Bellarine Peninsula

East of Geelong, and marking the western tip of Port Phillip Bay is the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula. On the tip of the peninsula is Queenscliff, from where you can hop onto a ferry over to Portsea and Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula. The entrance to Port Phillip Bay is called the ''Rip'' and so Queenscliff was developed to guide boats into the port.

Snorkeling and diving are popular around Queenscliff as is cycling. There are several tours which you can join to go snorkeling with dolphins and seals which is magical. If you'd prefer to stay on dry land then a great way to see the town is on the unique horse drawn double decker bus. There are some spectacular buildings around town including Latham Stowe, Mietta's Queenscliff Hotel, Ozone Hotel and the remarkable Fort Queenscliff.

To find out about the history of the area there are several interesting museums, including Queenscliff Historical Centre, Queenscliff Maritime Museum and the Marine Discovery Centre. There is plenty of accommodation in Queenscliff and it is a great place from which to explore the rest of the Bellarine Peninsula.

West of Queenscliff is Point Lonsdale which has a pretty lighthouse and several rock pools to explore. Below the lighthouse is Buckley's Cave where William Buckley (the 'Wild White Man') lived for some time. You can walk along the beach from Queenscliff to Port Lonsdale which is fabulous on a clear day.

Further west along the coast is Ocean Grove with a great surfing beach and some good diving spots. Good surf can also be found at Barwon Heads, made famous by the T.V. series 'Sea Change'.

Bellarine Peninsula Accommodation

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