Sip, Snuggle and Experience Australia’s Beautiful Bellarine Peninsula This Winter

Provenance winery and restaurant_Geelong and The Bellarine region

Sipping world-class shiraz by a roaring fireplace is definitely our idea of a winter escape. And you can find these cosy moments all over Australia’s Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula region this season.

Located southwest of Melbourne, this destination is well-loved for its beaches, seaside towns, and vibrant food and wine scene. And when the cooler months roll around, it really turns on the charm! Think spectacular sunsets, whimsical winter solstice events (whisky and bonfires, anyone?), and free-flowing pinot and shiraz.

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The bonus for couples planning a short break in Victoria is that off-season room rates and mid-week specials are available right now. So, rug up and enjoy these romantic winter highlights in Geelong and The Bellarine.

Heart-warming wineries, bars & restaurants

Geelong Cellar Door wine bar_Geelong and The Bellarine

Find a snug spot fireside at a James Halliday five-star-rated winery, including Clyde Park Vineyard at Bannockburn, Provenance at the Fyansford Paper Mill, and Wallington’s Oakdene. Or admire Melbourne city skyline views from the oldest winery on The Bellarine, Scotchmans Hill. For all the region’s best drops in one place, see the Geelong Cellar Door. Or, time your visit to enjoy Sunday paella and live music at Bellarine winery OneDay Estate (it’s open ‘OneDay’ a week). Basil’s Farm is another fave for its delicious kitchen-garden cuisine and sweeping views over Sway Bay.

For all the region’s best drops in one place, see the Geelong Cellar Door. Or, time your visit to enjoy Sunday paella and live music at Bellarine winery OneDay Estate (it’s open ‘OneDay’ a week). Basil’s Farm is another fave for its delicious kitchen-garden cuisine and sweeping views over Sway Bay.

Wonderful winter events

Adventure Park Winter Glow, Saturday 22 June to Sunday 21 July, 3.30pm-8.30pm
Usually operating as a water theme park, Wallington’s Adventure Park turns into a glowing wonderland for winter. Take a spin on theme park rides, build a snowman, and check out the live ice-sculpting before roasting marshmallows over the fire and warming up with hot chocolates, spiced cider or mulled wine.

Related: Plan a romantic getaway to Victoria’s Phillip Island

Winter Solstice Dinner at 1915 Restaurant, Friday 21 June, 6:30 pm
1915 Restaurant and Anther Gin are collaborating to celebrate the winter solstice with a magical candlelit dinner, inspired by the element of water.

Nightide Fringe, Friday 21 June, 6:30 pm-11 pm
In a secret location, under the gentle gaze of a Queenscliff full moon, celebrate the winter ‘soul’stice’ at this adults-only evening ahead of Nightide Festival.

Nightide Festival, Saturday 22 June, 5pm – 9pm
Embrace the dark heart of winter at Nightide, Queenscliff’s winter solstice festival hosted at the SeaRoads Ferry Terminal. Think fireworks, ice bath, bonfires, live music, and mystical tarot readings.

Burning of the Canes, Saturday 3 August, 5pm – 9:30pm
This annual bonfire at Austin’s Wines marks the end of the grape harvest and the beginning of a new season. Live music, warming food, award-winning drops, mulled wine and winter cocktails. This all-weather event promises an unforgettable night.

Après ski vibes at Tulip Restaurant, Fridays during winter, 4pm – 6pm
Geelong’s Tulip Restaurant will channel a Euro ski resort as they bring après ski vibes to their outdoor courtyard. Sip on warming hot toddies and mulled wine as you tuck into brioche toasties with gruyere cheese.

Find out more at visitgeelongbellarine.com.au

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