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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

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, saving you time and kilometres. With two specially designed all weather 60 metre ferries departing from both destinations on the hour, every hour, 7am to 6pm daily. Enjoy easy drive-on and drive-off facilities, spacious comfortable lounges with full length windows, a tempting cafe and plenty of deck space. There are ever changing sights, 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. Searoad Ferries operate in all weather; ferries leave every hour on the hour, from 7am to 6pm. Passengers with vehicles are advised to arrive at the terminals at least 30 minutes prior to departure. The ferries depart from Queenscliff Harbour, Queenscliff and the Sorrento Pier, Sorrento. Special features on the 40 minute journey, 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. Enjoy a twilight cruise available on Fridays and Saturdays on the 4pm sailings from Sorrento and 5pm sailings from Queenscliff; tasting local produce from the Mornington and Bellarine Peninsula. 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.

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

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. More Than A Tour can tailor make tours to satisfy your groups desires, including Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island two day tours or a Great Ocean Road and Grampians two day tours. You could even have a tailor-made tour. Contact More Than A Tour for more details.

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.

The Blues Train

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

Freedom Bay Cruises

Families, visitors and locals can enjoy a relaxing cruise around Corio Bay on board Freedom Bay Cruises. Freedom is a 14 and a half metre catamaran with upper and lower decks and viewing areas on the bow and stern. There are options to be outside or under cover. The one hour cruise is a great introduction to Geelong's award winning waterfront and history. During the cruise you will see yachts under sail and ship movements in the port. Dolphins and jellyfish are a highlight for everyone and the kids can have their photo taken in the captain's chair at the helm. A commentary and slide show enhances the cruise experience. Cruises depart from Steampacket Quay, near Cunningham Pier, Geelong at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Tickets can be purchased at the boat. Cruises operate on weekends from September to May and bookings are recommended on the day. A licensed bar and kiosk is open during the cruise to purchase drinks, chips and souvenirs. Access to the vessel is via a gangway and four steps and there is ample seating for up to 60 passengers. The cruise is suitable for all ages with room for prams and wheelie frames. Freedom also operates group cruise Monday to Friday offering morning and afternoon teas and lunches. Private parties can be booked for up to 60 passengers seven days a week.

Adventure Park

Super charge your summer at Victoria's biggest theme park! 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 come rain, hail or shine 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.

Skydive the Beach and Beyond

Skydive the Beach and Beyond has two exciting locations in country Victoria. The Great Ocean Road where you will see stunning coastal views of The Great Ocean Road, Bells Beach and Melbourne city. Also the Yarra Valley where you will see views of the 141 wineries, Dandenong Ranges and Port Phillip Bay! You begin the day with a briefing with your tandem sky dive instructor. This includes what to expect and what you will see on the plane flight to height, in freefall, under canopy and upon landing. You will walk out to the plane and there you will conduct your practice exits. Once all the ground preparation has been completed, it is time to get in the plane and get ready for take-off! Once you reach height, it will be time to prepare you for the jump. The door opens and as you leave the plane, you and your tandem master will accelerate through the air reaching terminal velocity of 220 kilometres per hour. Freefall feels like riding a cushion of air similar to riding a big wave. In freefall, your senses will be able to take in stunning views as far as the eye can see. Then finally it is time to pull your parachute open. From the loud rushing of air that you hear all around you, the parachute ride is very different as you sail around the sky, gliding. The landing is easy, just lift your legs. The parachute will glide and you will eventually put your feet down to land.

National Wool Museum

The National Wool Museum is housed in a beautifully restored 1872 bluestone wool store close to the vibrant new Waterfront Geelong. The Museum is Australia's largest comprehensive museum of wool, showcasing the region's wool story - from the sheep's back to the clothes rack, and from the birth of the industry in the 1840's to its place in the world today. Central to the Museum experience is the 1910 built Axminster Jacquard carpet loom. Daily demonstrations by the Museum's skilled carpet weavers show how the loom works, and at the same time produce the Museum's own "Manor House Rug", available for purchase through the Museum Shop. The Museum has two permanent galleries telling the Australian story of wool. The first, "The Wool Harvest", looks at sheep farming and wool production. Exploring the pastoral aspect of wool in Australia, visitors can follow the path of the fleece through shearing, classing, wool pressing and dispatch. A recreated shearing shed and a film about shearing demonstrate what life in the shearing industry was like. Shearing demonstrations can be arranged for group bookings. Gallery Two, "From Fleece to Fabric", looks at the processing of wool into fabric and offers an insight into the people and processes involved in the textile industry. A sequential display of the machinery actually used in the process demonstrates the transformation of fleece to fabric. The Museum also has an exciting annual calendar of temporary exhibitions and events. On the Ground Floor, the Museum Shop stocks a wide range of woollen products and unique local crafts while Black Sheep Cafe & Restaurant offers great food, wines, coffee and cakes. The Museum is fully wheel chair accessible and there are accessible parking spaces located directly in front of the Museum. Bus parking and group tours are also available.

