Local Highlights

Adventure Park
Location 1251 Bellarine Hwy, Wallington. Approximately 15km from Beacon Resort. Victoria's First Water Theme Park - featuring rides such as the River Torrent Lazy River ride, Six Lane Aqua Racer, Rapid Rider Waterslide, Tunnel of Terror and more. There's also GoCarts, Aqua Bikes, Archery, Paddle Boats, a carousel, playground - the list goes on! Open daily 10.00am to 5.00pm until 2 February 2009. (Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day).

Bellarine Peninsula Railway
All trains depart from Queenscliff Railway Station, 20 Symonds Street, Queenscliff. Approximately 4km from Beacon Resort. The historic Bellarine Railway traverses Victoria's beautiful Bellarine Peninsula near Geelong, between the coastal town of Queenscliff and the hinterland village of Drysdale. The railway hugs the water around scenic Swan Bay providing breathtaking views, before climbing through the rolling hills of the Bellarine Peninsula to Drysdale.

Bellarine Adventure Golf
Location Corner Grubb Road & Bellarine Highway, Wallington. Approximately 10kms from Beacon Resort. Set on 6 acres with beautifully landscaped gardens, this is not your average mini golf. At Bellarine Adventure Golf we have two magnificent 18 hole courses.

Bollards Trail
Location Geelong Waterfront, approximately 30km from Beacon Resort. There are more than 100 of the two-metre high brightly painted icons guiding visitors along the foreshore on a fully paved walking/cycling track through Waterfront Geelong to the Botanic Gardens. The bollards represent a fascinating and fun chronicle of the city's rollicking past, focusing on some of the unique characters that played a part.

Otway Fly Tree Top Walk
Location: Phillips Track, 5 minutes from Beech Forest, along the Great Ocean Road. Approximately 150km from Beacon Resort. Unique, Spectacular, Beautiful... A bird's eye view of the natural world. It is the longest and highest walk of its kind in the world. Perched high in the rainforest canopy of Victoria's Otway Ranges the Tree Top Walk provides a unique experience surrounded by the beautiful beech myrtle forest.

Fairy Park
Location Ballan Road, Anakie. Approximately 50km from Beacon Resort. Whisk yourself away to the timeless world of your favourite Fairy Tale characters. Fairy Park will intrigue, delight and surprise everyone who visits. Great for youngsters aged 2 to 92.

Fort Queenscliff Museum
Location Corner Gellibrand & King Streets, Queenscliff. Approximately 3.5km from Beacon Resort. Built to defend the entrance to Port Phillip Bay, Fort Queenscliff overlooks the commercial shipping lanes to Melbourne and Geelong. Used for military purposes since 1860, it is reminiscent of a medieval fortress with muzzle loading cannons, walls, a dry moat and a keep. It is one of Australia’s largest and best-preserved military fortresses.

Go Ride A Wave
Classes held at Ocean Grove, Torquay, Anglesea, and Lorne, and the Barwon River and Anglesea River (for flat water canoeing). Surfing and canoe/kayaking lessons and equipment hire, including wetsuits, surfboards and kayaks. Range of surf awareness and surf life-saving activities also available.

Jirrahlinga Koala and Wildlife Sanctuary
Location: Taits Road, Barwon Heads. Approximately 20km from Beacon Resort. Get up close and personal with Australian native animals at this popular wildlife sanctuary. Pat a koala, join the keepers on a tour or learn more from their specialised talks. Take a lunch hamper and spend the day discovering much about the behind the scenes work this award-winning volunteer organisation does for injured wildlife.

Marine Discovery Centre
Location: 2a Bellarine Highway, Queenscliff. Approximately 1 km from Beacon Resort. The Marine Discovery Centre allows you to discover the wonders of our unique marine environment. You can drop in to check out the interactive displays on site or arrange an experienced guide to take you on a rock pool ramble, marine biology cruise or even a canoe ride over the mangrove flats. The Marine Discovery Centre is an essential part of a Queenscliff experience.

Point Lonsdale Lighthouse Tours
Location: Point Lonsdale Road, Point Lonsdale, 2km from Beacon Resort. Built in 1902, the lighthouse is one of a few operational lighthouses in Australia. Sitting above the entrance to Port Phillip the Lighthouse commands wonderful views of the infamous Rip at the entrance to Port Phillip Bay. Tours are coordinated by the Queenscliff Maritime Museum (children under 5 years not admitted).

