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 bridge 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.