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Theatre, music & the arts

There is a lively music scene in the region, with many towns and villages hosting some of the country's favourite concerts and music festivals.  Falls Festival at Lorne, the Queenscliff Music Festival, Apollo Bay Music Festival and Meredith Music Festival are all popular destinations, attracting quality performers and supportive crowds.  The Blues Train, based in Queenscliff, transforms the vintage steam trains of the Bellarine Railway into a rockin' and rollin' good time.  Four of Australia's best blues acts perform in the four train carriages, making it a progressive party you'll never forget.

Theatre buffs will find something of interest across the region. As well as the main performing arts centres in larger towns that host a variety of plays, shows and concerts, there are many small theatres in towns and villages where local theatre groups and travelling performers can be seen.

The Geelong Gallery houses a fantastic collection of art including well known pieces by Eugene von Guerard, Frederick McCubbin, Tom Roberts and Arthur Streeton.  Entry is free.  The Geelong Gallery is just one of the places to visit on the Central Geelong Arts & Culture Walking Trails map, which is available at local visitor information centres.  The guide also has details and maps for public art, iconic heritage buildings, museums, galleries and the Geelong Botanic Gardens.  It is also available for download by clicking here.

There are fantastic galleries and specialty museums throughout the region.  Lorne hosts the annual Lorne Sculpture Exhibition each October-November where pieces are picturesquely displayed on the Lorne foreshore.

Highlights

The Blues Train

Victoria's historic coastal town of Queenscliff is home to the world's one and only Blues Train. It is a unique experience that combines four of Australia's best live acts and the beautiful scenery of the Bellarine Peninsula on the Drysdale Railway line while aboard a real moving vintage steam train. It is one of Australia's most spectacular entertainment experiences - it is a mini festival in one night and a progressive party you'll never forget. Nothing captures the spirit of the blues quite like a steam train. Listening to the train whistle and the clickety-clack on the tracks you can imagine the old blues masters jamming it up on Mississippi freight trains as they were 'ridin' the blinds' around America's deep south. The Blues Train leaves Queenscliff Railway Station after guests have enjoyed a delicious meal complemented by fine Australian and local wines. The steam train then makes its way along 16 kilometres of track, gently rocking from side to side, seemingly in beat with the music. At each of the stops, Suma Park and Drysdale, revellers swap carriages to see another of the acts, so by the end of the night patrons have seen all four acts performing on the train. Drinks are available from the mobile bar that miraculously appears on each platform (from the converted guard's van). You can sit back, relax and listen to the music with a drinking on one of the seated carriages or get up and boogie the blues away in one of the dance carriages. Please visit the website for the different show dates.

art@Wintergarden

art@wintergarden is a working studio gallery, situated in Geelong, where you will find art works of excellence including landscapes, still life, portraiture and sculptures. art@wintergarden hosts an exciting rotation of exhibitions, traditional and contemporary and operates an active studio space where small painting classes and workshops are regularly held. Artist/Proprietor Jill Shalless, founder of "Dabble 'n' Daub" moved into "The Wintergarden" in late 2004.

Geelong Performing Arts Centre

Geelong Performing Arts Centre is a hub for live entertainment in the region, attracting some of the best performers from throughout Australia and overseas. Located in the heart of the Geelong city's cultural precinct, Geelong Performing Arts Centre includes two theatres, the recently refurbished 800-seat Playhouse, and the more intimate 325-seat Drama Theatre, as well as a cafe, bar, foyer area, meeting rooms and rehearsal studios. The centre also manages the 2000-seat Costa Hall, located at Deakin University's Waterfront Campus, which is used for large-scale concerts, lectures and conferences. Geelong Performing Arts Centre presents a range of performances through its Family Magic, Musical Mornings and Theatre Season programs, as well film festivals, touring productions, concerts, local theatre and school productions, so there is always something on at Geelong Performing Arts Centre. Visitors to the region will appreciate the venue's central location and proximity to restaurants and accommodation. Since opening in 1981, Geelong Performing Arts Centre has undergone several facelifts, most recently the three million dollar refurbishment of the Playhouse to create a modern, technically superior and accessible theatre. To find out what's on at Geelong Performing Arts Centre, go to their website.

Metropolis Gallery

Metropolis Gallery has an impressive range of paintings, limited edition prints, art glass and jewellery and presents an exciting calendar of exhibitions that can be previewed on the website. As well as works by contemporary and indigenous Australian painters including some of the Geelong region's foremost artists, Metropolis exhibits limited edition prints by top Australian printmakers including Jazmina Cininas, Robert Clinch, Graham Fransella, David Frazer, Nicolas and Madeleine Goodwolf, Deborah Klein, Damon Kowarsky, Adrian Lockhart, Marco Luccio, Vida Pearson, Deborah Williams and Joel Wolter. Metropolis Gallery presents Indigenous Art in association with several important Aboriginal Art Centres including Papunya Tula Artists and Ngurratjuta Many Hands Art Centre, and Collectors Shows that feature significant, smaller works by major Australian Artists. Always attracting attention at Metropolis are works by glass artists Philip Stokes, Amanda Louden, Brian Hurst, James McMurtrie and Keith Rowe, and a unique selection of designer jewellery is also helpful for those looking for a special gift. If you're visiting the Bellarine Peninsula and the Great Ocean Road, Metropolis Gallery is well situated in central Geelong with convenient street parking out front in Ryrie Street.

