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.

Sail the Bay and sample a regional tasting platter of the finest artisan products from the Bellarine and Mornington Peninsulas. Enjoy an indulgent 2hr round trip sailing in the beautiful The Portsea Lounge. Wash it all down with a local wine, cider or ale or select from our bar menu. Eat, drink and sail across pristine Port Phillip Bay and enjoy the spectacular coastal scenery. Cost: $40.00 per person, includes round trip foot passenger ticket, entry to The Portsea Lounge onboard the ferry, a regional produce platter and a complimentary beverage on arrival. When: Friday & Saturday departing Queenscliff Harbour at 12pm, 2pm, 4pm Where: Onboard Searoad Ferries.

Local Art & Craft Markets
You'll discover a craft market on The Bellarine most weekends all year round. Showcasing handmade goods, locally grown produce, artworks and delicious food. Market dates: 1st Sunday of the month - Ocean Grove Rotary Market (Operates indoors from May-Aug) 2nd Sunday of the month - Point Lonsdale Market 3rd Saturday of the month - Bellarine Farmer's Market 3rd Sunday of the month - Drysdale Market (Oct-May) Last Sunday of the month - Queenscliff Market (Oct-May); Portarlington Market.

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.

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

Queenscliff Music Festival
from 25 November, 2016 to 27 November, 2016
Tickets are now on sale for the 20th QMF, held on the last weekend in November, the festival has become renowned for showcasing some of Australia's best contemporary music artists and International acts. Hosted over three days in the foreshore park in Queenscliff, it's an fun-filled weekend for all ages.

The Legendary Blues Train
from 01 August, 2015 to 27 May, 2017
The Blues Train event consists of a meal at the historic Queenscliff Railway Station, followed by a musical journey on a moving steam train accompanied by talented blues musicians. Imagine the music of the Blues Brothers movie, Aretha Franklin and the Rolling Stones. If you like these, then you like the blues! Each show has a diverse range of acts and styles so you're sure to find someone you love - if not all four acts! Advance bookings are essential as shows do sell out. Packages including accommodation and tickets are available at BIG4 Beacon Resort. When: Most Saturday nights between August to May.

Toast to the Coast
from 29 October, 2016 to 30 October, 2016
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.

Portarlington Mussel Festival
from 07 January, 2017 to 07 January, 2017
Showcasing local produce, including wine, olives, and cheeses and mussels to sample prepared in a variety of ways. Purchase fresh mussels straight from the Pier and take a charter boat on a trip to the mussel farms. Weather permitting, the "Enterprize" will also be in Port to provide short sailing tours. Music, art displays, vintage cars, market stalls and more.

Lighting of the Giant Christmas Tree and Carols
from 03 December, 2016 to 03 December, 2016
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.

National Celtic Festival
from 10 June, 2016 to 13 June, 2016
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!

Geelong Motor City Music Festival
from 11 March, 2016 to 13 March, 2016
The Motor City Music Festival has something for everyone! Grown-ups will rock out on fully licensed Friday and Saturday (day and night) at five stages (over-18s only). On family-friendly Funday Sunday, bring the kids, tweens, teens and the grandparents for an all-ages family day featuring the fun of the showgrounds, a wider musical spectrum plus kids’ entertainment. Pass outs are allowed all day on Sunday, so you can come and go as you like, spend a few hours in the morning or afternoon and then leave and come back for the fireworks. We wrap up the festival weekend on Sunday night with a huge fireworks display at 8.45pm.

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