Around the Bay Touring Route

Touring the Bellarine and Mornington peninsulas
233 km/144 miles, about 4 hours

Take in everything from historic villages and beautiful beaches to stunning coastal scenery and local wildlife on a relaxing drive around Port Phillip Bay. Savour farm fresh produce, sample renowned wines, and while away the time in cafes, restaurants and pubs. Begin and end your journey in Melbourne and travel in either direction, crossing the waters of Port Phillip Bay on the Queenscliff – Sorrento Car and Passenger Ferry along the way.

Queenscliff Beach, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

Leg 1: Melbourne to Queenscliff

104 km/64 miles, about 1.5 hours

Head out of Melbourne towards Geelong, stopping at Werribee's historic mansion to gain a fascinating insight into the life of early settlers.

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The Baths, Sorrento, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia

Leg 2: Sorrento to Melbourne

100 km/79 miles, about 2.5 hours

Linger in Sorrento where beautiful nineteenth-century limestone buildings house excellent eateries, boutiques, galleries and specialist shops.

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12 Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

Great Ocean Road

Travel the Great Ocean Road, one of the world's most scenic coastal drives. Witness the magical 12 Apostles, iconic surf breaks, waterfalls and more.

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Mt Martha, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia

Mornington Peninsula

Combine the best of Europe's coastal living with traditional Aussie charm on the Mornington Peninsula, just an hour from Melbourne.

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Dolphins, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia


Watch from the shore, or join an organised expedition to swim with or cruise alongside Port Phillip Bay's friendly bottlenose and common dolphins.

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Mornington Peninsula grapes, Victoria, Australia. Photo: Adrian Lander

Mornington Peninsula wine region

Sample your way around Peninsula's boutique cellar doors for the region's renowned pinot noir, plus chardonnay, shiraz, pinot gris and pinot grigio.

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Bells Beach, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

Beaches and coastlines

Paddle, swim or surf in the crashing waves or take a relaxing stroll along the clean, golden sands of some of Australia's best beaches.

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