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Cycling

Get passionate about a sport that locals have long embraced. With its rolling hills, scenic wine regions and breathtaking ocean views, Geelong and the Bellarine offers a truly spectacular cycling experience and a diversity of on and off-road options for all skill levels to enjoy.

For the casual weekend cyclist, ride along Geelong's famous waterfront or the banks of the Barwon River. For the seasoned roadie, spin your way around the Bellarine Peninsula, take in the spectacular coastal views, and stop for breakfast and the morning paper at a local seaside cafe. Or for the adventurous mountain biker, head for the You Yangs and enjoy world-class riding along some challenging bush trails.

Historic rail trails

Check out the well-maintained rail trails that can be found throughout the region. Find a map, pick a trail and make your way through all types of terrain, from the wine regions to the coast.

Mountain biking

Visit the You Yangs Regional Park and its purpose-built XC and downhill trails, which are split into two main areas. The Western Plantation includes a 30-kilometre single-track loop, while The Stockyards has 35 kilometres of downhill rides and XC trails.

The diverse terrain in the region means there are also plenty of other places to get off-road including the Ted Wilson Trail, the Tom McKean Trail, or the Waurn Ponds Creek Trail. 

Events

Spectate or be a part of one of the many great events that pass through this region, from Around the Bay in a Day to the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. Take in the sounds and sights of hundreds of people getting out on their bikes, going at their own pace, and having a blast.

Choose a ride

Geelong (33 kilometres)
Explore bustling Geelong Waterfront then cycle along the shores of Corio Bay, along the Barwon River and Buckley Falls, through the tranquil Eastern Gardens and back to the waterfront.

Bellarine (98 kilometres)
Take in the historic charm of the Bellarine Peninsula as you cycle along it, including Point Lonsdale and the treacherous Rip, Ocean Grove, and the coastal dunes around Barwon Heads.

Bellarine Rail Trail (32.5 kilometres)
Ride from Geelong to Queenscliff on a rail trail that takes in fine wineries, cafes and restaurants, fantastic beaches and magnificent landscapes.

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National parks & reserves

You Yangs Regional Park

The distinctive granite peaks of the You Yangs rise from the flat volcanic plains between Melbourne and Geelong. The You Yangs is a fantastic park...

Cycling

Bellarine Rail Trail

Discover the Bellarine Peninsula, cycling along the old railway line from bustling Geelong past wildflowers and native birdlife to Queenscliff.

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Water sports

Swimming

From Geelong's vibrant waterfront to quiet bayside beaches along the peninsula, there are plenty of places to cool off during the summer months.

Food & wine

Bellarine Taste Trail

Treat your tastebuds to the best of the Bellarine Peninsula. Savour the local flavours at wineries, farmgates, provedores, restaurants, cafes and more.

Outdoor activities

Walking and hiking

From rugged bush trails and lakeside strolls to spectacular coastal paths, the walks in the Geelong and Bellarine region are bound to inspire.

Things to do

Family activities

Waterslides and mysterious islands, wildlife-watching and mazes – there's no end of fun for kids and grownups alike.