Can you feel it? Can you smell it in the air? That’s right, friends. Victoria is finally waking from a long and slumbering Winter. It’s time to pop on your boat shoes, seas the day and head across Port Phillip Bay to check out all the Bellarine has to offer during this magnificent season.
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Find Your Happy Space
Take a short break, reconnect with nature and find your happy space. The spring flowers are budding and the Canola is beginning to bloom across the region’s green fields in a magnificent blast of bright yellow. There is a wealth of places to see and explore on the beautiful Bellarine. Bring your bike across the bay on the ferry (free of charge with your ferry fare) and set off on a wheely fun adventure. You can also hire a bike from our friends at Bella E Bike Hire and explore the surrounds at a leisurely pace.
Wheel-less? Stress Less!
Take a slow wander along the foreshore or along one of the many walking tracks. Or you could treat yourself to a self-guided walking holiday with Footprint Walks. Explore the beautiful seaside towns on the Bellarine on foot and still enjoy the good life with local boutique accommodation and a daily breakfast. It’s win win! Comprehensive walking notes and daily luggage transfers are included, so you also don’t need to worry about hauling backpacks around.
The rolling vineyards across the region’s many wineries are bud-bursting back to life, and the sight is a wonder to behold. The region is still celebrating after receiving a slew accolades from living legend James Halliday in this year’s edition of the Wine Companion, and every week we hear about new wines being released and awards being won. Head to our Tours and Transport page to check out our guide on how to get to around. The hard part is then deciding which of the (many) fantastic wineries to visit. Head to the Bellarine Taste Trail or Wine Geelong websites to get the inside scoop.
Foody Delights with Edina
Everyone knows that we’re partial to a ferry tale, so we are extra excited about the arrival of new Portarlington dame the Edina Waterfront Café. Edina is named in homage to the SS Edina (C.1917-1938) one of the longest serving steam vessels anywhere in the world. By 1924 the SS Edina had made over 12,000 Melbourne – Geelong passages and had carried over one million passengers on her service.
Edina Cafe is located just up the hill from the Portarlington pier and is open 7 days for a sundry of delicious breakfasts, lunches, coffee and cakes.
Image Credit: Edina Waterfront Cafe
Pick Your Own Flowers
We’re counting down the days until the Mannerim Stables Co. throws open their barn doors for Spring and declares their Pick Your Own Flower Fields open for business. Stop to smell the Ranunculus, top up your Instagram cred and enjoy the beautiful blooms you picked for weeks afterwards. Keep your eyes peeled for updates on opening dates in late September.
Image Credit: Mannerim Stables Co.
Rest. Relax. Repeat. Lon Retreat is a new luxury resort and spa opening in Point Lonsdale in October. Think of Lon as the antidote to a busy life; a space where guests can disconnect and reconnect with the beautiful experiences that can be found in slowing down and keeping things simple. Guests can access to a private beach, bar, pantry, gardens, a lounge with an open fireplace and of course the mineral spa.