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Geelong & The Bellarine


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2020 EDITION

W H AT ' S I N S I D E

You Yangs

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY We acknowledge the Wadawarrung, the traditional owners of the land, waterways and the significant cultural values of the area we call Geelong and The Bellarine. We pay our deepest respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

4  Welcome to Geelong and The Bellarine 6 48 hours in our region 10 Travelling here and getting around 13 What’s on in 2020 D I S C OV E R 23 Good food, good mood 32  Makers and growers 40 Here comes the fun 47 Let's have an adventure 52 Clever, Creative, Cool 94 Touring 97 Visitor Information Centres 98  Region map

 X PL O R E T H E TO W N S E 58  Geelong 70 The Bellarine 72  Portarlington to St Leonards 76  Queenscliff 81  Point Lonsdale 84  Ocean Grove 89  Barwon Heads

You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting so get on your way! - DR SEUSS

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GEELONG AND THE BELLARINE

YOU 'RE WELCOME I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list - SUSAN SONTAG

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Welcome to Geelong and The Bellarine, an area outgrowing its industrial past and evolving into an easily accessible visit of reinvented spaces, world-class food and wine, wildlife, adventure, big city and small villages, a burgeoning cultural scene and water everywhere you look. H E R E , T H E R E , E V E RY W H E R E If you stood in the middle of the Geelong Waterfront precinct you’d feel invigorated by the sea breeze, intrigued by public art, impressed by the mix of heritage and modern architecture and inspired to fill your tummy at any of the eateries within smelling distance.

Turn east toward The Bellarine and the best of bay and ocean beaches, saltwater-bathed villages and green hills full of farm gates, cellar doors and outrageous fun. In every direction there are incredible experiences to try, from giant waterslides and swimming with wildlife to indulgent dinners and hand-crafted wine. However you define a good time, we’ll point you in the right direction. 360Q, Queenscliff Harbour

Across Corio Bay your view to the north will include the outline of the You Yangs, a monument to the natural exhilaration their peaks and the surrounding precinct offers. To the west, beyond the vibrant urban eat / drink / shop playground of Pakington Street are rural plains, the Moorabool Valley, growing some of the best produce and wine in Australia. Look south and within a few blocks there are clever and creative precincts to indulge all the senses. Further beyond, find another waterbased playground at the Barwon River.

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FORTY-EIGHT HOURS OF

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48 HOURS OF FAMILY FUN

FAMILY FUN

DAY 1

8 : 0 0A M B R E A K FA S T O N T H E WAT E R F R O N T Enjoy breakfast in the fresh air along Geelong’s iconic waterfront at Sailors' Rest. 10 : 0 0A M TA K E A S PI N O N T H E H O R S E S Stop by the beautifully restored, old-world Geelong Carousel. The hand-carved wooden Carousel was constructed in 1892 and is one of only 200 in operation around the world. 11. 3 0A M T R A I N TO U R S A N D V I E W S Jump on board the Eastern Beach Train for a fun journey along the Waterfront or get the best views from the giant Ferris Wheel. 1: 0 0 PM A B E E RY G O O D S P O T F O R L U N C H Little Creatures for people big and small. This iconic brewery serves up their range of beer offerings alongside a large seating area, sandpit, and plenty of outdoor space. 2 : 3 0 PM J UM P I N TO S O M E I N D O O R F U N Unleash your will to fly at Supaworld where you can freestyle on the trampolines, climb dedicated walls and drop from the giant slide. 4 : 3 0 PM WHERE THE RIVER RUNS Ride and stroll in the wind as you enjoy the kilometres of paths along the Barwon River and the playground at Barwon Valley Fun Park.

DAY 2 8 : 3 0A M B R E A K FA S T A M O N G T H E F L O W E R S Frolick through the flowers before enjoying a Belgium waffle at Fork N Flower Café. 10 : 0 0A M HOLE IN ONE Fielding a range of intricate pars, Bellarine Adventure Golf challenges the competitor amongst us with waterfalls and gravity-defying suction holes. 11: 3 0A M A M A Z E F O R DAYS Lose yourself and your friends in the maze at A Maze 'n Games. 12 : 3 0 PM L U N C H A N D C I D E R S O N T H E L AW N At Flying Brick Cider House, the older among us will love the range of natural ciders, whilst the kids will love the lawn to run off their lunch. 2 : 0 0 PM S U PE R C H A R G E YO U R C H A R G E S Adventure Park is Victoria’s biggest theme Park and is a world of water fun, not to mention the anticipation of the newest ride - the Tsunami. 4 : 0 0 PM CO O L O F F Ride the waves of Ocean Grove Main Beach or play in the shallows of the Barwon River at Barwon Heads.

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48 HOURS OF FOOD & WINE

FOOD & WINE

DAY 1

9 : 3 0A M A L E I S U R E LY B R E A K FA S T Feel at home as you graze in the courtyard of this Geelong institution, housed inside an old house with open fire – Café Go. 12 : 0 0 PM S O U T H A M E R I C A N I N S PI R E D L U N C H A sophisticated look with the warmth of a South American style shared menu will delight at ALMA. 2 : 0 0 PM R AISE A GL ASS Housed in the heritage listed Old Paper Mills site, taste-test Provenance's award-winning wines in the awe-inspiring cellar door. 5: 0 0 PM CO O L PR E D I N N E R D R I N K S If it's local you’re after, you can’t get more local than a wine bar dedicated to the Geelong region’s wines at Geelong Cellar Door. 6 : 3 0 PM D I N N E R O N T H E WAT E R F R O N T Dining on Geelong’s waterfront is a treat, especially when it’s at The Greek in the old Customs House building. 9 : 0 0 PM N I G H T T IM E G I G G L E WAT E R Walk up a hidden staircase to discover The 18th Amendment Bar – a 1930s prohibition style cocktail bar with inventive cocktails that will blow your socks off.

DAY 2 9 : 0 0A M B R E A K FA S T O N T H E H A R B O U R Smashed avo and poached eggs plus sunshine and harbour views equals 360Q in Queenscliff. 11: 0 0A M M U S T H AV E M U S S E L S Mussels are famous in these parts and you couldn’t get them fresher than at the Little Mussel Café in Portarlington. 12 : 3 0 PM LUNCH WITH A VIEW Jack Rabbit Restaurant sits perched on a hill with 180 degree views of the You Yangs, Port Phillip Bay and Melbourne – tick! 2 : 0 0 PM WINE DOWN Enjoy wine tasting in the French Provincial barn cellar door at 5-star rated Scotchmans Hill, one of the oldest wineries on The Bellarine. 4 : 3 0 PM A F T E R N O O N T I PPL E Just down the road you can sample the hottest gin around at The Whiskery or a cocktail – Bellarine Buck anyone? 7: 0 0 PM D I N N E R OV E R L O O K I N G V I N E S For expansive views over the olive grove and Oakdene vines, enjoy a contemporary dining experience of local produce at Merne @ Lighthouse.

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T R AV E L BY AIR , S E A , T R AIN , C A R

SEE YOU HERE By Air: Avalon Airport, servicing both domestic and international airlines (AirAsia), is 20 minutes from Geelong by car or Skybus service. From Melbourne Airport, Gull Airport Service can bus you to Geelong at regular intervals. By Sea: Searoad Ferries connects Geelong and The Bellarine with the Mornington Peninsula and beyond on a 40 minute bay crossing between Queenscliff and Sorrento. Bring your car onboard and enjoy a local beverage and relax as you take in the views. The service operates every hour, on the hour between 7am-6pm, every day. There’s a 7pm service from 26 December – 31 January. For timetables and on board activities visit: searoad.com.au

By Rail: V/Line trains run regularly between Southern Cross Station in Melbourne and the Geelong line. By Road: Geelong is an hour from Melbourne via the West Gate Bridge and Princes Freeway. Bellarine and regional destinations are within half an hour. GET TING AROUND • By car Taxis or Uber • Geelong Train Station  Regular trains to and from Melbourne and Warrnambool and between Geelong suburbs • Geelong Bus Network Suburban buses link with greater Geelong and Bellarine townships • Tours Let someone else guide you on a unique and personalised tour • Walking and bike trails  Cycling and walking tracks abound, from the city, to the You Yangs, to the Bellarine Rail Trail and much more For info on getting around: visitgeelongbellarine.com.au

From Docklands in Melbourne, Port Phillip Ferries operates daily foot passenger services to and from Geelong and Portarlington. The crossing is approximately 80 minutes of incredible views, a licensed café and free Wi-Fi. Timetable information at: portphillipferries.com.au

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GETTING AROUND

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W H AT ' S O N

IN 2020

Geelong and The Bellarine hosts a spectacular array of events, from mussels to cars, music and yachts, major international sporting events to cultural celebrations, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always something on. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s some to get you started, check our website for more:

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On now - April 26

On now - January 27

WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

WONDERLAND SPIEGELTENT BY THE SEA

National Wool Museum

Barwon Heads

See extraordinary images that celebrate the diversity of the natural world. On loan from the Natural History Museum in London. The most prestigious photography event of its kind.

The Wonderland Spiegeltent is coming back to Barwon Heads this summer. See world-class artists including Kate Ceberano, Ross Wilson, Joe Camilleri and The Black Sorrows and more.

nwm.vic.gov.au

wonderlandspiegeltent.com.au

January 3-4

January 4-5

January 7

BAY CYCLING CLASSIC

SHAKESPEARE IN THE GARDENS – TWELFTH NIGHT

T20 BIG BASH CRICKET

Eastern Park & Ritchie Boulevard, Geelong

GMHBA Stadium The Melbourne Renegades are returning to Geelong. See the Renegades take on the Scorchers in the BBL at 7.10pm. Includes full Big Bash family festival at Kardinia Park.

Grab a spot on the lawn and watch the world's fastest criterium cycling event. A great, FREE event to watch to kick off the new year.

Geelong Botanic Gardens

eventsgeelong.com.au

ozact.com

melbournerenegades.com.au

January 9-12

January 11

January 11

AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE: GEELONG-KOREA v MELBOURNE

PORTARLINGTON MUSSEL FESTIVAL

A DAY ON THE GREEN – COLD CHISEL

Portarlington

Mt Duneed Estate

Geelong Baseball Centre

Over 200 stalls to browse, including wonderful homemade crafts, food trucks, beer tastings and of course mussels. A great day out for the whole family.

Aussie rock royalty, Cold Chisel are the headline act at A Day On The Green at Mt Duneed Estate this summer. Other performers include Paul Kelly, Birds of Tokyo and Magic Dirt.

portmusselfestival.com

adayonthegreen.com.au

See our home team, GeelongKorea take on Melbourne in this all Victorian Australian Baseball League clash to be played at the Geelong Baseball Centre. theabl.com.au

Prepare to be entertained as OZACT presents Twelfth Night, Shakespeare's most brilliant comedy of mistaken identities and larger than life characters.

January 16-19

January 18

AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE: GEELONG-KOREA v PERTH

GREAT AUSTRALIAN BEER FESTIVAL

Geelong Baseball Centre The final series for the 2019-20 season to be played at the Geelong Baseball Centre. See our national team, GeelongKorea take on Perth.

New location in 2020. Spend a summer’s day meandering through Australia’s biggest alfresco craft beer garden, sipping and tasting some of the 150 craft beers and ciders.

theabl.com.au

gabfgeelong.com.au

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Johnstone Park, Geelong


January 18-19

January 19

January 25-27

DAY OUT WITH THOMAS

A-LEAGUE: WESTERN UNITED FC v CENTRAL COAST MARINERS

FESTIVAL OF SAILS

Bellarine Railway, Queenscliff Meet Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends, Douglas, Oliver, Henry, Salty, the Troublesome Trucks and Sir Topham Hatt in Queenscliff.

GMHBA Stadium See Geelong’s newest home team, Western United FC take on Central Coast Mariners at GMHBA Stadium.

bellarinerailway.com.au/ day-out-with-thomas

wufc.com.au

January 26

January 30 – February 3

A-LEAGUE: WESTERN UNITED FC v ADELAIDE UNITED FC

49ER, 49ERFX, NACRA 17 OCEANIA CHAMPIONSHIPS

GMHBA Stadium It will be all green and black when Western United FC take on Adelaide United FC at GMHBA Stadium.

Incorporating Sail Melbourne and the Australian National Championships in the lead up to the World Championships, see some of the world’s best sailors competing on Corio Bay.

wufc.com.au

49er.org/event/2020

Geelong Waterfront An incredible celebration of sailing plus a huge festival with live entertainment, market stalls and kids activities along the Waterfront over the Australia Day long weekend. Includes a fireworks extravaganza at dusk. festivalofsails.com.au

Geelong Waterfront

January 31 – February 2

February 6-9

CADEL EVANS GREAT OCEAN ROAD RACE

VIC OPEN (GOLF) 13th Beach Golf Links, Barwon Heads

Geelong - Barwon Heads Torquay Three days of cycling including the people’s ride or family ride on top of a weekend of elite cycling. See the world’s best cyclists, bringing intense competition to your doorstep.

Walk the course watching some of Australia’s best golfers and an array of international talent as they battle it out for $3 million in prize money for the men and women.

cadelevansgreatoceanroadrace.com.au

vicopengolf.com

February 6-15

February 7, 14, 21, 28

49ER, 49ERFX, NACRA 17 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

NIGHTJAR FESTIVAL GEELONG

Geelong Waterfront

Johnstone Park, Geelong

The world’s best sailors take to Geelong’s waters with a World Championship on the line. Athletes will also be making their final bids for a berth at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Friday nights will be transformed in February with the return of the popular Nightjar Festival. Try food from around the world, street performers, a bar and a children’s area.

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February 8

February 15

February 16

FLYING BRICK BELLARINE SUNSET RUN / WRECK TO REEF SWIM

GEELONG HERITAGE WINE WALK

FESTIVAL OF GLASS

Central Geelong

Glass artists, demonstrations, collectables and sales. Awards for sculptural, functional and wearable glass art.

Portarlington 21.8k, 10.5k or 4k fun run along scenic trails of the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula. 300m junior dash and dig, 500m novice swim, 1.2km swim and 2.5km swim.

Explore a handpicked selection of Geelong’s best heritage buildings as they open their doors, transforming into the ultimate cellar door experience.

Christian College, Drysdale

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festivalofglass.net.au

February 16

February 23

ALL FORD DAY

IRONMAN 70.3 GEELONG

Sutcliffe Reserve, Corio

Geelong Waterfront

Explore the largest display of Ford vehicles anywhere in Australia. Over 1,000 will be on display plus auto and trade displays, kids rides and entertainment.

A multi-looped fast course, IRONMAN 70.3 Geelong tests avid triathletes looking for a challenging and unique event experience. Also includes the IRONKids event.

allfordday.org.au

ironman.com

February 29

March 1

March 1

PAKO FESTA

A-LEAGUE: WESTERN UNITED FC v CENTRAL COAST MARINERS

STRAWBERRY FAIR

Pakington St, Geelong West Enjoy an exciting program of non-stop free entertainment. Try fabulous cultural food, see traditional dancing, enjoy live music and watch the famous Pako Street Parade.

GMHBA Stadium In an A-League blockbuster, see Geelong’s newest national team take on Central Coast Mariners as the sun sets over GMHBA Stadium.

pakofesta.com.au

wufc.com.au

March 6-9

March 7 – May 3

WOODEN BOAT FESTIVAL OF GEELONG

THE LOOK

Geelong Waterfront A celebration of maritime history, craftmanship and culture. Live entertainment, boat displays and activities, plus a range of historic tall ships.

