Nestled on the Bellarine Peninsula, Ocean Grove features popular surf beaches, renowned wineries and picturesque golf courses. You can also uncover a centuries-old fortress, wildlife reserves and adventure parks, while the town centre delivers excellent bars and bistros.
Things to do in Ocean Grove
The mouth of the Barwon River reveals an unbroken stretch of idyllic coastline boasting alluring surf breaks, soft sand and scenic walking trails. You can join a surfing or bodyboarding class, before heading to The Dunes Cafe Bar for relaxed dining with international cuisines and panoramic beach views from alfresco seating. For sheltered swimming, hang out around Barwon River, which also yields fishing and kayaking opportunities.
Is food high on your holiday agenda? Wander along The Terrace, a bustling strip in the centre of Ocean Grove with quaint cafes and eateries, such as Piping Hot Chicken and Burger Grill and Driftwood Cafe. To taste the region’s top wines, visit Oakdene Vineyard, which has a peaceful on-site restaurant serving farm-fresh produce.
Those looking to test out their swing can head to the waterfront Ocean Grove Golf Club, which boasts nine challenging holes along the Barwon River. Alternatively, experience the region’s array of native birdlife with walks around the Begola Wetlands and Blue Waters Lake or stroll along the Bellarine Peninsula for uninterrupted views of the Bass Strait.
Shoppers will relish in Ocean Grove’s unique boutiques, including KYO, which sells a range of furniture, homewares, textiles and outdoor decor. If you’re looking for plants and garden accessories, visit Van Loons Nursery in nearby Wallington. This town also has waterslides, mini golf and archery at the Adventure Park Geelong.
Getting around Ocean Grove
Ocean Grove is about 30 minutes from Geelong via car and just over an hour on the public buses. You can easily walk or cycle around the centre of town and along the coastline, but you’ll need a car or to catch public buses to venture further afield.