Things to See & Do
Rising from the flat, volcanic plains between Geelong and Melbourne, the granite peaks of the You Yangs are a terrific destination for many outdoor activities.
Walk to Flinders Peak for panoramic views of Geelong, Corio Bay, the Western Districts and beyond. There are several walking tracks within the park catering for varying abilities.
The You Yangs are popular for mountain biking; the two designated mountain bike areas offer 50km of track. The park is also popular for rock climbing, abseiling and horse riding and there are BBQ and picnic areas available, as well as toilets.
Trailhead Bike Co. is the only bike shop on the Great Ocean Road and the Surf Coast.
You can ride straight from the front door to the world famous Great Ocean Road or the surrounding mountain bike trails in the Great Otway National Park.
Trailhead Bike Co. stock the best cycling brands and can take care of your bicycle servicing and repair needs.
Now in partnership with Great Ocean Road Adventure Tours (GORATS) Trailhead Bike Co. can take care of all your bike hire needs from 1 person to 100 people.
VIP Bus is the ultimate luxury transport. With perimeter seating for 30 people with a Flat Screen TV, Huge Touch Screen Sound System, Air Con, Toilet, BYO Liquor Licence and Red Carpet Boarding.
Consider VIP Bus for your Corporate transport with a difference and an experience that your clients will never forget.
VIP Bus also provides VIP service for Weddings, Birthday, Formals, Debs, Sport Events, and Hens and Bucks.
As part of BIG4 Beacon Resort's offering, Beacon Bus Tours & Charter are able to provide personalised transfers to and from venues or predetermined locations in a 11 seater bus for both guests and visitors alike. Beacon Bus Tours & Charter can also arrange and personalise boutique tour options.
The Beacon Bus Tours & Charter service is also open to other local accommodation providers to guarantee visitors receive the best possible experience during their stay in the Bellarine region.
Beacon Bus Tours & Charter has an experienced tour guide who has been working as a tour guide both internationally and domestically for more than 25 years. He has developed itineraries and lead tours in many parts of the world however has most recently been developing and leading food, wine and history tours of the Yarra Valley, Mornington and Geelong areas. Beacon Bus Tours & Charter know you will enjoy local knowledge as much as other visitors do.
Please contact Beacon Bus Tours & Charter services for further information or customised itineraries and recommendations within the Geelong Bellarine area.
Avalon Airport is Melbourne's newest airport specialising in domestic flights across Australia. Choose Avalon Airport, the Melbourne airport where flying is made easy.
There's no hassle getting there with a toll free car trip from Melbourne's city centre along an uncongested highway. Geelong and the Great Ocean Road are also just minutes away.
The Airport Car Park is only metres from the terminal, and you can select from their convenient standard car park or their secure undercover Premium Parking service. Why not also give your car a holiday with one of the Vehicle Detailing or Servicing options from their VACC accredited mechanics.
You could say that they are the Melbourne airport with less turbulence. Avalon Airport is Melbourne's easy way to fly.
Start your trip to Geelong with a guided walk where you will visit the key attractions, the arts precinct and our stunning Waterfront.
Get some inspiration for the remainder of your stay and even some discounts. Walks depart from the National Wool Museum, Cnr Brougham & Moorabool St.
The 2 hour walk costs $12 and includes a delicious morning or afternoon tea hosted by Novotel Geelong on the spectacular Waterfront. Bookings are essential - 03 5244 7102.
From its beginnings in the Otway Ranges, the Barwon River winds its way through suburban Geelong before flowing into the ocean at Barwon Heads.
The Barwon River is the site for a huge number of leisure pursuits for Geelong residents. There are several rowing clubs located in Belmont, and a little further south there is an area for waterskiing.
At various points along the river as it runs through Geelong there are tracks for running, cycling and walking. There are also several parks, playgrounds, picnic spots and BBQ areas.
The mouth of the river has sandy banks that are well used walkers and families who build sandcastles and paddle in the shallows.