The Look, held at Geelong Gallery, is a photographic exhibition of extraordinary Australians from the National Portrait Gallery. The Geelong Gallery is the only Victorian venue to exhibit The Look.

woodenboatfestivalgeelong.com.au

geelonggallery.org.au

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Geelong Gallery

Wallington Primary School Grab some strawberries at the iconic annual event which has something for everyone. Food, entertainment, auctions, rides and stalls. Celebrating 40 years.

wallington-ps.vic.edu.au

Bryan Brown, 2008 by Adam Knott. Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra

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March 7-9

March 13-15

March 19-29

GOLDEN PLAINS FESTIVAL

HEAD OF THE SCHOOLGIRLS REGATTA

GEELONG DESIGN WEEK

The Golden Plains Festival is held over three days during the Victorian Labour Day long-weekend on farmland in Meredith.

Barwon River, Geelong Cheer on the girls from the banks of the Barwon as they race in the pinnacle event of the schoolgirl rowing season in Victoria.

Enjoy ten days of classes, workshops, tours, talks and exhibitions celebrating how clever and creative design makes our lives better. Experience life at the cutting edge of creativity and innovation.

2020.goldenplains.com.au

rowingvictoria.asn.au

geelongdesignweek.com.au

March 22

March 28-30

LARA FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL

NBL 3X3 PRO HUSTLE

Pirra Homestead, Lara Let your senses guide you around Pirra Homestead, trying an array of food and wine while listening to sound styling by talented local musicians.

See the hottest handles, fastest feet, and most intense basketball action when the nation’s best 3x3 ballers, featuring NBL, WNBL, and State League players play on the Waterfront.

larafoodandwinefestival.com.au

3x3hustle.com

Meredith Amphitheatre

Various locations, Geelong

Steampacket Gardens, Geelong

April 4-5

April 5

DAY OUT WITH THOMAS

GEELONG HALF MARATHON

Bellarine Railway, Queenscliff Meet Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends, Douglas, Oliver, Henry, Salty, the Troublesome Trucks and Sir Topham Hatt in Queenscliff.

bellarinerailway.com.au/ day-out-with-thomas

Barwon River, Geelong Run a scenic course with no road crossings in a full loop around Geelong’s beautiful Barwon river in Geelong.

gccc.asn.au

May 1

GEELONG AFTER DARK Central Geelong Be surprised exploring this spectacular night of arts, where humble streets, laneways and venues in Central Geelong are transformed.

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May 9-24

May 15 - October 4

May 30

QUEENSCLIFFE LITERARY FESTIVAL

WE THE MAKERS DESIGN FESTIVAL

PINOT AFFAIR

Queenscliff & surrounds

National Wool Museum

Celebrating Australian authors and showcasing literature across all genres, fiction and non-fiction, poetry, writing workshops, music, politics, history and food.

Showcasing the work of makers, designers and artists, this biennial exhibition is a UNESCO City of Design festival.

A celebration of the region’s finest Pinot Noir with over 20 local producers in attendance. This one day event offers guests a unique opportunity to taste their way across a diverse selection of Geelong wineries.

queenscliffeliteraryfestival.com.au

nwm.vic.gov.au

Deakin Waterfront, Geelong

pinotaffair.com.au

RONE IN GEELONG Geelong Gallery Don’t miss seeing noted Geelong-born artist, Rone’s transformation of the Geelong Gallery. See it like never before in this unprecedented exhibition exploring concepts of beauty and decay.

geelonggallery.com.au

Rone, I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain, 2016

May 30 - August 16

May 31

May 31

June (Weekends)

A SPLASH OF CHARDONNAY

BOTANIC GARDENS OPEN DAY

LOW LIGHT FESTIVAL

Deakin Waterfront, Geelong With more than 20 top wine producers offering Chardonnay tastings, live entertainment and local food, visitors can taste their way through the liquid gold of Geelong.

Geelong Botanic Gardens Stimulate the senses with the colours and scents of the amazing plant collection as you explore this renowned regional garden.

Over four weekends, a collection of cultural, artistic and active experiences saluting the historical significance of place and celebrating all things warm and wonderful.

splashofchardonnay.com.au

eventsgeelong.com.au

lowlightqueenscliff.com.au

Queenscliff & Point Lonsdale

June 5-8

June 23-28

NATIONAL CELTIC FESTIVAL

ITTF AUSTRALIAN OPEN (TABLE TENNIS)

Portarlington At this exciting Winter festival you can explore a variety of venues to experience diverse arts experiences that capture the Celtic and Folk culture in its many interpretations.

Geelong Arena

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ittf.com

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See the world's best players including Olympic gold medallists and world champions playing live in Geelong. The event is also broadcast to over 100 million viewers.


July 3-26

July 4-5

TASTES OF CENTRAL GEELONG

WINTER SHIRAZ FESTIVAL

Central Geelong

Various wineries

Get your tastebuds ready… The weather outside might be chilly, but Central Geelong’s cafés and restaurants will be heating up with amazing foodie experiences.

Enjoy two days of beautiful wine, food and entertainment as the Geelong region basks in the midwinter glow. The program contains both free and paid elements across the weekend.

centralgeelong.com.au

wintershiraz.com.au

October 3-4

October 15-18

DAY OUT WITH THOMAS

ROYAL GEELONG SHOW

Bellarine Railway, Queenscliff

Geelong Showgrounds

Meet Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends, Douglas, Oliver, Henry, Salty, the Troublesome Trucks and Sir Topham Hatt in Queenscliff.

Try your luck at a sideshow, grab a showbag, meet a furry friend, test your nerves on a fun-filled ride, see the nation’s best shearers and enjoy horse competitions. Includes fireworks on Friday and Saturday nights.

bellarinerailway.com.au/dayout-with-thomas

royalgeelongshow.org.au

October 18, 20 & 22

October 21

ICC MEN'S T20 WORLD CUP

GEELONG CUP

Kardinia Park, Geelong

Geelong Racing Club

With six matches across three days of action-packed cricket, there’s plenty for fans to be getting excited about when Kardinia Park hosts a week-long festival of international cricket.

Geelong's biggest day of thoroughbred racing and one of the region's most fashionable social events.

t20worldcup.com

grc.com.au

October 31 - November 1

November 3

TOAST TO THE COAST

CENTRAL GEELONG SHOPPING FESTIVAL + SIDEWALK SALES

Various wineries Discover Geelong’s world-class wine. Tour around the wineries, visiting cellar doors and discovering the delights our epicurean region has to offer or enjoy a showcase event under the one roof. The choice is yours. toasttothecoast.com.au

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EVENTS November 13

November 20-27

November 27-29

OPENING NIGHT – CHRISTMAS IN GEELONG

BLACKBALL WORLD POOL CHAMPIONSHIPS

GEELONG REVIVAL MOTORING FESTIVAL

Geelong Waterfront

The Geelong Arena

Geelong Waterfront

Mark your diary. You are invited to enjoy the spectacular show as we kick off our Christmas celebrations and light Geelong's Floating Christmas Tree. Starts at 7pm.

Over 500 top pool players from 20 different countries will compete in the first world championships for blackball in Australia – live streamed to a worldwide audience.

Take pole position for the historic quarter-mile sprints, as 600 classic and exotic cars and motorcycles sprint down Ritchie Boulevard at full throttle.

eventsgeelong.com.au

blackballinternational.org

geelongrevival.com.au

November 27-29

QUEENSCLIFF MUSIC FESTIVAL Queenscliff The seaside town of Queenscliff transforms for a weekend showcasing the best in Australian music with multiple stages and venues. qmf.net.au

December 5

December 11-13

December 12-13

DENIS WALTER CAROLS BY THE BAY

MEREDITH MUSIC FESTIVAL

SANTA TRAIN

Meredith Amphitheatre

Bellarine Railway, Queenscliff

Eastern Beach, Geelong

A feast of brilliant acts during this 3-day, 2-night, 4D cascading audio-visual rollercoaster. Celebrating 30 years of the Meredith Music Festival.

Make this Christmas extra special by joining Santa, Mrs Claus and the Carolling Elves for a themed train experience the kids will love.

eventsgeelong.com.au

2020.mmf.com.au

bellarinerailway.com.au

December 24

December 31

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT

FIREWORKS DISPLAYS (9.30PM & MIDNIGHT)

Grab a spot on the lawn and sing along to Christmas hymns being performed by some of our region's talented artists as well as some notable Australian performers.

Johnstone Park, Geelong Get into the Christmas spirit and enjoy Geelong’s traditional Carols by Candlelight on Christmas Eve in Johnstone Park.

Geelong Waterfront

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Say goodbye to 2020 and hello to 2021 with two spectacular fireworks displays on Corio Bay. The first just after dusk at approximately 9.30pm for kids and then midnight as the new year rolls in.


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EVENTS

ESSENCE PRODUCTIONS Each weekend at Werribee Park, Essence Productions hosts ‘What Was That?’ a night of theatre. Set in 1908 it is a roaming experience through the grand Werribee Park Mansion that is history based but filled with much comedy and some scary moments. Show ends with a glass of sparkling wine or soft drink. Recommended for ages 10 and over. Concession rate tickets for Geelong and Wyndham residents. K Road, Werribee 0439 690 091 | info@essenceproductions.com.au www.essenceproductions.com.au

NATIONAL CELTIC FESTIVAL Head to the National Celtic Folk Festival in Portarlington on the Northern Bellarine Peninsula, over the June long weekend. This winter folk festival will showcase some of the world’s most culturally rich performers. Join us for a celebration of music, theatre, dance, ceremony, song, film, arts markets, bars, food trucks and so much more – there’s something for everyone. Huge fun! Portarlington 0473 345 870 | mail@nationalcelticfestival.com www.nationalcelticfestival.com

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GOOD FOOD,

GOOD MOOD Food may be essential as fuel for the body, but good food is fuel for the soul - MALCOLM FORBES

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Eating out in Geelong and The Bellarine can mean many things. It might mean a glorious eight course degustation at one of the best regional restaurants in Australia, Igni. It can mean a casual brunch on a balcony overlooking the sea where the quality of the locally sourced ingredients is matched by the fabulous views. Or it could mean seasonal, fresh menus at winery restaurants where the food is designed to be paired with the wines hand-crafted just metres from your table. W H AT YO U ' L L F I N D I N GEELONG & THE BELL ARINE • Unique and bountiful produce • Cool-climate wines • Farm gates • Cellar doors where you meet the winemaker • Hatted restaurants • Fine cafés • An evolving and eclectic urban dining scene

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S O M E O F O U R FAVO U R I T E E AT S With a view: At the Heads in Barwon Heads is literally built on the water overlooking the mouth of the Barwon River. The Dunes in Ocean Grove is the epitome of coastal views; eggs benedict over waves – the ocean sprawls as far as the eyes can see. At 360Q, an extensive and tasty menu is on offer alongside the wall of windows overlooking Queenscliff Harbour. Other amazing views with great food can be found at Jack Rabbit and Terindah Estate – perched on a hill where the only thing between you and Port Phillip Bay are rows of vines and 180 degree views. Basils Farm Winery overlooks Swan Bay to Queenscliff and Wah Wah Gee couldn’t get any more over the water than on the Pier in Geelong. Campbell Point House Restaurant has a tranquil and elegant setting with views to Lake Connewarre.


Cracking cafés: Brekkie, lunch, coffee or snacks, there are some excellent options. Café Go, Grounds of Society, Piknik, King of the Castle and Public at the library are five of the best. Café Go

The Q Train

Flying Brick Cider House

On the move: The Q Train has been enjoying rave reviews ever since opening, both for the well-executed, locally sourced menu and the rhythmic rocking of the train as the landscape outside the window moves from rural to coastal.

With a drink: Casual meals and pizzas are perfect for the vibe at Little Creatures Brewery. On The Bellarine, Flying Brick Cider House has a menu perfect for sharing, tasting paddles perfect for finding your favourite and a lawn area perfect for sunny afternoons.

In town: There are some wonderful places to eat tucked away in central Geelong laneways and nearby urban precincts like Pakington Street – 'Pako' to locals. Geelong favourites Alma, Osteria Fiorenza, Sumi, Black Bull, The Greek Customs House, Pistol Pete's Food & Blues and Bistrot Plume have international flavours with a Geelong twist. New kid on the Little Malop Street block, The Continental, serves up European fare alongside French and Italian wines.

Country charm: Food is served with a side of fresh air, open space and something special at places like Oakdene – that feels like an art gallery. Clyde Park food is served either in the huge barrel hall or atop a hill overlooking valleys of vines. Merne @ Lighthouse is fine food and first class service in the middle of an olive grove.

In Barwon Heads Annie’s Provedore delights with its abundant showcase of delectable delights of Italian offering as well as cheeses, salads, charcuterie items and a take home meal.

GOOD FOOD GUIDE R E CO G N I S E D R E S TAU R A N T S • Igni • Tulip • Bistrot Plume • The Greek Customs House

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BUCKLEYS Buckleys is the place to catch up with friends, relax in a friendly atmosphere and enjoy great food and service. Buckleys offers bistro and bar meals 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Our meals range from specialty items to standard pub fare, including parmi nights and pizza. We serve meals from 5.30pm daily, meaning you can get in nice and early with the kids. Free children’s entertainment every Saturday night and a great kids’ room. Uncle Buck’s Ice-Creamery, operating all year round 7 days a week, isn’t just for the kids, it’s the perfect treat for any age. You can even take it away with you! A quieter space in our Bistro is the private dining area with booth seating and touch screen TVs, whilst still enjoying the same great menu. Open Monday-Wednesday 8am-1am, Thursday 8am-2am, Friday-Saturday 8am-3am, Sunday 10am-1am.

54 Fellmongers Rd, Breakwater 03 5248 4866 | info@buckleys.com.au | www.buckleys.com.au

THE SPHINX HOTEL The Sphinx is a taste of Egypt situated in the heart of Geelong. With ample free onsite parking, The Sphinx Hotel is the perfect place to socialise with friends, enjoy a mouth-watering meal, or catch a live band or comedy show. Pharaohs Bistro offers an à la carte menu for lunch and dinner 7 days a week, as well as daily specials and kids meals. We even have a children’s indoor playground to keep the kids entertained! The Sphinx also has comfortable accommodation comprising of 16 motel units including two spa suites. Open 8.30am-4.30am daily.

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NORLANE HOTEL The Norlane Hotel hosts a variety of ways to enjoy your visit, whether you are looking for a place to eat with family and friends, have a punt in our Super TAB or enjoy a drink after work before heading home. The Norlane Hotel has something for everyone. Enjoy a friendly relaxed atmosphere, quality all day meals and service with excellent value. Open 7 days a week 9am-5am. All day dining 11.30am-8.30pm.

2-8 Princes Hwy, Norlane 03 5278 2423 | norlanehotel@thekoroneosgroup.com.au www.norlanehotel.com.au

WAURN PONDS HOTEL The Waurn Ponds Hotel is the ideal place to stop, freshen up, stock up or just relax. Enjoy a friendly relaxed atmosphere, quality meals and service with excellent value. The Ponds is the perfect all-round venue, catering to all ages with something for everyone. All day dining 11.30am-8.30pm. Open Sunday-Thursday 9am-midnight, Friday & Saturday 9am-3am.

1154 Princes Hwy, Waurn Ponds 03 5243 1154 | norlanehotel@thekoroneosgroup.com.au www.waurnpondshotel.com.au

PIANO BAR With nightly entertainment from talented piano bar performers and the local talents of the singing waiters and waitresses, you will be swept up in the fun and excitement that is Piano Bar. We have a great selection of wine, beer and spirits with something for everyone’s taste, as well as a simple but tasty menu offering grazing plates and pizzas. Open Wednesday-Sunday 6pm-late.

