Melbourne – Bellarine Getaway

$675

  • Two days self-guided walking holiday itinerary.
  • Two nights local boutique accommodation.
  • Breakfast daily.
  • Daily luggage transfers.
  • Welcome pack including detailed trail notes, maps and luggage tags.
  • Premium local dining experience on your first night, including food and wine.
  • 24 hours local customer support.
  • Walk the sleepy seaside towns of the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula.
  • Explore world-class wineries and restaurants.
  • Spectacular views across Port Phillip Bay, with breathtaking views of the Melbourne city skyline.
  • Explore local maritime history, modern local artists and encounters with Australian wildlife.

Leave Melbourne and the car behind for the weekend and explore the Bellarine Peninsula by foot. 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, offering magnificent views of the Melbourne city skyline and the Barwon River. Offering more than 140 hectares of vines – producing some of the best cool climate wines in the country – along with an emerging aquaculture industry, our Bellarine Peninsula weekend walking holiday will have you sipping chilled Pinot Gris and eating world-class seafood in no time.

Day One – Friday 

Set sail across Port Phillip Bay with Port Phillip Ferries and leave Melbourne behind you for a few day. 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.

Day Two – 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 self-guided walk you will enjoy stunning views of the Surf Coast and 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. 19 kilometres walked.

Day Three – Sunday

After a restful evening in Queenscliff you will be transported from Queenscliff to St Leonards. This beautiful seaside villages 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, 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 to the seaside village of Portarlington. 13 kilometres walked (19 kilometres walked if Point Edwards trail completed). You will arrive just in time to catch the last Ferry back to Melbourne. Total kilometres walked 38.

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