Southwest of Melbourne, the Bellarine Peninsula, together with the Mornington Peninsula to the east, separates Port Phillip Bay from Bass Strait. The Bellarine does not receive the hoards of tourists that the Mornington Peninsula experiences over the summer months and for this it is a quiet, peaceful place to escape. Passing through Werribee, the You Yangs and Serendip Sanctuary, the city of Geelong – the state’s largest city after the capital – is the gateway to the peninsula and the Great Ocean Road, and a worthy stopoff point for an afternoon or a few days en route. The historic seaside village of Queenscliff, with its elegant Victorian-era hotels, stately churches and quaint fishermen’s cottages, sits at the end of the peninsula and is the docking point for the Peninsula Searoad passenger and car ferry, linking Queenscliff and the Bellarine with Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula.

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