Fishing is popular on the jetties near the mouth of the river and kayakers and paddlers are often seen in this area.
Barwon Heads also has a sailing club where laser yachts are often seen at high tide. There are also BBQs and picnic areas alongside the riverbank.
Food & Wine
Whether it is the distinctive maritime flavours of The Bellarine, the ancient richness of the Moorabool Valley Wine Region or the rugged, exposed coastline of the Surf Coast, the Geelong Wine Region is united by boutique, family owned winegrowers producing premium quality hand crafted wines.
With each sub region and winery displaying their own unique characteristics, visitors are invited to explore the diversity of the Geelong Wine Region's stunning scenery, touring routes and restaurants whilst sampling some of Victoria's finest cellar door experiences.
Geelong's family owned boutique operators maximise their wine's potential by hand pruning, hand picking and hand crafting their wines allowing regional characters to develop.
Areas within the region have varying microclimates influencing the depth of colour, bouquet and flavour of the wines. The Bellarine has a maritime climate with bay breeezes and spectacular views, whilst the hills and valleys of the Moorabool Valley – Anakie areas have a warm, continental style climate. The renowned Surf Coast is famous for its long summer days and cooling ocean breezes.
James Halliday in his Wine Atlas of Australia and New Zealand wrote:
"If there is a unifying feature in all of the Geelong wines, it is their strength and depth of colour, bouquet and flavour."
Not only does the Geelong wine region produce some of Australia's best wines, but the wineries are surrounded by some of Victoria's best scenery and touring opportunities.
The Geelong Wine Region. Fine wines – from our hands to yours.
For a map of the winery region visit: http://www.winegeelong.com.au/wine_region/map
Bustling with fashionable sippers and shoppers, the main street offers a variety of dining experiences from casual provedores and bakeries to fine restaurants or home-cooked take-away meals.
Beach House Barwon Heads
At The Heads Restaurant
Barwon Heads Hotel
Fish & chips on the beach
Bellbrae Estate is fortunate to be situated right in the heart of one of the world's most magnificent stretches of coast, Victoria's Surf Coast. And like those pioneers of the waves from the 1950s through, those people that lived their lives in order to get back to 'their' breaks, Bellbrae Estate wants to remind you of what life is truly about. Enjoyment. Finding something you love. Dreaming.
With handcrafted wines made from predominantly estate-grown fruit, Bellbrae Estate realised their dream which is why their wines are named after the regions local surf breaks. Cheeky though some of those names are, they locate their wines firmly within their regional context, and it is this region that is celebrated at Bellbrae Estate.
The new Release wines are a standout. Extraordinary examples of cool climate wines, the 'Bird Rock' Pinot Noir and the 'Bells' Syrah burst with berry characteristics. The Pinot Noir exemplifies the fine tannin balance and characteristic flavours of this cool climate-preferring grape and the Syrah ripples across the palate in a delicate dance of flavours and aromas delighting all who try. The 'Boobs' Chardonnay, named after legendary 60s surfer Boobs Johnson, was recently awarded four and a half stars by Wine State and is virtually flying out the door.
The Longboard Range is inspired by the image of China enjoying a lazy ride in after the swell; there to help you unwind after work or to enjoy over dinner at home or with friends. Long in flavour and impact, each of the varieties on offer in this range is a finely crafted example of its type, priced for every day.
Elegant, contemporary wines made from estate and select Geelong region fruit their ranges include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Moscato, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Sparkling Shiraz Pinot Noir and a Fortified Cabernet Shiraz.
Blackman's Brewery is in Torquay, where beer is brewed just a hop and a skip from the surf, not far from Bells Beach, one of the world's most famous surf spots and home of the prestigious surfing competitions, the Bells Beach Rip Curl Pro. Blackman's have a core range of beers including the gold medal winning Smoked Porter, and silver & bronze winning Unfiltered Lager, all brewed on site.
