Geelong is a bayside city with an enviable lifestyle and industrial roots. Charismatic cultural precincts attract locals and visitors with galleries, boutiques and excellent places to dine and drink. Just 30 minutes from urban Geelong lies the Bellarine Peninsula and its lush vineyards. Here you'll find bay views and charming coastal villages. Slow your pace and stop off to discover delectable provedores and farm gates, world-class golf courses, seaside stores and pretty beaches. Explore the best of Geelong and the Bellarine on our four-day getaway road trip.

  • Just an hour from Melbourne, it's no surprise that the city's caffeine culture has made its way to Geelong. There are countless reliable cafe options, with Coffee Cartel a standout.

    Batteries charged, it's time to have some fun on the Geelong waterfront and the outdoor playground that is Eastern Beach. If it's too chilly for the seaside pool, you can watch the boats bobbing on the bay and take a turn on the historic carousel. Watch Geelong's famous bollards come to life with the augmented reality app downloaded to your smartphone..

    Take a break for lunch at Caledonian Shores for an Asian-themed menu with local seafood before heading towards the striking domed roof of the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, in the heart of Geelong's cultural precinct and while away some time in this library with a difference. Wander through Geelong Gallery, one of Australia's leading and oldest regional art galleries, and see what's on at Geelong Arts Centre. Grab tickets for an evening show later.

    Spend the afternoon vintage shopping at the Mill Markets in central Geelong or at the Geelong Vintage Market in North Geelong or sample craft beer tastings at Little Creatures Brewery. Be sure to check out White Rabbit Brewery while you're there.

    Take your pick of two dumpling bars on opposite sides of Little Malop Street - Bahjong with its playful dumpling fillings and Drunken Dumpling for an intimate dining experience. Or, transport yourself to France at Good Food Guide 2023 hatted restaurant La Cachette Bistrot, championing in-season produce.

    It's time to call it a day. Collapse into bed at Anchor Geelong or Novotel Geelong on the waterfront, and get ready for a jam-packed second day.

  • Follow your tastebuds for your third day on the Bellarine. Set off on the Bellarine Taste Trail, and stop off at boutique wineries, restaurants, cafes, provedores and farm gates.

    Keep your eye out for McGlashan's Wallington Estate, Oakdene Vineyards, Little Mussel Café, Wildings Pantry Essentials, Lighthouse Olive Mill Shop, Curlewis Winery, Lonsdale Tomato Farm and Basils Farm.

    Pause for lunch with breathtaking views at Jack Rabbit Vineyard or get the lay of the land on a segway tour at Leura Park Estate and tuck into lunch at Flying Brick Cider House.

    Spoil yourself with a spa treatment at Mud Day Spa or Queenscliff Day Spa before calling it a night under the stars at a Bellarine Bayside Beach Pod to fall asleep to the ocean lapping the shoreline.

    Or head straight for the Lon Retreat & Spa to check in and relax.

  • Grab a bite to eat at your accommodation or head to PIKNIK, the converted roadhouse serving up the region's best produce.

    Browse the antique shops of Queenscliff or wander through the charming coastal haven of Point Lonsdale, then cross to Hitchcock Avenue in Barwon Heads to browse Annie's Provedore, Barwon Heads Winestore and the iconic Rasta Surf Co..

    If you're feeling a bit more energetic, jump aboard a sightseeing boat tour to spot Port Phillip Bay's resident dolphins, seals, whales, penguins and sea birds.

    For lunch it's hard to choose between Mr Grubb @ Oakdene or Jack Rabbit Restaurant, or sample spirits at local distilleries. Summon the last of your energy to stop off at beautiful Merne at Lighthouse to feast one more time upon the flavours of the Bellarine and the stunning scenery before heading to your accommodation - try The Woods, delightful bush cabins in Ocean Grove.