Highlights of the Bellarine Peninsula
This page could go on and on, the Bellarine has some magnificent beaches, is regarded as having some of the country’s finest golf courses, the Victorian architecture of Queenscliff is so beautiful and let’s not forget the wine, the freshest of produce.
It’s pretty hard not to be proud of the Bellarine is one of the best places in Australia and is home to something for everyone. The Bellarine is home to some of the best surf beaches you will find, with beautiful sandy shores and amazing waves. Spectacular views and our bayside beaches with their north facing beaches are a favourite with families who holiday over the summer months.
The Bellarine is known for its great wine, names like Bellarine Estate, Jack Rabbit, Ponda Estate, Leura Park Estate are found on tables all over the country and some of the peninsula’s finest even on tables internationally.
Golf is another of the pastimes enjoyed by many who live on and visit the Bellarine. There are around a dozen courses on the peninsula and some of our courses are regarded as some of the best and most unique in Australia. Barwon Heads Golf course tucked into the dunes behind the Bluff has one of Australia’s best facilities. The club features a historical grand old club house and a challenging course. Thirteenth Beach close by is ranked in Australia’s top 25 courses and was designed by Tony Cashmore and Sir Nick Faldo the layout features 36 holes and a huge residential complex.
The Bellarine is home to some wonderful attractions including Victoria’s biggest theme park in Wallington, called Adventure Park the complex features an amazing array of water rides including huge water slides, river rides and rapids, a splash zone for the kiddies and a plenty of paddle boats, and land based activities, plus plenty places to relax and enjoy a bbq or picnic. Adventure Park is a favourite over summer and a very popular place for kid’s parties. Wallington in the heart of the Bellarine is also home to mini golf and Amaze n Games a huge maze which can be found on the corner of Grubb Road and the Bellarine Highway.
There are two great railway adventures on the Bellarine, the first a miniature railway can be found at Point Richards next to Portarlington and is run by the local Lions club on Sundays during the warmer parts of the year. The historic Bellarine Railway is another unique experience on the Bellarine, historic steam engines run between Drysdale and Queenscliff. This railway is the only true Australian National Narrow Gauge in operation in the country and is a delight to young and old. Special Thomas train rides also operate during holidays and the Blues Train that features blues bands in carriages is a favourite night time activity for the grown-ups.
Other heritage highlights on the Bellarine include the historic Portarlington Mill which is now a museum and the Queenscliff Fort which has stood protecting the entrance to Port Phillip Bay for over 150 years. The fort still plays a role for the Australian military being a Soldier Carrier Management Agency.