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Beaches & coastlines

Experience the best of both worlds on the peninsula, with renowned surf beaches on one side and the calm blue waters of Port Phillip Bay on the other.

Catch a wave at the popular Thirteenth Beach, enjoy a picnic on the white sand, or explore the tracks and trails along the coast while taking in expansive views of The Rip and Bass Strait. Need a rest? Slow down bayside. Cool off during the summer months at tranquil bay beaches, where snorkelling, kayaking and boating opportunities abound.

Eastern Beach

This famous art deco style sea-bathing complex on Corio Bay has a swimming pool surrounded by a large promenade. There is also a more shallow pool for children, and the parkland setting has playground, picnic and barbecue facilities. Geelong Life Saving Club patrols the beach on weekends and public holidays from 27 November to 26 March.

Portarlington

This safe, sandy beach is a popular family holiday camping resort. Extensive shaded foreshore areas have kiosk, picnic, barbecue and play facilities, and there are views of the bay to the Melbourne skyline.

Indented Head

On Port Phillip Bay, between Portarlington and St Leonards are safe swimming beaches that are popular with families. Picnic and camping areas can be found within the foreshore reserve.

St Leonards

This safe, sandy beach and camping ground on shores of Port Phillip Bay is popular for swimming, and a range of watersports. The extensive shaded foreshore reserves have picnic and play facilities.

Queenscliff

The historic resort town has safe, sandy bayside beaches that are popular with families. Wide and tree-lined foreshore reserves have excellent picnic, barbecue and play facilities. 'Narrows' dog exercise beach is nearby.

Point Lonsdale

The safe, protected bay beach is ideal for families as well as the surf beach at the entrance to Port Phillip Bay. There are wide grassed and treed foreshore reserves, a lighthouse and Rip View Lookout. The surf beach is patrolled by lifesavers during summer.

Ocean Grove

Excellent ocean swimming and surfing beach with a café, kiosk and parking. Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club and professional lifeguards patrol from the end of November to Easter (daily from 26 December to 26 January. Weekends and public holidays at other times).

Barwon Heads

This picturesque popular holiday resort has various, sandy, river estuary beaches that are excellent for swimming and windsurfing. There are also picnic and barbecue facilities and a boat ramp.

Barwon Bluff

Climb the limestone cliffs and take in exquisite views across to Ocean Grove main beach, the wild waters of Bass Strait, the Barwon River mouth and The Rip (Port Phillip Bay entrance).

13th Beach

Rugged sandy surf beach at Barwon Heads. One of the closest surf beaches to Geelong and a year-round favourite with surfing diehards. Lifesavers patrol during summer. 

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Water sports

Surfing

On the doorstep to the world-famous breaks of the Great Ocean Road, the peninsula is the perfect place to learn to surf or work on your skills.

Things to do

Art and culture

Wander through galleries and artist studios, check out public artworks, and delve into the local history at villages up and down the peninsula.

Water sports

Swimming

From Geelong's vibrant waterfront to quiet bayside beaches along the peninsula, there are plenty of places to cool off during the summer months.

Things to do

Tours

Take a joy ride flight, an invigorating bushwalk, or head into winery country. Choose one of many of tours celebrating the region's natural beauty.