75km (47 miles) SW of Melbourne

The seaside villages of the Bellarine Peninsula are a gentle reminder of how the pace of life can still be. With lots of attractions and increasingly good options for dining and accommodation, these villages nevertheless remain slow-moving and unspoiled. In summer, crowds of holiday-makers flock to the beaches along the peninsula coast, but outside the hectic high season, there's a serenity about this region that's hard to beat. The region starts at Geelong, Victoria's second largest city, and takes in the seaside hamlets of Queenscliff, Port Arlington, Point Lonsdale, Barwon Heads, and Ocean Grove.