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The Great Ocean Road has several local accredited Visitor Information Centres. Drop in or call for more information on the region and help with planning your holiday.

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Princes Hwy
Little River, Victoria 3211
Phone (toll free): 1800 755 611
Ph: +61 3 5283 1735
Fax: +61 3 5223 2069
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26 Moorabool St
Geelong, Victoria 3220
Phone (toll free): 1800 755 611
Ph: +61 3 5222 2900
Fax: +61 3 5223 2069
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100 Great Ocean Road
Apollo Bay, Victoria 3233
Ph: +61 3 5237 6529
Fax: +61 3 5237 6194
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Cnr Queen & Murray Sts
Colac, Victoria 3250
Ph: 1300 689 297
Fax: +61 3 5232 2764
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15 Mountjoy Pde
Lorne, Victoria 3232
Ph: +61 3 5289 1152
Fax: +61 3 5289 2492
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55 Hesse St
Queenscliff, Victoria 3225
Ph: +61 3 5258 4843
Fax: +61 3 5258 3726
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Surf City Plaza
Torquay, Victoria 3228
Ph: +61 3 5261 4219
Fax: +61 3 5261 4756

Look for the iSign Small sign. Offices are open 9am to 5pm, 7 days a week.

When in Melbourne...

If you're in Melbourne we suggest you visit the Visitor Information Centre at Federation Square.

Situated on the corner of Swanston and Flinders Streets, directly across from Flinders Street train station and its tram interchanges, the Visitor Centre is a one-stop shop for discovering what Melbourne and the Great Ocean Road have to offer visitors.

Open: 9am to 6pm, 7 days a week
Ph: +61 3 9658 9658

Highlights

You Yangs

Rising from the flat, volcanic plains between Geelong and Melbourne, the granite peaks of the You Yangs are a terrific destination for many outdoor activities. Walk to Flinders Peak for panoramic views of Geelong, Corio Bay, the Western Districts and beyond. There are several walking tracks within the park catering for varying abilities. The You Yangs are popular for mountain biking; the two designated mountain bike areas offer 50km of track. The park is also popular for rock climbing, abseiling and horse riding and there are BBQ and picnic areas available, as well as toilets.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Geelong Wine Region

Whether it is the distinctive maritime flavours of The Bellarine, the ancient richness of the Moorabool Valley Wine Region or the rugged, exposed coastline of the Surf Coast, the Geelong Wine Region is united by boutique, family owned winegrowers producing premium quality hand crafted wines. With each sub region and winery displaying their own unique characteristics, visitors are invited to explore the diversity of the Geelong Wine Region's stunning scenery, touring routes and restaurants whilst sampling some of Victoria's finest cellar door experiences. Geelong's family owned boutique operators maximise their wine's potential by hand pruning, hand picking and hand crafting their wines allowing regional characters to develop. Areas within the region have varying microclimates influencing the depth of colour, bouquet and flavour of the wines. The Bellarine has a maritime climate with bay breeezes and spectacular views, whilst the hills and valleys of the Moorabool Valley – Anakie areas have a warm, continental style climate. The renowned Surf Coast is famous for its long summer days and cooling ocean breezes. James Halliday in his Wine Atlas of Australia and New Zealand wrote: "If there is a unifying feature in all of the Geelong wines, it is their strength and depth of colour, bouquet and flavour." Not only does the Geelong wine region produce some of Australia's best wines, but the wineries are surrounded by some of Victoria's best scenery and touring opportunities. The Geelong Wine Region. Fine wines – from our hands to yours. For a map of the winery region visit: http://www.winegeelong.com.au/wine_region/map

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.

Eastern Beach

The art-deco swimming enclosure at Eastern Beach has been a Geelong favourite for generations. Built in the 1930’s, the ‘Promenade’ is a wooden structure built in an arc, great for walking on a warm evening. The swimming area also has a large tower and diving boards. There is a separate children’s pool that is enclosed and paved. On shore, there is a fantastic adventure playground with plenty of spectator seats for the grown ups. There are large areas of lawn perfect for picnics or, depending on the season, a kick of the football or a game of cricket. There are toilet and dressing room facilities, and the beach is patrolled by lifesavers during summer. There is also a restaurant / café / kiosk on site. The whole area is set amongst grassy hills and enormous trees, and several of the buildings in the precinct are listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.

Skydive the Beach and Beyond Yarra Valley

Skydiving over the Yarra Valley is the ultimate adrenaline rush! Tandem skydiving from up to 14,000 feet, experiencing an insane 60 seconds of life-changing freefall, then float under canopy for 5-7 minutes over the lush Yarra Valley countryside, quilted with rolling pastures, vineyards, dairy stations, organic farms, hedge mazes and wildlife sanctuaries - and see stunning views of Melbourne city and the Bay. Previously known as Melbourne Skydive Centre, a tandem skydive with the dedicated and experienced Skydive the Beach and Beyond Yarra Valley skydiving crew will be as memorable as it is exhilarating!

Serendip Sanctuary

The sanctuary, an excellent example of the open grassy woodlands and wetlands of the volcanic Western Plains, is the perfect place to learn about and experience birdlife and wetlands ecology. See some of the 150 species of birds which breed at or visit Serendip Sanctuary from the bird hides. Birds can be seen within metres of the viewing areas preening, feeding, incubating eggs and rearing young. The Wildlife Walk is a popular walk offering close encounters with wildlife. Meander past emus and Eastern Grey Kangaroos grazing to viewing areas, hides and flight aviaries perfect for bird watching. You may be treated to Brolgas trumpeting, Whistling Kites soaring high overhead, magnificent Yellow-billed Spoonbills wading through the shallow water, or even a glimpse of the well hidden Tawny Frogmouth as it watches you pass by. Before you go Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website. Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.

Adventure Park

Super charge your summer at Victoria's biggest theme park! With awesome family fun all day long, Adventure Park Geelong is home to some of the coolest water rides in Australia. Victoria's hottest and biggest theme park, Adventure Park, located just ten minutes from Geelong boasts exciting rides and attractions, perfect for the whole family! Just some of the ways you can make a gigantic splash and enjoy the unlimited rides all day long include: - Raft the roaring rapids on The River Torrent Lazy River, with twisting tides and swirling gauntlets along a tropical river oasis - Speed down head first and experience the ultimate adrenaline rush of the Six Lane Aqua Racer, a speed slide for the serious thrill-seekers which can take you up to 40km per hour - Race down The Gold Rush Rapids in a speedy 20 seconds and take the two metre plunge - Take a splash in the dark on the Wild West Canyon on a two-seater raft, experiencing twists and 360 degree turns! Adventure Park is doing it for the kids, too! The Tiny Tots Splashzone keeps the young ones cool, safe and entertained, with waterfalls, mini waterslides and spray cannons throughout. While Bonito's Bay Water Play offers a state-of-the-art aquatic playground including waterfalls, water jets and more pirate-filled water fun. On dry land, families can take a ride on the popular Go Karts and Little Buggy Speedway, try a hand at archery, discover the Galactic Games World, challenge family and friends to a game of mini golf, take a leisurely ride on the new Paddle boats and watch the world go by on the classic carousel. Bring in a picnic, hire a barbecue and relax lakeside under shaded picnic areas, marquees and pavilions, set amongst 21 hectares of landscaped parkland.

Bellarine Adventure Golf

You may have played mini golf or putt putt before but never like this, Bellarine Adventure Golf takes mini golf to another level. Set amongst beautiful gardens complete with creeks and waterfalls, the 36 ingeniously crafted holes will keep players of all ages both entertained and challenged. Multi-level greens, balls that seem to defy the laws of gravity, tricky water hazards and sticky sand traps ensure that everyone's games certainly will be an adventure in which both luck and skill play a part! There are two 18 hole courses to choose from: the Mill offers a great, fun course with plenty of shelter making it playable even if the weather isn't the best, while the Mountain course offers a bit more of a challenge for those wanting to really test their skills. Or play both courses, taking advantage of the generous discounts on second rounds. Bellarine Adventure Golf have a café that offers great locally roasted coffee from Geelong's own Capra Coffee and a great selection of snacks and cookies to enjoy along with it. Groups, clubs and schools love the function room and barbecue facilities plus the delicious catering that is available. Kids' birthday parties are also a specialty. Check Bellarine Adventure Golf's Facebook page for regular special offers or contact them for further information.

Camilo Olives

Camilo Olive Grove is located near Teesdale between the grassy woodland of the Inverleigh Flora and Fauna Reserve and the Leigh River, among rolling hills in South West Victoria. Founded by Joan and Peter McGovern in 2002, Camilo was the result of an extensive search for a location that would provide a great climate, position and soil for growing premium quality olives, and a property that would give them much pleasure. The Leigh River winds its way through a valley at the edge of the property providing a home to beautiful and very old river gums and blackwood trees as well as an abundance of Australian wildlife including kangaroos, koalas, platypus, wedge-tailed eagles, parrots and possums. Camilo's olives are planted on flat plains between the reserve and the river valley. Extensive wildlife corridors, planted on Camilo at the same time as the olive grove, provide shelter and are home to local native animals and a safe bridge for wildlife travelling between the reserve and the river. The cool climate environment of the region means Camilo olives enjoy maximum sunshine and a prolonged ripening period, producing premium extra virgin olive oils.

