USE BELLEVUE AS A CENTRAL 'HUB' FOR LOCAL ATTRACTIONS:
Up close and personal wildlife feeding, scenic flights, gourmet food loops, historical trails and much more! Make the most of your Bellevue Farmstay experience by ….
Touring the Wild Heart of the Great Ocean Road (15 mins from Bellevue) The jewel in our district is undoubtedly The Twelve Apostles on the Shipwreck Coast section of The Great Ocean Road. View the majestic Apostles, as well as the equally stunning geological wonders of Loch Ard Gorge, Gibsons Steps, London Bridge, Bay of Martyrs, the Grotto, Bay of Islands and much more. For the ultimate bird's eye view (literally!) of the Great Ocean Road, consider taking a helicopter or plane ride.
Hand-feeding kangaroos, wallabies, emus and dingoes (30mins from Bellevue, 15mins from 12 Apostles) Get up-close and hand-feed the wallabies, kangaroos, emus, deer and dingoes at the Great Ocean Road Wildlife Park, a family-owned animal sanctuary and a natural self-sustaining farm. They also offer home-made pizzas, coffee and tea. Open 7 days 9am-6pm (8pm in summer).
Watching Penguins (20mins from Bellevue) Say g’day to a colony of Fairy Penguins at London Bridge – pop in at the Port Campbell Visitor Information Centre and borrow binoculars to watch the penguins come home after sunset.
Reliving history on the Rail Trail (15mins from Bellevue) Walk, ride or meander, there are 34 kilometres between Timboon and Camperdown to enjoy, dotted with original rails and sleepers to remind you of living history. Framed by open grassland and tree ferns, you can enjoy scenic views and quiet remnant forest. On the trail you can see native flora such as Gum trees, blackwoods, woolly tea trees, messmates, tree ferns and cherry ballart. While native wildlife includes koalas, kangaroos, birds, sugar glider possums and habitat for the Powerful Owl. The first section of the Rail Trail is an easy flat 3km walk which starts at the Timboon Railway Shed Distillery and ends at the National Trust listed Curdie’s River Trestle Bridge.
Hitching a ride on the Miniature Steam Railway (20mins from Bellevue) Take the whole family for a ride on the world famous Miniature Steam Railway at Cobden, which also offers mini-golf and a large playground with BBQ facilities (open the third Sunday of each month, then every Sunday throughout the school holidays). Cobden actually is the site of Victoria’s first co-operative butter factory. Milk still keeps the region afloat, backed by the town’s Fonterra plant which processes tens of thousands of litres from hundreds of district farms. NOTE: Did you know that our State of Victoria provides 13% of the world's dairy products?
Wandering through our volcanic wonders of Craters to Lakes (30mins from Bellevue) The Mt Leura Lookout at Camperdown gives the visitor a perspective of the cones and crater lakes that dot the world's third largest volcanic plain. The closet lakes, Bullen Merri and Purrumbete, have been stocked with Quinnat salmon and are world-class fishing spots. A little further to the east lies Lake Corangamite, Victoria's largest salt water lake.
Ahoy there! Dip into some salty tales in Warrnambool (45mins from Bellevue) Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum at our closest city of Warrnambool (population 35,000) recreates a late 19th century port complete with original lighthouses and replicas of a sailmaker’s loft, bank, town hall and chapel.) It houses Australia's most valuable shipwreck artifact, the porcelain Loch Ard Peacock (valued at $4million) that was salvaged from the Loch Ard wreck in 1878. The museum is a replica of a turn-of-the-century port and stages a spectacular Light and Sound Show. Open every night except Christmas Day.
Whale Watching (45mins from Bellevue) Each year between late May and early October, Southern Right Whales return to their nursery at Logan's Beach Whale Nursery to give birth and raise their calves. You can reach the viewing platforms at Logan’s Beach as you enter Warrnambool.
Jumping the treetops (1 hr from Bellevue) Walk through the treetops at the Otway Fly a 600m long, 25m high, elevated tree top walk ascending at a gentle grade through a magnificent stand of cool temperate rainforest featuring Myrtle Beech, Blackwood and Mountain Ash.
For a small region, we’re BIG on taste!. As well as our spectacular coastline, vibrant towns and holiday attractions – we now boast the 12 Apostles Gourmet Trail – the ultimate indulgent road trip of gourmet cheese makers, single malt whisky, fresh local crayfish, rich ice cream, chocolate, wine and strawberries.
Timboon Railway Shed Distillery (15mins from Bellevue) Timboon is a quaint timber town rich in history of pioneers, railways, timber and illicit whisky distillers. The rustic ambience of this family/pet/wifi friendly restaurant called ‘The Shed’ that serves mouth-watering local fare and a much-lauded, and free, whisky tasting room. They create a single malt whisky, distilled in a pot still, using malted barley as the only grain ingredient. They also offer a range of spirits including Coffee Cream, Chocolate Cream, Nocino, Apple Liqueur Strawberry Schnapps and a Vanilla Vodka. Open Daily 10am-4pm and Fri/Sat nights. (This is also the starting point of the Rail Trail).
