watermelon!! Extra essential minerals and vitamins are administered via seaweed meal and salt licks. Although Drysdale Cheeses is not certified organic, they follow permaculture farming principles and adopt ethical animal treatment. They do not milk animals that are heavily pregnant and newborn kids will stay with their mums for those first few days of all-important colostrum (first milk). Each doe only kids once every two years, allowing for their optimal health. The milk is then transported to the cheese making room at Drysdale. The basic method for making cheese requires pasteurisation in this country, although a small group of speciality cheese makers are working to allow raw milk cheese to be made legal in Australia soon. After pasteurisation, cheese making cultures are added to the milk for flavour ripening and then an enzyme (rennet) is added to coagulate the milk, thus producing curds and whey. These cheese making procedures use only vegetarian rennet. Different varieties of cheese will then require different temperatures and different treatments. The cheeses are made in small batches and require careful ageing and draining, and so may be unavailable from time to time. Drysdale Cheeses are only available locally, from selected restaurants and providers.

McGlashans Wallington Estate

Russell and Jan McGlashan began establishment of their 10 hectare vineyard at 225 Swan Bay Road, Wallington in 1995. Four varieties are now planted including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Shiraz. The sandy loam over buck shot clay provides the perfect soil structure for production of their premium cool climate wines. Winemaker, Robin Brocket uses French Oak to mature the wines for 12 months prior to bottling. The wines are multi award winning including two Gold medals, one Silver medal and one Bronze medal at the 2010 Geelong Wine Show (most successful Bellarine exhibitor at the Show) and have received a Five Star rating in the James Halliday Australian Wine Companion. The new cellar door has now opened and offers wine tasting and sales, along with gourmet grazing platters and freshly made focaccia's available throughout the day. A maritime and automotive memorabilia display is located in the cellar door along with classic car exhibitions. Abalone sales of export quality are available at the cellar door. Call in and enjoy our friendly hospitality and have a browse while enjoying the view over the vineyard with a glass of estate grown wines

Mermerus

Mermerus specialise in the production of fine wine from the Bellarine Peninsula in Southern Victoria. Their aim is to produce wines that elegantly reflect the terroir of this beautiful part of the Geelong wine region. The vineyard is situated on the eastern slopes of the Bellarine Peninsula, with views of Pope's Eye and Port Phillip Bay. The naturally cool and dry climate, and the influence of prevailing winds from Bass Strait to the south produce naturally low yielding vines with intense and elegant fruit flavours.

Scotchmans Hill

Scotchmans Hill was established in 1982, and is located in the heart of the Bellarine Peninsula. A producer of premium cool maritime climate wines, Scotchmans Hill has been a leading local winery for over thirty years and is rated among James Halliday's Top 100 Australian Wineries. Bellarine Peninsula grown labels include Cornelius, Scotchmans Hill and Swan Bay. The immaculately maintained vineyards overlook Port Phillip Bay, and the wines are a true reflection of this environment. Other labels are also developed both from the greater Geelong area as well as key winemaking regions of Australia and New Zealand. Enjoy the magnificent views across Port Phillip Bay to Melbourne with a glass of wine in our sunlit courtyard. Although there is no restaurant on site, visitors can enjoy our fabulous wines, location and views; perhaps bring a hamper and while away a few hours.
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Boating & Sailing

Queenscliff Harbour

Queenscliff Harbour combines the excitement of a working harbour with the glamour of a modern marina development. As well as a range of shops, cafes, eateries, attractions and water activities based in the harbour precinct, there is a fishing and boating industry based in the harbour that is fascinating to watch in action. There is an observation tower as part of the development that gives 360 degree views of Queenscliff, the Bellarine Peninsula, Port Phillip Heads and beyond.
 

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High Tea on the High Seas - Searoad Ferries

Experience High Tea on the High Seas in the privacy of the Portsea Lounge on board the Queenscliff Sorrento Ferry.

Blues Train & BIG 4 Beacon Resort - May and August

Enjoy the legendary Blues Train and the equally legendary BIG4 Beacon Resort with this package, from $497 for two people.

Family Supatramp & Stay Package at BIG4 Beacon Resort

Bring the kids and their bucketloads of energy to BIG 4 Beacon Resort with this Supatramp accommodation deal for 2 adults and 2 children, from $459.

High Tea on the High Seas - Searoad Ferries

Experience High Tea on the High Seas in the privacy of the Portsea Lounge on board the Queenscliff Sorrento Ferry.
Enjoy table service in elegant surroundings, exquisite food, quality tea and real coffee!

$40.00 per person and includes immediate return travel on the same ferry for a leisurely experience.

Every Sunday from February to November
12pm sailing from Sorrento
3pm sailing from Queenscliff.

To book visit www.searoad.com.au or contact 03 5258 3244

 

Blues Train & BIG 4 Beacon Resort - May and August

Enjoy the legendary Blues Train and the equally legendary BIG4 Beacon Resort with this package, from $497 for two people:

  • $40.00 per person and includes immediate return travel on the same ferry for a leisurely experience.
  • 2 nights accommodation.
  • Charcuterie Plate dinner and live band at Flying Brick Cider House, and a 1 litre cider ‘Growler’ to take home.
  • $50 voucher for Mud Day Spa, located at the resort.
  • Breakfast hamper.
  • Extend your stay with early check in (10am) and late check out (6pm).
  • P: 5258 1133 or book online

Only valid for Blues Train events in May and August 2015. Terms & conditions apply.

 

Family Supatramp & Stay Package at BIG4 Beacon Resort

Bring the kids and their bucketloads of energy to BIG 4 Beacon Resort with this Supatramp accommodation deal for 2 adults and 2 children, from $459.

  • 2 nights in a Queenscliff cabin.
  • A Supatramp pass for each child including an hour of clip ‘n climb and an hour of trampolining, plus socks and $10 to spend in the café.
  • 1 hour GoKart hire at the resort.
  • Unlimited DVD hire and a milkshake for each child from the resort shop.
  • Late 6pm checkout.
  • P: 1800 351 152 or book online

Offer available from 11 March to 30 April 2015. Terms and conditions apply.

 

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