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Winchelsea

Picturesquely located on the banks of the Barwon River, Winchelsea is a rural town steeped in history and surrounded by the fertile farmland of Victoria's Western District. 

Fishing is popular in this section of the Barwon River, with brown trout, redfin and eels commonly caught nearby.  There are also lakes and reservoirs close by that are popular with anglers.

Winchelsea's historic origins are clearly visible in town, with some grand buildings including the National Trust property Barwon Park, which was built in 1871.  The magnificent building and grounds are on the town heritage trail, as is the Winchelsea Railway Station which houses a steam-hauled passenger train.

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As you'd expect in an area steeped in such history, there are a collection of antique, gift, art and craft stores in town, and traditional fare can be found in tea houses and cafes in town.

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Spending an hour to explore the Winchelsea Heritage Trail is well worth it.  The trail commences at the Winchelsea visitor centre and includes landmarks such as the Globe Theatre, Barwon Park Mansion, the Barwon River and the triple-arched bluestone bridge. Don't forget to bring your camera! 

If you're visiting during March and April the Country Dahlia Flower Farm is an absolute must do.

Just a short drive from Winchelsea is the award winning Dinny Goonan Winery, with a vineyard and cellar door open to the public. Visitors are welcome to taste their wines and relax in the peaceful vineyard setting. You can find out more about the wines by talking to Dinny the winemaker, or stroll around the vineyard and winery. 

 

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Barwon Park

Barwon Park is a majestic 42 room bluestone mansion set in a sweeping rural landscape, built in 1871 for Thomas and Elizabeth Austin. The Enclosed bluestone courtyard catering for up to 120 guests, provides a stylish and enchanting venue for wedding receptions and functions. The elegant formal dining room with its superb polished tables and balloon-back chairs is available for smaller functions and receptions and caters for up to 30 guests. Barwon Park also features a novel cast iron veranda, monumental entrance hall and magnificent central staircase. The mansion captures the glory of Victoria's pastoral heritage. Visitors to Barwon Park are truly rewarded with a vision from the past.

Country Dahlia

Country Dahlia is a flower farm offering Australia’s largest collection of Dahlias. Spread across 2 acres and with 1,800 different types of flower, you can visit beautiful Country Dahlia during March and April each year and are welcome to bring a picnic lunch with you. Tea and coffee are available.

Barwon River

Near the Barwon Hotel a beautiful bluestone triple-arched bridge crosses the Barwon River. There are a number of picnic spots and walks along the river. Early morning walkers have, on occasion, spotted a platypus close to the bridge.

Winchelsea Heritage Walk

The trail commences at the Winchelsea visitor centre and includes such landmarks as the Globe Theatre, Barwon Park Mansion, the Barwon River and the triple-arched bluestone bridge. The heritage walk takes about one hour and offers an intriguing insight into Winchelsea’s rich history.

Winchelsea Tea Rooms

A café-restaurant with arts and crafts. Enjoy Devonshire teas and generous lunches in a warm friendly atmosphere. Inside, the walls are lined with history. Plaques, honour-boards, maps, photos and more detailing the past of this regional town and country centre.
Brown Magpie Wines
Near Jan Juc

Brown Magpie Wines

Brown Magpie Wines is a family owned winery and vineyard in Modewarre, which is situated in the Surf Coast hinterland in the Geelong wine region. The gently sloping estate overlooks the picturesque view of Mount Moriac. Its small sheltered, nine hectare vineyard is ideally positioned to grow aromatic cool climate grape varieties. Taking no short cuts and selecting only the best fruit, the grapes are hand-picked and processed within hours of harvesting. Brown Magpie Wines believe in the traditional art of winemaking. The wine is handcrafted at the on site dedicated winery. Traditional techniques suited to each variety are used to produce wine of the highest quality. Brown Magpie Wines only leave the vineyard in the bottle. The love and care taken is to honour the wine and the region, and to deliver special wines for you to discover and enjoy with friends and family. Recent awards include: - 2014 Boutique Wine Award - Best in Show - Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013 - 2013 Australian Cool Climate Wine Show - Trophy - Best Pinot Noir of Show - Pinot Noir 2012 - 2013 Geelong Wine Show - Best Wine in Show - Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 - 2014 Concours de Vins - Gold - Paraparap Pinot Noir Reserve 2011 - 2014 Royal Melbourne Show - Gold - Single Vineyard Pinot Gris 2014 - 2014 James Halliday - 5 star winery The Surf Coast and Great Ocean Road hinterland is a treat for all wine and food lovers, abounding with great restaurants, produce and wineries.