Fairy Park

Fairy Park is a place dedicated to story telling of fairy tales and ancient myths and legends. A spectacular rocky hilltop has been crafted into a truly unique place where family and friends come to relax and enjoy a day out together in a tranquil environment. Most visitors spend the day but if you are in a hurry allow a couple of hours to get a feel for the place. The three main areas that combine to form Fairy Park are the Fairytale Land, Camelot Playground and the Elephant Rock Picnic Grounds. Suitable for the young and the young at heart, Fairy Park will delight and intrigue all those who make take the journey.

Tuckerberry Hill

Tuckerberry Hill is located on the North East slopes of Murradoc Hill, overlooking Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne and the Heads. Pick Your Own Blueberries or Strawberries in a friendly family atmosphere enjoyed by all ages. Strawberry season runs October, November, February, March, April and May. Blueberry season December and January. Containers are provided for pickers. The property is located five minutes east of Drysdale towards St. Leonards just off the Murradoc Road. Follow the tourist signs from Drysdale or Queenscliff. The Tuckerberry Hill Café provides light lunches, blueberry cakes, muffins, scones and pancakes coffee / tea, milkshakes and their very own blueberry ice cream. Their local produce includes their very own Blueberry Conserve, Sauce and Chutney. Mason's Creek Olive Oil and Beck's Honey.

Geelong Waterfront

Building their city on a North-facing bay was a stroke of genius for the forefathers of Geelong. Generations later, residents and visitors alike are enjoying the benefits of the area collectively known as 'The Waterfront'. Stretching from Eastern Beach around to Rippleside, the area incorporates many restaurants and cafes on the water's edge. There are places for kids to play, from open grassy areas to some of the biggest and best playgrounds in the region. There are kids attractions including the carousel, a miniature train ride and a skate park. Seasonally there are also bungee trampolines and a giant ferris wheel. Childrens attractions, open public space, a lively calendar of events and fabulous places to eat and drink make the Waterfront a Geelong must-do.
Bellarine Massage and Holistic Therapies
Near Drysdale

Bellarine Massage and Holistic Therapies

Bellarine Massage and Holistic Therapies focuses on clients who want a relaxing massage in the luxury of their own home. Having a massage really allows you to slow down and switch off, both mentally and physically, from the pressures of society. On a physical level, massage treats the whole person, releasing tension from the mind and the muscles, communicating through caring touch, imparting inner peace and tranquillity. When you are receiving a massage, you may find that you tend to drift away into your own personal paradise. Massage promotes self -awareness and treats the mind, body and spirit, enabling you to achieve a truly holistic state of homeostasis, returning balance and harmony to yourself. Visit the website or call for more information. Gift vouchers available.

Pakington Street

Pakington Street (or ‘Pako’ to locals) is a vibrant, cosmopolitan mix of shopping and eating out. Food and drink ranges from casual coffee shops with al fresco facilities and pubs with bistros to trendy bars and top class restaurants. Fashion stores, boutique giftware, specialty stores and gourmet groceries make up the eclectic mix of shops. You are likely to finish your day with a killer pair of heels and a bag of locally grown gourmet tomatoes.

ex HMAS Canberra

The ex HMAS Canberra dive site is the first artificial reef specifically created for diving in Victoria. It lies in approximately 28 metres of water, with the top of the mast about 5 metres below the surface at low tide. The site provides opportunities for divers with varying levels of experience and certification, from open water level certificates to advanced wreck divers, to enjoy this site. When the ship as prepared for scuttling many of the original working features were retained so divers still get a sense of being on board a working ship. Dive charter operators based at Queenscliff Harbour can lead trips to dive the ex HMAS Canberra.

Geelong Shopping

As Victoria’s largest regional town, there are loads of shopping options in Geelong. The central city area has a high concentration of malls with major department stores and chains, as well as a good mix of specialty shops and independent boutiques. There are fairly large-scale shopping centres in major suburbs such as Belmont, Waurn Ponds and Corio. Pakington Street, running through Newtown and Geelong West, is vibrant and fashionable. Shops here tend to be independent and perfect for finding on-trend fashion or unique homewares.

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.

Queenscliff Shopping

Shopping in Queenscliff is a majestic experience. Many of the fashion boutiques, antique stores, provedores and other shops in central Queenscliff are housed within glorious Victorian era buildings and have retained the sense of grandeur associated with their surrounds. Hesse Street is the main street, but there are several crossroads worth exploring to find some hidden treasures. As well as the strip shopping in Hesse Street and surrounds, the new Queenscliff Harbour development houses a range of new retailers including fashion and homewares.

Rippleside

The Rippleside foreshore reserve in Geelong’s Northern suburbs is best known as the home of the Geelong Community Adventure Playground. The wooden playground offers a great range of equipment for children of all ages and abilities. There are also public toilets, picnic and BBQ facilities at the park, as well as a great expanse of grassed area perfect for ball sports, kites or just a run-around.

Rockpool Ramble at Point Lonsdale

At low tide the sandstone platform just below the lighthouse in the Point Lonsdale Marine Reserve is the perfect place to explore the rockpools. The water is crystal clear and an amazing range of marine wildlife and plants are visible. There are also reefs just offshore that are ideal for divers and snorkelers.

St Leonards Beach

At Indented Head, the coast turns and runs due south for 3 km down to the low bluffs at St Leonards. The Esplanade runs right behind the beach and low foredune. There are two picnic areas behind the main beach, with a camping reserve toward St Leonards, and a foreshore reserve with numerous facilities backing the bluffs and St Leonards Pier Beach. Toward the southern end of St Leonards Beach, there are several wooden groynes, as well as the breakwater and pier, that form the boundary with the 300 m long St Leonards Pier Beach. This beach terminates at a low, rocky point and reef flats. Both beaches are low and narrow and fronted by shallow, 100 to 200 m wide sand flats, containing low amplitude bars and runnels. The flats are exposed at low tide. Swimming Two relatively safe beaches fronted by shallow sand flats and low bars. Bathing is better at mid to high tide when the flats are covered. Surfing None. Fishing The rocks on the south side of Indented Head and the St Leonards Pier are the two best places to reach deeper water. General A long, relatively natural beach, with good access and numerous facilities, plus the small town of St Leonards at the southern end. Carpark Type: Formal parking area Surface: Sealed Spaces: 100 SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate. General Beach Hazard Rating: 2 Least hazardous: 1-3 Moderately hazardous: 4-6 Highly hazardous: 7-8 Extremely hazardous: 9-10 Hazard rating refers to physical beach and surf conditions ONLY and does not include potentially dangerous marine life.

The Rip

The Rip is the treacherous stretch of water at Port Phillip Heads where the relative calm of Port Phillip Bay meets the unbridled wild of Bass Strait. The tidal flows between the two bodies of water through the narrow opening generates a path through the sea that is notoriously difficult to navigate and highly dangerous. Ships passing through the heads still use the Port Phillip Sea Pilot service, a group of highly experienced local seamen who are familiar with the conditions and difficulties of The Rip. All ships bound for Geelong and Melbourne pass through Port Phillip Heads, and the Rip view lookout has an elevated position to watch those ships enter and exit the bay.

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 Four Points Sheraton Geelong on the spectacular Waterfront. Bookings are essential - 03 5244 7102.

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 Playspace

The Geelong Playspace is a special playground. Located in the heart of Eastern Park and with views to Corio Bay, the multi-award winning design integrates accessible playground activities into the overall playground. The area caters for children of a wide range of abilities and a great cross section of age groups. The ‘Liberty Swing’ – which provides children in a wheelchair the experience of a playground swing – requires a key, which can be collected from either the National Wool Museum in Moorabool Street or The Carousel on the Waterfront.