Blackman's Brewery have created a spot for you to come and taste some quality brews and catch up with your friends and family. The all-day kitchen is open whenever beers are being served.
Blackman's Brewery have developed a share style, beer-food menu to complement Blackman's hand crafted beers. Mix and match from bites such as beer battered fish tacos or spent grain meatballs, settle in for a pizza and look out for the changing specials, like sticky beef ribs with stout jus and pulled pork bau.
Out the back, in what used to be a kid's games room, is the brewery equipment. It is a Canadian made setup, showcasing beautiful copper and stainless steel which can be viewed through the glass at the end of the hallway and beer garden. Renn spends his days in here making the magic happen, and the best thing is you are welcome to join him.
Public brew days and brewery tours:
From 12noon till 4pm on every second Sunday of the month, you can come and learn how Renn brews the beer. Brewery tours are given at 4pm daily for up to ten people. Let the brewery know via email you are interested and they will add you on the brewery tour list.
One of a handful of families pioneering grape and wine production in the Otway hinterland, Dinny Goonan Wines have won numerous awards since the first commercial release in 2001.
The vineyard and cellar door are conveniently situated on the inland road to Lorne, between Winchelsea and Deans Marsh. This location provides a great springboard to explore the Otways and surrounding attractions, and Dinny Goonan Wines are happy to share some local knowledge of other places to see and visit.
Visitors are welcome to taste wines and relax in the peaceful vineyard setting. Find out more about the wines by talking to Dinny the winemaker, or stroll around the vineyard and winery.
Vineyard platters are available on weekends between December and April and every day during January, so it is a great chance to take some time out to enjoy the wines, surrounded by the vines that produced them. The platters have a regional focus providing the opportunity to match local wines with regional produce. The only distractions will come from the Crimson Rosellas and Blue Winged Grass Parrots that have made the vineyard their home.
Dinny Goonan Wines also offer a great coffee and a selection of local foodstuffs and oils. And then of course, there are their award-winning wines.
As a family run enterprise, everything is very much "hands on". The vines are hand pruned; Dinny Goonan Wines pick the grapes by hand and use traditional vinification and elevage techniques within the modern winery.
Dinny Goonan Wines specialise in the production of cool climate Shiraz and Riesling.
Dinny Goonan Wines also produce limited quantities of Cabernets (a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec), a Semillon Sauvignon and a Sparkling wine (a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay) which are available exclusively to their cellar door customers.
Pakington Street (or ‘Pako’ to locals) is a vibrant, cosmopolitan mix of shopping and eating out.
Food and drink ranges from casual coffee shops with al fresco facilities and pubs with bistros to trendy bars and top class restaurants.
Fashion stores, boutique giftware, specialty stores and gourmet groceries make up the eclectic mix of shops. You are likely to finish your day with a killer pair of heels and a bag of locally grown gourmet tomatoes.
The art-deco swimming enclosure at Eastern Beach has been a Geelong favourite for generations. Built in the 1930’s, the ‘Promenade’ is a wooden structure built in an arc, great for walking on a warm evening. The swimming area also has a large tower and diving boards. There is a separate children’s pool that is enclosed and paved.
On shore, there is a fantastic adventure playground with plenty of spectator seats for the grown ups. There are large areas of lawn perfect for picnics or, depending on the season, a kick of the football or a game of cricket.
There are toilet and dressing room facilities, and the beach is patrolled by lifesavers during summer. There is also a restaurant / café / kiosk on site. The whole area is set amongst grassy hills and enormous trees, and several of the buildings in the precinct are listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.
As Victoria’s largest regional town, there are loads of shopping options in Geelong. The central city area has a high concentration of malls with major department stores and chains, as well as a good mix of specialty shops and independent boutiques.
There are fairly large-scale shopping centres in major suburbs such as Belmont, Waurn Ponds and Corio.
Pakington Street, running through Newtown and Geelong West, is vibrant and fashionable. Shops here tend to be independent and perfect for finding on-trend fashion or unique homewares.
