Self-guided on the Bellarine, what to expect

Posted on September 28, 2017 in News

The Bellarine Peninsula is a globally recognised destination, offering a world-class visitor experience. The Bellarine Peninsula is bordered by the Bass Strait and Port Phillip and offers magnificent views of the Melbourne city skyline and the Barwon River, voted one of Lonely Planet’s top 10 best value destinations in the world for 2017, if you haven’t visited before or for a while maybe you should swing by for a look.

It’s long been a well-known hideaway for laid back family holidays for Victorians but these days things have changed and the secret is out. Offering more than 140 hectares of vines – producing some of the best cool climate wines in the country – along with an emerging aquaculture industry, world class restaurants and breathtaking views. What better way to absorb the Bellarine than by foot.

Footprint Walks is a local family business that has implemented the European model of village to village self-guided walking holidays. Our tours allow you to walk the Peninsula in style and comfort without having to worry about all the little things. Explore all the secrets the Peninsula has to offer then at the end of the day retire in your boutique accommodation with all your comforts from home waiting for you.

Footprint Walks books all of your accommodation, ensuring you have an authentic local experience. We provide daily breakfast at some of the region’s best restaurants and cafes, we transport your luggage from point to point ensuring you have all the comforts of home after a days walking. In addition we provide you with trail notes and maps so you will have the excitement and fun of navigating your way through the Bellarine’s quaint coastal villages. On the last night we arrange an evening meal and wine at one of the well-known wineries where you can toast your achievements for completing the total trip. Once you have completed your Peninsula trip you can even return to Melbourne via the Portarlington ferry that sails daily to Docklands.

There is so much to see on your 5 day walk from the rugged beauty of the surf side villages to the historic village of Queenscliff and the hidden secrets of St Leonards Edwards Point to the serenity of Port Phillip Bay and Portarlington with its many eateries, renowned wineries and music venues.

In addition to our Bellarine tour we also offer our Surf Coast package. The Victorian Surf Coast is the birthplace of Australian surfing, this – combined with the endless beaches, bushland and kangaroos – all helps shape this rugged coastline. Stretching between Torquay and Aireys Inlet, our Surf Coast walking holidays immerse you in one of the world’s most stunning coastlines. While exploring this region, take advantage of fine dining, local wines and brewery makers and fresh provedores.

So now the secret is out, dust off those walking boots, leave the car behind and get down to the Bellarine or the Surf Coast with Footprint Walks for a truly unique experience you won’t forget.