Visit Geelong & the Bellarine Peninsula
Venture to Victoria's second-largest city, Geelong. Less than an hour away from Melbourne, the waterfront town has reinvented its industrial spaces into creative hubs, urban precincts and hip eatieries. Meanwhile, the surrounding Bellarine region offers charming coastal villages, al fresco dining and boutique wineries.
Geelong & The Bellarine region bounces to life in Spring. Get a dose of sunshine with a stroll along the waterfront, taking in public artworks, landscaped gardens, ice-cream parlours and eateries.
Geelong – a creative hub
Take a walk by Geelong’s picturesque waterfront and examine over 100 sculptured bollards along the Bayside Bollard Trail, depicting characters from the city’s past and present. There are also six sites where you can bring the bollards to life using augmented reality.
Look out for murals throughout the city including a piece dedicated to Chrissy Amphlett, frontwoman of Australian rock band the Diviynls. If you’re driving into town, keep an eye out for Fyansford Silo Art by Geelong-born and internationally acclaimed street artist Rone.
Geelong & the Bellarine’s culinary scene
From the laneways of Geelong to fresh seafood along the coast, the dining options on the Bellarine are constantly transforming.
In Geelong, book a table for a degustation at hatted restaurant IGNI or transport yourself to the prohibition era at the speakeasy 18th Amendment Bar.
For a fresh catch, head to The Little Mussel Café in Portarlington and wash it down with a bottle of Flying Brick Cider Co. Wine enthusiasts can stop by Terindah Estate for coastal views, whilst gin-lovers can opt for the casual Bellarine Distillery/The Whiskery, where gin cocktails are paired with tasting boards of local produce or pizzas.
Beaches and beyond
Experience two very different sides of the coast in Geelong and the Bellarine. Geelong lies by the calm waters of Port Phillip Bay whilst further west, the beaches are exposed to the open sea of Bass Strait.
Originally built in the 1930’s, Geelong’s Eastern Beach Reserve is popular in warm weather with families. It features an enclosed sea bath, children’s pool, terraced lawns and more.
Keen surfers often head to Thirteenth Beach in Barwon Heads or further afield to Torquay, the first point along the breathtaking Great Ocean Road.