The Geelong Botanic Gardens are a wonderful mix of old and new featuring traditional heritage gardens as well as the contemporary and waterwise 21st Century garden.
The gardens were established in 1851 and as such feature fabulous mature trees, including some rare and exotic. Within the 17 acre space there are rose gardens, shaded lawn areas perfect for picnics, a teahouse.
There are also regular guided walks exploring different aspects of the gardens and special interest areas.
The Geelong Playspace is a special playground. Located in the heart of Eastern Park and with views to Corio Bay, the multi-award winning design integrates accessible playground activities into the overall playground.
The area caters for children of a wide range of abilities and a great cross section of age groups.
The ‘Liberty Swing’ – which provides children in a wheelchair the experience of a playground swing – requires a key, which can be collected from either the National Wool Museum in Moorabool Street or The Carousel on the Waterfront.
Eastern Park is 185 acres of sporting facilities, walking tracks, parkland and recreation space.
Located on the edge of the Geelong CBD and bordering the Geelong Waterfront precinct, it’s a fantastic spot to enjoy fresh air and outdoor activity. The gravel track around the park is used by many locals for jogging, walking and cycling.
There are 5 hard wicket cricket ovals as well as pavilions, BBQs and playgrounds, including the award winning Geelong Playspace.
Boating & Sailing
Building their city on a North-facing bay was a stroke of genius for the forefathers of Geelong. Generations later, residents and visitors alike are enjoying the benefits of the area collectively known as 'The Waterfront'.
Stretching from Eastern Beach around to Rippleside, the area incorporates many restaurants and cafes on the water's edge. There are places for kids to play, from open grassy areas to some of the biggest and best playgrounds in the region.
There are kids attractions including the carousel, a miniature train ride and a skate park. Seasonally there are also bungee trampolines and a giant ferris wheel.
Childrens attractions, open public space, a lively calendar of events and fabulous places to eat and drink make the Waterfront a Geelong must-do.
Museums, History and Heritage
Barwon Grange is an elegant intact brick home dating from Geelong's earliest residential settlement.
It was built in 1855 and reflects the aspirations of middle class businessman Jonathan Porter O'Brien and his family who had emigrated from Liverpool.
The picturesque Gothic style architecture includes steep gables, unusual decorative timber bargeboards and veranda parapet.
The interior contains a fine collection of early Victorian furniture and fittings faithfully accumulated according to an inventory compiled when the house was auctioned in 1856.
The garden complements the house with a Victorian fountain. Lawns sloping down to the Barwon River are planted with species from a mid-19th century plant catalogue.
The Heights Heritage House and Garden dates back to the 1850s. The house was built in 1855 and is remarkable for being the largest (14 rooms) German, prefabricated house in Victoria.
During the 1930s, the building was extensively altered to reflect contemporary taste although the extensive gardens, stables, outbuildings and water tower survive intact from the 19th century.
The Heights retains a small collection of fine Georgian furniture collected by the last owners, Louis and Marnie Whyte.
Early 1860s plantings still dominate this beautiful Geelong garden today and the aged oaks and conifers provide great delight to visitors.
Barwon Park is a majestic 42 room bluestone mansion set in a sweeping rural landscape, built in 1871 for Thomas and Elizabeth Austin.
The Enclosed bluestone courtyard catering for up to 120 guests, provides a stylish and enchanting venue for wedding receptions and functions.
The elegant formal dining room with its superb polished tables and balloon-back chairs is available for smaller functions and receptions and caters for up to 30 guests.
Barwon Park also features a novel cast iron veranda, monumental entrance hall and magnificent central staircase. The mansion captures the glory of Victoria's pastoral heritage.
Visitors to Barwon Park are truly rewarded with a vision from the past.
Ocean Grove Beach is located in the centre of the 9.5 km long beach that curves in a broad, south facing arc from Point Lonsdale to the Barwon River mouth.