Serendip Sanctuary
Location: 100 Windermere Rd., Lara. Approximately 45km from Beacon Resort Take a close-up view of some of the most threatened birds of this area, including the Bustards, Brolgas, Magpie Geese and Stone Curlews. Follow the self-guided trails to find out more about the 150 species of animals which range free at Serendip. Meet up with some of the other animals too, including wallabies, emus, echidnas and pademelons.

Werribee Open Range Zoo
Location: K Road Werribee. Melways Reference 201. Approximately 45km from Beacon Resort. Adjacent to Werribee Park, the zoo is an African adventure. Imagine heading out on Safari through wild, grassy plains and sweeping river terraces, rich with rhino, giraffe, antelope, zebra and hippo. Special tours are available including Open Vehicle Adventure, Raising Rhino, Rip Roaring Feed and Canoe Safari.

Werribee Park
K Road, Werribee. Melways Reference 201 D1. Approximately 45km from Beacon Resort. Werribee Park is an outstanding historic and cultural attraction offering an authentic insight into Australia’s richly diverse history. Highlights of your visit will include the Mansion, formal gardens including Victoria’s State Rose Garden, Werribee Park Sculpture Walk, the Natural Riverine and farm area. Guides and audiovisual interpretations are available to enhance every visit. The kitchen and fully interpreted laundry show the lives of the servants necessary to run the Mansion.

Sea All Dolphin Swims
Location: Tours depart Queenscliff Boat Harbour. Approximately 4kms from Beacon Resort. Explore the rich and diverse waters of Southern Port Phillip Bay with opportunities to swim with wild dolphins and seals or snorkel in unique marine national parks. With a clever blend of fun, adventure and education your Sea All experience will be one you’ll remember forever.

National Wool Museum
Location: Corner of Moorabool and Brougham Streets, Geelong. Approximately 30km from Beacon Resort. Discover the fascinating heritage of Australia’s pastoral and textile industries. This interactive museum brings to life the people and their stories in the historic 1872 bluestone Woolstore at Geelong’s waterfront.

Numerous wineries surround the Geelong region, many offering cellar door sales and fine dining utilising the best of our local produce. Bellarine Estate, Scotchman’s Hill and Leura Park Estate are just a few of the vineyards within 20km of Beacon Resort that are renowned for their award-winning wines and picturesque outlooks.

Lonsdale Golf Club
Location: 69 Fellows Road, Point Lonsdale. Approximately 2.5km from Beacon Resort. 18 hole grass greens, sandbelt course suitable for play in all weather conditions.

Queenscliff Golf Club
Location: Swan Island via bridge access from Queenscliff. Approximately 4km from Beacon Resort. A challenging all weather track that offers changing terrain. Situated on Swan Island, one of the most unique golfing locations in Victoria.

Portarlington Golf Course
Location: 130 Hood Road, Portarlington. Approximately 20km from Beacon Resort A tree lined 18-hole course offering a variety of challenges, pure putting surfaces and excellent year round conditioning.

13th Beach Golf Links
Location Barwon Heads Road, Barwon Heads. Approximately 25km from Beacon Resort. Nestled amongst undulating sand dunes on the picturesque coast of Barwon Heads. Two totally different styled courses offering the same high quality golfing experience.

Waterfront Geelong
Location: The Esplanade, Geelong on the shores of Corio Bay. Approximately 30km from Beacon Resort. Geelong's $150 million fresh face for the new millennium has spectacularly transformed Waterfront Geelong into one of Australia's leading coastal locations.

Tiger Moth World Adventure Park
Location: 325 Blackgate Road, Torquay. Approximately 30km from Beacon Resort. A theme park based around the magical 1930's open-cockpit Tiger Moth bi-plane and grass aerodrome. From mini golf to the flying fox, Giant Tiger Moth Playpark, bikes, volleyball, chip and giggle … or just lose yourself in the Islands of Surprise, canoe across the Pirates lagoon and wander through the AMAZEing ship Jolly Roger.

