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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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SEAROAD FERRIES QUEENSCLIFF

Searoad Ferries connects the Great Ocean Road and the Bellarine to the Mornington Peninsula, the 40 minute crossing is a stress free alternative to driving through the city. Two specially designed all weather 60 metre ferries have easy drive on/drive off facilities, spacious comfortable lounges with full-length windows, a tempting cafe and plenty of deck space. Watch out for dolphins, whales in winter and enormous ships as you breathe incredibly fresh air. Arriving at Sorrento, you will have a perfect view of multi-million dollar mansions sitting atop cliffs, tiny coves filled with boats, the beautiful foreshore and old limestone buildings. Whether you are going home or on a journey far away, there's no better way to see the bay than with Searoad Ferries. Passengers with vehicles are advised to arrive at the terminals at least 20 minutes prior to departure. The ferries depart from Queenscliff Harbour, Queenscliff and the Sorrento Pier, Sorrento. Special Features on the 40 minute journey are the unparalleled views of historic lighthouses, the Point Nepean fortifications, navigational features, seals and dolphins are available from the comfortable lounge areas, cafe style seating or numerous observation decks. Both vessels are fully equipped to cater for passengers with disabilities, including an internal lift from the vehicle deck to the passenger lounge. Coaches may be booked ahead. Seven days notice is advisable to secure passage.

More Than A Tour

More than Tour offer their local knowledge will give you the very best opportunity of seeing a range of beautiful native animals in their natural environment. Short walks to the scenic attractions, lookouts, beaches and rain forests will be on well-defined tracks and board walks and requires a moderate level of fitness. Their guides will accompany you on all walks and your safety is their priority. Being a boutique tour company they will confirm your pick up point, departure and return times prior to departure. More Than A Tour also offers a Door to Door Service from Geelong & District. More Than A Tour can tailor make tours to satisfy your groups desires, including Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island Penquin day tours. Discover the beauty of the Bellarine including special experieinces to swim with dolphins or simply sit back and enjoy a boat ride to explore the treasures of Port Phillip Bay from Queenscliff. Contact More Than A Tour for more details.

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 heritage train. One of Australia's most spectacular entertainment experiences, it is a mini festival in one night, a progressive party you will never forget. The Blues Train leaves Queenscliff Railway Station after guests have enjoyed a hearty meal complemented by a selection of 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 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 available dates.

Geelong Adventure Specialists

Welcome to Geelong Adventure Specialists, they offer a range of activities to cater for all ages, beginner to advanced. Their focus is on the seasonal outdoor activities. Currently it is land-based activities and tours locally, and activity specific trips further afield. If you are keen for a challenge, a fun day with friends, or just some time out in one of the many diverse and beautiful natural places in the region, Geelong Adventure Specialists will take care of everything. Are you ready for some fun? Contact Geelong Adventure Specialists for further information.

Great Ocean Air

Great Ocean Air are the premier air travel service in Victoria. Their luxurious air conditioned Airvans seat seven passengers in spacious cabins with panoramic windows. Choose from a variety of private flight and tours, charter flights, half day scenic tours, day and overnight golf and outback tours and their popular girls day/surfing King Island adventures. Ground transportation, farm stay and beach stay accommodation are available and included in some packages. Make your journey part of the destination. Experience Great Ocean Air. Live the dream.

VIP Bus

VIP Bus is the ultimate luxury transport. With perimeter seating for 30 people with a Flat Screen TV, Huge Touch Screen Sound System, Air Con, Toilet, BYO Liquor Licence and Red Carpet Boarding. Consider VIP Bus for your Corporate transport with a difference and an experience that your clients will never forget. VIP Bus also provides VIP service for Weddings, Birthday, Formals, Debs, Sport Events, and Hens and Bucks.