Saltair Day Spa

Only one hour from the Westgate Bridge you will find Saltair Day Spa. Situated in a unique location, offering stunning views of Torquay's rolling hills and crystal blue waters. Calm your mind as you are cared for by the exceptional therapists and Indulge in a complete menu of day spa treatments and therapies. Derma-Cosmeceuticals Skincare is available using the latest Multi-spectrum imaging. Try something new like an Indigenous Inspired Rhythmic Massage or a Facial Treatment using a combination of the purist organic bases and pure oxygen gas. Captivate your senses while your stresses melt away in the Hydrotherapy Spa, Geisha Spa, Vichy Shower or Steam Sauna. Saltair treatments use the highest quality aromatherapy oils, earth ochres, desert salts, ocean mineral polishers, moisturisers and elixirs used in the finest destination spas worldwide. Saltair Spa uses and recommends Li'Tya Spa products. Capturing the potency of indigenous Australian plants, fruits, earth ochres, desert salts and sea plants, with each product depicting the wonder and beauty of the country. Li'Tya offers exquisitely pure health, beauty and wellbeing treatments - individually tailored to energise and beautify every part of your being. Saltair Spa also use and recommend Heritage Healers facial treatments. Pure oxygen gas, in conjunction with vitamins and minerals, is used to nourish and revitalise the skin cells. With Heritage Healers O2 Oxygen Therapy they soothe away internal stress, then regenerate and boost the health of every skin cell with pure oxygen gas, plus essential vitamins and minerals. It is the most effective skin treatment program of its kind, designed to cleanse, nourish and revitalise every skin cell of the face, pore by pore. Choose from body treatments, geisha tub, hydrotherapy, massage, facials, oxygen treatments, hand and foot treatments, Day Spa packages and Professional Skin Health Advice and treatments, spray tans, waxing and tinting.

The Surf Coast Walk

Whether you're a nature lover or a fun lover, whether you take an hour, a day or a week, the Surf Coast Walk puts a stunning and unique coastal environment within easy reach. - Offering natural beauty and easy access - A world-class walking destination for all to enjoy - On the edge of the stunning Great Ocean Road - Do a section or do it all; at your own pace - More than a walk, over half the track is suitable for bikes Relish the rich ochre of the Bells Beach cliffs, the deep blue of Bass Strait and the leafy green of eucalypt forects. Discover traditional Wathaurung country, fascinating surf culture and abundant wildlife as the walk connects you with the coastal town comforts of Torquay, Anglesea and Aireys Inlet.

Otway Harvest Trail

The unique combination of aspect, soils, climate and farming practices of the Otway hinterland produce distinctive and exceptional flavours in our produce that cannot be found anywhere else. The Otway Harvest Trail is a celebration of the seasons that bestow their rich bounty on a luscious part of Victoria. Spring is a time of plenty and promise. As the winter gives way to warm sunny days, see the bright patchwork of yellow canola fields appear, the farmers out mowing their grass and baling their hay and the spring lambs frolicking on a frosty morning. The first berries appear. Green shoots can be seen in the vineyards as the vines burst their buds and flowers and spring vegetables appear at farm gate stalls. New release wines can be found at cellar doors. Summer is all about being outdoors. All the berry farms have opened and their sweet juicy berries are ripe for the picking. The lush emerald green of the vineyards become more distinctive as the land around slowly turns a golden brown. People clamour for outdoor tables and chairs at cafés and restaurants to soak in the warm days, mild evenings and glorious pastel sunsets. Local wines and beers go so well with the seafood, vegetables and fruits in plentiful supply. Wine lovers are welcomed at cellar doors and their curiosity is rewarded with the discovery of new wines. Autumn is a time of harvest. The days become still and warm, and the crisp cool nights are perfect for sleeping. With the winter rains not far away, the wineries are busy harvesting their fruit and the vignerons hands become garnet red as they nurture the new wines through their ferment. It is also time to harvest the olives from their groves before the first frosts of winter arrive. Smell the fruity aroma of the extra virgin olive oil as it flows from the presses. The last of the berries are picked. Winter is a time for taking stock of the seasons passed and making ready for the farming year ahead. The farmers plough their fields and sow their winter crops. Vineyards, olive groves and orchards are pruned and readied for a new season. Fences are mended. The days shorten and become colder. Cattle turn their backs to the wind. Dams pent over the summer begin to refill. Root vegetables appear at the farm gate stands. It’s a time for reflection and for savouring the joys of recently harvested produce. Lengthy conversations occur over bottles of wine in front of toasty log fires. Eventually the tell tale signs of another Spring begin to appear.

