By Glenyce Johnson, Founder of Wandering the World
Treat yourself to a wonderful day on the Bellarine Peninsula.
Date: Saturday February 27, 2021
Cost: $100 or $70 without Ferry
10.40 am, Melbourne Docklands to Portarlington departs 10.40am Arrives 11.50am.
Or make your own way to Portarlington Pier to join the group there.
An 80-minute ferry ride brings you to Portarlington, the historic coastal township located on the Bellarine Peninsula, 30km from the city of Geelong, in the state of Victoria. As quiet and small as Portarlington is, it has a long history dating back to 1802. Apart from the likely wanderings of the escaped English convict, William Buckley, who lived among the Wautharong people around the Bellarine Peninsula for 32 years after escaping into the bush in 1803, there was little European contact with the area until the arrival of the pioneer settler, John Batman, and his Port Phillip Association expedition in 1835. Batman established a base camp at Indented Head, and proceeded to survey the interior of the peninsula.
Until recently Portarlington was known as a holiday destination mainly for people living on the Geelong side of Melbourne and it became the quiet spot for retirees. However, today with the inclusion of the ferry direct from Melbourne and the growing interest in this region, including the prominent Grand Hotel situated proudly on the main drag, there has been an influx of tourism to see what all the fuss is about.
A leisurely walk of either 5km or 10km with Wandering the World leaders, along the coastal path, following the trail from Portarlington to Indented Head, enjoying views of Melbourne across the bay, and the You Yangs.
Lunch and Wine tasting
We walk back to Portarlington to enjoy a one course European style lunch with a glass of wine, and a local wine tasting, there is also the opportunity to purchase Bellarine wines.
Return Ferry from Portarlington departs at 4.30pm to Docklands, arriving Melbourne at 5.40pm.
To secure your place, contact Glenyce at firstname.lastname@example.org or call my mobile +61 402 910 552.
We look forward to sharing the Bellarine Peninsula with you.
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