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Get amongst the great outdoors and enjoy delicious food and wine in Geelong & the Bellarine this spring. Here are our top tips for a spring trip.

1. Coffee

Celebrate Geelong's vibrant coffee scene with a trip to Cartel Coffee Roasters, where specialty, traceable coffee beans are expertly brewed. On the foreshore, the Beach House Geelong serves crowd favourites plus coffee from Melbourne's Square One roasters seven days a week.

2. The You Yangs

Part way between Melbourne and Geelong are the You Yangs, a series of distinctive granite peaks. The range and surrounding regional park is popular with mountain bikers. Look out for native wildlife. More than 200 species of birds call this area home, along with koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, brush-tail possums, echidnas and lizards.

Take the dog-friendly walk to Flinders Peak, 450 steps towards magnificent views of Geelong, Melbourne and Port Phillip.

3. Seaside walk

The city of Geelong sits on Corio Bay, a popular playground for the locals. Coffee in hand, take a stroll along Eastern Beach, past the marina and yacht club. Look out for whales and dolphins in the bay and follow the trail of carved and painted bollards. Each depicts a person from the past who added to the making of Geelong.

4. Wineries

The Bellarine is fertile country, and local producers are making sophisticated cool climate wines. Basils Farm is a vineyard, cellar door, farmhouse café and modern pavilion, located on the shores of Swan Bay. Share a bottle of the local plonk and enjoy a meal made from produce grown locally.

Head to Jack Rabbit Vineyard for fine dining, award-winning wines and unrivalled views across the bay to Geelong, the You Yangs and Melbourne.

5. Pubs and breweries

Make the most of the changing seasons with an afternoon beer and bites. The village-like Little Creatures Brewery sprawls out across the old Valley Worsted Mills building, with plenty of nooks to explore. Enjoy the famous Little Creatures Pale Ale or a White Rabbit. Sit inside or out and tuck into a range of dining options.

Closer to the water and set in a stunning historic building, Sailor's Rest has a beer garden and rooftop bar. Pause here to soak up the spring sunshine.

6. Searoad Ferry

Add on a day trip or take the long way home. The Searoad Ferry connects you to the Mornington Peninsula in style. The car and passenger ferry crosses between Queenscliff and Sorrento hourly, every day, in all weather.

7. Accommodation

Geelong's waterfront presents you with plenty of places to rest your head. Anchor Geelong blends boho chic with Hamptons style in its eight studio rooms, each beautifully appointed with outside courtyards to unwind after a day of touring.

Quest Apartments offers classy serviced apartment-style hotel rooms within a stone's throw of the beach, and boutique option Vue Apartments has all the creature comforts and latest technology plus amazing views over beautiful Eastern Beach.

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