26 Malop St, Geelong play@pianobar.com.au | www.pianobar.com.au

PROVENANCE WINES Located on the banks of the Barwon river at Geelong’s historic Fyansford Paper Mill, Provenance Wines offer an authentic taste of the region through its food and wine. Our working winery and bluestone cellar door/restaurant are complemented by an outdoor area. Live music every weekend. Provenance was named Geelong’s 2018 and 2019 Gourmet Traveller Star Cellar Door and James Halliday’s Best Value Winery for 2019. Open 11am-6pm 7 days.

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LETHBRIDGE WINES Lethbridge Wines is one of Geelong’s best kept secrets, not only an outstanding 5-star winery (James Halliday), our wines are served at many of the world’s best restaurants – visit our cellar door and taste for yourself. Sit down in our strawbale winery, hear the story of these wines directly from the winemaker and then enjoy a glass of wine and a platter made with delicious produce from our provedore. Open 11am-5pm, 7 days. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Good Friday and ANZAC Day.

74 Burrows Rd, Lethbridge 03 5281 7279 | info@lethbridgewines.com www.lethbridgewines.com

DEL RIOS OF MT ANAKIE Del Rios of Mt Anakie is a five star rated winery, 20 minutes from Geelong. Signature wines are Chardonnay, Pinot, Shiraz and Cabernet. Visit our cellar door and restaurant for wonderful views, traditional tapas and wine. A perfect venue for functions. Whether you are a wine lover or a fan of Spanish cuisine, a visit to del Rios is a must. Open Friday for dinner 5.30-8.30pm, weekends 11am-5pm.

2290 Ballan Rd, Anakie 03 5284 1227 | sales@delrios.com.au www.delrios.com.au

MARTY @ OAKDENE Enjoy important life moments with a beautiful vineyard backdrop and mouth-watering food in the stunningly converted 1920’s homestead. The restaurant ‘Marty @ Oakdene’ offers guests a seasonally adjusted contemporary dining menu using unique flavours and textures that are sure to delight every palate. All meals can be matched with a glass of wine from the Oakdene Vineyard and private dining rooms are available. Open for dinner Wednesday-Saturday and lunches on weekends.

255 Grubb Rd, Wallington 03 5255 1255 | restaurant@oakdene.com.au www.martyatoakdene.com.au

MR GRUBB @ OAKDENE The perfect place to celebrate special occasions or to enjoy a relaxed gathering with friends with spectacular vineyard and garden views! Enjoy casual family dining amongst the silver birch trees at the picturesque bistro Mr Grubb @ Oakdene. Tantalise your taste buds with the relaxed casual menu. Fully licenced with inside and outside dining, we offer a full selection of Oakdene wines, local craft beers and ciders. Open for brunch, lunch and dinner daily.

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OAKDENE VINEYARD & CELLAR DOOR Oakdene’s boutique vineyard is situated on 93 hectares of picturesque coastal farmland on the Bellarine Peninsula. Oakdene’s extraordinary, ‘Upside-down House’ cellar door is surrounded by fascinating sculpture-filled gardens just made for exploring. Specialising in the varieties best suited to the region, the hand-crafted wines are elegant, whilst reflecting varietal character and complexity. Open 7 days 10am-4pm.

255 Grubb Road, Wallington 03 5256 3886 | cellardoor@oakdene.com.au www.oakdene.com.au

FORK N FLOWER Experience delicious home-style cooking with a modern twist! Enjoy casual dining amongst a myriad of foliage at the Fork N Flower café with beautiful views of the extensive range of flowers and giftware at the Geelong Flower Farm. With an emphasis on showcasing local produce, the Fork N Flower café offers a relaxed atmosphere, children’s play area, friendly service and is fully licenced. Open for all day breakfast and lunch daily.

390-400 Bellarine Hwy, Moolap 03 5250 6757 | cafe@forknflower.com.au www.forknflower.com.au

SCOTCHMANS HILL Rated among James Halliday’s Top 100 Australian Wineries, Scotchmans Hill is a 5 red star winery in the heart of the Bellarine Peninsula, renowned for producing premium cool maritime climate wines. Overlooking immaculately maintained vineyards to Port Phillip Bay, our Cellar Door experience offers award-winning wines in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Open 7 days 10.30am-4.30pm.

190 Scotchmans Rd, Drysdale 03 5251 4431 | info@scotchmans.com.au www.scotchmans.com.au

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TERINDAH ESTATE The term Terindah (Indonesian for ‘most beautiful’) is fitting for this boutique Geelong venue. Established in 2000 by owners Peter and Cate Slattery, Terindah Estate’s 100 acre property is a must-see destination for anyone interested in award-winning wines, delicious food, uninterrupted views across Port Phillip Bay, stunning architectural event spaces and glamping from Nov-Apr. Cellar door: daily 10am-4pm. The Deck: daily 12-3pm. The Shed: Sat-Sun 8-10.30am, Thu-Mon 12-3pm, Sat 6pm-late.

90 McAdams Ln, Bellarine 03 5251 5536 | hello@terindahestate.com www.terindahestate.com

PIKNIK Housed in an invitingly converted roadhouse, PIKNIK sources all of the very best produce The Bellarine has to offer. Match our ever changing fresh menu with a selection of local wines and beers. Try house made ice cream, freshly baked cakes and pastries and pick up some of our wonderful preserves. Check out our pop up cellar door on weekends and don’t forget dinner service every Saturday night during January. Open Wednesday-Sunday 7am-3.30pm (7 days during January).

1195 Queenscliff Rd, Swan Bay 03 5258 5155 | info@piknik.com.au | www.piknik.com.au

BASILS FARM Basils Farm is home to a vineyard, farmhouse café and cellar door, located on the shores of Swan Bay overlooking Queenscliff. Share a bottle of wine whilst enjoying a tasting platter or housemade dish. Open for brunch and lunch, the menu features fresh produce from the garden and local producers. The cellar door offers wine tastings and platters. Live music Sunday Sep-Apr. Open Thursday-Monday. 7 days in January.

Nye Rd, Swan Bay 03 5258 4280 | info@basilsfarm.com.au www.basilsfarm.com.au

QUEENSCLIFF BREWHOUSE The Queenscliff Brewhouse comprises a microbrewery, distillery, regional tasting room and cellar door, hotel bars and bistro, restaurant, specialty whisky and gin bars and a beer garden. With local live music, local artisan produce and terraces with stunning views, this is a true experience destination. Open 7 days 11am to late.

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GROWERS Let things taste of what they are - ALICE WATERS

Everything tastes better where it’s grown. Handcrafted and lovingly harvested produce is available at farm gates and cellar doors across the region where often the person behind the counter is the same person out in the field. There’s an earthiness about it all, a warmth and down-to-earth feel and the things grown here have personality that’s evident in the eating. Fresh is a term that’s thrown around a lot, but it doesn’t get any fresher than where it was grown or made. That’s the beauty of visiting a region of makers and growers – food miles become food metres as you pick up eats direct from where they were picked, prepped or cooked.

Olive groves at Lighthouse Olive Oil and Manzanillo Grove invite you to taste their award-winning oil in the middle of the groves responsible for the fruit. Moorabool Valley Chocolate is perfect for some take home treats or a sweet afternoon tea. Try goats cheese from Drysdale Cheeses or Meredith Dairy and cured butter from Lard Ass found at your local stockists, you’ll never go back. They say 60 per cent of the country's mussels are farmed off northern Bellarine, there’s nothing fresher than from the farm at the Little Mussel Café. TO M A R K E T, TO M A R K E T

E AT On The Bellarine, tantalise your taste buds with berries from Tuckerberry Hill, truss tomatoes and herbs from Lonsdale Tomato Farm and Farmer's Harvest sell vegies and fruit and often other produce from nearby like breads, dairy goods and olive oil.

• Bellarine Farmers’ Market Third Saturday of every month • Golden Plains Farmers’ Market First Saturday of every month • Newtown Farmers’ Market Fourth Saturday of the month • Pako Farmer’s Market Second Saturday of every month • South Geelong Farmers’ Market First & third Sunday of every month

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DRINK At Little Creatures Brewery in South Geelong, the full range of beers is available on tap and a great range of food is available from the busy canteen. Brewery tours give a great behind-the-scenes insight (and smell and taste) of the magic that is beer. Next door, sister White Rabbit Brewery resides. It’s Geelong done a little differently. In the middle of The Bellarine, Flying Brick Cider House exhibits various flavours and fruit. Tasting paddles will let you sample to find your favourite – then you can take home 1.8 litres of it in your own, refillable growler. Gin anyone? A Bellarine hotspot that’s become a favourite is The Whiskery. Starting with their own gins – Teddy and the Fox and Rosey and the Rabbits – whiskys (which take much longer to distill) are busy being perfected.

Wine is more than a drink in these parts, it’s an experience. On the northern Bellarine, wine is served with a side of stunning water views. At places like Oakdene and McGlashan's the cellar door visit is enhanced by art, sculpture and vintage cars. At Leura Park Estate you can take a Segway tour among the vines. Austins Wines are having loads of fun with their 6ft6 range and, one of our faves, Frosé. In the past year around the region we’ve had yoga and movies in the vines, a wine-fuelled fun run, cooking classes and gardening workshops – there will be plenty more to do and drink this year too. J A M E S H A L L I DAY ’ S TO P D R O P S • Austins Wines

The Geelong region continues to build a solid reputation as a wine region with over 40 vineyards opening their doors to the public. Meet the people who’ve poured their heart and soul into the wine they’ll pour for you. The Moorabool Valley, The Bellarine and the Surf Coast sub-regions are producing multi-award-winning Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Chardonnay and Sparkling.

• Banks Road • Barrgowan Vineyard • Clyde Park Vineyard • Lethbridge Wines • McGlashan’s Wallington Estate • Oakdene • Pettavel • Provenance Wines

All of the local wines can be found in the one place at Geelong Cellar Door in central Geelong. A whole wall of it in fact.

• Scotchmans Hill • Shadowfax • Spence • Yes Said the Seal

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A N D B E M E R RY Wineries in Geelong know how to have a good time. There are regular concerts, from A Day On The Green blockbusters at Mount Duneed Estate to legendary Aussie bands, and Shakespeare in the Vines at Leura Park Estate. At Basils Farm, Oneday Estate and Terindah Estate sit back with superb views, splendid wine and Sunday sessions to serenade you.

The region comes together for a few wine celebrations throughout the year too: Geelong Heritage Wine Walk: February Pinot Affair: May A Splash of Chardonnay: May Winter Shiraz Weekend: July Toast to the Coast: Melbourne Cup weekend To make your experience truly merry, why not let someone else take care of the logistics? S I T B AC K A N D R E L A X W I T H A TO U R • Andy’s Trails • Bellarine Foodie Tours • Bellarine Winery Tours • Fergos Bongo Tours • For the Love of Grape • Geelong Winery Tours • Go Roam Tours • Mustang & Co • Road to Indulgence

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TA S T Y T R A I L S Perhaps the best way to discover the bounty of our region is by exploring a particular area and taste trail. The Bellarine Taste Trail: Spread across The Bellarine, it takes in vineyards in glorious locations near the coast (often with breathtaking views of the water) as well as other favourites on the drinks list: cider, gin and whisky. Makers and growers are rearing or crafting deliciousness in all parts of these rural / coastal spots and if you’re not grabbing it on your tour fresh from the farm, there’s every chance you’re being served it in an eatery you’ve discovered along the way.

The Moorabool Valley Taste Trail: In the Moorabool Valley, some of Australia’s best regarded wineries craft their exquisite drops among the hills, valleys and plains around Ceres, Inverleigh, Bannockburn, Meredith and Anakie. You’ll find everything from 97 point-score Pinot Noir to a fun Frosé (like a slurpee, but wine. Best.) For foodies there’s cheese, eggs, meat, olives, chocolate, fruit and vegetables at various points of the trail. There’s also a Farmers’ Market on the first Saturday of the month in Bannockburn.

A highlight is the famous Portarlington mussels, grown in waters visible along the coastline. And make sure to check out the Bellarine Farmers’ Market on the third Saturday of the month in Ocean Grove.

Grab a map at a visitor information centre, at a participating venue or jump online: thebellarinetastetrail.com.au mooraboolvalleytastetrail.com.au Oakdene

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Golden Plains. Stunning wineries, award-winning eateries and breathtaking scenery, all just 20 minutes from Geelong and an hour from Melbourne. You’ll be glad you did.

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MOORABOOL VALLEY CHOCOLATE Come to Moorabool Valley Chocolate to experience a large range of handmade chocolates, snacks and light lunches. We also offer homemade cakes, slices and hot and cold drinks. Located in a country environment, 10 minutes from Geelong. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm. Closed Sunday-Monday.

320 Ballarat Rd, Batesford 03 5276 1422 | info@mooraboolvalleychocolate.com.au www.mooraboolvalleychocolate.com.au

LIGHTHOUSE OLIVE OIL Located in the heart of The Bellarine overlooking Swan Bay to Queenscliff, the Lighthouse Olive Shop offers expertly guided tastings and sales of the entire range of oils, from within the grounds of the working olive grove. All of the Lighthouse extra virgin olive oils are locally grown, processed and produced on site, ensuring the oils are fresh and full of flavour from harvest to plate. Lighthouse extra virgin olive oils are versatile and vary in their degrees of fruitiness. Open Thursday-Sunday 11am-4pm. 648 Andersons Rd, Drysdale 03 5251 1100 | lighthouseoliveoilshop@oakdene.com.au www.lighthouseoliveoil.com.au 37


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thebellarinetastetrail.com.au mooraboolvalleytastetrail.com.au From farmgate producers and provedores of The Bellarine to rolling hills, wineries and farmers' markets of the Moorabool Valley, take your tastebuds on a journey of discovery.

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THE FUN You don’t stop having fun when you get old, you get old when you stop having fun - RITU GHATOUREY

Kids – including big ones – will have a ton of fun in Geelong and The Bellarine. At every turn there’s a new way to play, laugh and compete with the youngest family members. The outdoors really are great in these parts. There are plenty of activities that will keep the whole family entertained. Plus, all that fresh air will make for an early bedtime or total relaxation at the end of the day. CO M E O U T A N D PL AY Water Park: Huge waterslides, splash parks, rides and games are the order of the day at Adventure Park – Victoria’s biggest theme park. Get there early for a good spot for your towels and esky or book a cabana. Fairy Park: Animated fairy tales and an epic medieval-themed playground at Anakie. A rite of passage for kids in these parts for generations. For mini golfers: Bellarine Adventure Golf in Wallington has two big, fun courses (including waterfalls and gravity-defying suction holes). The Range at Curlewis has a bucket of balls – automatically delivered with a reload button – tick!) and 18 holes of mini golf to conquer.

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Get lost: A Maze 'n Games includes a big timber maze, a little mini golf plus puzzles and games. Go for a spin: When you’re at the Waterfront in Geelong you can have a days-gone-by vintage spin on The Carousel or get the top views from the seasonal giant wheel. Toot, toot: The Bellarine Railway is every little train lover’s dream with vintage trains that occasionally dress up as Thomas or bring Santa to Queenscliff. At Portarlington, the Miniature Railway is a sweet ride near the water and in Geelong a mini train chugs between the Carousel and Eastern Beach on weekends and holidays.

S C H O O L’ S O U T If you don’t tell the kids it’s educational, they’ll never know. It’s learning disguised as fun and there are lots of ways to get an A+ in Geelong and The Bellarine. The Geelong Library and Heritage Centre is six levels of brilliance. Inside, there’s a whole level for kids that includes big squishy cushions to curl up with a book in, quiet games and toys and a tech section where Minecraft is frequently played on a giant screen on the wall. Brilliant. Next door, the Geelong Gallery has a craftily engaging seasonal children’s program for all young people and interpretation of exhibitions designed for kids. Museums across the region have a particular focus on fun learning for kids.

