Welcome to Geelong and The Bellarine
Beautiful waterfronts, rolling green hills, stunning natural coastline and more! Geelong and the Bellarine is an enchanting region of Victoria with something for everyone to discover. Welcome to a region with a rich cultural history, vibrant arts scene, boutique shopping, first-class food & wine, loads of wildlife and exciting experiences that are just waiting for you to explore. With so much to do in the area it can be hard to know where to start! Scroll down to discover our blogs and suggestions for some of the best attractions and accommodation that Geelong and the Bellarine have to offer, along with tour options to plan your perfect adventure and be your own Geelong Tour Guide.
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My Geelong Tour Guide Photo Competition – International Students in Geelong
International students in Geelong, win 2 complimentary flights vouchers, one for you and one for a companion, for return flights to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, flying AirAsia via Avalon Airport and $500 spending money!
Share your favourite photograph(s) of places and experiences in Geelong & The Bellarine. Show your friends and family why you love Geelong so much. Think of a picnic on the Geelong Waterfront, strolling along the Ocean Grove beach, the views from the You Yangs, the historic carousel. The ideas are endless…
TOURS AND HOW TO GET ABOUT
Check out ideas for things to do, places to see and where to eat and sleep in these suggested itineraries.
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As one of Queenscliff’s most prestigious waterfront luxury homes, Clydesville offers comfort and luxury while boasting its rich history through architectural features of bygone eras.Clydesville is ideal for the most special of celebrations with family or friends. It evokes pleasure and peace in an environment unsurpassed and can accommodate up to 10 people in five bedrooms with various living and dining areas as well as a full kitchen and rear outdoor courtyard.
Sabina on Little Myers
Beautifully appointed, stunning three bedroom Victorian house tucked away in a quieter part of Geelong central, providing a sophisticated base for exploring Geelong and the Bellarine; offering privacy with all the comforts of home. From the front door it’s only a short stroll to all of Geelong’s inner-city and waterfront attractions.
Offer for friends and relatives of international students studying in Geelong, FREE Geelong regional wine and chocolates on arrival, plus light continental breakfast on your first morning. See offers below for terms and conditions.
Riverview Family Caravan Park
Riverview Family Caravan Park is ideally located in Ocean Grove, on the sand spit between the ocean and the river. The accommodation includes fully self-contained cabins and sites for caravans, trailers and tents. While staying at Riverview Family Caravan Park you can explore the hinterland, parks and wetlands areas or drop in for a coffee at a local shop. In the evenings, relax and enjoy the spectacular sunset.
Quality Hotel Bayside Geelong
Located on Geelong’s Esplanade, Quality Hotel Bayside Geelong’s front yard is the magnificent waterfront foreshore. Situated in a quiet residential area and only a gentle 15 minute stroll to Geelong’s town centre. Quality Hotel Bayside Geelong offers 68 well appointed guest rooms, from hotel rooms to fully self-contained one and two bedroom apartments, perfect for families or those who wish to self-cater. Check out their special deal for friends/relatives of international students in Geelong in the ‘Offers’ section below.
Unit 5 Wyuna Queenscliff Victoria
Unit 5 Wyuna Queenscliff Victoria offers a contemporary, ground floor, two bedroom, self contained apartment with fully appointed kitchen, accommodating up to four people, with off-street parking. Unit 5 is located in the Wyuna Apartments complex in Hesse Street, the main street of Queenscliff.
Barwon Heads Caravan Park
A relaxed beachside getaway that is so close, yet somehow world’s away, Barwon Heads is a charming sea-change destination on the picturesque banks of the Barwon River, where the river meets the sea. Every site is within a short walk of the water’s edge. They offer a range of accommodation from cabins, beach houses, boat houses, caravan and camping.
Barwon River Holiday Park
Barwon River Holiday Park is conveniently located only two kilometres from Geelong CBD and waterfront Geelong, nestled on the banks of the Barwon River. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere, beautiful natural attractions and wildlife on offer. Accommodation options range from superior deluxe cabins through to budget cabins, ensuite sites, lush green shady, powered caravan and tent sites.
The Blues Train
Victoria’s historic coastal town of Queenscliff is home to the world’s one and only Blues Train. It is a unique experience that combines four of Australia’s best live acts and the beautiful scenery of the Bellarine Peninsula while aboard a real moving heritage train. One of Australia’s most spectacular entertainment experiences, it is a mini festival in one night, a progressive party you will never forget. Check out our special deal in the ‘Offers’ section below.
National Wool Museum
The National Wool Museum is housed in a beautifully restored 1872 bluestone wool store close to the vibrant new Waterfront Geelong. The Museum is Australia’s largest comprehensive museum of wool, showcasing the region’s wool story from the sheep’s back to the clothes rack and from the birth of the industry in the 1840’s to its place in the world today.
The Queenscliff Brewhouse
The Queenscliff Brewhouse is a multi-award-winning hotel, brewery and distillery, with over 400 craft beers, 200 plus regional wines and 400 plus spirits. They have various food offerings throughout the venue, including a classic bistro menu, our cellar door menu specialising in local produce and our Whisky Restaurant & Bar upstairs for the more discerning food, complete with views of Swan Bay.
Established in 1896, the Geelong Gallery is one of Australia’s leading and oldest regional art galleries. Since its establishment, the gallery has amassed a magnificent collection of 19th to 21st century Australian and European paintings and decorative arts, including 18th and 19th century English porcelain, British art pottery, colonial Australian silver, as well as contemporary Australian paintings, prints, sculpture and ceramics.