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.

Split Point Lighthouse Tours Aireys Inlet

You'll spot her as you travel the Great Ocean Road. To locals and fans afar Split Point Lighthouse is affectionately known as 'The White Queen'. Don't just wonder as you drive by - yes, you can join a Split Point Lighthouse guided tour, which will take about 30 to 45 minutes. The knowledgeable tour guide will introduce you to a life of maritime responsibility, engineering perfection, a pristine Marine Sanctuary, cultural connections, the famous setting for the TV series 'Round the Twist' and ever-changing 360 degree coastal vistas. Whether you want to step back in maritime, forward in coastal conservation or capture the now with a perfect snapshot, this is a stop worth every minute. The Split Point Lighthouse was built in 1891 and has only been open for tours since mid 2013. She still shines her guiding light every evening to keep ships passing on their way to and from Port Phillip Bay, off the rocky shores. The staff at Split Point Lighthouse Tours look forward to guiding you up the cast iron spiral staircase, through the lantern room and out onto the balcony to enjoy a birds-eye view of the dramatic coastline.

Supatramp Geelong

Get set for full-on-fun at Supatramp, one of the largest custom-built indoor mega trampoline and activity complexes in Australia, based in Geelong. Supatramp offers a dynamic environment and caters for all ages and fitness levels. Supatramp boasts high octane, adrenaline rush type activities in a healthy, safe and fun environment. The centre features: Over 80 indoor interconnected trampolines plus Slamball and Airmats Dodgeball competitions. An indoor kids / toddler jungle themed playground including an array of climbing obstacles, slides and floor space with numerous entertainment objects. Clip 'n Climb exclusive to the Geelong area. State of the art climbing equipment, a variety of wall spaces for different climbing challenges, as well as adrenaline filled rides. Fitness classes: using trampolines, ropes and ample floor space. Unique trampolining development and training programs, stunt classes and school programs all utilising the unique equipment in the park. Party Packs for all ages. Corporate and team building packs. Discos for the youth - staging, professional lighting and top DJ's in attendance. School educational / practical excursions. Cafe that will deliver great fresh food, drinks and coffee. Supatramp will give you the wow-factor experience. Bring the family, rally your friends and come and enjoy Geelong's newest recreational entertainment venue, one of the largest centres in Australia, right here locally owned in Grovedale, Geelong.

Surfcoast Images

Surfcoast Images is a gallery carrying an extensive range of West Coast photography from The Apostles to The Bellarine Peninsular by Kevan Way. Large high resolution panoramas are a specialty and can be printed in-house to any size. Kevan was a Commercial Photographer in Melbourne for 30 years, and also carries a wide range of Art Photography, as well as landscapes from around the world. He also represents surf photographer Peter 'Joli' Wilson and and abstract small wave photographer Deb Morris exclusively in Torquay

Trailhead Bike Co.

Trailhead Bike Co. is the only bike shop on the Great Ocean Road and the Surf Coast. You can ride straight from the front door to the world famous Great Ocean Road or the surrounding mountain bike trails in the Great Otway National Park. Trailhead Bike Co. stock the best cycling brands and can take care of your bicycle servicing and repair needs. Now in partnership with Great Ocean Road Adventure Tours (GORATS) Trailhead Bike Co. can take care of all your bike hire needs from 1 person to 100 people.

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.

