Things to do around Orange Grove and The Bellarine

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Things to do around Orange Grove and The Bellarine is extensive. Ocean Grove is the largest town on the Bellarine Peninsula and has been a favourite with families for generations. This area boasts some of Victoria’s most beautiful beaches and chilled beach vibes. It’s only one hour and 20 mins from Melbourne, 30 mins from the city of Geelong and close to the ferry that can take you to the Mornington Peninsula.

Orange Grove and The Bellarine offers a wide range of attractions. Whether you’re into outdoor adventures and sports, wine tasting, coastal relaxation, or exploring history and culture, you’ll find something to enjoy in this beautiful region. The town is surrounded by wineries, pristine beaches, golf courses, and nature.

Other charming towns of the Bellarine include Anakie, Barwon Heads, Clifton Springs, Geelong, Ocean Grove, Point Lonsdale, Portarlington, Queenscliff and St Leonards.

Wellness & Pampering

Explore & Discover

  • Explore the Bellarine ‘taste trail’, boasting nearly 50 food and wine destinations with plenty of farmgate producers & provedores, unique wineries, beer and cider and award-winning cafes and restaurants
  • Visit the Bellarine Distillery (established in 2015 & the first gin distillery on the Bellarine Peninsula. 
  • Savour local good wines or take a wine tour. Try the wineries
  • Swim, surf and enjoy the sun at the patrolled Ocean Grove Surf Beach
  • Stand up paddle (SUP), kayak or fish the Barwon River
  • Hike or go mountain biking
  • Take for photos on sunset at Point Lonsdale historic lighthouse
  • Take a heritage steam train ride on the Bellarine Railway or find your groove on The Blues Train special
  • Explore Barwon Heads – visit the Barwon Heads Bluff, go fishing along the Barwon River, or enjoy the town’s vibrant cafe scene
  • Hop on board one of the Searoad Ferries and visit the Mornington Peninsula and the towns of Portsea and Sorrento
  • Bike ride to Ocean Grove Beach
  • Play a round of golf
  • Have fun at Adventure Park, Geelong (reopens Nov 25)
  • Day Trip to Geelong with its cultural attractions – art galleries, museums, and a waterfront promenade with dining options
  • Birdwatch or view a sunset over Barwon Heads
  • Enjoy a game of bowls at the Ocean Grove Bowling Club
  • Explore local wineries and breweries including Blackmans – 82 The Terrace, Ocean Grove, Queenscliff Brewhouse,Queenscliff Brewhouse,  Mt Duneed Estate, Flying Brick Cider House Co, Jack Rabbit Vineyard, Oakdene Vineyards, Leura Park Estate, Terindah Estate and Basils Farm
  • Take an Adventure Flight to see the Great Ocean Road and the Apostles
  • Learn local shipping history at the Queenscliffe Maritime Museum
  • Take a tour of the Point Lonsdale lighthouse
  • Visit Lorne and Torquay
  • Picnic at Buckley Park Foreshore Reserve
  • Meet a koala at the Jirrahlinga Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Observe the big ships from The Rip lookout in Point Lonsdale and Queenscliff
  • Tour the 19th-century coastal fort
  • Cheer on at the ‘Battle of the Bridge’ — Barwon Heads v Ocean Grove Football and Netball Clubs
  • Grab your board and hit the beach. Check out Ocean Grove, 13th Beach, and Point Lonsdale for the best surf

Good Eats

  • Breakfast at Kiosk (vegan options, emphasis on fresh ingredients served with Proud Mary coffee)
  • The Beach Terrace, Ocean Grove – 1/85 The Terrace, Ocean Grove. Breakfast available all day 6 days a week
  • Garage Cafe -is an old petrol station converted into a buzzing café, serving delicious, wholesome locally sourced food and high quality St. Ali espresso coffee
  • Meerkat Manor Indoor Café – a fun indoor play centre and cafe – 25-27 Sinclair St, Ocean Grove
  • Rolling Pin Pies and Cakes – Winner of Best Pies 2021 and 2022 (seen on Channel 7)
  • Groove Café – 56 Wallington Rd, Ocean Grove
  • Driftwood Café
  • Chang Noi Chinese Restaurant (no BYO, reservations made through facebook)
  • Blackmans Brewery and Burgers – 100% independently owned brewery
  • Panache Café and Creperie Queenscliff – 68 Hesse St, Queenscliff. Sweet and savoury crepes and other sweet treats
  • The Original Queenscliff Fish and Chips

Foodies

  • Ocean Grove Marketplace – local produce.
  • The Olive Pit Deli – 71 The Terrace, Ocean Grove
  • Zebra Bar and Bistro – best surf ‘n turf in Vic plus pub grub and cocktails, house beer
  • Napona – Napona comes from the Chamoru people, translating to ‘his wave’. The Chamoru people see Napona as meaning intuitive, innovative and original exciting food
  • Saltbush Fine Foods – 4/44 Hesse St, Queenscliff
  • Farm Foods Queenscliff – 63 Hesse St, Queenscliff
  • Mr Grubb @Oakdene
  • Queenscliff Meats

Retail Escapes

Travellarks have discovered Seabirds Landing, Ocean Grove – ideal for up to 9 guests and a short 1km stroll away from the beach, shops and restaurants. Seabirds Landing, Orange Grove allows you to experience the coastal lifestyle in cosy and convenient accommodation.

If you think Orange Grove and The Bellarine sounds like an amazing holiday destination, why not see our Stays with a WOW accommodation.

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