Diving

The Point Lonsdale component of the Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park includes spectacular deep water scenery comprising cliffs, caverns, rocky reef walls, sponge gardens and kelp beds. The Rip side of Point Lonsdale contains an extensive intertidal rocky platform covered with algae such as Neptune's Necklace, and has a number of larger rockpools suitable for snorkelling. The Point Lonsdale intertidal platform has the highest recorded invertebrate diversity of any calcarenite reef in Victoria. The reefs offshore from Point Lonsdale provide spectacular underwater terrain with ledges, rock outcrops and bommies, and beds of bull kelp on sections exposed to large waves. The channel between the main rock platform and the outer reef is around 20 metres wide and 2- 4metres deep and contains a small forest of Giant Kelp, a species which is showing signs of decline along the south east coast of Australia. The Lonsdale Wall is a series of ledges that mark the edge of the historical course of the Yarra River. The wall drops down a series of ledges from 15 to 90 metres depth, extending horizontally for about a kilometre. The vertical walls, sheltered caves, ledges and overhangs and their associated communities of colourful sponges, fish and encrusting algae provide spectacular scenery and are popular dive sites. The species diversity in this area is very high, including more than 43 species of fish. The Kelp Beds are areas with reefs that previously supported Giant Kelp forests and are now dominated by leather kelp. These kelps grow attached to shallow rocky reefs and provides shelter for communities of algae, fish, encrusting sponges, and numerous seastars and sea urchins. The Sponge Gardens contains a high diversity of sponges and other filter feeding invertebrates in a variety of colours, shapes and forms. Being in the main flow of current through the Rip, these animals are able to extract plankton from the water that passes by. The area derives its name from the spectacular and diverse sponges, branching soft corals, stalked ascidians and carpets of colourful anemones.

Point Lonsdale Beach

Point Lonsdale forms the western side of Port Phillip Heads, with The Rip separating it from Point Nepean. The town of Point Lonsdale has a protected bay beach and more exposed ocean beaches. The main ocean beach is known as the Surf or Back Beach and is the site of Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club, founded in 1947. A walking track leads from the surf club over the dunes to the beach. Surf Beach extends for 900 m from a wide, intertidal rock platform, located just east of the surf lifesaving club, to where more rocks and reefs outcrop in the surf. In fact, low tide rock flats dominate this beach and are clearly visible at low tide. The beach faces south-west and receives waves averaging 1.4 m, which produce a single attached bar, cut by strong rips every 250 m. In addition, strong permanent rips run out against some of the reefs, the worst being The Escalator to the left of the club house. These rips have been responsible for many rescues, with an average of 30 each year. There have also been drownings at the beach, so be very wary and stay between the flags. Swimming A moderately hazardous beach owing to the moderate waves and strong permanent and shifting rips, together with rocks and reefs. Definitely stay on the bars, clear of the rips and rocks and between the flags. Surfing Beach breaks are common over the numerous reefs, with the best known as Glaneuses, located at the end of Glaneuse Road, and adjacent to The Escalator rip. It offers a good left over the reef. Surfing is best with northerly winds, a low to moderate swell at mid to high tide, as the reefs are exposed at low tide. Fishing A popular spot offering permanent rips and gutters, particularly adjacent to the reefs and rocks. General This is the surf beach for the popular Point Lonsdale holiday town and very popular with bathers in summer and surfers year round. However it is a hazardous beach with strong permanent rips, so use extreme care. Carpark Type: Formal parking area Surface: Sealed Spaces: 100 SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate. General Beach Hazard Rating: 8 Least hazardous: 1-3 Moderately hazardous: 4-6 Highly hazardous: 7-8 Extremely hazardous: 9-10 Hazard rating refers to physical beach and surf conditions ONLY and does not include potentially dangerous marine life.

Point Lonsdale Lighthouse

The Point Lonsdale Lighthouse is on the Western side of Port Phillip Heads overlooking the Rip and all seaborne traffic bound for Melbourne passes by it. Whilst signals have operated on this point since 1852, the current concrete towers was built in 1902. The lighthouse precinct, including nearby military defence structure, is registered with Heritage Victoria. The area around the base of the lighthouse is accessible to the public and tours of the interior are conducted by the Queenscliff Maritime Museum most Sundays and at various holiday times throughout the year.

Point Lonsdale Playground

Adjacent to the front beach in Point Lonsdale is a fantastic adventure playground for kids of all ages. The park is well shaded and has toilets, BBQ, seating and parking nearby.

Food & Wine

Whilst it was put on the foodie map by its famous mussels, Portarlington has much more to tantalise your taste buds these days. As a central point to many of the attractions on the Bellarine Taste Trail, Portarlington is a great spot to base a gourmet tour of the surrounding region. In town you'll have access to top class restaurants and cafes, locally grown produce and one of the best bakeries in the region. In the surrounding hills you can explore award-winning wineries or buy food direct from the grower.

Portarlington Beach

Point Richards is a large accumulation of sand that forms the northern tip of the Bellarine Peninsula. The point is still growing slowly to the west, while in the east it is attached to the bedrock at Portarlington. There are three beaches along this 2.5 km section of coast. The first is a 300 m long, low energy section west of the point, which grades into tidal flats. Between the point and the Portarlington Jetty is a 2 km long, north facing beach, backed by a large reserve and a caravan park. The third beach runs for 200 m east of the jetty to the bluffs. All three beaches have good access, with a large car park on the point servicing a boat ramp, and a second boat ramp on Portarlington Beach. Swimming These are three relatively safe beaches, with usually calm to low wave conditions. Due to the extensive sand flats, bathing is best at mid to high tide. However, watch the boat traffic near the boat ramps and jetty. Surfing None. Fishing The jetty is the most popular location. General A very popular section of coast, particularly during the summer holidays when the backing caravan park is full. Carpark Type: Formal parking area Surface: Sealed Spaces: 200 SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarentee that all translations will be accurate. General Beach Hazard Rating: 1 Least hazardous: 1-3 Moderately hazardous: 4-6 Highly hazardous: 7-8 Extremely hazardous: 9-10 Hazard rating refers to physical beach and surf conditions ONLY and does not include potentially dangerous marine life.

Boating in Portarlington

There are several places to launch a boat in Portarlington and surrounding areas. The Point Richards boat ramp, just west of town, has just been upgraded. It is now a safer facility with two lanes, able to take larger scale boats and is close to King George Whiting and snapper grounds. Other nearby boat ramps include those at St Leonards, Indented Head and Clifton Springs.

Fishing in Portarlington

The Portarlington Pier is a popular fishing spot. The main pier runs North-South and at the end a breakwater runs East-West. It is a good spot to catch salmon. Mullet, garfish and trevally are often caught in the harbour and squid can be caught on the Western side. Boat ramps in the area can launch anglers into the bay and hooking snapper, whiting, flathead and sharks.

Portarlington Pier

The Pier, a working harbour, houses the town’s mussel fleet, so it’s not unusual to see crews setting out for or returning from harvesting Blue Mussels grown in farms just offshore in Port Phillip Bay. Portarlington has become famous for its mussels, and you can buy them direct from the farmer in town, often on the pier straight from the boat.

Princess Park

Just behind the dunes in Queenscliff, Princess Park is a central point for much activity in Queenscliff. The site of regular community markets, the venue for the annual Queenscliff Music Festival and an institution with local and visiting families who have spent hours playing, picnicking and relaxing in the shade of its tall trees. There is a fantastic new playground within the park, and it is adjacent to the new Queenscliff Harbour and the ferry terminal.

Food & Wine

With beautifully maintained historic buildings and world class dining, Queenscliff is a great spot for any dining experience - from a 5-star luxurious experience to fish and chips with the family. Cafes along Hesse St in Queenscliff are in good supply and offer a fabulous variety of gourmet treats and freshly cooked meals. Pop into one of them for a coffee as you sit back and soak up the scenery of the bustling Hesse Street. Particular dining highlights in Queenscliff are restaurants such as Athelstane House, Apostle Queenscliff, Gusto, the Queenscliff Hotel and the Vue Grand Hotel. These historic buildings, along with a number of others house world class chefs and offer customers a truly luxurious experience. Smaller restaurants along Hesse Street are also popular for dinner and ensure that all tastes - and budgets - are catered for.

Bellarine Railway

The railway hugs the water around scenic Swan Bay providing breathtaking views, before climbing through the rolling hills of the Bellarine Peninsula to Drysdale. Enjoy the new Bike Hire and Park & Ride experience. Leave the car at Drysdale, travel by train to Queenscliff. Spend a pleasant afternoon exploring this historic seaside town, enjoying fine food, or simply picnicing at the beach; then return by train in the late afternoon. Visit www.bpr.org.au for more information about news and events.

