Bellarine peninsula

Portarlington | Ocean Grove | Clifton Springs | St Leonards

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Visit Geelong & the Bellarine

 

Visit The Bellarine

Soak up the good life in the Geelong and Bellarine region. Wander down historic streetscapes and tee off at lush golf courses, perfect for summer afternoons. Explore the burgeoning foodie scene, complete with craft breweries, local wineries, farm gates and provedores. Surf, paddle and swim at bay and ocean beaches, and get close to local wildlife in Port Phillip Bay.

Portarlington

Drive past the surrounding wineries and olive groves from Geelong or come across the bay by boat to Portarlington, a historic town and favourite holiday spot on the Bellarine Peninsula.

Sip, savour and discover
Spend a few days exploring the local wineries, restaurants and producers scattered across the landscape. Sample seafood fresh out of the bay, linger over a glass of cool climate red, or fill the boot with goodies from country provedores and farm gates stocked high with seasonal offerings. Keep the culinary adventure going by hitting the Bellarine Taste Trail, which snakes its way across the peninsula.

Looking out
Discover local history at buildings such as the National Trust Flour Mill, built in 1857, and the Ol’ Duke, built in 1855, now a smart hotel and restaurant. Make your way to the northern tip of the Bellarine Peninsula on the drive from Portarlington to St Leonards and admire sweeping views of Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne’s skyline and the You Yangs.

Bayside wanderings
Take a slow walk and have a swim at the bay beach, kick back on the beautiful foreshore or treat yourself to a day out on the water. Bring your boat, join a charter or hire one by the hour and try your luck with the rod and reel. Prefer to stay on dry land? Enjoy a cuppa and throw a line off the pier.

Finish the day with a feast of freshly caught mussels and oysters from Advanced Mussel Supply, a big player in the growing local mussel and oyster industry. And while you’re there, watch the progress of the eastern breakwater construction, part of the safe harbour project which has expanded the harbour including facilities for the daily ferry service between Portarlington and Docklands in Melbourne, operating year round.

Entertain us
Take the kiddies for a ride on the Portarlington Miniature Railway, open the first and third Sunday of every month. Seafood lovers will enjoy the Portarlington Mussel Festival, a celebration of the local industry and fun day full of music, local wines, beer and, of course, plenty of mussels. If you’re in town in June, join in the music, dancing and merriment of the National Celtic Festival.

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Coastal Convenience – Portarlington

9 guests4 bedrooms8 beds2 baths
Ideally located a stone’s throw from the town of Portarlington and the sparkling water’s edge, you’ll find a group escape with indoor and outdoor space and all the conveniences you’ll need for a relaxing weekend away.

Polished timber floorboards and fresh artwork decorate a light-filled space with three bedrooms in the main house and a bungalow in the back garden that sleeps three more guests. Whether you’re here for the sun or the surf, enjoy a laid-back stay just 35 minutes from Geelong.

Sea Breeze: Clifton Springs Family Hideaway

8 guests4 bedrooms5 beds2 baths
Moments from the Clifton Springs Boat Ramp, this tranquil home offers an excellent base for groups or families wanting to immerse themselves in the Bellarine’s beaches and wineries. With multiple living areas, indoors and out, there’s plenty of space for adults to relax, while kids can play in the rumpus room. Follow the picturesque clifftop walking track around the bay, play a round of golf at the Curlewis or Clifton Springs Golf Club and ride the water slides at Adventure Park Geelong.

Ocean Grove

Take a break and get some sun in Ocean Grove, a popular surf town surrounded by renowned wineries, pristine beaches and golf courses. Hit the ocean waves, build a sandcastle with the kids, or use the town as a base to explore the countless natural and contemporary attractions across the region.

Here comes the sun
Explore the unbroken stretch of sand that reaches out to the mouth of the Barwon River. Wander along the beautiful, wide surf beach or sign up for surfing and bodyboarding lessons. For a slow, relaxing afternoon, take a stroll in the flourishing nature reserve or pick up local art pieces and gourmet produce in the vibrant shopping district.

Refuel after a big day out on the water with a bite at one of the town’s popular eateries, burger joints or cafes. Head to nearby Oakdene Vineyard restaurant for some of the best cuisine on the peninsula and try out Mr Grubb, the onsite cafe with a family vibe.

Kid friendly
Looking for somewhere to keep the kids entertained? Head to nearby Wallington and spend the day on Adventure Park’s rides and waterslides or play a round of minigolf at A Maze ‘n Games.