Go Ride A Wave - Learn to Surf

Have you ever wanted to take the plunge into the ocean on a summer's day and try surfing? Most peoples response is that it looks way too hard, but Go Ride a Wave makes it easy and accessible to everyone. Lessons are run mostly at waist deep water, using specially designed soft foam boards and over 80 per cent of participants get to stand up even if it is only for a short time, in their first lesson. Go Ride a Wave has been teaching surfing since 1987 and their expert, qualified instructors not only teach you the basics, they make it an experience hard to forget. Full-length wetsuits, boards and instruction for two hours are all provided. Classes are run in Anglesea, Torquay, Ocean Grove and Lorne. Go Ride a Wave also offers two hour fun sessions on sit on top kayaks in the surf. Learn in sheltered locations with small waves where it is easy and fun for people getting started. Bounce over the waves on the way out and surf them. No prior experience is needed and the best quality kayaks, equipment and instructors are used. New activity for Go Ride a Wave is Stand Up Paddle Boarding on the Anglesea River. Stand Up Paddle (or SUP) - depending on which way you look at it is suitable for anyone that is willing to give it a try. It is a fantastic way to get around on the water while giving you a great core work-out. Stand Up Paddle surfboards are much longer, wider and more buoyant than normal surfboards, enabling you to comfortably balance on them and propel yourself with the paddle. With proper instruction Go Ride a Wave can get you out on the water either with a lesson or hire.

Great Ocean Road Adventure Tours

Welcome to Great Ocean Road Adventure Tours, specialising in outdoor adventure throughout the Otway Ranges. We like to create personalised tours that you want to do, so you can have a fun filled day. Whether it is a easy paddle down a lovely river, or a Moutian Bike tour through the bush, with top instructors keeping you safe and excited. Or maybe you want or need some serious hard edged adrenaline pumped adventure full of action and yes, pain. Whatever it is Great Ocean Road Adventure Tours can provide, and always with a smile. Great Ocean Road Adventure Tours can accommodate for small groups of less than 10 people or even a full school year level of 200 and above, and the tour can be spread over several days. We have a large range of Mountain Bikes of all sizes and levels, as well as a few Road Bikes, for either hire or to use on our awesome tours. GORATS have a small fleet of flat water canoes.. Canoeing of course is an awesome activity. Fitness, fun, teamwork, games, natural environment, lots of splashing. For people looking to get fit, Adventure fitness is a workout with a thrill. Whether it's tearing along a single track on a bike or smashing down a mountain, paddling hard along our beautiful rivers or running through the bush, or maybe going for a surf or an ocean paddle. Or maybe all of the above? We can provide not only the equipment but also the right people for the job. Rivers we canoe on include the Aire river, Anglesea river, Barwon river, Painkalac Creek. Every job Great Ocean Road Adventure Tours does is about the experience. It is Great Ocean Road Adventure Tours responsibility to ensure it is the best.

Great Ocean Road Surf Tours

Great Ocean Road Surf Tours is a multi-award winning learn to surf company, offering advanced eco-certified surf lessons, surf tours and walking tours in small groups along safe, scenic Ocean Grove and Surf Coast beaches. With transport available from Melbourne and Torquay every day of the week, you can learn to surf without worrying about how you will get there. Even better, accommodation, breakfast and lunch are provided on all two to ten day Great Ocean Road Surf Tours. Experience personalised surf coaching, no matter which tour. Great Ocean Road Surf Tours 'learn to surf' tours also include progressive surf lessons four hours per day, Subway lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments, boards and wetsuits. Take in the stunning beauty of the Great Ocean Road by foot with a Secrets of the Great Ocean Road Walk. Enjoy a secret hidden walk way, secret local gourmet food and learn the mysterious stories of the region. Half day and full day options. Learn the Secrets - if you dare! Select from a range of tours. See the sights of Bells Beach and parts of the stunning Great Ocean Road including Cape Otway and the 12 Apostles. Enjoy discounted shopping at Torquay's Surf City, home of surfing giants Rip Curl and Quiksilver. An optional extra is water photography of your day surfing on a surfboard-shaped USB. And enjoy nights accommodation at our personalised surf cabin with breakfast included. Please call or visit the website for more information. Visit the shop for surfboard hire, and to ride their indoor Big Wave! Most recently winners at the Geelong Business Excellence Awards 2014 and 2013 winners of the Telstra Australian Business Awards for business innovation and passion and dedication to ecotourism and sustainability.