Queenscliffe Maritime Museum
Location: Wharf Street, Queenscliff. Approximately 4km from Beacon Resort. Escape for a short while into Queenscliff’s fascinating past. The ship wrecks, the rescues and the brave Pilots who, even to this day bring ships safely through the Rip and into Port. This modern museum, built to house the last Queenscliff lifeboat also displays many artefacts from shipwrecks, model ships, the history of the Chinese fishermen, and the unique couta boats.

Queenscliffe Historical Museum
Location: 49 Hesse St, Queenscliff. Approximately 3.5km from Beacon Resort. The centre displays an extensive collection of photographs of local interest including early Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale residents, together with shipping, pilot service, buildings and shipwrecks dating from 1836. The museum displays include relics, paintings of pilot vessels, household and personal articles used by early settlers.

Queenscliff Heritage Walk
Location Departs from Queenscliff Visitor Centre, 55 Hesse St, Queenscliff. Approximately 4kms from Beacon Resort. Join experienced local guides and discover Queenscliff’s fascinating history as you meander through past 19th century buildings and charming cottages. Tour concludes with coffee and cake at one of the grand hotels.

William Buckley Trail
Location: Between 2km to 50km from Beacon Resort. The story of "Wild White Man" William Buckley, who lived 32 years with Australian Aborigines, ranks among the great survivor tales of all-time. The young convict escaped in 1803 at Sorrento and for three decades, wandered throughout the region, living much of the time with local Aborigines. Most of his years on the run were spent around Geelong, in the Otway Ranges and along the coast.

A Maze ‘n Games on Bellarine
Location Corner of Grubb Road & Bellarine Highway, Wallington. Approximately 10kms from Beacon Resort. Fun activities to stimulate your relaxation… Lose yourself in one of Australia's largest timber mazes, relax and try a game of mini golf on the 18 hole mini golf course or try to solve some of their large range of puzzles.

Koombahla Park Equestrian Centre
Location 365 Wallington Road, Ocean Grove. Approximately 10km from Beacon Resort. Koombahla Park comprises 400 acres of undulating country on The Bellarine overlooking the beach resorts of Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads. Horses to suit all levels of riding from beginners to advanced, utilising arenas, cross country jumps, flat and undulating riding areas.

Lighthouse Olive Oil
Location: Murradoc Oil Processors, 600 Andersons Rd, Mannerim VIC 3222. Approximately 15km from Beacon Resort. Lighthouse Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a multi-award winning olive oil. Their premium quality olive oils are grown and cold pressed on the Bellarine Peninsula. The classic cool climate gives their olives a distinct Victorian coastal character.

Werribee Open Range Zoo Slumber Safari
Spring is here and Werribee Zoo has launched its Slumber Safari and Safari Sleepovers, adults and schools can now book ahead for these two amazing overnight experiences at the Zoo. Both experiences allow the visitor to immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of the African Savannah.

Local Events

Rip View Swim Classic
from 26 December, 2011 to 26 December, 2011
The Rip View Swim Classic is one of the "Big Three" Open Water Swims on the Victorian Open Water Swim Calendar, along with Lorne's Pier to Pub and the Portsea Swim Classic. 1.4km along picturesque Lonsdale Bay beach - support Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club.

Point Lonsdale Market
from 03 July, 2011 to 24 June, 2012
Every second Sunday each month, all year round... crafts, plants, gourmet goods and more. Just a short walk across the road from the park.

Day Out with Thomas and Friends at The Bellarine Railway
from 22 December, 2011 to 23 December, 2011
Rides in the Troublesome Trucks behind Thomas Jumping Castles Petting Zoo Face Painting Ride the Rocket Rider Sculpted Balloons Ride on Bulgy the Bus Magician Entertainment Thomas Movie Theatre Driver Certificate for all Children Colouring Competition Judged by the Fat Controller himself Giveaways and much more!

National Celtic Festival
from 01 June, 2012 to 04 June, 2012
Australia’s largest and most diverse celebration of Celtic music and culture is held in beautiful Portarlington, on the Bellarine Peninsula. Be entertained by the cream of Celtic performers for three jam-packed days and lively nights – music, dance, art, poetry, cuisine, and even Gaelic languages. Enjoy the performances or be a part of the festivities by joining in one of the many workshops on offer, anything from limerick writing to bagpipe playing!

