The Bellarine Peninsula: Activities For All Ages
At an hour from Melbourne, the Bellarine Peninsula offers a variety of relaxing and fun things to do; it’s a perfect place for a long weekend or extended summer holiday. Read below for our tips on some of the best places to stop by when you’re in the area.
Geelong, as Victoria’s second largest city, is at the heart of this peninsula and you’ll find all types of accommodation and plenty of dining and shopping options. Whether you see the sights along the Waterfront boardwalk or take a dip in the swimming enclosure in Eastern Beach Reserve, this stretch of ocean is iconic. Stopping by the heritage listed and fully restored Carousel is a must see, and as it’s housed within a modern pavilion, it’s an all-weather activity. Adventure Park Geelong is a huge hit with the young and young at heart. On the hot days, you’ll probably want to gravitate to the water park area with slides, pools and rides to suit all ages and levels of confidence. Not only is it the largest water park in Geelong, but the whole of Victoria. There is also go-karting, theme park rides, mini golf, archery and a kids train.
Conveniently across the road is Flying Brick Cider Co, a delightful gastropub that will satisfy appetites of the whole family, with a kids menu also on offer. Situated within an impressive architectural building that has a modern yet slightly rustic feel, kick back and try the latest brews on the expansive lawn or explore the vineyards.
After your lunch, head to Bellarine Peninsula tourist information which is literally next door and you will find oodles more activity suggestions, maps and friendly staff to help get you organised for your next stop.
Beach lovers will continue along the coast and head to beaches such as Torquay, Anglesea, Ocean Grove and Barwon heads. Bells Beach is internationally renowned for its surf, but there are many smaller bay areas that are suited to children along the coast. Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale are home to some great rockpools that are fun to explore and change daily with the tide.
The Bellarine Railway is a hit with families, especially if you manage to get along to one of the Day Out With Thomas events. You’ll also find heritage trains, both steam and diesel locomotives and great special events such as the famous Queenscliff Blues Train which includes 4 live music acts and a hearty meal to accompany the tunes.
If outdoor exploring and checking out nature is more your style, Lorne offers some particularly lush rainforest walks in the Great Otway National Park.
The mineral springs walk at Clifton Springs is also worth a visit, where you can see the mineral water bubbling up into the rockpools along a concentrated stretch of beach. Remains of the old spa house and building from the early 1900s are still evident and you’ll also find The Dell, a secluded picnic spot – look out for the long staircase.