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At the National Wool Museum, hands-on activities and a clever schedule of temporary exhibitions keep kids entertained and challenged. Meanwhile every school holidays Central Geelong plays host to a range of activities including StoryFest. Check their website for details: centralgeelong.com.au

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INSIDE

OUTSIDE

• Bounce it out: At Supaworld you can freestyle on the trampolines, play dodgeball, dunk and soar and climb dedicated walls and there’s even a giant drop slide

• Fort Queenscliff has preserved a rich military history onsite and tours describe local events and finish with kids dressing up in uniform. • The Queenscliffe Maritime Museum gives an insight into the history and events of the waters around town. • Just outside of town, the Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre is a hands-on learning experience (touch tanks with starfish!) – most programs run during school holidays. • Kids love an animal encounter and we recommend: – a safari at Werribee Open Range Zoo or with Echidna Walkabout

• Just climb it: The Rock Adventure Centre has walls up to 12 metres high and loads of options for beginners too. Their confidence will reach new heights as they do • Create a scene: Village Cinema in the centre of Geelong has 11 screens showing all the best flicks – plus popcorn and choc-tops. Five stars!

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– native wildlife at Serendip Sanctuary in Lara or Jirrahlinga in Barwon Heads – S ea All Dolphin Swims create precious, lifelong memories of snorkeling in Port Phillip Bay as dolphins and seals swim alongside.

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FAIRY PARK A storybook world with animated fairytale scenes in castles, cottages and caves including Snow White, Cinderella, Pinocchio and many more. Spectacular settings with dragons, unicorns and breathtaking scenery. Enjoy Camelot Adventure Playground for some medieval fun and Hungry Knight Eatery for great tastes, coffee and ice cream. Allow 2+ hours to let your imagination run free. Suitable for children and the young at heart. Discover the magic. Check website for open days. 2388 Ballan Rd, Anakie 03 5284 1262 | info@fairypark.com www.fairypark.com

NEXT LEVEL SKIRMISH Battle it out with laser guns or bows and arrows at Next Level Skirmish. We’ve created the ultimate skirmish experience for groups of all sizes, young and old. Experience the most exciting, fast paced action in Geelong! Adapt your team strategy to the changing objective-based game modes as explained by our diligent and friendly staff. Will you use the sniper rifle and hang back, or run and gun in the thick of the action? This is one battle you don’t want to miss! 15 Douro St, North Geelong 0401 290 560 | geelong@nextlevelskirmish.com.au www.nextlevelskirmish.com.au

GEELONG ARENA The Geelong Arena delivers great experiences as the home of elite basketball and the region’s largest indoor sport and entertainment facility. A dynamically versatile venue hosting a wide array of events from elite sports, community events, conferences and touring entertainment. Check out the venue website for a busy calendar of events. Open Monday-Friday 9am-10pm, Saturday 9am-3pm.

110 Victoria St, North Geelong 03 5278 3092 | geelongarena@geelongcity.vic.gov.au www.geelongaustralia.com.au/geelongarena

BELLARINE RAILWAY A volunteer run organisation established in 1978, offering scenic train rides, private carriage hire, train driver experiences and group charters between Queenscliff and Drysdale. Family specials and events are also held including Easter Bunny Specials, Halloween Trains, Santa Trains, and ‘Day Out With Thomas’ weekends. Queenscliff Station: 20 Symonds St, Queenscliff Drysdale Station: 2-10 Station St, Drysdale 03 5258 2069 | info@bellarinerailway.com.au www.bellarinerailway.com.au 45


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SEA ALL DOLPHIN SWIMS Sea All Dolphin Swims specialises in providing you with the best outdoor experiences Victoria has to offer. Snorkel, swim or sightsee with wild seals and dolphins exploring the rich diverse history of southern Port Phillip Bay or explore the Great Ocean Road and catch a wave at one of the best and secluded beaches on Victoriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coastline. Our multi-award-winning tours can be uniquely designed to suit your preferences and budget. Perfectly suited to individuals, couples, groups, corporate team building experiences, school activities and family celebrations for all ages and abilities. Expert interpretation is provided throughout the experience by our friendly local staff. Warm wetsuits and excellent quality equipment is included. Bookings are essential.

Queenscliff Harbour 03 5258 3889 | crew@dolphinswims.com.au | www.dolphinswims.com.au

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ADVENTURE If we were meant to stay in one place, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have roots instead of feet - RACHEL WOLCHIN

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Some of the best memories ever made were on the back of adrenaline-pumping craziness. Others are more subtle, memorable for achievements or developing a new passion or skill. However you like to make memories, choose your own adventure in Geelong and The Bellarine.

FROM THE SK Y Skydive Australia will have you freefalling above the beach at Barwon Heads – literally birds-eye views of The Bellarine coastline. If you’d like to be sky high but prefer not to jump out of a perfectly good plane, try aerobatics with Adventure Flight Co. or a joy flight with Great Ocean Air. R OA D T R I PPI N ' For a niche adventure designed just for you, we have loads of specialised tour guides who’ll take you off the beaten track and tailor a tour that will suit exactly what you’re interested in, such as Geelong Adventure Specialists or Mustang & Co.

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GOLFING AROUND

If water’s more your thing, Great Ocean Road Surf Tours operate from Ocean Grove and Wards Stand Up Paddle Boarding will have you walking on water as you paddle Barwon Heads.

Whether you’re coming for a full-on, 72-hole, serious golf trip or just want to include a swing of the sticks on your coastal break, The Bellarine has some of Australia’s best golf courses.

Keen on the water but rather stay dry? How about an offshore fishing charter from Queenscliff into Bass Strait with Queenscliff Fishing Charters and Scenic Tours or Gone Fishing Charters?

Aside from the obvious greens and fairways, there are more reasons to break out the clubs in this neck of the woods. The new Range @ Curlewis has auto-load tees in the driving range, X-Golf, mini golf and a pretty sweet all-day dining menu and awesome specials (bucket of balls and a cocktail anyone?).

A DV E N T U R E T IM E BY PE DA L OR FOOT Adventurers who are pedal powered should head to the You Yangs precinct for some of Victoria’s best mountain bike trails. For the pedi-powered among us, the You Yangs and Werribee Gorge offer hikes, rock climbing and abseiling experiences as breathtaking as the views. Brisbane Ranges National Park has super bushwalks and koalas to spot. And if super-walks are your thing, you can walk or ride as much of the Bellarine Rail Trail as the 32km allows.

At 13th Beach Golf Links you can play where the pros play at the Vic Open (just without the $3 million prizemoney).

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13TH BEACH GOLF LINKS Since 2013, 13th Beach Golf Links has been the home of the Victorian Open and is the premier golfing destination on the Bellarine Peninsula. The property not only boasts two world-class golf courses, it also offers a stunning clubhouse and luxury accommodation. With the introduction of 13th Beach Golf Lodges, consisting of 16 modern and spacious rooms, 13th Beach Golf Links really is your complete golfing destination. The Beach Course, designed by Tony Cashmore, opened in December 2001 and is especially well known for its magnificent set of Par 3s. The Creek Course, designed by Cashmore in conjunction with six time major winner Sir Nick Faldo, opened in 2004 and is a wonderful complement to The Beach Course. This course is regularly compared to some of Melbourneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best Sandbelt courses. Open to members and visitors alike, 7 days a week.

1732 Barwon Heads Rd, Barwon Heads 03 5254 2922 | info@13thbeachgolf.com | www.13thbeachgolf.com

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GREAT OCEAN ROAD SURF TOURS Our multi-award-winning company will give you the best surfing experience possible. Specialising in full-day learn to surf tours along the Great Ocean Road and Bellarine Peninsula with small friendly group sizes, transport, surf equipment, lunch and easy to follow progressive surf lessons and coaching. Our staff are a team of fully-qualified, experienced and enthusiastic surf coaches with years of surfing experience. Queenscliff Harbour 03 5261 3730 | info@gorsurftours.com.au www.gorsurftours.com.au

QUEENSCLIFF BOWLING, TENNIS AND CROQUET CLUB Boasting the highly regarded RipView Bistro, the Queenscliff Bowling, Tennis and Croquet Club has a full range of hospitality offers to keep the whole family entertained including casual lawn bowls, tennis and croquet. A must stop when visiting Queenscliff. Bistro open 7 days for lunch & dinner.

118 Hesse St, Queenscliff 03 5258 1773 | admin@queenscliffbowling.com.au www.queenscliffbowling.com.au

SKYDIVE AUSTRALIA Skydiving the Great Ocean Road is the ultimate adrenaline rush. Tandem skydive from our Barwon Heads dropzone, exiting the plane from up to 15,000 feet for an insane 60 seconds of life-changing freefall. Marvel at 360-degree coastal views as you float under canopy for 5-7 minutes over the surfing mecca of Torquay and the Great Ocean Road. Use promo code ‘SKYDIVEGOR’ for $30 off your skydive, valid for 15,000ft skydives only and until 31 December 2020. Barwon Heads Airport, 1421 Barwon Heads Rd, Connewarre 1300 663 634 | www.skydive.com.au

there's more to see and do… However adventure is defined in your mind, you'll find something to take your breath away in Geelong and The Bellarine: visitgeelongbellarine.com.au/things-to-do @visitgeelongbellarine #visitgeelongbellarine

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Did you know some of the earliest refrigeration was invented in Geelong? Or that Australia’s first decimal currency was designed by a Geelong boy? The rotary clothes line too? James Harrison, Stuart Devlin and Gilbert Toyne couldn’t have known it at the time, but their clever and creative pursuits were part of the reason Geelong was recognised by UNESCO as Australia’s first and only City of Design, part of the Creative Cities Network, in 2017. The creative community of Geelong is thriving and is still deeply connected to those design roots. Creative use of industrial spaces sees bars, breweries, eateries and galleries where manufacturing production lines once stood. Festivals and events are celebrating culture, food, music and performance.

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C U LT U R A L LY C R E AT I V E The cultural precinct, at the west end of Little Malop Street, is the hub for this clever and creative city. The Geelong Gallery is cementing its position as a leading regional gallery with another year of outstanding exhibitions. None more so than Geelong’s very own Rone, revolutionising the Gallery space in 2020.

Geelong Gallery

The Geelong Arts Centre has just undergone a $38.5 million redevelopment which includes new rehearsal and performance studios and new entry foyer and hospitality spaces, enhancing its program of theatre, dance, comedy, music and more. The Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, most striking as the shiny dome building alongside Johnstone Park, has become a magnificent resource. More than borrowing books, it’s a wonderful space to take in words in many ways. Particular highlights are the family level, the archives and the balcony on Level 5 with incredible views to Corio Bay. The Pivotonian Cinema is Geelong’s only independent cinema, screening a range of arthouse and hand-picked titles. Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre is an insight into indigenous spirit, culture and connection to the land. There’s a gallery, retail area and the café. Boom Gallery in Newtown and Queenscliff Gallery and Workshop offer hands-on activities in onsite learning centres. Salt Contemporary Art Gallery in Queenscliff is celebrating 15 years of outstanding exhibitions. See world-class photography on display at Focal Point Darkroom and Gallery in North Geelong.

Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre

D I S COV E R T H E PA S T Historically, Geelong was a wool centre where farms from the western districts sold and shipped their wool. Naturally the National Wool Museum keeps that history alive alongside an impressive program of other events and exhibitions. Also a significant piece of history but for all the wrong reasons, the Old Geelong Gaol opens regularly for tours. For an invigorating piece of Geelong history, the Geelong Botanic Gardens (established in 1851) includes significant trees, formal plantings and a drought tolerant modern garden area.

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GEELONG GALLERY From iconic colonial masterpieces to compelling contemporary works of art, Geelong Gallery is the perfect place to unwind and be inspired. The historical collection has been developed with a special focus on early images of the Geelong region, the exemplar of which is Eugene von GuĂŠrardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1856 masterpiece View of Geelong. Open daily 10am-5pm.

55 Little Malop St, Geelong 03 5229 3645 | info@geelonggallery.org.au www.geelonggallery.org.au

MOORABOOL ANTIQUES Founded in 1958, Moorabool Antiques is a second-generation business that has grown into one of the largest antique shops in Australia. The two floors of the historic premises are filled with over 7,000 interesting items. Specialists in ceramics, we also stock Victorian, Georgian, and earlier furniture, silver, glass, works of art, ancient antiquities, tribal artifacts and natural history. Truely something for everybody! Open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am-4pm.

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VISIT GEELONG BOTANIC GARDENS Come and visit Australia’s fourth oldest Botanic Garden, surrounded by Eastern Park overlooking the Geelong waterfront. Guides are on duty Wednesday 11am and Sunday 2pm to take you for a free guided walk. Meet your guide at the GBG main entrance steps. The Friends’ Nursery at the rear of the Gardens is open for plant sales every Wednesday 9.30am-12.30pm. Cnr Podbury Drv & Eastern Park Circuit, Geelong 03 5222 6053 | info@friendsgbg.org.au www.friendsgbg.org.au

NARANA ABORIGINAL CULTURAL CENTRE Geelong’s award-winning Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Narana offers visitors authentic, immersive cultural experiences. Experience the world’s oldest living culture, learn about ancient dreaming stories, artworks and cultural artefacts. Nestled in native gardens is our cultural exhibition building, art gallery, Café Narana, quality retail outlet and friendly wildlife visitors can hand-feed. We welcome everyone to “Experience Narana”. 410 Surf Coast Hwy, Charlemont 03 5241 5700 | reception@narana.com.au www.narana.com.au

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EXPLORE THE FASCINATING PAST OF QUEENSCLIFF, SOUTHERN PORT PHILLIP & BASS STRAIT View the unique Watson Class Lifeboat, shipwrecks, rescues, sea pilots, bay steamers, lighthouses, Couta Boat fishing, boat building, Marconi radio hut, and sea kayak adventures. Browse for a bargain in the Nautical Gift Shop. A GREAT FAMILY OUTING

Queenscliffe Maritime Museum: Open 11am-4pm daily (Closed Christmas Day & Good Friday) 2 Wharf Street, Queenscliff | 03 5258 3440 Point Lonsdale Lighthouse Tours: Every Sunday morning | 0490 550 837

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GEELONG Better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times - ASIAN PROVERB

There’s much more to Geelong than a pretty waterfront but that’s a good place to start. It’s the backdrop to a schedule of lively events and the giant floating Christmas tree each year. Places to walk, sit, play, eat and explore all co-exist or just marvel at the views. There’s public art scattered throughout the precinct, perhaps best known for the Bollards, the colourful characters who give insight into the historic events and people who shaped the city. Some of the Bollards have had some work done and can come to life, with an augmented reality project telling you their personal stories with voice and animation. Dowload the Activate Geelong App. CENTR AL GEELONG A stone’s throw from the water, the central Geelong precinct has countless great places to eat up the street and down the alleys – that includes fish and chips by the water or fine dining venues with fabulous wine lists. Services and shops can be found in the centre of town, including Market Square Shopping Centre which has the most central post office and a Visitor Information counter. The centre of the city has a cultural precinct featuring the excellent Geelong Gallery, the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre (as impressive inside as its exterior) and the newly redeveloped Geelong Arts Centre. City Hall and the Old Post Office lend an air of history and grandeur to the area while street-art murals give a modern twist. Little Malop Street is the hot destination for food and drinks, but the question is; what to choose first?