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 November, February, March and April. Blueberry season December and January They are five minutes east of Drysdale towards St. Leonards just off the Murradoc Road (Melways Map 458 B11). Follow their 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 infused olive oil with chilli, basil, garlic or lime and Beck's Honey. Update: Now picking STRAWBERRIES - a great holiday activity for all the family (children very welcome in the U PIck orchard). Open - April weekends and Public Easter holidays.

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.

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.

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.
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.

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.

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.

Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre

Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre is conveniently located between Geelong and the Surf Coast and is home to over 80 stores, located all on one level including retail giants Target, Coles, Woolworths, Priceline, The Reject Shop and Dick Smith Electronics. The Centre is open seven days a week with Target Waurn Ponds now trading Monday to Friday 9am to 9pm. The Centre also boasts 1200 free all day car spaces, including disabled car parking near key Centre entrances. Young families can feel right at home in the dedicated Parents Room complete with private feeding booths, enclosed play area, change tables & wash basin. 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, giftware, 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 a rose and 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'll find an amazing array of animals living on 225 hectares of wide, open savanna. 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'll find rhinoceros, giraffes, zebras and antelopes grazing together on the picturesque savanna. 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. Touch a rhinoceros, 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.

Westfield Geelong

Located in the heart of Geelong, Westfield offers a great shopping experience for the whole family; - Your favourite department stores including; Myer, Target, Big W and Coles Supermarket plus over 160 specialty stores. - Great range of cafes, restaurants, food court and fresh food. - Friendly Concierge team who can help with directions, mobility services, taxi bookings and lost property. - Free WiFi located on The Bridge on Level 1. - Fun kids Playworld and conveniently located parents rooms. - Secure car parking spaces to make shopping stress free.

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.

ONE5ONE Gallery

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

Metropolis Gallery

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

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.
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.

Narana Creations

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

Ponda Estate

Ponda Estate Vineyard is a small, boutique family owned vineyard situated in the Bellarine Peninsula wine region of Geelong, Victoria. The three acre block produces a stunning handcrafted, single-vineyard Pinot Noir wine. Ponda Estate is committed to using sustainable and eco-friendly viticultural practices - the low-yielding vines are hand tended, Babydoll Southdown sheep and chooks work the block to sort out weeds/bugs and provide fertilisation for the vines, and family/friends help hand pick the grapes at harvest time. Ponda Estate trust that you will enjoy a Ponda Pinot - they certainly do!

Portarlington Golf Club

Welcome to Portarlington Golf Club, an excellent 18 hole course on Victoria's beautiful Bellarine Peninsula. Portarlington is a tree lined, challenging course with a wonderful variety of golf holes, pure putting surfaces and excellent year round conditioning. The course, teamed with the Clubhouse, which offers extensive entertainment facilities and the bistro open daily, makes Portarlington Golf Club the leading leisure venue on the Bellarine Peninsula. The Club is a 90 minute drive from Melbourne, and located only 900 metres from the waterfront at Portarlington.

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. For any further information please contact them or view their website.

Queenscliff Day Spa

Queenscliff Day Spa is a centre that aims to provide the very best professional health and beauty services. They use only the highest quality products and all of the staff are fully qualified Beauty Therapists and Masseurs. Queenscliff Day Spa utilise Dermalogica and Eminence skin and body products. They also use Eles Makeup to promote the feelings and look of well being. Their philosophy is to provide a wellness package tending to the inside and outside of the body. Take a stroll through the website and imagine yourself having a small slice of this part of heaven. 'The mind and the body are like parallel universes. Anything that happens in the mental universe must leave tracks in the physical one' Deepak Chopra. Queenscliff Day Spa is open seven days during summer and five during winter. Bookings are essential. Please call for details.

