Barwon Heads Airport
Barwon Heads Airport is a public use, private airfield, owned by a group of local pilots. Attractions include Warbird Air Adventures, offering the chance to ride in powerful prop driven fighter aircraft, helicopter flights, skydiving and JLI Seafoords which offers a great selection of frozen and fresh seafood.
13th Beach, Barwon Heads is a fantastic children’s beach, offering shallow water with little or no strong undercurrents, wading pool areas in the sand, eating facilities and toilets. The Ocean Grove/Barwon Heads region is unique because the Barwon River runs north/south into the ocean so you can be sure to have a beach area that is out of the winds.
Ocean Grove main surf beach is patrolled in the warmer months, and is of the most spectacular beaches that The Bellarine has to offer. The Barwon River is fabulous for young kids, with shallow areas, no waves and plenty of room to run and play.
Cycling champion Cadel Evans grew up riding around the township of Barwon Heads. Now, the area enjoys bicycle tracks and paths throughout so a day on the bikes is a must do activity. Bike tracks begin right out the front of some of the homes in our range, making this activity very accessible.
Operating from historic Queenscliff, Victoria. Sea All Dolphins Swims is a nature based tourism business offering a wide range of marine experiences.
Exploring the rich and diverse waters of Southern Port Phillip Bay presents opportunities to swim with wild dolphins and seals or snorkel in unique marine national parks. 1 Hr drive from Melbourne.
The Searoad car ferries criss-cross the southern end of Port Phillip Bay 24 times a day, every day of the year. Able to carry up to 700 passengers and 80 vehicles each, the twin hull vessels are built to operate in all weather conditions.
If fishing charters aren’t your thing, you have the option to bring your boat along as we have many homes that can cater for your boat to be safe and sound. A range of homes are also located a couple of minutes walk to fishing piers and boat ramps. Locals often drop a line of the famous Barwon Heads bridge where a variety of fish is said to be caught!
The Bellarine Peninsula boasts traditional links and tree-lined golf courses which are amongst Australia's best and most challenging. Barwon Heads, Ocean Grove and Queenscliff all have sandbelt layouts.
The Barwon Heads Golf Club (pictured) offers eighteen magnificent holes of links golf. Carved into the natural dune landscape the course promises a golfing challenge to be long remembered and a visual feast never to be forgotten to be long remembered.
The Curlewis Golf Course has a sandy base, a minimum of trees, and naturally undulating couch fairways this Vern Morcom designed links is one of the best courses on The Bellarine. Following the opening of the course in 1970, the original design was again enhanced in 1976 by a Kevin Hartley course master plan.
In 2001, significant improvements were again made following the adoption a second master plan by renowned course architect, Michael Clayton. With challenging bunkers and firm, fast greens, it is the wind that often determines the level of playing difficulty. An industry leading course with features such as 'FootGolf' (pic) and Golf Boards, the Managers of Curlewis Golf Course really are pushing the boundaries with their customer service and produce base! www.curlewisgolf.com.au
Narana Creations, Geelong is a non profit organization run by the Indigenous community. All of the handcrafted and handpainted items are authentically made and supplied with a Certificate of Authenticity. Buy a returning boomerang, traditionally used for duck hunting to catch some of your own bush tucker, or buy a didgeridoo traditionally known as a yidak used in traditional song and dance.
Where do we start! The Bellarine region is filled with kids attractions so you can be sure that there is never a dull moment. The Bellarine is ideal for families, with a terrific range of options for the young and young at heart. Bellarine beaches range from the northern gentle bayside beaches perfect for a paddle, fishing or boating through to some of Victoria's best surf beaches with 13th Beach in Barwon Heads a favourite. Family attractions include an adventure theme park, a giant maze and mini golf.
Adventure Park Waterpark, Wallington (pictured) It’s all go with H20 at Adventure Park Geelong this summer, home of Victoria’s 1st water theme park. This theme park offers land and water-based rides and activities for the whole family, plus several food outlets, BBQ and picnic areas.
