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Located on the doorstep of the world-famous breaks of the Great Ocean Road, the Bellarine Peninsula is the perfect place to learn how to catch a wave or work on your skills.

Learn how to surf

Sign up for lessons at a learn-to-surf school along the peninsula and get tips and advice from a local expert, right there on the beach. Most students find themselves standing up on a board by the end of a 2-hour class. Follow up your lesson by chatting with an experienced local to get the lowdown on the best spots for surfing novices.

Catch a wave

Intermediate surfers looking for some strong, steady waves, will enjoy a session out at Point Lonsdale, Ocean Grove or 13th Beach near Barwon Heads. Part of the 7-kilometre section of coast between Barwon Heads and Black Rock, 13th Beach is one of Geelong's closest surf beaches and boasts numerous beach breaks with low to moderate swell. All breaks are accessible from the main road.

Raffs Beach

Raffs Beach extends from the western side of Ocean Grove out to the mouth of the Barwon River. Surfers will find that the beach breaks decrease in size all the way to the river mouth. Moderate swell and north-west to westerly winds provide the best conditions.


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Geelong & the Bellarine


Barwon Heads

Relax at this popular summer holiday destination at the mouth of the Barwon River with quiet river beaches, friendly cafes and excellent golf courses.


Point Lonsdale

Witness ocean and bay waters collide at the notorious entrance to Port Phillip Bay, then enjoy more peaceful pursuits along the foreshore.

Beaches & coastlines

Thirteenth Beach

Grab your board or walking shoes and hit this popular surf beach, suitable for both learner and advanced surfers, and perfect for a refreshing stroll.


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Outdoor activities

Walking and hiking

From rugged bush trails and lakeside strolls to spectacular coastal paths, the walks in the Geelong and Bellarine region are bound to inspire.

Water sports

Scuba diving

Discover the underwater world of Port Phillip Bay with over 60 nineteenth century shipwrecks and four sunken submarines from the second world war.

Water sports


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

Outdoor activities

Action sports

Satisfy your thrill-seeking ways with a high-octane experience on ground or above, in state-of-the-art facilities or out in the open.