Queenscliffe Historical Museum

The Queenscliffe Historical Museum is situated in Hesse Street between the Post-Office and Library, in the township of Queenscliff. Opened in 1974, specifically to house socially historical materials peculiar to the Borough of Queenscliffe (which includes Queenscliff, Point Lonsdale and Swan Island) the museum is home to many thousands of items including photographs, documents, paintings, newspapers and toys, just to mention a few. There is also a display of shipwreck relics recognised by Heritage Victoria. From 1838 the maritime history began with services offered by pilots such as George Tobin, and lighthouse keepers and signal masters such as Captain John Preston at Point Lonsdale. The story of the Borough of Queenscliffe is displayed through a representative selection from the Museum's collections of personal memorabilia, household artefacts, furniture, maps, photographs, documents and works of art. This rich source of information complements the hundreds of personal documents and diaries that have been donated by descendants of pioneers. Many of the visitors just enjoy looking at the past, but increasingly it has been found that research is often the reason for a visit. Whether you are a local resident checking on family history, local property titles or a student preparing a project, you will not be disappointed with the resources available. When next in Queenscliff pay the Queenscliffe Historical Museum a visit and become immersed in the pioneering days that made the township what it is today.

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 Steamersd 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, boatbuilding 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).

Ripple Massage, Day Spa and Beauty

The day spa that comes to you - massage and beauty, it's so easy. 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. There is a massage here that will let you take a breath, slow down and relax. Health fund rebates for all massages. 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. 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. They come to Melbourne, Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula, Dandenong, Great Ocean Road and Geelong. Call today or visit the website for your chance to win a free massage.

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.

Royal Geelong Yacht Club

The Royal Geelong Yacht Club is recognised as one of Australia's premier Yacht Clubs and boasts a proud history that stretches 150 years. The Royal Geelong Yacht Club plays host to many major yachting events that cover every facet of sailing from International Cadet racing, Etchell class racing, high octane skiff regattas, club based keel boat sailing, all the way through to Australia's oldest sporting event, Audi Victoria Week held annually on the Australia Day long weekend. The excellent facilities give members the opportunity to enjoy true absolute waterfrontage and enjoy the best view that any yacht club can offer. Take in the views from the Members' Lounge, the Marina Cafe deck or the upstairs balcony. No other facility in Geelong can match the location! Members enjoy subsidised bar prices, access to member exclusive dining and private BBQ facilities that are completely cost free. These are just the beginning of member benefits as there is also a busy social calendar of events to select from. A first class cadet facility provides young sailors with the opportunity to learn from some very accomplished club sailors who include State, National and even World Champions. Novice sailors will be warmly welcomed and encouraged to develop new skills and new friendships. The modern club house allows members and the public to access fresh new conference and meeting rooms, with a larger room that is perfect for corporate events, wedding receptions or other significant events. The many catering options that they provide will suit any occasion. Please call if you have any inquiry, or search the website for concise information on every aspect of The Royal Geelong Yacht Club, drop in to view the facilities or contact by phone or e-mail.

Saddle On Riding School

Saddle On Horse Riding School is situated 15 kilometres north east of the Geelong city centre. At Saddle On Riding School facilities include an indoor riding arena, three outdoor arenas, lunging arena, cross country and jumping course, undercover horse bays and more. Whilst the locals enjoy riding lessons and celebrating birthday parties, visitors are welcome to visit the animal nursery and feed the animals for a small fee, or have a led pony ride on Tuesday till Fridays between 10.00am and 2.00pm. For people wanting to settle in the Geelong Region or close proximity, Saddle On Riding School is a Registered Training Organisation offering accredited equine courses of study. These include: stable hand course, assistant instructor and instructor or coach courses. Canteen facilities and clubrooms are available for all to enjoy. Bookings can be made for riding lessons, led pony rides, animal petting and birthday parties. Birthday parties can include pony, BMX, archery, animal, Cart Ride, Jumping Castle or any combination. Please view their website for information. School holiday day programs are also available for horse riding enthusiasts. For further information please contact Saddle On Riding School or visit their website.

