WHAT TO DO IN OCEAN GROVE
Ocean Grove is home to some of Australia’s best beaches and the surf beaches are superb with golden sands and protected dunes. There is also a sandy beach at the the mouth of the Barwon River overlooking Barwon Heads which is very popular with families looking for calmer waters for the children. Smith’s beach facing Bass Straight is a favourite for swimmers, surfers and people who just want to soak up the sun. There is also good beach fishing along the wide sandy strip. There are a range of events in the town, many featuring the beach with various surf life saving events, beach runs
The main street the Terrace is home to a vibrant cosmopolitan shopping area with good shopping, cafes, restaurants and recently a few bars. There are some great surf shops and the streetscape has recently been upgraded and is decorated with shark fin metal bollards giving the street a great nautical look.
Al fresco dining is all the go with many places offering food or refreshments outdoors or take-away. There are some delicious dining choices around the ’Grove’, The Dunes Cafe and Bar next to the Surf Life Savings Club nestled amongst the sand dunes is a quality dining experience. Along the terrace Thai Mekong does a magnificent spicy curry and the Ming Terrace opposite has some lovely Asian style seafood dishes. The Terrace is also home to many cafes, serving gourmet foods many with local ingredients and there is a great range of fast foods, tasty pizza’s, fresh fish and chips, chicken and even the big takeaway chains are starting to appear in town. Zebra Bar opposite is a great spot to enjoy the view whilst having a quiet beer. There’s nothing quiet like sitting in one of the alfresco areas enjoying a long brunch on a sunny morning.
For shoppers, Ocean Grove offers a mix of boutiques and specialty stores. Recently some of the major brands have come to town. With the beach being the main focus in town, there are plenty of surf wear shops and of course some great places to buy a surf or boogie board.
With only 25 or so minutes drive to the centre of Geelong, Ocean Grove over the last few years has really grown, there are many new housing estates which has also brought with it great facilities like shopping centres, sporting facilities including a new swimming pool. The town is growing rapidly to the east along the area which was known as Collendina.
Ocean grove has a couple of hidden natural treasures which many people don’t get to see, Blue Waters Lake and the Begola Wetlands are inland waters which feature some great walking tracks and a wide selection of native bird life including pelicans, ibis and other water foul. Another natural attraction is the Ocean Grove Nature Reserve, found in Grubb road just out of town there are 143 acres set aside for native wildlife and is the last remaining piece of natural bush land on the Bellarine Peninsula. The reserve is home to some koalas and kangaroos, possums and plenty of birds.
The Foreshore Reserve is the towns main camping area, where thousands camp between the tea trees each summer in tents, campers and caravans. There is a long park which runs along the eastern side of the Barwon River, once waste land and even a tip the area is now home to a boat ramp and golf course plus parkland and plenty of places for walks and cycling.
The town has also been a popular location for filming, the ABC series Sea Change filmed during the 1990’s used many locations around Ocean Grove and the film Kenny featuring a toilet hirer also filmed in the area.
Approximately 8kms from the Terrace Lofts is the Adventure Park, home to Victoria’s first water theme park.
Get wet, when you raft the turbo rapids on the ‘River Torrent Lazy River’ ride. Make a splash on super charged waves, as you hang on and go with the flow whilst your raft is propelled along the tropical style river oasis. This inner tube ride is just under 300m in length, filled with twisting tides, roaring rapids and swirling gauntlets! Keep the kids cool, and entertained all day at Adventure Parks ‘Tiny Tots Splash Zone’, a coral reef themed water wonderland. Designed for the tiniest of tots, this shallow and safe oasis of interactive water play is every kid’s dream with waterfalls, mini waterslides, and spray cannons.
Thrill seekers can experience the ultimate adrenaline rush when racing head first down the “Six Lane Aqua Racer” at speeds of up to 40km per hour. Race your friends down this high speed water ride, over 80m in length. Warning… high speeds ahead! For a Caribbean pirate adventure, kids can escape to the ultimate kid’s water zone – ‘Bonito’s Bay Water Play’. This state of the art aquatic playground features a host of interactive multi level hands on water attractions including waterfalls, water jets and waterslides which surround Bonitos Bay. Look out for Bonito’s lost secret treasure chest but beware of the wild waterfalls overhead!
Enjoy the rapid rider raft waterslide, tunnel of terror raft waterslide, electric cars, go-karts, paddle boats, aqua bikes, canoes, carousel, moon bikes, archery, two volleyball courts, train rides, jumping jets splash area, adult jumping castle and two 18 hole mini golf courses. Bring in a picnic, hire a BBQ and relax lakeside under shaded picnic areas, marquees and pavilions, set amongst 21 hectares of landscaped parkland.