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W E R R I B E E WO N D E R S Half an hour from either Geelong or Melbourne, Werribee is a central spot with some very captivating activities. •  The Werribee Open Range Zoo is an African adventure with animal encounters, open-vehicle trips on the plains and the incredible slumber safari accommodation

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J U S T B E YO N D Outside the city, Pakington Street is loved by locals as a place to eat and shop. Major retailers are easy to access at the Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre and in Belmont and Leopold. O N S TAG E

•  Nearby, the Werribee Mansion is a grand, Victorian era building open to the public for tours •  Outside, the State Rose Garden and grounds are spectacular and host to regular events that include food and music • Shadowfax Winery is one of the best in the region. There’s a cellar door and restaurant with Italian inspired, winefriendly food

Geelong has an impressive schedule of events ranging from international cycling, cricket, baseball, sailing, cars, to AFL matches of the locally beloved Geelong Cats, to intimate performances, exhibitions and live music. Check visitgeelongbellarine.com.au to see what’s coming up.

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You Yangs Regional Park Serendip Sanctuary

NORTHERN EXPOSURE To the north of Geelong there are mountains of fun. We call them the You Yangs. The entire precinct is perfect for invigorating adventures in natural environments, either on two legs or two wheels. The 50km of mountain bike trails in the You Yangs Regional Park offer a challenge for all abilities. There are regular events for bike and hike enthusiasts too. Elsewhere in the park, tracks and trails lead to spectacular views (especially at the Flinders Peak summit) for walkers and trail runners alike. As a regional park, it’s dog-friendly so your fur baby can tackle the trails too. The area has significant indigenous history. In fact, even the name You Yangs comes from the Aboriginal word ‘Wurdi Youang’ or ‘Ude Youang’ meaning big mountain in the middle of the plain. There’s evidence in the park of water wells and Bunjil the geoglyph is a huge sculpture, visible from above, of the mythical creature celebrating local Aboriginal connections. During school holidays Parks Victoria run a junior ranger program with indigenous insights from around the park and it’s free.

The You Yangs and nearby Serendip Sanctuary are home to a host of native animals including kangaroos, echidnas, koalas, emus and more than 200 species of birds. To plan your trip to any of the Parks Victoria locations visit: parkweb.vic.gov.au In Lara there’s a museum, walking and cycling trails and gardens like Yarrabee Native Garden and the excellent Roraima Nursery. Also nearby, the Brisbane Ranges National Park is great for bushwalking and wildlife spotting. This area hosts some impressive events with the biennial Australian International Airshow at Avalon Airport and the annual Lara Food and Wine Festival every March.

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Geelong’s best located holiday park! Conveniently located on the banks of the Barwon River, only 2km from Waterfront Geelong. PARK FEATURES • Range of cabin options • Modern ensuite sites • Powered sites •  Grassed, shaded campsites • Playgrounds • Jumping pillow • Pedal go karts • 1/2 court basketball • Dinosaur adventure garden • Camp kitchen • Covered BBQ areas • Wireless internet • Swimming pool • Family & all mobility bathroom

Barwon River Holiday Park is the perfect place to stay while you’re exploring Geelong and its surrounds. Our park’s quality shines through from the moment you arrive - clean, updated amenities, lush green shady caravan and tent sites, and self-contained cabins with all the comforts of home. Group bookings welcome.

153 Barrabool Rd, Belmont | 1800 657 955 | www.barwonriverhp.com.au | info@barwonriverhp.com.au

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ELDORADO TOURIST PARK Geelong’s only pet friendly tourist park, offering spacious ensuite and powered sites, free BBQ areas and pool, camp sink and laundry. Only 10 minutes from the heart of the city and close to shopping centres, Geelong Waterfront, restaurants and wineries. A quiet location and a wonderful place to relax. Caravan and boat storage available. Cabins for permanent residency available for sale. Short-term stays $180 per week. 360 Ballarat Rd, Batesford 03 5276 1386 | info@eldoradotp.com.au eldoradotp.com.au | www.facebook.com/eldoradocaravanpark

NOVOTEL GEELONG Novotel Geelong is the city’s premier hotel and conference venue, located in the heart of the waterfront. Featuring 109 newly refurbished accommodation rooms with balconies, restaurant and bar, free Wi-Fi, function rooms, indoor pool, steam room, fitness centre and much more.

10–14 Eastern Beach Rd, Geelong 03 5223 1377 | reservations@novotelgeelong.com.au www.novotelgeelong.com.au

RYDGES GEELONG Conveniently located in the CBD, Rydges Geelong offers stylish and affordable accommodation. With sweeping views of Corio Bay and only minutes from the waterfront, this premier hotel is the perfect blend of city convenience and scenic holiday feel. Facilities include 138 spacious guest rooms, pool area, spa and popular Nautica Pool Bar & Kitchen. Cnr Myers & Gheringhap Sts, Geelong 03 5223 6200 | reservations_rydgesgeelong@evt.com www.rydges.com/geelong

VUE APARTMENTS & DAY SPA Vue Apartments & Day Spa is perfectly located in Geelong’s exciting waterfront precinct, offering boutique 4.5-star accommodation with excellent views to beautiful Eastern Beach and on the edge of the CBD. You will feel right at home in one of our 60 serviced apartments including luxurious studio, one and two bedroom options with free Wi-Fi, espresso machines and award-winning King Koil beds. Be pampered in our Vue Day Spa. 6 Bellerine St, Geelong 03 5246 1588 | stay@vueapartments.com.au www.vueapartments.com.au 63


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PARKWOOD MOTEL & APARTMENTS Quality, Value, Excellence. Book direct & save. AAA Star Gold Rated Motel. Outdoor pool. 3km to Geelong CBD, waterfront and Kardinia Park. Free Wi-Fi, Foxtel and parking. Close to eateries and services, hotel, golf course, lawn bowls, table tennis centre and McKellar Centre. Entrance 8 Lily Street (off Shannon Ave), North Geelong. Cnr Shannon Ave & Ballarat Rd, North Geelong 03 5278 5477 | reservations@parkwoodmotel.com.au www.parkwoodmotel.com.au

GEELONG SURFCOAST HIGHWAY HOLIDAY PARK Minutes from Geelong and Torquay beaches and the start of the Great Ocean Road. Self-contained holiday units, deluxe park cabins, van and tent sites, all private ensuite, pool and spa, camp kitchen and games room.

621 Torquay Rd (Surf Coast Hwy), Mount Duneed 03 5264 1243 | geelongsurfcoasthp@bigpond.com www.geelongsurfcoast.com.au

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ACCOMMODAT ION Admiralty Inn 66 McKillop St, GEELONG 03 5221 4288 Anchor Geelong 39 Swanston St, GEELONG 0418 636 006 Barwon River Holiday Park 153-163 Barrabool Rd, BELMONT 03 5243 3842 Bay City (Geelong) Motel 231-235 Malop St, GEELONG 03 5221 1933 Belmercer Motel 12-14 Mercer St, GEELONG 03 5229 9021 Deakin Residential Services Deakin University 75 Pigdons Rd, WAURN PONDS 03 5227 1158

Rippleside Park Motor Inn 67 Melbourne Rd, DRUMCONDRA 03 5278 2017 Riverglen Holiday Park 75 Barrabool Rd, BELMONT 03 5243 5505 Rose Garden Motel 14-16 Settlement Rd, BELMONT 03 5241 9441 Rydges Geelong Cnr Gheringhap & Myers Sts GEELONG 03 5223 6200 Sabina on Little Myers 90 Lt Myers St, GEELONG 0427 785 404 Shannon Motor Inn 283-285 Shannon Ave, NEWTOWN 03 5222 4355

Discovery Parks - Geelong 59 Barrabool Rd, BELMONT 03 5243 6225

Sphinx Entertainment Centre 2 Thompson Rd, NORTH GEELONG 03 5278 2911

Eastern Sands Motel 1 Bellerine St, GEELONG 03 5221 5577

The Waterfront Apartments 2-4 Yarra St, GEELONG 03 5222 1370

Econo Lodge Hacienda Motel 15 Mt Pleasant Rd, BELMONT 03 5243 5844

Vue Apartments and Day Spa 6 Bellerine St, GEELONG 03 5246 1588

Geelong Short Stays 125 Yarra St, GEELONG 0407 711 707

Waurn Ponds Estate Nicol Drive South, WAURN PONDS 03 5227 3000

Golden Palms Motel 234 Torquay Rd, GROVEDALE 03 5243 1077 Kardinia Park Motel 422 Latrobe Tce, NEWTOWN 03 5221 5188 Nireeda Apartments on Clare 1-3 Clare St, GEELONG 03 5221 0566 Nomads Nest Geelong 94 Gheringhap St, GEELONG 0400 890 066 Novotel Geelong 10-14 Eastern Beach Rd, GEELONG 03 5223 1377 Parkside Motel Geelong 68 High St, BELMONT 03 5243 6766 Parkwood Motel & Apartments Cnr Shannon Ave and Ballarat Rd, NORTH GEELONG 03 5278 5477

EAT & DRINK ALMA Restaurant 93-95 Ryrie St, GEELONG 0498 012 622 Archive Wine Bar 140 High St, BELMONT 03 5241 9030 Bistrot Plume 56A Mount Pleasant Rd, BELMONT 03 5245 8483

Edge 6-8 Eastern Beach Rd, GEELONG 03 5222 2666

Piano Bar 26 Malop St, GEELONG 03 5229 4086

Elephant and Castle Hotel 158 McKillop St, GEELONG 03 5221 3707

Pistol Pete's Food n Blues 93 Little Malop St, GEELONG 03 5221 0287

Emerge 112 Ryrie St, GEELONG 03 5229 5511

Provenance Wines 100 Lower Paper Mills Rd, FYANSFORD 03 5222 3422

Empire Grill Restaurant 66 McKillop St, GEELONG 03 5223 2132 Fishermen's Pier Restaurant 1A Yarra St, GEELONG 03 5222 4100 Geelong Botanical Gardens Tea House Eastern Gardens, EAST GEELONG 0413 706 535

Geelong RSL Sub Branch Inc 50 Barwon Heads Rd, BELMONT 03 5249 2444

Son of an Elk 277-279 Ryrie St, GEELONG 03 5221 1575

Grounds of Society 45 Malop St, GEELONG 03 5222 8900

St George Workers Club 212 Pakington St, GEELONG WEST 03 5221 3162

Hahndorfs Fine Chocolates 354 Pakington St, NEWTOWN 03 5229 7405

The 18th Amendment Bar 82A Little Malop St, GEELONG

Lipari Espresso Bar 10 Union St, GEELONG 03 5222 5600 Little Creatures Brewery 221 Swanston St, SOUTH GEELONG 03 5202 4009 Manhattan Bar 9 James St, GEELONG 0438 894 521 Marina View Cafe 25 Eastern Beach Rd, GEELONG 03 5229 3705 Mt Duneed Estate 65 Pettavel Rd, WAURN PONDS 03 5266 1244

Buckley's Entertainment Centre 54 Fellmongers Rd, BREAKWATER 03 5248 4866

Neo Café Restaurant Market Square Shopping Centre, GEELONG 03 5229 5993

Denny's Kitchen 66 Brougham St, GEELONG 03 5223 2536

Quest Apartments Geelong 16-18 The Esplanade South, GEELONG 03 5228 2000

Eastern Spice 1 Bellerine St, GEELONG 03 5221 9544

Sailors' Rest 3 Moorabool St, GEELONG 03 5224 2241 Sawyers Arms Tavern 2 Noble St, NEWTOWN 03 5223 1244

Murphys 30 Aberdeen St, GEELONG WEST 03 5221 4335

Quality Hotel Bayside Geelong 13 The Esplanade, GEELONG 03 5244 7700

Recess Bar + Eats 247 Moorabool St, GEELONG 03 4222 6978

Geelong Cellar Door 97-99 Little Malop St, GEELONG 03 5229 9568

Box Office Café 77 Preston St, GEELONG WEST 0417 603 323

Café Go 37 Bellerine St, GEELONG 03 5229 4752

Public at the Dome 51 Little Malop St, GEELONG 03 5241 1629

Nicol's Paddock 35 Waurn Ponds Dr, WAURN PONDS 0432 085 404 Norlane Hotel 2-8 Princes Hwy, NORLANE 03 5278 2423

The Continental 1/82 Little Malop St, GEELONG 03 5222 5677 The Door Gallery Café 8/100 Lower Papermill Rd, FYANSFORD 0438 846 078 The Geelong Boat House Western Foreshore Rd, GEELONG 03 5222 3642 The Geelong Club 74 Brougham St, GEELONG 03 5229 5065 The Greek Customs House 57-59 Brougham St, GEELONG 03 5246 6500 The Little Green Corner 42 Little Ryrie St, GEELONG 03 5273 0229 The Lord Nelson Cnr Bellerine & Malop St, GEELONG 03 5222 8756 The Wool Exchange Entertainment Complex 44 Corio St, GEELONG 03 5222 2322 Wah Wah Gee & Bah Cunningham Pier, 10 Western Beach, Foreshore Rd, GEELONG 03 5222 6377

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SEE & DO 101 Ryrie Arts 101 Ryrie St, GEELONG 0438 382 588 Armor Antiques 200 Moorabool St, GEELONG 03 5221 8662 Barwon Paper Mills 100 Lower Paper Mills Rd, FYANSFORD 0407 770 092

Geelong Art Space 89 Ryrie St, GEELONG 0418 582 637

Ngaire J Studio 3A Bosanquet Ave, NEWTOWN 0419 574 971

Geelong Arts Centre 50 Lt Malop St, GEELONG 03 5225 1200

Old Geelong Gaol 202 Myers St, GEELONG 1300 865 800

Geelong Conference Centre 20 Adams Ct, Eastern Park, EAST GEELONG 03 5226 2121

Pako Farmers Market West Park, Cnr Autumn & Pakington Sts, GEELONG WEST 0490 927 794

Geelong Football Club GMHBA Stadium, Latrobe Tce, GEELONG 1300 462 287

Popcultcha Gallery Store West 3, Federal Mills Park, 35 Mackey St, NORTH GEELONG 1300 586 292

Geelong Gallery 55 Little Malop St, GEELONG 03 5229 3645

Raiders Bingo Centre 54 Fellmongers Rd, BREAKWATER 03 5248 8777

Geelong Greyhound Racing Club Beckley Park, Broderick Rd, CORIO 03 5275 2298

Renew Geelong Market Square Shopping Centre, 105-107 Moorabool St, GEELONG 03 9982 0785

Geelong Historical Society 6 Balmoral Cres, RIPPLESIDE 03 5278 3530

Basketball Geelong AWA Alliance Bank Stadium, 20 Crows Rd, BELMONT 03 5277 1388

Geelong Museum of Motoring & Industry Building 5, 23 Waymouth St, HAMLYN HEIGHTS 0466 041 803

Bay 93.9 Radio Station GEELONG 03 5229 2939

Geelong Racing Club 99 Breakwater Rd, BREAKWATER 03 5229 4414

Bay City Scuba 20 Boundary Rd, EAST GEELONG 03 5248 1488

Geelong Regional Library Corporation 51 Little Malop St, GEELONG 03 4201 0600

Boom Gallery 11 Rutland St, NEWTOWN 0419 410 252 Bridge Coworking & Event Space 1/5 Bridge St, NEWTOWN 0430 369 000 Deakin University Geelong 1 Gheringhap St, GEELONG 03 5227 1100 Eastern Beach Train Hire Waterfront Geelong, GEELONG 0419 434 306 Enterprize Ship Trust Geelong Waterfront, GEELONG 03 9621 1294 Escape Room Geelong Foster St, SOUTH GEELONG 0438 328 778 Focal Point Darkroom & Gallery 46 Douro St, NORTH GEELONG 03 4222 8359 Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens Geelong Botanical Gardens, GEELONG 03 5222 6053

