Have you heard about the Mediterranean of Victoria AKA the Bellarine Peninsula?
Set sail from Melbourne Docklands and an hour later you will arrive at Portarlington, Bellarine Peninsula. Popular to what you might read in your guide book the Bellarine Peninsula has cleaner water than our cousin across the bay, The Mornington Peninsula. The Environment Protection Authority of Australia has ranked Portarlington Beach as one of Port Phillip Bay’s top three best sites for water quality for 2018. And all this just a one hour ferry ride from the centre of Melbourne.
Once you are in Portarlington you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to food and drink. Offering more than 140 hectares of vines the Bellarine Peninsula produces some of the best cool climate wines in Australia. Along with world class restaurants, spectacular coffee and Australia’s most popular doughnut shop (opening December 2018).
So leave the city behind, ditch the 3 hour bus ride to the Mornington Peninsula and relax as you sail across the bay knowing you are heading towards one of Australia’s best kept secrets.
Explore the outer coast of Pohatu Marine Reserve and marvel at its spectacular towering cliffs, rock stacks, reefs, and deep sea caves. Observe the diverse wildlife and marine species such as penguins, seals, various sea birds and possibly the world’s smallest dolphin!