Skydive Great Ocean Road
Leap into the sky with Skydive Great Ocean Road on a tandem skydiving adventure and surf the air currents above famous Bells Beach, marvel at lush coastal bush and farmland as you free fall from up to 15,000 feet at a speed of over 200 kilometres per hour.
Skydiving at the Great Ocean Road is one of Victoria’s best skydiving adventures – let the tandem skydiving team show you Barwon Heads like you have never seen it before.
Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre
Narana seeks to build understanding of Aboriginal history and culture in a welcoming, friendly and relaxed atmosphere, through personal interaction with groups and individuals from all community backgrounds. Nestled amongst native trees, walkways, gardens and the resident emus and wallabies, is the cultural display and performance building, Art Gallery, Café Narana and retail outlet.
Werribee Open Range Zoo
At Werribee Open Range Zoo you will find an amazing array of animals living on 225 hectares of wide, open savannah. On the African River Walking Trail, come face-to-face with amazing gorillas, a pride of lions, see monkeys at play, watch cheetah prowl, and feel the sand between your toes and watch the hippos at Hippo Beach. There are also Aussie animals including koalas, kangaroos and emus.
Geelong Winery Tours
Geelong Winery Tours runs boutique tours for two to four people. Groups of up to 11 people can be catered for, however, a quote would be given after a discussion on your requirements. Choose the wineries that you would like to visit with the knowledge that you can stay as long as you want in any of them.
Twisted History at the Geelong Gaol
Join Twisted History at the Geelong Gaol, the longest continuously running 19th century prison for ghost and investigation tours. Join our team of investigators to explore this three story blue stone building, known in Victoria as ‘The Prison of the Ill’. Rumoured to be one of the most haunted gaols in Australia. This prison once housed convicts and murderers in extreme conditions, which makes it perfect to investigate. Go to ‘offers’ below for our special deal for overseas friends and relatives of international students in Geelong.
Wilsons Wine Tours Geelong
Wilsons Wine Tours Geelong is all about creating a fun, memorable and personalised day for you and your crew. With 25 years of wine industry experience, you can trust Wilsons Wine Tours to take you to the top wineries throughout the Geelong region. Having fun is the key to any great day and the team will make sure that you have plenty of that on the day. With lots of laughs to be had and great wines to taste, get out and explore the wineries.
GO Roam Tours
GO Roam Tours offers wine tours and Great Ocean Road Day Trips. They will take you door to door from Geelong, Torquay or the Bellarine Peninsula. The Great Ocean Road Tour itinerary includes The 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, London Bridge, Port Campbell, Koalas, King Parrots, Split Point Lighthouse, Timboon, waterfalls, rainforest and spectacular views. Pick up and return to your home, accommodation, Portarlington and Queenscliff Ferries, Geelong, Torquay or the Bellarine.
Flying Brick Cider House
Flying Brick Cider House is a retro-inspired landmark venue. Think innovative space, a tasting paddle of ciders, amazing food without the ‘fancy’, the best Bellarine wines around, a solid selection of beer, Friday night live music which traces the roots of rock, soul, rhythm and blues. All of this is just the beginning of what you will expect to find at Flying Brick Cider House. Look for our special deal in the offers section below for overseas visitors of international students in Geelong.
Public is a licensed contemporary café set inside the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre’s magnificent Dome. Located on the ground floor and overlooking the revamped Johnstone Park, Public serves delicious food and amazing coffee in a unique and vibrant setting.
360Q restaurant venue is located at the gorgeous $38 million marina at Queenscliff Harbour. The restaurant is renowned for its magnificent views over the harbour, the city of Melbourne in the distance, Port Phillip Heads and the township of Queenscliff from its enclosed viewing deck which guests access via a spiral staircase.
With unrivalled views across the bay to Geelong, the You Yangs and Melbourne, Jack Rabbit is a must visit destination on the Bellarine. Experience the delectable food, take a guided tasting of the diverse stable of sophisticated cool climate wines. Soak up the spectacular and ever-changing views – the ultimate Bellarine experience awaits.
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Port Phillip Ferries
Port Phillip Ferries is a passenger ferry service that runs in Victoria between Portarlington on the Bellarine Peninsula and Victoria Harbour in Docklands, Melbourne and from December 2019 between Geelong and Docklands. Operating 365 days a year, the service is enjoyed by daily commuters and leisure travellers who wish to access the coast or the city with ease.
Cycling Vine Tours – Queenscliff Bellarine Peninsula
Enjoy a leisurely morning bike ride through the beautiful Queenscliff – Bellarine Peninsula passing farms and vineyards as we cycle our way through the coastal countryside. Take advantage of the quiet back roads and trails through the scenic countryside with its boutique food and wine producers. The cycling is easy and very enjoyable riding mainly along the Bellarine Rail Trail .
Geelong Helicopters operates scenic flights daily from the Geelong Waterfront on the Yarra Street Pier and also by appointment from Barwon Heads Airport. Let Geelong Helicopters show you Corio Bay, Geelong CBD, Barwon River, the famous Bells Beach and Torquay – the gateway to the Great Ocean Road from a view not seen by all. See our special deal in the offers section below for overseas friends/relatives of international students in Geelong.
Sea All Dolphin Swims of Queenscliff
The popular and award winning Sea All Dolphin Swims of Queenscliff is a family owned business which offers a truly unique marine experience on Port Phillip Bay. Where else can you snorkel with wild dolphins, seals and colourful reef fish all on the one cruise? With a clever blend of fun adventure and education, the friendly crew at Sea All Dolphin Swims cater for passengers of all ages, sizes, shapes and abilities, with modern wet suits, equipment and light refreshments included.
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