Narana Creations

Narana Creations is an Australian Aboriginal cultural tourism and educational enterprise, which is committed to providing a welcome entree to today's indigenous culture. Visitors can experience exhilarating cultural demonstrations, amazing didgeridoo playing and try 'hands-on' boomerang throwing. Also available for purchase is genuine Aboriginal art and craft of the highest quality.

ONE5ONE Gallery

Gallery and showroom, retailing and wholesaling of in-house designed unique and exotic furniture, architectural pieces, homewares, antiques and bohemian antiques. Including in-house import and export of exotic and unique pieces. Plus a large range of folk art, artifacts and curios, together with local and original artworks. The gallery has over 25 years experience in the design, production and distribution of their in-house products locally, nationally and internationally. Innovative, inspiring, living pieces. In addition to supplying a wide section of local and international clients, gallery clients have also included architects, interior designers, project builders, film producers and advertising agencies who have sought out that special and unique "stand out" piece. Whether it be, a brass and iron table crafted from ancient doors, huge carved double doors salvaged from a remote Indian fort, an ancient hand-carved Tibetan cabinet, an intricately carved and inlaid Indian palace sideboard or a centuries old hand-crafted, hand-painted temple from Kashmir, ONE5ONE Gallery specialise in the creation and import of unique, in-house products...

Boom Gallery

Boom is a vibrant and active contemporary art and design gallery. They present the work of emerging and established artists. Launched by Ren Inei and Kate Jacoby in 2011, Boom has become a multi faceted centre for a range of creative activity and events. Situated in a historic woollen mill Boom houses art and design galleries, an extensive stockroom, education and workshop area, cafe and event space and a dynamic studio complex.

Geelong Gallery

Geelong Gallery is one of Australia's leading and oldest regional galleries. The Gallery's significant collection spans the art of Australia from the colonial period to the present day and includes Australian and international paintings, works on paper, sculpture and decorative arts. Home to a number of iconic works such as Eugene von Guérard's 'View of Geelong' (1856), Frederick McCubbin's 'A bush burial' (1890) and Arthur Streeton's 'Ocean blue, Lorne' (1921), the Geelong Gallery also presents a vibrant program of temporary exhibitions and public programs. For further information please view the Geelong Gallery website.

Muse

As the name suggests Muse is an art and design studio that aims to inspire. As an established studio on the Bellarine Peninsula, the artisans work with different mediums and disciplines from traditional to contemporary. Muse have installations in private residences, interior and exterior, corporate receptions, offices, hotels, restaurant and apartments. Their range covers Trompe L'Oeil, Faux Finishes, Fresco, Fine Art and Realism. For an enlightening experience come and indulge in the artwork that the studio offers. Classes are also available for children and adults at all skill levels. Accommodation and Art Class packages are also available upon request. Please call for more information.

Salt Contemporary Art

Now in its tenth year of operation Salt Contemporary Art Queenscliff exhibits the works of contemporary Australian painters, sculptors and ceramicists. Housed in an historically significant former drapery store, the gallery has long been considered the Bellarine Peninsula's premier art gallery. Offering a dynamic, regularly changing exhibition schedule, and regular arts related events including lectures, exhibition openings and biannual Indigenous exhibitions co-curated by Susan McCulloch and Emily McCulloch Childs, Salt Contemporary gallery is a must see for all art enthusiasts. Visitors to the gallery can also enjoy fabulous cocktails, a glass of local wine, a nibble of local produce, a comfy lounge by the open fire, and fabulous views of Swan Bay from the balcony of the newly launched wine bar 'The Lounge @ Salt'. The Lounge @ Salt is rapidly becoming the place for locals and visitors alike to unwind, to chat and to relax. Visit the Salt website or Facebook page for more details regarding gallery and lounge events.
 

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Twilight Cruise - Searoad Ferries

Take a stroll on the viewing decks, sample some of the regions finest produce, all in the privacy of the Portsea Lounge.

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.

Fireside Jazz Series at Jack Rabbit

Two wonderful evenings featuring seven of the best Jazz musicians in the business, at the gorgeous Jack Rabbit Vineyard.

Drive In + Chill Out at BIG4 Beacon Resort

Drive In + Chill Out at BIG4 Beacon Resort.

Queenscliffe Bricks LEGO Creations

'Queenscliffe Bricks' is bringing its display of LEGO models to Point Lonsdale.

Legendary Blues Train Weekend: Stay & Play, Save 50%

A unique musical experience! Toe tapping entertainment, cool drinks and a good laugh.

Seahaven Village - Taste of The Bellarine $495

Relax at stunning Barwon Heads Friday and Saturday night in a cosy 4.5 star one bedroom spa suite.

