If you’re familiar with our region you’ll know we are girt by sea but our surrounds also include mountains, rivers, lakes, trails and scenic road trips. They are all calling out for you to explore them all. It’s easy enough to get here, fly direct into Avalon Airport, catch a train or bus or even sail over on a ferry. But it’s the getting around the region that will have you most entertained. We can’t promise you a Back to the Future hover board, but these modes of transport will positively keep you on your toes.
STANDING ON SOLID ROCK
For those that prefer to keep close to the ground there are plenty of ways to get around. Ease into things with a Queenscliff Heritage Walk. The weekly walks around the historic town regale visitors with stories of yesteryear. Learn about a rich history, admire the stately Victorian homes, majestic hotels, quaint shops and beautiful churches. Ready for a drive? You have to call Mustang & Co to show you the sites while enjoying the wind in your hair with the top down on their 1966 red Mustang. If you’re with a group give Gary from More than a Tour a call to customise the perfect trip for your gang. If you prefer to chauffeur yourself then be a cool cat cruising around in your own Kombi van. Her name is Daisy and she sleeps up to four people. Once you’ve got the knack of things on tour stop into Prestige Jayco, on the Bellarine Highway, to talk about the possibilities and get into your own motor home to explore the region even further. Who doesn’t love a camping holiday?
If you’re a closet Thomas the Tank fan or a train spotter from way back you’ll be fascinated by our trains, big and small. The Portarlington Bayside Miniature Railway provides endless fun for all. There are train rides, a children's adventure playground, free under cover electric barbecues and a kiosk. It’s even available for birthdays and function hire.. What a toot! Oakdene winery have recently fired up the engines with their Oakdene Express. Tour the vineyard aboard the train and take in the unique and eclectic art works and gardens that create the quirky Oakdene experience. Enjoy wine tastings during the tour and then move into Oakdene Vineyards Restaurant for an exquisite three course lunch. Queenscliff is the hub for all the steam train action and Bellarine Railway run regular trips between Queenscliff and Drysdale as well as specialty Thomas the Tank train rides and other family entertainment. You can even sign up for a steam and diesel train driver experience if you want to get serious. Departing from the same Queenscliff station is one of Australia's most spectacular entertainment experiences, the famous Blues Train. It’s a mini festival in one night and a progressive party you will never forget. And be sure to keep your eyes and ears open as you walk, run or bike along the Bellarine Rail Trail, you might just be lucky enough for a close up encounter as the steam train passes you by.
WALK ON WATER
Well it makes sense. We are surrounded by the stuff and it’s one of the top reasons for visiting Geelong and The Bellarine, so get on a board, sail a boat and test our your sea legs. Searoad Ferries might be your first port of call if you’re arriving from that side of Melbourne. It’s a cruisy 45 minute trip with lots of surprises and often a dolphin or more to spot on the way. Get your wettie on and test your core strength with WSUP Stand Up Paddle Boarding or take on the waves with the crew at Go Ride a Wave. If you’re feeling confident enough head to the picturesque Royal Geelong Yacht Club and play boatie for the day. They offer lessons for all ages and hold some pretty great events and festivals as well. If you prefer to sit back with a glass of sparkling and let the skipper do all the hard work then check out the Hygeia, Geelong’s favourite party boat.
UP UP AND AWAY
There’s a little bit of adventure in us all and if you’re tempted to see our beauty from above then strap yourself in for some thrill seeking. Geelong Helicopters are probably the best start if you just want to get used to a little air time. You can take a short trip around Corio Bay or head further down the coast if you have the time. Take a group with you on Great Ocean Air. Their luxurious air conditioned Airvans seat seven passengers in spacious cabins with panoramic windows. Step it up a notch with Adventure Flight Co and sign up for an aerobatic flight in a Warbird WW2 Fighter Plan. The CJ6 seats a pilot plus one passenger for an unforgettable experience where you can accelerate from zero to 300 kilometres per hour in under five seconds. Loop, roll, dive and spin - a tailored aerial ride of a lifetime. Are you ready to jump yet? Take a leap of faith with Skydive Australia. Tandem skydive from their Barwon Heads drop zone, exiting the plane from up to 14,000 feet for an insane 60 seconds of life-changing freefall.
NOT YOUR AVERAGE RIDE
If you are one of those that have done it all, think again. We still have a couple of surprises up our sleeve. Channel Marty McFly as you Segway around the vines at Leura Park estate. It looks tricky but you’ll be scooting around on your own in no time before sitting down for lunch and wine. Step across the road, literally, and take your Segway skills to another level. At Curlewis Golf Club they offer GolfBoards to get around the course, it’s like surfing on a board between each whole, pretty cool hey!
So get a wriggle on and book some accommodation in cause your'e going to need a good place to rest your head after all this action and adventure.
Have a blast!