Geelong - Bellarine Peninsula
The seaside city of Geelong and the wider Bellarine Peninsula make up the westernmost headland of Port Philip Bay, offering a historic coastal region a short distance from Melbourne. Explore Geelong’s beautiful waterfront, sample delectable food and wine from the region’s diverse landscapes, play a round of golf on a scenic coastal course or begin your journey into the Bellarine Peninsula or the Great Ocean Road.
Victoria’s second-largest city, Geelong, has swelled into an exciting urban centre with a charming seaside town at its heart. A stroll through the city centre will reward you with an eclectic mix of contemporary and Victorian-era architecture. Hit Geelong’s slick waterfront to find some of the best dining and cultural experiences this city has to offer. Take in views of Corio Bay while you dine at waterfront restaurants or stroll past distinctive public art pieces. Some of the region’s finest wines and beers can be sampled at the bars and restaurants around here. Other cultural attractions nearby include the Geelong Performing Arts Centre, the Geelong Art Gallery and several live music venues in the city.
Discover the lush landscapes and passionate makers of the Bellarine Peninsula’s wines on a tour of the winemaking region. From the Surf Coast to wide, volcanic plains, this region has been producing wines since the 1800s. The Bellarine Taste Trail offers an expansive tour of wineries, farm estates, providores and restaurants on the Bellarine Peninsula. Sample fresh seafood, tasty cheeses and berries, and discover a further selection of wineries and vineyards on this scenic coastal trail.
Geelong is a jumping-off point for beginning your adventures to some of Victoria’s most popular seaside destinations. Within a short drive, you’ll find Barwon Heads, Ocean Grove, Point Lonsdale, Portarlington and Queenscliff. The official beginning of the Great Ocean Road, home to the famous Twelve Apostles, is located in nearby Torquay.
Geelong is approximately a 1-hour drive from Melbourne. You can also reach Geelong via the regional V/Line railway or by ferry from Sorrento, on the Mornington Peninsula, to Queenscliff. Get around the region via car, local buses or an excellent network of cycling trails.