Melbourne it’s time for the ultimate mini-break.Posted on February 14, 2018 in News
Melbournians it’s time to put the car away and leave the congestion of the Monash behind you. It’s been a long hot summer and it’s time to escape the city for a few days. Footprint Walks has developed a weekend away that will really get you up on your feet. If you are interested in exploring the beautiful state of Victoria by foot then our Bellarine Peninsula self-guided walking holiday is the mini-break for you. So now we have peaked your interest lets take a closer look at whats involved.
Friday – Set sail across Port Phillip Bay with Port Phillip Ferries and leave Melbourne in the distance for a few days. Arrive in the beautiful seaside village of Portarlington. The height of the foreshore here enables some dramatic views of the Melbourne city skyline and the You Yangs. The north-facing beaches attract hundreds of sun worshippers in the summer. Yet, only a few blocks back the land is rural, still running sheep and beef farms along with olive groves. Enjoy an evening meal at one of the areas world class wineries before resting up before a day of walking.
Saturday – This morning you will be transported to Barwon Heads by private car for a beautiful breakfast overlooking the seaside village. Explore Barwon Heads and take in the stunning bluff that allows for panoramic views of the Bass Straight and the Barwon River. Leaving Barwon Heads you will begin a 19 kilometre walk, taking in the beautiful seaside towns of Ocean Grove, Point Lonsdale and Queenscliff. On this Bellarine Peninsula self-guided walking tour you will enjoy stunning views of the rugged landscape. Upon arriving at Queenscliff, take in the picturesque light houses and the local maritime history before enjoying a night in a heritage listed boutique bed and breakfast.
Sunday – After a restful evening in Queenscliff you will be transported from Queenscliff to St Leonards, currently you cannot walk this leg but hopefully one day soon this will be possible. The beautiful seaside village of St Leonards claim to fame is that it’s surrounded by a salt marsh wildlife reserve that provides a habitat for many bird species, including the critically endangered Orange Bellied Parrott. There is an option here to walk an additional 6 km a beautiful Bellarine Peninsula guided nature walk, it is well worth it to enjoy the serenity of Edwards Point. With views across Port Phillip Bay you will be able to see the city skyline of Melbourne. From here you will continue your self-guided walk, meandering around the coast via Indented Heads back to the seaside village of Portarlington. You will arrive just in time to catch the last Ferry back to Melbourne at 4.15 pm. Total kilometres walked 38.
This is an active mini break for people that want to get out and make the most of the weekend. Throughout the Bellarine Peninsula Walking Holiday you will experience the best this region has to offer and you will be given an opportunity to unwind, relax and feel a real sense of achievement when you have walked 38 kms across two days.
The Footprints Team xx