The Ocean Grove section is 2 km long and faces south-east. Some protection is offered by Barwon Heads and the beach receives waves averaging 1.4m. These waves interact with the fine beach sand to produce a wide, low gradient beach face, fronted by a 300m wide surf zone that contains strong rips every 250m.
During moderate waves, the rips increase in size and intensity toward Collendina, while decreasing toward Barwon Heads. At low tide, the beach and exposed bar can be over 100 m wide, with the deeper rip channels clearly visible.
The town of Ocean Grove backs the beach, with a wide, well-arranged foreshore reserve between the town and the beach. It provides extensive parking, together with most beach amenities. The good parking and easy access, together with the surf club patrols and slightly lower waves make this a popular summer beach. The Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club was formed in 1948 and performs an average of 8 rescues each year.
A moderately safe beach, particularly during average summer conditions, when extensive bars dominate. Best at high tide, however watch the rips, particularly at low tide. Best to stay between the flags.
Usually has wide, moderate to low beach breaks; more popular with summer surfers.
Best to go up the beach away from the summer crowds, and where rip holes are more common.
A popular summer beach, which can hold a large crowd. It has a wide, shallow surf zone with rips increasing up the beach, so it is best to stay near the surf club and bathe in the patrolled area.
Type: Formal parking area
SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.
General Beach Hazard Rating: 6
Least hazardous: 1-3
Moderately hazardous: 4-6
Highly hazardous: 7-8
Extremely hazardous: 9-10
Hazard rating refers to physical beach and surf conditions ONLY and does not include potentially dangerous marine life.
With an international reputation as one of Australia’s best surf beaches, Bells Beach is amazing spot – either in the water or out. There isn’t much ‘beach’ at Bells, it’s mostly a glorious cliff-face, and views from the cliff-top car park are spectacular – a great spot to watch local surfers out in the water.
There are several quality surfing spots in the precinct from Southside to Steps Reef. Every Easter Bells Beach hosts the international professional surfing community for the Rip Curl Pro event.
To get to Bells Beach, travel along the Great Ocean Road past Jan Juc – turn left into Bells Boulevard and follow the signs.
General Beach Hazard Rating: 6
Least hazardous: 1-3
Moderately hazardous: 4-6
Highly hazardous: 7-8
Extremely hazardous: 9-10
Hazard rating refers to physical beach and surf conditions ONLY and does not include potentially dangerous marine life.
Bells is a world class right when above 1.5 m. When smaller, the waves break close in to the headland and produce a right called Rincon. Further around the head are two more reef breaks which work below 2 m, called Centre Side (a right) and Southside (a left).
The water is deep right off the beach, while at low tide you can fish from the reefs at each end.
One of the meccas of surfing and well worth a visit, if only to view the beach and surf from the bluffs.
Type: Formal parking area
We provide this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. We remind you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches.
The Barwon Heads Bridge is a road connecting Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove.
The deteriorating 100+ year old bridge has been reconstructed in recent years and a second bridge has been built alongside to take pedestrian traffic, cyclists and recreational anglers.
Romantic Getaway & Weddings
The region's original Day Spa, located just outside the township of Torquay overlooking rolling hills through to blue ocean waters. Over time the Saltair therapists have forged a reputation of providing the ultimate authentic spa experience for thousands of visitors coming to the area every year.
Using award-winning products, the unique location and their friendly therapists, Saltair Day Spa guarantees the best way to totally relax before setting off for an amazing journey along the Great Ocean Road.
You will find Saltair Day Spa only one hour easy drive from the Westgate Bridge; then calm your mind as you are cared for by the exceptional therapists and Indulge in a complete menu of day spa treatments and therapies.
Try something new like an Indigenous inspired rhythmic massage or a facial treatment using a combination of the purist organic bases and pure oxygen gas. Saltair treatments use the highest quality aromatherapy oils, earth ochres, desert salts, ocean mineral polishers, moisturisers and elixirs used in the finest destination spas worldwide.
