For the epicurean
The Bellarine Peninsula is perhaps Victoria’s best kept epicurean secret. The cool-climate region produces some world-winning wines and a visit to the local wineries and restaurants is a must for any discerning foodie.
Terindah Estate, Oakdene and Scotchmans Hill are some of the better-known wineries, but a self-drive tour through the region will uncover some hidden and smaller family-run gems. The peninsula is also home to multiple breweries, distilleries and a cider house, so every palate will be well and truly satisfied.
Don’t forget a picnic basket and an esky either, a leisurely drive through the peninsula is a great chance to stock up on gourmet pantry essentials, seasonal farm-stand produce, and fresh local seafood.
Speaking of seafood, what’s a visit to a coastal Victorian town without tucking into some fish and chips? The sleepy seaside village of Portarlington is the place to get some fresh seafood straight off the boat, and nearby Queenscliff also boasts a great classic fish and chip shop.
For the outdoor enthusiast
As far as beaches go, the peninsula offers the best of both worlds- renowned surf beaches on one side and the peaceful waters of Port Philip Bay on the other.
Surfers and families alike flock to Ocean Grove and Point Lonsdale to frolic in the waves, and the quiet beaches of Portarlington and Indented Head are perfect for safely dipping the toes in.
Barwon Heads is also a unique spot worth checking out, offering sandy river estuaries that are popular for swimming, kayaking, and windsurfing.
The peninsula is also a golfer’s mecca. Catering to the weekend enthusiast as well as the seasoned pro, there’s a course for everyone. The ones to hit? RACV Torquay Resort course.
For the history buff
The seaside town of Queenscliff is a must-visit for any history buff. This historic town was once a strategic defence post for Geelong and Melbourne, and much of the original architecture remains.
Delve deep into the rich maritime history by taking a tour at Fort Queenscliff, or just take a wander down the town’s main streets to admire the historic old shopfronts and grand hotels.
You could also take a maritime history tour departing Queenscliff for Port Phillip Bay and learn about the history of the area.