The Bellarine Peninsula Travel Page
A popular weekend getaway for Melbourne and Geelong locals, the Bellarine Peninsula is a hidden gem that’s not well known among international tourists.
It’s a truly breathtaking destination with stunning sea views, breweries, wineries, and distilleries, beautiful farmlands, and gorgeous Australian countryside.
The more popular towns to visit include, Ocean Grove, Barwon Heads, Queenscliff, Point Lonsdale, Portarlington, and Drysdale. Located within easy reach of each other, each one has its own individual heritage and character.
The Bellarine is one of Victoria’s favourite getaway spots and if you’re planning a trip you’ll find all the information you need in the articles below.
How To Get To The Bellarine Peninsula
With a variety of options to choose from getting to the Bellarine couldn’t be easier.
By car, it’s just 20 minutes from Geelong via either the Bellarine Highway or Portarlington Road. From Melbourne it’s a 90-minute drive along the Princes Highway through Geelong.
Alternatively, Port Phillip Ferries offer daily services between the Melbourne Docklands and Portarlington. While Searoad Ferries operate two car and passenger ferries between Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula and Queenscliff.
If you are travelling from Avalon or Melbourne Airports, then you may find this article about getting from Melbourne and Avalon Airports to Geelong useful.
Best Time To Visit The Bellarine Peninsula
Summer is the most popular time to visit with hordes of people descending on the peninsula to enjoy the region’s fabulous beaches.
Winter offers a much slower pace but you can still enjoy some fantastic winter festivals, cosy cafes, galleries, and museums.
Don’t rule out the beach either as the views of the Southern Ocean are at their most dramatic at this time of year.
Personally, I like the months of March and April when the days a warm and sunny (without the spring winds) and the summer crush has eased. However, it does get busy over the Easter long weekend.
Things To Do On The Bellarine Peninsula