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BELLARINE PENINSULA & GEELONG
Geelong is Victoria's second largest city and is 76km west of Melbourne. To its east is the large Bellarine
Peninsula, one of the most popular holiday destinations in the state and offering a large variety of scenery
and attractions including beaches, wineries, historic buildings, pretty costal villages, wildlife and
family parks. It can be included on a round trip from Melbourne by crossing The Heads via the ferry which
operates between Queenscliff and Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula.
The principal towns on the peninsula are Queenscliff, Portarlington, Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove but there
are many other towns to visit. One of the highlights of a visit is a ride on the Bellarine Steam Railway
between Queenscliff and Drysdale. At Barwon Heads fans of the ABC programme "Sea Change" can visit the set
where the series was filmed. There are lighthouses at Point Lonsdale and Queenscliff and the old mill at
Portarlington is a popular attraction.
At Indented Head there is a monument to John Batman, founder of Melbourne, who landed there first and considered
it as a site for the capital.
Geelong is a major centre with much to see including the National Wool Museum and the recently developed wharf area
around Cunningham Pier. There are many historic homes, several golf courses and a large shopping centre.
See individual towns from the list opposite for attractions and accommodation.
The Peninsula Round Trip is marked on the map with individual map links to the Bellarine and Mornington