Queenscliff Beach

Queenscliff Beach fronts the town of the same name. It is 800 m long, faces south-east, and is backed by a large foreshore reserve with numerous facilities. The Queenscliff harbour channel and breakwater form the northern boundary, with the vegetated slopes of 20 m high Shortland Bluff forming the southern boundary. Two long jetties cross the beach, one servicing the passenger ferry to Portsea; and the other is the old Pilot Jetty. There are several boat sheds below the bluffs and the Queenscliff Lighthouse on top of Shortland Bluff. The beach is low and flat, with a continuous, wide, shallow bar and no rips. Shallow reef flats extend east of the bluff. Swimming A relatively safe beach with a wide shallow bar. Surfing None. Fishing The harbour channel, the two jetties and the seawall round the base of the Bluff all provide excellent fishing locations. General A very accessible beach, with numerous facilities in the foreshore reserve and the attractive town of Queenscliff behind. Carpark Type: Formal parking area Surface: Sealed Spaces: 100 SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate. General Beach Hazard Rating: 2 Least hazardous: 1-3 Moderately hazardous: 4-6 Highly hazardous: 7-8 Extremely hazardous: 9-10 Hazard rating refers to physical beach and surf conditions ONLY and does not include potentially dangerous marine life. Beach

Endota day spa Geelong

Endota day spa Geelong offers remedial massage, spa treatments and beauty therapy. They are Geelong´s massage, waxing and beauty experts. Endota day spa Geelong was Endota's Franchisee of the Year Runners Up for 2011 and a 2011 finalist for the Business Awards Geelong. This brilliant Geelong day spa is a sight to sigh for. The best Geelong beauty therapy, spa treatments and exceptional Geelong massage are all on offer at Endota spa on Pakington Street, Geelong. Spa facilities include five treatment rooms; with a large room perfect for double treatments or groups. The endota spa Geelong massage menu offers a choice of relaxation and remedial massage. Geelong's endota spa is renowned for its friendly and super professional therapists - experts in delivering remedial massage, waxing, plus spa treatments and beauty therapy. Experience more than just a facial: Geelong beauty salon therapies mixed with spa body treatments, footbaths and massage make for a memorable and magic Geelong spa day.

Thirteenth Beach Golf Links

Thirteenth Beach Golf Links is a Nationally Ranked 36 hole golf and residential precinct located in Barwon Heads. In 2013 and 2014, Thirteenth Beach Golf Links hosted the Oates Vic Open, with crowds of over 20,000 in attendance. Thirteenth Beach Golf Links began back in the early 1920s, when the Australian Jam Company purchased 405 acres at Thirteenth Beach and established an asparagus farm. The original diesel pump which provided water for irrigation is still beside the 5th tee of The Beach Course. Asparagus farming ceased in the early 1970s when the property was acquired for beef cattle production. The size of the property was subsequently increased to over 830 acres. In 1999, a joint venture was established to create a premium golf and residential precinct on 520 acres. The master plan allowed for 36 holes of golf, clubhouse facility 150 residential allotments and 150 condominiums. The Beach Course (designed by Tony Cashmore), the first 18 hole course, is set along the property's two kilometres of surf beach frontage. The course was opened for play on the first December 2001. The course has already been ranked among Australia's Best 20 Golf Courses by two national golf magazines. The Creek Course (designed by Sir Nick Faldo and Tony Cashmore), spanning 6,401 metres has 18 holes and was opened for play on 1 January 2004 to wide acclaim, steadily increasing its national ranking each year.

Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre

Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre is conveniently located between Geelong and the Surf Coast and is home to over 100 stores, located all on one level including a new Food Court, Coles Superstore & Kmart plus other retail giants Target, Woolworths, Priceline, The Reject Shop and Dick Smith Electronics. The Centre is open seven days a week with Target Waurn Ponds trading 24 hours. The Centre also boasts over 1500 free all day & 3 hour car park spaces. Disabled car parking is available near all key Centre entrances and Parents with Prams car parks are located in the new Coles car park. Young families can feel right at home in the two dedicated Parents Rooms complete with private feeding booths, microwave, change tables & wash basins. What's more, the Centre is also features an 8-screen Reading Cinema complex with stadium style seating, wall to wall screens, and digital sound, to enjoy the latest blockbusters in luxury armchair comfort. From fashion, accessories, technology solutions, homewares, gift ware, hair & beauty salons, everyday services, cafes/restaurants and fresh food galore - we have all your essential family needs covered under one roof! For a full list of retail stores check out the "Our Stores" section within the Centre's website.

Waybourne Winery

The Waybourne winery and vineyard is located at Waurn Ponds, gateway to the Surf Coast wine district. Planting began in 1978 and has continued until recently with Shiraz being added to the other established varieties of Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Cabernet, Merlot, Trebbiano and Muscat. In recent years, the vines have been heavily pruned to ensure intense flavours. Hand-picking continues to be an important part of the quality-driven processes that have been put in place in both the vineyard and winery. The first Pinot Gris in the region was produced in the Waybourne Winery. The range of wines available for tasting has grown with the addition of two sparkling wines, a white and a red. Sample the wines in the relaxing ambience of the tasting room overlooking the vineyard and Barrabool hills. Waybourne opens its cellar door from 11am-5pm on weekends and public holidays or by appointment.

Werribee Open Range Zoo

Why travel thousands of kilometres, when a taste of African adventure is available just 30 minutes from Melbourne's city centre, at Werribee Open Range Zoo, you will find an amazing array of animals living on 225 hectares of wide, open savannah. On the Pula Reserve Walking Trail, come face-to-face with amazing gorillas, a pride of lions, see monkeys and cheetahs at play and discover a family of hippopotamus at the Kubu River Hippopotamus exhibit. No trip to the Zoo is complete without heading out on safari across grassy plains where you will find rhinoceros, giraffes, zebras and antelopes grazing together on the picturesque savannah. All of the above, including the 40-minute safari tour, is included in the Zoo admission price. For those looking for even more adventure, then why not try one of the behind-the-scenes Wild Encounters. Feed a giraffe, stroke a serval and see amazing animals up close from the open vehicle. Don't miss the latest attractions that are exhibiting at Werribee Open Range Zoo. They have one of the world's largest gorilla exhibits and the new-look luxury Slumber Safari overnight accommodation. Visit the website for more details.

Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens

The Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens were founded in 1985 as a not-for-profit community organisation to support the beautiful Geelong Botanic Gardens. The Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens support and celebrate the Geelong Botanic Gardens as a place for plants and people, discovery and learning, ideas and innovation, engagement and pride, conservation, environment and quiet contemplation. The Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens provide a range of on-site activities for the members as well as the public. These include the 'Growing Friends Nursery' open every Wednesday from 10 until noon at the rear of the Geelong Botanic Gardens and seasonal weekend plant sales. Guided walks in the Gardens through their Discovery walk series including free guided walks on Wednesdays at 11am and Sundays at 2pm. Meet your guide at the front steps of the gardens. Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens have a year round program of events and activities for both members and the public. Maintenance of the Perennial Border and Rose Garden, Growers Nursery and Botanic Art Classes. Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens provide financial support to the Geelong Botanic Gardens. Please subscribe to Jubaea, Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens quarterly newsletter for more information about what's happening at the Geelong Botanic gardens by visiting their website.

A Maze N Games

Located in Wallington, A Maze 'N Games is the place to be; hosting one of the largest three dimensional timber mazes in Australia. You can challenge yourself in the giant maze, or on their adventurous 18 hole mini golf course. You can relax your mind inside the cafe with coffee and delicious home-made cakes or light snacks. You could also enjoy the great barbecue facilities undercover while the kids explore the playgrounds. Enjoy browsing in the spacious shop, which has an extensive range of clever Gifts for all ages, many are set up for you to try. A Maze N Games specialise in Children's Birthday Parties!!
Brisbane Ranges National Park
Near Anakie

Brisbane Ranges National Park

Little more than an hour's drive from Melbourne takes you to the state's richest wildflower habitat. Set in a low range of mountains dissected by rocky gullies, the unusual geology of the Brisbane Ranges National Park has preserved plants that have long since vanished from other parts of the region. There are a number of options for bushwalking ranging from short walks to three-day walks. This park is also popular for picnicking, scenic drives and camping. Before you go Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website. Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.
Del Rios of Mt Anakie
Near Anakie

Del Rios of Mt Anakie

A wonderful view awaits you when you drive up to del Rios Café and cellar door. Whether you sit on the terrace, or inside behind the huge picture windows, you can't fail to be impressed with the sweeping vistas of the Brisbane Ranges and Geelong. You'll receive a warm Spanish welcome when you visit del Rios. Enjoy your lunch at the café and you can taste some of the award-winning wines, along with delicious traditional Spanish tapas such as paella, Spanish chorizos, Albondigas (meatballs) and their popular Anakie Wagyu burger. The café menu thoughtfully lists a suggested del Rios wine to try that will best accompany each dish. Great coffee and homemade blueberry crepes or apple pie are a perfect finish. You can also buy wine here to take home with you. Whether you're a wine lover or a fan of Spanish cuisine, a visit to del Rios is a must. There is live music every third Sunday of the month. Just 20 minutes drive from Geelong; you'll enjoy the scenery nearly as much as the food and wine.

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.

