The Portarlington Mill

The seaside town of Queenscliff

View over Main Beach - Geelong

Beach at Barwon Heads

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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 Peninsulas.

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  • Barwon Heads
  • Drysdale
  • Indented Head
  • Lara
  • Ocean Grove
  • Point Cook
  • Point Lonsdale
  • Portarlington
  • Queenscliff
  • St Leonards
  • Tyabb
  • Wallington
  • Werribee