Sea of Words
from 19 May, 2012 to 20 May, 2012
Queenscliff’s third annual literary event, with all the flavour of a BIG BOOK CLUB including book discussions, a poetic lunch, readings, a literary dinner and a panel discussion.

The Blues Train
from 30 July, 2011 to 19 May, 2012
For something decidedly different and entirely enjoyable, Queenscliff's legendary Blues Train is one of Victoria's most spectacular entertainment experiences. Totally unique, The Blues Train combines some of Australia's best live blues performers and the beautiful scenery of the historic Bellarine Railway line aboard a "real moving' steam train. Please check The Blues Train website for event dates or contact Guest Relations for a package to suite your needs.

The Queenscliff Music Festival
from 16 November, 2012 to 18 November, 2012
Queenscliff Music Festival prides itself on the depth and breadth of their program with a line up which is truly cross-generational; this is the festival where both older and young types get into the groove, where the music reaches music lovers of all ages. Dubbed one of Australia’s great Festival experiences, it’s a “don’t miss” event on the calendar, combining the best in music experience with a relaxed, cruisy coastal feel.

Toast to the Coast
from 24 October, 2015 to 25 October, 2015
Celebrate Geelong's premium cool climate wines and regional produce at the annual Toast to the Coast Festival. Tour the vineyards and wineries to sample award winning wines, local produce, gourmet food and enjoy live entertainment and music across the Region. Take a wine masterclass, enjoy cooking lessons in the great outdoors or enjoy twilight jazz or a guided vineyard stroll Entry to all venues is free. For a $15 charge guests will receive a souvenir Toast to the Coast wine glass which can be used for tastings across the weekend at all participating wineries.

Queenscliff Heritage Walk
from 24 June, 2011 to 24 June, 2012
Every Saturday at 2.00pm. Experience living history on a guided tour around our beautiful town of Queenscliff by enjoying a traditional afternoon tea at one of our classic establishments. Bookings essential. Private tours available for groups. Contact Queenscliff Visitor Information Centre: 03 5258 4843

Queenscliff Community Market
from 23 October, 2011 to 20 May, 2012
There is nothing like spending a leisurely morning on the last Sunday of the month (excluding June, July and August) than strolling through this delightful park setting. Queenscliff Visitor Information Ph: 03 5258 4843

Public Tours Point Lonsdale Lighthouse
from 26 June, 2011 to 24 June, 2012
Tours on the half hour every Sunday morning. Bookings: Ph 03 5258 3440; Weekdays Mobile: 0419 513 007 Sorry children under 5 not permitted.

Geelong Annual Toy Run
from 02 December, 2012 to 02 December, 2012
Co-ordinated by Geelong Harley Owners Group the Toy Run begins in Mercer Street at the Harley Davidson Dealership at 10.30am. Riders wind their way to Portarlington and then to Queenscliff foreshore by noon. BBQ's, raffles, the K Rock Van and a great display of bikes await you. Many local charities benefit from the event this year Cottage by the Sea, Geelong Hospital Children's Ward, Bethany Family Services, and Queenscliff Volunteer Coast Guard.

Portarlington Mussel Festival
from 07 January, 2012 to 07 January, 2012
Loads of family entertainment, live bands, market stalls, food and wine - and, of course, Portarlingtons' famous Blue Mussels... tastings, mussel farm tours, cooking demos and more.

Rip to River Fun Run
from 20 December, 2011 to 20 December, 2011
10km Beach run from Pt Lonsdale Lighthouse to the Barwon Heads River mouth at Ocean Grove.

Marine Discovery Centre Activity Program
from 20 December, 2011 to 18 January, 2012
Join a rock pool ramble, paddle a canoe on Swan Bay or join in a Mudflat Meander. (Bookings essential; fee may apply.) You may even just like to visit the centre and explore their fascinating displays and touch tanks. (No booking necessary, however entry fee does apply.)

Lighting of the Giant Christmas Tree and Carols
from 28 November, 2015 to 28 November, 2015
Join our popular community event as we welcome in the Festive Season with carols and cheer under the Giant Christmas Tree in Pt Lonsdale. Lighting up the Bellarine from December to the end of January, the Christmas Tree is the largest living decorated Christmas Tree in the Southern Hemishere.