A Maze n Games is located 5 kilometres north of Ocean Grove, this activity park features one of Australia's largest timber mazes, an 18 hole mini golf course, a cafe and undercover BBQ facilities
Other Bellarine Attractions include, but are not limited to: Vintage Stream Train, Queenscliff
(Pictured), Fort Queenscliff (pictured), Surfworld Museum (pictured), Bellarine Adventure Golf, Warbird Air Adventures, Jet Boat Rides, Geelong, Marine Discovery Centre, Let ‘Em Loose Play Centre & The Bellarine Indoor Adventure Pool (year round). Jirrahlinga Koala & Nature Sanctuary, Barwon Heads (pictured). A nominal entrance fee allows parents to come to this beautiful attraction. You can even pat the koalas!
Spend an hour browsing KYO (pic), Ocean Grove. With Japanese, Chinese and local antiques, artifacts, interesting and unusual objects, Japanese textiles and so much more, you are sure to find a special gift, or something unusual to treasure yourself.
Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove is also known for it’s fantastic op shops. Rummage through old wares, pre-loved clothing and toys, and grab yourself a bargain.
The Bellarine offers a variety of markets all through the year and which are listed in local papers for you to see upon arrival.
On Your Way Down or Home
Discover the magic of Fairy Park, Anakie. With 22 animated fairy scenes, a miniature railway, amazing playground and lots of picnic spots, this is a day of delight for all. At around 30 minutes drive from Geelong, Anakie is a small country town on the fringe of the Brisbane Ranges.
Steiglitz National Park; Steiglitz, situated between Geelong and Ballarat, is almost a ghost town today, but in the 1860's and 1890's it was a busy goldmining township with hotels, shops, churches and a population of over 1,000.
Werribee Open Range Zoo. Imagine an Out of Africa adventure just 30 minutes out of Melbourne! Imagine heading out on Safari through wild, grassy plains and sweeping river terraces, rich with rhino, giraffe, antelope, zebra and hippo.
The award winning Oakdene Vineyards Restaurant offers a relaxed and memorable experience that you will never forget. An original 1920's homestead Oakdene has been beautifully restored and boasts an eclectic, lush art garden setting.
The Dunes Restaurant, Ocean Grove (pictured) offers reasonably priced meals for the whole family, and has unbeatable views of the main Ocean Grove surf beach.
At The Heads, Barwon Heads (pictured) sits over the Barwon River, offering magnificent views. Children are welcome.
The Bellarine Region offers some of the best surfing that Australia has to offer. Raffs and 13th Beach are favourite surf spots for locals. Bells Beach, Torquay is a half hour drive and is a world renowned surf spot. Go Ride a Wave in Ocean Grove offers surf lessons. Our surf lessons are safe and fun and we currently teach thousands of people to surf each year, from young kids to mature adults and all fitness levels. We have several homes with surfboards and boogy boards. Or, you may like to hire a board from Murf’s Surf Shop in Ocean Grove. As a bonus, guests receive special hire rates at Murf’s, so be sure to mention that you are our guest!
Train Rides / Blues Train
Nothing captures the spirit of the blues quite like a steam train (pictured). The Blues Train operates between the months of August and May, offering a unique musical meal and show.
The Blues Train event begins at the historic town of Queenscliff (home of the Bellarine Railway and the Queenscliff Music Festival). Patrons tuck into a hearty meal prepared by our Blues Train caterers. Drinks to take on the journey are available on the platform from the T-bar in the guard's van, open at each of the four stops.
The Geelong Wine Region boasts historical roots back to the early 1800's when Geelong was a booming regional centre, hub of the vast Western District trade. The planting of vines by Swiss Settlers saw Geelong and its surrounding areas emerge as the largest grape growing region in Victoria, and one of the largest in Australia. People flock to enjoy the perfect maritime climate of warm days and cool nights. The shelter of Port Phillip Bay is perfect for producing cool climate wines in the rich black basalt soil laid over limestone. Long, slow summers allow for the perfect ripening of the fruit producing rich, lush wines of distinction. Scotchmans Hill is the benchmark winery of the Bellarine and its wines rarely disappoint. The Pinot Noir is always full of ripe fruit and the Sauvignon Blanc is always delicious. Leura Park Winery is situated in the heart of the Bellarine Peninsula - nestled between Bass Strait, Port Phillip Bay and Corio Bay - Leura Park Estate produces premium cool climate wines of a distinctive and delightful French-style subtlety.