Geelong Gaol Ghost Tours

The Geelong Gaol is one of Australia's most intact 19th century convict prisons and is believed to be one of the most haunted buildings in Victoria. A three story behemoth, it housed a host of convicts, murderers, lunatics and street children under extreme conditions. Four men were executed and one buried within its walls. Construction began in 1849, the prison was designed along the Pentonville plan to contain convicts being brought directly from England before being shipped across the colony. Tiny cells, lack of toilets and facilities and freezing cold temperatures made Geelong Gaol a virtual dungeon till the day it closed. Closing in the 1990's this is the one prison Chopper Read said he never wanted to go back to. Ghost and Paranormal tours of the Geelong Gaol run seven nights a week. Partnered ghost tours are at Beechworth Lunatic Asylum and Murder Tours of Beechworth, Carlton and Chinatown in Melbourne

Coastal Golf Victoria

Coastal Golf Victoria makes it easy for golfers to visit and access the amazing golf courses Victoria's Coast has to offer. Coastal Golf Victoria tours include premium courses on Torquay's Surfcoast, the Bellarine and Mornington Peninsula's, as well as those along the Great Ocean Road. Coastal Golf Victoria saves you the hassle of having to make numerous phone calls co-ordinating tee times, accommodation and transport services. Choose one of the tours on offer and let the team do the hard work, leaving you only to arrive and concentrate on your swing. If you have something specific in mind for your tour then visit the website and complete an online questionnaire about what you are looking for. Coastal Golf Victoria can arrange an all inclusive package to suit your needs and budget. With an abundance of premium courses and accommodation venues, as well as iconic tourist destinations to see, Victoria's Coast is the perfect place for an unforgettable golfing experience. Visit the website and let Coastal Golf Victoria take care of your next golfing holiday.
Avalon Airport
Near Lara

Avalon Airport

Avalon Airport is Melbourne's newest airport specialising in domestic flights across Australia. Choose Avalon Airport, the Melbourne airport where flying is made easy. There's no hassle getting there with a toll free car trip from Melbourne's city centre along an uncongested highway. Geelong and the Great Ocean Road are also just minutes away. The Airport Car Park is only metres from the terminal, and you can select from their convenient standard car park or their secure undercover Premium Parking service. Why not also give your car a holiday with one of the Vehicle Detailing or Servicing options from their VACC accredited mechanics. You could say that they are the Melbourne airport with less turbulence. Avalon Airport is Melbourne's easy way to fly.

Tour Geelong - Geelong Tour Guides

Geelong is not only a top global tourist destination as it has the world's best tour guide. Geelong entertainer Colin Mockett was named World's Best Tour Guide by a coach party of (mainly American) Seabourn Odyssey tourists at the end of their four-hour tour in February 2014. Colin recruited and tutored Geelong's other cruise-liner tour-guides, too, mainly from the city's entertainment and theatre communities. Colin is an entertainer as well as a member of the Historical Society and Tourism agency. But good guides are just part of the Geelong tour experience. History has gifted Geelong facilities second to none as an Australian destination. Geelong has the lot. The world's oldest living culture, the Wathaurong community has been here for 60,000 years, a century of wool heritage and fortunes made from the gold rushes led to our art-deco landscaped waterfront. The industrial sector was built on a wealth of migrant/refugee labour and now Geelong is re-inventing itself yet again in the post-industrial era as a university city with a strong tourism culture. Colin and the guides do not only display all this to luxury liner passengers. Colin conducts walking tours for groups and schools, provides step-on guides for bus tourists and bespoke tours for conventions and events. Geelong has the lot and excellent guides to display it.

Beacon Bus Tours and Charter

As part of BIG4 Beacon Resort's offering, Beacon Bus Tours & Charter are able to provide personalised transfers to and from venues or predetermined locations in a 11 seater bus for both guests and visitors alike. Beacon Bus Tours & Charter can also arrange and personalise boutique tour options. The Beacon Bus Tours & Charter service is also open to other local accommodation providers to guarantee visitors receive the best possible experience during their stay in the Bellarine region. Beacon Bus Tours & Charter has an experienced tour guide who has been working as a tour guide both internationally and domestically for more than 25 years. He has developed itineraries and lead tours in many parts of the world however has most recently been developing and leading food, wine and history tours of the Yarra Valley, Mornington and Geelong areas. Beacon Bus Tours & Charter know you will enjoy local knowledge as much as other visitors do. Please contact Beacon Bus Tours & Charter services for further information or customised itineraries and recommendations within the Geelong Bellarine area.