Longhorn YOUnique Tours

Longhorn YOUnique Tours is a 2015 and 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award Winner, offering tours to the Great Ocean Road, the Otway's Rainforest, Grampians, Phillip Island, the Yarra Valley and can also customise a tour to suit your needs. You will see spectacular scenery, wildlife in the natural environment, learn about the area's history and culture, enjoy homemade treats and great accommodation as Longhorn's expert guides take you on a journey of discovery. Eco Tourism and Respecting their Culture accredited, Longhorn YOUnique Tours is a family owned business operated by Garry and Shirley Hamel, two Australians who know and understand the beauty of the country. With a range of tours from one day to multiple day tours and private or customised tours to choose from. Longhorn YOUnique Tours believe that guests should not feel rushed so tours are conducted in small groups travelling in luxury four wheel-drive vehicles with your comfort and needs a top priority. A maximum of six people on each tour will give you a personalised experience to remember. Longhorn YOUnique Tours are part of the Extinction Fighters program and have adopted a Tasmanian Devil at Healesville Sanctuary. Free wireless internet onboard all tours. Contact the friendly staff at Longhorn YOUnique Tours to enquire.

More Than A Tour

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

SeaEarth Adventures

SeaEarth Adventures are based on Victoria's Surfcoast. produced from operating companies since 1993 and have taught thousands of happy customers how to surf, snorkel, surf/river kayak, rock-climb, abseil and mountain bike. SeaEarth Adventures operates at Torquay, Anglesea and Ocean Grove surf beaches, providing quality instruction and all equipment, including full length wetsuits and specially designed beginners 'G-Board' soft boards. Whether its one-on-one private coaching to advanced level, or a group of up to ninety beginners, we can look after anyone. The instructors are fully qualified, experienced and friendly, and use the latest and safest equipment. SeaEarth'a customised programs are unique the industry. There have been programs designed for over two hundred and fifty schools, universities, businesses and other organisations. SeaEarth Adventures also offer a range of other activities including rockclimbing and abseiling, team initiatives, bodyboarding, snorkelling, marine rock pool rambles, mountain bike tours, coastal hiking, sit-on-top surf or river kayaking, adventures races and many more! Programs can vary from two hours to five days catering for all ages and requirements, including groups with special needs. Westcoast will work with you to design a program which will meet your needs, whether it is to have a bit of fun during a work conference or to provide adventure based learning activities that help in the workplace.

Southern Exposure

Specialising in surfing, mountain biking and surf Kayaking on the Great Ocean Road; Adventure is Southern Exposure's passion and they want to make it yours too. Having over 20 years experience in the Eco-Adventure Industry is testament to Southern Exposure's number one priority - to provide nature based education through Surfing , Mountain Biking and Surf Kayaking. This year Southern Exposure will organise Nature Based Adventure Programs for more than 15,000 people from Australia and internationally. Southern Exposure offer one day or multi day programs and packages for Secondary and Tertiary Students, Clubs, General Public and Corporate Events. Surf Lessons run at Torquay Surf Beach, Anglesea Main Beach, Lorne Beach and Ocean Grove Beach. Group Lessons of 10 or more people are priced on application, so please contact Southern Exposure for further information. Surf Equipment is included in the price. On Sunday 8th June Southern Exposure hosted the Run Forrest Trail Run (21 and 10 kilometre) with over 500 trail runners taking on the challenging course that wound its way around the majestic Lake Elizabeth in the beautiful Otway. This year Southern Exposure will once again host the 9th Surf Coast 6 hour Mountain Bike Festival in Anglesea on Saturday 25th October.
Tiger Moth World Adventure Flights
Near Torquay

