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Time For A Well Earned Wander

Time For A Well Earned Wander

As restrictions start to relax, it's time to shake off your iso-blues and get back to the great outdoors.

Here's just a handful of the outdoor options around our region, from relaxed walks on the waterfront to overnight hikes and everything in between.

Keep social distancing simple, and work off those lock-down cobwebs!


Stroll the waterfront, say g'day to the historic bollards while enjoying a coffee, or lead the way through Geelong's laneways for lunch or a (prebooked) dinner at many of the reopened cafes and restaurants. Skate parks and playgrounds aplenty. Need a bit more nature? Soak up some serenity just outside the CBD in the reopened ​Geelong Botanic Gardens.

Moorabool Valley

Just an hour out from Melbourne, the Brisbane Ranges National Park offers a unique location for hiking or having a picnic. Or gear up for an overnight stay at one of the scenic campgrounds.

Barwon Heads

There's so much to do on both sides of the bridge, from stand-up paddle-boarding and surfing to hiking the bluff or hitting the links at 13th Beach Golf Club or Barwon Heads Golf Club. Lots of local businesses are open for takeaway to eat by the beach or ready to take your booking for a well-spaced out sit down meal.

Ocean Grove

Surfing is always on the cards at main beach, not to mention plenty of fishing and waterfront walks. Hang out with some locals at the Nature Reserve or unleash the kids to make the most of Ocean Grove's many playgrounds.

You Yangs

Whether walking up, relaxing at the bottom or hitting the trails on your mountain bike, the You Yangs are open and ready to be explored. Keep an eye out for lots of local wildlife too!


Exciting news for animal lovers, as the government announcements mean Werribee Open Range Zoo will be able to open up for 1000 guests at a time, so book your tickets and go catch up with the residents.

Point Lonsdale

Mask up and marvel at the underwater world, or stay (mostly) dry and ramble over the rockpools, take a stroll along the jetty before heading back into town for a picnic at the playground or a meal at one of the local options that are already reopening.


Take a tour around Fort Queenscliff and soak in some of the history, take a lap around the Harbour or say hello to some locals at the Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre. When you're ready for lunch (or your dinner reservation) head back into town and settle in for a very uncrowded dinner date.