Bellarine Railway

The Bellarine Railway is a volunteer operated organisation offering heritage train rides and experiences between Queenscliff and Drysdale, featuring a unique collection of steam and diesel trains originating from around Australia. Locomotive Cab Rides allow passengers the chance take a trip with the crew at the business end of the train. The ride comprises of travel for a 'section' (one way) on the locomotive and the other way as a 'regular' passenger in a carriage. Check availability with the Booking Officer at Queenscliff or Drysdale Stations. Private Carriage Hire is available as part of the heritage service and perfect for children's parties or groups - bookings are essential. Family activities are offered during the school holidays and on special occasions, such as visits from the Easter Bunny and Santa Trains. Experiences and special events include Steam and Diesel Train Driver Experiences; Day out with Thomas weekends; special occasion charters; and tailored group and school tours / trips. The Bellarine Railway is home to the Blues Train; Australia's most unique music experience and has been presenting the Best in Blues since 1994. Further information and vouchers are available for the above services, special, events and experiences. Please visit the website or call / email the office for more information.

For the Love of Grape

For the Love of Grape Wine Tours offer a relaxing and memorable experience to the variety of wineries on offer in the Bellarine, Geelong, Mornington Peninsula, Echuca and Yarra Valley Wine regions. Relax and unwind with friends, family or colleagues as you allow For The Love Of Grape to chauffeur your party around the magical sights and sensory delights of Victoria's fabulous wine regions. Choose your own wineries and local specialty food producers from the enticing array on offer or leave it to For The Love of Grape to seamlessly organise a tour guaranteed to charm. Options include half day tours that start from $65 per person (inclusion of lunch is at an additional charge) to full day tours. Their suggested full day tours can include a pamper and wine tour and full wine day tour which includes lunch. For The Love of Grape Winery tours are available for intimate couple experiences, small groups, hens / bucks day celebrations, corporate gatherings and large international delegations. Tours offer the convenience of collection and drop off to all accommodation, homes, train stations and ferry services. All guests have the option of selecting the wineries to visit or tailoring a day tour to suit the interests of their group. All tours are inclusive of tax and tasting fees. For all enquiries and bookings please contact your local tour operator at For the Love of Grape. For The Love Of Grape - quenching your thirst for a vineyard indulgence.

Bellarine Taste Trail

The Bellarine Taste Trail is a collection of gourmet delights and foodie experiences all within 20 minutes of each other. The trail twists a scenic path around The Bellarine, taking visitors to vineyards that are receiving some of Australia’s highest accolades for their wine and farms that have changed the local restaurant scene with their amazing produce. There are breweries using innovative techniques for original flavours and bakeries known for amazing wood-fired bread and multi-award winning pies. Several tour companies run charter operations across the Bellarine, so you can truly indulge in all the Bellarine Taste Trail has to offer and let someone else worry about transport and navigation. The Bellarine is bounded by Port Phillip Bay to the North and Bass Strait to the South – as such, the seafood on offer is amazing. Portarlington’s mussels are well known locally and feature in a different dish at virtually every restaurant in the region. Places to eat range from those with stunning water views, or nestled in rolling farmland hills to exquisite and grand historic hotel dining rooms. They all offer their unique take on local fare. For more casual meals, pick up a bounty of local produce from one of the provedores and food stores around the Bellarine and make it yourself – either at home or at your holiday accommodation.

Queenscliff Heritage Walk

Stroll the beautiful Heritage town of Queenscliff and enjoy afternoon tea at one of Queenscliff’s grand old buildings to finish. Guided walks run 2.00pm every Saturday and take approximately one and a quarter hours. Group walks available at other times by appointment. Check with the Visitor Information Centre for availability and prices. Bookings essential – Phone the Queenscliffe Visitor Information Centre 5258 4843 or call in to the Centre 55 Hesse Street Queenscliff. A self guided booklet, “Queenscliff – A Living Heritage.” Is also available for sale from the Queenscliffe Visitor Information Centre. This short self guided walk will take approximately 45 minutes and take you past a few of the town’s historic buildings.
Natural Treasures Tours
Near Werribee