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

Kiitos

Kiitos Living by Design is 'your design store on the Bellarine'. Situated in Barwon Heads and owned by a true local. Housing some of the worlds most appealing and desired contemporary homeware from the most loved design houses, Kiitos prides itself on quality. Derived from the Finnish word for thankyou, Kiitos houses such labels as marimekko and ittala along with other local and international brands as Fink & Co, Muuto, Alessi, and Design House Stockholm, amongst others. They are now distributers of Acapulco Chair from Mexico in Australia. Each chair being hand crafted echoing a sense of individual charm, esprit and character. The perfect accompaniment to all settings. Renowned for leading the way in designer fabrics, textiles, homewares and fashion, Kiitos Living by Design is your design store on the Bellarine.

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.

Lonsdale Golf Club

Lonsdale Golf Club is a highly regarded 18-hole sandbelt course with a varied layout situated on beautiful Lake Victoria, conveniently located in Point Lonsdale on the Bellarine Peninsula. The nearby Rip at the opening of Port Phillip Bay to the sea, is one of the Bellarine region's many stunning attractions along with wineries, cafes, restaurants and accommodation. One and a half hours drive from Melbourne, the Lonsdale Golf Club course is a par 71 of 5,700 metres for men and par 72 of 5,200 metres for women. The Club offers an on course teaching professional, well-stocked pro shop and three practice areas. The spacious clubhouse provides members and visitors with a welcoming atmosphere, bar and dining facilities including before and after golf snacks, lunches and a la carte dining. The Club attracts members locally and from Melbourne, with the current membership around 1,000.

Geelong Helicopters

Geelong Helicopters operates scenic flights daily from the Geelong Waterfront on the Yarra Street Pier and also by appointment from Barwon Heads Airport. Whether you live in Geelong, travelling down for the day or are passing through, a helicopter ride is a guaranteed way to make your trip even more memorable. Let Geelong Helicopters show you Corio Bay, Geelong CBD, Barwon River, the famous Bells Beach and Torquay, the Gate way to the Great Ocean Road from a view not seen by all. Once you've experienced vertical flight you'll understand why everyone loves the feeling of flying in a helicopter.

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.

How Bazaar Geelong

How Bazaar Geelong is an antiques and collectables market place with 1000 square metres of books, furniture, jewellery and interesting memorabilia. An extensive range of antiques and collectables all in the one building. A definite must for any collector or bargain hunter. Pieces include the likes of antique furniture and kitchen wear right through to the odd dodgem car and petrol bowser.

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.

Melbourne's Tall Ship - Enterprize

Melbourne's Tall Ship - Enterprize provides a range of opportunities to experience sailing on a tall ship in its program from October until June 2014. If you have ever dreamt of going to sea on a traditional tall ship, now is the perfect time. Enterprize has monthly public sails from Melbourne Docklands, Williamstown and Geelong, with sails from Portarlington (near Geelong) and Blairgowrie and Rye (Mornington Peninsula) in summer months. The most popular Enterprize sails are the shorter daytime one hour sails and twilight sails of one and a half hours for up to forty people conducted most weeks. These are suitable for people of all ages from young children to people well into their 'seniors' years. There are a number of Overnight Adventure sails and half day Bay Cruises scheduled for the lower Yarra and the northern end of Port Phillip. For a multi-day tall ship experience Enterprize has a unique lifetime experience with a trip to Port Welshpool in late November. This is a one week trip departing Docklands on 21 November, sailing to Port Welshpool via Port Phillip, Bass Strait and Wilson's Promontory. Enterprize is a wooden topsail schooner operated by the not for profit Enterprize Trust. The ship is an authentically rigged replica of John Pascoe Faulkner's Enterprize which brought the first permanent settlers to settle Melbourne in 1835. Enterprize is also 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. Go to their website or call for further information and online bookings.

Eulung Day Spa

Eulung Day Spa embraces everything beautiful about a healthy body, mind and spirit. Come on the journey of relaxation and renewal to discover a more vibrant you. Experience the Equisite Aveda skin, body, massage and hair treatments at Eulung Day Spa an Aveda Concept Salon and Spa. Features include a dual room, relaxation lounge and sensational Thermal M Steam and Vichy Cocoon.
Del Rios of Mt Anakie
Near Anakie

Del Rios of Mt Anakie

Experience the Del Rios of Mt Anakie winery which is located on the western slopes of Mt Anakie, an ancient volcano just west of Port Phillip Bay. This unique site produces Chardonnay, Marsanne, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir. The vines are tended by hand, the fruit is hand harvested and the wines are handcrafted. Del Rios cool climate wines are made in small quantities, from premium estate grown fruit, produced in low yields using meticulous vine management in the vineyards. The wines are elegant, complex and reflect the true varietal character of the Anakie region. Visit the Del Rios of Mt Anakie cellar door and Cafe at Anakie Ridge which is open every weekend for lunch from 12pm to 4 pm. Situated near the picturesque Brisbane ranges and with fabulous sweeping views to the You Yangs and Geelong, this is the ideal location for a nice lunch, catch up with friends and family and also enjoy tastings of the many award winning wines. The menu will include delicious Spanish paella and tapas.

