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Geelong & the Bellarine Daytrip

Distance: 229 kilometres round trip from Melbourne
Duration: 1 day

Melbourne to Geelong

75 km, about an hour

Break clear of the city traffic and head west to Werribee, located on Melbourne's outskirts. Check out the elephants and rhinos at Werribee Open Range Zoo and enjoy a fancy cuppa at the Mansion at Werribee Park, a grand building built by the Chirnside family in the 1870s.

Hit the tracks and trails of the You Yangs on foot or on two wheels and discover why it's a mountain biking hotspot for riders across Victoria, or stop off at the Brisbane Ranges National Park for a picnic lunch amid the wildflowers.

Pause to pick up unique gifts at the vintage market precinct in North Geelong and then cruise into Victoria's largest regional city, located on calm Corio Bay. The city has fabulous waterfront eateries, landscaped gardens and walking paths. Have a coffee at a waterfront restaurant and wander past the famous bollard characters along the foreshore, or visit the multi award-winning National Wool Museum.

Geelong to Queenscliff

32 km, about 30 minutes

The route continues to Queenscliff through wine country. Scotchmans Hill and Bellarine Estate both have excellent cellar doors, while Jack Rabbit vineyard boasts the best views across the bay. Prefer cider? Stop on the highway for a cold one at the Flying Brick Cider Co. Take a detour to Portarlington for a lunch at The Little Mussel Cafe or tuck into fresh mussels bought from Advance Mussel Supply or at the pier then barbecued on the shore.

Queenscliff is an historic bay-side town well known for its Victorian-era buildings, galleries and excellent restaurants. Learn about 19th-century military history at the historic Fort Queenscliff or stories of the early mariners and fishermen at the Maritime Museum. For the more adventurous, dive to discover coral, sponges and shipwrecks around the bay entrance, charter a boat and swim with dolphins or take a fishing cruise. 

Queenscliff to Point Lonsdale

5 km, about 10 minutes

Continue your journey south to the village of Point Lonsdale overlooking The Rip – the notorious entrance to Port Phillip Bay. Make the journey last a little longer by walking (45 mins) or cycling (15 mins) from town to town. Breathe in the fresh sea air, watch the boats out in the bay and take in the dramatic views from Rip View Lookout.

Point Lonsdale to Barwon Heads

15 km, about 20 minutes

Sip on a morning brew in At The Heads, a restaurant built in the old cold stores along the jetty. Follow it up with a wander down main street. Check out the boutiques and country cafes that have popped up in recent years and enjoy a bit of people watching during the busy summer months. 

Play a round of golf at one of Victoria's most scenic golf courses with outstanding ocean views, fish the calm estuary waters or just amble along kilometres of sandy beaches before making your trip back to Melbourne.


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Geelong & the Bellarine Daytrip

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Queenscliff Harbour

Queenscliff Harbour is a destination in itself and being a working harbour there is always...

Barwon Heads Golf Club

Nestled among the coastal dunes just metres from the spectacular Victorian Surf Coast, the...

Eastern Beach

Head to Geelong's famous waterfront precinct and discover the city's spectacular summer playground.

Thirteenth Beach

Grab your board and hit this popular surf beach, suitable for both learner and advanced surfers.

Werribee Open Range Zoo

Join a wildlife safari, Melbourne style, and spy animals roaming free.

Scotchmans Hill

Established in 1982, Scotchmans Hill is located in the heart of the Bellarine Peninsula. A producer...

Brisbane Ranges National Park

Little more than an hour's drive from Melbourne takes you to the state's richest wildflower...

You Yangs Regional Park

The distinctive granite peaks of the You Yangs rise from the flat volcanic plains between Melbourne...

Werribee Park and Mansion

Smell the roses - all 5000 varieties - in the magnificent grounds of the lavish historic mansion.

Queenscliffe Maritime Museum

Sea, sand and sail are the key to Queenscliff’s history. Visit Queenscliffe Maritime Museum to...

Jack Rabbit Vineyard

Hop to it for sophisticated cool-climate wines and an award-winning restaurant with stunning views.

The Little Mussel Cafe

Advance Mussel Supply's farm gate sales has grown into its very own little mussel cafe. The Little...

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