Barwon Heads Golf Club - Winter Escape with Free Golf

$240 per couple per night

Girls Indulgence Getaway

Reboot your life with an indulgent Girl's Getaway.

Twilight Cruise - Searoad Ferries

Take a stroll on the viewing decks and find the best spot to capture the setting sun. Sample some of the regions finest artisan products from both the Bellarine and Mornington Peninsulas. Enjoy a regional produce platter with an award winning wine, locally made ale or cider, all in the privacy of the Portsea Lounge.

$35.00 per person (includes return sailing between Sorrento and Queenscliff)

Every Friday and Saturday from April to December
4pm sailing from Sorrento
5pm sailing from Queenscliff

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

 

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

 

Fireside Jazz Series at Jack Rabbit

Two wonderful evenings featuring seven of the best Jazz musicians in the business, at the gorgeous Jack Rabbit Vineyard.

Saturday June 21 + Saturday August 2

$90 per person, including three-course dinner and show. Drinks at bar prices.

Limited numbers.

To book phone 52512223 or email functions@jackrabbit.com.au

www.jackrabbitvineyard.com.au

 

Drive In + Chill Out at BIG4 Beacon Resort

$317 for 2 adults & up to 2 children (save 60%)

  • 2 nights in a Lonsdale Villa
  • Unlimited Mountain Bike Hire
  • Unlimited DVD Hire
  • A daily Espresso Coffee or Hot Chocolate per person
  • A bottle of local wine
  • Free Daily Kids Activities
  • An extra Long Late Check-out to 6.00pm

Plus get two LI'TYA Deep Ocean Renewal Facials for the price of 1 at the resort's Mud Day Spa (save $120)

And there's plenty of indoor fun at the resort with an indoor heated swimming pool and 8-seater spa, an indoor toddler playroom and a games room. Add another layer of clothing and there's even more to explore outside! BIG4 Beacon Resort is the ideal base to check out Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale.

Phone 1800 351 152 or Book Online.

Terms and Conditions: Offer expires on 31/08/2014

 

Queenscliffe Bricks LEGO Creations

'Queenscliffe Bricks' is bringing its display of LEGO models to Point Lonsdale.

Featuring new displays, a free-play area, retail shop and a “selfies” LEGO movie stand.

21 + 22 June 2014
Point Lonsdale Primary School
$10 - Adults
$6 - Children 6 - 14
FREE - Under 5

Book online at www.trybooking.com/71506

For more information and ticketing visit www.queensclifferotary.org.au.

 

Legendary Blues Train Weekend: Stay & Play, Save 50%

A unique musical experience! Toe tapping entertainment, cool drinks and a good laugh. Make a weekend of exploring Queenscliff with 2 nights’ accommodation at the award-winning BIG4 Beacon Resort including Blues Train tickets, return transfers to the event, buffet breakfast, 6pm checkout, local discounts and more.

Only $487 per couple.

Phone: 1800 351 152 or visit BIG4 Beacon Resort for more information.
 

Seahaven Village - Taste of The Bellarine $495

Relax at stunning Barwon Heads Friday and Saturday night in a cosy 4.5 star one bedroom spa suite. Enjoy fabulous bonuses including:

  • A $70 dinner voucher
  • Welcome pack including wine, chocolates and a breakfast basket
Stay between Sunday and Thursday nights and receive THREE nights accommodation for the same price.

T: 03 5254 1066
 

Barwon Heads Golf Club - Winter Escape with Free Golf

This winter, guests who book a standard room at our normal Bed and Breakfast rate play golf for free. Want an even better reason to take a break? The Club is rated one of Australia’s Top 10 public access courses.

From $240 per room per night.
($120 p/p twin share)

  • Accommodation in a standard room with ensuite at Barwon Heads Golf Club
  • Fully cooked breakfast
  • A complimentary round of golf each person (normally up to $85 each).

Address: Golf Links Rd, Barwon Heads, Victoria 3227

To book:

Phone: 03 5255 6255
Fax: 03 5255 6266
Website: www.bhgc.com.au
Email: reservations@bhgc.com.au

T&C's: Valid Sunday to Thursday inclusive. 1st June to 31 August 2014. Dress requirements apply on course and in the clubhouse.
 

Girls Indulgence Getaway

Reboot your life with an indulgent Girl's Getaway. When life gets a little overwhelming, an escape with your best friends can be the best way to share some uninterrupted catch up time, a little relaxation and, of course, some well-deserved indulgence on looking after you.

$798 is for 4 people ($199.50 per person) and includes:

  • 2 nights accommodation at Beacon Resort in a Curlewis Villa
  • A Food Purveyor "Little Extra" Hamper (special treats from our region including jams, chocolates, tapenade and much much more)
  • 1 x bottle of Jack Rabbit Sparkling
  • 4 x 60 minute relaxation massages in our day spa
  • Return transfers to a venue of choice (within 3225 postcode area during your stay)
  • Unlimited DVD Hire
  • 12 noon check-out

This offer is valid until the 20th December 2014; No further discounts apply; Some exclusion periods to apply; Package is subject to availability at the time of booking.

 

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