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.

Clifton Springs Golf Club

Clifton Springs Golf Club is a Mike Clayton designed 18 hole course. The course has superb Legend turf fairways and is located about an hours drive from the Westgate Bridge near the town of Drysdale where full facilities are available. The club is the best located course on the Bellarine Peninsula and with superb views of Corio Bay across to Avalon Airport. The sight of the many ships sailing past as you play the course is a sight that will be remembered forever. Being central to Port Phillip Heads and Geelong in the middle of the Bellarine Wine District with easy access to both surf and bay beaches it is perfect for a day or weekend visit. The course has an excellent dining area that has views to dream about and would make any occasion a memorable one. The Club's Open Week is held in November each year. Entry forms can be obtained by contacting the club or via our website.

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

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 Horse Riding Centre

The riding school has been run by the Lamperd family for the past 40 years. Robin Lamperd began the school in Wallington as part of Koombahla Park Equestrian Centre in 1974 up until 2010. Robin's son, Murray Lamperd, took over the running of the riding school in 2005. Murray's vision for the riding school and equestrian team meant there was a growing need for updated facilities and a more specific training environment. Because of this, the riding school made the move to the new location at the end of Barry's Lane, just behind the old property, in November of 2010. This move has seen new life into the school horses with better grazing and an excellent surface for riding. It has also created a more inclusive and encouraging environment for the riders entering the competition world, and enabled Murray to focus more intensively on preparing his horses and students for the competition season.

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.

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. Self-guided garden walks are available.

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 refurbished 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 featured in the 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. 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.

A Maze'n Games on Bellarine

A Maze 'n Games offers fun activities for the whole family to stimulate your relaxation. Lose yourself or the kids in one of Australia's largest timber mazes, relax and try a game of mini golf on the 18 hole mini golf course, or try and solve some of the large range of puzzles. You can relax your mind inside the cafe with coffee and delicious, home-made cakes or light snacks. You could also enjoy the great BBQ 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.

art@Wintergarden

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

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.
Avalon Raceway
Near Anakie

Avalon Raceway

Avalon Raceway first opened in the summer of 1976 which saw the dream of brothers Doug and Norm Drew come true. Both had been active drivers around the region and with the closure of Torquay Speedway saw the Drew Family build the Speedway on the land in Old Melbourne Road, Lara. Since that time the family have strived to improve the venue and along the way have created a number of Blue Ribbon Events that are nationally recognised. The early years saw Solo and Sidecars as the major drawcard attracting world champions Ole Olsen, Barry Biggs, Ivan Mauger, along with touring English Lions teams and European champions battle with legendary Phil Crump, while the sidecar action was nothing short of incredible with an Australian Championship and numerous Victorian Titles contested with the introduction of more clay content in the early 90's saw the demise of bike racing and the emergence of Sprintcar Racing which today Avalon Raceway holds a number of events which are highly rated on the national scene. These include the newly created Invitational Jackpot, the Presidents Cup, World Series Sprintcars and Round One of the Easter Trail. Avalon also hosts major events for its other classes as well. The K Rock Cup a major Super Sedan Show, West Coast Classic, Victoria's longest running Modified Production Feature plus major events for V8 Dirt Modifieds, Street Stocks, Speedcars and AMCA'.

Banks Road Vineyard

Banks Road Vineyard is a small family run vineyard and winery on the Bellarine Peninsula just outside Geelong, on approximately 12 acres. The 12 acres of grapes planted including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz, which suits their coastal climate. They also source Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz grapes from the Harcourt Valley near Bendigo. Banks Road Vineyard look forward to welcoming you to the vineyard. All wines are made on site in the small hands on facility. Banks Road also make wine for some of the other vineyards around area. They are very passionate about their wine and enjoy the closeness to their produce that being a small winery gives them. From bud burst in the spring to bottling the wine, sometimes years later, they see each vintage evolve. Their wines have received many accolades at shows and in reviews by wine writers. Their recently completed cellar door is open from Thursday to Sunday or by appointment. As well as tasting each of the wines you can enjoy a light lunch and a glass of wine whilst enjoying the view over the vineyard to the Rip.

