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.
Eat your way through the Food Artisan's Gourmet Trail (starts 12mins from Bellevue) The ultimate indulgent road trip of gourmet cheese makers, single malt whisky, local wine, fresh crayfish, rich ice cream, home-made chocolate, olives, snails, jams and strawberries. For the full map see our 'WHAT TO EAT' section.
January: Peterborough Seaside Festival
February: Heytesbury Show
March: Port Fairy Folk Festival, Terang Country Music Festival, Corangamite Foodie’s Feast, Kangaroobie Klassic Adventure Race
June: Fun4Kids Family Festival, Robert Burns Scottish Festival, Corangamite Winter Lights Film Festival
October: Camperdown Cruise Rockability Festival, Cobden CopRice Spring Festival, Kennedys Creek Music Festival