Dec 1 to 4 We base ourselves in Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula for 4 days before embarking on the Great Ocean Road. The Bellarine is more picturesque than the Mornington Peninsula and has great wineries, seafood and gourmet produce outlets. Thirteenth Beach Golf Course has 2 x 18 hole links championship layouts with the Beach course rated in the top ten public access courses in Australia. It was a pleasure to play.
Queenscliff has a history of being the first holiday destination for Melbournians in the mid to late 1800’s. Many of the original guest houses still remain as they are protected by the National Trust. We take a walking tour with a local guide to hear the history of the town. There are also more than 20 shipwrecks around the bay from the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s. We saw the wreck of the Ozone, a famous bay steamer that used to travel between Melbourne and Queenscliff.
Geelong is the largest city of the region and only needs to be visited once !! Maybe it was because it was very cold when we visited.
See if you can spot Melbourne in the distance on the far side of Port Phillip Bay.