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.

Geelong & Surfcoast Limo Bus

Geelong & Surfcoast Limo Bus aim to provide you with a luxury service at a most affordable price. It's not like the traditional limousine, however for a bus it comes very close. The 11 seater Limo Bus has couches made from real leather in Geelong colours, dual air conditioning, solid jarrah cabinets for bag storage, red carpet, bar facilities with flush mounted drink holders and ice buckets, DVD system with multiple screens and karaoke, groovy lighting and plenty of space to move. Geelong & Surfcoast Limo Bus provide a range of packaged tours and custom tours, just contact for a quote. Tours are continually been added, so keep coming back to the website to see what is new. All tours have a pick-up/drop-off drop down list, just select your area to see your price. The Quantity field is for a return trip. Check out the "About Us" page on the website for more information.

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.

Thirteenth Beach Golf Links

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.

Scotchmans Hill

Established by the Browne family in 1982, Scotchmans Hill remains a prominent family-owned wine business. 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 our exclusive Single Vineyard and Cornelius wines. Enjoy the magnificent views of Swan Bay and Port Phillip Bay and with a glass of wine in our sunlit courtyard. Cafe is open on weekends. For further information please contact Scotchmans Hill.

Sea Bounty

A family-owned company that has been involved in the fishing industry for over 30 years, Sea Bounty has become one of Australia's leading mussel growing and processing companies. Sea Bounty farms mussels at a number of sites in the cool, clear waters of Port Phillip Bay, serviced by a fleet of specially equipped fishing vessels. A modern processing plant, built in 1997 and located at St Leonards on the Bellarine Peninsula south of Geelong, operates to the highest standards ensuring Sea Bounty's reputation for top quality product. Being positioned close to the sea port of Melbourne and the international airports of Melbourne and Avalon enables Sea Bounty to supply every state in Australia as well as the Asian markets and the rest of the world on a daily basis, all year round. Wholesale Sea Bounty mussels are harvested daily and delivered around Melbourne wholesalers and regional centres four days a week. The mussels are sent all over Australia via air (overnight) or road freight twice a week. Retail Sea Bounty has a 1kg retail pack available (click for more info). The retail packs are available from Coles Supermarkets and other fine seafood retailers. Packaging The mussels are available in 5kg, 10kg, 10kg and 20kg polyboxes. They also supply mussels in 30kg fish bins direct to wholesalers. Grades Sea Bounty currently has three grades of mussels available: cocktail, standard and large. For all enquiries please contact by email or phone during business hours.

The Heights Heritage House and Garden

The house and 'old world' garden at The Heights dates back to the 1850s. The house was built in 1855 and is remarkable for being the largest (14 rooms) German, prefabricated house in Victoria. During the 1930s, the building was extensively altered to reflect contemporary taste although the extensive gardens, stables, outbuildings and water tower survive intact from the 19th century. The heights retains a small collection of fine Georgian furniture collected by the last owners, Louis and Marnie Whyte. Early 1860s plantings still dominate this beautiful Geelong garden today and the aged oaks and conifers provide great delight to visitors. Garden or self-guided garden walks are available.

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.

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.

St Regis Vineyard & Winery

Situated on the rolling hills beside the Geelong bypass at Waurn Ponds in southern Victoria, St Regis Vineyard & Winery is family owned and operated, specialising in Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. All wines are made and bottled at the winery on the vineyard by winemaker Peter Nicol. Wines are fermented with varying use of wild yeast and matured in French oak. The Shiraz fruit is estate grown, while the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are selected from hand picked premium local fruit. Cellar door sales are available at the winery daily. Visit the cellar door and enjoy a free tasting overlooking the vineyard, it is very friendly (even dog friendly) and relaxed. You will meet owners, Viv or Pete and celebrity 'Wine Dogs', Baz and Monty.