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Geelong Scout Heritage Centre Museum 56 Russell St, NEWTOWN 0419 591 432 Giant Sky Wheel Waterfront Geelong, GEELONG 0439 043 975 K-Rock 95.5 Radio Station GEELONG 03 5223 1955 Metropolis Gallery 64 Ryrie St, GEELONG 03 5221 6505 Moorabool Antiques Galleries 16-18 Ryrie St, GEELONG 03 5229 2970 Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre 410 Surf Coast Hwy, GROVEDALE 03 5241 5700 National Wool Museum 26 Moorabool St, GEELONG 03 5272 4701 Next Level Skirmish 15 Douro St, NORTH GEELONG 0401 290 560

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Royal Geelong Yacht Club Inc 25 Eastern Beach Rd, GEELONG 03 5229 3705 Supaworld 3/174 Torquay Rd, GROVEDALE 03 5244 1089 The Carousel 1 Eastern Beach Rd, Waterfront Geelong, GEELONG 03 5224 1547

Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-Operative 62 Morgan St, NORTH GEELONG 03 5277 0044 X-Golf Geelong 138 Fyans St, SOUTH GEELONG 03 5223 1918

SHOPPING Bellerine Collections 243 Moorabool St, GEELONG 0477 323 875 Gateway Caravans 112 Bellarine Hwy, NEWCOMB 03 5248 7006 Geelong Vintage Market 3 Mackey St, NORTH GEELONG 03 5277 1186 Market Square Shopping Centre Cnr Malop & Moorabool Sts, GEELONG 03 5221 2411 Music Workshop 39 Fyans St, SOUTH GEELONG 03 5221 5844 Oz Wide Locksmiths & Security Kiosk 2, Market Square Shopping Centre, GEELONG 0417 347 701

The Geelong Arena 110 Victoria St, NORTH GEELONG 03 5278 3092

Prestige Jayco Geelong 182-194 Bellarine Hwy, NEWCOMB 1800 653 985

The Gordon 2 Fenwick St, GEELONG 03 5225 0800

Sweats Factory 41 North Valley Rd, HIGHTON 03 5244 2910

The Pier Geelong Cunningham Pier, 10 Western Beach Foreshore Rd, GEELONG 03 5222 6444

The Food Purveyor 2/55-57 Little Fyans St, SOUTH GEELONG 03 5222 6479

The Pivotonian Cinema Cnr Moorabool & Verner Sts, SOUTH GEELONG The Rock Adventure Centre 403 Pakington St, NEWTOWN 03 5221 3101 Twisted History - Geelong Gaol Ghost Tour Geelong Gaol, 202 Myers St, GEELONG 1300 865 800 Village Cinemas 194-200 Ryrie St, GEELONG 1300 555 400 Vines Road Community Centre 37-61 Vines Rd, HAMLYN HEIGHTS 03 5277 9027

The Mill Markets 114 Bellarine Hwy, NEWCOMB 03 5248 2390 TJM Geelong 27 Baldwin Ave, NORTH GEELONG 03 5277 1444 Townhouse Living 85 Yarra St, GEELONG 03 5221 9585 Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre Cnr Colac & Pioneer Rds, WAURN PONDS 03 5244 2580 Woolsy Trading Post 140-142 Shannon Ave, GEELONG WEST 03 5222 1571 Yummy Mummy Lolly Shop Pty Ltd Shop 4/165 High St, BELMONT 03 5245 7311


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THE BELLARINE If happiness is the goal - and it should be, then adventures should be a priority - RICHARD BRANSON

The waters around The Bellarine are more than just a pretty place. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re perfect for water-based adventures from paddling and stand-up paddleboarding on the gentle waters to surfing and boarding on the southern surf side. There are boat ramps everywhere from Clifton Springs to Barwon Heads to launch a fishing expedition, as well as rock pools to ramble and shallows to snorkel. On land, there are sandcastles for days and long, sandy stretches for sunrise or sunset walks. L O O K I N WA R D Away from the beach, hills and paddocks are filled with vines and produce that make a delicious day out. Wallington is a family affair with Adventure Park, a giant maze and mini golf to keep kids busy. There are loads of great places to stay around these parts too. From intimate cottages at The Nest and McGlashan's Estate to the epic park at BIG4 Bellarine or for a decadent experience, the breathtaking Campbell Point House nestled on the banks of Lake Connewarre. There really is a bed for every head. For the more serious golfer, four of the best public golf courses in Australia are in this neat little package, The Bellarine. What a winner.

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The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever - JACQUES YVES COUSTEAU

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On the north side of The Bellarine, Portarlington has the gentle lapping of clear waters of Port Phillip Bay on its shores. Just up the hill, the street has a strip of cafés, bakeries and take away – a donut anyone?

The best views of Melbourne are from a distance, and that’s certainly true of Portarlington. On a clear day, the skyline is visible on the horizon just across the bay only 43km away.

MUSSEL UP Some of its most famous residents are also its most delicious, with Australian Blue Mussels grown just offshore and harvested by the fleet moored in the harbour. They’re celebrated every year at the Portarlington Mussel Festival on the second Saturday in January. Little Mussel Café is also located just up the street for a sample or two with your view.

Port Phillip Ferries are taking advantage of that proximity with daily services between Portarlington and Docklands in Melbourne for both commuters and leisure travellers. It’ll feel even closer when you’re taking advantage of the licensed café and free Wi-Fi onboard during the 80 minute trip.

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Portarlington National Celtic Festival

F E S T I VA L F O L K On the June Queenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Birthday weekend, the National Celtic Festival spends four days celebrating spirit and culture with music, dancing, food, drinks and good craic.

DRINK IT IN Some of the best vineyards and cellar doors of The Bellarine share these gorgeous shores and are only a few minutes drive from the centre of town. T H E O T H E R G R E AT R OA D T R I P The coastal road from Portarlington to St Leonards is glorious, hugging the water closely and showing off big blue skies and clear, calm water.

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Absolute beachfront holiday parks! Wake up to the sounds of gently lapping water. Holiday year-round at Portarlington Range of updated cabins Camping and glamping options Ensuite sites available Direct access to boat ramp Inflatable trampolines, playgrounds and pedal karts Free summer holiday activities

Seasonal camping at Indented Head and St Leonards Relax on unspoiled beaches in a natural coastal setting Snorkelling, fishing, swimming and paddle boarding on your doorstep Easy access to boat ramps Direct access to local walking trails

1800 222 778 info@bellarinebayside.com.au bellarinebayside.com.au

SEACRET Absolute waterfront premium townhouse in St Leonards. Walk across the road and start swimming or fishing. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, accommodates 6 in comfort. Excellent heating/ cooling, dishwasher, washing machine, fully equipped, quality linen. Safe, secure rear yard with BBQ and outdoor setting. Furry friends welcome. Wineries close by, easy drive to Portarlington, Queenscliff and Barwon Heads. 464 The Esplanade, St Leonards 0416 200 311 | amelia@beachdoc.com.au www.beachdoc.com.au

DISCLAIMER: Tourism Greater Geelong & The Bellarine, including its officers, agents and contractors (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Publisherâ&#x20AC;?), has made every endeavour to ensure that details appearing in this publication are correct at the time of printing, but accept no responsibility for any inaccuracy or mis-description, whether by inclusion or omission, nor does the Publisher accept any responsibility for subsequent change or withdrawal, of details or services shown which are subject to alteration without notice. Any standard of accommodation and/or services contained in this publication are indicative only of a certain class and are based upon information provided to the Publisher. Accordingly, the Publisher makes no representation or guarantee in relation to the standard, class or fitness for purpose of that accommodation or service. Photography: Tourism Greater Geelong & The Bellarine, Frank Lane Design & Branding Agency, Nikole Ramsay, Drew Ryan, Moby Dick, Peter Taylor, Tim Pescott. Design and production by: www.franklane.com.au FL 13713 2019

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EAT, STAY & PLAY IN PORTARLINGTON & ST LEONARDS ACCOMMODAT ION Bay Bell Cottage 71 Harvey Rd, ST LEONARDS 0415 867 690 Bellarine Bayside Holiday Parks 2 Sproat St, PORTARLINGTON 03 5254 4000

Starhaven Retreat 13 Calimo Pl, INDENTED HEAD 03 5257 3163 The Villa on Harding 7 Harding St, PORTARLINGTON 0409 505 777

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Edina Waterfront Café 1A Harding St, PORTARLINGTON 03 5259 1999 Jack Rabbit Vineyard 85 McAdams Lane, BELLARINE 03 5251 2223 Lethbridge @ Hatrock 2330 Portarlington Rd, BELLARINE 0490 344 635

SEE & DO Equilibrium Bellarine Massage Therapy 5 Mainsail Drv, ST LEONARDS 0422 088 561 Portarlington Bayside Miniature Railway Boat Rd, PORTARLINGTON 0476 124 598

Dylene Holiday Park Portarlington 5 Mercer St, PORTARLINGTON 03 5259 2873

Advance Mussel Supply 230-250 Queenscliff Rd, PORTARLINGTON 03 5259 1166

Pier Front Pizzeria 98 Newcomb St, PORTARLINGTON 03 5259 1579

My Special Place 157-159 Willis St, PORTARLINGTON 0417 517 078

Bellarine Estate 2270 Portarlington Rd, BELLARINE 03 5259 3310

Sea Bounty Mussels P/L PORTARLINGTON, 0488 027 298

Portarlington Community Information Booth 57 Newcombe St, PORTARLINGTON 0419 381 039

St Leonards Hotel 496 The Esplanade, ST LEONARDS 03 5257 1408

Portarlington Golf Club 130 Hood Rd, PORTARLINGTON 03 5259 2492

Neville Richards Real Estate 1377 Murradoc Rd, ST LEONARDS 03 5257 1778

Bellarine Smokehouse 2230 Portarlington Rd, BELLARINE 0414 019 036

Pelican Sands Bed & Breakfast 149 Pt Richards Rd, PORTARLINGTON 0409 424 462

Bennetts on Bellarine 2171 Portarlington Rd, BELLARINE 03 8751 8194

Portarlington Beach Motel 153 Newcombe St, PORTARLINGTON 03 5259 3801 Seacret 2/464 The Esplanade, ST LEONARDS 0416 200 311

Bouchon at Bellarine 2270 Portarlington Rd, BELLARINE 03 5259 3310 Drysdale Cheeses 1 Scotchmans Rd, BELLARINE 0437 816 374

Terindah Estate 90 McAdams Lane, BELLARINE 03 5251 5536 The Little Mussel Café 40-42 Newcombe St, PORTARLINGTON 03 5259 1377 Wildings Pantry Essentials Shop 3, 1376 Murradoc Rd, ST LEONARDS 03 5257 3951

SHOPPING Fat Fox Art Gallery 2420 Geelong-Portarlington Rd, BELLARINE 0473 622 920 Mishka + Mikki 1-5 Geelong Rd, PORTARLINGTON 0417 026 251 Pier View Lolly Shop 92A Newcombe St, PORTARLINGTON 0413 507 757

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Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax - MARK BLACK

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There are two ways into Queenscliff. One is from Geelong via the Bellarine Highway which leads to The Narrows, a skinny strip of land bound by Swan Bay and Port Phillip Bay that carries both the road and rail tracks.

Alongside the ferry terminal, Queenscliff Harbour is the starting point for many a seaborne adventure. Fishing charters head out to drop a line in the bay or in the deeper waters of Bass Strait. Sea All Dolphin Swims cruise from the harbour to locations in Port Phillip Bay where wildlife can be spotted, either on or in the water. Divers will depart headed for seawalls or sunken sites that are home to diverse and colourful marine life.

An avenue of tall trees form a green guard of honour and you know you’re headed somewhere special. The other is on board Searoad Ferries, the car and passenger ferry from Sorrento. It’s a stunning journey to enjoy the views and the onboard café while your car is parked below deck, hassle free. At the terminal, RoRo Café is a great option while you wait for your ferry (they depart every hour, on the hour) or just for good food.

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Also at Queenscliff Harbour there are a couple of boutiques and options to eat and drink including 360Q and Charlie Noble. STEAM AHEAD Queenscliff Train Station is the kicking off point for our favourite party, The Blues Train. Operating most weekends from August to May, it’s a rocking good time. As the vintage steam train chugs across The Bellarine to Drysdale, revellers swap carriages (and therefore musicians) four times along the way. By day this precinct is home to Bellarine Railway, offering regular heritage vintage train trips including special occasion trains such as A Day Out With Thomas and Santa.


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O L' DA M E In central Queenscliff, architecture nods to the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history as a fashionable seaside destination early last century. Grand hotels with majestic turrets sit alongside quaint cottages. Tours from the visitor centre give insight into the history of the town, as does the Queenscliffe Maritime Museum, Fort Queenscliff and the Historical Museum. The area around the fort overlooks the entrance to Port Phillip Bay and the lookout is perfect for watching ships come and go. There is a collection of galleries with exciting programs such as Salt Contemporary Art Gallery and Queenscliff Gallery and Workshop and more than a couple of good places to eat and stay. BIG4 Beacon Resort is one of the best with a range from powered sites to luxury villas. Find more eating and sleeping recommendations at visitqueenscliff.com.au or at the local visitor centre.

Salt Art Gallery

UP THE STREET Hesse Street is the main strip with shops ranging from top quality local produce to fashion and gifts. CafĂŠs and restaurants often have an alfresco section for a side of 'vitamin d' with your tea. Around the corner toward the beach, Queenscliff Brewhouse has the biggest range of drinks (over 1,000 to choose from), as well as an onsite microbrewery and distillery and regular live music. Fancy making your own, gin masterclasses are on offer at the Brewhouse.