Natural Treasures Tours

Australian Natural Treasures Touring believe the touring experience should not be rushed. Their personalised, small group tours, for two to ten people, are designed to showcase the regions natural beauty, history and wildlife. Natural Treasures Touring believe a relaxed touring pace with great food and accommodation while in the company of an friendly and professional guide is the best way to see this region. Taking extra time to see the Great Ocean Road will be a decision your will never regret. The most popular tour is their two day Great Ocean Road tour. The two days allow you to see far more than what a rushed day tour allows. The coastal road, koalas, kangaroos, beaches, rainforest and great accommodation with ocean views are first day highlights. The second days touring explores the shipwreck coast including the famous 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge. When visiting Victoria spending two days on the Great Ocean Road is time very well spent. Natural Treasures Tours range in duration of one to three days and discover all regions of Victoria. All tours are conducted in small groups lead by expert guides providing a thorough and personalised experience. If you are heading off from Melbourne to South Australia, why not join the three day Melbourne to Adelaide tour or do it in reverse. They also offer a half-day city sights tour as well as various private touring options from Melbourne. Australian Natural Treasures Touring also operate school educational tours of one to three days. Using new, comfortable and air-conditioned vehicles for all tours as well as spectacular accommodation ensures your tour will be a special one. Natural Treasures Tours are happy to customise an itinerary for you. Please visit the website for more information.
Otway Discovery Tour
Near Werribee

Otway Discovery Tour

Otway Discovery Tour provides a service that is unique and memorable for all its customers. Otway Discovery provides a service with warmth, understanding and a great deal of professionalism to all customers. The one day Great Ocean Road Tour takes you to the beach, bushland and forest - with time to stop and get sand between your toes, and walk through sweet-scented eucalypt forests - until the massive pillars of the Twelve Apostles standing from the ocean take your breath away. Morning tea and lunch are included. The three day all inclusive Great Ocean Road and Grampians tour is a true Australian adventure of wildlife and spectacular scenery. You will be taken on a journey to discover the breathtaking coastline of the Great Ocean Road and the hinterland of the Grampians. Meals and accommodation included. Otway Discovery Tour will go the extra mile to ensure that all facets of your tour are a success - by offering a simple booking process, organising your pick up and drop off locations, providing fantastic, enthusiastic and informative guides and modern mini coaches (maximum 24 people) and personalised service - all this, so customers can leave Victoria with a big smile on their face! Guides are friendly, tours are innovative and unique and strive to create the best possible day adventures for travellers from all walks of life! You are sure to have a bonza day with Otway Discovery Tour.

Raw Travel - Great Ocean Walk

Raw Travel - Great Ocean Walk is a specialist in walking and cycling holidays with over 15 years experience of operating remarkable trips worldwide. They are a fully licensed operator and offer small groups and expertly guided multi day walks consisting of three, four or seven day tours, plus a variety of self guided trips along the Great Ocean Walk. Raw Travel's experienced walking guides accompany you throughout and they also bring in local experts, such as a Shipwreck Historian and an Indigenous guide to offer insights into the unique history and environment of the area as you walk, providing an unforgettable Great Ocean Walk experience. The trips are fully catered and vehicle supported so that you can relax and enjoy the walk carrying just a daypack. Raw Travel has been operating for five years and earned an Advanced Eco certificate for their tours on the Great Ocean walk. Accommodation is excellent with a variety of quality lodgings used. Raw is one of the few companies that offer different accommodation, allowing you to walk from East to West on seven day trips without entailing long transfers each day. Raw Travel stay in well appointed cabins and attractive beachside hotels in Cape Otway, Apollo Bay and Port Campbell. Food is top Quality! Raw offers maximum flexibility on guided Great Ocean Walks. You can walk as little or as much as you want each day, with regular stops for refreshments and picnic lunches. They cater for a variety of budgets offering unbeatable value with all inclusive packages. Pick up and drop off from Avalon airport is offered. Their guides are first aid trained and carry emergency devices. Book in confidence with Raw Travel as they are fully insured and are one of the most experienced operators on the Great Ocean Walk.

Sea All Dolphin Swims

The popular and award winning Sea All Dolphin Swims of Queenscliff is a family owned business which offers a truly unique marine experience on Port Phillip Bay. Where else can you snorkel with wild dolphins and seals and colourful reef fish all on the one cruise. With a clever blend of fun adventure and education, the friendly crew at Sea All Dolphin Swims cater for passengers of all ages, sizes, shapes and abilities. With modern wetsuits, equipment and light refreshments supplied its no wonder the tours are so popular with international visitors heading down the Great Ocean Road. Learn snorkelling in safe shallow conditions from patient and caring instructors. Interact with wild dolphins and seals while learning about their habits and environment. Snorkel in the Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park and view coloured reef fish, sea stars, coloured sponges and a kelp forest. View unusual sea birds and a unique gannet rookery with fluffy white chicks. Experience the early maritime and military history. Hear expert interpretation and tales from experienced guides. Relax with a hot chocolate while sharing your adventure with a new friend. Experience the thrill of the boom net or enjoy the duckboard spa at the rear of the boat. Challenge yourself in our ritual jump from the boats' roof at the end of the cruise. Take home fabulous photos of unique wildlife and happy friends and an experience you will remember and talk about for ages.

