Geelong & The Bellarine
Over the past ten years Geelong, Portarlington and Queenscliff have rediscovered and embraced their waterfronts and marinas. This rediscovery and reinvention recognises what wonderful boating assets are to be found around Corio Bay and in Southern Port Phillip Bay.
The timing could not have been better as Greater Geelong is going through such a significant change to its traditional manufacturing economy. Now tourism along with education and health services are the shining lights of the new service sector economy. Geelong and The Bellarine have stepped onto the centre stage and into the
tourism spotlight, and rightly so, when you consider the significant tourism related investment that has taken place in recent times.
The renewal of Geelong and The Bellarine as highly desirable destinations is obvious when you look at the latest list of statistics that record over 1.1 million domestic overnight visitors to Greater Geelong (about the same visitation as Tasmania), 3 million day trips, and over 40,000 international visitors. And again, it is not surprising when you look at what these visitors are up to when they visit the region. On top of the list is dining and wining at the regions top restaurants, wineries, cideries and hand crafted boutique beer breweries.
Many of these north facing wineries and restaurants have superb views over the sparkling waters of Corio and Southern Port Phillip Bays. There is no better experience than enjoying fresh local seafood and outstanding award winning local wines as you watch the increasing number of power boats and yachts making their way up and down
You can now step off your vessel in Geelong, Queenscliff and soon to be completed Portarlington Safe Harbour and walk no more than a 100 metres or less to be presented with restaurants and outlets selling a variety of fresh local seafood, including local mussels, local indigenous oysters and fresh bay and ocean fish.
Visitors to Geelong and The Bellarine contribute over $460 million to the local economy each year and this expenditure directly employs over 4,000 jobs. Tourism is big business in the region and with more boat owners looking to discover their own big blue backyard the future is promising indeed.
Boat Ramps and Access:
The Geelong region offers many boat ramps to access fantastic fishing, yachting, off shore diving and recreational boating opportunities. The key ramps in the Geelong Region are:
- St Helens in North Geelong – also home to the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard
- Limeburners Point – East Geelong – excellent deep water entry facility
- Clifton Springs Boat Ramp – Access to Outer Corio Bay on the Bellarine Peninsula
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries now have time lapse cameras at select boat ramps. Click here to find locations.
A full list of boat ramps in the Geelong and Bellarine Region can be found by clicking here.
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