Bellarine Peninsula... a few highlights

From my school days when I would holiday on my uncles farm at Drysdale, the Bellarine Peninsula was a place of discovery, then as a teenager with a car, the beaches and summer holidays were FUN FUN FUN, just singing along with the Beach Boys.

Image: Spray Farm Lane

Between Drysdale and Portrlington Spray Farm is one of the many wineries to be found on the peninsula, with this location being used to host international artists.

Leaving Portarlington and heading for Indented Head, the original name of the whole Bellarine Peninsula we come across the scuttled Ozone Paddler Steamer remains.

Image: Ozone Paddle Steamer, with the Melbourne skyline in the background.

John Batman founder of Melbourne landed at Indented Head 1835 and this was his base camp, a historic marker identifies the spot in Indented Head.

Further around the coast we find Queenscliff and town with wonderful charm, historic buildings, Fort Queenscliff (a great tour to be enjoyed) , and the two lighthouses, one which is black stone and the only one of its kind in Australia
The area of fisherman wharf has many original cottages that are well preserved and occupied.
There are lots of great interesting places to stay, great historic pubs, top food and even the local fish and chips are a treat.
Also you might want try your luck at finding the pirates treasure that was buried somewhere in Swan Bay in 1798

Image: Queenscliff Pier

Just beyond Queenscliff is Pt Lonsdale and the infamous Rip. Opposite across the water is Point Nepean and the Mornington Peninsula. These waters are extremely treacherous as currents move in different directions and the Pilot Boats at Queensciff can be seen daily guiding modern shipping in and our past the reefs.
Image: Pt Lonsdale Lighthouse

Onto Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads.
Here the great beaches continue, with Raafs Beach that became popular during the war years for R&R and the longest wooden road bridge in Victoria joins the two towns. Below the brige the Barwon River flows meeting the sea.
At Barwon Heads is the Bluff, 13th Beach surf beach and this town famous for the TV series Sea Change.
Image: Raafs Beach looking across to Barwon Heads and the Bluff

Image: 13th Beach

These are only some of the highlights to be found and a week on the Bellarine Peninsula would easily keep you occupied discovering and enjoying what this great area has to offer.

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  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 4 years ago

    wonderful images

  • Hi Scott,
    Thanks for taking a look:-)

    – Joe Mortelliti

  • MickDavson
    MickDavsonover 4 years ago

    excellent series

  • Thanks Mick:-)

    – Joe Mortelliti

  • Roslyn Slater
    Roslyn Slaterover 4 years ago


  • Thanks Roslyn,much appreciated

    – Joe Mortelliti

  • Leanne Nelson
    Leanne Nelsonover 4 years ago

    Great piece Joe and terrific images. You’ve got me itching to get down there.

  • Stirring you up enough to want to visit…that’s good:-)

    – Joe Mortelliti

  • EarthGipsy
    EarthGipsyalmost 4 years ago

    Simply stunning images, Joe. Such a beautiful place.

  • rossandcher
    rossandcheralmost 4 years ago

    Great article and images Joe – might have to trade some of our northern sunshine for a visit!!!

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