South Bay Eco Adventures

South Bay Eco Adventures is an award winning ecotourism company specialising in sightseeing boat tours of Southern Port Phillip Bay, the Rip and Port Phillip Heads. View the spectacular Rip, the stretch of water connecting the Bay and Bass Strait, and discover the wildlife that calls Port Phillip Bay home, including dolphins, seals, whales, penguins and sea birds. Explore areas only accessible by boat, on an up close nature-based adventure highlighting the unique history, wildlife and coastal landscape of Southern Port Phillip Bay. The purpose-built eco boat offers exceptional visibility for everyone on board, with a design that ensures a smooth, stable and comfortable ride. Tours operate daily between November and April from Queenscliff Harbour, with limited tours between between June and August.
Wildlife Tours Australia
Near Werribee

Wildlife Tours Australia

Wildlife Tours Australia has been entertaining travellers since 1996. Being one of the longest running small group tour operators in Melbourne they have the ultimate range of one, two and three day adventures in Victoria. Specialising in the Great Ocean Road, Phillip Island, The Grampians, Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula Wine Tours, Snow Tours (in the winter), Melbourne to Adelaide Tours, Adelaide to Melbourne tours and personalised group charters. Wildlife Tours Australia also place a strong emphasis on incorporating Australian Wildlife into the tours, as the team believe this is one of the things that makes Australia so special. Wildlife Tours Australia operates small modern vehicles. This is in order to provide passengers with a more personalised, higher quality experience. Wildlife Tours Australia believe travelling in a group is better than a crowd, that is why you will not be squeezed amongst 50 other people. Wildlife Tours Australia endeavour to get to know you all on a first name basis, and firmly believe in enjoying the journey as well as the highlights. The thing love the operators love more than this beautiful country, is being able to show it off to you. That is why when you travel with Wildlife Tours you know you are going to get a guide who is just as enthusiastic about the journey as you are. Wildlife Tours Australia operates a one day Great Ocean Road Tour with an optional Helicopter flight available, a one day Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour, a two day Great Ocean Road and Grampians National Park Tour, as well as a two day tour to Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island. There is also a three day Great Ocean Road and Grampians National Park Tour that finishes in either Melbourne or Adelaide. Please view the website for more details.

Geelong Botanic Gardens

The Geelong Botanic Gardens are a wonderful mix of old and new featuring traditional heritage gardens as well as the contemporary and waterwise 21st Century garden. The gardens were established in 1851 and as such feature fabulous mature trees, including some rare and exotic. Within the 17 acre space there are rose gardens, shaded lawn areas perfect for picnics, a teahouse. There are also regular guided walks exploring different aspects of the gardens and special interest areas.

Geelong Walking Tours

Start your trip to Geelong with a guided walk where you will visit the key attractions, the arts precinct and our stunning Waterfront. Get some inspiration for the remainder of your stay and even some discounts. Walks depart from the National Wool Museum, Cnr Brougham & Moorabool St. The 2 hour walk costs $12 and includes a delicious morning or afternoon tea hosted by Novotel Geelong on the spectacular Waterfront. Bookings are essential - 03 5244 7102.

Kardinia Park

Just South of the Geelong CBD, Kardinia Park is most famous for its AFL Champion tenants, the Geelong Cats. Simonds Stadium, the Geelong Football Club home ground, is on the Eastern side of Kardinia Park. The stadium seats 28,300 people and hosts AFL matches during winter and a range of other sporting events at other times during the year. Kardinia Park is also home to Kardinia Swimming Pool, which operates with seasonal hours between October and April. With two Olympic sized swimming pools, several childrens’ pools, two diving boards (1m and 3m) and a waterslide. Also within the bounds of the park are a childrens’ playground, fitness circuit, cricket and football ovals, netball courts and walking / running / riding tracks.
 

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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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