The Bellarine Peninsula is often seen as a stop before the Great Ocean Road. Arrive in Geelong and all the brochures will indicate this.
But if you've ticked off the Great Ocean Road, consider exploring the Geelong area and its surrounds. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
1. Chase the southern lights at Point Lonsdale Have you heard of the Aurora Australis? The southern lights are the opposite of the northern lights and we are lucky enough to be able to see them from parts of south-east Australia.
We signed up to alerts so we could be notified of the best times to have a chance of seeing the lights. Unfortunately we realised too late that it's not often visible with the naked eye and your camera needs to be on specific settings.
4. Relax over tea/coffee at Cartel Coffee Roasters We thought we made a wrong turn on the way to Cartel Coffee Roasters. As we drove along an industrial street with no-one around, we were suddenly surprised by a large graffitied wall that indicated we had reached our destination.
I went with something called White Moonlight, which was floral and sweet, exactly how I like my teas. We also found a chess board but as we are not well-versed on how to play chess, we relaxed and played a few rounds of checkers instead.
Unfortunately our ventures have not yet resulted in a catch, but learning the different technique of catching a squid and travelling to different parts of Victoria to give it a shot is just part of the fun. Instead of a normal fish hook, you use something called a jig and move it up and down in the water to look like live bait for the squid.
The Bellarine Peninsula is somewhere where you can enjoy the simple things like fishing with friends, local cafes and local events. Don't underestimate what it can offer and head down some time! Find out more at www.visitgeelongbellarine.com.au