Tiger Moth World Adventure Flights

Step back in time and let Tiger Moth World take you on an adventure flight experience you will never forget! Tiger Moth World was established in 1990 and operates from it's own private airfield in Torquay - the start of the Great Ocean Road. Torquay Airport was developed specifically as a World War II style grass aerodrome for Tiger Moth World's biplane adventure flights. Climb aboard one of their Tigers for a Tiger Moth flight of a lifetime. Be Biggles for a day in their Tiger Moth, take a romantic biplane flight for 2 in Tiger Cat or (if you dare) turn your life upside down with a choice of mild, wild or Extreme adrenalin pumping aerobatics in their Super Tiger. Their open cockpit biplane fleet is extensive. Whatever flight you choose, you will wing your way along the magical coast of the world famous Great Ocean Road and beyond. If you prefer, take a spectacular scenic flight in a modern class aircraft for a bird's eye view of the stunning coastline of the Great Ocean Road through to the 12 Apostles. Tiger Moth World even has an Adventure Park to keep all the family happy. All the flight action happens literally metres away from the viewing area. Awesome! The team at Tiger Moth World are waiting to "make your day"! All flight bookings are arranged on a day and time to suit you. Please contact Tiger Moth World if you have any queries or would like further information.

Torquay Surfing Academy

Torquay Surfing Academy offer professionally taught lessons in a variety of surf related activities which include, surfing, kayaking, stand up paddle-boarding and body boarding. The lesson types Torquay Surfing Academy offer are suitable for beginners through to advanced coaching. They specialise in surfing, stand-up paddle boarding and kayak lessons. The Great Ocean Road Surf Safari is a new feature at Torquay Surfing Academy. This is great for travellers who want to see the great ocean road and Torquay but want to experience the surfing culture while they are down there. This day tour includes transport to and from Melbourne, lunch and the use of any of their sports equipment from surfboards to bikes. The Torquay Surfing Academy has been in operation for five years and has been rated one of Australia's best surfing schools by Surfing Australia, so come and enjoy a lesson with one of the best surf schools on the coast!

Motor City Music Festival 6 - 8th March

The Motor City Music Festival taking place on 6th - 8th March 2015 has something for everyone! Grown-ups will rock out on fully licensed Friday and Saturday (day and night) at five stages (over-18s only). On family-friendly Sunday, bring the kids, tweens, teens and the grandparents for an all-ages family day featuring the fun of the showgrounds, a wider musical spectrum plus kids’ entertainment. Pass outs are allowed all day on Sunday, so you can come and go as you like, spend a few hours in the morning or afternoon and then leave and come back for the fireworks. We wrap up the festival weekend on Sunday night with a huge fireworks display at 8.45pm. With a large range of music, one open-air and four undercover stages, gourmet food vans, lots of well-stocked bars, carnival rides, market stalls and ample free parking, what’s not to like about the Motor City Music Festival? So come together and celebrate some of the special things about Geelong and the region. We’re proud of our community, our icons past and present – icons like Ford, tractors and trucks from International Harvester, our agricultural past and our food and wine will all be encapsulated at the fantastic Geelong Showgrounds.

Eagles Nest Fine Art Gallery

Eagles Nest Fine Art gallery is situated in the picturesque township of Aireys Inlet just ten minutes after the famous Anglesea and twenty minutes before Lorne. The charm of this town lies in its quiet bushland setting and spectacular beaches along the Great Ocean Road, the gateway to the iconic Twelve Apostles. Aireys Inlet is also the home of the Split Point Lighthouse and the quiet relaxing nature of the setting is a wonderful source of inspiration for many artists and writers. Eagles Nest Fine Art Gallery prides itself on showcasing the works of established and emerging artists from the Geelong / Otway region, many of whom live in the local area.

Woolsy Trading Post

Woolsy Trading Post sell top quality sheepskin products hand-made in Geelong from genuine Australian Sheepskin. Their products include sheepskin uggs, moccasins, slippers, scuffs and baby booties in a variety of sizes, styles and colours. They also sell fully tailored car seat covers in luxuriously thick Australian sheepskin; measured, cut, sewn and fitted at their store in Geelong West. Included in their range are imported sheepskin products made from Australian sheepskin, mainly coats, jackets and vests, long fleece sheepskin rugs, kangaroo skins & moccasins, domestic, infant & medical care underlays. Woolsy Trading Post also stock a range of supplies for knitting, crochet, needlework, spinning, weaving, felting and craft. As well as this, they stock yarns in a variety of fibres, pure or in blends, of Australian Merino & extra fine Merino wool, cotton, cashmere, silk, angora, mohair, bamboo, rayon, acrylic, polyester, nylon and viscose. Machine-washable yarns and felting yarns. Spinning, weaving, felting supplies, including spinning wheels, carders, looms, wool tops, bumps and kits from Ashford. Stocking a range of ready-made gifts including native Australian animal plush toys including wombats, betongs, galahs, platypus, koalas, kangaroos, joeys, kookaburras, ABC television Play School cuddly toys and Sesame Street characters.