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BIG4 BEACON RESORT The shining light of The Bellarine, Beacon Resort is a familyowned, multi-award-winning resort, located in Queenscliff, just 200m from the beach and 4km from the Sorrento ferry. You will love the onsite day spa, free daily Yoga, 24/7 gym and coffee delivery to your door. The kids will love the free daily activity program, go-karts, giant jumping pillow, indoor pool, indoor playground & more. Luxury villas, modern apartments, SC cabins and caravan sites complete your coastal escape. 78 Bellarine Hwy, Queenscliff 03 5258 1133 | book@beaconresort.com.au www.beaconresort.com.au

ACCOMMODAT ION Abaleen House 12 Hobson St, QUEENSCLIFF 0407 866 568 Athelstane House 4 Hobson St, QUEENSCLIFF 03 5258 1024 Banks at Queenscliff 78A Hesse St, QUEENSCLIFF 0419 356 720 Benambra Bed and Breakfast & Cottage 15 Hesse St, QUEENSCLIFF 03 5258 2606 BIG4 Beacon Resort Queenscliff 78 Bellarine Hwy, QUEENSCLIFF 03 5258 1133 Blue Beach House 55 Flinders St, QUEENSCLIFF 0419 882 343 Boatramp Cottage 12 Bridge St, QUEENSCLIFF 03 5258 4662 Circa 1902 Queenscliff* 59 Hesse St, QUEENSCLIFF 0499 771 674 Clydesville 20 Gellibrand St, QUEENSCLIFF 03 5258 3763 Cobb & Co Lodge 37 Learmonth St, QUEENSCLIFF 03 5258 1188 Osprey 10 - Queenscliff Townhouse Unit 10, 21-23 Hesse St, QUEENSCLIFF 0419 161 041 Queenscliff and Coastal Holiday Bookings 80 Hesse St, QUEENSCLIFF 03 5258 3763 Queenscliff Main St Apartment Level 1/58 Hesse St, QUEENSCLIFF 0439 577 899 Queenscliff Tourist Parks 134 Hesse St, QUEENSCLIFF 03 5258 1765 Ruby's Queenscliff 2 St Andrews St, QUEENSCLIFF 0407 879 096

The Hilltop 48 Mercer St, QUEENSCLIFF 0414 444 697 Unit 5 Wyuna Queenscliff Unit 5, 30-32 Hesse St, QUEENSCLIFF 03 5278 3480

EAT & DRINK 360Q Restaurant 2 Wharf St East, QUEENSCLIFF 03 5257 4200 Basils Farm 43-53 Nye Rd, SWAN BAY 03 5258 4280 Charlie Noble Shop 5/4 Wharf Street East, QUEENSCLIFF 03 5258 5161 Lombardys On Hesse 38 Hesse St, QUEENSCLIFF 03 5258 1838 Mi Shells Seafood 1 Harbour St, QUEENSCLIFF 0438 887 503 Nelly's At The Pier 1 Tobin Drv, QUEENSCLIFF 0498 027 759 Piknik 1195 Queenscliff Rd, SWAN BAY 03 5258 5155 Queenscliff Brewhouse 2 Gellibrand St, QUEENSCLIFF 03 5258 1717 Queenscliff General Store Café 43 King St, QUEENSCLIFF 03 5291 8879

Shelter Shed Bar & Eatery 25 Hesse St, QUEENSCLIFF 03 5258 3604

SEE & DO Bellarine Railway 20 Symonds St, QUEENSCLIFF 03 5258 2069 Borough of Queenscliffe Visitor Information Centre 55 Hesse St, QUEENSCLIFF 03 5258 4843 Fort Queenscliff Heritage Association Inc 1 King St, QUEENSCLIFF 03 5258 1488 Geelong Street Rodders QUEENSCLIFF 0409 955 348 Gone Fishing Charters Queenscliff Harbour Shop 1B Wharf St, QUEENSCLIFF 03 5278 5274 Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre 2A Bellarine Hwy, QUEENSCLIFF 03 5258 3344 Mud Day Spa 78 Bellarine Hwy, QUEENSCLIFF 03 5257 4100 O Space CoWorking Business Centre 2/6 Wharf St East, Queenscliff Harbour, QUEENSCLIFF 1300 643 375

Ripview Bistro 118 Hesse St, QUEENSCLIFF 03 5258 1773

QAL Community Arts & Crafts Inc Cnr Hesse & Strokes Sts, QUEENSCLIFF 03 5258 3193

Rolling Pin Pies & Cakes Queenscliff 40 Hesse St, QUEENSCLIFF 03 5258 1533

Queenscliff Bowling, Tennis & Croquet Club 118 Hesse St, QUEENSCLIFF 03 5258 1773

RORO Café on the Beach 1 Wharf St East, QUEENSCLIFF 03 5257 4500

Queenscliff Day Spa Level 1, Queenscliff Harbour, QUEENSCLIFF 03 5258 4233

Saltbush Fine Foods Shop 3+4, 44 Hesse St, QUEENSCLIFF 03 5258 4829

Queenscliff Fishing Charters and Scenic Tours Queenscliff Harbour, QUEENSCLIFF 0458 504 058 Queenscliff Gallery & Workshop 81 Hesse St, QUEENSCLIFF 03 4202 0942 Queenscliff Golf Club Swan Island, QUEENSCLIFF 03 5258 4344 Queenscliff Harbour P/L 1 Harbour St, QUEENSCLIFF 03 5258 5459 Queenscliff Uniting Church 85 Hesse St, QUEENSCLIFF 03 5258 2854 Queenscliffe Community Market Inc Princess Park, QUEENSCLIFF 0408 340 932 Queenscliffe Historical Museum Inc 49 Hesse St, QUEENSCLIFF 03 5258 2511 Queenscliffe Lighthouse Theatre Group QUEENSCLIFF 0414 897 720 Queenscliffe Maritime Museum 2 Wharf St, QUEENSCLIFF 03 5258 3440 Salt Contemporary Art 33-35 Hesse St, QUEENSCLIFF 03 5258 3988 Scubabo - Dive Victoria 37 Learmonth St, QUEENSCLIFF 03 5258 1188 Sea All Dolphin Swims Shop 3, Building 6 Queenscliff Boat Habour, QUEENSCLIFF 03 5258 3889 Searoad Ferries 1 Wharf Street East, QUEENSCLIFF 03 5257 4500 The Blues Train Queenscliff Train Station, QUEENSCLIFF 1300 885 993 *Dining options available at these venues.

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P OINT LON SDALE Nothing can dim the light that shines from within - MAYA ANGELOU

Point Lonsdale Lighthouse

There’s something intoxicating about Point Lonsdale. Some may say it’s the dream position at the entrance to Port Phillip Bay where you can watch the seaborne world come and go while you relax on the beach. Or the stroll to the formidable lighthouse.

Point Lonsdale

GUIDING LIGHT Overlooking The Rip – a treacherous stretch of water for ships navigating the narrow gap between Point Lonsdale and Point Nepean – the horizon is dominated by the Lighthouse. It stars in many an Instagram post about Point Lonsdale and is often open for tours for the lofty views from the top.

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T IM E F O R A L I T T L E ' R& R ' Speaking of sleeping, Lon Retreat and Spa launched in late 2018 on the edge of town and is a breathtakingly beautiful place to lay your head (whether to sleep or have a massage). Our favourite room has an enormous round bath with views to the sand dunes, the lighthouse and the ocean beyond. And, exhale.

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There’s loads to look at below the water surface too – there are more varieties of marine life in southern Port Phillip Bay than the Great Barrier Reef, so bring your snorkel. West of the lighthouse there’s pounding surf and even if you’re not into board riding, the sound fills the air and captivates your imagination. It’s the perfect melody to fall asleep by.


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EAT, STAY & PLAY IN POINT LONSDALE ACCOMMODAT ION Kerleys Coastal Real Estate 101 Point Lonsdale Rd, POINT LONSDALE 03 5258 4100 Lon Retreat & Spa 25 Gill Rd, POINT LONSDALE 03 5258 2990 Point Lonsdale Guest House 31 Point Lonsdale Rd, POINT LONSDALE 03 5258 1142

Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale Accommodation 2 Jordan Rd, POINT LONSDALE 0407 866 568 Springtide Studio Apartments 218 Point Lonsdale Rd, POINT LONSDALE 0428 877 375 The Lonsdale Palms 85 Bellarine Hwy, POINT LONSDALE 03 5258 2079

The Nest Luxury Stay 2140 Bellarine Hwy, POINT LONSDALE 0419 329 090

EAT & DRINK Lonsdale Tomato Farm 49 Yarram Creek Lane, POINT LONSDALE 03 5258 2665

SEE & DO Lonsdale Golf Club 69 Fellows Rd, POINT LONSDALE 03 5258 1955 Tussock Upstairs Gallery 89 Point Lonsdale Rd, POINT LONSDALE 0418 392 485

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G E T I N T H E G R OV E The 10km stretch of sand and fun waves have been bringing families to Ocean Grove for generations. It’s the ideal spot for a beach getaway where you can have salt-air in your hair and still be near the shops and eateries of The Terrace, Grubb Rd and Shell Rd. It’s big enough to have a great selection but small enough to still feel like a relaxed holiday town. O C E A N E S C A PA D E S If you’re travelling with kids it’s the perfect base for ocean adventures mixed with landbased family fun. Main Beach is patrolled in summer and surf schools operate there regularly. If you don’t know your goofy foot from your mal, they’ll get you up on your feet in no time. In 2019 the Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club reopened after a multi-million dollar facelift. Within its confines is The Dunes Café. What’s more coastal café then dabbling in your side of chips whilst watching old mate catch a wave as the endless ocean roles in.

A DV E N T U R E T IM E Big days out are available nearby at Wallington with Adventure Park, Bellarine Adventure Golf and A Maze 'n Games all within 10 minutes. Flying Brick Cider House is not far away and while the grown ups will love sharing food and drinks, kids will love the big lawn space for chasey and kick-to-kick. ON THE TR AIL There’s a tasty selection of Bellarine Taste Trail champions close to Ocean Grove too, the nearest is Oakdene. The cellar door is in an inverted house, the café is set in a forest of birch trees and the restaurant is perfect for special occasions, even if the special occasion is simply being on holiday. In the industrial part of Ocean Grove you will find a pleasant surprise, Ocean Grove’s very own brewery – BrewiColo. If the brewers background (Fijian) is anything to go by, this is a rather relaxing place to have yourself a Pale Ale.

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OCEAN GROVE CHALET Located a short walk from Ocean Groveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great cafĂŠs and restaurants and close to the popular main beach is the Ocean Grove Chalet at 99 The Terrace. Our 15-room hotel has a mix of king bed, family rooms and spa rooms, as well as two stunning penthouses with pleasant views of the ocean. We also have two all-abilities rooms. Each apartment is beautifully designed to provide every guest with a luxurious place to stay. 99 The Terrace, Ocean Grove 0477 020 434 | stay@oceangrovechalet.com.au www.oceangrovechalet.com.au

OCEAN GROVE HOLIDAY PARK Ocean Grove Holiday Park is a family friendly park on the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula, only minutes from fantastic Surf Coast beaches. The park offers a wide range of quality accommodation from camping to three bedroom villas. Facilities include jumping pillow, heated outdoor pool, indoor spa, games room, playground, basketball ring and full size tennis court. Stay with us for great holidays and long memories. 90 Wallington Rd, Ocean Grove 03 5256 2233 | info@oceangroveholidaypark.com.au www.oceangroveholidaypark.com.au 86

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RIVERSIDE OCEAN GROVE MOTEL & CABINS Relax in comfort with our family friendly accommodation on the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula, with a choice of modern suites and SC cabins. Enjoy our heated pool, gardens and BBQ area, all whilst staying less than 1km from gorgeous beaches, 4 minute drive to Barwon Heads. Explore the area further to enjoy world-class wineries, popular surf breaks, Geelong Adventure Park, golf courses and the Great Ocean Road. 64 Wallington Rd, Ocean Grove 03 5256 2555 | info@riversideoceangrove.com.au
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RIVERVIEW FAMILY CARAVAN PARK Ease into a family coastal holiday and relax amongst nature in our riverfront cabins, all-abilities cabin, large grassy powered sites and seasonal bush camping. Enjoy spectacular river sunsets and an easy two minute walk to the surf beach.

Barwon Heads–Ocean Grove Rd, Ocean Grove 03 5256 1600 | riverview@barwoncoast.com.au www.riverviewfamilycaravanpark.com.au

BIG4 BELLARINE HOLIDAY PARK BIG4 Bellarine Holiday Park is the place where little people’s eyes sparkle. Divine units, enormous campsites, glamping beauties and so many highlights to keep the kids entertained. It truly revolutionises the way you holiday with children!

1801 Bellarine Hwy, Marcus Hill 03 5251 5744 | info@big4bellarine.com.au www.big4bellarine.com.au

OAKDENE VINEYARDS GUESTHOUSE A beautifully restored 1920’s homestead for the ideal romantic getaway, Oakdene Vineyards Guesthouse boasts three uniquely themed accommodation rooms. The Marilyn Room – styled after Marilyn Monroe with hot pinks and smoky blacks, the Water Room with a converted water tank ensuite, and the Attic Room with skylights for star gazing. With a restaurant (Marty @ Oakdene), casual bistro (Mr Grubb @ Oakdene) and a cellar door onsite, Oakdene offers something for everyone. 255 Grubb Rd, Wallington 03 5255 1255 | adminrestaurant@oakdene.com.au www.chichesterrestaurants.com.au 87


EAT, STAY & PLAY IN OCEAN GROVE Suma Park 2121-2258 Bellarine Hwy, MARCUS HILL 03 5258 3507

ACCOMMODAT ION Barwon Grove Holiday Rentals 1/25 Wallington Rd, OCEAN GROVE 03 5255 4676

McGlashans Wallington Estate 225 Swan Bay Rd, WALLINGTON 03 5250 5760 Mr Grubb @ Oakdene 255 Grubb Rd, WALLINGTON 03 5255 1255

Swan Bay Holiday Park 1235 Swan Bay Rd, WALLINGTON 03 5258 1481

Bells By The Beach Holiday House 24 Roditis Drv, OCEAN GROVE 0403 221 737

Banks Road Vineyard 600 Banks Rd, MARCUS HILL 03 5258 3777

Ocean Grove Holiday Park 90 Wallington Rd, OCEAN GROVE 03 5256 2233

Yes Said The Seal 1251-1269 Bellarine Hwy, WALLINGTON 03 5250 6577

Lard Ass Butter Shop 4, 7 Smithton Gr, OCEAN GROVE 0400 720 113

Riverside Ocean Grove 64-78 Wallington Rd, OCEAN GROVE 03 5256 2555 Riverview Family Caravan Park Barwon Heads-Ocean Grove Rd, OCEAN GROVE 03 5256 1600

Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club 26-30 Surf Beach Rd, OCEAN GROVE 03 5255 1382

Wattle Grove Honey 459 Grubb Rd, WALLINGTON 03 5250 1812

Flying Brick Cider House 1251-1269 Bellarine Hwy, WALLINGTON 03 5250 6577

Ocean Grove Chalet 99 The Terrace, OCEAN GROVE 0477 020 434

Meerkat Manner Indoor Play & Café 25 Sinclair St, OCEAN GROVE 03 5256 3200

The Dunes Ocean Grove Surf Beach Rd, OCEAN GROVE 03 5255 3122

Farmers Harvest 1680 Bellarine Hwy, MARCUS HILL 0418 815 071

Oakdene Vineyard Guesthouse 255 Grubb Rd, WALLINGTON 03 5255 1255

Grove Pavillion - Ocean Grove Park Association Inc Presidents Ave, OCEAN GROVE 0413 978 058

The Driftwood Café 64D The Terrace, OCEAN GROVE 03 5255 1832

Brewicolo Brewing Co 1/32 Marine Pde, OCEAN GROVE 0419 131 029

McGlashan Estate Luxury Eco Villas 225 Swan Bay Rd, WALLINGTON 03 5250 5760

Bellarine Farmers Market Ocean Grove Park, OCEAN GROVE 0429 335 730

Rolling Pin Pies & Cakes Ocean Grove 12 Park Lane, OCEAN GROVE 03 5256 1517

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Great Ocean Stays 12-14 Sweetman Pde, OCEAN GROVE 0403 515 605

Bellarine Adventure Golf 1540 Bellarine Hwy, WALLINGTON 03 5250 3777

Oakdene Vineyards and Cellar Door 255 Grubb Rd, WALLINGTON 03 5256 3886

Wynndean Holiday Resort 15 The Esplanade, OCEAN GROVE 03 5255 1766

BIG4 Bellarine Holiday Park 1801 Bellarine Hwy, MARCUS HILL 03 5251 5744

Artskool @ Kazworks Unit 1, 20 Everist Rd, OCEAN GROVE 0437 582 772

SHOPPING KYO Pty Ltd 26 Smithton Gr, OCEAN GROVE 03 5255 2444

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The Hive & Willie Wildlife Sculptures 41 Smithton Gr, OCEAN GROVE 0417 116 216

Marcus Hill Vineyard 560 Banks Rd, MARCUS HILL 0421 728 437

A Maze 'n Games on Bellarine Cnr Grubb Rd & Bellarine Hwy, WALLINGTON 03 5250 2669

Marty @ Oakdene 255 Grubb Rd, WALLINGTON 03 5255 1255

Adventure Park 1249 Bellarine Hwy, WALLINGTON 03 5250 7200

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There is nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sent away - SARAH KAY

Nestled between the mouth of the Barwon River and the roaring surf of 13th Beach, Barwon Heads is in a gorgeous position. Families love paddling in the shallows of the gentle river beach after a solid session at the playground right alongside. Serious surfers spend time at nearby 13th Beach where the waves pound in from Bass Strait.

