There are many words that can explain the Bellarine Peninsula near Melbourne. Here are some of them : beautiful, cheerful, relaxing, exciting, breathtaking, thrilling, fun and delightful.
With so much to do, at any time, catering for any kind of person, the Bellarine Peninsula is an excellent traveling spot to see and enjoy.
Offering snorkeling, surfing, hiking, shopping, relaxing, scuba diving, sailing, golfing, exploring and more.
All within a rich historic backdrop laced with historic buildings and galleries galore, friendly people and a delightful atmosphere - there is plenty of entertainment, enjoyment and relaxation here. Wide open spaces, picturesque countryside, or surreal and cosy villages no wonder the Bellarine Peninsula is a favorite and adored by visitors !
So, How do I Get There ?
Getting to the Bellarine Peninsula is easy.
To get there by car, there are excellent freeways that connect to Geelong from all points of Australia. From Melbourne, you can travel to Geelong via the Princess and West Gate freeways (it's about a 60 minute drive).
From there you just follow the signs to the town you need to go to.
The Peninsula Searoad Car and Passenger Ferry service connects the Mornington Peninsula and the Bellarine Peninsula. It runs every hour on the hour from 7am-6pm, every day and regardless of the weather.
The ferry crossing is a fantastic experience on its own, luxurious and enjoyable.
Taking the ferry from the Bellarine to the Mornington Peninsula, it can also easily extend your touring to
Phillip Island and Wilson's Promontory National Park.
I have been on the ferry a few times myself and have been lucky enough to not only get nice bay and shore views, but also get to have dolphins swimming along with the ferry. A pretty special sight.
History lovers will be delighted with Queenscliff, with its beautiful 19th century architecture, Victorian hotels, old churches, maritime and military origins and humble fisherman's cottages. Queenscliff is an absolute favourite in the Bellarine Peninsula, with delightful people. It is certainly worth exploring and delving a little deeper into its history to truly get the most out of your stay.
Ocean Grove Beach Town
Ocean Grove can trace its history back to 1882, and has become the largest town on the Bellarine Peninsula, also boasting of having one of the largest shopping centres in any of the towns located in the area. The shopping centre is popular with locals and tourists, and located just a few blocks from the beach giving a great experience with shopping and relaxation afterwards. Ocean Grove offers a wonderful 'beach town' atmosphere with plenty of outdoor activities - great fishing spots, bushwalking trails, surfing beaches, kayaking/canoeing and the like.
Having spent a day in Ocean Grove recently, learning how to surf, I can tell you the beach is beautiful, the atmosphere is lovely and the ocean water is very salty tasting... :)
Fans of the ABC television series SeaChange will no doubt know about Barwon Heads a cosy seaside township on the West Side of the Barwon River in the Bellarine Peninsula. This township can also trace its history back to the 1880's, and has become a popular visiting spot, experiencing significant real-estate boom since the SeaChange series started in 1998.
You Won't Soon Forget
Offering you relaxation, fun, beauty, adventure, wide open spaces, sea life, countryside, and everything a traveler could ask for, the Bellarine Peninsula near Melbourne is a place you won't soon forget and will be making plans to return to as soon as you can.
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