Visit Geelong & the Bellarine | Vic Open
Set on the stunning Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria, 13th Beach Golf Links is famously known for its two award winning courses, with first class conditioning all year round. With a modern Clubhouse and great facilities, whether you’re a golfer, or simply want to admire the views, visiting 13th Beach is a must.
Beach Course The first of the two courses, The Beach Course was opened in December 2001 and designed by Tony Cashmore. The challenging and natural links style course has received many high accolades and is currently ranked number 3 on mainland Australia for public access golf courses. Creek Course The Creek Course, designed by Cashmore in conjunction with 6 time major championship winner Sir Nick Faldo, is a wonderful complement to The Beach Course and is ranked number 22 on mainland Australia for public access golf courses.
Golf Lodges There are 16 beautifully appointed rooms which were built in 2020, all enjoying a stunning view of the 1st hole of the Beach Course, Lake Murtnaghurt and beyond to the dunes of 13th Beach. Two of the rooms are suitable for all abilities. Each room is spacious at 55 square metres and is designed and presented to a luxurious standard. When you are not playing golf, the private outdoor patio area is the perfect place to enjoy the idyllic views and setting with a glass of wine.
The 13th Beach Golf Lodges are less than a 2 minute stroll to the Clubhouse where breakfast, lunch and dinner is available in the restaurant. In the Clubhouse, you will also find the Reception, Golf Shop, locker rooms and conference facilities. 13th Beach is a wheelchair friendly venue with all amenities accessible on the ground floor.
10 reasons why you should visit Geelong & The Bellarine
Wondering what to do in and around Geelong and its seaside sister of The Bellarine? We’ve done the hard yards and road tested the best of the best to bring you our Top 10 list.
1. Destination dining The region is home to some amazing regional dining and some fabulous newcomers have hit the scene. You can’t go past iconic award-winning Igni in Geelong’s laneways. The team behind Higher Ground has moved to Eastern Beach to open The Beach House in the gorgeous 1930s heritage-listed building. Italian styled, The Continental opened its doors, further transforming the happening Little Malop Street precinct, while The Greek @ Customs House is serving modern Greek cuisine overlooking the waterfront. ALMA channels modern South American, and in the suburbs Bistrot Plume offers an elegant and boutique French eatery. On The Bellarine, Campbell Point House has opened its restaurant to the public and Merne delights with its inspiring local shared menu. Find boutique wineries, farm gates and provedores and establishments serving up dishes featuring local produce on the Bellarine Taste Trail. Pick up a map and start discovering today.
2. Reinventing the past - in style! Creative and inventive locals continue to transform old manufacturing spaces converting them into hip cafes, bars, restaurants and accommodation. On The Bellarine, The Whiskery, set on a former Cobb & Co historic site is turning heads with its original Teddy and The Fox gin, while The Q Train offers guests a gastronomic journey of local produce on board restored Queenslander carriages. In Geelong Little Creatures Brewery and White Rabbit Brewery & Barrel Hall have firmly imprinted themselves at the site of the old woollen mills and The Old Paper Mills at Fyansford along the Barwon River is home to the award-winning Provenance Wines and arts and culture precinct.
3. Melbourne’s not the only place with a thriving laneway culture In and around Geelong’s Little Malop Street the city continues to thrive, with every doorway eluding a surprise for the senses. You will find Geelong Cellar Door, a wine bar dedicated only to Geelong wine, Nashville style hot chicken at the Hot Chicken Project, a hidden 1930s speak-easy cocktail lounge in The 18th Amendment Bar, ramen and sake at Sober Ramen, plus Felix brings Euro-inspired share dishes and wines. Around the corner on Gheringhap Street you’ll discover the brand new Augustus Gelato, delicious Asian dishes on the grill at Sumi and authentic Italian dishes at Osteria Fiorenza.
4. World class beaches – surf, swim, paddle Avid surfers head to popular surf spots such as 13th Beach or Raffs Beach in Barwon Heads, while beginner surfers can enjoy a surf lesson at Ocean Grove with Go Ride a Wave, Sea Earth Adventures or Great Ocean Road Surf Tours. Families can take advantage of the pristine sand and gentle waves at the Ocean Grove main beach, considered one of the safest in Victoria. The mouth of the Barwon River, Barwon Heads is great for paddling and rock pooling. Other great beachside spots are at Point Lonsdale and the sheltered and family friendly bay at Portarlington. Geelong has the Eastern Beach Reserve with sandy bay beach, sea bath pool, playground and the iconic bollards.
5. Unique boutique accommodation Two unique luxurious accommodation venues recently opened on the Bellarine. Lon Retreat and Spa allows guests to slow down and relax. Set on 200 acres overlooking the ocean, the adult only exclusive retreat features seven luxurious suites and a mineral spa. Campbell Point House has been modelled after the famously extravagant chateaus of rural France. This waterfront private estate sits on the edge of Lake Connewarre and houses a maximum of 30 guests at any one time. Infinity pool, day spa, manicured gardens and a fine dining restaurant feature at the property. There are some other great accommodation options on the Bellarine including The Nest and Starhaven.
6. Arts and culture Visit the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre’s magnificent five-storey dome structure with children’s tactile area, archive collection, café and of course a library. Head over the road to the Geelong Arts Centre which has just been through a redevelopment and plays host to an array of shows, such as theatre, opera, dance, comedy and live music. MoPA (Museum of Play and Art) just opened in January 2020 and is a creative intellectual fun learning and interactive space for young children. Geelong Gallery is one of Australia’s leading and oldest regional art galleries with an outstanding collection including Eugène von Guérard’s View of Geelong (1856) and Frederick McCubbin’s A bush burial (1890) and in 2020 will have a major exhibit by Geelong’s own Rone.
7. It’s all about the water With a spectacular coastline that spans from Geelong to Barwon Heads and beyond, it’s no surprise there’s plenty of water based activities. Swim with the dolphins with See All Dolphins Swims or cruise between the Bellarine and Mornington Peninsula aboard Searoad Ferries vehicle and passenger ferry. You can now access Geelong and Portarlington direct from the Docklands as a foot passenger with Port Phillip Ferries. Great Ocean Road Surf Tours will have you up in no time or snare a catch on a fishing charter from Queenscliff Harbour.
8. Time to par-tee The Bellarine is a golfer’s paradise with four outstanding public courses which are consistently rated in the Top 100 Public Courses in Australia. Take your pick from Barwon Heads Golf Club, one of the two courses at Thirteenth Beach Golf Links or Curlewis Golf Club. Add golf courses at Queenscliff (sitting on the scenic Swan Island), Portarlington and Point Lonsdale to the impressive list of courses.
9. On your bike Whether you wear shorts or lycra, the region is home to a number of cycling trails. The You Yangs are great for mountain biking, boasting two designated mountain bike areas with 50 kilometres of track. The Bellarine Rail Trail is a scenic 35 kilometre trail that winds from South Geelong to Queenscliff. Thousands flock to Geelong in January every year for the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. Cyclists can join Cadel himself in the People’s Ride which starts and finishes in Geelong.
10. Keep it in the family Geelong’s waterfront comes alive in summer. Young ones love discovering the old world charm of the beautiful Geelong Carousel and older kids enjoy the diving boards at the historic early century Eastern Beach promenade. Everyone enjoys the iconic bollard trail that comes to life – check the Activate Geelong APP. Out of town head out to Adventure Park, to ride the Tsunami water ride and many more, and stay in the cool safari tents at Big 4 Bellarine or family friendly Ingenia Holidays Queenscliff Beacon.
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