Tour Geelong - Geelong Tour Guides

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

Geelong Gaol Ghost Tours

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

Coastal Golf Victoria

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

Balance Studio

Balance Studio is the Surf Coast's premier boutique fitness centre with over 20 classes per week, seven days a week. Pricing to suit casual and regular visitors with no contracts or joining fees. Barre Attack, Suspension Training, Restorative Pilates, Hard Core Pilates, HIIT, Vinyasa Flow Yoga, H.I.I.T and Funk Dance Fitness classes available. Polished timber floors, slate tiling, mirrors and barres with plenty of natural light where you will feel warm, welcome and inspired to lengthen and strengthen your body. This beautiful space in Torquay's emerging health and wellbeing hub, Surf City Plaza (next to Surfworld Museum), is available to hire for workshops, classes, school holiday programs or one off events. Bookings are essential via the website or direct from your smart phone via Balance Studio's free app - MINDBODY connect.
Ravens Creek Farm
Near Jan Juc

Ravens Creek Farm

Ravens Creek Farm is a truly unique farm shop and cafe with pick-your-own berries. Visit Ravens Creek Farm to experience how a real farm works, try delicious homemade food, organic produce and organic, and fair trade coffee. Plenty of space for the kids to run around. Open every day except Wednesday in December and January. Open Friday to Monday (closed Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) in October to November and February to May.

Around The Sun - Explore The Great Ocean Rd

Around The Sun's Great Ocean Road tours are created by the expert team that wrote The Complete Guide to the Great Ocean Road, the region's definitive guidebook. Around The Sun tours are comfortable adventures that will take you to places most tourists and locals never see. You will be introduced to amazing sights, incredible wildlife and delicious local produce. Around The Sun tours offer small groups and private tours with flexible one and two day tours. Around The Sun tours can customise your experience to match your interests and adapt tours to work around the region's famous four-seasons-in-a-day weather. Enjoy short walks tailored to your interests, picnics or barbecue lunches with gourmet local produce and door-to-door service from Surf Coast and Geelong (extra charges apply for Melbourne/airport pick-ups) with transport in a luxury 4WD and accommodation in comfortable four star hotels run by friendly locals. Around The Sun tours are the best way to see the Great Ocean Road.

Salt and Pepper Gallery

Salt and Pepper Gallery is a unique attraction on the ever-popular Great Ocean Road at Bellbrae. The Gallery is a working studio. When you come in you can see the artist, Catherine Brennan, creating beautiful works of art. These may be paintings, ceramic or Hebel sculptures, or one of her own designer accessories. Come in and be inspired.

Blackman's Brewery

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

VIP Bus

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

Bells Beach

With an international reputation as one of Australia’s best surf beaches, Bells Beach is amazing spot – either in the water or out. There isn’t much ‘beach’ at Bells, it’s mostly a glorious cliff-face, and views from the cliff-top car park are spectacular – a great spot to watch local surfers out in the water. There are several quality surfing spots in the precinct from Southside to Steps Reef. Every Easter Bells Beach hosts the international professional surfing community for the Rip Curl Pro event. To get to Bells Beach, travel along the Great Ocean Road past Jan Juc – turn left into Bells Boulevard and follow the signs. General Beach Hazard Rating: 6 Least hazardous: 1-3 Moderately hazardous: 4-6 Highly hazardous: 7-8 Extremely hazardous: 9-10 Hazard rating refers to physical beach and surf conditions ONLY and does not include potentially dangerous marine life. SURFING Bells is a world class right when above 1.5 m. When smaller, the waves break close in to the headland and produce a right called Rincon. Further around the head are two more reef breaks which work below 2 m, called Centre Side (a right) and Southside (a left). FISHING The water is deep right off the beach, while at low tide you can fish from the reefs at each end. GENERAL One of the meccas of surfing and well worth a visit, if only to view the beach and surf from the bluffs. CARPARK Type: Formal parking area Surface: Sealed Spaces: 200 We provide 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. We remind you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches.

