Backpacking the Bellarine Peninsula

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    YOU CAN GET SOME GREAT VIEWS FROM POINT LONSDALE LIGHTHOUSE: Photo courtesy of Tourism Victoria
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    THERE ARE SOME NICE SURFING LOCATIONS AROUND HERE: Photo courtesy of Tourism Victoria
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    TAKE A TOUR TO GO SWIMMING WITH SEALS AND DOLPHINS: Photo courtesy of Tourism Victoria
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Bellarine Peninsula Highlights

  • Visit the resort towns, historic villages and quiet seaside hamlets in the area.

  • Some nice surfing locations around the Peninsula.

  • Great scuba diving opportunities, including various types of drift diving. There are also over 50 reef dives, various shore dives and over 40 ship and boat wrecks to explore.

  • Swim with wild dolphins and seals or snorkel in unique marine national parks.

  • Visit the military museum at Fort Queenscliff or learn about the maritime history of Queenscliff and Southern Port Phillip at the Queenscliff Maritime Museum.

  • Take a ride on the Bellarine Railway steam train, which traverses Victoria's beautiful Bellarine Peninsula. The railway also has a fine collection of old steam trains on display.

About the Bellarine Peninsula

Located about one and a half hours drive south-west of Melbourne, this area has long been a popular holiday destination with beautiful coastal scenery, holiday resort towns, historic villages and quiet seaside hamlets such as Barwon Heads, Ocean Grove and Queenscliff. Popular activities on the Peninsula include swimming, surfing, boating, fishing, cycling and golfing.

Main towns in the Bellarine Peninsula


Queenscliff

Population 4,000

Queenscliff was originally established in 1838 as a piloting station to guide ships through the dangerous rip at the entrance of Port Phillip Bay. Today it is one of Melbourne's most popular seaside resort towns, offering good bay and seaside beaches, many beautifully restored old Victorian buildings and a good cafe scene.

Other places worth visiting in and around Queenscliff, include Fort Queenscliff, which was a heavily fortified barracks built in 1882 and now houses a military museum. There is also a maritime museum and the Bellarine Peninsula Railway, which has a fine collection of old steam trains.

For some nice views of the area, head to the Point Lonsdale Lighthouse.


Barwon Heads

Population 1,900

Barwon Heads has undergone a 'sea change' in recent years. The small town faces Bass Strait and the ocean swells of the Roaring Forties and long sandy beaches with an underlay of reef are  popular with surfers, swimmers and fishermen.

Point Lonsdale

Population 1,700

Located about 5 kilometres southwest of Queenscliff, this small village has a laid-back atmosphere, some good cafes and surf beaches.

Orientation Map for the Bellarine Peninsula


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Queenscliff Visitor Information Centre

55 Hesse St
Queenscliff, Victoria
Phone (03) 5258 4843
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