Drysdale Community Craft Shop

Come and visit Drysdale Community Craft Shop. The Drysdale Community Craft Shop is run by the members of the co-operative team who make and sell their quality hand made items in the lovely heritage building in the main street of Drysdale. Located next to the Uniting Church, on the Bellarine Peninsular through Geelong on the Portarlington Road. The members make a range of goods including jewellery, children's clothes, baby wear, quilts, toys, dolls, wooden toys, hats, embroidered gifts, paintings, hand painted items, dried flower arrangements, tea cosies, pot holders, cushions, smocked frocks, scarves, bridal items, cards, gift knick-knacks, bags, Australian souvenirs, pottery, dolls clothes and more. Is there a new baby in the family? Then see the range of beautiful baby clothes, knitted jackets, bootees, bonnet/hats, quilts, blankets, cuddle rugs, toys and the list goes on! If you cannot find what you want there is an order service, so ask and a member may be able to make the item for you. There is also laybuy service for your convenience for Birthdays, Christmas and special occasions. Drysdale Community Craft Shop makes donations to local charities, with the principle charity being Cottage .by the Sea.

Melbourne's Tall Ship - Enterprize

Step aboard Melbourne's Tall Ship Enterprize and step back to a time of daring voyages and discovery. Feel the romance and excitement of sailing with the wind in your hair as you take in spectacular views of Melbourne's skyline and Port Phillip Bay. Experience history on a magnificent handcrafted replica of John Pascoe Faulkner's Enterprize, the ship that brought the first permanent European settlers to Melbourne in 1835. Discover life as an early explorer and uncover the tale of ambition, intrigue and rivalry that led to Melbourne's foundation. Relax on deck or hoist the sails, steer the ship and climb the rigging for heart stopping thrills. Enterprize has monthly public sails from Melbourne Docklands, Williamstown and Geelong, with sails from Portarlington (near Geelong) and Blairgowrie and Rye (Mornington Peninsula) during peak season. The most popular Enterprize sails are the one hour sails and twilight sails of 1.5 hours. These are suitable for people of all ages. Take your family for an adventure and let the kids explore the ship. Relax on the evening cruise as the sunset paints the coastline in vibrant colours. There are also a number of overnight adventure sails and half day bay cruises scheduled from Docklands, as well as transit passages from all of the ports. For a multi-day tall ship experience Enterprize has unique trips to Port Welshpool, Hobart and Portland. These trips include meals and accommodation. See Australia's unique southern coastline as you travel through Port Phillip and Bass Strait. Enterprize is a wooden topsail schooner operated by volunteers under the not for profit Enterprize Trust. Enterprize is available for School, Corporate and Special Occasion charters. Advance bookings are recommended. Tickets for shorter trips are available from ship 30 minutes prior to sailing, where not booked out.

Geelong Heritage Centre

The Geelong Heritage Centre is Victoria's largest regional archive and history resource facility. The Centre provides public access to collection records for family history research, legal administrative recall, establishing citizen's rights and entitlements, cultural enjoyment and historical display purposes. The archive collection embraces the histories of locations in the City of Greater Geelong, Surf Coast and Golden Plains Shires, dating back to 1838. The Geelong Heritage Centre has an extensive local and family history collection that includes council records, newspapers, reference works, maps and plans, photographs and oral histories. The Centre provides assistance and guidance to members of the general public in family, local history and school projects. The Geelong Heritage Centre has exhibitions of collection material for free public viewing all year round , and most of these displays are developed to enhance understanding of significant historic events, and, or celebrate anniversaries of major 'milestones' in Geelong and local district history. The Geelong Heritage Centre Reading Room is located on Level Two at the National Wool Museum in Geelong. The Centre collection consists of approximately 2 km of shelved archived material including over 40,000 images and more than 30km of microfilm. The Centre has a permanent staff of three, supported by a team of dedicated volunteers who help in a variety of ways. In 2012, the Centre received over 7000 visitor and client inquiries. The local community, as well as visitors from Melbourne and regional Victoria, interstate and international tourists have discovered amazing information about their ancestors who have lived, worked or travelled through the Geelong and surrounding region in the past. Visit online via the Centre's web page and access to the new historic image library is attached to it .

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.

Geelong Racing Club

Geelong Racing Club is home to many popular races that attract keen punters all over Australia. Visit the website today for club information and race details. Geelong Racing Club staged its inaugural race meeting on 1st May 1841, at Corio. There were three races, the first was a two horse event won by Juliet ridden by owner T. Wright. On 4th February 1843, another meeting was conducted about three miles West of Geelong near the then newly erected Fyansford Inn. In an attempt to conduct annual meetings the Geelong Racing Committee conducted a trial meeting on land known as "Airey's Flat" on the 5th October situated three miles from Geelong, beside the Moorabool River (nearly opposite where the Australian Portland Cement Works is today). The first official annual Geelong race meeting was conducted on the 29th February and 1st March 1844 after restructuring the course that was one and a half miles and 300 yards. Apart from Fyansford, many other meetings were held in the early days. These include North Shore, Belmont, Lara, Birregurra, Inverleigh, Leigh Road, Winchelsea, Moriac, Meredith, Queenscliff, Portarlington, Drysdale and Torquay. The Portarlington course can still be seen today and the Belmont meetings were held on the present site of the rifle range in Breakwater Road.

Lethbridge Wines

At Lethbridge Wines 'real wine' is their passion, wines that are produced from fruit off carefully grown vines and made using traditional techniques allowing the true terroir to be expressed. The cellar door experience offered is quite unique. They have done away with the traditional bar and instead prefer to sit down with their visitors and show them their wines in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. They like to be directly involved with their visitors and so it is usually Ray or Maree (owners and winemakers) who will take you through the range of wines providing first hand information on styles and winemaking techniques. Groups of eight or more and tours are welcome, although bookings are essential. Often the groups enjoy some special barrels tastings and a behind the scenes winery tour, so if you are interested in this then please mention this at the time of booking. As the wines are made to be enjoyed with food, they offer a selection of local award winning Meredith Dairy farmhouse cheeses which can be tasted together with the wines. For those who would like to linger, they also offer Meredith cheese platters matched with a flight of wines which can be enjoyed in the outdoor seating area looking onto the heritage rose garden. 'Lethbridge Wines pursues ecologically sound principles across viticulture and winemaking, and the straw bale construction of the winery seems to reinforce the commitment. The Euro-accented wines are among the region's best. Complex Chardonnay, forceful Pinot Noir, savoury Shiraz, and an unusual, sweetish Riesling are high points. Cheese from nearby Meredith keeps good company with the wines, and recent recognition via a clean sweep of wine show trophies at Geelong and nomination as Australian Winemaker of the Year has cemented Lethbridge's place as a winery to watch.' Ralph Kyte-Powell

Leura Park Estate

Located in the heart of the Bellarine Peninsula, Leura Park Estate has firmly established itself as a renowned producer of premium cool climate wines since 1995. Owners Lyndsay and David Sharp are committed to minimal interference and grape integrity, demonstrated by the heavy culling of fruit to ensure maximum varietal intensity and terroir reflection. The state-of-the-art on-site winery, commissioned pre-vintage 2010 facilitates best practice efficiency and small batch handling alongside the traditional practices of foot stomping, wild yeast fermentation and premium French oak barrels. Leura Park Estate wines are 100 percent estate grown and predominantly handpicked. 'Methode traditionelle' is showcased in a stable of wines boasting a distinctive and delightful French-style subtlety. The winery's winemaking team of Ray Nadeson and recently appointed Darren Burke extend the owners' commitment to quality. Both have reputations for innovate and passionate craftsmanship of premium wines. Leura Park Estate's wines have collected a number of national and international awards, and a consecutive five star rating in James Halliday's 2012 Australian Wine Companion confirm this vineyard is of high repute. The Leura Park Estate cellar door boasts a funky, rustic chic ambience. From stone-based pizzas, seasonal alfresco grazing platters and brilliant cheeses to the mouth-watering steak sandwich, warm chicken salad and salt and pepper calamari, all of the culinary line-up have been designed to match Leura Park Estate's premium wines. The culinary delights can be enjoyed with a glass of Leura Park Estate's finest, beside a roaring open fire during winter or out on the sun drenched terrace and lawn in the warmer months. Available for weddings and functions. Please contact for further details.

Clyde Park Vineyard & Bistro

Clyde Park Vineyard & Bistro has a cellar door and bistro set on the beautiful Moorabool Valley just off the Midland Highway half an hour north of Geelong, 35 minutes from of Ballarat. The speciality is the wines, in particular, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. The food, lovingly cooked by the chef and owner Sue include a wonderful array of wood fired pizza, anti Pasto tasting plates, salt and pepper calamari. Clyde Park offers a cellar door and offer weekend specials. A James Halliday 2012, five star red, winery.

