The Bellarine Peninsula
Bellarine Peninsula Overview

The Bellarine Peninsula lies to the east of Geelong. The original woodland has virtually all been cleared in favour of open farmland and sprawling townships. The land and sea is still generous, and the Bellarine is famous for fantastic local produce: wine, olive oil, fish and mussels.

The bay beaches at Portarlington, Indented Heads and St Leonards, with their northern and eastern outlooks have their devotees among boating and fishing enthusiasts, and the view of Melbourne’s skyscrapers seemingly rising out of the bay is one of the strangest in Australia. The gems are Queenscliff, a 19th century port town with a remarkable location; the Rip, which is the dramatic entrance to Port Phillip Bay; Barwon Heads, with its dramatic bluff, famous golf courses and surf breaks; and little known Bancoora and Breamlea, a small village in the sand dunes just east Torquay, on the Surf Coast.

While officially the Great Ocean Road runs from Torquay to near Warrnambool, from a practical point of view, however, either Geelong or Queenscliff (on the Bellarine Peninsula) will be the gateway to the region for visitors who start from Melbourne.

Bellarine Peninsula Overview

Great Ocean Road & Otways Waterfalls

Touring the Great Ocean Road between Torquay and Lavers Hill you will experience breathtaking coastal views, visit idyllic beaches and venture into the Otway Ranges where scenic waterfalls tumble into fern-filled gullies in some of the remnants of the ancient Gondwanaland rainforest. While you’re taking in the sights and sounds you’ll learn about the Indigenous and early European histories of the region and observe native wildlife.


Days:2
Luxury:**** Four Star
Type of Tour:Small Group Guided Tour
Experience: Car Touring / Nature
Challenge: Easy
Cost: From $747
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Great Ocean Road & 12 Apostles

On this small group tour of the Great Ocean Road between Torquay and the Twelve Apostles you will experience breathtaking coastal views, visit idyllic beaches, shipwrecks, towering ocean cliffs and unique sandstone formations as well as venture into Gondwanaland rainforest gullies with eucalypts towering overhead in the Otway Ranges. While you’re taking in the sights and sounds you’ll learn about the Indigenous and early European history of the region and observe native wildlife.


Days:2
Luxury:**** Four Star
Type of Tour:Small Group Guided Tour
Experience: Car Touring / Nature
Challenge: Easy
Cost: From $747
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Surf Coast Tour

Touring the Great Ocean Road between Torquay and Kennett River you will experience breathtaking coastal views, visit idyllic beaches and venture into the surrounding forests where scenic waterfalls tumble into fern-filled gullies. While you’re taking in the sights and sounds, you’ll learn about the Indigenous and early European histories of the region and observe native wildlife.


Days:1
Luxury:**** Four Star
Type of Tour:Small Group Guided Tour
Experience: Car Touring / Nature
Challenge: Easy
Cost: From $250
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