Getaway ideas to Geelong and the Bellarine

Discover fine food and wine, historic seaside villages and breathtaking natural beauty just a stone's throw from Melbourne. Take a wander down to Geelong's stunning waterfront, wine and dine your way along the Bellarine Taste Trail, explore reinvented spaces and stay in luxury accommodation.

The Festival will be host a Regional World's Longest Lunch on Friday March 4, 2016. 

Enjoy an expertly prepared, four course lunch on the Geelong waterfront characterised by its historic palms and quirky art for Regional World’s Longest Lunch Geelong. This stunningly located and sought after dining experience will raise funds for #projectlove, the redevelopment of chemotherapy day ward and pharmacy at Andrew Love Cancer Centre.

Dining out
Acclaimed Chef Aaron Turner has returned to his home town Geelong with two new restaurants, Hot Chicken Project and IGNI. Other popular options in the region include Jack Rabbit Vineyard, Oakdene Vineyards and The Grand Dining Room at Queenscliff’s Vue Grand Hotel.  

The Geelong Wine Region, which encompasses the Bellarine Peninsula, Moorabool Valley and Surf Coast, is home to over 60 wineries and 40 cellar doors. Choose from boutique wineries such as Scotchmans Hill, Leura Park Estate, McGlashan’s Wallington Estate and Clyde Park. For breathtaking views head to Terindah Estate or Kiltynane Wines.

Bellarine Taste Trail
Discover the best of the Bellarine by exploring the Bellarine Taste Trail which takes in wineries, restaurants, cafes, provedores, farmgates, accommodation and tour operators. Map your journey and spend a weekend exploring this beautiful part of Victoria.

Reinvented spaces 
Across Geelong, old industrial spaces have been reinvented as new galleries, trendy cafes and breweries, be sure to check out Little Creatures, Boom Gallery, Box Office Café, Café Go, the Geelong Museum of Motoring and Industry and Geelong Vintage Market.

Accommodation ideas 
Choose from a wide range of luxury boutique and family friendly accommodation options such as Starhaven Retreat, Lonsdale Views, Number 35 Bed & Breakfast, Pelican Sands Bed & Breakfastor the Vue Grand Hotel

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