Stand up Paddle Boarding

Stand Up Paddle-boarding, or SUP, is one of the fastest growing water sports in the world for adults and kids. SUP lessons, tours and fitness classes are now being offered on Geelong Waterfront, Ocean Grove main beach, and Barwon Heads. These locations are perfect places to learn Stand Up Paddle-boarding in a safe, fun and protected environment. WSUP offers lessons, tours and fitness classes weather permitting. Stand up paddle boarding lessons are a fantastic way to get into the sport and start your journey to the unknown, while enduring general fitness, strengthening and core muscles and balance or just paddling your favourite waterway. SUP lessons are great for groups, families, corporate and school groups. The experienced and qualified instructors ensure water safety, paddling technique, equipment, and of course fun are provided in each lesson, every time. WSUP instructors can assist in the selection of the right equipment for your level of skill. SUP also supply packages of boards, paddles and leg-ropes for purchase.

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.
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.
Otway Discovery Tour
Near Werribee

Otway Discovery Tour

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

Queenscliff Fishing Charters and Scenic Tours

Queenscliff Fishing Charters and Scenic Tours offer: - Bay Fishing Charters - Scenic Sunset Tours - Biology Educational Cruises - Fishing Clinics All ages and abilities are welcome, as are individuals, families and groups. This is a family run business, specialising in Bay Fishing Trips and targeting a quality table fish catch. Species include Snapper, King George Whiting, Calamari and assorted Reef Fish. The Skipper and Deckhand will welcome you aboard and assist you in every way possible to make your trip memorable. 14 people can fish comfortably and your fish is cleaned, filleted and bagged. BYO food and drinks and fishing licence. Booking are essential for all trips and subject to weather conditions.

Raw Travel - Great Ocean Walk

Raw Travel - Great Ocean Walk is a specialist in walking and cycling holidays, with over 11 years experience of operating remarkable trips worldwide. They are a fully licensed operator and offer small groups and expertly guided multi day walks consisting of three, four or seven day tours, plus a variety of self guided trips along the Great Ocean Walk. Raw Travel's experienced walking guides accompany you throughout and they also bring in local experts, such as a Shipwreck Historian and an Indigenous guide to offer insights into the unique history and environment of the area as you walk, providing an unforgettable Great Ocean Walk experience. The trips are fully catered and vehicle supported so that you can relax and enjoy the walk carrying just a daypack. Raw Travel has been operating for five years and earned an Advanced Eco certificate for their tours on the Great Ocean walk. Accommodation is excellent with a variety of quality lodgings used. Raw is one of the few companies that offer different accommodation, allowing you to walk from East to West on seven day trips without entailing long transfers each day. Raw Travel stay in well appointed cabins and attractive beachside hotels in Cape Otway, Apollo Bay and Port Campbell. Food is top Quality! Raw offers maximum flexibility on guided Great Ocean Walks. You can walk as little or as much as you want each day, with regular stops for refreshments and picnic lunches. They cater for a variety of budgets offering unbeatable value with all inclusive packages. Pick up and drop off from Avalon airport is offered. Their guides are first aid trained and carry emergency devices. Book in confidence with Raw Travel as they are fully insured and are one of the most experienced operators on the Great Ocean Walk.

Sea All Dolphin Swims

The popular and award winning Sea All Dolphin Swims of Queenscliff, Victoria, is a family owned business which offers a truly unique nautical experience of Port Phillip Bay. How many places in the world can you swim with wild dolphins and seals? With a clever blend of fun adventure and education, Sea All Dolphin Swims tours cater for passengers of all ages, sizes, shapes and abilities. With modern wetsuits, equipment and light refreshments supplied its no wonder the tours are 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. Interact with seals pups while imitating their playful antics. 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. Relax with a hot chocolate while sharing your experience with a new friend. Take home an experience you will remember and talk about for ages. Fabulous photos of unique wildlife and happy friends. The proud feeling of overcoming personnel challenges and conquering fears.

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 (winter), Melbourne to Adelaide 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 operate small modern vehicles that are no bigger than 24 seats per bus. 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's 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 operate 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.
 

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BIG 4 Beacon Resort Blues Train Package

A unique musical experience! Toe tapping entertainment, a cool drink and a good laugh. Rock your stay in Queenscliff with Blues Train tickets and award winning accommodation at BIG4 Beacon Resort.

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

BIG 4 Beacon Resort Blues Train Package

A unique musical experience! Toe tapping entertainment, a cool drink and a good laugh. Rock your stay in Queenscliff with Blues Train tickets and award winning accommodation at BIG4 Beacon Resort.

Phone: 1800 351 152 or visit BIG4 Beacon Resort Website 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.
 

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