Choose from body treatments, massage, facials, oxygen treatments, hand and foot treatments, day spa packages and professional skin health advice and treatments, spray tans, waxing and tinting.
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Spas, Relaxation & Wellbeing
Balance Studio is the Surf Coast's premier boutique fitness centre with over 20 classes per week, seven days a week. Pricing to suit casual and regular visitors with no contracts or joining fees. Barre Attack, Suspension Training, Restorative Pilates, Hard Core Pilates, HIIT, Vinyasa Flow Yoga, H.I.I.T and Funk Dance Fitness classes available.
Polished timber floors, slate tiling, mirrors and barres with plenty of natural light where you will feel warm, welcome and inspired to lengthen and strengthen your body. This beautiful space in Torquay's emerging health and wellbeing hub, Surf City Plaza (next to Surfworld Museum), is available to hire for workshops, classes, school holiday programs or one off events.
Bookings are essential via the website or direct from your smart phone via Balance Studio's free app - MINDBODY connect.
Theatre, Music and the Arts
Set in bushland acreage near Anglesea just off the beautiful Great Ocean Road, Moongate Studios is the owner-built, mud-brick home, gallery/studios and gardens of Geo and Jan Francis, internationally acclaimed artists.
A personal and working relationship of over 40 years has crafted Jan and Geo into an intuitive, vibrant team capable of successfully following public and corporate art projects through all stages from concept to installation, whilst individually developing their own well recognised and much awarded creative voices.
George sculpts in all mediums including stone, wood, steel and bronze. Jan paints oils on canvas but also loves the simplicity of the black and white in lino-cuts, etchings and ink sketches. Their art expression manifests through their love of life, observation and experience. They are the founding and current heads of Geelong Sculptors Inc and have forged and nurtured QUALITALY, a cultural corridor between Geelong Australia and Piedmont Italy for over a decade.
Studio exhibitions are ever changing as new work develops. Commissions always welcome. Open by appointment.
Salt and Pepper Gallery is a unique attraction on the ever-popular Great Ocean Road at Bellbrae.
The Gallery is a working studio. When you come in you can see the artist, Catherine Brennan, creating beautiful works of art. These may be paintings, ceramic or Hebel sculptures, or one of her own designer accessories.
Come in and be inspired.
Surfcoast Images is a gallery carrying an extensive range of West Coast photography from The Apostles to The Bellarine Peninsular by Kevan Way. Large high resolution panoramas are a specialty and can be printed in-house to any size.
Kevan was a Commercial Photographer in Melbourne for 30 years, and also carries a wide range of Art Photography, as well as landscapes from around the world.
He also represents surf photographer Peter 'Joli' Wilson and and abstract small wave photographer Deb Morris exclusively in Torquay
Will Dielenberg Galleries showcase the beautiful Fine Art Landscape Photography of Australian photographer, Will Dielenberg. Recently awarded the winner of the 2015 AIPP Victorian Landscape Photographer of the year, Will has acquired more than one hundred International and Australian awards.
Will's imagery is greatly influenced by coastal Southern Victoria, having lived, surfed and photographed the Great Ocean Road coastline for almost 40 years. It's the love and affinity that he has for the region that continues to motivate and inspire.
The art and imaging is not restricted to the Surfcoast and you will find many unique works representing the iconic Australian destinations and also those magical hard to reach locations known to very few.
From the brilliance of the largest Limited Edition prints, destined to grace the walls of the largest homes, corporate and hotel receptions, to the broad range of Open Edition prints available in sizes to suit even the smallest of rooms, there is something for everyone. Whether it be to experience the luminance, colour and composition of one of Will's two metre masterpieces or if you are considering a smaller print or something in between, Will Dielenberg's - Great Ocean Road Gallery is must see experience when you are next in Lorne.
Will Dielenberg is an Associate Member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography.
You can also visit Will Dielenberg - Melbourne at 1005 High Street Armadale 3243.
Will Dielenberg Galleries looks forward to seeing you soon.
