Some travellers think more about their holidays in a beach setting with a relaxed atmosphere. They don’t want the hustle and bustle of the city and instead desire to have laid back days checking out the local history, enjoying good food and wine and getting in a spot of surfing, swimming or sunbathing.
If you haven’t heard yet, Geelong is the place to be if this is the kind of holiday that you seek. If you live in Melbourne or if you are an interstate traveller taking a trip to Melbourne, why not contact Alpha Car Hire. Talk to us about our best deals in Melbourne car hire and take a trip to Geelong.
History on tap
You will find many beautiful vintage estates and museums that have been curated with care around the Bellarine Peninsula and in Geelong. In this place you will be taken back to days bygone by taking a visit to the Old Geelong Gaol, the Fort Queenscliff Museum, National Wool Museum and the Queenscliff Maritime Museum.
There is the Queenscliff Heritage Walk if you’re keen for a leisurely stroll and for those who like a little more adventure you can organise a dive with Queenscliff Dive Centre to see the wreck of HMAS Canberra.
The renowned Great Ocean Road has a section here that was built as a memorial to people who lost their lives in conflict. This was done by 3,000 Great War veterans. You can also visit one of four or all of the National Trust Buildings; The Heights, Portarlington Mill, Barwon Grange and Barwon Park.
The Bollard Trail on the Geelong waterfront creatively presents 100 historical characters to entertain visitors whilst educating them.
Laid back beach holiday homes and apartments
If you’re after the best beach holiday you can get, you can get it here. There are a few firm favourites for visitors to Geelong and these include Queenscliff, Indented Head, Ocean Grove and Point Lonsdale.
If you’re not keen on hotels and motels though, you may like to travel a little further west on the Surf Coast and stay in a beach house. Lorne, Anglesea and Torquay are just a few of the very popular spots to stay in beach homes.
This kind of holidaying gives a better local experience and there are many different homes to suit a range of budgets.
More than just history to enjoy
It’s not just a lesson in history that you will get when you stay in Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula. With an amazing selection of cafes, restaurants, galleries and wineries to visit there is no risk of boredom if you’re keen to keep busy, yet relaxed.
You can visit any one of the wineries that are family owned in Bellarine Peninsula or boutique breweries if beer is your favourite beverage. If you want an itinerary for your taste buds to follow, you can take the Bellarine Taste Trail. You can choose by theme so you get exactly what you hope for.
Animal encounters are aplenty with kangaroos, pelicans, kookaburras, waterbirds and more to be seen in their natural habitats around various places. Sea All Dolphin Swims gets visitors to Port Phillip Bay up close and personal to Dolphins and other marine life.
For those looking to be a little more active, there is golf, bike tracks and, of course, surfing.
Victoria’s Surf Coast is a must see for those who are into surfing, whether it’s watching or participating. Some of the best breaks in the world are found from Barwon Heads and Lorne along the Great Ocean Road.
Moggs Creek, Thirteenth Beach, Fairhaven and Winki Pop are just a few of the popular spots that are enjoyed by many surfers due to the huge Southern Ocean waves that are created by storms off the south coast.
Of course, the world famous Bells Beach is found here too. Every Easter the Rip Curl Pro competition is held here and is easily the world’s longest running professional surf event. The surf capital of Australia, Torquay, is close by and, incidentally, is the official beginning of the Great Ocean Road.
If you take a further drive along to Torquay, you might like to visit the Surf World Museum. Here you can see displays that relay the history and great surfing stories involving Australians. This is the biggest surf museum in the world.
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