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You couldn’t find a better mix of retail and hospitality than Hitchcock Avenue. Excellent brunches and coffee at places such as Annie’s Provedore will break up a trip down the street to pick up wine at Barwon Heads Winestore, shoes, books, homewares and everything in between.

Barwon Heads is ideal for golfers too, with three of the top 30 public access courses in Australia woven into the dunes just outside town: Barwon Heads Golf Club and the two at 13th Beach Golf Links.

Nearer the water, At the Heads is a stunning place to eat and drink and, depending on the tide, you could be out over the water.

Sporty types might like to experience these parts as local Cadel Evans hosts Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race each January. The professionals, both men and women, are competing in a UCI world tour event, but weekend warriors can don the lycra for the People’s Ride.

UP IN THE CLOUDS The Barwon Heads Airport is the starting point for all manner of sky-high adventure: scenic flight and aerobatic adventures with Adventure Flight Co. and Great Ocean Air and skydiving with epic views of the coast with Skydive Australia.

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BARWON HEADS CARAVAN PARK A warm welcome awaits at our charming beachside caravan park. Enjoy a traditional family holiday in spacious and stylish beach houses, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom cabins and grassy campsites with the comforts of Barwon Headsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; village a short stroll away.

Ewing Blyth Drv, Barwon Heads 03 5254 1115 | bookings@barwoncoast.com.au www.barwonheadscaravanpark.com.au

BREAMLEA HOLIDAY PARK Breamlea is a unique coastal village between Barwon Heads and Torquay. The Breamlea Holiday Park offers a range of accommodation starting at $37 for casual sites, budget cabins from $66 and 5-star villas ranging from $137-$309. Open 7 days 8am-7pm. Winter opening hours vary.

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EAT, STAY & PLAY IN BARWON HEADS ACCOMMODAT ION 13th Beach Golf Lodge 1732 Barwon Heads Rd, BARWON HEADS 03 5254 2922 Accessible Accommodation at 100 Hitchcock 100 Hitchcock Ave, BARWON HEADS 0477 103 808 Barwon Heads Caravan Park Ewing Blyth Dr, BARWON HEADS 03 5254 1115 Barwon Heads Resort at 13th Beach 36 Fourteenth Rd, BARWON HEADS 03 5254 1777

EAT & DRINK Annie's Provedore and Produce Store 2/50 Hitchcock Ave, BARWON HEADS 03 5254 3233 At the Heads Jetty Rd, BARWON HEADS 03 5254 1277 BeachHouse Barwon Heads 48 Hitchcock Ave, BARWON HEADS 03 5254 3376 Kisaan Estate Winery 1452 Barwon Heads Rd, CONNEWARRE 0499 987 878

Carr on Barwon 116 Carr St, BARWON HEADS 0409 487 587 Seahaven Village 3 Geelong Rd, BARWON HEADS 03 5254 1066

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SEE & DO 13th Beach Golf Links 1732 Barwon Heads Rd, BARWON HEADS 03 9111 4509 Barwon Heads Airport 1411-1419 Barwon Heads Rd, CONNEWARRE 0418 643 401 Barwon Heads Arts Council BARWON HEADS 0437 032 647 Barwon Heads Golf Club Golf Links Rd, BARWON HEADS 03 5255 6255 Barwon Heads Yoga 3 Thompson Dr, BARWON HEADS 0430 515 424 Jirrahlinga - Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary 170-200 Taits Rd, BARWON HEADS 03 5254 2484

Skydive Australia Barwon Heads Airport, CONNEWARRE 1300 520 259 WSUP Pty Ltd (Stand Up Paddle Boarding) Flinders Parade, BARWON HEADS 0439 113 457

SHOPPING Barwon Heads Winestore 2/86 Hitchcock Ave, BARWON HEADS 03 5254 2741 Kiitos Shop 2, 5-7 Bridge Rd, BARWON HEADS 03 5254 1835


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'North', Waterfront Geelong

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Tour one of the most scenic regions in Victoria, sampling fine wine and produce, discovering our villages and spotting Australian wildlife against a stunning backdrop. Arrange your own itinerary on a private tour, join a group for a day of adventure, or cruise the wineries in a luxury vehicle. Our tour operators are sure to show you a good time.

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MORE THAN A TOUR Discover the Great Ocean Road with Geelongâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s #1 tour company. More Than A Tour offers a sensational experience including world famous 12 Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge, historic lighthouses, ocean lookouts, roaring deserted beaches, relaxing rainforest and wildlife in abundance. As our title suggests, we offer the extras you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get with other operators: chilled bottled water, fresh fruit, home-made morning tea, a restaurant lunch and door-to-door service. Starting your journey from Geelong allows for a more leisurely tour and the opportunity to see the sights others drive past, without the crowds. More Than A Tour is an award-winning, locally owned and operated small business that offers customised tours to the Great Ocean Road, Bellarine and Moorabool wine regions, Geelong and surrounds, the Grampians and Phillip Island. Contact Jeremy and Shelley when planning your next adventure. 0428 522 951 jeremy@morethanatour.com.au | www.morethanatour.com.au

KANGAROO JACK TOURS Come on an Australian outback adventure and experience native wildlife in its natural habitat. Get up close and pat koalas and wombats, hand feed kangaroos, wallabies, emus and more. Plus immerse yourself into the indigenous culture of the aboriginal people and learn how to throw an authentic boomerang! +61 408 967 381 | kangaroojacktours@gmail.com Tour bookings: www.kangaroojacktours.com Accommodation: www.kangaroojacktours.com.au

OUT AND ABOUT MINI-BUS HIRE If your group has decided to experience the sights and tastes of our region, maybe celebrate a special occasion or just need transportation, look no further than Out and About Mini-bus. Providing private charter services for all occasions, sit back and enjoy the comfort in our new large luxury 11 seat passenger bus. We cater for private, corporate and special occasion transportation. Our services operate around the Melbourne / Werribee / Avalon / Geelong and Bellarine regions and beyond. 0402 281 136 | outandaboutminibus@gmail.com www.outandaboutminibus.com.au 95


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ADVENT URE Adventure Flight Co 1300 341 006 Geelong Adventure Specialists 0499 217 990 Go Ride a Wave OCEAN GROVE 1300 132 441 Great Ocean Air 0418 643 401 Great Ocean Road Surf Tours 03 5261 3730 Liberty Balloon Flights 1800 225 566 Segway Geelong Pty Ltd 0433 675 680

CYCLING Bella e-Bike Hire 0439 285 825 Bike Bellarine 0437 485 180

GOLF Coastal Golf Victoria 0448 904 934

HIKING Artisan Adventures 0410 236 630 Footprint Walks 0437 752 143

RETREAT muMEcations 0418 121 113

SIGHTSEEING Colin Mockett Tours 0421 320 874 More than a Tour 0428 522 951

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Cycling VineTours 0419 548 096

Airport Transit Link 1300 667 670

Rent My Bike 0408 277 752

Avalon Airport 03 5227 9100

FOOD & WINE Andy's Trails 0416 585 601 Autopia Tours 03 9393 1333 B.Spoke Tours 0418 866 800 Bellarine Foodies Tour 03 5259 3801 Bellarine Winery Tours 0455 599 857 Fergos Bongo Tours 0419 345 147

Bellarine Car Hire 03 5255 1050 Budget Car & Truck Rental 03 5273 6666 Clifton Springs Boat Hire 0409 028 454 Fergos Bongo Tours 0419 345 147 FranScene Bellarine 03 5257 3966 Galaxy Limousines 0417 300 585 Geelong and Surfcoast Limo Bus 0466 498 663 Geelong Helicopters 0422 515 151

For the Love of Grape 0408 388 332

Geelong Taxi Network 03 5277 7900

Geelong Winery Tours 0412 066 000

Gull Airport Service 03 5222 4966

GO Roam Tours 0488 008 159

Lets Go Motorhomes 1800 538 746

Mustang & Co 0407 052 427

McHarry's Buslines Pty Ltd 03 5223 2111

Road to Indulgence 0407 958 751

Murrell Chauffer Drive 03 5278 9456

Sarah's Winery Tours 0491 135 004

Mybus Geelong 1300 169 287

Wilsons Wine Tours Geelong 0405 173 7360

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Port Phillip Ferries 03 9514 8959 Skybus 1300 759 287 Wine Wheels 0477 007 502

WILDLIF E Echidna Walkabout Pty Ltd 03 9646 8249

Clyde Park Vineyard & Bistro 2490 Midland Hwy, BANNOCKBURN 03 5281 7274 Common Ground Project 675 Anglesea Rd, FRESHWATER CREEK 03 5264 5082 Del Rios of Mt Anakie 2290 Ballan Rd, ANAKIE 03 5284 1227

Kangaroo Jack Tours 0408 967 381

Inverleigh Bakehouse 5 High St, INVERLEIGH 03 5265 1555

AROUND GEELONG

Lara Sporting Club 1 Mill Rd, LARA 03 5282 3265

ACCOMMODAT ION Barbie May's 82 Napier St, INVERLEIGH 0409 416 034 Cedar Cottage 1741 Bannockburn-Shelford Rd, SHELFORD 0408 595 093 Eldorado Tourist Park 360 Ballarat Rd, BATESFORD 03 5276 1386 Geelong Surfcoast Hwy Holiday Park 621 Torquay Rd, MT DUNEED 03 5264 1243 La Bella Vita 8 Fleurs Ln, BATESFORD 0418 814 111 Little River Bed and Breakfast 16 Flinders St, LITTLE RIVER 03 5283 1858 Mansion Hotel & Spa at Werribee Park K Road, WERRIBEE 03 9731 4000 Moranghurk 3320 Midland Hwy, LETHBRIDGE 0439 819 675 Quest Werribee 69 Synnot St, WERRIBEE 03 8744 6000

EAT & DRINK Austins Wines 870 Steiglitz Rd, SUTHERLANDS CREEK 03 5281 1799 Bannockburn Station 1 Geelong Rd, BANNOCKBURN 03 5281 2575 Barwon Ridge Wines 50 McMullans Rd, BARRABOOL 0418 324 632 Batesford Hotel 700 Ballarat Rd, BATESFORD 03 5276 1201

Lethbridge Wines 74 Burrows Rd, LETHBRIDGE 03 5281 7279 Meredith Dairy MEREDITH 03 5286 2000 Moorabool Ridge Vineyard & Café 37 Spiller Rd, LETHBRIDGE 03 5281 9240 Moorabool Valley Chocolate 320 Ballarat Rd, BATESFORD 03 5276 1422 Pettavel Staughton Vale Vineyard 20 Staughton Vale Rd, ANAKIE 03 5284 1477 Rowsley Fault Vineyard 131 Lumbs Rd, SUTHERLANDS CREEK 03 5281 1811 Shadowfax Winery K Road, WERRIBEE 03 9731 4420 Sonny 15 High St, INVERLEIGH 03 5265 1553 Spence Wines 760 Burnside Rd, MURGHEBOLUC 03 5265 1181 The Meerkat Bistro at Werribee Zoo K Road, WERRIBEE 03 9285 9440

SEE & DO Avalon Raceway 210 Old Melbourne Rd, LARA 03 5229 8778 Barrabool Maze Estate 35 Walter Rd, BARRABOOL 0408 328 145 Essence Productions 7 Filippin Crt, WERRIBEE 0439 690 091


EAT, STAY & PLAY AROUND GEELONG & THE BELLARINE SEE & DO (CONT...) Fairy Park 2388 Ballan Rd, ANAKIE 03 5284 1262 Golden Plains Farmers Market Byron St, BANNOCKBURN 03 5220 7111 Lara Heritage & Historical Museum 2-10 Canterbury Rd West, LARA 0411 377 608

Werribee Racing Club 2-10 Bulban Rd, WERRIBEE 03 9741 1800

Chocolates for Everyone 138 Murradoc Rd, DRYSDALE 0407 849 969

Wyndham Cultural Centre 177 Watton St, WERRIBEE 03 8734 6000

Curlewis Winery 55 Navarre Rd, CURLEWIS 03 5250 4567

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Fork N Flower 392-400 Bellarine Hwy, MOOLAP 03 5250 6757

ACCOMMODAT ION

Lethbridge Airport 3429 Midland Hwy, LETHBRIDGE 0429 354 717 Little River Mechanics Institute & Free Library Inc 8 Rothwell Rd, LITTLE RIVER 03 5283 1939 Rocklea Farm 159 Friend In Hand Rd, STONEHAVEN 0408 882 131 Roraima Nursery & Café 20 Swan St, LARA 03 5282 8704

Manzanillo Grove 150 Whitcombes Rd, DRYSDALE 03 5251 3621

Campbell Point House 199 Matthews Rd, LEOPOLD 03 5221 5767

Mermerus 60 Soho Rd, DRYSDALE 03 5253 2718

Drysdale House Bed & Breakfast 122 High St, DRYSDALE 0423 717 440

Merne at Lighthouse 650 Andersons Rd, DRYSDALE 03 5251 5541

Drysdale Clifton Springs Curlewis Association Inc DRYSDALE 03 5251 3394

Oneday Estate 45 Curlewis Rd, CURLEWIS 0419 300 281

Hazy Tales Studio 116 Collins St, DRYSDALE 0439 709 492

Scotchmans Hill Vineyard 190 Scotchmans Rd, DRYSDALE 03 5251 3176

Potato Shed 41 Peninsula Dr, DRYSDALE 03 5251 1998

The Bungalow Restaurant 32 High St, DRYSDALE 03 5216 3025

SpringDale Neighbourhood Centre 17-21 High St, DRYSDALE 03 5253 1960

The Little Griddle DRYSDALE 0497 566 856

Barrgowan Vineyard 30 Pax Pde, CURLEWIS 03 5250 3861

Werribee Open Range Zoo K Road, WERRIBEE 1300 966 784

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Breamlea Caravan Park Horwood Dr, BREAMLEA 03 5264 1352

Baie Wines 120 McDermott Rd, CURLEWIS 0400 220 436

The Refectory by Bursaria South Drive off K Rd, WERRIBEE SOUTH 03 9731 7101

Wayawu Estate 1070 Bellarine Hwy, LEOPOLD 0400 677 400

Lighthouse Olive Oil 648 Andersons Rd, MANNERIM 03 5251 1100

EAT & DRINK

Surf Coast Strawberry Fields 2 McCanns Rd, MT DUNEED

Tuckerberry Hill Berry Farm 35 Becks Rd, DRYSDALE 03 5251 3468

Bellarine Lodge 32B Bridge St, DRYSDALE 0418 331 736

Manzanillo Grove Luxury Accommodation Whitcombes Rd, DRYSDALE 0417 517 121

SeaEarth Adventures 185 Addiscott Rd, TORQUAY 03 5261 2241

Leura Park Estate Vineyard 1400 Portarlington Rd, CURLEWIS 03 5253 3180

The Whiskery / Bellarine Distillery 2102-2120 Portarlington Rd, DRYSDALE 0468 926 282

The Q Train Drysdale Station, 2-10 Station St, DRYSDALE 03 4238 3930

SEE & DO Curlewis Golf Club 1345 Portarlington Rd, CURLEWIS 03 5251 1111

SHOPPING Drysdale Community Craft Shop 18-20 High St, DRYSDALE 03 5251 1605

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