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

Edge Gallery Lorne

Edge Gallery Lorne showcases the beautiful Fine Art Landscape Photography of multi-international award winning Australian photographer, Will Dielenberg. Will's imagery is greatly influenced by coastal Southern Victoria, having lived, surfed and photographed the Great Ocean Road coastline for almost 40 years. It's the love and affinity that he has for the region that continues to motivate and inspire. Will's art in imaging is not restricted to the Surfcoast and you will find many unique works representing the iconic Australian destinations and also those magical hard to reach locations known to very few. From the brilliance of the largest Limited Edition prints, destined to grace the walls of the largest homes, corporate and hotel receptions, to the broad range of Open Edition prints available in sizes to suit even the smallest of rooms, there is something for everyone. Whether it be to experience the luminance, colour and composition of one of Will's two metre masterpieces or if you are considering a smaller print or something in between, Edge Gallery is must see experience when you are next in Lorne. Will Dielenberg is an Associate Member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography. Edge Gallery Lorne looks forward to your visit.

Endota Torquay

endota is an indigenous Australian word meaning beautiful. endota spa is the fresh, soothing, all-Australian day spa at home near you. Here, wellness is the way. Laidback and friendly, endota spa welcomes absolutely everyone. Flawless walls. Timber benches. Essential oils meandering on the air. A billabong footbath lapping at your feet. Lap up certified, Australian organic ingredients in every spa treatment, and at home, soak up certified organic endota skincare. endota spa provide ahhhh-mazing space for sidling in and chilling out. And ahhh-inspiring business opportunities for motivated day spa franchisees - we're Australia's largest day spa network, and Australia's most successful day spa franchise system.

Gentle Annie Berry Gardens

Nestled in the picturesque Pennyroyal Valley near Deans Marsh; Gentle Annie Berry Gardens look forward to welcoming you and your family to their berry farm. Spend time wandering the farm picking a variety of berries and orchard fruit, or simply drop in for a coffee and piece of cake, Devonshire tea, lunch or afternoon tea in the licensed cafe. Gluten free and dairy free offered on menu. When possible Gentle Annie choose to use organic produce and products. Our suppliers are local including the wines, beers and ciders. In the produce shop you will find a variety of Gentle Annie's jams, chutney's, sorbets and a selection of local produce.

Gourmet Photo Travels

Gourmet Photo Travels is photography workshops based along the Great Ocean Road. Gourmet Photo Travels teaches photography in all aspects including landscape, portrait, architecture, lifestyle, street and travel photography with particular emphasis on travel photography to get you ready for your next travel experience. By the end of the Gourmet Photo Travels workshop you will be shooting with greater knowledge and control of your camera, shooting in manual mode with confidence. You will understand exposure and exposure compensation, aperture and depth of field, ISO and speed, white balance, composition and will begin a creative journey with your photography. Gourmet Photo Travels will also teach skills in photographing people of different cultures gaining confidence in approaching and connecting with their subjects, increasing their quality and enjoyment of travelling in the process. Techniques will be taught in"post" using popular software like Photoshop and Lightroom to help those images to be even better. The workshops are held over a weekend and on singular days, with the weekend workshops the participants will be limited to only 8-10 people to allow for more intensive tuition. The cost includes lovely accommodation staying at Fairhaven and the great food of the region, eating at some of the renowned local restaurants.

Melbourne's Tall Ship - Enterprize

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

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High Tea on the High Seas - Searoad Ferries

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

Blues Train & BIG 4 Beacon Resort - May and August

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

Family Supatramp & Stay Package at BIG4 Beacon Resort

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

High Tea on the High Seas - Searoad Ferries

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

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

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

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

 

Blues Train & BIG 4 Beacon Resort - May and August

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

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

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

 

Family Supatramp & Stay Package at BIG4 Beacon Resort

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

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

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

 

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