Discover Craft beer, local produce and vineyards, historic seaside villages and breathtaking natural beauty all through the Bellarine Peninsula, one hour from Melbourne. It doesn’t have traffic jams that make you want to ride camels instead and it has a serious lacking of skyscapers
Summer is here – (I think – it’s mid November and its currently a storm outside) time to dig out the Australian flag thongs, find your favourite festival wine glass and get back into the beer gardens!
Here is our top ten
TEN: Enjoy a Riesling at Jack Rabbit
Family owned and operated winery overlooking Port Philip Bay to unrivaled views of Melbourne, the You Yangs and Geelong. Offering a diverse range of cool climate wines a guided tasting is a must. Jack Rabbit pride themselves on using sustainable vineyard practices and their attention to detail is tasted in every sip of their wine. Soak up the ultimate Bellarine experience of spectacular views, great vibes and delicious wines.
NINE: Pick some berries at Tuckerberry Hill
This strawberry and blueberry farm where you can pick your own berries is run completely spray-free ! They also have a small café showcasing their berries, including blueberry conserve, sauce and chutney to take home! Nothing compares to the sweetness of freshly picked berries, except maybe picking them yourself!
EIGHT: Eat and Drink it all at Leura Park Estate Vineyard
The Bellarine Peninsula Cellar Door boasting a funky, rustic chic ambience. Wine tastings, dining & live music Sundays! Ever changing local gourmet produce, Port Arlington meats, dips, cheese, crusty bread & some extra delicacies as well. Be warned – busy popular venue means you should book ahead – and make sure you don’t leave before indulging in the wine tasting
SEVEN: Learn to surf at Ocean Grove
We all think its easy and living by the coast in Australia we should all be able to do it by default. Alas we are not the shark punching Mick Fanning’s we think are – but we can be. Go Ride A Wave offer surfing lessons for all ages on Ocean Grove – a great location for learn to surf for beginners. Ocean Grove beach is one of the best beaches for learn to surf in Australia.
SIX: Rock out on the Blues Train
The Blues Train has been rockin’ the rails since 1994. You’ll go on an incredible blues journey down the tracks on the historic Queenscliff railway platform. If you don’t know what they mean by blues music, imagine the music of the Blues Brothers movie, Aretha Franklin and the Rolling Stones. If you like these, guess what: you like the blues! Alas – you don’t have to be into blues music to enjoy The Blues Train…you just have to be up for a really good time.
FIVE: Crack open some Mussels at Little Mussel Cafe Portarlington is famous around Australia for their mussels. Advance Mussel Supply is a family owned and run business that has been farming mussels in the bay for over 30 years. With the opening of their little mussel café we can sample the freshest mussels along with an array of other seafood delights. You’ll be blown away by all the different ways to eat mussels!
FOUR: Try to catch a squid at Queenscliff Pier
Or Port Arlington or port Lonsdale. The point is amazing fresh seafood are right there for the taking all along the Bellarine peninsula! A good squid jetty is normally marked by the black ink stains and will have a light source – calamari like light. Now get your squidgey (pretty confident the fishing apparatus needed is indeed named a squidgey), go out at dusk and bring home some of Australia’s premium seafood.
THREE: Experience the best beer garden at Flying Brick Cider
Flying Brick Cider Company is the Bellarine’s first and finest cider company- come see why this is one of the fastest growing boutique ciders in Australia with a cider tasting paddle. Still thirsty for a little more wine? Yes Said The Seal Winery is also located onsite, specialising limited release cool maritime climate wines. Think innovative space, a spectacular al fresco and lawn area, a tasting paddle of ciders, great food, the best Bellarine wines around, a solid selection of beer, fair trade coffee and so on. A must visit for any visiting produce lovers
TWO: Eat and Drink everything from Basil’s Farm
Basil’s Farm Overlooking Swan Bay Basil’s Farm is a delightful mix of vineyard and farm. Housing llamas (Basil and Manuel), babydoll sheep, indian runner ducks and chickens, all used as natural and sustainable approaches to improving the health of the vines in addition to providing fresh free range eggs to the café! Sample the unique wines created by biodynamic and organic methods whilst enjoying the ambiance of being surrounded by the vines, orchards and kitchen garden.
ONE: Experience as much as you can with Andy’s Trails
It all looks too good? Go on a tour with Andy’s Trails and taste it all
Andy’s Trails are full immersion tours across Andy’s most loved parts of Victoria’s Surf Coast.
Showcasing the local produce and premium beverages from Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula, Surf Coast, Otway Ranges and The Great Ocean Road.
Andy’s Trails are dedicated to celebrating local produce, gourmet beverages and breathtaking scenery with an informative guide and designated driver whose passion for craft will take this experience to a whole new level.With so many amazing destinations and venues exploding onto the scene Andy’s are excited to offer a range of experiences that will suit you regardless of your time and budget.
Whether you’re looking for a foodie’s feast adventure, a locally-produced immersive liquor experience, or a full hipster encounter with the local craft beer scene while surrounded by spectacular coastal drives, rainforest or rugged hinterland, Andy’s Trails has the experience for you!
Each tour takes you through the unique tastes of each region, all without the hassle of organising transport and a designated driver. Now the hardest part is choosing which region to explore first!
Feeling thirsty yet?