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Ocean Grove, Victoria
  • Ocean Grove, Great Ocean Road, VIC
  • Views along the east coast from Smith Beach lookout
  • Bells by the Beach Holiday House
  • Lounge/living room of Bells by the Beach Holiday House
  • Family-friendly accommodation at Ebb Tide Cottage

If you are considering taking a break where you can achieve the perfect mix of excitement and relaxation, look no further than Victoria’s Ocean Grove. This seaside town situated along the Bellarine Peninsula offers visitors thrills, surfing, and plenty of natural beauty.

Things to do:
The proximity of Ocean Grove to both Melbourne and Geelong, combined with its seaside location, means that you will find something to keep you busy, whatever you choose to do. Whether you want to leap out of a moving aircraft, scuba, surf or sip wine, you can do it nearby. Here are a few interesting ideas to get you started:

Adventure Park: Geelong has an exciting theme park that will thrill children and adults alike (hey – there’s even an adult jumping castle!). Themed water slides, traditional rides like a carousel and train, watercraft including canoes and paddleboats, as well as go carts and volleyball make this a place you’ll want to visit again and again. 

Be amazed! Only five kilometres away, you’ll find A Maze’N Games, a fascinating theme park with one of Australia’s largest timber mazes. This maze isn’t your typical corn or hedge maze, as it boasts 15,000 linear metres of timber and 630 posts! Make sure you bring your mobile phone, just in case you need help getting out…

Wine and dine: More than 26 vineyards are within a short drive, and Victoria has plenty of world-class wines. Head out on a wine-tasting tour, book dinner at a seaside restaurant, and truly experience the delicious tastes of the region.

Cast a line: Fishing is a popular pastime and there are plenty of experts on hand to give you some tips. Wander into a local tackle shop and ask for some advice about the best baits for catching the fish you’d like to eat for dinner – perhaps a mullaway or snapper. Also, head to fishvictoria.com where you’ll find details of where and when you can find particular fish.

Surf: Whether you enjoy hanging ten or prefer to body surf, you’ll find excellent conditions throughout most of the year. Ocean Grove is considered one of the principal surfing locations for Bayside and Bellarine Peninsula residents, and as with fishing, you’ll find plenty of local shops with experienced staff who are willing to share their tips.
When to go:
Although Ocean Grove is beautiful throughout the year, if you plan to swim or surf you’ll be happiest there during the warmer months. Spring and autumn offer lovely warm weather without being too hot or too crowded. During summer, school holidays and nearby theme parks make it a popular place for families.

How to get there:
The closest major town to Ocean Grove is Geelong, and Melbourne is only an hour’s drive away. It is a picturesque drive between Melbourne and Ocean Grove, and well worth hiring a car if you are flying into Melbourne

Sometimes, you want to get away with all of the members of your family – including the four-legged variety. Bells By the Beach Holiday House is a delightful place for families, couples, and pets to enjoy their break together. This self-contained holiday home has room for six people to comfortably relax in three bedrooms. A full kitchen, laundry, dining and living area, as well as sunny verandahs and a barbecue allow you to feel at home in this oceanside town. Entertainment in the form of an LCD television with a DVD player, as well as plenty of books and magazines ensure that even if the weather is bad, you can still relax indoors. But more than likely, you’ll want to walk down to the beach or explore their beautiful lavender garden and breathe in the lavender-scented ocean air.

This is just one example of the more than 50 comfortable Ocean Grove accommodation options available, including beachside homes and apartments, budget hotels, cosy bed and breakfasts and luxury seaside escapes. Check them out at takeabreak.com.au.

Ideal length of visit:
How long can you laze on a beach, surf, fish, or explore nature reserves? For many visitors, leaving is never ideal, so plan to stay a while.

Further information
There are plenty of tours, activities, information and maps available at Travel Victoria.


About the Author
Kylie-Jane Degeling is a freelance writer who has lived in Adelaide, Yulara (Uluru), Alice Springs and Canberra, as well as five different countries throughout the world. After backpacking around Australia, she worked as a tour guide in Central Australia, before training for her Commercial Pilot License and working as a flight instructor, scenic flight and charter pilot. She later worked as a travelling IT trainer for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, which involved spending time in each of their 16 District Offices around the country on a rotating basis.

Having experienced Australia as a backpacker, tour guide, pilot and business traveller, Kylie now enjoys family holidays with her husband Alex, and children Jezzy and Jordan. She says, “I have been lucky to see Australia from a variety of perspectives, and as a travel writer can use this experience to inspire others to find holidays they would enjoy.”  Kylie currently works as a travel writer in addition to being a government writer and columnist for two parenting magazines.


About the author
Find out more about Kylie at http://bit.ly/h_experts

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