Seeking a sea change? Ocean Grove on Victoria’s beautiful Bellarine Peninsula could be the place for you.
From wild Bass Strait vistas to stunning surf beaches and verdant rolling pastureland, the Bellarine Peninsula is a natural paradise on Victoria’s southern coast that’s attracting sea changers in search of a relaxed coastal lifestyle.
The jewel in the Bellarine’s crown is Ocean Grove. A leisurely 25-minute drive from Geelong – or just 90 minutes from Melbourne – will transport you to this beautiful coastal town that’s set between the Barwon River and a specular stretch of beach that serves as the town’s main focal point.
This is truly a nature lover’s paradise with protected woodlands, diverse wetlands and nearby river offering a wealth of walking tracks, wildlife, fishing and kayaking to please even the most enthusiastic eco warrior.
And there’s plenty here for those with cosmopolitan tastes. The region’s acclaimed vineyards offer cellar door experiences within minutes of town; beachside cafes serve up the finest modern fare; and the largest shopping centre in the region offers a good dose of retail therapy.
It’s a place where untouched coastal wilderness meets cosmopolitan convenience to create an enviable lifestyle that brings together the best of both worlds.
Take a closer look at some of Ocean Grove’s major attractions:
For the nature lovers…
Pack a picnic lunch, put on your hiking boots and head out for a day in the great outdoors in the 143-hectare Ocean Grove Nature Reserve. Take walking tracks through preserved Bellarine Peninsula woodland and fields of springtime wild flowers to the reserve’s beautiful crystalline lake.
For the adventure seekers…
Enthusiastic divers come from near and far to explore the sunken remains of the HMAS Canberra. The warship was scuttled off the coast of Ocean Grove in 2009 and is open to recreational divers, or simply strap on a snorkel to get a bird’s eye view of this remarkable wreckage.
For the families…
Take a short drive north of Ocean Grove for a day of family fun at Victoria’s largest water theme park. Adventure Park offers a summer splashdown to remember – tackle the Aqua Racer at 40 km/h, ride the Gold Rush Rapids or go with the flow down the Lazy River.
For the foodies…
Grab the best table in town and settle in for five-star cuisine in front of panoramic ocean views at The Dunes. The popular café overlooks Ocean Grove’s stunning main beach, and diners can watch the sun set over Barwon Heads or spot migrating whales during winter. If you’re part of the new craze searching for the best burger, then you have to try one of Victoria’s best burgers at Piping Hot Chicken Shop on The Terrace while listening to some blues music when they’ve got an act on. Or pop a few doors down to The Endless Summer Caféand enjoy good food in a laid back environment with historic longboards hanging from the ceiling and views of the surf on show.
For the sports fans…
Ocean Grove main beach is one of the best locations for longboarding and surfers just starting off, or tee off at picturesque Ocean Grove Golf Club and play a round on the rolling fairways that hug the eastern bank of the Barwon River. The licensed clubhouse and popular bistro overlooking the famous Barwon Heads Bridge provide a stunning location for a hard-earned post-game tipple. If fishing is your game, then some of the best inshore and offshore fishing is to be had just outside the heads, or cruise down the river and try your luck catching the mythical mulloway (jewfish) and some other great estuary species.
For the wine buffs…
The Bellarine Pennisula is home to some of Victoria’s most passionate winemakers. Among them is the family-run Banks Road Vineyard where you can sample Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz varieties from vines grown on the 13.5-acre estate.
Want to make the move to beautiful Ocean Grove? Pavilion Property can help you find your dream home. Call us now on (03) 5255 4444.