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Kokomo: Ocean Grove Indoor-Outdoor Haven

6 guests3 bedrooms4 beds2 baths

You’ll have plenty of space to relax and entertain at this bright, three bedroom home just a few minutes’ drive from the beach. An open plan design makes togetherness easy, with airy interiors and seamless indoor-outdoor living.

A colourful kitchen offers all you need to cook up a feast at home, with glass doors opening up to a generous deck at the front of the home. Fire up the BBQ and dine alfresco, or head around to the patio area overlooking the lush backyard with an abundance of bird life.

Zenscape at Ocean Grove: Family Stay with Fire Pit

6 guests3 bedrooms4 beds1 baths

This light-filled, three-bedroom home offers ample space to relax with loved ones, located just a few minutes’ drive from the beach. When you’re not out and about swimming and exploring, fire up the BBQ and enjoy dinner on the balcony, before kicking back in the home cinema.

A fully equipped kitchen has all you need to cook up a feast for the family, while bright and sunny living and dining areas plus a backyard and garden with a fire pit provide plenty of space for lounging and socialising.

Breezy Beach Shack – Ocean Grove

7 guests3 bedrooms5 beds1.5 baths
Explore the glistening beaches of the Bellarine Peninsula from this classic weatherboard beach cottage in the heart of Ocean Grove. It’s footsteps to the town centre’s café, eateries and shops as well as pretty parks, main beach and Barwon River. Set among a huge green garden, this spacious and light-filled property offers laidback indoor and outdoor living with alfresco dining and a BBQ. Inside, enjoy a fully equipped kitchen, internal laundry, plush living areas and three well-sized bedrooms.

St Leonards

The beach-front town of St Leonards is situated near the Bellarine Peninsula’s most easterly point, between Queenscliff and Indented Head.

The town has a supermarket, several eateries, retailers and the iconic St Leonards Hotel which has a large outdoor beer garden overlooking the bay.

The St Leonards pier is situated across the road from the hotel. There is a kiosk at its entrance and the pier has several branches from which people can fish of enjoy the views of the coast.

Enjoy BBQ’s, playgrounds and quiet swimming spots along the grassy foreshore. Go birdwatching at the Edwards Point Wildlife Reserve or watch the sailboats from the Yacht Club.

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Bellarine Beauty: St Leonards Beachside Stay

6 guests3 bedrooms4 beds2 baths

In the heart of Saint Leonards, this modern townhouse is conveniently positioned footsteps to the beach, pier and esplanade. It’s next door to the supermarket and eateries so you can stock up on fresh local produce or enjoy a bite at the iconic St Leonards Hotel pub right down the street.

Light and airy, this home is staged over two levels and is stylishly decorated throughout. It offers a well-equipped kitchen, three spacious bedrooms and a fantastic deck with alfresco seating.

Beachy Bellarine: A Coastal Family Hideaway

8 guests4 bedrooms5 beds2 baths

Nestled in the beach-front town of St Leonards on the Bellarine Peninsula, this brand-new home offers light and spacious interiors. Make use of the modern kitchen, work from home in the private office, or dine alfresco out on the sun-drenched patio.

Play a round at St Leonards Golf Club across the street, walk 10-15 minutes to the Esplanade and sample the local cafes, enjoy a dip in the ocean, and finish your day at the iconic St Leonards Hotel with a pint and parma.

Salt Lagoon Cottage: Sunny St Leonards Beach Shack

6 guests3 bedrooms6 beds1 baths

With its retro-contemporary beach vibes, this 70s-style shack comes loaded with character and charm. It’s nestled on a large grassy yard with alfresco dining to soak up the clean, coastal air, and offers plenty of space for family or group getaways.

You’ll be a short stroll from St Leonards Pier and Esplanade, and the iconic St Leonards Hotel – a popular spot come sundown. Take a dip in the bay, play a round of golf and if you’re travelling with the kids, don’t miss Adventure Park Geelong.

Sunny St Leonards Sanctuary, Perfect for Families

8 guests4 bedrooms5 beds2 baths

A coastal getaway beckons on the Bellarine Peninsula. In the charming town of St Leonards, this home is flooded with natural light and offers spacious living indoors and out. Enjoy a quick drive or leisurely stroll to the Esplanade and village lined with shops and cafes. Sample the Bellarine’s famous wineries, fish off the pier and take a dip in the bay, then end your day at the iconic St Leonards Hotel. Retreat to this comfortable and considered abode, designed to make families feel at home.

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