Qdos Arts is the epicentre of the vibrant arts scene in Lorne. What began as a gallery, cafe and sculpture park to celebrate the visual, performing and gourmet arts has grown into a complete respite for creative souls even with five Japanese-inspired tree houses.
Owner and artist Graeme Wilkie whose admiration for the Japanese aesthetic led him to develop this quintessential Australian bush setting into a unique blend, a 'living art' experience.
Light is also a theme in the gallery with lofty roof lines and glass to draw in the bushland views. Leading artists are represented and the visual feast is matched by the creative gourmet offerings of the café.
The grounds form a natural amphitheatre watched over by the gallery and tree houses, in which major sculptural works blends with tall gums, a peaceful pond and a myriad of birdlife.
If you have an innate reverence for the ordinary things like forest, stone, wood and love for simplicity with the harmony of the natural world, or you need a haven for a weary soul in the natural tranquillity of the Otway Ranges with only the music of nature, Qdos Tree House accommodation is the treat you need!
The Anglesea Golf Club is situated on the Great Ocean Road and is an undulating 6,074 metre Par 73 layout set in natural bushland.
A feature of the course is the number of elevated greens that require plenty of thought when selecting your club. There are only 42 bunkers throughout the course which have been likened to sand-belt bunkers and coupled with eucalypt tree lined fairways combine to produce a stimulating round. Also there is the ever present resident population of Eastern Grey Kangaroos which number approximately 300.
Anglesea Golf Club welcomes social golfers and social groups every day of the week, don't have golf equipment? The Pro Shop carries hire clubs, pull buggies and motorised carts. There are green fees with cheaper rates for group bookings, juniors and nine holes.
If you are not interested in golf why not come along and have lunch or dinner in the Bistro over looking the 18th hole with ocean glimpses. The Bistro is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week from 9.00am till 9.00pm.
The kangaroos generally come down towards the Clubhouse of an evening so visitors having a drink on the balcony or dining in our bistro have the unique experience of seeing Australian Wildlife in a natural setting.
Roo Tours are conducted Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm with volunteer Roo Ambassadors to take you out on course, get up close to the Eastern Grey Kangaroos in their five seater Roo Buggy. Great photo opportunities. Please contact operators for prices and details.
Torquay lives and breathes surfing, and the region has a global reputation as an amazing surf destination. Bells Beach hosts the annual Rip Curl Pro, where the best surfers in the world compete each Easter.
Nearby Winkipop is also popular with experienced surfers. Torquay and Jan Juc offer good conditions for those wanting to learn to surf, and several schools operate classes at local beaches.
Surf conditions can vary greatly, check with the Visitor Information Centre or local Surf Life Saving Club.
Searoad Ferries connects the Great Ocean Road and the Bellarine to the Mornington Peninsula, the 40 minute crossing is a stress free alternative to driving through the city.
Two specially designed all weather 60 metre ferries have easy drive on/drive off facilities, spacious comfortable lounges with full-length windows, a tempting cafe and plenty of deck space.
Watch out for dolphins, whales in winter and enormous ships as you breathe incredibly fresh air. Arriving at Sorrento, you will have a perfect view of multi-million dollar mansions sitting atop cliffs, tiny coves filled with boats, the beautiful foreshore and old limestone buildings.
Whether you are going home or on a journey far away, there's no better way to see the bay than with Searoad Ferries.
Passengers with vehicles are advised to arrive at the terminals at least 20 minutes prior to departure.
The ferries depart from Queenscliff Harbour, Queenscliff and the Sorrento Pier, Sorrento.
Special Features on the 40 minute journey are the unparalleled views of historic lighthouses, the Point Nepean fortifications, navigational features, seals and dolphins are available from the comfortable lounge areas, cafe style seating or numerous observation decks.
Both vessels are fully equipped to cater for passengers with disabilities, including an internal lift from the vehicle deck to the passenger lounge.
Coaches may be booked ahead. Seven days notice is advisable to secure passage.