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What to do on the Bellarine Peninsula

There is so much to see and do on the Bellarine Peninsula that you may have to visit us again just to get around to them all.

Most of the attractions are within a 30 minute drive of Ocean Grove or Barwon Heads so that means no long drives, just a short pleasant trip to any of the diverse interests that are available on the Peninsula.

Safe swimming can be enjoyed from the long sandy river foreshore (access via Flinders Parade or off Ewing Blyth Drive) at the river mouth. Thirteenth Beach is a popular ocean beach (access off the Barwon Heads-Torquay Rd.)

Parks and Walks
A walking-cycling track follows Ewing Blyth Drive. Another passes through Village Park (where there are picnic facilities and a playground), connecting Geelong Rd and Wandin Crescent.

Geelong Adventure Park
Is an amusement and water park in Wallington, Victoria, Australia near Geelong. The park contains many attractions such as numerous water slides and water playgrounds. The park is the first water park in Victoria.

Reedy Swamp and Lake Connewarre
Just to the north-west of Barwon Heads are Lake Connewarre and Reedy Swamp which are important migratory bird habitats. Access is via a series of roads which run off the Barwon Heads-Geelong Rd.

Breamlea is about 10 km west on the coast, between Barwon Heads and Torquay. Beneath the high sand dunes is Bancoora, a well-known surfing beach. Access is via the Barwon Heads-Torquay Rd which runs off Ewing Blyth Drive. Also one of William Buckley's camping places during his stay along this coast after escaping from the Sorrento penal camp in 1802. William Buckley lived along this coast with the local indigenous tribes for more than 30 years before re-joining his own society in 1835,

The Bluff
'The Bluff' (also known as Barwon Head) extends out from the south-eastern corner of town beyond the river mouth. Bluff Rd (which runs off Ewing Blyth Drive) leads to a carpark, an ocean lookout and walking tracks. A monument honours those killed in the wreck of the Earl of Charlemont in 1853.

The Jirrahlinga Koala and Wildlife Sanctuary
To get to the Wildlife Sanctuary head north on Sheepwash Rd from the roundabout where the Geelong-Barwon Heads Rd, Golf Links Rd and Sheepwash Rd meet. Turn left onto Taits Rd and you will soon see the sanctuary to the right. It is open daily from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Here are some more things to do or places to visit:

  • Art Studio One runs Gallery Exhibitions, workshops and a Kids Holiday Club program. Visit for details or to book.
  • Visit Lighthouse Olive Oil and buy direct from the grower or sample their many products
  • Eat and be entertained at the 7th. Wave Restaurant
  • Otway Herb Farm near Apollo Bay also a pleasant day trip
  • Fishing Charters a great way to spend time on the water
  • Bellarine Peninsula Wineries Trail (map available from our office)
  • Breakfast, lunch, coffee & cake at Starfish Bakery Barwon Heads, Australias best bakery.....
  • Visit galleries in Queenscliff
  • Discovery walks in Queenscliff tour each Saturday afternoon from Info Centre – 2pm
  • Check out At The Heads Restaurant and its amazing views of River & Ocean
  • Bellarine Peninsula Railway Steam Train Queenscliff to Drysdale
  • Car ferry to Sorrento – frequenly see dolphins, seals, and whales (seasonal)
  • Shopping at Regional Geelong
  • Visit the Geelong Waterfront enjoy the Baywalk and Bolards
  • Visit Frith Homewares in Barwon Heads
  • Enjoy a fantastic meal at Signature Restaurant see Jean Mares specials board
  • Geelong Botanical Gardens
  • Torquay surf wear outlets
  • Lorne and the Otway Ranges, an ideal day trip for those longer visits
  • Walk to the Barwon Heads Bluff
  • Golf at 13th Beach Golf Club
  • Golf at Barwon Heads Golf Club
  • Golf at Ocean Grove Golf Club
  • 15 Minute drive to Queenscliff
  • 20 Minute drive to Geelong or Portarlington
  • 1 Hour Drive to Lorne
  • Fantastic pizzas & more at Barwon Orange Restaurant, Barwon Heads
  • Join a fishing charter for a day of fishing
  • Have a massage or indulgence package at Queenscliff Day Spa or Barwon Heads Lotus Spa
  • Visit Jirrahlinga Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Go crazy at Maze N Games
  • Joy Flights and skydiving at Barwon Heads Airport
  • Bay Cruises
  • Portarlington Mill – National Trust
  • Fort Queenscliff Museum – Historical and Educational Guided Tours
  • Queenscliff Maritime Museum
  • Surfing
  • Sailboard riding
  • Parasailing

So, as you can see there's plenty to keep you interested on the Bellarine Peninsula.

A range of brochures are available at our office that offer more information about our local attractions and how to get to them. Public transport is also available to many of the places.