Combat Laser Strike Geelong

Laser Strike is a safe and exciting outdoor laser skirmish, laser tag based in The Basin, Gembrook, Geelong, Warrnambool, Mansfield-Benalla, Phillip Island, Mt Buller and Mobile! The laser skirmish guns shoot harmless beams of infra-red light, they work both indoors and outdoors, make lots of noise and have sensors on the target lighting up to show a 'hit'. Each hit reduces available health points, until the player gets "killed or retired" from the game. There are several different weapons on offer including short-range sub-machine guns through to long-range telescopic sniper rifles, each with its own tactics and uses. Many different tactical missions and scenarios are battled out and are to be won or lost. Teams must work together on their planning and strategy to achieve their aims and objectives. Games and sessions available both during the day and at night. Laser Strike and it's combat simulation is just like paintball but without the pain or the bruises and is great for birthday parties, sports teams, corporate team building events, school and university groups, social clubs and groups, hens and bucks parties and individuals Laser Strike is also 100% fully mobile. Yes, Combat Laser Strike can come to you! Best of all ----ANY AGE CAN PLAY!

Curlewis Golf Club

Situated on a sandy base with a minimum of trees and naturally undulating couch fairways this Vern Morcom designed links type course has maintained its position as one of the best on the Bellarine Peninsula and has been further enhanced by a recent Michael Clayton Master Plan. With challenging bunkers and firm and fast greens, it is the wind however that often determines the level of playing difficulty. The course measures 6150 metres from the championship marks and is a challenging par-72. A challenge for players of all standards and a true test of golfing ability. Green fee players welcome. 6100 metre Par 72 course Large contoured greens Naturally undulating couch fairways Well Bunkered, links style layout On the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula, Victoria One hour from Melbourne 10 minutes from Geelong. The course was ranked number 88 in Golf Australia's top 100 courses in 2013.

Bellarine Estate

Overlooking the vineyard and with views over Corio Bay, Bellarine Estate offers wine tastings from their Bellarine Estate range, as well as their Portarlington Ridge Label. The historic seaside villages of the Bellarine Peninsula made a pleasant and picturesque drive to this small vineyard. The vineyard is nestled in a valley that is sheltered from harsh winds, yet perfectly positioned to capture the sun's rays. A modern vineyard needs to extol it's philosophies through its passion for winemaking, quality craftsmanship and welcoming ambience. In addition, beer tastings from the Bellarine Brewing Company's micro-brewed range are also available. This is beer with attitude, perfect for the first time beer drinker and loved by the mature palate of a seasoned connoisseur. Please contact one of their friendly staff for further information.

Bellarine Railway

The Bellarine Railway is a volunteer operated organisation located on the Bellarine Peninsula, offering heritage train rides and experiences between Queenscliff and Drysdale, on board a collection of steam and diesel trains originating from around Australia. The heritage service is available on Sundays, most public holidays, as well as Tuesdays and Thursdays during the school holidays. Extra running days are available of the summer holidays. Carriage hire is available as part of the heritage service and perfect for children's parties or groups looking for the benefits of private train hire without the added cost. Experiences and special events offered are Steam and Diesel Train Driver Experiences, a Day out with Thomas weekends, Special occasion and wedding charters, Mid-week steam and diesel trips, Tailored group and school tours and Home of The Blues Train. Gift certificates and vouchers are available for all services, experiences and events.

Austins Wines

Austins is an outstanding vineyard and winery at Sutherlands Creek, in the heart of the Moorabool Valley, North West of Geelong. About an hour's drive South West from Melbourne, you enter Austins 'Greenbanks' property off Steiglitz Road. Richard Austin planted 150 acres of vines with the single-minded determination to produce the best pinot noir, in the world. Austins now has 90 acres of pinot noir at Sutherlands Creek. Austins believe this is the second largest family holding of the variety in Australia. The bonus for Richard and his family is that the soil and climate at Sutherlands Creek also does well with Riesling, Chardonnay and Shiraz. In fact, all three are prominent in their own right. While the reviews and trophies are mounting, the best way to understand the philosophy and determination behind the Austins brand is to taste the wine. Pinot Noir is the essence of Austins; fine fruit, first and foremost. Bounded by the vineyard at Sutherlands Creek and based on the history of the Geelong region, that core is shaped by the site's terroir and given momentum by the perception and acumen of the Austin family. The blend of these elements transforms premium grapes into wines of finesse.

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.

Barwon Booksellers

The Queenscliff shop opened its doors in 1995 and is located in a beautifully kept, heritage listed former Wesleyan Church. Built in 1868 the high ceiling and historic atmosphere create a charming environment in which to browse the wall to wall shelves when the weather's not so good for the beach.

Barwon Grange

Barwon Grange is an elegant intact brick home dating from Geelong's earliest residential settlement. It was built in 1855 and reflects the aspirations of middle class businessman Jonathan Porter O'Brien and his family who had emigrated from Liverpool. The picturesque Gothic style architecture includes steep gables, unusual decorative timber bargeboards and veranda parapet. The interior contains a fine collection of early Victorian furniture and fittings faithfully accumulated according to an inventory compiled when the house was auctioned in 1856. The garden complements the house with a Victorian fountain. Lawns sloping down to the Barwon River are planted with species from a mid-19th century plant catalogue.

Barwon Heads Golf Club

Nestled amongst the coastal dunes and metres from the spectacular 13th Beach Surf Coast, is Barwon Heads Golf Club, the highly ranked Barwon Heads links course presents an enjoyable challenge for all golfers. Widely recognised as a private club, visitors who are members of other golf clubs are invited as green fee players, and to stay in the house. The magnificent clubhouse, recently listed by the National Trust and Heritage Victoria, is famed for its ambience and old world charm. With stunning architecture and captivating views, it is a clubhouse designed for all seasons. House guests can enjoy the open balconies in summer or the luxurious open fires during the cooler months. Upstairs, there are 19 ensuite rooms, and a variety of packages are available incorporating your stay with golf, dining and entertainment. Other facilities include tennis courts, billiards, a driving range, a new short-game practice facility, a par three course and a professional shop. Take some well earned time off and be enchanted by 100 years of golfing history. Ranked number seven of Australia's top 100 public access courses by Ausgolf 2013 guide, number three in Victoria and rated in Australia's Top 10 public access courses by Golf Australia magazine.

Barwon Ridge Wines

Barwon Ridge Wines philosophy is to express the characteristics of fine Geelong wines through the growing of premium grapes and production of quality hand crafted wines. Barwon Ridge Wines produce Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Marsanne, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon from our vineyard in the Barrabool Hills. Our Pinot Noir and Shiraz have recently won gold medals and trophies at the International Cool Climate Wine Show. Located west of the Geelong Bypass (Hamilton Highway exit) so you can easily visit the vineyard on your way down the Great Ocean Road. Contact Barwon Ridge or visit their website. All wines are vegan compliant.

Shadowfax Wines

Situated just 30 kilometres from Melbourne, Shadowfax Wines is one of Australia's leading wineries. With a strong focus on region and quality, Shadowfax Wines has established an enviable reputation for its premium wines and boutique style. Open daily from 11am, Shadowfax Wines invites you to taste and purchase the range of wines on offer at the cellar door. The team of cellar door sales experts will provide an informative overview of wines and offer advice on the best food to serve with each. If you are a lover of fine food, then you will enjoy the wine-friendly menu available. The delicious antipasto and cheese plates, the wood fired pizza and delicious main dishes are available every day and perfectly complement the Shadowfax wines on offer. Also, every Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon, the cellar door comes alive with the smooth jazz sounds of the Paul Rettke Trio and other favourite bands. Descend the orange spiral staircase to an underground cavern where all Shadowfax's fermenting wines are stored. In the depths of the barrel hall, you can soak in the atmosphere, savour the aromas of maturing wines and learn more about the art of winemaking. Ask one of the cellar door sales staff to take you on a guided tour of this stunning space. 'They don't come much more impressive than the Shadowfax winery at Werribee Park. No expense has been spared on the winery and the results look mighty impressive. The cellar door is spectacular with an underground barrel cellar and if you stay too long, there is luxury accommodation at The Mansion Hotel and Spa.' Stuart Gregor.

Steiglitz Historic Park

Situated between Geelong and Ballarat, Steiglitz is almost a ghost town today but in the 1860s and 1890s it was a busy goldmining township with hotels, shops, churches and a population of over 1000. At the height of the 1860s gold rush, Steiglitz township had more than 1500 residents, four hotels, a newspaper, a variety of shops and even an undertaker. Now most of the town and its surroundings are included in the Steiglitz Historic Park. Enjoy a pleasant bushwalk, relax with a picnic or pan for gold. Of course, a trip to the park wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Steiglitz Court House, with its display of photographs, maps and relics of gold year. The court house is open on Sunday and public holidays, and at other times by arrangement. Before you go Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website. Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.

