Avalon Airport is 20 minutes from Geelong and SkyBus will get you from the terminal to central Geelong. The trip from Melbourne Airport takes an hour and Gull Airport Service offer a shuttle to and from central Geelong and Werribee. Or you can pick up a rental car at either airport and make your own way to the region.
Visit by Rail
Regular rail services operate between Melbourne's Southern Cross Station and Geelong, and buses connect central Geelong with the suburbs and villages of The Bellarine.
Geelong is only an hour from the Melbourne CBD via the Westgate and Princes Freeways, and Bellarine destinations are within half an hour of Geelong. It's a compact region, easy to explore by car.
Visit by Sea
Australia's favourite car and passenger ferry connects Queenscliff and The Bellarine with the Mornington Peninsula, Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, and Phillip Island. The lounge and external decks all offer spectacular coastal views as passengers relax and enjoy a coffee and the scenery. The 40 minute crossing departs every hour, every day between 7am - 6pm (7pm 26 December - 31 January).
Another exciting way to hit up The Bellarine and Geelong region, direct from Melbourne CBD, is via a cruise on Port Phillip Ferries.
The 400 seater vessel provides the perfect vantage point to enjoy the sights and sounds of the bay, while sipping on a coffee or local wine. Head over for one of their carefully curated packages, or create your own adventures at the local beaches, wineries and attractions.
They cruise 365 days a year from Docklands to both Geelong and Portarlington, departing just across the road from Marvel Stadium.
Planning a visit soon?
Our travel planner will help guide you around the entire region.
Have a flick through these Destination Guides of our coastal towns to get inspired.
Explore The Bellarine’s very own ‘taste trail’, boasting nearly 50 food and wine destinations.
You can also collect printed copies at one of our information centres.
The Great Southern Touring Route is regarded as one of the world's best road trips. The journey starts in Melbourne and takes in the waterfront city of Geelong, the food and wine region of Bellarine Peninsula and the spectacular Great Ocean Road - including the dramatic rock formation of the Twelve Apostles. It passes through the seaside city of Warrnambool, the majestic nature and Aboriginal heritage of Grampians National Park, the gold rush history and grandeur of Ballarat and the health giving waters of Daylesford and spa country.
Spot wildlife lurking in the bush, whales cruising the ocean and throw a boomerang, delving into the ancient Dreamtime. Taste the gifts of the earth and ocean at the source – mineral springs wellness, fresh seafood and award-winning wines. This road trip offers an adventure full of experiences that will delight and inspire every traveller.