Geelong is only an hour from the Melbourne CBD via the Westgate and Princes Freeways, and Bellarine destinations are within half an hour of Geelong. It's a compact region, easy to explore by car.
Visit by Sea
Australia's favourite car and passenger ferry connects Queenscliff and The Bellarine with the Mornington Peninsula, Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, and Phillip Island. The lounge and external decks all offer spectacular coastal views as passengers relax and enjoy a coffee and the scenery. The 40 minute crossing departs every hour, every day between 7am - 6pm (7pm 26 December - 31 January).
Another exciting way to hit up The Bellarine and Geelong region, direct from Melbourne, is via a trip on Port Phillip Ferries. This new service runs between Portarlington and Victoria Harbour Docklands. With regular departures Monday-Friday for the work-day commute, and Saturday-Sunday for weekend adventures, the modern 35m catamaran vessel provides a comfortable vantage point to enjoy the sights and sounds of the bay while you read the paper, catch up on emails, have a coffee from the on-board cafe or simply enjoy your trip.
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The Great Southern Touring Route is regarded as one of the world's best road trips. The journey starts in Melbourne and takes in the waterfront city of Geelong, the food and wine region of Bellarine Peninsula and the spectacular Great Ocean Road - including the dramatic rock formation of the Twelve Apostles. It passes through the seaside city of Warrnambool, the majestic nature and Aboriginal heritage of Grampians National Park, the gold rush history and grandeur of Ballarat and the health giving waters of Daylesford and spa country.
Spot wildlife lurking in the bush, whales cruising the ocean and throw a boomerang, delving into the ancient Dreamtime. Taste the gifts of the earth and ocean at the source – mineral springs wellness, fresh seafood and award-winning wines. This road trip offers an adventure full of experiences that will delight and inspire every traveller.