Timboon Fine Ice Cream(15mins from Bellevue) Being dairy farmers and ‘foodies’, owners Tim and Caroline have successfully combined the two to produce an all natural, premium boutique ice cream. Milk and cream are sourced locally and all ice cream is made fresh to order. No artificial flavours, colours or other additives. The formula for the ice cream was determined by key factors including, no egg (for allergy sufferers), no gluten (for the same reason), a great creamy mouth feel, new innovative flavours (over 20 ice creams and 6 sorbets) and fresh ingredients. (Located on premises at the Railway Shed Distillery)
Railway View Hotel - aka The Timboon Pub (15mins from Bellevue) Home-cooked, pub style meals, popular with locals. Evening entertainment. Open for Lunch, Wednesday till Sunday and Dinner Tuesday till Sunday.
G.O.R.G.E chocolates (23mins from Bellevue) Over 40 different heavenly handmade Belgium chocolates including chocolate frogs, bars, choc marshmallows, choc honeycomb, choc licorice, choc bananas, choc koalas & kangaroos, Rocky Road and more. Local favorites include Heytesbury Honeycomb, Melba Gully Mints, Caramel Echidnas and of course their famous Full-On Freckles. Open 7 days, 10am-5pm.
Apostle Whey Cheese (20mins from Bellevue) Award-winning, hand-made cheeses, prepared onsite using vegetarian rennet at this family farm from pure milk produced by a contented herd of Jerseys and Friesians. Free tastings and you can also watch the cheesemakers hard at work through large viewing windows. In March, April, and July through to September you’ll be enchanted by newborn calves. The flavours are to drive for – along the Great Ocean Road of course - Loch Ard Gorgeous, the Grotto, Apostle Crumble, Bay of Martyrs, Southern Briez and more. Open 7 days, 10am – 5pm
Timboon Cheesery by Schultz Organic Farms (15mins from Bellevue) Sample cheese tastings from Schultz Organic Farms, Winner of the 2015 Delicious Awards for Organic Full Cream Milk. Milk, cream, yoghurt, quark, fetta, whey and more. All made in small batches from whole milk of Friesian and Jersey Cows with nothing added but natural ingredients. Since 1972 they have used bio dynamic and organic principles to enhance the vitality of the soil, grasses and animals. Enjoy scones and coffee in their lovely garden gazebo from 11am-4pm Wed to Sunday.
Berry World (10mins from Bellevue) There are strawberries, and then there are Timboon strawberries! Taste the legend. See where food originates. Talk to the owner-operators. Berry World is a pick-your-own berry fruit experience that specialises in the high flavour varieties of strawberries that you won't find in the supermarkets. You can also pick hybrid blackberries (which grow to twice the size of your normal blackberry) and a range of other berry fruits are being planted and will be available in the future. Berries are available from November to mid April. Strawberries have the longest season (from November to mid April) and the Blackberries are available around Christmas and New Year. The farm is open to the public Tuesdays through to Sunday from 10am-4pm
Newton’s Ridge Estate Winery (20mins from Bellevue) Newtons Ridge Estate produces award winning Chardonnay & Pinot Noir. Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Rose and a beautiful Sparkling Trio, made the French Methode Champenoise. Visit the Cellar Door from October 1 through to the end of Easter, seven days a week, 11am to 4.30pm daily.
Timboon township(15mins from Bellevue) also offers a supermarket (8am-8pm daily, weekends and public holidays are 8am-6pm), butcher shop, newsagent, pharmacy plus several fantastic bakeries and cafes including Provedore, Marg’s Bakery and The Fat Cow Café (Rated #1 by Trip Advisor) - all offering our local produce, organic coffee, cakes & sourdough. Open 7 days, 8.30am-5pm. Plus the new Timboon Railway View Hotel (formerly the Timboon Pub) offering delicious meals for lunch 7 days and dinner 6 days (closed Mon).
Cobden Township (20mins from Bellevue) offers a supermarket (8am-8pm daily), butcher shop, newsagent, pharmacy and the Makan Asian Take-Away and Patisserie, run by Gerry and Tan (open Mon-Sat 11am-8pm, closed Sunday).
Port Campbell township (20mins from Bellevue) also offers a mix of restaurants and cafes including:
Karoa Rated #1 place to eat in Port Campbell by Trip Advisor with rave reviews for their steak and calamari. Open 6 days, 9.30am-8pm (closed Mondays).
Frying Nemo Hailed by locals as the “best fish and chips in Port”, this tiny hole-in-the-wall will have you hooked on their generous takeaway pack for just $10.
Port Campbell Hotel and Craypot Bistro Calling all seafood lovers – this family friendly pub`s aptly named Craypot Bistro best showcases its famous seafood selections with a hot and cold seafood platter. Or choose from a range of pastas and steaks or keep it fresh with the `catch of the day`. Enjoy the sounds of live music as you wine and dine in Craypot Bistro's back beer garden or inside near the wood fire. Fresh, hearty meals with a no-fuss manner. Open 7 days for lunch and dinner.
Waves Fine dining in the contemporary Waves Cafe Bar and Restaurant with a wide range of fresh local seafood and produce from around the region. Open 7 days, 8am-8pm.
12 Rocks Cafe and Beach Bar Beach front dining with spectacular views of Port Campbell Bay. Wide recycled timber decking for al fresco dining and floor to ceiling glass for uninterrupted views. 8am-8pm daily.
Nico's The Lonely Planet raves that "Nico's a local legend for its unusual pizza concoctions and chocolate pizza".
Fresh Crayfish (20mins from Bellevue) Pick up a fresh crayfish from Port Campbell Crayfish & Marine Services in Port Campbell. Ph: 03 5598 6411