Queenscliffe Maritime Museum

The Queenscliffe Maritime Museum was built in 1986 to display Queenscliff's last Lifeboat. Since then, the Museum has expanded to cover the maritime history of Queenscliff and Southern Port Phillip. This history includes the Bay Steamers Weeroona, Hygeia and Ozone. Old post cards of Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale, artefacts from shipwrecks, a display of early diving equipment including a divers suit and helmet air compressor and early scuba equipment. The Museum houses a unique hydrographic model of The Rip which shows the underwater contours at Port Phillip Heads and the shipping channel, a display which tells the fascinating history of the Port Phillip Sea Pilots and a work boat from the Pilot cutter Wyuna. An extensive history of Victorian Lighthouses including flashers, lamps globes and intact fresnel lenses are also displayed. On display are artefacts and a history of the Chinese fishermen, the couta fishermen and a restored Fisherman's Cottage. The boat shed contains the history of the early Queenscliff boat builders, couta boats, boat building tools, outboard and early marine motors and an oar making machine. In the Museum grounds you will discover the heritage listed Fishermen's Waiting Shed from the old fisherman's pier which holds the world renowned ship paintings by Henry Zanoni, the deck house from the Shandon, an iron sailing ship built in 1883. An array of channel markers, buoys and anchors and the hull of the torpedo boat Lonsdale are buried in the grounds of the Museum Museum volunteers conduct tours of Point Lonsdale Lighthouse every Sunday morning between 9.30am and 1.00pm at half hourly intervals (children under five years not admitted). Lighthouse tour bookings can be made on 0419 513 007.

Ripple Massage, Day Spa and Beauty

Ripple Massage, Day Spa and Beauty is the day spa that comes to you; massage and beauty, it's so easy. Offering luxurious spa packages that come to you in your home or hotel. Sometimes you need just a little break from your life; time to relax, revive and let go of stress. Ripple has lots of massage and beauty treatments to rejuvenate and relax, from the lush Chocolate massage to the deeply relaxing Hot Stone or unique Russian massage. With health fund rebates for all massages, there is a massage here that will let you take a breath, slow down and relax. Choose from a pregnancy, deep tissue Russian, remedial, seashell or Himalayan herbal ball massage, or try a spa treatment for women, men, couples or hens party. The value for money packages include free day spa extras like lime and tangerine exfoliation, cleansing face masks, peppermint scented foot soaks and free gifts to take home. There are also beauty services for you like manicure, pedicure and lush facials. We also come to you with waxing, makeup, spray tan and tinting. Perfect for couples, girls pamper days, hens party, women and men or those just wanting to try a rare style that you won't find anywhere else. Ripple Massage, Day Spa and Beauty operate in Melbourne, Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula, Daylesford, Bendigo, Ballarat, Dandenong Ranges, Great Ocean Road, Geelong and everywhere in between.

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.

Scotchmans Hill

Established in 1982, Scotchmans Hill Winery is a producer of regionally distinct, premium, cool climate wines. Situated in the heart of the Bellarine Peninsula, the Scotchmans Hill cellar door offers friendly and informative tastings and sales. Offering the full range of estate wines for tasting, including their exclusive Cornelius wines. Enjoy the magnificent views of Swan Bay and Port Phillip Bay and with a glass of wine in their sunlit courtyard.

Mason's Creek Olive Grove

Mason's Creek is a small producer of an exquisite extra virgin olive oil that we think is one of the Bellarine's best-kept secrets. Their dry-grown trees differentiate them from most other growers: the trees are not irrigated, but rely on natural rainfall. They yield less fruit, but Mason's Creek believe the compensation is a concentration of flavour and improved quality. The quality is assured because they have qualified for The Australian Olive Association's Code of Practice certification and have won medals at the National Extra Virgin Olive Oil shows. They manage their 1200 grove in the most environmentally-friendly and sustainable way they can by: - Releasing ladybirds to eat scale - Painting horticultural glue around the trunks to stop ants farming the scale - Not irrigating - relying on natural rainfall - Controlling weeds by mulching instead of poisoning - Applying biological crop nutrition - Applying untreated animal manure

Metropolis Gallery

Metropolis Gallery is a vibrant art gallery with an impressive range of paintings, limited edition prints, art glass and jewellery and an exciting calendar of exhibitions that can be previewed on the website. As well as paintings by contemporary Australian artists, Metropolis exhibits limited edition prints by top Australian printmakers including Jazmina Cininas, Robert Clinch, Graham Fransella, David Frazer, Rona Green, Lucy Hardie, Deborah Klein, Michael Leunig, Adrian Lockhart, Marco Luccio, Vida Pearson, Deborah Williams and Joel Wolter. Metropolis Gallery also presents exhibitions of Indigenous Art in association with several important Aboriginal Art Centres including Papunya Tula Artists, Tjala Arts, Tjanpi Desert Weavers, Hermannsburg Potters and Watercolour Artists from Ngurratjuta Many Hands Art Centre. Metropolis Collectors Shows feature significant, smaller works by major Australian Artists including Rick Amor, Charles Blackman, Lloyd Rees, Arthur Boyd, Garry Shead, Brett Whiteley, David Larwill, John Olsen and many more. 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.

Moorabool Valley Chocolate

Moorabool Valley Chocolate is a small family-owned business. The chocolates are carefully hand-made in the new chocolate kitchen attached to an 80-year-old farmhouse on the outskirts of Geelong. Moorabool Valley Chocolate use fresh ingredients and natural flavourings, locally sourced whenever possible. They are always experimenting with new flavours and combinations to add to the product range, which means that the range is constantly changing. Moorabool Valley Chocolate make truffles, pralines, fruit and nut clusters, chocolate bars and novelty items. They respond to consumers' needs and will do the best to create the chocolate you want. Most of the chocolates have no preservatives, so it is recommended that you store them in a cool place and consume them as soon as possible. The owner and chocolatier, Lynne Meek, was awarded second prize, Hand-Made Chocolates, Royal Melbourne Show 2006.

Narana Creations Aboriginal Cultual Centre

Narana Creations Aboriginal cultural centre 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.

Oakdene Vineyards Restaurant and Cellar Door

Oakdene Vineyards Restaurant and Cellar Door is situated in the maritime region of the Bellarine Peninsula, near Geelong, approximately 90 kilometres from Melbourne. Oakdene's cool climate wines are produced in limited quantities from estate grown Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz. The wines are elegant, complex and reflect true varietal character. The award winning Oakdene Vineyards Restaurant offers a relaxed and memorable experience that you will never forget. An original 1920's homestead Oakdene has been beautifully restored and boasts an eclectic, lush art garden setting offering dining, accommodation, wine tasting and tours of the vineyard. The Cellar Door is open daily from 10am offering wine tasting and sales, complimenting lunch or dinner at Oakdene Restaurant from Wednesday to Sunday, boutique accommodation open daily, Oakdene also caters for weddings and special events. Group bookings are welcomed by appointment only. Oakdene Vineyards is a place to experience, not just a place to visit. 'Beside the road linking the northern Bellarine Peninsula with the 'sea-change' towns at the start of the Surf Coast, quirky Oakdene is full of lively, arty charm. An eclectic collection of sculpture, paintings and other pieces is woven through the restaurant and cellar door, and there's a brightness and sense of fun about the place that's very winning. It conceals some fine dining, plush Bed and breakfast accommodation to save you from driving home, and a vineyard providing well-made wines.' Ralph Kyte-Powell.

Old Geelong Gaol

The Old Geelong Gaol museum has a great variety of displays that tell the history of the gaol and visitors get hands on experience of the harsh conditions prisoners and staff endured at the facility Open from 1pm - 4pm Saturdays, Sundays, school and public holidays, Visitors can experience solitary confinement cells, get a taste of prison life, meet some infamous figures who have spent time at the gaol and see the original hallows.

Portarlington Mill

Located just 300 metres from the beach, the Portarlington Mill was constructed in 1856 with rough local sandstone and Baltic Pine floors. The interior spaces are quintessential mid 19th century industrial style: large open spaces with heavy timber posts and beams enclosed by natural stone. The Mill is one of the few remaining and preserved Victorian flour mills.
Auswalk Walking Holidays
Near Werribee

Auswalk Walking Holidays

Come and experience the real Australia on foot with Auswalk Walking Holidays. Do not watch it pass you by from the windows of a vehicle, get out there and be a part of it! Auswalk Walking Holidays offer guided groups of like-minded people day hikes in fabulous national parks. There are two guides looking after each group, so you will have a choice of easier or harder walks each day. At night stay in comfortable accommodations and enjoy good food and wine. They also have self-guided walks through superb National Parks from one accommodation to the next. Walk with your own group of two or more people and start any day of the year. They can support you along the way with luggage transfers, marked maps and detailed walk notes. Auswalk Walking Holidays can customise a trip for you, your club, group of friends or family. Victorian destinations include the Grampians as it is the best place they know of to see native animals in the wild. There's a rich indigenous history as well as challenging hiking to magnificent rocky peaks. Another great destination is Great Alpine Walk, traverse Victoria's high country, staying overnight in secluded alpine villages. Great Ocean Walk is a long time favourite, this iconic track hugs the southern ocean in parts and ventures inland into the mighty forests of the Otway Ranges. You will see kangaroos while on the track. Great South West Walk is a perfect choice for those who enjoy walking long distances on easy terrain. Highlights include the Glenelg River Gorge and the Three Capes section. Other destinations around the country include the Flinders Ranges, Snowy Mountains and many other beautiful national parks around Australia. Please enquire with Auswalk Walking Holidays for more information.