Amaze n Games
Located 5 kilometres north of Ocean Grove, this activity park features one of Australia’s largest timber mazes, an 18 hole mini golf course, a cafe and undercover BBQ facilities
Dive the HMAS Canberra
The former HMAS Canberra warship was scuttled off the coast of Ocean Grove in 2009 and is now a dive and snorkelling attraction, open to dive operators and recreational divers to explore
Surf Lessons – Ocean Grove Main Beach
Book a surf lesson with us and you’re surfing with Australia’s most professional Learn to Surf School with surf lessons at Ocean Grove Victoria Australia.
We want you to enjoy surfing like we do. We’ll get you started with all the right beginner equipment provided, and get you standing up in no time at all. Our surf lessons are safe and fun and we currently teach thousands of people to surf each year, from young kids to mature adults and all fitness levels.
Weekend packages can be arranged including transport to and from our apartments creating a wine/farm produce tour tailor made for your group.
You’re spoilt for choice of wineries on the Bellarine Taste Trail – there are 14 to choose from and visit. They make a large range of cool-climate wines, including: pinot noir, pinot gris, pinot grigio, chardonnay, riesling, sauvignon blanc, zinfandel, gewürztraminer, shiraz, viognier, merlot, cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon.
Some only have half an acre under vine, while others export all over the world and count themselves among the largest privately owned vineyards in Victoria. Many have excellent inviting cellar door outlets, some award-winning restaurants and you can even stay at one of them (Oakdene). Browse our wineries and plan your next winey weekend.
Baie Wines’ hallmark is the people behind the meticulously handcrafted wine. Pete prunes every vine, Anne mows every row, we all pick! Every row, every vine, every bunch! Come and look over a vineyard that is of the highest quality, the cornerstone of such great wine.
Banks Road Vineyard
We are a boutique winery based in the Bellarine area just outside Geelong in Victoria and have been operating since 2002. We make all our wines on site in our small hands-on facility. We’re very passionate about our wine and enjoy being so close to our produce – 12 or so acres of grapes planted to pinot noir, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, pinot gris and shiraz. We also source cabernet sauvignon and shiraz grapes from the Harcourt Valley near Bendigo.
Barrgowan Vineyard and Winery is owned and operated by Dick and Dib Simonsen, who planted half an acre of vines in 1994 to make wine for private consumption. Now they produce 200 cases a year, but have no plans for expansion.
Bellarine Estate Winery
Bellarine Estate’s cellar door welcomes visitors to try their exciting range of red and white wines produced from estate-grown fruit and they also have a tantalising restaurant.
Jack Rabbit Vineyard
A stable of sophisticated cool climate wines guarantees to provide a truly brilliant regional experience. Patrons can’t help but delight in the ‘to die for’ views stretching across the bay to Melbourne, the You Yangs and Geelong. But the view isn’t the only thing that excites. At the Jack Rabbit restaurant the stunning a la carte menu – featuring an abundance of local produce – satisfies even the most discerning palate.
Leura Park Estate
“5 Star Halliday Wine Companion 2011” – Leura Park Estate is a funky, boutique vineyard with a mighty reputation for exceptional cool climate wines and fun. A cellar door experience will delight – enjoy the rustic chic ambience or ‘Cirque de Soleil-esque’ POD and feast on stone-based pizzas, yum cha, platters and cheeses. Plus live 60s, 70s and 80s music every Sunday.
McGlashans Wallington Estate
McGlashans produces award-winning cool-climate wines from 100 per cent estate-grown grapes. The maritime climate and sandy loam over buckshot clay is fast becoming renowned for producing high-quality wines.
This boutique winery specialises in pinot noir and chardonnay. Their aim is to produce wines that elegantly reflect the terroir of this beautiful part of the Geelong wine region using hand-pruning and picking and wild yeast.
Nalbra Estate Wines
At this lovely boutique vineyard perched on Mount Bellarine we have just over 2 hectares of vines and a magnificent view of Port Phillip Bay.
Oakdene Vineyards and Restaurant
Oakdene wines are made in small quantities, from excellent quality fruit, produced in low yields using meticulous vine management and crafted by proven winemakers. There is also an award-winning restaurant on site.
Ponda Estate is a small, boutique, family-owned vineyard in Wallington. We grow pinot noir grapes on our gently sloping three-acre block, surrounded by trees and lots of native birds. We manage all aspects of the grape growing ourselves and tend our vineyard on a vine-by-vine basis for optimum quality and consistency. Our grapes are hand-picked by family and friends at our annual harvest celebrations.
Four generations of the Browne family have lived on the Bellarine Peninsula. In 1982, Vivienne and David Browne established Scotchmans Hill winery on Mt Bellarine, an extinct volcano that forms the tip of the peninsula. They helped kick-start the vineyard revival in the Bellarine Peninsula region. Today Scotchmans Hill is renowned for producing quality, cool climate, varietal wine and is one of the largest privately owned wineries in Victoria.
Wyuna Park Vineyard and Garden
Wyuna Park is a boutique cool-climate vineyard located on the Bellarine Peninsula overlooking Swan Bay. Our vines were planted in 1998 and 1999; they are cane pruned and the fruit is hand-picked. The cool onshore winds from Bass Strait ensure slow ripening of the fruit.