Head towards your left after you leave Avalon and you’re on your way to some of the most spectacular coastline in the world.
Before you leave the area
Avalon Airport itself is in the heart of a unique setting; a combination of volcanic plains, rock formations, coast, bushland, farmland and wetlands.
To our south lies Avalon Beach, where famous scenes from the original Mad Max were filmed. In the north lies You Yangs Regional Park, stunning granite rock ridges famous for beautiful bush walks with striking views. At the foot in Lara is Serendip, a sanctuary for native Australian animals and birds and a fantastic place for a family visit.
First stop Geelong
Victoria’s second city is set on Corio Bay. It’s a gorgeous place, boasting an extraordinary waterfront, stunning historical buildings and a vibrant coffee and food culture. Also home to AFL favourites Geelong Cats, international success story Back to Back Theatre and one of Australia’s oldest regional galleries, Geelong Gallery.
The beautiful Bellarine
To Geelong’s south east the Bellarine is a wonderful place to get away to.
Point Lonsdale, Queenscliff, Ocean Grove, Barwon Heads and Portarlington are favourite spots for holiday makers in summer and cooler seasons alike.
Each town is unique, steeped in history and boast wonderful safe swimming beaches.
The ferry at Queenscliff will take you and your car across to Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula – and what a way to cross the bay!
Great Ocean Road
Once you’ve arrived at Avalon Airport, there’s a very good reason to hire yourself a car.
One of the most famous stretches of coastline in the world, the Great Ocean Road takes in the Surf Coast, the Twelve Apostles and home of the Rip Curl Pro, Bells Beach.
At 243km long, and built by returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932, the road itself is the world’s largest war memorial, and is dedicated to soldiers killed during World War I.
Stunning no matter what time of year, and of course enormously popular during the summer, the Great Ocean Road is one of those roads you simply must experience.
And Torquay, the start of the Great Ocean Road is only half an hour from our place.
** Drive on the left side of the road in Australia