For the Love of Grape

For the Love of Grape Wine Tours offers a relaxing and memorable experience to the variety of wineries on offer in the Bellarine, Geelong, Echuca and Yarra Valley areas. Their tours offer the convenience of collection and drop off to all accommodation, homes, train stations and Ferry services. Tours 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 include pamper and wine, full wine day tours (includes lunch) and caters for corporate functions/hen's or bucks groups. All clients have the option of selecting the wineries to visit or tailoring a day tour to suit the interests of their group. They specialise tailoring each tour to suit the needs of every group and ensure the itinerary explores many of the smaller appointment only wineries as well as visiting the more the well known. 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.

Fort Queenscliff

With over 150 years of Australia's heritage on display, Fort Queenscliff is one of Victoria's most important historic sites and one of the largest and best preserved Forts in the Country. Enjoy the rare opportunity to tour a 19th century Coastal Artillery Fort. Amongst the fascinating artefacts and historical objects is the opportunity to try on uniforms from different moments in time. For any further information please contact Fort Queenscliff or view their website.
Natural Treasures Tours
Near Werribee

Natural Treasures Tours

Natural Treasures Tours believe the touring experience should not be rushed. Their personalised, small group tours, for two to 10 people, are designed to showcase the regions natural beauty, history and wildlife. Natural Treasures Tours 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 the two day Great Ocean Road tour. The two days allow you to see far more than what a rushed one 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. Their 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. Natural Treasures Tours include a three day Melbourne to Adelaide or Adelaide to Melbourne. A three day Great Ocean Road and Grampians, half day City Sights, one day Around the Bay for a day, one day Great Ocean Road, an Evening with Penguins, private one day Ballarat and Sovereign Hill and a private one day Dandenong's, Healesville and Yarra Valley Natural Treasures Tours also operate school educational tours of one to three days. Contact them for more details. Using new, comfortable and air-conditioned vehicles for all tours as well as spectacular accommodation. Natural Treasures Tours are happy to customise an itinerary for you.

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. They believe travelling in a group is better than a crowd, that is why they do not try and squeeze you in amongst 50 other people. They 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 only thing they love more than this beautiful country, is being able to show it off to their guests. 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 their website for more details.

Balyang Sanctuary Geelong

A haven for waterbirds and popular with picnicking families, Balyang Sanctuary is situated in Geelong suburb Newtown. The centrepiece of the nine hectare park is a lake with three islands – two connected by bridges and the third retained as a safe nesting place for native birds. Feathered residents at the sanctuary include swans, pelicans, Eurasian coot, dusky moorhen, Pacific black duck, mallard, pied cormorant, geese and silver gulls There are also shady grassed areas, picnic areas, a rotunda, free parking and public toilet facilities.

Food & Wine

Bustling with fashionable sippers and shoppers, the main street offers a variety of dining experiences from casual provedores and bakeries to fine restaurants or home-cooked take-away meals. MUST TRY: Annie's Provedore Peppercorn Foods Beach House Barwon Heads At The Heads Restaurant Barwon Heads Hotel Fish & chips on the beach

Beaches near Barwon Heads

At Barwon Heads, the coast trends due west for 7 km to Black Rocks. The first 2 km are dominated by calcarenite rocks and reefs, which outcrop on the beach and in the surf. These divide the coast into three beaches. The first (285) is below Point Finders and is a 50 m pocket of sand facing south-east and bordered by rock platforms and reefs. The two Barwon Heads beaches (286, 287) face south and are more exposed, with higher waves and patchy reefs. These conditions result in a wide, low gradient beach, rock flat and surf, with persistent and some permanent rips against the reefs. All three beaches are easily accessible. There is a car park and a lookout on Point Flinders, and car parks on the Torquay Road, which parallels the two Barwon Heads beaches. Swimming Point Flinders is relatively safe close inshore, however there are rocks and reefs off the beach. The Barwon Heads beaches are both potentially hazardous, owing to the higher waves, reefs and strong permanent rips. Surfing There are several breaks along this section, mostly reef breaks that work best at higher tide, with a low to moderate swell and north winds. Those immediately west of Point Flinders are called The Hole. Fishing There are excellent rip holes and gutters next to the reefs, together with rocks and reefs to fish from at low tide. General A reef dominated section of coast, most suitable for beach fishing and experienced surfers. Carpark Type: Formal parking area Surface: Sealed Spaces: 100 SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate. General Beach Hazard Rating: 7 Least hazardous: 1-3 Moderately hazardous: 4-6 Highly hazardous: 7-8 Extremely hazardous: 9-10 Hazard rating refers to physical beach and surf conditions ONLY and does not include potentially dangerous marine life.

Barwon Heads Bluff

The tidal flows at the mouth of the Barwon River have created an amazing landscape at the Barwon Heads Bluff. It is one of the best spots in the region to observe marine life in rockpools. More than 90% of the creatures found at the Bluff are only found in Southern Australia and nowhere else in the world. The Bluff has an enormous diversity of seaweeds from tiny encrusting pink coralline algae to mighty forests of giant and bull kelps. There are many different species of fish, snails, seastars, and other invertebrates that all make the Barwon Bluff Marine Sanctuary their home. The high lookout at the bluff has views towards Port Phillip Heads to the east and along the Surf Coast to the West.

Barwon Heads Bridge

The Barwon Heads Bridge is a road connecting Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove. The deteriorating 100+ year old bridge has been reconstructed in recent years and a second bridge has been built alongside to take pedestrian traffic, cyclists and recreational anglers.

Shopping

Whether it's children's wear, a new surfboard or headwear for the Spring Racing Carnival, Barwon Heads has something to offer. There are famous surf shops, while many boutiques sell stylish clothes and homewares. Retail therapy musts: FRITH Kiitos Living by Design Moss Industry

Thirteenth Beach Barwon Heads

Thirteenth Beach is part of the 7 km long section of coast between Barwon Heads and Black Rock. It occupies the western 4.5 km and faces essentially due south. The beach receives waves averaging 1.5 m, is moderately sloping and is fronted by a single bar, dominated by rips every 250 m. The beach is backed by a vegetated foredune for most of its length, and the Barwon Heads to Torquay Road. The best access is provided at the surf lifesaving club, with additional car parks and access tracks located along the road. The surf club, founded in 1961, is the only development on what is a relatively natural beach. Its members rescue 5 people on average each year. Swimming Rips are a common feature of the beach, with safest bathing on the bars in the patrolled area. Strong permanent rips lie east of the surf club. The western end is adjacent to the Black Rock sewer outlet and should be avoided. Surfing A popular surfing beach with low to moderate swell providing numerous beach breaks, all readily accessible from the main road. One of the more popular areas is in front of the shipping beacon, known as The Beacon. Best with northerly winds. Fishing A good, natural spot for beach fishing, with good road access to the numerous rip holes that persist along the beach. General A relatively undeveloped beach, more popular with surfers and bathers who want a patrolled beach away from the crowds. Carpark Type: Formal parking area Spaces: 50 General Beach Hazard Rating: 6 Least hazardous: 1-3 Moderately hazardous: 4-6 Highly hazardous: 7-8 Extremely hazardous: 9-10 Hazard rating refers to physical beach and surf conditions ONLY and does not include potentially dangerous marine life.

Barwon River

From its beginnings in the Otway Ranges, the Barwon River winds its way through suburban Geelong before flowing into the ocean at Barwon Heads. The mouth of the river has sandy banks that are popular with walkers and families having a paddle or building sandcastles. Fishing is popular on the jetties near the mouth of the river and kayakers and paddlers are often seen in this area. Barwon Heads has a sailing club where laser yachts are often seen at high tide. There are also BBQs and picnic areas alongside the riverbank.

Barwon River Geelong

From its beginnings in the Otway Ranges, the Barwon River winds its way through suburban Geelong before flowing into the ocean at Barwon Heads. The Barwon River is the site for a huge number of leisure pursuits for Geelong residents. There are several rowing clubs located in Belmont, and a little further south there is an area for waterskiing. At various points along the river as it runs through Geelong there are tracks for running, cycling and walking. There are also several parks, playgrounds, picnic spots and BBQ areas. The mouth of the river has sandy banks that are well used walkers and families who build sandcastles and paddle in the shallows. Fishing is popular on the jetties near the mouth of the river and kayakers and paddlers are often seen in this area. Barwon Heads also has a sailing club where laser yachts are often seen at high tide. There are also BBQs and picnic areas alongside the riverbank.
 

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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.

Drive In + Chill Out at BIG4 Beacon Resort

Drive In + Chill Out at BIG4 Beacon Resort.

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

 

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

 

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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