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 amongst international tourists.
It’s a truly breathtaking destination with stunning sea views, breweries and wineries, 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.
It’s 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 Airport to Geelong useful.
Best Time To Visit The Bellarine
Summer is the most popular time to visit with hordes of people descending on the peninsula to enjoy the regions 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
Read our Bellarine Peninsula guide and discover gourmet food, wineries, seaside villages, and vintage markets at this amazing holiday destination.
Have the ultimate Queenscliff experience with this guide to all the best things to do in Queenscliff so you can have a fantastic time.
You’ll never be left wondering what to do in Portarlington with this guide to the best things to do in Portarlington. You’ll have a ball!
Taste test all the best Bellarine wine with this in-depth guide to the Bellarine Peninsula Wineries. We’ve even included a map.
Places To Stay On The Bellarine Peninsula
Read our top accommodation Bellarine Peninsula guide to find your best place to stay. We list everything from self-contained apartments to country cottages and more.
Looking for the best Queenscliff accommodation? Read our full review of the top 10 places to stay in this delightful seaside village on The Bellarine.
Wondering where to stay in Portarlington? Then our list of the top accommodation in Portarlington is just what you’re looking for.
Looking for the best Ocean Grove accommodation? Discover all the best places to stay with this list of the top accommodation in Ocean Grove.